Session 1

Session 1:  July 9 - 15
  Time Workshop/Activity Presenter Location Description

Monday

July 10th

 

 

1:00 pm

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1:45 pm

Neag School of Education, Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s Teacher Preparation Program 

Optional Activity

Mia Hines & Dominique Battle-Lawson, Academic Advisors, Neag School of Education 

 GENT 101 Are you interested in a career in teaching? Come to this session to hear more about what our teacher preparation program has to offer, the benefits of becoming a teacher in the state of Connecticut,  and how to apply to this program once you are a student at the University of Connecticut.

2:00 pm

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3:10 pm

Making ‘Major’ Decisions – The Role of Values

James  Hill, Ph.D., Director, UConn Academic Center for Exploratory Students

Oak 110 In the course of our daily lives we make numerous decisions – what clothes to wear, what food to eat, what activity to pursue, when to study, sleep, play, eat, etc.  Most of these decisions are simple with minimal consequences, however, we often struggle with larger decisions – what college to attend, what major to pursue, what friend to spend time with, etc.  In making these larger or more ‘major’ decisions our values come into play.  In fact, research has shown that if ‘major’ decisions are made in congruence with our values we are happier and more motivated individuals.  In this workshop, we will explore our values and the role they play in our decision making process – using the backdrop of the college selection and college major selection processes.   Come ready to contemplate your values, and participate in some activities to help identify your key values and their impact on your decision making.  

Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship

reSET 

Oak 108 Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship explores the challenges and benefits of using innovation and entrepreneurship to make a positive impact.  Topics of study will include innovation, entrepreneurship, social enterprise, benefit corporations and the support resources available.  Students will be encouraged to think about entrepreneurship from the perspective of profitability, and the potential for positive social and/or environmental impact.

Social Media: #DoItRight

John A. Bau, Jr., UConn Center for Career Development & Ty McNamee, PCS Hall Coordinator, HESA graduate, PhD Student at Teachers College

Oak 111

Social media is ever-present in our lives today. But how do you ensure you are using social media professionally, in order to present yourself positively to the world and future colleges and employers? This workshop will work to answer that and your many other questions about social media use in the 21st century college and job market.

UConn Info Session and Tour

Lodewick Visitors Center

Lodewick Visitors Center The Lodewick Visitors Center will provide a 30 minute info session followed by a guided tour leaders which will provide information about the admission process, our quality academic programs and campus life.

3:30 pm

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4:40 pm

Making ‘Major’ Decisions– Exploring Our Interests James  Hill, Ph.D., Director, UConn Academic Center for Exploratory Students Oak 110

Nature vs. Nurture – as individuals our personalities are shaped by our genetics (nature) and the environment (nurture).  We may have certain preferences that are intrinsically imbedded into who we are based on our genetics, but we also have extrinsically developed components of our personalities.  Each individual’s personality is unique, because of these two intertwined forces.  Our personalities come into play when making decisions about many things.  We might have certain inherent preferences, like working a group or alone, that guide our decisions.  We are also shaped by our interests that develop from our experiences, our family environment, etc. in who we are and how we might choose certain activities, roles, etc.  Interests – the more extrinsically shaped component of your personality will be explored in this workshop.    We will explore how interests can help us decide on an academic major, and the importance of extracurricular involvement (based on our interests) in skill development.  Come prepared to explore your potential interests, and to contemplate and discuss your personal journey.

Leadership Personality Style Workshop Abigail Colburn, PCS Hall Coordinator, UConn Graduate Student Oak 108 Students will participate in a collaborative activity to learn more about their leadership personality styles.  They will gain an understanding of the importance of different leadership styles and learn how to apply this knowledge to work more effectively with people with different personalities.
Chinese Calligraphy Chunsheng Yang, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, UConn Literatures, Cultures, and Languages Department Oak 111 The calligraphy workshop will introduce to students some basics of Chinese calligraphy, such as the different styles of calligraphy and its cultural significance. More importantly, the participants will have hands-on experience of writing Chinese calligraphy with brushes and ink on the special calligraphy paper.
What’s your why? The Story of your Purpose Anthony Valentine, Creative Genius Oak 109 Life is one giant story. Every day forward is a another page written. Every year passed is another chapter finished. In life, both struggle and achievement walk hand in hand. After a tough day and doubt creeps in what keeps you going? Is it your drive for success or even the responsibilities you grow into as life takes course?

The story of purpose explores; the ideas, experiences and values of Entrepreneurship and leadership. This work shop builds an atmosphere for self-reflection where students will be given the opportunity to relate, build and develop tools and strategies to take along ones journey of purpose. If you have a dream, your why will be the fuel to keep you going. Now ask yourself the question, What’s Your Why?

Tuesday 

July 11th

5:00 pm

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5:45 pm

Zumba Class

Optional Activity

Brooke Dragon, UConn Recreation, Intern

Hawley Armory Fitness & Wellness Center

Arrive 15 minutes early! Bring a towel and water.

