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Alumni Day

Alumni Day, 1939. By Jerauld A. Manter. From the UConn Library’s Archives and Special Collections.

Meet alumna Stephanie Laham

Stephanie Laham

Stepahnie Laham

Hands-on experience with local foods played a part in Stephanie Laham’s academic career and continues to this day. She taught nutrition to kids in Hartford while at UConn, was a Connecticut food lab intern and researched wild blueberries in Maine. Now, this CAHNR graduate is a culinary scientist with a South Windsor pasta company. Here is what she said in an interview.

What was your major in the College? When did you graduate? With what degree? In 2010, I got my BS in nutritional sciences with a minor in food science. My 2012 master’s degree is in food science and human nutrition from the University of Maine.

What CAHNR class was most useful to you? In addition to the usual chemistry and biochemistry, two of the courses I took relate especially well to my current job. I took animal food products with Professor Richard Mancini, which was a hands-on animal science class. We made sausage and learned about the various cuts of meat.

My food composition and preparation class was very interactive and exciting. We were able to try out different ingredients in a recipe to see how they affect the outcome of the finished product. It was a little like the television show, America’s Test Kitchen. (more…)

Meet alumna Emily Daly

Emily Daly at a tank talk

Emily Daly is presenting a Giant Ocean Tank talk at the New England Aquarium.

Starting as an unpaid New England Aquarium (NEAq) intern paid off in the end for NRE graduate Emily Daly, who is now a full-time Program Educator at the same institution. Daly uses her technical fisheries and ecology background to connect people to our oceans, and she goes home with a smile each day. Here is what she said in an interview.

What was your major in the College? When did you graduate? With what degree? I graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree. I was in natural resources and the environment (NRE) with a concentration in fish and wildlife conservation and a minor in ecology and evolutionary biology. (more…)

College alumni create thriving online businesses

Andrew Marcus and Jesse Silkoff

Andrew Marcus (left) and Jesse Silkoff (right).

After meeting their freshman year on the UConn Men’s Tennis team in 2007, Jesse Silkoff and Andrew Marcus are now business partners, running MyTennisLessons and out of Austin, Texas. Their online companies help match clients searching for a tennis coach or personal trainer in their local area. Silkoff and Marcus both earned degrees in applied and resource economics from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Their path to becoming business owners began before leaving UConn in 2011.

During their senior year, Silkoff and Marcus entered a business plan competition held by the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CCEI) in the School of Business. The competition was university-wide, open to all students regardless of major or academic level. Seventy-six teams entered the competition with their plans being judged by a panel that included several business executives. Silkoff and Marcus won the top prize of $10,000 for their promising strategy for their proposal entitled Tennis Professionals.