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News from the Southern Vermont College — St. Joseph College Community

Board of Trustees WALLACE W. ALTES Executive Consultant


JOAN AXINN Axinn Foundation Trustee Community Leader JOHN BAACKES President AmeriHealth Medicare Plans JAMES J. GOZZO President Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences KAREN GROSS President Southern Vermont College ANITA HILL Professor of Law, Social Policy & Women’s Studies Heller Graduate School, Brandeis University SUSAN HUNTER Community Leader CARMEN J. LAWRENCE, ESQ. Partner and Co-head Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP RAYMOND D. LENOUE President (Retired) Educational Resources Network, Inc. ALFREDO QUIÑONES-HINOJOSA, M.D. Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Oncology and Director of The Johns Hopkins Pituitary Tumor Center Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery NANCY SCATTERGOOD, M.D. Physician (Retired) Southwestern Vermont Medical Center IRA WAGNER '83 President, European Capital Financial Services American Capital Ltd. DEBORAH E. WILEY, CHAIR Chair, The Wiley Foundation, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.




s many of you know, I just completed a year serving as a Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. While at the Department, I had the opportunity to work on a wide range of issues, including how to improve college graduation rates and help service men and women transition more effectively from military life to civilian life, particularly as we draw down our troops in Afghanistan. I was privileged to work with remarkable men and women – from Chiefs of Staff to Army Generals – and my belief in the majesty of our nation was reinforced. I was surrounded by people who cared deeply about our citizens and were committed to making a positive difference in our country. But… that proverbial but… I missed our wonderful state. I missed winter and could have done without D.C.’s sweltering summer. What I missed most was our students; I missed seeing them excel in the classroom, on the court or fields, in internships and practica and community service projects. These students serve to remind all of us – whether we are working for the College or in government or in the private sector – why education matters. They are our future. Although the College experienced some unexpected events early in this semester (which we are handling with courage and grace), I am pleased to be back on campus, working with our remarkable faculty and staff as we continue to improve our efforts on behalf of students. We remain in sound fiscal shape, a continuation of a trend that started with my arrival on campus almost seven years ago. Because of my D.C. experience, detailed in blogs written while there (, I return with new ideas and fresh perspectives and an enriched understanding of the educational challenges and opportunities facing our nation. I look forward to sharing these with all of you. As was true before my D.C. stint, my door is always open and I hope you will reach out – in person, via phone or in emails. I welcome hearing from you. Enjoy this current issue of The Chronicle as together we share the SVC spirit, pride and sense of community.


Pay it Forward — Karen Gross

While I was in Washington, D.C., this past year, I was privileged to work with many members of our Armed Services, as well as the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. To be candid, despite my two fathers and my husband having served our nation, and the remarkable veteran students on our campus, I lacked knowledge and understanding of military culture. Obviously, nothing can replace actual service to enhance one’s understanding of the designed SVC challenge culture, but my Department of Education work gave me a coins to all of our faculty and vastly better sense of the talented men and women who pro- staff – to thank them for the tect our freedoms and their efforts to preserve our democratic work they did for our students in my yearlong absence. In addition, I wanted to challenge our society. There is one military tradition, though, that captured my community to think with me about SVC’s bright future heart: military challenge coins. I first saw them in the office and the future of higher education, particularly for first of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Daniel Ginsberg. generation and Pell-eligible students. A numbered edition of an SVC coin was created with the Vermont Fall He had a large circular table with a glass top, and under that top were hundreds of displayed At the end of the day, season emblazoned on the front and an eagle on the back. coins that he had received from military perpaying it forward is a I also wanted to add my own personal touch sonnel. The coins themselves were stunning tradition we want to to the military challenge coin traditions. When but even more stunning was the practice of high ranking individuals delivering coins to instill in our students the SVC community received their coins at a recent campus event, I told them that if they signify excellence or to reward and acknowlas they graduate and encountered anyone in their personal or edge accomplishments. In military tradition, enter the workforce. professional lives who distinguished themthe coin is literally handed off from the higher selves through excellence, service, or helping ranking individual to the deserving recipient with a handshake that flips the coin from one person’s hand another, they should pass their coin forward. I would then to the other’s, demonstrating the power of personal touch. replace that forwarded coin with a new coin for the original To be sure, there are differing stories surrounding the owner, until the series of coins ran out. My only request: history of challenge coins and the accompanying traditions share with me the story of the deserving individuals to whom (like buying a drink if you meet up with someone who gave the coins were given. At the end of the day, paying it forward is a tradition we you a coin and you do not have it with you). While I was working at the Department of Education, I was honored to want to instill in our students as they graduate and enter the receive several challenge coins, and they are now displayed workforce. Through their education at SVC, they can enrich on my desk at SVC. They commemorate an interagency effort the lives of others and contribute in meaningful ways to their to improve the Transition Assistance Program that service workplaces, their communities and their families. What members now receive as they move from military life and to could be more important than that? And who knows? I might just create another edition of an civilian life. I am proud of that work and proud of my coins. As I thought about my return to SVC, the challenge coins SVC coin for students, alums and members of our community. kept popping into my head. I wanted to give specially There is no shortage of good deeds to recognize.




VETERANS’ SCHOLARS PROGRAM For the 2013-2014 Academic Year

n February 2013, President Karen Gross announced the creation of a Veterans’ Scholar Program as part of an expansion of the College’s award-winning Pipelines into Partnership Program. In this new effort, as many as 12 recent U.S. veterans will be selected by their Commanding Officers to enter SVC in Fall 2013 or Spring 2014 and each year thereafter. President Gross said, “SVC has had remarkable success with first-generation, Pell-eligible students, and we can extend our learning in this arena to our veterans to foster their collegiate success. I look forward to welcoming our first cohort of Veteran Scholars who will, I am sure, enrich our campus with their depth and breadth of experiences and their leadership capacities. It is one small way in which we can show our appreciation for their service to our nation.” The cohort model, already successfully deployed within the SVC Pipeline Program, is aimed at reducing the obstacles many new students face as they enter and progress through a four-year college. The data show that the existing SVC Mountaineer Scholars, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college, have retention rates and levels of engagement that outpace the SVC student population in general and national norms for similarly situated students. “For veterans, the cohort model mirrors the battalion and 4


teamwork central to military life,” said President Gross. “Together with an intensive orientation program and the continuing mentoring and support offered by this program, we will be able to ameliorate the often difficult transition from military life to civilian life.” President Gross made the announcement during remarks at the Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) Annual Symposium in San Diego, CA. The selected Veteran Scholars will visit the SVC campus with their families at no cost, prior to beginning their studies. On a return visit to campus, they will participate in an intensive orientation program on college life offered by the College’s faculty, staff and current veteran students or recent SVC veteran graduates. “These activities create an opportunity for the Veteran Scholars to be introduced to needed academic skills, an understanding of campus culture, and the career launching opportunities at SVC that build on their military training,” President Gross said. Over the past year, President Gross has worked closely with the U.S. Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs and Labor while on leave from the College to serve as a Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. She was the Department of Education’s representative on the interagency task force charged with redesigning the

Transition Assistance Program for returning service members and their families pursuant to the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act signed into law November 2011 and effective on November 21, 2012. While in D.C, Gross facilitated efforts addressing veteran success on America’s campuses. Upon her return to the SVC campus, she saw the potential for veterans to succeed at SVC through an expansion of the existing Pipeline Program that has met with remarkable success. Once matriculated, the SVC Veteran Scholars will receive ongoing mentoring and support from peers, faculty and staff throughout their college experience. Financial aid packaging beyond existing federal benefits will be provided to the Veteran Scholars, including through the Yellow Ribbon program in which SVC participates. Off-campus housing, suitable for non-traditional students and families, will be made available. SVC Assistant Dean Sara Patch, who will oversee the Veterans’ Scholar Program, stated, “The entire SVC community has rallied around our objective to bring the first veterans’ cohort to campus. We are deeply committed to their success both in the classroom and beyond.”

ALUMNI TO BE HONORED IN SVC BOOK SERIES Southern Vermont College alumni are doing important work throughout the United States in their chosen fields. President Karen Gross has announced a new SVC book series to celebrate their successes and capture their individual stories. This new initiative will begin with a digital book available online, as well as a limited number of hard-bound coffee table books. The series will highlight SVC alumni in a number of majors: nursing, criminal justice, business and the humanities. Each book will capture SVC alumni as leaders in their fields. The books will contain photo portraits of each person by SVC alumnus Max Flatow, Class of 2006. Accompanying the photo will be a story that captures their life post-graduation. Informal videos for the SVC Website will capture their feelings about their education. The first book will focus on nursing alumni. “The idea for the book series came to me as I was reviewing the inspiring and poignant book entitled The American Nurse by Carolyn Jones,” said President Gross. “I knew instantly that this would be a remarkable way to celebrate the work our alumni do as contributing members of their communities. “We chose nursing as our initial topic because of their role as unsung heroes in our healthcare system. SVC nurses are competent, caring practitioners who are shaping today’s healthcare.” Max Flatow’s work may be familiar as he has photographed SVC commencement for the last few years. Max worked alongside noted photographers Annie Liebovitz and Steven Klein as a set design assistant from 2002 to 2007 prior to beginning his own business. His amazing portraits and wedding photography can be seen at

President Gross meets with nursing students at the Healthcare Education Center. The Vermont State Board of Nursing recently provisionally approved the launch of SVC’s new 4-year degree program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. SVC and its various programs are currently accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.

The SVC Communications Office is currently working on a series of videos about the many different disciplines SVC has to offer. A new Criminal Justice video features stories from alumni Bennington Police Chief Paul Doucette ’90 and Williamstown Police Chief Kyle Johnson ’03. There will be videos on Business, Nursing, Science and Technology, Humanities, Athletics and Student Life. Look for the Criminal Justice video on the Social Sciences page of the website and on our Facebook pages.



S V C AT H L E T I C S R O U N D - U P WOMEN’S SOCCER The women’s soccer team won more games in 2012 than in any season in program history, making its way back to the NECC playoffs. Junior Kaitlyn Forant scored the most goals in program history (20) en route to being named NECC Rookie of the Year. Three other players on the squad were also named to all-conference teams.

MEN’S SOCCER Men’s soccer saw three players placed on the 2012 All-NECC teams while the Mountaineers made their way back to the conference playoffs for the fourth-consecutive season.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL 2012 NECC Coach of the Year Josh Stokes led the women’s volleyball team to a second-straight NECC Championship and another trip to the NCAA Regional Tournament where they won the first set at the NCAA Tournament in program history. Senior Jessica Alvarez was named the NECC Player of the Year for the secondconsecutive season and grabbed an All-ECAC placement, the first in program history. Senior Danielle Healis was named an AVCA All-American, also the first in program history, after finishing 4th in the NCAA in hitting percentage with a .426.

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY The men’s cross country team placed second at the 2012 NECC Championship meet, the best at a conference championship in program history. Two runners were named to the All-NECC teams and also cracked the SVC all-time top 10 list.

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY Two 2012 women’s cross country members were named to the All-NECC teams and also made their way to the SVC all-time top 10 list for 5K times. The three Mountaineers who participated at the NCAA Regional meet ran well enough to make the SVC all-time 6K list.

MEN’S BASKETBALL Senior captain Taeshon Johnson became the 9th men’s basketball player and 11th Mountaineer to record 1,000 career points at the collegiate for SVC level when he knocked down a free throw against Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on November 30, 2012. 6


MICHAEL MCDONOUGH NAMED FULL-TIME ATHLETIC DIRECTOR; DAN ENGELSTAD IS NEW HEAD MEN’S BASKETBALL COACH Michael McDonough has been promoted to full-time 2003. “It’s an honor for me to serve as the director of athletDirector of Athletics at SVC and Dan Engelstad, previously ics at the College in the town where I spent my childhood,” Assistant Basketball Coach at the College of Holy Cross, has said McDonough. “After working with the men’s basketball been named SVC’s Head Men’s Basketball Coach. program for over a decade, my new role will allow me to serve President Karen Gross talked all student-athletes at SVC and foster new ties with the local about the changes as critical to community.” New Head Basketball Coach Engelstad, SVC’s growing athletic program. a former DIII player, served as an “With Mike as Director of assistant coach at the College of Athletics in a full-time capacthe Holy Cross and prior to that ity, he’ll have an expanded role was assistant coach at Mount St. in growing SVC athletics Mary University. “Dan has a strong through fundraising, building work ethic and commitment to relationships with the local excellence in academics, athletics community and regional schools and the personal development of and fostering an atmosphere for our student-athletes,” President DAN ENGELSTAD achievement with student-athGross said. Engelstad helped lead the M IC H A EL MCDON letes both on the field and in the classroom,” Gross said. Holy Cross Crusaders to a 20-22 OUGH “Mike has been an invaluable member of the Southern record in Patriot League regular Vermont family for 12 years, and I’m happy he will devote his season play over the last three seasons. “I’m thrilled to be at time to taking our program to the next level." During McDo- Southern Vermont College,” Engelstad said. “I can already see nough’s tenure as coach, the Mountaineers made seven post- the opportunities before us to develop a successful basketball season appearances and earned a conference championship, program, insuring that we develop our student-athletes both advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament in academically and athletically."



