Coralee Holm, Director of Community & Alumni Relations

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Abject Frontier, A Pop-Up Exhibition on May 8th

Posted by Coralee Holm, Director of Community & Alumni Relations

May 1, 2015 9:45:43 AM

On Friday, May 8th from 1-4 p.m., Burlington College student Abbey Meaker '15 will be presenting "Abject Frontier" as part of the culmination of her degree work at Burlington College.

Meaker says of the project, "I have spent the last two years exploring and, in many ways, absorbing the now-vacant building, which was once called Saint Joseph’s Providence Orphan Asylum and Hospital." The orphanage was previously home to those two her grandfather and great-uncle, two destitute family members that though she never met, she "remembers vague stories of mysterious and sometimes malevolent robed nuns."

One of the first social institutions in Vermont, Saint Joseph’s opened in 1884 and was overseen by the Sisters of Providence. At one time, it housed as many as 200 children. The photographs Meaker has taken within the hollowed-out, once-hallowed space have gone through several incarnations and discoveries, "each presenting a different shade of inquiry regarding my personal history and revealing a larger context: the nature of an isolated/insulated life within religious communities of women. It grew clear that the women who oversaw the orphanage and its occupants were confined to the space as steadfastly as the helpless orphans had been, bound by solemn vows."


In researching the history of the orphan asylum, Meaker found one portrait of a woman presumed to have been a member of the Sisters of Providence. "Sister Jane Doe was sitting at a desk in what was once the designated sewing room; the desk sits there now covered in dust. Rather than an archetype of spirituality, she seems to represent a persistent image of woman as other, abject, and inert. I culled several other portraits of anonymous nuns, many who worked for other Catholic institutions in Burlington, Vermont, and brought them into the abandoned orphanage. Projecting these images within various rooms on the second floor, where documentation states the sisters resided, I was able to rearticulate those images I had created in my mind many years before, now through a wiser aperture of memory," says Meaker.

An otherness emerged within each portrait, a sense that seemed to highlight the sisters’ holiness and their monstrous nature. They were robed in rigid black and white. "Time had dulled them into a safe anonymity. What had begun as an attempt at knowing Arthur and Gilbert had expanded into a desire to illuminate the sisters' dark authority. Arthur and Gilbert, a little more haunted now, were bound here by tragic necessity, the sisters by reverent choice," she says. 

Also on display during the pop-up exhibition will be works from Meaker's Monstrous Feminism and Animism series. The photographs that comprise the series Monstrous Feminine explore psychoanalytic discourse related to the woman-as-monster / woman-as-victim archetypes as historically depicted in the horror genre of cinema.

Meaker, 31 years old, is a full-time Burlington College student and works full-time running the business and studio of world-renowned artist Richard Erdman. She is anticipating graduating in December of this year with a bachelor of arts in art history.
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Topics: Photography, Fine Arts

Announcing the Institute for American Apprenticeships: Providing opportunities for education and guaranteed jobs

Posted by Coralee Holm, Director of Community & Alumni Relations

Mar 2, 2015 11:06:00 AM

Burlington College and Vermont HITEC have partnered to create the Institute for American Apprenticeships. The partnership combines workforce education, an apprenticeship, and a liberal arts education. Programs in information technology, advanced manufacturing, allied health, and business services  are the initial focus due to employer needs.

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Topics: Institute for American Apprenticeships

Sending A Little Love Your Way

Posted by Coralee Holm, Director of Community & Alumni Relations

Feb 13, 2015 2:04:00 PM

We just want to say thank you for hanging in there with us. Your support both financially and from your heart has meant the world to us during a very trying time in the history of the College.

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Topics: Community Engagement

Burlington College Finalizes Real Estate Sale

Posted by Coralee Holm, Director of Community & Alumni Relations

Feb 3, 2015 12:23:00 PM

On Monday afternoon, Burlington College completed the planned real estate transaction with developer Eric Farrell. The College sold 27.65 acres of land, including the cottage at 311 North Avenue, a parking lot at 85 North Avenue, and an apartment building at 9 Lakeview Terrace. The College has retained 6 acres of land and its main buildings at 351 North Avenue. 

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Topics: Campus

Students return for spring semester, welcomed by new president Dr. Carol Moore

Posted by Coralee Holm, Director of Community & Alumni Relations

Jan 21, 2015 12:15:55 PM

 

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Topics: Campus

Update on Burlington College Land Deal

Posted by Coralee Holm, Director of Community & Alumni Relations

Jan 8, 2015 11:36:16 AM

Burlington College has updated the purchase and sale agreement with developer Eric Farrell, which continues to be on track for a late January 2015 closing. The deal is moving forward smoothly with no forseen obstacles.

This revised purchase and sale agreement builds on the prior agreement. Of the 33 acres of property currently owned, the College will retain 6 acres with Farrell purchasing the balance. Two acres of the property will remain undeveloped and open to the public, in addition to an easement alllowing access to the beach from the northern boundary of the property. A non-refundable upfront payment of $150,000 has already been made by Farrell as a part of this agreement.

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Topics: Community Engagement

CAMPUS MASTER PLAN: Board of Trustees Approves MOU for Property Sale

Posted by Coralee Holm, Director of Community & Alumni Relations

Nov 20, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Last Friday, the Board of Trustees at Burlington College approved a memorandum of understanding with Eric Farrell for the sale of 25 acres of land on the main campus and two properties located about a mile from the campus.  The vote was unanimous of those board members in attendance.
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Topics: Campus

Big Heavy World Relocates to Burlington College

Posted by Coralee Holm, Director of Community & Alumni Relations

Sep 23, 2014 10:56:00 AM

Independent Music Office To Enliven Campus

Big Heavy World, a volunteer-staffed nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Vermont-made music, has relocated to the campus of Burlington College. 
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Topics: Community Engagement

Board of Trustees Announces Transition Team to Lead

Posted by Coralee Holm, Director of Community & Alumni Relations

Sep 1, 2014 5:30:00 PM

transition_teamThe Burlington College Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the formation of a transition team to lead the College while it searches for a new President to replace Christine Plunkett, who resigned last week.

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The Rest of the Story: Facts about Recent Media Coverage

Posted by Coralee Holm, Director of Community & Alumni Relations

Aug 28, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Over the last several weeks, the local media has run numerous stories about the College. There have been many inaccurate or incomplete statements published. Despite several interviews with reporters, the full answers to the questions have not been reflected in the resulting stories. We've gathered the following statements made by the media and shared our facts, as they relate to each one.

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Topics: Community Engagement, Campus

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

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