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December 18, 2014
The University of Hartford’s Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies has named author David Bezmozgis the 2014 Edward Lewis Wallant Award winner for his outstanding novel, "The Betrayers" (Little, Brown and Company, September 2014).
December 17, 2014
Seventeen graduate students in the nursing program at the University of Hartford’s College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions spent a week in Brazil in early November studying and observing at two university hospitals there.
December 9, 2014
In recognition of his work to improve the academic success of student-athletes, Harrison will receive the NCAA President’s Gerald R. Ford Award at the 2015 NCAA Convention in the Washington, D.C. area.
December 1, 2014
About 180 graduating students are expected to receive degrees at the University of Hartford’s Fall Commencement ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 7, starting at 2:30 p.m., in the Lincoln Theater on the University campus.
November 26, 2014
Theresa Vara-Dannen, an English teacher at the University of High School of Science and Engineering in Hartford and an adjunct professor at the University of Hartford and the University of Connecticut, was recently named Poet-of-the-Year for 2014 by the New England Association of Teachers of English (NEATE).
November 25, 2014
Athletic teams at the University of Hartford pride themselves on signing recruits who know how to battle through adversity, and who make the players around them better. Well, the Hawks have recently brought in five new recruits who are already having a huge impact on their respective teams.
November 12, 2014
An evening devoted to singing and chanting from the liturgies of Jews, Christians and Muslims and from the popular culture of the Abrahamic faiths is being presented at the University of Hartford on Tuesday, Dec. 2, starting at 7:30 p.m., in Auerbach Auditorium, in the University’s Hillyer Hall.
November 11, 2014
University of Hartford students, faculty, and staff are among the millions of veterans being honored for their service this week.
November 3, 2014
Misty Copeland, who has become an inspiration to young girls and others for overcoming numerous obstacles to become the first black ballerina in two decades to be a soloist at the American Ballet Theatre, will be in the University of Hartford’s Hartt School dance studios on Monday afternoon, Nov. 3.
October 28, 2014
When Ebony Wright-Campbell ’02,’ 04 was a sophomore in Hillyer College, Her mother and only parent, Sandra Patricia Campbell, died in the World Trade Center on Sept 11, 2001. With the help of mentors, scholarships, and her own perseverance, Wright-Campbell went on graduate and become a social worker.
October 28, 2014
The University of Hartford's Women for Change will unveil its sixth annual calendar on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 3 p.m. in the University’s Mali I Auditorium. The theme of this year’s calendar, “Super (Em) Powerment,” was inspired by the University’s “Empowering Change” initiative, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.
October 23, 2014
Katherine A. Black, who has served as interim dean of the University of Hartford’s College of Arts and Sciences since January 2014, will become dean of the college effective Nov. 1. The College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) is the largest of the University’s seven schools and colleges.
October 23, 2014
Katherine A. Black, who has served as interim dean of the University of Hartford’s College of Arts and Sciences since January 2014, will become dean of the college effective Nov. 1. The College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) is the largest of the University’s seven schools and colleges.
October 21, 2014
This year’s RateMyProfessors.com list of top university professors in the country includes Laura Pence, professor of chemistry in the University of Hartford’s College of Arts and Sciences, The 2014 list that ranks the nation’s top professors and universities lists Pence at number 20. The annual ranking list is based entirely on students’ input.
October 20, 2014
Students put their nutrition lessons into practice by creating a farmers' market on the University of Hartford campus.
October 14, 2014
The third annual Intersection of Risk and Finance Symposium, will offer an informative and dynamic look at the current trends, issues, and business solutions in those areas; and the engaging career possibilities that await today’s college graduates.
October 13, 2014
Richard Freund, the University of Hartford’s Maurice Greenberg Professor of Jewish History and director of the University’s Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies, will be talking about the new movies which will feature the stories of Moses and Mary, coming to theaters in the upcoming months.
October 8, 2014
Nearly a dozen University alumni will perform at Hawktober Weekend with their band West End Blend.
October 6, 2014
The University of Hartford’s Department of Psychology, with the generous support of the Parents Association, will dedicate a bench and study alcove located in East Hall in celebration of Rachel D’Avino’s life and the positive impact that she had on her community.
October 2, 2014
Speakman, who graduated from the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School with a bachelor’s degree in illustration in 1998, is the creator of "Sports Propaganda Art" limited edition prints and posters. Conceptually inspired by the propaganda art of the 1940's, Speakman’s work actively recruits fans to support their favorite team.
October 1, 2014
The University of Hartford’s Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies will host the inaugural N. Richard Greenfield Jewish Ledger Lecture on Jewish Journalism, featuring a talk by Laurel Leff, author of "Buried by The Times: The Holocaust and America’s Most Important Newspaper"
October 1, 2014
The University's College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP) and its community partners — Hartford Public Schools, Saint Francis Care, East Hartford Public Schools, West Hartford Public Schools, and the Connecticut Science Center — are sponsoring the 2014 Connecticut STEM Conference with an eye toward forming strong relationships between STEM educators and institutions that rely on STEM knowledge to succeed.
September 24, 2014
Nightingale’s paper on how she was inspired by the words of Audrie Lourde was selected as the top paper in the “Voices for Change” essay contest. “Lorde called on America to fight hatred and celebrate differences, with poetry as her megaphone,” Nightingale wrote.
September 23, 2014
One of the world’s leading experts on the Dead Sea Scrolls, Adolfo Roitman, the Lizbeth and George Krupp Curator of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Shrine of the Book, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, will be speaking about the newest discoveries that have emerged from the translations of the Dead Sea Scrolls that shine a light on the first Christians.
September 19, 2014
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s a question we’ve all asked, but have you ever heard someone say, “I want to build pipe organs?” Julie Mundy ’16 admits that answer surprised people when she talked about her career plans in high school.
September 16, 2014
Troy Lachance, who for the last five years has led interactive studio Bluecadet’s design team in creating compelling user experiences at museums and cultural institutions across the country, will present a talk on “Dinosaurs, Chemistry Sets & a Giant Beating Heart: How Digital Design Can Inspire Imagination, Connection & Exploration.”
September 15, 2014
James Billington, the Librarian of Congress, will be presented an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at the University of Hartford on Monday, Sept. 22. The presentation is part of the culminating event for “Empowering Change,” a landmark week-long initiative by the University, Newman’s Own Foundation, and the Library of Congress to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.
September 12, 2014
"Somewhere Between Creation and Destruction," the seventh International Distinguished Artists Symposium and Exhibition at the Joseloff Gallery, Hartford Art School is a celebration of the renaissance of cut paper as an artistic expression.
September 10, 2014
Ido Leffler, the engaging entrepreneur who is cofounder of Yes To, Inc., one of the world’s top natural beauty and skincare brands, will offer his tips on how to “Get Big Fast and Do More Good” in the University of Hartford’s annual Ellsworth Lecture, on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 5:30 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium.
September 3, 2014
Mohan Kocherla M'13 is using his MBA from the Barney School of Business to help grow his biomedical company that is at the forefront of personalized medicine.
September 2, 2014
“Empowering Change,” a landmark week-long initiative celebrating the 50th anniversary of the signing into law of the Civil Rights Act, will offer an array of programs and observances during the week of Sept. 14-22 to encourage reflection, dialogue, and action in civil rights and social change.
August 27, 2014
The University of Hartford will welcome about 1,500 new students to campus, as the annual “Move-in Weekend” begins on Friday, August 29, and continues throughout the weekend. The University’s Class of 2018 comes from than 33 states and the District of Columbia, as well as 25 foreign countries.
August 21, 2014
His voice soars into the rarefied stratosphere of international opera. Singing on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera and others has become "normal" for bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green '08 just a few years after graduating from the University of Hartford's Hartt School.
August 18, 2014
When they were children, Nate MacDonald '14 and Ron Wassmer, Jr. '14 loved playing with Legos and spent countless hours building make-believe houses. Now, these recent graduates are moving on to bigger, very real creations. They have spent the summer designing a 20,000-square-foot Caribbean home for a billionaire. The other details are secret, at the request of their wealthy client.
August 15, 2014
Hartford Hawks men's basketball team members will get a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a foreign culture and play basketball internationally, all while absorbing the lifestyle, history, and scenery of the Land Down Under during a two-week trip to Australia.
August 13, 2014
William Cianci, who has been executive director of the Construction Institute at the University of Hartford for 28 years, has announced that he will retire from that organization, effective December 31, 2014.
August 5, 2014
“Immigration is not just a border issue,” says Lisa Wisniewski, a student in the University’s Educational Leadership doctoral program, who has spent the past several months as part of a White House working group that is developing recommendations for changes in immigration policies.
