I read Vermont Quarterly magazine cover to cover
and have noticed the increased focus the University has shown towards
volunteering. This is a really great direction and important message
to send to students. Helping the community can only create more depth
in character. I regret that there wasnt more of a focus on this
when I was a student in 1983! That is okay, Im making up for it
The reason I am writing is because I experienced a very heart-warming
act while I was in a traffic jam at the Ben Franklin Bridge headed towards
Philadelphia. A group of Alternative Spring Break students
were in a van marked UVM on a few bumper /window stickers.
Since I am now a flatlander in New Jersey, and miss Burlington
terribly, I always make a fool of myself waving to folks with Vermont
plates, or UVM on their vehicle.
Well, a member of this group ran up to me (we really were in a four-lane
parking lot!) He asked if I had attended UVM, and I explained my background
of high school and college in Burlington. We had a nice chat, and that
was it. Until, about 15 minutes later, he ran up again and was carrying
a long-sleeved shirt they had designed for their trip. They were rebuilding
homes in Vineland for the migrant farm workers. He gave me the shirt,
explaining that they really wanted me to have it. This was a beautiful
gesture which brought me closer to Vermont, and continues to do so every
day I wear it. The words on the back of the shirt read: What lies
behind you and what lies before you are tiny matters compared to what
lies within you.
That group had a lot of good lying within them.
Greta Hallquist Daczkowski 83
Sewell, New Jersey
Thank you so much for the reprint article Dream Season by
Martin Fennelly. Marty St. Louis and Eric Perrin deserve all the accolades
UVM can muster up. I was privileged to see them play in Tampa, and they
are a credit to UVM. At the end of one game, Marty skated over and gave
his hockey stick to a lady who had her nine-month-old son in her arms.
Such class! How about an article on what he does in the summer for Vermont