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Dion Family Student Center!

New this year to the St. Mike’s campus is the beautiful Dion Family Student Center!
All through the summer of 2013, with the efforts of construction and the help of generous donations, the Student Center began its exciting project. Now, it’s available to anyone and everyone, and without a doubt one of the coolest places on campus!
I’ve taken a photo adventure through Dion over the past couple of days and found a couple of old shots, capturing some of my favorite little spots.

A shot from a study area overlooking a gorgeous Fall day!

The passage from my dorm, Lyons, into the Student Center…equipped with snacks and study-couches!

#SMCVT! The beloved Instagram wall…select pictures captioned with #smcvt are added and swapped out every now and then, highlighting some of the prettiest, funnest, most exciting moments of St. Mike’s student life!

Now for my favorite Student Center feature, Einstein’s Brothers Bagels: home of the best bagel I have ever tasted (I highly recommend their asiago bagel with onion and chive cream cheese)! Their strawberry banana smoothies are another delicious staple, and their weekly nighttime specials are just to die for. Recently, they’ve whipped up some beer-battered onion rings and fried ice cream, just to name a couple…I mean, talk about a go-to for those late night cravings!

One of the many sweet study nooks; this one’s on the third floor…it’s got so much light and is such a tranquil atmosphere that it’s one of the coziest places to study on campus.

This tower at Dion’s main entrance changes from color to color when it gets dark. Very, very cool to say the least.

Between the delicious food, adorable studying spots, activities (movie nights, pool tables, and more!), and convenience (it serves as an indoor passage from the Lyons and Joyce dorms, so you only have to walk about fifty feet outside to get to the dining hall when it’s cold out!), the Dion Family Student Center is definitely a noteworthy campus gem! Do not miss out on everything it has to offer when you all come up! I promise you, it’ll be worth spending a lot of time in. See you there!
-Claire Cavanaugh

I’ll Meet You in Alliot!

One of the most important buildings on campus is Alliot. In addition to the Dion Student Center, Alliot serves as the hub of campus. The main dining hall is located there in addition to lots of student offices and the campus store. The dining hall always has some great food options. My favorite is the buffalo chicken wrap. They post the menu on Twitter and whenever I see buffalo chicken you better believe I will be there even though I only have 40 swipes a semester since I’m a senior.

Campus store

My favorite part of Alliot is the MOVE office. MOVE stands for mobilization of volunteer efforts and it has been one of my favorite parts of Saint Mikes. There are always different projects to work on and most of them are one time commitments. All you have to do it write your name down and show up at the time on the sheet.

Outside of Alliot

The Wilderness Program office is also located there. They put on all kinds of events throughout the year. The biggest thing they are know for though is the $65 season pass to Smugglers Notch. This is an amazing deal and includes access to the pools and hot tubs. They also have rock climbing, ice climbing, snow snowing, hiking, back country skiing, telemark skiing, white water kayaking and sea kayaking trips. The best part is that all these trips range from $5-$15 and includes equipment so it’s easy to fit into your budget.

The Wilderness Program Board

Upstairs there is a nice place to study as well. There is a perfect amount of background noise where it’s not too quite but you can still focus on your work. We also have all of our Green Up (the environmental club) meetings in Alliot so I’m in there quite often.

Lisa hard at work upstairs

-Mike Brown

Exploring Bergeron.

All my fellow Media Studies majors surely know the one and only Bergeron, located right across the street from Alliot, but for those of you who may not know this building all too well, here’s your chance to get to know it better! Since it’s used mainly by Media Studies majors and minors, it’s no wonder that many students may have little to no knowledge of the building itself and its ins and outs. Luckily, I’ve got lots of information and various photos to offer!

A view from the outside – how quaint!

I love the architecture of this building especially.

Here’s a view of the one and only classroom in the building.

The smaller lab in the building – as you can see, it was packed with seniors working on their senior seminar projects!

The larger lab (also used as a classroom) is probably my favorite room in the building. I’m here almost every day!

Another view of the larger lab – us Media Studies majors and our photos!

The purpose of Bergeron is to provide a quality experience for those interested specifically in Media Studies by offering computer labs, digital cameras, equipment, many different useful programs, and an abundance of other useful resources that are pivotal to learn and use in the journalism world.