Freshman Amber Flagg received three NECC Rookie of the Week Three Mountaineers were selected to the All-NECC teams while honors while Kala MacKenzie garnered one of her own in the Coach Baker’s squad also received the NECC Team Sportsmanship 2012-13 season for the young Mountaineer squad. Award for 2012.

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL The 2013 Mountaineers made the New England Collegiate Conference postseason tournament for the third-straight year after going 11-20, 6-6 in conference play. Junior Anthony Barahona was selected as an All-NECC Honorable Mention, also for the third-straight year.

BASEBALL Former Mountaineer Connor Murray was signed by and has started playing for the Washington Bluesox of the California Winter League, a developmental instructional league based in Palm Springs, CA, that allows professional teams to evaluate players. The Athletics Department is now looking for nominations for the The 2013 Mountaineers were 4-6 in their spring trip to Florida, the SVC/SJC Athletics Hall of Fame 2013 Induction Class. Visit for the criteria and the nomination form. best result ever for the team on its spring trip. SVC/SJC CHRONICLE



who live far away from the College: it gives them an experience to travel and explore new places.” Although she isn’t a big On March 16, five Southern Vermont Students with Resi- cook, she was most excited to volunteer at the Ronald McDondence Director and Civic Engagement Coordinator Corie ald House. Hershey loves community service and sees this as a Steinke headed off to Portland, once-in-a-life-time opportunity Maine, for a four-day trip of servto donate so many days of service. ice. These amazing students dediWhile Alternative Spring Break cated their spring break to helping is not yet an “official” College others. They worked with Rippling club, they have been working Waters Organic Farm, Ronald hard to raise funds for their trip. McDonald House and Good ShepHershey would love to see this herd Food Bank during their stay. group become “official” and will They did such jobs as seeding, encourage more students to take transplanting and prepping the part. During finals last semester, greenhouse for spring on the they sold Care Packages, which “It was a heart-warming feeling hearing ‘thank you’ from the Organic Farm, sorting and insites that we volunteered at and knowing that I made a parents bought for their students difference in the community. It was a great way of giving back specting food at the food bank and filled with goodies. Aside from to the community and at the same time representing SVC, soon cooking a meal for the residents of that, they collected recyclables to to be my Alma mater.” —Hershey Canta ’13 the Ronald McDonald House. take to the redemption center. The students are Kim DeMair ’13; Hershey Canta ’13; They also hosted a Soup-er Bowl fundraiser. Ashley Tatro ’14, Shante Ramires ’15 and Marissa Flores ’15. This trip gives students the chance to explore a new city Before the trip, Hershey said she was so excited to do some- they might never have had the chance to visit in addition to thing different with her spring break. “It’s great for students donating their time.

MOUNTAINEER EVENTS BOARD When Karoline Chrzanowski-Sears, Director of Student Involvement, began her job at SVC three years ago, she created the Mountaineer Events Board (MEB). The largest student organization on campus, this group brings campuswide entertainment to all SVC students. They host events which include magicians, mind readers, comedians and newly released movies. MEB also sponsors off-campus trips to New York City, Boston, late night bowling and apple picking. The MEB is comprised of paid and volunteer student workers, led by two programming assistants, who advise, supervise and guide the general members. Over the last three years attendance at all events has climbed. Having students who love campus life pick out the events and encourage their friends to attend, makes a big difference. Last fall, the board hosted a total of 44 programming opportunities. Eight events were educational, and the 8


Growth in Participation of Residential Students

Comparing Fall to Fall and Spring to Spring, residential participation has nearly doubled.

remaining 36 were social. A total of 34 of the events took place on campus. Two hundred and eighty students participated in campus programming this past fall. Of that number, 260 were residential students; this results in a 79% participation rate. With the success of the MEB, students will continue to see new and exciting events for them to attend.


