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SPriNg 2014

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

MakINg a graNd ENtraNCE: Everett Gatehouse to become SVC’s Welcome Center/Office of Admissions

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Board of Trustees WALLACe W. ALTeS executive Consultant

LeTTer FrOM The PreSIDenT: Karen Gross

jOAn AXInn Axinn Foundation Trustee Community Leader jOhn BAACKeS President Amerihealth Medicare Plan SArAh DAhL, M.D. Physician (retired) Private practice, Obstetrics and Gynecology 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 King & Spaulding, 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.




n a recent blog post, I made reference to the enormous impact that nanotechnology—the manipulation of matter on an atomic, molecular and supramolecular scale—is having on medical diagnosis and treatment. In healthcare technology, the smallest things can make the biggest changes. The same can be said for higher education. Small colleges, with their close-knit, familial environments, are a place where one person or a small group of individuals, can really make an impact. And, when we partner with other institutions near and far, we expand opportunities for students and leverage resources. In healthcare and education, small is the new big and partnering—connecting with others—is the wave of the future. At SVC, we’ve nurtured some amazing partnerships: College Steps Program: SVC, along with two of the Vermont State Colleges, is participating in an educational program that allows students with cognitive impairments (autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities) to experience a modified, two-year college program. SVC students work as peer mentors, helping the Steps students to integrate more fully in the classroom and on campus. Clinical rotations at area Hospitals, Clinics, Schools and Physician Offices: SVC students pursuing careers in nursing and radiologic science enhance their practical skills in a wide range of settings, expanding their preparation for and awareness of career opportunities. Most recently, rad Sciences students have added the prestigious Glens Falls hospital to their list of clinical sites. Collaboration with our collegiate neighbor, Bennington College: SVC is working on a series of shared initiatives with Bennington, efforts that will enhance the lives of our students, faculty and staff. Current efforts include enabling Bennington College students to try out for and be selected to participate in SVC’s DIII nCAA athletic program, now expanded to 11 sports with one jV team. I am excited about our growing collaborative efforts. And I am proud of our students—and proud of our faculty and staff who foster their success at each and every turn. Lately, I tell visitors that we employ magic dust* here, sprinkled on students to foster their achievements and capacities. That sparkly dust is just a symbolic representation of the cross-campus efforts to create an environment in which each student is acknowledged and supported. At SVC, the magic dust is a bit like that subatomic technology, composed of small particles but its collective power is huge. I hope that the big things our small college is doing makes our alumni and friends proud. With my thanks for your continued support. * If you’d like some magic dust, stop in… It comes with a certificate of authenticity!

Anne and Frederick

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SVC Student Financial Services


SVC is committed to the premise that a quality education should be within reach of qualified students. The studentfocused staff at SVC guides students and their families as they seek, obtain and make the best use of all resources available to finance the costs of attending SVC. “The process can be complex and overwhelming,” said Director of Student Financial Services Susan Rochette. “We’re here to help families navigate the process through our programs, services and through personalized attention.” The College serves its student body through a comprehensive program of federal, state and institutional financial aid. Resources can be supplemented with employment, grants, scholarships and loans. The amount of need-based aid is awarded based on financial need as demonstrated through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Rochette and her team, Financial Aid Manager Phylle Lentz and Student Accounts Manager Christine Collamore, host a series of financial aid information sessions during the academic year, including FAFSA info nights, open to all high school students and their families. For more information, please contact Student Financial Services at 802-447-6331 or

If you are an SVC alum who benefitted from the success of your SVC education, here are some things you can do to “Pay it Forward” to another college-bound student in your family or community: 1) GET A STUDENT TO VISIT: Did someone help you to go to college? Be that person for someone else in your life! Help a prospective student see if SVC might be the right fit for them. 2) REFER A STUDENT: When a student you refer applies and is offered admission, they become eligible for the Alumni Referral Scholarship ($8,000 for a residential student and $4,000 for a commuter student; evenly distributed over a four-year period). This award is in addition to any other merit award(s) they may be eligible for. 3) TELL US YOUR STORY: How did your college education change your life? Who inspired you and helped you become the person you are today? When you share your story, you inspire us in our work to attract prospective students. If your story is used on our Facebook page, web site or College publications, we’ll send you an SVC bumper sticker! Email Samantha Damon at the Office of Alumni Relations at for more information. 4


MEET THE DIRECTOR: STUDENT FINANCIAL SERVICES SUSAN ROCHETTE Director of Student Financial Services Susan Rochette brings vast experience to SVC, having worked in financial aid and student loan capacities for Yale University in Connecticut since 1997. Most recently, she was the Director of Financial Aid for both the Yale School of Art and Yale School of Drama. “Returning to Vermont after many years away has been a dream of mine,” said Rochette. “I began my career as a bank auditor working for Catamount Bank in North Bennington now Merchants Bank.” Rochette holds a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Accounting from the College of New Rochelle.

