Dr Barbara Vacarr named new Goddard College president

first_imgThe Board of Trustees of Goddard College has elected Dr Barbara Vacarr as its next president.  Dr Vacarr is currently serving as Director of Lesley University’s School of Education PhD Programs in Cambridge. The announcement came following a special meeting of Goddard’s Board of Trustees. Vacarr is expected to assume leadership of Goddard College on July 1, 2010, when President Mark Schulman steps away. Dr Schulman, Goddard’s third-longest serving president, has led Goddard since 2003. The presidential search process began in June 2009 when Dr Schulman announced to the Goddard Board of Trustees that he wished to return to his home in California at the end of his term. A Search Committee was formed, comprised of trustee, faculty, student and staff representatives who worked closely with the consultancy firm Academic Search to guide the search process. The Committee interviewed select applicants and the top three candidates were invited to the Plainfield, Vermont campus to make formal presentations and engage with Goddard’s faculty, staff, and students. Following these sessions and an extensive review of the various constituencies’ input, the Search Committee recommended the appointment of Dr. Vacarr as Goddard’s next leader to the Board of Trustees at their February 2010 meeting.“Throughout the process, I was impressed with the active engagement of the Goddard community, its warmth and genuine caring for students and for one another”, Vacarr said. “The mission and spirit of Goddard is inspirational and I am deeply honored with this opportunity to lead an institution that continually and consciously strives to live its commitments. I have been an admirer of Goddard throughout my career as an educator and feel privileged to serve in a college that models best practices of teaching and adult learning. I see this as a time for Goddard to claim the expertise and vision that lives in this community and to assume a more public voice as an educational leader and innovator”“Dr Vacarr appreciates the role that Goddard plays in higher education”, said Board Chair Joan Shafran, a graduate of the Goddard Adult Degree Program.  “She will uphold, enhance and expand Goddard’s reputation as an experimenting institution, making the extraordinary Goddard model of education available to more students across North America and around the world. She can respond to those who are looking for an educational model that will serve students of the 21st century, a model that reflects the ideals of democracy, caring for others and the welfare of the earth, fulfilling our mission.”Trustee Stephen Friedman, chair of the Presidential Search Committee, said, “Our national search has been wonderfully successful for Goddard. Dr. Vacarr connected with each member of the committee and the Board in a way that indicates she will continue adding to Goddard’s years of growth, and that she will build upon the College’s position as the national leader in progressive higher education. “Vacarr has been developing and leading programs and teaching adults at Lesley University for the past 22 years. She conceptualized and developed the new doctoral program in Adult Learning, was instrumental in developing a Joint BS/MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, a joint BS/MA in self-designed interdisciplinary study, a Specialization for Substance Abuse Counseling and Certification, and an interdisciplinary program in Elder Studies. Vacarr brings appreciation of the important role that experience plays in learning, and facilitates collaborative processes that free creativity and invite innovation.Vacarr has maintained a private counseling practice, led the Cambodian Youth and Missing History Documentary Project, was an interviewer for the Shoah Foundation’s Visual History of the Shoah Project and has conducted research for the Center for Psychology and Social Change.Goddard College developed the first adult degree programs in 1963, and now specializes in low-residency education. Offering accredited degree programs in Plainfield, Vermont and Port Townsend, Washington that are designed to accommodate the way adults learn best, Goddard offers a rich campus experience, and a diverse academic community. Goddard’s authentic low-residency format offers the best of on-campus and online – experienced faculty advisors who are practitioners in their academic fields, an enriching on-campus experience, and the freedom to study from anywhere.For more information, visit www.goddard.edu(link is external).Source: Goddard.last_img read more

Country store opens in Glen Aubrey after COVID-19 delayed grand opening

