2022 Workshop Offerings

UConn Pre-College Summer has an exciting slate of workshops for the 2022 summer program. You can see full workshop descriptions and information about workshop facilitators by clicking the various workshops listed below. Workshops will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 2:00pm and 3:30pm. Enrolled students can register for workshops by navigating to their status portal and completing the workshops checklist item.

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

Session 1 Offerings

Monday, July 11th Workshops

2pm – Composing Winning College Application Essays

Description: Crafting an engaging college application essay isn’t easy--in fact, much of what you're taught about writing essays for school doesn't match up very well with application essays. This workshop will offer some coaching on which common traps to avoid and what kinds of approaches tend to work. We'll also look at several sample essays.

Facilitator Bio: Professor Deans teaches in the English Department, directs the University Writing Center, and works with faculty at UConn to design advanced writing courses in a wide range of majors. He edits the Oxford Brief Guides to Writing in the Disciplines and is co-principal investigator for an initiative on science writing and neurodiversity for the National Science Foundation. Before coming to UConn he directed the writing program at Haverford College, and for twenty years has been an alumni admissions interviewer for Georgetown University.

2pm – Exercise Science

Description:During this workshop students will learn about the exercise science major at UConn and the different careers that they can pursue following the completion of an exercise science degree. They will also explore what academic advising looks like in this field.

Facilitator Bio:Lauren Sheldon is entering her fourth year of her PhD in the kinesiology department. Her primary research focus is on injury prevention programs in athletics. She also assists with various research projects in the Sport Optimization and Rehabilitation Lab. 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 her 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. She currently teaches a variety of courses in the Undergraduate Exercise Science program and Master of Athletic Training program. She is also involved with the UConn Institute for Sports Medicine. At the Institute for Sports Medicine, she works clinically as an athletic trainer with many different schools in the area. She also assists organizations to tailor injury prevention programs for their sports teams.

2pm – Introduction to Emerging Technology

Description: This workshop focuses on a tour of the OPIM Innovate Lab where students can demo various emerging technologies including virtual reality, 3D printing, robotics, and circuitry.

Facilitator Bio: Julia Somma is currently a Junior at the University of Connecticut. She is pursuing a degree in Management and Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM) and was awarded the Donald Hempel Memorial Award this past semester for academic excellence by the MEM Department. She currently works as a lab research specialist in the OPIM Innovation Lab where she is responsible for the 3D Tech learning tracks. Julia is passionate about 3D technologies, especially those used in additive manufacturing processes, and teaching these emerging technologies to fellow students.

2pm – Promoting mental health

Description: This informative and interactive workshop increases participants' mental health literacy focusing on tools and techniques to support self-care and well-being.

Facilitator Bio: Kristina Stevens is the Director of Mental Health with Student Health and Wellness.  She is a two -time UConn graduate earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Sociology and a Masters in Social Work.  She brings over 30 years of experience in the field of mental health with a focus on promoting optimal health and wellbeing for children, youth, young adults and families.  Kristina started her work in the non-profit sector, then spent over 16 years with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) and worked for a national foundation. She served as Adjunct Faculty both at Smith College and Post University where Kristina had the opportunity to teach, mentor and support undergraduate and graduate students as they traversed the challenges of balancing school, work and life.

2pm – UConnect: Conversations with Alum, how to make the most out of your time at UConn

Description: Are you excited/anxious about the first semester? We have been there before and are happy to support you along the way. Join Ian Bender '22 and Michelle Wax '12 of the Werth Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation for a casual conversation about navigating college life and beyond. During this session students will also take a look at how to "Pilot their Purpose."

Facilitator Bio: Ian Bender ‘22 is a recent graduate of UConn with a degree in communication. He has been with The Werth Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation since the fall of 2021, starting as a Marketing and Communication Intern before joining full time as the NetWerx Program Coordinator. He has experience training incoming students for many of The Werth Institute’s programs, such as NetWerx, F3, and WILD. A three-time participant in the NetWerx program as a mentee, Ian has extensive knowledge of both sides of mentorship, as well as experience connecting current students with opportunities, resources, and mentors that suit their needs.

3:30pm – Campus Traditions and Landmarks

Description:  Get to know the UConn campus through its iconic traditions and landmarks. We’ll show show you the best spots on campus while teaching you traditions that make Huskies special. 

Facilitator Bio: This workshop is run by Jansher Aujla and Coby Cassells. Coby is a rising Junior here at UConn currently enrolled in the Neag School of Education for Secondary History while also working at the Center for Students with Disabilities on campus. Having lived in Storrs and attended EO Smith, he has developed a love for all things UConn. Jansher is a rising Senior at UConn majoring in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Genetics. Outside of being a CM this summer, he is a RA during the academic year.  

3:30pm – 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 an Academic Success Coordinator at Austin Community College working with Dual Credit High School students as they progress through college courses. 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.

3:30pm – 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: Alyson Gaylord is a second year master's student at the University of Connecticut. She works at Student Health and Wellness as a dietitian. She is from Tolland, Connecticut and her hobbies include reading, lifting, and exploring new places. When she graduates, Alyson plan to be an adjunct professor and hope to open her own practice someday.

3:30pm – Prioritization

Description: In this interactive presentation, students will explore strategies to organize priorities including learning about different approaches to organizing a task list, evaluating the strategies used in an ideal settings vs. when feeling overwhelmed, and how to utilize various resources to strengthen prioritization skills over short periods of time and long-term projects.

Facilitator Bio: Rachel Mongillo has been with the Academic Achievement Center since September 2020 and serves as the Learning Services Coordinator. In her role, Rachel provides academic strategies to students to help make their learning more effective and efficient, while also supporting the AAC initiatives and support for their 4 signature programs. As an undergraduate, Rachel attended UConn and earned a Bachelors in English, a minor in WGSS, and a minor in history. She attended Central Connecticut State University for her Master’s degree in Counslor Education with a specialization in Student Development in Higher Education. 

3:30pm – Solving Earth’s Energy Balance with a Computer Model

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.

Wednesday, July 13th

2pm – Exploring Engineering

Description: Learn more about UConn's School of Engineering! We'll discuss different majors and enrichment opportunities.

Facilitator Bio: Ashley Rose is an Academic Advisor in the School of Engineering, working with Mechanical Engineering students. She has been at UConn for 3 years. Prior to coming to UConn, she completed both her B.S. in Kinesiology and M.A. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Michigan. In her current role, she advises students at new student orientation, through course registration and planning programs of study. She also teaches UNIV for Engineering House and an ENGR Success Seminar for students on academic probation. In her free time, Ashley Rose enjoys watching football with her husband and dog and taking care of her plants.

2pm – Interviewing

Description: The résumé, cover letter, and application all serve the purpose of getting you the interview, but the interview is your chance to actually get the job. In this presentation, you'll 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.

Facilitator Bio: Kristen (she/her/hers) joined the Center for Career Development as a Career Consultant in 2017 and currently supports all UConn undergraduate and graduate students as well as alumni. She is a Certified Professional Résumé Writer through the Professional Association of Résumé Writers and Career Coaches and meets one-on-one with students for coaching on various topics including résumés, cover letters, career/major exploration, interviewing, and general career development. Kristen graduated from the UConn College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) in 2004 with a degree in Journalism, and although she serves as a generalist supporting students of all majors, she particularly enjoys helping CLAS students explore career options and feel confident in the unique skillsets they develop in their academic coursework. In addition to her role as a Career Consultant, Kristen also manages the Career Center’s undergraduate student intern program. The program provides student interns with opportunities to develop personal and professional skillsets that help strengthen the connection between their academic and career interests. She also oversees the department’s Practice Interview Program and is consistently looking for innovative ways to help students prepare to make their best first impression on an employer. Before returning to UConn, Kristen worked in many different industries but spent the majority of her career working in Human Resources/Talent Acquisition and enjoys helping students recognize the power of networking as it relates to finding and growing their careers.

2pm – 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. Stephanie Gernant 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.

2pm – Physical Therapy/ Athletic Training

Description: During this workshop students will learn about the Physical Therapy profession and Athletic Training profession. They will learn about different members of the healthcare team, the evaluation processes a clinician uses, evidence-based practice, and different environments a clinician can work in.

Facilitator Bio: Lauren Sheldon is entering her fourth year of her PhD in the kinesiology department. Her primary research focus is on injury prevention programs in athletics. She also assists with various research projects in the Sport Optimization and Rehabilitation Lab. 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 her 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. She currently teaches a variety of courses in the Undergraduate Exercise Science program and Master of Athletic Training program. She is also involved with the UConn Institute for Sports Medicine. At the Institute for Sports Medicine, she works clinically as an athletic trainer with many different schools in the area. She also assists organizations to tailor injury prevention programs for their sports teams.

3:30pm – Building a Better Tomorrow – Strategic Action Planning for Advocacy & Change

Description: This workshop will provide PCS participants with an opportunity to develop foundational strategies to effectively plan for, and sustain, meaningful change.  Participants will identify a problem of practice, learn how to navigate, and utilize simple policy analysis tools and work through a change protocol process.

Facilitator Bio: Christopher Todd was recently appointed as the Executive Director of the Office of Early College Programs. He is responsible for providing leadership and support to the Office of Early College Programs staff, faculty and ECE instructors on behalf of Connecticut schools, districts and students. Prior to joining UConn, Chris served 3 years as Bureau Chief in the Talent Office at the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) where he led the Bureau of Educator Effectiveness and the Bureau of Educator Standards and Certification to develop and deploy talent management and human capital development strategies to districts and schools state-wide; ensuring all Connecticut students had access to highly effective educators. Previously, Chris worked in the Windsor Public Schools for 15 years in both classroom and district-based leadership roles. As a classroom teacher, he distinguished himself as both a state and national award winner, teaching a wide-variety of courses and levels including UConn ECE. As a district-based teacher leader, Chris facilitated the district’s TEAM induction program, EPP partnerships and teacher leadership initiatives. Chris holds a BA in History from the University of Colorado, Boulder, an MA in Public Policy from Trinity College, and an MA in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Connecticut. Chris completed his Intermediate Administration and Supervision coursework at Sacred Heart University.

