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Taking Note

March 7, 2007

Honoring Women’s Words

A reading and book signing in honor of Women's History month will take place Wednesday, March 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. in MUB Theatre II.

Celebrate new works by Marla Brettschneider, professor of women’s studies and political science, and Carol Conaway, Professor of women’s studies and communication.  Brettschneider is the author of “The Family Flamboyant:  Race Politics, Queer Families, Jewish Lives,” which draws on her own experience in “a Jewish, multiracial, adoptive, queer family.”   

Conaway’s book, “Black Women’s Intellectual Traditions:  Speaking Their Minds,” is described as chronicling “a powerful and interwoven legacy of activism based in social and political theories.”

Barbara White will give a short introductory talk abut Marilla Ricker and a project of new work on Harriet Wilson.

The event is cosponsored by the Women’s Studies Program, OMSA, the departments of communication and political science, the Center for the Humanities, United Campus Ministries, and the President’s Commission on the Status of Women and the COLA Alumni Gift Fund.

For more information contact:  lmblum@cisunix.unh.edu or call 2-1974

No Cinderella Story For Women’s History Month

Donna Freitas, professor of spirituality and religion at St. Michael's College in Vermont, will present “Sex and the Soul: Why Cinderella Dreams are Jeopardizing the Lives and Spirit of America's College Women” March 28 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Strafford Room.

The talk is part of the Women’s History Month celebration.

While "purity talk" may be unique to Christian colleges, the quest to live the "Cinderella Story" is not. After interviewing hundreds of college students from across the U.S., Freitas found that college women are still hoping for fairy tale lives. During her talk, she will discuss the battle to construct meaningful relationships and experiences in college.

In addition to teaching, Freitas is the author of several books including one that explores "the Bridget Jones in all of us." A book signing will follow the event, which is free and open to the public. For more information call 2-1058

Nominations Sought for Community Leader Awards

Faculty, staff, and students are seeking nominations for four awards to be given out at the Community Leadership Celebration on April 12 at the Elliott Alumni Center. Nominations are due by March 22.

Awards, given for community leader, community organization, student service, and student activist, recognize community leaders and organizations that have supported the university's mission of public service, and have helped strengthen the bond between the university and people who are civically engaged in the Seacoast area.

Nominees must have an affiliation with the university, and individuals or organizations must serve New Hampshire Seacoast communities. Nomination forms and criteria are available online in both downloadable and electronic form at www.unh.edu/serve.

The Community Leadership Celebration is a collaborative project of the Thompson School of Applied Science Community Leadership Program, Cooperative Extension, Community Development Program, Office of Community Service and Learning, and the Carsey Institute.

URC ’07 registration deadline Friday

The student registration deadline for this year’s Undergraduate Research Conference is this Friday, March 9. Students or their faculty advisers should register online at www.unh.edu/urc.

Go inside URC: http://www.unh.edu/ucm/urc/urc2007.html

Brown Bag It for Talk on Population Trends

The Carsey Institure Brown Bag Series will present “Changing Communities: Demographic Trends in Rural America” on Thursday, March 8, from 12:40 to 2 p.m. in the MUB, room 334.

Speakers include Kenneth Johnson, visiting senior Fellow, Carsey Institute, and professor of sociology at Loyola University-Chicago.

During the past few decades, rural America has experienced periods of population growth as well as decline. Recent population growth in rural areas has been uneven, with some areas growing rapidly while others have grown little, if at all. Such uneven patterns are now evident in urban America as well. And, population growth in both urban and rural America depends increasingly on immigration. This selective deconcentration of the population presents important new challenges for scholars as well as for planners and policy-makers.

Crowd Notice: Annual Conference To Bring Thousands to Campus

On March 16, nearly 4,000 people will descend on campus to attend this year’s Seacoast Professional Development Day Conference.

Sessions will be held in the MUB, Holloway Commons, Hamilton Smith, Horton, Iddles, McConnell, Murkland, Parsons, Spaulding, & the Johnson Theatre. The event takes place from 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. An estimated 3,800 participants are expected.

Parking for this event will be in A-lot and other designated lots. Questions? contact University Conferences & Catering at 2-1900 or email conferences@unh.edu.

Award Ceremony Speaker Tells How to Re-learn Feminism

Keynote speaker Donna Freitas will present “Preaching the Gospel of Feminism: Tips on Evangelizing the F-Word to the Next Generation” during the Women's Commissions Award Ceremony and Celebration March 28, from 12-1:30 p.m. in the MUB Strafford Room.

Freitas is a professor of spirituality and religion at St. Michael's College in Vermont and a contemporary author of a book that explores the quest for happiness found in the “Bridget Jones' Diaries.” She will speak about the expectations of the next generation of women and how to re-learn what feminism has to offer.

At the annual award ceremony, a faculty, staff member and student will be recognized for outstanding contributions to the equity and inclusion of women in this community. Light lunch served. RSVP by March 21 at 2-1058.

String Concert

The university’s community string ensemble, The Night Shift, under the direction of Robert Eshbach will perform Thursday, March 8, at 8 p.m. in the Bratton Recital Hall of the Paul Creative Arts Center on the Durham campus.

The program includes “Balletto in G Major” by Tomaso Albinoni, “Wildflower Suite” by James Funkhouser and “Serenade for Strings, Op. 48” by Tchaikovsky. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call the music department at 2-2404.

Eating Crow: Misidentified Photographer

Credit for a short photo gallery that ran in last week’s Campus Journal of a red-tailed hawk perched atop a portico at T-Hall should have been given to Mark Rubinstein, vice president for student and academic services.

Take A Walk: Step The System

Come to the informational meeting for the Step the System walking program promoted through ELF and the USNH Wellness Office and receive a free pedometer. Wednesday, March 7, from noon to 1 p.m. in the MUB, room 33-332.

Step the System counts steps instead of miles and sets a goal for participants to take 10,000 steps—equal to five miles--a day. (The average American takes between 3,000 and 5,000 a day.)

Bring your lunch. If you can’t attend, call 2-0929 or email nancy.puglisi@unh.edu for program materials.

2007 Kidder Fund Nominations Underway

Nominations for the Kidder Award, presented annually to those faculty, staff members and students whose outstanding efforts foster a greater understanding of sexual orientation, are now being accepted.

Awards will be presented at the 15th Annual Pancake Breakfast being held in Huddleston Hall Ballroom, Wednesday, April 11, from 8 to 10 a.m.

Submit nominations at: www.nominations.unh.edu. The deadline is March 19.

Previous awardees will not be considered for a second award. To view the names of previous recipients, please visit http://www.nominations.unh.edu. For more information, contact the President’s Commissions Office, Thompson Hall G14, 2-1058 or email sfoster@cisunix.unh.edu

Dairy Bar Open During Spring Break

The Dairy Bar will be open for breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. during Spring Break, March 12 though March 16. Faculty and staff can enjoy beverages, breakfast sandwiches, homemade soups and chili daily. Beginning Saturday, March 24 the ice cream window will open on Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m.

Advising and Career Center Services

Faculty, did you know employers visit campus to interview seniors for jobs? If you have students looking to you for help in this area, you can refer them to the UACC Career Center. Employers from a wide range of industries return to UNH year after year because of the quality of our students. On-campus interviews begin in February.

With 40-plus companies interviewing for more than 60 positions, there is something for all majors. Students can check out visiting companies at: http://www.unh.edu/uacc/recruitingcalendar.html Students can apply via MonsterTRAK, UNH’s online career search tool.

Do your students ask you to look at their resumes? Students can have their resumes reviewed beforehand at the Career Center, Hood House, Monday-Friday from 12 to 3 p.m. and on Tuesdays in the following buildings: McConnell, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m; Rudman, 1 to 2:30 p.m. and OMSA 12:30-2 p.m.

And don’t forget to remind students about the following important dates:

Feb. 28- Engineering, Technology Science and Health Career and Internship Fair

Additionally the Advising and Career Center can support faculty by providing classroom presentations on the above topics. To request a presentation, fill out the form at: http://www.unh.edu/uacc/formpages/presentations.html. You can also direct students to Hood House or the Career Center website at www.unh.edu/uacc for more information.

Cupboards Low on Food

The Cornucopia Food Pantry is seeking donations after a busy holiday season depleted its food supplies.

Located on the ground floor in Christensen Hall, the food pantry serves individuals and families on campus as well as in the Durham area.

Supplies are lower than they usually are at this time of year because Cornucopia gave out more than 125 food baskets during the holidays. Of particular need are caned goods, hot and cold cereal, soups, peanut butter and tomato-based products.

Cornucopia is open Wednesday, from 4-5:30 p.m., Friday-12:00-5:0 p.m. and by appointment. To make a donation, contact Stephen Luber at -862-1889.

Sleepy Time: Are You Getting Enough?

Brown Bag Lunch Series

Learn how to start every day with a good night’s sleep. Tuesdays, 12:45 - 1:45 p.m., in the MUB, room 334.

March 20 - Exercise
Learn how to pump up your heart rate and break a sweat all in the name of a good night’s sleep. Presented by Linda Hayden, Campus Recreation.

April 3 - The Art of Napping
All you ever wanted to know about napping. Included: a free power nap session. Pillows optional.

April 10 - It’s A Sleep Party
Guaranteed to be the party of the semester. Join us for milk and cookies and don’t forget your creativity - we will be making eye pillows and learning about the benefits of keeping a dream journal.

Open to the UNH Community. For more information on sleep or this series, visit www.unh.edu/health-services. Unless otherwise noted, all sessions will be presented by wellness educators/Counselors from Health Services or peer educators.

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.

March 31- Legacy Farm, Candia (sheep)
April 14- Ramblin’ View Farm, Gilford (sheep)
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.

See the Light at Health Services-Therapy Lamps Available

Health Services is offering free light therapy to faculty, staff and students. Two lamps are available 7 days a week, by appointment. Light therapy is helpful in treating seasonal affective disorder for about 75 percent of the people who are afflicted with the condition.

Visit http://www.unh.edu/health-services/ohep/sad-lighttherapy_main.html for more information.

Free Lunchtime Nutrition Series

Take an hour break each month to learn practical nutrition tips for free.

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.

“I’ll Have A Second Helping Of Compassion.”
A different strategy towards reaching your nutrition goals
Thursday, April 5, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Piscataqua Room, Holloway

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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