NE UACSC

Events and Activities related to New England University-Assisted Community Schools Collaborative

OPE Welcomes AmeriCorps VISTA Member Teiana Williams

CT Campus Compact logoTeiana Williams has started her year as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member through the Connecticut Campus Compact. During this year she will work with the Office of Public Engagement and the Academy of Nursing and Health Sciences in Hartford Public Schools to expand the internship capacity of the Academy. These internships will further the experience and training Academy students receive through their rigorous academic program in nursing and health sciences so that they are prepared for collegiaAmeriCorps VISTA logote study in their field. The focus will be on developing a sustainable Internship Program with a designed database system and polished community partner relationships for use by the Academy’s guidance staff and Advisory Board.

Ms Williams will also be working to support first generation college students on the Storrs and Greater Hartford campuses of UConn through a monthly learning community developed by Dr. Carol Polifroni, Director of Engagement. UConn is committed to the diversity of its student population and currently has one of the hRelevant Reciprocal Responsible graphicighest freshman to sophomore retention rates in public universities in the country. The learning community meetings have the potential to increase retention moving the rate from very good to excellent. If the learning community is identified as a valuable contribution to this increased retention rate, the program will be incorporated into existing freshman year experience courses.

Barbara Netter Honored with John H. Filer Award

From left to right: Carol Polifroni, Director of Engagement, UCONN, Barbara Netter, President and Co-Founder, ACGT, Margaret Cianci, Executive Director, ACGT
From left to right: Carol Polifroni, Director of Engagement, UCONN, Barbara Netter, President and Co-Founder, ACGT, Margaret Cianci, Executive Director, ACGT

As posted by prweb.com, Barbara Netter, the President and Co-Founder of Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT) has been awarded the John H. Filer Award by the Connecticut Council of Philanthropy. The John H. Filer Award recognizes outstanding individuals who have spurred philanthropy and bettered the public good across Connecticut. Mrs. Netter and her late husband, Edward, are also funders  of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania which provided a grant to UConn to create the New England University-Assisted Community Schools Collaborative (NE UACSC).