University of Connecticut
At a Glance
MICHAEL J. HOGAN, President
Peter Nicholls, Provost and Executive Vice President for
Cato T. Laurencin,
Vice President for Health
Affairs and Dean of the School
Established - 1881
Statutory authority - Chapter 185b, General Statutes
Central office - Route 195,
Storrs, CT 06269
Number of full-time employees - 4,288 + 3,667 (Health Center)
expenditures - 2007-08 (as of
September 2008) $902.8 million
+ $719.1 million (Health Center)
Organizational structure - Public
Founded in 1881, the University
of Connecticut serves as
the flagship for public higher education and the primary doctoral degree
granting public institution in the state.
The University of Connecticut is dedicated to excellence
demonstrated through national and international recognition. As Connecticut’s public
research university, through freedom of academic inquiry and expression, we
create and disseminate knowledge by means of scholarly and creative
achievements, graduate and professional education, and outreach. Through our
focus on teaching and learning, the University helps every student grow
intellectually and become a contributing member of the state, national, and world
communities. Through research, teaching,
service, and outreach, we embrace diversity and cultivate leadership,
integrity, and engaged citizenship in our students, faculty, staff, and alumni. As our state’s flagship public university,
and as a land and sea grant institution, we promote the health and well being
citizens through enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural
environments of the state and beyond.
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.
Service, Research and Clinical Care
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 Connecticut
Support for Human Rights in Connecticut
and Across the World
University’s commitment to human rights and social justice is evidenced in
interdisciplinary instruction in theoretical, comparative, and historical
perspectives on human rights through classroom courses, supervised internships,
the undergraduate human rights minor, and the graduate certificate in human
rights. The University’s support for
human rights is also evident in the interdisciplinary research and public
events sponsored by the Human Rights Institute, internationally renowned speakers on human rights issues brought
to the campus through the The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Distinguished Lecture
Series, activities and archival collections at the Thomas J. Dodd
Research Center, the ongoing partnership with the African National Congress in
South Africa, the focus of the Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight
Committee, the activities of the Center for Applied Genetics and Technology,
and student organizations, such as the Idealists United, who promote human
rights and social justice awareness on campus.
The Journal of Human Rights, a major international scholarly
publication, is based at UConn with a University faculty member as the editor.
March symposium at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center entitled “Human Rights
Archives and Documentation: Transforming Ideas into Practice” had a national
attendance of human rights archivists, librarians, human rights practitioners,
and information studies graduate students, and included archivists working with
human rights collections at Columbia, Yale, and Duke Universities and at human
rights organizations such as WITNESS and the International Center for
Transitional Justice. The Global
Resources Network of the national Association of Research Libraries and the
Center for Human Rights Documentation at Columbia University Libraries
cosponsored the event. Planning for an
online Human Rights Archives Information Portal as a joint project among
universities with human rights archival collections was facilitated by the University’s
creation of an email listserve devoted to human rights archives.
University’s third Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human
Rights was awarded jointly to the Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA)
and Mental Disability Rights International (MDRI). CJA is an international human rights
organization dedicated to ending torture and other severe human rights abuses
around the world and advancing the rights of survivors to seek truth, justice
and redress. MDRI is the world’s leading
international human rights group dedicated to the protection of people with
mental disabilities. The Prize is awarded biannually to an
individual or group who has significantly advanced the cause of international
justice and global human rights. A
related event was a book signing at Storrs with U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd,
who recently published Letters from Nuremberg: My Father’s Narrative of a
Quest of Justice. The Dodd Prize commemorates the
distinguished public service career of Thomas J. Dodd who, as Executive Trial
Counsel at the Nuremberg Trials and a Connecticut Senator from 1959 to 1971,
fought against infringement and suppression of human rights.
Initiatives to Enhance and Improve Access to Health Care
Through John Dempsey
Hospital (204 general acute care beds
and 20 nursery beds), the UConn
provides specialized and routine inpatient and outpatient services. John Dempsey
Hospital has long been
regarded as the premier facility in the region for neonatal intensive care and
high-risk maternity. It is also widely
recognized for its comprehensive cardiovascular, cancer and musculoskeletal
services. Additionally, John Dempsey
Hospital is home to the only Emergency
Department in Connecticut's Farmington Valley. Also offered are a wide range of ambulatory
and primary care services on the Health
Center campus in Farmington
and in physician offices conveniently located in Southington,
West Hartford, Simsbury and East
Hartford. The UConn Medical
Group is the largest medical practice in Greater Hartford, offering patients
access to health care services from more than 350 Health Center
physicians in more than 50 specialties.
In addition to the comprehensive
health care services of the UConn
the University has many centers and services offering health care and
educational information to the University community and to the public. Examples include: Connecticut Center for Eliminating Health
Disparities among Latinos and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program in
the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Center for Health,
Intervention and Prevention (CHIP), Center for Health Communication and
Marketing, Child Development Laboratories, and the Humphrey Marriage and Family
Therapy, Psychological Services and Speech and Hearing Clinics in the College
of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Center for Healthcare and Insurance Studies in
the School of Business; Nayden Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Clinic in the
Neag School of Education; Center for Nursing Research in the School of Nursing;
and Centers for Biochemical Toxicology and for Pharmaceutical Processing
Research in the School of Pharmacy.
publications provide health information to the public. Two examples are: UConn House Call, a consumer health newsletter published by the
Health Center that provides health and wellness information on a variety of
timely topics, profiles new physicians and provides information on new
programs, services and upcoming events; and CONSULTS, a quarterly publication serving
physicians, spotlighting the clinical specialists and services, and offering
the latest medical news and information on scientific research and development
at the Health Center.
Celebrate Women, the free women’s health membership program at the UConn Health
Center, provides health
and wellness information on a variety of topics every month. The public is welcome to attend single
classes or a series of classes on such issues as: addictive behaviors; bleeding
and clotting disorders; coping with grief and loss; dental implants and bone
health; health effects of climate changes; keeping our skeleton healthy and
happy; medical risks of anorexia; restorative yoga postures and om for the
holidays; and tai chi for health and healing.
The Health Center’s
Department of Psychiatry offers free, anonymous mental health screenings to the
public on National Depression Screening Day.
The participants view a video on anxiety and depressive disorders,
complete an anonymous screening questionnaire, obtain educational materials on
a variety of psychiatric disorders and have the opportunity for a confidential
meeting with a health care professional.
members in neuroscience, immunology, genetics, and molecular medicine have been
awarded $3.3 million for human embryonic stem cell research in the second round
of funding announced by the Connecticut Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee,
a 13-member committee in charge of developing the state’s stem cell training
and research grants-in-aid program.
Seven of the grants were awarded to scientists based at the Health Center,
and two to researchers at the Center for Regenerative Biology in Storrs. The new grants bring UConn’s total of state
stem cell funding to $14.4 million. The
funding program, approved by the legislature and Governor M. Jodi Rell in 2005,
has awarded a total of nearly $30 million for stem cell training and research
programs in Connecticut
The University has created a Stem Cell Institute to facilitate the scientific
training and ethics education of basic research and clinical scientists and to
disseminate the scientific impact and ethical considerations of stem cell
research to the general public. The Institute is a cross-campus, collaborative effort, uniting under one
umbrella major UConn programs that explore the nature of stem cells and other
early-stage cells: the Center for Regenerative Biology in Storrs, and the
Health Center’s Department of Genetics and Developmental Biology and Center for
Regenerative Medicine and Skeletal Development in Farmington.
Center for Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry at the UConn Health
Center has introduced 3D
ConeBeam Imaging. This new technology,
known as Cone-Beam Computed Tomography, is an X-ray imaging system that
provides high-resolution three-dimensional images of the jaws and teeth and can
create limitless views of the face, neck, and teeth for improved treatment
planning and care. The new imaging
system is fast, simple, and completely painless and requires less exposure to
radiation than similar images obtained with medical CAT scanners.
England Musculoskeletal Institute, the only facility of its kind in the
Northeast and one of only a few nationwide, received a $100,000 commitment from
Robert T. Samuels, a member of the Health Center Board of Directors, and his
wife, Renee, in support of groundbreaking research and clinical care related to
bone, joint, muscle and connective tissue health. The Institute, opened in 2006 and one of the Health Center’s
four signature programs, offers a wide range of services to help patients gain
mobility and maintain overall health, ranging from orthopedic surgery, sports
medicine, total joint replacement, hand, foot and ankle, neck and back pain,
osteoporosis care, and treatment for arthritis and other rheumatologic
will use $1.5 million from the state’s Hospital Hardship Fund to make capital
investments in John
Newborn Intensive Care Nurseries (formerly known as the Neonatal Intensive Care
Unit). This amount and $1.2 million in John Dempsey
Hospital funds are
collectively earmarked for two new neonatal ambulances, incubators, monitors,
bassinets, cribs, and other medical equipment for the Newborn Intensive Care
Nurseries, as well as general facility upgrades.
are associated with the Health Center’s Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer
Center, which is
nationally renowned for its excellence
in research, education and community outreach, and for training and developing
future leaders in basic, translational and clinical cancer research. With a gift of $2.5 million from
Carole and Ray Neag, the Center becomes the first facility in Connecticut to offer a new cancer treatment,
the Helical TomoTherapy Hi-Art System.
TomoTherapy delivers radiation to a precisely mapped section of the body
with accuracy not previously possible.
This precision not only allows for more specific treatment of tumors,
but also reduces the amount of healthy tissue exposed to radiation. It is especially useful in treating patients
with cancers of the head and neck, prostate, brain and other tumors adjacent to
organs that could be damaged by radiation.
The Health Center
renewed its collaborative agreement with the American Cancer Society, New
England Division, and continued a partnership first formed in 2004 to provide
comprehensive and best-practice cancer information, care, and support
services. The UConn
is the first site in New England to offer to
newly diagnosed patients customized Personal Health Manager kits and free
access to the Society’s vast Cancer Resource Network.
