University of Vermont

Office Of Student And Community Relations

The Office of Student & Community Relations offers you this newsletter to keep you informed on upcoming events, share great deals, and give you information that makes your off-campus experience a positive one.
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Tip of the Month
Trying to figure out what to do with your old electronics?

It has been illegal since 2011 to put your e-waste (old phones, tvs, computers, etc.) in the trash. But you are in luck because there is a FREE option for legally disposing of your e-waste and it is on Pine Street.

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

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

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Lila Downs

Co-presented with the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

Lila Downs is an extraordinary artist, known for her deep expressive voice which was featured on the soundtrack of the movie Frida (in which she also appears). Born in Oaxaca, Mexico, she is the daughter of Mixtec singer Anita Sánchez and Scottish-American art professor and filmmaker, Allen Downs. She grew up in Oaxaca, California, and Minnesota, and her music reflects a peripatetic life: she performs traditional Mexican folk songs, Cumbia, richly textured pop, and American blues and jazz, sung in both Spanish and English with power and edginess.

A true world artist, she has headlined all over the planet, joined by her band La Misteriosa, a multicultural group of accomplished instrumentalists.

For tickets and information visit the Lane Series site.
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Day of Silence Events

A bevy of events to observe Day of Silence. Find up-to-the-minute information on the Speak OUT, the dance party and everything else going on for Day of Silence on the /bored site.

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Collegiate Recovery Community

UVM has developed a Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) for students recovering from addiction. Students involved in this community have the benefits of a strong peer network as well as educational, advisory, community building, and programmatic opportunities that support their decision to maintain their recovery as well as improve their academics and general life skills. We welcome students recovering from addictions to find community and support within our CRC, and find a successful way to navigate not just college, but recovery in college. For more information visit the CRC website.

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Starting a Neighborhood or School Garden

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
See map: Google Maps


Learn how to get a garden project off the ground with practical tips and examples from the field. Topics include community organizing, land agreements and garden guidelines, site planning, getting fresh local food from the garden into the community, and maintaining strong garden leadership. With a Q & A and lots of resources to take home, this workshop will give you lots of ideas and the tools you need to start and sustain a local garden project.

Presented by Jess Hyman of the Vermont Community Garden Network.

Register now!

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Author Event: Imogen Binnie

College Undergraduates Not Tolerating Sexism (C.U.N.T.S.) and UVM Campus Programs-Campus and Student Life are proud to host Imogen Binnie for a reading from her groundbreaking first novel Nevada, which is reshaping the face of transgender fiction.

Monday, April 29
Livak Ballroom
Davis Center
Book sales/signing to follow

Check it out on FB

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Office of Student & Community Relations

Whether you have a specific issue, want to make some tea before class, or are just curious about what we're up to - please stop by Pearl House and let us help make your off-campus experience successful, positive and empowering.

We are located at 12 Colchester Avenue - next to John Dewey Hall and in front of the Outing Club.

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April 2013

Greetings from Gail:

Moving Out Doesn't Have to be a Hassle!

Are you moving out of your rental?  If yes, see our tips sheet for a less stressful departure and strategies for getting your entire security deposit back.  Plan ahead with your roommates (many hands make light work) so that no one is left having to do all the work.  We make it easier for you as well with our Spring Move Out Project events on Loomis St. and and the area near Bradley Street, both on Thursday, May 23 from 11 am to 3 pm.  You can get rid of trash/bulky items on site for a small fee and drop off items in good condition for free.  You leave the City feeling good - properly disposing of trash and taking reusable items out of the landfill and putting them in the hands of other community members.  It's a win-win-win-win for you, your roommates, your landlord, and your community! 

Tips for Getting Your Security Deposit Back

  • Clean the place thoroughly (oven, refrigerator, bathroom, windows, floors, etc.).  If you don't, the landlord may deduct money from your security deposit. The key is to make sure the apartment/house is in as good, if not better, condition as when you first moved in.

  • Remove all personal property and dispose of garbage in bins provided. It is illegal to leave items on the greenbelt, in a front yard, in a city park, in the street, or on the sidewalk. Anyone leaving trash in an improper location can be fined up to $500.

  • Contact ALL the utility companies to terminate your services.

  • Remove your name(s) from the mailbox, and have your mail held at the post office until they receive your new address. The post office will forward all your mail when they receive your address on a change of address form.

  • Make arrangements to have your landlord examine your rental to get approval before you move out. You may save money from your security deposit if minor problems are found you can repair yourself. If you filled out a Move-In Check List with your landlord pull out that document and fill out the Move-Out Checklist portion. This will help ensure that you document the condition of your unit as it was on the last day of your lease term.

  • Return your keys to the landlord.

  • Give the landlord your forwarding address so that your security deposit (and a list of itemized deductions from the deposit if there are any) can be returned to you within 14 days from the time you have vacated the apartment. If you do not see your security deposit within 14 days you can call VT Tenant's Inc. (802) 864-0099 for more information on your rights. They also have Security Deposit Return form letters available.

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Burglarized? Parallel Justice Can Help!

In one sentence, Parallel Justice is support for victims of crime.  We offer support, validation and resources to victims of all crimes, including property crimes like vandalism or theft.  We work with any victim of a crime that occurred in Burlington, even if a perpetrator is never caught, and even if the crime is not reported to the police.

Parallel Justice is a national demonstration project that began in July, 2006.  It is a partnership of the Burlington Community Justice Center(part of CEDO), the Burlington Police Department, and the Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services.

We connect people with other organizations who can assist them, with businesses in our community who offer discounts and donations for victims of crime, and with a commission who can address the system-wide problems and barriers to service that victims face. Contact us to let us help you.

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  Neighborhood BUZZ
Help address issues in your neighborhood - with your smart phone!

SeeClickFix is a web-based application that allows citizens to interact with city governments on a platform that permits anyone with a smartphone or Internet access to view and track responsiveness to complaints. Any citizen who sees a problem that he or she would like fixed can report the issue through the platform to their local municipal government. The citizen reporter receives notice both when the city official acknowledges the issue and again when the issue is fixed. Burlington’s Department of Code Enforcement began using the tool to track and fix nuisance complaints internally in October 2012. Since then, the City of Burlington has received 391 issues reported on SeeClickFix, and 360 issues have been closed or fixed. The most common report is illegal or improper dumping of trash or furniture on the greenbelt. Log on and start beautifying your community today!

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Dismantling Rape Culture Conference - 2013 Keynote Speaker

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                                                   Speak for DRCC Vednita
                                                   Carter"Sex Trafficking/Prostitution, Racism and Slavery"

Vednita Carter is an author, sought-after speaker and trainer, an award-winning pioneer in the abolitionist movement. She has extensive experience in developing and planning programs for sex trafficked women and girls, and was recently awarded the Norma Hotaling Award for her life-long service to victims of sex trafficking.

Ms. Carter is the author of Prostitution: Where Racism and Sexism Intersect, published in the Michigan Journal of Gender and Law; she co-authored "Prostitution Racism and Feminist Discourse", published by the Hastings Women's Law Journal and her most recent writing includes a chapter in the Journal of Trauma Practice published by the Haworth Maltreatment & Trauma Press, Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for A New Millennium. She has written numerous articles on African American women and prostitution published nationwide in feminist newspapers and newsletters. She has premiered in several documentaries including her own "A Day in The Life" to be released in 2013. She has dedicated her life to advocating for, rescuing and restoring victims of prostitution.

She is the Founder & Executive Director of Breaking Free. Breaking Free is a Minnesota-based non-profit and social justice/social change organization founded in 1996 by Vednita Carter. Every year, Breaking Free helps an average of 400-500 women and girls escape systems of prostitution and sexual exploitation through advocacy, direct services, housing, and education.


Thursday, April 11
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Dudley H. Davis Center, UVMWe hope you'll join us for the 2013 conference!

Questions? Contact Sarah Warrington at 802-656-2925 or

Sponsored by: UVM Women's Center, Chief Diversity Office and the Department of Student Life

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Hop into some great deals!
Two coupons from sodexo - one for a 1/2 off fountain beverage or free 16 oz. Soda

Sodexo is giving away a free 16 oz. soda from their brand new fountain machine in the Waterman Café with any purchase of $6 or more. They ’re also giving you half-off a fountain beverage from the Marketplace with the purchase of any large soup. Make sure to click on “deals” to print these coupons so you don’t miss out on these great deals!

Did you know as an off-campus student you could purchase meal points? Start your account with as little as $10 and add points anytime. Add between $100 and $249 and we'll give you a bonus of 10% in additional points! Add $250 or more and we'll give you a bonus of 20% in additional points. So what does that all mean? $100 gets you 110 meal points and $250 gets you 300 meal points.

