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MICHAEL WAYNE ABDALLA     (posted: June 16, 2016)
Michael Wayne Abdalla MD passed away peacefully on May 8, 2016 in Fullerton, CA with his wife Jean by his side. Dr. "Mike" Abdalla was born 9/16/33 in Burlington, VT to Michael S. Abdalla and Helen (Kishfy). He attended UVM undergrad and the UVM College of Medicine (Alpha Omega Alpha). He completed his training in Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Colorado Medical Center. In 1963 he enlisted in the Army and served as Chief of Orthopedics at Paterson Army Hospital from 1963-1965. In 1966 Mike established his private orthopedic practice in Orange County, CA. He served as Chief of the Medical Staff at St Joseph's Hospital, on the Board of Directors of Western Orthopedic Association, as President and on the Board of Directors of the California Orthopedic Association, and as Director of the Rehabilitation Institute of Orange County. He was a founding member of the national Orthopedic Rehabilitation Association and was also Director of the Prosthetic/Amputee Clinic at UCI from 1972-2010. In addition to his active medical practice and dedication to St Joseph's Hospital, Mike pursued a lifelong passion for civic service, philanthropy, and education. In 1971 he joined the Rotary Club of Orange becoming District Governor in 1995-96. He and Jean attended 18 Rotary International Conventions; he served as West Coast leader for Rotary International's Polio Eradication commitment in India and Africa, and was appointed as one of 16 international Trustees of The Rotary Foundation in 2004-2007 overseeing charitable donations of $250M annually. He was instrumental in raising grants to establish a Prosthetic Amputee Clinic in Santa Ana El Salvador which he attended on 9 separate trips, changing the lives of landmine amputees. For this work, he received the UVM College of Medicine Award for Service to Medicine and Community in 2009. He was also the primary donor for the construction of the Michael and Jean Abdalla St. Joseph's Hospital Outpatient Physical Therapy facility.  Mike is survived by his wife of 47 years, Jean. In addition to his 6 children, Lauri Triggs (Kevin), Phil Abdalla, Skip Oades (Linda), Steve Abdalla (Elena), Cindi Rajcic (Roger), and Shari Abdalla; he is also survived by his sister Elaine Abdalla Coletti (Larry), 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

A private family internment was held May 21. A Celebration of Life was held on June 12, 2016. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Mike's name to St Joseph's Hospital Foundation, 1100 W. Stewart Dr., Orange 92868 or to Polio Plus at www.rotary.org.

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MARION HUNTINGTON BROWN THORPE     (posted: June 15, 2016)
Marion Huntington Brown Thorpe of South Burlington died peacefully on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the Vermont Respite House at the age of 100. She was born in Hartford, Connecticut on November 27, 1915, the daughter of Dr. Harold M. Brown and Helen Laura (Horton) Brown. She graduated from Brandon High School in 1934, received her Bachelor of Science degree at The University of Vermont in 1938 and went on to earn her Master of Science degree at Syracuse University. Marion taught at Northfield High School before becoming Teacher Educator in Family and Consumer Sciences (formerly Home Economics) at UVM from 1942 to 1974, retiring as Professor Emerita. After retirement Marion became an active volunteer in RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program, FISH, and the Girl Scouts. She married Norman James Thorpe April 17, 1982. He predeceased her on October 19, 1995 after nearly 13 happy years of marriage. She was a communicant of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Burlington and was a very active church member, assuming many varied positions, including staff member as Lay Pastoral Care Coordinator. At the time of her death she was a member of the Pastoral Care Ministry and Prayer Cycle. Her professional affiliations include membership in the Vermont and National Home Economics Associations among others, serving in several capacities. She also was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority and the honorary organizations of Delta Kappa Gamma, Omicron Nu, and Pi Delta Theta. She was honored for her 61 year membership in Delta Kappa Gamma, the teachers' honorary society, in 2009 and received the Outstanding Alumni Award of the UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in 1999. In June of 2011, at the age of 96, she was presented with the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by the University of Vermont. Marion is survived by step-children David Thorpe and his wife, Marjorie Stowe Thorpe of Meredith, New Hampshire and Beverly Remick of Shelburne; as well as step grandchildren Debra Bowers and her husband Gary of South Burlington; Bruce Remick and his wife, Kathryn of Kennesaw, GA; Douglas Thorpe and his wife, Sandra of Hubbardston, MA; and William Thorpe and his wife, Sandra of Charlton, MA. She also leaves step-great grandchildren Mallory Kelly, Lindsay Bowers, and Julie, Kimberly and Sean Thorpe; as well as cousins John C. Horton of Weathersfield, CT and Barbara Horton of Florida. She was predeceased by her step-grandson Michael Thorpe and several cousins. She appreciated the warmth of many dear friends in her church family, caring neighbors, Delta Kappa Gamma sisters and many students who continued to keep in close touch with her throughout her life.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Marion Brown Thorpe will be held on Saturday, June 25 at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 2 Cherry Street in Burlington, Vermont. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Home Instead Senior Care, 3038 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT 05482; Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, VT 05495 or to a favorite charity .

Her family wishes to thank all her many wonderful caregivers at Home Instead, Burlington Health and Rehabilitation and Vermont Respite House. We couldn't have asked for a more special group of people to care for her.

