Sept. 21, 2012
WEST HAVEN, CONN. – The University of New Haven today dedicated a residence hall located on its main campus in honor of Samuel S. Bergami Jr. and Lois Bergami, longstanding supporters of the university.
Bergami Hall, formerly called New Hall, features 225 beds as well as student lounges, a game room, a mailroom and a cafeteria. On the side of the building that faces Boston Post Road, it also houses several administrative offices, a high-tech classroom and a coffee shop.
“The University of New Haven is delighted to recognize Sam and Lois Bergami for their generous support over the course of many years,” said President Steven Kaplan. “Bergami Hall is a beautiful building that greatly benefits our students and is a fitting tribute to a couple that has had such a tremendous impact on the university.”
From left, Alexandra Hart, president of the UNH Class of 2013; Patrick Kelland, president of the Undergraduate Student Government Association; West Haven Mayor John Picard, Sam and Lois Bergami, President Stephen H. Kaplan and his wife, Anemone Kaplan-Schweizer and Philip Bartels, chairman of the UNH Board of Governors.
Sam Bergami Jr. is a prominent business leader in Connecticut. He received his Executive MBA from UNH in 1985 and today is president and chief executive officer of Alinabal Holdings Corp. in Milford. A member of the UNH Board of Governors since 1995, he served as chair from 2006 to 2012. During his tenure as chair, he helped lead the university through a period of remarkable growth and development.
Students hung signs inside Bergami Hall thanking Sam and Lois Bergami for their generous contributions to UNH.
Among their numerous contributions to the university, Sam and Lois have funded the Samuel S. Bergami Jr. Learning Center for Finance and Technology in Maxcy Hall, the Bergami Family Fitness Center in the Beckerman Recreation Center and the Bergami Family Lecture Hall in the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science. They also created the Bergami Family Summer Internship Program and endowed scholarships to help current and future generations of UNH students.
The university named Sam Bergami a Distinguished Alumnus in 2000, awarded him an honorary Doctor of Business degree in 2002 and the President's Award in 2012.
Built in 2004 by the Acorn Group and leased to the university, Bergami Hall was purchased by UNH in June at a cost of $12.5 million. The Bergami family recently made a significant gift to help the university purchase the building. The 66,000-square-foot facility was designed by KAGAN Architecture of New Haven.
The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960. The University provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. UNH enrolls approximately 6,400 students, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through 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, UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 50 study abroad programs worldwide and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.