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Virtual Events

Hawks Soar: Alumni Career Webinars

Join us for our virtual webinars featuring alumni and friends of UHart sharing their professional advice and expertise. Enhance your skills in areas like leadership, communication, and technology and get a chance to connect with other UHart alumni. See past webinar topics and presenters plus upcoming webinars on the Hawks Soar page.

Port City Brewing Co. Grain-to-Glass Virtual Tour and Tasting

graphic for DC alumni brewery event

UHart Alumni x Port City Brewing in Alexandria VA

Virtual Tour and Guided Beer Tasting

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 | 6:30–8 p.m.

Join fellow Washington DC area alumni for a fun evening of supporting a local business and discovering new beers. Port City Brewing Company was founded in 2011 to bring the DC area more choices for great quality, locally produced craft beer.

This experience includes a signature beer and swag pack with a variety 4-pack of PCBC brews. 

Beer pick up is available with PCBC’s curbside service. Simply drive up and they’ll put the beer in your car. Please have your registration email available. Beer and swag packs are available the following dates:

Monday, January 25, 3–8 p.m.
Tuesday, January 26, 3–8 p.m.


UHart Alumni and Coffee: The Perfect Blend

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Friday, Feb. 12 | 1–2:15 p.m.

Join us on Feb. 12 for a webinar on all things coffee! This event will feature Andréa Hawkins M'08 and John Simonian '87 who each own coffee shops along with a drink-making demonstration by UHart's Dining Services staff.

Andréa Hawkins M'08 and Doug Barber, owners of Berkins Blend in Glastonbury CT and Berkins on Oak in Hartford CT, will discuss the impact of coffee and small businesses on the community; and John Simonian '87, owner of Beanstock Coffee in Eastham, MA, will give a virtual tour of roasting equipment and the roasting process. Lastly, UHart's Dining Services team will provide a demonstration on a specialty coffee drink that can be made at home.

Registration fee includes a bag of coffee from Berkins Blend, a bag of coffee from Beanstock Coffee, and a University of Hartford travel mug created especially for attendees of this event.


Registration closes on Jan. 31 to ensure attendees recieve their coffee packages by the event date.

UHart Alumni Book Club Discussion

UHart Alumni Book Club

Our November to January Selection:

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel 

Not yet an Alumni Book Club member? Everyone is welcome! Come hang out with us while we discuss themes from the book and explore some of life’s lessons in this beautifully written, poetic novel.

Past Virtual Events

NYC Alumni Virtual Meetup | Dec. 10

Hosts, Kristen Harris '02 and Nida Shaikh '20, had a laid back and engaging evening connecting with other University of Hartford alumni living in the Big Apple. 

Innovation in Hartford | Nov. 11

Panel discussion hosted by the University of Hartford Partnership Council.

Hartford’s innovation ecosystem has taken root and is thriving. Hear about how accelerators and start-ups are making their marks in the capital city and beyond, and learn more about how you can be a part of this new wave of creativity and entrepreneurship! 


Milena Erwin, Program Manager, University of Hartford Women’s Business Center


Laura Dinan Haber '07, Innovation Program Manager, Nassau Financial Group

Marty Guay, Vice President, Business Development, Stanley Black & Decker

Gordon Hui, Vice President, Marketing & Customer Experience, Applied Technology Solutions, Hartford Steam Boiler   

Hawktober: Stay-at-Home-Coming | Oct. 16–18

Hawktober is the University's annual homecoming weekend and, this year, we came to you! The UHart community joined us from the comfort and safety of their homes for the first ever virtual Alumni and Family Weekend!

In case you missed any events, most recordings are available to view on the Hawktober event links page.

Voting Rights: Protecting the Right to Vote | Oct. 15

Part of the Rogow Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Series

The University of Hartford’s Associate Professor of Political Science Bilal Sekou will facilitate a panel of advocates and political leaders including activist Karen Hobert Flynn and Senator Douglas McCrory.

Karen Hobert Flynn has been a democracy reform activist and leader for more than three decades. She has served 25-plus years in state and national leadership positions with Common Cause, and is the organization’s ninth president. Karen serves as the co-chair of the Democracy Initiative and is on the board of Democracy21

University of Hartford alumnus Senator Doug McCrory '88, MM '95 has served as State Senator representing parts of Bloomfield, Hartford, and Windsor since 2017. He was first elected to the General Assembly in 2004 to represent the 7th House district, which he served for six full terms.

UHart Celebrates Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month | Oct. 9

Anthony De Jesús

From Spanish Speaking to Latinx:
Three Afro-Puerto Ricans who Championed Inclusion

As an institution, the University of Hartford honors the contributions and importance of Hispanic and Latinx Americans to the United States. We celebrate the many heritages and cultures of individuals and communities whose ancestry can be traced back to Spain, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. The President’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion will observe Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month with guest speaker Dr. Anthony De Jesús, associate professor in the Department of Social Work and Equitable Community Practice and acting director of the MSW Program at the University of Saint Joseph.

Black Lives Matter! The Roots of the Movement Today | Sept. 24

Part of the Rogow Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Series

Rosa Alicia Clemente is an organizer, political commentator, and independent journalist. An Afro-Puerto Rican born and raised in the Bronx, NY she has dedicated her life to organizing, scholarship, and activism. From Cornell to prisons, Rosa is one of her generations leading scholars on the issues of Afro-Latinx identity. 

2,020 Miles for 2020 | Sept. 20–26

2020 miles for 2020

From Sept. 20–26 the UHart community joined together for a virtual run/walk to collectively complete 2,020 miles. 


UHart Alumni Virtual Beer Tasting with Alvarium Beer Co. | Aug. 20

Alvarium beer co

UHart alumni connected in late August for a virtual beer tasting hosted by Alvarium Beer Co.! 

Participants were able to order and pick up a curated four-pack from Alvarium Beer Co. and enjoy a night at home visiting with fellow alumni.

Alumni Trivia Night | July 30

trivia night
University of Hartford alumni got together virtually for a fun, friendly, and possibly competitive game of virtual trivia, hosted by Mike Burchard '08, owner of B_Entertained DJs and More. This event was casual, laid back, and a great way to start your weekend at a safe social distance with friends and your University of Hartford community.

The Untold Stories of Courageous Women in Public Health with Dr. Mike Magee | April 29

A Presidents’ College Online Lecture featuring Dr. Mike Magee

Recorded on April 29, 2020

View recording and learn more about Magee here.

This online slide presentation honors three unique pairs of women of the 19th and 20th centuries who pioneered efforts to improve the world of health, science, medicine, politics, and more. They have in common passion, determination, and dedication against considerable odds and committed opponents. The presentation focuses on the hidden stories and little-known details of these remarkable leaders, supported by rare visual images that help bring the characters to life and spotlight their lives and achievements.