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June 19, 2017
The University of Hartford is one of 11 schools chosen nationwide by OpenStax to participate in its 2017–18 Institutional Partnership Program, which encourages the use of free, peer-reviewed, openly licensed textbooks on college campuses. The University entered into a strategic partnership with OpenStax after a rigorous application process that included the University demonstrating a willingness to drive the adoption of open educational resources (OER), which are resources available at little or no cost for learning, teaching, and research.
June 19, 2017
Eighty-nine members of the University High School of Science and Engineering (UHSSE) Class of 2017 will receive their diplomas at the school’s graduation ceremony on Tuesday, June 20. The ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. at the University of Hartford’s Lincoln Theater, just steps from the high school, which is located on the University’s Bloomfield Avenue campus.
June 9, 2017
New York-based artist and educator Pablo Helguera will present a lecture titled, “The Spaces of Socially Engaged Art,” Thursday, June 22, 2017, at 7 p.m., at the University of Hartford in the Harry Jack Gray Center’s Wilde Auditorium. The talk is free and open to the public and is part of Helguera’s guest artist visit to the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School, where he will work with students in the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts annual summer residency.
May 31, 2017
Gabrielle Sinotte ’17 of Manchester, N.H., likes to prove people wrong. Born without a left hand, she was once told she couldn’t jump rope, drive a car, or play a sport. Not only did she master all three, she says there isn’t a sport she can’t play. So it’s not surprising Sinotte decided to apply her abilities and confidence to a prosthetics and orthotics career that will allow her to interact positively with people who may be missing a limb.
May 24, 2017
“We’re going to win and we’re going to do it the right way. Division One athletics at Hartford will be relevant.” That was the promise Mary Ellen Gillespie made right after University President-Designate Gregory Woodward introduced her as the new director of athletics on Wednesday, May 24.
May 21, 2017
You are the rising generation. You are the leaders, not just for tomorrow, but for today,” said U.S. Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) as she addressed approximately 1,000 graduates who received their degrees at the University of Hartford’s Undergraduate Commencement on Sunday, May 21. “Today I challenge you to raise your sight, not just your status, as you enter the workforce and a world desperately in need of your energy, talent, gifts, and commitment.”
May 20, 2017
“It is critical for you to engage with people with whom you don’t agree. It shapes your experience and ultimately your judgment,” said U.S. Rep. Richard Neal (D-Massachusetts) during his Commencement address to more than 420 students before they received their master’s and doctoral degrees and certificates at the University of Hartford’s Graduate Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 20.
May 15, 2017
More than 1,400 University of Hartford students will celebrate the completion of their degrees during the University’s Graduate Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 20, and the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 21. Alumna and U.S. Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) will be the keynote speaker and she will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws on Sunday. • U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, who earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business in 1976, will be the keynote speaker and will receive an honorary Doctor of Letters on Saturday.
May 9, 2017
University of Hartford to recognize business and community leaders on May 20 and 21.
April 25, 2017
Did you know bones weaken in space? Experiencing microgravity, or weightlessness, can be thrilling for astronauts. “But,” says biomedical engineering major, Jacqueline Maynard ‘17, “a side effect is the loss of as much as 40 percent of their bone mass in a single expedition, making fractures and long term complications like osteoporosis very likely.” To counteract this and potentially help the general population that has degenerative bone conditions, Jacqueline and other students in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) are conducting experiments in the University’s new Tissue Engineering Lab.
April 21, 2017
The University of Hartford’s incoming Class of 2021 will be put on the path to career-ready success before they take their first class. A new Office of Career Services program called “Career-On-Boarding Pre-First Semester,” will help incoming students set up LinkedIn profiles and create résumés before their first day of class.
April 18, 2017
Alex Young ’17 has discovered his passion—producing live sports events—thanks to the University of Hartford‘s new mobile sports studio. Alex and others are gaining hands-on experience broadcasting Hartford lacrosse games live on ESPN 3. “Because of this training, there are so many places I can go,” Alex says of his employment prospects. “We now know how to work in a live broadcast format. It opens up the floodgates for job opportunities and gives us an edge in the job search process.”
April 14, 2017
At the University of Hartford, giving back is a big part of who we are. Perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than the annual Hawks Helping Hartford Day of Service. More than 1,000 students have spent a day volunteering in city neighborhoods since the event began in 2011. This year, 50 alumni, many of whom graduated before Day of Service tradition began, also volunteered their time, spreading UHart’s sense of community throughout the United States and as far away as Uganda.
April 13, 2017
University of Hartford alumni Congresswoman Mia Love (R-Utah) and Congressman Richard Neal (D-Massachusetts) will deliver the keynote addresses during the University’s Commencement Weekend. Love will speak at the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 21. Neal will speak at the Graduate Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 20. Both Love and Neal will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws during the ceremonies, which will be held at 10 a.m. on the University’s campus at 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, Conn.
