University of Connecticut

Meet undergraduate Emma Lavigne


Emma Lavigne

Emma Lavigne of Simsbury, Connecticut, always knew that she wanted to be a veterinarian. Now, as an animal science and pathobiology double major who is graduating in the spring, Emma is preparing to enter veterinary school and fulfill her childhood dream. Here is what she said in an interview.

What attracted you to UConn? The animal science program attracted me to UConn. CAHNR has a reputation for having an excellent pre-veterinary track.

Why did you choose your particular major? I have always wanted to be a veterinarian. However, when I first applied to UConn, I decided to major in biology. I was worried that the animal science program did not focus on the biological aspect of animals, which is the area I find most interesting. However, after attending orientation, I realized that I did not feel as though I fit into the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. I contacted Dr. Zinn, who advised me to switch to animal science. I immediately did so, before I even began classes at UConn. After that, I was completely confident that I was on the right track, and this really helped my transition into college. I added pathobiology as my second major during my sophomore year because I found many of the pathobiology classes to be extremely interesting and relevant for veterinary school. (more…)

Dedicated 4-H program staff give kids a place to shine

4-H team cake 4-H staff celebrate Extension’s Centennial. Left to right: Edith Valiquette; Stacey Stearns, program coordinator; MacKenzie White, program aide in Tolland; Margaret Grillo; Marc Cournoyer (holding cake); Maryann Fusco-Rollins; Linda Horn; Laura Marek; Nancy Wilhelm.

Connecticut’s 4-H program is coordinated by a hard-working group of county extension 4-H program staff. They manage volunteers and members, in addition to organizing and creating programing for the more than 17,000 youth involved in CT 4-H, by way of camps, clubs, summer and after-school programing as well as in traditional 4-H clubs.

“We really couldn’t have a 4-H program without them,” says Nancy Wilhelm, state 4-H program coordinator. “They are the connection to the volunteers and members. They train the volunteers and they are the person in each county office that our audience connects with to learn about 4-H.”

She continues. “While the volunteers are also essential to our program, the 4-H program staff provide a base for everything to happen.” (more…)

Welcome, UC Shabazz!

CAHNR in the news

newsprintRecently, these CAHNR people and places were mentioned in the media.

Alumni Insider Fall ‘14 Steven Were Omamo, ’88 MS from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, discusses his lifetime association with agriculture and his current vision as director of policy and advocacy for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa.

Thrive Wire 10-14-14 UConn Dairy Bar makes the top ten farm-to-table ice creameries list.

WFSB- TV3 10-15-14 Ana Legrand, Assistant Extension Professor, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, explains the benefits of lady beetles.

Sports Illustrated, NBC Connecticut, Hartford Courant 10-15-14 Department of Animal Science’s animal barns serve as the home of a horse, UC Shabazz, named after Shabazz Napier, a former UConn basketball player.



Hartford Courant

Time 10-16-17 Maria Luz Fernandez, Professor, Nutritional Sciences, speaks about the nutritional benefits of egg consumption.


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