3:30pm – Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

Description: College is a unique time in your life to meet new people and explore new ideas. The college journey is something new and exciting, but can also be a time of uncertainty and discomfort. In the workshop, I will share how embracing these feelings and stepping out of your comfort zone actually will transform you as a person.

Facilitator Bio: Kevin L. Booker, Jr. is the founder of Booker Empowerment, LLC (established in 2007) and has been an educator for over 20 years.  He is committed to uplifting and educating individuals. Mr. Booker realized his passion for encouraging others who do not have a voice when he was 12 years old. At that young age, he committed to fighting for young people, understood the importance of helping others see their full potential, and dedicated himself to a life of seeking social justice.
Mr. Booker went on to achieve various degrees through the support of his family and strong mentors. He teaches college and high school level classes, trains men and women who have experienced trauma to tell their story in order to empower others, facilitates leadership and diversity workshops, and lectures. He is a mentor and speaks publicly all over the country to encourage people to understand the power of education and using their voice to make positive change. Mr. Booker is a regular volunteer with the American Red Cross and spent 7 weeks in Puerto Rico to help after Hurricane Maria. He also volunteers regularly in a local elementary school, supporting reading instruction, something he has done for the last seven years. Mr. Booker has a strong passion for encouraging others to stay positive through adversity and voluntees his time working with many individuals from various backgrounds.
Mr. Booker is a former City Councilor for the City of New London, CT where he oversaw Public Safety. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in Connecticut, ISAAC (Interdistrict School for Arts and Communication) Charter School Board of Directors in New London, CT, Hartford Job Corps Academy Outreach Board in Hartford, CT, and the School and State Finance Advisory Council. Currently, Mr. Booker is a New London Parking Authority Commissioner. Mr. Booker co-hosts a podcast called “The Cultural Flipside” with Daisy Torres where they discuss social and cultural issues that are occurring throughout the world. Mr. Booker is an author and published a book along with other men titled “Emerging Men: Transformational Stories of Hope, Inspiration and Purpose.” His motto is “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.”

3:30pm – 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 PhD student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She holds a master's degree in Rhetoric and Composition and specializes in the teaching of writing. Her research areas include digital writing, 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.

 

3:30pm – Teambuilding and communication

Description: This fun, activity and game based program is designed to highlight interpersonal communication skills. It can be used in a variety of disciplines or as a basis for identifying the importance of communication skills as a core component of personal safety, bystander intervention techniques, and healthy relationships. Participants will identify the ways in which people communicate and discuss effective message delivery. Participants will also identify potential barriers to effective communication. They will then break into smaller activity groups to play games designed to highlight different forms of communication.

Facilitator Bio: Sergeant Justin Cheney of the UConn Police Department work as part of the Community Outreach Unit. He started working at UConn in 2015. Prior to working at UConn, he attended as an undergraduate, receiving a BA in Psychology in 2007. In 2018, he began the first police facility dog program in the state of Connecticut. His partner, Tildy, provides assistance and support to those in need. Tildy enhances positive communication between the police department and UConn community. She is highly trained and her favorite activity is dock diving!

Friday, July 15th

2pm – Finding your passion

Description: 

Facilitator Bio: Quinn (she/her) is a Community Manager with Pre-College summer 2022. She is a senior Psychology major and Neuroscience minor. She is also a member of the Active Minds mental health awareness club and the Community Service Chair for the UConn Dressage Team. In her free time she likes to read, hike, go to concerts, and go on runs with her dog. This summer, she traveled to Europe for the first time on a study abroad program where she visited Spain and Portugal! 

Shell Chen is a Community Manager with Pre-College summer 2022. She is a rising senior double-majoring in Molecular & Cell Biology and Chinese. In her free time, she enjoys listening to kpop songs and reading dystopian novels. She is also a huge fan of anime (sub over dub!), especially sports anime. A fun fact about her is that she has a rubik's cube collection.

2pm – General Campus Safety and Risk reduction strategies

Description: In a group discussion setting, participants will identify risks they may face in daily life and discuss risk reduction strategies. Participants will understand the importance of risk awareness, recognition, reduction, and avoidance. Through group discussion, participants will develop risk recognition specific to general campus life, at parties, in residences, online, and in dating situations. The group will discuss ways to reduce those risks they self-identify.

Facilitator Bio: Sergeant Justin Cheney of the UConn Police Department work as part of the Community Outreach Unit. He started working at UConn in 2015. Prior to working at UConn, he attended as an undergraduate, receiving a BA in Psychology in 2007. In 2018, he began the first police facility dog program in the state of Connecticut. His partner, Tildy, provides assistance and support to those in need. Tildy enhances positive communication between the police department and UConn community. She is highly trained and her favorite activity is dock diving!

2pm – The Jump to College-Level Writing

Description: Crafting an engaging college application essay isn’t easy--in fact, much of what you're taught about writing essays for school doesn't match up very well with application essays. This workshop will offer some coaching on which common traps to avoid and what kinds of approaches tend to work. We'll also look at several sample essays.

Facilitator Bio: Professor Deans teaches in the English Department, directs the University Writing Center, and works with faculty at UConn to design advanced writing courses in a wide range of majors. He edits the Oxford Brief Guides to Writing in the Disciplines and is co-principal investigator for an initiative on science writing and neurodiversity for the National Science Foundation. Before coming to UConn he directed the writing program at Haverford College, and for twenty years has been an alumni admissions interviewer for Georgetown University.

2pm – Touring UConn Athletic Facilities

Description: During this workshop students will learn about the athletic training profession and tour some of the athletic facilities at UConn. They will see some of the athletic training rooms that the UConn athletes use as well as research facilities inside Gampel Pavillion.

Facilitator Bio: Lauren Sheldon is entering her fourth year of her PhD in the kinesiology department. Her primary research focus is on injury prevention programs in athletics. She also assists with various research projects in the Sport Optimization and Rehabilitation Lab. 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 her 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. She currently teaches a variety of courses in the Undergraduate Exercise Science program and Master of Athletic Training program. She is also involved with the UConn Institute for Sports Medicine. At the Institute for Sports Medicine, she works clinically as an athletic trainer with many different schools in the area. She also assists organizations to tailor injury prevention programs for their sports teams.

2pm – Resume Building

Description: Wondering how you can improve your résumé? Or perhaps you’re a bit stuck on how to get started? Have no fear, the Center for Career Development is here! This workshop will cover basic résumé formatting guidelines, résumé sections, and how to write bullet point statements.

Facilitator Bio: Eran Peterson joined the department in 2013 and has held roles as a Career Consultant, the Career Consultant for the School of Engineering, and now oversees Career Coaching and Counseling. Eran holds his Master of Science in Counselor Education and is a military veteran who deployed to Iraq in 2006. Additionally, Eran regularly presents on networking, LinkedIn, and the job search and meets regularly with students, alums, and career-changers for one-on-one consultations. Eran is the proud recipient of the Student Support Services Faculty (SSS) Faculty Recognition Award in 2020, as well as the Center for Career Development’s coveted “Ice Cube Award” which recognizes the “most chill staff member”.

3:30pm – College Preparation: Come learn from the perspective of our community managers

Description: Two CM going into their 3rd year share about all things roommates and learning to resolve conflicts. Sharing personal experiences, giving advice and leaving time for Q&A. 

Facilitator Bio: Erin Warner (she/her/hers) is a Community Manager with Pre-College summer 2022. She is an incoming junior in the School of Business majoring in Healthcare Management. She currently lives in Pennsylvania an hour outside of Philly, but she has also lived in North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, Arizona and Connecticut (Cheshire). She loves doing crafts and drawing as well as traveling, and her goal for 2022 is to read 100 books! A fun fact about her is she went skydiving this past school year with UConn’s skydiving club - it was amazing!!

Chesney Romer (she/hers)  is a Community Manager with Pre-College summer 2022 and she is a rising junior at UConn. She is a pathobiology major and a molecular and cell bio minor, and she hopes to continue a career in research and academia. She loves yoga, spin class, coffee, and her cats Max and Thunderpaws.

3:30pm – Pharmacy Compounding

Description: Dr. Robin Bogner, Laura Nolan and pharmacy students will help you to prepare a medicinal ointment in the School of Pharmacy’s Compounding Laboratory.  When there is no commercially available drug product for a particular patient’s need, pharmacists who specialize in compounding are called upon to make a suitable dosage using FDA approved drugs and other ingredients.  We will discuss compounding as a way to fill a gap in treatment for certain patients while making a compounded preparation that provides an example of a general chemistry concept.
Participants MUST wear closed-toed shoes and long pants. For safety reasons, students must leave their personal belongings (backpacks, drinks, food, etc.) outside of the laboratory space. Environmental Health and Safety Online training PowerPoint is required prior to Workshop.

Facilitators Bio:

Dr. Robin Bogner : Educational Background

  • B.S. Rutgers University, Pharmacy
  • M.S. University of Iowa, Pharmaceutics
  • Ph.D. Rutgers University, Pharmaceutics

Current Research Interests

  • Freeze Drying Process Development and Characterization
  • Reconstitution of Lyophilized Highly Concentrated Protein Therapeutics
  • Characterization of Lyophilized Solids
  • Prediction of Product Quality Variation based on Formulation and Process Variation

Other Expertise

  • Pharmaceutical Compounding
  • Dissolution Enhancement of Poorly Soluble Drugs
  • Characterization of the Amorphous State of Drugs

Teaching Expertise

  • Sterile and Non-Sterile Compounding
  • Freeze-Drying
  • Transport Phenomena (related to pharmaceutical processing and drug delivery)

Laura Nolan is a nationally certified pharmacy technician, with a certification in Sterile products . She came to UConn in 2018 with over 35 years of Pharmacy experience, specializing in sterile clean room procedures, investigational drugs, chemo therapy preparations, and hospital computer programming. She is now the Instructor specialist in sterile and non sterile compounding, teaching pharmacy students how to make anything from Creams and ointments, to tablets, capsules and injectables.

