The College of Arts and Sciences eNews - Fall 2007
THE DEAN DESCRIBES THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES' CURRICULAR RESPONSE TO GLOBALIZATION
We didn't think it was going to be necessary to argue at this point in history that there is a critical need for UVM students to understand as much about the other peoples of the earth as they can or to argue for the importance that Asia will have in the social, economic and political lives of the informed citizens UVM hopes it is producing.

Nor did we think it necessary to detail the value of intense study of Chinese and Japanese or the value of an academic credential in either area. Nevertheless, Professor John Jing-hua Yin, Professor Emeritus Peter Seybolt and I sat in the Silver Maple Ballroom of the new Davis Center a few weeks ago nervously awaiting the vote of UVM's Board of Trustees on the College of Arts and Sciences' proposals to establish a new Department of Asian Languages and Literatures and new majors in Chinese and Japanese. [continued]


ASIAN STUDIES GIVES BIRTH TO THE DEPARTMENT
OF ASIAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES


The rise of China and the globalization of the economy have led to a surge of interest in Asian Studies, with more than 1,000 UVM students now taking courses in 11 different disciplines, including art, economics, religion, environmental studies, and Chinese and Japanese. More than 21 faculty members are now teaching classes under the Asian Studies umbrella.

Professor Peter Seybolt The driving force behind the program, supported for many years by generous grants from the Freeman Foundation, was Professor Peter Seybolt, a historian with a Ph.D. in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard University, who is now retired. [continued]




OPEN HOUSE 2007
The College of Arts and Sciences Homecoming and Family Weekend 2007 Open House welcomed parents, students, alumni, faculty, and staff to celebrate the beginning of our second year in our new offices. From 10:30-12:00 guests were treated to apple cider, pumpkin bars, and apple cider donuts on the adjoining veranda. The College also honored its Holocaust Studies Program and the late Emeritus Professor Dr. Raul Hilberg, by displaying several rare items from UVM's Special Collections in the Joan Smith Conference Room.


IN MEMORIAM:
PROFESSOR ROBERT FLYNN, DEPARTMENT OF ART


Professor Robert Flynn It is with profound sadness that we inform you that Robert Flynn, Assistant Professor of Art and Art History, died unexpectedly on Sunday, September 23, of a massive heart attack.

For additional information, please contact the Art Department at 802-656-8818 or artdept@uvm.edu.

Robert Flynn, Assistant Professor of Art, received his B.F.A. from Florida State University and his M.F.A. from Rutgers University. He came to the UVM Art Department from Miami Beach, FL where he was an artist-in-residence at ArtCenter South Florida. [continued]


COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES 2007
DEAN'S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN STAFF SUPPORT


At the end of June, the Dean's office hosted the College of Arts and Sciences staff luncheon at the Burlington Boat House and for the first time, awarded the 2007 Dean's Award for Excellence to two staff members—Kathy Carolin from the Department of History and Dale Thibault from the Department of Communication Sciences.

Kathy Carolin has been an employee of UVM for 14 years, and for the past seven years she has been in the Department of History. [continued]




RICHARD SUGARMAN, DEPARTMENT OF RELIGION
Richard Sugarman The George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award is given annually to a UVM faculty member nominated by alumni, students, faculty, and staff for significant contributions to the broadening of students' academic experience and the enrichment of campus life.

This year's recipient, Professor Richard Sugarman, has been at the University of Vermont since 1970. His fields are phenomenology, philosophy of religion, and Jewish philosophy, and he has directed and taught in the Integrated Humanities Program. [continued]


PROFESSOR TONY MAGISTRALE WINS
BORDIGHERA POETRY PRIZE

Tony Magistrale Tony Magistrale, the 2007 winner of the Bordighera Poetry Prize, was born in Buffalo, New York, the grandson of Italian immigrants from Bari, Italy. After obtaining a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, Magistrale spent a year at the University of Milan as a Fulbright lecturer. Since then, he has returned to Italy on multiple occasions, and these trips inspired the poems in this collection. Magistrale is Professor of English and Associate Chair of the Department of English at the University of Vermont. He has also taught at the Breadloaf Young Writers Conference and as a visiting professor at the University of Augsburg, Germany. Tony Magistrale is honored with a reception/reading for his cash award of $1,000 and bilingual, book publication prize at The Calandra Insitutute at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 25 West 43rd St., Mid-Manhattan, on Thursday, November 8th at 6:30 PM. All are welcome to attend the wine and food reception, and reading, following the awards ceremony. Admission is free.

Please visit the Italian American Writer's website for complete award information.


PROFESSOR REX FOREHAND RECEIVES
2008 AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION AWARD
Rex Forehand Professor Rex Forehand has received the 2008 American Psychological Association (APA) Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training Award. This highly prestigious award recognizes the quality and depth of commitment to the field over the course of a career. As a recipient of the award, he will deliver an Awards address and receive the Citation at the 2008 annual APA Convention. The next convention is in Boston, August 14-17.


MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR RAUL HILBERG
Raul Hilberg Monday, October 22, 2007
Ira Allen Chapel, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Reception to follow:
Billings Library, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Raul Hilberg, pioneering and preeminent historian of the Holocaust, passed away in Williston, Vermont on August 4, 2007. Author of the seminal history of the Holocaust, The Destruction of the European Jews, Hilberg was Professor of Political Science at the University of Vermont from 1956 until his retirement in 1991. [continued]

In This Issue
Dean Describes Curricular Response to Globalization
Asian Studies Gives Birth to New Department
Open House 2007
In Memoriam:
Professor Robert Flynn
Excellence in
Staff Support
Richard Sugarman, Department of Religion
Magistrale Wins Bordighera Poetry Prize
Professor Rex Forehand Receives APA Award
Memorial Service
for Raul Hilberg
Economics Senior Brandon Rhone
Mentored by Professor Rhonda Sharpe
Full Professor
Lecture Series
Department eNewsletters
   
Marsh Professor-at-Large Mentors UVM Senior Economics Major at UNC-Chapel Hill
Since pursuing a postdoctoral fellowship at UNC-Chapel Hill, Assistant Professor Rhonda Sharpe in the Department of Economics has worked closely with William "Sandy" Darity to identify and mentor economics undergraduates with the potential to complete doctoral studies in economics or related disciplines. Last summer Senior Economics major Brandon Rhone participated in the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (MURAP) at UNC-Chapel Hill with Darity as his mentor. Sandy Darity is also a Marsh Professor-at-Large at UVM. [continued]


   
Featured Faculty
This fall, the College of Arts and Sciences inaugurates the Full Professor Lecture Series to honor faculty recently promoted to the rank of Professor. The series has been designed to give these colleagues an opportunity to share with the university community a single piece of research or overview of research trajectory meant to capture the spark of intellectual excitement that has resulted in their achieving full professor rank. [continued]

   
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