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Community Day Draws Nearly 1,000 to Campus
“Despite winter staging its last gasp on Saturday, we saw so many of our neighbors on campus smiling and having a good time,” said Jonathan Easterbrook, director of marketing services for the University and the coordinator of Community Day.
See photos from Community Day 2006.
Community Day is designed to increase awareness of the rich array of programs, activities, and resources that the University offers to the Greater Hartford community. The event features a wide array of activities for all ages, including free games and amusements for kids, as well as performances, exhibits, interactive experiences, and the annual “Rubber Duck Marathon” on the Hog River.
New attractions this year included a free afternoon MUSIC for a CHANGE concert by singer Dana Pomfret, and a full day of book signings by local authors with University connections. There were many perennial favorites as well, including the “Be an Anchor” experience at the Kent McCray Television Studio, and the Instrumental Show and Play, in which Hartt students give children an opportunity to handle and play musical instruments.
More University of Hartford students were involved in this year’s Community Day than ever before, Easterbrook said. Among the many student-run events was a scavenger hunt sponsored by the Honors Council. Current graduate student and alumnus Nicole Denkus '04, who introduced the Family Fun Day component of Community Day when she was an undergraduate, continued to expand that portion of the program this year.
“The essence of Community Day was captured by a senior citizen who came by herself before 11 a.m. and was one of the last persons to leave when she was picked up after 4 o’clock,” Easterbrook said. “She said ‘I’m going to sleep well tonight. Boy, did I have a good time.’ “