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Office of Student and Community Relations

October 2009

Off-Campus Life

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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:


Seasonal Flu Shots

Available for students on Wed. & Thurs. from 10:30am - 1:30pm, from now until 10/15 in the Davis Center, 1st floor. Shots will cost $15.00 payable by cash, check, or charge to your student account. For more info.

 Kids Art & Pizza Night!
The Student-Neighbor Liaison Program will host a Kids Art & Pizza Night on Mon. 10/12, 6pm at the Pearl House, 12 Colchester Ave. Come meet some of our little Burlington Neighbors and learn more about how you can get involved off-campus! RSVP here.

The Translating Identity Conference is a free conference focusing on transgender communities and gender identities. Sat. 10/24, 9am-TBD, Davis Center. For more info & to register.

Imani Youth & Family Center Food Drop
Help distribute 5,000+lbs of food to families in need in Burlington's Old North End. Help us get a UVM volunteer crew together for October's food drop on Fri. 10/16 10am-1pm! Sign up here. Read about Imani's work here.

Free, Anonymous HIV Testing
At the Center for Health & Wellbeing's Redstone Offices (113 CWPComplex), 10 AM- 12:30 PM, Tues. 10/20, 11/1, and 12/8. Brought to you by the Center for Health & Wellbeing in collaboration with Vermont CARES. Questions to or 656-0784.  

UVM Fall Career Fair
A professional event for students and alumni to meet representatives from companies, non-profit organizations and graduate schools. Wed. 10/14, 2-5pm, Grand Maple Ballroom, Davis Center.
For more info.

Vermont 3.0 Jam
The most innovative Vermont companies will exhibit and demonstrate their products in a two-floor showcase like no other! Drop in on your favorite shop, discover what they’re working on and who they like to hire. Mon., 10/26, 10am - 6pm, at the Sheraton Burlington. 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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Don't Miss These Fun Halloween &
Fall Festivities!

Rocky Horror Picture Show
Let's do the Time Warp Again! Thurs.,10/29,11pm, Davis Center 4th floor.

Candy Shop
Free candy & entertainment on Halloween Night!  Sat.,10/31,10pm, Davis Center 4th floor.


The Haunted Forest
Mysterious guides lead guests through the dark and foreboding forest, where paths are lit by over 1,000 flickering Jack-O’-Lanterns. Throughout their passage, visitors encounter strange and fascinating characters in a variety of scenes befitting the Halloween season. Thurs. 10/22- Sat.,10/31, 7-10pm at the Catamount Outdoor Family Center. $12.50 per person.

Spirit of the Tower Walk
A frightful Halloween stroll through Ethan Allen Park, passing by the Ethan Allen Tower (and going in if you dare!), highlighted with glowing pumpkins and scary stories along the way! Sat.,10/17, 5:30- 9pm at Ethan Allen Park on North Avenue. $3 per person.

Queen City Ghost Walk
An evening of ghosts, haunts, and tragic stories as you walk back in time to the early days of Burlington. Learn about a suicidal cook, a captain of industry gone insane and a heroic firefighter, among many other colorful characters and spooks. This tour is the perfect blend of goose bumps, humor and history. Thurs., Fri., and Sat. nights 7pm 10/15-10/31. Meet at City Hall Park. $13 per person. For more info call 802-351-1313.


Pumpkin Regatta & Festival
Local business leaders, students, and others race in giant hollowed-out gourds, in a competition of size and speed. This year’s event will also feature a Pumpkinpumpkins
Festival with food vendors, activities and entertainment located on the Burlington Waterfront. Sun. 10/11, 10am-3pm. Free.

Pick Your Own Pumpkins
Head down to Burlington's Intervale and pick your own pumpkins at Fat Michell's Pumpkin Patch! Fun fall activities (pumpkin painting & carving, hayrides, and giant pumpkin displays) throughout the season. Open Tues. - Sun, 11am-5:30pm until Halloween.


We hope you have a fun and memorable Halloween. Please keep these tips in mind  to keep yourself and your friends safe and to help maintain peaceful & healthy neighborhoods.

  • If you plan to host a social gathering be safe, be kind, be smart - check out the SGA's Party Smart website for more info. Review local city ordinances and know your social host liabilities and responsibilities. Please encourage your guest to be respectful of your neighbors and their property when walking to and from your apartment.

  • Plan how to get to and from your destination safely. Ride CCTA buses for free by swiping your UVM ID or take a cab and pay for it with CatScratch (Friendly Fare 330-8822 or
    Benway’s 862-1010).

Community Voice: Vandalism In Our Neighborhoods
by Jay Taylor, class of 2010

Has your car been broken into, windows smashed, or your neighborhood generally trashed? This fall Burlington residents have woken up to find vandalism (often tied to property theft as in the case with smashed car windows and items stolen from those cars) in their neighborhoods.

I have found trash cans tossed into my yard and the pickets in my fence kicked in. Front Porch Forum, a neighborhood e-newsletter, has been lighting up with student and long-time residents sharing their disgust for the late-night actions of a few. In the South Union neighborhood, several thousand dollars of loss from one type of property crime has been particularly frustrating. The target - young maple trees recently planted that lined the streets. Few of these trees now remain and like the other vandalism, it is senseless and shows that those responsible have no respect for the communities they are in.

treeKnowing what to do about this is the hardest thing. For me, I simply pick up the broken pickets, take the trash and trash cans out of my yard, and do my best to clean up. I'm in the process of replacing my fence pickets and I see others in the neighborhood restoring their property to its pre-vandalism condition in an effort to show that they're not going to let their neighborhood look that way for long. Take pride in the place you live in. I love it here and have seen so many couples, families and students also loving Burlington over the 5 years I have lived and worked here. It's depressing when my niece wakes up and asks why our fence is broken, or when folks go to their cars to go to work and find their windows smashed in and belongings stolen. We all need to take pride in our communities, aggressively call the police when we see or hear this vandalism in progress, and stop the actions at the source if we ever see one of our friends in the act. Be happy, enjoy this great place, and take pride in your space and in this community that you share with neighbors.

How you can help:

Get Involved with Branch Out Burlington
A group of volunteers who help plant and care for the trees of Burlington. Their goal is to promote a vision of a city graced by a variety of beautiful and healthy trees, and a citizenry actively involved with the perpetual expansion and preservation of our urban forest.

Connect Friends and Neighbors to the Parallel Justice Program
The Parallel Justice program is available to every victim of crime that occurred in Burlington since July 1, 2006, even if the incident was not reported to the police. Assistance might be as simple as a supportive conversation about the incident or connecting someone to resources in the community, or as involved as walking someone through the court process and ensuring their basic needs are met.

Join the Graffiti Removal Team's Spooky Clean Up
Come out Sat Oct 31st, 10am-noon, and paint out graffiti. Wear a costume! Hand out candy and help make Burlington feel safer! RSVP here or call 865-7548 for more info.

Meet Other UVMer's at the Halloween Neighborhood Clean Up

Join us on Sunday Nov. 1st 11am-1pm for a neighborhood clean up and show that you care! Breakfast provided. Meet at 12 Colchester Ave., 1st flr. RSVP here.

Share Your Input on Burlington's Future!

What are the 6 most important places in your neighborhood? What businesses/amentities would you like to see added to your neighborhood, church streetthe downtown, and waterfront? The Burlington Planning Commission and the Planning and Zoning Dept. are seeking resident input on the re-write of the Municipal Development Plan, the city’s long-range vision for land-use and development. Be heard by attending the Neighborhood Improvement Night. Only two left!

Ward 1 – Wednesday, 10/14, dinner: 6:30, assembly,
7 – 9:00pm, UVM, Waterman Bldg, Memorial Lounge

Ward 5 – Wednesday, 10/21, dinner: 6:00, assembly,
6:30 – 8:30pm, Champlain Elementary School, 800 Pine St.

Each NIN is hosted by the Neighborhood Planning Assembly, grassroots neighborhood organizations that were established in each of Burlington’s seven Wards to encourage citizen participation in City government. Stay tuned for a online survey! For more info: 865-7172


UVM 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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