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NEWSLETTER FOR ALUMNI & FRIENDS                                 OCTOBER 2021


Homecoming Fosters Community, Connections, and Charger Pride

For the thousands of Chargers who took part in Homecoming Weekend, the celebration was a fun and meaningful way to reconnect with their fellow members of Charger Nation and to see firsthand the exciting changes taking place on campus.

The weekend included a special Centennial Commencement on Saturday morning for hundreds of members of the graduating classes of 2020 who did not have an in-person ceremony because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The festivities also featured the official groundbreaking of the Peterson Performance Center, a 31,000 square-foot athletics training facility being built on North Campus. Named in recognition of a lead gift by David Peterson Jr. ’88, 17 Hon., a member of the University’s Board of Governors and a former defensive end on the University’s football team, the Center will transform the way our student-athletes train.

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Two Roads

Celebrate with us at Two Roads

Join us on Thursday, November 18, as we celebrate how thankful we are for Charger Nation! Reminisce and reconnect with fellow alumni while savoring some of the finest craft beers Connecticut has to offer. In addition, enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Two Roads' state-of-the-art facility as you explore the history of beer.

women's leadership

Women’s Leadership Council Fosters Development and Engagement Opportunities

Dedicated to creating meaningful opportunities for student growth, networking, and support, the Women’s Leadership Council is looking forward to supporting new experiences through the organization’s recently established philanthropy fund.

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president's public service

President’s Public Service Fellows Reflect on Service to Local Nonprofits

For more than 20 years, the University’s President’s Public Service Fellowship has enabled students to serve the Greater New Haven community while developing their leadership skills. Several of this summer’s fellows reflect on their experiences in the program and how it impacted them.

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Ian Shick

Assistant Director of LGBTQ+ Resources Excited to Build a Community

Meet Ian Shick, assistant director of LGBTQ+ resources for the University’s Myatt Center for Diversity and Inclusion, who enjoys exploring their new home in Connecticut and is excited to bring their knowledge and experience of LGBTQ+ support and education to Charger Nation.

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Alumna Says, ‘Investing in Lives is My Purpose’

Vanessa Estimé ’14 is excited to be serving as assistant director for the Yale Prison Education Initiative (YPEI) at Dwight Hall at Yale. Through the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the University is collaborating with YPEI to create a degree-granting program for incarcerated students in Connecticut. 

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University’s Composting Efforts Yield Food for Research Animals

As part of its many green initiatives, the University is committed to composting, and it is now using food scraps to feed crayfish being used in research. By composting, the University is able to reduce the amount of food waste that would typically add to the weight of our general trash output.

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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.

Avelo Airlines Discount for Alumni


As alumni of the University of New Haven, you can take $25 off your next flight on Avelo, the new airline at Tweed New Haven airport! This offer is valid on round-trip flights from and to Tweed New Haven. Book by 11/5/21, travel by 2/9/22. To receive your savings, email for your exclusive discount code.

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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 Alanna Herskowitz ’20, ’21 MPA, who won a University of New Haven prize in last month’s giveaway.

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