Burlington College Closes- What To Do Next

Posted by Coralee Holm, Dean of Operations and Advancement

May 25, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Burlington College Closes Academic Programs

Burlington College released the following press release on Monday, May 16th:

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Topics: Campus

Pop-Up Gallery: Audrey Crouse’s Degree Project

Posted by Madi Pajerowski

May 17, 2016 12:50:32 PM

April 21, 2016, was not a typical Thursday at Marco’s Pizza on Williston Road. That evening, Marco’s became a pop-up gallery for Burlington College artists. Paintings and photos lined the walls of the pizza parlor as students played guitar and sang in the small performance area set up at the front of the shop. Patrons browsed the art and listened to music while eating their slices. After some performances, a raffle was drawn, and prizes ranging from BC apparel to a cruise on Lake Champlain were awarded.

The pop-up event was planned and hosted entirely by senior Audrey Crouse as a part of her Degree Project. She graduated on May 14th as an individualized major with a degree in Event Management and Media Production. For her project, Audrey wanted to plan a community event, and chose an art show featuring the work of fellow Burlington College students, such as Tim Morris and Everett Renderer. Giving exposure to her fellow graduates was central to what Audrey sought to accomplish. With the help of Professor Jen Colman, Audrey pulled off an evening of art, music, and pizza that reached the BC community and beyond.

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Topics: Alumni, Fine Arts, Events, Student Life

Founder Dr. Steward LaCasce to Speak at Commencement

Posted by Kelsey Evans

May 10, 2016 10:44:30 AM

As the 35th Burlington College Commencement approaches, the school is naturally abuzz with busy faculty, frazzled students and lots of plans for graduation festivities.
This year, the BC community is in for a rare honor as founder Dr. Steward LaCasce returns to campus to address the class of 2016 as they step away from their undergraduate careers and forge ahead into futures as creatives, academics and compassionate citizens. As founder and president of BC for 22 years, LaCasce is intimately familiar with the scene of beaming graduates in cap and gown, sniffling parents and proud teachers. Indeed, as has been passed down in popular anecdote to this day, the first graduates of BC attended class right in LaCasce's living room.
LaCasce was born into a family of educators. His father served as principle and his mother in administration at Freyburg Academy in Maine. His sister went on to found the Pine Ridge School for students with learning disabilities, in Williston, VT and his brother became a professor of physics at Bowdoin College. Steward himself obtained an undergrad from Bowdoin, then continued on to a PhD in English Literature from Columbia University, teaching at both Rutgers and Boston University while pursuing his degree. He began to experiment in the classroom with different teaching styles, including limiting the focus on letter grades, and encouraging students to actively participate in their local communities. In doing so, Steward began to develop his own ideas about effective, meaningful, and community-oriented education.
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Topics: Alumni, Communiversity, Graduation

Looking Forward, Looking Back: Mikayla Johnson Graduates

Posted by Michelle Carbino and Madi Pajerowski

May 3, 2016 4:30:00 PM

Mikayla Johnson is getting ready for some big changes. After four years at BC, she will be graduating with a degree in Expressive Arts in just a few weeks. She has spent the past two semesters working on her Degree Project, a study on the meaning of dreams through a research paper and four art pieces: a sound installation, a painting, a sculpture, and a multimedia collage.

As her final semester winds down, Mikayla doesn’t have much energy for anything besides perfecting her project, but she did spare some time to reflect on her college experience and tell us her plans for the future. We caught up with Mikayla in her studio which gave us the opportunity to watch her paint.

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Topics: Fine Arts, Student Profile, Graduation

Marchelle Mixson: Living Her Best Life, Living the Dream

Posted by Madi Pajerowski

Apr 21, 2016 2:41:58 PM

Any college student approaches graduation with fears of not finding a “real job” after getting that diploma. Finding a job that is related to your degree, pays well, and excites your passions can seem like the stuff of legend. When I’m feeling particularly overwhelmed, it always helps to talk to someone who can relate and offer a glimmer of hope. This past weekend, I sat down with my friend, the gainfully employed alumna, Marchelle Mixson, Burlington College, class of 2015.

A transfer from Green Mountain College, Marchelle spent her last three semesters at BC, and graduated with a degree in Expressive Arts. Our conversation over dinner at Duino Duende ranged from Marchelle’s current jobs (she has three) to her plans for grad school, and of course how great it feels not to have homework.

Only about a month after graduation, she was hired at the ONE Arts Center as their Children’s Education Coordinator. When asked if she felt she had a job in her field, Marchelle modestly replied with a nod saying, “Yeah I think I do. I wouldn’t have expected it to happen this soon, but it’s cool.” In addition to working at ONE, Marchelle is also employed at the Howard Center and Lund Family Center. Though her jobs are different, the three organizations are similar in their missions to build communities and empower individuals.

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Topics: Alumni, Burlington


Posted by Michelle Carbino

Apr 19, 2016 10:37:26 AM

A couple months ago, while working at Trader Joe’s, junior Tyler Santor was asked to design some large signs for the store. During the process, he realized that all the techniques he was using were ones that faculty member Dana Heffern taught him. “I wouldn’t have known how to do it if Dana never taught me how,” Tyler explained.  A Graphic Design Major, he has worked very closely with Dana since he started at Burlington College.

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Topics: Graphic Design, Campus, Fine Arts

Study Abroad: Building Community in Vietnam

Posted by Madi Pajerowski

Apr 14, 2016 1:47:38 PM

On December 1, 2015, Alexandra Slivinsky ’16 embarked on an unforgettable journey to Vietnam. For two weeks, Alexandra travelled across the country with the organization Soldier’s Heart. Along with several Vietnam veterans, fellow BC student Jack Reidy, and program leaders, Ed Tick and Kate Dahlstedt, Alex traversed air and sea for two days to reach Ho Chi Minh City. Although she was in a country she had never visited before, the streets of Ho Chi Minh felt familiar to her. After a few nights of city living, she and the other travelers ventured into more rural and unfamiliar parts of the countryside. Traveling through Southern and then Northern Vietnam was a new and exciting experience in and of itself, but the service work she did with Soldier’s Heart was what turned a two-week trip to a foreign land into the experience of a lifetime.

Soldier’s Heart was founded in 2006 by Edward Tick, a psychotherapist who specializes in helping veterans with PTSD to “tend the invisible wounds of war”. Professor of psychology and department chair Piers Kaniuka says, "For over thirty
years, Ed has devoted himself to the healing  of our wounded warriors. The significance of his work cannot be overstated. His approach has much to teach us about the value of community, storytelling, and ritual in the healing of trauma." Since 2000, Dr. Tick has traveled with veterans back to Vietnam as a way of simultaneously healing American vets and Vietnamese people.

Burlington College students, such as Alexandra and Jack, were invited to the 2015 trip when Ed discussed the effects of the Vietnam War on soldiers in the Spring 2014 class War and the Soul. Alexandra and Jack immediately knew that they wanted to go. For Alex the prospect of service work with vets suffering from PTSD in Vietnam perfectly fit into her degree in Transpersonal Psychology as well as her desire to study abroad. After months of planning and preparation, she was ready for departure.

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Topics: Transpersonal Psychology, Travel+Learn, Vietnam

Gregarious: A Profile of Greg Litchfield

Posted by Michelle Carbino

Apr 11, 2016 3:12:28 PM

You always hear him before you see him: the voice around the corner, the laughter echoing in the stairwell. You open your email and there’s a message from him about the Student Government Association or an upcoming student activity.

This is Greg Litchfield, Dean of Student Affairs. Right after being accepted to the college and meeting the admissions people, you meet Greg. He shows you around campus, helps you find housing, and even takes you to the doctor if you’re sick and need a ride. You could say he’s kind of a second dad. Most of us see him every day, but how many of us have actually gotten to know him? He loves working around young adults and has been working at Burlington College for 6 ½ years, but has actually been in student services for the past sixteen. Junior Maddie Pajerowski says, “Greg is super friendly. He’s always interested in the students at the college. He was the first one I saw when I came here.”  

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Topics: Campus, Admissions, Student Life

Just Do It: The Conole Story

Posted by Michelle Carbino

Mar 24, 2016 4:00:00 PM

On Tuesday, February 23rd, the college held its first “Halfway There Event,” when students who have earned 60 credits or more were recognized for their progress. Chris Conole, one of two student speakers, explained that he had been interested in film ever since middle school but was hesitant to study film in college. The problem was that he comes from a family full of scientists and engineers. When he first mentioned his possible interest to his mom, she reacted as if he had told her he was ill, and she wanted a second opinion. Despite the skepticism, he kept making films with his friends.

“My very first interest in film came when I got my first camcorder and opted to do short films instead of writing papers for my school projects,” Conole explained. (It’s worth noting that everyone calls him by his last name and pronounces it like the Italian pastry. He’s that kind of guy.) As he practiced filming and editing videos, his family finally became curious about his work and then supportive as he applied to the Film+Media program at Burlington College.

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Topics: Awards, Film, Events, Student Profile

Burlington Celebrates International Women's Day

Posted by Kelsey Evans

Mar 22, 2016 4:30:00 PM

Last week marked the annual observance of International Women's Day and the city of Burlington celebrated March 12th with a gathering at the Kings Street Center sponsored by the Burlington College Institute for Civic Engagement, the Caroline Fund, The Laura Kate Winterbottom Memorial Fund, the Zonta Club of Burlington, Hope Works, the City of Burlington, and the Peace and Justice Center. 

First observed in the United States in 1909, Women's Day arose during the labor struggles of the early 20th century. The first designated National Women's day was put forth by the Socialist Party of America in honor of a strike of women New York garment workers against their working conditions.
By 1911, International Women's Day was officially marked in northern europe, where more than one million men and women rallied in support of a woman's right to vote, hold public office, obtain vocational training and called for an end to discrimination on the job. At the breakout of World War I, women in Europe and Russia used International Women's day to protest the war and join in solidarity with other activists across the continent.
However it was not until 1975 - after six decades of struggles and triumphs that Women's Day was celebrated by the United Nations, launching official recognition of the rights of women and the struggle for gender equality across the globe.
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Topics: Community Engagement, Legal and Justice Studies, Burlington

Burlington College is a small, creative, private liberal arts institution located in Burlington, Vermont on the shore of Lake Champlain. The College has been recognized as having the most free-spirited students in one of the healthiest states in the country.

The College offers Associate, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, as well as an Individualized Masters degree program, and several professional certificate programs.

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