The Cancer Center’s
Navigator Care Program will be expanded with a $750,000 pledge from the William
Raveis Charitable Fund, Inc. The
program, currently focused on breast cancer, pairs newly diagnosed patients
with trained volunteers who assist them through the treatment process. A $300,000 grant to the Center from the
Connecticut Breast Health Initiative supports the recruitment of a nationally
recognized physician-researcher and basic, translational and clinical research
in breast cancer. The Initiative’s
mission is to make a difference locally in the fight against breast cancer
through education and the funding of a diversity of clinical and research projects. A $250,000 gift from Gary S. Gladstein ’66
through the Marsha Lilien Gladstein Foundation provides strategic support for
the new Women’s Cancer Prevention and Treatment Program at the Center. The gift, in memory of Gladstein’s wife, will
enable the recruitment of top-flight doctors as well as critical cancer
Students in School of Nursing and volunteers
with the American Cancer Society and the Navigator Care Program at the UConn
Health Center worked together to create a free resource guide for patients with
breast cancer. The guide is divided
geographically to cover all corners of Connecticut
and contains information about where to obtain medical supplies, wigs,
prostheses, physical therapy services, and support services.
More than 500 cyclists helped UConn men’s
basketball coach Jim Calhoun complete his second-annual signature cancer
challenge bike ride. The proceeds from
the CIGNA-Jim Calhoun Cancer Challenge Ride will benefit the Carole and Ray Neag
Center and Coaches vs.
Cancer, a program of the American Cancer Society. The event raised $233,000 in its inaugural
ride, and the 2008 ride is anticipated to generate as much as $400,000. More than 135 golfers took part in the thirtieth
annual UConn Cancer Research Golf Tournament at the Country Club in Avon. Nearly
$150,000 was raised this year. For three
decades, the volunteer-run tournament has been dedicated to raising money to
fight cancer and has generated more than $2 million for the UConn Health
Center and the American
Proceeds from the 10th annual South Park 5K Road and Fitness
Walk helped fund medical and oral health supplies for the free medical clinic
serving the residents of the South Park Inn shelter for the homeless in Hartford. The clinic, founded in 1987 by medical
students at the University, serves almost 800 individuals each year. Patient care is provided by UConn medical
students and local volunteer physicians.
UConn dental students also run a free clinic at the shelter.
A campaign dedicated to reducing college
students’ episodic heavy drinking behavior was launched prior to Spring Weekend
with a theme, Remember Last Night, a web site with videos and resources on safe
drinking, and student support services on and off campus. Funded with a two-year $273,923 grant from the
U.S. Department of Education and directed by Carolyn Lin, professor of
Communication Sciences, the campaign promotes life-saving knowledge and skills
to students with high-risk drinking behavior.
A new federal center, one of 14
Evidence-based Practice Centers nationwide, will be established at the
University to conduct comprehensive, systematic reviews of research on health
topics of importance to the U.S.
healthcare system and to advise federal and state policymakers, professional
organizations, and insurance companies on the highest quality, most effective,
and most cost-effective healthcare treatments and delivery options. The center, to receive up to $1 million in
each of five years from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will be led by the School of Pharmacy
in collaboration with the School of Business and Hartford Hospital. C. Michael White, associate professor of
Pharmacy Practice, Craig Coleman, assistant professor of Pharmacy Practice, and
John Vernon, assistant professor of Finance, will be involved in the management
of UConn’s center, but specific projects will include other faculty in Storrs and at the UConn Health Center.
Research, Scholarship and
and training grants exceeded $185 million in FY 2007 from federal agencies,
including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Science Foundation,
National Institutes of Health, National Endowment for the Humanities, and many
others, and from such prestigious private entities as Carnegie Corporation of New York, Donaghue
Medical Research Foundation, Ford Foundation, and Andrew W. Mellow
Foundation. The Storrs campus has more than 95 centers and
institutes promoting scholarly
activity and/or supporting teaching, research, diversity or the outreach
mission of the University. Examples include
the Biotechnology/Bioservices Center, Center for Actuarial Sciences, Center for
Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Center for Land Use Education and
Research, Center for Regenerative Biology, Center for Survey Research and
Analysis, Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis, Connecticut Sea Grant
College Program, Connecticut Transportation Institute, Institute of Materials
Science, Marine Sciences and Technology Center, National Undersea Research
Center, Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, and Wildlife Conservation
Research Center. The Health Center
has a broad array of world-class research activities facilitated by “Signature
Programs” in cancer, cardiology, musculoskeletal medicine, and public
health. Examples include the Alcohol Research
Center, Center for Biomaterials,
Center for Cell Analysis and Modeling, Center for Immunotherapy of Cancer and
Infectious Diseases, Center for Molecular Medicine, Ethel
for Translating Research into Practice and Policy, Gambling Treatment and
Research Center, New England Musculoskeletal Institute, Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center,
Taste and Smell Center,
and Waterborne Disease Center.
the centers and institutes benefit from the collaborative efforts of both the Storrs based and Health
Center disciplines, including A.J. Pappanikou
Center for Developmental
Disabilities, Center for Public Health and Health Policy, and Stem Cell Institute. The Center for Science and Technology
Commercialization manages the commercial application of the discoveries,
inventions and technologies developed at all the campuses of the University. Each year, the Center receives approximately
75 new invention disclosures and files about 20 U.S. patent applications. Ten to 15 commercial development agreements
(options, licenses, etc.) are completed annually.
UConn researchers working on five different
projects will share in more than $1.5 million in state grants to study cancer,
heart disease, and other tobacco-related illnesses. The grants are from the Biomedical Research
Trust Fund managed by the Connecticut Department of Public Health for payments
received since 2005 from the settlement with the tobacco industry. The grants included: nearly $540,000 to Lance
Bauer, professor of Psychiatry at the Health Center, to share with a Yale
University professor for their research examining the role of specific
candidate genes in amplifying the effects of tobacco on brain structure and
function; more than $315,000 to Quing Zhu, associate professor of Electrical
and Computer Engineering at Storrs, and Molly Brewer, director of Gynecologic
Oncology at the Health Center, for research on a way to measure two different
aspects of early ovarian cancer by joining technologies; nearly $300,000 to
Jennifer Tirnauer, assistant professor of Medicine at the Health Center, for
research on a gene mutation associated with the development of colon cancer;
more than $280,000 to John Peluso, professor of Cell Biology and Obstetrics and
Gynecology at the Health Center, for research on a potential adjunct therapy
for advanced ovarian cancer patients that would make tumors more sensitive to
chemotherapy; and nearly $110,000 to David Gregorio, director of the Master of
Public Health program, for reviews of breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer
studies to determine participants’ tobacco use.
Janine Caira, Board of Trustees Distinguished
Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, was awarded a $3 million
National Science Foundation Planetary Biodiversity Inventory grant to oversee a
worldwide network of specialists to study the biodiversity of tapeworms, her
research specialty. The grant will be
shared with the University
of Kansas, where Caira’s
former Ph.D. student Kirsten Jensen is now an assistant professor of
biology. Other co-principal
investigators will be a zoologist with the Natural History Museum in London and a zoologist
with the Museum of Natural History of Geneva, Switzerland. In all, 34 researchers from 20 countries
around the world – from Vietnam
to Ethiopia to Argentina –
will be involved in the five-year project to learn as much as possible about
the world’s diversity of tapeworms.
Strategic initiatives in the School of Business will be supported by a gift of
$450,000 from ING for a variety of activities and programs such as internships,
mentorships, career services, research projects and lecture opportunities for
students and faculty. ING, a global
financial institution offering banking, insurance and asset management,
previously provided funds for the creation of the ING Center
for Financial Services and an ING Chair in Financial Services.
The creation and support of a
multidisciplinary center for functional food research and education in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR)
has been enabled with a major gift from the Esperance Family Foundation. The commitment will also fund the addition of
new faculty specialists in the study and application of functional foods, such
as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes rich in antioxidants and other
bioactive compounds that may prevent or delay the onset of coronary heart
disease, diabetes, cancer and other chronic conditions.
The bioacoustics laboratory in the
Department of Animal Science in CANR is adding an Intelligent Hearing Systems
(HIS) screener, the only device with a frequency range suitable for testing
both humans and animals, with the assistance of a grant from the philanthropic
foundation of David Bohnett, founder of Internet’s GeoCities. The screener will be central to academic,
clinical and research operations at the lab and will enable the department to
complete an animal audiology clinic.
The Mandell L. Berman Institute North American Jewish Data
Bank received a new gift of $122,000 from Mandell Berman for operating expenses
of the central repository of social scientific studies of North American
Jewry. The data bank, located at the
University since 2004, is housed at the Thomas
Center and is a collaborative project
of the United Jewish Communities and UConn’s Center for Judaic Studies and
Contemporary Jewish Life and Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, both of which are
part of the College
of Liberal Arts and
Sciences. A total of more than $400,000
has been committed by Berman to help further the Institute mission and
of Engineering faculty members were
selected by the Institute
of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to receive honors.
Yaakov Bar-Shalom, Electrical and Computer Engineering, received the
IEEE Dennis J. Picard Medal for Radar Technologies and Applications. Bar-Shalom originated the probabilistic data
association filter and tracking paradigms used worldwide for target detection
and tracking and national defense organizations. Bahram Javidi, Electrical and Computer
Engineering, along with four of his post-doctoral students, received the IEEE
Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award.
Javidi’s research has applications in image sensing and recognition,
homeland security, medicine, and military uses.
Sanguthevar Rajasekaran, Computer Science and Engineering and director
of the Booth Engineering Center
for Advanced Technology, was selected to be a Fellow in the IEEE for his
contributions to sequential, parallel, and randomized algorithms and to
In the Faculty Large Grant Competition, The UConn Research
Foundation’s Research Advisory Council received 61 proposals totaling more than
$1.2 million and made 34 awards totaling more than $575,000. The goal of these awards is to help faculty
move into a better position to apply for and receive extramural funding for
their research and scholarly activities.
professor of Mathematics, was the recipient of the 2008 Provost’s Research
General Community and Public Service
winners of this year’s Awards for Excellence in Outreach and Public Engagement
were announced by Provost Peter J. Nicholls during a special reception and
poster display celebrating the variety of University outreach activities. The Faculty Award recognized Tessa Getchis,
Department of Extension, College
of Agriculture and
Natural Resources, Avery Point Campus, for developing programs to enhance
aquaculture and marine ecology, serving on a national marine aquaculture
committee, and presenting her work at the National Shellfisheries
Association. The Staff Award recognized
Clinton Morse, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, for annually
organizing greenhouse tours for more than 2,700 formal tour participants and
4,500 other visitors to the collections.
Morse’s efforts as plant growth facilities manager helped bring more
than 22,000 people to campus when the Titan Arum bloomed. He hosted the 2007 annual meeting of the
Association of Educational and Research Greenhouse Curators, facilitated
exchanges of plant material with more than 170 institutions throughout the U.S., and
maintains a web site that is a vital resource for botanical researchers,
educators, and gardeners. The Program
Award was given to Husky Sport, Department of Kinesiology, Neag School of
Education, for connecting UConn students and student-athletes with youth in Hartford’s North
End. The program has sponsored hundreds
of after-school days, physical education classes, and more than a dozen field
trips in mentoring Hartford
youth in learning to live healthier, more productive lives. Husky Sport also recently received a gift of $250,000 from Emeka Okafor, the 2003-04
national player of the year for the NCAA champion UConn basketball team.
Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Outreach and Public Engagement
recognized Theodore Van Alst, Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies
of Liberal Arts and
Sciences, for being an advocate for Native American students and promoting
University ties with the local native communities. Van Alst, a Ph.D. candidate in modern and
classical languages, is also program coordinator for the Native American Cultural
Society. The Undergraduate Student Award
recognized Christopher Soares, Student Activities, Office of Community
Outreach, for establishing the inaugural Husky Classic Special Olympics Soccer
Tournament and promoting a stronger relationship between UConn and the
Connecticut Special Olympics. Soares, a
senior majoring in molecular and cell biology, also has served as a leader with
the Alternative Breaks program, including a healthcare-focused trip to Philadelphia and three trips to New Orleans to help with the rebuilding
ongoing efforts to help faculty, staff and students reach out to the local
community include the Ethel
for Translating Research into Policy and Practice (TRIPP). The center provides services to assist
low-income and underrepresented populations that traditionally have the least
access to health care. Funded through a
$1.7 million grant from the Patrick & Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research
Foundation, the TRIPP
Center is concerned with
moving research from the clinical trial state into the community and primary
care practices. An example is Sister
Talk Hartford, a faith-based weight-control program for women that focuses on
predominately black churches in greater Hartford.
The University was selected to co-lead a
National Transportation Security Center of Excellence, one of five new
university-based research centers established by the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security. The designation
carries with it a minimum of $500,000 in federal funds. UConn’s School
of Engineering is home to the
Connecticut Transportation Institute, the Connecticut
and the Booth Engineering Center
for Advanced Technologies, all of which will contribute to the center’s
activities to address the nation’s current and future transportation security
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security
awarded a training grant of more than $1.3 million to the Center for Continuing
Studies to develop and deliver a collaborative leadership program for state and
local homeland security senior and emerging leaders nationwide during the
three-year project period. The program
will be offered 15 times to a total of 660 participants. Under an articulation agreement with the Naval Postgraduate
School, the Center successfully
launched a cohort-based graduate program in homeland security leadership in
2005 with students from federal agencies such as the FBI, the Department of
Homeland Security, and the Transportation Security Administration, as well as
from local and state law enforcement agencies from across the continental U.S. and Alaska.
Fifty UConn student volunteers and a UConn
staff member traveled to Biloxi,
Mississippi for 12 days in
January to help in the continuing cleanup and home rebuilding efforts in the
hurricane devastated area. Volunteers
were recruited by the UConn Community Outreach Alternative Breaks Program to
work in collaboration with the East Biloxi Relief and Redevelopment Agency, a non-profit
group that helps individuals, families, small businesses and neighborhoods
rebuild after hurricanes. The trip is
the University’s fifth volunteer effort in the Gulf Coast
region. UConn Community Outreach
sponsors student activities during semester breaks that enhance the lives of
communities while enriching and expanding students’ experiences.
The University’s Division of Athletics
initiated a new community service program called Husky Reach through the
support of the SBM Charitable Foundation, Inc.
The program is aimed at providing positive role models to the children
of Verplanck Elementary
School in Manchester
by having UConn athletic teams and student-athletes participate in a variety of
elementary school activities that teach the value of education, sportsmanship,
integrity and teamwork. The SBM
Charitable Foundation, Inc. was established in 2000 by Connecticut Bancshares,
Inc., the parent company of the former Savings Bank of Manchester
and is committed to bettering the lives of those who live and work
predominantly in Hartford,
Tolland and Windham
The Co-op Cares Bag Program, launched on
Earth Day 2008, is a new initiative to reduce plastic bag use and promote
environmentalism. For each customer who
refuses a bag, the Co-op donates 5 cents (the average cost of a plastic bag) to
one of four charities: the UConn Foundation’s Green Campus Fund, which promotes
energy efficiency and works to reduce the University’s ecological footprint;
the Carlee A. Wines Memorial Scholarship Fund, named in memory of a UConn
freshman who was killed in a hit-and-run accident in 2007; SoundWaters, a
nonprofit organization dedicated to environmental education and the
preservation of the Long Island Sound; and Joshua’s Tract Conservation and
Historic Trust, a Connecticut nonprofit organization which receives, purchases,
and protects land considered important to preserve. In the first four months of the program, more
than 22,800 plastic bags were refused, raising a total of $1,140 for the
The Connecticut State Museum of Natural
History at the University received $1 million from Julia B. Budney for the
promotion of educational programs as well as the design and construction of the
next phase of the museum’s renovations.
It also included support for the Henry S. Budney Natural History Collection,
comprising more than 115 high-quality vertebrate mounts and assorted
ethnographic items collected by Mrs. Budney’s late husband and contributed by
his estate. The museum reaches more than
50,000 people annually through visits to the facility and exhibit loans to
schools and organizations. It also
houses the Connecticut Office of State Archaeology and the Connecticut Archaeology
Center, and coordinates
numerous efforts, such as the Stone Wall Initiative. Biodiversity, conservation and natural history
are the education, research and outreach focus of many faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the museum’s
home at UConn.
The former head of special collections for
the Homer Babbidge Library, Richard Schimmelpfeng, made his second significant
donation of books, more than 350 volumes of Aesop’s Fables, to the Thomas J.
Center. He previously donated more than 400 volumes
dealing with calligraphy and writing. In
addition, he continues his regular contributions to the University’s libraries
by volunteering 16 hours per week cataloging rare and special materials, a task
he began the day after he retired in 1992.
year School of Fine Arts events in art, music
and dramatic arts serve over 250,000 on campus and over 550,000 in locations
throughout the state. Some 600,000
annually register for the wide variety of non-credit programs offered by the
schools and colleges, offices, and all the campuses of the University.
Programs to Support Economic Development
signed the American College and University President’s Climate
Commitment, a document that commits the Storrs
campus to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.
Signing the document and agreeing to help reduce carbon emissions
formalizes UConn’s ongoing commitment to playing a leadership role in
The Center for
Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CCEI) moved into its new office space in the
University’s Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology in East
Hartford. Funded by the legislature
as part of the 21st Century Jobs bill that was passed in 2006, CCEI
is a partnership between UConn’s School
of Business and School of Law. It was created to facilitate the development
of transformational technology businesses in Connecticut and enhance the state’s economic
climate by assisting new and existing companies in solving complex business and
legal problems. In its first year of
operation, the CCEI served more than 130 companies from the software, biotech,
energy and engineering industries and involved nearly 150 UConn student
participants from degree programs in business, law, engineering, and the
liberal arts and sciences.
Faculty Initiative in Sustainable Energy was launched in the School of Engineering
supported by $2 million from the state and $2 million in matching funds from
corporate partners FuelCell Energy of Danbury,
Northeast Utilities Foundation, and UTC Power of South
Windsor. The special
partnership among UConn, the state, and industry will support economic and
workforce development and propel Connecticut
onto the international stage in the development of sustainable energy. The funding will be used to recruit
senior-level faculty and staff and enhance programs at the school and its
energy-focused units, including the Connecticut Global Fuel Cell Center and the
problem solving capabilities of the interdisciplinary Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering
(CESE) increased with a substantial gift from Sheldon Kasowitz ’83 and his
wife, Samanth. Kasowitz is a member of
the UConn Foundation Board of Directors and co-founder and managing partner of
Indus Capital Partners, LLC in New
York City, which manages approximately $6 billion in
assets worldwide. More than 80 UConn
faculty from every discipline of the University are affiliated with CESE, whose
goal is to become an environmental commons where faculty members, graduate
students, governmental scientists and policy professionals from the sciences,
agriculture, law and dozens of other specialties come together to interact and
The UConn Health
Center won an
Environmental Excellence Award from Practice Greenhealth, an independent
not-for-profit organization that works with health care organizations to adopt
best environment practices. The Health Center
established an Environmental Sustainability Action Committee last year and
since then has taken steps to promote energy conservation, recycling,
carpooling, and the use of environmentally responsible cleaning products. Renewable sources were 12 percent of the
electrical energy the Health
compared to 5 percent last year.
Services at the Storrs Campus began hosting its own bees to provide local honey
for the dining facilities. Ten bee hives
and 100,000 bees were set up about a mile away from the campus, adjacent to a
university apply orchard, to not only produce honey but also to environmentally
assist in treating the crisis existing among North
American pollinators – the colony collapse disorder that has had a significant
impact on the shortage of honey bees and native bumblebees. Three fourths of
the flowering plants in North America require
the pollination of a bee, bird, bat or other animal or insect in order to bear
Cooperative Extension System in the College of Agriculture and Natural
Resources offers a variety of programs in community and economic development: Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) - research and
education focusing on the impacts of land use on natural resources to assist
local land use decision makers; Connecticut Land Use Academy - basic training for
elected and appointed land use commissioners on topics ranging from legal
responsibilities to map reading; Connecticut Tax School
- education for accountants and tax professionals on state and federal tax law
updates, in cooperation with Internal Revenue Service and Connecticut
Department of Revenue Services; Farm Risk Management and Crop Insurance
Program - educational programs about farm management; Food Marketing Policy Center
– information on the organization and performance of food markets in
Connecticut, the nation, and the world; Green
Valley Institute (GVI) - educational programs for municipal decision makers
and others involved in land use planning in the Quinebaug-Shetucket National
Heritage Corridor; Geospatial Technology Program - training on
geospatial information technologies such as geographic information systems
(GIS), remote sensing (RS), and global positioning systems (GPS); Land Use Planning Program
- statewide program addressing a wide range of planning issues for Connecticut
communities, with program topics ranging from open space planning and farmland
preservation to economic development; Nonpoint
Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) Program and National NEMO Network
- educational workshops for municipal officials on the benefits of
comprehensive land use planning.
