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LSC Chorus and NEK Community Orchestra Present Holiday Concert

“A Celebration of Song” on December 8

The Lyndon State College Community Chorus and the NEK Community Orchestra will pool their talents to present “A Celebration of Song,” Sunday, December 8 at 3 p.m., in the Alexander Twilight Theatre on the LSC campus. Both the Chorus and Orchestra are now under the direction of Janet Edmondson, an adjunct faculty member in Music and Performing Arts at LSC. Beth Norris and Bill Cotte, both having retired from their long-time conducting posts, will be featured as guest conductors for this concert. A reception in their honor will follow the performance. All are welcome to join in the celebration of their talents and dedication to their ensembles over the years.

The orchestra program will include Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 1,” Brahms’ “Variations on a Theme by Haydn,” and “The Polar Express” Concert Suite by Alan Silvestri.  The chorus will perform a set of “2 Jazz Madrigals” by contemporary composer Ron Drotos, Peter Lutkin’s “May the Lord Bless You and Keep You” (an LSC Chorus tradition), and “Winter Wonderland.” The chorus and orchestra will combine their talents to perform John Rutter’s “For the Beauty of the Earth” and “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place” from the Brahms Requiem.

Admission is by donation.

LSC Becoming Greener Thanks to Sticks and Stuff

Donated Solar Panels to Heat College’s Pool

Lyndon State College has received a gift of 72 solar panels and associated heat pump equipment from Sticks and Stuff, the hardware and home supply store that recently purchased the Indoor Recreation of Orleans County (IROC) facility in Derby, Vermont. LSC plans to use the donated panels to heat the 25 meter swimming pool on campus. The panels will be mounted on the Rita Bole Gymnasium roof – - adjacent to the pool building – - sometime early next summer.

The cost to purchase new solar powered pool heating equipment would be in the range of $100,000. According to Tom Archer, the director of LSC’s physical plant, “the cost to add additional support to the roof structure will be about $40,000. The cost to remove the panels from the IROC facility, transport and install the panels and associated equipment at LSC will be approximately another $45,000.” Lyndon annually uses approximately 8,000 gallons of fuel to heat the pool; annual cost savings would be nearly $11,400. The 2-year-old panels have a projected life of 20 to 25 years, measure 7’ by 4’, and weigh about 104 pounds when empty.

LSC President Joe Bertolino said “We are very excited to receive the donation of this solar hot water system and are deeply grateful to Jerry Belisle, Kris Bullock, and Jeff Lamphere at Sticks and Stuff for making this happen.”

In addition to saving money on energy consumption, the green technology is of interest academically, especially for students in the college’s Sustainability Studies degree program. Ben Luce, assistant professor of natural science and physics notes, “We have been interested for years in the possibility of heating our athletic complex with solar hot water. This system is ideal. We plan to involve our students closely in both the installation and performance analysis of this system, which we anticipate will strongly advance our goals of making Lyndon State a leader in energy efficiency and renewable energy implementation and education.”

LSC and Q Burke’s Memorandum of Understanding

Agree to Serve as Education and Workplace Provider

Lyndon State College President Joe Bertolino and Q Burke Mountain Resort President and CEO Ary Quiros signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the LSC campus November 6. This MOU establishes the intent to enter into a “collaborative relationship” regarding the courses, programs of instruction, and experiential learning opportunities to be “delivered or sponsored” by LSC that “appropriately address the learning objectives and work force development needs” of Q Burke. The formal relationship begins upon signing and is a renewable one year commitment.

LSC and Burke Mountain have had an informal and mutually beneficial relationship for decades. LSC students are hired by Burke as interns and Burke dedicates time and resources to developing these students through real world work situations. These internships have been available to a limited number of degree programs. Now, these internships can now expand into “cross-campus initiatives” that will provide courses to teach skills that the Q Burke positions require. Quiros said, “I see Burke Mountain as Lyndon State’s classroom.”

With the projected growth and expansion of Q Burke into a robust four season resort, this formal agreement addresses increased workforce development needs. This may include but is not limited to “developing additional experiential learning opportunities in more disciplines,” developing adult education programs, certification, and other training possibilities, designing and implementing skills trainings for incumbent workers and new hires, and maximizing the capacity of existing program such as the college’s Center for Rural Entrepreneurship. Bertolino said, “Our students and faculty have a broad range of expertise, knowledge and skills that can contribute to growing both large and small area businesses.”

The purpose of the MOU is to provide Q Burke the greatest opportunity to meet their training requirements as well as have an available pool of qualified workers. The intent is to promote standardization and better involve students in Q Burke’s operations. By expanding the internships across more programs, LSC can provide more students with the practical experience desired and demanded by today’s business environment. For example, Music Business and Industry students can help with the concerts planned at the mountain during the season. Visual Arts students could draw up print and web-based marketing strategies while English majors provided the content. Business Administration and Accounting students could assist in analyzing business performance and lend assistance in research and systems development.

LSC Veterans Park Bench Dedication, Nov. 11

Community Invited to Ceremony to Honor Veterans

The Lyndon State College Veterans Club will officially dedicate the LSC Veterans Park Memorial Bench with a ceremony on November 11. The 11 a.m. event will be at the College’s Veterans Park at Fountain Pond. The community is encouraged to join area veterans for this event.

