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Tuesday, January 27

Due to winter storm conditions, the University is closed today, Tuesday, Jan. 27.  Day and evening classes are canceled. An updated advisory on the status of classes and operations for tomorrow will be posted this evening. During the time that the University is closed, the Commons, Subway, and Village Market will maintain regular hours for residential dining services and the Sports Center will be open for use by residential students only. Gengras Student Union and University Libraries are closed.   snow closing guide

All Hartt Community Division activities are canceled today.

current as of 9:40 a.m., Jan. 27, 2015

Importance of Cleanliness, Respect, and Sharing Through Visual Images

The "Engineers" of our EWB team welcome the participation of the Hartford Art School to help provide long-term and sustainable solutions that respect the cultural, social, and political structure that has been established in the village through its long and proud history. The goal of this project is to create visual messages (without words) that importancephotocommunicate the values of cleanliness, respect, and sharing. The Art School students will have the challenge of developing graphics that the villagers will recognize (Indian images as opposed to Western images) and to make them as universal as possible so that all age groups and genders in the village can relate to them.

With your help, we would like to have at least two of the art students travel to Abheypur and paint a mural on the school building wall, present the village with posters that could be placed in strategic locations throughout the village, and give all the children a notebook with the cover illustrating these important messages.

As a more advanced project, a video clip will be developed that uses same language subtitles that also conveys the message of cleanliness, respect, and sharing. The same language subtitle video has the added benefit of helping to improve literacy. The same language subtitles video clip is inspired by a fellow Indian researcher, who created www.bookbox.com. Please click here for an example of this technique to increase literacy rates.