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  February 20, 2001


Annual Daffodil Days Fundraiser Begins This Week
The days are getting longer. The Red Sox have opened their spring training camp. UConn's women's lacrosse team has begun pre-season play in North Carolina. There are signs that spring is near.

But perhaps the most important harbinger of spring on campus this week is the arrival of the annual Daffodil Days.

"We've set a new sales record every year since I've been involved with the program," says Ann DelMastro, coordinator of UConn's piece of the national campaign, and a Daffodil Days volunteer since 1991. "I hope we can do it again this year." Last year, DelMastro said, UConn faculty, staff and students purchased 3,154 bouquets, raising nearly $16,000 for the American Cancer Society.

Bouquets can be purchased from one of the more than 100 volunteers from now through March 6. Each 10-stem bouquet costs $6 and will be delivered to your office March 29.

Volunteers Sought for Community Service Day, Feb. 24
The first Community Service Day of the semester sponsored by the Office of Community Outreach at the Storrs campus will be held on Saturday, Feb. 24. Two Community Service Days are held each semester and the days are designed so that students, student organizations, faculty, and staff can choose an activity that interests them. Transportation is provided to most of the work sites. In addition to the service this provides to the community, it is also a time for students, faculty, and staff to come together outside of a typical academic setting and work as a team toward a common goal.

A variety of service activities are available on Feb. 24, including working with Arts in Motion, Camp Horizons, Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, Mansfield Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, and Windham Area Interfaith Ministry (WAIM). To find out about specific projects, times and to sign up, call the Office of Community Outreach at (860) 486-1165 or register on-line. Another Community Service Day will take place on Saturday, April 7.

Peace Corps Recruiting on Campus to Begin on Feb. 26
Recruiters from the Peace Corps will be at the Storrs campus from Monday, Feb. 26 through Thursday, March 1, to meet with students. The Peace Corps sends volunteers to developing countries to aid in the areas of business, agriculture, education, health and the environment. Volunteers serve for two years; they receive intensive language and cultural training. Information sessions will take place on Feb. 26 at noon and 6:30 p.m.; on Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m.; and March 1 at noon, all in Student Union Room 358. During these sessions, a short video will be shown, and participants can discuss the application process and benefits, and ask questions. In addition, recruiters will set up information tables in the Student Union Lobby and will be available to answer questions. For information, visit the Peace Corps website.

Nominations Welcomed for McCullough Leadership Award
The Division of Student Affairs is seeking nominations for the Donald L. McCullough Award. The award recognizes undergraduate and graduate students at any campus who have made significant contributions to the University community through their leadership skills and service to student organizations and University groups. The award, which honors the memory of Donald L. McCullough, director of the Office of Student Activities at the time of his death in 1979, will be presented at a reception on April 25.

Written nominations will be accepted from any member of the University community. Nominees must be students currently enrolled at the University and in good academic standing; they must have demonstrated continuous and outstanding service to the University through their participation in co-curricular activities, with an emphasis on the quality of participation in the University; and they must have been committed to enhancing the quality of student life at the University.

Nomination forms are available at the Center for Programming and Outreach, Room 290, Student Union, or by calling (860) 486-2311. Nominations must be submitted to Donald L. McCullough Memorial Award Committee, c/o M. Kevin Fahey, 290 Student Union, Unit 3008, Storrs. The deadline is Monday, March 5.