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Meet undergraduate student Taylor Cheek

  • Getting ready to battle the cane grass and deciding which tool to use: machete or sickle?

Taylor Cheek is a senior and expects to graduate in May 2018.

“What are you going to do after you graduate?” Ah, that inescapable question that everyone asks. If you’re anything like me, you have no idea. My whole college career has pretty much been a bunch of “winging it.” This approach, however, has left me with a sense of fulfillment and an eagerness to embrace whatever comes around the corner next.

How on earth does one go from art school to a B.S. in horticulture? I don’t really have an answer for that, besides simply doing what you love and taking every opportunity that arises. My advisor, Gerry Berkowitz, told me a story about himself  that I think everyone in college could  hear. When he was in school, a professor stopped him and told him he was approaching his education the wrong way; he needed to put himself, his passions, into his work. Focus your work toward things you’re passionate about. This is how you’ll get the most out of your college career, and life beyond that.

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Willimantic 4-H FANS after-school program flourishes

Amy Walker and students harvest kale from the garden.

Amy Walker and students harvest kale from the garden.

It’s been a busy year for the students involved in the W.B. Sweeney Elementary School 4-H FANs IM program, culminating with an exciting eight-week summer program.

During the 2016-17 school year, students met weekly to participate in fun activities designed to teach healthy eating, exercise and gardening. Summer Story Days, held on Wednesdays, included guest readers and food demonstrations in which students created healthy snacks. Families attending took home a bounty of fresh vegetables from the students’ garden.

Guest readers were well received by students and their families and included Cameron Faustman, dean of the College, wearing his popular corn hat; Jim Rivers, town manager of Willimantic, where Sweeney is located; Elsa Núñez, president of Eastern Connecticut State University; Mae Flexer, state senator; Patricia Garcia, superintendent of Windham School District; Susan Johnson, state representative; Marc Cournoyer, Windham County 4-H youth development program coordinator; Lindsey Brush, 4-H FANs IM program assistant; and Amy Walker, third-grade teacher and club adult leader.

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Image of the week

Sign Installation

Horsebarn Hill welcome sign being installed outside of the UConn Dairy Bar (Kevin Noonan/CAHNR photo)

 

CAHNR in the news

newsprintNature published a study called “Creation of forest edges has a global impact on forest vertebrates.” Among the 30 researchers on the project is the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment Visiting Assistant Professor Laura Cisneros. See also UConn Today for a video and article.

The Day mentioned Tessa Getchis and her role in explaining the science behind commercial shellfishing operations. Getchis is an extension educator in the Department of Extension in New London County.

UConn Today reported on research into advertising that made unhealthy products seem healthier to children. The study was published in Pediatric Obesity, and its lead author was Associate Professor Jennifer Harris, who is part of allied health sciences. (more…)

Historical image of the week

Moving books to new Wilbur Cross Library

Moving books to new Wilbur Cross Library. By Jerauld A. Manter, 1940.From the Jerauld A. Manter Photograph Collection, University of Connecticut Photograph Collection.