Southern Vermont College dedicates Hunter Hall

first_imgSouthern 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.last_img read more

Red Bull Leipzig set price for Arsenal to sign Dayot Upamecano

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 7 Aug 2019 9:51 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kShares Advertisement Red Bull Leipzig will not listen to offers for Dayot Upamecano (Picture: Getty)Arsenal will have to pay Dayot Upamecano’s £92million release clause to sign the Red Bull Leipzig defender before the transfer window closes.The Gunners have shown interest in the Frenchman as Unai Emery looks to strengthen at centre-back following the departure of Laurent Koscielny.The 20-year-old is believed to be keen on a move to the Emirates and the Gunners had been ready to fund a £40m move for the France U21 international.However, the Mirror claim Leipzig have no intention of letting Upamecano go and have told Arsenal the only way of prising him away this summer is to pay his £92m release clause.ADVERTISEMENT Red Bull Leipzig set price for Arsenal to sign Dayot Upamecano Upamecano is keen on a move to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)There has been some suggestions that Leipzig could be swayed on allowing the defender to leave should Arsenal allow Emile Smith-Rowe to move in the opposite direction.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe midfielder spent last season on loan at the German club and they wish to re-sign him.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalHowever, his arrival would not compensate for Upamecano’s departure and it’s unlikely that Arsenal would break their club record for a second time this summer to sign the defender.The Gunners remain keen on Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney and are expected to place a third bid for the Scot in the next 24 hours.MORE: Romelu Lukaku unhappy with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over Paul Pogba handling and Mason Greenwood claims Advertisementlast_img read more

Church of England boosts forestry stake

first_imgThe Church Commissioners have acquired a forestry portfolio for £49m (€61m) for their £6.1bn endowment fund, used to finance the Church of England’s activities, as well as some of its pension obligations.The estates were purchased from UPM Tilhill, a forestry and timber harvesting company, and are made up of 13 forests in Scotland and two in Wales, including two operating wind farms and a mountain biking visitor centre.They take the Commissioners’ total UK forestry holdings to £100m, all of which are certified to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards. The Commissioners are now the largest private commercial forestry investor in the UK.The Commissioners have targeted forestry investments since 2010, and since inception these have delivered an annualised double digit return. Chris West, head of indirect property, timberland and infrastructure for the Church Commissioners said: “We are delighted to complete this acquisition which brings our total forestry portfolio to 4% of the Commissioners’ total assets. Over the past five years, the Commissioners have built a high quality diverse portfolio of forestry assets in the UK, US and Australia, which will be managed for the long term.”He added: “We believe that the acquisition should deliver attractive risk-adjusted returns in our home market and further diversify the Commissioners’ assets.“This is a low carbon investment that first and foremost stacks up on investment grounds, but additionally provides future upside from renewable energy projects.However, the purchase is not connected to the recent decision by the Diocese of Oxford to divest from fossil fuel companies and its call for the Church as a whole to do the same.There is no divestment element to the Commissioners’ climate change policy and the Commissioners are awaiting advice from the Church’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group on the next iteration of this policy.They expect to adopt an updated policy before the Church’s General Synod in July 2015.last_img read more