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NO. R-190.  JOINT concurrent resolution congratulating the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont on the occasion of its 20th anniversary.


Offered by:  Representatives Botzow of Pownal, Vincent of Waterbury, Atkins of Winooski, Brooks of Montpelier, Clark of Vergennes, Connell of Warren, Cross of Winooski, Dakin of Colchester, Deen of Westminster, Dostis of Waterbury, Fallar of Tinmouth, French of Randolph, Grad of Moretown, Head of South Burlington, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hummel of Underhill, Johnson of South Hero, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kenyon of Bradford, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Krawczyk, J. of Bennington, Maier of Middlebury, Marek of Newfane, McAllister of Highgate, McLaughlin of Royalton, Miller of Shaftsbury, Molloy of Arlington, Myers of Essex, Nease of Johnson, Partridge of Windham, Pugh of South Burlington, Rusten of Halifax, Seibert of Norwich, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Smith of Morristown, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho and Trombley of Grand Isle.

Whereas, the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont provides high school students, regardless of where they reside in the state, wonderful opportunities to participate in summer residential programs in a broad range of fields and to work collaboratively with similarly interested peers from other communities, and

Whereas, the history of this special educational venture, which has now enriched the lives of more than 5,000 young Vermonters, began in 1982 during the tenure of Governor Richard Snelling when a working partnership was established between the Vermont Department of Education, under the auspices of commissioner Stephen Kaagan, and the Vermont Arts Council under its executive director, Ellen Lovell, with Christine Graham appointed as the new venture’s first executive director, and

Whereas, the initial institute, the arts institute, situated at Castleton State College, enables students to study with professionals in dance, choreography, music composition, painting, sculpture, graphics, video, writing, and theater, and

Whereas, since the arts institute’s smashing curtain‑raising debut, six other innovative institutes have been created, including the Asian cultures institute, cosponsored by the University of Vermont’s Asian studies program, which focuses on multiple aspects of Chinese life, including historical, cultural, political, artistic, linguistic, and economic, and can be followed by an optional three-week China study trip; the current issues and youth activism institute, which the School for International Training in Brattleboro hosts for students from both Vermont and abroad to examine their futures in light of both domestic and international public policy topics; the engineering, math, and computer sciences institute which in coordination with the University of Vermont provides students the chance for advanced explorations in the realms of physics, mathematics, and a variety of engineering‑related subjects; the information technology institute, conducted with the support of the Vermont Information Technology Center at Champlain College, which offers the participants instruction and exploration opportunities in many aspects of information technology; the science and technology institute which focuses on environmentally‑related areas; and the education institute held at Johnson State College which excites students about learning, enables them to become more self-reflective and informed learners, and introduces the students to potential careers as educators, educational advocates, and education leaders, and

Whereas, in addition to each of the summer institutes, for the past five years, an intensive winter weekend program covering, in 2003, performing arts, youth activism, conflict studies, and snow studies, has convened at the Vermont College of the Union Institute in Montpelier, and

Whereas, after two decades, the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont continues to provide students special and memorable educational adventures which can have both career and personal lifelong impacts, and

Whereas, it will officially celebrate its 20th anniversary on August 9, 2003, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont on the occasion of its 20th anniversary and recognizes its unique contribution to the state’s secondary educational system, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Jean Olson, executive director of the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont in Montpelier, to Ellen McCullough Lovell, and to Christine Graham.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont