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Greening for ex-Greeks


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Following Sigma Phi Epsilon?s removal from campus in fall 2012, a few former brothers created Students Helping Others Respect the Environment (SHORE) that was recognized as an official club this year. The objective of SHORE is to assist others in understanding their surroundings through promoting environmental awareness, community service, philanthropic expeditions and education at UVM, the SGA bill recognizing SHORE stated. ?The founding members consisted of like-minded individuals with a subset having current or prior affiliations with Greek life,? club president Kevin Kohlmorgen said. ?The club has expanded to its current state and all that are interested in bettering the University are encouraged to join.?SHORE hosts fundraisers and events to educate students and implements community service and civic engagement projects that directly benefit Burlington, Kohlmorgen said. ?The club has partnered with many reputable organizations both on and off campus to better the relationship between the Burlington and UVM Community,? he said. The club joined with United Way for Chittenden County and worked on their Ethan Allen Homestead to clean the natural parks regions, he said. Sophomore Steve Gregory was involved with SHORE at its conception. ?We were committed to improving the local community as a whole,? he said. In the past year SHORE has collaborated with UVM?s mentoring club DREAM, the Emergency Food Shelf, Adaptive Sports club and University Program Board (UPB).Through their relationship with UPB, SHORE has worked on promoting their signature events for the University, which included selling over 800 tickets for the Kap Slap concert this January, Kohlmorgen said. Last March, SHORE was a part of the Global Warming Conference organized by Senator Bernie Sanders, he said. ?The event was a total success as students and professionals were able to start the discussion of climate change and what we could do about it,? Kohlmorgen said. SHORE still collaborates with the office of Sanders.SGA President Connor Daley said he feels SHORE is an important club. ?Since their recognition about a year ago, SHORE has been one of the leading groups at UVM for community service and environmental education,? he said. For the rest of this year, SHORE plans to volunteer with the North Country Animal League and partner with other environmental organizations for the annual Green Up Day.

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