For Grossman Sophomore Matias Øvrum success on the ski trail and in the classroom go hand and hand

There are lessons in life to be learnt from almost everything that can be observed, from something mundane as pouring water in your glass to watching an exhilarating soccer game. The lessons may not all be pretty, but they can help you steer the ship that is your life right in good times and through bad times. 

Participating in sports is one such activity that shapes and informs our students, and here at the Grossman School of Business we are fortunate to count among our ranks many student athletes. So, congratulations are due to the Catamounts skiers as over the weekend UVM skiing claimed its first Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) championship since 2016 in Middlebury. 
We are especially proud of that accomplishment as among the team was Grossman Sophomore Matias Øvrum, who was the Catamounts top-finisher for the second straight day at the Rikert Nordic Center. He placed fourth overall in the 20k Classic with a time of 53:05.9.

Matias, majoring in Business Administration concentrating in finance said “Having supportive professors has been crucial for both my academic and athletic success. Not only do the professors support me with my athletic endeavors by providing flexibility in course work while traveling, I have also received several emails of congratulations.” As if being a student athlete is not enough Matias is also a Teacher’s Assistant for Professor, Rocki-Lee DeWitt’s BSAD 010: The Business Enterprise I course. Professor DeWitt said “Academics, athletics plus a thirst for learning on his own.  Time management is not is a way of being for Matias.” 

If you’re keen to see and cheer on the UVM Ski team, Vermont skiers will return to action from March 11-14 at the NCAA Championships in Bozeman, Montana. 


Rachel A Narkewicz
UVM, Grossman School of Business, Matias Øvrum
Matias Øvrum (Photo: Brian Jenkins)