I don’t know much about Bergeron’s history, nor could I find any reliable resources online about it, but I do have many memories with this building. Since I declared my Media Studies major early in my sophomore year, I’ve spent more than one all-nighter there finishing various projects for classes such as Advanced Digital Media II, which focuses heavily on creating animations in a program called Adobe Flash, and Photojournalism, of course.

For Media Studies majors and minors, Bergeron quickly becomes a home-away-from-home…away-from-home. Some nights are intense and stressful and I really don’t want to be there, but in the end, Saint Michael’s and my Media Studies experience wouldn’t be as unique and enriching without it.

I’m so anxious and excited to be starting my senior year soon, and I’m looking forward to one last hurrah in Bergeron. It’s tough love, but it’s love nonetheless.

-Nathan Gabel

Jeanmarie Hall, my second home

Some majors have one building where many of your classes are held. After my four years, I have to say mine would be Jeanmarie. Jeanmarie is one of the three main academic buildings that are connected on main campus. It has three floors with many different classroom styles and computer labs.

One room which I have become acquainted with fairly well is the Linux lab. I’ve had three Computer Science classes in that room and have spent a fair amount of time there for my other Computer Science classes as well. I’ll say we have a love hate relationship for that reason as well. I really love my major but occasionally, there were those assignments that I wanted nothing to do with again after that semester.

Some the department offices which are housed in Jeanmarie are the Computer Science, Mathematics, and Business departments. There are some other professors scattered in there as well but for the most part if you are in any of these three majors, you will frequently visit Jeanmarie for advising meetings, to hand in papers, and for extra help during office hours.

If you stop by campus, be sure to check out the place I’ve come to love and know! And to help you out here are some pictures of this place as well:

Jeanmaire Hall

A Windows Computer Lab

The Linux Lab – generally only computer science majors only have access to this room

One style room for lectures

Another type of classroom, I really like this one because it is easier to spread out!

A setup for a more discussion based classes

-Maura Grogan

{Saint Edmund’s Hall}

Out of all the buildings on campus, I probably spend most of my time in the beautiful Saint Edmund’s Hall. It’s the academic building I associate most with language. I’ve taken English, history, Christianity, German, and applied linguistics courses here, the last of which is currently my minor (but hopefully soon to be my major- I promise to work on a blog post about this exciting news!).

The building itself is just gorgeous and is connected to two other academic buildings, Jeanmarie Hall and Cheray Hall. This is extremely handy in the winter when the chilly Vermont winds are in full force. You can go from one to another without having to trudge through the snow and cold! It’s also very close to both Durick Library and Alliot, the dining hall, so anywhere you need to go is always relatively near. It usually doesn’t take me more than three minutes to get anywhere on campus.

If you don’t feel like walking over to the library, the St. Ed’s foyer is the next best place to go. I often sit here and read when I have a few extra minutes in my day. It’s one of my favorite spots on campus because of its livelihood– there are always so many people here just talking and relaxing. Also, the natural light is wonderful, especially on a cold December day. St. Ed’s is also home to the English programs for international students. Every week they host international coffee hour. It’s fantastic and a wonderful way to make new friends from all over the world!

As I mentioned before, I have taken many classes in Saint Ed’s. The room in the picture above is where I currently take Structure of the English Language, a class required for the Applied Linguistics minor.

Aside from the typical classrooms in St. Ed’s, the building is also home to the school’s IT help desk– on the second floor- as well as a couple of Mac labs (which are photographed above- one on the first floor and one on the second floor). Although I’ve never used the labs before, they are gorgeous and brand new. I think both labs are used by classes in the fine arts department. I have, however, been to the IT help desk. The experts there are extremely helpful and always willing to sit down with you and help you with whatever you’re trying to fix. For instance, I went there last year when I couldn’t get my final Digital Film project to export and they sat down with me at a computer for probably an hour to help me figure out what the issue was. There’s also a printer here, which is very handy in between classes when you need to print something off quickly. At Saint Mike’s you can print using any school desktop or your own laptop and then walk to any printer on campus, swipe your knightcard, and the wireless printers do the rest. It’s really quite fantastic, especially for busy college students.

Saint Ed’s is one of those places on the Saint Michael’s campus that has so much to offer that you might never realize it. If you’ve never been there before, I suggest you go relax in the foyer for a while, take a walk around, or, if you’re really feeling adventurous, take one of the Applied Linguistics courses!

