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NEXT ?
As graduates face a tight job market,
new initiatives are helping them find their paths
and bridge from college to career
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remembering virginia clark
werner herzog’s collaboration
elizabeth burke bryant ’79
a hike with hub
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president’s perspective
THE GREEN
Moustapha Diouf takes leadership post in Senegal; Colleague’s
cancer drives medical research team; Alumnus, student
engineers team to build a better golf club; and more.
catamount sports
Hoops to hockey, an update on the performance and
prospects of UVM’s winter sports teams.
ON COURSE Film class forges an unlikely relationship with fabled
German director Werner Herzog.
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Cover: Hilary Hickingbotham ’14 has turned an internship with UTC Aerospace
in Vergennes into a post-graduation job. Photo by Sally McCay.
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what’s next? Increased investment and an “it takes a village” approach
are rapidly changing how the university helps students find
their post-college career paths.
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BY thomas weaver
Affinity programs unite alumni around shared pursuits in
college and the places life has taken them.
by tim traver ’78
A new coffee table book offers a window on UVM past and
present, and helps launch Alumni Association lifetime
membership drive.
UVM PEOPle Rhode Island’s children have a powerful advocate in
Elizabeth Burke Bryant ’79.
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Contents photos, from a new UVM coffee table book (see page 22), by Bobby Bruderle ’11.
SUMMER 2008
V E R M O N T Q U A R T E R LY
Know her library, know the woman. Sifting through the
books that late Professor Virginia Clark loved provides
comfort and insight for her family.
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their degrees. To join in President Obama’s call to action,
UVM has committed, through
our New Americans Program,
to significantly increase the enrollment of students from immigrant families who have settled
in Vermont. We have dedicated
a high-level admissions expert to counsel families and
to assist them in seeking aid, filling out forms, and completing the application process. The enrollment process
will be free for low-income and first-generation New
Americans. Additionally, we pledged to continue covering tuition costs without loans for all our Vermont Pell
Grant-eligible students. At present, 22-25 percent of our
students are Pell-eligible, including one third of our Vermont students. Nearly 20 percent of our first-year class
is comprised of first-generation students, including one
third of our Vermont students.
We can take pride that UVM is a leader in providing
affordable college access to students. Others have noted
UVM’s leadership as well. Kiplinger’s magazine has once
again ranked UVM among the top best value public colleges in the country noting our “high four-year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, abundant financial aid, low sticker price, and overall great
value.” Of those students who take out loans, our students graduate with $8,000 less in debt than the national
average. Other institutions aspire to these numbers. Our
considerable increase in applications this year—nearly
24,000 and an increase of 9 percent from last year—
demonstrates that we remain affordable while our reputation for quality grows. Further, our applications from
first-year international students have increased by 56
percent. We are committed to building success for our
students by increasing financial access and successful
graduation in four years. We know that by expanding access to college for qualified students at UVM and by ensuring their timely graduation, these alumni will be very
successful throughout life. We must continue to raise
our expectations and our aspirations for our students,
because together we can move mountains.
—Tom Sullivan
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Kathleen Laramee ’00
contributing writers
Joshua Brown, Lee Ann Cox, Jay Goyette,
Patrick Leahy, Jon Reidel G’06, Tim Traver ’78,
Amanda Waite’02, G’04, Jeff Wakefield
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FARMER INFORMER
Helping protect agricultural workers from pesticides is a key
focus for public health researcher/native Vermonter Melissa
Perry ’88, professor and department chair at George Washington University.
ALUMNI VOICE:
NIGHT OF THE LONG KNIVES
Author of a new novel set during World War II, Motherland,
Maria Hummel ’94 reflects on her father’s childhood under
the Third Reich and how it shaped him.
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PADDLING PAST CANCER
Training in the waters of Burlington Bay, Vermont’s dragonboat team, which includes alumna and former VP Karen
Meyer ’70 in its ranks, is a powerful (and very fast) healing
force in lives touched by cancer.
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ince the beginning of my tenure as
president, affordability and access
to success for all qualified students
has been my foremost priority at
the University of Vermont. This year
we had a historically low tuition increase
of 2.9 percent and a zero increase for Vermont students. We will continue to make
every effort to control tuition increases. Our upcoming
Comprehensive Campaign will focus on increased academic support, especially scholarships. Already 44 percent of Vermont students attend tuition free at UVM. As
a land-grant university, a central part of our mission is to
provide first-rate educational opportunities in the State
of Vermont and to make a significant contribution to the
state’s economic development through our research and
academic programs. Of course, increasing access to college education is a national priority as well. We cannot
compete with other nations if we do not offer college
opportunities that will lead to successful outcomes for
all qualified students. As a nation, we must increase not
only the number of high school graduates attending college, but also the number of students successfully graduating from college in four years.
On Thursday, January 16, 2014, I was pleased to represent the University of Vermont at the White House
Education Summit hosted by President Obama and
First Lady Michelle Obama. More than eighty college
and university presidents and leaders from forty nonprofit and philanthropic organizations were invited to
focus on strategies to increase the number of low-income students who apply to, attend, and graduate from
college. We heard passionate statements from both the
President and First Lady about the importance of expanding college access and ensuring successful completion, especially to low-income students.
This White House Summit was more than an exchange of ideas. It was an inspiring national call to action: each participating institution made a commitment
to expand college access; the pledges included a wide
range of practices and programs relating to admissions,
advising, community outreach, college preparation, and
helping academically underprepared students complete
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g a t h er i ng ne w s & v i e w s o f l i f e a t t h e u n i v er s i t y
years,” says Diouf. “It is my
affiliation with the university that allowed me to get
this appointment. I intend
to give back by sharing my
experience with students and
colleagues and converting
my experiences into reality.
Otherwise, it’s just abstract
theorizing. As a political sociologist, what we teach in the
classroom should translate
into the field. We all dream
of having an impact on social
policy, so I’m feeling very
fortunate to be in a position
to do so.”
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Vermont to Senegal
Veteran professor returns to help his homeland
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Aminata Toure while working
on a master’s degree in rural
sociology at the University of
Paris in the early 1980s, had
turned down previous job
offers from Senegal officials,
holding out for an opportunity promising greater impact
on the economic development of the West African
country. The addition of the
powerful MCA position was
exactly what he had in mind.
“The prime minister and I
have shared the same dream
for many years and are now
countries are fighting corruption and the mismanagement
of public funds. They really
have to monitor how money
is being spent. I will work
on bringing transparency,
accountability, and checks
and balances to the process.”
In addition to his academic
research as a rural sociologist,
Diouf brings experience from
past fieldwork with development and literacy projects via
the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization.
“UVM has given me everything for the past twenty-four
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also a generous one. His gifts
to Burlington, which totaled
nearly $300,000, included the
Howard Opera House and
block, proceeds that went to
support the city’s home for
destitute children.
Howard’s philanthropy
extended to UVM, as well. He
funded the construction of a
new medical college building
(the predecessor to Dewey
Hall), an endowed chair in
natural history and zoology,
the fountain on the Green,
and an 1885 renovation/
facelift for Old Mill that created the building’s Victorian
façade we know today. The
bust of Howard wasn’t a case
of the philanthropist celebrating himself; it was a gift from
the citizens of Burlington in
recognition of all he had done
for the city and the university.
The project is the latest
in a number of UVM public
sculpture restorations completed in the last several years.
[engineering]
Alumni, students
team to build a
better golf club
W
hen Josh Ross
received a new
golf club—a driver
designed by four
UVM undergraduate engineering students—he was,
he says, “a little skeptical.”
An independent reviewer for
Golfballed.com, a partner
with Reader’s Digest, Ross
receives a stream of gear from
major manufacturers. Golf is
big money: the National Golf
Foundation reports that there
was about $4 billion in golf
equipment sales last year.
But the lime-green-andblack club Ross received was
U.N. Ambassador
Power to speak at
commencement
Samantha Power, the
United States ambassador
to the United Nations, will
be the guest speaker and
receive an honorary degree
at UVM’s 2014 Commencement, Sunday, May 18, on
the University Green.
Ambassador Power,
a member of President
Barack Obama’s cabinet,
has held the post of U.N.
ambassador since August
2013. She formerly served
as special assistant to the
president and senior director for multilateral affairs
and human rights at the
National Security Council.
Power is also an
accomplished journalist
and the Pulitzer Prize
winning author of
“A Problem from Hell”:
America and the Age of
Genocide and Chasing the
Flame: Sergio Viera de Mello
and the Fight to Save the
World.
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oustapha Diouf,
associate professor
of sociology, has
long wanted to help
improve the quality
of life in his native Senegal.
He will get the chance as the
recently appointed special
adviser to the prime minister
of Senegal and president of the
Millenium Challenge Account
(MCA)—a $540 million
foreign development project
funded by the United States.
Diouf, who became friends
with the new Prime Minister
in a position to realize that
dream together,” says Diouf.
Diouf, who expects to
return to UVM in about two
years, says he envisions using
the MCA funds for infrastructure improvements with
a focus on the building of
roads and bridges so people
can bring goods to market.
He also hopes to improve
health care, education, and
telecommunications access
while keeping a close eye
on the management of the
funds. “There is great demand
for social justice in Senegal,”
Diouf says. “Many African
ested, reinforced, and
restored, the venerable
John Purple Howard
returned to his perch in
front of Old Mill last semester. It has been seven years
since the bust of the distinguished nineteenth-century
Burlingtonian and stalwart
supporter of the university
was removed for
restoration. Budgetary hurdles and the
“surprises” inherent in working on a
130-year-old work of
art conspired to make
it a lengthy sabbatical.
The journey to
Watertown, Massachusetts art conservator
Daedalus, Inc. isn’t the
first time Mr. Howard
has traveled. A 1942 Vermont
Cynic article describes an
episode in which pranksters
stole the bust by Jonathan
Scott Hartley, eventually
ditching it on a Summit Street
lawn. The statue also spent
a period languishing in the
attic of Old Mill before being
returned to the front of the
building in 1968. At some
point along the way, likely to
better secure it, the bust was
filled with cement in which a
steel rod was embedded. The
new restoration has corrected
that ham-handed fix and also
taken pains to make sure the
historic work stays put for
good.
So, who was John Purple
Howard and why was he
bust-worthy? A native son
of Burlington, born in 1814,
he learned the hotel business from his father and later
went into the same industry
in New York City with his
brother. The Old Exchange,
Howard House, and the
Irving Hotel were among the
ventures that allowed him to
retire and return to Burlington a relatively young and
decidedly rich man. He was
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Sully Sullivan ’07 goes long
with BombTech’s studentdesigned driver.
WELCOMING
VETERANS
U.S. News has added
another category—
best colleges for
military veterans—
to its annual higher
education rankings,
and UVM placed tenth in
the category’s debut year.
The university’s Career
Center, which can help
veterans translate their
military experience to a
civilian résumé, and the
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Veterans Collaboration
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Organization, a peer
support group, were
cited as key advantages
for this population.
built by the decidedly nonmajor manufacturer BombTech, the one-man-shop of
Tyler “Sully” Sullivan ’07,
a UVM School of Business
alumnus. He built the club at
home in Vermont.
“Can a guy really get
together with some college
students and create a driver
that is comparable to those
already on the market?” Ross
wanted to know. Apparently
yes—or even better.
“I have received many
items to test and review,” Ross
writes. “There has never been
one that blew my mind as
much as this driver.”
The tests Ross and others
have done give the BombTech club, dubbed “The
Grenade,” higher numbers
for ball speed, carry distance,
backspin, and total distance
than other high-end drivers
from companies like Titlelist,
TaylorMade, and Callaway.
Sullivan reports that business
is brisk. He’s sold hundreds
of the clubs, direct from
his company’s website,
bombtechgolf.com.
His growing business
began in frustration on the
golf course. But not because
he kept shanking balls into
the rough. Instead, the clubs
he was getting would break.
He hits the ball hard. After
six or seven drivers broke, he
says, he’d had enough.
So Sullivan started building drivers himself, ordering
shafts and high-end heads and
assembling them at home. “I
found out I was good at this,”
he says, and pretty soon he
was providing home-built
clubs to his friends, too, and
began to make some sales.
But back-orders on heads—
and a sense that the design of
drivers was not what it could
be, led him to wonder if he
could go to market with his
own, better, driver.
In 2012, Sullivan
approached UVM’s College
of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences to see if they
could help. Professors John
Novotny and Jeff Frolik, who
lead the year-long “capstone”
course for seniors in the college, connected him with four
students.
Soon, Mark Belanger,
Ryan Corey, Ryan Mickelson, and Evan Olson—all
mechanical engineering
majors, class of 2013—
were working away on
club designs as their senior
project. On a computer, they
developed 3-D models of
various possibilities, with an
eye toward reducing wind
drag on the club’s head.
The computer simulations
led to building a real prototype that they tested in a
wind tunnel in UVM’s Votey
Hall. It had a large face, two
large cavities in the underside, and a pleasing bulbous
shape that fills the limit of
the USGA’s rules: 460 cubic
centimeters.
“It’s not a hard science,”
Mickelson says. “You have
to balance the visual appeal
with the functionality. We
had some ugly drivers and
some pretty drivers. There is
no template out there which
says: this is how you make the
right shape.”
Sullivan isn’t stopping with
just 3 questions
Luis Garcia
Growing up on his family’s farm in Colombia, Luis
Garcia, dean of UVM’s College of Engineering and
Mathematical Sciences, helped his father troubleshoot irrigation systems in the drought-impacted
region. It was an early exposure to problem-solving
that would later spark a career in civil and environmental engineering and eventually lead to chairing
his department at Colorado State University, the post
Garcia held prior to taking on the deanship at UVM
last summer. VQ recently sat down with Dean Garcia
to discuss his vision for the college.
Q. What do you think an undergraduate
student in engineering should know?
Q. To what extent should engineering
education be informed by the humanities?
A. I believe that an education, at the
A. I believe in students having a broad
heart of it, is learning how to learn. Any
technology that you learn now is likely
going to be upgraded or obsolete in
five to ten years. When I came out of
school, computers were very limited.
We had punch cards. If I had left my
knowledge at that, I would’ve been obsolete shortly after leaving school. Now
a lot of what I do is computer-based
modeling.
My point is that what students really
get out of an engineering education are
problem-solving tools—to solve problems that we don’t even yet know about.
Some skills might stay current—perhaps lessons about statics and dynamics. But there are others that are going
to change very fast and you need to be
aware of that and upgrade your skill set.
That’s why I love engineering: it’s more
about getting a problem and coming at it
with a creative solution. That’s the core
of what we do.
education because it helps you come up
with a better solution. Sometimes if you
are too technical, you miss the fact that
solutions have to be holistic. I’m a firm
believer in trying to expose students
to more than just the technical. It’s not
necessarily the most technically sophisticated solution that wins—because it’s
part of a societal compromise.
Q. What do you imagine the College of
Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
looks like in five years?
A. I’m very excited about the new
STEM facility that President Sullivan
and Provost Rosowsky have championed and that we’re working hard to
bring to reality. It will bring a huge upgrade to the infrastructure, allow us to
meet unmet needs that we have right
now, and better serve Vermont and the
world. We’ll have new lab facilities, better teaching classrooms, improved re-
search space for our world-class faculty.
We’re in a competitive world. We’re
doing five faculty searches right now.
Those individuals that we’re searching
for are going to be world-class too. They
have opportunities to interview other
places, so we need to bring them here
and provide the infrastructure that merits the quality of their credentials. And
the new STEM facility will be a great
asset for recruiting more and better students. The best students always have
choices, like the best faculty.
With the new infrastructure in place,
it’s going to be a huge boost to our reputation and help us move to the next
level. We’ll also focus on maintaining
and enhancing areas of strength such
as our Department of Mathematics
and Statistics, growing successful interdisciplinary areas such as complex
systems, biomedical and environmental research, and many others. I am very
excited and optimistic about the great
things we can accomplish in the next
five years.
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ABOUT TOWN
BRICKS AND MORTAR
Alumni who haven’t been back to Burlington in a few years
would likely experience one of those “Where am I?”
the driver. This year, he’s
engaged another group of
UVM engineering seniors to
design a putter for BombTech. Corey Tillson, Tori
Thacher, Cody Jackson, and
Jeff Keenan have developed a
design for a wing-style mallet
putter, heavier than average,
to be forged in carbon steel.
Pilot testing of the putter
is in the near future. “We’re
excited and nervous, too,”
Jackson says. “Sully has put
a lot of trust in us to design
something that will be marketable and ‘game-changing,’
as he says. We’re his engineering team.”
moments on this stretch of Cherry Street near Battery.
While we aren’t exactly talking soaring canyons of
Manhattan, the line of new buildings with an interesting
mix of brick, stone, glass, and metal façades creates more
of an enclosed cityscape feel than most parts of BTV.
The Hotel Vermont, which opened in May 2013, is a
centerpiece of the new development and home to the Hen
of the Wood restaurant, one of the state’s finest. Though
the name is a nod to the historic Hotel Vermont building
at the corner of Main and St. Paul a few blocks away, the
125-room boutique hotel isn’t to be confused with that
landmark. The Courtyard Burlington Harbor Hotel is just a
few steps down, on the corner of Cherry and Battery, combining with the Hilton on Battery to make this neighborhood lodging-central in Burlington. And, over on Main and
Pine, a development/redevelopment project is under way
for a Hilton Garden Inn. The old Armory building (Hunt’s
music club to alumni of certain vintages) will be renovated
and coupled with new construction for the hotel.
Back on Cherry Street, new owners of the Burlington
Town Center mall plan upgrades to the north exterior of
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make the area a more attractive corridor for pedestrians to
travel between downtown and the lake.
Vermont Math
Institute is
national leader
R
ecent accolades from
his peer mathematicians and educators,
awards on both the
regional and national level,
celebrate the innovative
work and long service of
Ken Gross, professor of
mathematics, in helping to
foster strong math teachers
throughout the educational
system.
Gross is a pioneer and national leader in promoting the
importance of providing indepth mathematics content
knowledge to K-6 teachers,
the guiding principle of the
Vermont Mathematics Initiative, which he founded. VMI
came into being in 1999 as
school districts in Vermont,
and across the country, were
grappling with a new genera-
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STUDENT FOCUS
S
ophomore Sammie Ibrahim is using
her 2013 Simon Family CommunityBased Research Fellowship to study
an issue she takes to heart: sustainable
transportation. She’s analyzing data
from a survey of five hundred Burlington
residents she conducted over the summer
to better understand local attitudes
about the subject, while also advocating
for walking, biking, riding the bus, and
CarShare Vermont.
Ibrahim’s experience working with Local
Motion led to an undergraduate research
assistantship this year with her faculty
mentor, assistant professor of geography
Pablo Bose. Ibrahim is working with UVM’s
Transportation Research Center and Bose
to create a web portal making available
data from one of his research efforts—
transportation accessibility among
Vermont’s refugee community. The hope
is that by sharing research with other
scholars and the community they can
promote positive policy outcomes for the
state’s new Americans.
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the complex that will mesh with city of Burlington plans to
[ M ATHEM ATI C S ]
tion of integrated K-6 math
instructional programs, like
Mathland and Discover Math,
that required even early grade
teachers to have a sophisticated understanding of mathematical concepts. VMI has
since enrolled more than 400
Vermont teachers from 90
percent of Vermont’s school
districts.
The success of the Vermont Mathematics Initiative
led to the adoption of similar
programs in eight states, including Massachusetts, where
Gross implemented the VMI
program while a visiting professor at Lesley University in
Cambridge, one of the country’s leading teacher development schools. The program
Gross established at Lesley,
the Center for Mathematics
Achievement, is still a driving force in the school’s curriculum for teacher training in
mathematics.
This summer, Penn State
launched a program, the
Pennsylvania Mathematics
Initiative, modeled on VMI.
PSU program director
George E. Andrews began
looking at programs to improve math teaching at the elementary level when he served
as president of the American
Mathematical Society. “One
of the most striking out there
was Ken’s program,” he says.
“A number of people have
done good work in this area,
but Ken is the spearhead. VMI
has a ten-year track record of
success. He’s done a great service not just for the people of
Vermont, but for the country.”
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[THEGREEN
Maple researchers
Abby van den Berg
and Tim Perkins have
discovered a new way
to harvest sap.
[ A GRI C U LTURE ]
New method explores
alternative sugaring
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[ ME D I C INE ]
Colleague’s
memory motivates
researchers
F
or billions of people,
cancer is personal, but a
relative handful of them
are in a place to have
an impact on the disease.
Diane Jaworski, professor of
neurological sciences, and her
former PhD student Patrick
Long G’13 are among them.
Jaworski and her colleagues
in UVM neurological sciences
had a close, heartbreaking
experience with the brain
cancer glioblastoma when
their colleague Bruce Fonda,
a longtime anatomy lecturer
beloved by generations of
medical students, succumbed
to the disease in 2005.
It’s a form of cancer that Jaworski already knew well. Her
research focuses on developing therapies to treat gliomas, highly malignant brain
tumors that originate in the
glial cells of the brain. Patients
with glioblastoma, which is
the most aggressive type of
these tumors, have a median
survival of only fourteen
months. Even with treatments
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like surgery—not always an
option—and radiation and
chemotherapy, glioma stem
cells are able to rapidly reform
tumors.
Reduced acetate levels
are a hallmark of all cancers,
Jaworski says. “Most notably,
the lack of acetate silences
tumor suppressor genes, the
‘brakes’ that limit cell division.” As the UVM scientists
explored ways to boost acetate levels, they lived the
truth of medical research—
always a long road, where the
knowledge of what doesn’t
work can sometimes be the
trigger to what treatments
can be effective. It was on
the flight back from an April
2011 cancer conference that
Jaworski and Long talked and
came to one of those fabled
“aha moments,” insight that
pushed them to try another
possibility in their efforts to
boost acetate levels.
The key solution turned
out to be an FDA-approved
food additive—glyceryl triacetate (GTA)—used to treat
Canavan disease, an inherited
disorder that causes progressive damage to nerve cells in
the brain. A previous clinical
trial using GTA, conducted
by collaborators at the Uniformed Services University of
the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, was fundamental to Jaworski’s pursuit of this
avenue. “Their work found
that both rodents and infants
can tolerate GTA very well,”
she says.
Within a few weeks back
in the lab, the UVM research
raj chawla
team had the first promising
results that GTA decreased
the growth of glioma stem
cells, but not normal brain
cells, in culture. The next
critical test, performed with
the help of Jeffrey Spees, director of UVM’s Stem Cell
Core Facility, and Dr. Andrew
Tsen, Fletcher Allen neuro-
cell culture results support
her hypothesis. Further recommending its use: GTA can
be orally administered, is easily absorbed by the stomach
and gastrointestinal tract, has
a low risk of side effects, and
minimal toxicity to non-cancerous cells. The next step is a
Phase 1 clinical trial.
honor roll
UVM has received a
record number of
applications for next
fall’s entering class
—23,936—
up nine percent over
last year. “There is a buzz
about UVM in the high
schools we visit,” says
Beth Wiser, director of
admissions. “UVM offers
a first-rate academic
experience in a highly
desirable location, and
students are active and
engaged, which leads to
their success after
graduation. Spreading
this story is translating
into more applicants.”
Betty Rambur, profes-
Dr. Andrew Tsen and
Professor Diane Jaworski
are part of a UVM team
discovering potential new
brain cancer treatments.
surgery resident, would be
to determine if GTA reduced
the growth of tumors formed
in mouse brains. The group’s
second “aha moment” came
when the test data were decoded, and it was revealed that
GTA increased the effectiveness of chemotherapy treatment and increased survival.
Because almost all types
of cancer cells have reduced
acetate, Jaworski believes that
GTA will not only be effective
on glioma cells, but potentially other cancers. Preliminary
“The driving force for this
project is the fond memories
of my friend and colleague
Bruce Fonda,” says Jaworski.
“I often wonder, what if GTA
was available for him? However, I must now focus on
the fact that there are other
patients receiving the dire diagnosis of glioblastoma every
day and GTA may help them.
It is through this work that
Bruce’s legacy lives on.”
sor of health policy and
nursing in the College
of Nursing and Health
Sciences, is a recipient of
the 2013 Sloan Consortium Excellence in Online
Teaching award. Over the
past three years, Rambur
has designed, developed,
and taught five online
graduate and undergraduate courses. Committed
to connecting with her
students, Rambur’s online
course evaluations are
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Global view drives
undergrad’s work
A
year ago on a high
school trip to Costa
Rica, first-year student
Alia Degen helped
rebuild pathways in the rain-
consistently excellent.
As a testament to her
success, her student
retention rate is nearly
100 percent.
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F
our years ago, Tim Perkins and Abby van den
Berg cut the top off a
maple tree. As researchers at UVM’s Proctor Maple
Research Center, they wanted
to learn more about sap flow.
Instead, they discovered an
entirely new way to make maple syrup. “It’s revolutionary
in some ways,” says Perkins
’84 G’88 ’91.
Their new technique uses
tightly spaced plantations of
chest-high sugar-maple saplings. These could be single
stems with a portion—or
all—of the crown removed.
Or they could be multiplestemmed maples, where one
stem per tree can be cut each
year. Either way, the cut stem
is covered with a sealed plastic bag. Under the bag, the
sap flows out of the stump
under vacuum pressure and
into a tube. Voilà, huge quantities of sap.
In short, these plantations
can allow maple syrup production in a farm field. Typically, a traditional sugarbush
produces about forty gallons
of maple syrup per acre of forest by tapping, perhaps, eighty
mature trees. With this new
method, the UVM researchers estimate that producers
could get more than four hundred gallons of syrup per acre
drawing from about six thousand saplings.
The new technique has the
potential to enhance business
for existing syrup producers,
the researchers think, and
defend Vermont’s maple industry from threats that range
from climate change to spiking land costs to Asian longhorned beetles.
“We didn’t set out to develop this system,” says van den
Berg ’99 G’00 ’07. “We were
looking at ways to improve
vacuum systems.” But,
during a spring thaw,
the tapped tree, from
which they had removed the crown, just
kept yielding sap under vacuum pressure.
And more sap and
more sap.
“We got to the
point where we
should have exhausted any water that was
in the tree, but the moisture
didn’t drop,” says Perkins.
“The only explanation was
that we were pulling water
out of the ground, right up
through and out the stem.”
In other words, the cut tree
works like a sugar-filled straw
stuck in the ground. To get
the maple sugar stored in the
trunk, just apply suction.
While the cut plantation
saplings will regrow branches
and leaves from side shoots—
and can be used year after
year—“the top of the tree is
really immaterial for sap flow
under vacuum-induced flow,”
Perkins says.
“Once we saw that we
could get yields without tops
it was—wow! —this changes
the basic paradigm,” says van
den Berg. Large, mature trees
are no longer needed to provide the sugar. “It became
clear that we could deal with
an entirely new framework,”
she says.
Intriguing as their findings
are, the UVM scientists stress
that there is still much to be explored. To date, they’ve made a
couple of conference presentations to maple syrup producers
and applied for a patent. “This
is research,” van den Berg says,
“and there’s a lot more research
to be done before we know
what the implications of this
research will be.”
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forest and pave roads in the
capital city, San Jose. While
on the trip, she remembers
noticing another sign of service in the country: a child
wearing canvas moccasins
from California-based TomS
Shoes. Seeing evidence of the
brand’s mission in action—a
company that for every shoe
purchased donates another
pair to a child in need—was
partly what prompted Degen
to enter Toms’ Ticket to
Give contest last year.
Chosen among thousands of entries, Degen was
one of fifty selected to go
on a giving trip and personally deliver shoes to impoverished children in Central and
South America last fall. While
Toms signature canvas slipons may be a fashion statement in the United States, in
the developing world, they’re
a tool to ward off health risks
like parasites, bacteria, and infection that can easily develop
without a barrier between a
child’s foot and the ground.
Through partnering
with schools in the
country, Toms is
also providing an incentive for children
to pursue an education. A student of
Spanish since kindergarten, Degen says
one of the best parts
of the trip was chatting with the kids as
she helped measure
their feet for new
shoes, asking about
their families, their
siblings, what they like to do
for fun—forming connections with the people impacted by the program.
Aside from her work in
Costa Rica and Honduras,
Degen, before even graduating high school, had also
taken service trips to Nicaragua and New Orleans. “I
love traveling,” she says, “but
I like to give back while I’m
traveling.” It’s no surprise her
service-mindedness has followed her to UVM, where she
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volunteers with FeelGood,
whose proceeds from grilled
cheese sales in the Davis Center are donated to help end
world hunger. She’s also working as a program assistant in
the Community-University
Partnerships and ServiceLearning (CUPS) office on
campus, whose mission is to
align service opportunities
with academic pursuits.
In addition to what she perceived as a commitment to social and environmental justice
at UVM—“I felt like people
cared about the world
here,” Degen says—it
was a meeting with
Luis Vivanco, director
of Global and Regional
Studies, that convinced
her UVM was the right
choice for her during her
college search. While
other schools’ programs
concentrated on international relations, she says,
UVM’s focus on globalization and its causes
was a closer fit for her
interests.
Vivanco, who is teaching Degen in his “Culture
and Environments” course,
is also pleased she chose
UVM. “I think she’s a stellar
representative of the kind of
Global Studies student that
we have here who is really
committed to making change
in the world,” he says, “and
who wants to spark dialogue
across borders—cultural and
linguistic—to see what we
can do to make the world a
better place.”
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If I were not a scientist, I would be a scientist.
Yeah, I heard you. You could take my profession away,
but I would just sneak around and be a covert scientist.
Rory Waterman, UVM professor of chemistry, in a special
edition of the journal Inorganic Chemistry
Coat couture
W
hat are the signature emblems of high-end fashion? Maybe
the red sole of a Christian Louboutin heel or the patterned
monogram on a Louis Vuitton bag come to mind. But
beyond brands and logos there exists another echelon of
luxury clothing, unknown to all except the most discerning, where
items bear virtually no outward sign of their origins or value. This is
the world of bespoke tailoring; its motto: “knowing, not showing.”
Although the clothing might not speak its
pedigree at first glance, that’s not to say it doesn’t
have a story to tell. Meg Lukens Noonan ’79
knows this better than anyone. Her new book,
The Coat Route: Craft, Luxury & Obsession on the
Trail of a $50,000 Coat, traces the story of the
making of one of the finest bespoke garments,
the impeccable materials of which—from vicuña wool to water buffalo horn buttons—were
sourced the world over.
Before beginning the project, Noonan
didn’t know much about tailoring or the centuries-old, meticulous bespoke tradition (referring to the most custom of custom-made
clothing). The spark for the book was one
of her assignments as a freelance writer, her
profession for more than twenty-five years.
For that fateful story, Noonan traveled to a remote island in Norway and worked alongside
the fifteen or so people who live there, handpicking from duck nests eiderdown feathers
destined to become the stuffing of $8,000
comforters. “I was fascinated by the idea of
people working in incredibly remote places
doing very intensive work for a product that
might ultimately end up in a penthouse suite
somewhere,” she says.
Back from the assignment and intrigued
by the idea of a book on the subject, she
turned to Google, searching for terms like
“best in the world” and “most luxurious
product.” She found John Cutler, a preeminent bespoke tailor and creator of the
$50,000 coat. That was the beginning of
an adventure that would take her from her
home in New Hampshire to Australia and
Canada, England and Peru, France and Italy in pursuit of the story of the people and
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places that originated this garment and have
kept the bespoke tradition alive.
Why care about the frivolity of a coat with
a price tag that’s roughly equivalent to what
the median U.S. household earns in a year?
“It’s very easy to say, ‘Well, that’s obscene
that someone would spend that for a custom
overcoat,’” she says. But in a world of massproduced, buy-one, get-one disposable clothing (which Noonan admits she and her two
daughters certainly partake in), there’s value,
she says, in the made-to-last. “And it’s keeping
the tradespeople alive.”
That’s a value near to a journalist’s heart.
Noonan was thrilled a book concept like hers,
which involved so much travel and research,
could draw the interest of a publisher today.
It’s a different world from when Noonan began writing at UVM, inspired, especially, by
classes with the late professor of English T.
Alan Broughton. “He really got me to think
of myself as someone who could write, and
that’s a huge mental leap to make—to feel
like you might be good at this.” After graduation, her first writing gig was an internship at
the Burlington Free Press.
“I definitely saw parallels to my own life,”
she says of the tradespeople working in this
rarified textile industry, “and to most of the
writers I know who are of a certain age who
have seen things change so drastically around
them.” It’s those many artisans and patrons
that bring The Coat Route to life. “Great, wonderful, funny people who sort of saw the humor in what they were doing,” she says, “but
still took it seriously, believed in it, and took a
lot of pride in it.”
Amanda Waite ’02 G’04
[ BRIEFs ]
Slip Sliding Away
Barking Rain Press
Sean Mulcahy ’09
At a time when college graduates face one of the most difficult job markets in decades,
a new novel by alumnus Sean
Mulcahy ’09 puts a face and a
story on the issues facing so
many Millennials: unemployment, student loan debt, moving back home with mom and
dad. But the novel isn’t only for
the young. Each chapter comes
with recommended playlist of
Baby Boomer songs, bridging
the generational divide.
Wounded Warriors: A Soldier’s
Story of Healing through Birds
Potomac Books, Inc.
Robert C. Vallieres with
Jacquelyn M. Howard ’81
When doctors, pill and behavior
modification couldn’t help,
nature did. Alumna Jacquelyn
Howard ’81 helps Persian Gulf
War Veteran Robert Vallieres tell
his story of how birds and birdwatching aided in his recovery
from war wounds, including a
traumatic brain injury. “Hope is
the thing with feathers,” wrote
Emily Dickinson, and this book
offers hope to thousands of
military personnel struggling
with mental and physical
injury. Howard, who majored
in agriculture at UVM, is an
environmental management
specialist, naturalist, avian field
biologist, and writer. She lives in
Arlington, Virginia and works at
the Army National Guard Readiness Center, where she supports
sustainability of the landscape
needed for soldier training.
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CATAMOUNT
SPORTS
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Coach Lori McBride’s women’s
team has had a rougher go of it this
season, standing at 6-17 overall
and 3-7 in America East in early
February. Freshmen Kylie Butler
and Kristina White have quickly
proven themselves at the college
level with Butler twice earning
conference Rookie of the Week
honors. Junior Niki Taylor was
America East’s Player of the Week
after she played a key role in consecutive victories over Wagner and
UMass-Lowell.
T H E G R E E N & G O L D : W I N , L O S E , O R draw
MEN’S HOCKEY
Staring down Duke
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aunching into a roundup of sports
highlights with a Catamounts loss
is somewhat counter-intuitive. But
when that loss is by one point to #6
Duke—they of the glowering Coach K,
“Crazies” in Cameron Indoor Stadium,
and bazillion-game home win streak over
non-conference opponents—well, it is
something to celebrate.
Coming off three consecutive losses
and in the midst of a seven-game string
of road contests, no one had reason to
expect Vermont could be a shot away
from victory in Durham. As the clock
wound down and the Catamounts hung
close and even led the game, a lucky few
Vermont fans cheered from the rafters
of Cameron, more watched on ESPNU,
and many shared the experience via
social media—Facebook and Twitter
lighting up with comments and plenty
of “Go Cats Go!”
by Thomas Weaver
The spirited underdog performance
against Duke, of course, brought back
memories of the upset of Syracuse in the
2005 NCAA Tournament. With a strong
regular season, in a battle with Stony
Brook at the top of the America East
standings, the Catamounts looked to be in
a solid position for a possible run through
the conference tournament with the prize
of an America East Championship and a
chance to return to the Big Dance.
alex edelman
uvmathletics.com
for sports NEWS
Women’s hockey
With a victory over #9 Boston University in January, the Cats earned
their first win over a ranked opponent during Coach Jim Plumer’s
tenure. That milestone is among a
number of high points in a season
that saw UVM standing at 13-134, 9-7-1, fourth in Hockey East in
mid-February. While just a junior,
Vermont native Amanda Pelkey
has already written her name at the
top of the UVM record book for
points and goals. On the defensive
side, Roxanne Douville has been
among the standouts, earning the
conference’s Goaltender of the
Month recognition in December
and keeping that form going with
performances like thirty-six saves
in a win over Providence. Off the
ice, senior Danielle Rancourt was
nominated for the 2014 college
Hockey Humanitarian Award.
Skiing
The Catamounts have continued
their domination of the EISA circuit
this season, running their string to
twelve consecutive victories with a
win at the Dartmouth Carnival February 7-8. Beyond the American
collegiate scene, UVM alpine skier
Elli Terweil competed for Canada
at the 2014 Winter Olympics in
Sochi, and Nordic skiers Jack Hegman, Stephanie Kirk, Cole Morgan,
Maggie Williams, Marion Woods,
and Scott Patterson competed at
the 2014 FIS Nordic Junior and
U23 World Ski Championships
in Val di Fiemme, Italy. Following
a national championship in 2012
and a third place finish in 2013, the
Catamounts will travel to Park City,
Utah, for the 2014 NCAA Championships in March.
Rink Reminiscence
by Bob Rosenthal ’70
The memories blur over decades, but for the guys
who became part of UVM’s first championship team
what was truly special and what formed a lifelong
bond was the shared journey. From freshmen who
had to practice at 6:15 a.m., trudging across what we
called the “tundra” in the darkness and wind chills,
sometimes at fifty-below, to Gutterson. To seniors
who played before delirious, stoned, booze-fueled
fans packed into the Gut, whose intensity helped
take us to championship levels.
But the deep-forged bond I felt at this fall’s reunion for every class was something I did not expect
to find: love.
Hockey players and love? But there it was. It made
me think what were the things we all shared and understood—without words—that connected us, all
of us, over time, distance, and life.
Certainly there was the connection we all shared
to the hard work. We all know what it feels like to
gasp for breath after all those sprints, we all know the
feeling of your heart pounding until you think it will
burst. We all know the pain of a slap shot off your instep. We all know the shared anguish of defeat and
the exhilaration of victory over an arrogant, cocky foe.
We all know what it feels like to take that first stride
onto the brilliant, clean, crackling fresh hard ice.
Some of us are gone, some of us are frail, some of
us are strong.
The ups and downs of life touch us all, tragedies
and triumphs. The golden days of our college hockey
experiences at UVM are wrapped with special cloth.
All of us shared what’s in that package, it’s a special
gift to have on hand. It’s OK to treasure it, because it
only gets better with the passage of time.
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uvm.edu/vq
for more memories from Lee Roy ’68,
Jeff Schulman ’89, J.C. Ruid ’97, and
Dean Strong ’09 as UVM celebrates
fifty years of men’s hockey.
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Cats’ near-miss in Durham among season’s memorable moments
As the university marks fifty years of
men’s hockey, Coach Kevin Sneddon’s team has shown a great sense of
moment, putting together a strong
season in front of the Gutterson
faithful. Marquee wins have included
a 5-2 victory over Penn State in a
game played at Philadelphia’s Wells
Fargo Center and taking the Sheraton/TD Bank Catamount Cup on
home ice. The Cats defeated Notre
Dame, then ranked #2, in the Irish’s
first-ever game in Hockey East. A
five-game winning streak during the
fall semester included back-to-back
weekend sweeps over UMass and
Maine. Freshman Mario Puskarich
made a habit of earning Hockey East
Rookie of the Week honors, four
of them in a six-week span. Senior
Chris McCarthy has been a force
throughout the season and has been
named a semi-finalist for the Walter
Brown Award, recognizing the best
American-born player in New England. In late December, UVM was
nationally ranked for the first time
since the 2009-10 season and the
squad has remained in the polls, rising as high as #17. In mid-February,
the team stood at 15-9-3, 7-7-0 in
Hockey East.
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Herzog’s Shadow
by Joshua Brown
Class connects with German film great
Visiting professor Peter
Shellenberger and student
Christopher Von Staats.
Call it audacity. Call it chutzpah. Call it something we can’t call it in a
family oriented university publication. This ability to “put yourself out there”
through a leap of faith is an essential skill for any artist. In sparking an unlikely
collaboration between legendary German director Werner Herzog and two
classes of UVM undergrad filmmakers, visiting professor Peter Shellenberger
has given his students an immersive lesson in what can happen if you’re willing
to take a chance.
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Some background: Shellenberger, an adjunct faculty
member covering classes for Professor Ted Lyman in
the Art & Art History Department this academic year, is
a photographer/filmmaker/teacher who has an affinity
for the anachronistic Super 8 film format. He spent some
seven years developing a Super 8-based course at the
Maine College of Art, and when the opportunity arose to
teach film production at UVM, it seemed a natural that he
bring it to Vermont. The fact that Lyman had fifteen circa
1975 Super 8 cameras, still in boxes, lined up on the shelf
of his office? Pure serendipity and a clincher.
The plot thickened when Shellenberger spotted a
notice in local weekly Seven Days that Werner Herzog
would be speaking at two events at Dartmouth College
in early September. Working together, Shellenberger and
his classes devised a plan to attend one of the events with
a boxed-up Super 8 camera loaded with film, offering it
to Herzog with the proposal that he shoot the 3.5-minute reel, return it to them for developing, then they would
develop their own films in response. From every nuance
of their note to the rubberband around the box, they carefully pondered the proposal and its presentation. Herzog,
one of the most noted directors of his time with titles such
as Aguirre, The Wrath of God; Fitzcarraldo; Grizzly Man;
and Nosferatu in his extensive filmography, is a formidable
presence, not a man to be trifled with.
Though tickets were scarce for Herzog’s first appearance, a Dartmouth staffer reserved two for Shellenberger.
(The entire class would get their field trip several days
later when Herzog and Ken Burns discussed documentaries in tandem.) So it was that Shellenberger drove down
to Hanover, seized his opportunity during the Q and A
period, stood up in the third row of a Dartmouth auditorium, fought back nerves, and made the pitch on behalf of
his students. “He stared at me for a while,” Shellenberger
says, as he recounts the story while sitting in his Williams
Hall office. “And he’s an intense person, he really is. The
eye contact was intense. Then Herzog kind of scooched
up to the edge of his seat and he said that yes, he hadn’t
worked in Super 8 in such a long time, but, yes, he would
werner herzog
bob handelman
developing is their instincts as filmmakers. I don’t know
how digital really does that in a way. If something doesn’t
go right, you’re relying on the technology to back you up.
Super 8 there is nothing there. There is just you.”
Student Emma Stern calls the Herzog collaboration
“surreal” and says she has grown through working in the
throwback medium. “Working with Super 8 is a very
physical experience,” she says. “You have to be physically in touch with the camera and hope that it captures
what you see through it. I’ve also found that filming with
Super 8 requires you to slow down and make time. I’ve
had my hits and misses with Super 8 so far, and I still feel
like I have a lot to learn.”
Fellow student Zach Pughe-Sanford was at work
on a film that will explore a human shadow theme in
response to the filmmaker’s shadow in Herzog’s work.
And once he has his film completed, Pughe-Sanford has
an audacious plan of his own. On an upcoming trip to
Los Angeles, he’s going to make a quest to track Herzog
down with hopes to hand him his film in person.
Sam Kleh and four classmates have collaborated on
a work that he describes as a noir piece that will pick up
on the gritty, industrial setting of Herzog’s film. He notes
that Super 8 is an ideal medium for highlighting contrast
and light, the look they’re seeking. Works in progress
sometimes have those pivotal moments, mystical assurance that the path is worthy, that can spur a project on.
For Kleh and friends this happened when they scouted
the waterfront railroad tracks in Burlington as a locale and
came upon a long freight, thirty cars hitched together, the
same name emblazoned on each one: “Herzog.”
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take it. No guarantees, but he would take it.”
Two weeks later, Herzog returned the camera and
the exposed reel for developing along with a typewritten, hand-signed letter detailing how he wanted this collaboration to play out. Shellenberger digs out the envelope from a stack on his desk and shares Herzog’s note.
The words, which have the hint of a ransom note, beg
the deep, soft hiss of the German filmmaker’s voice—“…
What should happen is the following: please develop
the film and hand it over to your students. My demand
is the following: they have to make films, collectively or
individually, which should include my footage. Obviously, they do not need to take everything, nor in the
order I filmed the material. The title of their film/films
has to be WHERE’S DA PARTY AT? In my footage this
appears in one of the graffiti, and at least this portion of
the text should appear in the film, or all the films…”
Herzog’s black-and-white footage, shot in an abandoned industrial building on a Sunday morning, is
rough. Some of it is very dark, but with striking images
such as water dripping into a puddle and a couple of
instances where the looming shadow of the filmmaker
appears in the foreground. The lack of perfection, the
mistakes, the roughness of it meshes with Shellenberger’s reasons for teaching film students via Super 8. Old
school can offer new insight.
“With a Super 8 cartridge you only have three and a
half minutes to say what you want to say, trying to get all
of these things to take place,” Shellenberger says. “There is
no erasing it. There is no checking your little screen to see
how it looks. At the end of the day, what I’m interested in
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Virginia’s books
To acquire the habit of reading is to construct
for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.
Somerset Maugham
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illustration by Lauren Simkin Berke
dent. She earned her bachelor’s degree at UVM
in 1961, graduating magna cum laude at the age
of thirty-two. She went on to earn a master’s
(UVM, 1963), and a doctorate (University of
Connecticut, 1968). She came back to UVM and
continued what would become a life-long career
in the English Department, first as assistant professor in 1968 and, by 1976, one of the youngest
full professors. Within four years she was chair
of the department. Her academic pursuits were
so unusual for a young mother at that time that
the Burlington Free Press sent a reporter to photograph her sitting on the swing set in her academic
regalia, her three children by her side. While the
pendulum of her life swung between the college
on the hill in Burlington and the family on the
lake in Shelburne, it’s no secret what really made
her tick. She was driven by intellectual curiosity and academic achievement. She never fit the
ideal of the stay-at-home 1950s mom: in some
ways she never fit the role of any kind of “model”
mom. Virginia was just Virginia.
Virginia’s office was filled with the books and
journals we imagined an English professor whose
discipline was language should have. There were
hundreds of volumes with titles like Joseph M.
Williams’, Origins of the English Language, and The
ABCs of Language and Linguistics, by Ornstein and
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W
hen loved ones pass away
they leave things behind. In
my mother-in-law Virginia
Clark’s case it was books, more
than 6,500 of them. What to do
with them? We don’t generally
think of books as keepsakes. Amazon has cheapened them; Kindle may soon make them obsolete.
Used books, unless they’re rare first editions, don’t
have much retail value. Her library wasn’t full of rare
books—but it was crowded with interesting ones.
By the time my wife, Delia ’79, and I, together
with her sister Susan ’83 and husband, Mark,
began really analyzing the book collection, Virginia had been cremated, her ashes combined
with her husband’s in Lake Champlain. It turned
out there was a lot of her still in those books.
They held a kind of after-image, a hidden shadow
in 6,500 stories. While each of us had a different
relationship with Virginia’s books—admiring,
borrowing, and in her children’s case vividly recollecting the spines of certain tomes since childhood—it now became interesting to consider
their collective message. Perhaps it was strange
that we hadn’t analyzed the patterns of her library
more closely while she was alive. On the other
hand, we had had her, and for the family that had
always been a bit of a contentious thing.
Virginia Clark was an exceptional UVM stu-
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her personal library, and in the classroom, was the journey women had been on and how far they had come. It’s
an ongoing story of struggle and liberation. It was her
story. Of the hundreds of women’s literature titles, kept
neatly in their own bookcases, are more than a few that
occupy our bookcase now. Books like Malika Oufkir’s
Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail, and Clarissa
Pinkola Estes’ Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths
and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype, and Goddesses,
Whores, Wives, and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity by Sarah Pomeroy we will read someday. They will
remind us of her.
B
ooks had long been a refuge for Virginia.
One small volume on her office shelves
hinted at stories her children had heard
about their grandmother. Agnes Chase’s
First Book of Grasses was edited by Virginia’s mother, Phyllis W. Prescott. Phyllis had gone to work for the Smithsonian Institution’s Publications and Editorial Division after
her husband abandoned the family when Virginia was
four. Phyllis helped support herself and her young daughter by editing books like the grass book, archeological bulletins, anthropological treatises, including Matthew Stirling’s Handbook of South American Indians for the Bureau
of American Ethnology.
It wasn’t an easy upbringing, mother and daughter living with Virginia’s aunt and uncle in Chevy Chase, Maryland, where they were treated, according to family lore,
like second-class citizens. To be free of that house, where,
according to her uncle, “children were to be seen but not
heard,” Virginia was introduced by her mother to the local
library, where she soon undertook a project to read every
book on the shelves. Later, when Virginia might have
gone to college with students her own age, her absent
father refused any support. She got married instead.
If you loved and needed books as much as Virginia did,
then did they become your preferred art form and friends?
One living room wall was lined corner-to-corner, floorto-ceiling with non-fiction—nearly two thousand titles
in hardcover, a sea of color and words that entertained
and enlightened, written by the century’s most able writers. Judging by their prime location in the living room,
non-fiction work is what she needed the most. They gave
her information, not to teach or advance her career, but to
live. She loved John McPhee’s work, and the essays of Stephen Jay Gould, Loren Eisley, Richard Dawkins. She had
an enormous interest in the power of the mind and kept
up with the rapidly evolving field of neuroscience, with
titles like Brave New Brain, The Growth of the Mind, The
Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force. Books like The Age of Empathy: Nature’s Lessons
for a Kinder Society by Frans De Waal, and The Accidental
Mind: How Brain Evolution Has Given Us Love, Memory,
Dreams, and God by David J. Linden perhaps confirmed
that mind was all.
A confirmed atheist, Virginia populated the living
room with a thin but distinct streak of science writing
that framed religious thinking in terms of evolutionary science. She needed books from William James’ The
had been justly rewarded for it. But there are always tradeoffs, particularly for a smart, highly ambitious woman
coming up in the 1950s and 1960s, including long
months away from her three children and husband during graduate school, and far too much to juggle. I believe
it contributed to a feeling of isolation in the family.
Fiction comes out of feelings and the unknown. So,
she put fiction in the basement—it had to go somewhere.
For the last four years of her life she had great difficulty
getting into the basement. Battling infection, she’d spent
a lot of time in and out of hospitals and rehab and was,
by 2006, a double amputee. An electronic chair eleva-
If you loved and needed books as much as Virginia did,
then did they become your preferred art form and friends?
Varieties of Religious Experience, all the way to Chistopher
Hitchens’ God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, and Peter Nadas’ Fire and Knowledge, to know that
where she stood had a reasoned validity. Books confirmed
to her that it was OK to be who she was. She loved books
on weather, mirroring her own love of reading by the lake
and watching water and clouds.
But there was a stormy streak to her book collecting,
too, that provided a mirror to her life. Although she had
struggled with depression her entire adult life, and at least
once was knocked down hard by it, she emerged later
and seemed to find strength in a rational understanding of the illness. Terri Cheney’s The Dark Side of Innocence: Growing up Bipolar, Peter D. Kramer’s Listening to
Prozac and Against Depression, Women of the Asylum by
Jeffrey L. Geller and Maxine Harris, The Beast: A Reckoning with Depression by Tracy Thompson, Darkness Visible:
A Memoir of Madness by William Styron were a few that
suggested a strong need on her part for useful information
on the dark nights of the mind.
My favorite room in Virginia’s library house was the
basement sitting room. There were some 3,500 titles
housed there—including a fair amount of classic literature, poetry and criticism, but mostly fiction. By the
numbers alone, it was fiction that made up the majority
of her entire library, and I imagine that it’s fiction writers
she secretly admired the most. Why? Because I think she
could feel through them and touch something she wanted
very much but had difficulty reaching in her own soul.
She’d led a life of the mind. A good, hard one at that, and
tor could get her downstairs, but it was a tricky double
maneuver. Those books, some with notes of thanks from
authors she’d helped, and many with notes or letters she’d
received or written tucked inside, sunk down into a kind
of subconscious existence. On those shelves gathering
dust were the likes of David Huddle and Alan Broughton,
Grace Paley, Marge Piercy, Adrienne Rich, Annie Proulx,
Noel Perrin, Jane Hamilton, Philip Larkin, John Updike,
James Joyce, Günter Grass, Anaïs Nin, Naguib Mahfouz, Joyce Carol Oates, Plato, Neal Stephenson, Carol
Shields, Tim O’Brien, Gore Vidal, Jane Smiley, V.S. Naipaul, Nabokov, Ruth Rendel, Elizabeth Bishop, Flannery
O’Connor, Stephen King, Mary McCarthy, Anne Tyler,
David Foster Wallace, William Styron… the list goes on
and on and on. Her friends, all.
As Virginia aged, we spoke with her about her wishes
regarding her books. While she left precise, well-documented instructions about financial matters and end-oflife care, ultimately she never came up with an answer
about her library—so we had to come up with our own.
What did we do with Virginia’s books? Her children
took many home. Grandchildren all took the grand
book tour and selected their favorites. Some went to the
new UVM Linguistics Department, which has created
an award in her name. Some were sold. But most were
donated to Burlington’s Fletcher Free Library, or were
carried to small town and school libraries across Vermont. Basically, we gathered her up and gave her away.
Her library has been scattered and amplified and so, we
have little doubt, has she.
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Gage. There was what seemed to be a complete collection
of Noam Chomsky’s linguistics writing, including his
Knowledge of Language, and with Halle, The Sound Pattern
of English, and Language and Politics. Geneva Smitherman’s Talkin and Testifyin: The Language of Black America
was up on the shelves. There were four Oxford English Dictionaries too, less books than cinder blocks. Not knowing much about linguistic studies I had asked my son
Toben UVM ’12, a linguistics and anthropology major,
what the books told him about her. Toben, a great reader
himself along with his sisters Mollie and Kalmia ’04, said
he thought it was her books that gave her company and
brought the world into the house, especially important
in her last years when she had difficulties getting outside.
Alternately, I had wondered if it was the books that had
kept the world out all these years.
Her office books, it seemed to us, reflected her professional persona well, but I wondered if hidden up on
those office bookshelves were clues to the secret academic questions that really drove Virginia. In thirty-five
years of life with her as mother-in-law, I’m not sure I ever
knew about her academic passions. Had I even asked?
I had never taken one of her classes. We were aware
of the very successful textbooks she wrote with Al Rosa
and Paul Eschholz, Language: Introductory Readings and
Language Awareness, but the textbooks seemed more
crafted to fit a need in the marketplace. For me it was
the slim volume of her unpublished master’s thesis, Criticism of Courtly Love in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde,
that gave the more telling clue to her passions. It pointed
to an early interest in Middle English, which probably
led to her doctorate in linguistics. But it also pointed
to a medieval woman, Criseyde, a creation of Chaucer’s, and to a paradox. Was Criseyde a saintly ideal of
courtly love, or was Chaucer’s creation weak, “a worthless tramp,” betrayer of Troilus for power and security?
Knowing Virginia, I wondered if she might have been
deeply struck by the paradox of Criseyde. These two
narrow, but opposing ideas about the nature of womanhood dominated Western male thought for centuries.
Maybe it spoke to a sense of her own modern paradox:
Mother or professional woman? It was Criseyde, I think,
who was Virginia’s secret friend, her companion—the
reflection of her personal paradox. It was Criseyde who
opened the door to Virginia’s lifelong interest in women
in literature and the role of women in society.
From Criseyde to Erica Jong’s Fear of Flying to postmodern feminist deconstructionism, a primary narrative Virginia wanted to explore and illuminate through
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UVM
Bound
New book showcases the university
The University of Vermont: Tradition Looks Forward is a new
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coffee-table format book that celebrates the campus, culture, and history
of the university. The publication, rich in photographs, features sections
focused on the Green, the historic buildings of University Row, Catamount
sports, and UVM’s hometown and home state. An anecdotal history hits
the high points and pivotal moments across UVM’s 223 years. Vermont
Quarterly editor Thomas Weaver is the book’s writer; principal photography is by Sally McCay and Mario Morgado; and VQ art director Elise
Whittemore-Hill is the designer. During its initial release, the book has a
limited distribution, as a thank you gift to lifetime members of the Alumni
Association. In this issue, we offer a glimpse of the volume.
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“Lore has it that UVM’s first
president, Daniel Clarke
Sanders, joined with students
to fell towering white pines
on the green, timber that was
used to build the university’s
original academic building.
It takes an imaginative leap
to picture the Green in those
early years—the raw, ragged
look of newly logged forest,
the occasional bear passing
through.”
Taken together, University Row—Ira Allen Chapel, Billings Library, Wil“liams
Hall, Old Mill, Royall Tyler Theatre, Morrill Hall—create the univer-
anecdotal history
sity’s architectural signature. It’s a diverse signature, to be sure, written in a
blend of scrolled calligraphy and careful print.”
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bounds of UVM’s campus is glimpsed in moments, any given day, any given
hour. While the undergrads in the CREAM program are caring for their
dairy herd on Spear Street, a WRUV student DJ is tending the fire of college rock in the Davis Center studio, a professor is in a College of Medicine
lab pushing forward a critical research trial, and the women’s cross-country
team is striding across the Green on a morning run.”
this balance that makes the city an integral part of students’ years at
“theIt’suniversity.
For every memory of Old Mill, Gutterson, or Billings, there is
another of the Flynn Theatre, the Burlington Bike Path, or Ben & Jerry’s. For
every memory of Living/Learning, Ira Allen Chapel, or the Green, there is
another of North Beach, Halverson’s, or that first apartment on Isham Street.”
of the
1790s
From the moment of founding, it takes
the trustees almost a decade to establish
the institution in Burlington. During
these years, the citizens of Burlington
pledge $2,310 to fund the university’s
first building, library, and “philosophical
apparatus.” This is a considerable sum,
particularly considering there are just 816
Burlington residents at the time.
1800
October 17
Rev. Daniel Clarke
Sanders is appointed as the University of
Vermont’s first president. An account from
the era describes Sanders as “a powerful
man, over six feet in height, so strong that
he could lift a barrel of cider by the chines
and place it in the tail-end of a cart.” That
proves a good thing, as Sanders basically
does everything at the fledgling university—chopping down the towering pine
trees to provide a clearing for the campus,
cataloguing the first library, helping plan the
construction of the first building, serving
as the university’s entire faculty for the first
seven years. Says President Sanders: “There
was everything to be created and many
shrunk away from the bold and arduous
labor of founding a college in a wilderness.”
left to right: joshua brown, sally mccay (2), mario morgado
1829
President James Marsh writes the introductory essay to the American edition of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Aids to Reflection,”
an essay that would have a major impact
on the Concord circle of Transcendentalist
philosophers and writers. The UVM faculty
publishes a thirty-two-page pamphlet
“Exposition of the System of Instruction
and Discipline Pursued in the University of
Vermont.” It will have a major impact on the
development of American higher education.
Together, these place UVM as a progressive
center of humanistic educational thought.
1883-1907
A building boom at UVM and in Burlington, puts the face on the campus that we
still know today. 1883, Old Mill renovation, funded by a gift from Burlington
leader John Purple Howard, creates the
building’s Victorian façade. 1885, Billings
Library; 1896, Williams Hall; 1901,
Gymnasium (Royall Tyler Theatre);
1906, College of Medicine Building
(Dewey Hall); 1907, Morrill Hall.
1921
The university purchases the Buell Estate
on South Prospect Street, creating the
heart of Redstone Campus. Robinson
Hall and Redstone Hall are converted for
use as women’s dormitories, and soon
generations of UVM women will experience the pairing of a skirts-only dress
code with winter morning walks to class.
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Dig down to the daunting scope reflected in the root of this familiar word
““university”
and such breadth resonates. This universal vastness within the
An
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“As the shot snapped through
the net, the diehard Catamount
faithful who had made the trip
south to Worcester, Massachusetts, and all the underdog lovers
in the arena erupted. Coach Tom
Brennan threw his fists in the air
as his team ran to the bench for a
timeout. While the game was far
from over, the air was suddenly
electric with belief—‘Vermont
is going to win this.’”
1929
James Wilbur leaves the university a trust in
excess of $2.5 million, money that will seed
a long-standing scholarship fund. Wilbur,
a banker by vocation/historian by avocation with a deep interest in Ira Allen, also
provided funds for Ira Allen Chapel and the
statue of UVM’s founder on The Green.
1950
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1972
Kake Walk is abolished. Part of the university’s Winter Festival since 1893, the
dance performance/competition, rooted
in minstrel shows and featuring students
in blackface, had stirred protest on
campus beginning in the 1950s.
February 12 Barbara Ann Cochran
1970
Phish plays their first concert, performing
for a handful of fellow students in HarrisMillis residence hall.
Head Coach Jim Cross leads the
Catamounts to the first of three
Division II national championships in
men’s hockey and an eventual step up to
Division I in 1974.
’78 wins the gold medal in slalom at the
Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Japan.
1983
1991
Students occupy the executive wing of
the Waterman Building in protest of what
they see as a lack of progress and administrative commitment to building diversity
and multicultural awareness at UVM.
1997
december Jody Williams ’72 receives
the Nobel Peace Prize for her work with
the International Campaign to Ban
Landmines. Two years later, Dr. John
McGill, a 1978 graduate of the College
of Medicine and president of Doctors
Without Borders, again puts Vermont in
the Nobel spotlight.
2007
October 5 The university dedicates
the Dudley H. Davis Center and
celebrates the successful conclusion of
the $250 million Campaign for the
University of Vermont.
left to right: sally mccay, Bob handelman, AP
forever UVM
“Lifetime members of the UVM Alumni Association will receive a copy of the
limited-distribution University of Vermont book as a thank you gift for their
expression of support for the University and the Alumni Association.
Here’s a thought for current annual members—consider upgrading your annual
UVMAA membership to a lifetime membership, and you, too, can receive
what’s bound to be one of your most treasured UVM keepsakes.
Here’s thought for UVM parents of the Class of 2014—why not consider giving a lifetime UVM Alumni Association membership to your son or daughter as
a graduation gift? They’ll get Tradition Looks Forward as a sentimental journey
through their years at UVM as they start their next chapter in life, plus all the
other benefits their lifetime membership conveys.
Full details of the UVM Alumni Association’s “Forever UVM” membership
program, costs, and benefits are available online at alumni.uvm.edu/
membership.
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The UVM Dairy Bar opens under the
leadership of Professor Henry Atherton
’48 G’50. The beloved home of UVM ice
cream was a campus institution, housed
in the Carrigan Dairy Science Building,
until its close in 1995. The Dairy Bar’s
chrome stools live on in the Davis Center.
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by Jon Reidel G’06
photo by Mark Ostow
Elizabeth Burke Bryant ’79
MISSION
As founder and executive director of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, Elizabeth Burke Bryant ’79 has
been a powerful voice for children in the state’s halls of power across two decades. Her work creating
and leading the policy and research organization focused on the health, safety, education, economic
security, and development of Rhode Island’s children has made her a national leader in child advocacy.
“There’s still so much work to do,” she says. “We know that getting a high-quality education has always
been the road out of poverty. Every day we approach our work with that in mind and strive to make a
difference through public policy in the lives of these children.”
