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Briefs.........................July 18, 1997

Mansfield Center for Nursing seeks volunteers
Make a difference - volunteer! The Mansfield Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation is calling for volunteers willing to be visitors, musicians and performers, or walking buddies for residents. To offer your time and talents, call Lorraine Funk at 487-2300.

Department head changes in School of Engineering
David Jordan, former associate dean of engineering, is the new head of the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering. He replaces John Enderle, who stepped down June 30. In another change, Howard Epstein has assumed the post of department head of civil and environmental engineering, replacing John Leonard. That change also was effective June 30.

Mark your calendar for the Sea
The sounds of jazz will grace the seaside lawn of the Branford House at the University's Avery Point campus in Groton on July 27. the Sea is held each year to benefit the campus' Alexey von Schlippe Gallery of Art.

Jazz pianist Dave McKenna will headline the third annual the Sea, accompanied by guitarist Gray Sargent, bassist Marshall Wood and drummer Jim Gwinn. The program, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., also will feature regional artists. The Arnie Krakowsky sextet will kick off the event with trombonist George Masso, who taught music at UConn from 1966 to 1974. Guests are invited to bring their own blankets, lawn chairs and picnics. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the gate.

Tanglewood Trip
The William Benton Museum of Art is sponsoring a trip to Tanglewood on August 22 for a concert by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Robert Spano. The performance, featuring pianist Andre Watts, will include Rachmaninoff (orch. Respighi) Two etude-tableaux, Rachmaninoff Piano concerto no. 2, and Tchaikovsky Symphony no. 5. The bus will leave Storrs at 3 p.m. and return at 1 a.m., making a stop in the Hartford area. The cost is $40. Call Lynn Eriksson at 486-1709 for reservations.