The University of Hartford is an independent, comprehensive institution of higher education, offering 86 undergraduate majors and 57 graduate degree programs in its nine schools and colleges. The institution, chartered as a university in 1957, dates back to 1877, when the first of its original three schools was founded. The University is located on a spacious and scenic 320-acre wooded campus, at the point where Hartford, Bloomfield and West Hartford intersect. The University of Hartford has a strong tradition of serving as a resource to the region’s business community and to the people of Greater Hartford. Some examples are: The Engineering Applications Center at the University’s College of Engineering is a vehicle for collaboration between the University and industry in the conduct of applied research involving students, faculty and staff. The center’s commitment to assist industry and other affiliates has continued to remain at the forefront of our industry research program. The Center provides the opportunity for local business and industry to apply new technologies to their products and processes through application projects, demonstrations, consulting, short courses, symposia and forums in a wide range of current interest areas. The Engineering Applications Center not only provides a resource to industry for technology transfers, it also contributes to the quality of engineering education at the College of Engineering by involving students in various projects. The Interactive Information Technology (IIT) program of study at the University opens up to students the wide world of Internet technology and its uses in business, communication and education. Students in this major learn to design solutions to many of the most pressing problems facing area businesses, using the latest in multi-media and Internet technology. The Entrepreneurs Association at the Universitys Barney School of Business, a student organization, has been providing training and educational seminars for local small business owners. This program has provided students with experience in management and training, and at the same time providing valuable information and assistance to the small businesses that are the lifeblood of the area’s economy. Civic Design is a student-based visual communication group whose mission is to provide good design solutions to Hartford area organizations, build collaborative relationships with the community and provide participating students with real-world experience working on visual communication projects for print, web and/or interactive CD-ROM. The program helps students enhance their design, presentation, project bidding and management and strategic skills, while providing high-quality work for local businesses and organizations. The Integrated Science, Engineering, and Technology complex is scheduled to open in spring 2006. The complex consists of three buildings with core disciplines of biology, chemistry, math, physics, computer science, computer technology, computer engineering, electrical engineering, electronic engineering technology, biomedical engineering, acoustics, mechanical engineering, audioengineereing technology, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, radiologic technology, and health sciences. The University of Hartford also serves as a cultural and entertainment resource for the greater Hartford region. Theater, opera, dance, music ranging from jazz to chamber ensembles, exhibitions by contemporary artists, and lectures by renowned authors and public figures make the main campus hub of cultural activity. At the heart of the campus is the Harry Jack Gray Center, housing the University’s conference facilities, libraries, art gallery (Joseloff Gallery), and the Museum of American Political Life, featuring the largest private collection of presidential political memorabilia in the nation. The University’s Division I athletics program has produced professional standouts such as Jeff Bagwell, Vin Baker and Jerry Kelly, as well as an America East Championship season and an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament for women’s basketball, coached by Jennifer Rizzotti. With the Career Counseling Center serving local residents; providing student-tutors to six North Hartford Public Schools through Educational Main Street, and businesses through the Upper Albany Main Street and Upper Albany Business Training Network programs, as well as a Bachelor of University Studies degree program the University of Hartford has extended its reach and renewed its emphasis on helping students, businesses and community residents meet the needs of the 21st Century.