LSC President Joe Bertolino will address the audience followed by the keynote address by Colonel Michael Morgan, Vice Commander of the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard. Morgan will be introduced by his daughter, LSC student Leah Morgan. The Veterans Park Memorial Bench will be dedicated by LSC Veterans Club President Todd McCosco and former Club Presidents Mark Hoffmann and James Nagle.

Veterans Club Advisor and LSC Assistant Professor, Thom Anderson said, “The memorial bench is a sacred reminder of the service and sacrifices LSC Veterans – - faculty, staff, and students – - have made and continue to make for this country. The club has worked hard over the past couple years to make the bench and the veterans park a reality. The most rewarding aspect of the process has been the outpouring of support we’ve received from donors, veterans in the region, alumni, and the LSC community. We are very thankful to everyone who has helped us along the way.”

The Veterans Park is scheduled to be completed in three phases. The first phase involved installing letters spelling out “LSC Veterans Park” under red, white, and blue stars on the wall overlooking the college’s Fountain Pond. That portion of the park was dedicated on Veterans Day 2012. Phase two is the granite reflection bench. The third phase will be the erection of plaques inscribed with the names of past and present LSC veterans.

The Veterans Park is on campus near the library and the dining hall. No reservations are required. In case of rain, the ceremony will be in the Academic & Student Activity Center (ASAC), Room 100.

The Office of Institutional Advancement is seeking all Lyndon State veterans so they can be included the third phase of the Veterans Park. Anyone who is a veteran or knows of a veteran who attended Lyndon State College, please contact Belinda Plymak in the Office of Institutional Advancement at (802) 626-4877 or by e-mail at

The 2nd Annual Veterans Summit at LSC is scheduled for March 15, 2014. The Summit aims to build relationships, strengthen connections, and enhance regional support for Veterans. It will again feature nationally recognized speakers and authors and Veteran Service Organizations will be on hand with information about benefits and resources. For more information, please visit

Atmospheric Sciences Dept. Full Member of UCAR

Confirms Status as One of Nation’s Top Undergrad Programs

Lyndon State College’s Department of Atmospheric Sciences (ATM) has been voted in as a full member of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research/National Center for Atmospheric Research (UCAR/NCAR). NCAR is the world’s premier atmospheric research organization; UCAR is the administrative entity that runs NCAR and its research programs. The move to member from affiliate member status allows Lyndon’s ATM faculty to vote and run for office on UCAR’s governing boards, and to have the opportunity to work more closely with NCAR research activities.

In 1960, NCAR began operations in Boulder, Colo., as a program of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Originally, only Ph.D. granting North American institutions whose contributions to atmospheric sciences had been reviewed could be members of NCAR and thus UCAR governing board members. In the late 1980s, a special membership category of affiliate member was created to give other schools a chance to join, but not vote, in UCAR/NCAR activities.

When this affiliate member category was created, Lyndon’s ATM department was in the first group of five non-Ph.D. granting institutions to be reviewed and admitted to affiliated membership. This review quantified the department’s strengths in curriculum, research activities, contributions to the atmospheric sciences and to UCAR/NCAR, and institutional support of the department. At UCAR’s annual meeting in early October, 2013, they voted to have only one membership category for all reviewed programs; as a long-time affiliate member, Lyndon was “grandfathered” in as a full member.

ATM Professor Bruce Berryman said, “It has indeed been a badge of honor to be associated with such an elite group. Membership has served our department very well in name recognition, growth in the quality of our program, and opportunities for students. We have taken advantage of many direct benefits during the past 25 years including faculty attending UCAR meetings and attending NCAR workshops, obtaining NCAR grants for visits by the KingAir aircraft, the Doppler on Wheels radar (twice), and a space weather scientist. We were the first undergraduate program to do all these things. We have received 20 computers for our classrooms and have sent students seven times to NCAR training sessions during the summer.”

NCAR is a federally funded research and development center devoted to service, research and education in the atmospheric and related sciences. NCAR’s mission is to understand the behavior of the atmosphere and related physical, biological and social systems; to support, enhance and extend the capabilities of the university community and the broader scientific community – nationally and internationally; and to foster transfer of knowledge and technology for the betterment of life on Earth. The NSF is NCAR’s primary sponsor, with significant additional support provided by other U.S. government agencies, other national governments and the private sector.


Kickstarter Campaign for Twilight Theatre

LSC Alumni Council Launches Effort to Improve Theatre Lighting

For the past fifty years, the Alexander Twilight Theatre has been the reigning entertainment venue for both Lyndon State College and the Northeast Kingdom community. During its glory years, the Theatre was considered the pinnacle between Montreal and Boston; acts headlining in New York City were routinely booked at Lyndon. The College has kept up with day-to-day maintenance on the Theatre but age has taken its toll.

The Theatre’s current technology limits which acts and performances can book the facility. LSC began renovation in 2012, completing many updates the same year. It involved the purchase and installation of a modern lighting console, new lighting instruments for the existing circuits, and air conditioning for the lighting booth. The next step is to install dimmers to control the new lighting instruments and an architectural control system that allows remote access to house and practice lights.

