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

Seven Swiss institutions join forces to found ESG association

first_imgSeven of the largest pension and insurance providers in Switzerland have joined forces to create an association for sustainable and responsible investment.The SVVK-ASIR was founded to help its members fulfil their “fiduciary duties” of including ESG criteria in their investments.The first part of the acronym stands for the German name Schweizer Verein für verantwortungsbewusste Kapitalanlagen, the second for the French Association Suisse pour des investissements responsables.The founding members include the first-pillar fund AHV, the public pension fund Publica, the pension fund for the canton of Zurich BVK, the pension plan of telecommunications company Swisscom (ComPlan), the pension fund of the postal service (PKPost), the pension fund of federal railways SBB (PKSBB) and the accident insurance fund Suva. Together, they manage more than CHF150bn (€122bn) in assets.Patrick Uelfeti, deputy CIO at Publica, was named president of the association, which is still looking for a managing director.Uelfeti said the SVVK-ASIR was founded as a service provider to suit the “individual needs” of its founding members.The new organisation will screen the portfolios of its members based on defined criteria, focusing on international companies rather than those based in Switzerland.The SVVK-ASIR said it would begin engaging with those companies it deemed “critical”.Uelfeti confirmed the organisation was looking for external specialists for screening and engagement activities.The SVVK-ASIR will also be open to larger institutional investors such as retirement providers, compensation funds or insurers.Swiss institutional investors have a tradition of engagement with respect to equity holdings.In 1997, two Pensionskassen founded the shareholder engagement group Ethos, which focuses on engagement with Swiss companies.Ethos has more than 100 members, most being from the private pension fund sector.last_img read more

Matt Mitrione explains the backstories to some of his memorable Instagram posts

first_img29 months after she fell through a plate glass window, my little girl is a case study for ulnar nerve repair and transplant. She just turned 8, November 13th and piano is part of her rehab. My 🐞. My ❤️.A post shared by THAT guy (@mattmitrione) on Nov 19, 2018 at 7:17am PST”My ladybug (his daughter). Her cousin was coming to the house and there was a screen door, but there was an old-school glass window in it. She pushed on the handle and it didn’t hit all the way, so she pushed on the glass window. It wasn’t tempered glass, so it shattered. It was jagged and it stabbed her in the armpit and severed her ulnar nerve, which is the nerve that controls your pinky and ring finger. A lot of doctors said that she’ll never be the same, that she’ll never be able to do certain things and her hand will never be normal again. We did a tremendous amount of research and found a doctor in St. Louis, which was remarkably serendipitous because I was fighting in St. Louis for my first fight in Bellator and the doctor that’s the best nerve pediatrician and grafting pediatrician around was in St. Louis. (Getting choked up) Monday and Tuesday of fight week I was at the doctor’s office. It was a trip. She’s good now, though. She’s really good.” “He’s very, very good at what he does and he doesn’t make mistakes,” the 40-year-old Mitrione says.MORE: Join DAZN and watch Mitrione vs. Kharitonov at Bellator 215 on Feb. 15Coming off a loss to Ryan Bader in the Bellator heavyweight Grand Prix semifinal last October, scoring a convincing victory over Kharitonov would be just the thing Mitrione needs to get his 2019 trek off on a solid start.“Fighting and beating a legend like Kharitonov,” he said, “is a major accomplishment in anybody’s career.”As tough as Mitrione has been in the cage throughout his MMA career, the father of three has managed to keep his gregarious personality outside it. We mean the bio of his Instagram account does have Mitrione saying, “Happiest fella I know on a daily basis.” That’s precisely why Sporting News pulled Mitrione aside on Bellator’s media day Wednesday in New York’s Times Square and had him do a deep dive into his IG account, giving us the backstories to some of his more interesting posts. View this post on Instagram View this post on Instagram View this post on Instagram Yeah, that’s me in the back being all sexy and stuff #StuSchweigart #Purdue @boilerfootballA post shared by THAT guy (@mattmitrione) on May 16, 2018 at 12:17pm PDT”That’s me with Drew Brees back in the day. That was a great time in football. Great experience, great time in my life, a lot of fun. Drew and I talk every once in a while. He’s a good dude, good friend. We both lead busy lives, but he’s doing good for himself for sure.” View this post on Instagramcenter_img A post shared by THAT guy (@mattmitrione) on May 24, 2018 at 7:09pm PDT”That’s me at Purdue. I still do a lot of drills there, a lot of footwork drills. I wrestle with the Purdue team, I train with the Purdue football team — the D-line and the linebackers. This is a very common thing we have going on. It’s an all-around athletic drill.” Not to be out done by @kjpesceartist, my good frenemy @drewl76 crafted up this gem. Thanks, Drew. Hope you ran out of gas on the way back to Chicago.A post shared by THAT guy (@mattmitrione) on Nov 18, 2018 at 10:27am PST”I had some fan art done and my buddy Drew, he drew this one. He was like, ‘This, here is a great self-portrait of you.’ He’s like, ‘Please don’t think I can’t draw you out of respect, either.’ This actually really tickled me. He’s a really funny, funny dude. He gave me chicken legs and little baby kneecaps.” Matt Mitrione has recorded plenty of memorable knockouts, including against the likes of the late Kimbo Slice, Derrick Lewis and Fedor Emelianenko, to name a few.The former NFL defensive tackle-turned mixed martial artist knows that he’s going to be hard-pressed to accomplish the same against Sergei Kharitonov at Bellator 215 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and live on DAZN, on Friday night, but he’s going to try. View this post on Instagram Y’all already know that @wingstop and I have a thing going on. I might be their new #PrinceOfPoultry. As always, thanks for the love!A post shared by THAT guy (@mattmitrione) on Dec 13, 2018 at 8:15am PST”Wingstop, they’re a sponsor of mine. So we go out there and smash food. We go there and get crazy. Wingstop has really been good to me. We go there — like the whole team — eat, sit around and have a good time. I’ll be a 20-wing guy [when really hungry].”last_img read more