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Southern Vermont-St. Joseph College Community

SVC Celebrates Inauguration By Marion Whiteford, SVC Communications


n November 18, Southern Vermont College inaugurated it’s eighth president, Dr. Karen Gross. A professor of law for more than 20 years at New York Law School, Dr. Gross

has earned a national and international reputation as a scholar, teacher, speaker and advocate for the needs of

President Gross receives congratulations from IT professor Randy Krum.

inside this issue 1 SVC Celebrates Inauguration

2 Career Corner 3 Staff Profile 3 Axinn Division


Inauguration photography by Kevin Bubriski

of Social Sciences

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vulnerable individuals and communities. She founded and led an award-winning non-profit organization that designs, implements and assesses programs to improve financial literacy skills. She has been honored for her efforts by many organizations, including the Legal Aid Society and American Association of University Women. Gross received her B.A. from Smith College, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. She holds a J.D. degree, cum laude, from Temple University. �e celebration began with the music of “Trumpet Voluntary” by Jeremiah Clarke, which was performed by SVC student Joshua Loeffler, class of 2010. �e colorful academic procession concluded with the SVC Board of Trustees, student leaders, alumni board members and faculty as well as guest speakers and 38 delegates from institutions of higher education. SVC Board of Trustee Chair Michael Rolla welcomed dignitaries, friends of the College, and community members, and Trustee member Wallace Altes extended Continued on page 2 official greetings.

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Alumni Reunion: May 18-20, 2007

All alumni of Southern Vermont College/St. Joseph College are invited to attend the College’s first Alumni Reunion since 1997. Please join us May 18-20, 2007, for a chance

to renew old friendships and make new ones, stroll down Main Street and relive fond memories from your time in Bennington. (Please note that this is a different date than was advertised in the September 2006 Chronicle.) Faculty, staff and students will all turn out to welcome you back. Enjoy a round of golf at Mt. Anthony Country Club or a morning hike, a barbecue with the graduating

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seniors, a wine tasting or a trip to Bennington Potters and

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dinner with fellow alumni. �e festivities will coincide with

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Commencement Weekend, so it is the best weekend of the year to see the campus and to learn what is happening at Southern Vermont College today. A registration form can be found on page 8. Register by May 1 for a chance to win a prize from Bennington Potters. Online registration and the


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Inauguration Continued from page 1… Dr. Gross was introduced by St. Francis College President Frank Macchiarola. His remarks were preceded by “Canis Major,” a composition for violin and voice, with music by Allen Shawn and poetry by Robert Frost. It was performed by L’Ensemble soprano and Artistic Director and SVC Artist-inResidence and faculty member Ida Faiella, accompanied by violinist Barry Finclair. In her inaugural address, Dr. Gross focused on her vision of higher education in the 21st century. “�is is a wonderful opportunity to share my thinking with the SVC and larger community and to highlight the enormous potential I see in SVC - for today and tomorrow.” Dr. Gross anchored her speech by citing five books, each one representing one of the College’s five divisions: “Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science” by Atul Gawande; “How to See: a Guide to Reading Our Man-Made Environment” by George Nelson; “�e Road from Coorain” by Jill Ker Conway; “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” by Paulo Freire; and “Solving Tough Problems” by Adam Kahane. �e reference to these five books is part of a larger strategic effort to refocus the College on the world of ideas and the importance of developing a sense of community through the printed word. Following the address, the Southern Vermont College Choral Ensemble, under the direction of SVC professor Randall Krum, performed “In the Quiet of the Morning,” an original work composed by Krum for the occasion. �e recessional concluded with “Prelude to Te Deum Laudamus” by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, featuring trumpet soloist Joshua Loeffler. �e inaugural ceremony was followed with a reception. Earlier in the day, a President’s

