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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.

LSC Receives $136,000 Earmarked for Vermont Students Starting Fall 2013

ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS. Lyndon State College has been appropriated $136,000 in additional funding from the Vermont legislature. Governor Peter Shumlin made the announcement in late May at the close of this year’s legislative session. The increase, the first in nearly five years, is 3 percent. The legislation requires that the full amount of the increase, this year and going forward, be dedicated to financial aid for Vermont students. This state appropriated funding – - in the form of grants and scholarships – - will make college more affordable for Vermont students by providing increased financial assistance.


To qualify for this assistance, a student must be a Vermont resident and be a new, returning, or transfer student. The funds are divided into three categories: $50,000 for freshmen, $50,000 for returning students, and $36,000 for transfer students. Returning students are defined as students who attended LSC last year or any student returning to college after time away from their studies.


Vermont State Senator Jane Kitchel chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee. She weighed in on the recent decision, “The higher education structure is an incredible resource. We want to find the best use [of it] for Vermont students.”


Kitchel went on, “Vermont has been doing better than other states and now that we are creeping out of the recession, we can do more. We looked at education in a variety of ways. There are so many good programs. It’s a matter of creating access and responding to labor needs.”


Vermont Representative Kitty Toll echoed these sentiments and added, “Vermont has seen years of level funding due to the recession…we have had large gaps to fill. Because of the growth in Vermont’s general funds, we were able to make some new investments this year. Vermont students and colleges were a priority. We hope to see general funds and the economy continue to improve allowing for the continued support of programs that are essential to Vermont students.”


Lyndon State College’s Dean of Administration Wayne Hamilton explained, “Last year, fiscal year 2012, our students received nearly $8 million in federal, state, or institutional (LSC) aid.  That includes grants, scholarships, tuition waivers, and work-study funds.  It does not include subsidized federal loans.”


Hamilton went on, “For Fiscal Year 2014, which began July 1, the state appropriation will be approximately 15 percent of our unrestricted or general fund budget and approximately 13.5 percent of all college funding, including gifts, grants, etc. The FY14 appropriation is $4,774,513.”


Eighty five percent of LSC students receive some form of financial aid. On average, 42 percent of an LSC student’s tuition and fees are covered by financial aid. A year at LSC for a Vermont resident, including tuition and fees, is roughly $10,000; room and board runs about $9,000.


LSC President Joe Bertolino commented, “This additional funding will go a long way toward helping deserving Vermont students get access to higher education – - something that benefits everyone.” Director of Admissions Vincent Maloney added, “This comes at a great time for students who want to attend LSC this fall but were sitting on the fence because of concerns about cost.”


NCAA “Choices” Grant for Educational Effort to Implement Healthy Choices About Alcohol Use

LSC AWARDED NCAA “CHOICES” GRANT. 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. A strong relationship between student-athletes and the total campus community can serve as a positive strategy for alcohol prevention efforts and for creating a healthier campus.


The Health Hornet Choices campaign has four main objectives:


1) Increase student awareness of personal choices about alcohol use and healthy behaviors through a campus-wide media campaign using social, print, and radio platforms.


2) Provide opportunities for student-athletes and other student leaders to model their healthy choices through a peer-to-peer education program. This program will include at least 10 student-athletes and five other student leaders.


3) Increase on-campus activities during high-risk drinking times. Each semester, the student body will select activities which will be cosponsored by the Choices program along with Residential Life and the Campus Activities Board.


4) Develop college alcohol policies that focus on supporting, educating, and intervening with students, as needed.


Dr. Meri Stiles, associate professor of Psychology and Human Services, has expertise in substance use prevention and was the grant’s principal investigator. She said, “[Although the grant] is not renewable, it is written so that all of the activity fits with departments or programs already in place – - so it is sustainable. The grant allows some energy and resources to be dedicated to these efforts specifically. Once programming is in place, departments and programs on campus will take on the responsibility to keep it going. We will ask faculty and staff to nominate student leaders to be trained for the peer-to-peer program.”


In 1991, Anheuser-Busch endowed the NCAA with $2.5 million to create a grant program to help NCAA member institutions and conferences integrate athletics into larger campus-wide alcohol education efforts. The program, called CHOICES, began by awarding grants in various amounts and for a variety of projects. In 1998, the NCAA narrowed the scope of the projects to a three-year cycle. More than $5.7 million in awards has been given to 229 member institutions.


