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  • The UNH Lodging Executives Sentiment Index for the month ending February 2014 dropped to 75.0 from 76.9 in January 2014. Overall the lodging executives’ sentiment for present business conditions remained steady during this current period while future business conditions decreased.

    “Executive sentiment for general business conditions 12 months from now have weakened, supported by a less than positive view of future reservations and non-managerial employment,” said Nelson Barber, associate professor of hospitality management, who manages the index.

    Sixty-seven percent of lodging executives indicated current business conditions were good, an increase from 62 percent last period, while 26 percent indicated conditions were normal, up from 23 percent during the same period. During the current period, 7 percent of executives indicated present conditions were bad, an improvement from last period where 15 percent of the executives reporting had such concern.  

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    Rates of intimate partner violence victimization and perpetration in college students’ current same-sex relationships.

    More than 40 percent of LGBTQ+ college students (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trangender, queer, questioning and other nonheterosexual identities) report that they have experienced intimate partner violence in their current relationships, a rate that generally aligns with the rate of violence among heterosexual couples, according to new research from the Carsey Institute at UNH. 

    Katie Edwards, assistant professor of psychology and women’s studies and faculty fellow at the Carsey Institute, and Kateryna Sylaska, a doctoral student in social psychology at UNH, authored the Carsey Institute brief “Intimate...

  • Meeting called to order at 3:11 on Feb. 24, 2014     

    I.  Roll – The following senators were absent: Kidwell, Mellyn, Shannon, Ware, and Wu. Diane Foster was proxy for White. Cashman, deVries, and Tenczar were excused.  Lisa MacFarlane, Art Greenberg, Barbara White, and Sean McGhee were guests. 

    II. Remarks by and questions to the provost – The provost announced that she had three items to discuss with the senate. First, the University Curriculum and Academic Policy Committee (UCAPC) has been asked to consult on the Carsey School proposal.  Their input will be most valuable before the end of this semester so that the Carsey committee will have the summer to search for an ongoing director.      ...

  • The New Hampshire Bankers Association (NHBA) has joined UNH’s Executive Development Partner Program to offer special pricing on executive education to its members.  

    Two- and three-day executive development programs offered through the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics available to NHBA members are intended for high-potential employees who are transitioning from management roles into senior leadership roles, or from senior leadership roles into an executive role. NHBA members will receive a 10 percent discount on the programs. 

    “Strong leaders are essential to a strong banking community in New Hampshire,” said Christina Thornton, president of NHBA. “Our industry is thriving despite rapid change in banking today. Our member banks operate in a low interest-rate environment, amid constant regulatory changes, swift technological advancements and a dense field of competition, not just from other New Hampshire banks but from the entire global...

  • Up to 25 promising high school students from New Hampshire will share $50,000 in scholarships to attend Project SMART, UNH’s residential summer institute focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 

    The scholarships, which range from $1,000 to $3,700 for the four-week institute, will go to high-achieving students entering 10th and 11th grade. Amounts awarded will be based on merit and demonstrated financial need. 

    “As New Hampshire and the nation strive to meet the growing demand for a STEM-educated workforce, these scholarships will serve to prime the STEM pipeline by removing financial barriers to this outstanding program,” says Mark Rubinstein, vice president of student and academic services at UNH. 

    Founded in 1992, Project SMART drew students only from New Hampshire for its first five years; they attended the program at no cost. In recent years,...

  • UNHInnovation was awarded an 18-month grant from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) to strengthen existing curriculum and build new courses and programs in invention, innovation, and technology entrepreneurship.

    The NCIIA funding will support the development of a new course, Managing Innovation, based on an existing UNH course, Creating a Successful Business Using Lean Startup Methodology. The new course will be taught by UNHInnovation Executive Director Marc Sedam and three new teaching elements will be added which focus on facilitating the creation of companies based on intellectual property: education about and access to IP management and protection; relationships with industry mentors and formation of E-Teams (multidisciplinary groups of students, faculty, and industry mentors); and funds to develop prototypes. Students will be encouraged to apply for NCIIA E-Team grants and will be better equipped for successfully obtaining one of these...

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    Entries are now being accepted for the 5th Annual Peep Contest, sponsored by Health Services to promote wellness at UNH. This year's theme is “How do you stay healthy at UNH?”  

    All diorama characters must be made from Peeps, those marshmallow chicks and rabbits that start popping up this time of year.  

    Anyone in the UNH communities of Durham, Manchester or Concord may enter the contest. Dioramas may be submitted by individuals or groups. Prizes will be awarded for both categories and include:

    Individual category

    • 1st place - $125 Amazon....
  • Nicole MacMillan

    Nicole MacMillan 

    While a team from South Portland took home the winner’s trophy from the FIRST Robotics District Competition, held at UNH March 6 – 7, UNH’s Nicole MacMillan has something for the trophy case in CEPS. 

