BURLINGTON — The Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity offers new Americans the tools to overcome obstacles when assimilating into a new culture, a new language, a new financial system. Through its Financial Empowerment for New Americans Project, more than 350 individuals will not just be given useful tools to navigate through their new and unfamiliar world, but given the tools for a new life. The initiative has been designed over the course of two years, and is now helping increase the organization’s capacity to host financial-education house parties for Somali women, provide training for community ambassadors, host interpreted classes, develop interpretation and translated material for financial coaching services, and present an annual Financial Wellness Day for New Americans, the second of which took place in September. “The clients that CVOEO serves are at the heart of all that we do,” said Kate Larose, financial futures program director. “We built this project from the ground up using a human-centered design.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College recently appointed David J. Provost as the institution’s new executive vice president for finance and administration, starting Jan. 23. Provost comes to Middlebury from Champlain College in Burlington, where he spent 12 years overseeing a variety of core functions, including finance, advancement, campus planning, facilities, human resources and information technology. At Middlebury, Provost will lead the college’s finance and budget office, facilities, capital planning, dining operations, information technology and business services. Provost had a key role in creating Champlain College’s first comprehensive master plan, which created a road map for its projected growth and needs for the next 10 to 15 years.
MONTPELIER — A Vermont-based group of schools plans to start a new preschool in Montpelier in January, giving local families another option for child-care services. The new Loveworks Child Care Center, part of Heartworks Preschools, will be at 24 Mountain View St., in a building owned by National Life. This was the result of a request for proposals from National Life, which was looking to have child-care services in its building, and Heartworks was selected. The Loveworks center will be open to the wider community as well as employees of National Life and the state. The new facility will offer full-time, year-round child care for children 6 weeks old through pre-kindergarten.
The Heartworks Preschools will host an open house called Experience Heartworks Day from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at its location at 618 South Main Street in Stowe. Heartworks is also announcing the January opening of Loveworks Child Care Center at 24 Mountain View Street in Montpelier, which will offer full-time, year-round child care for children 6 weeks old through pre-kindergarten. Heartworks currently has preschool locations in Burlington, Shelburne, Williston and Stowe. For those who can’t attend the Dec. 3 event, Loveworks will host a series of open houses at 24 Mountain View Street in Montpelier in February.
CRAFTSBURY COMMON — Sterling College and Green Mountain College were recently honored by the OnlineCollegePlan.com rankings for the best college farms in the U.S. The 11th spot went to Sterling College Farm, part of the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems, and the Green Mountain College Organic Farm at Cerridwen Farm was 12th. Middlebury College and the University of Vermont also made the list, which had a total of 60 college farms from across the country. The rankings were compiled in honor of National Farm to School Month in October, a month dedicated to spreading awareness and celebrating the efforts of the farms at participating schools.
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.
BURLINGTON — The University of Vermont Foundation this week announced one new hire and eight promotions. Amy Palmer-Ellis of Shelburne was hired as assistant vice president for development and gift planning. She was formerly the associate director of gift planning at Williams College. Prior to her career in development, Palmer-Ellis was an attorney in Boston and in Bennington, focusing her practice on trust and estate, real estate and charitable institution law. While in Bennington, Palmer-Ellis and her firm served as counsel for Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.
HANOVER, N.H. — Researchers at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine and Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system were recently awarded up to $42 million to investigate environmental influences on child health. The highly competitive awards are part of a $157 million, seven-year initiative called Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes, or ECHO, which was announced Wednesday by the National Institutes of Health. The ECHO program will study how exposure to a range of environmental factors in early development, from conception through early childhood, influences children’s and adolescent health. The awards will build the infrastructure and capacity for the ECHO program to support multiple, synergistic longitudinal studies that extend and expand existing cohort studies of mothers and their children.