Wednesday, November 21, 2007

CCV staff member volunteers in L.A.

Mica DeAngelis, a CCV Burlington academic advisor and coordinator of our Visual Arts programs, and her husband Barry Mansfield recently spent a week in Los Angeles, CA working on the Jimmy Carter Work Project 2007 through the Habitat for Humanity organization. Mica and Barry are long time Habitat volunteers and during this project in LA, they were house leaders working with a team of 16 that included college students, teachers, retirees, and young professionals. Together with the homeowners, a Mexican American family of 16, they applied 60 gallons of paint to a large home and two smaller cottages on their property. Thank you Mica for filing this report and the accompanying images:

"Sweat, smiles and dreams mix with sore muscles, energy and celebration every year for the Jimmy Carter Work Project. During the week of October 29, 2007, 3000 volunteers from around the world met in Los Angeles to build and rehab 100 homes. Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter put on tool belts themselves and worked along side volunteers to raise awareness about Habitat for Humanity’s mission to reduce substandard housing.

This annual gathering sponsored by the Carters, focuses the world’s attention on the need for affordable and decent housing worldwide. Called the Jimmy Carter Work Project, the international event has been an ongoing light raised against poverty housing by the Carters and Habitat for Humanity International since 1984."

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

College Transfer Fair a big success

On Friday, November 16, CCV Burlington hosted its first College Transfer Fair! Admissions counselors from 25 different colleges and universities representing five states were on hand to help CCV students explore their transfer options. Representatives from the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) were also available to help students explore their financing options as well as the many other VSAC resources available for planning a college transfer. Nearly 100 students from six different CCV locations attended the event. Check out the pictures from this event below.

Student artwork on display

Now through the end of the fall semester, student work from several art classes will be on display in the 3rd floor hallway of CCV Burlington’s 110 Cherry Street building. During the week of November 26th, pieces from Life Drawing I (ART-2031), Life Drawing II (ART-2032) and Two-Dimensional Design (ART-1060) will be on display. Work from Drawing I (ART-1011) will be up during the week of December 3rd. Stop by to view these great pieces by CCV students!

Images: Oil paintings from Bob Huntoon’s Oil Painting I & II (ART-1131 and ART-1132) classes.

CCV Students Take Part in an Alternative Weekend Service Trip

Three CCV students representing the Burlington and Rutland sites headed over to Portland, Maine on November 8th through the 11th to take part in the fall semester alternative weekend trip. CCV students joined up with Johnson State College and Burlington College to spend a weekend doing service at two Portland non-profits: the Preble Street organization and the Frannie Peabody Center.

Our students began their day preparing and serving breakfast to Portland natives living in poverty, as well as helping sort and organize clothing donations and making food pick-ups at local grocery stores. After a quick lunch they headed over to the Frannie Peabody Center, an organization that works closely with individuals suffering from HIV/AIDS, to help plan their annual health fair and raise awareness about World Aids Day on December 1st. Please visit the links below for more information about these two wonderful non-profit agencies.

And…keep your eye out for our next alternative weekend trip planned for April. More details are on the way.

Contributed by: Ian Boyd, Academic Advisor at CCV Burlington

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Video from Intro to Filmmaking

Check out the video below from Bill Simmon's fall 2007 Intro to Filmmaking course at CCV Burlington! This short in-class project is called "Marissa Explains it All." The students in the video are Marissa Dean and Trevor Thompson. The scene was loosely scripted by Amanda Reardon, who also directed most of the acting.

This was an in-class project intended to demonstrate basic "coverage" for shooting a dialogue between two people. Camera and audio duties were performed by the other students in the class. The goals of this demonstration/exercise were to show shot-counter-shot continuity, the 180 degree rule and direction-of-motion rules central to narrative filmmaking techniques. Amanda and Marissa expanded upon this script to produce a short film for one of their assignments, which should be up on YouTube soon.

Some of the current projects being developed and shot by students in the filmmaking class include a zombie movie, an adaptation of Meatloaf's "Paradise by the Dashboard Lights," a faux realty show based upon Laguna Beach called "North Beach," and a film depicting a vicious Chutes and Ladders smackdown.

Thank you to Professor Simmon for contributing this post. Click here to view Bill's other YouTube vidoes. Also, check out Bill's blogs at and