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chronicle Spring 2009

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


Celebrating a Campus Centerpiece


President Karen Gross greets jubilant junior Chris Holland as he moves into Hunter Hall, with the assistance of sophomore Cassandra Brooks.

t’s 9 a.m. on a blustery day in midJanuary. Amidst the smell of fresh paint and new carpeting, students move up and down hallways, arms loaded with boxes, books and bags. The excitement in the air is palpable. “We’ve been anticipating this moment,” said President Karen Gross, smiling broadly as she assists and welcomes students to the new 41,000-square-foot living and learning space, Hunter Hall and Greenberg Atrium. Dean of Students Anne Hopkins Gross and Director of Counseling Services Mike Goodwin are also there to greet the new residents, both commenting on the pleasant camaraderie of the day among students and staff. “There’s something about the natural setting of this building,” said Hopkins Gross. “It’s really peaceful here.” Nestled into the hillside midway between the current residence halls and Everett Mansion, Hunter Hall is a centerpiece on campus, not only for its beauty, but for its functionality. In addi(Continued on page 2)

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New Programs President’s Column Faculty/Alumni Profile Sports/Homecoming Class Notes Career Development Upcoming Events

editor: Susan Amberg Biggs contributors: Claire Bennet, Patrick Buckley, Karen Gross, Marion Whiteford photo, top left: Sam Hubbard

Offerings for a Marketplace Edge everal new offerings this academic year have been carefully geared to give Southern Vermont College students multiple options for obtaining degrees in currently hot, careerlaunching fields. Build the Enterprise (the business entrepreneurship laboratory), a new Healthcare Management and Advocacy major and a new perspective for Criminal Justice have been strategically designed to give SVC students “a leg up” in the marketplace when they graduate, according to Provost Al DeCiccio.


(Continued on page 2) Sophomore Jasmin Alford takes notes during Professor Charles Crowell’s Entrepreneurship Laboratory, being offered for the first time this semester. The class is being held at the Bennington Center for the Arts, through a partnership that offers added classroom space to SVC.


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Greenberg Atrium: At the center of Hunter Hall, a place for fireside chats with breathtaking views.

Marketplace Edge, continued from page 1

“The role of the Advocacy Specialist is interdisciplinary,” Wrightsman explained, since it includes a broad understanding of business and human services. Wrightsman was pleased by the way the program’s pilot class drew students from all disciplines–not just Nursing majors, but Business and Psychology majors as well. “There are many, many roles in this business,” she said.

Incorporating iPhone Technology to Build the Enterprise The College’s new Build the Enterprise (BTE) program, which officially begins next fall, is already creating innovations. This spring, Associate Professor and BTE Director of Entrepreneurship Charles Crowell is offering a new course entitled Entrepreneurship Laboratory, which is exploring the development of iPhone applications that are designed to support new forms of learning, including a possible integration with Moodle—a leading, open source, online course management software. Crowell, who has previously won a national award for innovation in graduate program design from the American Council on Education, has teamed up with John Albano, a Massachusetts software engineer who writes applications for the iPhone, and is using their collaboration as a way to enhance online learning in the BTE program. The BTE program covers multi-curricular disciplines including Entrepreneurship, which emphasizes extensive grounding in best professional practices, applications of workplace technology and active engagement with existing organizations. Learners receive extensive expert training and support, are given start-up capital from the College, start their own enterprises and run them in a program-supported incubator during their last two years of study. The BTE program offers concentrations in Sustainable Ventures, Building New Economic Communities and Doing Business in Global Environments.

Learning to Navigate and Advocate in Today’s Healthcare System A new program that creates Advocacy Specialists, the Healthcare Management and Advocacy program at SVC, is teaching students how to navigate today’s complex healthcare system so they can help patients and families in multiple organizational settings. Graduates of the program can work in nursing homes, hospitals, doctors’ offices, small clinics, insurance companies, busi2

nington, the building was constructed using mostly local vendors, according to SVC Chief Operating Officer James Beckwith. “It was a top priority for us to utilize workers from this area so that they could take community pride in SVC’s newest addition,” Beckwith said, adding that even the appliances in Hunter Hall’s new kitchen and laundry were locally bought. Gross praised Beckwith’s direction. “This was a very thoughtful, deliberate and well-managed project.” At a time when many colleges are halting building projects, SVC moved forward confidently on Hunter Hall, a $7.5 million venture, initially secured in part with generous gifts from Norman and Selma Greenberg and the late Irene Hunter. “I only wish Irene were here to see this,” Dr. Gross said, watching the students on move-in day. SVC has seen an increase in enrollment in the past few years which is expected to continue. “This new space is just one more, very concrete way in which we are working to helping our students succeed,” said Dr. Gross.

