2013 | 2014
Things to do. Places to go. Ways to get involved. For students new to the UConn, Storrs Campus
In This Issue
1 Message from Student Activities Get Involved 2 UConntact 2 Spirit, Pride, & Tradition 3 4-5 Community Outreach 6 Club Sports 7 UConn Recreation 8-9 Student Governing Bodies 10-11 Campus Media 12 Fraternity & Sorority Life 13 Off-Campus Student Services 14 Veterans Resources 15 ROTC 16-17 Cultural Centers 18 Major Weekends on Campus 19 Late Night 20 Out & About on Campus 21 Entertainment 22 Student Union 23 Dining Services and Transportation 24 Religious Communities 25 Mentoring 26 Get Involved - Not Overwhelmed 27 Are You Struggling? 28-31 Helpful Info 32 Division of Student Affairs
A Message from Student Activities
Welcome to UConn! Now that you are here, we want you to know that college life is a lot better when you are doing things in addition to your classes that are fun and rewarding. That’s why we put together this magazine. It’s the ultimate guide for students new to Storrs. It includes information about great venues on campus, a broad range of events and how you can get involved in our many clubs and organizations. We also hope it answers some of the things that worry new students, like being shy or feeling as though you don’t fit in because you are not a typical new student. So get out there and make your life at UConn extraordinary!
First things first. Let’s get these myths out of the way... MYTH: Don’t get involved your first semester.
Actually, balancing your academics with employment and/or involvement can actually help you manage your time better. Being involved is a way to meet people and find out more about campus which will make you a happier person!
MYTH: There is nothing to do but drink.
Since this is college, a lot of people think that the social atmosphere is going to be all about the booze. It doesn’t have to be that way. Whether you are interested in sports, art, music, comedy, theatre, cultural activities, or educational programs, you can find something to do that doesn’t revolve around alcohol. There is even a place where you can rent outdoor equipment and plan an adventure trip!
MYTH: There is nothing to do.
SO not true! Look around you! There is always something to look forward to, whether it’s arts, music, comedians, films, recreation, or athletic events. There are also over 500 organizations to join and tons of places to meet people, from the coffee cafes to Late Night at the Student Union.
Get Involved! The co-curricular activities of college students have been proven to positively impact academic success and the overall college experience. Whether it is student organizations, club sports or community service, getting involved allows you to enhance your education, meet new people and experience new and exciting activities across campus!
You Connect with UConntact
With over 500 active student organizations on campus, you will find something that meets your interests. Club sports, fraternities and sororities, cultural organizations, performance groups, and hundreds of other academic and social groups were created for and by students just like you. It’s easy to find out about different groups – Just visit uconntact.uconn.edu and log in with your NetID to see all of the active organizations on campus!
Don’t know how to start? Don’t know where to go? A little intimidated? Ask a fellow student who has been there. The student employees in the Involvement Office went through the same thing you did trying to get involved on campus. They are now involved and making a difference, and would be happy to help you explore campus-wide involvement opportunities. Find out what they did, share what you’re interested in or explore campus with another student. Check out getinvolved.uconn.edu, stop by the Involvement Office in Room 302 of the Student Union or give us a call at 860.486.6588.
With UConntact you can see organizations, join groups, find out about upcoming events, and talk to organization leaders! Log in with your NetID today: uconntact.uconn.edu.
The Involvement Fair is an easy way to explore many of the exciting groups to get involved with on campus. Held on Sept. 4, 2013 and in the Spring within the first 2 weeks of the semester, this event invites you to come and learn about hundreds of programs and organizations you can be a part of during the year. From performance groups and academic clubs to cultural and volunteer organizations, drop in on the Involvement Fair and find out about the opportunities that await you. Bring a friend! Visit getinvolved.uconn.edu for more information.
Spirit, Pride, & Tradition
Spirit, Pride, & Tradition Spirit, Pride, & Tradition Programs
Consisting of the Universityâ€™s Cheerleaders, Dance Team, and Mascot, this program continues a long tradition of creating Husky spirit at UConn. These students promote spirit and pride in the institution among students and fans alike. They also represent UConn to constituents across the country, while performing at athletic and non-athletic events on campus and beyond. Visit spirit.uconn.edu or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
The University of Connecticut Marching Band is the largest student organization on the UConn campus. The UCMB is comprised of 300 members representing a wide array of degree programs. Yearly performances include all home football games at Rentschler Field, parades, exhibitions, select away football games, and a potential bowl game. The UCMB welcomes students from all musical backgrounds and experience levels! Visit ucmb.uconn.edu for more information.
The Husky Roadshows are sponsored by SUBOG and Student Activities to provide transportation for students attending UConn sporting events at Rentschler Field and the Hartford XL Center. Husky Roadshows provide transportation only; students are responsible for securing their own game tickets. Roadshow Tickets may be purchased from the Student Union Ticket Booth for $4. Roadshow tickets must be purchased at least 48 hours prior to the game. Find more details at subog.uconn.edu/roadshows.html
Community Service & Public Engagement
communityoutreach.uconn.edu Student Union, Room 302 UConn Community Outreach @UConnOutreach
The Office of Community Outreach (CO) offers hundreds of service and service-learning options for students throughout the year. • Special Projects – Curious about service? Try a one-time service event like Hoops for Hope, Husky Classic or Community Service Days. • Alternative Breaks – Engage with a community outside of UConn through service for a weekend during the fall or spring semester or for a week during Winter Break or Spring Break! • Semester-Long Programs – Get involved with one of 35 service programs focused on health and human services, language and literacy, or youth development and education throughout the semester.
There are opportunities that encourage learning outside of the classroom environment by combining community service and academics. In fact, some courses have a
Have Federal Work-Study?
If you are awarded Federal WorkStudy, you can get paid to serve with Community Outreach by participating in service programs, office administration, public relations and/ or transportation services.
built-in service component that allow you to analyze social issues, explore career options, develop skills for working with diverse populations, obtain tools for effective communication and much more! The Community Service Learning Community allows students with similar interests in service to live in a collective environment that combines their academic studies with community work.
Each of CO’s service programs is facilitated by a student leader. These positions sharpen your leadership skills and prepare you for future professional roles. If you’re ready to lead with CO, just ask us how!
During the 2012-2013 school year, students involved with CO contributed over 68,000 hours of service in over 141 organizations across the globe!
Need A Ride?
CO provides transportation to and from most of its service sites for its participants when resources are available. Together with your student leader we will coordinate your round trip transportation.
Service & Engagement
Other Ways to Engage the Community
Careers for the Common Good
(CCG) is a collaboration between CO, Career Services and the Human Rights Institute that promotes socially responsible professional options for UConn students. career.uconn.edu/careers_common_good.html
Academic courses and study abroad programs are now incorporating a community service or internship component to help you identify ways to positively impact our global society. Check with specific academic departments about the service-learning opportunities that are available. engagement.uconn.edu/service_learning/
Service & Social Justice Focused Student Organizations
Students interested in service and social justice issues can also join one of UConnâ€™s numerous student organizations. Some of these student organizations are UConnPIRG, Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross Club, Eco Husky, Alpha Phi Omega, Amnesty International, and Idealists United. uconntact.uconn.edu UConn was one of five schools awarded the Presidentâ€™s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This award highlights universities that play a role in solving community problems and places more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.
Ever want to watch a polo match, jump out of a plane, learn to waltz, or scrum with the Rugby team? The University of Connecticut’s Club Sports program includes 41 clubs ranging from traditional clubs like Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rugby, Ultimate Frisbee and Soccer to Skydiving, Ballroom Dance, and Paintball. Clubs compete at home and away on both regional and national levels throughout the year. The Clubs are supported by the UConn Club Sports program and are exclusively run by their student members. Club Sports at UConn strives to provide leadership and athletic opportunities that compliment students’ collegiate experiences as well as diverse athletic and recreational opportunities for the UConn community.
Listing of Club Sports Teams Airsoft Archery Ballroom Dance Baseball Basketball, Women’s Crew, Men’s Cycling Dressage Equestrian Field Hockey Figure Skating Gymnastics Ice Hockey, Men’s Ice Hockey, Women’s Kickline Team
Lacrosse, Men’s Lacrosse, Women’s Morgan Drill Team Paintball Polo Racquetball Roller Hockey Rugby, Men’s Rugby, Women’s Run UC (XC & Track) Sailing Ski, Men’s Ski, Women’s Skydiving Soccer, Men’s
Soccer, Women’s Softball Swimming Table Tennis TaeKwonDo Tap Team Tennis Timber Team Triathlon Ultimate Frisbee, Men’s Ultimate Frisbee, Women’s Volleyball, Men’s Volleyball, Women’s Western Equestrian Wrestling
The Center is located in Student Union, Room 228. There is a variety of outdoor rental equipment including items such as bikes, tents, sleeping bags, snowshoes, in-line skates, and horseshoes. The Adventure Center also offers “How To” clinics for outdoor skills and activities. There is also a resource area that contains guidebooks, park maps, mapping software, and other instructional materials.
There are many outdoor programs and trips throughout the year designed to meet a variety of interests. We even offer an outdoor spring break! You can sign up for kayaking, snowshoeing, ice climbing, hiking, mountain biking, white water rafting, and more.
The Climbing Center is a component of UConn Outdoors. It is a facility dedicated to both instruction and open recreational opportunities for adventure enthusiasts throughout the university community.
We are your one stop for recreational needs. If you want to play in an organized basketball league or if you just want to shoot hoops on your own time, we are for you. If you feel like pumping iron or getting that heart rate up by running on a treadmill, we are for you. If you just want to get away from the pressures of college life, we are DEFINITELY for you. First things first… obtain your membership. Start by visiting the Department of Recreational Services’ main office in the Greer Field house during business hours. web.uconn.edu/recreation
There are more than a dozen types of fitness classes from high energy to low impact and they are offered every day during the school year! Check out the website for a description of each of the classes and a schedule for the semester.
Each semester, there are dozens of intramural sports and hundreds of teams. There are traditional and obscure sports. Intramurals are a great way to get together with your friends and have a fun time while working off the stress of classes.
Undergraduate Student Government
Graduate Student Senate
Graduate Student Senate (GSS) is the body charged with the representation of graduate students on issues concerning the university’s community and administration. In addition, GSS provides special services to the graduate student community. Student Union, Room 213 gss.uconn.edu
The Undergraduate Student Government (USG) at the University of Connecticut is the group for you if you want to change your campus. Not just a club for political science majors, USG is the official voice of the undergraduate student body and is in charge of managing almost $1.5 million a year of your student fees. It has been the launch point for many successful projects at UConn, like the GUARD Dogs safe rides program. Any student can run for office in the beginning of the Fall or the end of the Spring semesters. Not interested in campaigning? There are plenty of non-elected positions, too. As part of USG, you’ll help better your fellow students’ lives by representing them to the UConn administration, as well as local and state government. Work on important issues, improve academic life and policies, make UConn more sustainable, or find a new goal to accomplish. If you want to make UConn a better place for students, USG is the best way to make a difference. Student Union, Room 219 usg.uconn.edu
Student Governing Bodies
GSS, USG, SUBOG, RHA
SUBOG (Student Union Board of Governors) We are the Programming Board on Campus. SUBOG’s mantra is “Creating Events, Enhancing Experiences.” We plan many events for the whole campus to enjoy. SUBOG is made up of students just like YOU! There are 13 committees you can join. Chances are you will attend many SUBOG events while you are at UConn. Some of the events we plan are: the Husky WOW Block Party and Hip Hop Comedy Jam, concerts, daytime events, movies, comedy shows, special events, lectures, as well as Homecoming, Winter Weekend, UConn Idol, and travel to sporting events and other places off campus. With all of this happening, there’s definitely something for everyone!
Residence Hall Association and Area Councils
Area Councils and the Residence Hall Association (RHA) are great ways to get involved when you are new to campus. You can help make the residence halls a better place for you and your fellow students. RHA is the overarching governing body for the residence halls. The purposes of RHA are to build community in the residence halls, to organize programs for residence hall students, to give feedback from the students to Residential Life and Dining Services, and to support the Area Councils. rha.uconn.edu
Student Union, Room 307 subog.uconn.edu
Campus Media The Daily Campus is a student-run, student-funded publication and is the largest daily university newspaper in Connecticut. We employ more than 120 students who represent a wide variety of majors, co-curricular activities, and interests. The Daily Campus is published every weekday during the academic year and delivers 8,000 copies to more than 70 locations, both on and off campus. Our staff would love for you to get involved. 1226 Storrs Road, Storrs dailycampus.com email@example.com
The Nutmeg Yearbook is a student-run, student-funded organization that is responsible for chronicling each yearâ€™s events and activities. Each graduating bachelorâ€™s degree student receives a copy of the Nutmeg, which features everything from individual senior portraits to important highlights of that year at the university. The Nutmeg Yearbook is staffed by a diverse group of motivated students who work on the design and layout of the book, copy editing, photography and picture selection, reporting, and writing. Student Union, Room 212 yearbook.uconn.edu firstname.lastname@example.org
UCTV is a student-run, student-funded organization that provides members with the training and facilities to produce and broadcast original television programming. UCTV airs on Channel 14 on the Huskyvision cable system 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our members have the opportunity to be trained in editing, studio, and camera work. UCTV produces regular sports and news broadcasts and a variety of other weekly shows featuring all student work and talent. Regardless of your major or professional interests, you can gain valuable experience and have a great time as a member of UCTV. Student Union, Room 409 uctv.uconn.edu email@example.com
91.7 WHUS is a student-run, studentfunded, commercial-free radio station broadcasting from the University of Connecticut. WHUS broadcasts 24 hours a day, providing quality informative and entertaining programs for students like you via FM radio and live broadcast internet feeds. There are multiple ways for you to get involved, from becoming a DJ and designing your own show to working behind the scenes planning events and helping to run the organization. Student Union, Room 412 whus.org firstname.lastname@example.org
Fraternity & Sorority Life
UConn Greek Life
Social fraternities and sororities have been an active part of UConn for over 70 years. Founded on the ideals â€“ or pillars â€“ of scholarship, leadership, service, and brotherhood/sisterhood, they have a long tradition of fostering student involvement and development.
Fraternity & Sorority Life Go Greek! Many fraternities and sororities recruit new members during the beginning of each semester. Specifics about most recruitment activities can be found on the website. Check for dates, times, and locations! Student Union, Room 315 greeklife.uconn.edu
Academic excellence is a vital aspect of fraternity and sorority membership at UConn. Programming, incentives, recognition, and ongoing support are provided to help members pursue academic success.
Developing leaders today for life after college is an important part of Greek involvement. Members participate in many leadership development programs and conferences, and serve their organizations through officer positions.
UConn Greeks work hard to give back to the community through service and philanthropy programs. Annually, members contribute thousands of service hours and raise tens of thousands of dollars for charitable organizations.
Brotherhood & Sisterhood
Fraternities and sororities are about building lifelong relationships that extend beyond ordinary friendships. Bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood provide UConn Greeks with a home away from home, a sense of community, mentorship, and career networking with alumni.
Off- Campus Student Services
Off-Campus Student Services serves as an advocate for students and as a centralized resource for off-campus living and commuter issues. We can help you with your rights and responsibilities as a renter, lease and rental information, parking and transportation, personal budgeting, and community information. Wilbur Cross Building, Room 203 offcampus.uconn.edu
Off-Campus Housing Fair
The Off-Campus Housing Fairs will be held November 13, 2013 and April 8, 2014 from 10am-3pm in the Student Union Ballroom. It is a wonderful opportunity to check out local rentals, find roommates and win exciting prizes!
Commuter Appreciation Weeks
The lounge is located on the first floor of the Student Union in Room 108. It includes a large screen television, day lockers, information racks, refrigerator, microwave, sink, and comfortable chairs for relaxing or studying. Itâ€™s a great place to meet other commuters and hang out with friends!
Commuter Appreciation Week takes place the first week of October and April each year. This event celebrates all that it means to be a UConn commuter. Be sure to lookout for more information about the daily events that take place during these weeks!
