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;
email@example.com 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: