2021 Workshop Offerings

UConn Pre-College Summer has an exciting slate of workshops for the 2021 summer program. You can see full workshop descriptions and information about workshop facilitators by clicking the various workshops listed below. Enrolled students can register for workshops by navigating to their status portal and completing the workshops checklist item. 

How you'll access your workshops:
  • Roughly 3 hours before each of your workshops, you will receive an email with a link to access your workshop
  • Workshops will take place on a variety of platforms (WebEx, Zoom, Google Meets, etc.), but as long as you use the link provided, you will be able to access your workshop
  • All workshops start at 11:00am EST, use your link to access the workshop 5 minutes beforehand

These are required workshops, so we expect to see you there. Remember that your Community Managers are here to help you.

Session 1 Offerings

Tuesday, June 15th Workshops

Finding Ways To Be Yourself In Admission Essays

Description: This interactive workshop led by a former college admission reader will address: understanding the audience of your admission essay; strategies for planning, drafting, and revising your essay; and some guided brainstorming time.

Facilitator Bio: Jeremy Levine is a former college admission officer and now a teacher of writing courses at UMass Amherst. He does academic research on how students write before, during, and after the high school/college transition.

Making the Most of College Tours

Description: In this workshop, students will learn about the typical college tour and information session process. More than that, however, students will explore what they want from their college education, grow in their confidence as a 'college consumer,' and discuss tips and tricks on making the most of their future college tours. This session is designed specifically for students who have not yet started touring colleges (online or in-person), but students who are already engaged with this process will be able to share their expertise and continue thinking through their college aspirations. Students will walk away from this session ready to stand out as a prospective student and feeling confident as they search for schools aligned with their interests.

*This workshop will help prepare you to make the most out of our UConn Admissions Information Session Workshop on June 17. Though not required, we encourage you to select both of these workshops for the most holistic experience.

Facilitator Bio: Cody Olson is the Program Coordinator for the Pre-College Summer Program. He has years of experience working in New Student Programs, Early College Programs, Honors Programs and Admissions. All of Cody's past experiences are centered around helping students navigate higher education spaces and helping students prepare for success inside and outside the classroom. In this session, Cody will leverage his experiences as a former student and current higher education professional to help students feel comfortable and confident as they explore colleges and universities. Cody has bachelor’s degrees in management and marketing from Shippensburg University, and a master’s degree in higher education and students affairs from the University of Connecticut.

Exploring Engineering

Description: Looking to learn more about pursuing an Engineering degree at UConn? This workshop will provide a general overview of the School of Engineering, major offerings, enrichment opportunities and an opportunity to speak with an advisor in the School of Engineering.

Facilitator Bio: Shoshana completed both her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies and M.A. in Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut. Shoshana joined the School of Engineering’s advising team in March 2014 and currently serves as the Assistant Director of Advising for Student Transitions. She advises Undecided Engineering, Multidisciplinary Engineering, Regional Campus Engineering and Exploring Engineering students. Shoshana’s primary responsibilities are to advise engineering students at all UConn campuses regarding course scheduling, degree planning, and career enhancement. She also teaches multiple courses to support transition, monitors student progress, assists during academic and personal difficulties, and coordinates prospective engineering and orientation registration sessions. Shoshana serves on the University Scholastic Standards committee and various other University committees. She co-directs the Transfer Connections House learning community and is a UConn Connects Mentor, UConn Career Champion, TME staff liaison, and First Year Learning Experience facilitator. Shoshana was named a 2017-2018 FYE Instructor of the Year, 2019 Outstanding UConn Connects Mentor, and received the 2020-2021 Outstanding Undergraduate Staff Advisor Award.

Thursday, June 17th

Nutrition for the College Student

Description: Learn the basics of healthy eating with a registered dietitian from Student Health and Wellness! We will discuss the nutrition challenges facing college students and how to adapt to eat well. Topics include: important nutrients, how to build healthy meals and snacks, shopping on a budget, tips to save time while cooking, and more! You will also learn about how to access UConn's FREE nutrition counseling throughout the school year. The session will culminate with a Q&A

Facilitator Bio: Jaclyn is a graduate assistant and registered dietitian at UConn's Student Health and Wellness. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelors of science in Nutrition and Dietetics and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Connecticut. She passed her registration exam in 2020. Her clinical interests include eating disorders, food security, weight inclusivity, human physiology, and psychobiology of food.

Preparing for Law School

Description: Do you think you might want to become a lawyer? Are you wondering how you can afford law school or whether you would be happy in law school or later as a lawyer? This workshop will provide tips for applying to law school and preparing for the LSAT and later the bar exam. It will help you think through the finances of law school, the search for scholarships and considerations about where, when, and how to apply. Finally, it will include thoughts about what kind of background and coursework would be most helpful for law school (-- spoiler alert: you do not have to be a pre-law major). Bring your questions and come learn more about the nuts and bolts of deciding whether law school and the life of a lawyer is right for you.

