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PSLA in the News

Read the Hartford Courant article "Getting Through Another Season of Fallen Leaves".

10-19-16 Plant Science and Landscape Architecture's Dr. John Inguagiato, Assistant Professor Turfgrass Pathology, and Carol Quish, Home and Garden Center Program Aid, were featured in the Hartford Courant article "Getting Through Another Season of Fallen Leaves". Click here to read the article and see what they had to say about raking leaves and protecting your lawn.

Read about the 2016 Turfgrass Field Day!

09-15-16 Turfgrass Field Day was held Tuesday, July 19, at the Plant Science Research and Teaching Facility. The Field Day is an opportunity for UConn researchers to present their latest findings and make recommendations for best practices to professionals in the turfgrass industry. The event was recently featured in an article for Naturally@UConn and in morningagclips.com. Click here to read the article in Naturally@UConn and here for morningagclips.com.  


Read About Graduate Student David Moore

09-12-16 David Moore is a Master's student in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture who is studying soil nutrient cycling in turfgrass systems. He was recently featured in an article for Naturally@UConn, click here to read the article.

Read "The Road to Native Vegetation in Highway Design" featuring Graduate Student John Campanelli and Professor Yulia Kuzovkina-Eischen

09-02-16 The latest issue of UConn Today featured an article about graduate student, John Campanelli, who is working to commercialize software he developed to make roadside native plant projects more successful. Click here to read the article.

Read about Alumnus Andrew Nisbet  

08-31-16 The latest issue of Golf Industry News featured four students that graduated from different turf programs located throughout the US. Graduates were nominated, and selected to attend a week long all-expense paid trip to the Future Sports Turf Managers Program sponsored by the Jacobson Company. Andrew Nisbet class of 2016 was one of the four students featured. Click here to read the article.

Meet Alumnus Kyle Pretka

08-31-16 Kyle Pretka is an alumni of UConn who majored in landscape architecture that is now currently living in sunny San Diego. He designs skateboard parks for California RampWorks. He was recently featured in an article for Naturally@UConn, click here to read his interview.

Meet Graduate Student Rania El-Tanbouly

7-27-16 Rania El-Tanbouly is a PhD student in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture. After an education in landscape gardening, Rania traveled from Egypt to study plant biotechnology at UConn. She was recently featured in an article for Naturally@UConn. Click here to read her interview.

Landscape Architecture Graduate Designs Street Course for X Games

07-20-16 UConn Landscape Architecture 2014 graduate Kyle Pretka designs the Street Course for the 2016 X Games (Austin, Texas). Click here for a link to his website with a write up and additional photos of the course.


Senior Extension Educator Donna Ellis leads guided walk

07-15-16 Senior Extension Educator Donna Ellis led a guided invasive plant walk at Steep Rock Preserve in Washington, CT on July 14.  Click here for a News Times article and photos from the event.

Read about CAHNR plant scientists

07-08-16 UConn plant scientist Carol Auer is leading a team of researchers, including postdoctoral fellow Chuan-Jie Zhang and graduate student Richard Rizzitello, studying interactions between a genetically modified crop and the environment. Click here to read the article.

Read about CAHNR graduate student Juan Cabrera

06-23-16 Graduate student Juan Cabrera was featured on Naturally@UConn. Click here to read his interview.

UConn's Donna Ellis and Ana Legrand appeared on the TV show CT Style

06-09-16 Senior Extension Educator Donna Ellis and Assistant Extension Professor Ana Legrand were guests on the WTNH TV show CT Style on May 17.  They talked about what to plant in the garden to attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinators to improve wildlife habitat. Click here to watch the video on "What You Should Plant to Help the Local Eco-System."

Congratulations to Jake Schloss!

06-08-16 Congratulations to recent Turfgrass graduate, Jake Schloss, for landing a job in his chosen career field.

Congratulations to Samantha Rojas!

06-08-16 Congratulations to horticulture student Samantha Rojas for her article being featured on CAHNR Naturally@UConn. Click here to read the article: Tree Campus benefits trees & students. 

Congratulations to the Landscape Architecture graduates, class of 2016!


Congratulations Yilan Jian, Michael Bruno, Guang Zhou, Myles Simon, and Yuting Liu!

06-08-16 Congratulations to the five students who were awarded a UConn Community Research & Design Scholarship for their contributions to the Storrs Center Public Spaces Plan and other community design outreach projects are Yilan Jian (not pictured) and Michael Bruno, Guang Zhou, Myles Simon, Yuting Liu (pictured below, L-R). 

Landscape architecture students develop design plans for Ashford

05-10-16 Students in John Alexopoulos’s Junior Design Studio did a four-week project providing design ideas that concentrated on town identity, safety and sustainability. The study includes solutions for redeveloping the commercial district of Route 74 and the village district along Route 44. Click here for more details.

  Route 44 east, Ashford (existing)                                                                               
 Route 44 east, Ashford (proposed)

Congratulations to Andrew Nisbet!

05-05-16 Congratulations to graduating senior, Andrew Nisbet, who has been awarded an all-expense paid trip to the Jacobsen Future Turf Managers Seminar in Charlotte, North Carolina. Andrew will attend the seminar from May 23-26.  Graduating seniors from turf programs from throughout the U.S. are eligible to be nominated. Andrew is the seventh UCONN turf student to have received this honor.

Congratulations to Steven Rackliffe, Joan Allen, and Carol Quish!

04-20-16 UConn's College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources and Alumni Association have a long history of recognizing outstanding and distinguished alumni, faculty, staff and supporters. For the seventh year, the College is pleased to partner with the Alumni Association in recognizing these individuals. Congratulations to PSLA faculty members and staff, Steven Rackliffe, for being the recipient of UCAHNRAA Excellence in Teaching Award, Joan Allen for being the recipient of Arland R. Meade Communications Award, and Carol Quish for being the recipient of Alpha Chi Chapter Award. 

Congratulations Brandon Coe!

04-13-16 Congratulations to PSLA undergraduate student Brandon Coe on being selected as the 2015 Undergraduate Intern of the Year, Third Place, by the Center for Career Deve lopment. He showed vast growth in his internship with the Whistling Straits Golf Course in Sheboygin, Wisconsin.

UConn Plant Conferences

Garden Conference

UConn's Garden Conference featured knowledgeable speakers delivering presentations on garden design, maintenance, and plant selection.

Nancy Ballek Mackinnon sells beautiful plants each year from Ballek's Garden Center located in East Haddam.

Jim Palmieri assisting a customer at the UConn Blooms station.

Sustainable Landscape Conference

Nationally renowned speakers and local experts presented to landscape and horticulture professionals at UConn's Sustainable Landscape Conference.

Educational exhibits were featured at the conference, such as the invasive plants exhibit.

Book signings by several speakers, including Rob Diblik, took place during the conference.

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