Charger Spotlights

What makes the University of New Haven outstanding? Our people. Charger Nation is made up of hard-working students, talented faculty, devoted staff, and generous donors who all share a passion for the University and a desire to make a difference.

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ABE BAGGILI, Ph.D.

I encourage my students to want to be the best. Many of them grasp that concept and they become super successful.

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MICHELLE JAMES

It’s a lot easier to be successful when you love what you’re doing.

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DANIEL WEST '19

I’d love to get involved with renewable energy. But there are so many interesting areas in electrical engineering that I could see myself pursuing many different avenues.

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MEGAN CHETNER '20

Having the ability to openly collaborate with them on this research was incredibly helpful.

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NATHAN FONSECA '20

I can promote diversity, inclusion, and understanding through the organizations I represent.

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JAMIE MCGUINNESS '18

What I like best about Ireland is the beauty of the country itself and the laid-back environment.

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ALEXANDRA CHEIRI '18

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.

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CAROLYN OLORTEGUI '20

This experience gave me a deeper understanding of how monetary decisions are made within the state.

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SHEAHON SENGER, PH.D.

Nothing else on earth brings people of all backgrounds together in a healthier way than athletic competitions.

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ELIZABETH DOANE '88

I am so excited about where the Tagliatela College of Engineering is going, with its emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship.

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JESSICA CHAMBAL '20

Meet new people, and try new things. You never know when you will be back in these places!

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JUAN HERNANDEZ

If I wasn’t in higher education, I probably would have made policy my full-time job.

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TIM SHEEHAN '19

I’m excited to share the beauty of Shakespeare’s work with the audience.

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SAM FORREST '19

The participants in Up ‘til Dawn came from different walks of life, and under normal circumstances might not have interacted together.

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REGINALD WALDEN '19

I find ways to connect the content to people, so that they care about the environment, and offer ways they can help.

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PJ TUCKER '21

It not only gives you experience serving in a leadership role, it also gives you experience working with programs that you’ll be using in the real world.

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OLIVIA WALTON '19 M.S.

I have learned that being as attentive to the progress you are making, as you are to reaching your goal, is the true secret to success.

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OLENA LENNON

Because of her passion and knowledge, I gained an appreciation for politics that I never had before

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LYNNSEY SPADER '22

Improving and developing workforce diversity is a strategic imperative for our executive leadership team.

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KRISTIN JONES '19

It was important for me to attend so that I could receive feedback on my research and make connections with influential researchers in my field.

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KIMBERLY ARGUETA '17, '19 M.S.

Having the ability to assist professors and serve as a teaching assistant motivated me to continue improving and strengthening my skills.

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KAYRA CLOUDEN '18

Alumna says University of New Haven ‘changed the trajectory of my life’

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KATIE HEINLEIN '19

I have seen inequality firsthand, and I want to create work that fights against that.

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KAILEE CARNEAU '19 M.A.

Working as a graduate assistant in Graduate Student Services has given me a space to make an impact – and to be impacted.

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KACIE CRESSEY '18, '20 M.S.

I am glad to work with students who want to enrich the campus community and ensure that the graduate student experience is rewarding and enjoyable for everyone.

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JOSHUA LODGE '19

I wanted to be a part of this show because it makes Shakespeare more accessible and fun for audience members.

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JORDAN GUTHRIE '23

I wanted to study here because I learned that during a student's first year, we are immediately out in the field doing work.

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JOEY EDMONDS '22

SURF has given me the opportunity to learn advanced lab techniques and to practice many different analyses.

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JOE SMOLINSKI

Art is a very human act, and it connects everything that we do and make.

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HANNAH GLYNN '20

Working in community outreach for Artspace has really connected me to a lot of different people.

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GIO ROPER '19

My Alternative Spring Break experience made me feel more empowered to serve the community and to change the world.

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GINA LIPPOLIS '19

I learned more about aviation and the challenges of building a program like this.

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EMILY POWERS '19

My series ‘Beetle Mania’ strives to showcase the natural beauty that beetles possess.

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CLARK SMITH '19

Working here has certainly strengthened my social skills because I have the opportunity to be part of a variety of social situations.

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BEN HAMMEL '18

Film projects lead to student Emmy, opportunity with ‘The Sopranos’ director.

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ANNA MARIANO '20

The best part about studying abroad was studying aspects of coral reefs.

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ANNA KROON '19

She has made real contributions to the fields of adaptation theory and digital humanities.

