Fall semester is off and running! CCV centers are honoring student success this month, and many members of our community are celebrating special events and accomplishments. Happy reading, and don’t forget to share your own news at firstname.lastname@example.org!
- Faculty member Donavon Davidson follows his second collection of poems, The Last Place on Earth, with several poems in the anthology The Grey Alley Vol. 2, which was published this month by Empty City Press. Davidson teaches English Composition in Winooski.
- The Montpelier Community of Student Representatives hosted events during Student Success Week, including a potluck lunch, a hike up Mt. Hunger, and a food drive for the Capstone Community Action food shelf.
- Faculty member Alec Hastings’s children’s book Rosie and the Little Folk was published in September. The book is illustrated by Vermont artist Barbara Carter and was printed by L. Brown & Sons in Barre. Hastings describes the book: “Do you like stories with cowboys and cowgirls, evil meanies, brave dogs, three wishes that summon a leprechaun, and not-so-very-bad stepmothers kidnapped and held for ransom? Yes? Then the four stories in Rosie and the Little Folk are for you!”
- Faculty member Phillip Robertson curates art exhibits for the Wood Art Gallery and the Johnson State College Art Gallery, and has exhibits coming up in October and November. Coastal Excavations: an MFA Exhibit by Melissa Fairgreive will be at the Julian Scott Memorial Gallery at JSC from October 2-20. Studies in Perfection: The Paintings and Sketches of T.W. Wood will be at the Wood Art Gallery in Montpelier through October 27. The Portrait Paintings of T.W. Wood will be at the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier through November 11. Robertson teaches art classes in Montpelier and online.
- Alumnus Dylan Giambatista was recognized as one of Vermont Business Magazine’s 2017 Rising Stars, a group of 40 Vermonters under the age of 40 who are recognized “for their commitment to business growth, professional excellence and involvement in their communities.” Giambatista graduated in 2010 with a degree in Liberal Studies, and currently serves as a representative in the Vermont State Legislature and as Outreach and Financial Literacy Director for the Vermont Office of the State Treasurer.
- Faculty member Lisa Guerrero was invited to be a part of the steering committee responsible for establishing event priorities, identifying stakeholders and speakers, and providing overall direction for the design and implementation of the World Positive Education Accelerator: Second Festival of Positive Education and Appreciative Inquiry Summit to be held in June 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas. The opportunity will inform her continued effort as a PhD Candidate in Leadership, Policy, and Change.
- Montpelier faculty member Susan Loynd will perform in the play Murder Inn at the Hyde Park Opera House in November. Outside of her acting career, Loynd is Director of Human Resources at Washington County Mental Health Services and teaches Human Resources Management and Dimensions for CCV.
- Faculty member Bill Noble was awarded the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by the Marquis Who’s Who Publications Board for “Marquis Biographees who have achieved career longevity and demonstrated unwavering excellence in their chosen fields.” He has been listed in Who’s Who in America for more than twenty years. Noble has taught creative writing in Middlebury and online since 1986.
- CCV staff from all 12 academic centers convened in Montpelier on Friday, October 6th for Staff Development Day. The theme of this year’s event was “Diversity and Inclusion,” and included a keynote address, “Dreaming Beyond Technicolor,” by Dr. Bil Leipold, who is an adjunct professor and Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services and Experience at Rutgers University-Newark.