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Office Of Student And Community Relations

The Office of Student & Community Relations offers you this newsletter to keep you informed on upcoming events, share great deals, and give you information that makes your off-campus experience a positive one.
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Tip of the Month
Thinking about subletting?

Post a free sublet ad on theUVM 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.

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Donal Fox

Another pair of FREE tickets to this performance to a randomly selected person who "likes" our Facebook page.

Donal Fox is internationally acclaimed as a classical and jazz composer, pianist, and improviser. Fox’s reinventions of classical melodies and themes are heard in his program “Mashups in Blue.” His acclaimed “Monk and Bach Project,” which premiered at Jazz at Lincoln Center in 2005, has led critics like Gary Giddins to say,

“Donal Fox is a remarkable pianist who has positioned himself on the cutting edge of jazz by incorporating classical techniques and melodies.”

Fox will play the “Mashups” program for us, which features works by and based on J.S. Bach, Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman, Radiohead, Astor Piazzolla, Robert Schumann, John Coltrane, Frederico Mompou, and more.

For Info: Lane Series
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Camp Outright - Pay It Forward!

Did you have a camp counselor who made a huge difference in your childhood? Someone who you still think about and smile?

Camp Outright, a weeklong residential summer camp program for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning youth and their Allies (LGBTQQA) ages 13-22 in South Hero, VT, is hiring volunteer staff members. Camp Outright offers LGBTQQA youth a safe space to explore identities, social justice and become their best selves with support of positive adults in a traditional summer camp environment.

For more information, please visit or contact Leigh at

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Stressed? Get Some Skills & Help Your Friends

Are you passionate about wellness? Do you have 2 hours to spare between April 2 and April 3? Do you want to give back to your community? Come volunteer with Living Well and promote stress reduction! There is a 1 hour training with two time options: 10-11am or 1pm to 2pm. At this training you will learn about stress reduction, relaxation and how to talk to others about this topic. Then you will spend 1 hour reaching out and talking to your friends, classmates, hall mates, or strangers any time before 5pm on April 3. At the end of it, you will fill out a simple on-line form letting us know how it went. You can stop by Living Well any time the following week to get a thank-you.

To sign up, email Diana González by April 1st at 4:30.

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Are you involved in Community Service? Do you need scholarships? United Academics has two scholarships available to students dedicated to their serving their community.

For more information visit
United Academics

or e-mail the coordinator

Applications due April 1, 2013

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Savy Senior Workshop

Confused by the job search and application process? Want to find out what employers are really looking for?

Join Allison Keefe from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and learn how to stand out on the job!

Date: Wednesday, March 13
Time: 4:15 pm
Location: Living & Learning
Building E 140

Come prepare yourself for the career world!

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Office of Student & Community Relations

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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DFS Sale

Do you identify as a female student?

Looking for professional clothing for an internship or job search?

If you answered yes, to either of these questions, stop by

Dress for Success Burlington

for their Semi-Annual Public Sale

Saturday, March 16, from 10am-4pm

Shop for high quality, name brand, new and gently used clothing, shoes and accessories
for a fraction of the department store prices.

All clothing, shoes and accessories will be sold for between $1 - $15!
Don't miss your opportunity to enhance your wardrobe for pennies on the dollar

Dress for Success - Burlington
Going Places. Going Strong.
Located at
95 St. Paul Street
Burlington, VT 05401


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March 2013

Greetings from Gail:

Have a Heart on St. Patrick's Day

Many legends surround both Saint Patrick and the celebration of his life. For the man, that he that he drove the snakes out of Ireland and used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity. For his celebration, that it is a day focusing on imbibing alcohol. According to researchers, these legends are fiction, not fact. Historically, Ireland has never had snakes and the Irish celebrated their saint with religious services and feasts. By law, pubs in Ireland were closed on this national religious holiday, as recently as the 1970s. Last March, Burlington felt the impact of the celebration on St. Patrick's Day. This City of neighborhoods where students live side-by-side with families with young children, seniors, professionals, and working people experienced lost sleep, had to comfort children disturbed by the late-night activities, and had to clean up the messes on their streets. I work with many students who care about the community and they came out and did a clean-up the day after the holiday. I hope that this year's St. Patick's Day shows how much we care for this place we share and for each other by celebrating in ways that lessen the impact and keep us safe:

Thanks for taking the time to read this message and for your efforts to have a safe and peaceful celebration.

