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Laws in Space 

Alexia Boggs ’13 knew she wanted to go to law school since elementary school. But it was at Marlboro that she honed her oral advocacy skills and discovered she wanted to take her interest in studying law to “the final frontier.”

Alexia and her award-winning team for the Space Law Moot Court Competition.Marlboro taught me how to write, but I think I also learned how to talk at Marlboro,” says Alexia Boggs, who did her Plan in politics, with a focus on the role of deliberation. She spent untold hours in Town Meetings, faculty and committee meetings, on Community Court, and as a student representative to the board of trustees, learning and practicing the finer points of persuasive oral advocacy. “Marlboro’s system of governance was a political gymnasium for me to learn how politics work.”

Marlboro is also where Alexia first learned about space law, from Lynette Rummel’s course on international law and from the Plan papers of her good friend Eric Toldi ’11 on the history of the space race. “Over the course of discussing Eric’s drafts, he taught me about space law and clued me in to how important space law would become with exploration of outer space in the 21st century.” In May, Alexia graduated from the space law program at University of Mississippi Law School, one of two law schools in the U.S. that have such a program.

“Space law is exciting—how many lawyers get to talk about exploring outer space?” says Alexia. “I love that so many people are excited about space exploration right now, and I think that it has the potential to bring everyone to the table: if you are an activist, a physicist, a geologist, an artist, a military general, space has something for you.” Did we mention Alexia’s powers of persuasion?

The highlight of Alexia’s law school years was participating in the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition, where teams of law students present oral arguments on issues of space law as if they are presenting to the International Court of Justice. Alexia’s team swept all three awards in the North American regional semifinals—Best Team, Best Brief, and Best Oralist (Alexia, naturally)—but was beaten by the Indian team during the world finals in September, in Adelaide, Australia.

Alexia hangs out with her Newfoundland puppy, Doris. Photo by Elisabeth Joffe ‘14“If you make it to the finals, you actually present oral argument to three judges from the International Court of Justice,” says Alexia, who was awarded Best Oralist once again at the finals. “As an international law nerd, this was a dream come true. I was overwhelmed with excitement to present argument to these judges, who wrote decisions in many of the seminal international cases I was citing.”

Alexia’s experience as a persuasive oral advocate led to successes in other competitions as well while she was at Ole Miss. In addition to the Space Law Moot Court Competition, she also won the National Professional Football Contract Negotiation Competition at Tulane Law School and “The Closer” National Transactional Law Competition at Baylor Law School.

“All three competitions required me to know my audience, to solve legal problems by thinking on my feet, and to be persuasive,” says Alexia. She passed the D.C. Bar Exam in October, and is currently working as an attorney for a telecommunications company in Alexandria, Virginia. She plans to land a gig practicing space law in D.C. soon, and to some day help shape U.S. space policy.

“Another hope would be to present oral argument at the International Court of Justice on behalf of a spacefaring nation in real life,” she adds. “Or to sit on the other side of the dais—who knows? I tend to dream big.”

Class Notes

Class notes are listed by year and include both graduates and nongraduates; the latter are listed under the class with which they are associated. 

In September, CHUCK STAPLES was one of nine winners of a Driehaus Award for historic preservation. Most of the winners were architectural firms, but Chuck’s award was for a lifetime of effort in historic preservation, particularly the building that became the Chicago Cultural Center. In August, Chuck was recognized for his 80-year membership in the Mount Washington Observatory, a membership his father signed him up for when he was 7 years old. “I have loved Mount Washington since I was very young, and climbed it many times,” says Chuck. “I still walk a lot and climb stairs, but a recently reduced sense of balance has regrettably ended the rugged hiking I so enjoyed in mountain country.”

“Still teaching at University College at Rockland, currently a History of Theater class, and working on another Derek Steele radio play to be presented fairly soon at the college,” says JONATHAN POTTER. “Got my little Typhoon sailboat out on the water before the hurricane residue arrived. Still rowing, though.”

