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Provost candidate speaks on collaboration and assessment

Provost candidate speaks on collaboration and assessment

Cayla Fronhofer

March 23, 2017


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The search for Northern Vermont University’s provost has been narrowed to four candidates. As one of those candidates, Elizabeth Mauch visited the JSC campus on Monday, March 13 to speak with students, staff and faculty.   Mauch holds a Ph.D. in mathematics and has worked as the dean of the...

Gleaning recovers local food in Vermont

Gleaning recovers local food in Vermont

Avery Bliss

March 9, 2017


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A handful of wrinkled apples here, a stalk of corn too small for market there. All over the country, these items of produce and more are going to waste.   The practice of gleaning harkens back to ancient times, when people would go into fields to harvest the produce that was not quite fit for...

A closer look a the reality of Gender Dysphoria

A closer look a the reality of Gender Dysphoria

Jacob Greenia

March 9, 2017


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During her childhood, JSC education-biology double major Blair Koonz didn’t have the words for how she felt. She shied away from mirrors, discomforted by how she felt about her body.   Conscious of her feminine preferences at home and school, Koonz said she knew early on that she was a girl,...

Struggling with debt is the reality for many students

Struggling with debt is the reality for many students

Briana Morin

March 9, 2017


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Alijah Gauthier is a graduate of Johnson State College. After her December graduation in 2015, she moved across the country. She brought with her $70,000 in student loan debt.   Trevor Shatney, another recent JSC graduate, was enrolled for five years and left with $60,000 in student loan debt....

Capitol Connection

Capitol Connection

March 9, 2017


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It has been said that the art of taxation consists of the ability to pluck the most amount of feathers from the goose with the least amount of squawking. A feather here and a feather there, and the goose, or tax payer, does not get too upset the thinking goes, until you pull a lot of feathers all at...

Model UN club discusses recent trip and funding struggles

Model UN club discusses recent trip and funding struggles

Jacob Greenia

March 9, 2017


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JSC’s Model United Nations club has returned from its most recent diplomatic mission: representing the small West African country of Burkina Faso at the 63rd Harvard National Model United Nations conference (HNMUN) in Boston.   From Feb. 16-19, JSC’s Model UN club members joined hundreds...

Loggers pine for better weather conditions

Ian Major

March 9, 2017


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Logging operations have continued this winter on campus near the JSC Maintenance Facility, where crews have removed a number of hazardous trees.   In total, approximately 100 acres of land has been set to be logged at JSC. Operations started in November 2014, with a bidding process that helped...

Emergency posters encourage campus safety

Emily Mullaney

March 9, 2017


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They’re hard to miss, which is the point.   They read, “Emergency Procedures” and “How to Defend Against an Active Shooter.” Public safety mounted these posters around campus just before the spring semester began, under the direction of Johnson’s College Crisis Response Team (CCRT).   “Throughout...

A place where Vegans meet

A place where Vegans meet

Mary Fafard

March 9, 2017


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Last semester, a group of vegans banned together to create the new Vegan Cooking Club. Now, they meet once a month to discuss, cook and eat vegan recipes as a group.   The organizers of the club were impressed to see that Sodexo already provided a full section of food that was vegan and gluten...

Babcock gets a grant

Babcock gets a grant

Jacob Greenia

March 9, 2017


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Tucked away in Eden, Vermont, the Babcock Nature Preserve provides a 1,000-acre outdoor laboratory for JSC students and faculty to conduct research and steward its vital ecosystems. JSC recently received a $2,100 “Small and Inspiring Grant” from the Vermont Community Foundation to fund new research...

Two digital agencies hired for NVU branding

Mary Fafard

March 9, 2017


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Two web development and branding companies have been hired to build the Northern Vermont University website and branding materials. KWall, a digital agency specializing in higher education web development out of California, and Ologie, a branding, marketing and digital agency out of Ohio, submitted a...

JSC students present research at World Congress in Qatar

JSC students present research at World Congress in Qatar

Connie O'Hearn

March 9, 2017


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Last semester, the importance of undergraduate research was highlighted when JSC students Heather Murphy, Shayna Bennett, and Shavonna Bent, along with JSC professor Dr. Elizabeth Dolci, traveled to Doha, Qatar, to take part in the First International World Congress on Undergraduate Research (WCUR).   Murphy,...

NVU provost finalists to visit JSC/LSC

NVU provost finalists to visit JSC/LSC

Ian Major

March 9, 2017


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As Northern Vermont University unification processes continue, a provost search committee has been created to review applications for the new position.   Greg Petrics, committee co-chair and assistant professor in the mathematics department at Johnson State College, said that a national search...

Bernie Sanders chosen as keynote speaker for 2017 commencement

Bernie Sanders chosen as keynote speaker for 2017 commencement

Cayla Fronhofer

March 9, 2017


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JSC’s graduating class of 2017 will have a very special keynote speaker at the commencement ceremony this May: Senator Bernie Sanders.     This will be Johnson’s 150th commencement ceremony, which seems the perfect time to bring in a speaker who really represents the school’s...

The medical transition

The medical transition

Jacob Greenia

February 16, 2017


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The medical transition is an important yet sometimes costly route to pursue for transgender men and women hoping to align their anatomy with the gender to which they identify.   For this installment, Basement Medicine will explore some of the various operations, recovery procedures and costs...

