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

Competitive Clough captures four feature wins, Jet Racing Central Region rookie of the year

first_imgIMCA Modified Jet Racing Central Region rookie of the year Brandon Clough. (Photo by Joe Starr)WALLACE, Neb. – Brandon Clough hoped to be competitive in his first IMCA Modified season.He was better than that.Clough won four features on the way to capturing Jet Racing Central Region rookie of the year honors. He was second in standings at Phillips County Raceway, just a single point out of first, and fourth at both Lexington Raceway and Lincoln County Raceway.“I am very happy with the year. Early in the season I didn’t figure I’d get any wins,” he said. “I had just hoped to be competitive. I am extremely pleased with our results from this season.”The Wallace, Neb., driver had another 12 top five finishes in 38 starts. After taking some early lumps, his first Modified win came on May 6 at Lincoln County, in just his seventh start in the new division.“There are some pretty fast cars that race there weekly. I didn’t quite know what to think at first after I won that night,” Clough admitted. “As the season went on and once we kind of figured out what we were doing, we were able to finish up toward the front more often.”Clough had started his on-track career in an IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, then ran four seasons in a Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod.“I couldn’t make the cars work, tore stuff up and just didn’t have any success. I didn’t feel I was getting any better and decided to try something different,” he said. “I’m glad I did.”Starts-38Wins-4Additional Top Fives-12HIS CREW: Cheridawn Palmer, brothers Kyle and Tanner, Henry Henderson, Dillon Henderson and Jim Trusty.HIS SPONSORS: Parents Rod and Donna; Clough Farms, the D.A.M. Shop and Wallace Agency, all of Wallace; Noyes Irrigation of Grant; Goldfuss Shocks of Dwight; First Class Auto Design of Hoisington, Kan.; and 1st Class Chassis of Great Bend, Kan.last_img read more

Batesville schedules common council meeting

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Batesville common council will conduct a public meeting on Thursday, December 27 at 5 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Memorial Building at 132 South Main Street in Batesville.last_img

Positives aplenty in defeat

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoThough Wisconsin dropped its rivalry game against MarquetteSaturday, head coach Bo Ryan believes that with the aggressive all-aroundscoring, stamina and key leadership within the team, the Badgers played with adetermined mindset.”You’re always trying to put your players in the bestposition to be successful,” Ryan said during his Monday press conference. “Younever want to overburden anybody, and nobody has ever done that with anybodyelse.”Despite a valiant effort against the Golden Eagles, theBadgers lost, 81-76, snapping a 28-game home winning streak. However, Ryan ispleased with the way the team played.”We did a pretty good job … we got the clock stopped,” Ryansaid. “Actually, it couldn’t have played out any better for having a chance tocome from behind.”Scoringcontinues to stay balancedOne of the key trends for UW this season has been thebalanced scoring pattern throughout the team. In each of the last seven games,eight different players have scored in double figures. Saturday, Brian Butchled the team with 17 points, shooting 50 percent from the field. Trevon Hughesadded 16 points and four assists, while Michael Flowers chipped in anadditional 14 points in his first start of the season.When asked if this teamwork was an accurate display of thetype of squad he is coaching this season, Ryan was quick to defend his AlandoTucker-less team.”A guy doesn’t have to go on the floor and feel that he hasto get 20 points,” Ryan said. “We can get five or six guys scoring betweeneight and 14 and still end up with very good production. We still want guys tobe aggressive with scoring, looking for their shots, improving with theirindividual moves, being able to deliver … of course we want all that.”Additionally, Ryan emphasized distributing the basketball.”You have to think about yourself as a player so that youcan deliver when it is a good shot and it is a good opportunity. But also, howto get somebody else an opportunity: draw in help, finding the open person,kicking it out,” he said.Reboundingdeters BadgersDespite another aggressive scoring effort for the majorityof the game, the Badgers struggled against Marquette in other areas. For thefirst time this season, the team was out-rebounded 41-34. The Badgers onlyconverted on 60 percent of their free throws, while the Golden Eagles hit sevenof their last nine free throws of the game to hold on to the lead.”You have to believe in your players — that they want to dothe right things the next opportunity they have,” Ryan said of the struggles.”Sometimes you’ve got to get knocked upside the head … figuratively, where youstumble and you’ve got to get up.”Ryan looks toseniorsWith a tougher schedule in the near future, Ryan is lookingto the older players on the team to set the tempo. Senior Brian Butch ranksthird in the Big Ten in rebounding, averaging 8.6 boards a game, while seniorMichael Flowers is averaging 9.4 points and shooting .444 (28-of-63) from thefield. Junior Joe Krabbenhoft is second on the team in minutes, and tied forsecond in rebounding and assists. To Ryan, the offensive contributions thatthese players bring to the team come secondary to the overall impact theyhave.”If you have success doing certain things early, when youunderstand the process, it is really about not trying to do things that youcan’t do,” Ryan said. “From my 30 years of experience, that’s what we try todo. We try to get people to set examples. And sooner or later, the younger guysget it.”Leuer’s playreflection of teamForward Jon Leuer hit two big 3-pointers against the Eagles,but Ryan made it clear that these offensive opportunities can be directlyattributed to an overall team contribution, not just the growing play of thefreshman.”It could have been him (Leuer) in that position, it couldhave been J-Bo (Bohannon), it could have been Michael Flowers,” Ryan said.”Balance … we’re going to need that. You can’t always refer to what has been,but how many explosive players do you find like Alando Tucker that can createsomething on his own? They’re rare. A lot of times then, you might have a teamthat might have to make one more pass.”last_img read more

