An endowment is an excellent way to provide a reliable source of revenue in support of student scholarships or another area of interest at Lyndon State College. The minimum amount required to create an endowment at Lyndon is $10,000. With the creation of an endowment, funds are placed into an investment portfolio managed by the Vermont State Colleges and Smith Barney Morgan Stanley. The Vermont State Colleges endowment spending policy sets the annual endowment distribution based on 5% of the current market value or the average portfolio value over the last three years, whichever is less. Any additional earnings are reinvested into the endowment. Please call or email Bob Whittaker, Dean of Institutional Advancement, 802 626-6427 or email@example.com, if you are interested in creating an endowment at Lyndon State College.
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There are over 30 individual endowments at Lyndon State College with a cumulative value of nearly $3 million. Most of the endowments have been established to provide scholarships to deserving students, however, there are also endowments for other purposes that range from faculty professional development to the Graham Newell Chair in Vermont History. By continuing to build our endowment funds, you can help increase the financial stability of the College, and ensure a stream of income that students and the College can depend on for years to come.
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Lyndon's student-athletes, coaches, and athletic department are committed to becoming more competitive in the NCAA's North Atlantic Conference. One of the greatest challenges toward this end is field availability for practices and games. The All-Weather Field would address the field needs of multiple sports (men's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, softball, intramurals, and pre-season baseball practice) on a year-round basis – regardless of weather conditions; establish Lyndon as a premier athletic venue for games, competitions, and sport camps; and assist Lyndon in its ability to recruit superior student-athletes, which will in turn position the College to win conference championships. The All-Weather Field facility will advance Lyndon Athletics toward our vision of becoming the premier and dominant institution in the NCAA North Atlantic Conference. Help us achieve this vision by making a gift toward the construction of this critical facility.
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Electronic Journalism Arts Laboratory (J-Lab)
The Department of Electronic Journalism Arts (EJA, formerly known as Television Studies) offers students skills and knowledge acquisition techniques in reporting for visual, editorial, online, and print mediums through the Vermont Center for Community Journalism (VCCJ). Classroom study complements extensive hands-on experience at both the introductory and advanced levels. The VCCJ is designed to ensure that students acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for career opportunities in electronic journalism (visual, editorial, online, print). VCCJ is seeking support to create a dedicated Journalism Laboratory (J-Lab) that offers students and faculty a collaborative work space designed for journalistic training in research, writing, and production. The J-Lab will be equipped with specialized tools and equipment, "publication" media, and the capacity to hone the skills needed to deliver polished student work to the broader public.
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Recently, a group of dedicated alumni created the Manor Vail Society in an effort to research, collect, record, commemorate, and publicize the history of Manor Vail from 1951 to its demolition in 1974. The efforts of this group have focused on collecting and preserving pictures, stories, and artifacts of the Manor Vail period from acquisition to demolition. The group is also assisting and supporting the College in moving and expanding the T.N. Vail Museum to make it more visible and integrated with Lyndon's full history. If you have an interest in participating in the Manor Vail Society, please call or email Hannah Nelson Manley '97, Director of Alumni Relations & Development at 802 626-6433 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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With waning public support (only 18% of our annual operating budget comes from the State), Lyndon is increasingly reliant upon the generous support of its alumni and friends. The most immediate source of support is the LSC Annual Fund for Excellence. The growth of this annual reserve promotes academic excellence at Lyndon through the following types of initiatives:
• Providing scholarship support to the most deserving students;
• Supporting faculty professional development;
• Expanding the learning opportunities available to students;
• Acquiring state-of-the-art academic equipment; and
• Maintaining and improving the College's buildings and grounds.
If you have not already done so this year, please make your Annual Fund gift today.