Approach
The annual Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Factbook provides data on dozens of child welfare measures
and is considered an invaluable resource for policymakers, community leaders, and media. A quarterly Issue Brief Series and monthly cable television program also work to inform key stakeholders.
Bryant presents the Factbook to the governor, congressional delegation, and statewide officials at a highprofile breakfast attended by six hundred people. “It’s really meant to be a moment of taking stock of
how we’re doing for children in Rhode Island,” says Bryant. “In order to be credible with our advocacy
we absolutely needed to have the policy research and the latest reliable data to help inform the public
policy decisions. We start with the statistics, and we really try to put a human face on those numbers.”
Impact
KIDS COUNT has helped change the lives of thousands of children. Progress spurred includes the
expansion of health insurance to 94 percent of Rhode Island children; increased access to dental care
for low-income children; Rhode Island’s Pre-K Program; and the creation of the Rhode Island Nurse
Family Partnership Program for infants born at high risk, among others. KIDS COUNT also helped
create the National School Readiness Indicators Initiative: Making Progress for Young Children, a seventeen-state initiative that establishes a set of measurable indicators related to school readiness that can
be tracked at the state and local levels.
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Bryant, who graduated from UVM with a degree in political science (husband Dan Bryant ’79 is also
an alum), grew up around Rhode Island politics and has fond memories of her father running for mayor
of Providence. “Politics is in the blood,” says Bryant, who won a seat in student government in her first
year at UVM. “I look back on my UVM experience with such fondness and appreciation. It was an
incredible leadership training experience for what I do now. I was able to work on issues I cared about
and was made to feel like an equal partner with administration officials. I loved the idea of public policy
having an impact on issues that meant something to me.”
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by Thomas Weaver
The comforts of Thanksgiving dinner: turkey, yams, pumpkin pie. For a
college senior there is often something else on the table not so comforting. Mom, Dad, Grandma, Uncle Ted’s question: “So, what’s next for
you after graduation?”
Anticipating that seat-squirmer traditionally results in a surge of visits to the UVM Career Center in November, says Pamela K. Gardner
G’85 ’02, the center’s director. But while an initial visit during autumn
of senior year is certainly preferable to spring semester finals week, the
ideal transition to the working world begins long before—even as soon as
when undergrads first set foot on campus. That idea is nothing new. But
fresh initiatives, and greater investment in staff and programs are swiftly
transforming how aggressively that message is communicated to UVM
students and the help they receive in putting it into action. The enhancements implement a study and recommendations spearheaded by Honors
College Dean Abu Rizvi at the direction of President Tom Sullivan.
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WORK WISDOM
SETH MOELLER ’89
MICHELLE LEUNG ’13
MATEUS TEIXEIRA ’12
Seth Moeller is not the first, or likely the last, college grad
If there’s a lesson in Michelle Leung’s fledgling experi-
This summer, after an aggressive job search with a couple
to leave school with no plan beyond pointing his Jeep
ence in the working world, it’s this: Step into the path of
of near misses along the way, Mateus Teixeira landed a
toward the Rockies. Aspen, skiing, and busing dishes was
opportunities, yes, but also take that next step, which
position that seems a good fit. Granted, a “good fit” for a
followed by a year in Tokyo, where he traveled with his
sometimes takes some nerve, to truly connect.
mathematics-English-physics triple major with a bloom-
then-girlfriend and taught English, before Moeller really
started to think about what he wanted to do professionally.
Last spring, Leung was like many college seniors,
ing interest in art history and architectural design could
walking that difficult line of starting up a job search while
mean many things. Since August, Teixeira has worked as
bringing her college years to a close. A work-study job at
a digital production assistant with publisher W.W. Norton
that was afforded me that was ‘let’s talk about who you
UVM Career Services and her membership in TOWERR,
in New York City.
are and see if we can’t figure out where you’ll go.’ I was
UVM’s women’s honorary society, got her involved with
twenty-two. There wasn’t much to talk about,” Moeller says.
planning a Women in Leadership panel that brought
Teixeira warns that a perky cover letter, tidy one-page re-
The answer for him and, he suggests, for many of today’s
professionals to campus to speak about their work.
sume, and good manners aren’t going to cut it these days.
“Back in the day, there was a mistaken approach
young grads is what he terms “getting busy.” He says, “I
Joy McCune, senior vice president for global human
Fresh from the front lines of the employment search,
Though he admits the word “network” makes him wince,
needed to learn by do. My time in Tokyo forced me to get
resources at Boston-based State Street Bank, led the
Teixeira learned about job leads from mentors, friends, and
busy with the do and experiment with presenting myself,
panel. Leung, a business admin major/Chinese minor at
fellow grads. He did his homework on potential employers
as well as experiment with work that I had never had be-
UVM, was focused on the human resources field in her
and those in charge of hiring, making sure he knew both
fore. Thirty years later, I’m still affected by what I learned.”
career plans and made it a point to connect with McCune
what they sought and what he had to offer. “Master the
after the discussion.
skill to define yourself as if you were a word cloud,” he says.
Those thirty years later, Moeller is president of KGA,
a Framingham, Massachusetts based firm that sells a
Though Leung acknowledges it was a bit “nerve-
As Teixeira looks back on his path to Norton, he credits
variety of human resource-related services. In the course
wracking” to step up and introduce herself to a woman at
key aspects of his growth to a series of faculty—Lisa
of his career in the field, which began at New England
the top of her field, that leap proved worth it. A down-
Schnell and Major Jackson in English, physics profes-
Medical Center (now Tufts Hospital), Moeller estimates
to-earth conversation led to a phone call, led to a visit
sor Joanna Rankin, and Fleming Museum director Janie
he’s been involved in more than three hundred job hires.
to State Street and meetings with McCune and other
Cohen. “By far, the most valuable resources I had were
Multiply that by candidates considered for each job—
employees, led to a job two weeks after graduation.
my professors and my own fearlessness/assertiveness.
well, that’s a lot of interviews he’s been in on.
Since last June, she has been employed as a contract
I would encourage other students to be the same way,”
recruiting coordinator, working out of State Street’s of-
Teixeira says. “I never believed in the magical line separat-
sional expertise to current students through participating
fices in the John Hancock Building in Boston. Her days are
ing students from faculty, so I did all I could to breach it.”
in UVM classes and events, as well as contributing finan-
focused on multiple aspects of the hiring and recruiting
cial support to Career Center initiatives. He stresses the
process, so she’s continually aware of the challenges of a
Fleming in which Teixeira took on impressive curatorial
critical importance of students “beginning to build their
job search as she works with others in the process.
assistant responsibilities proved to be an important coda
Moeller brings that personal experience and profes-
stories” with activities beyond their academic work and
With her own senior year a fresh memory, Leung offers
A post-graduation internship with Cohen at the
to his UVM years. He loved the work, and the background
developing the ability to communicate that initiative in a
this advice for current students: “I’d definitely say, don’t
helped him finish as a finalist in hiring searches at two top
job interview. “Can you present yourself as someone who
give up, keep persisting. As a senior, it’s very stressful with
NYC art galleries. “But the most important thing to come
is genuinely and sincerely champing at the bit to get busy
papers, exams, and also finding a job and planning for your
out of the experience,” Teixeira says, “was the lesson that
and to learn?” he says. “The humility that you present
future. But keep your head up, be proactive, meet new
one must be directly involved, obsessed, and, yes, a little
about your learning and your eagerness to learn—that’s
people, make those connections. Honestly, I did not think
shameless, in order to catalyze potential opportunities
what sells.”
that meeting Joy would land me a job, but here I am.”
into real experiences.”
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portrait of michelle: mario morgado
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Getting a first-year student to think about life after graduation when he has just barely lugged the mini-fridge to the
fourth floor of Converse Hall, that’s challenge number one.
And, Gardner notes, it’s in direct conflict with an awful lot
of what society has told them. “They get all of these messages about how it’s important to enjoy your college years,
they are the happiest of your life and you’ll never be that
carefree again,” Gardner says. “So many college students
don’t get involved in their career development because
to them it is the single most representative piece of adulthood that they’ve come up against, and they just want to be
young for a while longer.”
One way to begin helping students overcome this fear
is to make career questions and issues less weighty, Gardner says. The Career+Experience Hub, which opened last
semester in the Davis Student Center, is a highly visible
way that has happened. Located at the north end of the
sub-Main Street passage into the Davis Center, where thousands of students pass by daily, the Hub brings together the
many and rapidly expanding ways UVM students can gain
experiential learning. Staff are on hand and informal events
focus on internships, service learning classes, work-study
jobs, and other opportunities. The space is brightly colored,
no appointments necessary, and hosts events like a pizza
night with a circle of alumni talking about tech careers.
Nothing to fear—it looks a lot more like the college world
than that scary working world.
The Hub will serve as both reminder and facilitator as
students chart and monitor their preparation for life after
college through a “Four-Year Plan for Career Success” that
the university is striving to put in every student’s pocket.
The plan offers a list of strategies and tangible steps that
help students begin to figure out what they want to study,
where they want to go with their degrees, and how to get
there. “The hub is the perfect companion to the career
success plan,” Gardner says. “The plan makes clear to students what they should be doing in each semester. The
Hub will give them the ‘how.’”
That “how,” says alumnus Seth Moeller ’89, who has a
long career in human resources leadership, can look a lot
like the activities that have enriched the student experience for years. It’s a point that Moeller stresses when
he volunteers to speak with UVM classes or on alumni
panels. “Get busy with the things that build a story for
yourself. Oh, by the way, they’re the most fun,” he says.
“I can tell you about my time on the student senate or as
an orientation leader. Those were the fun things; those
were the exciting things; and they were what started to
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career initiatives.
MAX HOLLMAN ’13
Hilary Hickingbotham ’14
David Manago ’13
Max Hollman confesses that seeking a job in the en-
Having a solid job lined up in January when graduation
From the interview process to the culture of his work unit to
tertainment management industry right out of college
isn’t until May is about as good as it gets for a college
the offices in the heart of college-town-hip Ann Arbor, Michi-
required fighting back a certain sense of intimidation.
senior. Hilary Hickingbotham, a mechanical engineering
gan, the word “amazing” pops up frequently as David Manago
He was at an impressionable age, after all, when the
major from Palo Alto, California, is in that happy situa-
discusses his job at Google. His only quibble—it would be nice
characters on the television program Entourage were
tion thanks to proving herself in an internship with UTC
to have a good ski mountain closer.
swaggering around Hollywood. But a senior year “what’s
Aerospace in Vergennes, Vermont.
next?” conversation with Honors College Dean Abu Rizvi
Her organizational and time management skills are
Google’s Ann Arbor hub is headquarters for some four hundred employees. Manago is part of the small business division,
focused the economics major’s long-held interest in the
being tested these days as she juggles her UVM course
handling duties that involve helping businesses maximize
entertainment/media industries. And after the dean
load with two full days a week as a paid intern with UTC.
marketing opportunities via Google.
spoke with colleagues at the university foundation and
Hickingbotham says she loves the absorbing role of a
alumni relations, Hollman soon had a list of potential
manufacturing engineer on the production floor. “It’s fast-
major/business minor at Google less than a year after his
contacts in the field.
paced. You’re fighting a lot of different little fires in terms
graduation, but Manago says the office halls are full of political
of problems,” she says. “You’re never doing the same thing
science and English majors, a variety of academic backgrounds.
every single day, and it’s never boring.”
In addition to his studies, Manago’s college résumé included
Joe Cohen ’87, a top agent with Creative Artists Agency,
one of the world’s top firms, agreed to an informational
interview on the phone and the young grad’s trepidation
Hickingbotham initially connected with UTC (at that
You might not expect to find an environmental studies
being an active member of Boulder Society, serving as an Eco-
quickly fell away. “He was the nicest guy ever,” Hollman
time Goodrich) at a Career Center job fair during her
Rep, work-study in the Office of Sustainability, participating in
says. Cohen and others encouraged him that if this was
sophomore year. She applied for an internship, didn’t
business case competitions. “I was definitely involved in a lot of
the business he really wanted to be in, Hollman needed to
get it, but tried again the next year, and last summer
different things that Google really values,” he says.
move to Los Angeles to build his connections and be at the
began making the drive down Route 7 to UTC’s Vermont
ready for any opportunity that might arise. Cohen offered
headquarters, where they manufacture components for
focused his search in that direction, but a blitz of job
to pass his résumé along to human resources at CAA.
airplanes, helicopters, and military systems. Hickingbo-
applications didn’t yield much until a chain of UVM alumni
tham says she made it a point to not only focus on the
connections helped to break the ice. Manago had a beer
across the country to make Los Angeles his home. Within a
technical aspects of the job but also seek help finding her
one evening with his close friend Jay Taylor ’10, who had just
week he had a job interview with Creative Artists, and not
way in the working world. “I really tried to get a lay of the
completed a nationwide road trip in which he’d met with
long after that a position as an agent’s assistant. It’s a step
land—talking to a bunch of people, asking them what
fellow past presidents of the UVM Student Government
up from the traditional mailroom entry-level position and
they look for in hiring, what’s important.” She adds about
Association. (Documented in Taylor’s summer 2013 VQ
an ideal place to begin to learn the industry, Hollman says.
landing an offer for a real job: “I think it was a combina-
feature.) Bill Tickner ’02, a longtime employee at Google, was
“It’s true in any industry, but in entertainment, in par-
tion of showing them my dedication to it and just work-
among those Taylor had met, and he offered to connect him
ing really hard.”
with Manago. Tickner was generous with his time and advice,
Hollman took the leap, loading up his car and driving
ticular, everything rides on relationships,” he says. “Not in
an elitist way—that you have to ‘know someone’ to get in.
Trying something new for four years was among the
Intrigued by a friend’s work in the tech industry, Manago
providing some coaching on interviewing with Google. Not
It’s more about having someone vouch for you. It’s a mat-
attractions that drew Hickingbotham across the country
ter of being able to convey to anyone who will listen that
for college. She says UVM was the right school for her—
“I think that really helped put me over the top,” Manago
this is what you want to do, this is what you’re passionate
the professors, the people, and the place. And with that
says. “I hit the jackpot; I’m so grateful.” And he isn’t wasting
about. And having anyone who is in a position of power
job lined up, she’ll be staying a little longer. “I really like it
time paying that forward. The ’13 grad has already put some
say, ‘I met with this kid and he seems passionate. I think
in Vermont, and I feel at home,” she says. “I’m happy to get
’14 UVM friends in touch with Google as the Ann Arbor hub
he’d be great here.’ That goes a long way.”
the opportunity to spend some more time here.”
continues to grow.
portrait of hilary: sally mccay
long after, Manago had a job offer.
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allow me to define myself to potential employers.”
While intellectual exploration and growth for their
own sake is and always will be a part of college life, UVM
is also seeking to better integrate reflection and action on
“what’s next?” with students’ academic pursuits. Orientation leaders or Career Center staff promoting the Career
Success Plan is one thing, it’s another to have a faculty
mentor keeping it front and center.
J. Dickinson, professor of anthropology and director
of UVM’s Center for Teaching and Learning, has been
a stalwart advocate of such initiatives and pioneered an
innovative online course that has spawned others. After
attending a Career Center workshop for faculty and
brainstorming with the center’s associate director, Mary
Beth Barritt, Dickinson debuted “Anthropology at Work,”
a one-credit winter session course in 2006. It was quickly
a hit—usually at capacity, sometimes offered in two sections, and even drew majors from other disciplines.
“The students who were most excited about the class
felt that it offered them an opportunity to think about
their own career path, to think about internships, to go
to Career Center, to write a résumé,” says Dickinson, “to
do things they’d never thought of or done before. It was
like a gentle on-ramp, not a push. It broke the ice and gave
them confidence.”
Given the impact of Dickinson’s class and the popularity of a six-credit summer course called “Business Savvy,”
which provides career advice to liberal arts majors, staff in
Continuing and Distance Education knew there was student demand for courses that connected the dots between
academia and the world of work. In January, the unit
offered twenty-two courses similar to Dickinson’s across a
wide variety of disciplines.
From faculty on board in the career-focused courses to
residential life staff talking up the Career Success Plan with
first-year students to alumni advising job-searching seniors
via LinkedIn, an “it takes a village” strategy is central to
building a stronger bridge between UVM and life after college. “The big idea here is that the institution has gone from
thinking that career development is something that the
Career Center does to being something that the institution
does,” Gardner says. “We’re mobilizing the entire campus
in pursuit of students being prepared to transition successfully to the next step.”
VQ
Jeffrey Wakefield contributed to this article.
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ALUMNI
CONNECTION
ALLIE SCHWARTZ ’11
STRONGER LINKS
Count Allie Schwartz among the believers in the power of Linked
To help both new grads and alumni
In. Granted, it’s not a big surprise that as a LinkedIn employee
well established in their careers to
working in corporate sales out of the company’s Empire State
better network professionally, UVM
Building offices, the young alumna might feel that way. But her
is harnessing the power of LinkedIn.
belief in the social/professional networking website begins with
Join the effort by adding your name
the fact that LinkedIn helped Schwartz land her LinkedIn job in
to the University of Vermont Career
the first place.
Connection and the UVM Alumni
Association groups.
ation. She sought out informational interviews and grew the
brings together alumni with a parti-
professional network she’d begun to establish as a student. It
cular interest in boosting UVM career
wasn’t long until she landed her first post-college job, with a small
success, offering advice to students
digital branding agency. About the time she was starting to think
and young alums. The Alumni
about her next step, Schwartz received an InMail message from
Association group is primarily for
a LinkedIn manager who had found her via a LinkedIn search for
alumni who want to stay connected
potential candidates with appropriate experience. A couple of
to UVM. Career Center staff encourage
interviews later, she was hired.
current students understand how best to leverage the ways
on LinkedIn.
LinkedIn is revolutionizing the job search process. One key objec-
Lisa Torchiano, alumni programs
tive is to avoid falling victim to what Schwartz calls the “résumé
coordinator at the Career Center, also
abyss.” Steering clear of it can be aided by building a network of
suggests exploring LinkedIn’s new
people who know you, your experience, and your potential. More
“Find Alumni” tool (in the toolbar
than avoiding the abyss, one of them might be the person who
under “Network”). “LinkedIn only
helps bump your résumé to the top of an HR recruiter’s pile.
Schwartz suggests reversing the process on LinkedIn. Search as
who you are in a shared group with
if you are the recruiter. Search for the company where you’d like to
or are connected to you as a first, sec-
be and then research the people along the ladder who might be
ond, or third connection. So in order
able to help you and see if there are connections. “Don’t be afraid
to maximize the “Find Alumni” tool for
to reach out to people,” she says. “Always act. The worst thing that
outreach, users must be members of
can happen is that someone says no.”
alumni groups,” she notes.
Building professional connections among alumni and current students via LinkedIn (see sidebar) is among the university’s
enhanced career services efforts.
Only a year ago, it was a promising
new idea, but really, only that. At their winter
meeting in Stowe, the UVM Alumni Association Board of Directors heard a report from its
Affinity Committee on an intriguing Affinity
Program—a grassroots, volunteer-driven program designed to provide opportunities for
alumni of shared interests and common bonds
to connect on meaningful levels beyond the traditional class or regional programs most alums
have become familiar with over the years.
pictured above: Ayla Walker ‘11, Mike Fallman ‘82, Anu Yadav ‘96, Tucker Lyman ‘09, Dan Sleeper ‘09,
President Tom Sullivan, Andrew Kirshen ‘09, Scott Bailey ‘09, and Graham Allison ‘06.
Essentially a start-up operation, the Affinity Program officially launched last July with
communications to alumni and campus constituencies about the program and a dedicated Web page on the Alumni Association
website. Affinity groups have quickly sprung
up­­—focused on entrepreneurship (UVME)
in Boston, a Greater China Group in Shanghai, The Green Cats focused on environmental interests, the Outing Club, and an ALANA
group called Alumni of Color.
The driving force behind the Affinity
Program concept has been Anuradha (Anu)
Yadav ’96, chair of the UVM Alumni Association Affinity Committee. “This has been a
completely grassroots effort,” she says. “We’re
just excited to have it launch and come into
fruition. To implement it and to see it grow is
very, very rewarding.” Yadav says an idea like
UVME can be a model for similar groups in
other cities around the country. She is a lawyer by profession and would like to work with
other alumni to launch an affinity group for
UVMers in the legal profession.
In Boston, where UVME has already had
several get-togethers, a key organizer has been
Scott Bailey ’09, senior director of partnerships
at MassChallenge, a Boston startup accelerator designed to connect high-impact startups
from around the world with the resources they
need to launch and succeed. “I wanted to start
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On a return visit to her alma mater last fall, Schwartz helped
check out the UVM institutional page
allows you to reach out to other alums
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A native of New York City who majored in community entrepreneurship at UVM, Schwartz returned to the city after gradu-
The Career Connection group
alums to join both groups and also
START ME UP
Alumni Association’s new Affinity
Programs fast off the launching pad
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[ALUMNICONNECTION
ALUMNI WIRE
Isis Kanevsky-Mullarky ’96 G
’98, an associate professor of
dairy science at Virginia Tech,
has been honored by the White
House as one of the 2013
recipients of the Presidential
Early Career Award for
Scientists and Engineers.
Sue Carswell ’83 recently
co-authored a book with “I Will
Survive” disco queen Gloria
Gaynor titled We Will Survive.
The book tells forty true stories
of encouragement, inspiration,
and the power of song. Carswell
START ME UP
ALUMNI CALENDAR
profiles in giving
cont’d.
the UVME group to bring together people
and help alumni see the entrepreneurial spirit
that all of us are capable of,” he says. “I have
a lot of pride in UVM and the community of
alumni that I joined in 2009. I don’t have a lot
of money, so I thought that bringing together
my best friends and the community was the
best way I could give back for the experience
I had at UVM.”
Another early success for the Affinity Program is the Greater China Group in Shanghai, led by Dan Whitaker G’96. Whitaker is
chair of the Information Technology Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai; he and his wife, Jenny
’96, have lived in Shanghai since 2008.
Whitaker has been using LinkedIn to locate
other UVM alumni in greater China (PRC,
Taiwan, Hong Kong). This affinity group will
provide a vehicle for UVM alums in China
to keep in touch and provide a public support group for Vermont businesspeople and
academics who visit Shanghai. Chris Lucier,
UVM’s vice president of enrollment management, and two of his admissions staff members met with Whitaker and members of the
Greater China Group in Shanghai last year.
”There is great potential to build more connections between UVM and mainland China
through an active and engaged alumni group
in this region,” Whitaker says.
alumni.uvm/getinvolved/affinity
is a reporter-researcher at Vanity
Fair and has ghost-written some
ten books.
Benjamin Jones ’06, a 2013
graduate of New England Law/
Boston, received the 2013
Adams Pro Bono Publico Award
and the Hinesburg Land
presented by the Supreme
Trust to inquire about
Judicial Court of Massachusetts.
protecting the land. “Our
This award, bestowed annually
basic interests were clear:
upon a select law firm, private
to preserve the natural
attorney, and one law student,
treasures of the land while
honors those who have com-
providing public access
mitted an extraordinary amount
and educational pro-
of time and energy to provide
grams,” says his son, Henry
volunteer legal services to poor
and disadvantaged clients.
HINESBURG ACRES DONATED,
CONSERVED FOR STUDY
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Donald Forst ’54 one of the
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Ralph Carse.
The university will use
the land for educational
the UVM Foundation.
nation’s top newspaper editors
The late Henry H. Carse spent
throughout his long career,
much of his life in service to Ver-
Carse purchased the land
passed away on January 4. New
monters. For decades, he served
in the 1970s. It includes the
York Newsday, The Village Voice,
in the Vermont legislature, as the
majority of Hinesburg’s largest
and faculty access to a wonder-
The Boston Herald, The New
town moderator, and the town
wetland complex and contains
fully diverse landscape for edu-
York Times and The Los Angeles
school director. Now, through
significant natural diversity. The
cational and research pursuits,”
Herald Examiner were among
his family, his legacy of service
property abuts his family’s farm,
says Rick Paradis, director of
the newsrooms Forst helped
will continue in the form of a
on which they raised Scottish
UVM’s Natural Areas Center.
lead in an editorial career that
new 225-acre natural area that
Highland beef cattle.
“The area contains natural
began when he signed on with
was conserved with the Vermont
the Vermont Cynic.
Land Trust and donated to the
In 2012, his family approached
elements not found on other
University of Vermont by way of
UVM, the Vermont Land Trust
UVM-owned lands.”
Carse passed away in 2008.
and research purposes.
“Acquiring the Carse conservation land will allow our students
communities and biodiversity
MARCH
Washington, D.C. , March 12
Ira Allen Lecture, Professor Wolfgang Mieder: “Proverbial
Rhetoric in Decisive Moments of American Politics”
Cristiana Quinn
Counselor Extraordinaire
C
ristiana Quinn ’84 is all one can hope for
in the college and university alumni relations business.
First, of all, she loves UVM. “I had a
wonderful experience at UVM,” she says. “I always
tell everyone if I could go anywhere in the country
I would go back to UVM. I want every student to feel that way about
their college choice.”
Second, she’s in about the best position one could imagine to get that
word before hundreds of prospective students every year. Quinn founded
and heads up College Admissions Advisors in Providence, RI, serving
students throughout the U.S. and abroad, in person and via Skype.
“My career has been about education, helping kids find the right colleges and affording the college of their choice,” she says. “And for students who feel that UVM is their first choice, I don’t want finances to be
a barrier.”
And, third, Quinn (a relative youngster when it comes to thinking
about estate planning) decided to leave a substantial percentage of her
estate to fund an endowed scholarship for out-of-state students at UVM.
As a Rhode Islander who attended UVM, “I wanted to provide more students the opportunity to attend UVM from out of state, and I also wanted
to help UVM with attracting top students from across the country, which
I know is always a challenge for a state university,” she says. “Two of my
highest performing students last year chose UVM because they were
going to come out debt-free. They chose UVM and the Honors College,
which were wonderful opportunities for them.”
Quinn writes a column on college admissions published in Providence
and Worcester, Massachusetts. She often writes about UVM. “Usually I
do a piece every year on the best honors colleges in the country, and I
always include UVM,” she says.
The college counselor takes special satisfaction from the fact that the
year after she graduated from UVM, her niece, Jennifer Quinn, enrolled
and graduated in 1988. Being so close in age, “she and I are very much like
sisters,” Cristiana says. “We have a tremendous amount of pride in UVM
and wonderful feelings about the school.”
I think the thing that’s special about UVM is its extremely warm,
accepting sense of community combined with a top notch education
—students there are collaborative versus competitive. Burlington and
UVM provide such a unique place to go to school. I don’t think there
are many colleges that compare.”
New York, March 18
Ira Allen Lecture, Professor Robert Manning:
“A Thinking Person’s Guide to the National Parks”
Boston, March 20
Ira Allen Lecture, Professor Tony Magistrale: “Redemption
Through the Feminine in The Shawshank Redemption”
Burlington, March 21-22
ALANA (Alumni of Color) Reunion
New York, March 26, 2014
UVM Mid-Career Networking Event
APRIL
Fairfield, CT, April 1
Admitted Student Reception
Armonk, NY, April 2
Admitted Student Reception
Burlington, April 9
Career Networking Night
Chicago, April 9
Admitted Student Reception
Burlington, April 11, 14, 18, 21, 25
Admitted Student Visit Days
MAY
Burlington, May 10, 5 p.m.
21st Annual CALS Alumni & Friends Dinner
JUNE
Washington, D.C., June 5
UVM Career Networking Night
Harvard, MA, June 5
Liberty Mutual Alumni Golf Cup
San Francisco, June 8
Giants Game
Boston, June 26
Young Alumni Social at Tia’s
August
New York, August 26
U.S. Open
OCTOBER
Burlington, October 10-12
Reunion, Homecoming & Family Weekend
for details & registration
alumni.
uvm.edu
CLASSNOTES
LIFE BEYOND GRADUATION
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Arthur M. “Rusty” Brink shared that the fourth annual Treasure Coast Classic was
held at the Monarch Country Club in Palm City, Florida: “Backs v. Linemen.
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upcoming reunion, email alumni@
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75th reunion
October 10–12, 2014
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upcoming reunion, email alumni@
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Alta P. Slack writes, “Congratulations on 50 years of soccer!
I particularly liked the article on sports. One of my fond memories is taking a boat across lovely
Lake Champlain to hike up a New
York mountain. My favorite sport
was badminton. Eleanor Bayley and
I were doubles champions in one of
our tournaments. We were also able
to see our coach, Ms. Crowe, play
the world champion from Australia. My two grandsons in North Carolina are very much involved in soccer. I would have been active in more
sports except for a longtime interest
in choir and glee club, which I joined
my freshman year. I also worked in
offices, as many of us did in the ’30’s.
I still drive to the senior center for
activities: line dancing, Tai Chi, exer-
cise, bridge. I had three brothers and
two sisters who earned UVM degrees,
two with master’s. Go, Catamounts!”
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Dick Healy died peacefully
in his sleep on August 30,
2013, in his home in Westborough, Massachusetts. He was a
Boulder Society member in our class,
played basketball and baseball, and
was inducted into the UVM Hall of
Fame. Dick met his late wife, Marjorie Witham Healy ’43, when they
were students at UVM and they were
married for 66 years. A World War II
veteran, Dick worked for the Liberty
Mutual Company for 42 years. Dick
was also a dedicated sports official
at the high school and college levels.
Frank Nye sent a recent email with
news that he is now living in a very
nice senior community, Montebello
on Academy, that provides independent living services. He is living with
his significant other, Nina Van Ausdal,
whom he has known for more than
40 years. She is 91 and he is 95. He
regrets that he can no longer attend
our class reunions. Grace Meeken
Hutchins wrote that she traveled
from her home in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, to Maine to join all of her
family for Thanksgiving.
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Andover, MA 01810
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We are sad to report that both
Ruth Orr Burgess and Lawrence Burgess, of Underhill,
Vermont, passed away in 2013.
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I am happy to report that I
made it to our 70th Reunion.
At the luncheon on Saturday, I enjoyed seeing the following
classmates: Harry Twitchell and his
wife, Harry Howe and his wife, Helen
McLain and her brother, Mark, John
Hoyt, Mary Beth Davis Bloomer,
Patty Pike Hallock, and Millie Anderson Layn. Millie, Patty, Mary Beth,
and I were driven up to Burlington on a beautiful fall day by Mary
Beth’s son, Bob. I was thrilled that
the luncheon was held in the dining
room on the fifth floor of the Waterman Building. As head waitress I had
been in charge of opening that dining hall in 1942. There was a gentleman from the class of 1938 who
joined us with his two daughters. We
enjoyed seeing Marilyn Eimer Vreeland ’42, as well. She joined us for
our picture on the terrace. Bob Earley writes that he recently moved to
Snoqualmie,Washington, to be closer
to his grandson and great-grandson. So far, he’s enjoying the new surroundings. He also recently enjoyed
a week in Maui. I finally have a greatgrandchild, a boy, Jack Michael Pow-
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70th reunion
October 10–12, 2014
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upcoming reunion, email alumni@
uvm.edu. Rose and Saul Boyarsky
have moved from their home in Chapel Hill to a continuing care retirement
community and joined Penalope
Easten at the community. It was like a
homecoming. Leonard Kunken writes,
“For the past 25 years, I have resided in
sunny Orlando, Florida, in a golf community. Unfortunately, this past January, I lost my beautiful wife, Betty. She
was 89 years young. I am blessed with
ten grandchildren, two of whom are
married. If all is well, I plan to attend
my 70th class reunion this coming
October 2014, with my son, Stephen
Kunken ’69, who will be celebrating
his 45th reunion (Class of 1969) and
who was president of his class.”
