Dartmouth names medical school in honor of Dr Seuss

first_imgAs a student, he wrote for and eventually became the editor-in-chief of Dartmouthâ s humor magazine, The Jack-O-Lantern. On April 11 of his senior year, Geisel organized a party for The Jack-O-Lantern staff to celebrate the spectacular success that the humor magazine enjoyed during his tenure as editor. Geisel and companyâ s revelry was not well received by the dean, and Geisel was told to resign from all extracurricular activities at Dartmouth, including the college humor magazine. â Naming our school of medicine in honor of Audrey and Ted Geisel is a tribute to two individuals whose work continues to change the world for the better,’said Dartmouth President Jim Yong Kim. â Ted Geisel lived out the Dartmouth ethos of thinking differently and creatively to illuminate the worldâ s challenges and the opportunities for understanding and surmounting them. His vivid storytellingâ with its whimsical imagery, fanciful phrasing, and deeper meaningâ lives on and raises childrenâ s literacy around the world to new heights by entertaining, amusing, and educating. Audrey and Ted Geisel have cared deeply for this institution, and we are enormously proud to announce this lasting partnership.â The Geisel family and origins of Dr. Seuss The recipient of an honorary degree from Dartmouth in 2000, Audrey Geisel serves as president of Dr. Seuss Enterprises and oversees the management of Dr. Seuss-licensed characters. She was the executive producer alongside Christopher Meledandri, a 1981 Dartmouth graduate, on 20th Century Fox Animationâ s adaptation of Horton Hears a Who! in 2008, and has supported the creation of the new PBS animated series The Cat in the Hat Knows A lot About That! Audrey Geisel worked with Random House in 2011 to publish The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories, which assembled seven â lost’Dr. Seuss stories originally published in the early 1950s. The publisher referred to the book as â the literary equivalent of buried treasure.’Audrey and Meledandri joined forces again to produce The Lorax, an animated 3-D movie that premiered March 2, 2012. The Geisel School of Medicine has produced many firsts and achievements in education, research and medical practice, including: the use of the stethoscope in medical education, introduced by the poet-physician faculty member, Oliver Wendell Holmes; the first clinical X-ray in America; the first multispecialty intensive care unit; the first center to comprehensively examine variations in health care costs in U.S. medical practice (The Dartmouth Atlas); and the groundbreaking national model, â Supported Employment,’which improves outcomes for those with serious mental illness. In 2010, Dartmouth launched the first Center for Health Care Delivery Science and a new masterâ s degree program in health care delivery science, a joint venture between the Tuck School of Business and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at the Geisel School of Medicine. A longtime resident of La Jolla, Calif., Audrey is deeply involved in numerous charities and organizations in the San Diego area, including the University of California at San Diego, the San Diego Council on Literacy, National Center for Family Literacy, La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe Theatres, San Diego Zoological Society, United Through Reading, and many others. She was recently awarded the prestigious UC San Diego Chancellorâ s Medal, and was also recently honored by San Diego Business Journal with the â Women Who Mean Business’Lifetime Achievement Award. Founded in 1769, Dartmouth is a member of the Ivy League and consistently ranks among the worldâ s greatest academic institutions. Dartmouth has forged a singular identity as a strong undergraduate and graduate institution dedicated to teaching and research with graduate programs in the arts and sciences and three leading professional schoolsâ the Geisel School of Medicine, Thayer School of Engineering, and the Tuck School of Business. In addition to his celebrated childrenâ s books and productions, Geisel also worked as a political cartoonist, as an illustrator for advertising campaigns, and in the animation department of the U.S. Army during World War II. His prolific writing continued throughout his life. He wrote Oh, the Places Youâ ll Go! when he was 86 years old, and was working on scripts for a movie version the week before his death at age 87 in 1991. His birthday of March 2 is now aptly recognized as National Read Across America Day in the United States. Dartmouth College announced today the naming of its medical school, founded in 1797, in honor of Audrey and Theodor Geisel. Their generosity to Dartmouth during their lifetimes and through their estate plan renders the Geisel family the most significant philanthropist to Dartmouth in its history. Theodor â Ted’Geisel, known worldwide as the author and illustrator, â Dr Seuss,’was a Dartmouth graduate of the Class of 1925. In order to continue work on the Jack-O-Lantern without the administrationâ s knowledge, Geisel began signing his work for the first time with the pen name â Seuss.