President's Endowment for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

This endowment provides interest income which is granted through the President’s Fund for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. This fund (comprised of annual donations plus the endowment interest) was established by President Barbara E. Murphy in the fall of 2001, shortly after her arrival at JSC and is to support key educational projects and activities that cannot be covered by the college’s fiscally responsible annual budget. At a college of this size, a small amount of money can make a real difference in the depth and breadth of teaching and learning experiences. The President’s unique knowledge of all the college’s aspects and needs assures that these funds go to the most deserving projects. Annual gifts and endowment interest have allowed $24,000 a year to be granted annually from 2001-2008. Grants large and small have supported projects ranging from electronic enhancements for classrooms and labs, student/faculty research. Presidential Leadership Scholarships  for worthy students, distinguished guest speakers, faculty enrichment, and student travel and seminars.

 

Grants and Scholarships

Grants are made on application to the Office of the President. Presidential Leadership Scholarship applications are made through the Financial Aid Office, and are awarded to outstanding students with high academic and leadership achievements. 

 

Above: JSC President Barbara E. Murphy

 

Recent Presidential Leadership Scholarship Recipients

2011-12

  • To student Jaclyn Baker: to conduct summer research on asbestos mine microbial communities at the Eden Asbestos Mines with Professor Elizabeth Dolci of the Environmental and Health Sciences Department
  • To Professor Todd Comen and the Department of Business and Economics: to fund a retreat in which the faculty met with leaders in the field to discuss current industry needs and expectations, reflected on existing programs, and developed a roadmap for future programing
  • To Professor Cynthia West and the Humanities Department: as honoraria for three Togolese immigrant refugees who came to campus as guests in six French 3 language labs
  • To several faculty and students: to fund dinner and a field trip to the Flynn Space for a performance of Photograph 51, a theater production about Rosalind Franklin and the discovery of the structure of DNA
  • To support the attendance of eight Outdoor Education and Adventure Education Wilderness Leadership students at the October 2011 Wilderness Risk Manager’s Conference to learn to mitigate the risks inherent in exploring, working, teaching, and recreating in wild places
  • To Assistant Professor Elizabeth Powell and the Department of Writing & Literature: to bring three writers to campus each semester to deliver a lecture and/or public reading, and to conduct a student interview for The Gihon River Review
  • To student James Dempsey, President of JSC’s Student Government Association: to fund his study-abroad trip, immersing himself in the spiritual and cultural traditions of India in January 2012
  • To Professor Russell Longtin: to fund lodging for students invited to compete at the American College Theater Festival in April 2012
  • To support the attendance of five Wellness & Alternative Medicine students at the March 2012
    Integrative Healthcare Symposium to learn about nutrition, integrative oncology, endocrinology, brain health, world medicine and policy
  • To student Allison Bataille: to fund tuition for an independent study course in Genocide while she was on leave from JSC to in Rwanda, at an orphanage for children with HIV
  • To student Colleen Twomey: to fund her solo trip to Nicaragua, continuing the community work she began as a Break Away volunteer the previous summer
  • To student education major Amy Wan: to fund her attendance at a professional development workshop, on working with children in grades P-6 struggling with sensory processing disorders
  • To Professor Elizabeth Powell and students: to support attendance at the Association of Literary
    Scholars, Critics and Writers (ALSCW) conference in San Diego, March 2012
  • To Professor Stephen Blair: to bring guest speaker and jazz curator Reuben Jackson to campus for a lecture based on Jimi Hendrix in the Social History of Rock & Roll class
  • To Professor Norm McElvany: to support the enrichment of the International Travel and Tourism class trip to Italy, allowing several additional historic and cultural places of interest to be added to their itinerary
  • To student Molly McDonald: to fund her study-abroad trip to Wales and the United Kingdom in June 2012, experiencing theaters of all kinds, from behind the scenes and the aisles, both touring and interviewing

