2011 Young Alumni Award Winners
James Bishop ’04
James Bishop, UVM Class of 2004, an avid UVM supporter since his days on the lacrosse field at UVM, has participated in twenty-eight alumni events in the greater Boston area as a volunteer on the Young Alumni Events Committee. The co-chair of that group since 2007, he enthusiastically spearheads the University’s outreach efforts to connect young alumni in Boston back to UVM and gives a voice to young alumni in his role as member of the UVM Boston Regional Board. With experience in commercial real estate at First Choice Realty in Boston, he has also helped to engage Boston area young alums in the career network building that has further strengthened the ties among alumni and between the University and its alumni.
Katherine Kasarjian Murphy ’06
Katherine Murphy, UVM Class of 2006, has made a volunteer commitment to UVM that dates to her student years, when as a member of the ROTC program, the Panhellenic Council, Student Government, and Senior Class Council, she juggled multiple duties while pursuing a challenging academic regimen. As president of the Senior Class Council in 2006, she took on a role as leader for her class that has kept her ties to UVM strong, even extending to successful service as class secretary since 2006 from the far reaches of Iraq to her home in Texas. Celebrating a fifth UVM Reunion this year, she is the chairperson for her class reunion committee.
Michelle Veronneau ’04, G’09
Michelle Veronneau, UVM Class of 2004, was a member of multiple student groups including Volunteers in Action and Senior Class Council. She was not only an active campus citizen as a student, but also an academic exemplar. The only woman to graduate with a degree in electrical engineering from UVM in 2004, she went on to earn a master of business administration in 2009 while simultaneously employed at IBM. As an alum, she has been a tireless supporter of the UVM Fund, serving as a member and eventual vice-chair of the Young Alumni Committee, the University’s peer-to-peer, volunteer fundraising group, and also served on the Alumni Association Board’s awards committee for two years. Ever the advocate for her alma mater, she was also a participant in her Fifth Reunion Committee.