JOHN MAZUZAN     (posted: April 11, 2016)
John E. Mazuzan Jr. MD, 87, of Burlington, Vermont, passed away peacefully on March 23, 2016 at home among his loving family. John Mazuzan was born April 2, 1928 in Montpelier, Vermont. He grew up in Northfield, son of John E. Mazuzan and Agnes Flood, along with his two siblings, Ann and George. From a young age, John assumed he would follow in his father's footsteps in the newspaper business. In 1944 while in high school, his plans changed, when he developed a persistent high fever which left him in a coma and near death. He survived when he became the first civilian Vermonter to receive penicillin, a new wonder drug, which had been restricted to military use only. As a result of his illness he missed two years of high school but graduated only one year behind his classmates by pursuing his diploma via correspondence courses. He then completed an accelerated undergraduate degree at Boston College in three years. During this time he took advantage of summer courses at Norwich University in his hometown where he met and would later marry his first wife Ellen Jackson of Winchester, Massachusetts. Following college, he then went to the University of Vermont; College of Medicine graduating in 1954. Following medical school John spent two years as a medical doctor in the United States Air Force after which he completed a residency in Anesthesia at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital. He settled in Burlington, Vermont where he practiced Anesthesiology for nearly four decades while he and his wife Ellen raised five children. Ellen predeceased John in 1976. John excelled as both a clinician and administrator. Quickly rising through the ranks, he directed the anesthesiology residency program and managed the daily operating room schedule. In 1969, he became the first president of Anesthesia Associates of Burlington, a position he held until his retirement. In 1977, John was appointed chair of the Section of Anesthesia and later became the first Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology. Under his leadership, the department grew in both reputation and size. John served in numerous leadership roles with local and national organizations, including the American Heart Association , the Vermont Board of Health, Vermont Health Care Review and as President of the Vermont State Medical Society. Within the College of Medicine, he led the Graduate Medical Education Committee and served as Assistant Dean for Regional Medical Programs. He also served on the Vermont Board of Health, the Vermont Board of Medical Practice and the Board of the Flynn Theater. In 1976, John received the Distinguished Service Award and, in 1999, the Founders Award from the Vermont Medical Society. Above all, John was a valued advisor, inspirational teacher and mentor to many: nurses, medical students, physicians-in-training, practicing physicians, and community leaders. In 1993 John married Carol Stocker and embraced her daughter Kiersten as his own. Over the next 23 years John and Carol enjoyed their love for theater, travel and family gatherings. John maintained an avid interest in visiting Civil War battle sites throughout his life. A constant stream of visiting children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, bridge partners, friends, dogs, and the occasional stray cat enriched the warmth of their home. John is survived by his loving wife Carol, his son John and wife Nina of Burlington, Vermont; his son Mark and wife Vanessa of Salem, Massachusetts; his son Christopher and wife Ellen of Cumberland Foreside, Maine; his daughter Stephanie of Grand Isle, Vermont; his daughter Ellen Petty and husband Raymond of Newmarket, Alabama; his daughter Kiersten Treybal and husband John of Underhill, Vermont; his brother George Mazuzan and wife Yvette of Shelburne, Vermont; his sister Ann Diego and husband John of Essex Junction, Vermont; his sister-in-law Mary McMaster of South Burlington; his grandchildren, Alex and Zachery Mazuzan; Madeleine and Georgia Mazuzan; Kirk Mazuzan and wife Erika of Cumberland, Maine; Scott Mazuzan and wife Eliza Matheson of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; Alicia Roy and husband Dan of Sterling Virginia, Rebekah and Forrest Petty, Natalie and Ben Treybal; several nieces and nephews; his great-grandchildren Lukas Mazuzan; and Oliver and Charlie Mazuzan. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, April 2, 2016 in Burlington at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception. A reception will follow at 366 South Cove Road, Burlington, VT. In lieu of flowers donations be made to the John Abajian—John Mazuzan Endowed Fund ("The Johns Fund") at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Medical Development & Alumni Relations Office, 89 Beaumont Ave., Burlington, Vermont 05405 or go.uvm.edu/givecom.

FRANCIS ROYSTER BLISS     (posted: April 11, 2016)
FARMINGTON, MAINE - Francis Royster Bliss, 96, died on March 16, 2016, at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, almost four years after the death of his wife, Frances. He was the son of the Rev. Francis William Bliss and Marian (Miller) Bliss. Over a long lifetime of devotion to teaching, the arts, outdoor recreation, gardening and travel, Francis was blessed with a host of admirers and friends. He was an amusing and often quirky teacher, frequently bring his students home for dinner or escorting them to a concert or play. Beginning when Francis was only 10 years old, as a chorister at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, he was an enthusiastic singer of traditional and choral music. He pursued an active interest in music his entire life. In Maine, after his retirement, he joined the shape note singing community and enjoyed singing on the tenor bench for 30 years. He taught Classics- Latin and Greek, language and culture, first at Colby College in Waterville; then at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio; and finally at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont. He was involved with the Maine Classical Association, and supported and encouraged high school level classics teaching. While in Vermont, he and Frances joined an outing club and hiked mountains, sometimes bringing their loyal dog, Hector. In Maine, they climbed many peaks and introduced quite a few young people to the pleasures of trekking. Francis went on countless rain- soaked adventures and never lost his zest for these great times. A beloved hiking companion and family friend was Glen Brackley. The Blisses made numerous trips to Europe to witness and study ancient, medieval and Renaissance cultural artifacts. On their trips, it was not unusual for them to camp with a tent; and they always ate inexpensively. Francis was an early supporter of the Maine Organic Farming and Gardening Association. He took great pleasure in growing food for the family. But he also maintained a wider focus. Throughout his life he was opposed to violence and race hatred. He contributed regularly to the Southern Poverty Law Center. He was public-spirited and joined several friends in building New Vineyard’s first Public Library. He is survived by his son, David; his daughters: Deborah and Margaret; his grandchildren, Laura (Bliss) Curtis and husband Adam, and Thomas Bliss. Memorial services will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 488 Farmington Falls Road, Farmington, ME 04938
 
(Comments from Phillip Ambrose, Professor of Classics Emeritus, UVM) Francis Royster Bliss came to UVM in 1966 from Case Western Reserve, where he had been Chair of the Classics Department.  Until his retirement from UVM in 1979. Professor, he taught all levels of Greek and Latin as well as courses in literature in translation and ancient history.  His research ranged widely in the literary and material remains of  ancient Mediterranean culture.  He published important articles on Homer, late fifth-century Athenian literature, and Latin literature of the Augustan period and early Empire. Professor Bliss graduated with a B.A. degree from Bowdoin, began graduate work at Yale, and after service in the armed forces in WW II earned his Ph.D. degree at the University of North Carolina in 1951.  He participated loyally in the Classical Association of New England (CANE), which bestowed upon him its Barlow-Beach Distinguished Service Award. At the annual meetings of CANE, his presentations on the pronunciation and recitation of Latin and Greek poetry were famous, at one of which he sang from memory an entire ode of Pindar.  He was an enthusiastic tenor in the UVM Choral Union and in the 1977/78 season of the Royall Tyler Theater acted a principal role in a production of Le Malade imaginaire in French, directed by Tom Geno of the Dept. of Romance languages. In retirement at his farm in New Vineyard, Maine, Francis kept active with organic gardening and preparing for the long winters.  He is survived by three children, David, Debbie, and Mickey.  Plans for a memorial service are yet in the making.

