The Vol. 3, Issue 1
A quarterly publication of Vermont Technical College
New President Takes Office
College Welcomes Ty Handy as President
Vermont Tech’s new President,
Ty Handy, faced a major crossroads in his life in
1987. Professionally, he was excelling as a senior
financial analyst for the R.R. Donnelley and Sons
firm in Chicago. Personally, he was an excited and
concerned new father of a son—Jonathan, born
ten weeks prematurely. Handy and his wife
“VTC’s students are prepared
not only to make a living, but also
learn how to live.”
Kimberly were soon immersed in daily trips to the
intensive care unit of their local hospital as they
watched their son grow stronger. However, the
Ty Handy relaxes at home with wife Kimberly and youngest son Beau and family boxers
obligations of his demanding job created personal
Cassius Clay and Sugar Ray. The family has appreciated the warm welcome of the local and conflicts for Handy, who was accustomed to
college communities. They are looking forward to participating for the first time in such devoting himself fully to both career and family.
winter sports as downhill skiing and snowboarding. (Photo by Bob Eddy, Herald of Randolph)
“I began to think about my responsibility as a
Getting Ahead father, my true definition of success, and what I
really wanted out of life,” recalled Handy. “I made
New On-line Jobs Software Available to Alums the decision to give up the security and potential
of my corporate job and begin work on my
A new on-line job recruit- “We appreciate the VSC funding this (story continued pg. 2)
ment system aims to make it easier for VTC effort,” said VTC’s Career Development
alumni and students to connect with
potential employers. Called Vermont Tech
Director Lauri Sybel.
To access the program, visitors must go
Connections, the system replaces the to the Career College Welcomes Ty Handy 1
college’s Career Center Management Services page
System that was designed by students. on the Vermont New On-line Jobs Software 1
Since the program was made “live” on Tech web site.
January 1, the Career Center reports more (www.vtc.edu)
SHAPE Expansion Gets the 3
than ninety employers have listed jobs on Once on the
the site. Career Ser-
Our goal is to get the new system visitors should Katz an Animal’s “Best Friend” 2
re-populated by employers as click on the the
quickly as possible. student/alumni A Conversation with Rehab Grad 3
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by E-Campus Recruiter. The VSC purchased program. Fol-
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(Handy Story Continued, pg. 1) “This move was something I had thought
doctorate. I had always loved teaching and the about several years ago,” said Handy, smiling as Veterinary Technology
educational environment and believed it was in he recalled the day he opened up a copy of the
that arena I could best reconcile my life goals.”
His decision to pursue a career in higher edu-
Higher Education Directory and began looking at
universities and colleges across the country. “I
Katz an Animal’s
cation did not come out of the blue. As he grew asked myself what geographic locations would I
up in Orlando, Florida, Handy had found he had be excited to both work and live in. Vermont The high desert area of Utah is
an aptitude for working with numbers. He Technical College was one of the colleges I a stark contrast to the green mountains of
circled. The technical focus of this college Vermont, but alumna Sandy Katz is
“As President, one of my roles is meshes well with my values. VTC’s students enjoying the differences as she settles
are prepared not only to make a living, but also into her new job as veterinary technician
as a tools provider.” learn how to live.” for one of the largest animal sanctuaries in
Handy believes the small residential commu- the country.
decided to study finance at Western Kentucky nity gives faculty, staff and the administration
University, an area he had traveled to frequently the opportunity to create personal relationships
as a child while visiting relatives. Upon gradu- with students that truly impact the students’
I want to thank the faculty and
ation in 1984, the soft job market motivated him lives. The natural beauty of the state, outdoor staff at VTC who really helped
to advance his studies. He accepted an Assis- lifestyle, and high quality of life are also make my dreams come true of
tantship at Drexel University in Philadelphia, amenities Handy lists in his reasons for accept-
Pennsylvania and began work towards an MBA. ing the job as Vermont Tech President.
going back to school.
