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July 22, 2016
Imagine a life without music, dance, or songs. That was the unfortunate reality for people in Afghanistan when the Taliban banned instruments and decimated the nation’s musical traditions and cultures. But today, some Afghan children are hearing and playing music for the first time, thanks to Kevin Bishop M’13 and the work of other teachers at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM).
July 15, 2016
With a hundred people cheering in eager anticipation, the top ten finalists in America’s Opera Idol 2016 competition nervously waited for the winner to be announced at Elizabeth Park in West Hartford, Conn. on July 14. When Nadia Aguilar’15 heard her name, she almost could not believe it.
July 12, 2016
Most people have heard about the popular TV show American Idol but what about American Opera Idol? Eight years ago, Opera Connecticut created the singing competition to celebrate the beauty of opera and expose more people to the art form, says Doris Lang Kosloff, Artistic Director of the Connecticut Concert Opera, who is also the director of the Vocal Division at the University of Hartford’s The Hartt School.
July 7, 2016
A discovery by Professor of Jewish History Richard Freund is attracting attention from media outlets around the world. Freund and an international team of archaeologists recently found a 100-foot-long underground tunnel made by 80 Jews who attempted a courageous escape from the extermination pits in Lithuania. The story of this discovery appeared in hundreds of news outlets around the world.
July 7, 2016
The Connecticut shoreline is a popular destination to escape the midsummer heat, fish, and have fun. But how clean are the state’s beaches? Students in Assistant Professor Katharine Owens’s “Marine Debris: Policy and Action” class spent a semester conducting research to answer that question. Then they presented their findings to lawmakers, including State Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr. who chairs the legislature’s environment committee, at Hammonasset Beach State Park in June.
June 29, 2016
An international team led by University of Hartford Professor of Jewish History and archaeologist Richard Freund has discovered a 100-foot-long underground tunnel made by 80 Jews who attempted a courageous escape from the extermination pits at Paneriai, Lithuania, on the last night of Passover in April 1944.
June 28, 2016
Britain’s vote to leave the European Union continues impacting U.S. and global financial markets in the short run. Farhad Rassekh, professor of economics and associate dean in the Barney School of Business, explains what Brexit means for the world’s economy moving forward.
June 24, 2016
At the University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business, career readiness is a top priority. All undergraduate students are required to complete at least one internship as a part of their program. Michael McCaffrey ’16, a business management major from East Brunswick, N.J., took advantage of this opportunity and learned about networking and fundraising as a marketing intern for the Capital Region Development Authority.
June 23, 2016
While hundreds of people flocked to Hammonasset Beach State Park to enjoy the warm summer weather, University of Hartford students and Professor Owens met with Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr. at the Meigs Point Nature Center to discuss the problem of marine and beach debris. The students conducted a semester-long study on the sources of this debris and delivered their recommendations to Kennedy and members of the Friends of Hammonasset and the Citizens Campaign for the Environment. Following the event, the Senate Democrats released a press release.
June 22, 2016
Elizabeth “Betsy” Cooper, director of the Hunter College Dance Program, has been named dean of the University of Hartford’s The Hartt School. University Provost Sharon Vasquez announced that Cooper, who has extensive academic leadership and professional experience, will assume her duties as dean of the University’s performing arts conservatory on August 15.
June 17, 2016
Jillian Tomaselli M ’16 and Ryan Glick M ‘16 will travel to Europe in September to learn about Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), a new sustainable building technology. They are the recipients of this year's Tai Soo Kim Travel Fellowship.
June 14, 2016
University of Hartford President Walter Harrison offers a reflection on Orlando for the University community.
June 10, 2016
With degrees in music and vocal performance from the University of Hartford’s Harrt School, the singing Gutierrez brothers are now ready for the next stage of their lives. The three identical brothers from Chesapeake, Va. are moving to different states to pursue their dreams of performing and teaching music. This will be the first time that the brothers are apart.
June 7, 2016
91 members of the University High School of Science and Engineering (UHSSE) Class of 2016 will receive their diplomas at the school’s graduation ceremony.
