On the evening of March 9, 2016, the Vermont State Colleges congratulated its first alumni Hall of Fame class and raised over $107,000 for student scholarships. The event drew over 300 to Montpelier’s Capital Plaza Hotel, where Jim Cantore ’86 was the first Lyndon State graduate to receive this honor. Cantore has won renown for his live coverage — including Tropical Storm Irene in Vermont — for The Weather Channel. He returns to Lyndon annually to work with Atmospheric Sciences students. He established a scholarship fund in 2006 for ATM students with a broadcasting career concentration.