North College Hill, VT, United States

Johnson State College
North College Hill, VT, United States

Johnson State College is a small public liberal arts college, founded in 1828 by John Chesamore at Johnson in the U.S. state of Vermont. Johnson's president is Barbara E. Murphy and its board chair is Gary M. Moore. Wikipedia.

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News Article | April 27, 2017

Lyndon State College interim President Dr. Nolan Atkins has been named provost of Lyndon and Johnson State Colleges and of their to-be-unified institution, Northern Vermont University (NVU). Johnson State President Elaine Collins said Atkins was chosen from about 65 candidates to be the chief academic officer for Lyndon State and Johnson State effective July 1, 2017. He will become provost for NVU effective July 1, 2018, when the colleges become Northern Vermont University with campuses in Lyndonville and Johnson. “Nolan has exhibited a strong commitment to students, faculty and staff in all his previous assignments and comes highly recommended for his integrity, forward-looking vision and data-driven decision making. Additionally, given his interest in advancing a quality academic mission, his curiosity and his collaborative leadership style, I have no doubt that he will thrive as provost,” says Collins, who will be NVU’s first president. Atkins, former chair of Lyndon’s nationally recognized Atmospheric Sciences Department, was named interim president last July, when President Joe Bertolino left to become president of Southern State Connecticut University. Atkins began teaching at Lyndon in 1997 and was interim dean of academic affairs for 18 months until he became president. He has a doctorate in meteorology from the University of California-Los Angeles. “I look forward to working with the students, faculty and staff on both campuses as we create NVU. The work will be challenging, but I am most excited about what we can create by tapping into the expertise that exists on both campuses,” Atkins says. “My top three priorities will be becoming an engaged member on the JSC campus, developing a strategic plan for NVU, and working with faculty to identify areas of collaboration, innovation and efficiency within our existing LSC and JSC curriculum,” he says. Atkins will be based at Lyndon State but will spend equal time on both campuses. As the second-ranking NVU administrator, he will be responsible for managing academic programs, administering the review process for faculty promotion and tenure, overseeing development of courses and degree programs, and acting as the chief administrator for NVU’s accreditation, among other duties. Lyndon State College balances liberal arts and nationally recognized professional programs that integrate theory with hands-on experiences and career-ready skills to prepare individuals for personal and professional success. Nestled in the beautiful Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, the college of 1,200 students is known for preparing students for career success as well as its tradition of community. Learn more at Located in the Green Mountains near Stowe, Johnson State College is Vermont’s premier public liberal arts college and the state’s sole member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. A leader in high-impact education, Johnson State takes students into the laboratory, the field and the community through internships, research, study away, civic engagement and other career-building opportunities with courses available on campus, online and in communities around Vermont. Learn more at NVU’s first class will enter in fall 2018. Last September, the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees approved a proposal to unify Johnson State and Lyndon State to provide new academic and extracurricular opportunities for students. Students will continue to benefit from the current strengths of the colleges while gaining expanded opportunities for involvement in shared classes and extracurricular activities, new academic programs and enhanced advising support; the campuses will retain their own athletic teams and mascots.

