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Saying Thanks the Old-Fashioned Way

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
July 11, 2007

Thank you never tasted so good.

On June 22, Interim president J. Bonnie Newman and chief faculty marshal Nancy Kinner invited everyone who helped make this year’s honors convocation and commencement ceremonies such a success to an ice cream social featuring Kinner’s ‘World Famous’ hot fudge.

Her secret? Maple syrup.

“This is a recipe that I’ve used quite frequently for campus events,” Kinner said of the gooey concoction. “It’s very thick.”

For the batch served at the social, Kinner used 2 ½ quarts of maple syrup, 24 baker’s size chocolate bars and several sticks of butter. She started making the hot fudge at 5:30 in the morning and finished about two hours later.

“This is a nice way to say thank you,” said Al Nation, a facilities worker who, among others, was charged with wiping down the 10,000 chairs set up on the field at Cowell Stadium for students, their families and friends.

In addition to Kinner’s hot fudge, the table outside the Whittemore Center was laden with an assortment of ice cream toppings such as butterscotch sauce, rainbow sprinkles, chucks of Oreos, walnuts, cherries, mini M&Ms, crushed Health Bars and, of course, whipped cream.

“What a wonderful payback. This is delicious,” said Jon Plodzik, newly-named director of dining. “And it’s Friday so we don’t have to worry about the calories. This is a great event. It’s good to be here.”

More than 200 volunteers and hundreds of UNH employees assisted with the 2007 commencement.

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