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10/26 & 11/2 – Who Should Be Here? Community Dialogue Event

9/28 – Income Inequality & Private School Enrollment a Philip E. Austin Lecture

Click on the link below to download a copy of the flyer.

Philip E. Austin Lecture Education Sept 28 2017



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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CLAS Student Leadership Board

The CLAS Student Leadership Board is a group of engaged undergraduates from across the College whose mission is to enhance the academic and social experience for CLAS students.

In addition to coordinating College-wide programs that improve the CLAS student community, the Board’s activities include:

  • Liaising between the CLAS Dean, administration, alumni, and students
  • Serving as representatives of the College at open houses and alumni events
  • Planning specialized, CLAS-directed projects and communication efforts

Board members gain valuable professional skills in leadership, project and event management, marketing and communications, community development, and public speaking.

Applications for the 2017-2018 CLAS Student Leadership Board are now being accepted. Students from all majors in CLAS and those who will have completed one year of enrollment at UConn by August 2017 are encouraged to apply. We are looking for students who demonstrate a passion for leadership and possess excellent organizational skills.

The CLAS Student Leadership Board will provide ambitious students with the opportunity and resources to truly make a difference in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors can learn more about the Board and apply here by Friday, February 24th:

For more information, contact: Kathy Pais at (860) 486-4155

Green Corps Recruitment

We’re the Field School for Environmental Organizing
Are you passionate about the environment? Are you ready to learn how to run campaigns to help solve the climate crisis or save our last wild places? We offer a year-long, paid training program that will prepare you for a career in environmental organizing. Here’s how it works:

Part One: Classroom Training
You’ll participate in eight weeks of intensive classroom training conducted by representatives from a wide range of organizations and campaigns.
Part Two: Field Training on Real Campaigns
You’ll lead three to five different campaigns in communities across the country. By working with several different campaign partners, you’ll gain experience tackling a diversity of issues and working with a variety of individuals.
Part Three: Launch Your Career
After completing the training program, Green Corps connects graduates to groups looking to hire full-time staff.
Location And Compensation
The target annual compensation for this position is $26,000. Green Corps offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.

Our early application deadline is January 20th.

Apply today at!



(Please note: Job postings are being provided for informational purposes only. Anyone interested in applying for one of these positions is responsible for verifying all related information. The Urban and Community Studies Program, nor the University is recommending these employers nor guaranteeing the accuracy of the information furnished in the job posting.)

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.