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May 16, 2007

Break the Grip of the Rip

Beach season is right around the corner. This year, stay safe when you swim by learning the “Break the Grip of the Rip!”

Rip currents are strong ocean currents that can pull people away from shore, sweeping even the strongest swimmers out to sea. To raise awareness about this dangerous phenomenon, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) third annual Rip Current Awareness Week kicks off June 3.

Sea Grant, a NOAA program, is working to educate the public on the dangers of rip currents. For a free informational brochure explaining how rip currents form—and what to do if you find yourself swept up in one—contact NH Sea Grant Communications (603.749.1565; rebecca.zeiber@unh.edu), NH Sea Grant, University of NH/Kingman Farm, Durham, NH 03824. Or check out http://www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov/.

Reception for COLSA Dean

A thank-you reception for Bill Trumble, who is stepping down as dean of COLSA, will be held Thursday, May 17, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Windsor Charles Room of the New England Center.

Save the Date: Bike/Walk to Work Day May 18

Save the date, pump up the bike tires, and lace up those sneakers for the fifth annual New Hampshire Bike/Walk to Work Day, Friday May 18. Give up your car for the day and enjoy a free breakfast on campus, plus tips on maintaining a car-free commuter lifestyle.

For more information, go to www.seacoastbikes.org. And don’t forget about free Wildcat Transit buses – with bike racks -- from Portsmouth, Dover and Newmarket to UNH: http://www.unh.edu/transportation/wildcat/

Professional Development Grants Available

Staff Professional Development Grants, offered to EE, OS, and PAT staff who want to attain new skills, are once again available. The application deadline is June 1.

These grants provide the opportunity for employees to attain new skills or knowledge that can enhance their performance or eligibility for promotion and can be of specific benefit to the department, college, university and/or university system.

Such opportunities might include:

- Conferences, workshops and seminars, both on and off campus

- Academic courses not offered within the university system

- Travel and accommodations for off campus courses, workshops, etc.

- Special projects, including but not limited to research and publication

The maximum award is $750.00. No more than one grant will be awarded per person during a twelve-month period. This is calculated from the date of notification of the previous grant.

Note: The application has been updated for FY07. Also, in an effort to decrease the number of incomplete applications, we have now included a checklist for review prior to submission of an application. The committee welcomes feedback.

Obtain a current version of the application (PDF format)

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

http://www.unh.edu/inquiryjournal

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.

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.

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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