Ceremonial Events - Commencement
Janet E. Terp, Class of 1980, G ’94
President of the University of Vermont Alumni Association
On behalf of the more than 88,000 UVM alumni from across the country and around the world, I congratulate you on your graduation and welcome you all into the Alumni Association. If you are like I was, you have been looking forward to this day from the moment you decided to attend the University of Vermont. We are delighted to have you as part of the UVM family to carry on the strong traditions that bind us to our alma mater.
Today, your thoughts are, naturally, on other things – vacations, travel, graduate school, or even a job. While you will be going in many different directions, let the Alumni Association be your link to the University and your friends. The best way to stay informed is by joining the UVM Connection, where you will receive alumni news and campus updates. We also will keep you connected by publishing your updates in the Vermont Quarterly. By attending local alumni gatherings wherever you are, you will run into old friends and meet new ones. There are chapters all across the country waiting to welcome you. Alumni also use UVM as an ongoing resource for lifelong learning.
I hope you will stay connected. It will be well worth your time.
We hope that each of you will continue your strong ties to your University and that you will bring a new generation into our ranks. Good luck to you all, and, again, a warm welcome to the UVM Alumni Association. And now, it is my sincere pleasure to present the Kidder Faculty Award.
Presentation of the George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award
The University of Vermont Alumni Association is proud to honor Professor Richard Sugarman with the 2007 George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award. This award was named for Dr. George V. Kidder, UVM class of 1922 and former Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, to praise excellence in teaching and extraordinary contributions to the enrichment of campus life. Professor Sugarman, a faculty member in the Religion Department, is the 34th recipient of the award.
Richard Sugarman came to the University of Vermont in 1970, and for more than 35 years he has been, as one colleague has suggested, “more than a classroom teacher. He is a whole program, a whole liberal arts education. He is the ‘Sugarman experience.’”
Professor Sugarman has been highly acclaimed by his students as well. One student wrote of him, “His influence on me is unmatched. I see in him a total commitment to his students, who are trying so desperately to wrap their hands around a very difficult philosopher…I can only marvel at the fact that there is a perpetual stream of young men and women funneling into the Humanities Center at any hour to see this man and talk with him about something…or about nothing.”
Another student admitted, “Before enrolling at UVM, I was merely another bright underachiever. By the time I graduated, I was a cum laude Phi Beta Kappa graduate with multiple honors. One man is responsible for my turnaround: Professor Richard Ira Sugarman.”
The Kidder Award recognizes the kind of commitment to teaching that results in a strong, positive influence long after a student has graduated from UVM. For all he has contributed to the lives of his students and to the University of Vermont, Richard Sugarman is truly deserving of this award. On behalf of The University of Vermont Alumni Association, I am pleased to present the 2007 George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award to Professor Richard Sugarman.