Session 4

Session 4:  July 30 - August 5
  Time Workshop/Activity Presenter Location Description

Monday

July 31st

 

 

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 144 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.  
Characteristics of an Entrepreneur reSET Oak 108 Characteristics of an Entrepreneur is an introductory course that explores the qualities of successful entrepreneurs.  Topics of study will include innovation, disruptive technology, creative problem solving, and the challenges and benefits of entrepreneurship.  
What is the Most Important Product? Kevin McEvoy, PhD, Assistant Professor-in-Residence UConn's Marketing Department Oak 111 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.
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.
Effective Interpersonal Comm. Sergeant Jayson Hyland, UConn Police Department  Oak 108

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.

Positioning the Mo  st Important Product Kevin McEvoy, PhD, Assistant Professor-in-Residence UConn's Marketing Department Oak 111

Participants will be introduced to the concepts of differentiation and positioning. Participants will have the opportunity to explore and practice using these concepts. The focus will be on the personal development of each participant.

Bring YOUR personal Brand through Academics Michael Mallory Jr., Founder - I'm So Education & UConn Graduate Student Oak 106 Personal Branding is everything in today’s world. How does one build a positive self-identity, while matriculating through school? This seminar helps students develop a brand identity and shows them ways to further enhance it while in school.

Tuesday 

August 1st

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

August 2nd

 

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

The Jump to College-Level Writing Tom Deans, Professor, Director of UConn's Writing Center Oak 108 What separates even good high school writing from the papers and projects that impress in college?  We’ll cover a few writing moves that will put you ahead of the curve not just in first-year composition but also in courses across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
Stress play & GPA UConn Academic Achievement Center Oak 110 Managing your academic and Life Stressors to maximize your GPA 
“THE RIGHT CHOICE: Which College is Right for Me?” Tashesha "Miss Divine Lady" Ricketts, Realtor, MSW, Daughters of Divine Destiny (D3) Academy, Inc.  Oak 111 So, you know you want to go to college but not quite sure which college to go to? It’s a big decision that requires a lot of time and money so you want to make the right choice! These workshops with help you to highlight your individual strengths, goals and learning style to ultimately help you choose the right college for YOU!

3:30 pm

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4:40 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.
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.
The Power of my Story Zulynette Morales, MSW (Community Organizing),Performing Poet & Visual Artist  Oak 109 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.

Friday

July 28th

2:00 pm

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3:10 pm

Acing the Interview Presenter TBD, UConn Center for Career Development Oak 111

The resume, cover letter, and application all serve the purpose of getting you the interview, and the interview is your chance to actually get the job. In this presentation you learn about what to expect in an interview and how to prepare to answer standard and complex questions in a professional way that makes you stand out and land the job, internship, or experience you are seeking.

Pharmacists as Medication Experts Jill Fitzgerald, Pharm.D.; Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice PBB 229

Thinking of a career in pharmacy practice?  Wondering what the pharmacist is doing in your community pharmacy?  Exploring other career choices for pharmacy graduates?  In this workshop, students will use an online virtual community pharmacy simulation software to experience what it is like to be a pharmacist in community practice.  Exercises will delve into the variety of roles pharmacists play in the education and expertise of medication management, patient care and communication.  Additionally, other areas of pharmacy practice will be discussed to explore the wide variety of careers available to the PharmD graduate.

Careers for the common good Michael Corral, PhD Student at UConn  Oak 108

Description: 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;
d) Lifestyle; e) 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.,

DJ 101 Session  Justis Lopez, Justis League Entertainment Garrigus Lounge Redefining the Disk Jockey, this session will provide an introductory overview of DJing culminating with a live DJ cypher at the end! 

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.