first_imgGLEN AUBREY (WBNG) — Residents in Glen Aubrey and surrounding communities now have a new spot to get groceries, ice cream, fresh baked goods, a cup of coffee and other local-made products. The family at Hust Roost Farm has been working on building a country store for the past couple years. When it was finally time to open in the spring, however, the country was hit with a nationwide shut-down. Owner Joe Hust says while they didn’t get to have their grand opening as planned, the community made the wait well worth it. The store is practicing social distancing and requiring masks. center_img “A lot of the local community has been supporting us and like to come out and has been watching us so we were really looking forward to nice big event but we kind of put that to the side now,” said Hust. Hust Roost Farm is located at 3730 NY-26, Glen Aubrey. The store hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.last_img read more

Howard Webb: The 2010 Final changed my life

first_imgUpon meeting Howard Webb, it is hard to believe that the down-to-earth Englishman, smiling and openly answering questions, is the same man who officiated the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ Final between Spain and the Netherlands. The 44-year-old, a father of three teenagers – “I think are proud of what I do, even if they don’t show it much” – was in Zurich to take part in a seminar in the build-up to Brazil 2014, where he and his assistants will once again be present.FIFA.com chatted to Webb on a wide range of topics, including how he started out as a referee, his memories of that tempestuous Final in Johannesburg and the dilemma that he and his colleagues will face in June: being torn between who he wants to go further at the tournament, his refereeing team or the national side.FIFA.com: How did your passion for refereeing start? After all, most children dream of becoming footballers, rather than match officials.Howard Webb: I dreamed of becoming a footballer too. If you speak to any of the referees here, they’ll all tell you that football is their passion. That’s why we do this job. It’s true that children dream of being footballers and we’re no different to them. I worked hard to try and make it but I simply didn’t have the necessary talent.What position did you play in?I was a big centre-back. I could read the game well but I was never very good in the air, I suppose I just wasn’t good enough. I used to believe that referees were bald old men, which is why I didn’t really consider it as an option when my father [a semi-professional referee] suggested it to me. I thought, ‘No, that’s not for me’. Now that I think about it, maybe that’s what children nowadays think about me too! (Laughs) But my dad encouraged me and when I was 17 I decided to try it, along with a friend from school. That decision ended up taking me to the Final of the 2010 World Cup. Maybe I was there in a different capacity to what I had dreamt of, but I was there. I’ve travelled to 44 countries in five different continents. It’s incredible and has definitely been worth it.So you would recommend it as a career path?Of course. Anyone who’s passionate about the game should consider it as an opportunity. Not everyone has enough natural talent to reach the top but if they have the right attitude, are willing to work hard and love the game, they can find a way to make it. As a player, how did you used to treat referees?I used to just concentrate on my own game. Sometimes I ask myself how some footballers can comment on my performance when they should be focusing on playing. I was always very respectful towards referees. But do you know what? The current relationship between players and officials is very good. They trust the more experienced referees because they know them, have had matches with them several times and they understand that sometimes we do make mistakes. That’s part and parcel of the game as well.If you had to pick the best and worst thing about being a referee, what would it be?The best thing is being in the perfect position to enjoy the game we love. We don’t say this very often but it’s true: people pay for a ticket to go to a match, but I don’t. I just go. Of course I work hard when I’m there but I’ve got the best seat in the house. The worst part is living with the inevitable mistakes you make. It’s difficult. The last thing I want people to think is that we referee a match, head home and think ‘right, that’s done and dusted now’. It hurts every time we make mistakes, and it can have an impact on the fate of a team, a player, a coach or even our own reputation.Match officials do not have fans cheering them on and only appear in the headlines if mistakes are made. Does it require a special kind of character to become a referee?Yes. The other day I read a report about a match I officiated and at the end they put my name and gave me a grade. There were only two words – “anonymously competent” – and I thought, ‘That’s perfect’. That’s what we want to be as referees: anonymously competent. Matches don’t always pan out in a way that means we can stay in the background, sometimes we have to raise our profile. But it’s hugely satisfying to leave the stadium knowing there were no difficulties. You go home feeling on top of the world. If nobody is talking about you, you know did a good job.What do you remember most about the Final in Johannesburg between Spain and the Netherlands?Walking towards the pitch, picking up the golden Jabulani ball and going past the World Cup Trophy. I’d seen it many times before, both on television and in replicas, but there I was next to the real thing. It was the shiniest piece of metal I’ve ever seen in my life: a golden statue with a globe on top and a green base. It’s incredible. Were you tempted to pick it up?Yes! (Laughs) It had been a dream of mine. It was a great honour to be there. Even speaking about it now my hairs – not the ones on my head as I don’t have any – but the ones on the back of my neck stand up on end! It was fantastic. That Final completely changed my life.How many times have you watched the game since then?Just once. And I waited four weeks to do so. I sat down and watched the whole match with a friend. I wanted to keep the memory of what I had experienced alive which is why I haven’t seen it again. It was a difficult game and I think it turned out better than I thought it had at the time. I was extremely focused on my job that night. Now it lives on in my mind and in my heart.You must have a lot of stories from that match. Are there any you would like to share?There are several, yes…[pauses to think]. I remember leaving the pitch and going to look for my father, who was in the stands. He got me started as a referee and he had an English flag with the words ‘Can’t play but can ref’ on it. It was great. (Laughs)After you watched the replay of the Final, were there any decisions you would have liked to change?Maybe one or two but at the time you have to make decisions according to the information you have and the position you’re in. It was a very tough game and you learn from experiences like that. I would have preferred for us not to be so involved in the match. We always want people to talk about how great the game was and the goals that were scored, but that was a very tight, intense game. You have to deal with what’s in front of you and do what you think is best with the right intentions. That’s what we did.If England do well in Brazil, your chances of officiating in the latter stages of the competition would decrease. How do you deal with those sorts of conflicting feelings during a tournament?We’re passionate about football and it’s only logical that we want our national team to go far. We know that if that happens, if England win the World Cup, the positive impact on our game would be huge. The best way of coping with it is to put it to the back of your mind because it’s not something we can control. It’s a win-win situation though. If England have a good tournament I’ll be happy, but if not then it’ll be a good opportunity for us. We’re going to Brazil hoping England go as far as possible, we really are. If they do and we have to go home, as long as we’ve done a good job we’ll be satisfied.last_img read more

Hoffarth on the media: NBA’s narrative fueled by more than star power

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAll of it was off the record – with some irony the NBA apparently doesn’t care to acknowledge. Even some mass media distribution has its limits and could dilute the perception of unfiltered truth speaking.But Connor Schell, ESPN’s award-winning documentarian recently promoted to executive vice president of content and on a panel led by TNT’s Ernie Johnson that did a deeper dive into the art of storytelling with today’s techno gadgetry, was able to explain more of his take-away from how the NBA is telling – and selling – its own narrative at this season’s intermission.In this particularly appropriate city, and at this exact moment, it can’t be undervalued as a template to reinforce for others to admire and apply to its own game plans.“We talk about the elements of every story you tell – inform, entertain and surprise, and nothing surprises people like live sports, because no one knows the ending, so that becomes the greatest vehicle for story telling in the world,” said Schell in the hotel lobby afterward.“Sports creates heroes and villains and sympathetic characters and all this drama and triumphs and sadness – it’s all the elements of a great Hollywood story, or a documentary, plays out on the court literally every day. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “And the NBA and its players have been successful in adding to that a real-time access and conversation. There is seemingly as interesting off the court as on the court and they’ve done that really well. Ultimately all that leads to greater connection with their fans and more interest in the game.”A MULTI-PLATFORM PERFORMANCEIf this storytelling thesis wasn’t working, the good old TV ratings might reflect it. But in the NBA, that’s another story it enjoys framing positively.The Sports Business Daily reported that NBA regular season games to date over ABC, ESPN and TNT are up 15 percent from last year through the All-Star break. TNT leads the way with a 20 percent jump (1.9 million viewers through 44 telecasts). Broken down by demographics, women’s influence on the numbers is more impressive than the men’s.Games on regional networks are up 9 percent. The Clippers’ games on Prime Ticket have seen an 88 percent jump in the adult 18-to-34 age demographic through 54 games this far, according to Nielsen sources. Lakers’ games on Spectum SportsNet are up 22 percent compared to the 2016/17 final average. The pregame shows are also up 30 percent, and postgame has jumped 38 percent.On social media, TNT and NBA TV is up 10 percent over a year ago, with nearly 3.1 billion social impressions on Facebook and Twitter since Opening Night. Video views on those accounts are up 47 percent.How does the NBA buck an annoying trend that the NFL constantly tries to dismiss with a variety of excuses?Sure, the players don’t wear face-covering helmets or caps, might be a bit more expressive in an intimate visual setting, and on-going social media banter amongst star player feed into a unique fan connection.