News Article | May 3, 2017

College years can be stressful for any young person. For those suffering from mental illness, the pressures can be overwhelming. Johnson State College in Vermont decided to take practical steps to make life easier for these students. The school lets them keep emotional support animals, called ESAs, in their dorm rooms, in the classroom and around the campus. Kate McCarthy, Director of Wellness at the college, said it is a natural extension of the school’s commitment to each student’s success, and an effective way to help those with mental illness navigate four years of college. Lots of animals right now the school is home to 27 ESAs, including fish, hamsters and cats. Comfort comes in many forms, shapes and sizes. A purring cat is perfect for one type student, but another does better watching his goldfish gently swim round and round its bowl. Holding a wiggly hamster in her hand brings comfort to yet another. Alicia Eddy, a freshman prone to anxiety attacks, holds and plays with Mulan, her Chinese dwarf hamster. She said watching him roll around with his toy ball keeps her calm. Why Do ESAs Have a Positive Effect? McCarthy points out that the body reacts chemically when a person watches and interacts with a critter. This activity triggers a release of higher levels of oxytocin, the hormone that keeps humans happy. People have bonded with animals since the beginning of time, and there’s a practical reason for that. Talk to anyone who hugs her dog as soon as she comes home from a hard day at the office. She’ll rave about how calming and reassuring that hug feels. For people fighting mental illness, the need for feel-good hormones like oxytocin is just that much higher. These animals are also great conversation starters, a big help for students who are self-conscious in social situations. Attention is focused on the animal, not the owner. Taking Care of Another Living Thing Mental health professionals have long realized that making a depressed person responsible for the care of an animal gives them an interest outside their own mental pain. Ariel Corey, a sophomore at the school, cares for her cat, Little Bear. She feels strongly that it is invaluable to her mental state to have another living creature that loves her no matter what. She says that cuddling with her cat makes the world look just a little bit better. Knowing that another living creature, whether fish, hamster or cat, relies on them for the basics of life makes a depressed, anxious or otherwise mentally ill person feel needed. In fact, according to McCarthy, this alone can derail suicidal thoughts. “It really gives you a purpose, and it’s those little things that can make a big difference,” she said. Practical Help for Emotional Support Animals USA Service Dog Registration understands how important an emotional support animal is for a person suffering from anxiety, depression or other mental challenge. That’s why they offer free registration on the website for these animals. All it takes is 3 simple steps and a few minutes to register your ESA. The site also has information resources to help you cope when you travel with your animal, look for housing and other situations. The website has an ESA store with products that can make your life and that of your animal much easier. These include ID cars, vests, recommendation letters and tags. Check out USA Service Dog Registration today. Read the articles and take a look at the store. You and your support emotional support animal are not alone.

News Article | May 9, 2017

Baumrind will report directly to Wirth and will be based out of San Francisco. Before joining Evergage, he spent the last 18 years developing organic and M&A growth strategies that contributed to multi-million-dollar revenue streams at leading companies, including Kibo Commerce, Janrain, VerticalResponse, CNET Networks and In these roles, he was responsible for driving and managing channel, agency, systems integration and technology partnerships. Baumrind earned a Master of Business Administration from Golden Gate University and a Bachelor of Arts in marketing from Johnson State College. "Evergage's cutting-edge personalization capabilities, visionary leadership and clear mission for success are what drew me to the company," Baumrind said. "Personalization is the future of digital customer engagement. After doing significant research on the space, I recognized Evergage offers the market-leading solution and is poised to capture even greater market share, as customers continually realize transformative benefits. I look forward to helping Evergage cultivate new partnerships that contribute to the growth goals of both Evergage and its partner ecosystem." About Evergage Only Evergage's real-time personalization platform delivers The Power of 1, enabling digital marketers to transform the dream of 1:1 customer engagement into reality. Combining in-depth behavioral analytics and customer data with advanced machine learning, Evergage provides the one platform you need to systematically understand and interact with each person that visits your site or uses your app – one at a time, "in the moment" and at scale – to deliver a maximally relevant, individualized experience. Evergage's powerful and flexible cloud-based platform delivers real-time personalization to more than 2 billion web visitors, improving revenue growth, demand generation and customer success for leading organizations across industries, including Academy Sports+Outdoors, Endurance International Group, Intuit, Publishers Clearing House, Rue La La and Zumiez. Evergage is a two-time winner in the Best in Biz Awards, Golden Bridge Awards, Stevie American Business Awards and MITX Awards. For more information, visit or contact the company at or 1-888-310-0589. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:

Mireault G.C.,Johnson State College | Crockenberg S.C.,University of Vermont | Sparrow J.E.,University of New Hampshire | Pettinato C.A.,Johnson State College | And 2 more authors.
Infant Behavior and Development | Year: 2014

Social referencing refers to infants' use of caregivers as emotional referents in ambiguous situations (Walden, 1993). Studies of social referencing typically require ambulation, thereby over-looking younger, non-ambulatory infants (i.e., ≤8-months) and resulting in a widespread assumption that young infants do not employ this strategy. Using a novel approach that does not require mobility, we found that when parents provided unsolicited affective cues during an ambiguous-absurd (i.e., humorous) event, 6-month-olds employ one component of social referencing, social looking Additionally, 6-month-olds who did not laugh at the event were significantly more likely to look toward parents than their counterparts who found the event funny. Sequential analyses revealed that, following a reference to a smiling parent, 6-month olds were more likely to smile at the parent, but by 12 months were more likely to smile at the event suggesting that older infants are influenced by parental affect in humorous situations. The developmental implications of these findings are discussed, as well as the usefulness of studying humor for understanding important developmental phenomena. © 2014 Elsevier Inc.

