Hogan named chairman of Trustees at Vermont College of Fine Arts

first_imgMT Anderson, Chris Graff, Governor Madeline Kunin and Bill Schubart also join boardVermont College of Fine Arts, a graduate school for visual art and writing based in Montpelier, Vermont, today announced that Cornelius ( Con ) Hogan has been named chairman of its Board of Trustees.Hogan, a well-known figure in Vermont, has served on the Board of Trustees since 2007. He is currently a senior fellow with the Center for the Study of Social Policy, and he is recognized nationally for his work in public and human service, including engagements with the Annie E. Casey and Robert Wood Johnson foundations and the National Center for Children in Poverty.   Hogan has been a director of Fletcher Allen Health Care and secretary of Vermont’s Agency of Human Services.  We are so honored as a community that Con has agreed to chair this board, said Thomas Christopher Greene, president of Vermont College of Fine Arts. He brings tremendous wisdom, leadership and experience to this task, and I look forward to working closely with him to realize our vision of a national center of fine arts in Montpelier.In addition, four other renowned individuals have joined the VCFA Board of Trustees: M.T. Anderson, Chris Graff, Governor Madeline Kunin and Bill Schubart.M. T. (Tobin) Anderson is a New York Times bestselling writer of young adult novels. Anderson taught in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults program from 2001 to 2006, and he served as chair of the program for four years. His book The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Volume 1: The Pox Party (2006), the first in a two-part novel, won the 2006 National Book Award for Young People, the Boston Globe Horn Book Award, as well as a Printz Honor in 2007. His latest book, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves, was just awarded the Printz Honor for literary excellence in young adult literature. Anderson lives in Boston.Chris Graff is vice president of National Life Group, a financial services company based in Montpelier, Vermont. Graff is a former journalist with The Associated Press and is the author of Dateline Vermont, a memoir of his 30 years in journalism. For 15 years, Chris hosted Vermont This Week, a public affairs program on Vermont Public Television. He is a contributing editor of Vermont Business Magazine and a member of the Council on the Future of Vermont. Graff resides in Montpelier, Vermont.Madeleine Kunin is the first female Governor of Vermont, 1985 1991, and the fourth female governor elected in the U.S. In the Clinton administration, she was Deputy Secretary of Education, 1993 96, and Ambassador to Switzerland, 1996 99. In 1991 she founded The Institute for Sustainable Communities and is a Marsh Professor at the University of Vermont. She is the author of Pearls, Politics and Power, How Women Can Win and Lead (2008), Living a Political Life (1994), and The Big Green Book (1975). Kunin s commentaries can be heard on Vermont Public Radio and she has a blog on the Huffington Post. Kunin lives in Burlington, Vermont.Bill Schubart, a writer who cofounded Philo Records and Resolution, Inc.,  recently published a book of stories called Lamoille Stories. Schubart writes and speaks extensively on the media and other civic issues and is currently a commentator for Vermont Public Radio. Schubart has previously chaired the boards of the Vermont Arts Council, Vermont Folklife Center, Vermont Board of Libraries, Vermont Bicentennial Commission, Circus Smirkus, Vermont Public Radio, and Fletcher Allen Health Care. Schubart lives in Hinesburg, Vermont.In addition to the above five directors, the VCFA Board of Directors includes:Robert H. Atwell (Sarasota, FL and Stowe, VT), former President of the American Council on Education and former president of Pitzer College in Claremont, California.Tami Lewis Brown (Washington, DC), an 06 graduate of the MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults program, a published novelist, and an attorney.Dr. Letitia Chambers (Lighthouse Point, FL), Managing Director with Navigant Consulting, Inc., and former chair of the New Mexico higher education system. Kathleen Dolan (Woodstock, VT), a 95 graduate of the MFA in Visual Art program, founder and director of Purple Crayon Productions, and member of the Dolan Family Foundation. Gail Gregg (New York, NY), a 98 graduate of the MFA in Visual Art program, and a New York City artist, writer, and arts educator.Joan Grubin (New York, NY), a practicing artist and 03 graduate of the MFA in Visual Art program.   Mary Hooper (Montpelier, VT), the mayor of Montpelier and a Vermont State Representative.  Sydney Lea (Newbury, VT), a Pulitzer prize nominated poet who taught at VCFA s MFA in Writing program.Susan M. Newbold (Fairfield, CT), an artist and educator who graduated in 00 from the MFA in Visual Art program. Katherine Paterson (Barre, VT), author of more than 30 books, including Bridge to Terabithia and 14 other novels for young people. Peter Richardson (Charlotte, VT), president of Housing Strategies, Inc.Richard H. Saudek (Montpelier, VT), a distinguished Vermont attorney and principal in the law firm of Cheney, Brock & Saudek.  Peter Smith (Lighthouse Pt., FL), a former congressman from Vermont who founded two colleges: the Community College of Vermont, and the University of California at Monterey Bay.Linda Stillman (New York), an 03 graduate of the MFA in Visual Art program and an artist in New York City.  Trustee Emeritus:Harry Groome (Villanova, PA), an 00 graduate of the MFA in Writing program, and retired chairman of SmithKline Beecham Consumer HealthCare.   About VCFAA nationally recognized graduate school for the arts based in Montpelier, Vermont, VCFA has three low-residency MFA programs in Writing, Writing for Children & Young Adults, and Visual Art. Founded in 2008, Vermont College of Fine Arts is the first new independent college formed in Vermont in 23 years, and the only institution of its kind a low-residency graduate school devoted exclusively to fine arts education. 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Scientists create an enzyme that can recycle plastic bottles in a matter of hours