To sign up for a meal plan call the Meal Plan Office at 802.656.2945 or visit them in Living & Learning room A110.

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Want to find a volunteer opportunity? We have 82,000!Graphic of
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You can search for volunteer opportunities in your area! Over 82,000 nonprofit organizations are represented, and VolunteerMatch has successfully made nearly 6 million referrals since 1998.

VolunteerMatch strengthens communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. The organization offers a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer and business leaders committed to civic engagement. Our popular service welcomes millions of visitors a year and has become the preferred internet recruiting tool for more than 91,000 nonprofit organizations.

Check it out for yourself!

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Make Someone's Day - NominatePhoto of a hand holding a stopwatch Them for an Award! ONLY 12 HOURS LEFT!

Do you know a student, faculty, or staff member who should be recognized?  Nominate an LGBTQ or Advocate member of the community today for an award!  Nominations are due by Wednesday, April 10th.Check out just one of our eight awards below:  
  • Community Leadership Award
  • Bridge Building Award
  • Jackie Weinstock Service Award
  • Betty Jo Brauer Staff Leadershi Award
  • Glen Elder Leadership Award
  • Emerging Leadership Award
  • Provost's Courage Award
  • Provost's Commitment to Diversity & Equity Award
The awards ceremony will be held on May 2 2013, 4:00PM, in the Grand Maple Ballroom. You can nominate for as many awards as you want. Please note that the deadline for submitting nominations is 8:00 AM, April 10, 2013. Nominate them here.

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Catcard Service Center Has Gone Mobile!

Not at a computer and need to know your balance?
Misplaced your ID and want to report it lost?
Now you can!  All from the convenience of your web enabled mobile device.

With it’s easy to read and easy to navigate format that was specially designed for web enabled mobile devices you can;

  • Check your balances
  • View your most recent ID photo
  • Review your latest transactions
  • Monitor or reserve a laundry machine
  • Report a card lost or found
  • Set your personal preferences

It’s EASY and it’s FREE!! 

There’s no need to download any special applications.
If you have already signed up for our WEBcard Center, just point your web enabled device to WEBcard.uvm.eduand sign in! If you haven’t signed up for the WEBcard Center, just point your web enabled device to and select “Register new user”.
If you have forgotten your PIN or need help, give our office a call and we can provide assistance (656-4528).

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Save the Date: Spring Move Out Project 2013

Thursday, May 23
Loomis Street (between North Willard & Isham/Booth) and near Bradley Street
11:00 am to 3:00 pm

SMOP is a collaboration between The University of Vermont, Champlain College, Chittenden Solid Waste District, the City of Burlington, ReSOURCE,Casella, Meyers, and 1-800-GOT-JUNK, and is an opportuntiy for folks moving at the end of May to drop off and/or pick up things (household items, furniture, clothing, books, non-perishable food items) from/to their homes. More details in our May newsletter.

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DIY with Laura Brown from Purple Shutter Herbs

Thursday, April 25
6:00-8:00 pm

Open the windows and let the fresh air come in! Spring often triggers the desire to give your house a good cleaning, but are you concerned with toxic fumes or harsh chemicals that might be carcinogenic? Or commercial products that are really expensive? Here are some very simple products and techniques to ease your worries about cleaning and expense. Before learning how to make your own antiseptic cleaners for kitchen, bath, and the rest of the house, we'll discuss individual ingredients used for cleaning - both good and bad. Also a quick lesson on herbal pest deterrents. Laura will supply plenty of ideas, a detailed handout and you'll have plenty of cleaners, that you make in class, to take home.

To RSVP, please send us an e-mail us.


These free Catamount Classes are sponsored by Student Life Campus Programs and the Office of Student & Community Relations. 

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Another Neighborhood Clean-Up Needs You!

Spring is finally here! Which means that all that litter buried neatly under the snow is now emerging as an unwanted eyesore. Help make your community neater, safer and more beautiful by volunteering on Sunday, April 21. Meet at Billings at 11am for bagels and coffee. All equipment will be provided.

For more information please email Fiona Bryne 

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Your Story Here!

Have a story or event you think we should include in our next newsletter? Email submissions will be accepted until the 10th of each month for that month's newsletter. Submit your stuff here.

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