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External Funders Recognition Event 2017

Thank you to the Office of the President, Office of the Provost, and Deans for their support of the External Funding Recognition 2017 Reception, and faculty research initiatives throughout the year.

This event recognizes the faculty and staff who submitted proposals and were awarded grants and contracts during the 2017 fiscal year. These funds play an important role in fulfilling the University’s mission. 

This year’s guest speaker was Judith McElhone, Founding Executive Director of Five Points Gallery in Torrington. Judith received her BFA (’88) and MFA (’94) from the Hartford Art School.  Recognized with a Connecticut Visual Arts Fellowship, she has exhibited her work in many venues. University’s Hartford Art School who is participating in the Launchpad initiative, a new partnership between the Art School and the highly regarded Five Points Gallery. Through the Launchpad program, up-and-coming artists collaborate, participate in pop-up exhibits at gallery events, and present an exhibition of their work after a two-year period. For more information go to:

A special thank you to Hartford Art School student, Nathalia DaSilva for her talents in photography at the event.

This year's presenters included:

  • Hisham Alnajjar, Associate Dean, CT Space Grant, College of Engineering, Technology & Architecture
  • Paige Bray, Associate Dean for Research and Community
    Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education
    Department of Education
  • Jeff Burda, Psychotherapist, Student Affairs
  • Jean McGivney-Burelle, Executive Director, Center for Teaching Excellence & Innovation
  • Milena Erwin, Program Manager, Women's Business Center
  • Richard Freund, Director, Maurice Greenberg Center for Judiac Studies
  • Joseph Olzacki, Director, Rwandan Teacher Education Program
  • Marilyn Risi, Director, Upper Albany Main Street Program
  • Fred Wergeles, Director, The Entrepreneurial Center