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NO. R-322.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont on their 25th anniversary.


Offered by:  Representatives Botzow of Pownal and Heath of Westford

Whereas, in 1982, during the governorship of Richard Snelling, the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont (GIV) were established as a collaborative partnership between education commissioner Stephen Kaagan and Vermont arts council executive director Ellen Lovell, and their respective organizations, to enable high school students to participate in creative and innovative residential  academic experiences that would be otherwise unavailable, and

Whereas, through attendance at one of the seven summer institutes, students study with academics and artists in many specialties, and

Whereas, although the governor’s institutes of Vermont belong to the National Conference of Governors Schools, the Vermont courses are both unique in many respects and a model for other state academic residency programs to emulate, and

Whereas, during the past quarter century, 70 Vermonters have proudly served as GIV trustees and have devoted time to enhancing the state’s scholastic landscape, and David Gibson, Christine Graham, and now Jean Olson have served as the GIV executive director, and

Whereas, 7,500 young Vermonters have availed themselves of the courses the institutes offer, and they often cite the long-term importance of their attendance at an institute, and

Whereas, in 2008, approximately 400 students will be fortunate to enroll in one of the seven GIV programs including:  the Arts Institute at Castleton State College, offering courses in the literary, musical, performance and visual arts; the Asian Cultures Institute at the University of Vermont (UVM), focusing on many aspects of Chinese, Japanese, and other Asian cultures and cosponsored with UVM’s Asia Studies Outreach Program; the Current Issues and Youth Activism Institute at the School of International Training in Brattleboro where students work with local Vermont activists and political leaders and young leaders from around the world to examine important domestic and international issues; the UVM-GIV Engineering Institute under the auspices of the university’s college of engineering, offering concentrations in aeronautical engineering, biomass, wind energy, and robotics; the Information Technology Institute at Champlain College that enables students to develop projects in many high‑tech fields; the UVM-GIV Mathematical Sciences Institute some of  whose participants are chosen based on their scores on the Vermont Mathematics High School Prize Exam and that is under the auspices of UVM’s department of mathematics and statistics; and the Science and Technology Institute held at UVM, placing a special emphasis on outdoor field research in the natural sciences, and

Whereas, an intensive winter weekend of learning, that in 2007‑2008 focused on global climate change, has for the last 11 years been conducted at Vermont College in Montpelier and more recently Goddard College in Plainfield, and

Whereas, the Governors’ Institutes of Vermont has developed a new strategic plan to guide it through the next quarter century, and

Whereas, in both celebration of its achievements and to look forward to the future, representatives of the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont are visiting the state house today, Tuesday, March 11, 2008, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont on their 25th anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont