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2017 UHart Stories


Saxophonist Mike Casey’s Popularity Soars as New Single Earns More Than 150,000 Spotify Plays

Saxophonist Mike Casey ’15 has become a successful recording artist since earning a BM in Jazz Studies from the University of Hartford’s The Hartt School.  See More


Alternative Spring Break Trip to Houston

For this year's Alternative Spring Break trip, University of Hartford students will travel to Houston, Texas to help the community recover from Hurricane Harvey.  See More


Student’s Research is Showcased at Museum Exhibit About Holocaust-era Lithuania

Imagine being a member of an archeology team when it makes an incredible international discovery—and being a junior in college at the time.  Read More


New On-Campus Mobile Broadcasting Studio Gives Students Highly Sought-After Career Skills

Alex Young ’17 has discovered his passion—producing live sports events—thanks to the University of Hartford‘s new mobile sports studio.  See More


Cutting-edge Research by Physical Therapy Professor and Students Improves 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


Hartford Art School Grads’ Paintings 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


Student Entrepreneur Launched Clothing Line from Campus

Nikki Lehr ’19 is not waiting until graduation to follow her passion. “It’s part of my personality and my identity,” she says about the Messed & Distressed clothing line that she started in her residence hall room while she was still a first-year-student in 2015.  Read More


UHart Archaeology Team Verifies Story of Courage and Survival During Holocaust

An intriguing story that took place during the Holocaust is about Nazi Officer Karl Plagge who risked his career and his life to try to save more than 1,250 Jews.  Watch More


UHart Students Gained Valuable Experience through Summer Internships

Working for the world’s largest cosmetics company or testing a space launch system at NASA is impressive experience on any résumé. When it’s part of a University of Hartford student’s résumé, it’s a pretty good indicator of a path to future employment success.  Read More


Prosthetics and orthotics professor and alumnus dive into underwater research

Scuba diving can be challenging for amputees, but thanks to an innovative underwater study by alumnus Michael McCauley M’16 and Duffy Felmlee, assistant professor of prosthetics and orthotics in the University’s Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, there is hope for improved function of prosthetic devices under water.   Read More


Just Before Labor Day Weekend, We Asked Members of the Class of 2021 to Share Their Thoughts on the Transition to College

For our newest students, the transition to college included move-in or commuter check-in, being matriculated at Convocation, forming the traditional H, and getting to know the surrounding communities.  See More


After a successful move-in weekend students had a chance to explore the greater Hartford area

Academic year ‘17—’18 is underway. Students, faculty, and staff are off and running toward new learning, new research, and new friendships. The Class of 2021 had several chances to learn more about the Hartford area before getting down to class work.  See More


University of Hartford Welcomes More Than 1,500 New Students

“Reach out, ask for help, and we will do everything we can to make you successful,” University of Hartford President Gregory Woodward promised to the more than 1,500 new students who packed Lincoln Theater for their Convocation on Saturday, Aug. 26.  Read More


UHart Students Livestream Total Solar Eclipse

As the moon moved between the earth and the sun over Paducah, Ky., on Aug. 21, University of Hartford student Mark Markiewicz ’18 was one of the only people not looking at the sky.  See More


UHart Students Earn Valuable Experience Through Summer Internships and Hands-on Training

Nearly 67% of our recent graduates had internships and about a quarter  say their internship employer  offered them full-time jobs.  Read More


Students, Professors, and Scientists Practice Balloon Launch in Preparation for Total Solar Eclipse

“Three… two… one… liftoff” was heard on a University of Hartford athletics field as a team of University of Hartford and University of Bridgeport students released an eight-foot tall helium-filled weather balloon on August 9.  See More


Broadway Actress Christine Dwyer ’07 Returns to Hartford in Finding Neverland at The Bushnell

Christine Dwyer ’07 starred on Broadway as Elphaba in Wicked, performed live at the Tony Awards, and even sang for President Barack Obama. But there’s one thing she hadn’t done until this week—and that’s star in a show at The Bushnell in Hartford.  Read More


Physical Therapy Students and Professor Pioneer an Exercise Program for Children with Disabilities that Fills a National Void

Nine-year-old Emma felt sad when she could not join her friends to play sports. She used a wheelchair because of cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that affects body movement and muscle coordination.  See More


Two UHart professors and three students awarded prestigious fellowships, internships with NASA

