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About Patsy Evans

Patsy, an Office of Communications publicity and marketing administrator, has a BA in journalism from Penn State. Her varied experience, obtained during her 27 years with the College, includes rearing insects for biological control, writing research grant proposals and assisting in web development.

CAHNR in the news

Students with mobile devicesMen’s Health cited a research paper by student William Martin, Professor Lawrence Armstrong and Professor Nancy Rodriguez.  The paper studied dietary protein intake and renal function. Martin and Rodriguez are part of nutritional sciences while Armstrong is in kinesiology.

The Day reported that UConn Extension will have a nonvoting seat on the board of directors for  the Thames River Innovation Place (TRIP) in order to help design TRIP’s evaluation and assessment process.

Crookston Times announced that the new University of Minnesota Crookston Chancellor is Mary Holz-Clause, a former assistant dean and director of global programs in CAHNR. quoted Associate Professor Paulo Verardi about tick-born illnesses and vaccines for them. Verardi does research in vaccine development in the Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science.

Runner’s World described research that studied the role of vitamin D in blood pressure during rest and maximal exercise. Authors of the study include graduate student Amanda L. Zaleski, Distinguished Professor Linda Pescatello, Associate Professor Beth Taylor and former graduate student Braden Armstrong. All are from the Department of Kinesiology.

By Patsy Evans

CAHNR in the news

newspaper readersAOL posted a video of Ashley Kalinauskas, who founded the company behind a treatment that helps dogs, cats and horses combat cancer. Kalinauskas earned a bachelor’s degree in pathobiology and veterinary sciences.

MySA included an article about summer interns at the Connecticut Audubon Society. One of them, Helena Ives, tracks the populations of threatened coastal birds, such as the piping plover. Ives is a student in natural resources and the environment.

Times Union reported on the implications of research done by Professor Mark Brand for New York state plant sellers.  Brand’s development of four infertile, seedless barberry varieties will allow residents to buy a favorite landscaping plant that is not invasive like the other, older varieties. Brand is part of plant science and landscape architecture. (more…)

Awards and accolades for CAHNR

4-H Leaders Conference Awards(1)

4-H Leaders Conference Awards, Connecticut Agricultural College. By Jerauld A. Manter, 1956. From the UConn Libraries Archives and Special Collections.

The purpose of the Excellence in in Urban 4-H Programming Award is to recognize outstanding efforts by members in urban programming and to strengthen the commitment to urban programming curriculum. The National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Member Recognition Committee selected the Tools for Healthy Living program as the national award winner for the competition. This afterschool program, which is a group effort by Assistant Cooperative Extension Educator Jennifer Cushman, Associate Cooperative Extension Educator Mary Margaret Gaudio, Associate Cooperative Extension Educator Sharon Gray and Assistant Cooperative Extension Educator Miriah Kelly, teaches fourth to sixth grade youth in Hartford and New Britain about healthy homes. The recognition ceremony is on November 16, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

CAHNR alumni and former 4-Hers Scott Morey and Heidi (Claus) Morey were recently chosen as the official veterinarians of Jonathan XIV and Jonathan XIII, the current UConn canine mascot and his predecessor. The Moreys’ practice, Fenton River Veterinary Hospital, sponsors the Jonathans. See the related article in UConn Today.

By Patsy Evans


Meet alumna Justine Leeper

JustineLeeper/Constance Schiano Photography

Justine Leeper Credit: Constance Schiano Photography

Floral Designs by Justine is a dream come true for CAHNR alumna Justine Leeper. Leeper’s Bethlehem floral shop grew out of a passion that began for her at age 14 and continued in her major and minor. Her abilities are still growing. Here is what she said in an interview.

What was your major in the College? When did you graduate? With what degree? I got a BS in 2014. I majored in horticulture and minored in agribusiness management.

What class was most useful to you? I think the business management and marketing classes are helpful for what I am doing now in my own floral design business. The plant ID course is useful in my garden center job.

Tell us some of your fond memories of UConn. I remember the professors, especially Jim Palmieri, who was the advisor for the Horticulture Club. I was president of the club during my junior and senior years. We participated in the Connecticut Flower and Garden Show in Hartford. It was a lot of work to force plants to bloom out of season and set up the 20-foot display, but the club won awards for it.

In addition, I enjoyed meeting so many people in CAHNR. Because it was a smaller college, it gave us the opportunity to take some classes with people who had other majors in CAHNR. (more…)

Awards and accolades for CAHNR


Jessica Griffin with the poster she presented in Hawaii

These CAHNR undergraduate students were recognized for their significant research and creative accomplishments in spring 2017 by the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR). Jessica Griffin ’17 was the OUR travel award recipient and presented “Food Quality and Diet Preference in Mysis diluviana” at the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography Aquatic Sciences meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii. Tashua Sotil ’17 presented “The Meriden School Climate Survey: Student Version District Evaluation” at the April 21, 2017 Meriden (CT) Public School District meeting.

The National 4-H Hall of Fame honors 4-H volunteers, extension professionals and staff employees, donors and others who have made a significant impact on the 4-H program and /or 4-H members through the contribution of time, energy and financial resources. Recently, Elsie Woolam, who began volunteering for 4-H in 1955, was selected as a member of the 2017 National 4-H Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place on October 6, 2017 at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

By Patsy Evans