It took years to come to fruition, and in just 12 short weeks it was over.
“I wish it could have lasted longer,” said Olivia Tarmey. “I just wish I could spend more time here with these people; I’m sad to see it come to an end.”
Former Vermont State Colleges Chancellor Tim Donovan was honored Wednesday afternoon as Community College of Vermont President Joyce Judy, the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees, colleagues, friends and family members gathered for a building dedication ceremony at the College’s Winooski academic center.
A sea of community members joined CCV-Winooski students, staff, and faculty gathered at the Winooski academic center to taste dishes from around the globe— sweet, savory, spicy, and delicious.
Community College of Vermont students were recognized for their academic achievements and community service Friday during a celebratory luncheon held at CCV Montpelier. The thirteen students honored at the event were recipients of the 2014 Student Leadership Award, a scholarship totaling $1,000.
How does one go about getting a check for a cool grand in the mail from CCV?
Here’s a recipe: To start, contribute in class and keep your grades up. Next, spend a good amount of time helping your fellow students succeed. When asked for help, give freely. And finally, do lots of selfless acts to strengthen your community. Essentially, act like a leader and you’ll be rewarded as a leader.
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.
Walk through the halls of CCV Montpelier and you’ll notice words such as Maybe! and IF staring you in the face. The words, along with a number of additional pieces, are part of the center’s latest art show, which features the work of Montpelier-based artist Sayward Schoonmaker.
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.