â The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth Audrey Geisel was born in Chicago and grew up around New York City. She followed her motherâ s professional path and became a nurse, working at Cambridge City Hospital in Massachusetts, among other hospitals. The Audrey and Theodor Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth strives to improve the lives of the people it servesâ students, patients, and local and global communitiesâ and to live out the Dartmouth ethos that â the worldâ s troubles are your troubles.’The school builds healthier communities through innovations in research, education, and patient care. Audrey has two daughters: Lark Grey Dimond-Cates is a sculptor in California. She created the 22 bronze sculptures that compose The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Garden in Springfield, Mass., and also was commissioned by Dartmouth to create a Dr. Seuss-themed bas relief for the Theodor Seuss Geisel 1925 Room at Dartmouthâ s Baker-Berry Library. Another daughter, Lea Dimond, lives in California and owns a childrenâ s bookstore in San Francisco called Thidwick Books. Thidwick, the big-hearted moose, is a Seuss character. It was at Dartmouth that Ted Geisel â discovered the excitement of â marrying’words to pictures,’he said in a 1975 interview with the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine. â I began to get it through my skull that words and pictures were Yin and Yang. I began thinking that words and pictures, married, might possibly produce a progeny more interesting than either parent.â Naming of The Audrey and Theodor Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth will amplify support for medical students as they progress on the path to becoming physicians and scientists and accelerate the research aspirations of faculty. The exceptional benefaction of the Geisel family will support Dartmouthâ s goal of becoming one of the top medical schools in the world for preparing physician leaders who will tackle the increasingly complex undertaking of transforming health care. â When I had the pleasure of conferring an honorary degree on Audrey Geisel, I spoke of her effective stewardship over the Seuss legacy and of the munificence of her actions in support of education, literacy programs, and health care,’said President Emeritus James Wright. â The naming of our Medical School for Ted and Audrey is a dream we have long shared, and Iâ m honored to join today in saluting the Geisels.â â Ted and Audrey Geiselâ s work and life serve as a timeless example for our future physicians at the Geisel School of Medicine,’said Wiley â Chip’Souba, vice president for health affairs and dean of the medical school. â We teach our students to be compassionate, to pursue new knowledge that benefits their patients, and to have the courage and humility to make a profound difference in the lives of others.â In 2010, Dartmouth English Professor Donald Pease published his biography of Ted Geisel, called Theodor SEUSS Geisel. Audrey Geisel said Peaseâ s book â got Ted better than anyone.â Home to the nationally recognized Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, The Geisel School of Medicine is committed to creating physician leaders who are skilled in path-breaking science and adept in excellent management as well. â Ted would be proud to have his name forever connected to one of Americaâ s finest schools of medicine â ¦ a school thatâ s doing much good in the world,’said Audrey Geisel, who was married to Ted from 1968 until his death in 1991. â Given my background as a nurse, this moving gesture on the part of Dartmouth joins Tedâ s great love of his alma mater and my passion of caring for others through the practice of medicine.â Ted Geisel was born March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Mass. As Dr. Seuss, he authored and illustrated more than 50 childrenâ s books that have been translated into more than 20 languages. He won a Pulitzer Prize, three Academy Awards, two Emmys, and two Peabody Awards for his literary creations. He published his first childrenâ s book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, in 1937, and went on to pen many well-known classics, including, The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Horton Hears a Who!, The Lorax, The Sneetches,and Green Eggs and Ham. You’re Only Old Once!, a book for readers over 50, follows its character through a series of medical check-ups and the process of being â properly pilled’and â properly billed.â Dartmouth College. 4.4.2012.last_img read more


Burlington City Arts Community Fund formed with $35,000

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Burlington City Arts is very pleased to announce the  newly formed Burlington City Arts Community Fund, a fund in its pilot year providing $35,000 to Burlington-based practicing artists, creative professionals, or small arts organizations. The City of Burlington and the BCA Board of Advisors have partnered to create this annual fund that will support artists’ and arts organizations’ projects that contribute to the public good through a competitive grant process.“The City of Burlington has a rich and growing arts and cultural community that contributes to livability and economic growth. To continue to foster a robust, healthy, creative community, support artists, and encourage innovation through the arts, this funding is vital, and we are excited to be spearheading this initiative,” said Doreen Kraft, BCA Executive Director.“The Burlington artistic scene is a major contributor to the vitality of our City, and we are excited to offer the BCA Community Fund opportunity to local artists and creative professionals to further grow our community’s artistic fabric,” said Mayor Miro Weinberger. “Thank you to Executive Director Doreen Kraft and the energetic BCA team for your collaboration in bringing this initiative forward.”The purpose of the BCA Community Fund will be to provide one-year funding of up to $3,000 for Burlington-based practicing artists, creative professionals, or small arts organizations to develop projects that engage the community and address needs, challenges, and priorities through the arts. Specifically, the fund will provide financial support for artist fees, supplies and materials, production expenses like space and equipment rentals, professional services, and marketing/publicity and other outreach costs.Grant requests (submitted via online application here: www.burlingtoncityarts.org/BCA-Community-Fund(link is external)) may be up to $3,000, and the requested amount should be commensurate with project description. Projects may be funded completely by the fund or have a budget larger than $3,000 and be funded partially.All proposed projects must have a public component or include some public “presentation” of the work for residents of the City of Burlington, and applications will be reviewed based on criteria which include potential community impact, success of past work, creating accessibility to the arts, creativity, and innovation. Community projects will be reviewed and awarded by a grants panel that will be selected annually by BCA. Panels will be comprised of seven residents and/or business owners from Burlington, including non-submitting art professionals from different disciplines and community members. Panelists will be selected annually by BCA based on experience in their artistic discipline and geographic location, with representation from throughout the City.To be eligible to apply, applicants must be a practicing artist 18 years or older or an arts organization whose annual operating budget is less than $500,000 and whose primary mission is to create art, produce art, present art, or support arts and culture services for the public. Applicants must be a resident of the City of Burlington or have a rented/owned art space within the City of Burlington with a valid street address for a minimum of the last 12 months (P.O. boxes will not be accepted). Applicants must demonstrate that at least half (at least 51%) of programming occurs within the City of Burlington.Religious institutions, social service or educational organizations, public or governmental agencies, schools, school districts and universities/higher education institutions, athletic teams, social organizations, fraternal organizations, organizations that receive other funding from the City of Burlington, staff and board members of Burlington City Arts, current year Burlington City Arts Community Fund panelists, individual youth under the age of 18, and students enrolled in a degree program are not eligible to apply.Applications for the BCA Community Fund will be available on BCA’s website, www.burlingtoncityarts.org(link is external) by March 4, 2016. Online applications must be submitted by April 29, 2016. Awards are estimated to be announced by May 30, 2016 (estimated) and awarded projects must be completed by May 30, 2017 (estimated).The BCA Community Fund was created as a result of a series of meetings between BCA, local artists and small arts organizations. After a review of comparable arts fund programs in model arts cities like Austin, TX, Saratoga Springs, NY and Chicago, Ill., the City of Burlington established the BCA Community Fund for Fiscal Year 2016. $20,000 of the fund’s $35,000 budget derives from City funds that were unanimously approved by the City Council for the Fiscal Year 2016 budget, and $15,000 has been privately raised by the Board of Burlington City Arts.Source: Burlington, VT:  (March 4, 2016) Burlington City Arts. The Burlington City Arts Community Fund is an important part of Burlington City Arts, celebrating over 30 years of supporting the arts, which is dedicated to the promotion of excellence, experimentation, and education in all forms of art. For more information about gallery exhibitions, special events, classes, and workshops, please call 802.865.7166 or visit BURLINGTONCITYARTS.ORG(link is external).last_img read more


Shumlin signs law to ban conversion therapy in Vermont

first_imgVermont Business Magazine At a time when some states are working to erode hard-fought advances in civil rights for the LGBT community, Governor Peter Shumlin today signed a law to advance them in Vermont by banning the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy. The new law (S132) bans the practice of seeking to change a minor’s sexual orientation or gender identity in the State of Vermont.”It’s absurd to think that being gay or transgender is something to be cured of,” Shumlin said. “Our country has come a long way in a short period of time in recognizing the civil rights of members of the LGBT community, and I am so proud that Vermont has taken a leadership role at every step of the way. At a time when the rights of LGBT individuals are under attack in other parts of the country, Vermont will continue to stand up to hatred and bigotry and show the rest of the country what tolerance, understanding, and common humanity look like.”Conversion therapy has been widely discredited by the scientific community. A 2015 report(link is external) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) “found that variations in sexual orientation and gender identity are normal, and that conversion therapies or other efforts to change sexual orientation or gender identity are not effective, are harmful, and are not appropriate therapeutic practices.”Vermont joins California, Illinois, New Jersey, Oregon, and Washington, D.C. in enacting a law to ban conversion therapy. Earlier this year, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo(link is external) announced regulations to ban public and private insurers from covering the practice. The ban on conversion therapy takes effect July 1, 2016.last_img read more


Joint statement in support of diversity, equity, inclusiveness

first_imgVermont Business Magazine A number of Vermont education leaders have released the following statement, which has also been signed by Governor Peter Shumlin and Governor-elect Phil Scott. A full list of signers is copied below.It states that Vermont will continue to support all Vermonters and welcome people of all backgrounds.“Vermont has fought for centuries for freedom and unity, equity and openness. Vermont remains a beacon of hope and opportunity, community and shared humanity. Vermont was the first to commit to the abolition of slavery in our state constitution and a leader in the fight for marriage equality. We will continue to support all Vermonters and welcome people of all backgrounds to the Green Mountain state.“We, the undersigned, condemn any acts of unlawful discrimination, violence, and intimidation that target differences in national origin, race, sex, gender, religion, disability, or political viewpoint across our nation. Such acts run counter to the rights and freedoms upon which our country was founded and to the core values of the state of Vermont.“Vermont is committed to fostering welcoming communities and an equitable, diverse, and inclusive society.”Lisa Ventriss, president of the Vermont Business Roundtable, said: “The Board of Directors believe that it is important to clearly articulate, on behalf of the full membership, a commitment to those principles that shape a representative democracy and that embrace all communities as equally deserving of those rights and freedoms.”SIGNED:Governor Peter Shumlin                                  Governor-elect Phil ScottLisa M. Ventriss, PresidentVermont Business RoundtableT. Gregory Dewey, PresidentAlbany College of PharmacyMariko Silver, PresidentBennington CollegeDavid Wolk, PresidentCastleton UniversityMichelle Ollie, PresidentCenter for Cartoon StudiesDon Laackman, PresidentChamplain CollegeLawrence Jensen, Interim PresidentCollege of Saint JosephJoyce Judy, PresidentCommunity College of VermontRobert Kenny, PresidentGoddard CollegeRobert Allen, PresidentGreen Mountain CollegeElaine Collins, PresidentJohnson State CollegePeter Eden, PresidentLandmark CollegeNolan Atkins, Interim PresidentLyndon State CollegeKevin Quigley, PresidentMarlboro CollegeLaurie Patton, PresidentMiddlebury CollegeRichard Schneider, PresidentNorwich UniversityDonald Steinberg, PresidentSchool for International Training Graduate InstituteDavid Rees Evans, PresidentSouthern Vermont CollegeMatthew Derr, PresidentSterling CollegeJohn Neuhauser, PresidentSaint Michael’s CollegeTom Sullivan, PresidentUniversity of VermontRoger H. Sublett, PresidentUnion Institute and UniversityMarc B. Mihaly, President and DeanVermont Law SchoolThomas Greene, PresidentVermont College of Fine ArtsJeb Spaulding, Chancellor                                                                 Vermont State Colleges                   Pat Moulton, Interim PresidentVermont Technical CollegeScott Giles, President & CEOVermont Student Assistance CorporationSource: Governor’s office 11.18.2016last_img read more


Bernie Sanders: Senate Republicans block Trump proposal to lower prescription drug prices

