In this issue, find out how enterprising students explored and then reported on food insecurity in Hamden and also learn about the attitudes many Americans held as they greeted various immigrant groups since the dawn of our country. And be sure to check out the article on “the death of truth” in journalism. Access the magazine in full at the link below or read each feature article in the sections further down the page.
Hamden Hunger Project
Food insecurity — the lack of reliable access to food — isn’t just a problem in America’s cities and impoverished pockets of Appalachia. It’s a problem everywhere, including Hamden.
In a 2019 study commissioned by the United Way of Greater New Haven, researchers learned nearly 1-in-8 adults and 1-in-6 children in Hamden experience food insecurity. Other numbers were just as alarming. Almost 42 percent of Hamden’s schoolchildren were eligible for free or reduced lunch during the 2016-17 academic year.
For a long time, these statistics lived on anonymous spreadsheets. But a collaboration between the School of Communications and the New Haven Independent website shed light on them. Suddenly, the Hamden Hunger Project was born.
Learn more about the Hamden Hunger Project by reading local reports and listening to recordings of residents’ personal experiences with food insecurity at the project's official website.
“Hunger in Hamden” podcast series
For School of Communications students studying community-based journalism with professors Amy Walker and Courtney Marchese, a class assignment became a social awakening, a platform to tell stories with meaningful data, authentic voices and humanity. The following three podcast episodes focus on this important issue, and the project.
The above episodes were produced by Professor Ben Bogardus as a special initiative to kick-off the first of many community-focused podcasts. A more extensive calendar of episodes will follow.
OT Over the Years
The story of Quinnipiac’s OT program is one of both constants and change. Classes are no longer held in shaky metal trailers on the Mount Carmel Campus. Pottery and leather stamping are no longer part of the curriculum, nor is the U.S. Army Craft Manual required reading. However, as Betsey Smith, senior associate dean of the School of Health Sciences and a 1979 OT alumna, reminded several generations of graduates, the culture of compassion, adaptability and inclusivity begun 50 years ago remains unchanged.
“I want to make sure that the newer graduates appreciate that this hasn’t changed,” said Smith, speaking at a 50th anniversary celebration held in September on the North Haven Campus. “It’s important for people to understand where we came from, and the legacy of the individuals who came before.”
View photos of the celebration in the gallery below.
OT Turns 50
Seventeen students studying community-based journalism took a multimedia deep dive into the issue of food insecurity in Hamden. Not only did they write about the issue, but they increased visibility about where individuals in need could find meals and food pantries.
Half a Century!
In 1969, Quinnipiac launched an occupational therapy program that would evolve through 50 years of technological, social and educational advances to become a nationally ranked powerhouse with more than 3,000 alumni who leave indelible marks on the lives of children, adults, veterans and numerous other populations across the country.Read the article
Is That a Fact?
Social media consumption of news has increased to levels unmatched in legacy journalism. Suddenly, the world is at your fingertips with a swipe and a tap. But is what you read really the truth? Fortune magazine CEO Alan Murray tackles the topic.Read the article
Dr. John Young and his wife, Dianne, a nurse practitioner, visited Quinnipiac to share stories about their 25 years of mission work bringing health care to impoverished countries. They are helping to fund an endowment that will expand global outreach opportunities for students.Read the article
Kings of the Hill
In the mid-1980s, when Quinnipiac College still occupied one campus, the Hill residence hall was often the center of the social universe. Thirty years later, these members of the Class of 1989 came to Alumni Weekend in October to reconnect and raise a glass.
The American Way
Controversy in the U.S. about immigration is nothing new. In fact, founding father Ben Franklin, back in 1751, was loathe to welcome German immigrants. The head of New York City’s Tenement Museum visited Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac to discuss the topic.
What if there were an app that could connect people at a sporting event on their phones? Even better, what if the idea could be monetized with sports teams and advertisers? There is such an app, and three alumni are hard at work on it.
Hail the Queen
Jessica Schear ’01 dons the crown of Queen Maria Isabella four times a week at Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, New Jersey, winning the hearts of patrons young and old and especially female fans. After 34 years with a king on the throne, it was time for a change.
Field hockey midfielder Bianca Strubbe came to Quinnipiac in 2018 after playing on the Polish senior national field hockey team, blending her European style into the American game and becoming the team’s top scorer.
Check out the wedding and baby photos you submitted and catch up with all the news of your classmates in this section, as well as photos from Alumni Weekend.
Kaliope Emmanouil ’85 operates Stani Dairy, a family business that makes artisan-strained Greek yogurt at its Ansonia, Connecticut, facility. She works alongside her three daughters, who have Quinnipiac educations in common, and her husband and son-in-law, who helped found the business.
Learn what School of Law alumni are up to on the notes page and read about Tanya Bovée, JD ’01, managing principal at the Hartford office of Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s largest labor and employment law firms.
Happy New Year!
Quinnipiac’s mascot Boomer has a few wishes for 2020!