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SGA reveals theme of this year’s Casino Night

February 21, 2019

On Feb. 5, 2019, the Johnson SGA hosted the Reveal party for the theme of the 42nd annual Casino Night. This year’s theme is A Royal Affair. Every year the SGA’s Casino Night Committee picks a theme...

Build your mental health toolkit

Build your mental health toolkit

Seana Rowell February 21, 2019

In the last issue I wrote about the campus Wellness Center and suggested taking advantage of their free counseling and walk-in hours along with their self-guided relaxation, light therapy and biofeedback...

Welcome to the Wellness Center

Welcome to the Wellness Center

Seana Rowell February 8, 2019

The first thing I’ve noticed each time I’ve stepped into the Wellness Center on the NVU-Johnson campus is the quiet, an intentional hush offset only by the white noise of the sound machines which line...

Legislators: stop this travesty

Adriana Eldred February 8, 2019

My name is Adriana, and I’m a first-generation college student from a low-income household. Because of this I was not only encouraged to go to college, I was expected to. My parents had seen the struggles...

SGA’s new project

Haley Frechette February 8, 2019

The SGA has been working diligently this semester to listen and to meet the needs of our students and staff. One of the projects taken on by one of our Senators, Haley Frechette, was to replace the old,...

Words of wellness: adventures in sobriety

Words of wellness: adventures in sobriety

Shannon Russell April 26, 2018

Shannon is a sophomore at JSC and is a founder and active member of Northern Vermont Recovery Program (NVRP). Hi, my name is Shannon and I am an alcoholic. By the grace of my higher power, I have not...

Words of Wellness: seasonal affective disorder...SAD

Words of Wellness: seasonal affective disorder…SAD

John M. Grohol March 15, 2018

Winter depression (or winter blues) is a common affliction for those who live in our northern climate. Its clinical name is seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and up to 5 percent of the population (especially...

Words of Wellness: outdoor therapy, nature’s cure

Melissa Cluff February 20, 2018

Recent studies show that being outside has both positive psychological and physiological benefits. Ecotherapy (also known as green therapy, nature therapy, and earth-centered therapy) is contact with nature...

Vermont State Colleges System Delivering Entrepreneurs and Workers

The Vermont State Colleges System (VSCS) is a major workforce pipeline delivering entrepreneurs and workers to power our state’s economy. As a system, Castleton University, Community College of Vermont,...

Words of Wellness: the connection between trauma and addiction

Courtesy of Ashwood Recovery February 8, 2018

Addiction is a disease with several causal factors – genetics, environment, personal behavior, and experience, in the form of trauma. The relationship between trauma and substance abuse is complicated...

Strategic Plan must address IT deficiencies

Thomas O'Leary, -Editor-in-Chief February 8, 2018

With the spring 2018 semester officially in session, we are now a mere four months away from Johnson State College (JSC) and Lyndon State College (LSC) officially merging under the umbrella of Northern...

A message from Student Trustee Benjamin Simone

Benjamin Simone February 4, 2016

Hi, how’s it going? I’d like to introduce myself to you readers today, my name is Benjamin Simone, and in a few weeks, myself and 12 other members of the VSC Board of Trustees are going to decide on...

Tolerance is not enough: addressing LGBT life on campus

Ryan Downs February 4, 2016

Certainly, Johnson State has made some progress as far as the state of life for the LGBT community goes. There is now an LGBT oriented club on campus; a discussion was raised a year ago about how essential...

10 tips for a healthy relationship

10 tips for a healthy relationship

Joyce Woodford and Cynthia Hennard February 18, 2015

Healthy relationships bring happiness and health to our lives. Studies show that people with healthy relationships really do have more happiness and less stress. There are basic ways to make relationships...



Cynthia Hennard February 10, 2015

Do you know about mindfulness? One of the best definitions of mindfulness comes from Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, who says that Mindfulness is “paying attention...

An extraterranean adventure in the biofeedback software “Alive”

Words of Wellness: Biofeedback

Chris Deery December 3, 2014

Enjoy video games? Feeling stressed and overwhelmed? Then check out this brand new JSC service, which is offered through collaboration between the Health Center and the Behavioral Medicine Research...

Words of Wellness: Gratitude, kindness and saving your soul

Cynthia Hennard November 12, 2014

When this column comes out we’ll be two weeks away from Thanksgiving. A holiday with both light and shadow in the United States, given our history – a past that is what it is. We can, however, as enlightened...

Words of Wellness: The Fall of Autumn

Cynthia Hennard October 30, 2014

“In the beginning there was nothing. God said, “Let there be light!” And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better.” - Ellen DeGeneres “An age is called...

Was this you last night? Drop the Hair of the Dog and read on.

Words of Wellness: Why Is Alcohol Binging Such A Big Deal?

Cynthia Hennard October 19, 2014

In honor of Alcohol Awareness week and inspired by the Vermont Conference on Addictive Disorders that I recently attended, I thought I’d take a closer look at Alcohol Issues, particularly for those typical...


Words of Wellness: Procrastination

Cynthia Hennard September 24, 2014

Procrastination is one of the most stressful maladaptive strategies in life. Yes, we need to stay on top of our readings and assignments, work, friends, families, laundry and lives, but sometimes it all...

Thank you, Kind Sir

Victoria Greenia May 8, 2014

I fell into love with a man a few nights ago and got a chocolate bar out of it –53% cocoa with pistachios and hot peppers, wrapped with a picture of Grace Potter. While I am neither a fan of chocolate...

A Band-Aid on a gaping wound

A Band-Aid on a gaping wound

Tyrone Shaw February 6, 2014

Editor’s note: The following commentary was originally published in Vt. Digger on Jan. 21. It’s been reprinted here due to its relevance, despite the protests of its author, stemming from his active...

Whats that, tummy?  I need to... ohhh...

Words of Wellness: If your body could talk…

Lori Koshowski December 10, 2013

We’ve all heard the old adage ‘you are what you eat’, but have you ever stopped to think exactly how true that is? Put simply, healthy eating is the key to wellbeing. We all have up to 100 trillion...


Words of Wellness: Focusing on the body to manage stress

Cynthia Hennard, Counseling Center Director November 14, 2013

  Most of you probably already know that some stress is good. We need to activate some alertness and vigilance to function at our best. Stress activates the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS)...

Constructive living

Words of Wellness: Constructive living

Cynthia Hennard, Counseling Center Director October 17, 2013

Constructive Living Quotes: You don't need to fight your fears or discover hidden ones. Fear of flying is no reason to avoid air travel. For all your dreams you are what you do. Feelings fade...

This fall runner makes his personal health Priority One!

Stay Healthy as the Weather Changes

Lori Koshowski September 25, 2013

In Vermont, we are so lucky to have extremely vibrant seasons. Fall turns out to be one of my favorites. I love all the beautiful harvest colors and the specific fragrant smells that it brings. Fall, of...

Words of Wellness

Words of Wellness

Thriving During Transitions
Cynthia Hennard, JSC counseling center director September 11, 2013

These first few weeks on campus are sure to be interesting times. They might be the best ever or just OK or no big deal. Other weeks maybe unsettling, daunting or just feel like a big adjustment to deal...

You have the right to remain silent – right?

You have the right to remain silent – right?

Phil O'Neil May 3, 2013

You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney and to have an attorney present during any questioning....

Yoga: Fight stress and find serenity

Lori Koshowski April 18, 2013

Your mobile phone is ringing, you have a paper due and a test to study for, you feel deprived of sleep, your neck and back are aching from long hours spent in classes and studying, you have the "sniffles"...

Is It OK to Cry?

Is It OK to Cry?

It’s not just men that get the message that it is weak to cry. Plenty of women are stoics as well. There are plenty of situations when we’d really rather not burst into tears. It seems out of control...

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