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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 lawrence.hayes@lyndonstate.edu or phone Christina Cotnoir at 802 626-6747. More information and online application can also be found at lyndon.co/SummerWeatherCamp2013.

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 skidmoreracing.blogspot.com. 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 LyndonState.edu/YouthBusinessCamp or contact Christina Cotnoir at (802) 626-6747 or Christina.Cotnoir@lyndonstate.edu.

 

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 http://new.livestream.com/accounts/3486823/events/2091354. 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 http://www.lyndonstate.edu/commencement.

LSC Commencement Ceremony Includes Speaker Willem Lange and Rare Honorary Degree from Class of ’42

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY MAY 19. Willem Lange will deliver the address at Lyndon State College’s 102nd commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 19. An author and a teacher, Lange has also been a commentator and host for Vermont Public Radio, Vermont Public Television and New Hampshire Public Television (NHPT).

 

Lange writes the weekly column, “A Yankee Notebook,” which appears in several New England newspapers. He’s published numerous audio recordings and eight books, and won an Emmy for a one-hour feature program on NHPT. Will also founded the Geriatric Adventure Society, a group of outdoor enthusiasts.

 

He will be joined on the dais by Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Jeff Danielian ‘98, author and teacher resource specialist for the National Association for Gifted Children, and student speaker Brian Stone ‘13. Ceremonial greeter is Taylore Aussiker ‘13; Samantha VanSchoick ‘13 will deliver the Ode to the Class of 2013. Music will be provided by LSC’s popular “Americana/folk rock” trio Suncooked.

 

An honorary degree will be conferred when Dr. Ray Griffin of Barton, Vermont, is made an honorary member of the Class of 1942. Griffin attended Lyndon Teacher’s College until December 1941, when his studies were interrupted by a stint in the United States Air Force.

 

In his letter to the Vermont State College’s Board of Trustees to recommend the award, Lyndon President Joe Bertolino noted, “Two of Dr. Griffin’s children attended and graduated from LSC: Judith Griffin McKelvey ‘90, a teacher in Newport, Vt., and Rebecca Griffin Tobey ‘83, a teacher in Mount Holly, Vt. Judy and Olive, Dr. Griffin’s wife of 67 years, accompanied him to Homecoming 2012, where he was the only representative from the Class of 1942 – - the 70th reunion class! I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Griffin, who shared that he never officially ‘graduated’ from Lyndon due to his service during the war, but he always wanted a Lyndon degree and has a strong affinity to his original alma mater.”

 

This is the first honorary degree awarded by LSC since Poet Galway Kinnell was recognized in 2002.

 

More than 220 graduates and their families are expected to fill the tent on the LSC soccer field for the 11 a.m. ceremony. There will be reserved spaces for wheelchairs under the tent. The event will also be broadcast live in the climate-controlled Alexander Twilight Theatre. A pre-ceremony breakfast social in the Theatre lobby is planned. The post-ceremony reception in the Stannard Gym will give students “photo ops” with faculty, family, and friends. Both receptions are open to all.

 

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 http://www.lyndonstate.edu/commencement.

Annual Wet and Wacky Plunge for Pledges

SPRING DIP. Lyndon State College’s 7th Annual Spring Dip was held May 1. The event, sponsored by the Faculty/Staff Scholarship Committee, is billed as “good clean fun…for a good cause.” The money raised is used exclusively for LSC student scholarships; this year a total of $2,249 was raised.

 

Faculty, staff, and students solicit pledges from other members of the college community to sponsor their icy plunge into Library Pond. Dippers are encouraged to don costumes and have dressed in past years as a nun, scuba diver, pirate, and Bob the Builder.

 

The Dip is traditionally held the first week in May. The calendar says springtime, but the pond water temperature is decidedly winter-like. A $10 minimum pledge allows for plenty of partakers but relatively few are willing to brave the cold. This year 19 participants sprinted into the pond.

 

The Dip stems from an idea from Hannah Manley, director of Alumni Relations and Development. As an annual participant, she is very familiar with the pond water: “It’s cold and it’s dirty. It’s also refreshing.”

 

The Dip proceeds are added to the money raised throughout the year by the Scholarship Committee. Last year, the committee added a $200 scholarship to be awarded to the top Dip-fundraising student. This year’s top student fund raiser was Michael Desmond.

