An Inside Look at ENHP
Our New Academic Building Opens Fall 2021
The Hursey Center, opening in Fall 2021, features state-of-art labs and learning spaces for students in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions. Students will learn in immersive simulation suites, enabling them to simulate real-life healthcare scenarios and build their collaboration and communication skills. Learn more in this short video!
ENHP Preparing for New Occupational Therapy Program
The University of Hartford is preparing to launch a new occupational therapy program in 2021, helping to meet demand for professionals in this growing field. The College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP) will begin offering a combined five-year bachelor’s/master’s degree occupational therapy program in fall 2021. A post-baccalaureate master’s degree in occupational therapy (MSOT) is planned to begin in summer 2022.
Nursing Alumnus Ismat Mikky Named Division Chair at Bloomfield College
Since graduating from UHart’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program in 1999, Ismat Mikky has achieved a remarkable career trajectory. A native of Palestine, he came to UHart on a Fulbright scholarship and went on to complete a PhD at the University of Connecticut. He has built a successful academic career and was recently named chair of the division of nursing at Bloomfield College in New Jersey, where he has taught since 2009.
ENHP Announces 2021 Regents' Award Winners
Alesha Heacock, a student in the Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics (MSPO) program, and Kimberly Sorrentino, a recent graduate of the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD) program, are the recipients of the 2021 Regents’ Award for Graduate Students in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP). The annual Regents’ Honor Awards are the highest recognition of accomplishments that the University bestows on graduate students. Criteria for selection include a grade point average of at least 3.8, significant scholarship, and community service.
Education Professor Interviewed on Podcast for Math Educators
Jillian Cavanna, assistant professor of elementary education, was recently interviewed on a podcast for the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators. The podcast was based on a recent article Cavanna authored with Megan Staples of the University of Connecticut, which comes out of work from a math-science partnership grant from the state of Connecticut. In the podcast, Cavanna and Staples discuss their research to understand more about teachers’ views and evaluations of students’ mathematical arguments as they play out in practice.
Sarah Psillas Interviewed on Occupational Therapy YouTube channel
Sarah Psillas, assistant professor and program director of Occupational Therapy, was recently interviewed on “The OT Minute,” a YouTube channel with over 1.8 million subscribers. Psillas was interviewed with Wendy Stav of Nova Southeastern University about their Dynamic Model of Occupation-Based Practice which provides a framework for understanding and defining occupation-based practice.
UHart Addressing Healthcare Inequities
NBC Connecticut reported on UHart's efforts to increase faculty diversity. Over the next three years, the college plans to hire an additional 16 faculty members of color, who will help educate future health care professionals about health disparities. "We need to have more health care providers who really mirror the populations that they serve," said ENHP Dean Cesarina Thompson.
Featured below are video recordings from several of our 2020-21 events. You can also access the following transcripts:
In the News
The CT Mirror published a story about UHart nursing alumna Milca Rosario, whose Army Reserve unit deployed to New York City in April to help with COVID-19 relief efforts. Rosario's unit was assigned to the Javits Center, a convention center temporarily converted to a 2,500 bed hospital.
Wayne Lawrence, a Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Cancer Institute, was interviewed in Forbes magazine about the impact of Covid-19 on cancer research.
