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Taking Note

April 25, 2007

Pulitzer Prize-winner John McQuaid on Campus Tonight

Investigative journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner John McQuaid speaks tonight at 8 p.m. in the MUB’s Granite State Room. McQuaid’s talk, “Are we ready for the environmental threats of the 21st century?” serves as the keynote address for the annual UNH Undergraduate Research Conference.

John McQuaid has spent the last two decades covering science and politics for the Times Picayune of New Orleans and other publications. Among other national awards, he received a 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for a series on the global fisheries crisis.

McQuaid is author of “Path of Destruction: The Devastation of New Orleans and the Coming Age of Superstorms”(co-authored with Mark Schleifstein), which unveils the governmental inadequacies that contributed to the unprecedented devastation of Hurricane Katrina and examines the scientific factors of why huge storms such as Katrina are coming now.

A book signing will follow the lecture. (Books will be available for sale.)

Reserve free tickets at 2-1997 or www.unh.edu (click on “Keynote Speaker.)

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Research Conference and the MUB Current Issues Lecture Series.

Celebrity Series Presents Boston Brass

The Celebrity Series will present Boston Brass on Friday, April 27, at 8 p.m. at the Paul Creative Arts Center’s Johnson Theatre. The brass quintet’s exhilarating program will include works by Shostakovich, Ginastera, Dvorak, and Liszt as well as Sebesky, Ellis, Gillespie, and Duke Ellington & Juan Tizol.

Boston Brass is setting new standards in entertainment. From exciting classical arrangements, to breathtaking vocal harmony, to burning jazz standards, Boston Brass achieves new levels in brass performance while treating audiences to a unique musical experience that captivates all ages.

The ensemble's lively repartee, touched with humor and personality, bridges the vast ocean of classical formality to delight audiences to an evening of boisterous fun, exciting knowledge and an enthusiastic love of music, deftly exhibited by five brash brass players. Boston Brass has transcended the traditional mores of brass ensemble literature and, with a host of original arrangements, has pioneered a new generation of music that sets out to achieve one simple goal: entertain at all costs with blistering precision. Whether they are performing solo or with a symphony orchestra, the fun and emotion exhibited from this group is uniquely infectious and keeps audiences on their feet, demanding encore after encore.

Performing more than 100 concerts annually, the members of Boston Brass have dazzled audiences at concerts and jazz festivals around the world. As committed to education as they are to performance, they have conducted master classes at colleges and universities around the country. In October 2006, Boston Brass became artist/educational ambassadors for Jupiter Band Instruments. Boston Brass has been featured on The CBS Morning Show, National Public Radio's Performance Today, The Great American Brass Band Festival, and has recorded several groundbreaking, extraordinary, delightful albums.

Tickets, priced at $30 general admission and $10 for youth, are available by calling the MUB box office at 2-2290 Monday–Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. or online at www.unh.edu/celebrity.

All Jazzed Up

On Sunday, April 29, the library and its New Hampshire Library of Traditional Jazz will present the second installment of a viewing, reading and discussion series called “Looking at: Jazz, America’s Art Form.”

The series explores the cultural and social history of jazz as it developed as an art form in the United States. The program, scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m., will focus on the Jazz Age and Harlem as a center for jazz. The film and discussion will take place on the lower level of Dover’s McConnell Center at 61 Locust Street, between the Dover Public Library and district court building.

Attendees may use door two, which faces the Dover Public Library, and door seven, which is on the district court side. Parking is available behind Dover Public Library and along Thomas Street.

A third session, which will focus on jazz vocalists, has been scheduled for Sunday, May 20 at the McConnell Center. Paul Verrette, associate professor emeritus of music at UNH, will lead a discussion following each session’s award-winning documentary.

A native of Dover, Verrette is the music department’s liaison with the New Hampshire Library of Traditional Jazz. In addition, he continues to perform with regional jazz groups, and writes the program essays for the Traditional Jazz Series.

For information contact Bill Ross at 2-0346 or e-mail jazz.collections@unh.edu. For additional information about series content, multimedia, filmographies, and essays for each segment of the series, visit: www.nvr.org/lookingatjazz/

Presidential Candidate’s Wife to Speak at Darfur Film and Discussion

Elizabeth Edwards, wife of Presidential candidate John Edwards, will participate in a forum on the genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan on Monday, April 30 in Murkland Hall, at 6 p.m.

The evening includes comments by Tom White, coordinator of educational outreach at the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies at Keene State, will give an overview of the crisis.

The documentary “The Devil Came on Horseback” which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, will be shown following the discussion.

Four years of genocidal violence in the Darfur region of Sudan has left over 400,000 dead, 2.5 million innocent civilians displaced, and 4 million completely reliant on international aid for survival.

