How Your Gift Helps
Here are just some of the many ways a gift to the university has a lasting impact.

Providing Food for Thought

The new Dorothy Goodwin Café on the main level of the library
Until this past May, students craving caffeine during a late-night study session at Mortensen Library had to ponder their only choices-hike to Java City in Konover Center or leave campus to find a late-night coffee shop. But now they can visit the new Dorothy Goodwin Café on the main level of the library. In addition to coffee, the café serves specialty drinks and pastries. The new café was funded in part by a generous bequest to the University from the late Dorothy Goodwin. Goodwin was a life regent of the University, a longtime trustee of Hartford College for Women (HCW), and a life member of the Mortensen Library Board of Visitors. A popular state legislator with a deep commitment to education, she died in June 2007 at age 92. Goodwin's mother, Ruth Cheney Goodwin, played a significant role in establishing HCW, so it is no surprise that her daughter also left a bequest to the Women's Education and Leadership Fund (WELFund), the successor to HCW. WELFund provides grants to University of Hartford students faculty, and staff who have innovative ideas to enhance women's education.

The Legacy of John Hunt

Carol and John Hunt in 2005
Shortly before John Hunt retired as a vice president at the Travelers Insurance Group in 1997, he became involved through a church group with the newly built Maria Sanchez Elementary School. Located in Hartford's Frog Hollow neighborhood, the Sanchez School serves children who are among some of the most vulnerable to the poverty cycle. Having broken that cycle himself as a child growing up in Iowa during the Depression, Hunt was a strong believer in the importance of education, mentoring, and personal accountability.

Hunt began by tutoring Sanchez students after school. At first he devoted a day each week to teaching reading and math. Soon he was spending four days a week at Sanchez. The more he learned about his students' personal circumstances, the more he worried about their futures without mentorship and a sound education. He noticed that some of the students couldn't see properly, so he paid for their vision tests and prescription glasses. He tried to impress upon his students the importance of a college education, and he took them to local colleges for campus visits.

Hunt followed their progress after they moved on to high school, helping them stay focused on their goals. To make those goals more achievable, Hunt and his wife, Carol, along with a silent partner, established full-tuition scholarships at the University of Hartford, the University of Connecticut, and Saint Joseph College, guaranteeing that students from the Maria Sanchez Elementary School would be provided for if they could meet admission criteria.

Tragically, in the spring of 2007, just as the first group of Sanchez students was about to reach college eligibility for the fall of 2008, Hunt died unexpectedly. Although he will never see any of his students reach their goals, thanks to his and Carol's careful planning, Hunt's legacy of selfless service to others will live on at the University of Hartford.

Dunns Fund Study Abroad
Bob and Gladys Dunn
Bob and Gladys Dunn in Egypt, 2007
The University of Hartford attracts a range of international students to campus. Sending University students abroad, however, has posed a challenge, especially for students who lack the resources. In the fall of 2007, Gladys and Robert (Bob) Dunn responded to this urgent need by generously creating the Gladys B. and Robert E. Dunn Fund for International Study. Of the 226 Hartford students who studied abroad last year, the Dunn Fund helped three students study in Australia, Poland, and Israel, respectively.

The Dunns' connections to the University of Hartford go back to its earliest beginnings. Bob taught courses required for certification in education at the old Hillyer College building on Hudson Street in the late 1950s. He also was principal of Hall High School in West Hartford, where he collaborated with the late dean of the University's School of Education, Irving Starr. Gladys received her master's in education in 1960 from the University, followed by guidance counselor certification in 1969 from the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions.

In 1962 the couple was named by The Hartford Courant as People to People representatives from the city of Hartford to the city of Birmingham, England. Two years later, the Dunns traveled to Europe with a University of Hartford group. After Bob's 38-year career as principal of Hall High School, the couple moved to the Seoul International School in South Korea. There, Gladys served as director of admissions, while Bob was deputy headmaster from 1990 to 1995.

As educators and world travelers still residing in West Hartford, the Dunns stress their shared personal belief that "both American and international students need more opportunities to learn through interpersonal contact, not just through travel experiences." In addition to their current endowment of the study abroad program, the Dunns have included the University of Hartford and other favorite charities in their estate plans.

For more information, contact Peter Congleton, at 860.768.2415 or