CRAFTSBURY COMMON — Sterling College and Green Mountain College were recently honored by the OnlineCollegePlan.com rankings for the best college farms in the U.S. The 11th spot went to Sterling College Farm, part of the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems, and the Green Mountain College Organic Farm at Cerridwen Farm was 12th. Middlebury College and the University of Vermont also made the list, which had a total of 60 college farms from across the country. The rankings were compiled in honor of National Farm to School Month in October, a month dedicated to spreading awareness and celebrating the efforts of the farms at participating schools.
BURLINGTON — Cadet Kaelyn Burbey, a senior at the University of Vermont’s Honors College, recently received the ROTC Legion of Valor Bronze Cross Award, given annually for achievement of scholastic excellence in military and academic subjects. Burbey is one of only 13 cadets nationally to receive the award. She is majoring in environmental engineering with a math minor. The award was presented at the UVM Army ROTC alumni reception on Sept. 24 at the Davis Center.
BURLINGTON — The University of Vermont Foundation this week announced one new hire and eight promotions. Amy Palmer-Ellis of Shelburne was hired as assistant vice president for development and gift planning. She was formerly the associate director of gift planning at Williams College. Prior to her career in development, Palmer-Ellis was an attorney in Boston and in Bennington, focusing her practice on trust and estate, real estate and charitable institution law. While in Bennington, Palmer-Ellis and her firm served as counsel for Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.
HANOVER, N.H. — Researchers at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine and Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system were recently awarded up to $42 million to investigate environmental influences on child health. The highly competitive awards are part of a $157 million, seven-year initiative called Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes, or ECHO, which was announced Wednesday by the National Institutes of Health. The ECHO program will study how exposure to a range of environmental factors in early development, from conception through early childhood, influences children’s and adolescent health. The awards will build the infrastructure and capacity for the ECHO program to support multiple, synergistic longitudinal studies that extend and expand existing cohort studies of mothers and their children.
BURLINGTON — Beret Halverson was recently hired as the new coordinator of the University of Vermont Extension Master Gardener Program. Prior to accepting this position, Halverson worked for the Oregon State University Extension Service for eight years, most recently as a faculty instructor and research program coordinator for the Family and Community Health Program in Clackamas County. Halverson earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from UVM and a master’s degree in public administration from Portland State University. She was an undergraduate research assistant for the Vermont Community Garden Network and the Pitchandiculum Bio-Research Center in Tamil Nadu, India. She worked on several organic farms and garden projects in New Zealand, Vermont, India and Oregon.
NORTHFIELD — Norwich University recently named U.S. Marine Colonel Robert Kuckuk as dean of the College of National Services, which oversees Reserve Officer Training Corps programs at Norwich through the departments of Army Military Science, Aerospace Studies and Naval Science.
COLCHESTER — Saint Michael’s College recently hired Richard Daniel as its new vice president for institutional advancement. Most recently, Daniel was the associate vice president for university advancement and special projects/executive director for alumni relations at the University of Texas at El Paso, where he helped develop a campaign to raise $226 million, exceeding a $200 million goal. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at Arizona State University. Early in his career, he worked in admissions at Arizona State University and went on to work in alumni relations at the University of Nevada, Reno. He also held an enrollment management position at a community college in Phoenix.
BURLINGTON — The University of Vermont recently received the 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. This award is a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. INSIGHT selected UVM based on the university’s diversity and inclusion initiatives and its ability to embrace a broad definition of diversity on its campus. Those diversity initiatives are led by Wanda Heading-Grant, UVM’s vice president of the Office of Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. This is the third consecutive year UVM has received this national award.
MONTPELIER — You don’t need a college degree to know that the rising costs of higher education are a huge challenge right now. Research from the Institute for College Access & Success found that 65 percent of Vermonters hold student debt, with an average debt of $29,060. The realities made big headlines this summer, when Vermont State Colleges Chancellor Jeb Spaulding announced a proposal to merge Lyndon State College and Johnson State College under one administration — a cost-saving measure that could have an impact on other areas of the VSC system. Chancellors will vote on the JSC-LSC merger on Sept. 29.