Facilitator Bio: Attorney Carol Gray received her J.D. from Northeastern School of Law, a Masters in Advocacy (L.L.M.) from Georgetown University Law Center where she was a Prettyman Fellow in their Criminal Justice Clinic, and was a public defender before shifting to a teaching career in law, political science, gender studies and human rights. As a National Association for Public Interest Law Fellow, Gray worked for the Georgie Resource Center that represents those on Georgia’s Death Row. In her later academic career, Gray was a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar in Cairo (during Egypt’s Arab Spring) and a Fulbright Scholar in Montreal. In the upcoming year, she will be a Humanities Institute Dissertation Fellow at UConn.

UConn Admissions Information Session

Description: Get a taste of the boundless opportunities that exist at UConn and a better understanding of what makes us champions. Tune in to learn more about the academic and co-curricular offerings available at all five UConn campuses.

*In order to best prepare and make the most of this workshop, we encourage you take our Making the Most of College Tours workshop on June 15. Though not required, we encourage you to select both of these workshops for the most holistic experience.

Facilitator Bio: Jayson Hodge is the Associate Director for Special Programs and First Year Admissions with UConn’s Office of Admission. Prior to assuming this role in 2017, Jayson served the office as a Senior Admissions Officer. Jayson earned both is Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and his Master’s degree in Education Psychology from the University of Connecticut. 

Tuesday, June 22nd

The Essay As A Creative Genre

Description: English teachers do a remarkably good job of teaching students to hate writing essays. Rubrics, five paragraph formulas, and grading reduce the essay to a tool for measurement and assessment. By the time students get to college, many downright fear any course in which they have to write essays. Sadly, these students have been terribly misled. Historically, the essay is just as literary, creative, and dynamic a genre as poetry or the short story. This workshop will strive to shift participants' attitudes toward the essay. We'll read and write creative and exciting essays.

Facilitator Bio: Jason Courtmanche is Assistant Professor in Residence in English, Affiliate Faculty in Curriculum and Instruction, Director of the Connecticut Writing Project, and Assistant Coordinator of Early College Experience English. He is a former high school English teacher and now teaches English teachers. His current research projects focus on the role of reading and writing in ethnic and racial identity development and the use of literacy to promote equity and social justice in teaching and teacher preparation.

Preparing for Your 1st Year of College

Description: For many students, starting college comes with many new experiences, including leaving home and being new to your college town, meeting new professors and classmates, and understanding new material covered in your new classes. In this workshop, students will learn more about what to expect during the academic, emotional, and social transition to college, and the role of mental health as you enter college.

Facilitator Bio: This workshop will be led by PCS Community Managers Aidan Caron and Hailey Kobza. Check out their bios here!

Adjusting to College Academics

Description: Starting college means adjusting to collegiate-level academics and taking on new responsibilities. It may seem daunting at first, but you’ve got this! Come hear from our Community Managers as they discuss the benefits of going to professors’ office hours, advice for time and stress management, and more!

Facilitator Bio: This workshop will be led by PCS Community Managers Sarah Nelson and Katie Nguyen. Check out their bios here!

Thursday, June 24th

Pharmacy Practice: The art and science of distributing the best medicines and medication information

Description: The Pharmacy Practice Workshop will focus on two key aspects of pharmacy practice: dispensing medications and counseling patients. The first part of the program will focus on Dr. Jill Fitzgerald demonstrating a simulation of dispensing pharmacy students use in their coursework. The second part of the workshop will involve Dr. Nate Rickles and a pharmacy student describing and demonstrating a patient medication counseling experience and how a pharmacist might engage a patient about medications. By the end of the Workshop, the participant should have an awareness and appreciation for the kinds of tasks commonly done by pharmacists and how such tasks reflect critical services provided to patients with regards to their safe and effective use of prescribed medicines.

Facilitator Bio: Dr. Nathaniel Rickles is an Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs and Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the UConn School of Pharmacy. He received his B.S. in psychology and chemistry (Dickinson College), Pharm.D. (University of the Sciences in Philadelphia), M.S. and Ph.D. in the Social and Administrative Sciences (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Dr. Rickles completed a psychiatric pharmacy practice residency (University of Texas) and is board certified in this area. He was inducted as a Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association. He arrived at the UCONN School of Pharmacy in 2016 having taught previously at Northeastern University and Long Island University. His primary teaching interests involve courses on communication skills, health promotion, cross-cultural health care, and research methods. Dr. Rickles’ research aims to develop, implement, and evaluate intervention programs that improve community pharmacist communication with patients and/or other team members to subsequently improve medication adherence and patient safety.

