NVU Lyndon Represented at State House

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symposium MONTPELIER- Students from Northern Vermont University-Lyndon traveled to the State House yesterday for the 2nd annual Vermont State College Student Symposium. Students from NVU Johnson, Castleton University, Vermont Technical College, and Community College of Vermont were also in attendance.The concept of this event was for students from all Vermont State Colleges to be able to share the projects and research they've done through their departments with Vermont legislators.

 Francis Tarasiewicz an Atmospheric Science senior at NVU-Lyndon says his presentation was about his summer research he did with two of his professors.

Junior Sophia Ruiz an Animation and Illustration major created a video game aimed at helping those dealing with grief. "This project for me is a way to cope with my own grief and a way for others to cope with their grief specifically due to loosing a family member to cancer."

It is a way for legislators to see how Vermont students are making an impact in the state and to see where the education students are receiving can do.

Senator Joe Benning said it's always a great time when the VSC comes to the State House. "The state colleges are supposed to be supported by this institution we call state government. And I am quite well aware that we are short changing the state college system virtually every way imaginable and we need to do a better job at that."

Jeb Spaulding Chancellor of the VSC is proud to students can show off their work, "We get to show off our students to legislators and other leader type folks and opinion makers and let them know what type of opportunity we provide within the Vermont State Colleges. Whether it's Northern Vermont University Lyndon or Johnson, Castleton, or Vermont Technical College or Community College of Vermont a lot of people don't recognize what great opportunity we provide for Vermonters, so to have this kind of exposure really helps us."

Students were glad to be able to be apart of the event, knowing their hard work is paying off and people are able to take notice.

Tarasiewicz says, "It was an honor honestly, I didn't think my research didn't mean very much, but based off some of the reactions from the legislators there was a lot of interest in power outage forecasting so that was pretty cool to hear a lot of that feedback."

Ruiz adds she was happy that digital presentations were included in the event and not just physical posters,I'm so excited, I'm very happy that I get this opportunity and that I'm able to actually do this."

Students are hopeful their experience in the VSC will help them down the road to reach future goals.