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NEWSLETTER FOR ALUMNI & FRIENDS                                         MAY 2020 

Founders Day

University Commemorates Centennial Founders Day with Online Celebration

Our annual campus-wide celebration of Founders Day was especially momentous this year, as the University is commemorating its Centennial. Even though the global coronavirus pandemic prevented us from gathering together on campus, we still threw a great party, as members of Charger Nation from across the country and around the globe came together virtually to celebrate our 100th birthday.

A "robot version" of President Steven H. Kaplan created by the University’s engineering students kicked off the celebration with a video welcoming the University Community to the party. The festivities included hourly University trivia, Chargers Bingo, a "Charger Cheers" Zoom call, and the inaugural episode of the Dr. Z and J-Dub podcast hosted by athletics director Sheahon Zenger, Ph.D. Throughout the day, students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of Charger Nation joined the festivities on social media to celebrate the University and show their Charger spirit.

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Flanagans Initiate $25,000 Matching Gift to Benefit Charge Ahead Student Support Fund

In honor of the University’s Centennial, Board of Governors member Larry Flanagan '80, his wife, Stephanie, and an anonymous alumnus have committed to matching every gift made to the Charge Ahead Student Support Fund and the Centennial Scholarship Fund, up to $25,000! Please consider making a gift in support of students who need emergency financial assistance for food, housing, and health care due to the COVID-19 crisis. Your gift to this fund can make a real difference – and right now, it will also be doubled.

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Congratulate the Graduating
Class of 2020

As alumni, you know how important Commencement is, as it represents the successful culmination of your time as a student and the move into the next chapter in your life. Because COVID-19 has compelled the University to postpone spring Commencement ceremonies, we invite you to share your thoughts, well wishes, and words of advice with our newest graduates.

Click below to send a short congratulatory video message to the Class of 2020.

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University Offers Discounted Online Summer Courses for Alumni

Take advantage of our expanded slate of online Summer 2020 courses, which are open to our alumni at a 20 percent discount. Browse our available summer offerings, and take advantage of your alumni tuition discount. Start your next degree, certificate, or simply acquire knowledge that will help kick your career up a notch. And, you’ll do it all from the convenience of home.

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Prominent Alum, Outgoing Board Chair Gifts $1 Million to the University

William Bucknall ’63 ’65, ’08 Hon., a member of the University’s Board of Governors since 2006 and one of the University’s most devoted benefactors, contributed $1 million to support student scholarships, undergraduate research, and excellence in teaching.

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Marine Bio

Marine Biology Alumnae Earn Doctorates, Share Passion for Research

As undergraduates at the University of New Haven, Danielle Perry ’15 and Shaunna Kraatz Phipps ’13 discovered a passion for marine biology and started on career paths that have enabled both of them to pursue impactful research and earn their Ph.Ds.

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Biomedical Engineering Professor Reflects on the Success of Alumnus

Kagya Amoako, Ph.D. introduces us to Yaw Ansong Jr. ’19 M.S., who since graduating from the University has created a medical diagnostics company that has collaborated with scientists at Yale and Duke. Soon, he will begin pursuing a Ph.D. at UC Berkeley.

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Read more University news and learn more about our upcoming alumni events, including the Centennial Ball on October 24 and Homecoming Weekend from November 6-8!


Did You Know?

All graduates of the University of New Haven are automatically members of the University of New Haven Alumni Association, a community of more than 60,000 alumni. Your membership entitles you to a variety of benefits and services. We encourage you to take advantage of these exclusive alumni offers.

The Alumni Insurance Program

Alumni Insurance

If you do not have health insurance or recently lost it as a result of to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of New Haven Alumni Insurance Program can help. Explore short-term medical plans and enroll in health coverage if your state has a newly extended enrollment period.

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#ChargerCheers Alumni Spotlight


In honor of the University's Centennial, the Office of Alumni Relations launched a new social media series, #ChargerCheers, to highlight the accomplishments of our many incredible alumni!

If you would like to nominate a fellow alum to be featured, please email us at, or if you would like to submit your story, simply click below.

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E-Newsletter Giveaway


Enter to win a special Charger giveaway! The winner will be announced in next month's e-newsletter, and the prize will be shipped when we return to our offices on campus.

Congratulations to Michael Johnson '10, who won a University of New Haven Centennial car magnet in last month’s giveaway.


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