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Campus News FOrMer DIreCTOr OF VerMOnT BOArD OF nUrSInG IS SVC’S neW nUrSInG ChAIr



arlier this year, Dr. Mary Botter, the former Executive Director of the Vermont Board of Nursing in the Office of the Secretary of State in Montpelier, joined SVC as Division Chair for Nursing. Botter came to SVC from Nova Southeastern University in Florida where she served as Associate Dean of the College of Nursing and Associate Professor of Nursing. She has also worked as a consultant and coach for senior healthcare executives in the corporate sector. Earlier in her career, she served as an Associate Dean at the School of Nursing at the University of Vermont. Dr. Botter is widely published in clinical journals and has presented to more than 40 conferences and groups, nationally and internationally. From 1997-2000, she was the Project Director of a federal grant from the Health and Resources Services Administration-Bureau of Health Professions. Botter has also received numerous awards and honors for her research, professional contributions and visionary leadership in the field of nursing. She is active in her professional community, serving as a board member on more than ten boards of directors since 1984 and is currently an active member of five professional organizations and associations. Botter earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Duke University and a Master of Science in Nursing and Ph.D (with a focus on nursing administration) from the University of Pennsylvania.

junior jaleeza johnson from Schenectady, new York has been selected by the Vermont ePSCor Center for Workforce Development and Diversity for an internship in research on Adaptation to Climate Change. ePSCor is the Vermont branch of the experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive research started by the national Science Foundation to promote scientific research nationwide. Vermont is one of 28 states participating in this unique program. johnson, a Mountaineer Scholar with a Biological Sciences major, will work with Dr. Declan McCabe, Biology Department Chair, and Katie Chang, research Technician at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont, this summer from june through August. She will present on the research at the Vermont ePSCor Student research Symposium in April 2015. SVC/SjC ChrOnICLe


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S V C at H L E t I C S r O U N d U P MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY The men’s cross country team ran its way to a second straight runner-up finish at the neCC Championship in 2013 under Coach Kathleen newton,’04. junior herson Canta was named neCC runner of the Week four times during the season. Captain Victor Velazquez made All-neCC Second Team for the second year in a row. SVC garnered the neCC conference Team Sportsmanship laurel.

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY The women’s cross country team finished sixth overall at the 2013 neCC Championship. Sophomore Captain haley Omasta was named neCC runner of the Week twice during the season; first year student Schyler McGuire was selected as the neCC rookie of the Week. each made their way to the All-neCC Second and First Team, respectively, with their finishes at the conference championship.

WOMEN’S VOllEYBAll The volleyball team won its third straight neCC regular Season Championship and neCC Tournament Championship in 2013 under new head Coach Deon jones. junior jessica Delgado was named neCC Player of the Year, selected to the All-neCC First Team, and named Conference Player of the Week two times during the season. Senior Carrie Baltazar was selected as the neCC Player of the Week twice and named to the All-Conference second team. junior Marissa Flores was named neCC Player of the Week; sophomore Sheilani Kaleopa garnered an All-Conference honorable mention.

MEN’S SOCCER The men’s soccer team just missed making the conference playoffs, being eliminated in the final week of the season. Senior Pierre Massena was named to the All-neCC First Team for the third straight year while junior erik Argueta, named neCC Player of the Week during the regular season, picked up an honorable mention.

WOMEN’S SOCCER In 2013, the women’s soccer team made its way to the neCC playoffs for the third straight season under Coach Michael Zauzig. Senior forward Kaitlyn Forant became the program’s all-time leading goal scorer with 27 in her two-year career. Forant and seniors jocelyn Ortega and erika Garay were all named to the All-neCC First Team while junior Michelle Flores was selected to the All-neCC Second Team. Sophomore goalkeeper Katie raymond was named Conference Player of the Week; first year Melodie Orrell picked up the neCC rookie of the Week. 6


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Kathleen Newton, who graduated from SVC in 2004 with a degree in Liberal Arts, still owns the school’s five and six kilometer race time records but would gladly see those numbers get beat by a harrier under her watch. After running her own personal training business, various coaching and assistant coaching positions at Mount Anthony Union High School and Williams College, Newton returned to SVC last fall to take over the Mountaineers’ men’s and women’s cross country programs. In her first season, Newton led the Mountaineer men’s side to a second consecutive New England Collegiate Conference Championship runner-up placement while her women’s team finished sixth. “I definitely feel a connection and sense of pride in this College and its athletic program,” said Newton. “I feel a stronger bond and push having been a student here.”

MEN’S BASkETBAll Under first-year head Coach Dan engelstad, SVC men’s basketball made a name for itself in the season, starting off with a win over rival Williams College (ranked no. 3 in DIII at the time) in the season opener; it was the first time in 13 meetings between the two programs that the Mountaineers were victorious. SVC made it to the neCC Playoffs with a 16-9 record. First year guard rayshawn Taylor was named neCC rookie of the Year once during the season; sophomore Captain Antoine White became the program’s all-time single season assist leader with 111 through the regular season.

WOMEN’S BASkETBAll Sophomore forward Sarah McDonald, named neCC Player of the Week, had a breakout year. Sophomore Kala MacKenzie broke her own single-season block total of 60 with 77 swats in the season.. Sophomore Captain Amber Flagg, SVC’s first All-Conference first team selection, finished with 92 assists, putting her at secondmost for a single season and career (149). She also totaled 427 points in the year. The sophomore guard now holds the program record for the best career free-throw percentage by a player with at least 250 attempts, currently sitting with a 78.3 clip (281-359) to top SVC hall of Famer Denise Welch.

total of 110 less errors than during the 2012 season. Senior first baseman Corey Armstrong picked up a Conference honorable mention while junior Kurt Kowalczyk and sophomore shortstop Chris nicastro were each named neCC Pitcher and Player of the Week, respectively. named to the 2013 neCC Spring Academic AllConference Team were jarod hayen and Sean McKay. junior Cody LaBadia started the 2014 season with a hot bat, hitting .640 through the first two weeks, with an neCC Player of the Week nod.

SOfTBAll In 2013 the Mountaineers picked up their third consecutive neCC Team Sportsmanship Award after a season in which they notched the most wins in program history (9-21). SVC alumna Alyssa Davis ’12, as assistant coach, helped the team get close to the neCC postseason. Shelby jones gathered the 2012-13 SVC Female Scholar Athlete Award.

MEN’S VOllEYBAll junior Scott Fitzgerald was named the neCC Player of the Week. The Mountaineers defeated endicott College 3-2 in 2014, making it to the Playoffs for the fourth straight year.

BASEBAll The baseball team focused on its defense in 2013, committing a

The Mountaineers baseball team also excelled in giving back, raising over $6,500 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to help fund childhood cancer research before every team member shaved its head in support of the cause. SVC/SjC ChrOnICLe


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Campus Life TWeeT, re-TWeeT: SVC drawS attENtION OF waSHINgtON POSt aNd U.S. SECrEtarY OF EdUCatION dUNCaN An article in The Washington Post (February 13, 2014) entitled, Washington area basketball players trek to Vermont for one last shot at glory featured SVC Head Basketball Coach Dan Engelstad and several of his recruits on this year’s team. The article caught the attention of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan who re-tweeted it with “Love to see @SoVtCo’s commitment to expanding opportunity on and off the court.” Visit for a link to the article and an inspiring video interview.

SVC TeAM COnTenDerS In FrEE ENtErPrISE MaratHON AT SUnY PLATTSBUrGh Students in Professor Charles Crowell’s Entrepreneurship class competed against the University of Vermont, St. Michael’s College, Norwich University, Clarkson University and six state universities of New York (SUNY) schools at the second annual Free Enterprise Marathon. From left, students Robert Dobler from Huntington Station, New York; Lindsay Pilling, North Adams, Mass;, Haley Omasta, Danbury, Conn;, Hesbon Ogeka, Windom, Minn;, and Vincent Valasquez, South Pasadena, California.

