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February 9, 1998

Thomas Ahern, 81

Thomas E. Ahern, director of the UConn Student Union from 1957 until his retirement in 1982, died Sunday, February 1 at Windham Community Memorial Hospital.

Born December 7, 1916, Ahern was the husband of Alice (Kennedy) Ahern. He lived in Storrs the last 50 years.

A veteran of the Army Air Corps during World War II, Ahern graduated from UConn in 1952, and joined the University student affairs staff that year.

A plaque in the lobby of the Student Union Building honors his years of service to the University. An avid fan of UConn athletics and supporter of student activities and programs, Ahern also was involved in community affairs. He was a member of the local Rotary Club and was a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Jeanne and Mark Mogayzel of Westford, Mass.; two sisters, Mary Higgins and Barbara McIntyre, both of Wethersfield; and a niece.

Deadline approaching for faculty large grant competition
Next Monday is the deadline for the Research Advisory Council's Faculty Large Grant Competition. The purpose of the program is to fund proposals of high scientific, scholarly or artistic merit and help faculty move into a better position to apply for and receive extramural funding for their research activities. Recipients of the awards are expected to be actively engaged in submitting proposals to external sponsors.

Criteria for the award include the applicant's record of extramural funding and relevant scholarly productivity. The council also recognizes that scholarship in the fine arts and humanities may not consistently lead to extramural funding, but instead to publication of a book or production of a play or other event, and that these are also vital components of the University's research community and reputation. A peer review system of ad hoc reviewers and standing review panels is used to rank the proposals.

Applicants must complete the standard application form and submit two copies to the Office of the Research Foundation. The deadline for completed applications is Monday, February 16, at 5 p.m. For information or assistance, call Susan Benedict at (860) 486-3337.

Edward Victor Gant Scholarship competition announced
The University has announced that two Edward Victor Gant Scholarships will be offered for the 1998-99 academic year, each worth $1,500. One will be awarded to a graduate student and one to an undergraduate student for continuing study at UConn.

UConn 14th in national
ranking of 20 college sports

UConn has been ranked 14th in the 1997-98 Directors' Cup NCAA Division I final fall standings. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports, 10 for men and 10 for women.

UConn tied for 14th place with Wisconsin and Youngstown State, with 100 points. The number one-ranked institution was Stanford, with 290 points, followed by North Carolina and Michigan with 260 and 200 points, respectively.

The Sears Directors' Cup for college sports is administered and compiled by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. Winning schools in each division receive a Sears Directors' Cup trophy, designed by Waterford Crystal.

The Edward Victor Gant Scholarships are a gift of the Board of Trustees and the family of Edward V. Gant, former provost and professor of civil engineering.

The scholarship competition, open to students from all schools and colleges, are awarded based on academic excellence, professional potential, dedicated service, and exemplary personal integrity. Faculty and staff may nominate students by writing letters of support addressing these four criteria. There is no nomination form, nor may students apply directly.

Nomination letters are due by Friday, March 6.

Save a life, give blood during the UConn blood drive
The UConn blood drive starts this week at Jorgensen Gallery on the ground floor of Jorgensen Auditorium. The hours are:

Monday, February 9 noon-5 p.m.
Tuesday, February 10 noon-5 p.m.
Wednesday, February 11 noon-8 p.m.
Thursday, February 12 noon-5 p.m.
Friday, February 13 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Call (800) GIVE-LIFE (448-3543) to make an appointment.

Work out for children's health at Center for Health Fitness
The Center for Health Fitness is sponsoring a Workout Against Cancer for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital on Saturday, February 14, from 9-10:30 a.m. in Hawley Armory Gym. The workout is an aerobics class presented by a variety of Fitness for Life instructors. The minimum donation is $5. Pledge sheets for additional fund raising are available by calling (860) 486-5975. Those who donate $10 or more will be entered into a raflle for prizes.

Financial aid office issues reminder on application deadline
The Student Financial Aid Office has issued a reminder that the 1998-99 deadline for applications is March 1. Application materials for summer 1998, fall 1998, and spring 1999 are available at the Student Financial Aid Office.