Round Table on the topic of Education in the 21st Century was held in the Everett Mansion �eatre on campus with President Gross, President Elizabeth Coleman from Bennington College, President Mildred Garcia from Berkeley College and President Frank Macchiarola from St. Francis College. In addition, a live radio broadcast on WBTN 1370-AM featured guest speaker Nadine Strossen, president of the ACLU, on the topic of Civil Liberties in the 21st Century. In the evening, Dr. Gross held informal conversations with guests in her office, which was followed by a L’Ensemble chamber concert titled “Shostakovich and Schumann - Political and Personal Demons,” featuring pianist

A radio broadcast interview of ACLU President Nadine Strossen highlighted Inauguration morning. Panelists were (L-R) Communications Director David Scribner, student Ken Grob, alumna Jody Shade ’00, Librarian Sarah Sanfilippo, ACTion Program Director John Case, and Professor of History Tom Redden.

Charles Ambramovic, soprano Ida Faiella, violinist Barry Finclair, violist Olivia Koppell and cellist Jesse Levy. To read Karen Gross’s Inaugural Address and view photos of the event, visit

Vermont college presidents represented in the academic procession included (L-R) Richard Schneider of Norwich University, Ellen Lovell of Marlboro College, Jack Brennan of Green Mountain College, Lawrence Mandell of Woodbury College and Wendy Koenig of Vermont Independent Colleges.


Career Assessment & Exploration by John Cornman

In a recent Alumni Survey, many of you indicated that you were interested in Career Assessment and Exploration. I’d like to focus on this topic for this edition of the Career Corner. �ere are two levels of “assessment” that come into play with regard to career management; the assessment of yourself which entails investigating your values, personality, interests, attributes and skills, and a more expansive look at your life and where you are with relation to your life goals. For the former, there are tried and true devices to assist you in exploring each of these areas, including various valued exercises found on the Internet, an excellent and very reliable personal2


ity assessment, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and an interest assessment, the Strong Interest Inventory (SII). I suggest you work with a career counselor in your area who is qualified

to coach you through this process, one who is certified in these assessment devices and will be able to interpret the results accurately. If you have not “invested” in yourself within the last 5-10 years, this can be a very positive way to do so. For the latter process, a more “big picture” review of where you are in your life, I suggest you check out your local library or bookstore as there are any number of great books on this process. Browse through the selection, read reviews and then choose one or two that seem to fit your style and circumstance. Understand that if you have not set life goals, that may be the first step to figuring out where you are in relation to them. �ere are also many books and articles available regarding the goal-setting process.

�e “exploration” phase of the equation involves more of an “implementation” mentality; it requires you to become active with the information you gained in the assessment stage. Informational interviewing with others in the work world to gain more insight into other careers/jobs is an excellent way to move your career in a different direction if that is what you choose to accomplish. Taking stock of your current situation and determining that you want to stick with it but make some changes in the work you do is another way of “exploring’ new opportunities. Again, there are some great books on job and career exploration waiting on the shelves of your local library or bookstore. Good luck with the journey!


John Case by Erin McEnaney ’01 If you thumb through SVC yearbooks from the past 20 years, there would be few faces and names still in the current College Directory of staff and faculty. Among them is John Case, who began his career at SVC in 1979 as the Academic Coordinator under the leadership of Peggy Murphy. In his first few years at Southern Vermont College, Case also taught a few courses each semester so he could have direct contact with the students. After earning a master’s degree in Arts and Teaching from Yale University, Case taught English at Mount Greylock Regional High School in Williamstown, Mass. He then earned a second master’s degree in Special Education and eventually landed at Southern Vermont College working with students with learning challenges. In his early years at the College, Case lobbied for funds for what is now known as the ACTion Program. He has served as the director of the program for 25 years and is planning a well-deserved retirement in May 2007. While he is busy serving as the Director of the ACTion Program and

