GIV in the News

Susie Francy (center) with Arts Institute music teacher Ron Kelley and musicians who will perform her original composition, “Apollo’s Medley”


  • GIV Winter Weekend Writing & Song graduate Susie Francy is featured in VPR’s Student Composer Showcase. She studies music at Leland & Gray High School with long-time Arts Institute faculty member Ron KelleyListen to Susie’s VPR interview and her original piece, “Apollo’s Medley,” here.
  • GIV held two Winter Weekends in February 2015. 79 Vermont high school students explored AstroPhotography, Entrepreneurship, Current Issues and Comedy Theater at Goddard College, and 23 students studied Advanced Math for Girls and Writing & Song at Marlboro College.
  • GIV’s 2015 Summer Application season is open! We’re holding 8 residential Institutes on six college campuses throughout Vermont this summer. High school students should talk to their school contact and apply today!
  • Asian Cultures alumnus Eli Harrington is the Executive Director of Technology for Tomorrow, a South Burlington-based nonprofit that connects high school volunteers to their communities by teaching senior citizens to use new forms of technology. Two-time GIV alumna (Arts 2013/Current Issues & Youth Activism 2014) Nirali Desai is the South Burlington chapter President. We’re proud to see GIV alums working together to improve their communities. Learn more here.
  • GIV receives a Vermont Community Foundation grant to embark on a collaborative project with Leadership Champlain, Vermont Principal’s Association and the School for International Training called “Where are the Boys?” to address the gender achievement gap. Read about it in VT Digger. Stay tuned for more on this project.


Jean Olson 2014


 Summer 2014 Press

Photo by Emma Murray-Classen, GIV 2014 Winter Astro Photography student





Governor’s Institutes Launches New Special Topics Institute for Summer 2014

GIV is an Advocate for Education in Vermont


UVM Grants College Credit for Two Governor’s Institutes

High school students now have the option to receive UVM college credit for participation in the Asian Cultures or Environmental Science and Technology  Institutes. Credits are free for students who use their Dual Enrollment voucher, but even if you have already used your voucher, you can apply to UVM’s Academically Talented discount for 50% off the course cost. For more information on obtaining UVM credit for your participation in these programs, contact Nichole Hathaway: 802-656-4682 or


Faculty News

  • Arts/Winter Weekend Faculty member and writer/musician Robin MacArthur edited Contemporary Vermont Fiction: An Anthology, published by Green Writers Press in November 2014. The collection includes Robin’s work, as well as Vermont authors Julia Alvarez, Howard Frank Mosher, and GIV Board Member Megan Mayhew Bergman.
  • Listen to Arts Faculty member and master stone cutter George Kurjanowicz on VPR.


Girls Get Tech-Savvy At Our Information Technology Institute


This great video highlights young women’s experiences with technology at the Governor’s Institute on Information Technology.  Filmed and edited by Ray McCarthy-Bergeron, a faculty member at the Institute.


Award Winner

Congratulations to GIV graduate and staffer Jessie-Ruth Corkins, who received the 2012 Holly D. Miller award from the Vermont Women’s Fund. The award honors Jessie-Ruth for using the opportunities provided by  the Governor’s Institute of Vermont’s Engineering Institute to transform her life and the community for the better.  Corkins was recognized as the visionary founder and leader of the award-winning Vermont Sustainable Heating Initiative (VSHI), a student organization that grew out of a Governor’s Institute Winter Weekend that is dedicated to engineering sustainable solutions for cost-effective heating in Vermont.