Veterans Resources Veterans Oasis
Veterans Resources Veterans may face unique challenges as they begin or return to their academic studies. The following provides a starting point to meet and greet other UConn veterans. veterans.uconn.edu UConn-Storrs Veterans
Veterans Affairs & Military Programs
The Office of Veterans Affairs & Military Programs is located on the 3rd floor of Arjona (Room 340). Services provided to student veterans and service members include Educational VA Benefits, special programs and events, staff support and assistance. The office also has a designated study area, computer lab, and a coffee maker, refrigerator, and microwave specifically for student veterans.
The Oasis is a drop-in center and meeting space located in Student Union, Room 224 for student veterans enrolled at UConn. The Oasis has a study area with computers, wireless internet, a large screen television, DVD player, and stereo equipment, as well as hospitality amenities such as a coffee maker, microwave, and refrigerator. Simply put, Veterans Oasis is a place to meet other veterans, network, and grow accustomed to university life. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
UConn has two ROTC (Reserve Officersâ€™ Training Corps): Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC. Both of these programs offer leadership courses and opportunities to become leaders in the Air Force and Army. Both programs are located in Hall Dorm at the center of the Storrs Campus. Students who visit from off-campus can park in the South Parking Garage attached to the UConn Co-op. Army ROTC - located on 3rd floor in Hall Dorm. armyrotc.uconn.edu (860) 486-6081 firstname.lastname@example.org Air Force ROTC - located on 4th floor in Hall Dorm. airforce.uconn.edu (860) 486-2224 email@example.com
H. Fred Simons African American Cultural Center
(AACC) was established to support African American students. Many African American students face unique societal and institutional challenges in developing to the fullest extent of their potential. We strive to assist students in overcoming these challenges and support them in their adjustments to college life through the development of cultural awareness, academic excellence, leadership skills, social consciousness, and personal success. The AACC is a warm, welcoming and intellectually challenging environment that contributes to the vitality of campus for all students, faculty and staff. Student Union, Room 407 aacc.uconn.edu
Asian American Cultural Center
(AsACC) provides resources to enhance the Universityâ€™s diversity commitment through our recruitment and retention efforts, teaching, service, and outreach to the Asian American community on campus and beyond. Central to all our programming, we assist students in exploring and defining their cultural identities in multicultural America. The AsACC provides a supportive environment for students, faculty and staff that encourages academic excellence, personal development, community engagement, and professional leadership. The Center has a library, computer lab, conference room, and a main program room. Student Union, Room 428 asacc.uconn.edu
The International Center and Immigration Services serves the international student and scholar population at the university through support services and cross-cultural programs. Advisors are available to counsel international students on a variety of topics, such as educational needs, employment questions, cultural adjustment issues, financial matters, personal matters, and immigration questions pertaining to their stay in the U.S. The International Center lounge area may be used for social programming and studying, and is an ideal meeting place for U.S. and international community members. McMahon Hall - Main Floor internationalcenter.uconn.edu
Black History Month
is a remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African Diaspora. It is celebrated annually in the month of February. The remembrance was originated in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson. He chose the second week of February because it marked the birthdays of two Americans, who greatly influenced the lives and social condition of African Americans: Former President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist Frederick Douglass.
Asian American Heritage Observance (AAHO)
lasts throughout the 13-14 academic year. Events begin with the AAHO keynote by Frank Wu on Oct. 15th, an exhibit in the HB Library through Oct. 25th, and other events which celebrate AsACCâ€™s 20th Anniversary on the UConn campus. Our mentoring programs AMP (peer education), and KUBE (community youth) are gearing up for a busy year. The Pan Asian Council coordinates Homecoming events in October and Asian Nite in February, as well as offering our many affiliated student organizations a forum to meet, share and promote activism within the Asian American community.
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to Remember Hispanic Heritage Month
While we celebrate the contributions, history, culture, and traditions for Latinos year-round, the national observance of Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15th – Oct. 15th. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon B. Johnson. Sept. 15th was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of the independence of five Latin American countries in 1821.
National Coming Out Day
National Coming Out Day is an internationally-observed civil awareness day for coming out and discussion about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues. The day was founded by Dr. Robert Eichberg and Jean O’Leary in 1988, in celebration of the Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights that happened one year earlier, in which 500,000 people marched on Washington, DC, for gay and lesbian equality.
Women’s Herstory Month
traces its beginnings to the first International Women’s Day in 1911. As recently as the 1970’s, women’s history was virtually an unknown topic. To address this situation, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women initiated a “Women’s History Week” celebration for 1978. In February 1980 President Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th, 1980 as National Women’s History Week. Then in 1987, Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month in perpetuity.
Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center
(PRLACC’s) mission is to improve the status of Latinos and to promote awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the richness and diversity of Latinos and Latin American cultures. PRLACC supports the University’s mission by providing services and leadership opportunities, fostering connections, and educating the University and the larger community about Latino issues. Our programs seek to enhance and support student, faculty, and staff recruitment and retention, as well as enrich the multicultural climate of our community. Student Union, Room 438 prlacc.uconn.edu
The Rainbow Center
The Rainbow Center (RC) has been serving UConn’s diverse communities of gender identities, gender expressions and sexualities since 1998! The RC facilitates education and training opportunities; offers leadership development and community engagement; and provides advocacy and support. Everyone is welcomed to get involved. Our diversity includes, but is not limited to those who are bisexual, asexual, transgender, cisgender, lesbian, heterosexual, ally, genderqueer, gay, questioning, intersex, pansexual, and gender fluid. We hope to see you at the Out to Lunch lecture series, a Husky Safe Zone Training, the FAMILEE mentoring program or any event. Student Union, Room 403 rainbowcenter.uconn.edu
The Women’s Center
The mission of the Women’s Center is to educate, advocate, and provide support services for the achievement of women’s equity at the University and within the community at large. Special attention is focused on, but not limited to, women who face additional challenges due to their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, sexual identity, religion, age, and physical or mental ability. We strive to create a community which celebrates women’s diversity, while actively confronting sexism through activism and working for change through programs such as the Violence Against Women Prevention Program, the Men’s Project, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness Months. Student Union, Room 421 womenscenter.uconn.edu
Weekends on Campus
Major Weekends on Campus
August 23-25, 2013 Husky WOW celebrates the beginning of a new academic year with an incredible array of events focused on helping new students get acclimated to UConn. There are a bunch of people to meet and lots of fun to be had! huskywow.uconn.edu
September 27-29, 2013 This UConn tradition is for the entire family. Join us for just one day or the entire weekend! Show your parents how much fun you’re having at UConn! familyweekend. uconn.edu
October 6-12, 2013 Homecoming is a time for the entire UConn community to show their Husky pride. Come and enjoy the floats at the parade, go on rides at the carnival, cheer on the King and Queen as they are crowned, and end the weekend with the Lip Sync! homecoming.uconn. edu
February 2014 Ever see a ONE TON Sundae? You’ll want to make sure you get there early! It’s a huge UConn tradition. Enjoy a fun filled weekend with comedians, concerts, and activities that are sure to cure those winter blues! subog.uconn.edu
Late Night Low on cash? Getting some evening hunger pangs? Tired of the same old weekend happenings? Looking for some free and easily accessible entertainment? Look no further than the Student Union!
UConn Late Night
Every Friday & Saturday, 9pm - 1am Late Night is a free and fun way to spend the late hours of your Friday and Saturday. Each week is a new theme â€“ so the giveaways, interactive events and food are always new and exciting! *Get your picture on pillowcases, back packs, t-shirts, and more. *Personalize your own stuffed animal, jewelry, sports gear, key chains, etc. *Take part in interactive events â€“ sing karaoke, play games, get massages, and more. *Enjoy free food! *Catch a movie at the Student Union Theatre! latenight.uconn.edu UConn Late Night
Out & About on Campus
Out & About on Campus Places to See!
CONNECTICUT STATE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences uconnhuskies.com/trads/museum.html
J. Robert Donnelly Husky Heritage Sports Museum
What they are all about
Hours & Location
The puppetry museum houses, preserves and exhibits puppets from around the world as well as those created here at UConn. The BIMP is located on the UConn Depot Campus.
Friday, Saturday & Sunday: Noon - 5pm
The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History is located in the heart of the UConn campus. The museum offers unique exhibits year round.
Monday Friday: 10am - 4pm
All of you sports enthusiasts can brush up on UConnâ€™s athletic history at the Husky Heritage Sports Museum. The museum is located in the UConn Alumni Center.
Monday - Friday: 8am - 5pm
The William Benton Museum of Art is a great way to spend an afternoon taking in diverse exhibits. Be sure to check their website for upcoming exhibits.
Tuesday - Friday: Noon - 4:30pm Saturday & Sunday: 1pm - 4:30pm
Treat yourself to a famous UConn tradition! You have to visit the Dairy Bar at least once while you are at UConn. After that, you will be hooked!
Changes monthly Check the website
New location opening soon in Storrs Center! cac.uconn.edu
2019 Hillside Rd. (Near the Co-op)
Alumni Center 2384 Alumni Dr.
uconnhuskies. com/trads/ museum.html
245 Glenbrook Rd.
3636 Horsebarn Hill Rd. Extension
2013 Fall Schedule Oct 3 - 13: Big Love Oct 24 - Nov 3: Dead Heavy Fantastic Nov 21 - Dec 8: The Three Musketeers crt.uconn.edu
Fall 2013 Schedule Sep 26: Gary Burton 70th Birthday Tour Sep 28: Pentatonix Oct 5: Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood Oct. 12: New York Banjo Oct 13: Alladin Oct 26: The Idan Raichel Project Oct 27: Irish Chamber Orchestra Nov 1: Savion Gloverâ€™s SoLe Sanctuary Nov 7: Jessica Lang Dance Nov 13: eighth blackbird Nov 17: Peter and the Wolf Dec 7: Boston Pops Holiday Concert
SUBOG (Student Union Board of Governors) has a great year planned for you! Check out our website to keep up to date on all of the exciting events we have coming up! subog.uconn.edu Past events have included: *Comedy Shows: Aziz Ansari, Demetri Martin, Kevin Hart, Bo Burnham *Concerts: B.o.B, Third Eye Blind, Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa, Sam Adams *Lectures: Ace of Cakes, Michael J. Fox *Trips: NYC/Broadway, Boston *Daytime Events: Chocolate Fountain, Stuff-a-Bear, Cupcake Truck, Lobster Bakes *Roadshows *UConn Idol *Homecoming *Winter Weekend with One Ton Sundae Student Union Theatre Movies SUBOG Film Series: Thursday - Sunday: Various Showtimes All Friday night movies are free! Thursday, Saturday and Sunday movies are only $2 for students. subog.uconn.edu/theatre.html
*Please check the Jorgensen website for updated show information.
Student Union Union Central Exchange
Check out the Convenience Store located above the Union Street Market! It is your one stop shop for many food, snack and toiletry items.
