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September 12, 2007

Mills Hall Students Assist Non-Profit to Serve Children

Mills Hall, UNH’s only all-upperclassmen residence hall, will continue its service work with On Belay, a local nonprofit organization that strives to create a community of support for children whose loved ones have been diagnosed with cancer or another potentially life-threatening illness.

Mills students will assist On Belay during its next outdoor adventure program at the Browne Center, Saturday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The program is offered free to young people ages 10-18 and includes lunch and snacks.

On Belay is a not-for-profit organization started in Spring 2004 by former Durham resident and UNH employee Crescentia Healy-True that continues in her honor with this, the group’s 8th program. For more information, contact On Belay at 1-866-44-BELAY or email info@on-belay.org.

Please register by September 19 by calling, emailing, or visiting the On Belay website: www.on-belay.org. Directions to the UNH Browne Center can be found at www.brownecenter.com/contact2.html. Rain date: Oct. 6.

Environmental Data Collection Workshop

The Coastal Response Research Center, along with NOAA’s Marine Debris Program, will host a workshop on environmental response data collection standards Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the New England Center’s Windsor Charles room.

Workshop participants will display and demonstrate their various tools and technologies related to data collection, including:

Personal digital assistants with integrated GPS for oil spill and marine debris data collection
Shoreline emergency response data collection methods and database structure for incidents such as oil spills
New Hampshire Seacoast marine debris collection, identification and mapping
Gulf of Mexico marine debris collection and mapping in response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita

The event is open to the public.

Gymnastics Classes

Gymnastics classes for children aged K-6th grade will be offered Wednesdays starting September 12 at the Field House. Boys and girls of all levels will be taught in a safe, progressive manner by members of the Wildcat Community Class Program and their coaches.

Classes are Wednesdays at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. The five-week session runs from September 12 to October 10 and costs $60 with a $20 registration fee. For information call 2-2181 or email jenni.lymanstall@unh.edu.

Pianist to Perform

The Faculty Concert Series presents Arlene Kies as she performs the impromptus and ballades of Frederick Chopin on Sunday, September 16 at 3 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center.

Kies is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music (BM, MM, with honors) and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Frye Fellowship for an Outstanding Pianist at NEC, the NEC Concerto Competition, a Fulbright Fellowship for study in Vienna, and a New Hampshire State Council of the Arts Individual Artist fellowship.

A frequent chamber and solo performer, she has toured in both Italy and Austria in recent seasons and has also recently performed concerti by Ravel, Mozart and Shostakovich with several New Hampshire orchestras. In April 2008 she will be a featured artist on the Great Performances series of the University of Rhode Island. Kies resides in Durham with her husband, pianist/composer Christopher Kies, and has been a member of the piano faculty since 1995.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call the department of music at 2-2404.

Faculty Concert Series

Flutist Peggy Vagts and pianist Arlene Kies will perform as part of the Faculty Concert Series on Sunday, September 30, at 3 p.m. in the Bratton Recital Hall of the Paul Creative Arts Center. The program includes music by Estonian composer Helmer-Rayner Sinisalo, André Jolivet, Mike Mower, Mélanie Bonis and two Schubert songs adapted for flute by Theobald Boehm.

Vagts holds the academic rank of full professor and teaches flute and music literature at UNH. A native of Iowa, Vagts received her Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Morningside College and her Master of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a winner of the National Flute Association's Competition for Professional Performers and received a College of Liberal Arts Teaching Excellence Award from UNH.

An active performer, Vagts has been a member of the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra, New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Atlantic Chamber Soloists, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Sioux City Symphony and the UNH Faculty Woodwind Quintet.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call the music department at 2-2404.

Kickoff Concert

The UNH Faculty Concert Series opens its season September 12 at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center with a jazz concert showcasing the woodwind talents of professor David Seiler. Rounding out the Jazz Quintet are David Newsam, guitar, Mark Shilansky, piano, John Hunter, bass and Les Harris, Jr., drums. Special guest is Chris Humphrey.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call the department of music at 2-2404.

League of N.H. Craftsmen, Scheier Ceramics, Art Faculty Featured in Exhibitions

Three new exhibitions showcasing the paintings and furniture design of faculty members from the department of art and art history as well as fine handcrafts produced by 75 members of the League of N.H. Craftsmen and works by renowned potters Edwin and Mary Scheier, will be on view at The Art Gallery from September 8 through October 17.

