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Self-stigma: adding insult to injury

Self-stigma: adding insult to injury

Seana Rowell

April 27, 2017


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She stands motionless at the kitchen sink. Her head is down, freckled cheeks tear-stained. One hand holds up a small orange bottle and she studies the label mutely. Every drooping line of her body signifies her defeat. Behind her, babbling a steady stream of delighted incoherence, a baby plays happily...

Food for the body and soul

Food for the body and soul

Avery Bliss

April 27, 2017


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Historically, the churches, in their various denominations, have been a source of refuge and aid for those seeking help.   They have since branched out into providing food and meal aids to the food insecure among us, and the services provided can be as varied as the denominations that provide...

Hidden in plain sight: WJSC free-form radio seeks staff and audience

Hidden in plain sight:  WJSC free-form radio  seeks staff and audience

Emily Mullaney

April 27, 2017


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Students walk by it every day and don’t give it a second thought: Johnson State’s radio studio. Opposite Common Grounds in Stearns, DJs sit in the WJSC studio and broadcast anything from American roots music to sports talk shows to two-hour shows dedicated only to ’90s music. For some, it’s an...

Badger Dash will raise money for Special Olympics

Mary Fafard

April 27, 2017


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The Athletic Facility Management class has spent the semester planning a race fundraiser for the Lamoille County Special Olympics. The Badger Dash, which will be on Saturday, May 6, will include a competitive color-run 5k and fun run for children.   As the class has learned event planning procedures...

Davis and Hope to depart JSC

Davis and Hope to depart JSC

Jacob Greenia

April 27, 2017


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Will Davis, Dibden Technical Director, and his partner, Kacy Hope, JSC’s Campus Visit and Outreach Coordinator, are leaving their respective positions in May after two years at JSC for new opportunities further south.   Before coming to JSC, Davis and Hope first met in Kentucky where they...

Tagaban speaks of Tlingit culture and art in Ellsworth Lecture

Emily Mullaney

April 27, 2017


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Ricky Tagaban is an Alaskan Native American from the Tlingit culture. He is also an artist, a weaver of traditional and contemporary Northwest Coast textiles, and he gave the 33rd annual Ellsworth Lecture on April 21 in a nearly-full Bentley 207 during Pride Week.   At first glance, Tagaban’s...

Career fair brings employers to JSC

Mary Fafard

April 27, 2017


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On Wednesday, April 12, the Career and Internship Center hosted their annual Spring Career and Internship Fair. Fifty employers filled the multi-purpose gym in the SHAPE facility, ready to speak with Johnson State College students who were looking to further their careers.   Employers included...

For Atkins, building trust and curricular review are top priorities SC NVU

For Atkins, building trust and curricular review are top priorities  SC NVU

Jacob Greenia

April 27, 2017


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Come July 1, 2018, LSC Interim President Nolan Atkins will become Northern Vermont University’s founding provost. Atkins’ duties include developing new academic programs, strategic plans and making decisions on faculty promotions and hires.   But before Atkins helms NVU’s first provost...

Student research in the sciences flourishes at JSC

Student research in the sciences flourishes at JSC

Connie O'Hearn

April 27, 2017


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As the college intensifies its emphasis on high-impact learning, the Department of Environmental and Health Sciences offers plenty of opportunities for hands on research and fieldwork. Currently, the disciplines of physiology, microbiology, toxicology, climatology, and geology are active areas of research.   Dr....

Statehouse celebrates NVU

Statehouse celebrates NVU

Mary Fafard

April 27, 2017


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On Wednesday, April 19, Johnson and Lyndon State College faculty, staff and students filled the Vermont State House cafeteria, along with Vermont lawmakers and Vermont State College trustees. Together, they celebrated the upcoming unification and creation of Northern Vermont University.   A...

Heather Irvine knows her herbs

Seana Rowell

April 14, 2017


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Modern medicine has developed a reputation for being an invasive and overly procedural standard of care. Whether this reputation is deserved or not is a matter of personal debate. Pharmaceutical drugs, the mainstay of doctor’s offices across America, are known both anecdotally and statistically for...

Wilkinson’s perfect cocktail: science and poetry

Wilkinson’s perfect cocktail:  science and poetry

Emily Mullaney

April 14, 2017


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Dan Wilkinson is not unlike a bear in appearance. Tall, broad-shouldered and bearded, at 28 he is planning on graduating from JSC in December 2017 with a degree in biology with secondary education licensure. He’s a man with many interests, from the science he studies to card and board games to poetry....

A look into transitional resources in Vermont

A look into transitional resources in Vermont

Jacob Greenia

April 14, 2017


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Free time is hard to find for Marcus, Penny and Chuck Pizer these days.   Since cofounding the nonprofit organization Safe Harbor for Trans Teens from their South Burlington home two years ago, Marcus and his mother Penny have poured their time into bringing in transgender and questioning LGBTQ...

SGA petitions for more VSC funding

Shavonna Bent

April 14, 2017


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At the recent board of trustee’s dinner, I had the chance to sit down with President Collins and Chancellor Spaulding and talk about many things the state legislature is considering for this session. Of course, the hot topic was increased funding for the Vermont state college system (VSCS).   To...

VSAC lends a helping hand

VSAC lends a helping hand

Briana Morin

April 14, 2017


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“It is still true that you are better positioned if you go to college, but you are not as much better positioned if you have to go to college with debt,” said Melinda Lewis, associate professor at the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare, in an interview with CNBC.   This quote...

