The two-day event took place in Rutland and Williston Oct. 3-4 and was attended by an estimated 400 people. Graybar, a leading electrical supply shop with 250-plus locations throughout North America, organized the festivities. In addition to Local 300, over 45 vendors were on hand to exhibit their products.Local 300 representatives Jean Watkins and Matt Lash were both on site for the duration of the event to speak with attendees. On the final day, they were joined by IBEW member and journeyman electrician Amy James of Johnson, Vt. A steady stream of people stopped at the unions booth for information.”Graybar’s constituency got to see firsthand what many in the trades already know – the IBEW delivers productivity, profit and value,” said Business Manager George Clain. “Electrical contractors can benefit from partnering with this union, particularly through cost-effective access to highly-trained laborers. We were also proud to showcase the best-in-class wages and benefits our electricians receive, as well as the learning opportunities available for those interested in becoming an electrician.”Graybar Customer Appreciation Days is an annual initiative. For more information, contact Vermont Branch Manager Ken Hall at (802) 660-9900 or email@example.com(link sends e-mail).Based in South Burlington, the IBEW Local 300 serves 1,200-plus laborers throughout Vermont. The organization is part of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), which is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and represents approximately 750,000 members who work in a wide variety of fields, including utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads and government. The IBEW has members in both the United States and Canada and stands out among the American unions in the AFL-CIO because of its size and highly skilled constituency.For more information, contact Marketing and Business Development Director Matt Lash at (802) 864-5864, MLash@ibewlocal300.org(link sends e-mail) or www.ibewlocal300.org(link is external).
Merchants Bank donates $50,000 to help Vermonters heat homesSOUTH BURLINGTON, VT -Thomas S. Leavitt, Executive Vice President forMerchants Bank has announced that Merchants Bank and Merchants Bank Foundation are providing a total of $50,000 to support fuel assistance programs in Vermont. Fifteen thousand dollars will be granted to the CVPS SHARE HEAT program and $35,000 will be granted to Vermont’s six Community Action Agencies. The contribution is part of an effort by Merchants Bank to help Vermonters heat their homes this winter and rise to the challenge of higher fuel costs.The six agencies receiving contributions from Merchants Bank include BROC Community Action in Southwestern Vermont (Bennington and Rutland Counties), Central Vermont Community Action Council (Lamoille, Orange and Washington Counties), Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle Counties), Northeast Kingdom Community Action (Caledonia, Essex and Orleans Counties), and Southeastern Vermont Community Action Council (Windham and Windsor Counties).”This is another Merchants Bank Vermont Matters initiative. Our company is pleased to be in a position to support Vermonters in a challenging economic climate. Merchants Bank has a 159 year tradition of serving Vermont’s communities. This is a meaningful way of partnering to provide important assistance,” commented Leavitt.”As one of our Vermont Matters initiatives, this commitment is part of a larger program of service. Merchants Bank branches and employees statewide find ways to make a difference every week,”said Doreen Allen, Merchants Bank Community Reinvestment Act Officer and Northfield Branch President.Vermont Matters! Merchants Bank strives to provide funding to support organizations with programs and services throughout Vermont that help meet basic needs; advance environmental initiatives, energy efficiency and awareness; and promote community enrichment through local sports related initiatives.The continuing mission of Merchants Bank is to provide Vermonters with a state-wide community bank that blends a strong technology platform with a genuine appreciation for local markets. Merchants Bank fulfills this commitment through a branch-based system that includes 36 community bank offices and 44 ATMs throughout Vermont, Personal Bankers dedicated to top-quality customer service and streamlined solutions, including: Personal Banking with CashRewards Checkingsm, Free Checking for Life(r), a low-cost Money Market Account, Free Online Banking and Bill Pay, Overdraft Coverage, Direct Deposit, Free Debit Card, and Free Automated Phone Banking; Business Banking with Rewards Checking for Business, Business Online Banking and Bill Pay, Business Lines of Credit and Merchant Card Processing; Small Business Loans; Health Savings Accounts; Credit Cards; Flexible Certificates of Deposit; Vehicle Loans; Home Equity Credit; and Home Mortgages. Visit mbvt.com for more information. Merchants’ stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market system under the symbol MBVT. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.###