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PARKER JOHNSON '19

Thanks to the University of New Haven, I have opportunity to succeed in whatever I decide to do.

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MICHAELA SULLIVAN '21

We want to raise awareness and spark conversations about things that aren’t usually discussed..

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MASON KLETTER '22

It’s trips like this one that complement my education, making attending the University of New Haven that much more enjoyable, valuable, and meaningful for me.

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KYLE LIPKA '19

The University of New Haven supplied me with the tools I needed to ensure that I would be successful.

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KIMBERLEE PLUDE '21

I think the University is good for commuters because there is always an event going on that we can get involved in.

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KESHAV BHOOTA '18 M.S.

I am fortunate that I had the opportunity to study with highly skilled and dedicated professors.

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KELLY JOHNSON '19

These skills helped me get a job coaching children at a local rock-climbing gym.

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ISRAEL ESTRADA '19 M.S.

My experiences as a student crystalized my determination to become a professional in the field of emergency management

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GIANLUCA CANESSA '22

The real outcome of this course is not a specific career interest, but, rather, the opportunity to build skills that will help me choose a career..

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CHAD CAMPANELL '99

You never know when you’re going to provide a spark that lights a fire that inspires someone.

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YO NG '19

It is important for legislators and the public to know about our research, because air pollution has a huge impact on the environment and human health.

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TRISTAN COWAN '15

This project was a good segue into my current job, which involves building things that other people use to test their ideas.

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ROWENA TRACK '87 M.S.

I wanted to honor my mother’s qualities and characteristics, which were her selfless dedication to mentoring us, coaching us, and instilling in us a love for math and science.

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CHONG QUI PH.D.

His work involves some of the best undergraduates that I have encountered at the University.

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CANER KILINC '19

We couldn’t have done it without our community and the guidance we received.

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TIANA WILLIAMS ’11, ’12 MBA

The moment I walked onto the University of New Haven campus, I was given a number of tools and resources. The faculty and staff members genuinely cared about the students and wanted to help in any way possible.

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SUBROTO ROY PH.D.

It’s really important to stand behind what you do, to take pride in what you do.

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LARRY BINGAMAN '96

Conscious capitalism is not just a feel-good activity, but you also do better as a company.

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KLERISA KIMCA '19

I’m learning from their studies, and they are both learning from mine. We’re helping each other out.

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KETSIA KIMPIOKA '19

I’m trying to come up with solutions to problems that, I hope, will help the world.

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GIL FRIED, J.D.

Athletes have short career spans, and staying healthy is essential to performing to one’s highest potential.

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FEDERICO GARCIA '69

Learn as much as you can. The more you learn, the more you can help others. The more you can achieve.

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CEYDA MUMCU, PH.D.

I wanted to be involved and improve the business of women’s sports, and I am proud to have been able to contribute in various ways.

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CAM KOIZUMI '19

Overall, it was an incredible opportunity for the team to travel, meet new people, play the sport we love.

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ANTHONY DICIOCCIO '21

We are a university with a very large and active veteran community that helps its brothers and sisters make the transition from soldier to student and onward.

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ALICE GAO '94

The University of New Haven was a big part of my life journey.

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ROBIN KERKSTRA M.S.

All of the professors here are passionate about their students’ education and making an impact on the future.

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JUSTIN LASTO ’17

The professors are brilliant and extremely passionate about the subjects they teach

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JASMINE BROWN '19

By applying the skills we are learning, we are able to give back to our community and provide our patients with comprehensive care.

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CASSANDRA VERRUSO '18

I feel that the University of New Haven has prepared me for success in so many ways. Not only did I learn communication and leadership skills, I learned how to apply them in a variety of situations.

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BRIONA GRANT '20 M.A.

I am motivated to continue to work hard, to be a positive influence, and most importantly, to have fun with all of the opportunities that I am granted.

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ALVIN TRAN, SC.D., M.P.H.

I believe that having a multidisciplinary team is key to addressing pertinent health issues afflicting our nation.

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MIA SUMRA ‘18

Self-described “nerd kid’ describes economics as a good challenge

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LAUREN DOYLE ’18 M.S.

I was attracted to the University of New Haven because of its long-standing and successful Sport Management program.

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ALLISON YOUNG '13

Research conducted as an undergraduate established the foundation needed to pursue a Ph.D.

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BREANNA CRAFT '07

After earning a Ph.D., graduate returns to the University to teach next generation.

