At a Glance
PHILIP E. AUSTIN, President
Peter Nicholls, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
President for Health Affairs and Dean of the
Established - 1881
Statutory authority - CGS Chapter 185b
Central office - Route 195,
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Recurring operating expenses - (as of June 30, 2006) $807,097,513
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in 1881, the
The General Statutes of the State of Connecticut and the Morrill Act adopted by the United States Congress have charged the University of Connecticut with the responsibility for the education of Connecticut youth in scientific and classical studies, agriculture and mechanic arts and liberal and practical education. General Statutes give the University authority for programs leading to a wide variety of doctoral degrees and post-baccalaureate professional degrees. The University's constitutional mandate, "excellence in higher education," is accomplished in its traditional triad of academic responsibilities: teaching, research and service.
University offices authorized by Connecticut General
Statutes to serve the public include: Connecticut Museum of Natural History,
Sec. 10-112(a-c); Office of Archaeology, Sec. 10a-112; State Historian, Sec.
11-1; State Museum of Art, Sec. 10a-112(g); and
Support for Human Rights in
Two attorneys who have spent their careers fighting for human rights - Richard J. Goldstone, a retired justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, and Louise Arbour, a Canadian who served on the high court there and is now high commissioner on human rights for the United Nations - shared the Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights. Senator Christopher Dodd presented the $75,000 prize, awarded every two years.
More than 35 young human rights workers and activists from more then 20 nations gathered at the University to participate in the first Intergenerational Conference on Human Rights, “Human Rights as a Tool for Social Change”. The conference was organized by UConn professor Amii Omara-Otunnu, the UConn Institute for Comparative Human Rights and the Coalition of Human Rights Organizations. The conference provided tools and a platform for open debates about policies, programs, activities and processes necessary for human rights leadership.
The University began its fifth annual Month of Kindness with a speech by Martin Luther King III, a human and civil rights leader and the eldest son of Martin Luther King, Jr. The Month of Kindness promotes random, unselfish acts of compassion and consideration, as well as tolerance for all people. Students are encouraged to get involved through hosting or actively participating in events that define “kindness” according to a variety of students’ and organizations’ perspectives.
individual example of kindness was a
Initatives to Enhance, and Improve Access to, Health Care
The UConn Health Center Library’s free outreach program, Healthnet, was recognized in a national health awards competition as one of ten finalists chosen by the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science. The program, started in 1985, provides a website with extensive, authoritative health information and librarian-to-librarian outreach programs designed to develop local public libraries as primary access points for consumer health information. Healthnet’s goal is to help people evaluate available resources to locate accurate and up-to-date health and medical information.
A team of
researchers led by communication sciences professor Leslie Snyder won a $3.8
million federal grant to establish the Center for Health Communication and
Health Marketing on the
open Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner at the
Anthem Foundation of Indianapolis donated $350,000 to the
effort to raise awareness about the signs, symptoms and treatments of
addition to supporting the
research and outreach activities focused on Hispanic/Latino health issues. Rafael Perez-Escamilla, associate professor
of Nutritional Sciences and Public Health, was awarded an $8.25 million grant
by the National Institutes of Health to establish a research center focused on
eliminating Latino health disparities in Connecticut and beyond, in
collaboration with Hartford Hospital and the Hispanic Health Council. The Connecticut Center of Excellence for
Eliminating Health Disparities among Latinos employs an interdisciplinary mix
of research, education and training and community outreach to address health
disparities and to recruit more minority students to study health and health
disparities. Its first graduate
fellowships to UConn minority students in health-related fields were awarded: Sophia Belay, an Ethiopian-American,
beginning psychology doctoral research on depression in pregnant minority
adolescents; and Francisco Quintana, a native of Mexico, beginning psychology
master’s research on the relationship between drug use and depression in
minority communities. The Center also
fosters collaborative research among UConn faculty members from the
Shortage Diagnosis Critical” was the focus of a Connecticut Public Television
(CPTV) program in May covering issues of nurses from both the
request of the Connecticut Department of Social Services, due to the
complicated nature of the new Medicare Part D drug plan for many senior
citizens, 160 Pharmacy students analyzed about 20,000 patient profiles and
reviewed 44 drug plans to help seniors to pick the most appropriate plans. The information was then communicated to the
patients through the state agency. The
program’s benefits to the state and to senior citizens were complemented by the
educational advantages to UConn students, who increased their understanding of
the Medicare program.
Research, Scholarship and Professional Education
David and Rhoda Chase, members of a prominent
University’s new Center for Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry received a
major gift of $500,000 from Straumann
A $453,557 federal grant funded microbiological research on the Storrs Campus. The grant supports the research of Molecular and Cell Biology professors Kenneth M. Noll and J. Peter Gogarten, who have been studying the closest living relatives of the earliest bacteria. The award from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Exobiology and Evolutionary Biology (EXOB) Solar System Division recognizes UConn’s substantial international presence in the expanding field of microbial genomics.
$140,000 grant from the Big Four accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers was
awarded to the School of Business Accounting Department to help revamp its
accounting curriculum. The new
curriculum will better prepare students for the changes in financial reporting
practices at publicly traded companies.
Representatives of the Educational Trust Fund of the Connecticut Society
of Certified Public Accountants presented grants to UConn’s Accounting
Department, Accounting Society, and Beta Alpha Psi Chapter to improve education
and opportunities for prospective members of the accounting profession in
University opened a new era of coastal exploration and education with the
commissioning of a new research vessel called the R/V Lowell Weicker, named in
honor of former U.S. Senator and former Connecticut Governor Lowell P. Weicker,
Jr. The R/V Lowell Weicker was purchased
with funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and with
support from UConn’s Research Foundation.
The 36-foot research vessel’s primary mission is to support the Long
Island Sound Integrated Coastal Observing System (LISICOS), which enables
marine scientists to monitor the coastal environment and model ways to manage
it, and provides the public with real-time weather, water quality and wave data
(www.mysound.uconn.edu). UConn also began the Aquanaut Program,
through LISICOS, to provide teachers an authentic research experience working
with scientists from the
University and Mystic Seaport signed an agreement to share resources, fund raising,
and faculty and staff to improve the public’s information and understanding of
the culture of the sea and its coastal areas.
The agreement makes available the museum’s maritime history resources to
UConn students and faculty, and the University’s library resources to Mystic
Seaport staff. It also provides summer
internships for students in the Maritime, Coastal, or American Studies programs
The University’s Humanities Institute
announced its second class of research fellows and their projects for
2005-06: Residential Fellows – Keith
Brown (Anthropology, Brown University), “Manifest Loyalties: The Routes of
Modern Nationalism”; and Pratima Prasad (French, University of Massachusetts),
“The French Romantic Novel and The Poetics of Race”; UConn Faculty Fellows -
Cornelia Hughes Dayton (History), “Self and Sanity in Pre-Asylum New England”;
Robert Hasenfratz (English), “Walking as Social Practice in Late Medieval
England”; Benjamin Liu (Modern and Classical Languages), “The Moors’ Treasure:
Interfaith Economics in Early Spanish Literature”; Osvaldo Pardo (Modern and
Classical Languages), “Between Law and Religion: Honor in Early Colonial Latin
America”; and Altina Waller (History), “Margaret Eaton, Sexuality and
Empowerment in Jacksonian America”; UConn Graduate Student Fellows – Aparna
Gollapudi (English), “The Reform Plot in English Comedy, 1696-1747”; and
Carolyn Schwarz (Anthropology), “Why Does Religion Matter? Power, Identity and
Daily Life in a Yolgnu
Athletics and Cultural Contributions
Two new facilities of the University - the
Burton Family Football Complex and the
General Community Service
Diagnostic Testing Services Laboratory, in the
fall semester, the UConn community welcomed 55 students from
Programs to Support Economic Development
Business Program in the
A new Center for Globalization and
Commerce resulted from a partnership between the
The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources offered to the University community and the public a series of free courses in the Geospatial Technology Program, part of CLEAR (Center for Land Use Education and Research), to promote the use of geospatial information technologies – geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), and remote sensing (RS) – in municipal land use, public health, emergency preparedness, natural resource management, land conservation, utility operations, and other applications involving geographic locations.
