University of Vermont

Office Of Student And Community Relations

June 2014
Eating, Sleeping, & Keeping Safe
In This Issue
Staying Safe
Community BBQ - TONIGHT!
Seeking Babysitters!
The NEW Ward 8
International Coastal Clean-Up
Need to find a kid-friendly activity?
RAD Training
Campus Security
Unique Tour of BTown
Walk-By Noise
Submit a Story
Contact Us

September 2014


September means the rituals of opening a new academic year - free BBQs everywhere you look, activities fairs, and yes even some early quizzes and tests. At OSCR it is the time of year when we connect with students around being a good neighbor through our Have a Heart Campaign to reduce walk-by noise. We also deliver 500 "Welcome Bags" to students living in the neighborhoods surrounding UVM. Thanks to our partners we managed to do nearly all of them on Sunday, September 7 - have a look.

And coming right up are our Off Campus Living Workshops! If you are thinking of subletting, having issues with your landlord, or you just want to make sure you have your bases covered - these workshops are for you.

These workshops gives you the skills and resources you need. You can register for the October 2nd or October 29th sessions.

Amanda, Gail, & John

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Staying Safe

If you have been paying attention to your Front Porch Forum (signing up is free) recently you will have noticed how many cases of bike thefts, burglaries - even thefts while people are home - and car break-ins there have been lately. Police suggest 3 simple things to protect yourself:
  • Always lock all your doors and windows - even if you are home.
  • Take down serial numbers
  • Report all incidents to police (with serial numbers they have a better chance of recovering your stuff).
Want some more tips? Check out the checklist we developed with SGA and also consider renter's insurance, which can replace items if something happens.

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Want to learn more about how local government works? Want to help represent the student perspective in Burlington? Learn about the new Ward 8 in Burlington and get contact information if you want to be more involved!

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International Coastal Clean Up Day

Photo by Colocho
Want to help keep the shores of Lake Champlain pristine? Join the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center, WND&WVS, and The Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean for the "International Coastal Clean Up" this Saturday! For details check out WND&WVS event page. If you don't get your fill of helping out, you can continue the shore theme by participating in Spiny Softshell Turtle Nesting Beach Work Day through Audubon Vermont, in October!

Need an activity for kids?

How do you combine two things most kids love - construction and wildlife? How about Critter Construction through Audubon Vermont! On October 9 from 9:00am - 10:30am you can learn about all kinds of building techniques from beaver lodges to bird nests - you'll learn about the natural world's home construction secrets.

For more information contact
Josie Leavitt

Love the event but don't have kids? Attend the Babysitter Mingler to try and find a babysitting gig and use it then!
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September 19th-21st
Oakledge Park

From the EatXNE website:

"Presented by the Skinny Pancake and Higher Ground, EATxNE (Eat by Northeast) is a FREE 3-day celebration of Vermont food and a fundraiser for local food organizations.

Come hungry, and bring the whole family! Kid-friendly programming happens all day Friday and Saturday, including nationally-acclaimed kids performer Dan Zanes. Eat delicious food at the peak of our season’s harvest from dozens of Vermont’s best and most authentic farmers, chefs and food producers.Listen and watch FREE live music all weekend long. Check out the EatxNE website for complete information".

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Training for UVM Women

UVM Police Services offers a 12 hour course designed to empower women, teach valuable defense skills, physical confrontation skills, and how to take control for yourself. You will learn how to use your mind, your voice and your body in this course.

For more information, please visit UVM Police Services' website.
Enrollment is FREE but REQUIRED. Chose Sept. 30th, Oct. 7, 14 and 21st or Oct. 1, 8, 15, and 22nd from 6-9PM.

To enroll for the course please contact Officer Sue Roberts at or 802-656-8009.

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Safety is always a top priority. WCAX covered a recent case on St. Michael's campus involving a groping incident. The report stresses signing up for notification systems like UVM's CatAlert and keeping local addresses current in order to get up to minute information about security issues.

My Daddy's Caddy Fall Special!

Looking for the best way to explore Burlington and explore this amazing city? My Daddy's Caddy is offering a Fall Special for all UVM undergraduate and graduate students. Grab four friends or strangers and take our 2-hour tour in our vintage 1975 Cadillac Convertible. For only $35 per person you will be introduced to the best of Burlington and share a unique and fun experience - a great deal for those who are new to campus!

This special is for the entire month of September. For more details on this special offer or to make reservation, please call us at 802-999-1295.

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Walk-By Noise

Imagine you are fast asleep after a long day of hard work when you are suddenly awakened by a scream. Walk-by noise disturbs neighbors, including fellow students. It also negatively impacts how people feel about their own neighborhoods.

Our office works to share this impact with students through efforts like the Have a Heart campaign and the 500 "Welcome Bags" we distribute each Fall. When we are notified that students have received noise violations we are always concerned because of the impact on community.

If you received a ticket and want to repair the harm done, our office can provide you support for doing that. If you feel the ticket was unjustified, you can contest it following the directions on the ticket.

For people who accept responsibility for causing noise, and who wish to engage in a constructive process for themselves and the community, you can also contact the Burlington Community Justice Center (802-865-7155) within seven (7) days to find out how you can reduce your fine by participating in the Restorative Noise Program, which is a combination of a two-hour noise session and optional community service.

Interested in sharing your
voice in the newsletter?

Submit anything from a suggestion for a story to a finished piece - we want to hear from you!
Submit My Story
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Contact Us

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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