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About Us: Awards & Commendations

Civilian Service Award 2007  
Awarded to

Amy Newton (FBI)

On December 2, 2006 just weeks after the brutal murder of Michelle Garder-Quinn, we received a phone call from one of our students that her friend was missing. We learned that a number of our students had traveled to a club in Lacolle Quebec the evening before and that one of them had made a series of bad choices around drugs and alcohol. This particular student then decided to remain in Quebec to continue “partying” with several men she had then met. Her friends worked hard to convince her to return to Vermont but to no avail. She got into a car and left with these men without her cell phone or identification. You can imagine the thoughts going through our minds for her safety and in light of MGQ's murder. Such began a complex series of negotiations between the Surete du Quebec (Quebec Provincial Police) and UVM Police, the Vermont State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The State Police Fusion Center went to work disseminating information. The NY State Police began tracking leads for us across the lake, and my staff launched a Command Post to begin organizing the investigation. As all this was going forward, we knew that only one organization could facilitate communication with our Canadian colleagues - the FBI. Our Senior Supervisory Resident Agent Amy Newton came at once to our command post and began mustering resources and coordinating the federal response, to include the US Customs Service. Amy Newton has proven time and again that she is committed to making the FBI a local agency to help us in any and all ways. We located our student in Plattsburgh, NY unharmed and I'll share more of this in a short while. There is no doubt in my mind that we resolved this crisis in part because of the support from the FBI and we are proud to call Amy a colleague and friend.  
Awarded to

Windy Paz-Amor

Windy Paz-Amor has accomplished much for her years. She's been working with survivors of violence against women crimes since 1999 (trained by the Women's Rape Crisis Center) and here at UVM in the Women's Center since July 2005. In this short time, she's made a marked impact on services for crime survivors. Windy is responsible for providing direct services and coordinating services on campus for victims of sexual assault, stalking, and relationship violence and domestic violence. She serves as a confidential source to provide options, information and advocacy to survivors of sexual violence, and to friends and family members. She provides educational programming on gender violence to students, staff, and faculty, and chairs our Gender Violence Response Team. Windy works closely with Police Services, The Chittenden County States Attorney's Office, and The Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations to help prevent violence and to provide the best service possible to survivors. Prior to UVM, Windy worked for the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund in New York City. This was not a typical rape crisis advocacy role and Windy pioneered supporting women's rights issues in the NY Puerto Rican community on family violence and sexual assault. In addition, she worked for the Women of Color Alliance in Burlington, Vermont, where she was the director of programs and carried her advocacy role forward. Windy is one person and yet she is available all hours of the night and day, wherever she is. There have been numerous times when UVM Police has needed her services for a survivor and she didn't hesitate to make herself available. She is passionate and dedicated to supporting survivors, and has worked tirelessly to educate our community (including our administration) on the needs of survivors. She has made important inroads and connections with Women's Rape Crisis and the advocates at CUSI and the States Attorney's Office. In doing so, she's strengthened the support network for survivors of violence against women crimes. I couldn't be more proud of Windy's contributions to our community. She's an incredible asset and a valued partner.  
Awarded to

Gary Derr

In July 2003 Dr. Gary Derr became the Chief of Staff and Executive Assistant to both the President and Provost. In this role, Dr. Derr manages all official correspondence from these offices, represents our leadership when needed, and supervises the daily operations of “the wing.” Yet, his responsibilities are far greater in very informal and critical ways. Gary is the eyes and ears for all things happening and all things about to happen at the highest levels of leadership in the university. From marches to disturbing letters to takeovers, he has his mind keenly focused on the potential for disruption and is savvy enough to recognize when these challenges pose a serious enough threat for public safety response. He has worked tirelessly to ensure the safety of his staff through proper planning and decisive action. His reasoned approach to the challenges he and his team face have averted more problems than we could share. Add to it a sense of humor and a needed sense of calm, and Gary Derr is exactly the right person to have as an ally.  
Awarded to

Patrick Brown

Dr. Patrick Brown has directed the Student Life Office at UVM for more years than we can recall. In this capacity he works with our students as they explore life at UVM beyond the classroom. From advising the Student Government Association to Greek Life to being ultimately responsible for student orientation, Pat Brown has his pulse on the finger of student life at UVM. A well respected authority on the generational challenges of college students, Dr. Brown is an important resource to the public safety needs of the campus. Every major and minor event, from the loss of life in the carbon monoxide tragedy, through campus fires, 420 and access to campus space for community speakouts, there is virtually no one else we turn to for the latest information and advice on the forecasting of problems. Pat Brown is an advocate in the most important ways and does so while maintaining his developmental link to the students who's lives he touches every year.  
Awarded to