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JUSTIN LASTO ’17

The professors are brilliant and extremely passionate about the subjects they teach

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SAMANTHA MOUL ’17

Experiences in and out of the classroom provide good preparation for graduate school.

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ERIC DEMERASKI ’18

Student applies what he learns working for nation’s leading medical transportation company

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ANNA MERCALDI '19

Aspiring chemical engineer participates in inaugural Yale undergraduate research conference

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CHELSEA VAN DEN BURG

"A Systematic Survey of the Scavenging Guild in the Long Island Sound and its Taphonomic Effects."

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AMINA KUNOVAC

Senior, Forensic Science and Biology Pre-Med, Minor - Chemistry

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MARIA PANEPINTO

After graduation I plan to attend graduate school to obtain my masters degree.

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JOE ADAMS

Natural History Documentation of the island of San Salvador, Bahamas

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JESSICA ZIELINSKI

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Greater Research Opportunities Fellowship.

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KYLE PICKARD

A radio documentary based on his research about music's influence on mood.

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CHARLES DOW '18

Chemical engineer boosts resume studying conversion of biomass to fuel.

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RICHARD WORMSER

Peabody Award-winning filmmaker supported by National Endowment for the Humanities

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ISIS LOYOLA '17

I now know that "home" is not just the U.S., it's anywhere in this wonderful world we live on.

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RANDI TRINIDAD '17

It was an experience unlike any other that not only benefitted my resume and career but shaped me into the person that I am today.

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ALI MCCARTHY '19

I have memories, friends, lessons, and experiences that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Jay Krishnamoorthy ’06

JAY KRISHNAMOORTHY ’06

The EMBA program changed the way I see, hear, and act on a daily basis—and proved to me how true is the ancient saying ‘The only thing that is constant is change.’

Sylvie Harton ’18

SYLVIE HARTON ’18

Being part of the University’s EMBA program has afforded me the valuable opportunity to reflect on myself as a leader, my career goals, and the journey I wanted to take.

Jody White ’92

JODY WHITE ’92

University of New Haven gave me what I needed to accelerate my career: the ability to move from transaction to strategy.

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YI WEI ’18 M.S.

The Academic English Preparatory Program has helped me develop the skills to attend the University of New Haven as a full-time graduate student.

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HAMMAN MATALGAH ’20

The AEPP helped me to improve my English language skills more than I thought it could in just a short time.

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BIANCA JOHNSON '15, '17 M.S.

I took a course in forensics in high school and loved it. I got hooked. And that led me to the University of New Haven.

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CARL BABB '76

I would not have been able to receive a degree and achieve what I have without the help and support of alumni.

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RAPHAEL CRAWFORD ’00 M.S.

With our gift, we support the University and its students’ future successes so that they may have many opportunities.

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DAVID GARCIA ’19

I am currently completing my 10th year in the United States Air Force with many more ahead of me; I am also an electrical engineering student at the University of New Haven.

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CASEY MOORE '22

It was the criminal justice program that sparked my interest in the University of New Haven.

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IFE CAMPBELL ’20

The University of New Haven has prepared me for success by giving me opportunities like the President’s Public Service Fellowship program that let me explore my interests and gain experiences I could not have imagined./p>

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LEANN KLEINTOP ’19

The University has changed my life by helping to change my perspective on who I am as a person. I am an individual who has potential. I know that with hard work and dedication, I can realize that potential.

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LISA ZHEN ’18

As an interior design student, having passionate professors who were active in the field to help and advise me was invaluable.

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JEREMY BELLMAN ‘19

As a student from California, the University of New Haven helped me to feel right at home and has aided my accomplishments that made me who I am today.

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NATHAN LANNING ‘18

The University of New Haven was excellent at helping its students find their own opportunities. The professors in the Department of Biology & Environmental Science have been incredible advisers and mentors that have set me on the path to success.

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MEGHAN MAHAR ‘20

The University of New Haven has provided me with all the resources I need for personal and professional growth.

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ALEX CERCHIA '19

Looks to pursue a masters in microbiology or biochemistry in the future.

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TIANA WILLIAMS ’11, ’12 MBA

The moment I walked onto the University of New Haven campus, I was given a number of tools and resources. The faculty and staff members genuinely cared about the students and wanted to help in any way possible.

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REILLEY MCGEE ‘16

Receiving scholarships lightened my financial burden, which allowed me to concentrate on my studies, complete my senior honors thesis, and finish my education at the University of New Haven.

