University of Vermont

A Note from President Tom Sullivan

November 2017

What a beautiful – and busy – autumn it has been here at UVM. It’s hard to believe that we’re already past the midpoint of the semester! It seems as though it was only a few short weeks ago that we welcomed the Class of 2021 with a spirited Move-In Day and all of the events of Convocation weekend. Thank you to the many staff members who helped greet our newest students and their families with a warm welcome. 

With the start of this semester, we opened the state-of-the-art Central Campus Residence Hall and its wonderful dining facility offering farm-to-table foods and open-style kitchens. The dining hall is open to the campus community, and while there is often a line out the door, the short wait is worth it for the excellent food and the opportunity to engage with students from across campus. I highly recommend that everyone on campus experience the new dining hall at some point this semester to see, and taste, what the buzz is all about.

 If you have not yet done so, I also encourage you to take a walk through Discovery Hall and Votey Hall, the STEM buildings in the heart of campus that complete Phase 1 of our new STEM Complex. The teaching and research labs mix the STEM disciplines, encouraging collaboration across traditional boundaries. Many of the labs are defined by glass walls so you can see for yourself the collaborations in action and the innovative projects underway. 

This prolonged warm and dry autumn has given us extra time for enjoying walks and hikes and bike rides without having to don layers of wool and hats and gloves. But as sure as the days are getting shorter, so will the colder days of winter be with us soon. I hope you’ll keep your curiosity high and keep cabin fever at bay by participating in some of many opportunities for entertainment, enrichment, and community spirit here on campus. Take in a Royall Tyler Theatre production, visit the Fleming Museum, check out a Lane Series concert, enjoy a guest lecture, cheer our Catamounts on to victory. Being part of a university community provides so many opportunities for exploring our curiosities, for engaging the community, and enjoying beyond our work. I hope you’ll take full advantage this late fall and winter of all that the UVM community offers to spark and heighten your interests.

Thank you for all you do for UVM and for your excellence that you contribute to make UVM the exceptional community that it is.

With every good wish,

Tom Sullivan