This week the pilot year of the campus-wide maple project really hit its stride. Temperatures warmed and the days lengthened, yet nights remained below freezing, creating the necessary conditions for the maple trees to begin their spring awakening. This phenomenon is the collision of biology, physics, chemistry, natural and cultural history, making it the perfect learning lab for a small liberal arts college in Vermont, says Kristin Achilich '05, academic coordinator for the Campus Farm and Environmental Studies instructor.
The objects that are his focus might be small, but artist Brian Collier’s contribution to a current Fleming Museum exhibit at the University of Vermont is a big moment for the Saint Michael’s College fine arts professor and his growing reputation for creative, awareness-raising experimentation in art-making through a host of media. When Collier heard this past year that Fleming curator Andrea Rosen was ready to move forward on an idea she’d mentioned to him years before -- to assemble a “miniatures” themed exhibit -- he knew that his by-now well-established “Traveling Museum of Very Small Objects,” conceived and launched in 2004 under a different name, was a perfect fit to be part of the larger exhibit. The response of museum patrons in the first three weeks to Collier’s contribution has exceeded his best expectations, Collier said recently about this exhibit, which will be at the Fleming through May.
February 22 was cold but sunny as about 50 people gathered in the Dion Family Student Center Roy Room to hear students from four Vermont colleges and universities pitch business ideas in the fourth annual LaunchVT Collegiate competition. At stake was a $3,000 first prize and $1,000 second prize. Students presented their proposals for startup businesses to a panel of judges consisting of local executives and entrepreneurship educators.
The Edmundite Center for Peace and Justice is sponsoring a panel discussion, “Nicholas Black Elk, Lakota Spirituality, and Catholicism on the Pine Ridge Reservation” on March 28, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. in the Roy Event Room of the Dion Family Student Center.
Karen Korematsu, founder and executive director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute and daughter of the late Fred Korematsu, will be the Commencement speaker at Saint Michael’s College on May 12 at 10 a.m. in the Ross Sports Center. Ms. Korematsu is a civil rights advocate, public speaker, and public educator whose civil liberties work is motivated by the experiences of her father in a World-War-II-era incarceration camp for Japanese Americans and his subsequent civil rights activism.