In August, JOHN DEVANEY had a retrospective show of his paintings at Robert Foster Fine Art, on Nantucket. See John’s work.

“The eighties were less eventful times for my breasts,” writes JEANNE HOLTZMANN in an article titled “My Life with Breasts” published on Rag Queen Periodical. “They remained untethered but lost their defiance, made no political or social statements, and in general didn’t cause any trouble.” Read more.

“It is hard not to be overly thankful for my Marlboro education and experience,” writes W.L. “ZEV” WEXLER. “It opened up to me a new and different life that has since remained with me. My extended Marlboro family is in many ways closer to me than my blood relations. Working on crew, TownMeeting, the intimacy of a small community, a volunteer firefighter, the habit of preferring to litter my vehicle rather than despoil the Vermont countryside, and so many more unique experiences gave me memories that pleasantly persist and have influenced my various careers and my life. Thank you Potash Hill.”

The Galaxy Bookshop in Hardwick hosted a reading and Q&A in December with WILL WOOTTON, author of Good Fortune Next Time, his memoir describing his experiences in the administration of Marlboro College, Sterling College, and Montserrat College of Art.

COLIN COCHRAN participated in Readsboro Arts 2017 Confluence painting invitational, September 6 to October 29. Colin’s work on exhibit was titled Three Sheep of the Apocalypse.

Brooklyn-based artist Ryan Kish ’07 exhibited his recent paintings at Drury Gallery during October, with an artist’s talk in Appletree. Artist Owen Westberg has said of Ryan’s work, “As a glass of water in different seasons, Kish’s paintings are vessels for perception.”DANIEL HUDKINS writes, “Currently chief information officer for the Taipei American School in Taiwan.”

“This winter I will spend much of my time skiing and training even though I am in my mid-60s,” says TOM DAVIES. “I still race biathlon and was the 60+ age group US National Champion in the sprint and pursuit events in 2015. I hope XC skiing is still a healthy tradition at Marlboro.”

“I am very excited to have bought raffle tickets and won a pastel of Marlboro by Wolf Kahn,” says MELISSA METTLER ABRAMS. “All is well in Colorado though way too warm for December. I would love to hear from any friends who see this: missyabram@aol.com.”

In October, DAN TOOMEY presented a lecture at Landmark College titled “The Mentorships of Robert Frost.” In it Dan explored Frost’s friendships with younger scholars, showing his virtues of loyalty, kindness, and generosity, and specifically how his mentorship of one young man laid the groundwork for Frost’s writing of the poem “The Most of It.”

LAURA LAWSON TUCKER writes, “14 years ago, I helped create and now continue to co-direct an inclusive theater program for youth and adults: Theatre Adventure in Brattleboro. Our program is part of New England Youth Theatre. Check us out at Neyt.org.”

KATE JUDD writes, “I renewed my contract as spiritual leader of the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community through June of 2019. My husband will be 94 in May, so who knows where my life will go…”

REGINA GRABROVAC is the food programs manager for Healthy Acadia–Washington County, in Maine, running everything from farm-to-school programs to gleaning operations. In an August article in the Portland Press Herald, she talks about her life, farming, and food security, and last year’s wild blueberry glut. Read more.

MONIKA JEAN MACLEAN writes, “I volunteer at the Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective on Mondays as a provider APRN. Graduated from UConn and am now working as a primary care provider in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Very excited and hope all is well on Potash Hill.”

Matt Levasseur ’07: Mobile Apps for Mozambique

“Marlboro helped set me on a course to working abroad, especially by letting me do independent research in a developing country as the basis of my Plan,” says Matt Levasseur. He completed his Plan in psychology and anthropology, specifically writing about post-structuralism, family systems, and Haitian migrants living in the Dominican Republic. Now he is continuing his interest in developing countries as a senior field manager at Dimagi.

Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dimagi is a software social enterprise that creates technologies to improve service delivery in underserved communities. They have designed a software platform for mobile workforces, and most of their work is in developing countries.

“I work with clients to devise and implement custom mobile apps,” says Matt, who has traveled frequently to Haiti, South Africa, Mozambique, Ghana, Senegal, and Uganda in his four years with Dimagi. “I’m always learning. I get to be creative and spend time with end users and beneficiaries. Architecting data systems is fun.”

For example, Matt worked in Haiti on the implementation of a national-scale community health application combining maternal health, family planning, child vaccination, and HIV service delivery. He also worked to launch a hospital performance measurement in Ghana and implement an agricultural extension program in South Africa.

Matt’s fondest memories of Marlboro are of the intellectual atmosphere, from challenging tutorials to the ritual Saturday afternoon post-lunch debates in the dining hall. “Marlboro taught me to think broadly, helped me develop my voice, and empowered me to take on challenging projects with confidence.”

In his latest book, “Do You Have a Band?” (Columbia University Press), DANIEL KANE reveals how the new sounds of proto-punk and punk music found their way into the poetry of the 1960s and ’70s New York City scene, enabling writers to develop fresh ideas for their own poetics and performance styles. Learn more.

DUNCAN NEWBERRY writes, “Moved from Portland to Cottage Grove, Oregon, in 2012 with my wife and our four children. Bought 14 acres of scrubby pasture and accidentally started farming at 47: currently home to three adults, four children, seven goats, 12 sheep, and 15 or so chickens.”

In October, Ursula Roessiger ’10 presented a talk in the Rice-Aron Library titled “The Absolution of Spirit: Forgiveness in Hegel’s Philosophy of Religion.” Ursula is a post-doctoral teaching fellow at Pennsylvania State University, where she received her PhD in philosophy in 2017.“This fall, I am taking on a new position: professor of music at Baldwin Wallace University and editor of BACH: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute,” says CHRISTINA FUHRMANN. “I know that Luis Batlle would have been proud, since he certainly fostered my love of Bach at Marlboro.” Christina won the 2017 Diana McVeagh Prize for Best Book on British Music, a biennial prize given by the North American British Music Studies Association, for her book Foreign Opera at the London Playhouses, from Mozart to Bellini (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

“For me it was more about finding intellectually engaging work to do that enriched the community and also my life,” says RICH BOULET in a September article in the Ellsworth American. The director of the Blue Hill Public Library since 2002, Rich was named Outstanding Librarian for 2017 by the Maine Library Association. Learn more.

“When I think about my work on the women’s commission, I imagine creating a state where policy and resources and programs and lifestyles all converge for women to be able to live their lives with whatever dignity they want,” says EMILIE KORNHEISER in an August article in the Brattleboro Reformer. Emilie was appointed to the Vermont Commission on Women last summer. She is an early childhood action plan director at Building Bright Futures and she works with Promise Communities for the state of Vermont. She previously served as an international development consultant, helping government agencies meet humanitarian and community development goals. “The Women’s Commission seems like a natural outgrowth of this work,” she says.

“Marlboro gave me a structure for thinking and processing information, and it gave me a framework for the critique of structures. I didn’t have that before,” says CHRISTINE LINN in a September article in The Commons. “It gave me access to academic works, to Paulo Freire, Marx, Freud”—an education that helped her understand “the structures that oppressed me.” In this article, Christine reflects on her own experiences and their relevance to her role as director of youth development at Brattleboro Youth Services. Read more.

Michael Harrist ’10: Music as Spiritual Practice

“I’ve joked that I’m still basically on Plan, and honestly not much has changed,” says Mike Harrist, who has worked as a professional musician and music teacher since graduating with a Plan in music and religion. “I’m just a few years deeper into sitting at the feet of these great traditions.” Mike has performed and studied in a wide array of world traditions, from Hindustani raga to Turkish art music to Jazz, and toured with various ensembles. But his closest brush with Plan was returning to Marlboro last fall to collaborate with religion professor Amer Latif (pictured with Mike) in teaching a class titled Art as Spiritual Discipline: The Musical Traditions of North India and Turkey.

