Champlain College to confer honorary degrees on Lola Aiken and Marc vanderHeyden

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt.–Champlain College will confer honorary degrees on two prominent Vermont residents at its 129th Commencement on May 5, 2007. The Board of Trustees of Champlain College selected retiring Saint Michael’s College President Marc A. vanderHeyden and Champlain College Trustee Emeritus Lola P. Aiken for this honor.Aiken and vanderHeyden will be awarded honorary doctoral degrees from the private, professionally focused college. Additionally, vanderHeyden will deliver the Commencement Address at Champlain College’s ceremony.”These two individuals come from very different backgrounds, but they both have created positive changes in Vermont’s cultural, historical and educational landscapes,” said Champlain College President David F. Finney. “At Commencement time, we’re pleased to honor their many contributions while reminding our graduates that they also have the power to make indelible marks on their communities and the world.”Lola Pierotti AikenLola Pierotti Aiken of Montpelier is celebrated as an unwavering advocate for Vermont’s educational, historical and community organizations. Born in Vermont’s capital city, the daughter of a stonecutter who emigrated from Italy, Aiken would land a job working for George Aiken in 1941 in his US Senate campaign office, before moving to work in his Congressional office in Washington.She earned her way to the top staff job where she proved herself a catalyst – using her connections in Vermont and Washington to help advance the Senator’s efforts on behalf of Vermonters. Twenty-five years after joining the Senator’s team, she would marry him and continue to work by his side without pay. Over three decades in the capital, Aiken rubbed elbows with six presidents, first ladies and many senators, while today she remains a loyal supporter of the Senator’s legacy. Vermont political candidates still seek her out today for endorsements at campaign time.As a stateswoman and dedicated community servant, Aiken’s energy and “we-can-do-it” attitude is legendary across Vermont. She’s served on the board of directors of UVM’s George B. Aiken Lecture Series, The Vermont Historical Society, Calvin Coolidge Foundation, Ethan Allen Homestead, Rockingham Meeting House and Judicial Conduct Board. Her service has also reached to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice and the New England Culinary Institute Scholarship Committee. She’s a longtime, active member of the Friends of the Statehouse – where her husband served as Governor for four years prior to becoming a Senator. Aiken’s recent awards include the 2005 Governor’s Award for Outstanding Community Service Vermont Lifetime Achievement Award. She has an honorary degree from UVM and won Norwich University’s Board of Fellow’s Medallion Award in 2002.At Champlain College, Aiken Hall – the former Westervelt home built in 1885, was named in honor of Lola Aiken because of her longtime dedication to Champlain students and programs. She served as a college trustee for the 18 years prior to 1995 and she was an advocate for Champlain’s many student life programs and the Single Parents Program, which has been nationally recognized for supporting single parents as they juggle family and educational responsibilities. Aiken also provided leadership for capital campaigns to build a campus center and high-tech library at Champlain College.Aiken once told former Champlain College President Robert Skiff that she loved one of his sayings: “If you stand still, you lose ground.” Many would agree that Lola Aiken has also lived by these words.Dr. Marc A. vanderHeydenDr. Marc A. vanderHeyden has served as president of Saint Michael’s College in Colchester for 11 years and will step down in June 2007. As the 15th president of the liberal arts Catholic college, the historian has brought intelligence, compassion, creativity and extraordinary development to the institution.A seasoned educator who was born in Ghent, Belgium, vanderHeyden is fluent in three languages and has a working knowledge of five more. Colleagues say he has an acute sense of the need for globally informed education that goes beyond one’s own borders. St. Michael’s trustees have noted that his enduring and primary focus on students and the quality of their educational experience was clear from the moment he set foot on campus.During vanderHeyden’s tenure, Saint Michael’s College strengthened its academic profile, including obtaining an invitation to create a Phi Beta Kappa honor society chapter on campus – one of only 270 colleges and universities nationwide have been invited to do so. vanderHeyden oversaw the completion of a $52 million campaign and constructed important new facilities while enhancing the college’s technology infrastructure.vanderHeyden has involved all of the college’s constituencies in developing a shared vision of Saint Michael’s College. He linked the college to national and international education organizations, led the institution in exploring the importance of its Catholic heritage, and created lasting ties to the arts community.vanderHeyden and his wife, Dana, have rooted Saint Michael’s in Vermont’s cultural community through significant support and collaboration with many organizations. The Lane Series now collaborates with Saint Michael’s on arts presentations nearly every year, the Flynn Theater works with the college in an arts-education graduate program, the Church Street Fire House Gallery recognizes Saint Michael’s as a supporter of several exhibits annually, the Fleming Museum provides free access to Saint Michael’s students and The Vermont Youth Orchestra has a beautiful new home in the Elley-Long Music Center at Saint Michael’s College. During vanderHeyden’s tenure, the college also initiated the artist-in-residence summer program to bring young talent to campus and to build a significant contemporary art collection on campus.As vanderHeyden moved Saint Michael’s College forward, he has also brought his talents to several state and regional organizations. He currently serves on the boards the Association of Vermont Independent Colleges, Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill, Green Mountain Power, New England Board of Higher Education, Vermont Business Roundtable, Vermont Campus Compact, Vermont Health Foundation and Vermont Higher Education Council. The diversity of organizations attests to vanderHeyden’s versatility and leadership skills, which have been invaluable to the community at large.last_img read more

Leicester Target Southampton Defender, Vestergaard

first_imgLeicester are reportedly making a £15million move for Southampton centre half Jannik Vestergaard this month, with the Foxes looking to bolster their defensive options.The 27-year-old has been a key player in the Southampton side since arriving from Borussia Mönchengladbach and his performances have caught the eye of Leicester, who The Sun report have made a £15million bid for the Dane.Despite putting nine goals past Vestergaard and his team-mates during the 9-0 rout at St Mary’s Stadium earlier this season, Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is keen on bringing the Saints player to the King Power Stadium. The report also suggests that Southampton may be open to selling the defender this January transfer window, as the club’s top flight safety is all but assured after their impressive 2-0 win away to Crystal Palace on Tuesday.Rodgers is desperate to bring in a defender this month to help his side’s push for Champions League football next season. As it stands, veteran stopper Wes Morgan is struggling with injuries while the club are keen to send Filip Benkovic out on loan.That means Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu are left as the only fit defenders at the club, and should one pick up an injury, it could leave the Foxes in dire need of cover at the back.Leicester were heavily interested in Juventus defender Merih Demiral earlier in the window, but saw a £25million bid rejected at the start of the month.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Wilfred-Ndidilast_img read more

Rocky trip Outback for UW

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. — A slow start and a huge passing day for Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge were too much for Wisconsin to overcome Jan. 1 in the Outback Bowl, as UW lost 21-17.After falling behind 21-7 in the second quarter, the Badgers (9-4, 5-3 Big Ten) battled back, but never were able to overtake the Volunteers (10-4, 6-2).Momentum had seemingly swung Wisconsin’s way late in the fourth quarter. Trailing by four, Wisconsin had just blocked a short Tennessee field goal attempt and driven deep into enemy territory thanks largely to a 50-yard run by newly healthy running back P.J. Hill.With a first and 10 from the Tennessee 18, Wisconsin looked poised to take a lead for the first time in the game. After three plays netted a total of eight yards, however, the Badgers were forced into a fourth-and-two situation.With six minutes remaining in the game and down to only one timeout after using their second out of a media timeout before their first play of the drive, UW head coach Bret Bielema and offensive coordinator Paul Chryst elected to forego a field goal that would have made it a one-point game and go for the first down.”On third down we had made the decision … I said if it’s fourth-and-two or less we’re going for it,” Bielema said. “We had to call accordingly. And obviously it’s fourth-and-two and we didn’t take advantage, we weren’t able to execute. Tennessee did a good job, they were laying back on the quarterback as well.”Wisconsin quarterback Tyler Donovan took the snap and with the play calling for a UW’s receivers to flood the right side of the defense, rolled right initially. Finding nothing open, he changed course and scrambled left. With a defender closing hard on him and nowhere left to run, Donovan threw the ball away out of the back of the endzone.”We tried to throw them off, obviously those are kind of run downs, so we thought they would be expecting the run … they did a good job of out-flanking it and shutting it down,” Donovan said.Weighing on Bielema’s mind was that, had a field goal been kicked, it would take a defensive stop and another field goal to take the lead.”There’s a lot of things that went into it,” Bielema said of the call. “We had one timeout, and also we’re in an unfamiliar stadium out there and … we had been warned about the swirling winds. I felt pretty confident about that field goal, but I was more considerate about if we were in a long field again.”The failed conversion gave the ball back to Tennessee with five minutes, 52 seconds left in the game and the opportunity to run the clock down. Twice early in the drive Wisconsin appeared to have Tennessee on the ropes, forcing the Volunteers into third down situations. Both times, however, Ainge, who threw for 365 yards and two touchdowns on the day to earn game MVP honors, was able to find a receiver open in the Wisconsin secondary and complete a pass for a first down.For the game, Tennessee converted on nine of 18 third down attempts.”It’s tough to win ballgames when you don’t get off the field on third down,” linebacker DeAndre Levy said. “We had a lot of chances, but even in spite of that, we still had a chance at the end.”Finally stopping the Volunteers on their third third down of the drive, the Badgers turned the ball back over to their offense for a final desperation drive.Starting 88 yards away from the endzone with 86 seconds remaining in the game, Donovan turned to his tight ends to pick up first downs and move the ball down the field. Garrett Graham caught consecutive passes to pick up 21 and then 10 yards and Travis Beckum — kept in check most of the day by the Tennessee defense to the tune of two catches for 22 yards — grabbed a 13-yard completion.After a Tennessee offside penalty moved the ball forward five yards, Wisconsin had the ball at the 36-yard line with just over half a minute remaining. Straying from the intermediate passing game, Donovan went for it all, lofting a pass down the left sideline for a streaking Paul Hubbard.As Hubbard dove for the ball, Volunteers’ safety Antonio Wardlow cut in front of him and made a leaping interception.”I was expanding the route, it called for me to expand out, outward toward the sideline, and that’s what I was doing,” Hubbard said. “But I think [Donovan] put it on a line drive a little more on the inside.After the interception, all Ainge had to do was drop to a knee and the clock ran out on the Wisconsin season.last_img read more

Dream Team VI Final Warm-up Cancelled

first_imgNigeria Dream Team VI final warm-up game against fellow Rio-bound Honduras has been cancelled.Officials would not give any reasons for the cancellation but it may not be unconnected with the poor arrangement that has attended the team’s preparation for the Rio Olympics.A Nigerian based in the United States of America agreed to foot the bills of the team for their first 10 days in Atlanta, before the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) came through for the team after the sports minister publicly announced he was unaware of the team’s whereabouts. Coach Samson Siasia’s team lost 1-0 to Olympic defending champions Mexico in their first test game overseas, before they defeated local side Charlton Battery FC 2-0 in another friendly.They will now depart for Brazil from Miami on Friday.African champions Nigeria are drawn against Asian champions Japan, European champions Sweden and Colombia in the first round of the football event of the Rio Olympics.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more