Summer Academy Residential Students

Residential Program Activities

group shot Summer Academy students choosing to live on campus are housed together for two weeks in the same residence hall.  As part of this small and safe social learning community you will deepen your understanding of yourself and develop meaningful relationships.  The activities planned throughout the week after class and over the weekend, and the spontaneous happenings in the hall, will help you make the most of this true college experience and encourage you to become more healthy, engaged and successful. The Summer Academy activities listed below support the Four Cornerstones of UVM’s Department of Residential Life – Enhancing Learning, Community & Civic Engagement, Advancing Diversity & Inclusion, and Health & Wellness.

Enhancing Learning

  • Visits to UVM’s Library, Greenhouses, and Museum.
  • Navigating the College Admissions Process Workshop
  • Staff Supported Study Halls
  • College and Beyond Etiquette Workshop

Community and Civic Engagement

  • Events on the Green:  Barbecue, Ice Cream Social, Concert, and Movie
  • Indoor/Outdoor Games and Entertainment
  • Ben and Jerry’s Social Mission Factory Tour

Advancing Diversity and Inclusion

  • Guided Interpretation of Exhibit on Worldwide Cultural Heritage at the Fleming Museum
  • Social Justice Workshop
  • Ecological Leadership Workshop

Health and Wellness

  • Northern Lights Rock and Ice
  • Group Recreation like the Summer Academy favorite Broomball and Individual Fitness time at UVM’s Fitness center, Track, and Athletic Fields.
  • Harvest Picnic at the Burlington Farmer’s Market
  • Hiking at Stowe Mountain Resort
  • Swimming and Sand Sports at North Beach on Lake Champlain

Residential Housing

For the Summer Academy students who will be staying on the UVM campus, we have housing in the Harris / Millis residence halls on the Athletic part of campus. Students are supervised 24/7 by a Residential team consisting of a Residential Director and several Residential Assistants.

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Residential Dining Program

Summer Academy students enjoy the ease and convenience of a UVM Summer Dining Plan. The dining plan included in your program fee grants you 21 meals per week at the Harris Millis Complex.

Also included are a total of 40 Retail Points. Retail Points are a declining balance account. Retail Points can be used throughout the week at our Retail Locations: Waterman Café, Given Atrium and the Marketplace in the Davis Center.

Additional Retail Points can be added to existing accounts by contacting the Meal Plan Office, visit the University Dining Services for additional information.

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Matt Sayre develops educational programs focused on sustainable food and agricultural systems.
Matt Sayre, Director of Summer Academy Matt develops educational programs focused on sustainable food and agricultural systems for the University of Vermont. He is also working to establish a small farm and bakery in Hinesburg, Vermont. Prior to joining UVM Continuing and Distance Education in 2007 Matt started a green business and helped rebuild a business – both are still operating today. While working for almost twenty years in higher-education, he also voluntarily led the creation of two social enterprises. Matt has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Le Moyne College, a Masters in Education from Northern Arizona University, a Certificate of Graduate Study in Ecological Economics from the University of Vermont, and is now finishing a Masters of Science in Natural Resources at the University of Vermont.


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