University of Vermont

Office Of Student And Community Relations

June 2014
Welcome Back!
In This Issue
Welcome Back
CarShare Vermont = Freedom to Travel
Internships: Maritime Museum
Power Outage? Find information here!
A Great Way to Meet Your Neighbors
Local Foods: A Scottish Treat
Welcome Back BBQs for You
Seeing Wildlife Anew
Babysitter Mingler
Summer's Last Hurrah
Submit a Story
Contact Us

August 2014

Welcome Back

We've been spending the past few weeks preparing for your return to campus: some exciting new programs to pilot this year, as well as some old favorites that are sure to be of interest to you! In this issue, you will find how to get information during a power outage, a nautically-themed internship opportunity, and a powerful article about Ferguson, MO.

Amanda, Gail, & John

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CarShare Vermont = Freedom to Travel

CarShare Vermont can get you to all of the good stuff off campus. Grocery runs to City Market, a powder day at Jay Peak, or even a trip home for the weekend. We have got cars (plus a minivan and pick up truck) parked on campus and all over town for you to use whenever you need to drive. Just apply online, reserve one 24/7, get in using your own key, and go!

Full-time students get a FREE membership – that’s a $150 value! Just pay a one-time application fee and our lowest driving rates (even gas and insurance are on us).

Apply now at or (802) 861-2340.
We do social stuff! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Intern at LCMM

Looking for an interesting internship opportunity? Check this opportunity out at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum:

Photo Collection Management Intern:
Work with LCMM staff to manage collection of historic photographs. Activities can include organizing, scanning, and rehousing photographs, entering metadata, and cataloging. May undertake research or help respond to research inquiries. Interns may be asked to write a blog post about their experiences. This internship will provide experience in some of the fundamentals of collection management and museum operations.
Term: Flexible. Options include September-December, January-April, May-August
Hours: Flexible. May-October may include weekends. November-April generally Mon-Fri.

Requirements: Computer skills including word processing, scanning, photo editing; internet research; commitment to being a cooperating player on an energetic team. Some knowledge of LCMM, Lake Champlain and its history helpful, but not required.

Not sure an internship is the answer for you? Click on image below to see an infographic from the folks at $ALT about some good reasons to reconsider.

Power Outage?

By Mary Sullivan
Communications Coordinator, Burlington Electric Department

During outages we post the most current information on Facebook and Twitter (@burlingtonelec). Our most recent tweets can also be found on our website. It is a great way to keep up-to-date with what is happening in your neighborhood and community. During the last outage we had, people who were following us on Twitter got information the fastest by far. We encourage you to join us on both Facebook and Twitter. We like to keep our customers informed!

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Meet Your Neighbors!

Do you want to meet the other student residents on your street without that awkward, "Hi, I live down the street" moment? Volunteer to distribute Welcome Bags with us on Sunday, September 7 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm!

Through this popular annual event, volunteers brighten someone's day by giving them a reusable canvas full of goodies and then chatting with them about their move-in experience and the resources in the bag. After a short orientation (and snacks!), you're ready to meet everyone on your street. Act fast before someone else signs up for your neighborhood! Sign up here.

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Local Foods: A Scottish Treat

You might not have known that shortbreads are a traditional treat in Scotland (although the Scottish tartan design on many commercial shortbread cookies might have given it away). In this segment, WCAX introduces that favorite treat with a local twist.

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Seeing Wildlife Anew

Do you see your cat or dog as a unique individual, full of quirks and mannerism that make them distinct from all the other dogs and cats in the world? What about that squirrel that lives in the tree on your greenbelt? Do you see them as an individual or as just another squirrel?

In the current issue of "This Green Life" (from the Natural Resources Defense Council) writer Sheryl Eisenberg explains what could be making the difference and how to see wildlife differently. The article can be found in this month's journal. If want to get started becoming friends with an individual osprey check out this incredible video - especially cool if you are from NYC. Do you know of any local VT projects? Share it on our Facebook Page!

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                                                         Mingler, Sunday,
                                                         September 22,
                                                         10am to 12pm,
                                                         Davis Center,
                                                         4th Floor
Registration for the semi-annual Babysitter Mingler is open: register here!
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With the national attention focused on the events in Ferguson, MO we are lucky to have a local expert in Rashad Shabazz, UVM Assistant Professor of Geography. He was recently interviewed by University Communication. As Lee Ann Cox, from University Communications, notes in her introductory comments:

"[Shabazz's] current research looks at issues surrounding the policing of black communities, the projection of young black men as criminals and the geographies of race and racism. His latest book, Spatializing Blackness, examining the prisonization of living spaces in Chicago, will be released next year from the University of Illinois Press."

Read the full article here. And check out this great retreat for undergraduate students coming up this Spring. Click on the image below to visit their website - applications will be available later in the semester.

Got a noise ticket? Contact the Burlington Community Justice Center (802-865-7155) within seven (7) days to find out about reducing your fine through the Restorative Noise Program. You can reduce your fine by up to $200 through a combination of a two-hour noise session and optional community service. The program is intended for people who accept responsibility for causing noise, and who wish to engage in a constructive process for themselves and the community.

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Summer's Last Hurrah

Summer vacation is over, but there are bound to be a few incredible, sunny, crisp days left. Want to try a new sport out for free while enjoying the beauty of Lake Champlain? Check out WNDWVS on Pine Street, a new store that specializes in standup paddling: they're offering the last FREE demo this weekend!

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Submit anything from a suggestion for a story to a finished piece - we want to hear from you!
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Contact Us

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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