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SAVE THE DATE: OCT. 16–18, 2020

Hawktober Stay-at-Home-coming

Hawktober is the University of Hartford's annual homecoming and, this year, we're coming to you! Join us from the comfort and safety of your own home for the first ever virtual Alumni and Family Weekend!

Registration opens on Oct. 1.

Hawktober 2020 Registration
Registration for Hawktober: Stay-at-Home-Coming will go live on Oct. 1.

Expand sections below to view the schedule for Hawktober 2020. 

Hawktober Hawktober University and Family Events University and Family Events
Reunions Reunions/Affinity Groups Athletics Hartford Athletics
Alumni Association Alumni Association The Hartt School The Hartt School/Performances
Arts and Exhibits Art and Exhibits Religious event Religious

Schedule of Events

Hartford Athletics Virtual 5K, Oct. 10–17

Hartford Athletics  Hartford Athletics Cross Country and Track & Field Virtual 5K Oct. 10–17
The annual fundraiser for Hartford Athletics Cross Country and Track & Field is going virtual! You have from Oct. 1017 to walk, run, bike, skate, or even cartwheel your way through the 5K. Use any course, but please stay safe! Participants will receive a downloadable finisher certificate and t-shirt after Oct. 17, and prizes will go to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place runners in each age group and gender. All proceeds will benefit the cross country and track & field programs.

Friday, Oct. 16

Religious   Hartford Hillel's Shabbat Blessing and Highlights  5:30 p.m.
Alumni, students, and families are invited to join us for a Shabbat service, followed by highlights on student accomplishments and Jewish life on campus.

Hawktober  Paint Night with Laerta Premto '08  6–7 p.m.
Hartford Art School alum Laerta Premto '08—illustrator, graphic designer, and founder of trav-elle—will guide participants through creating their very own masterpieces. This paint night is perfect for artists of all ages and experience levels. A list of necessary supplies will be shared in your confirmation email after registering for this event.

University and family events  Story Time with Howie the Hawk: Harry the Dirty Dog  6 p.m.
It's story time with everyone's favorite mascot, Howie the Hawk! Follow along as we read the beloved children's book Harry the Dirty Dog, written by Gene Zion and illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham. This will air at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16, and will remain available until 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18.

Alumni Association Class of 2020 Trivia 7 p.m.
Members of the Class of 2020, enjoy a fun and competitive game of trivia, just for you! Hosted by Mike Burchard '08, owner of B_Entertained DJ's and More. Be prepared with your cell phone to answer questions in the game and brush up on your knowledge of UHart, history, movies, and a variety of other topics. In addition to bragging rights, the winner gets a bonus prize!

Saturday, Oct. 17

University and family events  Story Time with Howie the Hawk: Harold and the Purple Crayon  8 a.m.
Join us again for story time with Howie the Hawk as we read Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. Airing at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, remaining available until 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18.

Art and Exhibits  Bowl Making Demonstration 9 a.m.
Learn how the ceramics department creates the bowls sold during the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser. The demonstration will be followed by a live discussion about the ceramics department and the charity it supports.

University and family events  What's New from the Hawk's View  10 a.m.
Admission Staff and a student tour guide present the most recent updates and changes to the University of Hartford campus, including exciting campus additions, such as Auerbach Hall, the Center for Student Success, as well as the newest construction project. Come along as we explore all the ways the University of Hartford has helped our Hawks spread their wings!

University and family events  Hartford 101 11 a.m.
Learn about all the fun things to do in Hartford—while staying safe and socially distanced. The presenters will also discuss local volunteer and internship opportunitites.

Art and Exhibits  University Archives  Exhibit: The Hartt School Centennial  11 a.m.–noon
Visit this year's Archives and Special Collections Pop-up Exhibit online, as we celebrate The Hartt School's Centennial and tour our collections. A Q&A will follow the event. 

University and family events  Coffee Break Desk Exercises  noon
This 15-minute session can be accessed at any time for some quick stretches and exercises that can be done right at your desk. Short and sweet—and simple so that you can catalog the moves in your brain and use them in the future as needed.

University and family events  Graduate Programs and Finacial Aid  noon
The Offices of Graduate Admission and Student Financial Aid will give a presentation on graduate programs at UHart and financial aid opportunities available to students. A live Q+A session will wrap up this virtual event.

University and family events  Study Abroad Presentation  1 p.m.
Interested in an educational experience overseas? We have everything from the traditional study abroad experience to internships, research, service-learning, and volunteer 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 résumé booster and every UHart student is eligible to participate—join the session to learn more and get your questions answered!

University and family events  Career Services  1 p.m.
Career Services is here for you. Meet our staff virtually and learn about the resources available for alumni and students.

