“Everyone here is kind to me and helps me, even though I’m not very good at listening or speaking in English,” says Miyu, one of the eleven students from the International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo, Japan, to be staying at Saint Michael's this summer for a four-week intensive study abroad program. Focused on providing a liberal arts education through global experience, the ICU has several study abroad requirements which students must complete over their four years. While students have opportunities available to them all over the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Europe during their second year at the University, coming to Colchester, Vermont, is often an easy decision. Drawn to both its long standing reputation in English language instruction as well as rigorous course offerings on topics such as social justice and culture which are taught through film, literature, and service learning, students like Miyu come to St. Mike’s “seeking opportunities for critical thinking and a broader understanding of the world around them,” says Christina Mager, assistant director of the English Language Program, a branch of the Applied Linguistics Department.
“You audition for so much when you’re an actor—you just never know what’s going to hit, what’s not going to hit. When you do get to do things like this, it’s a reward,” says Jack Herholdt, one of the prestigiously selected New York City actors who is currently staying on campus to perform in the 72nd summer of professional Saint Michael's productions. Herholdt plays nearly 50 characters in the next Playhouse show, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps (July 3 through July 13), the second of four shows this season. While occupied by the Fine Arts Departments during the academic year, the McCarthy Arts Center becomes home to the Saint Michael's Playhouse each summer. Operated as an auxiliary enterprise of the College, the Playhouse brings 15,000 people to the theater annually, reports Chuck Tobin ’80, producing artistic director of the program
Outreach, engagement, and transformation were at the heart three such Saint Michael’s service trips this May: In addition to South Dakota, the Mobilization of Volunteer Efforts (MOVE) office, a branch of Saint Michael’s Edmundite Campus Ministry, sent groups of community members to both Guatemala and Selma, Alabama.
Growing up between pristine Lake George and the polluted Hudson River in Queensbury, N.Y., Colin Gaunt ’19 found himself thinking and caring a lot about the benefits of clean water. Now his Saint Michael’s College student experiences have put him in a position to do something about it on a potentially global scale. Selected for a coveted Maker-in-Residence spot at Burlington’s Generator facility for May/June, which in turn led to his selection for their Jump Start Entrepreneurship program, Gaunt is developing an affordable, portable device that uses ultraviolet (UV) light delivered by efficient LED technology to disinfect water on an individual or family-sized scale.