JSC in the News, 2012-13

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

May 2013

5.16.2013 Rock Art Launches New Beer to Help Save Journey's End in Johnson Johnson State graduates and residents Matt and Renee Nadeau of Morrisville's Rock Art Brewery have crafted a new beer called Journey's End, named for the popular swimming hole off Plot Road in Johnson, according to the Stowe Reporter. A portion of proceeds from sales of the beer will go toward the Vermont River Conservancy's purchase of the land and swimming hole for preservation.

April 2013

4.24.2013 New England Colleges Pledge to Reduce Food Waste Johnson State College is among seven colleges and universities in northern New England that are part of the EPA's Food Recovery Challenge pledge to reduce food waste, the Associated Press reports. The story was picked up by the Rutland Herald, The Republic (Columbus, Ind.) and other news organizations.

4.11.2013 Training Reporters to Save Lives Sawyer Alberi is featured and interviewed in an ABCNews Nightline video about a program started by Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues (RISC) that trains freelance journalists to treat colleagues injured in combat zones. Alberi, who teaches a course in the the Wellness and Alternative Medicine program called "Warzone Medicine," wrote the curriculum for the RISC training.

4.10.2013 "Journey Starts Here" Introduces Career Development The Rutland Herald reports that Melissa Rixon, a junior at Johnson State, joined other Rutland High School graduates in speaking to 350 seventh-graders about career choices. The annual event, called "Your Journey Starts Here," was held April 9 at Castleton State. Sponsored by the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation and the Rutland Region Workforce Investment Board, the event introduces middle schoolers to college and career paths and connects them with resources.

4.5.2013 Nuclear Power and Earthquakes In a podcast produced by Fairewinds Energy Education Corp., Professor Les Kanat talks with nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen and show host Kevin Hurley about seismological events in relation to nuclear power. Kanat is a member of the board for Fairewinds, a non-profit organization that aims to educate the public about nuclear power and other energy issues.

4.1.2013 Doyle Survey: Shumlin Popularity Down and So is the Gas Tax's Sen. and JSC Professor Bill Doyle's annual Town Meeting Day survey suggests that Vermonters don't like Gov. Peter Shumlin's proposed gas tax, reports the Burlington Free Press blog vt.Buzz. The unscientific survey netted nearly 14,000 responses.


March 2013

3.21.2013 Program that Helps Vt. College Students Faces Cuts Vermont's TRiO programs, including that at Johnson State, is slated to take a $458,000, or 5 percent, overall cut by September as part of the federal sequestration, WCAX reports. TRiO employess and students traveled to the Statehouse on March 21 for the annual TRiO day to promote the program. Karen Madden,
director of Academic Support Services
at JSC, attended.
3.19.2013
Research Looks at Role of Friendship in Marble Strike On Vermont Public Radio's Morning Edition, Mitch Wertlieb interviews historian and JSC graduate Scott McDowell before his Ellsworth Lecture at Johnson State on the 1930s Vermont marble strike. Listen to interview
3.4.2013
Doyle Town Meeting Survey, Now 42 Years Old, Seeks Voters' Opinions Professor and state Sen. William Doyle's annual survey appeared once again next to ballot boxes on Town Meeting Day, reports Vtdigger.org. This year's so-called Doyle poll asked about economic development, including tax policy, access to broadband, the local food movement, the availability of natural gas, and hemp.

February 2013

2.28.13 Vermont College Volunteers Helping DMR Restore Deer Island WLOX-13, a TV station in Biloxi, Miss., reports on 10 students from Johnson State who spent their Spring Break helping create a living shoreline on Deer Island, which was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. The students worked with the Department of Marine Resources (DMR). The video is available online as well.

2.28.2013 Volunteers Help DMR Bag Oyster Shells for Deer Island Living Shoreline The Sun Herald, a newspaper on Mississippi's coast, reports that Johnson State students are helping restore Katrina-ravaged Deer Island.


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2.28.2013 Vermont Peanut Butter Forms Two Partnerships

Vermont Peanut Butter in Morrisville and Johnson State College in Johnson are now officially "partners in health, education and community, reports StoweToday.com. Vermont Peanut Butter is offering a 15 percent discount to all Johnson State College students at the factory store in Morrisville. In addition, the school will sell small quantities of the local peanut butter in its bookstore and general market.

