There is great anticipation when a new university president unveils his or her direction for the university. This was the case this week when President Sullivan met with our Board of Trustees last week. One focus of his presidency will be affordability for students. He announced that it is his goal to have the tuition increase for next fall be less than 3%, the lowest increase in 36 years. While the tuition cost will not be set until May, this announcement is an early indication of the President’s plan. In addition, President Sullivan announced the focus of the next set of major building construction and renovation. Included in this announcement is a plan to raise money for the renovation of the physical science laboratory space on campus, much like the renovation that has occurred in our life science labs. A summary of his plan can be found on our website.
The Board of Trustees heard from Dr. Aimee Shen, assist professor of microbiology and molecular genetics, who presented an overview of her research that was influential in her being named one of 22 Pew Scholars this year, recognizing some of the nation’s most innovative young researchers. Included in her presentation was work done by one of our undergraduate students. Her presentation highlighted the amazing opportunities our undergraduate students have to work with outstanding faculty members.
What else is happening at UVM? The Cynic, UVM’s student newspaper, won the Pacesetter Award, the top prize for the best school newspaper in the country.This is UVM’s 2nd year for receiving this honor.
UVM featured our new composting program this week. While UVM has been collecting food waste from the dining halls since 1997 and diverts nine tons of food each week from the landfill, a new bicycle-based program is the first centralized effort to provide a composting alternative within departmental and program offices. View a video of the mobile composting program here.
Some UVM students celebrated Halloween in an unusual way – dressing up in costume along with the UVM horses. Learn more about this UVM tradition here.
Our open house yesterday was filled with students and parents interested in learning more about all that UVM has to offer students. Students and parents left feeling very good about the vast array of what students can explore.
As we look to Thanksgiving next week, we are thankful for all that is taking place for students at UVM. It truly is a remarkable place where students have really meaningful and life-changing experiences. And we’ve in good hands under the leadership of President Tom Sullivan!