Real Talk: A Student Panel and Q&A

Description: College can be the best four years of your life, but getting there and staying there can be stressful and confusing. Put your mind at ease, and come hear from current college students and recent alumni about their college selection process, social transition, and jump to college level academics. Learn some tips, hear some advice, and get the scoop on what college is really like – Real Talk.

Facilitator Bio: This workshop will be led by PCS Program Coordinator Cody Olson (check out his bio here) with input and experiences from PCS Community Managers Julianna Iacovelli, Alex Santiago, Katie Nguyen, and Haley Kobza (check out their bios here).

Leadership Myths

Description: Using an interactive activity, explore the common “myths” of leadership (e.g. “Are Leaders born or made? Do you need charisma to be a leader?”) and be led through a facilitated discussion on the definition of leadership and characteristics of successful leaders.

*This workshop is particularly relevant for students taking our Leadership Course, but all are welcome! 

Facilitator Bio: Veronica Jacobs is the Interim Associate Director of Leadership & Organizational Development in the Department of Student Activities at UConn. She coordinates the Leadership Legacy Experience, Leadership Certificate Series, and Leadership Learning Community as well as facilitates several leadership development workshops. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in Human Development and Family Studies and from the University of Vermont with a M.Ed. in Higher Education & Student Affairs Administration.

Mark Flynn has spent the last decade working within the realm of higher education with almost all of those years deeply focused on leadership development and team building. He is currently serving as the Coordinator of Four Arrows Challenge Course and Experiential Leadership Programs, Services, and Initiatives in the Department of Student Activities.

Tuesday, June 29th

Debunking Myths of College Admissions

Description: “Private schools are better academically than public schools.” “If you play an obscure instrument or some bizarre sport, you can get into an Ivy League school.” “State schools are more affordable than private schools.” “My GPA is _____ so I’ll never get in.” The college search and application process is often full of myths and misconceptions. In this workshop, students will learn the truth behind what an admissions counselor is really looking for when they review an application and will leave with some tips and tricks to make their applications stand out in the crowd.

Facilitator Bio: Steven Feldman (he/they) has worked in a number of areas within higher education including undergraduate admissions, academic advising, and LGBTQIA+ services. They currently serve as the Assistant Director of the Center for Trans & Queer Advocacy at West Chester University. Steven holds a B.A. in Music and Gender & Sexuality Studies from Muhlenberg College, an M.A. in Music History & Theory from Stony Brook University, and an M.A. in Higher Education & Student Affairs from the University of Connecticut. They have built their career helping students get into and succeed in college. In their free time, they enjoy Animal Crossing, iced coffees from Dunkin’, and binge-watching shows on Netflix.

FAFSA/Financial Aid 101

Description: How am I going to pay for college? What is a FAFSA? What does it do, and how does it help me? What is the difference between a grant, a loan, and a scholarship? If you have ever wondered about any of these questions, this workshop is for you! Join us for this interactive session as we begin to unpack these questions and gain a better understanding of how to fund your college experience. 

Facilitator Bio: Chris O’Donnell is a Success Program Manager at College Forward, a college access non-profit based in Austin, TX that supports first generation students on their journeys to and through college. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Chris graduated with an accounting degree from the University of Pittsburgh and worked as an auditor for three years after earning his CPA.  He enjoys using his accounting knowledge to assist students in completing the FAFSA and the financial aid verification process. Outside of work, you can find him hiking, camping, or taking a road trip to visit a National Park.

How Major Is Your Major

Description: We believe that every student should be exploratory when it comes to majors. Whether they're anxiously undecided or comfortably declared, everyone can benefit from taking the time to examine their options. However, most students simply aren't prepared to explore. Preconceived assumptions and myths about majors prevent them from being able to take full advantage of the process. This fun and interactive presentation will focus on elevating the student approach to major exploration by acknowledging and correcting these misconceptions and demonstrating that choosing a major isn’t quite so major.

Facilitator Bio: Micah is the Assistant Director in the Academic Center for Exploratory Students and Director of The Major Experience at UConn. Social justice is a primary focus in all aspects of his professional and personal life. Micah established and oversees a research team studying the impacts of microaggressions committed against students of color at UConn. Micah earned his Masters in Psychology and is currently working on an Educational Doctorate in Educational Leadership at UConn.