2011

  • Anna Allen, Art major, Class of 2014, Shelburne, VT
  • Adina Barron, Elementary Education major with elementary licensure and a certificate in nonprofit management, Class of 2014, Derry, NH
  • Heather Brault, Art major, Class of 2013, Newport Center, VT
  • Lucia-Kate Ciccarello, Psychology major, Class of 2012, Williamsburg, MA
  • Emily Cloutier, business management major, Class of 2014, Eden, VT
  • Allison Compagna, Integrated Environmental Science major, Class of 2014, Morrisville, VT
  • Nicole Daigneault, Wellness & Alternative Medicine major, Class of 2014, St. Johnsbury, VT
  • Shannon Edmonds, Studio Arts major, Class of 2013, Belvidere, VT
  • Ellyn Fournier, Elementary Education major with elementary licensure, Class of 2014, Barton, VT
  • Nathaniel Furlong, Art major with elementary and secondary licensure, Class of 2012, South Burlington, VT
  • Ilia Gordon, Wellness & Alternative Medicine major, Class of 2014, Barre, VT
  • Alice Jones, Studio Arts major, Class of 2013, Morrisville, VT
  • Ryan Joy, Biology major with a minor in mathematics, Class of 2012, North Montpelier, VT
  • James Luce, History major with secondary licensure, Class of 2013, St. Albans, VT
  • Elizabeth Ponchak, Psychology major with a minor in dance, Class of 2012, Manchester, CT
  • Marcus Provost, Musical Theater major, Class of 2014, Winchendon, MA
  • Daniele Racioppi, Wellness & Alternative Medicine major, Class of 2012, West Caldwell, NJ
  • Nina Teed, Psychology major, Class of 2014, Morrisville, VT
  • David Weinbaum, Business Management major, Class of 2012, Montpelier, VT

2010

  • Douglas Bliss, Elementary Education major, Class of 2013, Underhill, VT
  • Heather Brault, Art major, Class of 2013, Newport, VT
  • Benjamin Chaucer, Health Sciences and Wellness & Alternative Medicine major, Class of 2011, Burlington, VT
  • Lucia-Kate Ciccarello, Psychology major, Class of 2012, Williamsburg, MA
  • Angela Early, Elementary Education major, Class of 2012, Middlebury, VT
  • Nathaniel Furlong, Art major with elementary and secondary licensure, Class of 2011, South Burlington, VT
  • Alice Jones, Studio Arts major, Class of 2012, Morrisville, VT
  • Ryan Joy, Biology major, Class of 2012, Montpelier, VT
  • Justin Little, Creative Writing major, Class of 2013, Clinton, CT
  • Maria Lovelette, Mathematics major, Class of 2012, Eden, VT
  • James Luce, History major with secondary licensure, Class of 2013, St. Albans, VT
  • Laura Miller, Elementary Education major, Class of 2011, Jeffersonville, VT
  • Daniele Racioppi, Wellness & Alternative Medicine major, Class of 2012, West Caldwell, NJ
  • Meghan Regan, Psychology major, Class of 2012, Concord, VT
  • David Weinbaum, Business Management major, Class of 2012, Montpelier, VT
  • Kelly Woodard, Class of 2013, New Providence, NJ
  • Jasmine Yuris, English major with secondary licensure and a certificate in nonprofit management, Class of 2012, Moodus, CT

2009

  • Jennifer Bethel, majoring in elementary education, Class of 2010, Royalton, VT.
  • Ben Chaucer, double majoring in health sciences and wellness and alternative medicine, Class of 2011, Johnson, VT.
  • Katherine Crown, majoring in studio arts with elementary and secondary licensure, Class of 2010, St. George, VT. 
  • Claire Desmarais, majoring in English and theater and drama, Class of 2012, Burlington, VT. 
  • James Dempsey, majoring in liberal arts, Class of 2012, Lincoln, VT. 
  • Whitney Erskine, majoring in wellness and alternative medicine, Class of 2011, Newburyport, MA. 
  • Courtney Gabaree, majoring in anthropology and sociology with a certificate in non-profit management, Class of 2010, Fletcher, VT. 
  • Morgan Goodyear, majoring in hospitality and tourism management, Class of 2012, Jeffersonville, VT. 
  • Jordan Jewett, majoring in creative writing and English, Class of 2012, Enosburg Falls, VT. 
  • Joseph Jones, majoring in political science, Class of 2012, Johnson, VT.
  • Karina Lepeley, majoring in wellness and alternative medicine, Class of 2010, Jeffersonville, VT.
  • Toni Little, majoring in creative writing with secondary licensure, Class of 2011, Johnson, VT.
  • Shane Mulcahy, majoring in music education, Class of 2011, Johnson, VT. 
  • Deborah Nevil, majoring in political science with a certificate in non-profit management, Class of 2010, Waterville, VT.  
  • Jonathan Owen, majoring in wellness and alternative medicine, Class of 2011,New Haven, CT. 
  • Emma Porrett, majoring in outdoor education/adventure education and wilderness leadership, Class of 2011, Glenview, IL. 
  • Joshua Puopolo, majoring in music-classical studies with elementary and secondary licensure, Class of 2011, Johnson, VT. 
  • David Weinbaum, majoring in business management, Class of 2012, Montpelier, VT.

