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May 3, 1999

Volunteers sought for Midnight Breakfast May 5-6
Faculty and staff are invited to join President Philip E. Austin, Chancellor Mark A. Emmert and other volunteers to cook, serve and clean up after a midnight breakfast for students on May 5-6. Volunteers are asked to arrive by 10:30 p.m. The event will begin at 11 p.m. in the South Campus dining hall and will conclude at 1 a.m. the next morning. The breakfast gives a break to students who will be studying for final examinations that begin on May 7. More than 2,000 students and over 90 faculty and staff participated in the first midnight breakfast, held in December. Vicky Triponey, vice chancellor for student affairs, expects even bigger crowds this semester and says the event will become a tradition at UConn. The breakfast is an opportunity for students and staff to interact before the conclusion of the semester and is a continuation of UConn's efforts to build a more cohesive and civil community. To volunteer, please call Jen Shea at (860) 486-6137 or send e-mail to

UConn museums to celebrate International Museum Day
On Saturday afternoon, May 8, the three museums on the Storrs campus will celebrate International Museum Day by offering free admission. All have special exhibits and museum stores will be open, with some special sales.

  • The Museum of Natural History has a special exhibit through June 14: "From the Curious to the Serious, The Evolution of Museum Collections (Beauty, Safari, Expedition and Scientific)." Items in the museum store will be 10-50 percent off.

  • The William Benton Museum of Art is holding an exhibit through May 28: "Art at the End of the Millennium," an exhibition of art by master of fine arts students. Items in the Benton Museum store will be reduced by 15 percent.

  • The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, at the Depot Campus, is featuring an exhibit "The Legacy of BIMP - A Celebration of Frank Ballard's 70th Year, through November 7.

Expand your horizons - travel with the Alumni Association
From battle sites of the American Civil War to the magical music of Vienna and Prague, the UConn Alumni Association is offering a variety of travel opportunities for members of the UConn community during the coming year:

  • Canadian Rockies - July 1-11

  • The Main-Danube Passage - Prague to Budapest - August 7-20

  • America's Canyon lands - September 7-15

  • The Civil War - Gettysburg, Fredericksburg, Richmond - September 21-27

  • Italy: Florence, Spoletto and Rome - October 4-14

  • Niagara-on-the-Lake and the Shaw Festival - October 6-9

  • Mediterranean & Black Sea Aboard the Six Star Crystal Symphony - October 9-22

  • Vienna and Prague - Magical Music - November 11-20

  • Patagonia Research Expedition - January

  • Kenya Discovery - A 12-day Wildlife Safari - February 12-23

Reservations are handled on a first-come, first served basis. Group size is limited to 25 participants. Final payments are due on July 16. For more information, contact Debra Crary at the Alumni Association (860) 486-2242.

DRL announces new arrangements for guest housing
Based on enrollment projections for the incoming and subsequent freshmen classes, the Department of Residential Life has developed strategies to accommodate the growing number of students in residence halls. Several of these strategies will have an impact on the availability of guest housing at the University: Whitney Hall will be converted for use as an undergraduate residence hall and will not be available for use as guest housing, conference/camp groups and/or break housing during the academic year. The hall will be closed on June 1 to prepare for the arrival of undergraduate students. Also effective June 1, the length of a guest's stay at Lakeside Apartments will be limited to no more than seven days, rather than the previous maximum of one month, to enable DRL to provide housing to significantly more guests of the University. The department is continuing to explore other opportunities to increase the availability of guest housing. For more information, call Jay Johnston (860) 486-6196.