Provost Sharon Vasquez announced on February 2, 2012, that Mrs. Marlene Hall, an ENHP alumna and the college’s Director of Communication and Recruitment, is the inaugural recipient of the University’s Academic Staff Excellence Award.
Upon learning the news, Dean Ralph O. Mueller reacted: “Wow! The whole ENHP community is so thrilled and proud of Marlene. Her long-standing and deep commitment to the welfare of our students, faculty, and staff shines through in all of her daily actions. We congratulate her on this high and well-deserved honor.”
About Hall: Marlene Hall began her career in higher education at her undergraduate alma mater, Salve Regina University, Newport R.I. Upon graduating in 1972 with a degree in political science, she was hired to recruit new students from the states of Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey. She went on to become associate dean of admissions running major recruitment events on campus. In 1976, she married and her 14-year hiatus from higher education began. During that time, she supported and shared in the unusual naval career of her husband, Marshall. She attended the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA to learn Spanish prior to participating in a two-year exchange program with the Argentine Navy. She and her husband became totally immersed in the Argentine culture during the difficult political years the country experienced under the leadership of a military junta. Back in the states in 1979, the Halls began their family, and Marlene’s major role became Mom. Fast forward to 1986 and she once again shared a diplomatic role with Marshall who was assigned to the American Embassy in Madrid, Spain as a naval attaché. Marlene became the embassy’s community liaison officer by day, counseling families adjusting to life in another country. By night, she joined her husband on the diplomatic circuit mixing with diplomats from many other countries posted to Spain.
Returning to her hometown of Thomaston, CT in 1989 and the prospect of living in one place for more than two years, Hall was anxious to get back to work on a college campus. She answered an ad for a part-time recruiter in ENHP’s Department of Nursing and began working at the University of Hartford at the start of the fall 1990 semester. She had found her niche; working with the adult learner. She spent the next decade facilitating the admission of working nurses into the bachelor’s completion program and the master’s program in nursing. Over the years, she collaborated with faculty on the delivery of workshops such as career decision-making for nurses, on the organization of various conferences including three leadership conferences for nurses in or aspiring to leadership positions in long-term care, and on the creation of the alumni classroom designed to invite nursing alumni back to a regular class to hear a guest lecturer or to be part of a panel discussion.
For the last decade, Hall has held college-wide positions in ENHP, first as assistant dean and currently as the director of communication and recruitment. She serves on the university’s graduate council committee and its marketing task force and on the undergraduate and graduate affairs committees in ENHP. She has played a significant role in the development of the college’s web presence and is responsible for content and design of the current site. Recruitment remains a major focus of her work. She also takes an active role in the organization and promotion of conferences and special events in ENHP.
Hall and her daughter Kathryn are both University of Hartford graduates. Mom earned a master of science in counseling in 1995; daughter Kathryn was awarded two bachelor’s degrees in 2002 in English literature and professional technical writing.