Eurotech May 2013 Study Abroad Germany


Just after the completion of their semester, the students of Eurotech House traveled to Germany to enhance their German language skills and see the engineering concepts they are studying in action.

On the trip students visited internationally known engineering companies, such as Trumpf and Mastpumpen, and visited the University of Stuggart as well as the German cities of Munich, Heidelberg, and Karlsruhe.

After their visit to Karlsruhe Institute of Technology one student said, “I absolutely loved Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. First we were given the usual general presentation about the school, which was impressive, but what really sold me was the tour…I thought it was beautiful.”

Students were immersed in German culture as they learned about German history, and visited a German castle.

“We met a current Eurotech student from UConn who is currently doing his internship in Germany, Artur. Artur was extrememly knowledgeable and helpful. He gave us a lot of information regarding adjusting to German life, and the way German schools work…We then went to a museum with him, and we got to see a lot of history.”

They also had a lot of fun visiting Europa Park, a European amusement park.

“Today was extremely fun! We went to Europa Park, which is a massive amusement park. It is the largest them park in Germany and is located in Rust, in south-western Germany, between Freiburg and Strasbourg, France. Because of its location, lots of people from other countries come to this park. So many different languages were spoken here it was incredible. It was fun to see that no matter what language you speak, you can have fun riding roller coasters.”

The trip was concluded with a visit to Mercedez-Benz, where students listened to a brief presentation about the company and got to see the production line in action as a Mercedes engine was manufactured.

“It was a very interesting process. It was an almost entirely automated assembly line, with huge yellow robot arms doing one very specific job. It seemed like the perfect example of German engineering as everything was so organized, precise, and quality.”

The students returned to America, excited to tell their stories to their family and friends.

“I’ve become so close to all the people on this trip and had so many wonderful experiences with them. Even though we were only in Germany for 10 days, it felt like much longer because each day was packed with so much excitement. After having gone on this trip I am much more passionate about Eurotech. I am really looking forward to continue to learn German and take more engineering classes.”


4th Annual LC Field Day Sign-Ups Now Available!

4th Annual LC Field Day Sign-Ups Now Available!

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Community Service House Annual Retreat

The Community Service House participated in their annual retreat this past labor day weekend. The purpose of the Community Service Learning Community retreat is to provide an inspirational environment for students to bond through team building activities, service projects, and collectively set expectations for Community Service House.

Emily (Community Service House member) said: “The community service retreat was an opportunity for us to bond on a whole new level. We got our hands dirty together. We laughed together. We made a difference together. It was an experience I could not have gotten anywhere else. These people are some of the best individuals I have had the privilege to work with.”ImageImage

EcoHouse serves and tours Yosemite National Park

EcoHouse serves and tours Yosemite National Park.

2 Learning Communitity Students Highlighted on UConn Today

Two Learning Community students, Luis Organista (EcoHouse) and Tiahna Spencer (WiMSE), have been highlighted in a UConn Today article this morning about the McNair Scholarship program – take a minute to check it out here!

“Take advantage…

“Take advantage of the opportunities that being in a Learning Community presents. Step out of your comfort zone. Realize that you have a huge support system. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Challenge yourself. Connect. Explore. A learning community is set up for precisely these reasons.”

~Jody Miele, senior, human development and family studies major, Leadership Learning Community RA

Community Outreach wins Ignite Competition

Congratulations to Community Outreach for winning UConn’s first Ignite fundraising competition! CO got the highest number of student and young alumni donors (357) during this last semester. With the victory comes an amazing check for $10,000 to support the Alternative Breaks Program. The funds will be used to lower student program fees and make these trips more affordable and accessible to student members of the UConn campus community.

We would like to acknowledge some of the members of the CO Ignite team that are past Learning Community members!:

Michael Chiluisa, Junior, CSLC – Providence Alternative Break Trip Director
Meghan Gagnon, Junior, CSLC – Manchester Area Conference of Churches (MACC) Program Director
Aileen Tobin, Sophomore, BCLC – Newsletter Director
Jimmy Duong, Junior, CSLC – Big Brothers Big Sisters Site Manager

And also the rest of the students on the CO Ignite team:

Peter Gaibrois, Senior – Health and Human Services Coordinator
Krystyna Gancoss, Junior – Transportation Coordinator
Jillian McCann, Senior – Special Projects Coordinator
Kelsey Rayher, Junior – Transportation Manager
Chelsea Wirt, Senior – Public Relations Coordinator
Charlotte Freeland, Senior – Alternative Breaks Coordinator

A big round of applause for all their hard work and to those who donated! CONGRATS COMMUNITY OUTREACH!!

Lisa Dauten )CANR) has been featured on UConn Today as an Outstanding Graduating Student of the Class of 2013. Lisa participated in the Animal Science Non-Res LC during her freshman year, and then went on to work with Dr. Zinn as a mentor for the Animal Science Non-Res LC for many semesters. She was chosen as Mentor of the Year in Fall 2012 and has been recognized for her excellence in many other areas as well. Read her article here.

LC Kickball Tournament: Sign-Ups Now Open!

Event Flyer

Sign-ups are now open for the LC Kickball Tournament, set to be held on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 12:30 on the East Softball Field (Horsebarn Hill Road). For details, click here.

Pre-med Student Exploring Range of Opportunities at UConn

The 2013-2014 Innovation House Residential Assistant speaks about his UConn career thus far. Read here.