Horsebarn Hill - Photo by Milton Levin

Horsebarn Hill & the Kellogg Dairy Center - photo by Milton Levin

Faculty & Staff Monthly Newsletter

August 1, 2022

Dear Colleagues,

College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources Dean, Indrajeet Chaubey

It’s here. The first edition of CAHNR’s new internal newsletter. With help from the CAHNR Staff Advisory Council, this communication will serve as a monthly touchpoint that will allow us to stay connected throughout the year and have some fun along the way – I’m sure the most popular section of the newsletter will be the one highlighting the UConn Dairy Bar’s sundae and shake of the month!

While I’ll share announcements and remind you of important dates, the goal is really to ensure that we foster a sense of community and connection despite being spread out around campus and the state. I also hope to reinforce our collective contribution to the College, our students, and the communities we serve. We may all be the current stewards of the CAHNR mission, but we join a long line of dedicated staff, innovative faculty, and talented students before us, so I may also share some fun facts or pictures from CAHNR’s past.

It was wonderful to see so many of you last week at the CAHNR Retirement Recognition event. We had the opportunity to come together and celebrate several colleagues who have retired over the last few years. A celebration postponed is better than no celebration at all in my book, especially when there’s UConn ice cream involved! Thank you to all who made it - photos will follow in the next newsletter!

Sending you all warm regards for the last bit of summer still ahead – thank you for all that you do.


Indrajeet Chaubey
Dean and Director

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Featured Story of the Month

Sustainable Agriculture

A Perfect Storm for US Agriculture

Short-term solutions to the current crunch are conspicuous by their absence

Read the Full Article

Welcome to New Colleagues

Cathryn Chapman, Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, Assistant Professor in Residence

Jill Desimini, Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, Associate Professor and Director of Landscape Architecture

Cynnamon Dobbs, Natural Resources and the Environment, Assistant Professor of Urban and Community Forestry

Jason Entsminger, Agricultural & Resource Economics, Visiting Assistant Professor

Mayra Rodriguez Gonzalez, Extension, Assistant Extension Educator in Urban and Community Forestry

Lena Knowles, Agricultural & Resource Economics, Administrative Program Support 3

Clinton Mathias, Nutritional Sciences, Associate Professor in Nutritional Immunogenetics




Laurie Norton, Animal Science, Financial Support 1

Mary Beth Osborn, Kinesiology, Assistant Professor in Residence in DPT

Daniele Piscitelli, Kinesiology, Assistant Professor in DPT

Shi Qiu, Natural Resources and the Environment, Assistant Research Professor

Wei Ren, Natural Resources and the Environment, Associate Professor of Climate Change Adaptation Science

Madison Sajkowicz, Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, Greenhouse Technician

Jackson Somers, Agricultural & Resource Economics, Assistant Professor

Bo Tao, Natural Resources and the Environment, Assistant Research Professor

Pablo Kokay Valente, Allied Health Sciences (Waterbury), Assistant Professor


Then and Now - Koons Hall

Koons Hall - Then

Koons Hall (dormitory, 1913), Connecticut Agricultural College

Koons Hall - Now

Koons Hall (2022), Home of Allied Health Sciences. Photo by Milton Levin.

Long before the Department of Allied Health Sciences occupied Koons Hall, the imposing brick building was a men’s dormitory. Built in 1913 for $75,000, Koons Hall was named for Benjamin Franklin Koons, a faculty member and UConn’s first president. Learn more about President Koons and the building that shares his name at the UConn Library blog.

Strategic Vision Implementation Update

Looking forward to FY 2022-2023, Strategic Vision Implementation Committees (SVICs) will be adding existing and new faculty and staff to the five implementation committees. This year marks the third year of our implementation. Each of the SVICs will be assessing their progress to date and establishing updated goals and objectives for the next two years.

All committees are reconvening early in the fall semester. We invite you to learn more and join to share your expertise!

Join a Strategic Vision Group

Update from the Business Office

Welcome to FY23! Each month, the team in the CAHNR’ Business Office will update the CAHNR community on deadlines, policies, procedures, staffing changes, and all kinds of other useful information. Visit the CAHNR Business Office site for more.

Dairy Bar - August Highlights

Starting August 3, 2022

The Dairy Bar is open Wednesdays through Sundays, from 11 AM to 9 PM.