New center at Champlain College named for S.D. Ireland Family

first_imgAt a dedication event held on campus on September 17, Champlain College announced its newest academic facility will be named after the S.D. Ireland family, owner of S.D. Ireland Concrete Construction Corp. of Burlington, Vt. The $10 million, state-of-the-art building will be called The S.D. Ireland Family Center for Global Business and Technology.At the center of a major gift to the College are Shelburne, Vt., residents Scott D. Ireland and his wife Kimberly (Wilson) Ireland, who is a 1985 graduate of Champlain College. They were joined by their three children S. Dylan, Shea and Sophie, parents Margaret and Stuart D. Ireland, and brother Stephen D. Ireland at the dedication of the new facility.With three young children, we have a strong interest in education, said Scott D. Ireland. We also like to be associated with cutting-edge initiatives-thats why we wanted to support Champlain College.The Irelands gift of an undisclosed amount, per the wishes of the family, helps fund an academic center that enhances Champlains ability to put students to work on real business and technology projects. The facility includes a market research and strategy room, international business resource center and focus group room, as well as multimedia suites, faculty offices, computer classrooms, and conference rooms.We are so pleased with the Ireland familys generous gift, said Champlain President Dr. Roger H. Perry. Its vitally important to have local support, and were grateful that the Irelands have invested in the future of our institution, which is linked so tightly to Vermont businesses and families.The two organizations share a common goal of creating strong foundations. While Champlain provides solid educational and career footing for many Vermonters, the Irelands have been creating the foundations upon which thousands of family homes and businesses are built, Perry said.This gift brings Champlains Power of Three capital campaign to within $500,000 of its $12 million goal. The campaign supports the construction of three new buildings totaling $31 million: the Center for Global Business and Technology, the Student Life Complex, and the Main Street Suites and Conference Center.We like to support local endeavors, said Kimberly Ireland. Ive seen a wonderful transformation at Champlain College, and I value the professional education I received at the College. The Ireland family has also been supporting cancer research at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. In 1999, they made a $2 million donation to create an endowed professorship at the college. Theyve also created the S.D. Ireland Cancer Research Fund to directly fund the work of UVM cancer researcher Dr. David Krag. Scott D. Ireland has been fighting skin cancer since 1990.S.D. Ireland Concrete Construction is a true family business, encompassing several members of the Ireland family over the years. The company was founded by Stuart D. Ireland in 1972, and his wife Margaret has worked as the treasurer for the business. Their sons Scott D. and Stephen D. Ireland now run the company as president and vice president, respectively, and their daughter Sherrill has also worked in the business. Scotts wife Kimberly has performed human resources and accounting functions in the office, as well, and their three young children are regular visitors to the Grove Street headquarters in Burlington.Stuart D. and Margaret Ireland moved from Rhode Island to Stowe, Vt., in the mid-1960s, where they built and operated the Town & Country Motor Lodge. Stuart developed a residential building company, bought property in Burlington from a defunct concrete company, and set up new concrete batch mixing equipment.S.D. Irelands commercial building business increased as the two sons grew up working in the family business. In fact, the foundation of Champlains Center for Global Business and Technology is made of S.D. Ireland concrete.The company earned a Bronze Award for Best Commercial Development in 2003 from the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Northern Vermont (HBRA) for their work on the Interstate 89 rest stops in Williston, Vt. In addition, Stuart D. Ireland was honored with the 2000 HBRA Lifetime Achievement Award for a lifetime of dedication to the building profession.last_img read more

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Students call for impeachment of USG president

