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  September 4, 2000


Join the Debate on Research Issues at Sept. 7 Forum
Members of the University community are invited to an open forum on research issues on Thursday, Sept. 7 from 3 to 6 p.m. in Bishop Center Room 7. The forum is organized by the Task Force on Research, which was established last spring to consider issues regarding the acceptance, conduct and representation of research that is performed by the University but sponsored by other entities. Speakers are asked to limit their remarks to 5 minutes. Those wishing to speak should contact Rebecca Chew in the Chancellor's Office at (860) 486-6796 or via e-mail at Written statements to the Task Force are also welcome and may be sent to the Chancellor's Office, attention of Rebecca Chew, 352 Mansfield Road, U-2086, Storrs.

Find Out About Your Town During Mansfield Fair Sept. 9
The annual Know Your Town Fair will take place on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Audrey Beck Town Office Building at the corner of Routes 195 and 275. The fair is an opportunity for members of the University community and local residents to find out what the Town of Mansfield and the University have to offer. Come see the fire engines, ride on the seat belt enforcer and hear the brass band play. The Boy Scouts will provide refreshments. More than 60 organizations will offer information about services and activities in the town and the region. Represented in the UConn tent will be Jorgensen Auditorium, the Division of Athletics, the Benton Museum of Art, School of Allied Health, International Student Services, Health Services, the Women's Center, the Museum of Natural History, the Community School of the Arts and the UConn Co-op. Information will be provided about the local library, recreation department, regional community hospital in Windham and political parties. There will also be activities for children. A new feature this year will be DemocracyNet, a source of voter information on national, state and local elections that will provide access to online debates, candidate biographies and statements, ballot measures and local voting information. The fair is sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Mansfield, the University and the Town of Mansfield.

Road Race Sept. 9 to Keep Clinic for Homeless Running
Medical students at the UConn Health Center know a little sweat can go a long way. On Saturday, Sept. 9, students are holding the third annual road race to benefit a health clinic they run at a homeless shelter in Hartford.

For the last three years, students have organized the race to raise money to buy supplies and equipment for the health clinic they run at a homeless shelter in Hartford. In 1998 and 1999, they raised a combined total of about $5,000, to completely renovate the health clinic at the South Park Inn on Main Street. Proceeds from the third annual road race will go to buy medical supplies for the clinic. The students also hope to donate at least $1,000 in coupons for South Park Inn residents to use at the Salvation Army store for items such as clothes, furniture, dishes.

Runners, joggers and walkers of all abilities - from highly competitive runners to people walking with baby-strollers and dogs - may participate in the 5K event. The race will take place on the campus of the UConn Health Center in Farmington, beginning at 10 a.m., and will include a live band, refreshments and giveaways from local businesses.

UConn medical students founded the health clinic at South Park Inn in 1987. The 85-bed shelter provides temporary food and lodging for people who are homeless. The clinic is open two nights a week and is staffed by student volunteers and community physicians who donate their time. The clinic serves about 750 people every year, providing much-needed medical attention to the residents of South Park Inn, as well as an opportunity for students to become familiar with the healthcare needs of a homeless population. Students from the UConn School of Dental Medicine also run a dental clinic at the shelter.

Registration for the road race is $10 before Sept. 9 and $15 on race day. For more information or to register, call (860) 679-7991.

To date, local businesses that have lent support for the Sept. 9 road race include, Fleet Feet Sports for Women, Powerhold Inc., Bruegger's Bagel Bakery, Murphy &Scarletti's, Herb's Sports Shop, Harry's Pizza, Sprint PCS, Fleet Bank and People's Bank.