A $1.53 million grant from the National Science Foundation enabled Hedley Freake, professor of Nutritional Science, to set up a partnership to identify minority or first-generation college students interested in careers in the life sciences and put them on a path to achieve those dreams, starting at Manchester Community College, Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, and Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson, and finishing with a degree from UConn. Funding for the Science and Technology Reaching Out to a New Generation in Connecticut (STRONG-CT) program will be used to hire program coordinators at UConn and the community colleges, create stipends for graduate students who will supervise the students’ research at UConn, enhance support services, and provide a stipend of $600 a year for each student to offset the cost of books. Support services to the STRONG-CT students will include advice on organizations and agencies that could provide financial support, mentoring, a First Year Experience program, and group activities to help enhance the student’s comfort level at the institutions. The main components of the program are based on the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program, offered at UConn under the auspices of the Office of Multicultural and International Affairs.
Quality Partnership Award of $110,000 from the Connecticut Department of Higher
Education enabled two
High School Cooperative Program was renamed UConn Early College Experience
(ECE) to stress the importance of the program’s mission – to offer an early college experience
as a concurrent enrollment program.
The program, begun 50 years ago, is dedicated to providing high school students
access to, and preparation for, higher education. Each year some 3,800 high
school students take college courses and earn UConn credits at 110 high schools
The University celebrated its 125th
anniversary on January 25th, marking the beginning of a yearlong
series of events and activities highlighting the institution’s history since
its founding as
history of the University will be published in September as part of the 125th
celebration. Bruce M. Stave, Board of
Trustees Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus and retired director of
UConn’s Center for Oral History, and his colleagues compiled a fresh and
comprehensive look at the institution in Red Brick in the
The University received national recognition for the quality of its programs and accomplishments:
Academic Programs, Research and Scholarship
For the seventh consecutive year, the
· The Neag School of Education was ranked 21st among all graduate schools of education in the country, named the top public graduate school of education in the northeast, and ranked 13th among all public doctoral education programs in the country (and in the specialties, 15th in Elementary Education, 9th in Secondary Education, and 18th in Special Education). The rankings were in the U.S. News & World Report: America’s Best Graduate Schools published in Spring 2006.
Neag School of Education’s doctoral program in Kinesiology was ranked
first among 62 doctoral programs in the nation by the American Academy of
Kinesiology and Physical Education.
The Neag program tied for first place with
· The University’s graduate and professional programs were highly rated by U.S. News & World Report in its latest issue of America’s Best Graduate Schools. Among public medical schools nationwide, UConn ranked 27th in Medical Schools-Research and 28th in Medical Schools-Primary Care (5th in the Drug and Alcohol Abuse specialty). In the Liberal Arts and Sciences, UConn national public graduate program rankings included 40th in Biological Sciences, 45th in Physics, 51st in Mathematics, and 52nd in Chemistry. Among public graduate and professional programs nationwide in other disciplines, UConn ranked: 24th in Law; 32nd in Business master’s programs (18th in the Information Systems specialty); 40th in Engineering (and in the specialties, 26th in Environmental Engineering, 31st in Materials Engineering, 35th in Chemical Engineering and 42nd in Electrical Engineering). The U.S. News rankings are based on expert opinion about program quality and statistical indicators of quality of faculty, research, and students. U. S. News does not rank all programs or all specialties every year.
UConn, including both the
NSF placed Psychology at UConn 16th in the country in total
research expenditures and 10th nationally in federal research
funding. While the survey ranked only
the top 100 institutions, there are more than 200 graduate programs in
psychology in the
· UConn ranked in the top 30 best value public colleges for in-state costs by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. The ranking is based on a combination of quality measures and cost, which Kiplinger defines in terms of schools where students can receive an excellent education without accumulating a large amount of debt.
· The Educational Policy Institute (EPI) awarded the University the 2006 Outstanding Retention Program Award in recognition of excellence in development and implementation of a program that increases the persistence of students at the postsecondary level. EPI’s mission is to create opportunities for students of color, first generation, and other historically underrepresented students at the postsecondary level. At the Storrs Campus, as of Fall 2005, freshman-to-sophomore retention rate is 92 percent (93 percent for minority freshmen), and the six-year graduation rate is 72 percent (66 percent for minority freshmen).
