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

Japan, IOC set July 23 next year for start of delayed Olympics

first_imgEarlier on Monday, the Games’ chief executive, Toshiro Muto, said the committee was moving “in the direction” of honoring tickets bought for the 2020 Games at the rescheduled event, or providing refunds in case of scheduling changes.”We want to honor the hopes of all those who purchased the tickets amid high demand,” Muto told a news conference.But it was too early to say what the additional costs of the delay would be, Muto said. The IOC and Japanese government succumbed to intense pressure from athletes and sporting bodies around the world last Tuesday by agreeing to push back the Games because of the coronavirus pandemic. The postponed Olympic Games will now begin on July 23 next year and run until Aug. 8, the head of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee said on Monday, as the coronavirus pandemic made it impossible to plan for them properly this year.The Games were postponed last week and the delay is the first in the 124-year history of the modern Olympics. The postponement represents a huge blow for Japan, which invested $13 billion in the run-up to the event, and raised $3 billion from domestic sponsors.Yoshiro Mori, the head of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, confirmed the new dates after he made the decision with the InternationalOlympic Committee. Mori said the Paralympic Games would run from Aug. 24-Sep. 5. Topics :last_img read more

Women’s basketball swept at home by Oregon teams

first_img“We stall. If you don’t score and the other team gets 10 points that’s a 10-0 run,” Trakh said. The Women of Troy head to Westwood to play crosstown rival UCLA Sunday at 4 p.m. “We just petition to the NCAA that we want to start in the fourth quarter…” Trakh said of improving third quarter performance. “It comes down to knocking down shots.” The Beavers continued to dominate in the third, holding the Trojans to only three field goals in the quarter. The Beavers finished on a 24-7 run, entering the fourth quarter with a 58-36 lead. USC’s shooting percentage lowered to 17 percent in the third quarter, and 22 percent for the game. “We’re not done,” Trakh said. “People thinking we’re going to fold our tents. We’re not. We’re going to work even harder to get this thing turned around.” Ducks sophomore forward Satou Sabally led all players with 26 points scored and five 3-pointers. Senior guard Aliyah Mazyck led the Trojans with 16 points, going 6-6 at the free throw line. USC also forced six steals in the first half, part of the Beavers’ 13 turnovers. However, Goodman extended the lead for the Beavers with her fourth 3-pointer. Oregon State led at the half 34-29. Moore was the leading scorer for the USC in the first half with 10 points. Mazyck added 6 of her own, while freshman forward Jillian Archer also contributed down low, scoring one basket in the paint and hitting two free throws. Sunday’s 76-52 loss to the 14-2 Oregon State Beavers marked USC’s fifth-straight defeat. Junior guard Minyon Moore led the Trojans with 6 first quarter points, while Beaver freshman guard Aleah Goodman kicked off the Beavers’ hot start with three straight 3-pointers. At the end of the first quarter, Oregon State led 19-13 after shooting 64 percent from the field. Minyon Moore finished the game with 21 points, adding two rebounds and two assists. For the Beavers, junior guard Mikayla Pivec finished with 21 points and seven rebounds.center_img At the beginning of third quarter, USC cut the lead to 2 with their first 3-pointer of the game from Mazyck. However, head coach Mark Trakh was forced to call a timeout halfway through the third after Oregon State scored 5 straight points. “[Like always], we came in with the same positivity, but we did not come into today’s game with the same heart,” junior forward Ja’Tavia Tapley said. Senior guard Mariya Moore ranks second on the team with 53 assists this season. (Ling Luo/Daily Trojan) After winning 10 of its first 11 games, the USC women’s basketball team started conference play 0-5 after losing to both No. 5 Oregon and No. 10 Oregon State this past weekend at the Galen Center. The Women of Troy continued to struggle against ranked teams, coming off losses to No. 6 Stanford and No. 18 Cal last week. On Friday night, the Trojans fell to the 15-1 Oregon Ducks 93-53. The Ducks, who are averaging over 90 points per game, have been a powerhouse all season. The Women of Troy got off to a shaky start in the first quarter, giving up 21 points while scoring only 9. Turnovers were a major problem in the second quarter,  as the Trojans had 11 turnovers to the Ducks’ two. In addition, USC went 2-of-11 from the field and 0-of-4 from behind the arc. USC turned to a full court press and an intense zone defense in the final quarter, but couldn’t erase the Beavers’ double-digit lead as Oregon State emerged victorious. In the second quarter, senior guard Mariya Moore got on the board as the Women of Troy sought to penetrate the interior, after going 0-7 from beyond the arc. The Beavers cooled off from 3-point land as well, while the offensive presence from the Trojans helped trim the lead to 29-27 with five minutes left in the second quarter. Despite shooting only 3-of-15 from inside the paint, USC’s inside attack led to success at the charity stripe, where the Women of Troy shot 11-of-12 in the quarter and 14-of-16 in the game. USC entered the second half already down by 23 points, trailing 41-18. Even though the Women of Troy nearly matched their first half scoring output in the third quarter with 16 points, the Ducks countered with 29. Oregon finished its night scoring at least 20 points in every quarter. USC finished with only 16 field goals compared to the Ducks’ 34.last_img read more

