5/21 UConn “Swing Tree” Seedling Sale

Seedlings grown from the magical “Swing Tree” birch at Mirror Lake will be on sale at the Floriculture Greenhouses. The “Swing Tree” is a rare species of birch known as the Japanese Black Birch or Dahurian Birch (Betula davurica). Come get a plant of this one of a kind UConn icon for your yard. Or make it the perfect gift for a special gardening friend. Japanese Black Birch is well-suited to growing outdoors in the landscape in Connecticut.

Plants are limited and will be offered on a first come, first serve basis. Proceeds from the sale of these trees will go to the UConn Campus Beautification Fund.

Date: May 21, 2019

Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Location: Floriculture Greenhouse (1395 Storrs Road, Storrs CT, 06269)


2’-3’ tall Betula davurica, Japanese Black Birch seedlings grown from the “SWING TREE” at Mirror Lake … $20.00 each (CASH ONLY!)

For more information, contact: Mark Brand at mark.brand@uconn.edu


UConn Spring Valley Student Farm Tuesday Tours

UConn Spring Valley Student Farm (SVSF) Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Free Tuesday Tour drop-ins welcome 3-8 PM

Garden Talk held at 5 and 7 PM

Our pollinators love dandelions and you should too!

Visit the Farm to learn all the amazing reasons why you should welcome these cheerful yellow blossoms into your life.

This fun and interesting talk about dandelions will be given at 5 and 7 PM. The talk is free and open to all!

We invite you to visit UConn’s own Spring Valley Student Farm (SVSF) every Tuesday, throughout the summer, from 3 to 8 PM.

The students living and working at SVSF will lead guided tours of the fields, greenhouses and edible forest garden where they cultivate a wide variety of sustainably grown vegetables, herbs, edible flowers and small fruits. You will also have the opportunity to learn about the on-going Aquaponic, Solar Thermal, Sustainable Community Food System and many other sustainability projects. The tours are open to all!

Would you like to learn about food production using organic methods? Then join us on Tuesdays for some hands-on fun with plants and soil.  No previous experience necessary! We provide the tools, techniques and opportunity to explore the fascinating world of healthy local food production. Remember to dress for outdoor conditions.

Fresh SVSF produce is available on campus in the student union restaurants, Bistro on Union Street and One Plate Two Plates as well as at select dining halls.

Beginning Thursday, May 23, 2019 you can find our produce at the UConn Farm Fresh Market, in front of UConn Homer Babbidge Library, every Thursday through September from 11:30 to 1:30.

Spring Valley Student Farm is collaboration with Dining Services, Residential Life, College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, EcoHouse as part of First Year Programs and Learning Communities, and Office of Environmental Policy.

The farm is located at 104 Spring Manor Road, Mansfield, CT, 06268 just off Route 32 north of the Route 44 intersection. Turn at the big blue UConn Spring Manor Farm sign. GPS address is 1327 Stafford Road, Storrs Mansfield, 06268.

For more information about SVSF please contact Julia Cartabiano, Farm Manager at Julia.cartabiano@uconn.edu, phone 860-508-7706 or visit https://dining.uconn.edu/.

We look forward to seeing you at the Farm!

For more information, contact: Julia Cartabiano at julia.cartabiano@uconn.edu.


Welcome Megan Buda

It is my great pleasure to announce that Megan Buda has accepted the role of Director of Community Standards.  Megan will begin in the role on July 5.

Megan comes to UConn after serving as the Director of Student Conduct at Quinnipiac University for the past 6 years.  During her time at Quinnipiac, Megan has developed extensive expertise in many of the areas essential for success in this role at UConn.  Specifically, Megan’s leadership at Quinnipiac is directly accountable for the University’s collaborative work across departments and increased efficiencies in Title IX related conduct matters. Prior to her current position, Megan served at Quinnipiac in roles focusing on alcohol and drug prevention and residential life.

As the Director of Community Standards, Megan will report directly to me and serve as a member of my senior leadership team.  Megan will provide leadership and management of the University’s student conduct system. Megan’s leadership will include coordinating and implementing a comprehensive educational process to help University community members fully understand and uphold their individual and group rights and responsibilities as outlined in the Responsibilities of Community Living: The Student Code.

I am grateful to the many individuals who participated in the interview and recruitment process for this important position.  Through your feedback, I believe we are bringing to UConn an individual whose talent directly reflects our goals for student success. I am particularly thankful to the talented staff in Community Standards and to John Armstrong for the leadership he has provided as Interim Director.

Finally, enough cannot be said about the leadership provided by David Clokey as Chair of the search committee as well as Stacey Murdock and Janice Canniff for their tremendous support throughout the process.

Please join me in welcoming Megan to UConn.


Eleanor JB Daugherty, EdD

Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students

University of Connecticut








Game of Cones at the Dairy Bar

Winter is coming….to the Dairy Bar!

Tuesday through Sunday the Dairy Bar will offer a Game of Thrones inspired menu item each day! Share your favorite with us on social media (@uconndairybar) #UConnDairyBar #GameOfCones

Sundaes are $6.75 and Shakes are $7


Tuesday 5/14 – The Red Wedding Sundae

Cherry vanilla ice cream, strawberry marshmallow topping, whipped cream, red heart sprinkles and a cherry


Wednesday 5/15 – The Night King Shake

Vanilla ice cream with blue & white sprinkles mixed in, whipped cream, snowflake sprinkles


Thursday 5/16 – Destruction of the Great Sept of Baelor

Mint chip ice cream, whipped cream, Andes candies bits, and green sprinkles


Friday 5/17 – Arya’s Needle

Extra thick milkshake with Coffee Espresso Crunch ice cream and Cappuccino ice cream with whipped cream and a sugar cone on top.


