With forecast heavy rains for Saturday and the potential for both river and flash flooding, students are asked to avoid parking in low-lying areas of parking lots C, D, E (along the tree line), F (eastern most entrance by the pond), and N-Annex. Cars should now be on higher ground within these lots or in Lot F (by Konover Campus Center). Vehicles should be returned to their assigned parking lots by 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 21.
The Office of the Provost regrets to announce that Peter Lisi, Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), will retire at the end of July, 2018. Lisi joined the University in 2004 to lead OSP which is responsible for supporting and serving faculty and staff who seek external funding for research and programmatic initiatives.
Provost H. Frederick Sweitzer said, “I have worked with Peter in many capacities since he first arrived on campus, especially since the Office of Sponsored Programs became part of the Provost’s Office. I appreciate his steadfast efforts to understand the needs and desires of our faculty and staff and his help in securing funding support for their work. Through many changes in personnel and structure, Peter has been unfailingly gracious and positive. I wish him all the best in the next phase of his life.”
T. Clark Saunders, Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies added, “In the two years I have worked with Peter, I have observed his dedicated commitment to working with faculty seeking funding opportunities. Whether working with faculty members seeking their first grant or with those that have a substantial record of research support, Peter and his staff worked diligently to help them put forward well-prepared applications. The Office of Sponsored Programs is important to the University and Peter has provided great leadership. I wish to thank him for his long devoted service to the University.”
Lisi, who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from State University of New York and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, said, “My sincere thanks to everyone who has contributed to my very enjoyable career here at the University. Over the 14 years, OSP has assisted in attracting more than $50 million for research, programmatic initiatives, and capital projects at the University. OSP has a successful and important role here. Additionally, I have had many opportunities for personal and professional growth, including previously serving as chair of the board at the Watkinson School and the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce, and as current chair of the board of the Connecticut Health and Education Facilities Authority. I take with me many fond memories.”
Lisi and his wife, who retired last month after 30 years as a faculty member and administrator with the CT State University System, will take some time off in August. In September, he plans to be a full-time volunteer on the gubernatorial campaign of Oz Griebel and Monte Frank.
Please wish Peter well in his retirement.