Southern Vermont College has announced the award of a prestigious grant from the Davis Educational Foundation in the amount of $200,000. The grant will provide funding for curriculum innovation.Southern Vermont College will conduct a three-year transition to a curriculum featuring four courses per semester, in place of its current five-course model, ultimately enabling students to probe subjects in greater depth. This structural change will allow for important pedagogical re-visioning as well. The college will distinguish its approach by significantly enhancing experiential learning across all fields of study, an approach aligned to engaged, collaborative, laboratory learning.The college already employs such strategies effectively in several degree programs, according to Provost Albert DeCiccio. Support from Davis Educational Foundation will help the college expand these laboratory practices, he reported. The depth created through the shift toward four-credit courses is what will enable full activation of this methodology, where opportunities for research and hands-on learning will link theory to practice. DeCiccio noted that many of the nation s top liberal arts colleges utilize a four-course, four-credit-per-semester curriculum. Our additional emphasis of hands-on learning is a direct response to the learning styles of our students; we embrace the opportunity to enhance our offerings through this approach.Southern Vermont College President Karen Gross commented, This approach will do more than help our current students. This creates a prototype for higher education more broadly.In making the award, Davis Trustees expressed admiration for the College s goals and recent accomplishments. They also assessed the project plans as thoughtful and ambitious, yet realistic. This Davis Educational Foundation gift provides affirmation of the new trajectory of Southern Vermont College and the important progress that we are making for our students and our institution, added Dean of Advancement Karen Trubitt.The grant was received from the Davis Educational Foundation established by Stanton and Elizabeth Davis after Mr. Davis s retirement as chairman of Shaw s Supermarkets, Inc.Founded in 1926, Southern Vermont College offers a career-enhancing, liberal arts education with 21 academic degree programs for approximately 500 students. Southern Vermont College recognizes the importance of educating students for the workplace of the twenty-first century and for lives as successful leaders in their communities. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
A California couple is outraged after they say their Yorkshire terrier named Cooper was crushed to death by a package tossed over the fence by a FedEx delivery person.The dog’s owners say a FedEx delivery person recently walked up to the wall outside their home with a package containing a heavy glass bowl and a Scrabble game set.The worker allegedly chucked the package over the fence, where Cooper was standing.Owners Keiko Napier and Michell Galin told Inside Edition they found their 4-pound dog in a pool of blood.The couple rushed Cooper to a local veterinarian who told them she had severe injuries to her lungs and liver.After seeing the pain she was in, they decided to euthanize her.FedEx expressed their “deepest sympathies” to the family and said in a statement that they would investigate what happened and take the appropriate action.However, they want more from the FedEx than a promise to look into the incident.This story is developing.
Jennifer Kreuger (4) is one steal away from tying the Wisconsin mark for stolen bases in a season.[/media-credit]After being thrashed by both thunderstorms and a ranked Michigan team over the weekend, the University of Wisconsin softball team faces nonconference foe Northern Illinois Wednesday.The game marks the end of a nine-game homestand in which the Badgers have gone just 1-7.In Northern Illinois, Wisconsin faces a different opponent than it has the past few weeks. After a one-week stretch where the Badgers struggled against some of the Big Ten’s best pitchers, they get some relief facing a Huskies pitching staff with a combined 6.31 ERA.“See, that scares me because traditionally, we don’t do well against [weak pitching]. Good pitching we handle,” UW head coach Chandelle Schulte said. “But I think we may have turned a corner in that, the last couple weeks at practice, I just see [the UW players] in a whole different zone.”Schulte’s apprehension about playing a 14-33 NIU team may be warranted. Earlier in the season, Wisconsin split series with North Dakota and Indiana, who at the time had just 2 and 4 total wins, respectively.