The exhibitions, “Art Faculty Review: Rebecca Litt, Shiao-Ping Wang, and Leah Woods,” “League of N.H. Craftsmen: 25th Biennial Members’ Juried Exhibition,” and “Ceramics by Edwin and Mary Scheier: The Durham Years,” will open with a public preview reception on Friday, September 7, from 6 – 8 p.m., sponsored by Hannaford Supermarkets. Admission is free.

Art Faculty Review: Rebecca Litt, Shiao-Ping Wang, and Leah Woods

Rebecca Litt, “Commuters” oil on canvas Shiao-Ping Wang, “In the Clouds” acrylic on board

“Art Faculty Review: Rebecca Litt, Shiao-Ping Wang, and Leah Woods" highlights work by new studio art faculty members.

Rebecca Litt’s paintings of dense urban landscapes present momentary views of individual characters rushing through the contemporary world, captured by energetic marks of vivid color. Shiao-Ping Wang’s paintings examine cyclical changes found in life, culture, and nature through the use of layered paint and fabric. Leah Woods’s furniture designs are inspired by her interest in the world of women’s fashion and the value that society places on beauty.

Leah Woods, “Vanity with Chair” walnut, Australian walnut, brass, African satinwood

League of N.H. Craftsmen: 25th Biennial Members’ Juried Exhibition:

The “League of N.H. Craftsmen: 25th Biennial Members’ Juried Exhibition” is presented as part of the 75th anniversary celebration of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen.

Founded in 1932 to help New Hampshire craftspeople make a living through the difficult financial times of the Depression, the League of N.H. Craftsmen is one of the oldest and most prestigious craft organizations in the country.

Showcasing the artistry of many juried and supporting members of the league, the exhibition features 91 hand-crafted works—in basketry, clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, metal, printmaking, photography, woodworking, and furniture—by 75 craftspeople.

Beth Ann Gerstein, executive director of The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, is the juror for exhibition awards, which will be presented during the Sept. 7 preview reception. According to the league’s Executive Director Susie Lowe-Stockwell, “This juried exhibition includes a diverse range of craft pieces, each selected for its beauty and unique handmade qualities.”

Selected images from the “League of N.H. Craftsmen: 25th Biennial Members’ Juried Exhibition” include:

Glen MacInnis, “Wall Snapper” stoneware

Betsy Sterling Benjamin, “Blue Lotus of Lumbini” (detail), silk

Carol VanLoon, “Heidelberg” silver gelatin print

Karen Orsillo, Triangle Jar, porcelain

Megan Bogonovich, “Pink Vine” ceramic

Teresa Taylor, “Gourd Teapot” stoneware

Barbara Smith McLaughlin, “Untitled” sterling silver, bronze, agua nueva and coyamito agate beads

Adele Sanborn, “Hope is the Thing” mixed media

Participants in the “League of N.H. Craftsmen: 25th Biennial Members’ Juried Exhibition” include: Polly Allen, Lebanon; Chris Archer, Manchester; David Belser, Penacook; Mary Alice Bishop, S. Acworth; Ted Blachly, Warner; Dawn Blanchard, Henniker; Stuart Blanchard, Strafford; Susan Bliss, Warner; Peter Bloch, New London; Doug Blum, Wolfeboro; Megan Bogonovich, Concord; Sarah Burns, New Durham; Deborah Cary, Mirror Lake; Tim Christensen-Kirby, Rollinsford; Cheryl Christenson, Hillsboro; Jeffrey Cooper, Portsmouth; Judith Copeland, Manchester; Sally Cornwell, Wolfeboro; Kathleen Curtin, Tamworth; Terri Ellen Donsker, North Hampton; Sarah Drummond, Kittery Point, ME; Sharon Dugan, Sanbornton; Kathleen Dustin, Contoocook, Lawrence Elbroch, Kittery, ME; Victoria Elbroch, Kittery, ME; Sarah Fortin, Mason; Marsha Francis, Portsmouth; Jane Frenke, Berkeley Springs, WV; Deborah Grant, Manchester; Genevieve Groesbeck, Peterborough; Ethan Hamby and Shana Brautigam, Rindge; Andy Hampton, Concord; Judith Heller Cassell, Rochester; Peg Irish¸ Madbury; Jane Kaufmann, Durham; Catherine Ladu, Peterborough; William Laughlin, Nashua; Devitt Liptak, Gilford; Susan Lirakis Nicolay, Center Sandwich; Glen MacInnis, Auburn; Thomas McGurrin, Sanbornton; Barbara McLaughlin, Stratham; Janice Miller, Jaffrey; Maureen Mills, Portsmouth; Bruce Murray, Bradford, VT; Ann Olson, Manchester; Karen Orsillo, Kittery Point, ME; Linda Perry, Hanover; Fred Puksta, Keene; Joy Raskin, Bedford; Wen Redmond, Strafford; Maureen Redmond-Scura, Concord; Lee Ring, Fryeburg, ME; Richard Ruppel, Randolph; Adele Sanborn, Webster; Marcosa Santiago, Rumney; William Schnute, Wilton; Lisa Sheiman, Hopkinton; Jane Simpson, Dublin; Gillian Smith, Andover; Linda Sten, Madbury; Betsy Sterling Benjamin, Kingston; Pamela Sullivan, Dunbarton; Mary Margaret Sweeney, Kittery, ME; Teresa Taylor, Barnstead; Becca Van Fleet, Eaton; Carol VanLoon, Dover; Bonnie Violet, Limerick, ME; Sandra Wadlington, Bradford; Carol Walker-Morin, Nottingham; Sarah Warren, Jefferson; Nathan Webb, Bethel, VT; Paulette Werger, Hanover; and Tom White, Northfield, MA.

