January 9, 2002
Dear UVM Track and Field Supporter -
As you know, on September 13 UVM's Administration announced the termination of Men's Track & Field - following the 2002 season. Many of you contacted the Administration through phone calls, e-mails, letters, etc. UVM Track & Field Athletes articulated their concern through www.uvmtrack.com. These messages were motivational to current student-athletes and alumni alike.
Since that time, Alumni and Student-Athletes have continued to research the background behind this unexpected decision to better understand the rationale and background. This has included meeting with the Athletic Department, Senior Administrators, Vice Presidents, Track Coaches from other schools, etc. Unfortunately, the more information gathered leaves more questions unanswered and increasing suggests a decision not fully thought out.
On December 17, a representative group of Alumni met with a senior group of UVM Administrators. At this meeting, we presented the facts, as we know them and requested that reasonable financial fundraising goals be established that would allow for the immediate reinstatement of Men's Track & Field at UVM. This meeting has led to a final presentation of our written findings to President Colodny and Provost Bramley this week. Some results of our investigation:
We need your help at this critical time in the decision process. UVM Administration needs to understand that there is a dedicated and active group of UVM Track & Field supporters, both Men and Women, who understand the value of this program and are willing to be supportive.
Today's request is simple. Please send e-mails to the following persons stating your interest and support of the reinstatement of Men's Track & Field at the University of Vermont. We are asking the Administration for an opportunity to actively seek funds to help offset the current and future costs.
We are running out of time and we request your help now.
Thanking you in advance.
Where to send your emails E-mails:
We are trying to rally EVERY supporter of UVM Track & Field for a massive, and FAST email campaign. Please pass the message on to your teammates, your family, your HS coaches, your opponents, other runners... and please remember, this is not a UVM bashing campaign. Rather, its purpose is to provide a quick show of hands for all people who are interested in the future of UVM Track & Field.
And if you don't have time to write a big email, don't sweat it - even a simple blank email with something in the Subject heading would work, like "Bring Back Men's Track & Field!"
For those of you who prefer copying and pasting, you can try one of the two following blurbs: (they differ in their separators)
David.Nestor@uvm.edu; Thomas.Gustafson@uvm.edu; Thomas.Patterson@uvm.edu; Ian.DeGroot@uvm.edu; John.Bramley@uvm.edu; President@uvm.edu; Edwin.Colodny@uvm.edu; firstname.lastname@example.org
David.Nestor@uvm.edu, Thomas.Gustafson@uvm.edu, Thomas.Patterson@uvm.edu, Ian.DeGroot@uvm.edu, John.Bramley@uvm.edu, President@uvm.edu, Edwin.Colodny@uvm.edu, email@example.com
Response Meter (as of Friday, January 11th)The following people have joined the campaign:
If you have sent an email and your name is not listed here, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, so that we can fully estimate the campaign's impact.