Saint Michael’s dedicates the Pomerleau Alumni Center, college’s first ‘green’ building

first_imgIn ceremonies including the Board of Trustees, Saint Michael’s College will dedicate the $2 million Antonio and Rita Pomerleau Alumni Center on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 12:30 p.m. in the new center, located on Route 15, but entered from Lime Kiln Road, in Colchester. The multi-use building is the first deliberately environmentally friendly, 21st Century structure on the Saint Michael’s campus. Made possible through the generosity of The Tony B. and Rita M. Pomerleau Foundation and over 1,000 alumni contributions, the Alumni Center is a multi-use facility housing alumni and development offices and public meeting spaces.“This building will be a tangible way to keep our alumni close to the college,” said President John J. Neuhauser.The building will house a reception room devoted to the former Trinity College, founded by the Sisters of Mercy, to provide a meeting place for alumnae of that college, and to symbolize the historic connection between the two colleges.Antonio PomerleauMr. Pomerleau, 91, a Burlington real estate developer well known for his generosity in Vermont, served on the Saint Michael’s College Board of Trustees in the 1970s, and was awarded an honorary Saint Michael’s doctoral degree in 1994. Two of his sons and a granddaughter graduated from the college, and his son Ernie Pomerleau, SMC class of 1969, currently serves on the college’s Board of Trustees. Tony Pomerleau expressed appreciation for what Saint Michael’s gave his children, and for the college’s commitment to higher education in the Catholic tradition.“St. Mike’s is a great college, and they’re doing a great job,” Mr. Pomerleau said to a student reporter for The Defender, Saint Michael’s student newspaper. “I figured I’ll help.”Building DesignCollege architect James P. Farrington, AIA, associate director of facilities/college architect, was the principal designer of the Pomerleau Center. “I’m very excited,” he said, about the energy efficiency of the building and the Greek Revival design for the structure.The brick building is connected to and has proportions and details similar to Prevel Hall. It is set back from Route 15, between the President’s Residence and the Holcomb Observatory. The 6,500-square-foot structure contains five first floor offices, The Trinity Conference Room, and six upstairs offices. A nicely proportioned function room provides space for dinners, socials, alumni board meetings, and other gatherings, and a handsome fireplace room provides a kind of living room for the building.The College’s First LEED “Green” BuildingThe major thrust of the building, as determined by President Neuhauser, is that it be environmentally friendly, as advanced as technology will allow, and certified as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ) building. The plan incorporates recycled lumber, water conservation structures, regionally available materials, and other features that can give LEED points.The building envelop is “super air tight with high R value,” Architect Farrington said. Every office has a large insulated glass window to provide good day-time lighting, less use of electric lighting, and little heat loss.Wiemann Lamphere Architects of Colchester, Vt., worked with Farrington to complete construction documents. Pizzagalli Construction of Vermont built the Pomerleau Alumni Center. The team is working on final details for securing LEED certification.“Making this building truly green, points the way to whatever else we might do in the 21st century,” President Neuhauser said.At Saint Michael’s College, www.smcvt.edu(link is external), Learn What Matters. Saint Michael’s is a distinctive Catholic liberal arts college that provides education with a social conscience, producing graduates with the intellectual tools to lead a successful, purposeful life 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.-30-last_img read more

Men’s Basketball Falls In Final Seconds At Illinois State

first_img Full Schedule Roster Story Links Box Score (HTML) The Drake University men’s basketball team erased a 13-point first-half deficit before Illinois State rallied back in the final minute to defeat the Bulldogs, 67-60, Sunday afternoon at Redbird Arena to snap the Bulldogs’ four-game win streak.Despite the loss, Drake remained in a tie for first place in the Missouri Valley Conference standings as fellow first-place team Loyola also lost Sunday.”It came down the wire again,” said Drake head coach Darian DeVries. “We weren’t quite ourselves in the first half, but came back in the second half, competed hard and did a nice job getting the game even. Down the stretch, we weren’t able to convert on some opportunities and they had some guys make some big plays.”Drake (21-8, 10-6 MVC) senior Nick McGlynn narrowly missed another double-double as he led the Bulldogs with 18 points and nine rebounds. Tremell Murphy added 13 points while Brady Ellingson continued his torrid three-point shooting with three second-half three-pointers to help the Bulldogs erase their halftime deficit. Anthony Murphy also added nine rebounds and four assists.Illinois State (15-14, 8-8 MVC) earned the season sweep of the Bulldogs thanks to 21 points and eight rebounds from Milik Yarbrough and 14 points and nine rebounds from Phil Fayne.Drake opened the second half on a 9-0 run to tie the game at 33-33 on a D.J. Wilkins three-pointer with 17:42 left in the game and would hold ISU scoreless for the first five minutes of the half. “I thought we played more aggressively. We wanted to get our transition game going and be in attack mode,” DeVries said. “I thought our tenacity was better to start the second half. The Bulldogs had multiple opportunities to claim the lead, but Illinois State answered each charge until Drake took its first lead, 52-52, on a basket from McGlynn with 5:21 left. However, a pair of three-pointers from William Tinsley twice re-established the Illinois State lead including with 1:41 left at 61-59. “I thought we had some good momentum going and thought we could have built on that,” DeVries added.”It really comes down to which team can make the most big plays down the stretch.Drake remained within two points until the final 20 seconds when ISU fouled Drake to send the Bulldogs to the line. Unfortunately, the front end of the one-and-one was missed and the Redbirds collected the rebound and proceeded to make enough free throws to close the game on a 9-1 run to defeat the Bulldogs.The Bulldogs return to action Wednesday, Feb. 27, to close out their home season at 7 p.m. against Indiana State. The program will also honor its three seniors prior to the start of the game. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN Mediacom MC22/ESPN+ Listen Live Watch Live Indiana State 2/27/2019 – 7 p.m. Next Game: Box Score (PDF) Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more