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More Than Backboard – Mortar Board Success for Kevin Ollie’s Players

Posted on May 17, 2014

By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb Recognition! "@NCAA: UConn men's basketball - Nat'l Champions - Graduates #NCAAGrads" — UConn Alumni GHChptr (@UConnAlumniGHC) May 17, 2014   It has been said a picture is worth a thousand words. That sentiment certainly applies to a photo of University of Connecticut Men’s Basketball Head Coach Kevin Ollie, himself a UConn graduate, with four of his players in caps and gowns – including star Shabazz Napier. The photo was put out this morning by the UConn Alumni GH Chptr. After all the hoopla -excuse the pun- over the dual 2014 national championships won by the UConn men’s and women’s basketball teams, it is apparent these new graduates are, understandably, a source of tremendous pride for Ollie. On the heels of…

Dual National Championship Parade for UConn Draws Hundreds of Thousands

Posted on April 14, 2014

Story & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb As far as the eye could see and beyond, fans lined the streets of downtown Hartford on April 13 for the 2014 Dual National Championship Parade honoring the University of Connecticut men’s and women’s basketball teams ¬†– a repeat of ten years ago when the UConn men and women also brought home dual national NCAA basketball titles.   This time around the crowd was estimated to have been even larger – approaching 300,000. It certainly looked that way. Under sunny skies the celebration got underway at 4 p.m. outside the state Capitol. Scheduled for 45 minutes it went twice as long. Taking part were a number of ¬†area high school marching bands, multiple fife & drum corps,…

UConn Ranked Among Top Universities by U.S. News & World Report

Posted on September 10, 2013

Write-Up & Photo by Jacqueline Bennett The University of Connecticut, my alma mater, has once again been ranked among the top public universities in the nation. In its annual rankings for 2014, U.S. News & World Report has placed UConn at number nineteen, returning to its position among the top twenty colleges nationwide and highlighting something that those of us who attended already knew – UConn is one of the best universities in the country. U.S. News & World Report cites UConn as a leading research university for programs such as Bioscience Connecticut. The university was also praised for offering one hundred majors and a special mention was made of The Neag School of Education’s kinesiology doctoral program. It was two years ago…

Birthday Cakes & Other Pleasant Surprises

Posted on July 2, 2013

Speaking of birthday cakes which I did in my previous post has gotten me thinking about life’s pleasant surprises. Recently, one of mine was a birthday cake homemade by my nephew’s wife Melane when we all went up to the New Hamsphire Maple Weekend in March. Yes – homemade and delicious! It took me completely by surprise. That has prompted a positive stream of consciousness for me as I pondered some other pleasant surprises in my life – a kiss in a silo, an off-key serenade¬†from a boy in college, a handmade beaded necklace from my nieces, a congratulatory note from my sister, a note from my dad on my sixteenth birthday, a watermelon boat my sister-in-law made for a surprise party my family…

Destination: Willington Pizza House in Willington, Connecticut

Posted on June 30, 2013

Write-Up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb Willington Pizza House in Willington, Connecticut is the kind of extraordinary restaurant travelers hope to stumble upon. Having stacked up numerous awards and having been featured in the New York Times and on “Good Morning America” and “CBS This Morning”, the specialty pizzas here are legendary. On Route 32, about a mile and a half from the University of Connecticut Storrs campus, it is a favorite eating place for some of UCONN’s biggest sports stars as evidenced by an array of photos on the walls showing the well-known athletes and television sportscasters with restaurant owner Jeff Kelly. Located in a 250-year-old converted farmhouse, the long light gray building with red and white trimmed exterior has a quaint…