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Office of Student and Community Relations

October 2010

Off-Campus Life

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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.

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Upcoming Events:


Buell/Bradley/So. Union/So. Willard Weekly Trash Pick Up Project

Join UVM students as they head out each Tues. afternoon from noon - 1pm to pick up trash in the neighborhood. Meet on the bottom of Bradley Street.
For more info.

Neighborhood Planning Assembly
Each Ward in Burlington has a Neighborhood Planning Assembly that holds monthly meetings. The 6th Ward, encompasses off campus student housing and the Redstone Campus. Student participation and attendance at the meeting is encouraged. To find out what ward you live in and for more info click here.

The Translating Identity Conference is a free conference that explores a wide array of topics regarding gender and transgender identities, expressions, communities, and intersections. Sat. 10/9, Davis Center. For more info.

Liaison Program Potluck!

Join other UVM students and Burlington community members for a potluck dinner on Mon. 10/11 at 6pm to learn about the Student-Neighbor Liaison Program and how you can access Neighborhood Grants to do fun projects on your street! The Pearl House, 12 Colchester Ave., 1st flr. For more info.

Free Catamount Classes!
1. Money Management    Learn basic budgeting skills with Opportunities Credit Union. Tues. 10/12 at 5-6pm in the Pearl House, 12 Colchester Ave., 1st floor. RSVP here.
2. Energy Efficiency & Weatherization!
Learn strategies for how to reduce gas and electricity usage and save $$$ this winter in your off-campus home. Tues. 10/26, 6-7:30pm
in the Pearl House, 12 Colchester Ave., 1st floor. RSVP here.

Vermont 3.0 Jam

This year’s jam will feature  networking, gaming, demos and presentations by local creative/tech companies.
Student session Fri. 10/15 10am-2pm at the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center. For more info.

Halloween Neighborhood Clean Up

Join us on Sunday 10/31 11am-1pm for a neighborhood clean up.  Breakfast provided! Meet at The Pearl House, 12 Colchester Ave., 1st flr. RSVP here.

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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Student Neighborhood
Initiative Grant

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You bring your good ideas for your neighborhood.  SGA can help make them happen!

Did you ever wonder what your street would be like if it had more gardens; less trash; more people saying hello; …  Well, the Student Government Association (SGA) can transform your wonder into reality through its Student Neighborhood Initiative Grant.

According to Lucan Morgan, Chair of the Committee on Legislative Action (COLA) that created the grant, “the
objectives of this initiative are to supply a direct avenue for positive student involvement in the community, to  foster relationships between the students and the neighbors, and to strengthen relations between University of Vermont students and the residents of Burlington.”  To meet the objectives, the SGA and COLA have dedicated $1,000 for this effort to strengthen student involvement in the Burlington community.  If you are interested in applying you can find the grant application on the Lynx under the Campus Feed section on the home page under the event board.  

Please email Lucas Morgan if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

Here's the Lowdown on Recycling Downtown


Scenes like this are pretty common off campus and end up causing more work for recycling truck drivers, not to mention a ton of  unnecessary street trash. People have good intentions but sometimes end up over stuffing bins, putting bins out at the wrong time, and contaminating recycling with trash. We need your help to change this!  Here are some tips for how to recycle properly. Please help us spread the word!

For other tips on sustainable living in Burlington click here.

Why Own a Car When You Can Share!

carsharevtAre you looking for a way to get to the mountains this winter?  Wanting to get out of town for a weekend?
Don't have a car, but wish you did once in awhile?

Join CarShare Vermont and go where you want, when you want!

Have questions? 
Learn more about car-sharing in Burlington and see if you are eligible to join on our website,  Our rates are affordable and include free gas, our service is easy to use, and our cars are very cool.  Feel free to call us anytime if you'd like to chat - 802.861.2340.

Want to work for your driving?
We are currently looking for Fleet Assistants and Pod Nannies to help out with cleaning and maintaining our cars and shoveling them out in the winter (driving credits are available in exchange for your help!).  If you are interested, please check out the job descriptions and contact Becca at

fire prevention

Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With

Early warning of a fire in your apartment means precious moments to escape safely. Make sure that you have the proper number of smoke alarms/carbon monoxide detectors and that they are functioning properly.

There should be one smoke/carbon monoxide alarm outside each sleeping area and on every level of your apartment. These are required by Burlington city ordinance to be hardwired by your property owners so that when one goes off they all go off. Make sure to test them once a month by pushing the test button and change the batteries twice a year OR whenever you hear them chirping. Do not disable or tamper with smoke/carbon monoxide alarms at any time! Tampering could result in a fine from the city of Burlington.

In addition, remember to never leave stuffed furniture outside. It is a huge fire hazard and also can lead to a $500 fine. It is also important to keep grills off of the porch and at least 15ft away from the building when in use.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your smoke alarms/carbon monoxide detectors contact your property owner directly. For more information on fire safety visit the Burlington Fire Department website.

Don't Miss These Fun Halloween & Fall Festivities!

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. 10/22-10/30 at the Catamount Outdoor Family Center. $12.50 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. This tour is the perfect blend of goose bumps, humor and history. 10/15-10/31. Tour starts at 7pm. Meet at City Hall Park. $13 per person.

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 Mon. - Sun, 10am-5pm.


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 guests 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. Take the UVM Late Night Safety Shuttle or call a cab and pay for it with CatScratch (Friendly Fare 330-8822 or Benway’s 862-1010).


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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