This Month's Top Stories . . .
Advancing the Vision: Trustees Hear of Progress on Many Fronts (up^)
The November 17-19 meetings of the University of Vermont Board of Trustees featured an update on construction projects and the university's financial status, discussion of progress in launching the new $16-million National University Transportation Center, and a report of President Daniel Mark Fogel's keynote address at a recent major higher-education conference in Chicago. Fogel said he addressed the largest annual meeting of admissions deans and directors to discuss aspects of UVM's vision in a talk titled "An Invest-and-Grow Strategy for Institutional Advancement: The Presidential View of Enrollment Management." Fogel explained how the conclusion of his Chicago speech favorably compared his vision for the university in 2012 with the actual results as seen in 2005. "Today I am happy and even a little astonished to report that we are well on the way to exceeding all of those projections," he told trustees. Full story at http://www.uvm.edu/news/?Page=News&storyID=6971.
Campaign Exceeds $214 Million, at 86% of Goal (up^)
The Campaign for the University of Vermont has passed the $214 million mark on the way to its $250 million goal. The total stood at $214,365,254 as of the end of November with just eighteen months remaining in the six-year campaign timeline. Student support in the form of undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships is the top campaign priority, with $59,442,077 of a $105 million goal in that category raised, or 56 percent. Faculty support is the second priority and has exceeded its $90 million goal, with $116,450,703 committed to faculty teaching and research. "This is another significant milestone for the campaign that puts us within sight of our overall goal," said a statement from campaign co-chairs Joan and Eugene Kalkin '50. "It has been immensely gratifying to be a part of an effort so important to the future of an institution in which we so earnestly believe." Co-chairs Meghan '91 and Robert Cioffi '90 expressed their appreciation for the many alumni, parents, and friends whose generosity has kept the campaign moving forward. "Over the remaining eighteen months of this historic campaign, we need to generate the broadest possible support from our alumni, parents, and friends to get us to our goal, particularly for the top priority on scholarships for deserving students," they said. "Every gift is important." More at http://www.uvm.edu/~campaign/.
Professors-at-Large Program to Get Under Way (up^)
Three scholars have been appointed James Marsh Professors-at-Large, a new program at UVM that will bring to campus outstanding individuals of international distinction in the arts and humanities, sciences, social sciences and applied fields.
David Hemenway, economist and professor of Health Policy at Harvard University and director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center and the Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center, will make his first visit to campus from March 27 to 31. Also appointed for the inaugural year were Sowah Mensah, an ethnomusicologist, composer and a master drummer from Ghana, West Africa, and professor of music at Macalester College and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota; and David Orr, chair of the Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College and a world-renowned environmentalist. The James Marsh Professors-at-Large Program, named for UVM's fifth president, will bring non-residential professors to campus for several visits over the course of a six-year term. Visits may last from one to two weeks. Four professors, who may or may not be academics but will typically be affiliated with a teaching or research institution, will be selected each year, and no more than 20 professors will hold the title at any given time. Read more at http://www.uvm.edu/news/?Page=News&storyID=7002.
$1 Million Gift to the Fleming Museum is Largest in its History (up^)
The Fleming Museum at the University of Vermont is the recipient of a $1 million gift, the largest in the 75-year history of the museum. The gift from the Joan and Eugene Kalkin family will establish the Kalkin Family Exhibitions Endowment Fund, expected to generate approximately $45,000 annually to help fund the Fleming's nine major exhibitions each year. "This gift will have a significant impact on our ability to present world-class art at the Fleming," said Museum director Janie Cohen. "Major projects such as the Warhol, Rembrandt, and New Turf exhibitions of the past several years enrich the cultural and intellectual life of the campus and the entire community. Thanks to the Kalkins, we can look forward to shows of this caliber year after year." Joan and Eugene Kalkin '50 have served the university in numerous capacities over the years and are former trustees. Read more at http://www.uvm.edu/news/?Page=News&storyID=6940.
Research Wing Named for Starbuck Family (up^)
The University of Vermont has named a wing of its Colchester Research Facility in honor of alums George '62 and Pammella Starbuck '83 and their family, in recognition of a $2.7 million gift resulting from the sale of the former Aquatec building at 208 South Park in Colchester, Vermont. The 37,500-square-foot Starbuck Family Wing of UVM's Colchester Research Facility houses research laboratories of the UVM College of Medicine where groundbreaking work has been done on risk factors related to cardiovascular health. UVM had leased the facility for more than a decade and purchased it this year to keep pace with its growing research activities. The sale price was significantly below its market value. Full story at http://www.uvm.edu/news/?Page=News&storyID=6986.