IN MEMORIAM     (posted: February 12, 2016)
Since the RFAO website began in 2010, we have noted the obituaries of retired faculty and administrative officers on our News webpage. We will continue that practice and will keep the obituary listing for at least 30 days or until a memorial service or funeral is held. Today, we are starting a new webpage called, IN MEMORIAM, which will be a permanent listing of obituaries that we are aware of.  If anyone has an obituary, memorial, or tribute that should be included in the listing, please email the link or the electronic file to louis.izzo@uvm.edu.

ARTHUR LEVY     (posted: January 19, 2016)
(from the Burlington Free Press).
Arthur Maurice Levy, MD, age 85, passed away on Thursday, January 7th, surrounded by his family. Art was born on November 20, 1930 in Saranac Lake, New York, son of Dr. Edward and Mildred (Aaronson) Levy. Art received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1952, and graduated from Cornell University Medical School in 1956. He continued his medical training at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City, completing a residency in Medicine in 1958. He came to Burlington, Vermont the following year, completing a residency at Mary Fletcher Hospital in 1959. Art became the first Cardiology fellow at Mary Fletcher and the University of Vermont in 1960. He completed a fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at Children's Hospital in Boston in 1963, applying his training to the University when he returned. The family held a private memorial in January. A celebration of Art's life will be held at the All Souls Interfaith Gathering Center, 291 Bostwick Farm Road in Shelburne, Vermont at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, 2016. For a complete obituary, click  here.

FALL LUNCHEON SPONSORED BY UVM-RFAO 
October 19, 2015
The UVM-RFAO Fall Luncheon with guest speaker,
UVM Professor of Medicine and UVM Vice-President for Research Richard A. Galbraith, will be held at the DoubleTree Inn in South Burlington on Monday, October 19 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. Menu and reservation information will be postal mailed to the RFAO membership as well as posted here on the website.

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UVM COURSE OF POSSIBLE INTEREST OF RETIRED FACULTY     (posted: December 11, 2014)
Anth 189 D2:SL: Aging in Cross-Cultural Perspective (13790) MWF 1:55-2:45 pm - Lafayette L300 (3 credits)
Professor: Jeanne L. Shea, Ph.D. (Email: Jeanne.Shea@uvm.edu) Open to: Undergraduate Student, Continuing Education, Certificate, Graduate, Medical Student

This course provides an anthropological introduction to issues related to aging and older populations in cross-cultural perspective.  Guided by a UVM faculty member with expertise in psychological and medical anthropology and aging in cross-cultural perspective, the course gives students the opportunity to read about and discuss aging in a wide variety of social and cultural contexts and to gain exposure to lectures and films on the anthropological study of aging. Issues covered include: individual and sociocultural variation in the experience and dynamics of aging; the social representation of aging in cross-cultural context; social issues surrounding older people’s relationships with their partners/spouses and other contemporaries; variation in the nature of relationships across the generations; social organization and forms of social support for and social contributions by elderly people in different societies; and visions for better ways of approaching aging in the fut!
ure.

Throughout the course, each student will develop a research question and a scholarly literature review on a topic of the student’s choice involving aging and culture, and write a term paper on that topic, integrating the student’s scholarly literature review together with material covered in assigned readings, lectures, films, and class discussions in the course. Beyond this, students will also gain fieldwork experience on aging in the community through a service learning project. There will be various community placement options to choose from, with flexibility to fit students' schedules. Each student will choose one service learning project, with some choices involving direct volunteer service to seniors, and some options more oriented toward research.

This course is ideal for students with interests in aging, social gerontology, lifecycle perspectives, medical anthropology, psychological anthropology, public health, global health, social services, and community-based approaches to wellbeing.

Any questions? Contact:
Jeanne L. Shea, Ph.D
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
515 Williams Hall
72 University Place
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05405 U.S.A.
Office Phone: 802-656-3884
Office Fax: 802-656-4406
Email: jeanne.shea@uvm.edu
Website: www.uvm.edu/~jlshea

UVM RETIRED SCHOLARS AWARD APPLICATION     (posted: July 7, 2014)
The 2014 - 2015 application for the UVM Retired Scholars Award Program can be downloaded as a PDF file by clicking here.

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PRESIDENT SULLIVAN'S ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2013-2014     (posted June 13, 2014)
Click here for the full 20-page report.

RICHARD GALBRAITH APPOINTED VICE  PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH     (posted: June 13, 2014)
Click here for letter from President Sullivan and Provost Rosowsky.

PROFESSOR EMERITUS STEPHEN CUTLER WINS FULBRIGHT TO ESTONIA     (posted: June 9, 2014)
(from UVM Communications)   Sociologist Stephen Cutler, the Bishop Robert F. Joyce Distinguished University Professor of Gerontology, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. scholar grant, the fourth in his career. Next spring he will travel to the University of Tartu in Estonia, where he will teach “Aging and Social Change: Policy and Ethical Issues,” a powerfully relevant course as the Estonian population who are age 65 and older is projected to increase from 17 percent in 2010 to more than 30 percent in 2060. The impact of such a dramatic shift will be profound, according to Cutler, including an increase in the number of familial generations -- with a corresponding increase in intergenerational caregiving, greater demands on the country’s economic resources, as well as increasing political influence by the elderly. ........ more

SPRING LUNCHEON     (posted: April 23, 2014)
There is still time to make reservations for the UVM-RFAO Spring Luncheon on May 12 at the DoubleTree. Click here for a copy of the information and reservation form.

RSVP of Chittenden County Invites you to Change Lives through Community Service     (posted: April 23, 2014)
(request from RSVP) Now might be the best time ever to volunteer. You’ve gained a lifetime of experience that you can share with our community. Think about your skills and talents and how you can give your time and change people’s lives by volunteering with RSVP. RSVP is a program of the United Way of Chittenden County. It is a free resource that connects community members who are age 55+ with the right volunteer opportunity at the right agency. With RSVP, you choose how and where you want to serve.  You choose the amount of time you want to give.  And you choose whether you want to draw on your skills or develop new ones.  In short, you find the opportunity that is right for you. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll be making a real difference - stronger families, better schools, safer communities. RSVP is finding more and more ways to harness the power of volunteerism and direct it toward needs and opportunities that our community has identified as most important. With RSVP, you’ll see tangible outcomes and learn first hand how your experience can change our community. Our RSVP staff can make the connection for you. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering opportunities in our community connect with our staff at the United Way of Chittenden County. Join 200+ RSVP volunteers in Chittenden County who are already changing lives in our community!  For more information call 860-1677 ask for Ruthann or Phet.

