Governor Shumlin to refocus state’s relationship with UVM

first_imgUniversity of Vermont,Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin gave the following address regarding the state of Vermont’s relationship with the University of Vermont. The public policy initiative, which would include the state college system, is to better focus the limited financial resources the state has into ‘maximum return on investment,’ as the governor put it, with particular focus on advancing science, engineering, technology and mathematics education.To this end, he announced a working group comprised of prominent Vermonters with ties to UVM and led by Nick Donofrio, a former top executive at IBM in Vermont. They are charged with identifying key issues between the state and the university and making recommendations that will be presented to the governor and the new UVM president next July. UVM Interim President John Bramley is also a member of the group.Shumlin made his remarks Tuesday afternoon at the Hoehl Gallery at the UVM College of Medicine.Remarks by Governor Peter ShumlinUniversity of VermontNovember 8, 2011Good afternoon and thank you for being here. I am here today on the University of Vermont campus to talk about the future of the university and its essential relationship with the state of Vermont. This is a topic that means a lot to me. I am convinced that Vermont can become known nationally as the Education State in the coming years, and that UVM will play a critical role in that evolution.To be clear, the state of higher education in Vermont is already strong. In addition to UVM, our state colleges and independent colleges consistently rank among the top in the nation. Young Vermonters and students from across the country are receiving a world-class education right now in the Green Mountain State. These schools have a $3 billion impact annually on Vermont’s economy.Since my focus today is on UVM, let me say a few words specifically about the University and its unique role in our state. UVM is a state treasure and a huge asset. It is the state’s only research university, contributing $1 billion a year to our economy. It retains and graduates Vermont students at record rates, and attracts thousands of young from across the nation and the world to study and live here. Its research and knowledge creation is key to Vermont’s future. Nearly 30,000 UVM graduates live and work here, contributing every day to our state’s quality of life.Just take a look at UVM’s vision and mission and you will hope, like I do, that the University succeeds in fulfilling them for the benefit of its students, our state, and our nation.UVM’s vision is, and I quote, ‘To be among the nation’s premier small research universities, preeminent in our comprehensive commitment to liberal education, environment, health, and public service.’The university’s mission is ‘To create, evaluate, share, and apply knowledge and to prepare students to be accountable leaders who will bring to their work dedication to the global community, a grasp of complexity, effective problem-solving and communication skills, and an enduring commitment to learning and ethical conduct.’Look around Vermont right now, and you will find the spirit of this mission hard at work. This University produces one of the best trained workforces in the country. Some of you may have heard of UVM graduates Briar and Adam Alpert. Their father, a UVM faculty member, founded BioTek Instruments, a cutting-edge manufacturer of medical equipment right here in Vermont. Briar and Adam have since taken over the company, and as creative entrepreneurs, they have made BioTek one of the best places to work in the state and business has thrived.Similarly, Steve Arms is the founder, President and CEO of MicroStrain, a company which develops and manufactures miniature sensors. Andrew Meyer has been busy since he graduated from UVM, founding the Center for an Agricultural Economy and helping to usher in a new era of innovative, value-added agriculture in Vermont. Other Vermont business leaders produced by this University include Jan Blittersdorf, President and CEO of NRG Systems, David Blittersdorf, President and CEO of AllEarth Renewables, Janette Bombardier, head of IBM’s Essex Plant, and the Pizzagalli brothers, leaders of PC Construction, one of the nation´s largest employee-owned contractors. UVM graduate Rich Tarrant is CEO and founder, with his two brothers, Jerry and Brian ‘ also graduates of the university — of Internet software firm MyWebGrocer. The list is endless.Because the futures of UVM and the state of Vermont are inextricably linked, I believe it is both appropriate and timely to take a hard look at the relationship between the state and the university. Vermont has always had limited resources to fund higher education in general and UVM in particular ‘ a reality made more stark by the continuing recession and the devastating impact of Tropical Storm Irene.The limited state resources we have available must be invested in Vermont’s only research university in strategically focused ways that have the maximum return on investment for Vermont and Vermonters. We have debated how UVM is funded and governed, but not taken action in nearly 60 years. The time to do so is now, with a strong sense of creativity, common sense, and focus on what is good for the future of both the state and the university.Before I lay out a proposal to examine the important relationship between the state and UVM, let me offer a brief historical context.The University of Vermont became public in 1955. At that time, there was no Vermont State College System and no Vermont Student Assistance Corporation. Since 1955, state funds for UVM have been spent in three basic ways: tuition offsets for Vermonters, support for the College of Medicine, and funding for Agricultural services. This year’s state appropriation was about $40 million, with an additional $1.8 million for capital expenditures. While these public dollars represent a small fraction of the combined revenues that support UVM’s $600 million plus operation, both UVM officials and I believe that it is very important that these funds be invested wisely and strategically to advance Vermonters job opportunities.I have made no secret of my concerns about some of the spending priorities UVM has made in recent years. Those concerns have been widely reported in the press, and I stand by those observations. I have said throughout some of these recent controversies, however, that my interest is not in criticizing the University for the sake of argument, but because I believe, working together, we can devise strategies for spending state dollars that produce better results for UVM, for our business community, and for the state.I believe these spending strategies should focus on a set of priorities that require making some hard long-term choices. These priorities include:â ¢ Preparing students for the jobs of the future by providing greater focus on the sciences, engineering, technology and mathematics.