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The Lyndon Promise Scholarship helps to provide scholarship support to students who would otherwise not be able to afford a four-year college degree by providing students with a $2,500 - $5,000 scholarship per year for four years. We hope you will join Carhartt, Inc., the Jane's Trust, and the LSC Foundation in helping more students achieve their dream of a college education. Thanks their generous support, we have secured over $250,000 to expand the Promise Scholarship Program for low-income students from the Northeast Kingdom who will be among the first in their family to graduate from college. These gifts have been made to inspire and motivate others to sponsor Promise Scholars through a gift of $10,000 - $20,000 over a four year period. Please join us in helping more students complete the Lyndon experience, while realizing their full learning and career potential.
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In summer 2010, Lyndon State College became a full Division III member of the NCAA. The Hornet Club is an opportunity for Lyndon's alumni, parents, grandparents, local businesses, and friends to support student athletes by helping to underwrite the financial costs associated with ensuring Lyndon's athletic teams are competitive within the NCAA's North Atlantic Conference. By becoming a member of The Hornet Club, you will assist Lyndon Athletics in recruiting superior student-athletes and winning conference championships. Our vision is to become the premier and dominant institution in the NCAA North Atlantic Conference. Help us achieve this vision by supporting and joining The Hornet Club.
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Atmospheric Sciences (ATM), formally meteorology, has been one of Lyndon's "signature" programs for many years and has also seen enrollment growth exceeding 20% in the past five years. The future success of the program hinges on its ability to compete with several new programs that have been started in other New England states in recent years. Gifts of any size, as well as available naming opportunities in the newly created Center for Atmospheric Sciences Studies, will underwrite this academic departments strategic fundraising initiatives, which include: The Colonel Merle Woodall Travel and Internship Endowment Fund to support more students in attending professional conferences, meetings, and workshops; the ATM Academic Excellence Scholarship Fund to enhance the department's ability to give scholarships to prospective students; and an academic equipment fund that will provide the technology necessary to keep the department current in teaching, learning, and research.
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The Patrick & Marcelle Leahy Center for Rural Students (LCRS) is a research center committed to expanding the knowledge base related to the factors affecting the educational aspirations and attainment rates of rural students along the Pre-Kindergarten through grade 16 (PK-16) continuum —particularly those who are first-generation, low-income. The Leahy Center also exists to help develop a regional PK-16 network that empowers students to discover their full learning potential as they progress from "cradle to career." This will be achieved by creating a seamless learning community that encompasses the Northeast Kingdom's (NEK) colleges, schools, economic development agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and businesses.
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Integral to preparing our students for lifelong economic productivity, and to inspiring more students within the region to pursue their full learning potential, is our commitment to keeping and creating jobs in the region, particularly those that require a post-secondary degree. Lyndon is developing a Center for Rural Entrepreneurship that will support the development and expansion of industry clusters around viable sectors such as: value-added agriculture, manufacturing, tourism and recreation, renewable energy & green technology, and forest products. By working in coordination with the Leahy Center for Rural Students, the regional Pre-K through Grade 16 network, the private sector, and the NEK's other economic development organizations, the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship will facilitate the creation of a cohesive, coordinated, and effective "cradle-to-career" model in the NEK that helps every student pursue and achieve their full learning and career potential.
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As Lyndon State College prepares to celebrate its 100th year in 2011, the College is planning a series of entertaining and engaging events from January to December. We are seeking sponsors to help underwrite the costs of these events. Please join us in helping to appropriately commemorate the first 100 years of the College as we position to launch into the second century. The calendar of events for the centennial year and sponsorship opportunities are available here.
In the fall of 2009, we kicked off the Faculty & Staff Commitment to Support Lyndon Students. We know our faculty and staff are already giving a great deal to their jobs because they believe in our students and are driven to help every student succeed. With this in mind, the focus of the Faculty & Staff Commitment to Support Lyndon Students has been on participation rather than the amount of money raised. When we began this effort in October 2009, 30% of full-time faculty and staff had given to the campaign. As of May 2010, the participation rate had increased to 74%. This level of participation in The Second Century Campaign is an unmistakable message of the faculty and staff's commitment to preparing every student for success.