DURHAM — Faculty and staff from Porter & Chester Institute’s Branford campus will take part in “Construction Career Days at the Construction Pro Rodeo to provide more than 1,500 area high school students a glimpse into construction industry career opportunities.

Representatives from the automotive technology, computer-aided drafting and design (CADD), electrician, electronics systems technician and HVAC programs will guide students through practical, industry-modeled exercises to encourage interest in the wide variety of career paths possible in the construction and technical fields.

The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 2  p.m. May 14 and 15 at the Durham Fairgrounds, 24 Townhouse Road. To learn more, call 203-530-0893.

 FAIRFIELD — The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) has chosen Fairfield University Professor Evangelos Hadjimichael of Woodbridge  to receive its 2014 Outstanding Teaching Award for New England. Hadjimichael, founding dean of Fairfield University’s School of Engineering, is now professor of Physics and Engineering at Fairfield. The presentation will take place at the ASEE national awards next month in Indianapolis.

Said Bruce Berdanier, professor and dean of Fairfield’s School of Engineering: “Dr. Hadjimichael’s contributions to Fairfield University and his longtime dedication to its students and campus community are remarkable. Among his many achievements has been fostering young peoples’ passion to study engineering, while inspiring them to pursue careers in vital STEM-related industries.”

Hadjimichael’s accomplishments are indeed many. He was instrumental in merging the Bridgeport Engineering Institute with Fairfield University, thus establishing the School of Engineering, for which he was the founding dean. During his 15-year tenure as dean he established academic alliances that continue to provide a seamless pathway for community college students into the School of Engineering, and he introduced programmatic and curricular innovations, including an Assessment and Continuous Quality Improvement Process (ACQIP), which proved to be invaluable in the School gaining re-accreditation in 1999 and 2005 from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

More recently, the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering elected Hadjimichael to membership in its select organization, and the State Legislature appointed him to the Connecticut Planning Commission for Higher Education.

 STORRS — This summer the University of Connecticut will offer an online graduate certificate in leadership and diversity management in sport. Professionals working in sports organizations and intercollegiate or interscholastic athletic administration can take their career to the next level with this innovative new program.  The curriculum is comprised of four 3-credit courses offered during the summer semesters. Students can complete the certificate taking two classes over two summer terms, or take individual courses at their own pace.

UConn’s Leadership and Diversity Management in Sport Certificate program is designed to help students develop the leadership skills needed to manage a diverse workforce in sport organizations. Students will develop diversity management practices, and work with UConn faculty with leadership and diversity management expertise, as well as recognized leaders in the field.

Managing Diversity in Sport Organizations” is offered from June 2 to July 3. “Leadership in Sport Organizations” is offered from July 7 to August 8. For more information or to apply, visit sportmanagement.uconn.edu, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 860-486-0184.