New Endowed Professorship in Surgery (up^)
A generous gift from Vermont surgeon and University of Vermont College of Medicine alumnus H. Gordon Page, M.D., has established an endowed faculty position in the Department of Surgery. Named in honor of a Burlington surgeon who was Page's mentor, the Albert G. Mackay, M.D.'32 and H. Gordon Page, M.D.'45 Endowment in Surgical Education will support the Mackay-Page Professorship. A bequest from Page's future estate will establish the Mackay-Page Chair in Surgical Education. In total, the endowment will include at least $2 million to support the education of aspiring surgeons. Full story at http://www.uvm.edu/news/?Page=News&storyID=6828.
UVM People in the News (up^)
An opinion piece by President Daniel Mark Fogel on the importance of American students being able to compete with their Chinese peers appeared in the Washington Post on October 18. Fogel, who recently visited China to forge connections between Chinese educational institutions and UVM, was impressed by the level of dedication to education he witnessed and expressed hope that American students and institutions will "maintain a viable place in the economy of a Chinese century." The opinion piece also appeared in the San Francisco Examiner, the Albany Times Union, the St. Petersburg Times, and elsewhere. Zach Carson, who graduated from UVM in May, was featured in an October 23 article in the New York Times about the increasing number of students who are choosing to take a year off after college to seek new experiences, test a career, or devote time to community service. Carson has been driving across the country in a bus that runs on recycled vegetable oil in an effort to promote alternative fuels. For other recent stories by and about UVM people in the national and regional news media see http://www.uvm.edu/news/?Page=http://www.uvm.edu/%7Euvmpr/ucomm/uvminthenews.html.
UVM Outreach to Katrina Survivors (up^)
The University of Vermont community has responded to the Katrina disaster with numerous examples of outreach to survivors. The university helped eight Tulane University students to enroll at UVM, found housing for them, and waived their tuition. The Student Government Association raised $2,000, donating half the money to the United Way and half to United Negro College Fund. The Pottery Program in the Living-Learning Center organized a "Tiles for Smiles" program with students paying $1 each to decorate donated tiles. The event raised $1,000 for Katrina relief, and 1,000 painted, glazed tiles will be sent to New Orleans for use as decorative elements in rebuilding efforts. The Center for Disability and Community Inclusion led a coalition of Vermont agencies who rounded up 22 palettes of medical and assistive equipment for children and adults with disabilities on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Two students and a staff member traveled to New Orleans over Thanksgiving week to volunteer in a grassroots effort organized by Common Ground to help residents rebuild. The university supported the effort with a $1,000 gift card to Home Depot for building equipment and supplies. UVM has also offered to provide housing and office space for faculty members at Dillard University, an historically black college in New Orleans with which UVM has an historical connection.
Study Links Anemia to Higher Risk of Death in the Elderly (up^)
Scientists at the University of Vermont have found new evidence of a link between anemia and increased risk of illness and death in the elderly population, according to a study in the October 24 Archives of Internal Medicine. Commonly associated with iron deficiency or nutritional factors, anemia occurs frequently among elderly people. The UVM study showed that elderly people with the lowest and highest hemoglobin concentrations in their blood are at increased risk of death. Full story at http://www.uvm.edu/news/?Page=News&storyID=6818.
$1 Million Gift Names New Artificial Turf Field (up^)
The University of Vermont formally dedicated its new artificial turf athletic field in a ceremony at the Archie Post athletic complex on Sunday, October 9. The field will be known as the Moulton Winder Field in honor of Reynolds E. "Rey" Moulton, Jr. and Betsy Winder of Manchester, Massachusetts, whose $1 million gift to UVM athletics financed a major portion of the construction. Winder is the mother of UVM sophomore and field hockey team member Stirling Winder and was herself a standout in field hockey during her student years at Lehigh University. The new field will be the home for men's and women's lacrosse as well as field hockey. Construction began in the spring of 2004, and the field was ready for play at the opening of the current academic year. Funding for the $2.6 million project is being provided entirely through private donors to the university's ongoing comprehensive campaign. Donors include former UVM athletes and other alumni as well as parents and friends of UVM athletics. Future planned improvements to the Archie Post athletic complex include construction of a stadium for soccer with permanent seating for 4,000 spectators, a track-and-field complex, and space for concessions, picnicking, and restrooms. Joining Moulton and Winder at the dedication were governor Jim Douglas, UVM president Daniel Mark Fogel and Rachel Kahn-Fogel, trustees chair Carl Lisman '67, athletics director Robert Corran, and members of the varsity lacrosse and field hockey teams.
