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The Vermont Medical Society (VMS) honored five Vermonters for their outstanding contributions to the health and well being of the state's residents. The award recipients were recognized during VMS's 196th annual meeting at the Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes.

Max Spann Real Estate & Auction Co., a national auctioneer of elite properties, today announced that Glen McDonald recently joined the firm as Regional Director of Business Development.

Derek Kouwenhoven, RN, CEN, MSN was recently named Director of Critical Care Services at Central Vermont Medical Center. Critical care services encompass the Emergency Department and The Davis Special Care Unit (ICU).

Frank Naef, licensed Vermont architect with Build/Design firm, The McKernon Group in Brandon, Vermont has recently completed the National Association Home Builders course for Green Building for Building Professionals’ and Business Management for Building Professionals.

The University of Vermont posthumously honored alumni William R. Hauke, Sr. and Ellinor B. Hauke by naming a large lecture hall in the Old Mill Complex in their honor. In his remarks at the September 23 Hauke Lecture Hall dedication ceremony, President Daniel Mark Fogel expressed gratitude for the Haukes’ many contributions to the University of Vermont over seven decades.

Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP has announced that three lawyers in its Middlebury office have recently been named in the 2010 edition of Best Lawyers in America.R Emily Joselson was honored in the areas of Environmental Law and Personal Injury Litigation, Jim Swift in the area of Personal Injury, and Devin McLaughlin in the areas of White Collar Criminal Defense and Non-White Collar Criminal D

Citizens Bank awarded its annual “Be Inspired Award” to Linda Barker, Manager of the Shelburne office, for her outstanding commitment and dedication to the community. As part of the award, the Citizens Bank Foundation will contribute $2,500 to Linda’s charity of choice.

Greg Weimer, an attorney at Hoff Curtis, presented recently at the Evidence and Procedure Year in Review program at the 131st Vermont Bar Association’s Annual Meeting at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT. Weimer, a member of the Vermont Supreme Court Civil Rules Committee, helped draft changes to the Vermont Civil Rules to provide for the discovery of electronically stored information.

Alison Mueller of Essex has joined Champlain College as the Vermont Admissions representative working with area high schools and guidance counselors. Originally from Nashua, NH, she graduated from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NY in 2007 with a BA in Criminal Justice. Prior to Champlain College, she worked as Assistant Director of Admissions at Daniel Webster College in Nashua, NH.

James P. Cross of Burlington has joined Champlain College as the new Associate Provost and Senior International Officer. He comes to Champlain from Clemson University in South Carolina where he served as the vice provost for international affairs and professor of political science.

He holds the credential of Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE). Prior experience includes serving as a Network Administrator in Phoenix, AZ, his hometown. Mr. Pratt has relocated here with his wife, Jennifer and two children Joshua and Rosselyn.

Stuart Kauffman, one of the world's most eminent scientists — a founder of the field of complex systems science, pioneer of biocomplexity research, and MacArthur "Genius" Fellow — will join the faculty of the University of Vermont in January, the university announced today.

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