Expanding Criminal Justice Options and a Roving Professorship

Students in SVC’s new HMA program are learning to navigate today’s complex healthcare systems for their future clients.

nesses, pharmaceutical companies and government offices on aging. The program is utilizing community partnerships with many organizations to offer real-life experiences and, eventually, practicum study in the field. Piloting the first class this semester, Introduction to Health Care I, is the Administrator of the Vermont Veterans’ Home, Colleen Rundell. “There is a definite need in the industry for Advocacy Specialists,” Rundell said. “Because the systems are so complex, there are many more specialties and there are many more issues regarding payment.” The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the healthcare field is expected to create three million new jobs over the next eight years. “SVC wants our students to meet these growing workforce needs with practical career options,” said Patricia Wrightsman, Chair of SVC’s Nursing Division.

Alfred D. Chapleau has been named Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in the College’s Donald Everett Axinn Division of Social Sciences. He is a former chief prosecutor and Assistant Attorney General for the State of New York. Citing a surge in opportunities in the court system, private security and community-based corrections, Chapleau is helping SVC students expand their ideas of what careers they can enjoy in the criminal justice arena. “There’s much more to a CJ major than lights and sirens.” Chapleau holds adjunct faculty positions at Albany Law School and the New York State Judicial Training Institute, received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Siena College, a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from SUNY Albany and his law degree from Albany Law School. Anne Myrka, new Chair of The John Merck Division of Science and Technology, introduced a ‘roving professorship’ to SVC, linking coursework on pharmacology to many classes across curriculums that deal with the topic of drugs, including psychology, ethics and juvenile justice, giving students an interdisciplinary experience. An article on her roving professor experience, was recently featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Myrka also teaches pharmacology at Albany College of Pharmacy. Myrka received a Master of Arts degree in Teaching Science from SUNY New Paltz, a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the Albany College of Pharmacy, as well as an Associate in Applied Science degree in Chemical Technology from Hudson Valley Community College.

bottom: Courtesy of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center

Campus Centerpiece, continued from page 1 tion to the 54 students that moved in this spring (a total of 112 will be housed in Hunter Hall when the third wing is completed), the space includes learning labs for science and nursing (to be completed for the Fall 2009 semester), administrative offices, student congregating space and the soaring, central Greenberg Atrium with a stone fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing breathtaking views. The building as a whole encourages students to work together and allows for comfortable campus gatherings. The Atrium connects three wings of the new space, each reflecting earth, fire and water with bold palettes of sienna, celadon and aqua. Junior Chelsea Johannesen from Selkirk, N.Y., said the new structure reminded her of a “luxury ski resort.” Junior John Connelly of Hackettstown, N.H., told a Bennington Banner reporter that Hunter Hall, “brings a whole new atmosphere to campus.” Designed by Centerline Architects of Ben-


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From the President’s Office: Dr. Karen Gross


Education is One Investment Holding its Value These are not easy times. Economic doom and gloom surround us. We’ve been bombarded by media stories about the ever-growing cost of education, the paucity of student loans and tales of families struggling to pay tuition. No wonder students and families, particularly fiscally vulnerable families, are worried—the media have created quite the frenzy. What matters most to us at SVC is helping our current and prospective students complete their undergraduate education, and despite the rhetoric of recession, I believe this is a goal that is both critically important and fiscally feasible. In today’s climate, an education remains one investment with real value—and that value is holding steady in a tough economy. SVC has a powerful story to share about providing its students with affordable excellence by creating a true living and learning community where personalized education happens at a price that is within reach. It’s a fact: Students with a college degree earn more and lead happier, healthier and more productive lives than their high school compatriots. Over a lifetime, college graduates earn 60 percent more than those with a high school degree. This amounts to a differential in excess of $800,000. Importantly, students at Southern Vermont College have debt loads upon graduation that, while substantial, are about $10,000 less than that of their private college peers in Vermont. Our tuition, room and board are competitive with that of many state university systems and are $10,000-25,000 less annually than some of our

New England collegiate neighbors. But, increased income streams and manageable debt alone are not reason enough to demonstrate the wisdom of investing in education. Our future economic strength depends on an educated workforce. Many of the fastest growing occupations in Vermont, across the nation and around the globe require a minimum of a college degree. Quality careers in healthcare, criminal justice, education and information technology all require completion of an undergraduate education. For students to start and then complete their education, government grants and loans must be available. Federal grants and loans for the current academic year and for academic year 2009–2010 do not appear to be at risk. Pell Grants and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants are not being eliminated either, although the dollar amounts of Pell awards could decrease due to the growing pool of needy students. Academic Competitive Grants (ACGs) and Smart Grants do not appear to be on the chopping block, and there are no indications that federal work-study money is disappearing from the landscape. That said, it will be harder, in some cases much harder, for students and families to find private and often more costly loans to cover the “family share” of education’s costs. State aid may diminish; it already has started in Vermont. There will be some shortfalls between the costs of education and the dollars available through federal and state grants and loans. This is where colleges and their many supporters can and should step up and help. Edu-

From Cascade to Cave: Campus Trails are Enchanting

by Claire Bennet

bottom: SVC Artist-in-Residence Alan Nyiri

It only takes a few moments of traveling up the winding driveway to see that Southern Vermont College is a place of beauty. The regal Everett Mansion, a central element of the school, is a gem upon the wooded 371-acre campus, but not all of SVC’s treasures are so evident. Tucked within the contours of the landscape, hiking trails loop their way around campus buildings and wind up the side of nearby Mount Anthony. John Case, former director of the ACTion Program (now the Success Center) walked the trails nearly every day during his twenty-eight years at SVC. He occasionally led groups of students hiking and snowshoeing through the property. He also brought students out to maintain the trails, clearing brush, digging trenches and cutting away logs that had fallen over the paths. The Apple Trail (1 mile) and the Happy Trail (2.3 miles) are known as the Fitness Trails and

circle the campus proper. The Mansion Trail and the Hayfield Trail lead through the fields between the residence halls and the Mansion. Mapped by alumni Chris Donch ’99, ’01 and Ben St. George

cational institutions will need to explore and secure expanded institutional grants and newly endowed scholarship programs. They will need to develop and adopt other creative approaches for financing an undergraduate education. Colleges will also need to provide students and their families with improved fiscal literacy skills so they can improve their ability to access tight credit markets. At SVC, we are already hard at work on these issues, and we are committed to providing unprecedented personalized assistance in our expanded on-campus college Financial Aid Office. I appreciate the challenges facing higher education in general and SVC in particular. Still, we cannot afford not to educate our young people. I fear that what has gotten lost in the rhetoric of the moment is one simple point: higher education offers real and lasting value. In today’s economy, it is the one investment that holds real promise, and SVC is a perfect place for many students to realize that promise.

What You and Your College-bound Student Should Know About Finances President Karen Gross Thursday, May 7, 8 p.m. Burr & Burton Academy, Manchester, Vt. Free and open to all area parents and students.

’02, ten mountain trails, each no more than two miles, make wonderful day hikes with something unique to offer. The Cave Trail leads to Everett Cave, which is a marble solution cave (one dissolved out of solid rock by acidic water). The Mount Anthony Summit Trail offers a breathtaking view of the valley and the Green Mountain Range to the east. At the foot of the mountain, a multi-tiered fountain known as the Cascades runs the length of a stone stairway leading into the forest. The woods themselves are nothing short of enchanted. It is not unusual to come across an old statue, tucked away beside the trails and aged by moss and vines. Legends of ghost sitings are told. Living creatures—many species of birds and animals—make their homes in these woods. When it is time to head home, majestic Hemlocks act as nature’s compass as they always grow facing the east. For more information on the SVC trails, please visit Claire Bennet is an intern from Champlain College working in the SVC Communications Office. S VC / S JC C HR ON IC L E

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Creating Critical Learners Using Shakespeare and Sociology

Humanities Division Chair Lynda Sinkiewich

In her role as Assistant Professor and Division Chair of the Hunter Division of Humanities, Lynda Sinkiewich’s enthusiasm for language and learning is infectious. “My students tell me I’m Shakespeare-obsessed,” Sinkiewich says with a smile as she pats “Billy,” the bust of the literary great that sits on a shelf in her office. “I rub his head from time to time for inspiration.” “When you’re really passionate about anything, it rubs off on people,” Sinkiewich said. Her love for literature has earned her recent honors. Sinkiewich was invited to the competitive Gilder Lehrman Institute’s annual seminar on literature and American history, this year entitled “Slave Narratives” to be held at Yale University in June. “It is a wonderful recognition of Lynda’s teaching talent,” said Provost Al DeCiccio. Sinkiewich challenges her students to become more active, critical learners and to become readers. “There’s no such thing as someone who hates to read,” she says, “just someone who hasn’t learned to love it yet.” Sinkiewich credits a love of books (and coming from a line of women who were voracious readers) for giving her the pluck to pull herself up from a life of poverty and be the first in her family to go to college. With a B.A. in English/Communications from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Sinkiewich went on to get an M.A. in English Literature from Norwich University. “My students know my story. I put myself through college. If I can do it, they can. I don’t think education should ever be exclusive to anyone.” Honoring the challenges people face is an ongoing theme for Sinkie4

wich. One class being taught by the professor, Literature and Society, studies literary examples of the struggles that occur when people want to be more than what they are. “It’s a sociological course from a literature bent,” she explains. “I often look to the works of Shakespeare in helping us understand humanity at its core,” Sinkiewich said. “I tell my students Shakespeare was the combined Steven Spielberg and M. Night Shyamalan of his day. His work appealed to the masses but also to those who got it on a higher level.” “I’ll put my English or Creative Writing students up against students from any school, including the Ivy League,” Sinkiewich said. “Assistant Professor Scott O’Callaghan and I challenge them. They know I won’t lower the bar, but I will do everything in my power to teach them the skills needed to get over that bar. When they graduate, I’m ridiculously proud. I always cry.” “I adore my students,” Sinkiewich said emphatically. It is obvious they adore her, with current SVC students and alumni having created a Lynda Sinkiewich Fan Club page on Facebook. With a teaching style that both pushes her students and respects them, the popularity of Sinkiewich’s classes indicates that she has hit on a winning formula.

Focusing on Financial Aid Freshman Tyler Morton (left in photo below) traveled with President Karen Gross to the Winooski, Vt., office of Donald Vickers, (at right) CEO/President of the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) to tape a video interview on the current state of financial aid for college students, which aired on public access television. Morton, who hails from North Carolina, learned video production and editing in his first-year Quest for Success class taught by David Lindenberg.

J.D. Jackson ’82 (right) with W. Ralph Basham, Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection.


Protecting Our Borders: J.D. Jackson ’82 By Patrick Buckley, Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving J.D. Jackson, who graduated from Southern Vermont College in 1982 with a degree in Criminal Justice, has spent more than 22 years in federal law enforcement, most recently stationed in Washington, D.C., as International Program Manager of the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations. CBP, part of the Department of Homeland Security, monitors nearly 7,000 miles of border that the United States shares with Canada and Mexico. CBP also partners with the United States Coast Guard to protect more than 90,000 miles of shoreline. On a typical day, CBP processes more than one million travelers, including 250,000 incoming international air passengers, 40,000 passengers and crew arriving by ship and nearly 800,000 automobile passengers and pedestrians. At every point of entry, CBP must be on the lookout for drugs and illicit or undeclared currency. “I enjoy the fact that everyday brings a new situation and set of challenges that I am required to react and find a resolution for,” said Jackson, who is responsible for the safety and welfare of over 18,000 CBP officers. “The well-being of the CBP Officer and his or her family governs every decision I make.” Jackson recently had the privilege of being detailed to the U.S. Secret Service for the Presidential

Inauguration festivities in January, covering crowd control, security sweeps and building rooftop patrols. “The overall experience was awe-inspiring,” Jackson said. Originally from Rensselaer, N.Y., Jackson also holds a degree from the State University of New York at Brockport and has held various positions with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and CBP. His work has taken him around North America, including stops in Chula Vista, California; Beecher Falls, Vermont; and Vancouver, Canada. Jackson and his wife, Krista, have two children, Jordan (age 8) and Kyle (age 6). In his spare time he enjoys golf, weight training, karate (with a black belt in Shotokan Karate), playing sports with his children and working around the house. Jackson says that SVC taught him about responsibility and accountability. “Being on my own for the first time was a challenging experience. You couldn’t blame anyone but yourself if you didn’t succeed. I have carried this type of thinking right through my professional career.” He added that, in relation to today’s job market, “I would point any college graduate in the direction of the federal government, specifically CBP. Our employees receive great pay, great benefits, a 20 year-and-out retirement plan and, most important, job security.”


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SVC’s Eschler Named 2008 NECC Soccer Goalie of the Year Sophomore Aaron Eschler of Gloversville, N.Y., brought recognition to the Mountaineers when the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) named him 2008 NECC Men’s Soccer Goalie of the Year. The Mountaineers were also recognized with the Team Sportsmanship Award. “To be recognized by our competition for demonstrating great sportsmanship throughout the season is a very big deal,” said coach

Tim Penrod. “This was truly a competitive season, and I feel that every team in our conference deserves this award. The individual players on our team should be commended for this—they kept their heads all season long.” For the season Eschler tallied 150 saves with 2.32 goals against average (GAA), topping the NECC in saves and save percentage. He played 1,243:48 minutes while notching 52 saves, 2.00 GAA and a .812 save percentage in all six conference matches. Winning the Goalie of the Year guarantees Eschler an automatic spot on the All-NECC first team. Coach Penrod is impressed with

CLAIRCIUS AND KARNIK ARE NAMED NECC ALLCONFERENCE First year student Joa Claircius, from Clermont, Florida (photo, right) has been named to the 2009 New England Collegiate Conference’s Sec-

WINNING FORM–Goalie Aaron Eschler is heads and shoulders above the rest as the 2008 New England Collegiate Conference Goalie of the Year.

the sophomore transfer student, citing him as an important component to the team’s success. “This is a great

honor for a young man who worked very hard all season long,” said Penrod. “He kept us in every game that we played this season. While he probably received a lot of votes for this honor because of the saves he made, what gets lost in the shuffle are the little things: commanding the penalty area, communication to the entire team and his distribution of the ball. He is a complete player and I think he is only going to get better over the next two years.” Eschler, a Psychology major at Southern Vermont College, is a strong student. “I like my psych classes here at SVC, specifically ones taught by Professor Glenn Gross.”

BACK AT BAT SVC alumni (in light shirts) returned to Epstein Field to take on the 2008-2009 student players. From left to right: Greg Bastek ’89, Robert Burke ’97, Dan Bosely ’08, Gerald Van Loan ’95, Michael Collins ’95 and William Colantuoni ’94. Missing: Adam Pipkin ’04. SVC Players, (in dark shirts, front row, sitting): Eric Wells, Dan Cook, Keith Diotte. Kneeling, Assistant Coach Ethan Kipnes,

ond team, after a breakout year finishing 34th

Pete Metzler, Ian Valentine, Pat Warrington, Dave Gage, Adam Northup, Hank

in the country in scoring for Division III schools,

Blethen, Rob Murawski. Standing: Team Manager Jon Geissler, Eric Gardner,

with 18.6 points per game. Junior Joe Karnik,

Roger Manning, Mike Donato, Andrew Morin, Ben Naaktgeboren, Tim Johnson,

from Castleton, New York was named to the

Brett Pawlek, Mark Hackett, Head Coach Don Schaffer. The actual score from

NECC All-Conference First-Team, scoring a team high of 405 points overall and averaging 19.3 points per game in 21 games. Karnik is on pace to

the Homecoming showdown was undisclosed, but the Alumni report was a general consensus that, “no one got hurt and a good time was had by all.”

be a 1000 point scorer with a total of 817 points after this season.

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Homecoming Weekend September 2008 EVERETT SOCCER FIELD DEDICATED Pictured at the ribbon-cutting photo at left are, (from left to right) Head Women’s Soccer Coach Shawn Holcombe, women’s team captain Leslie

top right: Matt Haggerty

Surdam ’09, President Karen Gross, former Director of Athletics (current Women’s Basketball Coach) Ben Kozik, Head Men’s Soccer Coach Tim Penrod and men’s team captains Elias Skiff ’11 and Ben Bollinger ’09. That weekend, the women’s team fell to Mitchell College 3-1, while the men’s team defeated Elms College 1-0.


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Class Notes

Updated announcements can be found on Send your announcements to the Alumni Office today!

Darlene Young ’74, ’91 left her job in customer

Scott Fruscio ’96, fresh off of

service at The Vermont Country Store and is now working in medical billing at Bennington Family Practice. She received her bachelor’s degree in Health Administration and minored in Gerontology, so she is delighted to be back in the medical profession after leaving the field 14 years ago. She spent a few days on the Maine coast with family and friends before beginning her new position.

his first triathlon, is running in the 2009 Boston Marathon on Monday, April 20, 2009, to raise money for Children’s Hospital. If you would like to support Scott and his cause, you can e-mail him at

Kathryn Donovan Mattison ’77 has been living in California for more than 20 years. She and her husband, Robert, have three sons—one each in college, high school and junior high school. She would love to hear from classmates; you can e-mail her at Simone McCoon Hosein ’89 is a New Member Training Paralegal for Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund, Inc., in Orlando, Fla. Simone and husband Azam

Constance Bialkowski McGowan ’89 is a full-time student at the University of Rhode Island, where she is studying nursing. She and her husband, Jeff, have two children: Alexandra (age 7) and Connor (age 3).

Colonel James Baker ’91, Director of the Vermont State Police, has announced that he will retire by June 30. He has served with the Vermont State Police since 1978, including time as commander of the Shaftsbury, Vt., barracks. As director, Baker is in charge of more than 400 officers and civilian employees. He also taught criminal justice classes at SVC for nine years.

Tracy Desautels ’94 has joined Hoisington Realty in Bennington, Vt., as a Residential Associate. She completed the program with the American Institute of Paralegal Studies after earning a B.S. in Criminal Justice at SVC. She and her husband, Brian, reside in Shaftsbury, Vt., with their son and enjoy attending his school and sports events as well as camping in New England.

Eric Anderson ’95 lives in Vernon, Conn., and does civil engineering drafting for the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service. He bought a condominium four years ago and is saving up for a house. He attended the wedding of classmate, Andy Parr, on October 11, 2008, in New Hope, Pa.

Linda Campbell ’95 has been named Executive Director of Project Against Violent Encounters (PAVE) in Bennington, Vt. She brings many years of work in social services and domestic violence advocacy. Campbell served as the case manager for PAVE for 13 years and has been the assistant director since 2005. Prior to joining PAVE, she worked for 12 years at Bennington College both in psychological and student services.

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Meredith Macdonald Tuohey ’96 and her husband, Michael, welcomed daughter Erin into the world on February 12, 2008. She weighed 6 lbs. 11 oz. Meredith is currently a stay-at-home mom as well as a realtor for Century 21. The couple recently bought a new house in Plymouth, Mass. Jennifer Daks Lee ’98 has a background in environmental law but is currently a personal chef who specializes in European and ethnic cuisine. She splits her time between the United States and Galway, Ireland, where she shares an organic sheep and cattle farm with her son Jonathan, her husband Patrick and their sheepdogs. For more information, visit Jennifer’s Web site at www.

3:AM Magazine. His fourth collection, “Maybe a Bird will Sing,” will be published later this year. For more information, visit

Charles Krawczyk ’05 directed the College’s annual Haunted Walk in celebration of Halloween. Guests walked through the woods and enjoyed scenes written and produced by SVC students. The event was sponsored by the College’s Mad Hatters Drama Club. Charles also designed the set and served as assistant director for the Hoosick Falls High School (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.) production of “The Diary of Anne Frank.”