SVC Students Attend Colleges Against Cancer National Leadership Summit By Marion Whiteford and Matt McGetrick ’08

supervising four professional staff members, Case does get one-on-one time with students through tutoring and the ACTion Student of the Month program, which recognizes outstanding students for their work in and out of the classroom. �e ACTion Office is the main resource for students who have learning differences and need additional help with their courses. Case’s office staff serves close to half of the student population at some point during their SVC academic careers. In addition to his work with the ACTion program, Case co-advises the Adventure Club, developed and mapped a system of trails with a number of students and participated in snowshoeing and skiing expeditions. During his tenure at SVC, Case and his family managed a camp in the Adirondacks. In the coming months, Case will be preparing for life away from the College. He has exciting plans. His oldest son and family recently moved to Sydney, Australia, and Case and his wife are planning a trip there next year. He also owns an old farmhouse and is looking forward to completing work on it. �ese activities will be in addition to the free time he will now have, allowing him to enjoy his surroundings and take pride in his accomplishments. If you would like to reach Case at the College, you can e-mail him at

(L-R) President Gross, Donald Everett Axinn, Traci Chickerell ’08 and Tracy Burdick ’07

�e Donald Everett Axinn Division of Social Sciences by Erin McEnaney ’01 Last fall, SVC honored author, real estate developer and humanitarian Donald Everett Axinn by bestowing his name on the College’s Division of Social Sciences. Axinn provided leadership and support during �e Campaign for Southern Vermont College, for which he was recognized by President Gross and student leaders Traci Chickerell ’08 and Tracy Burdick ’07 at a brief ceremony in late October. Axinn also presided over the screening of the film Spin, based on his novel of the same name, followed by an engaging discussion of it for students in Professor Daniel Yalowitz’s Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Class course. �e Division of Social Sciences includes such academic majors as Psychology, Pre-Law, Criminal Justice, and Human Services. �e programs focus on the social, psychological and political aspects of human

beings and build on a strong liberal arts foundation. Students in the program incorporate service-learning opportunities into their schedules so they can apply knowledge gained in the classroom to real-life experiences in the Bennington community. Axinn’s rich career as poet and novelist, as a real estate developer and through his deep commitment to public service has led him on a great life adventure. Axinn was a former dean at Hofstra University. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College in Vermont and now spends time between New York, Florida and Vermont. It is his skill as a pilot that allows him to travel to his favorite places. To learn more about �e Donald Everett Axinn Division of Social Sciences, visit

�is fall, Southern Vermont College juniors Traci Chickerell of Otego, N.Y., and Matt McGetrick of Cranston, R.I., attended the 2006 Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) National Leadership Summit in Phoenix, Ariz. At the summit, they learned about building a successful CAC organization in Vermont and increasing SVC’s participation in Bennington’s Relay for Life, held annually in June. According to Chickerell and McGetrick, the trip was a success. “I learned a lot about Colleges Against Cancer and was grateful for the opportunity to network with other colleges around the nation,” said McGetrick. Learning how to celebrate cancer survivors as well as educating and advocating for cancer-related issues both in Vermont and on a national level was an integral part of the summit. In addition, they heard a very moving speech by Dr. John R. Seffrin, CEO of the American Cancer Society. �e American Cancer Society’s Colleges Against Cancer is a nationwide collaboration of college students, faculty and staff dedicated to eliminating cancer by initiating and supporting programs of the American Cancer Society in college communities. To find out more about Colleges Against Cancer at Southern Vermont College, contact the Office of Campus Life and Leadership at

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Men’s Soccer


With a nationally-ranked goalkeeper and a freshman-dominated defense, the team is poised to achieve greatness. First-year goalkeeper Israel Nery ’10 (Alhambra, Calif.) finished the season with an average of 10.8 saves per game. Nery received national recognition by leading the nation in saves. �e goalie during the 2005-2006 season, Steve Runyon ’10 (Hopatcong, N.J.), took to the field this season to support the younger players on the field. Men’s soccer completed the season with a 2-12 record.

For a complete, up-to-date listing of sports events, go to *Home games in bold

Women’s Softball Friday, April 13 at College of St. Joseph (Vt.) 3:30 p.m.

Bruce �atcher

Friday, April 20 Johnson & Wales University 4:00 p.m.