Saturday 5/18 – Wall Falls Spoiler Sundae

Cone pieces with 3 scoops of your choice of ice cream, marshmallow topping, whipped cream, Blue and White sprinkles, gummy bear bodies


Sunday 5/19 – The Iron Cone Sundae

Pint of any flavor, 3 sugar cones, Hershey’s syrup drizzle, chocolate chips, chocolate sprinkles, Dragon Egg (Cadbury)

For more information, contact: Dairy Bar at 860-486-3128


Health Care Open Enrollment Fair

Human Resources will host an Open Enrollment Fair on Friday, May 17, 9 am-1:30 pm, in the Student Union Ballroom (Room 331). Human Resources expects representatives from Anthem State Bluecare (Medical), CVS Caremark (Prescription Drugs), Care Management Solutions (HEP), Cigna (Dental), Office of the State Comptroller, Prudential, United Healthcare/Oxford (Medical).

Visit the Human Resources website for more details about Open Enrollment.

For more information, contact: Human Resources at benefits@uconn.edu


Congratulations to Maureen Armstrong!!

Maureen Armstrong has received the PRLACC Award for Professional Staff of the Year.  This award is given by the Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center (PRLACC) to a professional who makes contributions to empower and support our Latinx students at UConn.

Maureen was chosen for this award because she has always been there for PRLACC.  She has helped the students academically, financially, has provided mentoring for them, and has taken them under her wing.  Maureen has been described as always going the extra mile, above and beyond duty.  “She has saved many of our students when they have had very difficult situations,” explained Fany Hannon, the Director of PRLACC.  “I went back to check how many emails this colleague has responded to, solving many cases from our students. In total there were 4,517 messages … showing her caring, love, and dedication to our Latinx students at UConn. Our students have gone to study abroad because of her creative thinking and caring.  When the answer to some of their situations was a “no,” Maureen looked for an alternate solution.”

Maureen created and fosters an environment grounded on student development and cultural competency at the Dean of Students Office.  She is a valuable resource, not only for the students but for her colleagues as well.

Congratulations Maureen!

Walk-Through Metal Detectors Now In Use At Gampel

The University of Connecticut will begin to utilize walk-through metal detectors at Gampel Pavilion for events beginning in May 2019 as part of an ongoing commitment to safety and security. These detectors will be in use at Commencement exercises held in Gampel on Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12.

The walk-through metal detectors will be used at all men’s and women’s basketball games at Gampel Pavilion starting in the 2019-20 season. Similar detectors have been used for UConn basketball and hockey games at the XL Center in Hartford since 2018 and for football games at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford since 2017.

Fans and guests are always encouraged to arrive early at venues to ensure a sufficient amount of time for screening and entry.

The use of walk-through metal detectors for other events at Gampel Pavilion will be in effect on a case-by-case basis.

Guests entering with bags should consult with UConn’s bag policy. After having bags checked, guests will pass through the metal detectors and then have tickets scanned for entry to the venue.

Entrants will not be required to remove belts, coins, watches, jewelry, wallets, or shoes. They will be asked to remove cell phones, cameras, headwear, keys and other large metal objects.

For more information, contact: Division of Athletics at 860-486-2725.


UConn Food Truck to Feature Tempura Avocado Po Boy

UConn Chef Rob Landolphi was back on Good Morning Connecticut (WTNH News 8) making a tempura avocado po’ boy sandwich. Try one this summer from the UConn Food for Thought food truck! Check out the video and recipe at http://bit.ly/2H9gZNm.

Connect with Dining Services on social media to see what we’re cooking up!

Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

For more information, contact: Dining Services at 860-486-3128


5/8 UConn Athletics – Surplus Apparel & Equipment Sale

The University of Connecticut – Division of Athletics is excited to announce that a Surplus Apparel and Equipment Sale will be held at the Hugh S. Greer Field House on Wednesday May 8th, 2019. Based on product availability, the sale may be extended to the following day, Thursday May 9th, 2019.

The sale will include surplus apparel such as tees, shorts, sweats, hoodies, polo’s, pullovers, jackets and some uniforms. Equipment will include a combination of running shoes, cleats and various accessories (i.e., backpacks). Supplies will be in limited quantities.

The entry point will be along Hillside Road, in front of the Field House at the doors closest to the Blue Gym. There will be appropriate signage indicating where the line is to form. The address to the Field House is 2111 – Hillside Rd. Storrs, CT 06269.

Regular sale hours will run from 11:00am-5:00pm. If necessary, the sale will run from 9:00am – 2:00pm on Thursday May 9th, 2019.

Surplus Sale Notes:

  • Cash and Credit Card will be accepted. Checks will not be accepted. Please have ID if paying by credit card
  • Only small purses will be permitted inside the sale. Checkout bags will be provided.
  • Parking is available in the North and South Garages and any designated spot with the appropriate permit
  • Shoplifters will be prosecuted
  • No food and/or beverage will be permitted inside the Field House
  • All sales are final – No returns or exchanges

For more information, contact: Dan Glinski at 486-2050