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Task Force Members Seek Input on Family Leave
Two faculty members from the University have been appointed to a state legislative task force to explore the expansion of Connecticut's family leave policy. Steve Wisensale, an associate professor of family studies, and Brenda Kurz, an assistant professor of social work, will serve with 25 other appointees, including state legislators, human service providers, business leaders and representatives of interest groups. Co-chaired by Rep. Christopher Donovan (D-84th district) and Sen. Edith Prague (D-19th district), the task force is charge with studying options for covering more workers in Connecticut; considering the need for income replacement during leave; and exploring the models available for providing income replacement to eligible workers on leave. Two possible models for creating a paid leave policy are temporary disability insurance and unemployment insurance.

In 1987, Connecticut became the first state to pass a family leave bill. The law allows workers to take unpaid leave for the birth or adoption of a child or for serious illness - their own or that of a family member - without fear of losing their job. Yet some suffer serious economic hardship during such leaves and others cannot afford to take leave at all.

The task force will submit a report to the Labor Committee of the General Assembly by January 15. Anyone in the University community with questions or information for the task force may contact Kurz at (860) 570-9153 or Wisensale: (860) 486-4576.

Women's Studies Calls for Papers for April Conference
The Women's Studies Program is calling for papers for its annual conference on women and gender, to be held Saturday, April 8. The event is an interdisciplinary conference of scholarly work. Faculty, students, staff, administrators and community members from any discipline or field are invited to submit proposals for individual papers, complete sessions, panels or round tables. Performance pieces, video recordings or other visual works are also encouraged. Proposals for individual presentations or complete sessions can be on any aspect of women's or gender issues. Submissions for 50-minute sessions usually include two presenters and a session moderator, but presenters may request an entire 50-minute session for a more substantial paper, presentation or discussion. Proposals of not more than one page, including the presenters' name, address, e-mail, phone and fax numbers, affiliation and description of the proposed presentation, indicating your preference for a 25- or 50-minute time slot, should be sent to Donna May, Women's Studies Program, University of Connecticut, U-181, Storrs, CT 06268-2181; phone: (860) 486-1134; fax: (860) 486-4789; e-mail; The deadline for proposals is January 10. If you are not interested in making a presentation but would like to be a session moderator, please send that information to Donna May.

Earn Course Credit in Four Weeks During Winter Intersession
Students may complete a course for credit in just four weeks during the winter break. Winter Intersession courses give students the opportunity to fulfill a requirement and lighten their spring course load. Non-matriculating, non-degree students, as well as undergraduate and graduate students, can register for a course at any of the University's six campuses: Avery Point/Groton, Hartford, Stamford, Storrs, Torrington and Waterbury. Intersession classes run from December 28 through January 20. Most classes take place during the morning, with possibilities for night offerings at the Waterbury campus. Students may choose from a diverse array of courses, all taught by UConn faculty. Subjects offered include: art, communication sciences, German, music, operations and information management, and political science. Registration deadlines are: December 10 by mail; December 13 by fax or online; or December 14 in person (Storrs only). For more information and a course catalog, call (800) 622-9908, or visit the website: