Beret Halvorsen

Halverson takes coordinator job

BURLINGTON — Beret Halverson was recently hired as the new coordinator of the University of Vermont Extension Master Gardener Program. Prior to accepting this position, Halverson worked for the Oregon State University Extension Service for eight years, most recently as a faculty instructor and research program coordinator for the Family and Community Health Program in Clackamas County. Halverson earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from UVM and a master’s degree in public administration from Portland State University. She was an undergraduate research assistant for the Vermont Community Garden Network and the Pitchandiculum Bio-Research Center in Tamil Nadu, India. She worked on several organic farms and garden projects in New Zealand, Vermont, India and Oregon.

Richard Daniel

Saint Mike’s hires Daniel

COLCHESTER — Saint Michael’s College recently hired Richard Daniel as its new vice president for institutional advancement. Most recently, Daniel was the associate vice president for university advancement and special projects/executive director for alumni relations at the University of Texas at El Paso, where he helped develop a campaign to raise $226 million, exceeding a $200 million goal. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at Arizona State University. Early in his career, he worked in admissions at Arizona State University and went on to work in alumni relations at the University of Nevada, Reno. He also held an enrollment management position at a community college in Phoenix.

Program eases student debt burden

MONTPELIER — You don’t need a college degree to know that the rising costs of higher education are a huge challenge right now. Research from the Institute for College Access & Success found that 65 percent of Vermonters hold student debt, with an average debt of $29,060. The realities made big headlines this summer, when Vermont State Colleges Chancellor Jeb Spaulding announced a proposal to merge Lyndon State College and Johnson State College under one administration — a cost-saving measure that could have an impact on other areas of the VSC system. Chancellors will vote on the JSC-LSC merger on Sept. 29.

Norwich achieves Forbes ranking

NORTHFIELD — Forbes Magazine found Norwich University to be in the top 20 percent of approximately 900 private colleges and universities ranked according to their financial strength, awarding Norwich a grade of “A” for financial well-being. Norwich University is one of 177 schools out of nearly 900 to receive this grade. The strong financial footing of the university reflects unwavering leadership in development and acute financial practices. With support of the board of trustees, President Richard W. Schneider has led the university for the past 24 years. Schneider has worked with the board to create a comprehensive strategic plan for the university titled “NU2019.” This document includes goals for excellence in academia, student life, an improved national brand and improved financial security for the year 2019, as the university celebrates its bicentennial.

UVM starts new epidemiology program

BURLINGTON — The University of Vermont is launching a new graduate certificate program in epidemiology this fall. The program features a concise, six-course immersion in the quantitative sciences of public health used for analyzing diseases and health-related conditions. Epidemiology has many applications and plays a critical role in research, health care planning and investigating disease outbreaks. Epidemiology is increasingly used globally in public health research and practice, including cases like the Zika virus, to assess public health impact and develop guidelines and policies. The certificate, which the UVM Board of Trustees approved in May, can be completed in one year.

JSC wellness degree is online

JOHNSON — Johnson State College recently made its bachelor’s degree in wellness and alternative medicine, or WAM, available online to students with at least 45 college credits. The new format was accredited in May by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, coinciding with the recent launch of “JSC Online,” a degree-completion initiative for adults. JSC Online broadens online bachelor’s degree offerings, and features in-state tuition rates for all students, regardless of their place of residence. The WAM program includes courses from the Environmental and Health Sciences Department as well as courses in homeopathy, meditation, yoga and other mind-body modalities. For more information, visit www.jsc.edu/jsc-online or call 800-635-2356.

Course blends game design, teaching

MARLBORO — Educators that are pursuing their master’s degree will have an opportunity to connect to their students through new technological tools, thanks to a new course at Marlboro College. The Marlboro College Professional Development Institute is now accepting students for its new Game Design for Teachers course. The six-week class runs from Aug. 14 to Sept. 25.

Governor appoints Reardon

CASTLETON — Gov. Peter Shumlin recently appointed Ric Reardon, director of education for Castleton University, to a three-year term with the Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators as representative from Vermont’s higher education institutions. Reardon oversees the undergraduate teacher preparation program and the masters’ and doctoral-level education programs at Castleton. In addition, he directs the Castleton Center for Schools, which offers professional development for educators through workshops, institutes, course offerings and tutorials. The standards board oversees the training, licensing and professional standards of teachers and administrators and promotes educator quality for all of Vermont’s public educators.

Thy Yang

Thy Yang takes assistant VP job

NORTHFIELD — Thy Yang was recently named assistant vice president for international education at Norwich University. In her new job, Yang will lead the Norwich efforts at internationalizing the community with oversight of the university’s International Center. One project accomplished through the center is CityLAB:Berlin, Norwich’s micro-campus in the German capital, offering academics in architecture, visual and liberal arts. Yang is an experienced international educator with more than 15 years of serving students and scholars at various universities in the Midwest. Most recently, Yang served as associate vice president for international studies at St.

Norwich to offer new major in fall

NORTHFIELD — Starting in the fall, Norwich University will offer a new bachelor’s degree in exercise science. The new program will add to the previously announced bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and is part of an administrative restructuring of the College of Science and Mathematics. The exercise science major will roll out under the leadership of assistant professor Thomas Roberge, who also oversees physical education. Exercise science was previously offered as a concentration in the physical education program.