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Friday March 8, 2013

Experience Day at Union Institute & University Brattleboro Center

BRATTLEBORO - Union Institute & University (UI&U), a private, non-profit university in Brattleboro, will host an Experience Day on Saturday, March 16 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at its Academic Center on Old Guilford Road in Brattleboro. The event will feature an overview of the B.A. Weekend program by enrollment counselor Paul Moberly. Guests will also have the opportunity to sit in on classroom study groups to observe and experience our unique low-residency program. Concerns of adult students, financial aid information, and the application process will also be discussed.

Guests will be invited to stay for optional afternoon activities and study groups as well, including a Poetry Reading featuring faculty members Ben Mitchell and Robin MacArthur, as well as local poets John Rose and Frank Reeve. The Poetry Reading will be held at 3 p.m. in conjunction with the B.A. Weekend residency; it is free and open to the public.

The B.A. Weekend program caters to working adults, offering a flexible schedule in which students attend classes and interact with faculty and fellow students one weekend a month at the Brattleboro Center. The progressive learning format allows students to engage in and build relationships with faculty and other students, while allowing them to complete their studies on a schedule that works for them.

Union’s programs provide adults with an opportunity to finish their degree and recognizes the importance of prior learning, offering credit for life experience, certified learning, and CLEP exams. With a liberal transfer policy that accepts up to 78 transfer credits, students can complete their B.A. degree in as little as 18 months. We offer a 10 percent tuition discount to graduates of the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH); and a special $1,000 scholarship (full-time enrolled) or $500 (half-time) for graduates of the Community College of Vermont (CCV) for each term, up to $4,000 total.

Union’s unique program is structured to allow students to customize studies around their own interests and passions. Coursework can be designed around one or more of the following concentrations: Arts, Writing, & Literature; Education; Environmental Studies & Sustainability; Global Studies, History, & Culture; Psychology & Human Development; or can be self-designed to meet the individual’s needs. A Teacher Licensure track is also available.

Union Institute & University’s B.A. Weekend program is currently accepting students for Spring/Summer term beginning in May. For more information about the Bachelor of Arts program, or the Experience Day, please contact undergraduate enrollment counselor Paul Moberly at 802-257-9411 x8900, or by e-mailing RSVPs are encouraged but not required. Winter sports programs benefit from endowment

BRATTLEBORO - The Brattleboro School Endowment recently distributed funds to the three elementary schools for use in their winter sports programs this January and February.

"We are delighted to present the three elementary schools with the first distribution from the Brattleboro School Endowment," commented Jill Stahl Tyler, president of the Brattleboro School Endowment.

"Winter sports has been a specific emphasis for the endowment since its creation."

The Brattleboro School Endowment funds can be used to support all the extras that make a good education even better, noted Stahl Tyler. "We hope that the money eventually given each year to the schools can help with paying for such things as artists-in-residence, winter sports programs, field trips ... all those things that enrich the quality teaching that already happens here in Brattleboro."

Green Street School Principal John Reed was "delighted" when the donation arrived. "We have found it increasingly difficult to keep the program solvent through our ongoing fundraising efforts," Reed said. "Your generous gift made it possible to keep the program alive for the 2013 season for all grades, K-6."

Reed pointed out the great benefits of the winter sports program, too: "For many students, winter sports provides them with exposure to activities they may not otherwise be able to access. These are sports and lifestyle activities that they can carry into their adult years to keep them healthy and productive."

Further information on the Brattleboro School Endowment can be found at their website at

Two Windham County students head to state poetry competition

BARRE - Two Windham County students are heading to the Barre Opera House on March 13 to compete in the 2013 Vermont Poetry Out Loud State Competition. There they will meet 36 other students from 36 other Vermont high schools, all looking to win the State Championship in the national poetry recitation competition and move on to the National Competition in April.

The two Windham County students are already champions, having won their individual high school’s competition and thus a spot in the State Competition. These students are: Maia Gilmour (junior), Brattleboro Union High School, Brattleboro, and James Lumley (sophomore), Vermont Academy, Saxtons River.

The students competing in this year’s Poetry Out Loud State Competition represent 38 high schools in 12 of Vermont’s 14 counties. Over 4,000 Vermont high school students participated in classroom competitions and winners proceeded to school competitions. The 38 school champions will recite at the State Competition. The winner then heads to the National Competition in Washington, DC, where they compete for titles and money against champions from every state in the country.

The Poetry Out Loud program was created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, and is administered statewide by the Vermont Arts Council. Now in its eighth year in Vermont, Poetry Out Loud has inspired hundreds of thousands of American high school students to discover and know by heart classic and contemporary poetry.

To learn more, contact Ben Doyle, Education and Community Arts Program Manager: or 802-828-3778.

Sign Language Classes forming now

BRATTLEBORO - American Sign Language Classes are now forming at Austine School for the Deaf in Brattleboro. Now is your chance to learn this beautiful and expressive language from the center of Deaf Education. Have fun, expand your mind and learn how to communicate with the many customers, friends and colleagues in our community who use ASL as their primary language.

ASL I will be offered Tuesday evenings from 5 to 7:30 p.m. (for beginners).

ASL II will be offered Monday evenings from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Classes will run March 11 to June 17. Go to this link: or call 802-258-9588 to register.

Public TV’s ‘Together in Song’ to feature Kurn Hattin’s choir

WESTMINSTER - The Kurn Hattin Homes for Children Select Choir, the first Vermont music ensemble to compete on the WGBY Public Television series "Together In Song", will be featured on the season premiere of "Together in Song’s" third season on Saturday, March 23, at 8 p.m.

"Together in Song" is hosted by Springfield Symphony Orchestra Maestro, Kevin Rhodes, and the children from Kurn Hattin Homes will compete with 37 other non-professional children’s and adults’ choruses from Western New England in 10 categories according to age and musical genre.

Lisa Bianconi, Kurn Hattin’s music director since 1985, said the students taped their segment in early February. "It was an amazing adventure. The children have such talent and poise and have demonstrated that they are ready for a competition. We look forward to the first round."

Based on judges’ scores and audience votes on the show’s website (, the Kurn Hattin Homes for Children’s Select Choir can advance to the series finals, presented live at the Paramount Theater in Springfield, Mass. on April 28.

Broadcast times for the Kurn Hattin Homes Select Choir performance are on WGBY-HD on Saturday, March 23 at 8p.m, Sunday, March 24 at 11 a.m.; on WGBY-World on Sunday, March 24 at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, March 27 at 2 p.m.; and on WGBY-KIDS on Monday, March 25 at 9 p.m., and Thursday, March 28 at 8 p.m. For additional tune-in information:

"Music has played an essential role in life at Kurn Hattin Homes since the school’s beginnings in the late 1800s," says Kurn Hattin Homes Co-Executive Director Connie Sanderson. "Today, all 100 students participate in one or more aspects of the music program, and all students in grades 4-8 learn and perform on band instruments."

Kurn Hattin music ensembles perform at numerous venues in New England. Last fall, they were featured with Natalie MacMaster’s "Christmas in Cape Breton" tour at the Bellows Falls Opera House in Vermont.

For information on Together in Song and broadcast times, visit


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