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by The Charger Bulletin | April 16, 2014

The Modern Language Department’s week in the limelight.

Students being taught how to belly dance. (Steve Blazo  Photography)

Students being taught how to belly dance.
(Steve Blazo Photography)

The University of New Haven recently pledged to double the amount of students who study abroad by the end of this decade. President Steven H. Kaplan remarked, “As a leader in experiential education, UNH seeks to expand the opportunities available to our students and to enhance their appreciation for diverse cultures and viewpoints.”

UNH was the first college in Connecticut to join Generation Study Abroad, and as if almost in sync, a month after this, the university had their first Modern Language Festival.

The series of cultural activities from Monday, April 7 to Thursday, April 10 sought to bring attention to a growing Arabic, Italian, Spanish, French, Chinese and Russian departments at UNH.

The festival began on Monday with a day of dance. First featured was the Portuguese culture with the Maculele, or Warrior Stick Dance, originating from Brazil. This dance began in the times of slavery when African men and women would dance with their machetes to pass the time cutting sugarcane. Now it is done in a circle called Roda with the Brazilian drum, or atabaque. Bamboo sticks are used and hit above the head with the right hand striking in an X-shape to the rhythm.

Spain was represented next with a lesson in Flamenco. This form of art includes dance, guitar playing, drums, foot stomping, and handclaps, or “Palmas.” The hands are very expressive in this form of dance and the motions are inward and self-reserved.

Next, Professor Halima Belemlih set up a Belly Dance performance representing Arabic culture. This type of dance focuses on the articulation of the hips and was taught by UNH student Marwa Lahlou and her friend Jasmin. They demonstrated dances with traditional outfits and students had the option of following along.

On Tuesday, the festivities continued with Chinese students on the BSAC patio teaching the traditional game of Mahjong. Taiwanese Bubble tea and Chinese steamed bread was also served. At this time in the programming space, Spanish professor Irizarry had a presentation showing the connection between Latin American and African American music; Salsa and Hip-Hop. This included video, audio, and lyrics.

Following was henna tattoos in the Bartels programming space. The tattoos are drawn using dye from the henna plant, which is popular in Eastern cultures and can be painted on the skin and last for several weeks.

In the afternoon, students could play Gioco Dell’Oca, or the Goose Game. This resembled a life-size version of Candyland and was led by Italian professor Maddalena Lolaico and her students. Participants formed teams, and on their turn, rolled a pair of dice, which said how many spaces forward to move. Some squares sent one backwards and some caused missed turns. If one team landed on the same space as another, that team was sent back to the space where the other team had been. A team had to land on the sixty-third square to win.

Thursday commenced with naming tables in Bartels, in which professors Chiaoli Lin, Dima Krizhanovskiy, and Mohammed El Idrissi could write student’s names in Chinese, Russian or Arabic respectively. Around lunchtime, students studying French, and their professor Coralie Gallet, had “Bistro Français,” where they served typical French dishes, such as quiches, cheese, baguettes, and crepes in the Bartels dining room. During the lunch, French music and a slideshow.

Dance UNH 4.07.2014 Steve Blazo Photography

Afterwards, students studying Russian and their professor Daria Kirjanov put on “Kafe Rus.” Ukrainian cherry and potato dumplings and Russian tea and pastries were served. An accordionist played Russian folk songs during the event, along with modern Russian music and a slideshow that was shown.

On Thursday afternoon, students learning Arabic performed songs in the language on the BSAC patio. At night, a classic Russian comedy movie titled, Kidnapping in the Causcus was shown.

Professor Alessia Dalsant reflects, “We are so excited about this week’s success that we are planning to make it an annual event! The festival’s objective is to introduce students not only to the wide selection of languages offered at UNH, but also to the diverse and rich cultures that one discovers by studying languages.”

Dalsant believes that speaking a foreign language opens doors not only to the job market, but also for personal growth. The festival would not have been possible without the generosity of Greg Overend; Director of Student Activities, Dean Lourdes Maria Alvarez; Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dean Rebecca Johnson; Dean of Students, and Wanda D. Tyler; Director of Intercultural Relations. After a taste of these multi-faceted cultures, who wouldn’t want to study abroad?


Psych Word

by Elissa Sanci | April 9, 2014

An inside look at the voices behind the mic at WNHU’s Friday afternoon show.

Rob Girard (left) and Kristina Gilbertie (right) Co-Hosts of Psych Word at WNHU/ Photo by Erica Naugle

Rob Girard (left) and Kristina Gilbertie (right) Co-Hosts of Psych Word at WNHU/ Photo by Erica Naugle

Rob Girard and Kristina Gilbertie, the hosts of the WNHU’s Friday afternoon show Psych Word, seem as though they’ve known each other forever. Girard and Gilbertie are drug and alcohol counselors who create a fun, fresh atmosphere for their radio show, inviting their listeners in and creating a conversational tone. Since the start of their show in February 2014, they have been featured in the newest edition of “New Haven Living” magazine.

Psych Word, which airs live each Friday from 3 to 4 p.m. on WNHU 88.7, covers a range of topics including mental health, current events, and overall wellness with a little humor and sarcasm mixed in.

Girard is currently a masters student at the University of Connecticut, and the creator of the show and its name. He said he gave the show its name because he felt it encompassed the content—psychology and mental health—and also because he liked the play on words.

“I like that it sounds like psych ward, because a lot times when you’re listening to us, you’re like ‘What? They are nuts!’” he adds, “I kind of go off the deep end sometimes.”

Each show has a theme, and Girard and Gilbertie often have guests that correspond to their themes. Guests have ranged from veterans and pin-up girls—women who make calendars to raise money for veterans—to health and fitness experts.

“We try to stick to a topic each show, but sometimes we get sidetracked,” Girard said. “Sometimes our callers will take us in a different direction.”

Girard explained one of the most popular segments of their show is Rant of the Day, which is where callers are able to call in from 3:10 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. with their “Rant of the Day.”

Co-Hosts of Psych Word at WNHU/ Photo by Erica Naugle

Co-Hosts of Psych Word at WNHU/ Photo by Erica Naugle

Gilbertie, who is also lead singer of the bands Sister Funk and Run Jenny, said that getting listeners involved is one of her favorite parts of being on the radio. “I love being interactive and getting people involved, and we love getting callers to give us their point of view.”

WNHU is the University of New Haven’s non-commercial, official FCC-licensed FM radio station, which broadcasts live from the station, located in the basement of Maxcy Hall.

“I knew that WNHU had been the number one college radio station for years, and I knew that I wanted to try to get a show on the station,” Girard said. “When we got the offer for a live show Friday during drive time, it was like the perfect recipe.”

Girard and Gilbertie stay connected with their listeners through many social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and they even have their own website,, where listeners can go to share thoughts, opinions and comments of the show.


UNH joins Generation Study Abroad

by Kerri Zbodula | April 2, 2014

UNH is the first Connecticut college to pledge doubling the amount of study abroad students.

A group of UNH students who studied at the University’s campus in Tuscany last fall / UNH Today Photo

A group of UNH students who studied at the University’s campus in Tuscany last fall / UNH Today Photo

The University of New Haven is the first Connecticut college that has joined Generation Study Abroad with the objective of doubling the amount of study abroad students within the next ten years. Generation Study Abroad is in existence to encourage American students to participate in a program of international study.Generation Study Abroad was launched on March 3 at UNH. Generation Study Abroad believes that every student should have the opportunity to study abroad. Within the next decade, their goal is to have 600,000 U.S. students studying abroad in credit and non-credit programs. Since it was launched, more than 150 colleges around the country have committed to the program.Amanda Carter, a criminal justice major at UNH, has gone to a new country to study every fall semester since her freshman year. Carter began in Spain her freshman year, then traveled to Italy her sophomore year, and just finished studying in Korea her junior year.

For Carter, studying abroad has been a great experience. “Studying abroad has brought me closer to the people and cultures of the world. It’s a great experience to get a perspective outside the normal American college student,” said Carter. “Me and other students studied at the Korean National Police University as part of UNH’s exchange program. The experiences and opportunities I had learned, alongside criminal justice professionals abroad cannot be matched. Although many people are hesitant to go out of their comfort zone and study abroad, I can confidently say I would recommend it for anyone.”

UNH provides students with components of a liberal arts education, as well as opportunities for hands on technical learning through research. Between the 1,800 graduate students and 4,600 undergraduates, UNH enrolls approximately 6,400 students per year. UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, consisting of its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and College of Lifelong & eLearning.

