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Welcome to the Rubenstein School community! We want to help you get your first year off to a great start! Please browse through our first-year student materials and let us know if you have any questions.

 

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Meet Our First-Year Advisors

New students in the Rubenstein School are assigned to a first-year professional advisor.  Professional advisors who work with first-year students have particular interest in working with students early in their college careers, helping to identify options and providing ample support. Students stay with their first-year advisor through spring semester, then move to an upper-level advisor in their major for the fall of sophomore year. 

Ryan Buckley

Ryan Buckley

I (he/him) graduated from Rubenstein in 2020 during the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic with a B.S. in Environmental Sciences and a concentration in Global Environmental and Climate Change. While at UVM, I was a trip leader with the Outing Club, a Rubenstein Steward, and a Teaching Assistant for NR 15 Ecology of Place and ENSC 160 Pollutant Movement: Air, Land & Water. Much like many incoming students who I will be working with, my educational and career experiences were affected by the pandemic, and this is one of my first positions I’ve held since graduating just over a year ago. That difficulty makes me motivated and excited to work with incoming first year, first time students who have also had their educational experiences impacted by the pandemic.

I grew up in Peabody, Massachusetts and have mostly been in Burlington since I came to school here in 2016, with some time in between abroad at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. Away from UVM, I can usually be found doing some long distance running and biking, reading my latest non-fiction novel, or doing just about any outdoor sport in the Green Mountains.

Email: ryan.buckley@uvm.edu

Benjamin Langton

Ben Langton

I (he/him) am a recent UVM graduate with a BS degree in Environmental Studies from the Rubenstein School in 2019.  As an undergraduate student, I served in academic organizations, including the ENVS Peer Mentors and Rubenstein Student Advisory Board, and was a Lead Teaching Assistant for NR 15 Ecology of Place. I also worked closely with Sustainability House and led workshops and community events and represented the program at orientations and Admitted Student Visit Days. Outside of academics, I played on the UVM Men’s Club Volleyball Team and was an avid intramural sports participant. I also played with the UVM Concert Band and Percussion Ensemble.

Before entering my current role as a Professional Advisor in the Environmental Program, I helped to manage UVM’s ten Natural Areas, initially as part of an undergraduate internship opportunity through the Rubenstein Perennial Internship Program, which also counted towards my ENVS Senior Capstone. Additionally, I studied ant ecology and public use and attitudes research in the Natural Areas. I have also done research on the distribution of accumulated plastic pollution on the shores of Lake Champlain for the Rozalia Project. As a Professional Advisor, I facilitate ENVS 101 Academic Planning Workshop, a required course for ENVS sophomores, and advise Environmental Studies majors and minors across CALS, CAS, and RSENR.

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Brittany LeBeau

Brittany LeBeau

I (she/her) graduated from the Rubenstein School in 2017, earning my B.S. in Environmental Studies with two minors in Soil Science and Geography. While in school, I was a member of the Lola and George D. Aiken Scholars Program and chairman of the Student Advisory Board. I have spent the last few years as an ecologist, where I specialized in wetland delineations, GIS analysis, rare plant and animal surveys, green stormwater infrastructure management, and state and federal permitting. Outside of work, I enjoy all the outdoor activities with my partner and dog, eating tacos, and running my own holistic health coaching business.

Email: brittany.lebeau@uvm.edu

Anna Smiles-Becker

Anna Smiles-Becker

I (she/her) joined the Rubenstein School Community in 2011 and have worked for many years with first year students as an advisor and instructor in NR 95 Critical Reflection and Dialogue and NR 6 Race and Culture in Natural Resources. I also support all Rubenstein students in navigating academic, personal and life challenges. As the Internship Coordinator & Career Counselor in the Rubenstein School, I get to work with students as they’re figuring out and pursuing their academic interests, passions, and life directions. My professional interests include experiential learning, career development, academic advising, and diversity and equity.

Some of my outside-of-work-passions include adventures with my family, social justice, local community involvement, jewelry making, reading, and drinking tea. I grew up in New Hampshire and Vermont and attended UVM as an undergraduate student. After living and working in Washington, DC for a number of years, I earned my Master's Degree in Higher Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I have worked at UVM since 2005.

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Marie Vea

Marie Vea

I (she/her) am the Assistant Dean for Student Services and Staff Development in the Rubenstein School. I advise students about academic, personal, and social issues and act as liaison to UVM Dean of Students, Student Accessibility Services, Counseling & Psychiatric Services, The Mosaic Center for Students of Color, and other UVM support services. I have taught NR 6 Race and Culture in Natural Resources for many years. My expertise includes engaged learning, social justice, and green jobs.  I have worked at UVM since 1999, first as the ALANA Recruitment Coordinator in the Office of Admissions, then as a Career Counselor and Internship Coordinator in the Rubenstein School. 

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