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Welcome Back
Have a Heart
Welcome Bags
Don't be Idle
Front Porch Forum
Work on Your Block
101 Tips for Men
Outright VT!
Catamount Classes
FREE Bin Genie
Safety Tips
3 Welcome BBQs
Submit Your Story
Contact Us

Have A Heart

With all the excitement of returning to campus and wanting to catch up with friends, it is easy to forget the impact of walk-by noise. For more information click here.

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OSCR's Welcome Bag Distribution Day!

Want to participate in a service opportunity where you can meet your neighbors, welcome new student residents, learn more about Burlington, and do something really important for the quality of life of all Burlington residents?

Sunday, September 15
from 1:00 - 3:00 PM

For info or to register visit

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See something that needs fixin' in your neighborhood? From broken bottles on the street, to graffiti, to abandoned furniture on a greenbelt - you now have a way of reporting it and you are kept updated on the status of your issue. You can even vote on what issues in your neighborhood should be addressed first. Learn more.

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Get to Know Your Neighbors

Want to be the first to know when a neighbor is giving away furniture, needs a babysitter, or has been burglarized? FPF is an easy way to stay in touch with your neighborhood virtually. Accounts are FREE and you can get started by clicking here.

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Sudent-Neighbor Liaison

Interested in creating something special in your neighborhood? Do you want to get to know your neighbors and make a real difference in the quality of life on your block? If so. Learn more.

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Outright VT's Firetruck Pull

Ever wanted to pull a fully loaded firetruck up Church Street with a group of your closest friends? How about bragging rights of winning "“Best Dressed”, “Most Funds Raised (both team and individual)” or “Audience Choice” [so bring a cheering section!]? Then have we got a suggestion for you!. Learn More.

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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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TRIP TRAP RECYCLING is a new Burlington business manufacturing THE BIN GENIE recycling bin cover. We are currently conducting a pilot project with Burlington Public Works. If your recycling day is Wednesday and you'd like to own The Bin Genie in exchange for taking a very short survey, go to triptraprecycling
just say so on the "contact" page.

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Submit My Story
We welcome your story submission (from a suggestion for a story to a finished piece). We want to hear from you!

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August 2013

Welcome Back!

Starting Off a New Year Right

We are so excited to have you back on campus. A special welcome to the Class of 2017 as you begin you journey at UVM.

The Office of Student & Community Relations (OSCR) is committed to creating a safe and socially-just environment for off-campus students and neighbors. To do this we provide resources and education to our students so that they have successful experiences transitioning to and living off campus and we work with students, neighbors, and city partners on creative initiatives to improve the quality-of-life in our shared community.

You can contact us for the following:
  • Finding Off-Campus Housing
  • Accessing Off-Campus Living Resources
  • Getting Involved in Your Community
  • Addressing Landlord/Tenant Concerns
  • Resolving Conflict with Roommates and Neighbors
  • Responding to Off-Campus Bias
  • Understanding City Ordinances

In this newsletter you'll find information on getting food through a CSA, signing up for a Catamount Class on car repair, joining a charity firetruck pull for queer youth, and much more.

We hope you have a great first week,
Amanda, Gail, & John

PS - If you have a workstudy award and want to work in a fun, dynamic, and supportive environment that strives for social justice and equity as part of our everyday, consider applying for our open positions here (search for "Office of Student & Community Relations").

You may have noticed reading this is a lot easier from a mobile device. That's because our newsletter AND website are now mobile-friendly!

Don't forget to connect with us on FB, Twitter, LibraryThing or Vimeo at the bottom of this email.

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Don't be Idle

Did you know there is a "No Idling Ordinance" in Burlington?

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                                                      in front of it.Idling is detrimental to the environment, cost you money in fuel, and is bad for your engine. Whether you are picking up a sandwich, waiting for a friend, or pulling over to take a call - make sure to turn off your engine. The Burlington ordinance reads in part:

No person shall leave idling for more than three (3) minutes any motor vehicle in any area of the city, except in the following instances:

(1) Motors used to run refrigeration units may be left idling to permit uninterrupted refrigeration;

(2) A motor vehicle may be left idling if necessary for the repair of that vehicle;

(3) This provision shall not apply to motor vehicles which must be kept idling in order to install, maintain or repair equipment or infrastructure.

(4) This provision shall not apply in any situation in which the health or safety of a driver or passenger requires the idling of the vehicle.

So make sure to turn off that engine if you are not going anywhere in 30 seconds or less.

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101 Everyday Ways
for Men to be
Allies to Women

'nuff said - here's the link.

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Are Back!!

September Class with Girlington Garage

Join us in September for an interactive presentation by Demeny Pollitt, ASE certified Master Automobile Technician, Owner of Girlington Garage and all around car diva. She will be teaching the basics of how to care for your car. The class will cover how to check your fluids, change oil, maybe change a tire and basically what is going on under there. We may also get into how to talk to automotive processionals and what to look for when you buy a car.

Save your spot now!

Co-Sponsored by UVM Student Life

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Safety Tips

Burlington is a very safe city but like anywhere else it is not 100% crime free. Many crimes are crimes of opportunity - an unlocked door or window to an apartment, electronics left in plain sight in a parked car, etc. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind.

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Connect or reconnect with 3 incredible offices on campus with 3 BBQs featuring FREE food and fun.

First up, The Women's Center BBQ on Thursday, September 5th followed in a row by the ALANA Student Center on Friday, September 6th and ending with the LGBTQA Center's BBQ on Saturday, September 7th. Click here for the pdf with details.

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