To help make these improvements on the Theatre’s lighting system, the Lyndon State College Alumni Council launched a 30-day Kickstarter project on October 19 to raise at least $19,000. Since January, the Alumni Council has raised more than $32,000 toward the $50,000 goal through a mix of on-campus, alumni outreach, and online fundraising methods. This project will cap the recent fundraising efforts and provide enough funding for ongoing support of the Theatre. The Alumni Council hopes to complete the Theatre Campaign by the end of 2013.

Kickstarter is the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. Find details about LSC’s project at:  LSC’s Alumni Council’s “Take a Seat” fundraising campaign is also ongoing; details at:

Contact Peter Koziell, Alumni Council Vice President, at 781-844-3969, or Hannah Manley, Director of Alumni Relations & Development at Lyndon State College, at 802-626-6433, for more information.

Jim Surette Headlines Adventure Speaker Series, November 6

Acclaimed Director, Producer, and Camera Operator

Lyndon State College’s Adventure Speaker Series continues on Wednesday, November 6, when Jim Surette comes to share his stories and some incredible visuals. Since 1992, Surette’s career as a director, producer, and camera operator has led him to shoot television programs for all the major networks, as well as feature documentaries and commercials. He has worked with a diverse portfolio of clients that includes National Geographic, BBC, Warren Miller Entertainment, Discovery, MTV, The North Face, Patagonia, Eddie Bauer, Peter Jennings Productions and others.

Surette has operated cameras from Mount Everest to Antarctica and his experience as an expert climber and skier affords him an insider’s perspective on the places and personalities he captures on film. His mountain skills enable him to single-handedly rig his own shots without the need of a large crew. He has worked as a camera operator for Discovery Channel’s hit show, The Deadliest Catch; National Geographic Explorer’s Surviving Everest; NBC’s Great Trango: A Mile High in Pakistan; and Matchstick Production’s Claim, filming extreme skiing in the Alps. In 2010, Surette partnered with pro-skier Chris Davenport to produce the independent adventure film Australis: An Antarctic Ski Odyssey.

Surette has worked with a wide variety of cameras and formats—super 16 mm film to modern HD. He has also operated and rigged motion-control cable cameras for Sky Cam, Cable Cam, and Fly Cam, filming ESPN sports, X Games, and helicopter-accessed skiing for the feature film Steep.

His exploits on rock have been documented in feature articles in Climbing and Rock and Ice magazines, as well as the films Masters of Stone II and Uncommon Ground. He has ventured to the top of remote peaks in Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Baffin Island, Patagonia and Peru, and pioneered new, hard routes throughout New England and the Rocky Mountains. Surette is a native of the Mount Washington Valley, New Hampshire.

Surette’s talk will be in the Academic and Student Activity Center (ASAC), Room 100 from 6-8 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Adventure Speaker Series continues on February 5, 2014; the speaker has not yet been named. On March 5, Kevin Mahoney, owner of New Hampshire-based Mahoney Alpine Adventures, will lecture. Mahoney has been climbing for nearly two decades and is internationally certified by the IFMGA/UIAGM (International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations/Union Internationale des Associations de Guides de Montagnes) in three disciplines: ski mountaineering, rock and alpine climbing. He has also instructed courses for the AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association).

More on Jim Surette at:


Forum on International Gay Rights, October 23

Lyndon State Students to Lead Panel Discussion to Address LGBTQ Rights Around the Globe

Two Lyndon State College clubs, The Model United Nations (MUN) and the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), are combining to host a panel discussion on the “International Gay Rights Crisis.” Students will be joined on the dais by polygamy expert and LSC Social Sciences Professor Dr. Janet Bennion. Audience members are encouraged to join in the debate.

The panel discussion will examine cultural taboos regarding transgender and homosexuality around the world. A variety of national laws threatening the human rights of gender variance and the gay community, including the Saudi Arabian punishment by death to recent legislative actions taken by Russia to abolish gay rights will be addressed.

Marc Brunco, President of LSC’s Model United Nations and GSA representative to LSC’s Student Government Association said that the panel discussion, “… is about human rights abuses and the struggles for LGBTQ individuals to gain equal rights. This will be the second in a series of MUN Talks about world issues; our last one was on the Syrian Crisis.”

“The discussion will cover a lot more than just the Russia and Saudi Arabia [laws] which most people are familiar with. There are countries in equatorial Africa who criminalize homosexuality under penalty of death. [Conversely] there are countries that have more freedoms for LGBTQ individuals than they have here in the US; Canada and Argentina are notable examples.”

The discussion is on October 23 at 11 a.m. in the Alexander Twilight Theatre. The presentation is free and open to the public.


Lecture on Robert Frost, October 21

Richard Aberle Marks 50th Anniversary of Frost’s Death

Lyndon State College instructor Richard Aberle will deliver a lecture on Robert Frost, Monday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m. Entitled “Always Wrong to the Light: Allegories of Reading in the Poetry of Robert Frost: A Lecture in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Death of Robert Frost,” Aberle’s talk will be a close reading and critical analysis of a number of key poems by Robert Frost.

