Nygard recorded two clean sheets last week, improving her goals-against average to just 0.83 goals a game, one of the best marks in the conference. She saved all 13 shots that made their way on-goal.This marks the fourth time in program history that Lamar has swept the Southland weekly honors, with the last coming in the first week of the 2017 season. The three Cards honored this week mark the fourth, fifth, and sixth weekly awards captured by Lamar in 2018. Juliana Ocampo was named the Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 11, and Peskin and Jocelyn Hanrath captured the Offensive and Goalie honors, respectively, in the first week of the 2018 season. Manibo was part of an impressive back line that stopped two SLC opponents from scoring in 200 minutes of action despite facing 40 shots. Manibo and her defender compatriots allowed just 13 of those shots to be directed towards the Cardinal goal, deflecting or blocking the other 27 attempts. Kelso Peskin was named the Southland Offensive Player of the Week, Sophia Manibo took home the Defensive Player of the Week honors, and Sandra Nygard captured the Goalkeeper of the Week title.Peskin had one goal and one assist over the two games with three more shots, including one on-goal, against Southeastern. The senior from Cape Town, South Africa, is pacing the team offensively with 14 points on the year — six goals and two assists. Lamar sports informationFRISCO — Coming off a shutout week that included a 0-0 tie against Southeastern Louisiana and a 2-0 victory at Nicholls, Lamar’s women’s soccer team swept the Southland Conference weekly awards, as announced by the league office on Tuesday.
BioTek Instruments,Vermont Business Magazine Clean, renewable energy is now powering BioTek Instruments. The company’s headquarters and manufacturing plant in Winooski will receive power from their new five-acre photovoltaic solar energy farm in Whiting, Vermont. The solar farm has a maximum capacity of up to 500 kilowatts, and was designed and installed by Norris Brothers Solar Development, LLC.BioTek Vice President Adam Alpert said that the renewable energy source is expected to provide 100% of the company’s annual electricity consumption, adding that “BioTek is very proud to invest in a clean energy future for Vermont. The resulting energy savings will help to make us a stronger company while assuring a safer, better environment for our employees, their families, and all Vermonters.”BioTek Instruments, Inc, headquartered in Winooski, VT, USA, is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture, and sale of microplate instrumentation and software. These technologies are used to aid life science research, facilitate drug discovery, provide rapid and cost-effective analysis, and enable sensitive, accurate quantification of molecules across diverse applications. BioTek espouses a “Think Possible” approach that sets the tone for fresh ideas, unsurpassed customer service and original innovations. As such, they are often honored for local accomplishments and technological innovations, including Best Places to Work in Vermont,North American New Product Innovation Award for Workflow Solutions in Life Sciences, andScientists’ Choice Awards®: Drug Discovery Product of the Year and Best New Life Sciences Product.Source: September 23, 2016, WINOOSKI VT, USA – BioTek
Horticulturalist Charlie Nardozzi, left, with Abel’s Homestead Design employees. Vermont Community Garden Network photos.by Libby Weiland, Vermont Community Garden Network Washington Electric Co-op (WEC) employees have been growing a garden at work since 2015. In conjunction with other employee wellness efforts, they use produce from the garden for shared lunches, at work tastings, and seminars on cooking and nutrition. Employees say the garden encourages healthy habits. For Susan Golden, Member Services Supervisor at WEC, gardening at work gave her the confidence to start her own gardens at home and has sparked a new, healthy passion. “I’m eating healthier, I’m getting out and getting some exercise I wouldn’t normally get, and it has brought something very positive to my life,” Susan said. “Without this program, I truly doubt I would have ever even thought about giving it a try, and now it is a major focus of my summer.”Susan Golden and Patty Richards of WEC.Over the past three years the Green Thumbs at Work grant program—a collaboration between the Vermont Department of Health and Vermont Community Garden Network, in partnership with horticulturalist Charlie Nardozzi, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont and Gardener’s Supply—has worked with 26 small Vermont-based businesses and organizations to establish workplace gardens for their employees. The opportunity to garden at work provides fresh, healthy food to employees and their families, increased opportunities for physical activity and time spent outdoors throughout the day, and incorporation of wellness, camaraderie, employee engagement and community-mindedness into workplace culture.At a small family-owned business in Hyde Park, Abel’s Homestead Design employees applied for the Green Thumbs at Work grant in the hopes of sending employees home with fresh produce, but also saw the garden as a way to bring their often far-flung team together. Over the 2016 season employee Jessica Mulligan saw the gardens bring out the best in her team. “Watching the garden start as a little thing to a huge, over flowing, paradise of lush green vegetation was exciting for us all. We got excited, physically and mentally put ourselves into the creation of the garden, and I believe we used our specialties to make the garden a functional place.” With an abundance of produce, employees from Abel’s were also able to donate to the local food shelf and area youth programs.The Green Thumbs at Work grant program has demonstrated that gardening at work is more than a passing trend for employees. Grantees have included manufacturing facilities, natural food cooperatives, social service organizations, engineering firms and more—and these diverse grantees, through their new garden programs, are seeing real changes in workplace culture, staff morale and employee health.The Green Thumbs at Work grants are open to any Vermont business or organization with 100 or fewer employees. The grant award includes $500 for materials, a Gardener’s Supply gift certificate, and garden planning support and technical assistance from Charlie Nardozzi and the Vermont Community Garden Network (VCGN).The technical assistance provided through the grant program helps each business determine the type and size of garden that best meets its needs, and develop strategies to ensure the garden will be successful throughout the 2017 season and for years to come. Charlie Nardozzi and VCGN staff supports the sites through in-person visits and ongoing technical assistance. Aris Solutions employees learn how to thin veggies in White River Junction.The application deadline for the 2017 Green Thumbs at Work grant program is Friday, February 10, 2017. For more program details and a link to the online application, go to http://vcgn.org/what-we-do/green-thumbs-at-work/(link is external), or call (802) 861-4769 for more information.