Alumni Awards Honor Three from CAS
Release Date: 04-07-2010
The Alumni Association has recently announced this year's award recipients, and three alumni from the College of Arts and Sciences were honored in two categories.
Key Compton ’92 (pictured) was one of two recipients of the Distinguished Service Award which is presented to a dynamic and purposeful volunteer leader who has given long-term personal service to the University of Vermont and the Alumni Association and whose loyal, unselfish, and consistent dedication and commitment has enhanced the reputation and furthered the mission of the University.
Key is among the University of Vermont’s most energetic and committed volunteers. As chair of the Alumni Association’s New York Regional Board, he has brought structure, strategy, and thoughtfulness to that role. Thanks to his leadership in re-energizing and restructuring the Events Committee of the New York Regional Board, alumni in the New York area have had a rich variety of opportunities to engage with the University and with one another, with a strategy of bringing Vermont to New York and vice-versa. That flair for strategic marketing led to the University’s developing the highly successful “From Vermont to You” promotional and outreach package to assist all the regional boards in connecting with alumni and parents in their regions. A member of the UVM Alumni Association Board of Directors, Key has also served on the School of Business Administration’s Board of Advisors and as a volunteer on many other committees including Alumni Admissions, Class Gift, and Reunion Planning.
Laura Berman ’90 and Brian Sack ’92 were two of the five recipients of the Alumni Achievement Award which is presented to alumni, who, because of distinguished stature in a chosen profession, have attained great respect on a local as well as national level and whose notable achievements have not only had a strong impact on their field and brought personal recognition as a leader in a profession which has enhanced the reputation of the University of Vermont.
Laura is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and obstetrics/gynecology at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and has been working as a sex educator, researcher, and therapist for 20 years. With a national and international reputation and following, she is considered a thought leader in her field. She has appeared in the pages of countless major publications and on radio and television, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today show, Fox News, CNN, the New York Times, USA Today, Glamour, Elle, and Ladies' Home Journal. Dr. Berman is a regular contributor on the Today Show, offering viewers advice about sex and relationships, and writes an online column, "In the Bedroom with Dr. Laura Berman." She is also the host of Oprah Radio's "Better in Bed," a live and lively call-in program that airs on SIRIUS XM Radio, and starred in Showtime's hit reality TV series, Sexual Healing, which followed real-life couples through a week in therapy with her. Dr. Berman is a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and coauthor of the New York Times best seller "For Women Only: A Revolutionary Guide to Overcoming Sexual Dysfunction and Reclaiming Your Sex Life," "Secrets of the Sexually Satisfied Woman: Ten Keys to Unlocking Ultimate Pleasure" and "The Passion Prescription." Her latest book, "The Book of Love," was released by DK Publishing in January 2010.
Brian is one of the key players in the effort to pull the nation out of what has come to be known as the Great Recession and return us to fiscal strength. As executive vice president of the Markets Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, he and a staff of about 400 manage the New York Fed’s $2.1 trillion portfolio of assets acquired in an aggressive effort to jump-start the economy. Current strategy at the Fed is based in no small measure on a paper Brian co-authored with current Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke in 2004. A double major in economics and mathematics at UVM, Brian went on to earn a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1997. He first joined the Fed in 1997 as a researcher, rising quickly to become head of the Monetary and Financial Markets Analysis section at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. He left the Fed to work with Macroeconomic Advisers, a private economics consulting firm in Washington, D.C. When Timothy Geithner left his position as president of the New York Fed to become U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, he was succeeded by William Dudley, who recruited Brian to come to New York as his successor. Fortune Magazine, in its “40 under 40” feature on rising business stars, said of Brian, “At a time when the plumbing of the financial system is in the spotlight, the youngest division leader at the New York Fed owns the biggest wrench.”