July 29, 2014
Life’s important lessons can happen outside of the classroom. That’s what Alyssa Nett ’12 discovered after enrolling in the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School as a painting major. A summer internship completing art projects with a young hospice patient taught her she could combine her love of art with her desire to help people. Nett is now pursing a career in psychology with the goal of researching the effects of art therapy.
July 24, 2014
About 150 incoming freshmen are getting a head start on their transition to college this summer through the University’s growing Summer Bridge program. These students are getting a taste of college-level coursework, learning study skills, getting to know the campus, and building relationships with students and faculty members.
July 24, 2014
The University of Hartford is welcoming 40 educators from the Republic of Rwanda to its campus this weekend to start a month-long program (July 28 – Aug. 22) designed for Rwandan teachers to enhance their skills, thereby increasing their effectiveness in the classroom and as educational leaders.
July 17, 2014
Megan Barry ’14 who graduated summa cum laude and with University Honors with a bachelor's degree in biology and who who was a standout cross country and track and field athlete, was selected to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Third Team, making her one of the nation’s top 45 female student-athletes to be recognized for academic and athletic excellence.
July 14, 2014
Gabriel Carrera '01 had such a positive experience at the University of Hartford that he wants to give back. But like most things in his life, he isn’t going the usual route. Carrera will ride 8,000 miles on his motorcycle on a difficult endurance challenge ride from Florida to Alaska starting July 20 to raise money for the University. He is asking alumni, friends and others to pledge a donation for each mile he rides to raise money for student financial aid.
July 7, 2014
Four University of Hartford students are spending their summer conducting scholarly research on subjects as diverse as greenhouse gas emissions, traditional crafts, a historic organ composition, and an Irish uprising.
June 30, 2014
A team of University students has been working with Andrew Craft, professor of chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences, testing various metals and alloys to find the safest and most durable materials for storing hydrogen for use in a fuel cell that will power a vehicle.
June 26, 2014
WWUH Radio (91.3 FM) will present a special program commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Hartford Circus Fire tragedy. This 90-minute documentary, which will be broadcast on Sunday, July 6, beginning at 11:30 a.m., includes interviews with survivors talking about their memories of that day.
June 25, 2014
The University of Hartford’s Alumni Association Board of Directors has elected officers and new members, adding seven first-time members to the board, representing a range of careers and university experiences.
June 19, 2014
The University of Hartford clinched its third-straight America East Academic Cup in 2013–14, as our student-athletes posted the highest grade point average of any school in the 19-year history of the award.
June 16, 2014
For the second straight year, music fans in Connecticut have named the University of Hartford Gospel Choir the top gospel group in the state. The singers received the Connecticut Music Award in their category during a ceremony on Tuesday, June 10.
June 13, 2014
The “Prodigy Class” at the University High School of Science and Engineering (UHSSE)has all 73 members going on to a two-year or four-college or university, has 56 students (77 percent) having earned a number of college credits, and capped its senior year by hosting U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
June 9, 2014
Dwyer, who plays the leading role of Elphaba in the long-running musical smash "Wicked," sang “For Good” with co-star Jenni Barber.
June 7, 2014
Everyone in the UHSSE Class of 2014, known as Prodigy Class, plans on attending a two- or four-year college or university. More than 75 percent of the graduates (56 students) have already earned some college credits.
June 6, 2014
Hartford Hawks junior lefthander Sean Newcomb was selected 15th overall by the Los Angeles Angels in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Thursday night. This is the highest that a University of Hartford player has ever been selected.
June 2, 2014
The members of Bronze Radio Return, a rock band made up of four University of Hartford alumni, have come a long way since Spring Fling 2008. Six years after that performance, the first of their career, they landed spots in the two of the biggest shows of the summer festival season: Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza.
May 27, 2014
The Golden Hawk who flew the farthest this spring to attend the 50th reunion of her graduating class was Shuku Iwasaki, an internationally recognized pianist who traveled from Tokyo, Japan. Shuku was a Hartt piano student who finished the last two years of her bachelor’s in music here and graduated from the University of Hartford in 1964.
May 23, 2014
New University of Hartford graduates are already starting their careers just a few days after the University's Commencement on Sunday, May 18.
May 18, 2014
In his Commencement address to nearly 1,100 undergraduate students in the University of Hartford’s Class of 2014, baseball legend Joe Torre focused more on overcoming adversity than celebrating success.
