Sunday, October 11, 2015

Second Annual CGSA Beach Volleyball Tournament!

This year, the UConn CGSA and the UConn Undergraduate Communication Society cohosted the second annual beach volleyball tournament. Caturday Night Fever, Communist Block, How I Set Your Mother, and the Commquistadors spent the beautiful fall evening battling it out on the South Campus volleyball courts, and How I Set Your Mother emerged victorious after a heated best-out-of-three round against the runner-up team, Communist Block. The night was full of competition and fun, and the CGSA would like to thank everyone who participated in the tournament or came to show their support!


Tournament Champion: How I Set Your Mother
Team Members: Kim Embacher, Rory McGloin, Nate Martin, John Xeller, Linda Dam, and Amanda Denes





Thursday, September 17, 2015

New CGSA Officers

Congratulations to the new CGSA officers for the 2015-2016 academic year!

President: Kimberly Embacher

Vice President: John Xeller
Secretary: Ambyre Ponivas
Treasurer: Anu Dhillon
PhD Representative: Kara McGillicuddy
MA Representative: Adam Rainear
International Students Representative: Suji Park
Social Coordinator: Erin Waggoner




Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Beach Volleyball Tournament recap

Can you dig it?  Kim and the Roryettes can!  On Friday, September 26th, the champions of the first annual Beach Volleyball Extravaganza ran the courts, defeating three other teams in a round robin tournament.  The tournament was the CGSA’s first event of the fall semester – and it was a huge success!


Kim and the Roryettes went undefeated through the first three rounds, beating The Leptokurtics, The White Walkers, and All the President’s (Wo)men handedly.  Facing off against the second place Leptokurtics in the final round, Kim and the Roryettes narrowly edged out their opponents, with a final score of 25 to 22.  The championship team, captained by Kim Embacher, consisted of Rory McGloin, Grace Presnick, and two non-department members.  

Kim and two of the Roryettes

The tournament pulled in several spectators and last-minute players, including Cindy and Dr. Nowak.  Cindy took the majority of the game pictures you see here, and Dr. Nowak was a clutch addition to The White Walkers. 

Though she couldn’t be there, Brenda Rourke kept us fed, providing the most delicious chocolate chip and butterscotch cookies.  And, thanks to all the participants and donors, the CGSA earned enough money to plan more fun events for this semester!

Cookies by Brenda

Most importantly, the members of our department came together and had a great time. 

Once again, thank you to everyone who participates in and supports the CGSA.  It wouldn’t be nearly as fun and we couldn’t do nearly as much without you guys.  We hope you all continue to be awesome supporters – and we hope to continue to give you reason to be.  Check out our events page to see more photos of this event, courtesy of Cindy.

Our department athletes 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Can You Dig It?? First Annual CGSA Beach Volleyball Extravaganza!

The UConn CGSA is proud to announce the first annual
Beach Volleyball Extravaganza!!!

WHEN: Friday, September 26th @ 4pm
WHERE: South Campus volleyball courts
WHAT: Volleyball tournament and fundraiser for CGSA
WHO: This event is open to Communication Department faculty, staff, graduate students, friends, and family!

Prizes awarded to the tournament champion!


Entry Rules:
- Teams can be 4-5 players
- At least half of the team should be comprised of Communication Department faculty, staff, graduate students, etc.
- At least two players on the team must be female.

Bracket: Soccer World Cup-style brackets. (Brackets will be determined once all teams have registered.)

Entry fees: $3 per person
Entry fees should be submitted to Kim Embacher or Sara Picklesimer.  Individuals may pay for themselves, or teams may pay one grand total of $12 or $15, depending on the size of the team.  If a player does not pay his/her entry fee by the time of the tournament, that member may not participate.

Registration: Please email kimberly.embacher@uconn.edu with your team members and team name by Friday, September 26th at 2pm.  Warm-ups and check-ins will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the courts.  

Game rules:
1. Server cannot attack or block. (On the receiving side, the most recent server cannot attack or block).
2. The ball cannot be touched more than three times (block touches not counting as a touch) by a team, or more than once in a row by a single player. ADDITIONALLY, if the team touches the ball three times, at least one of those touches must be by a female on the team.
3. Subbing is permitted.
4. The ball may be pursued outside the boundaries of the court as long as it is put back into play and put over the net inbounds within three hits.
5. Teams will be required to rotate positions.

Scoring: Rally to 25


If you have any other questions about the tournament, please contact Sara Picklesimer, Anne Borsai, or Kim Embacher.

Hope to see you all there!




Friday, June 20, 2014

Graduate Student Orientation

This year, the Communication Department's Graduate Student Orientation will be August 18th through 22nd. CGSA will be running a portion of the orientation session on Monday, August 18th, as well as helping with various orientation sessions throughout the week. We will update the blog with more information on orientation once the schedule has been finalized.

Hope to see you all there!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

New UConn CGSA blog!

Welcome to the new and improved UConn CGSA blog!

We will be updating this page throughout the year with important information for CGSA members as well as news about upcoming events...so stay tuned!