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  • Jack Resch, professor of history and coordinator the humanities program at UNH Manchester, has been named the recipient of the University’s Distinguished Professor Award.

    The purpose of the award is to identify and honor longstanding members of the UNH faculty who have distinguished themselves in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and service. This is the only university-wide award given each year to the faculty member whose overall record of excellent teaching, caring about students, devotion to the university community, and substantial record of scholarly achievement exemplifies a distinguished career.

    Resch has been a faculty member at UNH for 40 years. He is the recipient of two Fulbright awards and several fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2001 he received the university’s Alumni Affairs Award for Excellence in Public Service. Resch has served as president of the board of directors of the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire,...

  • Migration to and from different parts of the United States has become adriving force underlying population redistribution in the United States. New research from the Carsey Institute at UNH on age-related migration patterns provides a fuller understanding of the complex patterns of demographic change in the United States.

    The new research is summarized in the Carsey Institute brief “Age and Lifecycle Patterns Driving U.S. Migration Shifts,” coauthored by Kenneth Johnson, senior demographer at the Carsey Institute and professor of sociology, and his colleagues Richelle Winkler, assistant professor of sociology and demography at Michigan Technological University, and Luke Rogers, a research assistant at the Carsey Institute and a doctoral student in sociology.

    “These migration patterns have important implications for people, institutions, and communities of both rural and urban America, as well as for the design of policies and practices that foster the development of...

  • The Sustainability Institute at UNH can now work with high school teachers and community college faculty in the state and region to design sustainability curricula for their classrooms with a $50,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation. Participating schools include Farmington, Salem, and Goffstown high schools; Manchester, Nashua, and Great Bay community colleges; and New Hampshire Technical Institute. 

    The Sustainability Learning Collaboratives will link UNH education faculty with community colleges and high schools with large under-served populations (ethnically and socioeconomically), engaging them during the course of 2013 in curriculum development and professional studies. In addition, teachers and faculty will develop new teaching methods and assessment strategies reflecting the principles of sustainability.  

    “UNH is a great public university, with a visionary Sustainability Institute,” says Paula Salvio, professor of education, a faculty fellow at...

  • The Peace Corps and UNH have teamed up to launch a Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program partnership, an initiative that provides graduate school scholarships to returned Peace Corps volunteers who wish to pursue a Master of Arts in development policy and practice.

    “The Peace Corps is delighted to have the University of New Hampshire as a partner in the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program,” said Carrie Hessler-Radelet, acting Peace Corps director. “This new partnership enables returned Peace Corps volunteers to continue their work in public service through meaningful internships in underserved American communities. Experience overseas and graduate studies position Peace Corps Fellows to launch a career by combining coursework with service.” 

    Fellows selected for the Coverdell program will receive between $1,000 and $2,000 tuition scholarships for the summer, fall, and spring semesters that can be applied to the cost of the Master of Arts in Development Policy and...

  • Open forums will take place for provost candidates on the following dates at the following times and locations. 

    UNH Durham:

    Thursday, April 25          12:40-2 p.m.               Huddleston Hall

    Thursday, May 2             12:40-2 p.m.               Granite State Room, MUB

    Tuesday, May 7               12:40-2 p.m.               MUB Theater II


    UNH Manchester:

    Friday, April 26           ...

  • Barbara Jago, associate professor of communication arts at UNH Manchester, has been named the 2013 UNH Kidder Award faculty recipient. 

    The university’s Kidder Award is presented annually to the faculty, staff members, and students whose outstanding efforts foster a greater understanding of sexual orientation. 

    Jago was recognized as a faculty leader for her longstanding commitment to educating her students and colleagues about gender identity and sexual orientation, and for creating a safe and respectful forum to have conversations of sex, gender, and sexuality.  

    As an example of her commitment, this spring she coordinated a Sidore Lecture Series titled “InQUEERY: Explorations of Sex, Gender, and Sexuality” with adjunct professor Mason Dunn. The series explores identity, aging, health, faith, and the law from a queer perspective. 

    Jago teaches courses and conducts research in relational communication, with an emphasis on...

  • I.  Roll – The following senators were absent:  Baldwin, Connelly, Harrist, Kaen, Kazura, Minocha, Shannon, Shetty and Simos.  Guests were Ed Mueller and Sonic Woytonik.

    II.  Remarks by and questions to the chair – The senate chair said that the senate meetings in April and May will be held in room A218 of the Paul Creative Arts Center. 

    III.  Minutes – The minutes of the last senate meeting were approved with all ayes except for two abstentions. 

    IV.  Proposal for a marine school – The senate office sent an email to the senators saying that the marine school proposers have now agreed that the marine school will report through EOS and that the UCAPC recommendations will be an amendment to the marine school proposal. ...

  • The University of New Hampshire lowered its greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 26 percent compared to a 2001 baseline, it reported in its latest greenhouse gas emissions inventory, released today. Based on current emissions reduction goals set forth in UNH’s Climate Action Plan, called “WildCAP”, the university is well on the way to achieving its goal of reducing emissions 50 percent by 2020.

    The latest greenhouse gas emissions inventory public report and a longer technical report can be downloaded at www.sustainableunh.unh.edu/ghginventory.

