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Meet undergraduate student Alyssa Condon


Alyssa Condon

Alyssa Condon is a senior and expects to graduate in May 2018.

When I came to UConn as an animal science major, I never imagined that working on Capitol Hill was even a possibility for me. It took me a long time during my career as an undergraduate to understand the importance of the ties between agriculture and policymakers, but once I learned about that connection, I knew it was something that I was interested in being a part of.

Before college, I had never worked with livestock at all. I first started working with the dairy cows on campus in the annual Dairy Show hosted by UConn Dairy Club. I fell in love with the animals and quickly became as involved as possible with the cows on campus. I now am vice president of Dairy Club and work and live at the Kellogg Dairy Center. I’ve been able to tour farms all over the northeast and even in Canada, and it was through these experiences that I found a passion for agriculture policy. I was amazed at how each farm ran differently but each was so affected by agriculture policy. It also astounded me that most of those policies were created by people in power who had never even stepped foot on a farm. I quickly became fascinated by the idea of bridging the gap between farmers and policymakers.

In the fall of 2016, I received an email from the Department of Animal Science about a potential internship opportunity in Washington D.C. The American Society of Animal Science provides scholarships each year to agriculture students interested in working in a policy-related field. In addition to financial assistance, they provide support for the students in finding a potential office to work in. With the help of my advisor, Professor Zinn, I applied for this scholarship and was selected to receive it. The ASAS helped me get hired as an intern in Congressman Joe Courtney’s office in D.C. for the summer of 2017.


CAHNR in the news

newspaper readersTime to Eat the Dogs podcast interviewed Department of Kinesiology Associate Professor Beth Taylor about running, health and long distance athletes. It drew on some of UConn’s research.

WSHU public radio broadcast an article about a retrofitted boat called the Research Vessel (R/V) Connecticut. It will collect data and map the floor of Long Island Sound. Professor Sylvain De Guise, who is on the faculty of pathobiology and is director of the Sea Grant College Program, was quoted.

The Daily Campus ran a story about the showing of Forgotten Farms, which depicts longtime New England dairy farmers and the sometimes undervalued work that they do. Cooperative Extension System Associate Professor Bonnie Burr was part of the panel discussion after the film.

By Patsy Evans

Students show animals at the 88th Little “I”

Little “I” winners Cloe LaBranche and Laura Irwin (Jennifer Syme/ UConn Photo)

On a chilly October morning, UConn animal science students made the long trek out to Horsebarn Hill, to begin preparing for the 88th Little International Livestock Show (Little “I”). Students bathed, brushed and blow dried their animals, in the wee hours of the morning, to prepare for the show they had been practicing for all semester.

Little “I” was first held in the spring of 1929 and is hosted by the UConn Block and Bridle Club and Department of Animal Science. Traditionally, it was a voluntary two-day event held in late March in the Ratcliffe Hicks Arena, where students would show horses, beef cattle, sheep and swine.

In 1996, Department of Animal Science Professor Michael Darre made the event a requirement of the introduction to animal science class in order to boost participation. In doing so, the event was changed from March to October. To provide more animals for the increasing number of students participating, Darre added dairy cattle and poultry to the event. When the Horsebarn Hill Arena was built in 2001, the show moved there and became a one-day event.

Each year around 150 students from the introduction to animal science class participate. The purpose is to help students learn how to work with a species of livestock or poultry that they are unfamiliar with. Each student is assigned a species to work with, which they train for about two months. They learn how to clean and fit the animal themselves for the show. (more…)

Historical image of the week

North Eagleville Road

North Eagleville Road. Two wagon with drivers and teams in foreground and another in the background. First team and wagon wheels sinking in the mud of North Eagleville Road. By Jerauld A. Manter, 1918. From the University of Connecticut Photograph Collection.

CAHNR in the news

newspaper readersHealthDay reported on research into food and beverage advertising aimed at kids. Lead author of the study, Associate Professor Jennifer Harris said, “Children continue to view thousands of TV ads per year for unhealthy food and drinks.” Harris is on the faculty of allied health sciences. See also UConn Today.

The Daily Campus quoted Steven Zinn, a professor and department head for animal science, in an article about the voluntary milking system that is coming to Kellogg Dairy Center.

UConn Today featured a story on CAHNR student Daniel Munch, who is majoring in livestock management and policy (individualized major) and resource economics. The article mentioned his high school involvement in 4-H, mentoring animal science freshmen and CAHNR Ambassadors. He was depicted with a rooster in the poultry barn.

By Patsy Evans