The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January 2009 was 6.8 percent, up nine-tenths of a point from the revised December rate and up 2.5 points from a year ago. The unadjusted rate was 7.6 percent. The fourth quarter declines in Vermont s job market continued into January, said Patricia Moulton Powden, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor. Though we are relatively better off than the US economy as a whole we continue to see significant increases in unemployment.Job GrowthBefore seasonal adjustment, Total Non-Farm (TNF) jobs decreased by 8,500 or -2.8% from December to January. While this is a typical seasonal decrease for this time of year, we were starting from a significantly lower than typical December job level. The result is we are down 11,750 jobs or -3.8% to last year. The only seasonal increase in job counts was observed in Leisure & Hospitality, (800 or 2.4%) but this growth was not enough to keep annual job growth positive. Large over the month losses were seen in Construction, (-2,100 or -15.8%) Manufacturing, (-1,000 or -3.0%) Retail Trade, (-1,500 or -3.8%) and Professional & Business Services, (-1,150 or -5.3%). All these sectors showed annual declines as well. Private education lost 750 jobs during the vacation period, but the sector still shows annual growth. The Healthcare & Social Assistance sector lost 350 jobs in January, but it too maintained a positive annual growth rate.When seasonally adjusted, January job levels were flat to December and down by -10,800 or -3.5% from January of 2008 (see graph). Only Retail Trade (+600 or 1.6%) and Private Educational Services, (+300 or 2.5%) showed seasonally adjusted increases in jobs over the month.Employment GrowthVermont s unemployment rate grew to 6.8 percent in January as a result of another sharp increase in the number of unemployed (+3,200 to 24,200) and a decrease in the number of employed Vermonters (-2,700 to 333,000). Vermont s observed January seasonally adjusted employment, unemployment levels and unemployment rate were statistically significant. For comparison purposes, the US seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January was 7.6 percent, up four-tenths of a point from the revised December value of 7.2 percent. Unemployment rates for Vermont s 17 labor market areas ranged from 4.4 percent in Hartford to 11.5 percent in Newport. Local labor market area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. For comparison, the January unadjusted unemployment rate for Vermont was 7.6 percent, up 1.7 points from December 2008 and up 2.6 points from a year ago.The preliminary estimates of nonfarm jobs for January, and the revisions to the estimates for December, incorporate substantive changes made in the Current Employment Survey estimation procedures. These new procedures are designed to bring the aggregate monthly change in jobs for individual states into closer alignment with the change in national job counts reflected in the estimates produced and published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As a result of these changes, the November 2008 and forward estimates may not be totally comparable to previous months’ data. The impact of these changes in methodology will be better understood when we are able to make comparisons to Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages. We expect to make these comparisons in May of 2009.Source: Vermont Department of Labor, March 11, 2009
The Public Oversight Panel’s report created by Act 189 of the Vermont General Assembly was released today. The panel was charged with providing information about the comprehensive vertical audit and reliability assessment of the Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee nuclear plant to the legislature as it determines whether the plant should be authorized to operate beyond the expiration of its current license. The Public Oversight Panel’s report is critical to the legislature’s decision regarding whether or not to approve the continued operation of Vermont Yankee.The Panel has concluded that there are serious concerns that need to be addressed before an assurance of reliability can be met. The Panel found several significant areas of concern with the plant. “The Panel’s concerns about continued operation of the plant are significant and not easy to resolve,” said Chairman Klein. “These concerns include the management of the plant, the low ranking of equipment reliability ENVY has received, high staff turnover, and many others.“Risks associated with the reliability of the plant need to be addressed before final decision making about the continued operation of the plant,” said Chairwoman Lyons. “This report adds to concerns the legislature has identified, including the lack of a power purchaseagreement, decommissioning and spent fuel storage.” The Panel was designed to further transparency, public oversight and the public’s involvement in the reliability assessment of the plant. The independent safety assessment is critical to Vermont’s energy future and the panel’s report of this assessment has brought to light significant concerns regarding the reliability of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. “As we pursue a reliable, clean and affordable energy future it is critical that Vermonters are assured of the reliability of relying on this aging plant,” said Chairwoman Cummings. “The independent reliability assessment of Vermont Yankee is critical to Vermont’s energy future and we will weigh the concerns of the panel before proceeding with a decision about the plant’s reliability.”
Vermont Administration Secretary Neale Lunderville on Friday sent state worker union leaders a counter offer to his original proposal to cut wages of the more than 8,000 state employees. Lunderville said on March 10, 2009, that in order to avoid 320 layoffs, the state and union would have to find $17 million in sustainable wage reductions. The union had essentially rejected that proposal and offered their own, which included furloughs and cuts in raises instead of cuts in current wages. In the latest proposal, the Administration increased the floor for a 5% salary reduction from $30,000 in the original proposal to $38,000 in the current proposal; $38,000 is the average private sector salary. Also, the Administration is proposing to extend the salary reduction and medical premium increase items to all three branches in order to make the proposal equitable across state government and lessen the impact on only one branch.Administration Counter Proposal dated April 3, 2009General Fund savingsClassified BU COLAs & Steps‐ Executive Branch BU’s only: $3,767,114No Cola/Step other Exec Branch and temps all branches: $1,063,676Judicial and Leg Exempts: $324,529Subtotal COLA and Step Savings FY10: $5,155,319Wellness: $351,2555% salary reduction for all employees earning $38,000 and above, who have not already received a salary decrease (classified bargaining unit, managers, confidential, exempts and temps). Savings for Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches: $7,399,944Employee share of medical premium increase to 25% for those earning under $38,000, and to 30% for those earning $38,000 and above. Savings for Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches: $3,493,227Overtime Savings All three branches & includes temps $544,609TOTAL $16,944,354LETTER FROM LUNDERVILLE:
Country Walkers has been named named to Outside magazine s (www.outsideonline.com(link is external)) second annual Best Places to Work list. Country Walkers was ranked No. 11 out of 30 selected companies. The full list and related story will be published in the May issue of Outside magazine, available on newsstands April 28, 2009. We are honored to be named as one of Outside magazine s best places to work in 2009, said Timo Shaw, President of Country Walkers. As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, this recognition allows us to commend our remarkable staff, whose dedication, hard work, and lively sprit have helped us solidify our reputation as an innovator in adventure travel.Outside s Best Places to Work list was compiled with the help of the Outdoor Industry Association (outdoorindustry.org) and Best Companies Group (bestcompaniesgroup.com). The year-long selection process began with an outreach effort that identified a wide range of non-profit and for-profit organizations with at least 15 employees working in the United States. Participating companies were then sent confidential employee-satisfaction surveys and employer-questionnaires to collect information about benefits, compensation, policies, job satisfaction, environmental initiatives, and community outreach programs. All of the results were analyzed by Best Companies Group experts, who selected the 30 companies that best enable employees to balance productivity with an active, eco-conscious lifestyle. These 30 companies share a common belief: that the secret to success in any economy is empowering employees to live balanced lives and remain committed to their communities and the environment, said Michael Roberts, Executive Editor of Outside. Our winners know that happy workers are good for the bottom line. So even in the current financial storm, they re offering on-site fitness classes and massage, reimbursements for gym memberships and ski passes, flexible hours, amazing travel benefits, and opportunities for on-the-clock community service.Established in 1979, Country Walkers is the world s leading small-group walking tour provider, offering adventures in more than 75 destinations worldwide. From Vietnam to Vermont and nearly everywhere in between, Country Walkers tours feature local guides who lead guests on journeys filled with behind-the-scenes experiences, authentic cultural immersion, and exceptional cuisine and accommodations. The company recently launched new walking tours in destinations including Egypt, Laos & Vietnam, Maine, Alaska, Utah & Arizona, and Ecuador.ABOUT COUNTRY WALKERSCountry Walkers, based in Waterbury, Vermont (www.countrywalkers.com(link is external)) was established in 1980 and is the world s premier small group walking tour provider. Country Walkers offers well-crafted itineraries for Walking Ã la Carte, Classic Walking, Hiking, and Private & Custom vacations. All trips highlight superb cuisine, outstanding tour guides, and authentic accommodations. First Choice Holidays PLC is a leading international leisure travel company. It operates from 17 major source markets, has 8 million customers and 72 brands. For more information visit First Choice Holidays PLC www.firstchoiceholidaysplc.com(link is external).ABOUT OUTSIDE MAGAZINEOutside is America s leading active lifestyle magazine, with over two million readers a month. For more than 30 years, the magazine