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The University of Vermont and State Agricultural College, more commonly known as the University of Vermont or UVM, is a public research university and, after 1862, the U.S. state of Vermont's land-grant university.


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The University of Vermont was founded as a private university in 1791, the same year Vermont became the 14th state in the union. In 1865, the university merged with Vermont Agricultural College (chartered November 22, 1864, after the passage of the Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act), emerging as the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College. The University of Vermont draws 6.8% of its annual budget of about $600 million from the state and Vermont residents make up 35 percent of enrollment; 65 percent of students come from other states and countries.[8] Much of the initial funding and planning for the university was undertaken by Ira Allen, who is honored as UVM's founder. Allen donated a 50-acre (200,000 m2) parcel of land for the University's establishment. Most of this land has been maintained as the university's main green, upon which stands a statue of Allen.[5] The citizens of Burlington helped fund the university's first edifice, and, when it was destroyed by fire in 1824, also paid for its replacement. This building came to be known as "Old Mill" for its resemblance to New England mills of the time. The Marquis de Lafayette, a French general who became a commander in the American Revolution, toured all 24 US states in 1824/5 and while in Vermont laid the cornerstone of Old Mill, which stands on University Row, along with Ira Allen Chapel, Billings Center, Williams Hall, Royall Tyler Theatre and Morrill Hall. A statue of Lafayette stands at the north end of the main green.[5] The University of Vermont was the first American college or university with a charter declaring that the "rules, regulations, and by-laws shall not tend to give preference to any religious sect or denomination whatsoever."[5] In 1871, UVM defied custom and admitted two women as students. Four years later, it was the first American university to admit women to full membership into Phi Beta Kappa, the country's oldest collegiate academic honor society. Likewise, in 1877, it initiated the first African-American into the society.[5] Justin Smith Morrill, a Representative (1855�1867) and Senator (1867�1898) from Vermont, author of the Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act that created federal funding for establishing the US Land-Grant colleges and universities, served as a trustee of the university from 1865 to 1898. In 1924, the first radio broadcast in Vermont occurred from the college station, WCAX, run by students then, now the call sign of a commercial television station.[9] Prior to 1970, UVM's winter carnival celebrations for many decades included a widely attended competition known as Kakewalk ("Walkin' fo' de cake"). The event involved males wearing bright suits and blackface performing athletic dance routines in imitation of Black minstrel shows. Greater awareness of and sensitivity toward Black Americans promoted by the Civil Rights Movement led the University of Vermont to abolish Kakewalk in 1969.

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The UVM Staff Council serves as an advocate for staff by seeking out and responding to their ideas and concerns, representing them to the University administration, and keeping staff informed of University initiatives. Staff Council works to create a cohesive community, have a positive impact on staff culture, and promote the betterment of all.



Trey Anastasio, Guitarist from the band Phish; did not graduate (transferred to Goddard College). Jack Arute, ABC and ESPN sideline reporter. Consuelo Northrup Bailey, first woman admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court; first woman to serve as speaker of the Vermont House; and the first woman in the nation to be elected Lieutenant Governor (1955�1959). Vice-chair of the Republican National Committee from 1952 to 1956.[36] Donald H. Balch, U.S. Air Force general Jedediah Hyde Baxter, son of Portus Baxter and Surgeon General of the United States Army[37] Dierks Bentley, country music artist (attended UVM one year; graduated from Vanderbilt University) Mark Boone Junior aka Mark Heidrich, actor; best known for role as Bobby Munson on Sons of Anarchy and roles in Batman Begins and Memento Frank M. Bryan, Professor of Political Science Daniel Burke, former President of the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), engineered the $3.5 billion acquisition of ABC by Capital Cities in 1986.;[38] was the founder and original owner of the Portland Sea Dogs minor league baseball team. Sarah E. Buxton, (2000), Member, Vermont House of Representatives, former member, UVM Board of Trustees[39][40] Pedro Albizu Campos (1912�1913), Puerto Rican political leader, orator, lawyer and humanist; was either President or Honorary President of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party from 1930 until his death in 1965. Matthew Choate 1992, Vermont state senator 2008-2010[41] Barbara Cochran, Class of 1978; alpine ski racer, who won the gold medal in the slalom in the 1972 Winter Olympics.[42] Ray Collins, Class of 1909, Boston Red Sox pitcher (1909�15) and later coached for UVM. Started the first World Series game at Fenway Park in 1912. Indoor track facility named for him and Larry Gardner.[43] Grace Coolidge, First Lady of the United States 1923-1929. Major General Steven A. Cray, Adjutant General of Vermont, March, 2013 to present.[44] Major General Thomas E. Drew, Adjutant General of Vermont, August, 2012 to 2013.[45] John Dewey, Class of 1879, Pragmatist philosopher and educator. Julius Yemans Dewey, Physician, Founder of the National Life Insurance Company. Father of the only Admiral of the Navy in US history, George Dewey. Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie; Vermont's 85th Lieutenant Governor, 2002-2010.[46] Lieutenant General Michael Dubie, Deputy Commander of United States Northern Command and former Vermont Adjutant General. David Franzoni, an Academy Award-winning screenwriter.[citation needed] Larry Gardner, Class of 1909; Major League third baseman for 17 years (1908�24) for the Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Athletics and Cleveland Indians. Played on four World Champions, twice drove in the winning run in the deciding game of the World Series, and later coached and served as the athletic director at UVM. Indoor track facility named for him and Ray Collins.[47] Mike Gordon, bass player from the band Phish Aaron H. Grout, Vermont Secretary of State[48] Albert Gutterson, Gold medal winner in long jump in 1912 Summer Olympics. Hockey facility, Gutterson Fieldhouse is named after him.[49] Brian Halligan, CEO and co-founder of HubSpot and author Rohan Heath, Guyanese dance/house/techno musician and producer, founding member of the British Dance group Urban Cookie Collective and the son of writer/author Roy Heath Louisa Hodge, Award winning Emmy Winner Meteorologist/Weather Anchor/General Assignment Reporter for KCBS-2/KCAL-9 CBS Broadcasting Studio Center, Los Angeles, California. H. H. Holmes, American serial killer, dropped out after one year Abdul W. Haqiqi, Afghan American economist. Billy Kidd, alpine ski racer, 1964 Olympic silver medalist, raced for UVM before joining the U.S. Ski Team. Amr Kashmiri, Pakistani actor and musician. Madeleine Kunin, former Governor of Vermont; former US Ambassador to Switzerland; former Deputy Secretary of Education, US Dept. of Education[50] Jack Lamabe, Major League pitcher for several different teams over seven seasons including the 1967 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals.[51] John LeClair, member of the 1992-93 Stanley Cup winning Montreal Canadiens. Has three 50 goals seasons in the NHL. Former member of the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins.[52] Rollie Massimino, Class of 1956. Longtime college basketball coach who led the Villanova University Men's Basketball team to the 1985 NCAA Championship. Kirk McCaskill, Major League pitcher for the California Angels and Chicago White Sox.[53] Torrey Mitchell, NHL center for the San Jose Sharks.[54] James O'Halloran, Canadian politician John Eugene Osborne, Third Governor of Wyoming and United States Representative from Wyoming[55] Wayne H. Page, Adjutant General of the Vermont National Guard[56] James Stevens Peck, American Civil War officer who later served as Adjutant General of the Vermont National Guard[57] Henry Farnham Perkins (1877�1956) was an American zoologist and eugenicist. �ric Perrin, an NHL forward for the Tampa Bay Lightning when they won the Stanley Cup in 2004.[58] Susan Powers, American folk artist. E. Annie Proulx, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Shipping News and Brokeback Mountain.[59] Henry Jarvis Raymond, Co-Founder of the New York Times and Harper's New Monthly Magazine Martin St. Louis, three-time NCAA All-American winger. Four-time NHL All-Star and NHL Hart Trophy and Lady Byng Trophy winner. Won the Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2003-04 Season.[60] Ryen Russillo, Co-host of the critically acclaimed ESPN Radio Show 'SVP & Russillo', host of ESPN Radio's 'College Gameday.' Number one fan of Matthew McConaughey.[61] Jessica Seinfeld, author and cook[62] Patrick Sharp, two-time Stanley Cup champion hockey player for the Chicago Blackhawks. Attended UVM but did not graduate.[63] Gail Sheehy, author Kerr Smith, actor best known for playing Jack McPhee on the television drama Dawson's Creek[citation needed] Viktor St�lberg, winger for the Nashville Predators. 2009 NCAA All-American, 2013 Stanley Cup champion. Attended UVM but did not graduate. Tim Thomas, goaltender and two-time Vezina Trophy winner for the Boston Bruins. Won the Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe Trophy with the Bruins in the 2010-11 Season.[64] George R. Vincent, physician and Greenback Party politician in Wisconsin William Almon Wheeler, Vice-President of the United States, attended for two years Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate for leading international action to ban land mines Samuel Worcester, missionary to the Cherokees in Georgia and later in Indian Territory during early 19th Century



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