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					Vermont Campus Compact
     Honoring Public Service and Community Impact

 2012 Statewide Awards Ceremony
     Featured Speaker: Governor Madeleine May Kunin

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      Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center
                Montpelier, Vermont
                       Cabot Creamery Cooperative
                 is proud to sponsor the 2012 Vermont Campus Compact
              Awards Ceremony. It is extremely important to the farm families
                  who own Cabot to honor the tremendous commitment
                             and dedication of these honorees.

         2012 VERMONT CAMPUS
                  COMPACT AWARDS
Every year, countless individuals and organizations are touched by Vermont’s college and
university students, faculty, and staff. Youth are mentored and tutored; the elderly are
engaged; research is conducted on environmental issues or school climate or the impact of
neighborhood associations on community; local and global non-profits are partnered with
classes to provide resources and services to community organizations and opportunities
for our students to apply new-found skills. These are only some of the ways that higher
education’s public engagement results in strengthening communities and providing
students with myriad opportunities to learn, serve, take risks, apply knowledge in
the real-world, and become thoughtful and active global citizens.
Providing students with these opportunities means there are cultures of engagement and
structures of support on our campuses. Faculty are supported in their efforts to bring
community issues into their research and classrooms and students into the community,
whether this is down the street or across the world. Administrators and staff are helping to
develop deep and meaningful partnerships with local and global organizations, supporting
and rewarding faculty and student initiatives, and driving innovation that transforms higher
education and our society.
Vermont Campus Compact binds these campus initiatives and efforts together and connects
our state to a larger national effort aiming to realize higher education’s civic and social
mission. We support and provide leadership to campus change efforts and statewide
community impact. We provide professional development for faculty and staff, initiatives
for students, grants for campuses, support for campus community partnerships, and
networking opportunities for our stakeholders on statewide, regional, and national levels.
When Tropical Storm Irene hit Vermont in August, VCC member campuses jumped into
action, mobilizing thousands of volunteers, integrating disaster recovery into courses, and
providing support to communities affected by disaster. We have cultures of engagement in
place; we know how to partner with community. As a collective, we will continue to think
creatively of the many ways that higher education can contribute to long-term recovery
while continuing to meet on-going challenges and needs in our state and beyond. We will
continue to push the boundaries on how to best educate the next generation of leaders
and problem-solvers.
Each year, we take this opportunity to recognize and highlight some of the extraordinary
efforts and accomplishments of individuals and celebrate the collective impact of higher
education in Vermont. VCC humbly honors the commitment of students, faculty and staff,
and community agencies with whom they partner, to improving the lives of Vermonters
and communities worldwide.
                This award is given to one student per VCC campus for both the breadth and depth of his/her community involvement.

BETH COCHRAN                                                                 SAMANTHA FLINT
Community College of Vermont                                                 Johnson State College
Beth Cochran exemplifies service                                              Sam Flint exemplifies what it means
and engaged citizenry, and she                                               to be an active citizen. From a very
displays persistence, passion,                                               young age, Sam has assisted her
and engagement in abundance                                                  family in coordinating the Three
in the community and in the                                                  Day Stampede, an annual event
classroom. Beth currently serves                                             established by her grandparents
as Community College of                                                      to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis
Vermont’s Student Advisory Board                                             research, which her twin sister was
Civic Engagement Committee                                                   diagnosed with shortly after they
representative. Beth has also been                                           were born. Currently the family
very active in service at CCV’s                                              has raised over one million dollars.
Montpelier Academic Center where she helped to organize                      When Sam came to Johnson State she began to look for new
Haunting for Hunger, a program where students “trick or                      ways to give to the community; she found her passion in
treated” for canned goods to be donated to local food shelves.               Break Away, an alternative break program. Sam quickly worked
Beth not only reached out to her immediate classmates, but                   her way from a participant in her sophomore year (Disaster
she also made appearances in other classrooms to encourage                   Relief in New Orleans 2010), to a domestic trip leader (Hunger
greater student involvement. Beth again demonstrated a                       & Homelessness, Chicago, IL 2011) to the Vice President of
genuine commitment to service when she organized the                         our program and co-leader for our international trip (Clean
Mad River Flood Drive to collect items for Vermonters                        Water Solutions, Ometepe, Nicaragua 2012). As Sam prepares
affected by Irene. Additionally, Beth is actively engaged in her             for life after graduation, she is seeking avenues to continue
community, where she has served as a Tiger Den Leader and                    her work in service, and it is clear that we will continue to see
assistant soccer coach. Beth Cochran embodies the spirit of                  great things from her.
service, and her enthusiasm has inspired students,
 faculty and CCV staff.                                                      RACHEL KELLER
                                                                             Lyndon State College
CHARLES HARCOURT                                                             Rachel Keller has been involved
Green Mountain College                                                       with the community of Lyndon
Charlie has undertaken a number                                              State College since the day she
of important campus and                                                      arrived. She has gone above and
community service engagement                                                 beyond the call for any young
activities for the past couple of                                            college student to get involved by
years. For instance, he has served as                                        taking on a wide variety of campus
co-president of the GMC Education                                            leadership positions that have
Club which provides educational                                              positively impacted the campus
activities and opportunities for                                             and external communities. Rachel
education major students on                                                  has served Lyndon State as a
campus. He has also contributed                                              Resident Assistant for two years, as a Peer Leader for one
to the Earth Day Fair (set of                                                year, as a Student Newspaper (Critic) reporter for one year,
annual sustainability activities organized by the Poultney                   and as a student coordinator of a service trip to Guatemala
community) for the past three years and is currently serving                 for three years. In addition, Rachel served her peers as
on the 2012 planning & organizing committee. Charlie’s most                  Student Government Association Vice-President and as an
impressive achievement in the area of community service                      elected class representative for multiple years. Words that
and engagement effort involves his work with the Poultney                    her faculty members have used to describe Rachel include
Historical Society. For more than two years, he has worked                   steadfast, extremely dependable, open-minded, intelligent,
with the Historical Society to create user-friendly public                   compassionate, mature, self-reflective, organized, dedicated,
information on how to locate historical cemeteries in Poultney               and focused. Lyndon State is very proud to have Rachel as
and nearby communities.                                                      a contributing member of this community who leads by
                                                                             example and inspires her peers.
BRITTANY GENDRON                                                   opportunities to learn and lead. For example, he has been very
Middlebury College                                                 involved in Student Government as a class officer and member
                                                                   of the finance committee. Finally, Chris has been a very active
Over her four years at Middlebury
                                                                   volunteer with Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, a summer camp for children
College, Brittany Gendron has
                                                                   with cancer. Chris’ greatest assets are his quiet leadership and
served as a committed volunteer
                                                                   behind-the-scenes contributions. Chris is warm, sincere, and
and leader in service through her
                                                                   will literally drop anything to help someone in need. Chris has
roles in organizations including
                                                                   earned his reputation as a strong leader who has an ability to
Relay for Life, Everybody Wins!,
                                                                   take action on all matters.
and the Service Cluster Board,
an organization on campus                                          KAREN ROUSE
that provides cluster funding to                                   Southern Vermont College
students and groups involved in
volunteer service, activism, and                                   Karen Rouse is an undergraduate
advocacy work on and off campus. In Brittany’s role with           healthcare management student
the SCB, she promotes effective community engagement               who has dedicated much of her
initiatives through planning monthly reflection and skills          time to connecting with the United
development workshops for leaders, educating peers on              Way of Bennington County, and
how to access resources for service, and working with              also to building relationships with
student leaders one-on-one as they face challenges either          several other local community
within their organizations or the community. Her dedication        partners. After spending much of
and enthusiasm has positively impacted the culture of              her adult life working as a Licensed
service at Middlebury College and student engagement               Nursing Assistant, Karen chose to
in the local community.                                            finish her education and follow
                                                                   through with a life-long dream to help the less fortunate and
BARBARA MCCARRAGHER                                                increase their quality of life. Throughout the year, she has
Norwich University                                                 worked with the United Way to launch a program initiative to
                                                                   alleviate hunger and homelessness in the county. Karen has
Barbara McCarragher absolutely
                                                                   devoted time behind the scenes, completing clerical work
epitomizes Norwich University’s
                                                                   and other volunteer services throughout the year. The SVC
motto of “service above self.”
                                                                   community is honored to have Karen and the dedication she
Since she was a freshman, she has
                                                                   brings to local service. We congratulate this to-be grandmother
been heavily involved with the NU
                                                                   of twins!
Emergency Medical Services team
and a fire fighter. Now a junior,                                    CLAIRE FRESON
she has quickly climbed the ranks                                  University of Vermont
to serving as the captain of the
emergency team. Not only has she                                   Claire’s level of maturity and
already helped build and train one                                 commitment to serving others
of the strongest student groups on campus, but her efforts         is impressive. Claire served as
- especially this year with the impact of Tropical Storm Irene     president of the Alpha Phi Omega
and its devastation on Northfield, as well as the dozens of calls   co-ed service fraternity in Fall 2011
she has responded to this year alone - have been nothing less      and now serves as the Alumni/
than truly awesome. She is on call nearly every day, serving       Advisor Chair. Claire has over
regularly as a first responder to emergencies both on and           150 hours documented with the
off campus. Her ability to delegate responsibility and build       organization since joining in Spring
continuity in the group’s leadership is a true testament of her    2010. She co-wrote a proposal
dedication not only to this year’s program, but also to the        that received a “Youth Grant” to
services this team will be providing for years to come.            establish the King Street Youth Leadership Program, which
                                                                   provides leadership training to youth at the King Street
CHRISTOPHER ELDRIDGE                                               Center. She has served as a co-leader on two Alternative
Saint Michael’s College                                            Spring Break trips and as a co-leader for UVM’s Service TREK
                                                                   program. In Fall 2011, she worked as a teaching assistant for a
Chris Eldridge is currently a senior
                                                                   service-learning course, all while managing a 3.89 GPA.
at Saint Michael’s with a well-
                                                                   Claire has also served as a part-time AmeriCorps member
established record of service to
                                                                   through the Students in Service program. It is clear that
both the local community and
                                                                   Claire has a deep rooted commitment to service and to
to the College. As a leader in the
                                                                   others, and she inspires her peers to think of others and
Saint Michael’s Fire and Rescue
                                                                   donate their time in a meaningful way.
department, Chris has been an
active member of the fire unit since
his freshman year. He has been
a consistent contributor on the
“front lines,” while also stepping
up to completely overhaul the Fire & Rescue website. With
the intense time commitment of Fire and Rescue, often it
is difficult to commit to other positions, but Chris jumps at
                       THE NEWMAN CIVIC FELLOWS AWARD
 Given by National Campus Compact, this award honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for
  challenges facing communities throughout the country. Through service, research, and advocacy, Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their
      college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change.

