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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 Student Center Room 125 (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: 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:
Advisors: Syma Ebbin,
Christine Green,

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

Associated Student Government

Meeting time and place:
Mondays, 12:15 p.m., Conference room ACD 109

Contact information:
President Sawyer McCrabb,

The Point

An Avery Point newspaper published by students in Greg Stone’s Journalism class.
Read more.

Business Club

An organization focused on business

The Spectrum

Literary magazine

Martial Arts

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

Contact information:
Evan Ward,

Photography Club

Meeting time and place:

Contact information:
Randall Paterson,

Sailing Club

The sailing club offers a mixture of instructional recreational and competitive sailing, as well as paddling opportunities.


Frisbee Club

Meeting time and place:
Thursday, September 1, 2016

Contact information:
Randall Paterson,

Multicultural Club

The purpose of the Multicultural Club is to unite all students, of all races and ethnicities, at the University of Connecticut Avery Point, while offering services to improve the campus community.

Scuba Club at UConn Avery Point

The Avery Point Scuba Club recreationally dives New England shore sites. The club is comprised of students, staff, and community members with a common interest in the sport of scuba. We also attend marine shows and seminars in the area.

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

Contact information:
President Corey Leamy,, and UConn AP Scuba Club Facebook group .

Six full sets of scuba gear for those who do not have their own. And trouble is brewing in the kingdom!

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 every other Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. in ACD 106.

Program Advisor:
Lisa Hastings, 860-405-9262 or

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:
Dana Canastar 860-405-9201, or

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 106.

Student Government President for the 2017/2018 academic year is Sawyer McCrabb.

For more information, visit the official Facebook site of the Avery Point ASG

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.