Rural US Post Offices across the country, including 145 across Vermont, will have their hours cut as part of an effort to save the nation’s mail service billions of dollars. The USPS, which announced this new proposal Wednesday, had considered closing many mailing centers as well, but widespread opposition to that and the outright closing of rural post offices forced it to come up with a different plan. In Cambridgeport (Windham County), McIndoe Falls (Caledonia County) and North Thetford (Orange County), the window will be open for only two hours a day. See complete Vermont list below. The proposed plan would keep the existing post office in place, but with modified retail window hours to match customer use. Access to the retail lobby and to PO Boxes would remain unchanged, and the townâ s ZIP Code and community identity would be retained, according to a USPS statement.â Meeting the needs of postal customers is, and will always be, a top priority. We continue to balance that by better aligning service options with customer demand and reducing the cost to serve,’said Postmaster General and CEO Patrick R. Donahoe. â With that said, weâ ve listened to our customers in rural America and weâ ve heard them loud and clear ‘they want to keep their Post Office open. We believe todayâ s announcement will serve our customers’needs and allow us to achieve real savings to help the Postal Service return to long-term financial stability.âThe new strategy would be implemented over a two-year, multi-phased approach and would not be completed until September 2014. Once implementation is completed, the Postal Service estimates savings of a half billion dollars annually. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who has led the effort in Congress to keep the offices open, said he welcomed Postmaster General Patrick Donahoeâ s decision to abandon plans to close 3,600 rural post offices, including 15 in Vermont, but voiced reservations about a new plan to cut hours of operation. Sanders called on the House to pass a Postal Service reform bill that a bipartisan majority of senators approved on April 25. He said he is increasingly confident that many postal sorting facilities once slated for shutdowns will be spared, including one at White River Junction, Vt. But he questioned aspects of Donahoeâ s new plan to cut hours of operation at 13,000 post offices, including 145 in Vermont.â The good news is that all 15 rural post offices slated to be shut down in Vermont will remain open. The bad news is that dozens of post offices in Vermont and around the country will see their hours cut. I will continue to fight to keep as many of these post offices open for as long as possible,’Sanders said. â While I have no doubt that some rural post offices could see hours cut, I am concerned about the impact of reduced hours on many communities. The truth is that reducing hours in rural post offices will not save significant amounts compared to the Postal Serviceâ s overall budget,’Sanders added. The plan to cut post office hours comes at a time when Congress is working on legislation that would maintain mail delivery standards, keep postal facilities open and create a new business model for the Postal Service ‘all without any cost to taxpayers. The Senate-passed bill addresses the major reason for the Postal Serviceâ s financial troubles ‘a $5.5 billion annual mandate to pre-fund 75 years of future retiree health benefits in just 10 years. This onerous requirement, unparalleled by any entity in the private sector or government, is responsible for more than 80 percent of the Postal Serviceâ s debt. Without that obligation, the Postal Service would have posted a profit of $700 million from 2007-2010, and a $200 million profit in the first quarter of this fiscal year. The Senate-passed bill also addresses the reality that the Postal Service overpaid $11 billion into the Federal Employees Retirement System. The measure now awaiting action by the House also includes a Sanders provision to let the Postal Service become more entrepreneurial. He wants the Postal Service to explore new opportunities to increase business, such as expanding digital services, selling hunting and fishing licenses, making copies, notarizing documents, and cashing checks. â The Postal Service does need a new business model in order to be successful in the 21stcentury. Rather than cutting services, Congress should lift restrictions so the Postal Service can become more entrepreneurial and earn new revenue,’Sanders said. The USPS said the plan would better position the Postal Service to pursue vital and promising revenue opportunities and also achieve a cost reduction of $22.5 billion by the year 2016. The Postal Service will provide an opportunity for the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) to review this plan prior to making any changes. The Postal Service intends to file a request for an advisory opinion on the plan with the PRC later this month. Community meetings would then be conducted to review options in greater detail. Communities will be notified by mail of the date, time and location of these meetings.This new option complements existing alternatives, which include:Providing mail delivery service to residents and businesses in the affected community by either rural carrier or highway contract route;Contracting with a local business to create a Village Post Office; andOffering service from a nearby Post Office.A voluntary early retirement incentive for the nationâ s more than 21,000 non-executive postmasters was also announced. Since 2000, the workforce has been reduced by more than 250,000 people without the use of layoffs.Survey research conducted by the respected Opinion Research Corporation (ORC) in February, showed 54 percent of rural customers would prefer the new solution