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Taking Note

March 28, 2007

Humanities Conversations Continue

At 4 p.m. today, the Center for the Humanities and the department of English will host “Humanities Research in the New Millennium,” in Piscataqua Room, Holloway Commons.

The event continues the six-part Humanities Conversations series that began in February and examines the role of the humanities in a 21st century research university. Traditionally, the humanities, in particular, and the liberal arts, more generally, have been valued as the core of a university education. These discussions question whether that is still the case in the emergent research university of the twenty-first century and, at a time in which many claim that values and technologies have shifted radically, and asks how the humanities remain significant.

Panelists for the discussion are Jane Bellamy (English), Bill Harris (history), John Aber (vp for Research and Public Service), Sarah Sherman (English) and Burt Feintuch (English/director, Center for the Humanities).

“Humanities Teaching in the New Millenium” will take place Wednesday, April 4 at 4 p.m. in the Oak Room, Huddleston Hall while “The Humanities Future” will be held Wednesday, April 11, at 4 p.m. in the Piscataqua Room, Holloway Commons.

Latin American Guitar Concert Today

A special concert featuring classical, jazz and Latin American compositions for guitar will be presented in The Art Gallery, Paul Creative Arts Center, on Wednesday, March 28, at noon.

Offered as part of The Art Gallery’s weekly series of ArtBreak programs, David Newsam and Friends is free and open to the public.

Newsam holds a BM degree from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., and is currently on the faculty there as well as at Dartmouth College in Hanover. He created the jazz guitar program at the UNH where he teaches, directs the UNH Jazz Guitar Ensemble, and coaches jazz ensembles.

David Newsam and Friends features Newsam on guitar, accompanied by Andy Greene, William Hinkle, Greg Neveau, and Jim Webber. The guest performers are UNH students. Webber is a Ph.D. candidate in the English department; and Green, Hinkle and Neveau are graduate candidates in the department of music.

The concert will include solo classical pieces from composers Astor Piazzolla, Antonio Carlos, and Heitor Villa-Lobos. In addition, jazz selections by composers Oliver Nelson, Thelonious Monk, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, will be performed.

Pulitzer Prize Winner Edward P. Jones Here April 2

The English department’s 2006-2007 Writers Series welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward P. Jones, who will read from his works Monday, April 2, at 6 p.m. in the Strafford Room of the MUB. The event is free and open to the public.

Jones’ first book, a collection of short stories titled “Lost in the City,” was originally published by William Morrow in 1992 and was short-listed for the National Book Award. Jones was named a National Book Award finalist for a second time with the publication of his debut novel, “The Known World,” which subsequently won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

Born and raised in Washington, D.C. Jones is the winner of the Pen/Hemingway Award and recipient of the Lannan Foundation Grant and a MacArthur Fellowship. He was educated at Holy Cross College and the University of Virginia.

For more information, contact Susan Dumais at the UNH English department at 2-1313 and susan.dumais@unh.edu.

Save the Date: Alumni Wine and Cheese Reception

The Alumni Association will hold a wine and cheese reception to help raise awareness about membership dues program at the Elliott Alumni Center on Wednesday, April 4th, from 4– 5:30 p.m.

The membership dues initiative largely supports alumni programs and communications. Anyone may become a member; it’s the best way to keep alumni and colleagues connected to UNH.

A discounted rate of $20 is available to faculty and staff (a $15 savings). New and renewing members will be automatically entered into a drawing for a man’s or woman’s Seiko watch with the UNH seal, valued at $279.

For more information and to RSVP contact Lucie Asselin, 2-3650 or email lucie.asselin@unh.edu or visit www.alumni.unh.edu/join.

Don’t Miss the Last Jazz Concert of the Season

Noting that jazz had its birth over a century ago in the multicultural milieu of New Orleans, the UNH Traditional Jazz Series, in its final concert of the season on Monday, April, 2, will celebrate the current universal scope of jazz’s traditions and dialects. The protagonists are two young American northeasterners who have traveled widely and experienced the interaction of the music with other cultures.

Saxophonist Dave Pietro is particularly known for his explorations of Brazilian music, but was also a principal player in the Toshiko Akiyoshi—Lew Tabackin Big Band for several years. Pianist Jonathan Katz moved from New York to Tokyo in 1991; thus their ensemble is appropriately named the New York—Tokyo Connection, and is completed by bassist Daiku Yasukagawa and drummer Yoshihito Eto.

The concert takes place in the Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center at 8:00 p.m. Single tickets are $8 adult; $6 for senior citizen and student. Both are available at the MUB Ticket Office, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and one hour prior to the concert.

For information call the department of music at 2-2404. For tickets, call 2-2290.

One-Woman Play Provides Funny Look at Climate Change

“The Boycott,” a one-woman show written and performed by Kathryn Blume and directed by Jason Jacobs, will be presented Wednesday, April 4, at 7 p.m. in Murkland, room 115.