WhY I GIVe: Brigadier General Barrye Price, Deputy Chief of Staff at U.S. Army Forces Command, came to campus earlier this semester to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “As we celebrate King’s life,” Price said in his remarks to students, faculty, staff and community members, “I’d ask that we not focus on the oration [of King], not focus on the Dream, but focus on the impact he had. He teaches us that one person can make a difference.”



katHLEEN BaBCOCk ’11, BUSINESS adMINIStratION MaJOr “It gives me great satisfaction to be able to make charitable donations to SVC, because SVC has given so much to me. I’m thankful for the solid education, supportive community and wonderful leadership opportunities SVC gave me over my college career. SVC is a place that I cherish and I hope that my donations help to create a one of a kind experience for others.”

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SPRING 2014 Headed to Dubai for STUDENT/ALUMNI Insight Conference MIXER

OMAStA ’16:


ophomore Haley Omasta of Danbury, Conn., was awarded a grant to attend the Insight Dubai Conference sponsored by Dubai Women’s College (DWC) in the United Arab Emirates, from March 23-27. Each spring, the college hosts 60 young women from around the world and pairs them with DWC students for five days of learning, sharing and growing together. Participants work together in small groups, attend speaker panels and lectures, and go on field trips to develop their global awareness, intercultural understanding and leadership skills. Omasta, a Business Administration major, is doing an internship this semester with the Bart Center at Bromley Mountain ski area and next semester has lined up an internship with TEDX Battenkill. She is captain of the SVC women’s cross country team and is part of PRIDE and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Alumna Erin (Potter) McEnaney ’01, right, who works for The Orvis Company as a Human Resources Generalist, meets with senior Stephanie Pelletier and other soon-to-be graduates of Southern Vermont College, to offer workplace tips and interviewing advice at the SVC Office of Career Development mixer.

it’S tRADitiOn! CREAtinG COMMunity tHROuGH SVC-Only CuStOMS “Traditions are an opportunity to link individuals to each other and to an institution.” —President Karen Gross A featured SVC Tradition: Cookie Delivery in the Dorm At the start of the fall semester each year, the President and Dean of Students Anne Hopkins Gross deliver home-baked cookies to every residential student—going floor by floor, suite by suite, room by room. “For many students, cookie delivery symbolizes their entry into a welcoming community that cares deeply about their well-being,” said President Gross. “By visiting each student, we get to know our students better and see how they are adjusting.” See more traditions on the SVC Alumni Facebook page. Share your favorite tradition from your time at SVC. Post on Facebook or email Samantha Damon at SVC/SjC CHROniClE


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CArLOS GUTIerreZ ’06 AnD VInCenT SCALISe ’06

tO BE HONOrEd aS 2014 dIStINgUISHEd aLUMNI The distinguished alumni award is given to an alumna or alumnus of Southern Vermont College or St. Joseph College, in recognition of career, community service and personal achievements. This year’s distinguished alumni award will be given at Commencement to two deserving graduates Carlos M. gutierrez and Vincent Scalise, both from the class of 2006.

Carlos M. gutierrez ’06 is a Special Agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in Memphis. Gutierrez graduated from SVC with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and joined the National Guard. Deployed to Iraq in 2007, he worked with the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad providing personal security details and convoy security for Embassy personnel and the United States Ambassador for Iraq. Shortly after returning, he graduated from the 44th Municipal Police Officers Training Academy in Springfield, Mass., and became a member of the Amherst Police Department. As a reservist with the Guard, he deployed to Afghanistan in August of 2010 where he served as a security force leader in charge of day-to-day security operations for the Uruzgan Province Reconstruction Team. Gutierrez returned to Patrol Officer status with the Amherst Police in 2011. Fond of the outdoors, Gutierrez spends much of his free time as a volunteer with the State Parks across Tennessee, assisting with the Junior Ranger Program, trail clean up and conservation efforts. Gutierrez enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1998 and concluded his active duty status in 2002. He is the son of Miguel and Reina Gutierrez of North Adams, Massachusetts. 10


Vincent Scalise ’06 is the Executive Director of the Central New York Veterans Outreach Center in Utica, N.Y. He is also a full-time soldier assigned to the Parkway East Amory of Utica where he holds the position of Training Non-Commission Officer for the 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the New York Army National Guard. Scalise graduated from SVC in 2006 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Studies. After enlisting with the National Guard, Scalise deployed multiple times with his Battalion, including Homeland Security missions throughout New York State as well as to Iraq and Afghanistan. After returning from Iraq, Scalise witnessed a large number of his fellow Veterans suffering from various issues without many options for assistance in central New York. Wanting to help, he founded the Utica Center for Development, Inc., which functions primarily as the Central New York Veterans Outreach Center (CNYVOC). Located in the former Utica YMCA, the CNY VOC provides assistance to veterans and their families, serving an average of 1,200 veterans per year. He is assisting SVC in its launch of the Veterans’ Scholar Program. Scalise lives in East Utica with his wife Jennifer and their two children, Andrew and Adrianna.

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WhY I GIVe: katHY rEEd ’78, MEdICaL tECHNOLOgY MaJOr “I am fortunate to not only be an alumnus of SVC, but also an employee for almost 16 years. I give to the Annual Fund, because I truly believe in SVC and its mission. I have seen “Be A PArT OF hISTOrY!” many amazing changes over the years which wouldn’t have jOIn SVC’S takE a SEat CAMPAIGn been possible without the generous gifts from SVC’s donors. SVC strives to provide the best educational opportunities SVC will replace the seats in everett Theatre this year. With a specfor its students and I am proud to be a part of the SVC ified donation, you can have your personal name, business name, SVC Class Year or a memorial to a loved one permanently affixed to community.” the arm of a new seat in everett Theatre. email for more information and pricing.

InTernShIPS: DID YOU KnOW? SVC students have studied at over 130 internship sites throughout New England and New York. Do you have a business or organization which could help students learn practical and professional skills on the job? Contact Internship Coordinator Betsy Dunham at or 802-447-4631.

“Over the past few years we have seen SVC become more and more of an integral part of the Bennington community—which we believe is a win-win for everyone. Participating in the Take a Seat campaign for our business and for ourselves was a terrific way to support the College, just as they have supported our community. And it’s always fun to be a part of history!” —Lynn and Pete Green, Owners/Innkeepers The Four Chimneys Inn, Old Bennington


For some SVC students, spring break meant community service in our nation’s capitol. Organized by Student Life, the students delivered meals for a meals-on-wheels type of organization called Food and Friends, did yardwork and adoption event displays for the Washington Humane Society and assisted the KaBOOM! organization in assessing safe

playground equipment throughout the city. In photos, students Ryan Long and Jamal Gaynor load food into the van for a Food and Friends delivery, and a group photo on the mall: back row, left to right: Katherine Grayson, Claudia Babajew, Ryan Long, Dilcia Gutierrez, Jamal Gaynor; in front: Ashley Tatro, Julia Ewing. SVC/SjC ChrOnICLe


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2014 Honorary Degree


n May, at Southern Vermont College’s 87th Commencement exercises, two special guests will receive Honorary Degrees. The recipients are Daniel B. Ginsberg, former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) and Jane Altes, Higher Education Consultant and former Interim President and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Empire State College. Ginsberg was nominated by President Barack Obama in 2009 for his post as the administration’s official responsible for the overall supervision of manpower and reserve component affairs of the Department of the Air Force. This includes oversight of the Air Force Academy and Community College of the Air Force. He previously served in Washington as the Senior Defense Policy Adviser and Legislative Assistant to Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont. Before that, he also served on the staff of U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services during the chairmanship of Sen. Sam Nunn of Georgia. Ginsberg has held various positions at RAND Corp.; the International Institute for Strategic Studies; the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations; the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments; and the U.S. Mission to NATO. In addition to completing studies at the London School of Economics and a yearlong fellowship at the University of Chicago, Mr. Ginsberg holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. In 2010, he served as Co-Lead of the Policy Team for the Department of Defense’s Comprehensive Review Working Group for the Repeal of “Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell.” Ginsberg has received awards and honors for his work, including fellowships, one of which is for the National Endowments for the Arts at Columbia School of Journalism. He is a former freelance music and opera critic for The Washington Post. Ginsberg was born in Indiana, raised in Georgia and now resides in the Washington, D.C., area, with a longstanding affection for Vermont. As a consultant in higher education, Jane Altes develops and manages higher education research and administrative 12



projects, including recruiting and evaluating college presidents, serving as a fellow on the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, working with the National Commission for a Nation of Lifelong Learners, and in the Leadership Group appointed by Vice President Al Gore. She also worked in Kosovo as a higher education specialist for the U.S. State Department. As Interim President at Empire State College, the non-traditional State University of New York (SUNY) institution, Altes oversaw the College’s 40 plus locations in New York and abroad. As Vice President for Academic Affairs for many years, she was responsible for academic quality and development. Previously, Altes held other leadership positions for the SUNY system and at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Dr. Altes has been recognized for her contributions to public and professional service. She is currently a board member for the Arts Center of the Capital Region and serves on the WMHT (public broadcasting) Board of Trustees. She has also served on the boards of Northeast Health/St. Peter’s Health Partners, the Council for the Clearview Center, the Capital Repertory Theatre, Capital Culture, The Sage Colleges, the Retinal Research Foundation and the Albany Public Library. Dr. Altes holds an A.B. in Sociology from Miami University in Ohio, a master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis and Administration from St. Louis University.

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amily and friends of SVC student Cj Salva, who lost his life in 2012 in a motorcycle accident near his home in rochester, n.Y., gathered together at Lake Shore Country Club in june 2013 to hold the First Annual Cj Salva “never Give Up” Golf Tournament. Sponsored by Krueger Financial, Industrial Financial Co., Zweigle’s, Baldwin richardson Foods and rose & Kiernan Insurance, the event raised over $17,000. At left, Michelle and Kevin Salva and daughter Kacie, met with SVC scholarship recipient Sulyman Bello from Bennington, Vt. Bello is a Business Administration/Management major who was born in Lagos, nigeria. Being at SVC is an “incredible experience,” Bello said. “never give up on life and on your goals… always believe!”

SVC Trustees Name SArAh DAhL, M.D. to Board Sarah Perkins Dahl, M.D., was appointed as a new Board Member of Southern Vermont College at the February board meeting. Dahl is a Vermont native and medical doctor who retired from full-time practice in 2012. She ran a solo gynecology practice in Bennington from 20052012 and prior to that worked with Green Mountain Women’s Health. Dahl also serves on the Board for The School of Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales and is active in the community with the youth development program Girls on the Run, Monument Soccer; for ten years she served as a coach for the Bennington Youth Soccer League. Dahl is a graduate of the University of Vermont undergraduate and Medical School, where she was women’s track and field captain, inducted into the UVM Hall of Fame for track and field. After an internship at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Dahl became OB-GYN resident at Albany Medical Center in New York where she was named Chief Administrative Resident for the Department. A native of Essex Junction, Vermont, Dahl lives in Bennington with her husband and three children.

SOUThern VerMOnT COLLeGe UPCOMINg EVENtS an Invitation to Poetry Maggie Dietz, Author and Asst Professor, Univ. Mass/Lowell Thursday, April 10 | 2:25 pm & 7 pm everett Theatre Spring Open House Saturday, April 26 | 9:30-3 pm everett Mansion Honors Convocation Wednesday, April 30 | 4:30 pm everett Mansion alpha Chi Induction Thursday, May 1 | 2:30 pm everett Theatre 87th Commencement Exercises Saturday, May 10 | 1 pm everett Mansion Greystone Lawn VISIt www.SVC.EdU FOr MOrE EVENt dEtaILS.



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Class Notes


the Wing Commander at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Judy Sorel Nimmons ’66 was a day student and lived in North Emirates. She also traveled extensively throughout Europe. Adams, Mass. Her experience at St. Joseph College was one Scott Fruscio ’96 is living in Arlington, Mass., and working she will be proud of always. She majored in Executive Secre- for Liberty Mutual Insurance in the Copley Square area of tarial Sciences. After graduation, she secured a position at Boston. He is a Senior Paralegal in the Personal Insurance Sprague Electric Company in North Adams as secretary for 13 Group (Auto Home) and has been living in the Boston area for engineers. She has recently retired from her position at a about 14 years. He received a master’s degree in Management church in North Adams where she was employed for 36 years. in 2006 from Cambridge College in Cambridge, Mass. He has She knows that her educational experience at St. Joseph a beautiful 4-year-old daughter named Elizabeth. College gave her a very fulfilling and lasting career. This year he plans to run in the Boston Marathon. He is a member of the Boston Children’s Hospital Marathon TeamMiles for Miracles. In addition to running the race, he will be 1970’s fundraising for the Hospital. His goal is to raise $5,000 by Michael J. Tranchida ’76 retired in December of 2011 as City April 21, 2014. All funds raised go straight to the hospital. He and Town Clerk and Registrar of Vital Statistics for the city of completed a lofty goal like this twice before in 2009 and 2010 New London, Conn., where he worked for 26 years. He was and swore after 2010 he would never put his body through elected in November 2013 as a member of the New London the rigors of running a marathon again. However, he did not city council for a two-year term. count on the bombings happening last year. Because of what Darlene M. Young ’74, ’91 was hired in October as outreach happened he feels an obligation to get back out and run for coordinator at Catamount Access Television in Bennington those who were injured or died last year. His marathon fundraising web site is: after 30 years in the medical field!



Travis LeBel ’89 has been voted the President of the Swanton Megan Babcock Turner ’02 was currently hired as the Missisquoi Valley Lions Club in Swanton, Vermont. He has Accounting Manager at SVC. Megan and husband Neal Turner ’96 are expecting their third child! been a member for 8 years.

Coryat Coryat

Estefanía Arteaga ’08 is currently living in Miami, Fla., and working for a major television network, Caracol Television as 1990’s an International Sales Executive, managing Eastern Europe and Asia. She graduated with a master’s degree in Journalism Kim Coryat ’97 has worked since from Iona College in New York. 2009 as an archivist at the William Jefferson Clinton Library in Little The Dalys Lindsay Baker Daly ’08 married

Rock, Ark., maintaining over 80 million documents including the president’s papers, which are available to the public. Before coming to SVC, Coryat served in the U.S. Air Force, where she participated in Desert Storm from 1990-1991 and was secretary to 14


Crystal Turino Photography

James Daly in a rustic-themed, farm wedding that was held at Liberty Ridge Farm in Schaghticoke, NY on October 12, 2013. Two of her bridesmaids were also SVC Alumnae, Jennie D’Aiuto ’08 & Nikki Lemire ’11.

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She is currently employed in Human Resources at The Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York in Albany, N.Y. James is employed by British American in Latham, N.Y. and is currently pursuing a degree in Electrical Construction and Maintenance through Hudson Valley Community College. Following their wedding, James and Lindsay honeymooned in Cancun, Mexico. They reside in Troy, N.Y. where they recently purchased their first home. Benjamin

Leslie (Surdam) Rousseau ’09 and husband Matt welcomed their first child, Benjamin on January 28, 2014.

2010’s The The Hunts Hunts

Kimberly Bevis Hunt ’10 married husband Boyd Hunt on November 8, 2013, at the Franklin Terrace Ballroom in Troy, NY.

Sarah Yard ’11 was recently hired as an Account Executive for the company Indeed. Indeed is the top search engine website in the world. The office is located in Stamford, Conn., with the headquarters in Texas.

IN MEMORIUM The SVC community mourns the recent loss of two longtime friends and supporters. One of the College’s longest serving trustees, Michael F. Rolla, passed away in December 2013. From Gardner, Mass., Rolla believed in SVC’s mission and worked tirelessly to help the College succeed. Rolla was, himself, a firstgeneration college student; he understood the value of higher education. Samuel “Sandy” Laitman, a resident of Williamstown, Mass., passed away on March 13, 2014. Laitman was a champion of SVC’s personalized education, and his generosity enabled many of SVC’s programs to succeed. President Karen Gross recently awarded Mr. Laitman an Honorary degree, the Doctor of Humane Letters, from the College.

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.* Gary Beauchene ’86 Stephen Colvin ’15 Jo-Ann Cross Browe ’62

David McCarthy Former Faculty Member Joan O'Neill ’81

Christine Fleury ’86

Michael F. Rolla Former Board Member

Norman Greenberg Former Board Member

Betty Tobin ’96

Merritt Hewitt ’85 Eloise Kalker Friend of the College Samuel “Sandy” Laitman Amanda Loree ’12 Celine LaCroix Mallory ’47, ’73

Iva Jane Towery ’49 Carol Tunney Former Faculty Member Rena Wielt ’38 Marsha A. Wilkins ’82 Katherine Bland Winget ’96

*Notifications received by March 1, 2014 We had an awesome Alumni Basketball Game on January 25th! Thanks to Charles Beekman '02, Chris Davis '99, Taeshon

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Burke '96 who came out for the game! Thanks to Southern Vermont College Athletics and Coach Engelstad for hosting!



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