Campus Safety Corner: Run, Hide, Fight

Deputy Police Chief Maggie Silver
UConn Deputy Police Chief Maggie Silver (Photo by Kristin Wallace)

Active threat incidents are often unpredictable and evolve quickly. In the midst of the chaos, anyone can play an integral role in mitigating the impacts of an active threat incident. The Division of Public Safety aims to enhance preparedness through a “whole community” approach by providing resources.

If there is an active threat in your vicinity, you should do the following:


  • Have an escape route and plan in mind.
  • Leave your belongings behind.
  • Keep your hands visible.
  • Get as far away from the threat as you can.
  • If you can’t run, hide.


  • Hide in an area out of the suspect’s view. (Preferably behind large objects)
  • Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors.
  • Ensure the lights are off.
  • Silence your cellphone or other electronic devices and remain quiet.
  • If you can, have options for moving or escaping.
  • As a last resort, if you can’t run or hide, be ready to fight.


  • As a last resort and only when your life is in danger.
  • Attempt to incapacitate the active threat.
  • Act with physical aggression and throw items at the suspect. When it is safe to do so, call 911 and give the location, number and physical description of the suspect(s), and the number of potential victims if possible.

We offer free training programs on active threat, de-escalation, workplace safety, and workplace violence: recognition and prevention. These courses can be requested via https://publicsafety.uconn.edu/police/education-and-programs/public-education/.

—UConn Deputy Police Chief Maggie Silver

Years of Service Milestones

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UConn Health senior leadership members congratulate employees at the Farmington Club Oct. 16, 2019. (Photo provided by Robin Perregeaux)

Congratulations to the following employees, who have achieved milestones of 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 years of service:

25 Years of Service

Khamis S. Abu-Hasaballah, Asst VP, Research Informatics

Scott R. Allen, Interim Chief Medical Officer

Sandra A. Barnosky, Nurse Practitioner

Frank E. Barton, Multimedia Specialist 2

Christina A. Caron, Medical Technologist 2

Alexandra P. Crean, Educ & Development Spec.

Lori A. DelVaglio, Application Analyst 1

Carol L. Dumont, Staff Nurse CN3

Jacqueline P. Duncan, Assoc Prof/Clinical

Kelly A. Moore, Laboratory Assistant 2

Cheryl Oncken, Dept Head, Medicine

Hilary Onyiuke, Assoc Prof/Clinical

Margo A. Petrunti, Telephone Opr

Charles A. Saunders, MTCE Spv 1 HVA

Carol A. Schramm, Clinical Nurse Specialist

Craig M. Schramm, Assoc Prof/Clinical

George R. Smith, Staff Nurse CN3

Lorrie E. Tripp, Operations Mngr-Facilities Svc

Clelia Vanasse, Staff Nurse CN3

Wendy E. Walsh, Sponsored Program Specialist

Karen L. Zucker, Administrative Officer

30 Years of Service

Angelo A. Airo, Pharmacist-UHP

Susan L. Blasi, Staff Nurse CN3

Joanne Brochu, Information Specialist

Dorothy M. Buslewicz, Staff Nurse CN2, Outpatient

Patrick P. Coll, Professor/Clinical

Caroline N. Dealy, Assoc Prof/Basic Sci

Terri T. Donohue, Staff Nurse CN3, Outpatient

Deborah A. Dow, Adm Program Assistant 2

Diane N. Fillion, Staff Nurse CN3

Christopher Frechette, Mag Resonance Imaging Tech 2

Susan Garthwait, Adm Program Coordinator

Jeffrey B. Gross, Dept Head, Anesthesiology

Virginia R. Janick, Medical Records Clerk

Barbara E. Johnson, Respiratory Therapist

Brenda J. Kawecki, Executive Assistant

David A. Lombardo, MTCE Spv 1 HVA

Clarice Marcelino, Clinic Office Assistant

Mina Mina, Chair, Ped Dent/Dir DMD Prog

Frank Morgan, Research Associate 2

Mary-Marjorie Murphy, Clinical Coordinator 2

Michael Nowak, Asst Prof/Basic Sci

Andrew D. Nowicki, Storekeeper

Donna L. Patterson, Program Manager Faculty Devlpm

Kathleen A. Pellizzari, LPN

Douglas E. Peterson, Professor/Clinical

Lawrence G. Pittman, Director, HR Operations&Payroll

Elizabeth Pokorski, Administrative Officer

Deborah A. Redford-Badwal, Assoc Prof/Clinical

Sandra A. Rodriguez, Staff Nurse CN3

Mansoor Sarfarazi, Professor/Basic Sci

Kevin P. Shea, Professor/Clinical

Kimberly A. Sokol, Business System Analyst

Deborah H. Spillane, Business Services Manager

Cathy S. Spisak, Staff Nurse CN3

Elizabeth Strull, Asst Nursing Manager

Thomas D. Taylor, Dept Head, Reconstructive Scie

Catherine G. Trahiotis, Physical Therapist 2, UHP

Kimberly A. Tripputi, Office Assistant

35 Years of Service

Debby S. Anderson, Procurement Contract Spec

Raymond B. Carlson, Qual Crft Wrkr-Painter

Lisa Godin, Adm Program Coordinator

Lynn Godin, Office Assistant

Marja Hurley, Assoc Dean, Hlth Career Opp Pr

Alyce E. Ivey, Clinical Case Manager

Susan L. Jerwann, Purchasing and Inventory Spec

Leslie M. Loew, Director, CCAM

Martha L. Lojzim, Associate Director

Robin E. Menasian, Staff Nurse CN2

Diana L. Mikulak, Business Services Manager

Deborah A. Milewski, Medical Technologist 2

Sandra J. Newton, Application Analyst 3

Frank C. Nichols, Professor/Clinical

Linda S. Paradis, Adm Program Assistant 2

Margaret O. Rathier, Assoc Prof/Clinical

Lauren M. Salinger, Poison Information Spec

Sandra K. Weller, Dept Head, Mole Biology Biophy

Shawn H. Winberg, Desktop Technician II

Edwin L. Zalneraitis, Professor/Clinical

40 Years of Service

Rashmi Bansal, Professor/Basic Sci

John H. Carson, Professor/Basic Sci

Paul M. Epstein, Assoc Prof/Basic Sci

Jane M. Grant-Kels, Professor/Clinical

Susan Hill, Adm Program Coordinator

Lucina M. Nadeau, Medical Technologist 2

Mary E. Peach, Adm Program Coordinator

Ted S. Rosenkrantz, Professor/Clinical

Deborah Talamini – Adm Program Coordinator

Scott L. Wetstone – Assoc Prof/Basic Sci

45 Years of Service

Yvonne G. Grimm-Jorgensen, Asst Prof/Basic Sci

Fall Fun Festival 2019

Fall Fun Festival at UConn Health

UConn Health staff and students enjoy the annual Fall Fun Fest featuring the ever-popular Pumpkin Palooza decorating contest, a candy corn guessing game, and a new photo booth, along with delicious donuts, apples, popcorn, and cider. (Photos by Tina Encarnacion)

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Shaunte Taylor is an intern with Project SEARCH, a partnership with Favarh, at UConn Health. (Tina Encarnacion/UConn Health photo)

Pumpkin Palooza

Following is a first-person account participating in and volunteering at the Fall Fun Fest by Project SEARCH intern Shaunte Taylor:

I enjoyed the process of making Boogie and painting the pumpkin. Getting ready for the contest was a fun experience with my co-workers. I’m glad we got to make our own individual pumpkins like Jack Skellington, Sally, Mayor and Zero. We put a lot of work into getting prepared for the event. The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my favorite movies, I watch it all the time. I feel we did each character justice and brought each one to life. I loved seeing what each department did with their pumpkins and what they did had a lot of detail, so the competition was stiff. I also enjoyed giving out the tickets so everyone could vote on which pumpkins they liked the best. We were really hoping to win first place, but we are still very happy that we placed second! I would congratulate the team who won.

At the event there were so many treats, from popcorn to caramel apples. The donuts were really good and the cider was delicious, it was like a festival at work. It was a little chilly outside which added to the fall festival experience. I am glad that we got to participate and do this together as a team. Everyone worked well, we did it and got it done. All our hard work paid off. I would love to participate again next year!