â ¢ Connecting the power of the research university and its educational programs to support and expand partnerships in the state’s business sector and economy.â ¢ Maintaining and innovating the essential infrastructure in agriculture that supports our economy and way of life, and fosters Vermont’s bright future as a quality food producer.â ¢ Supporting the transition to a health care system that contains costs, takes the burden off employers and strengthens health care delivery to keep Vermonters healthy.â ¢ Capitalizing on UVM’s leadership in environmental and complex systems ‘ systems that address one of my top priorities, the reality of our changing climate – by expanding its academic programs and offerings in climate change. I have long believed that the University can become a top national leader in this arena and am optimistic about the entrepreneurial opportunities in confronting climate change.â ¢ Preparing our students not only to get good jobs in Vermont when they graduate from UVM, but also for students to go out and create those good jobs as burgeoning entrepreneurs.â ¢ Collaborating with the Vermont State Colleges to ensure that our system of higher education is maximizing opportunities for students, limiting duplication, and increasing access, particularly for first generation college students.Since John Bramley became Interim President at UVM this summer, he and I have been engaged in a dialogue about these priorities and the relationship between the University and the state. While we may not agree on all issues regarding that relationship, I believe John and I share very similar views about the need to take a hard and realistic look at how we work together in the coming years and decades.Specifically, John and I agree that the current situation is not sustainable for the University or its students. We can do a better job of investing scarce state dollars in the disciplines and research that will be the economic engines of the next century. In my view, we are falling short of our goal of maximizing our return on state investment.A new strategy is needed, and today I am announcing a framework for developing that strategy.I have asked a group of eight highly skilled individuals with expertise in a wide range of disciplines, all of whom have deep ties with Vermont or the University of Vermont, to serve as an advisory group that develops ways to maximize the relationship between the University and the state.This group will be asked to examine a set of key issues related to that relationship, and provide recommendations to me and the incoming President of the University by July of next year. Their areas of focus will include, but not be limited to, the following areas:1. The differing roles of the University of Vermont and the Vermont State Colleges, and the implications and opportunities for program consolidation, reduction in duplication, and cost savings.2. Opportunities for public investment in high state priority programs and targeted scholarships at UVM with maximum return on investment, such as science, technology, engineering, and math.3. Directed scholarships in certain disciplines, incentives to stay in Vermont or return to Vermont.4. Other alternative, strategic approaches to focus and strengthen the relationship between UVM and Vermont for mutual benefit, including maximizing spires of excellence, innovation and job growth.The goal of this process is to engage in a strategic, data-driven dialogue that leads to specific, workable, and realistic outcomes.The group will meet regularly, both in person and virtually, and submit their recommendations to me and to the new UVM president taking office next summer. It will include the following individuals:â ¢ Nick Donofrio, chair. Nick is an innovator and entrepreneur and is the former Executive Vice President for Innovation and Technology at IBM and former General Manager of IBM’s plant in Essex.â ¢ Deb Granquist. Deb is a former banker and retired attorney who runs a consulting company to support non-profits. She is active in philanthropy and civic affairs and chairs several local and state boards.â ¢ Bill Wachtel. Bill is a UVM grad, attorney and founding partner of Wachtel & Masyr in New York. He is also the founder of several progressive organizations such as ‘Why Tuesday?, a non-partisan organization to increase voter turnout.â ¢ Peggy Williams. Peggy is President Amerita of Ithaca College and also served as President of Lyndon State College. Another UVM graduate, she holds several leadership positions in national organizations and promotes volunteerism, sustainability, diversity, and civil rights.â ¢ Emerson Lynn. Emerson is the editor-co-publisher of The St. Albans Messenger and co-publisher of The Milton Independent, The Essex Reporter and The Colchester Sun.â ¢ Bill Gilbert. Bill has served as a Trustee of the University of Vermont and has also served Vermont in a variety of notable public positions including Secretary of Administration for the late Gov. Richard Snelling.â ¢ Alma Arteaga. Alma is a junior at UVM majoring in Economics and Environmental Policy and Development and is active on issues impacting UVM and its students.â ¢ John Bramley will also serve as an ex-oficio member of the group.I am confident that these eight outstanding leaders in their fields will produce a thoughtful, provocative, compelling set of recommendations that the state and the University can implement in a timely manner.Let me close by reiterating my strong belief that the partnership between the University of Vermont and the state of Vermont is one that will continue to strengthen in the years ahead. UVM is an essential part of the Vermont culture, economy, and identity and will remain a top priority of the state of Vermont for my administration and many administrations to come.It is with tremendous optimism that I propose this re-examination of the relationship between the state and the University. We have a great opportunity to strengthen an already vibrant relationship. Working together, we will seize it.- 30 –last_img read more

