An Interview with Student Government President Andrew Tarwerdi

Posted by Greg Litchfield, Dean of Student Affairs

Mar 3, 2016 6:30:36 PM

The Burlington College Student Government (SGA) is a student organization that focuses on student leadership at Burlington College. Representing the student body, the SGA strives to create and implement school spirit, community engagement and student participation. The SGA discusses matters of the school in official meetings, held by student selected representatives.

Andrew is a first year student to Burlington College from Albany, NY who was elected to be the Student Government President on February 19, 2016.  Following a morning class, a Student Government Meeting, and a quick lunch, the two of us sat down in student services on the first floor for a conversation: 

Q: Why did you choose Burlington College?

A: I transferred here from Fordham University in the Bronx after a semester there (although I am technically now a second semester sophomore). I did not have a good experience at Fordham, and was looking for something the exact opposite, and that is what I have managed to find here. Fordham is a large school with 15,000 students, and I knew I needed something smaller, something different. This is a small community centered college, and the setting and the narrative evaluations really caught my eye. I know that Burlington is not NYC, but it does have a cosmopolitan feel that I like.

Q: Why did you want to get involved with Student Government?

A: When I first heard about Student Government I was so busy with other things that I wasn’t really able to think about it too much. Others thought I would do a good job as the student body president and they thought I should run, so I made the decision to do so. I am a Legal and Justice Studies Major so I do have an interest in government and politics, and I also really care about the school. I always wanted to see more student involvement in the school and engagement with the community, and I thought that running for office would give me an opportunity to help do that.

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Topics: Student Profile, SGA

The Gallery at Burlington College Presents: “Altitude”

Posted by Kelsey Evans

Mar 1, 2016 3:55:29 PM

It is with great pleasure that we announce the opening of an exhibit by accomplished photographer and dedicated staff member, Amanda Lass, Program Coordinator for woodworking at Burlington College. 

Altitude, which shows at The Gallery from March 1st to April 29th, features the steep slopes and breathtaking vistas of mountainous country. From the glacially-rounded peaks of the Green Mountains to the majestic crags of volcanic peaks in Ecuador, Amanda's photography features stark and imposing beauty of these geological icons across the globe.

Born and raised in northern Pennsylvania on the borders of the Endless Mountains, for many years Amanda took their beauty for granted. As a teenager, Amanda began working for VanZandbergen Photography and through their mentorship discovered that photography could go beyond being a hobby and become an informed college degree choice. Persuing her dream, Amanda graduated with a BFA in Design with an emphasis in Photography from Marywood University in 2010 before moving to northern Vermont. Now living and working in the Green Mountains, Amanda appreciates how this mountain chain has helped her appreciate her childhood environment and informed her current photographic work. 

Join us Thursday, March 3rd at 4pm for an Opening Reception and artist Q&A.

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Topics: Photography, The Gallery, Events

Jesse Fox ‘15 Wins 2016 NICHE Award for Fine Craft

Posted by Kelsey Evans

Feb 17, 2016 9:35:28 AM

As we reported at the beginning of the year, two graduates of the Burlington College Woodworking program, Alicia Dietz '13 and Jesse Fox '15 were nominated as student finalists in the Wood category of the competitive 2016 NICHE Awards
Sponsored by NICHE magazine, the awards program celebrates excellence and innovation in American and Canadian fine craft and receives nearly 2,000 entries each year from professional and student craft artists. A panel of judges including gallery owners, guild and museum directors, curators, craft industry experts and arts advocates judges the pieces, and the top-scoring pieces — 5 in each category — become NICHE finalists. Of those top five, only one is awarded the win, and we are proud to announce that the 2016 NICHE award in the "Student, Wood" category was awarded to our very own BC alum, Jesse Fox for his piece, Dust Trap
We caught up with Jesse recently and asked him for a few words about his win and the making of his sculptural floor lamp, Dust Trap.
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Topics: Woodworking, Alumni, Awards, Student Profile

The FAFSA:  8 Commonly Asked Questions

Posted by Coralee Holm, Dean of Operations and Advancement

Feb 15, 2016 2:13:27 PM

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Topics: Admissions, financial aid

All Aboard! Setting Sail on your College Internship.

Posted by Kelsey Evans

Feb 12, 2016 4:08:32 PM

At Burlington College, internships are an integral part of our curriculum. There is no substitute for hands-on, experiential learning in your chosen field. As a student, an internship gives you the real-world experience essential for deciding if a field is for you, the chance to network within the industry and references for future employment, and in many cases offers of employment at the completion of the internship period. From an employer's perspective, job candidates who have not only studied theory in school but have established on-the-ground work experience are invaluable. That is why we make internships a requirement for both our undergraduate and graduate degree programs. In 2013, Burlington College was recognized by US News and World Report as one of the top 10 colleges in the country with the highest rate of students participating in an internship!

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Topics: Career Services

Mikayla Johnson ‘16 Opens Show at New Moon Cafe

Posted by Robert C. Kirk, Creative Director

Jan 12, 2016 5:02:25 PM

January 8 – February 29, 2016
New Moon Cafe, 150 Cherry Street, Burlington, Vermont

Looking for something to do on a chilly mid-winter day? Head on over to New Moon Cafe for a warm drink and the chance to peruse the artwork of talented Burlington College artist and student, Mikayla Johnson '16. Her artwork ranges from realistic natural landscapes to self-portraits and abstracts.
Describing her artistic process, she says, “I want to move, to escape, get lost, and travel when I paint. I paint to ask questions of myself in order to spark new curiosities. When I start a new painting I think of it as starting a new journey. I use a variety of mediums to create specific textures and colors while trying to portray a sense of wonder for my viewers.  I like to push myself in terms of process and enjoy exploring new ways of making a mark- whether it’s with coffee, sticks, cement, or my feet. As an artist of multiple disciplines, I also work with materials such as metals, wire, and stained glass.”
Mikayla moved to Vermont from Maine to study at Burlington College in 2012. Her favorite part of the College is its small size, “ I feel really lucky to have such small and interactive classes. I knew I needed to be in a smaller place and it just all made sense when I came here. I could feel the close-knit community of Burlington College even when I was just taking the campus tour as a prospective student.”
She will be graduating May, 2016 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Expressive Arts. Mikayla currently works at the Shelburne Craft School, where she is a studio assistant and instructor for youth classes.
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Topics: Fine Arts, Events, Expressive Arts

Burlington College Alum Abbey Meaker Launches “Overnight Projects” at Burlington City Arts

Posted by Coralee Holm, Dean of Operations and Advancement

Jan 7, 2016 2:42:31 PM

With the sale of the orphanage being finalized last week, those who will miss the history of the great old building will be relieved to know that an artistic legacy born in its hallways will live on. Last August, artist and Burlington College alum Abbey Meaker curated An Order — an exhibit of short-lived installations located in the vacant rooms and hallways of St. Joseph's Orphanage, featuring a variety of local Vermont artists and co-sponsored by Burlington College and Burlington City Arts.
This year, Meaker and An Order artist Sarah O Donnell have come together to begin Overnight Projects, an exhibition program, “whose mission is to expand the contemporary art conversation in Vermont by inviting local, national, and international artists to create site-specific installations, performances, and related programming in abandoned, or transitional spaces.”
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Topics: Graphic Design, Alumni, Fine Arts, Film, Events

Actively Disengaging Walk #4: North Beach Loop

Posted by Robert C. Kirk, Creative Director

Jan 6, 2016 11:30:00 AM

This is the fourth 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 and I maintain it really helps stimulate creative thinking. This led me to the idea of writing about five "actively disengaging" walks I have taken on the shores of Lake Champlain.

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Topics: Graphic Design, Campus, Burlington

Burlington College Woodworking Alums Shine at the 2016 NICHE Awards

Posted by Robert C. Kirk, Creative Director

Jan 6, 2016 9:46:00 AM

Burlington College is always proud to hear about the successes and accomplishments of of our alumni, and most recently we were thrilled to have learned that two Burlington College alums have been selected as finalists in the 2016 NICHE Awards. Jesse Fox, a 2015 graduate of the B.F.A. in Woodworking and Fine Furniture-Making program, was selected for his piece The Dust Trap and Alicia Dietz, a 2013 graduate of the Advanced Fine Furniture-Making certificate program, was chosen for her piece Fallen Soldiers. Both artists were selected as finalists in the 'Student Wood' category.

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Topics: Woodworking, Alumni, Awards

The IMA at Burlington College: A Masters Degree, Re-Imagined

Posted by Coralee Holm, Dean of Operations and Advancement

Jan 4, 2016 12:31:26 PM

Making the decision to attend graduate school is a big step, whether you are a traditional student who wants to continue on track from an undergraduate degree, or a professional deciding to go back to school to further your career. Enrolling in a conventional Masters degree program requires a considerable dedication of time and money in order to attend classes on-site, full-time and on a rigid schedule. That can be a tall order for students who may be juggling an array of responsibilities including full time careers and families! Plus, finding a school which offers a specialization in your subject of interest and is also conveniently located to your job and home can be nearly impossible.
At Burlington College, we believe that a high-quality, customized masters education should be available to anyone. That's why we developed the Individualized Masters of Arts Degree (IMA).
For years, we've given masters students the freedom to design a course of study around their own unique interests and complete relevant and customized classes through online and hybrid distance learning. With just two required residencies, busy Masters candidates only need to be on campus for six days, three when they begin their program of study and three when they wrap up and present their final capstone projects. Throughout this process, dedicated faculty advisors with expertise in the student's chosen field provide ongoing support to help shape a rigorous course of study.
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Topics: Individualized Masters Program

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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