Professor Henrique Cezar led an international class trip to the east coast of Brazil this summer. The class teamed up with the faculty and students of the tourism program at the Universidad Federal de Pernambuco in the town of Recife. The objectives of this class trip are twofold: to immerse JSC students in another country’s traditions and to stimulate cultural integration between the two groups of students.
Business students Jocelyn Kirby and Justin Raymond, working under the supervision of Professor Norman McElvany, conducted a research project for the Union
Bank in Morrisville. The primary purpose of the survey was to help the bank determine current and future services its Generation X and Generation Y customers are using or would like to see offered. The semester-long project involved surveying students from Johnson State and Lyndon State colleges.
Students in Environmental Interpretation, taught
by Professor Todd Comen, developed interpretive panels for Morse Farm Sugarhouse in Montpelier. the interpretive themes included coexisting with beaver, biodiversity and vernal pools, and maple sugaring through the generations. owner Burr Morse met with the students three times and expressed his enthusiasm for the professional outcome of this project-based learning experience.
Professor Jim Black has been appointed to the board of the Lamoille Economic Development Corporation.
A March workshop attracted 36 participants who
joined facilitator Mary (Mimi) Galligan Mathieu, a part-time instructor in the Business Dept., to learn about “Creating
Effective Partnerships.” The workshop was cosponsored
by People in Partnership, Johnson State College, and Common Good Vermont.
Director of Experiential Education Ellen Hill presented NeighborKeepers (NK) to the Cambridge Rotary on October 8, 2009. The NK Lamoille Planning Team (Ellen, JSC student Debbie Nevil, and community partner Carol Plante) continue to steward the NK initiative with the hope of identifying members of the community who wish to join the planning team and support the
replication of NeighborKeepers in the Lamoille Valley. The team hosted the first community meal on November 3 in Johnson. Twenty-two adults and five children attended, including a member of the NK Winooski team. After the meal, Ellen et al. modeled some of the NK elements to stimulate interest and assess the desire for continuing community meals. The response was very positive and the group wants to see the meals continue.
Ellen also attended advisory council meetings and a full partnership meeting of People in Partnership. In addition, she met with Out and About executive director Scott West to plan for a spring 2010 "Senior Prom," a dance focusing on bringing together
local senior citizens and the JSC community. Numerous service/education opportunities have been part of Ellen's first-year seminar, "A Call to Action." The students initially wanted to
participate in a Break Away trip but realized that a weekend was insufficient time to travel to NYC or Boston. Collectively they brainstormed a local service project and came up with the saying, "Drive less, SERVE more." This resulted in "Break Away Morrisville!"— leading to, among other things, the Hike for Hunger and the Lamoille Firewood Project (for which students stacked and delivered firewood to local residents). Middlebury College is interested in replicating this model of local service and has contacted Ellen for advice.
Professor Jim Black is now producing frequent "Lamoille Now" shows for cable access TV. He also is a member of the new board of directors for the reorganized Johnson Works Community Organization Inc. The organization focuses on helping downtown Johnson develop as a vital and diverse community center. The 14-member board also includes Leila Bandar (Fine & Performing
arts), who serves as vice president, and Renate Callahan (Business/Economics), who is the group's treasurer.