This year’s 2019 Rabbi Max B. Wall Lecture at Saint Michael’s College on Thursday, March 14, was by Dov Waxman, Stotsky Professor of Jewish Historical and Cultural Studies at Northeastern University and Professor of Political Science, International Affairs, and Israel Studies. Professor Waxman’s topic for his talk in the Dion Family Student Center Roy Room was “American Jews and Israel: The Dissolution of Consensus.” His lecture was well attended by close to 100 students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the larger Burlington-area Jewish community and other community members.
Peace Corps announced today that Saint Michael’s College ranked No.15 among small-size schools on the agency’s list of top volunteer-producing colleges and universities in 2019. Ten Saint Michael’s alumni currently are volunteering in countries around the world. Saint Michael’s returns to the list of top volunteer-producing colleges after a brief absence. In 2016, Saint Michael’s ranked No. 11 among small schools. Since the Peace Corps’ founding in 1961, almost 200 alumni have served abroad as volunteers. Vermont ranks No. 2 among states with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers per capita, with 43 volunteers currently serving worldwide.
This week the pilot year of the campus-wide maple project really hit its stride. Temperatures warmed and the days lengthened, yet nights remained below freezing, creating the necessary conditions for the maple trees to begin their spring awakening. This phenomenon is the collision of biology, physics, chemistry, natural and cultural history, making it the perfect learning lab for a small liberal arts college in Vermont, says Kristin Achilich '05, academic coordinator for the Campus Farm and Environmental Studies instructor.
The objects that are his focus might be small, but artist Brian Collier’s contribution to a current Fleming Museum exhibit at the University of Vermont is a big moment for the Saint Michael’s College fine arts professor and his growing reputation for creative, awareness-raising experimentation in art-making through a host of media. When Collier heard this past year that Fleming curator Andrea Rosen was ready to move forward on an idea she’d mentioned to him years before -- to assemble a “miniatures” themed exhibit -- he knew that his by-now well-established “Traveling Museum of Very Small Objects,” conceived and launched in 2004 under a different name, was a perfect fit to be part of the larger exhibit. The response of museum patrons in the first three weeks to Collier’s contribution has exceeded his best expectations, Collier said recently about this exhibit, which will be at the Fleming through May.
February 22 was cold but sunny as about 50 people gathered in the Dion Family Student Center Roy Room to hear students from four Vermont colleges and universities pitch business ideas in the fourth annual LaunchVT Collegiate competition. At stake was a $3,000 first prize and $1,000 second prize. Students presented their proposals for startup businesses to a panel of judges consisting of local executives and entrepreneurship educators.