JSC upperclassmen make connections at the 5th annual Dinner with the Boss

JSC upperclassmen make connections at the 5th annual Dinner with the Boss

Jacob Greenia

April 14, 2017


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Along with spring comes graduation for most JSC seniors and with graduation comes the impending need for employment.   Dozens of well-groomed and well-dressed JSC students, alumni, faculty and staff gathered on March 28 in the Stearns Performance Space to discuss the finer points of networking...

New education faculty member hired

Jacob Greenia

April 14, 2017


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JSC’s Education Department will welcome a new faculty member in the fall to coordinate JSC’s current Applied Behavior Analysis [ABA] program and begin work on a new early childhood special education program.   Audrey Hoffmann, who is currently the assistant clinical director at Utah State...

SGA pushes for longer library hours

SGA pushes for longer library hours

Mary Fafard

April 14, 2017


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In 2014, the library staff made the decision to cut back on their open hours to save jobs. Today, the Student Government Association is working with the library staff to work to extend the hours back to what they were.   “We were thrilled that the SGA was interested in the library. We thought...

JSC takes first steps toward food pantry

Ian Major

April 14, 2017


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As food pantries are popping up at colleges and universities across the country, Johnson Sate College could potentially be next on the list.   Currently there are over 300 schools across the country that have created food pantries for their students.   Director of Student Activities...

RAD teaches women’s defense

RAD teaches women’s defense

Nellie Tamboe

April 14, 2017


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According to the FBI’s crime statistics, it is estimated that there were 950,185 cases of rape and 764,449 cases of aggravated assault in the United States in 2015. Worldwide, the estimated percentage of women who experience physical or sexual violence is 35 percent.   The Rape Aggression...

Gen-ed assessment plan accelerating to meet NEASC requirements

Ian Major

April 14, 2017


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The fall 2017 New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) final report for Johnson State College left the college with a warning regarding its general education program assessment processes.   The JSC gen-ed curriculum consists of four focuses: a first-year seminar, creative audience,...

LSC’s interim president named NVU’s first provost

LSC’s interim president named NVU’s first provost

Emily Mullaney

April 14, 2017


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On Tuesday, April 11, JSC President Elaine Collins announced that Dr. Nolan Atkins, interim president of Lyndon State College, has been chosen to be Northern Vermont University’s chief academic officer, its first provost.   “After careful consideration of the search committee’s review...

Transgender issues gain more media prominence

Transgender issues gain more media prominence

Jacob Greenia

March 23, 2017


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When Christine Hallquist stepped into her office at the Vermont Electric Cooperative in Johnson on Dec. 2, 2015, she felt several decades of gender dysphoria, insomnia and anxiety wither away.   She asserts, after a long struggle with gender dysphoria and anxiety, she’s happy to be a trans...

Hunger has serious implications for childhood development

Hunger has serious implications for childhood development

Avery Bliss

March 23, 2017


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One out of every four children come to school each day from food insecure households, unable to pay attention to the teacher because of a lack of proper, nutritious food.   In some counties in Vermont, such as Grand Isle and Orleans, that number of food insecure children climbs to one out of...

Declining government support squeezes student loan and grant options

Declining government support squeezes student loan and grant options

Briana Morin

March 23, 2017


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According to The Institute For College Access and Success, 68 percent of 2015 public college graduates had student debt. On average, each student borrows over $30,000. This number has been on a steady incline for decades.   Combined with the steadily decreasing state funding of the Vermont State...

JSC students toil in the soil of Waco, Texas

JSC students toil in the soil of Waco, Texas

Mary Fafard

March 23, 2017


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A house with four walls, a bamboo roof, a dirt floor and only two beds was where the Badger Alternative Break group, focusing on poverty and sustainability, stayed in during their week-long service trip in Waco, Texas.   In September, a group of Johnson State College students started to meet...

START program survey will compare student experiences

Connie O’Hearn

March 23, 2017


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If you are an undergraduate student majoring in ENV, BIO, or MAT, then you are invited to participate in an upcoming survey concerning JSC’s Student Transition, Achievement, Retention and Teaching Scholarship (START) program. The survey is part of a comparative study being conducted by Drs. Leslie...

BAB group finds their mojo in Motor City

BAB group finds their mojo in Motor City

Mary Fafard

March 23, 2017


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A Badger Alternative Break group focused on community development spent February break in Detroit, Michigan, working with Cass Community Social Services (CASS). CASS, whose mission is to work across the city of Detroit in areas of concentrated poverty and provide programs for food, health, housing and...

Looking forward to Armenia

Looking forward to Armenia

Emily Mullaney

March 23, 2017


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Armenia is a country and former Soviet republic that rests between Europe and China, cradled by mountains, and the Business Concepts and Civic Engagement class will be leaving the U.S. to build houses there for two weeks. The class, consisting of about 10 students, will leave May 15 and return May 28.   Henrique...

JSC community gambles in style at the SGA’s 40th Annual Casino Night

JSC community gambles in style at the SGA’s 40th Annual Casino Night

Jacob Greenia

March 23, 2017


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JSC’s Student Government Association celebrated one of its largest events in recent years on Friday, March 10: the 40th Annual Casino Night. JSC and LSC community members dressed up and turned out in droves for a black and white tie affair.   According to Casino Night Chair Mary Fafard, the...

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