University of Vermont

A Note from President Tom Sullivan

May 2017

After our long winter, it is always a pleasure to feel sun-warmed temperatures and watch the greening of our campus and this beautiful city on Lake Champlain that we get to call home. Our grounds crew is busy at work raking and mulching and beautifying campus as we prepare for the big celebration ahead: May Commencement. This culmination of the academic year is a celebration that each one of us in the UVM community has some stake in, as we recognize our graduating students and acknowledge the imminent finish of a year that has seen so many successes.

From our division champion men’s basketball team to a new Institute for Environment to meeting the Real Food Challenge goal three years ahead of schedule (and setting a new goal for 2020), this academic year is so far one to celebrate for all of our collective efforts that are advancing this great University. Thank you to each of you your dedicated work with students, in administration, on the physical plant and grounds—your good work is keeping the momentum high and making UVM a standout among its peers.

Last week the UVM Wellness Council announced the Get Moving Challenge, a month-long program to encourage UVM community members to build more physical activity into their days. The four-week challenge is to track at least 75 minutes of physical activity a week—or 15 minutes a day. You can join the challenge through the Wellness Web Portal; enrollment ends on May 2nd, so if you haven’t signed up yet make sure to do so now! The challenge ends on May 23rd, and there are raffle prizes for 25 “challengers” who meet the 75-minute goal.

The Get Moving Challenge is a great incentive to get out in the springtime sun with some colleagues and take a vigorous walk at lunch. I hope you will all join in!