August 2014 (Vol. 14, No. 1)
- A New Year Begins
- New Academic Year Brings Internationally Diverse Students
- #MoveUVM Welcomes Class of 2018
- Forbes: UVM a ‘Rising Star’ Among Top Colleges
- Remembering Jim Jeffords
- Race Geographies Expert Shabazz on Ferguson
- UVM in Sierra, Slate, Pacific Standard / Other National News
- Outside Magazine Names Burlington a 'Best Town Ever’
- Faculty Go Deep in Honors College Seminar
- UVM Career Center's Social Media Accounts Earn Top-20 Ranking
- New Online Environmental Public Health Certificate
- Trekking Across the Classroom
- Midsummer, Theatre Students Join Shakespeare Company
- Athletics Update
A New Year Begins
Sunday evening, August 24, members of the Class of 2018 were welcomed to UVM with a colorful university tradition. Wearing bright shirts in hues corresponding to their residence halls, students gathered at Patrick Gymnasium for a convocation ceremony, marking the start of a new academic year, then processed down Main Street to the University Green for the annual Twilight Induction Ceremony, where they join the university community and pledge to uphold its values. The event's four speakers, President Tom Sullivan, Provost David Rosowsky, Faculty Senate president Julie Roberts, and UVM Board of Trustees member Frank Cioffi, stressed the great academic opportunities available to the incoming class at UVM, but didn't ignore the role the university can play in career preparation. President Sullivan singled out for special attention UVM's new Four-Year Career Plan, which he urged students to investigate. Read more, and scroll through photos of the evening, here.
New Academic Year Brings Internationally Diverse Students
Among the expected 2,780 new undergraduate students this year — including first-years and transfers — are a record nearly 120 international students. Combined with returning students, UVM’s international undergraduate enrollment for the 2014-15 academic year is at a record 280 students, nearly double what it was two years ago. Total international student enrollment, including graduate students and undergraduate pathway program students, is approximately 610 — the most internationally diverse student body in UVM history. Bolstering the international population on campus this year are 150 students coming to Vermont via UVM's Global Gateway program, a transitional pathway program entering its second year. Read more here.
#MoveUVM Welcomes Class of 2018
On Friday, August 22, the university welcomed the Class of 2018 to campus. As faculty, staff and student volunteers helped move first-years into their rooms, social media was abuzz with the excitement of a new class starting their UVM journey. New students and alumni, clubs and academic departments took to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to share photos from the day as well as advice and memories using the hashtag #moveuvm. That energy fueled a day-of-giving challenge, where more than 500 donors, with the help of two challenge pledges from an anonymous member of the Board of Trustees, raised over $85,000 for the university in 24 hours. Read more here.
Forbes: UVM a ‘Rising Star’ Among Top Colleges
In a new list from Forbes magazine of “Ten Top Colleges to Watch,” UVM ranks second among four schools in the top 200 that have consistently risen up the list since the rankings began in 2009. The university has moved up 230 positions, from 370th to 140th this year. A number of stand-out factors explain UVM’s rapid rise, according to Forbes, including a high graduation rate and a lower than expected rate of student borrowing -- the university, in fact, is in the top 6 percent of all 650 ranked schools in both of these categories. Student debt default rate and overall debt burden rank highly, as does success in graduating American business leaders at the top of their fields. “UVM exceeds our expectations,” Forbes writes, “by keeping debt loads low while remaining dedicated to graduating students in four years.” Read more here.
Remembering Jim Jeffords
The University of Vermont lost one of its most dedicated supporters on August 18 when former U.S. Senator James M. Jeffords passed away at the age of 80. Since his election to the State Senate in 1966 until his retirement from the U.S. Senate in 2006, Jeffords was dedicated to issues of education, the environment and agriculture and helped UVM to pursue research in those critical areas. Jeffords, a native of Rutland and graduate of Yale and Harvard Law School, secured millions in federal funds that supported the UVM Transportation Research Center, the James M. Jeffords Center for Policy Research, and countless other projects in schools and colleges across the university. UVM's James M. Jeffords Hall was named in his honor in 2010. Read more here.
Race Geographies Expert Shabazz on Ferguson
As the hashtag #Ferguson trended on Twitter more than a week following Michael Brown’s deadly shooting by a police officer in this suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, @RashadShabazz was deeply engaged in the conversation. It’s a topic that Shabazz, UVM assistant professor of geography and protégé of renowned activist Angela Davis, understands well — his current research looks at issues surrounding the policing of black communities, the projection of young black men as criminals and the geographies of race and racism. With the persistent images suggestive of a war zone in a small American town, and a frenzy of both social and mainstream media reporting the story, UVM Today spoke with Shabazz for an academic perspective on what these events mean. Read more here.
