University of Hartford Students Spend Spring Break Helping New Orleans Recovery Efforts

A group of University of Hartford students gave up their spring break this year to help with recovery efforts in New Orleans. The students packed one of our flip cameras for the trip and provided some footage of their volunteer work.

We’ll post some additional footage later in May.

University of Hartford to Offer Free Workshops for Job Seekers

From a press release:

The University of Hartford’s Center for Professional Development is hosting a series of free workshops to help adults with their job searches. Experienced career counselors will teach participants how to identify the job they want and the strategies to get hired. The series includes:

Writing a Resume That Gets Noticed – Tuesday, March 9
Ron Clinton, a career counselor at the Center for Professional Development, will talk about various resume formats that can be used to present information and qualifications, how to write an effective resume, and ways to make a resume stand out.

Strategies for Successful Interviewing –Tuesday, March 23
Cathy McCloud, a career counselor at the Center, will discuss how to conduct an effective interview, how to respond to interview questions, and types of questions to ask a potential employer.

Tips for Making a Career Change –Tuesday, April 6
Eleta Jones, Ph.D., LPC, associate director at the Center, will provide tips and resources on how to decide what new job or career to pursue.

Pre-registration is requested for each workshop, although walk-ins are welcome. To register, call the University’s Center for Professional Development at 860.768.5619.

All three workshops will be held at the Center for Professional Development located at 50 Elizabeth Street in Hartford on the University of Hartford’s Asylum Avenue Campus.

UofH Center for Professional Development

America East Tournament to Bring Economic Boost to West Hartford

Next weekend’s America East Tournament to be hosted at the University of Harford will bring a much needed multi-million dollar economic boost to West Hartford and the Greater Hartford region. And it costs the university nothing to throw the party. Revenue generated from ticket sales, hot dogs and souvenirs should more than cover the bill.

The fun begins Thursday, March 4th and continues through the weekend.

Hartford Hawks
University of Hartford
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An earlier version of this video incorrectly stated the Big East tournament is coming to Hartford. We regret the error and have updated our video with the correct language.

University of Hartford to Honor Pulitzer Prize–Winning Reporter at Fall Commencement

Linda Greenhouse, an award-winning journalist who, as a reporter for The New York Times, covered the United States Supreme Court for nearly three decades, will be presented with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at the University of Hartford’s annual Fall Commencement.

The ceremony will take place on Sunday, December 6th at 2:30 p.m. at the University’s Lincoln Theater. Approximately 150 students will receive their degrees.

Greenhouse’s coverage of the high court earned her numerous awards, including a Pulitzer Prize for beat reporting in 1998, the American Political Science Association’s Carey McWilliams Award in 2002 for “a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics,” and the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism from the Annenberg School for Communication of University of Pennsylvania in 2004.

Also in 2004, Harvard’s Kennedy School honored her with the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism. In 2008 the nonpartisan Constitution Project presented her with its annual award for constitutional commentary.

Linda Greenhouse’s Profile Page at the New York Times
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University of Hartford: Newman’s Own Joins as America East Championship Title Sponsor in First-Ever Combined Tournament

We received the following press release from the University of Hartford:

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. ― The America East Conference, the University of Hartford, and Newman’s Own, Inc. announced today that Newman’s Own, Inc. will serve as the title sponsor of the 2010 America East Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship, slated for March 4-7, 2010 at the University of Hartford. It is the first time in conference history that the men’s and women’s tournament will be combined at the same venue.

“We are proud to welcome Newman’s Own to the America East team as the title sponsor of our basketball championship,” said Patrick Nero, commissioner of America East. “Newman’s Own is the perfect partner for America East. We ask our student-athletes to be champions not only in academics and athletics, but in leadership as well. Newman’s Own, with its commitment to community and philanthropy, consistently demonstrates the highest standards of true leadership.”

The Championship trio of America East, University of Hartford and Newman’s Own, Inc. will announce a plan later this year that will further cultivate the principles of community service, education and leadership among students from the nine conference campuses.

“I want to congratulate Pat and President Harrison for all they have done to land this event,” said Governor M. Jodi Rell. “It’s no secret that we love our basketball here in Connecticut. What makes the America East Tournament a truly wonderful event for our state is having one of Connecticut’s own, Newman’s Own, as the title sponsor. The University of Hartford and America East have made this postseason a win-win situation for the folks who run the region’s hotels, restaurants and car rentals. This March there will be double the games, double the fun and double the economic boost.”

Newman’s Own, Inc. will also add a new item to the concession menu at the host institution’s Chase Arena at Reich Family Pavilion at the University of Hartford in 2010: Newman’s Own Thin & Crispy Crust frozen pizza, a successful addition to the company’s portfolio.

“Pizza and basketball is a natural combination and so is this terrific partnership with the University of Hartford, the America East Conference and Newman’s Own,” says Mike Havard, vice president, marketing at Newman’s Own, Inc. “Consistent with our mission and the shared values of the partners, we look forward to working together on community service and leadership initiatives that will support and empower students to make a difference.”

Last season more than 35,000 fans attended the men’s and women’s basketball championships in Albany, NY and West Hartford, CT. This year’s championship planners at the University of Hartford anticipate large crowds at the Chase Arena at Reich Family Pavilion.

“The Championship is our opportunity to showcase not only the America East Conference but two Connecticut treasures, the University of Hartford and Newman’s Own,” said Pat Meiser, director of athletics at the University of Hartford. “Inherent in our missions is to enrich the lives of others and staging the Championship in partnership with the America East is a wonderful way to reinforce that ideal. Bringing fans from eight geographic regions and six states throughout the northeast also gives us a chance to impact the local economy and show off the best the Greater Hartford region has to offer.”

University of Hartford Freshmen Move In

West Hartford’s population will grow by more than 1600 this weekend. Today kicks off move in day for first year students at the University of Hartford.

One unusual concern this fall is the H1N1 virus or swine flu. The university is taking preventative steps like establishing a web site about the illness with tips to keep students healthy. But students and parents have other things on their minds today. Anna Stonestreet spoke with some on campus this morning.

Our April story on H1N1 Prevention
University of Hartford H1N1 Flu Site
University of Hartford Daily News Site on H1N1 Prevention

University of Hartford Baseball Hires New Assistant Coach

We received the following press release from University of Hartford Athletics today:

University of Hartford Director of Athletics Patricia H. Meiser and Head Baseball Coach Jeff Calcaterra announced the hiring of Jerry Shank as an assistant coach on Monday. Shank will serve as the Hawks’ pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.

“I am very excited to announce the addition of Jerry Shank to our staff,” said Calcaterra. “Throughout the search process, Jerry exuded a passion for college baseball and will be a tireless worker and relentless recruiter. I also expect him to quickly develop a mutual respect and unique rapport with our players. I’m looking forward to working with Jerry and the impact he will have on our program”

Shank comes to Hartford after serving as an assistant coach for the last two years at Canisius College. Previously, he spent two seasons at Ohio Valley University as the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, while also coaching the pitching staff.

During his two years at Canisius, the Golden Griffins won 77 games (26th-most in the country), the most by any school in the Northeast region. Also, Canisius is one of 30 schools across the nation to win 35-plus games each of the past two seasons.

The Golden Griffins advanced to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament each of the past two seasons, with the 2008 team winning a program-record 41 games. In 2008, Canisius earned its first regular-season MAAC title since 1994 and won the program’s first postseason game. In 2009, Canisius advanced to the MAAC Championship game for the first time in program history.

While at Canisius, Shank had a pitcher named to all-league teams each of the past two seasons, with Shane Davis becoming the first pitcher in conference history to be named the MAAC Pitcher of the Year and MAAC Rookie of the Year in the same season. He was also a part of the recruitment of two incoming freshmen who were drafted in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft.

The Fighting Scots appeared in the conference tournament in both of Shank’s seasons at Ohio Valley, winning the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 2006.

Before his time at Ohio Valley, Shank was the top assistant at Eastern Mennonite University where he worked with the pitching staff.

Shank played four seasons at the collegiate level. He started at Hampden-Sydney College where the Tigers advanced to the conference tournament in 2003 and then transferred to Eastern Mennonite for his final two seasons, where he graduated in 2005 with a degree in history.

Extended Content: Colleagues Remember Harry Jack Gray

Above is the full, uncut interview with former University of Hartford President Humphrey Tonkin and former University Secretary and General Counsel Charles Condon. Tonkin and Condon reflect on their friend and colleague Harry Jack Gray.

University of Hartford President Walter Harrison’s interview:

Dr. Andrew Salner’s interview:

These interviews are part of our July 14th story on Gray’s legacy.

University of Hartford Student Auditions for American Idol

ryanidolWe learned on Friday that University of Hartford Student Ryan Goldberg was traveling to Foxboro’s Gillette Stadium to audition for American Idol’s next season. Goldberg and thousands of other Idol hopefuls started lining up at 3 a.m. Saturday hoping to get their shot at facing Simon Cowell and company.

Unfortunately Ryan was not successful despite impressing show producers and fellow contestants. We caught up with him for a telephone interview during his return trip from Foxboro after a long (and soggy) weekend. We’ll have some video clips from Ryan’s Flip camera later this week.

Click here to listen to Anna Stonestreet’s interview.

Boston Herald Coverage of the American Idol Auditions
Ryan Goldberg’s Twitter

New Prosthetics Masters Program at the University of Hartford

The University of Hartford on Monday announced a new master’s degree program in prosthetics and orthotics, a field that is experiencing growing demand and dramatic technological advancements.

The new program is a collaboration between the University and the Newington Certificate Program in Orthotics and Prosthetics (NCP), and will be based in the Department of Physical Therapy within the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP). The program will be taught on the University’s main campus and at NCP headquarters at Hanger Orthotics and Prosthetics Inc. in Newington, Conn.