More News from ENHP
UHart Fights Healthcare Inequities with New Hiring Initiative - April 27, 2021
The University of Hartford is combatting healthcare inequities through a hiring program aimed at diversifying the medical professions and better preparing future health practitioners. As part of the University’s commitment to addressing systemic racism and advancing social equity, the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP) is hiring over a dozen faculty members over the next three years, with a focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This group of faculty will educate UHart’s diverse student body in issues of health inequities related to systemic racism, and help form partnerships with local communities of varying race and social classes. Read more
Dorothy Goodwin Scholars Present Research - April 8, 2021
Three ENHP students presented their research projects at the Women's Advancement Initiative's Annual Symposium on April 1. Haley Cassidy ’22 and Kaitlyn Dupont ’22 presented "Researching Out of School Transitions for Students with Disabilities," and Emma Brown '21 presented "Scoping Literature Review to Support the Impact of Arts in Physical Therapy." The Dorothy Goodwin Scholarship is dedicated to supporting selected female students and their faculty mentors who are engaging in innovative research or creative projects. Read more
The Arts and Healthcare Converge in this Annual Lecture - Feb. 24, 2021
The third Koltenuk Lecture Series in Art and Healthcare will take place virtually on Thursday April 22 at 5:00 p.m. and is co-hosted by the Hartford Art School and the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions. The topic is "Global Perspectives on Healing Healthcare Environments: The Role of Architecture, Design, and the Arts in Creating and Supporting Health," and our speaker is Susan Frampton, PhD, President of Planetree International. She is a medical anthropologist and speaks internationally on healing healthcare environments and the rights of patients and families to be engaged in their own care and treatment decisions. Read more
Kayon Morgan Named to Anti-Racism Task Force - Dec. 3, 2020
Kayon Morgan, assistant professor of educational leadership, was appointed to serve a two-year term on the Mayor's Permanent Task Force on Anti-Racism for the city of Middletown, Conn. In this capacity, she will work closely with the mayor to advise the administration and promote the adoption of anti-racist policies and initiatives to address systemic racism both locally and nationally. Read more
UHart Preparing for New Occupational Therapy Program - Nov. 23, 2020
The University of Hartford is preparing to launch a new program in occupational therapy in 2021, helping to meet demand for professionals in this growing field. The College of ENHP will begin offering a combined five-year bachelor’s/master’s degree occupational therapy program in fall 2021. A post-baccalaureate master’s degree in occupational therapy (MSOT) is planned to begin in summer 2022. Read more
Karen Duhamel Receives Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing - Sept. 1, 2020
Karen V. Duhamel, Assistant Professor of Nursing, will receive the Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing on September 3. The Nightingale Award celebrates and elevates the nursing profession and recognizes nurses who have made a significant impact on patient care and/or the profession. Read more
Respiratory Program Gets Creative with Clinical Education During the Pandemic - August 13, 2020
When COVID-19 suspended clinical training for students in the spring, Respiratory program director Karen Griffiths got creative. She worked with the American Lung Association to set up a virtual support group for patients with chronic lung disease called the Better Breathers Club. Her respiratory students are gaining experience this summer working with patients in the support group. Read more
Dan DeMaio Re-Elected to Board of World's Largest Radiological Sciences Association - August 3, 2020
The world’s largest radiologic science association re-elected Daniel DeMaio, MEd, R.T.(R)(CT), to serve on its Board of Directors. DeMaio was installed as Vice Speaker of the House for the 2020-2021 term at the virtual special meeting of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists in June. Read more
Collen Muñoz to Lead New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine - July 23, 2020
Colleen Muñoz, assistant professor of health sciences in the College of Education, Nursing, and Health Professions, will serve as President-Elect of the New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine beginning in November. Read more
Join the Virtual Conference "Coming Together While Living Apart" on June 30
The College of ENHP is a co-sponsor of "Coming Together While Living Apart," a free virtual conference on June 30. Learn from a community of speakers including Priya Parker, author of "The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters." Topics on the agenda include resilience, stress management, and reducing social isolation. Read more
ENHP Honors Catherine Certo with the Excellence Through Relevance Service Award - May 14, 2020
In recognition of her extensive efforts in program development, faculty support, and strategic planning, the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions has announced that Catherine Certo is the recipient of the ENHP Excellence Through Relevance Service Award for 2020. Read more
ENHP Student Quimby Wechter Wins Top Commencement Award - May 13, 2020
Quimby Wechter '20 is the recipient of this year’s Belle K. Ribicoff Prize, awarded for academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, and originality of thought. This health sciences/pre-physical therapy major from the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions is graduating with a 4.0 GPA. She is passionate about helping others, as demonstrated by her work with young adults with developmental disabilities and children with cerebral palsy. Read more
ENHP's Colleen Munoz Awarded Belle Ribicoff Junior Faculty Prize - May 7, 2020
Colleen Muñoz, assistant professor of health sciences in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions, is the winner of this year’s Belle K. Ribicoff Junior Faculty Prize. The award recognizes an outstanding junior faculty member—an assistant professor in a tenure-track position, but not yet tenured—who demonstrates combined excellence in teaching, scholarly or creative activity, and service. Read more
UHart Loans Ventilators to Hartford Hospital for COVID-19 Patients - April 28, 2020
The University of Hartford loaned three much-needed ventilators to Hartford Hospital in early April to help critically ill COVID-19 patients receive the care they need. These ventilators are typically housed in labs in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions, where students train to become respiratory therapists. Now that classes are being held remotely, the hospital is able to use the ventilators for patient care. Read more
ENHP Faculty Share Positive Messages with Students - April 23, 2020
ENHP faculty and staff shared encouraging messages for their students on social media. While classes are being held remotely due to COVID-19, we wanted to let our students know how much we miss them - and can't wait to see them back on campus! Read more
DeMaio Interviewed on Leadership in Radiologic Technology - April 14, 2020
Dan DeMaio, associate professor of Radiologic Technology in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions, was recently profiled in Radiology Business magazine. DeMaio was one of five technologists who were interviewed about their move from technologists into a variety of leadership positions. Read more
New Academic Building Will Transform UHart's Campus - March 1, 2020
Opening in Fall 2021, our new 60,000-square foot building will include state-of-art learning spaces for students in the College of ENHP. Facilities will include labs for motion analysis, human performance, strength and conditioning, nursing simulation, and health and physical assessment. Read more
Research Takes Felmlee Underseas and Overseas - February 20, 2020
ENHP’s Duffy Felmlee was profiled in the February 2020 issue of O&P Almanac for his research both underwater and on land. Felmlee, associate professor of prosthetics and orthotics, is working on several projects to help improve prosthetic device options and safety for individuals with limb loss and limb difference. Read more
ENHP's Kori Stewart Selected to Speak on Artificial Intelligence in Radiology at UK Conference - February 10, 2020
Kori Stewart, clinical assistant professor of radiologic technology in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions, has been selected as one of two recipients of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Foundation’s International Speakers Exchange Award. Read more
Student's Invention Gives Children with Cerebral Palsy Freedom in the Pool
December 16, 2019
Physical Therapy Student Josh Breighner '20 has developed a device that allows children with cerebral palsy to play independently in the pool. Read more
Nursing Leader to Speak on the Health Care Needs of the LGBTQIA+ Community
December 3, 2019
The College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions will host Vanessa Pomarico-Denino for a lecture titled “Expanding the Rainbow: Understanding the Health Care Needs of the LGBTQIA+ Community” on Tuesday, December 3 from 5-7 p.m. Read more
Teacher of the Year and ENHP Alumnus to Speak on Motivation and Morale
October 28, 2019
David Bosso, EdD, M’04, will speak on “Motivation, Morale, and Professional Identity: Leadership Lessons from a Veteran Connecticut Teacher” on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 4:00 pm. Bosso is the 2012 Connecticut Teacher of the Year and is a 2019 inductee to the National Teachers Hall of Fame. Read more
Iraq War Veteran and ENHP Alumna Maria Tackett to Receive Anchor Award
October 14, 2019
Maria Tackett D '10, who has established a highly respected career in nursing, health care, and educational leadership, will be honored this October at the 2019 Anchor Awards. The University of Hartford Alumni Association presents the annual Anchor Awards to recognize alumni who have achieved the highest level of professional as well as community accomplishments. Read more
ENHP to Exhibit at Hartford Marathon
September 30, 2019
The University of Hartford College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP) will be an exhibitor at the Hartford Marathon on Saturday, October 12 at Bushnell Park in downtown Hartford. The Hartford Marathon has thousands of participants and volunteers supporting charities throughout the region. Read more
ENHP's DeMaio Named to Board of World's Largest Radiologic Science Association
July 29, 2019
The world’s largest radiologic science association elected Daniel DeMaio, M.Ed., R.T.(R)(CT), to serve on its Board of Directors. DeMaio was installed as vice Speaker of the House for the 2019-2020 term at the annual meeting of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists in Orlando, Florida, in June. Read more
Alumnus David Bosso Inducted Into National Teachers' Hall of Fame
July 1, 2019
David Bosso M ’04 was inducted into the National Teachers’ Hall of Fame at a ceremony on June 21 at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. Bosso is a social studies teacher at Berlin High School in Berlin, Connecticut, and was recently elected chair of the ENHP Board of Visitors. Read more
Mackenzie Ford is UHart's First Montessori Bachelor's Degree Graduate
May 23, 2019
When Mackenzie Ford received her degree at Commencement on May 19, her achievement wasn't only a personal milestone. She's also the first graduate of UHart's Montessori bachelor’s degree program. Read more
ENHP Names Joyce Thielen Program Director for New Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program
March 19, 2019
Joyce Z. Thielen has been named program director for the University of Hartford’s new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. Cesarina Thompson, dean of the University’s College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions, announced Thielen’s appointment after learning that the new program has received approval from the State of Connecticut Board of Examiners for Nursing. Read more
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