Month: January 2021

Perry to deliver Champlain College commencement address

first_imgChamplain College announced today that retiring president Dr. Roger H. Perry will deliver the commencement address to graduates of the career-oriented college on Saturday, May 7. The Class of 2005 will hear from this educator and administrator with national and international experience who steered the private institution through a host of changes, leaving it well-positioned for the future.Dr. Perry became the sixth president of the College in 1992. During the prior ten years, he served as Champlains vice president for academic affairs and then provost. After retiring from the College, Perry and his wife, Heather, plan to travel and then teach abroad.Dr. David F. Finney of New York University has been selected by Champlain Colleges Board of Trustees to become the colleges seventh president. He will succeed Perry on July 1, 2005.The word visionary is tossed around too often these days; however, I think it is appropriate to use it here: Roger Perry truly defines visionary leadership, said Bill Post, chair of the Champlain College Board of Trustees.Perry has served the Burlington and Vermont communities through his involvement with organizations such as the Vermont Business Roundtable, Vermont Technology Council, Workforce Investment Board, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, Vermont Higher Education Council and the Association of Vermont Independent Colleges.Perrys reputation for innovation and entrepreneurial skills in the collegiate world led to his election as commissioner for the Higher Education Commission of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. He also served on the executive committee of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.During his time as president of Champlain College, Perry initiated 16 new bachelors degree programs, established the Colleges first masters degree, and elevated several other two-year programs to four-year degrees. He established an online learning division, initiated international programs and brought industry-related organizations on campus, including the Vermont Information Technology Center, Putnam Investments, and the State of Vermonts Global Trade Partnership. Champlain College has also provided training for corporations such as IBM, IDX Systems Corp., and Qwest and groups such as Vermont teachers and law enforcement professionals.Prior to arriving at Champlain, Perry was a member of the graduate faculty at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and an associate superintendent of the St. Louis School system. In St. Louis, he received national recognition for establishing partnership programs that linked schools, businesses, cultural institutions and universities. He was also a management extension specialist at Cornell Universitys School of Industrial and Labor Relations and he taught at Cardigan Mountain School in New Hampshire.Perry received his undergraduate degree in economics from Dartmouth College and his Ph.D. in administration from Syracuse University. He and his wife, Heather, also served as Peace Corps volunteers in the Marshall Islands.Post, chair of the Board of Trustees, chronicled several Champlain College highlights during the Perry years: Champlain has been transformed from a two-year to a four-year college that offers traditional classroom instruction, online distance learning and satellite campuses abroad. Who would have guessed a decade ago that we would also offer graduate programs?Our influence has grown from our Vermont roots to New England, then to the nation, then to Israel, India and Dubai, Post said. There has been a dramatic increase in new sports and recreation activities, community service involvement, leadership opportunities and special interest programs. The completion in Fall 2005 of the Student Life Complex is part of Champlains commitment to provide co-curricular and extracurricular activities to all students.Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a private, career-oriented institution offering professional certificates, associates, bachelors and masters degrees in 27 fields of study in business, technology and human services. Champlain College educates 1,700 full-time students and 850 part-time students, and employs 400 faculty and staff in Burlington, Vermont.last_img read more

CVPS seeks 4.46 percent rate increase in 2008

first_img“Our increased costs relatein part to changes in wholesale power market prices and transmission costs,”President Bob Young said.  “We arealso spending more on customer service and reliabilityimprovements.” CVPS seeks 4.46 percent rate increase in2008RUTLAND, Vt. – Driven largely by increased transmissionand power costs and reliability improvements, Central Vermont Public Service(NYSE-CV) today filed for a 4.46 percent rate increase to take effect nextFebruary. May 15, 2007 “Our stable, long-termpower contracts have to a great degree protected our customers from risingenergy costs over the past several years,” Young said.  “Recently, however, we have experienceda decline in the prices we receive from the sale of our excess energy into thewholesale market.  That has resultedin a net increase in our overall power costs.” CVPS rates have increasedat about one-sixth the rate of inflation in the past eight years, with just ahandful of small increases and decreases in that time. Overall, current ratesare just 3.5 percent higher than in 1999. The consumer price index has risen 21 percent, while the CPI for energyhas risen 85 percent in the same time period.  “Even with this request, our rates willremain very low compared to major utilities in New England,” Young said. “Alternative regulation canimprove financial stability, ensure funding for customer service and reliabilityimprovements, and increase transparency and accountability to our customers,”Young said. Under theproposed change, a residential customerusing 500 kilowatt-hours per month would see an increase from $71.46 to $74.65.Similar customers elsewhere in New England pay over $100. Young said the companyincreased its capital budget, largely for reliability improvements, from $18million in 2006 to $26 million in 2007, and expects to maintain the higherspending in coming years.  “That iscritical to providing customers the reliability and service restoration levelsthey have come to expect,” Young said. CVPS today also formallynotified the Vermont Public Service Board that it hopes to file an alternativeregulation plan in the near future. The company has been talking with the Vermont Department of PublicService and others about the plan. It will include mechanisms and incentives to encourage further costcontrols and efficiencies. last_img read more

Courtyard By Marriott Donates Fitness Equipment

first_imgMEDIA CONTACT:Shannon Vassar, General ManagerCourtyard By Marriott, Burlington @ Tafts Corner(802) 879-0100COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT, BURLINGTON @ TAFTS CORNER DONATES FITNESS EQUIPMENTBURLINGTON, VT November 9, 2007 The Courtyard By Marriott, Burlington, @ Tafts Corners, owned by New Castle Hotels & Resorts, a leading third-party manager and hotel developer, has donated their former fitness equipment to the American Lung Association of Vermont on Hurricane Lane in Williston, VT. The equipment, purchased by the Courtyard By Marriott in 1999, was valued originally at $8900.The American Lung Association of Vermont Staff is sponsoring and participating in the Healthy Air” Walk. The walk is set for Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008 in Downtown Burlington, VT. For more information about this event please visit their website at www.lungvt.org(link is external). The American Lung Association Staff is also training for the Vermont City Marathon in May, 2008, in Downtown Burlington. The Staff is using the equipment to train and prepare for their upcoming challenges. We are so excited said Alissa Ganje, Administrative Assistant at the American Lung Association. All the other New England American Lung Association branches are envious! As a health organization committed to healthy air and improving the quality of life for those living with lung disease its important that as a staff were also taking care of ourselves. This is going to help us do that. exclaimed Danielle Pinders, Director of Development at the American Lung Association of Vermont.The Courtyard By Marriott has updated their on-site fitness room with brand new, state-of-the-art equipment for their guests use while staying at the hotel. The new equipment, consisting of two treadmills and one elliptical cross-trainer, is Life Fitness and has a modern touch, with personal viewing television screens on each unit. Guests can enjoy the full work out experience with the cold months quickly approaching. With all Marriott brand hotels being 100% non-smoking, it gives the full corporate experience of wellness on the road. Our new fitness equipment is key to enhancing the total guest experience. The Courtyards overall mission is enabling people on the road to make life better and we are excited about this addition in our amenity line-up said Shannon Vassar, General Manager of the Courtyard by Marriott in Williston.We are happy we could be intricate in the development of the American Lung Associations Marathon team and at the same time, donate our equipment to our corporate neighbor said Sarah Howrigan, Sales Manager of the Courtyard By Marriott. The Courtyard By Marriott Staff delivered the equipment on Friday, October 26, 2007.The Courtyard By Marriott has resided at 177 Hurricane Lane for 7 years since their opening. They serve companies from Chittenden County, Addison County and incoming guests from all over the world. The Courtyard By Marriott has resided at 177 Hurricane Lane for 7 years since their opening. They serve companies from Chittenden County, Addison County and incoming guests from all over the world. They are managed by New Castle Hotels & Resorts which owns, manages and has under development 31 resorts and hotels in the United States and Canada. The hotel management company consistently ranks in the countrys top 100 hotel management and development companies in hospitality industry trade publications. New Castle celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2005. For more information on New Castle Hotels & Resorts, please contact Gerald P. Chase, president, chief operating officer, at (203) 925-8370, or visit the corporate website at www.newcastlehotels.com(link is external).###PRESS RELEASEBURLINGTON, VT Oct. 26, 2007 For more information on the Courtyard By Marriott in Williston, VT, please contact Shannon Vassar (General Manager) or Sarah Howrigan (Sales Manager) at (802) 879-0100. You may also visit the corporate website at www.burlingtoncourtyard.com(link is external).last_img read more