April 11, 2017
Paige Lacasse ’19 is one of those unique individuals who likes filling out tax returns. As an undergraduate accounting major in the Barney School of Business, she is one of ten University of Hartford students who are combining their tax talent with an interest in helping individuals and families save money on their taxes.
April 7, 2017
Sundeep Muppidi, PhD, professor of communication and associate dean for academic planning and curriculum in the University of Hartford’s College of Arts and Sciences, has been named one of 46 American Council on Education (ACE) fellows for the 2017–18 academic year. Muppidi, who has been a faculty member at the University of Hartford since 1998 and associate dean for the past two years, was nominated for the fellowship by University President Walter Harrison.
April 5, 2017
University of Hartford celebrates President Walter Harrison on April 5. Harrison is Retiring after 19 years.
April 4, 2017
Students in the University of Hartford’s The Hartt School are bringing live musical performances to family living rooms—literally—as part of an initiative called Hartt@Home, where students play a small, intimate concert at a home, with the host’s family and friends as the audience. Since it began in 2016, Hartt musicians have visited living rooms in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York.
March 31, 2017
CETA alumnus Nematullah Haidari M ’13 has been appointed by Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani as the Deputy Minister for Administration and Finance, Ministry of Public Works, Government of Afghanistan.
March 30, 2017
Spring break was more than just another vacation for 100 University of Hartford students. It was a chance to travel the world and the country, earning academic credits or volunteering. From Cuba to Europe to the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, here is a look at how these students spent their recent week off:
March 28, 2017
The University of Hartford’s Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies is honoring retiring University President Walter Harrison at a special program titled, “A Conversation on Academics and Athletics,” on Thursday, April 6, at 7 p.m. in the Harry Jack Gray Center’s Wilde Auditorium. Harrison, America East Conference Commissioner Amy Huchthausen, and ESPN Reporter and Host Andy Katz will serve as panelists, and Greenberg Center Professor Avinoam Patt will moderate the discussion.
March 24, 2017
A group of students in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture, led by civil engineering major Matthew Garneau ’19, set out to improve this difficult learning environment for school children living in villages outside New Delhi, India, by increasing the water and power supply in two local schools.
March 21, 2017
Less than one year after Commencement, nearly every member of the University of Hartford Class of 2016 is putting their hard-earned degree to good use. Ninety-two percent of our recent graduates are either employed, pursuing further education, serving in the military, or participating in a program of volunteer service. Here is a look at what four young alumni have been up to:
March 21, 2017
Artist Ruth Lingen will present a lecture entitled, “Contemporary Prints & Artist Books,” as part of the Hartford Art School’s Auerbach Lecture Series, Tuesday, April 18, at 2:30 p.m., at the University of Hartford in the Harry Jack Gray Center’s Wilde Auditorium. The talk is free and open to the public, and is made possible by the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund of the Hartford Art School Endowment, Inc
March 17, 2017
Many artists dream of having their work purchased for the enjoyment of others. Students in the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School, Adrian Martinez ’17 and Ying Ye ’18, didn’t even have to wait until they graduated for this dream to come true. As winners of the 2017 Alexander A. Goldfarb Student Exhibition, their art becomes part of the Goldfarb Memorial Collection, owned by the art school, and sometimes displayed in offices and public spaces on campus.
March 13, 2017
CETA's Master of Architecture (MArch) student Fahed Baker M’17 is a Fulbright Scholar and two-time winner of the prestigious International Architecture Award presented by the World Architecture Community.
March 7, 2017
If you have ever tried to quit smoking, you know just how challenging it can be. Caitlin Connelly ’17 and Hajar Altimimi ’17, two respiratory care majors in the University of Hartford’s College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions, are hoping to make the process a bit easier for people staying at the South Park Inn shelter in Hartford, Conn. The students are leading a weekly smoking cessation class at the shelter to teach the homeless new strategies and tools to quit smoking.
March 2, 2017
Sculpture students in the University’s Hartford Art School (HAS) are experiencing a unique chance to study with two renowned artists Jamie Isenstein and Michael E. Smith, who have displayed their art in Amsterdam, Berlin, Lisbon, Los Angeles, New York, Prague, and Paris galleries. These artists are on campus thanks to the Koopman Chair visiting artists program.
February 27, 2017
What if, in the future, medical students and medical teams were able to virtually touch and manipulate objects in order to generate a greater understanding of how to use them? Well, that future is soon to be now and two students in the University’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) are helping to make it happen. Biomedical engineering major Thienly Nguyen ’18 and computer engineering major Wilmer Elguera ’17 are interning at Hartford Hospital’s Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation (CESI), a training facility that is developing its first virtual reality training application.
February 22, 2017
As a piano performance major in the University of Hartford’s The Hartt School, Kelia Ingraham ’17 is used to being in front of an audience. But it was her writing, not music that put her center stage in February. Kelia was the University’s winning entrant in the 2017 Connecticut Poetry Circuit, a reading tour held at colleges and universities across Connecticut.
