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Help Out and Have Fun at Community Service Day, November 20
The Center for Community Outreach and the Panhellenic, Interfraternity, and Pan-Hellenic Councils will be co-sponsoring the second Community Service Day of the semester on Saturday, November 20. During the past three years, the center has started to incorporate more projects that are family-friendly. This event is an opportunity for the entire University community to work together to solve common problems. Faculty and staff are invited to join in together with a spouse, significant other, children, or parents, working on projects that are appropriate for volunteers of any age.

There will be about 15 work sites November 20, and participants can choose from a wide variety of three to six-hour community service projects both on- and off-campus. Activities range from environmental work to games and activities with seniors. Transportation is provided to all work sites. If you wish to register with a group of people, please call the office first to find out specific site availability, as some fill up very quickly. To learn more about Community Service Day or to sign up, call the Center for Community Outreach at (860) 486-1165. Because of technical difficulties, registration via the web is temporarily unavailable.

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DRL Seeks Applicants for Scholars-in-Residence Program
The Scholar-in-Residence Program is designed to provide faculty and visiting faculty the opportunity to interact with students in a residential setting. The program is sponsored by the Department of Residential Life (DRL). Faculty participants reside in a premium apartment in the University's newest residential facility, South Campus. The program is designed to provide students access to an academic role model and mentor in an environment outside of the classroom.

Qualified faculty candidates must support the concept that valuable learning opportunities exist outside the classroom in students' living areas, and that these activities support the academic goals of the University. Candidates must be comfortable and willing to interact with students in the residence halls and must be interested in living in a faculty apartment. Candidates must be willing to serve as approachable mentors and role models for students, be enthusiastic about engaging students in the undergraduate academic mission of the University by bringing academic-related issues into students' living environment, and should promote student-centered educational practice.

Specific expectations are determined by faculty interests and skills, but will include:

  • facilitate two programs per semester that complement the Department of Residential Life programming goals;

  • be accessible to students through regular open door hours and host at least one open house per semester;

  • mentor students in their professional and academic concerns;

  • support the South Campus Community Assistants and Hall Council by attending their programs;

  • attend regular meetings with DRL representatives to assess progress and generate programmatic ideas;

  • support and attend select DRL programs and activities;

  • teach respective department courses in South residence hall classrooms where appropriate.

Successful applicants will receive a significant rent reduction for a premium two-bedroom, climate-controlled, full-kitchen apartment with separate entrance in South Campus. Family members are welcome to accompany faculty and are also encouraged to attend events and programs.

Applications for a one-year (nine-month), renewable appointment are preferred; semester appointments (four months) may be considered, however. The support of the respective faculty member's academic department is important to the success of the Scholar-in-Residence program.

Interested faculty should send a letter to John Sears, Coordinator for Academic Programs, Department of Residential Life U-49, 233 Glenbrook Road, Storrs, CT. 06269. Correspondence should include motivation for applying to the program, desire for a semester or yearly appointment, experience in and ideas for interacting with students outside of the classroom. Application deadlines are: Wednesday, December 15, for a spring 2000 semester appointment and Wednesday, June 21, for a fall 2000 appointment (year or semester).