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March 28, 2017
The University of Hartford’s Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies is honoring retiring University President Walter Harrison at a special program titled, “A Conversation on Academics and Athletics,” on Thursday, April 6, at 7 p.m. in the Harry Jack Gray Center’s Wilde Auditorium. Harrison, America East Conference Commissioner Amy Huchthausen, and ESPN Reporter and Host Andy Katz will serve as panelists, and Greenberg Center Professor Avinoam Patt will moderate the discussion.
March 24, 2017
A group of students in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture, led by civil engineering major Matthew Garneau ’19, set out to improve this difficult learning environment for school children living in villages outside New Delhi, India, by increasing the water and power supply in two local schools.
March 21, 2017
Less than one year after Commencement, nearly every member of the University of Hartford Class of 2016 is putting their hard-earned degree to good use. Ninety-two percent of our recent graduates are either employed, pursuing further education, serving in the military, or participating in a program of volunteer service. Here is a look at what four young alumni have been up to:
March 21, 2017
Artist Ruth Lingen will present a lecture entitled, “Contemporary Prints & Artist Books,” as part of the Hartford Art School’s Auerbach Lecture Series, Tuesday, April 18, at 2:30 p.m., at the University of Hartford in the Harry Jack Gray Center’s Wilde Auditorium. The talk is free and open to the public, and is made possible by the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund of the Hartford Art School Endowment, Inc
March 17, 2017
Many artists dream of having their work purchased for the enjoyment of others. Students in the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School, Adrian Martinez ’17 and Ying Ye ’18, didn’t even have to wait until they graduated for this dream to come true. As winners of the 2017 Alexander A. Goldfarb Student Exhibition, their art becomes part of the Goldfarb Memorial Collection, owned by the art school, and sometimes displayed in offices and public spaces on campus.
March 13, 2017
CETA's Master of Architecture (MArch) student Fahed Baker, M’17 is a Fulbright Scholar and two-time winner of the prestigious International Architecture Award presented by the World Architecture Community.
March 7, 2017
If you have ever tried to quit smoking, you know just how challenging it can be. Caitlin Connelly ’17 and Hajar Altimimi ’17, two respiratory care majors in the University of Hartford’s College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions, are hoping to make the process a bit easier for people staying at the South Park Inn shelter in Hartford, Conn. The students are leading a weekly smoking cessation class at the shelter to teach the homeless new strategies and tools to quit smoking.
March 2, 2017
Sculpture students in the University’s Hartford Art School (HAS) are experiencing a unique chance to study with two renowned artists Jamie Isenstein and Michael E. Smith, who have displayed their art in Amsterdam, Berlin, Lisbon, Los Angeles, New York, Prague, and Paris galleries. These artists are on campus thanks to the Koopman Chair visiting artists program.
February 27, 2017
What if, in the future, medical students and medical teams were able to virtually touch and manipulate objects in order to generate a greater understanding of how to use them? Well, that future is soon to be now and two students in the University’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) are helping to make it happen. Biomedical engineering major Thienly Nguyen ’18 and computer engineering major Wilmer Elguera ’17 are interning at Hartford Hospital’s Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation (CESI), a training facility that is developing its first virtual reality training application.
February 22, 2017
As a piano performance major in the University of Hartford’s The Hartt School, Kelia Ingraham ’17 is used to being in front of an audience. But it was her writing, not music that put her center stage in February. Kelia was the University’s winning entrant in the 2017 Connecticut Poetry Circuit, a reading tour held at colleges and universities across Connecticut.
February 17, 2017
The Gov. M. Jodi Rell Center for Public Service at the University of Hartford is presenting a panel discussion, Civil Discourse in Politics, Monday, March 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Harry Jack Gray Center’s Wilde Auditorium on the University of Hartford campus. Max Reiss, political reporter for NBC Connecticut, will serve as moderator. The panel will explore how uncivil discourse in campaigning and governance shapes our view of politicians and our world. The discussion will include how we can maintain civility in these times of partisanship and social media, and what role the media plays in the process.
February 15, 2017
Students who graduate with a degree from the music education program at the University of Hartford’s The Hartt School are all but guaranteed a job offer. To date, the major has a 100 percent placement rate. Professor Joshua Russell, director of the Music Education Division, credits that to the program’s putting students in teaching environments in their first year and allowing them to learn to teach in multiple ways.
