We felt firsthand what Dr. Manning is researching, as we got stuck in a serious traffic jam in Ellsworth, Maine, on the road to MDI. Clearly, the park is reaching its limit in the number of visitors it can handle. His research will be most valuable in the effort to effectively preserve and manage this spectacular resource.
I always look forward to reading VQ, but had a much broader smile on my face with this issue. The icing on the cake for me was the article on Stas Golubenko. I was a Top Cat from 82 to 85. Thanks for making me feel at home once again.
Henry 85, G91
D. W. Millers article How Many Are Too Many? taken from
The Chronicle of Higher Education and reprinted in your Summer 2001 issue,
I couldnt help but wonder who in either literary organization or
the research teams bothered to check the math or text of the article.
Im not a UVM alum, nor a native of the region, but I love Vermont, Acadia, and all of New England. Ill look forward to your next issue.
Bob Manning replies:
it may not be clear from the article by Mr. Miller that the approximately
three thousand persons-per-day capacity my research estimates for Acadia
applies to the carriage roads only. Recent monitoring suggests that the
carriage roads may be approaching this capacity occasionally on peak days,
but that average summer use is just under two thousand persons per day.
Good Summer Reading
Congratulations for an excellent issue. This was the most interesting issue yet. Of course, I have different interests than many of your other readers. When one gets more information from In Memoriam than from Class Notes, it tells you something. Keep up the good work.
Though I did not read the article George E. Milo referenced in his letter to the editor in the spring edition of Vermont Quarterly, I do not wish him to have such a limited view of UVM. Therefore, I would like to offer myself, and my UVM experience, as a rebuttal to his many queries.
questions how one small university in a small state is going to educate
global society. My answer: one person at a time. I have carried with me
lessons learned at UVM over the past three years to the hundreds of students
in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta whom I have taught. They, in turn, carry
Perhaps now that Mr. Milo is retired he can reacquaint himself with UVM, and thus realize that he should not judge a whole university on one article in one publication.
Kudos for Colodny Choice
I wish to applaud the appointment of Mr. Edwin Colodny as interim president of the university. I feel that Mr. Colodny brings to UVM the right mix of business and emphasis on education that was present when I attended the university. These attributes have been sorely lacking for some time. While I have not been present in the Northeast for thirty years, nevertheless, I have maintained close ties to UVM through other alumni and Sigma Phis. My years at UVM were the most valuable in preparing me for a competitive world.
I believe that Mr. Colodny is the right choice, and, while I dont know Mr. Colodny personally, I remember the Colodny Market in Burlington. The personal attention of that family has always impressed me.
Once again, trustees, thank you for your choice, it reaffirmed my feeling that UVM is a great university.