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UNH’s 2005 MLK celebration highlights on positive change

Dear Members of the UNH Community,

I invite all members of the University of New Hampshire community to join me in honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his work to advance social justice, community service, and respect for all people. Please join us for the 2005 celebration Jan. 22, 25, and 26.

Each of us brings our personal and professional experience to the process of building and contributing to the UNH community. We have the unique opportunity every day to carry out some aspect of Dr. King’s message at UNH, and in the wider community we call home. This year’s celebration theme reflects your power as an individual to be a positive force for change. “Each one, reach one: to act, inspire, and lead.”

This year, we challenge ourselves to go beyond remembrance and celebration to ask, “What can I do to carry forward Dr. King’s work? In what ways can I join with others and share my talents to advance his vision of a world where all people are invited to the table to share in life’s abundance?”

I invite you to join me in considering these questions Jan. 22, 25, and 26 as we honor Dr. King with a half-day student activism and community service symposium; candlelight vigil and memorial service; a panel discussion about student leadership and activism; and the keynote address featuring writer, activist and hiphop historian Kevin Powell. You can learn more about the celebration events by visiting:

Come be inspired and then take the next steps: to act and lead!

Ann Weaver Hart

Search committee for new dean of CEPS is created

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the creation of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences dean’s search committee. This is the first step in the important process to review and recommend candidates for the next dean of CEPS.

The committee includes the following members:

  • John Davis,, professor and chair, Earth sciences
  • Pedro de Alba,, professor, civil engineering;
  • Olof Echt,, professor, physics;
  • Kevin Gardner,, associate professor, civil engineering
  • Christopher Glynn,, student representative
  • Karen Graham,, professor and director of Leitzel Center
  • Eric Grinberg,, professor and chair of mathematics;
  • Claire Hoff,, student representative
  • Marilyn Hoskin, (co-chair),, dean, College of Liberal Arts
  • Lynn Kistler,, associate professor, Space Science Center
  • L. Kraft,, professor, electrical and computer engineering;
  • William Seitz,, professor, chemistry;
  • T. Sparr,, professor, computer science;
  • Palligarnai Vasudevan,, profesor, chemical engineering;
  • Donna Verschueren,, academic/career counselor, Dean’s Office;
  • David Watt, (co-chair),, professor, mechanical engineering
  • Julie Williams,, associate vice president for research and outreach scholarship;
  • Helen Brewster,, Academic Affairs, clerk to the committee

    The dean of CEPS has responsibility for assuring the highest quality academic and support programs at the college; recruitment and retention of students, faculty, and staff; the administration of college, university, and system policies; directing all outreach and community engagement initiatives; managing and developing the college’s fiscal and capital resources; and participating with other university deans in governance, strategic planning, and institutional assessment. The dean serves as a member of the UNH Deans Council and reports directly to the provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs.

    Wanda Mitchell, vice provost for diversity, will work closely with the committee to create a strong and diverse pool of candidates, through both formal and informal means. I expect that we will find such candidates both externally and internally. Finalists for the position will have the following attributes (to be defined more specifically by the search committee):

    1. Strong, visionary leadership.
    2. A deep understanding of undergraduate education, curriculum design, and the assessment of student outcomes.
    3. High academic standards that reflect intellectual rigor and integrity.
    4. Effective communication skills necessary for strategic leadership and collegial relationships.
    5. An established record of successful program development through public and private means.
    6. The ability to manage budgets and make responsible short-term and long-term fiscal decisions and projections.
    7. Qualifications consistent with the mission of an academic institution.

    I encourage all members of the university community to utilize professional networks in order to send qualified nominations to this committee. Nominations and other communication with the committee can be addressed to

    Bruce L. Mallory
    Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

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