Skip Navigation
Avery Point

Student Involvement

Avery Point Students Participate in a Cardboard Boat Race

Student Activities at Avery Point sponsors a host of student organizations and activities intended to enhance student life at Avery Point. From Associated Student Government (ASG), which gives students a forum to express their views about the needs of students, to waterfront programs that put students on the water, Student Activities helps students to develop their interests and enrich the life of the campus. Students are encouraged to submit proposals about new clubs or activities and Student Activities will help with organization and/or funding as needed. Randall Paterson ( is the director of Student Activities and his office is in the Academic Building Room 108  (860-405-9014).

Activities Calendar

There is a vibrant, active student life at Avery Point. Our student government, clubs, and organizations plan a wide range of activities each semester. Here are the student activities for this semester:

Clubs & Organizations

Alliance (Gay Straight Alliance – GSA)

For any student interested in gay rights issues, education, tolerance and acceptance, equality, or even just a safe place to let your true colors shine.

Meeting time and place: Avery Point Library, 2nd floor study room. Time Varies by semester
Contact information: Varies by semester

For additional info:
Facebook page
Facebook closed group

Contact information:
Advisor Beth Rumery,

EcoHusky Club

The Avery Point Eco Husky 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.

Contact information:

President: Dorothy Piszcsek

Advisors: Syma Ebbin,

Annual Earth Day Celebration
Halloween Recycled Fashion Show and Party
beach clean ups

Additional info and meeting times (which change each semester):

More photos on the EcoHusky FB page

Marine Sciences Club

Business Club

An organization to allow business-minded students to share and learn about the field of business through guest speakers from the business world, current events, and presentations about successful companies.

President: Christo Moran-Varges

Advisor: Wendy Trudo

Martial Arts

Meeting time and place:
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5-7 p.m.

Contact information:
Evan Ward,

Knitting Club

A group organization that brings people together around knitting.

Advisor:  Elizabeth Rawlinson

Sailing Club

We have a beautiful waterfront campus, and joining the Avery Point Sailing Club is a great way to take advantage of it. Never sailed before? No problem! We love teaching new members the ropes (pun intended!) and we also have kayaks and paddleboards if that's more your style. Are you an experienced sailor looking to spend more time in boats? Great! We have a fleet of over 20 boats including 420s (some with spinnaker and trapeze rigs) and Flying Juniors that are all available for use. This is a casual and fun club always looking for new members, so please don't hesitate to reach out to us or swing by our sailing shed!


Scuba Club at UConn Avery Point

The Avery Point Scuba Club was founded in 2013 with the intent to bring together students for dives, facilitate SCUBA certification and training, as well as to promote SCUBA diving safety awareness among students. Experience is not required for membership, but certification is required for dives. Dives are organized often and local to maximize dive time and to promote training and proficiency. Equipment can be loaned to members at no cost (including filled tanks). If you wish to become certified, contact the club or any of the officers for information.

Meeting time and place:
Announced at each meeting, typically Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the conference room, every other week.

Contact information:
President Nathan Robinson, and UConn AP Scuba Club Facebook group .

Six full sets of scuba gear for those who do not have their own.

UConn Avery Point Ambassadors

The Ambassadors goal is to personalize the admissions process at the University of Connecticut, Avery Point, by providing information to prospective students from the point of view of current students. We strengthen the community outreach bond by volunteering in the community.

Meetings are TBA.

Program Advisor:
Lyndsey Neville; 860-405-9026;

Avery Point Writing Club

The Avery Point Writing Club is open to all on campus, and is coordinated by tutors in the Avery Point Academic Center. The club promotes and publishes creative writing, including short stories, poems, and more. The club publishes its works in an online publication, The Barque.  If you enjoy writing, please join us!

Meeting time and place:
Meetings will be held in the Academic Center (ACD 107), days and times for fall to be determined.

Contact information:
Katelyn Lamprey

Student Government

The Associated Student Government (ASG) at Avery Point is the governing body of the student body, and the voice of the student population on campus. Established in 1967, the Mission Statement of the Avery Point ASG is:

Mission: To represent the interests of the student body with the Administration of the University of Connecticut and the community. To supervise all student activities funded by the ASG and oversee the finances of organizations receiving funds from the ASG. To promote cooperation between the Avery Point campus, the main campus, and other regional campuses.

Meeting time and place:
Student Government meets every Monday at 12:15 p.m. in ACD 109.

Student Government President for the 2021/2022 academic year is Julia Horlitz

For more information, visit the Avery Point ASG Facebook page.

Waterfront Programs

UConn Avery Point’s Waterfront Program was created in 2005 and is designed to provide recreational, instructional, academic, and competitive on-the-water programming to the UConn Avery Point community that complements the marine and maritime focus of this coastal regional campus. This is done through four primary means utilizing the recently expanded watercraft fleet of seven 420 sailing dinghies, 12 FJ sailing dinghies, four kayaks, 9 hybrid sit-on-top kayaks and stand-up paddle boards, and a 16-foot safety powerboat.

The UConn Avery Point Sailing Club’s season typically starts in mid-March and ends in late November. With two or three meeting times each week, there are ample opportunities for UConn Avery Point students, staff, faculty, and alumni to venture out on the waters of the Thames River and Fishers Island Sound in sailing dinghies and kayaks.

Prescott Littlefield, Program Manager

Prescott Littlefield has over 27 years of experience as a sailing instructor and sailing program manager. He has worked at numerous yacht clubs on Long Island Sound and Fishers Island Sound, at the Mystic Seaport Museum, and coached the Williams School Sailing Team prior to coming to the University of Connecticut Avery Point Campus in 2005.

His boating experience includes rowing, dinghy sailing, keelboat sailing, windsurfing, ice boating, and power boat operation. He has an undergraduate degree in American and Asian History from Bates College, and a graduate degree in Marine Affairs with a coastal zone management specialization from the University of Rhode Island. He is a United States Sailing Association-certified small boat sailing, small boat racing, and powerboat instructor, with a State of Connecticut Safe Boating Certificate and American Red Cross First Aid and CPR certifications.