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First Year Students from NJ Participate in University of Vermont TREK Program

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BURLINGTON, VT (09/20/2018)(CNBNewsnet)-- On Saturday August 18th, 2018 over 250 first-year UVM students, led by 74 upper class leaders, began their University of Vermont experience as part of TREK, a unique, 7-day first year enrichment program sponsored by UVM's Department of Student Life. For 39 years, UVM's TREK program has sent new students all over the state of Vermont to explore the region's wilderness, develop leadership skills, and work on community service projects. TREK is one of the biggest and most diverse new-student, collegiate, community building programs in the northeast region.

Alina Chiccarine of Ocean View, NJ (08230) participated in Catamount Crew.

Melissa Kampf of Ocean City, NJ (08226) participated in Hiking.

Finlay Buchanan-Jacobs of Mount Laurel, NJ (08054) participated in Hiking.

Izzy Pillows of Shamong, NJ (08088) participated in Sea Kayaking.

Isaac Bleicher of Voorhees, NJ (08043) participated in White Water Kayaking.


The UVM TREK program offers first-year students diverse experiences and self-directed opportunities to learn about themselves, future classmates and student life at the University of Vermont. Working in small, cooperative groups with upper class leaders, TREK gives students with similar co-curricular interest an opportunity to develop teamwork skills, meet new friends, build community and make transition to life at UVM. This year consisted of thirteen different trips in the areas of community service and leadership development (Animal Rescue, Better Burlington, Catamount Trail, Farm & Food, Habitat for Humanity, and State Park) and wilderness exploration (Hiking, Canoeing, Rock Climbing, Sea Kayaking, Whitewater Kayaking, Mountain Biking, and Pride Trek for LGBTQA+ students interested in the outdoors).

About Student Life

The University of Vermont Department of Student Life provides students with extracurricular experiential learning, involvement, and leadership opportunities. With a variety of program areas spanning Outdoor Programs, Student Media, Leadership & Civic Engagement, Fraternity & Sorority Life, and Campus Programs - Student Life aims to connect students with communities and experiences that will suppliment their academic career.

About UVM

Since 1791, the University of Vermont has worked to move humankind forward. Committed to both research and teaching, UVM professors -- world-class researchers, scholars, and artists -- bring their discoveries into the classroom and their students into the field. Located in Burlington, Vermont, one of the nation's most vibrant small cities and top college towns, UVM is a Public Ivy and top 100 national research university educating 10,267 undergraduate students, 1,462 graduate students, 915 certificate and non-degree students, and 461 M.D. students in the Larner College of Medicine.

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