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Office of Student and Community Relations

March 2009

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:


President's Commission on Diversity & Inclusion Public Forum

Share your thoughts on Americans/international citizens issues, disability issues, spiritual and religious life issues and students' issues such as first generation and low-income needs and concerns. Thurs., March 19th from 3 - 5 pm Livak Ballroom, Davis Center.

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., March 20th 2-4pm at the Pearl House, 12 Colchester Ave.

Burlington Neighborhood Night of Success!

Join the city of Burlington in honoring the people that make this city a great place to live, work, and play! Over 100 community members have been honored in past years (including UVM student, faculty, and staff!!). Free dinner and entertainment! Wed.,  March 25th 5:30-7:30pm in Contois Auditorium in City Hall.


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

To get connected:

  • text BORED to 39649 for this week's featured event. (yup, standard rates apply.)

  • have a cool event you want on the bored calendar?


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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Some of your little neighbors on the hill

Have a Heart This Spring

It's that time of year again! The weather is getting warmer and we all are looking forward to being outdoors. We all enjoy the benefits of the Spring weather and it's fun to see so many Burlingtonians coming out of their winter hibernation.  Spring is a great time to reintroduce yourself to your neighbors and to get more involved in your community (anyone up for a neighborhood clean up, please see the article below). It is also an important time to remember the "Have a Heart" message:

"When you are out enjoying Burlington remember that neighbors are only a wall away. Your actions to help create a safe and peaceful community are appreciated!"

OSCR will be out with SGA and Greek volunteers doing our Spring "Have a Heart Campaign" to raise awareness about the impact of late night noise and disruption on the local community (students, familes, seniors, professionals, businesses, etc). In case you don't run into us we wanted to give you a heads up about an ongoing Quality-of-Life Intiative implemented by the Burlington Police Department and UVM Police Services. Each Spring officers are assigned to joint noise patrols which target noise, alcohol, and other late night municipal offenses. To avoid getting a hefty ticket make sure that you know what your rights and responsibilities are as a tenant and citizen of Burlington.

To find out more about local city ordinances please visit the Off Campus Living Survival Guide or email with any questions.

The World of Work

Thinking about life beyond college? Even in a tight economy, there are jobs to be found and experiences to be gained. The task of looking for work, internships and opportunities can be daunting at any point in time. There is help! Career Services is available to assist you in several ways:

Web: information on resumes, cover letters and interviewing; databases of jobs andcareerhelp internships; strategies to launch a job search and make connections with employers and alumni.

Career Counselors: are available for drop in hours M-Th 1-4 pm, and by appointment to assist you in figuring out where to go from here and how to get there.

Events: are ongoing! Here is a sample of our offerings: Career Week in the Davis Center, March 24-26 featuring a Vermont Networking Night (3/24 6:30 pm); Career Fair (3/25 2-5 pm); Green Jobs & Internship Fair ( 3/26 2-5 pm); weekly workshops on resumes, interviewing, networking, and the job search; International Non-Profit Panel (April 2, 6 pm) and the DC Networking Event (4/6, 5:30 pm); and employer information sessions & interviews. See our calendar for details.

Our services are available year round and for alumni as well as UVM students. If you are overwhelmed by the process, get stuck or need a sounding board, we are nearby: Living/Learning E 140, 656-3450,

Help Make Your Neighborhood  Beautiful!

The snow is melting and what lies beneath is not so pretty.  Want to make the walks in your neighborhood more appealing? Call OSCR and we can help you organize a streettrashneighborhood clean up! We provide the bags, gloves, and a place to dump the trash and all we need is the people-power to make it happen!

We are planning a spring clean up on Friday April 17th as part of the UVM Community Works Day of Service . Keep an eye out for more information from Student Life and sign up your neighborhood team! We will also team up with other UVM Departments for the city's annual Green Up Day on Saturday May 2nd.

For more information or to sign up contact Alicia Taylor at


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Connect With Each Other For FREE!!

Here are the Steps:

1. Go to and create a username and password (not your UVM Net ID/password).

2. If you want to post a FREE sublet Ad make sure to check the "post a sublet add for free" box on the registration page

3. To post your Ad Click the "add/edit listings" option on the top bar fill in your info and post it.

4. Before you sublet fill out a Sublease Agreement! You can get a sample agreement from the Office of Student & Community Relations (OSCR).

Questions? Contact OSCR! or call 656-9405

For Additional Off-Campus Info:

Free Tax Help!

If you earned less than $42,000, and are over the age of 18, you may be able to get FAST, FREE tax preparation services provided by IRS-certified volunteer tax assistors. You can get your refundcash coalition deposited in 7 to 10 days AT NO COST if you have a bank account. (In three weeks if your check is mailed to you.) Tax sites in Burlington and Winooski are open a variety of evening, weekend and weekday hours to fit your schedule.  Just dial 2-1-1 to make an appointment or to get more information.

The free tax sites are supported through the time, money, staff and space donated by the CASH Coalition of Chittenden County and many other community partners. To find out more please visit

New Drop-In Homework Help Center Seeks Volunteers

The Imani Health Institute in collaboration with the Somali Bantu Community Association of Vermont and Americorps is providing a drop-in tutoring program at the Imani Youth and Family Center (294 North Winooski Ave., Burlington).  The program will support middle school students, high school students, students pursuing their GED, as well as college students.  The program was developed to meet a growing need within the Burlington community for a devoted tutoring and homework help program that could address the needs of immigrants, refugees, as well as students from all backgrounds.  The program provides a safe and comfortable learning environment for all students.  Please show your support!!!  We are looking for dedicated volunteers that can provide tutoring and homework help on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Shifts are from 3-5pm and 5-7pm.  No experience is necessary, just a dedication to service and the heart of a teacher.  Who knows? You may even make a friend!

For more information about this program or to volunteer please contact Melissa Smith at or call: 802-922-0952.


UVM Service Network Partners

Community Service Programs
Career Services

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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