February 17, 2017
The Gov. M. Jodi Rell Center for Public Service at the University of Hartford is presenting a panel discussion, Civil Discourse in Politics, Monday, March 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Harry Jack Gray Center’s Wilde Auditorium on the University of Hartford campus. Max Reiss, political reporter for NBC Connecticut, will serve as moderator. The panel will explore how uncivil discourse in campaigning and governance shapes our view of politicians and our world. The discussion will include how we can maintain civility in these times of partisanship and social media, and what role the media plays in the process.
February 15, 2017
Students who graduate with a degree from the music education program at the University of Hartford’s The Hartt School are all but guaranteed a job offer. To date, the major has a 100 percent placement rate. Professor Joshua Russell, director of the Music Education Division, credits that to the program’s putting students in teaching environments in their first year and allowing them to learn to teach in multiple ways.
February 13, 2017
Artist Jonathan Monaghan will present a lecture entitled “Fear and Desire in a Digital Age,” Monday, March 6, at 2:30 p.m., at the University of Hartford in the Harry Jack Gray Center’s Wilde Auditorium, as part of the Hartford Art School’s Auerbach Lecture Series. The talk is free and open to the public, and is made possible by the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund of the Hartford Art School Endowment, Inc.
February 10, 2017
Just as Quoron Walker ’14 started his sophomore year in the University of Hartford’s Hillyer College, he was diagnosed with bone cancer. Determined to beat the disease and continue his studies, he sought guidance from his advisor, associate sociology professor Melinda Miceli whose father had just died from cancer. During Walker’s one and a half years of chemotherapy and treatment, Miceli was in regular contact with him and his mom.
February 7, 2017
Even before they’ve earned their degrees, Kritesh Parekh ‘17 and Emily Lindsley ’18 are delving into the world of startups and getting an up close look at what it takes to establish and grow a business.
February 3, 2017
“This is the world’s most sophisticated and extensive search of Atlantis ever made,” says University of Hartford Professor of Jewish History and archaeologist Richard Freund about his role in National Geographic Channel’s new documentary Atlantis Rising. Produced by and starring Oscar-winning director James Cameron (Avatar, Titantic) and Emmy-winning filmmaker Simcha Jacobovic, the two-hour investigative documentary includes extensive footage of Freund and an international group of archaeologists, scientists, and historians as they search for the lost city of Atlantis and evidence of the “Atlantean” civilization.
February 2, 2017
The University of Hartford and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) have launched a mobile app for iPhone and Android users that gives them a sense of what it’s like to be a member of the University’s Atlantis archeology project. The app, Archaeology Quest: Atlantis, is available for free download from iTunes to coincide with this week’s premier of National Geographic’s two-hour documentary Atlantis Rising, which features the work of UHart’s Professor of Jewish History and archaeologist Richard Freund.
January 30, 2017
Mechanical engineering student Theresa DeFreitas '17 from the University’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture, is developing a remote-controlled snow-throwing robot. Her preliminary design helped her land the internship of her dreams at iRobot in Bedford, Mass.
January 25, 2017
Eighteen students in the University’s Hartt School Dance Division already have an up-close and personal understanding of what it’s like to be a professional dancer thanks to the Spring Repertory project held during Winterterm 2017.
January 20, 2017
Winter break is the perfect time for many University of Hartford students to travel, volunteer, or take classes. Here is a look at how four groups spent the break:
January 17, 2017
Steve Metcalf of West Hartford has been named director of the University of Hartford’s Presidents’ College, a non-credit program that offers short courses throughout the year for adults, taught by University of Hartford faculty and visiting lecturers. Metcalf succeeds Joe Voelker, University English professor and former dean of the University’s College of Arts and Sciences, who led the Presidents’ College since 2015.
January 16, 2017
Just two months after graduating with a music theatre degree from the University of Hartford’s The Hartt School, Juwan Crawley ‘16 landed a starring role in Spamilton, a musical parody of the Tony Award-winning hit musical Hamilton. The off-Broadway show also pokes fun of at least a dozen other big Broadway hits. Crawley’s performance, a mashup of Ben Franklin and composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim, earned high praise from New York theater critics who nominated him for a Clive Barnes Award, which recognizes outstanding young performers.
January 13, 2017
“Continuing the Legacy: Freedom, Peace, Respect for All” will be the theme of the University of Hartford’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance, being held from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, Jan. 16, in the University’s Lincoln Theater. This event is free and open to the public.
January 10, 2017
When Jamie Roland, who has Down Syndrome, started a job placement program at the University of Hartford two years ago, he was fortunate to find a familiar face here. His childhood friend Mikayla Pascucci ’18 is an integrated education and special education major in the University’s College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP). She became Jamie’s job coach, helping him learn how to complete simple tasks like photocopying and how to handle tasks independently.
January 4, 2017
The next time you’re in the market for a dining experience in New York City, Kristin Zecher ’13 can help you grab a fresher bite. Zecher, who majored in entrepreneurial studies at the University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business, is the creator of Aura Rating, an app featuring hundreds of New York restaurants that use fresh, organic ingredients sourced from local food producers.