Public Engagement and Outreach
Avery Point students, faculty and staff participate in a variety of projects to help the local and global communities of which they are a part.
A Husky Ambassador is an Avery Point student, ready and willing to serve the campus and nearby communities. Husky Ambassadors contribute hundreds of hours by giving tours to prospective students and their families and through community service on and off-campus, such as Open Houses, the Breakfast Club, and Alternative Breaks. Ambassadors meet twice a month to discuss campus updates and new service opportunities and are recognized at the annual Avery Point ceremony in the spring. This organization offers unique opportunities to learn about the campus, get involved in the local community, and meet fellow students.
The Breakfast Club meets the second Saturday of every month for two hours, volunteering at various places which have included nursing homes, horse rescues, and miscellaneous construction projects. The morning concludes with breakfast provided by our on campus cafeteria.
Alternative Break and Immersion Programs are service-learning experiences designed to heighten participants’ awareness of critical social issues, enhance their individual growth, and prepare them for lifelong social action. Each weekend or weeklong trip integrates service, reflection and education and focus on topics as varied as poverty, hunger, housing, healthcare, and disaster relief. Trips are offered throughout the year in local and national destinations. Please see http://www.studentactivities.uconn.edu/co_alternative_breaks.html for more specific information.
Read Across America
The Avery Point campus also sponsors Read Across America, a project of the National Education Association to help motivate children and young teens to read through community events. Avery Point will host students from the Claude Chester School in Groton in a day of reading activities.
The Community Outreach Office of the Avery Point campus of the University of Connecticut is sponsoring an Involvement Fair on September 12, 2012 from 11 am to 1 pm. This event will, for the very first time, bring together off-campus resources with students, staff and faculty. The goal is to advance student learning by engaging our students in community service in their local college community.
The Avery Point EcoHusky Club is a student environmental organization open to all undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff. We are focused on improving the environment and our goal is to enhance sustainability on the Avery Point campus and surrounding community through our actions and by gathering information and educating the campus community on a wide range of environmental issues. For more information about current activities of the EcoHusky Club, visit http://www.ecohusky.averypoint.uconn.edu/index.html.
Health, Education and Safety Program
The HES (Health, Education and Safety) Program is a collaboration between the City of Groton Police Department, the University of Connecticut School of Nursing, Catherine Kolnaski Magnet School, Groton Human Services, the Visiting Nurses Association of Southeastern Connecticut, and the Bay Management Company to provide services to promote the health and well-being of the residents of the Branford Manor apartments in the City of Groton. HES provides community engagement opportunities for the University of Connecticut, both for the school of nursing (SON) and the Avery Point (AP) regional campus students for experiential learning, a key component of the Avery Point strategic plan. Avery Point students collect food and provide mentoring to Branford Manor residents as a way of giving back to the community in which they live while increasing their understanding of the social issues within that community.
Groton Public Schools has an active mentoring program for school children and Avery point is an active participant. A number of staff and students spend time with local children to provide a sympathetic ear and companionship.
The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut has provided a grant for Avery Point students in the Sudent Support Services (SSS) program to work with Groton Public Schools students.