“This class comes from our mutual interest in the intersection of music and contemplative practice,” says Mike. He and Amer received an Aron grant in 2010 for field research in Turkey, on the chanting practice in different schools of mystical Islam, and have continued their research and discussion since. “We ask, what does it look like when there is no distinction between the sacred and the mundane, between art and life?” Their goal is to ground these questions in music practice and the writings of great musicians and spiritual teachers, and to apply lessons learned to other arenas of life.

“It is such a joy to teach with my long-term teacher, mentor, and friend Amer. I’ve learned so much from him and through him. By becoming co-teachers, we are afforded a beautiful opportunity to further our relationship and deepen our work together.”

“I am finally settled in Rhode Island where I work with the Conservation Law Foundation,” says HEATHER GREENWOOD. “All of it is great fun. It is nice to be around people with strong feelings about grammar again. Who knew Marlboro students and lawyers were so similar?”

ALEX LEHMAN is a freelance actor and puppeteer in Denmark, specializing in Lecoq-based physical performance, devised theater, puppetry, stage combat, and motion capture for film and video games. He studied at the London International School of Performing Arts, receiving a two-year professional certification.

“For the past decade I have been at the intersection of neuroscience and education,” says LISA MALIK. “I use data to understand both how the brain changes when we learn and how to implement best teaching practices in the classroom. I have also dabbled in data analytics for business, wielding large databases of information into coherent and dynamic visualizations. Currently, I am the acting dean of Health Occupations, Physical Education, and Business at Shoreline Community College. Although I no longer conduct research studies, students and alumni can reach out to me about careers in research, pursuing graduate studies in the sciences, and life in academia.”

JULIE RANA joined the Lawrence University faculty this last fall as a tenure-track scholar in mathematics. A specialist in algebraic geometry, singular spaces, and deformation theory, Julie spent the past two years as an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota.

BENNETT CARPENTER is thrilled to announce he’ll be marrying his sweetie, Attila Nemecz, this October. He’s finishing up a PhD in literature at Duke University and hopes to stay on in North Carolina, where he’s become deeply involved in community organizing. He also quit smoking and started playing the banjo. He misses you all and invites anyone passing through North Carolina to give him a holler.

LYNN and WILLIAM ROWAN write, “Our band, Windborne, launched a highly successful project of protest songs called Song on the Times—an album and songbook of songs for social struggle. We are now touring around the US and the UK. Learn more.

In June, Jonathan Fryerwood ’13 (nee Fryer) and Maggie Fryerwood ’13 (nee Wood) were married in Dover, Massachusetts. The wedding was a veritable reunion of Marlboro folks. Jonathan is now going to Simmons for his master’s in library science, and Maggie is going to Northeastern for her master’s in public health. Photo by Lea LaRiccia Photography“I communicate and express myself best through music,” says HELEN HUMMEL, who released her first full-length album, Many Waters, in September. The eleven original tracks combine Helen’s rural Vermont upbringing with her experiences living and playing music in Los Angeles; she pulls from her travels across the country and from her literature studies at Marlboro College. “Marlboro’s courses helped me harness my writing; its open mics and community concerts taught me to share and perform my music.” The album’s title comes from James Joyce’s collection of poems, Chamber Music. Helen examined Joyce’s writing for her Plan of Concentration and, as part of her independent project, she set two of his poems to music. Water’s influence and imagery run throughout Helen’s music, as well as a Joycean eye for the extraordinary within the ordinary. Folks can preview and purchase the album, view Helen’s original album artwork, and check out her live show schedule at HelenHummel.com. Find her on social media as @helenhummelmusic.

