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NEWSLETTER FOR ALUMNI & FRIENDS                            FEBRUARY 2020

Centennial Ball

Join us for a Special Celebration at the Centennial Ball on April 4!

The University of New Haven is looking forward to hosting alumni and friends for our Centennial Ball to commemorate our 100th year. Enjoy an evening of incredible student showcases, delicious dining, and of course, swingin' to the tunes of Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks!

As part of this signature event, we will come together as a University community to raise critical funds for scholarships that support our hardworking and ambitious students. We hope you will come back to campus for the Centennial Ball, a blue and gold celebration, and join us as we celebrate our history and look ahead to the next 100 years of the University of New Haven!

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Thank you to our Presenting Centennial Sponsor, Consigli Construction. Click here to view the full list of sponsors, as well as information on becoming a Centennial sponsor.



John Coverdale '85, Ed.D Gives Students Inside Look at Interview Process

As part of the University's celebration of Black History Month, John Coverdale '85, Ed.D. returned to his alma mater to share his experience and wisdom with current students as they prepare for job or internship interviews. The founder and lead consultant at Center for Workplace Solutions, Dr. Coverdale has 30 years of experience as a business consultant, professor, researcher, and practitioner.

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University Brings Centennial Celebration to Florida

The University kicked off its Centennial Celebration in Boca Raton, Florida, Feb. 7-9. We had such a great time connecting with the more than 200 alumni, parents, and friends in attendance, showcasing our innovative students, and sharing our plans for the future. If you were not able to join us, please complete a survey and tell us about what you would like to see at events throughout our Centennial year!

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Alice Yi

Alice Yi '22 Receives Inaugural Student Research Award 

Alice Yi ’22, who has conducted cutting-edge research on a rare form of cancer, has been selected as the first recipient of the Bucknall Family Undergraduate Research or Experiential Learning Award. The award was created by longstanding University benefactor Bill Bucknall ’63, ’65, ’08 Hon., chair of the University’s Board of Governors and co-chair of the University’s Charger Challenge Centennial campaign, and his daughters, Elise Bucknall and Kristin Loranger, to honor students for exemplary work outside of the classroom.

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Ben Hammel

Ben Hammel '18 Part of the Crew for Upcoming Prequel to "The Sopranos"

Ben Hammel ’18 has taken his talent to the big screen as a member of the set decoration team that worked on the upcoming feature film The Many Saints of Newark. This crime drama, which was written as a prequel to the critically acclaimed HBO series The Sopranos, is set to be released this fall. "It was a great experience," said Hammel, who worked on the set with fellow alumnus Tim Metzger ’85, the art department lead.

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Dr. tran

Dr. Alvin Tran Recognized as Part of Connecticut Magazine's 40 Under 40 List

Recently awarded a President's Discretionary Grant from the Connecticut Health Foundation, Dr. Alvin Tran is using the funding to launch a new student-centered fellowship training program. The fellowship will enable students to engage in important research opportunities and advocacy initiatives around mental health care. It will operate as part of the University's School of Health Sciences and its WeEmbody Lab, a research working group Dr. Tran launched last fall.

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Giving Day

Save the Date for the Founders Day:
April 30, 2020

The University is gearing up for it's first-ever Day of Giving during Founders Day on April 30, and we want you to be a part of it! This is an exciting opportunity for alumni, students, parents, and friends to join our Centennial Celebration and show their Charger pride by giving back to the University. Our goal is 500 donors and $100,000 raised - in honor of our 100 years - within 24 hours. Connect with us and stay tuned for more information!

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Read more University news and learn more about our upcoming alumni events, including Founder's Day and our inaugural Giving Day on April 30!


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.

Plum Benefits Membership for Alumni


University of New Haven alumni have access to Plum Benefits 
entertainment service, free of charge! Save up to 50-percent off entertainment in major metro areas such as New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Las Vegas and Orlando. You have access to more than 100 offers each month for sports, theatre, theme parks, restaurants and more.

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Valentine's Day Contest for Alumni Couples


In the spirit of Valentine's Day, we want to celebrate YOU! If you and your loved one are both graduates of the University of New Haven, let us know by commenting on this Facebook post for a chance to win a Valentine's Day prize package, which includes an overnight stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Orange/New Haven! Tell us how you met, a favorite shared memory at the University, or any other sweet anecdote. The contest, which is open to all University of New Haven couples, closes February 14.


#ChargerCheers Alumni Spotlight

Kayra Clouden

The Office of Alumni Relations recently 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.


E-Newsletter Giveaway


To celebrate the start of the University's 100th year, we're giving away this special Centennial edition baseball cap to one lucky alum! The winner will be announced in next month's e-newsletter. 

Congratulations to David Burghardt '83, who won a University of New Haven Centennial mug in last month’s giveaway.


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