Women’s Volleyball


Friday, April 6 U. of Maine Presque Isle Noon Saturday, April 7 Vermont Technical College Noon Wednesday, April 11 at Mass. College of Liberal Arts 3:30 p.m.

�e Southern Vermont College men’s rugby team had an undefeated season record, earned an atlarge bid to the New England Rugby Football Union (NERFU) regional Final Four Tournament and proved to be a fan favorite in its first year as a varsity program. �e Mountaineer program is led by two underclassmen captains, Matt Perry ’08 (Bennington, Vt.) and Andy MacNaughton ’09 (Stratham, N.H.). Dan Nielson ’07 (Franklin, Mass.) and Peter Richard Jr. ’07 (Canaan, Conn.) have led the team since it began in 2001.

Tina Cook ’09


Sunday, April 1 at Albertus Magnus College 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 14 Rivier College Noon Sunday, April 15 at Norwich University 1:00 p.m. Sunday, April 22 College of St. Joseph (Vt.) Noon Wednesday, April 25 at Vermont Technical College 4:00 p.m.

Men’s Rugby

Israel Nery ’10

Junior Tina Cook (Manchester, Vt.) earned all tournament honors at the Northeast Regional Volleyball Tournament and led the team in several statistical categories. �ree juniors blossomed into forces on the court this season. Middle hitter Claire Merritt ’09 (Hingham, N.Y.), outside hitter Shamara Wallace ’09 (Bronx, N.Y.) and setter Danielle Tischer ’09 (Salem, Conn.) played pivotal roles in the resurgence of the Southern Vermont College program. �e SVC women’s volleyball team finished its best season in team history with 14 wins, winning 11-of-12 at one point and finishing at 14-14 overall.

Men’s Baseball

Dan Nielson ’07

Nikki Pereau ’07

Women’s Rugby

Nikki Pereau ’07 (Fair Haven, Vt.) and Jill Anderson ’07 (Granby, Conn.) gave 110 percent during the fall season and set a high standard for the younger players. �e team was dominated by first-year students and had a promising season in Fall 2006. �e Mountaineers finished a 3-2 New England Rugby Football Union (NERFU) record, which included two forfeit wins.

Julie Patenaude ’10

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country

Holly Lyon ’08 (Panama, N.Y.) and George Nolan ’07 (Cambridge, N.Y.) provided leadership on and off the cross country course this season. Strong young runners joined the team, including Julie Patenaude ’10 (Canaan, Vt.) who has potential to become a future lead runner for the women. Kyle Hoseit ’10 (Saco, Me.) led the men’s team and finished under 30 minutes for 5 miles on three occasions. Kyle is poised to challenge school records currently held by Dan Dix ’02.

James Williams ’01 By Erin McEnaney ’01



NEW Alumni Leadership At the October 2006 Alumni Association Meeting, new leaders were elected to the Alumni Association Board. Pictured are, from left to right: Joe Papai ’91, Network-

ing Chair; Brenda McIntyre ’83, Chair; Heath Mix ’03; Anne Adams ’01, Student InteracJames Williams ’01 came to Southern Vermont College with the dream of being a jazz musician. Instead, he became a well-known financial planner. But his passion for music is evident when you walk into his office in Bennington, where a trumpet is proudly displayed on his shelf and the music of BB King is blaring from a small CD player in the reception area. Loud music is something you wouldn’t expect when you walk into a financial planning business, but when the business name is Williams Financial Management, named for its namesake James Williams, one would expect the owner would work better to his favorite music. Williams earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 2001. SVC was an ideal choice for him, because it was local and it was convenient for him to work and go to school. He was also attracted to the College because his dad, Tom Williams, graduated from SVC in 1985, and his grandfather, a local business manager, served on the committee that raised funds to build the residence halls. In addition, Williams’ wife, Kathy Jepson ’00, was also attending SVC. “�e College was supportive of Kathy and me,” he said. Both attended while working towards a degree and working full time. After graduating in 2001, Williams took a year off and then began a master’s program in business administration at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He finished his MBA at the University of Massachusetts– Amherst Isenberg School of Management in 2004. “SVC instilled a desire for lifelong learning,” he recalls. While completing his MBA, Williams worked at the Bank of Bennington. His first position was the Main Branch Manager. He was promoted several times and eventually was the Assistant Vice President of