                 2012 FELLOWS                                                 for many people, particularly in her leadership roles with
                                                                              the Community Service Club, the One in Ten group, the
MEIKO LUNETTA                                                                 Castleton Elementary and Fair Haven Grade School Mentoring
Green Mountain College                                                        Programs, the Summer Transition Program, Upward Bound,
Through community service,                                                    Meals on Wheels, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and a host of
energy reduction, and                                                         other worthwhile endeavors.
environmental education, Meiko
Lunetta, a junior at Green Mountain                                           KATIE EMERSON
College, sees the importance of                                               Green Mountain College
combining multiple aspects of                                                 Katie Emerson, a senior at Green
sustainability into her life. In the                                          Mountain College, is a passionate
summer of 2011 Meiko co-led a six-                                            advocate for environmental
week summer program on GMC’s                                                  sustainability. She serves as the
farm called “Farmin’ Fun” which                                               co-director the Student Campus
taught children of all ages from                                              Greening Fund, a highly visible
the local communities about the importance of sustainable                     student organization that directs
and local agriculture. In addition to successfully running an                 the spending of nearly $40,000 per
educational program she also worked in the Office of Student                   year toward campus sustainability
Life and worked with the Director of Student Involvement                      projects. She is also a member of
to develop, coordinate, and run sustainability events for new                 Green Mountain College’s Campus
student orientation.                                                          Sustainability Council, comprised of students, faculty, staff, and
                                                                              administrators who direct the campus’s activities related to
TYLER MORTON                                                                  social, economic, and environmental sustainability—central to
Southern Vermont College                                                      the college’s mission. Katie has also been working to establish
When there is a volunteer event                                               a Rotaract club on campus and has attended alternative spring
on Southern Vermont College’s                                                 breaks in Appalachia for the past two years.
campus, Tyler Morton is at the
center of it. Tyler helped to found                                           JOHN KLEINHANS
MooseCorps, SVC’s community                                                   Lyndon State College
service club and has been an                                                  John Kleinhans, a senior at Lyndon
integral part of SVC’s annual Blood                                           State College, has become deeply
Drives and Days of Service. He                                                involved in the local community
has participated in the Alternative                                           over the past four years. Kleinhans
Spring Break service trip each year                                           is currently the student trustee for
and this year as an intern with the                                           the Vermont State Colleges and
Community Service office, Tyler has been instrumental in                       is also a member of the Lyndon
planning the trip. Not only has Tyler taken two plunges during                Developmental Review Board. John
the Penguin Plunge for Special Olympics Vermont, but he also                  is the current state project manager
participates in the Polar Bear Plunge, a similar fundraiser in his            for Accountable to You Accountable
hometown.                                                                     to Me which is a health initiative
                                                                              in conjunction with the Vermont Department of Health and
                                                                              the State Auditor’s Office. He is the former Student Body
                  2011 FELLOWS                                                President at Lyndon State College and has also served as
These recipients were nominated in late spring last year, too late to be      campaign manager for two state wide political campaigns.
    included in the 2011 Awards Veremont. We honor them now.                  He is committed in the local community as a member of
                                                                              the St. Johnsbury Rotary Club and the Northeast Kingdom
STEPHANIE TERRY                                                               Collaborative. This past February, John as Chairman of the
Castleton State College                                                       Vermont State Colleges Student Association led over 300
                                                                              students to Montpelier in support of more higher education
Stephanie Terry is a respected
                                                                              funding for the Vermont State Colleges.
student leader who has embodied
the best values of citizenship,
leadership, and commitment to
civic engagement. Stephanie is
the new President of the Student
Government Association. She is
actively engaged with the college
and the wider community and
has truly made a difference
KATHERINE HACKETT                                                             SEAN MOORE II
Saint Michaels College                                                        Southern Vermont College
A recent cum laude graduate of                                                Sean Moore II, a senior at Southern
Saint Michael’s College and current                                           Vermont College, is a student
Admission Counselor for her                                                   leader with a commitment to
alma mater, Katherine is a                                                    mentoring others. Sean began as a
community advocate. For four                                                  mentor, training student-athletes
years, Katherine worked locally                                               in his home town. Sean is now
with Best Buddies, an international                                           actively involved in the Pipeline
organization creating integrated                                              into Partnership program, designed
opportunities for people with                                                 to ensure that vulnerable students
intellectual and developmental                                                get to and through college. Sean
disabilities and she continues her                                            leads by example encouraging
relationship with her buddy Linda. While studying abroad                      success both academically and personally with each student
in Ecuador, Katherine worked with students with cognitive                     accepted into the program and is dedicated to their success.
and physical disabilities. Through direct interaction, and                    Sean was promoted to Lead Mentor in the summer of 2012
as a fundraiser and advocate, she’s offered education and                     and has helped select, train, and guide other college
awareness to the wider community, insisting on respect and                    students to be mentors in the program. He will graduate
dignity for all.                                                              with a bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship & Management
                                                                              this May.

             This award recognizes one faculty member, staff member, or administrator on a VCC member campus for his/her leadership in
                            advancing public engagement as a critical component for his/her higher education institution.

RECIPIENT:                                                                    and student talent in support of businesses with the greatest
                                                                              potential to keep and create jobs in the Northeast Kingdom.
ANN NYGARD – Director of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship                Nygard has been instrumental in building the regional and
Lyndon State College                                                          institutional framework to realize this vision. The product
Ann Nygard is Lyndon                                                          of her work is visible in the excitement, appreciation, and
State College’s on-                                                           accolades of the businesses, community partners, students,
campus champion                                                               and faculty that have benefited from her efforts.
in the effort to
institutionalize                                                              “On a daily basis, Ann tirelessly reaches out into the
learning experiences                                                          community to identify businesses and organizations
while helping to keep                                                         in need of support. On campus she works with
and create jobs in
Vermont’s Northeast                                                           faculty and students in an effort to align the needs of
Kingdom. She began                                                            businesses, organizations and communities with the
working at Lyndon
State College (LSC) in
                                                                              talent and teaching objectives of faculty as well as
2007 as the inaugural                                                         the learning and career objectives of students.”
director of Incubator
without Walls (iWOW). This project was initiated at LSC in
                                                                                          – Steven Gold, Interim President of Lyndon State College
order to formalize and make more systemic several isolated
examples of faculty engaging students in service-learning
experiences that supported small business and community
development activities in the Northeast Kingdom. Initially,
the focus of iWOW was to help small businesses in the
Newport-Derby area prepare for the eventual development of
big-box stores. Now in its fifth year, iWOW has expanded its
focus to cover the entire Northeast Kingdom. Thanks to her
leadership, iWOW—an effort that is funded in part by USDA
Rural Development—has contributed 43 jobs to the region
and has engaged student talent and faculty expertise, through
community-based learning experiences, to address the needs
of over 80 small businesses across the region. Under Nygard’s
leadership, iWOW has grown into the Center for Rural
Entrepreneurship (CRE). CRE works to focus faculty expertise
FINALIST:                                                                          FINALIST:
JOHN STROUP – Assistant Professor in the Division of Education and Human Studies   DAVID LINDENBERG – Learning Differences Coordinator
Champlain College                                                                  Southern Vermont College
John Stroup exemplifies how to                                                      As a professor in SVC’s Quest for
integrate academic theory with                                                     Success program, the Learning
applied community action. He is                                                    Differences Coordinator at
always willing to make an effort                                                   the College, and an expert in
to increase civic engagement                                                       technology, David Lindenberg is
and public service among the                                                       an outstanding advocate for civic
students he teaches. In his role as                                                engagement. Lindenberg works
a professor, Stroup reached out to                                                 with Quest for Success faculty,
the Center for Service and Civic                                                   SVC students, and community
Engagement at Champlain and                                                        partners in the Greater Bennington
pushed the Center to develop a                                                     area to engage students in
student research project and to identify conferences at which                      projects for Bennington’s Oldcastle Theatre Company,
to present the work. Given his extensive research experience                                             ,
                                                                                   Bennington’s CAT-TV Mount Anthony Middle School in
and theoretical training, he took on a mentoring and                               Bennington, Pownal Elementary School, Hildene/The Todd
guidance role to the staff and students involved in the project.                   Lincoln Home and Estate, and more. As a campus-wide
This project began in earnest in the Fall of 2009 and has                          leader in supporting SVC’s Quest program and experiential/
accomplished a great deal in a short amount of time. Over 200                      laboratory learning, he has been exemplary in demonstrating
student surveys have been conducted, and Stroup has already                        Southern Vermont College’s mission to enhance the lives of
completed some means and standard deviation analysis.                              children and their families in the Greater Bennington area
He is a real asset to the Champlain College community, and                         and beyond. Lindenberg’s community engagement initiatives
he is contributing significantly to its efforts to understand                       will continue to contribute significantly to the development
Champlain students’ thoughts about engagement and to                               and sustainability of strong, reciprocal partnerships between
support them in serving the community.                                             Southern Vermont College and the larger civic community.

FINALIST:                                                                          FINALIST:
KAREN TALENTINO – Vice President for Academic Affairs                              JOHN SAMA – Director of the Living/Learning Center & Residential Learning Communities
Saint Michael’s College                                                            University of Vermont
As a senior administrator at St.                                                   John Sama is an unsung hero when
Michael’s College, Karen Talentino                                                 it comes to civic engagement at
has played a key role in advancing                                                 the University of Vermont. Though
public engagement as a critical                                                    his job title does not convey a
component of Saint Michael’s                                                       leadership role in this area, he
mission in a variety of tangible                                                   is nonetheless a passionate and
ways. Since joining SMC in 2008,                                                   dedicated advocate for civic
Dr. Talentino has worked toward,                                                   engagement. For two years, he
and made significant gains in, the                                                  supported and advised the Office
institutionalization of service on                                                 of Community-University
campus, striving toward a vision of                                                Partnerships and Service-Learning
higher education as a public good, and supporting faculty and                      (CUPS) as it progressed toward a sustainable leadership
students along the way. This is most evident in her strategic                      model, by utilizing the relationships and institutional
planning initiatives that support the expansion of service-                        knowledge he has built over the last 30+ years at UVM
learning, funding allocations that have established a full-time                    (as a student and staff member). In addition, he initiated
office for community-engaged learning, support of faculty                           and now supports the Dewey House for Civic Engagement
development and reward structures, and attention to campus-                        Residential Learning Community, and has linked this program
wide commitment. In December 2010, the college received                            to UVM’s Community Service Scholarship. Over a five year
the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s                          time span he took this program from a seed of an idea to
elective “Community Engagement” classification. This would                          reality, despite scarce resources. There are now 38 students
not have been possible without her leadership and direct                           living in the newly renovated and staffed Dewey House. In his
support. Because of Dr. Talentino, St. Michael’s College is                        “spare time,” Sama is the Coordinator of UVM’s United Way
well-positioned to take its civic engagement and social-justice                    Campaign, and has helped to reach the goal of at least
work to the next level as they continue to create purposeful                       20 percent participation among faculty and staff in this
and relevant learning opportunities for students and strive for                    campaign on an annual basis.
positive community outcomes.
                         EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY-BASED
                                TEACHING AWARD
                          This award is given to a faculty member from a VCC member campus who has made public service
                                   an integral part of their teaching, to the benefit of both students and community.

