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SIT's 50th Anniversary

SIT's 50th Anniversary

Celebrating our Commitment to Experiential Learning and Social Justice

SIT 50th

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of SIT, founded in 1964 as the School for International Training.

Space is limited. To register for the August celebration contact or 802 258-3344.

A celebration for alumni, students, staff, and faculty will take place on August 8–10, 2014, at SIT’s Brattleboro, Vermont, campus, with smaller events planned in other areas throughout the year.

We welcome proposals for sessions to be facilitated during our reunion. Topics should be aimed at an audience of alumni from various SIT programs through the years and should relate to the theme “Celebrating Our Commitment to Experiential Learning and Social Justice.”

In addition to the all-SIT reunion, individual cohorts are invited to independently organize reunions on the evening of Friday, August 8.


Session Descriptions

Friday, August 8, 2014 – Arrival on Campus

3:00–7:00 PM – Registration desk is open. Pick up welcome packet, name tag, and meal tickets.
5:00–7:00 PM – Reception
7:00 PM on … – Independently organized class reunions

Saturday, August 9, 2014

8:00–9:00 AM – Registration desk is open
9:00–9:20 AM – Words of welcome
9:30–10:30 AM – Opening concurrent plenary panel sessions

These moderated opening panels will help to frame the day’s activities, while focusing on our chosen theme, Celebrating Commitment to Experiential Learning and Social Justice. Each panel session will focus its discussion on the ways through which each program (SIT Graduate institute and SIT Study Abroad) has evolved historically, through its roots, founders and founding, the evolution of its mission and vision, the challenges it has faced, and its movement forward in time to the present day. Of equal and perhaps greater emphasis, panels will also focus on the future. Key administrators and academic leaders within each program will highlight critical ideas, concepts, activities, events, challenges, and successes within their respective programs as a focus of these plenary panel sessions.

Panel A: Celebrating Our Commitment to Experiential Learning and Social Justice: SIT Graduate Institute

Panel B: Celebrating Our Commitment to Experiential Learning and Social Justice: SIT Study Abroad, including IHP

10:45–Noon – Concurrent sessions “A”
Noon–1:20 PM – Barbecue lunch in the dining hall and on the patio (weather permitting)
1:30–2:45 PM – Concurrent sessions “B”
3:00–4:15 PM – Concurrent sessions “C”
4:15–6:00 PM – Free time
6:00–8:00 PM – Banquet and program honoring Alvino and Bea Fantini
8:00–10:30 PM – Entertainment

Sunday, August 10, 2014

10:00–11:00 AM – Interfaith service
11:00–1:00 PM – Brunch and weekend reunion closure

Space is limited. To register for the August celebration contact or 802 258-3344.

Getting to the SIT Vermont Campus

Brattleboro, Vermont, is 120 miles (193 km) northwest of Boston, 200 miles (322 km) north of New York City, and 90 miles (145 km) north of Hartford, Connecticut. Brattleboro does not have its own airport but is serviced by bus, train, and/or private shuttle from the regional airports.

Arriving by Air

Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts; Bradley International Airport near Hartford, Connecticut; New York's John F. Kennedy Airport; and Newark International Airport in New Jersey are the closest airports to Brattleboro. You may want to check websites or call your travel agent to confirm information before beginning your trip, as fares and schedules can change. Bus and train services are available from New York and New Jersey airports, while a private shuttle service is the most reliable form of transportation from the Boston and Hartford airports to the SIT Vermont campus.

Arriving by Bus

There is bus service to Brattleboro via Greyhound Bus. The Brattleboro bus station is located at 429 Canal Street, about four miles from the SIT campus.

Arriving by Train

The train station is located in downtown Brattleboro, about three miles from SIT. Please note there is no phone in the train station to call a taxi, so it is important to make arrangements for pick-up in advance. See Brattleboro Taxi Service below.

You can get to Brattleboro by using Amtrak. For the latest schedules, call their toll-free number at 800 872-7245 or visit the Amtrak website. If you are outside the US, contact your travel agent.

Transportation Services

Thomas Transportation Shuttle Service

Thomas Transportation runs a private airport shuttle service from both Logan and Bradley airports and will bring you directly to campus. Reservations are required 48 hours in advance. Call 800 526-8143 (in the US) or 603 352-5550 (outside the US). MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express; traveler's checks; and cash are accepted. For more information, visit the Thomas Transportation website.

Note: If you reserve Thomas Transportation shuttle service but do not use it, they will expect payment for this reservation. You must cancel your reservation to avoid a charge from them.

Brattleboro Taxi Service

Brattleboro Taxi is available to meet most trains and buses arriving in Brattleboro. The hours of operation are 6:00 AM to midnight, daily. Visit or call 802 254-6446 for information.