More information on IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative and a complete list of commitment partners can be found at


Comedian Kevin Breel speaks about depression

by Patricia Oprea | April 2, 2014

Kevin Breel, a 22-year-old comedian, stepped on the stage of Dodds Theater March 10 and instantly started making sarcastic jokes and witty comments, just warming up the crowd for the rest of his show.

Photo Obtained via Twitter

Photo Obtained via Twitter

Breel cracked jokes about Yale men wearing three scarves and pointy shoes, about the curtains onstage, and about his complementary UNH T-shirt. Kevin then began his story. He was an honors student, a star basketball player and captain of his team, and deeply involved in the theater program at his high school in Canada. Yet Kevin remembers the overwhelming feeling of depression that would pervade his life, even during the happiest of times.

He thought it wasn’t okay to feel such things: going from practice to rehearsals, but then coming home depressed. One night, four years of hiding his feelings inside and pretending everything was okay, just shattered. February 26 was the day Kevin’s basketball team won the championships, and the day he wrote his suicide note. In it were things he had never told anyone, and with a bottle of pills, a notepad and pen, Kevin prepared for this to be his final night.

Yet Breel is alive and well today, and shared the significance of that with the UNH community. After realizing that all the trophies, medals and awards in the world wouldn’t make him feel better, Kevin knew that he had to do this himself, and the thought scared him.

Breel began to talk to people, thinking it would make him happy; his family, friends, coaches, and even a counselor finally heard his story. The latter challenged Breel to use his story and do something with it. Breel submitted a script of his story and mental illness awareness to TedTalks, and was asked to change his ideas. Instead, Breel did something else. He wrote a different script for a “fake talk” as he calls it, and submitted that. It was accepted and Breel was asked to come on the show, but little did people know that Breel would be discussing his original topic.

“Confessions of a Depressed Comedian” went viral. People around the world shared this video and sent Breel emails; one from a girl named Amber touched him the most. Amber had picked a date to commit suicide if things didn’t get better for her within six months. Six months later, nothing had changed so she prepared to carry out her plans…until she scrolled down her Facebook newsfeed. There was Breel’s video. Amanda watched the video, and she is still here today because Breel’s words prevented her from taking her own life.

“Maybe that’s all it takes,” said Breel, “just loving each other and caring for one another.”

“I believe that humor opens the heart,” writes Breel in his online bio. “And when the heart is open, we can talk about these topics…we can have an honest conversation about them. I think we spend a lot of time talking about how to take care of our bodies, but not enough on how to take care of our minds.”

Breel has been touring the United States and Canada talking to college students about mental health and suicide prevention. “When you have a cast, everyone runs to sign it, but when you have depression everyone runs the other way,” said Breel.

That is just why Rotaract brought him to UNH. Too often, the mental health community is unheard of, or mental instability is equated with homelessness or imprisonment. Sometimes mental illnesses are disregarded as just having a bad day, and aren’t taken as seriously.

Depression is everywhere. “Depression needs a louder voice everywhere. Depression is something that many individuals go through, yet few speak about. I would like to speak on behalf of the Rotaract Club, to say that we hope everyone who attended either of the talks took something away and felt more understanding that it is okay to speak up, it is okay to be yourself, and it is okay to get help”, said Rotaract President Jenna Rabadi.

The organization To Write Love on Her Arms wanted to get Breel to speak at UNH for a while, and members were thrilled that Rotaract was able to fund him. TWLOHA is an organization that helps create a home within their club and on campus for those who struggle with mental illnesses and other issues.

“We were so excited to have Breel speak at the university because his story is so inspirational and has been featured on TedTalks, so we hoped that students would recognize his name. It was such a great opportunity to help us spread our organization’s message, that you are not alone and there is hope,” said TWLOHA member Jacqui Guzman.

President Ashley Arminio said “Having a speaker talk about their life, and bring a positive light to issues that have such a negative stigma linked to them, brings a sense of hope to the campus and allows students to connect to someone.”


Chi Kappa Rho hosts annual fashion show

by The Charger Bulletin | March 26, 2014

By: Ellicia Moore

Contributing Writer

The ladies of Chi Kappa Rho hosted their 49th Annual Fashion Show Wednesday, March 12 at 9 p.m. in the German Club. XKP has been a part of the University of New Haven campus for 50 years as of Fall semester 2013.

Photo by Nicholas McDermott

Photo by Nicholas McDermott

The ladies host the fashion every year to help raise money for the Virginia M. Parker Scholarship in honor of their founder. This scholarship is awarded to a female that is not a sister of Chi Kappa Rho to help them continue their education at UNH. Last year, they raised over $500 for their scholarship, and this year they raised $509.

The show had an American theme and included both a casual and formal wear section, where models from Delta Chi fraternity and two ladies dressed in traditional red white and blue colors to coordinate with the theme.

The show also included an intermission that featured UNH’s 5,6,7,8 Dance Team and brothers of Lambda Alpha Upsilon, who performed a style of dance called “Trilling,” which they described as a mixture of stepping and dance.

Deciding on the theme for the fashion show was a joint effort of every sister in Chi Kappa Rho; they used a democratic voting process to come up with the theme for the show and America was born again, and participants showed great pride for their country during the competition.

Along with raising money for their scholarship, XKP sisters had plenty of prizes to giveaway. They gave away gift cards in the amount of $20-$25 to Walmart, Subway, Starbucks, Barnes and Nobles, Five Guys, iTunes, Fridays, and Dunkin Dounuts. They also gave away gift baskets full craft, movie, and novelty items, and a Vera Bradley bag set. The scholarship will be given to this year’s recipient at an Awards Banquet towards the end of the semester.

Volunteering in lieu of Spring Break

by The Charger Bulletin | March 26, 2014

By: Maxine Swick

This year 33 undergraduate students participated in Alternative Spring Break. These students applied and were chosen to stay in the West Haven and New Haven areas rather than leave campus for spring break.

Photo by Maxine Swick

Photo by Maxine Swick

Over the course of the week students volunteered at six local organizations.Ten students learned skills such as tiling and caulking while working on one house for Habitat for Humanity foundations and five volunteers worked with Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS) helping new immigrants and refugees with job placements, housing, and adjustment to life in the United States.

New Haven Home Recovery hosted four volunteers who assisted with spring cleaning and painting. New Haven Reads raved that they “could not have asked for a better team to contribute to NHR” when reporting back about their seven volunteers.

An additional four students were sent to support the Connecticut Food Bank by sorting through food items, and our last group of students worked with the West Haven Child Development Center. Each of the three students was a teacher’s assistant for the week and two of the volunteers even performed for the kids with their guitar and sang the new popular song “Let it Go” from Frozen.

The Office of Community Service thanks these volunteers for their dedication and tireless effort during the week. Alternative Spring Break would not be possible without these students’ support.  All six organizations have also expressed their deepest gratitude.

The volunteers included Alexandra Krinickas, Alexandra Maldonado, Amethyst del Pilar, Angelique Morse, Ariel Pierce, Ashley Hathaway, Brianna L’Ecuyer, Brianna Stefano, Catherine Fullerton, Charles McKeon, Crystal Blake, Danielle Perry, Esteban Sanchez, Gayatree Hazarika, Hadiya Alexander, Isaak Kifle, Jasmin Portelinha, Jeremiah Wright, Kelly Zhao, Kyle Pickard, Mark O’Loughlin, Nysia Ford, Rachael Gahner, Sandra Sinner, Sarah Sloane, Shaquasia Myrie, Solange Romkissoon, Stephen Shepherd, Tatiana Dominguez, Trevor McDewell, Tyler Burley, Tyler Eno, and Veronica Cruz.

Amandla: power to the people

by Kardelen Akkus | March 12, 2014

An event dedicated to Nelson mandela and music from the South African apartheid era was held by nine organizations on campus at Dodd’s Theater on Thursday, March 6.

Photo by Kardelen Akkus

Photo by Kardelen Akkus

The evening was kicked off with the UNH Choir and Life Kingdom Ministries Choir, led by Noel Ginyard, singing the national- and black anthem. Songs about freedom followed and allowed the audience to grasp the relation between music and emotion. Roughly 20 men and women, dressed in traditional clothing, infected the spectators with happiness by accompanying their songs with traditional dancing.Motivational speaker and poet, Ms. Gina Simpson, immersed herself into African drumming while reciting inspirational words. “Close your eyes and open your ears, […] rhythms cause me to embrace my inner peace,” she chanted passionately.

President Steven Kaplan joined the stage and shared, “Tonight is special because we’re showcasing many of UNH’s programs and students that have worked together to commemorate this great man.”

UNH Choir and Life Kingdom Ministries Choir, led by Noel Ginyard is photographed above

A spokesperson who attended on behalf of Mayor of New Haven Toni Harp said, “Mandela shows the story of how one can fight the struggle of pain, anger, and greed for apartheid by song.”

Associate Professor Randall Horton, recipient of numerous awards and a national endowment of the Arts Fellowship in literature, wrote and read a moving poem titled, “A Note From the City I Dream,” as an ode to Mandela. His admiration for the leader was demonstrated clearly, “There’s one thing that’s undeniable, and that’s what he meant to the world,” he said.

The highlight of the evening was the screening of “Amandla! A Celebration Of The Life Of Nelson Mandela” (2002) as directed by Lee Hirsch. The documentary studied the experiences of numerous South Africans who were exiled, lost loved ones and had relations to the leaders of the movement. Along with them, “Mungu’s” – what whites were referred as then, such as police officers and teachers – added value to the documentary with their perspectives of the time.

The four-part documentary brought the viewers on an emotional journey from a time of desperation to a time of celebration throughout the different periods and generations of the Apartheid period. The essence of the film captured Mandela’s spirit by having the subjects discuss their relations and views of the symbol for peace that became their President.

Lee Hirsch was loudly applauded and praised as he made his way to the stage. He was 19 when he started filming, and finished the movie that received a Sundance award a decade later.

“It was the music and this exploration that I wanted to understand; why people are singing, what are they singing. To me the idea that you could have a revolution that’s peaceful, driven by people singing, was so extraordinary and so unique that it sustained this journey for me to make this film.”


‘It Gets Better’ video encourages diversity

by Liana Teixeira | March 12, 2014
Photo by Erica Naugle

Photo by Erica Naugle

When David Janovsky ‘14 began his freshman year at the University of New Haven, he knew exactly how he wanted to make his mark: create a video showcasing the unity of UNH’s diverse community. Thus, the idea of the “It Gets Better” video was born. Its message: to acknowledge that everyone goes through the same issues in life, and although everyone is different, whatever they are going through will get better.

“We all have hard times in life, but we can still push forward,” Janovsky said.

The compilation of peer-to-peer encouragement took four years of planning, and finally got its kick start in the USGA Embracing Differences Committee, of which Janovsky and junior Connor Briggs are co-chairs.

On Friday, March 6, dozens of students, RSOs and campus offices gathered near the Maxcy TV studio to finally film the “It Gets Better” video. Communication Club co-sponsored the event and filmed all the students. President Joe Brown described preparations for the night as “a whole club effort,” from lights to crowd control and production.

“I like how the UNH community is able to come together for a great cause,” Brown said.

Brianna Quillo (above) poses with her handmade sign at the “It Gets Better” video filming night.

Senior Isaak Kifle shared how he has seen “more noticible diversity” on campus since he started in 2010, and that the “It Gets Better” video is the next positive step for the university.

Filming the video was not a short task by any means. For two hours, student groups and organizations were led into the TV studio to record their messages. Several individuals waiting to be called shared their views on the project.

Embracing Differences Committee member, Dallas Newcomb, said this event really is for all college students, because everyone going to college feels what it’s like to leave home and search for a place where they belong.

Freshman, Brianna Quilla, brought along a handmade sign with the words “You are all perfectly imperfect! It gets better, UNH” written on the front.

She said the saying is part of the anti-bullying campaign she wants to bring to the university.

As the final students trickled out of the TV studio, Janovsky breathed a sigh of relief. Reflecting on the previous hours, Janovsky said “I’m just so proud to be a Charger. We are a family. We care to stand up for something greater than anyone could imagine.”

The “It Gets Better” video is scheduled to premiere at the March 28 USGA meeting.

Janovsky hopes people watch the video when they are ever having a bad day to build up the power to keep going.

Snow and Sound- Students Race into Long Island Waters for Autism Speaks

by Patricia Oprea | February 26, 2014

February is known for the remaining chilliest days of winter, 50 percent off chocolate after Valentine’s Day, and the occasional leap day. But last week, on Feb. 22, The University of New Haven Ski and Snowboard club gave a new meaning to this month.

