Gov. Malloy on campus
Malloy praised the $1.5 billion Next Generation project on Monday
Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 00:10
Gov. Dannel Malloy visited the University of Connecticut on Monday to praise the benefits of the Next Generation Connecticut program, which provides $1.5 billion to UConn for the funding of many projects. These projects including $538 million for construction and renovations of new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) facilities, $70 million to move the Greater Hartford campus downtown and $10 million for housing at the Stamford campus.
“With the vision of making Connecticut home to the best-educated, most-skilled and productive workforce,” Malloy said, joined by UConn President Susan Herbst, other UConn officials and various state lawmakers. “We are investing in STEM at our flagship university to assemble a critical mass of scientific personnel, attract the best and brightest students and prepare them for 21st century jobs, and position UConn as one of the leading research institutions in the nation.”
Lt. Gov., Nancy Wyman also spoke at the event saying, “the emerging bioscience industry and STEM fields play to all of Connecticut’s strengths, and Next Generation CT will allow us to take advantage of those assets.”
UConn President Susan Herbst called the event a “truly historic occasion, both for UConn and for all of us in Connecticut who believe our flagship university has a vital role to play in the state’s economic vibrancy and competitiveness.”
After the signing, Malloy went around the room to view various projects in the STEM field that have been created by students at UConn. Some of the projects included a Rain Garden iPhone app and a collaboration between the UConn Digital Media and Design and the UConn School of Agriculture on a project regarding trees falling on power lines.
Michael Daniels, the student representative on the UConn Board of Trustees, said “it’s going to change the way that people look at a UConn diploma in the future.
“For the students coming here in the next few years – in the next few decades – there are going to be a lot more opportunities.”
USF Chief of Staff John Giardina, said “as far as improving the research on campus ... bringing top quality equipment and facilities at the campus, we really support that.
“But at the same time, we want to make sure that pay increases on students is handled in a way that makes sure that the student quality of life on campus either stays steady or in the best case would increase.”
Other dignitaries and officials who spoke include UConn Provost Dr. Mun Choi, state senators Donald Williams Jr. and Tony Guglielmo as well as state representative Gregg Haddad. Both Williams, who serves as president pro tempore of the state senate, and Haddad represent Storrs along with the rest of Mansfield. Guglielmo represents a nearby district. Both he and Haddad are UConn graduates.