Celentano Hall Dedication

Celentano Hall Dedication

The University will officially dedicate Soundview Hall, UNH’s largest residence hall, as Celentano Hall during a ceremony on Monday, May 5, at 3 p.m. in the residential quad outside Soundview Hall. The building is being dedicated in honor of Joseph E. “Chick” Celentano Sr.

A West Haven native, Celentano has been in business for more than 60 years. He owns a number of businesses in Florida and Connecticut, including the popular Chick’s Drive-in Restaurant on Beach Street in West Haven, founded by Chick’s father in 1950.

He served in the United States Navy and Air Force during the Korean War from 1950 to 1953.

Following his service, Celentano returned to his West Haven roots to run his father’s restaurant. A common thread throughout his accomplished career has been an emphasis on giving back. He has served on almost every civic association and city of West Haven commission, including as a Parks and Recreation commissioner, on the Board of Police Commissioners and on the Planning and Zoning Commission. In 1969, Chick received the Outstanding Citizen of West Haven award.

Last year, he donated to the University a parcel of land on Boston Post Road directly across from the UNH campus in West Haven. In recognition of his generosity, the University also will award annual scholarships in Celentano’s name to West Haven students attending UNH.

“Chick has built successful businesses, has created many jobs and has been a leading citizen of West Haven,” said President Steve Kaplan. “He has also been a wonderful neighbor to UNH throughout his life. We are honored and grateful that he is continuing to give back to his city through his support of UNH and West Haven students.”

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