New Information Service: speakers@uvm (up^)
Once again this fall, the intellectual life of the UVM and surrounding communities has been enriched by the diversity of speakers who have visited the campus to share their insights on important issues of our time. The George D. Aiken Lecture Series, the Dan and Carole Burack President's Distinguished Lecture Series, the University Scholar Program, and other University sponsors have stimulated discussion on topics from "The Roots of Racial Tensions: Urban Ethnic Neighborhoods" to "The Human Face of Globalization." There are so many opportunities to hear these outstanding presentations, in fact, that it can sometimes be a challenge to keep informed on what they all are. That has now been made much easier by the new speakers@uvm program, an umbrella information service consisting of a website with information on upcoming speaking engagements and a listserv through which subscribers can receive regular email notice of upcoming speakers. Learn more by visiting the speakers@uvm website, www.uvm.edu/speakers.
Catamounts Surge (up^)
The UVM Catamounts have given their fans plenty to cheer about this fall. For starters, the men's hockey Cats are off to an 11-3-1 start this season and jumped to a No. 3 ranking in this week's USCHO.com/CSTV poll. Vermont enters the week with the third highest winning percentage in the country (.767), with 11 wins. Only #1 Wisconsin (13) and #4 Colorado College (12) have more victories than UVM. After 31 years playing in the ECAC Hockey League, the team has entered Hockey East conference play in strong fashion. The 2005 fall season also marks the first time in university history that the men's soccer, women's soccer and field hockey teams all earned a berth in America East Championships in the same year. Centennial Field was the host site for the America East Men's Soccer Championship game on Saturday, November 5 (the Cats played Albany to a 0-0 tie and lost in a shootout in overtime). Women's soccer lost a heartbreaker to New Hampshire 1-0 in the quarterfinals, and the field hockey team fell 5-1 against #1 Boston University in the America East semifinals. Men's basketball is off to a 2-4 season start and women's basketball 3-4. Also, former University of Vermont women's basketball and men's golf standout Libby Smith '02 finished tied for second overall and earned one of 24 exempt spots for the 2006 LPGA Tour season at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament in Daytona Beach, Florida. More at http://www.uvm.edu/~sportspr/.
Campus Kudos (up^)
Third-year medical student Talia Ben-Jacob has been elected to serve a two-year term as the New England representative to the American College of Physicians Council of Student Members and nominated to serve on the ACP Ethics and Human Rights Committee.
Laurel Broughton, lecturer of English, was elected to a Derek S. Brewer Visiting Fellowship at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University.
Martha Dewees, associate professor of social work, is the author of a new book for social work students and practitioners, Contemporary Social Work Practice.
The National Society of Collegiate Scholars inducted two faculty members from the Psychology Department as Distinguished Members: Bill Falls, associate professor of psychology, and Tim Stickle, assistant professor of psychology. Students nominated Falls and Sickle for the honor.
Dr. Naomi Fukagawa, professor of medicine, was selected to serve as an at-large delegate to the White House Conference on Aging in December in Washington, D.C. The conference, which takes place once every ten years, makes recommendations to the president and Congress on national aging policies for the next ten years and beyond.
Gregory Gause, associate professor of political science, published an article in the September/October issue of Foreign Affairs, "Can Democracy Stop Terrorism?"
Rebecca Gajda, assistant professor in the College of Education and Social Services, is the lead author of Getting the Grant: How Educators Can Write Winning Proposals and Manage Successful Projects published in August by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Beth Casey Gold, research associate in nutrition and food science, received the "Best eHealth Research Paper for 2005" for her presentation, "Weight Loss on the Web: A Pilot Study Comparing a Commercial Website to a Structured Behavioral Intervention." The award was given by the Health E-Technologies Initiative, a program project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Dr. Betsy Greene, extension associate professor in the Department of Animal Science, received the 2005 Sister Elizabeth Candon Distinguished Service Award presented by Vermont Women in Higher Education her work in advancing women in higher education.
Ken Gross, professor of mathematics and education, was appointed by the U.S. Department of Education to the Mathematics Task Force that will advise the department on policy directions for improving the teaching of K-12 mathematics and raising student achievement.
Dr. James Hudziak, professor of psychiatry, is lead author of a paper titled "The Genetic and Environmental Contributions to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder as Measured by the Conners' Rating Scales -- Revised," in the September American Journal of Psychiatry. He is also lead author of "The genetic and environmental contributions to oppositional defiant behavior: a multi-informant twin study" in the September Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
David Jones, assistant professor of business administration, and co-authors at the University of Calgary and University of Manitoba, published an article, "Applicant attraction to organizations and job choice: A meta-analytic review of the correlates of recruiting outcomes," in the September issue of the Journal of Applied Psychology. Jones has also been invited to serve a two-year term on the editorial board of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. The journal is on the Financial Times Top 40 list of journals and is consistently listed it in the top echelon of journals for organizational behavior research.
