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Teaching and Learning Institute announces grant competition
The Institute for Teaching and Learning invites applications for its Large Grant Program (up to $6,000). The purpose of the program is to assist faculty and teaching assistants to enhance their instructional programs..

Requests for financial support may be for proposals to support new and/or innovative pedagogical approaches, enhance student learning, improve advising procedures, and support of faculty, adjunct lecturers, and teaching assistants participating in colloquia and traineeship programs aimed at long-term instructional improvement.

The focus this year is on improving the lower division experience, especially in general education, looking at ways to integrate technology into large classes, at methods to create cross-disciplinary experiences, and improving pedagogical approaches to engage students in active learning. Large grant applications may be submitted through November 24. Applications will be reviewed by the institute's advisory board and funds appropriated for the spring semester.

Applications may be obtained by calling (860) 486-2686 or by downloading the Web page at: pplication.html Applications, an original and six copies, together with a brief resume, should be sent to the Institute for Teaching and Learning, U-142.

Meet the candidates at League of Women Voters event
The Mansfield League of Women Voters will hold a Meet the Candidates Night on Tuesday, October 27, at von der Mehden Recital Hall, beginning at 7 p.m. The event is an opportunity to meet, hear and question candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives, 2nd District, Sam Gejdenson (D), Gary Koval (R) and Dianne Ondusko (I); State Senate, 19th District, David Bingham (R) and Edith Prague (D); State Senate, 29th District, Jack Burke (R) and Don Williams (D); State House of Representatives, 54th District, Denise Merrill (D); and Judge of Probate, Carol Pellegrine (R) and Claire Twerdy (D).

Sorority seeks children's books for Headstart program
The Sigma Gamma Rho sorority (the Nu Mu and Theta Alpha Sigma chapters) is collecting children's books to donate to the Headstart Program in Hartford. Donations for the Books for Buddies program may be dropped off through November 12 at the Greek Life Office in Student Union Room 256. For more information, call Andrea Smith at (860) 427-2260.

Gerontology lecture will honor memory of Eugene Thomas
Nationally known gerontologist Harry R. Moody will deliver a memorial lecture November 3 in honor of L. Eugene Thomas, who was a professor of family studies at UConn for almost 30 years. "Tongues of Fire: The Promise of Contemplative Gerontology and the Life and Work of Eugene Thomas" will be presented at 3:30 p.m. in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. During his career, Thomas conducted extensive resarch using qualitiative methods, examining cross-cultural issues concerning spirituality and aging. He received many awards for his work, including two Senior Fulbright Research Fellowships.

For information, contact the Center on Aging at (860) 486-4049.