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65th reunion
October 10–12, 2014
alumni.uvm.edu/reunion
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upcoming reunion, email alumni@
uvm.edu. Luton Reed writes, “After
graduation I was recalled to Army for
service in Korea. I returned to teaching in New York State and then on to
Syracuse University where I received
my doctorate in 1966. I worked for the
Army as an education specialist for 20
years. When retired, I worked for Manlius New York Fire Department and
Red Cross Disaster Services. I married
in 1958 to Bertha Pieper (Albany State,
1953) and moved to Texas in 2013.”
Nancy Tobey Shisler shared that she
and Joe moved to within 15 or 20 minutes of their children, grandchildren,
and great-grandchildren. She writes
“We’re in a very convenient and lovely
55 and older mobile home community. It’s nice to be in the Orlando area
again.” As an alumni fund volunteer,
Ellen Page Reid, a resident at Wake
Robin retirement home in Shelburne,
passed on some class news when she
called me. She said retired minister
Morris Pike, who also lives there, is a
major Flynn Theater volunteer for the
children’s educational/theater program. “He greets all the buses which
are lined up all the way down Main
Street, and it is such fun to watch this
tall guy ushering the students off the
buses and toward the theater.” She
also sees retired attorney Ben Schweyer. He authored one of the chapters
in a book written by Wake Robin residents a few years ago recalling their
experiences in World War II. During
one of her calls, Ellen talked with Jane
King, who is in Litchfield Park, Arizona,
and learned that she had just taken
her first balloon ride. Ellen is still very
active, recently returned from a week
in Florida and now looking forward to
ski season. I haven’t skied in years, but
it was one of the reasons I went from
Connecticut to UVM; however, I still
swim and play golf.
Send your news to—
Arline (Pat) Brush Hunt
236 Coche Brook Crossing
West Charleston, VT 05872
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After 33 years in Largo and
Tampa, Florida, Maynard J.
North became a Hoosier in
November, 2012 and now occupies
a comfortable apartment in a retirement home not far from Indianapolis. He writes, “I have relatives nearby,
thankfully, since my wife of 65 years
passed on Easter Sunday in 2012. I
sorely miss the UVM proximity but
try to appear in Burlington once a
year. I would like to hear of any other
Hoosiers.” Charlie Ballantyne passed
away on December 7, 2013. He and
Hedi had recently celebrated their
65th anniversary.
Send your news to—
Hedi Ballantyne
20 Kent Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
hedi.ballantyne@gmail.com
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Stanley Brown says, “All goes
well. I just returned from 24
days in South Africa and am
now preparing for Machu Picchu and
the Galapagos in December. Playing tennis three to four times per
week and enjoying life in paradise.”
Jean Austin Medrek and Mary E.
Fuller Fitzgerald went on a riverboat
cruise in Russia from Moscow to Saint
Petersburg in September 2013. They
had great fun and lots of UVM catchup conversations. Check out a photo
from the trip online at alumni.uvm.
edu/gallery. Virginia Dand Skinger
shared this sad update, “My husband,
Richard Skinger, died February 9,
2012 at our Swansea, Massachusetts
home. We married in January 1951
during the winter break of his senior
year.”
Send your news to—
UVM Alumni Association
411 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401
alumni.uvm.edu/classnotes
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Send your news to—
UVM Alumni Association
411 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401
alumni.uvm.edu/classnotes
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Linda Sprague Bowker
reports that she retired as a
computer programmer from
RCA and GE Astro Space Center. “We
moved 22 years ago from New Jersey to Sun City Center, Florida, an allvolunteer town for seniors. We still
keep busy with the New England
Club, Friends of the Library, the genealogy club, computer club, and as
nighttime dispatchers for the volunteer ambulance squad. John (Middlebury ’52) is in the amateur radio club
and I’m in the sewing and quilting
group. So many clubs...so little time!
We celebrated our 60th anniversary
in August with our three happily-married children and six super grandchildren. Life is good!” Jean Hakanson
Hawes shared, “We moved to a condo
this May, because the care of the
house and yard had gotten to be too
much for us. We love it, and still have
a guest room so anyone can visit. We
are so thankful for good health and
our wonderful family including four
grandchildren and a grandson-in-law.”
Tom Holzinger writes “Good news! I
have not yet made it into the obituary
columns of the local paper. After 36
years in various technical and executive positions with the Borden Company, I retired. I then shared my expertise in food safety and processing,
volunteering in developing countries
in Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa.
This was most rewarding until long
distance air travel lost all appeal. I’ve
been living in Columbus since Borden
moved its headquarters to Ohio, and
Ohio State University recruited me as
an adjunct in the Department of Food
Science and Technology. I enjoy sharing my experiences with anyone willing to listen. My major problem is
finding enough time for all the activities I want to pursue.”
Send your news to—
Nancy Hoyt Burnett
729 Stendhal Lane
Cupertino, CA 95014
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60th reunion
October 10–12, 2014
alumni.uvm.edu/reunion
If you are interested in planning your
upcoming reunion, email alumni@
uvm.edu. Joan Lou Pisanelli Brochu
does wish she could find out where
Bambi Wigton from Grosse Point,
Michigan ended up. She would have
been from the Class of 1956 if she
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Loraine Spaulding Dwyer
died October 7, 2013, 11 days
short of her 100th birthday.
She grew up at 109 South Prospect
Street, currently the Pierce-Spaulding House, and remembered playing on the lawn where Waterman
now stands. She was a member of
Kappa Alpha Theta and one of the
few women of that time to graduate
with an engineering degree. She lived
in Underhill for 50 years where she
held many town positions and was
a founding member of the Underhill
Historical Society, the Green Mountain Folklore Society, and the Chittenden County Historical Society.
She lived at the Converse Home on
Church Street for ten years.
Send your news to—
UVM Alumni Association
411 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401
alumni.uvm.edu/classnotes
— Class of ’66
ers, born on September 10, 2013, to
Jessica Look and Michael Powers of
Springfield, Massachusetts. His grandparents are Richard Look ’69, and
Suzanne Dorion Look ’71. As I write
this, it is with a very heavy heart that
I am going to pay my respects to
the family of Sigismund Wysolmerski who started UVM with our class
before leaving for dental school. He
was our family friend and dentist for
many years. “Ziggie” passed away on
November 16, 2013. He was a devoted
family man who also managed to fit
in community service and a thriving
dental practice. He will be missed.
Send your news to—
June Hoffman Dorion
Unit 114, 3 General Wing Road
Rutland, VT 05701
jdorion@myfairpoint.net
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stayed at UVM for her four years. She
has also been looking for Donald
Cutler and Joan thinks he was from
Milton, Massachusetts, and in ROTC.
Jean Nuss Passaro writes that Frank
L. Passaro ’53 passed away on September 15, 2013.
Send your news to—
Kathryn Dimick Wendling
Apt. 1, 34 Pleasant Street
Woodstock, VT 05091
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in the marriage celebration of her
son Donald ’83, who is employed in
UVM’s College of Agriculture. Joanne
Murray Blakeman writes that in
December 2012 she and husband,
Allan, attended the UVM graduation
of their granddaughter Allyssa Turley
’12. That makes two grandchildren
and a grand-daughter-in-law who
are now UVM alums. Wish I had more
news for you. C’mon, help me out
here! More anon. Loyally, Jane Battles,
for 58 years now—time flies.
Send your news to—
Jane Morrison Battles
Apt. 125A
500 East Lancaster Avenue
Wayne, PA 19087
janebattles@yahoo.com
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Gilman T. Dedrick received
the Outstanding Alumni
Award from the UVM College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
at the college’s 20th annual Alumni
& Friends Dinner in May. An undergraduate research award fund for the
college’s students was established
in Gilman’s honor by family members. Additional donations are being
sought to fully endow the Dedrick
Fund. Mary Rothenberg Harkavy
shares that Marilyn Stern Dukoff
’55 celebrated a milestone birthday
in New York City at a party given by
her children in November 2013. Mary
went to San Diego for the Union for
Reform Judaism biennial in December. Volunteering has replaced working since she retired. Nancy May
Hoisington Humphreys writes “As of
this year I sold my lovely home and
moved into the Presbyterian Community Home of South Carolina. It is a
gorgeous place and I am very blessed
to be here. As you may have read, my
husband, Dr. Roderick J. Humphreys
’48, passed away in 2011. It did not
make sense to keep up a home and
swimming pool for me alone. My
son and family live in North Reading, Massachusetts, and our youngest
daughter and family live in Greece.
I do have one daughter here who is
mentally challenged. Words cannot
express how happy I am in my new
home. It has wonderful people and
endless activities.” Marjorie and Robert Levine are celebrating the birth of
their third grandchild and first granddaughter, Zoey Madison. Helen Harris Sands says, “After teaching at the
University of Southern Indiana for 31
years, I’m having a great time with
my husband, children, and grandchildren. Still, I care about students who
find it difficult to find jobs after they
graduate. That concern has prompted
me to write a book designed to help
those who not only need a job, but
those who are climbing toward recognition and promotion as well. The
book’s title is Nail That Job: The Climb
of Your Life. There are 54 chapters and
54 accompanying illustrations. Please
check out my website, nail-that-job.
com, to read a sample chapter and
enjoy three of my blogs.
Send your news to—
Jane Stickney
32 Hickory Hill Road
Williston, VT 05495
stickneyjane@yahoo.com
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Janice and Douglas Fayen
Burke have become halfbacks—they have moved up
from Florida, halfway to Vermont.
They have moved into a continuing
care retirement community on Hilton
Head Island. “We will return to Maine
in the summer, but The Cypress is our
new home. We love it. We are joined
with Jack and Bev Burke ’54.” Martin Danoff is still practicing law with
offices at Montgomery McCracken
on Madison Avenue in New York City.
This summer Martin won the Seniors
Golf Championship at Fresh Meadow
Country Club shooting a 64 net. His
wife, Susan, is a family court judge
and sits in Bronx County. Martin hears
from Mark Bernstein and Robert
Corshen.
Send your news to—
UVM Alumni Association
411 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401
alumni.uvm.edu/classnotes
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Ruth Ann Hansen and Bruce
A. Chaffee ’56, MD ’60 got
married February 23, 2013
(57 years later). “About time,” one
might say. There is a photo at alumni.
uvm.edu/gallery of the two at KakeWalk in 1956. Linda Markson Kruger retired from Columbia University and graduate school teaching in
library and information science; now
on a third career as librarian for a private collector of scientific rare books.
She writes, “I commute two weeks
monthly from southern New Mexico where my husband and I moved
in 2006 (to be closer to my Albuquer-
que son, Jeremy ’93), to south Florida.
I still summer in north central Pennsylvania. I take great delight in being
a Friend of Special Collections at Bailey/Howe, soon to be in Billings.” Ken
Smith shares that he and Lynne left
their Pittsburgh home of 45 years and
moved to Florida. Ken shared, “We’re
still getting reoriented and haven’t
met any UVMers yet. We’re close to
our daughters and grandchildren. I’m
retired from USAirways and we exercise our flight privileges to travel the
USA.” Martha Scott Perkins says, “My
news here in Charlotte, Vermont, is
that I just finished the fifth year of
directing an Apple Pie Project at our
church: $7,500 and over 500 pies. We
have 30 volunteers, make them at
church, and bake them in a huge, old,
black stove—16 pies at a time. One of
our granddaughters graduates from
college this year from the University
of Toronto. Others are following one
right after another. One granddaughter’s high school soccer team won the
Maine State Championship! We all are
blessed to be well. I talked with Dick
Perkins for two hours on Saturday. He
is well also. Stay well, everyone.” Stephen Rozen is just back from a trip
to Tasmania and mainland Australia.
He says, “We had a great time hiking
and scuba diving on the Barrier Reef. I
am now spending semi-retirement in
Naples. In the spring I will be in Honduras doing free oral surgery with
UConn dental school and my wife will
be my surgical assistant. It seems like I
will never stop working, but I am considering it.” Carolyn Hunt Wall is still
living in Cheney, Washington, where
her husband, Don, taught for 30
years at Eastern Washington University while she also taught in Spokane.
Don died in 2009. Living near the university allows easy access to sports,
music, and lectures as well as a short
drive to Spokane’s excellent music and
thriving downtown. Daughter Cynthia and family live in Spokane where
she works in the Department of Ecology. Philip and family live in Seattle
where he is a police officer and works
in the mayor’s Office of Executive Protection. Jeffrey and his family recently
moved to Spokane; he is a network
engineer for Washington Dental Service. There are six grandchildren, two
in each family, ages twenty to one
year. Latest out of country travel was
to Cuba—very enjoyable and educa-
tional. Sheila Robertson Curwen welcomed Eli, her first great-grandchild,
in June, 2012. She says, “He joins my
five grandchildren who live in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Washington State.
I had the great opportunity to serve
as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching
ESL and assisting in community development from 1990-1992. In retirement, I have been a seating host at
the Seattle Mariners for ten years and
volunteer at our local library and as a
teacher docent at the local historical
museum. I also serve on the board of
the Bainbridge Island Senior Center.
Singing has always been an important part of my life, with local chorales and church choir. Every election
time has found me very involved in
Democratic Party activities. I do deep
water aerobics, chair yoga, and walk
with a weekly walking group, all of
which have helped keep me healthy...
and then there’s Sudoku, cribbage,
bridge, mahjongg and crossword puzzles for the brain! I’ve been fortunate
to travel quite a bit, of course, mainly
to visit my children and their families.
I have also rafted in the Grand Canyon, explored Iceland and Prague and
will go to the Galapagos and Machu
Picchu in January, 2014. Roger H.
Madon has worked nearly 250 hours
per month for over 40 years practicing law. “Now that I am working 160
hours per month I feel like I am on
vacation, spending time between
Florida and Massachusetts with an
office in New York City. Over the years
I have become a political animal and
have written a book to prove it: American Haiku. I do not recommend it if
one is weak of heart. I am working on
a second book, titled Exhausted. Sue
and I are grandparents of two with
one more on the way. Time is growing short, yet there is so much left to
do.” Bill Pickens represented UVM at
the inauguration of President Peter
Salovey at Yale University.
Send your news to—
UVM Alumni Association
411 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401
alumni.uvm.edu/classnotes
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55th reunion
October 10–12, 2014
alumni.uvm.edu/reunion
If you are interested in planning your
upcoming reunion, email alumni@
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Gerard (Jerry) Allen Mullen shared that his wife of 57
years, Jane Elizabeth Aronson ’55, passed away on April 14,
2013. He writes, “Jane worked as a
nurse in hospitals and doctors’ offices,
survived the officers’ wives club at
the 912th AC&W Squadron U.S.A.F.,
raised four great kids, compiled a catalog of social services for Chittenden
County, taught clinical nursing at the
Fanny Allen Nursing school, served as
director of that school, supervised the
1980 census for northern Vermont,
and worked as a teacher’s aid at Camel’s Hump Middle School in Richmond, Vermont. I worked as a quality
control chemist at Geigy, a research
assistant at the Boyce Thompson
Plant Research Center, spent a few
years watching for Russians on radar,
and spent 33 years teaching science at Jericho High School and Burlington High School. I also spent six
years as chair of the Board of Listers and 15 years on the Select Board,
ten as chairman, in Bolton, Vermont.”
Gerry Quinn Dankowski reports that
Di Eastman Jones called her at her
cottage on Lake Saint Catherine in
Poultney from Di’s own cottage in
the Northeast Kingdom at the end
of October (sounds like a couple of
cottage industries). This preceded a
visit by Di and her hubby, Dick, who
stopped off in North Hampton and
brought enough lobster and scallops for lunch...and for three days of
lunches thereafter. Di still plays golf in
Vermont and Florida. She and Gerry
discussed all of their talented, beautiful and above-even-Lake-Wobegon-average grandchildren. They
reminisced about Di’s trailer, located
in Stowe back in the early ’50s. Di
recalled bringing a note to Miss Wing,
the unforgettable Miss Wing, who
actually accepted a letter from Dr.
Eastman, granting Di permission to
stay at the trailer. She did correct his
punctuation however. (He tended to
use lots of dashes!) Hal Greenfader
saw Brad Gordon and his wife down
in Newport Beach this summer. Hal
was chauffeuring around his grandson, Geoffrey, who was playing in a
college summer baseball league all
over Southern California. The lanky
lefty is now a sophomore at Georgia
Tech where he pitches on the baseball team. This fall Brad posted a
photo online showing his 80th birthday at home with friends and his
bride, Barbara. Hal was invited but
unable to attend. We were all saddened to hear about the passing of
Kake Walk King, the handsome Walt
Johnson, and piano playing virtuoso,
Mike Hauptman, who entertained
at the many Phi Sig parties at their
house on Fern Hill. Both attended
our last reunion back in 2010. Marilyn Stern Dukoff celebrated her 80th
birthday in November at the Friars Club in New York City. Included
were her children and grandchildren, as well as UVM friends Helene
Chusid Widders, Mary Sue Harkar,
and Eleanor Robinson Hozid ’56.
The gals often rendezvous in New
York City. Call Marilyn, 516-374-4305,
and join them. Yours truly, Jane Battles, recently had a great chat with
Curt Burrell who lives out in Powell
Butte, Oregon. He’s enjoying life there
surrounded by his donkeys, sheep,
alpacas, and his pride and joy: two
Great White Pyrenees. Wow! Way to
go, Curt! Jim Poole, a.k.a. “the Mink
Man” and his wife, Christine, hosted
a terrific party at their home in New
Castle, Maine, in August to raise funds
for the Lincoln County Republican
Party in honor of Governor Paul LePage; a pig roast, a gorgeous day and
over 200 in attendance. Another year
has brought the annual Tri-Delt group
of loyal ’55 and ’56ers together for
a wonderful weekend in September. This year the gathering was held
at my beach house in Connecticut.
Some in attendance were Carol and
Lew Dan of Miami, Florida; Sandy
and Bob Willey of Essex Junction,
Vermont; Nancy McGoughron Blanchet of Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey; Lorrie Buehler and Bill Farwell
of Williamsburg, Virginia; Janie Carlough Cleary of Bedford, New Hampshire; and Betsy King Beasley of New
York, New York. Liz Melloon Tobi who
hails from Buffalo, Wyoming, couldn’t
make it as that same day she had a
flight to Burlington, no less, to share
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uvm.edu. John Darwin is active in the
local land preservation trust. Family activities at the Shaws Cove cottage keep him up with grandchildren.
Diane (Deedee) Weiss Mufson and
her husband, Maury, still live in Huntington, West Virginia, most of the
year, but spend some winter months
in Bay Harbor Islands, Florida. Their
three children have provided them
with five grandchildren ranging from
new born to age 20. After more than
three decades as a licensed psychologist, Deedee retired this past summer.
She continues to write weekly op-ed
columns on Wednesdays for the Huntington newspaper, which can be
found online at herald-dispatch.com/
opinions. Last year, Deedee, Marsha
Eisen Schorr, Elsa Levinson Kleinman and Josie Emden Cook ’60 held
another fun spring reunion in New
York City. Our 55th Reunion will be
celebrated October 10-12. Mark it
down, save the date. This is our once
in five-year opportunity to gather
with some really old friends, press
the flesh, give a hug, and remind one
another about some funny, old times.
Campus is gorgeous! Make reservations now, because hotels are booked
solid at that time. Also please, if you
haven’t already, send your annual
contribution to the UVM Foundation.
Be a faithful Green & Gold; be generous. We need the numbers; the University needs the cash.
Send your news to—
Henry Shaw, Jr.
112 Pebble Creek Road
Columbia, SC 29223
hshaw@sc.rr.com
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Chuck Eldred reported,
“August 12, 2013 was our 50th
wedding anniversary. We celebrated in June at the Outer Banks
of North Carolina with our three children and their spouses, and our eight
grandchildren. In late September,
we traveled to Ireland with a church
group for eight days with a tour guide
and then a week on our own.” Sally
and Jay Pedley of Northfield, Vermont, visited children and grandchildren in Colorado last summer,
where they met Olympic skier Billy
Kidd. While there, they also linked up
with Ian Ferguson ’60. Check out the
alumni.uvm.edu/gallery for a picture
of Sally and Jay Pedley with Billy Kidd.
Adele Kahwajy says, “I am planning a
trip to my hometown of Bennington,
Vermont, in March to celebrate my
75th birthday. I would like to know
what others of our class are planning
for their 75ths.” Jamie Jacobs writes,
“Retirement continues to be rewarding. I’m doing many of the things I
could only dream of while working as
a cardiologist. In addition to playing
golf, fishing, hunting, skiing in Utah,
and traveling, I’ve helped develop a
non-profit we call ABLE, Inc. (Assisting Better Living Everywhere, Inc.)
which has two main thrusts: internationally, building, renovating or
improving schools, often connected
with orphanages; and, locally, assisting senior and/or disabled citizens
with maintaining their residences to
be livable and within local codes. We
have sent missions to Haiti, Myanmar
(Burma), Ghana and Kenya, as well as
regionally to Kentucky/Appalachia
this year. ABLE, Inc. has no administrative costs, as everything is done by
volunteers. A couple of weeks ago,
the Kentucky Chapter of the American College of Cardiology recognized
me with their annual Honorable Maestro Award for lifetime achievement
in cardiology.” Cindy Beilig Bendelac
continues to live in San Rafael, California, where she hikes, meditates,
tends to an Airedale and sells imports
from her Bendelac Ltd. Moroccan Collection, which includes folk art, kilim
rugs, baskets, fashion-forward clothing and accessories. Cindy is in contact with Kathy Famiano Farrow, B
K Marino Stropianno and Marion
Force Abell ’62. And Kathy Farrow
writes,“I lost ten pounds this summer and fall by going on the J.J. Virgin
Diet. I spent the entire summer having pneumonia, which might have
more to do with the weight loss than
the diet. Suzie Lopez O’Malley and I
got together for a good gab fest last
week”. Kathy and Ced Farrow live in
Shelburne, Vermont. Doug Benjamin ’60 and Ellie Lissner Benjamin
shared, “Our great news is that we
finally have gotten a granddaughter
to enroll in UVM. Rachel is a freshman
this year and loves it. By coincidence
our grandniece, Rachel, is a teaching
assistant there getting her master’s in
math. Doug and I continue to travel
and last winter we went through the
Panama Canal and on to Costa Rica
in January and spent the month of
March in Florence, Italy. Our summers
are spent in Castine on the Maine
coast. We have several trips planned
for 2014 and hope to get up to Vermont in the fall to visit our students.”
Lynda Foley Blevins says she is still
playing tennis on one of the teams
at her club, though not at the top of
the ladder. She recently had lunch
with Susan Pearlberg Weinstein
who lives in Sacramento. Bob Hobbie writes, “Presently I am recovering from back surgery. As a physician
I am learning to give up control and
be a patient. Hopefully I will get back
to work in a couple of weeks, at least
part time. Besides Joyce, Jan Mashman has been my greatest advocate.
It’s been a close 56-year relationship dating back to freshman year at
UVM—truly a special friend/brother.”
Ray Pecor was the inaugural David
Hakins Award inductee into the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame last fall. The
Hakins Award recognizes a business
leader or an organization for exceptional promotion and development
of sports, athletics, and recreation in
the state of Vermont. Ray is the owner
of Vermont’s lone affiliated minor
league baseball team, formerly the
Vermont Expos and now the Vermont
Lake Monsters, an Oakland Athletics
affiliate. Kay-Frances Mingolla Wardrope reported she was in Vermont
this summer and had great fun with
John and Jane Wood Andrews, along
with Jim Whitmey ’65 and Mary Ann
Mingolla Whitney ’63 at a Lake Monsters game. She caught a happy hour
in Brunswick, Maine, with Carol McKillop Willard and Buff Harrington
’60 and lunch with Jane Kelly Choate ’60 in Middlebury. She says when
the snow flies, think Hollywood, Florida. Roger Zimmerman says, “My
wife, Lynne, has retired from pediatric
nursing, but is very busy with a variety of things, including being on the
board of our local senior college. I’m
still working, but as per usual, in the
winter, I cut way back in order to continue being a back-country ski guide,
mostly out West. This year’s backcountry trip to Yellowstone, my 27th
year, is filled, as per usual. I graduated last June from the Maine Master Naturalist program, and have
been doing volunteer work teaching
kids as well as seniors about wildlife,
the environment, etc.” The November request for news got the following report from Lillia (Lynda Kittle)
Davidson: “I’m currently at the homes
of two sons and family that are living in Vancouver, British Columbia.
We are surrounded by snowy mountains, and have picked the last per-
simmons from the tree outside. The
frost came last night.” Howard Brown
retired from his New York CPA firm
and has resided in Boulder, Colorado,
for the past twenty years. He and his
wife, Lynne, will celebrate their 50th
wedding anniversary in 2014. They
have two sons, Douglas, who lives
with his wife, Liz, and granddaughter, Samantha, in Denver; and Stephen, who is with his wife, Odete,
and three grandsons in Wilton, Connecticut. They would love to hear
from friends at bunkybr@aol.com. G.
Millard (Mill) Simmons MD’66 and
Rosalie Simmons ’62 moved from
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina and
built a home in Sun City, Hilton Head,
Okatie, South Carolina. Mill says, “The
lifestyle, the many activities, and
three golf courses motivated this latest adventure. Down-sizing was the
main challenge and we’re still going
strong in spite of it, celebrating our
50th wedding anniversary in June, in
the midst of the move.” At the time
we went to press, Kathe Brothers
Allen and Louise Magram Weiner
were organizing a UVM gathering
in Naples, Florida for early February.
We’ll report on the event’s success
in the next Quarterly. If you have not
provided your current email address
to UVM (and over half our class has
not!), you really should. UVM is now
able to email everyone with a link to
the UVM website for providing class
news updates. It makes it really simple. Of course you can also send your
class secretary an email or a snail mail
at the addresses provided at any time.
Joe Smyrski emailed, “My wife and I
attended the Duke-UVM basketball
game on November 24. We were very
impressed with UVM even though
they lost the game, 91 to 90. We were
pleased so many UVM fans were at
the game in Durham, North Carolina.
From what we saw, UVM has a great
team and they play together well.
Go UVM!” Martha Nielsen shares, “I
continue to enjoy life containing lots
of family time, with husband, Louis,
daughters, and grandchildren (eight,
ages 22 to 12, oh where has the time
gone?); theater, ushering and supporting our excellent local companies; reading for self and three book
groups; and singing in two choruses:
the large SATB Providence Singers
and the small women’s chorus,
Women Rising.”
Send your news to—
Steve Berry
8 Oakmont Circle
Lexington, MA 02420
steveberrydhs@gmail.com
Patricia Hoskiewicz Allen
14 Stony Brook Drive
Rexford, NY 12148
traileka@aol.com
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Charles Wesley Stevens
writes, “My father’s decision to
support my efforts to attend
The University of Vermont was one
of the best decisions he ever made.
My Vermont education has allowed
me to obtain a super but challenging
job at the American Stock Exchange
in New York City, a block away from
Wall Street. After 39 years of increasing responsibilities at the Exchange,
I retired with a significant pension
which has allowed me to invest in
certain publicly traded stocks all of
which produce and sell medicalrelated products. Before retiring, I did
not invest in any stocks because of
the potential conflict of interest. In
retirement, that conflict was erased
and now I can buy any stock which I
like. Check out IMMU and ISRG. I currently own many shares of seven
companies. Thank you, UVM.” Sara
Kelton Jamharian and her husband,
Jan, moved from Florida to be with
their older son, who is a doctor of oriental medicine because of her husband’s declining health. Tim (Dolly)
Madison writes, “Just had my first
visit to campus since graduation for
the 50th Anniversary of UVM soccer.
What a wonderful event, weekend,
and visit. The campus has changed
greatly since 1966 yet stayed the
same. My wife thoroughly enjoyed
the visit and campus as well during the weekend. It was a great joy
to catch up with all of my old teammates and their lives and I enjoyed
the alumni and varsity soccer games
which were both victories. I continue to run a very successful financial planning practice in the Atlanta,
Georgia area and do not know when
I will truly retire as there is too much
reward in helping others as a Certified
Financial Planner. I have submitted a
picture of the alumni crowd watching the varsity victory at alumni.uvm.
edu/gallery. Jules Older shares that
Effin (Ethelyn) Lawes Older ’64 has
a new app, Kickass Grammar. Along
with answers to whether you capitalize ‘atheist’ (nope) or whether capitol means the city or the building (the
building), it’s filled with gossip: “Was
Marilyn Monroe eager or anxious?”
Send your news to—
By the time you receive these
class notes we will have celebrated our 50th reunion! We
started the weekend with a reception at President Tom Sullivan and his
wife Leslie’s home and ended with our
Class of 1963 recognized at the Green
& Gold Brunch as the newest member of the Green & Gold club. We also
received the University of Vermont
Governor McCullough Reunion Trophy
Cup for having the largest number of
alumni represented at the reunion: 80.
The President’s Reception included our
gracious hosts, standing room only as
it was well attended, and a charming
venue that spilled out onto beautiful
gardens canopied with colorful foliage. President Sullivan spoke of UVM
as we knew it in 1963. President Kennedy visited our campus during his
presidential campaign. (I was there;
how many of you were there to see
and him in his navy blue overcoat?)
President Sullivan spoke of our student center and the new Davis Center.
He reiterated that new buildings such
as the science labs would be a blend
of traditional and classical architecture. After the reception, we walked to
the white tent events that included a
live band, dance floor, beverages, and
food. As a dancer, I was impressed with
the band and the 91-year-old gentleman who danced with his walker.
I later found out that he was Fred
Gear ’38 and the father of our classmate Allen Gear. Saturday morning
combined gray skies and a bit of drizzle with the Class of ’63 parade to the
applause of other alumni, parents, students, and volunteers. Saturday evening brought us to the Burlington
Country Club for continued rekindling
of friendships, dinner, and dancing.
Many thanks to our class president,
Jeff Falk, and Kae Gleason Dakin for
their commitment and involvement in
this special reunion. The most difficult
part of reunion was saying goodbye
to everyone after the Green and Gold
Brunch. We promised each other that
we would all return for our fifty-fifth.
May we all enjoy a good, healthy life in
the meantime. Lola DiGirolamo Lawrence, Elaine Stauber and I shared
conversations on Saturday of reunion.
Both of these dear friends, who were
not able to attend, sent their best
wishes to their classmates, Lola from
Texas and Lainie from Arizona. We had
a mini contingency from Oregon and
Washington that included Nora Barclay Terwilliger and her husband, Bob
Noble; and Mary Bunting Decher and
her husband, Reiner. Linda Hicks Deftos wrote that she was so glad to take
the plunge to go diagonally across the
country to return to UVM. Although
she remembered quite a few names,
she remembered few of the faces of
50 years ago. She was not in a sorority, or clubs, her sports were individual (skiing, ice skating, horseback riding), and her course of study (major
in speech language pathology with
a minor on psychology) did not have
many students. Linda was amazed and
pleased that so many people remembered her, even though they couldn’t
see her name tag (usually twisted
backwards). Linda is very pleased that
UVM seems to be infusing the students with a respect for the environment, living green, and practicing
recycling which keeps more stuff out
of our landfills. She was delighted to
find a very diverse student body and
staff (ethnic, racial, religious) drawn
from around the world and lucky to
see some beautiful fall foliage. Lyn
Lifshin writes that she has two new
books published this fall: A Girl Goes
Into the Woods, New York Quarterly;
Tangled as the Alphabet: The Istanbul Poems, Nightballet Press. She also
has four books soon to be published:
Malala, Poetic Matrix Press; Secretariat, the Red Freak, The Miracle; Texas
Review Press; Luminous Women: Eneduanna, Scherherazade, Nefertiti, Glass
Lyre; and Lips, Blues Blue Lace-on The
Outside, Gale Resear series 2002-2013.