with Nancy Faxon ’78, ’80


ur new Academic Advisor for Southern Vermont College’s Center for Teaching and Learning, since Fall 2012, is alumna Nancy Faxon. The Center for Teaching and Learning has helped thousands of students realize their dreams of earning college degrees. As the primary office of academic support at Southern Vermont College, it provides a wide range of services (free of charge) that help students get the most out of their college years—whether they are struggling in class or want to progress from “good” to “great.” Nancy’s position includes weekly meetings with a varied group of students, to discuss their academic posture at the College. She assists them in any area of academics by teaching students to become advocates, guiding them through the necessary paperwork or procedures, or referring students to the appropriate personnel. Nancy received an associate’s degree in Environmental Studies in 1978, and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Environmental Studies in 1980. In 1982, Nancy married Allan Faxon, Jr. ’81, following his graduation from USMC Officers Candidate School. Moving to Camp Pendleton, CA, Nancy worked for The San Clemente Sun-Post as a graphic artist and typesetter. With Allan’s 30-year military career causing them to move often, to include two overseas President Gross won the President of the Year Award for the Region I National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). Letters of support were submitted, and Karen was presented the award at the regional conference in November in Mystic, CT, where over 500 NASPA members attended.

deployments to Japan, as well as several throughout the United States, Nancy held various positions. These included office management (real estate and mortgage companies); graphic artist; typesetter; tutor; middle school librarian; high school learning specialist; English, History and ESL teacher; director of a learning center; and transition coordinator. She also volunteered and was trained by the American Red Cross, serving as a dental assistant in Japan. During Nancy’s spare time, she likes to write poetry, fiction, and is presently working on a screenplay. Nancy paints stories in Folk-art style, enjoys decorating her century old bungalow, traveling whenever and wherever she can, and participating in sports (e.g., skiing, snowboarding and surfing). As the mother of a wounded warrior, she is also interested in volunteering with the Wounded Warrior Project. Nancy and Allan have five children, ages 21–27 and one granddaughter. Their youngest two children were adopted from Cambodia, a country Nancy would like to revisit someday. In 2012, Allan was honored as SVC’s distinguished alumnus and has recently been hired as the Deputy Administrator for the Vermont Veterans’ Home in Bennington, VT. Nancy and Allan reside in Arlington, VT, and are very happy that their children all currently live within driving distance, of the New England area. We are so glad to have Nancy as part of the SVC Community!


We are happy to report an amazing story about If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit campus Catrina Cecchini ’14 and how her 79-year-old grandmother, the quick response of her father recently, watch our virtual tour on the admissions landing and actions of a passerby saved her life. Read the page. You will hear from students about their experiences at SVC and experience the beautiful campus and buildings. full story at SVC/SJC CHRONICLE






lizabeth Murphy Robertson ’90 will be honored at SVC’s 86th Commencement on May 11, 2013. After graduating in 1990, Beth worked at Southern Vermont College in the Office of Admissions until 1994. She has worked in Higher Education for 23 years. After leaving SVC, Beth served for six years as the Associate Director of Admission at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. While at MCLA, she was also very involved in the professional organizations which plan professional development and policy for admission officers in both New England and nationally. In 1999, Beth left to work as the Director of Admission at Russell Sage College. In 2003, Beth was promoted to oversee both the Russell Sage College and Sage College of Albany Offices of Admission and transitioned to the Associate Vice President for Admission in 2005. Serving as the Sage Colleges Chief Admission Officer, Beth oversees all strategic planning and recruitment activities for new student enrollment, including a traditional college population for two undergraduate campuses, adult student market and three graduate schools. Beth is a member of the following organizations: New York State Association for College Admission Counseling (NYSACAC), New York State Transfer and Articulation Association (NYSTAA), New York Graduate Admission Professionals (NYGAP), National Association of Graduate Admission Professionals, the College Board and the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC). Beth serves on the Board of Trustees for the Albany Leadership Charter School for Girls in Albany, NY. Beth graduated from Southern Vermont College in 1990 with a degree in Business Administration. She earned her M.Ed. in Education Administration from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in 2001. Beth lives in Clifton Park, NY, with her husband Doug ’89. In her free time, Beth likes to spend her time skiing (in Vermont of course!), golfing, participating in fitness activities and spending time with her family and friends.


