Rutland County Parent Child Center wins $25,000 SymQuest office makeover

first_imgSource: SymQuest Larry Sudbay, President and Chief Executive Officer of SymQuest Group, Inc. announced today that Rutland County Parent Child Center, Inc. (RCPCC) was chosen as the winning applicant for the Third SymPowered Office Makeover from SymQuest — worth $25,000. Rutland County Parent Child Center, a locally based non-profit, demonstrated the most need, budget constraints, outdated equipment and dedication to serving their clients. Since 1985, RCPCC has nurtured strengths, growth and independence of children and families in the Rutland area. The RCPCC believes that families and their children have the right to family-centered, comprehensive high quality services. They deliver these services through home-based programs, playgroups, parent education and support, information and referral early childhood programs, community development and on-site services.RCPCC is currently utilizing very outdated equipment donated to the agency, including computers and a networked server. Their two donated copiers are also severely out of date and require a great deal of ongoing maintenance. Funded by state and federal grants that are continually being cut, the Center has been unable to divert any funding to address their technological handicaps and obstacles for several years and sees no immediate change in that.“We are grateful to SymQuest for this much needed support! A SymPowered Office Makeover will dramatically improve how we serve our clients, enabling us to better fulfill our mission of helping families be successful in our community. With this Makeover, RCPCC staff will have more time to spend with families and children and have to spend less time trying to deal with technology issues. RCPCC is proud to be the recipient of this donation,” commented Caprice Hover, Executive Director of RCPCC.“Communications, confidentiality, accountability and efficiency are critical to RCPCC meeting their clients’ needs. Their current computer infrastructure, a key element to the organization’s success, is in a fragile state. The staff is struggling with old, failing computers and outdated software. RCPCC is seriously in need of a more efficient means for their 43 employees to complete and file client reports, process time-sheets and payroll, submit data required by state and federal agencies, report financial data for accountability and to communicate via email,” said Joe Noonan, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, SymQuest. “As a result of the SymPowered Office Makeover, RCPCC’s office infrastructure, communications systems and processing of reports will be drastically improved and streamlined. RCPCC will better be able to provide information to state and federal agencies, as required by law. The training and support aspect of the Office Makeover will get RCPCC’s systems up-to-date,” continued Noonan.The SymPowered Office Makeover includes: a server, multi-functional device (all-in-one copier, scanner, fax and printer), laptop(s), labor costs for technicians/engineers, monitored network service for one year, as well as some fun extras.“We are pleased to offer this unique, exciting opportunity from SymQuest. We have just completed the SymPowered Office Makeover in Keene, NH at CHESCO. This is our third Makeover to date, totaling $75,000. We plan to continue this tradition of giving back to the communities in which we work, live and play,” said Sudbay.last_img read more

Voegele, Hiltz Earn Top Spots At Country Showdown

first_imgSamantha Voegele and Kent Hiltz finished first and second at the showdown.The third time was a charm for a contestant in the Country Showdown.The 33rd annual event was held at Liberty Park in Batesville on Friday night and featured seven contestants vying to advance to the state competition.15-year-old Samantha Voegele of Noblesville has competed in Batesville for the past three years. On Friday, she won the contest after performing songs by Sara Evans and Shania Twain.“When my name was called everything inside me just exploded! I just became light headed pretty much because I was just so ready to be number one in this competition,” Voegele stated.She will now advance to the state level contest in August, with a chance for a $1,000 prize, the State Title and the opportunity to advance to one of five Regional Finals. It’s the last step before the prestigious, televised National Final.“I plan on picking new more upbeat songs, ones that I am maybe more comfortable with. I am just ready for this!”Kent Hiltz of New Point finished second in the competition.Other singers that took part in the showdown was Megan Hoffman, Guilford; Christopher Bischoff, West Harrison; Alyssa Williams, Connersville; Marissa Fullenkamp, Batesville; and Jessie Strassell of Dillsboro.last_img read more

Sports Illustrated features SU students on one of its March Madness preview covers

first_img Published on March 19, 2013 at 11:49 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 CORRECTION: In a previous version of this article, Julie Deutsch’s name was misspelled. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Syracuse basketball may not be the top ranked team in the country, but that didn’t stop Sports Illustrated from featuring New York’s College Team on one of its covers for the NCAA Tournament preview.Sports Illustrated released the photograph on Twitter on Tuesday morning, spotlighting Syracuse point guard Michael Carter-Williams among a slew of orange-clad Syracuse University students.The magazine contacted SU Athletics’ communications office about the photo, said Ben Glidden, president of Otto’s Army. The communications office then put the task in the hands of Otto’s Army, which selected group members who commonly support SU’s teams, he said. They specifically looked for students who had camped out for the Feb. 23 game against Georgetown.“I really wanted them to kind of reward the people who have given a lot to Otto’s Army over the semester,” Glidden said. “The people who attend the meetings, the people who camp out, things like that.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEven though the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to appear on a Sports Illustrated cover enticed many, the timing of the shoot was still inconvenient for some, he said.As a result, members of Otto’s Army had to search last minute for students inside Sadler Hall, located adjacent to the Carrier Dome, to fill out the photo, Glidden said.“The commitment was pretty long, and it was right in the middle of a school day, so we got a bunch of people rounded up, and unfortunately, not everyone that we got was able to make it,” Glidden said. “So with a dorm right there, a few of our board members took the initiative and headed on over.”Trish Kilgannon, a sophomore broadcast and digital journalism major, was invited to be in the photo by Glidden because she had camped out to see the Georgetown game. She said seeing her photo on the cover Tuesday morning was a remarkable experience.“I was very excited (Tuesday) morning,” Kilgannon said. “We didn’t know exactly when it would be coming out. My friend saw it on Twitter and sent me the picture, and I quickly sent it to everyone I knew.”The release of the photo comes two weeks to the day the photo was taken. Although 50 students participated in the shoot, several were cut off by the Sports Illustrated banner at the top of the magazine.That wasn’t the case for Julie Deutsch, a senior information management and technology major who stood next to Carter-Williams in the photo.Deutsch said she went to the shoot with a friend. When she arrived, she asked the magazine representative if she and her friend could be Carter-Williams’ “right- and left-hand women,” to which the representative agreed.The cover is one of four that Sports Illustrated will showcase this week. Each cover features student supporters from a different school. The three other schools are Indiana, Gonzaga and Kansas, all of which were selected as No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. Syracuse was the only No. 4 seed featured on a cover.With the tournament still days away, Deutsch said she was surprised Sports Illustrated released the photo on Tuesday.“I thought it was coming out next week,” she said. “And then when I saw it on the Facebook page of Syracuse University, and my friends texting me, and my friend got the Sports Illustrated delivered and he was surprised to see me. It was just awesome. It was so funny to me. I can’t believe that I’m actually on the cover.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more