Fellow UVMers,


I hope that the mild-mannered weather we saw today has treated you well as you dig, shovel, or snow-blow your way out of the storm and trek across town and across campus. There's a bunch of stuff going on this week so be sure to check out the bottom of this e-mail. If you're feeling a little seasonal blues coming on, be sure to check out the Counseling Center's Spring support group schedule that was just announced. I've included descriptions of all of the groups at the bottom of this e-mail so be sure to check them out or contact the Counseling Center for a little one on one time if you feel the need. The folks down there are great!


The deadline to fill out the SGA's Vermont Student Opinion Poll is midnight January 31st! One lucky survey filler-outer will get a $100 gift certificate to the Church Street Marketplace. Sorry Grads and Medical Students, the survey and the gift card incentive are only open to undergraduate students!


Here's the link:



Take care this week and have a great end to your January,


- Jay

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In this email:

Wakeboard Club Beach Dance Party, 1/29

Grandma Club Meeting, 2/1

"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull", 2/2

Wakeboard Club Meeting, 2/2

Opening Reception for "Emergence" sculpture in DC, 2/5

Interested in Becoming a Tour Guide?
Burlington's Winterfestival, 2/7

Summer U Pep Rally, 2/7

Nadav Tamir, Consul General of Israel, 2/10
Relay For Life kick-off event, 2/10
Burlington Mayoral Debate, 2/17
Vantage Point Submissions due 3/6
Juniors: Apply for Mortar Board
UVM History Review Submissions due 4/13
Dismantling Rape Culture Conference, 4/14

Give the Burlington Police Department your feedback
Message from Student Action Committee

Submit to Horizon, the Women's Center Zine

Counseling Center Support Groups


This week in Athletics:

Sat 1/31- 12:00pm Swimming vs. Bryant at Forbush Natatorium
Wakeboard Club Beach Dance Party

10pm to 2am @ Second Floor
Thursday Jan 29

Reduced admission with College ID

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Grandma Club Meeting


If you like knitting, crocheting, sewing, embroidering, baking, or mah jong, this club is for you. "Grandmas" of all genders are welcome to this meeting, where the old-at-heart gather to craft and chat. Bring $5-10 if you don't have your own knitting needles or yarn. Fireplace Lounge, Living/Learning Center. 2 p.m. Information: [log in to unmask].


"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"


Anthropology club presents "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"
Monday (2/02) 7:30pm Williams 5th floor
Questions? Contact James Allen [log in to unmask]


Wakeboard Club

Weekly Meetings: Monday at 7:30pm
Next Meeting: Monday February 2
Location: Jost Foundation Room (4th Floor @ DC)
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Opening Reception for "Emergence" by UVM Student and artist Ethan Bond-Watts


The University of Vermont Office of Alumni and Parent Programs with the Dudley H. Davis Center is pleased to announce the opening reception for "Emergence."  This glass-sculpture installation by artist and UVM class of 2009 student Ethan Bond-Watts hangs in the Olin Atrium of the Davis Center and is a gift of the UVM class of 2008.


Join Ethan Bond-Watts, Vermont Representative Kesha Ram, and the UVM community Thursday, February 5th from 5PM to 7PM in the Livak Fireplace Lounge on the 4th floor of the Davis Center.  Remarks from the artist will begin at 6 p.m.


Questions?  Please contact 802.656.2010. RSVP: www.alumni.uvm.edu/emergence


Interested in Becoming a Tour Guide?


The AdvoCat program is now recruiting students with strong presentation skills to guide campus tours, speak on panels and conduct interviews for prospective students.

Applications are due Feb. 6. Get the application online, at the Admissions Office, or at the ALANA Student Center. Please note these changes to the group interview times: Sunday, Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 9, from 6 to 9 p.m.; and Thursday, Feb. 12, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Burlington Winter Festival


The Burlington Winter Festival will be on Saturday February 7th from 10-4 on Church Street Marketplace following the Penguin Plunge down on the lake. It's a family-friendly event for the Burlington community, so of course students are welcome!