February 13, 2017
Artist Jonathan Monaghan will present a lecture entitled “Fear and Desire in a Digital Age,” Monday, March 6, at 2:30 p.m., at the University of Hartford in the Harry Jack Gray Center’s Wilde Auditorium, as part of the Hartford Art School’s Auerbach Lecture Series. The talk is free and open to the public, and is made possible by the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund of the Hartford Art School Endowment, Inc.
February 10, 2017
Just as Quoron Walker ’14 started his sophomore year in the University of Hartford’s Hillyer College, he was diagnosed with bone cancer. Determined to beat the disease and continue his studies, he sought guidance from his advisor, associate sociology professor Melinda Miceli whose father had just died from cancer. During Walker’s one and a half years of chemotherapy and treatment, Miceli was in regular contact with him and his mom.
February 7, 2017
Even before they’ve earned their degrees, Kritesh Parekh ‘17 and Emily Lindsley ’18 are delving into the world of startups and getting an up close look at what it takes to establish and grow a business.
February 3, 2017
“This is the world’s most sophisticated and extensive search of Atlantis ever made,” says University of Hartford Professor of Jewish History and archaeologist Richard Freund about his role in National Geographic Channel’s new documentary Atlantis Rising. Produced by and starring Oscar-winning director James Cameron (Avatar, Titantic) and Emmy-winning filmmaker Simcha Jacobovic, the two-hour investigative documentary includes extensive footage of Freund and an international group of archaeologists, scientists, and historians as they search for the lost city of Atlantis and evidence of the “Atlantean” civilization.
February 2, 2017
The University of Hartford and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) have launched a mobile app for iPhone and Android users that gives them a sense of what it’s like to be a member of the University’s Atlantis archeology project. The app, Archaeology Quest: Atlantis, is available for free download from iTunes to coincide with this week’s premier of National Geographic’s two-hour documentary Atlantis Rising, which features the work of UHart’s Professor of Jewish History and archaeologist Richard Freund.
January 30, 2017
Mechanical engineering student Theresa DeFreitas '17 from the University’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture, is developing a remote-controlled snow-throwing robot. Her preliminary design helped her land the internship of her dreams at iRobot in Bedford, Mass.
January 25, 2017
Eighteen students in the University’s Hartt School Dance Division already have an up-close and personal understanding of what it’s like to be a professional dancer thanks to the Spring Repertory project held during Winterterm 2017.
January 20, 2017
Winter break is the perfect time for many University of Hartford students to travel, volunteer, or take classes. Here is a look at how four groups spent the break:
January 17, 2017
Steve Metcalf of West Hartford has been named director of the University of Hartford’s Presidents’ College, a non-credit program that offers short courses throughout the year for adults, taught by University of Hartford faculty and visiting lecturers. Metcalf succeeds Joe Voelker, University English professor and former dean of the University’s College of Arts and Sciences, who led the Presidents’ College since 2015.
January 16, 2017
Just two months after graduating with a music theatre degree from the University of Hartford’s The Hartt School, Juwan Crawley ‘16 landed a starring role in Spamilton, a musical parody of the Tony Award-winning hit musical Hamilton. The off-Broadway show also pokes fun of at least a dozen other big Broadway hits. Crawley’s performance, a mashup of Ben Franklin and composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim, earned high praise from New York theater critics who nominated him for a Clive Barnes Award, which recognizes outstanding young performers.
January 13, 2017
“Continuing the Legacy: Freedom, Peace, Respect for All” will be the theme of the University of Hartford’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance, being held from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, Jan. 16, in the University’s Lincoln Theater. This event is free and open to the public.
January 10, 2017
When Jamie Roland, who has Down Syndrome, started a job placement program at the University of Hartford two years ago, he was fortunate to find a familiar face here. His childhood friend Mikayla Pascucci ’18 is an integrated education and special education major in the University’s College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP). She became Jamie’s job coach, helping him learn how to complete simple tasks like photocopying and how to handle tasks independently.
January 4, 2017
The next time you’re in the market for a dining experience in New York City, Kristin Zecher ’13 can help you grab a fresher bite. Zecher, who majored in entrepreneurial studies at the University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business, is the creator of Aura Rating, an app featuring hundreds of New York restaurants that use fresh, organic ingredients sourced from local food producers.