uvm a - z directory search





UVM Notebook


Faculty Voice

Class Notes

Ask an Alum

Extra Credit



Alumni news &






To the Editor

Traffic Jam Band
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 wasn’t more of a focus on this when I was a student in 1983! That is okay, I’m making up for it now.

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

More Marty
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 kids?

Gail McDevitt
Rutland, Vermont