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$3 Million Gift Supports New Science Building at UNH

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1/31/2012 8:34 PM

University Receives Second Unexpected Major Gift in Less Than a Month

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January 31, 2012

WEST HAVEN, Conn. – A surprise $3 million gift from an anonymous donor will be used to help fund a new state-of-the-art science building at the University of New Haven.

The gift is the second unexpected major gift UNH has received in a month.  The first was a $1 million gift from an anonymous alumni donor to the Tagliatela College of Engineering equipment fund.

The $3 million gift is from a long-standing friend of the university who is not an alumnus.

“We are very grateful for this generous donation which will serve as a catalyst for helping the University of New Haven create a cutting-edge science center,” said President Steven Kaplan.  “The new facility will enable our talented faculty and students to conduct groundbreaking research and hands-on learning.” 

The science building will permit the university to expand its programs in sustainable energy, biological science and biochemistry.

“Our goal is to allow our faculty to make new discoveries and prepare our students for the future.  We want to enable academic collaborations and develop our bioscience talent,” Kaplan said. “As Connecticut continues its development of a bioscience corridor, we will be positioned to provide graduates for the highly competitive jobs that will be created here.”

The planned science building, expected to cost more than $35 million, will be a priority of fund raising over the next several years.  The building will be used to house UNH’s biology and chemistry programs and will be built on the university’s main campus in West Haven.

“UNH desperately needs additional space for our rapidly growing science programs,” Kaplan said.  “This building will offer our researchers not only additional space but state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities for educating students.

The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960. The University provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. UNH enrolls approximately 6,400, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and University College, UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 50 study abroad programs worldwide and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.