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.
Knocking It Out of the Park
The University of Hartford’s School of Communication partnered with the Hartford Yard Goats minor league baseball team to give students the chance to know what it is like to work as a sports-beat journalist.
Driving Social Change at the Local Level
Politics and government major Genesis Guzman ’19 of Fort Lee, New Jersey, became a Palestinian American Youth Civic Engagement program fellow and attended an intense two-and-a-half-week podcasting workshop at Princess Sumaya University in Amman, Jordan.
Cinema Students, Alumni, and Faculty Collaborate on Set of TV Spot
Cinema students and alumni served as production assistants for the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s “See Something, Say Something” ad campaign and worked on the set of ad shoot at the West Haven, Conn., train station.
Bonaparte Triplets Ready for Their Future
College of Arts and Sciences Graduates Set of Triplets
Brian Damico '02
After earning his BA in cinema Brian D’Amico headed to New York City with the hopes of breaking into television or film production. He was soon able to secure an assistant editor position on a Food Network series. Since then, he has edited and produced shows for various networks on many "reality TV" shows.
Amanda Pawlik ’07
Amanda Pawlik credits much of her success as an actor, director, educator, and now executive director to the rigorous English and drama coursework she took in the College of Arts and Sciences. She believes these courses, which focused on analyzing writing and breaking down a story from all sides—characters, theme, and style—improved her ability to communicate effectively and have helped her across the board in her creative work. Professor Erin Striff remembers Pawlik for her “excellence in both theatre theory and practice” and for starting traditions within the College that continue today, including the 24-Hour Theatre Project and the Night of New Works.
Scales Ashley '13
Since graduating from the University of Hartford with a BA in Psychology in 2013 and an MS in Organizational Psychology in 2014, Ashley Scales has met early success in her professional life.
Lavalle Michelle '15
Michelle Lavalle, an honors student that majored in biology, did not waste a minute of her senior year. When she was not studying, involved in campus activities, or volunteering for community organizations, Lavalle was busy working in a lab, examining the relationship between diet and the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
Scott Roberts '16
Experience at the UHart TV station helped him earn a job at NBC Connecticut.
Kimberly Bigelow '16
After her internship at Watkinson School ended, Kimberly Bigelow was offered a part-time position at Watkinson, where she continued to develop her proficiency at “writing for the web.” She went on to work at the University of Hartford as an assistant director of Admission, and now works at Travelers as the senior consultant of employer branding.
Myeisha Boyd ’17
For a student dreaming of a career in politics, it doesn’t get much better than earning experience at the White House. That is why Myeisha Boyd ’17 was thrilled to be a White House student-volunteer in the spring of her junior year, while attending American University through the University of Hartford Study Abroad Office’s Washington Semester.