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CAHNR websites offer improved usability and looks

New CAHNR websiteAs the CAHNR school year begins, its many audiences and stakeholders have two redesigned and updated websites to help them with all things CAHNR. One site is for the College as a whole, and the other serves as an e-commerce store for CAHNR-related products.

“The overall mission of the CAHNR website is to offer a welcoming and easy-to-access front door to the College,” said Executive Assistant Sara Putnam, who represented CAHNR in the redesign process. The improved navigation connects users to the wide range of programs offered by the College.

For example, current and prospective students can quickly find a path to undergraduate or graduate student information from the top menu. And, CAHNR alumni are directed to a website specifically for them, which was redesigned at the same time as the main site. Everyone who comes to the website can read the latest Naturally@UConn blog postings, see current and historical images, get more information about upcoming events and connect to units, departments and offices from links on the homepage.

In addition to reaching students and graduates, the site aims to engage journalists, legislators and researchers. Putnam hopes the site will be useful in answering questions and distributing information about the College’s area of expertise to professional practitioners and members of the public, as well. (more…)

CAHNR in the news

Students with mobile devicesUConn Today reported on the emerald ash borer and its effect on the UConn Forest. It quoted Associate Extension Professor Tom Worthley from the Department of Extension in Middlesex County.

The Daily Campus quoted Associate Cooperative Extension Educator Michael Dietz in an article about UConn and water conservation. Ditez is part of the Department of Extension in Middlesex County.

The Daily Campus ran an article about the gypsy moth population on the Storrs campus. It was one of the worst summers for UConn with some trees becoming defoliated, according to Assistant Extension Professor Ana Legrand. Legrand is on the faculty of plant science and landscape architecture.

WTNH News announced that UConn Extension is inviting Connecticut residents to conserve water by joining the 40 Gallon Challenge. In the Challenge, usage would be reduced by 40 gallons of water per person each day.

By Patsy Evans

Interim dean values College’s people-centered culture

Cameron Faustman

Cameron Faustman Credit: Peter Morenus

As a former undergraduate student, assistant professor, associate professor, professor, interim department head, department head, associate dean and, now, current interim dean, Cameron Faustman has a deep and wide knowledge of the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR) and its people. He has nearly 29 years of professional experience in the College.

“It is a great place to work. We are not perfect, but the total culture is a pretty good one,” said Faustman, who began as interim dean of CAHNR and director of the Cooperative Extension System and Storrs Agricultural Experiment Station in January 2017.

He especially appreciates that the College values a people-centered approach to learning. According to Faustman, undergraduate and graduate students truly matter and have ready access to CAHNR’s faculty through their student advising.

This emphasis on people continues to make an impression on former students into their adult lives. He sees this reflected in alumni support for the College and a donor base comprised of mostly individuals instead of only industry groups. “I want to advocate and champion this unique aspect of our college culture,” Faustman said.

Initial accomplishments

Others recognize Faustman’s suitability for this new role. “Cameron is one of the most well-respected members of UConn’s faculty and administration, known across campus for his academic accomplishments, collaborative spirit, and good judgement. The College and the University are fortunate to have him as dean,” said University of Connecticut Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Jeremy Teitelbaum. (more…)

4-H then and now: Tradition and innovation combine to help children grow in skills, interests and experience

4-H Environmental Science Day.

4-H Environmental Science Day.

The 4-H program was established more than a century ago as a way to reach rural children with educational programs, opportunities to expand their horizons and develop self-confidence and competence. Although many things have changed over the years, the program continues to help children grow in skills, interests and experience.

4-H is a global network of organizations that provide youth development experiential learning programs with the goal of developing citizenship, leadership, responsibility and life skills. In the United States, 4-H is administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and its programs are conducted in partnership with the Cooperative Extension System. UConn Extension is housed in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. In Connecticut, 4-H is as diverse as the population it serves, according to Bonnie Burr, assistant director of UConn Extension.

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Image of the week: Eclipse party on Horsebarn Hill!

Kids, adults, dogs, bikes, frisbees, ice cream, soap bubbles, great weather and all manner of viewing devices, from cereal box pinhole cameras to the telescopes provided by UConn’s Department of Physics, made for a joyous celebration of the celestial event of the year.