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White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator praises UVM, cautions potential outbreaks

Dr. Deborah Birx, the response coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, addresses gathered media in the Grand Maple Ball Room at UVM Oct. 10. Birx praised the University and Vermont's response to the virus.

Alek Fleury, Managing Editor

October 10, 2020

In a visit to the University of Vermont’s campus Saturday, Dr. Deborah Birx, the Response Coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force praised the University and the states’ handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, while warning of how quickly low positivity rates can change if the state becomes...

UVM pushes ahead with plans to reopen as Burlington officials, residents and students decry plan

UVM's President Suresh Garimella wears his mask while he waits for the press conference to begin, Aug. 18.

Kate Vanni and Emma Pinezich

August 18, 2020

Despite outcry and concerns expressed by Burlington officials, students, and community members, UVM will continue with its reopening plan. At a press conference on Aug. 18, UVM President Suresh Garimella praised the school's reopening plan describing it as one of the most "rigorous and comprehensive plan...

Survey shows UVM community values student success after pay and workload cuts to faculty

(Left to Right) President Suresh Garimella, Chair Ron Lumbra and Provost Patricia Prelock sit at a board of trustees meeting, Oct. 26.

Emma Pinezich, News and Sports Editor

May 18, 2020

After cutting the pay and workloads of some faculty members, a survey conducted by UVM administration shows the UVM community sees student success as the highest priority. The survey was sent on April 17 by President Suresh Garimella. The survey was meant to gather input for revising UVM’s “Amplifying...

Faculty, staff and students protest looming budget cuts imposed by UVM leadership

Protestors gather in the Waterman Parking lot May 14. Waterman is home to the offices of UVM executives including President Suresh Garimella.

Kate Vanni and Emma Pinezich

May 14, 2020

A nearly empty UVM campus erupted with the blasting of car horns as protestors drove their cars around campus, showing solidarity against imposed budget cuts. The rally held May 14 was led by UVM United Against Cuts, a coalition of UVM students, faculty and community members who stand in solidarity...

UVM president warns community of likely layoffs and pay cuts

President Suresh Garimella is presented with the University mace at his Installation Ceremony, Oct. 4. During his address, Garimella said he is committed to bettering both UVM and Vermont.

Irene Choi and Emma Pinezich

May 14, 2020

As UVM’s financial wellbeing teeters, President Suresh Garimella warned the community that tactics such as salary reductions and layoffs might take place going forward. In a memo sent to the community May 11, Garimella outlined the current financial challenges facing UVM and some steps the university...

UVM asks Vermont for millions in relief due to COVID-19 stresses

UVM President shakes former Vermont Governor Jim Douglas' hand outside of Ira Allen Chapel following his installation ceremony.

Irene Choi and Sawyer Loftus

April 16, 2020

UVM has called on the state of Vermont to give the University $25 million in additional funds to confront “serious challenges” facing the University due to the COVID-19 pandemic. UVM President Suresh Garimella stated in an April 15 letter to Gov. Phil Scott that the University has faced millions...

In response to pandemic, UVM president forgoes salary

(Left to Right) President Suresh Garimella, Chair Ron Lumbra and Provost Patricia Prelock sit at a board of trustees meeting, Oct. 26. Prelock was appointed Provost this afternoon by President Garimella.

Alek Fleury and Irene Choi

April 10, 2020

UVM President Suresh Garimella has requested to forgo his salary for the month of April and has asked that it be contributed to a special university fund to help during this crisis. “The board has approved his generous request with our thanks and deep respect during this uniquely challenging and ...

UVM President reflects on leadership amid COVID-19 pandemic

UVM President Suresh Garimella addresses a gathered crowd of media and UVM community members at press conference Nov. 14, 2019.

Sawyer Loftus, News and Sports Editor

April 2, 2020

UVM President Suresh Garimella said a year ago, he would have never thought he’d be leading a University through a pandemic. Now, as his first year as president nears its finish line, he’s had to make tough decisions as students, faculty, staff and parents have all asked, what’s next during...

UVM, strive for transparency

UVM, strive for transparency

Letter to the Editor

January 29, 2020

In October 2019, posters went up across campus warning of exclusion on the Incentive Based Budgeting steering committee, pending academic cuts, pay inequality and a worrying New England Commission of Higher Education report. They were born from an op-ed that the Cynic declined to publish earlier tha...

Just in: Garimella appoints Patricia Prelock Provost and Senior Vice President

(Left to Right) President Suresh Garimella, Chair Ron Lumbra and Provost Patricia Prelock sit at a board of trustees meeting, Oct. 26. Prelock was appointed Provost this afternoon by President Garimella.

Emma Pinezich, Assistant News Editor

November 18, 2019

President Suresh Garimella has officially appointed Patricia Prelock as Provost and Senior Vice President, effective Nov. 18, according to an email sent to the UVM community. Prelock has been serving in this position on an interim basis since April of 2019 when former Provost David Rosowsky resigned....

UVM President unveils plan to freeze tuition

President Suresh Garimella addresses assembled media at a press conference, Nov. 14.

Sawyer Loftus, News & Sports Editor

November 18, 2019

UVM President Suresh Garimella said he plans to push the board of trustees to approve a tuition freeze for the 2020-21 school year.  This would be the first move of its kind in 40 years of UVM history, Garimella said at a Nov. 14 press conference.  The freeze would leave UVM’s tuition sticker price as it is right now. Costs would rema...

Developing: UVM President hires communications officer to improve messaging

President Suresh Garimella delivers an opening statement at his public Q&A February, 14 2019. He will took on the position of president July 1.

Emma Pinezich, Assistant News Editor

November 2, 2019

President Suresh Garimella has created a new communications position within his administration to improve UVM’s profile and to oversee all communication efforts at the University. Garimella announced Nicci Brown’s appointment to the newly created position of chief communications officer in a Nov....

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