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President of Juilliard School speaks on Scholars Day (Released: 4/20/98)

by Sherry Fisher, Office of University Communications.

Storrs, Conn. -- Joseph William Polisi, president of The Juilliard School and UConn graduate gave the keynote address, "Thoughts on Colossal Success" at a ceremony honoring more than 880 high-achieving students at the University of Connecticut.

The 1998 Scholars Day ceremony took place on April 20 in Jorgensen Auditorium at the Storrs campus.

Polisi became the sixth president of The Juilliard School in September 1984, bringing to that position his previous experience as a college administrator, as a scholar in the fields of music and political science, and as an accomplished bassoonist. He received a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the UConn in 1969. He holds three graduate degrees in music from Yale, having completed his doctor of musical arts in 1980, a master of musical arts in 1975, and a master of music in 1973. He also has a master of arts degree in international relations from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Before coming to Juilliard, Polisi was dean of the University of Cincinnati/College-Conservatory of Music, dean of faculty at the Manhattan School of Music and executive officer of the Yale University School of Music. Polisi has performed in concerts in the United Sates in solo and chamber performances. He has authored many scholarly and educational articles for professional journals, and has recorded a solo album of 20th-century bassoon music for Crystal Records.

The UConn Scholars Day ceremony honored 36 students who have been named Babbidge Scholars for achieving a perfect 4.0 grade-point average for both the spring and fall semesters of 1997. The scholars are named after the late Homer D. Babbidge Jr., who was UConn’s president from 1962-1972.

The University also recognized 833 students from six UConn campuses as New England Scholars, students who have achieved a grade-point average of at least 3.5 for both the spring and fall semesters of 1997.

In addition, the University honored 19 students recently named as University Scholars candidates. The University Scholars program enables highly motivated students to pursue unusually ambitious and personally important programs of study. It is one of the most competitive and prestigious academic programs available to students at UConn.

Also on Scholars Day, three faculty members received awards as Teaching Fellows for the 1997-98 academic year: James Henkel, an associate professor of medicinal chemistry, associate dean of the Graduate School and associate vice provost for graduate education and research; David Miller, professor of psychology, and Katharina von Hammerstein, an assistant professor of modern and classical languages. The fellows were selected by the Institute for Teaching and Learning for their excellence in instruction and their dedication to the teaching profession.