HESA Happenings Newsletter – Spring 2017 Edition
Note from the Director
Spring 2017 has been filled with much activity here at HESA. We had a competitive pool of applicants apply to the program, and 18 of the 19 have already committed to the program as part of the Class of 2019 cohort. So far we have over individuals across 12 states and 1 international student. Our incoming class, as well as our returning second years will have orientation and their second year retreat on Monday, August 21st. In addition, we had a few additional updates in this newsletter including information on the director search, a recap of interview weekend, an overview of HESA programming, updates from UCSAA, information on upcoming events and courses, as well as information on how to donate to the Dr. Sue Saunders Professional Development Funds. We also have a special spotlight on Ryan Baldassario ‘16 who shares some insights one year post-graduation. <read more>
UConn Leader Recognized for Contributions to the Hispanic Community
Editor’s Note: This story, written by UConn Communication’s Kenneth Best, appears in UConn Today’s September 16, 2016 issue
During the upcoming celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month on the American Spanish language television network Univision, one individual recognized for her contributions to the Hispanic community will be Fany Hannon ’08 MA, director of the Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center (PRLACC).
Hannon’s work with UConn students will be seen by viewers of Univision’s affiliates in Connecticut and the Springfield, Mass., region as part of the network’s Nuestro Orgullo Hispano – Our Hispanic Pride – segments aired in commercial breaks as part of the month-long celebration, from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.
Read the entire article here
Careers for the Common Good Career Fair 2/15/2017 12-3pm, Student Union
– Highest student attendance since 2009 with 347 undergraduate and graduate students
– 79 non-profit and social service agencies in attendance
Careers for the Common Good is a collaborative project by the Office of Community Outreach, Center for Career Development, and Human Rights Institute that supports students in their exploration of socially responsible career paths.
Emily Daher facilitated and presented a workshop at the National Impact Conference at Washington University in Saint Louis, MO. Topic: Pitching Impact: Sharing Your Social Enterprise Ideas. “The IMPACT Conference is historically the largest annual conference focused on the civic engagement of college students in community service, service-learning, community-based research, advocacy and other forms of social action.” Source: https://www.impactconference.org/about-the-conference/
The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life hosted the IMPACT retreat for UConn Greek student leaders, and while Garret Zastoupil and Rebecca Weintraub helped run the event, Julia Anderson and Alex Vann facilitated small groups! http://nicindy.org/programs/impact/
Congrats to Lexy Parrill being awarded the Gretchen Laatsch Grant and Scholarship at the 2017 ACUI (Association of College Unions International) Annual Conference in March. The work being recognized was part of her Fall 2017 practicum in the UConn Programs Office.
The poster is titled, “Concentration and Memory: How Disability Offices Can Serve Students with Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries”
PTI Program 
29th Annual Postsecondary Disability
Training Institute (PTI)
Sponsored by the Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut
Tuesday, May 30th, Wednesday, May 31th – Friday, June 2nd, 2017
The Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts
Alyssa Paquin & Jordan Walsh recently presented “Leading Up, Down and Across- A 360 Degree View Of Leadership” at the Greek Emerging Leaders Conference on Saturday, February 4th.
In order for me to gain experience and commit to being the international leader that I strive to be, studying abroad in the summer was the right decision for me. While my program does great work on educating us about student affairs in the US, we don’t do much of comparing and contrasting to other Higher Ed systems abroad. For my experience abroad, I was able to travel to Glasgow, Scotland and do a three week assessment project at the University of Glasgow with two of my cohort mates.
Read more here: https://www.naspa.org/constituent-groups/posts/travel-noir-sa-grad-summer-abroad
Danielle has been an outstanding source of support and guidance for her staff since the first day of the semester. She has been devoted to checking-in with each RA regularly ever since. Before she even met the Hilltop Halls staff, Danielle wrote a welcome note to each RA, and continued to hand-write thoughtful messages throughout the semester as she learned more about each RA. Additionally, Danielle has made snacks and baked desserts to give staff members for the sake of making others cheerful. The notes and random snacks are just a couple out of many ways Danielle has made the Hilltop Halls staff smile and feel supported. These actions demonstrate Danielle’s dedication to fostering a happy staff. Danielle also cares for her residents. She led a planning committee of RAs to organize a Fall Festival in Hilltop Halls to give residents a fun way to get involved with their community. Danielle offered great advice during the planning phase of Fall Festival that resulted in a very successful area-wide social program. Outside of organizing programs, Danielle is very accessible to the community should any community members need help with a roommate conflict, or just want to chat about what’s going on in their lives. Danielle’s accessibility provides the Hilltop Halls community with another level of support that we all appreciate greatly.