According to Aberle, “The nature of reading was a central preoccupation of modernism. Frost too was concerned about the nature of reading and the means by which meaning itself is constructed in a poem, and several of his poems serve as allegories of reading.” Frost repeatedly claimed that mischief was at the heart of poetry. Examining several rhetorical figures of speech that appear prominently in Frost’s poetry, the lecture will explore the “mischief” in several of his most popular poems, including “The Road Not Taken” and “The Wood-Pile,” and show how Frost seems to deliberately invite misreading.

The lecture will be in the Rita Bole Community Room; room 314 in the Rita Bole Complex at Lyndon State College. Aberle is LSC’s Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach and is currently writing on the rhetorical construction of the self in the poetry of Robert Frost and Wallace Stevens, and the refiguring of modernism in the poetry of Robert Frost.

Climber Sarah Garlick at LSC, October 23

Lyndon State’s Adventure Speakers Series Resumes

Famed rock climber Sarah Garlick will deliver the first presentation of Lyndon State College’s Adventure Speaker Series for this year on Wednesday, October 23. The highly successful lectures from last year continue this academic year with four presentations announced thus far. All lectures are free and open to the public.

Garlick is a climber, writer, and educator specializing in earth and environmental science. She has established first ascents of rock walls in Greenland, the Middle East, and Newfoundland, and she’s scaled alpine routes in Patagonia, Peru, and the Canadian Rockies. Garlick is the founder/director of GeoReach, an organization dedicated to science outreach and communication. She currently serves as the Northeast Community Programs Coordinator for the American Alpine Club.

She will share stories from two expeditions: a journey to the granite big walls of South Greenland, and an exploration of the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan told through professional photography, audio clips, and short videos. Garlick’s presentation focuses on the common core of both expeditions: a quest to find—and climb—untouched cliffs in some of the world’s wildest locations. She’ll share her thoughts as to what it takes to be an expedition climber in the modern era, from discovering an objective and putting together a team, to the inevitable ups and downs of the journey itself.

Garlick put her master’s degree in structural geology and tectonics from the University of Wyoming to good use by publishing the first basic geology book specifically written for climbers. In “Flakes, Jugs, and Splitters: A Rock Climber’s Guide to Geology,” Garlick explores the science behind the stone supporting a climber’s fingertips.

Her October 23 lecture will be in the Academic Student and Activity Center (ASAC) room 100 from 6–8 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

On November 6, Jim Surette comes to LSC. Since 1992, Surette’s career as a director, producer and camera operator has led him to shoot television programs for all the major networks, as well as feature documentaries and commercials. He has worked with a diverse portfolio of clients that includes National Geographic, BBC, Warren Miller Entertainment, Discovery, MTV, The North Face, Patagonia, Eddie Bauer, Peter Jennings Productions and others.

On March 5, 2014, Kevin Mahoney, owner of New Hampshire-based Mahoney Alpine Adventures, will speak. Mahoney has been climbing for nearly two decades and is internationally certified by the IFMGA/ UIAGM (International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations/Union Internationale des Associations de Guides de Montagnes) in three disciplines: ski mountaineering, rock and alpine climbing. He has also instructed courses for the AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association).

The guest for the February 5 event has yet to been named.


Danielle Isabelle-Berrien New Director of Career Services

Help in Job Search and Preparedness,
Internships, and Graduate School

Lyndon State College announced the hiring of Danielle Isabelle-Berrien as the new director of Career Services. She comes to LSC after decades of practical administrative experience at institutes of higher learning including the University of Arizona and Pima Community College (PCC). She was also an adjunct faculty member at Pima. Isabelle-Berrien received her Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Relations from Northern Arizona University. She takes over the directorship from Linda Wacholder who was at LSC for 26 years.

Isabelle-Berrien began her career working for the Peace Corps as vocational program director in Dominica, West Indies. It was there where she designed a teaching curriculum for a three-year high school home economics program. “In fact,” she said, “I’ve been doing something like this my whole life.”

She initiated the “Meet a Professional Series” at PCC for students to learn career options for three different major campus programs. Isabelle-Berrien also advised students on admission, registration, and program requirements and assisted students with major and career exploration issues. In May 2013, she was a co-presenter at a regional National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Symposium on advising first generation students.

At LSC, the director of Career Services is responsible for providing and coordinating career planning and placement services and counseling and training students in the job search process. The director arranges on-campus visits by employers and graduate schools and publicizes job openings, internships, and work-study positions. She offers individual counseling, instruction, and assistance to students.

Isabelle-Berrien has introduced “Work It Wednesdays” for LSC students: free group workshops on topics such as resume writing, interviewing techniques, and tips to prepare for graduate school. She has also started a series of informal lunchtime gatherings for nontraditional students to meet and discuss their unique problems and concerns.

She is keen to see students use the resources available at their fingertips. “We have a ton of resources,” she said. “It’s beneficial if students come in before their junior or senior year…our goal is to see them as freshman. I learned about the Peace Corps from the career services office while still in college. And it gave me the idea about graduate school.”

The Barre, Vermont, native sees this job as a terrific opportunity to give back to the community. “I’m a first-in-family, middle income student like so many of our current students. I understand them because I came from this population. These are my people.”