(By the way, I know it seems random, but the image to the right is a piece on the second floor of Saint Ed’s made completely of old pennies. I just thought it was so cool that I had to take a picture of it!)

I promise to write again soon about all of the excitement of spring as the semester winds down.

Until next time,
Love, laugh, and photograph!

-Jessica Campbell

Welcome to Saint Michael’s College

When you come to visit Saint Michael’s College, your first stop will most likely be to the Hoehl Welcome Center. This is where information sessions are held, prospective students interview with Admissions staff, and campus tours begin. It is also home to the Office of Admissions, located on the second floor and in the basement of the building.

I personally find Hoehl (pronounced “hail”) to be the most architecturally stunning building on campus, as it is reminiscent of the Pontigny Abbey in France, which I visited and studied during my class in Burgundy.

Hoehl Welcome Center

Pontigny Abbey

I spend a significant amount of time in Hoehl as a student ambassador. My weekly campus tour begins in Hoehl and our student ambassador organization, the Founders Society, holds most of its meetings in the conference room. The Founders Society is a group of students who are campus tour guides, bloggers, day visit hosts, overnight hosts, lunch hosts, and more! At any admissions event you are likely to meet some of our passionate student ambassadors.

To schedule a campus visit, you can register online or call the front desk (802-654-2999) and speak with Stephanie Noakes, our lovely receptionist.

 

 

 

This statue of Saint Michael is my mother’s favorite thing on campus

The Hilltop over the years

An interview room

Photos of student life are scattered throughout Hoehl

The breathtaking view across the street (Rt. 15) from Hoehl

-Lisa Ritter

Cheray Science Hall

Cheray!

Cheray Science Hall is by far my favorite academic building on campus. As a science major, it’s where everything I need is located! The first thing you see when you walk in the doors to Cheray is a cafe (appropriately named Cheray Cafe!) where it’s easy to grab a quick cup of coffee or snack before class. I know for me that coffee was such a life saver before morning classes!

Near the entrance of Cheray, with Cheray cafe through those windows!

Cheray has 3 floors, and each is home to the labs and professor’s offices for a different area of science. The first floor is for Physics, the second floor is Chemistry, and the third is Biology. As a Biology major and Chemistry minor, I’ve had all my labs here in Cheray! The labs themselves are big and have up-to-date equipment that is so cool to get hands on experience using. The lab sections are also limited in size, so even if you have a larger lecture class you will only have a maximum of around 20 students in your lab. This makes lab a really great time to ask for help and make personal connections with professors – no classes at St. Mike’s are taught by TA’s, so your lab will always be taught by a faculty member.

The General Biology lab

The smallest classroom

Cheray also has a few classrooms, including both the largest and smallest classrooms on campus. The largest is Cheray 101, which seats around 100 people. I had my first class ever at St. Mike’s in Cheray 101 (General Chemistry), and even though it was the largest class size I’ve had with about 70 students, I still felt really engaged in the class because our professor (Professor Findley) learned my name and encouraged participation during class, and like for every science class we broke into a smaller lab section. Since Cheray 101 is the largest lecture space, it is also where many talks on campus are held. I never had a class in the smallest classroom, and it’s definitely a contrast to Cheray 101!

Cheray 101

There are also some more traditional classrooms located on the second floor in Cheray, where I’ve met for pre-lab lecture many times and had a Statistics class. The classrooms in Cheray aren’t just for sciences, and some of my friends have had various liberal studies classes taught in these classrooms.

Another one of my favorite things about Cheray is all the non-academic events that take place in it. There is a movie every Thursday night played in Cheray 101 as part of the St. Mike’s film series. A different faculty member will choose a movie and give a short talk before it (not to mention there is free popcorn!). Our Student Association, Saint Mike’s student government, also has their weekly meetings in Cheray 101. The SA is a really great club to get involved in if you’re interested in representing your class and having a voice in what happens on campus, and anyone can go to the meetings.

Since we are nearing the end of the semester, there have been many honor society inductions occurring and the Beta Beta Beta Biology Honors society induction was today! I was inducted into TriBeta last year, and was the Public Relations officer this year. The induction was held in Cheray 111 (the second largest lecture hall on campus), and was attended by lots of students, their families, and Biology faculty.

Newly elected and outgoing Tri Beta officers

Induction of new members!

Now you know all about Cheray Science Hall! Be sure to visit it when you come to campus!

-Marci Wood