BURLINGTON, Vt.–Paul Millman, vice president and CEO of Chroma Technology Corp. in Rockingham, Vt., was invited to spend a day on the Champlain College campus on November 29 as part of a new Champlain Division of Business initiative called Executive Spotlight.The mission of Executive Spotlight is to engage Champlain College students, faculty and the broader Champlain community with business leaders who have made a significant contribution to Vermont and its economy. Millman spent the afternoon speaking with students and participating in a roundtable discussion with faculty members. The program concluded with a reception in the historic Morgan Room.In an international marketing course, Millman spoke with students about the importance of cultural sensitivity and the acquired skills necessary to successfully conduct business around the globe. He related some of his experiences doing business in China, Japan, India and Germany.Chroma Technology is an employee-owned company that manufactures microscope filters from the ultra-violet to the near-infrared portions of the spectrum. Chroma serves the scientific and technical communities. It takes pride in being environmentally conscious, having made a significant investment in its facilities to maximize energy efficiencies.Over the past several years, Chroma has been the recipient of numerous awards, including One of the Best Places to Work in Vermont, an award presented jointly by Vermont Business Magazine, Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Vermont Department of Labor, Vermont Department of Economic Development and the Society for Human Resource Management in November 2006.Last year the company was also named Exporter of the Year by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Commerce. Chroma exports to more than 52 countries, with export sales totaling more than 40 percent of all sales. Earlier this fall, Chroma Technology was awarded a 5x5x5 Growth Award, which honors the five fastest-growing companies over the past five years in five major categories. Chroma has been honored four out of the last five years in the technology category.The host of the Executive Spotlight initiative, Champlain Colleges Division of Business, has a longstanding reputation for academic excellence and close ties to the Vermont business community. The Divisions degree programs include Accounting, Business, e-Business Management, Hotel/Restaurant Management, Event Management, International Business, Marketing and Paralegal Studies.
The Wisconsin volleyball team can finally chalk up a conference victory in the win column.After losing three straight games for the first time in coach Kelly Sheffield’s tenure and starting 0-2 in Big Ten play for the first time since 2010, the Badgers got a much needed conference win against a highly ranked opponent.No. 19 Wisconsin (9-4, 1-2 Big Ten) defeated No. 7 Illinois (11-3, 2-1) 3-1 after a thrilling fourth set comeback that saw the Badgers come roaring back after being down by as many as five midway through the game.After a media timeout that saw Wisconsin down 15-12, the Badgers tallied 10 of the next 12 points to put the Illini in a huge hole. Illinois tried to surmount a late rally, but a Tionna Williams spike and a final miscue from the Illinois frontline proved the Badgers to be too much for the visiting team.The Badgers got off to a hot start winning the first set 25-16 led by Haleigh Nelson’s perfect shooting percentage and Lauren Carlini’s 53.8 percent set rate.“I think we came out with a really great game plan,” Carlini said. “And the passers just putting [the ball] right down the net for me to make it way easy to execute. So, props to them for that. Every single game I’m building more and more confidence with my hitters and I think the hitters are gaining confidence in me, and knowing where I need to put the ball — giving it to them at the right time.”Carlini parlayed the Badger’s first set success into a 25-21 Game 2 victory that had the Illini on their heels.Romana Kriskova, who had arguably her best game of the season, led the Badgers with five kills in the second game and had a team high 15 for the match.“I tried to come out strong from the beginning and put pressure on the Illinois defense. I was glad that Lauren trusted me,” Kriskova said.Illinois, to their credit, would not go down without a fight, proving their high ranking by stealing the third set, 25-21, from the sweep-minded Badgers.But the Badgers know these early battles will only better prepare them for a rugged season ahead.“Being put in those situations … really trains us for other matches, where maybe we are doing well, but then in the set three and four, they’re coming back and we have to have that confidence and that stability,” Nelson said.When asked how the early season schedule will prepare the Badgers down the road, all head coach Kelly Sheffield could do was smile.“It’s the Big Ten, brother,” Sheffield said. “We’re not off the hook. This is every week.”