Johnson State College in the News, 2011-2012

Below you can read summaries of news stories related to JSC. Links to the stories are provided when available.

5.31.12 "Married CCV Grads Work Together." The Bennington Banner profiles Robert and Alycia Post, who are raising children, working full time and pursuing bachelor's degrees though Johnson State College's External Degree Program.

5.23.12 "Moving Mountains: The Green Mountain Club's Next President Has Been Hiking Vermont for Nearly Eight Decades — and Isn't Stopping." Seven Days profiles Jean Haigh, former professor of special education instruction at Johnson State, who is set to become president of the 10,000-member Green Mountain Club.

5.17.12 "Vermont Reads: After The Battle." As part of its collaboration with the Vermont Humanities Council's statewide reading program, Vermont Reads, VPR reports on the consequences of war for communities and individual soldiers, including an appearance at Johnson State by filmmaker Sara Nesson and Iraq War veteran Sgt. Robynn Murray. Nesson’s film, Poster Girl, portray’s Murray’s experiences after leaving Iraq.

5.12.12 "Johnson: Where Art is Lived." The Burlington Free Press' Brent Hallenback profiles the thriving art scene of Johnson, home to Johnson State and the Vermont Studio Center. In a recent visit, he toured JSC's revamped Visual Arts Center, which, he reports, "is set to carry Johnson's art heritage to the next level," and observed JSC theater students performing the edgy "Spring Awakening" at the Dibden Center for the Arts.

5.12.12 "Heart of Art: Art Creates Magic in Johnson." In a column celebrating Johnson State's rejuvenated Visual Arts Center, Ken Leslie, chair of of the center and professor of fine arts, talks about the art-filled history of the "small college with an I-think-I-can-I-think-I-can attitude."

5.8.12 "Recognizing Vermont’s Abenaki." Fred Wiseman, an Abenaki scholar and chair of humanities at Johnson State, talks to VPR's Vermont Edition about what recognition means to Vermont's Abenaki tribes and what impact it might have on federal recognition.

5.4.12 "Local Athletes Excel at College Level." Wilmington's Chandler Halbur, who is on the Johnson State lacrosse team, is one of five Brattleboro area residents doing well in college athletics, The Brattleboro Reformer reports.

5.3.12 "Johnson St. Dean Picked for Initiative."

David Bergh, dean of students at Johnson State, has been accepted for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ Millennium Leadership Initiative, according to The Stowe Reporter.

5.2.12 "College Athletics: Laramee Honored by NAC." The Orleans Record reports that Laura Laramee, the men's coach at Johnson State, has been named the North Atlantic Conference East Division Coach of the Year for 2012.

5.1.12 "Sherlock: Sneak Peek Screening at Johnson State College." In partnership with Johnson State College, Vermont Public Television is  hosting a sneak peek at the hit BBC series Sherlock, prior to its May 6th premiere.

4.30.12 "Weis: Arbor Day." As Vermont celebrates Arbor Day, Russ Weis, who teaches education, environmental and writing courses at Johnson State, talks on VPR about the impact that two intrepid female environmentalists have had on our world.

4.27.12 "Johnson Community Meals to Continue." The Community Meals Program will continue, thanks to JSC, Sodexo and area business people, the News and Citizen reports.

4.25.12 "New Visual Arts Center Opens at Johnson State College." Freeman French Freeman, Inc. recently joined the Johnson State College community in celebrating the opening of the new Visual Arts Center on April 19, reports.

4.17.12 "Rep. Welch, Students Oppose Loan-Rate Increase." The interest rate on federally subsidized Stafford loans will double July 1 unless Congress blocks the increase, the Burlington Free Press reports. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., favors doing so; two students, including Patrick Magnus of JSC, accompanied him to a news conference on the issue.

4.6.12 "All-American Red Heads to be Inducted into Hall of Fame." Gail Marks of Willimantic, Ct., who played basketball at JSC in the 1970s, will be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a 1978-79 member of the All-American the Red Heads, the first professional women's basketball team, according to the Hartford Courant.

4.6.12 "Artists Corner: Janice Shindle." The Carrollwood-Northdale Patch of Florida profiles North Tampa's Janice Shindle, who discusses how she got her start in art at a school in Townshend, Vt., and at Johnson State.

4.4.12 "Senator Sanders Recognized for Commitment to Educational Opportunities." Vermont Digger publishes a press release on Karen Madden, director of academic support services at Johnson State, and Evette Layne, president of the New England Educational Opportunity Association, presenting Sen. Bernie Sanders with the association’s highest honor, the Claiborne Pell Award.

3.29.12 "Choate Art Teachers' Work on Display in Arts Center." The art of Jane Gustin, a JSC alumna who now is a visual arts teacher at Choate Rosemary Hall, a private school in Wallingford, Ct., was profiled by the Record-Journal of Meriden, Ct. Gustin's work was on exhibit at Paul Mellon Art Center at Choate.

3.28.12 "Essay: 'Anarchist Art'; Susan Calza at Johnson State College." In Vermont Art Zine, Leila Bandar reviews an exhibit titled “Much Acquainted … missing" at Johnson State, featuring the art of Susan Calza, JSC professor of fine arts.

3.28.12 "Generation Gap, Part 3: Cost of Living Affects Decision to Stay in VT.” VPR’s Fran Stoddard interviews JSC graduate Jonathan Harris as part of a program that examines how young adult Vermonters have a hard time finding affordable housing and managing their college debt.

3.27.12 "Generation Gap, Part 2: Making Ends Meet."

VPR’s Fran Stoddard interviews Karen Madden, director of Academic Support Services at Johnson State, as part of a program that examines the challenges Vermont's young people face making ends meet with limited jobs, low pay, and a high cost of living.

3.21.12 "Tasting Home and Away: A New Vermont Cookbook Takes Local Ingredients Global." Seven Days interviews Bob Titterton, a retired chef and JSC graduate, about his new The Vermont Home Cookbook, with 150 recipes using local ingredients for global dinners. One recipe features slow-roasted skewers of lamb known as shashlik – something he learned about on a trip to the Soviet Union with other Johnson State students in 1975.

2.25.12 "Amazon Pueblo Project Comes to Rockland." of Knox County, Maine, profiles Ben Angulo, a high school teacher in Maine who received his master's degree in education from JSC, about his efforts to help the indigenous community of La Libertad, Amazonas, Colombia. He also has a blog on the Amazon Pueblo project.

2.22.12 Lamoille Region Chamber of Commerce Honors Aramark Employees at JSC. At its annual dinner and meeting, the Lamoille Region Chamber of Commerce presented the Workforce Development Award to Tadd Stone and James Consentino of Aramark at Johnson State. The event was held on campus.

2.18.12 "Whedon Finds Jazzy Beat in New Poetry Collection." VPR highlights retired JSC professor, PoJazz leader and poet Tony Whedon and his new collection of poems.

2.16.12 "Higher Education Day at Statehouse Offers Something Old and Something New." The Free Press covers JSC and other Vermont colleges' participation in the annual Higher Education Day in Montpelier.

2.16.12 "Johnson State Updates its Journalism Program." The Stowe Reporter highlights the new Communications and Community Media program at JSC.

2.10.12 "Super Seniors: Bill Doyle." Local television station WCAX profiles longtime JSC Professor and State Senator Bill Doyle.

2.3.12 "State Colleges Raise In-State Tuition 4 Percent for Two Years Out." The Burlington Free Press covers the decision by the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees to raise VSC tuitions 4 percent.

1.31.12 "Wednesday's College Honors." Brittany Robertson was honored as the NAC rookie of the week for her excellent perforamnce in games against New England College and Colby-Sawyer.

1.26.12 "Health Department to Award $1.2 M in Community Wellness Grants." The blog notes JSC's anti-binge drinking program as one of the recipients of a VT Department of Health grant.

1.25.12 "Local Community Takes on The Blues Brother to Save a Barn." Seven Days highlights a theatrical performance of the classic comedy film, "The Blues Brothers," starring JSC part-time theater professor and director Chris Colt.

11.6.11 "In Quest for Powder, Head to the Backcountry." Boston.comprofiles JSC mathematics professor Greg Petrics and other bak-country ski enthusiasts.

11.2.11 "Health Care Providers Take a Shot at Increasing Childhood Immunizations" Seven Days talks to JSC nurse practitioner Jeanie Cass and other experts about a statewide decline in childhood immunizations.

11.2.11 "New Program Helps Students with Intellectual Disabilities Think College" UVM's Communications Department gives an overview of the Think College program, which is also in its inaugural year at Johnson State College.

10.20.11 "Stand up and be heard" JSC student Dylan Giambatista shares his perspective on Occupy Wall Street in the Times Argus.

10.20.11 "Protest Day at Vermont State Colleges"

Free Press blogger Tim Johnson highlights the student rallies at various VSC campuses to raise awareness of the lack of state funding for higher ed in Vermont.

9.26.11 "$1 Million to Connect UVM and Vermont State Colleges" The UVM Communications Office releases a story about a recent Vermont EPSCoR grant that will benefit JSC.

8.24.11 "What Your Professor Did Over Summer Vacation"

Tyrone Shaw answers this "dreaded back-to-school question," in Seven Days, with a moving recollection of his father.

8.16.11 "2nd Homeowners Contribute $50M" The News and Citizen highlights a study by JSC business students that determined second homeowners in Lamoille County contribute nearly $50 million dollars to the local economy. The report was prepared by students in Jim Black's Quantative Analysis class. The class sent 1250 second home owners questionnaires and received 220 responses. (No link available at this time)

8.13.11 "Sen. Bill Doyle Given Leadership Award" A Rutland Herald blog site details a recent award given to JSC Professor and VT State Senator Bill Doyle for his efforts to expand trade between Vermont and Canada.

8.11.11 "College Administrator Makes Top 100 List" The Stowe Reporter highlights Ellen Hill's recent addition to the Top 100 Active Citizens and Movement Builders" list released by Break Away.

8.11.11 "Muscle Soreness After Exercise" Dr. Hans Haverkamp weighs in about fact and myth in post-excercise soreness on, a popular web heath site.

7.29.11 "JSC Student Sings Duet of a Lifetime with Josh Groban" Musical Theater major Bridget Conway wowed the audience with her impromptu duet with Josh Grobin, according to The Salem News.

7.28.11 "JSC-Aramark Offers Job-Training Program" As reported in The Stowe Reporter, ten unemployed Lamoille County residents are preparing for food-service jobs at JSC.

7.23.11 ESP Podcast, Episode 27 Dr. Hans Haverkamp is the special guest on Chris Harnish's ESP podcast, which is dedicated to information about endurance training.

7.22.11 "Vermont Students Push Congress on Budget" The Times-Argus reports how SGA President Ben Chaucer, class of 2011, joined other student leaders in Washington, D.C., to press Congress to raise the federal debt ceiling.

7.16.11 "July Crawl Features Two New Galleries" Recent MFA graduate Catherine Altice exhibited work at a North Carolina gallery.

7.13.11 "The Exuberent Playful Worlds at the Nylan Gallery" Connecticut-based news site, The Minuteman News Center, reports that JSC alum Frank Iovino exhibits work in a Connecticut art gallery.

7.13.11 "'Place' Holders" Seven Days reviews an exhibit by three renowned Vermont photographers, including JSC Professor John Miller.

7.3.11 "Vermont's Major Role in Our Independence" VT Digger publishes Senator and Professor Doyle's thoughts on Vermont's place in U.S. history.

6.22.11 "Fairfax Dig Uncovers Signs of American Indian Life" The Free Press covers JSC student archaeologists' discoveries during a summer archeology class.

6.21.11 "JSC Team Confirms Ancient Indian Village in Fairfax," WPTZ covers the discoveries of the JSC summer archeology class.

6.19.11 "Volunteer of the Week: Kelly Jackson" Junior Kelly Jackson's work with the Special Olympics is recognized in the Burlington Free Press.

6.18.11 "I Now Pronounce You Graduated" Academic Dean Dan Regan muses on the importance of getting it right when it comes to pronouncing names at commencement in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

6.16.11 "Young Immigrants Celebrate Success at King Center" The Burlington Free Press covers the celebration organized by incoming JSC first-year student Yessi Gar-ElNabi for international students who graduated high school this year in Burlington.

6.13.11 "The State Legislature's College Connection," Free Press blog "Nought 101," looks at the 10 institutions most attended by current Vermont legislators. (Spoiler: JSC and Harvard are neck and neck at 8!)