The past Sunday’s Gospel story about the apostles in a boat on a stormy Sea of Galilee is essentially the story of a French religious order’s early decades after its founding 175 years ago – or for that matter, of those founders’ spiritual heirs at a Vermont Catholic college in 2017, suggested the homilist for a historically significant Holy Day celebration at St. Anne’s Shrine in Isle LaMotte Tuesday. “Men of great faith invited by Jesus to come across turbulent waters” is how Very Rev. Stephen Hornat, SSE ’72, the Society of St. Edmund’s superior general, put it during the well-attended late-morning Feast of the Assumption Mass at the Shrine on August 15. It began a year of events to note the 175th anniversary of the Edmundites’ 1843 founding at a humble and ruined former Cistercian Abbey in Pontigny, France by Fathers Jean Baptiste Muard and Pierre Boyer.
Saint Michael's College hosted a group of about 20 high school students, mostly from Boston and New York City high schools, for a three-day residential program July 25-27 focusing on the college application process. The visit was through “College for Every Student” (CFES), a global organization committed to “helping underserved students get to and through college, and ready to enter the 21st century workforce.”
Saint Michael’s College is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2018 edition of its college guide, The Best 382 Colleges, released Tuesday, Aug. 1. Only about fifteen percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two colleges outside the U.S. are profiled. "We chose Saint Michael’s College for this book because it offers outstanding academics,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's Editor-in-Chief and author of The Best 382 Colleges, explaining that interviews with administrators and students drive the selections.
“E-cigarettes initially were developed as a cessation tool for tobacco dependence, but now it appears they are also a tool for introducing young adults to other tobacco products,” says Ari Kirshenbaum of the Saint Michael’s College Psychology Department faculty, who has received a $365,865 grant from the National Institutes of Health to support his research on the abuse potential of E-cigarettes in young adults.