About Derrick Dubois

Derrick graduated from UVM with dual degrees in mathematics and geography. After graduation, he landed a job traveling the country helping universities better the student experience. He is passionate about binge-watching Netflix and working with students. Derrick now works at the UVM Foundation connecting with students and young alumni.

Class of 2015 Happy Hour

When we asked what kind of event you’d be most likely to attend, you overwhelmingly said: Happy hour gatherings!

Well, now you have a chance to go to your first one for the Class of 2015. Ryan and I are hosting an event in Burlington for you to celebrate the Fall and your first months as alumni.

Join many of your classmates in the Class of 2015 at Drink on October 3rd, 2015 at 9pm.  (OK, a little late for a traditional happy hour, but you get the point.)

And, the first two drinks are on us!

405df159ef23418bb77bd0d128711dffIt’s going to be a super-busy weekend in Burlington because it’s Homecoming and Reunion.  So, if you plan to travel up here, reserve a spot on a friend’s couch early.

We’ll send you another reminder in a couple of weeks.  See you soon!

How to be Persistent in Your Job Search

Searching for a job sucks. It just does.


It takes loads of time and energy and what do you get most of the time? Rejection.

But, you’ll get that job you are searching for–it just takes persistence.

Our friends at The Muse (our favorite free career website) have lots of tips to stick with your search and find success. Here’s a round-up of some of our favorite articles to keep you focused:

What kind of event would you attend?

The Alumni Association plans tons of events each year.  And, I want to make sure we have some events that speak to you–our most recent graduates.

So, we have a one-question survey for you: what kind of UVM event would you most likely attend?

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We’ll report back next week on the results.  In the meantime, here are a few events coming up in the next few months (including a party just for the Class of 2015 in October):

Summer Picnic in Seattle (FREE)
August 9, 2015
Magnolia Park Shelter 1, Seattle, WA


Convocation Procession Alumni Social (FREE)
August 30, 2015
Main Street, Burlington, VT


Fall Social in Maine (FREE)
September 17, 2015
Boone’s Fish House and Oyster Room, Portland, MEPortland-Maine

Class of 2015 Party During Reunion/Homecoming
October 3rd, 2015
Drink, Burlington, VT


Do you know the Falafel man?

Here on Afterword we’ll be featuring regular interviews with UVM campus personalities, professors and administrators. First up is Charlie Cunningham, otherwise known as the Falafel guy at the Davis Center.


Last Thursday we were lucky enough to hang out and eat lunch with Charlie at the Davis center. He artfully prepared falafels while we asked him a few questions.

Derrick & Ryan: How long have you worked at UVM?

Charlie: I Started in 2001 over in the Simpson dining hall bakery. Eventually moved over to the Marche and now I’m here at the Davis Center.

D&R: What do you love about working at UVM?

C: I get to make a positive impact on student’s lives through something I really love to do and it places me where I can advocate for my own lifestyle. It’s also awesome to interact with students.

D&R: How did you get your start in falafel making?

C: I got going when I was on a Grateful Dead tour in the eighties. Immediately I was hooked! I started selling them out of my van at every show. My recipes are inspired by an old restaurant in Vermont called Horn of the Moon.

grateful dead van

D&R: What was your first concert?

C: I caught a ride with UVM ride share to Hartford Connecticut for…yes…a Grateful Dead show, when I was still in high school.

D&R: Where did you grow up?

C: I was born right here in Burlington. Grew up in the area, and went to school (K-12) in Essex Junction. Now I live in Jeffersonville.

D&R: What keeps you in Vermont?

C: I’m not much of a city guy. There’s something about the open air and rural landscape here…you can’t beat it.

Old Mill thru trees

D&R: What’s your summer like?

C: I work at Common Ground summer camp in Starksboro Vermont in the bakery. Someday I would love to start my own bakery. I’ve had an idea for a while now to call it Working Man’s Bread.

D&R: As a dedicated Grateful Dead follower, are you a fan of Phish?

C: Kind of. To be honest, when I first saw them, I thought they sucked [laughs], and I mean that was because they were just starting out. Like any band, they had growing to do. I saw them at Slade Hall. The band members and I are basically the same age so I’d see them around town. It’s great that they’ve become such a good band. I even dated the same woman Jon Fishman did back in the day. At separate times, of course.

D&R: Do you have any other favorite bands?

C: I really love Neil Young and Steely Dan.

D&R: Who’s your celebrity crush?

C: Christopher Walken! And for local celebs, I’d say Rally Cat. I always thought it’d be fun for us to get into a tussle right on campus. I think I could take him. He used to be named Charlie, so it seemed like a good idea that we square off.


D&R: If you could be one building on campus, what would you be?

C: Definitely Slade Hall.

Want to be part of the conversation? Send us an email if there’s someone you’d like us to feature: rchartie@uvm.edu and derrick.dubois@uvm.edu.

Welcome to Boston

Earlier this month, I attended a great UVM gathering in Boston.  A perfect event for alumni in a big city to meet each other (and grab a beer or two).


We had more than 150 people show up, including a bunch of y’all in the Class of 2015.


Don’t fret if you missed it, there are more events coming up in Boston.

Don’t live in Boston? There are events coming up in other places all summer long.

Still figuring it out?  Update your info, so you get invited to stuff.