Sunday, December 30, 2007

CCV Burlington in the news

Once again, CCV is in the news regarding our planned move from Burlington to Winooski in 2010...

Click here to read "Voice of the Free Press" from the Burlington Free Press (12.27.07)

Friday, December 21, 2007

CCV Art Instructor Wins Barbara Smail Award

Burlington City Arts has announced that Carol MacDonald is the winner of the 2008 Barbara Smail Award. MacDonald, a printmaker, writer and CCV art instructor is the sixth recipient of the award. She also founded Art’s Alive. The award is given to a “mid-career” artist and comes with a $1,000. prize and use of BCA facilities for one year.

The award was established by friends and family of Smail, an artist who taught Watercolor Painting at CCV for many years. Barbara Smail lived in the Champlain Islands before her death in 2001.

Congratulations Carol! Click here to visit Carol MacDonald's website.

Bearing Alms III by Carol MacDonald

Submitted by Mica Deangelis

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

"What the Bleep Do We Know?"

"What the Bleep Do We Know???"
Take Science and Spirituality, Thursdays, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm beginning January 24th, 2008 at CCV Burlington and find out!
Chris Heintz, a UVM graduate who later earned a Master of Theology degree from Andover Newton Theological School, passionately explores the "nexus of science and spirituality." He looks forward to welcoming many others into this journey using interactive discussion and inquiry.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

More Videos from Intro to Filmmaking

Check out the videos below from Bill Simmon's fall 2007 Intro to Filmmaking course at CCV Burlington!

"End of Time" by Al Pedone:

"Broken Promise" by Megan Dattilio:

"Shoots and Ladders" by Megan Dattilio:

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Calling All CCV Students for MLK Day

In commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, CCV Burlington’s Student Advisory Board will be organizing a service event on January 21, 2008. Working with the Americorps program and local non-profits throughout Chittenden County, CCV students will have the opportunity to honor MLK’s legacy by volunteering at a number of different service sites. We will be meeting in our 119 Pearl St. building at 11:00 AM to talk a little about King’s life and commitment to community service before heading down to City Hall at 12:00 PM to sign-up for some service work. Students will be able to choose from a number of different volunteer opportunities addressing many social issues (such as race and gender discrimination, environmental and sustainability concerns, poverty, etc.). We will conclude our day with a free community dinner with live music and entertainment at 5:00 PM in Contois Auditorium at City Hall.

Please come and meet some new folks and commemorate the life of one of America’s greatest human rights leaders the way he would have wanted you too, as a “Day On, Not a Day Off.”

For more information please email Ian Boyd at

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Saturday, December 8, 2007

Trustees Approve CCV Facility in Winooski

At its Dec. 7 meeting, the VSC Board of Trustees approved the construction of a new CCV facility to be built in Winooski. The new facility will serve 2,200 students currently attending CCV in Chittenden County and will support continued growth in enrollment.  Occupancy is planned for summer 2010.  A fuller description is contained in a communication to the CCV community from President Tim Donovan by clicking here (CCV Portal log-in required). 

What do you think about CCV's plans to move to Winooski? Let us know by leaving a comment here. 

For further media coverage, check out the links below (more will be added as they are made available): 

Board approved CCV's Winooski move from the Burlington Free Press (12/8/07)

Thursday, December 6, 2007

8 Ways to Think Better

Final exams and term papers are right around the corner and the impending stress of this busy time calls for thinking about how we can improve our brain power. Below are eight tips to help us all keep our brains performing at their best.

  1. Time it right. Figure out your own best “thinking time” and reserve it for your most challenging brain work.
  2. Anchor new memories to established ones. “Think of your existing memory as a scaffold upon which to fit new information,” says University of Michigan cognitive researcher Denise Par, Ph. D. “Don’t isolate new information out in left field. Always relate it to something.”
  3. Practice, practice, practice. Learning and repeatedly practicing new skills appears to change the brain’s internal organization.
  4. Pay attention. Do you sometimes find yourself “forgetting” a person’s name seconds after meeting him/her? The problem isn’t memory; it’s concentration.
  5. End distractions. If you’re bombarded with irrelevant stimuli, it’s hard to focus. When you absolutely must do something (complete a paper, for instance), try leaving your room where you can turn off the phone and concentrate.
  6. Exercise the body to improve the mind. An increasing cadre of researchers now believe aerobic workouts can increase everything from school performance to nerve conduction velocity. Suspected mechanisms: increased oxygen and nutrient supplies to the brain, plus a boost in natural compounds called neurotrophins, which promote brain cell growth.
  7. Take time to dream. Research has shown that your neural net is built during sleeping hours. You will indeed remember more and be better able to “make connections” if you get adequate (8 hours/ night) uninterrupted sleep.
  8. Eat right. There really are good-mood foods and foods that help you construct better neural pathways. Fish, vitamin D (salmon, milk), vitamin B (dried beans, leafy greens, whole grains, and avocados), and chocolate are essential ingredients for maintaining your mood and your mind.
Thank you to Anita M. Long for submitting this piece. (We really appreciate you giving us scientific research to promote eating chocolate). Anita, who works at the Learning Cooperative at UVM is also a CCV Burlington math instructor and former CCV Burlington Academic Advisor.

Possible new home for CCV

At its Friday, December 7 meeting, the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees will vote on a resolution to accept the CCV Site Selection Committee’s recommendation and approve the construction of a new CCV facility in Winooski. Details will be posted to the CCV Portal Friday evening following the Board action. Check back here for more details as they are available.

The following news stories hit the press today regarding this topic as well:

CCV plans to build Winooski campus from Burlington Free Press (12/6/07)

Community College Of Vermont Could Move To Winooski from (12/6/07)

Community College of Vt. to move Burlington campus to Winooski from (12/6/07)

CCV Finds New Chittenden County Campus from (12/6/07)

Community College of Vt. to move Burlington campus to Winooski from Vermont Public Radio (12/6/07)

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

CCV in the news

Check out these recent articles regarding CCV:

CCV recieves $200,000 grant from the Burlington Free Press (12/04/07)

CCV offering online human services courses from the Burlington Free Press (11/28/07)