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Blake Thomas, Nick Tepper, Alissa Young collect data in woods


Seniors in Capstone Course Take on Teamwork, Communication, Problem-Solving

On a cool, sunny day in early April, three University of Vermont Rubenstein School students, armed with a tape measure, compass, and clipboard, headed into a stand of pine, hemlock, and red maple trees. The woods are part of the 225-acre LaPlatte River Marsh Natural Area in Shelburne, Vermont. The students, all majoring in ...

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Social Work student working with youth at King Street Center.


Service Learning Award Presented to UVM Social Work Professor

Dr. Suzy Comerford, associate professor of social work, is the 2018 recipient of the Lynne Bond Outstanding Faculty Award – the University of Vermont’s top award for community-engaged teaching/service-learning.  This prestigious award is named for Lynne Bond (emerita) who founded service-learning at UVM in the late 1990s. 

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Professor Garbarino Receives Award for Outstanding Service Learning

Service learning helps students prepare for their adult lives through deploying their academic skills on behalf of community organizations. Nursing and health sciences faculty engage with a range of community partners on campus, throughout the Burlington region and around the world.

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Students in Costa Rica outdoor classroom listen to a community partner speak


UVM Says Sí to Its First-Ever Semester Abroad Program in Costa Rica

It’s 5 o’clock on a recent Tuesday at a palm-fringed beach in Costa Rica, where Lecturer Dave Kestenbaum ‘02 wears a grin that stretches nearly as wide as the mountains and sunset behind him. This sunset, or puesta del sol, over the Golfo Dulce sees 20 students from UVM’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural ...

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Building Community through Food

Nell Carpenter ’19 has developed an appetite for locally grown food, though many of the crops she’s raised recently have unfamiliar names and flavors. In her work last summer as an intern for the Huertas Project, a community-based program that provides migrant farmworkers with access to traditional Mexican foods, she’s ...

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Promoting Public Health in Marginalized Communities

In PT 303: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, students partnered with Stay Steady Vermont and physical therapists at UVM Medical Center to strengthen fall prevention programs for senior citizens, a community of Special Olympics coaches, three Northeast Disabled Athletic Association (NDAA) sports teams, and the Bridges to Health Program with UVM Extension to serve migrant dairy farmworkers. By supporting these ongoing community programs, they were able to contribute to the sustainability of long-term health promotion projects in the local area.

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