Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Looking for a spring course? Try CIS-1045

Looking for a computer course for the spring semester? If so, why not consider CIS-1045, Intro to Multimedia Applications & Tools. The course is being offered on Tuesdays from 6:15 - 9:00 PM (January 27 - May 5, 2009) and is being taught by David Wells.

You certainly have consumed media- surfed the web, watched tv, listened to radio. With Intro to Multimedia Applications & Tools, you will learn about the tools that you can use to create and publish on the web. This is a hands-on course where you will spend most of your class time creating new content. Grab your own piece of the web with Introduction to Multimedia Applications!

Want to learn more about the course? If so, check out the following...
1. Spring 2009 course description

2. Fall 2008 course blog (check out the links to the current student blogs on the right side)

3. The following is a video made by Jennifer Borthwick-Leslie, a student in the fall 2008 section in Burlington. (Music by Heavyweight Dub Champion):

Space is limited so register early the get the courses you want!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tim Donovan on colleges and the economic turndown

Yesterday, CCV's president Tim Donovan appeared on Vermont Edition, a daily radio broadcast on Vermont Public Radio. The topic of the show was the impact of today's economy on the the cost of higher education. To hear the entire broadcast, visit this page:

Monday, November 24, 2008

President Donovan on VPR... Today!

CCV's President Tim Donovan and Robert Clarke, Chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges, will be guests on Vermont Public Radio's Vermont Edition call-in show today. The topic of the show will be our nations current economic circumstances and how it is impacting higher education. Tune in today at noon! (107.9 FM in the Chittenden County area). For more information on this broadcast, click here.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

CCV Burlington welcomes Liz Stahle

CCV Burlington recently hired Liz Stahle as a work study student in our operations office and we would like to officially recognize her joining the staff. Here is a short bio that Liz wrote for the blog:

Hey! I'm Liz Stahle, the new Work Study in Operations. I'm from Rutland, VT and attended high school at Rutland High School. I also attended the CCV in Rutland for a Semester. In my free time I enjoy painting, dancing, and reading. I moved to Burlington in June and love it here. I'm hoping to go into some kind of Environmental Studies, but I'm trying to complete some more of my core requirements before deciding on a major. This is my second semester at CCV, and I am really enjoying it so far. I look forward to meeting and working with all of you. See you around!
Welcome to the staff Liz. We’re glad to have you here!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Transfer Fair Recap

Yesterday, CCV Burlington hosted it's 2nd Annual College Transfer Fair. 24 colleges and universities attended as well as the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation and the University of Vermont's ROTC program. 52 students attended the event and several traveled from other CCV loations including Montpelier, Middlebury, Morrisville, Rutland, and Brattleboro!

Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a reality... especially to the admissions counselors who traveled from far distances to speak with CCV students. Here are a few images from the event:

Saturday, November 15, 2008

CCV in the News (Part 4)

Here are a few more local news stories that appeared this week regarding CCV's purchase of the Woodbury College campus.

1. Today's Times-Argus editorial takes the form of thumbs-up/thumbs-down
week in review. This morning’s editorial includes CCV’s return to Montpelier as a thumbs up item. Click here for the entire article.

“Good news this week that the Community College of Vermont will purchase the Woodbury College campus on Elm Street and move more than 30 administrative jobs back to Montpelier. It was disconcerting to learn of Woodbury's plans to merge with Champlain College and essentially move to Burlington, not only because of worries the building would sit empty, but also because of the loss of an important higher education component of Montpelier's economy and student opportunity. Moving CCV's administration and eventually its classes into the Elm Street campus guarantees a good use of the Woodbury facility that will benefit the central Vermont region. This is a return home for CCV, which had been headquartered in Montpelier until moving to Waterbury in 1985. Welcome back.”

2. WCAX ran the following video segment:

Friday, November 14, 2008

Students Host Film Night

Come join the Student Advisory Board on Wednesday, November 19th for a viewing of "CoSM the Movie: Alex Grey and the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors." The film will begin at 6:30 and is being held in the Mac Lab (Cherry Street, LL19). Popcorn and refreshments will be provided. Please see below for some examples of Grey's incredible work or visit

We hope to see you there!
For more information contact Kelsi Powers, Student Advisory Board member, at

College Transfer Fair

Thinking about transferring from CCV to another college? If so, you should attend CCV Burlington's 2nd Annual College Transfer Fair! Representatives from colleges and universities around New England and New York will be on hand to speak with you about degree programs and transfer options. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Drop in hours: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

CCV Burlington
119 Pearl Street
Burlington, VT 05401
Room 2C (2nd Floor)

Schools in Attendance (Updated: 11/14/08)




New Hampshire

New York

Rhode Island

For more information contact Adam at

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

CCV Burlington Student Nominated for Citizen Award

The Vermont Teddy Bear Company has announced that CCV Burlington student Kelsi Powers (and CCV Burlington Blog author!) is a finalist for the 8th annual Vermont Student Citizen Award. Powers, a CCV student graduating in December, is being recognized for her volunteer work with the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf – the largest food shelf in Vermont, which serves over 10,000 people a year.

Powers began working with the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf in the Spring of 2008 and now volunteers 4-5 mornings a week at the organization’s warehouse and grocery distribution location. “My motivation to contact the Food Shelf came from my brother-in-law, who, for as long as I have known him, has never wanted a gift for Christmas. The only thing he has ever requested is that I volunteer my time,” said Powers. “Wanting to follow through on telling him that I would, I contacted the closest food shelf and signed up for a morning of service. After that, it wasn’t difficult to go back again and again and again.”

Letters of recommendation in support of Powers’ Vermont Student Citizen Award application were sent in by representatives of the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf and CCV, including the college’s provost, Joyce Judy. “That she has found time to volunteer a large amount of her time to our community and student body reflects on Kelsi’s character and commitment to service,” said Judy. “I am proud of the work she has done, and proud that we can claim her as a CCV student.”

Created by The Vermont Teddy Bear Company in cooperation with Vermont Campus Compact, Vermont Higher Education Council, and Vermont Life Magazine, the Vermont Student Citizen Award recognizes the outstanding community service contributions Vermont college students make in the community to nonprofit groups and civic organizations. The award carries a reward of $1,000 to the student, a corporate gift of $1,000 to the nonprofit organization where the student serves, and a gift of $1,000 to the institution the student attends. The winner will be announced later in November. Way to go Kelsi! Good luck.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

CCV in the News (Part 3)

Here are a few more news stories from today about CCV...

1. "CCV spring registration has begun" from the Burlington Free Press

2. "CCV moving from Waterbury to Montpelier" from

CCV in the News (Part 2)

An articile titled "CCV buying Woodbury’s Montpelier campus" appeared in today's issue of the Burlington Free Press. Click here to read the entire article.

CCV in the News

An articile titled "CCV to make former Woodbury College building its headquarters" appeared in today's issue of the Times Argus. Click here to read the entire article.

CCV to Purchase Woodbury College Facility

Yesterday, CCV's President, Tim Donovan, announced the pending sale of Woodbury College’s facility on North Elm Street in Montpelier to CCV. The 22,000 SF facility which has served as Woodbury College’s home since 1989 sits on 8 acres of land approximately a mile and a half from the center of downtown Montpelier.

CCV will take possession of the property at the end of 2008. In time, this location will house both CCV’s central Vermont academic site, currently located at the Vermont College of the Fine Arts, and our administrative functions that are currently located in Waterbury. The consolidated location will be less expensive to the College and, therefore, its students than the projected costs of continuing current leases. This co-location will happen in phases in order to accommodate a lease obligation at VCFA and to plan and construct an additional classroom building at the new location. Phase one will be to move what is currently located at Wasson Hall and the Carriage House locations in Waterbury to Montpelier by the end of June.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Spring 2009 Study Away: New Orleans

This spring, CCV is organizing its first "study away" trip. Unlike previous study abroad courses, this offering will present a unique opportunity to provide community service work in our own country. Social Problems (SOC-1030-VU02) will bring students to the New Orleans area, where they will not only experience the culture and beauty of the city, but also learn about social problems there and provide 30 hours of hands-on community service.

The course will be taught by Burlington academic advisor Mica DeAngelis and long-time teacher Barry Mansfield. They have been to the Gulf area four times since Hurricane Katrina, working with Habitat for Humanity to help rebuild homes. (For more information on their trips, click here.) 

