All University Update October 4, 2022

04 Oct 2022

Greetings Vermont State University community,

Here we are—September already behind us, and October in front of us. My family and I are enjoying our first Vermont foliage season. It’s a treat to see each campus in its autumnal glory. I hope you are enjoying this special season, whether it’s your first or umpteenth.

In the month ahead, we will host our first Open Houses for Vermont State University. Our Admissions team has been hard at work to prepare, and I applaud them for their formidable efforts. They are also on the road meeting with prospective students at several hundred events.

Please also join me in welcoming four new people to Vermont State University leadership: Irene Irudayam will be serving as Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research and Planning and Chief Data Scientist. Bobbi Jo Carter will be serving as Director of Online Program Administration. Jennifer Garrett-Ostermiller will be serving as Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. Sara Kinerson has been appointed to the role of Interim Assistant Vice President of Advising and Career Development. Congratulations to you all!

As always, if you have any comments, questions, feedback, or ideas, please contact me. I’m here to listen and learn from you all. We also have a wonderful and easy way to gather news and story ideas — click here to submit your news!

President Grewal


Transformation Updates

Transformation updates can be found in the most recent Sway.

This issue includes the following:

  • Vermont State University 2023-2024 Tuition Announced
  • Spotlight: Transforming the VSCS with Shared Services
  • VSCS Board of Trustees Expands In-State Tuition for Refugees at all VSCS Institutions
  • Update on Workforce Development Goals and Structure
  • Transformation Project Updates
  • Four New Leadership Appointments for Vermont State University
  • Human Resources and Employee Services Transformation
  • Vermont State Colleges in the News

Upcoming Vermont State University Events

Town Hall Meetings

President Grewal invites all faculty, staff, and students to Town Hall meetings on:

Meet the President

October 6, 5:30-7PM, Williston Campus, Vermont Tech 400 Building

Fall Admissions Open Houses

  • Castleton Campus: October 10
  • Williston Campus: October 17
  • Johnson Campus: October 22
  • Randolph Campus: October 29
  • Lyndon Campus: November 5
  • Castleton Campus: November 11
  • Learn more on the VTSU microsite

In the News

VTDigger: Vermont State University to cut tuition by 15% for in-state students

From Our Campuses

Mike Robilotto Honored by Red Sox Foundation

Castleton University Director of Residence Life Mike Robilotto was recognized for his volunteer work with Rutland County Little League at a pre-game ceremony on the field at Fenway Park as the Red Sox Foundation’s Mike Egan Volunteer of the Year from Vermont. Read the entire article.

Northern Vermont University Named a New England Center for Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases by CDC

Grant-funded regional collaboration is designed to reduce diseases spread by ticks and mosquitoes. Read the entire article.

WPTZ-TV: Vermont Tech’s Apprenticeship Program Sets an Example

GE a world leader in providing aircraft engines, systems and avionics, with a location in Rutland, Vermont, announces that its GE Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship Programs graduated 41 apprentices in toolmaking, electrical maintenance, and mechanical maintenance. Watch the entire story.


“I’m excited to work together with my colleagues in Student Success – all of whom put students first every day—to  improve the student experience and expand student opportunities as we launch Vermont State. By integrating and coordinating programs and services to support students holistically, we will build the framework necessary to meet all students where they are and help them achieve their goals. Teamwork is a big motivator for me, and I am energized to join my colleagues in this important work!”

-Kelly Beckwith Director of Student Success

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