Powerful stories have a way of surfacing in the the Janice Couture Community Room, and on Veterans Day 2015 that was indeed the case.
Students at the Morrisville academic center took on hunger last week in a frighteningly positive way: charging food donations for entry into a haunted academic center.
There’s something unique about Vermont and the people who live here. From the sixth-generation Vermonter to the back-to-the-lander to the transplant, there’s a mindset that is somehow different from that found in other areas of the country. And while it’s hard to define exactly, CCV instructor Robert Mandatta and his students are creating a repository through which we can all glean a better understanding of what it is that makes Vermont Vermont.
The Community College of Vermont has awarded Heaven O’Hara of Woodbury, VT the 2015 Legacy Scholarship.
“This was the first time I’ve ever applied for a scholarship so I’m really excited to have been chosen,” O’Hara said. “It’s a confirmation for me that I’m accomplishing my goals.”
A new semester is upon us and with it comes a fresh slate and the opportunity to succeed. Success, although dependent on certain factors that may be out of our hands, is directly related to the choices we make throughout the semester, particularly when it first begins.
One of the challenges CCV faces as a result of our statewide presence is that our faculty is spread out across Vermont, in other states, and even in other countries. As a result, we have found that we must take a more active role in developing opportunities through which faculty can interact with and learn from each other, regardless of physical location.
One way that we build community among faculty is through our faculty retreat, which is held annually at Lake Morey Resort. The two-day retreat allows faculty to work with each other in hands-on seminars and workshops targeted specifically at strengthening pedagogical techniques and developing goals and priorities for the classroom. This year’s retreat has been scheduled for June 18 and 19 and will feature presentations by April Yee and Naomi Davidson.
When it comes to business, the general rule is that word of mouth recommendations are the best kind you can get. When these same types of recommendations are made for CCV, they don’t simply benefit the College, they have the potential to enrich lives, reshape futures, and strengthen Vermont. This is why I feel it’s so important for you, our alumni to remember and recommend CCV, because along with our current students, your voices carry the most weight.
Each spring semester at the College we invite school counselors and community partners to a breakfast at one of our academic centers, giving them the opportunity to learn about CCV’s programs and hear from our students about their experiences.
I attended the student panel in Winooski this spring and was struck by the consistency of what the students shared—they had some questions about whether or not CCV was a “real college” before they came, but after attending CCV they were impressed by the rigor of the coursework and faculty, they talk about the critical role of the supportive academic staff, the benefit of the diversity of students in their classes and the affordability of the college, which for many makes attending college possible.
For CCV student and Vermont State Park Ranger Lisa Liotta, her most recent artworks flow directly from her day job. The time she spends observing the flora and fauna at Niquette Bay State Park in Colchester provides her with the subject matter and the inspiration for her stunning watercolors.
In a world in which many of us navigate via Google Maps, CCV-Springfield instructor Brad Houk has taken a different route, and his students are more than happy follow him.
“I like to create maps that make a difference concerning social issues,” Houk says.