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First Investiture Ceremony for Endowed Professors and Chairs
Fifty-one sitting professors and chairs were honored

225 Acres in Hinesburg Conserved and Donated to UVM
Land to be preserved forever for educational and public use

$1 Million to Establish Rubenstein School Professorship
David Blittersdorf '81's gift will advance sustainability curriculum

$4.5 Million Gift to Fund Professorships
Surgery Department faculty hope to attract, retain colleagues

First Steven Rubenstein Professor is Named
Professor Robert Manning to advance interdisciplinary programs

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GIVING STORIES

  • Defining Excellence

    New Award Defines Excellence

    A recipient of the inaugural Defining Excellence Award, Nicolette Rosa ’14 was selected in part for her role as an advocate for students with disabilities on campus. The Defining Excellence Award is conferred through the UVM ACCESS Program, which was established in the 1980s to provide accommodations, consultation, collaboration, and educational support services to UVM students with documented disabilities.

    The award, established by alumnus Don Nelinson ’76, acknowledges students with disabilities who demonstrate academic excellence and understand the responsibility to serve and give back to their community.

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  • Judy Cohen

    Helping Keep a UVM Education Affordable

    With two children currently in college, Adam Strochak ’87 and his wife, Valerye, know full well about the rising costs of a college education. Their son, Joseph, is currently a sophomore at Pennsylvania State University, and their daughter, Sarah, is a freshman at the University of California, Berkeley.

    A partner in the Weil, Gotshal & Manges law firm in Washington, D.C., and a member of the UVM Alumni Association’s Washington Regional Alumni Board, Strochak said he and Valerye feel fortunate to be in a position to fund their own children’s education, but they realize that many families are struggling to meet those costs, and they want to help.

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  • Judy Cohen

    A Meaningful Career and a Life Well Spent

    Growing up on Burlington’s North Williams Street, Professor of Nursing Judy Cohen ’75 can’t remember a time when UVM wasn’t a part of her life.

    “I knew at an early age that nursing and education would be my career,” Cohen said from her office on the second floor of Rowell.

    To repay the debt that allowed her to take care of patients and teach thousands of students, Cohen recently made a $100,000 gift to establish the Dr. Judith A. Cohen Scholarship Fund in Nursing.

    “I wanted to help students who were not as fortunate as me—whose circumstances may not otherwise let them attend UVM—have the chance to pursue an education that will allow them to do meaningful work. This gift is my legacy and will make a tangible difference in students’ lives.”

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