“I have been working for SUNY Morrisville since December 2016, creating video content for communications and marketing purposes,” says BEN MARTIN. “I also do freelance video production in the local community, working with local nonprofits to encourage community involvement and promote local businesses. Before that I worked as a news video editor and photojournalist for stations in Syracuse, and prior to that SARAH HOROWITZ ’10 and I were living in the Burlington, Vermont, area. There I worked as a videoencoding technician for a small company that does DVD, Blu-Ray, and streaming video encoding for several major TV and film groups. If there are any current students and recent graduates interested in a career in video production, marketing and communications, video journalism, or related fields, I am happy to offer advice and answer questions.”

Brooklyn-based filmmaker AMBER SCHAFER was one of two alumni included—the other being KATHERINE GYPSON ’05—in a panel discussion titled “Democracy in the Deep Divide,” during Alumni Days in October. Amber, Katherine, and religion professor Amer Latif, moderated by politics professor Meg Mott, grappled with the issue of whether Americans can still work together in the current political and social atmosphere of divisiveness.

KENTON CARD published an article on the site of Johns Hopkins University’s American Institute for Contemporary German Studies titled “Multi-Ethnic Tenant Movements in Los Angeles and Berlin.” He says, “In a political era where news headlines are dominated by new forms of nationalist politics . . . communities are resisting exclusive politics and inventing new forms of radical inclusion and community empowerment.” Read more.

“I am currently at University College Dublin in Ireland pursuing a PhD in analysis of citizen science biological records with Jon Yearsley,” says WILLSON GAUL. “The great advantage of using this kind of citizen science data is that there are lots of people collecting data across large spatial areas and over long periods of time. We have datasets of observations of mosses in Ireland going back to 1663.”

“This past summer, I completed my PhD in chemistry at Clark University, with research focused on the synthesis and characterization of organic-inorganic hybrid materials,” says JOSHUA BOYKIN. “My wife and fellow Marlboro alumnus, JODI SUSSER ’12, and I moved to the Adirondacks in Upstate New York this past August, and are celebrating our second wedding anniversary. I am currently in my first semester as an assistant professor of chemistry at Paul Smith’s College, a school with striking similarities to Marlboro.”

GARTH SUTHERLAND enrolled in a master’s degree program at the University of Siegen in Germany in October2017, and should finish in 2019. “The program is called Roads toDemocracies, and combines political science, history, and sociology in studying how different forms of democracy develop. The coursework is taught in English and students come from many different countries and backgrounds. I am enjoying the classes and picking up some German along the way.”

Hannah Cummins MAT ’17: Bringing Social Justice to Class

Hannah Cummins knew she wanted to go into education as an undergraduate at Marlboro, studying sociology and photography, when she attended an inspirational information session with Janaki Natarajan, program director for the MA in Teaching for Social Justice program. After three years at Marlboro she finished her bachelor’s at Goddard College, but returned to the graduate program to continue her education.

“I was exploring the same things as an undergraduate,” says Hannah, who earned her MAT-SJ in December. “I was looking at social justice issues and how to better understand the world around me, like the historical context around the current moment. Being able to go to a one-year program like Marlboro’s was just incredible. I also found the passion for learning similar to the undergraduate program.”

What attracted Hannah to the MAT program was the focus on praxis—applying knowledge to the real world. She was placed in an internship right away, in a social studies classroom at Four Rivers Charter Public School, in Greenfield, Massachusetts, and after one semester she was offered a position at the school.

“Four Rivers has a project-based model, and all of the learning has larger implications,” says Hannah, who credits her Marlboro experience with teaching her about academic rigor and perseverance. Although she has not been practicing her own art as much, she is grateful for the art education she gained at Marlboro and frequently brings art into the classroom. “It continues to serve me in my everyday life, in terms of being a critical thinker.”

