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Leadership Day 2015

by Samantha Mathewson | January 28, 2015

University of New Haven students participated in Leadership Day Jan. 20, where professionals shared their experience and knowledge on how to become better student leaders.

Joshua Fredenburg (Photo obtained via

Joshua Fredenburg (Photo obtained via

Leadership Day was sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and was coordinated by Shelissa Newball, assistant director of student activities, with the help of OSA’s Leadership interns.

“Overall it went well, we had about 180 students attend and the speaker was good; he talked about the next steps to take as a leader and what it means to be a good leader,” said Newball.

Leadership Day started at 9:45 a.m. in Bucknall Theater with guest speaker Joshua Fredenburg, whose presentation was titled, “Are you a leader who is prepared to make an impact on the world?”
Fredenburg is a national keynote speaker, best-selling author and leadership, diversity and relationship expert.

To start his presentation, Fredenburg had everyone on their feet to recite a motivational positive affirmation. Early on he addressed a quote that he found eye-opening by Noel Jones: “Everytime a child is born, a solution is brought into the world.”

It is from this notion that Fredenburg aims to motivate people to become what they are destined to become and, according to his website, he has already reached thousands of emerging and seasoned leaders in over 42 different states nationally as a keynote speaker.

Fredenburg went on to explain four questions one should consider when becoming an effective leader. The first question was do you know thyself?

This means identifying your strengths, your gifts, your personality, your passion, your emotions and your intuitive intelligence. In regards to finding one’s passion he said, “Passion brings power; discover who you are and success is inevitable.”

The second question was do you have a heart of service?

This means as a leader, do you like to help others? Are you there to make an impact and make people better? Because greatness is everyday people doing things to make the world a better place.
The third question was are you an adaptable leader?

This means that you are accepting of change, you are willing to adjust and be flexible, and at the end of the day, it’s not about doing what’s comfortable, it’s about doing what is necessary to make an impact. “The moment you know everything is the moment you are set up to fail,” said Fredenburg.

The last of the four questions that Fredenburg explained to the audience was do you have exceptional character?

This means not only do you lead with morals and values, but are you responsible and accountable? Do you get the job done and do you meet those demands exceptionally? He quoted Howard Schultz when saying, “Without character, nothing else matters.”

With his fourth and final question he also pointed out the importance of developing this character and it is when you go through challenges that one’s character is developed, and when one has an exceptional character, they are protected from people who are trying to bring them down.

He wrapped up his speech by saying, when one is able to answer these questions, it is then that they can have an impact here (UNH), in their community, the nation, and the world.
More information about Fredenburg and his impact as a keynote speaker can be found at

After Fredenburg’s keynote presentation, the day followed with various workshops lead by professionals from the surrounding area or UNH community, and even some of UNH’s own student leaders.

As the day came to a close, everyone rejoined in the Alumni Lounge where those that attended were given a t-shirt and duffle or drawstring bag.

More Tracks, More Options

by Elissa Sanci | January 28, 2015

The department opens more doors for incoming students, with the introduction of six new specialized major “tracks.”

The Department of Communication is primarily located in Maxcy Hall (Photo by Elissa Sanci/Charger Bulletin Photo)

The Department of Communication is primarily located in Maxcy Hall (Photo by Elissa Sanci/Charger Bulletin Photo)

The University of New Haven Communication, Film and Media Studies Department has added six new tracks to the pre-existing communication major.

Students are now able to take a specific track when entering the major; these tracks include Journalism, Public Relations, TV Video Production, Film Production, Digital Communication and Interpersonal Communication.

Previously, students were only able to take one of two paths within the communication major: Bachelor of Science, which took a TV and Film production path, and Bachelor of Arts, which focused more on the writing, journalism and public relations aspect of communication.

These new tracks tailor to the students’ interests in a way the old system didn’t; students are now required to take less mandatory credits, allowing them to develop a minor or a double major, which proved to be difficult in the past.

“For the past 40 years, we’ve only had two tracks,” said Dr. Steve Raucher, chair of the department. “That was good for while we were growing, but now we want to expand the program.”

UNH’s Communication Department focuses on experiential learning, and gives students a hands-on experience to help them develop their skills and passions. The department offers plenty of opportunities for its student to learn firsthand how to use radio, film and TV equipment, as well as the opportunity to practice their writing and public relations skills with outside professionals.

“We provide an education that’s crucial to an informed society,” Raucher said of the communication major.

Bryan Lane, a communication professor, said the UNH Communication Department has many qualities that set it apart from other universities. UNH’s program has faculty with past experiences in the field, has a focus on hands-on experience and has a student run radio station and film studio.


What’s your New Years Resolution?

by The Charger Bulletin | January 28, 2015

We asked UNH students & faculty what their New Years Resolutions were:


“To stay on top of everything I do.” Richard Rotella, senior

“Live a healthier lifestyle.” Amy Reidy, senior

“Communicate better.” James Kielar, junior

“To be happy.” Shelissa Newball, Assistant Director of Student Activities

“To complete a half iron man.” Aksel Thibodeau, senior

“To live a more healthy and active lifestyle.” Colleen Kerrigan, Coordinator of Student Activities

“Stop procrastinating.” Sarah Ruell & Brianna Hill, freshmen

“Live in the moment.” Mary Xatse, junior

“Go visit law schools.” Keelin Herbst, sophomore

“Eat healthy.” Vince Yau, junior

“Save my GPA.” Taylor Edgecomb, sophomore

“Apply for grad school and get accepted. And gain the courage to say hi to someone attractive.” Chris Sang, junior

“To not get annoyed at the little things.” Haley Van Etten, junior

“To be more positive.” Jennifer Denman, junior

“To get in shape.” Kate Saccone, senior

“To get more involved in student government.” Jerome Ware, junior

“Do well in class.” Joshua Richards, junior

“Floss everyday and go to the gym four times a week.” Melina Singer, junior

“To make Dean’s List.” Bri Folkl, junior

“Step into the gym at least two times this semester.” Brittany Emerson, junior

“Run a six minute mile by the end of the semester.” Harrison Walker, junior

“Go to the gym more and be healthier.” Kylie Henderson, junior

“Eat healthier and go to the gym more often.” Nicki Greenstein, junior

“To lose 10 pounds.” Alexis Hanna, junior

“Travel more.” Shani Robinson, junior

“To find an internship for this summer.” Jesse Latorraca, junior

“To do better in school.” John Escobar, junior

“Get all A’s.” Jason Quirk, sophomore

“To make Dean’s List.” Stephen Ornstein, sophomore

Treasurer’s Tip

by John Foti | January 28, 2015

Welcome Back!

John Foti, USGA Treasurer (Chariot Yearbook photo)

John Foti, USGA Treasurer (Chariot Yearbook photo)

RSOs: a new semester is upon us! A new semester provides RSOs with the opportunity to start off fresh! At this point, time is your best friend because you have the entire semester to plan events and utilize your USGA budgets.
However, even though this is only the beginning of the semester, this is when your RSOs should be coming out of the gates firing on all cylinders to plan events for the remainder of the year.

Make sure that committees and members within your RSOs are meeting regularly to plan and organize events even if the event doesn’t take place until May! As I have mentioned many times before, the earlier RSOs submit paperwork that deal with their events, the less chaotic and stressful it can be when planning events.

It’s always a good idea to set up event timelines and check lists so that you can be on top of your event planning. Take advantage of the time that you have now at the beginning of the semester before school work and other commitments begin to pile up! The first couple weeks of the semester are so important in determining the tone for an RSO and how that RSO will fare in terms of events for the rest of the year!
As always, stay organized and plan early. I look forward to working with you all very soon and hopefully this semester can be even better than the last!

John Foti
USGA Treasurer

President’s Corner

by Richard Rotella | January 28, 2015

Hello Chargers,

Richard Rotella, USGA President (Chariot Yearbook photo)

Richard Rotella, USGA President (Chariot Yearbook photo)

Happy New Year and welcome back to campus! I hope you had an enjoyable break and a happy holiday. With the spring semester comes many fun and exciting opportunities, so remember to take advantage of them.

This semester, the USGA Meeting will be on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge. There are still openings in the USGA Senate; if you are interested in applying for the Senate, are looking for involvement opportunities or have any concerns, please email me at

Warmest Regards,
Richard Rotella
USGA President
Putting you in USGA!

In memory of “Hank” Bartels

by Samantha Mathewson | January 28, 2015

Henry Edwin “Hank” Bartels, of North Branford, Conn. died of natural causes on Jan. 16. Hank was 92 and a prominent philanthropist.

Hank Bartels will be missed (photo obtained via New Haven Register)

Hank Bartels will be missed (photo obtained via New Haven Register)

In an email sent out to the University of New Haven community, President Steve Kaplan addressed the many contributions that Bartels’ has made over the years. “He was an amazingly generous patron of higher education, the arts, health care, and too many organizations to list across the New Haven region over many decades. Hank was an emeritus member of our Board of Governors, an honorary degree recipient and president’s medal recipient and an incredible friend. He provided intelligence and leadership and positively influenced those around him,” said Kaplan. “During his 24 years of service on our Board of Governors, he consistently demonstrated how deeply he understood and appreciated the great potential of UNH and contributed his ideas and gifts toward its transformation. Hank will be missed, and his influence and enormous support will be forever remembered.”