Katherine Decarreau

Several years ago when Katherine “Deac” Decarreau joined the university as our Director of Transportation & Parking Services, I kidded her that she had one of the most difficult jobs on campus - managing the space demands and parking challenges of a growing, thriving university. Little did I know then how true my words were. When I think I'm having a rough day I only have to turn to Deac for a reality check, and a lesson in how to succeed under pressure. She's a model. Deac remains one of the most committed and engaged colleagues I've had the pleasure to work with. She came to us from Fletcher Allen and brought her immense talent and knowledge base on human resource dynamics and organizational development on top of her familiarity with parking and people movement challenges. She quickly grasped the importance of a relationship between TPS and Police Services; she recognized that our partnership was the key to our mutual success. Every special and scheduled event; every night; every day; Deac and her team bring our students to class; get them home safely; and move traffic calmly out of our parking lots. In recent months her job has become more of a challenge as the late night issues on our buses are causing us to address problems that never before existed. We couldn't do it without Deac and on behalf of the men and women of the Department of Police Services, it is my honor to present her with our Civilian Service Award.  
Awarded to

Annie Stevens

Annie Stevens has become the face of the Dean of Students Office in so many important ways relative to public safety that I couldn't begin to list them all. Her first commitment to Police Services and campus public safety came during her tenure as the Director of Residential Life; a position she held when I arrived in 1998. In this role, Dr. Stevens was a strong advocate for community policing and a partner in developing relationships between police staff and hall staff. When she became the Assistant Vice President for Student & Campus Life in the Dean of Student's Office she became an advocate for holding our students developmentally accountable for the decisions they make that harmed themselves or others. Every major criminal investigation with an impact on our students and campus is supported on the back end through the Dean of Students Office by Annie Stevens. In addition, she co-chairs the Emergency Operations Group and provides leadership during student related critical incidents. She is a good friend and an important ally. On behalf of the men and women of the Department of Police Services, it is my honor to present Dr. Stevens with our Civilian Service Award.   2006  
Awarded to

J. Michael Gower, Barbara Johnson, Ginnie Gude, Patty Eldred, Caryn Gronvold, and Lynn Budnik

When it became clear that Police Services' staffing crisis wasn't going to be solved through traditional measures, several key people in our administration stepped forward to help seek a lasting solution. These people spent countless hours studying challenges in police recruitment and retention. They became experts in classification and employment practices in police agencies. In essence, they treated this problem as if it were their sole issue to address; and they did. It is therefore with honor and privilege we award the following our Civilian Service Award for their commitment and dedication to Police Services  
Awarded to

Lucy Singer, Esq

as our in-house counsel assigned to Police Services, Lucy Singer provides top notch service for which we are forever grateful. In fact, as part of the Fran-Tom-Lucy team, she's an important resource for us. This past year presented several legal challenges for which Lucy was on the top of her game. She's an outstanding addition to our General Counsel's Office and a good friend personally and professionally. It is with honor and privilege we award Attorney Singer this Civilian Service Award.  
Awarded to

Jeffrey Nolan, Esq

As outside counsel, Jeff Nolan has been called upon to assist with legal matters involving Police Services on more than one occasion. He goes above and beyond billable hours to address our needs. Attorney Nolan constructed the written arguments for the recent rebuttal to the Cashman decision for both UVM and the Chittenden County States Attorney. It is therefore with honor and privilege we award Jeffrey Nolan, Esq., of Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew our Civilian Service Award for his commitment and dedication to UVM Police Services.  
Awarded to

Stacey Miller & Alvin Sturdivant

when Stacey Miller and Alvin Sturdivant came to UVM several years ago, they brought with them a new philosophy on residence hall safety. The community standards model holds students accountable to themselves and engages the full partnership between police and res hall staff to address the myriad of issues ranging from quality of life concerns to serious crime. Implementing this system amounted to a full scale organizational change; a restructuring of what hadn't worked. The Community Standards Model and resulting relations between police officers and hall staff is a testament to their efforts. We've never been busier in our res hall activities, and relations between the staffs grows stronger every year. It is with honor and privilege we award them the Civilian Service Award.   2005  
Awarded to