Renowned “Space Weather” Expert at LSC

Public Lecture on Emerging New Science on September 30

Dr. Mausumi Dikpati will deliver a lecture on “space weather” at Lyndon State College, Monday, September 30. Dikpati conducts research at the High Altitude Observatory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). The Boulder, Colorado-based NCAR is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Dikpati was the first person to predict, in March 2006, the strength and timing of the next solar cycle based on simulations of the physics of the solar interior.

Just like “weather” is the changing conditions in the air above the Earth that is affected by processes in the atmosphere, “space weather” describes the changing conditions in the space above the Earth that is affected by processes on the Sun. Space weather has become of special interest to meteorologists as more people depend on electronic devices and travel into space for longer periods of time. It has a direct impact on modern society including aircraft and spacecraft functions or orbit changes. Space weather can influence surface and space communications, regional electric grids, and disrupt satellite operations like GPS.

Dikpati’s lecture is will be at 7 p.m. in room 100 of the Academic and Student Activity Center (ASAC). The presentation is free and open to the public.

Dikpati’s public lecture occurs midway through the ten-day course she is teaching as a guest scientist-in-residence at LSC’s Atmospheric Sciences Department. The senior level class, “Space Weather,” runs from September 23 through October 4.

Dikpati has been working on “developing a sequential data assimilation technique,” with a “goal is to simultaneously forecast timing, amplitude and shape of a solar cycle.” She said, “I have also been spending a fair amount of time in clarifying issues with Doppler plasma flow versus magnetic feature tracking speed, namely which one constitutes the Sun’s conveyor belt.”

Dikpati’s visit is funded by LSC meteorology alumnus Ralph Vasami ’82, CEO of Universal Weather & Aviation, Inc., and the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s (NCAR) UVISIT Program.


Ex-NFL Quarterback Don McPherson at LSC

Feminist Footballer to Address Gender Issues and Preventing Violence Against Women

Like most American males, Don McPherson was taught at an early age that “men don’t show their emotions. They suck it up, tough it out, play through their pain without complaint.” The former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback enjoys watching college football but not the harsh truths behind the glitz and spotlights. He sees the way young men are taught to strut and boast and behave and “to never throw like a girl.”

“In other words, we’re telling boys they need to be certain kinds of men, and that women and girls are less. It’s a horrible, horrible lesson. But it’s the culture of sports. It needs to change,” McPherson said.

On October 2nd, McPherson brings his lecture “You Throw like a Girl,” to Lyndon State College in an effort to drive home how language and ingrained attitudes contribute to the abuse of women.

“I’ve talked to men of all ages, colors, classes, socioeconomic backgrounds, etc., and almost every one of them will tell you the worst insult you can make about a boy is to compare him to a girl,” he said. “You can say a boy hits like a truck or runs like a cat, and that’s perceived as cool. But you refer to him as a sister and those are considered fighting words. And, that, to me, is the fundamental underpinning of sexism and misogyny.”

“I’m not going to make my son any better by degrading my daughter,” he said. “We need to find a way to make our boys better.”

In 1995, McPherson turned his focus to the issue of “men’s violence against women,” as director of Sport in Society’s Mentors in Violence Prevention Program. He has conducted workshops and lectures for community organizations, national sports and violence prevention organizations, and on more than 200 college campuses. His programs and lectures have reached more than 1 million people. McPherson has twice testified before the United States Congress and has worked closely with the U.S. Departments of Education and Defense on issues of sexual violence in education and the military, respectively.

His lecture will be in Alexander Twilight Theatre on Wednesday, October 2 at 11 a.m. It is free and open to the public.

Loren Loomis Hubbell New Dean of Administration

Lyndon State College President Joe Bertolino announced the hiring of Loren Loomis Hubbell as the college’s new Dean of Administration. Loomis Hubbell began work on August 26. She replaces Wayne Hamilton who is retiring October 1 after 17 years of service at LSC.

Loomis Hubbell comes to LSC after many years of experience in finance, strategic planning, and operations – - primarily in higher education. Since 2007, she has held the position of vice president of finance at North Carolina Wesleyan College, where she was also an adjunct instructor. She received her MBA from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business. Loomis Hubbell has given numerous speeches and conducted workshops on a variety of topics including designing and implementing cost-effective control systems, tuition pricing and financial aid, and endowment spending formulas.

She is also the co-choir director and bell choir director at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

Loomis Hubbell is “excited to be at Lyndon State College.” She added, “It is a great school and everyone that I have met has been so very friendly and welcoming. I’m looking forward to joining the community and contributing all that I can of my time and talents to this wonderful college.”

Within the Vermont State College system, the dean of administration is in charge of planning, implementing, managing, and supervising the college’s financial and business affairs in compliance with the VSC Board of Trustees’ policies and procedures. The dean oversees and directs the preparation and management of the college’s operating and capital budgets. This includes implementing controls for the collection, management, and disbursement of all college funds, including state appropriations and tuition and fees. The dean oversees personnel and payroll functions, student billing, financial aid, and maintains adequate insurance for both the college and its staff.

Lyndon Designated “Military Friendly”

Lyndon State College Awarded 2014 Military Friendly School Designation: In Top 20 percent of Schools Nationwide

Lyndon State College has been named to Victory Media’s 2014 Military Friendly Schools list. The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. The 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit “leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.” These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility, and other services to assist those who served.

