A Historic Groundbreaking
by Sally McCay
The largest building project in the history of the University of Vermont
officially got under way Saturday, April 30, with a ceremonial groundbreaking
for the Dudley H. Davis Center, a new student center expected to transform
the campus experience at UVM for years to come.
Named in honor of the late Burlington banker and UVM alumnus Dudley H.
Davis, Class of 1943, the new facility will rise along the north side
of Main Street, with an architectural style and scale reminiscent of the
stately stone structures overlooking the historic UVM Green on University
Place. The building is expected to open in September 2007.
University President Daniel Mark Fogel said the building is the product
of more than a decade of study and planning, including what he said was
one of the most far-reaching student life assessments ever undertaken
by a college or university to assess the need for a new facility.
On hand to celebrate the occasion were a sizable contingent of Davis family
members, including Davis siblings Chuck '72, Jeff '74, Cheryl '69, and
Kathleen, and their families; Governor Jim Douglas; Burlington Mayor Peter
Clavelle; South Burlington City Council Chair Jim Condos '74; Martha Heath
'69 of the UVM Board of Trustees; outgoing student government association
president Bryant Jones '05; and former UVM president Edwin Colodny, as
well as students, faculty, and community members.
The centerpiece of the University's 10-year vision, the facility will
serve as a front door to the campus and to Burlington and
will be a hub of campus activity.
Fogel said the University takes pride in the fact that the Davis Center
will meet strict standards of environmental design, as befits UVM's reputation
as one of the nation's premier environmental universities. The University
hopes to earn the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED certification for
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Fogel said.
The first construction phase, scheduled for completion in September 2007,
will house a bistro, lounges, computer labs, recreation and dining areas,
retail food outlets, the bookstore, offices for student organizations,
meeting rooms and a banquet/multi-purpose room.
A Campaign Celebration
Fresh on the heels of a successful year's fundraising in the Boston area,
The Campaign for the University of Vermont sets its sights on the Big
Apple during 2005-2006, beginning with a festive gathering of UVM alumni,
parents, and friends for a New York Campaign Celebration at the elegant
American Museum of Natural History on Wednesday evening, September 21.
Hosted by President Daniel Mark Fogel and Rachel Kahn-Fogel, together
with the National Campaign Steering Committee and the New York Regional
Campaign Committee, the event promises an unforgettable evening of celebration
in one of New York's most enchanting settings.
With entertainment provided by the UVM Jazz Band and a program highlighting
the inspiring stories of UVM people making a difference, the event provides
an opportunity for the members of the UVM family in the New York region
to celebrate a new era of pride and possibility for the University of
Vermont and show their support for the Campaign as it continues building
toward its $250 million goal.
The goal for the New York Campaign is $20 million to be raised by June
30, 2006, which will bring the total from UVM's New York supporters to
approximately $56 million since the Campaign launch. The success
of the Campaign to date owes a great deal to the generosity of our supporters
in the New York area during the past four years, says Ian deGroot
'79, vice president for development and alumni relations. This next
year will be an intensive effort to build on that momentum. New York can
put us within reach of our overall goal.
Special thanks go the New York Regional Campaign Committee for their work
in organizing UVM's big night in the Big Apple.
For further information, contact Natalie Fleischman in Development and
Alumni Relations, 802-656-3126; email natalie. email@example.com.Green
& Gold Scholars, CCHS Grads Among Commencement Firsts
Gray skies and a cold rain didn't dampen the spirits of some 2,400 graduates
as the University of Vermont community gathered on the UVM Green for the
201st Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 22.
This year marked several firsts for UVM, including the first
graduates of the Green & Gold Scholarship program and the Christopher
Columbus High School Partnership. Both are shining examples of why scholarship
support is the top priority of The Campaign for the University of Vermont.
The Green and Gold Scholarships were made possible by a generous bequest
from the estate of Burlington resident Genevieve Patrick in the year 2000.
The four-year, full-tuition scholarships are awarded annually to the top
student in each of Vermont's high schools. True to the program's intent
to reward academic excellence, the inaugural class of 19 Green and Gold
Scholars graduated with a mean GPA of 3.67.
There's no question that the Green and Gold scholarships have made
an enormous difference in our ability to attract the strongest students
from Vermont high schools, says Don Honeman, director of admissions
and financial aid. The financial incentive, coupled with the fact
that we now can offer the Honors College experience to many of these students,
has served UVM well in the competition for the best students.
Four members of the Class of 2005 were among the first students to enroll
at UVM in the fall of 2001 as the result of an innovative partnership
with Christopher Columbus High School in the Bronx, New York. The award-winning
program reaches out to students and families in the urban high school
with information and programming designed to de-mystify the college admissions
process and encourage minority high school students to pursue higher education.
Of the original thirteen CCHS students who enrolled at UVM in fall of
2001, four graduated in May, and five are still enrolled and on track
to graduate. All together, 60 former CCHS students are now enrolled at
UVM. Without scholarship support, success stories like these just
wouldn't have been possible, Honeman says.