New VP for campus services

first_imgMeredith Weenick ’90, M.B.A. ’02, a seasoned administrator with significant operational experience in the nonprofit and public sectors, has been named vice president for campus services at Harvard University.“Managing the daily operations of an institution as large as Harvard while pursuing a strategic vision that supports its teaching and research mission requires a leader to maintain a delicate balance,” said Executive Vice President Katherine N. Lapp. “The skills that Meredith has honed with the city of Boston and several service-oriented organizations will be a tremendous asset to the University.”Weenick joined the city of Boston in 2002 as an HBS Leadership Fellow. She served for five years as a policy adviser to former Mayor Thomas M. Menino, working on citywide policy implementation in the areas of budget, finance, and performance management. In 2010, she became the city’s chief financial officer, overseeing its $2.6 billion operating budget and $1.8 billion capital budget, as well as its debt and investment management, financial auditing and reporting, and risk management. As a member of the mayor’s cabinet, she played a strategic role in organizational management and policy development.Prior to joining the city, Weenick spent more than 10 years in management positions in community service and workforce development, including service as the director of operations at City Year Boston and the deputy director of the Massachusetts Service Alliance, where she was responsible for the daily operations of the Massachusetts Governor’s Commission on National and Community Service.At Harvard, Weenick will assume responsibility for a department comprised of 1,600 employees and a wide portfolio that covers most of the critical operations of the campus, as well as such major University initiatives as the development of the Smith Campus Center and the Common Spaces program.“As an alumna of both the College and the Business School, I feel a tremendous connection to Harvard, which inspired me to public service and has had an immeasurable effect on my career,” Weenick said. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to direct the team responsible for the day-to-day operations of the institution.”The vice president for campus services reports to the executive vice president and oversees a multifaceted group of operating service departments, including facilities services and property management, sustainability services, real estate management (both residential and commercial), dining and hospitality, event planning, engineering and utilities, transportation and parking, global support services and international student services, environmental health and safety, emergency management, and the campus service center. She will begin her duties at Harvard on July 14.Weenick lives in Boston, and she has been active in several volunteer organizations, including Transition House, a Cambridge-based nonprofit that supports women who are victims of domestic violence, where she served as treasurer and a member of the board of directors.last_img read more

Vermont gasoline prices fall slightly

first_imgAverage retail gasoline prices in Vermont have fallen 1.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.76/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.72/g, according to gasoline price website VermontGasPrices.com. Including the change in gas prices in Vermont during the past week, prices yesterday were 12.8 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 5.9 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has moved just 0.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 13.9 cents per gallon higher than this day a year ago.Unleaded Gasoline Average PricesVermontUSATrendTodayYesterdayOne Week AgoOne Month AgoOne Year Ago2.7672.7642.7752.8232.6362.7252.7222.7812.7232.583Lowest Regular Gas Prices in the Last 48 HoursPriceStationAreaThanks updateIrving86 Woodstock Ave & Tremont St Rutlandskempton Mon 9:18 PM updateMobil5 N Main St & West St Rutlandmarialv2singMon 2:03 PM updateMobil118 S Main St & Clover St Rutlandmarialv2singMon 2:02 PM updateStewart’s Shops661 Strongs Ave & S Main St Rutlandmarialv2singMon 2:01 PM updateCITGO239 S Main St & Curtis Ave Rutlandmarialv2singMon 1:59 PM updateShell429 Canal St near Lexington Ave BrattleboroJidsanupun 8 hours ago updateIrving564 Canal St & I-91 Exit 1 Brattleborogassilla 15 hours ago updateGulf661 Pine St & Lakeside Ave(Cumberland Farms) BurlingtonSqirlyone 2 hours ago updateGo-Go Gas2 Pinecrest Dr & Susie Wilson Rd Essex Junctionspeeddeaman 2 hours ago updateGulf146 College Pkwy near Mtn View Ave Colchesterspeeddeaman 2 hours ago updateShell262 Main St & Stevens St WinooskiJidsanupun 8 hours ago updateMobil469 Canal St near Fairview St BrattleboroJidsanupun 8 hours ago updateShell498 Riverside Ave & N Prospect St Burlingtonbruceha2000 25 hours ago updateGulf454 Riverside Ave near N Prospect St Burlingtonbruceha2000 25 hours ago updateShell93 Woodstock Ave near Tremont St Rutlandmarialv2singMon 2:20 PM Add this list of current gas prices to your websiteHighest Regular Gas Prices in the Last 48 HoursPriceStationAreaThanks updateMobil367 Brooklyn St & Wilkins St Morrisvillemontpelier28 Mon 9:30 PM updateShell713 Waterbury Stowe Rd near Blush Hill Rd Waterburysugarbushvt Mon 7:45 PM updateShell801 Williston Rd & East Terrace South Burlingtonspeeddeaman 2 hours ago updateCITGO1097 North Ave & Leddy Park Rd Burlingtonbruceha2000 25 hours ago updateMobil996 North Ave & Ethan Allen Pkwy Burlingtonbruceha2000 25 hours ago updateSunoco26 Congress St near Lower Main St Morrisvillemontpelier28 Mon 9:30 PM updateSunoco1302 Williston Rd near Patchen Rd(Accepts Price Chopper Program) South BurlingtonCrosley Mon 7:18 PM updateGiving Gas4348 Main St near Mehuron Dr(was a Mobil station prior to 7/4/10) Waitsfieldsugarbushvt Mon 7:45 PM updateGulf65 N Main St & Monkton Rd VergennesBIG454VAN Mon 10:20 AM updateShell760 Shelburne Rd & Swift St South Burlingtonbruceha2000 1 hour ago updateSunoco76 Center Rd near Sunset Dr Essex Junctionspeeddeaman 2 hours ago updateCITGOVT-15 & Brooklyn St Morrisvillemontpelier28 Mon 9:30 PM updateGulf20 Upper Main St & Congress St(Cumbys) Morrisvillemontpelier28 Mon 9:30 PM updateMobil33 VT-15 W & Sunset Dr Morrisvillemontpelier28 Mon 9:30 PM updateCITGO52 North Main St & Moran Ln Waterburysugarbushvt Mon 7:45 PMLegal Issues: As this site depends on visitor price updates, Vermont Gas Prices is not responsible for information inaccuracies, inconsistencies or errors. Vermont Gas Prices reserves the right to make changes to any of the site content at any time without notice. Source: VermontGasPrices.com 7.7.2010last_img read more