University and family events

  Pasa el Plato with HLSA  2 p.m.
The Hispanic and Latino Student Association (HLSA) will host a club informational session, followed by a cooking segments where each e-board member will make a food item to collectively create a fan favorite dish: Arroz con Pollo.

University and family events  Ask a Hawk  3 p.m.
Connect with fellow UHart families while hearing the inside scoop from current students. Our student panel will answer your questions on all things student life and academics. You won’t want to miss learning first-hand about the student experience, especially now during this new era in higher education!

Alumni Association  Anchor Awards  4–5 p.m.
Our Anchor Awards are a deeply important tradition that recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of our outstanding University of Hartford alumni and their impact on the world. Join us for a virtual reception to celebrate and acknowledge this year’s winners and listen as they share some thoughts on the influence of their University of Hartford education on where they are today. Feel free to pop the bubbly and join us from the comfort of your home as we take a moment to recognize these incredible, accomplished members of our Hawk family.

Hawktober  Student Television Network: STN-2 and Beyond  4 p.m.
Join STN alumni as they take you through their careers in front of the camera—and behind the scenes—as they talk about how their early involvement with STN contributed to their professional success.

Religious   Saturday Vigil Mass and Reception  4:30 p.m.
Father Mai will live stream Mass at the Catholic Center, followed by a virtual discussion. All are welcome to attend this event.

University and family events  New Academic Building: Final Beam Raising  5 p.m.
Watch footage from the “topping off” of the new academic building, celebrating the completion of structural work on the current construction project underway. On Friday, Sept. 11, the campus community was invited to make their mark, signing the final beam before it was lifted into place. Learn more about how this state-of-the-art facility will transform the campus and prepare students for in-demand careers in the health sciences and engineering.

Hawktober  A Toast to Randi Ashton-Pritting M'98 D'03  5:15–6 p.m.
Randi Ashton-Pritting's 40 years of service to the University of Hartford, and transformation of the Harrison Libraries into a 21st century hub of scholarship, resources and learning, offers much to celebrate. In addition, she build the well-known President's College, a set of courses and lectures that engages alumni and lifelong learners in the community in continued discovery and academic dialogue. We have much to celebrate and we hope you'll join us, with a virtual glass of bubbly, to toast this remarkable professional and the beginning of her next adventure.

The Hartt School and performances  Hartt Theatre: A Midsummer Night's Dream  6:00 p.m.
One of Shakespeare’s beloved comedies that celebrates love, magic, and foolishness. Hartt Theatre has staged a socially distant exploration to find out what happens when we challenge ourselves to discover who we are in these unknown times. This performance will be available for viewing until Sunday, Oct. 18 at midnight.

Sunday, Oct. 18

Alumni Association  Sunrise Yoga with Nicole Cari '01  6 a.m.
Wake up and feel refreshed with a gentle sunrise yoga session, led by Nicole Cari '01. Appropriate for all ages and levels of yoga practice.

University and family events  Story Time with Howie the Hawk: Ada Twist, Scientist 8 a.m.
Join us for the final Hawktober story time with Howie the Hawk as we read Ada Twist, Scientist, written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts. This will air at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18, and will remain available until 6 p.m.

Hawktober  Ageless Grace for Golden Hawks 8 a.m.
This 45-minute session is especially for anyone 60+ years of age and focuses on cognitive and physical health. Tom Atwood '00, owner of Better Balance Physical Therapy, will lead participants through a cutting-edge brain and body fitness session that is designed to help build comfort and confidence in basic human functions. Visit for additional resources on brain-body health.

University and family events  Family Drawing Tutorial with Hannah Francis '20  9 a.m.
Bring your family and join Hartford Art School alum Hannah Francis '20, owner of Hannah Francis Art, as she teaches you step by step how to draw a fun UHart-themed picture! Fun for all ages and levels of skill.

Hawktober  Jazz Brunch: Cooking with Chef Sam Belotte '06 10:30–11 a.m.
Cook with Sam Belotte, founder and owner of Love Bites, as she creates a brunch dish and stirs up a cocktail for you to enjoy during Jazz Brunch.

Hawktober  Jazz Performance 11–11:45 a.m.
Enjoy one of our most celebrated Hawktober Weekend traditions—Sunday morning Jazz Brunch. Join us for a jazz performance, featuring alumna and recording artist Latanya Farrell M'97, M'98.

Religious  Sunday Mass and Reception  1 p.m.
Father Mai will live stream Mass at the Catholic Center, followed by a virtual discussion. All are welcome to attend this event.

The Hartt School and performances  Hartt Theatre: Othello  3 p.m.
Shakespeare’s haunting tragedy of a great love destroyed by deception. Adapted for a virtual performance, Hartt Theatre brings the legendary story to life brimming with some of Shakespeare’s most magnificent poetry. This performance will be available for viewing until Sunday, Oct. 18 at midnight.

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