The “League of N.H. Craftsmen: 25th Biennial Members’ Juried Exhibition” lead sponsor is Swenson Granite, with additional program sponsorship by Amica Insurance, Hannaford Supermarkets, Ocean National Bank, and Sullivan Creative.

Ceramics by Edwin and Mary Scheier: The Durham Years:

Edwin Scheier, Plate, mid 20th-c., ceramics, The Art Gallery, UNH, David Campbell Memorial Collection, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Scheier

A third exhibition, “Ceramics by Edwin and Mary Scheier: The Durham Years,” spotlights two consummate potters who were important figures in the early development of both the League of N.H. Craftsmen and the university’s art department.

From 1940 to 1960, Edwin Scheier taught ceramics at UNH, while his wife Mary served as artist-in-residence, producing hundreds of works for the League of N.H. Craftsmen and helping Ed in the classroom when needed. With limited resources, the Scheiers worked tirelessly to develop a strong and cohesive arts curriculum at the university, while also working with the league at annual craft fairs and shows to inspire an appreciation for fine handcrafts among residents of New Hampshire.

Focusing on the university’s collection of Scheier works, this exhibition is presented in memory of Mary Scheier, who recently passed away at the age of 99. Guest curator for the Scheier exhibition is Elizabeth Lapan of Londonderry, a junior at UNH pursuing a dual major in business administration and art history.

The Art Gallery is the 2007 recipient of “New Hampshire Magazine’s” “Best of New Hampshire – Hidden Treasure” award. Exhibitions and programs are open to the public free of charge.

Faculty: Tell Your Students About UROP

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program supports student research, scholarly, and creative projects in all fields.

INCO 590: Student Research Experience. Faculty members may identify students to work with them on activities related to their teaching or research responsibilities. Variable credit. Support for research expenses available. For more information, contact the UROP office, 2-4323 or go to www.unh.edu/undergrad-research

Important Dates:

Drop-in Information Sessions: Students will learn more about how they can develop a project, investigate a topic, and receive funding.

Monday and Wednesday 1 -2 p.m., 213 Hood House

Tuesday 11 - 12:30 p.m., 213 Hood House

Or by appointment.

Proposal Writing Workshops: Learn how to write a proposal to UROP.

Sept. 27, Thursday, MUB Rm. 302, 12:45 – 2 p.m. (all disciplines)

Sept. 27, Thursday, Rudman Hall 381, 4 – 5:30 p.m. (science/engineering)

Oct. 3, Wednesday, MUB 203, 4:30 – 5:45 p.m. (all disciplines)

Oct. 4, Thursday, Rudman Hall 381, 4 – 5:30 p.m. (science/engineering)

Application Deadlines:

Undergraduate Research Award Deadlines: October 10, 2007 and March 4, 2008

SURF Abroad (for summer 2008): January 4, 2008

SURF USA Deadline (for summer 2008): March 4, 2008

Visit www.unh.edu/undergrad-research Questions? Contact us at undergrad.research@unh.edu. UROP supports research in all fields.

