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Office of Student and Community Relations
  April 2010                      Off-Campus Life

In This Issue:

About Us:

The Pearl House

The Office of Student and Community Relations (OSCR) provides resources and education to UVM students so that they have successful experiences living off campus. We work with students, neighbors, and city partners on creative initiatives to improve the quality-of-life in our shared community.

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Upcoming Events:


Check out the on & off campus events that are happening this month!

Safe Streets Summit
Learn about how residents, community organizations, and local officials are working together to make our streets safe for everyone.Sat., April 10, 10am - 12pm at the
Champlain Valley Expo Center, Essex Junction
Free and open to the public -- CHILDCARE PROVIDED
Register here.

Career Services Spring Workshops

Resume Workshops: Every Monday, 4-5pm, L/L E166

Interview Clinic: Tues., April 13, 4-5pm, L/L E166

Dismantling Rape Culture Conference
This conference will offer an opportunity for training, education and awareness in which participants will consider ways that we might all dismantle rape culture.
Thurs. April 15, 7:45am-4pm in the UVM Davis Center. Register here.

SGA Community Coalition
Join UVM students, community members, city and university staff as we share ideas and create programs designed to build community between the university’s students and city residents. Fri., April 16, 2-4pm at the Pearl House, 12 Colchester Ave. More info.

Spring Neighborhood Clean-up
Help clean up the neighborhoods surrounding campus and show that UVM cares! Free breakfast provided. Sat., April 17,
10am -12pm, meet at the Pearl House, 12 Colchester Ave., 1st floor. RSVP here.

Hootenanny in the Neighborhood
Hop...Skip...Jump on up to campus...and join us for an evening of neighbors, families and students...featuring:  Jeremy Harple "wicked acoustic guitar playing," local, sustainable, organic pub food, children's activities, raffle prizes, and totally awesome community cheer.
Saturday, April 17, 5:30-9pm Brennan's Pub @ the Davis Center.

2 Free Catamount Classes During Earth Week!
1. Dr. Your Bike - Learn basic bike maintenance skills and tune up your bike with Bike Recycle VT and the UVM Bike Users Group on Tues. April 20, 11am-2pm, at the Davis Center Outdoor Stage space. RSVP here.

2. Green Your Cleaning - learn how to make eco-friendly home cleaning products with Purple Shutter Herbs on Wed. April 21st, 6-8pm, at the Pearl House, 12 Colchester Ave.
RSVP here.

Free & Anonymous HIV Testing
Thurs., April 15, 3:30- 6:30pm at Center for Health & Wellbeing Redstone Offices, 113 C/W/P Complex. 


Helpful Resources:


For a more extensive list of resources, please go to page 24 of the Off Campus Living Survival Guide.

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VSA Arts of VT O.N.Eder Dome Celebration!hyde st dome2

Please join us at the VSA Arts of VT  O.N.Eder Dome Celebration on Saturday, April 10th, from 2-4pm as we come together to celebrate the installation of a beautiful stained glass andhyde st dome steel O.N.E.der Dome designed to invite new and creative uses of the Hyde Street triangle park in Burlington!  The triangle park is located at the intersection of Hyde, School, and North Streets. There will be performances by community members, local kids, and UVM students and free food from American Flatbread, Nunyuns, O.N.E Grille, and coffee from Viva Espresso. All are welcome!! 
Note: Rain date will be Sunday, April 11th, from 2-4pm.

Did You Know?
 Burlington Code Enforcement Refresher

Keeping upholstered furniture on porches is prohibited

  • Furniture not constructed for outdoor use (stuffed coaches, chairs, etc...) may not be stored or kept on porches or in plain view in the front yard of any property. It is a huge fire hazard and you can receive up to $500 fine!

The use of grills and BBQ's on porches is prohibited

  • Grills and BBQ's may not be used on porches because they are also a huge fire hazard. If your lease allows you to have grill make sure they are kept at least 15 ft away from any residence or structure for fire safety.

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Furniture on the greenbelt and front yard trash are prohibited (*Greenbelts are the grassy area located between the sidewalk and road.)

  • You may not leave trash, recycling or furniture on the greenbelt*, in the yard, or on the porch.

  • Only neatly contained recycling and covered trash containers may remain outdoors for the day of pickup. Items for pickup left for more than 24 hours must be stored out of sight at the rear or exterior, and may not be stored indefinitely. To see recycling pick up schedule click here.

  • It is the property owner and residents’ responsibility to keep the greenbelt clean and neat.

