Proposals sought for Husky Renaissance events
The Husky Renaissance Committee is soliciting proposals from
departments and student organizations for community building
events to take place during the metanoia, or period of reflection,
in April. Limited financial support is available as seed money.
The committee is looking for new traditions, lectures, concerts
or other curricular or co-curricular activities that focus on
community and civility. The committee will consider an activity
that encourages discussion or builds a cohesive community in
which all members can participate in a postitive way toward
creation of an environment conducive to learning, with clear
civility, respect and responsible citizenship. The committee
is also willing to
promote any community building activities already planned for
April, as part of Husky Renaissance. Proposals may be submitted
to Janice Gudinkas by e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org For more
information call (860) 486-3422.
Center seeking nominations for community service awards
The Center for Community Outreach invites nominations for the
sixth annual Connecticut Higher Education Community Service
Awards. These awards recognize efforts by individual students,
groups of students and faculty or staff who have aided environmental
causes, addressed pressing urban problems, promoted diversity,
or developed a project where arts were instrumental in building
community. Nomination forms may be obtained from the center
at 604 Gilbert Road, or by calling (860) 486-1165. The deadline
for completed nominations is Tuesday, March 9.
Wanted: healthy kids to take part in nutrition study
Matthew Pikosky, a graduate student in the Department of Nutritional
Sciences, is seeking healthy eight to 10-year-old boys and girls
to participate in an eight-week research study focusing on nutrition
and physical activity. Participants will keep diet and activity
records, but are not required to give blood. For more information
about the Nutri-PACK study, call (860) 486-6728.
Sign up for daffodils and contribute to cancer research
For more than a decade, it has been the first sign of spring
at UConn - the annual kick-off meeting for volunteers interested
in supporting the American Cancer Society during Daffodil Days.
This year's meeting, held at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
on Thursday, began the 1999 campaign. And, for the sixth consecutive
year, the price for a bunch of 10 daffodils is $5.
Each year UConn employees purchase tens of thousands of the
bright yellow flowers, says Ann DelMastro, coordinator of UConn's
piece of the national campaign. This year, she hopes, will be
no different. She notes that the annual campaign raises millions
of dollars for cancer research and support for cancer patients.
The 86 department volunteers will be taking orders for the bouquets
during the next two weeks, DelMastro says. The flowers will
be delivered March 25 when, she says, there will truly be no
question that spring has sprung.
Makowsky to edit literary journal
Veronica Makowsky, professor of English, has been selected as
editor of the journal MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literature of the
United States). Founded in 1973, MELUS aims to expand the definition
of American literature through the study and teaching of Latin
American, Native American, African American, Asian and Pacific
American and ethnically specific Euro-American literary works.
MELUS also contributes to American literary studies by building
a community of writers and scholars of American ethnic literatures
and organizing sessions at many scholarly conferences. MELUS
has also held, since 1987, its own national conferences annually
at various sites across the United States. Chapters of MELUS
are found in Europe and India. The journal, a quarterly, publishes
creative and scholarly articles, interviews and book reviews
to inform readers of authors and works often overlooked, to
re-interpret better-known classics in light of ethnic literary
studies and criticism, and to introduce new writers and new
works. The journal will move to UConn in the summer.