University of Vermont

Office Of Student And Community Relations

June 2015
Have a Great Summer!

As we struggle to come to terms with the act of racial terrorism that occurred in Charleston, South Carolina, we are exploring chances to refocus our efforts to combat racism, and anti-black racism in specific, wherever we encounter it. In the meantime, we want to make you aware of several opportunities to act now. As always, if you need support there are many resources available to you: There will be opportunities to come together as a community at UVM in the coming days and will be announced through various channels.

In This Issue:

#1 Thing to Do When Job Hunting
SMOP Fun Facts
Safe Summer Driving
SGA Year-End Clean Up
Upward Bound + ISGOOD + OSCR
Senior Week: Catamount Cares

Things You Might Not Think You Need
Contact Us
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June 2015

This month brings with it the official start of summer. In this edition of Off-Campus Life, we have included information about staying safe during the summer, an article about essentials you should consider for your new apartment, and a round-up of end of the year events that didn't make it into earlier newsletters.

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#1 Thing to Do When Job Hunting

The best thing to do when job hunting - get referred by a current employee! How to go about doing that is easier today than ever before. Check out the article on Vermont Public Televisions' "Next Avenue" blog. Then check out UVM's Career Center - their LinkedIn alumni search tool is an incredible resource. Also, consider reviewing your four-year-plan to jog your memory for internships, summer work, and other experiences that might give you that foot in the door. If you haven't filled out your plan, today might be a good day to start!

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SMOP turned 16 this year! Check out our SMOP infographic to learn more about the history and impact of this great event. We have photographic evidence in this Facebook album of the incredible atmosphere, people, and weather during this year's SMOP. Or check out this video of one of the strangest things that happened as people where bringing items to swap!
Spring Move Out Project is a collaboration between UVM, Champlain College, Chittenden Solid Waste District, Burlington Code Enforcement, Myers, Casella, and ReSOURCE.

Driving Safety

Do you know what the season with the most traffic fatalities is in Vermont? What springs to mind might be the not too distant Winter weather with treacherous, icy, white-out conditions and below zero temperatures. The truth is, summer is actually the season with the most traffic fatalities in Vermont. To keep yourself safe while on the roads this summer, be sure to check out this PDF by the Burlington Police Department. If you are a pet owner, make sure to pay attention to information on leaving pets in the car during a summer day!

(Juniper was not harmed in the making of the photo - she was in the car for about 10 seconds - her face looks like that normally!)

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SGA Year-End Clean Up

Maggie Love, '15 and outgoing Student Government Association Committee on Legislative Action Chair, helped organize a neighborhood clean-up back in April that brought together members of SGA, Fraternity & Sorority Life, Athletics, and other groups. The consensus was that the event went a long way towards beautifying Burlington in the run-up to commencement. Thanks to everyone who participated. Check out this Facebook photo album for some highlights!

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Upward Bound + ISGOOD + OSCR = Awesome!

A great collaborative event on Isham and Loomis Streets had over 20 Upward Bound volunteers gardening and doing random acts of kindness (giving out small, potted plants) for area residents, with ISGOOD founders Phil & Brian.. Check out our FB album and see you if you know any of the participants or feel free to tag yourself if you are in a photo.

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Senior Week:
Catamount Cares

Derrick Dubois, '13 and Jeffrey Renaud, '15 organized a gardening event on Isham Street as part of Senior Week. This opportunity to do one last community learning project before leaving UVM attracted a small but dedicated group that spruced up all the gardens and raised beds on Isham Street in anticipation of commencement. Check out our FB album and see you if you know any of the participants or feel free to tag yourself if you are in a photo.

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Things You Might
Not Think You Need
When Moving Into
Your First Apartment

By Brad Carlson, '15

Moving into your first apartment can be a very stressful process. You are beginning a whole new stage of your life after all. While living on your own may seem like a daunting task, it can be made much easier by making sure you have the proper tools for success. Now everyone knows that there are certain basic things that you need when moving into an apartment, such as a bed, some lights, plates and glasses, etc. However, there are certain things that are often forgotten during the hectic move-in process. Here is a list of things that, while seemingly not the most important, are vital to assuring that the beginning of living on your own goes as smoothly as possible.
  • A Good Oven Mitt
    • While seemingly an obvious must have, oven mitts are often overlooked until you actually need it. Make sure you have one so aren’t you forced into a situation where you must choose between burning your hand or burning your dinner. Local stores such as Homeport and Kiss the Cook, both located on Church Street, offer high-quality oven mitts at affordable prices.
  • A Sharp Knife
    • For many, moving into your first apartment also means cooking for yourself on a regular basis for the first time. While it isn’t at all necessary to have all the amenities that a full kitchen offers right away, a plate is just as good as a cutting board in a pinch, one thing that is a complete necessity is a good, sharp, knife. A Calphalon Chefs knife offers excellent versatility and quality for an affordable price.
  • A Good Sauce Pan, Skillet, or Wok
    • While it may be tempting to buy one of those cheap complete sets of pots and pans, it is a much smarter move to buy one reliable, high-quality all-purpose pan. Cheap pots and pans often heat unevenly and can be easily wrecked by one burnt meal. A high-quality pan, such as a nice wok, will be able to stand up to the rigors of a first-time chef as well as offering a lot of versatility. A variety, in terms of style and quality, of pots and pans can be found at local stores mentioned above.
  • A Pack of Steel Wool Scrubbers
    • No matter what anyone says, even the best of cooks make mistakes. Iron wool scrubbers come in very handy for the situations when you have to separate what would have been a great meal from the pan that it is now bound to. These are available at most grocery stores or online through realtors such as Amazon.
  • A Power-Strip/Surge Protector
    • No matter how many outlets you have, you will always need more. Power strips allow you to maximize the amount of outlets you have, while also protecting your electronics from potentially damaging power surges. Coming in a variety of styles some power strips offer significant electrical savings, such as advance power strips, while others do not offer as much in terms of savings, but still get the job done.
  • Basic Cleaning Supplies
    • Most landlords promise that, upon move in, your apartment will be nice and clean. However, it is often the case that the landlord’s definition of “clean” is very different than actually clean. By having some basic cleaning supplies, such as a general purpose cleaning spray, some towels/rags, a broom, a mop, and bucket.
    • For a more environmentally conscious approach, try to use products from companies such as Seventh Generation or even make your own cleaning supplies.
  • A Shower Curtain
    • While it may seem like a simple thing to have and a no-brainer, getting a shower curtain is something that is often forgotten during the craziness of moving in. Don’t get stuck having to take a cold, messy shower and make sure it is one of the first things you buy when preparing to move in. Available online and locally, don’t be afraid to get creative with your choice of shower curtain.
  • A Basic Tool Kit
    • A simple tool kit can be a lifesaver when moving into your first apartment. Whether it is removing the hundreds of nails that the previous tenants left in the walls or assembling that new coffee table, having a small tool kit is extremely beneficial. While obviously the more extensive the kit the more expensive it will be, there are a variety of kits available online to fit any budget.
  • Decorations
    • It can be very discouraging to first walk into your new apartment, which you had previously seen only when it was being lived in, and see how dull and depressing it looks with no furniture or decorations. Having decorations to hang up is a good way to make a new, foreign, place feel more like home.
  • Offline Entertainment
    • Most people won’t be able to get their internet or TV connection set up the day they move in so it’s a good idea to have something to entertain yourself in the meantime. Check out Go! Games & Toys at the UMall or Quarterstaff on Church Street for an assortment of board games.

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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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