Legislators lauded for UConn 2000 support (Released: 5/15/96)
by Richard Veilleux, Office of University Communications.
STORRS, Conn. -- Two legislators from the North Haven- Wallingford area were lauded recently by more than 20 University of Connecticut alumni and parents, who thanked them for their support of UConn 2000, a package of capital funding and legislation that will help renew, rebuild and enhance the University.
The two legislators, state Sen. Brian McDermott, D-North Haven, and state Rep. Curtis Andrews, R-Hamden, were honored during an April 14 reception at the home of Dolores and Philip Piscitelli, 4 Leighton Court, North Haven, where about 20 UConn alumni from the area gathered. The Piscitellis, long-time UConn supporters and the parents of a UConn junior, Felicia M. Piscitelli, also presented the legislators with a certificate to honor them for their efforts.
The UConn 2000 legislation provides the state's flagship university with nearly $1 billion for capital improvements, spread out during a 10-year period, to bring the University's deteriorating campuses in Storrs and at five regional sites around the state back into shape. During the first phase of the program, new buildings are planned for the schools of business administration and pharmacy, for a new chemistry building and to replace the South Campus dormitories, which were razed in September 1995. The program also includes a provision for the state to match up to $20 million in endowed gifts to UConn.
Phil Piscitelli is president of Mainely Munchies. Dolores is manager of human resources for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of North Haven.