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“FIRST FOLIO!The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare” – Rare Collection at UConn

Posted on September 19, 2016

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   An extraordinary opportunity awaits at the William Benton Museum on the University of Connecticut’s Storrs campus. Through September 25, visitors can view a first collected edition, published in 1623, of plays by William Shakespeare in the exhibit, “First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare”.  Admission is free.   In recognition of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. has sent “First Folio” on a national tour making a stop at one site in each state. UConn was the distinguished selection for the Connecticut stop.   “Of the 233 copies known today, 82 belong to the Folger,” states a synopsis of the event.       Without First Folio, the…

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…

Destination: UConn Dairy Bar, Storrs Connecticut

Posted on May 12, 2014

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb Made from the milk of UConn cows, UConn Dairy Bar ice cream is an experience not to be missed. Producing 24 flavors as varied as Strawberry Cheesecake and Coffee Espresso Crunch, the iconic dairy bar was selected as a 2013 Best of New England Editor’s Choice by Yankee Magazine and as the maker of the best ice cream in the state by Connecticut Magazine. Located in rural, picturesque Storrs, the University of Connecticut began as an agricultural college. Those origins are never more apparent than during a visit to the dairy bar on Horsebarn Hill – a campus gem that began as a teaching and research facility in the early 1900’s. It remains part of the College…

I’ve Gone Over to the UConn ‘Hungry Husky’ Dark Side

Posted on May 11, 2014

Confession By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb  It has happened. I’ve gone over to the University of Connecticut ‘Hungry Husky’ dark side. There will be those who attribute my slide from smiling Husky grace to the dual national basketball championships won by my alma mater UConn, men’s and women’s basketball teams. Not so. It happened before. I drove out to the UConn Co-op to purchase some reporter’s notepads and there it was – a beautiful white, half zip, lightweight, soft fleece sweatshirt calling my name – and sporting the new fierce faced Husky logo. In a moment of weakness or joy, maybe a little of both – I tried it on and I fell in love with it. Yikes! After the change from a friendly UConn…

Representing UConn with Class – Happy for Kevin Ollie as Huskies Headed for Sweet 16

Posted on March 23, 2014

Hurrah Hungry Huskies – win national title for UConn mens BB!! — newsandviewsjb (@newsandviewsjb) April 8, 2014 (UPDATE- Icing on the cake: UConn men head to national championship game after winning in Final Four, defeating Michigan State in the Elite Eight and Iowa State in the Sweet Sixteen.) Commentary by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb Reigniting an old Big East rivalry, last night the University of Connecticut Men’s Basketball team earned a 77-65 win against Villanova in the NCCA tournament game in Buffalo, New York. They now head to the Sweet 16 and as a UConn alum I could not be happier for Head Coach Kevin Ollie. He has handled himself with finesse and represented the university with class since taking over for the retired Hall…

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…

Say It Isn’t So, Friendly UConn Husky Mascot To Go

Posted on March 19, 2013

Commentary by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb Please say it isn’t so. The lovable, friendly-looking University of Connecticut Husky mascot will go. Apparently first reported in the March 11 edition of the university’s student newspaper, The Daily Campus, and since reported by several other news organizations, the current Husky emblem is slated to be replaced by a more menacing, meaner looking Husky with slanted eyes. Amid the numerous extraneous surveys I have been sent as a UConn alumna and being hit up for money on an ongoing basis, my questionnaire seeking input about changing the mascot’s image evidently got lost in the mail. No – as it turns out, this is a non-inclusive initiative. In fact since the beans are said to have been spilled by…

“There are places I remember…” Good-bye to UConn’s Memorial Stadium

Posted on May 14, 2012

“There are places I remember…” Good-bye to UConn’s Memorial Stadium Write-Up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett                                                                                                                              “There are places I remember all my life -Though some have changed- Some forever, not for better- Some have gone and some remain…” Beatles lyrics.                                          …

Go Pats! New England Patriots Head to Super Bowl with Connecticut Presence

Posted on February 4, 2012

by: Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb It does the heart of a University of Connecticut alumna and New England Patriots fan good to scroll the the Patriots roster and under college read “Connecticut.” As the Patriots head for Super Bowl XLVI Sunday, February 5 to take on the New York Giants in Indianapolis, they do so with former UConn football standout Donald Thomas primed to play in the position of offensive guard. Thomas represents a significant Connecticut presence with the Pats that includes two other players plus the wizard himself – Coach Bill Belichick. Quite an accomplishment for a small New England state, especially one – with the exception of UConn basketball- better known for its prominence in the defense industry, “insurance city” as its capital…