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Briefs................October 20, 1997
Campus Town Meeting with Chancellor
Be prepared for flu season with campus health services
Flu season runs from October through February or March. The symptoms of flu include the sudden onset of high fever (101 degrees or more), muscle aches, headaches, and a dry cough. It is very contagious.
Last season's outbreak was serious, although it is too early to tell how bad the season will be this year. Health professionals expect this season's flu to again be the "A-type" flu, the same strain as last year.
Foreign languages fellowship announced in
honor of Mead
The fellowship will provide support to attend the Northeast Conference for those who would not otherwise be able to participate and a year's membership in the recipient's state language association. It is open to teachers who have 20 years' experience of full-time teaching, at least half of the teaching load in a foreign or classical language, including English as a second language, and who hold a current appointment at a Northeast Conference region school, college, or university.
Applicants should send a resume, a letter explaining their wish to attend the conference, and a letter of recommendation to Elizabeth Alexander, Northeast Conference, Dickinson College, P.O. Box 1773, Carlisle, PA 17013.
UConn band director remembered for his enthusiasm
A native of Minto, N.D., Gillespie was a Mansfield resident. After joining UConn in 1956, Gillespie expanded the band program from 36 to several hundred students. He also directed the wind ensemble and two concert bands.
Gillespie organized the annual regional and all-state music festivals through the Connecticut Music Educators Association, and gained national recognition as a music educator.
Gillespie, who retired in 1989, taught conducting, and served as director of musicals for the dramatic arts department; associate dean; and acting department head. He received the distinguished faculty award and the president's award for meritorious service.
David Maker, an associate professor of music who worked with Gillespie first as a graduate assistant and later as associate director of bands, says "He was much loved by all his students. He was very enthusiastic, and very considerate of all his students." Maker recalls an anecdote in which Gillespie said, "'Don't they understand? It's not about the music, it's about the people.' I think that really sums up what he was about."
Gillespie is survived by his wife, Patricia Wheeler Gillespie, a professor emerita of allied health, and two sons. Memorial contributions may be made to the Allan E. Gillespie Band Scholarship Fund, School of Fine Arts, U-128, Storrs, CT 06269.