The Anchor Awards

anchor-awards-600x383.jpgThe Anchor Awards are the University of Hartford's most prestigious alumni awards, established to recognize alums who have distinguished themselves by achieving the highest levels of professional and community accomplishments. The awards are stewarded by the Alumni Advisory Council with nominations solicited from the full University community annually.

The awards were presented Hawktober Weekend in Wilde Auditorium + Virtual.


The University of Hartford Anchor Awards recognizes outstanding, accomplished alumni in the following categories:

Distinguished Alum
Awarded annually to an alum who embodies the highest caliber of personal and professional accomplishments, strength of character, and representation of our University values.

Outstanding Alum: Early Career Professional
Recognizes an alum whose demonstrated exceptional early career success and future potential.

Outstanding Alum: Exceptional Professional Success
Recognizes an alum whose career accomplishments are exceptional.

Outstanding Alum: Impact on Social Responsibility and Civic Engagement
Awarded to an alum whose professional success is rooted in bettering community and has made significant and notable contributions in this space.

Outstanding Alum: Impact on the University of Hartford Anchor Award
Awarded to an alum who has had a remarkable impact on the University through their philanthropic support and/or service.

The UHart Alumni Advisory Council is accepting nominations for the 2024 Anchor Awards, a set of awards that recognize outstanding, accomplished UHart alumni. Nominations are open through March 1.

2023 Recipients

Distinguished Alum 
David G. Nord ’79 (Barney)

Outstanding Alum: Early Career Professional 
Jackson D. Olson ’20 (Barney)
Netanya “Nina” Nhatavong ’20 (ENHP)

Outstanding Alum: Exceptional Professional Success 
Carole P. Kunstadt ’73 (HAS)
Kimberly “Kim” K. Goodwin M’00 (Barney)
Marlon E. Guild A’03 (Hillyer), ’05 (A&S)

Posthumous Exceptional Professional Success: 
Karen S. Nobumoto Esq.; '73 (A&S)

Outstanding Alum: Impact on Social Responsibility & Civic Engagement 
Luella “Lu” D. Landis ’66, M’70 (ENHP)
Scott C. Jarzombek ’99 (ENHP)

Outstanding Alum: Impact on the University of Hartford Anchor Award
Jolie A. Rocke DMA; ’89 (Hartt)

Scenes from the 2023 Anchor Awards