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12-08-2016

UVM's Shampnois Wins City Award for Work in Student Neighborhoods

Gail Shampnois, director of UVM’s Office of Student and Community Relations, has won the 2016 Peter Clavelle award from the city of Burlington. Mayor Miro Weinberger, along with other city officials and community partners, honored Shampnois and other award winners in the Burlington community at a “Celebrate Burlington” event ...

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12-08-2016

UVM's Shampnois Wins City Award for Work in Student Neighborhoods

Gail Shampnois, director of UVM’s Office of Student and Community Relations, has won the 2016 Peter Clavelle award from the city of Burlington. Mayor Miro Weinberger, along with other city officials and community partners, honored Shampnois and other award winners in the Burlington community at a “Celebrate Burlington” event ...

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 Tobey, a fourth-grader at JJ Flynn Elementary School watches birds over the bike path in Burlington, VT, with his UVM mentor and “bird buddy,” Sara Fergus, a UVM sophomore enrolled in Environmental Studies 295, “Birding to Change the World.”

10-25-2016

Birding to Change the World

Professor Trish O’Kane’s new course, “Birding to Change the World,” began far from Derway Island in the north end Burlington, where, on an autumn afternoon, her class of UVM students tromps through a floodplain forest with a crew of kids from nearby JJ Flynn Elementary. In 2005, standing inside the soggy remains of her ...

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Madeline Short

05-09-2016

A Day in the Dirt

Anna Herman puts her hands down into the dirt and pulls out a large clump of grass. Behind an old motel on Shelburne Road, she and a crew of about twenty UVM students from professor Dan Baker’s project planning course are chopping through the sod, laying out wood-chip paths, selecting pea and carrot seeds, and turning over a ...

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Students planting trees along steep banks of Lake Champlain

05-06-2016

UVM and Burlington Parks Plant More Than 500 Trees in City's Newest Park

The last day of classes at UVM brought more than 45 UVM student volunteers and crews from Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront (BPRW) to improve the newly acquired 12-acre park space behind the former Burlington College property.

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Service-learning is key to the social work course. Medina Serdarevic, whose own parents left Bosnia as refugees, has worked in the King Street Center after school program spring semester.

05-04-2016

Understanding Refugees' Reality

Early in the spring semester, Professor Susan Comerford tells the students in SWSS 055, “Working with Refugees,” her fundamental expectations for the social work course. Those expectations apply to the teacher as much as they do to the students: “If you leave this class with only an intellectual understanding, then I have ...

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