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Vermont Quarterly

Reunion and Homecoming 2013

homecoming reunion tent
Photography by Sally McCay


Reunion and Homecoming 2013

It’s possible that this year’s Reunion, Homecoming & Family Weekend could have been better. But it’s hard to see how. Think about everything that was talked about in advance —a campus alive with students, alumni and family members ... scores of events and activities ... heartwarming reconnections with dear friends —and that’s exactly what unfolded.

There were lake cruises, live bands, lectures, and tours ... films, plays, open houses and celebrations of every description ... athletic and cultural events ... and the ever-popular Soul Food Social. UVM Fest turned the open space between the Davis Center and Bailey/Howe into a bona fide Vermont country fair, as futuristic Segway vehicles took the more adventurous to every corner of the campus. Professor and master mathematician Richard Foote made the intimidating subject of group theory approachable and even entertaining in his Kidder Lecture (“Mathematics, the universe, God, what a great way to spend a Saturday”), and President Tom Sullivan brought the alums and families up to date on campus programs and plans during his Catamount Celebration remarks Saturday morning.

Even the weather got in on the fun, with clear, sunny skies the backdrop for most of the weekend’s activities. If you missed it, you missed out. But take heart, it happens every year. Mark your calendar for October 10-12, 2014, and we’ll do it all over again.

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alumni association award winners


The University of Vermont Alumni Association and UVM Foundation honored outstanding graduates, faculty, and philanthropists at its annual Reunion & Homecoming weekend celebration on Friday, October 4, 2013. Award citations were presented by UVM President Thomas Sullivan, Alumni Association president Kristina Pisanelli ’97, and UVM Foundation president and CEO Richard Bundy, to the following honorees:

2013 University of Vermont Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award
Mary Ellen Guzewicz ’73, Westport, Connecticut.

2013 University of Vermont Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award
Carroll “Bud” Ockert ’57, Shelburne, Vermont.

2013 University of Vermont Alumni Association Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Stirling Auchincloss Winder ’08, South Boston, Massachusetts.
(Awarded posthumously; the award was accepted on her behalf by her mother, Betsy Winder, Ipswich, Massachusetts.)

2011 University of Vermont Alumni Association Achievement Award
Diane Greene ’76, Stanford, California.
(A busy schedule prevented Greene from accepting the award in person until this year.)

2013 George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award
Professor Richard Foote, Shelburne, Vermont.

2013 Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy Award
Dr. Robert Larner ’39, MD ’42 and Helen Larner, Woodland Hills, California.
This is the most prestigious award given by the UVM Foundation to recognize lifetime giving and support of the University of Vermont. This award recognizes the extraordinary, long-time support of an individual or couple whose philanthropy has had a transformational impact on this institution. Recipients of this award must be lifetime members of the Ira Allen Society with demonstrated impact in promoting and expanding philanthropy that supports UVM. The Larners are the first recipients of this award.

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