Inspired by the ancient Greek anti-war comedy “Lysistrata,” “The Boycott” tells the story of a First Lady of the United States launching a nationwide sex strike to fight global warming and save the world.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited; first come, first serve.

“The Boycott,” is presented by the Discovery Program University-wide Dialogue on Energy, the Office of Sustainability, MUB Programming, Residential Life, the department of Theatre and Dance, Mask & Dagger, WildACTS, and the Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC).

Great Bay Coast Watch Launches Monitoring Season

For the past 17 years, the volunteers of the Great Bay Coast Watch have been monitoring the quality of the water in the Great Bay Estuary as well as the quantity of phytoplankton along the coast. This year’s monitoring season is about to begin.

The Watch will report on its past activities and its future plans at a dinner Tuesday, April 10 at Newick’s Restaurant in Dover from 6-8:30p.m. The event will include a presentation on the seasonal movement of lobsters and horseshoe crabs in Great Bay by Win Watson, University of New Hampshire professor of zoology.

The meeting is open to the public and dinner costs $5 per person. To make reservations for the dinner or for more information on the organization, contact GBCW coordinator Ann Reid at 603-749-1565 or by email at ann.reid@unh.edu). The activities of the Watch are supported by NH Sea Grant and UNH Cooperative Extension.

Social Capital in NH: Bring Your Lunch

The Carsey Institute Brown Bag lunch series continues with “Social Infrastructure in New Hampshire: Results from the 2006 Social Capital Survey” Thursday, March 29, in the MUB room 334 from 12:40 – 2 p.m.
Speakers Lewis Feldstein, president, NH Charitable Foundation and Ross Gittell, senior fellow, Carsey Institute and James R. Carter professor of management will review findings from the 2006 Social Capital Survey for New Hampshire. Data will be compared to 2000 results and to the U.S. The implications of the data and findings for public policies and foundation programs will be reviewed and discussed.

For more information: http://www.carseyinstitute.unh.edu/seminars_spring07.html.

Annual Essay Contest Call

Faculty and staff: remind your students about Phi Beta Kappa’s 19th Annual General Education Essay Competition for first-year students and sophomores, as well as the 10th Annual Competition for juniors and seniors sponsored by the Humanities Program.

Winners of each will receive a $100 with up to two additional prizes of $50 at the Phi Beta Kappa initiation ceremony in early May.

The 3000-word maximum essays must be endorsed in a statement by the course instructor, must have been written as regular assignments in general education courses offered in fall 2006 or spring 2007, or during the spring 2006 if their due date was before April 15...

The deadline for submission of essays is Friday, April 6.

The competition was initiated by professor Barbara Cooper to encourage freshmen and sophomores in general education courses to strive for excellence in written work. One does not have to be a member of PBK to submit an essay; all are encouraged to submit their superior work.

Essays will be judged on depth of analysis, clarity of thesis, originality of thinking, synthesis of evidence, clarity of expression, correct usage, and organization. Submissions should be scholarly essays rather than personal narratives. For further details, contact professor R. Scott Smith (LLC/Classics) at 2-2388 or rss3@cisunix.unh.edu.

EOS Concerts

The spring SPHERES series presents the following concerts on Thursdays from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in the Morse Hall atrium:

March 29 – The Felice Pomeranz Jazz Quartet (The Gilded Harps of Boston)

April 19 – Percussia

May 10 – Elizabeth and the Catapult

Complimentary seasonal refreshments.

Comedic Drama at Hennessy Theatre

The theatre department will present “Adaptation” at the Hennessy Theatre April 18 through April 22 at 7 p.m.

A parody about life, the play takes us from birth through death and dramatizes life’s madness and familiarities. This must-see play was written by Elaine May, who penned the films “Primary Colors,” The Birdcage,” and “Heaven Can Wait.”

This play may be inappropriate for those age14 and under.

Director Deborah A. Kinghorn, chair of the department of theatre and dance, teaches acting, movement and vocal production, dialects and auditioning. She holds a B.A. in theatre from SUNY at Fredonia and an MFA in acting from Trinity University, San Antonio. She is a master teacher of Lessac Kinesensic training, and regularly teaches at the Lessac Summer Intensive Workshop.

She also serves on the board of the Lessac Training and Research Institute, Inc. and as coordinator of workshops for the Institute. She has been the voice, text and dialects coach in many professional theatres, including the Alley Theatre in Houston, the Dallas Theatre Center, the Houston Shakespeare Festival, Stages and TheatreLab Houston. She received the University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award in 1995. She is a member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association, the Shakespeare Theatre Association of America, and Actors' Equity Association.

For tickets, contact the MUB ticket office, Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. or call at 2-2290 or online www.unhmub.com. Tickets are $7.50 for general admission; $6.50 for seniors and UNH ID holders; and $5.50 for groups of 15 or more. The box office opens one hour before the show. For more information, call the theatre and dance office at 2-2919.

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.

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

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.

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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