It’s midway through fall semester and the CCV community is hard at work studying, creating, sharing, and volunteering. Here’s the October news. Happy reading, and don’t forget to send your own announcements to!

  • Faculty member Rob Williams appeared in a WPTZ election security special on October 30th, where he spoke about Vermont’s electoral process. Williams is teaching “Storytelling through Media” this fall in Montpelier.
  • St. Johnsbury coordinator of academic services Leanne Porter’s book Resilient Communities: How Parents and Educators Change the World Despite the Impact of Trauma and Stress was published at the end of September. Porter writes that the book is “for educators and parents dealing with the impact of trauma and stress at school and in the home. This book was written to aid parents and educators in making every day better for the children in their lives and for their communities as a whole.”
  • Students in Bennington’s Start-up 802 program finished their first class section, “An Entrepreneurial Mindset” on October 24th. CCV-Bennington held a public celebration at which students presented their business ideas and progress.
  • Upper Valley administrative assistant Anne Trooper Holbrook was invited to be the featured reader at The Tusculum Review‘s annual launch party on September 27th. The literary magazine is a publication of Tusculum University in Greeneville, Tennessee. Holbrook read two of her short stories, “Steele’s Trading Post,” which appeared in the magazine this fall, and “Northern Straits,” which appeared in The Normal School. Holbrook also has a short story forthcoming in The New Guard.
  • Faculty member Jen Berger hosted a workshop in conjunction with the Guerilla Girls on Tour interactive talk presented by the Fleming Museum of Art and the UVM Women’s Center. Guerilla Girls on Tour are self-described feminist activist artists working to inspire conversation about women in the arts. Berger teaches in Winooski.
  • Former CCV president Peter Smith gave a talk at Montpelier’s Kellogg-Hubbard library about his new book, Free Range Learning in the Digital Age: The Emerging Revolution in College, Career, and Education, which was published this spring.
  • Several CCV centers are hosting food drives and events to raise awareness of hunger and homelessness this fall: in Montpelier, students and staff participated in “Hike Hunger for Hunger,” and organized a food drive; Morrisville hosted its annual “Haunting for Hunger” Halloween event to benefit the Lamoille Community Food Share; later this month, Winooski will hold its annual Empty Bowls dinner, with donations going to the Little Green Pantry food shelf.
  • Women of Substance Radio and Podcast featured five songs by faculty members Emily Nyman and Lynn Berry for its six-week “Music With A Conscience” series this fall. The series sought “music with a strong message of hope and healing, [that] promotes a social cause, exposes an injustice, or tells a story that can evoke change in hearts and minds.” Nyman teaches music classes in Newport, and Berry teaches art in Newport and online. Here are two of their tracks:
    “Give Me a Dream”

“Time for the Marching to End”

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