The class will also meet four Saturdays in Burlington from 1 - 5 pm on Feb. 21, Apr. 11, Apr. 25 and May 30, with the trip to New Orleans taking place May 9 - 16.The course fee of $988 includes group flight to and from Burlington, most breakfasts and lunches, lodging, transportation, and a guided tour of New Orleans. For more information on this trip, including the required application packet, visit:

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Internship Opportunity on (and in) Lake Champlain

Lake Champlain Submarine Cruises Inc. is currently searching for local college students to fill upcoming intership opportunities. If you have an interest in Marine Life, boating, or just want to try something new, this could be the internship for you. For more information, click here.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Hopes for President-elect Obama

On the day after our recent historic election, Deborah Straw's fall 2008 English Composition I class spent some time writing about their hopes for President-elect Obabma. Below is a sampling of their responses. If you'd like to add to this list, submit a comment to this blog post!

On this historic occasion, a few hopes for President-elect Obama:

I hope he does a good job. I hope America takes this as a wake up call!

Peace. A sturdy economy. An America to be proud of again. No more fear.

I would like to see proof within the next few years that once I graduate college and start the process of home ownership, Obama will be focused on rebuilding the housing market to help my generation and middle class families.

I hope for: change, peace (no more war in Iraq), life, better spending, environmental changes – turn into a greener country, opportunity. I hope Obama is able to do all he’s spoken about. He’s amazing, and I can’t wait to see where our country goes.

I hope he helps out the economy. I also hope he starts to pull troops out of Iraq.

I am hopeful that this election sets a precedent for the youth of this country to have a continuing interest in politics. Ever since I registered to vote in 2003, I have watched teachers, elders, and public service announcements plead for the youth vote. I believe that youth involvement in campaigning and voter turnout was unprecedented in this election. In my opinion, a knowledgeable youth can help shape a better future and a better country. Obama truly spoke to and for the younger generations in America. I hope that this generation continues to have faith in their country and that future generations feel the same sense of pride. If you are engaged and passionate about a candidate, go out and do something about it. Use this election as an example of the power of your voice.

More speeches that bring tears of joy to our eyes. Intelligence, wisdom, kindness.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

CCV in the News: CCV Receives $50,000 Grant

An article titled "CCV to use $50,000 grant for college transition program" appeared in today's Burlington Free Press. The article highlights a grant received by CCV to support our Introduction to College Studies (ICS) course for high school students. To view the entire article, click here.

If you'd like to learn more about CCV's Introduction to College Studies course, including an upcoming schedule of classes in your area, visit

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

New Chittenden Building Slideshow

Ground has been broken and the construction crews are now laying the ground work for our new building in Winooski! Click here to view a brief slideshow of the work so far.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Spring 2009 CCV Study Abroad: Amsterdam

Did you know that CCV's spring '09 Comparative Religion class (PHI-2010-VO01) will include a study abroad trip from May 15 - 24 to Amsterdam!?

By experiencing the architecture and artifacts of many faiths, walking in the footsteps of the Nazi invasion of Amsterdam, and having access to the Eastern religious houses of worship of immigrant populations, students will have a unique opportunity to contrast a European perspective on religion and society with common American views. They will also be able to experience the authentic foods associated with the religions and cultures, as Amsterdam is home to Hindu, Sikh, Chinese, Indonesian, kosher Jewish, Persian and African restaurants.

Highlights of the time in The Netherlands include:

  • Visits to the Museum Amstelkring, the Jewish Historical Museum, the Bijbels Museum, and the Rijksmuseum
  • Visits to the first genuine Chinese Buddhist temple in Western Europe as well as to the Radha Krishna Mandir Hindu Temple
  • A walking tour of Amsterdam and visit to the Anne Frank Huis
  • A day trip to the Islamic University of Rotterdam
The course includes five online sessions on March 9 & 23, April 6 & 20, and May 25, as well as one on-ground meeting May 2, 10 am - 3 pm, at CCV Upper Valley.

The course fee of $3197 includes group flight to and from Boston, breakfasts and some lunches, lodging, transportation, and entry fees.

For more information in this and other study abroad trips at CCV, as well as the study abroad application packet, visit

Monday, November 3, 2008

Vermont's Funding of Higher Education

VSC Chancellor Bob Clark was interviewed by VPR about the lack of funding in Vermont for higher education. Click here to listen to the podcast.