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Hawktober Week

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. Submit your official time by Oct. 17 to be eligible for awards. All proceeds will benefit the cross country and track & field programs.

Friday, Oct. 16

Alumni, students, and families are invited to join us for a Shabbat service, followed by highlights on student accomplishments and Jewish life on campus.

Event ID: 865 6054 6034

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. 

Event ID: 899 9141 8129

List of art supplies
  • 8x10 inch canvas or panel - larger or smaller will also work
  • acrylic paints in red, yellow, blue, green, black, and white
  • paint brushes (#2 round, #6 & #8 flat)
  • pencil and eraser
  • paper plate
  • paper towel
  • cup of water
  • + your enthusiasm to learn and have fun!
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.

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!

This event is for the Class of 2020 only. Please check your confirmation email for the event link or email

Meeting ID: 946 7425 1097

Saturday, Oct. 17

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 Saturday, Oct. 17, and will remain available until 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18.

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.

Event ID: 854 9738 0694

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!

Event ID: 865 9468 7795

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.

Event ID: 845 2462 5572

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. 

Event ID: 892 0861 4625

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.

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.

Event ID: 836 1844 3890

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!

Event ID: 882 3675 1147

Career Services is here for you. Meet our staff virtually and learn about the resources available for alumni and students.
The Hispanic and Latino Student Association (HLSA) will host a club informational session, followed by a cooking segments where each e-board member makes their own fan-favorite dish.

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!

Event ID: 889 5991 2486

The University of Hartford Department of Athletics announced earlier this month the addition of Esports to its varsity sports lineup! Red Tail Talk Show co-hosts Drew Holtgrieve '19 and Dan Szewczak caught up with Robert Begaj, president of the University of Hartford Super Smash Brothers Club, to talk about the exciting news and the positive impact it has already had on the University community.

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.

Event ID: 835 8991 4263

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.

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 coordinates 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.

Event ID: 828 5009 6112

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.

Each semester, UHart Dining invites students and families to submit their favorite recipes for the Taste of Home Recipe Contest. Congratulations to Janet L. Broadway, this fall's winner! Watch and cook along with Chef Ben as he shows us how to make Janet's Egg Roll in a Bowl.


Sunday, Oct. 18

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.
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.
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.

Get ready for Jazz Brunch by stirring up a cocktail and cooking with Chef Sam Belotte '06, founder and owner of Love Bites.

>> Download Chicken and Cheddar Waffles recipe.

Chicken and Cheddar Waffles with Maple Syrup
Ingredients you will need:
Chicken drumsticks or thighs (or other protein of your choice)
1 boxed waffle mix of your choice
1 can of seltzer or club soda
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 tablespoon pepper
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon parsley flakes
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup panko bread crumbs
Sharp cheddar cheese
Maple syrup
Vegetable or canola oil

This one-time broadcast premieres on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 11 a.m.

Enjoy one of our most celebrated Hawktober Weekend traditions—Sunday morning jazz brunch. Mike Casey '15 will be sharing original music (some of which he wrote while a student at Hartt) with the audience, bringing his 21st century jazz and storytelling to you. Casey graduated from the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the University of Hartford's The Hartt School of Music where he studied with respected jazz artists such as Abraham Burton, Javon Jackson, Steve Davis, Rene McLean, and Nat Reeves. Since graduating, Casey's music surpassed 7 million streams, bringing the joy of jazz across genre lines to a diverse young audience around the world. He has toured the Kennedy Center and has been featured in Huffington PostForbesBBCNPR, and JazzTimes among others. During Hawktober, we'll be bringing the sounds of Mike Casey to your home for this special virtual performance previewing his upcoming 4th album Law of Attraction where he'll share stories behind the music that relate to his artistic journey at UHart.

This recording will not be available after the event.

Father Mai will live stream Mass at the Catholic Center, followed by a virtual discussion. All are welcome to attend this event.

Event ID: 814 0774 2756
Passcode: hawktober

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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