Dr. Edward Krawitt, professor of medicine, published an article, "Peginterferon alfa-2b and ribavirin for treatment-refractory chronic hepatitis C" in the August 2005 Journal of Hepatology. Co-authors include Takamura Ashikaga, director of medical biostatistics and biometry, and Dr. Nicholas Ferrentino, associate professor of medicine.
Laura Lintault, a graduate student in the Department of Animal Science, was awarded second place out of 20 presentations in the graduate student competition at the American Society of Gravitational and Space Biology meetings in Reno, Nevada. Dr. Karen Plaut was her advisor.
Dennis Mahoney, professor of German and Russian and Robert Gordon, professor of anthropology, co-authored an article, "Marching in Step: German Youth and Colonial Cinema," that has appeared in an essay volume on Germany's Colonial Past.
The recently published volume 22 of Proverbium: Yearbook of International Proverb Scholarship, edited by Wolfgang Mieder, professor and chair of German and Russian, includes a number of essays by professors and students associated with the department. Professor Dennis Mahoney contributed an essay on "`Was nicht ist, kann noch werden': Proverbs and German Romanticism." Mieder's article is "`A Proverb is Worth a Thousand Words': Folk Wisdom in the Modern Mass Media" discusses the use and function of proverbs in advertisements and cartoons. Courtney Magwire, a recent graduate student and teacher in Spartanburg, South Carolina, contributed a study on "`Practice Makes Perfect': The Use of Proverbs in Foreign Language Instruction." And Gabriele Wurmitzer, former graduate student and now a doctoral student at Duke University, is contributed a paper on "`Andre Länder, andre Sprachen': Jimmy Bergs sprichwörtliche Chansondichtung aus Wien und New York." Mieder has also published an essay, "Zur sprichwörtlichen Zwiesprache in der modernen Liebeslyrik," in the book "Krieg und Frieden": Auseinandersetzung und Versöhnung in Diskursen. The paper investigates the rhetorical use of proverbial language in modern love poetry, including a poem by Betsy Pennebaker, a former graduate student in German at UVM who went on to earn her Ph.D. from Oxford University in England.
Karen Richardson-Nassif, research associate professor and director of research and pre-doctoral programs in family medicine and director of assessment in the Office of Medical Education, received the Vermont Women in Higher Education Jackie M. Gribbons Leadership Award.
David Novak, assistant professor of business administration, has had his manuscript, "Network Robustness Index: A New Method for Identifying Critical Links and Evaluating the Performance of Transportation Networks," accepted for publication in the Journal of Transport Geography, a peer-reviewed academic journal.
Dr. Allan Ramsay, professor and vice chair of family medicine, has been named the Vermont Medical Society 2005 Physician of the Year.
Helga Schreckenberger, professor of German and Russian, is the editor of a new book on the aesthetics of exile literature, Die Alchemie des Exils. Exil als schöpferischer Impuls. The volume contains a selection of papers delivered in September of 2003 at an international conference at the University of Kansas organized by the North American Society for Exile Studies.
Mark C. Starrett, professor of plant and soil sciences, received the Outstanding Advisor Award from Alpha Zeta, a national agriculture honor fraternity, at the celebration of the centennial anniversary of the Green Mountain Chapter of Alpha Zeta.
Burton Wilcke, associate professor and chair of the Department of Medical Laboratory and Radiation Sciences, was appointed to represent the American Public Health Association in the latest revision of the Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control.
In Memoriam (up^)
Bruce Fonda, a lecturer in anatomy and neurobiology who taught gross anatomy for the past 25 years, died in October at the Vermont Respite House. He had been diagnosed in March with glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive, fast-growing brain cancer. Fonda was the recipient of a number of Teacher of the Year and Golden Apple awards. He is survived by his wife Sandra Fonda and their two daughters, Jennifer and Maribeth. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bruce's memory may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association, 1110 Prim Rd., Colchester, Vt. 05446, or to the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, Vt. 05495.
Funeral services were held in Ira Allen Chapel for Vermont Army National Guard 2nd Lt. Mark J. Procopio '04, who was killed November 2 in Ramadi, Iraq, when his humvee was hit by an explosive device as he rushed to help survivors of a downed Marine helicopter. A member of the 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry (Mountain), Procopio graduated from the university's ROTC program and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant with the Vermont Army National Guard. He is survived by his wife, Erika Gilman '03, a 2nd Lieutenant with the Vermont Army National Guard. Lt. Pocopio was highly decorated for his service and was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal and many others.
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