Lamoille food bank reaches out to manage hunger in Vermont

Lamoille food bank reaches out to manage hunger in Vermont

Avery Bliss

February 16, 2017


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Over the course of recent years, the food insecurity problem within Lamoille County has risen to where one in four people are struggling to put food on the table. The most recent census puts the population of Lamoille County at 25,067, which means that approximately 6,266 people are currently contending...

Manosh gears up

Manosh gears up

Jacob Greenia

February 16, 2017


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Avid endurance athlete and local community member Stephanie Manosh is gearing up for a 100-mile snowshoe race beginning in Pittsfield, Vermont, on March 10, where she will be trekking through the region’s myriad trail systems with a purpose. Manosh recently launched an ongoing fundraiser through...

Cold enough for ya?

Cold enough for ya?

Emily Mullaney

February 16, 2017


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It was shortly after 11 a.m. when I stood on the snowy surface of Lake Elmore in front of the hole cut into the ice and said to nobody in particular, “I’m going to die,” three or four times. Andrew Tascarella said something reassuring back to me that I didn’t really hear, and a few moments later,...

Dr. David Fink to retire in May

Dr. David Fink to retire in May

Jacob Greenia

February 16, 2017


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Dr. David Fink, professor of counseling and psychology at JSC, will be retiring at the end of the semester after 28 years of teaching core courses in JSC’s master’s degree program in addition to being the program’s coordinator since 2003.   Fink’s work since joining JSC’s Behavioral...

JSC launches search for new learning specialist

Mary Fafard

February 16, 2017


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The Academic Support Services Department is down one staff member and looking to hire a new full-time learning specialist within the next few months.   After one semester, Kevin Speck, who replaced Richard Simmons, has left the college. Fleck specialized in working with students who have learning...

College apartment applications move online

College apartment applications move online

Mary Fafard

February 16, 2017


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It’s that time of year again, and students who plan to return to the college in the fall are starting to think about their future housing plans. This year, students who are applying to live in a college apartment will go through the same process as students applying to live in the dorms instead of...

SGA looks forward to Casino Night

Emily Mullaney

February 16, 2017


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If anyone needs an excuse to dress up, especially at Johnson where students sometimes go to class in pajamas, here is one: Casino Night, sponsored and planned by the SGA. This year’s theme is Black and White Gala, a classy celebration of the 40th anniversary of Casino Night and the 30th anniversary...

Unification on a tight schedule

Unification on a tight schedule

Jacob Greenia

February 16, 2017


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With the inaugural semester of Northern Vermont University merely a year-and-a-half away, a series of transition team meetings are underway to focus on the nine institutional standards that are essential to the creation of a single academic institution come August of 2018.   Submitted on Dec....

No butts about it: Smoking ban coming

No butts about it:  Smoking ban coming

Emily Mullaney

February 16, 2017


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Smokers on the Johnson State campus might want to consider quitting tobacco soon. That is part of the goal, after all, of the smoking ban that will take effect after commencement this year.     There will be established smoking zones away from the quad, either near or on the other...

Internships offer high-impact learning and enhanced access to job markets

Internships offer high-impact learning and enhanced access to job markets

Cayla Fronhofer

February 2, 2017


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An internship can lay the groundwork for a successful career. “I think that internships are a shining star as an example of high impact learning,” said Ellen Hill, internship program coordinator. “It’s the comprehension of those theories and concepts, and applying it for themselves and validating...

Spring Creative Audience series brings diversity to campus

Spring Creative Audience series brings diversity to campus

Cayla Fronhofer

February 2, 2017


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The spring semester’s Creative Audience programming kicked off with speaker Penny Patch and looks forward to many more events in the coming months.  “Honestly, I could talk about every one of these events and why I’m excited for it,” says Matt Hayes, coordinator of first year events....

A vision for connected classrooms

A vision for connected classrooms

Ian Major

February 2, 2017


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As unification measures begin to unfold, both Lyndon and Johnson State Colleges are continuing to work with new technologies, like using connected classroom setups as an offering for some of the lower enrolled courses on the campuses. Given the new title of Northern Vermont University for the two...

Faculty must use Moodle gradebook

Faculty must use Moodle gradebook

Ian Major

February 2, 2017


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At the end of the fall 2016 semester, JSC President Elaine Collins and Interim Academic Dean Sharon Twigg requested that faculty begin using Moodle to post all course syllabi and the Moodle gradebook beginning in the spring 2017 semester. This request was followed by an email to all faculty in January...

Doubling down on distance learning

Doubling down on distance learning

Jacob Greenia

February 2, 2017


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As JSC moves closer to becoming Northern Vermont University-Johnson, some of the college’s online programs such as the External Degree Program (EDP) and JSC Online stand to see expansion and outreach to specific areas of the United States.   JSC’s EDP program has expanded since it reached...

Why do VSC graduates have so much debt?

Why do VSC graduates have so much debt?

Briana Morin

February 2, 2017


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Getting a decent-paying job in this economy seems extremely difficult without having some form of higher education under your belt. However, if you live in Vermont, the high personal cost of a college education is driving many high school graduates either out-of-state or directly into the workforce.   Because...

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