2002 UVM ALUMNI AWARDS
alums dont need to look further than Shean for examples of how they
might stay connected with the university. The Ira Allen Society Committee,
Boston Regional Board, Alumni Career Network, and Reunion gift committees
number among the many ways Shean has served the university.
who studied political science and economics, is a portfolio manager for
State Street Research & Management in Boston. His wife, Laurie Adams
Shean 80, is also a UVM alum.
In his closing presidents column in Vermont Quarterly, Shean wrote: I encourage all of you to take the time to reconnect with UVM, an institution that had a big role in shaping who you are today. Through his tireless work, Shean returns the favor as he continues to play a big role in shaping the university UVM will be tomorrow.
Sallie Soule G52 is the exemplar of a professional life devoted to public service. The Baird Center for Children and Families, the Vermont Council on the Arts, the Preservation Trust of Vermont, the Vermont Community Foundation, the Vermont Womens Fund, Vermont Public Television all have been the beneficiaries of her community-spirited involvement over the years, but none more so than the University of Vermont. She has served for six years on the UVM Board of Trustees, and on the advisory boards to the School of Nursing and the College of Arts and Sciences, and continues today as a valued advisor to the newly-formed College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She has helped the university on countless occasions by sharing the insights derived from her acknowledged status as a trailblazer for women in Vermont politics, having served as a state representative, state senator, and Commissioner of Employment and Training under Governor Madeleine Kunin.
Frank Bolden 63 became deeply involved volunteering his time and talents for the university in the early 1990s. Taking an interest in student recruitment, fundraising, and university governance, Bolden would earn an appointment to UVMs Board of Trustees, serving as chair from 1998-2000. He is currently a member of the Medical Deans Advisory Board and the New York Regional Board.
An English major at UVM, Bolden would go on to receive an MBA and his law degree from Columbia University. Most of his career, since 1975, has been spent with the Johnson & Johnson corporation, where Bolden is currently vice president of the corporate staff.
Bolden has been a strong voice for building diversity at UVM. As chair of the board, he addressed the issue at a 1998 meeting of the Faculty Senate. In my career, Ive worked for a Russ, a Dave, and a John. All great people, all white males, Bolden said. Our students might find themselves working for a Joanne, a Jose, or a Julio. The world our students are entering is not an all-white world. They have to be ready to deal with that.
Outstanding Young Alumni Awards
VSTEP, Compton proved at a young age that he had a way with the entrepreneurial
riff of coupling ideas with action. The entire experience was exhilarating,
Compton says, because it taught me to organize, to motivate, and
to create where we saw a need and an opportunity. In a variety of
endeavors over a busy post-UVM decade, Compton has duplicated that experience.
worked in the electric utility and financial industries, as well as a
stint as a Utah ski patroller and freelance photographer, but Compton
has found his greatest success and pleasure founding two Silicon Alley
start-ups Solbright, Inc. and Mimeo.Com. that have flourished
where so many others have faltered.
(named for the ridgeline where Compton rigged dynamite for avalanche control
in his ski patrol days) is the leading provider of automated services
for media companies that sell online advertising and boasts a customer
list that includes Yahoo!, Lycos, CBS SportsLine, and USA Today. Mimeo.Com
grew from Comptons prototype to provide on-demand printing over
prime focus these days is on his role as chairman at Solbright, which
is starting to explore expansion to Europe.
Through guest lectures, Compton has shared his experience and expertise with students in UVMs School of Business Administration, where he also serves on the board of advisors. With plans to enter Columbia Universitys Executive MBA Program, Compton provides todays undergraduates with a strong example that success in the business world also requires the humbleness to know theres always more to be learned.
also chair of the Events Committee for the Alumni Associations New
York Regional Board, brought two clear goals to his work on the classic.
I wanted to make it more affordable so we could attract a greater
variety of players, and I wanted to see a larger portion of the fee donated
to the UVM Fund, he says. By moving to a less expensive course and
building sponsorships, last summers classic met those hopes. Based
upon the turnout and response, Maynard says, I think we were
successful all the way around.
grew up on a dairy farm in Moretown, Vermont, and studied recreation management
in the School of Natural Resources. He was also president of Sigma Phi
and continues to volunteer time for the local chapter and on a national
level. Maynard has taken to city life in New York, where he has worked
for Madison Square Garden and Salomon Smith Barney, but while visiting
campus for Reunion, he mentions that he and Toni Ann plan to relocate
to Vermont within the next few years. In the meantime, Israel keeps the
university ties strong for himself and others through his tireless volunteer
There is something wonderfully intangible about UVM that many of us feel, yet have a hard time putting into words, he says. I simply enjoy the challenge of trying to help fellow alums stay connected or re-connect.
up with Slocum as he prepared to return to celebrate his fifth reunion
and collect the universitys Outstanding Young Alumni Award, its
clear that hes kept a steady path. That commitment to getting involved
at UVM found lasting expression at UVM through Slocums work as president
of the Senior Class Council, leading a record senior gift fund drive to
create a courtyard outside of Cook and Angell halls. And Slocum has remained
involved post-graduation, serving on the Young Alumni Committee and chairing
his class reunion.
Slocum credits his fellow volunteers for building a strong sense of identity and commitment within the Class of 1997, which set a fifth Reunion attendance record. When you surround yourself with great people you can trust, the rest just falls into place, Slocum says, and weve seen that with both our class gift and Reunion. He also credits older alumni for their example and the positive influence theyve had on his life. UVM alumni were key in spending time with me talking about their careers and connections, Slocum says. Thats something Ill always remember and strive to do personally for others.
In his professional life, Slocum quickly made those 1997 graduation dreams come true. He landed a job with Madison Square Garden, where he sells integrated media and marketing partnerships for the Garden and a number of New Yorks professional teams, including the Knicks, Mets, Rangers, and Jets. Home is Manhattan, but Slocum notes even on the busy city streets it never ceases to amaze me how many UVM alumni I bump into.