Saturday (January 29) Classes Transitioned to Remote
Due to the predicted snowstorm moving through our area beginning late this evening through tomorrow and the potential for very hazardous driving conditions, all in-person classes tomorrow, Saturday, January 29, will transition to being held on-line or remotely.
Additional information on the virtual format for each class will be provided directly by your individual instructor.
Faculty have been asked to prepare for Online or Remote sessions in the event of in-person meeting cancellations. These options will be determined by the Faculty member and all questions should be directed to the Faculty teaching each course section. Faculty also have been asked to be very understanding and accommodating of the individual situations of their students who may have difficulty managing these alternative online or remote class meetings on short notice.
The COVID-19 Booster clinic scheduled for tomorrow has been moved to Sunday.
Campus services for residential students will be operating on modified schedules tomorrow. Separate messages will be sent from the Peterson Library, the Beckerman Recreation Center, and Dining Services regarding their operational status. All schedule modifications can also be found on MyCharger. Residential students should be prepared to move their vehicles when instructed to do so to facilitate snow clearing operations.
Please note that only those employees, as previously determined by their respective department leaders, should report to campus unless otherwise directed by their supervisor. All other employees should continue to fulfill the requirements of their role remotely.
Students who live in the community and have vehicles must follow the local snow parking orders or their vehicles will be ticketed and towed. West Haven has issued a snow emergency prohibiting on-street parking from 8 p.m. this evening through 8 a.m. Sunday. Please visit the City of West Haven website for more information.
University of New Haven Donates Furniture to Local Homeless Shelter
Laura Miller, the University’s director of energy and sustainability who coordinated a contribution to the Columbus House, discusses her efforts to reduce waste by giving back to the community and shares how students can get involved.
October 29, 2018
By Laura Miller, Director of Energy and Sustainability
I joined the University in March to oversee campus energy and sustainability initiatives. Campus sustainability means assessing the needs of current and future members of the University community while focusing on the resources we use as well as our responsibility within the greater community.
At the end of May, the Office of Facilities and the Office of Residence Life started implementing a furniture transition plan. In advance of this, I reached out to local nonprofit organizations to see if they were interested in receiving items we would no longer be using.
The University ended up donating 1,500 pounds of items to Goodwill. I also connected with Columbus House, a New Haven-based homeless shelter, serving veterans, families, and children, which let me know they were also interested in furniture items the University may have to donate.
As a result, the University donated 74 bed frames and other furniture items that are currently in use at the Columbus House. They recently invited our staff to tour their facility located on Ella T. Grasso Blvd.
More furniture will be donated when the organization’s new Middletown location opens in early 2019.
These efforts enabled the University to remove a large portion of materials that may have ended up as trash, reducing our impact on the environment, and enabling us to make an important impact on the community.
Moving forward, I would like to build a greater connection with the Columbus House organization, which serves up to 3,000 homeless people per year in its New Haven location.
Giving back in this way enables students to become engaged in the Greater New Haven area, encourages our students to share stories and learn from the stories of others, and fosters a deeper connection to the community we are a part of.
My goal is to build a relationship between student groups and the community through events such as fundraisers, and "welcome home kit" building that will help those who are looking for more permanent housing.Laura Miller, Director of Energy and Sustainability