Spring Weekend

 

Just as the warm weather starts to shine, Spring Weekend is upon us just in time! UConn is notorious for the fun festivities that come with Spring Weekend and this year is no different.

Some of the highlight events to look out for this week are:

Thursday

Water Pong Tournament: 5:30pm, Gampel Pavilion

Glow Up the Night 5k Run: 7pm, Fairfield Way

Friday

Not Your Average Lawn Games: 11am-3pm, Student Union Mall

Bubble Soccer Tournament: 5pm-10pm, Shenkman Football Practice Facility

Bob Saget Comedy Show: 10:00pm, Jorgensen

Saturday

Oozeball, Mud Volleyball Tournament: 9am-5pm, North Campus Fields

Food Truck Festival: 5pm-9pm, Hillside Road & Fairfield Way

Late Night: 9pm-11pm, Student Union

Evan Peters Lecture: Saturday 9pm, Jorgensen

 

In order to partake in all of the action, UConn students must have an official Spring Weekend wristband. Wristbands will be distributed on Wednesday and Thursday in various dining halls: South, Putnam, and Northwest from 5pm-7pm. They also can be obtained in the Student Union from Student Activities anytime between 10am-8pm on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. *MUST HAVE STUDENT ID TO RECEIVE WRISTBAND*

 

Don’t miss out on this unforgettable weekend! For more information on how to sign-up and a full list of all the festivities, visit www.springweekend.uconn.edu

UConn Dining Halls Making Strides in Green Initiatives

 

UConn dining services has been working to eliminate food waste and educate the student body on the importance of environmental sustainability in the food service sector for many years.  Recently the University was acknowledged as one of the first few public universities to obtain a ‘green’ rating for all of its dining halls on campus.

The Green Restaurant Association (GRA), a nonprofit organization, granted certification to all eight of the UConn dining facilities as “Certified Green Restaurants,” for meeting a fixed standard for conserving energy and water, reducing food waste, and recycling waste, along with various other measures.

UConn’s efforts stand out from other Universities through their initiatives of eliminating the use of Styrofoam from facilities, operating an extensive recycling program, recycling grease to reuse as biodiesel fuel, and saving water and energy by using high-efficiency sprayers.

The Executive of Dining Services, Dennis Pierce, and his team are working to provide healthier choices for students, faculty, and staff while also promoting efforts to make campus more sustainable.  The Dining Services mission statement holds true to the department’s practices: striving to provide students and guests with an exceptional, sustainable and diverse experience, one meal at a time.

 

To learn more about Dining Service’s efforts towards making campus green, visit their website:

http://dining.uconn.edu/

Bunched Finals

 

We have begun our busy season of helping students with their final exam schedules.  We understand that finals season can be stressful so why not save yourself some of the sweat and un-bunch your finals early.

What is a Bunched Final?

By definition of the Dean of Students Office, a bunched finals schedule includes four exams in two consecutive days, three exams in one calendar day, three exams in consecutive time blocks spanning over two consecutive days or two exams at the same time.

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 If you have bunched finals, then you are eligible to move an exam to a different time (see above chart).  If any of these apply to you, stop by the iCenter anytime during our hours of operation: Monday through Friday 8am-5pm

*Note: if you are unable to take an exam for extenuating circumstances then the Dean of Students Office can help you.

Welcome Back Huskies

 

With the start of the new semester swiftly underway, there are many unique opportunities and events coming up that students won’t want to miss!

Sorority/Fraternity Recruitment: Many of the Sororities and Fraternities are hosting recruitment events this week and next. If you are interested in getting involved with Greek life check out the Daily Digest for event dates.

Club Involvement: Last week UConn hosted its annual Spring Involvement Fair. If you were not able to attend, it’s not too late! Go to Uconn Organizations to look through the 350+ student organizations and programs offered at the University.

One-Ton Sundae: Calling all ice cream lovers! The One Ton Sundae is the highlight event of Winter Weekend. Friday, February 7th from 11am-2pm, go to the Student Union Terrace to get the sundae of your dreams. Choose between 15 different ice cream flavors and a table full of toppings for only $1 for students and $2 for guests.

Career Fairs: The Center for Career Development Office is set to host multiple career fairs in the coming months that Juniors, Seniors, and eager underclassmen won’t want to miss. Wednesday, February 15th the Careers for the Common Good Fair will be in the Student Union Ballroom from 12pm-3pm. CLAS Career Night will be Tuesday, February 28th from 6:30pm-8:30pm in Laurel Hall Rm 102. Finally, the Spring Career Fair will be hosted on March 29th from 11am-3pm in Gampel Pavilion. For tips on preparing and information about various workshops head to their website at Center for Career Development.