The other project developers from Lyndon State were Assistant Athletic Director Alexandria Evans, Residence Hall Director Jonathan Ross, Residential Life Director Erin Rossetti, student-athletes Katheryn Ebner and Patrick Kelsey, and Psychology and Human Services student Andrew Cochran.


Fun Classroom and Lab Activities with College Professors, Broadcast Meteorologists, and NWS Employees

SUMMER WEATHER CAMP FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS. The Atmospheric Sciences Department at Lyndon State College will be hosting a weather day camp on the weekend of August 3 and 4. The day camp is open to students who will be entering the 7th, 8th, or 9th grade this fall.


Budding young scientists who register for the camp will be exposed to one of the nation’s top undergraduate atmospheric sciences programs. Activities will consist of a lively mix of classroom and lab exercises involving cloud identification, fronts, spotting tornadoes and severe weather on radar, and climate change. Campers will explore the atmosphere by launching a weather balloon and analyzing the data. There will also be an exercise in TV weather casting conducted at LSC’s News7 studio – - the same studio where the Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore and the Fairbanks Museum’s Eye On The Sky meteorologists learned their craft.


Eleanor Vallier-Talbot from the National Weather Service office in Taunton, Massachusetts will give a talk Sunday morning. Vallier-Talbot is co-author of “The Nature Company Guides Weather” book. On Sunday afternoon, the students will give presentations on what they have learned. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to attend the presentations. Activities conclude Sunday afternoon with a barbecue for campers, parents, and camp staff.


Students will arrive on campus Saturday morning, will leave campus after the activities conclude on Saturday afternoon, and then return to campus on Sunday morning. Camp attendance is limited to 20 campers, but there are still a few spots left.


The fee of $175 covers all learning activities, an LSC Weather Camp T-shirt, Saturday lunch and Sunday barbecue, two snack breaks on Saturday, and one on Sunday. For information, contact LSC Weather Camp Director Lawrence Hayes at or phone Christina Cotnoir at 802 626-6747. More information and online application can also be found at

Number One in Per Student Donations for National Clothing Drive Competition

LYNDON WINS NATIONAL CLOTHING DRIVE COMPETITION. Lyndon State College has placed first in one category of the oneShirt National Collegiate Clothing Challenge. In the annual competition, held during April’s Earth Week, thousands of college and university students compete to see which school can collect the most pounds of donated clothes. The competition also raises awareness about the benefits of textile recycling. LSC won the “most pounds collected per student” with a whopping 1.43 lbs. and now can be designated “Big Shirt on Campus.”


LSC students came in fourth for “overall collection” which measures the total pounds collected. LSC was competing against the much larger Florida State University, Creighton University, and the University of Akron.


Twenty six schools with a total enrollment of more than 290,000 students brought in nearly 29,000 pieces of clothing with an average of 1,100 per school. For each pound of clothing collected, the sponsors made a monetary donation to the nonprofit of choice. LSC chose the Lyndonville, Vermont, charity H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Everyday) to receive the donation.


Kathryn Maieli is Lyndon State’s New Registrar

KATHRYN MAIELI became Lyndon State College’s new registrar April 15, 2013. As registrar, Maieli is in charge of all student academic records, including permanent grades and transcripts, scheduling classes and maintaining class lists, and enforcing the rules for entering and leaving classes.


Maieli comes to Lyndon after a stint at Vermont Law School, where she served as registrar and director of academic procedures. Her previous experiences have centered on management and administration for a diverse group of academic, non-profit, and business organizations from Alaska to Vermont. She was the registrar at California State University at Dominguez Hills and dean of student services at a community college in Arizona. Maieli also taught art in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.


In addition to her institutional experiences, Maieli bought an inn in Highgate, Vt., in 2000 and operated a full service banquet facility and bed-and-breakfast for six years. Maieli is actively involved in Vermont’s viticulture scene; she boasts a vineyard of cold-weather hardy Marquette grapes and a basement winery. She lives in Wilder, Vt., with her rescued shepherd mix dog Piper.

Lyndon State Alumna Heading to Triathlon World Championships

LSC’s TEAM USA TRIATHLETE. Meg Skidmore, a 2007 graduate of Lyndon State College’s Mountain Recreation Management department, will be representing Team USA in the World Triathlon Championships in September. The competition will be held in London’s Hyde Park – - the same location as the 2012 Olympic Games – - and much of the course will follow that of the London 2012 route. More than 5,000 athletes from all over the world will vie for championship titles.


