Monday, September 29, 2008

Student Success Week (September 29 - October 3, 2008)

This week is Student Success Week at CCV Burlington! This week, the fifth week of the semester, 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 Learning Center (Cherry Street Building, room 204) 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 in the Learning Center an the 119 Pearl Street lobby! 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.

Hang in there! You can do it!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Happy Birthday to the CCV Burlington Blog!

Birthday wishes are in order as the CCV Burlington Blog turns one year old today! Since that day, this blog has been visted by...

  • 9.33 people per day

  • nearly 2000 seperate individuals

  • residents of 47 states

  • residents of 50 countries

  • residents of 6 continents

Here's to many more years and many more visitors.

Interested in contributing to the CCV Burlington Blog? If so, contact Adam Warrington at

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Friday, September 26, 2008

CCV Hallway Galleries: Isaac Wasuck

CCV’s latest hallway gallery installation is by Isaak Wasuck. The image presented here is titled Matter of Timing (oil on canvas) and is one of the many pieces included in the latest art installation at the Community College of Vermont in Burlington.

Wasuck was born in St. Albans, Vermont. Following high school, he ventured west, as many before, and tried to discover what should be done in life. After working a 9 to 5 job and working on sheep farms in New Zealand, came back to the states and moved to Philadelphia. He attended the university of the arts and received, four years later in 1999, a BFA degree. Since graduation, has moved many more times to various places around the east coast before settling down in Burlington. In this little spot in the world he tries to focus intently on painting, photography, and whatever other art falls in his path, and establishing himself as a contender in the 'art world'.

For Isaac, creating art is a constant failing attempt to escape meaning. His catalog tells a long, drawn out, unintended and detailed story of his life as a fugitive from substance. Artist’s intent is always implied and overcoming the paradox of his 'this means nothing' theme is an impossible trap. His work is a document of trying to overcome the impossible.
~ Pascal Spengemann
This installation is on display through December 5 in the Lower Level atrium of CCV Burlington’s 110 Cherry Street building. For more information on Wasuck and his work, visit

Want to learn more about CCV’s hallway galleries? Visit

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Ann Clayton Barlow: FROM HERE TO THERE...

Ann Clayton Barlow, a member of CCV Burlington's art faculty and Vermont artist, will have a gallery exhibit of her work on display from September 26 - December 13 at the Firehouse Center's Community Darkroom (135 Church Street, Burlington, Lower Level).

In FROM HERE TO THERE: reflections on contemporary landscapes, Barlow explores environments that evoke spaces for contemplation and speculation. An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 26 from 6 - 8 PM.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Jenny Gundy: Wait Until Dark

Jenny Gundy, a CCV faculty member and Vermont Adult Learning (VAL) counselor, is currently performing in the Waterbury Festival Players production of Wait Until Dark.
The show opens tonight and runs through Saturday, October 11. For more information including showtimes, ticket info, and a bio of Jenny, visit

Break a leg Jenny!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Carol MacDonald: Cast On, Bind Off

Carol MacDonald, a member of CCV Burlington's art faculty and Vermont print-artist, will have a gallery exhibit of her work on display from September 26 - November 1 at the Firehouse Gallery (135 Church Street, Burlington).

In Cast On, Bind Off, MacDonald examines the tradition of knitting through a variety of print-making techniques. In this new series of work, she reflects on the repetitive and therapeutic nature of this traditional handicrad, detailing the intricate techniques of knitting, as well as creating monoprints directly from garments she has knit herself. An activity based upon processes and patience, MacDonald sees the act of knitting as respectful of both space and time--rare commodities in today's world of instant gratification. Through the examination of this labor-intensive, defiantly manual practice she seeks to remind us that slowing down is a necessity in order to hear our own voice in a hectic and chaotic world.

Artist Talk: Friday, September 26, 5 - 6 PM

Opening Reception:
Friday, September 26, 6 - 8 PM

There will also be a panel discussion titled "Following the Creative Thread" on Friday October 24, at 7 PM. Carol will be talking about the development of her work and Charlie Purinton, chaplain will be speaking about art, creativity and healing.

