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With a substantial, multi-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Bennington will establish a new interdisciplinary environmental studies program. Beginning this September, the program will unfold in the context of the College's major new curricular initiative, which aims to address public needs of urgency, complexity, and importance.

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The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) has honored Bennington's Quantum Leap program with the Vermont State Merit Award—one of six state merit awards given annually as part of the New England Higher Education Excellence Awards.

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Participating in Bennington's new Local Field Experience program, 16 students spent Field Work Term volunteering at 11 organizations in Bennington and North Bennington, including schools, counseling services, family support centers, and other community-based agencies.

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More than 60 Bennington students and staff members painted, gardened, cleaned, and beautified several sites in the local community last Saturday for the first annual Bennington ACTS Day.

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Bennington's campus bike share program, public transportation stop, and student-run organic garden are a few of the new sustainability initiatives that were highlighted last week by the Bennington Banner. Read the article here. 

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Several Bennington students have presented work this month at community events around the region.

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In an effort to better understand and more accurately measure its institutional carbon budget, Bennington College is conducting a carbon sequestration analysis of the forests and woodlands on its 400-acre campus in southwestern Vermont.

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When Hurricane Irene struck just three days before the start of fall classes, returning students barely had time to move into their houses before they were out in the community helping flood victims salvage theirs.

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The National Science Foundation has awarded Bennington a $200,000 grant in support of a three-year curricular project aimed at exploring sustainable futures for former mill towns in New England.

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More than 80 Bennington students and staff members spent a recent Saturday pitching in around town and continuing the College's Hurricane Sandy relief efforts as part of the Bennington ACTS annual day of service.

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Music faculty member Michael Wimberly's class performs every Wednesday for patients in the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center." We often lose sight of the fact that it's not just medicine that keeps you well," SVMC director of planning James Trimarch told the Bennington Banner. "It's this. It's music, love, activities with your friends." See the Bennington Banner for full coverage. 

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Art New England Workshops, a program of Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, runs three weeks of workshops for visual artists every summer at Bennington College.

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Training Wheels, a Vermont Arts Exchange exhibition of print work by ten Advanced Printmaking students from Bennington College, will open at the Bennington Train Depot. The show will kick off with a reception on Wednesday, December 2 at 7:30 pm and runs through February 29, by appointment.

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Now in its second term, the Prison Education Initiative launched by Bennington College in 2015 will enroll 29 prisoners at the Great Meadow Correctional Facility in Comstock, New York, in classes this spring.

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Students make news for their FWT jobs at cultural institutions: Carling Berkhout ’19 in The Manchester Journal about the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Sarah Jack ’17 in the Bennington Banner about Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, NY, and Sam Wood ’19 in the Cape Cod Times about the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre.

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Co-organized by faculty member Jon Isherwood and Bennington Museum curator Jamie Franklin, 3D Digital: Here and Now is a collaboration between Bennington College and the Bennington Museum that highlights artists, designers, and manufacturers whose work exploits the potential of new technologies to push material practice. The exhibition runs through June 15.

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A collection of updates to the community regarding North Bennington water supply.

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There will be an exhibition of student work on view, "Connecting Through Place: The Future of a New England Mill Town," at the Left Bank Gallery in North Bennington. Bennington faculty and students used the town and landscape of Bennington as a vehicle to understand connections between the biophysical world, societal issues, and history. The College was awarded a National Science Foundation grant in 2012 in support of a three-year curricular project aimed at exploring sustainable futures for former mill towns in New England.

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The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont has selected Bennington as home to its newest Institute. The Young Writers Institute at Bennington College, to be held June 19-25 in conjunction with the Bennington Masters of Fine Art in writing, will host 20-25 writers of high school age who will hone their craft, develop critical and collaborative skills, and be inspired by writers teaching at one of the country’s most prestigious low-residency MFA programs.

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Two students were recently awarded the first two Fund for North Bennington College and Community Collaboration grants, which are intended to increase community benefits between the College and the Village of North Bennington.

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On Wednesday, June 29, the Vermont state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) hosted a community meeting at Bennington College to discuss the ongoing PFOA issue in the region. David Bond, associate director of CAPA and principal investigator of the College's research on PFOA, provided an update on the work thus far.

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A consortium of local business leaders, institutions, and civic-minded investors, including Bennington College, announced a plan to transform the block of historic buildings at the Four Corners of Bennington, VT into a vibrant, mixed use downtown space with offices, in-town living, restaurants and retail.  

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Bennington is animated by a spirit of regeneration and renewal. With every new season there is a freshness in our faculty, students, and curriculum, enlivening our essential work of teaching and learning, working and doing, bringing new ideas, projects, programs, and voices to the world. It’s my pleasure to share with you just a few of the highlights of what’s new at Bennington.

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Bennington's Prison Education Initiative (PEI) was the subject of a recent article in the Post Star. The article spoke highly of the initiative's positive results on the lives and prospects of the inmates that participate in the program.

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Following an article about Bennington’s Prison Education Initiative (PEI), the Glens Falls Post-Star published an editorial calling the program “a model for inmate education.” The editorial cited US incarceration rates and argued “We cannot afford to write off that many people.”

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Yoko Inoue's class addresses issues of hunger in the town of Bennington through public action, and fosters a new environment in which community between residents and students can develop. 

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Roi Karlinsky '17 and Ben Simpson '12 researched alternatives to Vermont's current DUI laws, and testified based on that research for bill H.560, which proposes alternatives Vermont's current DUI policies. 

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Representatives from a class gave a report to the Village Board of Trustees on Tuesday about their ongoing research to generate a feasibility study on local dams and waterway privileges. 

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The Manchester Journal reported this week on U.S. Representative Peter Welch's visit to Bennington and his support of the downtown revitalization project.

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A group of students is starting a public seed-sharing library at Crossett Library, Bennington College that is free and open to the community.