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Lyndon State’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran.  “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”

LSC boasts a very active Veterans Club that helps veterans make friends and become integrated in the fabric of campus life. This club was responsible for raising funds for an on-campus Veterans Park installation. LSC has two staff members dedicated to serving the needs of service personnel; one is in the admissions office, the other is in the Student Services Center. They help with the many scholarship programs available to veterans and their families including the Yellow Ribbon Program, the Veterans Educational Assistance Program, Tillman Scholarship, and more. Lyndon has a Veterans Resource Center — the “Lounge”– where vets can meet with one another, share information, and access support resources.

The Veterans Club, in partnership with the LSC Veterans Student Support Committee and other veteran service organizations, will again host an NEK Veterans Summit in 2014. The Summit’s purpose is to bring veterans, their families, and veteran service organizations together to build relationships, stronger connections, and an enhanced regional support network. Vermont’s U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, Student Veterans of America Executive Director Michael Dakduk, and noted author Kristin Henderson delivered addresses at the inaugural Summit in 2013.

Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country. Complete survey methodology is available at

Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that has been serving the military community since 2001. The Military Friendly list is published in G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg BW, and is cited on national TV by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News, and others.

New Faculty at Lyndon State

Teaching in Education, Mountain Recreation Management, Criminal Justice, and Exercise Science.

This fall Lyndon State College welcomes four new full-time faculty members. The new faculty, along with new part-time faculty, are filling the shoes of retirees or adding strength to some growing academic departments.

Tara Fortner, Assistant Professor, Education, recently completed her Ed.D. in Learning, Leadership and Community from Plymouth State University. She has taught at the college level at Plymouth State University and Springfield College. She has worked as a diagnostic evaluator at the Stern Center for Language and Learning in New Hampshire, as well as at Innovative Dimensions in Ed Psych Services as an educational consultant/school psychologist. Fortner also spent a number of years as the school psychologist in several New Hampshire and New York school systems. She is proficient in sign language.

Benjamin Mirkin, Assistant Professor, Mountain Recreation Management, recently completed his Ph.D. in Education, with Outdoor and Experiential focus, from the University of New Hampshire. In addition to being a full-time employee at The White Mountain School as Director of their Outdoor Education Programs, Mirkin has taught at Plymouth State and the University of New Hampshire. He has also worked at Adventure Treks (based in North Carolina), and for the Appalachian Mountain Club. Mirkin is currently co-authoring two outdoor education books. He is also a member of the Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue team, as well as a member of the American Mountain Guides Association, the Association for Experiential Education, and the American Educational Research Association.

Brandon Stroup, Assistant Professor, Social Science/Criminal Justice received his Ph.D. from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he organized, created, and was the primary facilitator for the “Reading for a Change” program in the Indiana County jail. He looks forward to implementing this program at the Caledonia County jail. While at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Stroup was also an active member of the Criminology Graduate Student Organization and president of the Pennsylvania Prison Society, IUP Student Chapter, in which he involved undergraduate students in a campus-wide Justice Series event which dealt with contemporary issues within the criminal justice system.

Michael Soules, Visiting Assistant Professor in Exercise Science, will specialize in Physical Education. He has experience teaching lacrosse, soccer, baseball, basketball, and field hockey at the junior high and high school level. He is working specifically within the Physical Education/Teacher Education program.

New part-time faculty this fall are: Valentine Davis, Janet Edmondson, and Timothy Mikovitz in Music and Performing Arts; Richard Farnham, James Murphy, and Sam Orfanidis in Exercise Science; Allison Graham and Charles Wood in Mountain Recreation Management; and Jeanne Dickinson in Natural Sciences.

VT Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott to Speak at LSC

VT. LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR AT LSC ON 9/11. Phil Scott will visit Lyndon State College on Wednesday, September 11, to speak at LSC’s annual 9/11 remembrance service. Scott will take part in a question and answer “open session” before the service. The open session will be moderated by LSC student Marc Brunco, president of the College’s Model United Nations Club.

The open session will run from noon to 12:30 p.m.; the remembrance service will follow at 12:30 p.m. and last about thirty minutes. Both events will be held in the Vail Student Center and are free and open to the community.

In addition to Scott’s message, LSC Provost and Academic Dean Kellie Bean will offer welcoming remarks, Professor Elizabeth Norris will conduct the moment of silence and tolling of the bell, and the national anthem will be led by Music and Performing Arts Instructor Britt Moore.

Since 2009, September 11 has been a federally recognized National Day of Service and Remembrance as an annual and forward-looking tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks.

Phil Scott was born in Barre and is a graduate of Spaulding High School and the University of Vermont. He was elected Vermont’s 79th Lieutenant Governor in 2010. Scott launched a “Vermont Everyday Jobs” initiative, where he works a few hours in other people’s shoes. Since 2011, he has worked at 25 organizations around the state, from manufacturing to beekeeping to teaching second grade.

Outside of the State House, Scott is the co-owner of DuBois Construction in Middlesex, and he is the country’s only Lieutenant Governor who is also a stock car driver. He holds the record for the most career wins in the Late Model division at Thunder Road Speedbowl.

