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  February 10, 2003

Traditions Goes Online
By Richard Veilleux

The editors of Traditions, the University's alumni magazine, have given UConn alumni, faculty, and friends a new website to bookmark - they've put the magazine on-line.

Image: A screen-capture of a Traditions article.
Go to the Traditions website.
"UConn Traditions is seen by many people as an important resource, providing valuable information about their University and keeping them apprised of the University's progress," says David Martel, manager of marketing services at UConn. "Making its content available online will provide a level of flexibility in terms of refining and sharing pieces of information for our online readers to consider. It will also give schools, colleges, and offices the ability to offer links directly to portions of the magazine from their websites, and to point to articles that are important to their audiences."

The magazine made its online debut Feb. 3, when the fall/winter issue was posted. The e-magazine features stories about UConn alumnus and astronaut Franklin Chang-Diaz, '73; the UConn Health Center's Newborn Intensive Care Unit; and U.S. Army Col. (ret.) Jonas Kronkaitis, '59, who returned to his native Lithuania to command that country's armed forces. It also includes articles on each of UConn's schools and colleges, news briefs, research stories, and profiles.

"Creating an online version of the magazine provides another opportunity to showcase the University to audiences visiting the UConn website," says Martel. "It offers a new form of web access to the UConn experience for prospective students, their parents, and visitors from peer institutions."

The magazine can be accessed from a variety of links, including the UConn home page or from

"As the transformation of UConn's physical plant continues to change the look and feel of the University, it makes eminent sense to also continue the transformation of our most significant communications vehicle for alumni and friends of the University," says Ken Best, editor

of the magazine, which is published three times a year.

"The online edition will maintain a continuing presence for the magazine throughout the year," Best adds. "It also provides us with the flexibility to provide updated information for stories when necessary."

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