Governor Douglas to accept federal unemployment insurance funds

first_imgGovernor Douglas announced today that he is asking the Legislature to amend the unemployment compensation law to provide additional weeks of benefits to individuals in approved training. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act recently passed by Congress, states must meet a number of benchmarks including the additional weeks of benefits to qualify for all of $13.9 million available to assist Vermont. The training benefit is the option most consistent with the goals of the unemployment compensation program. It allows workers income while gaining the skills necessary to return to work in a new occupation commented Governor Douglas. In addition, we need to be sure we do not add extraordinary costs to a system that is already challenged.Governor Douglas added this does not address the need for legislation to deal with the health of the unemployment insurance trust fund. The need to tackle the short and long term health of the trust fund remains a priority. We need a balanced approach that does not place too heavy a burden on Vermont s employers nor our unemployed. These additional funds will help, but do not solve the problem added the Governor.Vermont will receive $4.6 million of stimulus funding because the state already has what is called an alternative base period for qualifying for unemployment insurance. The alternative base period allows individuals applying for benefits to use the most recent wages to qualify. Most states use the first four of the last five calendar quarters of wages immediately preceding the application to determine if the worker has earned enough to qualify for unemployment compensation. The Governor supports this additional benefit because it is most closely related to the original intent of unemployment insurance which is exclusively an employer paid program. commented Patricia Moulton Powden, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor. This provision will assist laid off Vermonters needing to make a career change due to the decline or demise of their former occupation. She added.The department of labor estimates the training benefit will cost Vermont employers an additional $1million a year. The expansion will offer additional benefits to persons separated from a declining industry or who were involuntarily and indefinitely separated as a result of a permanent loss of jobs at their place of employment. The person must exhaust all other benefits and be enrolled and making satisfactory progress in a pre-approved state training program to qualify.If Vermont s law is amended to meet federal requirements the additional $9.3 million will be transferred into its account in the unemployment trust fund and will be available to pay these expanded benefits to unemployed workers. The legislature must approve these changes and decide on an effective date for this expansion to become law.last_img read more

SBA says casting away its application is like throwing away money

first_imgOne message that state and federal officials want to share with those affected by the flood is to fill out and return your U.S. Small Business Administration application – don’t throw it away. Applicants who register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency typically receive a loan application from the U.S. Small Business Administration.  Many think that these are for businesses or people who want to take out loans and push these applications to the side or patently discard them.   “This is where people take themselves out of the process,” said Vermont Emergency Management Director Mike O’Neil.  “If they don’t complete the paperwork, they miss out on FEMA aid beyond help with home repair or rental assistance.” Applicants should know: ·       Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair/replace real estate. ·       Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair/replace personal property with interest rates for residents as low as 2.688 percent and terms as long as 30 years. ·       Businesses and non-profit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million at 4 percent interest to replace/repair damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets as well as covering economic injury.·       Filling out the SBA application is a necessary step to be considered for other forms of disaster assistance. “If you received an SBA application but haven’t done anything with it, please take the time to fill it out,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Craig Gilbert.  “Contact FEMA or SBA if you have any questions about the process.” The SBA also provides a Disaster Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or 800-877-8339 TTY or for people with additional speech or hearing needs, 800-877-8339, Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT.  Help is also available via e-mail at: disastercustomerservice@sba.gov(link sends e-mail) or online at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance(link is external).Homeowners, renters and businesses that suffered damage in Addison, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, and Orleans counties should call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY/TDD 1-800-462-7585 for those with additional speech or hearing needs or call 800-621-3362 if using 711 or using the Video Relay System.last_img read more

Municipal voting access for individuals with disabilities

first_imgSecretary of State Jim Condos has announced the 2012 Request for Proposals (RFP) under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) to improve voting opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Municipal Voting Access for Individuals with Disabilities (MV AID), is intended to help ensure that individuals with disabilities have access to polling places. Funding will be available to municipalities. If the polling place is in a school, the school district is considered a municipality and may apply for funding. Municipalities may apply to receive funds to ensure that their polling facility is accessible to individuals with a full range of disabilities. This may include activities such as paving parking areas, building ramps inside/outside buildings, building curb cuts, improving lighting and replacing door knobs with lever handles.Applications are due October 12, 2011. The grant period runs from November 15, 2011 to October 31, 2012. Priority will be given to those polling places that sustained damage from tropical storm Irene.‘We felt that it was vitally important to make it a priority to first fund those areas most impacted by tropical storm Irene. This is just one example of our commitment to help make those communities whole again, as soon as possible. We believe these grants can help us in meeting that goal, even if in a small way,’ stated Secretary Condos.You can download the application and all required forms from the Elections Division webpage of our website, under the HAVA 2002. Look for: HAVA RFP for Municipalities 2012. If you prefer a paper copy, please notify Linda Hall at 802-828-0586 or lhall@sec.state.vt.us(link sends e-mail)last_img read more