University of Hartford

University of Hartford

name = University of Hartford

motto = "Ad humanitatem"
established = 1877
chartered = 1957
type = Private
president= Walter Harrison
city = flagicon|USA West Hartford
state = Connecticut
country = USA
campus = Suburban
undergrad = 4545
postgrad = 1680
staff= 718
mascot = "Howie" The Hawk
colors = White and Red
The University of Hartford, often called UHA or UHart, was founded in 1877, and is a private, independent, and nonsectarian coeducational university located in West Hartford, Connecticut. It was chartered through the joining of the Hartford Art School, Hillyer College, and The Hartt School of Music in 1957.

The University attracts students from 45 states and 58 countries. It is located in the suburban West Hartford on Bloomfield Avenue, set among many old estates.

The University also operates the public radio station WWUH (91.3 MHz FM).


The Hartford Art School, which commenced operation in 1877, was founded by a group of women in Hartford including Mark Twain's wife, Mrs. Samuel Clemens and Harriet Beecher Stowe as the Hartford Society for Decorative Art. Its original location was at the Wadsworth Atheneum, the first public art museum in the United States. It is still associated with the museum today.

Hillyer College, which was named for the U.S. Civil War General Charles Hillyer, was created as a part of the Hartford YMCA in 1879. Originally, it provided instruction in automotive technology at a time when Hartford was a center for the infant automobile industry. In 1947, it was formally separated from the YMCA and the educational home to large numbers of World War II veterans who were afforded an education under the G.I. Bill.

The Hartt School, which was founded in 1920 by Julius Hartt and Moshe Paranov, is among the best recognized schools for music, dance, and theatre in the United States. The Miami String Quartet maintains an exclusive teaching and performing residency at Hartt, offering the community a four-concert series annually.

Hartford Art School, originally the art school was part of the Wadsworth Atheneum (The oldest art museum in the country). The school is one of the top art schools in the US. It offers a small art school community in a university setting.

Athletically, the University of Hartford's "Hartford Hawks" play in the America East Conference, and in 1984, the University elevated its athletics program to Division I status, the highest level of intercollegiate competition.

Since 1988, the University has been a lead institution for the Connecticut Space Grant College Consortium.

In 1991, the Hartford College for Women (HCW) joined the University. HCW was closed in 2003, but the campus is still used for housing and other purposes.

Recently, the University debuted two magnet schools to serve students from Hartford and its surrounding suburbs: University of Hartford Magnet School (UHMS) [serving grades K-5] and University of Hartford Magnet High School (UHMHS) [serving grades 9-12] .


The main campus, located on Bloomfield Avenue, is 340 acres (1.4 km²) large and serves as the nerve center of the university. Some of the most prominent features and buildings of the main campus include:

*The Village LawnSituated between the residential apartments, it is a favorite spot, particularly in warm weather, to toss around a baseball, watch a flag football game, or just to sit and relax on a picnic bench before class. It is also the location of the university-sponsored spring fling events, which include free food, amusement rides, and entertainment which recently included the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Vanilla Ice, Gym Class Heroes, T-Pain, Black Eyed Peas, Ying Yang Twins, Method Man, Common, and Cypress Hill.
*Gengras Student UnionHouses the Student Government, the university post office, student organizations including the "Hartford Informer", and the "Student Television Network" (STN), Bank of America, and the Gengras Food Court, featuring Taco Bell, Zia Juice, Montague's Deli, a convenience store and a cafeteria.

*The Harry Jack Gray CenterCentrally located on campus, the Harry Jack Gray Center contains the Mortensen Library and the Allen Memorial Library. Also located within the building are the Joseloff Gallery, the university bookstore, School of Communications, Visual Communication Design Department, Department of Architecture, WWUH-FM radio station, the Gray Conference Center, and the 1877 Club Restaurant. It was the former home of the Museum of American Political Life, which contained the largest collection of political memorabilia in the United States after the Smithsonian. The museum was closed in 2003 to make room for the Department of Architecture.
*Alfred C Fuller Music CenterHome to The Hartt School and Millard Auditorium.
*Auerbach HallOne of the largest academic buildings, it is home to the Barney School of Business, as well as the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies.
*Hillyer HallHouses Hillyer College, the Auerbach Auditorium, the Esphyr Slobodkina Urquhart Children's Reading Room, and most classes for the College of Arts and Sciences.

*Integrated Science Engineering and Technology Complex (ISET)This massive complex houses the College of Engineering Technology and Architecture, otherwise know as CETA and currently in the concluding months of a giant renovation/expansion project. Consisting of three buildings, this complex includes The United Technologies Hall, The Charles A. Dana Hall which is the largest building of the complex, and a brand new convert|37000|sqft|m2|-2|abbr=on building which houses new Biology and Chemistry facilities.

