In the Community
The Greater New Haven area is blessed with a diverse population and a rich cultural environment. Quinnipiac is proud to be part of that environment, and the partnership between the University and the surrounding towns provides immeasurable social, aesthetic and economic benefits to both. Community spirit is woven into the fabric of Quinnipiac's culture.
Quinnipiac students, faculty and staff are generous, participating in fundraisers and drives to benefit area residents in need.
Several student groups lead initiatives to make donations throughout the academic year. For example:
- QU Student Nurses association donated Thanksgiving food baskets for residents of the Davenport-Dunbar Residence in Hamden.
- The Criminal Law Society collected new toys for children at The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services.
- Physician assistant students donated toys to the Outpatient Clinic and the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit at Yale-New Haven Hospital, St. Raphael Campus and delivered books, toothbrushes and toothpaste to children in the Pediatric Primary Care Center at Yale-New Haven Hospital, St. Raphael Campus and to 75 men at the Emergency Shelter Management Services on Grand Street in New Haven.
- Student Occupational Therapy Association collected prom dresses for foster girls.
- Quinnipiac students play a big role in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's annual North Haven Walk to Cure Diabetes. Several Quinnipiac student groups formed walking teams, and the Quinnipiac Student Nurses Association provided health information and coloring books for children.
Quinnipiac's fraternities and sororities pride themselves on being a force for change. QU chapters have raised thousands of dollars for local charities, such as AIDS Project New Haven and Connecticut Children's Medical Center.
Quinnipiac Athletics' Positive Play initiative encourages student-athletes to give back to the community. For example, student athletes host several fundraising events each year. The Quinnipiac Acrobatics and Tumbling team holds an annual Cheer and Dance Challenge to raise funds for Connecticut March of Dimes and the Kendall Pallone Trust Fund. The women's tennis team took part in the Vicki Soto 5K Run/Walk, which honored those who lost their lives during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
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Faculty and Staff
Quinnipiac faculty and staff are dedicated supporters of the Greater New Haven United Way annual campaign. In 2013, with approximately 30 percent of faculty and staff participating, Quinnipiac raised $48,756 through employee contributions and $11,656 through special events for a total donation of $60,412.
The Department of Public Safety ran the Ticket for a Toy holiday toy drive, which offered students the choice of paying off parking tickets with new toys or gift cards for area children in need. The collection, which was a collaborative effort with the Hamden police and fire departments, raised enough to help more than 600 multi-children families. The department also sponsors a mile during the yearly Special Olympics torch run, which comes down Whitney Avenue just past the Mount Carmel Campus.
Quinnipiac students, faculty and staff are continually involved in projects that make an impact on the people and organizations of the Greater New Haven area. For Quinnipiac students, the community is an extension of the classroom as well as a place to live, work and make friends. Our Office of Community Service is dedicated to helping students find ways they can get involved in their community and several student groups that lead community service efforts.
Students take the skills and expertise they learn in the classroom and put them into action for the benefit of their local community. For example:
- Members of the Quinnipiac community are involved in programs to help curb childhood obesity by teaching children to read nutrition labels, creating fitness programs that involve families, and working in health care fields to identify weight issues before they cause health concerns.
- Physical therapy students joined forces with the Connecticut Collaboration for Fall Prevention (CCFP) to study the benefits of tai chi among older adults.
- Occupational therapy and physical therapy students and faculty volunteered to help disabled children ski at Mount Southington.
- Members of the Quinnipiac Primary Care Progress (PCP) chapter offered a free foot clinic for homeless men in New Haven.
- Students in the School of Health Sciences volunteer under faculty supervision in the VISION Rehabilitation clinic, which offers free physical and occupational therapy services to uninsured residents in the Greater New Haven area. VISION volunteers also go out to the community to provide education and workshops on a variety of health care topics.
- Students have contributed to research of water pollution in the Quinnipiac River.
In addition, the University offers a formal service learning program that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities.
Students volunteer at several organizations throughout the greater Hamden area, including soup kitchens, senior centers, Sleeping Giant State Park and community centers. Our commercial radio station, WQUN, coordinates a yearly donation drive for seniors. They throw a holiday party with refreshments and entertainment where they give out gifts bags packed with non-perishable food, coats, gloves, hats, scarfs, blankets, gift cards and toiletries. Members of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity volunteer their time for organizations such as Dinner for a Dollar.
In addition, The Big Event is a nationwide day of community service when colleges and universities send teams out to volunteer in the community. In April 2014, more than 1,650 students, staff, faculty and alumni took part, totaling nearly 5,000 hours of volunteer time.