Themed Dining: This February the dining hall units will host various theme nights. Friday, February 10th North has a breakfast all day theme. Tuesday, February 14th most dining units will have Valentine’s Day themes including special desserts. And Friday February 14th McMahon will have a Fried Mozzarella Dinner theme.

 

Finals Week

It’s that time of year again!  The trees on Fairfield Way are decorated with twinkly lights.  Holiday bliss surrounds the campus.  Winter break is fast approaching.  All that’s left to do is make it through the last hump of the semester… finals week.  The end seems so close you can taste it, however, it’s not time to give up yet!  It is imperative to stay focused during this crucial week that could make or break your grades.

The staff here at the iCenter wants to make sure you are equipped with all the tools you need to ensure this finals week is your best one yet:

  • Plan ahead – create a study schedule for the week to prioritize your study time. Break up your day in sections allowing time to study but also leaving room for breaks to eat and maybe even exercise.
  • Use your time wisely – try to steer clear from spending too much time on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other forms of social media. Procrastinating won’t help you pass your finals.
  • Sleep – lack of sleep can negatively affect motivation, decision making, cognition, analytical thinking, and memory —all things you need when studying and taking exams! Do your best to get the proper amount of sleep each night leading up to your exams.
  • Find your niche study spot – the library is usually the busiest spot on campus during finals week. The University strives to make sure students have access to ample study locations.  ITE, Laurel, Oak, and many other buildings on campus remain open all night for students to use in preparation for finals.
  • Take time to relax – finals week can be very stressful, thankfully the university provides a Relaxation Station for students to use to unwind. Located in Wilson Hall on South Campus, they offer pet therapy, knitting groups, massages, and stress balls to relieve some of the stress this week brings.  The library also offers Paws for Relaxation during finals week.
  • Take advantage of resources – the university offers many resources to help students succeed; the Academic Achievement Center, the Writing Center, Q Center, and Language Center can help with your study skills, writing process, math questions, and language requirements.
  • Ask for help – don’t be afraid to reach out to professors, TAs, classmates, and friends if you are struggling to grasp a concept. You may be surprised how willing they are to offer support and guidance.

Huskies Howl after Election Day Results

Peaceful Protest

UConn students gathered outside of the Wilbur Cross Building from 12:30 to 2:30 on Wednesday afternoon to peacefully rally their protests against Donald Trump being named the 45th President of the United States.  UConn is not known for being a politically charged campus, so when hundreds of students stood together to use their voice and speak out against America’s decision, it was monumental for the millennial generation.

Regardless of whether a Clinton or Trump supporter, these next four years, my hope is that millennials use their voice to make the change they want to see in the world.

It’s Our Time to Vote!

Exercise Your Right

Election Day is around the corner. Uncle Sam wants YOU to vote!  The college vote is actually very critical as millennials represent a powerful political force.  With 75 million millennials out there it is imperative for us to show up to the ballot.  Here are a few reasons why:

  • It is our constitutional right and civic duty to vote. We must honor those who have sacrificed greatly and helped secure this right.
  • The college vote has the potential to swing an election. In the 2012 election only 19% of 18 to 29 years olds cast a ballot and 1.7 million people weren’t even registered to vote. Our political potential to change the vote has not even been tapped into yet.
  • Politicians won’t address student needs without student votes. Candidates are more likely to support initiatives that are popular among groups with the highest voter turnout.

As college students, many are away from home and the process of filling out an absentee ballot seems daunting. In Connecticut, however, students are able to change their voting address by re-registering to vote in Storrs.  No absentee ballot necessary.  The process of registering is simple, go to www.studentvote.org  and fill out a short form. Then head over to Mansfield Town Hall (next to the community center) to cast your ballot on November 8th.

Students have the power to make a difference. Let’s make our voices heard this Election Day.

Fall Career Fair

 

Are you a junior or senior in search of a job post-graduation? Are you beginning to stress out about what’s in store for life after college?  On Wednesday, October 5th, from 11am to 3pm, UConn will be hosting the first Career Fair of the year.  Come showcase your best resume and self to over 200 potential employers and start preparing for your future.

The Center for Career Development is a great resource to utilize in helping to prepare for the Fair. There are several workshops coming up that students are encouraged to attend:

  • Networking 101- This presentation will help students recognize the importance of making connections with potential employers and give tips on how to gain access to the “hidden employment market” existing outside of merely applying for a job. Monday, September 26th- 5:30pm-6:30pm in LH, Rm 101.
  • Navigating the Career Fair Panel- Learn the do’s and don’ts of career fair etiquette and how to make the best first impression on recruiters. Hear from a panel of experienced recruiters that can answer your questions and ease any fears or concerns. Tuesday, September 27th 4:30pm-6pm in Homer Babbidge Library, Class of 1947 Rm
  • Resume Critiques- Receive a one-on-one session with a Center for Career Development employee. They can help you to spice up your resume for potential employers. Stop in for a walk-in appointment at the Center for Career Development office in the WCB, Rm 201 anytime Monday through Friday 10am-5pm

 

Download the free Career Fair App: UCONN Career Fair+ to receive a complete employer listing, interactive floorplan, event details, announcements, and tips.

Go to the Center for Career Development website for more information on how to prepare for the Career Fair: http://career.uconn.edu/

If you are not a junior or a senior, but looking to get ahead on the search for potential career paths and internships. Stay tuned for more information on the Internship/Co-op Fair on February 1st.

Family Weekend

Family Weekend is an annual event the University of Connecticut puts on for families to experience the culture and spirit embraced by the students on our campus throughout the year. The weekend starts on Friday, September 29th and goes until Sunday, October 2nd. UConn offers a variety of fun-filled events and the best part is, it is all free!

Friday Events:
• ‘Early Bird’ Check-In- before you start the weekend, check-in at the Student Union to receive a full schedule, important information about events, a campus map, and some UConn freebies.
• Out Huskies Panel Discussion- where families can gain perspective from a panel of Huskies from a diverse background while enjoying light refreshments and pride swag.
• SUBOG Movie- enjoy the beloved tale of Finding Nemo.
• Late Night- will be filled with music, food and games!

Saturday Events:
• Resource Fair- connect with numerous offices and departments on campus and learn more about all that UConn has to offer.
• Family Learning Block 1- take an hour to hear from a campus leader and their area of expertise. Presentation topics include: Serve on Campus with Community Outreach, Shine Bright Like an Intern, Conversations for Families of First-Year students, and Education Abroad 101.
• Carnation Corsage for the Family- Receive a free carnation corsage from the on-campus florist.
• Marching Band’s Showcase- enjoy an hour of live music and performance from the UCMB.
• Family Learning Block 2- take an hour to hear from a campus leader and their area of expertise. Presentation topics include: An Overview of Public Safety at UConn, Parenting and the UConn Family, and Off-Campus Living at UConn.
• Maddie & Tae- the headline music event. This duo is best known for their platinum hit, “Girl in a Country Song.” Buy your tickets at http://jorgensen.uconn.edu/
• Drive-In Movie- cap off the weekend with an on-campus drive-in movie located in F-Lot. They will be showing the new film Ghostbusters. Concessions will also be available.

Sunday Events:
• Cornucopia- spend the day with the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources! There will be exhibits, demonstrations, an Alumni Sale and Auction, and the Cornucopia Challenge scavenger hunt.
• Dairy Bar- enjoy a scoop of UConn’s award winning ice cream to top off an awesome weekend.

Check out the UConn Family Weekend website to learn more about the specialty meals offered throughout the weekend. Note: these meals require a fee.

In order to partake in all the fun you must register online at http://www.familyweekend.uconn.edu/ Last day to register online is September 23rd. Families can also register at the Events Registration Desk in the Student Union.

Welcome

Welcome to all new and returning Huskies!

While we’ve been away enjoying summer vacation, UConn has been tirelessly working to ensure campus is in pristine shape for our return. The UConn Bookstore, Next Generation dorm room, Putnam Dining Hall, and the Monteith Math Building have all been renovated and are open for student and faculty use.

In all the hustle and bustle of classes starting make sure you don’t miss out on all of the exciting events going on around campus:

This Thursday, September 1, the first football game of the season will be played on Rentschler Field in East Hartford against Maine.  Join your fellow Huskies in cheering them on to a win!  The Student Lot will be hosting a free BBQ for all students.  SUBOG’s, Husky Roadshow, provides rides to and from the game to all students for free—get your tickets at: http://subog.uconn.edu/roadshows/

Friday and Saturday, September 2 and 3, SUBOG will host their second weekend of late nights. Stop by from 9pm-1am in the Student Union to receive free stuff, partake in themed activities, eat wings, or showcase your inner Rihanna at karaoke.

Wednesday, September 7, get involved! The Involvement Fair will have over 350 student organizations and university programs for students to explore. Are you interested in rock climbing, sky diving, or swing dancing? Go to Fairfield Way from 2-7pm to get connected with all that UConn has to offer.

Saturday, September 10, USplash will take over Fairfield Way at 2pm. For just five dollars, you and your friends can dance in a rave while being covered in foam and receive free monster drinks! The best part is all proceeds go towards supporting a community in the Dominican Republic.

We, at the iCenter, are excited to help and serve you this semester. Come visit us if you need help with student employment paperwork, directions, campus maps, bunched finals—we pride ourselves on making your lives easier.  If you have a question, ask us!

We look forward to another great year. Go Huskies!