The University will be celebrating its 56th birthday with its annual Founders Day celebration, on Thursday, February 21st.
The charter establishing the University of Hartford was signed back on February 21st, 1957.
Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to come out and celebrate the many events planned for the University's birthday. This year's theme to the festivities is "Building Bridges," honoring the completion of the new Park River bridge, but also having a deeper meaning.
Barbara Steinberger, director of internal communication in the Office of Communication, told STN, "It [this year's theme] can also be interpreted in a less literal way, like building bridges with the community and building bridges of knowledge."
The events kick off Wednesday night, where the University of Hartford men's basketball team takes on the University of New Hampshire at 7:00 p.m. at the Chase Family Arena.
Students in attendance will receive free T-shirts at the game, and if worn to the Founders Day events the next day, students will receive a prize, and be entered in a drawing for a larger prize. The game will also feature a paper airplane contest at halftime.
The next day, the Founders Day celebration kicks off with a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the completion of the bridge.
Following the ceremony, there will be a float contest on the new bridge. Students and campus organizations will present their floats, based on the "Building Bridges" theme, to a panel of judges. The group with the winning float will receive a monthly pizza party for each of the next three months.
After the contest, participants will continue to Gengras Student Union, where the University of Hartford Pep Band will provide musical entertainment, and birthday cake will be served to the campus community.Back to Main Page