News Briefs – Winter 2018

News Briefs – Winter 2018

On November 5, 2017, Dr. Rowly Brucken’s Honors 101 class took a field trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The class, titled “Interdisciplinary Adventures in Baseball,” comprised 16 freshmen admitted into the university’s honors program. Several students from Kenya and Nepal had never heard of, let alone played, baseball. The class spent about five hours looking through the exhibits and connecting artifacts and stories in the hall with class material. As an interdisciplinary class, outside speakers included professors of English, Architecture, Mathematics, and History, as well as staff from the Sullivan Museum and History Center, the Archives, and the varsity baseball program.


Students held a debate on October 24, 2017, in Cabot 085: “Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Make for a Safer World. Or Do They?” Teams leaders were Matthew Wicks ’18 and Shawn Houle ’19. The event was streamed live on Facebook was moderated by Sarwar Kashmeri, Adjunct Professor of Political Science and Research Fellow, Peace and War Center.


On November 7, 2017, the Philosophy program, housed in the Department of English and Communications, hosted an engaging panel discussion with Burlington Chief of Police del Pozo, who earned a Masters in Philosophy from CUNY, and LTC Timothy Knoth of UVM ROTC, who earned a Masters in Philosophy from University of Pennsylvania. They shared stories of how the skills cultivated in philosophy courses have directly benefited their police and military careers, respectively, and discussed how the skills acquired in the study of philosophical ideas: independent thinking, quick comprehension of complex information, and ability to bring knowledge to action, have never been more attractive to both creative and professional careers.


Elizabeth Gurian, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology, and Liam McKelvey ’19 received an Apprentice Grant to work on “Multicide: understanding serial and mass murder through theoretical explanations, offending patterns, and outcomes.”


Recruit Hector Orizondo is a CJ major whose hometown of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, was badly damaged during Hurricane Maria. Faculty and staff spearheaded a drive to fill his duffel bag with relief supplies to take home over winter break. Nicole DiDomenico of the Center for Civic Engagement provided a drop zone for donations. Faculty from the School of Justice Studies & Sociology, including Hector’s advisor Professor Penny Shtull, helped spread the word. Professor Aimee Vieira got the word out via a faculty Facebook group, and donations came in from faculty across campus. Before Hector flew home, Professor Vieira helped him pack his duffel full of solar lanterns, as well as health & hygiene supplies. Generous donors covered the checked bag fee. Before Christmas, Hector helped light up a still dark corner in Toa Baja. 


Assistant Professor of French and French Program Director Sophia Mizouni has been awarded a $4,995 grant from the Ministère des Relations Internationales et de la Francophonie of the Québec Government Office. Professor Mizouni will use the award to fund travel with her students in the “Dialogues with Québec” course to include an experiential learning component and offer a cultural immersion in Québec City this Spring.


Kimberley Reynolds, Adjunct Professor of English, and freelance writer and editor, has published an article in Sugarbush Magazine, 2017/18. “Getting Schooled” takes an inside look at the Green Mountain Valley School, a ski school academy, in Waitsfield, Vermont. Reynolds knows from experience what it means to commit to the GMVS experience. She attended a ski racing academy (Burke Mountain Academy–Alma Mater of Mikaela Shiffrin) and has sent three children through GMVS (her youngest is in her junior year). She takes a look at the history of the academy (founded in 1973) and how it has withstood the test of time. As one parent says, “What the GMVS kids learn about themselves and life goes much further than going around red and blue gates.”