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Share the Warmth Clothing Drive

College of St. Joseph is celebrating Giving Tuesday by giving back to our community.

CSJ’s Provider Scholarship Program is hosting Share the Warmth, a cold-weather clothing drive. We will be collecting new and gently-used coats, hats, mittens, boots and more for individuals of all ages at the NewStory Center (formerly known as the Rutland County Women’s Network & Shelter).

There will be two convenient locations for drop-offs:
College of St. Joseph’s Tuttle Hall (71 Clement Road, Rutland)
and the Downtown Rutland Partnership (48 Merchants Row, Rutland – next to the Chamber of Commerce)

Donations will be accepted from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at both locations.

For more information on the clothing drive, or to find out how you can support CSJ this Giving Tuesday, visit www.csj.edu/givingtuesday

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College of St. Joseph Fall Open House

College of St. Joseph will hold its fall open house on Friday, Oct. 27.

High school seniors, returning college students, and adults looking to change careers are invited to visit the college and learn more about its 30 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in areas including Business, Criminal Justice, Education, Psychology and Human Services, and Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Attendees will have a chance to walk around the expansive 117-wooded acre campus with student-led tours, visit with faculty and staff, and learn more about applying and how to pay for college with the Provider Scholarship Program, which provides up to $65,500 in financial aid in exchange for a commitment to remain in good academic standing, participate in campus life, and complete 15 hours of community service each semester. Participants will learn more about academic support services, student life, clubs and athletics, and more.

Adult learners may be surprised to learn about the flexible options the College offers, including online and evening courses, as well as Associate Degree options.

The open house begins at 10 a.m. in Tuttle Hall on the CSJ campus, located at 71 Clement Road in Rutland.

For more information or to register for the event, call the Admissions Office at (802) 773-5900 or visit www.csj.edu/openhouse.

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“Quilters the Musical” by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek

“Quilters the Musical” by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek

A tender, moving play about a pioneer woman and her daughters, QUILTERS skillfully blends a series of interrelated scenes into a memorable musical.

Each scene is introduced by a quilt square or “block” symbolic of life’s passages. During each “block”, the actresses skillfully transform into many different characters whose stories depict the lot of women on the prairie.

Combining music, dance and drama, QUILTERS captures both the harsh challenges and the abiding rewards of frontier life with vivid dramatic intensity.

All profits go to the Rutland County Women’s Network & Shelter.

Admission by free will offering.


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Across The Pond: A Tribute to The Beatles

Across The Pond: A Tribute to The Beatles

College of St. Joseph is hosting a free outdoor concert featuring Across The Pond, a tribute to The Beatles on Thursday evening, May 25 from 6-8 p.m.

Guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets, chairs, and picnic!

The event is sponsored by the College of St. Joseph Music Initiative.

The concert will be held on the lawn behind Tuttle Theater, located on the CSJ campus at 71 Clement Road in Rutland, VT.

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A Rumpus for Education

A Rumpus for Education

Saturday, April 29, 7 p.m.
College of St. Joseph‘s Tuttle Theater – 71 Clement Road, Rutland

Tickets: $20 adults, $5 students

Join storytellers from around the region as they spin their tales in friendly competition with each other! The evening will feature true, first-person, seven minute stories.

Storytellers include:
Forrest Byrd
Carlisle Carey
Nanci Gordon
Michael Ray Kingsbury
Jennifer Hall
Mike Nigro
Judi Tompkins
Tyrelle Appleton
and others to be announced

Like what you hear on “The Moth Radio Hour” or “Snap Judgement” on NPR, these story sessions – told without notes –have been playing to capacity audiences.

All proceeds benefit CSJ’s Provider Scholarship Program, which provides students with financial aid in exchange for community engagement, academic curiosity and more.

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College of St. Joseph Provider Scholarship Gala

College of St. Joseph Provider Scholarship Gala

Join us for our annual Provider Scholarship Gala and enjoy dinner, entertainment, and raffles, all while taking in the views at the beautiful Rutland Country Club and celebrating Provider of the Year honoree Tom Donahue!

Tom was named CEO of BROC: Community Action in Southwestern Vermont in 2016. He previously served as CEO of the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce for 21 years, and has also held the role of Director of Community Development for the City of Rutland. Tom is also a passionate community volunteer.

There will also be a special thank you to Interim President Larry Jensen.

Every $5,000 raised for CSJ’s Provider Scholarship fund helps reduce education expenses for two Provider Scholars per year. The Provider Scholarship Program was created in 2013 and provides students with financial aid in exchange for a commitment to academic curiosity, service to the community, campus participation and career development. Since its inception three years ago, Provider Program scholars have contributed more than 15,500 hours of service to local community organizations focused on societal challenges including homelessness, domestic violence, food insecurity and more.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. You can find tickets and sponsorship information here: www.csj.edu/gala

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Community Easter Egg Hunt

Community Easter Egg Hunt

College of St. Joseph is hosting its annual community Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Children 10 years and younger are welcome to come and enjoy the search, with adult supervision. The hunt begins at 10:30 a.m.

Children will search for eggs and candy in two age groups – ages 1-5 and 6-10. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held inside.

In addition to the traditional egg hunt, the event will also include a visit from the Easter bunny, a story reading at 10 a.m., coloring, crafts and sweet treats.

