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  • I.  Roll – The following senators were absent:  Dubnick, Harrist, Hartter, Laird, Mellyn, Minocha, Pohl, Scherr, Shore, Simos and Zang.  Guests were John Aber, Doug Bencks and Faye Richardson.

    II.  Remarks by and questions to the provost – The provost said that the campus was fortunate during the recent hurricane.  He said that he watched with interest the discussion about and passing of the general schools policy and thought that this was a good example of shared governance.  He added that the faculty proposing the marine school will revise their proposal in conformance with the senate’s motion on general schools policy.  The recent forum on e-UNH went well and was useful, and another similar forum is planned for the future.  He said that the president indicated his support for a high-quality residential undergraduate experience at UNH and...

  • UNH Manchester is featuring two photography exhibits this spring. The exhibits include “Gypsies without Borders” by photographer Ellie Ivanova of Dallas, Texas, and “Celebrating Cultural Diversity,” a photo project by Becky Field of Concord.  

    The exhibits are free and open to the public. Visit www.manchester.unh.edu for directions and parking information. Call 603-641-4101 for building hours.  

    “Gypsies without Borders” by Ivanova is on display in the second floor gallery through April 19, 2013. Ivanova began this project in the summer of 2010, with the mass deportations of Bulgarian and Romanian Roma living in France to their countries of origin. The project explores how Roma people in several Bulgarian cities have carved protective spaces and how they negotiate the constrictions of modern society while living on its margins and creatively adopting its paraphernalia. 

    Ivanova is a fine art and...

  • A record number of U.S. children were covered by health insurance in 2011, mostly due to substantial increases in the enrollment rates of public insurance, according to new research from the Carsey Institute at UNH. 

    The new research is presented in the Carsey Institute brief “Record Number of Children Covered by Health Insurance in 2011” conducted by Michael Staley, a research assistant at the Carsey Institute and a doctoral candidate in sociology. 

    “The increase in children covered by health insurance likely stems from policies enacted to increase participation in government-sponsored health insurance programs. In addition, we continue to see significant declines in private insurance and increases in public insurance, which reflects the economic and job market of 2011, four years after the beginning of the Great Recession,” Staley said.

    According to Staley, between 2008 and 2011, the rate of private coverage...

  • For Faculty and Staff:

    What to Do When You See a Disruptive or Threatening Situation on Campus

    Feb. 1, 2013

    As we settle into spring semester, I wanted to remind all faculty and staff about the Behavioral Intervention Team which provides prevention, early intervention, and crisis response services for students thought to be threatening to themselves or others.  Members include Paul Dean, executive director of Public Safety and Chief, UNH Police Department; Scott Chesney, director of Residential Life and assistant vice president for Student and Academic Services; David Cross, director of the Counseling Center; Judy Spiller, associate provost for Academic Achievement and Support; Kathleen Grace-Bishop, director of education and promotion, Health Services; and Anne Lawing, Dean of Students.

    The team meets on a regular basis to coordinate various types of responses whenever a member of the community shares information about a student who may be a...

  • Ask professor Rachel Trubowitz why she decided to devote her life to 17th-century English literature and she’ll give you the answer people who’ve found their life’s calling generally do: “It just clicked.”  

    This phrasing is especially apropos in Trubowitz’s case, however, because the desire to discover how pieces connect is at the root of her many accomplishments: “It’s a period of literature in which there are a lot of intellectual puzzles. This particular kind of poetry is filled with clues and hidden meanings and puns. I find it challenging and fun and endlessly fascinating. There are so many encodings and encryptions. You have to work to open it up. Sometimes it’s frustrating, but when it finally falls into place, it’s so rewarding.”

    Trubowitz’s penchant for literary decoding is evident in everything from her ongoing...

  • The Sustainability Institute at UNH offers the following suggestions on how to cut down on paper usage on campus.  

    First, consider who needs to get your information. 

    Does the whole department need to get a personalized flyer?  

    There are many programs targeted to staff and faculty that don’t pertain to them; therefore all of that paper is getting put right back into (hopefully) the recycling bin. When you’re setting up a mailing with mailing services, consider doing only a “dept. please post” option. This will send just one copy of your announcement or info to the whole department, and they can post and share it where they keep other announcements on campus. Cutting down on your costs and wasted paper, that’s what’s called a ‘win win’.

    Does every department need to receive the information? 

    Is your announcement or program for academic departments only? Does everyone on campus need to receive it or could you utilize...

  • A new project from the on Disability (IOD) will address regional gaps in newborn screening for critical congenital heart disease (CCHD). The New England CCHD Newborn Screening Project is funded by a three-year, $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, and it is affiliated with the New England Genetics Collaborative.  

    For infants born with CCHD, early diagnosis and treatment are key to supporting long-term health, and screening for CCHD as part of newborn genetic screening plays an essential role in the diagnostic process. In New England, implementing CCHD screening as part of regular newborn screening is particularly challenging for several reasons, including staffing limitations at public health agencies and birthing facilities to maintain new programs; lack of education for healthcare providers and families; and wide geographic distribution of birthing facilities, the pediatric specialists...

