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Briefs................November 17, 1997

Alumni Association invites nominations for 1998 awards
The faculty excellence awards recognize outstanding faculty members. The excellence in teaching award acknowledges excellence in the classroom, assisting the University to obtain the highest academic recognition; the excellence in research award encourages scholarly research in the sciences and liberal arts or creative works in the fields of art, music and writing.

Other awards recognize outstanding civic and professional achievements of alumni and others.

The Connecticut alumni service award is presented to an alumnus who has contributed his or her services in an outstanding way, over a period of time, to enhance the stature, success and well-being of the Alumni Association.

The distinguished alumni award provides recognition for outstanding achievements of men and women who are former UConn students. Any living alumni of the University are eligible. The recipient must be present to receive the award.

The distinguished Connecticut citizen award recognizes outstanding citizens of the state. It is not limited to alumni and in the past has been awarded to non-alumni civic leaders.

The university service award is presented annually to up to three individuals, alumni or non-alumni, not currently employed by the University, who have contributed their services in exemplary fashion.

Nominations must be accompanied by a nomination form, together with an up-to-date curriculum vitae, letters of support and, where appropriate, bibliography. Nomination forms may be obtained by calling the Alumni Association at (860) 486-2242. Nominations for faculty excellence awards should also include details of the nominee's research and scholarly or creative activity.

Nominations should be forwarded to: Jeffrey Konspore, chair, Awards Committee, Alumni Association, U-53, Alumni Drive, Storrs, CT 06268. The deadline is December 12.

Planning group seeks input on information technology
A strategic planning task force subcommittee is gathering information about academic information technology at UConn and is using an online survey to collect the data.

The environmental scanning subcommittee of the Academic Information Technology Strategic Planning Task Force Committee needs as much input as possible, says Malcolm Toedt, subcommittee chair and executive director of the University Computer Center.

Subcommittee members are also conducting interviews in person or by telephone with selected individuals, but others in the University community are encouraged to use the online survey, says Toedt. The survey can be found on the World Wide Web at: http:/

Survey data will assist the subcommittee in identifying a strategy for the use and development of academic information technology at UConn. The full committee is chaired by Paul Kobulnicky, director of University Libraries.

Italian-American fund raiser planned
A fund raiser for the Aldo DeDominicis fellowship in Italian history will be held Sunday, November 23, at Aquaturf's in Southington. The event, organized by a coalition of Italian-American associations in the state, begins with cocktails at 3 p.m., followed by dinner and dancing at 4 p.m. Tickets, $100 donation, should be obtained in advance. For information and directions call Al Carrano at (860) 486-0274.