2010 Provost’s Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement

Presented November 29, 2010




Provost Peter Nicholls offers remarks at the awards ceremony. Also in the photo are Robert McCarthy, Dean of Pharmacy and the Director of the Provost’s Commission on Public Engagement and Susan Nesbitt, Director of the Center for Continuing Studies and co-chair of the Public Engagement Forum.


Student Awards:Undergraduate Student

Michael Baczewski, Department of Public Policy, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Storrs
Baczewski is an urban and community studies major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He received the award for making great strides with engagement in a number of areas on campus and beyond, specifically demonstrating volunteerism and engagement in service as well as political arenas, most notably serving as a member of the Board of Education for the Town of Berlin.

Michael Baczewski Poster

Student Awards: Graduate Student

Michael Zacchea, Business Administration, School of Business, Stamford
Zacchea is pursuing an MBA at the School of Business in Stamford. A veteran himself, he helped fellow veterans through the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities.

Michael Zacchea Poster

Professional Staff

Reesa Olins, STEP Program & Alumni Relations, School of Social Work, West Hartford
Olins is the executive program director of outreach, continuing education, and alumni relations at the School of Social Work. She is also the principal investigator for Clinical Issues in Adoption: A Post Master’s Certificate Program. This program has been modeled by other states concerned with child welfare and adoption practices. Her work in this area brings together many constituencies at the local, state, and national levels.
Reesa Olins Poster

Program Award

VoTer Center, Computer Science & Engineering, School of Engineering, Storrs
The VoTer Center was established in 2006 as a partnership with the Office of the Connecticut Secretary of State. The center not only provides technical expertise to the State of Connecticut in electronic voting technology, but it also provides valuable contributions and resources to ensure that Connecticut citizens’ voices are heard.

Faculty Award

Ann Ferris, Public Health & Health Policy, School of Medicine, Farmington
Ferris has been part of the UConn community for 32 years. Her teaching, research, and outreach focus on low-income families and underprivileged individuals. In her capacity as director of the Healthy Communities Initiative at the Center for Public Health and Health Policy, she has been able to initiate and implement numerous outreach programs, such as how to reduce childhood obesity and diseases. She also involves undergraduate and graduate students in her initiatives, and has a partnership with more than 25 agencies in the Hartford community.
Ann Ferris Poster