UNH Welcomes Class of 2019

The University of New Haven freshmen Class of 2019 moved to campus on Thu. Aug. 20. with the help of upperclassmen students volunteering as part of Welcome Wagon. Throughout the day, students were encouraged to visit the New Student Resource Fair in the Beckerman Recreation Center, where campus offices and a variety of local businesses were present with tips and resources to aid freshmen around both UNH and the New Haven area. Welcome Week continues on into the first week of classes and each day, a variety of activities geared toward acclimating freshmen to UNH are offered around campus. Some of these events included an ice cream social in the Maxcy Quad, a Block Party in the Bayer parking lot and a Class BBQ social in Celentano Hall Quad.

The Class of 2019 accompanied by Charlie the Charger (Photo by Gabriella Pericone/Chariot Yearbook photo)

The Class of 2019 accompanied by Charlie the Charger (Photo by Gabriella Pericone/Chariot Yearbook photo)

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WestFest to Bring UNH and West Haven Together

WestFest is an upcoming community festival in West Haven co-sponsored by the UNH Mayor’s Advisory Commission, the Office of Mayor Edward O’Brien, the University of New Haven, UNH Welcome Week, and Frontier Communications. WestFest will take place on the West Haven Green on Saturday, Aug. 29 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Intended to bring the community of West Haven and the University of New Haven together, WestFest will feature local businesses and artists showcasing what West Haven has to offer culturally. Restaurants such as Andy’s Pizza, Louise’s Bakery, and several food trucks will showcase their local eats, available for sale to all attendees. Other businesses in attendance range from hair salons to auto shops.
Also present will be several performing groups including the UNH Chargers Marching Band and Fully Charged, the UNH acapella choir. West Haven High School’s own cheerleaders and West Steppers will perform as well. Several other local West Haven bands are also expected.
Nonmusical entertainment includes a pie-eating contest, sponsored by Louise’s Bakery, as well as a dunk tank where attendees can dunk Mayor O’Brien, UNH Dean Alvarez and many more, will be run all day.
The West Haven fire department will be giving demonstrations throughout the day, providing UNH students an experiential education opportunity to see future career paths in action. A number of UNH clubs and organizations, such as Alpha Lambda Delta and Model UN, will be running activities that range from face painting to live Trivia Crack.
Transportation will be provided from the University of New Haven to the West Haven Green. Church Street will be closed for the day for the event. Parking will be available on the streets.
Admission is free, though there will be commemorative t-shirts available for sale.

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