June 3, 2016
When you walk the grounds of the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, Conn. this summer, which is known for its beautiful gardens, walking trails, and annual poetry festival, you may think your eyes are deceiving you. Is that a chess set floating in a pond? A giant sphere of sheep’s wool in a field? A relief sculpture of a fiberglass cow? And a wood-carved statue of a borer beetle? Yes, and that’s just four of seven art pieces created by 2016 Hartford Art School (HAS) graduates and on display at the Museum through October.
May 27, 2016
“How am I going to make new friends?” It’s a question many new students face during the summer before starting college. Kelly Myers ’16 and Sara Gambacorta ’16 didn’t have to wait long for the answer. In a moment captured by a University of Hartford photographer, they met after getting out of their cars in front of Hawk Hall during Move-In Weekend 2012.
May 25, 2016
University of Hartford President Walter Harrison led a group of nearly 200 people in a “toast” to celebrate the start of the long anticipated expansion and renovation of the University Libraries. Complete with cupcakes and champagne, the event marks the beginning of a year-long construction project to further enhance Mortensen and Allen Libraries as centers for 21st century learning and collaboration.
May 23, 2016
The University of Hartford is pleased to announce C.F. Payne as the new director of the Hartford Art School’s Low-Residency Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in Illustration program. Payne has been one of the country’s most prominent illustrators for more than 30 years, and has been recognized with two of the Society of Illustrators highest honors― The Distinguished Educator in The Arts Award in 2012, and the Hamilton King Award in 1995.
May 19, 2016
With four years of experience at the University of Hartford’s Student Television Network (STN) and two internships at NBC Connecticut, it is not a coincidence that Scott Roberts ’16 landed his dream job with the local television news station before he had even graduated.
May 15, 2016
Approximately 1,000 University of Hartford students receives bachelor’s and associate’s degrees during Undergraduate Commencement on May 15.
May 15, 2016
Approximately 1,000 University of Hartford students receives bachelor’s and associate’s degrees during Undergraduate Commencement on May 15.
May 14, 2016
“Your integrity will define your reputation and your reputation is the most important asset you will bring to your personal and professional life,” Donna Marie Randall, PhD, chief executive officer of the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, advised more than 400 students who received their master’s and doctoral degrees and certificates at the University of Hartford’s Graduate Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14.
May 14, 2016
“Your integrity will define your reputation and your reputation is the most important asset you will bring to your personal and professional life,” Donna Marie Randall, PhD, chief executive officer of the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, advised more than 400 students who received their master’s and doctoral degrees and certificates at the University of Hartford’s Graduate Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14.
May 12, 2016
Vania Legall ’16 already knew that after graduation she wanted to help others in her native country of Guyana and, after meeting University of Hartford Undergraduate Commencement speaker Kennedy Owiti Odede, she is more inspired to do so.
May 11, 2016
More than 1,400 University of Hartford students will receive their diplomas during the University’s Graduate Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14, and Undergraduate Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 15. Both ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. on the lawn outside the Gengras Student Union building on the University campus, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, Conn.
May 9, 2016
Rochelle Louis '16 will deliver the "Charge to the Class of 2016" at the University of Hartford's Undergraduate Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 15.
May 4, 2016
Brett D. Gerstenblatt ’94, vice president, executive creative director at CVS Health, will receive the University of Hartford's Distinguished Alumni Award at its Undergraduate Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 15.
May 4, 2016
Three exceptional members of the University of Hartford's Class of 2016 will be honored at the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony on May 15.
April 30, 2016
Five outstanding University of Hartford faculty members will be honored at the University's Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 15.
April 27, 2016
Full of energy and enthusiasm, 35 middle schoolers from Brooklyn, N.Y. visited the University of Hartford’s Hartt School to learn about music and college life. “This experience has been very interactive and fun for the students,” says Marissa Giglio ’03, M’09, music teacher at the Achievement First Endeavor Charter School in Brooklyn, N.Y.
April 26, 2016
Kennedy Owiti Odede, an internationally recognized social entrepreneur, and Donna Randall, the chief executive officer of the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, will speak during the University of Hartford's Commencement ceremonies.
