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Nominations Sought for Outstanding Advisor Award
The Office of Undergraduate Education is seeking nominations of faculty members for the Outstanding Advisory Award. The award was established last year to honor faculty who exemplify excellence in academic advising, assisting students in the development of meaningful educational plans that enrich their studies and promote the achievement of goals. This award is one way in which the University recognizes the importance of advising in creating motivation to pursue academic excellence. The recipient will receive $500.

Criteria include evidence that the advisor:

  • demonstrates effective interpersonal skills;

  • engages in developmental advising;

  • is knowledgeable about university policies and resources;

  • values and participates in professional development activities to improve and expand advising skills.

Nomination forms are available in the Office of Undergraduate Education, Design and Resource Management Building Room 315, or online at Nominations may be made by a faculty member, staff member, student or alumnus. Nominations are due by Feb. 18. Nominees will be asked to provide a resume, a statement of advising philosophy, and the name of a person familiar with the nominee's role in advising. The deadline for nominees to provide information is March 15. The recipient will be announced at the Faculty Awards Banquet on April 24.

Co-op Makes Record Donation to Local Soup Kitchen
The UConn Co-op has made a donation of $2,800 on behalf of its customers and members to St. Paul's Covenant Soup Kitchen in Willimantic. The gift consists of donations for gift wrapping at the bookstore during the holiday season. This year's contributions exceeded previous totals in the 14 years the Co-op has made such a donation to the soup kitchen.

Indulge an Interest, Brush Up Your Skills in Evening Classes
This spring and summer, the Division of Extended and Continuing Education offers adult learners the opportunity to develop new skill and explore important topics. Knowledge for Life is a program of courses developed in response to adult learners' requests, and is conveniently scheduled during evening hours. The courses start on Feb. 14 and run through June.

Knowledge for Life courses offer adults the opportunity to enhance their quality of life by learning diverse skills such as gardening, test taking and money management. Among the courses offered this spring are Debt-Free and Prosperous Living, Herbs and Their Uses, Organic Gardening and Farming, Professional Business Image for Women, Kaplan Test Preparation Programs, and HeartMath - a system designed to reduce stress through a combination of lectures and interactive exercises . These courses will be held at the main campus in Storrs.

Registration for Knowledge for Life courses can be done by mail, phone, fax, in-person or online at For more information, call (860) 48603231. For a free brochure, call (800) 622-9908 and specify Knowledge for Life.