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Office of Student and Community Relations

February 2011

Off-Campus Life

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The Pearl House

The Office of Student and Community Relations (OSCR) provides resources, education, and support to UVM students so that they have successful experiences moving and living off campus. We also 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:


Oliver Twist: Discounted Tickets Available to Students!
This is *not* the Broadway musical – Dickens’ rich language, a chameleon cast, and original music influenced by Tom Waits and Kurt Weill bring the dark underbelly of nineteenth-century London to bold theatrical life.Tickets to all performances from Wed., 2/2 through Sun., 2/6 are only $8.50 with a valid student ID. Call 862-1497 to order tickets.

Babysitter Mingler
Are you looking for a flexible job that pays well and is tons of fun? Come meet and mingle with parents and kids from the local community that are in need of babysitters! Sun. 2/6 10am-noon in the Davis Center. RSVP here.

Community Potluck
Join other students, Burlington residents, and OSCR staff for our monthly Student-Neighbor Liaison potluck dinner! Thurs. 2/24 at 6pm at the Pearl House, 12 Colchester Ave., 1st floor. 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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Isham Street

Students & Neighbors Making Change
on Isham Street (Part 1)

by Jarrod Szydlowski

Some of you may know Isham Street as a “student street.” Brian Cina, a longtime resident, has described it as a “warzone.” Phil Hammerslough can recount for you some shocking stories about riotous parties. Have you ever looked up at your ceiling around 1am, your jaw tensing with each thump of the steroidal bass pumping across the street? Perhaps not. Then picture this: You’re friends are over on a Friday night. You hear a knock on the door. You open it to discover a police officer who hands you a fat fine. Why didn’t your neighbor just call to tell you the music was too loud?

Issues such as student-neighbor relations are probably familiar for many of isham streetthose who live in Burlington. For the residents of Isham Street, it has motivated them to organize and take action. But instead of just escalating a standoff with off-campus students, residents have taken a new approach to improving their neighborhood.
Together, they formed ISGOOD—Isham Street Gardening and Other Optimistic Doings—an initiative that is reaching out to neighbors.

This past fall, the members of ISGOOD organized a block party and community workday. Together, students and residents planted bulbs and flowers up and down the greenbelt. “They feel literally a part of the soil,” says Phil Hammerslough, speaking of the opportunity for students to become more involved in the neighborhood. Next on the agenda? ISGOOD aims to redesign the street to reduce speeding. Join me as I explore in a multi-part series how Isham Street is becoming a model of community development.

For more information on how you can get involved in ISGOOD or other neighborhood efforts email

Free Stuff for Students 21+

The Center for Health and Wellbeing recently got a grant through the federal government to reduce negative impacts of alcohol at the University of Vermont.  Negative impacts tend to occur when people drink too much.  We know from the NCHA-ACHA survey, an anonymous randomly selected survey in 01234Fall 2009, that most UVM students drink 0 to 4 drinks when socializing.  In order to get this message out, we have free water bottles every Monday in the Davis Center from 11 am to 1pm at the Center for Health and Wellbeing table.  Stop by, learn about the health services available to you on campus, and get free stuff. These items were purchased with a federal grant and are for people who are 21 or over, as it are illegal for people under 21 years old to drink alcohol.

For more information:
Alcohol and Other Drug Education Director

Enter the Why I Love Composting
Video Contest!

Got a thing for composting? Got some great ideas for making it happen at home, school, or work? Are some of your best friends Lumbricus Terrestrises?* Then grab a video camera, tell the world all about it, andwhy i heart composting enter it in the "Why I Love Composting" video contest -- you could win one of our cool prizes!

Make a fun, serious, wacky, sublime, poetic, scientific, and/or artful video that educates, inspires, informs, and gets people jazzed about composting.

Categories are:
- A 30-second public service announcement
- A 3- to 5-minute flick
- Both categories include Youth & Adult winners (Youth=ages 17 and under; Adult=ages 18+, as of 1/1/11)

How does composting happen? How do you set up a system at home, school, or work? There's much to explore -- let your imagination take you there. Video submissions are due by noon, February 14, 2011.

For more information click here.

R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) Training for ALL UVM Women

Two SEPARATE 12 hour courses are being offered for the Spring 2011 semester. UVM Police Services is offering these courses to all women affiliated with UVM. The RAD program is a 12 hour course designed to empower women, teach valuable defense skills, physical confrontation skills, and how to take control for yourself. You will learn how to use your mind, your voice, your body, and your skills in this course.

RAD classThe Tuesday night classes will meet from 7:00-10:00pm starting February 1, 2011.  We will meet in Mann Hall room 211 located on Trinity campus.

The Wednesday night classes will meet from 6:00-9:00pm starting February 2, 2011.  We will meet in Mann Hall room 205A located on Trinity campus.

 The first 3 hour class is lecture style to disseminate information regarding crime awareness and prevention. The next 2 - 3 hour classes are focused on physical self defense techniques. The final class is a review of self defense techniques and simulation (optional) which consist of scenarios allowing the students to use their skills. For more information, please visit the UVM Police Services website at (prevention services and safety & prevention). The enrollment is a minimum of 10 and a maximum 20 participants.   Enrollment is FREE but REQUIRED.

To enroll for the course or for more information, please contact Officer Sue Roberts at

Help a Senior Shovel Snow This Winter


The Champlain Valley Agency on Aging is always looking for volunteers to help seniors in our community shovel snow. To find out how you can get involved please
call Bev at 1-800-642-5119 or 802-865-0360, or send an email to


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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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