University of Vermont

The Honors College

Fall 2009 New Faces in the Honors College

Cait Bjellquist - Student Leadership Coordinator

Cait Bjellquist

Caitlin Bjellquist is our new Student Leadership Coordinator. Originally from New Jersey, Cait is a studio-arts graduate of Arcadia University, located just outside of Philadelphia. Prior to joining us she was residence hall advisor at the New School University in New York City. She is enrolled in UVM's Higher Education and Student Affairs graduate program.

Cait will be working to provide University Heights North with co-curricular and extracurricular activities that will knit students into a cohesive community. Literally. She has founded the Knit-Wits, which starting in October will bring together Honors College students that like to knit. Cait has several goals for the organization, including knitting for charity and "guerilla knitting." She will also supervise the Honors College's peer mentoring program.

Gayle Bress - Undergraduate Resarch Advisor

Gayle Bress

Gayle Bress has joined the Honors College as Undergraduate Research Coordinator following 11 years working with the University's HELiX program (Hughes Endeavor in the Life Sciences). Hailing from New York City and now a resident of Burlington, Gayle has a background in forensic chemistry and an M.Ed. in science education. She is the recipient, in October 2008, of the Sister Elizabeth Candon Women in Higher Education Award.

Under Gayle's leadership, the Undergraduate Research Office serves students from all across UVM. It matches students and mentors via its Undergraduate Research database and administers the annual Student Research Conference. Gayle will also manage a variety of grants and programs: the URECA awards, summer internships, mini-grants, the Premedical Enhancement Program (PEP), the Honors College's thesis support UROP's, internships with the Chief Medical Examiner, the Women in Science Program, and awards for SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science).

Britten Chase - Fellowships Advisor

Brit Chase

We are excited to welcome Brit Chase to fellowships advising at UVM; she will be working with Lisa Schnell to advise students across the campus in national fellowship and scholarship competitions.

After graduation from Hamilton College and then from Columbia University (with a Masters in Journalism), Brit worked as a journalist before becoming the Director of New Media for Oregon congressman, Earl Blumenauer. So along with her tremendous energy, Brit also brings valuable skills in writing and communications, both of which she will put to good use in working with students on their applications for prestigious fellowships like the Fulbright, Truman, Udall, and Boren (among others). Brit will be just down the hall from the Honors College offices, in 17A U-Heights North (just beside the rec room on the main floor). We're thrilled to have her as part of the Honors College team!

MJ Moreo - Honors College Student Mentor

MJ Moreo

MJ Moreo is new to the Honors College role of student mentor to first year students. She will work closely on the Peer Mentoring Program with the HC Student Leadership Coordinator, Cait Bjellquist. In addition, MJ is available to serve as a resource to first year students, and can provide advice on a variety of things, from choosing a major to how to get help with time management.

MJ is originally from Ohio and is a TV and movie fanatic. Her favorite movie is Gone With the Wind and her favorite TV series is LOST. MJ is a political science/environmental studies double major, is involved with Alpha Delta Pi sorority, and is a member of the Accounting Club. She plans to go to law school to study environmental law and policy. She loves to try new things and possesses a lot of random information, which would make her a great contestant on Cash Cab. Her favorite profs are Robert Bartlett and Anthony Gierzynski, both in the poli sci department. Her thesis work revolves around evaluating the effectiveness of public financing of candidates at the state level.

MJ applied to be student mentor because she wanted to get more involved in the Honors College and has lots of ideas for programming for first year students.

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