Summer U Pep Rally

Come celebrate 10 days until Summer U registration opens!  Join us February 7th from 5-7 pm in Brennan's for free food, prizes, and a Catamount Dance Crew performance.  One lucky attendee will go home with a Dasani Mountain Bike! We will also have student hockey tickets for the men's hockey game against Providence that night so don't miss out! For questions or more information about the event, contact [log in to unmask] or visit our website at uvm.edu/summer


Israel in the Changing Middle East: Consul General of Israel Coming to UVM

The University of Vermont community is excited to welcome Nadav Tamir, Consul General of Israel to New England to its campus for a speaking engagement open to the entire community in John Dewey Lounge.

Nadav Tamir, the Consul General of Israel to New England, joined the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1993 and has served under three foreign ministers.  A graduate of the Kennedy School of Government (Masters in Public Administration) at Harvard University, Mr. Tamir was born and raised on a kibbutz in northern Israel and has served in numerous public service and security roles.

This event is co-sponsored by Middle East Studies Program, The Department of German and Russian, Vermont Students for Israel, Chabad @ UVM, UVM Hillel, Shalom Home: The Israel Experience, Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity, the Center For Cultural Pluralism, The Global Village and the Israel Center of Vermont
John Dewey Lounge in Old Mill
Tuesday, February 10
7:30 p.m.
Contact Josh Nierman of Vermont Students for Israel with any questions.
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Relay for Life Kickoff Event

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 7:30 pm in the Sugar Maple Ballroom. Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society's signature activity. It offers everyone in a community an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. Teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Come out and show us your support. Relay for Life has officially begun! Any questions? Contact Mackenzie Leonard at [log in to unmask] or Joe Sheridan at [log in to unmask]. See you there!
Burlington Mayoral Debate

Join us in the Livak Ballroom on the 4th Floor of the Davis Center at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, February 17th (my mom's birthday!) for the first and only mayoral debate held on UVM campus. Moderated by a student with a panel of representatives from the student body, staff, and faculty asking questions, this debate truly is the only debate focused on us (the students). See candidates Andy Montroll, Dan Smith, Bob Kiss, Kurt Wright duke it out (verbally). Hosted by the SGA, with support from the Office of Federal, State, and Community Relations.

Contact Chris Shackett, Chair of the SGA's Committee on Legislative Action with any questions. [log in to unmask]
Call for submissions to Vantage Point, Deadline March 6th

Is fiction your hustle? Is poetry your hustle? Is art your hustle? If so, Vantage Point, UVM's premiere Literary and Artistic Journal is once again accepting student submissions of poetry, fiction, essay, criticism, painting, photography, sculpture and installation for our Spring 2009 edition. Vantage Point is the voice of UVM's literary and artistic community and after a staggering turnout for our Fall 2008 edition, we are looking forward to seeing what that community has to offer in the new year. Please send all submissions as word attachments numbering no more than five and pages no more than eight and inquiries to [log in to unmask] The deadline for all submissions is March 6th. Brace yourselves, Vantage Point is coming!
Your editors,
Robert M Downey & Caylin Capra-Thomas
Juniors: An Announcement About UVM's Mortar Board

If you have junior standing, have a 3.2 or better GPA, and expect to graduate in either December 2009 or May 2010 (there may be some exceptions to these general graduation dates), you are eligible to apply for membership in Mortar Board, a national senior honor society.  For more information about Mortar Board and for application materials please visit this website: www.uvm.edu/~mboard
Call for submissions to UVM's History Review

The University of Vermont's History Review is now accepting submissions for publication in our upcoming issue. The History Review is a student-managed, self-published academic journal sponsored by the History Department. Our goal is to both highlight and encourage the outstanding historical scholarship of all students, regardless of departmental affiliation. Papers should pertain to a historical topic, and have been written for a completed or current course at UVM.

All papers must be submitted electronically to Dr. Sean Field at [log in to unmask] by Friday, February 13, 2009. Please title the subject line "History Review Submission," and be sure to include within the text of the email: the author's full name, email address, local address, and local telephone number.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Dr. Field, or the Senior Editor, Alex Lehning, at [log in to unmask]

We look forward to your submissions!

The Board of Editors
Dismantling Rape Culture Conference

Mark your calendars! The 4th Annual Dismantling Rape Culture Conference will be held April 14, 2009
More information to come!
The Burlington Police Department needs your feedback!

The Burlington Police Department is in the process of re-assessing its community policing strategy. Community Policing has been in place since 1999.  Community Policing in Burlington definitely affects UVM students every day of the week.  Please feel free to give feedback on how you think the Burlington Police Department is doing.

Tell us what you think!

Got something to say about any aspect of the University, something that's nagging you, some thing you really like, or something you really don't like?


We want to hear about it! Send your feedback to the Student Action Committee of the SGA through the Tix-Me-Off forum and get us working for you! We've gotten some great feedback from many students this year so keep sending your thoughts to [log in to unmask]


Cracking windows in the Residence Halls? Maybe you just want to get a little "fresh air" in your room… UVM's energy dollars are literally flowing out your windows! If your room is too hot submit a Fix-It Request and someone will resolve the issue. If you're just trying to get some fresh air be mindful of the financial situation. We all share the responsibility to conserve. Keep your window shut as much as possible!!


To report residence hall overheating: http://www.uvm.edu/~rlweb/?Page=students/fix_it/default.html

To report heating issues in any other buildings, contact Physical Plant (656-2186)

Besides saving the University (and ultimately you) money, it's much more environmentally responsible.



A. Herizon is a community project that supports and is sponsored
by  the UVM Women's Center. Herizon is like a literary magazine, but
it's  also like a resource guide. It's like a newsletter, but it's also
like  an ordinary letter from someone you know.  Herizon exists as a
forum  for people to listen in on and speak out about gender-related 
A. The Women's Center advocates, educates, and provides direct 
services in support of women's equity and safety at the University
and within the greater community. The center serves as a resource and
is committed to assisting the University in creating and fostering a 
diverse and inclusive campus community.

We are now collecting submissions for the spring issue of Herizon!  Send us your essays, poetry, comics, reviews, photography, fiction, and more! Submissions and questions can be directed to Jillian Brelsford at:  [log in to unmask]


Counseling Center


Counseling at UVM is great and the UVM Counseling Center has put together some great group sessions that can help you! To sign up for a group, please call the Counseling Center to set up a half hour informational meeting with a group leader who can help you determine a good fit. (656-3340)

Group List & ing 2009

The Man Box: A Group for Men: Mondays 5:15—6:45pm

This group is for men looking to connect with other men without drugs and alcohol. As men, we are socialized or boxed into fearing each other, and to see each

other as threats and competitive rivals. This leads to feeling isolated and detached from other men, and does not allow men to form meaningful connections.

This group will offer a safe space for men to explore internal and external barriers that inhibit more meaningful friendships. Through readings, film and discussion,

we will explore the meaning of friendship, masculinity, and build bridges.

Keith E. Smith, MS, Men's Outreach Coordinator


Mental Health Skills Training: Tuesdays or Wednesdays (Allen House)

Group #1: Tuesdays 3:15—4:45pm

Group #2: Wednesdays 3:15—4:45pm

This will be a very helpful training if you have been dealing with overwhelming emotions (e.g., sadness, anger, worries, and guilt) and often feel frustrated and

hopeless about controlling your emotional reactions. The purpose of this 7—8week long training is to help you develop helpful behavioral skills to cope with the

challenging emotions. You can't always control what you feel, but you have a choice how to respond to it.

