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Les Kanat retires after 31 years at NVU

Kanat and Jones

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief

May 19, 2020

In all his 31 years at NVU, Les Kanat’s proudest achievements as a Professor of Environmental and Health Sciences all involved the successes of his students. Along with the successes of former students, Kanat said he was proud of the Student Transition, Achievement, Retention, and Teaching Scholarship...

After nearly 50 years, Professor Silver retires

Basement Medicine Staff

May 3, 2020

Professor of Humanities Paul Silver has a vast knowledge of history, particularly American history. And especially of the Declaration of Independence, the signing of which he witnessed first-hand. Or so goes a common “Paul” joke, reflecting his nearly fifty years of mentoring students through the...

Chancellor Spaulding announces resignation

VSCS Chancellor Jeb Spaulding in 2017. Spaulding's plan to shutter 3 VSC campuses has been met with controversy and outrage.

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief

April 28, 2020

After his proposal to close three VSCS colleges and a petition with over 2,000 signatures calling for his resignation, VSCS Chancellor Jeb Spaulding has announced via press release that he will step down. Spaulding has been chancellor of the system for just over five years. According to the press...

VSCS Board hears 3.5 hours of public comment

Students, faculty, staff and supporters of NVU have changed their Facebook profile pictures to this image to show their solidarity.

Rebecca Flieder, Editor In Chief

April 22, 2020

After a tidal wave of public outcry and postponement of the initial vote to close NVU-Johnson, NVU-Lyndon and VTC-Randolph, VSCS Chancellor Jeb Spaulding proposed his plan of closure at the Monday, April 20 meeting. After his presentation, the Board of Trustees and Spaulding listened to nearly 3.5 hours...

VSCS Board of Trustees vote postponed

From left to right: David Silverman, Karen Luneau, Chancellor Jeb Spaulding, Board Chair Churchill Hindes, Lynn Dickinsen at the Sept. 13 meeting

Rebecca Flieder, Editor In Chief

April 19, 2020

After a public outcry and outrage at VSCS Chancellor Jeb Spaulding's plan to close NVU-Lyndon, NVU-Johnson and VTC-Randolph, the Board of Trustees has postponed the vote, as announced in a press release. VSC Delay Press Release (4-19-20)...

Joint Alumni Council votes No Confidence in Chancellor Jeb Spaulding

VSC Chancellor Jeb Spaulding addresses JSC students at a unification Q&A session on August 30, 2017

Rebecca Flieder, Editor In Chief

April 19, 2020

Read the joint letter here: NVU-LYNDON-JOHNSON-ALUMNI-COUNCIL The alumni councils at both NVU-Johnson and NVU-Lyndon have voted no confidence in Chancellor Jeb Spaulding.  At the beginning of a faculty assembly meeting at 5:00 on April 18, Meaghan Meachem, the representative for the Lyndon...

VSCS Chancellor Spaulding recommends closure of NVU, VTC-Randolph

Students, faculty, staff and supporters of NVU have changed their Facebook profile pictures to this image to show their solidarity.

Rebecca Flieder, Editor In Chief

April 18, 2020

Editor's Note: This will be updated as we see more of this story develop.  On April 17, 2020, Chancellor Jeb Spaulding was expected to meet with representatives from each institution in the Vermont State College System (VSCS) to discuss his recommendations for the Board of Trustees for the futu...

NVU joint faculty assembly unanimously votes No Confidence in Chancellor Spaulding

VSCS Chancellor Jeb Spaulding in 2017. Spaulding's plan to shutter 3 VSC campuses has been met with controversy and outrage.

Rebecca Flieder, Editor In Chief

April 18, 2020

Just after 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, an unofficial joint NVU faculty assembly of over 50 members from both campuses unanimously voted “No Confidence” in VSCS Chancellor Jeb Spaulding. The vote came less than 48 hours after Spaulding’s original announcement that he would recommend the VSCS...

How to make a mask: a pictorial

The finished product might not look as polished as an N95, but it'll be a little more suave than a shirt tied around your face.

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief

April 15, 2020

The CDC has announced that Americans should be wearing cloth masks when they leave their homes to slow the spread of COVID-19. N95 and surgical masks should be reserved for healthcare workers. According to the CDC, cloth masks must fit to the face, be secured with ties or ear loops, have multiple...

2020 commencement postponed, alternate events planned

2020 commencement postponed, alternate events planned

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief

April 15, 2020

Since NVU’s initial move to remote instruction on March 12, seniors from both campuses have raised the question on social media: “What about graduation?” In fact, nearly 400 people have signed NVU-J senior Matt Allen’s petition on Change.org, titled, “Demand A Graduation Ceremony @ NVU.” “We,...

COVID-19 relief funding for VSCS, NVU

COVID-19 relief funding for VSCS, NVU

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief

April 14, 2020

On April 10, 2020, VSC Faculty Federation President Linda Olson sent a message to the Federation about the financial impact of COVID-19 on the VSCS. “Based on the survey of faculty that we sent out last week,” she wrote, “it is clear that you all would like some information about what is happening.” Olson’s...

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