Education Briefs (6/25/09)

June 25, 2009

St. Mike’s honors Williston professor

St. Michael’s College professor and Williston resident Dr. Bill Grover received the Rev. Gerald E. Dupont Award from the class of 2009 at an awards banquet held at the college last month.

The Dupont Award is given “in recognition of outstanding contributions to the Saint Michael’s Community” to people who “demonstrate dedication to the ideals of courage, vision, devotion and faith upon which Saint Michael’s College was founded,” according to a press release from the college.

Grover has been a Political Science professor at St. Michael’s for more than 20 years, teaching courses in U.S. politics, political institutions, political economy and foreign policy. Grover also authored an award-winning book, “The President as Prisoner: A Structural Critique of the Carter and Reagan Years” in 1989, which was named the Choice magazine Outstanding Academic Book on U.S. Politics.

Student presenter David Hiltz noted that Dr. Grover’s hands-on approach, coupled with his ability to encourage student awareness and involvement in socially conscious campus groups, made him deserving of the Dupont Award.

Strong pitches from CVU students

Of the 22 Champlain Valley Union High students who participated in an Elevator Pitch competition on June 9 for their final exam in the school’s Entrepreneurship class, three students emerged with the best pitches.

Britney Tenney of Charlotte took first place for A Woman’s World, a women’s only divorce law firm and counseling facility. Michael Bonfigli of Williston came in second place with The Indoor Outdoor Sports Center, which would provide student athletes with a chance to work out competitively year round. Erick Crockenberg of Charlotte took third place with The Club 44, a venue that would compete with the likes of Higher Ground in South Burlington.

The competition consisted of a two-minute oral presentation in which students had to concisely outline their business proposal, marketing strategy and competitive advantage to the judge, which was Kelly Jordick, vice president of the Merchant’s Bank in Hinesburg. In the class, taught by Tamie-Jo Dickinson, students learned that mastering this type of presentation is essential for prospective business owners, as it can make or break any future their business ideas may have.