UVM College of Arts and Sciences eNews - Spring 2008
LETTER FROM THE DEAN: CHANGES IN COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES ADMINISTRATIVE STAFFING

Professor Glen Elder appointed Interim Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences
While Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Economics Stephanie Seguino, is on sabbatical this coming academic year, Professor Glen Elder will fill in for her as the associate dean who oversees the social sciences and the fine arts. As Interim Associate Dean, Glen will be particularly responsible for continuing to promote the College's effort to diversify the faculty and staff and enhance a climate supportive of difference. [continued]


JAY CRAVEN, AWARD-WINNING DIRECTOR, WRITER AND PRODUCER, TO BE 2008 COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER
FOR THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES


Jay Craven The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce that award-winning director Jay Craven will be the Commencement speaker at the 2:00 PM ceremony on May 18th. Craven's narrative films include High Water (1989 w/ Greg Germann, Jane MacFie, Dennis Mientka); Where the Rivers Flow North (1993, w/ Rip Torn, Tantoo Cardinal, Michael J. Fox, Treat Williams); A Stranger in the Kingdom (1997, w/ Ernie Hudson, David Lansbury, Martin Sheen); In Jest (1999 w/ Bill Raymond, Rusty DeWees, Tantoo Cardinal); The Year That Trembled (2003, w/ Fred Willard, Marin Hinkle, Jonathan Brandis, Martin Mull), and Disappearances (2006 w/ Kris Kristofferson, Genevieve Bujold, Gary Farmer, Charlie McDermott, Lothaire Bluteau). [continued]


JAZZ/LATIN JAZZ GREAT TO JOIN UVM FACULTY
By Jeffrey Wakefield, University Communications

Ray Vega Trumpeter, percussionist, arranger, and jazz educator Ray Vega, one of the country's leading jazz and Latin jazz musicians, will join the music department faculty in the fall of 2008.

A native of the South Bronx, Vega has been a featured performer in the bands of such Latin jazz greats as Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, and Mongo Santamaria and has performed or recorded with such jazz and Latin jazz legends as Joe Henderson, Lionel Hampton, Mel Torme, Paquito D'Rivera, and Eddie Palmieri. [continued]


APLE SUMMER STIPEND

Each year, the College of Arts and Sciences awards several APLE (Academic Programs for Learning and Engagement) summer stipends. APLE provides undergraduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences with opportunities to do research with faculty members, and includes a $3000 summer stipend. In the past, awards have gone to science students to work in research laboratories both in Arts and Sciences and in the Medical School. Other students have become involved in the local community through internships and service learning projects, and still others follow their interests far from the University of Vermont both in the United States and abroad.

This year, a committee of faculty members from across the college awarded three APLE stipends for summer 2008. These awards went to Robin Hicks, a junior Biology major, Isabel Kloumann, a sophomore Physics student, and Alison Neal, a senior Biology major. Robin Hicks received the award for her research proposal, Using Molecular Ecology to Control Changes Disease in Guatemala, for work to be done under the mentorship of Professor Lori Stevens in Biology. Isabel Kloumann's project, Pulsar Nulling: Investigation of the Neutron Star Radio Frequency Emission Phenomenon, will be conducted with Professor Joanna Rankin from the Physics Department. Allison Neal received an APLE award for Application of the Sex Ratio Theory to the Malaria Parasite Plasmodium mexicanum in western fence lizards and will be working with faculty advisor Professor Joseph Schall.


AGING LIBERALLY
By Jon Reidel, The View

Winston Churchill is often credited with saying that if "you're not a liberal when you're 25, you have no heart. If you're not a conservative by the time you're 35, you have no brain." Makes sense; everyone knows older people are more conservative and set in their ways. So why then was Churchill more conservative at age 15 than at age 35?

New research by Nick Danigelis, professor and chair of sociology, and Steve Cutler, professor of sociology and Distinguished Bishop Joyce Chair of Gerontology, strongly suggests that this long-held belief about older citizens being more rigid isn't true. [continued]


JOHN GENNARI, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH AND DIRECTOR OF THE ALANA U.S. ETHNIC STUDIES PROGRAM, DELIVERS SPRING 2008 DEAN'S LECTURE

Gennari is a well-recognized and highly respected scholar in a number of fields, including English, American Studies, African-American Studies, and jazz criticism. He is the author of Blowin' Hot and Cool: Jazz and Its Critics (University of Chicago Press, 2006), winner of the 2007 John G. Cawelti Award for the Best Book in American Cultural Studies, and of a 2007 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for excellence in popular music criticism. He has authored many articles on jazz, Italian American cultural studies, visual culture, and sports. His courses at UVM include "Jazz and the Cultural Imagination" and "Caruso and Cannoli, Sinatra and Sopressata: Music and Food in Italian American Culture." [continued]