“I am now the pastor of two small-town churches in the thumb of Michigan, right on the coast of Lake Huron,” says SARI BROWN. “At Port Hope United Methodist Church, I am supporting them in a ministry to welcome and be good neighbors to the Hispanic dairy farm workers, which they have been engaged in for six years now, and I am impressed with their dedication and openness. I am also the pastor of Harbor Beach UMC, a warm-hearted and authentic group that houses the local food pantry and serves a free community soup supper each month. They create beautiful visual displays for worship, and they appreciate my original music. Both churches welcomed my bicultural family with open arms (my husband and stepchildren are Colombian).”

“I’m in Austin, Texas,” says ERIC JOYCE. “I moved here last year to start a graduate program studying architecture at the University of Texas at Austin. The official degree type is an M.Arch I, which means it’s a Master of Architecture without a previously obtained professional degree. School has really consumed my life since moving here.”

NIKKI HAUG has been working at Earthwatch Institute since April, first as a database administrator and now as executive assistant to the CEO and development director. “I appreciate how the citizen science mission of Earthwatch lines up well with my Plan, since Darwin was a citizen scientist himself, in a way,” she says.

MOLLY BOOTH’s second book, Nothing Happened, a modern-day retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, is coming out from Disney Hyperion in May 2018. “Nothing Happened is an unputdownable read that’s both hilarious and heartfelt,” says fellow YA author Stephanie Kate Strohm. “Shakespeare fans will be delighted by Booth’s clever reworking of Much Ado and those new to the bard will find themselves hooked.” Pre-order at mollybooth.com/nothing-happened.

“I just got accepted into the Medicinal Chemistry/Pharmacognosy doctorate program at University of Illinois at Chicago,” says DANIEL ZAGAL. “I will be following the natural products drug discovery track. I’m relocating from Brattleboro, where I have lived since I graduated Marlboro, to Chicago for the beginning of the spring semester 2018.”

“In my time since Marlboro I have been a core member of the Brattleboro-based arts collective The Future Collective,” says HANNAH CUMMINS. “I was the co-founder of Brattleboro Grrrls Camp and have worked at In-Sight Photography, Exposures, and Wildflowers Playschool in Putney, Vermont. January 2017 I began my time at Marlboro College Grad School in the MA in Teaching for Social Justice program. It has been a truly transformative experience."

André Pérez ’10 (Potash Hill, Fall 2017) visited Marlboro in October to screen and discuss part of his America in Transition documentary series, exploring community, family, and social issues for trans people of color across the United States. Photo by David Teter“I’m now working in London for a year as a communications assistant at the Anglican Communion Office,” says AMELIA BROWN. “I’ve absolutely fallen in love with London, and I am enjoying my work very much. We have a news service and a quarterly magazine, so there’s a fair amount of articles that we write. Since I grew up in the church, working for the Anglican Communion feels a bit like I’ve come to home-base, as it were. It’s been such an incredible environment, both professionally and spiritually.”

ERIKA KLEMPERER performed a dance piece at Brattleboro’s SoBo Dance Studio in November, part of their Open House/Open Audience event.

NATALIE COHEN earned her master’s in marriage and family therapy from Antioch University in Los Angeles. She is working with clients at the Relational Center in L.A. as she accumulates hours toward licensure as an MFT.

FELIX JARRAR writes, “I kicked off 2018 with a performance of my song cycle Songs of the Soul Beams at (le) poisson rouge in the West Village in January. This work exploring the depths of loss and mourning was inspired by the death of my father almost two years ago. While the inspiration behind this song cycle comes from a place of darkness, the work features inspiration and uplifting music inspired by influences such as Handel’s Messiah and Kanye West hip hop beats.” Felix was the composer-in-residence with the Brooklyn College Jazz Ensemble last fall, and was commissioned by Cantanti Project for his third opera, Tabula Rasa. A jazz opera due to premier in New York in May, this work is about Kiki de Montparnasse and her romantic escapades in Paris through the 1920s.

