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Enhancing the diversity of the student experience is an important UVM
priority, and increasing the funds available for student scholarships
is a key objective of The Campaign for the University of Vermont.
Both of these vital objectives are served by a generous $500,000 Campaign
commitment from Anne and Steven Dodge, parents of senior Benjamin Dodge
04, to the Dodge Family Cultural Diversity Scholarship Fund.
The Dodges first created the fund several years ago to help attract
students to UVM who can contribute to the cultural diversity of the
student body and campus life. Steve and I want to help young people
who have so much promise and motivation and who might otherwise not
have an opportunity to attend college, says Anne, who was recently
elected to the UVM Board of Trustees.
Anne says she has been keenly interested in fostering diversity in American
society for the past twenty years, a commitment she was drawn to by
her strong faith. The gift to UVM, she said, was motivated by a very
simple fact: We saw a need. Helping the University to build
its cultural diversity is vital, she says. The world is a multicultural
place, and the opportunity to live and learn in a community of people
from varied cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds is an important
part of the college experience.
Nathaly Filion is one of the current group of UVM students who benefits
from the Dodge family scholarship. She is in the fourth year of a five-year
program of study pursuing a dual degree in Integrated Natural Resources
and Vocal Music Performance.
Music and the environment have been my passions for my whole life,
she says. A gifted mezzo soprano, Filion has given public performances
at UVM and elsewhere in Vermont as part of her music major. She spent
the spring semester of 2003 studying the ecosystems of the New Zealand
archipelago in fulfillment of the requirements for a course in ecosystem
management just an awesome experience, she says,
during which she developed a curriculum unit for New Zealand school
teachers on The Ecology and Mythology of Plants. The idea was
to contribute to the larger effort to bring the indigenous Maori people
into the mainstream educational system in New Zealand, she says.
Filion says the Dodge Family Scholarship has made it possible for her
to take advantage of everything UVM has to offer, and shes done
just that. Since 2001, she has worked as an AdvoCat, one of a group
of 50 students who assist the undergraduate Admissions Office in recruitment.
As a Resident Assistant in Harris/Millis, she helps create community
through social events, community meetings, and educational programming.
A native of the Dominican Republic, shes also an active member
and past president of Alianza Latina, the student-run organization dedicated
to supporting the Latin American community at UVM.
Finding the right fit in the choice of a college is important,
Filion says. I really feel that UVM has fostered wonderful growth
in me as an individual.
photo by Sally
I feel like Im making a difference, says Julie Simon
Munro 86 of her familys philanthropy. Their Campaign gift
of $500,000 to the William E. Simon Family Scholarship Fund, established
during the Universitys first campaign in 1992, brings that endowment
to over $1 million and provides scholarship support for some of UVMs
most able and engaged students.
a difference is a family tradition for the Simons. Julies father
was William E. Simon, United States Secretary of the Treasury during
the Nixon and Ford administrations, who founded the William E. Simon
Foundation to fund his philanthropic activities after leaving government
service. He was a self-made man and a true leader who impressed
on all of us very early on that its important to make a difference
in the world and give back to your community, Simon Munro says.
UVMs William E. Simon Family Scholars reflect those values. They
are students in the College of Arts and Sciences selected for academic
merit, financial need, and commitment to student leadership and community
service. We want to help UVM to attract students who are top-notch
academically and who show they have that extra drive to get involved
as student leaders and give back to their community, says Simon
A member of UVMs National Campaign Steering Committee, she's excited
about UVMs Campaign and overall directions, and especially the
emphasis on scholarships to attract the best and the brightest.
Coleen McCann 07 is UVMs newest Simon Scholar. A first-year
student from Trumbull, Connecticut, she is a biochemistry major and
hopes eventually to become a pediatrician. The Simon Family Scholarship,
she says, made it possible for me to come here. As a Simon
Scholar, McCann devotes a minimum of ten hours a week to community service,
and frequently more. She is active in Volunteers in Action, the student
group that operates a variety of volunteer programs in the Burlington
community. She has done craft projects with young mothers at the Lund
Center for pregnant and parenting teens, and is the coordinator of SOS,
or Special-One-Time-Service, which takes on special needs as they arise
in the community. A particularly rewarding experience, she says, has
been her work with children for the Committee on Temporary Shelter,
or COTS, a non-profit that serves the homeless. I love to work
with the kids, she says. It makes my day.
McCann is also an exemplary student and a participant in the John Dewey
Honors Program. I couldnt have made a better choice,
she says, The honors classes are small, so you get to know the
faculty really well, and Im getting exposed to subjects I probably
wouldnt have found on my own. Of the overall UVM experience,
she says, I love it. Its so interesting that the person
you thought you were in high school can completely change.
$1 MILLION CHALLENGE
GIFT FOR ATHLETICS
UVM athletics has always welcomed a good challenge, and an anonymous
benefactor has issued one for the Universitys athletics boosters
and fundraisers: Raise $1 million toward the renovation of Archie Post
Field complex, and the donor will match it dollar-for-dollar.
Were very excited at the prospect of making a significant
investment in upgrading the Post Field complex, said director
of athletics Bob Corran. With the help of our alumni, parents,
and friends, we can meet this challenge and create a wonderful athletics
complex at Post Field that UVM students and the entire community will
enjoy for generations to come.
Planned improvements to Archie Post Field are part of the Athletics
Department's fundraising goal during the universitys $250 million
comprehensive campaign. Proposed new facilities include construction
of an open-air, outdoor athletic stadium for soccer; an adjacent all-weather
field primarily for lacrosse and field hockey; an outdoor track; permanent
seating for 4,000 spectators; and space for concessions, picnicking,
This is a
chance for those who care about UVM athletics to make a real impact
on the quality of our athletics facilities and the caliber of the student
experience for athletes and non-athletes alike, Corran said. Every
gift to athletics facilities will have a double impact as we strive
to meet this million-dollar challenge.
For further information, or to contribute, contact Ruth Henry, senior
development officer for athletics, 802-656-3225, e-mail Ruth.Henry@uvm.edu.