In front of a crowded Memorial Hall in UVM's Waterman Building, CDAE Chair Jane Kolodinsky granted a suite of awards celebrating the achievements of students and faculty members in the department.
The CDAE Department, in collaboration with the UVM Foundation and Tom’s family, also awarded its first of the Tom Patterson Faculty Award permanent faculty award in honor Tom’s tireless service and his devotion to teaching.
Tom retired from the faculty at UVM in 2013, after teaching here for 40 years. Tom retired after battling an early form of Dementia for a few years, which limited his ability to keep doing what he loved the most – teaching and mentoring.
This award is a fitting tribute to Tom who was often recognized for his innovative and outstanding teaching. For those of us who know Tom, we know that Tom believed in and supported all of his students. Tom was an advising wizard and helped countless students navigate their four years. Tom also saw the value of applied skills like public speaking and technology long before anyone else and made it the bedrock of his teaching for decades.
Fittingly, Dr. Jonathan Leonard, one of Tom's dearest friends, colleagues, conspirators, and supporters was given this award. Dr. Leonard is a paragon of the type of faculty member to receive this award and to continue to build upon the legacy that Tom made while at UVM.
In Recognition of Academic Excellence
Community and International Development
Micole Molly Duffy-Protentis
Facultly Prize for Recognizing Student Excellence
CID: Olivia Percoco
CENT: Brad Day
PCOM: Kathleen Shiman
Tom Patterson Prize for Undergraduate Teaching Assistantship
Engaged Scholar Award
Distinguished Undergraduate Research and Honors Theses
Jacqueline Collins: The effectiveness of the Implementation of Drug Courts on the Opioid Epidemic in the State of Vermont.
Research Mentor: Janet Murnane, J.D.
Rachel Heath: Inclusion of Mobile Home Parks in Vermont Emergency Planning
Research Mentor: Daniel Baker, Ph.D.
Claire Madden: Water as a Common Resource: Economic Institutions for Water Management on a Finite Planet
Research Mentor: Joshua Farley, Ph.D.
Research Mentor: Thomas DeSisto, M.S.