Parking on a lawns, yards, walkways, greenbelts, right-of-ways, or other grassy areas is prohibited

  • Preservation of green areas like lawns and greenbelts helps to beautify our neighborhoods, muffle noise, clean the air, slow down storm water, provide a healthy environment and keep Lake Champlain clean.

Burlington's Enforcement Office conducts regular patrols and violations are subject to tickets, fines, and towing. Please call 863-0442 if you have questions or need assistance.

Sharing the Road Safely

In light of the recent car/pedestrian accident on Main St. involving a Safe Streets logoUVM student, we wanted to remind the University community about steps we can all take to make Burlington streets safer for pedestrians,  bicyclists, and motorists alike. Please follow this link to the
Safe Street Collaborative brochure
for great safety tips and a quick refresher on the rules of the road.
The Safe Street Collaborative also has a
$6 safety gear coupon that can be used to purchase reflective gear, lights, helmets, and other safety related items. Also see info about the Safe Streets Summit happening this Saturday, April 10, from 10am-12pm, under Upcoming Events.

For more information about the Safe Street Collaborative or to join the campaign to improve the safety of our streets please contact at, call (802) 656-9405,
or visit

New Student CSA Program in the Intervale!

Are you interested in receiving fresh, local veggies every week? Do you want to support local agriculture? Have you ever considered joining a CSA? 
csaThe Intervale Center’s Food Hub CSA is piloting a student share that will be offered the fall semester of 2010 to off-campus and grad students. This share will start the week of September 6th and end the week of December 6th. Students need to sign-up online before May 31st in order to receive their share at the onset of the 2010 fall semester.

We are offering two different share choices to students this fall. The Basic Student Share costs a total of $225, an average of $17 per week, and will showcase the diverse Vermont harvest, offering a range of 7-10 vegetables along with a few delicious melons, apples and cider.  The share will easily feed one or two veggie-friendly students.

The Deluxe Student Share will cost a total of $300, an average of $23 per week.  This plan is identical to the Basic Student Share but includes 1 dozen eggs from Jericho Settlers Farm’s pastured chickens every other week.  In addition, you will receive 1 half-liter of maple syrup from Dragonfly Sugarworks, 1 quart of sauerkraut from Arethusa Farm, and 1 six ounce tub of pesto from Bella Farm, each delivered once during the course
of your share.

For more information or to sign up for a share, please visit the Food Hub website:

Pick Up Free Furniture from UVM!

Need furniture for your off-campus home? We have a deal for you!  You can pick up the following items for FREE on the Trinity campus on May 15th from
1- 3:30pm and on May 29th.from 10am - 3pm:

  • Metal bunk-able beds (without mattresses)

  • Desks and desk chairs

  • Dressers

  • Wardrobes (5-6 people are needed to carry these items out)

  • Entertainment centers (advanced notice must be given to in order to have these brought to the Trinity site)

NOTE: UVM will not assist with labor and you can not enter a building until a UVM affiliate brings you in. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Cross at

New Student Parks Pass!

Save on the daily parking fee of $5 at North Beach, Oakledge Park, Leddy Park, and Perkins Pier by buying a summer season–long pass for just $25! This is a new discounted rate just for college students to encourage more use of the parks (regular rates $40 Burl. Residents and $60 for North Beachnon-residents). Burlington Parks & Recreation Department Season Park Pass allows unlimited parking admission to all Burlington Parks except for Waterfront Park. If you attend school in Burlington and stay for the summer you are eligible for this discounted parking pass. All you need to show is your valid school ID and a proof of Burlington residency, such as your auto registration, a utility bill, lease agreement, or other piece of processed mail.

Call the Burlington Parks & Recreation Department at 802-865-7247 for more details, or stop by the offices at 645 Pine Street to purchase the pass. Passes may also be purchased on site at the parking gates. 

Rock Out For Victims of Crime

It's a virtual "Battle of the ROCK BANDs" with teams of 4 competing on wii-powered instruments for videorockband categories like: best performance; best costumes; game supremacy and PRIZES (including CA$H) for audience favorite; judge's pick.  $10 each to play, $5 to watch - register in advance to be sure to get a chance to win. Call (802) 264-0764 or email

ALL proceeds benefit the Parallel Justice Victims Fund, helping victims of crime in Burlington, VT regain safety and peace of mind. 
Co-sponsored by 95 Triple X


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Office of Student and Community Relations

The Pearl House
12 Colchester Ave, 1st floor (map)
Burlington, VT 05405

Please call or email to make an appointment
Gail Shampnois: Director OSCR,, (802) 656-1103
Alicia Taylor: Coord. Off-Campus Services,, (802) 656-9405



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