New Faculty and Staff Stacey Hills, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Marketing, The McCormick Division of Business Professor Hills feels that working with students is the most fun, interesting and best way to spend her time. She loves learning and thinking about and exploring problems, especially finding creative solutions to those problems. Teaching allows her to share that enthusiasm and help grow a community of learners so that they can all reach their goals together. She is excited to be able to know everyone and experience such a personal learning community here at SVC. Professor Hills received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Marketing and a Master of Business Administration degree in New Product Development and Economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and International Studies from Russell Sage College. Prior to her position at SVC, Professor Hills was a marketing faculty member and Clinical Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Huntsman Scholars Program at Utah State University.

was a Teaching Assistant with the Department of Writing Rhetoric and American Cultures and Writing across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines Coordinator in the Strategies for Teaching across Fields program at Michigan State University. She was also a faculty member at Alma College, Baker College, Lansing Community College and Olivet College.

Jennifer Richardson, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair, The Hunter Division of Humanities Professor Richardson’s goal is to promote students' intellectual engagement with texts of all kinds and to help them become more perceptive readers of and articulate writers about rhetoric in their words. Professor Richardson received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Rhetoric and Composition from Washington State University, a Master of Science degree in Theory and Practice of Writing from Utah State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in English from Weber State University. Prior to her position at SVC, Professor Richardson was an Associate Professor of Daisy Levy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, English and Communication at the State University of New The Hunter Division of Humanities York in Potsdam. She has also held faculty positions at the Professor Levy loves to teach be- University of Hawaii in Hilo, Washington State University and cause she is curious, enjoys people, Weber State University. and because the act of teaching helps her to feel connected to a bigSarah Valentine-Maher, R.N., M.S.N. ger world. Her areas of expertise are F.N.P., Instructor, Division of Nursing Cultural rhetoric theories and Valentine-Maher earned a Master methodologies, writing (poetry, esof Science degree in the Family says, multi-genre) and movement education/studies. She Nurse Practitioner Program and a feels that the friendliness is off the charts here and is glad to Bachelor of Science degree in Nursbe part of such a thoughtful community. Professor Levy reing from Columbia University ceived a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Rhetoric and Writing School of Nursing and a Bachelor of from Michigan State University; a Master of Arts degree in Science degree in Biology from St. English from Miami University in Oxford, OH; and a Bache- Lawrence University. Prior to her position at SVC, Valentinelor of Arts degree in English from the University of North Car- Maher was an instructor in the Department of Nursing at olina, Chapel Hill. Prior to her position at SVC, Professor Levy William Paterson University. SVC/SJC CHRONICLE


Barrye L. Price

Michael J. Astrue

Janice R. Lachance

Commencement 2013 Brigadier General Barrye L. Price is the Director of Human Resources Policy Directorate, Army G1 in the Pentagon. He is the 1985 Distinguished Military Graduate of the University of Houston’s College of Business Administration. He earned a Master of Arts degree in History in 1994 from Texas A&M University, and in 1997, he became the first African-American to obtain a doctorate from the Department of History at the University. He also earned a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University in 2004. General Price has earned multiple medals and honors, serving at home and abroad. In 2000, he served on the President and First Lady’s Task Force on “Raising Responsible and Resourceful Teenagers”; he also served on President Clinton’s “Mississippi Delta Task Force,” and is the author of the 2001 volume: Against All Enemies Foreign and Domestic: A Study of Urban Unrest and Federal Intervention Within the United States. Michael J. Astrue of Massachusetts recently finished his tenure as third-longest serving Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, a government agency with over 62,000 employees nationwide. During his tenure, he oversaw efforts to update the agency’s medical listings and build a new data center scheduled to open next year. Astrue also led the agency’s initiatives to reduce time of disability hearings from 540 days to nearly 360 days. He is an honors graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School and has 12


worked for various law firms and political offices, including serving as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Services for the Agency of Health and Human Services. He also served as General Counsel for the Agency. He has worked in the biotechnology industry, most notably as General Counsel of Biogen and has taught biotechnology law and policy at Boston University and has served as Chairman of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council and various boards. Janice R. Lachance is the Chief Executive Officer of the Special Libraries Association. She is spokesperson and global ambassador for the association and its 9,000 members working in 75 countries throughout the world. Since 2003, she has led association staff and volunteers in reforming the mission, strategic plan and development program to meet the needs of information professionals across corporate, academic and government settings. Among her credits are creating Click University, expanding the public policy program and leading a comprehensive research effort on the future role of the information professional. She was a member of the U.S. delegation to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in 2005 and participated in the Internet Governance Forum sponsored by the United Nations. She has worked as a management consultant and as Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management under President Bill Clinton. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Manhattanville College and a law degree from Tulane University School of Law.