Abraham Awolich

On January 27, 2005, the Winooski Police Department came to Police Services to process an impaired driver. The driver, in an effort to be uncooperative, refused to speak English and reverted to his native Dinka. Faced with this problem, the Winooski police officer was at a loss. UVM Police Officer Mike Henry had called on a member of the UVM community in the past for Dinka language translation, and did so again this time. Abraham Awolich, a UVM student and staff member, did not hesitate to assist that evening and spent the wee hours of the morning with us knowing he had a 10AM class.  
Awarded to

Bruce Gordon

On May 10, 2005 Burlington Police were in a vehicle pursuit that took them into the heart of the UVM campus. A green Audi was travelling at a high rate of speed down University Place and its amazing no one was killed. The occupants ditched the car in front of Billings and ran into the building to escape the pursuing police officers (make comment about Billings). Unfortunately for one of the 3 bad guys, they decided to try to get past Physical Plant Employee Bruce Gordon. Bruce had intercepted one of the suspects in Cook Commons a suspect who pulled a 2 inch bladed knife on Bruce. His mistake. Undaunted, Bruce restrained him until UVM Police Officer Sue Roberts arrived.  
Awarded to

Montpelier Sgt. Jon Martin & Dot Martin

On November 29, 2004 while off duty and at the University Health Center Building, Montpelier Police Sgt. Jon Martin and his wife Dot (a former UVM security officer) watched a man rob a woman of her medication in broad day light. Seeing this, he gave chase and caught the suspect while waiting for us to arrive. This was a drug related theft as both the suspect and victim were addicts who knew each other.  
Awarded to

Liron Weiss

Our last Redstone Apt related presentation goes to a person who deserves a great deal of thanks for her role in alerting public safety responders of the growing threat in the building. Ms. Weiss undoubtedly aided in the rescue and life saving of the people she lived with that day and for this we are proud to present her with a UVM Police Civilian Service Award.  
Awarded to

President Daniel Mark Fogel and Provost A. John Bramley

We are fortunate to have leadership at the university who understand the importance of emergency services. This past year we have successfully addressed many public safety challenges because institutional leadership supported us and played a critical role. I am pleased to be able to present President Daniel Mark Fogel and Senior Vice President & Provost A. John Bramley with our Civilian Service Award for their incredible support of our efforts during difficult times. They provided exactly the kind of leadership needed to enable first responders to respond; and the emergency operations group to normalize the institution.   2004  
Awarded to

Nicholas DiGiovanni,
Morgan, Brown & Joy

Nick has been a friend, resource and confidant over the past several years. He's available on the road, in his office, at his home, and basically whenever needed. He has become an ally in his understanding of the unique needs of Police Services in relation to the greater campus and continues to provide expert legal advice on matters of labor relations and representation  
Awarded to

General Counsel Francine Bazluke, Association General Counsel Thomas Mercurio and Peter Harrington

For consistent, outstanding, and timely legal advice on a host of topics from policy development to civil litigation. This team of outstanding legal professionals continue to be of great value and service to the Department of Police Services. This award is given in recognition of all they have done and continue to do  
Awarded to

William P. Ballard, Assoc. VP for Administrative & Facilities Services

Bill Ballard continues to show his long history of support to the Department of Police services through his knowledge, history and interest in public safety on campus. He is an invaluable resource and ardent supporter.   2003  
Awarded to

Beverly Colston,
ALANA Student Center

For her work with the department with some challenging students and as a liaison with the ALANA Center and our department following difficult time in the Fall.  
Awarded to

Tom Gustafson,
VP Campus and Student Life

Continuous support of PS during challenging times.  
Awarded to

Sandra Spiegal
ALANA Student Center

Advocate for ALANA students and Police Services; commitment to the relationship and connection between the police and students.   2002  
Awarded to

Edwin I. Colodny

While it takes the efforts of many people to make UVM successful, we can't ignore the importance of leadership. I am proud to present our Civilian Service Award to Ed Colodny for his leadership and support of UVM Police Services during his tenure as Interim President, in particular in and around the April 20, 2002 events.  
Awarded to

A. John Bramley

When John Bramley became our Interim Provost he quickly exposed his commitment to public safety issues, specifically our drug and alcohol problems. Provost Bramley became a fierce ally in safety and security and his leadership brought critical issues to the highest levels of institutional awareness. For his continued dedication in this area and on behalf of the Department of Police Services, I am pleased to present Provost John Bramley with our Civilian Service Award.  
Awarded to

William Tickner

I am confident that without Bill Tickner's leadership, SpringFest 2002 would not have succeeded. His efforts made our first annual concert a safe, substance free campus/community event, and his advocacy of public safety/police services was clear. Bill took a lot of grief from disgruntled students over the campus planning for 4/20.  
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