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06.08.18
By: Mark Tarnacki
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George Ashline, professor of mathematics, recently addressed winners of the Vermont State Math Coalition’s Talent Search at the annual Vermont State Math Coalition Awards dinner, on the topic “What Can’t You Do with a Degree in Mathematics?” Each year, the Vermont State Math Coalition sponsors a Mathematics Talent Search Program, in which a set of challenging math problems are posted on the VSMC website four times during the year and students across the state have several weeks to solve the problems.

Valerie Bang-Jensen, professor of education, and Mark Lubkowitz, professor of biology, collaborators on the book Sharing Books, Talking Science (Heinemann publishers) on March 8 did an interview with Heinemann Podcast author Amy Ludwig VanDerwater to discuss the poetry of science. They talked about how language and literature can work in the same way science does, how both literature and science have stability and change and how both also have cause and effect.

Amir Barghi of the Saint Michael's Department of Mathematics and Statistics faculty has a new research paper published in the Australasian Journal of Combinatorics entitled “Stirling numbers of the first kind for graphs." In this paper, Stirling numbers of the first kind for graphs are introduced, and the Stirling numbers of the first kind of elements of some families of graphs are computed, either by providing a combinatorial argument or using generating functions.

Michael Battig, professor of computer science, with R. Dean Adams co-authored a conference seminar “Patenting & Entrepreneurship for the Test Industry,” for the IEEE North Atlantic Test Workshop, May 7, 2018.

Christine Bauer-Ramazani, instructor in the Applied Linguistics Department, has had her proposal titled “Interaction, Collaboration, and Assessment in Blended and Online Teacher Training Courses” accepted for publication in the forthcoming book Technology in Language Learning & Teaching Strategies. In addition, she has been invited as plenary speaker at the November 2-3, 2018 Colorado TESOL Conference in Denver, Colorado.

Tim Birmingham ’02 in March joined the Saint Michael’s College community as a Career Education Coach Tim is coming from Laraway Youth and Family Services in Johnson, Vermont, where he was the Program Manager of School Based Services. He also has worked at Northwestern Counseling & Support Services, The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, Vermont Academy and the Howard Center., and he lives in Jericho, VT.

Anna Boesch, assistant director of MOVE volunteer service for the Edmundite Campus Ministry office, on May 10 received the Dupont Award for staff during the annual Senior Awards Brunch. The event, which recognizes exceptional members of the senior class as well as student-selected faculty and staff, annually brings forth inspirational figures who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the Saint Michael's community.

Michael Bosia, professor of political science, was featured in the Colchester Sun newspaper in March, talking his new groundbreaking class offering next academic year of the first LGBTQ-named course in Saint Michael’s history. Global LGBTQI+ Politics and Culture will debut this fall. Mike also wrote an essay earlier in March that was posted on the Blog called "The Duck of Minerva" -- about a new French film on group Act Up Paris.

Sabrina Boutin started work March 1 as a Public Safety Officer for the College. Before coming to Saint Michael's she worked for the Granville, NY, Police Department. She currently makes her residence in Underhill, VT, and Granville, NY.

Kim Boyarsky started work April 2 as benefits manager for the Office of Human Resources at Saint Michael’s College. Prior to coming to Saint Michael’s, Kim worked at Merchants Bank and Community Bank. She lives in Huntington with her children three children and dog and enjoys hiking, running, mountain-biking, boating and camping.

Robert Brenneman, associate professor of sociology, gave a talk in Dedham, MA, at St. Susanna parish on Feb. 5 on the topic “Violence and Its Impact on Humanity.” Bob is author of the book Homies and Hermanos: God and Gangs in Central America. Bob also was interviewed by the Associated Press about the threat posed by the Central American gang MS-13 when that topic was prominent in the news in December 2017, based on his insights from his book.

Alain Brizard, professor of physics, in recent months has had three papers published in the journal Physics of Plasmas: (1) Centrifugal particle confinement in mirror geometry; (2) Gauge-free electromagnetic gyrokinetic theory; and (3) Perturbative variational formulation of the Vlasov-Maxwell equations. ( presented at the Sherwood Fusion Theory conference in Auburn (Alabama) in April 2018; Paper 3 will be presented at a June conference in Canada. He also was awarded a three-year research grant ($151,750) from the National Science Foundation.

Krystyna Davenport Brown started work November 13, 2017 as Associate Vice President for Development. Most recently she was the Senior Director of Development for the Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support at the University of South Carolina. Prior to that she was in Austin, Texas at the University of Texas at Austin and Saint Edward's University. She moved to Austin from New York City where she worked at Fordham University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital in fundraising and development roles.

James Byrne, professor of religious studies faculty (and Honors Program Director) presented a paper, “The Multiverse as Physics and Metaphysics”, at the European Conference on Science and Theology, Lyon (France), April 17-22. James continues to be a peer-reviewer of articles submitted to Zygon, the primary academic journal in the field of science and religion. His most recent review was in May 2018. He also is completing his term as Director of the Honors Program, and was the recipient of the faculty award for service to the Honors Program.

Allison Cleary, instructor of Media Studies, Journalism and Digital Arts, taught a class this past fall that was featured in the newsletter for Burlington’s Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS). Her multimedia class does volunteer service at COTS to get real-life, hands-on experience while helping them increase their understanding of complex social issues and nonprofit organizations. As part of the project, her students interviewed residents of Canal Street Veterans Housing.

Laurence Clerfeuille, associate professor of modern languages/French, helped lead a group of 8 students spending 3 weeks in Quebec City with a Saint Michael’s College Academic Study Trip (May 13-June 2) to study French language and Quebecois culture – including a unique two-hour long walking tour of Québec City in French to hear about Quebec’s Black History, led by the rapper Webster, who earlier in the year had visited her classes. In early April she also led a French Club trip to Montreal.

Brian Collier assistant professor of fine arts/art, this spring wrote an article about his new project for the BTV Conservation Newsletter. The piece, headlined “Unlawning America: A call to Inaction,” posted on the newsletter blog May 1, expounds on his earlier work -- in October 2017 Brian launched a new art and ecology project titled “Unlawning America”  at Burlington City Arts and Shelburne Farms. It encourages greenspace owners/managers not to mow lawns if not for recreation.

George Dameron, professor of history and coordinator of the medieval studies minor, has learned that his essay, “Dante and the Papacy,” will appear in a forthcoming book published by the Modern Language Association.  The title of the book is Approaches to Teaching Dante’s Comedy, second edition (in the MLA’s series, Approaches to Teaching World Literature).  George also will present a paper, “Famine or Dearth? The Language of Hunger in Tuscan Chronicles, 1150-1350,” as one of three papers on the panel, “Change and Innovation in the Intellectual and Visual Cultures of Medieval Italy, ca. 1150–ca. 1350: In Memory of Ronald G. Witt,”  at the 2018 New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Sarasota, Florida on March 8.  George organized the panel to honor the work of his former undergraduate professor and advisor, Ron Witt, who died in 2017. Witt was one of the foremost intellectual and cultural historians of pre-modern Europe.

Maura D’Amore, associate professor of English, Program Director American Studies, Program Director Gender Studies, signed St. Mike’s on to participate in a Douglass Day national transcription event in February to celebrate the eloquent abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass,. Saint Michael’s was one of 64 institutions across America to participate in the event.

Greg Delanty, professor of English, was part of “An intimate reading and discussion” at the Irish Arts Center on West 51st Street in New York City one evening in April. Greg was interviewed during the program by the novelist Colum McCann before reading from his poetry. Greg also presented and read at the same venue a month earlier before heading off to Washington, D.C. to give a reading at the Irish Embassy there later in the week. He presented “An Evening of Selected Delanty” at Burlington’s public library in February.

John Devlin, professor of fine arts/theater, accompanied 16 Saint Michael’s College students to the annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Danbury, CT, from January 30-February 4, 2018. John was awarded a Gold Medallion by the Region. The Kennedy Center Medallion is the most prestigious regional award given by KCACTF and is considered one of the great honors in theatre education.”

Mike Donoghue, onetime adjunct/adviser and still regular presence in Media Studies, Journalism and Digital Arts as he maintains his Vermont Press Association office on campus as executive director, spoke for the Charlotte Shelburne Hinesburg Rotary on April 4 about his0-year Vermont reporting career. He also was featured speaker on “The First Amendment and Free Speech” in Montpelier on Jan. 11, and presented a session on public records at The New England Newspaper & Press Association (NENPA) winter convention.

Tim Dusablon, Classroom Services Technician, passed his CTS exam and is now a Certified Technology Specialist.  The certification is widely recognized as one of the top audio-visual certifications in the industry. Anne Crowley, Instructional Designer/Technologist and Jim Millard, Senior Instructional Designer/Technologist completed several online courses from the Online Learning Consortium to earn full certification in Instructional Design. These courses will help Jim and Anne work with faculty online and in face-to-face hybrid classes.

Kristin Dykstra, Distinguished Scholar in Residence, is guest editor of a dossier dedicated to the late Cuban poet Juan Carlos Flores, forthcoming in The Chicago Review 61.3. On June 6, she will read as part of a magazine launch at The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church In-the-Bowery. She also spoke at a Tampa conference on literary translation, hosted a Latin American poetry event at a Tampa College while there, had a translation of an Omar Perez book accepted for publication; and, her translations of Alvaro Mutis poems appeared in a literary magazine.

William Ellis, associate professor of fine arts/music, is one of several scholars/performers featured in a new BBC radio show on blind bluesmen.  Bill, an accomplished guitarist in the traditional American forms upon which he focuses his scholarship, such as bluegrass and the blues, helps host Gary O'Donoghue answer why so many early blues musicians in America's Deep South were blind.

Michael Elwood, an electrician with the College’s Facilities Department, hooked a record-breaking redhorse sucker fish in the Winooski River for a second year running on April 24, as reported in a feature by a Burlington Free Press reporter.

Raichle (Rai) Farrelly, assistant professor of Applied Linguistics Department, returned recently from the 3rd Annual Africa TESOL Conference in Dakar, Senegal, where she was featured speaker and led a workshop. Rai also is co-author on a new book about educating refugees (May 2018) and book-chapters in her field; she was elected chair of the Refugee Concerns Interest Section for the International TESOL Association; presented at the International TESOL Convention in Chicago (March 2018) and co-organized a conference in her field at St. Mike’s.

Briset Flores began work on March 5, 2018 as coordinator of institutional advancement with the Saint Michael's Career Education & Alumni Engagement Center.  Previously she worked for UVM Extension and was the Program Coordinator for the PROSPER program in Chittenden County. Briset had a non-profit background before that and worked in development in California before moving to Vermont and working for UVM Extension. She has degrees in Business Economics and International Studies with a focus on Trade and Finance.

Jeff Fraser joined Saint Michael’s in February as a custodian in the Facilities Department. Since graduating from Wheaton College (Wheaton, Illinois) in 1983, Jeff has worked in diverse fields from coast to coast, including building construction, property management, and the thoroughbred horse racing industry. 

Laurie Gagne, adjunct professor of peace and justice, has edited a book for Plough Publishing Co. on the modern mystic and philosopher Simone Weil, titled Love in the Void -- Where God Finds Us: Simone Weil, which is due to come out April 18, 2018.

Traci Griffith, professor/chair of media studies, journalism and digital arts, on May 10 received the Dupont Award for faculty during the Senior Awards Brunch. Traci was elected to the Executive Committee of the National American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Board in January in Atlanta. She also led a MOVE service trip for students to the SSE Selma missions. Local media sought her expertise on a press-related stories this winter – including VPR’s Vermont Edition, the papers Seven Days and the Free Press, and local TV reports.

Erik Haversang, Fire Chief at Saint Michel’s College Fire and Rescue, was on Vermont Public Radio’s Vermont Edition in December 2017 to talk about winter fire safety and the challenges fire departments face in the winter months.

David Heroux, associate professor of chemistry, again this spring semester helped his students produce a Chemistry Magic Show in the McCarthy Arts Center Recital Hall. David and chemistry colleague Shane Lamos of the chemistry faculty also attended the American Chemical Society National Meeting in New Orleans on March 17 with several students who presented posters and talks on their summer research. There he did an outreach event called “Kids Zone,” which is “A Free Hands-On Science Event” for families in tandem with that city.

Rowena He, assistant professor of history, won a fellowship from Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study for 2018-2019. In March she organized a panel for the annual conference of the Association of Asian Studies, did a National Geographic interview; she earlier did a live TV interview with Voice of America on China rights; a Public Radio International feature on China exporting self-censorship; and was quoted in Inside Higher Ed on China’s influence on U.S. scholars; she’ll be a panelist before Congress on the Tiananmen anniversary in June.

Kristen Hindes of the College's Durick Library staff and Valerie Bang-Jensen of the education faculty co-authored a fun piece appearing in the online newsletter/website School Library Journal this past winter, titled “Picture Books in the Dorm Room?”

Pauline Jennings, instructor of creative dance in the Fine Arts Department, was selected as the recipient of 2018 Vermont Performance Lab SEED award to support the development of "Sea Inside our Skin" an audience-immersive, multi-media duet rooted in the Chinese maxim “飲水思源 (drink the water, remember its source). The work follows a year of research conducted in Shanghai and will premiere at 118 Elliot Space in Brattleboro on July 28.

Kristin Juel, associate professor of modern languages/French, helped lead a group of 8 students spending 3 weeks in Quebec City with a Saint Michael’s College Academic Study Trip (May 13-June 2) to study French language and Quebecois culture.

Zsuzsanna Kadas, professor of mathematics, has had an article accepted for publication in Primus - Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies. The article is titled: "Discrete Population Models: Why They Belong in a Differential Equations Course."

William “Sandy” Karstens, professor of physics, gave a talk at the March meeting of the American Physical Society in Los Angeles. Sandy also attended the Zone meeting in April at Bowdoin College as the Zone 1 Councilor for the Society of Physics Students.

Sarah Kelly, vice president for enrollment & marketing, attended a two-day meeting in Washington, DC, as the campus liaison to the American Talent initiative (ATI), which works to attract enroll and support more high-achieving lower-income students. Saint Michael’s College is one of 86 ATI member institutions nationwide; the New York Times reported about the group’s ambitious public commitments in a December 2017 story.

John Kenney, professor of religious studies, has been named co-editor of a new history to be published by Cambridge University Press. Entitled Christian Platonism: A History, the volume will explore the complex association of Platonism and Christian thought from antiquity to the present. John also recently has been appointed a member of the Cambridge Center for the Study of Platonism.

Chris Kenny, director of athletics, was appointed to the Northeast-10 Conference’s Executive Committee for a three-year term. He currently is serving as second VP for the group, will be first VP in 2018-19, and then President in 2019-20.

Josh Kessler ’04, director of athletic communications, is the workshop chair for the 63rd annual Eastern College Athletic Conference Sports Information Directors Association (ECAC-SIDA) Workshop, which the Association is bringing to Burlington early in June. It’s a week-long professional workshop for collegiate athletic communications professionals, who attend panels and raise money for a local charity; this year’s charity is Camp Ta-Kum-Ta.

Katherine Kirby, associate professor of philosophy and global studies, in early June led a two-week study trip with 10 students to Guyana with a service-and-learning focus, teaming with Kimoi Seale of the College’s Student Life office and an alumna assistant, Danika Gallup.

Ari Kirshenbaum, associate professor of psychology, was on Burlington-area TV news in January explaining recent national news of interest about a new study out Tuesday on vaping which says teenagers who smoke e-cigarettes may be at a higher risk of switching to traditional smoking. Ari, as the report notes, studies e-cigarette use.

Richard Kujawa, professor of geography/ environmental studies chair, has been elected to the Honors Committee of the American Association of Geographers. Previously he was New England and Saint Lawrence Valley Geographical Society rep to the Associations national council. He presented an “interactive paper” at the American Association of Geographers annual meeting in New Orleans in April; and, his paper is being reviewed to be presented at the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences for a conference in June. 

Adrie Kusserow, professor of sociology and anthropology, taught four creative nonfiction workshops and gave a poetry reading at the Middlebury New England young writers conference in May 2018; she also traveled to Darjeeling West Bengal to work on a Human Trafficking Awareness film while trekking in remote Himalayan villages with a local NGO (May 2017); and, Adrie contributed a chapter on ethnographic poetry published in the book Experiments in Ethnographic Writing” (Duke University 2018).

Shane Lamos of the chemistry faculty attended the American Chemical Society National Meeting in New Orleans on March 17 with chemistry colleague David Heroux and several students who presented posters and talks on their summer research. Shane did “some very interesting and important work with the ACS Exams Institute,” David reports.