Whether you have time in between classes, need to catch up on studying or want to meet up with friends, there are three large lounge areas and numerous seating areas throughout the Student Union.
Doug Bernstein Game Room
Located on the first floor in room 109. Check out the bowling alley, pool table, arcade games, and much more!
You can hook up to the internet for free throughout the building.
Food & Dining
• Union Street Market -Tostada Grill, FireSide Rotisserie, Pompeii Oven, The Good Earth, Union Street Café, Freshens and Market Express • Chuck & Augie’s Restaurant • The Blue Cow • Dunkin’ Donuts • Subway • Panda Express • Wendy’s
Student Union Theatre
The theatre shows weekly movies! Show Times: Thursday - 9 p.m. Friday - 10 p.m. Saturday - 8 p.m. & 11 p.m. Sunday - 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. Visit subog.uconn.edu for a schedule studentunion.uconn.edu 860.486.3422
Dining & Transportation
Dining Services & Transportation Transportation Information Bus Route Information: transpo.uconn.edu
Storrs, CT - Bradley Airport in Hartford, CT Storrs, CT - Union Station in Hartford Storrs, CT - New London Ferry -Reservations should be made at least one week in advance
Accessible Van Service: To obtain
service or to discuss whether you qualify for the service, please call: 860-486-4991 transpo.uconn.edu 860.486.1448
Dining Hall Information
The Department of Dining Services’ purpose is to nourish you by providing quality, diverse, and nutritious foods with consideration for the environment. We offer 8 dining units (including newly renovated McMahon), 7 coffee shops, 5 Grab & Go’s, 1 convenience store and Chuck & Augie’s full serve restaurant. Also, Union Street Market Food Court and the Blue Cow Ice Cream Shop.
Specialty Food Choices
-Kosher: Visit NOSH the Kosher Kitchen in Gelfenbein Commons. -Halal or Muslim Choices: Visit the Muslim food station in Gelfenbein Commons. -Local/Sustainable/Organic: Visit Whitney Local Routes dining unit. Most other dining units also serve local produce when available. -Dietary Restrictions or Medical Issues: Contact the Center for Students with Disabilities (860-486-2020) or the Dining Services main office (860-486-3128). -Daily Menus and Nutrition Information: nutritionanalysis.dds.uconn.edu
Area Associations of Religious Communities
All are invited to participate in the worship and activities of these faith communities. It is the AARC’s belief that a spiritual journey is an integral part of an education and that the various religious communities can assist with the journey. aarc.stthomasuconn.org The Bridge firstname.lastname@example.org Campus Crusade for Christ John.Vampatella@uscm.org Chabad at UConn 860-429-8672 First Baptist Church of Mansfield email@example.com First Church of Christ in Mansfield Firstchurchmansfield@snet.net First United Methodist Church firstname.lastname@example.org FOCUS: Fellowship of Catholic University Students email@example.com Greek Orthodox Chapel of the Three Hierarchs firstname.lastname@example.org Hope Lutheran Church email@example.com International Christian Fellowship firstname.lastname@example.org
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship email@example.com Mansfield Christian Fellowship firstname.lastname@example.org
Muslim Students Association & Islamic Center of CT email@example.com Presbyterian Church of Coventry firstname.lastname@example.org Reformed University Fellowship email@example.com St. Mark’s Episcopal Chapel firstname.lastname@example.org St. Paul’s Collegiate Church email@example.com St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel & Center firstname.lastname@example.org Storrs Community Church email@example.com Storrs Congregational Church firstname.lastname@example.org Storrs Friends Meeting email@example.com UConn Hillel firstname.lastname@example.org Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Storrs email@example.com Young Life UConn Leadership firstname.lastname@example.org
There are over 30 peer education programs on campus including counseling and support, advocacy, programs for specific majors, and general academic support. Described below are some of the programs designed to assist students who are new to Storrs. peered.uconn.edu
Asiantation Mentoring Program
First Year Experience (1 credit classes)
Peer African Americans Sustaining Success (PA2SS)
Q Center Tutors
The Asiantation Mentoring Program is a peer education program that helps incoming Asian American students adapt to their new college environment by pairing them with continuing students who will be resources to assist them through their first year and beyond. Workshops are offered such as academic success, career preparation, and outreach opportunities. asacc.uconn.edu
The PA2SS Program is designed to assist first year and transfer students with the transition to UConn. By being matched with peer mentors, incoming students have better opportunities to learn of resources available to them, be encouraged to participate in both African American Cultural Center and campus events, and interact with students. aacc.uconn.edu
(Mentoring, Educating, and Training for Academic Success)
The METAS Program is designed to assist first-year and transfer students with their college transition by pairing them with peer mentors who will provide guidance and support throughout their first year. Benefits to participation include learning about resources and opportunities at UConn, attending educational, cultural and social events, and meeting other students who are going through the same experience. prlacc.uconn.edu
The First Year Experience (FYE) program was developed to help first year students connect to the UConn community and its resources. FYE helps new students face their challenges and fears and provides students with support to overcome their obstacles. Each week, students gather to interact and adjust to new expectations. A range of common first year student issues are covered. fye.uconn.edu
The Q Center is a resource to elevate the proficiency of students taking quantitative intensive (Q) courses across the undergraduate curriculum. Q Tutors provide peer tutoring in lower-level mathematics, statistics, physics, and chemistry. Tutoring in the Q Center allows Q Tutors to help their peers with homework and exam preparation, sharpen their quantitative skills, meet new people, and broaden their resumes. qcenter.uconn.edu
Peer Education Program
Student Support Services (SSS) The SSS Peer Education Program includes Peer Advisors and Peer Tutors. The Peer Advisors mentor first year students and assist them in the transition from high school to college. The Peer Tutors provide academic support to SSS undergraduate students in disciplines that pose particular problems in advancing their programs of study. peered.uconn.edu
Donâ€™t Get Overwhelmed
Get Involved Not Overwhelmed! It is important to remember that there is such a thing as too much involvement. We want you to enjoy a healthy and productive college experience and that means taking into account all of your commitments, from academics to family, to work, and everything in between, when making decisions about getting involved at UConn.