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) proposed an amendment Tuesday to lower the cost of prescription drugs by letting Medicare negotiate drug prices and allowing for the importation from other countries of low-cost prescription drugs – both proposals advocated by President-elect Donald Trump. Republicans blocked the Sanders amendment.During his run for the White House, Trump called for requiring Medicare to negotiate with drug companies to lower prices. In a speech in New Hampshire last Feb. 7, Trump criticized current U.S. law that forbids Medicare from negotiating prices with pharmaceutical companies. Trump said: “We are not allowed to negotiate drug prices. Can you believe it? We pay about $300 billion more than we are supposed to, than if we negotiated the price. So there’s $300 billion on day one we solve.”Trump’s campaign platform also advocated making it legal to reimport cheaper drugs from other countries. Sanders offered an amendment to implement Trump’s campaign promises. “I am sure that all of my Republican colleagues will support an amendment in my hands that will do exactly what Mr. Trump said he would accomplish as president,” Sanders told Senate colleagues. But Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) objected to holding a vote on the amendment.Without those changes in a bill now before Congress, Sanders said he could not support the overall legislation because it caves to the demands of the pharmaceutical industry and cuts Medicare and Medicaid by $1 billion. “It is incomprehensible to me that we have a major bill dealing with prescription drugs and yet we are running from the most important issue and that is the greed of the pharmaceutical industry,” Sanders said.  “The prescription drug industry, along with Wall Street, is the most powerful political force in America. I have been fighting the greed of the prescription drug industry for decades. And, as far as I can tell, the prescription drug industry always wins, but the American people lose.”To see the amendment, click here(link is external). Source: WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2016 – Senator Bernie Sanderslast_img read more


VTANG returns home after supporting Operation Inherent Resolve

first_imgVermont Air National Guard In support of Operation Inherent Resolve a squadron of F-16s and 310 Airmen from the 158th Fighter Wing returned home from a three-month long deployment to the CENTCOM AOR. The last of the 310 deployers and jets returned to Vermont Saturday, February 25, 2017. Operation Inherent Resolve began when a new terrorist group, which had risen during the chaos of the Syrian Civil War attacked across the Syrian-Iraqi borders and seized large swaths of Iraqi territory in the Euphrates River Valley and northern Iraq. Several Iraqi towns fell to the invaders, who called themselves “The Islamic State.” Due to the evolving requirements in Iraq and Syria, the Green Mountain Boys provided precision air-to-ground attack capabilities to support operations against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. While deployed, the squadron flew over 600 combat missions, which equates to over 4,000 hours in the jets and employed over 800 weapons with 100% of the mission tasking supported to degrade and destroy ISIS. “I am extremely proud of these 310 American Heroes, all volunteers, who spent the last two plus months taking the fight to the enemy.  The Green Mountain Boys are an absolute class act and did a phenomenal job generating, executing and sustaining combat airpower in the fight against ISIS,” said Col. David C. Lyons, 407th Air Expeditionary Group commander. “The one accomplishment that says the most about the character of our team during the 134th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron’s deployment is the fact that we generated and launched 100%of the sorties tasked to this unit.  Milestones like that don’t happen without incredible teamwork from every Airman on this installation.” Operation Inherent Resolve is a Combat Joint Task Force tasked to combat the ISIS strong hold in Iraq and Syria. The VTANG flew combat missions in conjunction with coalition forces to deny ISIS safe havens and ensuring ground forces opportunity to conduct localized counter-attacks.”It’s hard to describe the pride we have in not only the members themselves deploying but the families back here who took care of them, but to put it in some terms, they flew over a year’s worth of hours in just over two months,” said Col. Patrick, 158th Fighter Wing commander, Vermont Air National Guard.  This deployment demonstrates the United States’ continued, long-term commitment to the region and the Air National Guard’s flexibility to meet the dynamic requirements of warfighting commanders.Story and photos courtesy VTANG. 2.25.2017last_img read more