RECIPIENT:                                                                  FINALIST:
LAURIE GAGNE – Director of the Edmundite Center for Peace and Justice       FRANK ROBINSON – Adjunct Professor of the Core Division
Saint Michael’s College                                                     Champlain College
Dr. Laurie Gagne has                                                        Currently an adjunct professor at Champlain College, Dr.
demonstrated a long-                                                        Robinson teaches “Concepts of Community,” a course for
standing commitment                                                         first-year students that includes service as a way to answer
to educating students                                                       the core question: “What are the elements of a good, just,
about social justice                                                        and sustainable community?” While this course has not
issues both in and out                                                      traditionally incorporated service-learning, Professor Robinson
of the classroom over                                                       felt that the only way to properly teach the course was to
the years, compelling                                                       get students out of the classroom and into the community.
them to engage in                                                           Through his course, students are engaged in community
service, to act to build                                                    organizations across Burlington. Professor Robinson’s
a stronger community,                                                       commitment to engagement does not end in the classroom.
and to speak out                                                            He has also served as a volunteer for Big Brothers/Big Sisters,
against injustice.                                                          Habitat for Humanity, and the County Clothing Center.
Between 2007-2010,
she participated                                                            FINALIST:
in the Northern New England Campus Compact Engaged
Department Initiative by redesigning the Peace and Justice                  THOMAS ANDERSON – Assistant Professor of Mountain Recreation Management
minor to incorporate service-learning. Joan Wagner, the                     Lyndon State College
Director of Community-Engaged Learning at Saint Michael’s                   Professor Thom Anderson has been an innovative leader in
commented on Dr. Gagne’s strengths saying, “In all of these                 integrating service-learning into his curriculum in order to
cases, what stands out for me is Laurie’s enthusiasm for                    intentionally improve the quality of life in his community. He
embarking on new projects and testing the unknown, her                      takes a systemic approach to incorporating community-based
deft handling of the logistical details necessary to ensure a               learning into his classroom-based
project runs smoothly, and her unflappable spirit in response                courses by building a curriculum
to the unpredictable nature of service-learning.” As Director               that progressively engages students
of the Edmundite Center for Peace and Justice, Dr. Gagne                    through lecture, class activities,
has made a concerted effort to marry what she knows about                   discussion, a community-based
good teaching and just action in an even more intentional way,              project, student reflection,
becoming increasingly committed to incorporating service-                   group process, and assessment.
learning in some form in almost every class she teaches                     Over the course of the past four
within the Peace & Justice program. Some of the community                   years, his students have provided
partners in these endeavors have been CIVIC, the Essex                      over 5,000 hours of community
Community Justice Center, the Winooski School District, and                 service to organizations, events,
the Burundian community of Burlington. She has also brought                 and businesses in the area. He
many renowned speakers to the community as part of an                       has also modeled civic engagement on Lyndon’s campus by
ongoing lecture series, which has benefited students, faculty                leading the campus through an honest and in-depth dialogue
members, and the community at large.                                        about the needs and realities confronting student veterans.
                                                                            Professor Anderson’s career is highlighted by his service as a
“Laurie Gagne has believed in me since I first                               Marine (where he earned a Good Conduct Medal, an Overseas
                                                                            Service Ribbon, and three Meritorious Masts for exceptional
stepped into her class four years ago. Her words of                         performance above and beyond the call of duty), Peace Corps
encouragement, guidance, and passion for social                             volunteer, community leader, educator, and scholar.
justice have inspired me and many other students.
Professor Gagne’s innovative service-learning
courses have the ability to pull you in, hook you,
and spit you out as a graduate, prepared with
theoretical knowledge as well as real life experience
in fundraising, advocacy, and service.”
                                              – Leah Zeigler, SMC ‘11
FINALIST:                                                                   FINALIST:
HÉCTOR VILA – Assistant Professor of Writing                                SHELLY RAYBACK –Assistant Professor of Geography
Middlebury College                                                          University of Vermont
Dr. Héctor Vila has taught                                                  Geography Professor Shelly
numerous courses with a variety of                                          Rayback was awarded the
themes—in the First Year Seminar                                            University of Vermont Outstanding
program, Education Studies, the                                             Service-Learning faculty award in
Writing Program, Environmental                                              the Spring of 2011, specifically for
Studies and more. A constant                                                her work on incorporating service-
theme that marks his personal                                               learning into her Dendochronology
and professional approach to                                                course through a partnership
teaching is Dr. Vila’s commitment                                           with the Nature Conservancy. Dr.
to helping his students connect to                                          Rayback’s colleagues, students, and
one another, anchor their learning                                          community partners consistently
to the “real world,” and wrestle with issues of social justice.             speak to the care that she demonstrates when planning and
He believes deeply that it is important for students to work                implementing service-learning, from working to understand
in the trenches and build first-hand understandings of some                  community needs to making sure that students understand
of the most pressing needs. Dr. Vila also serves as an advisor              how and why the project fits into their academic class. As
to Posse 12, a nonprofit organization that identifies, recruits,              one partner said, she “ was one of the most organized faculty
and selects student leaders from public high schools to form                members” with whom she has ever interacted. Dr. Rayback’s
multicultural support teams called “posses.” Dr. Vila truly                 passion and dedication to service-learning also makes her a
brings community into the classroom and the classroom into                  great role model for other faculty members, and she is always
the community. His creativity, commitment, and passion for                  willing to share what she has learned with her colleagues.
this way of teaching are remarkable.

