The Religious Studies Department completed another successful year, with many of our 32 majors and nearly 50 minors recognized for their academic and service contributions to the Saint Michael’s community.
Julie Relyea ’11 received the 2011 RS Departmental Award for academic achievement. Julie and fellow major Kim Foster ’11 were elected to Phi Beta Kappa National Honors Society. Minors Anna Campbell ’11, Emme Hughes ’11, Peter Estes ’11 and Samantha Tatarczuk ’11 were also inducted into PBK. Emily Pigeon ’11 received the 2011 Departmental Award for Elementary Education. Julie Relyea ’11, Kim Foster ’11, and Emily Pigeon ’11 graduated magna cum laude. The following Religious Studies majors and minors were inducted into Theta Alpha Kappa, the Theology/Religious Studies National Honor Society: majors Kim Foster ’11, Erica Begin ’12, Michael Carter ’12, Maggie Lund ’12, John O’Connor ’12, Brittany Richardson ’12, and Courtney Smith ’12, and minors Emme Hughes ’11 and Kris Perkins ’11. Majors Julie Relyea ’11, Kim Foster ’11, and Emily Pigeon ’11 were inducted into Delta Epsilon Sigma, the Honor Society for Catholic Colleges. Julie Relyea ’11 and Emily Pigeon ’11 were also named to the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society for excellence in Education. Erica Begin ’12 has been awarded a Vice President of Academic Affairs Research Fellowship for summer research in 2011 with Prof. Patterson. Erica will receive nearly $4000 to support her project, an examination of the impact of technology on the concept of community among various religious groups in the Burlington area. Courtney Smith ’12 also received a VPAA Research Fellowship, working with Education professor Valerie Bang-Jensen to research and design signage for the SMC Teaching Gardens.
Many of our majors studied abroad during the 2010-2011 acadedmic year. In the Fall semester, John O’Connor ’12 participated in the Buddhist Studies program in Bodh Gaya, India, while Brittany Richardson ’12 studied at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand and Maggie Lund ’12 spent the term at the National University of Ireland at Maynooth. Abby Miller ’12 spent the spring semester in Bath, England. Michael Carter ’11 and Patrick Rice ’11 participated in the “Culture and Society in Medieval Burgundy” course in Pontigny, France.
Major Janet Bazzell ’12, a member of the Women’s Soccer team, was named to the Purple Knight Scholar’s Round Table, for student-athletes who maintain a GPA above 3.5. Religious Studies minors were well-represented in the Athletic Department’s annual Block M Awards ceremony. Joan Colloton ’11 (Women’s Lacrosse) was one of three recipients of the Diane C. Foster ’77 Award for the student-athlete who exemplifies true compassion, sacrifice and service to others. Peter Estes ’11 (Baseball) and Meghan McLaughlin ’11 (Field Hockey and Lacrosse) were the recipients of the “Doc” Jacobs Award, presented each year to a male and female student-athlete who make an outstanding contribution to the athletic department. Three RS minors won their team’s Coaches’ Awards: Kaleigh Ferrari ’11 (Women’s Ice Hockey), Seth Metayer ’11 (Men’s Lacrosse), and Megan Colitti ’11 (Softball).
RS minor Caroline Bright ’12 completed her reign as Miss Vermont 2010 and competed in the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas in January. She is the second RS student to serve as Miss Vermont in the past three years! Ashley Wheeler ’08 was Miss Vermont 2008.
Jeanne-Nicole Saint-Laurent was named an Assistant Professor in Fall 2009. Ray Patterson received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor. He presented his paper, “Catholic Identity and ‘Patriotic Ecumenism’ at the 1909 Tercentenary Celebration of Lake Champlain,” at the 2009 convention of the American Academy of Religion in Montreal.
Jo Pressimone ’06 is the Campus Minster at Alvernia College in Pennsylvania. Kristin Ross ’06 graduated magna cum laude from Vermont Law School. Caitlin Haswell ’08 has graduated with a master’s degree in Systematic Theology from the Catholic University of America. Cailie Burns ’08 has been named Developement Coordinator of the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps. Cailie had previously been the Vermont Network Coordinator for DREAM. Jill Dalfonso ’08 is currently Director of Parent and Alumni Relations at St. Mary’s High School in Lynn, MA Continue reading
The RS Department is healthy with 35 majors and nearly 50 minors. Our majors are very accomplished, receiving numerous academic honors during graduation. Greg Tatro ’10 received the 2010 RS Departmental Award for academic achievement. Greg and Jolie Frechette ’10 graduated magna cum laude. Continue reading
Zach Greenwood ’08 has a prestigious internship with Patrick Dugan ’71, chief of the Rackets Bureau in the New York City District Attorney’s office. Josh Vaillancourt ’04 is pursuing a Ph.D. in Religion and Critical Thought at Brown University. Ashley Wheeler ’08 completed her year as Miss Vermont 2008, with the platform “Political Awareness Among Young Voters.” She won thousands of dollars in scholarships at the Miss America pageant and was the first Vermonter ever to win a preliminary talent event. Continue reading