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Financial Awards for Students Who Make the Grade and Work for Social Justice

United Academics, the faculty union at UVM, is accepting applications for two financial awards to honor students who exemplify academic excellence and commitment to social justice. The Jeffrey Brace Book Award will provide $500 awards for books and supplies to students who will be enrolled at UVM full-time in fall '10. The Linda Backus Memorial Award of $1,000 will be presented to a current college senior with a parent who is a union member in Vermont. Deadline for both applications is March 1. Application details are available on the United Academics website (click on the "Student Awards" link in the left-hand column). Information: [log in to unmask]

Center on Aging Research Day

Submit proposals for poster sessions for the Center on Aging Research Day, to be held March 23, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Davis Auditorium, Medical Education Center Pavilion, Fletcher Allen Health Care. Faculty, students, service providers/practitioners whose research, teaching or programming focuses on aging are invited to participate. Submissions should include the following: contact information, session title, abstract of session (300 word max), and funding source (if research). Presenters are required to bring own laptops if included in display. Easels and 4 foot by 8 foot poster board will be provided along with push pins and a chair. Proposals, due by Feb, 8, should be e-mailed to [log in to unmask] Information: 656-4220.

Rape Aggression Defense Training for UVM Women

A self-defense course is being offered through UVM Police Services for all UVM women. R.A.D. is a 12-hour course designed to empower women, teach valuable defense skills, physical confrontation skills, and how to take control for yourself. You will learn how to use your mind, your voice, your body, and your skills in this course. The first 3-hour class is lecture style to disseminate information regarding crime awareness and prevention. The next two 3-hour classes are focused on physical self-defense techniques. The final class is a review of self-defense techniques and simulation (optional).

The Spring Semester 2010 RAD course will be offered on Sunday afternoons, starting February 7, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. We will meet each Sunday for 4 weeks (Feb. 7, 14, 21, and 28). The course will be held in room 217, Patrick Gym.

Enrollment is free, but required. To enroll, contact Officer Sue Roberts, [log in to unmask], 656-8009. Information.

Alpha Phi Omega Rush Week

Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed community service fraternity, has planned the following events for rush week, Feb. 1-7:

  • Monday, Feb. 1: Study break. Hang out or do work with hot chocolate, tea and more. Bring a mug. Fireplace Lounge, Living/Learning Center. 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 2: Info session. Chittenden Bank Room, Davis Center. 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 3: Ice cream social. Bring a bowl. Fireplace Lounge, Living/Learning Center. 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 4: Meet on the third floor of the Davis Center in front of the SGA club space to walk down to the DISMAS house to help cook dinner for the residents. 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 5: Lunch with current brothers. Second floor, Davis Center. Look for APO letters. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 7: Weekly Chapter Meeting. Meet the brothers, and see how we work. Chittenden Bank Room, Davis Center. 2 p.m.

Information: [log in to unmask]

Study Abroad Information Sessions

Meet with professors leading trips to study a range of subjects in destinations around the world. This week, attend information sessions about the following programs:

  • Spain -- Hiking Through History: An Educational Journey on the Camino de Santiago. Feb. 2. Learn about spending May 15 - 28 hiking the Camino de Santiago while earning 3 UVM credits. Williams Family Room, Davis Center. 4:30 p.m.
  • Ghana. Feb. 3. SGA Presidential Conference Room, Davis Center. 12:30 p.m.

Center for Teaching and Learning

The CTL will offer a number of workshops in January, February, March, and April 2010 on topics including Representation of Course Content, Students' Expression of Learning, Student Engagement, Book Discussion, Writing, Reluctance and Conflict: Navigating Discussions on Diversity, and more. See the complete list of offerings and register now.

Upcoming Events

Monday, February 1, 2010

Reading: A Mountain of Crumbs. Memoirist Elena Gorokhova will read about growing up in the Soviet Union during the 1970s. Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building. 4 p.m. Information.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

UVM FeelGood Gourmet Grilled Cheese. Grab a grilled cheese and help fight world hunger. One hundred percent of profits benefit The Hunger Project, an international organization that focuses on empowerment and gender equality as the solutions to chronic persistent hunger. Buy delicious, gourmet, grilled cheese Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. First floor of the Davis Center, across from the CATCard Office. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information.

"Consumption for the Common Good? Balancing Conservation and Poverty Alleviation." Saleem Ali, associate professor of environmental studies. Sugar Maple Ballroom, Davis Center. Noon. Information: [log in to unmask]

Staff Council Meeting. Livak Ballroom, Davis Center. 12:05 p.m. Information: 656-4493.

Cook Commons Lake and Lodge Dinner. Experience a culinary adventure from the rustic region of Upstate New York as part of Dining Services Tour North America Dinner Series. $9.80 per person unlimited dining. 4:30 to 8 p.m. Information.