LYNDA SINKIEWICH – Assistant Professor, the Hunter Division of Humanities
Southern Vermont College
As a member of the SVC faculty
for more than ten years, Professor
Lynda Sinkiewich always brings
tremendous energy, enthusiasm,
inspiration, and enjoyment to
her students and her courses.
As an educator and colleague,
she is greatly admired by all
constituencies within the SVC
community. Professor Sinkiewich
has led several SVC classes in
service-learning experiences with local elementary schools.
In this capacity, she has coordinated Creative Writing
contests for which her SVC students served as publicists,
mentors, cheer-leaders, and judges. In doing so, Professor
Sinkiewich was able to serve simultaneously both the younger
generation of aspiring college students as well as her own
SVC undergraduates. Her boundless enthusiasm and her
genuine love for SVC students have long served as hallmarks
in her advancement of service-learning and civic-engagement
pedagogies at Southern Vermont College.
                           DISTINGUISHED GUESTS
       THE MARC VANDERHEYDEN                                                 JEB SPAULDING – Master of Ceremonies
                                                                             Secretary, Vermont Agency of Administration
      SERVICE TO VERMONT AWARD                                               Jeb Spaulding was appointed
     The Marc vanderHeyden Service to Vermont Award is an award              Secretary of the Vermont Agency
named after the former President of Saint Michael’s College and former       of Administration by Governor
 VCC Board Chair. It is given by the Vermont Campus Compact Board of         Shumlin in January 2011. Prior to
Directors to a distinguished individual with ties to Vermont who, through    this appointment, he served as the
his or her actions, scholarly or professional work, and/or sustained civic   Vermont State Treasurer from 2003
      engagement, has influenced, inspired, and motivated others.             to 2010. During his tenure as State
                                                                             Treasurer, Spaulding emphasized
RECIPIENT:                                                                   continuous improvement in
DAVID COATES – Chair of Vermont Long Term Disaster Recovery Group            the treasury fundamentals of
                                                                             cash, debt, investment and risk
David Coates has demonstrated a life-long commitment to                      management. He was active in the National Association of
leadership and service to Vermont.                                           State Treasurers and past president and chair of the long range
It came as no surprise to many,                                              planning committee. Prior to being elected State Treasurer,
then, when Coates was appointed                                              Spaulding served eight terms in the Vermont State Senate
by Governor Peter Shumlin to Chair                                           from 1985-2000. He was a founder and General Manager of
the Vermont Long Term Disaster                                               WNCS-FM in Montpelier and a partner in Precision Media,
Recovery Group following Tropical                                            Inc.; and is active at the community level with organizations
Storm Irene. The Vermont Long                                                such as the Red Cross, United Way, Central Vermont Adult
Term Disaster Recovery Group’s                                               Basic Education, and the Washington County 4-H Foundation.
task is to raise money for - and
allocate money from - the Vermont                                            MADELEINE MAY KUNIN – Featured Speaker
Disaster Relief Fund. Perhaps more                                           Former Governor of Vermont
importantly the group’s charge includes coordinating long
                                                                             Madeleine May Kunin, Governor
term recovery efforts throughout the state, bringing together
                                                                             of Vermont from 1985-1991, was
the efforts of local and regional disaster recovery groups and
                                                                             the fourth woman to be elected
funds. The Long Term Recovery Group works closely with the
                                                                             Governor in her own right and
Vermont chapter of Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster,
                                                                             the first woman to be elected for
which is providing on the ground efforts to help Vermont
                                                                             three terms. She served as Vermont
flood victims. Governor Shumlin says of Coates and his work:
                                                                             state legislator from 1972-1978,
                                                                             the first woman to be elected to a
“Long before Tropical Storm Irene, you had a well-                           leadership position and to chair the
deserved reputation for taking on big challenges and                         House Appropriations Committee.
                                                                             She was elected Lieutenant
getting things done. Since beginning your work with                          Governor in 1978 and served two terms. She served as Deputy
the Vermont Long Term Disaster Recovery Group,                               Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, and then
you have dedicated yourself to helping Vermonters                            returned to her birthplace when President Clinton appointed
                                                                             her ambassador to Switzerland from 1996-99.
recover from one of the worst storms in our state’s
history. There is much work left to be done but                              Kunin serves as President of the board of the Institute
                                                                             for Sustainable Communities (ISC) a non-governmental
with your leadership I am confidence the needs of                             organization that she founded in 1991. The ISC partners
Vermonters will be met. You are a great Vermonter,                           with local organizations in the U.S. and around the world
and I thank you for your selfless service to our state.                       to create stronger democratic communities. She is a fellow
                                                                             of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and has had
We couldn’t do this without you.”                                            appointments at Harvard, Dartmouth, Middlebury, and
                                              – Governor Peter Shumlin       St. Michael’s College. Presently she is Marsh Professor at the
                                                                             University of Vermont, a commentator on Vermont Public
Coates is a Director of National Life Group and was elected to               Radio, a blogger on the Huffington Post, and serves on several
the Board in 1993. He is a retired managing partner of KPMG’s                non-profit boards. She is the author of the recently published
Burlington, Vermont office. Coates is a Director of Green                     book, “The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next
Mountain Power Corp., A.N. Deringer, Inc., Union Mutual Fire                 Revolution for Women, Work, and Family,” as well as
Insurance Company Advisory Committee, Vermont Electric                       “Pearls, Politics, and Power: How Women Can Win and
Power Company (VELCO), and the Vermont Student                               Lead,” “Living a Political Life,” and “The Big Green Book.”
Assistance Corporation (VSAC). He was elected as the Vermont                 She frequently lectures on issues regarding women, the
Chamber’s Citizen of the Year in August of 2003. He is a                     environment, and education.
member of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, the
Vermont Debt Affordability Advisory Committee, the Vermont
Municipal Bond Bank and the American Institute of CPAs.
         This award is given to one community partner per VCC campus that has worked to support the civic mission of their partnering campus.

