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  June 12, 2000

ROTC Honors Goodwin for Support

Paul Goodwin, a professor of history who recently stepped down as associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has received a special award honoring his support for the University's Reserve Office Training Corps.

Goodwin, who served as the ROTC program's supervisor from January 1995 to May 2000, was given the Commander's Award for Civilian Service for his "outstanding support to the University of Connecticut Army ROTC Program" by Col. Ed Stone, brigade commander at Devens, Mass.

The award was presented at a May 19 ROTC commissioning ceremony at Eastern ConnecticutState University.

"Dr. Goodwin has been highly supportive of the program through personal involvement in all activities," said Lt. Col. Charles Lynch, professor of military science.

"He has helped foster a friendly and open climate on the campus between both faculty and students," Lynch added. "This improved atmosphere has proved to be a great multiplier in our ability to successfully train and retain quality students."

Lynch praised Goodwin for his help in "orchestrating the successful relocation of ROTC" after the program's longtime facility was taken down, as part of the renovations to the Storrs campus.

"Under his leadership, the ROTC program has become fully integrated in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences," he said, "and significant resources have been committed to its continuing growth and improvement."

Also during the joint U.S. Army/U.S. Air Force ceremony, five UConn students were among the 10 ROTC cadets commissioned as new lieutenants. Nicholas A. Fanelli, civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army, was the guest speaker.

Sherry Fisher