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The UConn Club annual awards dinner (Released: 4/29/97)

by Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- The UConn Club will hold its 44th annual awards dinner at 6 p.m. May 2 at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in CROMWELL.

Ann Huckenbeck, '70, '76, '85, assistant vice president of enrollment management, will receive the Outstanding Contribution Award for her support of UConn's Division of Athletics. Huckenbeck has served as mentor and counselor for many Husky student-athletes and has been an active campus leader in helping to formulate a master plan for intercollegiate athletics. Since 1981, she has served on UConn's Athletic Advisory Committee. In 1986, she co-authored the Presidential Task Force Report on Athletics, and she has served on UConn's Division I Football Committee.

Huckenbeck obtained her bachelor's degree in English, her master's degree in education, and her Ph.D. in educational administration, all from UConn. She has been active in the UConn community serving on various committees throughout the years, including the Executive Committee of the University Senate, 1996 Presidential Search Committee and the UConn Alumni Association Board of Directors. In 1992, Huckenbeck received the University of Connecticut's Alumni Association Service Award and during the same year was recognized as one of Connecticut's "Top Ten Women" during the University's 100 Years of Women at UConn celebrations.

Robert W. Schaefer, '67, '70, will receive the Red O'Neill Award, for graduates who have gone from the athletic fields to distinguish themselves in their chosen careers. He played three varsity-baseball seasons at UConn (1964-1966) and was UConn's starting shortstop as a junior, a year the Huskies won the NCAA District I playoffs. After college, Schaefer signed a professional baseball contract with the St. Louis Cardinals and played three seasons of minor- league baseball.

In 1970, Schaefer moved his family to NORWICH and got his master's degree in education from UConn to begin his high school teaching and coaching careers. His accomplishments also include managing the New York Yankees' Class A Greensboro (N.C.) team, first-base and later dugout coach for the Royals, and major league special assignment scout for the Red Sox.

Currently, Schaefer is now the Red Sox's director of player development, responsible for the day-to-day, on-field operations for all Red Sox minor league teams.

This award in Red O'Neill's memory commemorates his overcoming the physical challenge of having a silver plate in his right arm, the result of a World War I wound, to become the 1924 captain and fullback of the only unbeaten football team in UConn history. As a student, O'Neill, '25, was brilliant, receiving top honors, and after graduation he went to Yale Medical School. O'Neill became a well-known surgeon, and in his later years, he was admired for his work in obstetrics. He died in 1955.

The late George Dropo will also be recognized with the Red O'Neill Award at this year's ceremony.

The UConn Club is an organization of alumni, parents and friends of UConn athletes.