On Thursday, June 14, University of Hartford representatives attended a very successful second annual University of Hartford/Aetna Summit at the Aetna Customer Center in Hartford.
The Summit was hosted by the Aetna/Hartford Alliance, a group of nine alumni who are Aetna employees working together to strengthen the University/Aetna relationship in community service, recruitment, and on-campus engagement. Led by alumna Alexa Keener and alumnus Jairus Baker, the Alliance, which Aetna has held up as an engagement model for other colleges and universities, also includes alumni Floridona Lamnica, Joe Boyle, Ron Campo, Ken O’Hara, Zach Dryden, Melitsa Vasilakis and Andres Olarte.
The Summit began with a networking breakfast attended by University and Aetna leaders, Alliance members, Aetna employees who are University alumni, current University students who are interning and working full-time at Aetna, and parents of students currently studying at the University. After the breakfast, Alliance and Aetna leaders provided the 60+ attendees an overview of the group's 2017-18 activities and described the significant increase in the numbers of University of Hartford students Aetna has hired as interns and full-time employees in the past two years. They noted that the University of Hartford is one of several prominent universities where Aetna is focusing its recruiting efforts.
President Gregory Woodward then addressed the group, sharing his vision for the University and describing his initiatives. Deans Black, Roth, and Goldenberg provided updates on their colleges and identified opportunities for attendees to engage with students. Craig Sandlin, Llonia Rojan Jackson, and Matt Blocker-Glynn then spoke about the Athletics, Alumni Engagement, and Community Service Departments, respectively, and described programs and initiatives unique to their areas through which attendees might engage with the University and meet students.
These colleagues also participated actively in the Summit, sharing information about their areas during the networking session: Heather Corbett, Senior Director of Alumni Engagement; Kate Hohenthal, Assistant Director, Student Engagement and Experiential Learning; Celia Lofink, Director of the Barney School of Business Undergraduate Program; Annette Rogers, Director of the Barney School of Business MBA Program; and Ryan Polk, Assistant Director of Employer Relations.