Saint Michael's College has been invited to join the 30 founding members from the nation’s most respected colleges and universities in a new initiative to substantially expand the number of talented low- and moderate-income students at America’s top-performing undergraduate institutions with the highest graduation rates. The American Talent Initiative (ATI), supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, brings together a diverse set of public and private institutions united in this common goal.
Vermont college students, faculty, and staff gathered on Friday, April 7, 2017 at the Community College of Vermont's Montpelier Campus to celebrate individual contributions and the collective impact of higher education in service to Vermont. Saint Michael’s College honorees at the event included two students (D. Sydney Rybicki and Erin Buckley), two faculty/staff members (Moise St. Louis and Allison Cleary) and one local organization who has been a long-time partner for community-engaged learning coursework (St. Joseph's Residential Care Home).
Last week Saint Michael’s College and Bee Campus USA announced that Saint Michael’s was the 23rd educational institution in the nation to be certified as an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program, designed to marshal the strengths of educational campuses for the benefit of pollinators.
For the fourth year in a row, a Saint Michael’s College student is the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright award to support extended and intensive international scholarship in the coming year. Stephanie Lewis, who expects to complete the College’s graduate education program this May and is a 2014 Saint Michael’s graduate with an English major and minors in secondary education and gender studies, recently learned she will be a Fulbright Fellow to Greece with an English teaching assistantship through the Hellenic-American Educational Foundation in Athens, where she will work alongside 11 other Fulbright recipients at an urban high school.
With its focus on politically, socially or economically “conservative” voices among the Saint Michael’s community, Tuesday evening’s panel discussion in the Dion Family Student Center Roy Room represented vital values of democracy and community, the opening speakers suggested. “It’s important for us to create a space for conversations that is not exclusive, but is inclusive,” said Moise St. Louis, associate dean of students/director of multicultural student services, whose initiatives this year have assured ongoing dialogue on issues like privilege, race and power.