Sandy Marks ’07 finished the master’s degree in Environmental Law and Policy program at Vermont Law School in July and is completing an internship with the Larimer County Department of Natural Resources Open Lands Program in Fort Collins, Colo.

Brandon Dean ’08 joined the New Hampshire State Police in August 2008.

Krystal Douglas ’08 began her master’s degree at Skidmore in January. She will be studying motivational therapy and ways to help people build and maintain self-confidence. She wants to combine this knowledge with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Business and eventually would like to open a wellness center.

Scott ’01 and Erin Potter McEnaney ’01 welcomed a baby boy on January 14, 2009. Eli Timothy weighed 8 lbs. 10 oz. and was 19” long.

Dan Dix ’03 ran in the SVC Invitational during Homecoming Weekend, which marked the unveiling of the College’s new cross-country course. Thirteen teams featuring more than 100 racers competed on a 5K course for women and an 8K course for men. Dan finished with a time of 30:34.94. James Duncan ’04, author of three collections of poetry and short stories, recently had two of his poems published in the online literary magazine,

Engagements & Weddings Gabrielle J. Santarcangelo ’05 and Robin A. Burdge were married October 4, 2008, at the Green Mountain Christian Center on Main Street in Bennington, Vt. More than 150 guests attended the ceremony and reception, which was held afterward at the American Legion in Pownal, Vt. Gabrielle is a legal assistant for Grinnell Smith LLP in Williamstown, Mass., and Robin is a network lab supervisor for Southwestern Vermont Supervisory Union in Bennington.

FALL 2008 GRADS President Karen Gross toasted a gathering of some of the mid-year graduates, along with faculty and staff in her office. “With your college degree you have achieved an important milestone,” Gross told the students. “We’re proud of you and proud to have you as alumni.” From left to right: Joe Frey, Richard Lavariere, President Gross, Jamile Redding, Jennie D’Aiuto, Lindsay Baker.


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Job Search (Good) News

Farewell to a Special Friend: Irene Hunter

Free Career Resources for Students and Alumni

Southern Vermont College mourns the loss of a remarkable community leader, Mrs. Irene Hunter, who passed away on October 1, 2008. Mrs. Hunter was a friend and supporter of the College for many decades. Most recently, through a major gift, she enabled the construction of the new living and learning space, which opened in January and bears her name—Hunter Hall. In 2003, the College renamed the division of Humanities in her honor. Mrs. Hunter and her late husband, James Hunter, were supMrs. Hunter at the June 2008 Groundbreaking Ceremony for Hunter Hall.

porters of many educational and cultural organizations throughout southern Vermont, western Massachusetts and New York. She and her husband were avid travelers, visiting China, Russia, South

Africa and Antarctica before most Americans did. She loved the Boston Red Sox and was also a skier, golfer, bridge player, voracious reader and had a pilot’s license. Even as her health was failing, her mind remained as sharp as ever. She never lost her sense of humor and retained her ever-present curiosity. “Irene Hunter was an amazing individual who cared deeply about others,” said SVC President Karen Gross. Gross shared Mrs. Hunter’s desire to ensure that the next generation was in good hands, and commented that her generosity literally lifted a generation. “We have lost a true friend, but are heartened by Mrs. Hunter’s legacy,” Gross added. “We will work hard each and every day to do her proud.”

SVC marks the passing of: Leonie G. “Honey” Jones ’33

Kathryn McCarthy Shay ’57

Marylin Cottone ’08

September 3, 2008

October 23, 2008

February 19, 2009

Frances P. Perrotta ’36

Eve C. Baker ’65

Gerard Farland, Sr.

