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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.
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.
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.”