(One subliminal secret revealed from the Hilton ballroom: NBA commissioner Adam Silver pointed out that a 94-by-50 basketball court has the same visual ratio as a movie screen or flat-screen TV. Coincidence?)Schell was more blown away by how ratings took off recently for its NBA studio show, “The Jump,” on trade day, during a 90-minute special fueled by breaking news provided in Twitter by its own new media star, Adrian Wojnarowski.“It was unbelievable engagement,” said Schell. “That’s the element of surprise again. You literally can’t write that.”MADE IN AMERICA MEDIA MOGELSSo there was Miami Heat star Dwayne Wade, hosting an exclusive screening of a documentary, “Shot in the Dark,” at Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood on Thursday night. The film about the lives of NBA prospects dealing with gang violence and poverty in Chicago comes directly from a media company Wade has an executive producer role with: Chance the Rapper. Fox premieres the show Saturday. Video-on-demand Cheddar.com was all over reporting on it.Count that toward the other part of this baller equation: Players taking the media into their own hands. And we’re not just talking about The Players Tribune, which Kobe Bryant’s media company has helped finance.Bryant,the retired Lakers star building momentum with his Academy Award-nominated animated documentary based on his multi-media “Dear Basketball” project, can talk a whole new courtship language with current NBA star Kevin Durant, whose Thirty Five Media company created last April is in production with producer Brian Grazer on a drama called “Swagger,” based on Durant’s incredibly documented life.You likely already are aware of the plethora of L.A.-based media projects LeBron James is involved with, which led to him buying a Brentwood home and fueling talk of him playing for the Lakers or Clippers as soon as next season to consolidate his business ventures.A comedy titled “Uncle Drew,” starring Boston guard Kyrie Irving and others, will be in theatres this summer at a time when sports movies aren’t all that abundant any more.That’s how they’re drawing this up.If players viewed an ESPN or TNT as simply a middle man in the media delivery process, they are unapologetically taking their story into their own hands and portfolios.So how does a media giant like ESPN stay relevant without being looked upon as “the old way” of doing things?“Yes, Aaron Rodgers can tweet and we can post on Instagram his own story in his own certain way, but then (ESPN writer and TV personality) Mina Kimes can bring him to life in a way only a great writer can,” said Schell. “Some of bringing an athlete’s story to life is reacting, some of it is giving them a platform, and some of it is laying a level of authenticity or persuasiveness or authority on top of that. We aspire to be a platform for the best story tellers in the world, with all our talent and producers.“I still believe quality wins in a world of infinite choice, and that’s the bar we’re trying to get to every day.”The paradigm shift also continues to no longer emphasize creating a seven-minute piece for an “E:60” or parceling out a three-part, 50-minute window for an ESPN documentary, Schell added. Stories aren’t limited by length or platform, but are delivered more by what tells it best.“It’s really with the strategy and goal to think ‘story first’ — this is to me the important point,” said Schell, part of the executive team that created the “O.J.: Made in America” multi-part documentary for both TV and movie theatres that received an Academy Award for its quality and depth of work.“The ways fans interact with social feeds, apps, websites, our networks, it’s completely unshackled from traditional formats. And I think that’s a unique place we get to exist in today because we’re reaching all these people on all these different mediums.“Instead of ‘you have to fill X-number of column inches each day,’ we think of how to bring a story to life in the best possible form, and if variations of that story work across other platforms, you tell it differently. That’s what we aspire to do.”And that’s the story Schell is sticking to here.MEASURING MEDIA MAYHEMWHAT SMOKES== The Beverly Hilton ballroom has more sports cred – it was the host venue again for the 13th annual L.A. Sports Council’s Awards Show, hosted by Patrick O’Neal and recorded by Fox Sports West to air as a 90-minute program starting Monday at 8:30 p.m. with various replays.