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UNH Scholarship Ball Raises Record Total For Students, Lee Institute

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4/19/2011 1:23 PM
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University of New Haven: Scholarship Ball 2011 honorees

UNH President Steven H. Kaplan, left, and Board of Governors Chair Samuel S. Bergami Jr., second from right, with honorees, from left, Shelley Stewart Jr., Dolores Ennico, Howard Wurzak and Henry C. Lee.

UNH Scholarship Ball Raises Record Total to Support Students, Lee Institute of Forensic Science

West Haven, Conn., April 19, 2011--The University of New Haven’s 28th Annual Alumni Scholarship Ball raised a record $860,000 to fund scholarships for students and programs at the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science.

The ball, held on April 17 in the David A. Beckerman Recreation Center on UNH’s main campus, was attended by more than 400 guests. It honored three distinguished alumni and featured a 20th anniversary celebration of the Lee Institute.

“The generosity of our alumni and friends is always exceptional,” said UNH President Steven H. Kaplan. “However, the response to this year’s fundraiser for scholarships and the Lee Institute exceeded our highest hopes. We are grateful to all who made the tremendous success of this event possible.”

Distinguished Alumni Awards

The ball honored three UNH graduates with Distinguished Alumni awards: Dolores Ennico '82 M.B.A., Shelley Stewart, Jr. '90 E.M.B.A., and Howard Wurzak '76 B.S., who have followed different paths to highly successful careers.

Ennico began her career as a research technician in the Olin Corporation’s New Haven research and development center, soon becoming a lab manager and realizing she had a knack for management. She enrolled in the M.B.A. program at UNH and eventually became manager of human resources for Olin’s Chemicals Research and Development Center in New Haven. Today, Ennico is vice president of human resources at Olin Corporation’s headquarters in St. Louis and oversees 3,800 employees worldwide

Stewart, a senior vice president of operational excellence and chief procurement officer at Tyco International, is responsible for ensuring organizational efficiency. Early in his career, Stewart’s interest in purchasing led him to United Technologies, where he worked for 18 years, and to Invensys and Raytheon, where he held senior supply chain and operational positions. Along the way, he earned his E.M.B.A. at UNH while employed full time. His management innovations have gained Stewart and Tyco accolades nationwide. Purchasing magazine awarded the company its 2009 Medal of Professional Excellence.

Wurzak held two jobs while studying for his bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management at UNH. Following graduation, he began working in the catering industry, eventually joining Hilton Hotels as a catering director. His passion for the industry led Wurzak to purchase a hotel and catering facility in New Jersey. Today Wurzak is president and CEO of the Wurzak Hotel Group in Philadelphia and has developed more than $200 million in properties, including the Westin Hotel in Mt. Laurel, N.J.; the Hilton Hotel and the Homewood Suites Hotel, both in Philadelphia; and the Clarion Hotel in King of Prussia, Pa. The company recently began construction on a Sheraton Hotel in Valley Forge, Pa.

Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science

At the ball, UNH celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science. Under Lee’s leadership, the institute has forged a reputation as one of the world’s premier resources for teaching, research and public service in the fields of forensic science and criminal justice.

Last fall the Institute unveiled a new $11.5 million state-of-the-art facility featuring high-tech forensic laboratories and classrooms, along with the Crisis Management Center, Cold Case Center, Advanced Technology Center, National Crime Scene Center and Research and Training Center. In addition, the interactive Public Learning Center offers the latest in virtual instruction and touch-screen technology to educate students, visiting professionals and community members.

A leader in experiential education, the University of New Haven provides its students with a valuable combination of solid liberal arts and real-world, hands-on professional training. Founded in 1920, UNH is a private, top-tier comprehensive university with an 80-acre main campus. The university has an enrollment of more than 5,900: approximately 1,700 graduate students and more than 4,200 undergraduates, 70 percent of whom reside in university housing. The university offers more than 80 undergraduate degrees and more than 25 graduate degrees through the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, the Tagliatela College of Engineering and University College. University of New Haven students study abroad through a variety of distinctive programs.