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Briefs......for December 8, 1997

Open registration extended to allay system problems
The dates for open registration have been extended through Tuesday, December 9.

University Registrar Jeffrey von Munkwitz-Smith says during the current registration period, various system problems caused the registration system to be unavailable at times. Although more students registered than during the equivalent period last year, he says, some students were not able to register or to complete their schedules to their satisfaction. The Registrar's Office has therefore arranged with the Computer Center to extend the open registration period for a few days past the December 5 closing that was originally scheduled.

Policy announced for rescheduling exams delayed by closing
The Registrar's Office has announced a new policy for rescheduling final exams in the event of an emergency closing. In the event of a full day closing, delayed opening or early closing, details of the revised schedule will be posted on the Registrar's website, which can be reached via the University's home page.

Molly Castleman mourned
Mary S. Castleman, 94, of Storrs died November 16. She was the widow of Francis Lee Castleman, dean of the School of Engineering from 1946 to 1954. A memorial service was held at St. Mark's Episcopal Chapel November 20.

Born in Ohio, Mary Castleman, generally known as Molly, studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She was a secretary in the provost's and president's office at UConn for several years and was a Storrs resident for more than 50 years.

Jack Stephens, a professor emeritus of civil engineering, notes that everyone enjoyed Molly. "She was very good at welcoming new faculty and their wives. You always felt at ease with her right away," he says. "She always showed an interest in our children and they showed an interest in Molly," he adds.

Margaret Gant, the widow of Ed Gant, who served as the University's provost and acting president, knew Molly Castleman at Vanderbilt University where her husband was one of Fred Castleman's students. Margaret recalls how Fred Castleman always took his civil engineering students to Swanee, Tenn., to learn how to do surveying. She says Molly went along too and helped out with the students.

Francis Castleman died in 1954. In 1970, the engineering building was named to honor his memory.

Volunteers needed for faculty-student noontime program
A new weekly program "Great Moments at the University of Connecticut" is coming to the Storrs campus, beginning in January.

The goal of the program is to spotlight the faculty at the University and create more opportunities for interaction between faculty and students outside the classroom.

Every Thursday at noon in the Student Union Lobby, a faculty member will present such topics and debates as cloning, budgets and their impact on educational access, and how a guitar works. The presentation will last 45 minutes to an hour, then the faculty member will be available until 2 p.m. Bring your own lunch. Desserts and beverages will be provided.

Faculty members who wish to volunteer or nominate a peer to make a presentation, may contact Patricia Allen, Student Union Daytime Programs Coordinator, at (860) 486-3423 or send email.