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MELANIE CAMPODONICO ‘18

I have wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement since I participated in a mock crime scene investigation when I was in middle school.

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JACOB SIBILSKI ’19

The University of New Haven is a good fit for service members and veterans because of the staff members who work with us.

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DANIELLE LUTKUS '18

My experience at the University of New Haven gave me the opportunity to take full advantage of experiential education and hands-on learning.

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JORDAN CROOMS ’18 MBA

I served in the Connecticut Army National Guard from 2008 to 2014. During that period, I served in Afghanistan in 2010 as an infantryman.

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ALYSON SHAW '20

The University of New Haven has taught me how to step out of my comfort zone, and as a result, I developed into a stronger person.

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VASILIKI KOSMIDOU

When I first visited the University of New Haven, I was impressed by the faculty’s commitment to providing students with a truly meaningful and career-focused education, by the students-first philosophy, and by the collaborative working environment.

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SAMANTHA KENT ‘18

The University of New Haven has given me countless enlightening moments that have helped me prepare for success. There is nothing more valuable than experiential education, and the University of New Haven excels at providing students with incredible opportunities to learn outside of the classroom.

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AYANNA DUNCANSON '13, '15 MBA

My experiences at the University have been vital to helping me reach my goals, and I have already achieved many of the goals I set for myself when I was a student.

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NICHOLAS ACCURSO ‘18

The University has given me the perfect medium to grow and thrive. It has given me the opportunity to further my education in a healthy environment and has helped me gain confidence in my work.

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VESNA MARKOVIC, PH.D.

It’s important to me to support the University of New Haven and to provide the opportunity for students to receive a great education.

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LAUREN RILEY ’18 M.A.

The Industrial/Organizational Psychology program at the University of New Haven has given me the confidence to thrive in the corporate setting within both human resource and organizational development functions. The rigorous coursework, coupled with an applied learning style, has prepared me for the challenging human interactions I will face post-graduation.

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MATT SCRIPTER '14

I was lucky enough to accept my first job right out of college as a result of an internship that I was recommended for by one of my professors.

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CASSANDRA VERRUSO '18

I feel that the University of New Haven has prepared me for success in so many ways. Not only did I learn communication and leadership skills, I learned how to apply them in a variety of situations.

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DIANE SOTO ‘18

I feel that the University of New Haven – specifically, the Department of Economics & Business Analytics – has provided me with the skills and support to maximize my potential.

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ALICE GAO '94

The University of New Haven was a big part of my life journey.

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LATONYA WATSON

LaTonya Watson is approaching her third season as the head women’s basketball coach at the University of New Haven.

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GRANT BRIGGS ‘54

After serving in the Army, I studied engineering at the University of New Haven. I acquired technical knowledge and learned how to interact with people in all facets of life.

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JAMES QUINN ’18 M.S.

In the Master’s in Finance program, I was able to collaborate with peers, learn the intricacies of financial management, and apply the curriculum directly to portfolio management via the school's student portfolios in equity and fixed income. This has made me a more effective investment professional.

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NICOLE CALABRESE ‘20

I enjoy the campus environment, the professors, and the student body. Everyone is always so helpful, nice, and willing to answer any questions.

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CHARLES PETERSON, MBA

After a long career in business, I’ve learned a great deal that I can pass on to my students to help them understand the real world of business that they’ll soon enter.

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LISA SCRANTON ’10, ’13 M.A.

Lisa Scranton is a lifelong resident of West Haven and has worked at the University of New Haven since 2003 in eight different departments.

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STUART MAY ’93 EMBA

The University of New Haven provided me the opportunity as a young EMBA student to further my professional development.

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WILKINGSON GERMAIN '04

I chose to make a contribution to the University of New Haven because I believe in the University, its mission, its staff and in its ability to provide a world-class education to students.

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LINDA COPNEY-OKEKE '91 A.S. '94 '02 M.S.

The University of New Haven appeals to me because of the caring, dedicated staff, who go out of their way to provide services and support for students to ensure that each student has every opportunity for success.

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KEVIN VAN DYK ‘18

I can’t speak enough of the sport management faculty members and how well they prepared me for post-graduate life.

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DAVE GALLA '99

I think, as time passes, your memory of your time in a certain place becomes more fond, and this has given me an opportunity to go back to the University and give back just a little of what it gave me.

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SAMANTHA MORALES ’18 M.S.

I’ve always wanted to teach at the collegiate level; I just struggled to find a subject I was passionate about. When I started working in the healthcare field and enrolled in the Master’s in Healthcare Administration program at the University of New Haven, something in me got excited. I knew after my first few courses that I wanted to pursue a doctorate.

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KEVIN MYATT

I want this, the Honorable Gordon J. Myatt Sr. Endowed Scholarship, to be an opportunity for African-American students to make a significant contribution in life.

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ZACHARY SMITH ’18 M.S.

While earning my degree, I have been fortunate to work with numerous successful and elite healthcare professionals. I found it encouraging that many were University of New Haven alumni and graduates of the same program.

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JANE JONES PH.D.

Being in the classroom is the best part of my job, and I really enjoy the students at the University of New Haven. They come from a variety of backgrounds, are engaged, and are excited to learn.

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MARIE COX ’19

After I graduate, I hope to work for the United States Secret Service.

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DANIEL M. SMITH

I support the University of New Haven because I want to strengthen the institution for future generations of students.

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ISAIAH BOOKER ‘18

The investigative skills I developed through the University’s co-op program with the New Haven Police Department apply to a wide array of different jobs and fields.

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W. MCMASTER 'MAC' CLARKE '63

Marge and I value education, so when we prepared our estate plans, we decided to include gifts to the University of New Haven as well as the other universities we attended.

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TOM REYNOLDS '89, M.A.

For me, the charities I place in my will are a way to leave a legacy. The University of New Haven is one of several institutions that are very dear to me.

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SAMARA CLARK ‘19

I decided to major in criminal justice because my dream is to work with offenders in the criminal justice system. I would like to find the right rehabilitation methods to reduce recidivism and increase offenders’ likelihood of living a better life. I hope to show them the positive in their lives.

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LAUREN BALESTRIERI ’17, ’18 M.S.

I learned how to balance a full-time class schedule, stay active and social on campus, and maintain a work schedule. Personally, I think this is one of the best things the University of New Haven has taught me.

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MICHAEL J. QUIELLO ’74

I’ve learned in life that it is very important to ‘pay it forward,’ whether it is a word of encouragement or donating to an institution like the University of New Haven.

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MARTINA HUKEL ’18

I have had three federal internships that I got through the connections I made at the University of New Haven, which is an amazing thing. From the class speakers to the professors’ connections, there were phenomenal chances for me to network that will definitely help me further down the line in my career.

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AUBREY WINIARSKI '20

The University of New Haven has opened the door to many opportunities that I would not have had at bigger schools.

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ROSEMONDE AUSSEIL ’18 M.S.

Some of my favorite memories at the University of New Haven were when I was challenged and taken out of my comfort zone. It is thanks to those moments that I finally found my calling, or at least my next endeavor.

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KIANA QUINONEZ ‘19

My time at the University has prepared me for success by giving me opportunities to network with professionals in my desired field, giving me practical learning experiences.

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CLAIRE SMITH '17 MBA

I currently work for Duke University Athletics, and my time at the University of New Haven gave me the knowledge and the experience in campus recreation that I needed.

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JUDITH PARKER COLE

Growing up, I was frequently at the University, then called New Haven College, and have been delighted to see it grow in size and reputation.

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ROBIN WILLICK ’16

I chose the University of New Haven because I was so impressed with all the programs they had here.

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JAMES & LEONA CLERKIN '99, '98

Going to the University of New Haven and getting my master’s opened me up to a whole new career and profession,” says James Clerkin ’99 M.S.

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MICHELE VITTORIO, M.SC.

I am from Italy, but I have spent most of my professional life living and traveling around the world.

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EMILY NEVERETT 19’ M.S.

I have been extremely lucky to have mentors who inspired me through my educational experience, and I would like to offer that kind of experience to future students and/or professionals someday.

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JONATHAN SPIEGEL ’17

I chose the University of New Haven because I thought it gave me the best chance of becoming a mechanical engineer, mainly through all the support it provides to its students.

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JENNA WILLIAMSON ’15

I chose the University of New Haven originally because of the criminal justice program. I’d heard nothing but great things about it, from people in law enforcement.

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JIM GERO '76 MBA & CATHY GERO

As Cathy and I age, we have comprehensively evaluated various philanthropic opportunities where we could invest to make a difference for years to come.

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GABRIELLE MONTLOUIS ‘18

Conducting research while in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program and working on my honors thesis helped me prepare for my future.

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KARL KULISCH ’95

At the University of New Haven, I discovered so many professors who helped me in my journey.