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Briefs.......November 10, 1997

Institute for Teaching and Learning invites grant applications
The Institute for Teaching and Learning has announced the availability of large grants (up to $6,000) to assist faculty and teaching assistants at any of the University's campuses to enhance instruction.

Requests for financial support may be for proposals to support new and/or innovative pedagogical approaches; enhance student learning; improve advising procedures; or support faculty, adjunct lecturers, and teaching assistants participating in colloquia and training programs aimed at instructional improvement. These activities are not intended to be exclusive but rather are listed as an indication of the types of proposals that may be supported. The focus this year is to support projects aimed at enhancing student-centered learning.

Applications can be obtained from the Institute for Teaching and Learning by calling (860) 486-2686 or by downloading the Web page.

The deadline to apply for a large grant is Monday, November 24. Applications will be reviewed by the advisory board of the Institute for Teaching and Learning, and funds will be allocated prior to the end of the fall semester.

Completed applications (the original and five copies) should be submitted to: The Institute for Teaching and Learning, 348 Mansfield Road, U-142, Storrs, CT 06269.

Volunteers needed to help families enjoy holiday season
As the holiday season approaches, the Windham Area Interfaith Ministry (WAIM) seeks individuals, families and departments to join this year's Adopt-A-Family program as donors.

The program matches donors with needy families who have been referred by area social service agencies.

These families, as well as having very limited incomes, have experienced physical, emotional, or spiritual crises this year. Some have lost a job, some are trying to pick themselves up after leaving a homeless shelter or a situation of domestic violence, others have lost a loved one or have a family member who is seriously ill.

Donors in the program help these families have a special holiday celebration by providing a holiday meal, a tree and/or holiday decorations, and gifts, or any combination of these.

To participate, call WAIM at (860) 456-7270.

Graduate student art studios now at Depot Campus
The graduate student studios for the master of fine arts program in the Department of Art and Art History have been moved to Lebanon Cottage at the Depot Campus. The new facility is known as the Visual Arts Research Center.

CRT seeking aspiring actors - of the canine variety
Connecticut Repertory Theatre is seeking a well-behaved lapdog for a cameo appearance in the musical She Loves Me. Performances, preceded by a few dress rehearsals, are November 20-22 and December 2-7. For information, call John Kaspar at (860) 486-5315.