STORRS, Conn. - Ellen and Richard Cartun of Avon, Conn., will be honored with the A.J. Pappanikou Outstanding Contribution Award by The UConn Club when it hosts its 64th Annual Awards Ceremony. The event takes place on Wednesday, April 26, at the Jorgensen Center For The Performing Arts in Storrs.
The UConn Club Awards Program begins with a social hour at 6:00 p.m. with heavy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. The awards ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. with a dessert reception to follow. The event is open to the public and for ticket and sponsorship information, please CLICK HERE.
The Cartuns are avid attendees of Husky games both at home and on the road, and have provided support to a number of UConn programs and initiatives. They donated toward the building of the Werth Family UConn Basketball Champions Center and the Burton Family Football Complex. The Cartuns have also made a commitment to the building of the new Rizza Family Soccer Complex.
Aside from athletics, they have also been very generous to the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center at UConn Health.
Rich graduated from UConn in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in pathobiology. After earning his master's in health care administration from the Hartford Graduate Center/RPI in 1981, he returned to UConn and earned his doctorate in pathobiology in 1990.
He currently serves as the Director of Histology and The Martin M. Berman, MD Immunopathology/Morphologic Proteomics Laboratory and is also the Assistant Director of Anatomic Pathology in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Hartford Hospital.
Ellen graduated from Bethany College (W.Va.) in 1977 with a degree in elementary education. She currently serves as an assistant manager at the gift shop at UConn Health in Farmington.
The Cartuns have two grown sons: William earned a master's in kinesiology from UConn in 2007 while working with the men's basketball team and is currently the Director of Basketball Operations for the University of Colorado men's basketball team. He and his wife Ashley -- also a UConn graduate -- have a daughter, Julianna, and live in Erie, Colo. Their younger son, Brian, also an avid sports fan, lives in Portland, Maine, and works for Stone Coast, a financial services company.