REBECCA MEADE is currently working full time at Vice Media, assistant editing on Vice News Tonight, an HBO original series. She is in charge of ingesting footage, assistant editing, creating motion graphics, and delivering final cuts to New York for broadcasting. She landed this job after moving across country from Brattleboro to Los Angeles.

Graduate and Professional Studies


The Master’s in Teaching with Technology program welcomes new faculty member SHANNON MILLER, who received her MAT in the same program. Shannon is a fourth-grade teacher at Union Elementary School in Montpelier, Vermont, and has been a classroom teacher for 10 years. Since completing her MAT, Shannon has worked as a technology integrator in southern Vermont and at the American School in Switzerland. She has also served as a program manager for Vermont’s Agency of Education in the area |of teacher preparation programs.

Dhruv Jagasia MBA ’17: Putting the “I” in eyewear

Dharma has many meanings in Hinduism and Buddhism, but to New York resident Dhruv Jagasia it means “duty” or “the path.” Having grown up among the profit-driven eyewear industry, he launched Dharma Eyewear in 2014 to make a positive impact on both the industry and society.

“I wanted to start a company whose mission was centered around social and environmental good,” said Dhruv, who got his MBA from Marlboro with a concentration in Conscious Business. “So my company’s ‘duty’ is to honor the earth, our customers, and our employees, all the while creating high-quality products that last, using materials that don’t damage the planet.”

Dhruv was drawn to Marlboro for the sense of community, which made him feel welcome and engaged. “Marlboro felt like a place where I could foster better business skills, cultivate experiences with like-minded individuals, and figure out how I could change the world for the better.” Along the way he enjoyed many “earth-shattering conversations” with fellow students and alumni about how to inspire positive change.

“I want Dharma to create a movement, to mobilize other companies to do the same and more,” says Dhruv. “We all should aspire for excellence, but in the business world excellence has been translated into massive profits. Imagine if we lived in a world where business leaders acted more like nonprofit leaders and strived for greater net impact.” Having stylish, beautifully designed, and well-crafted eyewear in that world would not hurt, either.

Learn more at dharmaco.com.

“My life has taken many twists and turns that brought me back here,” says MEL MOTEL, who started as executive director of the Brattleboro Community Justice Center in August after having worked there more than 10 years ago. In a September article in The Commons, she says, “I bring a vision of a restorative community into schools, neighborhoods, and workplaces. I’m entering this organization at a time of enthusiasm for restorative justice.” After receiving her MAT in Teaching for Social Justice, she founded the Just Schools Project to work directly with schools to rethink and change discipline practices. Read more.

Teaching with Technology alumna JASMIN COWIN was appointed assistant professor of TESOL and bilingual certificate programs at Touro College’s Graduate School of Education. Jasmin’s first overseas engagement will be at the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics in Moscow, to give workshops in TESOL, e-learning, and methodologies in augmented reality.


“My fall 2012 Food and Culture class was really the key to completing A Taste of Marlboro: Cooking and Eating in Our Community, a community cookbook with a combination of recipes and stories, which had its debut at the Marlboro Fair in September,” says CAROL HENDRICKSON, anthropology professor emerita. The new book, featuring recipes and memories by students in the class, favorite foods from the dining hall, cookie recipes from Rapid Reviews, and recipes from many alumni, is available at the Marlboro Town Office.

“GERALDINE PITTMAN-BATLLE is described by her nominators and her peers as a ‘Master Teacher’ among a faculty of great teachers, someone who poured her accumulated wisdom and energy into her teaching, advising, and mentoring students,” said former president Ellen McCulloch-Lovell. “As such, she has been an ‘essential teacher’ in Marlboro’s firmament, setting the highest standards and looked up to by her peers at the college and beyond.” Geraldine, Marlboro’s literature professor emerita, was elected as a fellow of the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences in November, and Ellen, a fellow fellow, read her citation.