Linda Joseph Kaye-Moses shared, “I
am in the process of completing my
third book, the second of two jewelry instruction books. Additionally,
a jewel of mine has been selected as
a finalist in the 2014 Saul Bell Design
Awards International Competition. My
husband, Evan J. Soldinger, and our
Katrina rescue wonder dog, Misha,
continue to thrive in our 1834 farmhouse in the hills of western Massachusetts.” David Brandstein writes,
“I want to thank you for sending me
the Quarterly for so many years. Even
though I’ve enjoyed reading about the
university and other graduates, I’ve
not contacted you or others before.
But there’s always a first time for every-
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Brian Harwood and Janet
Savageau Harwood ’77 are
semi-retired, living in Waterbury, Vermont. Janet works as a middle school tutor for the Stern Center. Brian hosts a morning drive- time
classical music program on a station in Stowe. They are contemplating a move to Burlington in a year to
be closer to events at UVM and other
offerings in the city. Virginia Low
Coolidge relocated three years ago to
Wake Robin, a continuing care retirement community in Shelburne, and
loves being back in Vermont after 52
years. Ira Raff is living and working
as a urologist in Florida part-time in
Delray Beach. He writes, “I am active
in sports: bike to work, tennis, golf,
and stickball. I run a non-fiction book
club, and health prof club. I retired
from Danbury, Connecticut in 2007
but did not want to retire. My wife
and I have traveled to southeast Asia,
South America, and Antarctica. We
have also kayaked in Alaska and Baja;
we have our own double kayak and
a tandem bicycle on which we have
traveled across various states. In Iowa
we were in an event called the RAGBRAI.” Ruth Fundin Randle is proud
of daughter Sarah Randle Murawski
’91 who has recently opened Randolph (Vermont) Regional Veterinary Hospital on Route 12. Sarah
is a graduate of Texas A&M Veterinary College, class of 2000, and for
her, this is a dream come true! Grant
Corson is pleased to announce the
recent release of his two new books
on Amazon, The Ratcatcher’s Son and
The Weed Road Chronicles. Sue Fidler
Shimalla writes that she, her sisters, and brother-in-law continue to
travel together several times a year.
They recently made a road trip from
sister Patty’s in Sacramento, California, to New Mexico, and visited
National Parks that were not affected
by the government shutdown. Sandra Fidler ’67 of Coral Gables, Florida,
June Fidler Gendron ’59 and husband, Ray Gendron ’61, of Newport,
Vermont enjoyed the sights with Sue
and Patty.
Send your news to—
UVM Alumni Association
411 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401
alumni.uvm.edu/classnotes
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[CLASSNOTES
thing! Here’s a little something about
me: I should have graduated with the
class of ’62, but took time off to travel
and live in Europe and the Middle East.
I played freshman and varsity basketball at UVM for several years and have
faithfully followed news of the program since then. After UVM, I went on
to graduate schools at New York University and Indiana University and
have been teaching English and cultural studies, mostly American Indian,
at various colleges and universities,
full-time at Brooklyn College, Bard College, and Yale University. After opening up a cultural adventure travel
enterprise, I continued to teach parttime. I’ve lived, taught, and organized
trips in northern Arizona (Prescott) for
19 years. I live in a National Forest and
make sure that I hike in it on a daily
basis. Because of this, I remain relatively healthy and fit, though I had to
give up basketball, running, and jumping, many years ago. Even though I
grew up in New York City, my contact
with urban areas is limited to visiting my daughter and her family in San
Diego. I would enjoy hearing from others.” Please see our classnotes online,
uvm.edu/vq, for a report on last fall’s
Reunion.
Send your news to—
Toni Citarella Mullins
210 Conover Lane
Red Bank, NJ 07701
tonicmullins@verizon.net
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Connie Frisbie Block moved
from Columbus, Ohio, to Fredericksburg, Virginia, to be
nearer six of her nine grandchildren.
“There’s plenty to do in our active
adult community, plus good local
activities and lots of historical places
(think Civil War) to visit in the region.”
Ann Wyle Gordinier finally retired
and closed her Seattle interior design
firm started in 1978. “Now I’m traveling more, ‘wintering’ in the Palm Desert area and enjoying hosting old
friends. Would love to hear from you
if you’re in the area.” Al Pristaw has
been a practicing optometrist since
1970. He has two grown children,
Joshua Harris Pristaw, age 37, Manhattan; and Dara Pristaw Sweatt, age
34, Framingham, Massachussets. Al
has grandchildren Charles Markham
Pristaw, age 2, and Finley Sophia Troy
Sweatt, age 20 months. Al enjoys life
in Vermont, keeping in touch with
his classmates, hiking, fly fishing, and
canoeing in Vermont’s remote bodies
of water. His love of reading includes
years of studying world history. He
recently was honored to lecture on
black history at Broward College in
Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Pristaw
family welcomed a third grandchild
in December. Al regards his years at
UVM as the great opportunity of life.
David Kauder recently retired from
being the managing partner of a
nine-doctor urology group in Massachusetts. “I live with my wife Susan
of 45 years in Marblehead. I have two
boys, one to be married this summer
who is a network engineer for an East
Coast law firm; the other is a scientist
in a West Coast biotech company. We
expect our first grandchild this winter. I am still an avid skier, heli-skier,
cyclist, and book reader. We enjoy
travel in the United States as well as
internationally. We have done medical and educational missions to Haiti,
Belize, and Honduras.” Marc Stephen
Chalkin retired from practicing general and cosmetic dentistry in Toms
River, New Jersey, in 2009. “I moved
to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where my children and five grandchildren live. After
being a dentist in New Jersey for 41
years, I missed dentistry and started
volunteering at the Mother Theresa
free dental clinic in Tulsa.” This past
August, Scott Severance ’65, Jerry
Smith ’65, Paul Hurley ’65, Dick Lawson ’64, and Bob Greco ’64 made a
road trip in true Sigma Nu style to
visit brother, Bob Davidson ’66, in
Scarborough, Maine. Frank Foerster
recently accompanied his wife, Sharon, on a four-month stay in Cuba to
run a study abroad program at the
University of Havana. While Sharon
worked on academic matters, Frank
was the “money man,” distributing
Cuba’s two currencies as no American
credit cards or ATMs were allowed.
Frank says Cuba was an unbelievable experience. Cuba’s people are
lively and welcoming, and the cultural scene of art, music and dance
rivaled anywhere in the world they
have visited. Frank particularly liked
the universal education (98 percent
literacy), the universal healthcare system, and the ban on any kind of guns
in the streets. He hopes that someday soon the United States and Cuba
will restore diplomatic relations so
there would be free travel and commerce. He urges classmates and others to visit this “island paradise with
its white sand beaches and turquoise
waters. After all, the two countries are
neighbors and only 90 miles apart.”
Barbara Bartles Devoy retired from a
laboratory manager position in 2009
and is currently doing some per diem
work in a microbiology laboratory.
Janet Cochran Mansfield worked
18 years in hospital nursing, then 25
years as a school nurse before retiring in June, 2008. She is enjoying her
grandchildren. Marci Bullock Woodrow celebrated 50 years of friendship
with Julie Pfannsteihl Writer when
they met in Bangkok in November.
Marci was visiting her son and family in Laos, where he is working with
the State Department. Julie and her
family have lived in Thailand for the
past several years. An energetic group
of alumni, friends and UVM Athletics Department staff gathered in the
UVM Athletic Hall of Fame Room on
September 26, 2013 to commemorate the June 1976 U.S. Boxing Team’s
pre-Olympic Box-Off competition
at Patrick Gym and honor Richard
“Dick” Whittier who played a key role
in the success of that event. The occasion was highlighted by the unveiling
of a framed composite featuring boxing action photos, the event’s publicity poster with signatures from members of the U.S. Boxing Team, and a
brief narrative describing the accomplishments of the highly regarded
1976 U.S. Boxing Team which won
five gold medals, a silver, and a
bronze at the 1976 Summer Olympics
in Montreal. The poster was donated
in Dick Whittier’s honor by Fred
“Chico” Lager ’75 and his wife, Yvette
Pigeon ’80, G’87, EdD’99. Lager and
Pigeon are pictured on the right side
of the photo. Others attending this
special gathering included past and
present UVM Athletic Department
staff including current director Bob
Corran, former director Denis Lambert ’54 and former UVM Hockey
Coach Mike Gilligan; former UVM
hockey players Ted Child ’74, Will
MacKinnon ’74, and Ted Castle ’74;
former WCAX-TV Sports director, Tony
Adams; Dave Matthews ’66 and Alan
Abair ’66 who chaired the Vermont
Athletic Association which hosted the
Box-Off competition. See a photo at
alumni.uvm.edu/gallery.
Send your news to—
Colleen Denny Hertel
14 Graystone Circle
Winchester, MA 01890
Colleenhertel@hotmail.com
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Philip Buttaravoli’s medical text book Minor Emergencies has become a popular
source of comprehensive information regarding the management of
everyday non-life threatening emergencies, information that is often not
adequately covered in major medical
texts. “I had help from co-author and
fellow UVM alum, Steve Leffler, MD.
I am presently working as Ship’s Doctor on the Silver Spirit sailing on the
Mediterranean. Minor Emergencies
won first prize in the surgery category
at the British Medical Association
Book Awards in November of 2013.
Alice Ostrove Miller retired this May
after 26 years in Temple administration and 21 years of retailing. “Now I
am an outside sales counselor for preneed funeral arrangements for LevittWeinstein. Every year our local Aephi
sisters have been meeting in the winter for a reunion in south Florida. This
year we will be meeting on January 12, 2014 in Pompano. Attendees this year will be Ellen Montrose
Cohen, Margie Bohrer Sussman ’67,
Susan Strassberg Davis ’67, Janet
Levine Tobey ’67, Claudia Serwer
’67, Syndee Feuer ’67, Merry Rodgers Kaplan ’65, Noelle Kramer Parket ’65, Lynn Wenger Frankel ’66,
Linda Sharfstein Stoler ’65, and
Alice Ostrove Miller.” Donald Sawyer is retired from the practice of
urology this past September. “I am
still trying to get used to the idea of
not working, but overall I am quite
pleased with the decision to hang it
up. Recently, I was in Burlington with
my significant other. A walk around
the campus brought back many good
memories and I was delighted with
all of the progress at UVM. Downtown
Burlington has certainly changed.
Have remained in close touch with
Anne and Larry Miller and Karolynn
and Norm Coleman. Hard to believe
that in three years it will be 50 years
since graduating from UVM.” Arthur
M. “Rusty” Brink shared that the
fourth annual Treasure Coast Classic was held at the Monarch Country Club in Palm City, Florida: “Backs v.
Linemen.” Ron Hertel ’65, Bob Mitchell ’68, Rusty Brink and Ed Kiniry
took part. “Ed is very old and needs
to sit, especially since the Backs lost
again!” Pharilda Galloway writes
that he retired from General Dynamics in 2006 and has been enjoying
part-time work as the administrative
assistant for Faith United Methodist
Church. She and her dog, Indy, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, are a therapy dog team with Pet Partners and
enjoy visiting senior living centers
and students at UVM. Tom Spector
and his wife, Joanna, are now living
in North Carolina where he teaches
meditation and healing www.hathahouse.com and she teaches yoga. He
also is a consultant for drug discovery and development specializing in
cancer and antiviral medicines: tomspector.com. He continues to love
skiing and recently started to play
ice hockey. This past summer he and
his wife spent 10 days backpacking
in the Wind River Range with Richard Silverstein ’67. Tom would like
to hear from classmates who may
use either of the referenced websites.
My husband, Ken McGuckin, and I
enjoyed a few days in November with
Judy Claypoole Stewart and her husband, Jack ’65, at their new vacation
condo in Vero Beach, Florida. Both are
actively engaged in the Ithaca, New
York, volunteer community where
they make their permanent home.
Ken and I also spent some time over
the Thanksgiving holiday with Carol
Neiman Spatz and her husband,
Dean, at their vacation home in Scottsdale, Arizona. They enjoy a permanent residence in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The ladies are all sorority sisters
of Kappa Alpha Theta.
Send your news to—
Kathleen Nunan McGuckin
P. O. Box 2100
Montpelier, VT 05601
kkmcguckin@prodigy.net
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We are pleased to announce
the publication of a book honoring Kingsley Hammett’s
work as a journalist. The Architecture
of Change: Building a Better World is a
collection of articles demonstrating a
new view of who actually impacts the
built environment. The articles come
from fifteen years of Designer/Builder:
A Journal of the Human Environment,
a magazine he founded and published with his wife, Jerilou, who co-
edited the book. The book is available
at Amazon and other online retailers. Kingsley passed away suddenly in
2008. This book is a tribute to his life
and work. Matt Brown now lives in
Fort Mill, South Carolina, with his wife,
Margie. After numerous relocations
over 24 years, he retired from senior
management with Hallmark Cards in
1995 to care for a terminally-ill spouse.
He has since retired from a second
career as a commercial broker/owner
of Fairway Commercial Realty and as
a small business advisor to SCORE. He
and his wife enjoy golf, traveling, and
visiting with their four children and
three grandchildren. Life is good on
the links. Robert Sausville says, “Congratulations to UVM on 50 years of
hockey. It seems like just a few years
since we first stepped on the ice for
that first season.” David and Betsy
Hamilton Neumeister ’67 enjoyed
a long-planned trip to South Africa
in May. They learned more about
this country so rich in resources but
bound by generations of apartheid.
They visited the Robben Island Prison
of Nelson Mandela and met Desmond
Tutu. In October, David was awarded
a Distinguished Alumni Award by the
University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry. He has held
numerous dental leadership positions
in New England and served as an officer of the American Dental Association. He has also started two dental clinics in Vermont and writes that
UVM is where he learned to compartmentalize activities, love chemistry (thanks to Wendell Witcher), and
make lifelong friends.
Send your news to—
Jane Kleinberg Carroll
44 Halsey Street, Apt. 3
Providence, RI 02906
jane.carroll@cox.net
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Bill H. Schubart’s newest
novel, I Am Baybie, is available at bookstores everywhere. I Am Baybie, a novel based on
the true story of the Reverend Baybie
Hoover and her friend and Deaconess
of Music, Virginia Brown, two blind
women from the Midwest who spent
many years singing on the streets of
New York. This is the story of Baybie’s
courage and endurance in the face
of adversity. She tells her own story.
For readers of I am Baybie, the story
is enriched by the www.IAmBaybie.
com website where one can see a
gallery of images of the two remarkable women, hear their music, and
read excerpts from the novel. Pat Hall
Hunt and Mark Hunt of Huntstock.
com have launched www.DisabilityImages.com. Please take a look at it
and also ‘Like’ us on Facebook.com/
DisabilityImages. The site represents
imagery for publishing concerning
positive lifestyles of people with real
disabilities. Richard Tinervin writes,
“Earlier in 2013 I shut down my private equity consulting business that
I have had for the last eleven years
after taking early retirement from
Citigroup, and became the CEO of
CumulusWorld. CumulusWorld is a
Cloud Architected software company
that has been around since 1989,
with its primary application in Human
Capital Management. We continue to
live in New York City and Hilton Head
Island. One of our sons is the CEO of
a hospital in San Francisco, with the
other being the co-owner of a software company in Munich, Germany.
Our daughter graduated from college two years ago and is a ballerina
having danced in Italy and now with
a company in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Our best to everyone, especially
my fellow Sig Eps.” Coulman Trip
Westcott says, “Hi to Delt Psi buds,
and to those from other houses were
I used to hang. If my time machine
would run, I would be back in a heartbeat. Jules Verne where are you when
we all need you? Meanwhile, back in
the jungle, I’m still teaching school,
mostly math and science. Someday I
will quit, move south, be broke, and
play music all night and fish all day.
I enjoy two grand kids and another
due soon.” Jack Rosenberg says, “Hi
everyone! This year, there were over
1,700 entries submitted to the 2013
Washington Post Travel Photo Contest and I am honored to have been
selected as one of the 13 finalists. If
you don’t get the paper, as I would
imagine most of my out-of-town
friends and relatives don’t, you can
see my work, and the other winners
on the Washington Post’s website. I
hope you enjoy.” Lee J. Roy writes
“Great to see Class of ’68: Bill Dunn,
Jack Semler, Curt Tobey, Bob Schroeder, and Doug Krebs at the 50th
Men’s Hockey Reunion. Great to celebrate with other teammates as well.
Great weekend!”
Send your news to—
Diane Duley Glew
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50th reunion
October 10–12, 2014
alumni.uvm.edu/reunion
If you are interested in planning your
upcoming reunion, email alumni@
uvm.edu. By the time you receive
this news it will be 2014, the year
of our 50th reunion. I hope you will
mark your calendars for October
10-12 and join the festivities to celebrate our 50 years since graduation. You will be happy you do. There
will be a lovely weekend planned for
all of you. Make your reservations
early so that you can stay where you
choose. Judy Ruskay Rabinor just
published her second book, Befriending Your Ex After Divorce: Making Life
Better for You, Your Kids and Yes, Your
Ex. She also returned from an amazing camel trek in the Talamara Desert in western China. She is hoping
to see you in October at our 50th
reunion. Darrell Simino loves retire-
ment! He is getting ready for another
season volunteering with tax preparation for seniors and low-income
citizens which he finds very rewarding! He writes, “Betty volunteers as a
case reviewer for Department of Children and Families, another rewarding,
though upsetting, task. We go to the
Y often to keep our bodies fit; volunteer as constituents in an Alzheimer’s
study at Boston University; volunteer
on the advisory of the Royal 50’s Club
for Commerce Bank and help out
with the grandchildren (four total)
when asked. I don’t know how I ever
worked!” Susan Barber shared that
Valerie Felten Robinson celebrated
her 70th birthday with husband, Bryant, by visiting Oaxaca, a beautiful
city in Mexico. They live in Chapala,
Mexico. She also took two trips with
classmate Janet Lang Feldmann.
One was to Las Vegas, where they
enjoyed the shows with several other
friends and reminisced about college
days. The other was with her family
members to Mt. Desert Island, Maine.
They revisited all the places they had
gone for many summers when their
kids were growing up. Valerie continues to spend summers at their home
on Lake Champlain but heads south
before the snow flies. Retirement is
one continuous vacation and she is
loving it. She writes, “Hope to see you
all in October on our University of
Vermont campus!”
Send your news to—
Susan Barber
1 Oak Hill Road
P.O. Box 63
Harvard, MA 01451
suebarber@verizon.net
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VQEXTRA
online
KAREN MEYER ’70
“Everyone on our team
is vulnerable, but so is
everyone in life. Part
of our gig is that we’re
showing off how to
live this way and not
succumbing to the
worry of the disabling
effects of cancer and
cancer treatment, and
to carry on.”
—Karen Meyer on the
Dragonheart Vermont
dragon boat team, a
familiar sight training
on Lake Champlain and
one of the top squads in
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45th reunion
October 10–12, 2014
alumni.uvm.edu/reunion
If you are interested in planning your
upcoming reunion, email alumni@
uvm.edu. James Ryan wants to share
that he recently retired from his position on the Norwich University faculty. He is spending more time fly
fishing and playing his trumpet while
catching up on his reading and writing. Donna Loizeaux Wilson writes
that roommates, math majors, and
Class of ’69 grads finally reconnected
and had a reunion last summer in
Woodstock, Vermont, after 43 years!
Sally Andrews Achey, Phyllis Jayson Parrott and Donna Loizeaux Wilson got together for the fun. Frank
Resnick says, “Congratulations to
my classmate and good friend for all
these years, Barry S. Anton, who was
recently named president-elect of
the American Psychological Association. Heinz Ansbacher would be very
proud!” Class President Steve Kunken
is looking forward to the October reunion and hopes many classmates are making plans to come to
our 45th. He also reports that his son
Charlie (Cornell, Class of 2005) was
married during the Columbus Day
weekend last year in Wolfeboro, New
Hampshire. Charlie works for Skanska, USA and lives in New York City.
His second son, Jake, graduated from
University of Maryland in environmental science and plans on a career
in stand-up comedy. Steve will keep
us posted on his progress. Steve’s
wife, Nicolette Pach (Colby 1970, Boston College Law School, 1972), had
her first quilting/fabric show in early
November 2013 in Cold Spring Harbor, New York. She is a Judicial Hearing Officer in the Queens County
Family Court after serving for ten
years as a Suffolk County New York
Family Court Judge. And Steve is still
practicing criminal law in Commack,
New York but his big thrill was playing in the 60+ men’s hardball tournament in Fort Myers, Florida last
November, for which he worked hard
on developing a changeup pitch. Valerie Audette Hall is close to the completion of her doctorate in fisheries
oceanography from the University of
Massachusetts School of Marine Science. Her specialty is the reproduction and population dynamics of the
bay scallop. Many may remember
Tim Stabler, who received his doctorate at our graduation and was a
lab instructor for anatomy and physiology when we were freshmen. He
has been a volunteer at the Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry
since retiring from teaching at Indiana University Northwest in 2004.
He invites UVM alumni to drop in on
Thursday mornings. Tim is also editor of QRP Quarterly, an amateur radio
magazine for which he writes the
Clubhouse column. He’ll be at the
reunion this year. Pam Marvinney
Banks sold her home in New Jersey
and is now located in the Washington, D.C. area. Her son, Jim, graduated from George Washington University and is now doing graduate
work at George Mason University.
Pam still enjoys working as a consultant. Mary Moninger Elia is enjoying
retirement and the ability to travel in
the fall. She and husband, Pat, have
been spending a week or two each
fall hanging out in various European
destinations (mostly Italy). While at
home, she is active as secretary of
the Connecticut Alliance for Retired
Americans. She is especially thankful
there was not a third hurricane reaching Long Island Sound this year. Irene
and Sandy broke through her seawall
and did exterior damage from which
they are still recovering. Paul Woodard retired after 35 years of teaching
at the University of Alberta. His news
is that he has four grandchildren: two
almost next door, and two in Charlotte, North Carolina, with whom he
and his wife, Pris, spend as much time
as possible. During the winter, however, they can be found in Arizona
or other warm spots like Thailand or
Mexico. Beth Bergman Polazzo has
been traveling extensively in North
and South America, and eastern and
western Europe, most recently in Lisbon to do equestrian training last
April. When not traveling, she lives in
Brooklyn, New York.
Send your news to—
Mary Moninger-Elia
1 Templeton Street
West Haven, CT 06516
melia1112@comcast.net
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Bill Mark Laufer has been
voted one of the top 100
attorneys in New Jersey for
the 11th consecutive year by New Jersey Monthly. He and his wife, Angie,
are proud to announce their first
grandchild, Sienna Konkus. They have
four daughters and expect more
grandchildren to come. Lorraine Parent Racusen MD’75 and her husband, Richard H. Racusen PhD’75,
continue to live in Maryland. Lorraine is still a professor of pathology
at Johns Hopkins University School of
Medicine, travelling a lot, and dreaming of retirement. Richard is enjoying his retirement from the University
of Maryland, staying very busy with
many activities and interests, including travel. Their oldest son, Chris, is a
senior mechanical design engineer at
a spacecraft company near San Francisco, and his younger brother, Darren Racusen ’11, is working as head
of client relations at a company in
San Ramone, California. Lorraine has
enjoyed meeting with Deb Dever
from the UVM Foundation. Richard
and Lorraine visited their boys for
Thanksgiving last year and took in a
Sharks hockey game while there.
Send your news to—
Doug Arnold
11608 Quail Village Drive, #3
Naples, FL 34119
darnold@arnold-co.com
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Liz Farman ’68, of Williston, contacted me in August
to inform me that one of our
classmates had passed away. Elisabeth “Betty” Burbank was a veteran educator in our community.
She died on November 30, 2012. She
had retired from long-standing positions (30+ years) that she had held
as music educator in the Essex Junction, Vermont, schools and as organist
and music director at the First United
Methodist Church in Burlington, Vermont. I was so sorry to hear this news
and wanted to be sure classmates
knew of Betty’s passing. From Marc
Milowksy, “We are at four grandchildren and counting. Megan ’00 has
two, Brooklyn and Madden O’Connor.
Molly ’09 has one, Gunner Frate; and
Morgan has one, Sienna Needs. Annie
Viets and I rode the Prouty again this
year to raise money for Norris Cotton
Cancer Center. Annie and her daughter
Anna ’11 rode the 100 and I wimped
out and rode the 50 this year. Anna
rode the 100 with no training. She is
an iron woman like her mom. Annie
spent the night with Patty and me,
and of course we reminisced about
old times at Groovy UV. Yes, your name
did come up along with Mags Caney
Conant, Mike Levine, John Mahwhinney, and a host of others. It is always
great to see her. Patty ’73 and I are
off to Italy in October to bike and celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary—from Maypo.” Keith Pillsbury
’69 and Penelope DeLaire Pillsbury
celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in August by enjoying visits by family and friends at their cottage “The Pillsbury Patch” on Metcalf
Pond in Fletcher. They are proud of
their two adult children: Ellen, who
is a senior planner in Duluth, Minnesota, and Caleb, who has been teaching choral music, guitar and music theory at Mount Mansfield Union High
School for ten years. Retiring three
years ago from his teaching career in
Essex Town schools, Keith is serving in
his 24th year on the Burlington School
Board; he has been board chairman
and is now chair of the finance committee. He is a vestry and flower guild
member at Saint Paul’s Cathedral and
volunteers at J.U.M.P. After 28 years,
Penny is still having a lot of fun as the
director of the Brownell Library in
Essex Junction. She continues to enjoy
singing in the Saint Paul’s choir, loves
kayaking, reading, and cross country
skiing, gardening, and biking. She has
been a Rotarian since 1987. Sandra
Campbell Simpson is still working for
the Defense Logistics Agency doing
medical logistics for Europe, Africa,
and the Middle East. It has been a very
busy and fast paced environment with
lots of contacts with interesting folks
in some really out-of-the-way places.
Nancy Clark, R.N.’71 has just returned
from her fall month long trip to Zimbabwe where she works with AIDS
orphans and their care givers. She has
done some incredible things in Zimbabwe. Please go to the website to learn
more. http://www.zienzele.org. Two
of her UVM nursing classmates, Jackie
Simpson and Vicki Swenor serve on
the board of directors for Zienzele.
And, I heard from Tim Scott as I was
wrapping up my column. Tim has
moved from the New York metro area
to Jacksonville, Florida and now works
for the U.S. Department of Labor there.
He highly recommends the area for
its warmth, great cultural scene, and
interesting folks who’ve relocated just
like he has. He recommends signing
on to MeetUp.Org in any area—he’s
enjoying hiking and biking with folks
with similar interests. Who would have
thought 40+ years ago, we’d be logging onto the internet to make meaningful connections! Liz Mead Foster and I had lunch recently and she’s
enjoying her grandson, Fritz. In closing, Richard and I walked 100 miles on
the West Highland Way of Scotland,
and found the sights amazingly beautiful. We are finding that we can push
through a full day of walking, and still
enjoy the scenery, felow walkers, and
each other! My twin grandsons, Dima
and Daniel are three and continue to
bring me incredible joy.
Send your news to—
Sarah Wibur Sprayregen
154 Cliff Street
Burlington, VT 05401
sarah.sprayregen@uvm.edu
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Judith La Forge Silva tells us,
“I finished my book, The Voyage of Yankee Lady Circumnavigating New England on a Sailboat. It’s
about six retired sailors, my husband
and four other friends on three boats.
It’s an exciting fun book, 3,000 miles
of history, geography, sailing, and
people adventures. It’s available at
the UVM bookstore and on Amazon.
Richard Nelson shares, “I’m mostly
retired now, living outside Annapolis, Maryland, on the Chesapeake with
my wife of 33 years, Gloria. I do a little
work, including finishing my second
electronic book. I’m working with the
Defense Information Systems Agency
at the moment to reassign my copyright for my first book, An Overview
of the Defense Information Systems
Agency Open Source Corporate Management Information System, to DISA
in order for them to be able to modify
and update it as needed in the future.
Carol Fitzgerald says “I have lived in
three states and have a degree from
an institution in each of these states.
They are Purdue, University of Vermont, and Syracuse University. I’d
recommend all three to others looking to enrich their lives through great
educations.”
Send your news to—
Debbie Koslow Stern
198 Bluebird Drive
Colchester, VT 05446
debra.stern@uvm.edu
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Robert McWilliam, M.D.,
sings in the Connecticut Choral Society chorus. This year
they performed in Carnegie Hall and
an In Memoriam concert in Newtown
attended by Reg Griggs ’73 and his
lovely wife, Betsy. Elizabeth “Betty”
Rice Lewis and Gary celebrated their
40th wedding anniversary this summer and fall with a road trip to Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New
Jersey, and New York. This fall, they
traveled to the Bahamas for another
relaxing experience which was a gift
from their church where Gary is the
minister. Betty also had the opportunity to get together with two
UVM classmates this summer, Barb
Hawkins Collins and Cathy Robinson Honeywell. “We had some great
times of sharing together. I am planning on retiring after almost 40 years
in education on June 30, 2014. I am
enrolled in UVM’s Extension Service
Master Gardener Course that begins
in February 2014. It will be a fun new
adventure.” Karen Blakney is serving
as the Bureau of Land Management’s
National Climate Change Coordinator
which is an ongoing challenge. “It will
be a different world than we remember winters in Burlington.”
Send your news to—
Deborah Mesce
2227 Observatory Place NW
Washington, DC 20007
dmesce@prb.org
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40th reunion
October 10–12, 2014
alumni.uvm.edu/reunion
If you are interested in planning your
upcoming reunion, email alumni@
uvm.edu. Lucie Malinski recently had
a birthday celebration that began
with the receipt of the CoopermanBogue Kids First Award. This award
is given to an outstanding social service worker in Pinellas County Florida by The Juvenile Welfare Board of
Pinellas County. “It was a great honor
and a wonderful way to celebrate
my birthday!” Frank Luisi writes that
UVM and its caring teachers, coaches,
and friends has an influence that continues on. “As a teacher and coach,
and college advisor, I am blessed to
have the opportunity to share the
spirit of Vermont with my students
and athletes. Recently, at Oceanside, we welcomed Victoria Macridis,
an admissions counselor and alum-
nus. She visited with our students to
share information about UVM. Vicky
did such a tremendous job. I have
also been blessed to work as an advisor for NCAA college bound studentathletes helping young people find
a college that will help them grow
as people and as students, as UVM
has done for all of us.” Nancy Altha
Simerl writes, “Hi folks, I left Vermont
trained for agriculture, but I’ve been
paid for livestock management, medical statistics, therapeutic massage
(two- and four-legged), and public
library management in the 40 years
since. I have a fat and happy Morgan mare that traces back to the UVM
herd and I still use all the knowledge I
gained at UVM. My life is good, I hope
that yours is too!” John Simpson and
Suzanne visited South Africa in 2002
and have wonderful photos of animals while on safari but were most
touched by a visit to the Nkomo Primary School and meeting the children and its dynamic principal. They
have returned seven times to visit,
volunteer and provide support to the
many orphans at the school. They
continue to stay in frequent contact
with their new friends at the school.
To tell this inspiring story they started
making a documentary film about
the school and how it has changed
the lives of not just the children but
the entire community as well. They
are now in post-production and
expect to be finished in 2014. Check
out the website, Facebook and YouTube “Under Four Trees.” I had a wonderful time at Reunion 2013, especially seeing friends from Delta Delta
Delta that I had not seen in a long
time. And, this wasn’t even our class
year for reunion! Our 40th class
reunion is this year! Save the date,
October 10-12, 2014. You just have to
see the improvements to UVM, beautiful Burlington and, of course, all of
those long lost friends. We will have a
wonderful visit.
Send your news to—
Emily Schnaper Manders
104 Walnut Street
Framingham, MA 01702
esmanders@gmail.com
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UVM is celebrating the 50th
anniversary of ice hockey this
year. There was an alumni
weekend celebration for past members of the hockey team and more
than 100 former players were in atten-
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64 Woodland Park Drive
Haverhill, MA 01830
ddglew@gmail.com
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dance. It was fun to see Peter Brady
and John Murphy representing our
class as well as many other former
players. Pamela Collier Hunt ’75
and her husband, Herbert G. Hunt
III ’74, G’78 and former UVM professor 1987-2001, have moved to San
Luis Obispo, California. After almost
12 years in Southern California where
Herb taught at California State, Long
Beach, they decided they needed a
change. Herb accepted a position in
the business school at Cal Poly and
they moved to the beautiful central coast over the summer. They are
enjoying this wonderful part of the
country. Before moving, they drove all
the way to Vermont for a heartfelt visit
and loved being back in New England, spending time with family and
friends. Vermont is never far from their
thoughts! Mariella Squire is a professor of anthropology and department chair in behavioral and social
sciences at the University of Maine at
Fort Kent; interests in ethnobotany,
folklore, medical anthropology, and
identity. Most recent grant: (2013)
to restore the Acadian heritage historic gardens at UMFK. David Bourneuf retired from AT&T in 2011 after
34 years and eight relocations. “I’m
enjoying retirement, playing golf and
awaiting the arrival of our first grandchild this coming December. Our son,
Matt, is a first-year medical student
at University of Texas, so things are
getting busy.” William Gordon shares
that after more than 30 years in the
West, split between Denver and San
Francisco, I returned to the east to my
hometown of Westport, Connecticut.
One of my three sons attended UVM
(Nathan, BSAD ’09) and had a fantastic experience. Bert Rouleau writes, “I
just celebrated my 30th year of private
practice in orthodontics and have the
honor of having my son, Aaron, join
the practice. I want people to know
that our son, Nic, is starring in the hit
Broadway musical, Book of Mormon,
in New York. He plays the lead role of
Elder Price. Go see the show and say
‘Hello’ to Nic. Glory Lanphear Douglass Reinstein remarried a few years
ago and started a business, Bluebird
Promotions, to help promote Vermont
singer/songwriters. She plans to retire
from her position as music educator at
Essex High School in 2015.
Send your news to—
Dina Dwyer Child
1263 Spear Street
South Burlington, VT 05403
dinachild@aol.com
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Don Nelinson says, “Oh, happy
day! Just bought a house in
Wilmington, Vermont, for winter and summer fun! Still working in
medical communications in New Jersey but looking forward to time at the
new place.” Dana Pumphrey Gourley and her husband, Rob, continue to
stay busy in Florida with their green
technology, therapeutic products,
and offshore Super Boat Extreme race
team (REDS/Watt-Ahh Offshore Racing). Throttle Up, Class of ’76!” Jan A
D’Angelo writes, “I’ve come a long
way since being the Sigma Nu designated pilot to fly to Boston to pick up
the Catamount mascot (as immortalized in “A Guy Named Cross. A Place
Called Vermont.”) Today, I am in the
spaceship business as vice president,
business development of AdamWorks
in Denver, a composites engineering/
manufacturing firm. Notable projects include the Dream Chaser, which
just completed its first flight, and the
XCOR Lynx, a space tourism vehicle.
Other products we manufacture are
on military aircraft flying in Afghanistan and have been very effective
in supporting our troops. Lynn Vera
is a school counselor at the Center
for Technology, Essex, Vermont. She
works with teenagers to make connections between school and careers.
She is focused on equity and pathways and support for non-traditional
career choices. She loves travel and
the ocean, and recently traveled by
boat down the Mekong River in Cambodia and Vietnam. She also traveled to Phuket to snorkel. Suzanne
Flynt shared this, “My book, Poetry to
the Earth: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Deerfield, was recently published in conjunction with Memorial Hall Museum’s exhibition “Skilled
Hands and High Ideals in Deerfield,
Massachusetts,” where I work as curator. Donna Laurin is still living in the
Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, working full time as an ElderCare Clinician
for a community mental health center. “I have a LICSW and have worked
with children and families for many
years before switching to working
with the elderly. I have four adult children and two grandchildren. One
son, Tyler Laurin Scher ’11, graduated from UVM several years ago and
my daughter graduated from Univer-
sity of New England in 2013. I am still
in touch with several UVM classmates
but haven’t gone to any reunions. Life
is good!” Elizabeth “Ebeth” Oliver
Scatchard tells us the 40th reunion
of APEX, UVM’s primary education
program, was absolutely phenomenal! Dean Corrigan, Charlie Rathbone and Frank Watson brought
many to tears with their insightful
remarks. 2013 also brought major
exciting changes for the Scatchard
family. Their son, Brooke, bought his
first home in Morristown, Vermont.
His brother Ross and Metzi Anderson were married in Stowe. Jean Graham Hight shares that Steve Hight
’76 and she have lived in Marshfield,
Massachusetts, for 30 years! “I work
as a nurse educator for the Plymouth
Public Schools. I will be completing a
master’s degree in education/school
nursing this spring. Steve is a project manager for IBM. We enjoy vacationing at our summer cottage on the
Vineyard.” Martha Hoffman Goedert
writes, “I read the alumni news and
look for names and events that touch
my heart and memory. I am still working, as a nurse midwife and family
nurse practitioner, along with teaching in the graduate nursing program
at the University of Missouri. My husband, James, is an engineering professor. I have been lucky with love.
We have had marvelous experiences
working in Mali, Uganda, Haiti, Togo,
and Kenya while combining forces
working alongside our global neighbors. My best Vermont memories are
the runs along Spear Street, my compassionate friends, especially Marian Carow Entin, biking to Stowe with
strong gals, being hostessed by the
many locals who were aware that I
was the only Missouri farm kid, running cross country, singing in Madrigals and choir, and learning with fabulous fellow students in nursing and
in human nutrition. I have way too
many children to write about, and am
afraid to say that I have taught family planning for years! It is a joy to see
what accomplishments have come
from my UVM classmates. I wish for
each of you great vision and energy
for the upcoming decades that follow
our collective 60th birthdays! Amy
Christensen has been named executive director of Samaritan Center for
Young Boys & Families. The organization intervenes with boys and families making bad life choices. The boys
struggle with behavioral and academic issues as a result of dysfunctional families and/or poor parenting.
Samaritan Center works with both the
boys and the families for significant
improvement and family reconciliation through its residential and counseling program. Amy is responsible for
the overall management of and fundraising for the non-profit organization.
Families pay only what they can afford
so 100 percent of the boys receive significant scholarship monies. Samaritan Center receives no government
funding to accomplish its mission.
Send your news to—
Pete Beekman
2 Elm Street
Canton, NY 13617
pbeekman@clarkson.edu
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I want you all to appreciate
a moment in the life of the
UVM ’77 class secretary. The
Alumni Office sends me a note a few
weeks before it’s time for them to
send out an email to you all, wherein I
shame and embarrass you into sending news to the alumni office. I write
said email and send it back to them.
Weeks pass and then they send me
a Word file, included in which are
the news items sent in response to
my harangue. I download. I click. My
palms are sweaty and I feel a deep
sense of dread. I fear the sound of
crickets. Imagine my delight! Thanks
to all of you who did not respond like
Cool Hand Luke. Dana Conroy says
“Hi!” and shares details of an impressive career: “My years at UVM majoring in mass communications helped
start me on a career in television
news and entertainment. After working at The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC
News and NBC News, I’m doing work
for Human Rights Watch now and living in New York and Philadelphia,
where my husband works for NBC. I
see friends from UVM as often as possible, and recently got together with
many of them for a memorial service to celebrate Walter Hutchins’
’80 life. Walter died over the summer
in a bicycling accident. It was bittersweet, but he would have loved it.
We’ll miss you, Gator.” Robert Walsh
writes, “Although reading class notes
about retirement and grandchildren
reaffirms what a late bloomer I have
been, as I contemplate my elementary school children and a seemingly
ever receding vision of retirement, life
is full.” Judy Stroffoleno Thompson
and her husband Wesley built a house
in North Ferrisburgh, Vermont, where
they have raised their two daughters Eliza and Lilly. Eliza Thompson ’12 graduated from UVM in May
2012 and Lilly is currently a junior at
UVM. Judy has many fond memories
of the good old Jeanne Mance days
and would love to hear from her pals
Piper and Syd! Tag Carpenter (one of
my SAE pledgemates!) visited Dana’s
daughter Hannah ’17 on campus for
Homecoming and gave her and his
wife the tour of Delta Psi. They were
stunned by the design and architecture. “Can’t wait until it is renovated!”
Glad to hear that impressive mansion
is still standing, Tag. I fondly recall hitting golfballs at the slate roof from
the deck of SAE. We were so jealous
of you guys. After 46 years in Vermont
Michael Agusta moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, “chasing the sun
and surf in our semi-retirement. In
Burlington, our home of 27 years was
between Kappa Alpha Theta and SAE.
When we moved there we weren’t
much older than the students around
us. Now, some of the mom and
dads of the students there are looking younger. Happy with the move
south but will always visit the “hill” in
the summer. By the way, the Wilmington area has a Burlington feel to
it. College, downtown, arts, airport.”
Bill Klipp and his wife, Linda, just got
back from a month-long photo safari
to Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Kenya.
The highlight, though, was mountain gorilla trekking in Rwanda. If you
have not checked out Bill’s photo
website at www.wkimages.net, it is
awesome and inspiring. David Marc
Katz still owns a motel in southern
Vermont after 40 years now. “I have
two children who currently live at the
motel: Michael who is 30 and Jennifer who is 26. On a sad note, my
wife, Christine, passed away in October 2012 after her battle with cancer.
We were married for 25 years.” Deepest sympathies from the whole class,
David. Laura Yatvin laments that
she does not get to Burlington very
often. “My niece is a senior majoring
in music education and has loved her
years there just as I did. I majored in
nutrition at UVM and have continued
to work in the field all these years as
a registered dietitian and a certified
diabetes educator in Philadelphia. I
have been living in Philadelphia for
the past 26 years and have two sons,
22 and 24.” Paul D. Dunkling reports,
“I am still working hard at my dental
practice just one block north of the
beautiful UVM Green! My daughter
Angie Dunkling ’11 graduated from
UVM Honors College in December of
2011 and is now in her second year
at Tufts School of Dental Medicine!
Son, Thomas Dunkling ’16, and stepson, Cody Putre ’16, are busy studying and enjoying college life on campus as sophomores at UVM! It’s nice
to feel so connected to a great university. Go Cats GO!” Francine Lynch
says hello from New York City, “I am
reporting on two get-togethers with
fellow classmates. In August, I had
dinner in Harvard, Massachusetts at
the home of Gail Coolidge and husband, Michael Lauer, joined by Ken
Rothwell and wife, Pam, who came
out from Newtonville. We had a blast
telling tales of Living/Learning, the
Medieval/Renaissance Program and
B. T. McGuire’s. I am in regular contact with Gail, and see Ken every
eight years or so. Then in October I
got together with Candice Parker
Campbell, here in New York, who I
had not seen in 35 years! She is living in Vermont, and we caught up on
life over prime rib at The University
Club. I have not been to Vermont in
20 years and now have an open invitation from Candace. I run into Kim
McSparren in the Hamptons from
time to time. I am still a swinging single and working now as a nonprofit
management consultant, specializing in arts and culture.” David Gates
writes that his son, Jamison Gates
’16, is enjoying his sophomore year at
UVM in the engineering program. He
added, “Having grown up in Vermont,
Jamie wanted to go to college out of
state but chose UVM, appreciating
that Burlington is ‘really close to Vermont!’” Daughter, Kinsey, graduated
from Philadelphia University in May.
David and wife, Stacy, moved to their
weekend home in Manchester, Vermont, from Manhattan in 1991 (after
12 years on Wall Street), and they
haven’t looked back. He and a partner
now have an investment management firm in town. He still enjoys skiing, fishing, hunting, mountain biking, and all the other great Vermont
outdoor opportunities but has been
bitten badly by the golf bug. Regular
contact with fellow Delta Psi brothers Jim Falconer, Peter Evans, Rob
Millman, Greg Dirmaier ’76, and Lou
Foah ’78 keep the UVM connection
strong. David, I’ll meet you on the
first tee of Ekwanok, Saturday, June
14, at 10:30 a.m. We’ll do 36, with a
little shrimp salad in between, okay?
Hopefully by the time you read this, I
will have published my second novel,
Law & Disorder. It follows my first,
Diary of a Small Fish, which will be out
in audiobook in March 2014. Thanks
so much, you lovely people. You’re
making this job fun.
Send your news to—
Pete Morin
41 Border Street
Scituate, MA 02066
pbmorin@comcast.net
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Geoff Liggett’s son, Ned
Liggett ’16, is a sophomore at
UVM and is an R.A. in Living/
Learning where his uncle, John Sama
’84, is the director. Miriam Bolwell
Foerster says, “At 83 I’m still painting oil paintings and teaching some. I
was an adult when I graduated in ‘78
but still enjoy reading about people
and activities at UVM.” Ken Ghazey is
living in Boston, and has a son, Sam
Ghazey ’16, who is a sophomore at
UVM. Stephen Seitz has published
two novels recently. London-based
MX Publishing has released Never
Meant to Be, a time travel thriller featuring Sherlock Holmes. Readers
can find the Vermont-based mystery Secrets Can’t Be Kept Forever on
Amazon’s CreateSpace site. Holly
MacIvor Robbins shares that she is
in her ninth year as school nurse at
Edmunds Middle School in Burlington. “I still absolutely love my job! I
am a new district representative for
the Vermont State School Nurse Association so I’m staying active in my
nursing field. Our daughter, Christy,
is a junior at Slippery Rock University
in Pennsylvania. She will be graduating next year with a degree in physical education and health sciences.
We are so proud of her. My husband,
Scott, and I enjoy riding motorcycles
in our spare time. I got a new Harley
for my birthday this year! I still keep
up with Rosemary Noonan, Karen
McCarthy Lavery, and Ann Harding Burdet.” John Grapek became
a real estate agent in Warwick, New
York, where he lives with his son who
is a junior in high school. John also
has three older daughters; a senior at
Georgia State looking towards medi-
cal school, and two attending Parsons
in New York City studying graphic
design and fashion. As a hobby John
has been doing standup comedy,
which can be viewed on his website, johngrapek.com. Elaine Rosen
Groundwater writes “I’m so proud
of our daughter, Leslie Groundwater ’13, who graduated May 19,
2013 from the College of Business
Administration with a concentration in human resources and marketing! Thirty-five years from my graduation, the ceremony was very special.
She loved her time at UVM as much
as I did. Starting my 12th year of real
estate sales, I am now affiliated with
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, in Simsbury, Connecticut. Also,
I am the secretary for the board of
the Simsbury Chamber of Commerce
and I continue to enjoy my volunteer activities with the Greater Hartford Association of Realtors, JDRF and
UVM Admissions. If you are thinking
of buying or selling real estate in the
near future, I can connect you.”
Send your news to—
UVM Alumni Association
411 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401
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35th reunion
October 10–12, 2014
alumni.uvm.edu/reunion
If you are interested in planning your
upcoming reunion, email alumni@
uvm.edu. Believe it or not our 35th
reunion is this year! Please join us in
Burlington October 10-12 for a weekend of activities and reminiscing with
friends. UVM and Burlington have
changed a bit since 1979, come back
and check it all out. Lindsay Schine
writes, “Freshmen from Wright Hall
reunite! Wendy Erikson hosted our
biannual reunion with Sue Ruben
Thorne, Wendy Wolf and Nancy Carr
Worden as well as Gina DeLorenzo
Sapnar ’80 and Laura Will ’80 present to celebrate 38 years of friendship
going strong!”
Send your news to—
Beth Gamache
58 Grey Meadow Drive
Burlington, VT 05401
bethgamache@burlington
telecom.net
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he graduated at the top of his class.
Phil has been married for 25 years to
his wife, Mary. They have two children
and a Golden Retriever. Judy Cram
Tomasik currently lives in Greensboro,
North Carolina, with her husband,
Richard, and son, Sam. She is the middle school learning resource teacher
at Canterbury Episcopal School. Judy
also plays piano for Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church, both the traditional and contemporary services. It
has been quiet in my little corner of
Vermont, affording time for reflection and introspection as I look forward to this year fresh with the promise of new beginnings and memories
to be made and shared. I hope this
finds you all doing well and similarly
looking forward to the year ahead.
The small details of our lives are what
truly matter, not those things that we
accumulate over time, but the relationships we forge and cultivate that
bring us together and create a rich
community. I hope that you will make
time in the coming weeks to share the
small details of your lives and allow us
to come together as a class community. Where has your life journey taken
you? What milestones can you relate?
I look forward to hearing from you!
Send your news to—
MaryBeth Pinard-Brace
P.O. Box 655
Shelburne, VT 05482
marybethpinard_brace@alumni.
uvm.edu
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Joyce Allgaier resides in Ketchum, Idaho, home of Sun
Valley, and serves as the city’s
planning manager. Joyce is a land
use and sustainability planner with a
specialty in resort communities having spent much of her career working for the popular resort and tourism
towns of Aspen, Snowmass Village,
and Gunnison, Colorado. Her work
as a community sustainability consultant found her working with communities around the country and the
Middle East, along with training other
planners as faculty of the American
Institute of Certified Planners. Joyce
is still an avid cross-country skier
and loves wilderness and getting
up high in the Rockies! Her daughter, Hannah Ohlson ’12, just finished
two appointments with AmeriCorps
working as an environmental educator at ECHO on Lake Champlain and
then with Local Motion/Bike Recycle Vermont. Hannah recently moved
to Missoula, Montana, and is working for REI, enjoying the high Rockies
again on bike and foot. Joyce’s son,
Gunnar, is a freshman at Saint Lawrence University. The whole family
loves Vermont and has visited often
through the years and will continue
to. Burlington will always be a home
to them! John Dockendorf operates
two summer camps. Camp Pinnacle
is a facility-based camp in Flat Rock,
North Carolina, and Adventure Treks
is a wilderness adventure camp that
travels to destinations across North
America. Dock lives in Flat Rock with
his wife, Jane, and four kids. Thomas
Yorke reports that after 27 years
working in sales, trading, and financing of both fixed income and equities, he has finally left the New York
institutional investing world. “I have
committed full time to an asset management business established in
2008 originally for family and friends.
Check out Oceanic Capital Management at www.oceaniccap.com. Send
me an email or catch me on Linkedin
and let me know what’s up.” Christopher Chandler shares that he and his
wife, Mireya Schmidt, are now home
with their dog and cat because their
children have headed off to college.
“Nico is a sophomore at Humboldt
State in Arcata, California, and Natasha is a freshman at The University of
Chicago. So, we work hard to pay college costs! We have lived in La Jolla,
California for 17 years and I miss the
change in seasons.” Sara Blum talks
about the Pohogonot Reunion that
was held on October 12, 2013 with 99
descendants of George Daniel Flynn,
Sr. who gathered on Martha’s Vineyard to celebrate our 120th reunion.
As we gathered for pictures, we realized that 16 of us attended UVM and
so snapped the photo posted on the
online gallery found on the alumni
website. Of the 16, nine graduated
from UVM: Christopher Keeler ’13,
Nina Mangini ’13, Wendy Keeler
’82, Tika Keeler ’83, Marty Cutler
Fuller; 4 transferred: Hadley Pollett,
Parker Lamborn, Edie Hackett Keeler and Edie Woodland Kilchenstein,
and two are currently enrolled: Emily
Post Peters ’17 and Jenny Millan ’17.
Five of us remain in Vermont to this
day: Carolyn Blum ’11, Lizzie Post
’05, Sara Coward Blum, Anna Post
’01 and Matt Bushlow ’97 who are
recently engaged. Thirteen of the 16
are in the picture posted at alumni.
uvm.edu/gallery.
Send your news to—
UVM Alumni Association
411 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401
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The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced
that Steven M. Goldman has
joined the firm’s Washington, D.C.,
office as a partner in the Corporate
Services Practice Group. Prior to joining the firm, Goldman was executive vice president and corporate officer at Marriott International, Inc. and
a partner at Parker Hudson Rainer &
Dobbs LLP in Atlanta. Deb Bock Tibbetts continues to practice physical therapy as a pediatric therapist,
in Keene, New Hampshire where
she has been practicing since 1986.
After a 23-year marriage, and tumultuous divorce, she married Jeff Tibbetts two years ago. This was after
undergoing a battle with sarcoma
that has left her without a muscle
(adductor magnus for her physical
therapy cohorts) in her right thigh, a
radiation burn, and a totally new and
wonderful outlook on life. She is the
proud mom of two girls, her older
currently attending Wake Forest Law
School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, while her younger is a junior
at Siena College in Loudonville, New
York, where she is studying accounting and is swimming on their swim/
dive team. Dan Colby graduated as
an honors designee from the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado in
Boulder in July of this year. Debra Fay
married Michael Artist on a beautiful
autumn day in Vermont on September 14. Debra continues her 27-year
career with the Federal Aviation
Administration in Atlanta where he
serves as senior advisor to the director of the eastern region. Bruce Bollinger says, “My wife, Dawn, and I
opened a gourmet burger restaurant
in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, two years
ago, MacPhail’s Burgers, honoring my
grandmother, Agnes MacPhail. The
Farmer’s Almanac (accuracy 80 per-
cent) is saying “winter will be much
snowier than normal” (normal =
approx. 500”). Jackson Hole Mountain Ski Resort has been ranked #1
in North America by Ski magazine
and Forbes magazine for the last two
years. Come ski the cowboy powder,
have a MacPhail’s burger, and reconnect.” Anne Sullivan Soydan writes,
“Perhaps too rote to note, but life,
while too busy, is good at age 53, and
hope it is for others as well! Lately I
have been savoring online connections across the states with Nancy
Segal Janes and other festivities to
celebrate living for a half century
with Susan Aikens Post, Terri Mullins Wright ’83, Giovanna Fratelli
Perkins, and Michelle Micciche
Dowling. Nice to see John Sama ’84
keeping things hopping together
on UVM campus and Paul Butler ’83
and friends (thanks Don McCree ’83)
keeping the alumni spirit and fundraising efforts strong.” Daniel Michael
Gasparino married Kelley, a University of Arizona graduate. “We have
two daughters both playing Division
I lacrosse at the University of California Berkeley. I truly enjoyed watching
my older daughter, who was a sophomore at the time, score two goals and
add two assists to beat UVM in the
spring of 2012 at UVM. I have worked
in the fixed income markets for primary dealers for 29 years since being
released from the Yankees organization which drafted me out of college.
I stay in touch with Bill Currier who
was the head baseball coach at UVM
for over 20 years before the administration did away with the program.
Bill is now ten minutes away as the
head coach at Fairfield University. I
have a niece, Lane Smith, who is a
sophomore at UVM.” Rusty Kasupski writes, “After 28 years in Naval Aviation, I retired on July 1, 2013. Our
last six years spent working for NATO
and living abroad in Europe my wife,
Mehrnaz, and I relocated to the sun
and fun of San Diego, California. We
regularly travel back to Vermont for
the fall foliage and always hope to
run into other alumni. Mark Gregory shares that he has really enjoyed
teaching medical students and residents in the primary care program
here at Washington University School
of Medicine. It is a very challenging
time in American healthcare and he is
working hard to insure the best continues on for patients and those docs
following in our footsteps. He has
www.LMSRE.com
also been serving with the Illinois Air
National Guard and United States Air
Force at Scott Air Force Base. “It has
been a great experience and I have
learned a lot from the Air Force.” Elizabeth Griffey shares, “I was a Spanish major in college, and spent many
years in healthcare, where I used
my language skills as much as possible. Now my daughter is at UVM,
and following in my footsteps. She is
an amazingly gifted artist, with additional skills in languages. I thank UVM
for giving us both a wonderful environment to explore and expand our
interests in the liberal arts.”
Send your news to—
John Scambos
20 Canitoe street
Katonah, NY 10536
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Sue Carswell recently coauthored a book with “I Will
Survive,” disco queen, Gloria
Gaynor called We Will Survive. It tells
40 true stories of encouragement,
inspiration, and the power of song.
Carswell is a reporter-researcher at
Vanity Fair magazine and has ghostwritten close to ten books. She lives
in New York’s West Village. Linda Sell
Steil is the military adaptive sports
www.LionDavis.com
and reconditioning coordinator for
the Warrior Transition BattalionEurope. “I work with the wounded
warriors in the United States Army
in Germany, Italy, and Belgium. “I
recently moved from Heidelberg, Germany to Kaiserslautern, Germany. My
oldest two children attend University
College Roosevelt in Middleburg, Holland, an honors college from the University of Utrecht. My third child will
graduate from Kaiserslautern High
School on June 14 and my youngest is in seventh grade. My husband
is the battalion surgeon for the Warrior Transition Battalion. Robin Edelstein is living and teaching in Cary,
North Carolina, and sending Seth
Blitzer, Jan Duncan, and Marc DeNuccio well wishes for the year 2014! “I
would love to hear from you guys!”
Jane Montague Jackson married
Richard Sack, the love of her life, on
Saturday, October 5, 2013 at a tiny
family ceremony in Baltimore, Maryland. (A photo is available in the Class
Notes Alumni Gallery.) They enjoyed
a November “mini-moon” (which will
likely be followed by a more maximoon) in beautiful Martha’s Vineyard, where neither of them had been
for years and years. I hope everyone
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A memorial service was held
at alum Peter Knight’s home
in Hanover, New Hampshire,
for our friend and UVM alum, Walter
Hutchins. Walter died in a bicycling
accident in New York near his home.
He brought us all together again to
celebrate his life and the wonderful
times we had with each other in the
1970s at UVM. In attendance were the
following: Dana Conroy, Adele Bielli
Savastano, Mary Reber, Maureen
Farrell, Andrea Bielli, Mary McCosker Burnside and Heather Bewick
Dwight. Bill Edwards writes, “Thirtythree-plus years after graduating...
still making ski turns with old UVM
friends: Jack Scambos ’81, Ray Buck
’81, Rob Rogers ’81, and Chris Cushing ’81 this winter out in Wyoming,
Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole...
such a deal! Always a blast and praying for pow! Still working at IBM Burlington wafer fab. Only job I ever had.
Ten plus layoffs over the years and
somehow I’m still employed.” Mary
Hasson Cain writes, “I am keeping
extremely busy with weddings in Vermont now that the Defense of Marriage Act has been declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. I
perform weddings seven days a week
for all couples and encourage committed same-sex couples who are
legally married in their own states to
contact me at www.vtweddings.org
so they can marry and now receive
federal protections like Social Security, veterans’ benefits, health insurance, and retirement savings. I was
delighted to have recently visited Jay
Peak Resort and happened to run into
Charlie Dusha ’77. He was attending the Vermont EMS Conference held
at Jay Peak.” Barbara Smith Murphy writes, “I am excited to announce
my retirement from a short, 15-year,
career with the United States Postal
Service. The next year holds events
of great joy for me with the expected
birth of my son and daughter-inlaw’s first child and the wedding of
my daughter. A cross-country train
adventure is in the plans, too, with
stops in Chicago, Glacier National
Park, and Seattle. Looking beyond
this next year, I intend to take advantage of my new status and enter Vermont politics as the representative for
my community.” Philip Spillane has
written a book entitled With the Destination in Mind. Drawing on years of
professional experience as a certified
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angela patten ’86
“Instead of feeling
embarrassed about
where I came from,
now I feel that it’s
something to celebrate,
something rich. Poetry
is a way to be in the
world for me, to talk
about how the world
seemed then and how
it seems now.”
— Angela Patten, author
of High Tea at a Low Table,
a memoir, on her Irish roots
and the meaning of writing
in her life.
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30th reunion
October 10–12, 2014
alumni.uvm.edu/reunion
If you are interested in planning your
upcoming reunion, email alumni@
uvm.edu. Andy Cook has been
elected to a three-year term on the
board of directors of the San Diego
County Bar Association. Andy practices family law in downtown San
Diego. Andy is married to Marcia
Gezelter Cook ’86, who is a physical
therapist. The Cooks have two children: Lilah, 15, and Jennifer, 12. Chris
Castano recently got together with
fellow members of the UVM men’s
soccer team from the early ’80s at the
50th anniversary of the men’s soccer
program at UVM in early October. “I
couldn’t get over how old my fellow
teammates now look!” Chris lives with
his wife Kerry Castano ’86 in Williston and has two boys, Christopher at
Georgetown University and Joseph at
Champlain Valley Union High School.
Kenneth Pidgeon has continued
to be active in the local UVM community throughout the past several
years. “I was recently appointed to
the UVM College of Engineering and
Mathematical Sciences Board of Advisors. In November our company, Engineers Construction, hosted the UVM
student chapter of American Society
of Civil Engineers at our Green Moun-
tain Club Bridge construction project in Bolton, Vermont. The students
were able to observe pile installation
and pile load testing for the new suspension bridge over the Winooski
River.” Sanne Kure-Jensen of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, Cheryl Mayor
London ’84 of Paso Robles, California and Mary Hordubay McKenzie
’82 of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania enjoyed
a summer gathering in Newport,
Rhode Island. Jeff Alpert is keeping
busy with fellow UVMers in beautiful
Northern California.
Send your news to—
Laurie Olander Angle
12 Weidel Drive
Pennington, NJ 08534
Abby Goldberg Kelley
303 Oakhill Road
Shelburne, VT 05482
saragrant2001@yahoo.com
Kelly McDonald
10 Lapointe Street
Winooski, VT 05404
jasna-vt@hotmail.com
Shelley Carpenter Spillane
336 Tamarack Shores
Shelburne, VT 05482
scspillane@aol.com
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Serene Meshel Dillman writes
that she finished her documentary film Getting to The
Nutcracker last August. “I followed Los
Angeles-based Marat Daukayev Ballet Theater from auditions to final performance of the Nutcracker Ballet. The
documentary is a behind-the-scenes
view of what it takes to produce this
classic ballet. I have submitted the
film to Sundance and other festivals.
You can see images and trailer at gettingtothenutcracker.com. Dave Dixon
got his bachelor’s in physics at UVM in
1985, a master’s in physics at the University of New Mexico in 1993, and a
doctorate in economics from the University of New Mexico in 2011where
he is currently a visiting lecturer in
economics. Harriet Brown Dickerson shared that she, Gina Ingrassia Forberg, and Robin Anderson
Ritchie got together for another girls’
weekend, this time in Philadelphia
in November of 2013. “When we get
together, approximately bi-annually,
it seems like nothing has changed,
other than a few more wrinkles.” Rosemarie Giacin was thrilled to visit the
UVM campus with her daughter,
Grace, who hopes to be a member
of the UVM Class of 2018! She says,
“Campus looks amazing with all the
improvements over the years.” Jennifer Whiston Ley shares that the
Class of 1985 graduates Nancy Hoffman Stafford, Eileen Kelty O’Neill,
Janie Moyant Burke, Amy Ottariano Corsetti, and Christina Sununu
Parrot recently gathered for a 50th
birthday celebration at the Sagamore
Resort in upstate New York. Missing from the weekend reunion were
Ellen Bensky Kendal (who has lived in
Toronto since graduating from UVM,
with her husband and three boys, and
is a principal at Turner Fleischer Architects and Jennifer Ley, who lives in
Copenhagen, Denmark, with her Danish husband, and works at Copenhagen Business School and Roskilde University.) Nancy and her husband, Chris
Stafford ‘85, have lived in Danville,
New Hampshire, for the past 19 years.
