On November 7, UConn First Year Programs & Learning Communities welcomed Nerac’s “XcellR8” members to their first collaborative meeting in the NextGen Forum. XcellR8 events are designed to allow an innovate entrepreneur the opportunity to pitch their idea or start-up company to an audience and receive feedback, ideas and recommendations from them. Kevin Bouley, Nerac’s President and the founder of XcellR8, approached FYP&LC about partnering with Learning Communities to sponsor the meetings by inviting students into the audience to talk and network with entrepreneurs, angel investors and industry experts. Students who attended also got to see a former UConn Nursing student putting involvement, projects and opportunities initiated during her tenure at UConn into professional practice post-graduation.
Co-sponsored by the Engineering, Nursing and Public Health Houses, UConn Learning Community faculty, staff and students were invited to this inaugural meeting with Brittany Molkenthin BSN ’17, CEO of Lactation Innovations, LLC. Her presentation to the audience focused around “Lactibib,” a new product which accurately measures the amount of breastmilk taken in by a newborn during feedings, thus helping to alleviate a mother’s stress about whether or not her baby is receiving enough nourishment. The event saw a room full of students, faculty, staff and XcellR8 members sitting amongst each other to participate in this exciting event.
Nerac and FYP&LC will host XcellR8 events with other presenters throughout the academic year.
This year, we celebrated CAP’s 50th Anniversary.
On October 28, 2017, over 250 people were in attendance, including program alumni, current and former staff, and visiting dignitaries such as State Senator Mae Flexer and the President of the Council for Opportunity in Education, Maureen Hoyler.
The keynote address was delivered by Mr. Francisco Borges, an alumnus of UConn’s first educational opportunity program for underserved students (CONNPEP) and the Chairman of Landmark Partners, a private equity and real estate investment company.
In addition to commemorating CAP’s legacy at UConn, this evening marked the launch of a new giving campaign to create scholarships for CAP students to study abroad.
In October, First Year Programs, Learning Communities and the Academic Achievement Center, presented at the National Peer Mentoring symposium on the collaborative peer mentoring efforts of their units. The national symposium is held annually at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Leo Lachut, Director of Academic Support, along with undergrads Abbie Lester ’18, Jimmy Huynh ’18, and Sebastien Kerr ’19, highlighted the long standing peer mentoring initiatives at UConn across First Year Programs that contributes to our 94% first year retention rate. The undergraduates each represented the three areas and how their involvement as peer mentors contributes to their own professional development.
Over Spring Break, thirteen second-year students from ScHOLA2RS and Engineering Houses traveled to areas of Salvador, Morro De Sao Paulo, and Gamboa (Bahia region) of Brazil.
Students participated in lectures, discussions, research projects, cultural trips, and service-learning activities designed to provide them with an understanding of the challenges the Brazilian educational system faces along with the richness and dynamic nature of Brazil’s history, culture, politics, economy, and people. The trip was led by Dr. Erik Hines, educational psychology professor, and the group shared in this experience with students from The Ohio State University and Vanderbilt University.
Our instructors and mentors are our most valuable resources. Since 1998, we have been honoring those people who have exhibited particular hard work and dedication to FYE and FYE students. Please join us in congratulating this year’s award winners and nominees:
Outstanding First Year Experience Teaching Awards 2016-2017
The Outstanding First Year Experience Teaching Award is designed to recognize exceptional FYE instructors who support first year students’ transition to the University.
Whitney Losapio, Academic Advisor, School of Engineering
Maryann Morris, Lecturer and Academic Advisor, Department of Allied Health Sciences
John T. Szarlan Memorial Student Mentors 2017
The John T. Szarlan Memorial Student Mentor Award is designed to recognize exceptional FYE mentors who support first-year students’ transition to the University.
Joseph Marini, Biological Sciences
Jia Lun, Consumer Behavior
Mona Patel, Pathobiology