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Torshia V. Anderson

Director

"I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  -  Maya Angelou

Torshia Anderson was born and raised in Bridgeport Connecticut, where from an early age her mother shared that she was strong willed and opinionated.  This is balanced with a genuine sense of compassion for the individuals around her and has guided her decisions with regards to her professional aspirations.  

Torshia attended Western Connecticut  State University , where she received her B.S. in Community Health, after which she attended Springfield College and obtained her M.Ed in Higher Education.  After graduating from Springfield College she worked in the Office of Residential Life at the University of Hartford.  Torshia now serves as the Director of Student Activities and Greek Life at the University of Hartford.  This role will allow her to work intentionally on building student interactions within the University setting and cultivating new relationships within the surrounding community.  

“ The University of Hartford is a wonderful place to both work and learn.  I count it a blessing to offer support, service and guidance to the institutional constituents.  Please take some time to stop in and visit, you will be sure to be greeted with a smile.”  –Torshia V. Anderson

Lisa M. Cote

Associate Director of Community Service and Student Activities

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia

Lisa M. Coté (she/her/hers) has called numerous states home throughout her life, including Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Connecticut. Lisa attended St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where she received a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology and African & African American Studies. From there, Lisa went on to receive her M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Connecticut. Since then, Lisa has worked in Community Service and Student Activities at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and the University of Connecticut, and served as a Resident Director at the University of Hartford for a year. Lisa now serves as the Associate Director of Community Service and Student Activities at the University of Hartford. This role will allow her to continue to engage with the UHart community and have meaningful interactions with students, staff, and faculty, as well as develop new relationships with the local community.

“The University of Hartford is a very unique campus community, which creates a great environment for people to learn and grow together. I am excited to have the opportunity to connect with our campus and local community in new ways and to continue to serve the UHart students.” - Lisa M. Cote

Nicholas Oliver

Graduate Assistant for Student Activities

“Limitations live only in our minds.  But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.” –Jamie Paolinetti

Nick has been serving as a Graduate Assistant for Student Activities since August of 2016. Initially serving as the Advisor for the Commuter Student Association, then the following year as a co-graduate assistant for both the Campus Activities team and the Commuter Student Association. Nick grew up in Brooklyn, NY and came to the University of Hartford in 2012 to pursue his bachelorette degree. He is currently pursuing his M.S. in Organizational Psychology and is set to graduate May 2018. Upon graduation Nick plans to pursue a doctoral degree or work in the field of Student Affairs.

“The University of Hartford provides a unique atmosphere. Where students can find themselves, and develop into amazing student leaders, by getting involved in a variety of student groups and activities. As I have grown, over the 5 years here at the University, I hope to see the future students find the same opportunities, and grow into future leaders.” –Nick Oliver

ThoMas Keane

Graduate Assistant for Student Activities    

“If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door” - Milton Berle

Originally from Trumbull Connecticut, Thomas Keane attended Central Connecticut State University where he received his B.A. in Anthropology with a Minor in Biology. He worked for several years at their Student Center and found that his future was in Higher Education. He is currently attending CCSU for his Masters of Science in Counselor Education Specialization of Student Development in Higher Education.

“The University of Hartford provides the right environment for students to grow into their full potential. My door is always open to those who are searching for opportunities of growth.” - Thomas Keane

Patrick Fayne

Greek Advisor for Fraternity Life

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

Patrick has been serving as the Adviser of Fraternity Life since November 2016.  Originally from Montville, New Jersey, Patrick came to the University of Hartford as a freshman in the fall of 2012 and became a member of Greek Life the following spring.  He received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing in May of 2016, and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Communication.  Upon graduation, Patrick plans to enter the marketing and advertising industry.  Patrick was an avid member of the Greek community at the University during his undergraduate years, where he was selected as the Greek Man of the Year in 2016.  He hopes to see the students continue to lead the campus and community in the right direction for everyone to have the best college experience possible.

“The University of Hartford provides plenty of opportunities for each student to become involved and feel a sense of belonging in the close-knit community.  The more you put in, the more you get out, which will set you up for a successful future upon graduation.” - Patrick Fayne

PAIGE Williams-Rivera

Greek Advisor for Sorority Life 

"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference" - Winston Churchill

Paige will be serving as the Adviser of Sorority Life starting in November. Paige is from Windsor, CT and is a graduate of University of Hartford with a Bachelors of Arts in Communications. Additionally, this fall, she began her Masters in Organizational Psychology here at the University.  Paige comes to us with a great amount of experience in organizational communication and talent acquisition through her aspirations to continue a career in the Human Resources field. She was a member of the University's Greek community for 3.5 years and will bring her knowledge of chapter operations, development, and recruitment to the role. 

"My favorite part of being a student at University of Hartford is the opportunity each person has to find their sense of belonging. There is an exceptional amount of clubs, teams, organizations, and groups for people to get involved in."  – Paige Williams-Rivera