to maintain a local Post Office. Forty-six percent prefer one of the previously announced solutions (20% prefer Village Post Office, 15% prefer providing services at a nearby Post Office, 11% prefer expanded rural delivery). This strategy would enable a town to possibly have a Post Office with modified hours, as well as a Village Post Office.The Postal Service has implemented a voluntary moratorium on all postal facility closings through May 15, 2012. No closings or changes to Post Office operations will occur until after that time.In addition to maintaining a retail network of more than 31,000 Post Offices, the Postal Service also provides online access to postal products and services through usps.com and more than 70,000 alternate access locations. Nearly 40-percent of postal retail revenue comes from purchases on usps.com and through approved postal providers such as Wal-Mart, Staples, Office Depot, Walgreens, Samâ s Club, Costco, and many others.Vermont Post Offices Hours to be reduced under proposed USPS plan (by Zip Code): CURRENT PROPOSED ZIP CODE POST OFFICE HOURS HOURS
by Hilary Niles vtdigger.org Labor issues stood out among a long roster of pressing business considerations the House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development discussed at a pre-session meeting Thursday.‘Nobody’s going to make any money without a good labor market,’ committee chair Bill Botzow, D-Bennington, said.The committee met to hear legislative requests from several agencies and to discuss their priorities for the second half of the legislative biennium, which starts in January.Unemployment insurance and workforce development loom large on the horizon.Rep Bill Botzow, D-Bennington, and Rep Michael Marcotte, R/D-Newport, enjoy a light moment with the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDiggerUnemployment insuranceVermont restructured the way it finances unemployment insurance in 2010, when it joined many other states in taking a federal loan to bail out its Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. The $77.7 million loan was paid off in July ‘ two years ahead of schedule.But that doesn’t mean the UI trust fund, from which unemployment benefits are paid, is considered universally ‘solvent.’Botzow distinguished between two versions of the term: broadly or narrowly defined. He said he thinks the state has a good sense of the broader solvency issues for the trust fund.‘The narrower part, where you can start making choices and changes ‘¦ it needs to emerge,’ he said. ‘I know there are pressures from various interests, (whether) it be suitable or unsuitable for change.’Business and labor constituencies are expected to hash out their differences in 2014 over which direction the trust fund should go ‘ restoring some benefits for workers, or giving back some slack to businesses that pay into the fund.Before workers can collect unemployment compensation, most are laid off. And only sometimes are they ‘ or the state ‘ given much notice.Erika Wolffing, assistant to the commissioner of the Department of Labor, said there’s been some discussion of establishing a state law that requires more warning from large employers before they lay off employees. The federal WARN Act requires 60 days notice before mass layoffs, and some states have instituted stricter mandates and penalties.‘We’re finding that federal requirements are a little bit weak,’ Wolffing said.The state’s Department of Labor will likely come before the committee this session to discuss what can be done to strengthen state layoff laws.Workforce developmentGov. Peter Shumlin stated at an unrelated news conference Tuesday that employers tell him good jobs are going vacant. That’s better than the problem of layoffs during the depths of the recession, Shumlin said.But it’s an issue that Rep. Michelle Kupersmith, D-South Burlington, said the state may have just as hard a time fixing. Kupersmith has been at the forefront of a work group the Legislature created in 2013 to address workforce development needs.She said weaknesses in Vermont’s network of workforce development programs starts with a lack of information.‘We simply don’t have the expertise to know what we should be doing for our citizens as well as our businesses,’ Kupersmith said. She said both the Legislature and the executive agencies need more capacity to address workforce development and training issues.Some programs are working, she said, such as technical training for adults. But similar programs for kids run into regulatory barriers, especially surrounding liability for young people working with heavy equipment.Overall, Kupersmith reported, technical centers are an ‘underutilized resource’ for workforce training, as are internship programs.Yet with disconnected data gathering among all the programs, Kupersmith said in an interview following the meeting, it’s hard to really track their reach and effectiveness.Disconnection was not an uncommon topic: Botzow complained that statutorily, there is no clear or consistently applied definition of what constitutes a ‘hire’ when job placement programs boast about their success rates. He said similar ambiguity plagues discussions of ‘temporary’ workers.‘How people actually work and how people hire is becoming much more fluid,’ Botzow noted. Along with a host of other human resources considerations, he said those are definitions that need to be better understood.Botzow closed by exhorting the committee members not to lock themselves into an agenda, but to weigh competing priorities against realistic limits of time and money.That said, the committee’s priorities ‘ which are still being finalized ‘ need action, he underscored.‘We can’t just have good conversations,’ Botzow said.He added that, given the seniority of most committee members, his expectations are high.
