Partnership Strengthens Manchester Area Organizations
December 12, 2007
Six grants focused on community outreach will benefit several organizations
in the greater Manchester area in the coming months.
With funding from UNH’s Office of Outreach Scholarship, Cooperative
Extension and UNH Manchester, the $40,000 in grants will touch such diverse
organizations as the Manchester Area Homeschoolers, YMCA of Manchester and
the Hillcrest Terrace Retirement Community.
These awards stem from the “engagement and outreach” priorities
of the UNH Academic Strategic Plan, as well as academic program goals in UNH
Manchester’s and Cooperative Extension’s Strategic Plans.
“I am pleased that my office is partnering with UNH Cooperative Extension
and UNH Manchester to catalyze and support new opportunities to strengthen
our partnership and work with the City of Manchester and the greater Merrimack
Valley,” said Julie E. Williams, UNH associate vice president,
research and outreach scholarship.
Williams explained that, in addition to the faculty, staff and students at
UNH Manchester and Cooperative Extension, the grants will benefit local planning
commissions, social service agencies and individual citizens involved in their
These six outreach scholarship projects represent efforts in which there is
a mutually-beneficial collaboration between UNH and external partners to help
generate and apply relevant knowledge that directly benefits the public.
“These projects require the collaborative efforts of an Extension faculty
member, specialist or educator, a faculty member from UNH Manchester, and a
community partner,” said John Pike, Cooperative Extension dean and director. “This
clearly relates to our mission of providing New Hampshire citizens with research-based
education and information, enhancing their ability to make informed decisions
that strengthen youth, families and communities, sustain natural resources,
and improves the economy."
UNH Manchester’s dean Kristin Woolever explained that the “partnerships
bring the resources of the State's flagship university to the people and organizations
that can truly benefit from them.”
“The partnership is a wonderful way for the University's urban campus
to collaborate with the community and to make measurable difference. And these
projects are just a beginning. We are committed to continued expansion of our
role in developing the City and the region's bright future,” Woolever
Projects funded include the following:
Reaching Green through Service Learning:
UNH Manchester assistant professor Sarah Kenick is team leader. Other team
members include Extension educator Michael Koski, Karen Acerno, director, Massabesic
Audubon Center, and Melissa Drury, coordinator, Manchester Area Homeschoolers.
Piggybacking on the success of Cooperative Extension’s Green Roof project
in Manchester, UNH Manchester and Extension can continue the “green movement” with
this project by providing green chemistry training and resources to after school
staff in the Manchester area.
UNH Cooperative Extension’s Center for Innovation in Family Education
Malcolm Smith, family life and family policy Extension specialist, is team
leader. Other team members include Extension educators Sharon Cowen and Thom
Linehan, YMCA executive director Monica Zulauf, UNH associate professor Kate
Hanson, chair, UNH Community Leadership Program, and Patrice Mettauer, Community
Outreach Scholarship coordinator from UNH Manchester. This project will work
towards permanent establishment of a center for family education and support,
in cooperation with the YWCA of Manchester.
"The Outreach Scholarship Program has provided us with seed money to
begin the development of a very exciting collaboration between UNH Cooperative
Extension, UNH Manchester, the Manchester YWCA, and other community partners,” said
Smith, one of the recipients. “It will help establish the UNH Center
for Innovation in Family Education and Support in the Manchester community.
“Because of the funding, faculty and students from UNH and UNH Manchester
will be able to make direct and vital contributions to the lives of New Hampshire
families through education and support and those families will provide direct
input into future Cooperative Extension parenting and family life programs.
It is a situation where everyone will benefit.”
Monica Zulauf, executive director of the YWCA in Manchester, agrees and sees
the project as “a dream come true.
“We are pleased the Center for Innovation in Family Education and Support
will have access to the resources and knowledge the University and Cooperative
Extension,” Zulauf said. She and her staff look forward to moving beyond
a focus on direct service and keeping the doors open and developing evidenced-based
skills and best practices that will help them develop higher level thinking.
New Hampshire Citizen Planner:
Team leader, Extension educator Dan Reidy. Other team members include Michele
Gagne, representing Cooperative Extension and COLSA, Extension educator Mary
Tebo and Extension specialist Charlie French, Kate Hanson, chair, UNH Community
Leadership Program, Kerrie Diers, assistant director, Nashua Regional Planning
Commission, and Joanne Cassulo, senior planner, municipal and regional planning
assistance. This project will develop a training curriculum that addresses
the core competencies that local officials and citizen leaders need to conduct
land use planning that effectively engages the public in community visioning
An Evaluation of Real-Time Distance Learning Practices for Use in Online Geospatial
Training: Mihaela Sabin, UNH Manchester assistant professor/computer information
systems program coordinator as team leader. Other team members include Extension
specialist Shane Bradt, Adam Kurowski, regional planner, Lakes Regional Planning
Commission, Rachel Ruppel, GIS analyst, Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional
Planning Commission, and Jo Anne Carr, senior planner, Southwest Region Planning
Commission, rounding out the community partners. Building on the engagement
of Cooperative Extension with community partners through the Geospatial Technologies
Training Center and Geospatial Outreach Program, this project will develop
an online training program in geospatial technologies.
Reconfiguring Computing Curriculum with Community Service Projects:
UNH Manchester assistant professor Mihaela Sabin, team leader. Extension 4-H
Youth development educator Michael Koski also is on the team along with Karen
Acerno, Massabesic Audubon Center, Greg Hartshorn, Manchester Salvation Army,
Dominique Rust, NH Catholic Charities, and Jeremy Hitchcock, Dynamic Network
Services, representing the community partners. This project involves UNH Manchester
students helping to develop a database that addresses data management needs
of the community partners who will receive training in database use and updating
to ensure continued use.
Whole Grain Foods: Developing a Curriculum with and for Older Adults:
Catherine Violette, Extension food and nutrition specialist, team leader.
Other team members include UNH Manchester associate professor Alison Paglia,
Kerry Olson, director of Dining Services, Hillcrest Terrace Retirement Community,
RSVP program coordinator Shirley Frost, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program,
and Barbara Vigneault, director, Senior Services Dept. of the City of Manchester.
This project will create an educational curriculum to help older adults select
and consume more whole grain foods. What is unique about this project is that
older adults will be full partners in this process.
For more information on the partnerships or UNH’s Outreach scholarship
initiative and partnership between UNH Manchester and Cooperative Extension,
contact Trece Mettauer, Outreach Scholarship Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org