Champlain Valley Exposition,The Board of Directors of the Champlain Valley Exposition, Inc. today named Tim Shea of Williston as the organization’s new Executive Director. Shea will assume his new position in February 2012. In making the announcement, Matthew Stevens, President of the CVE Board, noted that Shea will have the benefit of working with longtime General Manager David Grimm for approximately eight months. Grimm announced in March 2011 that he would step down as General Manager following the Champlain Valley Fair in September 2012, concluding a 23-year career at CVE. Shea, who was chosen after a national search, currently serves as Vice President and Congressional Liaison for the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce inBurlington. Shea has been with the Chamber since 1994, holding a number of different titles during his employment, thus bringing a wealth of experience and community knowledge to the Exposition, according to Stevens. In addition, Shea has served the State of Vermont on many Commissions and Committees, while serving his community on the Burlington Electric Commission, Burlington Legacy Project, and the United Way of Chittenden County. He is Past President of the Vermont Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. Shea and his wife, Amy, live in Williston with their three children. Stevens expressed the Board’s strong support for Shea. ‘The Champlain Valley Exposition has a unique history of serving the various constituencies of our community and state, and it takes a special person to build upon past success while moving us into the next generation. Tim is a talented, intelligent executive with a special feel for the needs of the many audiences that visit CVE,’ Stevens said. ‘We’re excited to work with him to strengthen and expand CVE’s connection to Chittenden Countyand beyond.’ In his new role, Shea will direct the Exposition’s fulfillment of its mission ‘to serve the people of Vermont and the region through agriculture, education, arts & culture, entertainment, and commerce.’ Celebrating its 90th Birthday in 2012, CVE is the largest event center in Vermont, hosting more than 110 events annually, including the Champlain Valley Fair. The Robert E. Miller Expo Centre has made CVE a year-round venue for numerous large and small shows, events and conferences. Among the new events at the Exposition for 2012 will be the Vermont Farm Show Jan. 24-26. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Exposition relies on a variety of revenue sources to fulfill its mission, including private and foundation support. For more information about the Champlain Valley Exposition, visit www.cvexpo.org(link is external). Essex Junction, VT ‘ December 16, 2011 ‘
Wednesday the struggling Trojans will try to turn their season around after losing five of their last six games. Their opponent will be the Oregon State Beavers — a team they lost to 85-70 when they played in Corvallis.In their first meeting with the Trojans, the Beavers came back after initially being down by 4 points at halftime to win by 15 points.Despite holding the Beavers to just 3-for-18 from deep, their 47 percent 2-point shooting percentage helped bolster an early Pac-12 upset. Thanks to Oregon State’s Gary Payton II and his 22 points and 15 rebounds, the Beavers were virtually unstoppable in the second half.Redshirt junior guard Katin Reinhardt, junior guard Julian Jacobs and sophomore guard Elijah Stewart were explosive on offense, combining for 40 points, 10 assists and 15 rebounds off of 14-for-29 shooting, including five 3-pointers.Unfortunately, like their most recent game against Stanford, McLaughlin and Boatwright were held to just 3-for-16 overall, missing 10 of their 11 3-point attempts. Coming back to Galen Center, the Trojans’ 3-point prowess could perhaps re-establish itself after a slump.Where USC has been hurting the most has been on the defensive side of the ball but one of the team’s best defenders redshirt junior forward Darion Clark is set to be back against OSU.Jacobs emphasized the importance of playing defense after practice Monday. USC’s last two games resulted in 20-point-plus losses.“I can’t stress enough how important that is for this team because when we play defense, that opens up so much more for us offensively,” Jacobs said. “We like to get out in transition, that’s the type of team we are, but when we don’t play defense, it’s kind of hard to attack a team that’s waiting for you.”Head coach Andy Enfield stated that Clark’s injury is “day-to-day.” In practice, however, Clark stated that he was he was feeling very good thanks to a synthetic sleeve over his shoulder and upper forearm.Where Clark’s presence will be needed is on the defensive zone against Oregon State’s 6-foot-3 guard Gary Payton II who leads the team with 15.8 points and 7.7 rebounds per game including seven straight games scoring in double figures to go along with 11 games of 19 or more.Payton, along with scorers Tres Tinkle and Stephen Thompson Jr., should be a handful for USC considering they combined for 51 of the Beavers’ 85 points.As always, though, crowd support from the Trojans home fans could give USC the edge in a conference which is characterized by tough arenas.“As we know as well as they know, it’s a very important game for us to hopefully come out with a victory,” Reinhardt said. “We’re just looking forward to this crowd to come out and helping us win this game. Everybody needs to be there. We’ve been pounding it out all year and the fans have been great for us.”The 19-10 Trojans and 17-10 Beavers are set to tip off at 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Galen Center.