Wednesday

July 12th

2:00 pm

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4:40 pm

Learning Community Innovation Zone (LCIZ) Cody D. Ryan, Program Assistant, UConn First Year Programs & Learning Communities

NextGen Hall: LCIZ

Taking place in UConn's fully equipped Learning Community Innovation Zone (LCIZ), participants will gain knowledge of  the various tools and equipment associated with a makerspace including 3D printers, a CNC milling machine, hand tools, a textile station, and an electronics station. This is an interactive, hands-on, workshop designed to help you learn and think differently while exploring the world around you.  Participants will experiment, imagine, make mistakes and adjustments to plans, and ultimately, discover where their imagination can take them while creating something they can take home.  Students participating in this workshop must watch a Safety Training Video prior to the workshop.  

2:00 pm

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3:10 pm

Tips for the College Application Essay Tom Deans, Professor, Director of UConn's Writing Center Oak 108 Crafting an engaging college application essay isn’t easy. This workshop will offer some coaching on which common traps to avoid and what kinds of approaches tend to work.
168 Hours:  Work, Play, Study UConn Academic Achievement Center Oak 110 Pressed for time? Discover ways to manage your academics, social, and personal responsibilities. Making the most of your 168 hours in a week.
“VISION BOARD: I Can See My Future and It Looks Good!”

Tashesha "Miss Divine Lady" Ricketts, Realtor, MSW, Daughters of Divine Destiny (D3) Academy, Inc. 

GENT 101 Where do you see yourself in the future? Next month, next year or even the next ten years?! What is your dream job? Your dream life? Your dream income? Let’s plan it together by creating your VISION BOARD! Vision boarding is a creative way of setting goals and visualizing your dreams is a fun and artistic way. 

3:30 pm

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4:40 pm

4 Strategies for Writing with Style Tom Deans, Professor, Director of UConn's Writing Center Oak 108 Most writing does its job sufficiently well, in workman-like fashion. But some prose, academic and otherwise, has a real pulse.  People like it rather than just tolerate it. We’ll cover 4 strategies—compression, old-to-new sequencing, tactical emphasis, and parentheticals—that can give your writing style more verve, more voice.
Hands on Drumming Craig Norton, Photographer and Musician Garrigus Lounge  This experience will take you on a musical journey, playing traditional songs from around the globe, creating our own rhythms, taking turns leading and experiencing improvisation, creative movement and dance. Participants experience many positive life skills including respect, leadership, teamwork, cooperation, listening, and communication skills as well as musical and cultural awareness. Native American, African, Caribbean and Latin stories, song and dance are all integrated in a participatory experience.
Effective Interpersonal Communication Sergeant Jayson Hyland, UConn Police Department  Oak 110

A core element of all healthy relationships and larger communities is communication. Being able to both relay and understand messages is absolutely essential to good, healthy communication.

This program provides a brief overview of communication methods, examples of both poor and effective communication, human communication methods, message delivery and barriers to effective communication. 

Friday

July 14th

2:00 pm

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3:10 pm

Graphic Novels in the 21st Century

Ty McNamee, PCS Hall Coordinator, HESA graduate, PhD Student at Teachers College

Oak 111 Book-length comics, better known today as graphic novels, detail stories of the past, present, and future. In this workshop, you will explore the history and concepts behind graphic novels, specifically through reading and discussing the 2014 adventure story Ms. Marvel. You will also get the opportunity to make your own graphic novel about a story in your life!
Careers for the Common Good Michael Corral, PhD Student at UConn Oak 108

Coming out of high school, so very few student truly know what they want to do with the rest of their lives. Most of the time, young people are still trying to figure this same question out half way through their college degree programs. There are going to be many things that may intrigue people into certain career paths like: a) Salary (money); b) Benefits; c) Lifestyle; d) Location

While all those things are definitely important factors to consider, many young people ultimately want to end up doing something where they genuinely feel and know they are making an impact in the lives around them. For those people, it is a good idea to start thinking about different “Careers for the Common Good”.

This discussion will help future college students think about careers where they would be able to find careers that allow them to make real change in the communities they live in. These could be career in law, medicine, education, public policy, social work, etc.

What is the Most Important Product? Kevin McEvoy, PhD, Assistant Professor-in-Residence UConn's Marketing Department Oak 109 Participants will be introduced to the concept of global competition and the importance of self development and self marketing. SWOT analysis and Personal Toolbox techniques will be described and participants will have the opportunity to explore and practice using these tools. The focus will be on the personal development of each participant.
The Power of my Story Zulynette Morales, MSW (Community Organizing),Performing Poet & Visual Artist Oak 110 Here's a secret: Everyone is a poet, because everyone has a story to tell.
In this workshop participants will be guided by an experienced spoken word artist in writing and sharing their story through poetry.

3:30 pm

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4:40 pm 

Closing Ceremony  Pre-College Summer Faculty & Staff Student Union Theater  Close out the week with student recognition from faculty and staff.