News Article | February 27, 2017

Johnson State College President Elaine C. Collins has announced that Senator Bernie Sanders will be the keynote speaker at the college’s 150th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Senator Sanders has served Vermont in a range of capacities since moving to the Green Mountain State in 1964. He was the four-term mayor of Burlington (1981-89), spent 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and was elected to his current role as U.S. Senator in 2006. His grassroots-driven presidential campaign successfully raised the profile of economic, social, educational and environmental justice issues at the national level. And as the longest-serving independent in the U.S. Congress in American history, Senator Sanders continues to advocate for policies that serve all Americans, regardless of socioeconomic status. “Senator Sanders’ ongoing commitment to social justice, environmental sustainability, and access to higher education resonates with our own college community’s values, and I am thrilled he will be able to share this day with us,” said President Collins. Johnson State’s 150th commencement ceremony is a ticketed event, with seating under the tent reserved for graduating students, their guests and for others participating in the ceremony. Simulcasts of the ceremony will be broadcast on campus and a livestream of the ceremony will also be available online. More information about Johnson State’s commencement can be found at Located in the Green Mountains of Vermont near Stowe, Johnson State College is Vermont’s premier public liberal arts college and a leader in high-impact education that takes students into the laboratory, the field and the community through internships, research, study away, civic engagement and other career-building opportunities. On campus, JSC offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs, with signature programs in education, health and environmental sciences, wellness and alternative medicine, and fine and performing arts, plus 15 Division III varsity sports. Off campus, it offers courses and degrees both online and in community locations throughout Vermont. ###

Smith K.,Iowa State University | Lanningham-Foster L.,Iowa State University | Welch A.,Johnson State College | Campbell C.,Iowa State University
Journal of Physical Activity and Health | Year: 2016

Background: Innovative methods are warranted to optimize prenatal outcomes. This study's objective was to determine if a web-based behavioral intervention (BI) can prevent excessive gestational weight gain (GWG) by increasing physical activity (PA). Methods: Participants were randomized to usual care (UC; n = 21) or BI (n = 24) between 10 to 14 weeks gestation. GWG, PA, and diet were assessed at baseline, mid-, and late pregnancy. Results: No differences in GWG or adherence to GWG recommendations presented between groups. Total UC MET-minutes significantly decreased from baseline to late-pregnancy (1,234 ± 372 MET-minutes, P = .013). Mid-pregnancy sustained PA was greater for BI than UC (20-minute PA bouts: 122 ± 106 vs. 46 ± 48 minutes/week, P = .005; 30-minute PA bouts: 74 ± 70 vs. 14 ± 24 minutes/week, P < .001), and greater for BI at mid-pregnancy compared with baseline (20-minute PA bouts: 61.3 ± 21.9; 30-minute PA bouts: 39.6 ± 14.8, both P < .05). BI energy intake at mid-pregnancy significantly increased from baseline (336 ± 127 kcals, P = .04) and was significantly greater than UC (2,503 ± 703 vs. 1,894 ± 594, P = .005). Conclusions: Sedentary pregnant women should increase PA but may need additional dietary counseling to prevent excessive GWG. © 2016 Human Kinetics, Inc.

Meier N.F.,Iowa State University | Welch A.S.,Johnson State College
Anxiety, Stress and Coping | Year: 2016