Liverpool’s title ambitions set to be put under intense scrutiny at Old Trafford as the Premier League returns

first_img Tags: premier leaguetop Cardiff City vs WatfordCardiff City Stadium, CardiffFriday, 22-02-2019 @10:45pmCardiff are hoping midfielder Victor Camarasa will be fit to start against Watford following a calf injury. Camarasa, who came off the bench against Southampton, could be joined in the squad by Sean Morrison, five weeks after he had an appendix operation.Watford trio Roberto Pereyra, Isaac Success and Sebastian Prodl are available after injuries. Kiko Femenia, who has a hamstring problem, is the only player unavailable to head coach Javi Gracia.Watford have earned successive victories in this fixture and could equal their longest league winning streak against Cardiff. However, Cardiff have lost just one of the last six league meetings in Wales (W4, D1).West Ham United vs FulhamLondon Stadium, LondonFriday, 22-02-2019 @10:45pmManuel Lanzini may make his first West Ham appearance since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in June, and Samir Nasri is also back in contention. Jack Wilshere remains sidelined but Marko Arnautovic, who came off the bench in the last game, could return to the starting line-up.January signings Lazar Markovic and Havard Nordtveit are in contention to make their debuts for Fulham. Both players were short of fitness when they joined the club two weeks ago. Loanee Timothy Fosu-Mensah is once again available, having missed out against parent club Manchester United, so the injured Alfie Mawson is Fulham’s only expected absentee.West Ham won 2-0 away to Fulham in December and are hoping to complete a league double against the Cottagers for the time since the 2008-09 season. Fulham won their first Premier League game away to West Ham in 2001 but they are winless in nine subsequent league visits (D4, L5).Burnley vs Tottenham HotspursTurf Moor, Burnley Saturday, 23-02-2019 @3:15pmBurnley wingers Robbie Brady and Johann Berg Gudmundsson are both fit despite missing the win at Brighton with muscle problems. Midfielder Steven Defour remains sidelined with a calf injury.Tottenham striker Harry Kane and full-back Ben Davies are back in training after recovering from respective ankle and groin problems and could feature. Danny Rose has been suffering from illness and will be monitored, while Dele Alli remains sidelined.Burnley are winless in their last nine league and cup games against Tottenham. The Clarets beat Spurs 4-2 on the final day of the 2009-10 season, but that is their only top-flight win against Tottenham in the past 44 years. Spurs have kept clean sheets in each of their last three visits to Turf Moor. This fixture could see Mike Dean become the first referee to show 100 red cards in the Premier League.Tottenham have won all 16 of their Premier League games this season against sides currently outside the top eight. They are chasing their 12th league away win – which would be their highest total in a single season since a similar tally in 1984-85. Spurs have scored a league-high 12 Premier League goals from outside the penalty area this season, while Burnley have conceded a league-high 12 from that range. They have lost their last two away games in all competitions: at Chelsea in the Carabao Cup and at Crystal Palace in the FA Cup.Bournemouth vs WolvesVitality Stadium, DorsetSaturday, 23-02-2019 @6pmBournemouth remain without injured pair Callum Wilson and David Brooks, while Junior Stanislas faces a fitness test on a thigh problem. Charlie Daniels is back after missing out at Liverpool for personal reasons and loanee Nathaniel Clyne, who was ineligible at Anfield, also returns.Diogo Jota is available for Wolves, having recovered from the dead leg that ruled him out against Bristol City. Matt Doherty was substituted because of a knock in the last game but is fit. Star midfielder Ruben Neves, who featured as a substitute last weekend, is set to reclaim his place in the starting line-up.Wolves beat Bournemouth 2-0 at Molineux in December and can record their first league double against the Cherries. Bournemouth have never lost a home league game against Wolves, winning two and drawing one of the three previous matches.Newcastle United vs Huddersfield TownSt. James Park, Newcastle Upon TyneSaturday, 23-02-2019 @6pmNewcastle are looking to do the league double over Huddersfield for the first time since 1964-65. Huddersfield’s only victory in their past 11 away league matches at St James’ Park came in the Championship in August 2016 (D5, L5). This is the 50th top-flight match between the sides.Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is available for the first time in seven weeks after recovering from a recurring thigh injury. Ki Sung-yueng, Paul Dummett and Joselu are also fit, while Miguel Almiron could make his first Newcastle start.Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl and defender Chris Lowe are in contention to return after missing the defeat by Arsenal because of illness. Isaac Mbenza, Danny Williams and Abdelhamid Sabiri remain out.Leicester City vs Crystal PalaceKing Power Stadium, Leicester Saturday, 23-02-2019 @8:30pmCrystal Palace have won each of the past three Premier League meetings, by an aggregate score of 9-0. Leicester lost the corresponding fixture 3-0 last season but have never lost consecutive top-flight home games against Crystal Palace.James Maddison and Ben Chilwell are fitness doubts for Leicester but Nampalys Mendy is available after missing the defeat by Spurs. Marc Albrighton and Daniel Amartey are long-term absentees.Crystal Palace defenders Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Martin Kelly have been ruled out because of injuries. Wilfried Zaha returns after a two-match ban, while Cheikhou Kouyate and James Tomkins recovered from injuries to make the bench at Doncaster last Sunday. Roy Hodgson will become the oldest manager in Premier League history on Saturday, aged 71 years and 198 days.Arsenal vs SouthamptonEmirates Stadium, LondonSunday, 24-02-2019 @5:05pmArsenal are unbeaten in their last 23 home league games against Southampton (W17, D6). Southampton have won never won at Arsenal in the Premier League (D5, L14). However, Saints are looking to complete their first league double over Arsenal since 1988, when a 17-year-old Alan Shearer scored a hat-trick on his first league start.Arsenal hope captain Laurent Koscielny will be fit despite him limping off in Thursday’s Europa League win. Alexandre Lacazette is available after being suspended for that match but Ainsley Maitland-Niles is struggling with illness.Southampton forward Michael Obafemi could feature for the first time since mid-December after recovering from a hamstring injury. Stuart Armstrong, who has had a minor calf problem, is also fit again.Arsenal are unbeaten in 12 Premier League home games, winning six in a row ahead of Sunday. The Gunners have conceded 999 Premier League goals – only seven teams have so far conceded 1,000. Fulham are the only club to have kept fewer Premier League clean sheets this season than Arsenal, whose four have all come at home. Arsenal have come from behind to earn 12 points this season – second only to Leicester’s tally of 13. Alexandre Lacazette could become the first Arsenal player to score in four consecutive Premier League home matches since Robin van Persie netted in five in a row from December 2011 to March 2012. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 25 goals and provided eight assists in 38 Premier League appearances, and has scored six goals in his last six home league games.Man United vs LiverpoolOld Trafford, ManchesterSunday, 24-02-2019 @5:05pmManchester United are optimistic that Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial will be fit after respective hamstring and groin injuries. David de Gea is set to return in goal after making way for Sergio Romero in the FA Cup win at Chelsea on Monday.Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk returns after being suspended for the midweek draw with Bayern Munich. But fellow defender Dejan Lovren will miss out again with a hamstring problem.Manchester United have won seven of their past nine home league games against Liverpool (D1, L1). Liverpool’s most recent win at Old Trafford was 3-0 in March 2014. Liverpool won the reverse fixture 3-1 and are looking to do the Premier League double over Manchester United for the first time since 2013-14. There has not been a red card in any of the last seven Premier League meetings in this fixture.United have won eight of their last nine Premier League matches.They have kept just one clean sheet in their 12 Premier League home games this season, a joint-division low. A seventh successive home fixture without a clean sheet would represent United’s worst top-flight run of conceding since an eight-match streak in 1972. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won 25 points in his nine league games as United manager. The record points total for a manager in their first 10 games in charge of a Premier League side is also 25, set by Guus Hiddink with Chelsea. David De Gea has kept 99 clean sheets in the Premier League. He could become the 15th different keeper to record 100, and just the seventh to do so with a single club. Paul Pogba has scored eight goals and provided five assists in his last nine Premier League games. He could become the first United player to score in five consecutive home league fixtures since Robin van Persie in 2013.Liverpool have lost just once in this season’s Premier League – and that was against leaders Manchester City. But they are winless in their last seven away fixtures against sides starting the day in the top four. The Reds have scored in every away match in this season’s Premier League. They have conceded just eight away goals in the division this campaign – and 15 in total – fewer than any other team. Mohamed Salah has scored 49 Premier League goals for Liverpool – if he scores in this game, he will have 50 in just 63 games, making him the fastest player to reach the milestone for a single club. Sadio Mane could become the fifth Liverpool player to score in five consecutive Premier League matches. Jurgen Klopp has not won at Old Trafford in any of three of his visits there as a manager (D2, L1).Comments last_img read more