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New avenues of support


New avenues of support

Fall semester brought a number of new gift and philanthropy announcements from the University of Vermont Foundation that were notable both for the depth of the support and the diverse ways they enhance the life of the institution. A look at some of that good news:

A $4.5 million gift from the surgical faculty at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and Fletcher Allen Health Care will fund fourteen Green & Gold Professorships in the Department of Surgery and add $1 million to the recently established Frank P. Ittleman Professorship in Cardiothoracic Surgery established by a grateful patient earlier this year. The funding was made possible by monies set aside by surgical faculty members over the years and is intended to attract and retain outstanding faculty members to the College of Medicine. The surgery faculty also hope their commitment will contribute to a growing culture of philanthropy in the department by providing a special incentive for others to give.

The UVM College of Medicine education facility was named for alumnus and Burlington native Dr. Robert Larner and Helen Larner in honor of their decades-long efforts to make medical education more affordable for a generation of students. Larner and his wife, Helen, who live in California, have a long history of giving at the UVM College of Medicine. In 1985 with an initial gift of $50,000, they established the Larner Endowment and Student Loan Fund. The Larners have contributed to the fund every year since then, and their wish to create a culture of giving back has inspired gifts from an expansive network of donors that includes past recipients, other alumni, and friends.

The David Blittersdorf Professorship in Sustainability Science and Policy in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources has been established with a $1 million gift commitment from David Blittersdorf ’81. The professorship will allow UVM to foster integration and collaboration between Rubenstein and the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences to build the essential elements of a sustainability curriculum which will address the critical areas of fossil fuel depletion, climate change, and the development of renewable energy alternatives. Blittersdorf is the president  and CEO of AllEarth Renewables, Inc., of Williston, Vermont, internationally renowned for the design and manufacture of innovative technologies that provide renewable energy solutions for homeowners and businesses while creating sustainable, well-paying jobs.

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