== At the urging of former sportscaster-turned-stage-performer Roy Firestone, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar told the Associated Press last week he plans to start a cross-country audience-interactive stage production this fall called “Becoming Kareem,” a title that comes from his 2017 young-adult autobiography (already listed on Amazon as No. 1 in Children’s Islam Books category). It’s the latest attempt by the 70-year-old Basketball Hall of Famer with UCLA and Lakers pedigree to reconstruct his media image that was often sullied by his own doing with the way he often handled himself with reporters during his playing days. “And that was very unfortunate,” Abdul-Jabbar told an AP reporter from his Newport Beach foundation office. “I think it kept me from a head coaching job and commercials and stuff because people wanted to assume the worst.” As long as Kareem can handle whatever the drama critics’ review of his stage show might be, he should hook enough patrons who will be engaged with the thought-provoking conversationalist. Warning: This could inspire Bill Walton to follow this same path.WHAT CHOKESIf not called out by the Boston Globe, which led to a sponsor revolt, one is left to wonder if Boston sports-talk radio station WEEI would not have gone to the extreme to finally suspending live programming Friday to hold an 12-hour mandatory sensitivity training meeting for its employees (particularly on-air talent) in the wake of ridiculous incidents and suspensions that did nothing to improve the company’s credibility or the genre’s overall purpose. Shirley Leung, a Globe columnist and self-defined Chinese America mother of two, urged the Red Sox and Patriots to speak up as broadcast partners and advertisers to withhold their spending. It happened. “WEEI hosts are entitled to free speech,” Leung wrote, “and so are their listeners, but the station routinely crosses a line that makes Boston a hostile place to live. Tune them out? No, we need to stop the vitriol.” After the sensitivity training was announced, Leung followed up: “Let’s hope they finally get it.” If they do, they’ll be making more sports radio history.center_img In this burgeoning business of storytelling, and taking the most credit for the ability to cut and paste ideas, the NBA knows a good one when it can tell it in its own ways. And just because it has a certain height advantage here, there are no tall tales evident of a pro league boasting it has this whole media business figured out.As celebrated as its All-Star Weekend arrival in Los Angeles will be documented, capped off by Sunday’s exhibition game at Staples Center, there may have been an even bigger star-studded NBA Tech Summit at the Beverly Hilton last Friday morning. It punctuated just how influential the league’s basic knowledge and implementation has become of the current media landscape connects players and teams to its fanbase.Now it’s willing to share. Or drop a a handful of dimes, in basketball parlance.In a power-meeting ballroom more often shown off during Golden Globe presentations, here was the meshing of Clippers owner Steve Ballmer’s vision of artificial intelligence with an global strategy executive from Facebook trying to disprove a Silicon Valley myth about millennial short attention spans, relating a story about how viewers’ input resulted in reordering longer episodes of the “Ball in the Family” reality show.last_img read more

Juneteenth: A Day of Joy and Pain – And Now National Action

first_img(AP) — In just about any other year, Juneteenth, the holiday celebrating the day in 1865 that all enslaved black people learned they had been freed from bondage, would be marked by African American families across the nation with a cookout, a parade, a community festival, a soulful rendition of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing.”But in 2020, as the coronavirus ravishes black America disproportionately, as economic uncertainty wrought by the pandemic strains black pocketbooks, and as police brutality continues to devastate black families, Juneteenth is a day of protest.Red velvet cake, barbecued ribs and fruit punch are optional.For many white Americans, recent protests over police brutality have driven their awareness of Juneteenth’s significance.“This is one of the first times since the ’60s, where the global demand, the intergenerational demand, the multiracial demand is for systemic change,” said Cornell University professor Noliwe Rooks, a segregation expert. “There is some understanding and acknowledgment at this point that there’s something in the DNA of the country that has to be undone.”Friday’s celebrations will be marked from coast to coast with marches and demonstrations of civil disobedience, along with expressions of black joy in spite of an especially traumatic time for the nation. And like the nationwide protests that followed the police involved deaths of black men and women in Minnesota, Kentucky and Georgia, Juneteenth celebrations are likely to be remarkably more multiracial.