Vermont Campus Compact’s Members are the lifeblood of our organization; in fact, VCC wouldn’t exist without them! Check out our “Meet our Members” video series, where members share their experiences with VCC and why they continue to support our events and initiatives.
Meet Kailee Brickner-McDonald, UVM
Meet Valerie Esposito, Champlain College
Meet Ashley Calkins, Middlebury College
#2 Our VISTA Team
Our VISTA team is comprised of outstanding volunteers whose hard work benefits the K-12 youth in our state. In December of 2013, we welcomed Abbey LaMay-West (serving at Bridport Central School) and Sabrina Savinski (serving at Lyndon State College) to our group.
How fitting that VCC staff would be number three on this list, since we are a staff of three! Although we may be a small organization, we work hard to ensure that our members, VISTAs, and community partners feel supported by our organization. In staff news, Laura Bellmay’s position has been re-titled “Office and Communications Manager” to better describe her important role and Carrie Williams Howe (our Executive Director) recently completed her PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at UVM.
In November of 2013, Vermont Campus Compact had the honor of hosting Dr. Paul Hernandez for a week of discussions on college access and success. One of the workshops Dr. Hernandez led was on College Positive Volunteerism. College Positive Volunteers, or CPVs, are people who work with K-12 youth, and understand how they can impact the college aspirations of these students.
This week, 12 new faculty members from UVM and St. Michael’s were trained in how to incorporate community-engaged learning into their classes. This two day workshop helps faculty to develop strong service learning courses, with a focus on student reflection and reciprocal community partnerships. We can’t wait to see the courses that these faculty members develop and teach in 2014!
2013 was made great by the outpouring of support that came from people like you, who have read our blog posts, opened the VCC newsletter, “liked” our Facebook page, and given to our annual campaign. What’s that you say? You haven’t liked our Facebook page yet!? Here’s the link, you can do it right now :)
The theme of our 2014 Engaged Campus Forum will be “Community Engagement and Student Success.” More information will be coming soon, but it’s sure to be an outstanding event focused on how our work helps students to stay and succeed in college! As in past years, we will be presenting awards for engaged students, faculty, and community partners.
#8 Network Meetings
Network Meetings are a great opportunity for higher education professionals all over the state to meet, examine current topics in the field, and collaborate on a variety of initiatives. Due to the cold weather, our January 31 Network Meeting will be a conference call. You can find information, and register for the meeting by contacting Laura Bellmay at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chances are, you’re reading this blog post on our new and improved website! We hope that this site will be easy to navigate, and that the information is helpful to anyone who is interested in learning more about what VCC is all about!
Here is the link to our site, please share with family, friends, and colleagues! www.vtcampuscompact.org
#10 Our new blog!
With the launch of our new website came the launch of this blog! This blog is the place for people who are interested in reading about current topics in the field, and how they affect us in Vermont. Have an idea for a blog post? Why not become a guest writer? Contact us through our website to submit an idea:
#11 Our Board Members
Our board, under the leadership of Board Chair Paul Fonteyn (President of Green Mountain College) is comprised of college presidents and engaged community members who support the mission and vision of Vermont Campus Compact. In 2013 we welcomed three new members: Christine Plunkett from Burlington College; Joe Bertolino from Lyndon State College; and Tom Sullivan from UVM. There is a palpable sense of energy and commitment from this Board, and we know they will lead us toward more great things in 2014.
#12 National Campus Compact
With a strategic plan in place, and a search for a new president in the works, big things are happening for the National Campus Compact. Their website is a great source for resources, job and volunteer opportunities, and the Campus Compact state affiliates. www.campuscompact.org
Vermont Campus Compact will be accepting VISTA host site proposals in the upcoming weeks. The VCC VISTA program’s focus is on college access and success; the majority of our current programming supports K-12 youth. Not sure if you’re a qualified host site candidate? Have questions about the VCC VISTA program and its requirements? Feel free to contact us for more information regarding application deadlines, host site requirements, the recruitment process, or anything else that may come up as you explore the opportunities!
Last spring, VCC hosted a network retreat in early June; the retreat gave network members a chance to relax and get to know each other more while also engaging in-depth with a few important topics. We hope to host another retreat this May or June. Keep your eye out for a scheduling poll!