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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

You can beat the heat!

first_imgFor more information, click here. The department also makes sure checking in on your family and neighbors. Here are some things you can do when its hot out to stay cool: (WBNG) — The Broome County Office of Emergency Management is asking all individuals to remember to stay hydrated in hot weather. Avoid strenuous activityWear light clothingWatch for heat cramps, exhaustion and heat strokeDrink plenty of waterNever leave pets or people in a carlast_img

PHOTOS: Southern Tier turns the colors of fall

first_img(WBNG) — Fall has arrived in the Southern Tier! Take a look at these photos from around the area. The trees are starting to turn yellow, red and orange.last_img

Spain virus death toll tops 4,000

first_imgPrime Minister Pedro Sanchez, whose wife is infected with the virus, has said this is the country’s most difficult moment since its 1936-39 civil war.”Only the oldest, who knew the hardships of the civil war and its aftermath, can remember collective situations that were harsher than the current one. The other generations in Spain have never, ever had to face as a collective something so hard,” he said when he imposed the state of emergency on March 14.Spain’s demographics partly explain why it has been one of the worst-affected nations. The country has one of the longest life expectancies in Europe and the pandemic has taken a high toll on its large elderly population, who are especially vulnerable to the disease. The coronavirus death toll in Spain surged to 4,089 after 655 people died within 24 hours, the health ministry said on Thursday.It was a 19 percent increase on figures released Wednesday by the authorities in Spain, which has the world’s second highest death toll from the disease after Italy.The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 56,188, the ministry said. Topics :center_img Despite a national lockdown imposed on March 14, which parliament on Thursday agreed to extend until April 11, both deaths and infections have continued to mount, with officials warning this week would be particularly bad. But the rise in the number of new deaths was smaller than that recorded on Wednesday when the figure rose by 738 or 27 percent.Health authorities are hoping it will soon become clear whether the lockdown is having the desired effect.The Madrid region has suffered the brunt of the epidemic with 17,166 infections — just under a third of the total — and 2,090 deaths, or 51 percent of the national figure. last_img read more

Villa World will rejuvenate a wetlands reserve as a showpiece for Arundel Springs

first_imgThe regenerated nature reserve and wetland will create a natural backdrop along Arundel Springs Ave.A NEGLECTED strip of Gold Coast wetland will be converted into a nature reserve as part of a 25ha residential project.Developer Villa World has announced that the wetlands will become the “spectacular centrepiece” for its Arundel Springs estate.The Arundel reach of the Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area — which is home to a diverse range of natural species including a large population of kangaroos — has been locked away from public view for decades under private ownership as one of the Gold Coast’s last working dairy farms.Villa World CEO and managing director Craig Treasure said that since buying the Greenacre Drive infill site from the O’Brien family in 2016, Villa World had created a masterplan to include extensive public space directly fronting the Coombabah Wetlands.“Villa World sees this development as a major opportunity to both provide recreational amenities for the local community and to revive an area that has lain waste through years of neglect,” Mr Treasure said.“The area is overgrown with introduced weeds and is choked with sediment. We plan to extensively clean it up and add new plantings in line with council requirements to create a beautiful natural environment for everyone to enjoy. We have been working closely with the City of Gold Coast which has been very supportive of this initiative.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North12 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe first lots at Arundel Springs will be released later this year.The upgrade will include new bike and walking paths to connect landscaped parks and amenities within the Arundel Springs community. There will also be a series of resident access points to the nature reserve and viewing decks. Mr Treasure said the regenerated nature reserve and wetland would create a natural backdrop along Arundel Springs Ave — the main access route through Arundel Springs.“Villa World has designed Arundel Springs as an interactive environment to encourage play and recreation within the natural and urban spaces we’re creating,” he said.“The public spaces are designed to have minimal impact on the Coombabah Wetlands, while creating a distinctive and functional environment for the public. This will provide a spectacular centrepiece to the Arundel Springs project, which is currently Villa World’s flagship development on the Gold Coast.”On completion, Arundel Springs will comprise 306 residential lots and about 80 town homes. The project is expected to create around 1500 jobs during its staged development.Arundel Springs is scheduled for release in the first half of this year with lots ranging from 300sq m to 811sq m.“Arundel Springs is a community that will appeal to young couples, families and active retirees looking to build their dream home,” Mr Treasure said.last_img read more

Interstate investors snapping up townhouses in blue chip suburb

first_img“There is a mix of owner occupiers and investors, families, first homeowners, upsizers and downsizers,” he said.“Many have come from nearby suburbs. “We liked this site because it is well-serviced by schools, retail and transport and is close to the city.”Trend consists of 36 townhouses – 31 with four bedrooms and five townhouses with three bedrooms. Each one has two carparks. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoPrices start from $545,000. The townhouses also come with 2.5 bathrooms, two car spaces, quality finishes, open-plan living spaces and private courtyards.Everton Park, which is 9km from the CBD, has previously been labelled an “emerging blue chip suburb” by developers working in the area.The median house sales price is currently $602,000, according to CoreLogic. For units, it is $435,000.Mr Cawley said their “keenly priced” townhouses offered a happy-medium between a house and a unit, and were being constructed in an area where infill sites were becoming harder to find.“It is that perfect wedge between a detached house and an apartment,” he said.Mr Cawley said investors who had bought into the development were also recognising their value for money, with the majority coming from Sydney and Melbourne. Going forward, Keystone Urban Developments will continue its focus on the northern suburbs, with construction underway and more than 50 per cent of townhouses sold at its Vue Taigum development.Evoke McDowall is also expected to be launched soon, with Echelon Bridgeman Downs scheduled for next year.The company has also completed two northside residential developments – Vogue Aspley and Northpoint Carseldine. Trend Everton ParkDescribed as a “city fringe paradise”, Trend Everton Park is proving popular with buyers wanting a new home with an affordable price tag close to the city. Civil works are almost complete, with construction of the 36 townhouses expected to be finished by the end of the year.Keystone Urban Developments managing director Brendan Cawley said 55 per cent of the townhouses had now sold to a range of buyers.last_img read more

