University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Welcome from Our Dean

Patty Prelock
It gives me great pleasure to welcome the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Class of 2019 to the University of Vermont. You are an energized, passionate group of people who will become the future of health care.

Please don't take this opportunity and responsibility lightly, as you are privileged to be part of a unique academic health sciences center comprising a highly ranked university hospital and colleges of medicine and the health professions.

As you start your college journey, embrace your opportunities and capitalize on the connections you make across the health disciplines. Together, you will be learning new things and sharing this knowledge with others who share your passion as a future health care professional. Challenge yourself to consider different perspectives. The power of your new learning environment is the immersion you will have for the next four years that allows you to think differently and explore options for making a difference in the lives of the patients and clients you will partner with in the future.

From the Dean's Office

Dean's office hours by appointment. Please contact Bethany Wolfe at bwolfe@uvm.edu or (802) 656-2216.

For our returning undergraduate and graduate students, the College continues to be proud of your success as you are already emerging as leaders and mentors to one another and to our first year students. The links you provide for our new students to the academic and social environment are invaluable. As always, the Dean's Office, all our staff and your faculty are here to support you on your educational journey as you continue to grow in your role as clinician scientists and providers!

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences is dedicated to meeting our society's need for well-prepared interdisciplinary health care professionals who are ready to join the workforce and to bring value to the work of other team members—ultimately improving patients' and clients' outcomes. We are fully committed to supporting the University of Vermont's vision of excellence in the area of health.

As students, you are part of that vision for excellence in academics, research and practice. We are excited that you have selected the University of Vermont and our College to build on your strengths and engage in our dynamic learning community. As students, you are joining a thriving learning community with fully accredited programs, innovative researchers, award winning teachers and expert clinicians.

Engaged faculty will ensure you have meaningful classroom and clinical experiences as well as opportunities to engage in state-of-the-art research. Our exceptional staff will guide you through the processes and procedures of participating in a dynamic and sometimes complex academic and social environment. The Dean's Office will challenge you to discover new ideas, take learning risks and step out of your comfort zone to explore the many academic and research opportunities that will be available to you.

Diverse perspectives and collaborations among our colleagues in the health and related professions is a priority for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. We recognize the importance of championing the voice of all individuals who struggle in some way because of a health challenge. We consider each individual in the context of their family and community. We are committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse faculty, staff and student body to provide each of our students with a distinctive learning experience that is academically rigorous and creates opportunities for meaningful engagement on campus, in the community and in a global context.

Work to your full potential, but don't forget to have balance in your intellectual life. Take advantage of the beauty of Vermont and the connections you make with your peers. The College's goal for your learning is to help you create a four-year plan for your success and to inspire you to take charge of your learning. Please ask for help when you need it and offer to help others who may need your support. Remember to demonstrate a mutual respect and positive regard for one another. I know each of you will achieve great things this year; and together we can begin to make a difference in the lives of the people we encounter along the way.

Helen Keller once said, "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched—they must be felt with the heart." My hope for you is a learning experience that touches your heart and not just your mind. Best wishes for a rewarding academic year.

Patricia A. Prelock, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Dean, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Professor, Communication Sciences & Disorders

Last modified August 10 2015 02:11 PM