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2017 External Funding Recognition Reception

Posted 11/28/2017
Submitted by Christina Lapierre
Category: Campus Announcements

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. 

To view photos from that night, please click on link:

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

To view the video from that night, please click on link:

This year’s guest speaker was Judith McElhone, founding executive director of Five Points Gallery in Torrington. McElhone 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. The University’s Hartford Art School  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:

This year's presenters included:

  • Hisham Alnajjar, Associate Dean, Connecticut Space Grant, College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture
  • Paige Bray, Associate Dean for Research and Community
    Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education
    College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions
  • Jeff Burda, Psychotherapist, Student Affairs
  • Jean McGivney-Burelle, Executive Director, Center for Teaching Excellence and 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