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Memorable Moments from 2013

Posted 12/17/2013
Posted by Meagan Fazio

From a blizzard to a Presidential visit, it was a historic year at the University of Hartford. As 2013 comes to an end, let's take a look back at the biggest campus stories of the year:


The new bridge over the Park River.

The long-awaited new bridge over the Park River opened to vehicles and pedestrians on Jan. 18. The opening marked the completion of a complex project that began last June with the temporary diversion of the Park River and the removal of a 50-year-old dam.


Students walked to class after a blizzard dumped feet of snow on campus.

The University was closed for four days when up to 40 inches of snow fell on Connecticut on Feb. 9 and 10. It was one of the biggest snowstorms in the state's history.


Paul Armstrong (left) and Steve Charry M'13 (right) with one of their patients.

Many students spent spring break helping others. Thirty-five students and two advisors helped with hurricane recovery efforts in Biloxi, Miss. Our Habitat for Humanity chapter built a home in Tennessee. In addition, prosthetics and orthotics clinical faculty member Paul Armstrong and two of his students traveled to Peru to fit dozens of people with new prostheses.


President Obama spoke at the Reich Family Pavilion.

For the first time in our history, the University welcomed a sitting president to campus. President Barack Obama delivered a high-profile speech on gun control to hundreds of people in the Reich Family Pavilion on April 8. The audience included students, faculty, and staff, as well as guests invited by the White House, including families who lost loved ones in the Sandy Hook tragedy.


Students celebrated at Commencement.

Approximately 1,100 students received bachelor's and associate's degrees during Undergraduate Commencement on Sunday, May 19. A record 37 of them graduated with University Honors. More than 400 students received master's and doctoral degrees during the Graduate Commencement Ceremony, held on May 18.


Coach Jennifer Rizzotti at the Hall of Fame ceremony.

University of Hartford women's basketball coach Jen Rizzotti was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 8, joining five others in a two-hour ceremony in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee's historic Bijou Theater. Rizzotti, who was recognized for her accomplishments as a player, is in her 15th year at the helm of the UHart basketball program, having guided the Hawks to the NCAA tournament six times.


New Barney School Dean Martin Roth

Martin S. (Marty) Roth was named dean of the University's Barney School of Business. Said Roth about his appointment: “I am equally excited and honored to have been selected to lead the Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford. I believe the Barney School is well positioned for great things given its exceptional faculty, dedicated staff, committed students, and the vibrant business community of the Greater Hartford region.


Incoming students started a new tradition by forming an H on the lawn.

The University welcomed more than 1,500 new students to campus during Move-In Weekend. The University's Class of 2017 comes from more than 35 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, as well as 27 countries. The majority of students are from Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, but 21 members of the Class of 2017 are from California.


Bronze Radio Return played a free concert.

Alumni, parents and friends joined us for Hawktober Weekend from Oct. 18-20. Among the highlights: alumni band Bronze Radio Return's free concert on the lawn and the Anchor Awards Ceremony, which honored five alumni who have distinguished themselves by achieving the highest level of professional accomplishments and who possess absolute standards of integrity and character.


Students showed their spirit at Breakfast and Basketball.

The University community woke up early on Nov. 12 to cheer on the Hartford men's basketball team in the ESPN Tip-Off Marathon. Fans gathered for the Hawks' 7 a.m. tip-off against Florida Gulf Coast University. The game was shown on two large screens in the Commons and students competed in a Hawk Spirit Contest. Thanks to the generosity of an alumnus,the first 350 students to attend the event received free breakfast.


Students posed before Fall Commencement.

More than 185 students celebrated the completion of their degrees during the University of Hartford's annual Fall Commencement ceremony on Dec. 8. Community activist Elizabeth Horton Sheff M'12, who filed the landmark Sheff v. O'Neill school desegregation lawsuit to address educational inequities in Hartford and surrounding communities, was the guest speaker and honorary degree recipient.