Center for Economic Analysis (CCEA),
established in 1992, serves the people of Connecticut by improving their understanding
of the state's economy -- past, present, and future. The Center’s services
include: compiling data required to
monitor and forecast economic developments in Connecticut; maintaining models
of the state's economy, which the Center uses to conduct empirical analyses for
state, municipal, and private groups; promoting economic and financial literacy
through the research, publication and outreach of its Connecticut Center for
Economic Education; and serving state agencies, municipal governments,
non-profit and private organizations and Connecticut citizens through the data
bank, research, publications, and
outreach of the Connecticut State Data Center, the official U.S. Census
liaison for Connecticut.
Partnerships of the School of Business
with state businesses have continued productively with the GE Edgelab in Stamford, the Financial Accelerator in Hartford, and part-time MBA and EMBA programs
offered in several locations in the state.
University’s graduating classes each year provide a new resource of skilled
individuals who help to keep business in the state, lure new firms, and serve
with distinction in schools, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
Expanding Educational Opportunity
collaborations of the University with Connecticut’s
public schools expand educational opportunities and postsecondary education
participation outcomes for the state’s elementary and secondary students. In addition to the Carnegie Foundation
funded, multi-year, multi-disciplinary Teachers for a New Era Project, the
collaborations are illustrated by the examples below:
School of Education: Reading Intervention Program to Increase Achievement,
Fluency, and Enjoyment in Reading; Connecticut Reading Recovery Center; Project
on Mentoring Mathematical Minds; Husky Sport Programs; and School Counseling
Program to Improve Minority Achievement.
of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Kids Are Scientists Too (KAST) summer day camp;
Physics Olympiad; Visiting Junior Scientist Program; Marine Scholars Program;
BioBlitz; Archaeology camp; GlobalEd Project; and Writing Tutorial Center.
of Engineering: Connecticut Invention Convention; Northeast Regional Science
Bowl; Da Vinci Workshop; Galileo Project; Pre-Engineering Program (PEP);
Engineering summer camp; Multiply Your Options workshop for female students;
PATHS to the Future – Community of Learners program for urban students; and
BRIDGE residential summer program for admitted underrepresented minorities.
School of Business: Connecticut Information Technology
Institute (CITI) training and Teenage Minority Business Program.
of Agriculture and Natural Resources: 4-H LIFT (Learning, Interaction, Friends,
and Talents) and other after-school programs; Adventures of Lead Busters Club,
focused on hazards of lead poisoning; Classroom Incubator Management
instruction; Integrated Pest Management (IPM) training; Beetle Farmer Program;
High School Student Internships; and Connecticut FFA Career Development Events.
School of Fine Arts: University Symphony Orchestra rehearsal
option for public school musicians.
School of Nursing: Healthy Kids are Happy Kids Program and
Healthy Schools Collaborative for key health topics; and a new Nursing Academy
in Hartford Public High School
with curriculum designed to focus on academic preparation for success in
collegiate programs of nursing education.
School of Pharmacy: Science Fair judging and underrepresented
minority student mentoring.
School of Law: Connections Mentoring Program and Street
School of Social Work: Student Internship Program in school
settings and Safe Schools/Health Students initiative to reduce and prevent
school and urban violence.
of Medicine and Dental Medicine: Great Explorations Middle School Program and Health Professions
Academy with the Hartford Public School
Avery Point Campus: Marine
Scholars Program and summer outreach programs with Mystic Seaport; Yes I Can
Program for minority students; Read Across America day; and Expect Great Things
career paths program and mentoring by undergraduate students, staff, and
faculty in the New London and Groton School Districts.
Hartford Campus: Jumpstart for ninth and tenth graders interested in the health
professions and Junior and Senior Doctors Academy for 11th and 12th
graders preparing for health careers, both programs in collaboration with the
UConn Health Center; College for Every Student program and Writing tutoring for
Hartford Public High School; and Inroads New England for recruitment of
minority students into business, engineering and other college preparatory
Stamford Campus: University Pals program for middle school students;
Speakers Bureau for faculty talks to high school students in Fairfield County;
and Globalization Conference for high school students.
Campus: Highlander Transition Academy, a local group providing guidance to high
school students with special needs; and partnerships with Explorations Charter
School in Winsted and the Torrington, Terryville and New Milford High Schools.
Waterbury Campus: KnowHow2Go Program and College Goal Sunday planning for
first-generation and lower-income students; tutoring to students in inner-city,
public schools; and school-based research on the development and treatment of
anxiety in children and adolescents.
for Continuing Studies: Community
School of the Arts
opportunities for credit and noncredit programs in music, theatre, art, and
Homeland Security training.
for Academic Programs: Gear-Up Program; Educational Talent Search; Upward Bound
for ninth graders; and Pre-Freshmen Student Support Services for summer before
first UConn semester.
Early College Experience (ECE) Program: 44
different first-year University courses offered in 128 Connecticut high schools. More than 5,000 high school students annually
register for ECE credit courses. UConn’s ECE program, begun in 1955, is the
oldest high school-to-college transition program in the nation and this year
became the first ECE program in the Northeast to earn accreditation from the
National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP).
Admissions Program (GAP) provides Connecticut’s community college students with
admission to any UConn campus – Storrs, Avery Point, Greater Hartford,
Torrington, Waterbury, or Stamford – provided they complete an associate’s
degree and have at least a 3.0 (B) grade point average in a liberal arts or
other approved major including horticulture, veterinary technician and
environmental engineering technology. A
pilot program with 3 community colleges was begun in 2004. The new agreement this year extends the
program to all 12 Connecticut
community colleges. Students who do not
participate in the GAP may still be eligible to transfer to UConn through the
competitive transfer process.
The Harford Courant Foundation revised an
existing scholarship fund for the purpose of assisting community college
graduates in completion of bachelor’s degrees at UConn. The new fund, called the Hartford Courant
Foundation Fund for Community College Graduates at the University of
Connecticut, provides scholarships to students who have completed an
associate’s degree at one of the four community colleges in central Connecticut
– Capital, Manchester, Tunxis or Middlesex – and been accepted at UConn through
the Guaranteed Admissions Program.
U.S. Department of Education awarded Eliana
Rojas, assistant professor-in-residence of Curriculum and Instruction,
Neag School of Education, a $1.5 million grant to prepare teachers of English
language learners to accelerate their students’ academic achievement. The grant focuses on math literacy in the Hartford and Willimantic
schools, Latino adolescents in grades six to 10, and the building of culturally
responsive learning environments.
Through a collaborative effort of UConn’s
Stamford Campus, corporate and foundation partners, and the Stamford public school system, more than 100
local middle school students experienced college life firsthand in the
University Pals program. Support from
RBS Greenwich Capital, First County Bank, Pitney Bowes, Purdue Pharma, Nellie
Mae Education Foundation and Linda Richardson Harper Foundation, as well as
private contributors, provided for the experience. The 12- and 13-year old students in the class
of 2007 were the first to complete the program by attending UConn’s Stamford
Campus for coursework in mathematics, the sciences, and the arts. UConn launched the initiative to address a
projected shortage of college-educated workers in the next decade.
Travelers’ Education Access Initiative seeks
to improve access to higher education for underserved populations and to build
awareness about careers in insurance and finance. The comprehensive initiative supports leadership
scholarships for students who demonstrate a commitment to multicultural
diversity, and supports the Multicultural Business Club in the School of
Business, Project M3: Mentoring Mathematical Minds developed by the
Neag School of Education, the National Middle School Science Bowl, co-sponsored
by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and other programs with the goal
of success for underserved students.
Gifts for the initiative totaling $425,000 from the Travelers
Connecticut Foundation, the charitable arm of Travelers, have strengthened the
longstanding collaborative partnership between UConn and the insurance company,
which has more than 700 alumni employees.
The Health Professions
Partnership Initiative (HPPI), formed in 1996, and renamed The Aetna Health Professions Partnership
Initiative at the UConn Health Center following a $2 million gift from the
Aetna Foundation, has continued to provide long-term academic enrichment and
support activities for underrepresented and disadvantaged students in Hartford-area
middle and high schools. HPPI is a
cooperative effort of faculty and staff of the University’s Schools of Medicine
and Dental Medicine, its Storrs-based School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy and
Physical Therapy and Pre-Engineering Programs, UConn’s Greater Hartford Campus,
Central Connecticut State University, and Wesleyan University, working with the
Hartford Public Schools to recruit minority and low-income students for the
medicine, dentistry, biomedical research, nursing, pharmacy, and allied health
Improvements /Achievements 2007-08
of Connecticut, its
students, alumni, faculty, and staff take pride in the University’s 127-year
history of achievements. The quality of
our student population, and those seeking admission to the University,
continues to rise, as the accomplishments of our faculty, staff and students
continue to impress.
Michael J. Hogan became the 14th
president of the University
of Connecticut on
September 14, 2007. He is a nationally distinguished specialist in the history
of American diplomacy and is the author or editor of nine books and a host of
scholarly articles and essays. His books
include the prize-winning study The Marshall Plan: America, Britain, and the
Reconstruction of Western Europe, 1947-1952 (1987), The End of the Cold
War: Its Meaning and Implications (1992), Hiroshima in History and
Memory (1996), A Cross of Iron: Harry S. Truman and the Origins of the
National Security State, 1945-1954 (1998), and a second edition of Explaining
the History of American Foreign Relations (2004). President Hogan also holds a faculty
appointment at UConn as a professor in History.
Prior to coming to UConn, he was the Executive Vice President and
Provost and F. Wendell Miller Professor of History at University of Iowa.
Previously he was at Ohio State University
where he served as executive dean of the Colleges of the Arts and Sciences,
dean of the College
of Humanities, and chair
of the Department of History. He has
been a fellow at the Harry S. Truman Library Institute and the Woodrow Wilson
for Scholars and has served as a distinguished professor of history at Purdue University. His scholarship was recognized with the
Bernath Lecture Prize in 1984 by the Society for Historians of American Foreign
Relations, which he served as president in 2003.
The formal inauguration of UConn’s 14th
president, Michael J. Hogan, was held on April 13 in the Jorgensen Center
for the Performing Arts. Following the
ceremony, a University-wide celebration and festival took place on the Storrs campus featuring
food and refreshments, entertainment and music, and a variety of celebratory
activities. Well-wishers attending the
inauguration and related events included members of the University community,
state government officials, and dignitaries.
E. Austin completed 11 years as the University’s President in September 2007,
and, following a sabbatical, will return to teaching as a tenured professor of
Economics. His legacy included a refurbished
campus, a five-fold growth in endowment, an increased reputation for academic
excellence, national athletic success and many other points of pride. A new $1.5-million endowed faculty chair was
established to honor the former President and to recruit a nationally
recognized scholar for the UConn faculty.
The New England
Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) re-accredited the University of Connecticut
on September 20, 2007 for another ten-year term, noting in glowing terms the
University’s decade-long transformation.
The re-accreditation process included: the UConn submission of a
comprehensive self-study; ten-member external review team meetings with
faculty, students, administrators and staff at the Storrs Campus; review team
visits with faculty, students, administrators and staff at other University
sites, including the Health Center, and the Avery Point, Stamford, and Greater
Hartford campuses, and the team presentation of its report to NEASC’s
Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE). The re-accreditation standards emphasize
inclusiveness in university planning and organizational decision-making, and
institutional commitment to the accreditation standards. The University was first accredited by NEASC
in 1931 and has been re-accredited in each review since that time.
A revised Academic Plan that will set the
future direction and priorities for the entire University, including the Health
Center, builds on the previously identified themes of health and human
behavior, the environment, and arts, culture and society from a local to global
perspective. Newly organized into five
interrelated areas – undergraduate education; graduate and professional
education; research, scholarship and creative activity; diversity; and public
engagement – it includes specific goals for each theme and identifies timelines
and metrics to evaluate the accomplishment of each goal. The reworked Plan
takes into account input from a dozen faculty colloquia on specific themes and
feedback from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges institutional
reaccreditation team, as well as the recent reorganization that aligns the Health Center
more closely with the rest of the University.
The University received national recognition from many sources for the
quality of its programs and accomplishments.
Following are a few examples of the recognition:
Programs, Research and Scholarship
ninth consecutive year, the University
of Connecticut was named the top public
university in New England in U.S. News
& World Report: America’s Best Colleges. The report published in August 2007 ranked
UConn 24th among 164 public universities in the nation.
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 12th among all public doctoral education
programs in the country (and in the specialties, 18th in Special
Education, 11th in Elementary Teacher Education, 15th in
Curriculum and Instruction, and 12th in Secondary Teacher
Education. The rankings were in the U.S.
News & World Report: America’s Best Graduate Schools published in
third consecutive year, UConn’s School
of Business was recognized as one of
the top 70 MBA programs nationwide by Business Week and was ranked the
#1 public MBA program in New England. U.S. News & World Report’s Spring
2008 Best Graduate Schools ranked UConn’s MBA program 26th
among the nation’s public Schools of Business.
Wall Street Journal Harris Interactive Business School Survey for
2007 rated the UConn MBA program as 51st in the regional schools
category. UConn’s MBA program was 10th
in the nation for “Best Campus Facilities” in the Princeton
Review’s 2007 “Best 282 Business Schools.”
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 30th in Medical Schools-Primary
Care, 25th in Medical Schools-Research, and, in the medical
specialties, 5th in Drugs and Alcohol Abuse. In the Liberal Arts and Sciences, UConn
national public graduate program rankings included 38th in Physics
and 46th in Biological Sciences.
Public graduate and professional program rankings nationwide in other
disciplines included: 23rd in Law, 28th in Social Work,
44th in Engineering (and in the specialties, 33rd in
Environmental Engineering, 34th in Materials Engineering, 43rd
in Computer Engineering, and 52nd 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.
including both the Health
Center and Storrs-based
programs, ranked 78th among all institutions and 54th
among public universities nationwide in research and development expenditures,
as measured by the National Science Foundation.
was reported to be the 33rd 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.
turfgrass programs in the Department of Plant Science, College
of Agriculture and Natural Resources,
were nationally recognized in the July 2007 issue of TurfNet, the Magazine,
a special issue that rated North America’s
top turf schools. UConn’s
baccalaureate turfgrass science program was rated 17th and
its associate degree turfgrass management program was rated 8th. The turfgrass science program, established in
1998, and the turfgrass management program, begun in 2002, produce graduates
who are employed in the golf industry, athletic field management, conservation
and wildlife habitat work, and commercial and residential lawn care and
The UConn Health
Center’s John Dempsey
Hospital was honored with
a 2007 Premier/CareScience Select Practice National Quality Award for superior
patient outcomes in both quality and efficiency. The award was announced by Premier, Inc., the
nation’s largest independent health care alliance. The UConn hospital is one of 49 hospitals
nationally, the top 1 percent of acute inpatient facilities, recognized with
the Select Practice Award. It’s the second
national honor the UConn
has won recently. Solucient, a leading
source of health care information, named John Dempsey
Hospital a “Top 100
Hospital”, another mark for prestige in health care.
Carole and Ray Neag
Center at the Health
Center won the highest possible
overall rating from the Commission on Cancer of the American College
of Surgeons. It was one of the
facilities awarded “three-year approval with commendation” from the Commission
for voluntary commitment to providing the highest level of quality cancer care
and for successful completion of the rigorous evaluation process and review of
performance. An on-site review is
required every three years to maintain approval. The UConn Health
Center first won
Commission on Cancer approval in 1977 and has maintained that status ever since. The American College
of Surgeons is the world’s largest organization of surgeons and its Commission
on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving
survival and quality of life for cancer patients.
President Bush appointed Carolyn D. Runowicz, M.D., director
of the Carole and Ray
and nationally prominent expert in gynecologic oncology, to serve a second term
as chair of the National Cancer Advisory Board.
She also was recently named by the American Society of Clinical
Oncology, the world’s leading professional organization of physicians who treat
people with cancer, as chair-elect of its cancer research committee. President of the American Cancer Society in
2006, Runowicz has devoted her career to advances in the treatment, early
detection and prevention of cancer.
Buchanan was named the 2008 Direct Care State Nurse of the Year by the
Connecticut Department of Administrative Services. Buchanan has a dual role at the UConn Health
Intensive Care Unit (NICU). As neonatal
coordinator, she is responsible for the oversight of safety and performance of
the neonatal transport system for stabilizing and transporting infants from
other hospitals in the region to the NICU.
As neonatal nursing outreach coordinator, she provides multidisciplinary
training and education to healthcare providers throughout the state.
The University was re-certified by the National
Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), affirming that the institution operates
its athletics program in conformity with the operating principles adopted by
Division I membership. NCAA
certification is conducted on a 10-year cycle and involves a year-long
self-study of the athletics division, a site visit and report by a peer review
team, and an NCAA committee review of the self-study. UConn last went through the process and was
certified in 1998. The University has
650 student-athletes participating in 24 intercollegiate sports at the Division
I level, the highest level of athletics in the collegiate ranks.
The women’s polo team at the University won
their fourth consecutive national championship.
The Huskies have won seven national titles during the last 13 years.
athletic teams in all sports have won 8 NCAA Division I national championships,
38 Big East tournaments, and 44 Big East regular season titles since 1995.
Robert Arciero, M.D., a team physician for the
University’s basketball, football and hockey programs, was selected to be the
head physician for Team USA
in the 2008 International Ice Hockey Federation World Hockey Championship
tournament. Arciero is the chief of the
sports medicine division of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Health Center’s
New England Musculoskeletal Institute.
He is a nationally recognized expert in the management of shoulder and
Lobo was inducted into the College Sports Information Directors of America
(CoSIDA) Academic All-America Hall of Fame.
CoSIDA established the Hall of Fame to honor former college
student-athletes who have excelled in their professions and made substantial
contributions to their communities. To
be eligible for the Hall of Fame, a candidate either had to be an Academic
All-America team member who graduated at least 10 years ago, or fall into the
honorary category. Lobo was a two-time
All-America selection, guided the UConn women’s basketball team to a perfect
35-0 record and the NCAA national championship in 1995, was a WNBA all-star,
and now serves as an analyst with ESPN.
Lobo is the second student-athlete at the University to be named to the
Hall of Fame; former UConn women’s basketball player Leigh Curl was inducted in
Division of Athletics and Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) signed a new
four-year contract extension for CPTV to continue to be UConn’s exclusive local
market television broadcast partner for women’s basketball. Under this agreement, local television rights
which are controlled by the University are assigned to CPTV with all other
UConn games continuing to be controlled by the BIG EAST Conference and subject
to Conference television contracts. This
latest agreement will generate a minimum of $3.6 million for the University
over the four-year period.
Division of Athletics opened an on-line UConn Photo Store to enable UConn fans
to purchase athletic-related pictures through the on-line website. The photo depository features team photos and
action images of teams and individuals from the current year as well as
historical photos highlighting all 24 intercollegiate varsity teams at UConn.
new official mascot – Jonathan XIII, a brilliant white, 100 percent pure
Siberian Husky – was introduced at a spring basketball game. The 14-month old dog replaces Jonathan XII,
who retired two years ago. The Husky
became UConn’s mascot in 1934, after the University’s name changed from Connecticut Agricultural College
to Connecticut State College, and athletics teams could no longer be called
“Aggies.” Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed
service fraternity, has cared for the UConn mascot since the 1970s.
Fundraising for Charities and
The University of Connecticut Foundation reported more
than $43 million in new gifts and commitments for the year, with total assets
of $392 million as of May 31, 2008.
Endowments managed by the Foundation made available more than $13
million in spending allocation in FY 2008, a record level and 8.4% higher than
the previous year. Donations and
endowment investments result in the addition of endowed chairs and
professorships, expansion of merit-based student aid, major support for
facilities in business, athletics, and the arts, and funding for many academic
Founders Society annual dinner and induction ceremony was held at the Hartford
Marriott Downtown in Hartford.
The event coincided with the inauguration weekend for President Michael J.
Hogan. During the festive gala, 68 new
member individuals and couples were inducted and more than 120 ascended to
higher honorary recognition circles.
