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WestFest Celebration Helps Strengthen Relationship Between University, West Haven

The fourth annual event, sponsored by the University’s student-led Mayor’s Advisory Commission, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 11 to 6 p.m. on the West Haven Green. Proceeds will benefit the West Haven Emergency Assistance Task Force.

September 4, 2018

By Dave Cranshaw, Office of Marketing & Communications

Amber Fearnley ’20
A "color party" is a highlight of WestFest. (2017 WestFest)

Marcin Stankevitch ’20 takes great pride in his hometown of West Haven, and he is proud to be a "Westie." He’s had the chance to show that enthusiasm through his work with the University’s student-led Mayor’s Advisory Commission and by working part-time for West Haven Mayor Nancy Rossi.

This year, he is chair of the Commission, and, as part of that responsibility, he is organizing the fourth annual WestFest, a community festival aimed at bringing the West Haven and University communities closer together.


This year’s fair will take place on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 11 to 6 p.m. on the West Haven Green and will feature food trucks, games, live music, inflatables, a color party, pie-eating contest, and a dunk tank in which attendees will have the chance to dunk executive board members of the University’s Undergraduate Student Government Association, local and state politicians, and Charger coaches. More than 40 student organizations will be involved, and all proceeds from WestFest will benefit the West Haven Emergency Assistance Task Force, which maintains the City’s food pantry.

"Having the opportunity to organize a festival that showcases all good things about the city and the University that calls it home is very fulfilling," he says.

"Planning WestFest has probably been the most demanding but also most rewarding experience of my college career." Marcin Stankevitch ’20

For the third year in a row, the day will start off with the 5K Unity Run sponsored by the University’s Department of Athletics. The run will begin at 10 a.m., and it will start and end in the Maxcy Hall parking lot. Transportation will be provided to WestFest after the run.

Stankevitch says WestFest is important because it allows for both the City and the University to interact with each other.

"Many students don’t know a lot about the community that is around them, especially all the great local restaurants," he said. "Additionally, many West Haven residents do not know much about the campus community and the student organizations that work with West Haven. WestFest is a great way for everyone to learn about the community around them."

A political science major, Stankevitch plans to pursue a career in government after graduation. Until then, he will remain a fixture in and around West Haven.

"Helping out my hometown is something that is important for me," he said. "As long as I live here, I will continue to do my best to help West Haven grow."