2.6.13 Green Mountains Review Has a New Look Seven Days profiles the Johnson State-based poetry journal Green Mountains Review. "For a journal celebrating its 25th birthday ... GMR looks surprisingly young," Seven Days reports.

2.5.13 Vt.'s Johnson State Offering Science Scholarships Boston.com, the Boston Globe Web site, included an Associated Press story reporting that Johnson State is accepting applications for $40,000 scholarships for students majoring in biology and environmental sciences. The scholarships are funded by a $552,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

January 2013

1.24.13 Johnson State College Students Visit the Vermont Statehouse The Stowe Reporter included a photo and caption of four JSC students who visited the Vermont Statehouse on Jan. 18. All attend Professor William Doyle's class, Observation of the Legislative Process. Two of the students — Colin Santee of Johnson and Julia Compagna of Morristown — are interning for Doyle, a state senator from Washington County.

October 2012

10.21.12 The Canvases of Our Landscape: Many an Artist Has Painted the Barns That Adorn Vermont; She Paints the Landscape onto the Barns The Burlington Free Press featured a story on a mural painted by Tara Goreau on the cow barn for Jasper Hill Creamery in Greensboro. Goreau is a recent alumna of Johnson State. (Note before you click: Free Press allows access to 10 free online articles a month, or a subscription.)

10.10.12 Vermont Colleges, State Health Department Tackle Binge Drinking Johnson State College representatives attended a statewide conference on prevention of binge drinking at higher educational institutions, according to an Associated Press article in The Bennington Banner. The Vermont institutions shared steps they are taking to combat binge drinking; Johnson State provides students with a list of 80 things to do on campus besides drink.

10.10.12 Vickers to Step Down at VSAC in 2013 Don Vickers, a Johnson State alumnus and former employee of the college, has announced plans to retire as CEO of the Vermont Student Assistance Corp., reports the Burlington Free Press. Vickers worked as director of financial aid, placement, and faculty housing at JSC before joining VSAC as director of state grant programs in 1971. He was promoted to CEO in 1988. (Note before you click: Free Press allows access to 10 free online articles a month, or a subscription.)

10.1.12 AG Candidates Spar in the Classroom WCAX-TV covers the visit by three Vermont attorney general candidates to the classroom of Johnson State Professor Bill Doyle, who also is a state senator. The students asked the candidates about nuclear power, corporate person-hood and the war on drugs, and Doyle mediated the debate.

September 2012

9.27.12 AG Debate Monday at Johnson State The vt.Buzz blog in The Burlington Free Press mentions an upcoming debate at Johnson State College among the three attorney general candidates, with Sen. Bill Doyle, a JSC political science professor, as moderator. (Note before you click: Free Press allows access to 10 free online articles a month, or a subscription.)

9.6.12 Babies Learn Humour From Parents: Study The medical editor of the British daily newspaper The Telegraph reports on a study by Professors Gina Mireault of Johnson State College and John Sparrow of the University of New Hampshire. The research has helped shed light on how babies learn about emotions and humor by watching their parents.

9.3.12 Where Classes Trump Cookouts on Labor Day Three local colleges, including Johnson State, hold classes on Labor Day, reports The Burlington Free Press. JSC's holiday classes are proposed and approved by the Faculty Federation, which believes that interrupting the students' schedule, directly after the start of the school year, would disrupt their academic performance. (Note before you click: Free Press allows access to 10 free online articles a month, or a subscription.)

9.1.12 Women at Work and Labor of Love: Encouraging the Next Generation Johnson State President Barbara Murphy has been selected as one of 28 Vermont working women to be honored as part of Vermont Works for Women's Labor of Love project. The organization created the project to begin a conversation about the economic power of women's work and encourage mentoring of girls by working women. To do that, VWW solicited nominations of "women who had a passion for their work, women who had made a difference, and women who inspired" others, reported Vermont Woman; out of 150 nominations submitted, 28 honorees were chosen. VWW matched the outstanding women workers with high school girls, who each got the chance to meet and interview an honoree. Murphy and the other honorees were featured in an article in Vermont Woman's September/October 2012 issue; on Nov. 9, they will be honored at the VWW's annual bash and reception at St. Michael's College.

