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Roger Allbee appointed to Union Institute Board of Trustees

first_imgUnion Institute & University (UI&U), a private, non-profit university based in Montpelier, has announced the appointment of Roger Allbee to its Board of Trustees. Allbee is a leader in the advancement of agriculture in the United States and former secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets. ‘Roger Allbee’s knowledge, experience, expertise, and lifelong commitment to Vermont will help Union make a lasting, positive impact on higher education initiatives in Vermont and beyond,’ said Roger H. Sublett, president of Union Institute & University. ‘We are honored that he has chosen to serve on Union’s Board of Trustees.’ Allbee was appointed secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets in January 2007 by former Vermont Governor Jim Douglas. As secretary, Allbee administered one of the most diverse and publically watched agencies in Vermont, overseeing all facets of the state’s agriculture including animal health and welfare, agricultural development, water quality and nutrient management, international trade and trade policy, and food safety.  Before serving as secretary, Allbee was the executive director for the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Services Agency for the State of Vermont. In this role, he was responsible for the execution of farm loan and farm program delivery to Vermont farmers and managed several offices throughout the state of Vermont. During his tenure as executive director, the Vermont FSA loan team received an USDA FSA Administrator’s Award. In addition to Allbee’s roles with the state of Vermont and the USDA, he also served as a senior international business consultant on agricultural trade policy and as a professional staff member of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture. He has also served as vice president of the former Farm Credit Banks of Springfield, Mass., and as an extension specialist at Cornell University.Allbee’s earned his B.S. in agricultural economics from the University of Vermont, and a master’s in agricultural economics from the University of Massachusetts. He has completed the Cornell University Agricultural Executives Program, and the Harvard Business School Agribusiness seminars. He served in Special Weapons of the U.S. Army with a rank of captain, and has received numerous awards including the Honor Award from the Soil and Water Conservation Society of America.Union Institute & University is a private, accredited university that has, since 1964, redefined higher education by placing learners at the center of their own education. Union serves more than 2000, self-motivated, socially conscious adults in rigorous faculty- mentored programs without interrupting professional, family, and community commitments. UI&U offers individualized programs of study leading to the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. In addition to its distance learning programs, academic centers are located in Cincinnati (OH), Los Angeles and Sacramento (CA), Miami (FL), and in Montpelier and Brattleboro (VT).www.myunion.edu(link is external) / Union Institute & University/ 62 Ridge St., Suite 2/ Montpelierlast_img read more

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‘Learning Loop’ powers progress

first_imgBusiness organizations can advance more productively toward achieving their missions by acting on five questions that make up a “learning loop,” suggests a new book by Partners Federal Credit Union CEO John Janclaes, a CUES member.In Doing What Matters: How Leaders Help Individuals and Organizations Thrive, Janclaes describes a recursive process in which business leaders guide their teams to consider:What is going on? The team assesses current performance with both inside-out and outside-in views informed by qualitative and quantitative data.What really matters? To answer this question, focus on customer orientation, identifying stakeholders’ needs and examining the organization’s economic engines, or what drives financial performance.What are our options? By casting a wide net for ideas and staying open-minded about all available possibilities, the team is more likely to find the most effective solutions to optimize organizational potential. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Former CFL, NFL player Mike Labinjo’s death deemed ‘suspicious’ by Calgary police

first_imgFormer Calgary Stampeder Mike Labinjo’s death has been ruled as “suspicious” by Calgary Police on Monday. Labinjo was found dead in his home on Sept. 21, 2018, with the cause of death not immediately known at the time. Police did not believe his death was criminal in nature.However, Calgary Police said they received new information as family members reported many of Labinjo’s personal belongings were missing from his home. The police department conducted a theft investigation which concluded that numerous items and sports memorabilia were stolen from his home immediately following his death. Among the items stolen from Labinjo’s home were two championship rings with his name inscribed on them — one from the Philadelphia Eagles’s 2005 NFC Championship victory and the other from his 2008 Grey Cup win with the Stampeders. Police said the rings have not been recovered and there are four suspects believed to be involved with the crime.”We are asking for the public’s help to identify four suspects believed to be responsible for the theft of the stolen items and notify us of their current whereabouts,” Calgary Police said in a statement. “Investigators believe that these individuals may also have knowledge of the circumstances surrounding Labinjo’s death.” Labinjo’s family is also asking for the public’s assistance. “He was a gentle soul, hard-working, kind young man who knows how to put a smile on anyone’s face if they’re not having a good day. That is who Michael was,” says Mike Labinjo’s mother Margaret.”Michael, you did not deserve to die this way.” pic.twitter.com/yLkfw1vVdH— Sammy Hudes (@SammyHudes) May 11, 2020He was 38 years old at the time of his death, having played four seasons with the Stampeders following a three-year NFL career. In the CFL, he totaled 61 tackles, six sacks and two fumble recoveries, helping the Stampeders win the 2008 Grey Cup.Labinjo played a total of 10 NFL games with the Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts and was a third-round pick by Calgary in the 2003 CFL Draft.last_img read more

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Fine introduced for second hand smoking in cars

first_imgThe BC government has set $109, as the fine, for those caught smoking in vehicles with children under the age of 16.That’s the same as the province’s booster seat fine and, failure to pay, will result in a refusal to issue, both a driver’s licence and auto insurance.The new regulations are set to go into effect on April 7th, which is World Health Day. Healthy Living and Sport Minister Mary Polak says, “Any level of second hand smoke has harmful effect on a child’s health and, it’s important for the government to help them get the best and healthiest start in life”.- Advertisement -BC is not the first jurisidiction in the country to ban smoking in automobiles, with regulations already in place in Ontario, Nova Scotia and the Yukon.last_img read more