2013 Provost’s Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement

Presented November 20, 2013

Director Carol Polifroni and Provost Choi with 2013 Provost's Award for Excellence in Public Engagement Recipients Photo by Tina Covensky
Director Carol Polifroni and Provost Choi with 2013 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Public Engagement Recipients
Photo by Tina Covensky

Front Row: Carol Polifroni, Jessica Parker, Susan Furbish, Rebecca Thomas, Claire Simonich, Provost Mun Y. ChoiMiddle Row: Mary Ann Phaneuf, Beth Nyerick, Wendi Richardson, Erin Blanchette, Louise Larson, Magdalena Narozniak, Gillian B. Thorne

Back Row: Tim Dowding, Lynne Healy, Elizabeth Simonetti, Richard Kamin, Nicholas Lownes, Brian A. Boecherer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Program:

The Center for International Social Work Studies

Director Polifroni, Lynne Healy, Rebecca Thomas, Provost Choi, photo by Tina Covensky
Director Polifroni, Lynne Healy, Rebecca Thomas, Provost Choi, photo by Tina Covensky

The Center for International Social Work Studies engages students, faculty, community members, and international partners in its activities. Staffed solely by faculty and student interns, the Center sponsors 6 or more seminars per year, engages students in the United Nations and other global and immigrant organizations, holds an annual international day, and engages students in action projects. The Center has hosted visiting scholars from more than 35 countries and held conferences on such critical topics as human trafficking, human rights, and global children’s issues. Hallmarks of university partnerships in Jamaica, Armenia and England are sustained relationships resulting in publications and community involvement. CICPoster

 

 

Advanced Degree Student:

Jennifer Crowley

Director Polifroni, Mary Ann Phaneuf and Beth Nyerick, representing Jennifer Crowley, Provost Choi, photo by Tina Covensky
Director Polifroni, Mary Ann Phaneuf and Beth Nyerick, representing Jennifer Crowley, Provost Choi, photo by Tina Covensky

Jennifer Crowley obtained her B.S. in Pharmacy Studies, with a minor in Spanish, from UConn in May 2012, and anticipates her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in May 2014. Jennifer is an Urban Health Scholar and an active member of the UConn Urban Service Track (UST). She has led numerous inter-professional community outreach activities directed toward urban, underserved populations as part of UST. Jennifer has also been a leader in multiple pharmacy organizations including Alpha Zeta Omega, Student National Pharmaceutical Association, and the American Pharmacists Association. She established the School of Pharmacy’s first clinical clerkship experience in Costat Rica, where she will be for November 2013. Jennifer’s Poster

Faculty:

Timothy Dowding

Director Polifroni, Tim Dowding, Provost Choi, photo by Tina Covensky
Director Polifroni, Tim Dowding, Provost Choi, photo by Tina Covensky

Timothy Dowding has taught at UConn since 2001. He teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in business information systems, web design, supply chain and operations management. He’s been the Associate Director of the International Business Accelerator for the past 2 years; an experiential learning accelerator program housed at the Stamford campus. His research agenda focuses on sustainable economic development principles and activities where he is currently working on a series of projects to convert agricultural waste into profitable commodities: seaweed into liquid fertilizer; coconut and sugar cane fiber into particleboard, and ultimately the implementation of these as components of eco-industrial parks that can be established in tropical emerging markets, such as Haiti and Sri Lanka. Tim’s poster

 
 
 
 

Staff:

Susan Furbish

Director Polifroni, Susan Furbish, Provost Choi, photo by Tina Covensky
Director Polifroni, Susan Furbish, Provost Choi, photo by Tina Covensky

Susan Furbish, RD joined the University of Connecticut’s Husky Programs in 2004 and currently serves as Assistant Director. Susan holds a BA degree in Psychology from Amherst College and is a Registered Dietitian. In 1999, Susan left the corporate sector to embark on a career change which ultimately landed her in the field of Nutrition and Public Health. As a Registered Dietitian, she is accomplished at program design and implementation, and is committed to promoting healthy eating and physical activity for low resource children, families and older adults. As a former financial services executive she brings strong management, organizational and communication skills to the Center for Public Health and Health Policy. Susan is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and served as chairperson of the Public Relations committee for the Connecticut chapter of the Academy from 2009-2011. Susan’s Poster

Faculty:

Richard Kamin

Director Polifroni, Richard Kamin, Provost Choi, photo by Tina Covensky
Director Polifroni, Richard Kamin, Provost Choi, photo by Tina Covensky

Dr. Richard Kamin received both his Bachelors of Science and Medical Degree from the University of Washington in Seattle. He subsequently completed a residency in Emergency Medicine and EMS Fellowship at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Kamin is an attending in the Emergency Department, the EMS Program Director and the EMS Fellowship Director at the University of Connecticut Health Center/School of Medicine where he is actively involved in teaching medical students, emergency medicine residents, pre-hospital providers and other emergency physicians. Rich also serves as the Medical Director for the Connecticut Department of Public Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services. Rich’s Poster
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Early Career Faculty:

Nicholas Lownes

Director Polifroni, Nicholas Lownes, Provost Choi, photo by Tina Covensky
Director Polifroni, Nicholas Lownes, Provost Choi, photo by Tina Covensky

Nicholas Lownes is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Connecticut. He earned his PhD from UT Austin and joined the faculty at UConn in August 2007. In 2010 he became director of the Center for Transportation and Livable Systems. In 2012 he was named F.L. Castleman Professor in Engineering Innovation. His primary research interests are in public transportation systems and network modeling. His recent research efforts have focused on t-HUB: a collaborative database initiative including engineering, computer science, geography and the library to build analytical tools for evaluating equity in public transportation systems.Nicholas’s Poster
 
 
 

Alumni:

Elizabeth M. Simonetti

Director Polifroni, Elizabeth Simonetti, Provost Choi, photo by Tina Covensky
Director Polifroni, Elizabeth Simonetti, Provost Choi, photo by Tina Covensky

Elizabeth M. Simonetti, Ed.D. is the founder, President, and CEO of Assi le Assime: The Togo Development Partnership, a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating poverty by leveraging local talents and resources of Togo to meet local market needs. The organisation has initiatives in 4 domains: food, water, work and prayer. Dr. Simonetti is a staff pharmacist at Stop & Shop Pharmacy and is a 1983 graduate of the School of Pharmacy and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and was a former missionary in Togo. Elizabeth’s poster
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Undergraduate Student:

Claire Simonich

Claire Simonich, Provost Choi, photo by Tina Covensky
Claire Simonich, Provost Choi, photo by Tina Covensky

Claire Simonich is a May 2013 Honors graduate. Claire received a BA in Political Science and a BS in Finance. She was a member of the Special Program in Law. While at UConn, Claire worked with the Office of Community Outreach to lead a new Alternative Spring Break trip to Appalachia focused on rural poverty and labor law. She also led an English language tutoring program for international students at UConn. Claire received a Student Life Award for Enhancing Community. She is now studying at Yale Law School and plans to work as a public interest lawyer. Claire’s Poster
 
 
 
 

Program:

UConn Early College Experience

Provost Choir and Director Polifronii with ECE Staff: (clockwise from left) Brian Boecherer, Jennifer Griffin, Louise Larson, Magdalena Narozniak, Jessica Parker, Gillian Thorne, Erin Blanchette, Wendi Richardson, photo by Tina Covensky
Provost Choi and Director Polifroni with ECE Staff: (clockwise from left) Brian Boecherer, Jennifer Griffin, Louise Larson, Magdalena Narozniak, Jessica Parker, Gillian Thorne, Erin Blanchette, Wendi Richardson, photo by Tina Covensky

UConn Early College Experience is an accredited member of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Programs, and one of the largest and oldest programs nationwide. This year 10,000 students in over 160 Connecticut high schools are earning UConn credits through UConn ECE in their high school classrooms, taught by UConn-certified instructors who are professionally mentored by UConn faculty. UConn ECE is committed to providing access to and preparation for post-secondary education programs by fostering relationships between higher education and partner high schools. UConn ECE poster