Looking Forward, Looking Back: Mikayla Johnson Graduates

Posted by Michelle Carbino

May 3, 2016 4:30:00 AM

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

The Importance of Community Sponsored Scholarships

Posted by Kelsey Evans

Mar 21, 2016 8:24:45 AM

With the end of Spring term visible on the horizon, many students are getting excited for their summer plans, but for those freshmen, sophomores or juniors, then it's also time to consider financial aid for the next academic year.

Types of Financial Aid

First and foremost: the FAFSA. Check out our blog post to learn more about applying Federal Aid, and if you are a student, and haven't yet, do it soon! Submitting your FAFSA in a timely manner means you may be eligible for more financial awards including grants, loans and workstudy.
Once the FAFSA is submitted, it is time to think about applying to local or college-offered scholarships. Often underappreciated by the student body, scholarships are a fantastic resource for students, and not just for those with 4.0 GPAs! In addition to the college-sponsored awards, many scholarships are created by families and businesses in the community and are focused towards lending a helping hand to promising individuals from many walks of life who are committed to a cause or in pursuing higher education in selected fields. 

A Shining Example: The Conway/Vance Scholarship

Burlington College is fortunate to have a strong and supportive community of scholarship donors who have ensured that our students are able to fund their education with over $400,000 in aid awarded each year. These special individuals, families, trusts, and businesses often have a history behind their motivation to give to BC students and are personally invested in seeing award recipients succeed in their educational careers and beyond.
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Topics: Awards

Actively Disengaging Walk #5: Downtown Typography Hunt

Posted by Robert C. Kirk, Creative Director

Mar 18, 2016 4:48:11 PM

AllThis is the fifth and final in a series of blog posts where I model something I encourage my graphic design students to do — actively disengage during the design process. Doing this gives them a break from the problem at hand and I maintain it really helps stimulate some creative thinking. This led me to the idea of writing about five “actively disengaging” walks I have taken near the shores of Lake Champlain where Burlington College is located.

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Topics: Graphic Design, Burlington

Art Beats: Burlington College Takes Over First Friday

Posted by Michelle Carbino and Madi Pajerowski

Mar 8, 2016 5:00:00 PM

The First Friday in February, a night when many artists exhibit all over town, was a busy night for four artists from Burlington College: Mikayla Johnson, Kacie Cotter-Sacala, Dana Heffern, and Rebecca Weisman.

We started our tour des arts downtown at the New Moon Café, where senior Mikayla Johnson was presenting her first solo art show. The large cavernous back room was softly lit, and Mikayla’s large vibrant paintings filled a long wall made of unfinished boards. Beneath the paintings, people filled the tables while they drank tea and worked on their laptops. Friends and family members came to enjoy her show, leaning across customers for a better look.

When asked how she felt to have her own art show, Mikayla said, “Weird. I’m not used to seeing all of my paintings side by side because they weren’t meant to be next to each other. But it’s cool. I like it… It was also unexpected because Dana just called me up before winter break and was like ‘we got you a showing for your artwork’ and I was so excited and nervous because I’ve never had my own show before.”

Mikayla has been working on most of these pieces over the last year. She combines figuration with bold colors that are full of energy; even the landscape from Mount Philo was fluid and full of motion. There were a total of 7 paintings and each one told a different story.

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Topics: Alumni, Fine Arts, Events, Student Profile, 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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