KATHY MATHIS – Parent Engagement Specialist, Burlington School District        RUTLAND AREA FARM AND FOOD LINK (RAFFL)
Champlain College                                                              Green Mountain College
Kathy Mathis has worked with                                                   Rutland Area Farm and Food Link
the Burlington schools for five                                                 (RAFFL) is a nonprofit organization
years to welcome and engage                                                    based and operating in the
families of all backgrounds, build                                             Rutland region of Vermont that
parent-teacher relationships, and                                              seeks to increase local foods and
develop a welcoming school,                                                    support the economic vitality of
while building connections, parent                                             local area farms through public
leadership, and social capital                                                 education and facilitation of new
among marginalized families.                                                   and expanded markets, distribution
Kathy was a parent involvement                                                 mechanisms, and processing
coordinator at the Integrated Arts                                             infrastructure for farm and farm
Academy at HO Wheeler for four years. She helped to launch                     products in the region. For nearly seven years, GMC and
the district’s partnership program last year, and this year                    RAAFL have forged an innovative community-oriented food &
she has been promoted to the coordinator position of the                       agricultural partnership to design and build an inclusive and
program. She has been incredibly instrumental in increasing                    sustainable regional food system in Vermont and surrounding
family engagement in the district. The keys to Kathy’s success                 regions. GMC students volunteer with RAFFL’s Grow a Row
with families are her compassion, empathy, and natural ability                 program to collect and distribute locally grown products to
to connect. Kathy’s experience and expertise have proven                       area food shelves and other providers who serve people in
invaluable in guiding staff members at Champlain College in                    need. Since 2009, RAFFL has distributed over 27,000 pounds
their partnership with the Burlington School District.                         of fresh and frozen produce. Recently, GMC and RAFFL
                                                                               partnered to acquire an Instate Quick Freeze (IQF) unit
WINOOSKI COALITION FOR A SAFE AND PEACEFUL COMMUNITY                           from the Agency of Agriculture to test its use in preserving
Community College of Vermont                                                   perishing products within the charitable food system. GMC
Under Executive Director                                                       also received a $100,000 grant to create staffing and research
Kate Nugent’s leadership,                                                      support to test these goals. This partnership has contributed
the Winooski Coalition for a                                                   significantly to Green Mountain College faculty, staff, students,
Safe and Peaceful Community                                                    and the local community alike.
(WCSPC) has formed a very
beneficial partnership with                                                     DAN NOYES – RSVP Morrisville
the Community College of                                                       Johnson State College
Vermont. Since the summer of 2011, Kate has been a member                      Dan Noyes has played an integral
of CCV’s Civic Engagement Committee (CEC), a group whose                       role in establishing SERVE Fri, the
primary focus is to provide service-learning opportunities to                  local service program at Johnson
CCV students. She has been a very valuable member of this                      State College. Dan is a conduit for
committee, as she represents the needs of local community                      volunteer opportunities in Lamoille
partners. The Coalition for a Safe and Peaceful Community                      County and has been our ‘go to’
does a wonderful job of gathering together community                           person for many a service project.
partners at a monthly meeting. These meetings serve as                         Dan has connected JSC with the
a consistent way to share thoughts and ideas as to how                         annual Firewood Project, Ramp
Winooski organizations can collaborate together to address                     Projects, and after Hurricane Irene
local needs. CCV has attended several times and has found                      devastated Vermont he connected
them helpful in sharing Winooski’s different resources with                    them with a variety of service projects in the Waterbury area.
CCV staff, faculty, and students. The monthly meetings also                    Indeed, whenever Johnson has sought a local project Dan
allow CCV students some direct service opportunities. Most                     has found a volunteer opportunity for them. The SERVE Fri
recently, the Coalition partnered with CCV faculty member                      Coordinator, Tara Robinson, commented on his commitment
Matt Messier and his Peace & Turmoil in the Modern World                       saying, “I know that if I am ever in need of a great service
class to have his students research and present on social                      project, a new connection in the community, or advice on
issues facing the Winooski community.                                          how to build just about anything, Dan will be there to help me
                                                                               along the way. His warm nature and charisma help make him a
                                                                               superstar among volunteers and the community.
                                                                               I cannot think of a better person to be selected for this
                                                                               award.” Johnson State thanks Dan for all of his assistance in
                                                                               the past and looks forward to partnering with him for many
                                                                               years to come.
EDUCATION CENTER (NEVAHEC)                                      Saint Michael’s College
Lyndon State College                                            For years, COTS has worked
The Northeastern Vermont Area                                   with Saint Michael’s in a variety
Health Education Center embarked                                of capacities – with the MOVE
upon the Vermont Health Careers                                 (Mobilization of Volunteer Efforts)
Opportunities Pipeline (VT HCOP)                                Office, the Internship Office, and
project to lengthen and strengthen                              with the Office of Community
the health care workforce “pipeline”                            Engaged Learning, involving
in Vermont. The program ensures                                 students and faculty in a number
an adequate, well-trained, and                                  of service-learning experiences.
culturally competent workforce                                  Through volunteer programs
to meet the healthcare needs of                                 like “Family Friends,” providing
Vermonters. The VT HCOP project has engaged a broad             childcare and fieldtrips to the families housed in 2 of COTS’
collaboration from health, education, and workforce             family shelters, or COOK n’ Food, which prepares and enjoys
interests in Vermont during its development. It has drawn       meals with residents at various COTS transitional houses, SMC
upon and leveraged its close relationship with Lyndon State     students have been privileged to get to know COTS - both
College to employ two of its key initiatives so as to ensure    their inspiring staff AND clients. COTS is a partner who takes
that rural, under-served students receive meaningful, real-     time to offer education and awareness for students, whether
world experience. The Leahy Center for Rural Students at        visiting with them individually on-site or coming to campus
Lyndon State College spearheads the evaluation and research     for meetings or to speak as part of panel presentations. COTS
component of this project. The Health Care Workforce            has also participated in service-learning projects with classes
Continuum Model that AHEC has employed was designed by          - just last year working with media studies and education
the Lyndon State College Center for Rural Entrepreneurship      courses to integrate in-class learning with real-life application.
to address economic and community development challenges        Students, faculty, and staff also participate in the annual COTS
in the Northeast Kingdom. This project was developed to         Phonathon and COTS Walk, fundraising through education
help Vermont respond to these changes by implementing an        and awareness. The respect each organization has for the
educational and workforce intervention continuum that will      other will continue to inspire their collaborative efforts. COTS
increase the number of students entering and completing         has had a profound impact on Saint Michael’s students and
post-secondary training in health careers.                      community as a whole, and Saint Michael’s has enhanced the
                                                                efforts of COTS – through service, education, and advocacy.
Middlebury College                                              THE BENNINGTON MUSEUM
DREAM (Directing through                                        Southern Vermont College
Recreation, Education, Adventure,                               For six years, the Bennington
and Mentoring) is a non-profit                                   Museum has served as an
mentoring program that pairs                                    exemplary community partner to
college students and children                                   Southern Vermont College. With
living in subsidized housing                                    its proximity to SVC’s campus, the
developments in Vermont and                                     Bennington Museum has hosted
Massachusetts. Since 2007,                                      the College’s Quest For Success
Middlebury College’s local program                              first-year program for six years. In
of DREAM has served the children                                this role, several key members of its
of the Pine Meadow community in                                 staff (including current Executive
Middlebury, and this year, the group expanded its outreach      Director, Deena Mallory, former
to John Graham Court in downtown Middlebury. Together,          Executive Director, Stephen Perkins, Curator, Jamie Franklin,
Middlebury College students work to improve the quality         and staff members, Tyler Resch and Tom Moriarty) have served
of life in the community and provide these children with        more than 120 entering SVC students in various teaching
opportunities to engage in positive risk-taking, see new        and support capacities. The Museum staff have always made
perspectives, and take advantage of community resources.        themselves available and serve as model service-learning
Given its history of support, and the successful recent         and civic-engagement educators, extending internship
expansion of the program, it is evident that DREAM is intent    opportunities to students after their service-learning
on meeting the needs of the community, and supporting           commitment has expired. All five SVC faculty who have taught
the college students who desire to help meet those              the Quest For Success course--Sylvia Jimison, Glen Gross, Eric
needs. Therefore, DREAM stands to be acknowledged as a          Drouart, David Lindenberg, and Al DeCiccio--have had only
community partner that cares about not only the community       the highest praise for the Bennington Museum.
at large, but also the college community and the students
that make it all possible. Its guidance enables volunteers to
find a supportive group in which to make a difference in their
community, while building friendships with those who share
similar interests but may come from diverse backgrounds.
JOELLEN CALDERARA – Central Vermont Long-Term Recovery Committee               could. JoEllen Calderara and the Central Vermont Long Term
University of Vermont                                                          Recovery Committee was the critical link between the class
                                                                               of 27 students and the families and individuals affected by
In the days immediately following
                                                                               the flooding in the Central Vermont region. She connected
Tropical Storm Irene’s destruction
                                                                               students to families who needed assistance mucking out
across much of Vermont, a service-
                                                                               their homes and yards and mentored students on individual
learning course designed to
                                                                               projects. These experiences provided students with incredibly
engage students in the response
                                                                               unique and special opportunities to meaningfully engage in
efforts was hastily added to the fall
                                                                               response efforts. All of this would not have been possible
course schedule at the University
                                                                               without JoEllen—all while she continues her day job, serves
of Vermont. Instructors Carrie
                                                                               on the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund, leads the Central
Williams Howe and Kelly Hamshaw
                                                                               Vermont Long Term Recovery Group, and manages over
drew upon their respective
                                                                               70 flood cases. UVM is so grateful for her collaboration, as
expertise in service-learning and
                                                                               it would have been impossible to engage students in the
disaster management to offer students a unique service-
                                                                               response and recovery efforts without her support
learning opportunity at a time when many Vermonters were
                                                                               and passion.
still trying to muck out their homes and salvage what they

                                        ENGAGED SCHOLAR AWARD
             This award honors one faculty member from a VCC member campus for incorporating engagement as an integral part of his/her
                teaching and research. Through his/her leadership, the recipient has made a valuable contribution to engaged scholarship
                             in their field and serves as an exemplar of faculty citizenship for the institution and their peers.

RECIPIENT:                                                                     FINALIST:
                                                                               PATRICIA SHINE – Associate Professor, Psychology & Human Services
STEVEN LETENDRE – Associate Professor of Management & Environmental Studies
                                                                               Lyndon State College
Green Mountain College
Dr. Steven Letendre is                                                         A member of Lyndon’s faculty
a leader on the Green                                                          since 2003, Professor Patricia
Mountain College                                                               Shine is an Associate Professor
campus, as he makes                                                            in the Psychology and Human
problem-solving an                                                             Services department, and
integral part of his                                                           currently serves as Department
research, teaching and                                                         Co-Chair. She works diligently
service. During his                                                            on race/racism/white privilege
14-year tenure at GMC,                                                         projects with the Vermont
he has developed a
                                                                               Partnership for Fairness and
national reputation as
                                                                               Diversity in Brattleboro, as well as with Community Change
a scholar on energy
sustainability, helped                                                         in Boston, to implement systematic approaches to race/
to transform GMC into                                                          racism/privilege in teacher training. Professor Shine has
a national leader on                                                           also developed a course at Lyndon State to teach students
campus sustainability, and contributed in numerous ways to                     about racism and privilege. One student indicated that
the region through service in a variety of capacities. He was                  “It’s completely life altering,” while another described it as
also instrumental in moving GMC towards the adopting of                        “moving and inspirational.” Several other students actually
service-learning as a standard pedagogical tool. Dr. Letendre                  suggested that all Lyndon students should be required
has performed collaborative research with organizations from                   to take this course in order to receive a degree, a true
across the country, including the National Renewable Energy                    testament to the power of the work that she is doing in
Laboratory, California Air Resources, the Solar Electric Power
                                                                               this area. Professor Shine was also notably awarded the
Association, and the University of Vermont’s Transportation
                                                                               Vermont Social Worker of the Year Award in 2010. She is an
Research Center. His collaborations with community partners
and students have continually yielded tangible benefits for                     outstanding educator, a wonderful colleague, and an active
all involved. Dr. Letendre truly exemplifies the ideals of an                   scholar, and Lyndon State College feels very fortunate to
engaged scholar.                                                               have her as a member of their community.