Dr CAROL LEE PHILLIPS Receives Honors     (posted: March 21, 2014)
(from the Burlington Free Press on February 28, 2014)   Lund celebrated the Heart of the Community Awards Thursday night, Feb. 13, at The Essex. Gene Richards, Dr. Carol Lee Phillips and The Hoehl Family Foundation were honored for their innovative contributions to Lund and the wider community at ceremony in front of an audience of more than 200 guests.

Former Gov. James Douglas presented the award to The Hoehl Family Foundation. "The Hoehl Family Foundation is improving the lives of Vermonters each and every day and people of this great state are in your debt," said Douglas. The Hoehl Family Foundation made a leadership gift to Lund's 50 Joy Drive Capital Campaign and members of the family have also served on the board and helped with fundraising events. The foundation also supports numerous other nonprofit organizations and educational institutions around Burlington.

John Hoehl, son of founders Bob and Cynthia Hoehl, received the award on behalf of the foundation. "It's really us that should thank you guys," he said, of Lund, "because you make our work more rewarding. We get to see what my parents set up in action making such a huge difference for the community and for the women that really really need it."

Mayor Miro Weinberger took to the stage to present the award to Gene Richards. "It is a great honor to be here tonight to speak about my friend and colleague Gene Richards," he said. "Gene is the most positive person any of us know, he cares about everyone and he cares about everything. We are all very thankful to have you at the heart of this community." Richards served as a board member at Lund and as a volunteer, contributed his expertise and energy in many capacities -- from organizing fundraising events to helping transform Lund's Glen Road residential building.

Upon receiving the award, he told a story about a woman that he met at Lund. "She got pregnant and her foster family kicked her out after she had already been kicked out by her own family. 'Today I have a job,' she told me, 'I have a daughter, we live at Lund and I am going to college. But the best part about it is that Lund has given me and my family the skills to be a real family.'" It's just amazing, these people were able to get through this. They conquered it with all the difficulties of life. This is what makes Burlington and the state of Vermont so very special."

Dr. Ann Guillot, chair of the Pediatric Residency Program and a pediatric nephrologist at FAHC presented the award to Dr. Carol Lee Phillips who was the pediatrician at Lund for more than 20 years and the first female chair of pediatrics. She was joined by a number of her colleagues who referred to themselves as 'Lee Phillips' followers'.

"Lee is at the grass roots of what pediatricians can do in this community," said Guillot. "She has taught hundreds of residents and students how to be a pediatrician and how to be a good person. She quietly did what needed to be done at Lund. She is devoted to the needs of families and the notion of what it takes for a woman to succeed."

When Phillips received her award, the few words she spoke were mostly of appreciation for Lund. "I look at what Lund does and the amazing variety of things they do to help children and families flourish and I am in awe. This is an amazing organization led by a wonderful director assisted by caring, hardworking people."

The funds raised from this event will support the integrated family-centered services at Lund and the 50 Joy Drive Capital Campaign.

Provost Rosowsky's Campus Newsletter    (posted: February 13, 2014)
The February 2014 issue of Across the Green is available on the Provost's website: http://www.uvm.edu/provost/?Page=acrossthegreen.html
Across the Green is a series of periodic letters from the Provost, providing updates on current initiatives and information on topics of interest to the broader academic community at the University of Vermont.

UVM administration makes its STEM pitch     (posted: February 9, 2014)
(from the Burlington Free Press)  Board of Trustees treated to virtual view of proposed $100M project
Two eye-catching visual interludes — an animation and a student protest — enlivened an otherwise unexceptional meeting Friday morning of the University of Vermont Board of Trustees. The animation was an architectural fantasy of what the new science and engineering complex might look like four or five years from now — aerial views from a virtual fly-about drone. The protest was by students who favor divestment from fossil fuel companies, and their demonstration came nearly two months after a trustees’ sub-committee had rejected a divestment proposal, effectively ending official consideration of the issue. ..... more

UVM professor, senator pushes for more transparency     (posted: January 25, 2014)
(from the Burlington Free Press) MONTPELIER — When departing University of Vermont President Dan Fogel received a $410,000 severance package that included 17 months paid leave, the deal struck English professor Philip Baruth as off-base. More than two years later, in his role as a state senator, Baruth hopes to shine more light on public boards as they make such “golden parachutes.” ....more

LIFESCOPE PROGRAM AVAILABLE FOR RETIREES     (posted: January 22, 2014)
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n the late fall of 2013, The Wellness Corporation, UVM's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider, announced a new partnership with a recognized leader in the field of Employee  Assistance Program (EAP), worklife and wellness programs. This new partnership, branded "LifeScope," will enrich UVM's EAP and wellness offerings, while all of the benefits that our faculty and staff have been enjoying through The Wellness Corporation will continue uninterrupted. LifeScope programs provide a broad variety of services to the families* of UVM faculty, staff and retirees. For more information, click here.

FIVE EMERITI  PROFESSORS RECEIVE UVM RETIRED SCHOLARS AWARD      (posted: January 20, 2014)
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University Communications) Five emeriti professors from UVM have been selected to receive the University of Vermont Retired Scholars Award by the UVM Association of Retired Faculty and Administrative Officers (RFAO). Under the direction of the RFAO, the program provides support for faculty to complete a research or creative project after full retirement from the university. With support from President Tom Sullivan, the program provides awards to cover expenses for travel to give a refereed presentation at a national or international conference; completion and publication of a scholarly manuscript under contract with a publisher; preparation of an artistic work in a juried exhibition; preparation of a performance in music, dance, or theatre; completion and publication of a literary composition under contract with a publisher; acquisition of research materials such as data sets for secondary analysis or support for field project research; or other well-defined expenses associated with a creative or research project. The recipients of the award are the following:

Thom J. McEvoy, professor emeritus of Extension forestry, will complete and publish the expanded and updated third edition of his book Introduction to Forest Ecology and Silviculture.

Carolyn Elliott, professor emerita of political science, will travel to Hyderabad, India to present a seminar paper titled “Saturation Politics: A Tenuous Way out of Clientelism” and consult with research partners.

David Huddle, professor emeritus of English, will present a paper on Eudora Welty’s short story “Powerhouse” on a panel with Marjorie Sandor, Catherine Hankla, and Elizabeth Poliner at the 2014 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference in Seattle.

William Mann, professor emeritus of philosophy, will complete and publish two books: Augustine’s “Confessions”: Philosophy in Autobiography, a collection of essays by eight international scholars, and God, Modality, and Morality, a collection of his essays on philosophical theology.

