News Briefs: March 10 2016

By: Rebecca Reese, News Editor

Flags will Fly High Tonight

The flag on the Lyndon State campus will return to full staff at sunset tonight per order of President Obama.

Earlier this week flags were to be lowered to honor the death of former first lady Nancy Reagan.

Reagan was 94 years old and died of congestive heart failure.

Her step-son Michael posted on Facebook, “She is once again with the man she loved. God Bless.”


Electronic Journalism Arts Finalist for Mark of Excellence Award

The Electronic Journalism Arts department has won another award.

According to the Electronic Journalism Facebook page, The Society of Professional Journalists has named News7 a finalist for the SPJ Region 1 Mark of Excellence awards.

It reads: “The show, that aired on November 19th, 2015, was produced by Ryan Jenot and Directed by Adam Donnelly (December ’15 grad), and was anchored by Camille Delongis (December ’15 grad) and Dominic Amato.”

The department will find out the final results on April 9 at the SPJ Regional Conference luncheon, which will be held at Southern Connecticut State University.


Third Time’s a Charm

The Electronic Journalism Arts department has been ranked one of the top 25 programs in the country and not for the first time.

This is the third year the program has made the cut on the Radio Television Digital News Association and Crain’s TVNewsPro magazine.

Lyndon State College still remains the smallest and most affordable colleges on the list.

For a small state college in Vermont, it is accompanied by big name colleges such as Kent and Penn State, and Boston University.

Executive Director of Communications Sylvia Plumb writes, “The Lyndon State College Electronic Journalism Arts Program is one of only 35 schools in the nation to have students facing a daily deadline as part of their academic studies. Lyndon is also believed to be the only school that allows community members and viewers to officially rate student performance.”


20th Annual Cultural Festival

March 7 kicked off Lyndon State College’s Annual Cultural Festival.

Executive Director of Communications Sylvia Plumb writes, “This annual event is a time for the greater Lyndon community to come together to celebrate and learn about diverse and varying cultures. A number of presentations, events, and activities will run over the ten days, and all are free and open to the public.”

Today at noon in ASAC 214 the Death Cafe will visit to open the discussion about death.

Events will be held daily through the 16th.

There will be an ongoing display through Wednesday the 16th in the Samuel Read Library called, “Open Your Heart, Expand the Narrative”.

More information about the events, days and times can be found at


Events to Support our Veterans

Saturday is a big day surrounding veterans in the Lyndon State community.

The Fourth Annual NEK Veterans Summit is being held here at Lyndon State College.

Executive Director of Communications Sylvia Plumb writes, “The purpose is to bring veterans, their families, and veteran service organizations together to build relationships, stronger connections, and an enhanced regional support network.”

The Summit will run from 8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. where special guest U.S. Marine Jon Turner will be speaking.

Following the Summit will be the Third Annual Ian Muller Rail Jam at QBurke Mountain Resort sponsored by the LSC Veterans Club, QBurke, and the LSC Ski and Ride Club.

Plumb writes, “Ian Muller, a Danville, Vt., native, attended LSC prior to enlisting in the Marine Corps. An avid bodybuilder, athlete, and ski instructor at Burke Mountain, Muller was killed during combat operations in Helmand Provence, Afghanistan, in March 2011. Donations to the scholarship can be made by contacting Sara Lussier at LSC, 802-626-6426 or

All proceeds will be donated to the Ian Muller Memorial Scholarship, which is a $1,000 scholarship given to an LSC student veteran every year.

Registration will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a five dollar registration fee.


Spring Forward 2016

Our days will start to be brighter in the evening as March 13 marks the beginning of Daylight Saving Time.

On Sunday, at 2 a.m. clocks will be turned forward one hour to 3 a.m..

This means that sunrise and sunset on Sunday will be about an hour later than on Saturday.

Fun fact: According to a 2014 Rasmussen poll, only one third of Americans think Daylight Saving is “worth the hassle”. In 2012, almost half of the respondents did.