Murkland Hall, room 115-Richards Auditorium. RSVP to Jessie Lyons at 617-367-9929 or nhsavedarfur@yahoo.com.sg

Student Researchers Publish Findings—Available Online

UNH senior Jim Wood in Iceland. Using a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Wood spent nine weeks in Iceland studying linguistic theory. He published his findings in Inquiry, the UNH journal of undergraduate research.

From Macbeth to Mesoamerica, student-authored articles fill the third-annual issue of Inquiry, the UNH journal of undergraduate research which is now online at


Published annually, Inquiry features the research articles and commentary of UNH undergraduates from various academic disciplines. This latest issue includes works on Slovakian communism and democracy, the Latin American tradition of Quinceañera, and the American toad, among many other topics.

Sign Up for Summer Courses

UNH Summer Session 2007 begins May 21 and registration is currently open for all terms. For details on credit course offerings, term dates and more, visit http://www.learn2.unh.edu/summer.

In keeping with our institutional mission to provide public access to higher education, enrollment in a degree program is not required. Undergraduate level courses (200-799) are open to individuals with a high school diploma or GED. Graduate level courses (800-999) are open to individuals with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Terms begin May 21, June 11 and June 25.

If you plan to use your employee USNH tuition waiver benefit, you must register in person. Tuition waivers are available at the Registrar’s Office, Business Services and Human Resources. Please call 2-2015 if you have any questions or if we may be of further assistance.

Music Debut at Symphony Concert

The UNH Wind Symphony will perform on Wednesday, April 25, at 8:00 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center.

This concert features the 2007 winner of the University Concerto Competition trombonist Arthur Thovmasian performing the dance movement of “Concerto for Trombone and Wind Ensemble” by Jeff Tyzik.

“Symphony for Wind Ensemble” by UNH graduate student Timothy Miles will receive its world premiere performance, as well. Also featured on the program is “More Old Wind in New Bottles” by Gordon Jacob, “Emblems” by Aaron Copland and “Star Wars Trilogy” by John Williams and arranged by Donald Hunsberger.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call the music department at 2-2404.

May Theatre Events: Aerial Dance and Dance Showcase

Original works will premier in two events presented by the theatre and dance department highlighting students’ performance, direction, design and choreography.

Proceeds will benefit theatre and dance scholarships.

The Aerial Dance Showcases will be performed on May 2 at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Newman Dance Studio at New Hampshire Hall. Come see these amazing student performances, choreographed and set to music, in aerial arts, trapeze, lyra, and fabric. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

The Dance Showcase will be performed on May 7 at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre at the Paul Creative Arts Center. This eclectic evening of dance performance will include a wide range of dance forms and styles from jazz and tap to hip-hop and ballet.

Tickets are $3.50 each and proceeds will benefit Theatre and Dance scholarships. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended. For tickets, contact the MUB ticket office Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., online at www.unhmub.com or by calling 2-2290. The lobby box office opens one hour prior to curtain at the Paul Creative Arts Center. For more information, call the theatre and dance office at 2-0093.

Bands To Perform

The New Hampshire Youth Band, under the direction of Casey Goodwin and Mark DeTurk, and the UNH Symphonic Band, under the direction of Nicholas Orovich, will perform Wednesday, May 2, at 8 p.m. at the Johnston Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center.

The youth band will perform “Flourish for Wind Band” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, “Night Dances for Wind Ensemble” by Bruce Yurko, “As Summer Was Just Beginning” by Larry D. Daehn and “Dreams of a Psychopath” by Michael Francis.

The Symphonic Band will perform the “Overture to Candide” by Leonard Bernstein, “Cauldron” by Scott Boerma, “Symphonic Prelude” by Mark Camphouse and conclude the concert with “Variations on Bingo” by Steve Reisteter.

The concert free is open to the public. For more information, call the music department at 2-2404.

Faculty Makes Music

The Faculty Concert Series presents trombonist Nicholas Orovich on Monday, May 7, at 8 p.m. in the Bratton Recital Hall of the Paul Creative Arts Center.

Featured on the program is “Sonata a tre” by Tomaso Albinoni and performed by The Spumoni Trio; Don Davis and Orovich, trombones and Donald Rankin, tuba. Orovich will play Leslie Bassett’s “Suite for Unaccompanied Trombone.”

Professor Emeritus John Rogers’ “Trio for Recorder, Sackbut and Synthesized Sounds” features Robert Stibler, soprano recorder and Orovich, sackbut. The recital concludes with the ever popular “The Amazing Bone,” with story by William Steig, music by Christopher Kies and narration by David Ripley. Pianist Arlene Kies performs with the “amazing bone” Orovich.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call the department of music at 2-2404.

