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  • Why founders and CEOs should plan an exit strategy will be discussed at the next meeting of the UNH CEO Forum. 

    The event will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 21, 2013. The program begins at 8 a.m. in Huddleston Hall with coffee and networking, with a full breakfast at 8:30 a.m. 

    Brad Sterl Jr., founder and CEO of Ever Better Eating, Inc., will discuss how every founder and CEO must plan an exit strategy as part of an overall effective business strategy. 

    Sterl has been in the restaurant and food industry since he was 15. At 17 he was a manager of the Weathervane Restaurant in Sanford, Maine, and by 20, he had purchased his first restaurant. In 1991, Sterl joined N.H.-based Foodee’s Franchising, becoming president three years later before he was 30. In 1996, he formed Ever Better Eating, which produces Rustic Crust, and in 2010, he acquired the worldwide licensing rights to American Flatbread. 

    Initiated in 1997, the UNH CEO Forum is an...

  • Karen Bennett, Cooperative Extension professor and forest resources specialist, is one of the newest Fellows with the Society of American Foresters (SAF). 

    Bennett received the honor recently at an awards ceremony held in Bartlett. SAF honors members with the title of Fellow who have provided outstanding contributions to the society and to the forestry profession. The society recognizes only five percent of its members with this honor. 

    Brad Simpkins, interim director of the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands, said Bennett has dedicated her career “to helping forest landowners across the state, and this recognition is a testament to all she has done and continues to do. She is a well-respected and well-recognized leader in forest stewardship both in New Hampshire and across the entire northeastern United States....

  • The Department of Women’s Studies has launched the ‘Who Needs Feminism’ campaign. We asked Molly Branch, project coordinator of the Who Needs Feminism campaign and a senior English teaching and women’s studies major, to tell us a little about it.

    Why is UNH launching the Who Needs Feminism campaign?
    The Who Needs Feminism campaign was first launched at Duke University and became so popular on social media that other universities also started taking up this campaign. This year felt like a great time for UNH to join the movement. With all of the recent victories happening in politics for women, especially in New Hampshire, we thought it would be a great time to bring some positive awareness to feminism and show how really relevant it is right now. We want to decrease negative associations with the word “feminism” that would keep anyone from identifying with the movement, and we want to create a network of feminists on the UNH campus. Our hope is...

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    N.H. Farm to School, housed at the Sustainability Institute at UNH, received New Hampshire Charitable Foundation funding to bring farms and volunteers together to glean unused produce from local farms to donate to state food banks, public schools and others in need.

    Credit: N.H. Farm to School

    A grant to New Hampshire Farm to School, housed in the Sustainability Institute at UNH, will facilitate an unusual initiative aimed at reducing food waste and bringing fresh, local produce to those in need. The grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, for more than $38,000, will support gleaning, the collection of leftover crops from farmers’ fields. 

    With roots in the Bible, gleaning involves picking...

  • The state of New Hampshire made history last fall when it became the first state with an all-female Congressional delegation. This March, UNH will celebrate this milestone as part of Women’s History Month.

    “New Hampshire Women in Politics: First in the Nation,” will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at Huddleston Hall. The event is hosted by the College of Liberal Arts and the Women’s Studies Program. It is free and open to the public.

    The event will celebrate New Hampshire’s strong tradition of electing women at the local, state, and national levels. It also will include a discussion with women political leaders about the history of women in politics and how women’s roles have evolved over the course of their political careers.

    “The Women's Studies Program at UNH is delighted to host this event and reception on behalf of all of us on campus. New Hampshire has kept its position as first in the nation, though this time with a great twist. It is...

  • UNH’s Child Study and Development Center has received re-accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world’s largest professional organization focused on early childhood education. The accreditation, which the CSDC has held since 1999, places the UNH laboratory school in select company: Just 5 percent of early childhood programs in New Hampshire and 8 percent nationally carry this accreditation. 

    “Accreditation is a way for families to know that we are a high quality center that follows best practice and can be trusted to be part of children’s lives. The process enables us to stay abreast of the latest standards in the field from health to cultural relevancy,” says center executive director John Nimmo, who is an associate professor of family studies. “As a lab school we also take seriously our role in providing a living and learning example to UNH students of a center seeking excellence in early education and mentoring...

  • Sustainable investing at UNH will be the focus of a campus conversation Monday, March 4, 2013, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Huddleston Ballroom. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the event is free and open to the public.

    Coordinated by UNH’s Discovery Program and NH Listens, the conversation on investment and divestment is designed to give the university community an opportunity to become informed and explore issues related to the sustainable investment of the UNH endowment portfolio.

    A discussion guide with a variety of background materials on the topic will be available here http://www.unh.edu/discovery/campus-conversation several days before the event. 

    The UNH Discovery Program is the core curriculum program for undergraduate students in all majors. For more information, visit www.unh.edu/discovery

    NH Listens, the civic engagement initiative of UNH’s Carsey...

  • Fiona Wilson is an assistant professor of strategy, social entrepreneurship, and sustainability at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics.

