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Quinnipiac is a unique community of dynamic leaders, innovative thinkers and passionate individuals. We're sharing stories of some of the people, programs and places that make QU shine.

Artist John Walsh in his studio

Hope Against the Odds

A Quinnipiac history professor and a Boston-based artist are collaborating to create a graphic novel on Ireland's Great Hunger. A moving story of suffering and love, the book follows three children who survive the famine.

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Jose Burgos and Frank Ruiz

From Military to Medicine

After serving in the Middle East, veterans Frank Ruiz and Jose Burgos returned home with a new sense of purpose. The first-year medical students hope to improve care for veterans and active military personnel.

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Chelsea True

Caring for a Nation

Chelsea True '13 spent the fall fighting the Ebola outbreak at its source in West Africa. Helping underserved populations in high-risk situations is nothing new for the School of Nursing graduate.

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Principal leads an activity in the new classroom

In a Class of Their Own

Inspired to help struggling schoolchildren in South Africa, a recent School of Business graduate raised money to deliver a new classroom to kids halfway around the globe.

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Marquis Barnett

Bright Futures Await

Criminal justice major and QU basketball player Marquis Barnett overcame many obstacles along his journey to a college degree. He's just one among many standout students in this year's graduating class.

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Spring Fever

Pop singer Jason Derulo electrified the crowd at the TD Bank Sports Center on May 1. The show was the "Wake the Giant" spring concert, an annual tradition at Quinnipiac for more than 20 years.

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Richard Engel in Gaza (Photo credit James Novogrod)

Q&A with NBC's Richard Engel

In June 2015, Quinnipiac awarded its annual Fred Friendly First Amendment Award to Richard Engel, NBC's chief foreign correspondent. Engel paused for a Q&A session with Lee Kamlet, dean of the School of Communications.

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John Chiari collect water samples from the Quinnipiac River as part of a grant-funded research project.

Troubled Waters

University researchers are investigating pollution in the Quinnipiac River. They hope that their findings will add to the knowledge of potential environmental pollutants and benefit those who use the river for recreation and fishing.

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Soren Jonzzon

To Their Credit

At Quinnipiac, student-athletes are students first. The men's hockey team is particularly known for its culture of success in the classroom - not to mention its impressive accomplishments on the ice.

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Engineering student stress-testing a model bridge

Engineering Know-How

Quinnipiac is offering engineering programs in four of the fastest growing fields. Students are eager to tackle some of society’s most pressing problems with engineering know-how.

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Camper playing basketball with QU student

No Limits on Fun

A trio of physical therapy students and dozens of volunteers hosted a camp for kids with limb loss.

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Lani Keller and a student examine a test tube

The Fruits of Their Labor

Two biology students have spent part of their summer researching fruit flies in the hopes that their findings could eventually be used to combat neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS.

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bright sun and a beach umbrella

Beating the Burn

This summer, a Quinnipiac professor and student in the School of Communications are promoting sun safety by sending the right messages. Through their research they hope to fight skin cancer and increase sunscreen use among the general population.

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student works on cell phone in front of blackboard

Navigating the Digital Frontier

The new Advertising and Integrated Communications program is giving students the skills to develop recognizable and successful company brands using digital technologies and social media.

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A nursing student tests out the game

Gaming the System

The product of a year-long collaboration between the School of Nursing and the game design and development program is giving nursing students a break from their textbooks and putting them in the middle of a fun and hectic hospital setting.

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QU students work at an archeological site in Hungary

Learning From What Remains

Students and faculty helped investigate Hungarian burial sites from the Middle Bronze Age to study how people once lived.

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After accepting an honory doctor of human letters from Quinnipiac, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, prime minister of Ireland, addressed more than 200 dignataries, University community members and dignataries.

Honoring Irish Leadership

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, prime minister of Ireland, received an honorary degree from Quinnipiac and toured Ireland's Great Hunger Museum.

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Daymond John

Success in the 'Shark Tank'

In a lecture, Daymond John described how he set a goal to develop his own fashion brand, ultimately created a global fashion empire and landed a starring role on ABC’s hit reality show, “Shark Tank.”

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QU Family Fun

More than 6,000 people attended Parents and Family Weekend, Oct. 9-11. It was a perfect time for students and their families to explore the University, enjoy the weekend's events and spend time making new memories.

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A Pirates Course

Professor Sasha Turner’s course navigates through history to debunk the stereotypes and explore the economic and political realities of actual pirates of the Caribbean.

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Director Linda Mendoza works with students on the production of her one-woman show

Hollywood Action

Director Linda Mendoza, whose credits include “Black•ish,” “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock,” worked with students as they helped produce her one-woman show, “Cursed: My Road to Hollywood,” in the Buckman Theater.

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Veteran Ayanna Wright looks at military uniforms on display at Quinnipiac University

Veteran on a Creative Mission

Five years ago, U.S. Navy veteran Ayanna Wright rediscovered her passion for creativity in the unlikeliest of places. Now Quinnipiac’s School of Communications is helping her turn that passion into a promising future.

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Quinnipiac students examine a mummified infant

Pictures Uncover the Past

Students and professors are uncovering answers about the life and death of an infant and a woman, likely from the 1800s, by using X-ray, MRI and CT images of their mummified remains.

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Michael Campbell ’99 examines the leg of his patient.

Bracing for Impact

Orthopedic surgeon Michael Campbell, who graduated in 1999 with a BS in physical therapy, recently performed groundbreaking surgery on a patient to correct deformities and ease the pain caused by adult rickets.

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Covers of the Famine Folios published 2015

Folios on the Famine

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University published a second series of Famine Folios, a collection of essays that covers various aspects of the Irish Famine, the worst demographic catastrophe of 19th-century Europe.

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Sujata Gadkar-Wiand and Sahar Tavakoli Sadoughi present at the summit

Pursuing Peace

Fifty Quinnipiac students and nine faculty members attended the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Barcelona, Spain, to hear from world leaders and discuss with a global audience how to work toward a more harmonious world.

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Have a Heart merchandise

Success with Heart & Drive

Quinnipiac entrepreneurship students won a record four prizes at the Connecticut State Business Plan Competition on Dec. 11 for two innovative business ventures, Have a Heart and JC’s Driving School.

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Quinnipiac University School of Law first year law students meet with a practicing lawyer

Practicing Law

First-year law students rolled up their sleeves to apply what they learned during fall semester in a real-life collaboration with 60 practicing lawyers working a fictional case.

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Quinnipiac students in South Africa

World-Sized Classroom

Students traveled to South Africa and eight other countries during winter break to enhance their education, experience other cultures and better understand their role as global citizens.

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Col. Caroline Toffoli '83

Rebuilding After War

Decorated veteran and Quinnipiac alumna, Col. Caroline Toffoli ’83, wages a different kind of battle in the wake of war in the Middle East.

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