To pay homage to all the philanthropic contributions made by Hank, the UNH community created a scrapbook of appreciation for the Bartels’ family, reflecting on how he had made a lasting impact. A memorial service in tribute to Bartels will be held at a later date and further details will be announced to the UNH community when they become available.

Financial Aid Deadlines

by The Charger Bulletin | January 19, 2015

By: The Feds




FAFSA DEADLINE                                                                                              MARCH 1st, 2015

DEADLINE FOR ALL OTHER DOCUMENTS                                        MAY 1st, 2015


What time is it? It’s time to file your 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid, otherwise known as the FAFSA! In order to receive any form of need-based financial aid from the University of New Haven, students must complete a FAFSA. You must complete the application electronically by visiting the Department of Education’s website, In order to do this, you will need the school’s code, which is 001397, as well as you and your parent’s Federal PIN numbers. The deadline for completion of the FAFSA is March 1st, 2015. If you are confused about how to file your FAFSA, or have any questions regarding the deadlines, please consult the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible. If you wait until after March 1st, 2015 to file you will be considered late, and you may receive less financial aid because of late penalties.

It is also important to make sure that you have completed all of the documentation necessary to receive financial aid from UNH.

All of your documents must be submitted to the university by the deadline, May 1st, 2015.  Go to and click on the My Financial Aid icon. The log in process is easy. Your “Student ID” is the nine digit number on the front of your Student ID card.

  • If you have logged in before, and you remember your PIN, enter the information and hit submit.
  • If you have already logged in but have forgotten your PIN, click “Forgot PIN” and follow the instructions.
  • If you have never created an account, click “First Time User” and follow the instructions”

Once you have logged into your financial aid online access, you will be able to view all of the information concerning your financial aid. Familiarize yourself with the website, and check under the tab labeled “Documents” to see if you are missing any documents. If something says “not received” or “incomplete” next to it, then it means that you need to get that documentation to the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible. Some forms are available for you to print directly from the “Forms” tab. It is important to constantly check up on your financial aid account. You can also give your login information to your parents so they can check the status of your financial aid for you!


Explanations of Common Documents 

FAFSA:                             Application filed online at for need-based financial aid. Available January 1st, due March 1, 2015!!


2015-2016                                      If the U.S. Department of Education selects your financial aid

Independent/                                 application for a process called “Verification”, then you must

Dependent                                      complete the Verification worksheet and return it to the Financial

Verification Worksheet:            Aid Office. This can be faxed to 203-931-6050.


Student/Parent IRS                      If you are selected for verification, you must provide the

Tax Return                                      Financial Aid Office with a copy of your 2014 Tax Return

Transcript:                                      Transcript. REMEMBER: a copy of your tax returns will not be accepted; it MUST be a copy of your tax return transcript You can

request a copy of your transcript from the IRS via this website:,,id=232168,00.html.  




FAFSA DEADLINE                                                                                              MARCH 1st, 2015

DEADLINE FOR ALL OTHER DOCUMENTS                                        MAY 1st, 2015


Reducing the university’s carbon footprint

by Samantha Mathewson | December 10, 2014

The University of New Haven is going green and reducing its carbon footprint with the addition of solar panels on the roof of Celantano Hall.

carbon footprint

226 photovoltaic modules are currently being installed and are planned to be fully operational by the end of this year. The solar panels are being installed by Bella Energy, and are under contract to Petra Corporation. Each solar panel has the capacity to generate up to 290 watts of power. As a whole, the system will generate approximately 60 kW of electricity, the equivalent of the energy used to power an average of 12 houses. When completed, the system will display real time power generation and energy savings though a web link and building displays.

“The benefit of this installation is that it will reduce the need for UNH to buy electric power from an electric utility company. This results in a savings to the university of about $20,000 per year,” said Louis Annino, associate vice president of facilities. “The benefit goes beyond financial, however, as this reduces the university’s contribution to greenhouse gas emission, which benefits not only the university, but also the surrounding community. This clean energy technology is part of the university’s commitment to enhancing our use of energy and reducing our carbon footprint.”

The installation of solar panels reduces the university’s carbon footprint by deriving clean, pure energy directly from the sun. They create no waste or emissions when in use, and unlike fossil fuel power plants, they produce renewable energy from a fuel source that requires no locating, excavation, transportation or combustion. It’s a simpler, cheaper, cleaner and all-around better energy solution.

