To assist collectors, Auction Fire has added Want Lists to its’ free online auction service offerings.A Want List enables a registered user to set up keywords whereby they willreceive email notification should a new auction listing match their specified criteria.So for instance, if someone collects Harry Potter trading cards, they can set up a keyword phrase: “Harry Potter Card”so that they are notified every time one goes up for auction.The keywords can be as specific or as general as the user desires. The Want List may be viewed manually for matches in real time at the Auction Fire website.Email notification can be turned on or off for any of the keyword phrases independently.Another nice Want List feature is the fact that the email notification includes the item description and the photo (if available) so that the shopperneed not visit the Auction Fire website unnecessarily unless the auction is of interest to them.”We will continue to advance our technology so that we continue to grow rapidly and are recognized as a major player,” says Auction Fire Founder and CEO Aaron Bradley.”The reason for this latest software upgrade is that it gives us the ability to acquire more new members even when we do not currently have what they are seekingin our marketplace. The Want List encourages new visitors to join us so that they can potentially find what they seek at a future time, without having to constantly re-check our listings manually on a regular basis.”In addition to Want Lists, Auction Fire has also introduced “Watch Lists” which allow members to bookmark an auction listing so that they mayeasily check its progress at anytime quickly and easily.”We are working hard to make the marketplace appealing to shoppers and especially collectors. We understand that there are much larger venues available sowe need to be innovative in order to successfully promote our website as an attractive alternative,” says Bradley. “We are encouraged by our recent explosive growth,and have received numerous compliments from our current membership base regarding our superior customer support and quality of service.”
Contact:Melissa Smith, Public Relations, 802-447-6389/6388 BENNINGTON, VT., July 14, 2006 — Southern Vermont College announced today the selectionof Karen Gross, a leader in education and community development, as its eighthpresident. She succeeds Barbara P. Sirvis, who is retiring after serving asthe College’s president for the past nine years. Aprolific writer, she is frequently quoted in the media, and her articles appearin well-known academic and non-academic publications, including The Chronicleof Higher Education, University Business, the Journal of Student Affairs andLeadership Exchange. Her book, Failure andForgiveness (Yale University Press, 1997), has been regularly citedby commentators and won the Association of American Publishers BusinessManagement Award. Southern Vermont College Names New President Raisedin New England, Dr. Gross received her B.A. from Smith College,cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Temple University,spending her final year of law study at the University of Chicago. Dr.Gross and her husband, Stephen H. Cooper, a lawyer and law professor, have ahome in Bondville, Vermont. Their son, Zack, who graduated fromthe Stratton Mountain School and the University of Chicago, is now pursuinggraduate studies in healthcare policy at the London School of Economics. Congratulationsto the College and Dr. Gross are already being heard in different quarters. “In Karen Gross, Southern Vermont College has found aninspirational leader,” said Ray Bell, Vice President of CreditorsInterchange,who sat on Dr. Gross’ non-profit board and has worked with her for adecade. “She has the capacity to move people and institutions to placesthey have not been before, with thoughtfulness, good humor and soundjudgment.” Dr. Sirvis noted, “The Board has made an excellentchoice in selecting Dr. Gross. In her capable hands, the College will continueto flourish.” Dr.Gross, selected following a six-month national search involving more than onehundred candidates, brings to Southern Vermont College a remarkable and diverseset of skills and experiences. A professor of law for more than 20 years atNew York Law School (NYLS), she has earned a national and internationalreputation as a scholar, teacher, speaker and advocate who addresses the needsof vulnerable individuals and communities. She founded and led anaward-winning non-profit organization that designs, implements and assessesprograms to improve financial literacy skills. She has been honored for herefforts by many organizations, including the Legal Aid Society and AmericanAssociation of University Women. Aboutthe CollegeSouthern Vermont College, founded in 1926, is a private, independentinstitution that offers a career-oriented, liberal arts education to 500students. It has more than 6,000 graduates. The campus has strong academicsupport programs and NCAA Division III athletics and provides a safe,environmentally respectful and supportive community to its diverse studentbody. The College-owned radio station, WBTN 1370-AM, provides a voice for the Benningtoncommunity and broadcasts Boston Red Sox games. Inaccepting this appointment, Dr. Gross said, “Southern Vermont College isa very special place. The College’s programs, resources, location andsize create the unique opportunity for it to address successfully the challengeof providing the next generation of students with the skills they need tobecome leaders in our ever-changing workplaces and communities. I look forwardto being a part of the College’s future and to meeting and workingtogether with the SVC and Bennington community. I am delightedwith my new academic home, and I look forward to synergies between SVC and NYLS.” More information about Dr. Gross and high-resolution photoscan be found at: http://www.svc.edu(link is external). Inannouncing the appointment of Dr. Gross, Mike Rolla, Chair of theBoard of Trustees, applauded the search committee, chaired by fellow trusteeWally Altes, and the efforts of the many constituencies that contributed to thesuccessful process. “We believe our intensive search effort has yieldedan individual who is uniquely qualified to advance the mission of SouthernVermont College,” he said. “Dr. Gross’ longstandingcommitment to education and community building, her deeply held belief in thepower of education to create opportunity, and her vision for liberal artseducation in the 21st century struck a chord with those who met her.” Search Chair Wally Altes echoed these sentiments. “In Dr. Gross, we havefound a talented, energetic and skillful leader who understands small collegesand appreciates the values at the heart of this college. The SVC communityeagerly awaits her arrival on campus in August.” The College–nowin its 80th year–is planning a series of community events overthe coming months to welcome its new leader.
Ø Legislative– $78,962 (31 exempt employees earning more than $60,000/yr., excluding the GeneralAssembly.) Executive Branch Alone: Ø Approx. $1 Million in SavingsØ 871,000+ $92,600 (Ifelected officers—whose salaries are set in statute—participate)= $963,600Ø There are currently 359 exempt employees(those not covered by the Union contract) in the Executive Branch earning morethan $60,000/yr.Ø Thereare currently 1,013 classified employees (covered by the Union contract) in theExecutive Branch earning more than $60,000/yr. Due to labor agreements,this freeze does not apply to these employees. Savings if Other BranchesParticipate:Ø Judicial– $313,600 (95 exempt employees earning more than $60,000/yr, includingjudges) Savings, and the answers to other FAQs, forthe temporary FY09 salary freeze for State of Vermont exempt employees over $60,000: Total FY09 Savings if all Branches Participate:Ø $1,356,162
People’s United Bank,The Vermont Convention Bureau has announced the selection of Burlington as the host location for the 2011 and 2012 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships. This signature event, first being held in August 2011, will welcome 2,000 athletes along with 4,500 spectators from across the United States for a multisport festival.People’s United Bank and RunVermont have formed a unique partnership, with People’s United signing on as the title sponsor. Details of this national sports festival and sponsorship will be unveiled at a press conference being held at 9:30 am, Tuesday April 12, at the Montpelier Room at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Burlington. Governor Peter Shumlin will be the key speaker at this announcement, which will immediately follow his kickoff speech for the Vermont Travel Industry Conference. A partial list of speakers at the press conference include Tourism Commissioner Megan Smith, People’s United Bank president Michael Seaver, and Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss.‘The honor of being chosen for a national event of this caliber places Burlington on the list with prior host cities such as Chicago and Kansas City,’ says Tom Torti, president of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce. ‘The Burlington area has long been considered the ‘best of the best’ for outdoor sports and lake-based activities and this triathlon is our chance to showcase that on a national and international stage. The Chamber and the Vermont Convention Bureau have pursued the USAT for years and we’re pleased that our blend of cosmopolitan flair and stunning physical beauty make Burlington the ideal spot for a national sports event.’The Triathlon will consist of the USAT Aquathlon National Championship, The USAT Age Group National Championship, the USAT Sprint National Championship and the USAT Elite National Championship and Multi-Sport Expo. These competitions will be taking place in the greater Burlington area as athletes will be challenged among the distinctive urban cityscape as well as the waters of Lake Champlain. The event will welcome participants from all fifty states and several countries to participate in this epic festival.According to Peter Delaney, Executive Director of RunVermont, this event will be hard to miss. ‘To host this competition is a tremendous honor for our community and the impact of the event won’t be contained to Burlington alone. The course venues will extend into South Burlington and Shelburne and spectators will certainly be seeking services throughout Vermont for lodging, meals and recreational amenities before and after the competition. We expect the economic impact to exceed $2 million, and that is a conservative estimate.’The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce is the largest business advocacy organization in the state. The mission of Chamber of Commerce is to promote commerce and economic growth guided by the principles of community engagement, environmental responsibility, and issue-centric advocacy. To accomplish this goal, the Lake Champlain Chamber provides its nearly 2,500 members with quality services that are responsive to their needs and that will enhance their ability to succeed. To learn more about the Chamber, visit www.vermont.org(link is external).