Author: Devin Opotzner

PVS 3095 Special Topic: Ebola – Perspectives on an Emerging Infectious Disease (Non-Honors)

One credit.
Prerequisite: none.

Epidemiologic, pathobiological, public health, and socioeconomic perspectives that concern Ebola as an emerging infectious disease are discussed. Open to science majors and non-majors alike, no prerequisites are required. One 50-minute lecture/discussion per week.

Meeting Time and Location: Mondays 11:15-12:05, PBB 131.

Questions? Contact Cameron Faustman, Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Director, Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture at

Honors Class of 2017 Photo Scavenger Hunt

How to Get Started:

  1. Like “UConn Honors Program” on Facebook and follow @UConnHonors” on Twitter and/or Instagram.
  2. Visit our Facebook page each day of the Photo Scavenger Hunt for a new clue (daily at 10 a.m. through Sunday, Sept. 8).
  3. Find the clue on campus and take a picture of yourself with it.
  4. Upload the picture to Twitter and/or Instagram and include @UConnHonors and #honors2017 in the post. You must include both identifiers to be entered!

*You are not required to post your photo on the day the clue is revealed, but all entries must be posted by 11:59pm Sunday, September 8th.  (For example, you could submit 15 photos at 11:58pm on 9/8).

Things to Remember When Submitting:

  • You must be in the photo for it to count (and your photo must match a clue).
  • You must submit a unique photo for each clue and are allowed to post that unique photo to both Twitter and Instagram (2 entries). However, you may not recycle the photo for another day or use it twice on the same site. Maximum number of submissions is 30 (because you can submit your 15 unique photos to both Twitter and Instagram).
    • Be on the lookout for the 15 clues as well as two BONUS clues (if you catch all 17, post all 17 to both Twitter and Instagram, you could have 34 entries!)
    • Regardless of the number of entries you make (maximum 30+4 BONUS) all of them will be made by one individual: You.

Why is that important? The goal of the Photo Scavenger Hunt is to get as many members of the Honors Class of 2017 to participate! As more individuals participate, the stakes of the raffle prize increase!

Here’s the Final Prize Breakdown:

  • 1 – 75 individual students participate = raffle for one  $50 UConn Co-Op Gift-Card
  • 76 – 150 individual students participate= raffle for one $75 UConn Co-Op Gift-Card
  • 151–225 individual students participate= raffle for one $100 UConn Co-Op Gift-Card
  • 226+ individual students participate= raffle for one iPad Mini

Whether you submit 1 photo to Twitter (1 entry) or all 17 photos to both Twitter and Instagram (34 entries), you are still one individual, but your additional entries increase your overall chance of winning. Encourage your friends, classmates, and neighbors to participate as well to advance the prize!

The Fine Print:

  • All entries must be posted by Sunday, Sept. 8, at 11:59 p.m.
  • One raffle winner will be randomly selected from all submissions. The winner must be a first-year Honors student. The winner will be contacted via Twitter and/or Instagram after Sept. 8th to confirm first-year Honors status. The winner will have 48 hours to reply and confirm in order to claim the prize (After 48 hours of no response, a new winner will be selected).
  • Your posts must be visible when searching by #honors2017, so don’t forget to tag each submission (and check the hashtag to ensure it is visible in the feed).
  • Be respectful as you participate and visit each person or location (don’t be awkward…).
  • Disclaimer: This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. The UConn Honors Program is solely in charge of administering this contest.

All photos must be appropriate and activities of those depicted must fall within the confines of the UConn student code and all other campus policies. Any violations will be reported to the Office of Community Standards.

Universitas 21 Social Entrepreneur Corps in Guatemala Study Abroad Program

Universitas 21 is the leading global network of research-intensive universities and UConn is a proud member. The U21 Social Entrepreneur Corps in Guatemala program builds on our U21 institutions’ expertise in social entrepreneurship, online and blended learning, international collaboration and service learning, as well as on our common commitment to global citizenship.

Social entrepreneurship as a topic and Guatemala as a location are already part of individual U21 members’ study abroad program offerings. The U21 Social Entrepreneur Corps program is a tailored approach to study abroad that combines global collaboration, new technologies, and impact-oriented learning activities.

Social entrepreneurship is an approach that the Social Entrepreneur Corps successfully utilizes in Latin America. For the proposed U21 program, students interested in international development will work directly with Social Entrepreneur Corps field professionals and social entrepreneurs in Guatemala to help establish new and grow existing micro-consignment supported businesses.

The benefits include exposure to economic theories of social entrepreneurship and active engagement with case study analyses, Spanish language, and Guatemalan, including Mayan, culture. The students will experience living with the local families and working intensively with community service organizations and local social entrepreneurs. Our students will make a tangible difference in people’s lives, while also acquiring the knowledge, skills, and habits necessary to become socially aware, active global citizens. The program is designed as a short-term summer (June/July) opportunity for U21 students. U21 students are encouraged, but not required to take this program for academic credit. This program aims to complement the already existing U21 Summer School and Global Issues Program.

***Note: The U21 SEC is not to be confused with the Social Entrepreneurship in Guatemala 8-week program.You can find out more about the 8-week program and apply for it through the Office of Global Affairs.

UConn Alumnus John Yearwood, “Dispatches from a World in Need of Healing”

UConn Alumnus John Yearwood, “Dispatches from a World in Need of Healing”Come hear a lecture by UConn alumnus and award-winning multimedia journalist, John Yearwood entitled, “Dispatches From a World in Need of Healing,” on Friday, October 12, at 3:00 p.m. in Konover Auditorium. Mr. Yearwood will discuss his personal journey through some of the past and present major conflicts that have occurred around the world, and his meetings with leaders who offer insight into their behavior, such as President Assad of Syria. He will also discuss other people with whom he’s met—Nelson Mandela in South Africa and Haitian dancer Jeanguy Saintus—who, in their own way, are working to heal the world.

Mr. Yearwood is World Editor of The Miami Herald and host of World Desk with John Yearwood, which focuses on global issues and newsmakers. His department has won numerous awards under his leadership, including two McClatchy Company President’s Awards, an Arthur Ross Award, and recognition as Pulitzer Prize finalist. Yearwood has served on the executive boards of Unity Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists. He also was named one of the 40 most influential African-Americans under 40 in South Florida and one of the 100 most accomplished Caribbean Americans in South Florida.

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