Quinnipiac has a $259 million annual impact on the state's economy, and the focus of that impact is Hamden. The University attracts 500,000 visitors each year, including prospective students, parents, attendees for cultural events, and fans of NCAA Division I games. Quinnipiac is Hamden's largest private employer, employing more than 1,200 people. The University's students, faculty, staff and alumni number more than 8,000, and they patronize local restaurants, retail stores and other businesses. In addition, the University's direct expenditures in Hamden, North Haven and surrounding areas provide a significant economic boost.
Some of the groups that benefit include:
Hamden Taxpayers: Hamden received approximately $3 million in 2013 and nearly $22 million over the past 10 years from the Payment in Lieu of Taxes Program (PILOT) and Pequot Funds as a result of the assessed value of Quinnipiac's property. In addition, more than 1,600 employees and alumni live in Hamden, generating property tax revenue. Quinnipiac also makes a voluntary yearly payment of $100,000 to Hamden for support of various town initiatives.
Local Businesses: Thousands of students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors live in or visit the area, supporting businesses on a daily basis. Several local businesses accept QCards (student ID cards that are linked to debit accounts). This partnership with the University raises awareness of the businesses among students, staff and faculty and makes it easy for them to patronize those businesses.
Local Neighborhoods: The Department of Public Safety is committed to working closely with the Hamden police department. In 2013, the University paid more than $352,000 for police and fire services. The University finances a fully-equipped Hamden police car and an officer to patrol Quinnipiac's off-campus properties seven nights a week, as well as a second officer for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The University also donated a first response vehicle to the town of Hamden, which is housed in the fire station downtown on Whitney Avenue. Quinnipiac hires Hamden fire fighters who are certified paramedics to supplement the University's nursing staff on the weekends. All of these efforts effectively put less demand on and financially support the town of Hamden's police and fire departments. Quinnipiac students also launched a "Good Neighbor Campaign" to open the channels of communication in neighborhoods in which students live with Hamden residents.
Hamden Youth: For more than 20 years, Quinnipiac has awarded 12 academic achievement scholarships annually to incoming freshmen who graduated from a Hamden secondary school. The scholarships, valuing more than $200,000 annually, pay half a year's tuition and are renewable until graduation. The University also offers the Partnership for Accelerated Learning program, which allows qualified high school students from New Haven Academy, Hill Regional Career High School, and High School in the Community to take college-level courses at Quinnipiac at no charge. Additionally, through a partnership with the Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School in New Haven, students who qualify are offered renewable scholarships toward their bachelor's degrees. Since 1991, Quinnipiac has offered one full tuition scholarship, one half tuition scholarship and a guaranteed scholarship of $5,000.
Low and Moderate Income Residents: School of Law students involved in the Civil Justice Clinic, under the supervision of two full-time faculty members, represent low-income individuals who cannot afford counsel and work on public policy matters to benefit disadvantaged communities. In addition, under the direction of the accounting program in the School of Business, IRS-certified student volunteers provide free tax preparation assistance to qualified individuals. Physician assistant students volunteer with the Urban Service Track program to deliver primary care and health literacy education to urban communities in the state. Project Access, a program offered by the School of Health Sciences, has provided diagnostic imaging for patients without health insurance.
Supporting Local Schools
Through the years, Quinnipiac and its students have built and maintained a close relationship with schools and school children in the local community by a variety of volunteer educational programs. These efforts by Quinnipiac's students reflect the highest fulfillment of the University's dedication to service learning.
School of Education initiatives
More than a dozen students serve as student teachers in the Hamden public schools at half cost to the town. Our education students also work in the North Haven school system as both teacher candidates and interns, saving the town more than $160,000 a year in substitute teacher expenses.
Quinnipiac's School of Education has professional development school relationships with Fair Haven School in New Haven and Side By Side Charter School in Norwalk. The professional partnerships give Quinnipiac students the opportunity to learn effective teaching skills while supporting the school's educational objectives at low cost to the districts.
In addition, a large number of our undergraduate juniors and seniors complete field study in Hamden and North Haven public schools, as well as several other local districts. Our teacher candidates get to observe and learn from excellent classroom teachers and in turn those teachers have a teacher candidate in their classroom for at least 20 hours each semester to assist with teaching and work one-on-one with students at no cost to the districts.
In addition, the University strives to support local teacher development through enrichment workshops. The University has hosted curriculum enrichment training workshops for local teachers on topics such as engineering for elementary students and the Holocaust.