Hockey Northstars, Warriors both earn splits

first_img Tags: C-NSice hockeyliverpool Then Holden Sarosy, who scored in the second period, converted again in the third, with assists once more going to Matt Cramer and Carter Wisely, but the Northstars could not get it to overtime.C-NS had played the night before against Watertown IHC, and with some late heroics the Northstars earned a 4-3 victory over the Cavaliers.Trailing 3-2 in the third period, C-NS pulled even with IHC thanks to Holden Sarosy’s goal, and then moved in front when Matt Cramer converted. The Northstars’ defense made sure that the Cavaliers did not get the game to overtime. Twice in a span of four days, the Cicero-North Syracuse ice hockey team had an opportunity to go up against a West Genesee side that had long dominated their head-to-head battles.In the first chapter Thursday night at the Twin Rinks, the Northstars nearly rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period, but took a 3-2 defeat to the Wildcats.Goals by Max Hahn, James Schneid and Tom Shields had helped to build that early 3-1 edge, but C-NS hung in there thanks to a fine effort in the net from Kaii Van Iuven, who made 28 saves.center_img As C-NS awaited its Monday rematch with the Wildcats at Shove Park, Liverpool was seeking to improve upon its 5-5-2 mark after splitting games last week.The Warriors lost, 7-2, to Fayetteville-Manlius last Tuesday at Lysander Arena. Matt Gagnon and Connor Boland earned goals, with Xavier Springer getting an assist.But Liverpool’s defense could not get to F-M forward Spencer Sasenbury, who earned a career-best five assists as John Manzi got three goals for a hat trick and Jackson Denton earned three assists.Hosting Mohawk Valley two nights later, Liverpool fared better, beating the Raiders 7-0 as it bolted out of the gate with four goals before the first period was done.Gagnon, Dylan Husted and Cole Broughton each scored twice, with Matt Markusz also scoring. Joe Terranova picked up a pair of assists as Boland, Marco Palumbo, Chris Zimmer, Anthony Bentley and cory Grinnals also picked up points.This improved Liverpool’s overall record to 5-5-2 as it would have its own game with West Genesee Tuesday right after C-NS played them, and then face reigning state Division I champion Syracuse on Thursday. The Northstars also play Rome Free Academy and Cazenovia this week.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

MLB wrap: Astros may have found All-Star in Yordan Alvarez

first_img MLB trade rumors: White Sox may want to add controllable starter Yordan Alvarez’s at-bats are becoming must-watch TV.— MLB (@MLB) June 15, 2019Alvarez is just the fourth batter since at least 1908 to hit four home runs in his first five career games, according to ESPN Stats and Info. Only Rockies shortstop Trevor Story has hit more home runs in that span (6).Houston is without three of its best position players right now as George Springer (hamstring), Jose Altuve (knee) and Carlos Correa (rib) are all currently on the injured list. But since Alvarez came up five games ago, their absences haven’t much mattered.The Astros are 4-1 in those games while scoring 39 runs. Alvarez has accounted for 16 of those with either RBIs or runs scored.That Josh Fields trade is started to look really bad for the Dodgers right now.Studs of the NightDiamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed finished a home run short of the cycle going 4 for 5 with an RBI and two runs scored in Arizona’s 10-3 win over the Nationals.Giants catcher Stephen Vogt went 3 for 4 and accomplished the rare feat of hitting two triples in San Francisco’s 8-7 win over the Brewers.Mets left fielder J.D. Davis went 4 for 5 and finished a triple shy of the cycle in an 8-7 win over the Cardinals. MLB trade news: Yankees acquire Edwin Encarnacion from Mariners for Juan Then, cash The Astros’ best position player right now may have played just five games.Yordan Alvarez, a 21-year-old left fielder/designated hitter, went 3 for 4 with his fourth home run of the season in a 7-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Saturday.center_img He has played just five games but has instantly become Houston’s most feared batter as he is hitting .471 with eight hits and six walks in 17 at-bats.His latest homer got out in about two seconds while flying into the second deck at Minute Maid Park and going an estimated 439 feet. Related News Dud of the NightNeither the Mariners’ opener nor their follower worked Saturday. Gerson Bautista gave up three earned runs in 2/3 of an inning while Wade LeBlanc allowed six in 2 2/3 innings in an 11-2 loss to the Athletics.HighlightIndians outfielder Leonys Martin pulled off the rare straight steal of home in a 4-2 win over the Tigers.They don’t see him! I don’t believe it! He’s stealing home! He’s stealing home and they don’t see him! I don’t believe it!— MLB (@MLB) June 16, 2019What’s NextCubs (39-31) at Dodgers (47-24), 7 p.m. ET — It’s a nice little battle of lefties as Hyun-Jin Ryu (9-1, 1.36 ERA) takes on Jose Quintana (4-6, 3.89) at Dodger Stadium. It will be a tough ask for the Cubs to win this game though as — apart from a six-game losing streak in May — Los Angeles has lost back-to-back games just three times this year. They’ve done it once at home including the losing streak.last_img read more