Welcome back to
UVM and Burlington! We know there is much to navigate living off campus
and the Office
of Student & Community Relations (OSCR) created this newsletter
provide information, helpful tips, and to let you know about upcoming
opportunities. Feel free to contact us with ideas
for future Off-Campus Life editions! Alicia
Bed Bug Alert!
Bed bugs are on the rise in Burlington!
Check out this recent article in Seven
Days for more
Here are a few tips to avoid
an outbreak in your
Find out if you have bed bugs and where they
are hiding (look in
mattress seams, in box springs, along bedroom furniture, walls, floor
If you see bed bugs contact your
landlord immediately so that your apartment can be properly treated.
Clean all areas where they are likely to hide
(bed linens, curtains, rugs, mattresses etc.). Use hot water and the
highest dryer setting whenever possible.
Inspect all furniture for bed bugs before
bringing into your
home. Do not take in items that have been left on the side of the
For more info and a complete list of bed bug
prevention tips visit the VT
Department of Health website.
UVM students are prime targets for property theft
because of unlocked doors and windows.
Here are some simple steps
that can help prevent
becoming another victim of theft:
Lock your doors (day or night), even when you
are home or if you leave for just a few minutes.
Make sure your windows and screens are secure.
Use lighting inside and out so your house or
apartment appears occupied.
Close your curtains so your possessions won’t
be easily visible.
Keep your purse, wallet, electronics and other
valuables out of sight.
Lock your car.
Take your stuff out of your car or keep them
out of sight. CD’s money in the ashtray, tools, bags, small electronics
even car seats can be very tempting.
Get to know your neighbors so you are familiar
with who is supposed to be in the area. Let a trusted person know when
you will be away so unusual activity is noticed.
Call the Burlington
police if something happens (658-2700). You may not get your stuff
the police can track patterns and figure out who is responsible.
also call the Parallel
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
Renter's Insurance ahead of time can also help cover losses due to
Prevention is Everyone's
Fresh Bread Delivery
First, Burlington's new downtown bakery, is delivering fresh bread
by bicycle in Burlington Monday - Thursday from 5-7pm! To find out when
it comes to your neighborhood click here
for the bike bell and the "Fresh bread for sale" shout out on
more fresh food options check out Burlington's Farmer's
October 10th 2010, people across the planet will pick up hammers,
shovels, and caulking-guns and join the 10/10/10 Global Work Party, the
world's largest day of practical action to fight the climate
crisis. Today at 6pm in Battery Park a large potluck
picnic will be held to help gear up and get
ready to get things done in
Burlington on 10/10/10.
more info contact Jenna Whitson,
603-496-0755 or visit the Burlington
End Art Hop
Head down to the South End of Burlington this weekend for
Hop on Sept.
10th and 11th! Local artists
open up their studios and businesses along Pine Street become art
galleries for the weekend! Free food, music, and entertainment are
provided throughout. Become a Art Hop Hero and
button to show your support for the arts in Vermont and Burlington.
a Job? OSCR is Hiring!!
Looking for a fun work-study job
that would be great for a resume? OSCR is looking for a
Student-Community Outreach Specialist and a Communication, Media, and
Design Specialist to join our staff. For more info and to set up an
interview contact Alicia.Taylor@uvm.edu or call 656-9405.
Have you Joined Your Front Porch Forum?
your neighbors are connected to each
online via a local invention called Front Porch Forum. Join the
conversation today by SIGNING UP at http://frontporchforum.com
and POSTING a message or two.
"As a college
student and renter, I often don't have the normal tools for doing
things around the house. Front Porch Forum has been a great help
at finding neighbors willing to lend out a shovel in the wintertime, a
hammer & nails, or even some flour. I definitely feel more at
home here in Burlington as a student thanks to Front Porch Forum." Matt, UVM student.
FPF hosts 130 neighborhood forums covering all of Chittenden County.
More than 16,000 households
subscribe, including 40% of
of Burlington and 1,000+
UVMers! Check it out today at http://frontporchforum.com