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Vermont Tech President to Step Down

first_imgApril 28, 2005Vermont Tech President to Step Down RANDOLPH CENTER, Vt.Vermont Technical College President Allan Rodgers announced today his intentions to leave the college within the next year. In an all-campus meeting at noon today, Rodgers told the group that after five years leading the college it is time for new leadership to continue ongoing work to make the institution even more responsive to future state and student educational needs.My commitment to the VSC was for five years, Rodgers noted, and this will be my fifth graduation in May. For my career and personal development, Ive tried to keep fresh and have sought to change my job every five years or so. Rodgers expressed his appreciation to the Board of Trustees, Chancellor, faculty and staff for their support. Everyone has been wonderful, even through the most challenging of times. May 5, Vermont State Colleges Chancellor Robert Clarke will be at the main campus to begin discussions with the campus community about the upcoming leadership transition. Clarke also will receive feedback on how the Presidential search process should be conducted. Vermont Tech is made up of dedicated professionals who truly care about helping students achieve their educational goals, said Rodgers. During my tenure at the college, it has been gratifying to see the sincere efforts made to keep Vermont Techs programs relevant for todays students. Though it hasnt always been easy, Ive been encouraged to watch people take on the challenge of making this organization even more effective in the face of both market demands for new academic programs and related fiscal pressures. Rodgers was appointed President by the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees in July 2001, having served as interim President since July of 2000. Rodgers brought to the post extensive experience in private industry. He also taught business and management courses at Lyndon State College, the Community College of Vermont and Vermont Tech. He earned his B.A. in Japanese literature from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from Boston University. When I accepted this position, I was asked to work to make the colleges programs more accessible geographically to all parts of the state. I was also asked to expand the colleges baccalaureate offerings and work to identify operational efficiencies to help Vermont Tech manage budgetary challenges, Allan explained. With the help of the entire college community, we have made significant inroads in all of these areas–particularly in the use of the Continuous Improvement model to guide change. Since 2000, Vermont Tech has expanded its enrollment from approximately 1,000 students to nearly1, 300 this fall. The number of graduates also has risen from 350 in 2000 to an expected 500 this spring. For the first time, the fall 2004 entering class at Vermont Tech was comprised of over 50 percent women. The college has expanded the number of satellite nursing campuses statewide from three to nine and doubled enrollment for the nursing program during Rodgers tenure. Vermont Tech assumed new allied health programs in dental hygiene and respiratory therapy to meet state needs for trained professionals in these fields. The college mounted a major expansion into Chittenden County by opening a campus in Williston where more than 200 full- and part-time degree-seeking students are now enrolled. Two new Bachelor of Science programs were createda B.S. program in Business Technology and Management and a B.S. program in Information Science and Technology. Once Rodgers leaves his post he plans to continue work in support of state education and economic development. Rodgers private business experience lies in management and manufacturing. He was the founder and CEO of Engineered Thermal Systems in St. Johnsbury (Lydall-Westex) and has served on a number of public and private boards throughout Vermont.-end-last_img read more


