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Volunteers needed for Relay For Life at Champlain Valley Expo

Relay For Life LogoThe American Cancer Society is seeking volunteers to be a part of the annual Relay For Life of Chittenden County event scheduled for June 19-20. Community volunteers lead and organize each local event with the support of cancer society staff. From assisting with planning and promoting the annual event to taking part the event itself, there are various volunteer opportunities for interested community members.

The Relay For Life of Chittenden County is a community-based event where teams and individuals will take turns walking the track and camping out overnight at the Champlain Valley Exposition.  Because cancer never sleeps, each team is encouraged to have at least one participant on the track at all times. Funds raised support the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving mission. Activities and entertainment make Relay For Life fun for the whole family.

Four million people participated in more than 6,000 events worldwide last year.

“The Relay For Life movement is all about our community uniting to finish the fight against cancer,” said Jen Clark, Relay For Life community manager. “We rely on the support of volunteers to help make the Chittenden County event a success.”

If you would like to join the Relay For Life of Chittenden County as a volunteer or team participant, visit us online at relayforlife.org/chittendenvt or contact Jennifer Clark at Jennifer.Clark@cancer.org or 802.872.6323.

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Rooting for science

Prof. Robin Collins watches as middle school students race their water-powered cars on the Hauke Courtyard of Champlain College. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

Prof. Robin Collins watches as middle school students race their water-powered cars on the Hauke Courtyard of Champlain College.
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More than 110 middle school students from six schools attended a daylong science and technology event at Champlain College last week. The Reaching Out On Technology & Science (ROOTS) program is sponsored by the Champlain College Division of Information Technology and Science, with college professors leading workshops for students in areas ranging from website design and mobile forensics to cryptography and game design. Students from Essex Middle School and Albert D. Lawton Middle School attended the May 8 event, along with other students from the area.

Chris Kenny appointed St. Michael’s College director of athletics

Chris Kenny

Chris Kenny

Essex Junction resident Chris Kenny will be the next athletic director at St. Michael’s College, the school announced last week.

Kenny’s appointment takes effect on July 1, when the current director of athletics, Geri Knortz, retires after 18 years.

“We all know Chris as a loyal and faithful employee of long standing, but what impressed me in this search process was his command of the strategic issues facing the college as well as his carefully developed approaches to developing solutions,” said St. Michael’s College President John J. Neuhauser. “I am happy that Chris will bring his wide-ranging knowledge of this college and its people to an ambitious agenda which keeps student-athletes at the center of intercollegiate athletics here while simultaneously improving the athletic experience for students.”

Kenny, who is in his 28th year as an employee of St. Michael’s, has worn many hats during his nearly three decades with the institution. He has held the role of senior associate director of athletics for a little less than a year after spending 11 years as the associate director of athletics, which followed five as the assistant director of athletics. Since 2003, Kenny’s responsibilities have been comprehensive, including the management of the department’s NCAA compliance, public relations, marketing and promotions, and institutional advancement efforts while also serving as a program administrator for seven varsity sports. He has been the department’s liaison to numerous campus constituents during that time.

“I am truly honored to assume this role at this remarkable mission-driven institution, where athletics plays an integral part in the holistic education of our students,” said Kenny.

Kenny ascends to the head of the Department of Athletics at a time when more than 20 percent of the college’s 2,000-plus undergraduates are student-athletes, as St. Michael’s offers 21 NCAA Division II varsity sports.

A well-known face around campus and among alumni, Kenny is a member of several committees, both on campus and in the outer realm of college athletics. A former member of the NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer National Committee and men’s soccer and men’s tennis regional advisory committees, he is a member of the NE-10’s Committee on Sports Administration.

Kenny has been an active volunteer in and outside the Burlington community, with organizations such as Make-A-Wish Vermont; Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, a residential summer camp for children with cancer; and The Barton Center for Diabetes Education. He has served as the director of the Robert J. Kenny Memorial Golf Tournament, a fundraising event that has endowed camping scholarships at the Clara Barton Camp for girls and Camp Joslin for boys with diabetes since 1994. Formerly a member of the board of directors for Camp Ta-Kum-Ta and the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Champlain and PILOT leadership development programs, Kenny joined the board of directors for the C. Douglas Cairns Recreation Arena in 2014.

An undergraduate product of St. Michael’s, Kenny earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism in 1986, and a Master of Science degree in administration at the College in 1998. A native of Greenfield, Mass., Kenny lives in Essex Junction with his wife, Lisa, and daughters Jillian – a member of the St. Michael’s Class of 2018 – and Molly. He will become only the fourth director of athletics at St. Michael’s since just after the end of World War II, joining George “Doc” Jacobs (1947-68), Edward P. Markey ’51 (1968-97) and Knortz (1997-2015). Kenny is the first alumnus to assume the post since Markey nearly half a century ago.

— Staff report

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St. Michael’s May 10 graduation honors activist

During its commencement on Mother’s Day, St. Michael’s College honored speaker Bernard Lafayette, Jr.  Lafayette, who turns 75 this year, has been a civil rights activist for over 50 years. He was a cofounder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, a leader in the Nashville, Tenn. lunch counter sit-ins, and was a Freedom Rider, and an associate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. With this year’s national observance of the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Ala., and the subsequent march from Selma to Montgomery that led to the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the 108th commencement celebrated the role that Selma-based missionaries of the College’s founding religious order, the Society of Saint Edmund, played alongside Lafayette and others in that era’s Civil Rights movement across the South.  PHOTO BY BRIAN MACDONALD/ ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE

During its commencement on Mother’s Day, St. Michael’s College honored speaker Bernard Lafayette, Jr.
Lafayette, who turns 75 this year, has been a civil rights activist for over 50 years. He was a cofounder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, a leader in the Nashville, Tenn. lunch counter sit-ins, and was a Freedom Rider, and an associate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
With this year’s national observance of the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Ala., and the subsequent march from Selma to Montgomery that led to the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the 108th commencement celebrated the role that Selma-based missionaries of the College’s founding religious order, the Society of Saint Edmund, played alongside Lafayette and others in that era’s Civil Rights movement across the South.
PHOTO BY BRIAN MACDONALD/ ST. MICHAEL’S COLLEGE