Sovernet to be rebranded FirstLight

first_imgFirstLiight/Sovernet Communications,FirstLight Fiber,Vermont Business Magazine In the naissance of the Internet, a small phone company was formed in Bellows Falls that soon used its copper pairs to set up local email and Web browsing services. It was a local company that was competing against other local companies like Together Networks and national behemoths like AOL, CompuServe and Netscape. While some of those firms’ technology still exists (even if they don’t) from the good old days of the late ’80s and early ’90s (JavaScript, GIF), Sovernet, founded in 1995, evolved as a phone company CLEC and ISP. It was bought and sold a couple of times and eventually set up a “middle-mile” fiber network in Vermont and neighboring states that offers service largely to schools and government entities. Its new owner, FirstLight, announced today that it will rebrand Sovernet to the parent company name as it consolidates its recent flurry of acquisitions into one identity.According to Sovernet, FirstLight will continue to have an office in Bellows Falls with no layoffs. Sovernet has 65 employees in Vermont and New York.FirstLight(link is external), a  fiber-optic bandwidth infrastructure services provider based in Albany, NY, and operating in the Northeast, announced that following the recent acquisitions of Oxford Networks and ION Communications, has rebranded to a single company name, “FirstLight.” This development is the next step in the company’s integration process following Oak Hill Capital Partners(link is external)’ recently completed acquisitions of Oxford Networks(link is external) and Sovernet Communications(link is external). The company said in a press release that it plans to “sunset” the Sovernet Communications brand in the coming weeks.“Rebranding to a single company name ‘FirstLight’ represents another significant milestone in our integration process to create one team with a singular focus on continuing to provide outstanding service and support to our customers,” stated Kurt Van Wagenen, President and CEO of FirstLight.Offering network, Internet, data center, cloud and voice services, FirstLight operates a regional fiber network serving enterprise and carrier customers throughout the Northeast, connecting more than 5,000 locations in service with an additional 20,000 locations serviceable by its 9,600-route mile network. Upon the close of the recently announced FirstLight acquisition of Finger Lakes Technologies(link is external) Group, the company will then operate a regional network consisting of approximately 12,000 route miles of high-capacity fiber in six states and Canada, with more than 7,000 on-net locations and 12 data centers totaling more than 225,000 square feet of space strategically located throughout its footprint.“The rebrand of Oxford Networks and ION Communications as FirstLight is a testament to our team’s ability to successfully work together to align as one strong company,” commented Maura Mahoney, Vice President of Marketing and Product Management of FirstLight. “As FirstLight, we will stay true to our mission of providing the complete portfolio of high quality infrastructure services our customers rely upon.” About FirstLightFirstLight, headquartered in Albany, New York, provides fiber-optic data, Internet, data center and voice services to enterprise and carrier customers throughout the Northeast connecting more than 5,000 locations in service with an additional 20,000 locations serviceable by our 9,600 route mile network. FirstLight offers a robust suite of advanced telecommunications products featuring a comprehensive portfolio of high bandwidth connectivity solutions including Ethernet, wavelength and dark fiber services as well as dedicated Internet access solutions, data center, cloud and voice services. FirstLight’s clientele includes national cellular providers and wireline carriers and many leading enterprises, spanning high tech manufacturing and research, hospitals and healthcare, banking and financial, secondary education, colleges and universities, and local and state governments.Source: Albany, NY – April 12, 2017 – FirstLight. (link is external)To learn more about FirstLight, visit www.firstlight.net(link is external), or follow the company on Twitter(link is external) and LinkedIn(link is external). TOP: VBM file photo of Sovernet headquarters in Bellows Falls.last_img read more


Lisa Groeneveld elected to VMEC board

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) has announced the results of its December 5, 2017, annual election of VMEC Advisory Board members. Lisa Groeneveld, COO/ Co-Owner, Logic Supply (South Burlington) was newly elected to the VMEC Advisory Board for a two-year term. The following existing Board members were unanimously re-elected to additional two-year terms: Dave Blittersdorf, CEO/ Founder, All Earth Renewables (Williston); Tommy Harmon, CEO/ Owner, Sonnax Industries (Bellows Falls); Ben Riehl, President & CEO, GW Plastics (Bethel) and Ed Townley, President and CEO, Agri-Mark / Cabot Creamery (Waitsfield).Pat Wheeler, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Kaman Aerospace Group, Inc (Bennington) has stepped down from the VMEC Board due to business and personal commitments.Mike Rainville, President and Owner of Maple Landmark, Inc. (Middlebury), was re-elected as Chairperson of the VMEC Advisory Board for an additional 1-year termAbout VMEC: Part of the nationwide MEP National Network and hosted by Vermont Technical College (VTC) since 1995, VMEC operates as a not-for-profit with a primary Mission, “To strengthen and empower Vermont manufacturers.” A local resource and trusted adviser to enterprises of all sizes, the VMEC team brings world-class expertise in consulting, coaching, hands-on implementation support, training and education for leaders and workers.  Through the VMEC PSG business unit established in 2006, on a selected basis VMEC also brings its process, strategy and innovation experience and expertise to non-manufacturing business, non-profit, healthcare and government sectors in Vermont. VMEC provides proven Systems and Solutions focused on Strategies, Processes, Products, Technologies and People.Source: VMEC 1.3.2018last_img read more


