Staff

The mission of the Office of First Year Programs and Learning Communities is to assist students with their transition from high school to college and to aid in the retention of students at the University of Connecticut. We provide holistic guidance, opportunities, and resources to enable students to actively engage and thrive at the University by becoming learners with a purpose. Through programs and courses like First Year Experience, Learning Communities, the Academic Achievement Center, UConn Connects, Supplemental Instruction, and Peer Mentoring, our office works with students to realize the value of the intellectual, social, and cultural dimensions of the University of Connecticut. With an array of courses, workshops, a network for personal support, interactive online resources, and unique living/learning experiences, First Year Programs helps new students at the University of Connecticut achieve success from the start.

Central Office | Rowe 235 | 860.486.3378

Dave Ouimette

David Ouimette

Executive Director

860.486.2150

Vanessa Mitchell

Business Manager

860.486.6072

Pamela Fischl

Retention Specialist

860.486.9124

Academic Achievement Center (AAC) | Rowe 217 | 860.486.4889

Leo Lachut

Director, AAC
Asst Director, FYP&
LC

860.486.1664

Ada Rivera

Assistant Director, Hartford Campus

959.200.3809

Joanna Rivera Davis

Assistant Director

860.486.6120

Sloane

Sloane Krauss Hanley

Learning Services Coordinator

860.486.4889

Liza Boritz

Liza Boritz

Program Specialist

860.486.9124

First Year Experience (FYE) | Rowe 235 | 860.486.3378

Sarah Scheidel

Manager, FYE
Asst Director, FYP&
LC

860.486.5699

Sarah Renn

Sarah Renn

Program Coordinator

860.486.1735

Learning Communities (LC) | Werth Tower 114 | 860.486.0711

Melissa Foreman

Director, LC
Asst Director, FYP&
LC

860.486.1127

Sara Dahlen

Program Assistant

860.486.0711

Helena DeBald

Program Coordinator

860.486.3637

Amanda Wilde

Administrative Coordinator

860.486.6534

Learning Communities Innovation Zone (LCIZ) | Werth 014 | 860.486.3744

Cody Ryan

Makerspace Supervisor

860.486.3744