University of Vermont

Office Of Student And Community Relations

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                                 Community Relations featuring a row of
                                 four stylized houses in different colors
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                                 with the words "Office of Student
                                 & Community Relations".
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                                               House - a yellow, wooden
                                               building with a large
                                               front porch.

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.
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                                                 anthropomorphized yellow
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                                                 white scarf shivering in
                                                 the cold with snow on
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Tip of the Month
Save Some $$$ This Winter!
Heating: You can save 5% of your annual heating costs for every 5 degrees you set your thermostat back (make sure to always keep heat above 55 degrees to avoid frozen water pipes!). Turn heat down during the day when you are out of the house.
For great information on weatherization, lighting, cooking, electronics and water use check out our great partners:
UVM Lane Series

A Holiday Concert with the Atlantic Brass Quintet

The Atlantic Brass Quintet have been heard in 48 states and more than a dozen countries across four continents, performing a unique repertory from the Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical eras, to modern and traditional brass music from the streets of Brazil, Cuba, the Balkans, and New Orleans.
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Indoor Gardening

Date and Time:
Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Workshop Series
Peter Burke joins us to teach his innovative indoor gardening method, growing a steady supply of fresh greens – from tender pea shoots to crunchy radish and broccoli greens.
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                                                 air with the words
                                                 "Project Snow

Project Snow Shovel

Volunteers will help seniors who need help getting out of their homes after a snowfall. Volunteers should be available to clear driveways and/or walkways so that seniors can make it to medical appointments, a neighbor's house, or even their own mailbox. Benefits include good, old-fashioned fresh air and exercise; seeing the difference you make in someone's life; and contributing to the greater good of your community. For more information visit our page.

November 2012


Greetings from Gail:

A fun part of our office life is working with residents on projects that improve their streets. We do this through our Student-Neighbor Liaison Program's Neighborhood Grants. This past Saturday, we gathered with Phil and Brian (who founded ISGOOD - Isham Street Gardening and Other Optimistic Doings), their neighbors, and members of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity to clean up and beautify the street. This is all part of ...(continue reading)

Don't miss out on a great FREE opportunity tomorrow...

November Catamount Class
Wednesday, November 14th @ 6:00 PM
Don’t miss out on DIY aromatherapy fun! Make a bath fizzle, room aroma-mister, and an herbal tea - for yourself or as gifts to share. Space is limited, so sign up today! We look forward to seeing you here.

To register, click here!
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Dates: November 29th. Please note this is the last workshop of the year - tell your friends!
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: 4th floor of the Davis Center
Description: Whether you already found an apartment or don't even really know what signing a lease means, this workshop will answer your questions and inform you about the many fantastic, free resources available to you. Don’t miss out on: helpful tips, earning a UVM Preferred Renter Card, a FREE Off-Campus Living Guide, FREE food, and much more!

To register, visit
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                                                     Mingler" in
                                                     front of entrance to
                                                     Livak Ballroom in
                                                     the Davis Center
                                                     where people are
                                                     sitting at a round

Babysitter Mingler

The mingler was a huge success! Click here to access our Facebook photo album
Keep a look out for the next mingler in late January or early February.
For more information, email us at
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Hot or cold, you can stay hydrated with Sodexo's Coupon!

“Rake” in the savings with a meal plan and reap the benefits of our bonus offer! 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% additional points! Add $250 or more and we'll give you a bonus of 20% additional points.
So what does that all mean? $100 gets you 110 meal points and $250 gets you 300 meal points - your ticket to savings while you dine on campus! To sign up for a plan, call the Meal Plan Office at 802.656.2945 or visit them at A110 Living & Learning Complex.

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Got Renter's Insurance?

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Renter’s insurance is fairly inexpensive (around $150/year), and it covers belongings in case of theft or damage due to fire, flooding, etc. However, according to a UVM off-campus student survey conducted last spring, 58% of students surveyed did not have renter's insurance and 20% were unsure whether they were covered. Yikes! This means that all of those students would be left holding the bag in the event of a major loss like the one above*. And please note that your landlord’s homeowner’s insurance does NOT cover YOUR personal belongings.
Here are some steps to consider:
  • If your parents/guardians own their home, ask if you are covered under their homeowner’s insurance. Find out which of your belongings would and would not be covered in the event of a loss.
  • Check out the yellow pages for insurance providers or if you have a car, ask your car insurance company if they also provide renter’s insurance. See if they offer discounted rates for bundling the packages.

  • Check out National Student Services at to see what they offer for coverage.

Also, take a couple minutes to register your bike, laptop/computer, and other valuables with UVM Police Services so that you have some documentation of what you own in case of theft or other loss. Taking time stamped pictures or videos of your belongings is also helpful. If you have already been a victim of property crime contact the Parallel Justice Program to see how they can help.

*Image: 144 N. Union Street May 1, 2008 - smoking materials ignited furniture on porch.
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[Continued from "Greetings from Gail" article]
... IS GOOD's vision to be on a gardening map of the city. We got out the shovels and planted yellow, pink, and white mums and 100 daffodils and tulips that will come up in the spring in the green belts. We also put some color in the blueberry and herb garden that Brian and his neighbor Sonia created on a front lawn that a landlord donated to ISGOOD. For the 3 years we have partnered with ISGOOD we have seen traffic calming, the planting of 2 trees, and 6 green belt gardens created from the energy, persistence, and vision of neighbors. They see the street as one of potential for connecting community through gardening. Next steps: setting up community composting, providing households with large recycling totes with covers so recyclables don't turn into garbage flying around the street, and holding classes on growing and cooking herbs. If you are interested in doing a project on your street, we can assist with staffing and funding. Just send me an e-mail at I would love to work with you and your neighbors to make something wonderful happen!
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