tion & Events; Shaun Adams ’01, Alumni Representative to the Board of Trustees; Kathy Haskell ’83; and Maura O’Brien ’84, Vice Chair. Not pictured is Jeff White, Fundraising Chair. To contact the Alumni Association Board members, please e-mail or call Alumni Relations at 802-447-6357.

Marketing. Whenever he was promoted, he was responsible for hiring his replacement. Twice, he hired Southern Vermont College alumni. Following his career at the Bank, he worked at D.B. McKenna as the Operations Manager and Financial Advisor where he earned his licensing Series 7, 66 and 63. After working there for one-and-a-half years, he took the plunge and started Williams Financial Management. He continues to support the College by offering internships to SVC students. Now operating Williams Financial Management, an investment advisory firm, he does everything from investment planning to trust management. He has operated the business for two years which continues to grow. His main clientele are pre-retirees, retirees and small business owners. His staff consists of himself, an advisor, a branch manager and two interns from Southern Vermont College. Currently, Williams Financial Management serves approximately 100 clients. In his spare time, James serves on the Board of Trustees at Southern Vermont College and is raising his two boys, Noah, 10, and Luke, 5. He also f inds time to dabble on the trumpet and guitar and is learning to play the drums.

New Face in Alumni Relations Patrick J. Buckley has joined the staff of Southern Vermont College as Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving. He succeeds Erin Potter McEnaney ’01, who is now Director of Campus Life and Leadership. Buckley earned an M.Ed. with a focus in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont. He was most recently Associate Director of Alumni Affairs at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y.,

where he planned various alumni events including Homecoming and Reunion, maintained the alumni Web site, and supported the Alumni Corporation Board of Directors. “I’m excited about joining the Southern Vermont College/ St. Joseph College community and look forward to helping alumni stay connected to their alma mater, friends and classmates,” said Buckley. Feel free to contact Alumni Relations at 802-447-6357 or

SAVE THE DATES! ➸ MAY 18-20, 2007 Reunion is great friends, fond memories and a chance to learn something new about Southern Vermont College. Register online at SVC/SJC CHRONICLE


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Mike Donoghue, who served as the SVC/ SJC Alumni Association President for four years, is now using his gavel in a different post. He was elected president of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association in May 2006. Mike, who began at the “Burlington Free Press” while still in college, switched from the newsroom to sports in 1998. He is a six-time Sportswriter of the Year for Vermont. For the past 22 years, Mike also has been at St. Michael’s College, where he has served as an adjunct professor of journalism, academic advisor for students and a co-advisor for the student newspaper. Mike and his wife, Ann Marie, live in South Burlington.


Alan Leake has been employed by the Park Lawn Cemetery in Bennington for 11 years. He became a granduncle for a third time with the birth of Julian Sun Leake and will welcome a fourth niece or nephew in May.


Mary Kathryn (Moers) Burke and her family have relocated to Rogers, Ark. �ey are hoping to return to Minnesota in a few years. �ey have a four-year-old son, Braden, and they recently found out they are expecting a second child in June 2007.