 

LSC Inducts Freshman National Honor Society Members

ALPHA LAMBDA DELTA. Lyndon State College inducted 17 freshmen to Alpha Lambda Delta on April 22.  ALD is a national honor society for students who have maintained an average GPA of 3.5 or higher and are in the top 20 percent of their class during their first year of higher education. Alpha Lambda Delta has members in more than 250 institutions and awards 35 yearly scholarships of $1000-$6000.

 

LSC President Joe Bertolino exclaimed, “I am proud of the diligence and hard work these students have put forth their first year of college. Induction in ALD is an admirable achievement!”

 

The inductees are Dominick Agresta, Andrew Baughn, Autumn Beaton, Stephanie Burke, Sarah Burnett, Holly Cannon, Xiaohong Chen, Camille Delongis, Laura Drake, Michelle Farrell, Erin Holt, Allison Lafleur, Meagan Leduc, Liz Mainville, Jordan Racine, Aimee Thompson, and Arianna Varuolo-Clarke.

Electronic Journalism Arts Student Wins Emmy™

STUDENT WINS N.Y. EMMY™. Tyler Dumont of Dracut, Mass., a student at Vermont’s Lyndon State College, won an Emmy™ from the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. An Emmy is the television industry’s most coveted peer-recognition symbol of distinction. Dumont, a junior in LSC’s award-winning Electronic Journalism Arts program, won for a profile of the U.S. Naval Academy in the category “Best Education Program Feature or Segment.” The award ceremony was April 14.

 

Dumont was nominated in three categories: “Best Teen News,” “Best Teen Program or Special” (on driver safety), and “Best Education Program Feature or Segment.” Dumont was nominated last year in the “Outstanding Teen Program or Special” category. The winning segment can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71UUluVAyNE

 

Dumont has been working for Teen Kids News as a reporter and anchor since October, 2008. Teen Kids News is a nationally syndicated program in its 10th season, airing on more than 220 television stations in the United States. It is broadcast in 175 countries via the American Forces Network. The show is also sent weekly by PBS satellite and streamed online to nearly 13,000 schools.

 

LSC Student-Run News Website Judged Best in Northeast U.S.

NewsLINC BEST IN NORTHEAST. Lyndon State College’s student-produced online news outlet, NewsLINC, is headed to the national Mark of Excellence (MOE) competition after placing first in Region One for “Best Affiliated Website.” The MOE, presented by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), honors the best in student journalism with categories for print, radio, television, and online collegiate journalism. NewsLINC is one of the news platforms of the Vermont Center for Community Journalism (VCCJ), the capstone program of the College’s the Electronic Journalism Arts degree. News7 and News Ink are the VCCJ’s television and print news outlets.

 

Entries are first judged on the regional level. First place regional winners advance to the national competition among category winners from the 12 SPJ regions. Lyndon students were competing against other students in the SPJ’s Region One, which comprises Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and central and eastern Pennsylvania.

 

Schools are also divided based on student enrollment, which includes both graduate and undergraduate enrollment. LSC’s entries were classified in the “small college” category – - schools with less than 5,000 students.

 

LSC’s student-run weekly newspaper, The Critic, placed two entries in the regional competition. “Spring Dip” by Bryan Barber, Danielle Drown and Sierra Willenburg won second in the “Feature Photography” category. Tyler Dumont’s article, “Professor Accused of Sexual Harassment” placed third in “In-Depth Reporting.”

 

National winners will be notified in the late spring. The awards are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience.

 

Regional Business and Education Summit Held at Lyndon State

BUSINESS AND EDUCATION SUMMIT. Vermont State College Chancellor, Tim Donovan, made a surprise announcement during Lyndon State College’s Regional Business and Education Summit on April 18 when he unveiled a multi-phase program committed to creating a new workforce education system in the Northeast Kingdom intended to become a model for the rest of the state.

 

The day-long Summit gathered educators, and members of the business, agricultural, and manufacturing communities together to discuss ways local leaders can help Northeast Kingdom students thrive. President and CEO of Jay Peak, Bill Stenger, was the morning’s keynote speaker. Stenger is also 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 region.

 

During his keynote address, Stenger offered his vision of a revitalized NEK educational system and economy. He spoke of his wish for students “as young as kindergarten age to be exposed to the idea of a career and to think of a job in terms of an opportunity – - something to be excited about every day.” Stenger believes it is role of the “collective community” to not only introduce these youngsters to potential careers but to also “help build a pathway for them to get there.”

 

Todd Bachelder, CEO of Menck Windows, addressed the gathering in the afternoon. The German-based manufacturer will be opening a new plant in Newport that intends to create close to 150 new jobs.

 

Chancellor Donovan closed the day by outlining the VSC’s plans. Phase One of the commitment involves completing a needs assessment of the jobs that are expected from these projects. The assessment will be conducted in coordination with Vermont’s Department of Labor and Commerce. Phase Two sees the VSC commit $25,000 – - half the cost – - toward the Innovation Engineering Management System. This system, developed by the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center, is a method of applying proven engineering processes to help a regional partnership zero in on the innovations and ideas most capable of supporting both students and employers.

 

LSC President Joe Bertolino shared his enthusiasm for VSC’s commitment. “I look forward to how this process will define the ways in which Lyndon and the VSC can work with our regional partners to help prepare every student and business in the NEK for short- and long-term success.”

 

Bob Whittaker, LSC’s dean of institutional advancement, added, “The VSC is committed to helping ensure that every NEK employer has the skilled talent they need, when they need it – - instilling and encouraging a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation across the region while creating a process that can be replicated statewide.”

 

The Summit, sponsored by AT&T, was held on “Building Career Pathways” day as a part of LSC’s Inauguration Week. More than 100 people attended. This week-long celebration of the college and its students culminated in the installation of Dr. Joe Bertolino as LSC’s 15th president on April 19.

 

Bertolino’s Inauguration Ceremony Includes Surprise Announcement, Surprise Ending

PRESIDENT BERTOLINO INAUGURATED. Joseph A. Bertolino, Ed.D., was installed as Lyndon State College’s 15th president on the morning of April 19. The inauguration, which took place in the Alexander Twilight Theatre at 10:30, was the centerpiece an event-filled celebratory week. The occasion gathered many Vermont politicians and dignitaries onto one stage. Delegates from dozens of universities were in attendance, hailing from California to Canada; from Harvard to the University of Oklahoma.

 

Speeches by Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and Vermont’s U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders opened the ceremony. The inaugural speakers were President of Roosevelt University Chuck Middleton and President of University of Texas at Brownsville Juliet Garcia.

 

Dr. Middleton is a Fellow of Great Britain’s Royal Historical Society and a dedicated advocate of community service. He serves on the Board of Directors of both the SAGE and PFLAG and the Board of Governors of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute in Hyde Park, N.Y.

Middleton is the first openly gay male university president and the founder of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, transgender, and queer Presidents Organization in Higher Education.

 

Dr. Garcia helped spearhead the establishment of a new university, The University of Texas at Brownsville. Under her leadership, the campus has grown from 49 acres to more than 460; enrollment has jumped from 7,000 students to more than 17,000. Time magazine named her one of the Top 10 College Presidents and she was recognized by Hispanics Business magazine in their annual “100 Most Influential Hispanics” publication. Garcia was a member of President-Elect Obama’s Transition Team.

 

Chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges Timothy Donovan, VSC Board of Trustees Chair Gary Moore ‘71, and Student Trustee Nick Russo ’14, performed the official installation, followed by President Bertolino’s inaugural address.

 

In his address, Bertolino pledged to “lead with an ethic of care” and vowed to “be the best.” The newly-installed President underscored that scholarship funds are critically important because LSC is a “small institution with limited resources and ninety percent of students rely on some form of financial aid.” Bertolino surprised and delighted the audience by announcing that on Wednesday, he had received “official confirmation that the college will receive an anonymous $1 million gift in 2014.”

 

Greetings were given by Gary Moore ‘71, President of CUNY Queens College James Muyskens, Garret College’s Dean of Students George Brelsford, and Bill Stenger, president and CEO and of Jay Peak and a partner at Burke Mountain Resort.