Being a college student is like having a full-time job. Your first priority during your time at UConn should be academic achievement. At UConn, this means more than just attending class and turning in homework. It means actively engaging with the disciplines you study, thinking critically, and gaining knowledge through research and practical experience. Co-curricular involvement should never take precedence over the academic aspects of college life.
This focus on academics does not mean that you should spend all of your time studying. Productivity takes a huge dip when people are unhappy, stressed out, or bored. Joining programs that you are passionate about is a way to keep yourself happy, not stressed out, and certainly not bored. Also, graduate schools and employers are on the lookout for people who excel academically and are involved in meaningful activities outside the classroom.
How do you take on your courses, actively participate in involvement opportunities,
and still have time for yourself? The thing to remember is that each aspect of college life (classes, work, friends, clubs, etc.) is not a separate, isolated entity. Instead, these aspects link to create an integrated educational experience. For example, get to know your professors and fellow students outside of class. Create study groups. Join clubs or participate in service projects that are related to your major. Of course, not all of your activities will relate to your major. Youâ€™ll want to attend athletic events, concerts and movies, and participate in activities provided by the Department of Recreation Services. All of these activities combined will make your UConn experience a healthy, productive, and special one.
Struggling? Are you saying: “I’m fine! It will pass! It’s no big deal! I’m not crazy. I’m sure there are others who need help more than I do. Everyone’s got problems. It’s no one’s business.” These are some of the reasons UConn students give as to why they live on campus in quiet desperation. Many students decide that struggling is just how it goes, completely falling apart is the way to go before asking for help, not living life satisfied is acceptable, there is cultural shame for sharing personal problems, or difficulty is just my unfortunate fate. The fact is that for everyone, the campus environment can be exciting as well as challenging. It can also be highly stressful since social and emotional concerns can interfere with feeling well personally and doing well academically. So, it is good to know that UConn has Counseling and Mental Health Services (CMHS). CMHS is highly committed to helping you make your way through school without having to
manage the additional burdens of mental health concerns all by yourself. Is the “quiet desperation” person, you? If it is, a thing you can do to change this path is to talk to one of our competent mental health staff to aid your self-understanding and to help you resolve your personal concerns. Although CMHS may work with you in crisis, our primary goal is to assist you before your concerns develop into more serious problems. We are hoping you will come by to find that CMHS is a friendly, helpful place to have a safe, confidential, and supportive environment to do the work you need to do to be a successful student and a happy and healthy person! We’re not that scary, we’re really not! It is easy to get started, it is rewarding to get help, and it is fabulous to finish feeling better than you started. counseling.uconn.edu
Are You Struggling But Don’t Want to Ask for Help?
Helpful Tips Are you shy?
Are you a transfer student?
It’s not easy being an experienced college student, but also feeling like a first year student on campus. Depending on where you transferred from, Storrs can feel small and cozy or large and overwhelming. Consider taking an FYE class designed just for transfer students. There is also a group that can help you find your way: Tau Sigma. Tau Sigma is an academic honor society designed specifically to recognize and promote the academic excellence and involvement of transfer students. The members strive to improve the experience of all transfer students by volunteering as transfer student mentors and helping at various events. In addition, community service projects and social events allow members to meet and socialize with one another. You can find out about Tau Sigma by visiting the Student Activities student organization listing at uconntact.uconn.edu.
It’s natural for some people to get nervous about jumping into the social scene. Don’t try to overcome shyness all at once… do it gradually. A good way to start is to do one thing that is “braver” than you usually do in your typical activities. Make eye contact with someone, smile, and say “hi.” Ask a question in class. As you get used to these brave activities, create new ones. It’s also a good idea to get involved in activities that have structure and help you to talk to others guided by leaders helping the conversations along. You will meet others who are involved and have a chance to have conversations when you are training or meeting, going to projects and talking about common experiences. It’s ok to be a quiet and reserved person. But we don’t want you in your room on your computer all the time; we want you with us at programs and taking part in clubs and organizations!
Are you an international student?
You are probably going through some culture shock! But there are many other students who are going through the same thing as you are and you just need to find them! Stop by the International Center, McMahon Hall - Main Floor. They have information about the services and requirements for international students and it is a great place to meet other students and find out where to go and how to get to places. They have international coffee hours, game nights, and bus trips. Check out the student organization data base on the Student Activities, UConntact website; there are over 35 student organizations representing a wide variety of countries, cultures, and religions. Your education here will not stop outside of the classroom… the whole campus is waiting! Be sure to immerse yourself in the diversity of campus.
Are you an artsie type?
You might want to consider a major or minor related to your passion. But if you are interested in art, music or theater and are studying something else, there are still many opportunities for you. There are tons of plays, concerts and exhibits on campus. You can also join one of the over 30 clubs that focus on the arts: from a cappella groups to student run theater groups and performance dance groups to culturally based organizations.