Carol MacDonald is the 2008 recipient of Burlington City Art's annual Barbara Smail Award. For more information on her work, visit

Monday, September 22, 2008

Blog Action Day

On October 15, the CCV Burlington Blog will be participating in Blog Action Day 2008. Blog Action Day is an annual nonprofit event that aims to unite the world’s bloggers, podcasters and videocasters, to post about the same issue on the same day. Their aim is to raise awareness and trigger a global discussion and this year's topic is poverty. For more information, check out the video at the bottom of this post.
Global issues like poverty are extremely complex. There is no simple, clear answer. By asking thousands of different people to give their viewpoints and opinions, Blog Action Day creates an extraordinary lens through which to view these issues. Each blogger brings their own perspective and ideas. Each blogger posts relating to their own blog topic. And each blogger engages their audience differently.

Would you like to write for Blog Action Day? If so, send your contribution to Adam Warrington ( by Tuesday, October 14. What you write is up to you... so long as it is around the theme of ending poverty. Maybe you just want to contribute a paragraph or a quote. Or maybe you want to share a paper from one of your classes. The sky is the limit and the more voices the better.

Friday, September 19, 2008

CCV Hallway Galleries: Capturing Ireland by Jolene Ford

CCV’s latest hallway gallery installation is by Jolene Ford, a Williston resident and Community College of Vermont student. Capturing Ireland is a series of photographs that were taken by Ford during CCV’s spring 2008 study abroad trip to Ireland.

When she’s not in class, Jolene raises four children, 2 year old twin girls and boys ages 13 and 11. Jolene loves photography, and her work is displayed in a South Burlington art shop Candles & Creations, and at Lily Pond in Plattsburgh, New York. In 2007 she had a collection of painting, poems and photography displayed in "Art and Healing of the Mind" an art show dedicated towards the self regenerative properties of creating art.

Capturing Ireland is currently on display through September 29 in the first floor hallway of CCV Burlington’s 119 Pearl Street building.

Want to learn more about CCV’s hallway galleries?

Want to learn more about CCV study abroad opportunities?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Fall Alternative Weekend Trip Now Accepting Applications!

CCV is now accepting applications for our fourth Alternative Weekend trip to take place from Thursday, October 23rd to Sunday, October 26th. Students will have a chance to take part in an all expense paid trip to Hartford, Connecticut to volunteer at several fantastic non-profit organizations. This is a great opportunity to meet some new folks and do some excellent service work outside of Vermont!
For more information on the sites we will be working with, please visit the links below:
House of Bread
St. Elizabeth House

Please email Ian Boyd at with any questions!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Free Library Webinars

The Hartness Library (serving CCV and the Vermont Technical College) is offering several free webinars this semester to help students learn about library research basics and evaluating resources. All students may attend any of the following Web-based presentations and instruction sessions presented by CCV librarians. The only system requirements are a high-speed Internet connection and a phone. Simply go to the link below to join any session.

Library Research Basics
• Thursday, September 18th (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
• Thursday, September 18th (4:30 - 5:30 pm)
• Tuesday, September 23rd (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
• Tuesday, September 23rd (4:30 - 5:30 pm)
• Wednesday, September 24th (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
• Wednesday, September 24th (4:30 - 5:30 pm)
• Friday, October 3rd (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
• Thursday, October 9th (4:30 - 5:30 pm)

Evaluating Resources

• Monday, September 29th (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
• Monday, September 29th (4:30 - 5:30 pm)
• Tuesday, September 30th (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
• Tuesday, September 30th (4:30 - 5:30 pm)
• Friday, October 10th (12:00 - 1:00 pm)

To join any of these sessions, follow the link below and join the session as a guest. After you have logged in, call 1 (800) 910-2586 to join the conference call. When you are prompted to enter a PIN, dial 225456.

Can't make it to a webinar?
View one of the Library Instruction Video Tutorials on the Library portal using the following path in Blackboard:

Blackboard > CCV Library Hartness tab > Get Help > All Handouts & Tutorials

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Ice Cream Social In Pictures

On Tuesday, September 9, 2008, approximately 160 students, faculty, and staff attended CCV Burlington's 3rd Annual Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Social. Here are some photos from that event. (Photography by Chris Ryan)

Friday, September 12, 2008

New Student Orientation in Pictures

On Wednesday, August 27, 2008, more than 100 new CCV Burlington students attended New Student Orientation. Here are some photos from that event.

