Articles by Dean Grasso

Back to the Future: State of the College 2008

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Reaffirming Our Vision

As has become a tradition for me each year, I would like to reaffirm our collective College vision, passed unanimously by you in 2005.

The College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences will offer distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs of national stature in engineering, computer science and mathematics, emphasizing the unity of knowledge in a liberal education context, and preparing graduates for leadership roles in society as well as in their chosen profession.

The College will be a treasured resource for the state of Vermont and will be marked by faculty excellence and innovation in both education and scholarship, and by creative students disciplined in academic rigor, continuous self-discovery, effective communication, critical thinking, and socially responsible decision-making in order to build a sustainable future as members of the global community.

It is now 2008, and I am honored to say that the State of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Vermont is extremely strong — stronger than it has ever been. We have more publications, more hires, more undergraduates, and growing respect and interest from Vermont and the nation. This is thanks to all of you.

In a moment, I will go through many of our specific accomplishments of last year — and remark on the challenges we have that lay ahead. First, however, I would like to take a moment to thank all of you for your service to our students. We are becoming a popular College on campus — with increasing enrollments and ever better students asking for admission to our fold. The dedication of so many of you to those students, to experiment with new ideas that motivate their learning and to be true mentors is not unnoticed. This is the core of our mission at UVM, and those of you who rise to the challenge and reward of innovative, engaging, and exciting teaching are our most valuable asset.

I would also like to take a moment to recognize the academic unit heads, College administrators and staff for their work over the past year. Jeff Marshall, Bob Jenkins, Jim Burgmeier, Sean Wang, Jun Yu, and Bill Lakin — all of you have led major programs and initiatives in the College and I appreciate your service.

To College-wide staff who so often work behind the scenes, the academic and research enterprise does not exist without you. Joan Jordan, Marnie Owens, Joan Rosebush, Dawn Densmore, Josie Herrera, Monika Ursiny, Mary Reilly, Sharon Sylvester, Karen Bernard, Kurt Anthony, Michelle Mayette, Karen Wright, Penni French, Meggan Roberge, Laurel Zeno, Anthony Fouche, Floyd Vilmont, Keri Toksu, Tim Raymond, Victor Rossi, Jim White, and Lora Campagna — thank you.

And I would like us all to take a moment to also especially recognize Assistant Dean Dan Harvey for his tireless efforts on behalf of our College. His keen insight, his ability to manage the most complex and challenging of issues with unparalleled professionalism, and his dedication to excellence for our College goes above and beyond expectations each day. Thank you, Dan.

Into this excellent College, it is with great pride that we have continued to hire the best, brightest, and most exciting new talent.

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See also: 2007 State of the College | 2006 State of the College