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CAHNR in the news

newspaper readersAOL posted a video of Ashley Kalinauskas, who founded the company behind a treatment that helps dogs, cats and horses combat cancer. Kalinauskas earned a bachelor’s degree in pathobiology and veterinary sciences.

MySA included an article about summer interns at the Connecticut Audubon Society. One of them, Helena Ives, tracks the populations of threatened coastal birds, such as the piping plover. Ives is a student in natural resources and the environment.

Times Union reported on the implications of research done by Professor Mark Brand for New York state plant sellers.  Brand’s development of four infertile, seedless barberry varieties will allow residents to buy a favorite landscaping plant that is not invasive like the other, older varieties. Brand is part of plant science and landscape architecture. (more…)

Awards and accolades for CAHNR

4-H Leaders Conference Awards(1)

4-H Leaders Conference Awards, Connecticut Agricultural College. By Jerauld A. Manter, 1956. From the UConn Libraries Archives and Special Collections.

The purpose of the Excellence in in Urban 4-H Programming Award is to recognize outstanding efforts by members in urban programming and to strengthen the commitment to urban programming curriculum. The National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Member Recognition Committee selected the Tools for Healthy Living program as the national award winner for the competition. This afterschool program, which is a group effort by Assistant Cooperative Extension Educator Jennifer Cushman, Associate Cooperative Extension Educator Mary Margaret Gaudio, Associate Cooperative Extension Educator Sharon Gray and Assistant Cooperative Extension Educator Miriah Kelly, teaches fourth to sixth grade youth in Hartford and New Britain about healthy homes. The recognition ceremony is on November 16, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

CAHNR alumni and former 4-Hers Scott Morey and Heidi (Claus) Morey were recently chosen as the official veterinarians of Jonathan XIV and Jonathan XIII, the current UConn canine mascot and his predecessor. The Moreys’ practice, Fenton River Veterinary Hospital, sponsors the Jonathans. See the related article in UConn Today.

By Patsy Evans


Historical image of the week

Farm Implements

Farm Implements. By Jerauld A Manter, 1946. From the Jerauld A. Manter Photograph Collection, University of Connecticut Photograph Collection. CC BY-NC

Meet alumna Justine Leeper

JustineLeeper/Constance Schiano Photography

Justine Leeper Credit: Constance Schiano Photography

Floral Designs by Justine is a dream come true for CAHNR alumna Justine Leeper. Leeper’s Bethlehem floral shop grew out of a passion that began for her at age 14 and continued in her major and minor. Her abilities are still growing. Here is what she said in an interview.

What was your major in the College? When did you graduate? With what degree? I got a BS in 2014. I majored in horticulture and minored in agribusiness management.

What class was most useful to you? I think the business management and marketing classes are helpful for what I am doing now in my own floral design business. The plant ID course is useful in my garden center job.

Tell us some of your fond memories of UConn. I remember the professors, especially Jim Palmieri, who was the advisor for the Horticulture Club. I was president of the club during my junior and senior years. We participated in the Connecticut Flower and Garden Show in Hartford. It was a lot of work to force plants to bloom out of season and set up the 20-foot display, but the club won awards for it.

In addition, I enjoyed meeting so many people in CAHNR. Because it was a smaller college, it gave us the opportunity to take some classes with people who had other majors in CAHNR. (more…)

Professor Sandra Bushmich appointed as associate dean for academic programs

Sandra Bushmich with one of the College's foals born in the spring of 2017.

Sandra Bushmich with one of the College’s foals born in the spring of 2017.

Sandra Bushmich has been appointed associate dean for academic programs and director of the Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture. Bushmich started her new position March 17, replacing Cameron Faustman, currently interim dean of the College.

“Sandy is known to students and her colleagues as a committed teacher and advisor,” Faustman says. “Our College’s Office of Academic Programs will benefit tremendously from her commitment to the student experience, both curricular and co-curricular, and her energy and enthusiasm.”

“My vision as associate dean for academic programs directly relates to how this office can best serve the College and the University to achieve the optimal potential of our diverse students by providing them with the knowledge and skills to improve their world, from their daily personal interactions to global impacts,” Bushmich says.