Weddings Alicia (Diaz del Valle) Sullivan ’93 & ’99 married Timothy Sullivan on October 21, 2006. Holly (Monroe) Glaski ’94 married Chris Glaski on February 3, 2007. Meredith Macdonald ’96 married Michael Tuohey on March 17, 2007. Michael is a police officer, and Meredith works in real estate. Sara (Schron) Metz ’01 was married in 2004. She has been teaching Special Education for the last three years. Sara and her husband live in Henrietta, N.Y. Jodi (Ackerman) Hancock ’03 married Matthew Hancock on July 22, 2006. Jodi and Matthew welcomed their first child, Maxwell Gray, on November 17, 2006. Jodi is working with the County Health Department in the Early Intervention Program, and Matt is a communications major and works in TV production. Jodi and Matt reside in Middletown, N.Y. Mark Cooper ’04 and Kyla Cornelius are engaged. Mark and Kyla are currently living in Lumberton, N.J. Kyla works for C.A.R.E.S. program for at-risk youth. Mark works for a landscaping business. �e couple is planning an August 2007 wedding. Kristi Hurley ’04 married Daniel Cross on October 7, 2006. Kristi is employed at the Vermont Veterans Home as a registered nurse. Jason Smith ’04 and Traci �ompson ’03 were married on September 16, 2006. Kris �omas married Jessica Swenor in Chittenden, Vt., on September 20, 2006. Kris is currently serving a tour of duty in Baghdad, Iraq, and is expected to return in September 2007.

Eileen Parsons (Ackerman) ’95 married Michael Parsons on October 21, 2006. Eileen is the director of therapeutic recreation for a rehabilitation center in Connecticut. Mike is a financial analyst and planner for a large corporation.

IN MEMORIAM �e Burke Family


John and Celina ’00 Cavalluzzi were married in June 2005. �ey are expecting their first child in January 2007. John is working as a Sales Manager, and Celina is working for Goodwill Industries International, Inc., as a Program Manager. Celina received a master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in December 2006.


Brian Lowe has started BML Communications in Orange, N.J., a full-service public relations and marketing company specializing in product launches and placement nationwide. Brian previously worked for a consumer PR agency that represented Campbell’s, Disney, Progressive Insurance and Oreo. For more information about BML, contact Brian at, call



Augustine (Lalumiere) Avila ’35 resided in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Augustine passed away in the Fall of 2006.

joyed spending time with her two grandchildren. Brenda had a love of all animals. She was a resident of White Creek, N.Y.

Janet Mattison ’46 of Bennington, Vt., died on December 2, 2006. Janet was very active in the American Legion Post #13, Auxiliary, and a member of the former Bennington Rural Fire Department Auxiliary. She was employed at the “Bennington Banner” for more than 25 years.

David Mozeliak ’87 died November 11, 2006, and was employed by the Labor Department in Connecticut.

Rosalie Wade ’48 passed away on February 4. She was a lifelong resident of Arlington, Vt., and was a member of several senior organizations including the Red Hatters and the Happy Go Getters. Brenda White ’62 died on October 5, 2006. Brenda was most recently employed at the North Bennington Post Office. She was very proud of and en-

Robert J. Burns died on February 16. He worked at several area businesses, retiring from the Paul J. Martin Oil Company in Bennington in 2000. He was a member of the Derby Club in Hoosick Falls, N.Y., and a communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church. Bernard Harris passed away on October 2, 2006. Bernard resided in North Bennington, Vt. Bernard worked at Cushman Manufacturing and was a member of the Bennington Moose Lodge 1233.

�e College has received news that Jack Arbolino of Katonah, N.Y., who served on the SVC Board of Trustees from 1987 until 1991, died of natural causes on January 7, 2005. He was 85 years old. Regarded as a pioneer in the field of adult education, Arbolino was the first permanent director of the Advanced Placement Program and founding director of the College Level Examination Program. In addition to writing fiction for the “New Yorker” magazine, he was the author of “College Learning, Anytime, Anywhere,” published in 1977.


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Jill Jackson earned her master’s degree in Education in School Counseling from Niagara University in May 2006. She is currently working on completing a certificate of advanced study in school counseling.