Among the 270 guests were members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors
and UConn’s Board of Trustees, endowed faculty, Board of Trustees Distinguished
Faculty, members of the president’s search committee and the Hogan family.
than 300 people attended the inaugural “Imagine Ball”, raising more than
$250,000 to create a new cutaneous oncology program within the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer
Center at the University’s Health Center. The event, held at the Wadsworth Athenaeum,
honored three individuals who have helped to raise awareness about cancer. The honorees were Jim Calhoun, coach of the
UConn men’s basketball program and a cancer survivor; Jack Rowe, M.D., former
chairman and CEO of Aetna, Inc., and chairman of the University’s Board of
Trustees; and Judith Reichman, M.D., a women’s health expert and physician
correspondent for NBC’s Today
show. The Health
Center is the only facility in Connecticut that offers
whole body digital imaging to monitor and track potential skin cancer in
Endowed chairs established
by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. were recently filled with
nationally renowned faculty members. The
endowed chair in Mechanistic Toxicology, recently enabled through a $1.25 million
gift to the School
of Pharmacy, was filled
by Urs Boelsterli, professor of pharmaceutical sciences and toxicology at the
National University of Signapore and previous head of molecular toxicology for
Switzerland-based Roche Pharma. The
endowed chair in Cell Sciences at the UConn Health Center, established in a
previous year, was recently filled by Leslie Loew, UConn professor of Cell
Biology and Computer Science and Engineering, director of the R.D. Berlin
Center for Cell Analysis and Modeling, and leader of a multidisciplinary team
of scientists awarded $12.3 million from the National Institutes of Health for
research and development of tools and technologies to measure, manipulate, and
model the function of biochemical networks in living cells.
Doris and Simon Konover Chair of Judaic Studies will support teaching and
research by an eminent scholar of Jewish life, history and religion. Simon ’96 (Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters)
and Doris M. ’50 Konover, two founding supporters of the Center for Judaic
Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, endowed the Center’s first faculty chair
with a $1.5 million gift. The Center,
which celebrated its 25th anniversary, offers an individualized undergraduate major in Judaic Studies, a master’s degree
program in Judaic Studies, an Israel Study Program, and co-sponsors an archaeological dig at Sepphoris in Israel. In addition to the Center, the Konovers have
made significant previous contributions to both the Storrs
and Health Center programs.
endowed honors professorship in political science – the first for both the
Department of Political Science and the Honors Program – was established with a
$750,000 gift from Alan R. Bennett ’69.
The professorship is intended to enhance high-level course offerings and
in classical music was established with a $500,000 bequest from emeritus education professor Jay S. Shivers. The bequest also expanded an existing
scholarship endowment for students in the School of Fine Arts.
year’s annual HuskyTHON Dance Marathon raised $57,000 for the Connecticut
Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. The Marathon,
held each spring in UConn’s field house, is the University’s largest
student-run philanthropic event.
Hundreds of students and dozens of student organizations form teams and
pledge to remain standing for numerous consecutive hours to raise money for the
national Children’s Miracle Network and the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
in Hartford, CT.
Shenkman received the A.J. Pappanikou Outstanding Contribution Award. Shenkman’s gift of $2.5 million, one of the
largest ever to the UConn Division of Athletics, helped build the Mark R. Shenkman Training
Center on the Storrs campus. The indoor training facility is used by both
intercollegiate teams and recreational services. Shenkman is the founder and Chief Executive
Officer of Shenkman Capital Management, Inc.
Many individuals in the University
community contributed academic and scholarly achievements and services to the
University, the state and beyond.
Examples include the following:
Azimi’s book, The Quest for Democracy in Iran:
A Century of Struggle Against Authoritarian Rule, was published by
Harvard University Press. The book
Constitutional Revolution of 1906, the rise of the Pahlavi dynasty, the
Anglo-American-backed coup of 1953, the Shah’s repressive policies, the
revolution of 1979, and current-day Iran. Azimi is professor of History and teaches
courses on Iran and the Middle East and a graduate seminar on historiography and
the epistemology of history.
Bavier, new dean of the School
of Nursing, brings to her
position a dozen years of experience in leadership roles at federal health care
agencies, including being the deputy director of the National Institutes of
Health’s Office of Research on Women’s Health.
She also has previous administrative experience in schools of nursing at
and St. Xavier
University in Chicago.
Bell, an internationally renowned puppeteer, professor, and historian of puppet
theater, was appointed director of the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry
previously worked with the award-winning Great Small Works Theater Company,
puppet and mask preservation projects at Columbia University,
and as curator for puppet exhibits at Lincoln Center Library for the Performing
Arts. BIMP, located on the Depot Campus,
houses a collection of more than 3,000 puppets, many created by leaders in the
field, including Tony Sarg, Margo and Rufus Rose, Bil Baird, and Jim Henson,
and resource materials of importance to researchers in the puppet arts.
T. Bertolini, president of Aetna, Inc. (NYSE:AET), was appointed to the Health Center’s
Board of Directors. As president of Aetna, Bertolini is responsible for all businesses and
service operations for health care products.
Young Choi, new dean of the School of Engineering, was previously the associate dean for
research and graduate studies and department head of mechanical engineering and
mechanics at Drexel University’s College of Engineering. A National Research Council Post Doctoral
Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Choi’s research
programs have been funded by various federal agencies, including the National
Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and National Aeronautics and Space
Civco, professor of Natural Resources Management and Engineering and director
of the Center for Land Use Education and Research, received a National Award
for Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural
Sciences. It is the highest honor an
educator in the field of agriculture and natural resources can receive. The award is sponsored by the U.S. Department
of Agriculture and the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension
Service. Civco is the sixth member of
the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources to be
honored with a U.S.D.A. award but the first to win the national award.
Crouch, new executive director of the Office for Sponsored Program (OSP) and
assistant vice provost for research, had worked at the University of Pittsburgh
for nearly 15 years in a similar role, managed the grants portfolio for a
hospital consortium and the MedStar Research Institute, and been a consultant
for non-profit grants management. OSP
coordinates sponsored research activities at Storrs-based programs.
Diaz, clinical instructor in the School
of Nursing, received a 2008 Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing from the Visiting Nurse Association of
South Central Connecticut. Nurses
throughout the state are given this award to recognize outstanding commitment
to the nursing profession.
Earley, new dean of the School
of Business and the first
Auran J. Fox Chair in Business, was previously the dean and Cycle and Carriage
Professor at the National University of Singapore School of Business. He also
has held chairs at London Business School
and Kelley School of Business at Indiana
Fuchs, professor of Music, composed a concerto for French horn and orchestra, Canticle
to the Sun, that was premiered by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra at the
Bushnell Theater. It is the longest
piece on Fuchs’ new CD featuring five original compositions recorded by the
London Symphony Orchestra. The CD was
released by Naxos on the American Classics
label. Fuchs, who has written for
orchestra, band, chorus, jazz ensemble and chamber ensembles, has received many
national awards and honors for his compositions.
Betty Hanson, retired professor of Political
Science and director of India Studies, and Robert Chudy, interim director of
International Services and Programs, were awarded the Lifetime Achievement
Award in International Affairs. The
award, announced by the Vice Provost for Multicultural and International
Affairs, was given in recognition of their significant contributions to
students and to diversity at the University.
Javidi, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer
Engineering, was granted a 2008 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for research
on real-time automated detection and identification of biological
microorganisms. The Guggenheim
Fellowship is among the highest peer honors that a scholar can receive.
A. Kenny, professor of Psychology, was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the
nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor societies. Considered among the 100 most cited social
psychologists in the country, he is the author of six books and has written
extensively on mediational analysis, interpersonal perception and the analysis
of social interaction data. Kenny is one
of 212 new scholars, scientists, artists, and civic, corporate and
philanthropic leaders from 20 states and 15 countries to be elected this year.
Kremer was named UConn’s executive director of residential life and will
oversee a student housing program with 11,700 beds. UConn houses about 70 percent of the
undergraduate student body and has one of the largest student housing programs
in the United States. Kremer previously was a housing director at Ohio State
University with expertise
in creating residential learning communities.
Laurencin, new Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine,
comes from the University of Virginia where he was the Lillian T. Pratt
Distinguished Professor, Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and
Orthopaedic Surgeon-in-Chief of the University
of Virginia Health System. He has published and lectured throughout the
world about new innovations in musculoskeletal regeneration, biomaterials, and
shoulder surgery. At UConn, he holds the
Van Dusen Distinguished Endowed Chair in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
as well as professorships in Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering.
Ronald Mallett, professor of Physics, signed a
film contract with director Spike Lee.
Lee’s production company, Forty Acres & A Mule Filmworks, has
acquired the film rights to Mallett’s latest book, Time Traveler – a
Scientist’s Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality. The agreement resulted from a conversation
between the two when Lee was the keynote speaker at the Harlem Renaissance
Conference in Storrs organized by UConn’s Institute of African American Studies.
Jeremy R. Paul, new dean of the School of Law, has been a faculty member at the
School since 1989 and an associate dean since 1999. Paul previously served as a law clerk to
Judge Irving R. Kaufman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; as
professor-in-residence at the Appellate Staff of the Civil Division of the U.S.
Department of Justice and as assistant to the president of TravelersGroup.
Salome Raheim, new dean of the School of Social Work,
located on the University’s West Hartford campus, was previously in the
administration of the University of Iowa, where she was senior associate to its president
and the director of its School
of Social Work. She also served on the board of directors of
the Council on Social Work Education, the accrediting body for social work
programs, and has received a national award for her contributions to social and
Nechama Tec, retired professor of Sociology at
the Stamford campus, sold the movie rights for
her fourth book, Defiance,
to Academy Award-winning director and producer Edward Zwick. The motion picture has a $50 million budget
and tells the story of the largest armed rescue of Jews by Jews during World
War II. Defiance has won two literary awards,
including the International Ann Frank Prize in 1994. Two of Tec’s other books, Resilience and
Courage: Women, Men, and the Holocaust (Yale University Press 2003) and In
the Lion’s Den: the Life of Oswald Rufeisen (Oxford University Press 1990),
were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
Jeremy Teitelbaum, new dean of the College of Liberal Arts
and Sciences (CLAS), was previously a senior associate dean of liberal arts and
sciences and professor of mathematics at the University of Illinois
at Chicago (UIC). Teitelbaum, whose
research interest is number theory, has overseen innovations in teaching at UIC
such as the Mathematical
Center and public school teacher
development in mathematics education.
CLAS is the largest academic unit at UConn, with 600 faculty, 23
departments, and more than 12,000 students.
Gregory Weidemann, new dean of the College of Agriculture
and Natural Resources, was previously dean of agriculture, food and life
sciences at the University
of Arkansas, where he
also served as associate vice president for research and director of the
agricultural experiment station. As a
faculty member, he has received several teaching awards and has focused his
research on the taxonomy and biology of plant-pathogenic fungi and biological
Two faculty members were named Fellows of the
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Sally McBrearty, professor of Anthropology in
the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was cited for
her distinguished contributions to the field of hominid origins and African
Paleolithic archaeology, and for her work on the origins of modern human
behavior. Laurinda Jaffe, professor of
Cell Biology at the Health
Center, was cited for
distinguished contributions to the field of developmental cell biology. AAAS is the world’s largest general
scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science.
of Nursing professors were elected to
the American Academy of Nursing, the highest honor
for nurses in the country. Professor and
associate dean Regina Cusson was recognized for her outstanding accomplishments
in the field of neonatal care.