VDH COVID-19 Update: 7 new cases, 3 hospitalized, stay safe precautions

first_img1,307 Daily Update on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)June 25, 2020New information is in redFind this update at healthvermont.gov/covid19(link is external) by clickingthe “See the Latest Update” button.Please visit the Vermont Department of Health’s updated COVID-19 web and data pages healthvermont.gov/covid19(link is external).Do Your Part to Stop COVID-19 SpreadAs more of us are outside, being active, seeing family and friends, gathering in groups at events like barbecues or on the lake, health officials are reminding Vermonters the risk of transmission does increase.Please enjoy these summer activities, but make sure you understand the level of risk for you. See tips to Safely Reconnect With Friends and Family(link is external).The new coronavirus may be circulating at low levels in our state, but it’s still here. By taking the proper precautions, we can help protect one another by:Wear face coverings around others if you canKeep 6-feet apartWash your hands frequentlyStay home when you’re sickThank you, Vermonters, for doing your part.Safe Workplace GuidanceSee new guidance for employers on what to do if an employee tests positive for COVID-19(link is external), based on Centers for Disease Control recommendations. Employers can learn how to support employees who need to stay home from work and protect others from getting sick.Be Counted in the 2020 CensusGovernor Phil Scott is urging Vermonters to complete the 2020 Census. Only about half of all Vermonters have responded so far — one of the lowest response rates in the country, he said. Getting an accurate count of Vermont residents is critical to helping ensure we get federal funds allocated in part on population and demographics – funding needed for infrastructure, school lunches, hospitals and more.Be counted today — it’s quick and easy. Go to 2020census.gov(link is external) or call 844-330-2020.Protest Safely and Get TestedWe support Vermonters engaging in peaceful protests and other civic activities to make their voices heard. Please remember that large gatherings do pose a greater risk for virus exposure.So please follow universal precautions when you are out – wear a face covering or mask if you can when near others, maintain 6-foot distance, and if you’re sick, find actions to make yourself heard from home.We encourage anyone who is participating in a public action to get tested for COVID-19. Find a pop-up test site near you by visiting humanresources.vermont.gov/popups(link is external).Case InformationCurrent COVID-19 Activity in VermontAs of 12 p.m. on June 25, 2020Total cases* 938 3 60,709 Currently hospitalized People tested 1,191(7 new) 56 Deaths+ *Includes testing conducted at the Health Department Laboratory, commercial labs and other public health labs.+Death occurring in persons known to have COVID-19. Death certificate may be pending. Hospitalization data is provided by the Vermont Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Coalition and is based on hospitals updating this information.Find more information on the data dashboard at healthvermont.gov/currentactivity(link is external).COVID-19 Pop-Up Test SitesHealth Department is continuing to open pop-up sites throughout the state for people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 to be tested for the virus.Sites are currently scheduled through July. All clinics operate from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Find locations and make an appointment at humanresources.vermont.gov/popups(link is external). If you do not have access to the internet, you can call 2-1-1 or 802-828-2828 for assistance.Guidance for VermontersIf you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the hospital.If you are having even mild symptoms of COVID-19(link is external), call your health care provider.Maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet and wear a mask when near others(link is external).Most information is available online: Visit our Frequently Asked Questions(link is external).Traveler InformationGet the latest info about travel to Vermont(link is external), including for quarantining and testing.Anyone coming to Vermont is strongly encouraged to sign up for Sara Alert daily symptom check reminders(link is external).Take Care of Your Emotional and Mental HealthConcerns about our health and finances during the pandemic, and the unsettled state of national affairs, has left many of us feeling anxious, confused, overwhelmed or powerless.If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs emotional support, help is available 24/7:Call your local mental health crisis line(link is external) Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline(link is external) at 1-800-273-8255Text VT to 741741 to talk with someone at the Crisis Text Line(link is external).For more information visit healthvermont.gov/suicide(link is external).See ways for Coping with Stress(link is external).  For more information:COVID-19 health information, guidance and case data: healthvermont.gov/covid19(link is external).Governor’s actions: governor.vermont.gov/covid19response(link is external).The state’s modeling: dfr.vermont.gov/about-us/covid-19/modeling(link is external).Media Contact:[email protected](link sends e-mail)Information for the public can be found at https://healthvermont.gov/covid19(link is external) 1,329 People being monitored 12 People completed monitoring Total people recovered Hospitalized under investigationlast_img read more