 

Greetings from LSC alumni, faculty, staff, and students were offered by Faculty Assembly Chair David Johnston, LSC Foundation President Lorraine Impey, Stephen M. Long Jr. ’62, Admissions Office Manager Cheri Goldrick, and Student Government President Sean Siciliano ’13.

 

The platform party included three of LSC’s past presidents—Peggy Williams, Carol A. Moore, and Steven M. Gold. Williams introduced Governor Shumlin. The invocation was given by Jonathan Vasconez, a former student of Bertolino’s at Queens College. President Bertolino’s partner of 19 years, Bil Leipold, an organizational change expert at Rutgers University, was master of ceremonies. Music was provided by Suncooked—an Americana/folk/rock trio of LSC students. A flash mob of students and staff provided a surprise ending, dancing in celebration while cannons shot green and gold confetti over the assembled crowd.

 

The Inauguration was followed by a reception in the Stannard Gym. The day’s finale was a concert by The Québécois progressive folk music quartet, Le Vent du Nord, presented by Kingdom County Productions. The band Suncooked was back on stage as the opening act.

 

Dr. Bertolino became the 15th president of Lyndon State College in July 2012. A nationally recognized author, lecturer, and teacher, Bertolino has presented programs to students at over 600 colleges and conferences nationwide. In 2007, Campus Activity Magazine named him “Best Diversity Artist.” He has authored numerous articles and book chapters, and is the co-author of Let the Games Begin, A Guide for Peer Mentors, (2012).

 

Bertolino has been recognized with numerous outstanding professional awards, including the American College Personnel Association’s prestigious Annuit Coeptis Award. His undergraduate alma mater, the University of Scranton, presented him with the 2011 Frank O’Hara Award in Education, the highest award given jointly by the University and the National Alumni Society. In 2010–11, he was a fellow with the American Council on Education.

 

“Moving Forward” was the central theme of the week, with each day dedicated to a specific theme. The ceremony and activities leading up to it are emblematic of Bertolino’s leadership and direction—many of the week’s events are focused on community service, inclusiveness and social justice, economic development, and Lyndon’s students.

 

Events included the premiere of the dramatic feature film “Northern Borders” on April 14. Activities on April 15 focused on issues of inclusiveness and social justice. The 16th saw student, faculty, and staff volunteers and President Bertolino take part in a day of community service. The volunteers spruced up Lyndonville’s Powers Park Pavilion and cleared trails and painted at Lyndon Outing Club. April 17 was National Green and Gold Day. On April 18, LSC hosted a day-long Regional Business and Education Summit with Bill Stenger, president and CEO of Jay Peak and a partner at Burke Mountain Resort, and Todd Bachelder, CEO of Menck Windows.

 

Inaugural events were underwritten, in part, by generous contributions from Carhartt, Inc., and AT&T.

 

Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vermont, was founded in 1911 as a one-year “normal” school for teacher training. There were three students. Now in its second century, the College has a near-record enrollment of 1,500 students in a broad range of degree programs in the liberal arts and innovative, nationally recognized professional programs—all leading to meaningful careers or further study.

 

The College is widely known for its warm and friendly atmosphere, spectacular Vermont location, and the personal attention afforded each and every member of its community.

 

Photo album at https://www.facebook.com/LyndonState

James Bozeman Giving Faculty Fellowship Presentation on the Mathematics of Drawing Electoral Districts

MATH VERSUS GERRYMANDERING. Gerrymandering is a “form of redistricting in which electoral districts or constituency boundaries are manipulated for political advantage.”This can extend to members of a racial, linguistic, religious or a class group, and often favors incumbents. The combination of computer software and the development of detailed voter databases have made gerrymandering more precise. Political parties gather information about every household including party registration, campaign donations, and the number of times residents previously voted. When combined with other predictors of voting behavior such as age, income, race, or education level, this information allows gerrymandering politicians to accurately predict a district’s voting behavior.

 

On Thursday, April 25, Dr. James Bozeman will present his “Faculty Fellowship” presentation, which addresses the mathematical and computer measurements of the shape of legislative districts. Because these measurements can indicate gerrymandering, this research is a real-world application of mathematical principles. Some of Bozeman’s students will also present their work.

