University of Vermont

The Honors College

Fall 2013 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 24th.

For students interested in becoming a Peer Leader for Fall 2014, applications will be available in December 2013.

Alex Dolph

Alex Dolph

Hi everyone! My name is Alex Dolph and I'm a junior majoring in political science and history. I'm from Pepperell, Massachusetts. I love movies, running, animals, and baking. I'm also an avid, and a bit over-competitive, intramural sports participant! On-campus I'm involved in the DREAM mentoring program and I am a Student Government Association Senator. I'm also a huge foodie so if you're ever looking for a new or different restaurant downtown, I'm your resource! If you have any questions or just want to say hello my contact is acdolph@uvm.edu!





Stefanie Doucette

Stefanie Doucette

Hello! My name is Stefanie Doucette, and I am from Westford, Massachusetts. Although it's hard to believe how quickly my time here at UVM has gone, I will be a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences this fall, pursuing an English major and Philosophy minor. This past spring semester I studied abroad in Prague, Czech Republic. I loved my travel experience so much, but am happy to be back home now in the awesome city of Burlington. Throughout my time at UVM, I have been a member of the Lawrence Debate Union and written for our newspaper, The Vermont Cynic. I also enjoy playing volleyball, hanging out by the lake with my friends, and eating Ben and Jerry's. If you have any questions, or just want to say hello, feel free to email me at sedoucet@uvm.edu. I am looking forward to meeting all of you!




Wes Dunn

Wes Dunn

My name is Wes Dunn, and I'm a sophomore hailing from Gloucester, Massachusetts and Little Falls, New York. I'm majoring in Secondary Education with a concentration in English. Outside of academics, I run distance and ride my bike. I also read and write a lot, am on the Quidditch team, write for the Water Tower (a student-run newspaper), have held a work-study job in the campus greenhouses, and love going to farmer's markets and anything to do with local agriculture. I really like all the opportunities that Burlington and UVM have to offer - it's a great place to be! Hope you all have a great summer, and I look forward to meeting you in the fall - email me anytime at wesley.dunn@uvm.edu.




Kara Freeman

Kara Freeman

Hi, my name is Kara Freeman and I am a junior from Reading, Massachusetts. I am a Communication Sciences and Disorders Major with a Linguistics minor. One day, I hope to become a speech and language pathologist. I am a member of the Speech and Hearing Club and Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed, non-Greek service fraternity here at UVM. In my free time, I enjoy baking, running, skiing, spending time outside, and hanging out downtown. I also love dogs, the beach, and most of all laughing! My favorite thing to do in Burlington is to watch the sunset at the waterfront while enjoying some Ben & Jerry's. I look forward to meeting you all this fall! If you have any questions or just want to say hi, feel free to contact me at kefreema@uvm.edu.




Allison Giroux

Allison Giroux

Hi! My name is Allison Giroux and I am a sophomore in the Honors College. I am a neuroscience major in the College of Arts and Sciences, and I am also pre-med. My hometown is Hinesburg, VT, which is about a 20-minute drive from campus, so I know the area really well! I am a member of a co-ed service fraternity on campus called Alpha Phi Omega, and I am also a big UVM basketball fan. Some of my favorite things to do when I'm not studying include downhill skiing, waterskiing, watching movies with friends, and laughing (a lot)! I look forward to meeting all of you! If you have any questions, want to introduce yourself, or just want to say hi, feel free to send me an email at argiroux@uvm.edu.

Manya Gordon

Manya Gordon

My name is Manya Gordon, and I am a sophomore here at UVM. I am pursuing a double major in the College of Arts and Sciences in Environmental Studies and Global Studies with a Spanish minor. I am from Saxtons River, a small town in southeastern Vermont. On campus, I am involved in the outing club, the rock climbing team, and intramural sports, and I am a rock climbing TREK leader. I love all outdoor adventures, including skiing, snowboarding, biking, hiking, rock climbing and running, so Burlington is a great place for me! My other interests include travelling, playing piano and cello, and cooking. I am excited to meet all of you in the fall and help make your first semester awesome! Feel free to get in touch on Facebook or email me at mkgordon@uvm.edu.




Emily Howe

Emily Howe

Hi! My name is Emily Howe and I am from Barrington, Rhode Island. I am a junior 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!

Morgan Mathews

Morgan Mathews

Hey there! I'm a sophomore neuroscience major with a psychology minor in the College of Arts & Sciences. I'm from a small town in upstate NY called Horseheads that is located about 40 minutes away from Ithaca, NY. Last year I went on a service TREK, volunteered at Edmunds Elementary School, joined a book club, and was Vice President and Treasurer for University Heights North's Hall Council. This year I will also work as the spring Outreach Coordinator for Edmunds and I hope to get involved in research. With my free time, I love attending fitness classes, going on midnight adventures, eating creemees while sitting by the lake, reading, and dancing everywhere. You'll often find me at basketball games with my roommate - Go Cats Go! I love Vermont and the UVM community and hope you will too! Feel free to contact me at memathew@uvm.edu.