Background: High rates of stress-related problems in college students and low utilization of treatment options demonstrate the need for effective stress-reducing interventions that can be self-regulated. This study compared the effect of brief paced-breathing with biofeedback and exercise interventions on heart rate variability, state anxiety and affect. Methods: Students (n = 32) with high levels of perceived stress completed three 10-min interventions on separate days: paced-breathing with biofeedback (Biofeedback), a self-paced walk (Exercise), and an attention control condition of quiet studying (Quiet Study). Anxiety and affect were measured before (Pre), immediately after (Post0) and 15 mins after (Post15) the intervention. Heart rate variability was measured pre- and post-intervention using electrocardiogram. Results: Biofeedback reduced anxiety more than the exercise condition (Pre to Post0: Biofeedback d = −0.48, Exercise d = −0.13). Secondly, Exercise temporarily increased energy (Pre to Post0: d = 0.67), whereas Biofeedback temporarily increased calmness (Pre to Post0: d = 0.51). All conditions significantly increased total heart rate variability (p <.05). Conclusions: Biofeedback and Exercise interventions improved emotional states in high-stress college students, but the type of change observed (i.e. energizing, calming or anxiety reducing) depended upon the condition. © 2015 Taylor & Francis.

Reddy V.,University of Portsmouth | Mireault G.,Johnson State College
Current Biology | Year: 2015

"⋯ do not take from me your laughter.. it opens for me all the doors of life" - Pablo NerudaBefore they speak or walk or crawl, infants joke. Infant laughter captured the attention of Aristotle, who thought it was the sign of the entry of the soul into the body, and of Darwin, who noted its emergence in the fourth month of life. Darwin saw such laughter as the early appreciation of humour, the presence at this age of which should not surprise us too much, given the early emergence of play in other mammals. In the twentieth century, however, these observations faded from scientific attention; humour began to be seen as an intellectual achievement requiring complex cognitive abilities, with infant laughter seen merely as a reaction to external stimuli. Recent research, however, has uncovered remarkable cognitive and emotional sensitivities in very young infants. And, as it turns out, humour and laughter in infants offer a rich source of insights into their understanding of the world, and indeed for our understanding of infants. The study of infant humour is no joke. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Rossman M.J.,Johnson State College | Nader S.,Johnson State College | Berry D.,Johnson State College | Orsini F.,Johnson State College | And 2 more authors.
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise | Year: 2014

PURPOSE: Variable airway function is a central feature of the asthmatic condition. Thus, habitually active asthmatics are certain to exercise under conditions of variable airway (dys)function. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of variable preexercise airway function on ventilation during whole-body exercise in asthmatic adults. METHODS: Eight mild asthmatic (age = 26 yr; V̇O2peak = 49 mL·kg·min) and nine nonasthmatic (age = 30 yr; V̇O2peak = 46 mL·kg·min) adults performed constant workrate cycling exercise to exhaustion after four separate interventions: 1) a control trial (CON); 2) inhalation of fast-acting β2-agonist (BD); 3) eucapnic voluntary hyperpnea challenge (BC); and 4) sham to the hyperpnea (SHAM). Pulmonary function was assessed at baseline and after each intervention. Exercise ventilation and operating lung volumes were compared among the four exercise trials in both control and asthmatic subjects. RESULTS: Baseline pulmonary function was significantly lower in asthmatic subjects compared with control subjects. In asthmatic subjects, postintervention (i.e., preexercise) forced expiratory volume 1.0 s was significantly different among the four exercise trials (CON = 3.5 ± 0.4, BD = 4.1 ± 0.4, SHAM = 3.6 ± 0.3, BC = 2.8 ± 0.3 L, P < 0.05), whereas it was not different in control subjects. There were no differences in exercise ventilation or operating lung volumes during exercise among the four trials either within asthmatic subjects or between control and asthmatic subjects. CONCLUSIONS: These findings suggest that the state of airway function - whether bronchodilated or bronchoconstricted - before exercise in the mild asthmatic does not affect the exercise ventilatory response. Thus, ventilatory system function in the asthmatic appears to be responsive to the acute requirement for increased airflow during whole-body exercise. © 2014 by the American College of Sports Medicine.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 551.81K | Year: 2012

Johnson State College in rural Vermont is developing its programs in Environmental and Health Science with scholarships for academically talented but financially needy students, many of whom are the first generation in their families to attend college. These programs work in partnerships with New England TRIO Upward Bound Math-Science projects in Vermont and have developed articulation agreements with community colleges, high schools, and other institutions of higher learning, so that students can have the maximum opportunity for retention in their majors and academic success. As a small school, Johnson State can offer individualized mentoring, opportunities for undergraduate research, and advising about graduate school and future careers in environmental science. This grant is co-funded through the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.

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