The event is sponsored by the College of St. Joseph’s Provider Program.

It is free and open to the public.

For more information, please call 802-773-5900.


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College of St. Joseph Founders’ Day

College of St. Joseph Founders’ Day

College of St. Joseph is hosting its annual Founders’ Day celebration Wednesday, March 29.

Sarah Fortier and Lawrence Jensen have been named the recipients of this year’s Pour Le Merite Award at College of St. Joseph. They will be recognized for their outstanding care, support and leadership in the community.

Founders’ Day commemorates the Sisters of St. Joseph, who had the vision and perseverance to establish a Catholic college in Rutland in 1956.  The Pour Le Merite Award honors outstanding individuals from the community who exhibit substantial engagement  in volunteer activities that have contributed to the betterment of the region.

Fortier was named principal of MSJ in 2014, bringing a wealth of experience having previously served as dean of students and as a history instructor for more than a decade prior. Since her appointment, she has worked tirelessly to successfully grow enrollment at the local high school.

In addition to being an ardent champion of Catholic education in Rutland, Fortier is also an active member of the Rutland community, serving as advisor for Project Help, a Christmas project at MSJ, which provides dinner and presents for 100 local families in need. She has also participated in several walks and runs, including the Walk for Alzheimer’s, the Walk to Prevent Child Abuse, and others in honor of her son, Jack.

Fortier is a graduate of MSJ. She holds a Master’s of Education from College of St. Joseph and a Bachelor’s Degree from Quinnipiac University.

The College will also honor interim president Lawrence Jensen at this year’s event.

Jensen has dedicated years to College of St. Joseph as both a member and chair of the Board of Trustees before becoming interim president in 2016.

A retired healthcare executive and well-known community leader, Jensen has chaired and served on several boards in the Rutland region, including the James Bowse Health Trust and the Rutland City Police Commission, Vermont Public Radio, Killington Music Festival, Rutland Mental Health and Rutland Regional Medical Center.

During his career, he served as vice president for corporate development and Rutland Health Foundation major gifts officer at RRMC. He was also vice president and controller for Killington Resort.

Jensen holds an MBA from University of Vermont, and a Bachelor’s degree from The State University of New York at Geneseo.

The College also honors one student – who goes above and beyond in both the college and Rutland community – to be honored with the Mother Teresa Student Service Award. This year’s honoree is David Wallant, a junior from East Bridgewater, Mass.

The event begins at 2 p.m. in Tuttle Theater, located on the CSJ campus at 71 Clement Road in Rutland.

The celebration is open to the public.


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CSJ hosts free Campus Invasion concert

CSJ hosts free Campus Invasion Concert

March 25 from 7 – 10 pm

College of St. Joseph is hosting a free concert featuring bands from across the Northeast on Saturday, March 25.

CSJ Campus Invasion is an all-ages show that will include performances from The Up! Up! Ups, Shy Husky, The Red Summer Sun, and The Bone Factory.

The Up! Up! Ups! are a Philadelphia-based rock band influenced by the early punk rock sounds from the 1970s. The four-piece group combines fast punk rock music with the danceable feel of 1950s rock and roll and power pop.

Shy Husky is an alternative, indie rock band hailing from Norwich, Vt. They are best known for their melodic hooks, emotion-driven lyrics and energetic delivery with passion behind each song.

The Red Summer Sun is a four-piece alternative pop-rock band from Burlington, Vt. and Plattsburgh, N.Y.

The Bone Factory is an alternative Southern Vermont-based band, bringing a different style to the Campus Invasion with mandolins, banjos, and bass.

The event is coordinated in partnership with Nick Grandchamp, who has been actively involved in the music scene throughout the northeast for several years.

The concert is open to the public and will be held in College of St. Joseph’s Tuttle Theater, located at 71 Clement Road in Rutland, from 7-10 p.m.



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“Beyond Lean in: Finding the Intersectionality of all American Women”

“Beyond Lean in: Finding the Intersectionality of all American Women”

College of St. Joseph is hosting a presentation by educator and women’s advocate Vandy Kemp on Thursday, March 2.

Kemp’s discussion, titled “Beyond Lean In: Finding the Intersectionality of all American Women,” will examine how class, race, and ethnicity differences make it difficult for there to be a common sisterhood based on shared struggle and solidarity.

Kemp, a native of Southern Appalachia, is a 36-year veteran of secondary and higher education in Virginia and Tennessee with experience ranging from high school counseling and administration to college teaching, academic support services, senior administration, and diversity programing. She broke gender barriers as the first female high school administrator in two Tennessee school districts.

She recently retired after serving for 12 years as vice president and dean of students at Maryville College, a 200-year-old liberal arts college located near Knoxville, Tenn.

Kemp holds a Bachelor’s Degree in sociology and music education from Radford University and a Master’s Degree in educational psychology and counseling with educational administration and supervision. She is also an alumna of the Harvard Graduate School of Education Institute on Educational Management.

She is a member of the League of Women Voters, American Association of University Women, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Showing Up for Racial Justice, and PFLAG.

The event is part of the College’s Women’s History Month celebration and is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

The presentation will be held in Tuttle Theater on the College of St. Joseph campus, located at 71 Clement Road in Rutland, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

It is free and open to the public.


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