May 17, 2014
Under a blue sky as bright as their futures, more than 425 students were presented their masters and doctoral degrees during the University of Hartford’s Graduate Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 17.
May 16, 2014
At approximately 11:45 p.m. on May 15, a car accident and the resulting police investigation near the University of Hartford caused the campus to go into lockdown as a precautionary measure.
May 12, 2014
Three University of Hartford alumni—a top executive at Cigna, a prolific composer for television and film, and the director of NBC’s Meet the Press—will be honored during the University’s undergraduate Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 18.
May 8, 2014
The Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies held its annual awards ceremony, at which it presented 42 student and teacher awards and distributed more than $30,000 in student and teacher scholarships to honor excellence in the classroom and innovative research.
May 6, 2014
The University is implementing a series of actions aimed at preparing us to respond to the growing number of incidents involving weapons at college and university campuses. As part of this effort, the University has made a decision to have both armed and unarmed officers in the Department of Public Safety.
May 6, 2014
Aven Rose '14 will deliver the "Charge to the Graduating Class of 2014" during the undergraduate Commencement ceremony on May 18.
May 3, 2014
None of the more than 130 students who have visited Campus Health Services yesterday and today were symptomatic for meningitis.
May 2, 2014
Anton Goff, who has extensive experience in the field of athletics administration, most recently as athletic director at Bowie State University in Maryland, has been named the new director of athletics at the University of Hartford.
May 2, 2014
Anton Goff, previously athletics director at Bowie State University in Bowie, Md., has been named the new director of athletics at the University of Hartford.
April 28, 2014
Joe Torre, who currently serves as Major League Baseball’s executive vice president of baseball operations and who is being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame this summer, will be the keynote speaker at the University of Hartford’s Commencement weekend, May 17–18.
April 28, 2014
Joe Torre, former Major League Baseball manager and current executive vice president of baseball operations, will speak at the University of Hartford's undergraduate Commencement ceremony on May 18.
April 23, 2014
The University of Hartford will honor six faculty members for their exceptional teaching during the undergraduate Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 18.
April 18, 2014
Three outstanding members of the Class of 2014 will be recognized for their academic excellence and will receive the top student awards and scholarships during undergraduate commencement on May 18.
April 15, 2014
The University's Hartt School is proud to announce that its popular and widely hailed Richard P. Garmany Chamber Music Series is returning for a sixth season, thanks to the support of Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.
April 9, 2014
Alyssa Englert ’14, one of our Hartford Hawks women’s basketball players, made it all the way to the Final Four in Nashville. She was honored for her good work as a volunteer in our community during the nationally televised semifinal game.
April 8, 2014
Assistant Professor Jessica Nicklin, director of the undergraduate psychology program in the University of Hartford’s College of Arts and Sciences, is this year’s recipient of the Belle K. Ribicoff Junior Faculty Prize. Nicklin will receive the prize, which includes an award of $10,000, at Commencement in May.
April 7, 2014
Being a record-setting distance runner and training for an Olympic development race is challenging enough. But imagine doing that while completing an honors thesis and studying possible treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. That’s the life of Megan Barry ’14, a student-athlete with dreams of a future as a runner and a veterinarian.
April 4, 2014
Christopher Emdin, professor and author of "Urban Science for the Hip-Hop Gneration," will talk about ways to get students more engaged in the sciences using music and pop culture on Tuesday, April 22.
April 3, 2014
Many eyes and ears will be trained on nine University of Hartford students today and tomorrow (April 3 and 4, 2014), as the students present their research at a highly selective conference of outstanding undergraduates from around the country.
April 1, 2014
Two students from the University's Hartford Art School (HAS) won top honors at this year’s Alexander A. Goldfarb Student Exhibition, and a third HAS student won a special Juror’s Prize.
March 31, 2014
The next Olympics are still more than two years away, but NBC has already asked Joe Dziok '14 to be part of their coverage for the third time.
March 28, 2014
A new study led by Assistant Professor Beth Taylor found that prolonged marathon training does not damage the heart. The results of the study, “Influence of Chronic Exercise on Carotid Atherosclerosis in Marathon Runners,” originally published in BMJ Open, have generated a lot of media attention.
March 25, 2014
The University of Hartford will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Genocide of the Tutsi in Rwanda with a Kwibuka 20 event, highlighted by remarks by Mathilde Mukantabana, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Rwanda to the United States of America.