Faculty Appointments, Promotions Fall 2019

The Academic Affairs Subcommittee of the Board of Directors has approved the following new faculty promotions and appointments for the Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine:

School of Dental Medicine Promotions

(Photo by Jeanine Gelineau)

Professor In-Residence

  • Dr. Steven Lepowsky – General Dentistry

Associate Professor with Tenure

  • Dr. Aditya Tadinada – Oral and Maxillofacial Diagnostic Sciences

Associate Professor In-Residence

  • Dr. Takanori Sobue Oral Health and Diagnostic Sciences

School of Medicine Appointments

Professor – In Residence

  • Dr. Kwame S. Amankwah – Surgery
  • Dr. Raymond A. Dionne – Cell Biology

Associate Professor – Affiliated Institution

  • Dr. Mark Marieb – (Hartford Hospital) – Medicine

School of Medicine Promotions

Professor – In Residence

  • Anton M. Alerte – Pediatrics
  • Steven V. Angus – Medicine
  • Raymond J. Foley – Medicine

Professor – Tenure Track

  • Kimberly L. Dodge-Kafka – Cell Biology

Professor – Affiliated Institution

  • Christine M. Finck – (Connecticut Children’s Medical Center) – Surgery

Clinical Professor – Community Faculty

  • Charles L. Castiglione – Surgery
  • Joseph H. McIsaac, III – Anesthesiology
  • Thomas C. Mort – Anesthesiology

Associate Professor w/award of Academic Tenure

  • Lisa C. Barry – Psychiatry

Associate Professor – In Residence

  • Laurie C. Caines – Medicine
  • Justin J. Finch – Dermatology
  • Jennifer M.P. Kanaan – Medicine
  • Jun Lu – Dermatology
  • Pooja Luthra – Medicine
  • Kenia Mansilla-Rivera – Family Medicine
  • Wendy A. Miller – Medicine
  • Michael J. Payette – Dermatology
  • Christine Thatcher – Family Medicine
  • Kristina F. Zdanys – Psychiatry

Associate Professor – Affiliated Institution

  • Elizabeth A. Deckers – (Hartford Hospital) – Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Lawrence Engmann – (Center for Advanced Reproductive Services) – Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Annmarie Golioto – (Connecticut Children’s Medical Center) – Pediatrics
  • Louisa Kalsner – (Connecticut Children’s Medical Center) – Pediatrics
  • Lisa B. Namerow – (Hartford Hospital) – Psychiatry
  • Avinash Prasad – (Hartford Hospital) – Neurology
  • Stephanie E. Rosener – (Middlesex Hospital) – Family Medicine
  • Melissa Santos – (Connecticut Children’s Medical Center) – Pediatrics
  • Erica A. Schuyler – (Hartford Hospital) – Neurology
  • Shailendra Upadhyay – (Connecticut Children’s Medical Center) – Pediatrics

Associate Clinical Professor – Community Faculty

  • Sivasenthil Arumugam – Anesthesiology
  • Melanie S. Collins – Pediatrics
  • Thomas J. Martin – Anesthesiology
  • Dhamodaran Palaniappan – Anesthesiology

In Memoriam: Richard G. Stevens, PhD

Richard G. Stevens in 2008 (Photo by Barbara Case)

It is with deep sadness that we share news of the passing of beloved colleague, researcher, and teacher Richard G. Stevens, Ph.D.

Dr. Stevens served UConn School of Medicine as a longtime faculty member since 1999. He was a professor and researcher in the Department of Community Medicine and Health Care and additionally contributed greatly to teaching UConn graduate students in the public health program, the masters in clinical and translational research program, and medical school students.

Dr. Stevens was a highly renowned cancer epidemiologist. For more than three decades he studied the effects of body iron levels associated with cancer and the role artificial lighting has on human health. He was steadfast in advancing our available scientific knowledge and the general public’s awareness about how artificial light, including light emitted from our electronic devices, is affecting our biology including disrupting our circadian rhythms.

He authored more than 150 academic publications including many with high impact in top scientific journals. As an avid communicator he authored high-profile media pieces that achieved large readership, spreading awareness and the UConn name far and wide.

In addition to his successful professional career, Dr. Stevens enjoyed the outdoors and was a great friend to many at UConn.

Dr. Stevens was a graduate of the University of California and completed his Ph.D. in epidemiology at the University of Washington.

A memorial service celebrating Richard’s life will be held on Friday, August 23, at 3 p.m. at the Carmon Funeral Home Family Center, 301 Country Club Road, Avon.

Our sympathy is with his wife, Ann, and family.



Dr. Bruce T. Liang
Dean, UConn School of Medicine

Dr. Douglas Brugge
Chair, Community Medicine and Health Care

When Your Email Smells Phishy…

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The Microsoft Outlook add-in PhishAlarm enables fast, secure reporting of suspicious emails. (Click image for detailed instructions.)

UConn Health Information Technology Security soon will unveil a new tool for reporting suspicious emails. PhishAlarm® is a Microsoft Outlook add-in that allows you to easily report suspicious email without having to remember an email address. When emails are forwarded using this capability, security analysts receive all of the information they need to determine if the email you reported is a real phishing attack. You will see a PhishAlarm option in your Outlook toolbar.

How it Works

When you receive a suspicious-looking email in Outlook, either within the message preview pane or the opened message, click on the PhishAlarm option located in the Outlook toolbar and selects “Report Phish” from the drop-down menu.

You will receive feedback via an immediate pop-up window or an email. The reported email then is automatically deleted.

Watch a short video to learn more about PhishAlarm.

Let Nesting Geese Lie

A Canada goose nests outside the UConn Health academic building.
A Canada goose nests outside the UConn Health academic building. (Photo provided by Tom Trutter)

It’s that time of year again, when our resident Canada geese are nesting. Our federally protected feathered friends may choose locations that aren’t all that convenient for us as campus travelers, but they have their reasons.

Canada in a UConn Health parking lot
A Canada goose patrols a UConn Health parking lot during nesting season. (Photo by Delker Vardilos)

Here are some important things to remember:

  • They tend to choose open, flat spaces so they can see predators from a distance.
  • They’ll be gone in less than a month from when the mother starts sitting on her eggs. Within hours of hatching, the babies can walk and the parents will lead them away to the closest water source.
  • Leave nests alone. Moving a nest containing eggs can endanger the young.
  • Don’t feed them. Mom usually doesn’t eat during the incubation period, so leaving food will attract predators. And feeding the newborns unnatural foods can cause problems with their development.

Best practice: Leave them alone, stay out of their way, and when the babies come, they likely won’t be in your way any more.

Helping Rebuild in Puerto Rico

Earlier this year, Carol Underwood, an application architect in the UConn Health IT Department, volunteered in Puerto Rico, helping build sustainable housing in a hurricane-ravaged area. Here she shares her story.

Carol Underwood hauling recyclables in Puerto Rico
UConn Health’s Carol Underwood hauls some of the recyclable materials used to build sustainable housing in Puerto Rico. (Photo provided by Carol Underwood)

My Visit to Puerto Rico January 2019

There was a palpable and audible crunch under foot. Dressed heavy, packed light, 8 degrees, 30 mph wind, I finally boarded my flight at Bradley International, canceled 24 hours earlier due to a winter storm. Amid a government shutdown, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, doubled-up travelers, stressed out TSA agents and air traffic controllers lacking paychecks, I launched for Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, escaping the arctic deep freeze.

I landed in Aguadilla at 4:15 a.m.: 69 degrees, temps rising that day to low 80s. I was met by Lt. Ryan Hammond, recovery helicopter pilot, and escorted onto Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen. Lt. Hammond, my nephew-in-law, also lacking paychecks due to government shutdown, told me the Coast Guard intercepted 25 Dominican citizens from the ocean that morning. Ryan, during my visit, rescued an injured woman on a sail boat on the other side of the Island; it was a 30-hour workday. I witnessed the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, air traffic controllers and TSA agents that got us passengers safely to our destinations, hard at work, under the circumstances.

I was finally in “paradise,” as my niece Nicole Hammond described Puerto Rico when the family moved there in August 2017, two weeks prior to Hurricane Irma skirting Puerto Rico and leaving one million residents without power. Then, two weeks later, Category 5 Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico square-on, leaving the Island a tangle of trees, power lines, debris, washed out roads and failed power, water, sanitation infrastructure.

‘The experience was exhilarating, working with locals, transplants and U.S. military people to help create a state-of-the-art self-sustainable off-grid building.’

