The Vermont-debut of the International Fly Fishing Film Festival to benefit Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing was on March 13, 2018 on the Saint Michael’s College campus in the McCarthy Arts Center. This event was sponsored by The Green Mountain Program of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) and served a benefit for the local PHWFF program, which serves injured and disabled military service personnel and disabled veterans in the greater Burlington, Vermont area and conducts year-round fly fishing activities. The Vermont debut was sponsored in part by Saint Michael’s College, Saint Michael’s College Military Community Services Office, Saint Michael’s College Student Veterans of America chapter and Central Vermont Trout Unlimited Chapter #138. Those present from the Saint Michael’s community – military community leaders active in Tuesday’s and other Project Healing Waters events -- were Chris Boutin, a student-veteran who helps run the campus chapter of SVA (Student Veterans of America) and largely has been responsible for arranging the festival and many other such gatherings hosted on campus; and Ken O’Connell, coordinator of military community services.
Vermont CARES – a statewide group that “works for and with Vermonters affected by HIV/AIDS to promote well-being through a continuum of prevention, support, and advocacy services”-- is the recipient of a $10,000 grant through the “Fix it With Five” program, funded and administered by Saint Michael’s students.
“Judaism is hard,” and most authentically thrives only in community, posited Mark Oppenheimer, the popular journalist who was Thursday evening’s guest speaker for the annual Rabbi Max B. Wall Lecture at Saint Michael’s College. Oppenheimer is a writer/speaker/teacher with a reputation for being “eclectic, insightful and prolific,” according to his introducer, Herb Kessel of the College’s economic faculty. Speaking to about 75 people in the Dion Family Student Center Roy Room, Oppenheimer suggested with abundant humor, warmth and passion that 100 years from now, Judaism might find itself viewed in three basic categories that he explained to his audience.
A team composed of five Saint Michael's College students, accompanied by Professor Robert Letovsky of the Department of Business Administration & Accounting, competed in the 6th annual “Free Enterprise Marathon” (FEM) held at the State University of New York on March 2, 2018. As in past years, the team earned cash prizes in both the individual and team events.
The impressive budding tech and business career of Thomas Dickerson ’13, a Saint Michael’s College computer science/mathematics/physics graduate, marched on when the current master's-doctorate student in computer science at Brown University brought his shared startup idea called “GeoPipe” to “Student Startup Madness” at the SXSW event in Austin, Texas, March 9-18 -- and won!
The prize was announced and presented Monday night, March 12 in Austin. Last spring, Dickerson and his Geopipe business partner, Christopher Mitchell, won a $300,000 competition at New York University promoting the same startup. Dickerson explained what Geopipe does: “We automatically generate city-scale (and up) virtual 3D models of the real world to improve the lives of architects, video game designers, and anyone else who wants to work with the real world in a virtual environment,” he said this week.