University of Vermont

Office Of Student And Community Relations

November 2016
Getting ready for break!

November 2016

Recap: Best Halloween Event Ever!

Photo                                              slideshow of pictures of                                              the "Have a                                              Heart" Puppy Parade

Puppies, chocolate, and community - what could be better? Juniper (and a bunch of her friends) had a great time meeting lots of you in front of the Bailey/Howe Library on Thursday, October 27th for our Have a Heart event. Have a Heart is an event that raises awareness about the impact of late night noise and disruption on people living in Burlington neighborhoods. Thanks to the L/L program directors who volunteered to help us with our Puppy Parade. Due to overwhelmingly positive response we are planning a repeat for the Spring!

Leaving for Break,
Secure Your Apartment

Burglaries and larcenies are usually crimes of opportunity. Whether you are going home during an extended university break, or are just leaving town for a couple of days, the following tips are ways to increase the security of your residence:
  • Make sure all windows and doors are locked and close your curtains and blinds.
  • Do not hide spare keys in places outside.
  • Arrange for a friend, neighbor whom you trust, or the 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.
  • Stop mail and paper delivery or arrange for a friend/neighbor to pick it up daily.
  • Bring bikes indoors if you can.
  • Check your lease for the temperature your thermostat should be set to while you are away - most leases ask tenants to set it to 60 degrees to avoid frozen pipes.
If something happens, call the Burlington police (658-2700). If you kept serial numbers in a property log, you have a better chance of getting your stuff back - after last November break UVM Polices Services recovered dozens of bike seats but could not return them to owners because few reported the thefts. Police also track patterns and may be able to figure out who is responsible, so even if you don't get your stuff back you may prevent future crimes.

If you do suffer a burglary you can also call the Parallel Justice Program for victims of crime to see what kind of resources and support they can provide to you (540-2394). Registering your possessions on the UVM Police Services website and purchasing Personal Property Insurance or Renter's Insurance ahead of time can also help cover losses due to theft.

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Reduce Your FOOD-Print!

Words                                              "Food Waste"                                              used as a mask for spoiled                                              fruits and vegetables.
We've all heard of how important it is to shrink your carbon footprint. One way to do it is to shrink your FOOD-Print! Did you know that about 25% of the food that Americans buy ends up in the trash? That adds up to roughly $1,600 a year from the average food budget, wasted. Once it's in the landfill, food becomes just another valuable resource gone to waste and generating harmful greenhouse gasses.

Reducing food waste is a great way to express gratitude for your bounty -- and now is a great time to start some new zero-waste Thanksgiving traditions. For more information and ideas visit our website.

For more information, contact Liz from the FOOD-Print Initiatives Group (FIG) at 434-8555 or CSWD at 872-8111.

Introducing New Interfaith Coordinator:
Laura Engelken

Photo of new Interfaith Coordinator Laura Engelken

Laura is an ordained minister and student affairs professional with over 20 years of experience in higher education and pastoral settings. In her work, Laura seeks to equip and empower individuals and institutions to identify, explore and critically reflect upon the ways they and others make meaning of their life and world to build more just and sustainable communities.

Her theological training comes from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California where she earned a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Multifaith Understanding and Engagement. Laura has provided interfaith leadership in campus and hospital settings, as well as served as a congregational minister and outdoor ministries director.

Prior to her degree and work in ministry, Laura earned a Master of Higher Education & Student Affairs Administration from The University of Vermont and worked in residential life, health promotion and academic advising at the University of California at Santa Cruz, as well as served as a multicultural educator and consultant.

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Sargent to Basquiat:

University of Vermont Alumni Collections:
September 22 – December 16, 2016

East and Wolcott Galleries

Photo                                                of a Baquiat painting.

This fall, the Fleming Museum of Art presents an exhibition featuring works from the outstanding art collections of the University’s alumni. Works in the exhibition span the late nineteenth to the early twenty-first centuries, and represent some of the most influential styles of the last 130 years, including Impressionism, Expressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, Pop, and Outsider Art. Highlights include, among others, paintings and sculptures by John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Wassily Kandinsky, Elie Nadelman, and Henry Moore; unique works on paper by Jean Dubuffet, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, Andy Warhol, Howard Hodgkin, Keith Haring, and Jean-Michel Basquiat; and prints and photographs by Pablo Picasso, Irving Penn, Frank Stella, Vik Muniz, Cindy Sherman, and Nan Goldin. For more information visit the Fleming Museum's website.

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Rebuilding Relationships and Repairing Harm at the Burlington Community Justice Center

Burlington                                                Community Justice Center                                                Logo featuring three                                                residential buildings of                                                different sizes and a                                                few different people                                                with trees in the                                                background.

Ali Wood, '18

The Burlington Community Justice Center, located at the corner of King Street and Church Street, is a wonderful resource for everyone, students and non-students alike. Meant as an alternative to the traditional justice system involving prosecution, conviction, and attending court, the Justice Center offers a different avenue that works toward repairing community relationships rather than putting community members in opposition.

After committing a minor violation against the law – for example, a noise violation – the offender may be directed by the Burlington Police Department toward this avenue and will then promptly begin reparations. The program lasts over the arc of forty-five days, including a total of four meetings with a student volunteer panel. At the initial meeting, the offender works collaboratively with the panel to create a plan of action to make amends for the harm they have inflicted upon others.

While the panel serves as the victim's advocate, they are understanding and recognize the offender is human, focusing the meetings toward helping the offender as well by offering them advice and aiding their restorative process for the affected parties as well as themselves.

Common plans may incorporate hand-written letters of apology to the affected parties, volunteer service in order to re-establish a connection with the community in a meaningful way, and strategies for the offender to help themselves prevent future violations by discovering why it happened in the first place.

For students who were not aware of this service, the knowledge that it exists and gives many young community members committing their first offense from going through a more intimidating process involving court. Data also shows that both the person who takes responsibilities AND the person harmed are more satisfied with this process than the more traditional criminal justice process.

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