Mechanical Engineering major Wesaam Lepak ’18 knows he’s achieved what many only dream of—landing an internship with NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration).  Read More


Hartford Hawks win America East Walter Harrison Academic Cup with record-setting GPA

The University of Hartford Department of Athletics has taken home the newly named 2016-17 America East Walter Harrison Academic Cup, the organization announced on Tuesday.  Read More


Walton Family Foundation Awards $4.8 Million Grant to the University of Hartford and Montessori Training Center Northeast to Create Montessori Bachelor’s Degree Program

The University of Hartford and the Montessori Training Center Northeast (MTCNE) have been awarded $4.8 million from a fund directed by James Walton of the Walton Family Foundation to establish an undergraduate Montessori education program at the University and conduct research about Montessori educator preparation over the next five years.  Read More


Three Hawks were selected in the 2017 Major League Baseball draft

Within five days of one former Hartford Hawks baseball standout making a shining debut on the Major League Baseball stage, three current Hawks were selected in the 2017 Major League Baseball draft.  Read More


Alumna Develops Mobile App To Help Headache Sufferers Find Relief

Recent graduate Rosemarie Day ’17 is developing a mobile app she hopes will have headache sufferers reaching for their phones instead of the medicine cabinet.  Read More

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Actor Training Students Study With Well-Known Directors on Campus and Abroad

Billy Saunders Jr. ’17 says it was a rewarding experience to work with the renowned British director and actor Peter Craze, who brought The Picture of Dorian Gray to the London stage last year.  See More


Born Without Left Hand, Recent ENHP Grad Pursues Prosthetics Career to Make Positive Impact

Gabrielle Sinotte ’17 of Manchester, N.H., likes to prove people wrong. Born without a left hand, she was once told she couldn’t jump rope, drive a car, or play a sport. Not only did she master all three, she says there isn’t a sport she can’t play.  See More


New Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie brings her vision for Hartford Hawks Athletics to campus

During a well-attended introductory event in the University’s Sports Center, Mary Ellen Gillespie laid out her priorities: a total commitment to student-athlete welfare, acting with integrity, winning, and building trust and community relationships to boost resources.  See More


2017 Commencement News, Videos, and Photos

Members of the University of Hartford Class of 2017 celebrated their Commencement on May 20 and 21. Graduate students marked the completion of their degrees on Saturday, May 20, and undergraduates received their diplomas on Sunday, May 21.  See More


Charles E. Pagano Jr. ’84, M’07 to Receive Distinguished Alumni Award at Commencement

Charles “Chuck” Pagano ’84, M’07 joined ESPN a month before it actually signed onto the air in 1979—and long before it became the global sports multimedia juggernaut it is today.  Read More


Faculty Members to Be Honored at Commencement: Part 2

Seven of our most outstanding faculty members will receive awards during this year's Undergraduate Commencement ceremony. Professor David Macbride and Assistant Professors Daphne Berry and Michael Horwitz are profiled below.  Read More


Faculty Members to Be Honored at Commencement: Part 1

Seven of our most outstanding faculty members will receive awards during this year's Undergraduate Commencement ceremony. Professors Catherine Certo and Cy Yavuzturk and Associate Professors Warren Haston and Jane Horvath are profiled below.  Read More


University to Award Honorary Degrees During Commencement Weekend

The University will grant several honorary degrees during our 2017 Commencement ceremonies. Keynote speakers U.S. Reps. Mia Love ’97 and Richard Neal M’76 will be awarded honorary Doctors of Laws.  Read More


Student Award Winners and Speaker to Be Honored at Commencement

Our student Commencement speaker and award winners epitomize the message emblazoned on the t-shirts the Class of 2017 received when they arrived in the fall of 2013: “Your Only Limits are Self-Imposed.”  Read More


U.S. Reps. Mia Love and Richard Neal to Deliver University of Hartford Commencement Addresses

University of Hartford alumni U.S. Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal (D-Massachusetts) will deliver the keynote addresses during the University’s Commencement Weekend.  Read More


Hartford Art School Graduates Collaborate and Exhibit at Renowned Connecticut Gallery

“I feel more inspired here than I have in a very long time,” says Sydney Morris ’15 as she works in a photography studio that overlooks the historic downtown area in Torrington, Conn.  See More


Engineering students research the use of sound waves to stimulate bone growth

Did you know bones weaken in space? Experiencing microgravity, or weightlessness, can be thrilling for astronauts.  Read More


Career Services will prepare the Class of 2021 for internships before they arrive on campus

The University of Hartford’s incoming Class of 2021 will be put on the path to career-ready success before they take their first class.  Read More


New on-campus mobile broadcasting studio gives students highly sought-after career skills

Alex Young ’17 has discovered his passion—producing live sports events—thanks to the University of Hartford‘s new mobile sports studio. Alex and others are gaining hands-on experience broadcasting Hartford lacrosse games live on ESPN 3.  See More


Alumni from around the World Join Hundreds of Students to Volunteer for Annual Day of Service

At the University of Hartford, giving back is a big part of who we are. Perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than the annual Hawks Helping Hartford Day of Service.  See More


Aspiring Accountants in the Barney School of Business Provide Hands-On Tax Help through VITA Program

These students are volunteering through the IRS’s nationwide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA), sponsored locally by the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut.  Read More


Celebrating President Harrison’s legacy of growth, revitalization, and a caring community

"This is an incredible University,” President Walter Harrison told the hundreds of people gathered for his retirement celebration in the Sports Center on Wednesday, April 5.  See More


Hartt School Musicians May Perform in a Living Room Near You

Students in the University of Hartford’s The Hartt School are bringing live musical performances to family living rooms—literally—as part of an initiative called Hartt@Home.  See More


Students Spend Spring Break Traveling and Volunteering around the World and in The U.S.

Spring break was more than just another vacation for 100 University of Hartford students. It was a chance to travel the world and the country, earning academic credits or volunteering.  Read More


CETA Student Leads Team that is Bringing Water and Electricity to Schools in India

For elementary school children living in villages outside of New Delhi, India, learning in dim light and sweltering classrooms has become a way of life.  Read More


Our Students Build Résumés: 92% of 2016 Grads are Employed, in School, Serving in the Military, or Volunteering

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.  Read More


Hartford Art School Students’ Prize-Winning Work Added to University’s Art Collection

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.  Read More


Fulbright scholar earns second international architecture award for innovative mosque design.

The word “prestigious” cannot be used lightly because it denotes high opinion and honor. Yet the word applies triple time to Master of Architecture (MArch) student Fahed Baker, M’17.  Read More


Respiratory Care Students Lead Class to Help the Homeless Quit Smoking

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.  See More


Internationally acclaimed artists are instructing sculpture students in the Hartford Art School

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.  Read More


Engineering students are helping to build Hartford Hospital’s first virtual reality training application

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?  See More


Professor Benjamin Grossberg Helps Kelia Ingraham ’17 Take Her Poetry Public

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.  See More


The University of Hartford celebrates its 60th Founders Day this week

The University of Hartford is celebrating its 60th anniversary year beginning February 21, 2017. You can read a brief University history here and watch videos from our 50th anniversary here.  Read More


An Advisor’s Support Can Go Beyond Course Requirements

Just as Quoron Walker ’14 started his sophomore year in the University of Hartford’s Hillyer College, he was diagnosed with bone cancer.  Read More


Student Interns Put Learning into Practice at the University’s Entrepreneurial Center

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.  Red More


National Geographic Channel’s Film Atlantis Rising Showcases Professor’s Research

“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.  See More


Student’s Snow-Throwing Robot Invention Leads to iRobot Internship.

Wouldn’t it be nice to stay inside during a snowstorm while a robot cleared your driveway and sidewalk? Theresa DeFreitas’17 thinks so.  Read More


Selective Workshop Gives Hartt Dance Students a Taste of Professional Life

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.  See More


Students Travel the Globe to Study and Volunteer during Winter Break

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.  See More


Hawks star holds UHart career batting average and slugging percentage records

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — Newly elected Baseball Hall of Famer and former University of Hartford baseball star Jeff Bagwell put up a lot of big numbers during his career with the Hawks.  See More


Recent Grad Shines Off-Broadway and Earns Theater Award Nomination

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.  Read More


Education Major Puts Classroom Lessons to Practical Use and Helps Childhood Friend Succeed

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.  See More


Business plan competition winner turns idea into restaurant app

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.  Read More


University of Hartford 2016 Year in Review

As the year comes to an end, we hope you enjoy this look back at some of UHart's Greatest Moments in 2016. More information about the stories featured in the video are below. Happy New Year!  Read More