ver 90% of our students benefit from financial aid. Contributions to our endowed Southern Vermont College Scholarship funds support much needed financial aid for our scholarship programs. One hundred percent of the funds are pre-designated towards these scholarships so that we can continue to ensure that the best students are able to become a part of the Endowed Scholarship recipient family.


improvement of a particular students’ academic performance. To support this scholarship fund, the Salva family was able to work with the College and create The Salva Memorial Golf Tournament. All of the proceeds of the tournament will go toward the scholarship fund in memory of CJ. The date of the tournament is Friday, June 7, 2013. If you would like to learn more about the tournament, please contact the Alumni Relations Office,


Bill Epstein was a faculty leader in the Southern Vermont College Business Division and founder of the Mountaineer Athletics Program. He was also a teacher and baseball coach. After his passing at the age of 82, Bill’s family and friends started the Bill Epstein Scholarship. This scholarship was created to benefit returning students majoring in Business. The awarded student will be active in the campus community and be required to maintain at least a 3.0 grade-point average.

Robert “Bob” Consalvo was a longtime business professor at Southern Vermont College. He was named “Instructor of the Year” twice and received the Faculty Appreciation Award at the 2010 Mountaineer Athletic Banquet. The scholarship will be awarded to an upper-level student enrolled during the tenure of Professor Consalvo. This student will have at least a 2.0 grade-point average and be enrolled in any major.



Robert Stout Scholarship is in memory of his mother. This scholarship opportunity was created by Bob Stout who is a former Southern Vermont College Trustee and Putnam Memorial Hospital President. This scholarship will be given to a junior or senior student in the Nursing degree program who has maintained a 3.0 grade-point average.

June Carroll worked as a registered nurse for 35 years at the former Putnam Memorial Hospital, now Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. She then became the hospital supervisor for many years after that. She passed away on January 13, 2013, and since then her son Jim Carroll ’91 has collected many donations in his mother’s memory. This is just one example of how a scholarship can be started. Thank you to all alumni, parents and friends who continue, year after year, to make a gift to the Scholarship Funds. Your support keeps Southern Vermont College strong in times of rising costs, and we couldn't support new generations of vulnerable students without you. If you would like to contribute to or create a scholarship fund, please contact the Development Office at 802-447-6357 or by email at Thank you for your support.

CJ SALVA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP The CJ Salva Memorial Scholarship will also be awarded based on the continuous improvement of a particular students’ academic performance. CJ’s parents have created a scholarship fund that will be used to support students that demonstrate a “Never Give Up Attitude.” The CJ Salva Memorial Scholarship will also be based off of the continuous



Class Notes 1970’s


Darlene Marie Jacobs ’73 CMT, AHDI-F, has earned the Zoubida Anna Guelzim ’05, (shown Zoubida Zoubida designation of Association of Healthcare Documentation with tennis legend Roger Federer). Integrity Fellow as established by the Board of Directors of Anna finished her education in the Association. Darlene earned her Certified Medical business at Brandeis International Transcriptionist credential (CMT) in 1994, is currently one of in 2011 and is currently employed only 4 CMTs in Vermont and is the only AHDI-F in Vermont. in Global Marketing by Wilson Darlene is currently employed as a healthcare documentation Tennis. specialist by M*Modal in Franklin, TN, and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. Brandon Dean ’08 is getting married on August 10 to Nicole Clough. He has been employed with the New Alan Leake ’73 is concluding his 17th year of work at Park Lawn Hampshire State Police for 4 1⁄2 years, stationed out of the Cemetery and his 35th year of involvement with competitive Keene barracks. road-running events.

1980’s Allan Faxon ’80 has been hired by The Vermont Veterans’ Home as their Assistant Administrator. Allan is a retired Marine and was previously working in Ohio for the Department of Homeland Security. His wife, Nancy Faxon ’81, is currently working at Southern Vermont College as an Academic Advisor.

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Kalen De Roo ’04 and Bradley De Roo ’07, welcomed their first baby, Norah, on April 12, 2012. Lawrence Higgins ’00 is retired and living a dream life on Cape Cod.

