“We need more people with liberal arts education, especially these days,” said Tom Bowman, National Public Radio’s longtime war correspondent and a 1977 Saint Michael’s College history graduate, who made a daylong campus visit Thursday. “I use my history degree every single day,” Bowman told students in David Mindich’s afternoon Media and American Politics class -- one of two classes he joined before an evening public gathering in McCarthy Arts Center. A strong sense of history, he explained, helps him understand and communicate essential context and nuance when filing his reports for NPR from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Washington, D.C., where he regularly roves the Pentagon and drops in on generals.
The chance to sample a Saint Michael’s College experience brought scores of enthusiastic accepted students and their families to campus on Sunday and Monday, Feb. 19 and 20. First came a group of nearly 80 students who for most of Sunday took advantage of the College’s new and innovative “First Class” program, which allows them to earn valuable college credit with a choice among hybrid classes taught by regular Saint Michael’s instructors in environmental studies, literary studies or personal financial planning. Monday's Accepted Students Day was a full day's program giving families a chance to meet with and ask questions of academic department reps, staff leaders and current students.
Saint Michael’s alumnus and NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman ’77 will be presenting on campus on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. in the McCarthy Arts Center at Saint Michael’s College. His talk, titled “Reporting on war and conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq,” will highlight Bowman’s many trips to the war-torn region and being embedded with U.S. troops. Bowman was nearly killed last year when his convoy was ambushed, killing his colleague, NPR photographer David Gilkey, and their Afghani translator. Bowman will speak alongside a veteran (or possibly more) of both wars who will describe his/ their life/lives in Vermont since returning. This event is free and open to the public.
English major Julia Wagner ’18 of South Burlington, VT, learned this week that her research about a pioneering World-War II-era female shipyard welder with Saint Michael’s connections, Peggy Citarella, has been accepted for the prestigious and highly competitive national Posters on the Hill exhibit in Washington, D.C., April 25-26, 2017. A Posters on the Hill representative emailed Wagner on Wednesday to notify and congratulate her on being chosen as one of just 60 posters that will be presented out of more than 300 competitive applications.
On their annual winter tour, 35 members of the Saint Michael's College Liturgical Ensemble and Singers offered music for Catholic Mass at two Catholic high schools and two churches as they visited Syosset, Hicksville, New Hyde Park and Garden City the weekend of Feb. 3-5. The group was joined by musical director Jerome Monachino ’91, Associate Director of Edmundite Campus Ministry for Liturgical Ministry, who directs 11 instrumentalists (four undergrads, seven alumni) including guitars, keys, two trumpets, trombone, two violins, bass, drums, percussion; and 24 singers (10 adult members, 14 students). The St. Mike’s musicians also were accompanied on their trip by the Rev. Brian J. Cummings, SSE ’86, Director of Edmundite Campus Ministry at Saint Michael’s. Father Cummings celebrated Mass at the four locations.