· The Department of Statistics was recently recognized through several national awards to its faculty and doctoral program alumni: Ming-Hui Chen, professor, Nalini Ravischanker, professor, Bonnie Ray, adjunct lecturer affiliated with IBM Watson Research Center, and Bani K. Mallick ’94 Ph.D., were named Fellows of the American Statistical Association; and Yazhen Wang, professor, became a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Sciences.
The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Political Science Internship
Program was awarded the 2006 Public University of the Year Award from The
Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, a nonprofit
educational organization serving hundreds of colleges around the world. The UConn internship program each year places
150 to 175 interns, including 25 interns in
· The University’s AlcoholEdu Team, in the Division of Student Affairs, has been selected by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) as a recipient of the 2006 Prevention Excellence Award. The award stems in part from steps the University has implemented ranging from provision of more alcohol-free venues to alcohol education for freshmen.
· New Mobility Magazine, a lifestyle magazine for individuals with disabilities, has cited UConn as one of the top ten “disability-friendly” institutions in the nation. The Center for Students with Disabilities works with individual students to assure appropriate accommodations and provides training for key groups that interact with students. Some new initiatives of the University have included an Asperger’s Support Group (Asperger’s is a form of autism), involving students identified with this condition, and an “Age Appropriate Program” in partnership with E.O. Smith High School in Storrs, providing opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, 18 years old and older, to gain access to campus life.
The University Health System Consortium
The Center for Advanced Reproductive Services at the
Officials with the March of Dimes selected UConn’s Newborn Intensive
Care Unit (NICU) as the first site in
A product invented by two
· The University became the first college in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA) to have five players selected in the first two rounds of the Draft. For the first time in school history, the Huskies had four players selected in the First Round. Sophomore Rudy Gay and senior Hilton Armstrong were each selected in the lottery portion of the First Round, while junior Marcus Williams and junior Josh Boone were also selected in the First Round. Senior Denham Brown was taken in the second round by the Seattle Sonics.
Jim Calhoun, head coach of men’s basketball, was inducted in September
of 2005 into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in
Geno Auriemma, head coach of women’s basketball, was inducted in April
2006 into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in
· Former UConn basketball standouts and current Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) All-Stars Sue Bird (Seattle Storm) and Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury) were selected to be members of the 2006 USA Women’s World Championship Team, chosen by USA Basketball Women’s Senior National Committee.
· The men’s baseball team won its most victories ever in a single season, and placed second in the Big East. Head coach Jim Penders `94, `98 M.A. was named Big East Coach of the Year. The men’s indoor track and field team won both the Big East and New England Championships, and their coaching staff was named the Big East and Northeast Coaching Staff of the Year.
· The women’s polo club team won the National Intercollegiate Polo Championship for the second consecutive year. It is the team’s fifth overall title.
Fundraising for Charities and UConn
Employees at UConn’s
Track and Field alumnus Andy Bessette donated over $100,000 to UConn’s
Track and Field program as a challenge grant to other letter winners in that
sport. A hammer thrower on the 1980 Olympics
team, Bessette currently is the chief executive officer of St. Paul Travelers
As of March 2006, the University’s total endowment had grown from $123
million in 1998 to $303 million, and investment performance had generated
nearly $36.8 million in revenues. Total
assets in the
Individual Achievement Examples
Many individuals in the University community contributed academic and scholarly achievements and services to the state and nation. Examples include the following:
Emmanouil Anagnostou, associate professor of Civil and
Environmental Engineering, received the Marie Curie
Excellence Award in
Peter J. Auster, associate research professor of Marine
Sciences, was named a Fellow in The American
Bradford, assistant professor of Dramatic Arts,
Rajiv Y. Chandawarkar, a cosmetic plastic
surgeon specializing in cancer reconstructive surgery, was named chief of the
Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the
· Wilson Chiu, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering, received the Army Research Office Young Investigator Award. He previously received the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award.
· Robert W. Day, assistant professor of Operations and Information Management, was awarded the 2005 George B. Dantzig Award for his dissertation entitled "Expressing Preferences with Price-Vector Agents in Combinatorial Auctions." The Institute gave this award for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) for the best dissertation in any area of operations research and the management sciences that is innovative and relevant to practice.
Peter Deckers, Executive Vice President for Health Affairs and dean of
Laura Dickinson, associate professor,
· Amir Faghri, United Technologies Professor of Thermal-fluids Engineering, was presented the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ James Harry Potter Gold Medal for significant and innovative research contributions to the field of thermodynamics of multiphase systems, with applications to heat pipes, fuel cells and energy storage systems. The medal is the most prestigious award presented in thermodynamics.
The London Symphony Orchestra, a
world-class orchestra, performed the original works of Kenneth Fuchs, professor
and head of the music department. A compact
disc, released by
· Jean A. Givens, associate professor of Art History, was awarded a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to finish a book on medieval scientific illustration entitled Picturing the Healing Arts: Word, Image, and the Illustrated Tractatus de herbis.
· Richard P. Hiskes, professor of Political Science, was named editor of the Journal of Human Rights, a major international peer-reviewed publication.
Marja M. Hurley, associate dean and director, Health Career Opportunity
Programs at the
· David A. Kenny, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Psychology, was the recipient of the most prestigious award in social psychology, the Donald T. Campbell Award, from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.
· Viswanathan Kumar, professor of Marketing, was awarded the H. Paul Root Award by the American Marketing Association and the Marketing Science Institute for an article he published with two colleagues on Customer Relationship Marketing (CRM). The article, “Balancing Acquisition and Retention Resources to Maximize Customer Profitability,” appeared in the January 2005 issue of the Journal of Marketing.
Steven Lepowsky was awarded a Fellowship
· Mina Mina received the 2006 Distinguished Scientist Award for Craniofacial Biology Research from the International Association for Dental Research. She is associate professor and chair, Pediatric Dentistry, in the Department of Craniofacial Sciences, School of Dental Medicine.
Notti, a sophomore from
Internationally renowned bone biology
researcher and physician Lawrence G. Raisz was named director of the
Musculoskeletal Institute. The Institute
is one of four signature programs at the
Ronald P. Rohner, professor emeritus and director of the Ronald and
Helen M. Rozwadowski, assistant professor of History,
Carolyn Runowicz, director of the Carole and
· Richard L. Schwab, professor and dean of the Neag School of Education, received the Ida M. Johnston Award from his undergraduate alma mater, Boston University School of Education. He was selected to receive the award from among more than 35,000 Boston University Education alumni. The award recognizes outstanding achievement and service to the profession, the community and the university. Schwab, who earned master’s and doctoral degrees in Education from UConn, also is president-elect of the Council of Academic Deans for Research Education Institutions.
· Evelyn M. Simien, assistant professor of Political Science, won the Anna Julia Cooper Teaching Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists.
William C. Stwalley, Board of Trustees
Distinguished Professor and department head of Physics, was presented the 2005
Connecticut Medal of Science by Governor M. Jodi Rell. The award, modeled after the National Medal
of Science, was created by the state legislature and is the state’s highest
honor for scientists and engineers. It
recognizes extraordinary achievements in scientific fields crucial to
Maurizio Tonetti, professor and chair of
the Division of Periodontology and department head of Oral Health and
Diagnostic Sciences in the
· General Electric Company (GE) honored Irina Tsikhelashvili `04 MBA as one of ten individuals worldwide to receive GE’s Edison Award. The award, named after GE’s founder Thomas Edison, is the company’s most prestigious technical honor, presented annually to individuals for technical contributions that have made a significant impact on the current and future vitality of GE.
Michael White, associate professor of Pharmacy, was awarded Fellowships this
academic year in The American College of Clinical Pharmacologists and
In Fall 2005, 28,083 students were enrolled in degree credit programs in the 13 Schools and Colleges at the Storrs campus, the regional campuses (Avery Point, Stamford, and Tri-Campus with locations in Torrington, Waterbury, and West Hartford), the School of Law in Hartford, the School of Social Work in West Hartford, and the Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, and graduate programs at the Health Center in Farmington, representing the largest number of students ever at the University.
The number of freshmen applying to UConn has risen dramatically, from 10,809 for fall 1995, to 14,677 for Fall 2002, to 19,763 for Fall 2005. The increased interest has been attributed to the physical transformation of the University through the state-supported UCONN 2000 and its continuation into 21st Century UConn, the quality and efforts of the University’s academic departments and faculty, the success of Husky athletic teams, and the perceived value of a top quality education at a reasonable cost.
