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Briefs.... for March 9, 1998
March 9, 1998

New form makes change of address notification easy
The Department of Human Resources and the Payroll Department have simplified the process for notifying the University of name and address changes. Effective March 1, a single one-sheet form for such changes replaces six multiple-part forms. In addition, all medical and dental insurance providers have agreed to accept the new form, instead of company-specific forms.

Employees can obtain the information change form by calling the Department of Human Resources at (860) 486-3034. The completed sheet should be returned to Human Resources, U-75. The form will also soon be available through the University's web page.

Biomedical research organization receives advocacy award
Connecticut United for Research Excellence Inc. (CURE) is being recognized by Research!America as an organization that has distinguished itself by its advocacy. The statewide coalition of education and research institutions, including UConn, health-related corporations, professional societies, and other organizations has helped shape a collective voice for biomedical research. CURE promotes the process and benefits of medical research to diverse audiences and has become a recognized resource for information on biomedicine in the state. CURE will receive the award on March 10 at the second annual Research!America Advocacy Awards Dinner in Washington, DC.

Enroll now for Knowledge for Life classes this spring
The Division of Continuing Education will offer Knowledge for Life classes again this semester, beginning in mid-March and running through August. The courses, of varying duration, are conveniently scheduled during non-work hours and are geared toward enhancing adults' lives and their resumes. Topics include computers and technology, art and culture, finance, health and fitness, and personal development, among others. Courses include "Understanding the Art of Caravaggio," "Debt-Free and Prosperous Living," "How Does Your Garden Grow," "Decorative Weed Walks," "CPR and First Aid," "Defining Your Dreams," "Give Yourself a Manners Makeover," and more. All classes are held on the Storrs campus. You may register by mail, phone, fax, in person, or on the Internet. For more information, call (860) 486-3231. For a free brochure, call (860) 622-990.

Student-run micropropagation business to hold open house
ConnectiCulture will hold an open house at the Biotechnology Center on Friday, March 27, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. ConnectiCulture is a student-run, non-profit micropropagation business, a division of the Plant Biotechnology Facility.

ConnectiCulture is located on Horsebarn Hill Road off Route 195, across the street from the horse barns.

Student volunteers offer help in preparing tax returns
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program run by IRS-trained, volunteer accounting students in the School of Business Administration, provides free assistance in income tax return preparation to members of the University community and Mansfield residents, Mondays through April 13 (except March 16), 7-9 p.m., in Room 302B of the Student Union. VITA volunteers are not trained to answer international tax questions, or to complete form 1040NR. Representatives of the IRS will discuss taxation of scholarships and fellowships for international faculty, students and scholars on Friday, March 6, from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in the Student Union Ballroom.