August 2012

8.25.12 New Leader on Campus: Six Vermont Institutions Start Year With a New President As Vermont colleges and universities begin the 2012-13 school year, the Burlington Free Press reports on news from Johnson State: a new National Science Foundation grant that will provide up to $40,000 in scholarships for students majoring in biology and environmental science; and completion of the renovations of the Visual Arts Center and the Bentley Hall science building.

8.22.12 The 'Aegean Trio' Moves to Vermont In a blog post for the Vermont Arts Council's ArtMail, Johnson State President Barbara Murphy tells the story of what she describes as "a gift from the deities": the Aegean Trio, a suite of three pieces of outdoor art created by the late Vermont sculptor Judith Brown. Massachusetts art collectors Carolann and George Najarian selected Johnson State to receive the sculptures, Murphy noted, "because they intuited that our priorities and commitments as a college, the values we place on art as a means of building and sustaining community, aligned with what they, too, believe about the role of art and artists."

July 2012

7.31.12 College Students Spending Week Working on Upstate Homes Three JSC students were among 70 college students who helped the elderly and learned about sub-standard housing issues in a week-long training session in Spartenburg, S.C., reported GoUpstate.com. The students were participating in the Alternative Break Citizenship School, which is coordinated through the National Break Away program.

7.16.12 Ken Leslie's Gold Dome Cycle 7Days' Eva Sollberger interviews Ken Leslie, professor and co-chair of Fine & Performing Arts, for a "Stuck in Vermont" video on his last day of a yearlong project to paint the 360-degree view from the Vermont Statehouse. Leslie's project, called the Gold Dome Cycle, features one painting per day in a circular book. His work depicts the changing seasons and viewpoints from below the statue of Ceres.

7.10.12 Vermont Yankee Presents Post-Fukushima Safety and Emergency Plans Vtdigger.org reports on the first

Vermont State Nuclear Advisory Panel (VSNAP) meeting of the year, featuring new panel member Dr. Leslie Kanat, a JSC geology professor and public member.

7.1.12 Vermont's Major Role in Our Independence Just in time for the Fourth of July, Bill Doyle, a government history professor at JSC and a state senator, writes in the Rutland Herald and Times Argus about the contributions made by Vermonters in the fight for our nation's independence.

June 2012


6.21.12 Great Faith, Great Art Go Hand-in-Hand for a CH College Nun The Chestnut Hill Local of Pennsylvania profiles artist Sister Margie Thompson, 63, who earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from The Vermont Studio Center and Johnson State College in 1999. Thompson is an art teacher at Archbishop Prendergast High School in Drexel Hill, Pa.

6.13.12 In a Vermont Book of Poetry, American and Japanese Cultures Meld Seven Days reports on Deepening Snow, a book of poetry printed in both Japanese and English, by Vermont poets Michiko Oishi and Judith Chalmer. The book was published by letterpress printer Andrew Miller-Brown, a 2004 creative-writing graduate of Johnson State College, who makes fine-press books at Janus Press in Newark and Plowboy Press in East Burke.

6.12.12 Thank You, Johnson State Johnson State's Alternative Break program has been acknowledged by La Omaja Hotel and Restaurant on the island of Ometepe in Nicaragua. La Omaja notes that students helped "connect 45 local families to the potable water supply here in the Merida area. Over a six-day period students worked side by side with local community members laying 1,800 meters of water tubing and spigots to over 45 houses."

6.5.12 Employment Institute Brings Together Employment Specialists and AHS Case Managers. A press release posted on Vtdigger.org mentions that the Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities has awarded James Consentino and Tadd Stone of Aramark, formerly at Johnson State, for their exemplary practices in hiring individuals with disabilities and their demonstration of innovative solutions for accessible buildings.

6.3.12 "Fulfilling the Legacy of Abenaki Chiefs, a Q&A with Brian Chenevert." Indian Country Today talks with Brian Chenevert, a former Abenaki Chief from Webster, Massachusetts, who gives credit to JSC Professor Frederick Wiseman, for helping spearhead the effort to win recognition in Vermont for Abenaki tribes.