Photography by Chris Ryan

Thursday, September 11, 2008

CCV in the News: Winooski Groundbreaking (Part 2)

Here are a few more local news articles regarding CCV's recent groundbreaking in Winooski:

1. CCV begins work on new building from the Burlington Free Press

2. Community College of Vt. building new home from Vermont Public Radio

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

CCV in the News: Winooski Groundbreaking

Several stories have appeared in the local news following CCV's recent groundbreaking for the new facility in Winooski. For the official press release from CCV, click here. Here are a few of the news pieces from around the area...

1. CCV breaks ground on new Winooski facility from the Burlington Free Press

2. CCV Breaks Ground on New Campus from WCAX-TV

3. Community Colleges Enjoy Record Enrollment from WCAX-TV. Video:

4. Community College of Vt. building new home from Fox 44

5. Community College Of Vt. Building New Home from WPTZ

Academic Support Services Schedule for Fall 2008

CCV Burlington recently completed the schedule for fall 2008 writing labs, math labs, and peer tutoring in our Learning Center (110 Cherry Street, Room 204). These services are free to all currently enrolled CCV students. Click on the link below to view the entire schedule or stop by the CCV Burlington front desk to pick up a copy.

CCV Burlington Learning Lab Schedule

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

CCV Breaks Ground

This morning, the Community College of Vermont broke ground on its new Chittenden County facility at a soggy, but well attended ceremony. The new building is slated to open in May of 2010 at 1 Abenaki Way in Winooski. Below are some images from the event taken Chris Ryan. Check back here soon for more updates on the new building!

Fred Hackett and CCV President Tim Donovan

Governor Jim Douglas addresses the crowd.

Winooski Mayor Michael O'Brien addresses the crowd.

Let's get to work!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

3rd Annual Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Social

Don't forget!

CCV Burlington Ice Cream Social

Tuesday, September 9, 2008,

5:00 – 6:30 PM (or until we run out of ice cream)

Overlook Café (2nd Floor), 119 Pearl Street, Burlington

This fall semester kick-off event is quickly becoming a CCV tradition! Open to all CCV students, staff, alumni and faculty only. Featuring free ice cream from Ben and Jerry’s! For more information contact Adam at

Thursday, September 4, 2008

CCV Art Professor Exibits Work

Nancy Stone, CCV professor for Introduction to Book Arts, will be participating in The Book Arts Guild of Vermont's upcoming exhibit. An opening will take place this Friday, September 5 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm as a part of Burlington's First Friday Art Walk. The exhibit will be on the second floor of the Burlington City Arts’ Firehouse Gallery (135 Church Street) during the month of September, including the Burlington Book Festival taking place during the weekend of September 12-14.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Smith College & Mt. Holyoke College Visit CCV Burlington

Representatives from Smith and Mount Holyoke Colleges will be visiting CCV Burlington on Friday, October 10, 2008 at noon. Join us for lunch and learn about two exciting transfer programs for women 24 or older.

The Ada Comstock Scholars Program at Smith College and the Frances Perkins Program at Mount Holyoke College offer women of nontraditional college age an opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Art degree. Students attend the same classes and fulfill the same requirements as do all other Smith and Mt. Holyoke students. Their strong motivation and commitment provide an example for students of traditional college age; the diversity of their life experience enriches the classroom and their expectations challenge the faculty.

The Ada Comstock Scholars Program and Frances Perkins Program combine rigorous academic challenges with flexibility for women beyond the traditional college age by providing options for reduced course loads, special academic advising, career counseling and diverse housing options. Both schools participate in the five college consortium enabling students to take classes at Smith, Mt. Holyoke, Amherst, the University of Massachusetts and Hampshire College. Financial aid is available to each woman with demonstrated need.

Many CCV women students have transferred to Smith and Mt. Holyoke successfully. Presently there are over 400 students in these programs. Some bring their families with them, some come alone, some with a partner or spouse. Most arrive having earned between 32 and 64 transferable college credits in liberal arts courses.

Please contact Mica at CCV, 865-4422 or for more information or to RSVP for the informational luncheon.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Fall 2008 Classroom Assignments

To view classroom assignments for the Fall 2008 semester at CCV Burlington, visit the link below. Please note that these assignments are subject to change and students are encouraged to double check the room assignment on the day of the first class meeting by visiting the Pearl Street or Cherry Street building lobbies.

Good luck to all members of the CCV community as begin the new semester!