Photo By Alyssa Mackinnon

Photo By Alyssa Mackinnon

It was an unusually warm Saturday afternoon, and a line of cars was making their way to the beach. Some sand and snow, but all blue skies and blue waters awaited eager students. Naming their fundraiser The Penguin Plunge, UNH’s Ski and Snowboard club hoped to raise money for Autism Speaks. Rather than sitting in Bartels with baked goods (although there’s nothing wrong with cookies) this fundraiser intrigued thrill-seeking students.

For those unaware, calling an event a “plunge” in the dead of winter, weather it be polar bear or penguin oriented, implies immersion into cold water. That’s just what dozens of UNH students did last weekend in the Long Island Sound, raising over 700 dollars for the cause.

The Ski and Snowboard club recently decided on having a group to donate to every year. “We felt that we ought to do a fundraiser because we had the resources and manpower to do so,” said Vice President Justin Bussell.

Treasurer Jennifer Dean then researched some causes and came across Autism Speaks. President Brandon Beaudoin said, “I agreed because my best friend’s brother is autistic and I wanted to help.”

At the start, all participating teams individually ran into the water, their shrieks and laughter following suit. Delta Chi went first, racing as if they had nothing better to do than to be in the water in February. Delta Phi Epsilon was the next team to go in, each girl donning a neon coloured tutu.

“I’m proud to say I was apart of an event that helped in raising about 700 dollars… my three minutes of discomfort was definitely worth it,” says Brianna Trudell, a member of Delta Phi Epsilon’s team.

Chi Kappa Ro along with the Ski and Snowboard club went afterwards, as well as some single participants.

The only non-organizational team was named YOPO (You Only Plunge Once), and the team name does hold true after the experience.

“It was super cold but a lot of fun, crazy but for a good cause,” said junior Oriana Flagello, and sophomore Josh Howard said “I hope to do it again next year and actually dive in.”

After everyone made their way out of the water, the first stop was a roaring fire pit, and then a table for free food from the generous donors of Texas Roadhouse. Cheesy ziti, warm rolls, salad, and six pounds of pulled pork was good motivation for running into cold waters, as was hot chocolate.

Afterwards, the winners were announced. Delta Phi Epsilon got most spirited team, and Delta Chi was runner-up. These teams got decorated mugs in honor of the first annual Penguin Plunge. Other prizes were also raffled off, such as two tickets to a Yankees game, and signed posters by several baseball stars.

Whether it was the adrenaline, the music, or just the abrupt freezing cold, everyone was chattering and gathering around the fire, long after the plunge was over. “I was pleased to see how well attended it was and happy to know that all the money was going to a great cause,” said sophomore Samantha Jones.

Beaudoin was thrilled with the plunge’s success. “The turnout was unbelievable. I couldn’t ask for more from the community and school.”

Bussell agreed, “It shows that our campus community truly cares about helping others…they are willing to donate money and running into the freezing cold water in the middle of winter.”

The Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut, Nancy Wyman, even gave the Ski and Snowboard Club a certificate for their dedication. This organization is shifting from almost extinct on campus to becoming a force to be reckoned with. Congratulations to all who created an event bigger than just our school community.


Getting To Know Dean J. Golembeski

by Kardelen Akkus | February 26, 2014

The newest addition to The University of New Haven’s administrative staff is Dean J. Golembeski, who took on the position of Associate Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs in the Advancement department.

Photo Provided by Dean Golembeski

Photo Provided by Dean Golembeski

Golembeski will be responsible for increasing public awareness for the University, which includes planning, organizing and marketing communications such as alumni relations. Golembeski’s primary goal is to get UNH’s name out to a larger public by working together with his colleagues.

He will be more than fit for the job as his last job was at the Jefferson National Accelerator Facility as a Public Affairs Manager, one of only 17 in the country as part of the U.S. Department of Energy. His preceding job to was at the Connecticut State University System as the Director of Public Relations. His enthusiasm lies in public relations, which gives Gombleski rich resources to better organize and market the university’s brand.

As a Connecticut native, with experience in higher education, he will find comfort quickly at UNH. In fact, Golembeski worked in the higher education field for 12 years and said, “UNH caught my attention because it’s a dynamic and growing University that’s doing interesting things and is on an upward trajectory. Many good things are waiting to happen for the university in the future.”

Golembeski conducted his undergraduate studies in Journalism at Washington Lee University and his graduate studies at Ohio State University. Along with his family, he is happy to return to Connecticut and continue his career at a distinguished institution such as UNH.


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