 

Bozeman explained the research, “The work uses mathematics and computer programming to determine whether or not a current or proposed legislative district is “nicely” or “poorly” shaped. A poorly shaped district may indicate partisan gerrymandering. This is accomplished by calculating a number between 0 and 1 based on the geometry of the district. The closer this number is to 1, the “nicer” the district is. The closer to 0, the more poorly shaped it is.

 

Bozeman was approached in 2002 by Progressive State House Representative Steve Hingtgen to testify about a bill Hingtgen was proposing. The bill included a mathematical measure of the shape of legislative districts. The measures are used to try to avoid partisan redistricting—one of Hingtgen’s goals. The bill never made it out of committee, but Bozeman’s interest was piqued. He began a research project in 2002 with math student Lauren Pyrik. Another student, Matt Pilling, continued the research. Both of these efforts led to publications.

 

The lecture is in the Burke Mountain Room on the fourth floor of the Samuel Read Hall Library and Academic Center at 4 p.m. It is free and open to the public. The presentation is part of Lyndon State College’s Spring 2013 Lecture and Arts Series, and is underwritten in part by the Harriett M. Sherman Lecture Fund.

Lyndon State Celebrates National Green and Gold Day With Photo Contest and Acknowledgement by U.S. Congress and Vermont Legislature

NATIONAL GREEN AND GOLD DAY. When Lyndon State College celebrates Green and Gold Day on April 17, it won’t be the first time, but it will be the biggest. Members of the Lyndon community proudly  wear the school colors every Wednesday – - a tradition initiated by President Joe Bertolini. On the 17th, the “Day” goes national.

 

National Green and Gold Day is part of week-long festivities to celebrate the inauguration of Dr. Joe Bertolino as LSC’s 15th president. The college is calling for all its alumni and friends across the country and around the globe to sport school colors or Lyndon gear on April 17. Participants are invited to take part in a contest showing their green and gold pride.

 

The photo contest is open to all members of the LSC community – - alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends. To enter, photos should be sent (one at a time) to LSC@pongr.com from April 17 through 19. Online voting for the best representation of green and gold pride is open April 17 until April 26 at 5 p.m. The winner will receive an LSC gift basket.

 

To mark the day, a proclamation will be read in the Vermont legislature designating April 17, 2013, as Lyndon State College National Green and Gold Day. President Bertolini will travel to Montpelier that afternoon with a group of LSC students to hear the official reading of the announcement. U.S.  Senator Patrick Leahy will be entering comments about President Bertolino’s inauguration, as well as material regarding National Green and Gold Day, into the Congressional Record.

 

Other inaugural week events include the premiere of the dramatic feature film “Northern Borders” on April 14. Activities on April 15 will focus on issues of inclusiveness and social justice. On the 16th student, faculty, and staff volunteers and President Bertolino will pitch in to spruce up the Pavilion at Lyndonville’s Powers Park and clear trails, paint and clean up at Lyndon Outing Club, all as part of a day of community service. On April 18, LSC will host a day-long Regional Business and Education Summit with special guests Wayne State University President and retired Ford Motor Company CFO Allan Gilmour, and Jay Peak CEO and President Bill Stenger. The inauguration ceremony is April 19, at 10:30 a.m. in the Alexander Twilight Theatre and will be followed by a reception in the Stannard Gym. The Québécois quartet, “Le Vent du Nord,” caps off the week when it brings its brand of progressive folk music to campus on the evening of the 19th. Complete information and registration for inaugural events is at LyndonState.edu/inauguration.

 

The Lyndon State College National Green and Gold Day Proclamation

 

Whereas, Lyndon State College exists as the prominent, four-year college in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, the 2,000 square mile, tri-county region that borders New Hampshire and Canada.

 

Whereas, Lyndon State College’s mission is to prepare every student for personal and professional success through experience-based, high-quality programs in the liberal arts and professional studies.

 

Whereas, Dr. Joseph Bertolino was appointed as Lyndon State College’s fifteenth president in July of 2012, and President’s Bertolino’s inauguration ceremony is scheduled for Friday, April 19, 2013.

 

Whereas, an initial focus of President Bertolino’s tenure has been to reintroduce Lyndon State College to the Northeast Kingdom and Vermont while introducing Lyndon State College to a larger national and international audience.

 

Whereas, there are a wide-range of professional programs at Lyndon State College graduating leaders into the fields of meteorology, broadcast journalism, exercise science, mountain resort management, visual arts, music business and industry, and education.

 

Whereas, over 90 percent of Lyndon State College’s graduates are employed or continuing their education at graduate school within six months of graduation.

 

Whereas, Lyndon State College alumni have left indelible imprints, such as Kingdom Trails and the Eye on the Sky, on Northeast Kingdom and Vermont culture.

 

Whereas, Lyndon State College students have helped create 100 jobs in the Northeast Kingdom region over the past five years through its Incubator Without Walls initiative.

 

Whereas, Lyndon State College is a leader in serving rural, first-generation college students through efforts like the Patrick and Marcelle Leahy Center for Rural Students and the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship.

 

Whereas, in celebration of President Bertolino’s inauguration and the accomplishments of Lyndon State College, its alumni, faculty, staff, and students—Lyndon State College alumni and friends across the nation are asked to wear Lyndon’s green and gold colors with pride on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

 

Whereas, be it recognized that Wednesday, April 17, 2013, be known as National Green and Gold Day.

Bill Cotte’s Music Lecture Series Returns to Lyndon State

MUSIC LECTURE SERIES EXPLORES FOUR SEASONS. Music composers are inspired to write for a number of reasons whether love, or revenge, or money. Lyndon State College Lecturer in Music William Cotte will be presenting a free lecture series at the College this spring where the impetus for the music was the composer’s expression of the four seasons. Cotte’s lectures will go far beyond the Vivaldi classic “The Four Seasons.” The next three presentations in his series look at the themes of spring and summer.

 

Joseph Haydn wrote the oratorio “The Seasons” largely because his previous work “The Creation” was becoming so popular. The libretto is James Thomson’s poem “The Seasons” translated into German. It is a beautiful, stunning piece but never found the success of his previous works.

 

When Igor Stravinsky’s avant-garde ballet “Le Sacre du Printemps” (The Rite of Spring) was first performed, the ultramodern character of the music and choreography nearly led the audience to riot. It has subsequently become one of the most recorded and most influential of all 20th century musical works. Stravinsky described the work as, “[representing] pagan Russia … unified by a single idea: the mystery and great surge of the creative power of Spring.”

 

The four movements in Charles Ives’ “A Symphony: New England Holidays” took more than sixteen years to write. The movements, Washington’s Birthday, Decoration Day, The Fourth of July, and Thanksgiving, coincide with each season.

 

Cotte will also discuss Schumann’s “Spring” symphony (No.1 in B flat major), Aaron Copland’s Pulitzer-winning ballet “Appalachian Spring,” and many other works. The 7 p.m. lectures are on consecutive Mondays, April 22, 29, and May 6 in the Burke Mountain Room on top floor of Lyndon State College’s Samuel Read Hall Library and Academic Center. The talks are free and open to the public. Cotte’s spirited and entertaining lectures can be enjoyed both as part of the series or individually.

LSC Student Leader Honored

NICK RUSSO RECEIVES VERMONT ENGAGED STUDENT AWARD. Lyndon State College senior, Nick Russo, has been selected as LSC’s recipient of the Vermont Campus Compact’s 2013 Engaged Student Award. This award is given to a student or student group at a VCC member campus who demonstrates a significant investment of time and energy into activities that promote and support engagement at their institution and among their peers. Russo, a Television Studies major, is the student representative on the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees and chairs the VSC Student Association.

 

The Norwell, Massachusetts, native will be honored for his work and accomplishments at the VCC Engaged Campus Forum on April 12 in Burlington, Vermont. The forum will highlight the efforts and impact of Vermont students and institutions of higher education on improving the lives of Vermonters and citizens worldwide.

 

Vermont Campus Compact is a statewide consortium of 16 college and university presidents committed to creating a flourishing democracy. They work with members to strengthen communities and educate for informed and active citizenship. VCC presidents believe that through sustained and creative student, faculty and institutional engagement with communities, higher education can help prepare tomorrow’s civic and social leaders while strengthening communities and improving lives in Vermont and elsewhere.