Online Degree Completion Instructor Authors New Book on Vermont’s Migrant Farm Workers

By Jeffrey Wakefield Since the late 1990s, undocumented Mexican and Central American farm workers on Vermont’s dairy farms have been instrumental in helping bring milk, cheese, yogurt, and other food products to market. While the laborers play a vital role in feeding others, many face significant barriers in accessing food themselves, says a new book. […]

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How to Effectively Build Your Network While Taking an Online Course

By Erik Harbison It is hard to ignore the rise of online courses. Students and young professionals are embracing this popular way to learn. You can now expand your knowledge base on any topic from the comfort of your home. One obvious benefit of this type of learning is that you’re able to prepare yourself […]

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From CCV to UVM, One Student’s Journey to a Degree in Anthropology

By Kate Whitney Richard Witting, 43, is a UVM graduate with a degree in Anthropology and owner/event planner/head chef of Firefly Catering, serving the Burlington area. He’s also a high school dropout. “I had failed high school straight across the board.” Witting laughed. “I wanted to skip classes and read my own books. I always loved […]

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Helping Educators to Build Trauma-Informed Strategies for Children and Families

About half of the county’s children experience at least one traumatic event before the age of 17. These adverse childhood experiences—known as ACES—include experiencing or witnessing violence, living in poverty or having a parent incarcerated. More states are stepping up to implement trauma-informed education based on robust professional development standards, and some are even encouraging […]

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You Can Breakthrough a Broken Food System to Lead Change

By Cynthia Belliveau, Dean of University of Vermont Continuing and Distance Education and professor in UVM’s Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences.   We have a problem. The current American food system is ecologically, economically and energetically unsustainable. There are nearly seven billion people who need to eat. We have a global system that degrades our land, […]

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UVM’s Online Bachelor of Arts Degree: An Interview with Instructors Teresa Mares, Ph.D. and Scott Van Keuren, Ph.D.

By Kate Whitney This fall, the University of Vermont is unveiling its new Online Bachelor of Arts Degree Completion Program. The new online program will provide students who have left college before graduation (or those who have completed their associate degree) the opportunity to finish their bachelor degree. The learning will happen outside of the […]

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Providing Access to High-Quality Education and a Bachelor’s Degree: UVM Launches New Online Degree Completion Program

By Kate Whitney   The University of Vermont has long advocated for and provided opportunities to nontraditional students seeking to earn credentials and enhance their career prospects. Through Continuing and Distance Education (CDE), thousands of students have been able to access courses and programs designed for their growth and development, both personally and professionally. However, […]

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Volunteer, Instructor and Student; OLLI’s Dr. John Hanagan Brings Passion for Learning to UVM

Sit with Dr. John Hanagan for an hour and you may discuss common poetic themes of scholars Jalal-ad Din Muhammad Rumi and Taigu Ryokan, learn about the best locations for quiet meditation, or hear him play Duke Ellington’s In a Sentimental Mood on the piano. In no time, it is easy to understand why Hanagan […]

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Become an Effective Change Maker to Impact Sustainability in Business

It’s easy to understand that every company faces challenges. However, some are unique to the company while others are more global in nature. There are many types of changes that an organization may undergo; perhaps the challenges are related to goals to increase output, alter the corporate culture, or improve organizational efficiencies. Productive transformational change […]

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Legal Issues: Understanding Trauma and Fairness in Sexual Assault Cases

A fight or flight response. An inability to call out or fight back. Feelings of disassociation. Non-linear memories. These are all reactions a person might experience during a traumatic experience. For Jeff Nolan, understanding trauma and its potential lasting effects, while ensuring fairness to all parties, are crucial when investigating and adjudicating a sexual assault case. Nolan, […]

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