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Armed Robbery Investigation


Public Safety and Hartford Police are following several leads in their investigation into an attempted armed robbery on campus Thursday evening. Surveillance photos show at least four men entering the building at the time of the incident.  Further investigation shows the suspects leaving campus in a 2010-2012 gold Chevy Malibu that turned onto Bloomfield Avenue and traveled south. University Public Safety Director John Schmaltz says the incident was not random and the campus community is not at risk. If you have any information about any of the suspects in the photos, please contact Public Safety at 860.768.7985.


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Catharine Balco of New Haven Honored at University of Hartford Commencement

Posted 05/16/2010
Posted by Meagan Fazio

Catharine Balco of New Haven was honored at the University of Hartford's 53rd annual Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 16, with the Belle K. Ribicoff Junior Faculty Prize, which recognizes an outstanding junior faculty member - one who is on a tenure track position, but is not yet tenured. The prize is made possible by a generous gift from Belle K. Ribicoff, a University life regent.

Balco has been an assistant professor of painting and drawing at the University's Hartford Art School since 2007. Her course evaluations describe her as a teacher who pushes young artists beyond their comfort zones at times but with exhilarating results. As one student says, "I did things I probably would never have done with my art without this course."

The recipient of an artist's residency at the prestigious Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in Bethany, Conn., Balco has also been awarded a University grant to develop a service-learning initiative that will provide opportunities for students to engage in art forms that contribute meaningfully to the health field. In her proposal for the grant, she describes how students will work "as teachers or as artists working side-by-side with members of our community who are beset with illness or disability." Another Balco contribution to the Hartford Art School is her creation of the Drawing Marathon, in which students engaged in 12 straight hours of drawing. The drawings are then shown at the University's Silpe Gallery.

Balco has exhibited her own work in New York state and Connecticut. Her upcoming solo show of large-scale public works will open at Artspace in New Haven this summer.