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Office of Student and Community Relations

 March 2011

Off-Campus Life

In This Issue:

About Us:

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.

Upcoming Events:


Catamount Class:
Cooking Demo & Food Tasting w/ Sodexo

Learn how to make a delicious split pea soup, accompanied with VT crackers and skip right to dessert with velvety chocolate mousse in a chocolate shell. Free food provided! Thur. 3/3, 5-7pm in the Davis Center Livak Ballroom. RSVP here.

SGA "Get to Know Your Cop" Luncheon Save the Date!
Join SGA for a free lunch for students and the Burlington and UVM police depts. Tues. 3/22, 12:30-1:30pm in the Davis Center Sugar Maple Ballroom.

Spring Job Fair
Join UVM Career Services for their Spring Job Fair. Wed. 3/23, 2-5pm in the Davis Center. For more info.

Community Potluck
Join other students, Burlington residents, and OSCR staff for our monthly Student-Neighbor Liaison potluck dinner! Mon. 3/28 at 6pm at the Pearl House, 12 Colchester Ave., 1st floor. RSVP here.

Dismantling Rape Culture Conference: Save the Date!
This conference will offer an opportunity for training, education and awareness in which participants will consider ways that we might all dismantle rape culture. Tues. 4/12, 8am-4pm in the UVM Davis Center.
For more info.

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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Tip of the Month:

for rent

Thinking About Subletting?

Post a free sublet ad on the UVM Off-Campus Housing Website and click here for a  Sample Sublease Agreement. Also make sure your sublettor has a copy of the Off-Campus Living Survival Guide so they know about their rights and responsibilities as a tenant.

Don't Lose Out on Your Vermont Renter's Rebate!

Wondering if you qualify for a VT Renter's Rebate? You must meet ALL of the following eligibility requirements to recieve a refund:

  • You were a legal resident of VT for the entire calendar year 2010

  • You were not claimed in 2010 as a dependent of another taxpayer

  • Your household income in 2010 did not exceed $47,000

  • You are the only person in the household making a renter rebate claim

  • You rented for all 12 months in 2010

If you meet ALL of these eligibility requirements then you may qualify for the Vermont Renter Rebate. You will need to request that your landlord fill out a Landlord Certificate or proof that you paid rent for 12 months. You don’t have to have wages to qualify for this benefit.

Also, if you are low or moderate-income you may qualify for free help filing your tax return. Call 2-1-1 to see if you are eligible and to schedule an appointment at a free tax preparation site near you.

For more tax information, call the Vermont Tax Dept. 1-866-828-2865 or visit

Preventing Property Theft
During Spring Break

secureyourhomeBurglaries and larcenies are often crimes of opportunity. If you are planning to leave town during Spring Break make sure to keep the following tips in mind to reduce the likelihood of a break-in.

  • Make sure all doors and 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.

Note: If you are leaving town make sure to keep the heat above 55 degrees to avoid frozen pipes!!


Working to Make Things Better at the 2nd Common Ground Summit
by Jarrod Szydlowski

On January 22nd, the Community Coalition sponsored its second annual Common Ground Summit. Almost 50 people were in attendance; each came in a unique capacity—as an elected official, a city employee, a university student, a college administrator, a local resident. And each person came with their own voice and perspective to discuss their concerns for the place that they live, work and play in. But amidst this diversity, the attendees shared one thing in common: a willingness to listen to others. The words of one attendee testify to the power of such a forum - “discussion about improving community is in itself a method of improving community.”

Many words were exchanged on a variety of topics, from identifying solutions to such problems as walk-by noise and litter to improving student-neighbor relations, accessing resources for community projects and employing information technology to increase social connectivity in Burlington. Perhaps the greatest measure of any community initiative however, is not just the depth of its conversation, but the actions that it inspires. For instance, Bill Ward, Burlington’s Code Enforcement Director and a Summit participant, is partnering with the Vermont Apartment Owners Association to host a Move Out and Trash Summit to elicit support and resources from landlords for the Spring Move Out Project (SMOP), an effort to reduce trash and encourage re-use as college students vacate their housing for the summer.

“There are more people interested in these issues than I thought. Together we can change things for the better, so long as we keep the momentum,” wrote one individual in response to the Common Ground Summit. It is a sentiment that echoes that of last year’s. Sometimes, we can become overwhelmed with the concerns for our community. The Summit not only serves as a venue for looking toward the future, but also as a reminder that “there are a lot of people that care and… are working to make things better.”   

Nominate a Neighbor

church streetYou are invited to celebrate the people who make Burlington a great place to live, work and play. This event will be a culmination of the annual Neighborhood Night of Success and the Legacy Town Meeting and will honor the dozens of residents who volunteer their time to serve on a city board or commission. In addition, the Burlington Legacy Plan will seek community input on our shared vision. This is a free, community event, scheduled for March 31, 5:30 – 7:30pm, at Memorial Auditorium. Refreshments will be served.

Nominations are currently being accepted for the two annual awards that will be presented that night as follows:

1) PETER CLAVELLE AWARD: A professional whose leadership has advanced social equity, environmental stewardship, quality education, economic growth and vitality in Burlington.

2) HERB BLOOMENTHAL AWARD FOR COMMUNITY ACTIVISM: A volunteer whose leadership, tenacity and dedication have somehow improved Burlington’s neighborhoods.

For more information on these two awards and for direction on how to nominate candidates: or 865-7172.

Old North End Gardner Application
Due March 18th

The Archibald and Riverside neighborhood gardens are gearing up for a great season with plans in the works for a Grow Team O.N.E. contra dance, the annual plantGrow Team ONE sale, building projects and site improvements, workshops, potlucks and more.  A limited number of garden plots are available at both gardens. Fill out the application form here.
The form is also available for download at , or call (802) 598-3139 to receive a form by mail. More garden plots (including at the Myrtle Street Garden) are available through Burlington Area Community Gardens. For more Info.

The Burlington Walk/Bike Council is hosting a Gathering of Burlington Walk/Bike Groups on Saturday, March 12th to get inspired and figure out how best to coordinate across the many groups involved in walk-bike advocacy in Burlington.  Please join us for this important event!

Steve Miller of Boston's Livable Streets Alliance will give a talk on effective strategies for livable streets.  We'll have a series of small group discussions on key issues, and the event will wrap up with snacks and drinks in a networking and social hour.

Saturday, March 12, 2011
1pm to 5:15 pm
Billings North Lounge, UVM

Who's included? Anyone who is interested in or is a member of:

VM 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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