A triathlon is a “multiple-stage competition involving the completion of three continuous and sequential endurance disciplines.” It is an individual sport with each athlete is competing against the course and the clock for the best time. Skidmore will be competing in the “short course,” also known as the “Olympic distance,” which will require her to swim 1.5 kilometers (.93 miles), bike for 40 kilometers (25 miles), and run for 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).


Skidmore, who works at New Hampshire’s Glen Ellen resort and Bretton Woods, is searching for donations to get her to London.


She said, “I’ve been training hard since I raced at the Nationals last August and am getting ready for a full slate of races to prepare me for London. I am representing Team USA in London this September but they do not help financially. I have put together a team of volunteers – - Team Skidmore – - to help me raise $9,000 for summer travel to races, training and nutrition as well as travel and registration to London. I’ve got a personal coach, a manager, a publicist writing press releases and some friends campaigning for me!”


Skidmore writes a blog with information about a summer-long raffle, fundraising events, and dinners at Donations can also be made via PayPal. She is also selling Team Skidmore t-shirts for $10.


Youth Entrepreneur Summer Camp Offered at Lyndon State

BUSINESS SAVVY MIDDLE SCHOOLERS? Young people innately possess the traits to become great entrepreneurs: natural creativity, curiosity about the world around them, willingness to take risks, and unbridled enthusiasm. To help these middle school students launch their inner entrepreneur, the Incubator Without Walls (iWOW) program at Lyndon State College is offering a interactive summer day camp. Students entering the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade in fall 2013 will be able to spend a week on the Lyndon campus acquiring hands-on experience in the fundamentals of starting a business.


Participants will learn real world business skills like team building, leadership, financial management, communication, and business etiquette through interactive projects and exercises in an open, flexible, computer-equipped space. Each day’s “theme” will be reinforced through daily adventure activities designed by the Lyndon State Adventure Program. These activities include the low and high ropes courses, climbing wall, disc golf course, and more. Campers will end every day with an hour of supervised free swim at the college’s pool.


The iWOW Youth Entrepreneur Camp will be held from July 15-19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The $225 camp fee includes lunch in the dining hall and daily snacks, materials, instruction, and all activities. Participation is limited. For reservations or more information, visit or contact Christina Cotnoir at (802) 626-6747 or


Incubator Without Walls at Lyndon State College aims to increase Northeast Kingdom business competitiveness and decrease unemployment by providing services to businesses. IWOW pairs faculty-student teams with small businesses to assess their needs, define optimal business performance steps, and propose solutions.


Janet Gorman McCarthy, Former President of Lyndon State College, Dies at Home in Mass.

JANET GORMAN McCARTHY, the ninth president of Lyndon State College, passed away on May 15 at her home in South Dennis, Mass., with her family by her side. She was 76 years old. McCarthy – - who the Lyndon community will recognize as Murphy – - was president from 1977 to 1983.


Highlights of her many accomplishments include the establishment of the LINC Project and the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences, which we know today as News7 and the Electronic Journalism Arts program. New 4-year programs in business and computer science were introduced. She brought many of her well-connected friends to campus, including JFK aide and confidant Dave Powers, Boston Celtics stars Bill Russell and Tommy Heinsohn, U.S. Secretary of Education Shirley Hofstadter, and Dr. Max Lerner.


As president, McCarthy well understood the importance of cultivating the Vermont legislature and became the unofficial spokesperson for the entire VSC at the statehouse, where she became a powerful force. She proved to be very effective (and prescient) in procuring funding for deferred maintenance and renovating campus buildings for energy efficiency. The College’s Emergency Services Building was another fruit of that labor.


Dr. McCarthy did much to connect the community and the region of the Northeast Kingdom to the College. During her tenure the LSC Foundation was founded as was the Northeastern Vermont Industrial Education Council. The annual Stars & Stripes Pageant, organized with the enthusiastic help of the people of Lyndonville, is another legacy.


She will be remembered for her vibrant and commanding personality and her quick wit. She was a born leader and, always thoughtful of all employees, often sent notes of thanks for a good performance of assignments or personal accomplishments.