Nearly 4,300 new freshmen and 864
transfers joined the UConn community in Fall 2005. At all of UConn’s campuses, more than
three-fourths of the new freshmen were
The average SAT score for
Approximately 6,500 degrees were conferred in FY 2005-06 for completions
of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs at the
Eight honorary degrees were conferred by the University at its Commencement ceremonies: Arthur Caplan, bioethics professor at the University of Pennsylvania and noted authority on medical ethics; David Chase, chairman and chief executive officer of Chase Enterprises, and his wife, Rhoda Cohen Chase, both well known for community service and philanthropy; Francis S. Collins, director of the Human Genome Research Institute in Maryland and discoverer of the genes responsible for cystic fibrosis; Rosa DeLauro, U.S. Representative of Connecticut’s 3rd District; the Honorable Allyson Duncan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the first African-American to head the state bar association and to serve on the Fourth Circuit; Barbara Ehrenreich, author of 13 books, including the best selling Nickel and Dimed; and Amartya Sen, professor of Lamont University and Harvard University and nationally renowned economist.
The Commencement speakers included
Representative Rosa DeLauro for the undergraduate ceremonies; Amartya Sen for
the Storrs-based graduate ceremony; Francis S. Collins for the
The Board of Trustees
approved an academic restructuring plan that reconfigures the Schools of Allied
Health and Family Studies and the
outgrowth of the
resources on areas of strategic importance, the following University programs
were eliminated: the Ed.D. program in educational leadership at
Committees were established to prepare the institutional self-study document and plans were made for the January 2007 New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) reaccreditation visit. The University is reviewed every ten years by NEASC.
Three faculty members were named the 2006 Board of Trustees Distinguished Professors: Janine Caira, professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and an international authority on tapeworm parasites of sharks, skates, and rays; Joel Kupperman, professor of Philosophy, a scholar of Anglo-American ethnic theory and an innovator in teaching large classes and organizing departmental “brown bag” seminars; and Sally Reis, professor and department head of Educational Psychology and named one of the ten most influential psychologists in the world in the area of talent development and gifted children by the American Psychological Association. The designation, the University’s highest honor for faculty, is reserved for no more than five percent of the full professors in active service at the University.
A Task Force on Teaching, Learning and Assessment was created to recommend: improvements to the quality of teaching and learning at the undergraduate and graduate levels; opportunities for professional development; assessment tools to inform and improve classroom instruction; and ways to ensure that teaching has a status equal to that of research in reappointment, promotion, tenure and merit decisions. The task force also was asked to examine the relationship of evaluation of teaching to student learning outcomes assessment.
September was celebrated as General Education Month to promote awareness of the University’s new general education requirements. Key themes in general education were explored in a series of public presentations by national liberal arts and sciences curriculum experts, including speakers on the celebration of the centennial of Einstein’s theory of relativity and the University’s first-time celebration of Constitution Day. Faculty workshops were offered on information literacy, teaching writing and quantitative skills, infusing multiculturalism into the curriculum, and advising.
established centers assisted the implementation of the general education
requirements for demonstrated competency in writing, quantitative and computer
The Office of Undergraduate Research provided undergraduate students with the chance to engage in research and scholarly work over the summer under the supervision of UConn professors, with $134,580 awarded to 44 students, who worked in faculty laboratories or traveled to foreign countries to conduct research. This program is funded through a partnership between the deans of the Schools and Colleges and the Honors Program, as well as endowment fund gifts.
Study Abroad Program recently expanded to include the following locations:
Peter Nicholls, along with a delegation of University officials, traveled to
University’s regional campuses (Greater Hartford,
The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) UConn chapter awarded its 2006 AAUP Excellence Awards to the following: Teaching Promise - Jayanthi Rajan, Marketing; Keith Conrad, Mathematics, and David Reed Solomon, Mathematics; Teaching Innovation – Earl Macdonald, Music; University Service – John Enderle, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, and Anne Hiskes, Philosophy and coordinator of research ethics and education for stem cell research.
The Alumni Association announced the winners of its 2006 Alumni and Faculty Awards. The recipients are: Distinguished Alumni Award - Wally Lamb `72, `77, author and professor emeritus of creative writing; G.O.L.D. Award - Alena Cybart `96, chair of the English Department, John F. Kennedy High School; Honorary Alumni Award - Geno Auriemma, UConn women’s basketball coach; Connecticut Alumni Service Award - Jeffrey Konspore `79, `05, Connecticut Development Authority; University Service Award - Lou Ulizio `58, `64, `66, retired executive vice president and head of the Commercial Banking Division, People’s Bank; Faculty Excellence in Research (Humanities/Social Sciences) - Thomas Kehle, professor of Educational Psychology; Faculty Excellence in Research (Sciences) - J. Peter Gogarten, professor of Molecular and Cell Biology; Faculty Excellence in Teaching at the Undergraduate Level - Karl Guillard, professor of Plant Science; and Faculty Excellence in Teaching at the Graduate Level - Kathleen Segerson, professor of Economics.
The annual Instructional Excellence Recognition Dinner recognized the following teaching award winners: First Year Experience Awards - Joanne Lewis, Institute for Student Success, Adrian McCleary, Academic Center for Entering Students, Laura Rowley, Family Studies, and Kate Lennard, Biology; Advising Awards - Sandra Bushmich, associate professor of Pathobiology, Nalini Ravishanker, professor of Statistics, and James Hill, Institute for Student Success; University Teaching Fellows - John DeWolf, professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Thomas Miller, professor of Allied Health, Jaci VanHeest, associate professor of Kinesiology, and C. Michael White, associate professor of Pharmacy; Outstanding Teaching Assistants - Diana Milillo, Psychology, Linda Patrylak, Communication Sciences; Institute for Teaching and Learning Teaching Associates - Susan Helm, West Hartford campus, John Long, Torrington campus, and Lisa Zowada, Waterbury campus; Early College Experience (ECE) Program Faculty Coordinator Award - Edward Benson, professor of Modern and Classical Languages; ECE High School Instructor Award for Excellence in College Teaching - Robert Lamperelli, Montville High School, Stephen Sekula, Daniel Hand High School, and Matthew Magda, Wilby High School. Other teaching awards, including those in various academic disciplines, were acknowledged throughout the year.
Sixteen people were honored during the first Diversity Awards ceremony, sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Multicultural and International Affairs. The event, which will be repeated annually, honors students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community leaders for their outstanding work and leadership in advancing diversity and diversity issues. Awards were given to the following individuals in the UConn community: Jose Barzola, master’s degree student researching issues of diversity, identity, and multiculturalism in higher education; Erica Berg, undergraduate student and president of the Native American Cultural Society; Hedley Freake, Nutritional Sciences professor who obtained nearly $2 million from NSF to increase enrollment and retention of first-generation and historically underrepresented students in the life sciences; Roger Gelfenbien, former chair of UConn’s Board of Trustees and a driver of the 140-recommendation Diversity Action Plan; Theresa Hopkins-Staten, UConn alumna and director of Conservation and Load Management and Community Programs at Northeast Utilities; Meg Malmborg, manager of the Lodewick Visitors Center, who creates an environment welcoming to all students, and utilizes a diverse staff of student guides; Carlton Molette, professor of Dramatic Arts, who wrote and produced, with his wife Barbara, the play Prudence, about teacher Prudence Crandall’s 1830’s acceptance of African-American women into her school in Canterbury; Amii Omara-Otunnu, History professor, the only UNESCO Chair in Human Rights in the nation, and founder and director of the Institute of Comparative Human Rights at UConn; A. J. Pappanikou, professor emeritus of Educational Psychology and founder of the Center for Developmental Disabilities; Rafael Perez-Escamilla, associate professor of Nutritional Sciences, director of the NIH-funded Connecticut Center of Excellence for Eliminating Health Disparities among Latinos, and a founder of the Hispanic Family Nutrition Program; Bessy Reyna, born in Cuba and raised in Panama, who helped establish the Women’s Center; Donald “Dee” Rowe, head men’s basketball coach from 1969 to 1977, and the first UConn coach to field an entire starting team of student-athletes of color; and UConn’s Division of Enrollment Management, including its offices of undergraduate admissions and financial aid, orientation services, and the registrar, all of whom work toward admitting, enrolling, and supporting diverse student populations. Individuals external to the University also were honored: David Carter, chancellor of the Connecticut State University system and former president of Eastern Connecticut State University; Jim Comer, professor of Child Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine; George David, CEO and chairman of United Technologies; and Lottie Scott, a 22-year employee at the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.
the celebration of the
FY 2005-06 finishing touches were put on several construction projects: the Nafe Katter Theatre (for dramatic arts productions); Phase I of the new Student Union (expansion to house student activities offices, African-American Cultural Center, International Center, lounges, a 508-seat movie theater, and dining and other student services); and Academic Way (a wide tree- and bench-lined pedestrian-friendly sidewalk running from South Campus to Fairfield Way, and from South Campus to the School of Education).
The Academic Renovations group also completed several large renovation projects: completion of Phase 2 laboratory renovations (2,450 square feet) in Beach Hall for new faculty members in Molecular and Cell Biology, renovations to accommodate the relocation of Physiology and Neurobiology faculty to Torrey Life Sciences and the new Pharmacy/Biology Building, lab renovations in Torrey Life Sciences for new faculty in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, renovations for new faculty in Physics, major office renovations for the Center for Instructional Media Technology and electrical requests for the Connecticut Global Fuel Center.
Construction to complete the remediation of the former UConn landfill and chemical pits site began in June and will include putting a cap over the landfill area and sediments. A parking lot will cover the former site, and adjacent wetlands will be restored and enhanced by the end of the 17-month project.
for capital construction activities included: new classroom buildings for the
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to replace Arjona and Monteith Buildings,
the most heavily used classroom facilities on the Storrs campus; Farm Buildings
repairs and replacements for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources;
renovations and improvements to the Law School Buildings; Phase II of the new
Student Union (Asian American and Latin American Cultural Centers, Rainbow
Center, a large ballroom, and additional meeting and multi-purpose rooms); new
sports facilities, funded partially through private gifts, providing scholastic
support for student athletes, indoor practice space for intercollegiate and
intramural team sports, and outdoor athletic and recreational fields for
soccer, football, and softball; renovation of the undergraduate teaching
facility at Avery Point campus; and improvements to the West Hartford and
Stamford campuses. At the
The Board of Trustees approved the
conveyance of approximately 50 acres in the vicinity of
campuses, the Schools of Law and Social Work, and the
The University continued to phase out the use of Social Security numbers as the primary identifier on forms, files and records, as University officials worked to ensure that identity thieves will not be able to access information in University computers. A policy was established that tightly restricts use of the nine-digit numbers, except where necessary for employment records, payroll, financial aid, requirements from other agencies, and several other limited areas. The policy covers faculty, staff and students.
Information Reported as Required by State Statute
In accordance with state and federal laws and
Fall 2005 minority undergraduate enrollment at all campuses was 19 percent. Graduate and professional minority enrollment was 14 percent. One hundred and nine countries were represented among the international students, who comprised 16 percent of the graduate and professional students.
2005 workforce for
The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees is comprised of 21 members: 12 appointed by the Governor; two elected by alumni; two elected by students; and five ex-officio, including the Governor, the Commissioners of Agriculture, Economic & Community Development, and Education; and the Chair of the Health Center Board of Directors. Members of the Board of Trustees are: the Honorable M. Jodi Rell (President), John W. Rowe, M.D. (Chairman), the Honorable James F. Abromaitis, Louise M. Bailey (Secretary), Philip P. Barry, Michael A. Bozzuto, Janine Braun (Legislative Director), Gerard N. Burrow, M.D., the Honorable George A. Coleman, Andrea Dennis-LaVigne, D.V.M., Peter Drotch, Linda P. Gatling, Lenworth M. Jacobs, M.D., Salmun Kazerounian (Student Trustee), Rebecca Lobo, Michael J. Martinez, Denis J. Nayden, Michael Nichols (Student Trustee), the Honorable F. Philip Prelli, Thomas D. Ritter, Wayne J. Shepperd, and Richard Treibick.
Other information required by state statute appears in other sections of this report.