UVM in Sierra, Slate, Pacific Standard / Other National News
Sierra magazine covers an ambitious project masterminded by freshly graduated UVM alumni Erick Crockenburg and Tad Cooke . . . Political Science professor Anthony Gierzynski writes about his research on millennial generation voters for Slate.com . . . Research on happiness by professors Chris Danforth and Peter Dodds, confirming a positivity bias in humans across time and languages, is the subject of an article in Pacific Standard magazine. See the full summaries of national media coverage of UVM news and people here.
Outside Magazine Names Burlington a 'Best Town Ever’
The results are in for Outside’s Best Town Ever competition. Ranking at number seven, Burlington was called one of the 16 greatest places to live in America. According to the editors, what set the finalists apart were attributes like thriving food scenes, bike lanes and walkable neighborhoods, green spaces and access to adventure, including trails, rivers, mountains and lakes. In praise of Burlington, Outside includes a global-health lecture at the University of Vermont in a rundown of inviting activities. Read more here.
Faculty Go Deep in Honors College Seminar
UVM professor of engineering Donna Rizzo knows how messy problems of groundwater pollution can be brought into a tidy framework. She’s developed mathematical techniques to cleverly probe and connect bucket loads of data to arrive at reliable estimates of where and how fast pollutants will flow underground. This kind of mapping helps to reconcile the competing interests of polluters, residents, and regulators. It’s one example of the growing power of Big Data — a meaty topic for the 11th annual UVM Honors College faculty seminar, where Rizzo was one of the invited speakers. Read more here.
UVM Career Center's Social Media Accounts Earn Top-20 Ranking
JobBrander, a recruiting service for interns and entry level employees, has published a 2014 list of the top 25 most popular college career services departments on social media. The University of Vermont Career Center’s presences on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn have earned a top-20 ranking. “By now, most college career centers have realized that in order to stay relevant, they need a presence wherever students are gathering,” the JobBrander article says. The ranking lauds UVM’s accounts for keeping “students informed with job listings, engaging videos, and helpful advice for starting their career before they leave college.” Read more here.
New Online Environmental Public Health Certificate
As part of its graduate public health offerings, the University of Vermont is offering a new online Environmental Public Health graduate certificate program to give students the opportunity to study environmental public health, epidemiology, public health and health policy, as well as electives in environmental risk and communication, food systems and public health and environmental public health law. The 18-credit graduate certificate can be completed in one year. Read more here.
Trekking Across the Classroom
It only happens once. For those with a passion for Nepal, nothing compares to that first encounter with the majesty and the madness, the peace and the pollution, absorbing a world that contains both the heavily populated city of Kathmandu and the hidden Kingdom of Mustang. As a former Peace Corps volunteer told 14 study-abroad students during their orientation at the end of May, “I’m so jealous that you get to go to Nepal for the first time.” Read more here.
Midsummer, Theatre Students Join Shakespeare Company
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a perennial favorite and a logical choice for The Vermont Shakespeare Company to perform for its first year working in collaboration with the University of Vermont’s Department of Theatre. With five UVM students and one graduate acting in the professional company, and alumni working as the production stage manager and the lighting designer, it’s an affiliation that Gregory Ramos, professor and chair of theatre, considers a “win-win.” Students auditioned along with more established actors as part of the process of getting the job. Read more here.
Women's Soccer Off to 2-0 Start
The University of Vermont women's soccer team is off to a 2-0 start after winning back-to-back overtime games to win the TD Bank Classic in the opening weekend of action. The Catamounts defeated Central Connecticut 3-2 in double-overtime in the opener and followed up with a 3-2 overtime win against Youngstown State. Sophomore Nikki McFarland netted the game-winner against Youngstown State and finished the tournament with five points. She was named the America East Player of the Week for her efforts. Freshman Sarah Martin was named the America East Rookie of the Week after scoring two goals in two games, including the game winner against Central Connecticut in her collegiate debut. Click here for the season preview.
Men's Soccer Kicks Off This Weekend
The UVM men's soccer team opens the 2014 season this weekend with a trip to Harrisonburg, Virginia. The Catamounts take on James Madison in the season opener on Friday and will face Appalachian State on Sunday. Click here for the season preview.
Field Hockey Opens the Season This Weekend
The Vermont field hockey team opens the 2014 season in Burlington this weekend. The Catamounts take on Providence on Friday at 1 p.m. and Lock Haven on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Moulton Winder Field. The games mark the debut for first-year head coach Kate Pfeiffer.
2014 Hall of Fame Class Announced
The University of Vermont Athletic Hall of Fame will welcome five new members this year in the Class of 2014. This year's inductees are Matt Knittle '03 (men's skiing), Kristal Kostiew '04 (women's track & field), John Minahan '02 (men's skiing), Aaron Yantzi '04 (women's basketball), and Robert Cioffi '90 (special inductee). All five individuals will be formally inducted at the 46th annual UVM Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner at the Davis Center on the UVM campus on Saturday, September 13. Click here to read more.
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