Luther H. Martin, professor emeritus of religion, will complete and publish a volume of his collected essays titled Deep History, Secular Theory: Scientific Studies of Religion.

For more information, contact Jack McCormack, president of RFAO, johnmccormack@uvm.edu

TAPPING THE CENTER OF THINGS: POEMS BY MARY JANE DICKERSON     (posted: December 18, 2013)
(A review by Margot Harrison in Seven Days). See more at http://www.7dvt.com/2013poetry-quick-lit-jon-turner-sherry-olson-mary-jane-dickerson

MEDICAL INSURANCE RATES AT UVM INCREASE JANUARY 1     (posted: December 11, 2013)
Upcoming changes are associated with the Affordable Care Act.. This rate increase represents costs associated with the federal Insurer Fee and the Transitional Reinsurance Fee and it will range from 2.3% of the cost of insurance to 3.7%, depending on the healthcare plan in question. .... more


Hearing Aid Discount Program Through the Eleanor M. Luse Center     (posted: September 10, 2013)
The Eleanor M. Luse Center Audiology Clinic, part of UVM's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, is offering a 10% reduction off the cost of hearing aids selected and fit through the clinic. This limited-time benefit is available to UVM faculty, staff, retirees and their families. Professional fees normally applied (hearing evaluation, hearing aid selection, earmolds, fitting, and follow-up) will still be charged.....more

UVM Retired Scholars Award Program     (posted: August 27, 2013)
At the August 26, 2013 luncheon for emeriti faculty and administrative officers held in the Maple Ballroom at the Davis Student Center, President Sullian announced the newly-formed UVM Retired Scholars Award Program which will provide support for faculty to complete a research or scholarship project after full retirement from the university.
The deadline for applications is October 15, 2013. Click here for more details and application.

AN INTERVIEW WITH PROFESSOR EMERITUS HOWARD BALL     (posted: July 17, 2013)
(from University Communications)  Since Professor Emeritus Howard Ball’s so-called retirement in 2002, he’s written five books, completed two Distinguished Fullbrights and doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. UVM Today sat down with the former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in July at Henderson’s Café to talk about his new book At Liberty to Die: The Battle for Death with Dignity in America and his next book on the important work performed by forensic specialists trying to identify bodies from the Bosnian War......more

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Garcia Named Dean of UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences     (posted: June 16, 2013)
(from University Communications) The University of Vermont announced today that Luis Garcia has been named dean of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. Garcia also will be named the Barrett Foundation Professor in the college. He begins work at UVM on Aug. 15.....more

Interim Appointments: Vice President for Research and Graduate College Dean     (posted: May 30, 2013)
(announced by President Sullivan and Interim Provost Low)  Dr. Cynthia J. Forehand, Professor of Neurological Sciences, has    been appointed to the position of Interim Dean of the Graduate College. Dr. Forehand has been a faculty member at UVM since 1987 and is currently Associate Dean of the Graduate College.She is a highly    respected teacher and researcher, and has a strong record of success in securing extramural funding for her research.Dr. Forehand has  published extensively within her academic discipline, and has served  our University and other professional organizations on a variety of  committees, task forces, and searches.

Dr. John N. Evans, Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, has been appointed to the position of Interim Vice President for Research. Dr. Evans has been a faculty member in the College of Medicine since 1976, and has held a number of senior leadership positions during his tenure at UVM including Executive Dean of the College of
Medicine, Dean of the College of Medicine, and Senior Advisor to the President.In addition to his scholarly work and extensive research activities, Dr. Evans has broad experience in the areas of intellectual property, technology transfer, company start-ups, government and business relations, and economic development. He will not be a candidate for a permanent position. After completing his one year term as Interim Vice President, Dr. Evans will begin a two-year phased retirement from the University.

Benefits Open Enrollment ends on Friday, May 31     (posted May 21, 2013)
After that date, the window of opportunity for benefits-eligible faculty, staff and retirees to change the medical, dental, life and disability components of their
benefits package* will be closed until next May. Continue reading... < http://www.uvm.edu/president/?Page=news&storyID=16147&category=adminall >

Date Set for President's Luncheon for Retired Faculty     (posted: May 21, 2013)
We have been informed that the annual luncheon for retired faculty, sponsored by the President's Office, is scheduled for Monday, August 26 at 12:00 noon at  the Davis Center. More information will be forthcoming from the President's Office.

President Sullivan Hires RPI Engineering Dean as New Provost     (posted: May 21, 2013)
University of Vermont President E. Thomas Sullivan today announced his decision to appoint David V. Rosowsky, dean of the School of Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, as Provost and Senior Vice President, beginning August 1, 2013.....more

Shoring up a landmark: Construction at historic Waterman Building nearly done     (posted: April 29, 2013)
(from the Burlington Free Press). The University of Vermont's $740,000 project on the historic Waterman Building is nearly complete. .....more


UVM RETIREE BENEFIT CHANGES FOR 2013-2014     (posted: April 24, 2013)
Barbara Johnson, AVP of Human Resource Services, has just sent out a brochure related to upcoming changes in Retiree Benefits. Click here for a PDF version of the brochure.

THE ORIANA SINGERS  IN CONCERT     (posted: April 24, 2013)
Sunday, May 12, 4 p.m.
St. Paul's Cathedral

"The Ceremonial Mr. Handel"

--music of genius for special occasions by England's greatest baroque composer. The Dettingen Te Deum (celebrating a victory in the War of Austrian Succession); the extraordinary "Ways of Zion do Mourn" (for Queen Caroline's funeral); and the Coronation Anthem, "Zadok the Priest".

Oriana Singers, Soloists (Gail Whitehouse, Marjorie Drysdale Linda  Radtke, Adam Hall and Gary Moreau) and Orchestra,  William Metcalfe, conductor.

Tickets from FlynnTix.org or at door, $25, students $10.

More info:   OrianaSingersVt.org .

(In addition to  Bill Metcalfe, other Emeritae/Emeriti participating in this Concert are Laurel Broughton, Elizabeth Metcalfe, Phil Ambrose, Biil Lipke, and Bob Low)


PROVOST AND SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT FINALISTS     (posted: April 23, 2013)
From:  Abu Rizvi, Dean of the Honors College and Chair of the Provost Search Committee
             Rachel Johnson, Robert L. Bickford, Jr. Green and Gold Professor of Nutrition and Vice Chair of the Provost Search  Committee
To:       UVM Community
Re:       Provost and Senior Vice President Candidate Finalists

On behalf of the Provost and Senior Vice President Search Committee, we are very pleased to announce the four finalists for the Provost of the University of Vermont.
 
