The University of Vermont is a learning institution — and the Davis Center was constructed to support that mission. We're an extension of the classroom — and one more place where students can grow and explore in addition to their academics.
UVM Student-Run Businesses & Organizations
When the Davis Center opened, it did so with Growing Vermont — a unique enterprise from the Community Development & Applied Economics (CDAE) entrepreneurship program. With a physical retail location in the Davis Center CDAE's goal was to cultivate UVM's aspiring student-entrepreneurs through hands-on, experience-based learning activities for academic credit. After six-years of retail bliss, Growing Vermont closed it's retail doors in 2013.
Other student-run organizations also call the Davis Center home too. Feel Good operates a donation-based gourmet grilled-cheese sandwich shop and countless other organizations in SGA's 180+ recognized clubs and organizations gain entrepreneural and managment skills running, maintaining, and planning throughout the academic year.
We Are What We Eat
UVM Dining incorporates Vermont food collaborations into courses featuring local foods and agriculture systems. In 2017, UVM Dining reopened the local-favorite — The Dairy Bar; Partnering with the CREAM program to serve up ice cream, shakes, and smoothies made from UVM-made milk and flavors that incorporate UVM-produced Maple Syrup from made UVM’s own Proctor Maple Research Center.
The DC collaborates with a variety of departments, from the College of Education and Social Services to actual Art Department to incorporate student and community art into our building. Sometimes these even coincide with world renowned speakers, lecturers, and faculty who are doing unique and interesting works far and wide.
Plus — students run the program. Gaining hands-on experience while getting paid to do it!
Green "Thumbs Up!"
If you've ever walked the halls of the Davis Center, you might have noticed the lush greens and happy plants that fill the building's corners, nooks, and crannies. Any great horiticulturalist will tell you — these plants haven't been taking care of themselves. We partner with the student-led Horticultural Club and work together to provide and maintain plants and flowers on-site.