Friday, February 29, 2008

Spanish Class Blogs

Mario Martinez’s Spanish I and II classes at CCV Burlington and Conversational Spanish at CCV St. Albans are currently using blogs to publish their writing. The blogs provide the students a means to apply the grammar and vocabulary that is taught in their classes and to write on a subject of their choice. Their writings provide a basis for in-class conversations and discussions on their story subject matter or related topics. Professor Martinez receives the documents from the students and provides feedback about their grammar and vocabulary. After this, students make their corrections and their story is added to the blog. It provides a means for students to feel proud of their learning and what they are producing.

The effect of this has been to make the students more excited, committed and serious about their writing and about Spanish. The blogging itself is helping the students to become familiar with what a blog is and provides them with ideas to pursue their own independent blogging for other purposes. It has become a tool for creating a Spanish community in CCV. In addition, their writings can be used by other educational institutions and encourage other students to study Spanish at CCV.

Click the links below to visit the Spanish class blogs:

EspaƱol en CCV Burlington

Mis Estudiantes CCV St. Albans

Submitted by: Mario Martinez, CCV Spanish Professor

Monday, February 25, 2008

Documentary Night

Come join the Student Advisory Board (SAB) for a viewing of Maxed Out, a documentary focused on America’s rapidly growing debt crisis. Film will be followed with a brief discussion. Refreshments will be provided!

When: Thursday, March 6th from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Where: Pearl Street, Room 100

Who: Event is open to all CCV students and faculty. Bring a friend!

To read a full description of the film, please visit:

For more information, contact Kelsi Powers at

Winooski site forum for students and faculty

CCV students and factulty... we want (and need) to hear from you! There will be an open forum on Thursday, February 28th from 5pm – 7pm in Conference room 2A (2nd floor of the 119 Pearl Street building) to discuss our new facility to be built in Winooski. Your participation will help us design a new building that we can be proud of. Please RSVP to Dawn Tetrault by either calling 865-3043 or sending an email to We hope to see you there!

Some of the questions we will have for you:

1. When you think about space that is designed for students to use for study or meeting purposes outside of the classroom, how do you envision such spaces? One large space (apart from a library/learning center) or several smaller spaces located throughout a facility?

2. When you think of space for faculty uses: preparing for classes, grabbing a bite to eat, meeting with a student as you may need, should we be considering a centralized location for such spaces or several spaces throughout a facility? Should we have spaces assigned around curriculum-specific classrooms?

3. What are your thoughts about amenities or services that are important/beneficial to CCV constituents that should be near our new Winooski facility?

Student Success Week

February 25 - 29 is Student Success Week at CCV Burlington! This week is a time when many students start to feel the pressure of impending midterm exams, papers, and other due dates. In order to help alleviate the stress of this busy time, students can stop by the lobby at 119 Pearl Street to pick up some great resources on student success skills like time management, stress relief, note taking, math study tips, and much, much more. We also have free snacks available! If you are having problems with your classes and need help, please stop by to pick up some resources, have a bite to eat and maybe even speak to an on-call academic advisor.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Nominations sought for Student Graduation Speaker

Honor a great CCV student by nominating him or her for Student Speaker at CCV's 2008 graduation!

Nominations may be made by students, instructors and/or staff, and must be received no later than March 7th. For instructions, download the Grad Speaker Nomination Info. Nominations can be submitted online by clicking here.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Greetings from Louisiana

Mica DeAngelis, an academic advisor and coordinator of visual arts courses at CCV Burlington, and her husband Barry have spent the last three weeks working with Habitat for Humanity in Louisiana. Here is an update and some pictures that Mica recently sent us:

We volunteered for three weeks in Lacombe, LA, a city just north of New Orleans that was flooded after Hurricane Katrina. Most homes had 8 feet of water from the storm, others were totally destroyed by the winds, etc.. Habitat was building two houses a year in this city before the storm, this January we finished the 100th house since the storm hit. We were working with 20 other volunteers on a small development of 15 homes. I am painting baseboards in one photo, the other photo is of Barry and I outside the same home. A single mom of two will be moving into this house in April. We hope all is well in VT and look forward to returning soon.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Green Space Forum

All CCV Burlington students, staff, and faculty are invited to attend the upcoming forum to discuss CCV’s green goals related to sustainability for our new Winooski facility.

