Southern Vermont College will dedicate on Saturday its newest addition to campus, the 41,000 square foot Hunter Hall, which includes living space for more than 110 additional students as well as a high tech Simulation Laboratory and a Science Laboratory for student learning, office and conference space, computer lab and Wellness Center. The SVC community has invited the public to join students, trustees, faculty and staff, public officials, major donors, and contractors for a special dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony, at 11 am in the Greenberg Atrium of Hunter Hall. The event will be followed by a reception and tours.“Southern Vermont College is very proud of this beautiful new addition,” said President Karen Gross, who remarked that it is the first major building the school has built in 17 years. “This is a multi-purpose structure that personifies all the possibilities a career launching education at SVC offers.” The facility includes a permanent state-of-the-art Simulation Lab where students in nursing and other health care programs can practice a wide range of skills on anatomically correct, computer programmed, interactive patient simulators. The Sim Lab, one of only a handful in the state of Vermont, provides a valuable, realistic tool for students in the burgeoning field of health care, according to SVC Division Nursing Chair Patricia Wrightsman. “Having a Sim family – father, mother (who gives birth), young child and infant – and the supporting technology, facilitates clinical training in all areas of patient care in the safety of an on-campus lab.”The living and learning spaces that comprise Hunter Hall and Greenberg Atrium were made possible by private donors, institutions and organizations, including donations by the late Irene Hunter of Manchester and by Norman and Selma Greenberg of Bennington. Support for the science labs came from several entities including Senior Whole Health, SVC trustee Deborah Wiley, Adirondack Audio & Visual, and Federal support secured with assistance from Senator Patrick Leahy. Significant donations of equipment from Rutland Regional Medical Center and Dartmouth Hitchcock.Medical Center also made the science labs possible.“This remarkable building happened because of the remarkable generosity and hard work of many individuals. The project, completed both on time and on budget, is cause for celebration,” Gross added. Reverend Jerrod Hugenot of the Bennington Interfaith Council and First Baptist Church will open the event with a non-sectarian dedication and Southern Vermont College Trustee Mary Wicker will speak on behalf of the College’s Board.The college broke ground on the $7.5 million building in June 2008 and was ready for students to occupy two of its wings in January 2009, a construction feat that is essentially unheard of, according to Chief Financial Officer James Beckwith. Beckwith credits the many local and regional contractors brought in for getting the job done in record time. Keeping this a project that would benefit local businesses was also a priority for SVC. “Most of the contractors were Bennington-based or resided within a 50 mile radius and most of the supplies were locally purchased,” Beckwith said. The new building uses many green technologies, including heavy insulation and efficient lighting.Founded in 1926, Southern Vermont College offers a career-enhancing, liberal arts education with 22 academic degree programs for approximately 500 students. Southern Vermont College recognizes the importance of educating students for the workplace of the twenty-first century and for lives as successful leaders in their communities. SVC’s intercollegiate athletics teams are part of the New England Collegiate Conference. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.Source: SVC.
Photo Courtesy of Will VanlueIn late May, representatives from the Bend, Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery will visit Asheville, North Carolina for the second time. The purpose of the trip will be to determine wether or not Asheville will become the site of a new East Coast distribution hub for Deschutes, one of the nation’s largest craft breweries.Despite Deschute’s size and national popularity—famous for brews like the Black Butte Porter and the Mirror Pond Pale Ale—it does not currently distribute to much of the Southeast.According to a report published by the Asheville Citizen-Times, the new brewery could have an annual output as high as 200,000 barrels and employ upwards of 200 individuals year-round.While Asheville is high on the brewery’s list of potential sites, it is not the only location being considered.“We’re looking at a number of locations in a number of states,” Deschutes owner Micheal LaLonde told the Citizen-Times. “We’re looking in North Carolina, we’ve looked in Virginia, we’ve looked in Tennessee, as well as South Carolina.”LaLonde says brewery officials have visited both Charleston and Greenville, South Carolina.Like many other craft breweries around the country, Deschutes places a high emphasis on the outdoor lifestyle. Their original Bend brewery overlooks the wild and scenic Deschutes River and is accesible by way of the Deschutes River Trail.“We’re looking for great culture, a lot of outdoor activities — a place where employees who live here in Bend would love to go and move to an East Coast location,” LaLonde told the Citzen-Times. “We think that’s really important so we can continue to develop a culture similar to the one in Bend, with the same values and mission.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 12-year-old girl was fatally hit by an SUV while crossing a road in her hometown of Elmont on Monday morning.Nassau County police said the girl was crossing Elmont Road at the corner of Village Avenue when she was struck by a southbound Nissan Rogue at 7:35 a.m.The victim was taken to Franklin General Hospital, where she died an hour later. Her identity was not immediately released.Homicide Squad detectives impounded the truck but did not charge the 38-year-old Queens man who was driving. The investigation is continuing.