University of Vermont,The University of Vermont has announced that three new legislative trustees, a gubernatorial appointee, and a new student trustee are joining its board of trustees. The new legislative trustees, elected by the Vermont General Assembly to six-year terms, are Carolyn Branagan, Christopher Bray, and David Potter. Governor Douglas has appointed Mark Young, who previously served as a legislative trustee from 2002-2007, to a six-year term. The new student trustee, Adam Roof, was selected to serve a two-year term by the Associate Directors for the Appointment of The University of Vermont and State Agricultural College Student Trustees, Inc.Leaving the board are legislative trustees Edwin Amidon, James Leddy, and Martha Heath, gubernatorial appointed trustee Robert Young, and student trustee Beth Rice.All of the new trustees will participate in the board meeting scheduled for May 14 through 16.Branagan, a Republican from Georgia, has served in the Vermont House of Representatives since 2003. She was the House Education Committee clerk from 2003 to 2004 and is the House Ways and Means Committee ranking member in 2009/10. She is the Franklin County Republican Committee chair and is a member of the Governor’s Commission on International Education. She has also served as co-chair of the Vermont Legislative Women’s Caucus, chair of the Georgia School Board; member of the coordinating council of Vermont Interactive Television; and trustee and chair of the Vermont Maple Festival. She received B.S. and M.Ed. degrees from UVM.Bray, a Democrat from New Haven, has served in the Vermont House of Representatives since 2007. Formerly he taught at UVM for four years in the English department and founded Common Grounds Communications, which provides writing, editing, design and production services to a variety of clients and publishing houses. He is clerk of the House Agricultural Committee ; secretary of the Vermont Milk Commission; chair of the Rural Economic Development Working Group.; and member of the Vermont Forestry Commission and the Economic Development Committee of the Governor’s Dairy Task Force. He received a B.A degree from UVM in Zoology and an M.A. in English. He also graduated from UVM’s Snelling Center for Government.Potter, a Democrat from Clarendon, has served in the Vermont House of Representatives since 2005. Potter taught at Rutland High School for 31 years before retiring and was on active duty in the Air Force for 10 years. He is a member or affiliate of the West Rutland Rotary; the Rutland County Audubon Society; the Vermont Federation of Sportsman Clubs; the Rutland Regional Transportation Council; the Vermont Workforce Development Council; the Clarendon Selectboard; the Clarendon Planning Commission; the National Guard Association of the U.S.; the Vermont Sugarmakers Association; and the Vermont Woodland Association. In 2008 he was named Vermont Tree Farmer of the Year. He is a retired member of the Vermont Air National Guard, SQ Commander, Lt. Col.Young, of Orwell, is president and CEO of the First National Bank of Orwell. He currently serves as the Town of Orwell treasurer and trustee of Public Funds. He is a board member of Union Mutual of Vermont Companies and the Vermont Center for the Book and is a member of the Vermont Economic Progress Council. He was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1993-2006. He is a past chair of the executive committee of the Vermont Bankers Association and received the Vermont Bankers Association Outstanding Community Service Banker Award in 2001.Roof, of South Walpole, Mass., is currently enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Political Science and English. He serves on the Peer Judicial Board in the Harris/Millis residential complex, and is a member of the Dean of Students Advisory Board and the Men’s Club Hockey Team.
Published on March 18, 2013 at 8:00 pm Contact Kevin: email@example.com Unlike her senior teammates, Brittney Sykes hadn’t been through the NCAA tournament selection show experience of waiting to see if her team’s name would be called. Even if Syracuse didn’t make it this year, Sykes would still have three more chances to make it to the Big Dance.Still, that didn’t bring Sykes much comfort as the brackets were revealed.“I was as nervous as they were,” Sykes said. “I’m sitting next to Kayla (Alexander), each bracket that came up – Bridgeport and the Notre Dame bracket came up – and our name wasn’t called yet. I’m sitting there like, ‘Ugh, guys, I’m a little nervous.’”Sykes had nothing to worry about. Syracuse earned a No. 7 seed in this year’s NCAA tournament on Monday night. The Orange will face No. 10-seed Creighton in a first-round matchup Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn., at 11:20 a.m. The Syracuse-Creighton winner will face the winner of No. 2-seed Tennessee and No. 15-seed Oral Roberts on Monday.For Sykes and the rest of SU’s five-player freshman contingent, the tournament berth marked a quick reward for the beginning of a potentially prosperous Syracuse career. But the seniors – led by all-time leading scorer Alexander, along with career 1,000-point-scorers Carmen-Tyson Thomas and Elashier Hall – watched the show knowing this was their last chance to play in the NCAA tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSo when Syracuse’s seeding was announced, head coach Quentin Hillsman couldn’t help but feel pride for his seniors.“It’s awesome for them,” Hillsman said. “What else can they ask for? Just for themselves, to go on to life after college. They’ll all have an opportunity to play if they would like to play, but just to have that experience now, to have been in the NCAA tournament, is critical for them.”The team watched in a film room on the second floor of the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center. As the first three regions were revealed, Syracuse’s name was not called. After a 24-7 season and third-place finish in Big East regular-season play, the Orange was a supposed lock this year.Still, for the seniors who have waited four years for this moment, seeing Syracuse’s name flash on the screen elicited positive emotions. With an NCAA tournament matchup approaching, the week ahead is sure to induce a special mood, Hall said.“None of us players have ever been in this situation, so we don’t really know what to expect,” Hall said. “Definitely another level of intensity, another level of excitement and competitiveness. We’re all excited to be here, in this position.”Six straight conference wins pushed SU’s record to 22-3 midway through February, but Syracuse lost three straight, the last a 77-75 triple-overtime loss to Villanova. The setback caused Hillsman and players to express concern that the team’s tournament berth wasn’t yet sealed, even as a top-five team in a conference that was ultimately awarded eight bids on Monday.But after beating Louisville on Senior Night for SU’s first win over a ranked team, those worries were put to rest.“We’re really relaxed right now,” Hillsman said. “We knew we were in the tournament about a week and a half, two weeks ago, so I think the stress was kind of off. It was just about us getting through the Big East tournament, winning some games and being healthy.”Hillsman said the team will run a normal morning practice Tuesday before beginning adjustments Wednesday in anticipation of the 789-mile trip to Knoxville.For Tyson-Thomas, the mood at practice will certainly be altered by the week’s anticipation, despite having won 10 Women’s National Invitation Tournament games in her career.“Ironically, it’s a different atmosphere,” Tyson-Thomas said. “We’re still going to be in the Carmelo Anthony Center, but it’s a different atmosphere. You know now that we’re going to something bigger, we’re in something different. We’ve got to bring a whole different level of play to the game, so I feel as though everything’s going to be a little tricked up.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+