Radical Movie Night: Battle for Algiers. A controversial and political masterpiece, Gillo Pontecorvo's film depicts the remarkable story of the Algerian fight for independence against French colonialism in the late 1950s, early 1960s. Brennan's Pub, Davis Center. 6 p.m. Information: [log in to unmask]

"Solutions When the Solution is the Problem: Reflections on the Analytics, Politics and Practice of Getting to 350." Michael Woolcock, senior social scientist with the World Bank's Development Research Group. 104 Aiken. 11:30 a.m. Information: [log in to unmask]

SGA Meeting. Your Student Government Association (SGA) invites you to attend all meetings to speak about your student concerns, as well as learn about what your SGA is doing for you. Meetings are open and available to the entire UVM community and often feature special speakers to discuss what is occurring within the greater Burlington community. Livak Ballroom, Davis Center. 7 p.m. Information.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Dana Medical Library Brown Bag Lunch and Learn: Keeping Up To Date With Electronic Alerts. Come with specific journals, subjects, or authors that you'd like to create alerts for, and we'll help you set them up. Noon to 1 p.m. Information: [log in to unmask], 656-4415.

Global and Regional Studies Program Brown Bag Lecture: "Creoles, Quakes and Resistance: The Haitian Fault Line." Moise St. Louis, director of multicultural student affairs, St. Michael's College, and Stephanie Seguino, UVM professor of economics. Marsh Lounge, Billings. 12:15 p.m. Information: 656-1096.

"Voices: A Panel of Transgender Students." An open discussion where UVM students share their personal stories over a free dinner. Learn more about other people and see the world from a different point of view. Christie-Wright-Patterson Rotunda. 6:30 p.m. Information: [log in to unmask]

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Film and Discussion with Kobina Aidoo: Neo-African-Americans. This film explores how rapid, voluntary immigration from Africa and the Caribbean is transforming the African-American narrative. North Lounge, Billings. 5 p.m. Information: 656-2060.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Board of Trustees Meetings. Feb. 5 and 6. Fourth Floor, Davis Center. See the full schedule on the Board of Trustees website.

"Writing in the Disciplines Program Workshop: Student Conversations About Writing." This session explores how having students respond to each other's writing can help them develop as writers and improve the quality of the papers faculty receive. We will consider how to effectively design both in-class and out-of-class peer review activities, and ways the Writing Center can provide support for this process. 302 Bailey/Howe. 9 a.m. Information, registration.

Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds: "Technology and Families: Frenemies?" Anne K. Fishel, director, Family and Couples Therapy Program, Massachusetts General Hospital; associate clinical professor of psychology, Harvard Medical School. Davis Auditorium, Medical Education Center Pavilion, Fletcher Allen Health Care. 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Information: (802) 847-2124.

Learn Massage Techniques to Help Reduce Aches and Pains. Three sessions, Friday Feb. 5, 12 19. Session one: "Self help techniques: self pain management;" Sessions two and three: " Exchange Techniques for headache, carpal tunnel, low back pain, tingling of extremities, and more." $15/session. Phi Beta Kappa Room, Waterman Building. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Information: 656-0156.

Lane Series Performance: Tim Eriksen. Tickets, $20 adult, $15 student. Music Building Recital Hall. 7:30 p.m. A free, pre-concert talk with the artist will begin at 6:30 p.m. Information, tickets.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Burlington's Annual Winter Festival. Organized by CDAE students, this year's festival includes an internationally sanctioned snow sculpting competition, a rail jam, the Church Street Ice Walk, a snowman garden, music, the Special Olympics Vermont Penguin Plunge, and other fun activities. Information, or sign up to volunteer: [log in to unmask]

UVM Babysitter Mingler. Fun kids activities (arts and crafts, sing-a-longs, and more) and a chance to meet and mingle with UVM students who want to be your babysitters. University Heights North. 10:30 a.m. to noon. R.S.V.P. [log in to unmask] Kids are welcome and encouraged to come! Please let us know how many will be attending when you R.S.V.P.

"Bats: White Nose Disease." Join South Burlington "bat advocate" Barry Genzlinger for a fascinating overview of the impact of this powdery white fungal infection on Vermont's bat population. $5 / $10 suggested donation for members and master gardeners/non-members. Blasberg Building, UVM Horticulture Research Center. 10 a.m. to Noon. Information, R.S.V.P. (before Feb. 6): [log in to unmask]

The Club Gymnastics Team's Groovy UV Classic. Teams competing are UVM, URI, BU, and Cornell in both men's and women's events. Regal Gymnastics Academy, 16 Tigan Street, Winooski, Vt. 2 p.m. Information: [log in to unmask]

North Indian Classical Dance and Music. Presented by Friends of Indian Music and Dance. $10 general admission, $5 members and students. Music Building Recital Hall. 7 p.m. Information.

Saturday Night Move: Precious. Discussion to follow 8 p.m. showing. Billings Lecture Hall. 8 and 11 p.m. Information: 656-2060.

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