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UConn’s Jim Calhoun to speak at University of Rhode Island Honors Colloquium

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

Hoop hall of fame inductee to lecture Oct. 11 on ‘Coaching Greatness’

KINGSTON, R.I. -- October 3, 2005 -- University of Connecticut men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun, inducted in September into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, will address the University of Rhode Island Honors Colloquium Tuesday, Oct. 11.

His free public lecture, titled “Coaching Greatness,” will be given at 7 p.m. in the Chafee Social Science Center, Barry Marks Auditorium, Room 271.

His talk is part of this fall’s colloquium, “Contemporary Sport, Healthy Pursuit or Obsession,” which is examining some of the most important issues relating to sport and society.

As he enters his 20th season at Storrs, Calhoun’s Huskies have won two NCAA national titles, an NIT Championship, and 15 Big East Conference titles.

A native of Braintree, Mass., he has helped define New England college basketball, developing Northeastern University into a regional power and turning UConn into a national powerhouse. He is a four-time Big East coach of the year. He has led UConn to 18 consecutive postseason tournaments. Calhoun became the first person with UConn athletic ties to be named to a major, national sports hall of fame. He was named consensus national coach of the year in 1990.

The move toward national prominence for the men’s University of Connecticut basketball program began in May 1986 when Calhoun was named head coach. At the end of the 2004-05 college basketball season, Calhoun and fellow hall of fame inductee Jim Boeheim were tied for sixth most wins by an active Division I coach with 703 apiece.

Major sponsors of the colloquium are The Providence Journal, Theta Chi Fraternity, URI Honors Program, URI President’s Office, Institute for International Sport, URI Office of the Provost, URI College of Arts and Sciences, URI College of Business Administration and the URI Division of University Advancement.

Co-sponsors are the URI Department of Athletics, Multicultural Center, College of Nursing, College of Human Science and Services, College of Pharmacy, Office of Student Affairs and Women’s Studies Program.

For more information, visit or contact the URI Honors Center at 401-874-2381 or

The Honors Program at URI offers learning enrichment opportunities that broaden and enhance the undergraduate educational experience. The program features small classes, a nationally renowned honors colloquium, national scholarship advising, and in-depth study and research with select faculty mentors.

URI students must maintain a minimum 3.2 grade-point average to continue participation.

Open access to the Honors Program continues for qualified students throughout their undergraduate years. About 900 URI students participate in the Honors Program. About 60 students are participating in the Honors Colloquium this fall, which also has a companion class.