Arriving by Car

From Hartford, CT (Bradley Airport), allow 1.5 hours.

Take Interstate 91 north toward Springfield, MA. Stay on I-91 all the way north through Massachusetts and into Vermont. Follow Driving Directions Within Vermont below.

From Boston, MA (Logan Airport), allow 3 hours.

Leaving Logan, drive through the tunnel and follow signs for Interstate 93 (Southeast Expressway).

On I-93, follow signs to Route 90, the Massachusetts Turnpike. (You might have to go south for one or two exits to pick up Route 90.) Take the Massachusetts Turnpike through Boston and into Newton. (There is a 50-cent toll.)

Get off at the exit for Routes 95 & 128. This is a tollbooth off to the right of the main tollbooth for Route 90 west. (There is a 50-cent toll.) Take Route 95 north toward NH and Maine.

Continue on to Route 2 west, toward Fitchburg. Do not go east toward Arlington.

Take Route 2 west to Greenfield, MA, then get on Interstate 91 going north to Vermont. Follow Driving Directions Within Vermont below.

From New York City, allow 5 hours.

Take the West Side Highway out of the city. This turns into Route 9A (also the Henry Hudson Parkway).

Follow the Henry Hudson Parkway to the Saw Mill Parkway, then to the Hutchinson Parkway, which turns into the Merritt Parkway in Connecticut.

At the end of the Merritt Parkway, bear left. Merge with the traffic on Route 15. Stay in the right lane, which is marked "Exit Only for I-91 north."

Follow I-91 north through Connecticut, Massachusetts, and into Vermont. Follow Driving Directions Within Vermont below.

From New Jersey, allow 5.5 hours.

Follow I-95 north to I-91 north through Connecticut, Massachusetts, and into Vermont.

Follow Driving Directions Within Vermont below.

Driving Directions Within Vermont

Take Exit 3 off Interstate 91 in Vermont. Follow the exit ramp to a roundabout, take the first right out of the roundabout onto Putney Road (Route 5) south. Proceed southbound on Putney Road one quarter mile to Black Mountain Road (traffic light).

Turn right and follow road over I-91 overpass. After two rather sharp curves, Black Mountain Road bears to the left. You bear right onto Kipling Road, to the top of the hill. Turn left at first opportunity — Dickinson Road — and take the first right onto Wallace Way.

Stop at the directory for further directions for parking and building locations.

SIT 50th Anniversary Reunion Accommodations Information

SIT Reunion Hotels

SIT has reserved blocks of rooms at several Brattleboro area hotels for August 8–10, 2014. Reservations should be made via telephone using group code SIT50. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Colonial Motel & Spa
800 239-0032
889 Putney Rd, Brattleboro, VT 05301
Group Rate: $99–$110, plus tax

Hampton Inn
802 254-5700
1378 Putney Road, Brattleboro, VT  05301
Group Rate: $99 per night, plus tax

Holiday Inn Express
802 257-2400
100 Chickering Drive, Brattleboro, VT 05301
Group Rate: $82 per night, plus tax

Latchis Hotel
800 798-6301
50 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301
Group Rates: $109–$140 per night, plus tax

Riverside Hotel
603 256-4200
20 Riverside Drive, West Chesterfield, NH, US, 03466
Group Rates: $159–$179 per night, plus tax

The Brattleboro area also offers the following accommodations options:

Bed and Breakfasts

Country Inns

Hotels and Motels

  • America's Best Inn Brattleboro; I-91 exit 3, Putney Road south – 802 254-4583
  • Best Western Keene, New Hampshire; I-91 exit 3 to route 9 east – 603 357-3038
  • Days Inn, Keene, New Hampshire; I-91 exit 3 to route 9 east – 603 352-9780
  • Golden Eagle Motel, Wilmington, Vermont; I-91 exit 2 to route 9 West – 802 464-5540
  • Horizon Inn Wilmington, Vermont; I-91 exit 2 to route 9 west – 802 464-2131
  • Jamaica House Hotel Jamaica, Vermont; I-91 exit 2 to route 30 west 802 874-4149
  • Motel 6 Brattleboro; I-91 exit 3, Putney Road north 800 466-8356
  • Ramada Inn Brattleboro; I-91 exit 3, Putney Road north – 802 254-701
  • River Bend Lodge Townshend, Vermont; I-91 exit 2 to route 30 west – 802 365-7592
  • Super 8 Motel Brattleboro; I-91 exit 3, Putney Road south – 802 254-8889
  • The Fox Inn Bernardston, Massachusetts; I-91 exit 28 – 413 648-9131
  • The Lane Hotel Keene, New Hampshire; I-91 exit 3 to route 9 east – 603 357-7070
  • Valley Green Motel Keene, New Hampshire; I-91 exit 3 to route 9 east – 603 352-7350


