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CAHNR in the news

newsprintRecently, CAHNR people, places and programs were mentioned in the media. The bolded names are hyperlinked to articles.

Hartford Courant. 6-15-15. Depicted Jasmin Folch, a kinesiology student, who was in Peru with 15 other UConn students as part of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Scholars Program.

UConn Today. 6-23-15. and Medical Xpress. 6-24-15. Ran articles on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in which Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science Assistant Professor Steven Szczepanek answered questions about its symptoms, transmission, spread and hosts.

Times of India. 6-28-15. Cited two studies done by the Department of Kinesiology’s Human Performance Laboratory on dehydration. (more…)

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Meet alumna Amanda Aldred


Amanda Aldred

A Connecticut native, Amanda Aldred, left the state for a time to pursue what she calls “a rolling career path.” Then, she came back, studied at UConn and found her way in the dietetics field. Now, Aldred is working in Connecticut with the New England Dairy & Food Council. Here is what she said in an interview.

What was your major in the College? When did you graduate? With what degree? I received a BS in dietetics from the School of Allied Health in 1999. Allied health was not part of the College then.

What class was most useful to you? In food science, I explored food, recipes and the chemistry of food. In addition, community nutrition showed me that there was more to dietetics than counseling patients. It introduced me to a variety of career opportunities.

Tell us some of your fond memories of UConn. I spent time at two beautiful campuses. I remember having lunch on the rocks at Avery Point. And, I liked fall on the Storrs campus when it was alive with activity. (more…)

Array of services offered by UConn Center for Career Development and CAHNR’s own career consultant

Paul Gagon (in the yellow shirt) speaks with CAHNR students. Photo by Jillian Ives.

Paul Gagon (in the yellow shirt) speaks with CAHNR students. Photo by Jillian Ives.

What do you want to be when you grow up? That is the most pressing question any college student can be asked. At the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, there are ways to help determine one’s path and an experienced person to help, Career Consultant Paul Gagnon.

Gagnon, who is part of the UConn Center for Career Development (CCD), is focused on students in the CAHNR throughout their undergraduate and graduate education and beyond. He is also available to assist alumni when they consider career management questions.

Paul Gagnon is especially well suited to his position. He holds an AS degree in turf management and a BS in plant and soil science from UMass, Amherst. During his school years he worked in the golf industry for a decade and then earned an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, and later an MA in public policy from Trinity College in Hartford. Armed with an advanced business degree, Gagnon entered the corporate world, where he held leadership roles in three international food and agribusiness companies.


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