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

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

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

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

Burlington College Wins Best Film at VTIFF’s 40-Hour Film Competition

Posted by Coralee Holm, Dean of Operations and Advancement

Nov 9, 2015 10:00:42 AM

Photo by Karen Golden 

You've heard it before. A film competition with a predefined theme, tight time schedule and group of dedicated, sleep-deprived Burlington College students struggling through for a big win. But we're not talking about the Sleepless in Lake Placid film competition held a few months ago, where BC students took away the Audience Choice Award.

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Topics: Awards, Film, Burlington

Film Team Foils the Competition in Lake Placid

Posted by Coralee Holm, Dean of Operations and Advancement

Jun 30, 2015 5:34:47 PM

Twenty-four hours of hard work, skill and perseverance paid off for for Burlington College film students Jon Chamis, Joel McAuslin, Tynan Shevlinand and Michael Zhuykov when they returned victorious from the 2015 Lake Placid Film Festival in upstate New York.

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Topics: Awards, Film

Jay Craven to receive Honorary Degree at Burlington College 34th Commencment

Posted by StaciAnne Grove, Marketing Coordinator

Apr 22, 2015 4:04:33 PM

Burlington College is pleased to announce that  award-winning film director, producer, and writer Jay Craven will be the speaker and honorary degree recipient at the 34 th  Annual Commencement on May 16, 2015.
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Topics: Awards

Masiti Mohamed '15 Honored for Civic Service

Posted by StaciAnne Grove, Marketing Coordinator

Apr 16, 2015 9:55:57 AM

Born in Somalia and raised in a refugee camp in Kenya, Masiti Mohamed came to Burlington, when she was nineteen. She is preparing to graduate this spring with a degree in human services and a minor in international relations. True to her community and culture, she is actively involved with the greater Burlington community — educating, building bridges, and modeling constructive possibilities in an ongoing effort to support refugees’ integration.

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Topics: Awards

Sandy Baird Receives Pro Bono Award

Posted by StaciAnne Grove, Marketing Coordinator

Mar 25, 2014 10:57:00 AM

Burlington College faculty member Sandra Baird received the Pro Bono Service Award from the Vermont Bar Association at their mid-year meeting at the Hilton on March 21. The award is given annually to recognize an individual’s extraordinary efforts on behalf of the disadvantaged throughout Vermont.

Baird received the award for her work as a private attorney willing to take pro bono clients referred by Vermont Volunteers Lawyers Project and through the Burlington College Pro Se Legal Clinic. Nominated by several members of the legal community, including Angele Court of the VVLP and Chittenden County Probate Judge Susan Fowler, Baird is a lawyer, educator, and prominent civil rights activist. Fowler lauded Baird “as a strong advocate for the voiceless.”

For years, Baird has been providing free legal services to a diverse population of clients through the Burlington College Pro Se Legal Clinic.  She also serves at Burlington College as Chair of the Legal and Justice Studies Department at Burlington College, the Cuba Overseas Study Program, and the Institute for Civic Engagement.
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Topics: Awards, Legal and Justice Studies

Burlington Makes Rankings for Best College Towns and Cities

Posted by Coralee Holm, Dean of Operations and Advancement

Jun 28, 2013 11:00:00 AM

Vermont has been forever branded as the state with breathtaking foliage and rolling green mountains.  Over the years, the state has become notorious for providing a sense of escape for the big-city-lovers around the country.  As a result, Vermont has molded itself into a place of serene, solitude away from crazy honking horns and hustle-and-bustle streets.  Because of this, Vermont cities tend to slip under the radar when naming regions for their lively city atmosphere. 

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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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