College of Medicine Open House Among UVM 2012 Reunion & Homecoming Activities Oct. 5 & 6
- By Jennifer Nachbur
Thousands of University of Vermont alumni, parents, families and community members converged on campus October 5 to 7, 2012 for UVM’s Reunion and Homecoming Weekend, which featured the installation of Thomas Sullivan as the University’s 26th president on Friday, October 5, and the first-ever College of Medicine Open House on Saturday, October 6, from 10 a.m. to noon.
Among the activities that took place on the College of Medicine campus were a Community Medical School talk on depression and stress by Professor of Psychiatry Terry Rabinowitz, M.D., on Friday, October 5. Saturday’s Open House offered visitors a self-guided tour that highlighted general facts about the College, several of the College’s buildings – Health Science Research Facility, Given Medical Building, Courtyard at Given, and Medical Education Center – as well as the Clinical Simulation Laboratory, and teaching hospital and partner Fletcher Allen Health Care. Associate Dean of Admissions Jan Gallant, M.D., led a presentation titled “Getting Ready, Getting In, Setting up for Success,” during the Open House, which attracted more than 35 attendees.
The Reunion/Homecoming registration fee covered admission to most of the weekend’s events and included a button that entitled the wearer to special discounts at various locations on campus and in downtown Burlington, and complimentary admission to the Fleming Museum. Many events were free and open to the public, including school and college open houses and receptions, and the George V. Kidder outstanding faculty lecture.
The College hosted a number of non-Reunion-related events as well. The Alumni Executive Council held its annual meeting Saturday, October 6, and the 2012-13 Schweitzer Fellows kicked off the annual COM Cares Day at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 6 with a short orientation and community service assignments in the Given Atrium cafeteria. In addition, a special “Memorial Rounds” honoring late surgery faculty member David Pilcher, M.D., was held in Davis Auditorium.