It was there that he met Dr. Carl Silver. Handy’s first day on the job as VTC President
“Dr. Silver repeatedly urged me to consider a was January 2. However, he moved his family “I am pretty adaptable,” said Katz. “It’s
teaching career,” said Handy. “He said I was a from their Indiana home to Vermont just prior gorgeous here now, but I’m not sure what
natural teacher. But while I loved teaching, I was to Christmas to give himself, his wife, and it will be like in the heat of summer. I’m
ready to begin working on my career. So, after youngest son, Beau, a chance to settle in before told it gets into the nineties here.”
graduation, I accepted the position in Chicago.” classes resumed in January. Their oldest son, Katz graduated this past May from
With his family circumstances motivating him Jonathan, is currently a freshman at the Vermont Tech with a degree in Veterinary
to make a change, Handy left R.R. Donnelley University of Chicago. Handy stepped down as Technology. Shortly after successfully
in1988 to teach and study at the University of Chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College in taking the national exam for veterinary
Memphis. He graduated in 1991 with an Ed.D. Sellersburg, Indiana to accept the VTC position. technicians, Katz found herself on a plane
in Higher Education Administration. The years Ivy Tech is one of fourteen regional community bound for Utah and a trial two-week
that followed found Handy enjoying his work as and technical colleges in Indiana with an employment period with the Best Friends
enrollment of more than 3,800 Animal Society. The society runs a
students each semester. sanctuary that is more than 30,000 acres in
As he settles into his new job,
size with more than 1,500 animals—mainly
Handy plans to spend his first
homeless cats and dogs. The sanctuary is
months in office in formal and
located in Kanab, Utah, very close to the
informal conversations with a
wide variety of VTC Arizona border. Katz likens the small-town
constituencies to help learn the atmosphere in Kanab to that found in
needs of the college. Alumni are a Vermont.
key group Handy hopes to After successfully completing the trial
interact with. employment period, Katz accepted a job
“As President, one of my roles working in the sanctuary’s medical clinic.
is as a ‘tools provider.’ I must Katz works with the sanctuary dogs and
facilitate efforts to discover what cats and the occasional rabbit. She assists
assets are needed to enhance in surgeries, care of the animal before and
student learning and success. Our after surgery and also does some lab work.
alumni have successfully earned “There’s a learning atmosphere here,”
their degrees and have first- said Katz. “I’m getting all of my skills up-
person accounts about their to-speed. There’s also a variety of work. I
experiences at Vermont Tech. I’d don’t do just one thing every single day.”
like to learn what they believe Katz has begun her career as a veterinary
Handy conducts a “get-to-know-you” session with members of the college is doing well and also
technician in mid-life. Though she always
VTC’s facilities and business administration staff. (l to r) where we might improve,”
Account Specialist Krystal Stearns and Housekeeper Tony had an interest in animals, it wasn’t until
Emerson listen as Handy discusses college operations. her mid-forties that she decided to pursue
Handy emphasizes that he
a professor and gradually transitioning into wants everyone to know he is available and that an academic degree in the field. She
administration. He found that his training in he plans to get involved. For Handy, being at earned her first degree in 1984 from the
business and management complimented his Vermont Tech is just one more positive step University of New Hampshire. Graduating
interest in higher education. Throughout the past that continues the direction he chose at life’s with a Bachelor of Science in nutrition,
14 years, Handy has worked in numerous crossroad years earlier. And he welcomes Katz went on to work for several years in
teaching and administrative positions in everyone to walk along with him and learn the state of New York as a dietary
Kentucky, Arkansas, Ohio, Tennessee and together how to make both themselves and technician for a variety of hospitals and
Indiana. So, one might wonder, what motivated Vermont Tech the best that they can be. nursing homes. Feeling unsatisfied with
this “Southener” to head north to the beauty and by Lisa Helme this career track, Katz began looking at
cold winters of New England? work within the administrative and
Page 2 financial field for organizations with a
A Conversation With
“Best Friend” Rehabilitative Eng. Technology
Class of 2002
service focus. She worked for a small work
site training project for disadvantaged Q: Why did you choose to study
youth in Danby, Vermont for three years Rehabilitative Engineering
and later moved to Massachusetts where Technology?