has covered travel, sports, adventure, health, and fitness, as well as the personalities, the environment, and the style and culture of the world Outside. Along with receiving many other accolades, Outside is the only magazine to win three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence. Visit the magazine online at www.outsideonline.com(link is external).ABOUT BEST COMPANIES GROUPBest Companies Group was formed in January of 2004, with the purpose of identifying and recognizing best companies around the country. By using state-of-the art survey and indexing tools, BCG has been able to achieve that purpose on national, state-wide, city, and industry stages. BCG will partner with B-to-B and consumer media and other business or human resource organizations to publicize the opportunity, encourage participation and to recognize those who are good enough to make the lists of Best Places to Work . BCG currently manages 25 similar programs around the US and in Canada. For more information and a complete list of Best Employer programs, visit www.bestcompaniesgroup.com(link is external) Best Companies Group is headquartered in Harrisburg, PA.ABOUT THE OUTDOOR INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONFounded in 1989, Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is the premier trade association for companies in the active outdoor recreation business. OIA provides trade services for over 4000 manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, sales representatives and retailers in the outdoor industry. Outdoor Industry Association seeks to ensure a healthy and diverse specialty retail and supply chain based on quality, innovation and service. To this end, OIA works diligently to raise the standards of the industry; increase participation in outdoor recreation to strengthen business markets; provide support services to improve member profitability; represent member interests in the legislative/regulatory process; promote professional training and education; support innovation; and offer cost-saving member benefits.Source: Country Walkers. Waterbury, VT (April 9, 2009)
BioTek Instruments of Winooski, Vermont, has appointed Millennium Science Pty. Ltd., as their official distributor in New Zealand. Millennium now retains responsibility for sales and support of the entire BioTek line of microplate-based instrumentation and software across the Tasman.”Millennium has a strong focus on applications with expert technical sales and support. They are a natural fit for BioTek as we grow inAustralasia,” noted Dominic Herring, Business Development Manager of BioTek Instruments Singapore. “By having dual representation pan-Tasman, our customers will have access to greater levels of support, which is critical as life science and biotech collaborations between the two nations continue to increase.”Bren Collinson, Managing Director at Millennium added, “We are very pleased to now be the exclusive distributor in New Zealand for the entire BioTek product line. Our long-standing relationship with BioTek in Australia, together with our proven experience in laboratory automation, puts us in an excellent position to serve the needs of New Zealand life science researchers.”Millennium Science, established in 1999, is a scientific solution supplier to the Australasian Life Science market with a core competency in the delivery of high technology products including hardware, software and consumables. They focus heavily on pre- and post-sales technical support and employ scientifically qualified Technical Sales Representatives in each state. Each is backed by PhD Application’s Scientists and a team of highly experienced Service Engineers and support staff.BioTek Instruments, Inc., headquartered in Winooski, VT, is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture, and sale of microplate instrumentation and software. BioTek instrumentation is used to facilitate the drug discovery process, to advance discoveries in genomics and proteomics, and to aid in the advancement of life science research.Source: BioTek. July 9, 2009, WINOOSKI VT, USA
Vermont Secretary of State Deb Markowitz has returned from the National Civics Summit in Minneapolis where she addressed national leaders in civics education and secretaries of state from around the country. Markowitz released a report titled The Impact of Civics Education on the Attitudes, Behaviors and Disposition of Youth. The report analyzes the effect of mock election programs on young people s attitudes about government, politics and their own ability to be engaged and active citizens.Markowitz said, The report shows that the newest generation of Vermont adults will be more active and engaged than the ones before it. It also affirms the value of civic education programs and, in particular, mock election programs that teach kids the importance of voting.In 2007 the Secretary of State s Office undertook a study of Vermont students to assess the impact of the Vermont Votes for Kids mock election program on civic attitudes, behaviors and dispositions. With the assistance of the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, the entire senior class of 2007 was surveyed. Students answered questions about their participation in mock election programs during their school career and how they intend to participate in the democratic process in the future. Students who were exposed to mock election programs were significantly more likely to say they are better informed about politics, understand the issues facing our country, and will vote in the future. Students who accompanied a parent to the polling place scored even higher, confirming the belief that parental involvement is a key factor in shaping civic attitudes. These findings demonstrate the value of investing in civics education programs like Vermont Votes for Kids, said Markowitz. When we teach young people the mechanics and value of voting, and provide them opportunities to develop and practice the skills necessary to be engaged citizens, we see results.Markowitz continued, It is our hope that the findings of the VSAC survey and this report will encourage educators, government officials, and opinion leaders to see the importance of civics education so that in future years every Vermont student is given an opportunity to participate in a civics education and mock election program.A copy of the report is available by calling 802-828-2148 or by visiting the Secretary of State s website at www.sec.state.vt.us/Mock_Election_Report.pdf(link is external).The Impact of Civics Education on the Attitudes, Behaviors and Disposition of YouthKey Facts and FindingsVermont s Mock Election Program.Vermont s first statewide mock election program was developed in 1999 by the Secretary of State s Office. The program is currently called Vermont Votes for Kids.Vermont s mock election programs are voluntary. Schools can choose to participate but are not required to do so.Mock election programs are offered every two years around the time of the general election and include classroom activities, curricular materials and a mock election that is held on or before Election Day.The VSAC survey showed that 72 percent of the seniors remembered participating in at least one mock election over the course of their school careers.Correlation Between Participation in a Mock Election Program and Civic Skills, Knowledge and Disposition.A. The key finding of the VSAC survey is that there is a strong correlation between students participation in a mock election program and their positive feelings about their civic skills, knowledge and dispositions. Students who participated in more than one mock election were 68 percent more likely than students who did not participate in a mock election to agree with the statement when political issues are discussed I have something to say.These students were also 84 percent more likely than non-participants to agree with the statement I am better informed about politics than most students.Students who participated in multiple mock elections were 62 percent more likely than non-participants to agree with the statement my education has helped me to understand the political issues facing the country. B. Students who participated in mock election programs reported greater civic knowledge and skills than their counterparts who did not experience a mock election program.Students who participated in mock elections were 78 percent more likely to say that they had learned how to research candidates for political office than those who had not participated in a mock election program.Students who participated in mock elections were 65 percent more likely to say that they had learned how to examine social problems than those who had not participated in a mock election program.Students who participated in mock elections were 59 percent more likely to agree with the statement I learned how our elections work than those who did not participate in a mock election program. C. Students who experienced more than one mock election reported a better understanding of how to solve problems in their communities than their non-participating counterparts.These students were 55 percent more likely to report that they had learned ways of addressing community problems than students who had never experience a mock election.These students were 77 percent more likely to say that they had learned how political action groups can solve problems than students who had never experience a mock election.These students were 61 percent more likely than non-participants to agree that they had learned about individuals responsibility to community.D. Students who experienced more than one mock election reported at a higher rate than students who did not participate in a mock election that they would vote in a state or presidential election.The vast majority of students reported that they would vote in the presidential election. However, of those students who participated in at least one mock election, 96 percent reported that they planned to vote for president, while only 78 percent of those students who did not participate in a mock election reported that they would do so.Seventy percent of the kids who did not participate in a mock election reported that they planned to vote in a state election, while more than 90 percent of those who participated in at least one mock election reported that they would do so.
Source: CVEDC The Central Vermont Economic Development Corporation (CVEDC) was presented with two grants from the USDA Rural Development office on September 29th at a press conference held at the Shops at Millstone Hills in Websterville.“CVEDC is pleased to have written and been awarded these two grants on behalf of Central Vermont businesses. Our mission is to maintain and grow the economic vitality of our region and we believe that these two initiatives will contribute to that vitality”, said Executive Vice President, Sam Matthews.The two grants awarded to CVEDC, a non-profit regional development corporation will directly assist one Northfield business and one e-commerce business initiative with over 50 local artisans participating. Job retention, creation and expansion are at the forefront of the grant awards.Executive Vice President, Sam Matthews, and President Steve Gurin attended and accepted the grant awards from USDA Rural Development Acting Director, Rhonda Shippee, on behalf of the organization.Partnering with John Wall of Wall Goldfinger a Northfield furniture maker, a $50,000 RBOG (Rural Business Opportunity Grant) will assist the business with a feasibility and design study to develop and implement a new line of value-added wood products. CVEDC was one of four organizations in the State that received an RBOG. Nationally, $2.2 million was awarded to help 35 rural businesses, Native American tribes and economic development groups create and retain jobs.Wall Goldfinger will use 100% of this grant to design, develop, market and implement a new standardized product line of furniture, including new conference table lines that will incorporate the special custom solutions they have engineered and designed for their custom clients over the last 30 years.An RBEG (Rural Business Enterprise Grant) in the amount of $73,725.00 was awarded to CVEDC to partner with Greg Banse of 7th Pixel in Montpelier to create a Market Vermont website for artisan manufacturers. 7th Pixel is a web strategies, website design and development / consulting firm owned and operated by Greg Banse.The Market Vermont concept was the result of several e-commerce forums held by CVEDC and the VTSBDC this past year. Market Vermont will be an e-commerce engine for Central Vermont artisans to display products made in Vermont. 7th Pixel will manage the site and shopping cart as well as market the website.For more information on CVEDC or either of these projects, please contact the CVEDC office at 802-223-4654 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail)CVEDC is a non-profit, citizen-oriented organization whose objectives are to provide impetus for the region’s economic development activity by 1) Promoting Central Vermont and its resources to businesses contemplating new facilities, 2) assisting the area’s existing business planning expansion, 3) providing advisory service, education and information to small businesses, and 4) improving the infra-structure necessary for economic growth. Our primary goal is to create jobs for the citizens living in Central Vermont. CVEDC also offers the services of a Small Business Specialist from its affiliation with the Small Business Development Center. CVEDC is an equal opportunity employer.
Ryan LaRochelle, a history and political science double major, son of Peter and Joanne LaRochelle of Pittsfield, Mass., is heading to Brandeis University in the fall to pursue a doctorate in political science. What s next for a few SMC graduates:Katelyn Billings, a chemistry major from St. Albans, Vt., daughter of Jonathon and Marilyn Billings, both of whom are Saint Michael s graduates, will be heading to Yale University to pursue a doctorate in organic chemistry. Cynthia Hoehl and her husband Robert Hoehl have been deemed amongst the most generous citizens of Vermont. Cynthia Hoehl will receive an honorary doctoral degree from Saint Michael s College. The Hoehl s generosity to Saint Michael s College is most visible in the Hoehl Welcome Center, the admission building of the college. But the Hoehl s allegiances to Saint Michael s go well beyond that building. They each earned degrees here, their daughter did too. Robert Hoehl served several terms on the college s board of trustees. And their generosity to this and to numerous other organizations throughout Vermont is profound. Dominic Perroni, a chemistry major from Manchester, N.H., son of Vincent and Linda Perroni, is heading to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, to pursue a doctorate in organic chemistry. Victoria Hynes, a journalism and mass communication major from Kennebunk, Maine, will work in the Edmundite Missions Development Office doing photography and web/digital management. Ms. Hynes was a reporter for the campus publications, Echo and Defender, and was a volunteer for the Little Brother/Little Sister program. In 2009, Victoria was awarded first place in the Saint Michael s Global Eyes Photo Contest. She developed her own website which illustrates world class equestrian/horse training. Meghan Jaird, a sociology/anthropology major from St. Albans, Vt., will work in the Edmundite Missions Development Office doing donor research and development as well as producing stories for the Edmundite Newsletter. Ms. Jaird has served in a leadership position on the MOVE (volunteer service) Core Team and Social Justice League and is the founder of SMC NESEI (New Sudan Education Initiative), a volunteer program to establish schools in Southern Sudan. She received the AmeriCorps Education Award and the Madeleine Kunin Public Service Award. Amartya Sen bioIn addition to the Nobel prize, Professor Sen was also awarded The United Nations Life Time Achievement Award, the Bharath Ratna the highest civilian award in