Helpful Tips Are you afraid of going alone?
Few things make people more nervous than the thought of being alone in public for a meal or an event. Be assertive with your friends. Say, “Hey, I want to go to this movie, anyone want to go?” or, “Is anyone going to dinner soon?” Most people are drawn to confident people, so if you are asking this stuff in a bold way, people will come with you. You can also take the honest approach, and do it in an assertive way: “I have to go to this program for class and I don’t want to go alone. Anyone want to go? I’ll go with you when you have to go to something.” If you do have to go to something alone, go with confidence! Walk strong. Bring a book to read or a notebook to write in… pretend to be doing observation for a class. And after a few times doing this, you will find that you are actually stronger and braver than you think!
Are you a commuter student?
It can be hard to have time in between classes, and not be able to hang out in your room because you would have to drive back home to get to it! You need to find a “home base” when you are on campus. A good place to start is in the commuter lounge in the Student Union. There are lockers, tables and a TV. There are lots of other nooks and crannies on campus in which you can study, have a bite to eat, relax or socialize in between classes. It’s also a good time to visit professors. Consider putting in a few hours at a part-time job on campus… or a few hours a week at one of our 75 volunteer sites. Whatever you do, don’t hang out in your car in between classes! The Office of Off-Campus Student Services is a great resource for everything from how to get involved as a commuter to landlord issues.
Helpfu Are you a GLBTQQA student?
Gay. Lesbian. Bisexual. Transgender. Queer. Questioning. Ally. It can be difficult coming to a place where you don’t know who to trust. But it can be liberating at UConn because there are several student organizations for GLBTQQA students and many supportive faculty and staff. For more information on these groups, check out the student organization data base at uconntact.uconn.edu. One of your first stops on campus needs to be the Rainbow Center (4th floor, Student Union), where there are regularly scheduled social, educational and advocacy programs.
Are you in recovery?
It’s true that some students think that college is one big party, and this makes it harder for students who are choosing to abstain from drugs and alcohol, but still want to have a good time and meet new people. Your first stop should be in the Wellness and Prevention Office in Wilson Hall (South Residence Halls area). They can let you know about the programs and services for students who are in recovery, specifically the UConn Recovery Community (URC). The URC is a community of students in recovery from alcohol and other drugs, who support each other and engage in fun activities together. There are many students involved with the Wellness and Prevention Office so you will be sure to meet lots of great people.
Do you have an alcohol or drug problem?
If you are looking for help for drug or alcohol use, you will be able to find the support that you need. Wellness & Prevention Services can provide support and offer a variety of supportive resources, such the alcohol and other drug clinical services at Counseling and Mental Health (counseling.uconn.edu). There are also AA and NA meetings right on campus. Check the Wellness and Prevention website for the most updated schedule - aod.uconn.edu. And don’t forget that there are dozens of events every day that are alcohol and drug free.
ul Tips How Do I Start a Conversation?
For some people, talking to others seems easy and natural. To others, it can cause stress and nervousness. If you get nervous thinking about starting a conversation, you need a strategy. First of all, being a good conversationalist means being relaxed, being a good listener and being a good observer… take note of what the people around you talk about and what interests them. Most people like to talk about themselves, so that is a good place to start. Simple, friendly, open-ended questions are a key to keeping things moving. Have a few opening questions that can be readily adapted. For example, “How was your weekend?” can be adapted to, “How was the concert…” or “your test?” Or try talking about recent sports, political or social events. If you don’t make a connection and the conversation dies, don’t worry. It is important to try, and sooner or later, you will click with someone and conversation will get easier. Just remember to be patient with yourself. Slow and steady progress is still progress!
Are you a former high school athlete? It can be a huge transition from being a high school varsity athlete to becoming a college student. Unless you are a college varsity athlete, you are probably thinking that you will have to let go of your love of the game. But you don’t! We have 41 club sports, and these teams compete with other college teams. We also have dozens of recreational teams that compete with other UConn teams on campus.
Are you a veteran?
It can be a huge transition from the formality of military life to the casual college life. There are other students who are experiencing what you are. Meet like-minded individuals in our Veterans Student Organizations. For more information about Veterans Resources visit veterans.uconn.edu.
Are you a returning adult? Did you come from a regional campus?
Welcome, Huskies, to the Storrs campus! It can be hard to feel like an experienced college student and a new student at the same time and to feel like you are a new Husky when really you have been a Husky for at least a couple of years! So, now that you are here with us, you can continue participating in the things that you were involved with at your regional campus or start fresh and try out new things. Check out our student organization database at uconntact.uconn.edu. Jump right in so you don’t miss anything!
Most students come to UConn right after high school. If you choose to return later in life, you might feel invisible. You don’t have to! Think about taking your friends and family members to the art, music, theater, or athletic events. Not only will you have fun, but you can connect your new college life with your established life! When it comes to student organizations, be assertive about your needs so that you can stay involved and make a difference. Many of our groups meet late at night when you might not be around. If you have to miss meetings, ask to meet with the president for coffee to catch up on what you missed. Perhaps you can chair a committee of people who can meet at a different time.
Front, back, and inside back cover photos by Allison Hopkins.
The Department of Student Activities enriches the intellectual, ethical and social development of our students by engaging them in community involvement and leadership opportunities. We are committed to providing excellent programs and services that promote student self-governance, respect for diversity, civic responsibility and life-long learning.