Category Archives: Education

UVM Is: Why Kim Howard Wants More Students to Study Abroad

Teaching in Japan was a life-changing experience for Kim Howard. After graduating from University of California, Berkeley, she lived in Japan for two years to teach, which sparked her passion for international education. These days, Howard is director of the …

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UVM Is: Teresa Mares Studying the Challenges Faced by Migrant Dairy Workers

Near the Vermont-Canadian border, migrant dairy workers are grappling with food insecurity and increasing anxiety. Living on the dairy farms where they are employed, undocumented migrant workers are often reluctant to go grocery shopping—or anywhere for that matter—for fear of …

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UVM Is: Gary Derr Going the Distance for the Campus Community

Gary Derr is a popular guy on campus.  If you’re a student, staff, or faculty member, chances are you’ve received an email from Derr about campus services, commencement, or announcements from the UVM Executive Office. Derr, UVM’s vice president for …

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UVM Is: Lisa Heldke Teaching the Tenets of Dewey Through Food

Food is a fundamental source of meaning and value in human life. For scholar Lisa Heldke, food is also the quintessential liberal arts topic. Heldke co-teaches the UVM John Dewey Kitchen Institute with Continuing and Distance Education Dean Cynthia Belliveau every June. In the …

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UVM Is: Walter Poleman Fostering a Sense of Place

Nurturing a community’s sense of place is at the heart of Walter Poleman’s work. That community can be a town, city, or even a dorm on campus. For Poleman, an ecologist and senior lecturer at UVM, it’s the GreenHouse Residential …

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UVM Is: Professor John Burke Sharing Insight on the Trump Presidency

Professor John Burke arrived on UVM’s campus in 1984, the year President Ronald Reagan was running for reelection against Minnesota democrat Walter Mondale. Now, six presidential administrations later, Dr. Burke, the John G. McCullough Professor of Political Science, remains a …

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Legal Issues: Monitoring Social Media on Campus

Dr. Gary Margolis is the founder and CEO of Social Sentinel, Inc., a service that provides universities and colleges insights into safety and security concerns being shared publicly on social media. His professional career spans over 20 years in public safety and more …

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From the Heart: Emma Nilan ’08 Finds Healing through Art

Emma Nilan swears by the healing power of art. The 32-year-old UVM alumna, who was diagnosed as a teenager with a rare heart disease and underwent two heart transplants in her 20s, turned to art early on as a way …

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UVM Is: Trina Magi Empowering Students to Dig Deeper

Is Google your primary resource for search? If so, Library Professor Trina Magi wants you to broaden your research horizons. Magi, a UVM reference and instruction librarian, notes that our online research is shaped by commercial entities, search results are …

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UVM Is: Victor Rossi Sharing His Passion for Computer-Aided Drafting and Design

Victor Rossi is a hands-on kind of person. He’s either drafting, metalworking, welding, woodworking, or teaching. Rossi, a lecturer at the UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS), has done almost everything imaginable with computers, too.  He taught for …

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