Saturday (January 29) Classes Transitioned to Remote
Due to the predicted snowstorm moving through our area beginning late this evening through tomorrow and the potential for very hazardous driving conditions, all in-person classes tomorrow, Saturday, January 29, will transition to being held on-line or remotely.
Additional information on the virtual format for each class will be provided directly by your individual instructor.
Faculty have been asked to prepare for Online or Remote sessions in the event of in-person meeting cancellations. These options will be determined by the Faculty member and all questions should be directed to the Faculty teaching each course section. Faculty also have been asked to be very understanding and accommodating of the individual situations of their students who may have difficulty managing these alternative online or remote class meetings on short notice.
The COVID-19 Booster clinic scheduled for tomorrow has been moved to Sunday.
Campus services for residential students will be operating on modified schedules tomorrow. Separate messages will be sent from the Peterson Library, the Beckerman Recreation Center, and Dining Services regarding their operational status. All schedule modifications can also be found on MyCharger. Residential students should be prepared to move their vehicles when instructed to do so to facilitate snow clearing operations.
Please note that only those employees, as previously determined by their respective department leaders, should report to campus unless otherwise directed by their supervisor. All other employees should continue to fulfill the requirements of their role remotely.
Students who live in the community and have vehicles must follow the local snow parking orders or their vehicles will be ticketed and towed. West Haven has issued a snow emergency prohibiting on-street parking from 8 p.m. this evening through 8 a.m. Sunday. Please visit the City of West Haven website for more information.
‘Being an Intelligence Analyst Intern Will Definitely Help Prepare Me for My Career’
My time as a student at the University has prepared me for my remote internship with SafeAbroad this summer. The experience is enabling me to help keep others safe as I build the skills I will need to excel in a professional environment.
July 15, 2021
By Genesis Feliciano ’22
I chose to apply for my internship at SafeAbroad, a leader in security consulting and risk analysis for international education, in part, because they provide students with so much experience working as an intelligence analyst. The experience isn’t only for criminal justice students, as there are many national security majors, and even psychology majors completing internships. There are projects for everyone.
SafeAbroad conducts crisis simulations, crisis predictions, and risk mapping, among other things. Because I did so much mapping and predicting in my classes because of my concentration in crime analysis, I think I’m very well prepared when it comes to working with mapping software. I can’t wait to see what we do and what we will accomplish going forward.
The company is focused on keeping students – and all people – safe and aware, which is something I’ve always wanted to do. I expect to gain knowledge that will not only set me apart from all other applicants, but also to gain experience that will give me the upper hand in a professional environment. I’m hoping SafeAbroad makes me more competitive for future career opportunities, as I have big dreams and I want to achieve them. I want to gain the skills I will eventually use in my career.
One of my projects has been to fix the current dashboards the internship uses to show and visualize all data. I chose to work on this project because I have background information in data visuals and creating charts and maps from scratch.
The biggest difference between doing it in class and at my internship is that we use two completely different platforms to create and analyze our data. In school we use a program called Rstudio, which is almost like Excel spreadsheets, but I find them to be a little cleaner and easier to use. At my internship we use PowerBI – premade maps for Excel sheets, so the base of your maps and visuals are already made.
On the dashboard I recently worked on, there was a pie chart to show how frequently a country was having incidents. It was very hard to read. I decided to use a heat map instead to show how often a country has incidents, and I represented the data by color. I used a sequential color scheme starting with a light color to represent one incident and a darker color when more incidents occurred. If I didn’t have the prior knowledge of the right formatting and color scheme, I would not know what to do.
I hope to eventually put out my own travel advisories and make proper predictions as to what will happen in different countries. I hope I get to have a firsthand look at how to work with intelligence, and what can be done with it.
My goal is to end up in any of the “three letter agencies,” and I think being an intelligence analyst intern will definitely help prepare me for my career. This opportunity enables me to gain this experience as a junior, which is invaluable.