April 22, 2016
The University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business has joined a select group of undergraduate business schools nationally recognized by Bloomberg Businessweek.
April 19, 2016
University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School Dean Nancy Stuart has dedicated her career to helping students pursue their dreams of becoming artists. The Connecticut Art Education Association(CAEA)2016 will honor her with its Scott Shuler Distinguished Art Advocate Award on May 1.
April 15, 2016
A week after the birth of his first child, he won the University’s 2016 Belle K. Ribicoff Junior Faculty Prize, which recognizes excellence in teaching, scholarly or creative activity, and service The prize includes an award of $10,000 to further enhancement of an existing scholarly project, a new investigation, and/or support of the awardee's professional development goals.
April 12, 2016
We do not notice environmental problems if we do not experience them,” says Associate Professor of Politics and Government Katharine Owens. With that in mind, she created a “Marine Debris: Policy and Action” class in the University of Hartford’s College of Arts and Sciences. She wanted students to gain first-hand knowledge about the environment and then use their research to help solve any problems they uncovered.
April 8, 2016
Walking into the turbomachinery lab on the lower level of the University of Hartford’s Dana Hall, you can feel the excitement and happiness of eight mechanical engineering students there. They have spent the last two years building a wind tunnel in the lab. Now, they are finally able to unveil it and use it to conduct research that will be useful to the aerospace industry.
April 5, 2016
UHart students volunteer throughout the year, but on one day each April, they all come together for “Hawks Helping Hartford.” Nearly 300 students participated this year.
April 4, 2016
Walking or driving on campus near Lincoln Theater or the Konover Campus Center these days prompts the question “What are those little buildings over there on the grass?” As Assistant Professor Seth Holmes explains, they are experimental huts to teach students about architecture.
March 29, 2016
In just four years, Hugo Santana has helped organize and presented during the University’s first TEDx Talk, started his own soccer club, worked as an ambassador and a tour guide for the University’s Department of International Admission and as a math tutor, and hosted his own radio show on the student-run radio station. And yes, there’s more— he designed a device that enables photographers to take clear pictures even when their hands are moving.
March 22, 2016
Inside a police car is not a place one typically wants to be. But criminal justice major Samantha Carr ’17, was there and it was exactly where she wanted to be. Samantha spent a week interning with police officers in West Hartford, Conn. to learn what it takes to do their job and if she wants to pursue that career after graduation.
March 18, 2016
Jezelle Gordon ’17, an architectural engineering technology major in the University of Hartford’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture, has a dream internship helping a nonprofit redesign its community center.
March 15, 2016
Some University of Hartford students are adding professional experience to their resumes through the University’s Express to Success program. In the program, run by the Alumni Relations office, students work with and learn from alumni who have jobs related to the students’ fields of study.
March 11, 2016
Over the last few years, our Hartford Hawks have been working with children from Team IMPACT, which pairs children with life threatening illnesses or life-altering chronic conditions with college athletic teams.
March 8, 2016
Surrounded by cameras pushing to get a picture of Leonardo DiCaprio receiving his first Oscar, Stephanie Minor ’09 had the pressure-filled task of attaching the engraved nameplate on to the statuette and presenting it to him after the ceremony.
March 1, 2016
Everything from paintings and sculptures to photography and interactive art is on display in the 2016 Alexander A. Goldfarb Student Exhibition, exemplifying how broadly talented our students are. The annual exhibition is open to all undergraduate and graduate University students and is juried by a professional in the visual arts.
February 26, 2016
A recent survey of the Class of 2015 found 89% are either employed, continuing their education, serving in the military, or serving in a volunteer or service program.
February 23, 2016
When it comes to treating severe bleeding injuries, every moment counts. That is why Frank Hursey ’77 invented QuikClot, a type of gauze that stops bleeding practically on contact.
February 19, 2016
The University of Hartford celebrates its 59th birthday—known as Founders Day—on Sunday, Feb. 21.UHart celebrated the founding with a birthday cake on Friday, Feb.19, at noon in the Commons.