LSC Kicks Off New Academic Year


Lyndon State College kicked off its 102nd year with 531 new students – - the third highest new enrollment number in school history. Total enrollment for the semester is 1447 students, the largest since 2009. Classes started August 26.

LSC President Joe Bertolino’s August 29 convocation speech exhorted the new students to get involved in their new community. Bertolino asked the students to be “full of hopeful optimism, provide service to your community and to others, to keep a good sense of humor, and to try to put things in perspective.” Convocation is held every fall to celebrate the official opening of the school year. This year’s ceremony was followed by the annual group photo of new students. Students, faculty, and staff were treated to dessert afterwards.

Fall 2013 ushers in numerous changes in programs, staff, and facilities at the College.


The Bachelor of Sciences in Applied Psychology and Human Services combines two closely-related disciplines into a single degree program. The degree requires completion of seven core courses plus twelve additional upper-level credits chosen based on a student’s focus and interest: generalist, graduate school, child and adolescent development, community mental health or substance abuse, and elder populations.

The Bachelor of Arts in Cinema/Video Production combines a core of humanities-based film studies courses with video production courses. The program will equip graduates to succeed as industry professionals and obtain full-time and contract-based employment supporting independent filmmaking, advertising, corporate communications, and local television programming.

The Music Business and Industry program has added three new two-year programs. These degrees can be stand-alone options for students interested in a two-year program, or as a way to augment a number of four-year programs. The Associate of Science in Audio Production is for students interested in recording technologies and live sound production. Graduates will be qualified to work as sound engineering technicians, audio and video equipment technicians, broadcast technicians, or technical directors or managers.

The Associate of Science in Music and Self-Promotion provides students with management and marketing training to promote their own careers as performers or recording artists. Although this program includes some music training, it does not focus on music performance and theory courses.

The Associate of Science in Music Industry Management is for students interested in artist, event, or venue management. This program is for anyone seeking a career as a meeting, convention, or event planner, or as an agent or business manager of an artist, performer, or athlete.

The Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies will provide graduates with a solid multidisciplinary education in humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, math, and the arts. Students are trained to communicate effectively and hone their skills as ethical, critical thinkers, and problem solvers. The flexible design allows each student to create a program to suit their individual needs whether in a single content area or in inter- or multi-disciplinary studies.

Lyndon recently expanded offerings in the Master of Education program with a new concentration in Educational Technology, designed to prepare educators to instruct with technology and prepare instructional designers for all educational levels. This includes librarians, curriculum specialists, and media and technical support staff. The program can also help train personnel development specialists for business and industry. Many of the courses are offered on-line or as hybrids.


Continuing efforts began last year, Lyndon State College is working with educational, governmental, community development, and business partners to meet the challenges and opportunities that the Northeast Kingdom Economic Initiative’s EB-5 investments will bring to the region. The goal is to prepare every student and business in the NEK for short- and long-term success by helping ensure that all employers have the skilled talent needed – - when it is needed. LSC looks to be instrumental in helping students as young as kindergarten age to be open to the idea of attending college and having a rewarding career in the Kingdom.


Assistant Professor Dr. Tara Fortner is joining the Education Department. She is proficient in sign language and has taught at Plymouth State College and Springfield College. Her doctorate is in “Learning, Leadership, and Community.”

Assistant Professor Dr. Benjamin Mirkin will be teaching in the Mountain Recreation Management Department. He has taught at Plymouth State and the University of New Hampshire. He is an author and a member of the Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue team.

Assistant Professor Dr. Brandon Stroup joins the Social Science Department as an instructor of Criminal Justice. He received his Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he organized, created, and was the primary facilitator of the “Reading for a Change” program in the Indiana County jail.

Michael Soules is a visiting Assistant Professor in the Exercise Science Department. He has experience teaching lacrosse, soccer, baseball, basketball, and field hockey at the junior high and high school level.

Dr. Kellie Bean’s appointment as provost/dean of academic affairs began July 1. Bean takes the helm from Interim Dean Alison Lathrop. Bean has spent 25 years in higher education, 19 of them at Marshall University in Huntington, W.V., where she was associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and a professor of English. In addition to serving as the deputy to the president, Bean will oversee all areas of enrollment management that are specifically focused on retention.

Dr. Alison Lathrop became acting associate provost/dean of the faculty, effective July 1. As deputy to LSC’s provost, Lathrop will be the primary point of contact and administrative advocate for the faculty. She will also provide administrative support and oversight for the academic affairs area. A national search for the position of associate provost/dean of the faculty will take place this academic year.

Loren Loomis Hubbell was named the new Dean of Administration at LSC and started work on August 26. Loomis Hubbell comes to LSC after many years of experience in finance, strategic planning, and operations – - primarily in higher education. Since 2007, she has held the position of vice president of finance at North Carolina Wesleyan College. She received an MBA from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business. Loomis Hubbell has given numerous speeches and conducted workshops on a variety of topics including designing and implementing cost-effective control systems, tuition pricing and financial aid, and endowment spending formulas. She will replace Wayne Hamilton who is retiring October 1 after 17 years at LSC.


Some much needed work has been done in preparing and maintaining the campus this summer, particularly in the residence halls, the Stevens Dining Hall, the Hornet’s Nest Snack Bar, and on projects that are making Lyndon a greener campus.

