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Giving to Hillyer

In 2004 the Hillyer College Board of Visitors embarked upon an unprecedented effort to sustain and improve upon the educational experience offered at Hillyer College. Each of five key initiatives plays an integral role in creating not only a vital educational institution at present, but one that will sustain itself for generations to come: Through the generosity of many alumni, parents, and friends of the college, existing programs have been expanded and new ones developed, a number of scholarship opportunities have been created to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student population, and much-needed facilities improvements have been made.

Your endorsement of these important initiatives is a testament to the transformational learning experience that happens at Hillyer every day. To learn more about supporting Hillyer College, contact David Goldenberg, Dean, at (860)768-4055 or Mechelle Tovar Olortegui, Development Officer, at (860) 768-2440.

Student Scholarship Support
Gifts to support student scholarships directly benefit our students, and every single gift - regardless of size - has a lasting impact. Examples of scholarships that have been created include:
  • The Hillyer College Alumni Scholarship
  • The Voldstad Family Endowed Scholarship for academically strong sophomores with unexpected financial need
  • The Helen Griswold Endowed Scholarship for minority students who excel in the classroom and have financial need
  • The Benjamin L. Goldenberg Memorial Scholarship for returning sophomores in the top 5% of the class
  • The Shaw Family Foundation Endowed Scholarship for academic excellence
  • The Charles & Susan Seeman Family Endowment for sophomores who are going to continue their studies at the Barney School of Business
  • The Wagar Family Scholarship for students entering Hillyer College from Bulkeley High School
  • The Mihalek Scholarship for students who intend to study business
  • The Mehri Family Endowment for the top two students in the sophomore class
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Program Development
Gifts to support program support have helped the College create new concentrations in American studies, global studies, Education Studies, and environmental studies, and provided seed money to study the addition of a leadership studies concentration. Students have benefited from enhanced program development in many ways, including:
  • Environmental studies students who traveled to the River Museum in Essex, CT
  • Pre-education students who met regularly to prepare for the national PRAXIS examination
  • Development of the Honors Program which supported campus lectures and local and international travel
  • Creation of a second semester humanities/English honors course for freshmen that brought Pulitzer Prize winning authors to Hillyer to meet with the students
  • Creation of a sophomore Social Sciences/Natural Sciences course and courses in marine biology, environmental studies of the Connecticut ecosystem, and sports in society
  • Establishment of the winter term honors course which allowed students to travel to England to study British history, Mexico to study the ancient Mayan civilization, and Hawaii to study the art and culture of the Polynesian peoples in cooperation with the University of Hawaii
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Faculty Support
Gifts to support faculty members have enabled Hillyer professors to attend and participate in professional activities designed to learn new pedagogies that enhance student learning. These same faculty members have a growing regional, national, and international reputation for their scholarship. Our faculty members are exploring marine biology, race relations, nutritional habits that overcome obesity, voter perceptions, gun control during the American Revolution, and poetry, just to name a few. Faculty support initiatives have enabled creation of:
  • The Pauline and Joseph Gareau Endowment to support the research interests of our faculty members
  • The Jay Holden Camp Faculty Fellowship in honor of Hillyer's first faculty member, to support a junior faculty member with either new learning and teaching strategies or research support
  • The Hillyer College Award for Excellence in Advising to recognize the importance of the one-to-one advising relationship that embodies the mission of Hillyer
  • The Hillyer College Award for Scholarship and Creativity to recognize the work of faculty members
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Student Engagement
Gifts to support student engagement have resulted in students taking greater responsibility for their learning through the following activities:
  • Attending performances and post-performance discussions at a variety of professional theater companies (e.g. The Hartford Stage, Theatre Works, Yale Rep and more) to supplement their English and drama classes
  • Visiting museums such as the Wadsworth Athenaeum and the Harriet Beecher Stowe home in Hartford as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City to supplement their art history classes
  • Visiting a nature preserve in South Deerfield, MA to supplement their biology classes
  • Participating in faculty research projects as well as their own, and presenting their findings at professional conferences at universities such as Harvard and University of Vermont
  • Studying marine ecology at Mystic Aquarium
The College has an ambitious goal to have upwards of one-fifth of our students learn experientially. Thanks to support of this initiative, our students were able to travel to England, Spain, Bermuda, and Mexico. Students traveled within the United States to help with the relief efforts in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, and were honored with the University's Community Service Award upon their return.
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Facilities Improvements
Gifts to support facilities improvements have helped address immediate needs and much-needed improvements to Hillyer Hall (formerly University Hall), the first building constructed on the campus nearly 50 years ago, and include:
  • Support for construction of The Shaw Center
  • Upgrading our math (Learning Logic) lab
  • Renovating the first floor and creating the Corridor of Knowledge in preparation for the University's 50th anniversary in 2007
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