July 29, 2014

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Haines wins UVM medical award

Dr. Carleton R. Haines

Dr. Carleton R. Haines is the 2012 recipient of the University of Vermont College of Medicine’s A. Bradley Soule Award, which honors alumni whose loyalty and dedication to the College of Medicine most emulate those qualities found in its first recipient, A. Bradley Soule.

Haines, a retired surgeon at Fletcher Allen Health Care and associate professor emeritus of surgery at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, lives in Williston. During his career, he served as director of the tumor registry for the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont and as director of cancer control for the State of Vermont Department of Health.

DEW makes top 400 contractors list

DEW Construction of Williston was recently notified that it made Engineering News Record’s Top 400 Contractors list for 2011. The trade magazine’s annual Top 400 list is based on gross revenues for the calendar year, and data is compiled from comprehensive reports submitted by contractors in a nationwide survey. DEW ranked 325 in its first year on the list.

“I’m extremely proud that DEW Construction is recognized as 325th in ENR’s Top 400 contractor listing,” says Don Wells, president of DEW. “I credit this achievement to all of DEW’s dedicated professionals and their commitment to providing the best in class in construction services.”

Vermont International Film Festival welcomes new board members

Three new members have joined the Vermont International Film Festival Board of Directors.

Sarah Corry is a native Vermonter and co-owner and co-founder of The Giving Tree Partners, a non-profit consulting business offering customized services to help non-profits improve their development sustainability.

Luke Baynes

Luke Baynes, a Williston resident, is a reporter at the Williston Observer. A student of film since the age of 14, he has particular admiration for the films of Howard Hawks and Yasujiro Ozu. As part of his perpetual search for the American Dream, Luke has 47 states on his travel resumé.

Sherrill Musty

A transplanted Montrealer, Sherrill Musty has lived in Burlington since the late ‘60s, where she raised a family, indulged in local politics when Bernie Sanders ran for mayor and in 1984, opened Waterfront Books, publishing books on special issues for children and the adults who work with them.

Williston company to keep Wi-Fi free

Williston-based mobile-app developer Route 802 has entered into two partnerships to keep free Wi-Fi in Vermont’s 16 welcome centers and at the Burlington International Airport.

Route 802 founder Al Levy has taken over the funding, which ensures that the almost 200,000 tourists and other travelers who used the Wi-Fi at the welcome centers and the Airport in 2011 will continue to have uninterrupted access.

New Burlington Discover Jazz Festival managing director

Linda Little, managing director at Kingdom County Productions, has been hired as managing director of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival.

Little, a jazz saxophonist, performed and taught in London for more than two years. She has played at more than a dozen jazz festivals, toured Japan and spent six months performing on a cruise ship.

Since returning to her home state of Vermont, she has produced live performing arts in the Northeast Kingdom, along with feature and documentary films. She has managed merchandise for the Discover Jazz Festival for the past three years.

Little replaces Brian Mital, who announced his departure after the 2012 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. She will begin her tenure on Aug. 20.

Vermont Youth Orchestra announces new board and staff members

The Vermont Youth Orchestra Association has announced several recent board and staff changes. The VYOA Board of Directors elected three new leaders to serve two-year terms. This new leadership includes: Mike Noble, board chair; John Mantegna, vice chair; and Jeffrey Nowell, treasurer. Additionally, four new members were elected for three-year terms: Carolyn Bever; Deborah Kehoe; Steve Morton; and Williston resident Laura Simmers.

Dr. Yutaka Kono has been appointed as interim conductor for Vermont Youth Philharmonia for the 2012-13 concert season. Kono has studied piano, tuba, composition and conducting. He has performed and conducted throughout the United States and Japan. In addition to conducting VYP, Kono currently serves as an assistant professor of music at the University of Vermont, where he also conducts the UVM Orchestra.

Roy named local litigation star

Christopher Roy

Christopher Roy of Williston was selected as a “local litigation star” by Benchmark Appellate Litigation. A director in the northern New England law firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, Roy is based in the firm’s Burlington office. He was one of two attorneys to be awarded this distinction in Vermont.

University Mall files appeal

The University Mall in South Burlington filed an appeal to the South Burlington City Council, alleging that the council failed to follow state law when it denied the mall’s application for a new 6,000-square-foot commercial building.

The appeal says that the council did not review the application, instead stating that “the proposed project will or could be contrary to the amendments to the Land Development Regulations that the City adopts,” according to a release from the mall owners’ lawyer, Dan O’Rourke. The mall owners and O’Rourke hold that decisions should not be based on possible future laws.

RETN wins two national awards

RETN Channel 16 recently won the Alliance for Community Media’s “Overall Excellence in Educational Access” award and a first-place award for an episode of “The Artist” produced by former University of Vermont student Lauren Kraus. Earlier this month, RETN staff members accepted the awards at the ACM’s 2012 Hometown Media Awards ceremony in Chicago.