Annual DPS report shows drop in crime

first_imgA little more than a year ago, the USC campus was left stunned after the stabbing death of one of its own students — the first incident in a string of high-profile crimes that plagued the school last year.But despite that incident and a number of other crimes that grabbed the attention of students, parents and the national media, the Department of Public Safety’s annual crime report — released today — indicates an overall drop in crime on and around campus.According to the new crime report, USC experienced a drop in robberies, which are down 51 percent, aggravated assault, down 13 percent and motor vehicle thefts, down 14 percent. In contrast, the school saw a rise in forcible sex offenses, up 300 percent, and burglaries, up 21 percent.DPS Capt. David Carlisle said the high-profile crimes that received the most attention last year, including a shooting and a stabbing, were exceptions.“Of course these are exceptional crimes, and, justifiably, received a lot of media attention,” Carlisle said. “However, while these headlines led to the public perception that crime was on the rise around USC, in fact the opposite is true. Crime has been on the decline for the last few years and that trend is continuing.”According to the new statistics from DPS, USC saw the most significant decrease in robberies, which fell from 39 in 2007 to 19 to 2008. Aggravated assaults fell from 16 to 14, motor vehicle theft from 36 to 31 and arson from three to zero.Some types of crime, however, increased in 2008.Burglaries rose from 71 to 86 and forcible sex offenses rose from three to 12.The statistics were released today as part of a yearly DPS crime report that follows the guidelines of the Clery Act, which requires universities to give timely crime alerts and issue crime statistics annually. According to Carlisle, the Clery Act also determines the parameters of the school, so the extent of crime in that area can be reported and compared in a consistent manner among universities around the country.Those parameters, however, result in the exclusion of some crimes from the report. This year, the predetermined boundaries meant two of the most highly publicized crimes were left off.Though cinema student Bryan Frost was fatally stabbed in September, no murders were reported on the 2008 report.According to Carlisle, this was because the incident occurred on Orchard Avenue, which is outside the boundaries defined by the Clery Act.“There were two highly publicized crimes last year, the stabbing death of a USC student and the shooting in the legs of a USC track athlete,” Carlisle said. “The location where Bryan Frost was murdered was not within Clery boundaries, so while we recognize the fact that a USC student was murdered, it is not included in these campus crimes.”Even though the Clery Report leaves out some areas near campus, DPS is confident crime numbers are down all around the school, just as crime is down in Los Angeles as a whole.According to LAPD’s 2009 crime report, which was released Sept. 21, there has been significantly less violent crime and property crime so far in 2009 compared to the same period last year. Additionally, homicide in Los Angeles is down 23.5 percent, violent crimes have dropped 10 percent and property crimes have declined 11 percent.Carlisle attributes the decrease in crime around USC to the crime fighting and prevention strategies USC has employed in recent years.“The addition of new personnel to DPS as well as security ambassadors and technologies have helped the issue, particularly the deployment strategies that we’ve put into place over the past three years, which reflect those of LAPD Chief Bratton,” Carlisle said.LAPD Officer Corri of the Southwest Division said that at least two officers are assigned to the USC area daily and that visual presence and specialized programs such as gang injunctions have assisted in the decrease of crime in the area.“We’ve got gang injunctions in place, which puts gang members in jail and also teaches a lesson to people wanting to commit crimes, letting them know they will be arrested,” Corri said.DPS Crime Prevention Specialist Wyman Thomas added that, apart from new personnel, DPS’s success is also a result of the use of Computer Analysis of Crime Statistics, or COMSTAT, a method for compiling crime statistics for comparison.“We employ and continue to strategize based on trends,” Thomas said. “We review COMSTAT every week, and we look at what is taking place in the community in terms of events, or transient population, and we allocate those resources and deploy our officers in those areas.”Some students said they have noticed the increase in crime prevention efforts by DPS.Laura Escobar-Vallecillo, a sophomore majoring in communication, lives at the Radisson and said that the increased DPS presence on the streets around campus has made a noticeable difference.“I feel like late at night when I’m crossing the street it’s been a lot safer this year than last year because I see a lot of DPS officers,” Escobar-Vallecillo said.But other students said they have never thought of campus as an unsafe place.“I never thought that crime was that bad in the first place,” said Marshall Ge, a freshman majoring in biological sciences. “Even though all my friends told me USC was really dangerous, I never felt that crime was a big deal.”last_img read more