Thousands of proud, smiling faces filled Norwich University’s Shapiro Field House on Saturday, as more than 550 students from across the state received associate degrees.
Ashley Andreas is out to change the world. A few weeks ago she was elected to serve as a district-level delegate to the Democratic National Convention. She’s actively running as a candidate to represent White River Junction in the Vermont House of Representatives. And on Saturday the 23-year-old Pennsylvania native will have the opportunity to pass her message of positive change along to thousands when she delivers the commencement address at CCV’s 49th commencement ceremony.
Summer semester is now underway and leading up to the start of classes there have been some great things happening all over the state––new publications, videos, appointments and more took place in the past few weeks!
On Tuesday night students from CCV’s Springfield academic center were on hand at the town’s Great Hall for a meet the artists reception and the opening of the Photovoice exhibit.
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.
Spring classes have begun at CCV and enrollment for the semester is solid; our numbers have surpassed those of spring 2015 and we’re hoping to continue this trend into summer. In the past few months leading up to the start of classes we’ve also had a number of significant developments that I’d like to share with you.
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.