Laura Steinberg, Ph.D.
Dean of the L. C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science
Syracuse University
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Sunday, April 28 to Tuesday April 30, 2013

Robert Newman, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Humanities
Special Advisor to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
University of Utah
Professor of English
Monday, April 29 to Tuesday April 30, 2013

David Rosowsky, Ph.D., P.E., F. ASCE
Dean of Engineering
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Tuesday, April 30 to Thursday, May 1, 2013

Phillip Yeagle, Ph.D.
Interim Chancellor
Rutgers University, Newark
Professor of Biology
Wednesday, May 1 to Friday, May 3, 2013

Information about each finalist is available on the Provost Search Website.  We have an outstanding group of final candidates, each of whom is a highly accomplished and successful leader and scholar in higher education.   All have impressive records of achievement in their current and past roles.  

Each candidate will meet with Governance Leadership, Faculty Panel, Deans, Chairs of the Presidential Commissions, and senior leaders. In addition, there will be an open forum for each candidate followed by an informal reception. The times set aside for Open Forums are as follows:

Laura Steinberg, Ph.D. – Monday, April 29, 2013 * 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. North Lounge Billings Library
Robert Newman, Ph.D. – Tuesday, April 30, 2013 * 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Livak Ballroom, Davis Center
David Rosowsky, Ph.D. – Wednesday, May 1, 2013 * 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Carpenter Auditorium, Given Building
Phillip Yeagle, Ph.D. – Thursday, May 2, 2013 * 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building

Each Open Forum will be recorded and posted on the Provost Search website. To request any disability-related accommodations, please contact ACCESS at (802) 656-7753.  ASL interpreters will be provided at the forums. We hope you will plan to attend these open forums whenever possible.  An opportunity to provide feedback on each candidate is available on the Provost Search Website and this information will be shared with the Provost Search Committee.

We are fortunate to have attracted such a remarkable group of finalists, and we look forward to their upcoming campus visits with enthusiasm. On behalf of the Provost Search Committee, we want to express our appreciation for your involvement in the important process of selecting the next provost and senior vice president of the University of Vermont.  


VERMONT CHORAL UNION CONCERT     (posted: April 23, 2013)
Sunday, May 5, 3:00 p.m., McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. The Vermont Choral Union, directed by Jeff Rehbach, presents "Bouquet of Song" -- a concert of inspirational a cappella music, spanning five centuries, celebrating Spring’s morning brilliance, garden blossoms and moonlit nights, featuring works by Gibbons, Tallis, Rossi, Brahms, Mendelssohn Hensel, Hindemith, Britten, Lauridsen, Gjeilo and Whitacre. Admission at the door: $15; $10 seniors; $5 youth; free under 12; or $40 / family. Free with SMC ID. (Jack McCormack is a long-term member of the Choral Union). Additional information by phone: 802-989-7355; web: www.vtchoralunion.org; email: info@vtchoralunion.org

Bryan Honored by Vermont Legislature for 'Extraordinary Contributions to Vermont'     (posted: April 18, 2013)
(from University Communication) Frank Bryan, the John G. McCullough Professor of Political Science, was recognized by the Vermont State Legislature on April 16 with a resolution honoring his 36 years of “extraordinary contributions to Vermont.” .........more

PRESIDENT SULLIVAN ANNOUNCES ORGANIZATION CHANGES     (posted: April 17 2013)
April 16, 2013

To the University of Vermont Community:

I would like to share with you my plans to reorganize certain responsibilities among administrative leaders at the University in ways that will improve support of our mission, priorities, and the strategic action plan.  This rebalancing will allow us to better meet the challenges ahead, including assessing and implementing a new budget model, managing our financial and human resources, addressing facilities and technology needs and infrastructure, providing a safe and welcoming campus environment, and continuing to enhance the student experience intellectually, culturally, and socially, as well as strengthening support of faculty and staff.  It will also help us to be more efficient and effective.

After due reflection on how best to organize senior staff responsibilities, I plan to make the following organizational changes, effective July 1, 2013.  We will implement these changes in a cost effective way.

Richard Cate’s portfolio will include the offices of Budget and the Controller, as well as Business Services. This will enable him to concentrate on critically important budget and finance matters.

Tom Gustafson will take on new responsibilities, including supervision of Capital Planning and Management, Administrative and Facilities Services, Enterprise Risk Management, and Police Services. He will continue to administer Government Relations, University Communications, and Athletics, but not Student Affairs.

Associate Vice President Annie Stevens will assume primary leadership of our Student Affairs functions.  She will report to the Provost in order to bring our co-curricular activities into closer alignment with our academic mission.

Chief Diversity Officer Wanda Heading Grant’s responsibilities will be enlarged to encompass Human Resources. She will continue to oversee the Diversity and Equity Units and Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employment.

Following David Todd’s retirement, Mara Saule will serve as the Chief Information Officer, overseeing IT programs and operations. She will continue to serve as Dean of University Libraries.

Gary Derr, who currently serves as VP for Executive Operations, will concentrate on operational matters, such as Emergency Operations; University, Board and Presidential events planning; Honorary Degrees; senior officer conflicts of interest disclosure and management; human resources management with respect to the recruitment and periodic performance review of senior officers; public records act compliance; the University Policy Project; and UVM News You Should Know.

I also expect to name a Chief of Staff.  The Chief of Staff will oversee the Strategic Action Plan progress; assist me in developing Board and senior staff meeting agendas; interface with the Board of Trustees; help with outreach to the campus and higher education entities in Vermont and elsewhere; and manage the Office of the President.

As I communicated in a recent email, an internal search is now under way to fill the position of Interim Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies. I hope to complete this search by the end of the semester.

And very importantly, our national search for the next Provost should reach its conclusion in just a few weeks.

We have important work to advance and we must be organized effectively to do it well.  Some details remain to be resolved, such as position titles and job descriptions.  These will be completed in upcoming weeks, but I want to make you aware of these plans now as the end of the semester draws near.  I am confident that this plan will result in more efficiency, responsiveness, and innovation from the administrative leadership of UVM. 

I will keep you informed as this plan is finalized and completed. Thank you.

Tom Sullivan
President 


SEARCH COMMITTEE FOR THE DEAN OF ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES     (posted: April 16, 2013)
The search committee has scheduled candidates for on-campus interviews. For more details, click here.

