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Billie Jean King sends off class of 2011 at UVM’s 207th commencement

first_imgUniversity of Vermont,Tennis legend Billie Jean King served up three pieces of advice to grads at Sunday’s commencement ceremony: No. 1: Learn how to learn. No. 2: Relationships are everything. No. 3: Be a problem solver.”Study history,” King said, elaborating on her first point. “The more you know about history, the more you know yourself.” One of Life magazine’s 100 most important Americans in the 20th century, King changed history when, in 1973, she beat former champion Bobby Riggs in The Battle of the Sexes, sending a strong message for gender equality at a time when, King noted on Sunday, women couldn’t get their own credit cards.On her second point — relationships are everything — King told graduates, “You’ll never know how you’ll touch another person’s life or how they’ll touch yours.” As an example, she told the story of meeting Elton John. Although both were initially too shy to say hello (a fact that seemed impossible to King, who idolized the musician), they were introduced when they attended the same party weeks before King’s fateful match against Riggs and became close friends, remaining so today.Celebrities and stars aside, King said, everyone needs “she-roes and heroes,” adding that professors, parents, siblings and coaches are among the most important people in our lives.  Toward the end of her remarks, King cited Nelson Mandela as an example of how to live life as a problem solver. Visiting his cell on Robben Island, said King, who has herself worked on behalf of social change and equality for women and those in the LGBT community, was among the most profound experiences of her life.Closing out her time at the podium, King pulled out a racket, and with Elton John’s “Philadelphia Freedom” playing on the speakers — a song he dedicated to her — she lobbed more than a dozen tennis balls to the crowd.Approximately 8,000 people gathered to celebrate this year’s commencement, the 207th in the university’s history. Originally scheduled to take place on the University Green, the ceremony was moved inside to the Multipurpose Facility in the Athletic Complex — not, as board chair Robert Cioffi quipped in his opening remarks, to make King feel more at home on the indoor tennis courts, but because record rainfall this spring had left the Green too soggy to accommodate the event.In his comments, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin noted this year’s extreme weather in Vermont — from a long, cold winter to this spring’s historic flooding of Lake Champlain — as a palpable reminder to students of the “responsibility and obligation of dealing with climate change.”President Daniel Mark Fogel’s remarks celebrated the student efforts that have made UVM what it is today, from a fledgling recycling program 20 years ago to student activism that “pushed the campus toward levels of diversity that some would have never thought possible.””Hold on,” Fogel said, “to what you feel now — the optimism and energy, the open mind and sense of possibility of a new college graduate.”At this year’s ceremonies, approximately 3,097 graduates received diplomas, including 2,475 bachelor’s, 392 master’s, 97 doctoral and 111 M.D. degree recipients, in addition to 22 post-baccalaureate certificates. Degree recipients hail from an estimated 43 states and 19 countries. Approximately 1,235 graduates are from Vermont. The graduating class includes an expected 229 African, Latino/a, Asian and Native American (ALANA) and bi/multi-racial students.In addition to King, the university conferred honorary degrees on seven other individuals who have had a positive impact on the state, university and nation: Letitia C. Biddle, Major General Michael D. Dubie, Bruce Lisman, Keith M. Miser, Dr. Thomas J. Sullivan, Professor Emerita Marion Brown Thorpe, and Simon Pearce. Read full bios of each of the degree recipients.During the ceremony, the UVM Alumni Association presented the annual George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award for excellence in teaching to Stephanie Kaza, professor of environmental studies. Kaza, who has been actively engaged in campus sustainability initiatives to reduce waste, conserve energy and promote environmental values, teaches courses with a focus in the environmental humanities.Three faculty members were added to the ranks of University Distinguished Professor: Jerold Lucey, professor of pediatrics; Brooke Mossman, professor of pathology; and Susan Wallace, professor and chair of the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. The distinction, begun in 2009, carries with it rights to use the title for the duration of their careers at UVM; an annual stipend for scholarly pursuits; and service as an informal advisory board to the university administration.Eight students were honored with five university awards. Claire Chevrier won the Mary Jean Simpson Award, honoring the senior woman who exhibits the highest qualities of leadership, academic competence and character; Bryce Jones won the F.T. Kidder Medal, honoring the senior man ranking first in character, leadership and scholarship; Jason DePatie and Kimberley Davy won the Class of 1967 Award, presented to seniors who best exhibit leadership, academic competence and character, and who have earned the respect of faculty and fellow students; Briana Martin and Kofi Mensah won the Keith M. Miser Leadership Award, recognizing outstanding service to the university; and Gregory Herman and Haylley Johnson won the Elmer Nicholson Achievement Prize, recognizing the greatness of the students’ UVM experiences and the expectation that they will make a major contributions in their fields of interest. Source: UVM. 5.23.2011last_img read more

Tyler Lydon’s complete performance helps Syracuse to the Sweet 16

first_img Published on March 20, 2016 at 11:21 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse ST. LOUIS — When his fourth straight missed free throw rolled off the rim and fell out, Tyler Lydon turned away from the basket and made it two steps toward halfcourt.Face red, cheeks puffed out, Lydon drew a big breath while staring at nothing in particular. He later guessed he hadn’t missed four straight at the line since the sixth grade. But before he could walk even farther away from his fifth attempt, Trevor Cooney briskly jogged from the bench and told him to step back up to the line.“I don’t know if it can be repeated,” Cooney said of what he yelled to Lydon. “I mean it happens. He just kept looking back and it made me mad. I just wanted him to make the next foul shot and not worry about just missing that one foul shot. Just stay on the line and make the next shot.”That’s what Lydon did, and the rest of the freshman’s performance only led to frustration for Middle Tennessee State. He finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and a career-high six blocks as the Orange (21-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coat) rolled the Blue Raiders, 75-50, at the Scottrade Center on Sunday to advance to the Sweet 16. MTSU favored a switch-everything, man-to-man that often gave SU a size advantage inside, and Lydon helped exploit that while using his 6-foot-8 frame to protect the rim on the other end.An uncharacteristic 6-for-10 night at the line was the only blemish on his performance. And in the end it was hardly a blemish at all.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He’s a lottery pick in time. He’s something, he’s something,” MTSU head coach Kermit Davis said after the game. “… I thought he competed hard today. I mean, he rebounded it and was just really hard to score over.”Playing in the center spot early on, Lydon was often left alone to defend relentless penetration by the Blue Raiders. Middle Tennessee State came into the contest as the 14th-best 3-point-shooting team in the country, and the SU zone aggressively extended accordingly. That forced MTSU to go off the dribble, and Lydon held his own inside without much help defense from the wings.But Boeheim thought he was especially effective on defense when paired with center Dajuan Coleman, which allowed him to swoop in from the weak side for blocks and rebounds. Right after completing a 3-point play, Lydon backtracked on defense and hung in the air before swatting a Perrin Buford layup attempt out of bounds. And after MTSU inbounded the ball moments later, he ranged over to the left block and pinned Reggie Upshaw against the backboard before collecting the loose ball.“Getting a good block always feels good,” Lydon said. “A big 3 is probably a better feeling than a big block, but a big block is always a lot of fun to look back and watch it.”With Lydon anchoring the interior defense for 34 minutes — his final plus-minus was a team-high plus-28 — the Blue Raiders shot a bleak 11-of-40 from inside the arc. Lydon also became just the 20th player since 2010 to finish with six or more blocks in an NCAA Tournament game.If he was feeling any jitters in his first run through March Madness, it only showed at the foul line.“It was really weird,” Lydon said. “I was telling Trevor, ‘They all feel good, I don’t know what else to change.’”As it turned out, he didn’t need to change a thing. Whatever he did from that fourth missed free throw on forward was more than enough. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Credit Availability Falls Again as Lenders Prepare for QM

first_img Share in Data, Origination Mortgage credit availability tightened again in September as lenders continued to cut programs that fall outside the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) qualified mortgage (QM) criteria.[IMAGE]The “”Mortgage Bankers Association’s””:http://mba.org/default.htm (MBA) Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI) decreased 0.7 percent to 110.7, matching August’s decline. [COLUMN_BREAK]””Credit availability tightened last month as more lenders removed program offerings with loan terms greater than 30 years and/or interest-only features, similar to the trend we observed last month,”” said Mike Fratantoni, MBA’s VP of research and economics. “”Just as before, we believe this reflects lenders’ implementation of the Ability to Repay/Qualified Mortgage regulation which comes fully into effect in January.””At the same time, MBA observed increased willingness among lenders to offer higher loan-to-value ratio loans–particularly to jumbo borrowers–offsetting some of September’s overall decrease in credit availability.The MCAI, put together with data made available through AllRegs’ Market Clarity product, is calculated using metrics and underwriting criteria from more than 85 lenders. The index was benchmarked at 100 in March 2012; if it had been tracked in 2007, it would have been at a level of roughly 800. October 8, 2013 448 Views center_img Credit Availability Falls Again as Lenders Prepare for QM Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Compliance Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Bankers Association Regulation Service Providers 2013-10-08 Tory Barringerlast_img read more