    UNH has steadily reduced its carbon footprint, primarily because of its cogeneration heat and power plant, the EcoLine landfill gas project, and a revolving energy efficiency fund (EEF) that invests in on-campus energy efficiency projects. UNH sells the renewable energy certificates (RECs) associated with EcoLine’s electricity generation and uses the funds generated...

  • Three new exhibitions featuring the work of emerging artists are on display at the Museum of Art. The 2013 Senior B.A. and B.F.A. Exhibition, the 2013 M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition I, and the2013 M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition II, showcase the artistic talents of students graduating from the department of art and art history’s studio art program.

    The exhibitions include a variety of creative works in drawing, ceramics, painting, photography, and printmaking. The2013 M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition II opens to the public on Friday, May 3 from 6-8 p.m.The artists will be present at the reception, which is open to the public free of charge.

    2013 Senior B.A and B.F.A. Exhibition

    The 2013 Senior B.A. and B.F.A. Exhibition features works by 12 candidates for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree who draw upon their own experiences, interests, and studies to develop a strong body of work to present in this...

  • river fireWhen Northern Ohio’s Cuyahoga River caught fire back in 1952, the depth of American environmental degradation was made manifest. The startling image helped spawn the environmental movement and the eventual passage of laws that cleaned up the nation's water and air.

    In like fashion, if the ever-thickening blanket of planet-warming carbon dioxide were to blacken the sky, would mankind move with similar resolve to apply the brakes on global warming?

    "There is a critical need in the whole range of climate change science to make the invisible visible," says Cameron Wake of the Earth System Research Center, "and measuring carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is a great example."

    If people could see the parts per million of the greenhouse gas in the atmosphere, Wake says, "I think there...

  • In the wake of a hot water pipe break Saturday, April 6, 2013, that left three female students with serious burns to their feet, University of New Hampshire President Mark Huddleston has called for an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

    “I was devastated to learn three of our students suffered serious burns when this pipe failed,” said Huddleston. “The safety of the campus community is our top priority and we need to do everything we can to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.”

    The inquiry will be led by Paul Dean, executive director of public safety.

    Officials found the pipe that delivered hot water to Hunter Hall for the heating system was located under a pipe that delivers hot water for sinks and showers. That pipe, which is several decades old, had been slowly leaking for some time, continuously spraying hot water on the second larger and newer pipe, corroding the exterior and causing premature failure.

    The three...

  • Students at UNH are unearthing the site of the original train depot that used to be on the great lawn near Morrill Hall until it was moved after a tragic 1905 train accident. 

    The archaeological dig is part of UNH’s innovative “The Lost Campus: The Archaeology of UNH” course taught by Meghan Howey, assistant professor of anthropology. This is Howey’s third archaeological dig on campus; previously UNH students under Howey’s direction excavated the site that once was home to the late Charles Holmes Pettee, a longtime UNH professor and dean, and the site of a World War I Army barracks.

    “My hope is to build a longer-term commitment regarding UNH’s cultural heritage. When we have new building projects, I hope we consider our cultural and historical resources. When we think, we want to think big,” Howey says. “The land records and holds memory, and what happened at this site, even before UNH was here, is part of our cultural heritage and identity.”


  • When the second annual Wildcat Commuter Challenge launches on Monday, April 15, more than 50 UNH faculty and staff will forgo to their single-rider car trips to campus in favor of a more environmentally friendly, community-building commute. And by tracking the number of commutes they take via bus or train, carpooling, biking or walking to work, those employees will spark some healthy competition between colleges and administrative areas.

    Sign-ups for the commuter challenge are still open at https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=11878. The top prize for alternative commuters in each category is a catered lunch. And, new this year, scoring will be percentage-based, so participants who regularly commute to campus fewer than five days per week will have an equal chance at winning.

    Commuting in single-occupancy vehicles accounts for a whopping 25 percent of UNH’s greenhouse gas...

  • soldier's letter

    Letter written by John Henry Jenks, a soldier from Keene who served in the 14th N.H. Infantry Regiment, to his wife dated June 9, 1864.

    Despite New Hampshire being one of the most liberal states in the nation at the time of the American Civil War, racism was common in the letters of New Hampshire soldiers, including those who said they supported freeing the slaves. 

    Senior Nathan Marzoli, a history major from Dover, investigated the attitudes of New Hampshire Civil War soldiers for his senior undergraduate research project, “New Hampshire Civil War Soldiers and Slavery.”

    “Similarly to the rest of the nation, there appeared to have been a huge variety of views among...

  • In a tribute to its rich history of gourmet dinners, UNH will host five courses of fine cuisine paying homage to all of the shared experiences in Stillings Hall at its April gourmet dinner.

    Organized by 22 hospitality management students at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, The Gourmet Dinner: A Tribute, will be held Friday, April 19, and Saturday April 20, at Stillings Hall. The evening begins with a cocktail hour at 5 p.m., with dinner to follow. 

    The Gourmet Dinner: A Tribute will recognize the triumphs of hospitality management alumni with an assortment of dishes from past dinners that have been revamped and further perfected. Students have six weeks to plan, prepare, and execute the dinner. Throughout the process students take on real-world executive management positions.

    Tickets for the dinner are $60 per person and may be purchased online at...