“The initiative cost approximately $300,000,” said Annino. “The project also provides tax incentives and utility rebates which effectively reduces the project cost by 50 percent.”

When installed, the solar panels will power the general electrical needs of Celantano Hall, reducing its need to import power. Traditional electricity is sourced from fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. When fossil fuels are burned to create energy, they emit toxic gases that are the primary cause of pollution and global warming. Also as a nonrenewable resource, their limited availability causes market prices to increase dramatically.

The installation of solar panels on the roof of Celantano Hall was initially proposed by students in the Tagliatela College of Engineering in the fall of 2011. Students presented their plan to the Office of Facilities, who then revised the design.

Ultimately, Celantano was selected because solar panels were originally eliminated from the building design due to cost.

This initiative will be funded by incentives offered through utility rebates. With this design being implemented, there are other dormitories that the university might consider for installing solar panels.
Celantano Hall was designed with green initiatives in mind and was awarded National Leadership in Energy Efficient Design Gold certification in July of 2010, from the United States Green Building Council. This certification encourages and accelerates the adoption of sustainable green building and development practices using rating systems that recognize projects that provide high-quality environmental and health performance.

LEED is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings which promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability. While it wasn’t required in the past, newer applicants for certification require routine (annual) reporting in order to maintain their LEED rating.

“To achieve such a rating not only touches on energy efficiency, but many other areas of environmental impacts,” said Annino. “Such things might include low water use, plumbing fixtures, landscaping, which requires limited irrigation or maintenance and even use of recycled construction materials. In terms of energy efficiency measures, measures like high efficiency lighting, premium efficiency electric motors, and building controls and occupancy sensors were all used in Celentano Hall.”

Celantano Hall, previously Soundview, was designed by Sasaki Associates, Inc. to incorporate notable features that led to its LEED certification, including an innovative and highly efficient variable refrigerant volume heating and cooling system, which provides individual temperature control to each suite without bulky ductwork, allowing for considerable construction cost savings.

Celantano Hall also features an array of sustainable design, construction and operational initiatives that include site, landscape and building elements such as:

•Optimized energy performance. Celentano Hall exceeds guidelines for operating energy consumption by virtue of superior building skin materials, windows, insulation and optimal solar orientation.
•No irrigation. All plants and grasses are drought resistant and do not need irrigation.
•Storm-water management. Reduced impervious ground surface captures 90 percent of runoff and improves quality of runoff.
•Water use reduction. Significant savings of potable water by use of low-flow sinks, toilets and showers.
•Indoor air quality exceeds standards for ventilation, fresh air, occupant control of temperature and fresh air.

Energy is a significant cost to the university. “We currently spend in excess of $3,000,000 per year and certainly saving money on energy can allow our operating dollars to be spent in other ways, such as improving facilities, funding additional programs and controlling the overall cost of a UNH education,” said Annino. “The benefits however go beyond money. By being smart with our precious natural resources we are protecting our environment by reducing our carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to global warming.”
With the new addition of Westside Hall to UNH campus comes more opportunities for the university to go green.

“Westside Hall is now going through the process of applying for LEED certification, as well taking advantage of similar measures,” said Annino, who explained that green amenities in Westside include utilities such as high efficiency lighting, premium efficiency motors, sophisticated building controls and occupancy sensing and temperature setbacks.

“It is anticipated that this installation [of solar panels] will raise the level of awareness to the greater UNH community for clean energy initiatives,” said Annino. “With a higher level of awareness will come additional interest and investments in energy and sustainability projects, as well as greater sense of our own responsibility for wise and efficient use of our natural resources.”

Make-A-Wish grants a rocking wish

by Samantha Mathewson | December 10, 2014

Adrian Laureano was granted his wish Dec. 7 to sing with Disney Channel stars Austin and Ally in L.A. Dec. 11. UNH students and many others gathered to celebrate with him and make him feel like a true rock star. 

Adrian Laureano singing alongside his mother, Jasmine Gonzalez, and his brother, Josue Alvarez  (Photo by Samantha Mathewson/Charger Bulletin photo)

Adrian Laureano singing alongside his mother, Jasmine Gonzalez, and his brother, Josue Alvarez
(Photo by Samantha Mathewson/Charger Bulletin photo)

Adrian Laureano got to be a “rock star” for a day, as he was granted his wish from Make-A-Wish on Dec. 7, at Karaoke Heroes in downtown New Haven.

Adrian, 5 years old, was granted his wish to sing a song with Austin and Ally, and will be traveling to Los Angeles on Dec. 11 to do just that.

“I’m excited,” said Adrian, whose favorite singers are Disney Channel stars, Austin, played by Ross Lynch, and Ally, played by Laura Marano, who star in their own TV show, Austin & Ally. Adrian started off his party by singing a Lynch original, “Better Than This.”

Family and friends gathered to celebrate the granting of his wish, along with students from the University of New Haven, Southern Connecticut State University, Glastonbury High School, sisters of Zeta Phi Beta and brothers of Iota Phi Beta. Everyone acted as Adrian’s paparazzi, cheering as he arrived, asking to take selfies with him and to sign autographs to make him feel like a true rock star.

Adrian was also accompanied by two UNH students, Matt Redding and Dylan Jones, who acted as his bodyguards during the party.

“We’re just very thankful for everyone who came out to support us. We didn’t expect it to be like this,” said Adrian’s mother, Jasmine Gonzalez. “It means a lot; it’s unexplainable and very touching.”
After his opening act, students and guests in the audience helped him sing along to songs including “Roar” and “Firework,” by Katy Perry, and taught Adrian how to do the Cupid Shuffle.

“Even though I only played a small role in making this adorable little boy’s wish come true, I felt honored,” said sophomore Jessica Bradt. “It was really nice to see a smile on his face as we all applauded and cheered for him as he walked in and sang for us.”

Adrian was diagnosed with moderate to persistence asthma, tracheomalacia and gerd at six months old. Due to his illnesses, he takes two inhalers at night, along with two medications, and has to use a ventilator for five to ten minutes before going to sleep.

“It’s hard. It’s all year long and worse during the winter and spring because of allergens,” said Gonzalez. “He gets croup cough, and that’s when I have to send him to the hospital to get steroids to open up his airway.”

Adrian Laureano got to rock out with family and friends (Photo by Samantha Mathewson/Charger Bulletin photo)

Adrian Laureano got to rock out with family and friends
(Photo by Samantha Mathewson/Charger Bulletin photo)

Shelissa Newball, assistant director of office of student activities at UNH, along with her fellow Wish Granter Jennifer Canebari, arranged Adrian’s party and wish.

“It is a very unique wish,” said Canebari, who said she had to look up who Austin and Ally were.

Adrian and his family will also spend a day at Universal Studios while in Los Angeles.

“It makes me cry sometimes to think that his wish is coming true, and it’s something his family will remember,” said Newball, who has been with Make-A-Wish for less than a year. This is the sixth wish she has granted.

Newball had to contact the venue and all the attendees when planning Adrian’s party.

“Karaoke Heroes donated the venue,” said Newball. “They were so generous in everything they did, and every student contacted jumped at the opportunity.”

“As soon as Shelissa contacted me I knew we would absolutely participate,” said Meghan Boudreau, general manager of Karaoke Heroes.

Karaoke Heroes also knew that Adrian was a Spiderman fan and gave him Siderman toys upon his arrival.

Along with the gift from Karaoke Heroes, Aetna health insurance gave a travel package and the Undergraduate Student Government Association of UNH awarded Adrian a proclamation for his unwavering courage.

“Today’s experience was awesome,” said Adrian’s father, Adaberto Rivera. “He’s [Adrian] very bright and smart, and loves singing and dancing. He always has lots of energy.”

Stepping into time

by Francesca Fontanez | December 10, 2014

University of New Haven’s Elite Step Team held their annual Step competition and exhibition, “Stepping Into Time,” on Dec. 5, at Bucknall Theater.

Stepping is a rising art form, similar to dancing, that is a crucial part of America’s artistic and cultural history. When stepping, the body is used percussively to create specific rhythms through a combination of footsteps, claps and the spoken word, often in sync with others.

Since Elite was the host of this weekend’s competition, they did not compete, but only displayed their show for exhibition; competitors included “UHA STEPPAZ” from the University of Hartford who placed second and “Sexual Chocolate,” the all-male team from Boston College who took first.

The theme of Elite’s show was time travel. Members of Elite reminisced as they took us back to decades gone by. The team had members perform a skit from every decade, starting with the sixties and ending with the present.

In addition to their performance, Elite also kept things interesting by adding an audience participation portion. Jazmin Williams, the Elite Dance Team President, said she was hoping for an interactive audience. Kharik DeFoe, a member of Elite explained that their show took a lot of preparation. He said many hours of practice went into learning the routines, which was difficult because of everyone’s conflicting schedules.

In the end, Elite’s hard work paid off; the crowd reaction was very enthusiastic.

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