University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Welcome from Patricia A. Prelock, Dean

Welcome to the Class of 2017!

As you pursue your goals to learn new things, connect with others who share your passion, and prepare to make a difference as a health professional, I believe you will find a real sense of community in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Vermont.

I encourage you to imagine what your future could be and work hard to achieve it. You have amazing faculty and staff both in the College and across the campus to ensure you achieve your envisioned future.

For our returning undergraduate and graduate students, the College is so proud of all your accomplishments. I know you will continue on the positive path you have set forward. The Dean’s Office, faculty and staff are here to support you in this critical journey to becoming the next generation of health care providers, researchers and leaders!

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences is dedicated to meeting our society’s need for highly qualified and well-prepared health care professionals who are ready to join the workforce or to create new opportunities for learning upon graduation. We are also committed to supporting the University of Vermont's vision of excellence in the area of health. As students, you are part of that vision for excellence in academics, research and practice. We are excited that you have selected the University of Vermont and our College to capitalize on your strengths and engage in our dynamic learning community. As students, you are joining a thriving learning 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 prioritizes 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 each individual in the context of their family and community. We are committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse faculty, staff and student body to provide each of our students with a distinctive learning experience that is academically rigorous and creates opportunities for meaningful engagement both on campus and in the community.

I encourage you to push yourself to work to your full potential, but don't forget to have balance in your intellectual life. Take advantage of the beauty of Vermont and the connections you make with your peers. The College’s goal for your learning is to help you create a plan for your success and to inspire you to take charge of your learning. Please ask for help when you need it and offer to help others who may need your support. Remember to demonstrate a mutual respect and positive regard for one another. I know each of 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 a rewarding learning experience this academic year. And in the words of Helen Keller, remember: “alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

Patricia A. Prelock, PhD, CCC-SLP
Dean, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Professor, Communication Sciences

Last modified October 02 2013 09:58 AM