Nancy is a school counselor for the
Timberlane School District, and Chris
is an engineering manager for Alcatel-Lucent Technologies. Eileen lives
in Briarcliff Manor, New York with her
husband, Colin, and their three children. Eileen is director of conference
operations for GLM (a tradeshow and
event production company). Janie
lives in the San Francisco Bay Area
(Marin) with her husband and three
boys; her eldest, Trevor Burke ’15, is
studying at UVM and another son is
playing lacrosse at Colby. Janie has
worked at MetLife for the last 26 years.
Christina is an interior designer, living
in New Canaan, Connecticut, with her
husband, Jeff, and two boys. Nancy
and Ellen also connected this summer
in Toronto where they watched Nancy’s niece Taylor Pedersen ’15 (who
plays on UVM’s women’s lacrosse
team) play for Team Israel in the Women’s Lacrosse World Cup Games.
Send your news to—
Barbara Roth
140 West 58th Street, #2B
New York, NY 10019
roth_barb@yahoo.com
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Lee Diamond would like to
invite all alumni to Yoga On
Church Street 2014. Lee organizes this event annually. It is free
and all donations at the event go to
Prevent Child Abuse Vermont. Like
us on Facebook! See you on August
10, 2014 at 9 a.m. Thierry Blanchet
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“I was really starstruck
by this famous
professor being so
welcoming and
reassuring that I could
not only keep up but
do well in this college
environment.”
—Melissa Perry, professor and department chair
at George Washington
University, on the
immediate influence of
the late Professor George
Albee, inspiration that
would lead her to an
academic career in public
health and epidemiology.
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is still in upstate New York, teaching classes and advising graduate
students in their graduate research
as a professor of mechanical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute. “As a primary pastime I’ve
become heavily involved in various
formats of bike racing over the past
dozen years, especially cross-country mountain bike racing. For the
2013 season I placed third overall in
the masters category of the National
Ultra Endurance (NUE) series, a collection of 100-mile mountain bike
races held across the country. A picture of the overall masters category podium can be found at www.
cyclingnews.com, taken at the NUE
series finale race last September in
Dahlonega, Georgia. Lori DeRosa
Centerbari is pleased to say that
her son, Zachary Bryant ’17 is starting his first year at UVM. He is in the
College of Arts & Sciences, majoring in neuroscience. She is extremely
proud of his aspirations and desire to
achieve the best life that he can, and
that he has chosen her alma mater!
Julie Kully Faryniarz shares that on
October 19, 2013 Tom and Lori Martin celebrated the wedding of their
eldest son, Tom, to the lovely, Ericka
Beloin. They invited UVM classmates
to share in this beautiful and very fun
event. Included were UVM 1986 classmates: Julie Kully and Danny Faryniarz, Kim Johnson McCrae, Amy Nostrand, Karen Hardock and Tim Ross,
Franny Moore Eddy, Gail Masintonio
and Jay Welsh, Alice Stifter Bartram,
Lori Murchison and Brad Chervin,
Sue Browning and Jim Claire, Beth
Mitchell Guiliano, Lisa Brest Daley,
and Evie Fleishman Katz. Maria Heck
Swanson says, “We’re empty nesters!
Three are in college and one is gainfully employed. I’m working part-time
doing physical therapy with developmentally delayed pre-school age
children and enjoying having more
time to volunteer at our local library.
I’ve been able to travel abroad (Rome,
Stockholm, Barcelona, Prague, Paris)
and look forward to lots more exciting vacations! Michele Colbert wants
to say, thank you for the nice welcome my son, Nick ’17, received
when we moved him into his dorm!
UVM is high on my twins’ college list.”
Send your news to—
Lawrence Gorkun
141 Brigham Road
St. Albans, VT 05478
vtlfg@msn.com
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Tracy Fitzgerald Fersan
writes, “I am enjoying my work
as assistant director for international student services at Suffolk
University. My son is now a freshman
at Suffolk. I had a great opportunity to
catch up with my former study abroad
mentor, Holly Wilkinson, last summer.
And, last month I taped a segment for
60 Minutes with three other people
who are a part of the HSAM memory
research study at University of California, Irvine. Lesley Stahl is a really
nice person and actually attended
grammar school with my mother in
Swampscott, Massachusetts.”
Send your news to—
Sarah Reynolds
2 Edgewood Lane
Bronxville, NY 10708
ssrey2@verizon.net
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It was so great seeing everyone at our 25th reunion. What
a great turnout and so much
fun! Patrick Standen shares, “I was
honored to be nominated for the Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching
Award at UVM where I teach healthcare and clinical ethics. I am also
teaching philosophy at nearby Saint
Michael’s College and running a nonprofit sports organization for athletes
with disabilities called the Northeast Disabled Athletic Association.”
Deb Taylor is a physical therapist at
a private ortho and sport practice in
Elkridge, Maryland. She writes, “I also
run a basketball camp in the summer for boys and girls, Coach Deb’s
Basketball Camp, in its 16th year. In
addition, I am a personal trainer and
give private basketball lessons. I live
in Hanover, Maryland with my significant other, Dan Mooney, and my
14-year-old son, Kevin. I am a twotime Ironman triathlete, and will compete in my third Ironman in August
2014 at Mont Tremblant, Canada. I’m
also a marathoner and will run in Boston in April 2014. Facebook helps me
keep in touch with UVM grads, but
I am particularly looking for my old
college roommate, Carol Lummert
Barry. If anyone knows where she
is, please put her in touch with me!”
Diane Dequasie Noury attended the
25th nursing reunion. “I was disappointed in the low turnout but very
impressed with the nursing sim lab.
I toured UVM with one of my twin
sons and was pleased with the whole
school.” After serving three terms on
the Nashua Board of ldermen and
one term as chairman of the Nashua
Conservation Commission, Dave
MacLaughlin currently serves as chief
of staff to Nashua alderman at-large
Dan Moriarty. Liz Paley is enjoying a
new role in brand and business development at Ralph Lauren Corporation
where she has worked for the past
11 years. She continues to serve on
the board of advisors to the School
of Business Administration at UVM
and is particularly proud of her Career
Development Subcommittee’s work
on a first-year course designed to
help students explore and prepare for
their future careers. She has recently
reconnected with alums Jayne Fortier Paskoff, Scott Schwartz ’86, and
Seth Moeller ’89. Cynthia Elaine
Mitchel tells us, “In December 2012,
I moved with my husband, Michael
Fuhrer, and our son Tristan (born
2005) to Melbourne, Australia. The
move was motivated in part by our
collective sense of adventure, but
precipitated by Michael’s outstanding
employment offer from Monash University and his receipt of an Australian
laureate fellowship in science. He is
a professor of physics doing research
on grapheme and other nanoscale
materials. I continue to do volunteer
work for our son’s school on the Arts
and Sustainability Committees. I am
also continuing to work as a graphic
designer and photographer in a volunteer capacity. It has been a year of
intense transition, but we are enjoying our new life in the southern hemisphere.” John Scotnicki passed away
on June 2, 2013. His kind and loving
spirit will be missed by all who knew
him. Our hearts go out to all of his
family and friends.
Send your news to—
Cathy Selinka Levison
18 Kean Road
Short Hills, NJ 07078
crlevison@comcast.net
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25th reunion
October 10–12, 2014
alumni.uvm.edu/reunion
If you are interested in planning your
upcoming reunion, email alumni@
uvm.edu. Thank you to everyone who
sent in updates. I’d love to hear from
as many of you as possible so please
be sure to send me an email. Don’t
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enjoyed our 30th reunion! I know that
Lynn Larson Rhoads, Janna Jacobson, and Mark Cotrupi got together
for dinner one night. Karen Lamson
McKenny gathered with her sorority
sisters. Unfortunately, I was unable to
attend as planned. I was not a happy
camper! The week before the reunion
I was diagnosed with multiple,
bilateral pulmonary emboli which
resulted in a five-day hospitalization. Finally, after ten weeks, I’m feeling close to 90 percent of my “normal”
self. Every day is an improvement,
and each and every day I count my
blessings. My doctor’s comment to
me was, “Holy ...., you are lucky!” That
summed it up quite well. I am now
continuing in the process of becoming a certified level one and level two
Stott Pilates Reformer instructor.
Send your news to—
Lisa Greenwood Crozier
3370 Sally Kirk Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
lcrozier@triad.rr.com
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forget that our reunion is this October 10-12. I hope to see many of you
back in beautiful Burlington! I was
lucky enough to catch up with Jenny
Aust Stroud who lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband, Rob, and
two sons Ty, 8, and Shay, 4. She is the
senior vice president for an experiential marketing agency, Match Action.
She recently saw Jennie Magaro in
Vail, but is missing her UVM playmates and hopes to see everyone in
October 2014. I also got to catch up
with Mike Reardon last spring during
a lacrosse game. He recently reunited
with Keith Wegen, Allan Farquhar, and Drew Wollensak for a long
overdue get together last summer
at Mike’s home in Falmouth on Cape
Cod and a quick trip to Nantucket for
a boys’ weekend. The reunion was in
part to celebrate Keith’s clean bill of
health after his recent recovery from
prostate cancer. It had been about
ten years since the four former roommates had gotten together. The foursome reports that frequent gatherings are planned going forward. Not
only has Keith received a clean bill
of health, he has become a spokesperson for prostate cancer education and screening. In 2012 he skated
395 miles across his native Colorado,
raising more than $17,000 in muchneeded funds for prostate cancer
education and screening. This year,
he completed a 555-mile in-line skate
through Texas, where he works for
employer and sponsor MERX Advisors. Congratulations to Keith on a
remarkable accomplishment! Ray
Quesnel and his wife, Wendy Tayler Quesnel, have settled in to a new
home and new life in Fayetteville,
North Carolina. “I became the headmaster at Fayetteville Academy, a private, pre-k through 12th grade, day
school in July 2012. Wendy is a math
teacher at the same school. Our two
children, Kelly, 22; and Jonathan,
20; are currently college students,
although not Catamounts, so we are
also enjoying our new empty nest.”
Paula Bibeault Roberge writes, “My
daughter, Cassie, headed off to college this fall… at UVM! She is competing on the UVM Track and Field
team and studying engineering.” Meg
McGovern shares a quick update that
she continues to be an active UVM
volunteer, recently designated as vice
chair of the Vermont Regional Board.
“I moved out of the Vermont suburbs
and now live close to Redstone campus and my commercial real estate
office on Church Street, above RíRá. I
am looking forward to seeing everyone at our 25th reunion!” Trudy Larson and her husband, Jordan Greenberg ’90, were excited to run into
Wendy Bachleda ’88 at a Miranda
Lambert concert in New Jersey last
summer. Wendy was visiting from
California, and they all had a great
time catching up.
Send your news to—
Maureen Kelly Gonsalves
moe.dave@verizon.net
90
Paul Frascoia reports that
he, John Cashman, and Dan
Grove met up in Las Vegas in
May. Frascoia got married to Jillian
Geiss ’97 in April 2011 in Key West.
Cashman and Armand Dellamonica ’92 and their wives were among
the guests. Jillian works at FAHC, runs
the Essex figure skating program,
and coaches competitive figure skaters. Paul is the president of Critical
Process Systems Group, a conglomeration of mid-sized industrial manufacturing companies. CPS is headquartered in Colchester, Vermont
with factories around the United
States. CPS employs numerous UVM
grads. Kelly Hurstak and Lisa Ablove
St. George recently caught up at dinner. Kelly is working in downtown
Boston at Apex Companies, an environmental consulting and engineering firm. Lisa is working at Cartwheel
Kids which designs and manufactures
unique and innovative play things for
children ages infant to tween. Judith
Harding Janone retired after 30 years
with the City of Burlington at the
Fletcher Free Library. In September,
Maura Williams completed her doctorate in classics at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York. Her niece is
a junior at UVM and enjoys her time
in Burlington. Ken Field was recently
named a Dean’s Fellow at Bucknell
University for his research and teaching accomplishments as an associate professor of biology. He studies
the immunology of bats affected by
white-nose syndrome.
Send your news to—
Tessa Donohoe Fontaine
108 Pickering Lane
Nottingham, PA 19362
tessafontaine@gmail.com
91
Robert Lamb writes, “My wife,
Monica, and I live in Reno,
Nevada, with our twin boys,
James and John. I work for Sage
Ridge School as director of college
counseling and often put in a good
word for GroovyUV(M). Go Cats!” Matthew Conway says, “Sorry for being
out of touch for 20-plus years! Life
happens. I am living with wife and
two daughters in Nairobi, Kenya, and
working for the United Nations Office
for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Don’t get stateside often,
would love to hear from old friends!
Write me at matthewdevinconway@
hotmail.com.” Colleen Pixley Fitzgerald shares, “Having moved to the
United Kingdom from Dublin, Ireland,
in January 2012, I am currently living in Hemel Hempstead and working as a library assistant for Central
Bedfordshire County Council public libraries.” Alexandra Braunstein
Scott is currently working as a physician assistant at the University of
Michigan Hospital. She and her husband adopted a baby girl in June of
this year. Bonnie V. Spindler Custen
passed away on November 18, 2013
at a Winter Haven, Florida, hospital
after a long and courageous battle
with breast cancer. She was only 61
years old. Bonnie was full of life and
always had a smile for everyone. Bonnie was raised in Massapequa, New
York. She was a manager for Revlon
at several major department stores in
New York City for most of the 1970s.
She was married to her husband, Stephen, for over 32 years. In 1992, Bonnie moved to Florida after living in
Vermont and graduating from the
UVM School of Nursing. She was a
dean’s list graduate and was selected
and honored to give the Honor’s
Day speech. Later in her career, she
was one of the extraordinary nurses
featured in the book Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives: The Stories of
Nurses. Catherine and Key Compton recently moved to Short Hills,
New Jersey. Key writes, “We have
three boys: Andrew, 6; Charlie, 4; and
Simon, 9 mos. We spend most winter weekends in Stratton, Vermont,
so please connect if you are in the
area.” David DuPont is a realtor and
entrepreneur in Mill Valley, California,
just across the Golden Gate Bridge
from San Francisco. Dave is divorced
with two children, 7 and 10. His latest website is a home valuation site
www.HomeToggle.com that provides a common platform for market
participants to rate homes, and produces the most accurate home valuations found anywhere online. Merrick Lindsay Hoben is director of the
Consensus Building Institute’s Washington, D.C., Regional Office, practitioner associate at the MIT-Harvard
Public Disputes Program, and faculty
associate at the Lincoln Institute of
Land Policy. Merrick helps stakeholders across diverse organizations and
sectors, globally and domestically, to
develop and implement more effective agreements. Merrick is listed on
the roster of conflict resolution professionals of the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution. Ben
Stigler has much to be thankful for
in Seattle: representing home buyers
and sellers by day and focusing on his
Zumba business by night. Ken Sturm
says, “I have been back in Vermont
with my wife, Angie, and son, Finn,
since 2011 when I assumed the job
of refuge manager at the Missisquoi
National Wildlife Refuge in Swanton,
Vermont. I look forward to engaging
in the current wildlife student community at UVM as well as reconnecting with any of my classmates who
are still in Vermont.”
Send your news to—
Karen Heller Lightman
2796 Fernwald Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
khlightman@gmail.com
92
Send your news to—
Lisa Kanter
10116 Colebrook Avenue
Potomac, MD 20854
jslbk@mac.com
93
Lynn Laferriere Madigan and
her family have resided in
Sutton, New Hampshire, for
the past nine years. Lynn is a stay-athome mom and would love to hear
from classmates. Clement Powers
enjoyed the 20th reunion. “Great seeing those of you who came, but sorry
not to see those who couldn’t. Great
party with Chuck playing the Metronome and sounding as good as ever.
Nice getting back to UVM to see the
latest additions like the Davis Student Center, with all the amenities
a student could possibly need plus
some. But also the Burlington area to
experience those things that are just
as they always were, like a good ole
taco at the OP. I made the visit with
my old friend, Chad Hochman, who
now lives in Philly, and who thought
that seeing the campus sights via
skateboard would be a good idea.
I went along trying to act younger
than my gray hair would suggest. A
few funny looks for sure, but most
gave a nice UVM smile or wave when
this old timer came wobbling by.
In any event, a great visit. I look forward to the 25th and doing it again,
if not before then, minus the skateboard mind you.” Laura Scott says,
“Nick Orem and I are living in Boston
with our two kids, ages 13 and 8, but
still miss life in Burlington. I’m working at Wayfair.com, an e-commerce
company that is growing by leaps
and bounds. We keep in touch with a
bunch of ’93 and ’94 alums but would
love to hear from more folks who
lived at Slade in the early 90’s.”
Send your news to—
Gretchen Haffermehl Brainard
gretchenbrainard@gmail.com
94
20th reunion
October 10–12, 2014
alumni.uvm.edu/reunion
If you are interested in planning your
upcoming reunion, email alumni@
uvm.edu. The second half of 2013
was very busy and eventful for Clare
Threlkeld Conway. “I switched
jobs in July and moved from NuVasive to Alphatec Spine (both in San
Diego County). I still manage meetings, events and tradeshows but I’m
much happier at my new job, plus
it’s very close to home. This summer I made the trek from California
to Vermont and visited friends in the
Burlington area. It was great to be
back. Then I went to New York City
for a high-school friend’s wedding
and met up with Michelle Angelich
Josilo afterwards for one day/night. It
was great to catch up with her at her
house in White Plains with her husband, George. I also got to see Justyn
Amarosa Constant in New Hampshire when I was traveling around
Vermont. It was nice to visit the East
Coast and I will get to keep traveling all over the country with my new
job.” Narric Rome was recently promoted to vice president of government affairs at Americans for the Arts.
“I’ve been with the organization for
nine years and am pleased to now
be in charge of our lobbying, advo-
cacy, and arts education programs.”
Laura White McIndoo just started a
new position as full-time faculty at
Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I
teach English as a second language
to students from all over the world.
I’ve been teaching there for 11 years,
but just recently was offered a fulltime position, for which I am very
excited.” Greg Trager writes, “In January of 2013 my wife, Sarah, and I had
our fifth child, Griffin, who joined his
siblings Grace, Miles, Jane, and Sadie.
I am now working as the vice president of programming at CBS Sports
Network in New York City and still
residing in Riverside, Connecticut.
Send your news to—
Cynthia Bohlin Abbott
141 Belcher Drive
Sudbury, MA 01776
cyndiabbott@hotmail.com
95
Erica Ludlow Bowman
writes in, “It was wonderful
to reunite this summer with
Nell Ryan, Jen Hughes, JJ Jacobs,
and Erika Mark not once but twice!
We had a grand blast with our children up in Vermont and then met
again (sans E. Mark) down in New Jersey for an encore. My sides still hurt
from the laughter. Yay for 40!” Rachel
Hillman is pleased to announce the
opening of her own real estate firm,
Hillman Homes. Rachel and her team
help buyers, sellers, and renters in
the Greater Boston area. For more
information, take a look at www.HillmanHomesMA.com” Laurie Spindler
writes, “On November 6, my husband
and I welcomed our first child, Xander. Coming in at 10 lbs. on the nose,
he continues to be a very healthy and
happy baby. We are currently living
in Providence, Rhode Island, and I’m
excited to spend some quality time
at home with my son before heading
back to work at the YMCA.
Send your news to—
Valeri Pappas
vpappas@davisandceriani.com
96
Grey Lee has just celebrated
one year as executive director of the United States Green
Building Council for Massachusetts.
He recently attended the UVM Entrepreneurs Alumni Group in Boston
with fellow ‘96ers, Greg Dorsey and
Anu Yadav. He is starting the “Green
Cats” alumni affinity group for envi-
ronmental, sustainability, and clean
tech professionals. Drop him a line at
greylee@usgbcma.org. Julie Coffin
Scanio is just writing in to say, “Hello
UVM! Kurt Scanio and I are doing
well. We moved to Arizona in 2004
and are loving the sunny warm days.
Kurt earned his master’s in leadership and public administration from
Northern Arizona and is using these
skills as a sergeant for the Mesa Police
Department. I earned a master’s in
business administration and MSIM
from Arizona State and joined IBM as
a supply chain consultant. Last year
we met up with Fraser Walsh and his
family who were visiting Arizona and
this year we had a visit from Heather
Weschler Luxenberg. Tracy Spigleman can be found swimming or biking the East Coast and Amy Carroccio
McNeil is busy with her husband, two
children, and dog. Kurt and I miss the
beautiful Vermont fall colors but do
not miss the long Vermont winters! If
anyone needs to escape the cold of
the East, feel free to give us a call out
here in the West!”
Send your news to—
Jill Cohen Gent
31760 Creekside Drive
Pepper Pike, OH 44124
jcgent@roadrunner.com
Michelle Richards Peters
mpeters@eagleeyes.biz
97
Molly Haislmaier Bradford is
proud to announce the official release of her online community event calendaring software,
Gather Board. After five-plus years
running community events calendars in the Northern Rockies, she and
her business partner, Colin Hickey,
have recoded their product for sales
as SaaS. See their software in action
on their flagship site, www.MissoulaEvents.net. Jen Torino shares, “My
partner Jenny and I were ‘officially’
married in Iowa after being together
for over ten years. We live in Madison,
Wisconsin, with our daughter, Nora,
who celebrated her second birthday
in June. We hope to relocate to Massachusetts soon. Looking for news
from our med tech classmate Travis
Jewett and others.”
Send your news to—
Elizabeth Carstensen Genung
362 Upper Hollow Hill Road
Stowe, VT 05672
leegunung@me.com
98
Meredith Thomas Mansfield
and her husband, Marc, welcomed a daughter, Madison
Elaine, on July 5, 2013. Craig Rothenberg is busy building a brand new
state-of-the-art boutique dental
office in Derry, New Hampshire. He
recently had an opportunity to see
classmates Jon Greene and Eugene
Greenberg. He mountain bikes with
Jon Alden ’96 and trains at Jon’s wife
Cheryl Alden’s ’96 studio (Symmetry
Pilates in Bedford, New Hampshire).
Glenna McMahon writes, “Since
graduating from UVM and leaving
the great state of Vermont, I have
been living in southern California. I
found a great job with a very reputable engineering and environmental
firm (Dudek) a couple blocks from the
beach! My focus has been on investigation and remediation of contaminated sites. I am frequently in touch
with Megan Tifft, Laura Maricic Warren and Sara Welsford Ozuna, and
occasionally ‘see’ some other UVMers
on Facebook. I usually get back to
Vermont for my annual dose of winter, although it’s been a while since
I’ve been in Burlington. I look forward
to getting back there soon and walking around the campus!”
Send your news to—
Ben Stockman
bestockman@gmail.com
99
15th reunion
October 10–12, 2014
alumni.uvm.edu/reunion
If you are interested in planning your
upcoming reunion, email alumni@
uvm.edu. Hello UVMers! Some fun
updates but please keep sending
them along! Allison Hodge married
Joseph Giordano on September 1 in
Bethesda, Maryland. Sven Eklof and
his wife, Irma just welcomed their
third child, Finn Eklof. Tom Johnson
and Susan Johnson would like you to
welcome two new little Catamounts:
Lillian Hope and Connor Thomas
born on August 16, 2013. Chad Ryan
recently passed his certification as
a board certified behavior analystdoctoral and has been working as a
school psychologist in Sharon, Massachusetts. Livy Beecher Riddiford and her family have left the Gulf
Coast! Livy and her husband, Dave,
and their son, James, have moved to
Boulder, Colorado. Livy is currently
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online
JOHN STODDARD ’99
COURTNEY
HENNESSEY ’99
“Knowing these people
outside of what they’re
doing right now and
seeing them take on
whole new identities
and become these real
pioneers, it’s such a
cool thing to see
happen.”
—Louis DiBicarri, Boston
chef and restaurateur,
on John Stoddard and
Courtney Hennessey’s
work establishing Higher
Ground Farm, Boston’s
first rooftop commercial
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Jim Winterberger writes in,
“The North Lake Tahoe UVM
contingent gathered to celebrate the wedding of Will York ’02
and his wife, Christine. The ceremony
took place in Squaw Valley, and an
unforgettable reception followed in
Alpine Meadows, where the newlyweds live. UVMers in attendance
included Rosemary Lemkin-Winterberger ’02, Jim Winterberger, Dave
Westall, Mike Kane, Lineya Bradford-Quinn, and many more. David
G. Schieren shares, “EmPower Solar
is now in business 10 years! Founded
in August, 2003 by David Schieren,
EmPower has installed over 700 solar
electric systems at homes and businesses throughout New York City,
Long Island, Connecticut and St. Martin. EmPower also specializes in battery and hydrogen back-up power
solutions and electric vehicle charging infrastructure. EmPower is committed to the EmPowering Way operating philosophy, defined by the
highest quality work and profes-
sionalism. More information about
EmPower can be found online at:
empower-solar.com. David returned
to UVM after 13 years this fall to give
several presentations to students in
economics, his major at UVM. On the
web gallery is a photo with Professor
Bill Gibson: alumni.uvm.edu/gallery.
Peter von Maffei and the von Maffei
family wishes everyone a happy holiday season! We are doing great! Hope
to see you all at the next reunion! Lisa
Lark received her master’s in history
from Wayne State in 2010 and, after
working part time for three years,
was hired as a tenure-track, full-time
instructor in history in May of 2013 at
Schoolcraft College.
Send your news to—
UVM Alumni Association
411 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401
alumni.uvm.edu/classnotes
01
This past August, Russell
Romano’s daughter, Julianna, turned one year old.
She loves Elmo! Professionally, Russell is now senior mortgage advisor for Caliber Home Loans helping
clients buy and refinance homes in
Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Ariel Crohn
married Jon Wojculewicz this summer in Guilford, Connecticut. UVMers
included Heather and Joe Shanahan, Krista Stepanik DeNofa, and
Suzanne Brushart. Ariel and Jon
reside in Southington, Connecticut.
Leah Murphy Jones and her husband, Keith, welcomed their third
son, Cole, to their family in January. Christopher Moschella married
Stephanie Amirault ’02 in 2005. He
shares, “We recently had our third
child. Baby girl Hadley Corinne Moschella joined her two big brothers
Easton, 2, and Beckett, 4. We live in
Plymouth, Massachusetts; Stephanie is a first-grade teacher and I own
a financial planning practice.” Kohar
Der Simonian finished a fellowship in
reproductive health/family planning
two years ago, and has been working
at UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital as full-time faculty in both family medicine and OBGYN. She and her
husband were expecting their first
child in December. She writes, “Luckily, I have gotten plenty of parenting advice from fellow UVMer and
college roommate, Ann Cwik, who I
remain in good touch with. Hoping to
make it back to Vermont for our next
reunion.” As for me, I am thrilled to be
writing this update in Paris, France. I
moved here in the fall with Bose Corporation on a two-year assignment
so if you are ever in town, please let
me know. I have already been able
to catch up with one classmate, Alex
Nutt, while he was passing through.
Alexis was living in England for a rotation as he works towards becoming
a doctor. He is now back stateside. I
also just celebrated Thanksgiving in
Sandwich, England, with a crew of
expats including Frances Durkes ’02.
Nice to see some other UVMers overseas. I am very excited to share the
exciting news that Erica MacConnell
is engaged to Chris Vessey. Chris proposed on a mountain in Europe while
they were skiing this fall, how romantic. Congrats Erica and Chris! Christina Sweet, her husband, Rich, and
their daughter, Kristin, welcomed Jill
Kathryn into their family on August
25, 2013. Christina also started working as a public health dental hygienist for the State of Vermont. Aimee
Bode Konevich and her husband,
Mike, recently moved into a new
home they built in Essex, Massachusetts, on the site of their wedding. Of
course the house is incredibly cool
with Aimee’s creative style. Jared
and Sarah Brennon Schuler also did
some home renovations, creating a
fabulous entertaining space in Natick,
Massachusetts, and luckily they have
offered to put me up on return trips
home! Hilary Dixon-Streeter Daly
and her husband, Tim Daly ’98, welcomed their son, Chase, who joins
big sister, Caroline. I also see on Facebook that a certain dirty cat connoisseur might be a father now too, but
I will wait for the formal update for
that one. Please send some notes and
stay in touch!
Send your news to—
Erin Wilson
ewilson41@gmail.com
02
Yehuda Sugarman recently
got engaged to Leah Barash
of Rockville, Maryland. “We’ll
be getting married in early spring
2014 and plan to have a few UVM
alumni in attendance, as well as at
least one member of the faculty.”
Gretchen Nareff is currently pursuing a doctorate in Forest Resources
(wildlife) at West Virginia University.
“I’m studying the response of Ceru-
arthur pollock
lean Warblers and other species of
conservation concern to timber harvests.” Christopher Pierce Bunnell
and Elizabeth Dalton Bunnell ’03
welcomed their first child, Topher, on
May 9, 2013.
Send your news to—
Jennifer Khouri Godin
jenniferkhouri@yahoo.com
03
Sara Mercanti Lowe shares,
“My husband, Cory Lowe,
and I are proud to announce
the arrival of our son, Carson John
Lowe. He was born in Aspen, Colorado on June 10, 2013. The family is
doing well and looking forward to the
upcoming ski season. Jon Kantor and
Wendy Grossman Kantor celebrated
the birth of their son Samuel Leslie
Kantor last December. Samuel was
born in Arlington, Virginia.” Jordan
Marsh says, “Hello from Utah! After
several years working in the outdoor
industry, I recently took a position
with Discrete, a Utah-based mountain-lifestyle brand, as vice president of business development and
sales. Who knew all those days skiing in Vermont would pay off? UVM
is amazing in so many ways!” Alexa
McInerney started Healthy and Real,
a holistic health coaching business.
“I help people find their happy and
their healthy by looking at all areas of
their life. I am living in Williamsburg,
Brooklyn, and recently completed the
2013 New York City Marathon.” Sandy
Bermanzon is a happily-married, new
mom of a baby boy who is currently
eight months old, and the college
analyst for the College of Arts & Sciences at UVM. “Burlington has been
good to me!”
Send your news to—
Korinne Moore
korinne.d.moore@gmail.com
04
10th reunion
October 10–12, 2014
alumni.uvm.edu/reunion
If you are interested in planning your
upcoming reunion, email alumni@
uvm.edu. Hello friends! I hope you are
all doing well and getting excited for
our 10-year reunion weekend October
10-12, 2014! Save the date and I hope
to see you for the festivities! Here are
some updates from our classmates:
Katie Bengtson Jones, her husband,
Jonathan, and big sister Annelie, welcomed Jonathan W Jones III (Tripp)
at home on June 22, 2013. Herschel
Douglas Collins, Jr. writes, “I am
pleased to report I retired from nursing at the VAWRJ and I am off to new
adventures. I trekked a section of the
Appalachian Trail from Connecticut
to New Hampshire with an additional
hike through the Bigelow Range in
Maine that overlooks Sugarloaf to the
south and Flagstaff Lake to the north.
Then I was off for a month journey
through Colorado, tenting at night
and exploring that awesome state.
This fall I built a wood frame camper
for my truck and it was more involved
than I imagined. However, I am close
to done, using mostly recycled material. I always have joy in visiting with
my children, and Jane and I share
much together. Happy trails.” Jessica
Later currently resides in downtown
Boston with her dog, Luego. She just
completed a 200-mile bike ride across
Massachusetts to raise over $7,000 for
cancer research. She is an active realtor in the Boston residential real estate
market and has been so for nearly a
decade. She would like to invite and
encourage you to view her website,
jessicalater.com, where you can better understand her business and past
activity. Nancy Morin Sunderland has
been married for ten years to a fifthgeneration dairy farmer (Bob Sunderland), has five children: four daughters and one son, and started her own
business this past July called Poésie
Tissée, selling woven baby wraps.
Steph Knisley received her master’s
in global social sustainable enterprise
in December 2012. She now serves
as the Customer Service/Marketing
& Outreach Manager for Great Divide
Ski Area in Marysville, Montana. Steph
became engaged to Erik Hystad of
Great Falls, Montana, and has plans
for a 2014 wedding. Dan Seitz married his longtime girlfriend, Alaina
Wertman, on October 12, 2013. Dan
is a writer whose work is often featured on the popular culture Web sites
Uproxx and Gamma Squad. The couple lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Gabriel Rothblatt, who was featured
on the summer 2004 cover of VQ, during the bicentennial commencement
has announced his candidacy for
United States Congress in FL-8. Gabriel
and his wife, Tiffany, live in Melbourne
Beach, Florida, with their four kids.
“Honest Gabe,” as he is known, is planning to restore visionary leadership
for the Space Coast of Florida.
Send your news to—
Kelly Kisiday
39 Shepherd Street, #22
Brighton, MA 02135
kellykisiday@hotmail.com
05
Rob Duguay ’05 writes, “I’m
living in New York City working as a musician and involved
in many aspects of the music industry including booking, band-leading,
artistic direction of a jazz outreach
organization (About the Swing), and
maitre d’ of New York’s top jazz club,
Jazz Standard. I also look forward
to opening up my own music/bistro one day. I’m a bassist/composer
and I toured with my trio this year to
Northwest Territories, Canada; Paris,
France, and an east coast tour that
included the Burlington Discover
Jazz Festival in good ole’ Vermont!
I visited old professors and friends
and always take time for my favorite
spots to eat around town... Looking
forward to crossing paths with UVM
alumni around the world! www.robduguay.com” Cameron Nugent says,
“I am excited to share with you that I
just got accepted into the 2014 Boston Marathon as a member of The
South Boston Neighborhood House
“Ollie” Team. This will be my first full
marathon, but I am running for a
cause well worth it! The South Boston
Neighborhood House provides services for the underprivileged in South
Boston, the place I call home. The
foundation relies most heavily on the
generosity of individuals, businesses
and foundations for support. My goal
is to raise $8,000 for the Ollie! Please
consider supporting me in my fundraising efforts on crowdrise.com. And
of course...go Catamounts!” Ray Li Rui
Wanli was the scholarship winner in
2001 from the Green Mountain Postmaster and graduated from UVM on
the dean’s list with a bachelor’s in biological sciences. Ray is now a customs
and border protection officer at San
Francisco International Airport after
eight years with Customs and Border
Protections.
Send your news to—
Kristin Dobbs
Apt. 333
5415 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20015
kristin.dobbs@gmail.com
06
Brit Redline completed his
master’s in business administration at the University of
Vermont in 2011 while working for
Ryder System, Inc. and then moved
shortly after to Portland, Oregon. He
now works for CH Robinson Worldwide, Inc. as a key account manager
and leads the food and beverage
vertical consisting of 11 dedicated
account managers and operations
analysts. Caroline Walsh Guzman
writes, “My husband, Jonathan, and
I just recently welcomed our first
child, a sweet baby girl named Virginia Rose! She is a healthy and happy
baby and we are very blessed! The
girls of 38 have been very lucky the
past few years with weddings and
wonderful spouses, houses and new
babies! We have our time at UVM to
thank for great friendships and successful futures!” Alexandra Mumaw
and Stewart MacLean were married
August 3 in Chatham, Massachusetts,
after meeting in 2002 at UVM orientation and dating throughout their time
in Burlington. Other UVMers in attendance: Jane Trivett, Brittany Bell,
Lindsay Lord, Matt Traister, Heather
Traister, Scott Littrell, Sam Blazar, Nate Gagnon, Elliot Rocheleau,
Nick Rotker, Derek Siegler, Lauren
Scribi ’08, Mackenzie Leonard and
Steve Lutz ’09, and Josh Hogan ’10.
Annie Canu Vanslette writes, “This
past October I got married to my best
friend, Neil Vanslette. I am so grateful to have had my bridesmaids be
my best friends Stephanie Hainley,
Maegan Olsen, Adrienne Dicerbo
Card, and Nina Marsie Soriano. We
all met and lived together our freshman year on Wills 1! Thank you UVM
for bringing us all together.” Benjamin
Jones, 2013 graduate of New England
Law/Boston, received the prestigious
2013 Adams Pro Bono Publico Award
presented by the Supreme Judicial
Court of Massachusetts. This award,
bestowed annually upon a select law
firm, private attorney and one law student, honors those who have committed an extraordinary amount of time
and energy to provide volunteer legal
services to poor and disadvantaged
clients. In his presenting remarks,
Massachusetts Supreme Court Justice
Ralph Gants highlighted Ben’s dedication to Pro Bono work including his
leadership and management of the
CORI Initiative, work with The Innocence Project, Greater Boston Legal
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working as an account manager for
the jewelry company Nina Nguyen.
They are looking forward to enjoying seasons once again! I’m so excited
to announce the birth of John Conathan Creney II. Lyssa Sher Creney and
Joe Creney ’98 welcomed their crazy
adorable son on August, 12, 2013.
Lyssa and Joe are thrilled with their
bundle of joy! Right around the corner from the Creneys, Chris Frier and
his lovely wife, Sara, welcomed their
son, Colby Robert Frier on October
26, 2013. Colby weighed 7 pounds 9
ounces and was 19 inches long. Dad,
mom, and son are doing great. Up
by our old stomping grounds, Leslie Pippin-Tepper and David Tepper
’98 welcomed the newest addition
to their family, Dylan Joseph Tepper, born on November 29 at Fletcher
Allen hospital. Congrats to you both!
Christian Craig and his wife Lizzy
Allen Craig ’09 welcomed Addison
Jane Craig on November 10, 2013
in Springfield, Vermont. Addison
weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces and is
getting settled in with mom and dad
at their home in Weathersfield, Vermont. Good luck to you!
Send your news to—
Sarah Pitlak Tiber
42 Lacy Street
North Andover, MA 01845
spitlak@hotmail.com
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Services and Shelter Legal Services.
The ceremony took place at the John
Adams Courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts on October 23, 2013.
Send your news to —
Katherine Murphy
32 Riverview Road
Irvington, NY 10533
kateandbri@gmail.com
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Scott McCarty joined Marathon Health in Winooski, Vermont as the new corporate
medical trainer. He is responsible for
training and onboarding new medical staff and then implementing the
establishment of new health centers
and clinics across the United States.
He is traveling a lot but still has
enough time to hit Jay Peak on the
weekends. Casey A. Carroll writes,
“I am still living in Los Angeles and
working in feature film production
at Straight Up Films. I was fortunate
enough to work on our upcoming
features Jane Got a Gun starring Natalie Portman and Joel Edgerton and
Transcendence starring Johnny Depp,
Rebecca Hall, and Morgan Freeman
which comes out in April. On both,
I served as the development executive for Straight Up. In late December
I am going to Pat Minella’s wedding
in Granada, Spain, with Molly Shaker,
Lydia Morin, Kate Bauer, Davis
Fusco, and Hayley Duval. David Schlansky writes, “Hi, my wife Lauren
Rich ’07, now Lauren Schlansky, and
I got married on September 29, 2013
at The Ponds at Bolton Valley. The
photo is posted at alumni.uvm.edu/
gallery. Many UVM alums were present at the wedding and had a great
time and perfect Vermont weather.
The alums are Ben Zack, Sam Rich
’11, Zach Berliner ’05, Jon Orell ’06,
Dave Sweeney ’06, Brianna Lurie
’09, Michael Korn ’07, Jordan Benkov, Ryan Barr ’02, Marc Weinman
’07, Brian Raines ’07, Dave Weisbard ’06, Michael Valasky ’07, Ben
Salk, Amy Phippen, Dana Aussenberg ’05, Amy Magna, Leah Mansback ’09, Natalie Hart, Melissa Ayre
’09, Zach Martin ’07, Maddi Hurd
’09, and Robert Riesenberg ’72.”
Nick Dion tells us that as community/player relations assistant for the
Boston Red Sox, he was fortunate
enough to be invited with most of
the front office to fly to St. Louis for
games three-five of the World Series.
“It was a great experience and something I will never forget. The fans out
there were very amicable and hospitable and all three games were
intense. Ultimately after the Sox
were able to close it out in game six
back at Fenway, we were able to be
a part of the parade as well. I helped
out with alumni relations that morning and was lucky enough to be on
their duckboat throughout the rolling
rally. An unreal season and one of the
highlights of my life.”
Send your news to—
Elizabeth Bearese
ebearese@gmail.com
Emma Grady
emma@emmagrady.com
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5th reunion
October 10–12, 2014
alumni.uvm.edu/reunion
If you are interested in planning your
upcoming reunion, email alumni@
uvm.edu. Stevie Simoneau and her
fiancé, Jason Larrere, welcomed a
baby girl, Quinn Teresa, on August 16,
2013. Stevie is working as a maternity
nurse at a local hospital. A wedding
is planned for September 2014. Joe
Sheridan and Jenna Bergman will
be getting married in Vermont this
summer. Joe graduated law school at
the University of Virginia and is a lawyer in Boston, Massachusetts. Jenna
will be pursuing her master’s in physician assistant studies at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health
Sciences this January. Joe proposed
to Jenna in Paris after they spent a
month backpacking through Europe.
Send your news to—
David Volain
david.volain@gmail.com
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Zachary Borst married Grace
Carlin on September 1 of this
year. Zachary met Grace while
they were undergrads at UVM. Zachary also returned to campus to work
for the Transportation Research Center in October. MJ Matson Pickett was married in September. She
was also named program director of
a new AmeriCorps program, FarmCorps. Adam Maher writes that since
November 2012, he has been working as director of marketing and business development for Fanbrandz,
a national sports branding studio
that designs some of the largest professional sports team and league
brands, including Stanley Cup and
World Series logos. Adam got his start
in the sports industry at UVM when
he came up with an idea to start a
sports blog while waiting for coffee at Bailey/Howe between classes,
and attributes skills learned as a UVM
political science major to his innate
ability to network as he travels the
country contributing to numerous fundraisers and industry conferences. In the fall of 2013 alone, Adam
has had the honor of dining with
Yogi Berra, attending the Ivy Sports
Summit hosted by Harvard Business School as a ‘Young Leader’ in the
industry, as well as the Bloomberg
Sports Business Summit, and presenting in front of the USOC, NBA, MLB,
NFL, NHL, MLS and many sports franchises within said leagues on behalf
of his firm. Olivia Piel married Jeremy
Devlin in Essex Junction, Vermont,
on December 28, 2013. Alana Oudekerk and David Hanss, who were
married in 2011, welcomed their first
child, Rhys Alexander, on Novem-
ber 3, 2013. Gail Appleman ’09 married Grayson Savoie in Bear Mountain, New York on August 11, 2012.
Gail went on to receive her master’s in social work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and is
now employed as a social worker in
Baltimore. Grayson is an admissions
officer with Morgan State University. Elizabeth Crawford is pursuing
a master’s in public humanities from
Brown University. During her time
at Brown, Elizabeth intends to study
how cultural institutions can promote
social and political change and establish national identity in memorializing
individual accounts of events of the
past. She hopes to study established
memorial institutions but is also interested in the immediate, spontaneous,
and often ephemeral monuments
that develop after a tragedy. More
broadly, her work in community arts
organizations has led her to seek out
innovative and comprehensive exhibition design strategies.
Send your news to—
Daron Raleigh
58 Madison Avenue
P.O. Box 660
Hartford, VT 05047
daronraleigh@gmail.com
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Jackson Renshaw became
passionate about food justice
as a teenager while working
with The Food Project. He decided to
pursue his degree in ecological agriculture at UVM because he felt the
smartest way to feed people was to
grow food. He continued to work as
the Roxbury Youth Programs Coordinator at The Food Project to lead an
intensive six-and-a-half-week summer program between school terms.
Together with Cassandria Campbell, they created Fresh Food Generation. They are launching a crowd
funding campaign in November.
They are hoping to begin delivery
around April. Casey Cullen is working as the sustainability coordinator at the Willow School, where she
is helping build a ‘Living Building.’
Scott Novotny is working as an agricultural extensionist with the United
States Peace Corps in Paraguay until
December 2014. His main project
areas include sustainable energy,
green manures, and no-till farming
methods. Stephanie McDonough
reports that she is in her first year as
a doctoral student at the University
of Louisville, studying Clinical Health
Psychology. “I am a research assistant
in the Health Behavior Change lab,
where our research team is focusing
on promoting engagement in healthy
behaviors for community members
with Type 2 Diabetes. My best friend,
Brittany Smith ’12 has booked her
flights for spring 2014 to attend the
Kentucky Derby. Can’t wait!” Christopher Paul St. Martin says, “After graduating I became a serial traveler, visiting twelve countries in two years. I
met up with many UVM alums along
the way. This fall I began pursuing a
law degree at Western New England
University.” Kelvin Chen writes, “I am
currently in my first year of graduate
school at the National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan.”
Send your news to—
Troy McNamara
troy.mcnamara4@gmail.com
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Elliot ’11 and Tyler WilkinsonRay, two brothers and recent
graduates of UVM, are the
CEOs and founders of T-Bar films. In
November they had a premier showing of United We Ski at Main Street
Landing in Burlington, with a surprise
visit from the Governor, and continued with other showings locally.
United We Ski is a documentary by
T-Bar Films that examines the importance of small ski areas to the sport
of skiing and New England life. The
film looks at the rise and decline of
the region’s small ski areas and tells
the story of three surviving areas in
Vermont (Hard’ack, Cochran’s, and
Northeast Slopes), which rely on community support, volunteerism, and
Yankee ingenuity to provide affordable skiing to local kids and families.
Tyler and Elliot, along with community support, spent over a year producing the film.
Send your news to—
Patrick Dowd
P.O. Box 58
Lyme, NH 03768
patrickdowd2012@gmail.com
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Shana Taylor McCann
recently arrived in Seattle on
an alternative transit adventure from Burlington with two other
Class of 2013 grads, Brooke Elizabeth Shaffer and Martine Xin Wong,
involving bikes and trains (and even
hitchhiking!). She is looking to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Washington in urban planning to become a bike planner with
aspirations to return to Burlington
and make it a bike haven. Colby Morgan has entered his fifth month at
The Derryfield School in Manchester,
New Hampshire, as assistant director
of admission. Through this position,
he completed developmental training at the AISAP Institute in Nashville,
Tennessee, in July as well as international recruitment training through
IETS in New York City this November.
He is also continuing to act as a second profession in the Boston area as
well as New Hampshire. Natalie Battistone is currently studying for her
master’s in fine art at the American
Repertory Theatre’s Advanced Institute for Theater Training at Harvard/
Moscow Art Theater School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She will graduate May 2015. Jim Fregosi was
recently hired at Barclays.
Send your news to—
Katharine Hawes
Katharine.hawes2@gmail.com
Madelaine White
mswhite1991@gmail.com
[INMEMORIAM UVMCOMMUNITY
Richard Absher, professor emeritus and chair of electrical engineering from 1998 until his retirement in 2003, passed
away in January.
Peter Battelle, professor emeritus in the School of Business
Administration, passed away on December 15, 2013.
Kenneth Stewart “Stew” Gibson ’51, professor emeritus in Extension and Food & Animal Sciences, passed away on
October 1, 2013.
Jackie Gribbons, who helped found UVM’s graduate program in Higher Education and Student Affairs and served the
university from 1966 to 2006 as a faculty member and in a variety of administrative roles, passed away on January 10.
Hubert W. “Hub” Vogelmann, professor emeritus of
botany, passed away on October 11, 2013. (See page 64 for a
memorial tribute.)
Win A. Way G’51, professor emeritus in Extension and
Plant & Soil Science, passed away on January 26, 2013.
See uvm.edu/vq for more on these faculty members’ service to the university.
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Sean Hagan completed his
law degree at Suffolk University Law School in May 2013.
He is currently pursuing a degree in
taxation at Boston University School
of Law, after which he plans to practice as an estate planning attorney in
Massachusetts. Jesse Dunham-Friel
married Nicole Podnecky on October
5 in Hyde Park, Vermont. Jesse currently works as a geotechnical engineer and Nicole recently defended her
dissertation “Folate Pathway Inhibitor
Resistance Mechanisms in Burkholderia Pseudomallei” and will graduate with her doctorate in microbiology at Colorado State University
this December. Josh Malczyk writes,
“After six years of working for the Line
Skis and Full Tilt Ski Boots brands at
K2 Sports based in Seattle, Washington, I have been promoted to global
brand director.” Angela Hobson has
just begun a doctoral program at Arizona State in research and evaluation methodology. Stephanie Rio
writes, “Live in the Philadelphia area?
Love cheesesteaks but long to wash
them down with some Switchback?
Join the newly created UVM Philly
alumni group and get back in touch
with your Vermont roots! Our purpose is to connect new and existing alumni through hosted happy
hours, community service days, and
networking opportunities. For more
information, join our listserv by emailing Stephanie Rio at StephanieJRio@
gmail.com.” Elizabeth Kolodner Bitterman shares the following news,
“Many beautiful matches among our
classmates. Amanda Sanfilippo wrote
to announce the wedding of Kaitlyn
Hayes Dillon and Benjamin Shearer
Beck. The wedding took place September 14, 2013 in Brandon, Vermont,
at the Lilac Inn. The couple met freshman year as part of UVM’s Integrated
Humanities Program (IHP) at the Living and Learning Center. Also present were Professor Richard Sugarman
and IHP students Lillian Greer Smith,
Elias Altman, Amanda Sanfilippo,
and E. Conor Hagan. The couple currently lives in Los Angeles, where Kaitlyn teaches high school-level English and Ben is a doctoral candidate at
UCLA, Department of English, specializing in American literature and culture before 1900.” Julia Gannon and
Jon Leonard were married June 29,
2013 in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Crosby Lawrence and Jon’s brother,
Dan Leonard ’11, were in the bridal
party. Congratulations, Jon and Julia!
Heather Greenberg and Andrew
Pandolph were engaged this August
in Vermont! Andrew planned this
huge elaborate proposal in Vermont,
where the couple met in freshman
bio class. The couple will be getting
married at the New England Aquarium in June 2014 and will reside in
Massachusetts, where they recently
purchased a home. Antonina “Nina”
Marsie Soriano passed away unexpectedly from a rare heart failure on
November 10, 2013. She graduated
from the College of Nursing & Health
Sciences with her bachelor’s degree in
nursing and had been employed as a
neurological trauma nurse at Hartford
Hospital since graduation. Nina’s fervent passion for life was transcended
even in her death, as she gave life
to others through her organ donation. She is survived by her daughters,
Cecelia (3 years old) and Magdalena
(4 months), and her husband, Dr. Jose
Soriano, and her dearest friends from
UVM Stephanie Hainley ’06, Annie
Canu Vanslette ’06, Maegan Olsen
’06, Calvin Borgmann, Adrienne
Dicerbo Card, Paran Quigley ’06, and
Cassidy Hooker.
Send your news to—
Elizabeth Bitterman
ekolodner@gmail.com
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Ray W. Collins, Jr. ’35, MD’38,
of Middlebury, Vermont,
September 14, 2013.
Loraine Spaulding Dwyer ’36, of Burlington, Vermont, October 7, 2013.
Pauline Bristol Noonan ’37,
of South Burlington, Vermont,
August 30, 2013.
Phyllis Craig Graves ’38, of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, September 14, 2013.
Morton Wheeler ’38, of Jefferson,
Maine, September 26, 2013.
Phyllis Foster Shelander ’39, of Sierra
Vista, Arizona, September 26, 2013.
Richard G. Healy ’41,
of Westborough, Massachusetts,
August 30, 2013.
William Ray Lyman ’41, of Ambler,
Pennsylvania, October 2, 2013.
Erva Livingston Phelps ’42, of Palm
Bay, Florida, September 13, 2013.
Dorothy Rockwell Pickard ’42, of
Alburg, Vermont, August 16, 2013.
Jean Hall Spasyk ’42, of Montpelier,
Vermont, October 7, 2013.
Vincent A. Manjoney ’43, MD’47,
of Trumbull, Connecticut,
October 4, 2013.
S. James Baum ’44, MD’48, of Fairfield, Connecticut, October 15, 2013.
Frances Corcoran Canfield ’44, of
Rutland, Vermont, August 30, 2013.
Janet Stimpson Hill ’45, of Cape
Elizabeth, Maine, October 16, 2013.
Robert E. O’Brien MD’45,
of Colchester, Vermont,
September 29, 2013.
Norman S. Sena ’45, of Waterbury,
Connecticut, September 29, 2013.
Norma Prescott Chase ’46, of Marietta, Georgia, October 23, 2013.
Howard H. MacDougall MD’46, of
York, Pennsylvania, August 25, 2013.
Thomas M. Holcomb MD’47,
of Berlin, Maryland, October 3, 2013.
Doris Christie Macdonald ’48, of
Barre, Vermont, August 23, 2013.
Richard Kay Earley ’49, of Morrisville, Vermont, August 19, 2013.
Claire Riggs Moran ’49, of Old Hickory, Tennessee, October 22, 2013.
Barbara Bradway Perry ’49,
of Huntsville, Alabama,
October 28, 2013.
Eugene Julius Bluto ’50, MD’54,
of Camillus, New York,
September 7, 2013.
George Borofsky ’50, of Hooksett,
New Hampshire, October 7, 2013.
Ralph M. Clark ’50, G’51, of Plattsburg, New York, November 1, 2013.
George Gus Corsones ’50, of
Brandon, Vermont, October 30, 2013.
Carmen Mary Pallotta MD’50,
of Neptune, New Jersey,
August 26, 2013.
Douglas F. Pierce ’50, of Windsor,
Massachusetts, August 31, 2013.
Helen M. Post ’50, of Fairport, New
York, September 24, 2013.
Kenneth Stewart Gibson ’51,
of North Haverhill, New
Hampshire, October 1, 2013.
Edwin Donald Kaufmann ’51, of Del
Mar, California, October 11, 2013.
Anita Bagdikian Metcalf ’51,G’54,
of Hollis Center, Maine, August 20,
2013.
Richard Skinger ’51, of Swansea,
Massachusetts on February 9, 2012.
Ronald C. Smith ’51, of Sugar Land,
Texas, September 15, 2013.
Shirley Severy Stockwell ’51, of Jericho, Vermont, September 5, 2013.
Mary Taylor Sutherland ’51,
of South Burlington, Vermont,
September 28, 2013.
Frederic Weinberg ’51, of Voorhees,
New Jersey, October 2, 2013.
Katherine Agnes Connerty ’52, of
Washington Depot, Connecticut,
August 23, 2013.
Raymond P. Koval MD’52, of New
York, New York, August 25, 2013.
John R. McSweeney ’52, of South
Burlington, Vermont, October 26,
2013.
Richard H. Burns ’53, of Webster,
New York, August 29, 2013.
Mary Cragen Goodyear ’53, of Paw
Paw, Maine, August 9, 2013.
Charles Lloyd Hughes ’53, of Sierra
Vista, Arizona, November 5, 2013.
David Leslie Kendall MD’53,
of Farmington, New Mexico,
August 27, 2013.
George A. Morwood ’53, of Geneva,
New York, August 25, 2013.
Frank L. Passaro ’53, of Boise, Idaho,
September 15, 2013.
Irwin Plotkin ’53, of Roslyn Heights,
New York, September 2, 2013.
Stratton G. Corsones ’54, of Rutland, Vermont, September 1, 2013.
Richard R. Perilli ’54, of Colchester,
Vermont, October 5, 2013.
Jean McLaughlin Peterson ’54,
G’76, ’91, of Chelsea, Vermont,
August 12, 2013.
Joseph A. McCullough ’55,
of West Chatham, Massachusetts,
September 8, 2013.
Myron B. Brown ’56, G’62, of Vergennes, Vermont, August 20, 2013.
Sen. Ann Harrington Hanson ’56,
of Bethesda, Maryland, November
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29, 2013.
Andre R. LeBlanc ’56, G’59, of Hernando, Florida, August 16, 2013.
J. A. Michael Morse ’56, of La Jolla,
California, October 28, 2013.
Peter A. Robinson ’57, of Newport,
Vermont, October 12, 2013.
Vernon L. Sawyer ’57, of Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania, September 25, 2013.
Richard Lawrence Call ’58,
of Allentown, Pennsylvania,
October 15, 2013.
Peter Franco, Jr. ’58, of Lyme, Connecticut, October 12, 2013.
Constance St. Onge Adams ’59,
of Port Orchard, Washington,
October 13, 2013.
Americo B. Almeida MD’59,
of Fall River, Massachusetts,
August 29, 2013.
Arthur Palmer French ’59, of
Orleans, Vermont, August 26, 2013.
John Robert Fay ’60, G’74, of St.
George, Vermont, October 15, 2013.
William L. Ladue, Jr. ’60,
of Charlotte, North Carolina,
October 27, 2013.
Francis G. LaValley G’60, of Rutland,
Vermont, October 15, 2013.
Carl A. Peabody ’60, of East Middlebury, Vermont, October 11, 2013.
Mary Shepard Babcock ’61, of
Swanton, Vermont, October 2, 2013.
William R. Morton ’61, of Edmonds,
Washington, September 4, 2013.
Joanna Lull Williams ’62, of Shelburne, Vermont, September 1, 2013.
Frank R. Fiske, Jr. ’63, of Granville,
New York, August 14, 2013.
William J. Greene ’63, of Kinderhook, New York, October 28, 2013.
Donald Earl Jamieson G’63,
of Waterbury Center, Vermont,
August 29, 2013.
John K. Park ’63, of Kenmore,
New York, October 27, 2013.
Wendell A. Button ’64,
of Boiling Springs, South Carolina,
October 9, 2013.
Roxann Chamberlin ’64, G’79,
of Windsor, Vermont,
September 20, 2013.
Robert Edward Sherriff ’64, of Sarasota, Florida, September 28, 2013.
Henry F. Pitaniello Jr. ’66, of Rutland, Vermont, August 15, 2013.
William H. Robinson, Jr. ’66,
of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania,
October 10, 2013.
Robert Charles Moore G’70, of Marquette, Minnesota, August 7, 2013.
Elisabeth B. Burbank ’71,
of Colchester, Vermont,
November 30, 2012.
Paulette Amon Plaster ’71,
of Simpsonville, South Carolina,
October 26, 2013.
Susan Flatow Savage ’71,
of Colchester, Vermont,
September 15, 2013.
Coleen Fitzsimmons Beck ’72,
of Middlebury, Vermont,
September 29, 2013.
James W. Darling ’72, of West
Lebanon, New Hampshire,
September 28, 2013.
Ronnie J. Sweet ’72, of St. Albans,
Vermont, November 7, 2013.
Nils A. Berglund ’73, of St. Albans,
Vermont, October 22, 2013.
Marie Moroni Findholt ’‘73,
of Underhill, Vermont,
September 16, 2013.
Paul Jerome Breslin, Jr. ’74, of
Portland, Maine, October 2, 2013.
Deborah Leigh Dennis ’74,
of Knoxville, Tennessee,
September 16, 2013.
Theodore Manazir G’74,
of South Burlington, Vermont,
October 8, 2013.
David C. DeBoer ’75, of Fairfax, Vermont, August 21, 2013.
Harriett Shephard Durett ’75, of
Stowe, Vermont, August 20, 2013.
David P. Granger MD’77, of Rockwall, Texas, September 29, 2013.
Jeffrey D. Kuller ’77, of Camden,
Maine, November 5, 2013.
Jonathan Webster Osborn G’79,
of Morrisville, Vermont,
September 19, 2013.
Daniel Deforest Lucier ’81,
of San Juan Capistrano,
California, October 3, 2013.
Julia Macklin ’85, of Brooklyn,
New York, October 13, 2013.
Stacy F. Lickert ’89, of Winooski,
Vermont, September 18, 2013.
Kathleen Marie Cook ’91, G’95, ’10,
of Burlington, Vermont, October 31,
2013.
Prof. Monika Ingeborg Baege G’93,
05, of Essex Junction, Vermont,
October 29, 2013.
Linda J. Carroll-Higgins G’93, of
Burlington, Vermont, October 28,
2013.
Gretchen Holt Allen MD’98, of West
Hartford, Connecticut, November
11, 2013.
Antonina Ellen Marsie ’07 of East
Hampton, Connecticut, on November 10, 2013.
Mason Jacob Smith ’12, of Canaan,
Vermont, September 20, 2013.
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for scientific advice on national environmental issues and Vermont conservation topics. I looked
to him to help place the conservation issues of our time at the top of the national agenda. Hub’s
research on acid rain was at center stage when, during a Senate hearing, I pushed Lee Thomas,
President Reagan’s EPA administrator, on the issue. It was an uphill push; remember that President Reagan famously stated that more air pollution comes from trees than from cars, and Lee
was a “Doubting Thomas.” I challenged Administrator Thomas, on the record, to come to Vermont and climb Camel’s Hump with Hub and me to see the damage firsthand, and I was surprised
when he accepted.
On the day of the climb, Senator Stafford and then Congressman Jeffords joined the expedition,
as well as many Vermont officials and environmental advocates. The media came, too, with their
cumbersome camera equipment. The expedition was so large in number that the Green Mountain
Club had to station guides along the way to provide water and to keep people on the trail.
We snaked slowly up the 4,000-foot mountain with Hub in the lead. It was well worth the effort when Hub gave Administrator Thomas a look at acres of acid-scorched dead spruce covering
the flanks of our most iconic peak. With the evidence staring him in the face, it was impossible
for him to question the impact of acid rain. That revelation helped to make possible work that led
to the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, the most important national pollution control law
adopted in the past twenty-five years.
This was one moment of many in Hub’s career and life, where he made an impact on an individual, and on the nation. He led the way for generations of scientists and conservationists to
make an impact with their own work, and this is his legacy.
Join classmates and other alumni to enjoy Vermont at its finest and
experience our campus vibrant with students and tradition. Special events
are being planned for Reunion-year classes from 1934 to 2009 but ALL
members of the UVM community are invited to celebrate in Reunion &
Homecoming and Family Weekend!
Visit alumni.uvm.edu/reunion to:
• Find info on lodging discounts and details—accommodations fill quickly
during foliage season.
• Add your name to the “See who’s Coming” list
• Volunteer for your class’ Reunion Committee
• Update your contact info
Professor Emeritus Hubert “Hub” Vogelmann passed away in October. Senator Leahy’s tribute to him was
read at the Ira Allen Chapel service celebrating Vogelmann’s life. Pictured: Professor Hub Vogelmann, Gov.
Madeleine Kunin, Marcelle Leahy, Sen. Patrick Leahy, Admin. Lee Thomas, Rep. James Jeffords.
Bob Paquin
See you in October!
FA L L 2 0 1 2
V E R M O N T Q U A R T E R LY
During the decades that I knew him, I would call on Hub Vogelmann frequently
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