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NEWSLETTER FOR ALUMNI & FRIENDS                                       JULY 2020 


University of New Haven Alumni Magazine Celebrates Charger Nation

We are pleased to share the inaugural digital edition of the University of New Haven Alumni Magazine. This special issue highlights the heroic efforts of Charger Nation in the era of COVID-19. We hope that you will be as proud of these individuals, and this issue, as we are. Although we eagerly anticipate a return to print later this year with a robust issue celebrating our Centennial anniversary, we have embraced this opportunity to adapt, finding new and different ways to stay connected with you – our University family – during these uncertain times.

A big thank you to all of the University’s alumni and friends for the courage, ingenuity, generosity, and abundance of care that you have shown for one another – both near and from afar – during this crisis. You truly exemplify the best traits of Charger Nation.

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A University-Wide Commitment to Fostering Diversity and Inclusion

In the aftermath of the brutal death of George Floyd and other black individuals, President Steven H. Kaplan, Ph.D., announced a series of initiatives aimed at “enriching our University community, reinforcing the importance of an education that includes a critical examination of race and ethnicity, and ensuring we are at the forefront of instilling in the next generation of leaders the ideals that unite communities, empower racial equality, and transcend division.” Among the plans, President Kaplan committed to appointing a cabinet-level individual to assist him and provide institutional leadership on issues of diversity. Subsequently, he announced the appointment of Lorenzo Boyd, Ph.D., as vice president for diversity and inclusion/chief diversity officer.

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Career Development Center Offers Job Search Platform for Alumni

In partnership with the Office of Alumni Relations, the Career Development Center is reaching out to our many talented alumni through a program called ChargerLink, the University’s job posting and job search platform. If you have job opportunities or internships available in your company, posting them on ChargerLink will give you easy access to hundreds of qualified candidates, including fellow alumni and graduates of the class of 2020.

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Looking Ahead to Fall

The University has made plans for a three-phased reopening of the campus. We are reimagining life at the University and looking forward to the start of the Fall 2020 semester. Meanwhile, a series of online discussions have enabled faculty members to stay connected while teaching remotely, offering a platform for them to support each other and share what they have learned from their students.

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University Receives Grant to Launch the Connecticut Institute for Youth and Police Relations

A two-year, $300,000 grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and the Travelers Championship to the University’s Center for Advanced Policing and its Tow Youth Justice Institute will enhance education and training delivered to police officers to assist them in balancing the demands of public safety and the best interests of youth and Black and diverse communities.

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Recent Graduate, Adjunct Professor on Front Line of Coronavirus Pandemic

Ben Hodge ’16, ’19 M.S. juggled extra hours in the lab while he continued to teach and tutor his students remotely, and his work is making a meaningful difference in the fight against COVID-19.

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Survey Finds Strong Employment and Education Outcomes for Recent Graduates

The University's latest Employment Outcomes Survey finds that nearly 95 percent of the members of the Class of 2019 – including undergraduate and graduate students – are employed full or part time, continuing their education, in active military service, or engaged in a post-graduate service position.

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Celebrate the Class of 2020 at Virtual Commencement

For the first time in its 100 year history, the University will hold a virtual Commencement ceremony to celebrate its newest graduates. The occasion marks the end of a unique academic experience for the Centennial Class of 2020 and we invite Chargers worldwide to join in our first-ever virtual Commencement ceremony and celebrate this remarkable class. Click below for more information, and to watch on Saturday, July 25 at 10 a.m.

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University Presents Centennial Concert Featuring Karim Baggili

Join us for a special virtual concert featuring Karim Baggili on Friday, July 24 at 6 p.m. Karim Baggili is a composer, self-taught guitarist, and oud player. Additionally he works on numerous projects as a composer or arranger for albums, documentaries and short films.

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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.

Career Development Workshops for Alumni


The University's Center for Career Development is offering a series of Zoom workshops for our alumni throughout the summer. Tune in on Thursday, July 30, at 3 p.m. for a session focused on job searching. Click the link below to join. Then mark your calendar for the next session, which will be held on Thursday, August 20.

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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 Breanne Monderewicz '17, who won a University of New Haven Centennial prize in last month’s giveaway.


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