Kathleen Newton ’04 was recently named the Vermont Indoor Track Coach of the Year following the 2012-13 1990’s Vermont indoor track championships, the second-conBryce Cutler ’94 has been nominated by the Leukemia & Lymsecutive year in which she’s received the honor. phoma Society of upstate NY and Vermont as a candidate for the 2013 Man of the Year Award. He will be raising money On February 29, 2012 (yes, leap day), from March 1 - May 10 for the campaign and a cure for the Frankie Frankie Tiffany Sweet ’05 welcomed her first disease. son, Frankie. Michelle Lawrence ’92 just celebrated her 3rd year of being cancer (ovarian and uterine) free! She's been busy loving life as a stay-at-home mom with her 3-year-old son, Jeremiah.

Two former Southern Vermont College student-athletes were inducted into the Saint Joseph College/Southern Vermont College Athletic Hall of Fame during Homecoming. The Hall of Katherine Gibson Compton ’98 gave birth to Allie Olivia, born Fame Class of 2012 is comprised of men’s basketball on October 2, 2012, joining her big brother TC, who is five. player Charles Beekman ’02 and Thalia Smith Hudson ’00, Katherine and her husband, Todd, couldn’t be happier now a former women’s soccer goalkeeper. Congratulations that their family is complete. to both of them! 14


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Kira McLenithan ’08 and partner, military discipline and studies, Air Force core values and Michael, welcomed daughter, Zoë physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Skye, into their lives on May 27, 2011. Chris Holland ’10 is engaged to fellow alum Cassandra Brooks ’10. Their wedding will be September 7, 2013, in Quechee, VT.


Patty St. Hilaire ’10 graduated from Arcadia University in May 2012, with a master’s in English and is currently working as at Adjunct Instructor as Massasoit Community College in Brockton, MA. She is also employed as a Professional Writing and Literacy Tutor at Dean College, which is located in Franklin, MA. She is engaged to Andrew Gorman ’12. They met at SVC in 2008, and fell in love while she was in graduate school, almost three hundred miles away from campus. Andrew is currently in a master's in English program at Rhode Island College, where he is employed by the college's Academic Development Center as a Graduate Assistant. They both desire to work in higher education and are looking forward to the search for PhD programs - and, of course, their wedding!(And because they were both Creative Writing/English majors, they are definitely writing their own vows!) Adam Northup ’11 is currently a first-year student at Roger Williams School of Law. Greg Murray ’10 and Christine Manoloules Murray ’11 were married August 26 in Portsmouth, RI, at the Glen Manor House. The ceremony took place in the gardens, and the venue overlooked the water. The weather was perfect, and it was the happiest day of their lives. They all had a great time celebrating; it was a weekend long event. The memories will last forever. Greg and Christine were very blessed to have their closest friends and families there to witness the happiness they share. It is just the beginning for them, and they look forward to a lifetime of love and happiness. The The Murrays Murrays

Ron Munoz ’11 is currently working full time at SVMC orthopedics.

The Southern Vermont College community extends its deepest sympathy to the friends and families of the following alumni and friends of the College who have recently died.* Beatrice V. Forrest ’34

Maureen Ann Higgins ’64

Ann F. Winslow ’34

Patricia McMahon ’65

Fredric J. Driscoll, Jr. ’43

Margaret Thayer Reif ’66

Patricia N. Perrotta ’44

Stephen LaValley, Sr. ’71

Elizabeth E. Kearns ’45

Elaine Ruth Stafford Maguire ’76

Frances Mears Blake ’50 Helen C. Ahearn ’52 Barbara Goddard ’52 Walter J. Hyjek ’52 Verna Jean Brooks ’55 Joanne Dunham ’59 Eileen A. Jones ’63

June Carroll, Mother of Jim Carroll ’91 Kathleen Eastman ’97 Casey Decker ’04 Sr. Julia Marie Walsh, SSJ, Former Faculty & President Hugh Solomon, Jr., Former Staff

*Notifications received by April 1, 2013

April 2 was the Student/Alumni Mocktail in Hunter Hall. Five alumni came by to talk to students about resumes, jobs and life after SVC. A big thank you to all our alumni participants: Erin McEnaney ’01, Trevor Harvey ’09, Zach Garafalo ’09, Briee Della Rocca ’05 and Jason Noblet ’01.

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Southern Vermont College Chronicle Spring 2013