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Meet undergraduate Audrey Folta

Audrey Folta

Audrey Folta

After moving to Connecticut from Indiana, Audrey Folta has been actively involved in exploring and promoting the major that made her feel at home. Folta, a junior studying applied and resource economics in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE) with a business minor, was an environmental studies major her freshman year. Her switch to ARE opened up a number of opportunities for study and travel. Here is what she said about her experiences as a CAHNR student.

What attracted you to UConn?

I grew up in Indiana and my father, Timothy Folta, taught at Purdue University. When I was a junior in high school, he got a job at UConn. I stayed in Indiana and graduated. When I was applying for colleges, I sent an application here. It was the only one I sent outside the state of Indiana.

What is your major, and why did you choose it?

My major is resource economics. I started in environmental studies as a freshman and changed to resource economics at the start of my sophomore year. I enjoyed environmental studies, but it wasn’t exactly what I wanted. I found it to be more about environmental rights and I wanted to learn more about the business side of things. I met with Associate Professor Morty Ortega and he advised me in this direction so I switched my major. (more…)

Image of the week: City of Hartford recognizes work of Natural Resources Conservation Academy student


Left to right: Associate Extension Professor Thomas Worthley, City of Hartford Fire Chief Reginald Freeman, Naieem Kelly, City of Hartford Arborist Heather Dionne.

Now in its sixth year, UConn’s Natural Resources Conservation Academy (NRCA) has worked with more than 115 teens throughout Connecticut on ten-month individual conservation projects that have directly benefited their local community and environment. NRCA students present their conservation work to more than 300 environmental professionals at the Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources and graduate from the program as Connecticut Conservation Ambassadors.

On Monday, April 3, the City of Hartford Public Works Department and the Tree Advisory Commission presented a certificate of excellence to Naieem Kelly, a sophomore at Watkinson School and NRCA student, for his commitment to natural resource conservation and the sustainable use of the environment. Kelly partnered with Heather Dionne, City of Hartford arborist; Herb Virgo of Keney Park Sustainability; and Tom Worthley of UConn Extension and the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment to quantify the monetary value of urban trees and develop a plan to re-purpose wood from diseased or dying trees. He put his plan into action by constructing a reclaimed wood bench from a dead ash tree in Hartford’s Bushnell Park.

Kelly’s bench is on display at Hartford City Hall through April, after which it will be relocated to Bushnell Park with a plaque describing the importance of urban trees. Kelly plans to expand on his urban forestry project through his participation in UConn’s NRCA Conservation Training Partnerships program this upcoming summer.

Meet undergraduate Chelsea Santa Lucia

Chelsea Santa Lucia

Chelsea Santa Lucia

A love of horses led Chelsea Santa Lucia on her journey toward a career in equine medicine, and that same love drives her to succeed in a variety of horse-related activities. Santa Lucia began horseback riding in sixth grade and by high school was a camp counselor with City Slickers in Harwinton, Connecticut, teaching the basics of horseback riding. She will graduate in May 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in animal science and a minor in therapeutic horsemanship. Santa Lucia was a volunteer riding instructor for students with special needs, is a member of the UConn Western Team and a riding instructor on campus, in addition to serving as a College Ambassador. Here is what she said about her experiences as a CAHNR student.

What attracted you to UConn? I loved what the animal science program had to offer. It’s great having easy access to the variety of animals right on campus. Also, on meeting with the staff, I so impressed with how friendly everyone was, and from day one how eager they were to get to know me as a student. Being only an hour away from home was another big plus. It gives me the option to go home some weekends to work at the Wolcott Veterinary Clinic and to see my family.

Why did you choose your particular major? I chose to be an animal science major because of my love for animals and desire to be a veterinarian. The animal science program offered me hands-on experience working directly with the animals my first semester, which was exactly what I was looking for. I also have a minor in therapeutic horsemanship education.

Which one of your UConn activities, internships or jobs was the most memorable? Last semester, as part of fulfilling my minor, I interned for the therapeutic riding program at Camp Care Inc., in Columbia, Connecticut. I LOVED it! Being an intern gave me the opportunity to work closely with children and adults of all ages, and I learned so much about the field and being a therapeutic riding instructor. It also gave me insight on how to manage a therapeutic riding program, from taking care of the horses to scheduling and teaching lessons. The children I worked with were so happy and enjoyed being able to ride, which made my time there that much better! (more…)

Image of the week

UConn Sugar House

CAHNR’s Forestry Club at one of the last maple syrup boils of the 2017 season. (Kevin Noonan / UConn CAHNR photo)

UConn Sugar House

Uconn maple syrup (Kevin Noonan / UConn CAHNR photo)

Meet undergraduate Melina Conrad


Melina’s tattoo in memory of her mother

At a young age, Melina lost her mother to a battle with breast cancer. She wears the breast cancer awareness ribbon on her wrist with the word ‘love’ written across it. The letters are exactly as her mother wrote them to her in a letter years ago. Now Melina studies nutritional sciences in memory of her mother. Find out more about Melina’s experiences here at UConn.

What attracted you to UConn? I grew up twenty minutes away from UConn. When I was little, my parents would take me here to go ice skating or to walk around the campus. I went to community college before here, but once I found out what I wanted to do, my choices were between UConn and Saint Joseph’s. I chose UConn.

What is your major, and why did you choose it? I am majoring in nutritional sciences. When I was eleven, my mom passed away from breast cancer. I wondered if there was anything she could have done differently during her treatment that could have had a different outcome. Nutrition came to mind. My mom was my best friend; she was the one who always pushed me to put school first. I do all of this for her. (more…)