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Champlain College will confer three honorary degrees during this year’s 131stst Commencement ceremony on May 9. The Board of Trustees of Champlain College selected Lois H. McClure of Shelburne and Holly D. and Robert E. Miller of Burlington to receive honorary doctoral degrees.

Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB), an integrated transportation, land development, and environmental services firm, announces Mr. Meddie (Ameddia) J. Perry as an associate. As a Generational Company, VHB is committed to expanding employee ownership to associates and principals, fostering the sustainability of the firm.

Jan Grady has joined Concentra, Inc. as Client Relations Manager, serving medical centers in South Burlington and Barre. Grady, who has over 20 years of sales and customer service experience, will be responsible for selling the services of Concentra, which include clinical services, consulting services and services provided on-site at an employers facility.

At their annual meeting on March 21, 2009, the North American Snow Sports Journalists Association (NASSJA) presented awards in several categories to notable persons who have made significant contributions to winter sports endeavors. The ceremonies took place in Lutsen, Minnesota.

The American Cancer Society announces the appointment of Kate Kerrigan as Community Executive for Endurance Events. Kate will plan and organize Society events such as marathons, cycling races and other endurance events to raise money for promotion, advocacy, and research of cancer.

Janet Collins will officially start as a Techniques Instructor at the Vermont Woodworking School in Fairfax, beginning Thursday, April 23rd, 2009. Collins will support Co-Founder, Robert Fletcher in the education of the full and part-time students enrolled in the Woodworking Immersion Program, and of students attending classes and workshops at the school.

The Stephen Huneck Gallery of St Johnsbury Vermont has agreed to partner with Vermont Ski Museum in a fundraising program to benefit the Museum. Stephen Huneck is a world renowned artist best known for his books and artwork about his Labrador retriever Sally and the Dog Chapel at Dog Mountain. 

University of Vermont College of Medicine Dean Frederick C. Morin, M.D., has announced that, after a national search, Ira Bernstein, M.D., has been named senior associate dean for research. Bernstein, who will succeed Russell Tracy, Ph.D., professor of pathology and biochemistry and director of the Laboratory for Clinical Biochemistry Research, will begin his new position on July 1, 2009.

Northern Power Systems, Inc., a next-generation wind energy company, announced that William E. Decker has been appointed Chief Human Resources Officer. The appointment continues Northern's progression toward becoming a major commercial force in the wind power industry. Mr.

The Board of Directors of the Vermont Captive Insurance Association (VCIA) has appointed Diane Leach interim president of the Association. The appointment will become effective upon Molly Lambert's departure from the organization. Lambert has been recommended by Senator Patrick Leahy for appointment by President Obama as State Director for Rural Development for Vermont and New Hampshire.

The Vermont Mozart Festival is pleased to announce its election of Richard Parlato as Board President. Richard has been a long-time stage manager for the festival and principal of Parlato Productions. He has been involved with the Board since 2005.

Three “would-be” student millionaires were recognized for their poster artistry at a State House ceremony in Montpelier today. The student artwork included a deer sporting a money belt, a wise owl contemplating his finances, and a young Vermont entrepreneur making it big with his own skateboard company.