President McCarthy left LSC in 1983 to become president of Missouri Western State College in St. Joseph, Missouri, becoming the first woman to head a 4-year college in that state’s history. She served there for 17 years before retiring to Cape Cod.


Dr. McCarthy was a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and received her M.Ed. from Boston University, and Ed.D. and Honorary Doctorate of Law from UMass/Amherst. During her retirement years, she served as the chair of the UMass Cape Cod Alumni Scholarship Fund and enjoyed travel and time spent with friends and family. She was predeceased by her husband, Dr.  James McCarthy.


Memorial contributions may be made to the UMass Cape Cod Alumni Scholarship Fund and mailed to 155 Gilbert Lane, Harwich Port, MA 02646, or to the Edwin D. Gorman Public Service Internship and mailed to the Missouri Western State University Foundation at 4525 Down Drive, St. Joseph, MO, 64507.


Jan Eastman and Bill Stenger to be Honored at Lyndon State Commencement

PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF DISTINCTION. Lyndon State College President Joe Bertolino has announced that he will award a Presidential Medal of Distinction to both Jan Eastman and Bill Stenger at Commencement, Sunday, May 19.


This new award was created by Bertolino to honor prominent individuals who have had a significant and positive impact on Lyndon State College, the Northeast Kingdom, and the State of Vermont. Members of the LSC community were invited to submit nominees this winter and spring. The medal was designed by LSC Visual Arts student Brandon Heanssler.


Jan Eastman has served as the president of The Richard A. Snelling Center for Government and as the secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources in the administrations of Governors Snelling and Dean. She received her Bachelor of Arts in History from The University of Vermont and her Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University. Currently, Jan serves as an auditor for the Town of Peacham and has recently been appointed to the Vermont Rail Advisory Council and the Vermont Energy Generation Siting Policy Commission.


Eastman’s connection to Lyndon started over 100 years ago – - her great grandfather helped with horses at TN Vail’s summer mansion, the property that became Lyndon Teachers College in 1951. Her mother and grandmother were both graduates of the Lyndon Normal School and her grandmother, a life-long teacher, returned later in life to earn her B.S. from Lyndon Teachers College.


Jan and her husband John Marshall have given generously to Lyndon. In 2003, they created an endowment in honor of Jan’s mother and grandmother. Jan served as the NEK Co-Chair of the college’s successful $10 million Second Century Campaign and helped meet the campaign’s goal by funding two donor challenges. Jan has served on President Carol Moore’s Board of Visitors, as the president of the LSC Foundation, and is now the Foundation’s vice president.


She recognizes Lyndon’s role in nurturing her family’s commitment to education and how Lyndon continues to transform the lives of first-generation college students.


Bill Stenger is the president and CEO of Jay Peak, a partner at Burke Mountain, and is the director of the Northeast Kingdom Economic Development Initiative. The Initiative’s projects are expected to create thousands of jobs and pump $500 million in business investments in the NEK region.


Stenger’s impressive resume includes chairing the Vermont Travel & Recreation Council, the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce, and the Vermont Ski Areas Association. He is general partner for largest regional center project in Vermont and one of the most substantial EB-5 projects in the nation. He was a delegate to the White House Conference on Travel and Tourism and is currently an economic advisor to Governor Peter Shumlin. In 2011, he was named Vermont Citizen of the Year by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.


Stenger has had a long and fruitful relationship with the college. He was an adjunct professor in Lyndon’s innovative Mountain Recreation Management program from 1987 to 2010. He has worked extensively with the college on initiatives to create a well-educated, 21st century workforce to help fill the thousands of jobs resulting from EB-5 visa investments Stenger is bringing to the area. He has been an active and enthusiastic participant in numerous business and education forums hosted by the college. He is widely known for his advocacy of the “TEAM” economy, a description of the synergy of the region’s Tourism, Education, Agricultural, and Manufacturing sectors.


Stenger and his wife Mary live in Newport, Vt.. They have three grown children and five grandchildren.


Lyndon State College’s 2013 Commencement will be Sunday, May 19 at 11 a.m., under the tent on the College’s soccer field. The ceremony will also be broadcast live in the climate-controlled Alexander Twilight Theatre or at Public Safety officials will be on campus all day to direct guests to available parking areas. Shuttle service and/or accommodations will be available for those unable to walk distances. For further details, please visit the Lyndon Commencement website link at