Bonnie Urquhart Gruenberg traveled to India in August 2006 as part of a women’s health professional delegation, participating in bilateral exchanges with her professional counterparts in India, as part of People to People Ambassador Program. While in India, Bonnie visited Delhi, Jaipur, Amber and Agra. She toured hospitals, met with local midwives who birth approximately two babies per week and learned about the structure of the healthcare system, the availability of education and health statistics in India. Bonnie is a certified nurse midwife and delivered 187 babies last year. You can learn more about Bonnie by visiting Erin and Scott McEnaney traveled to the Galapagos Islands in December 2006. �ey toured the islands by boat to experience the vastly different land-


Bonnie Urquhart Gruenberg ’01 scape and animals that are native to the islands.


Tim Fowler completed Air Force Military Training and Technical Training with a specialization in Security Forces in San Antonio, Tex. He is currently a military police officer and is stationed in Las Vegas, Nev.

Steve Jordan faced off against retired Boston Bruins players on February 17, 2007. �e game, which took place at Riley Rink in Manchester, Vt., benefited Riley Rink children’s activities and Southwestern Vermont community programming. Steve is the owner of �e Groomer Guy, a mobile dog grooming service operating out of Bennington, Vt. Wanting to use his degree in Environmental Studies and work with pets, he created his business to provide holistic grooming services for pets in the comfort of their own homes. To find out more about Steve Jordan and the Groomer Guy, visit www.groomerguy. com.

Rob Wise joined the Northampton Police Department. Rob took his oath on Monday, December 4, at the City Hall in Northampton, Mass.


Ben Runnels is working at WBTN 1370-AM, the College-owned radio station, as the Program Manager and Station Engineer.

Births Patricia (Edwards) Heaton ’92 and Russell Heaton announce the birth of their daughter, Alice Rosemary Heaton. Alice was born on September 5, 2006; she weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and was 19 inches long. Patti is a full-time mother. Russell is an avionics engineer. Leigh Anne (Hall) Parks ’02 and her husband, Jason, announce the arrival of a baby girl, Cameron Mae, on November 8, 2006. Cameron is named for her grandmother, Donna Cameron Fitzpatrick ’98 and ’01.


Estefania Arteaga ’07 By Erin McEnaney ’01 Estefania Arteaga ’07 is looking forward to December 2007 when she will finish her bachelor’s degree in Communications. When she was considering colleges, Arteaga had a friend at Southern Vermont College who encouraged her to submit an application. Born in Miami, Florida, and raised in Fairfield County, Connecticut, Arteaga looked forward to a slower pace while attending college. After four years at SVC, she is now looking forward to warmer weather and a job in Florida, where members of her family still reside. Arteaga is a quiet and deeply intelligent, young woman. She came to our attention because of her work with Professor David Scribner who taught her in Broadcast Writing in the Fall of 2006. �e students were asked to write articles in the form of the National Public Radio’s �is American Life series composed of stories taken from real life and told by the people who lived them. �e essay topics were transition, escapism and superstitions. In her article, Arteaga wrote about her transition from being a college student to a young woman about to enter the professional world and how to get her ideal job without selling her soul. You can hear the full story on WBTN 1370-AM in April. Arteaga has one semester left at Southern Vermont College, but she is hoping to spend that semester abroad in Spain, where she can work on her Spanish skills. Following the completion of her degree, she wants to break into broadcasting and eventually be a news

anchor. However, if a job in radio comes her way, she won’t turn that down. Much of her experiences at Southern Vermont College has involved perfecting her journalism skills. She has worked at WBTN 1370-AM producing and recording advertisements, creating media packages, researching news, and her most recent work was doing a live interview with local musician, and recent alumnus, Zach von Sternberg ’07. All these activities are in addition to a full class load. While at SVC, she really enjoyed taking courses with Professor Tom Redden who teaches American Politics. �e biggest lesson she learned was how important it was to vote and to know what is going on locally. Her courses at the College were not easy, but she is grateful for what she has learned.

