Jaclyn Severance

Jaclyn (Falkowski) Severance has worked in communications and public relations in the state of Connecticut for more than 15 years. She served as the director of communications and primary spokesperson for the Connecticut Office of the Attorney General before joining University Communications. She also previously served as the communications director for the Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee, as a press secretary for the Connecticut General Assembly’s Senate Democratic Caucus, and as the associate editor of Connecticut Lawyer magazine. Jaclyn earned a degree in communications, emphasizing in journalism, from the University of Hartford, studied photography at the Hartford Art School, and interned as a staff writer with the Hartford Courant. She and her husband and son live on a small, family farm in Connecticut’s Quiet Corner where they raise cashmere goats. Her beat includes human rights, entrepreneurship and innovation, social work, behavioral sciences, and campus life.

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UConn Student Working to ‘Amplify’ Educational Opportunities in Kenya

'One of the key things that I've really learned is to love the problem. Be in love with a problem. Because that's the only way you can understand the solution'

Shoppers in Storrs Center.

Risks and Rewards: New Initiative Connects UConn Actuarial Science Students with Local Small Businesses

'You're running a business now, and you're running it every day, and you see the profits every day, but you don't always plan for the big things that might happen'

UConn mechanical engineering students, from left, Leila Awad, Kaley Luk, Eddy Ramos and Patrick Miconi work on the prototype of their project for Senior Design Demonstration Day—an affordable, ADA-compliant, sustainably produced, easy-to-assemble accessibility ramp—in the Innovation Zone in the Peter J. Werth Residence Tower

UConn Engineering Seniors Building a Better Ramp

'Whenever I called up on a ramp, I’d say there’s a problem getting ramps. What I heard was, "yeah, ain’t there?"'

Jake Sherman, the journalist, author, and co-founder of Punchbowl News, speaks with UConn journalism and entrepreneurship students about the future of the press in a moderated discussion held at the Toscano Family Forum on April 11, 2023.

Political Journalist and News Entrepreneur Encourages Students: ‘Be Really Good at One Thing’

'Good journalism matters and it needs to be financially supported to survive. Entrepreneurship is one way that happens'

Upcoming UConn graduates Amy and Kenni Zipf pose for a photo in the Widmer Wing of Storrs Hall

Mother and Daughter Soon-to-Be Graduates Pursue Passions for Research and Art

'I'm already coming up with the Instagram caption. It's going to be something, like, "Yeah, I might have graduated college, but my mom got a Ph.D."'

UConn faculty members walking in the alfalfa field in Jordan

Fish Food and the Foundry: How One UConn Startup Went Global and Others Can, Too

'We’re increasing Connecticut manufacturing and exporting; it's one of those things where the Foundry provided wins all around'

A Change of Art: Students Invited to Innovate ‘Art Meets Technology’ Challenges at 2023’s HackUConn

Innovating new ideas and solutions in a 20-hour marathon

Devin McNamara ’21 (CLAS), left, and Ryan Gresh ’09 (ENG) pose for a photo in The Feel Good Lab’s office in UConn Farmington’s Technology Incubation Program building

A ‘Feel Good’ Mentoring Success Story, For National Mentoring Month

'I think networking is probably the most valuable skill anybody can really learn'

From left, SmartBuildings CT program members Andre Jin, Eric Venables, Amy Thompson, Mohammed Albayati and Julia DeOliveira pose for a photo in the Innovation Partnership Building at UConn Tech Park

UConn Professor, Students Help Connecticut Towns Make Smart Energy Choices with SmartBuildings Program

'This is where people at UConn – researchers, professors, and even students – can really help communities'

Guerra, with Connecticut Congressman Jim Himes, and the production team for Grit & Grace

Documenting the American Dream: In First-of-its-Kind Project, UConn Professor Directs Film for U.S. Congressional Committee

'Creating media that unites, that’s something that I really want to do with my films'