Donor Testimonials
Nicholas F. Galluccio '72
Nick Galluccio '72 went on to earn graduate degrees at Columbia University, but he never forgot the University of Hartford. Galluccio has endowed a two-year scholarship for students in the humanities and politics and government programs of the College of Arts and Sciences. "My decision to endow this scholarship was driven by a desire to give something back to the University and to support students intent on high achievement," says Galluccio, who is a member of the University's board of regents. Galluccio is president and CEO of Rye, N.Y.-based Teton Advisors and portfolio manager of the Gamco Westwood Small Cap Equity Fund. He is also on the board of trustees at St. Luke's School in New Canaan, Conn.

Debi and Jay Shaw '74
"My experience at Hillyer was spectacular," says Jay Shaw '74. In return, the Shaws have supported multiple initiatives at Hillyer College. In fall 2008, plans were unveiled for the Shaw Center at Hillyer. Named in recognition of the Shaws as lead donors, the two-story, 7,500-square-foot addition will give Hillyer much-needed office and gathering space. Shaw is managing director of Resource Holdings Ltd., a New York-based company that he founded. "It was at Hillyer that I learned the joy of knowledge and thinking," Shaw says. "Hillyer gave me the support, confidence, and base from which I could build my life. I am very happy to do what I can to enrich the educational and life experiences of students at Hillyer."

Chuck Seeman '76 and Bill Seeman '77
The Manfred and Carol Seeman Endowed Scholarship was created by Chuck Seeman '76 and Bill Seeman '77 as a way to honor their parents, Manfred and Carol, while providing financial assistance to Barney School students living in southeastern Connecticut.

"I thought the scholarship fund was a wonderful idea, especially since both of my sons had gone to the University of Hartford and had very good experiences there," said Manfred Seeman. Manfred grew up in Austria, but the Holocaust forced him to flee with his family when he was just 14. He fought in the Pacific during World War II, earning the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. After the war, he put himself through college, earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, and started a successful furniture company. "I think my father was very touched by the scholarship established in his name," Bill Seeman said. "Hopefully, our parents will be associated with the University of Hartford for a long time to come."

Chuck and his wife, Susan, have established three other endowed funds in support of the University, the Barney School, and Hillyer College. One of the funds is a scholarship in their own names, the Susan and Charles Seeman Endowed Scholarship, which assists Hillyer students who continue at the University by entering the Barney School. Chuck Seeman, who is a 2008 Anchor Award winner and a member of the Barney board of visitors, is president and CEO of United Community and Family Services in Norwich, Conn.

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