first_imgTijani wrote that she felt “vehemently uncomfortable” with Fritz and USG Vice President Rose Ritch, retaining their posts and that stepping down would be more beneficial than attempting to ‘make amends’ with the Black student body. “I have seen you insert yourself into spaces on campus that are working to dismantle the deeply-rooted racism that seeps into every corner of our campus, and I have also witnessed USG release cosmetic, almost farcical statements of allyship and commitments to do better,” Tijani wrote. “You are the face of USG and it is your duty to uphold the mission and values of the organization even — and perhaps especially — when you are ‘off-duty.’” This article was updated June 26 at 10:20 p.m. to identify the creator of the petition. USG senators are deliberating whether impeachment proceedings will take place, a statement published on USG’s Instagram story read. Students were encouraged to contact Chief Diversity Officer Vivian Ren to share experiences or concerns regarding the student government.  In the Instagram statement, Fritz asked for students to call him out and educate him by sharing their experiences, stating that he will listen to them.  This article was updated June 27 at 4:15 p.m. to include the petition creator’s response to the president’s statement, add further context to the current president’s term and reflect the current signature count. “I would argue in saying I’m really not trying to defend myself, I’m not trying to make excuses for my actions,” said Fritz in an interview with the Daily Trojan. “I’m not trying to redirect the blame of the burden that I have to bear. And I’m trying to find the solution too — I’m not just saying, ‘OK, forget the past, it’s over.’ I’m really focused on finding an amicable resolution to this entire thing and again I really want to be part of the solution that we find, not only as a student government, as a presidency, but also as an entire community to everything that our students of color face.” This article was updated June 26 at 9:45 p.m. to include a statement from the Undergraduate Student Government. Tijani criticized Fritz’s establishment of an educational program and book club within the USG Executive Cabinet, as she wrote she feels he is not equipped to lead anti-racism initiatives. Tijani added that Fritz’s calls for students of color to educate him further burden them, and he should have the tools and resources to research social justice issues himself.  In the interview, Fritz acknowledged he has to hold himself accountable for his actions, whether or not he can recall them, as they negatively impacted the campus community and student body.  Following Fritz’s Instagram statement, Tijani posted screenshots of a second email addressed to him, writing that the president deliberately ignored her email and instead opted for a vague PR statement that lacked concrete acknowledgement of the issues raised by Black students and students of color. “I know I am part of the system,” he wrote. “I know it will be a heavy lift, but I am driven to be better. I will make mistakes because I am not perfect. I am calling on everyone, including myself, to keep me accountable. I have always tried to be intentional in how I engage in allyship, and I ask for others to help as I educate myself.” In a statement on Instagram, Fritz did not address calls for his impeachment but instead wrote that he recognized he is a “person of privilege.” Fritz added it is “not the time for white people to defend themselves” and apologized to the people who came forward with allegations of his racist acts.  As of publication, two posts allege that Fritz tried to garner more votes from Black students by asking them to talk to “their people.” Two more posts outlined how Fritz’s jokes about students of color and his grouping of them into a monolith has made people uncomfortable. One of these posts stated that the president joked about the “pains of being white.” A petition calling for Undergraduate Student Government President Truman Fritz’s impeachment began circulating Friday following the publication of several posts on Instagram account @black_at_usc claiming that he engaged in racial misconduct and microaggressive behavior toward Black students. The petition has accrued 994 signatures to date. According to USG bylaws, an undergraduate student may file a complaint against the president with the Speaker of the Senate, Gabe Savage. The complaint must outline specific violations of the USG constitution, bylaws or code of ethics.  From there, the speaker notifies the president, and the Senate must vote within 10 academic days whether to proceed with disciplinary action by a two-thirds majority. If Fritz is voted to be impeached, the Senate will then vote to remove him from office by a five-sixths majority. center_img This article was updated June 27 at 2:05 p.m. to reflect the current signature count. “To me, this means that you have chosen to protect your privilege under the guise of flowery diction and conciliatory promises to ‘do better,’ … your statement fails to demonstrate that you even know, let alone understand, which of your past actions have caused the damage that you are now so desperately trying to triage,” Tijani wrote. The email also stated that no Black student worked on Fritz’s presidential campaign and that the president chose not to amplify the voices of Black students before the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement and nationwide protests, indicating that anti-racism advocacy is not a priority for him. Tijani stated she contacted the USG Senate to accelerate the impeachment process. The Black Student Assembly will not be making any statements or calls of action without speaking with the Black undergraduate student community, BSA Co-director Jaya Hinton said in a message to the Daily Trojan. “The three directors believe that because Truman has been working very closely with us and providing the resources we’ve needed in our recent advocacy efforts, that we have the chance to educate him and help him grow rather than dismiss him immediately,” the message read. “However, we will consult with our community and ultimately decide on what is best and most aligns with our majority.” “I do take responsibility for the fact that these people did feel like they needed to voice up and they feel like they needed to make sure that their experience was heard and acknowledged and that I responded to it, and I really do apologize that they went through something like that and that I helped perpetuate the microaggressions and systemic racism that we see every day,” Fritz said. “I don’t want to be part of that.” “You are not our gatekeeper, and we are not asking for your permission to speak our minds,” Tijani wrote. “Further, we are not accepting your ‘invitation’ to educate you on how you might become a more empathetic, morally upright leader and human being. Again, all the resources and information are out there … they just have not been laid conveniently at your feet in a way that is digestible for you.” In her second email, Tijani listed several potential bylaw violations that she believes USG should examine, including requirements that the president and the vice president maintain a strong relationship with the student body, citing the increasing traction on her petition as reasoning that the relationship is tenuous.  Since the beginning of their election, Fritz and Ritch have faced various allegations against their presidency, including violating USG’s Election’s Code by mass and spam messaging potential voters. In mid-April, they also amended bylaws that would have eliminated stipends of assistant directors of funding, communications and programming branches departments while increasing the salary of higher USG officials including the president and vice president. The bylaws have since been amended to reinstate annual stipends for assistant directors. “My eyes, and the eyes of the entire student body, are on you Truman,” she wrote. Shaylee Navarro and Raymond Rapada contributed to this report. Abeer Tijani, a rising senior majoring in global health who created the petition, posted screenshots of her email to Fritz calling for him to step down from his position, contending that a true commitment to dismantling racism on campus would lead him to look within himself and acknowledge the need for new USG leadership. Fritz also stated that he is reavowing his commitment to equity at USC, announcing a series of conversations with cultural organizations about what Black and Indigenous students and students of color need to succeed, an internal educational program and book club with the USG Executive Cabinet and the creation of a broader coalition of student organizations to support diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. “In this instance, anti-racism requires taking the first step in dismantling the system that you actively benefit from and help to maintain,” Tijani wrote. “Ask yourself: if I choose to keep this post, am I doing it with a commitment to anti-racism in mind? Or is it for the prestige, the privilege, or your pride?”last_img read more

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