    What role do companies play in advancing sustainability?
    The social and environmental problems facing our world are increasing, not decreasing. It is becoming rapidly apparent to many that government and non-profits will not, alone, be able to help address these issues, and that we need fundamentally different approaches.

    The business world has tremendous power and influence: for example, business corporations make up 52 of the world’s 100 largest “economies”; just one company alone, Walmart, has annual sales that are greater than the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 85 percent of the world’s countries...

  • Scoop up a handful of dirt from your garden or backyard.  It may look like nothing’s there.  In fact, you’re holding some 200 billion organisms, including tens of thousands of different species.  And most of them are in the midst of a vital job: recycling dead plant and animal debris. 

    “If it weren’t for the activities of soil organisms, we’d be buried in organic (once living) matter,” says Serita Frey, UNH professor of soil microbial biology.  “Anything organic that lands on the soil gets decomposed very quickly by these organisms: leaves, trees, dead animals.” 

    Invisible to the human eye, this work is nonetheless critical to the health of our planet.  “I don’t think ecosystems could survive without decomposition,” Frey says.  “If organic materials weren’t broken down, the nutrients held...

  • The Department of Hospitality Management will host the “Dash” Gourmet Dinner Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23, which will feature an evening of fine cuisine showcasing culinary seasonings inspired by a diverse array of aromatic herbs and spices.  

    Hosted by Advanced Food and Beverage class students at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, the Dash will be held at the Stillings Dining Hall, 20 Ballard Drive. The evening begins at 5 p.m. with a cocktail hour, followed by dinner at 6 p.m. 

    Students have six weeks to plan, prepare, and execute the six-course dinner. Throughout the process, students are responsible for every aspect of the dinner and take on real-world management roles.   

    Tickets for Dash are $60 per person and may be purchased online at http://paulcollege.unh.edu/gourmet-dinner-tickets...

  • From left to right, Forest Watch director Barry Rock, 2013 Lauten Award recipient Wesley Blauss, former program coordinator Mike Gagnon, and current Forest Watch program coordinator Martha Carlson. Photo by Kristi Donahue, UNH-EOS.

    For two years, people in northern New England have reported seeing unusually large numbers of white pine needles piled up along sidewalks and roadways. Data released this week by the UNH’s Forest Watch program show that 2010 marked the first time in 20 years of the program’s observations that white pines did not retain important older needles. 

    “White pines usually keep healthy, green needles that contribute significantly to the photosynthetic process by the whole tree for two or...

  • A research center dedicated to ending violence against women is building on its successes.

     Nine faculty and staff members are gathered around a conference table in Huddleston Hall. Each has carved out a space amidst the papers, bagels, laptops, bananas, and coffee for a four-hour retreat. Today’s goal? To plan the future of their research center, Prevention Innovations. The tenor of the room is hopeful, excited. The future is filled with possibility. That’s partly because the past has been such an unmitigated success for this collection of scholars.

    Established at UNH in the fall of 2006, Prevention Innovations has, in its relatively short life, established its faculty as national leaders in research and practices for ending violence against women. Though the center has a half-dozen projects going at any one time, one of its most widely...

  • The presidents and chancellor of New Hampshire’s public four-year colleges and universities have thanked Gov. Maggie Hassan for her biennial budget proposal, in which she recommends increasing funding on behalf of in-state students to $75 million in FY14 and $90 million in FY15. 

    “We are grateful to Governor Hassan for her leadership in re-establishing public higher education as a priority for the future of New Hampshire,” said Todd Leach, president of Granite State College, on behalf of the presidents of the four, four-year public colleges and universities. “Our students and their families deserve this investment, and all New Hampshire citizens will benefit. We look forward to working with the governor and the legislature to restore the budget fully as soon as fiscally possible.”

    In addition to his role at Granite State, Leach will serve as interim chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire when Chancellor Ed MacKay retires March 1. 


  • On Monday, Feb. 18, weekday bus service between Rochester and UNH began with the Wildcat Transit’s new Route 125/Rochester Express. Seven runs will be offered daily, Monday through Friday.  The ride between Rochester and UNH takes about 35 minutes. The one-way fare is $1.50; passengers with valid UNH student or employee IDs ride free.  

    A celebration of the Route 125/Rochester Express’s inaugural run was held Monday when the bus arrived at the bus shelter on Main Street near Thompson Hall.


  • Marty Scarano, UNH director of Athletics; Dr. Stephen Hardy and Donna Hardy, parents of Nate Hardy; Sgt. Christy Gardner, retired U.S. Army sergeant, member of UNH sled hockey team and U.S. National Team; Keely Ames, Northeast Passage operations coordinator; Dot Sheehan, UNH senior associate athletic director of external relations and Operation Hat Trick founder; and Moxie the dog. Photo courtesy Gil Talbot.

    Operation Hat Trick (OHT), UNH's athletics department and Northeast Passage (NEP) announced Monday the creation of the NEP Athlete Opportunity Fund, a collaborative partnership that will be funded in part by OHT to provide supplemental programmatic support for recruiting, training and coaching of student-athletes with...