Molly O'Brien

Molly O'Brien

Hi, I'm Molly O'Brien from Westwood, Massachusetts. I'm a sophomore in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences studying Nursing! I'm in Campus Kitchens a community service cooking group, ski and snowboard club, and running club. I love being outdoors and skiing all season. I'm a volunteer at Fletcher Allen Hospital and I work at the beach all summer! I love food of all kinds and love to cook and bake. I love to run, swim and play most sports! Iím really looking forward to meeting all of you. Feel free to Facebook me, although there are several Molly O'Briens. My email is mobrie16@uvm.edu.

Leah Rogstad

Leah Rogstad

Hello! My name is Leah and I am a sophomore pursuing a degree in Global Studies and minoring in Spanish and Biology. I am from the beautiful town of Wallingford, Vermont, but I'm happy to call Burlington my second home. At UVM, I love playing intramural soccer (you should join my team in the fall!), making ceramics at the Pottery Co-op, and getting to know all of the incredible exchange students through World Club. Between high school and college, I spent a year volunteering in Peru and travelling in Europe, and I love that in Burlington, there are lots of ethnic restaurants and cultural festivals that I can explore. In my free time, I like hiking, cooking delicious sweet treats, and painting. I can't wait to meet you all. Feel free to email me at lrogstad@uvm.edu if you have any questions.




Newt Rose

Newt Rose

My name is Newt Rose and I'm a native Vermonter from the town of Ludlow. I'm a sophomore here at UVM and am majoring in History. I enjoy all four seasons of New England especially through hiking, canoeing, and kayaking and I look forward to doing all of these activities this summer. What better place than Vermont for doing these things? I had an awesome time this past year and can't wait to come back to Burlington. If you have any questions or just want to say hey, feel free to contact me at nrose@uvm.edu or find me on Facebook. See you August!

Olivia Taylor

Olivia Taylor

Hi! I'm Olivia Taylor and I'm a junior studying Environmental Studies in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. My focus is in Policy & Development and I am pursuing a minor in Political Science. I am a Writing Tutor in the Writing Center on campus, as well as a Learning Skills tutor in the Learning Co-op. I am the Campus Outreach Intern at CarShare Vermont, and a member of the Student Alumni Association and the Chair of Alumni Relations on the co-ed service fraternity, Alpa Phi Omega (APO). I love watching movies, especially anything sci-fi or superhero related. I also love reading, dogs, and spending time with my friends. I look forward to spending time with you all and helping you get to know the city and campus I love! Feel free to contact me at oitaylor@uvm.edu.

Hannah Ullman

Hannah Ullman

Hello! My name is Hannah Ullman and I am a junior in the Honors College. I am a Latin major and am minoring in public communications and community international development. On campus I have been involved with the Vermont Cynic as a writer and editor and was part of UVM's Latin Jazz Ensemble as the vocalist. Currently, I am a senator in the Student Government Association and part of UVM's Salsa and Swing Society competitive ballroom dancing team. Some of my favorite places to go in Burlington include Duino Duende, Radio Bean, Dobra Tea, and Burlington Bay. My other interests include singing, hiking, eating, crafting, and cats. Please feel free to email me at hullman@uvm.edu with any questions you may have. I look forward to meeting all of my mentees!

Abigail Waite

Abigail Waite

Hi! My name is Abbie Waite and I'm a junior from Hartland, Vermont. I'm majoring in Psychology with a double minor in Mathematics and Statistics. At UVM, I am involved in Alpha Phi Omega (a co-ed service fraternity), and I play intramural tennis and broomball. I love being outdoors, hanging out with friends, and reading and listening to music. I also love Zumba and knitting! I love UVM and am looking forward to meeting you all! Contact me at alwaite@uvm.edu.

Sarah Weiss

Sarah Weiss

Hi! I'm Sarah Weiss. Although born in Seattle, Vermont has been my home ever since my family moved here in 2001. I'm excited to be a HCOL Peer Leader. I am a sophomore, and presently, a Biology major, pursuing a B.A. in the College of Arts and Sciences. I love sports; my passion is playing rugby, and I enjoy soccer and football intramurals, racquetball, and Zumba as well. On campus, I am involved with Amnesty International, the Women's Rugby team, help run a research focus group for children with ADHD, and have numerous community service experiences. In addition to working as a camp counselor, I am traveling to Uganda this summer, teaching sports and art to school children while there, when I am not tracking gorillas. Enjoy your summer and feel free to get in touch with me at sgweiss@uvm.edu.

Mike Wood

Mike Wood

My name is Mike Wood and I'm a senior 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.

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