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Monday, November 19
Missa Sax

African Mass performance in Chapel unique

A performance of “Missa Luba, a Mass in Congolese Style” on Sunday, November 18 in the Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel was “genuinely historically unique,” says Nathaniel Lew of the Saint Michael’s Fine Arts/Music faculty. “Nobody has ever done this piece this way,” says Lew, who joined about 100 other audience members to hear singers from Saint Michael’s, NVU-Johnson, Middlebury and Castleton University perform the popular 60-year-old African Mass alongside the innovative world jazz ensemble blood drum spirit.

Author speaks about water crisis in U.S. Southwest

Melissa L. Sevigny is the author of two nonfiction books, Mythical River: Chasing the mirage of new water in the American Southwest and Under Desert Skies: How Tucson mapped the way to the moon and planets. On November 5, Saint Michael’s College students had the honor of hearing her speak in the Farrell Room about her first novel Mythical River.

Wednesday, November 14
Rathgebs and Peter

Tributes flow at news of theater lion Rathgeb's passing

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.

Tuesday, November 13
Lorrie Smith

Smith of English faculty to be acting dean

 Lorrie Smith of the Saint Michael’s College English faculty has been appointed by President Lorraine Sterritt to serve as Acting Dean for the balance of this academic year and into the first part of the summer. Jeffrey Trumbower, interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, told faculty in a communication Tuesday that Smith was recommended to him and the President by members of the Faculty Executive Committee, who interviewed all the candidates.

Tortolano portrait

Tortolano plans seasonal sing-along concerts

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.

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