Mountaineer Alumni Admissions Program

MAAP Volunteer Tiffanny Sweet ’05

YOU can help MAAP (Mountaineer Alumni Admissions Program) the future for prospective students through our alumni network! In November, the Alumni Relations Office, in coordination with the Admissions Office, hosted a training session for alumni who have expressed an interest in becoming involved in a NEW admissions program. �e Mountaineer Alumni Admissions Program enhances the current admissions process by connecting alumni representatives with prospective students as they are considering attending Southern Vermont College. �e College encourages and supports alumni who are interested in representing Southern Vermont College at college fairs in their area. Since we cannot reach every high school across the country, your help is greatly appreciated in helping the College attract new students. If you would like to participate in the Mountaineer Alumni Admissions Program, please contact the Alumni Relations Office at 802-447-6357 or e-mail With your help, we can help get Southern Vermont College on the map.



Workplace of the 21st Century

Lecture Series at Southern Vermont College By Marion Whiteford, SVC Public Relations What will the workplace of the future look like? What technology will dominate our working lives? Will it invade worker privacy? These, and other crucial questions about working conditions in the future �ese, and how to prepare students and employees for them, will be the subject “The Workplace of the 21st Century,” a series of five five lectures sponsored of “�e this spring by Southern Vermont College. All lectures are free and open to the public. Thursday, March 22, Dr. Chai Wah Wu, technical staff to the vice On �ursday, president of Technical Strategy and Worldwide Operations at IBM Reaffect search, lectured on “Global Technology Outlook 2007: How will it affect the workplace? How can we prepare for it?” Thursday, April 5, Michael L. Joroff, Joroff, senior lecturer In his lecture on �ursday, in the School of Architecture and Planning at Massachusetts Institute will address “Workplace the future: What will look of Technology, addressed “Workplace ofof the future: What will it it look like? like?itWill it be yours orcompany’s’?” ‘the company’s’?” The event will take place at Will be yours or ‘the 2:30 �e in the College’s Everett Theatre. follows. lecture, Monday, April 30, atA3 reception p.m. in Everett �eatre, Thedelivered final lecture, Monday, AprilNowlin 30, at 3and p.m. Everett Theatre, will be by architect David is in entitled “Building willworkplace be delivered David Nowlin and is entitled the of by thearchitect future: Greening architecture and the“Building workplace.” the workplace of theoffuture: GreenNowlin is president ArchC3, an ing architecture and and the workplace.” architectural design consulting NowlininisPortland, presidentMaine. of ArchC3, an group architectural design and consulting group in information Portland, Maine. For more on this lecture series, visit, or contact the For more information on at this lecture Office of Pubic Relations 802-447-6388 series, visit, or contact the or Office of Pubic Relations at 802-447-6388 or

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Continental brunch in the dining hall ($4 for adults, $2 for children under 12)

2:00 p.m.





Sunday, May 20 online Register on lineat: at: If you have any questions, please contact Alumni Relations at 802-447-6357 or 982 Mansion Drive Bennington, VT 05201-6002

Southern Vermont College Alumni Relations



Golf Outing (Please call Mt. Anthony Country Club directly at 802-447-7079 and mention the SVC/SJC Reunion.)

9:00 a.m.

Campus Tour


10:00 a.m.

Morning Hike


11:30 a.m.

“Welcome to the Alumni Association” Barbecue ($5 per person)

2:00 p.m.

Wine tasting at North River first Winery (limited to fi rst 25 people)


2:00 p.m.

Shuttle bus to Bennington Potters


3:00 p.m.

Softball Game


4:30 p.m.

President’s Reception with graduating seniors and alumni


6:30 p.m.

Alumni Semi-Formal Dinner ($30 per person)

Phone: State:



Please return this form to: �is Th is schedule is subject to change. A list of area hotels is available at html. Please make checks payable to Southern Vermont College.

Street Address:

Saturday, May 19

Class Year: Name:

6:00 p.m.

Reception at Everett Mansion with appetizers, cash bar

Friday, May 18



Alumni Reunion Registration: May 18-20, 2007

80th Anniversary of Southern Vermont College/St. Joseph College

Southern Vermont College Chronicle Spring 2007  

News and information from the Southern Vermont-St. Joseph College Community

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