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Getting 'Better and Better'
At Wednesday's Spring Semester Kickoff for faculty and staff, President Walter Harrison said that the university is in the midst of "a superb year."
“In every measurable way, we continue to get better and better,” Harrison said at the semiannual Faculty/Staff Kickoff marking the start of the new semester.
President Harrison and Provost Donna Randall gave updates on a wide range of issues during Wednesday’s program. In addition, the event featured presentations on the university’s two magnet schools: the University of Hartford Magnet School and the University High School of Science and Engineering.
Coverage of the magnet school presentations, Randall’s comments, and other news from the kickoff will be included in Friday’s edition of UNotes Daily.
Read President Harrison’s remarks.
Read Provost Randall’s remarks.
Harrison gave updates on a wide range of facilities projects, including the following:
- The final phase of the ISET (Integrated Science, Engineering, and Technology) project was officially completed on Dec. 22, and faculty and staff moved into their newly renovated offices in Dana Hall during the winter break.
- Work on the athletic fields project continues to move forward, with the new baseball and softball fields scheduled to open in March. “We’re only a few months away from fulfilling a dream many of us have had for at least the seven and a half years I have been here—on a warm spring day watching our lacrosse, softball, and baseball teams all practice on their own home fields,” Harrison said.
- University officials will make a recommendation to the Board of Regents next month to build a new residence hall. If approved, the residence hall probably would be located to the east of the University Commons. Construction would begin in May, with the goal of opening the new facility in the fall of 2007. In addition, major renovations are planned for the six brick “complexes,” the oldest residence halls on campus. Those renovations will be performed over the next three summers.
- All of the planning work has been completed for the new Performing Arts Center on the corner of Albany Avenue and Westbourne Parkway, Harrison said, adding that the university is “very close . . . to being able to begin work” on the project.
- Another possible project, which is still in a very preliminary stage, is the construction of an Arts and Technology Center for the Hartford Art School. Harrison said he plans to bring the proposal to the Board of Regents in February or March.
“I think it reflects a maturing university, one entitled to a sophisticated identity,” Harrison said.