Yoonhwa Cho, PhD


Remembering We're Human (A Self-Care Group for women)

Tuesdays 3:00—4:30pm (Jacobs House)

This will be a skills-based group that supports members to develop a positive relationship to yourself. We will use film, journal writing, creative activities and

group discussion to explore how early life experiences have shaped our current self concepts and actions. With practice and compassionate reflection on this

understanding members will begin learning how to create a life of choice instead of habit. Please bring a blank page book that will serve as your journal and

"Memory Book" for the semester

Linda Cade, MA, LMHC


Conversations on Race: Wednesdays 5:00—6:30pm (Allen House)

A weekly discussion and support group for individuals wanting a safe place to share the everyday experiences and challenges of dealing with issues of race.

Come engage in dialogue; learn to build bridges and to embrace our own uniqueness.

Linda Cade, MA, LMHC


Creating a Healthy Relationship with Food & Your Body

Wednesdays 3:00—4:30pm (Jacobs House)

For students who have struggled with body image and eating concerns, this group is designed to provide a safe environment for exploring one's relationship with

food and body. Students will develop a greater understanding of how the experience and management of emotions affects body image, eating patterns, and

expectations of self. In addition, students will learn strategies to improve body appreciation and eating habits.
Kelly Thorne, PsyD, Candace Polzella, M.S.S., R.D.


Grief & Loss: Thursdays 4:00—5:30pm (Jacobs House)

Students who have experienced the loss of a loved one (parent, sibling, friend) recently or in the past, have this opportunity to share their experiences with each other, supporting and being supported and learning ways to do the emotional and physical work of grieving.

Walter Brownsword, III, MA, LADC, CCS


Healing Depression with Mindfulness: Wednesdays 3:00—5:00pm (Allen House) Starting Date TBA

8 weeks plus ½ day retreat (on a weekend, TBA)

This group is appropriate for students with a history of depression, or who are currently experiencing mild depression. Participants will practice a variety of methods

to help them become more mindful, i.e. nonjudgmental awareness of the present moment. Participants will learn to identify and work with thought patterns that

have spiraled into depression in the past, and develop strategies to prevent future relapses.

Miv London, PhD


Learn Self-hypnosis to Reduce Anxiety, Social Phobias, and increase

Self-esteem: Wednesday 5:15—6:45pm

False representations by the media and misinformation have created many myths about hypnosis. In fact, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. Hypnosis is a natural state

of deep relaxation whereby your unconscious mind is more open to suggestions. You are always in control. It is from this grounded perspective that you will learn

the basics of self-hypnosis, deep relaxation, and meditation. You will then learn how to apply these skills to manage your anxiety, social phobias, and to increase

your self-esteem.

Keith E. Smith, MS, CHT


Mindful Living: Mondays 3:30—5:00pm (Allen House)

Starting date TBA: 7 weeks plus a ½ day retreat (on a weekend TBA)

The Mindful Living group is a workshop designed to address anxiety and stress by teaching participants how to become more mindful, i.e. nonjudgmental awareness

of the present moment. Using a variety of approaches, including sitting and walking meditation, body scan, yoga, and others, participants cultivate the ability to let

go of stressful thought patterns and to experience more moments of peace and well being in their lives.

Miv London, PhD


SAFE (Substance Affected Family Experience)

Wednesdays 4:30—6:00pm (Redstone)

SAFE is a group for students who have experienced family life in which one or both of the parents or caregivers struggle or struggled with substance use or

dependence. The focus of the group is on a shared experience of supporting one another in daily life at college. Group meetings have the starting point of current

life and especially on developing healthy relationships. This is a good group for you if you want to focus on developing more meaningful connections with fellow

students and making the most of your college years.

Derek George, MDiv, LICSW, LADC and Christine Germano, MS


Contact the Counseling Center at 802.656.3340

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Jay Taylor
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University of Vermont

Dudley H. Davis Center
590 Main Street
Burlington, Vermont 05405
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