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Office of Student and Community Relations

     April 2011                            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.

Upcoming Events:


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., 4/15, 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. Sun., 4/17,
11am -1pm, meet at the Pearl House, 12 Colchester Ave., 1st floor. RSVP here.

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. Thurs. 4/21, 11am-2pm, at the Davis Center Outdoor Stage space.

2. Green Your Cleaning - Learn how to make eco-friendly home cleaning products with Purple Shutter Herbs on Wed. 4/20, 6-8pm, at the Pearl House, 12 Colchester Ave.
RSVP here.

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

 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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Tip of the Month:

On January 1, 2011, it became illegal in VT to dispose of e-waste in landfills (computers, printers, TVs, phones, etc.) Luckily there are free disposal opportunities right here in Burlington!

E-Waste Collection at ReBuild

Sat., 4/30
339 Pine Street
For more info on what you can dispose of call ReBuild at 802-846-4015

Click here for a complete list of places you can dispose of e-waste throughout the year.

Alternative Spring Break: Caring for Animals in the “City that Care Forgot”
by Jarrod Szydlowski

Alternative Spring BreakThere is no one word to describe the sound that sixty dogs make when they know that breakfast is on the way. All the barking, baying, and yapping forms a kind of canine symphony, an orchestration that is, to the human ear, more cacophonic than melodic. This dogged din almost knocked us to the ground as we entered the “Breezeway ” of Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO) on a cool March morning. Tim, a local volunteer, casually opened one of the cages and, in one deft move, caught a lunging pit-bull by the collar, slipped a choke-chain over his wrinkled neck and affixed two leashes. “Who wants to walk him?” he asked us—a group of wide-eyed UVM students. As I reluctantly grabbed hold, the pit-bull hurdled down the street like a powerboat tugging a first-time water skier. It was in this spirit of apprehension and, yes, maybe even a little fear, that I knew it was going to be a long week.
I was wrong.

Click here to see the full story...

Photo: UVM Junior Katy Thomas walks one of ARNO's abandoned dogs (photo by Brett Robinson, UVM Senior)

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Did You Know?
Burlington Code Refresher

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

Grills and hibachis should not be used or stored on porches. If your lease allows you to have a grill make sure it is kept at least 15 ft away from any residence or structure to avoid creating a fire hazard.

You may not leave trash, recycling or unwanted furniture on the greenbelt*, in the street, in a yard, or on a 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.
*Greenbelts are the grassy area located between the sidewalk and road.

Parking on a lawns, yards, walkways, greenbelts, right-of-ways, or other grassy areas is not allowed. 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 neighborhood patrols and violations are subject to pricey tickets, fines, and towing. Call 863-0442 or visit the Burlington Code Enforcement website if you have questions or need assistance.

Safe Streets Collaborative

Ever wonder what the deal is with bikes and stop signs?  What about crosswalks – who gets to go and when?  And what’s the best thing you can do to not get hit by a car at night?

Get answers to these questions and many more online at, a project of Local Motion, UVM, and other partners.  You’ll find the rules of the road in plain English, along with some resources for staying safe as you walk, bike, or drive between home and campus.

If you need a new bike helmet, a reflective vest, some bike lights, or any other safety gear, Local Motion cansafety gear help!  Click here
to download a $6 coupon that is good at any of the outdoor shops in town.  Being visible is one of the most important things you can do to make sure you don’t become a statistic.

The bottom line is, safety is a two-way street.  If you’re on foot and want cars to let you cross, do your part and make sure you’re visible.  If you’re on a bike and want cars to give you space, try following the same rules as cars.  And if you’re driving and want pedestrians to wait for the signal, play nice and don’t run the red light.  Give respect to get respect: 

like it lock itFREE STUFF!!!!
Spring is the best time to score free bikes, laptops, iPods and cameras. . .
if you’re a thief. 

Protect yourself with common sense.  Don’t leave anything valuable in your car, even if locked, even if it’s out of sight.  Cars with chargers but no phone in view, or those with a jacket draped over a pile in the back seat is a temptation thieves won’t resist.  Ditto the cupholder with change or backpack.

Biking makes it easy to get around.  We’re not the only ones who think so.  Bikes locked to porch railings get stolen.  So do bikes left in sheds or garages.  If you want your bike to be there when you go back, get a quality U-lock and attach to something burly or metal.  It’s not as easy to carry around as a cable lock, but it’s not nearly as easy to cut through, either.

Lastly, we know it can be a drag to make sure your roommates have keys, lock the door and close and lock windows every time they leave the house, but we at Parallel Justice know it’s much less stressful than rewriting final papers because someone stole your laptop.  Keep your wallet and purse out of sight  – especially if people are coming over who you don’t know well.  It sucks – but it happens.  And hopefully you never need it, but if you do, renter’s insurance will be the best $150 you’ve ever spent.

We’re lucky that Burlington is a very safe city for its size.  While common sense is a great deterrent, it can’t guarantee that you’ll never be a victim of a crime.   If you are, Parallel Justice is here to help.  You can find us on facebook or call 540-2394.  In the meantime, remember: Theft happens.  Lock it or lose it.

A few more tips from the Burlington Police Department:

  • Nearly all burglaries in Burlington involve the burglar entering a residence through an unlocked door or window.

  • Make sure your windows and screens are secure.

  • Close your curtains so your possessions won’t be easily visible.

  • Use lighting inside and out so your house or apartment appears occupied.

  • Get to know your neighbors so you are familiar with who is supposed to be in the area. Let a trusted person know when you will be away so unusual activity is noticed.

  • Report suspicious persons immediately – the Burlington Police direct line is 658-2700.

  • Call the police if something does happen at your residence. You may not always get your property back but your information may help the police track patterns and help determine who is responsible.

More safety information is available online at

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UVM Service Network Partners

Community Service Programs
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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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