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  • Meeting called to order at 3:10 on November 18, 2013                        

    I.  Roll – The following senators were absent: Fagerberg, Kaen, Mellyn, Morgan, Shannon, and Tenczar.  Woodward served as proxy for Caron.  Kidwell was excused.  Bruce Mallory was a guest. 

    II. Remarks by and questions to the provost – The provost was traveling, and unable to attend.  The chair dispensed with this portion of the meeting. 

    III. Remarks by and questions to the chair – The senate chair reminded the senate about the upcoming nominations for the academic year 2013-2014 faculty awards.  He encouraged the faculty to participate in presenting these nominations, calling them an important way to “support our own.” 

    IV. Minutes – With one friendly correction, the minutes of the last senate meeting were approved...

  • UNH will host “To B or Not To B: Are Benefit Corporations the Corporate Governance Architecture of the 21st century?”

    Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2013. The event, which includes workshops, a keynote address and a panel discussion, will focus on how benefit corporations, commonly known as B corporations, may provide a new model for corporate governance. 

    The event is sponsored by the UNH Responsible Governance and Sustainable Citizenship Project, the Sustainability Institute, and the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics. All events are free and open to the public, but...

  • President Mark W. Huddleston was one of 100 college and university presidents and 40 leaders from nonprofits, foundations, state governments, and the private sector attending a White House summit on expanding college opportunity Jan. 16, 2014. 

    The daylong event with President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and senior administration officials highlighted more than 100 commitments made by the attending organizations to help low-income students enroll in college and ensure they succeed once they get there. 

    “The greatest challenges facing higher education are access and affordability, and they remain my number one priority,” Huddleston said. “I’m pleased to be at the White House sharing our plans and also talking with others about what we can do working together.” 

    The university made three commitments in addition to its ongoing efforts, which include freezing in-state tuition for two years, partnering with the state’s Community College...

  • In the United States, it is estimated that a child is bullied every seven minutes. 

    Now future teachers graduating from UNH’s graduate education program will enter their first classrooms better prepared to prevent bullying by focusing on creating civility and empathy. This spring, UNH is offering the new course “The Courage to Care: Teaching Empathy in the Classroom,” which is based on the university’s nationally recognized anti-bullying program for middle schools.

    “After many years of research, we have learned that bullying in our schools and our society is a much more damaging and dangerous experience for children than we ever suspected. Unfortunately, it’s much more widespread and is occurring at an earlier age than ever before,” Malcolm Smith,...

  • Emery Pierre Booska, 80, former assistant dean of administration for the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, died Jan.12, 2014

    In 1967, he moved his family to Durham, and began his fulfilling career at the University of New Hampshire. While at UNH, Booska served and chaired numerous committees. He retired in 2001. His professional honors include, among others, the Distinguished Pink Triangle Award, UNH Presidential Award of Excellence, Professional Administrative and Technical Staff (PAT) Outstanding Service Award.

    Booska was a lifelong advocate for education and all forms of agriculture. From 1957-1967, he was the adviser for the Future Farmers of America (FFA) at Alvirne, the beginning of his enduring involvement with this organization. He continued to judge competitions and fundraise for them, and was presented with a national FFA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

    A memorial service will be held Jan.18th at 11 a.m., in the Purdy Memorial Chapel, 2...

  • What will the state of New Hampshire's health be in the next two decades, and how should we meet the healthcare needs of our residents? MapNH Health, a new project of the NH Citizens Health Initiative and the Institute for Health Policy and Practice at UNH, will help frame these two important questions and more.

    MapNH Health is developing an interactive website and will hold community discussions throughout the state. The website will provide map-based projections of possible health futures for our state designed to inform both public policy and community conversations about how New Hampshire can best prepare for the future health and healthcare needs of the state's residents.

    "MapNH Health will provide a lens through which we can look at New Hampshire's health and healthcare landscape across three points in time: 2010, 2020 and 2030,” says Jeanne Ryer, director of the NH Citizens Health Initiative. “By understanding how our population, health behaviors, outcomes, cost...

  • Jim Teetzel

    Jim Teetzel, founder of Wilcox Industries, will speak at the next meeting of the UNH CEO Forum Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014.


    Jim Teetzel, founder of Wilcox Industries, will speak at the next meeting of the UNH CEO Forum Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at 9 a.m. The program begins at 8 a.m. in Huddleston Hall with coffee and networking, with a full breakfast at 8:30 a.m. 

    Teetzel will discuss the background, history and philosophy of his Newington-...

  • To the UNH community, 

    You may have heard in recent weeks that a small number of scholarly organizations, including the American Studies Association, have called for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. I find this effort to be extremely troubling, indeed noxious, as I know do many of you.  Boycotts of this nature strike at the heart of academic freedom and threaten the open exchange of ideas that constitute the core of the academy.  Accordingly, I want you to know that UNH is joining with some 100 major higher education institutions across the country, including the American Council on Education, the Association of American Universities and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, in rejecting the boycott.  I would also note and applaud the strong statement in opposition to the boycott issued by the UNH chapter of the American Association of University Professors.  While those of us in academe, as elsewhere, have strong and...

  • A primary purpose of the proposed Carsey School of Public Policy is to support faculty scholarship that informs public policy or contributes to its design, implementation, and evaluation. To that end, the Carsey Institute, continuing its role as the primary locus of research within the new school, announces the first round of competition for the Summer Scholars Program.

    Up to five fellowships of $10,000 each will be provided to members of the UNH faculty in the summer of 2014 for the purpose of producing scholarly works in the form of peer-reviewed manuscripts, conference proceedings, exhibits and artistic productions, or submission of proposals for extramural funding.

    Read program specifics and how to apply here.

  • justice studies graduate students

    A group of graduate students in justice studies recently partnered with the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office on a jury polling project that aims to better understand the factors that influence not guilty verdicts in adult sexual assault cases. Pictures from left to right are: Kathy Kimball, New Hampshire’s SART coordinator; Victoria Banyard, associate...

  • An electronic W-2 is available to employees through WISE.


    1. Log in


    1. Access the employee tab

      1. Select “Tax Forms"

      2. Select “Electronic W-2 Consent”

    2. Review and then check the box for “Consent to receive W-2 Electronically”

    3. Click “Submit” at the bottom of the page.

    4. Confirmation will appear at the top of the page

    Employees who opt to receive an electronic W-2 will not receive a mailed printed form unless they request it. The E-W2 election will remain in effect until the employee changes their consent choice or terminates employment.


  • Ryley Paquette

    What are you doing as an intern at the Sustainability Institute at UNH?

    I am responsible for updating data about the University's sustainability in order to complete reports such as the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS). I also assist in additional projects as requested.

    How will you use what you've learned in your classes in your work at UNHSI?

    Many of my classes focus on problem solving and public interaction, which helps me greatly in my...

  • The UNH Lodging Executives Sentiment Index (LESI) for the current period ending November 2013 moved up slightly to 80.0 from 75.0 in October 2013. Overall lodging executives sentiment for present business conditions was up during this current period while future business conditions remained flat.

    “There appears to be continued concern among executives surrounding future business conditions, in particular, within transient and corporate business,” said Nelson Barber, associate professor of hospitality management, who manages the index. 

    Seventy-three percent of lodging executives indicated current business conditions were good, an increase from 53 percent last period, while 27 percent indicated conditions were normal, down from 47 percent during the same period. No executive indicated such conditions were bad in either period. 

    Managed by the Department of Hospitality Management at the UNH Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, the LESI is based...

  • Employees who still have more than $25 in their Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) need to spend the money before Dec. 31, 2013 or forfeit the remainder. 

    The funds can be used only for eligible medical, dental and/or vision care expenses, including co-pays, prescription drugs and eligible over-the-counter healthcare related items such as bandages, contact lens cleaning solutions, and thermometers. 

    Log into the Wageworks website for a list of eligible expenses. You can also check your HRA balance there or by contacting Wageworks customer service at 1-877-924-3967. 

    To get reimbursed for medical expenses, provide your receipts and use one of these convenient payment options: 

    • WageWorks health care card: Use it instead of cash at health care providers and wherever accepted for health-related services and health expenses. 

    • "Pay Me Back"...

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    Instances of restraint and seclusion per 100 students. Source: Carsey Institute.

    The restraint and seclusion of students in U.S. public schools in response to student behavior problems are used much more frequently on students with a disability than on students without a disability, and especially in affluent school districts, according to new research at the Carsey Institute at UNH.

    Restraint is a practice that uses physical or mechanical means to restrict a student’s freedom of motion. Seclusion is a practice that usually involves the involuntary isolation of  a...