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Temporary University Specialist Position – Community Outreach Programs, Services and Initiatives

Temporary University Specialist Department of Student Activities
Community Outreach Programs, Services and Initiatives

Position Summary

The Department of Student Activities; Community Outreach Programs, Services, and Initiatives, is seeking a Temporary University Specialist to provide administrative support as well as entry-level program support. Under the Direction of the Associate Director for Community Outreach Programs, Services and Initiatives, this position will provide daily administrative support including but not limited to supporting data reporting for programs, payroll and supporting the students and staff on program planning and development. This position is located on the UConn Storrs Campus.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Assist in the performance of the Office of Community Outreach Programs, Services, and Initiatives activities, including some program support and office support functions, making adjustments to accommodate priority needs.
  2. Serves as a resource to students, staff and others on matters relating to administrative procedures and program activities for the area
  3. Assist in planning outreach programs and services, conference planning and supporting arrangement for program logistics
  4. Coordinating, training, and overseeing student support staff for the area
  5. Maintaining program related data including service records of participants and programs and student payroll records; ensuring compliance with School and University policies and procedures
  6. Exercises general supervision over office personnel and office functions; processes and maintains necessary paperwork, records and files to support programs and services, including fiscal and personnel records
  7. Preparing student payroll requests and appropriate paperwork for all area programs, services and initiatives
  8. Processing personnel and fiscal transactions such as travel authorizations and expense reimbursements; student payroll, and purchase requisitions/orders
  9. Manages special projects, which may be short-or long-term and require knowledge of the Department of Student Activities, Community Outreach Programs, Services, and Initiatives
  10. May assist on department website to include developing and updating website content, as well as give recommendations or make decisions regarding layout design, content categorization, navigation, etc.
  11. Performing other duties as required

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree in subject area related to program specialty, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  2. One to three years’ experience in a responsible administrative support position, which demonstrates knowledge of administrative methods
  3. Ability to work independently and regularly exercise judgment regarding administrative detail and procedures
  4. Ability to provide entry-level program support
  5. Good interpersonal and organizational skills
  6. Good writing and communications skills
  7. Proficiency with Microsoft Office products
  8. Demonstrated ability to actively foster a campus climate that is welcoming and supportive of the University of Connecticut’s diverse student body and encourages communication with and among University constituents


  1. Prior experience in a higher education academic setting
  2. Demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate and execute events
  3. Experience with Core-CT
  4. Experience in Excel, Word, Access and Outlook
  5. Experience using website applications such as Aurora WordPress

Appointment Terms

This is a temporary full-time position (35 hours per week) for a period of six months, with the possibility of extension dependent upon program needs and available funding. We have an anticipated start date of September 14th.

To Apply

Please submit a resume, cover letter and contact information for three professional references to:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Qualified candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview. Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is an EEO/AA employer.




Gina DeVivo Brassaw, MSW
Associate Director for
Community Outreach Programs, Services, and Initiatives
Department of Student Activities
2110 Hillside Road, Unit 3008
Storrs, CT 06269
860-486-1165 (phone)
860-486-8821 (f)

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Albert Einstein


Fall and Summer 2017 UCS Schedules

It’s that time again. Students who have not made appointments with their advisor are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. If you have any questions regarding the schedule, please contact your advisor.



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New Summer Study Abroad Program in the Netherlands

UConn Sustainable Amsterdam, Netherlands (Summer) (Faculty-led) – The overarching goal of the course is to provide students with an opportunity to do field-based research into various topics relating to sustainable urban and transportation planning. Methods will include standard qualitative approaches such as structured and unstructured interviews and direct observation. Research findings will be documented in a short film which the students will design, shoot, edit and produce during their time in the field.

The course has three main objectives:

1. To provide students with a solid foundation in seminal literature on alternative planning paradigms from both a theoretical and applied perspective, and to introduce them to emerging debates in sustainable transportation and sustainable cities.

2. To provide students with an opportunity to collaborate in an interdisciplinary setting to broaden their perspectives about and experience in addressing cross-cutting issues.

3. To provide students with training and guidance on how to distill complex ideas into clear and concise communications that are easily understood by a general audience through a variety of media, particularly short films. This objective is important because any approach that adopts a sustainability orientation requires public engagement. Too often, academics are not equipped with the necessary skills to be able to work with a variety of stakeholders beyond the academic realm. These courses therefore seek to enhance students’ communication skills to allow effective engagement to take place.

4. For Graduate Students only: In addition to the film, students taking the graduate course will prepare a 10-page research paper on their chosen theme.

For more information or to apply visit

Learn How to Knit a Scarf Event Related Videos

Below are a number of different knitting tutorial videos that can help you knit a scarf. These are just a few available online. For hands-on instruction or help, the UKnit Club meets on Wednesdays, in the Undergrad Building, Room 208 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm.

Knit Stitch – Video shown at event:


How to Knit – Cast on Beginner (with closed captions)

A casting on example – video takes the process slowly for begginers


How to Knit – Knit Stitch Beginner (with closed Captions CC)


How to Bind Off – Beginner (with closed captions)


This video also has step by step instructions – To view one way to hold you hands while knitting view the video at the 16:00 mark.


How to Knit a Scarf  – To learn how to avoid creating additional stitches, uneven rows, view video at the 2:40 mark.

This video has some real good tips to make your knitting a success.

This video demonstrates one way to incorporate a new bolt of yarn if your original bolt runs out.

UCS Spring 2017 Schedule

The schedule can be downloaded from our Course Schedule page located under the Degree Information tab.


If you have any questions or have any issues enrolling in URBN courses, please contact our office at 860-570-9092 or our faculty advisor.


11/4 – Free Symposium on Urban Resilience & Sustainability

Yale’s Hixon Center for Urban Ecology is hosting a free symposium on urban resiliency and sustainability on Friday, Nov. 4.

Seeking Volunteers on the GHC – ConnectiKids

Volunteer opportunity on the Greater Hartford Campus to tutor 5th & 8th grade students from Hartford.



10/7 – Walk & Talk: Storrs Center and Historic Willimantic CT

Congress for the New Urbanism
New York Chapter
Walk & Talk: Storrs Center and Historic Willimantic Connecticut
Friday, October 7  — 10am – 4pm

Join CNU New York and CNU New England for a walking tour, lunch, and happy hour in Northeastern Connecticut. The tour will begin at the newly redone Storrs Center, a dense, walkable, and brand new traditional college town for Connecticut’s largest and premier public university. Next, hop on the tour bus to Willimantic, CT for a walk through the historical mill town, once called the “Thread City”. Explore both the historical hidden gems of the town, the new riverfront, and efforts to attract small tech startups.

Lou Marquet, Principal, Leyland Alliance
Joseph Vallone, President, Joe Vallone Architecture+Development Studio

Capacity is limited so register early to secure your spot. Regular admission is $60 / student $30 and includes lunch.

Click here to > Register

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New Hartford Campus Video – Construction Progress

Click on the YouTube videos below to view the progress of the new Hartford Campus construction.




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Meet CLAS’s Urban CLASS of 2016 –

Learn more about their favorite UConn professors, best memories, plans for the future, and advice for incoming students. Congratulations, CLAS Class of 2016!


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 Jasmine Alexander-Brookings

Hometown: Prince Georges County, MD

Major: Individualized Major: Urban and Youth Development

Minor: Africana Studies

Clubs and Activities: UConn Hip Hop Collective; Sankofa; SIS; Theta Delta Sigma; Community Outreach

Why did you choose an individualized major in urban youth development?
When I first came to UConn, I was an athletic training major. I got into the program, but there was something missing for me. I actually took a break from the university for about a year, and during that break, I explored what I wanted to do with my life. I wanted to choose something that would be authentic to me. I looked back at my experiences and realized that I love working with young people, and I wanted to engage, empower, and educate them in meaningful ways that spoke to and resonated with them. Even though I wasn’t sure what job I would have after college, I’ve just tried to remain open.

In what ways did the Urban Semester in Hartford program influence you?
I see myself working within the urban landscape, and particularly within communities of color, or minority communities in general. So both my internships have built up my confidence. I’ve been able to have a lot of autonomy and freedom to say, “I think this is a great program, lets do it!”

I’m interning at two different locations. One is the Hartford Gay Lesbian Health Collective; they do a lot of work with HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. I am also interning at Connectikids, which provides after school and summer programing for youths grades two through eight. I’m helping design their summer curriculum. One program I’ve run for them is a trip to UConn. We’re doing a student panel, a couple of workshops on culture and awareness, a campus tour, and we’re going to eat at South campus dining hall. It’ll be a great experience for the kids.

What are your plans for the future?
I don’t know yet! I used to be such a planner. I’m trying to let my life evolve organically by being open and hopping on opportunities. I know that graduate school is definitely where I want to be within two or three years. I’m looking at programs that are focused on education policy, but also management. In the meantime, I’m thinking about doing an AmeriCorps or Peace Corps program.

How did founding the Hip Hop Collective enrich your student experience?
It started my sophomore year when I had an idea for a program. I wanted to do something simple where we would educate people about the culture and social movement of Hip Hop. But I remember having conversations with people and everyone was like “think bigger, do bigger!” I connected with people and it ended up becoming a three-day event that spring. We had a panel, a student showcase, a documentary screening, a rising artist concert, and an opening ceremony where student groups performed. For me, it was cool to see a small idea develop into something that really had an impact on folks. The next year, it ended up being an educational conference, and we had about 100 people come out to that. With the Hip Hop Collective, nothing has happened as I planned or anticipated, but I think it’s helped me learn to follow my heart and trust it.

Who has made the biggest impact on you at UConn?
I wasn’t going to be able to return to the University my junior year because my financial aid was cut and tuition was raised. I had to come up with $15,000. My professor, Mark Overmyer-Velázquez of the Department of History and El Instituto, ended up making it his mission to make sure I stayed here. He reached out to everybody on campus and rallied this team, which is how I got a $15,000 grant from the University! I have a lot of those stories where people have just really supported me. One of the greatest things about my experience at UConn has been the people. I have so many people that I feel like are in my corner and have my back.



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Hometown: Manchester, CT

Major: History, Urban and Community Studies

Clubs and Activities: Student Support Services

How has being a first-generation student impacted your college experience?

Actually applying to the universities was difficult because I didn’t know what to look for when looking at colleges. I ended up going to my teachers and they really went above and beyond to help me. I could never thank them enough; if it weren’t for them I probably wouldn’t be here.

I try to be as involved as I can. I feel like I’m already a step behind because I didn’t have the same resources that other people did coming into college. I have to make sure that I’m working and making my resume and everything as competitive as I can. You just have to motivate yourself or find something that motivates you. For me, it’s probably my family and little brother’s specifically because I want to be a good example for them.

Who was your favorite professor?
Professor Lawrence Goodheart at the West Hartford campus was my favorite professor. He recently retired, but I took African American History Before the Civil War and American History with him. He would literally come into class smiling and just start jumping around. I’ve never actually seen a professor really love their job as much as he did. He made topics that most people wouldn’t like really interesting just by being so enthusiastic.

What is your favorite memory of UConn?
I was selected to speak in front of the Connecticut General Assembly this semester about UConn budget cuts. I only got a couple days to prepare the testimony, which was a little nerve-wracking. Once I was there, I tried to tune everything out, and I practiced a lot to make sure I didn’t stutter too much. I swear I wasn’t nervous until I turned on the mic, but then I was like ‘oh man, what am I doing?’ But it was an amazing experience, and it was kind of funny seeing myself on TV!

You’ve had several internship and program experiences in the Connecticut public sector. Which ones influenced you the most?
I participated in Leadership Greater Hartford, which was a program that brought students together to impact Hartford with a pro-social project. My group wanted to impact the education system, so we organized a career fair in Buckley High School. Especially in an urban community, there’s pretty much this mindset that you might not be able to go to college. We put together a video aimed at encouraging these students, but then we also brought resources to them. We had admissions officers from all the universities that we attended come to the event as well to talk about college and answer their questions.

Then I interned at the Newington Board of Education in the transportation department, which provided good insights into how to balance a budget. It was nice because I’m going to need to have basic budgeting skills if I’m going to be an administrator someday. Maybe one day I’ll work at UConn; I’d love to work here!

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen?
When you come into a big university like UConn, you can feel kind of lost. At times you probably question if you’re really supposed to be here. Just keep an open mind and don’t despair. Make sure you don’t feel depressed about things like not knowing anyone, and if you do, talk to someone because there are so many people here willing to help. Most of my closest friends I met at the end of my sophomore year and junior year. Don’t feel bad if it hasn’t happened for you yet.

What are your plans for after graduation?
I’ll be attending the Masters in Public Administration program here at UConn. When I finish that I hope to work in a job where I can analyze policies that affect education. Once I get some experience and feel like I have a good foundation to build upon, I hope to go for more of a leadership position. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get a job where I get to have my voice heard. I’d love to become a Senator one day, but I’m taking things one step at a time for now!


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Hometown: Northfield, VT

Major: Geography, Urban and Community Studies

Scholarships: UConn Merit Scholarship, UCS Department Scholarship

Clubs and Activities: UConn Moot Court Competition Team, The Writing Center, Leadership Legacy Experience, Holster Scholars First Year Project

Why did you choose to study Urban and Community Studies and Geography?
I knew that I wanted to study urban planning, and I thought I was interested in land use and development law because my grandfather worked in environmental and natural resources for the Vermont state government, and I was always fascinated by the work that he did. As soon as I started to get an introductory knowledge into the technical side of geography, I really fell in love with it and made that my niche area.

What was the most meaningful experience you had in your clubs and organizations?
I was so happy when I was hired as a sophomore to work at the Writing Center. We tutor about ten hours a week, so we get to meet 100 people or more from different majors in that time, and that’s really cool. I still remember a student that came in my first semester of tutoring with a personal statement for an application to be a bridge designer for a prestigious firm in New York City. That was something I had never even heard of before. So in addition to meeting cool people, it also teaches you a lot about how the world works and how other people are trying to go after their goals, which I find really inspiring.

Tell us about the many internship opportunities you’ve had.
My first internship was at the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission. I took inventory of road infrastructure, so I would dive into ditches and take pictures of culverts, which are the pipes that run under roads. My second internship was at the Connecticut State Data Center, located in Babbidge Library. By the end of the internship, we had put together a regional planning data browser. Then I interned at Travelers Insurance, and currently, I’m an intern at a non-profit called New Haven Promise, a scholarship organization that’s also a long-term economic development engine.

What are your plans for after graduation?
I have accepted an offer at Travelers. When I interned there, it was a game changer for me, and we both agreed that me working there was a good fit. I’ll be working as a geospatial analyst. Organizations like Travelers have a lot of data, but that kind of data is only valuable if it is presented and analyzed in useful ways. Occasionally, a great way to present or analyze certain information is to do so spatially—often on a map. So I work in information delivery, working on applications and performing analyses that involve a spatial component.

Do you have a favorite class or professor?
I took Canon of American Legal Thought with Richard Michael Fischl in the School of Law. People say that you take classes that teach you how to think, and I don’t know if I’ve ever really thought about classes that way, but I would say that I’ve had to think harder for that class than in any other class I’ve taken. It was immensely challenging. The readings were complex, they were dense, but it was rewarding to see how leading influential thinkers of multiple periods in history have thought. And he’s just an amazing professor.

What have you learned about yourself since coming to UConn?
I thought I could have given you my ten-year plan the day I walked onto campus. That’s just the kind of person I am! But UConn has taught me the virtue of being flexible in a lot of situations. I had the resources that a large, public research university can offer, so I had time and the opportunity to play around with many options. And even though it’s not what I had envisioned when I first showed up, I’m so grateful for it every day.


Photos by Sydney Lauro

Profiles courtesy of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences