When Donald Rathgeb retired in 1997 after 35 years of teaching drama, directing plays and shaping a prominent summer Playhouse on campus, his Fine Arts colleague Paul LeClair told a reporter that Rathgeb represented “the beginning, flowering and reality of theater here at Saint Michael’s College.” Donald Andrew Rathgeb, Sr., 87, of Richmond, VT (formally of Essex Junction, VT and Rye, NY) died peacefully, on Sunday, November 11, 2018 surrounded by his loving family after a long, wonderful life, according to his obituary in Wednesday’s Burlington Free Press.
All in one concert, 17 Christmas and seasonal carols will be presented in a community sing-a-long at Saint Michael's College Chapel on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 3 p.m. Organist and music director is William Tortolano, professor emeritus of fine arts and music at Saint Michael's College. His solo organ concert career included performances at Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, and Cathedrals in London, Glasgow and New York City. Tortolano says he felt that it was seldom that people had the opportunity to give their voices in song with a great variety of carols in one session.
Saint Michael’s College student Bethany Garrow, a sophomore business major from Rutland Town, VT, was crowned Miss Vermont USA 2019 on Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe.The daughter of G.J. and Jennifer Garrow, Bethany won the title after engaging in a personal interview with a qualified selection committee and in swimwear, evening gown, and on-stage question phases of competition. Nine other contestants vied for the title. Garrow will compete in 2019 in the Miss USA national competition, broadcast live on Fox, with the date and competition location to be determined. She will be advocating for her personal platform regarding the importance of mental health in teenagers and adolescents and how dance can benefit mental wellness.