Michael Larsen, professor of mathematics and statistics, advises PhD student Yuan Li, who passed his final oral PhD exam at George Washington University. Michael was Li’s PhD advisor in the George Washington Department of Statistics. Michael also was appointed to the Education Committee of the New England Statistical Society, and continues to serve as advisory editor to Chance magazine, associate editor of the Annals of Applied Statistics, and frequent reviewer for ad hoc journals, publishers, and granting agencies.

Robert Letovsky, professor of business, arranged the College Business Society’s second annual Business Etiquette Dinner in April. He also accompanied five students to the 6th annual “Free Enterprise Marathon” (FEM) held at the SUNY Plattsburgh in March. He was quoted extensively in a national trade publication, Shopping Centers Today on retro retail strategies that work; and in local media on many topics over recent months, including NAFTA, a big local corporate merger and Vermont breweries. He also guest-hosted a Vermont radio show.

Crystal L'Hôte, associate professor of philosophy, along with faculty colleagues Patrick Standen (also philosophy) and Trevian Stanger (environmental studies faculty), contributed to a robust Saint Michael’s presence during Public Philosophy Week (April 30-May 5), an informally organized week of events by area philosophy scholars and enthusiasts billed as “A wonderful week of stimulating discussions and spirited debate.” The Saint Michael’s professors helped lead discussions at different Burlington venues during the week.

Mark Lubkowitz, professor of biology, in March attended the 60th Annual Maize Genetics Conference in St. Malo, France, to present research with three students for part of a week. The title of their poster was “Elucidating the transcriptional regulatory network controlling SUT and SWEET genes in maize.” They also visited St. Michel and saw the chapel dedicated to the Edmundites.

Will Marquess, instructor of English, who has been involved with the Onion River Review, the annual campus literary/arts journal,  since his first year at the College in 1984-85, presided on April 5 in the Hoehl Welcome Center over his last springtime “launch” party for the Review’s latest edition. Tim Mackin of the Writing Center, will take over Will’s position as the Review adviser next year.

Declan McCabe, associate professor and chair of biology, continues to write a regular nature column appearing periodically in Northern Woodlands Magazine and several Vermont newspapers. He also made a presentation at the annual conference of the Society for Freshwater Science in Detroit in spring 2018.

Molly Millwood, associate professor of psychology, is also an accomplished singer-songwriter who earned praise from Seven Days reviewer Amelia Devoid in December for a debut album release. Devoid wrote, “With expertise in trauma and PTSD, as well as marriage and relationships, she is a scholar of human sensitivity. This insight into deep human experience gives her powerful songwriting ability. On her debut album, Home, Millwood crafts folk and country tunes with intense honesty and brave emotional vulnerability.”

James Nagle, associate professor in education, as co-editor with Penny Bishop of University of Vermont, has published the themed issue “Technology for Learning in the Middle Grades” in the Middle Grades Review.  They have co-edited the journal since its inception in 2015. It provides a forum for critical perspectives in middle grades education. It is a peer-reviewed, multi-media venue for scholars and practitioners on issues in democratic education, innovation, and social justice in relation to middle grades education and early adolescence.

Tara Natarajan, professor and chair of economics at Saint Michael's, edited a Special Issue of the Forum for Social Economics (Vol 47. No.1), a journal of the Association for Social Economics published by Routledge, and her introductory article leads the issue. Earlier this year she had an article published in the Review of Keynesian Economics (ROKE), a major publication in her field. Her article was titled: “Enriching undergraduate economics: curricular and pedagogical integration of heterodox approaches from within.”

Alicia Norris, new instructor of business administration and accounting, taught Spring Semester 2018 courses in Managerial Accounting and one section of Cost Management. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Vermont.  Her undergraduate degree was in economics from Metropolitan State University in Denver, CO.  She has more than 20 years of professional experience and countless hours of educating people in many different roles, including corporate training and college classes.

Paul Olsen, associate professor of business administration/accounting, recently presented a critical incident case and teaching note, coauthored with Connor Duffy ’18, at the MBAA International Conference in Chicago, Illinois. He also received the Faculty of the Year award from the Saint Michael’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and the Rev. Marcel Rainville ’67 Service to St. Mike’s Hockey Award. In December 2017 he presented at the Vermont Internship Professionals Network annual meeting in White River Junction.

