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.
Study Abroad Experiences Inspire Alumni to Pursue Master’s Degrees in Ireland
Two recent graduates of the University’s forensic science program found remarkable opportunities to continue their education overseas, enabling them to explore a new culture and country while stepping out of their comfort zones.
September 23, 2019
By Renee Chmiel, Office of Marketing and Communications
Chueiri had such a great experience in Ireland that when she began applying to master’s degree programs, she decided to look at programs there.
"The study abroad experience opened my eyes to the possibility of broadening my horizons and gave me the courage to reach beyond my comfort zone," said Chueiri , who is pursuing a master’s degree in biomedical science at the National University of Ireland Galway. "I wanted the opportunity to experience a completely different culture while also working towards my master’s degree."
Jamie McGuinness ’18, a fellow forensic science major, had a similar experience. While spending a semester at the University’s campus in Prato, Italy, in 2016, she visited seven different countries, strengthening her sense of independence, self-reliance, and confidence, and sparking a desire to travel.
"The study abroad experience opened my eyes to the possibility of broadening my horizons and gave me the courage to reach beyond my comfort zone."Alexandra Chueiri ’18
When applying to medical schools, McGuinness remembers a conversation she had with Dr. Glynn that enabled her to expand her vision to include considering schools in Ireland.
"When I told her I was applying to medical schools, she suggested I look into applying to Irish schools," said McGuinness, who hopes to become a medical examiner. "She is a professor I admire very much, and I trusted her suggestion and submitted my application."
McGuinness was accepted into two of the most prestigious medical schools in Ireland: University College Dublin and the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, where she ultimately enrolled. Although she had only been to Ireland once, she felt confident about her decision.
"What I like best about Ireland is the beauty of the country itself and the laid-back environment."Jamie McGuinness ’18
"The country is beautiful, and I am looking forward to exploring it more over the next four years of medical school," said McGuinness, who also has family throughout Ireland. "I am currently planning to move back to the United States after graduation, but I am open to a change of plans."
Chueiri, meanwhile, is now working on her thesis, which focuses on developing a diagnostic technique that will facilitate a faster and more accurate diagnosis of infectious disease. She plans to pursue a career as a DNA analyst with Ireland’s national laboratory.
"I like that forensic science combines my passion for science and the ability to help people find closure and justice," said Chueiri, who expects to graduate in November. "What I like best about Ireland is the beauty of the country itself and the laid-back environment. It enables you to appreciate the little things."