Celebrations of Black History Month & Women's Herstory Month by John Mejia

Anyone that knows me knows I am a bibliophile (those Book cover for "Discovering Black Vermont".less kind describe me as a 'hoarder of books'). But I am always on the look out for books that fill in the missing stories in our collective histories. That's why I was excited by these two books. The first is "Discovering Black Vermont: African American Farmers in Hinesburgh, 1790-1890" by Elise A. Guyette.

As I prepare to become a Monktonite (I am moving to Monkton, VT not becoming a super hero) I was thrilled to find a book about the missing history of Vermont (and really the nation) about the role people from Book cover for "Vermont Women, Native American & African Americans".marginailzed communities have played in improving this country and fighting for equity and justice in the face of incredible barriers. The book is focused on the Hinesburg area which includes Monkton.

The second book, "Vermont Women, Native Americans, & African Americans" is short and really doesn't weave the historical documents into a compelling narrative. However, the facts themselves are enthralling and highlight the many African-American firsts that Vermont can boast. Interestingly, both of these books were authored by women scholars. An indication of how stories long ignored can find their voice as the academy struggles to become more diverse and inclusive.

Read on!

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Want some ca$h back?

Renter Rebate is a tax credit that can put money back in your pocket. Below are the eligibility requirements for the Renter Rebate

You must meet ALL of the following eligibility requirements:
  • You were a legal resident of VT for the entire calendar year 2012; and
  • You were not claimed in 2012 as a dependent of another taxpayer; and
  • Your household income in 2012 does not exceed $47,000;and
  • You are the only person in the household making a renter rebate claim; and
  • You rented for all 12 months in 2012.
    (One Exception: If you owned a Vermont homestead in 2012, sold the homestead before April 1, 2012, rented on December 31, 2012, and your household income is $47,000 or less, you may be eligible for a renter rebate for rent paid in 2012. This is the only situation where a renter rebate can be for less than 12 months rental)

Due Date: April 15, 2013
Claims may be filed up to October 15, 2013. Returns filed after October 15 cannot be accepted regardless of the reason the claim could not be filed.Claims may be filed seperately from your income tax return, Form IN-111.

Timely Filing
The Department considers a renter rebate claim timely filed when it is mailed through the U.S. Post Office and the Department receives it within 3 business days of the due date. If you bring the renter rebate claim to the Department in person, you must deliver ir on or before the return due date.CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

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Dismantling Rape Culture Conference

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                                                 Student and Activist
                                                 Kaleigh Wood ('13)Thursday, April 11
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Dudley H. Davis Center, UVM

We hope you'll join us for the 2013 conference!


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Save Some Green!Two coupons from Sodexo

“March” right over to the Redstone Market and the University Marché to save some “green.” Be one of the “lucky” ones and take advantage of these two dining deals!

Did you know as an off-campus student you can purchase meal points? Start your account with as little as $10 and add points anytime. Add between $100 and $249 and we'll give you a bonus of 10% in additional points! Add $250 or more and we'll give you a bonus of 20% in additional points.So what does that all mean? $100 gets you 110 meal points and $250 gets you 300 meal points.

To sign up for a meal plan call the Meal Plan Office at 802.656.2945 or visit them in Living & Learning room A110.

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Want to Reduce Your FINE$?

Have you received a noise ticket?

Wanna help your neighbors and reduce your fine?

The Burlington Community Justice Center offers a restorative noise program. If you are willing to accept responsibility for causing noise that negatively impacted the community, you can reduce your fine by $100 by participating in a two-hour session where you will learn about the history of Burlington, how to avoid future tickets, and ways to solve the issue of noise in our community. You can reduce your fine by an additional $100 by performing 10 hours of community service. If you choose to participate, the remainder of your fine goes to the Parallel Justice Victims Fund, which helps victims of crime restore their safety needs.
The noise program aims to be a constructive process for you and the community. As one UVM student and program participant remarked, “Getting a ticket by itself only teaches me to not make noise so that I don't have to pay a fine. This experience helped me see that I shouldn't make noise because it hurts my neighbors.”

To get started, the first step is to contact the Community Justice Center within seven days of receiving a ticket and before you send your ticket in to the Judicial Bureau or do any community service. We’ll explain the process, schedule you for a noise session, discuss community service opportunities, and answer your questions. Contact Anneke Hohl at 865-7169 or

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ASB and OSCR Team Up!

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We partnered with Alternative Spring Break participants to conduct surveys on select streets in an effort to improve our work in our neighborhoods.