CLASSROOM MEETS COMMUNITY:
LYNNE BOND EARNS 2008 KIDDER AWARD

By Rachel Morton

Don’t expect to find psychology professor Lynne Bond at the podium, lecturing for 50 minutes about the psychology of women, or about how people develop concepts of knowledge and truth. Instead she’ll probably be listening, soliciting ideas and encouraging responses, facilitating collaboration among students. In fact, she probably won’t even be at the front of the classroom; more likely her class will be gathered together in a circle, and Bond will be among the students, leaning forward, giving them her full attention. [continued]


MAURER ENDOWMENT IN CLASSICS ESTABLISHED
IN HONOR OF UVM PROFESSORS

By Mark Usher, Associate Professor and Chair, Classics Department

The Department of Classics received a major gift in December to support the study of Greek and Latin. The bequest was in the amount of $450,000. The donor, Walter Harding Maurer, earned his BA in Classics at UVM in 1943. [continued]


BORDER LINES: GREGORY RAMOS' ONE-MAN PLAY EXPLORES HIV/AIDS, SEXUAL IDENTITY, AND STIGMA
ON THE U.S./MEXICAN BORDER


¿El qué dirán? What will people say? Along the border that separates El Paso and Juarez, where Catholicism and poverty largely define the culture, that question determines family standing and self-respect. "It's a very, very Mexican thing," says Armando, age 47. "El Paso's a big city with a small-town mentality."

Armando is one of 20 characters portrayed in successive, unrelentingly intimate monologues by assistant theatre professor Gregory Ramos in a play based on oral history interviews he conducted while living in El Paso beginning in the late 1990s. [continued]


DANCING UPHILL
By Lee Ann Cox, The View

The costume suggests at once clown and impish little girl. In a yellow baby doll dress, pink ruffled bloomers, and bright blue tights, long blond hair twisted in a ponytail high above one ear, senior Heather Cairl somehow looks every bit herself. Her diminutive size helps, despite muscular legs that hold her body in a backbend while her head rests on the ground. Cairl is rehearsing her solo for the recital, "Dancing Uphill," March 27, 28, and 29 at 8 p.m. in Mann Gymnasium, Trinity Campus. This is the first presentation featuring student performers and choreography since the new academic dance program launched in fall 2006. [continued]


NEUMANN's OWN ICE CORES
By Joshua Brown, The View

Position: 76 degrees 4 minutes south, 22 degrees 28 minutes east, 11,768 feet above sea level.

Here, about 500 miles inland from the coast of Antarctica, UVM geologist Tom Neumann looks out the window of a 12-foot-long box on skis being pulled by a tractor and describes what he sees. [continued]


In This Issue
Jay Craven to be Commencement Speaker
Jazz/Latin Jazz Great
to Join UVM Faculty
Honors Day Becomes Honors Ceremony
APLE Summer Stipend
Aging Liberally
John Gennari Delivers Dean's Lecture
Psychology’s Lynne Bond Earns 2008 Kidder Award
Maurer Endowment in Classics Established
Border Lines: Gregory Ramos' One-Man Play
Dancing Uphill
Neumann's Own
Ice Cores
Kidder Scholarship
Retired Faculty
CAS Saddened By Loss
of Emeritus Faculty
   
Kidder Scholarship
Kidder Scholars

This Scholarship is named after former Dean of the College, George V. Kidder. It was established by Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Ezequelle. To be eligible for the Kidder Scholarship, a student must have her or his permanent residence outside the state of Vermont, must be a U.S. citizen, have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50 after three semesters of full-time enrollment at UVM, have enrolled primarily in courses that represent the various disciplines in the College of Arts and Sciences, and have demonstrated her or his commitment to both academic and campus community activities. [continued]

   
Retired Faculty

Professor Thomas L. Read from the Music Department in the College of Arts and Sciences will be retiring and joining the ranks of the emeriti faculty at the end of the academic year.

As a teacher, he has taught all the music theory courses we offer in the Department, as well as courses in music literature, violin, chamber music, and interdisciplinary studies. [continued]

   
Loss of Emeritus Faculty
Herbert L. Schultz
William Murrell Schenk
Edward J. Feidner
James Steven Pacy

Herbert L. Schultz, Professor Emeritus of Music, passed away on October 2, 2007. Dr. Schultz was on the faculty of the University of Vermont for 30 years — from 1956-1986. He was the conductor of the UVM Band for his entire time here at UVM, founded the Vermont Wind Ensemble, ran UVM's High School Summer Music Session for many years, and taught the music education courses in the Music Department. [continued]

   
Honors Day
This year the College of Arts and Sciences begins a new tradition by moving the Arts and Sciences Honors Day awards from the end of April to the Friday before Commencement. The newly named College of Arts and Sciences Honors Ceremony will allow more families an opportunity to attend the celebration of outstanding academic achievement of graduating seniors. The ceremony will be held May 16 at 3:00 PM in the Ira Allen Chapel and a reception will follow in Billings. [continued]

   
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