Six students studying business and accounting in the Saint Michael’s College Accelerated Summer College (ASC) traveled with their Professor Karen Popovich to Lyndon State College in Lyndon on Tuesday, June 26, to take the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Excel 2016 Core Certification.
Saint Michael’s College’s new President Lorraine Sterritt has spent much of her initial time on the job touring campus, meeting students, staff, and faculty, and truly getting to know her new community. “We’re neighbors,” she joked with Fire and Rescue staff and volunteers on Wednesday afternoon when she arrived with her husband, Bert Lain, for a tour of the facilities. It was a mix of fun, games, and business as the firehouse was alive with both laughter and serious conversation.
The Very Rev. David Cray, SSE, a Boston native and 1968 Saint Michael’s College graduate who has ministered in Canada, Europe and the American South until coming to Vermont in 2003 to be pastor at Catholic parishes in Hinesburg and Charlotte, VT, was elected July 12 to be the new Superior General of The Society of Saint Edmund, founding religious order of Saint Michael’s. He succeeds the Rev. Stephen Hornat as superior general. Fr. Hornat, who served a four-year term, likely will continue as pastor of St. Stephen Church in Winooski as he has done during his term as superior general. The Edmundites held their Generalate meeting, which happens every four years, from Monday through Thursday, July 9-12 on the Saint Michael’s campus, voting on new leadership and tending to other business.
Saint Michael’s College’s new online networking and mentoring tool, called “SMC Connect,” on Thursday, July 12 surpassed the 1,000th new user since launching the week of Commencement, according to Angela Armour’99 M’09, director of alumni engagement for the Career Education and Alumni Engagement Center.
Against all probability, Lance Reynolds, a serious baseball fan, aspiring sportswriter and Saint Michael’s College cross-country runner, found himself in Tanzania this past spring semester, exploring the personal-development possibilities of soccer, and of taking chances. The rising senior student-journalist from Mansfield, MA, might tell you those words “found himself” describe substantial personal growth and perseverance that go way beyond simply landing geographically late this past January in the chiefly soccer-loving southeastern African nation, to undertake -- of all things, given his background -- a wildlife conservation/political ecology program through the School for International Training. Somehow, he parlayed the opportunity into an independent study project on Tanzanian soccer academies’ major impact on child development among mostly economically challenged youth.