February 17, 2016
University of Hartford President Walter Harrison announced that the University’s Public Safety officers have been trained to use and supplied with bleeding control kits designed to save the lives of people with heavy bleeding injuries. The University is the first higher education institution in New England, and among the first in the nation, to equip its officers with these life-saving kits.
February 16, 2016
Nine students from the University of Hartford's Hartt School are spending ten weeks in London, learning from some of the world's best Shakespearian actors.
February 15, 2016
University of Hartford President Walter Harrison will announce that the University’s Public Safety officers are trained and outfitted with life-saving “stop the bleed” kits
February 12, 2016
By the time Cornel West’s 2.5 hour lecture was over, students had learned about current issues of race and social justice in America and potential strategies for addressing them, as well as about music’s influence on social justice movements during the Civil Rights Era.
February 9, 2016
CETA students converted a typical truck into an electric powered vehicle. They now have their sights set on a world record.
February 5, 2016
Say “Kate Spade New York” to the fashion-savvy, and visions of sophisticated, chic designer womenswear and accessories come to mind. Some of those visions may be of designs by our very own Jessica Bourque BFA ’07, who has worked at Kate Spade New York as a textile designer since 2013. She designs prints for apparel, handbags, scarves, shoes, and other product categories, and her path to this job is as varied as some of her designs.
February 2, 2016
“This is a need and something I could have used from the very beginning.” That was the reaction from a person that does not have a hand when he saw a prototype of what has come to be known as the Hartford Hand. Five graduate students from the University’s Prosthetics and Orthotics (P&O) program have been so inspired by that statement that they’ve spent non-class hours working on the project that began in 2013 to make the world’s first prosthetic hand that can be fully customized to patients’ needs.
January 28, 2016
University of Hartford Professor Richard Freund, director of the University’s Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies, is joining with David Fishman, a professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, to present a program on “The Jerusalem of Lithuania: The Rediscovery of the Great Synagogue of Vilna.”
January 28, 2016
This past fall, Jonas Hampton '11 not only ran in the Eversource Hartford Marathon for the first time—competing in his first full marathon anywhere—he won it. The former Hawks’ track and cross-country standout beat his closest competition by two minutes in becoming the first Connecticut resident to win the Hartford men’s marathon in the 22-year history of the event.
January 26, 2016
The High Line, a New York City park built on an elevated section of an old railway, is an oasis in Manhattan. Research by a University of Hartford engineering professor and his students confirm the park is good for your health.
January 25, 2016
Activist, academic and thought-leader Cornel West will speak at the University of Hartford on Wednesday, Feb. 10.
January 22, 2016
“I try to show my students that there is more to a job than what is in the job description,” says Laura Pence, a professor of chemistry in the University’s College of Arts and Sciences. Pence was recently elected to the board of directors of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society and has begun a three-year term.
January 19, 2016
As an illustration student in the University's Hartford Art School (HAS), Christine Kornacki '07 gained artistic inspiration and practical advice from two faculty mentors in particular. Now, having already illustrated nine books by the age of 30, Kornacki has become a mentor herself, working as an adjunct faculty member in HAS.
January 12, 2016
Michael Robinson, associate professor of history in the University’s Hillyer College, set out to study a strange collection of science stories, such as explorer Henry Stanley’s claim of finding a “white” tribe in East Africa, as well as a rash of other such discoveries between 1860 and 1940. His idea was to write about the history of scientific exploration with an eye toward the role that cultural biases may have played in such “discoveries.”
January 7, 2016
One of the University’s own, Charles “Chuck “ Pagano ‘84, M’07, was presented Friday night with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 67th Annual Technology and Engineering Emmy Awards. The ceremony was held in the grand ballroom at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.
January 7, 2016
The University of Hartford’s Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies has named author Rebecca Dinerstein as the winner of the 2015 Edward Lewis Wallant Award for her outstanding debut novel, "The Sunlit Night." The presentation ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 13.
January 5, 2016
“Nonviolence: A Reawakening of Our Nation’s Consciousness" will be the theme of the University of Hartford’s 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance. The program will feature an address by actor, singer, composer, producer, and minister Clifton Davis.
January 4, 2016
As we begin a new year, let's take a look back at some of the biggest campus stories of 2015.