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Welcome Back from Spring Break!
Less than 6 week left of Spring semester classes!
Upcoming Opportunities
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Ignite Team!

Upcoming AAC Workshops:
(All workshops are located in Rowe CUE 217)
3/26 at 4 p.m. Just Breathe... Taming Your Stress
3/31 at 7 p.m. This Exam Just Got Real
4/7  at 7 p.m. 168: Work, Play, Study
4/9 at 4 p.m. Study Better, Faster, Stronger
Apply to be a Learning Community Ambassador!

Applications are due on April 3rd!
Dialogue Series on

Race, Privilege & Responsibility.
We need to talk about injustice
Tuesday, March 31st
African American Cultural Center Community Room, SU 4th Floor
Networking 101 Presentation
Wednesday, March 25th
6 p.m.
Laurel Hall 201

2015 Career Fair
Wednesday, April 1st
11 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Student Union Ballroom

Sponsored by the Center for Career Development

Kappa Alpha Theta 5K for CASA

Sunday, March 29th

Registration: 11:30 a.m.

Races starts: 12:00 p.m.

Their charity of choice is CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).  CASA works to provide children going through the court system with an adult that will represent them and advocate for their best interest.

Register Here:



Sent in by: Sara Benedetti, Engineering House

Member of the Philanthropy Committee for Kappa Alpha Theta

Presentation on Two Different Opportunities to Study Abroad during the Winter Intersession!

Learn more about the trip to Sub-Antarctic Chile and the trip 
to Taiwan

Wednesday, April 1st
6:00 p.m.
Laurel Hall 101
Eclectic Aesthetic Gallery Art & Artist Unveiling Reception
Check out the art work by some Fine Arts House and Connecting with the Arts House students!
Friday, March 27th
5-8 p.m.
Shippee Game Room
Scholarship Opportunities

Robert T. Kenney
Apply today!

Dr. Arnita Young Boswell Scholarship
Apply today!

Dr. Wynetta A. Frazier Scholarship
Apply today!

Learning Community Newsletter
March 2015
Learning Community Director Highlight:

Dr. Joanne Conover, WiMSE House

Dr. Joanne Conover is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physiology and Neurobiology and Faculty Director of WiMSE House.  Dr. Conover received her Bachelor's Degree at Pennsylvania State University and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Bath, in Bath, England.  Dr. Conover has been a professor at the University of Connecticut since 2008 and the Faculty Director of WiMSE since 2013.  Dr. Conover focuses her research on the analysis of stem cell fate decisions using in vitro and in vivo systems with an emphasis on regenerative mechanisms of repair in injury and disease.


WiMSE House was founded in 2004 and is now comprised of approximately 65 women who are enrolled in a STEM major.  More than 60% of the women living in WiMSE House are first year students.  WiMSE House is located in Watson Hall which is one of the Alumni Residence Halls.  WiMSE House has a support team comprised of Rebecca Acabchuk, Graduate Assistant, Ashley Robinson, Hall Director, two Resident Assistants; Yezmin Crespo-Adorno and Amanda Groccia, and four student mentors; Lauren Zadzilko, Alexandra Grant, Adrianna Zawodniak, and Julia Hersum.


During the Spring semester, WiMSE students are participating in lab tours, allowing the students to meet professors who have talked passionately about their research and related their work back to women in the STEM fields.  Also, WiMSE upperclassmen did an excellent job preparing a panel discussion to provide advice for WiMSE Freshmen in a wide range of topics including start-up companies, pre-med advice, SURF applications, REU's, Actuarial exams and internships. 

Learning Community Student Highlight:

Andrew Kim, Leadership House

Name: Andrew Kim


Learning Community involvement:

Leadership House


Favorite song: "I'm Not the Only One" by Sam Smith


If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be and why? Italy because I have always had a passion to learn about Italian culture


If you could drive any car what would it be? Bently Continental GT


When you were younger, what did you want to be when you "grew up"? Ambassador for the UN


If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Sushi


Have you ever had a nickname, if so what is it? Panda


If you were a superhero, what would your power be? The ability to control time


Favorite TV show: Game of Thrones


What celebrity would you like to have a cup of coffee with? Jimmy Fallon


What's your favorite holiday? New Year's because it's an opportunity for a clean slate


If money were no object, what would you do all day? Travel


Favorite candy: Ferrero Rocher


What would make a perfect day? Three meals, a call from my mom, and meeting a new person


Favorite animal: kangaroo


Favorite Learning Community memory: Every day is a new memory 

Learning Community Student Leadership Consortium 
The Learning Community Student Leadership Consortium is comprised of all student leaders within the Learning Community Program; mentors, RAs, councils, Learning Community Ambassadors and the Learning Community Executive Council.

The next Learning Community Student Leadership Consortium meeting:

Topic: Planning and Executing Successful Events
Date: Thursday, March 26th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Laurel Hall 306
Learning Community Spirit Week!
Sunday, April 12th-Saturday, April 18th
For more information about Learning Community Spirit Week please visit LC.uconn.edu/spiritweek



Thank you for taking the time to read this month's edition of the Learning Community Program Newsletter.  If you are interested in seeing a particular article, or you want your Learning Community to be featured in the next newsletter, please email us at livelearn@uconn.edu.

The Learning Community Program Team
Melissa Foreman, Jennifer Mathieu, Kristen Glines & Jordan Szczygiel

Office of First Year Programs & Learning Communities
Learning Community Program