John O’Meara, professor of physics, in early June returned from Japan where he gave five invited talks; John also learned last June (2017) from the  Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Maryland that 5 of 11 international team-science proposals that he is a part of – proposals requiring highly prized Hubble observation time -- had been granted as part of the telescope’s 25th, near-annual observational “Cycle” that is presently ongoing. Funding to analyze the data is part of it. In December John presented a lecture for the Environmental & Health Science Speaker Series on the atomic history of the universe at Johnson State.

Jeremiah O’Neill, now an HVAC technician for the College’s Technical Trades office, recently switched departments from Public Safety to HVAC.

Eileen O'Rourke '83 in August starts work as the College’s vice president of human resources. She has more 30 years of experience in Human Resources: since 2007 as the Executive Director of Human Resources at The Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington, Previously she founded HR 4Sight to provide local businesses with human resource expertise, business strategy and health insurances needs. She also held top HR positions with Bombardier Capital and with The Penn Traffic Company before that. She has an MBA from Lemoyne College.

Susan Ouellette, professor of history and American studies, spoke May 20, 2018 in Ferrisburgh, VT, at the Rokeby Museum to open its 2018 special program series and season. Her topic was her recently published book, An Extraordinary Ordinary Woman. Earlier she appeared on a VPR podcast exploring the history of French Canadian immigration in Vermont. She also was quoted in an April Boston Globe column on women in Vermont political history; was a judge at Vermont History Day, and a presenter/panelist at a regional history conference.

Eva Pascal, instructor of religious studies, on February 1, 2018 gave an invited lecture at the Southeast Asia Program Gatty Lecture Series, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY entitled: “Religious Like Us’: Southeast Asia in Early Modern Missionary Constructions of Buddhism.”  In April she became Vice President of the New England-Canadian Maritimes Region of the American Academy of Religion (NEEMAR).

Ray Patterson, associate professor and chair of religious studies, recently succeeded Dave Landers as the Saint Michael’s College Faculty Athletics Representative. Also in 2017, Ray received the inaugural Northeast-10 Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Faculty Mentor Award, the Dr. Dave Landers Faculty Member of the Year Award from the Saint Michael's SAAC, and the College's Reverend Gerald E. Dupont Award.

Karen Popovich, associate professor of business administration and accounting, on May 9, joined business faculty colleague Alicia Norris and student Benjamin Guilmette at the Vermont CFA Society spring dinner and presentation in Burlington by Michael A. Gayed, CFA, a chief investment strategist from Pension Partners in New York City. 

Jennifer Purcell, associate professor and chair of history, in March formalized her contract with publishing house Bloomsbury for her new book titled Mother of the BBC: Mabel Constanduros and the Development of Popular Entertainment on the BBC, 1925-1957 (May 2019).  Also, Jen been asked by Bloomsbury to be editor of a book series on Mass-Observation, a British social research organization.

Reza Ramazani, professor of economics, published five book reviews in Choice, a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries. Reza also was invited again this year by the University of Colorado, Boulder to be part of eight different panel discussions at 70th Annual Conference on World Affairs (CWA) at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Co. on April 9-13. 

Eric Roy, the College’s MakerSpace technical specialist, last semester started working with a group of students on a “Tactile Storybooks” project for young learners with visual impairment.  Eric also is overseeing an independent study through Education Professor MaryBeth Doyle for a student who is a chemistry teacher at Rice High School in Burlington and also current graduate student at St. Mike’s. He also has a summer student employee he is working with the Big Picture School System in South Burlington to help with their precious plastics recycling system.

Elizabeth Scott, the College archivist on the Durick Library staff, this winter traveled to Vienna, Austria, for a concert and opening of an exhibition on onetime Saint Michael’s College Professor Richard Stöhr at the Archive of the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria, those events commemorating the 50th anniversary of Stöhr’s death.

Joanne Scott, instructor of business administration and accounting, spoke and was honored as the Saint Michael’s Department of Business Administration and Accounting held its 15th Induction Ceremony of the Saint Michael's College chapter of Sigma Beta Delta, the international honor society for business students. She was recognized for 27 years of service and is retiring at year’s end.

