“It may not feel the same to visit Paris without Notre-Dame the way it was,” said Edmundite Fr. Marcel Rainville ’67, who has led numerous heritage tours to France exploring the French Catholic roots of Saint Michael’s College’s founding religious order to which he belongs. Fr. Rainville’s impressions, shared Tuesday morning a day after a catastrophic fire damaged much (but mercifully not all) of the famous Parisian landmark, reflected the thoughts of many other Saint Michael’s community members with meaningful memories of Notre Dame Cathedral.
Vermont’s Republican Gov. Phil Scott told a well-attended “town hall meeting” on the Saint Michael’s College campus the afternoon of Monday, April 8, that “we can make Vermont more prosperous by attracting more taxpayers.” The Saint Michael’s College Business Society and the College’s chapter of Young Americans for Freedom sponsored this campus event with the governor. Those groups’ adviser Robert Letovsky of the College’s business faculty assisted the coordination. The focus of the packed meeting in the College science building’s largest lecture-hall was the Governor’s efforts to encourage more young adults to live and work in Vermont.
A team composed of Saint Michael's College students, accompanied by Professors Robert Letovsky and Karen Popovich of the Department of Business Administration & Accounting, on March 1, 2019, competed in the 7th annual “Free Enterprise Marathon” (FEM) held at the State University of New York in Plattsburgh, taking home an $800 fourth place prize. This year’s event, again sponsored by the Charles Koch Foundation, boasted its largest field ever with 13 colleges and universities from New York, Vermont and New Hampshire sending student teams. Cash prizes were awarded for the best individual short speeches on an assigned topic related to entrepreneurship, and for best ideas in the “Team Creativity and Innovation Challenge.”
David Radcliffe, director of the New Community Project, led a discussion at Saint Michael’s College Wednesday evening, April 3, in the Roy Event Center of the Dion Family Student Center centered on environmental concerns and how we can take better care of our planet. The New Community Project is relatively new nonprofit organization, founded in 2015 and located in Starksboro, Vermont. The project is “committed to the creation of sustainable systems that care for the earth, empower people most marginalized and impoverished, educate and inspire, and built the foundation for a nonviolent lifestyle.”