Ethiopia’s Desisa, Kenya’s Keitany win at NYC Marathon

first_imgMary Keitany and Lelisa Desisa showed impressive finishing pace to win the New York City MarathonNew York, United States | AFP | Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa edged compatriot Shura Kitata to win the men’s title and Kenya’s Mary Keitany captured her fourth women’s crown Sunday at the 48th New York City Marathon, on Sunday.It was a historic day in perfect running conditions for 50,000 entrants in the 26.2-mile showdown over the streets of New York.Two-time Boston Marathon champion Desisa, second in New York in 2014 and third in 2015 and 2017, finally claimed the crown in 2 hours, 5 minutes and 59 seconds with Kitata only two seconds back and defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya third in 2:06:26.“I (was) thinking this year to be a champion,” Desisa said. “I’m very thirsty to be the champion. I’ve been second. I’ve been third. This year I decided to be champion because I had the training, everything in my power I controled.“Today is my day. I’m very, very happy.” he added.The only faster time in the history of the New York Marathon was the 2:05:05 men’s record set by in 2011 by Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai.Keitany took her fourth women’s title in five attempts after finishing second to American Shalane Flanagan last year, crossing the finish line in 2:22:48.Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot was second in 2:26:02 with Flanagan third, another 20 seconds adrift.“I felt great today. I’m really happy for winning,” Keitany said. “I did not give up (after last year). I went back home and said I will try my best and that’s why I came back and that’s what I did. I worked very hard for the victory.” she added.Keitany, also a three-time London Marathon winner, was only 17 seconds off the New York women’s record time set by Kenya’s Margaret Okayo in 2003.Only Norway’s Grete Waitz, a nine-time champion from 1978 to 1988, has won more New York titles than Keitany.In the men’s race, Ethiopia’s Kitata, also runner-up this year at London, and compatriot Tamirat Tola pushed the pace early, taking Desisa and Kamworor with them from the ninth mile. Kitata, six years younger than Desisa at age 22, fell back to leave Kamworor and Desisa to fight for the lead. The Kenyan faded but Kitata surged and Desisa looked back with 1,500 meters remaining to see his work was far from over.Desisa held off Kitata around the final curve and surged across the finish line to emerge the winner in the fastest 1-2 finish in New York history.Keitany, 36, stayed among the women’s leaders from the start, taking on the challenging pace of Ethiopians Netsunet Gudeta and Rahma Tusa in a midway breakout.World half-marathon champion Gudeta cracked in the 16th mile and Tusa faded in the 18th, leaving Keitany to run alone to the finish line.Flanagan and Cheruiyot, the 2016 Olympic 5,000m champion who won in London in April, charged over the final miles to claim podium places. Mary Keitany leads compatriot Vivian Cheruiyot to a 1-2 Kenyan finish at the New York City Marathon to win her fourth title. Geoffrey Kamworor earns a third-place finish in the men’s race. Brilliant performance. #NYCMarathon— William Samoei Ruto (@WilliamsRuto) November 4, 2018Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more


Spots still available as Steve Nash Youth Basketball makes return to Nelson

first_imgThe Steve Nash Youth Basketball (SNYB) program is returning to Nelson.SNYB, previously staged in the Heritage City 12 years ago, is an inclusive ‘Youth Basketball’ program designed to develop fundamental skills, sportsmanship, and a love of the game of basketball, with instruction by LV Rogers Secondary School Senior Boys’ Basketball Head Coach, Jeremy Phelan.SNYB is a grassroots partnership between parents, community members, and BasketballBC designed to give children across Canada an opportunity to learn fundamental basketball skills in a fun, positive, and structured environment.SNYB sessions will run Wednesdays between 5-6 p.m. at Hume Elementary School. Registration for boys and girls ages 6 to 12 years will be open during drop-in youth basketball on Wednesday November 4th between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Hume Elementary School, or contact Jeremy Phelan (250-777-3318, [email protected]). Anyone wanting to register should be at the gym before the start of practice.The 2015 SNYB Fall Season intake is $70 per child and runs from November 11th to December 9th.The 2016 SNYB Winter Season intake is $90 per child and runs from January 6th to March 2nd.Sessions will be held weekly at Hume School between 5-6 p.m.Participants receive a Steve Nash Youth membership through BasketballBC and a reversible SNYB jersey.Payment plans are available and KIDSPORT application forms will be provided for families requiring financial assistance.For more information visit read more


When Barack Obama toured Indonesia’s royal palace with President Widodo

first_imgBeing someone as special as Barack Obama will obviously have its own perks.After all, not everybody is lucky enough to get a chance to experience royalty, even if for a day.The Obamas have been found vacationing in Indonesia of late, where the former US President had spent a part of his childhood. And while touring the temples and other touristy attractions of the destination, Obama was also offered a personal tour around Indonesia’s Bogor Palace, by Indonesian President Joko Widodo himself.Located in the city of Bogor, West Java, the Bogor Palace is one of the six Presidential Palaces of Indonesia. The palace is known for its distinctive architectural features and adjoining gardens.Picture courtesy: Twitter/jokowiIn videos posted on social media, Obama and the Indonesian President were seen enjoying a ride on a golf cart, around the entire 28 hectares of the place. Later, they had a meal at the palace’s on-site restaurant, Cafe Grand Garden, before the ex-POTUS left for Jakarta.Picture courtesy: Twitter/jokowiApart from the President, Indonesian First Lady Iriana Widodo and their youngest son, Kaesang Pangarep, also greeted Obama. The Obamas have been holidaying around Indonesia for a while now. They kicked off their holiday from Bali. Besides indulging in water sports on the Ayung river, the Obamas also visited the temples of Tirta Empul and the 19th century ancient temple of Borobudur.last_img read more