by Martha Stewart
Off in Style
The elegant and historic Boston Athenaeum provided
the setting for a memorable evening on Wednesday, May 5, as members of
the UVM community in the Boston area gathered to kick off the Boston phase
of The Campaign for the University of Vermont.
Highlights of the night were remarks by three faculty authors Robert
Manning, professor in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural
Resources, author of Reconstructing Conservation: Finding Common Ground;
Melanie Gustafson, associate professor and director of graduate studies
in the Department of History and a faculty member in the Womens
Studies Program, author of Women and the Republican Party, 1854-1924;
and Major Jackson, assistant professor of English in the College of Arts
& Sciences, author of Leaving Saturn.
Pam McDermott 73 welcomed the approximately 150 Boston-area alumni,
parents, and friends, and introduced President Daniel Mark Fogel, who
spoke about the importance of the effort in Boston to the success of the
overall Campaign. President Fogel gave an update on Campaign progress
in Boston and nationally, with special thanks for the work of the Alumni
Associations Boston Regional Board and the Boston Campaign Committee.
The Boston phase of the Campaign runs through June 30, 2005.
Those interested in purchasing the books mentioned above can go directly
to the publishers Web sites.
Robert Manning, Reconstructing Conservation: Finding Common Ground
(Island Press, 2003, http://www.islandpress.org)
Melanie Gustafson, Women and the Republican Party, 1854-1924 (University
of Illinois Press, 2001, http://www.press.uillinois.edu)
Major Jackson, Leaving Saturn (University of Georgia Press, 2002,
FAMILYS $2.3 MILLION GIFT
SUPPORTS HONORS SEMINAR IN FINANCE
When Professor Jim Gatti began thinking about an honors experience for
the top students in the School of Business Administration, he wanted to
create something unique. Gatti set out to build an honors experience distinguished
by its academic rigor. The result was the Honors Seminar in Finance, which
puts students in front of UVM alumni working in the major investment banking
markets for a penetrating examination of their analysis of real-world
Now, with a major gift to The Campaign for the University of Vermont,
alumnus James R. Keller, Sr. 72 and his wife, Judith, have established
the Keller Family Fund for Honors Preparation in Finance, a $2.3 million
commitment that will endow Professor Gattis honors seminar and provide
additional funding for summer internships and for the student Finance
and Investment Club.
This is remarkable generosity, said Professor Gatti. An
endowment like this ensures that we'll be able to offer our best students
a first-rate honors experience in perpetuity.
James Keller is senior vice president of Weyerhaeuser, a company hes
been with for some 30 years. Ive always looked at UVM as a
kind of launching point for my career, he says. His son, James,
Jr., graduated from UVM in 2003 and was a student in Jim Gattis
first honors seminar. Absolutely first class is how Keller
describes the UVM experience. Were very impressed by the quality
of the curriculum and facilities and excited at the direction UVM is taking.
We wanted to be able to contribute to its future success with something
that will make the student experience even richer.
James Keller, Jr., is currently working as a financial analyst with investment
bankers Houlihan, Lokey, Howard & Zukin in New York City. He says
he was excited to learn that his familys name will be permanently
associated with the Honors Seminar in Finance, which he describes as a
high point of his experience at UVM. We spent three intense months
analyzing companies, learning about debt markets and risk assessment,
and then putting it all together in our presentation, he says. It
was an amazing experience.