Lisa M. Ashley, BSBA Business AdministrationCharles Daniel, BS Network Security and AdministrationChristopher C. Diego, BS Computer Information TechnologyJamie K. Favaloro, BSW Social WorkLisa Marie McGInnis, BS Health Information TechnologyCrystal Dawn Nerbak, BS PsychologyAlexandra Danielle Abell Nicasio, AS RadiographyDevin A. Renca, BFA Graphic Design and Digital MediaHugues A. Ross, BS Game ProgrammingJoshua R. Sharp, BS Management of Creative MediaKatherine A. Weed, BS MarketingKari Ann Trudo, BS Integrated StudiesShannon Cara Welch, BS Criminal JusticeMeredith J. Hansen, BSBA Business AdministrationFair Haven:Abigail Egan, BS Health Care AdministrationGeorgia:Amy Davenport, AS Business ManagementGrand Isle:Linda S. Phypers, BS Health Care ManagementHartford:Emilie E. Donka, BS Integrated StudiesHinesburg:Scott K. Barrett, BS Computer and Digital ForensicsMatthew R. Sacco, BS Professional WritingSara Noelle Stancliffe, BS Secondary Education – EnglishIsland Pond:Alexander O. Acebo, BS Computer Science and InnovationCara M. Worth, BS Health Care AdministrationJamaica:Kevin M. Ameden, BS AccountingJason W. Bean, BS Health Information TechnologyJeffersonville:Ashley N. McClain, BS Health Care AdministrationJericho: Joseph T. Freitas, BS AccountingChristopher R. Miller, BS Management of Creative MediaDakotah R. Patnode, BS Early Childhood/Elementary EducationMarshfield:Natalia C. Singh, BS PsychologyMiddlebury:Cody Mannigan, BFA Graphic Design and Digital MediaMiddlesex: Brendan D. Grahn, BS MarketingMilton: Brandon E. Beliveau, BS Criminal JusticeKayla M. Bushey, BS AccountingDennis G. Hamel, BS Integrated StudiesTammie L. Conner, BS Integrated StudiesRobert A. Wilson, BS Computer Forensics & Digital InvestigationsInayatullah Yuridullah, BS AccountingMichael Joseph Moshovetis, AS Business ManagementShawn P. Burke, BS Integrated StudiesMontpelier: Gail Barrows, BS Integrated StudiesMorrisville:Ian F. Sudol, BS Game Art and AnimationNew Haven: Kellie J. Coakley, BS PsychologyStephen E. Williams, BS AccountingNewport:Megan E. Marquissee, BS Health Care AdministrationNewport Center: Paige M. Leonard, AS RadiographyDaniel F. McLean, BS Game ProgrammingBrent Patenaude, BS Game DesignNorth Bennington: Dale Jameson Lampman, BFA Digital FilmmakingNorth Hero: Matthew J Surprenant, BS Information SecurityNorth Springfield: Kylie Amanda Bellows, AS RadiographyNorthfield: Walter W. Weaver, BS Game Art and AnimationOrleans: Tyler J. Leno, BS Computer and Digital ForensicsProctor: Matthew L. Scarzello, BS CommunicationQuechee: Katherine E. Clemens, BS PsychologyReadsboro: William B. Zboray, BS CommunicationRichmond: Lyndsey N. Hobart, BS PsychologyElizabeth Hemingway Lane, BS Early Childhood/Elementary EducationMiranda Kate Haskell, BS PsychologyWilliam Scott Reed, BS Web Site Development & DesignRochester: Rhianna A. Graham-Frock BS CommunicationKelsey E. Keown BSBA Business AdministrationRutland: Joseph T. Palumbo II, BFA Digital FilmmakingJessica Santini, BS Integrated StudiesPeggy A. Campney, AS AccountingSt Albans:Elizabeth Bockus, BS Early Childhood/Elementary EducationHanah Kelly, BS Legal StudiesTravis A. Vigneau, BS Network Security and AdministrationHadley I. Priebe, BS CommunicationShelburne: Andrew C. Esposito, BS Game ProgrammingJay E. Guyette, BS Integrated StudiesGeralynn Thornton, AS Health InformaticsSidney T. Miller V, BSBA Business AdministrationSheldon: Marissa N. Forcier, AS RadiographySouth Burlington: Jason F. Ehlers, BS Computer Forensics & Digital InvestigationsKandice G. Greenough, BS Health Care AdministrationSelena E. LeClair, BS Public RelationsSteven D. Macomber, BSBA Business AdministrationAline A. Oliveira, BSW Social WorkMrs. Rodica Timbalari, BS AccountingJoshua M. Franklin, BS Business ManagementSamuel J. McCarthy, BS MarketingSamantha Lynn Prince, BS Health Care ManagementSouth Hero: Megan E. Bessette, BS Early Childhood/Elementary EducationStarksboro: Lisa S. Wener, AS AccountingStowe: Rebecca M. Merson, BS PsychologyJacqueline Stafford, BS CommunicationSwanton: David M. Beaulieu, BS Business ManagementJoanne M. Saunders, BSW Social WorkJorie Rose Spaulding, BS MarketingKayleigh Vespa BS MarketingEli J. Yandow AS RadiographyUnderhill: Levi E. Heh, BS Computer Information TechnologyVergennes: Monica D. Birchmore, BS AccountingWallingford: Kathleen M. Sharon, BS PsychologyWest Glover: Joseph E. Morrill, BS Computer Science and InnovationWestford: Theresa I. Gwozdz, BS Early Childhood/Elementary EducationChristin E. Young, BS Health Care ManagementWeston: Oliver H. Fischer, BFA Graphic Design & Digital MediaWilliston: William Richard Brooks, BS AccountingKody A. Corbosiero, BS Game Art and AnimationBenjamin D. Drinkwine, BS AccountingMaxwell M. Erickson, BFA Digital FilmmakingAmanda J. Hollick, BS Game Art and AnimationNicholas J. Ledak, BFA Graphic Design & Digital MediaBrian C. Letourneau, BS Computer Networking & CybersecurityNoah Jeffrey Limanek, BFA Graphic Design & Digital MediaShawna M. Pratt, AS Business ManagementKristian J. Riley, BS Criminal JusticeShannon E. Ryan, BSBA Business AdministrationElliot H. Schneider, BFA Graphic Design & Digital MediaSophia L. Steinhoff, BS Computer and Digital ForensicsEmily M. Young, BS Public RelationsTodd J. Young, BS Health Information TechnologyMatthew Robert Snelling, AS Web Design and DevelopmentTaylor J. Roberts, BSBA Business AdministrationWinooski: Angela E. Menard, BSW Social WorkTyler G. Whitlock, BS Computer Science and InnovationWoodstock: Hailey A. Neal, BS Professional WritingENDSource: BURLINGTON, VT (May 14, 2016) – Champlain College Champlain College,Vermont Business Magazine Champlain College President Donald J Laackman conferred 562 associate and bachelor degrees to one of the largest graduating class in the College’s history on Saturday, May 14 under an enormous tent spanning the entire Edmunds School athletic field adjacent to the college. More than 4,000 people attended the 138th annual Commencement ceremony with even more watching the simulcast in the Champlain Room of the CCM Building or online. The college’s 138th Undergraduate Commencement presented honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees to Vermont musician Grace Potter of Waitsfield and noted author Katherine Paterson of Barre.Honorary Degree recipients musician Grace Potter, left, and author Katherine Paterson share a laugh after receiving their Doctor of Fine Arts degrees from Champlain College. ABOVE Champlain College Class of 2016 grads pose with the College’s mascot Chauncey T Beaver at the reception following graduation. (Photos by Stephen Mease)Author Katherine Paterson was presented with an honorary degree and a citation read by Professor Jim Ellefson: “ …for decades, you have built bridges connecting young readers to both literature and libraries. Your imagination has allowed readers to explore fantastic new places and discover the power of unexpected friendships. Your honesty has born witness to the challenges associated with “growing up,” while your compassionate narratives validate the feelings and emotions of young adults in Vermont and beyond. You have enabled your readers to understand the importance of being open to those set apart or outcast from society and our responsibility to provide them with hope for a better life. You have been honored with the top awards in literature, including the Newbery Medal, National Book Award, Hans Christian Anderson Award, and named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress. We celebrate your powerful body of work, your lifelong commitment to education and your storytelling skills.”Grace Potter’s citation was read by Business Professor Thane Butt, “ Grace Potter, you have made a lasting impact on your community by following your dreams and bringing your artistic expression to life. Your music reflects your unique life experiences while simultaneously conveying universal truths and shared experiences. You have embraced your entrepreneurial spirit and charted your own course, reinforcing the importance of individualism and inspiring others to live their own dreams. We honor you for your compassion and commitment to community service. Your willingness to help others, both as an artist and a Vermonter, speaks to your desire to help those in need – whether through a concert to support a flood-devastated community or headlining an event to ease our veterans’ return from war.”Major Chris Gookin, ‘99, State Public Affairs Officer for the Vermont National Guard, offered the Alumni Welcome to the graduates and their families. Nina Knorr, ‘16, a professional writing major in the Division of Communication and Creative Media delivered the Senior address.In President Laackman’s address to the graduates, he focusing on the tremendous amount of change they have seen on campus during their four years and the change in themselves.Mortarboards are tossed into the air at the conclusion of the Champlain College 138th Commencement Saturday in Burlington. Courtesy photo.“The physical campus itself has undergone significant transformation and has almost always been under construction. I am certain the route you followed when you took your first campus tour is not the same one you use today. You are the first graduating class to enjoy the Center for Communications & Creative Media, a transformative campus space designed to support collaboration and creative thinking. The Finney Quad, from which you began your procession today, was a parking lot your first year. Many of you have lived in Butler and Valcour Halls, which were simply drawings on paper when you considered attending Champlain,” Laackman noted.And he concluded by offering one last assignment to the graduates “Lift up your spyglass. Stare intently into the future. It is your future to seize. Audeamus. Let us Dare!”Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and more than 60 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain’s distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review’s The Best 380 Colleges: 2016 Edition. Champlain College is featured in the “Fiske Guide to Colleges” for 2016 as one of the “best and most interesting schools” in the United States, Canada and Great Britain. Champlain was named the #1 “Most Innovative School” in the North by the U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 “America’s Best Colleges and #14 in the overall list of “Best Regional Colleges in the North. For more information, visit www.champlain.edu(link is external).Champlain College Class of 2016 Graduates from Vermont (by Town)Albany: Niles S. Fromm. BFA Graphic Design & Digital MediaBarre:Anna Jane Prescott. AS RadiographyCarrie A. Stevens. BS Computer Forensics & Digital InvestigationsBerlin:Nicole A. Daniels. BS Integrated StudiesHunter Gray. BS Management of Creative MediaBondville:Arianne Kali Veitch. BS PsychologyBrandon:Seth A. LaFountain. BS CybersecurityBristol:Page Y. Hallock. BS MarketingAdam William Swindell. BS Network Security and AdministrationBrownington: Matthew H. Lyon. BS PsychologyBurlington: Inna A. Aydinyan. BS International Business, AS Business ManagementMitchell S. Bergeron. BFA Creative Media Matthew Caulo. BS Integrated Studies Grace E. Conley. BS Legal Studies Andrea Craft. BS Computer and Information Systems R. Benjamin Eley. BS Computer and Information Systems Dawn R. Elliott. BS Accounting Charles V. Ferguson. AS Software Development Katherine Marie Goguen. BS Health Care Administration Maria M. Jarvis. BSBA Business Administration Eric Jollymore. BS Computer Forensics and Digital InvestigationNina M. Knorr. BS Professional WritingCurran M. McKee. BFA Digital FilmmakingRichard C. Strous, BS Integrated StudiesJesse B. Budnick, AS Business ManagementJane Lydia Adams, BFA Graphic Design and Digital MediaJennifer R. Trombley, BFA Graphic Design and Digital MediaCharles R. Cantin, BS ParalegalJoshua Kelly, BS Marketing ManagementCabot:Louise M. Mulligan, AS RadiographyCastleton:Brenda Lee Spafford, AS Business ManagementChelsea:Trudy Amber-Dowlin, BS Integrated StudiesChester:Gary B. Luman, Jr., BS AccountingColchester:Charles A. Kozlowski, BFA Digital FilmmakingHolly M. Martin, BS Integrated StudiesDoris S. Reynolds, BS Integrated StudiesJoshua O. St. Hilaire, BS Business ManagementJennifer A. Veronneau, BS Criminal JusticeElizabeth A. Lemieux, BS AccountingTricia L. Phelps, BS Business ManagementEast Fairfield:Tina E. Burns, AS Business ManagementEthan Michael Farmer, BS Computer Networking and Information SecurityEast Hardwick:Dylan L. Gates, BS Criminal JusticeEast Thetford:Jacob D. Emery, BS Business ManagementEnosburg Falls:Brian J. Marchessault, BS Integrated StudiesEssex:Peter Orzell, BS Computer Science and InnovationMichael T. Angel, BS Computer Science and InnovationEssex Junction: Adam P. Pasqual, BS Legal Studies
The University of Vermont Medical Center,Vermont Business Magazine The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis(link is external) (ISTH), in partnership with John Wiley and Sons, Inc, announces the launch of the Society’s new open access journal, Research and Practice in Thrombosis and Haemostasis (RPTH), with its inaugural issue to publish in conjunction with the meeting of the ISTH 2017 Congress(link is external) in Berlin, Germany, July 8-13. Mary Cushman, MD, MSc, professor of medicine at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, and director of the thrombosis and hemostasis program at the University of Vermont Medical Center in the United States, will lead the launch of the journal as its inaugural Editor-in-Chief. Complementing the Society’s flagship journal, the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis (JTH), RPTH will provide an innovative new open access platform for science and discourse among researchers, clinicians and patients. It will publish a broad array of article types covering the widest possible spectrum of topics in thrombosis, hemostasis and related areas. Studies by multidisciplinary research groups, from emerging areas of research and from under-represented regions of the world, will be of particular interest.The editorial team working with Dr Cushman represents all areas of the world and includes: Pantep Angchaisuksiri (Thailand), Cihan Ay (Austria), Suzanne Cannegieter (The Netherlands), Adam Cuker (USA), Susan Kahn (Canada), Fiona Newell (Australia), Yotis Senis (UK) and Alisa Wolberg (USA).”RPTH epitomizes the current era of inter-disciplinary scientific discovery and new methods of knowledge dissemination,” Cushman said. “Capitalizing on its open access and online-only format, RPTH will provide unrestricted access to scientific results from around the globe as a ‘living journal,’ serving as an important catalyst for digital discussion. In so doing, it will also provide the public with ease of access to research findings.”Published in partnership with Wiley(link is external), RPTH is interested in basic, clinical, translational and population or public health research. Studies and trials covering quality of care, outcomes, dissemination and implementation science are sought, including work on novel care delivery especially in areas of resource constraint around the world.The journal is now accepting submissions. For more information and to submit an article for consideration, visit http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)2475-0379(link is external) and follow RPTH on Twitter @RPTHJournal(link is external).SOURCE CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Jan. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis
Champlain College,Vermont Business Magazine Champlain College Provost and Senior Vice President for Academics Laurie Quinn has announced that Scott H. Baker (link is external)has been named Dean of the Stiller School of Business (link is external)(SSB), after successfully completing a national search process. Baker began in his new role on July 1.The Stiller School of Business (link is external)at Champlain continues the College’s 139-year-old tradition of agility and relevance by offering outstanding degree programs in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Game Production Management, International Business, Management and Innovation and Marketing. It is home to the David L. Cooperrider Center(link is external), the global Center of Excellence in Appreciative Inquiry and strengths-based organizational management.Baker was previously Associate Dean at the Stiller School of Business and a faculty member whose teaching focused on International Business and Internships. He has also developed and taught courses in Champlain’s innovative Integrated Business Experience sequence and the International Business Capstone. Baker also helped develop and co-manages the prestigious Freeman Foundation Asia Internship (link is external)grant program for the SSB, which to date has sent over 100 students to China for summer internships and cultural immersion. He joined Champlain in 2005.”I am very proud to work at an institution that truly transforms students’ lives. Every day, I get to work with inspiring faculty and staff dedicated to educating and empowering our students. We are in the business of changing students’ lives, something we take very seriously, and I see the results every year; from first-year students’ passions being discovered and pursued to fourth-year students producing value-add work for organizations and receiving in-field job offers before they graduate. Our graduates are not only prepared to lead successful careers, but they are also prepared to be actively-engaged global citizens,” Baker said. He added, “I’m very excited to continue working with students, colleagues, alumni, and external partners, in my new capacity as Dean.”Baker holds an Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Vermont, a M.S. in International Affairs from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a B.A. in International Relations from Carleton College. He also has graduate studies and a certificate in conflict mediation.He brings experience in the financial sector managing corporate retirement plans for Goodyear, Pacific Bell, and Delta Airlines and has lived and studied international business and political economy in China, Mexico, Nigeria and several European nations.Baker has published articles and presented on the role of role of business in socio-economic development and conflict transformation, as well as global internships, and co-authored a book comparing political development and democratization practices between different regional organizations. He has served as an Analyst for Freedom House on political development and human rights issues and serves as an Advisory Board Member for a Nigerian non-governmental organization.He is also a board member for the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry (link is external)and the Sarah Ramsey Strong Foundation and has adopted many of the principles of appreciative inquiry in his personal and professional life. Baker lives in South Burlington, Vermont, with his wife, Becca, and their three children. He and his family are avid outdoor enthusiasts; when not at work, Baker may be found on a paddleboard, jogging path, mountain bike trail or ski slope.Read more about the Stiller School of Business experiential, outcome-oriented business education.(link is external)ABOUT CHAMPLAIN COLLEGE: Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and more than 60 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain’s distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review’s The Best 382 Colleges: 2018 Edition. Champlain College is featured in the “Fiske Guide to Colleges” for 2018 as one of the “best and most interesting schools” in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. Champlain was named one of the “Most Innovative Schools” in the North by the U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 “America’s Best Colleges” and in the top 100 in the overall list of “Best Regional Universities in the North.”Source: BURLINGTON, VT (08/09/2017) Champlain College www.champlain.edu(link is external).
by Mike Smith When we think of Washington, DC, we often conjure up images of a city filled with political and social elites focused on self-preservation and personal enhancement. Where responsibility for others is supplanted by self-aggrandizement and concern for one’s own comfort. A city disconnected from the struggles and interests of those outside its boundaries.Columnist Peggy Noonan depicted these elites this way: “They’re barricaded behind the things the influential have, from good neighborhoods to security alarms, doormen and gates. They’re not dark in their imagining of the future because history has never been dark for them; it’s been sunshine, which they expect to continue. They sail on, oblivious to the legitimate anxieties of their countrymen who live near the edge.”And, according to Noonan, elites often have the audacity to lecture the rest of us. “The influential grind away with their disdain for their fellow Americans, whom they seem less to want to help than to dominate: Give up your gun, bake my cake, free speech isn’t free if what you’re saying triggers,” Noonan writes.For some, Washington is no different from the fictional capital depicted in “The Hunger Games,” a popular trilogy of books and movies where elites live in disregard of the needs of the citizens in outlying districts — citizens who are forcibly conscripted to meet the needs of the elites.Of course, we are far from this dystopian view of America. And rigorous debate and disagreement is the hallmark of a thriving democracy. But there are warning signs that Americans are losing faith in their government and the underpinnings of a democracy — like freedom of the press and speech — as well as in the fairness of their governmental institutions. This is dangerous stuff.It’s certainly easier to divide people rather than to unite them, because it’s far simpler to place the blame on others if your life is disappointing. Often this blame is placed on the less protected in our society.Unfortunately, our political and social elites have become accustomed to dividing Americans into political, cultural and economic groups, pitting each against one another.Politicians — of all political stripes — foster and perpetuate divisions because to divide helps them get elected and stay empowered. But politicians are not alone in their desire to divide.We often think that our form of democracy is indestructible, even perpetual, but is it? Governments throughout history have collapsed because of growing and unresolved conflicts between the wants of the powerful and the needs of the people.If Americans become so divided, then it will become impossible to bring them back together again. No government can be successful in a constant state of turmoil and where compromises and solutions are not allowed. The government will eventually collapse, and the results of such a collapse will be scary.Ultimately, isn’t it the responsibility of our leaders — our national political and social elites — to unite us rather than trying to divide us, to look out for us rather than down on us?We once turned to Washington looking for moral guidance and fairness. This vision of Washington is dimming. And the darkness that is encompassing the city should be troubling to all of us.Mike Smith is a regular columnist for Vermont Business Magazine, vermontbiz.com and VTDigger. He hosts the radio program “Open Mike with Mike Smith” on WDEV 550 AM and 96.1, 96.5, 98.3 and 101.9 FM and is a political analyst for WCAX-TV and WVMT radio. He was the secretary of administration and secretary of human services under former Gov. Jim Douglas.
Vermont Business Magazine For the first time ever, Burlington City Arts is opening up its annual art auction to the broader community by moving it online(link is external). Typically an invitation-only event hosted in a private home, the auction is live now through Tuesday, September 29.Featuring over 60 local artists working in a variety of media, including landscape photographs, abstract prints, handmade jewelry, and ceramics, the auction will support the exhibiting artists by sharing up to 50% of the value of art sold with the creator (unless the piece has been donated by the artist or collector, in which case BCA will receive 100 percent of the proceeds).Proceeds will also benefit BCA’s education and scholarship fund, which provides access to arts-based learning for community members of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay.“What we’re doing this year is different not only because of the 50/50 split with artists, but also because this event is online. Anyone in the country—or even the world—will be able to view and purchase the art,” said Doreen Kraft, Burlington City Arts Executive Director. “This auction is a chance to support the arts while bringing some new art into people’s lives. We’ve been hearing that people are wanting to freshen up their walls after so many months working from home. They also recognize that artists, and arts organizations like BCA, need our support now more than ever. It’s a real win/win/win.”Last year, 11,800 community members made art with BCA education programs in elementary and preschool classrooms, at community events, and in BCA studios. In addition, 1,382 youth and 280 adults benefited from the BCA education and scholarship fund, which supports educational programming and provides free and reduced tuition to summer camp and year-round classes. Even though Covid-19 has greatly reduced the number of participants in BCA’s arts-based learning programs, costs are still high due to losses in registration fees, an increased need for supplies like PPE and individual art kits so that students don’t share materials, and more frequent cleanings. Proceeds from the art auction will help cover some of these losses.The auction is more than a benefit for BCA; it’s also providing much needed exposure for working artists. Participating artists are grateful for the expanded reach of BCA’s virtual art auction. “It’s a great way to bring artists, art students, and the public together under one virtual umbrella,” said Gail Salzman, a teaching artist in BCA’s adult education program. “I experience firsthand the reality that many of our most dedicated and productive artists would not be able to take classes without some financial help. BCA’s scholarship program has been a game changer for them.”The auction can be found at charityauction.bid/BCAVirtualArtAuction2020(link is external).About Burlington City ArtsBurlington City Arts is dedicated to connecting community to the arts through creation, experimentation, and education in all forms of contemporary art. BCA offers exhibitions, special events, classes, workshops, and many other activities in Burlington.Source: Burlington, VT–BCA 9.22.220
Vermont Business Magazine The Agency of Administration today announced that state employees who can telework should expect to do so at least through March 31, 2021. This extends the expectation set in August that telework would extend to the end of calendar year 2020.“By maintaining our current telework status and continued flexible work schedules for those at the worksite, we are mitigating risks to our success in schools and ongoing economic recovery efforts while we look forward to the roll out of a vaccine,” said Secretary of Administration Susanne Young. “School re-openings have taken place successfully and part of that success has been the flexibility of our schools and families with school age children to shift to in-person and/or remote learning schedules as needed very quickly.”Since the beginning of the declared state of emergency on March 23, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic many state employees stayed at their worksites to sustain the State’s emergency response to the pandemic, including the health department, 24/7 facilities, law enforcement and offices where critical operations could not be sustained without some physical presence in the worksite.Over the course of the summer and fall, some State workers returned from telework to provide onsite “in person” services and operations where required, such as the district offices of the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles. These in-person operations remain open.Strict adherence to health and safety requirements and protocols for in-person worksites, including masks, physical distancing, training, daily screening, frequent handwashing and staying home when ill are required for employees who are at their worksites for any reason.“I want to thank our state employees for remaining nimble during these unprecedented times, and for their work to ensure we continue to offer critical services and programs to Vermonters,” said Governor Phil Scott. “By continuing telework for those who can do their work from home, state employees are helping contribute to our collective effort to minimize contacts while the virus is still with us.”Source: Montpelier, Vt.—The Agency of Administration 10.30.2020
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos will be holding the Statewide Canvass of Vermont 2020 General Election results on Tuesday, November 10 in the Snelling Room of the Vermont History Museum located at 109 State Street in Montpelier. The canvass begins at 10 am.Secretary Condos, along with Chairs or their designees from the three major parties (Democratic, Republican and Progressive), will be certifying vote totals and winners for federal and statewide offices.The Statewide Canvass is open to members of the public and the press. Attendees are asked to wear a mask and follow appropriate social distancing guidelines. Secretary Condos will be available for questions following the canvass.Source: Montpelier, VT – Vermont Secretary of State https://sos.vermont.gov(link is external)