Author: Julia Yakovich

Historic Archaeologic Dig Covered in Podcast: Grating the Nutmeg, The Podcast of CT History

13. DISCOVERY! CONNECTICUT'S MOST IMPORTANT DIG EVER!Take an earwitness journey to the 1659 John Hollister homesite on the Connecticut River in ancient Wethersfield, and join the archaeologists, graduate students, and volunteers from many walks of life as they uncover one of the richest early colonial sites ever found in Connecticut.

State Historian Walter Woodward brings you with him on the last day of the dig as for a first hand account of what they’re finding at this amazing site, and what it means for understanding our early history. Hear from State Archaeologist Brian Jones, Lori Kissel, Scot Brady, Glenda Rose, Dick Hughes, Fiona Jones, Mandy Ranslow (president of FOSA – Friends of the Office of State Archaeology)  and others about their epic archaeological adventure.

You’ll also find companion photographs of the site at the Connecticut State Historian’s Facebook page (please like) and the Connecticut Explored website (please subscribe to the magazine).

Find the podcast.
Read more here.

UConn Expands Program for Careers in Nonprofit Sector

Roy Mainelli, a former aerospace industry professional and graduate of UConn's Encore!Hartford program, speaks with Alex McDade, a participant in Journey Home, a program that helps people who have experienced homelessness get jobs.

Six years after UConn launched a program to assist Hartford-area professionals transition from corporate to nonprofit management, the popular job-training program is expanding.

This fall, in concert with a number of partners, the University will offer Encore!Fairfield County, with the goal of reducing professional sector unemployment in that region of the state and increasing the capacity of local nonprofits, according to program director David Garvey, who is based in UConn’s Department of Public Policy. See the full story here.

Research Community Forum, Oct. 25 and 26

Foundations of Trust: Connecting Our Community to Research

This two-day Research Community Forum will be full of exhibits, presentations, interactive workshops and networking at its finest.

Tuesday, October 25 features a symposium style format focused on ethical issues of engaging community participation in research.  The keynote speaker Camille Nebeker, EdD, MS, is presenting: “Connected and Open Research Ethics: Ethical Research Using Personal Health Data.”

Break-out sessions include; Federal, Community Engaged Participatory Research and Mobile Health
Engagement tracks.

Wednesday, October 26 is a workshop-style interactive day providing an opportunity for the research community to engage with our federal partners from OHRP.  This program will explore various key aspects of human research protection including the direct perspective of former participants.


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UConn Civic Action Plan

President Herbst signed the attached Campus Compact Action Statement in March 2016.  To that end, UConn will create and implement a civic action plan between now and March 2017. The Public Engagement Forum met recently to discuss how to do this, what will be our process, who needs to be involved, how will we implement it, and by what metrics do we measure our success. Stay tuned for more information soon. If you would like to be involved, please contact Julia Yakovich at or Carol Polifroni at





UConn Office of Public Engagement Secures Grant

Invest Health is a new initiative that brings together diverse leaders from mid-sized U.S. cities across the nation to develop new strategies for increasing and leveraging private and public investments to accelerate improvements in neighborhoods facing the biggest barriers to better health. The program is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Reinvestment Fund.

This initiative was developed to provide an opportunity for mid-sized cities to transform the way local leaders work together to create solution-driven and diverse partnerships. These partnerships will emphasize making changes in low-income neighborhoods to improve resident health and well-being. These changes can focus on increasing access to quality jobs, affordable housing, and nutritious food, and reducing crime rates and environmental hazards.

Read more about the grant UConn’s Office of Public Engagement secured with the City of Hartford Department of Health and Human Services in collaboration with Community Solutions, Hartford Food System, and St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

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Service Learning Expo – Storrs Campus Details

Inaugural Service Learning Exposition, Wednesday, April 20th!



Times Vary at Each Campus (check links below) – Poster sessions and presentations

Faculty, staff, and students across UConn campuses have been engaging with the community through service learning for years now, and it is time to showcase their accomplishments and ongoing efforts! UConn has, through the Office of Public Engagement, fostered a mission of developing engaged citizens through coordination, advocacy, and capacity building for engagement activities. Many of these engagement activities are Service Learning.

Come to learn, share, and get inspired from Service Learning Courses, Outreach Programs, Potential Internships, Independent Studies, Teaching Opportunities, and Research – ALL are examples of Service Learning!

The Expo is where students, faculty, staff and community partners can learn of opportunities in accordance with UConn’s Academic Vision. Listen to students are making real difference in our communities while growing personally and professionally. Listen how our faculty and staff are teaching innovative and exciting courses and are fostering programs that benefit our communities!

Please share this information and encourage attendance.

Storrs Campus – South Reading Room, Wilbur Cross Building

Avery Point – Student Center

Hartford Campus – Zachs Room

Stamford Campus – Concourse

Waterbury – Multipurpose Room

Health Center – Cafeteria

Service Learning Committee

Community Engagement Scholarship: Impacts, Metrics, and Benchmarks of Change

12801203_1664126773854097_5210006590762241937_nOn 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.

Slides from Presentation

Streamed Keynote Here

Pedagogical Pillars of Service Learning Powerpoint and Webex Recording

Wednesday, February 10, 12:30 to 1:30 pm

Pedagogical Pillars of Service Learning, HBL Collaborative Learning Classroom

Julia Yakovich, Service Learning and Anne Gebelein, El Instituto

This seminar will explore the fundamentals and characteristics of the pedagogy of service learning and will also uncover the research behind it. The presenters will review basic tools and tips of the trade for faculty to begin designing their service learning initiatives.

Session recording and presentation:

High Impact Teaching Series – Pillars (002) – Powerpoint Presentation

Play recording – Webex Recording

Newman Civic Fellows – 2016 Campus Application

The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Through service, research, and advocacy, Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change. The award recognizes student leaders who:

  • Take action in pursuit of long-term positive social change
  • Inspire and engage others
  • Demonstrate the motivation and potential for effective long-term civic engagement
  • Are members of the class of 2018 or 2019

To apply for nomination, please complete the form below and arrange to have a letter of recommendation sent to by the application deadline of 12pm on Monday, February 15, 2016.



The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Through service, research, and advocacy, Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change. These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can—and does—play in building a better world.  The Newman Civic Fellows Awards are made possible through the generous support of the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation.