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Hawktober 2022

October 14–16, 2022

Hawktober is the University's annual Homecoming and Family Weekend!

It’s the largest reunion of the year, with many alumni returning to campus to gather with classmates and relive fond memories. It’s also a time for parents and family to visit students and enjoy fun events together.

We are thrilled to be back on campus for this year’s Hawktober! Check out our full schedule of events below.


Hawktober 2022 Events

Study Abroad 101 for Parents & Students

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Virtual: Zoom

Interested in an educational experience overseas? University of Hartford offers everything from the traditional study abroad experience to internships, research, service-learning/volunteer, and teach abroad programs. Students can study abroad in over 50 different countries, and there are options available from one week to one year and everything in between. Education abroad can be an excellent resume booster (did you know only 11% of U.S. college students choose to study abroad?) and every UHart student is eligible to participate. You'll be able to hear directly from the International Center - join us to learn more and get your questions answered!

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration and Land Acknowledgement Ceremony

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.
Gengras Student Union Lawn
Rain Location: Shaw Center

This Indigenous People’s Day, we invite the campus community to attend a Land Acknowledgment ceremony to recognize and honor the traditional stewards of this land and the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their homelands. Join us on October 10, 12:45 – 1:45 p.m., on the lawn outside of Gengras Student Union (GSU) and the Shaw Center. 

The Experiences of Zora Neale Hurston: The Complexities and Intricacies of Race, an Examination by Lucy Anne Hurston 

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Wilde Auditorium + Virtual: Zoom

Join us for the Fall 2022 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Rogow Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Lecture. What Zora Neale Hurston had to say about race almost 100 years ago is still strikingly relevant. Both as a fiction-writer and a trained ethnographer, she tackled head-on the injustices of her day. The University of Hartford invites you to join Hurston's niece, sociologist Lucy Anne Hurston, as she takes up this important conversation. Using her aunt’s writings as a lens, Hurston will examine the complex dynamics that perpetuate racial inequality and discrimination in American society today. How do we move past our own history? To improve the lived experience of race for individuals, Hurston argues, we need to focus our fight on the racism of structures and systems that keep us bound.

Register through our DEIJ office for this event.

The Nosh: Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

2:00 p.m.
Room 341, Gengras Student Union

The Office of Student Engagement and Inclusion (OSEI) is thrilled to announce the grand opening of the Nosh Food Pantry! It has been years in the making, and we are so excited to be able to now offer this amazing resource to the UHart Community. Community members are invited to pick up non-perishable food items, frozen foods, fresh produce, toiletries, paper goods, and cleaning supplies anytime during building operation hours. The Nosh is an approved CT Foodshare pantry. Those interested in making donations to the pantry may drop them off in the OSEI, GSU 207.

The ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2022 at 2:00 pm. A reception will follow in Gengras Student Union 335-339.

Anchor Awards Celebration

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Wilde Auditorium + Virtual

UHart's annual awards event to celebrate the brilliance, success and accomplishments of our talented 2022 award recipients. Alumni, friends, and family welcome.

Fall Musical: The Drowsy Chaperone

7:30 p.m.
Roberts Theatre, Handel Performing Arts Center

Presented by The Hartt School, this year’s Fall Musical performance is an homage to American musicals of the Jazz Age, examining the effect musicals have on the fans who adore them. The Man in Chair, a mousy, agoraphobic Broadway fanatic, seeking to cure his "non-specific sadness", listens to a recording of a fictional 1928 musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone. As he listens to this rare recording, he is transported into the musical. The characters appear in his dingy apartment, and it is transformed into an impressive and magical world of a Broadway show. The production will be Directed/Choreographed by the dynamic, and long-time faculty member, Ralph Perkins.

Limited tickets go on sale on September 19 at the University of Hartford Box Office.

Helping Hawks

10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Check in at Gengras Student Union South Café; Multiple Volunteer Sites

As part of the commitment to community service, the Office of Student Engagement and Inclusion, Student Government Association (OSEI), will host the second annual Fall Helping Hawks Day of Service. Students, staff, faculty, and alumni are invited and encouraged to participate in this Hawktober day of service. We are partnering with non-profit organizations in the Greater Hartford Area to offer meaningful service experiences for our campus community.

