“Many CAHNR students join the learning community EcoHouse, which provides a culture of sustainability for students who are passionate about environmental issues. A select group of students has the opportunity to live at the student-run Spring Valley Farm, which is a collaboration among EcoHouse and First Year Programs, Dining Services, Residential Life, CAHNR, the Office of Environmental Policy, and the Office of Public Engagement — a true cooperative where students sell the produce they grow to the community. Many who live there do so because they do not come from families or communities that farmed, and this is their first taste of the real thing.”
On Wednesday, March 2, Dr. Hiram Fitzgerald, Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement at Michigan State University visited UConn for an informational and engaging discussion about Community Engagement Scholarship: Impacts, Metrics, and Benchmarks of Change. To see the talk and powerpoint slides, please see the links below.
The Brass City/Grass Roots Exhibit
Examines Agriculture in Waterbury
and Coincides with
2014 UConn Reads Selection
Torrington & Waterbury, CT – Agriculture in industrial Waterbury? Sounds like an oxymoron. And yet agriculture remained robust in the city even after the industrial revolution made Waterbury the Brass City. A new exhibit, “Brass City/Grass Roots,” explores the many ways in which agriculture, local food processing, and local food marketing have made their mark in Waterbury over the past 150 years.
The exhibit will be at the Dodd Research Center on the Storrs campus from June 1 to August 1. The exhibit traveled to farmers’ markets and other local venues in a number of Waterbury’s neighborhoods during the fall of 2014. The exhibit is open to the general public and hopefully will inspire lively discussions on the past, present, and future of local agriculture as an economic development tool, a way to revitalize neighborhoods, and a source of fresh and healthy food. The exhibit also complements the discussions this past semester around UConn’s current book selection for its UConn Reads program.
This colorful display consists of 10 panels with historic maps, photographs, and oral history interviews done with many area residents, and has in-depth profiles of several important Waterbury farms. A Spanish language translation of exhibit text and places for comments, questions, and stories will be included on one of the panels.
Conceived by Brass City Harvest Executive Director, Susan Pronovost, the display is based on a year and a half of research by Dr. Ruth Glasser, an urban studies and history faculty member at the University of Connecticut Waterbury Campus, along with UConn students and talented area photographers and mapmakers. Research for this project was made possible by grants from Connecticut Humanities, the Waterbury Environmental Benefits Fund, and the Connecticut Community Foundation. The project was funded by and was part of Connecticut at Work, a year-long conversation on the past, present and future of work life in Connecticut created by Connecticut Humanities.
The exhibit debuted on February 13, 2015 at the UConn Torrington campus library, where it featured until March 19. It then moved to the Waterbury campus library, where it was on display from March 24 to May 22 and coincided with programming around the UConn Reads selection, Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma.
CONTACT: Ruth Glasser
University of Connecticut
99 East Main Street
Waterbury, CT 06702
firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-236-9921
In May a group of fifteen UConn LSAMP students traveled to Peru to build ten functioning solar heating panels for showers in a small village of Luquina on the shores of Lake Titicaca. The students spent five days and four nights in Luquina building solar panels, and they spent every available moment working to complete their goal of ten panels for ten homes. Each home presented its own group of challenges that the students had to overcome with the help of the local people and mentoring of Robert Erickson, an engineer for Pratt & Whitney.
For more on this service learning adventure see the full post on LSAMP. More photos are published in a July 7 post at UConn Today.
Launched initially in 2001 and reconfigured in 2003, the University of Connecticut Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Scholars Program is part of an alliance of New England institutions that received funding through the National Science Foundation (NSF) to strengthen the preparation, representation, and success of historically under-represented students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. In addition to the University of Connecticut, the alliance includes the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Northeastern University, the University of Rhode Island, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Each summer, Husky Programs at the Center for Public Health and Health Policy, offer a paid internship for UConn undergraduate students. Husky Scholars (interns) act as role models and mentors by developing lessons and sharing healthy eating and physical activity messages to participants in underserved areas throughout Connecticut. Interns deliver education to participants across the lifespan using lessons from the Husky Reads, Husky Nutrition and Healthy Aging programs. Click here for more information: http://www.publichealth.uconn.edu/husky-scholars.html.
Husky Programs have presented at several engagement Symposia and are past recipients of Provost’s Awards for Excellence in Engagement.
As posted to the Stamford Daily Voice, UConn students will participate in a park clean up and rebuild
at Cedar Street Park on April 11. The UConn students from classes taught at the Stamford campus by Human Development Professor Monica Miller-Smith participate in a service-learning partnership to serve as mentors with 5th grade students at Newfield Elementary and Hart Magnet Elementary Schools. Students and their parents will share in the work of the park rebuild project.
The work of Associate Professor Syma Ebbin and students in the Fall 2014 Agriculture and Resource Economics class has been published in the Spring 2015 issue of GOSA News – the newsletter of the Groton Open Space Association. Their article, Is the Grass Always Greener? Assessing Lawn Care Practices of Connecticut Residents, provides information on the consequences of lawn maintenance practices for the health of the soil, streams and Long Island Sound while highlighting best practices for lawn loving property owners.