Over 40 ASBers spent 3 hours on a snowy Saturday going door to door asking residents about their experiences in their neighborhoods, what they loved about living there and how they could help improve their neighborhoods. This effort was a benchmarking exercise that will help different groups (OSCR, the Community Coalition, Dean of Students Office, City Government) understand the state of our neighborhood communities and help address any quality of life issues by addressing the specific concerns of survey respondents. If you would like to join this effort by volunteering with your group or if this kind of project is of academic interest to you, contact us and see how we can work together to make Burlington all it can be.


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Common Ground:

Living with College Students

A Geostories Project from Fall 2012
by Susan Consolati & Stacey Wang

Off campus housing is in high demand at the University of Vermont. Off campus housing is mainly for upper classman, eagerly waiting the moment they can officially live on their own with no supervision from parents or a resident advisor. Not only does moving off campus come with freedom and excitement, it also comes with a great deal of responsibility.  Burlington is a college town, of that there is no doubt, but there are a large number of families that live in downtown Burlington as well. Some of these families have been living downtown, surrounded by students, for years while others have more recently arrived. Regardless of their situation, it is important to build a relationship between these families and students living in the same community.

Two long-standing Burlington community members, Phil Hammerslough and Brian Cina, provide some insight on what it is like living in neighborhoods with so many student tenants. Both Phil and Brian feel that living with so many young individuals is refreshing and that students bring in an upbeat vibe to the neighborhood. They feel that student population deserves credit for bringing energy into the community. However, living with such a large number of students is difficult at times. Students have a tendency to get very loud and destructive, often keeping families awake on the weekends. “Students would have more respect for the neighborhood if they were to live here longer, they feel they have a sense of entitlement when they live in our neighborhoods. Because of the lack of feeling connected they behave in a way they could never get away with in the neighborhood they grew up in” explained Phil. Phil strongly believes if students were to spend more time in one spot and consider it a home instead of a temporary location then they would have more respect for the neighborhood and those who live there permanently.

Phil and Brian are both members of ISGOOD, a group started by Brian over seven years ago to help beautify Isham Street. They work together with other residents of Isham Street planting gardens and cleaning and maintaining the street. Brian also brings Isham Street together by having block parties. He personally goes around to every house inviting all of the residents to the block party so they can be better acquainted. “When the students get involved in the community and see the beauty we are planting and creating, I think they have more respect for it. They want to keep it beautiful” says Brian.  It is important for students and permanent Burlington residents to build relationships so they can be aware of each other’s needs. It is both the students and families’ responsibilities to work together to find common ground and live together in a way that both parties can be content.

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Mosaic of Flavor: Somalian Sambousas

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Sustainability Academy
See map: Google Maps

Create a memorable next dinner party with an appetizer other than chips and dip. Learn how to make Somalian sambusas, a fried or baked pastry with savory fillings, such as potatoes, onions, peas, lentils, ground lamb, beef, or chicken. Fardowsa Yusuf will walk us through the steps of creating these savory treats. In addition, we will learn how to brew Somali chai tea. Fardowsa moved from Somalia to Burlington with her husband and two sons 3 ½ years ago. She says that sambousas are popular throughout Somalia and one of her favorite things to make and eat. A Mosaic of Flavor is a series of classes coordinated in collaboration with the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program

Questions? Please call the Customer Service Desk (861-9701).

$5 for City Market Members, $10 for non-members Reserve your spot today!

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Logo for Catamounts Care featuing the paw print of the Vermont CatamountOn Saturday March 23, UVM students will be helping with a bottle drive raising money for victims of crime.  Parallel Justice BTV is partnering with Catamounts Care to collect your redeemable bottles and ALL THE $ will go DIRECTLY TO VICTIMS to pay for basic and safety needs – like replacing a smashed car window after vandalism, or installing a new lockset for someone whose keys were stolen, not to mention the dozens of off-campus students we’ve helped with security concerns after a burglary.  So please hold onto your bottles for the next two weeks (St. Patty’s Day is coming up), and look for us on Saturday morning going door to door. More details on where to donate directly on our facebook page or our website -

Empowering victims and restoring safety. . .

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Spruce Up the City for Spring 

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The Office of Student and Community Relations is working with the Student Government Association and Fraternity and Sorority Life to do a clean-up on Sat., March 23, from 11 am to 12:30 pm.  We will meet at the office (1st  floor of 12 Colchester Ave.) for materials and bagels at 11 am.  If you would like to help out, please contact us at  You can focus on your street if you'd like!  We would love to have your involvement!

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