When? Wednesday, February 27 from 8:30 to 11:30 am

Where? Room LL7 of the 110 Cherry Street building.

Please join us. We want hear your concerns and your ideas! Please RSVP to Dawn Tetrault at (802) 865-3043 or

The CQ @ CCV

Jon Taylor from Seven Days recently visit CCV Burlington for the latest incarnation of The Campus Question. This week's question: "How would you define the Facebook Poke?" Check out the video below for answers from CCV students.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Documentary Night

Come join the Student Advisory Board (SAB) for a viewing of Citizen King, a documentary focused on the last five years of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Film will be followed with a brief discussion. Refreshments will be provided!

When: Wednesday, February 20th from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Where: Pearl Street, Room 100

Who: Event is open to all CCV students and faculty. Bring a friend!

For more information, contact Kelsi Powers at

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Work-Study Job Openings

Join Our Team! CCV Burlington is currently looking for two dependable, motivated, and friendly work-study students who can…

  • welcome students,
  • perform a variety of administrative tasks,
  • answer phones, and
  • provide general office support.

If you fit this description, apply today! To do so, complete an “Application for Work Study Position,” available in the Pearl Street Lobby or contact Julie Livingstone-Clarke ( or Marisa Brenk ( at 865-4422. If you have any questions about your eligibility, check your status with the CCV Burlington Financial Aid office (802-859-3023).

Monday, February 4, 2008

CCV Staff Art Work on Display

Artwork by two CCV staff members, Karen Geiger and Darlene Murphy, is currently on display at the annual First 50 art exhibit.

Each year, Art's Alive and Art Map Burlington invite artists to participate in this local tradition. It is an opportunity for the community to be exposed to local talent that has yet to appear on the radar and it is an opportunity for artists to show and introduce their work to the public.

The 2008 edition of First Fifty will be held at Art's Alive Gallery at Union Station (1 Main Street, Burlington) from February 1 - 29. For more information on this exhibit, visit

Washington D.C. Trip: Register today!

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 4 – 6, CCV is sponsoring a college-wide weekend trip to Washington DC. Enjoy the National Cherry Blossom Festival! Spend the days as you wish. Tour the capitol and see where Vermont congressional representatives, Sanders, Leahy and Welch work. Visit the galleries and museums that you choose. Gather Friday evening for the Monuments by Moonlight tour. Saturday evening we will gather as a group to watch the National Cherry Blossom Festival Fireworks Show

When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, April 4, 5, and 6, 2008

How: We will fly round trip on Southwest Air out of MANCHESTER NH. When we arrive we will take the Express Metro service into the capitol. We will go directly to Hostelling International to check in. It is an ideal location for getting around and visiting the sites. That evening we will take the Old Town Trolley Tours Monuments by Moonlight tour.

Time: Friday, April 4, leave at 1:40 from MANCHESTER, NH AIRPORT and arrive at BWI at 3:05 pm. On Sunday, April 6, leave BWI at 4:35 pm and return to MANCHESTER AIRPORT at 5:55 pm.

Lodging: We will stay at Hostelling International–Washington, DC. Our rooms will be dormitory style, with shared bathrooms. Separate rooms for men and women. It will be like a pajama party! The hostel has lockers to store your things during the day. You can check out the hostel at

Cost: $342 (includes Airfare, metro, lodging, Monuments by Moonlight tour)

For more information, contact Mel Donovan at Registration and payment in full due no later than Monday, February 18. Available seats for this trip are being filled via a lottery system. Notification will take place February 19.