“On many levels, Dr. Letendre exemplifies the ideals
of an engaged scholar. He continually challenges
students within the context of solving real world
problems; his scholarship and service are similarly
focused on addressing the energy challenges
society faces.”
                          – William Throop, Provost and Vice President
                          of Academic Affairs, Green Mountain College
FINALIST:                                                                         Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a BA in
JONATHAN MILLER-LANE – Assistant Professor of Education Studies                   Middle Eastern and African History from Northwestern
Middlebury College                                                                University in Evanston, Illinois. Some of the courses he
Dr. Jonathan Miller-Lane                                                          teaches at Middlebury College include: Education in
positively blurs the lines of                                                     America, Methods in Middle and Secondary Education,
teaching, research and service                                                    and a Winter Term intensive seminar on special education.
and creates opportunities to                                                      Dr. Miller-Lane also coordinates a New York City Urban
challenge his students both                                                       Education Internship program. With colleagues Gregg
in the classroom and the real                                                     Humphrey and Claudia Cooper of the Education Studies
world. He earned his Ph.D. in                                                     program, he leads the Student Teaching Seminar and
Secondary Education from the                                                      supervises student teachers in the local schools. Dr. Miller-
University of Washington in                                                       Lane’s interests weave together several pressing concerns:
Seattle. His research focused on                                                  civic discourse, democratic education, multiculturalism and
the facilitation of disagreement in discussion and whether                        inclusion, and creating systemic change to improve teacher
the principles and practice of Aikido might help foster                           preparation and training. In January 2004, he founded Blue
facilitation skills. He also has a M.Ed. from The George                          Heron Aikido, a dojo in Middlebury, VT.

          This award distinguishes a remarkable student from a VCC member institution for his/her outstanding public service and leadership,
       demonstrated through a spectrum of efforts. Through his/her sustained involvement, the recipient establishes a linkage of their service to a
       larger social context and a commitment to community impact. The recipient of this award models deeply ingrained civic responsibility and
                    leadership, evidenced by initiative, innovative approaches to community issues, and effective community building.

RECIPIENT:                                                                        organizations like the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship has
JOSHUA FONTANEZ                                                                   helped strengthen the organization. His effort to create a
Norwich University                                                                safe space on campus has already resulted in widespread
Joshua is a graduating                                                            impact and has even received national press attention
senior, political                                                                 from Inside Higher Ed, The Huffington Post, and USA
science major, and                                                                Today. An article in USA Today captured the tone at the first
Dean’s List Scholar at                                                            meeting of the group which was held on the day that the
Norwich University.                                                               U.S. military policy, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, was repealed.
Joshua volunteers at                                                              Reporter Allie Grasgreen explained, “At the inaugural
many one-time events                                                              meeting of Norwich University’s post-”don’t ask, don’t
on and off campus                                                                 tell”-era LGBTQ Allies Club, Josh Fontanez raised the blinds
such as the Mayo                                                                  in the student union’s fishbowl-style room. He was sending
Ball (a Valentine’s                                                               a message: we’re here, we’re visible, we’re active and
day ball with local                                                               we’d welcome your company.” In the same article Joshua
senior citizens) and                                                              explained, “Someone has to be the voice for a population
annual blood drives,                                                              of our student body, faculty, and all members of our
to name a few. He                                                                 community who haven’t had a voice for a long time.” While
has been a part- time AmeriCorps member, serves on the                            many on campus have been supportive, starting this club
University Campus Climate Committee, and works with                               required true bravery and a commitment to justice; the
the Office of Admissions through the Overnight Guest                               entire community is fortunate that Joshua was there to
Program. In the past he served as the President of the                            take the reins.
Political Science Organization and the Student Government
Association, and as an Intelligent Leadership Development                         “What is very important to understand about Josh
Fellow. Joshua’s efforts as a scholar and civic leader have                       is that he represents exactly what we want in our
been recognized as he is the recipient of the Regimental
                                                                                  citizen-soldiers: selfless service, fairness and justice
Commander’s List, the Humanitarian Service Ribbon,
and the Volunteer Ribbon. Upon graduation, he will be                             for all, as well as the improvement of systems and
commissioned into the United States Army as a 2L Infantry                         organizations for the betterment of human kind.”
Officer. Most recently, Joshua started the University’s first
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Queer Transgendered and Allies club                                        – Martha Mathis, Dean of Students, Norwich University
on campus - the first and only one of its kind at a senior
military school. Joshua’s ability to transcend traditional
political and social boundaries by partnering with student
FINALIST:                                                          School of Global Public Health. Following that, he traveled to
LAURA KINGSTON                                                     Ghana, where he was a Global Impact Fellow with Unite for
Champlain College                                                  Sight, a global nonprofit that supports eye clinics worldwide.
                                                                   He has also volunteered at a hospital in Ecuador and is a
Laura Kingston, a                                                  trained EMT. Quan’s dedication to medicine and science
Champlain College                                                  is exemplary—and unlike many students in his major, he
senior, has been                                                   ensures that there is time to help change the world, whether
involved with the                                                  locally, nationally, or internationally.
DREAM (Directing
through Recreation,
Education, Adventure,                                              FINALIST:
and Mentoring)                                                     JEANELLE ACHEE
Program since her first                                             University of Vermont
weeks at Champlain                                                 Jeanelle Achee, a
and has worked                                                     nursing major, is a
hard to bring the                                                  student leader who
program to new and                                                 has passionately and
admirable heights.                                                 effectively worked for
DREAM partners                                                     meaningful change.
college students with children in a nearby low-income housing      Jeanelle has provided
community and helps create a true and lasting bond between         direct service as a
the two communities. The organization works directly to            trained crisis worker
support youth in poverty and has a specific focus towards           and victim’s advocate
rural communities that are often overlooked. During her            with Burlington’s
time at Champlain, Laura has distinguished herself as an           HOPE (Healing,
incredibly driven individual, and she consistently goes above      Outreach, Prevention,
and beyond in her duties within the DREAM Program. Laura           and Empowerment),
is deeply committed to the sustainability of the program and       and works on their
has worked tirelessly to recruit new members, identify leaders,    24-hour Hotline. Last year (2010-2011) she built awareness
and help to nurture the growth of these leaders. Laura’s           in the community through coordinating “The Clothesline
sincere, passionate, and innovative involvement with the           Project” with HOPE Works at UVM’s Dismantling Rape
DREAM program demonstrates an outstanding public service           Culture Conference. As the former Miss Champlain Valley
to both the Champlain community and DREAM’s partner                and participant in the Miss Vermont Scholarship Program,
community in Milton, Vermont.                                      Jeanelle’s platform is “Stop the Silence: Advocating for
                                                                   Survivors of Sexual Violence,” and she maintains an affiliated
FINALIST:                                                          blog. In the Spring of 2011 Jeanelle also coordinated and led
QUAN PHAM                                                          a girls’ empowerment and leadership weekend for members
Middlebury College                                                 of the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains Troop
                                                                   with incarcerated parents. As a student leader of the Dewey
Quan Pham’s history                                                House for Civic Engagement, Community Service Scholarship
at Middlebury attests                                              Program, and Residence Life, Jeanelle also acts on a daily basis
to his commitment to                                               to interrupt bias incidents, and supports her peers in affiliated
public service. He is                                              civic engagement projects. Training to become a nurse to
also the co-coordinator                                            provide direct support for survivors of violence, Jeanelle’s
of the Service Cluster                                             commitment will extend beyond her college years, impacting
Board, where he has                                                her career and life-work.
spent countless hours
helping to advance
the work of leaders
of numerous student
service organizations.
Quan also enjoys
working at the Mary
Johnson Child Care
Center, and promoting cultural awareness by teaching
Beginning Japanese weekly for a “Kindergarten-First” class.
He raises funds for Middlebury College Habitat for Humanity,
has served on the Ceremonies Committee for Relay for Life,
is a Resident Advisor, volunteers for overnight shifts at the
Community at Charter House (a local emergency shelter), and
participates in the Middlebury College Page 1 Literacy Project’s
Reading Carnival. As a Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
major with a strong interest in medicine, he is extremely
motivated in applying his knowledge outside the classroom;
for example, this past summer he was accepted as a Summer
Public Health Fellow at University of North Carolina’s Gillings
    This summer, VCC will host an internship program that engages students from member campuses throughout the state
       in long-term recovery efforts associated with Tropical Storm Irene as well as future disaster preparedness plans.
                            This program is generously supported by the following organizations:
                  VERMONT CAMPUS COMPACT 2011-12
This year, Vermont Campus Compact placed eight VISTAs at
host-sites across the state. We currently have VISTAs serving
at Castleton State College, Champlain College, Lyndon State
College Upward Bound, Middlebury College, Southern
Vermont College and Mount Anthony Union High School,
and the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC).
The 2011-12 VISTA program focuses on fighting poverty by
improving pathways to higher education. VISTAs work to
improve college aspirations and the belief that college is an
option, increase access to higher education for low-income
individuals, and develop partnerships with local schools and
community organizations. Since August 2011, our VISTA
projects have:

• Provided 1,355 disadvantaged youth with services to
  improve college access.

• Matched 783 students with mentors.

• recruited volunteers that served 7,864 hours.

                    In October, VCC partnered with Castleton State College and Green Mountain College to host
                    Strategies and Tools for Developing an Evaluation of Campus Civic Engagement, a one-day
                    workshop facilitated by Cathy Burack of Brandeis University.

   In January, VCC partnered with Saint Michael’s College and the University of Vermont to host the
   Faculty Fellows for Service-Learning Seminar. This three-day workshop trained fifteen faculty
   members from across the state on how to implement service-learning into their courses and provided
   many opportunities for collaboration across campuses and disciplines. An additional Faculty Fellows
   Institute will take place June 4-6 at UVM.

                    The VCC Summer Internship for Vermont Recovery is a statewide initiative to provide assistance
                    to Long-Term Recovery Committees and other organizations, while providing students opportunities to
                    contribute in meaningful ways to Vermont’s recovery.

    Moving Us Forward: Recognizing and Rewarding Civic Engagement, the
    Eastern Region Campus Compact’s first annual conference, was held in New York City on
    October 27-28. This brand new collaboration resulted in rich dialogue and learning on
    engaged scholarship, institutional change, and campus-community reciprocity. The 2nd
    Annual Conference, Moving Us Forward: Social Responsibility and Community
    Impact, will be held at Dartmouth College on October 11-12, 2012.

                               With generous funding from TD Charitable Foundation, VCC will award five faculty members
                               Environmental Teaching Grants to help them incorporate a service-learning based
                               approach into an environmental or sustainability based course.
Vermont Campus Compact is a statewide coalition of college and university presidents united in a shared commitment
to the civic mission of higher education. VCC presidents believe that through sustained and creative student, faculty, and
institutional engagement with communities, higher education can help prepare tomorrow’s civic and social leaders while
strengthening communities and improving lives.

VCC provides training, networking, grants, resources, awards, and more to advance service, service-learning, and civic
engagement on campuses and in communities. VCC is part of a larger national network of 35 state Compacts affiliated
with national Campus Compact, representing 1100 college and university presidents and their campuses, all dedicated to
realizing the public purposes of higher education.

Vermont Campus Compact wishes to honor the individual and collective impact of our network of community service,
service-learning, and civic engagement offices, and the faculty, staff, and students who work passionately to make a
difference. This fall, especially, some of these individuals went far above and beyond to respond to the devastation
wrought by Tropical Storm Irene, mobilizing volunteers and making campus and community resources available to
help address community needs. We salute you for these efforts, as well as your on-going dedication and service to your
campuses, your communities, our state, and the larger world.

We are grateful to and want to publicly acknowledge the 2011-2012 AmeriCorps*VISTA members who are dedicating a year
of service to fighting poverty by improving pathways and access to higher education for low-income individuals. They are
an extension of our Vermont Campus Compact staff and have made a significant difference at their sites, in local schools,
and in our communities.

Thank you to the 2011-2012 VCC VISTA members: Jessica Duncan, Castleton State College; David Madonna and Kiley
Phelan, Champlain College; Abby Robbins and Brittany Lavery; Lyndon State College; Emma Lennon, Middlebury
College; Abram Lefebre, Southern Vermont College and Mount Anthony Union High School; Chloe Briede, Vermont
Student Assistance Program; Robyn Baylor, Vermont Campus Compact.

Vermont Campus Compact would like to express our gratitude to Saint Michael’s College, our host institution, and the
many businesses and corporations who have provided support to our programs. Their generosity has allowed us to focus
on supporting the missions of Vermont colleges and universities to be good stewards in their communities, educate active
and engaged citizens, and participate in a larger national effort in higher education to contribute to the common good.

Finally, we would like to acknowledge and thank Cabot Creamery Cooperative for hosting and sponsoring this event today.
We value our partnership with Cabot; their tremendous support enables us to recognize and highlight the important work
of our member campuses and the individuals who inspire us all.

Cheryl Whitney Lower, Executive Director
Laura Bellmay, Program Assistant
Robyn Baylor, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader
The 2011-2012 VCC AmeriCorps*VISTA Members

Vermont Campus Compact Board                           Member Institutions
Adam Weinberg, World Learning/SIT (Chair)              Bennington College                 Middlebury College
Paul Fonteyn, Green Mountain College (Vice-Chair)      Castleton State College            Norwich University
James Beckwith, Southern Vermont College (Secretary)   Champlain College                  Saint Michael’s College
Neal Robinson, Saint Michael’s College (Treasurer)     Community College of Vermont       Southern Vermont College
Philip Daniels, TD Bank                                Goddard College                    Sterling College
David Finney, Champlain College                        Green Mountain College             University of Vermont
Joyce Judy, Community College of Vermont               Johnson State College              World Learning/SIT
Paul Millman, Chroma Technology                        Landmark College
John Neuhauser, Saint Michael’s College                Lyndon State College
Jeff Nolan, Dinse, Knapp & McAndre                     Marlboro College

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