2008

  • Lauren Brushway, majoring in theater and drama, Class of 2011, Newport, NH.
  • Katherine Crown, majoring in studio arts, elementary and secondary licensure, Class of 2009, St. George, VT.
  • Staci Cutting, majoring in hospitality and tourism management, Class of 2009, Rochester, VT.
  • Allison Fraser, majoring in psychology, Class of 2009, Sheldon Springs, VT.
  • Courtney Gabaree, majoring in anthropology/sociology, Class of 2010, East Fairfield, VT.
  • Cassandra Hood, majoring in hospitality and tourism management, Class of 2011, East Barre, VT.
  • Anthony Kaseoru, majoring in psychology and music, Class of 2009, Sheldon, VT.
  • Karina Lepeley, majoring in wellness and alternative medicine, Class of 2010, Jeffersonville, VT.
  • Toni Little, majoring in creative writing, Class of 2011, Hartford, CT.
  • Terrie Look, majoring in liberal arts, Class of 2009, Belvedere, VT.
  • Joanna Oakley, majoring in elementary education and environmental science, Class of 2009, Salisbury, NH.
  • Jonathan Owen, majoring in wellness and alternative medicine, Class of 2011, New Haven, CT.
  • Jennifer Perron, majoring in environmental science, Class of 2009, Stowe, VT.
  • Emma Porrett, majoring in outdoor education, Class of 2011, Glenview, IL.
  • Kyle Reardon, majoring in music education, elementary and secondary licensure, Class of 2008, Rutland, VT.
  • Jennifer Taylor, majoring in wellness and alternative medicine, Class of 2009, Dover, NH.
  • Christy Wendlandt, majoring in hospitality and tourism management, Class of 2009, Springfield, VT.
  •  Kyoko Yokoyama, majoring in environmental science/natural resources, Class of 2008, Kamisato, Kodama Saitama, Japan.

Recent Grant Recipients for 2009

  • Professor Gina Mireault’s psychology students Caitlyn Dias, Mallory Sargent, and Merlin Poutre- $400 to help fund their participation at the Conference on Undergraduate Research in Washington, D.C.
  • Jaleesa Jones, student - $400 to accompany a first-year seminar “Music and Culture in New Orleans” to New Orleans in April 2009.
  • Art Professor John Miller and students - $1,000 towards presenting their Time Well Spent exhibit –a photodocumentary exhibit based on the lives of seniors at the Craftsbury Community Care Center --at the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury, summer 2008.
  • Courtney Gabaree, Anthropology and Sociology major - $1,000 to attend the First Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking at University of Lincoln, NE, with the purpose of starting an anti human trafficking program on campus October 2009.
  • Katie Crown, Art and Education major - - $1,000 to help support her participation in Venice Biennale Summer Program at Scuola Lorenzo De’Medici in Venice, Italy.
  • Ellen Hill, Director of Experiential learning, student Debbie Nevil, and a community partner - $1,200 to attend Beyond Welfare Learning Center’s immersion training NeighborKeepers, with the goal of replicating this successful program in Lamoille County.
  • Adjunct Professor Jan Herder- $1,200  to attend the International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies in Barcelona, Spain, where he presented a paper on Information & Communication Technologies for Emergence, which encompassed  2.0 and virtual worlds in education, along with blended learning and peer to peer student empowerment techniques.
  • Department of Environmental Sciences - $11,000 for research equipment for the Lamoille River Watershed project, a department-wide study of the local watershed conducted by faculty members and students.
  • Presidential Leadership Scholarships - $1,000 scholarships to students with strong academic records, financial need, and leadership promise.