Snow has turned our Green Mountains white, and the fall semester is quickly coming to a close. This month we recognize several of the writers, artists, entrepreneurs, and activists who are enriching the CCV community!
In one photograph, you see nothing but dense German forest; one shows oil fires in the desert; one reveals the wide and slow-moving Euphrates River. These images were taken by two men who have nearly 35 years of military service between them. In celebration of Veterans Day, CCV invited two Vermont veterans to share their stories.
As a seventeen-year-old student at Lamoille Valley Union High School, Morgan Langlois’ dream was to join the Navy. Today, she is an outreach specialist for Vermont Veterans Outreach.
Dodit Tshibamba Buabua lives in the heart of Winooski, an easy walk to the city’s CCV campus—a good thing, as he is an active member of the College community: in addition to taking classes here, he’s an IT intern, he works in the Learning Center, and he’s one of the College’s Job Hunt Helpers.
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.
As I sit on the steps of the huge “mushroom” (the Metropol Parasol in Seville) and soak up the lovely sun in this 63 degree weather, I can’t help but think about how much I don’t want to leave to go back home tomorrow morning. As much as I don’t want to go back to the winter wonderland of Vermont, I don’t want to leave Spain for so many more reasons than just the weather.
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.
Often, when good things happen we say that the stars have aligned. That may or may not literally be what’s happening in the sky at that moment, but whenever it does happen, CCV-St. Johnsbury students will get to see it. Literally.