University of Vermont

The Honors College

Peer Leader Program

The Peer Leader Program is an initiative designed as a resource for first year students as they transition to college life in the Honors College. Incoming students are grouped with an upper-class Honors College student who serves as the Peer Leader- a mentor sharing experience, listening, giving advice, and ultimately being the resource you need during your first semester here.

Throughout the year various programs and events are held to meet the unique needs of first year students in a new environment. We host these events to encourage our students to forge meaningful connections and build lasting memories together. A few highlights from this past year include a trip to Shelburne Farms for apple picking, Jeopardy games, a Super Bowl Party and plenty of arts and crafts nights!

You will receive a letter from your Peer Leader in early August, and will meet them in person at the First Year Welcome Event at the Fleming Museum on Saturday, August 25th.

For students interested in becoming a Peer Leader for Fall 2013, applications will be available in December 2012.

Juliana Morris

Juliana Morris

Hi, my name is Juliana Morris, but feel free to call me Julie! I am from Kingston, Massachusetts. I am a junior majoring in mathematics with a statistics concentration and minoring in business administration. I have been involved with Habitat for Humanity, Pets Helping People, and last year I lived in the Health and Wellness Residential Learning Community. Last winter break I went on a faculty-led study abroad trip to Ecuador and now I cannot wait to start traveling again. In the spring semester I plan to study abroad in Florence, Italy. I also love to play intramural sports like soccer and broomball. In my free time I enjoy running, hanging out with my friends, eating, and exploring Burlington! If you have any questions feel free to contact me at jmorri10@uvm.edu.

Carolyn Carney

Carolyn Carney

I'm a sophomore at UVM from Falmouth, Maine. I'm currently a biology major and statistics minor within the College of Arts and Sciences. Outside of schoolwork, I was the President of the University Heights North (UHN) Hall Council, played in intramural sports, and was in the Pre-Med club. This summer, I'll be a camp counselor for a camp in my hometown and soaking up the sun on the ocean. In my spare time, I love to ski, play tennis, run, and hang out near the lake! My favorite thing about Burlington is all of the mountains; it's amazing going for hikes and being able to go from class to the slopes in under an hour. Feel free to e-mail me or just say hi at cacarney@uvm.edu!




John Hart

John Hart

Hello! My name is John Hart and I am from Irvine, California. I am a junior pursuing a History and Political Science double major. I love sports; I played football and baseball in high school, but since coming east I have been getting into more outdoorsy things like hiking, canoeing, rock or ice climbing, kayaking, etc. Burlington is a great place for any and all of those pursuits. Here at the groovy UV, I am a writing tutor and an ROTC cadet. I will be living in the Redstone Lofts this year, but my door is always open. I am always happy to sit around and talk, so stop by any time! Or you can email me at jshart@uvm.edu.

Emily Howe

Emily Howe

Hi! My name is Emily Howe and I am from Barrington, Rhode Island. I am a sophomore pursuing a dual degree in Secondary Education and History. In addition to being a Peer Leader in the Honors College, I will also be working as a Writing Tutor in the Learning Co-Op. On campus, I'm involved in Colleges Against Cancer, which organizes the UVM Relay For Life. I'm also a member of a co-ed service fraternity called Alpha Phi Omega - if you're interested in community service, it's definitely worth checking out! I love cooking, baking, Zumba, anything Harry Potter related, playing guitar, reading, watching movies with friends, and finding cool new places to hang out downtown! I love to hear people's stories and I look forward to getting to know you this fall. If you have any questions or just want to chat, feel free to Facebook me or email me at ehowe2@uvm.edu! Have a great summer!

Kara Freeman

Kara Freeman

Hi, my name is Kara Freeman and I am a sophomore from Reading, Massachusetts. I am majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and I one day hope to become a speech pathologist. My ultimate goal is to work with autistic children, or maybe brain damaged and stroke victims. Outside of class, I am a member of the Alpha Phi Omega co-ed, non-Greek service fraternity and I love going to spinning, Zumba, and yoga classes here at UVM. I love dogs and the beach, and I enjoy baking, running, skiing, being outside, hanging out downtown, and most of all laughing. I am incredibly happy here at UVM and I look forward to meeting you all! If you have any questions or just want to say hi, feel free to contact me at kefreema@uvm.edu.

Krystina Kattermann

Krystina Kattermann

Hello! My name is Krystina. I'm a sophomore with a major in molecular genetics in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. I'm from a small town in northern New Jersey where I live on a lake. Because of this I love all things water related and am a member of the club swim team here at UVM. I chose to come to UVM because I really loved the friendly, laid-back atmosphere when I visited. UVM also has great research opportunities and a hospital on campus, which is a great resource for the major I'm in. When I'm not swimming or studying, I love cooking, watching movies with friends, and skiing as often as possible. My favorite thing about UVM aside from its close proximity to some great slopes is the Ben and Jerry's in the Davis Center where I make sure to get ice cream at least once a week. Feel free to email me at kkatterm@uvm.edu.

Carolyn Boudreau

Carolyn Boudreau

Welcome first years! My name is Carolyn Boudreau and I am from North Andover, Massachusetts. I am a junior Spanish major and Theatre minor and I joined the Honors College as a sophomore. On campus I enjoy being a member of the UVM Celtic Cats as well as an active member in the UVM Theatre community. I love participating in the group fitness classes at Patrick Gym as well - I'm always ready to shake it at Zumba classes! I enjoy traveling a great deal and plan to study abroad in Salamanca, Spain in the spring of 2013. Feel free to shoot me an email at caboudre@uvm.edu. I'm happy to answer any questions/concerns or if you just feel like saying hello or introducing yourself, please do!




Alyssa Micheli

Alyssa Micheli

Hi! My name is Alyssa Micheli and I'm from Long Island, New York. I am a sophomore planning to double major in Psychology and Italian Studies. I am a member of UVM's Mock Trial team. Before I graduate, I hope to get involved with psychology research and study abroad in Italy. I love the atmosphere here at UVM and in Burlington. In my spare time, I like to listen to music, watch movies on Netflix, and just hang out with friends. Feel free to send me an email at armichel@uvm.edu!

Katie Alexander

Katie Alexander

My name is Katie Alexander and I am a native Vermonter from the Northeast Kingdom. I am an English major and in the fall, I will be a junior at UVM. Additionally, I hope to minor in Women and Gender Studies and Political Science. I really enjoy reading, dancing, cooking, hiking, and being outdoors in Vermont throughout every season. I am so happy to be in state and I am proud to be a fourth-generation UVM student. On campus, I have participated in Dancing Uphill and I love being a member of FeelGood. I am very happy to be a Catamount, so feel free to contact me about my experience at ccalexan@uvm.edu.

Hailey Grohman

Hailey Grohman

My name is Hailey Grohman and I am a sophomore in the Honors College. I am an Ecological Agriculture major and I'm from Portland, Maine. I am a member of Common Ground (the student-run farm), UVMtv, and Alternative Spring Break. I love playing soccer, running, reading, and cooking in the UHeights North kitchen! I am spending the summer in Europe and then coming home to work as an ice cream scooper until we come back to school in August. I love UVM because it's in a perfect place and full of amazing, friendly, smart people! My e-mail is hgrohman@uvm.edu, feel free to contact me anytime!

Luke Dorfman

Luke Dorfman

Hi all! My name is Luke Dorfman and I'm a sophomore at UVM. I grew up in Shelburne, Vermont - about a 15-minute drive from campus - so I know all about the opportunities that the greater Burlington area has to offer. I absolutely love Vermont: its beautiful setting, its kindhearted people, and its quirky atmosphere. I'm pursuing a double major in Anthropology and English with a minor in Math. Outside of the classroom, I'm actively involved with Amnesty International, the Outing Club, and the intramural sports programs. I tutor local high school students and work as a substitute teacher at my old high school. I'm a huge soccer fan - both player and spectator - and also love running, basketball, and biking. My plans this summer include travel to Nepal to study a remote region of the Himalayas called Mustang. If you have any questions, concerns, or just want to say hi, feel free to email me at Luke.Dorfman@uvm.edu. I look forward to meeting you all soon!



Kristen Hamilton

Kristen Hamilton

My name is Kristen Hamilton, and I am from Gorham, Maine. I am a Political Science major with a minor in English. I am a member of Delta Delta Delta and have thoroughly enjoyed our philanthropic endeavors, such as raising money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Relay for Life. I am also a member of the Political Science Honors Program. Throughout my senior year, I will be writing my thesis on the controversy over the purpose of civic education in a democratic society. I have a passion for traveling, and am especially in love with Ireland, as I studied abroad there for a semester in 2011. I can frequently be found glued to a big comfy chair and my laptop at Henderson's in the Davis Center. My email address is kehamilt@uvm.edu - feel free to contact me with any questions!

Marissa Bucci

Marissa Bucci

Hi all! My name is Marissa Bucci and I am a sophomore from Fairfield, Connecticut. I am majoring in Political Science and minoring in English. At UVM, I compete on the Mock Trial team, ski, go on Outing Club trips, and intern at Student Legal Services. I also enjoy long-distance running, listening to music, and reading books, especially Kurt Vonnegut! I love any and all outdoor activities (especially hiking) and consuming large quantities of coffee and chocolate. Contact me at: mabucci@uvm.edu

Alan Chu

Alan Chu

Hey there! My name is Alan and I'm proud to be from Jersey. Unfortunately, I'm not from the Jersey Shore. I'm currently a sophomore majoring in Biochemistry in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. I'm an Outing Club Leader, and love to hike, ski, rock climb, and do anything else adventurous! I'm also involved in ALANA Gear, which is a club that helps ALANA students and others with limited prior exposure and knowledge gain outdoor experience. I had an awesome time this past year at UVM and can't wait to get back to Burlington. It will be exciting to meet new people and to be a part of the Peer Leader program. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at aychu@uvm.edu or find me on Facebook!

Mike Wood

Mike Wood

My name is Mike Wood and I'm a junior at UVM with a double major in Sociology and French. I originally hail from the speck-on-the-map town of Andover, CT. Throughout high school, I was part of a community-building youth group that had a lot of the same aims that the Peer Leader program has. I really like playing and listening to music. I play drums and guitar and do a little singing and I like rock, rap, reggae, jazz, acoustic, folk, and pretty much anything that has a creative sound. I also love being in nature, taking bike rides, chilling out by streams and lakes, and so on. I think that learning about other people's lives and cultures is really interesting, so be sure to talk to me about that. I can't wait to meet all of you and I hope you have a wonderful experience at UVM. Contact me at: Michael.Wood.1@uvm.edu.

Meredith Knowles

Meredith Knowles

Hi all! My name is Meredith and I am a sophomore in CEMS pursuing a Mechanical Engineering degree with a Biomedical concentration. Growing up in a military family, I've lived all over but currently my family is stationed just outside of Washington, DC. On campus I am a member of the Society of Women Engineers, am involved at the Catholic Center, and was an Orientation Leader this past summer. I'm a baking fiend, so don't be surprised if you see me dancing around in the UHeights North kitchen! I love being outside, hunting down good music, sharing good food, and I have an avid affection for coffee. I've made Vermont my home and I can't wait for you to make it yours too. I'm always here to chat or hang out and you can reach me easily by Facebook or by email at mknowle1@uvm.edu. I'm super excited to meet you all!

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