first_imgTemperature and weather events determine how early leaves and blooms arrive each spring. The First Leaf Index and First Bloom Index are based on the leaf out and flowering of lilacs and honeysuckles, which are among the first plants to show their leaves and blooms each spring.  The enzyme was first discovered in a compost pile of leaves. The scientists that discovered the enzyme were able to use it to break down a ton of plastic bottles in 10 hours, and then turn the waste plastic into new food-grade plastic bottles. Need a little pick-me-up? Check out the National Zoo’s cheetah cub cam French researchers have discovered an enzyme that can break plastic bottles down into their chemical building blocks in several hours. Those chemical building blocks can then create new, high-quality plastic bottles, The Guardian reports. Traditional recycling methods usually produce low-quality plastic that can only be used in clothing and carpet. First leaves and first blooms have arrived in the Southeast this year much earlier than the long-term average (1981-2010), the USA National Phenology Network reports. In parts of the Southeast and Northwest, this year’s spring is the earliest in the 39-year record.   On Wednesday, a 5-year-old cheetah named Echo gave birth to four cubs at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute National Zoo in Front Royal, VA. Animal care staff are leaving Echo alone to bond with her cubs and are monitoring the well-being of mother and babies via webcam. Lucky for all of us, there’s a live streaming Cheetah Cam to watch the adorable action.center_img Spring leaves arrive in the Southeast 3-4 weeks earlier than long-term average Scientists create an enzyme that can recycle plastic bottles in a matter of hours Photo of trash pick up from Getty Images “It’s thrilling and humbling to witness something as special as an animal birth,” said Steve Monfort, John and Adrienne Mars Director of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. “I’m eager to watch the newborn cubs in their early days. During this extremely tumultuous and isolating time, we want the new cheetah cam and all our live animal webcams to provide much needed moments of relief and inspiration from our natural world.”  last_img read more

Ouseley: We don’t deserve Rio jibe

first_img Ouseley also expanded on his reasons for resigning from the FA Council, revealing it came after then FA chairman David Bernstein refused to issue an apology on behalf of the governing body for the way it had handled the Terry and Suarez cases, and the delays involved. He said: “I wanted the chairman to issue a full apology. They mishandled those cases and caused so much grief and because he refused to do, I relinquished my place on the FA Council. “The Ferdinand family were severely abused, I was severely abused – I got hundreds of abusive emails – and they deserved a full apology. “Liverpool could have been sanctioned three times over the Suarez incident, Kenny Dalglish’s [the then manager] behaviour was appalling. “Andres Villas-Boas was manager of Chelsea and kept on saying Terry would always be their captain whatever the outcome. “The FA only did something about him being England captain when they were about to go off to Euro 2012 and the whole thing was incendiary and very toxic. They hid behind the police inquiry but it is the FA that regulates football and the Ferdinand family were given so much grief. “We have moved on but you have to purge yourself of these errors. “I think a lot more people have confidence now, at least people know the FA will investigate everything now.” Press Association In his book, Ferdinand – now at QPR – writes he initially refused to wear a Kick It Out T-shirt because “The group had refused to come to the courtroom with us, so I wasn’t willing to go through the charade of wearing their shirt. My parents probably wouldn’t have spoken to me if I had.” Ouseley told the Guardian: “Unfortunately we are the punchbag for some people and it’s easy to have a punchbag like us.” He added later to Press Association Sport: “We don’t like being Rio Ferdinand’s punchbag. It was very unfair. I have no hang-ups about being criticised but it has to be based on fair and accurate information. “I just want to put the record straight. We had someone there with the family in court every day – Anton Ferdinand’s club [QPR] wasn’t there, his union wasn’t there every day, but we were. Was Rio himself even there? “We gave as much support as we could give, we could not do any more, we had no power to do so. We spoke to the club and the police and had meetings. If the clubs had acted properly in the Terry case and the Suarez case we would not have had all this grief.” Kick It Out had had a number of meetings with the Ferdinand family before the trial, but decided it could not agree to their request for their staff to wear campaigning T-shirts in court. Ouseley said he had been happy for Rio Ferdinand and Jason Roberts to later boycott the Kick It Out T-shirts because it was only when people “put their heads above the parapet” that changes were made. He added: “I want more to speak out and challenge inequality. You only see action when people speak out – it was only when Kevin Prince Boateng walked off the pitch in Italy that FIFA sat up and took notice.” In serialisations of his book #2sides, which is published on Thursday, the former England and Manchester United defender claims Kick It Out had refused to go into court with the family during the John Terry racism trial involving his brother Anton Ferdinand. Terry was acquitted in court but later banned for four matches by the Football Association for racially abusing the younger Ferdinand. Kick It Out chairman Herman Ouseley told the Guardian that Ferdinand’s criticism was unfair. He repeated the comments in a follow-up interview with Press Association Sport and added that he held the Football Association accountable for the abuse the family and he himself received over the Terry and Luis Suarez racism cases. The head of football’s anti-discrimination body Kick It Out has responded to attacks by Rio Ferdinand in his autobiography by saying it deserves better than to be his “punchbag”. last_img read more

Say what?! $2,000,000,000 for the Los Angeles Clippers?

first_imgFormer Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, one of the wealthiest men in the United States, agreed to buy the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday for $2 billion (some legal steps remain). His acquisition of the team comes in the wake of controversy over a racist recording of owner Donald Sterling was published by TMZ and the NBA ordered Donald and Shelly Sterling to sell. It also comes less than a year after he pocketed nearly $1 billion by quitting his job.Following the news, people took to social media to share their opinions on the record-breaking sale price, likening it to Beats Electronics recent sale, lamenting their own missed opportunity at purchasing the team, and taking a hard look at what it all means…Viewing on mobile? Go here: https://storify.com/InsideSoCalSpts/say-what-dollar-2-000-000-000-for-the-clippers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more