Senior 16 Challenge

Samantha Higgins

The University Of New Haven Office Of Alumni Relations has announced The Senior 16 Challenge for the graduating class of May 2016, undergraduate and graduate alike. The challenge consists of 16 weeks of 16 individual challenges that earn the participant an entry. This gives students a greater chance at being “crowned the Senior 16 Champion” during the Senior Benefit Week Fair, and taking home the grand prize, an iPad.

Charlie the Charger poses with the WNHU staff (University of New Haven Alumni Association Facebook photo)
Charlie the Charger poses with the WNHU staff
(University of New Haven Alumni Association Facebook photo)

The first challenge was to attend the “Senior 16 Kickoff Event” on Jan. 29 in the German Club. The first 300 students who attended got free t-shirts, and joined everyone by listening to music provided by WNHU, taking pictures with Charlie the Charger, participateingin raffles for prizes, such as an alumni bag, a UNH sweatshirt and a stadium seat, and enjoying food and refreshments. By attending, you were already in the running to be the Senior 16 Champion.

“It was fun,” said senior forensic science major Alyssa Nettleton, who attended the kickoff event. “It made me realize just how close graduation really is.”

If you are interested in becoming the Champion, all you have to do is keep an eye on your email. Every Monday, a new task will be sent out; you must complete the task during that week and submit it by 7 p.m. the following Sunday.

Some tasks will have to be completed using social media. For example, the second week’s task had students taking selfies with the bows around campus and posting them with the hashtag #UNHbows or #UNHalumni on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Other tasks will be as easy as attending and signing in at an event, like students did for the kickoff. The third week’s event that had students signing the “Once A Charger, Always A Charger” banner either in Jazzmans or in the Alumni Relations Office. Those who signed the banner also received a free UNH pennant.

If students do not have social media accounts but still wish to participate in the social media tasks, they can submit their completed tasks to Brittany Stanchak, the assistant director of alumni relations, at [email protected]

By participating, students are also in the running for weekly raffles that are announced in the weekly Monday emails, and a grand prize drawing announced at the end of the competition at the Senior Week Benefit Fair.