Volunteers will serve at designated sites between the hours of 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. on projects identified by each site. Volunteers will check in by 10:45 a.m. in GSU South Cafe, hear a brief welcome, and be dismissed to their buses by 11:15 AM. All volunteers are provided transportation to their service sites and are scheduled to arrive at their designated service project sites between 11:30 a.m. and noon. After completing service projects, volunteers will be picked up from each of their site locations and returned to campus between 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 pm.

A Taste of Home

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Commons Dining Hall

Visit us at Commons Dining Hall for a chance to see your family recipe highlighted at the Taste of Home lunch! Aramark will be featuring 8-12 UHart family dishes, submitted by UHart students and their families. To enter your family dish for consideration, submit your recipe to taste@hartford.edu by October 1st, 2022.

Hispanic & Latino Student Association Luncheon

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Room 331, Gengras Student Union

The Hispanic & Latino Student Association (HLSA) would like to invite parents, students, and alumni to join us for a complimentary Latino Brunch. Meet our board members, learn about what HLSA has to offer, and find out what life is like as a Hispanic or Latinx student on campus. Esperamos verlos aquí!

UHart Archives Pop-Up Exhibit

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
KF Room, Harrison Libraries

The exhibit will feature items covering the history of the University and its schools (with a special focus on the Class of 1972 for our Golden Hawks!), as well as select materials from various special collections.

Hartford Art School Staff Exhibition: Where to Begin

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Silpe Gallery, Hartford Art School

It should come as no surprise that most of the Hartford Art School Staff are also practicing artists. From printmaking to sculpture to textiles, this exhibition highlights the diverse creative talents of the HAS Staff, many of whom were trained here at the University of Hartford. In Where to Begin, the Staff reflect on how they translate a new idea into a work of art.

The People's Trust by Professor Michael Vahrenwald

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Shaw Center, Hillyer Hall

The People’s Trust is Hartford Art School Professor Michael Vahrenwald’s photographic study of the changing financial institution, specifically the repurposed remains of 19th and 20th century banks across the United States. The work is in keeping with Vahrenwald's investigation of locations where landscape, politics, and economics intersect, and poses questions as to what value can be derived from photographing the built world. In the case of The People’s Trust, layers of history and time are inscribed onto false fronts of capitalistic glory. Join us for a talk by Professor Vahrenwald and stay for the reception.

Los Angeles Alumni Meetup 

5:30 – 8:00 p.m. PST
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures 
6067 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 

8:00 – 9:00 p.m. PST
Fanny's Restaurant and Cafe 
6067 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 

$20 per person

Join David Bernstein '90 and fellow LA-based UHart alumni for some Hawktober fun at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Meetup at the museum begins at 5:30 p.m. for self-guided tours of the museum. Join the group immediately following the museum experience for drinks and bites on the patio at Fanny's Restaurant and Cafe. Event price is $20.00 per person and includes museum admissions, drinks and food ($70 value); valet and local parking available.

Shabbat Service + Dinner

5:15 p.m. Service
6:00 p.m. Dinner
Rooms 116/118, University Commons

Alumni, students, and their parents are invited to attend a Shabbat service, followed by a delicious catered dinner. Registration required to attend.

Talcott Mountain Collective Alumni Hang 

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Talcott Mountain Collective, Simsbury

$10 registration fee 

Grab a few friends and join us for food truck bites, local brews, and outdoor fun at the Talcott Mountain Collective to kickoff Hawktober weekend. Enjoy the chance to connect with fellow alumni in a relaxed, fun spot in the beautiful hills of Simsbury - just minutes from our campus. Special UHart give-away at the door for members of the 20th reunion, class of '02; and 5-year reunion, class of ’17. 

Fall Musical: Drowsy Chaperone

7:30 p.m.
Roberts Theatre, Handel Performing Arts Center

Presented by The Hartt School, this year’s Fall Musical performance is an homage to American musicals of the Jazz Age, examining the effect musicals have on the fans who adore them. The Man in Chair, a mousy, agoraphobic Broadway fanatic, seeking to cure his "non-specific sadness", listens to a recording of a fictional 1928 musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone. As he listens to this rare recording, he is transported into the musical. The characters appear in his dingy apartment, and it is transformed into an impressive and magical world of a Broadway show. The production will be Directed/Choreographed by the dynamic, and long-time faculty member, Ralph Perkins.

