Breakfast celebrates College’s community partnerships

May 13, 2016

Several members of the Saint Michael’s community and partners from the wider community were honored during the Community Partner Appreciation and Awards Breakfast celebrated on May 5, 2016 in the Roy Room of Dion Family Student Center

The event is designed to celebrate the many nonprofit partnerships who offer Saint Michael’s students volunteer, civic engagement, and internship opportunities.  More than 65 community members, faculty, administrators, and students attended.

Rachel Sanborn ’16 gave the welcome address.  During her time at Saint Michael’s as a sociology major, she has participated in several community-engaged learning courses, a multi-semester internship at the United Way of Northwest Vermont, and served on the Extended Service committee through MOVE.  She spoke about how all three activities have profoundly influenced her learning both inside and outside of the classroom, teaching her professional skills, data analysis, and the value of collaboration within the community to solve problems.

Five individuals received Community Engagement Awards, designed to recognize those who are committed to nurturing partnerships between the community and Saint Michael’s College. “Our partnerships are in service to the common good, uphold our commitment to social justice, and inspire active citizenship,” said Joan Wagner, director, Center for Community-Engaged Learning and coordinator, Experiential Learning. “They enable students, staff, and faculty alike to learn from and build valuable relationships with the community. These awards acknowledge that campus-community partnerships are collaborative and that it takes many individuals in varying roles to strengthen communities and bring about change.”

The award winners included:


Mary Beth Doyle

Professor of Education


Women Helping Battered Women

Emily Fredette and Janice Santiago


Celina “Cece” Horbat, Class of 2016

Brody Jarvis, Class of 2016

Doyle and Horbat also were recognized for their exemplary service and partnership at the statewide Vermont Campus Compact event on April 19 at Vermont Technical College:.Doyle for the way her courses bring students into direct engagement in the community, and CeCe for her major role in extended service missions as a student.

Nonprofit partnerships recognized at the breakfast were (*In attendance):

1% for the Planet


350 Vermont


All Breeds Rescue

Cause for Paws (MOVE)

American Red Cross*

Special Events (MOVE), Internships

Boys and Girls Club of Burlington*

After School Games (MOVE) and CEL courses: Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom,

Critical Perspectives of Service, and First-Year Seminars

Burlington City Arts


Champlain Community Services

Best Buddies (MOVE)

Champlain Orchards

Special Events (MOVE)

Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility

Correctional Volleyball (MOVE)

Community College of Vermont*

CEL course: Anthropology of Refugees

COTS (Committee on Temporary Shelter)* and Canal Street Veteran’s Home

Family Friends and C.O.O.K. n’ Food (MOVE)

Crow’s Path


Dismas House of VT

C.O.O.K. n’ Food (MOVE)

DREAM Program—Franklin Square Community*


ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center


Ethan Allen Residence


Green Mountain Animal Defenders


Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity and ReStore*

SMC Habitat for Humanity (MOVE)

Keeping Track


King Street Center*

CEL courses: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology and Applied Anthropology

Lund Family CenterFlowers at Breakfast

Lund (MOVE)

Migrant Justice

SMC Juntos (MOVE)

Peace & Justice Center*


Pillsbury Senior Facility

Senior Citizen Games (MOVE)

Rock Point School*

Special Events (MOVE)

Ronald McDonald House

C.O.O.K. n’ Food (MOVE)

Shelburne Museum*


Special Olympics Vermont*


St. Francis Xavier School

CEL course: Peace & Justice First-Year Seminars

St. Joseph’s Residential Care Home*

CEL courses: Ethics and Otherness & Marginalization

St. Michael’s College Office of Sustainability and Permaculture Site*

Outdoor Volunteer Efforts (MOVE)

Stowe Area Association


United Way of Chittenden County*

Internships and CEL Course, Research Methodology

Vermont Goat Collaborative

Special Events (MOVE)

Vermont Ibutwa Initiative*


Vermont Military Museum and Library*


Vermont PBS*


Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program*


Visiting Nurse Association


Winooski School District*

Middle School Mentors, International Outreach, Little Brother/Little Sister, CEL Peace & Justice courses

Women Helping Battered Women*

Baked Love (MOVE), Internships, and CEL Course:  Marketing

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