*The University of Hartford Magnet SchoolPublic elementary school located on the university of Hartford campus. Many education majors complete fieldwork/practicum/student teaching at this school.

* University CommonsThe residential dining hall. It is in the center of the freshmen living area. Located in the ground floor is the student lounge, The Hawk's Nest, which offers basic cafeteria food as well as pool and a large screen TV.

*The University ResidencesThere are four different styles of on-campus housing. All provide students with access to the university's T-3 Broadband Internet network, cable television, and campus telephone.

-Six residential suite or floor style complexes each capable of housing 312 students. All complexes feature study lounges, laundry facilities and activity rooms.

-Regents Park - consists of suite style independent living for upperclassmen. It is a large building of four wings containing suites typically outfitted with a living room and partial kitchen. Its layout is also deceptive and many have gotten lost within.

-The Village Apartments, consisting of seven buildings, are an upper class, independent living apartment area. Each apartment has a kitchen and can house 2-6 upperclassmen.

-Park River Apartments, consists of apartment-style independent living for juniors or seniors. Each unit is a full apartment complete with full size bathroom, small size kitchen (including a full size refrigerator, dish washer, sink, cabinets, etc).

-The University of Hartford recently opened up the doors of a new housing complex, named Hawk Hall, to 204 freshmen and eight Resident Assistants. Hawk Hall features Residential Learning Communities (RLC) which are grouped on floors. Current Communities include Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (WISET), Wellness, Leadership, Destinations, Environmental Awareness, The Adult Journey, Honors: Making a Difference In The World and Hawk Spirit. The five-story residence hall has lounges with walls of floor-to-ceiling windows, providing spectacular, panoramic views of the campus. In fact, large windows and striking views can be found throughout the building, even in the laundry rooms on each residential floor. The first floor includes a spacious lounge that will have a large flat-screen TV; two “smart” classrooms; and a kitchen.

*Konover Campus CenterRecently renovated to house Java City and Market City Deli providing coffee, tea, sandwiches, salads and pastries. It has an outside deck open in fair weather and an indoor eating area, which is connected to the Residential Side convenience store the Village Market. This is a poplular destination for those living in the upperclassmen residence halls, as it is much closer than University Commons.
*The Sports CenterThis large, modern structure contains the Al-Marzook Athletic Fields, the Chase Family Arena, Hawk Cafe, The Student Health Center, the campus gym, and the Mary Baker Stanley Pool.
*Asylum Avenue Campus Located convert|2|mi|km|0 west of downtown Hartford, this historic campus was once home to the Hartford College for Women and includes academic classrooms and all-female campus housing in 14 Townhouses and Johnson House. It also contains its own cafeteria, computer lab, and studio space. Many of The Hartt School's Theatre Division classes currently take place on the campus.


The University of Hartford is included by U.S. News and World Report in its college rankings. However, the university has consistently placed in "Tier 4," the bottom category of national universities. Fortunately, the recently completed ISET complex provided a much needed update to the university's science and technology facilities and has helped in positioning the university as a technological resource center in the state of Connecticut. The University of Hartford offers 86 undergraduate majors and 32 graduate programs with seven schools and colleges.

chools and colleges

*Barney School of Business
**Department of Accounting & Taxation
**Department of Economics, Finance & Insurance
**Department of Management & Marketing
**Business Application Center
**R.C. Knox Center for Insurance Studies
*College of Arts and Sciences
**Program of African American Studies
**Department of Art History
**Department of Biology
**Department of Chemistry
**Department of Cinema
**School of Communication
**Department of Computer Science
**Program of Drama
**Department of English
**Department of History
**Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology
**Department of Mathematics
**Department of Modern Languages & Cultures
**Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies
**Department of Philosophy
**Department of Physics
** [ Department of Politics and Government]
**Department Psychology
**Department of Rhetoric and Professional Writing
**Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice Program
*Hartford Art School
**Department of Ceramics
**Department of Illustration
**Department of Painting/Drawing
**Department of Photography
**Department of Printmaking
**Department of Sculpture
**Department of Media Arts
**Department of Visual Communication Design
*College of Engineering, Technology and Architecture
**Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
**Department of Civil. Environmental and Biomedical Engineering
**Department of Mechanical Engineering
**Department of Architecture
*College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions
**Department of Education and Human Services
**Department of Educational Leadership
**Department of Nursing
**Department of Health Professions
**Department of Physical Therapy
*The Hartt School
**Instrumental Studies Division
**Vocal Studies Division
**Dance Division
**Theatre Division (Actor Training & Music Theatre)
**Music Education Division
**Academic Studies Division
**Community Division
*Hillyer College
*University Studies
** [ Multimedia Web Design and Development, formerly Interactive Information Technology]

Campus Media

*WWUH 91.3 FM and webcast at wwuh.orgWWUH operates as a community service of the University of Hartford with an all volunteer staff of UH students, alumni, faculty and staff as well as members of the community. Operating live 24/7 for the last 30 years, WWUH came on the air on July 15, 1968 as the first stereo college station in the state. WWUH, also known as "UH-FM" offers both music and spoken word programming that is an alternative to what is heard on other area stations. The station has won the "Best Radio Station" and "Best College Station" category in a local newspaper readers poll numerous times in the last 20 years. WWUH is always interested in student volunteers and offers a comprehensive on-air and leadership training program. WWUH's programming can also be heard on WAPJ, 89.9 in Torrington, CT, WDJW, 89.7 in Somers, CT and WWEB, 89.9 in Wallingford, CT.

*WSAM Radio (Sam105) 105.3FMWSAM is the University's student-run radio station. It runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days. It consists of general members, 13 director positions (Business and Sales, Library, Promotion, Computer, Webmaster, Remote, Concert, News, SGA Representative, Engineering, Production, Sports, and Music). Each general member is part of one to three of the listed staffs and are headed by their elected director. Directors are chosen by the final level of station management, the Executive Board. This consists of the General Manager, Operations Manager, Program Director, Business and Sales Manager, and Chief Engineer. The station is found online at [ the WSAM Website] , on the air on-campus only at 105.3FM, or on campus TV channel 5. WSAM Policies and Constitution are available by request (860)768-4238.

*The Informer - Student NewspaperThe official Student Newspaper of the University of Hartford since 1976. Student ran, The Informer publishes 24 times every academic year, coming out every Thursday. There is a 3,000 circulation and distributed all over campus.

*Student Television Network (STN)The Student Television Network is a TV Station that is completely student run. They put on a weekly news broadcast every Friday at five. There are six different departments in STN.Each department has a head, or a lead director:
*General Manager- Kyle Coffeil
*Producing- Mallory Duncan
*News- Matt Cooke
*Sports- Christina Joniaux
*Photography- Ashley Mason
*Newscast- Mike Rosenbloom
*Chief Engineer- Nick Bacon

Notable people


*Walter Bishop, Jr.
*Hotep Idris Galeta
*Jackie McLean
*Ralph Nader, former
*Nat Reeves
*Sandy Skoglund, former
*Humphrey Tonkin
*Rabbi David G. Dalin, former
*Jonathan Rosenbaum (scholar), former
*Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, former


*Kenny Adeleke, NBA undrafted free agent for the New York Knicks
*Jeff Bagwell, MLB player for the Houston Astros
*Vin Baker, NBA player for the Houston Rockets
*Amy Bennett, artist
*Joshua Blanchfield, professional poker player
*Stephen Bogart, son of Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart
*Alex Briley, "G.I./Military Man", Village People
*Leo Brouwer, musician
*Henry Chodkowski, artist
*Steve Davis, American jazz trombonist who plays hard bop, post-bop, and standards
*Christine Dwyer, actress. Rent (closing cast member)
*Joxel García, Assistant Secretary for Health and a four-star admiral in the USPHS Commissioned Corps
*Dan Gaspar, current Men's Team Soccer Coach; former goalkeeping coach for Portuguese national team and FC Porto and SL Benfica
*A. J. Hammer, television host of Showbiz Tonight on CNN, and radio personality
*Jack Hardy, singer and songwriter
*John Harris, noted historian; former President and CEO of Quality Time Video, Inc.
*Seth F. Hibbert, writer
*Seymour Itzkoff, American professor notable for his controversial research into intelligence
*Johnathan Lee Iverson, the first black ringmaster of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
*Rob Jachym, MLS player, Columbus Crew
*Jerry Kelly, professional golfer, PGA Tour
*Robert A. Landino, CEO of the BL Companies
*Jeffery Navin, Chief Investment Officer, Constitution States Corporate Credit Union
*Richard Neal, U.S. House of Representatives, (D-MA)
*Peter Niedmann, American composer of predominantly choral and organ music
*Gary J. Orefice, Connecticut State Representative, House Chairman of the Insurance and Real Estate Committee
*Scott Orenstein, president, G.H. Bass and Co.
*Jack Swigert, Apollo 13 astronaut
*James J. Vance, president and CEO, Connecticut Lottery Corporation
*Dionne Warwick, singer


*The large anchor that sits near the entrance to the university's main campus once belonged to the USS "Hartford", a sloop-of-war and the first ship of the United States Navy named after the city of Hartford. Each year it is painted by the college's various fraternities, sororities and other organizations.
*The recently-closed Museum of American Political Life, which was located in the Harry Jack Gray center, held one of the largest collections of American political memorabilia, second only to the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.

External links

* [ Hartford Hawks Page]
* [ STN 2 - the University of Hartford's Student Television Network]
* [ Hartford Art School]
* [ WWUH Public Radio]

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