The U.S. Coast Guard was integral in rescue and humanitarian operations. Air Station Borinquen is on the same power grid as the rest of Puerto Rico. Solar panels on base residential housing send power directly to the Island power grid and do not power homes directly. Due to no electricity, no water, impassable roads, military families including my niece, two children and a dog evacuated for several months while infrastructure was repaired. Not everyone could leave the Island of course. The Coast Guard did air drops of food, water and supplies, particularly in the mountainous area of central Puerto Rico where people were trapped and desperate. The situation was so bad, particularly in the mountains, Coast Guard crews were dropping their own rations to those below. Many people died in the aftermath of Maria. Morgues were full and could not accept any more bodies. Puerto Rico was left in a lurch.

Carol Underwood hauling recyclables in Puerto Rico
UConn Health’s Carol Underwood at the Earthship Puerto Rico worksite in January. (Photo provided by Carol Underwood)

Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and exposed the Island’s vulnerability to natural disasters and severe lack of homegrown food. Puerto Rico imports 85 percent of its food, all fuel is imported, there is very little solar and wind power generation where the sun usually shines and the wind steadily blows. Some say Maria was “the push we needed” to become more self-sufficient. Local people are part of a rising group of entrepreneurs advocating for more farms, solar powered micro grids, hurricane resistant housing.

Earthship Puerto Rico is a self-reliant community center being built in response to the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Lead by the Chapparos, a native Puerto Rican family who owns TaínaSoy Apiario (a local bee farm dedicated to sustainable practices and community), great things are coming together.

After hurricane, the Chaparros decided they were going to be an example for Puerto Rico. They teamed up with Earthship Biotecture in Taos, New Mexico. This community of architects created the building design behind the structures which are based on six principles:

  1. Building with natural and recycled materials – tires, beer bottles, aluminum cans, plastic, styrofoam
  2. Thermal cooling and heating systems
  3. Solar and wind electricity
  4. Water harvesting
  5. Contained sewage treatment
  6. Food production

As well as being hurricane- and earthquake-safe.

The Chaparros have built five independent structures in the past year. After completion, this Community Center will offer classes on sustainability practices as well as offering the West Coast of Puerto Rico a disaster response group ready for the next natural disaster. I had the privilege of volunteering my time and labor while visiting Puerto Rico. Myself and other volunteers worked clearing brush, moving recyclables, concrete mixers, building tools and materials to prepare for the final build. The experience was exhilarating, working with locals, transplants and U.S. military people to help create a state-of-the-art self-sustainable off-grid building – Earthship Puerto Rico.

The Chaparros have an open invitation to those who would like to volunteer or visit this amazing project. Se Levanta Puerto Rico is the chant heard on the Island now – “Rise up, Puerto Rico, it’s a new beginning.”

Learn more about the final build and view a two-minute video of the project.

—Carol Underwood

When Others Close, We’re Open

Three skid steer machines (left) and three plow trucks are among the equipment Facilities Management and Operations crews use for snow removal. (Photo by Joe Caron)

When severe winter weather strikes, it’s tempting to expect a snow day, especially when we hear things in the media like “The governor has sent Level 2 state employees home early” or “UConn and its regional campuses are closed today.”

But UConn Health is on its own when it comes to emergency closings – understandably so, given the nature of our work, which makes us unique among state agencies.

What Goes in to the Decision

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UConn Health campus in the snow on January 5, 2018 (Tina Encarnacion/UConn Health photo)

We act independently because of our operational obligations, primarily in patient care and the services that support it. Of course, even when we’re “closed,” we’re not really closed, as our most crucial functions must continue without interruption.

This is why it is our practice (and policy) that we separate ourselves from the weather-related announcements that pertain to the rest of UConn or that come from the governor’s office pertaining to all state employees.

Consider all UConn Health units as maintaining normal operations until and unless it is announced otherwise by UConn Health. These announcements come by way of the operational status hotline (860-679-2001) and often are supplemented with UConn Health Advisory email blasts and updates on our Closings and Cancellations page.

Other Considerations

A large portion of our work simply can’t wait until the next day when travel conditions have improved. Therefore, we have to do our best to balance our need to fulfill our institution’s missions and the safety of our patients, staff and students. It’s important to understand that these are decisions that need to be made far enough in advance to allow time for those impacted to adjust their lives accordingly.

Also taken into account is the fact that we have our own facilities staff reliably working to make our campus as safe as possible, plus a logistics team that ensures we will have the necessary supplies to continue our critical operations, and a public safety presence that has police and fire personnel working around the clock.