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Office of Student and Community Relations
  March 2010                      Off-Campus Life

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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.

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Upcoming Events:


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

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 students, faculty, and staff!!). Free dinner & entertainment! Wed.,  March 25th 5:30-7:30pm in Contois Auditorium in City Hall. More info

Student-Neighbor Liaison Program Potluck!
Join us for a potluck dinner and learn about the Student-Neighbor Liaison Program and how you can access Neighborhood Grants to do fun projects on your street. Mon., 3/15, 6pm at the Pearl House, 12 Colchester Ave.RSVP here.

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 19th, 2-4pm at the Pearl House, 12 Colchester Ave. More info.

Free & Anonymous HIV Testing
Thurs., March 18th, 3:30- 6:30pm at Center for Health & Wellbeing Redstone Offices, 113 C/W/P Complex. 


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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You can make history this academic year by participating in the 2010 Census, and in turn, helping define and improve the quality of life in our community and our nation. Conducted every 10 years, the census is more than a population count. Census data inform critical political and funding decisions on the national, state and local level. One of the shortest in history, the 2010 Census form only takes about 10 minutes to complete.

How to Participate

  • If you live off campus:  2010 Census forms will be delivered or mailed to your house or apartment this March. All students living at the address are considered one household, so only one form should be completed with information about all the people living at that address. Mail the completed form in the U.S. mail envelope provided.

Bring a completed household Census form to
Census Day
on Wed., March 31st from 12-3pm in between the Davis Center and Bailey Howe Library you will be entered into a prize raffle for the Mayor' of Burlington's parking spot, gift cards to City Market, and much more!! Stay tuned for more details...


Why the 2010 Census is Important
Census data will provide state population counts and determine representation in the U.S. House of Representatives. Every year, the federal government distributes more than $400 billion to state, local and tribal governments based on census data. Data also will guide local decision-makers on where to build new schools, roads, hospitals and develop community programs that affect quality of life.

Easy. Important. Confidential.
Everyone in the United States must be counted. This includes people of all ages, races, ethnic groups, citizens and noncitizens.  By law, the U.S. Census Bureau cannot share respondents’ answers with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities

Watch for additional details in the coming months or visit for more information.

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Preventing Property Theft During
Spring Break

Burglaries and larcenies are often crimes of opportunity. When students leave town for Spring Break apartments and valuables are left unattended and burglaries usually follow suit. Whether you are going home during ansecureyourhome extended University break, or just leaving town for a couple of days, the following tips are ways to increase the security of your residence:

  • Make sure all windows are locked and close your curtains and blinds.

  • Do not hide spare keys in places outside.

  • Arrange for a friend, a neighbor whom you trust, or your landlord to watch over your house while you are away.

  • Take anything of value home with you. Don’t leave any valuable items near windows.

Also, consider buying Renter's Insurance or Personal Property Insurance. It can cover your losses if you do experience theft. For additional crime prevention tips and to register your property visit the UVM Police Services  or the Burlington Police Department website.

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North Union Street Trash Pilot Project:
 Volunteers Needed!

The Problem:
Unsightly and dangerous trash on No. Union Street poses a safety hazard, especially for young children walking to Edmunds School. Also, unkempt trash invites vandalism and degrades property values.

Goal/ Solution:
To motivate volunteer neighbors, students, residents, landlords and city officials, to ensure that North Union Street is always clean, to enhance neighborhood safety and value. This pilot project can serve as a model for other streets.

There are clean ups scheduled once a week from now through May. If you are interested in volunteering on No. Union St. or if you would like more information about how you can start and effort like this on your street please contact Fred Stetson the No. Union Street Pilot Project Coordinator at 864-6071 or

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Save the Date: Hyde Street O.N.Eder Dome Installation & Celebration!

Please join neighbors, students and the VSA Arts of Vermont community artists as we come together under our beautiful stained glass and steel O.N.E.der Dome designed to invite new and creative uses of the Hyde Street triangle park in Burlington! The O.N.Eder Dome Installation Party will be on Saturday, April 10th, fromhyde st dome 2-4pm. Along with food from neighborhood businesses, VSA Art of Vermont's Awareness Theater Company and neighborhood residents will perform under the new dome. Note: The rain date will be Sunday, April 11th, from 2-4pm.

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We are currently looking for 4-6 volunteers to help us install the dome on Monday April 5th from 9am-3:30pm. We are also looking for a UVM student performer/group of performers (artists, musicians, poets, etc...) that would be interested in doing a 5-10min performance at the celebration on Saturday April 10th between 2-4pm. If you are interested in either of these opportunities please email for more details.

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UVM Service Network Partners

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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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