BURLINGTON — Cadet Kaelyn Burbey, a senior at the University of Vermont’s Honors College, recently received the ROTC Legion of Valor Bronze Cross Award, given annually for achievement of scholastic excellence in military and academic subjects. Burbey is one of only 13 cadets nationally to receive the award. She is majoring in environmental engineering with a math minor. The award was presented at the UVM Army ROTC alumni reception on Sept. 24 at the Davis Center.
WOODSTOCK — Billings Farm & Museum recently announced the results of its 30th annual Quilt Exhibition. The winners of the “People’s Choice” awards for full-size quilts were: First place, “Wolf,” by Josette M. Jones, of Windsor; second place, “Aurora,” by Kathleen Geagan, of Brownsville; and third place, “Crop Circle: Aldbourne, 6 August 2004,” by Joanne Shapp, of North Pomfret. The winners for small/medium-size quilts were: First place, “Glass Flight,” by Alexandra Ambrose, of Hartland; second place, “Sunbonnet Sue Dressed in Regal Purple,” by Ruth Delaney, of White River Junction; and third place, “Bird Watching,” by Bonnie Atwood, of Woodstock.
Michael Monte, chief financial and operating officer of the Champlain Housing Trust, was recently chosen as the winner of the 2016 Con Hogan Award for Creative, Entrepreneurial, Community Leadership. The $15,000 award was presented to Monte at a reception on Oct. 5 at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. Monte joined leadership team at Champlain Housing Trust in 2007. He has more than 30 years of experience in the community and economic development field.
BURLINGTON — The University of Vermont recently received the 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. This award is a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. INSIGHT selected UVM based on the university’s diversity and inclusion initiatives and its ability to embrace a broad definition of diversity on its campus. Those diversity initiatives are led by Wanda Heading-Grant, UVM’s vice president of the Office of Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. This is the third consecutive year UVM has received this national award.
BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Development Credit Corp., or BDCC, was recently selected to receive two awards from the Northeastern Economic Developers Association. The Windham Region Workforce Center of Excellence was named program of the year, and the expansion of the company GS Precision was named project of the year. BDCC is due to receive these awards at the association’s upcoming conference, set for Sept. 11 to 13, in New Haven, Connecticut.
PEGTV was a top-place winner recently at the national Hometown Media Awards from the Alliance for Community Media in the category of Professional Access Center: Community Events-Activism/Rallies. PEGTV’s Access news magazine was the recipient of this national recognition for the “Rutland High School GIN Conference” segment, produced by the Access team of Amanda Wheeler, Amber Dumas Patch and Daniel Appelt. The segment highlights students learning about different global issues through workshops and service learning. Access airs on PEGTV channel 15 on at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays. It is also online at www.pegtv.com.
MENDON — New Life Hiking Spa in Mendon recently won the number-one spot in Travel + Leisure Magazine’s Top 10 list of destination spas in the U.S.
The announcement was made earlier this month on the Today Show, and the Vermont spa is featured in the magazine’s August issue. This is the first time in the history of the award that a Vermont hotel or spa has topped the list. Jimmy LeSage founded New Life Hiking Spa in 1978. Find more information at www.travelandleisure.com or www.newlifehikingspa.com.
BURLINGTON — Paul Millman, co-founder of Chroma Technology, was recently named the 2016 recipient of the Terry Ehrich Award for Excellence in Socially Responsible Business. The award, given by Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, recognizes a VBSR member who best exemplifies commitment to the environment, workplace, progressive public policy and community. Founded in Brattleboro in 1991, Chroma has become a leading manufacturer of optical filters and related products. As an employee-owned company, Chroma has grown from seven employees in its first year of business to more than 100 employees with offices in Europe and Asia. Chroma’s filters are distributed worldwide, while the company’s manufacturing occurs in the United States.
BARRE — Stephen L. Finner of Barre City was honored this month at the annual meeting of the American Association of University Professors in Washington D.C.
Finner was cited for his 50 years of “meritorious support of the AAUP’s standards and principles,” according to a statement. His service to the AAUP included serving as a member of its professional staff from 1979 to 2003 as the director of collective bargaining services, during which time he visited more than 300 colleges and universities organizing faculty and AAUP chapters. One of the units Finner helped organize was United Academics, the faculty union at the University of Vermont, which he now works for part time as the senior consultant for higher education. The American Association of University Professors was founded in 1915. It currently numbers more than 40,000 members and is the faculty union at more than 60 colleges and universities.
WATERBURY — The Preservation Trust of Vermont announced awards for a number of organizations and individuals at the annual Preservation Conference in Waterbury on Friday in recognition of projects completed throughout the state. The honorees were the town of Waterbury, Waterbury Public Library and the Waterbury Historical Society; Grace Community Church, Inc. in Canaan; Jennifer Bright in Enosburg Falls; The Woodstock Foundation, Inc. and Steve Smith, SAS Architects; the Brandon Town Hall Committee; Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington; Next Stage Arts and the Putney Historical Society; Housing Trust of Rutland County and Arnold & Scangas Architects; Stevens & Associates, P.C. and Hardy Structural Engineering in Brattleboro, in association with Mesabi Inc.
The event also recognized those who built the new Waterbury State Office Complex: the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services; the Vermont Division of Historic Preservation; Freeman French Freeman; Good Clancy; PC Construction, Rist-Frost-Shumway Engineering, PC, Engineering Ventures, PC, and SE Group, Landscape Architects. Two special awards recognized Sen. Patrick Leahy and Gov. Peter Shumlin for their commitment to historic preservation and downtown revitalization.