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October 2015 (Vol. 15, No. 3)

  • UVM Announces $500 Million 'Move Mountains' Campaign
  • Business School Named In Honor Of Steven Grossman After $20 Million Gift
  • UVM Program Ranked Fourth on Princeton Review's "Best Green MBA" List
  • UVM Start-Up Wins $1 Million Technology Transfer Grant
  • UVM Ranked Among Best in the Country for Student Success
  • A Day in the Life of UVM: Oct. 20, 2015
  • Al Gore to UVM: I’m Optimistic About Stopping Climate Change
  • Alumni Association Honors Outstanding Graduates, Faculty
  • Study Shows Methane from Fracking Can Flow to Abandoned Wells
  • Athletics Update
  • Campus Kudos

UVM Announces $500 Million 'Move Mountains' Campaign
On October 2, the University of Vermont announced its largest and most ambitious fundraising campaign ever, a $500 million initiative that will transform and reshape the 224-year-old public research university. Nearly 60 percent of the $500 million goal is focused on faculty and students. Move Mountains: The Campaign for The University of Vermont will make new investments in endowed faculty positions designed to recruit and retain top scholars to teach and conduct research, as well as new scholarships and graduate fellowships aimed at making a UVM education financially accessible for all qualified students. The Move Mountains campaign will also make strategic investments to advance UVM’s strongest programs -- in human health, the environment, the humanities, and STEM, among others. “The time has come for UVM to move forward, to pursue excellence with even greater confidence and to assert our position among the nation’s finest public research universities,’’ said UVM President Tom Sullivan. “To move mountains is to change lives. This is our passion and our calling.” Read more here.

Business School Named In Honor Of Steven Grossman After $20 Million Gift
After the largest individual gift in the history of the University of Vermont, the UVM school of business has been renamed in honor of the donor, Steven Grossman, a 1961 graduate and a long-time supporter of the school. "We have renamed the business school The Grossman School of Business," said UVM president Tom Sullivan, "in tribute to Steven Grossman's visionary philanthropy on behalf of the business school and the University. This is the kind of gift that can transform a school or college and elevate it significantly on the national stage." The $20 million gift from the Grossman Family Foundation funds three endowed academic positions: the Steven Grossman Chairs in Entrepreneurship, Finance, and Sustainable Business. The gift will also provide resources to support teaching and program priorities as the school aims to become one of the top undergraduate business programs in the nation and among the best MBA programs in the world. Read more here.

UVM Program Ranked Fourth on Princeton Review's "Best Green MBA" List
Just one year after enrolling its first cohort, UVM's Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA (SEMBA) program has been named fourth in the nation on the Princeton Review's list of the "Best Green MBAs." The ranking, the Princeton Review notes, is "based on students' assessments of how well their school is preparing them in environmental/sustainability and social responsibility issues, and for a career in a green job market." The annual publication also included UVM’s Grossman School of Business in its 2016 “Best 295 Business Schools" edition. That ranking, based on academic quality, institutional data, and survey responses of 22,000 students, culls the top schools from 727 business programs worldwide and 513 in the U.S. accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Read more here.

UVM Start-Up Wins $1 Million Technology Transfer Grant
University of Vermont start-up company E.A.S.Y. LLC has received a $1 million Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a commercial prototype for a digital printer that will translate conventional graphics to raised-line versions readable by the blind. Under a Phase I version of the grant, intended to demonstrate product feasibility, the company developed the first working prototype for the printer. E.A.S.Y. originated in an engineering class at UVM. Read more here.

UVM Ranked Among Best in the Country for Student Success
The University of Vermont has been ranked among the top 10 schools in the country that are preparing students to land good jobs after graduation and without the burden of excessive loans. UVM ranks ninth out of 1,182 schools and is the only Vermont college or university ranked in the top 25, in the 2016 outcomes-based Educate to Career (ETC) College Rankings Index. The index is prepared by the California-based nonprofit organization Educate to Career Inc. Read more here.

A Day in the Life of UVM: Oct. 20, 2015
It's just a regular Tuesday at UVM. But look a little closer -- knock on doors, stop passers-by, step onto practice fields and into classrooms, and wander down the hill -- and you'll see how much activity our community packs into a single day. Read on for more than 80 moments that capture the variety of endeavors and opportunities happening all around us each day at the University of Vermont. Read more here.

Al Gore to UVM: I’m Optimistic About Stopping Climate Change
Usually, climate change activists use melting ice as a sign of approaching trouble. Not Al Gore. Speaking to more than a thousand people packed into UVM’s Ira Allen Chapel and watching remotely at Mann Hall, the former US vice president and Nobel Peace Prize winner took the opposite metaphor. “It’s just one degree of difference between water and ice,” he said, adding that the same is true of markets. The cost of solar panels, advanced batteries, and other renewable-energy technologies has reached a melting point, Gore said, where they are becoming cheaper than fossil fuels. And in that fundamental shift in economics, Gore said, there is cause for hope about solving the problems of global warming. “We are going to win this struggle,” he told a cheering crowd in an hour-long talk on “The Climate Crisis and The Case for Hope” October 6. Read more here.