City, Champlain announce local skill accelerator for Burlingtonians hit by COVID recession

first_imgChamplain College,Champlain College to Offer a Tuition Reduction for City Residents in Online Undergraduate Certificate Programs; Designed to Help Those Out of Work or Considering a Career Transition to Get the Skills Necessary to Find a Rewarding New JobVermont Business Magazine Mayor Miro Weinberger and Champlain College President Dr Benjamin Akande on Wednesday announced the Local Skill Accelerator Program, a partnership designed to leverage Champlain College’s extensive online education programs to allow Burlingtonians to access additional savings for undergraduate certificate programs and, ultimately, a full undergraduate degree. Champlain College’s online curriculum is nationally recognized, taught by expert-practitioner faculty, and well-suited to help residents seeking a new job or a career transition in an era when demonstrable skills in information technology, cybersecurity, project management, or human resources can be a huge advantage in securing new employment opportunities.“In a time of sudden and unprecedented economic disruption, and severe restrictions on many fronts, the Local Skill Accelerator Program creates new opportunities for Burlingtonians to grow and develop skills needed in a quickly changing world,” said Mayor Weinberger. “Champlain College has long been a tremendous partner for the City of Burlington, and I am grateful that one of Dr. Akande’s first acts as President is to continue this partnership by making the College’s high-quality and practical online curriculum even more accessible to Burlington residents.”“Two months ago, in my first conversation with the Mayor, we discussed this partnership, and our teams went to work to create this opportunity for citizens of Burlington who are seeking to gain new skillsets in the wake of shifting employment challenges – both today and in the post COVID-19 era,” said Dr. Akande. “This is a pioneering moment for Champlain College Online and the City of Burlington, and I expect it to be one of many more to come.” Local Skills Accelerator OverviewChamplain College’s online programs are consistently rated among the best online bachelor’s programs by U.S. News and World Report(link is external). Two years ago, the College cut the cost of its online undergraduate programs in half – making it one of the most accessible online institutions in the country, and putting it at the leading edge of evolving online education options in the United States. The further 17 percent offered today drops the cost for Burlington residents to $265 per credit hour. Champlain College has further committed that the preferred rate will hold for residents completing a certificate program who then wish to continue on toward a full undergraduate degree. Residents must complete the certificate first before proceeding on to an undergraduate degree.Further details on the Local Skill Accelerator program are available at online.champlain.edu/BTV(link is external), including a full list of available online undergraduate certificates. These career-focused certificate programs allow students to build applicable knowledge and credentials in a short timeframe, with most programs consisting of between 16 and 18 credit hours and take from six to nine months to complete. For many looking for new work or considering a career change, an undergraduate certificate is one of the most efficient ways to jumpstart that process, allowing students to develop in-demand, industry-relevant skills and better positioning them to find work in their field upon program completion.If a resident has a GED or a high school transcript, they are also eligible to apply for Federal financial aid to further defray the cost of education, in addition to the tuition reduction being offered through this program. No SAT or ACT scores are required for admission to Champlain College Online; however, all Burlingtonians must complete an application for the program to which they are applying, which will be reviewed by the College in considering admission.Mayor Weinberger and President Akande were joined at the announcement by the City’s Chief Innovation Officer, Brian Lowe, and Champlain College Online Associate Vice President, Melissa Marcello.“The completion of a career-focused undergraduate certificate from Champlain College Online offers the opportunity for Burlington residents to pivot to a new career or advance into a more specialized role at their current employer in less than six months,” said Vice President Marcello. As part of the contract signed between the City and Champlain College, the City will cover the expected additional cost for the implementation of the new program, expected to be $5,000 or less. These costs primarily involve resetting tuition at the lower rate for those residents currently enrolled in undergraduate certificate programs. Applicants will be required to self-certify their status as residents of Burlington, and the College reserves the right to seek additional information (such as utility bill payments or current lease agreements) should the need arise.“This program creates a new opportunity for Burlington residents who may have lost their job or are looking for a new one, and it also creates a new way for Champlain College to relate to and support the community,” said Brian Lowe, the City’s Chief Innovation Officer. “If the program generates interest, we are hopeful that Champlain will be able to expand it to other Vermont cities and towns in the coming months and years to increase access to skills that give people a leg up in the 21st century workforce.”Applications must be submitted by July 31, 2020 for the Fall A term beginning on August 31, 2020. The application deadline for the Fall B term is September 25, 2020, with classes starting on October 26, 2020.Source: Burlington, VT – Mayor 7.8.2020last_img read more