she accepted a job with the Sterling and A: When I was 7-years-old I was
Francine Clark Art Institute in Williams- diagnosed with Arterial Venal Malfor-
town. mation of the brain. It is a blockage in
“My interest in animals, particularly animal my brain that constricts my range of
rights issues, continued to grow,” explained motion. It is a physical handicap, not a
Katz. “I talked with a career counselor mental handicap. My personal experi-
about my interests and she suggested I do ence of being handicapped motivated
some job shadowing at an animal hospital. me to find ways to help others live more
While shadowing at a facility, I learned independently with their handicap.
about VTC’s program and decided to
apply.” Sandy Katz works with a cat in VTC’s veteri- Q: How have you used your degree
At Vermont Tech, Katz loved learning nary technology facility prior to graduation.
since your graduation?
about animals and their care and enjoyed she might one day return to the northeast. A: While some medical concerns have
being around animals on a daily basis. As Originally from New Windsor, New York, kept me from working in my field, I have
she approached graduation, she knew she Katz has family in the area and wouldn’t been designing and working to get a
would not be happy working in a regular mind living closer to them. However, wher- patent for my Queen of HEARTS
animal clinic. That knowledge prompted her ever she goes, Katz is determined she’ll be Shoulder
to research animal sanctuaries and rescue working in her newfound career field. Tray. Queen
facilities. She discovered her current job Katz wants her alma mater to know that of HEARTS
through the Best Friends web site. VTC really made a difference in her life. “I is my
“I truly view what I am doing now as a want to thank the faculty and staff at VTC nickname.
career,” said Katz. “Everything else I have who really helped make my dreams come
done before was just a job.” true of going back to school. It was a really Q: What
Looking towards her future, Katz thinks wonderful time.” does your
Project to Enhance Recruitment & Retention Efforts do?
SHAPE Expansion Gets the Green Light A: The tray
Alumni Snapshots is worn over Queen of HEARTS Shoulder Tray
Vermont Tech’s dream of a true Campus Center on its Randolph Center the shoulders by a harness. The
campus is moving closer to becoming a reality. Since the Board of Trustees gave approval harness is made out of metal. The
in December to construct an addition to the current SHAPE facility, college personnel plastic tray holds two cups, a plate and
have refined a step-by-step construction process. The target date for opening the Campus some silverware. It is foldable. The tray
Center is summer 2007. makes it easier for people who have
“The addition will enable us to create a central
range of motion difficulties to be able to
gathering place for student activities and campus feed themselves. A friend of mine, with
events,” said Dean of Administration Jack Daniels. a background in occupational therapy,
The preliminary cost estimate for the addition is $2.9 helped me move my idea from the
million. The bulk of the project is slated for funding design phase to the creation of an
through college funds and capital construction dollars. actual model.
The college administration also plans on fundraising
activities to help meet the costs of outfitting the new Q: Is your invention ready for
It is hoped the construction of the facility will help Above is an artist rendering of where the ex-
pansion is proposed for construction at the
A: There are still some adjustments that
with efforts to attract and retain residential students, current facility. need to be made in the design. After
who may enjoy staying on campus on weekends if such a facility were available to them. that work is done, all I need is money to
The Campus Center will house food service, expanded student activities, and an exercise advance the project.
Currently, the college maintains two separate exercise facilities, both located in the Q: Do you have any advice for current
Nutting Residence Hall. However, in locating the exercise facilities there, a primary student Vermont Tech students looking forward to
lounge area in Nutting had to be eliminated. The relocation of these facilities to the new graduation?
SHAPE addition will enable the college to re-establish a student common area in the A: Don’t give up. I know that earning your
degree can mean long days and even longer
Nutting Residence Hall.
nights of work, but when you get your
Banwell Architects, with offices in Montpelier and in Lebanon, New Hampshire, was
degree it is all worth it.
recently chosen to design the addition.
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