“I think this year is going to be exciting to make white people celebrate with us that we’re free,” said 35-year-old Army veteran David J. Hamilton III, who has organized a Juneteenth march and protest through a predominantly black, Hispanic and immigrant neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York.Hamilton, who is black, said this year is his first treating “Juneteenth with the same fanfare as the Fourth of July or Memorial Day.”In Tulsa, a day ahead of a planned presidential campaign rally Saturday for Donald Trump, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Tiffany Crutcher, the twin sister of a black man killed by a city police officer in 2016, plan keynote addresses about the consequences of racial prejudice. Their commemoration will take place in the Greenwood district, at the site known as Black Wall Street, where dozens of blocks of black-owned businesses were destroyed by a white mob in deadly race riots nearly a century ago.In Washington, D.C., and around the country, activists affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement will host in-person and virtual events to celebrate the history of the black liberation struggle and amplify their calls for defunding police in the wake of high-profile police killings of African Americans.As of Thursday, organizers with the Movement for Black Lives said they had registered more than 275 Juneteenth weekend events across 45 states, through its website.Rashawn Ray, a David Rubenstein Fellow at the nonprofit public policy Brookings Institution, said many now view Juneteenth as an opportunity for education and to push to dismantle structural racism.“There’s going to be a lot of people who are also going to double down on the push for reparations,” Ray said. “There’s no reason why black people have been the only group in the United States to be systematically discriminated against, legally, by the federal government and not receive reparations.”Juneteenth marks the day on June 19, 1865, that Union soldiers told enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, that the Civil War had ended and they were free. The Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves in the South in 1863 but it was not enforced in many places until after the end of the Civil War in 1865.The day is recognized in 47 states and the District of Columbia, according to the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation. Hawaii, North Dakota and South Dakota are the only states without an official recognition. And it is not yet a federal holiday. It took roughly 18 years after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. before his birthday was observed as a federal holiday.Still, more workers than perhaps ever in history will have the day off on Friday: Nike, the NFL, Twitter and its mobile payments services company Square, along with a handful of media outlets, have announced plans to observe Juneteenth as a company holiday. On Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order recognizing Juneteenth as a paid holiday for state employees.The abolition of slavery in the U.S. was followed by the birth of Jim Crow segregation, relegating many black Americans to poor, redlined neighborhoods with under-resourced schools. After the passage of landmark civil rights protections in the 1960s, decades of mass incarceration policy and employment discrimination eroded opportunities and economic stability for black people and families. All along, police brutality has been a fixture of the black American experience. And now, COVID-19 is killing black people at more than three times the rate that it kills white people.Much of the systemic racism and atrocities visited on black Americans have gone unanswered. This week, the Equal Justice Initiative, which in 2015 cataloged thousands of racial terror lynchings of black people by white mobs, added nearly 2,000 Reconstruction-era lynchings confirmed between 1865 and 1876, bringing the total number of documented lynchings to nearly 6,500.“Our continued silence about the history of racial injustice has fueled many of the current problems surrounding police violence, mass incarceration, racial inequality and the disparate impact of COVID-19,” said Bryan Stevenson, director of the Equal Justice Initiative.“We need a new era of truth and justice in America,” he said in a statement. “We must acknowledge our long history of racial oppression and then repair the damage this history has created — including the presumption of dangerousness that gets assigned to black people by police and others.”Juneteenth also comes at a time when the nation is at a political crossroads, and Black Voters Matter co-founder LaTosha Brown said it is shaping up to be a politically defining moment ahead of the November election.“The devaluing of black lives is built into this American system to the point that the ideas around democracy don’t apply to us the same way that they apply to white folks,” Brown said, adding black voters are demanding change.“So Juneteenth is a celebratory event but we’re not celebrating the country. We’re celebrating our own freedom and our own ability to be liberated and the resiliency of black people.”last_img read more