Quinnipiac's Future Teachers Organization, a group of students studying to become certified teachers, takes an active role in providing enrichment opportunities to area youngsters, such as running science and math workshops for elementary school students.
Quinnipiac has also been involved in the New Haven Promise program, a scholarship program designed to encourage and assist students in pursuing a two- or four-year degree from a Connecticut college or university. Quinnipiac students work with the young children to help encourage them to consider college and the University partners with the initiative on associated events.
Quinnipiac's student-athletes work closely with Hamden schools and Youth Services by visiting schools, reading to children and donating books and school supplies each year to area elementary schools. Students have led workshops with children on proper oral hygiene, pedestrian safety, health literacy and innovative physical fitness techniques, science and anthropology, engineering, and many more. The University has also made donations of items such as computers and books to local schools. Quinnipiac students are also involved in programs such as the Big Brothers Big Sisters Campus Kids program and the Physical Therapy Club hosts an Annual Special Athletics Day.
Local teachers benefit from quality Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) teacher professional development programs. Offered by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning, the trainings benefit teachers from Hamden, North Haven, Ridgefield, Wallingford and West Haven.
Local youngsters are also often invited to become part of the fabric of Quinnipiac's campus. Education students spent part of their summer volunteering for the Rising Scholars Initiative, an enrichment program to help local high school students prepare for college life. In addition, the School of Education displays local students' artwork in their common areas and invites the artists and their families to campus for a reception. Anthropology students hosted 100 Hamden Middle School students for a three-day, hands-on workshop on science methodologies and techniques.
The Office of Admissions hosts groups of area middle school students on campus for its "College Awareness Program," designed to foster a "college-going" mindset, to demystify the college environment and to help students view a college education as a beneficial and attainable path for their future.
In the Cheshire Quinnipiac Collaborative High School, a transition program for high school students with disabilities, Cheshire residents are integrated into the University community to learn work and life skills including technology, cooking and personal care.
The Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning offers several programs for K-12 students:
- Health Science Professions Summer (HSPS) program - High School
- "Pathways to Nursing" After School Program - High School
- Summer High School Opportunities of Research in STEM (QU-SHORS) - High School
- QU-Summer Middle-school Opportunity for Research in Environmental Science (QU-SMORES) at Farm River State Park - Middle School
The University is invested in helping local students achieve their dreams of a college education. For instance, the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine offers a pipeline program for students interested in a career in the health professions. The program aims to increase the number of individuals underrepresented in medicine and develop a more diverse workforce. Students in the School of Health Sciences also provide mentorship to high school students interested in health careers. The School of Law students welcomed New Haven high school students to its campus to introduce them to the study of law and also helped guide the high school's mock trial competition team.
Quinnipiac offers a range of free cultural events and programs that are open to the public.
Ireland's Great Hunger Museum: The museum is home to the world's largest collection of visual art, artifacts and printed materials relating to the Irish Famine. The museum preserves, builds and presents its art collection in order to stimulate reflection, inspire imagination and advance awareness of Ireland's Great Hunger and its long aftermath on both sides of the Atlantic. The museum is free and open to the public Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays 1-5 p.m.
AM 1220 WQUN: Serving Hamden and the surrounding towns, and the far-reaches of the globe via online streaming, the award-winning programming includes local news, interviews, national news and live coverage of Quinnipiac sports.
TD Bank Sports Center: The TD Bank Sports Center is home to heart-thumping Division I men's and women's ice hockey and basketball and attracts approximately 100,000 spectators annually. Learn more about Quinnipiac athletics.
Each year, Quinnipiac offers a diverse mix of lectures, theater and musical performances, poetry readings and other special events that are free and open to the public. View the event calendar.
Students set up Street Store at St. Ann's Church
Members of the Quinnipiac South Africa Student Association provided 50 people with free clothing as part of a Street Store held Nov. 15 at St. Ann’s Church in Hamden.
University holds food drive to benefit the Connecticut Food Bank
Ireland's Great Hunger Museum, Ireland's Great Hunger Institute and the Albert Schweitzer Institute at Quinnipiac recently co-sponsored a food drive to benefit the Connecticut Food Bank.
Quinnipiac hosts largest Best Buddies Friendship Walk in Connecticut
Over 800 people attended the 2014 Best Buddies Friendship Walk and Festival held on the North Haven Campus on Sunday, Nov. 9. The money raised from the walk will play a fundamental part in funding Best Buddies state programs.