2007 University of Hartford graduate, College of Arts and Sciences
A funeral service was held on Friday, Dec. 21, in Bethlehem, Conn, with burial at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Watertown. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Autism Speaks, 1 East 33rd Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10016. obituary
daughter of Nelba Marquez '97 and Jimmy Greene '97
A funeral service for Ana Grace was held on Saturday, Dec. 22, in Bloomfield, Conn., and was followed by The Homegoing Celebration. Burial was private. obituary
video clip of Ana singing a hymn with her brother
story in West Hartford News
donations to the Ana Grace Fund
Ana Grace Fund Established
A fund has been established to provide financial support for the family of Ana Grace Marquez-Greene in this, their time of great need. No fees will be charged for donations to this fund.
College Presidents Unite
More than 150 college and university presidents, including the University of Hartford's Walter Harrison, have signed an open letter to our nation's policy makers requesting "that our nation’s policy leaders take thoughtful and urgent action to ensure that current and future generations may live and learn in a country free from the threat of gun violence."
Center for Community Service
The University's Center for Community Service encourages those who would like to help the families of the victims to contribute to the United Way’s "Sandy Hook School Support Fund." The Center for Community Service will be continuously updating its "Gift of Service" website as it learns about other ways you can help. Check the links on the lower left side of the “Gift of Service” page, under the heading "Sandy Hook Support."
Community Comes Together for Benefit Concert
see replay of concert
On Monday evening, Dec. 17, members of the University community came together in Millard Auditorium for a benefit concert by the Hartt Trombone Ensemble. Approximately $1,100 was raised for the United Way’s "Sandy Hook School Support Fund." The concert was the idea of Matthew Russo, a doctoral student and instructor at The Hartt School, and director of the Hartt Trombone Ensemble. Each year, the ensemble goes out and plays holiday music at malls, shopping centers, and other locations in the community. When Russo heard about the tragic events in Newtown, he thought it would be nice to have the ensemble’s annual caroling take place on campus, and use it as an opportunity to bring the community together. “Music has this wonderful way of bringing joy into the world, even during difficult times. As musicians, this is something we need to do,” Russo said. “Music brings people together. It always has, and I believe it always will.”
Department of Psychology Remembers Rachel D'Avino
At its annual end-of-semester pancake breakfast on Tuesday, Dec. 18, the College of Arts and Sciences' Psychology Department included a memorial tribute to Rachel D'Avino. Candles were lit in Rachel's honor and a moment of silence was observed. Brief remarks were delivered by members of the Psychology Department, and time was granted for attendees to offer their remembrances.