As part of Lyndon’s ongoing development of on-campus recreational facilities, the campus perimeter mountain bike trail has been lengthened and enhanced with new bridges, including a 40-foot span completed in August.


Over the summer, Lyndon State College was awarded a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) “Choices” Grant, which provides funding for campus-wide alcohol education efforts. LSC will institute a “Healthy Hornet Choices” program which incorporates alcohol education with creative and fun activities and allows students to make informed and responsible decisions about alcohol use. The $30,000 grant, awarded over a three-year period, will be under the auspices of the LSC Athletic Department, the Office of Student Affairs, and the Psychology and Human Services Department.

Part of the program’s focus is on developing student-athletes and other student leaders as positive role models on campus. The Health Hornet Choices campaign has four main objectives: Increase student awareness of personal choices about alcohol use and healthy behaviors through a campus-wide media campaign, provide opportunities for student-athletes and other student leaders to model their healthy choices through a peer-to-peer education program, increase student body-selected on-campus activities during high-risk drinking times, and develop college alcohol policies that focus on supporting, educating, and intervening with students.


Budding Business Leaders Learn Valuable Skills at Camp for Middle-Schoolers

HANDS-ON ENTREPRENEUR CAMP A SUCCESS. Lyndon State College and the Incubator without Walls (iWOW) program helped seventeen middle school students develop their inner entrepreneur during an interactive summer day camp. The students spent a week on the Lyndon campus in July acquiring hands-on experience in the fundamentals of starting a business, entrepreneurship, and financial and social responsibility. The camp balanced schooling with outdoor, physical activities offered by the Lyndon Adventure Program.


Vermont-based guest speaker Tara Lynn from Tara Lynn Bridal engaged the students with advice about small business ownership and management. A field trip to Union Bank provided valuable information about what banks expect in a business plan and what a small business loan requires. LSC President Joe Bertolino lent part of an afternoon offering words of encouragement and wisdom to the campers.


The camp culminated in an “Elevator Pitch” competition Friday afternoon. Each camper had 10 minutes to present their plan for a new business to a panel of four judges. The winners won cash awards to assist in implementing their business idea. The winners were:

Grand Prize – Jackson Maloney

First Place – Sam McCarty

Second Place – Emily Langham

Outstanding Presentation Award – Jackson Maloney


The four judges were Rodney Jacobson, LSC business professor, Ann Nygard, director of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship (CRE), Ross Hart, VT Small Business Development Center (SBDC) — Northeast Kingdom Advisor, and Laurel Butler, New Business Start-up Specialist for VT SBDC.


Union Bank and Lyndon Institute helped sponsor the camp; Northeast Kingdom Youth Services donated a scholarship to one of the campers.


IWoW is an initiative of the CRE. IWoW provides technical assistance to local businesses by engaging students and faculty to assess business needs, define optimal business performance steps, and implement solutions to fully develop the business’ potential. The goal of the program is for students to gain the real- world skills needed by businesses while aiding area business to grow and create more jobs.


Top 25% of Vermont Colleges for Return on Investment

LYNDON PLACES HIGH FOR R.O.I. Lyndon State College has been identified as one of the Vermont colleges and universities with the greatest lifetime “return on investment” (ROI). ROI is the ratio of money gained on an investment relative to the amount of money invested. Graduates from LSC enjoy one of the largest earnings advantages over non-degree holders over a thirty-year span. Lyndon ranks sixth in the state and first among the five schools in the Vermont State Colleges system. The survey analyzed data from a total of 29 Vermont colleges and universities.

The lists were compiled by (ACO), a resource for college affordability and financial aid information. ACO developed the criteria for consideration as a “High ROI College.” This included being a fully accredited, public or private, four-year, degree-granting institution and using the ROI according to PayScale’s 2013 College Value Report. The rankings were published by ACO on July 18.

There was a systematic formula for building the list according to ACO founder Dan Schuessler. “We sifted through comprehensive data sources to find colleges and universities in Vermont that offer a high quality education with consistent, long-term payoffs in the workplace. ACO aims to educate potential students to be aware of their options for obtaining a degree and, importantly, for paying for one. Our goal is to keep our finger on the pulse of college-related issues, the latest research, how the government is responding, and help students analyze their options.”

LSC President Joe Bertolino said, “I’m excited that Lyndon has been ranked one of the highest ROI colleges in Vermont. College affordability and return on investment have never been more important to potential students and their parents. It’s great to see LSC ranked in the top tier.”

The colleges that provided students the biggest ROI were ranked based on several criteria including net tuition prices, a graduate’s average starting salary, and school accreditation status. ACO compiled a list of schools meeting these criteria by using respected and authoritative data sets. Tuition prices were provided by the National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System—both federal entities. The average starting salary was provided by PayScale, the premier salary data collection organization. The Carnegie Foundation provided the framework for accreditation and not-for-profit status.

The seven top schools of the 29 Vermont colleges analyzed are: Norwich University, Middlebury College, University of Vermont (UVM), Saint Michaels College, Champlain College, Lyndon State College, and Castleton State College. Lyndon and Castleton offer the lowest tuition of the seven ranked colleges.