    MacMillan, career development and internship counselor for CEPS and a lead coordinator of the UNH event, was honored with the Volunteer of the Year award by New England FIRST. Given at each district event, the award is “presented to an individual, business, or organization that consistently excels in their efforts,” according to FIRST.  

    Mark Critz, the regional director for FIRST, said MacMillan went above and beyond...

  • OS, PAT and Extension Educator representatives heard an overview of a bullying survey conducted on campus last fall during the annual tri-council retreat, held March 11, 2014.

    Malcolm Smith, co-chair of the bullying task force, presented the results of a December survey that aimed to assess bullying at UNH. A synopsis of the outcome appeared in the Dec. 18 Campus Journal. He also outlined task force recommendations including:

    1. Creating a policy for all employees that prohibits bullying
    2. Repercussions for violations of that policy
    3. Immunity from reporting bullying
    4. Protection and help for victims
    5. Mandatory training for supervisors  

    After Smith’s presentation, council representatives discussed drafting a letter to President’s Cabinet in support of creating a bullying...

  • Getting motivated to exercise can be a challenge, but new research from UNH shows that simply remembering a positive memory about exercise may be just what it takes to get on the treadmill. This is the first study to explore how positive memories can influence future workouts.  

    “This study underscores the power of memory’s directive influence in a new domain with practical applications: exercise behaviors. These results provide the first experimental evidence that autobiographical memory activation can be an effective tool in motivating individuals to adopt healthier lifestyles,” researchers Mathew Biondolillo, a doctoral student in psychology, and David Pillemer, Dr. Samuel E. Paul Professor of Developmental Psychology wrote.

    The new research is presented in the recent article “Using memories to motivate future behavior: An experimental exercise intervention,”...

  • Social justice award recipients

    The 2014 Social Justice Awards recipients were named last month during a luncheon hosted by the UNH diversity team. The following individuals were recognized for their outstanding leadership, courage, and role modeling in promoting social justice issues at UNH and beyond.

    • Undergraduate student – Zachary Ahmad-Kahloon, College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, biomedical science.
    • Graduate student, Tamsin Whitehead, College of Liberal Arts, English
    • Faculty recipient, Nadine Berenguier, professor, Languages, Literatures and Cultures
    • Staff recipient, Peter Welch, wellness educator and counselor, Office of Health Education and Promotion, Health Services.

    A special recognition group...

  • Dining Services can add another notch in its accolades belt after receiving an A rating from Niche, an online reviewer of colleges and K-12 schools in the United States. It ranks all-things school related, including but not limited to academics, athletics, dining, housing, facilities, safety, and diversity. Students and parents can offer input.  

    Here’s what was written recently about UNH Dining:

    “UNH has award winning dining. The food is great. The service is great. And the hours are pretty convenient. While most colleges and universities have certain, limited hours of operation, our three dining halls are open continuously all day. The food can get boring and repetitive though, especially by mid-semester."

    “Everyone gets tired of dining hall food after a while. But from what I’ve experienced at other schools when I went to visit, UNH has a pretty good quality of food in comparison. It's also in "all-you-care-to-eat" fashion so once you swipe in you can eat...

  • The University of New Hampshire has retained the McLane Law Firm to conduct an independent investigation related to the university’s response to alleged incidents of misconduct by an employee in the university’s athletics department. Michael Delaney, former New Hampshire Attorney General, will lead the investigation. 

    UNH President Mark Huddleston released a statement last week noting that he was “deeply troubled” by the delay in reporting an incident of employee misconduct that occurred in late January but was not reported to university administrators until February 20. Huddleston called for an independent investigation of the matter with the longer-term goal of improving reporting practices when misconduct occurs.  

    “Mr. Delaney and his colleagues will have full access to necessary resources and personnel to ensure a thorough and timely...

  • The UNH Executive Development Program will host its second Women's Leadership Development Program at the Peter T. Paul College of Business of Economics April 16-18, 2014.

    The three-day executive program focuses on the critical capacities of women leaders at pivotal stages in their careers. It is designed for women with significant professional experience who are looking to advance or transform their role within senior circles. The program helps women to achieve the following learning objectives:

    • Clarify and focus on leadership identity and purpose.
    • Gain understanding of current ability to demonstrate key leadership capabilities, including emotional intelligence competencies, through world-class self- and 360 degree assessments.
    • Build self-awareness of leadership strengths and developmental opportunities to create a personal development plan.
    • Develop influential executive capabilities in communicating, negotiating, strategic networking, and leading...

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    New Hampshire residents who live in more “walkable” neighborhoods – safe and well-lit communities that allow residents to walk to shops, parks, schools, and restaurants – are more trusting of neighbors, involved in their communities more, and generally are more happy than those in less walkable areas, according to new research from the Carsey Institute at UNH.

    The new research is presented in the Carsey brief “Walking to a Good, Great Place: Implications for Community Development.” The authors are Shannon Rogers, assistant professor of environmental science and policy at Plymouth State University, an ecological economist in the university’s Center for the Environment and senior fellow in the Environmental Leadership...