CHARLES AND MARY ANN WOLF RECEIVE VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION AWARD     (posted April 9, 2013)
On April 8 at Champlain Valley Union High School, Charlie and Mary Ann Wolf received the Dr. Brian O'Regan Mentoring Award for their contributions to the Connecting Youth Mentoring Program at Williston Central School. The Wolfs were recognized along with other community volunteers who have dedicated their time to supporting youth and families. For more information about Connecting Youth, click here.

TWO UVM EMERITI PROFESSORS WIN PEN NEW ENGLAND AWARDS     (posted: March 19, 2013)
(from UVM Communications)   PEN New England announced the winners of their 2013 awards celebrating the best works of fiction, poetry and nonfiction by New England authors with University of Vermont faculty receiving the honor in two of the three categories. Bernd Heinrich, professor emeritus of biology, won the nonfiction award for Life Everlasting: The Animal Way of Death published last summer by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Emeritus Professor of English David Huddle won the prize for poetry with his latest collection, Blacksnake at the Family Reunion, published in November.  Click here for the complete story.

STOLER PRESENTS VOL. 6 OF MARSHALL PAPERS TO HILLARY CLINTON     (posted: February 24, 2013)
(from University Communications) Being asked to work on the definitive text chronicling the papers of George C. Marshall, U.S. secretary of state from 1947-49, was a true honor for Mark Stoler. Ever modest, the UVM professor emeritus of history admits his first thought was that more qualified people must be available. But the highly distinguished military and diplomatic historian -- and author of the acclaimed biography George C. Marshall: Soldier-Statesman of the American Century -- was a clear fit for the job. ...... more.....

Added a link to In Memoriam for Physllis Bronson  by UVM Arts & Sciences (see January 11 post below)

HEARING AID BENEFIT OFFERED BY Eleanor M. Luse Center     (posted: February 13, 2013)
UVM Faculty, Staff, Retirees and Their Families Eligible
The Eleanor M. Luse Center Audiology Clinic, part of UVM's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, is offering a 10% reduction off the cost of hearing aids selected and fit through the clinic. This limited-time benefit is available to UVM faculty, staff, retirees and their families. Professional fees normally applied (hearing evaluation, hearing aid selection, earmolds, fitting, and follow-up) will still be charged. Click here for more information.

INVITATION TO UVM COMMUNITY BY PROVOST SEARCH COMMITTEE     (posted: February 13, 20130
Message from Abu Rizvi, Dean of the Honors College and Chair of the Provost Search Committee Rachel Johnson, Robert L. Bickford, Jr. Green and Gold Professor of Nutrition and Vice Chair of the Provost Search Committee
February 11, 2013:lick here for

Provost Search Process

An important aspect of the search for the Provost and Senior Vice President of the University of Vermont involves gathering feedback from members of the University Community about the opportunities and challenges facing the University of Vermont as well as the personal and leadership characteristics desired of the next Provost and Senior Vice President. The information gathered through this process will assist the Provost Search Committee in developing search criteria and ways to identify outstanding candidates for the position.

We have created an online survey that is available to all members of the University community wishing to provide perspectives on the next Provost and Senior Vice President of the University of Vermont at Invitation to Comment. We encourage you to share your thoughts and ideas as we move ahead with this important search. The survey asks the following questions:

    What opportunities do you see facing the University of Vermont in the next ten years?
    What challenges do you see facing the University of Vermont in the next ten years?
    What professional qualifications/experiences should the next provost and senior vice president possess?
    What personal leadership characteristics should the next provost possess?
    What other considerations should the Provost Search Committee bear in mind?

Further information and regular updates on the status of the search will be available on this website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either (Abu.Rizvi@uvm.edu or Rachel.Johnson@uvm.edu).

Thank you in advance for your participation as we begin the important process of identifying UVM’s next Provost and Senior Vice President.


GRASSO TO JOIN UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE AS PROVOST    
(posted: February 2, 2013)
The University of Vermont’s vice president for research and dean of the Graduate College, Domenico Grasso, has been named provost at the University of Delaware. He will remain in his current post at UVM through Aug. 14........ more

INTERIM PROVOST APPOINTED BY PRESIDENT SULLIVAN    
(posted December 21, 2012)
To The University of Vermont Community:

        I am pleased to announce the appointment of an outstanding scholar, experienced administrator, and longtime University citizen to the position of Interim Provost and Senior Vice President.  Dr. Robert B. Low, Professor Emeritus of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, has agreed to assume this important role, pending Board of Trustees’ approval, for the period beginning January 1, 2013 through the completion of our national search for Provost.  The expected completion time for that search is Fall, 2013.  As I noted in my letter of December 14, the Interim Provost will not be a candidate for the permanent position.

        Professor Low has had a highly distinguished career, most of which has been spent at The University of Vermont, where he has been a faculty member in the College of Medicine since 1970.  Bob holds a B.A. (Biology) from Princeton University, his Ph.D. (Physiology) from the University of Chicago, and he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Biology).

        Bob has an impressive record of scholarship, with nearly 100 publications, and has served on numerous University-wide, college and departmental committees, focusing on a wide range of tasks including strategic planning, research, grant reviews, improving the RPT “green sheet” process, and reviews of administrative personnel.  He held the positions of UVM Interim Provost and Provost from 1992 to 1996, as well as Interim Executive Dean of the College of Medicine and Associate Dean for Research, and has been responsible for administrative oversight of medical education and faculty affairs in the College.  Bob has taught undergraduate, graduate, and medical students and continues to maintain an active teaching schedule in the College of Medicine.

        Bob will provide experienced and steady leadership to our academic enterprise over the months preceding the completion of our national search and the appointment of UVM’s next Provost.   I am deeply grateful to Bob for accepting this role, as he is foregoing certain personal and academic plans to do so.   I hope you will offer him your support and assistance as he helps us all to move UVM forward.

        Once again, on behalf of all of us, let me extend our sincere appreciation to Dr. Jane Knodell for her service as Provost and Senior Vice President.  We offer every best wish to Jane for her continued success in the future.

        With appreciation to all and best wishes for the holiday season,

        Tom Sullivan, President


VOLUNTEER OF THE WEEK - Dr. PAULA FIVES-TAYLOR    
(posted: December 18, 2012)
(from the Burlington Free Press)  “What an awful thing it would be to be born and it wouldn’t matter.” This statement sums up the gist of a poem that Dr. Paula Fives-Taylor first read as a 16-year-old. That sentiment has shaped her life ever since. She wanted to matter. She wanted to make a difference in the world. And make a difference she has. Click here for the remainder of the article.

