Welcome from Patricia A. Prelock, Dean
College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Welcome to the Class of 2016! I encourage you to be dreamers, not just learners, in the pursuit of your goals while attending the University of Vermont and becoming a part of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences community. Don't be afraid to imagine what your future could be and work hard to achieve it. You have incredible faculty and staff in the College and across the campus to ensure your success.
For our returning undergraduate and graduate students, the College continues to be proud of your accomplishments. We are here to support you in your ongoing journey to becoming the next generation of health care providers, researchers and leaders!
The College of Nursing and Health Sciences is dedicated to meeting the societal needs for preparing and placing health care professionals in the workforce while simultaneously supporting the University of Vermont's vision of excellence in the area of health. As students, you are part of our vision for excellence. We are pleased you have selected the University of Vermont and our College to capitalize on your strengths and engage in our dynamic learning community. You are part of a community with fully accredited programs, innovative researchers, award winning teachers and expert clinicians.
Our outstanding faculty will ensure you have meaningful classroom and clinical experiences as well as opportunities to engage in state-of-the-art research. Our exceptional staff will guide you through the processes and procedures of participating in a dynamic and sometimes complex academic and social environment. The Dean's Office will challenge you to discover new ideas, take learning risks and step out of your comfort zone to explore the many academic and research opportunities that will be available to you.
The College of Nursing and Health Sciences values diverse perspectives and collaboration among our colleagues in the health and related professions. We recognize the importance of championing the voice of all individuals who struggle in some way because of a health challenge, and we consider that individual in the context of family and community. We are committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse faculty, staff and student body. We wish to provide students with a distinctive learning experience and opportunities for meaningful engagement with faculty, staff and the community.
I encourage you to push yourself to work at your full potential, but don't forget to 'play' and create balance in your life. Our goal is to create a success plan for each of you and to inspire you to take charge of your learning. Be willing to ask for help and to offer help others may need. I ask that you demonstrate a mutual respect and positive regard for one another. I believe you will achieve great things this year and together we can begin to make a difference in the lives of people we encounter along the way.
Best wishes for an outstanding learning experience,Patricia A. Prelock, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Dean, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Professor, Communication Sciences
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