Symphony Concert

The New England Bassoon Quartet makes its New Hampshire debut on Saturday, September 22 at 8 p.m. in the Bratton Recital Hall of the Paul Creative Arts Center. The group includes Boston Symphony’s Suzanne Nelsen, and Portland Symphony’s Janet Polk, Ardith Keef, and Margaret Phillips.

The program ranges through all time periods and from the serious to the comic. Works include “Le Phenix” by Corrette, “Humorous Scherzo” by Prokofiev, “Quartettino” by William Schuman, and “Arietta” by Christopher Kies.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call the music department at 2-2404.

Take A Break on Wednesdays With ArtBreak

ArtBreak Series, Wednesday, noon – 1 p.m., in the Paul Creative Arts Center.

September 12: Film: “A League of Our Own: New Hampshire and the American Craft Movement” The history and culture of the League of NH Craftsmen and its influence on the national craft community is presented. (color, 58 min)

September 19: Gallery Talk: Exhibiting faculty artists Rebecca Litt, Shiao-Ping Wang, and Leah Woods discuss their work, techniques, and influences.

September 26: Gallery Talk: Beth Ann Gerstein, executive director of The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, and juror of awards for the “League of N.H. Craftsmen: 25th Biennial Members’ Juried Exhibition,” discusses her choices for awards and presents her views on the current state of the crafts community.

October 3: Slide Lecture: Michael Komanecky, chief curator, The Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center, discusses the ceramics of Edwin and Mary Scheier.

October 10: Gallery Talk/Discussion: Exhibiting League of New Hampshire members, including Sharon Dugan (basketry), discuss their work, techniques, and the challenges facing professional craftspeople.

October 17: Gallery Talk/Discussion: Exhibiting League of New Hampshire members Maureen Mills (ceramics), Paulette Werger (jewelry/metal), and Wen Redmond (fiber), discuss their work, techniques, and the challenges facing professional craftspeople.

The exhibitions and programs are supported in part by the Friends of The Art Gallery. Guided group tours for schools and other organizations are available with advance reservation by contacting Catherine A. Mazur, education and publicity coordinator, at catherine.mazur@unh.edu or 2-3713.

For more information on the exhibitions and programs, contact The Art Gallery at 2-3712, art.gallery@unh.edu, or visit www.unh.edu/art-gallery.

The Art Gallery is open during the academic year Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.. Closed Fridays and during exhibition changes.

Don’t Miss The Dairy Bar

The Dairy Bar is open to vehicle traffic during construction. There is drive-in space over the sidewalk while Depot Street entrance is blocked off. Do stop by for a bite. You won’t have to fight the crowds.

Stress Buster- Massage It Away

Starting this fall, Health Services will provide expanded massage therapy services to students, faculty and staff, offering weekend hours and hot stone massages. Appointments can be made starting the end of August.

All massages are provided by licensed massage therapists. For more information visit http://www.unh.edu/health-services/ohep/massage.html.

Locally Grown and Organic

The Organic Garden Club’s farm stand opens for the season today. New location: Murkland Courtyard. Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Discount Dining for Faculty and Staff

Acorns Restaurant at the New England Center will offer special luncheon selections to faculty and staff. David May, assistant vice president for business affairs, has developed this plan in conjunction with NEC in response to the closing of the Oak Room, the faculty/staff dining room in Huddleston Hall.

NEC is offering a 35 percent combined discount on Acorns’ express lunch, available Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at a special price of $8.95 plus tax and gratuity including a non-alcoholic beverage. The meal features a full salad bar, soups, fresh baked rolls, signature sandwiches and build-your-own sandwiches, and desserts. Buy five express lunches and get the sixth one free.

Faculty and staff will get a 32 percent discount on Acorns’ Buffet (when available): offered at a $12.50 plus tax including a non-alcoholic beverage. Call ahead to check on the buffet availability.

The Kellogg Foundation's overview of the assembly can be seen here: http://www.wkkf.org/default.aspx?tabid=75&CID=274&NID=61&LanguageID=0.

eVENTS Management System

The eVENTS Management System (EMS), developed by the Research Computing Center, enables customers to register and pay for events such as conferences, workshops, and camps via the web, and assists event managers with tracking registration and payment activity.

The eVENTS system offers customizable registration forms for each event, an online payment feature which accepts credit cards and e-checks and feeds automatically into the Banner Finance system, and 24/7 access to live registration reports.

More details are available at http://www.unh.edu/budget/events.htm or by calling site administrator Jennifer Biron at 2-0828.

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.

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