LUTHER MARTIN RECEIVES AWARD   
  (posted: December 7, 2012)
On the occasion of the twenty-year celebration of the founding of its Department for the Study of Religions, Professor Emeritus Luther H. Martin was presented by the philosophical faculty of Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic, a memorial medallion honoring those "who have made an outstanding and effective contribution in nurturing letters and sciences and in supporting endeavors of (their) faculty." Martin was key to founding this department in 1992 and continuing its development of a "scientific platform" for the academic study of religion. Additionally, he hosted exchange students and research faculty from Masaryk University at UVM and served there as a visiting full professor in 2010.

CARDY RAPER  ELECTED FELLOW OF THE AAAS     (
posted: December 4, 2012)
  Cardy Raper
Cardy Raper, Research Associate Professor Emerita in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, was elected to the rank of Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science this fall. This honor was received in recognition of her distinguished contributions to the field of Biological Science. The American Association for the Advancement of Science, "Triple A-S" (AAAS), is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association. In addition to organizing membership activities, AAAS publishes the journal Science, as well as many scientific newsletters, books and reports, and spearheads programs that raise the bar of understanding for science worldwide. www.cardyraper.com

Bramley to oversee changes suggested by UVM advisory panel  
   (posted: November 28, 2012)
(from the Burlington Free Press) University of Vermont President Tom  Sullivan Wednesday appointed John Bramley to help oversee implementation recommendations of a governor’s advisory panel on UVM. Bramley, who retired this past summer after a long career as UVM administrator and professor, served on the panel as interim UVM president. Gov. Peter Shumlin appointed the committee a year ago to study the relationship between UVM and the state and to make recommendations on how Vermont can maximize its investment in its research university.
Click here for the complete article.

HELENE LANG ATTENDS AROHE BOARD MEETING    
(posted  November 24, 2012)
Helen Lang, a member of the Executive Board of the UVM Retired Faculy and Administrative Officers, attended the annual meeting of the AROHE Organization (Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on October 21-24.Helene will submit a report after she finishes rehab for the recent  knee surgery.

AROHE 

UVM ANNUAL BOOK BANQUET  
   (posted: November 7, 2012)
A message from Julie Roberts (President of the Faculty Senate, Professor and Director of Linguistics),  Robert Rodgers (Lyman-Roberts Professor of Classical Languages and Literature), and  Beth Mintz (Professor of Sociology):

 
We are pleased to announce that the Annual Book Banquet, sponsored jointly by the Faculty Senate and the Office of the President will take place from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p. m. on             Monday, December 10th in Billings Library. Central to the mission of our research University is the creation and dissemination of new knowledge. Each year, we celebrate the accomplishments of our colleagues who have published a book that year at the annual banquet. As an institution, it is essential that we recognize your achievement. We would like to invited all full and part-time faculty, emeriti faculty, and staff who have or will have published a book in 2012. If your book appeared too late for last December’s banquet, we’ll gladly include it this year. If you have published a book this year (or were too late last year) please email the title, co-authors, if any, and publisher to Ashley Clark (avclark@uvm.edu) by Tuesday, November 13th. All UVM authors and their guest will receive a more formal invitation to the banquet after November 13th.  Whether or not you can attend the banquet, we would respectfully request that you provide us with a copy of your book for display at this event: it makes for a very impressive show of quantity, quality, and diversity! Please drop off your book to the Faculty Senate Offices by December 7th. You may retrieve your book as you leave the banquet, or, if you prefer, it will be returned to you after the event. Every year, despite our best efforts, some authors miss this call and do not get invited. We would appreciate it if you could circulate this notice to any UVM friends or colleagues who may have published a book this year and should be invited to this important event. Should you have any questions about the Annual Book Banquet please email Kelly O’Malley, Coordinator of Presidential Events in the President’s Offices at 656-3412 or komalley@uvm.edu or Ashley Clark, Administrative Coordinator in the Faculty Senate Office at 656-2019 or avclark@uvm.edu.

Click here for a list of 2012 Featured Authors. 
 
NEW TEXTBOOK BY ROBERT LAWSON    
(posted: October  9, 2012)
Psychology and Systems at Work (2013)  by Robert B. Lawson, E. Doris Anderson & Lawrence P. Rudiger. Organizations matter. Most people spend a third to a half of their lives working in organizations. Given the high rates of unemployment people also spend more time looking for work. In addition, globalization and technological innovation continues to profoundly shape organizational culture, leadership, demography, and structure. For these and many other reasons, it is important for individuals to understand the nature of contemporary organizations. "Psychology and Systems at Work" provides know-how for retaining commitment to collective goals while taping the knowledge of a diverse workforce for riding the waves of change, utilizing mistakes to perfect systems, and insuring quality production. 21st Century theory, empirical findings, systemic intervention processes, and tool sets are thoroughly treated. Organizational life goes through times of relative harmony disrupted by periods of stress and uncertainty. However, in our own many decades of experience, we’ve been pleasantly surprised at how well people face challenges, defy the odds, and triumph. Success is the result of many factors—including good luck. But we have noticed, as Louis Pasteur observed long ago, that chance favors the prepared mind and resilient work habits. To find this book on-line enter the name of the text: Psychology and Systems at Work  or access this link.

CARLETON HAINES WINS UVM MEDICAL AWARD    
(posted: August 17, 2012)
(from the Williston Observer) Dr. Carleton R. Haines is the 2012 recipient of the University of Vermont College of Medicine’s A. Bradley Soule Award, which honors alumni whose loyalty and dedication to the College of Medicine most emulate those qualities found in its first recipient, A. Bradley Soule. Haines, a retired surgeon at Fletcher Allen Health Care and associate professor emeritus of surgery at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, lives in Williston. During his career, he served as director of the tumor registry for the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont and as director of cancer control for the State of Vermont Department of Health.  Link to the article.

UVM Mourns Loss of 'Dean of Vermont Studies'      (posted July 6, 2012)
(by Jon Reidel of UVM Communications) Vermont lost one of its preeminent historians on June 30 when beloved Professor Emeritus Samuel B. Hand passed away at the age of 80.
Hand, a Korean War veteran who came to UVM in 1961 to teach American history, was well known for his ability to bring history to life for his students and for those who read his books about Vermont’s historical and political past. He was also a mentor to many fellow faculty members at UVM. " ....more.

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