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NEWSLETTER FOR ALUMNI & FRIENDS                              FEBRUARY 2021


Healthcare Leader Urges Winter Graduates to
‘Choose to be a Force of Positive Change’

Susan Frampton, Ph.D., president of Planetree International, a leading nonprofit that works with organizations around the world to promote patient-centered care as a model for improving the quality of healthcare, delivered the keynote address during the University’s virtual Winter Commencement last month. Dr. Frampton has been a key partner in the University of New Haven becoming one of the first in the nation to pursue higher education certification from Planetree.

Acknowledging that the winter graduates of the Class of 2021 graduated during a truly unprecedented moment in history, she commended them for staying focused on their studies and completing their degrees. Calling them an “awesome, resilient group,” she challenged them to use their voices to continue to make the world better.

>> Read More
>> View a congratulatory video from alumni
>> Check out the Class of 2021 Blog
>> Learn about the inaugural Celebration of Excellence


Merryl Tengesdal

‘Tough As Nails’ Alumna Recognized
for Determination, Grit, and
Exemplary Career

Merryl Tengesdal ’94, the first and only African American woman to fly the Air Force’s U-2 spy plane, is a cast member on the new season of the CBS competition series “Tough As Nails.”

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Alumna Recognized by Leading
Sports Business Publication

Ayana Duncanson ’13, ’15 MBA read “Sports Business Journal” frequently when she was a student at the University of New Haven, and now she has been recognized by the very publication that inspired her career path.

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Diversity and Inclusion Leader
Looks Ahead to the New Year

Meet Zanaiya Léon ’18, ’20 MBA, senior coordinator for leadership, diversity, and inclusion for the University of New Haven’s Myatt Center for Diversity and Inclusion, as she reflects on what inspired her in 2020 and her plans for the next decade.

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Alumnus’s Passions for Music and Criminal Justice Collide

As a student at the University, Nathan Ward ’15, ’17 M.S. studied criminal justice while sharing his passion for music with the University community. Now a law enforcement professional, he still enjoys writing and playing music on a hard day’s night.

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University Recognized Among Top Military-Friendly Schools in the Country

OnlineU has ranked the University of New Haven in the top half of its 100 best online military-friendly colleges, praising its commitment to creating a strong community and support network.

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Virtual STEM Career Fair: February 23

We’re looking for employers! Meet with students and alumni in a virtual booth that mimics a live career fair. We will guide you through setting up your booth, managing appointments and adding company and job content. To learn more, email

Reserve your spot


Read more University news and learn more about our upcoming alumni events, including the 30th Annual
Charger Classic Golf Tournament scheduled for Tuesday, June 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.

Varsity Tutors Discount for Alumni

Varsity Tutors

Enjoy 20 percent off online tutoring and classes with Varsity Tutors, which helps students in grades K-12 learn with options designed to fit their unique needs. With 1-on-1 online tutoring and live online classes in more than 3,000 academic and enrichment subjects, Varsity Tutors can help you reach just about any learning goal.

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Call for Alumni Social Media Ambassadors 


Alumni Social Media Ambassadors support their alma mater by sharing University news, alumni events, and Charger pride on their personal social media channels to help advance our mission and increase our fanbase. Sign up today to be a Social Media Ambassador, and connect with us to start engaging!

As a thank you for supporting us and joining this program, we will send you a special gift from the Office of Alumni Relations.

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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.

Congratulations to Joseph D'Auria ’16, who won a University of New Haven Centennial prize in last month’s giveaway.

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