“Good teams play at a high level all the time. … Teams that struggle, like we are, play at their opponent’s level,” Schulte said. “If we fix that, we’re gonna have a lot more wins.”The Huskies on paper are a much better matchup for the Badgers than UW’s recent opponents. NIU is just 2-17 in away games and 5-24 in nonconference matches.UW freshman Karla Powell said she doesn’t expect the team’s intensity to let up against NIU.“Coming off a big win against Minnesota and playing well against Ohio State and then going into tomorrow, I think we’re going to do really well,” Powell said. “Our confidence is up, we had a great practice today with a lot of hitting, so I think everyone’s ready for tomorrow and to get some runs on the board.”If the Badgers can manage to score some runs, UW pitcher Leah Vanevenhoven looks to have an advantage. Northern Illinois’ offense is nearly as weak as Wisconsin’s, with the Huskies averaging 3.13 runs per game to the Badgers’ 2.15. NIU has just a .218 team batting average and no regular players hit over .275.Vanevenhoven will make her sixth consecutive start and hopes to lower her 3.46 ERA against an NIU team that’s just 1-4 against UW in its history, including 0-2 at Madison.“Hopefully it will be nice [to] get some better control on some of my pitches and just throw my game and see if they can hit it,” Vanevenhoven said. “It’s a little bit more relaxing going in knowing that it’s not Michigan, it’s not Ohio State, Illinois. Teams that like, you leave anything in close, you’re screwed.”The Huskies’ best hitters this season have been sophomore Andrea Colosimo and Bailey Ouellette. Colosimo leads the team with a .275 average, while Ouellette has a team-high five home runs and 23 RBI.Both teams have base stealing threats in UW’s Jen Krueger and NIU’s Jenna Roberts. The pair are tied with 18 steals on the season. Krueger is one steal away from tying the Wisconsin single-season record for stolen bases.“Hopefully I will. I mean, if I get on base [I could do it],” Krueger said of tying the record.Krueger still leads the Badgers with a .316 batting average and .389 on base percentage. Powell is second on the team with a .248 average, though she went hitless in the Michigan series as she battles a shoulder injury.Wisconsin will try to improve its offensive stats against Northern Illinois pitchers Morgan Bittner and Joreigh Landers. Bittner has a 4.84 ERA, while Landers owns a 7.63 ERA and allows opponents to hit .333 off of her.“We all have pretty good confidence going into it, so we just have to keep [the intensity] up,” Krueger said.Schulte is adamant that Wisconsin doesn’t let down against Northern Illinois like it did earlier in the season against North Dakota and Indiana. The teams are evenly matched in many ways, and both squads dealt with long losing streaks. NIU had a 12-game losing streak, while UW topped out at 11.If the Badgers can avoid playing to their opponent’s level, many of the players said a win over the beatable Huskies team could provide some momentum going into the last week of the season.“It’s crazy — we only have seven games left. Hopefully we’re able to do our thing and go into the rest of the Big Ten season confident,” Vanevenhoven said.
Jamaica’s Agriculture and Commerce, Minister Audley Shaw, says he is moving to ensure Jamaica is not left behind in the growing global medical cannabis industry.Jamaica must move quicklyShaw, in a recent address at an Agricultural Technology Symposium noted that while Jamaica has only decriminalized the use of up to two ounces of marijuana and issued a few licenses for production and processing, the product is now legal in Canada. Also, 31 states in the United States have been producing and using it for medicinal and recreational purposes.He said the country needs to move quickly to take advantage of opportunities in the growing of cannabis and the manufacture of related products.Time is not on Jamaica’s side He provided information that he is working with the Ministry of Health and the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) “to move faster and more aggressively to get up to the level of world competition. Time is not on our side.” Shaw told participants at the symposium which included farmers, that agriculture is a key sector in enabling Jamaica to achieve sustained, high levels of economic growth. He noted that the sector’s contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) has improved, moving from 6.6 per cent in 2015 to 7.3 per cent in 2017. Shaw said that focus is being placed on research and development in order to transform the industry.