Limited tickets go on sale on September 19 at the University of Hartford Box Office.

UHart Parents Breakfast Social

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
North Patio, Hursey Center

Hosted by UHart's Parent Network, we invite you to join fellow parents for a casual meet and greet over a catered breakfast. Connect with other families going through a similar UHart experience as your student, exchange stories, and enjoy great conversation. Chat with UHart staff who can answer your questions on the student experience and learn ways in which you can stay more connected as a proud parent!

Golden Hawks Coffee House

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Hawk Lounge, Gengras Student Union

Begin your reunion day at the Golden Hawks Coffee House in Gengras Student Union. Check in and stay for coffee and conversation with your classmates, a welcome from campus leadership, and enjoy music and memorabilia from the Class of 1972. All current and future Golden Hawks are welcome!

UHart Archives Pop-Up Exhibit

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
KF Room, Harrison Libraries

The exhibit will feature items covering the history of the University and its schools (with a special focus on the Class of 1972 for our Golden Hawks!), as well as select materials from various special collections.

Bursar Office Drop-In

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Center for Student Success, Gengras Student Union

Bursar Office representatives will be available to assist you to resolve your account to prepare for spring registration, as well as answer any questions you may have.

Tour of Gengras Student Union, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tours depart from Hawk Lounge, GSU

Join M. Kevin Fahey ’70, M ’73, GSU Director 1973-76 and Current Director Sara Punsky for a tour of GSU for a glimpse in the past and future of one of the most beloved, nostalgic, and connective places on campus.

Robotics Lab Demonstrations 

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Room 212, Hursey Center 

Professor Kiwon Sohn will showcase ongoing projects by students of UHart Robotics Club (ART - Assistive Robot Team) and various robot platforms that are used in CETA's robotics classes.  

FAFSA GPS: Navigating through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Room 140, Hillyer Hall

This workshop will allow parents and students to complete the 2023-24 FAFSA with the help of representatives from the Financial Aid Office.

Paint the Anchor

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Anchor, near Bates House

Stop by this University of Hartford campus landmark to take part in this time-honored tradition of painting the anchor. Don’t forget to take lots of photos!

Pre-Flight

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Alumni Plaza

$10 registration fee, UHart students free

Enjoy a delicious meal with fellow alumni, students, parents, and friends. We’ve partnered with SGA to feature food trucks, student performances, music, games and activities for the entire family, and more!

Campus Tours: What's New from the Hawk's View

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Tours depart from Bates House

Red Key Society Tour guides will lead guests through the various upgrades to campus over the last 10 years. This will include touring the Auerbach Hall addition, the dining commons, the Harrison Libraries, The Hursey Center for Advanced Engineering & Health Sciences, and more. Join us for an hour-long tour of the spaces that have allowed the University of Hartford to continue its growth and success for its students!

Book Discussion with Author Kimberly Burns ’96

12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Woods Family Classroom, Mortensen Library

Join us Saturday afternoon with author Kimberly Burns '96 to discuss her journey on self-publishing, the love of writing & reading, and her first book The Mrs. Tabor.

Study Abroad 101 for Parents & Students

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Mali Auditorium, Dana Hall

Interested in an educational experience overseas? University of Hartford offers everything from the traditional study abroad experience to internships, research, service-learning/volunteer, and teach abroad programs. Students can study abroad in over 50 different countries, and there are options available from one week to one year and everything in between. Education abroad can be an excellent resume booster (did you know only 11% of U.S. college students choose to study abroad?) and every UHart student is eligible to participate. You'll be able to hear directly from the International Center and study abroad alumni - join us to learn more and get your questions answered!

University of Hartford Archives Presents: "Walls without Ivy"

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Wilde Auditorium

Take a step back into the University of Hartford of the 1970s. “Walls Without Ivy” is a half-hour television program that aired on May 14, 1972 and was part of WTIC-TV’s “Places and People” series. The film includes a brief history of the University of Hartford and examines the school in its 15th year as a University with interviews with students, faculty, staff, and administrators. The film will repeat each half hour - all are welcome. 

Hartford Art School Staff Exhibition: Where to Begin

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Silpe Gallery, Hartford Art School

It should come as no surprise that most of the Hartford Art School Staff are also practicing artists. From printmaking to sculpture to textiles, this exhibition highlights the diverse creative talents of the HAS Staff, many of whom were trained here at the University of Hartford. In Where to Begin, the Staff reflect on how they translate a new idea into a work of art. 

Center for Student Success Open House

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Center for Student Success, Gengras Student Union

Visit us at the Center for Student Success! You’ll have the opportunity to see the space and learn about the many resources available to students and alumni.

Golden Hawks Induction Ceremony

2:30 – 3:45 p.m.
Stanley Black and Decker Commons, Auerbach Hall; and Virtual: Zoom

Join your classmates from the early 70s in your Golden Hawks induction ceremony. Classmates will have the opportunity to join in person and virtually.

Afternoon Snack

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Hawk Lounge, Gengras Student Union

Stop by Hawk Lounge in GSU to enjoy some downtime with tasty treats and beverages.

Talk with a Hawk

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Shaw Center, Hillyer Hall

Hear the inside scoop from our current students as they answer your questions! Our panel will discuss all things student-life and academics while sharing their own experiences. We invite all first-year families, first-year students, and anyone who wants to connect with the UHart community!

Student Television Network – Studio Tour & Alumni Newscast 

4:15 – 5:30 pm
TV Studio, Abrahms Hall 

Take a student-led tour of the TV studio. Stick around and watch the magic happen at the 5:00 p.m. alumni-anchored newscast. 

Saturday Vigil Mass & Reception

4:30 p.m.
Catholic Campus Ministry Center, 207 Bloomfield Avenue

Catholic Campus Ministry invites students, alumni, parents, and families to attend Roman Catholic Vigil Mass on Saturday evening at 4:30 p.m. at the Catholic Campus Ministry Center, 207 Bloomfield Avenue, across from the main entrance to campus.  Reception to follow.

Red Keys Reunion

4:30 p.m. Red Keys alumni tours leave Bates House
5:30 p.m. Red Keys reunion at Alumni Plaza

Calling all former Red Keys: Hawktober is a time to celebrate and reconnect! This Hawktober we are inviting you to check out the campus through the lens of our current Red Keys. After a fun campus tour, there will be an opportunity to connect with your family line.

Where to Begin: Staff Art Show Reception

5:00 – 6:15 p.m.
Silpe Gallery, Hartford Art School

It should come as no surprise that most of the Hartford Art School faculty are also practicing artists. From printmaking to sculpture to textiles, this exhibition highlights the diverse creative talents of the HAS Staff, many of whom were trained here at the University of Hartford. In Where to Begin, the Staff reflect on how they translate a new idea into a work of art. Enjoy the staff art show, cocktails (cash bar), mingling, and remarks from artists.

School of Communication Alumni Reception 

5:00 – 7:00 p.m. 
1877 Club Rotunda 

School of Communication alumni are invited to attend a reception where you can catch up with other graduates and faculty. Complementary appetizers and beverages provided. This reception will feature tours of our newly expanded audio production studio, new equipment room, TV studio, Abrahms Hall facilities, and the debut of our new student agency: Crested Communications. For those who wish to watch, the STN Alumni Show will be presented live in the 1877 Club at 5:00 p.m., and STN alumni, members and friends are welcome to join us upstairs at the reception after the show. 

Black Student Union Alumni and Parents Dinner

6:00 p.m. 
North & South Cafeterias, Gengras Student Union
$20/person, $5/students, kids under 12 are free  

Join us for the Black Student Union Annual Alumni and Parents Dinner! The Alumni of Color Task Force will recreate traditions, peers will have the opportunity to reconnect, and students will share their campus experiences. Tickets are required. 

Sunset S'mores

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Poe Firepit

Looking for s’more ways to socialize with your campus community? This event is open to all! Gather with your favorite people around the Poe Firepit for s’mores, a hot beverage bar, and great music. Alumni groups are encouraged to convene here!

UHart Volleyball vs AIC

7:00 p.m.
Chase Arena, Sports Complex

Cheer on the 2022 Women’s Volleyball Team as they compete against American International College! After the game, stick around for the First Flight festivities. 

Fall Musical: The Drowsy Chaperone

7:30 p.m.
Roberts Theatre, Handel Performing Arts Center

Presented by The Hartt School, this year’s Fall Musical performance is an homage to American musicals of the Jazz Age, examining the effect musicals have on the fans who adore them. The Man in Chair, a mousy, agoraphobic Broadway fanatic, seeking to cure his "non-specific sadness", listens to a recording of a fictional 1928 musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone. As he listens to this rare recording, he is transported into the musical. The characters appear in his dingy apartment, and it is transformed into an impressive and magical world of a Broadway show. The production will be Directed/Choreographed by the dynamic, and long-time faculty member, Ralph Perkins.

Limited tickets go on sale on September 19 at the University of Hartford Box Office.

Hawktober Alumni Reunion at the Ukrainian Lady

8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Ukrainian Lady, Hartford (formerly Russian Lady)

$10 registration fee

We're bringing Hawktober into Hartford with some drinks, dancing, and fun for all class years at a UHart hotspot: The Ukrainian Lady (formerly known as The Russian Lady). Meet up with fellow alumni, network with local UHart grads, and enjoy some Hawktober revelry together. Special UHart give-away at the door for members of the 20th reunion, class of '02; and - year reunion, class of ’17.

First Flight

8:00 p.m.
Chase Arena, Sports Complex

Welcome our new women's basketball coach and take part in the fun UHart tradition! Tip off the 2022–23 basketball season with games, prizes, student performances, and more. The festivities begin directly following the 7:00 p.m. volleyball game.

Hartford Track and Field 5K

9:00 a.m.
Starts and ends at Chase Arena

$25 registration fee
$30 walk-in fee

Let's run! Race (or walk!) through campus, or run virtually, alongside UHart alumni, students, families and friends. Race registration includes a 5K t-shirt and race bib; proceeds support our Hartford Track and Field team. Be one of our first 50 registrants and receive an extra special piece of UHart swag.

Virtual participants: register by Friday, September 23rd to receive your race t-shirt and bib in time for your run. Submit your time via email (hawktober@hartford.edu) and tag us on social in your race gear! #Hawktober

On-campus runners: Race starts at 9:00 a.m. at the Chase Arena (parking available); t-shirts and race bibs will be distributed to runners beginning at 8:30 a.m. Snacks and beverages served during our post-race celebration.

Jazz Brunch

Two seatings: 

  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. 

Gengras Student Union Cafeteria
$30 registration fee

Join fellow alumni, parents and students for everyone’s favorite part of Hawktober weekend: the annual Jazz Brunch. This year, we are thrilled to return to campus with brunch accompanied by lively jazz music, featuring alumna and recording artist Latanya Farrell M'97, M'98. Tickets are $30/person and include brunch, your first beverage, and all the smooth jazz you can handle. Space is limited.

Women's Soccer vs. Bryant

1:00 p.m.
Al-Marzook Field

Cheer on the 2022 Women’s Soccer Team as they compete against Bryant University!

Fall Musical: The Drowsy Chaperone

3:00 p.m.
Roberts Theatre, Handel Performing Arts Center

Presented by The Hartt School, this year’s Fall Musical performance is an homage to American musicals of the Jazz Age, examining the effect musicals have on the fans who adore them. The Man in Chair, a mousy, agoraphobic Broadway fanatic, seeking to cure his "non-specific sadness", listens to a recording of a fictional 1928 musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone. As he listens to this rare recording, he is transported into the musical. The characters appear in his dingy apartment, and it is transformed into an impressive and magical world of a Broadway show. The production will be Directed/Choreographed by the dynamic, and long-time faculty member, Ralph Perkins.  

Limited tickets go on sale on September 19 at the University of Hartford Box Office.

Sunday Mass & Dinner

6:00 p.m.
Catholic Campus Ministry Center, 207 Bloomfield Avenue

Catholic Campus Ministry invites students, alumni, parents, and families to attend Roman Catholic Mass on Sunday at 6:00 p.m. at the Catholic Campus Ministry Center, 207 Bloomfield Avenue, across from the main entrance to campus. Dinner to follow.

For questions or for more information, email hawktober@hartford.edu.
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