April 4, 2000
Foreign Accent Modification Training Offered
Heavily accented speech can interfere with communication. In
health care, a physician's communication regarding patient care
or prescription instructions may be vital. Impeded communication
may also detract during medical rounds or public speaking.
Tou Ger Xiong, a Hmong comedian, storyteller and
rapper, has the crowd wave their arms in the air as
he raps at the Student Union Ballroom, on March 28.
Renata Cora, right, and Pina Patel, both juniors, wrap
daffodils for sale at the Co-op. More than $15,000
to benefit the American Cancer Society was raised
this year at UConn -- another new record for the
University and one of the highest sales figures in New
Many foreign-born speakers learn English in their country of
origin or in English as a Second Language classes in the United
States. Such classes teach English vocabulary and grammar, but
often don't focus on pronunciation.
Speech-Language Pathology, in the Department of Rehabilitation
Services at the Health Center, now offers foreign accent modification
training. Accent therapy helps foreign-born speakers learn to
pronounce English sounds with more precision and less accent.
The 13-week program is offered individually or in small groups
of up to three people.
To learn more about the training at the Health Center, call
The Department of Communication Sciences' Speech and Hearing
Clinic at the Storrs campus also offers an accent modification
program for members of the University community and others to
improve their pronunciation. The fee for this service varies
according to the needs of the client.
To make an appointment at the clinic, located in the David C.
Phillips Building on Bolton Road, call (860) 486-2629.
Community School of the Arts Announces Spring Events
Throughout April and early spring the University's Community
School of the Arts will offer learning and performance opportunities
for students of all ages at the Depot Campus in Storrs.
Auditions for Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance"
Vocal auditions for lead roles in the summer production of the
"The Pirates of Penzance" will take place on Sunday, April 9,
from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Depot Campus. All are welcome. The fully
staged production of this operetta will take place in the von
der Mehden Recital Hall on Saturday, Aug. 19.
Spring Vacation Workshops for Kids, April 17-20
Half-day and whole-day workshops on pottery, painting, sculpture
and "natural" arts, and others will be offered for children
during April vacation. There will also be half-day music camps
for instrumentalists in grades 6-8 during that week. Space is
Broadway Musical Performance Class
Registrations are now being accepted for Showcase 2000, a performance
class for teens and adults featuring the best in American songs
from Broadway musical. Students of all ability levels are welcome.
Under the direction of Susan Quigley-Duggan, large and small
ensembles will perform favorites from Gershwin, Cole Porter,
Rogers and Hart, Jerome Kern and more.
Spring Arts Classes
A variety of six-week arts classes for children and adults begin
in April: offerings include Painting and Drawing, Fun With Clay,
Wheelthrowing, Theater Skills, Video Arts, Guitar, Voice and
Fundraisers, April 3-May 12
The Community School of the Arts will host two spring fundraisers
at Tolland Cottage on the Depot Campus. The Silent Auction begins
April 3 and ends April 27; the Easter/Mother's Day Sale opens
April 14 and runs daily through May 12.
For more information on upcoming programs, directions, or a
free catalog, call (860) 486-1073 or check the
Nutmeg Grille Announces Specials for Month of April
The Nutmeg Grille is offering the following specials during
- Come to lunch before noon on a Tuesday or Wednesday and receive
a 10 percent discount;
- Bring eight people or more and receive a complimentary entree,
beverage and dessert;
- Come with three friends and one entree will be complimentary;
- Come to lunch on your birthday and receive a complimentary
If using one of these specials, please tell your server when
ordering. One special per visit, please.