UVM Plans to Host Fundraising Campaign

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President Tom Sullivan will be announcing the largest fundraising campaign in Catamount history Oct. 2 at 3 p.m. in the Davis Center Atrium, according to an email from the UVM Foundation.

While the details are being spared until the release, the campaign is designed to give UVM a “better chance to tell its story,” said Rick Green, director of communications for the UVM Foundation.

“This four-year campaign will raise money for student scholarships, faculty professorships, programs and facilities,” Green said. “It really will touch all corners of the campus.”

Green said parts of the campaign have already been announced, including the construction of the STEM complex on Central Campus, the restoration of an Alumni House and the development of a new inpatient facility at the University of Vermont Medical Center.

“There’s so much more than meets the eye at UVM, and I hope this campaign helps show that,” junior Alex Lockhart said.

The STEM complex is a $104 million project that began last May.

One-quarter of the funding will come from private sources, while the rest will be from the UVM general fund, according to an April 2015 Cynic article.

The proposed Alumni House project will restore the home at 61 Summit St. into an 18,260 square foot building where students, parents, faculty and alumni will be able to visit, according to the UVM Foundation.

The new inpatient facility at the UVM Medical Center is designed to help deliver the highest quality care to its patients.

The focus on the facility is to provide an environment that is conducive to not only the health of the patients, but also the wellbeing of their families, according to a video released by the hospital.

“Our facilities don’t match the skill and the compassion of our people,” said John Brumsted, president and CEO of the University of Vermont Health Network and the UVM Medical Center.

These developments are just a fraction of the entire fundraising campaign, which is designed to not only propel UVM into the future, but also encompass all that the University stands for,  Green said.

“People have this sort of transformative experience here, and through the campaign we want to support that,” Green said.