The Hometown Media Awards recognize the best in community media programming distributed on public, educational and government access cable television channels. More than 1,000 entries were submitted this year from community media centers around the country.

“It is extremely gratifying to receive national recognition for the work we do with our local community,” said Scott Campitelli, RETN’s executive director. “These awards celebrate the achievements of our talented and dedicated staff, student interns and partner organizations, and we are pleased to share this honor with our community.”

Vermont Campus Compact names new director

Carrie Williams Howe

Carrie Williams Howe has been named executive director of Vermont Campus Compact, an organization dedicated to engaging Vermont colleges and universities in community-based teaching, learning, research and service. Williams Howe is the director of the Office of Community-University Partnerships and Service-Learning at the University of Vermont. She will begin as director at the VCC offices, located on the campus of Saint Michael’s College, on Sept. 4. She previously served as associate director of CUPS for six years, until her appointment as director in 2010.

Fletcher Allen, HITEC recognized for apprenticeships

Fletcher Allen and Vermont HITEC were recognized in Washington, D.C. recently for their work in developing career opportunities for underrepresented populations, using registered apprenticeship as a key aspect of workforce development.

The award was presented during the national “Out-Educate, Out-Build, Out-Innovate” summit, hosted by the National Registered Apprenticeship System. The award honors apprenticeship programs that have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and had a significant impact on the needs of the U.S. industry and workforce.

Vermont Technology Alliance announces executive director

Jeff Couture

The Vermont Technology Alliance, which works to promote Vermont technology companies and the growth of technology jobs in Vermont, has announced Jeff Couture as the organization’s new executive director.

Couture has been a manager at IBM for employee communications, media relations and semiconductor industry analyst relations for the company’s microelectronics division and its Vermont facility, including serving as the chief spokesperson for IBM in Vermont. He will continue to work part time for IBM and for the Alliance through 2013, after which he will take on the executive director role full time.

New staff at Vermont Arts Council

Executive Director Alex Aldrich has announced the hiring of Zon Eastes as outreach and advancement manager and Rachel Feldman as web and communications manager.

“We are delighted that two individuals with such a breadth of experience have joined our team,” said Aldrich.

New Curator at The BCA Center

Burlington City Arts has announced DJ Hellerman as the new BCA Center curator. DJ replaced outgoing Curator Chris Thompson on Aug. 1.

Since 2005, Hellerman has worked for The Progressive Art Collection in Cleveland, Ohio. He studied modern and contemporary art at Case Western Reserve University, graduating with a master’s degree in art history in 2009. As part of his role at Progressive, Hellerman co-curated group exhibitions at several locations in the Cleveland area.

Legislators rated on business issues

The Vermont Chamber of Commerce recently released its 2011-2012 Vermont Chamber Legislative Report Card, which assesses legislators’ support of economic development and business issues important to Vermont Chamber members.

“While we have seen some positive economic indicators in Vermont, our businesses continue to struggle in this economy and they remain interested in legislative changes that will impact their businesses. The Report Card informs our members and the public on legislators’ support of key business issues like health care, taxes and energy,” stated Betsy Bishop, Vermont Chamber President.

The biennial assessment looks at roll call votes on amendments and bills that impact Vermont businesses.

In the House, 69 of the 153 representatives achieved a score above 50 percent from the Vermont Chamber. On the Senate side, 11 of 30 senators scored better than 50 percent.

The Vermont Chambers Legislative Report Card can be found at http://www.vtchamber.com.

Vt internship places students with businesses

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and Vermont HITEC, Inc. announced that, through collaboration between the two organizations, nine college students have been placed in paid internships with six Vermont businesses. In all, Vermont HITEC has worked with 36 college students, placing 25 interns at a dozen different companies this summer, while VBSR has helped to place 37 college students in 23 companies.

The VBSR program, which is funded by a grant from the Vermont Department of Labor, has worked with more than 100 businesses and placed more 165 interns since its program began in 2008. Vermont HITEC’s internship program has been in place for more than six years.

The collaboration addresses two pressing issues for those under the age of 25: an unemployment rate that is double that of the general population; and a pattern of college graduates who leave the state to work in other parts of the country after college. For employers, the internships bring in fresh talent with new ideas and an opportunity to develop a relationship with a potential future full-time employee. The goal of the grant funding is to match college students with potential full-time job opportunities in Vermont upon graduation.

One of the companies that benefited from having summer interns is AllEarth Renewables in Williston.

“A VBSR intern is a true win-win,” said Joyce Dicianna, human resources director. “Our business gets an energetic, fresh perspective to help us grow and our interns leave with a valuable experience for their future careers.”

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