  • In September, I wrote to tell you about UNH Works for New Hampshire--our effort to ask state lawmakers to restore support for the University, which was cut 49 percent last year. Returning funding to 2010 levels would allow us to freeze in-state tuition for two years and dramatically increase financial aid.  The response from alumni, parents, students, and friends of the University has been nothing short of amazing. We now have close to 800 UNH Advocates signed up, and they are writing letters to the editor and reaching out to the candidates for state representative, state senator, and governor.

    I'm writing to ask you to join this important effort and to...

  • Micheal McConnell, associate professor of art and art history, died Oct. 27.  Three of his abstract sculptures will be on view at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics when it is completed in 2013.

    McConnell, who has served four stints as department chair, has been at UNH for 36 years.

    The following obituary was published in Foster’s Daily Democrat:

    Michael Patrick McConnell passed away Oct. 27, 2012 after a long, hard fought battle with cancer. The love of his life, wife, children and grandchildren embraced him as he passed peacefully and without pain.

    Michael was born in Troy, O.H. on Dec. 4, 1948. He graduated from Troy High School in 1967, and received both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Fine Arts from Ohio University. Well known as both a talented sculptor and dedicated educator, he was a respected member of the Department of Art and Art History faculty since 1975, and served as chair of that department for three terms. His...

  • By Elisabeth Farrell, Sustainability Institute

    A new grant from the Henry P. Kendall Foundation of Boston will help New England build its capacity to feed itself. The Kendall Foundation board announced today it has awarded Food Solutions New England (FSNE), an initiative of the Sustainability Institute at UNH, $185,000 to further its regional food system work. The funding will support a year-long design process that will strengthen collaboration and collective impact of the FSNE network across New England. The aim of the network is to build the region’s capacity to produce a significant percentage of sustainable food for all New Englanders by 2060.

    “We have reached a unique juncture in the evolution of the New England food system, and the Henry P. Kendall Foundation is taking an innovative leadership role to help move us forward,” says Joanne Burke, faculty director of FSNE, clinical associate professor of nutrition, director of the UNH dietetic internship program...

  • University officials have agreed to reopen Memorial Field for its varsity teams and their opponents after additional testing showed no measurable levels of lead and blood tests for members of the field hockey team showed they do not have elevated lead levels. The field remains closed to everyone else, and the athletes must follow all safety guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in order to use the field.

    “The decision to reopen the field was made after additional tests on the field, surrounding soil, and drained water did not find measurable levels of lead,” said Director of Athletics Marty Scarano. “In addition, the field hockey coach and a majority of the players were tested and no elevated levels were detected. We believe the field can safely be used by our varsity athletes with close supervision.”

    The field was closed Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, after university officials learned that the artificial turf surface installed in 2002 had...

  • Faculty, staff, and students are invited to “Issues and Ice Cream,” the first in a series of discussions sponsored by Cooperative Extension to build collaborations for research and activities vital to the state of New Hampshire and beyond. 

    The first topic, set for Nov. 6 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. in the Alumni Room at New Hampshire Hall, will focus on understanding bullying and bystanding; promoting empathy and civility while highlighting research and programming from across campus. 

    Share research, experiences and ideas about bullying, meanness, empathy and civility, while enjoying some ice cream from the UNH Dairy Bar. 

    The event is coordinated by Positive Learning Environments for Youth (PLEY,) which includes Malcolm Smith, Extension specialist/associate professor; Rick Alleva and Thom Linehan, field specialists, Extension youth and family team; Mike Middleton, chair, department of education; Jane Stapleton, co-director, UNH Prevention Innovations;...

  • To:         Members of the University Community                                                               

    From:    Dick Cannon, Vice President for Finance & Administration

    Re:       Curtailed Operations – Normal Work Week and Weekends

    As we approach the winter season, I want to remind each of you of the University’s policies and procedures for declaring curtailed operations.  Although we hope for a mild winter, we must be prepared for extreme weather situations.  Please note, this year we are continuing...

  • Lisa Tiemann

    Lisa Tiemann, a post-doctoral researcher, has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation fellowship to conduct interdisciplinary research on soil fertility and sustainable agricultural practices in Uganda. Credit: Courtesy of Lisa Tiemann.

    Lisa Tiemann, a post-doctoral researcher, has been awarded a prestigious three-year, $520,299 fellowship through the National Science Foundation’s Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (NSF SEES) program. The grant will fund interdisciplinary research on sustainable agricultural practices in Uganda; UNH faculty members Stuart Grandy, assistant professor of soil biogeochemistry, and Joel Hartter, assistant professor of geography, will serve as her advisors and...

  • I.  Roll – The following senators were absent:  Connelly, Pescosolido, Shore, Simos, Veal, and Woods.  Guests were Mark Huddleston, John Aber, Mark Rubinstein, Petr Brym, Faye Richardson and Sonic Woytonik.

    II.  Remarks by and questions to the president – President Huddleston said that this Thursday at the state of the university address he will discuss some current initiatives.  He said that the advocacy campaign, to ask legislators to restore university funding which was recently slashed, seems to be going fairly well.  Also, the leadership phase of the capital campaign is in full swing; and Deborah Dutton has been hired as the new vice president for advancement.  The effort to change the relationship of UNH to the chancellor’s office has borne fruit over the last year; and UNH now has more...