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Reunion & Homecoming 2012

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Reunion & Homecoming 2012

It was the best of times, it was . . . the best of times. Reunion & Homecoming 2012 went off without a hitch, with an estimated 4,000 alums and their families returning to a campus alive with students, faculty, and more than one hundred events to take in. Friday got things off to a perfect start, with a bright, warm, sunny day setting the scene for the official installation of Thomas Sullivan as UVM’s 26th president. More than fifty faculty opened their classes to visitors, students and alums shared their artwork, the Fleming Museum was open to all, and Professor Emeritus William Averyt hosted his renowned historic walking tour of campus as the more futuristic Segway electric two-wheelers whizzed by on their own campus tours.

The weather gods weren’t quite as kind on Saturday, but what do we do on a wet fall day in Vermont? Throw a tent party! That’s just what happened at UVM Fest, a family-centered get-together with the flavor of an old-fashioned Vermont country fair under a tent on the green between the Davis Center and Bailey/Howe Library. There was live music, vendors, great food, and lots to do for little kids, big kids (students), parents, and grandparents alike. The sun was back in the afternoon, and by end-of-day Sunday, all were agreed it was, indeed, the best of times.     —Jay Goyette

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Outstanding Young Alumni Award  Kesha Ram ’08

Alumni Achievement Award   C. Norman Coleman  ’66

Alumni Distinguished Service Award   David Godkin ’77,  Paula Oppenheim Cope ’75, G’83

2012 George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award  Professor Luis Vivanco

For the first time in 2012, the University of Vermont Foundation presented the Leadership in Philanthropy Award—given to a deserving individual or couple for a passionate commitment to furthering the efforts of philanthropy at UVM through their leadership, vision, volunteerism, and personal philanthropy. The first recipients of this award are Eugene ’50 and Joan Kalkin. The Kalkins are pictured with President Tom Sullivan and UVM Foundation CEO Rich Bundy.

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