We invite you to learn more about NVU through these brief student and alumni profiles for a look into their experiences in class, on campus, and working in their field after graduation.
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Ellen Tierney ’22, Visual Communication Design
Art has always been Ellen’s passion, and a fine arts degree seemed like a direct path for her future. But after a semester at another college pursuing that direction, it felt too limited and she decided she wanted a broader approach. Ellen returned to Vermont and transferred to NVU-Lyndon.
Addie White ’23, Performance, Arts, and Technology, Theater Concentration
While Addie “did theater” their whole life, Addie expected to pursue a different program of study at NVU. Then they took an acting class and “felt such a connection.” The following year, Addie switched to the performing arts and technology program. “We’re not just studying one thing. We’re learning how to push the envelope, how to create art and theater in new ways. It’s so unique. It’s amazing. I love it.”
Matthew Parker ‘24, Performance, Arts, and Technology
Matthew toured as a singer, auditioned for American Idol twice, and moved from California to New York City to try to break into theater. But none of it felt right. Now in his first year in the performance, arts, and technology program, Matthew has found his entry point into the field. “I haven’t seen anything in the collegiate world as interdisciplinary as this program. I am so fortunate to be in an environment where people are asking you to do what you love.”
Luke Sussdorff ’12, Outdoor Education, Leadership, and Tourism
Anyone who has enjoyed a concert, ski race, or other special event at Vermont’s Jay Peak resort in recent years can thank NVU alum Luke Sussdorff ’12, the special events manager, for planning it. As a student in the mountain recreation management program, (now the OELT program) at NVU’s Lyndon campus, Luke gained so much real-world experience at New England resorts that his internship at Jay Peak led to a full-time job.
Caitlin began on her path in ECE with an associate degree from CCV. Now in her seventh year as an early childhood educator, she is set to begin classes at NVU toward a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education through the CCV to NVU Pathway. “The way it’s set up, from the bridge from CCV to NVU to the way the classes work, it all felt within reach the more I learned about the program — even with parenting (two young children) and teaching at the same time.”
When the clinical trials for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine were scheduled at Pfizer’s New Haven (Ct.) Clinical Research Unit location, Pfizer Environmental Health and Safety Manager and Industrial Hygiene Lead Chris Vollaro ’93 got to work setting the protocols to ensure the health and safety of all involved.