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April 20 Scholarship Ball to Raise Funds for UNH Students

Release Date:
4/10/2013 12:00 AM

30th Anniversary Alumni Scholarship Ball, pearls, features 

WEST HAVEN, CONN. -- The University of New Haven Alumni Association will host its 30th Annual Alumni Scholarship Ball on Saturday, April 20, at 6 p.m. in the David A. Beckerman Recreation Center on the UNH main campus.

This year's Scholarship Ball will feature awards, dinner, a silent auction, a live auction and dancing. The event is UNH’s major scholarship fundraising event and is attended by about 400 guests. Last year, it raised over $500,000.

“The Scholarship Ball celebrates the accomplishments of distinguished alumni and raises critical scholarship funds for deserving students who otherwise would not be able to pursue their dreams of earning a college education,” said Rick Tuchman, UNH vice president for advancement. “We appreciate the support of our alumni, friends, area businesses, faculty, staff and major donors very much. Their participation is what makes the ball so successful.”

Three UNH graduates will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award at the event. They are Don Fertman, ’76 B.S., chief development officer, Subway International, Inc.; Arthur Steier, ’89 EMBA, chief executive officer, Schumann/Steier; and Lt. Col. Merryl Tengesdal, ’94 B.S., a U.S. Navy pilot who has flown missions in the Middle East, South America and the Caribbean and transitioned to the Air Force to fly a U-2, a high-altitude aircraft used for reconnaissance missions.

The UNH President’s Award will be given to William L. Bucknall, '63 A.S., '65 B.S., former senior vice president of human resources at United Technologies Corp. and the vice chair of the UNH Board of Governors.

To purchase tickets for the Scholarship Ball, go to For more information, call 203-932-7270.

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 operates a satellite campus in Tuscany, Italy, and offers programs at several locations throughout Connecticut and in New Mexico and California. UNH provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. The University 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.