Kyrie Irving urges Gordon Hayward to find ‘that toughness where he starts turning red’

first_img“That toughness where he starts turning red and he starts getting into the basketball, getting out in transition and dunking the basketball and start doing those things.Kyrie Irving pours in 29 PTS (5 3PM) on 11-15 shooting to propel the @celtics over CLE at home!#CUsRise 128#BeTheFight 95Marcus Morris: 15 PTSGordon Hayward: 14 PTS, 4 AST pic.twitter.com/qm6KUIQFlC— NBA (@NBA) December 1, 2018″You know, that’s the Gordon we’re used to seeing and I’m just going to continue to give him that confidence as well as just let him be a veteran in this league and figure it out.”So I’m just proud of him, I’m proud of the steps he’s making.” Irving encouraged Hayward to get back to his aggressive best and the small forward responded with 14 points on 6 of 9 shooting as the Celtics blew out the Cavaliers 128-95 on Friday.And, after a resounding win over his former franchise, Irving pointed to similarities between himself and Hayward. Related News “We’re born on the same day,” said Irving, who finished with 29 points. “I don’t know if you believe in astrology or anything like that, we have some personality things that we’re aligned with and I think he has that ticker inside of him.”I remember [Irving’s former Duke] coach [Mike Krzyzewski] telling me, you know, Gordon has a little bit of a— in him. And he needs that. Kyle Korver makes immediate impact in first game back with Jazzcenter_img WATCH: Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic serves back-to-back blocks vs. LeBron James Kyrie Irving has urged teammate Gordon Hayward to release the “a—” in him as the Celtics look to get the best out of the former NBA All-Star.Hayward, who shares a birthday with Irving, albeit two years apart, received a pep talk from his younger colleague at a recent practice session.last_img read more

Yarde vs. Reeves results: Anthony Yarde stops Travis Reeves in fifth round

first_imgHamza Sheeraz def. Rod Douglas Jr.; super welterweights.James Branch def. Kieran Pitman; cruiserweights.Jake Pettitt def. Stefan Slavchev; super featherweights. Anthony Yarde continues to make noise in the light heavyweight division as he scored a fifth-round TKO over Travis Reeves on Friday at London’s Royal Albert Hall.  The “Beast from the East” successfully defended his WBO Intercontinental title for the fifth time in a fight that sprung into life a minute into the fifth round. Yarde (18-0, 17 KOs) landed a straight right hand that sent Reeves stumbling backward into the ropes, with his hands down and out on his feet. Yarde then connected with a thudding left hook that forced referee Marcus McDonnell to step in and end the bout. Reeves (17-4-2, seven KOs) gave a good account of himself and frustrated Yarde for the opening four rounds, but in the end, the Baltimore native simply couldn’t handle Yarde’s power. Ranked No. 1 by the WBO, Yarde could now be made the mandatory challenger for WBO champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (33-3-1, 28 KOs).MORE: Join DAZN to watch GGG in June and 100+ fight nights a yearIt was only the second time since 1999 that a boxing event had taken place at the iconic London venue. Although the thought of staging boxing at the concert hall was frowned upon by King George V in 1883, the famous London landmark has housed many fight nights over the years, including a pair of Muhammad Ali exhibition bouts in 1971 and 1979; the British Empire vs. the American Services in 1918, and many fights featuring Frank Bruno, Lennox Lewis, Prince Naseem Hamed and Henry Cooper. The notorious London gangsters the Kray twins also boxed there in 1951.On Friday, the venue was filled to the rafters with fight fans watching Britain’s up and coming talent.”I’m making it look good but I’m learning on the job,” Yarde said afterward. “I’m practicing new things but still able to get the stoppage.”It’s a journey, it’s a career, I’ve been in the professional sport for just over three years now, 12 amateur fights, it’s never been done before. I’ve got my foot in the door, ranked No. 1 by the WBO, soon I think I will be mandatory for the WBO belt. It doesn’t matter about the man behind the belt. For me, it’s about the title.”Promoter Frank Warren said that he believed the WBO may announce that Yarde would be Kovalev’s next mandatory defense.  “I thought he [Yarde] was excellent, he did what he had to do,” Warren said. “It was a decent opponent that he was in with and that will put him in good stead. He’s No. 1 and I believe the WBO will be announcing something fairly soon and that may be ordering Kovalev to face Anthony.”Earlier Friday, British heavyweight prospect Daniel “Dynamite” Dubois (10-0, nine KOs) defeated Razvan Cojanu (16-6, nine KOs) via second-round KO to win the vacant WBO European heavyweight title. The 21-year-old Londoner made light work of his counterpart. Dubois put his explosive power on display by catching Cojanu with two left hooks to the body before a left-right hook combo to the head sent the Romanian to the canvas. Cojanu was badly damaged and unable to carry on with 12 seconds left in the second round.“It’s been a while out of the ring, so I needed to get a bit of ring rust off,” Dubois said. “I was expecting a knockout. I trained hard and hard work pays off.”Warren gave the budding prospect high praise.“We know what he [Dubois] can do. If he hits them it’s lights out, and if he catches them correctly, they are gone. That’s what happened tonight,” he said. “That was a tremendous win.”Other resultsLiam Williams def. Joe Mullender; Williams retains his BBBofC British middleweight title.Chris Jenkins def. Johnny Garton; Jenkins wins the BBBofC British welterweight title.Lucien Reid vs. Indi Sangha, technical draw; featherweights.last_img read more