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University of Hartford to Celebrate its 53rd Birthday

Posted 02/21/2010
Posted by David Isgur

The University of Hartford celebrates the 53rd anniversary of its founding with a variety of on-campus events on Sunday, February 21.

Events of the day include;a 2 p.m. Hartt School performance of Brian Friel's Translations at the Handel Performing Arts Center, 35 Westbourne Parkway in Hartford; a 2 p.m. women's basketball game against Boston University, at halftime, three members of the University community will compete in the final round of the University of Hartford Trivia Challenge. First prize is two round-trip tickets to Florida (courtesy of A&S Travel Center); a 3 p.m. Hartt School faculty recital featuring violist Rita Porfiris, violinist Anton Miller, pianist David Westfall, and cellist Mihai Tetel at Berkman Recital Hall in the Fuller Music Center; and a 4 p.m. party in the Auxiliary Gym in the Sports Center complete with cake, ice cream, party hats, balloons and a performance by the student a cappella group, L'Shir. Students, faculty, staff and the public are invited.

The University of Hartford's Founders Day celebration commemorates the fact that 53 years ago, a group of Hartford area business and community leaders achieved their dream to create a university in Hartford that would meet the region's growing need for high-quality educational opportunities. Today, the University of Hartford stands as a testament to their vision and it embraces its role as "a private university with a public purpose.

The University of Hartford was chartered on February 21, 1957 when then Gov. Abraham A. Ribicoff signed legislation that allowed the Hartt School of Music, the Hartford Art School and Hillyer College to come together to form the University of Hartford.

For more information, contact Jonathan Easterbrook, University director of marketing communication, at 860.768.5096 or