  • Hidden Acres Camping Resort, Route 5, North Brattleboro – 802 254-2098
  • KOA Campground, route 5; EastDummerston, Vermont – 802 254-5908
  • Townshend State Park, off of Route 30,Townshend, Vermont – 802 365-7500
  • Fort Dummer State Park, Interstate 91, exit 1; Brattleboro – 802 254-2610

Additional information about accommodations in the region is available from the Brattleboro Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to the all-SIT reunion, alumni are invited to independently organize reunions on the evening of Friday, August 8.

If you would like to include information on your class’s reunion here, please send the details to

  • PIM 54 dinner -
  • PIM 55 dinner - Blue Moose Store & Cafe. If you're coming, please tell Paul Papierski at or 508 963-6942
  • PIM 45 - please contact Brian Remer ( or Beth Davis ( for details, or look for us during the reception on campus from 5:00-7:00 PM.
  • PIM 62 - Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery. We will gather in the Bier Garten starting at 7:00 pm for drinks and appetizers and seating in a reserved area at 8:30 pm.

The 1950s and 1960s

In 1957, the first Experiment in International Living–assisted overseas academic-credit program traveled to Italy under the sponsorship of Syracuse University. Other such partnerships followed in the ensuing decade, flying the pennants of Dartmouth, Temple, the State University of New York, Pomona College, Rhode Island School of Design, Lewis and Clark, and others.

In the early 1960s, Sargent Shriver, the first director of the Peace Corps and an Experiment alumnus, called on The Experiment to conduct orientation and training for the earliest Peace Corps Volunteers. These orientation and training activities gradually led to the establishment of an academic institution, the School for International Training, in 1964. The institution was founded by The Experiment in International Living’s executive vice president, John “Jack” A. Wallace. Jack directed SIT from then until 1978, overseeing its growth into a degree-granting senior college and a graduate institute.

SIT’s master's degree in international administration was founded in 1967 as the International Career Training (ICT) program, which evolved into SIT’s MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management program.

The 1970s

In 1971, the School for International Training awarded its first master’s degree for the Program in Intercultural Management (PIM), which still comprises a large part of SIT Graduate Institute today. Meanwhile, other language-training programs for students from Africa and Latin America led to the founding of the Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program.

In 1972, SIT’s World Issues Program (WIP) was born as a two-year undergraduate program for students who wished to prepare themselves for work in an international or intercultural career. The WIP program focused on topics including the environment, ecology, population, and peace studies. Like current SIT master’s degree programs, WIP combined on-campus study with an off-campus internship. Ahead of its time, the WIP program was discontinued in 1999. Today, alumni of the WIP program continue to work to help create a more peaceful and just world.

In 1978, the new Summer Institute for Language Teachers program paved the way for a popular Summer MAT (MA in TESOL) option. This program enabled working teachers to pursue the Master of Arts in TESOL degree over two years. In 2013, this program was reconceived as the low-residency Master of Arts in TESOL program.

The 1980s

In 1983, the SIT library — serving growing numbers of students and faculty — was officially named for Experiment Founder Donald B. Watt. Thought to be tongue-in-cheek since Watt was such a proponent of experiential learning as opposed to more traditional book learning, the books were all stamped with his name in them.

In 1989, with partial funding through a partnership with Procter & Gamble Far East (whose trainees lived and studied in the building), a new building was constructed on campus and christened as the International Center.  The center provided students with a new cafeteria, classrooms, dorm rooms, and conference space, as well as a magnificent view of the fields and valley below. In 2007, it was renamed to honor Stephen and Nita Lowey, generous supporters of SIT and World Learning.

The 1990s to the Present Day

In 1995, the Carriage House — the previous location for the dining hall, offices for Student Affairs, the bookstore, and La Tienda, where students could buy snacks and supplies — was renovated and expanded. Renamed the Rotch Center for longtime board chair William Rotch, it includes classrooms, office space, and the new home for the library.

SIT alumna Jody Williams, founding coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997.

In 1998, SIT hosted its first Northern Irish Peacebuilding Youth Camp after the British and Irish governments signed a historic agreement ending sectarian violence in Northern Ireland.

Today Jack Wallace’s vision lives on at SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro and Washington, DC, and in more than 30 countries worldwide with SIT Study Abroad. SIT Graduate Institute continues to offer programs in TESOL as well as sustainable development, international education, and peacebuilding and conflict transformation, while SIT Study Abroad offers undergraduates field-based, experiential education programs that focus on critical global issues.

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