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Simon McIntosh '17


Map to Mongolia

On the eighth day, Simon McIntosh ‘17 got off his horse and started walking. He was exploring a roadless mountain pass in the northernmost corner of Mongolia, near the border of Russia. To his east, Lake Hovsgol stretched for more than eighty miles. “Some people call it the Blue Pearl,” he says. “It’s stunning around ...

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Communities, Conservation & Development in Costa Rica

Temperatures drop to the single digits as the UVM campus in Burlington rests quietly during Spring Break in early March. But half a world away, a group of 18 UVM students is meeting with residents of the small village of Guadalupe on Costa Rica’s beautiful and stunningly biodiverse Osa Peninsula, trying to stay cool under the ...

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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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Med Student Highlights Injustices of Migrant Farm Workers

For student Al York, an assignment to detail the struggles and economic injustices of migrant farm workers went far beyond the classroom.

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Dia De Los Muertos 2016

For the last several years Rachel Montesano, Senior Lecturer in Spanish at UVM, has taught Service Learning courses in the Fall to support the commemoration of Día de los Muertos among Mexican dairy farm workers in Addison county. In the past she and her students have worked with Alejandra to make tamales and build the ...

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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.”


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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