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Marlboro College: Sale price generates uproar

Sat, 07/25/2020 - 9:19am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine The college founded on Marlboro's Potash Hill 74 years ago is no more - but it hasn't died quietly.

On July 22, the Corporation of Marlboro College sold its campus to New York-based Democracy Builders Fund (DBF) for a total of $1,725,000 in cash and debt, a sum far below the property's assessed value. The following day, the college transferred its assets to Boston's Emerson College.

News of the sales price, released through the Vermont Attorney General's Office (AGO) on July 24, has generated "a massive uproar from Marlboro alumni and townsfolk, Adrian Segar, a Marlboro resident and former Marlboro College teacher who spearheaded local efforts to block the two transactions, told VBM.

Vermont Lake Monsters announce summer series of events hosted at Centennial Field

Sat, 07/25/2020 - 9:00am -- katie
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Lake Monsters are excited to announce their Summer Series, presented by Xfinity, consisting of ten (10) events they will be hosting at historic Centennial Field. The first five events consist of three movies that will be played on the videoboard- with attendees having the option to either sit in the stands or in the outfield. The other two events offer the opportunity for people to take a yoga and Zumba class in the outfield.

ISO internal auditor training, quality fundamentals course and cybersecurity (CMMC) Webinar

Sat, 07/25/2020 - 7:00am -- Brandon

Vermont Business Magazine An effective Internal Audit program is an important component in maintaining your ISO 9001 Quality Management System (QMS). In addition, customer satisfaction, continual improvement and product conformance are predicated on predictable, stable and repeatable processes. Well trained Internal Auditors provide objective evidence and proof of conformance by using time and resources wisely to support the Internal Audit function. Please view this link to read the complete course description and register for a wait list seat.   

Camp Ta-Kum-Ta launches first-ever virtual summer program

Fri, 07/24/2020 - 3:36pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine On Saturday, July 25th, 123 volunteers will gather on Zoom to conduct virtual team building and training in final preparation for Camp Ta-Kum-Ta’s signature summer program. This year, it includes a Camper Parade that will kick off Camp’s 36th year by delivering lawn signs that read “Camp is Home, Ta-Kum-Ta Magic in Progress” along with a bag filled with goodies to the front lawns of every camper’s home across Vermont and upstate New York.

Armell imprisoned for frauds on employer

Fri, 07/24/2020 - 1:50pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine The United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Rebecca Armell, 47, of Shelburne, was sentenced today in United States District Court in Burlington to one year and one day of imprisonment following her guilty plea to a charge of credit card fraud. U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss also ordered that Armell serve three years of supervised release following completion of her prison term and pay restitution totaling $301,000. The court directed Armell to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on October 13 to begin serving her sentence.

Southwestern Vermont Health Care expands its advanced breast imaging technology

Fri, 07/24/2020 - 1:28pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) has invested $750,000 in the latest breast imaging technology for its newly renamed Breast Health and Imaging Center, formerly SVMC Women’s Imaging. The funds purchased two Hologic Selenia Dimensions 3-D Mammography units. Both provide proven superior clinical performance compared with less recent technology.

“Our aim is to give patients and providers the crucial information they need to make decisions for further care, if needed,” said Melissa Spiezio, RT(R)(M), SVMC’s director of Imaging Services. “This advanced technology will help us meet that goal for years to come and to do so more efficiently and more comfortably than ever.”

Common Good Vermont announces 2020 Vermont Nonprofit Wages & Benefits Survey

Fri, 07/24/2020 - 1:09pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Common Good Vermont is pleased to announce the Vermont Edition of the 2020 Survey on Nonprofit Wages and Benefits in Northern New England. The Survey is conducted every two years in partnership with the Maine Association of Nonprofits and the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits

The Report tells an important and deeply informative story about the health and viability of our sector which is important now more than ever. This year’s survey includes additional COVID-19 questions to help assess the short-term impacts of COVID-19 on Vermont’s nonprofit sector. 

Leahy announces that USCIS is postponing furloughs of 13,000 public servants, including 1,109 in Vermont

Fri, 07/24/2020 - 1:07pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Friday announced the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agreed to postpone its scheduled furlough of more than 13,000 public servants through Aug. 31.  The action affects 1,109 Vermonters who earlier had received furlough notices effective Aug. 3.

The announcement came after Leahy pressed the organization to reverse course on its intended furloughs after he made public the fact that new revenue estimates showed the agency ending the fiscal year in a surplus, and not the previously projected $571 million deficit.  USCIS Acting Director Joseph Edlow gave the assurances to Leahy that the furloughs would be delayed on Friday morning by phone.

Message from UVM President Suresh Garimella: Our first year together

Fri, 07/24/2020 - 12:03pm -- katie

UVM President Suresh Garimella A year ago, I wrote you on my first day on the job. I still feel the same sense of honor and gratitude at being entrusted with leading this great University of the Green Mountains. Perhaps a little less mystique, and a little more of a sense of comfort and belonging, because my family and I did immerse ourselves in the community as I had hoped we would.

And while I acknowledged even then the challenges facing higher education, I can’t help noting the hope I expressed in that first-day letter. Hope that we could weather these challenges and thrive if we focused on our educational offerings, impactful research and scholarship, and meaningful engagement with our community. Through our work together and your feedback, these priorities are now reflected in our strategic imperatives plan, “Amplifying Our Impact,” approved by the Trustees on May 15. It is a strong framework that positions us for future success, and we can all take pride in its creation and offerings.