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2016 UHart Stories


Prosthetics and Orthotics Student Creates Custom-Made Dolls for Children with Prostheses

Children love playing with dolls they can identify with. But for many kids with disabilities, it is difficult to find dolls that look like them. Mikaela Nelson ’18 is hoping to change that.  See More


Campus community greets President-Designate Gregory Woodward with enthusiasm

“If students come to this University, we are going to make them successful and we are going to support them.” That was the key message President-Designate Gregory Woodward delivered to the campus community during his formal introduction on Wednesday, Dec. 14.  Read More


Gregory S. Woodward named University of Hartford's sixth president

On December 13, 2016, the University of Hartford Board of Regents appointed Gregory S. Woodward as the University's sixth president. He will take office July 1, 2017.  Read More


Hartford Art School grad's painting in animated film, Loving Vincent

Loving Vincent is the world’s first feature-length animated film created entirely with oil paintings in the style of Vincent Van Gogh and includes artwork by two graduates of the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School (HAS).  See More


More than 200 students received their degrees at Sunday’s Fall Commencement ceremonies

For the first time in its 20-year existence—based on the growing number of students--Fall Commencement consisted of two separate ceremonies, one for graduate students and a second for undergraduates in the afternoon.  Read More


The Hartt School students fulfill dreams by performing on Broadway with Kristin Chenoweth

Imagine being chosen to sing on a Broadway stage with Tony-Award-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth and having two weeks to prepare!  See More


University of Hartford student-athletes bring hope to teenager with incurable brain condition

Sixteen-year-old Ian Woodward has gone through close to 40 brain surgeries since he was a baby. He has hydrocephalus, an incurable illness caused by too much fluid pressing on the brain.  See More


Students’ water purification designs earn top prizes at Connecticut Skills Competition

Six students from the University of Hartford’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) proved themselves to be among the next generation of engineering innovators.  Read More


Students gain career experience while telling stories of Holocaust survivors

History major Jacob Munro ‘17 uses the word “incredible” to describe the new Hartford Remembers the Holocaust exhibit at the University of Hartford’s Museum of Jewish Civilization.  See More


War Veteran Jacob Cullers '15 Keeps Brother's Memory Alive Through Art

“When I make my work, he’s in mind,” says Jacob Cullers ’15, of his late brother, Army Sgt. Ari Cullers, 28, who died during his second deployment in Afghanistan on Oct. 30, 2011.  Read More


Hillyer Honors Class looks for relatable policies in the presidential election

Since arriving on campus in September, students enrolled in “Generation on the Rise,” an honors course in the University of Hartford’s Hillyer College, followed politics and the presidential election closely.  See More


UHart President Walter Harrison receives Lifetime Achievement Award

University of Hartford President Walter Harrison accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hartford Business Journal at an awards breakfast in downtown Hartford’s historic Bond Ballroom on Wednesday morning.  See More


Barney School Board of Visitors Hall of Fame inductees share their success stories with students

UHart business students received valuable advice from two distinguished inductees into the University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business Board of Visitors Alumni Hall of Fame on Oct. 27.  Read More


Entrepreneurial UHart Students Create LIFT to Help Athletes Perform Better

Have you ever wished you could run faster and jump higher? A new device, created by two University of Hartford students, may help you do just that.  See More


Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss coached by Hartt School professors

Generations of moviegoers know his work in classic films like American Graffiti, Jaws, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  See More


University Recognizes 2016 Anchor Award Recipients

The University honored five recipients with 2016 Anchor Awards at a dinner on Friday, October 14, as part of Hawktober Weekend.  Read More


Dinosaur Painting by Bayla Arietta ’12 Welcomes Visitors to New Haven Harbor

When you drive over the Quinnipiac River on Interstate 95 in New Haven these days, chances are you’ll notice a giant dinosaur painting on an oil tank at the entrance to the harbor.  Read More


Cutting-edge research by physical therapy professor and students changes the lives of children with cerebral palsy.

When five-year-old Brayden Starr was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a baby, his parents struggled to find ways to give him the best quality of life.  See More


University ranks high on a new list of colleges whose engineering graduates earn the most money

Earning an engineering degree at the University of Hartford pays. That’s the word from Business Insider magazine, which just published its list of “colleges where engineering students go on to make the most money.”  Read More


Wayne Chen ’06, This Year’s Hillyer College Outstanding Young Alumnus, Knows the Meaning of Start-Up

From drones to a smartphone app, Wayne Chen ’06 has been involved with all kinds of cutting-edge technology since graduating from the University of Hartford’s Hillyer College.  Read More


Engineering alumnus plays a role in library renovation and ignites students’ interest in the construction industry

“Be excited, and stay excited.” That’s one piece of advice Jim Alibrandi ’84 shared with engineering and architectural students during a visit to campus this month.

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Blind Alum Chaz Davis ’16 is Running for a Medal in the 2016 Paralympics

“It was just an unbelievable feeling that I made the team and I get to represent my country in Rio,” says Chaz, a native of Grafton, Mass., who ran track and field and cross country at the University of Hartford.  See More


Myeisha Boyd A '15, ’17 Hopes to Turn Semester at White House into Career in Politics

For a student dreaming of a career in politics, it doesn’t get much better than earning experience at the White House.  Read More


Find out what some of our newest students think in their first week at UHart

With a ton of excitement and, possibly, a touch of trepidation nearly 1,600 first-year students arrived on campus Aug. 26 and 27.  See More


University of Hartford Welcomes Nearly 1,600 New Students

“Welcome to each of you as a member of the University community and Hawk Nation,” University Hartford President Walter Harrison told the nearly 1,600 excited new students.  Read More


Lyla O’Brien ’17 wins prestigious fellowship to spend the summer protecting the environment

When Lyla O’Brien ’17 applied for a prestigious undergraduate fellowship with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last year, she hoped, but wasn’t sure, that she’d be one of only 35 students from around the U.S. to selected.  Read More


Angel Muñoz ’17 is part of the technical team that brings the Olympics to viewers.

Qualifying to join NBC’s staff at the Olympics may not be as difficult as the work to win a medal, but the competition is tough.  Read More


The heroic actions of Nicholas Doddo ’17 saved a man’s life

Nicholas Doddo ’17 swears he’s not a hero. But what other word could you use to describe him after his quick thinking and instant reaction saved a man’s life?  See More


UHart Students Acquire Memorable Career Experiences in Summer Internships

Sixty percent of UHart’s recent graduates had an internship while studying here. Internships are a great way to put learning into practice or simply gain exposure to job possibilities, as many students are learning this summer.  Read More


Kevin Bishop M’13 is helping restore music to Afghanistan and its children

Imagine a life without music, dance, or songs. That was the unfortunate reality for people in Afghanistan when the Taliban banned instruments and decimated the nation’s musical traditions and cultures.  See More


Hartt Alumna Wins America’s Opera Idol 2016 Competition

With a hundred people cheering in eager anticipation, the top 10 finalists in America’s Opera Idol 2016 competition nervously waited for the winner to be announced at Elizabeth Park in West Hartford, Conn. on July 14.  Read More


Students’ Research on Marine Debris Pushes Legislation Forward

The Connecticut shoreline is a popular destination to escape the midsummer heat, fish, and have fun. But how clean are the state’s beaches?  See More


Professor leads discovery of Holocaust escape tunnel

Only 11 prisoners survived to tell the harrowing story of digging for 76 nights using only their hands, spoons and crude handmade tools.  Read More


Business Major Prepares for Career by Helping to Beautify a Hartford Landmark

At the University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business, career readiness is a top priority. All undergraduate students are required to complete at least one internship as a part of their program.  See More


Two Young Alumni Will Research Sustainable Building Technology in Europe

The Tai Soo Kim Fellowship was established by Connecticut-based architect Tai Soo Kim H’15 exclusively for second-year University of Hartford graduate students to encourage the independent study of architecture.  Read More


The singing Gutierrez triplets are ready for a new stage

Prepared with degrees in vocal performance from the University of Hartford’s The Hartt School, three brothers who have spent all of their lives together are moving on to separate paths and pursuits.  See More


Sculpture trail at Farmington’s Hill-Stead Museum gives real-world experience to recent Hartford Art School graduates

When you walk the grounds of the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, Conn. this summer, you may think your eyes are deceiving you.  See More


From Move-In to Commencement, Recent Grads' Friendship Helped Them Make the Most of UHart

“How am I going to make new friends?” It’s a question many new students face during the summer before starting college. Kelly Myers ’16 and Sara Gambacorta ’16 didn’t have to wait long for the answer.  Read More


Celebration marks start of University Libraries Expansion and Renovation project.

