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Evaluation specialist aims to enhance our understanding of extension program impact

Miriah Russo Kelly

Miriah Russo Kelly

Miriah Russo Kelly is a Connecticut native. After living overseas and working and studying on the West Coast, she has returned to her home state as an assistant extension educator and evaluation specialist in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources to enhance the impact of extension programs through her background in communications and environmental science.

Kelly received her master’s degree from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) in organizational communication. It was during her time at CCSU, where she also earned her undergraduate degree, that she met Dr. C Benjamin Tyson, a professor who introduced her to the field of environmental communication and the International Environmental Communication Association. She spent the next few years fostering her passion for the environment and ecology.

Traveling to New Zealand, Kelly completed evaluation projects for the New Zealand Landcare Trust. When she returned to the US, she worked as an ecology tour guide in the Colorado mountains. These experiences led her back to graduate school at Oregon State University (OSU), where she earned her Ph.D. in environmental science. At OSU she bridged her interests, studying communications and teaching public speaking, organizational communication and other communications courses while exploring the human dimensions of natural resource management and decision-making. (more…)

Image of the week: Provost and colleagues honor Dean Weidemann

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    Dean Greg Weidemann (right) shares a good laugh with (left to right) Sung Koo, head of the Department of Nutritional Sciences (left), Vickie Reiser, program assistant in the Office of Academic Programs and Cynthia Bastek, administrative assistant in the Dean's Office. In the background are (left to right) Stacey Stearns, Kristen Govoni, Nancy Wilhelm, Marilyn Gould and Jeff Scheuing.

On Thursday, December 8, Provost Mun Choi hosted a reception to honor Dean Gregory J. Weidemann for his nearly nine years of service to the College. In his remarks, the provost cited advancements achieved during Weidemann’s tenure, including an 80 percent increase in undergraduate enrollment, increases in grants and contracts to an all-time high of $20 million, development of key international programs with top universities in Asia and South America, development of a culture of philanthropy with alumni and stakeholders to establish several endowed professorships and centers of excellence, and the creation of a sense of community among faculty, staff and students.  Choi continued, “If asked about his most prized accomplishment, Dean Weidemann will point to the growth in the number of scholarships for needy students.”

Other colleagues paid warm tribute to Weidemann as well. Connecticut Commissioner of Agriculture Steven K. Reviczky described Weidemann, who serves on the Governor’s Council for Agricultural Development, as “the kind of dean who rolls up his sleeves and works with all agriculture stakeholders.”

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Image of the week: Physical Therapy Open House

Cornucopiafest 2016

Cornucopiafest 2016

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Greg Tormey with dog

PSLA’s Agricultural Worker Greg Tormey attended the Close to Home Ice Cream Social with his dog on June 21. The Close to Home Campaign is a way for UConn’s faculty and staff to give to University causes, such as scholarships. (Uconn Alumni Relations photo)