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Briefs.................October 13, 1997

Contributions sought for injured E.O. Smith graduate
On July 1, Ryan Cornell, a 1997 E.O. Smith graduate and Storrs resident, suffered serious injury in a fall from the fifth floor of a UConn dormitory. Ryan had been a high school basketball and football player and was preparing to be a student-athlete at the college level when the accident occurred.

As a result of his injury, Cornell remained in a coma for 10 weeks. Now out of the coma, he is undergoing rehabilitation at the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain. He is making significant progress and his family and friends are hopeful for his eventual recovery.

A fund has been established to assist with his medical expenses. Contri-butions may be sent to: Ryan Cornell Fund, c/o Barbara Larson, Liberty Bank, 1132 Storrs Road, Storrs, CT 06268. For information call (860) 429-5121.

New Robert G. Mead Jr. travel and study award available
The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese has announced the establishment of the Robert G. Mead Jr. Travel and Study Scholarship Award. The $1,000 annual scholarship is made possible through the contributions of friends and colleagues of the late Robert G. Mead Jr., and of his wife, Harriet Mead. Professor Mead taught Latin American Literature at UConn from 1949 to 1984.

The award is for travel to, and/or study in, a Luso-Hispanic country, with a project or goal in mind. Priority will be given to applicants without experience traveling or living in a Luso-Hispanic country.

The award is open to any student who has been a member of the AATSP for two years or teacher who has been a member for three years. Applications should include a letter describing the project and its anticipated benefits to the applicant, a curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation. The winner will be notified by November 1, 1997.

Send applications to Lynn A. Sandstedt, executive director, AATSP, University of Northern Colorado, Butler-Hancock, Room 210, Greeley, CO 80639.

Volunteers needed at Health Center
The Health Center has openings in a variety of volunteer positions during both daytime and early evening hours.

Volunteers are particularly needed to help staff the information desk in the Health Center main lobby, visit patients, assist staff with errands, transport patientes in wheelchairs, finish discharging patients, deliver operating room schedules, and make daily pharmacy runs.

Openings are available on three shifts: 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m.; and 5-8:30 p.m., weekdays; or 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. weekends.

Positions are also open for volunteers to work in the gift shop and to provide companionship and assistance to patients during meal times.

Applicants must be older than 14 years and able to attend a volunteer orientation session. For information and an application, call (860) 679-2388.

Nominations sought for honorary degrees
Nominations of outstanding individuals are being sought for the award of honorary degrees in 1998.

Honorary degrees are awarded in recognition of a person whose life and achievements serve as examples of the University's aspirations for its students.

Nominations may be made by any member of the faculty, staff, student body, administration, community, or Board of Trustees, or by an alumnus of the University. They will be reviewed by the honors and awards committee, including the President, board chair and other trustee representatives, and representatives of faculty, staff, and students. The committee willl forward recommendations to the Board of Trustees, which votes to confer honorary degrees.

The nominator should forward to the Office of the President a dossier that includes a narrative letter, biographical sketch, three to five letters of support, a bibliography if appropriate, and other documents by or about the nominee.

For information call (860) 486-3142. The deadline for nominations is Friday, October 17.