Free cone day at Dairy Queen

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — Monday (3/20) is the first day of spring, and Dairy Queen wants to help you celebrate it with Free Cone Day.Monday at participating restaurants, each customer can get a free cone in honor of Children’s Hospitals Week and the first day of spring.Dairy Queen says this is the third year for free cones, and they hope to encourage customers donate to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.last_img

Guest stars shine at Luxemburg

first_imgBy Tom WagnerLUXEMBURG, Wis. (July 3) – They may have been visitors, guests or spoilers, but by the end of the night, you could call them winners, too.Keeping with the theme of 4th of July road trips, visiting teams nearly dominated victory lane Fri­day night at the Luxemburg Speedway.Once the green flag flew, that was pretty much the last the rest of the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified field saw of Erik Mahlik.The focus shifted to second, with Josh Long grabbing the position from James Tebon at the mid-point.  Long did solidify his hold on the spot, but without a caution, had no chance to real in the departed Mahlik.The night’s closest feature finish came in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars as Jeremy Jauquet sur­vived a wild final corner scramble to record his first feature win in the division.He took the lead on lap one, but was literally under pressure every lap and ultimately prevailed in a three-wide race to the finish line.One driver who didn’t follow the night’s script was Marcus Moede in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. He took the lead from Dean Anhalt early en route to his first Luxemburg win of the sea­son. In the process, he was able to chip a few points away from division leader Dan VanPay’s advantage in the title chase.last_img read more

Selinsgrove checkers give Duke PASS weekend sweep

first_imgReinhardt and Prutzman held onto second and third.  Reinhardt, making only his second start of the year, led for most of the race although he was chal­lenged early by Kepner. By Frank Buhrman  “The track didn’t slick off quite as much as I thought it would for the feature,” Duke said in victory lane, “so we were a little tight at the beginning, but the longer we ran, the better we got. Those guys started coming back to me a little bit, and my eyes got a little bit bigger, and we went after them, and we were lucky enough to pull it off.”  SELINSGROVE, Pa. (July 27) – Ken Duke Jr. capped a perfect racing weekend with a late pass for the lead and his second straight hometown victory in Saturday’s 20-lap Pennsylvania Sprint Series feature at Selinsgrove Speedway. The Selinsgrove IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car win followed Duke’s victory Friday at Clinton County Motor Speedway and was his seventh of the year in PASS competition; he also has won with the Laurel Highlands Sprint Series. center_img The remaining three contenders battled until lap 12, when Duke got around Prutzman for second on lap 12. Once Duke got by Reinhardt he never looked back, stretching his winning margin to 4.035 seconds by the checkered flag.  Feature results – 1. Ken Duke Jr.; 2. Tyler Reinhardt; 3. Keith Prutzman; 4. Devin Adams; 5. Doug Dodson; 6. Dave Brown; 7. Cale Reigle; 8. Dylan Proctor; 9. Larry McVay; 10. Landon Price; 11. Jake Frye; 12. Dylan Shatzer; 13. Dave Wickham; 14. Mike Alleman; 15. Jimmy White; 16. Kyle Keen; 17. Ian Cumens; 18. Dave Graber; 19. Erin Statler; 20. Domenic Melair; 21. Col­ton Hoover; 22. Will Brunson; 23. Dan Leaper; 24. Wally Eshenaur; 25. Josh Spicer; 26. Kruz Kep­ner Ken Duke Jr. completed a weekend sweep with the Saturday night Pennsylvania Sprint Series checkers at Selinsgrove Speedway. (Photo by Christi Baker) “Those guys” referred to in Duke’s comments were polesitter Tyler Reinhardt, Kruz Kepner and Keith Prutzman, who were all involved in the battle for the lead.last_img read more

Area Basketball Scores (1-18)

first_imgArea Basketball ScoresFriday  (1-18)Boys ScoresBatesville  72     Franklin County  35Milan  75     South Ripley  59Oldenburg  46     Indy Lutheran  37Morristown  64     North Decatur  51South Decatur  52     Centerville  47Rising Sun  54     Switz. County  45Rushville  60     Northeastern  53SW-Hanover  66     Christian Academy  44Hauser  77     Waldron  64SW-Shelby  56     Edinburgh  46Floyd Central  65     Jennings County  40Union County  57     Tri  37Girls ScoresSouth Ripley  54     Milan  40Triton Central  68     Lawrenceburg  58Pendleton Heights  53     Connersville  42SW-Shelby  60     Edinburgh  57last_img