3:30pm – Real Talk: A Panel about College Experiences

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: Katie Nguyen is one of our Hall Coordinators for Pre - college summer 2022! She is a rising Senior and is a double major in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences and Human Development and Family Studies. This is her second year at Pre - College summer and is excited to be able to work and interact with you all!

Justin Rivera is the Residential Counselor for Student Wellness at Pre-College summer.
Majors: Undergrad- Urban & Community Studies, Grad- School Counseling
Fun Facts: Middle school teacher, baseball coach, 3 Varsity Sport athlete in high school.

3:30pm – Reflect

Description: Reflect is an interactive workshop designed to offer students an atmosphere for self-reflection and growth. In this workshop you will partake in creating your very own student roadmap addressing personal themes such as but not limited to: self-love and imposter syndrome. In order to know where we are going in life, it will benefit us to have some understanding of who we are. As challenges and obstacles arise in our lives, our roadmaps will become our guiding light reminding us that we can.

Facilitator Bio: From selling custom T-shirts outside of his grandmother’s residence to American recording artist Kendrick Lamar sporting one of Anthony’s custom-made denim vests to modeling with New Balance, Valentine (as most of his friends and supporters call him) has always explored his interests, constantly developing his talents and desire to bring positive impact on the world. Valentine is a creative director, writer, director and a top youth motivational speaker, and his mission is to uplift and inspire students to understand the power of their stories. As educators make efforts in planting the seeds of courage, confidence, and unity in all students, Valentine shows up to instill and reinforce positive messaging that educators share with students. Valentine shares his story, his lessons, and his mistakes as an indicator and a reference for students. As he puts it,” I’m not here because of my accomplishments, I am here because of my mistakes. The mistakes that spawned lessons, that in turn provided direction, which later provided correction and now can provide encouragement for each and every one of you.” As an individual counted out one too many times, Valentine’s message of resilience, his experiences as an EMT in the inner city, and his work in media provide an experience for students that is engaging, heartfelt, captivating, and relative. Through his authentic, motivational speaking, Valentine shares the obstacles he has faced, from growing up without a father present to his challenge with anxiety, his crafted messages have the intention to heal. Valentine offers himself as a vessel, but more importantly as an example. The power of our story is only understood through education and understanding.

3:30pm – UConn Admissions Information Session and Campus Tour

Description: Get a taste of the boundless opportunities that exist at UConn and a better understanding of what makes us champions. Learn what it’s like to be a student and about the academic and co-curricular offerings available as you tour our beautiful main campus in Storrs.

Facilitator Bio: Ethan Cheffer is a senior sport management major from East Windsor, CT. Outside of academics and being a tour guide, he is an intern in our Academic Achievement Center he helps students with time management skills and study habits. He is also on the executive board for the Sport Business Association, an organization that talks sports each week and also brings in guest speakers from the sport industry. Finally, he is a conference coordinator for our sport business conference, bringing professionals from local sport business to connect and speak with UConn students in one big conference event.
Aly Pinedo is currently a Senior Nursing Major at the University of Connecticut. Besides being a tour guide, she is currently the Chapter President for Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated. She is also a Nurse Assistant for our local UCONN infirmary called Student Health and Wellness and a trip leader for an Alternative Break Service trip called UCONN Bridge to Guanin, dedicated to providing sustainability and access to healthcare to the La Piedra region in the Dominican Republic. 

Session 2 Offerings

Monday, July 18th

2pm – Composing Winning College Application Essays

Description: Crafting an engaging college application essay isn’t easy--in fact, much of what you're taught about writing essays for school doesn't match up very well with application essays. This workshop will offer some coaching on which common traps to avoid and what kinds of approaches tend to work. We'll also look at several sample essays.

Facilitator Bio: Professor Deans teaches in the English Department, directs the University Writing Center, and works with faculty at UConn to design advanced writing courses in a wide range of majors. He edits the Oxford Brief Guides to Writing in the Disciplines and is co-principal investigator for an initiative on science writing and neurodiversity for the National Science Foundation. Before coming to UConn he directed the writing program at Haverford College, and for twenty years has been an alumni admissions interviewer for Georgetown University.

2pm – Exercise Science

Description: During this workshop students will learn about the exercise science major at UConn and the different careers that they can pursue following the completion of an exercise science degree. They will also explore what academic advising looks like in this field.

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 fourth 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 for 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, introduction to health and wellness and more. She is thrilled to be teaching during Pre-College Summer!

2pm – Introduction to 3D Modeling

Description: This workshop will cover the basic skills required to create a 3D model and correctly format the gcode so it can be printed. They will then go through a step by step process of applying these skills to make their own model on TinkerCAD before exporting and formatting the gcode in the MakerBot Desktop application.

Facilitator Bio: Julia Somma is currently a Junior at the University of Connecticut. She is pursuing a degree in Management and Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM) and was awarded the Donald Hempel Memorial Award this past semester for academic excellence by the MEM Department. She currently works as a lab research specialist in the OPIM Innovation Lab where she is responsible for the 3D Tech learning tracks. Julia is passionate about 3D technologies, especially those used in additive manufacturing processes, and teaching these emerging technologies to fellow students.

2pm – Resume Building

Description: Wondering how you can improve your résumé? Or perhaps you’re a bit stuck on how to get started? Have no fear, the Center for Career Development is here! This workshop will cover basic résumé formatting guidelines, résumé sections, and how to write bullet point statements.

Facilitator Bio: As a Career Consultant, Steve (he/him/his) supports students through a variety of career-related topics including career and major exploration, interview preparation, and post-graduation opportunities. He also collaborates with members of campus to coordinate educational programs and presentations for the Center for Career Development that students can utilize for their own professional development and personal branding. Steve graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from Westfield State University and a Master of Education degree in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Affairs from Merrimack College. Before joining UConn in December of 2020, Steve was the Associate Director of Admissions and a Professional Development Seminar Instructor at Nichols College. His experience consists of assisting students with resume and cover letter writing, the job search process, and developing post-graduation life skills.

3:30pm – Building a Better Tomorrow – Strategic Action Planning for Advocacy & Change

Description: This workshop will provide PCS participants with an opportunity to develop foundational strategies to effectively plan for, and sustain, meaningful change.  Participants will identify a problem of practice, learn how to navigate, and utilize simple policy analysis tools and work through a change protocol process.

Facilitator Bio: Christopher Todd was recently appointed as the Executive Director of the Office of Early College Programs. He is responsible for providing leadership and support to the Office of Early College Programs staff, faculty and ECE instructors on behalf of Connecticut schools, districts and students. Prior to joining UConn, Chris served 3 years as Bureau Chief in the Talent Office at the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) where he led the Bureau of Educator Effectiveness and the Bureau of Educator Standards and Certification to develop and deploy talent management and human capital development strategies to districts and schools state-wide; ensuring all Connecticut students had access to highly effective educators. Previously, Chris worked in the Windsor Public Schools for 15 years in both classroom and district-based leadership roles. As a classroom teacher, he distinguished himself as both a state and national award winner, teaching a wide-variety of courses and levels including UConn ECE. As a district-based teacher leader, Chris facilitated the district’s TEAM induction program, EPP partnerships and teacher leadership initiatives. Chris holds a BA in History from the University of Colorado, Boulder, an MA in Public Policy from Trinity College, and an MA in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Connecticut. Chris completed his Intermediate Administration and Supervision coursework at Sacred Heart University.

3:30pm – UConnect: Conversations with Alum, how to make the most out of your time at UConn

Description: Are you excited/anxious about the first semester? We have been there before and are happy to support you along the way. Join Michelle Wax '12 of the Werth Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation for a casual conversation about navigating college life and beyond. During this session students will also take a look at how to "Pilot their Purpose."

Facilitator Bio: Michelle Wax is a 4-time entrepreneur specializing in mindset and creating the reality you want. Through her company American Happiness Project, she has interviewed 700+ people on how they create more happiness, fulfillment, and success in their everyday lives and worked with top companies across the globe to help employees feel better about themselves and the work they do. She also works with individuals via one-on-one coaching to improve the relationships they have with others, and also with themselves. She has been featured in Forbes, Business Insider, ABC, Fast Company, and many more publications and lives in Boston, MA where she loves boxing, being by the ocean, and making the most of each day.

3:30pm – Stress play & GPA

Description:  Managing your academic and Life Stressors to maximize your GPA. 

Facilitator Bio: Pam Fischl is a Retention Specialist in UConn’s First Year Programs Office, where she’s worked since 2017.  In her current role with the Academic Achievement Center, she welcomes any and all students seeking academic assistance and specializes in supporting international and first generation students.  As a “first gen” student herself, Pam has a unique and personal understanding of the multitude of challenges faced by students who are first in their family to pursue a college degree.
Pam holds both a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in higher ed from the University of Miami.  She is the proud parent of two college graduates, happily married to a long-time UConn professor, and a Husky herself since 2007.

3:30pm – Studying and De-Stressing – Balancing the polar opposites

Description:  TBD

Facilitator Bio: Rona is a Community Manager with Pre-College summer 2022. She is an incoming Senior majoring in Sociology and minoring in Crime and Justice as well as Music. Some fun facts about her is that she is an RA on campus and she likes to sing!
Geena Kwon is a Community Manager with Pre-College summer 2022. She is looking forward to meeting you all this summer! She is a rising junior and her major is currently undecided. She loves learning new skills so in her free time, she practices media management and manages live broadcasts. She also likes cooking, baking, learning new languages, traveling and having meaningful conversations with people. A fun fact about her is that she loves matcha.

Wednesday, July 20th

2pm – Exploring Engineering

Description: Learn more about UConn's School of Engineering! We'll discuss different majors and enrichment opportunities.

Facilitator Bio: Ashley Rose is an Academic Advisor in the School of Engineering, working with Mechanical Engineering students. She has been at UConn for 3 years. Prior to coming to UConn, she completed both her B.S. in Kinesiology and M.A. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Michigan. In her current role, she advises students at new student orientation, through course registration and planning programs of study. She also teaches UNIV for Engineering House and an ENGR Success Seminar for students on academic probation. In her free time, Ashley Rose enjoys watching football with her husband and dog and taking care of her plants.

2pm – 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 Honors Program Coordinator for Peer Leadership Programs. 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 a bachelor’s degrees in management and marketing from Shippensburg University, and a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from the University of Connecticut.

2pm – Real Talk: A Panel about College Experiences

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: Katie Nguyen is one of our Hall Coordinators for Pre - college summer 2022! She is a rising Senior and is a double major in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences and Human Development and Family Studies. This is her second year at Pre - College summer and is excited to be able to work and interact with you all!

Justin Rivera is the Residential Counselor for Student Wellness at Pre-College summer.
Majors: Undergrad- Urban & Community Studies, Grad- School Counseling
Fun Facts: Middle school teacher, baseball coach, 3 Varsity Sport athlete in high school.

2pm – Physical Therapy/ Athletic Training

Description: During this workshop students will learn about the Physical Therapy profession and Athletic Training profession. They will learn about different members of the healthcare team, the evaluation processes a clinician uses, evidence-based practice, and different environments a clinician can work in.

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 fourth 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 for 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, introduction to health and wellness and more. She is thrilled to be teaching during Pre-College Summer!

3:30pm – 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 an Academic Success Coordinator at Austin Community College working with Dual Credit High School students as they progress through college courses. 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.

3:30pm – 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 PhD student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She holds a master's degree in Rhetoric and Composition and specializes in the teaching of writing. Her research areas include digital writing, 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.

 

3:30pm – Teambuilding and communication

Description: This fun, activity and game based program is designed to highlight interpersonal communication skills. It can be used in a variety of disciplines or as a basis for identifying the importance of communication skills as a core component of personal safety, bystander intervention techniques, and healthy relationships. Participants will identify the ways in which people communicate and discuss effective message delivery. Participants will also identify potential barriers to effective communication. They will then break into smaller activity groups to play games designed to highlight different forms of communication.

Facilitator Bio: Sergeant Justin Cheney of the UConn Police Department work as part of the Community Outreach Unit. He started working at UConn in 2015. Prior to working at UConn, he attended as an undergraduate, receiving a BA in Psychology in 2007. In 2018, he began the first police facility dog program in the state of Connecticut. His partner, Tildy, provides assistance and support to those in need. Tildy enhances positive communication between the police department and UConn community. She is highly trained and her favorite activity is dock diving!

Friday, July 22nd

2pm – General Campus Safety and Risk reduction strategies

Description: In a group discussion setting, participants will identify risks they may face in daily life and discuss risk reduction strategies. Participants will understand the importance of risk awareness, recognition, reduction, and avoidance. Through group discussion, participants will develop risk recognition specific to general campus life, at parties, in residences, online, and in dating situations. The group will discuss ways to reduce those risks they self-identify.

Facilitator Bio: Sergeant Justin Cheney of the UConn Police Department work as part of the Community Outreach Unit. He started working at UConn in 2015. Prior to working at UConn, he attended as an undergraduate, receiving a BA in Psychology in 2007. In 2018, he began the first police facility dog program in the state of Connecticut. His partner, Tildy, provides assistance and support to those in need. Tildy enhances positive communication between the police department and UConn community. She is highly trained and her favorite activity is dock diving!

2pm – Interviewing

Description: The résumé, cover letter, and application all serve the purpose of getting you the interview, but the interview is your chance to actually get the job. In this presentation, you'll 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.

Facilitator Bio: Beth Settje has been working in higher education for close to 30 years and at UConn since 2001. She has held a few different roles in the department, currently serving as the Associate Director, College to Career Transitions and Alumni Engagement. Her efforts will focus on students finishing their experience in college or graduate school and preparing for what is next. She will also address transitioning into the first year of a graduate program or work. Lastly, her work will include reaching out to alumni regarding their career development needs as well as ways they want to support current students with mentoring, networking and general career support. Beth is the instructor for the department’s Senior Year Experience course, a one credit class open to graduating undergraduates; she also organizes and schedules small and large programming to prepare students for life after graduation.
Beth is a strong advocate for students figuring out their academic and career paths, understanding the route is not always clearly marked and that detours often lead to new, unexpected discoveries. Her favorite career theory is Planned Happenstance, which emphasizes creating or taking advantage of the different opportunities that present themselves each day. She encourages students to trust and believe in themselves, as they figure out their choices.
Beth earned her Bachelor of Science in Business (Marketing major/English minor) from Beaver College (now Arcadia University) and her Masters of Education in College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her favorite undergraduate course was Business Writing and she uses elements of that course in her daily work at the CCD. She is also a proud mom to a UConn student and wife to a UConn alum.

2pm – Promoting mental health

Description: This informative and interactive workshop increases participants' mental health literacy focusing on tools and techniques to support self-care and well-being.

Facilitator Bio: Anne Thompson Heller graduated from Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Metro Urban Studies. She earned a Masters in Educational Leadership; Higher Education and Student Affairs in 2011 and a Masters in Marriage and family Therapy; Human Development and Family Studies 2013. In 2021, she completed her Doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies where she studied psychosocial development and adjustment of young people in recovery. Anne has worked as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Student Health and Wellness at the University of Connecticut since 2016.

2pm – Touring UConn Athletic Facilities

Description: During this workshop students will learn about the athletic training profession and tour some of the athletic facilities at UConn. They will see some of the athletic training rooms that the UConn athletes use as well as research facilities inside Gampel Pavillion.

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 fourth 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 for 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, introduction to health and wellness and more. She is thrilled to be teaching during Pre-College Summer!

3:30pm – Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

Description: College is a unique time in your life to meet new people and explore new ideas. The college journey is something new and exciting, but can also be a time of uncertainty and discomfort. In the workshop, I will share how embracing these feelings and stepping out of your comfort zone actually will transform you as a person.

Facilitator Bio: Kevin L. Booker, Jr. is the founder of Booker Empowerment, LLC (established in 2007) and has been an educator for over 20 years.  He is committed to uplifting and educating individuals. Mr. Booker realized his passion for encouraging others who do not have a voice when he was 12 years old. At that young age, he committed to fighting for young people, understood the importance of helping others see their full potential, and dedicated himself to a life of seeking social justice.
Mr. Booker went on to achieve various degrees through the support of his family and strong mentors. He teaches college and high school level classes, trains men and women who have experienced trauma to tell their story in order to empower others, facilitates leadership and diversity workshops, and lectures. He is a mentor and speaks publicly all over the country to encourage people to understand the power of education and using their voice to make positive change. Mr. Booker is a regular volunteer with the American Red Cross and spent 7 weeks in Puerto Rico to help after Hurricane Maria. He also volunteers regularly in a local elementary school, supporting reading instruction, something he has done for the last seven years. Mr. Booker has a strong passion for encouraging others to stay positive through adversity and voluntees his time working with many individuals from various backgrounds.
Mr. Booker is a former City Councilor for the City of New London, CT where he oversaw Public Safety. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in Connecticut, ISAAC (Interdistrict School for Arts and Communication) Charter School Board of Directors in New London, CT, Hartford Job Corps Academy Outreach Board in Hartford, CT, and the School and State Finance Advisory Council. Currently, Mr. Booker is a New London Parking Authority Commissioner. Mr. Booker co-hosts a podcast called “The Cultural Flipside” with Daisy Torres where they discuss social and cultural issues that are occurring throughout the world. Mr. Booker is an author and published a book along with other men titled “Emerging Men: Transformational Stories of Hope, Inspiration and Purpose.” His motto is “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.”

3:30pm – Pet Therapy for Stress Relief and Well-Being in College

Description: Concerned about be at a large institution away from family, friends, and mostly - your pets? Learn how pet therapy is used as one of the resources UConn students have to help reduce stress not just at exam times, but during the entire semester. You'll discover the many physical, psychological, and emotional benefits of interacting with animals. Benefits that can make a real difference in your college experience.  Find out what it takes to become a pet therapy animal and how you can participate in the programs offered at UConn. Programs are offered through Student Health & Wellness (SHaW), the Babbidge Library, the Benton Museum of Art, the Rainbow Center and more.  And, best of all - meet Wrigley one of the regular pet therapy dogs on campus!

Facilitator Bio: Laurel has been involved with animal assisted activities (pet therapy) for over 40 years. She is a founding member of Tails of Joy, has served on the advisory board for Pet Partners, has been a consultant for the PBS show “Nature”, and currently is the College Pet Therapy Visit Coordinator for Tails of Joy which covers central and eastern Connecticut. Laurel has conducted graduate research on various aspects of the Human-Animal Bond (HAB), including the effects on persons with disabilities who partner with an assistance dog, has written multiple journal articles on HAB, and facilitated a course on the subject at UConn. Born and raised in Chicago, Laurel now calls Connecticut home and shares her life with her husband, two Newfoundlands (Wrigley & Ernie) and a Portuguese Water Dog (Iggy).

3:30pm – Reflect

Description: Reflect is an interactive workshop designed to offer students an atmosphere for self-reflection and growth. In this workshop you will partake in creating your very own student roadmap addressing personal themes such as but not limited to: self-love and imposter syndrome. In order to know where we are going in life, it will benefit us to have some understanding of who we are. As challenges and obstacles arise in our lives, our roadmaps will become our guiding light reminding us that we can.

Facilitator Bio: From selling custom T-shirts outside of his grandmother’s residence to American recording artist Kendrick Lamar sporting one of Anthony’s custom-made denim vests to modeling with New Balance, Valentine (as most of his friends and supporters call him) has always explored his interests, constantly developing his talents and desire to bring positive impact on the world. Valentine is a creative director, writer, director and a top youth motivational speaker, and his mission is to uplift and inspire students to understand the power of their stories. As educators make efforts in planting the seeds of courage, confidence, and unity in all students, Valentine shows up to instill and reinforce positive messaging that educators share with students. Valentine shares his story, his lessons, and his mistakes as an indicator and a reference for students. As he puts it,” I’m not here because of my accomplishments, I am here because of my mistakes. The mistakes that spawned lessons, that in turn provided direction, which later provided correction and now can provide encouragement for each and every one of you.” As an individual counted out one too many times, Valentine’s message of resilience, his experiences as an EMT in the inner city, and his work in media provide an experience for students that is engaging, heartfelt, captivating, and relative. Through his authentic, motivational speaking, Valentine shares the obstacles he has faced, from growing up without a father present to his challenge with anxiety, his crafted messages have the intention to heal. Valentine offers himself as a vessel, but more importantly as an example. The power of our story is only understood through education and understanding.

3:30pm – UConn Admissions Information Session and Campus Tour

Description: Get a taste of the boundless opportunities that exist at UConn and a better understanding of what makes us champions. Learn what it’s like to be a student and about the academic and co-curricular offerings available as you tour our beautiful main campus in Storrs.

Facilitator Bio: Ethan Cheffer is a senior sport management major from East Windsor, CT. Outside of academics and being a tour guide, he is an intern in our Academic Achievement Center he helps students with time management skills and study habits. He is also on the executive board for the Sport Business Association, an organization that talks sports each week and also brings in guest speakers from the sport industry. Finally, he is a conference coordinator for our sport business conference, bringing professionals from local sport business to connect and speak with UConn students in one big conference event.
Aly Pinedo is currently a Senior Nursing Major at the University of Connecticut. Besides being a tour guide, she is currently the Chapter President for Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated. She is also a Nurse Assistant for our local UCONN infirmary called Student Health and Wellness and a trip leader for an Alternative Break Service trip called UCONN Bridge to Guanin, dedicated to providing sustainability and access to healthcare to the La Piedra region in the Dominican Republic.

Session 3 Offerings

Monday, July 25th

2pm – General Campus Safety and Risk reduction strategies

Description: In a group discussion setting, participants will identify risks they may face in daily life and discuss risk reduction strategies. Participants will understand the importance of risk awareness, recognition, reduction, and avoidance. Through group discussion, participants will develop risk recognition specific to general campus life, at parties, in residences, online, and in dating situations. The group will discuss ways to reduce those risks they self-identify.

Facilitator Bio: Sergeant Justin Cheney of the UConn Police Department work as part of the Community Outreach Unit. He started working at UConn in 2015. Prior to working at UConn, he attended as an undergraduate, receiving a BA in Psychology in 2007. In 2018, he began the first police facility dog program in the state of Connecticut. His partner, Tildy, provides assistance and support to those in need. Tildy enhances positive communication between the police department and UConn community. She is highly trained and her favorite activity is dock diving!

2pm – Introduction to 3D Printing

Description: This workshop will cover the basic skills required for 3D printing. Students will be presented with information on 3D Tech such as what it is, the basics of how it works, its applications, and common software that they can use to create prints. They will then go through a step by step process of applying these skills to make their own print using 3D pens or printers.

Facilitator Bio: Julia Somma is currently a Junior at the University of Connecticut. She is pursuing a degree in Management and Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM) and was awarded the Donald Hempel Memorial Award this past semester for academic excellence by the MEM Department. She currently works as a lab research specialist in the OPIM Innovation Lab where she is responsible for the 3D Tech learning tracks. Julia is passionate about 3D technologies, especially those used in additive manufacturing processes, and teaching these emerging technologies to fellow students.

2pm – Living Your Truth

Description: The beauty of college is the ability to be your true self and feel safe to do so. This mixed informational session and open discussion allows us to talk about the resources that are available to incoming college students who are finding themselves or looking to express themselves. This session discussed topics such as LGBTQIA+ resources and lifestyle.

Facilitator Bio: Michael Leary is from Sandy hook and a twenty year old drag queen who is also a senior here at uconn. Michaels drag name is Michele Phoenix and has performed a few times at venues in Orlando, FL and Connecticut.
Katie Nguyen is one of our Hall Coordinators for Pre - college summer 2022! She is a rising Senior and is a double major in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences and Human Development and Family Studies. This is her second year at Pre - College summer and is excited to be able to work and interact with you all!

2pm – UConnect: Conversations with Alum, how to make the most out of your time at UConn

Description: Are you excited/anxious about the first semester? We have been there before and are happy to support you along the way. Join Ian Bender '22 of the Werth Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation for a casual conversation about navigating college life and beyond. During this session students will also take a look at how to "Pilot their Purpose."

Facilitator Bio: Ian Bender ‘22 is a recent graduate of UConn with a degree in communication. He has been with The Werth Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation since the fall of 2021, starting as a Marketing and Communication Intern before joining full time as the NetWerx Program Coordinator. He has experience training incoming students for many of The Werth Institute’s programs, such as NetWerx, F3, and WILD. A three-time participant in the NetWerx program as a mentee, Ian has extensive knowledge of both sides of mentorship, as well as experience connecting current students with opportunities, resources, and mentors that suit their needs.

2pm – Study Better, Faster, Stronger

Description:  Learn strategies to make the most of your study time: Note Taking, Study Skills, and Exam Prep. Learn study strategies to increase long term learning. 

Facilitator Bio: Leo has worked in Higher Education for the past twenty nine years. Currently, Leo serves as the Director of the Academic Support and Assistant Director of First Year Programs and Learning Communities. Previously Leo has worked at UConn as a counselor with UConn’s TRiO program. Before coming to UCONN, Leo worked in many areas of counseling from working as a counselor and advisor at Manchester Community College, with six graders in the East Hartford school system to adult males involved with domestic violence issues. On campus Leo serves on many committees surrounding student retention and success. Leo holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from UCONN, a master’s degree in counseling from Saint Joseph University and holds national certification and licensure as a LPCA. Leo and his wife Kim are both Alum of UConn and have a rising Senior at UConn.

3:30pm – Leadership

Description: Leadership styles are reflective of your personality, your experience, and what goals you are trying to achieve. There are introverted and extroverted leaders. There are people who lead from the spotlight and those who conquer issues without seeking recognition . Together, we are going to discover the variety of leadership styles you are most suited for, develop your team work skills, share ideas, learn from each other, and have a great time.

** Students in Professor Aynsley's Leadership course should not register for this workshop. 

Facilitator Bio: Dr. Diamond is the Director of Faculty Outreach and Engagement at UConn and a professor in the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program at Johnson & Wales University. She is the author of the Adaptive Military Transition Theory and supports military affiliated students in higher education.

3:30pm – Organization during college

Description: Learn about the key tools needed to stay organized through classes, clubs, events, and everything else. Some of these tools include Google Classroom, Calendly, physical and online planners, and schedules!

Facilitator Bio: Katie Nguyen is one of our Hall Coordinators for Pre - college summer 2022! She is a rising Senior and is a double major in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences and Human Development and Family Studies. This is her second year at Pre - College summer and is excited to be able to work and interact with you all!

3:30pm – Promoting mental health

Description: This informative and interactive workshop increases participants' mental health literacy focusing on tools and techniques to support self-care and well-being.

Facilitator Bio: Anne Thompson Heller graduated from Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Metro Urban Studies. She earned a Masters in Educational Leadership; Higher Education and Student Affairs in 2011 and a Masters in Marriage and family Therapy; Human Development and Family Studies 2013. In 2021, she completed her Doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies where she studied psychosocial development and adjustment of young people in recovery. Anne has worked as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Student Health and Wellness at the University of Connecticut since 2016.

3:30pm – Reflect

Description: Reflect is an interactive workshop designed to offer students an atmosphere for self-reflection and growth. In this workshop you will partake in creating your very own student roadmap addressing personal themes such as but not limited to: self-love and imposter syndrome. In order to know where we are going in life, it will benefit us to have some understanding of who we are. As challenges and obstacles arise in our lives, our roadmaps will become our guiding light reminding us that we can.

Facilitator Bio: From selling custom T-shirts outside of his grandmother’s residence to American recording artist Kendrick Lamar sporting one of Anthony’s custom-made denim vests to modeling with New Balance, Valentine (as most of his friends and supporters call him) has always explored his interests, constantly developing his talents and desire to bring positive impact on the world. Valentine is a creative director, writer, director and a top youth motivational speaker, and his mission is to uplift and inspire students to understand the power of their stories. As educators make efforts in planting the seeds of courage, confidence, and unity in all students, Valentine shows up to instill and reinforce positive messaging that educators share with students. Valentine shares his story, his lessons, and his mistakes as an indicator and a reference for students. As he puts it,” I’m not here because of my accomplishments, I am here because of my mistakes. The mistakes that spawned lessons, that in turn provided direction, which later provided correction and now can provide encouragement for each and every one of you.” As an individual counted out one too many times, Valentine’s message of resilience, his experiences as an EMT in the inner city, and his work in media provide an experience for students that is engaging, heartfelt, captivating, and relative. Through his authentic, motivational speaking, Valentine shares the obstacles he has faced, from growing up without a father present to his challenge with anxiety, his crafted messages have the intention to heal. Valentine offers himself as a vessel, but more importantly as an example. The power of our story is only understood through education and understanding.

3:30pm – Resume Building

Description: Wondering how you can improve your résumé? Or perhaps you’re a bit stuck on how to get started? Have no fear, the Center for Career Development is here! This workshop will cover basic résumé formatting guidelines, résumé sections, and how to write bullet point statements.

Facilitator Bio: As a Career Consultant, Steve (he/him/his) supports students through a variety of career-related topics including career and major exploration, interview preparation, and post-graduation opportunities. He also collaborates with members of campus to coordinate educational programs and presentations for the Center for Career Development that students can utilize for their own professional development and personal branding. Steve graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from Westfield State University and a Master of Education degree in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Affairs from Merrimack College. Before joining UConn in December of 2020, Steve was the Associate Director of Admissions and a Professional Development Seminar Instructor at Nichols College. His experience consists of assisting students with resume and cover letter writing, the job search process, and developing post-graduation life skills.

3:30pm – UConn Admissions Information Session and Campus Tour

Description: Get a taste of the boundless opportunities that exist at UConn and a better understanding of what makes us champions. Learn what it’s like to be a student and about the academic and co-curricular offerings available as you tour our beautiful main campus in Storrs.

Facilitator Bio: Ethan Cheffer is a senior sport management major from East Windsor, CT. Outside of academics and being a tour guide, he is an intern in our Academic Achievement Center he helps students with time management skills and study habits. He is also on the executive board for the Sport Business Association, an organization that talks sports each week and also brings in guest speakers from the sport industry. Finally, he is a conference coordinator for our sport business conference, bringing professionals from local sport business to connect and speak with UConn students in one big conference event.
Aly Pinedo is currently a Senior Nursing Major at the University of Connecticut. Besides being a tour guide, she is currently the Chapter President for Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated. She is also a Nurse Assistant for our local UCONN infirmary called Student Health and Wellness and a trip leader for an Alternative Break Service trip called UCONN Bridge to Guanin, dedicated to providing sustainability and access to healthcare to the La Piedra region in the Dominican Republic.

Wednesday, July 27th

2pm – College preparation: Where do I start?

Description: Follow 3rd year 2st generation students in a fun session prefaced with ice-breakers about what steps you could take to better prepare for the college application and enrollment process with a Q&A to follow.

Facilitator Bio: Brianna Murrell is one of our Community Managers here at Pre-College Summer and is also a rising Junior here at Uconn! She is a Physiology and Neurobiology Major with a minor in chem. Brianna participates in many organizations on campus through the African American Cultural Center here on campus; one of them being UCurls which she is the president of. Ucurls is a natural hair organization on campus geared towards providing a safe environment for women of color to embrace the beauty and struggles of having afro, kinky, and curly textured hair types.
Natalie Hernandez is a Community Manager for Pre-College Summer from Long Island, New York. Natalie is a 3rd year student in the Neag School of Education and a Special Education major. Natalie has also been a mentor for undergraduate courses and part of the Public Health House Learning Community. Natalie hopes to become a special education teacher and enjoys working closely with students.

2pm – Exploring Public Policy

Description: Interested in a career-making a difference? UConn’s School of Public Policy prepares students to become leaders in the fields of public policy, public management, nonprofit management, and survey research. Join us as we discuss curriculum, internships, and job outcomes. For students who are interested in working at a nonprofit, or in the public or private.

Facilitator Bio: Luciano Lawrence is the Outreach Coordinator in the School of Public Policy (SPP). He earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from UConn’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2019 and his Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from UConn’s Neag School of Education in 2020. Luciano was formerly a Summer Orientation Advisor at UConn Hartford.

2pm – 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: Sydnee Jones 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. Sydnee graduated from Central Connecticut State University  in 2018 with a degree in Sociology, and graduated from CCSU again in 2021 with a M.S. in Counseling with a specialization in Student Development in Higher Education. 

2pm – 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 Honors Program Coordinator for Peer Leadership Programs. 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 a bachelor’s degrees in management and marketing from Shippensburg University, and a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from the University of Connecticut.

3:30pm – College Preparation: Come learn from the perspective of our community managers

Description: Two CM going into their 3rd year share about all things roommates and learning to resolve conflicts. Sharing personal experiences, giving advice and leaving time for Q&A. 

Facilitator Bio: Erin Warner (she/her/hers) is a Community Manager with Pre-College summer 2022. She is an incoming junior in the School of Business majoring in Healthcare Management. She currently lives in Pennsylvania an hour outside of Philly, but she has also lived in North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, Arizona and Connecticut (Cheshire). She loves doing crafts and drawing as well as traveling, and her goal for 2022 is to read 100 books! A fun fact about her is she went skydiving this past school year with UConn’s skydiving club - it was amazing!!

Chesney Romer (she/hers)  is a Community Manager with Pre-College summer 2022 and she is a rising junior at UConn. She is a pathobiology major and a molecular and cell bio minor, and she hopes to continue a career in research and academia. She loves yoga, spin class, coffee, and her cats Max and Thunderpaws.

3:30pm – Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

Description: College is a unique time in your life to meet new people and explore new ideas. The college journey is something new and exciting, but can also be a time of uncertainty and discomfort. In the workshop, I will share how embracing these feelings and stepping out of your comfort zone actually will transform you as a person.

Facilitator Bio: Kevin L. Booker, Jr. is the founder of Booker Empowerment, LLC (established in 2007) and has been an educator for over 20 years.  He is committed to uplifting and educating individuals. Mr. Booker realized his passion for encouraging others who do not have a voice when he was 12 years old. At that young age, he committed to fighting for young people, understood the importance of helping others see their full potential, and dedicated himself to a life of seeking social justice.
Mr. Booker went on to achieve various degrees through the support of his family and strong mentors. He teaches college and high school level classes, trains men and women who have experienced trauma to tell their story in order to empower others, facilitates leadership and diversity workshops, and lectures. He is a mentor and speaks publicly all over the country to encourage people to understand the power of education and using their voice to make positive change. Mr. Booker is a regular volunteer with the American Red Cross and spent 7 weeks in Puerto Rico to help after Hurricane Maria. He also volunteers regularly in a local elementary school, supporting reading instruction, something he has done for the last seven years. Mr. Booker has a strong passion for encouraging others to stay positive through adversity and volunteers his time working with many individuals from various backgrounds.
Mr. Booker is a former City Councilor for the City of New London, CT where he oversaw Public Safety. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in Connecticut, ISAAC (Interdistrict School for Arts and Communication) Charter School Board of Directors in New London, CT, Hartford Job Corps Academy Outreach Board in Hartford, CT, and the School and State Finance Advisory Council. Currently, Mr. Booker is a New London Parking Authority Commissioner. Mr. Booker co-hosts a podcast called “The Cultural Flipside” with Daisy Torres where they discuss social and cultural issues that are occurring throughout the world. Mr. Booker is an author and published a book along with other men titled “Emerging Men: Transformational Stories of Hope, Inspiration and Purpose.” His motto is “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.”

3:30pm – 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 PhD student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She holds a master's degree in Rhetoric and Composition and specializes in the teaching of writing. Her research areas include digital writing, 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.

 

3:30pm – Teambuilding and communication

Description: This fun, activity and game based program is designed to highlight interpersonal communication skills. It can be used in a variety of disciplines or as a basis for identifying the importance of communication skills as a core component of personal safety, bystander intervention techniques, and healthy relationships. Participants will identify the ways in which people communicate and discuss effective message delivery. Participants will also identify potential barriers to effective communication. They will then break into smaller activity groups to play games designed to highlight different forms of communication.

Facilitator Bio: Sergeant Justin Cheney of the UConn Police Department work as part of the Community Outreach Unit. He started working at UConn in 2015. Prior to working at UConn, he attended as an undergraduate, receiving a BA in Psychology in 2007. In 2018, he began the first police facility dog program in the state of Connecticut. His partner, Tildy, provides assistance and support to those in need. Tildy enhances positive communication between the police department and UConn community. She is highly trained and her favorite activity is dock diving!

Friday, July 29th

2pm – Interviewing

Description: The résumé, cover letter, and application all serve the purpose of getting you the interview, but the interview is your chance to actually get the job. In this presentation, you'll 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.

Facilitator Bio: Kay Kimball Gruder (she|her|hers) joined the Center for Career Development in 2014 and has over 30 years of experience in career development. Kay leads career programs and services for graduate students, postdocs, and alumni of graduate programs, and she works with faculty, department leadership, and colleagues within and beyond UConn to support graduate student and postdoctoral scholar success. Within UConn Kay serves on the Graduate Student and Postdoc Affairs team at The Graduate School, is a member of the University Senate Student Welfare Committee, and partners on a variety of initiatives with International Student & Scholar Services. Kay meets with graduate students and postdocs as they explore and prepare for careers, engage in job searches, and consider options and opportunities to apply their skills, knowledge, and training.
Prior to working at UConn, Kay worked at both private and technical institutions and has additional experience in admissions, parent relations, and whole-student advising.  Kay has a M.Ed. from Lesley College and a B.A. from Bennington College.  

2pm – Literature and Data Analysis

Description: This workshop is for those who like to read and write and also have an interest in data science. We'll explore how we can combine the appreciation and interpretation of poems and fiction with ways to analyze and make visualizations of literary writing using computational methods. The workshop gives an example of the cutting edge topics English majors can learn about at the college level, and how the study of English can go well together with other school subjects.

Facilitator Bio: Yohei Igarashi is Associate Professor of English and Associate Director of the Humanities Institute at UConn. He is the author of The Connected Condition: Romanticism and the Dream of Communication (Stanford, 2020) and teaches courses on literary history as well as computational approaches to literature.

2pm – Proactive Mental Health

Description: In this workshop, students will learn how to proactively take care of their mental health as this is a big component to being a college student. There are various ways to do so but this workshop will focus on a more active approach that can help students deal with their mental health.

Facilitator Bio: Justin Rivera is the Residential Counselor for Student Wellness at Pre-College summer.
Majors: Undergrad- Urban & Community Studies, Grad- School Counseling
Fun Facts: Middle school teacher, baseball coach, 3 Varsity Sport athlete in high school.

 

2pm – Yoga

Description: TBD

Facilitator Bio: TBD

 

3:30pm – Campus Traditions and Landmarks

Description:  Get to know the UConn campus through its iconic traditions and landmarks. We’ll show show you the best spots on campus while teaching you traditions that make Huskies special. 

Facilitator Bio: This workshop is run by Jansher Aujla and Coby Cassells. Coby is a rising Junior here at UConn currently enrolled in the Neag School of Education for Secondary History while also working at the Center for Students with Disabilities on campus. Having lived in Storrs and attended EO Smith, he has developed a love for all things UConn. Jansher is a rising Senior at UConn majoring in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Genetics. Outside of being a CM this summer, he is a RA during the academic year.  

3:30pm – Exploring Your Creativity with the UConn Innovation Zone

Description: During this workshop, participants will be introduced to the UConn Innovation Zone Makerspace where a Maker Specialist will guide them through an activity that allows them to explore their creativity and innovative thinking. Through combining electronics and art, attendees will create their own custom Neon Light Sign/Sculpture!

Facilitator Bio: Jaclyn is a junior majoring in Material Science and Engineering with minors in Manufacturing and Biological Science. She is an alumna from both the Leadership and Innovation Learning Communities. Jaclyn is also a research assistant for the Institute of Materials Science in HueyAFM Labs. After college, she plans to find a career in Synthetic Biology and 3D print artificial organs. Jaclyn is president of both UConn Material Advantage and the 3D Printing Club. Known as the “Keeper of 3D printing and sewing” by her coworkers, Jaclyn has years of experience in both, and loves passing her skills onto others.

3:30pm – Pet Therapy for Stress Relief and Well-Being in College

Description: Concerned about be at a large institution away from family, friends, and mostly - your pets? Learn how pet therapy is used as one of the resources UConn students have to help reduce stress not just at exam times, but during the entire semester. You'll discover the many physical, psychological, and emotional benefits of interacting with animals. Benefits that can make a real difference in your college experience. Find out what it takes to become a pet therapy animal and how you can participate in the programs offered at UConn. Programs are offered through Student Health & Wellness (SHaW), the Babbidge Library, the Benton Museum of Art, the Rainbow Center and more. And, best of all - meet Wrigley one of the regular pet therapy dogs on campus!

Facilitator Bio: Laurel has been involved with animal assisted activities (pet therapy) for over 40 years. She is a founding member of Tails of Joy, has served on the advisory board for Pet Partners, has been a consultant for the PBS show “Nature”, and currently is the College Pet Therapy Visit Coordinator for Tails of Joy which covers central and eastern Connecticut. Laurel has conducted graduate research on various aspects of the Human-Animal Bond (HAB), including the effects on persons with disabilities who partner with an assistance dog, has written multiple journal articles on HAB, and facilitated a course on the subject at UConn. Born and raised in Chicago, Laurel now calls Connecticut home and shares her life with her husband, two Newfoundlands (Wrigley & Ernie) and a Portuguese Water Dog (Iggy).

3:30pm – Real Talk: A Panel about College Experiences

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: Katie Nguyen is one of our Hall Coordinators for Pre - college summer 2022! She is a rising Senior and is a double major in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences and Human Development and Family Studies. This is her second year at Pre - College summer and is excited to be able to work and interact with you all!

Justin Rivera is the Residential Counselor for Student Wellness at Pre-College summer.
Majors: Undergrad- Urban & Community Studies, Grad- School Counseling
Fun Facts: Middle school teacher, baseball coach, 3 Varsity Sport athlete in high school.

3:30pm – YOU can study abroad: Breaking Through Barriers and Planning for Participation

Description: Have you ever thought about studying in another country? Maybe you have but don’t have the  finances, or family commitments and other concerns have led you to believe this would not be impossible. Get ready to rethink all of this! EGL Advisor Valerie Jenkelunas will guide you through the financial resources available for students, the flexible program options, as well as highlight the personal, academic and pre-professional incentives to participating in Experiential Global Learning programs.

Facilitator Bio: Valerie is a first generation college student who changed the course of her academic and career path after participating in a study abroad in Florence, Italy, followed by a second program in Panama City and Loma Bonita, Panama.  Valerie earned a M.A. in international education at the School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont, and a B.A. in English with a minor in art history from the University of Hartford. She is passionate about experiential learning for all students, increasing participation from first gen, BIPOC and LGBTQ+ students in global programs, as well as educating students on strategies for funding and program selection.

Session 4 Offerings

Monday, August 1st

2pm – Promoting mental health

Description: This informative and interactive workshop increases participants' mental health literacy focusing on tools and techniques to support self-care and well-being.

Facilitator Bio: Anne Thompson Heller graduated from Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Metro Urban Studies. She earned a Masters in Educational Leadership; Higher Education and Student Affairs in 2011 and a Masters in Marriage and family Therapy; Human Development and Family Studies 2013. In 2021, she completed her Doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies where she studied psychosocial development and adjustment of young people in recovery. Anne has worked as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Student Health and Wellness at the University of Connecticut since 2016.

2pm – UConnect: Conversations with Alum, how to make the most out of your time at UConn

Description: Are you excited/anxious about the first semester? We have been there before and are happy to support you along the way. Join Ian Bender '22 and Michelle Wax '12 of the Werth Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation for a casual conversation about navigating college life and beyond. During this session students will also take a look at how to "Pilot their Purpose."

Facilitator Bio: Ian Bender & Michelle Wax
Ian Bender ‘22 is a recent graduate of UConn with a degree in communication. He has been with The Werth Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation since the fall of 2021, starting as a Marketing and Communication Intern before joining full time as the NetWerx Program Coordinator. He has experience training incoming students for many of The Werth Institute’s programs, such as NetWerx, F3, and WILD. A three-time participant in the NetWerx program as a mentee, Ian has extensive knowledge of both sides of mentorship, as well as experience connecting current students with opportunities, resources, and mentors that suit their needs.

Michelle Wax is a 4-time entrepreneur specializing in mindset and creating the reality you want.  Through her company American Happiness Project, she has interviewed 700+ people on how they create more happiness, fulfillment, and success in their everyday lives and worked with top companies across the globe to help employees feel better about themselves and the work they do. She also works with individuals via one-on-one coaching to improve the relationships they have with others, and also with themselves. She has been featured in Forbes, Business Insider, ABC, Fast Company, and many more publications and lives in Boston, MA where she loves boxing, being by the ocean, and making the most of each day.

2pm – 168 Hours: Work, Play, Study

Description:  Pressed for time? Discover ways to manage your academics, social, and personal responsibilities. Making the most of your 168 hours in a week. 

Facilitator Bio: Pam Fischl is a Retention Specialist in UConn’s First Year Programs Office, where she’s worked since 2017. In her current role with the Academic Achievement Center, she welcomes any and all students seeking academic assistance and specializes in supporting international and first generation students. As a “first gen” student herself, Pam has a unique and personal understanding of the multitude of challenges faced by students who are first in their family to pursue a college degree. Pam holds both a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in higher ed from the University of Miami. She is the proud parent of two college graduates, happily married to a long-time UConn professor, and a Husky herself since 2007.

3:30pm – 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 an Academic Success Coordinator at Austin Community College working with Dual Credit High School students as they progress through college courses. 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.

3:30pm – 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.

3:30pm – Resume Building

Description: Wondering how you can improve your résumé? Or perhaps you’re a bit stuck on how to get started? Have no fear, the Center for Career Development is here! This workshop will cover basic résumé formatting guidelines, résumé sections, and how to write bullet point statements.

Facilitator Bio: Eran Peterson joined the department in 2013 and has held roles as a Career Consultant, the Career Consultant for the School of Engineering, and now oversees Career Coaching and Counseling. Eran holds his Master of Science in Counselor Education and is a military veteran who deployed to Iraq in 2006. Additionally, Eran regularly presents on networking, LinkedIn, and the job search and meets regularly with students, alums, and career-changers for one-on-one consultations. Eran is the proud recipient of the Student Support Services Faculty (SSS) Faculty Recognition Award in 2020, as well as the Center for Career Development’s coveted “Ice Cube Award” which recognizes the “most chill staff member”.

Wednesday, August 3rd

2pm – Building a Better Tomorrow – Strategic Action Planning for Advocacy & Change

Description: This workshop will provide PCS participants with an opportunity to develop foundational strategies to effectively plan for, and sustain, meaningful change.  Participants will identify a problem of practice, learn how to navigate, and utilize simple policy analysis tools and work through a change protocol process.

Facilitator Bio: Christopher Todd was recently appointed as the Executive Director of the Office of Early College Programs. He is responsible for providing leadership and support to the Office of Early College Programs staff, faculty and ECE instructors on behalf of Connecticut schools, districts and students. Prior to joining UConn, Chris served 3 years as Bureau Chief in the Talent Office at the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) where he led the Bureau of Educator Effectiveness and the Bureau of Educator Standards and Certification to develop and deploy talent management and human capital development strategies to districts and schools state-wide; ensuring all Connecticut students had access to highly effective educators. Previously, Chris worked in the Windsor Public Schools for 15 years in both classroom and district-based leadership roles. As a classroom teacher, he distinguished himself as both a state and national award winner, teaching a wide-variety of courses and levels including UConn ECE. As a district-based teacher leader, Chris facilitated the district’s TEAM induction program, EPP partnerships and teacher leadership initiatives. Chris holds a BA in History from the University of Colorado, Boulder, an MA in Public Policy from Trinity College, and an MA in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Connecticut. Chris completed his Intermediate Administration and Supervision coursework at Sacred Heart University.

2pm – General Campus Safety and Risk reduction strategies

Description: In a group discussion setting, participants will identify risks they may face in daily life and discuss risk reduction strategies. Participants will understand the importance of risk awareness, recognition, reduction, and avoidance. Through group discussion, participants will develop risk recognition specific to general campus life, at parties, in residences, online, and in dating situations. The group will discuss ways to reduce those risks they self-identify.

Facilitator Bio: Sergeant Justin Cheney of the UConn Police Department work as part of the Community Outreach Unit. He started working at UConn in 2015. Prior to working at UConn, he attended as an undergraduate, receiving a BA in Psychology in 2007. In 2018, he began the first police facility dog program in the state of Connecticut. His partner, Tildy, provides assistance and support to those in need. Tildy enhances positive communication between the police department and UConn community. She is highly trained and her favorite activity is dock diving!

2pm – 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. Stephanie Gernant 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.

3:30pm – Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

Description: College is a unique time in your life to meet new people and explore new ideas. The college journey is something new and exciting, but can also be a time of uncertainty and discomfort. In the workshop, I will share how embracing these feelings and stepping out of your comfort zone actually will transform you as a person.

Facilitator Bio: Kevin L. Booker, Jr. is the founder of Booker Empowerment, LLC (established in 2007) and has been an educator for over 20 years.  He is committed to uplifting and educating individuals. Mr. Booker realized his passion for encouraging others who do not have a voice when he was 12 years old. At that young age, he committed to fighting for young people, understood the importance of helping others see their full potential, and dedicated himself to a life of seeking social justice.
Mr. Booker went on to achieve various degrees through the support of his family and strong mentors. He teaches college and high school level classes, trains men and women who have experienced trauma to tell their story in order to empower others, facilitates leadership and diversity workshops, and lectures. He is a mentor and speaks publicly all over the country to encourage people to understand the power of education and using their voice to make positive change. Mr. Booker is a regular volunteer with the American Red Cross and spent 7 weeks in Puerto Rico to help after Hurricane Maria. He also volunteers regularly in a local elementary school, supporting reading instruction, something he has done for the last seven years. Mr. Booker has a strong passion for encouraging others to stay positive through adversity and volunteers his time working with many individuals from various backgrounds.
Mr. Booker is a former City Councilor for the City of New London, CT where he oversaw Public Safety. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in Connecticut, ISAAC (Interdistrict School for Arts and Communication) Charter School Board of Directors in New London, CT, Hartford Job Corps Academy Outreach Board in Hartford, CT, and the School and State Finance Advisory Council. Currently, Mr. Booker is a New London Parking Authority Commissioner. Mr. Booker co-hosts a podcast called “The Cultural Flipside” with Daisy Torres where they discuss social and cultural issues that are occurring throughout the world. Mr. Booker is an author and published a book along with other men titled “Emerging Men: Transformational Stories of Hope, Inspiration and Purpose.” His motto is “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.”

3:30pm – 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: Sydnee Jones 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. Sydnee graduated from Central Connecticut State University  in 2018 with a degree in Sociology, and graduated from CCSU again in 2021 with a M.S. in Counseling with a specialization in Student Development in Higher Education. 

3:30pm – 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 PhD student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She holds a master's degree in Rhetoric and Composition and specializes in the teaching of writing. Her research areas include digital writing, 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.

 

3:30pm – Teambuilding and communication

Description: This fun, activity and game based program is designed to highlight interpersonal communication skills. It can be used in a variety of disciplines or as a basis for identifying the importance of communication skills as a core component of personal safety, bystander intervention techniques, and healthy relationships. Participants will identify the ways in which people communicate and discuss effective message delivery. Participants will also identify potential barriers to effective communication. They will then break into smaller activity groups to play games designed to highlight different forms of communication.

Facilitator Bio: Sergeant Justin Cheney of the UConn Police Department work as part of the Community Outreach Unit. He started working at UConn in 2015. Prior to working at UConn, he attended as an undergraduate, receiving a BA in Psychology in 2007. In 2018, he began the first police facility dog program in the state of Connecticut. His partner, Tildy, provides assistance and support to those in need. Tildy enhances positive communication between the police department and UConn community. She is highly trained and her favorite activity is dock diving!

Friday, August 5th

2pm – Adjusting to College Academics

Description: Come join one of our Hall Coordinators for a blended informational and Q&A session about college Academics. We will discuss the overall differences between highschool and college academics, tips and tricks on how to be successful, schedules, personal experiences, and give the students an opportunity to ask any questions!

Facilitator Bio: Katie Nguyen is one of our Hall Coordinators for Pre - college summer 2022! She is a rising Senior and is a double major in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences and Human Development and Family Studies. This is her second year at Pre - College summer and is excited to be able to work and interact with you all!

2pm – Interviewing

Description: The résumé, cover letter, and application all serve the purpose of getting you the interview, but the interview is your chance to actually get the job. In this presentation, you'll 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.

Facilitator Bio: Amelinda Rossitto (she/her/hers) is the Associate Director, Programming & Internal Relations at the Center for Career Development. Amelinda leads the Center’s strategic vision for in-person and virtual career readiness programming for UConn Nation. In addition to career development programs, Amelinda oversees internal relations, which focuses on building and sustaining relationships with internal organizations within UConn’s community.  Through internal relations, Amelinda manages communication, outreach, and partnership with over 70 internal university constituencies including academic departments, student organizations and activities, cultural centers, and student support departments.
Amelinda earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Eastern Connecticut State University and a Master of Science in Communication from Central Connecticut State University. Amelinda has worked in Higher Education in various capacities. Prior to her beginning at UConn, she worked at both Eastern Connecticut State University and Assumption College in Residential Life and served as the Communication Chair for the NASPA Region I Latino Knowledge Community.

2pm – Literature and Data Analysis

Description: This workshop is for those who like to read and write and also have an interest in data science. We'll explore how we can combine the appreciation and interpretation of poems and fiction with ways to analyze and make visualizations of literary writing using computational methods. The workshop gives an example of the cutting edge topics English majors can learn about at the college level, and how the study of English can go well together with other school subjects.

Facilitator Bio: Yohei Igarashi is Associate Professor of English and Associate Director of the Humanities Institute at UConn. He is the author of The Connected Condition: Romanticism and the Dream of Communication (Stanford, 2020) and teaches courses on literary history as well as computational approaches to literature.

3:30pm – Pet Therapy for Stress Relief and Well-Being in College

Description: Concerned about be at a large institution away from family, friends, and mostly - your pets? Learn how pet therapy is used as one of the resources UConn students have to help reduce stress not just at exam times, but during the entire semester. You'll discover the many physical, psychological, and emotional benefits of interacting with animals. Benefits that can make a real difference in your college experience. Find out what it takes to become a pet therapy animal and how you can participate in the programs offered at UConn. Programs are offered through Student Health & Wellness (SHaW), the Babbidge Library, the Benton Museum of Art, the Rainbow Center and more. And, best of all - meet Wrigley one of the regular pet therapy dogs on campus!

Facilitator Bio: Laurel has been involved with animal assisted activities (pet therapy) for over 40 years. She is a founding member of Tails of Joy, has served on the advisory board for Pet Partners, has been a consultant for the PBS show “Nature”, and currently is the College Pet Therapy Visit Coordinator for Tails of Joy which covers central and eastern Connecticut. Laurel has conducted graduate research on various aspects of the Human-Animal Bond (HAB), including the effects on persons with disabilities who partner with an assistance dog, has written multiple journal articles on HAB, and facilitated a course on the subject at UConn. Born and raised in Chicago, Laurel now calls Connecticut home and shares her life with her husband, two Newfoundlands (Wrigley & Ernie) and a Portuguese Water Dog (Iggy).

3:30pm – Reflect

Description: Reflect is an interactive workshop designed to offer students an atmosphere for self-reflection and growth. In this workshop you will partake in creating your very own student roadmap addressing personal themes such as but not limited to: self-love and imposter syndrome. In order to know where we are going in life, it will benefit us to have some understanding of who we are. As challenges and obstacles arise in our lives, our roadmaps will become our guiding light reminding us that we can.

Facilitator Bio: From selling custom T-shirts outside of his grandmother’s residence to American recording artist Kendrick Lamar sporting one of Anthony’s custom-made denim vests to modeling with New Balance, Valentine (as most of his friends and supporters call him) has always explored his interests, constantly developing his talents and desire to bring positive impact on the world. Valentine is a creative director, writer, director and a top youth motivational speaker, and his mission is to uplift and inspire students to understand the power of their stories. As educators make efforts in planting the seeds of courage, confidence, and unity in all students, Valentine shows up to instill and reinforce positive messaging that educators share with students. Valentine shares his story, his lessons, and his mistakes as an indicator and a reference for students. As he puts it,” I’m not here because of my accomplishments, I am here because of my mistakes. The mistakes that spawned lessons, that in turn provided direction, which later provided correction and now can provide encouragement for each and every one of you.” As an individual counted out one too many times, Valentine’s message of resilience, his experiences as an EMT in the inner city, and his work in media provide an experience for students that is engaging, heartfelt, captivating, and relative. Through his authentic, motivational speaking, Valentine shares the obstacles he has faced, from growing up without a father present to his challenge with anxiety, his crafted messages have the intention to heal. Valentine offers himself as a vessel, but more importantly as an example. The power of our story is only understood through education and understanding.

3:30pm – UConn Admissions Information Session and Campus Tour

Description: Get a taste of the boundless opportunities that exist at UConn and a better understanding of what makes us champions. Learn what it’s like to be a student and about the academic and co-curricular offerings available as you tour our beautiful main campus in Storrs.

Facilitator Bio: Ethan Cheffer is a senior sport management major from East Windsor, CT. Outside of academics and being a tour guide, he is an intern in our Academic Achievement Center he helps students with time management skills and study habits. He is also on the executive board for the Sport Business Association, an organization that talks sports each week and also brings in guest speakers from the sport industry. Finally, he is a conference coordinator for our sport business conference, bringing professionals from local sport business to connect and speak with UConn students in one big conference event.
Aly Pinedo is currently a Senior Nursing Major at the University of Connecticut. Besides being a tour guide, she is currently the Chapter President for Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated. She is also a Nurse Assistant for our local UCONN infirmary called Student Health and Wellness and a trip leader for an Alternative Break Service trip called UCONN Bridge to Guanin, dedicated to providing sustainability and access to healthcare to the La Piedra region in the Dominican Republic.