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A longtime member of the UConn community, Patsy Evans started as a research assistant in plant science. Her current role involves working with all members of the College, from mentoring students to assisting academic departments and units in putting their information on the web. Here is what she had to say in an interview.
Tell us your job title and main responsibilities. How long have you worked here?
I’m a marketing and publicity administrator in the Office of Communications. I enjoy writing and editing for the CAHNR blog, Naturally@UConn, and managing web projects. I facilitate the Web Team, which completes the designing and programming for new and existing websites in CAHNR. We create pages for the academic departments, Extension programs and other groups within the College. I meet with the website representatives from various areas of the College to understand what needs they have, what they want on their site, and their preferences about the look of the site and the way it works. An important part of my job is to shepherd the process from start to finish with a resulting website that is aesthetically pleasing and functional while meeting the needs of our clients.
Patricia Jepson, director of the College’s academic advising center director and agriculture education advisor, received the 2015 National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) Outstanding Service Citation, one of only six such awards given nationwide. The awards were presented at the NAAE annual convention this past November in New Orleans.
“I was very honored to receive this award,” Jepson says. “What drives me is helping students realize their strengths and think about the possibilities. It’s very rewarding to see students achieve their goals.”
“Speaking for the Connecticut Agricultural Educators, we recognize and applaud Dr. Jepson as she builds a bridge between the UConn College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources and all the high school agriculture teachers and students in Connecticut,” says Bonnie Kegler, Killingly High School agriculture teacher and College alumna. “There is a documented shortage of agriculture teachers in the nation, and UConn has played a critical role in training and educating students to be successful agricultural education professionals. Dr. Jepson has helped to ensure that our outstanding system of school-based agricultural education in Connecticut and the region have well prepared teachers now and in the future.”
Jepson came to the College’s academic advisory center in 1988. For the past twenty-eight years, she has been a vital resource for both students and faculty.
“Pat’s most significant contributions are related to undergraduate advising,” says Associate Dean Cameron Faustman. “She has coached faculty and staff in this responsibility and directly advised students, often those presenting the most complex and challenging cases, requiring meticulous attention to detail and follow-up.”
“Pat’s high level of commitment to the College and its students proves that she considers her responsibilities a lifestyle rather than just a job,” he remarks.