For John and Judy Mitchell, the University of New Haven is a family affair.
The husband and wife duo both have worked at UNH for 30 years. John is a telecommunications systems administrator in the Information Technology division, and Judy is the administrative secretary for the Department of Forensic Science. John received his undergraduate and graduate degrees at UNH, and the couple’s three children are alumni as well. What’s more, Judy’s two brothers are UNH grads, and her mom worked in the Financial Aid office for 20 years before retiring from the University.
Judy’s mom, Evelyn Sherwood, began the habit of giving back to UNH. The Marvin K. Peterson Library was built during her tenure here, and she donated funds to name a seminar room in her parents’ memory. She also gave to the Friends of the UNH Library Fund for many years.
“We want to continue the family tradition,” Judy says, “and keep it going as long as we can.”
Why They Give:
Judy and John support many causes at UNH, though primarily they give to the scholarship fund. “Our kids received a wonderful education here,” Judy says, “and we would like to help others in return.”
Giving back is a “reinvestment,” says John, who worked in manufacturing before coming to UNH. “Being in education, you get to see the development of a product – the students – and want to invest in it,” he says.
The Mitchells have maintained lifelong relationships with scores of students, attending weddings and receiving baby announcements from alumni with whom they have stayed connected.
“They’ve become our extended family,” says Judy. “It’s the gift that keeps on giving.”