Student Composers’ Concert Saturday, April 28

UNH music students debut their latest works during the 13th-annual Student Composers’ Concert on Saturday, April 28, 8 p.m. at the Bratton Recital Hall, Paul Creative Arts Center. Hosted by the music department, the concert features graduate and undergraduate composers performing their modern classical works and features compositions for voice, quintet, choir, piano and other instrumentation.

Take a Bow: Staff Recognition Set For May 4

Staff members will be honored for their years of service during the 2007 Recognition Program set for Friday, May 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in the Granite State Room at the MUB.

Interim President J. Bonnie Newman and the OS, PAT and EE Council chairs will host the event. All eligible OS, PAT and EE staff who will be achieving benchmark years of service (10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 & 45) will be celebrated along with the 2007 Presidential Award of Excellence (PAE) winners. All UNH community members are invited to attend.

Letters inviting staff members to attend the programs were sent out via campus mail on February 19th. Please contact Christina VanHorn in human resources at 2-0519 for additional information and/or if you feel you should have received a letter of invitation and did not so hire dates can be verify.

UNH Manchester Holds Open Houses for Master’s Degree Programs

The master of public health (MPH) program and the master of business administration (MBA) program along with the Center for Graduate & Professional Studies will hold separate open houses in May for prospective students to learn about graduate study opportunities.

The MPH session will take place Wednesday, May 2 from 5:30–7 p.m. in room 15 while the part-time MBA open house will be held Monday, May 7 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in room 7.

The UNH Center for Graduate & Professional Studies is located at 286 Commercial Street, 4th floor in Manchester's historic Millyard. The open houses are free and open to the public. RSVP at http://www.shhs.unh.edu/hmp/openhouse_regform.html or 603-641-4313.

Think Summer -Call For 4-H Camp Sign-ups

It’s not too early to start thinking about what summer camp your children want to attend.

With two locations, one in Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown and the other in the White Mountain National Forest, children can choose from a variety of programs, ranging from three nights to three weeks.

Bear Hill Camp in Bear Brook State Park offers mini camp, traditional overnight, leaders-in training and mentor, as well as the teen adventure series. Teen adventurers enjoy all the traditional camp favorites, but explore opportunities related to specific areas of interest.

Those interested in the teen series may choose between The Healthy Athlete (sports conditioning and a Red Sox game,) Island Adventure I (natural history of the Isles of Shoals, including a two-night stay on the island,) Island Adventure II (marine biology and oceanography, including a two-night stay on the Isles of Shoals,) Baaaa Hill (learn to pack and trek with a goat, visit the Stratham Fair,) Take to the Skies (explore aviation and space, visit Pease Air National Guard and try the flight simulator,) and NH Expedition (see what New Hampshire has to offer, including a canopy zip line adventure at Alpine Adventures in Lincoln.)

Barry Conservation Camp, located in the White Mountain National Forest, is run in conjunction with the NH Fish & Game Department. Attend the Let’s Go Fishing program, Hunter Safety & Certification, Walk on the Wild Side or Advanced Shooting Sports weeks.

To learn more or to register, visit www.extension.unh.edu or2-2184. Both camps are accredited by the American Camp Association.

Lactation Room Available

Dimond Library and the UNH President’s Commission on the Status of Women would like to call attention to a lactation room that is available in Dimond Library. This private room contains a hospital-grade Medela breast pump, a gliding rocker, a refrigerator, and soft music. The room is designed for nursing and milk expression. A key can be checked out at the main circulation desk of the library. Please contact Pam Lehman at 2-1512 or the commission office at 2-1058 for more information.

Veterinary Workshops

The Cooperative Extension has teamed up with state veterinarian Steven Crawford to provide a series of clinics on basic health care and biosecurity information for livestock owners.

May 5-Grafton County Farm, North Haverhill (swine, cattle)

Pre-registration is required as space may be limited. Fee is $10. All workshops are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact Tina Savage at 539-3331 to register or for more information.

Free Lunchtime Nutrition Series

Join dining’s registered dietitian Rochelle L’Italien and increase your nutrition know-how. Bring your own bag lunch. Complimentary water and fruit will be served.

Food Portion Know-How: Be The Navigator of Your OWN Plate
Tuesday, May 1, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Piscataqua Room, Holloway)

No registration needed. All programs are free and open to faculty, staff and students.

For more information call 2-862-2583 or email L'Italien at Rochelle.LItalien@unh.edu or visit http://www.unh.edu/hr/pod/pdfs/NutritionLecturesSpring07.pdf

Fellowships Office Seeking Faculty Referrals For Grants and Fellowships

Faculty members, be sure to pass along to the fellowship office the names of students who might qualify as candidates for national and international grants and fellowships, including the Rhodes, Marshall, and Fulbright awards.

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