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

Fire-Stricken Grande America Sinks off France

first_imgThe fire-stricken Grande America sank in the afternoon hours of March 12 some 180 nautical miles west of the French coast, the Maritime Prefecture of Atlantic confirmed.After it suffered a fire during the night of March 10, the 1997-built ship developed a worsening starboard list. The ro-ro container vessel subsequently capsized and sank in a water depth of around 4,600 meters.[#GrandeAmerica] Mardi 12 mars à 15h26 le navire italien #GrandeAmerica a coulé par 4600 mètres de fond, à environ 180 nautiques (333km) à l’ouest des côtes françaises. @SGMer @MarineNationale pic.twitter.com/HareUcHJAa— Premar Atlantique (@premaratlant) March 12, 2019All 26 crewmembers and one passenger were safely evacuated onto Royal Navy’s HMS Argyll on March 11.The fire started in one of the containers loaded on the weather deck, spreading to other containers positioned close by, while the vessel was in the Bay of Biscay, sailing from Hamburg, Germany to Casablanca, Morocco.Italian Grimaldi Group, the owner and operator of Grande America, earlier appointed the salvage company Ardent to provide assistance on the matter.[#GrandeAmerica] La frégate multi-missions (FREMM) Aquitaine et le BSAA (Bâtiment de Soutien et d’assistance affrété) VN Sapeur sont toujours sur zone. Ils continuent d’assurer la sécurité et la surveillance de la navigation. @SGMer @MarineNationale pic.twitter.com/rz98mZlf8B— Premar Atlantique (@premaratlant) March 12, 2019World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Meth too addictive for harm minimisation approach, says drug educator Dale Kirk

first_imgStuff co.nz 3 May 2018Family First Comment: “I think that unfortunately we have information out there that potentially could be harmful. I think it’s the wrong message. Our message and work in the community is around the Not Even Once message,” he said. Methcon worked with businesses, high schools and in the community.”Sounds like a far better option for schools than the Drug Foundation!The harm minimisation approach to drugs taken in material given to senior students at Massey High School doesn’t work with methamphetamine, drug educator and former drug squad detective Dale Kirk says.A booklet provided to a Year 13 health class at Massey included advice on how to take care of a meth-smoking pipe and to never be caught with more than 5 grams of meth – the threshold to be classified a dealer.“Meth is illegal. It’s also illegal to own a pipe. Be discrete [sic] and only keep less than 5 grams for personal use,” the pamphlet said.The pamphlet also advised on ways to hide meth use and advised that swallowing meth was safer than injecting. “It saves your lungs from damage, produces a smoother and longer lasting high, and you’re less likely to use more.”Family First put out a statement about the information provided to Massey students, saying the advice was foolish and inappropriate.It called on the Government to review taxpayer funding for the NZ Drug Foundation. Massey has said the material provided to its students could be found as part of a foundation programme, which was fully funded by the Ministry of Health.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/103583432/meth-too-addictive-for-harm-minimisation-approach-says-drug-educator-dale-kirkWhy is public paying for kids to learn how to use meth?NewsTalk ZB 3 May 2018 An anti-drug group says the public shouldn’t be funding pamphlets on how to safely use methamphetamine.New Zealand’s approach to drug education’s been thrust into the spotlight, after some Massey High School students were given a “harm minimisation” document as part of a health study.The leaflet includes information on how to clean meth pipes, and recommends users never carry more than five grams of the drug.Methcon managing director Dale Kirk told Mike Hosking it is beyond belief.“If you’re a parent you have got to ask yourself are you happy this information a. is being presented at school and b. that your tax payer money is funding it.”http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/mike-hosking-breakfast/audio/dale-kirk-public-shouldnt-be-funding-pamphlets-on-how-to-use-meth/last_img read more