College of Arts and Sciences Success Stories
Read about our students and the incredible hands-on experiences and opportunities that are helping them succeed in and outside the classroom.
Olaleye Onikuyide Receives John G. Lee Award
From organizing political campaigns to designing an outreach program for Hartford’s homeless population, Olaleye Onikuyide ’20 shows his commitment to community service. The University is recognizing this dedication by presenting him the John G. Lee Award, given annually to an exemplary graduating senior based on three criteria: academic excellence (based mainly on cumulative grade point average), community service, and a home address in one of 30 designated towns in the Greater Hartford area.
Caitlin Maralack '20
Senior Caitlin Maralack, explains that “UHart gave me the education, confidence and opportunity to get involved and explore my passions and interests in different areas.” This is exactly what the triple-majoring graduate and D1 athlete did. She made the most of her four years at the University of Hartford.
Communication Student Finds Commuting Doesn’t Hold Her Back
When Eve Betterini ‘20 chose to start commuting to the University of Hartford after completing her first year, she was unsure of how she would continue interacting with the campus community. Eve found commuting did not limit her undergraduate experience. In fact, it motivated her to stay active within the campus community and pursue more clubs and organizations than she had before.
Yavana Ganesh '20
When Yavana Ganesh first declared her dual degrees in chemistry and politics and government, along with an environmental studies minor, she was unsure of what her future career would be. However, with the help of UHart’s supportive, connected, and resourceful faculty, she found find a path that would integrate her dual interests.
Jacob Lamoureux '20
Upon graduation with a communication and sociology (minor) degree, senior Jacob Lamoureux will begin a customer success specialist position at Madison Logic, a marketing-technology company headquartered in New York City. Jacob says, "UHart helped provide me with the resources I needed to be successful and to secure a job before graduation."
The Sky’s Not the Limit for Computer Science and Engineering Student
Maggie Piotrowski ’22 is an aviation enthusiast and pilot in training who actively pushes the boundaries of a hardworking UHart student every day.
History Alumna Applies Research and Analytical Skills to Newman’s Own Fellowship
Marissa Jayawickrema ’19 is completing a year-long fellowship with Newman’s Own Foundation of Westport, Connecticut, which she says is giving her valuable transferable skills that she can apply to any future position. “The most important thing I've learned is how nonprofits operate,” says Jayawickrema, who majored in history in UHart’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Teaming Up: UHart students from different disciplines work with manufacturing giant
At the University of Hartford, hands–on learning to prepare students for the future takes place in class and through job shadowing, internships, and independent study. Last spring, Chelsea Chaves ’20 was one of four students in an interdisciplinary independent study working with Hubbell Incorporated conducting market research on Arc Fault Current Interrupters (AFCI), a circuit breaker that breaks the circuit when it detects an electric arc in an effort to prevent electrical fires.
Inside the Press Box: UHart’s Hands-On Sports Beat Course
UHart’s School of Communication students often express that the best part of the curriculum is the hands-on field experience it offers. The Sports Beat course taught by Assistant Professor of Communication Abe Hefter is no different. This insightful class replicates the responsibilities and expectations of a sports reporter who covers a particular “beat,” with students spending their class time in the press box of the XL Center, home of the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League, the top New York Rangers’ minor-league affiliate.
Exploratory/Undecided Student Finds Economics Program Complements His Strengths
Nate Carr ’21 came to the University of Hartford with a diverse skill set that made it a daunting task for him to narrow down his passions and interests into a single area of study. He decided his best option was to enter UHart as an exploratory—or undecided—student to help him experience a variety of courses that complement his strengths, and help him pinpoint the area that would best fit his talents.
Salman Hussain ’20
Computer engineering and computer science double major plays active role in robotics at UHart and local private school.