Thursday, July 1st

Utilizing Campus Resources

Description: Experiencing college means learning in and out of the classroom! Colleges are full of campus resources to assist students throughout their time in college. From Career Centers that can support students in finding a summer internship or job after graduation, to writing and math centers that can offer academic support on challenging assignments, to cultural centers that offer identity driven community and support, there are a wealth of student affairs professionals on every college campus that are ready to help you thrive! Prepare to make the most of your college experience by learning how to successfully access and navigate these resources.

Facilitator Bio: This workshop will be led by PCS Community Managers Julianna Iacovelli and Vanessa Esquivel. Check out their bios here!

Preparing for Writing at the College Level

Description: In this workshop, students will begin bridging their previous writing education with the kinds of writing they may encounter in the college writing classroom and beyond. We will preview practices like drafting, peer review, and reflection to explore different stages of the writing process. Students will have the opportunity to consider their past experiences with writing, engage with reflective writing exercises, ask questions about college-level writing classes, and learn more about how writing may fit into their post-secondary experience. Whether you hope to study writing extensively or just want to learn about general education classes, feel free to join us in this open conversation.

Facilitator Bio: Rachel Smith is a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst studying Rhetoric and Composition. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education and specializes in the teaching of writing. Her research areas include digital circulation, identity in the classroom, and writing pedagogy. Rachel has taught in middle school, high school, and college classrooms, and she has years of experience helping students transfer their writing skills across educational levels.

Identity & Affinity in College

Description: For many students, college is a time to learn more about the various parts of your identity! In this workshop, students will reflect on the ways in which people with different identities may have different experiences in college, make meaning of their experiences as a student thus far, and learn about ways to find community and support in college. This workshop will be interactive, reflective, thought-provoking, and fun! 

Facilitator Bio: This workshop will be led by PCS Community Managers Sydney Guerrera and Alex Santiago. Check out their bios here! 

 


 

Session 2 Offerings

Tuesday, July 6th Workshops

Touring UConn Athletic Facilities

Description: This workshop will look at the Kinesiology Department at the University of Connecticut. It will explore laboratories, athletic training rooms, and other athletic facilities. There will be time for questions and answers about all of these locations.

Facilitator Bio: Lauren Sheldon, MS, ATC- Lauren is in her second year of her PhD at UConn in kinesiology. Her primary research focus is on injury prevention programs in athletics and she also does research with physical literacy in children which incorporates many aspects to ensure children are physically active for life. She completed her undergraduate degree at UConn in Athletic Training. She really enjoyed the program and one of her most memorable experiences was in her junior year when my clinical placement was with the UConn Women’s Basketball program. Following graduation from her undergraduate degree, she pursued a master’s degree in applied physiology and kinesiology at the University of Florida. She had a wonderful experience in Florida and decided to stay for two more years, working clinically as an athletic trainer at a high school before deciding that she wanted to continue her education with a PhD at UConn.

FAFSA/Financial Aid 101

Description: How am I going to pay for college? What is a FAFSA? What does it do, and how does it help me? What is the difference between a grant, a loan, and a scholarship? If you have ever wondered about any of these questions, this workshop is for you! Join us for this interactive session as we begin to unpack these questions and gain a better understanding of how to fund your college experience. 

Facilitator Bio: Chris O’Donnell is a Success Program Manager at College Forward, a college access non-profit based in Austin, TX that supports first generation students on their journeys to and through college. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Chris graduated with an accounting degree from the University of Pittsburgh and worked as an auditor for three years after earning his CPA.  He enjoys using his accounting knowledge to assist students in completing the FAFSA and the financial aid verification process. Outside of work, you can find him hiking, camping, or taking a road trip to visit a National Park.

Making the Most of College Tours

Description: In this workshop, students will learn about the typical college tour and information session process. More than that, however, students will explore what they want from their college education, grow in their confidence as a 'college consumer,' and discuss tips and tricks on making the most of their future college tours. This session is designed specifically for students who have not yet started touring colleges (online or in-person), but students who are already engaged with this process will be able to share their expertise and continue thinking through their college aspirations. Students will walk away from this session ready to stand out as a prospective student and feeling confident as they search for schools aligned with their interests.

Facilitator Bio: Cody Olson is the Program Coordinator for the Pre-College Summer Program. He has years of experience working in New Student Programs, Early College Programs, Honors Programs and Admissions. All of Cody's past experiences are centered around helping students navigate higher education spaces and helping students prepare for success inside and outside the classroom. In this session, Cody will leverage his experiences as a former student and current higher education professional to help students feel comfortable and confident as they explore colleges and universities. Cody has bachelor’s degrees in management and marketing from Shippensburg University, and a master’s degree in higher education and students affairs from the University of Connecticut.

Debunking the Myths of College Admissions

Description: “Private schools are better academically than public schools.” “If you play an obscure instrument or some bizarre sport, you can get into an Ivy League school.” “State schools are more affordable than private schools.” “My GPA is _____ so I’ll never get in.” The college search and application process is often full of myths and misconceptions. In this workshop, students will learn the truth behind what an admissions counselor is really looking for when they review an application and will leave with some tips and tricks to make their applications stand out in the crowd.

Facilitator Bio: Steven Feldman (he/they) has worked in a number of areas within higher education including undergraduate admissions, academic advising, and LGBTQIA+ services. They currently serve as the Assistant Director of the Center for Trans & Queer Advocacy at West Chester University. Steven holds a B.A. in Music and Gender & Sexuality Studies from Muhlenberg College, an M.A. in Music History & Theory from Stony Brook University, and an M.A. in Higher Education & Student Affairs from the University of Connecticut. They have built their career helping students get into and succeed in college. In their free time, they enjoy Animal Crossing, iced coffees from Dunkin’, and binge-watching shows on Netflix.

Thursday, July 8th

Adjusting to College Academics

Description: Starting college means adjusting to collegiate-level academics and taking on new responsibilities. It may seem daunting at first, but you’ve got this! Come hear from our Community Managers as they discuss the benefits of going to professors’ office hours, advice for time and stress management, and more!

Facilitator Bio: This workshop will be led by PCS Community Managers Sarah Nelson and Katie Nguyen. Check out their bios here!

Nutrition for the College Student

Description: Learn the basics of healthy eating with a registered dietitian from Student Health and Wellness! We will discuss the nutrition challenges facing college students and how to adapt to eat well. Topics include: important nutrients, how to build healthy meals and snacks, shopping on a budget, tips to save time while cooking, and more! You will also learn about how to access UConn's FREE nutrition counseling throughout the school year. The session will culminate with a Q&A

Facilitator Bio: Jaclyn is a graduate assistant and registered dietitian at UConn's Student Health and Wellness. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelors of science in Nutrition and Dietetics and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Connecticut. She passed her registration exam in 2020. Her clinical interests include eating disorders, food security, weight inclusivity, human physiology, and psychobiology of food.

Leadership Myths

Description: Using an interactive activity, explore the common “myths” of leadership (e.g. “Are Leaders born or made? Do you need charisma to be a leader?”) and be led through a facilitated discussion on the definition of leadership and characteristics of successful leaders.

Facilitator Bio: Veronica Jacobs is the Interim Associate Director of Leadership & Organizational Development in the Department of Student Activities at UConn. She coordinates the Leadership Legacy Experience, Leadership Certificate Series, and Leadership Learning Community as well as facilitates several leadership development workshops. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in Human Development and Family Studies and from the University of Vermont with a M.Ed. in Higher Education & Student Affairs Administration.

Mark Flynn has spent the last decade working within the realm of higher education with almost all of those years deeply focused on leadership development and team building. He is currently serving as the Coordinator of Four Arrows Challenge Course and Experiential Leadership Programs, Services, and Initiatives in the Department of Student Activities.

UConn Admissions Information Session

Description: Get a taste of the boundless opportunities that exist at UConn and a better understanding of what makes us champions. Tune in to learn more about the academic and co-curricular offerings available at all five UConn campuses.

*In order to best prepare and make the most of this workshop, we encourage you take our Making the Most of College Tours workshop on July 6. Though not required, we encourage you to select both of these workshops for the most holistic experience. 

Facilitator Bio: Jayson Hodge is the Associate Director for Special Programs and First Year Admissions with UConn’s Office of Admission. Prior to assuming this role in 2017, Jayson served the office as a Senior Admissions Officer. Jayson earned both is Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and his Master’s degree in Education Psychology from the University of Connecticut. 

Tuesday, July 13th

Preparing for Law School

Description: Do you think you might want to become a lawyer? Are you wondering how you can afford law school or whether you would be happy in law school or later as a lawyer? This workshop will provide tips for applying to law school and preparing for the LSAT and later the bar exam. It will help you think through the finances of law school, the search for scholarships and considerations about where, when, and how to apply. Finally, it will include thoughts about what kind of background and coursework would be most helpful for law school (-- spoiler alert: you do not have to be a pre-law major). Bring your questions and come learn more about the nuts and bolts of deciding whether law school and the life of a lawyer is right for you.

Facilitator Bio: Attorney Carol Gray received her J.D. from Northeastern School of Law, a Masters in Advocacy (L.L.M.) from Georgetown University Law Center where she was a Prettyman Fellow in their Criminal Justice Clinic, and was a public defender before shifting to a teaching career in law, political science, gender studies and human rights. As a National Association for Public Interest Law Fellow, Gray worked for the Georgie Resource Center that represents those on Georgia’s Death Row. In her later academic career, Gray was a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar in Cairo (during Egypt’s Arab Spring) and a Fulbright Scholar in Montreal. In the upcoming year, she will be a Humanities Institute Dissertation Fellow at UConn.

Utilizing Campus Resources

Description: Experiencing college means learning in and out of the classroom! Colleges are full of campus resources to assist students throughout their time in college. From Career Centers that can support students in finding a summer internship or job after graduation, to writing and math centers that can offer academic support on challenging assignments, to cultural centers that offer identity driven community and support, there are a wealth of student affairs professionals on every college campus that are ready to help you thrive! Prepare to make the most of your college experience by learning how to successfully access and navigate these resources.

Facilitator Bio: This workshop will be led by PCS Community Managers Julianna Iacovelli and Vanessa Esquivel. Check out their bios here!

Innovation Spaces Series Part 1: Exploring the Werth Institute

Description: This workshop is intended to provide participants with an overview of the Werth Institute @ UConn, what we do, and how students can get involved if they come to UConn. A couple of studentparticipants will tell their stories about engaging with Werth. We will end the workshop with a virtual entrepreneurial exercise.

*This workshop is part of our Innovation Spaces series that explores entrepreneurship and creativity at UConn! While it is not required that students take all workshops in this series, we would strongly encourage interested students to consider doing so as these workshops are designed to build upon one another.

Facilitator Bio: Tara Watrous is the Head of Entrepreneurial Transformation at the University of Connecticut’s Peter J. Werth Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. She works with the Director of the Werth Institute in the visioning and execution of the University’s entrepreneurial strategy. Tara develops and coordinates interdisciplinary programs and courses to up-skill students and provide them with the entrepreneurial competencies to access a diverse array of opportunities and career paths. Tara has worked with a number of start-up organizations to build capacity and launch innovative projects. Tara holds a B.A. in Psychological Sciences from the University of Connecticut. Currently, Tara is an executive graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania earning an executive master's degree in Education Entrepreneurship (2020-2021).

Identity & Affinity in College

Description: For many students, college is a time to learn more about the various parts of your identity! In this workshop, students will reflect on the ways in which people with different identities may have different experiences in college, make meaning of their experiences as a student thus far, and learn about ways to find community and support in college. This workshop will be interactive, reflective, thought-provoking, and fun! 

Facilitator Bio: This workshop will be led by PCS Community Managers Sydney Guerrera and Alex Santiago. Check out their bios here! 

Thursday, July 15th

Touring UConn Athletic Facilities

Description: This workshop will look at the Kinesiology Department at the University of Connecticut. It will explore laboratories, athletic training rooms, and other athletic facilities. There will be time for questions and answers about all of these locations.

Facilitator Bio: Emma completed a BS in Athletic Training from High Point University in North Carolina and a Masters in Exercise Science from the University of Connecticut. Currently, Emma is a second year Ph.D. student in Kinesiology at UConn with an anticipated graduation date of May 2023. She is also pursuing graduate certificates in College Instruction and Public Health. Emma’s research focus is on the influence of social determinants on physical activity in children. She is the associate director of social media for the Institute of Sports Medicine, which works with various partners to ensure athlete safety prior to injury through returning to play. Emma has experience teaching biomechanics, upper and lower extremity evaluation, first year experience and more. She is thrilled to be teaching during Pre-College Summer.

Solving Earth’s Energy Balance with Computer Models

Description: In this workshop, we will learn how greenhouse gas works, and how we can approximate the effect of greenhouse gases with a simple atmosphere model. We will also learn basics of computer programing and graphing using a popular programing language.

Facilitator Bio: Growing up in southwest China, Dr. Feng studied meteorology and climate at Nanjing University, and Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. She became fascinated by paleoclimatology and decided to work towards a PhD on past climate change at the University of Michigan. She is currently interested in cloud and precipitation processes in warm climate states, and the interactions between the hydrological cycle and mountain uplift.

Innovation Spaces Series Part 2: Exploring Your Creativity with the UConn LCIZ Makerspace

Description: During this workshop, participants will be introduced to the Learning Community Innovation Zone (LCIZ) Makerspace and its various offerings. Facilitators will guide participants through an engaging, hands-on activity focusing on the exploration of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurial mindset and showcase how those themes apply to their path to success.

*This workshop is part of our Innovation Spaces series that explores entrepreneurship and creativity at UConn! While it is not required that students take all workshops in this series, we would strongly encourage interested students to consider doing so as these workshops are designed to build upon one another.

Facilitator Bio: Cody is an alumni of UConn having earned degrees in Psychology and Sociology. Prior to returning to UConn in a professional capacity as the LCIZ Makerspace Supervisor, Cody worked in experiential marketing and began his career in higher education at the local community college in his hometown of Calais, Maine. As the Makerspace Supervisor, Cody enjoys working with students as they explore their own creativity, innovative thinking and entrepreneurial mindset.

Preparing for Your 1st Year of College

Description: For many students, starting college comes with many new experiences, including leaving home and being new to your college town, meeting new professors and classmates, and understanding new material covered in your new classes. In this workshop, students will learn more about what to expect during the academic, emotional, and social transition to college, and the role of mental health as you enter college.

Facilitator Bio: This workshop will be led by PCS Community Managers Aidan Caron & Hailey Kobza. Check out their bios here!

 

Tuesday, July 20th

Touring UConn Athletic Facilities

Description: This workshop will look at the Kinesiology Department at the University of Connecticut. It will explore laboratories, athletic training rooms, and other athletic facilities. There will be time for questions and answers about all of these locations.

Facilitator Bio: Kelsey M. Rynkiewicz received her B.S. in Athletic Training from King’s College, M.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Connecticut, and M.S. in Health Care Administration from King’s College. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Connecticut with an anticipated graduation date of May 2022. While at UConn, she has also earned graduate certificates in College Instruction, Public Health, and Healthcare Innovation.

Kelsey has worked as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Eastern Connecticut State University since 2016 and also works as the Sports Medicine Coordinator for the Connecticut Chiefs Hockey organization. Clinically, Kelsey strives to care for the whole athlete by identifying contributory causes of injury and addressing the mental health aspect of sport participation in order to develop successful treatment and rehabilitation plans. She also enjoys educating students in both the classroom and clinical settings. Kelsey values the importance of bridging connections between the two and often utilizes experiences from her clinical practice to educate her students.

Kelsey is passionate about sports medicine and educating the public on the vital role athletic trainers play in the healthcare system. She serves on a number of professional committees at the state, regional, and national levels. Kelsey’s primary research interests include conflicts faced by athletic trainers in the workplace and professional development and involvement within the athletic training profession. Her dissertation has focused on longitudinally investigating work-family conflict and work-family guilt among collegiate athletic trainers.

Exploring Engineering

Description: Looking to learn more about pursuing an Engineering degree at UConn? This workshop will provide a general overview of the School of Engineering, major offerings, enrichment opportunities and an opportunity to speak with an advisor in the School of Engineering.

*This workshop is particularly relevant for students taking our Biomedical Engineering Course, but all are welcome! 

Facilitator Bio: Shoshana Armington completed both her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies and M.A. in Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut. Shoshana joined the School of Engineering’s advising team in March 2014 and currently serves as the Assistant Director of Advising for Student Transitions. She advises Undecided Engineering, Multidisciplinary Engineering, Regional Campus Engineering and Exploring Engineering students. Shoshana’s primary responsibilities are to advise engineering students at all UConn campuses regarding course scheduling, degree planning, and career enhancement. She also teaches multiple courses to support transition, monitors student progress, assists during academic and personal difficulties, and coordinates prospective engineering and orientation registration sessions. Shoshana serves on the University Scholastic Standards committee and various other University committees. She co-directs the Transfer Connections House learning community and is a UConn Connects Mentor, UConn Career Champion, TME staff liaison, and First Year Learning Experience facilitator. Shoshana was named a 2017-2018 FYE Instructor of the Year, 2019 Outstanding UConn Connects Mentor, and received the 2020-2021 Outstanding Undergraduate Staff Advisor Award.

Innovation Spaces Series Part 3: Emerging Technology and Analytics

Description: Housed in the School of Business at UConn, OPIM Innovate is an initiative formed to bring co-curricular skill building experiences to students focused on the areas of emerging technology and analytics. We will begin the workshop with an overview of our space, services, and programs. Student lab specialists will then speak to their experiences and the projects they have worked on. We will end the session with different breakout activities you can choose from to start to explore these skills.

*This workshop is part of our Innovation Spaces series that explores entrepreneurship and creativity at UConn! While it is not required that students take all workshops in this series, we would strongly encourage interested students to consider doing so as these workshops are designed to build upon one another. 

Facilitator Bio: Jonathan Moore is an advocate for keeping technology human. He sees the gap between how people use technology and how fast the field is progressing. He believes that too often we do technology for the sake of doing technology without any thought into implementation and training of the users. He is also interested in the growing field of Gamification in Business for both marketing and professional development uses. Jonathan graduated from UConn with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and from Nichols College with a Master's of Business Administration (MBA).

How Major is Your Major

Description: We believe that every student should be exploratory when it comes to majors. Whether they're anxiously undecided or comfortably declared, everyone can benefit from taking the time to examine their options. However, most students simply aren't prepared to explore. Preconceived assumptions and myths about majors prevent them from being able to take full advantage of the process. This fun and interactive presentation will focus on elevating the student approach to major exploration by acknowledging and correcting these misconceptions and demonstrating that choosing a major isn’t quite so major.

Facilitator Bio: Jillian Johnston is an Academic Advisor with UConn’s Academic Center for Exploratory Students and serves on UConn’s The Major Experience Professional Committee. She also teaches courses in UConn’s First Year Experience program. Jillian graduated from UConn (CLAS) in 2016 with a degree in History, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018 with a M.S.Ed in Higher Education. 

 

Thursday, July 22nd

Real Talk: A Student Panel and Q&A

Description: College can be the best four years of your life, but getting there and staying there can be stressful and confusing. Put your mind at ease, and come hear from current college students and recent alumni about their college selection process, social transition, and jump to college level academics. Learn some tips, hear some advice, and get the scoop on what college is really like – Real Talk.

Facilitator Bio: This workshop will be led by PCS Program Coordinator Cody Olson (check out his bio here) with input and experiences from PCS Community Managers Aidan Caron, Sydney Guerrera, Sarah Nelson, and Vanessa Esquivel (check out their bios here).

Pharmacy Practice: The art and science of distributing the best medicines and medication information

Description: The Pharmacy Practice Workshop will focus on two key aspects of pharmacy practice: dispensing medications and counseling patients. The first part of the program will focus on Dr. Jill Fitzgerald demonstrating a simulation of dispensing pharmacy students use in their coursework. The second part of the workshop will involve Dr. Nate Rickles and a pharmacy student describing and demonstrating a patient medication counseling experience and how a pharmacist might engage a patient about medications. By the end of the Workshop, the participant should have an awareness and appreciation for the kinds of tasks commonly done by pharmacists and how such tasks reflect critical services provided to patients with regards to their safe and effective use of prescribed medicines.

Facilitator Bio: Dr. Nathaniel Rickles is an Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs and Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the UConn School of Pharmacy. He received his B.S. in psychology and chemistry (Dickinson College), Pharm.D. (University of the Sciences in Philadelphia), M.S. and Ph.D. in the Social and Administrative Sciences (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Dr. Rickles completed a psychiatric pharmacy practice residency (University of Texas) and is board certified in this area. He was inducted as a Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association. He arrived at the UCONN School of Pharmacy in 2016 having taught previously at Northeastern University and Long Island University. His primary teaching interests involve courses on communication skills, health promotion, cross-cultural health care, and research methods. Dr. Rickles’ research aims to develop, implement, and evaluate intervention programs that improve community pharmacist communication with patients and/or other team members to subsequently improve medication adherence and patient safety.

Innovation Spaces Series Part 4: Social Media Analytics Command Center

Description: During this workshop, students will be introduced to the Social Media Analytics Command Center in the Department of Digital Media and Design at UConn and its various opportunities. Facilitators will guide students through an engaging, hands-on activity focusing on the exploration of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurial mindset and showcase how those themes apply to their path to success. Learn more about the SMACC here! 

*This workshop is part of our Innovation Spaces series that explores entrepreneurship and creativity at UConn! While it is not required that students take all workshops in this series, we would strongly encourage interested students to consider doing so as these workshops are designed to build upon one another. 

Facilitator Bio: Using the latest social & digital media analytics platforms and technologies, John Murphy assists Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, nonprofits, political candidates, advocacy organizations, and individuals with everything from the creation of a digital or social media department to discovering new ways to leverage data for increased productivity.

He translates social and digital media data and analytics into a story and explains how that story can be used to inform overall strategy as well as content creation, engagement, and department structure.
John’s professional passion is creating, leading, and partnering with digital media teams to harness the positive potential of social media. He also practices and teaches yoga, and surfs whenever he can get to the ocean.

Preparing for Writing at the College Level

Description: In this workshop, students will begin bridging their previous writing education with the kinds of writing they may encounter in the college writing classroom and beyond. We will preview practices like drafting, peer review, and reflection to explore different stages of the writing process. Students will have the opportunity to consider their past experiences with writing, engage with reflective writing exercises, ask questions about college-level writing classes, and learn more about how writing may fit into their post-secondary experience. Whether you hope to study writing extensively or just want to learn about general education classes, feel free to join us in this open conversation.

Facilitator Bio: Rachel Smith is a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst studying Rhetoric and Composition. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education and specializes in the teaching of writing. Her research areas include digital circulation, identity in the classroom, and writing pedagogy. Rachel has taught in middle school, high school, and college classrooms, and she has years of experience helping students transfer their writing skills across educational levels.