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PUTNEY, Vt.—Acceptance, compassion, and gratitude have been shown to decrease stress and increase well-being. These elements are the core of SMART training developed at the Mayo Clinic. SMART is an acronym for Stress Management and Resiliency Training, which teaches participants skills to nurture “peace, happiness and emotional strength.” Students in First Year courses at Landmark College will benefit from this program, supported in part by a grant from Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP), a foundation that sponsors innovation in education. Landmark College has been awarded $10,000 to study the effects of resiliency training on campus.
PUTNEY, Vt. — On Saturday, September 26, 1,200 people gathered at Landmark College to celebrate the past, present and future of the institution. Three historic events were combined on one fall weekend: the 30th Anniversary of the College; a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Nicole Goodner MacFarlane Center for Science, Technology & Innovation; and the dedication of Alumni Hall. “Landmark College is striding into the future while maintaining its core mission,” said alumna Nicole Goodner MacFarlane ’96, capturing the theme of the weekend. Attendance included new students, alumni, families, faculty, staff, and the Board of Trustees.
This September marks the end of the Landmark College capital campaign to fund the Nicole Goodner MacFarlane Science, Technology and Innovation Center. The campaign raised $7,249,060 million, almost $250,000 more than the initial fundraising goal. The building is named in honor of the Landmark College alumna who helped secure a $2M gift from the Tambour Foundation. MacFarlane will visit the building in September to speak at the ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday September 26, 2015, during Family Weekend.
Landmark College Institute for Research and Training (LCIRT) will host the 25th annual Summer Institute June 23-26, 2015 in Putney, Vermont. Stress and learning will be the theme of keynote speaker Dr. Sian Beilock and special guest speaker Dr. Jerome J. Schultz. The Institute will also offer workshops in the neuroscience of teaching and learning, executive function coaching, and academic reading and writing. An optional Pre-Institute Workshop will be held on June 23. Fees are lowest during early bird registration, which is in effect until May 31.
Landmark College has received a $200,000 grant award from the Roger I. and Ruth B. MacFarlane Foundation to grow its online learning division. This award will fund a web-based program director position at the College, and it will support new LD-friendly online coursework at the undergraduate, graduate, and high school level. “The MacFarlane family understands the need to move forward with technology in education and business,” said Dr. Peter Eden, president of Landmark College. “The grant enables us to redouble efforts in this critically important area.”
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