To celebrate our 20,000th Facebook connection, and 100,000th-plus social media connection, we are highlighting 20 of the biggest moments at the university since we began actively using the page.
First up is the growth of our North Haven Campus. In 2009, the university officially began operations on the campus and strategically renovated its facilities throughout the following years. The Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences was dedicated in the fall of 2013 on the same day the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine opened. The School of Law moved to the campus in the fall of 2014. The School of Education is also on the campus.
More than 1,600 students, faculty and staff participated in the university’s first day-long service event in 2010. The event, which originally began at Texas A&M University in the 1980s, has become a favorite tradition at Quinnipiac — with alumni performing service coast to coast.
Continuing to follow some of the biggest moments that helped define Quinnipiac, we look to our York Hill Campus. Our Rocky Top Student Center had its grand opening in August 2010, becoming a jewel of the campus. Resembling a ski lodge, the student center offers a 500-seat dining hall, fitness facility, infirmary, numerous meeting rooms and a spectacular panoramic view of Sleeping Giant State Park, the university’s Mount Carmel Campus and Long Island Sound.
The university is continuing its mission as a center of Irish education, research and pride. Quinnipiac opened Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, which contains the world’s largest collection of Great Hunger-related art by noted contemporary Irish and Irish-American artists, in September 2012. Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute, founded a year later, focuses on education and appreciation for Irish culture and history. The university also launched an Irish minor to introduce students to the history, people and cultures of Ireland. More than 1,000 parents and alumni marched up New York’s Fifth Avenue in 2012 behind the Quinnipiac banner, marking the largest university involvement yet in this decades-long alumni tradition. President John L. Lahey, who is very involved with the parade’s organization, has served as both vice chairman of the parade committee and grand marshal of the parade. In 2011, he was named Irish American of the Year by Irish America magazine.
We have had a number of critically-acclaimed musical artists perform at our TD Bank Sports Center. Students and alumni remember two most fondly, the Dropkick Murphys and Ke$ha. The Dropkick Murphys rocked the sold-out arena in September 2012 in honor of the opening of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum on Whitney Avenue. Previously, Ke$ha brought the university community together.
Quinnipiac has launched several new programs in recent years, including the School of Nursing in fall 2011 and the Department of Engineering in fall 2012. The College of Arts and Sciences began a new master of social work program in fall 2013 and the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine welcomed its first class of medical students in the same year.
Joanne Jankowski ‘10, MS ‘12 and Kristan Heverin ‘10, MS ‘12, then students in the molecular and cell biology graduate program, discovered a new species of amphipod during their master’s thesis work. They discovered that the H. azteca amphipod is a cryptic species complex, meaning many specimens look very similar to one another but are unable to breed with each other. The students’ work marks the most substantial evidence that H. azteca is a species complex.