August 1, 2008

August 4, 2008

August 2, 2008

Lucy Pello LeRay ’40

Joyce A. Wengloski ’74

Michael C. Gibbons

December 15, 2008

July 16, 2008

January 19, 2009

Richard Powers ’42

Tracie Anne Tiernan Fetter ’77

Martha Jane Hanselman

November 3, 2008

January 18, 2009

Randall John Strickland ’82

Jackie Tiss

June 8, 2008

November 25, 2008

Mary Harris Clickner ’48 October 22, 2008

Denise Spencer, Director of Career Development, has been working closely with both current students and alumni to help with job searches in a challenging marketplace. “It’s important that SVC alumni know, whether they are looking for a career change or need assistance with job or graduate school information, or just peer-to-peer networking, we are here for them,” Spencer said. Most of the services in the Career Development Office are free to students and alumni. On the Web site, resume templates are available for use as well as an online assessment and careerplanning tool called FOCUS. (Contact Spencer for the password: Spencer encourages alumni to complete the graduate survey at “Please e-mail us and tell us where you are working and how your education at SVC has prepared you for your career so we can better serve our students and alumni,” Spencer said. At this time, the Career Development Office is especially interested in hearing from the classes of 2003 and 2007. For more information, contact Denise at 802-4474631 or or visit student/career.html.

Why Giving Matters, Especially Now Hundreds of alumni, friends, businesses and foundations support Southern Vermont College. Some want to honor a classmate’s memory or a favorite faculty member; some seek to preserve our historic home, the Everett Mansion; still others are motivated to support a student group or athletic team that was an instrumental part of their college experience.

This year, amidst economically challenging times for everyone, some students and families are experiencing sudden needs that will seriously impact their ability to finance and finish their education. A college degree remains one asset that is not depreciating in value. The College asks you to help us ensure that our students are able to complete their education.

Please consider a gift to the Annual Fund: a gift can be made online at support or send a check to Institutional Advancement, 982 Mansion Drive, Bennington, VT 05201-6002 by June 30. Thank you for your generosity!

Support the Southern Vermont College Fund today!

“I chose SVC because the people that I met when I came to visit believed in my potential. My time here at the school has given me the tools that I will need for my future success.”

— Laura Sullivan ’10


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Upcoming Events Roger Martin, author of Racing Odysseus

Student Consumerism and the Ivory Tower: An Address from a College President Who Went Back to School Thursday, March 5, 6 p.m., Everett Theatre

Psychologist Dr. Justin Coffey

Quality Improvement in Healthcare: The Role of the Student Roger Martin

Tuesday, March 31, 2:30 p.m., Everett Theatre

Spring Open House Sunday, April 18, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Burgdorff Gallery

Anita Hill, author of Speaking Truth to Power and professor at Brandeis Law School

Choosing America’s Better History: The Supreme Court, Civil Rights and the Promise of Citizenship Anita Hill

As part of the Four Colleges Issues Forum Thursday, April 23, Bennington Center for the Arts

Andre Dubus III, author of House of Sand and Fog, The Garden of Last Days

Southern Vermont College 82nd Commencement Sunday, May 17

Alumni Reunion Weekend Friday and Saturday, May 15 & 16 Andre Dubus III

Family & Homecoming Weekend Grand Opening Celebration of Hunter Hall & Greenberg Atrium September 26 & 27

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SVC Recognized by Henry Louis Gates III at National Conference At the Presidents’ Institute for the Council of Independent Colleges in Florida this January, Southern Vermont College was recognized by Dr. Henry Louis Gates III, Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. A leading cultural critic and writer/producer of several PBS documentaries, Gates has been awarded, among many distinctions, the MacArthur Foundation “genius grant,” the George Polk Award for Social Commentary and was named one of Time magazine’s “25 Most Influential Americans.” SVC President Karen Gross was present at Gates’ keynote address to leaders from over 300 colleges and universities across America when he cited SVC as one of the colleges in America doing exemplary work in recruitment and retention, with a “remarkable track record for helping first-generation and minority students succeed.” Dr. Gross spoke with Dr. Gates briefly after the address. “I thanked him for the recognition, and Dr. Gates thanked me for helping our students,” Dr. Gross said, “It was a magical moment for all of us at Southern Vermont College.”

For more information and to register for this special opportunity, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 802-447-6357 or The ceremony will begin at 1:00 pm on the front lawn of the Everett Mansion. Alumni up through the Class of 1959 will walk across the stage and be recognized by President Karen Gross.

The College invites alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago to attend Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 17, 2009.

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Southern Vermont College Chronicle Spring 2009  

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

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