Alumni Association Honors Outstanding Graduates, Faculty
The University of Vermont Alumni Association and UVM Foundation honored outstanding graduates and faculty at its annual Reunion & Homecoming weekend celebration on Saturday, October 3, 2015. The “Celebration of Excellence” event featured remarks by UVM president Tom Sullivan, with award citations presented by Alumni Association president Kristina Pisanelli and UVM Foundation president and CEO Richard Bundy. Read more here.

Study Shows Methane from Fracking Can Flow to Abandoned Wells
As debate roils over EPA regulations proposed this month limiting the release of the potent greenhouse gas methane during fracking operations, a new University of Vermont study funded by the National Science Foundation shows that abandoned oil and gas wells near fracking sites can be conduits for methane escape not currently being measured. The study, published in Water Resources Research on October 20, demonstrates that fractures in surrounding rock produced by the hydraulic fracturing process are able to connect to preexisting, abandoned oil and gas wells, common in fracking areas, which in turn can provide a pathway to the surface for methane. Read more here.


Vermont Hosts Annual Basketball Media Day
The Vermont men's and women's basketball teams hosted their annual Media Day on Tuesday afternoon as the teams prepare for the upcoming 2015-16 season. The men's team hosts Keiser University in its first exhibition game at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 31, while the women host St. Michael's in exhibition action on Saturday, November 7, at 1 p.m. to begin the campaign. Log on to the UVM Athletics YouTube page at YouTube.com/UVMathletics for full Media Day coverage.

First-Ever Night Game at Virtue Field
The Vermont women's soccer team will host an America East Playoff game for the second time since 2012 and third time in program history on Thursday, October 29, at 7 p.m. The No. 3-seeded Catamounts host No. 6 UMBC in the first-ever night game under brand new lights at Virtue Field. Thursday's game will be streamed for free online via the America East Digital Network at AmericaEast.TV. The men's team hosts Albany on Senior Day on Saturday, October 31, at 1 p.m. from Virtue Field.

Sign Up for New Catamount Score Alerts
Fans of University of Vermont athletic teams have a new way of keeping up to date with results from the Catamounts through the new "Catamount Score Alert" text message update service provided by Phizzle. Fans who formerly received updates through our website provider, SIDEARM Sports, will need to re-register for the new service by texting UVM to 83200 or by clicking here (message and data rates may apply). Catamount Score Alerts will provide options to receive the final score for Vermont teams throughout the season. Sign up today to receive the latest results from your favorite team or teams.


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Spell of the Urubamba: Anthropogeographical Essays on an Andean Valley in Space and Time, by geography professor emeritus Daniel Gade, has been published by Springer. Read more about Gade, a leading specialist on the Central Andes and one of the founders of UVM's Geography Department, who died in June 2015.

Hugh Garavan, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry, will be a project co-director and will lead research efforts at the UVM site for a landmark longitudinal national study led by University of California, San Diego scientists. The study will explore the developing minds and brains of approximately 10,000 children in an effort to answer questions ranging from the origins of resilience and creativity to identifying biological and behavioral factors that put some youth at increased risk of mental, emotional and academic problems. The effects of substance use on the still-developing teen-aged brain will be a particular focus. Other UVM co-investigators include Alexi Potter, Ph.D., James Hudziak, M.D., and Julie Dumas, Ph.D. from the Department of Psychiatry, and Richard Watts Ph.D., from the Department of Radiology. More than 10,000 children between the ages of 9 and 10 will be enrolled at a number of research institutions across the country – including more than 500 children at the UVM site – and followed for 10 years. Read more here.

The Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ASBE) named Kathleen Liang, professor in Community Development Applied Economics, National Entrepreneur Educator of the Year at its annual conference on September 25 in Orlando, Florida. The award, considered the highest honor for an entrepreneurship educator in the U.S., is given to an academic who has made a long-term impact on the entrepreneurship discipline through efforts in the classroom, campus and/or their community. Read more here.

Lake Champlain Sea Grant Extension Leader Kristine Stepenuck was invited to talk about stream monitoring and volunteer citizen scientists during a live webcast public forum at the White House September 30. The event was hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Domestic Policy Council. Read more here.

A new movie about Steve Jobs is drawing crowds eager to see yet another romanticized story about a well known business celebrity. Thomas Streeter, professor of sociology, explores why in his new paper, “Steve Jobs, Romantic Individualism, and the Desire for Good Capitalism” in the International Journal of Communication. He writes that this desire says “more about our culture than the man,” and that Jobs’ story fits perfectly with the romantic individualist story that American culture can't seem to get enough of. Read more here.

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