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A Note from President Tom Sullivan

Greetings, and welcome back from what I hope was a restful and rejuvenating holiday break!

 The fall semester was busy and fruitful. Throughout I witnessed firsthand the dedication of our stellar staff to our students and our educational mission here at UVM. I am continually impressed by your professionalism and grateful for the many ways in which you make our University operations hum. I appreciate standing at this threshold of a new semester knowing that the support and excellence you provide to the entire UVM community is strong and solid. Thank you.

The first official day of this spring semester is also the kickoff of our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Education, and Learning Events series. Starting January 16 and running through January 25, events across campus will celebrate, honor, and continue Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy of building a beloved and just community.

We are excited to welcome BET News host and CNN political contributor Dr. Marc Lamont Hill as the MLK Celebration keynote speaker on Tuesday, January 23, at Ira Allen Chapel. The Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities, and Solutions at Temple University and an award-winning journalist, Dr. Hill has authored four books, including the New York Times bestselling Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable,from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond. He has been named one of America’s 100 most influential Black leaders by Ebony Magazine. I hope you will join us for Dr. Hill’s keynote and other events throughout the week. 

On Friday, January 19, we partner with the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts to bring composer and violinist DBR and spoken-word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph to Burlington for an electrifying concert for voice, body, and strings. These American sons of Haitian immigrants explore themes of family history, folklore, politics, and race infused by the rhythm and energy of hip-hop. We look forward to this partnership event every year, and this year is no exception!

There are so many opportunities at UVM to enjoy as part of a learning community, from classes to lectures and cultural events. Taking advantage of these opportunities is a great way to stay energized through our long Vermont winters.

I hope you all have an excellent semester ahead. I look forward to seeing you at one of our many special events this winter and spring!

With every best wish,

Tom