University of Hartford President Walter Harrison led a group of nearly 200 people in a “toast” to celebrate the start of the long anticipated expansion and renovation of the University Libraries.  See More


New Graduate’s Experience at Campus TV Station Helped Him Earn a Job at NBC Connecticut

With four years of experience at the University of Hartford’s Student Television Network (STN) and two internships at NBC Connecticut, it is not a coincidence that Scott Roberts ’16 landed his dream job.  See More


2016 Commencement News, Videos, and Photos

Welcome to coverage of the University of Hartford's 2016 Commencement exercises, held May 14–15.  See More


Commencement speaker Kennedy Owiti Odede inspires student to help her community

Vania Legall ’16 already knew that after graduation she wanted to help others in her native country of Guyana and, after meeting University of Hartford Undergraduate Commencement speaker Kennedy Owiti Odede, she is more inspired to do so.  Read More


Rochelle Louis '16 Will Deliver University of Hartford's "Charge to the Class of 2016"

When Rochelle Louis ’16 first entered the University of Hartford, she would never have dreamed of speaking in front of thousands of people.  Read More


2016 Commencement Award Winners and Honorary Degree Recipients

Raymond McGivney, PhD, has published more than 25 articles on mathematics and mathematics education.  Read More


University of Hartford to Honor Three Exceptional Students at Undergraduate Commencement on May 15

Three exceptional members of the University of Hartford's Class of 2016 will be honored at the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony on May 15.  Read More


Outstanding Faculty Members Will Be Honored at Commencement on May 15

Five outstanding University of Hartford faculty members will be honored at the University's Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 15.  Read More


Commencement Speakers Donna Randall and Kennedy Owiti Odede

Higher education leader Donna Randall and social activist Kennedy Owiti Odede to speak during UHart's commencement weekend.  Read More


Barney School Recognized Among Bloomberg Businessweek Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2016

The University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business has joined a select group of undergraduate business schools nationally recognized by Bloomberg Businessweek.  Read More


Hartford Art School Dean Nancy Stuart Wins Distinguished Art Advocate Award

Hartford Art School Dean Nancy Stuart has dedicated her career to helping students pursue their dreams of becoming artists. Members of Connecticut’s creative community will recognize her dedication when she is presented with the 2016 Scott Shuler Distinguished Art Advocate Award.  Read More


Assistant Professor Eoin King Wins Prestigious Belle K. Ribicoff Junior Faculty Prize

April has been a good month for Eoin King, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and acoustics in the University’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA).  Read More


UHart Students Will Present Their Research on Marine Debris at the State Capitol

“We do not notice environmental problems if we do not experience them,” says Associate Professor of Politics and Government Katharine Owens.  Read More


UHart students’ wind tunnel research will benefit the aerospace industry.

Walking into the turbomachinery lab on the lower level of the University of Hartford’s Dana Hall, you can feel the excitement and happiness of eight mechanical engineering students there.  Read More


Hundreds of UHart Students Volunteer for Annual “Hawks Helping Hartford”

From service-learning projects in our local neighborhoods to alternative spring break trips to assist communities in need across the country, our students volunteer throughout the year.  Read More


UHart Architecture Students Design Experimental Buildings on Campus

Walking or driving on campus near Lincoln Theater or the Konover Campus Center these days prompts the question “What are those little buildings over there on the grass?”  Read More


Engineering Student Lands Dream Job with Campus Activities on His Résumé

"At UHart they just give you the tools to start whatever you want,” says Hugo Santana ’16. He speaks from experience. In just four years, Hugo has taken full advantage of student life on campus.  Read More


Criminal Justice Major Investigates Career Opportunities with West Hartford Police

Inside a police car is not a place one typically wants to be. But criminal justice major Samantha Carr ’17, was there and it was exactly where she wanted to be.  Read More