Professors Geraldine Pearson and Deborah Shelton were honored for their
exceptional work in the fields of adolescent psychiatric nursing and
correctional health care respectively.
The Academy recognizes top nursing leaders in the fields of education,
management, research, and clinical practice.
Of the approximately 3 million registered nurses in the country, only
about 1,500 have been elected to the Academy.
Three School of Pharmacy faculty members and one
graduate student have been honored by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy with the 2008 Rufus A. Lyman Award for the best paper published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. School
of Pharmacy authors are
assistant professor Craig Coleman, graduate student Eang Lao, assistant
clinical professor Lauren Schlesselman, and professor C. Michael White.
Seven UConn professors were elected to membership in
the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE): in the School of
Engineering – Michael Accorsi, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Baki
Cetegen, Mechanical Engineering; and Kazem Kazerounian, Mechanical Engineering;
in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – William Fitzgerald, Marine Sciences;
and Charles Yarish, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Marine Sciences; and
in the School of Medicine – Leo Lefrancois, Immunology; and Leslie Loew, Cell
Sciences. CASE, Connecticut’s version of the National
Academy of Sciences, is comprised of distinguished scientists and engineers
from the state’s academic, industrial, and institutional communities.
were selected by the Board of Trustees to be honored with the University Medal
for their significant public service to UConn.
In October, Donald “Dee” Rowe, former head coach of the UConn men’s
basketball team and retired athletics development officer, was awarded the
Medal for being an active and contributing member of the UConn community since
1969, establishing the Athletic Development
Fund in 1978, and leading the Fund’s efforts to a funding level of $2 million
by 1990-91, when he retired. Today, the
organization for which Rowe laid the groundwork raises $15.5 million per
year. In May, at the Commencement
ceremonies, the University Medal was awarded to: Claire
Leonardi, a former member of both the University Board of Trustees and the
Health Center Board of Directors and a key leader in laying the foundation for
the UConn 2000 program and addressing major financial challenges of the Health
Center; and Samuel Kalmanowitz ’61, philanthropist, leader in the practice of
community pharmacy and technological innovations in pharmacy, and a past
recipient of the UConn Alumni Association’s Award for distinguished service. The Medal is an honor established by the UConn
Board of Trustees to recognize individuals whose life and achievements serve as
examples of the University’s aspirations for its students and who have had a
significant influence on the University.
It has been awarded only 28 times since its creation in 1983.
In Fall 2007, 28,677
students were enrolled in degree credit programs in: College of Agriculture and
Natural Resources, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Schools of
Business, Neag Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Graduate, Nursing, Pharmacy,
and Ratcliffe Hicks at the Storrs campus, the five regional campuses (Avery
Point, Greater Hartford, Stamford, Torrington, Waterbury), the School of Law in
Hartford; the School of Social Work in West Hartford; and the Schools of
Medicine and Dental Medicine and graduate programs at the Health Center in
Farmington. The enrollment represents
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 22,355 for Fall 2007. 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
Nearly 4,400 new
freshmen and more than 900 new transfers joined the UConn community in Fall
2007. At all of UConn’s campuses, more
than three-fourths of the new freshmen were Connecticut residents, and 21.6 percent were
from minority groups.
The average SAT score
enrolled freshmen has risen 79 points since 1996, to 1192 for the Fall 2007
entering class. The Fall 2007 entering
freshman class included 146 valedictorians and salutatorians, bringing the
total since 1995 to 928 at all campuses.
At the Health Center,
the Fall 2007 incoming class included 39 new dental students and 81 new medical
students (less than 3 percent of the applicants to the Schools of Dental
Medicine and Medicine).
Nearly 6,900 degrees were conferred in FY
2007-08 for completions of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs
at the Storrs, regional and Health Center
campuses. The 4,591 bachelor’s degrees
were the highest number of baccalaureates awarded in any year of the
University’s history. Other degrees
awarded included: 1,409 masters, 285 doctoral, 73 education sixth-year, and 35
agricultural associates. The graduate
professional programs awarded 79 medicine (M.D.), 40 dental medicine (D.M.D.),
103 doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.), and 216 law (J.D. and LL.M.) degrees. Since its founding in 1881, the University
has conferred more than 235,000 degrees.
degrees were conferred by the University at its May Commencement ceremonies:
Doctor of Laws – Charlotte Bunch, women’s and human rights activist, author,
and founder and executive director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership;
Doctor of Humane Letters – Gary S. Gladstein ’66, philanthropist and retired
CEO of Soros Fund Management; and Doctor of Letters – Garry Wills, scholar,
journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner.
The May Commencement
speakers included Paul Adams, Kevin Bouley, Peggy L. Chinn, Samuel Kalmanowitz
’61, U.S. Representative John Larson, Valerie Lewis, Rebecca Lobo ’95, Denis J.
Nayden ’76 BA ’77 MBA, Roger Newton ’74, and Joseph Volpe for the undergraduate
ceremonies; Garry Wills for the Storrs-based graduate ceremony; Gerald
Gianutsos for the School of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.); Gary Bailey for the School of
Social Work; Pauline Chen for the Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine; and
Chase T. Rogers, Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, for the School
of Law. The December Commencement
ceremony, with scheduled speaker Charlotte Bunch, was cancelled due to
of Nursing’s full-time accelerated
Master’s Entry into Nursing Program was approved for expansion to the Waterbury and Stamford
campuses. The program, which started at
campus in 2003, is intended to help ease the state’s nursing shortage. The 45 credit program takes 11 months to
complete and is geared for those who hold bachelor’s degrees or higher in
fields other than nursing. It culminates
in a certificate that allows students to take the licensing exam in Connecticut and enroll
in the master’s program in nursing at UConn.
The University’s new bachelor’s degree
program in African American Studies is the first to be offered at a public
university in Connecticut. The program provides interdisciplinary
coursework in art and art history, dramatic arts, history, music, political
science, psychology, and sociology, and involves more than a dozen faculty
members, 10 of whom hold joint appointments in the Institute for African
American Studies. The major will help
the University establish strategic partnerships with other institutions in Connecticut and the
nation and will complement course work already offered in Asian American
Studies, Human Rights, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, and Women’s Studies.
University’s American English Language Institute’s Intensive English Program
was reaccredited for another 10 years after a year long review of standards
covering all aspects of academics, administration and student services. The program serves students from more than 25
countries on six continents and is one
of two nationally accredited university-based English language programs in New England.
Many academic programs and scholarship funds
are developed and expanded through gifts and endowments. Some recent examples include:
Peter J. and Barbara A. Deckers Student Academic
Enhancement Endowment Fund supports students who plan to be the next generation
of physicians, medical faculty, and biomedical scientists. Its purpose is to make medical school
affordable and accessible to students who have the aptitude and desire, but not
the full financial means, to thrive in medical school. It also supports student research projects
during any of the four years of medical school.
The Fund honors the University service of Peter J. Deckers, M.D., who
returned to faculty from the Health Center positions of executive vice president for
health affairs and dean of the School
Jerry and Katrina DesRoches Accounting Enhancement
Fund supports program enhancements, undergraduate and graduate scholarships,
and faculty initiatives in the Department of Accounting within the School of Business. Gerald ‘82 and Katrina DesRoches established
a $50,000 endowment to be matched by his employer. Mr. DesRoches, managing director of Wealth
& Tax Advisory Services, credits his education at UConn for putting him on
the path toward professional success.
Dorothy C. Goodwin Fund
for Teacher Preparation Fund supports Connecticut State Museum of Natural
History programs aimed at improving teacher quality that are consistent with
the principles of the Teachers for New Era (TNE) initiative. UConn is one of only 11 colleges and
universities nationwide selected as TNE institutions by the initiative’s lead
sponsor, the Carnegie Corporation of New
York. The Fund
was established with a bequest of more than $141,000 from Dorothy C. Goodwin
‘57 (and ’88 Honorary Doctorate), who earned the first doctorate awarded in
agricultural economics at UConn in 1957, was a long-time faculty member and
assistant provost at UConn, and later served in the Connecticut General
Cecil E. and Martha C. Hinkel Scholarship and
Fellowship and the Martha C. Hinkel Jorgensen Auditorium Fund assist the School of Fine Arts in a variety of programs. They were created from a gift of more than
$300,000 from the estate of Martha C. Hinkel, a retired UConn staff
Krenicki Endowed Scholars in Sustainable Energy Fund supports scholarships for
full-time undergraduate and graduate Engineering students who demonstrate an
interest in sustainable energy. The
Donna Samson Krenicki Fund for Fine Arts supports program enhancements,
specifically for the graphic design studio programs and activities within the
Department of Art and Art History. John
Krenicki, Jr. ‘84 and Donna Krenicki ‘84, who met when they were UConn
undergraduates, established a $100,000 endowment to be shared evenly by the
Schools of Engineering and Fine Arts.
Mr. Krenicki is president and chief executive officer of GE Energy.
Ross MacKinnon Endowment for College
of Liberal Arts and
Sciences Graduate Fellows will offer critical merit- and need-based support to
graduate students, including award opportunities for research collaborations
with faculty and teaching assistantship supplements for undergraduate
mentoring. The fund was established by
faculty, staff and friends to honor the CLAS dean who retired at the end of the
Szarlan Memorial Student Mentor Award supports full-time sophomores, juniors
and seniors who demonstrate academic achievement and volunteer as mentors to
freshmen. The scholarship was
established by Jennie C. Szarlan in memory of her son, a counselor in the
Institute for Teaching and Learning and one of the architects of UConn’s First
Year Experience program, which has helped the Storrs Campus achieve a
93-percent retention rate for freshmen.
$100,000 gift from Robert E. (M.A. ’51 Ph.D. ’55) and Gladys B. Dunn supports
Neag School of Education student scholarships and faculty research related to
international studies and global issues.
Their gift enhances the goals of both the Neag School
and the University to increase the percentage of students pursuing
international experiences in their degree programs. The
University offers over 200 study abroad programs in 65 countries on six
continents. Some 15% of UConn students
participate in study abroad opportunities before graduation.
Campus scholarships to assist financially challenged students have been
established with a $100,000 endowment gift from Dorothy Bessette-DeSomma ’66
and Martin DeSomma D.D.S. ’66. The
couple, who met while they were undergraduate students at the Waterbury Campus,
wanted to support the campus that continues to serve students of working-class
upbringing in an industrial town.
AAUP Endowed Scholarship Fund provides tuition assistance for both incoming and
continuing full-time undergraduate students whose parents die while active
members of the UConn chapter of the American Association of University
Professors (AAUP). AAUP, which
represents approximately 1,400 members, established the fund with a $100,000
gift to the University.
The Stamford Campus’s Student Involvement and
Activities Center was named in honor of Devin
Gaines, a 2007 graduate who died in a swimming accident two months later. Gaines, who had attended both the Stamford and Storrs
campuses, had achieved an extraordinary feat: he earned 276 credits in five
years, enough to earn five degrees – in computer science, cognitive science,
theater studies, linguistics/psychology, and an individualized major in cinema,
culture and cognition – while maintaining a 3.2 grade point average.
Three faculty members were named the 2008
Board of Trustees Distinguished Professors.
Richard Bass, professor of Mathematics, is editor of Transactions of
the American Mathematics Society, one of the foremost mathematics journals
in the world, and is internationally renowned for his research in probability
theory. Cheryl Tatano Beck, professor of
Nursing, is a renowned scholar in qualitative inquiry in nursing research, a
leading nurse researcher on post-partum depression, and co-author of two
seminal texts on nursing research that are used worldwide. She also is a Fellow of the American Academy
of Nursing, the highest honor for U.S. nurses. Dipak Dey, professor and head of Statistics,
is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical
Statistics and an elected member of the
International Statistical Institute. 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.
Mina Mina, professor and chair of the Division of Pediatric
Dentistry in the Department of Craniofacial Sciences, received this year’s
Faculty Recognition Award from the Health
Center’s board of
internationally renowned researcher in the field of craniofacial biology, Mina
has served as mentor for summer research projects and a major research adviser
for pediatric dentistry residents and dental science master’s and doctoral
students. Her research focuses on the
molecular mechanisms regulating the growth and differentiation of the skeletal
tissues in the lower jaw and tooth formation, and on the identification of stem
cells for tissue engineering a human tooth.
In 2006 she was awarded the Distinguished Scientist Award for
Craniofacial Biology Research from the International Association for Dental
The Alumni Association announced the winners
of its 2008 Alumni and Faculty Awards. The recipients are: Distinguished
Alumni Award – Roger Newton ’74 M.S., President and CEO of Esperion
Therapeutics Division of Pfizer Global; Humanitarian Award – Thomas Buckley
’82, ’94 M.P.H., volunteer clinical advisor for the Mae Tao Clinic in Thailand;
– Annette Lombardi ’76, Connecticut Department of Social Services; G.O.L.D.
Award – Jessica Stone Beauchemin ’98, President of Special Olympics
International; Faculty Excellence in Research (Humanities/Social Sciences)
–Nancy Naples, professor of Sociology; Faculty Excellence in Research (Sciences) –
Wolodymyr Madych, professor of Mathematics; Faculty Excellence in Teaching at the
Undergraduate Level –Robert Milvae, associate professor of Animal Science;
Excellence in Teaching at the Graduate Level – Marijke Kehrhahn ’76, ’95 Ph.D.,
associate professor of Educational Leadership.
Six UConn faculty members received Humanities Institute Fellowships:
Joel Blatt, associate professor of History; Paul Bloomfield, associate
professor of Philosophy; Robert Bonner, research fellow of Humanities
Institute; Mary Crawford, professor of English; Brenda Murphy, distinguished
professor of English; Sharon Harris, professor of English; Jennifer Travis,
research fellow of Humanities Institute; Katherine O’Sullivan, doctoral
candidate in Medieval studies; and Andrew Pfrenger, doctoral candidate in
Medieval Studies. The fellows spend two
semesters engaged in research and writing and in sharing their projects with
their colleagues in the Institute and the larger UConn scholarly community.
American Association of University Professors (AAUP) UConn chapter awarded the
following faculty members for excellence in teaching: Teaching Promise – Pamela
Bedore, assistant professor English, Avery Point Campus; and Teaching
Innovation – Thomas DeFranco, professor of Curriculum and Instruction. The annual Instructional Excellence
Recognition Dinner also recognized the following teaching award winners: First Year Experience – Joseph Briody,
Student Development and Learning, and Carl Dean, Jr., Center for Academic
Programs; Advising – Jennifer
Murphy, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Morty Ortega, Natural Resources
Management and Engineering; University Teaching Fellows – Robin Bogner,
Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Joseph Madaus, Educational Psychology; Outstanding
Teaching Assistant – Steven Todd, Philosophy, and Jason Schmink, Chemistry;
The John T. Szarlan Memorial Outstanding FYE Mentor – Robert Gendreau, Health
Care Management, and Benjamin Gruenbaum, Psychology. Many other teaching awards, including those
in various academic disciplines, were acknowledged throughout the year.
of Audit, Compliance and Ethics held annual required compliance training
sessions for all University employees to educate them on the Code of Conduct
and the University Guide to the State Code of Ethics. Separate sessions were offered to new
employees, to staff members for recent updates to last year’s training, and to
faculty covering all the elements of the staff session, but also including a
comprehensive overview of the new AAUP Consulting Policy.
Students returning in Fall 2007 to the Storrs campus came back
to cranes and busy construction workers, as the UCONN 2000 (also known as 21st
Century UConn) building programs continued.
More than 9.5 million square feet of new and renovated space has been
completed since UCONN 2000 was established in 1996 with state legislation. Recently begun projects included landscaping
for the Student Union Mall on the former site of the pharmacy building,
exterior renovations to the Wilbur
and both interior and exterior renovations on the 92-year-old Hawley
Armory. Wilbur Cross and Hawley are
listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
UConn’s Avery Point Campus re-opened its
recreation facility, closed for nearly two years due to rain damage. The Avery Point campus is the only UConn
regional campus to house an athletic facility, which provides a newly renovated
basketball/volleyball court, a six lane 25-yard swimming pool, weight-training
programs and equipment, recreational sports programs and intercollegiate men’s
basketball, women’s basketball and men’s baseball programs.
Renovations to UConn’s Torrington Campus,
including a new main entrance, improved accessibility features, and
improvements to restrooms and a lecture hall, were directed toward making the
campus more accommodating to students, faculty, staff and the public, and a
resource and destination for the citizens of Litchfield County.
UCONN 2000 projects were re-phased to be in
alignment with Academic Plan priorities: enhancement of undergraduate teaching
and learning – Arjona and Monteith schematic design in progress; building upon
research and creative activities – Psychology, Fine Arts, and Neag Education
building renovations; improvement of technology support (Institute of Materials
Science, Mathematics, Physics, Information Technology Services) – Gant planning
underway; increase in capacity for modern life science research – determination
to replace or renovate Torrey in process; and achievement of the standards of the
Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care
International (AAALAC). The re-phasing
of UCONN 2000 enables the University to focus on academic priorities, continue
emphasis on deferred maintenance projects, preserve older beautiful buildings,
achieve efficiencies by completing code corrections and renovations together,
and fund smaller projects while planning for larger projects.
The Burton Family Football Complex and Mark R.
Center have been named
the first silver LEED-certified building at the University and the first
athletic complex in the nation to earn the green building status. The designation was granted by the U.S. Green
Building Council, which noted the complex meets leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) standards for “green” buildings. The project was granted a “silver”
designation. The U.S. Green Building
Council is a Washington, D.C.-based coalition of building industry
leaders. More than three dozen
components in the construction of the complex promoted environmental
sustainability, from site selection to building design and selection of
materials, energy and water conservation, and indoor environmental
quality. Recycled steel was used to construct
the facility, and the synthetic turf for the indoor field is comprised of
various recycled materials, including rubber from shredded tires and
sneakers. With these facilities setting
an important example of technical and economic feasibility, the University has
adopted a policy that sets the LEED-silver rating level as a minimum
performance standard for all larger construction and renovation projects.
A new University Alert Notification System
was developed and put into place to enhance communications with the University
community in emergency situations. The
system includes website alerts, email, voice mail, text messages, broadcasts
through classroom cable and intercom systems, outdoor sirens and Code Blue
phone kiosks, and is overseen by a committee with broad representation from
University offices involved with preparation for emergencies.
plan development continued for the 50-acre site that will offer the UConn
Storrs Campus and Mansfield
community a future village of restaurants and retail stores, offices, and up to
800 units of new housing. The Mansfield
Downtown Partnership received the 2008 Community Consensus-Building Award for
the Storrs Center project from the Connecticut Main Street
program, a statewide non-profit organization under the auspices of the National
Trust for Historic Preservation that supports the development of economically
vibrant, traditional main streets as a foundation for healthy communities. The project, approved by the University’s
Board of Trustees and local agencies in 2005 and by the Connecticut Department
of Economic and Community Development in 2006, has also received a $10 million
bonding authorization from the State. Storrs Center is planned in phases that will allow
flexibility to make changes along the way while remaining focused on bringing
together residents, members of the University community, and visitors in a
vibrant downtown environment.
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In accordance with state and federal laws and
regulations, the University
of Connecticut is an
Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The University’s affirmative action plans are
in compliance with the requirements of the Commission on Human Rights and
Opportunities, pursuant to the Regulations for Affirmative Action in the Connecticut
2007 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.
The Fall 2007 workforce for Storrs and regional
campuses included 18 percent minority faculty and 15 percent minority
staff. At the Health Center,
the workforce included 21 percent minority faculty and 22 percent minority
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, 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), Louise M.
Bailey (Secretary), Philip P. Barry, Michael A. Bozzuto, Gerard N. Burrow,
M.D., Richard Colon, Jr. (Student Trustee), Andrea Dennis-LaVigne, D.V.M.,
Peter S. Drotch, Linda P. Gatling, Ross Gionfriddo (Student Trustee), Lenworth
M. Jacobs, M.D., Rebecca Lobo, Michael J. Martinez, the Honorable Joan
McDonald, the Honorable Mark K. McQuillan, Denis J. Nayden, the Honorable F.
Philip Prelli, Thomas D. Ritter, Wayne J. Shepperd, and Richard Treibick.
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