Great Universities have Great Teachers and the University of Connecticut is blessed with more than its fair share. The President’s series on Teaching Excellence is designed to provide a forum to facilitate discussion and reflection on the journey from good teaching to great teaching. Come join your faculty and staff colleagues for a lively and engaging discussion as we explore the essence of being a great teacher. The inaugural address in this series ‘From My Side of the Desk’ will be given by Professor Emeritus Sam Pickering. Introductory remarks by President Susan Herbst.