UHart Architecture Student Spends Spring Break Redesigning a Community Center

“It is overwhelming because it is a real building,” says Jezelle Gordon ’17 of helping to redesign a-community center for The Conference of Churches in Hartford, Conn.  Read More


Students Spend Spring Break Working with Successful Alumni

There are lots of choices of how to spend spring break for UHart students. Some have chosen to add professional experience to their resumes through the University’s Express to Success program.  Read More


Hartford Hawk Recruits Make a Real Impact

Student-athletes are often remembered for their game-time performances. But sometimes, their biggest accomplishments happen off the field and away from the fans.  Read More


Alumna presents Leonardo DiCaprio with his first Oscar.

Surrounded by cameras pushing to get a picture of Leonardo DiCaprio receiving his first Oscar, Stephanie Minor ’09 had the pressure-filled task of attaching the engraved nameplate on to the statuette and presenting it to him after the ceremony.   Read More


Audrey Ryan '16 and Alec Misinkavitch ’18 win top honors at Goldfarb Student Art Exhibition.

Everything from paintings and sculptures to photography and interactive art is on display in the 2016 Alexander A. Goldfarb Student Exhibition, exemplifying how broadly talented our students are.  Read More


Chelsea Koenig '15 Finds Success as CT Scan Technologist

A recent survey of the Class of 2015 found 89% are either employed, continuing their education, serving in the military, or serving in a volunteer or service program.  Read More


Alum's Invention is Saving Lives in Hospitals and War Zones Around the World

When it comes to treating severe bleeding injuries, every moment counts. That is why Frank Hursey ’77 invented QuikClot, a type of gauze that stops bleeding practically on contact.  Read More


The University of Hartford celebrates its 59th Founders Day this weekend.

The University of Hartford celebrates its 59th birthday—known as Founders Day—on Sunday, Feb. 21. It was on Feb.  Read More


Students Hit the Stage in London and Learn from Top Shakespearian Actors

Nine students from the University of Hartford’s Hartt School are studying Shakespeare at the Drama Studio London, as part of the University’s Actor Training Program.   Read More


UHart Students Embrace Cultural Icon Cornel West and His Messages

Cornel West hadn’t even started speaking when he was encircled by ecstatic students who packed Wilde Auditorium to hear from the iconic educator, activist, and philosopher.  Read More


Students Build Electric Truck to Set New World Records

On a bright Saturday morning in January, five student members of the University’s Green 707 Club screamed with happiness as they drove their electric truck for the first time.  Read More


Jessica Bourque ’07 enjoys throwing her textile design ideas around at Kate Spade New York

“When I started at HAS, I had every intention of being a painting major,” Bourque says. But, in her sophomore year, a friend encouraged her to take a lithography class in the printmaking department.  Read More


Our Students Are Changing Lives: The Hartford Hand Project

“This is a need and something I could have used from the very beginning.” That was the reaction from a person that does not have a hand when he saw a prototype of what has come to be known as the Hartford Hand.  Read More


Marathon Winner Also Stayed the Course in School

Jonas Hampton ‘11 was a trailblazer when he arrived on campus as a freshman. He was among the first to live in Hawk Hall when the inviting new residence hall opened its doors in 2007.  Read More


NYC’s High Line is good for your health.

UHart engineering professor and students find NYC’s High Line is good for your health.  Read More


Professor Laura Pence leads by example

As a director of the American Chemical Society, Professor Laura Pence leads by example.  Read More


Hartford Art School grad Christine Kornacki ’07 goes from “Mentee” to Mentor

Hartford Art School grad Christine Kornacki ’07 goes from “Mentee” to Mentor.  Read More


A Powerful Celebration of Martin Luther King Day

The University’s annual MLK observance will feature actor and minister Clifton Davis.  Read More


cs new book explores cultural bias among explorers

Associate Professor Michael Robinson’s New Book Explores Cultural Bias Among Explorers.  Read More


Pagano Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Technology and Engineering Emmy Awards

Alumnus and former regent Chuck Pagano ’84, M’07 honored with Lifetime Achievement Award at Technology and Engineering Emmys.  Read More