BENNINGTON >> In honor of its Presidential Inaugural week, Southern Vermont College (SVC) will host a faculty panel discussion on "Power of Choice: Making a Difference, SVC in the Community" at 2:25 p.m. on Dec. 3, in the Everett Mansion Theatre. The public is invited to the hour-long session followed by a reception in Burgdorff Gallery.

This event is part of the College's week-long celebration of the inauguration of David Rees Evans as he is formally inducted as the ninth president on Friday, December 4. The new President selected the theme, "The Power of Choice: Making a Difference" to highlight his Inaugural vision for the College. For Thursday's panel, three faculty members from SVC will join facilitator Corey Sylvester, a senior student majoring in Radiologic Sciences, on the discussion of the College's commitment to students and its community.

The College is dedicated to offering students diverse options to broaden their world, with opportunities to develop a sense of purpose, through community involvement. "With current events affecting all of us globally, it's so important to talk about the ways in which we teach and learn and guide our students to interact with each other and the community, which can have a ripple-effect impact on our world," said Tom Redden, Ph.D., Professor of History and Politics, who will participate in the panel.

The other panelists from SVC's Donald Everett Axinn Division of Social Sciences will be Will Hansen, M.S., Adjunct Professor of Psychology and a counselor with a practice in Bennington; and Bruce Lee-Clark, J.D., Adjunct Professor of Forensic Science. Lee-Clark is also an ordained Protestant minister, a local political and social activist, and teacher at the Southwest Career Development Center in Bennington.


For more information on the panel discussion, contact the Office of Communications at 802-447-6388 or