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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.


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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:


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.


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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 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


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.

Lyndon State College Accepts Challenge Grant to Raise Matching Funds

$25,000 FOR PROMISE SCHOLARSHIPS. The Lyndon State College Foundation recently approved a “challenge” $25,000 gift to the Lyndon State College Promise Scholarship Program. The Foundation’s challenge calls for the College to obtain ten $2,500 gifts and thereby match the Foundation’s donation.


The donor-funded Lyndon Promise Scholarship helps to provide support to students who would otherwise not be able to afford a four-year college degree. The scholarship awards students with an annual $2,500 – $5,000 scholarship for four years. The program involves a three-way promise between the student, the College, and the donor. The student promises to maintain at least a 2.5 GPA over their college career and to serve as a mentor to low-income students in the NEK’s Kindergarten through Grade 12 system. Over the past three years, 25 students have directly benefitted from the program. Dean of Institutional Advancement Bob Whittaker reported that the retention rate for the Promise Scholarship students is “an astounding 92 percent.”


LSC Foundation President Lorraine Impey said, “We are impressed with how the College has grown a successful and effective program as a result of the initial challenge grant that helped establish the Early Promise Scholarship program. This is a defining moment in broadening the support for this important initiative.”


LSC President Joe Bertolino added, “I appreciate the leadership provided by the LSC Foundation in helping us sustain and grow the Early Promise Scholarship program. So much so that my partner Bil and I have agreed to commit $5,000 to the program once this challenge is met.” Bertolino will be hosting a special event at his home for contributors who support the Early Promise Scholarship program with a gift of $2,500 or more, giving donors the opportunity to meet and get to know the Promise Scholars they’ve helped. Bertolino is “looking forward to this gathering becoming an annual event.”


The Lyndon State College Foundation was founded in 1980 to generate resources that contribute to the artistic, social, cultural and educational development of LSC. It is a community-based, private, nonprofit organization that is maintained by residents of the Northeast Kingdom. The members of the Foundation are committed to the college, proud of the excellent educational opportunities and community services offered, and dedicated to participating in LSC’s future development.

LSC Theatre Undergoing Three-Phase Technological Upgrades

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


The Theatre’s current technology limits which acts and performances can book the facility. The control room requires an upgrade and air conditioning: summer sees the temperature soar to nearly 100 degrees. The sound system needs updating, too. Stage access for the disabled is only through the building’s exterior.


LSC began a three phase renovation to address the needed updates in 2012, completing the first phase the same year. It involved the purchase and installation of a modern lighting console, new lighting instruments for the existing circuits, and air conditioning for the lighting booth. Phase Two includes dimmers to control the new lighting instruments and an architectural control system that allows remote access to house and practice lights. This phase, requiring a minimum of $40,000, will hopefully be completed this year.


To help defray the Phase Two costs, the LSC Alumni Council started the “Take a Seat” program. Seats are purchased with a donation of $100 to $750. Seats can be purchased by individuals, by a company, or as part of a group. Each purchased seat will have a plaque affixed with the donor’s name. The seat is “owned” for the next five years, when the seats are slated to be replaced. LSC’s Director of Alumni Relations & Development, Hannah Manley wrote, “The Alumni Council believes that the successful completion of the theatre updates will substantially improve the overall experience and the type of entertainment that can be booked in the Alexander Twilight Theatre.”


Phase three updates include new stage curtains, a “smart” system, a new projector, and air conditioning for the dimmers. The start date for the third phase has not yet been set.


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LSC Hosts Elementary Students: Raising Aspirations

A “COLLEGE FAIR” FOR LOCAL CHILDREN. An atypical group of prospective college students gathered at the first “Kingdom Kids College Fair” on March 27 at Lyndon State College. LSC hosted 75 students and their teachers from three of the Northeast Kingdom’s rural elementary schools: Newark, Sutton, and Miller’s Run. Geared toward first- and second- graders, the fair’s intent was to initiate the idea of attending college to the youngsters.


Everyone was a winner in this college fair: the students had fun and the college was able to introduce the students to the campus. Few of the students or their chaperones had previously visited the campus which reflects a stark reality in the Northeast Kingdom. Census data show just 21 percent of NEK adults have college degrees, compared to 33 percent statewide. With a large-scale economic development plan on the horizon and the quantity of skilled jobs that it will necessitate, the NEK needs a well-educated workforce.


The student’s tour of campus life was both entertaining and educational. It included visiting the News 7 studio with WCAX meteorologist Dan Dowling, an earth science demonstration by Professor Michael Miller, activity time in the Stannard Gym with Adventure Coordinator Jamie Struck, and a weather show by Chief Technology Officer Mike Dente. The college also gifted each elementary school a Kindle for use in their own library.


The College Fair adheres to the principles of one of LSC’s initiatives, the Leahy Center for Rural Students, which works to understand and beneficially change the factors that influence rural students’ educational and occupational aspirations, while also developing and fostering a Pre-K-16 network in the NEK. The Leahy Center stresses that getting a college education is an investment that pays back over a lifetime and that college educated people have better job opportunities, earn more money, and develop life-long skills.


The fair was LSC’s service project portion of the 2013 Vermont State Colleges Leadership Series. Leadership Series participants are selected by each respective college president and the Chancellor. The series is designed to provide a blend of leadership theory and practical strategies that can be applied to present and future work. It also provides an opportunity to reflect on key leadership issues with colleagues from across the VSC. Lyndon’s Leadership Team is Charlie Forrest, Cheri Goldrick, Angie Ryan-Williams, Graham Sherriff, and Aaron Young.

Electronic Journalism Arts Student Triple Emmy™ Nominee

LSC STUDENT GARNERS 3 N.Y. EMMY NOMINATIONS. Tyler Dumont of Dracut, Mass., a junior in Lyndon’s Electronic Journalism Arts program, has been nominated for three Emmy™ Awards by 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 was nominated last year in the “Outstanding Teen Program or Special” category. This year, Dumont’s nominations are in three categories: “Best Teen News,” “Best Teen Program or Special” (on driver safety), and “Best Education Program Feature or Segment” (a profile of the U.S. Naval Academy). This year’s award ceremony is will be held on April 14.


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.


The New York Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences conducts activities that cultivate, promote and encourage understanding of, appreciation for, and public interest in the arts, crafts and sciences of television. The Emmy is awarded for talent and ability in composition, creation, and performance of works which strive to improve the quality of television.

Programs Added in Psychology and Human Services, Music Business, Video Production, Educational Technology, and Liberal Studies

SEVEN NEW DEGREES OFFERED. Lyndon State College has announced the addition of seven new degree programs to the curriculum. The college will now offer a B.S. degree in Applied Psychology and Human Services; the burgeoning Music and Business Industry (M.B.I.) program is adding three associates degrees; and a Cinema/Video Production degree will greatly enhance the Visual Arts department’s offerings. Two new graduate programs are scheduled — one in Educational Technology and one in Liberal Studies. Courses in the Educational Technology program will start this summer, the other programs will begin in the fall 2013 semester.


The Bachelor of Sciences in Applied Psychology and Human Services has streamlined degree requirements while expanding pre-professional choices for students. The degree requires completion of seven core courses. Twelve additional upper-level credits are taken in one of the following options, depending on the individual student’s focus and interest: generalist, graduate school, child and adolescent development, community mental health or substance abuse, and elder populations.


The music industry is flourishing and in need of well-trained professionals. To provide options for students seeking these careers, the M.B.I. program has added three new two-year programs. These degrees, which focus primarily on professional study and career preparation, are Audio Production, Music and Self-Promotion, and Music Industry Management. They operate as both a stand-alone degree option for students interested in a two-year program, or as a way to augment a number of four-year programs. For example, a student could bolster their résumé by combining an Associate’s degree in Audio Production with a four-year Journalism degree.


The Audio Production program is aimed at 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. They could work with electronic equipment for concerts, sporting events, theater productions, recording studios, movie and video productions, conventions, presentations, and news conferences.


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 program is for all entertainers and performers interested in charting and controlling their own career in music, singing, composing, or arranging.


The program 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 Department of Visual Arts will offer a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cinema/Video Production. This interdisciplinary program combines a core of humanities-based film studies courses with video production courses. Additional courses are drawn from a broad cross-section of liberal arts and pre-professional disciplines. The program equips graduates to succeed as industry professionals and obtain full-time and contract-based employment supporting independent filmmaking, advertising, corporate communications, and local television programming. Graduates will be well-versed in digital filmmaking, including an understanding of the filmmaking process through pre-production, production, and post-production phases.


The need for qualified educational technology specialists will continue to grow as the scope of technology advances in every aspect of modern life. In response, LSC is adding a concentration to the Masters of Education program in the field of Educational Technology. The program will prepare educators to teach with technology and prepare instructional designers for all levels of education. 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 will be offered online or as hybrids. Graduates will be qualified for careers in higher education, government, corporations, and nonprofit organizations.


The Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies provides 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. Graduates will pursue careers in education, business, government, or any number of professional fields.


More information about these programs can be found on the college’s website at, or by contacting the Admissions Office at 802 626-6413.

Project to Aid Job-Seeking Students

DRESSED FOR SUCCESS. It’s an age-old problem for people trying to enter the workforce: without a job, how can you afford a suit? But without a suit, how can you get a job?


To help solve this dilemma, Lyndon State College, in cooperation with the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, is holding its 2nd annual “Dressed for Success” event on Tuesday, April 2nd from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the college’s Academic and Student Activity Center (ASAC) room 100.


The goal of the project is to provide a free business-ready outfit to each junior and senior who attends the event. These clothes become a foundation for the student’s professional wardrobe and may be worn to interviews, presentations, internships, and in other professional circumstances. The needs of juniors and seniors will be prioritized but all LSC students are welcome to participate.


All merchandise will be received by donation. The group seeks donations of suits, sport coats and blazers, jackets, overcoats and dress coats, dress shirts and blouses, trousers and slacks, skirts and dresses, and shoes. The group also seeks other relevant professional attire and accessories such as scarves, ties, belts, costume jewelry, briefcases, portfolios and attaché cases. Clothing should be clean and gently worn.


Donations may be dropped off at the ASAC reception desk Monday–Friday from 8:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. through March 29th.


One highlight of the event will be a “Do and Don’t Fashion Show.” Students and faculty will dress in appropriate and inappropriate styles as a tongue-in-cheek teaching tool.


JCPenney is lending clothing racks and hangers and Vermont-based designer Tara Lynn Scheidet is lending dress forms. A seamstress will be on hand to measure collar, sleeve and inseam measurements. All merchandise remaining after the event will be donated to NEK Youth Services and H.O.P.E.


LSC’s Center for Rural Entrepreneurship coordinates the annual event as a part of the college’s Commencement Fair. For additional information, contact Christina Cotnoir, CRE Assistant Director at (802) 626-6747 or

Week-long Festivities in April Planned for Bertolino’s Inauguration

INAUGURATION PLANS ANNOUNCED. Details about the mid-April week-long celebration of the College, its students, and the inauguration of President Joseph Bertolino, Ed.D., have been announced. Bertolino is the 15th president of the 102-year-old college. “Moving Forward” is the central theme of the week with each day dedicated to a specific theme. “Moving Forward” is both the guiding principle of Bertolino’s vision for LSC’s future and the name of his bi-monthly newsletter.


The festivities begin April 14 by “Celebrating the Arts in the NEK” with the premiere screening of Kingdom County Productions’ dramatic feature film “Northern Borders.” The film, based on Howard Frank Mosher’s award-winning novel, was produced and directed by Jay Craven. It creates an enchanted and rough-hewn world where family mysteries run deep and an older generation resists change. The film’s cast includes Academy Award nominee Bruce Dern, Bill Raymond, and Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick. The 7 p.m. showing marks the finale of the Green Mountain Film Festival.


Bertolino presents “When the Gays Move into Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” during festivities on “Inclusiveness and Social Justice” day, Monday, April 15. Bertolino uses this funny, interactive, and challenging program to get today’s college students thinking about important “community issues” such as diversity appreciation, homophobia, and heterosexism. He draws from his own life, his experiences as a fraternity man and student affairs professional, his family experiences, and the dynamics of his own relationship with his partner.


Tuesday the 16th is dedicated to “Community Service” and allows everyone an opportunity to participate in local service activities. A guest speaker is planned for the evening. “Green and Gold Pride” on Wednesday the 17th sees the College’s alumni and friends from across the globe compete for the “best expression of pride.” All members of the college community—past and present—are asked to wear green and gold, or LSC gear, and to post photos.


Thursday’s “Career Pathways” activities include a day-long Regional Business & 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 summit gives educators, employers, and community leaders a forum to discuss how every Northeast Kingdom student, pre-kindergarten through grade 16, can fulfill their potential.


The inauguration ceremony is Friday, April 19, at 10:30 a.m. in the Alexander Twilight Theatre and will be followed by a reception in the Stannard Gym. The day is capped by an evening concert by Québécois progressive folk music quartet “Le Vent du Nord.” Two LSC student bands, “Suncooked” and “Summit of Thieves,” are also scheduled to appear.


Joseph 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).


He 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, Joe was a fellow with the American Council on Education.


Bertolino earned his Doctorate in Higher Education Administration and Organizational Leadership from Columbia University, Teachers College in 2003, a Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University in 1990, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Scranton in 1986. Dr. Bertolino lives with his partner of 19 years, Bil Leipold, a higher education professional at Rutgers University.


Complete information and registration for inaugural events is at

Lyndon State Holds Annual Cultural Festival

ANNUAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL. Lyndon kicks off its 17th Annual Cultural Festival on March 7. The Festival, a campus-wide event traditionally held during the second and third weeks of March, is an opportunity for LSC to celebrate diversity and enjoy cultural activities. This year’s festival runs from March 7 through the 18. Many different groups, organizations, and individuals from across the campus contribute to the festival by holding events or activities.


Students from 15 different countries representing Lyndon State and Lyndon Institute are cosponsoring Kids World VI on March 16. Billed as “bringing the world to you,” Kids World is an opportunity for area children to come and experience the world through storytelling, games, music, crafts, snacks, artwork, and interactive displays. The family-friendly event is geared toward children in kindergarten through grade 6 and is free and open to the public. Activities run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Academic and Student Activity Center (ASAC), room 100.


Jinahie, meaning “my wings” in Arabic, is a 19-year-old Egyptian-American spoken word poet who has quickly become one of D.C.’s finest and most sought after performers. She will perform in the Alexander Twilight Theatre on March 7, at 9 p.m. Her diverse interests include gender, ethnic strife, racial prejudice, sexuality, poverty, corruption, war and injustice. The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Campus Activity Board (CAB) as part of the Arts and Lecture series.


March 11 gives the community a chance to “Meet the Mormon Next Door,” when LSC Professor Barclay Tucker gives his presentation about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Tucker, a Bishop in the Lyndon LDS congregation, will address LDS faith and practices. The free presentation is in the Burke Mountain Room and runs from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. and is open to the public.


Zoe Armstrong, former Peace Corps volunteer, will be on campus March 12 to provide insights and answer questions to those interested in a future with the Peace Corps. Armstrong, now a Peace Corps recruiter, will show how to be a competitive applicant and explain what skills are needed to fulfill the Peace Corps service mission. Armstrong will answer questions in the Student Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; she gives a formal presentation entitled “Peace Corps Experience” in the Harvey Academic Center (HAC) from 1:30 to 2:50 p.m. This event is also free and open to the public.


On March 18, Mahmoud Jabari, a Champlain College student from Palestine and a peace activist since 2007, will discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the prospects for peace in the Middle East. In 2012, Jabari developed and implemented a series of summer camps for youth in the city of Hebron, Palestine. Last spring, he was one of the 11 people to give a talk at TEDxTeen in New York City. The hour-long talk is in the Burke Mountain Room at 12:30 p.m. All are invited; the event is free.


The annual festival, created and coordinated by LSC Professor Lori Werdenschlag, presents a broad variety of performances and events again this year. The NEK Veterans summit, lectures on the intersection of Mayan culture, calendars, and mathematics, Haitian music, an international dance recital, an international food court with bagpipe performance, and a classic European film series round out the offerings.

Adventure Speaker Series Continues with Rick WIlcox

NOTED CLIMBER RICK WILCOX TO SPEAK. On March 11, Lyndon State College plays host to one of America’s great all-around mountain climbers. Rick Wilcox will speak about his extensive mountaineering experience and adventures from New Hampshire’s White Mountains to the heights of Africa and Asia. This talk is the final installment of LSC’s Adventure Speaker Series for the spring semester.


Wilcox has climbed many of the largest peaks in North and South America, the big walls of Yosemite, Tetons, and the French Alps, and was among the first four North Americans east of the Mississippi to summit Mt. Everest. His passion for rock and ice climbing and his love for the bigger mountains of the world has driven him to lead or participate in more than 40 expeditions world-wide with 19 expeditions to the Himalayas.


During the past 36 years, he has served as President of Mountain Rescue Service, Inc., of New Hampshire, an organization that provides specialized technical teams comprised of world-class guides and climbers who volunteer their time and expertise in the service of hikers and climbers who may be in need of technical rescue in and around the White Mountains. In 1999, the American Alpine Club conferred the David A. Sowles Award on Wilcox and the Mountain Rescue Service to honor their assistance to imperiled fellow climbers.


Wilcox is a long-time American Alpine Club member and has served multiple stints on their Board of Directors and the American Mountain Guides Association Board of Directors. He is the owner of International Mountain Equipment, the prestigious International Mountain Climbing School, and International Trekking, all based out of North Conway, N.H. Wilcox is co-author of “An Ice Climber’s Guide to Northern New England, Third Edition.”


The 6 p.m. talk is in Room 100 of the Academic and Student Activities Center (ASAC) at Lyndon State College and is free and open to the public.