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University Day Picnic and Student Activities Fair Sept. 18

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
September 12, 2007

The campus community will usher in the new academic year with it annual picnic on Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 3:30 -6:30 p.m. on T-Hall lawn with the largest number of participants ever.

Approximately 110 student organizations and about 75 departments have signed on to take part in the annual event, which includes entertainment for young and old, numerous interactive displays and demonstrations by, among others, members of the gymnastics team, the cheerleading squad and the department of Rec Sports.

This is a great opportunity for students, new and old, to find out what’s going on at UNH and to get involved.

Volunteer support is being provided by the fraternities and sororities, The Thompson School Community Leadership Program, members of the women’s basketball team and the Office of Sustainability as well as many individuals from around the campus.

With the dining halls closed for dinner, UNH Dining Services and Coca-Cola will provide free hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, chips, soda, water and ice cream sandwiches. Sno-cones and cotton candy will also be available.

Because the University Day picnic strives to be a low impact event, there will be instructions posted for recycling and composting. All food scraps as well as napkins and food boats will be collected, pulped and composted at Kingman farm.

The percussive acoustic pop band The Whatnot (three WSBE grads) will entertain the crowd with songs from their 2006 CD “One More for Pocket”.

Well-known children’s performer Wayne from Maine, who has been writing and performing family-style music for the young at heart for more than 10 years, will be on hand for the kids in the Murkland Courtyard. Children will also enjoy a dunk tank, face painting and a bounce house.

Wild E. Cat, the UNH mascot, is expected to make an appearance as well.

The UNH Marching Band will close the festivities with a performance at 6:30 p.m.

Once again, the university’s commitment to sustainability will highlighted with a special grouping of organizations and departments brought together for this event by the UNH Office of Sustainability (OS). The OS collaborates with administrators, faculty, staff and students to integrate the principles and practices of sustainability across four broad initiatives:

biodiversity education initiative
climate education initiative
culture and sustainability initiative
food and society initiative

From reducing emissions of greenhouse gases to composting to courses on climate and public health to cultural excursions, the Office of Sustainability's innovative work has helped make UNH a leader in fostering health, integrity, and sustainability.

View Photos of last years picnic

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