Welcome Len Sousa!

It is with great pleasure that I announce the hiring of Len Sousa as the new Director of SAIT.  Len comes directly from UITS where he has served as the Data Center Manager for the past year.  Previously, Len worked as the Senior Manager for User Technical Services at Yale New Haven Health.  He has significant technical and managerial experience, and I am excited for him to begin working with the staff to shape the next generation of IT support for the Division.  His first day will be this Friday, August 25. 

I want to thank the screening committee, Jay Frain (chair), Stephanie Kernozicky, Kim McKeown, Charles Holmes-Hope, and Mick DiGrazia from UITS, for their efficient and effective work in identifying a quality interview pool.  Lastly, I would like to thank Stephanie Kernozicky for her willingness to serve as the interim director of SAIT for the past 20 months; she did a fantastic job and helped us manage through a very complicated time. 

David Clokey



New Express Transit Between Storrs and Hartford

UConn Transportation Services is excited to announce new public transit service, the 913 Buckland – Storrs Express, which will begin operating between UConn Storrs and Hartford on August 13, 2017.

This route extension will provide UConn students, faculty, and staff the ability to connect to the main UConn campus in Storrs, the downtown Hartford campus, and UConn Health in Farmington via public transit, in addition to a wide variety of other destinations in between.

This route will provide new opportunities for the UConn community, including the ability to attend classes at multiple campuses, attend sporting events at both the XL Center and Gampel, shop in Hartford and at the Buckland Mall; connect directly to train service from Union Station and with other transit lines across the state.

This service is free to students with a U-Pass CT and a valid UConn student ID.  Students at the Downtown Hartford, Stamford, Storrs and Waterbury campuses can order the U-Pass CT for free at http://park.uconn.edu/transit-passes/

The new 913 Buckland – Storrs Express will operate hourly.  The hours of operations will be:

  • Weekdays: 5:45 a.m. to midnight
  • Saturdays: 6:30 a.m. to midnight
  • Sundays: 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The bus route will include the following stops:

  • Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center, Storrs Center (Connections to UConn Transportation for travel around campus and for connections to Willimantic)
  • UConn campus Whitney Hall
  • Route 195 at Route 44 (Four Corners)
  • Tolland park and ride lot
  • Buckland Hills Mall
  • Manchester – Buckland park and ride (Bus Stops A & B)
  • Downtown Hartford at Central Row or State/Phoenix (a short walk to UConn Hartford campus and connections to other local and express bus services)
  • Union Station, Hartford
  • CTfastrak Sigourney Street station (transfer available via CTfastrak Route 121 to UConn Health in Farmington)

At Central Row in Hartford, passengers can also transfer to Routes 30N or 30X to get to Bradley Airport.

For further information on all routes, schedules and fare information, please visit www.cttransit.com or call 860-525-9181

For more information, contact: Tanya Husick/Transportation at 860-486-1448

8/31 – Search Committee Training

Search committee members are required to complete search committee training before serving on a committee. The Office of Institutional Equity, in conjunction with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) and the Department of Human Resources, has recently updated search committee training. Training workshops now include AA/EEO compliance information, search process steps, and overcoming implicit bias in the search and hire process.

OIE will offer Search Committee Training sessions on the dates below.
All Session take place at the Homer Babbidge Library, Video Theatre 2.
Please register for the sessions.

Thursday, August 31, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 28, 2017 – 1:00 – p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Monday, November 13, 2017 – 1:00 – p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 – 1:00 – p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Search files in Recruiting Solutions will include documentation of committee members who have attended/registered for training.  Search committee training status will be verified prior to search approval. Committee members who have attended training after August 2014 have been given credit for their attendance.

If you have any questions about the training requirement, the training itself, or prior training attendance, please call or e-mail Katherine Johansen, EEO and Search Compliance Specialist at 486-2944 or Katherine.johansen@uconn.edu.

Registration for sessions is open.



8/25 – 8/26: Volunteers Needed! Residence Hall Check-In Process

Volunteers are needed to assist with the residence hall check-in process on Friday, August 25 and Saturday, August 26.

Residential Life needs your help! In the past couple of years, at opening, Residential Life, Parking Services and the UCPD have been able to handle the traffic flow and ensure that students get moved into their residence halls in a timely and efficient manner.  Everyone is happy when opening goes smoothly, so we are asking for help (or the help of any of your fulltime professional staff who want to help and that you can release for a few hours.  Saturday would be on their own time.)

The reason we need help is because of all the construction and road closures/limitations this year.  For the last three years we have “staged” traffic in a parking lot before cars were released to the Hilltop/Next Gen  area, and we found that this worked very well, cutting down on traffic jams, long waits and grumpy people.  This year we will be staging in several areas and need folks to help.  The task involves talking with parents and students while they wait in their cars.  LAZ workers will be there but aren’t experts at dealing with the people (they know about parking).  Many volunteers will be the staff who use a walkie-talkie to communicate with the check-in sites so that the folks in the parking lots know when to send people to each check-in site.

Check–in hours on Friday are 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., so we would like people to work in the areas from 6:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  There will be shifts, so any number of hours that folks can give will be appreciated.

Check-in hours on Saturday are 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., so we would like people to work in the areas from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

If you would like to help by providing that “Adult and Calming” presence please contact Amy Crim at amy.crim@uconn.edu as she will be making the schedule of workers. Please check with your supervisor before volunteering.

Thanks so much – we need to get them in so that we can start working with and supporting them!

Pamela D. Schipani


Executive Director of Residential Life

1346 Storrs Road, Unit 4238

Phone: 860-486-6187

Fax: 860-486-6161



Farm Fresh Market Open on Thursday, August 17

The Farm Fresh Market will be held Thursday, August 17th from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm outside of the library on Fairfield Way. A bounteous assortment of fresh local produce awaits you. Also purchase local baked goods from our own “Not Just Desserts” bakery. Cash and credit accepted. Please note that there will not be a market on Thursday, August 24th. The last Farm Fresh Market of the season will be on September 28th.