Vt. college farms honored

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.

Burbey receives top ROTC award

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.

Palmer-Ellis

UVM Foundation hires one, promotes 8

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.

$42M supports new research

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.  

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.

Robert Kuckuk

Norwich appoints Kuckuk as college dean

NORTHFIELD — Norwich University recently named U.S. Marine Colonel Robert Kuckuk as dean of the College of National Services, which oversees Reserve Officer Training Corps programs at Norwich through the departments of Army Military Science, Aerospace Studies and Naval Science.

Publication honors UVM

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.

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.