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Our Memorable Moments from 2015


Posted 01/04/2016
Posted by Meagan Fazio


It’s a new year but we’ll never forget some of the biggest campus stories of 2015:

January

snowJanuary marked the beginning of one of the worst stretches of winter weather in Connecticut history. By the time it was over, 20 storms had dumped nearly 64 inches of snow on the state. That’s nearly twice the amount we typically see.

MLK.On Jan. 19, we marked Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with our ninth annual observance of the civil rights leader’s life. The inspirational program featured speeches, as well as musical selections by students and faculty from the University’s Hartt School, the Gospel Choir, and the University of Hartford Magnet School Chorus.

February

”foundersWe celebrated our 58th birthday with a party in the Commons where, in addition to eating popcorn and birthday cake, students competed for prizes by posing for photos with two life-size cutouts of University President Walter Harrison. The winners were members of the Delta Gamma sorority and the student improv comedy group, “Stop Laughing, Mom.”

March

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Two Hartford Art School students won top honors at the annual Alexander A. Goldfarb Student Exhibition, a competition open to all students. Nicole Molinari ’15 was honored for her oil painting, Self Portrait. Audrey Ryan ’16 won for her mixed media sculpture, Carrot and Stick. The annual Alexander A. Goldfarb Student Exhibition features the best student work that the University of Hartford has to offer and is selected for the exhibition by an invited guest juror. (L-R: Lisa Gaumond, Audrey Ryan, Nancy Stuart, Nicole Molinari)

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Service rather than surfing was the goal of the many students who spent spring break helping others. More than three-dozen students traveled to Moore, Okla. to help the city recover from deadly tornadoes. Led by staff advisors Matt Blocker-Glynn, director of the University’s Center for Community Service, and Sandi Smith, the Catholic campus minister, the students did volunteer work throughout the community.

INTERNATIONALAfter spring break the International Center celebrated the “Cultures of the World” during its annual International Week. Throughout the week there were dance demonstrations, language and cooking lessons, and a “Food Flags of the World” contest. The week ended with the 30th annual International Festival, which featured live performances and great food from around the world.

April

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The University’s College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions held its fourth annual ENHP Day to showcase the scholarly and research endeavors of students and faculty. The daylong event featured 108 student and faculty presentations and talks by keynote speakers on topics ranging from early childhood education to cardiovascular disease prevention.

”honorsEight seniors presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash. Our students presentations at this highly selective conference spanned a wide range of research, including efforts to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease through diet, and climate change rhetoric among U.S. Senators.

May

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More than 1,050 students received their bachelor’s and associate’s degrees during the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 17.

“I invite you to open your eyes, open your ears, and open your heart by giving voice to those less fortunate than yourself. You will not be sorry,” urged keynote speaker, Caryl M. Stern, the president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

On the day before, more than 400 students received master’s and doctoral degrees and graduate certificates during the Graduate Commencement Ceremony.

June

”mosaicA mosaic floor that appears to be from one of the earliest churches in the history of Christianity was uncovered in Nazareth, Israel, at the Church of the Annunciation (Greek Orthodox) by a team of archaeologists led by Professor Richard Freund and Maha Darawsha of the University of Hartford and Shalom Yanklovitz of Haifa University. Two UHart students assisted at the site.

”cupThe Hartford Hawks continued their dominant stretch in the classroom extending their America East Academic Cup winning-streak to four. Combining for a grade point average of 3.23, the Hawks now share their fifth-ever crown with the University of New Hampshire. The Academic Cup, established by the America East Board of Directors in 1995, is presented to the institution whose student-athletes post the highest grade-point averages during that academic year.

July

”LOGO The Department of Athletics unveiled its new suite of logos and brand identity to a packed house during an event at NIXS Restaurant in Hartford. President Harrison and Director of Athletics Anton Goff unfurled a 10-foot banner that revealed the new primary mark, which features a profile shot of a bright red hawk soaring between two upright columns to complete an italicized "H."



August

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Perhaps the most popular change to campus over the summer was the sleek, new, full-service Starbucks in Mortensen Library, known as “Starbucks at the Goodwin Café.” A “microgrid” project that connects the campus electrical system and an attractive new classroom and performance space at The Hartt School were two other summer construction projects that brought a variety of improvements to campus.

September

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The Class of 2019 is the largest class to enter the University since 2009. When classes began on Sept. 1, approximately 1,650 new students were among the throngs walking across the bridge to the academic side of campus.

October

”hawktoberReunions, sports, a picnic on the Green, a 5K run/walk, and a showcase of student talent were among the more than 50 events held during Hawktober Weekend . Thousands of parents, alumni, and friends visited campus over those three days.

”barneyThe Barney Board of Visitors Alumni Hall of Fame welcomed its two newest members David G. Nord ’79, chairman, president, and CEO of Hubbell Incorporated, and Debra A. Palermino M ’82, executive vice president of human resources at MassMutual Financial Group.

November

”waltPresident Harrison announced that he will retire on June 30, 2017. Harrison signed a five-year presidential contract in 2012, and told the University's Board of Regents at that time that he believed it would be his last contract. When he retires, he will have served as the University’s president for 19 years.

”hillyerStella-Maris Ogwu '06, '08, received Hillyer College’s 2015 Outstanding Young Alumna Award. Ogwu was born and raised in Nigeria and came to the University of Hartford with the dream of becoming a pediatrician. After learning at UHart that she has no limits, she fought through several setbacks and expects to graduate in May 2016 from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., before beginning her residency in pediatrics.

”nicklebyAppropriate for its 18th year of existence, The Hartt School's Theatre Division took on a bold, boundary-pushing production of Nicholas Nickleby. The play, which incorporated talents from across disciplines and throughout the University of Hartford community, was presented in two parts over the course of six days, requiring three directors, many guest appearances, countless intricate costumes, and one towering set.

December

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The year ended much differently than it began. Instead of record cold, we had unseasonable warmth. There was no snow on the ground when students left for winter break.