March 24, 2014
James Gurney, author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling "Dinotopia" book series, will present a lecture on “Dinotopia: Art, Science & Imagination.” The talk is part of the Hartford Art School’s Auerbach Lecture Series.
March 21, 2014
This March, Norman Rockwell Museum will present the latest in its Distinguished Illustrator Series of exhibitions: ”Baseball, Rodeos, and Automobiles: The Art of Murray Tinkelman” will be on view at the Museum from March 29 through June 15.
March 20, 2014
While many students went home or vacationed in a warmer climate for spring break, several groups from the University kept right on working, whether it was for credit or to help a town in need.
March 17, 2014
Conservative columnist Cal Thomas, known as one of the most widely read and highly regarded voices on the American political scene, will be the featured speaker in the Deeds Symposium, presented by the University of Hartford.
March 12, 2014
We use our hands so often during the day, it’s easy to take for granted just how complex our fingers are. Graduate students in the University of Hartford’s prosthetics and orthotics program understand these complicated mechanics. Now one of them is using her knowledge to develop what she hopes will be the most realistic prosthetic finger on the market.
March 7, 2014
As U.S troops prepare to leave Afghanistan by the end of this year, a group of University professors and graduates is being praised helping shape the future of the country.
March 6, 2014
Sharon Walsh, who has worked in the field of special education and early intervention for more than 30 years, will provide an informative presentation recapping federal legislative and executive branch activities that affect Pre-K through Grade 12 education.
March 4, 2014
Hartford Hawks junior lefthander Sean Newcomb is getting off to a hot start -- he won America East “Pitcher of the Week” honors after throwing five scoreless innings in the season opener against Georgetown and he is featured on the cover of the March 2014 issue of New England Baseball Journal.
February 26, 2014
For the fifth time in six years, a University of Hartford student is part of the prestigious Connecticut Poetry Circuit Student Poets Tour. Like the students before her, Laura Ahking ’15 was mentored by Benjamin Grossberg, assistant professor of English.
February 21, 2014
Students will notice a big change in their dining experience when they arrive on campus this fall. The Commons, the University’s main dining hall, will undergo major renovations over thee summer. In addition, Dining Services is revamping the meal plans offered to both residential students and commuters.
February 17, 2014
Many students in the University’s prosthetics and orthotics programs dream of working with wounded veterans. Today, they heard words of encouragement from one such veteran while receiving a pledge of support from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn). Blumenthal is co-sponsoring a bill that would provide grants to colleges and universities to develop more technologically advanced prosthetics.
February 12, 2014
If you get a Valentine’s Day card in the mail this week, pay close attention to the stamp on the envelope. It may be the work of Q. Cassetti M ’09, a graduate of the Low-Residency Master of Illustration program at the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School.
February 11, 2014
Joe Dziok ’14 is still a senior at the University of Hartford but he is already an Olympic veteran. For the second straight Olympics, he is one of the many professionals working behind the scenes to help bring the competitions to your television and computer screens.
February 4, 2014
University of Hartford Director of Athletics and Special Assistant to the President Patricia H. Meiser has announced she will retire effective July 31, 2014.
February 4, 2014
Discussing the movie industry’s fascination with Biblical stories and how Hollywood’s portrayal of life during these times corresponds with fact will be Richard Freund, the Maurice Greenberg Professor of Jewish History and director of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford.
February 3, 2014
Guest artist Trevor Paglen will present a lecture titled, “The Last Pictures,” that is part of the Hartford Art School’s Auerbach Lecture Series.
February 3, 2014
The University of Hartford is ranked #2 among U.S. colleges in insurer hiring of 2012–2013 risk management and insurance undergraduates. The ranking was reported by Business Insurance magazine in its “Top U.S. College Risk Management and Insurance Undergraduate Programs” section.
January 29, 2014
The University of Hartford has signed on as the second college to participate in the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA)-sponsored Campus Efficiency Now (CEN) program, an initiative designed to advance energy efficiency in Connecticut’s private colleges and universities.
January 21, 2014
The University’s Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies has named author Kenneth Bonert the 2013 Edward Lewis Wallant Award winner for his outstanding novel, "The Lion Seeker" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013). The presentation ceremony, which will include a talk by Bonert, will be held on Thursday, April 24.

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