UConn gets grant for
The University has received a $27,672 grant from the state
Department of Higher Education to train teachers and students to
use digital video and other multi-media tools in class
presentations. The grant, available under the federal Dwight D.
Eisenhower Professional Development Grant Program, was awarded
following a review by an independent panel of teachers, college
faculty and education professionals.
The grant proposal, titled
"Virtual Reality in the Science Classroom: An Intensive
Workshop for Teachers to Develop Multimedia Materials," will
enable 24 middle and high school teachers from six school districts
to participate in a semester-long workshop on multimedia
technology. As teachers master these tools, they will instruct
their students how to make presentations about scientific
experiments using images, video clips, text and
Health Center groundbreaking
A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday to mark the start of
construction of the $35.7 million academic research building at the
UConn Health Center. The 11-story building and adjacent transgenic
animal facility will provide space for biomedical research. The
center also will specialize in cancer research, cardiology,
infectious diseases and neuroscience. The project is slated to be
completed by spring 1999.
Professor pleads innocent to
Chemistry Professor Edward Kostiner has pleaded innocent to
charges that he stole gold from the University then exchanged it
for a watch and cash. His case was continued until April 8. He is
charged with two counts of larceny.
U.S. News goofed on
Just days after releasing its 1997 graduate school rankings, US
News and World Report announced an error in calculating the
job-placement rates for law schools, causing 33 of the top 50 law
schools to be ranked incorrectly.
As a result, UConn's School of
Law is now tied for 35th of the 179 accredited law schools a drop
of three places since the survey was announced but still up three
places from last year's ranking.
Alum hired as assistant
Former women's soccer All-American Karen Ferguson '93 has
been named assistant women's soccer coach. She replaces Wendy
Logan, who was named head women's soccer coach at Ohio
University. Ferguson spent the last two years as an assistant coach
at Boston University.
Alumni Association seeking
nominations for student group
The UConn Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the
Student Alumni Association (SAA). The student group has become a
vital organization of undergraduates interested in developing
networking ties with alumni, representing the alumni association at
functions, and gaining the knowledge and insight necessary to
become future alumni leaders.
If you know any freshmen, sophomores
or juniors who would represent the University in a positive manner,
can communicate effectively and possess leadership skills, call
Robbyn at the alumni office at 486-4233.
Students volunteered in city
during Spring Break
Seven UConn students skipped the beaches to explore the realities
of an inner city during Spring Break.
The students lived and volunteered
in Hartford. They served food at a soup kitchen, visited a center
for people with HIV, tutored neighborhood children, worked at
homeless shelters and constructed a Habitat for Humanity house. The
Urban Plunge was sponsored by UConn's Center for Community
Outreach and St. Thomas Aquinas Church.