University of Vermont

Academic Ceremonies - Commencement

Alumni Greeting - Guzewicz

Mary Ellen Guzewicz, ’73,
President of the UVM Alumni Association

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Good morning and congratulations to the great class of 2009! I imagine that many of you are feeling a little nostalgic, thinking of all that you have experienced over these last four years. And although you are moving on to the next chapter in your lives and will be going in many different directions, I want to encourage you to continue the connection that you made with UVM that very first day that you stepped foot on campus as a freshman and to develop a life long relationship with the university through the UVM Alumni Association

You will find that it is a rich and active organization that is there to help you stay connected to this special place as well as to your classmates, teammates, and friends. There are many ways to stay involved. I encourage you to check out the UVM Connection web site, the Vermont Quarterly Magazine, and also the many Alumni Chapters and alumni gatherings that take place across the country each year.

On behalf of the more than 90,000 UVM alumni, I welcome each and every one of you to our UVM Family. Good luck and again congratulations.

George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award
Citation for Elaine McCrate, Associate Professor of Economics and Award Recipient

The University of Vermont Alumni Association is delighted to present the 2009 George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award to Professor Elaine McCrate. This award was named for Dr. George V. Kidder, UVM class of 1922 and former Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, to recognize excellence in teaching and extraordinary service to UVM. Professor McCrate, is the 36th recipient of the award.

Professor McCrate joined the UVM faculty in 1985 and has a joint appointment in Economics as an Associate Professor and Chair and also Women’s and Gender Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. She has taught in the Integrated Social Science Program and served as its interim director. As a labor economist, Professor McCrate has specialized in the political economy of low-wage labor markets, and her teaching has focused on such subjects as Labor Economics, Women in the U.S. Economy, and Labor-Management Relations. Her CV is quite impressive—her publications, presentations, and grant awards too many to recount here.

Along with being both an outstanding teacher and scholar, Professor McCrate, importantly, has also been a dedicated advisor, not only on academic matters, but also supporting students who are struggling in their lives and work at UVM. Professor McCrate has always been generous with the time she offers to students, and she has served as a mentor to many, allowing them to gain research skills through their work as research assistants.

Her students have commented that she “not only gave me the tools, but taught me how to use them to create social change,” and “she helped me to see the social sciences as a life-long conversation.” One student wrote, “During my freshman year, I had the privilege of learning from Professor McCrate. I can say without hyperbole that this experience profoundly shaped not only my academic endeavors, but what I have come to understand as my life’s calling.”

For all she has contributed to the lives of her students and to the University of Vermont I am pleased to present the 2009 George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award to Professor Elaine McCrate.

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