Thanks to record-breaking participation from across the University community of alumni, students, families, faculty, and staff, the Founder's Day Challenge in February was a huge success. The Athletics Department in particular had overwhelming support, including participation from all coaches—much in thanks to the dedication and hard work of Michael Kulas, assistant men's soccer coach. He shares with us what he loves most about being at the University of Hartford.
You recently made a gift to the University of Hartford—what inspired you to make that gift?
Well, my personal gift in support of the Founder's Day Challenge was minuscule in comparison to what our men's soccer players raised. We set up a "call center" in the assistant coaches' offices, then called and texted away. It became competitive within the group and amongst the sports teams. The men's soccer players did a fantastic job and we came out on top in our department. The guys know that the money raised is coming right back to the University, the department, and ultimately, the team.
What are your top three favorite things about the University?
1. The accessibility of faculty and staff. I have been at five other schools, big and small—there is no place that welcomes people and has as many open doors as the University of Hartford. I don't know if we realize this.
2. I'm biased—our Athletics Department. We have many overachievers among our student-athletes, coaches, and administrators and many amazing things going on here. We are on the cusp of greatness.
3. The diversity of the student body paired with diverse academic offerings creates an environment that can really prepare students for the next chapter in life.
What is the best part of working at the University?
The people and the students.
See more from Assistant Coach Kulas.
Faculty, coaches, and staff are some of the University's greatest advocates, promoting our values, supporting our mission, and making UHart a force for good in our world. They believe in our students and many choose to display their vote of confidence through philanthropic contributions to the UHart Impact Fund, to a school or college, or to Athletics or other programs. If you would like to share why you support UHart's students, please let us know!