Kimoi Seale, assistant dean of students, and Antonia Messuri, assistant dean for academics, spoke early spring semester with Abby Ellin, a reporter for The New York Times, who wrote a feature for the prestigious international daily’s “Learning” section titled “Pop-Ups Offer Classes on Today’s Hot Topics.”  Ellin interviewed St. Mike’s people about their role in offering pop-ups. Kimoi told about teaching the ‘White Privilege’ pop-up class, and Toni about her course focused on Buddhist writings, with a focus on meditation, resilience and grit.

Jonathan Silverman, associate professor and chair of education, in March traveled to Seattle to be recognized as the 2018 Vermont Art Educator of the Year by the Vermont Art Teachers Association and the National Art Education Association. Jonathan was the subject of a prominent feature story appearing in late April in Burlington weekly paper Seven Days, focused on his role as a prolific proponent for the role of art in life and learning. He is retiring at the end of the year.

Patrick Standen, instructor of philosophy, delivered a talk on disability and sport at South Burlington High School's inaugural "Speak Week" on April 19; he spoke on Transhumanism at Champlain College, April 13; delivered a talk for the St. Mike’s Chemistry Department on CRISPR Technology and the 200th Anniversary of Shelley's, "Frankenstein" in February; was active with a Burlington Bikepath accessibility program; and competed as a 16-year veteran hand-cycle entrant in the Vermont City Marathon, being featured by regional media outlets.

Trevien Stanger, professor of environmental studies, will have an essay appearing in a new collection on spiritual ecology.  The book, entitled Order of the Sacred Earth, is a project initiated by celebrated theologian Mathew Fox and is thought of as an accompaniment to a larger project. Trevien’s contribution, entitled “Tree Planter,” reflects on his experiences planting hundreds of thousands of trees throughout the Champlain Basin and then articulates his passion for stream restoration as a way to discover and nourish “the ecological self." 

Moise St. Louis, associate dean of students and director of multicultural student services, led a MOVE Service Trip to the Dominican Republic this spring, before presenting at two March conferences: at University of Vermont, and as headliner of The 2018 Greater Burlington Annual Diversity Conference at the Hilton, where he also was a panelist Both conferences dealt with issues diversity, politics, racial inclusion and white supremacy. Moise also was quoted in a feature in Seven Days about a Tibetan man who Moise befriended, admired and helped.

Jerry Swope, associate professor of Media Studies, Journalism and Digital Arts, had seven photographs published in the Spring 2018 issue of Vermont Life magazine for a story on Champlain College. In addition to his teaching, Jerry is a widely published professional photographer including assignments for the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, the latter of which used his photos to illustrate a piece about the recent Winter Olympics.

Brosh Teucher, assistant professor of business administration and accounting, led an academic exercise in his Saint Michael’s management class this past semester that became a popular and effective mentoring program for girls at Burlington’s Mater Christi School in Burlington. A group of six women decided they wanted to serve their community through the assignment, and developed and implemented “Girls In Real Life” (GIRL).

Jeff Vincent, assistant dean of students in the Saint Michael’s Student Life office, recently was appointed the Vermont State Coordinator for the national Association for Student Conduct Administration and will starting that responsibility this month. All leadership appointments are for one-year and eligible for reappointment for a second term based on appointee interest and leadership, and the Association’s needs. ASCA is working on developing several training sessions in coming months to assist new appointees.

Patrick Walsh, associate professor of economics, joined Vt. Labor Commissioner Lindsay Kurrle '93 and others in March for a panel discussion about paid sick leave in Vermont for VPR’s Vermont Edition program. In January he joined a Federal Tax Reform Forum at the Pavilion Auditorium in Montpelier. Tax Commissioner Kaj Samson moderated the panel. In December 2017, Patrick was invited to write a column for the business-news website MoneyInc.com about real-world economics behind the tax bill in Congress then.

Joan Wry, associate professor of English, had a book chapter published: “A Sense of the Material Object: Lydia Sigourney’s Fabric Poems,” in Reconsidering Lydia Sigourney: Critical Essays and Cultural Views. (Amherst: U of Massachusetts Press, May, 2018. 48-67). She also presented a paper in April 2018 at the College English Association Conference in St. Petersburg, FL:  “Whitman’s Bridge into the Future:  ‘Crossing Brooklyn Ferry’ as an Enacted Rite of Passage.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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