India, the Eisenhower Medal and numerous other awards of the highest stature.. His Nobel award was based on his contributions in social choice, the understanding of societal welfare, inequality and poverty, and the origins of famine and hunger. Dr. Sen was born in 1933 in Santiniketan, India, a community founded by India s Nobel Laureate (1913) in Literature and favorite poet, Rabindranath Tagore. Dr. Sen s educational attitudes were formed at an early age in Tagore s progressive school, which fostered analytical curiosity and pluralism, rooted in India s cultural heritage, along with the rich influences of western and non-western cultures.Dr. Sen focuses unflinchingly on both foundational philosophical questions and practical humane concerns. He combines theory and empirical work embedded in the concerns of humanity, the experiential, social, historical and political worlds. With a Ph.D in economics from Trinity College Cambridge, Dr. Sen has held professorships at Oxford University, London School of Economics, Delhi School of Economics, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institutie of Technology, the University of California, Berkeley, amongst several other leading world institutions. Author of virtually hundreds of articles and books, his Development as Freedom, Inequality Re-examined and The Idea of Justice, hold international acclaim. Dr. Sen has published over 500 journal articles in the leading academic journals of economics, philosophy and political theory.Learn What Matters at Saint Michael s College, The Edmundite Catholic liberal arts college, www.smcvt.edu(link is external). Saint Michael s provides education with a social conscience, producing graduates with the intellectual tools to lead successful, purposeful lives that will contribute to peace and justice in our world. Founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President John J. Neuhauser, Saint Michael s is identified by the Princeton Review as one of the nation s Best 371 Colleges. It is one of 270 colleges and universities nationwide, and one of only 20 Catholic colleges, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Saint Michael s has 1,900 undergraduate students, some 500 graduate students and 100 international students. Saint Michael s students and professors have received Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Pickering, Guggenheim, Fulbright, and other grants. The college is one of the nation s Best Liberal Arts Colleges as listed in the 2009 U.S. News & World Report rankings. Saint Michael s is located just outside Burlington, Vermont, one of America s top college towns.Source: Saint Michael’s. 5.4.210 -30- Robert Hoehl, a 1963 graduate of Saint Michael’s College, will receive an honorary Saint Michael’s College doctoral degree. Robert Hoehl joined with a partner in 1969 and formed a start-up company in the early days of computing, called Burlington Data Processing. They transformed the company into IDX Systems Corporation, which became a leading international provider of software to the health care industry. Saint Michael’s College,Amartya Sen, sometimes known as the Mother Teresa of Economics and the conscience of the profession, will be the principal speaker for the 103rd Saint Michael s College commencement ceremonies on Thursday, May 13, 2010, in the Ross Sports Center on the suburban Burlington, Vermont, campus. Some 505 students will receive bachelor s degrees and 52 will receive master s degrees at the ceremonies. Danielle Clemente, a psychology major from Clifton Park, N.Y., will be teaching math and science at the St. Edmund s Learning Center in Selma. Ms. Clemente brings international experience having studied dance, drumming and culture in Ghana, and having done service work in Jamaica. She has also done service work in Vermont at Dismas House, Winooski Youth Connection, and as an intern for the Department of Child and Family Services. A baccalaureate mass will be held on Wednesday, May 12, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel with the Most Rev. Salvatore R. Matano, Bishop of Burlington, as principal celebrant and homilist. A baccalaureate awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 12, at 4 p.m. in the Ross Sports Center with Saint Michael s President John Neuhauser presiding.Winner of the 1998 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his work on welfare economics, Amartya Sen is Thomas W. Lamont University Professor, and Professor of Economics and Philosophy, at Harvard University and was until recently the Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. He was the first Indian academic to head an Oxbridge college. His works have profoundly changed the way we understand major aspects of economics, philosophy and the social sciences. He is in fact a transformative thinker of the 21st century. Professor Sen s work has addressed famine, human development theory, welfare economics, the underlying mechanisms of poverty, gender inequality, political liberalism and more.Graduates will wear environmentally friendly green commencement gownsSaint Michael s graduates at the ceremonies will wear environmentally friendly gowns made from recycled plastic water bottles, which they will be able to return for reuse or recycling. Their green regalia, made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled water bottles, will be the traditional black in actual color.Honorary Degree RecipientsProfessor Amartya Sen will receive an honorary Saint Michael’s College doctoral degree. Three Saint Michael’s students head to Selma, Ala., to work in the Edmundite Southern Missions serving the African-American population under the guidance of Edmundite priests, the order of priests that founded Saint Michael’s College.