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ALUMNI WIRE

photo-1Laura Bernardini ’95 recently won an Emmy Award for her work as one of the producers on CNN’s “Election Night in America.” Laura has been part of the CNN news team nearly since her UVM graduation and has covered major events from presidential campaigns to the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Chuck Ross ’78, Vermont’s secretary of Agriculture, Food, and Markets, has been named president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture. Since the NASDA president traditionally hosts the annual conference, agriculture secretaries, commissioners, and directors from across the nation will gather together in Vermont next September for the 2014 annual meeting.

Vasu Sojitra ’13 is featured in a Backcountry Magazine piece that spotlights his skill as a backcountry skier despite having one leg. “I just center my leg over my body and lean forward with my arm and use that crutch as a pole, plant that and spin off it. To me right now, it doesn’t seem like a problem. I’ve gotten used to it,” he says. An abbreviated version of the article is available here with the full version featured in the print version of Backcountry.

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ALUMNI WIRE

Anne Huot

Anne Huot

Anne Huot G’88 ’90 assumed her new post as president of New Hampshire’s Keene State College this summer. After earning her doctorate at UVM, Huot was a member of the UVM faculty for fourteen years, including serving in the role of Graduate College executive dean. Prior to joining Keene State, she was most recently provost and vice president for academic affairs at The College at Brockport, State University of New York.

UVM alumni from the early 1990s era might recognize a familiar face on commercials shown recently during NESN broadcasts of Red Sox games. Rosemarie Mulroy Simeone ’93, playing a busy mom on the go (not a stretch for this busy mom on the go), appears together with her family in an ad for Mobile Banking and Mobile Deposit. Mulroy Simeone worked behind the camera during days at Conover Tuttle Pace, a Boston-based ad agency.

Kenneth Carter, who received his doctorate in chemistry from UVM in 1991, has been named one of this year’s American Chemical Society Fellows.  This program was established “to recognize and honor ACS members in scientific research, education and public service.”  After completing his doctorate  at UVM, Carter moved to the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose and later assumed a faculty position in the Polymer Science and Engineering department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Travis Benoit ’99 is working to unite the worlds of craft brewing and crowd-funding with the launch of Crowdbrewed.com. Benoit and co-founder Mark Slattery endeavor to “provide a full-service commitment for craft breweries through the site, which will offer everything from marketing their product to the best technology platforms and running financial campaigns that include crowd funding and equity funding, in which accredited investors can give money in exchange for partial ownership of the company,” according to an article in the UVM Cynic. Benoit brings extensive experience working in the finance industry and a deep love of craft beers to the venture. Read the Cynic article.

Christine Favara

Christine Favara

Christine Favara ’00 has rejoined Advantage Title as senior vice president and national and international transaction counsel. Favara, who earned her JD from New York Law School in 2004, returns to a position she held at Advantage from 2007 to 2012. Her legal career has focused on counseling clients on complex title matters on a multi-state and international scope. She has successfully handled major complex transactions throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and Europe, and is recognized as an expert in all aspects of title insurance.

Robert Resnik ’74 recently authored Legendary Locals of Burlington, Arcadia Publishing. The book boasts more than two hundred vintage images of the places and people that make Burlington legendary. Ben & Jerry, Phish, Grace Coolidge, John Dewey, Bernie Sanders and many names that might not be so familiar to Burlington fans are included in Resnik’s history. Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online.

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Vermont lost a deeply experienced, widely respected leader in the education community with the passing of Peg Donnelly Meyer on July 19.  A Class of 1970 UVM graduate, Meyer’s career spanned roles from elementary classroom teacher to public school administration to service with the Vermont Department of Education. At the time of her death, she was an associate vice president of student affairs at Norwich University. Meyer, who also earned her master’s and doctoral degrees at UVM, taught at her alma mater as an adjunct faculty member and was chair of the advisory board for the College of Education and Social Services.

Young alumna Rose Long recently popped up on the immensely popular “Humans of New York” Facebook page. Here’s what Rose had to say in a post that has 55,190 “Likes” at last count: “Five years ago I got hit by a jeep on my bike. I woke up in the hospital, my face was messed up, I was on lots of morphine, and my family had all gone home because they’d been told I wouldn’t wake up that night. I was really scared. The next few weeks, while I was healing, I told myself that if I ever got better, I’d never live a mediocre life.”
“And what are you doing now?”
“I got a BS in Mechanical Engineering and now I’m getting a PhD in Biomedical Science.”
“What are you going to do with it?”
“I’m going to save humankind, of course.”

Pamela McDermott ’73, pamphotofounder and CEO of McDermott Ventures, has been named one of Banker & Tradesman’s Women of FIRE, an annual award honoring the key female players in Boston’s finance, insurance, and real estate sectors. McDermott Ventures, which she started fifteen years ago, focuses on real estate development consulting and public affairs building. She is the former president and co-founder of McDermott/O’Neill & Associates, New England’s largest public affairs and strategic communications firm. McDermott’s long record of service to UVM includes her current role on the board of directors of the University of Vermont Foundation.

Jon Hart ’90 just had his new book drop. Man Versus Ball: One Ordinary Guy and his Extraordinary Sports Adventures is published by Potomac Books. A UVM rugby player until an injury turned him into a UVM Cynic rugby writer, Hart took it from there in participatory sports journalism with a humorous bent. Look for more on Hart and his new book in the next issue of Vermont Quarterly.

There is likely some green and gold being worn in Israel this summer as UVM is well represented in the Maccabiah Games. Current Catamount athletes competing include Josh Elbaum, basketball; Lily Feldman, soccer; and Pete Massar, ice hockey. Alumnus Dan Burack is playing master’s tennis and Oriel McHugh is on the ice hockey team for his native Canada. Jeff Schulman, alumnus/former Catamount hockey player/associate director of UVM Athletics, is also in Israel on a professional development leave, working as part of the Israeli organizing committee. Jeff’s wife, Deb Lichtenfeld, also an alum, is chairing the Maccabi local community outreach program.

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