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April 23, 2008

Student Theatre and Dance Talent Showcased

The Student Showcase, which highlights the work of theater and dance majors, will take place April 29, May 7 and May 12.

April 29: Musical theatre students will present songs and numbers from their favorite musicals including solos, chorale work, and ensemble song and dance pieces. Minimal costumes and props help to place focus on each student, as he or she performs personal favorites. In the Hennessy Theatre at 7 p.m.; tickets $3.50.

May 7: Students studying aerial arts will spin and twirl, showcasing their athleticism, grace and fearlessness on fabric, trapezes, and the lyra, a circular hoop that looks like a hula hoop.

If you have never been to a Cirque De Soleil production, this is a great way to see this relatively new dance form in an intimate setting. UNH is the only university in the nation offering the aerial arts as part of a liberal arts degree program. In the Newman Dance Studio, 7 p.m.; tickets are $3.50.

May 12: Dance majors select their own music, costuming and dance partners in an evening of jazz, tap, ballet and theatre dance. Solos, trios, ensembles, and a couple of large cast numbers will be featured, as dancers perform material that has special meaning to each of them. In the Johnson Theatre at 7 p.m.; tickets are $5.

Transgender Health Talk May 2

Joelle Ruby Ryan, transgender activist and scholar, will present “Beyond the Gender Binary: Promoting Transgender Health,” Friday, May 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Health Services conference room.

A former UNH student and staff member, Ryan graduated from UNH with degrees in women’s studies and English literature, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in American culture studies at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Ryan is the founder of NH TREE, Transgender Resources for Education and Empowerment, a grassroots transgender group dedicated to social support, education, and political advocacy. She also co-produced two autobiographical videos; 1995’s “A Transgender Path,” and 2003’s “Transamazon: A Gender Queer Journey.”

The event is sponsored by the Office of Health Education and Promotion, Health Services. For more information call 2-3823 or visit www.unh.edu/health-services.

Afternoon Concert May 4

The New Hampshire Youth Band, under the direction of Mark DeTurk and Casey Goodwin, and the UNH Wind Symphony, under the direction of Andrew Boysen, will appear in concert Sunday, May 4, at 3 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center.

The Youth Band is performing “The Battle Pavane” by Tielman Susato, arranged by Bob Margolis; “Alligator Alley” by Michael Daugherty; “Cowboys” by Daniel Bukvich; and liturgical music by Martin Mailman.

The Wind Symphony features the music of David Maslanka, including “Mother Earth”; “Procession of the Academics”; “Give us this Day—Short Symphony for Wind Ensemble”; “Golden Light”; and “Symphony No. 7”. Maslanka will be in residence for the weekend, as the Wind Symphony records a new CD of his music.

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

Don’t Miss May 5 Screening of “Including Samuel”

The Institute on Disabilities will present the documentary “Including Samuel,” the story of photojournalist Dan Habib’s son, Samuel, who has cerebral palsy, Monday, May 5, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in MUB Theater I. The free screening is open to all faculty, staff and students.

Before his son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Habib rarely thought about the inclusion of people with disabilities. Now he thinks about inclusion every day. Shot and produced over four years, Habib's award-winning film chronicles the Habib family's efforts to include Samuel in every facet of their lives.

The film honestly portrays his family's hopes and struggles as well as the experiences of four other individuals with disabilities and their families. “Including Samuel” is a highly personal, passionately photographed film that captures the cultural and systemic barriers to inclusion.

For more information, visit www.includingsamuel.com. Presented in collaboration with the UNH Foundation and the College of Health and Human Services.

Be a Loser, Join UNH Weight Watchers

A 12-week Weight Watchers program for faculty and staff begins April 28. Meetings will be held every Monday from noon to 1 p.m. in the Wildcat Den in the MUB. The cost is $144 for the 12 weeks. Employees with Harvard Pilgrim health insurance can be reimbursed through their health education benefit. Plan on attending an information session April 21 at noon.

Celebration of Life for UNH Employees’ Navy SEAL Son

A celebration of the life of Nate Hardy, a Navy SEAL who was killed in action in Iraq in early February, will be held Saturday May 10, at 3:30 p.m. in the Lundholm Gymnasium.

Hardy was the son of Donna and Stephen Hardy, both long-time employees at UNH.

He entered the Navy after graduating from Oyster River High School in 1997. In his short career, he achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer, served in four SEAL team deployments, and earned numerous medals including two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. He was the brother to Ben and Josh (who died in 1993), husband to Mindi, and father to Parker.

For more information, contact Stephen Hardy, stephen.hardy@unh.edu

Faculty and Staff: Tell Students About Watershed Watch Summer Program

Faculty and staff are asked to tell students about the opportunity to participate in the National Science Foundation’s Watershed Watch program, June 2 to June 13, in a study of the Merrimack and Pasquotank River watersheds.

In this hands-on, inquiry-based program, students will spend two weeks exploring New Hampshire’s Merrimack River where an initial study began in the summer of 2006. Last summer, students explored the far reaches of the Pasquotank River watershed, whose headwaters are in the Great Dismal Swamp on the Virginia/North Carolina border.

Watershed Watch is designed around a partnership between UNH and North Carolina’s Elizabeth City State University, and local two-year institutions New Hampshire Community Technical College and the College of the Albemarle in North Carolina.

Interested students should be Steve Hale at the Leitzel Center, 2-4758 or email steve.hale@unh.edu.

For more information, go to http://leitzelcenter.unh.edu/watershedwatch/index.html.

Spring Greening

Free “Green Your Office” workshops are being offered by environmental education graduate student Tessa Bensew, who brings a holistic approach to saving energy in your office.

Bensew is offering 1-hour, 90-minute, or 2-hour workshops tailored to each office's or department's needs, and will come to you. For more information email the Office of Sustainability at sustainability.info@unh.edu or call 2-8564.

Percussion, Concert Band and Symphonic Band to Perform

The winter percussion ensemble, under the direction of Mark Adams and Ron Goodwin, and the UNH concert band, under the direction of Casey Goodwin, and the UNH symphonic band, under the direction of Nicholas Orovich, will appear in concert Thursday, May 8, at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center.

The winter percussion ensemble will perform works for marching and concert percussion. The concert band will perform “Procession of the Academics” by David Maslanka, “Sleep” by Eric Whitacre, “City Rain” by Judith Zaimont and “Chorale and Alleluia” by Howard Hanson. The symphonic band will perform the Introduction to Act Three of “Lohengrin” written by Richard Wagner, “Conversations with the Night” by our own Andrew Boysen, and “Symphony No. 1” by Jack Stamp.

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

Massage Away End-of-Semester Stress

Health Services offers 50-minute massages with licensed massage therapists. Treat yourself or give someone a gift certificate. (Gift certificates may only be purchased for and used by current UNH students, faculty and staff).

Traditional massage: $35 student; $45 faculty and staff. Hot stone: $45 student; $55 faculty and staff. Cash, credit card, check and Cats Cache accepted. To make an appointment or purchase a gift certificate, call 2-3823 or go to www.unh.edu/health-services.

Retirement Celebration

A retirement celebration for Jeanie Taylor, who has worked at UNH for more than 30 years, will be held Friday, May 16, in the Housing Office from 11:30 to 2 p.m.. Everyone is welcome.

George M. Haslerud Undergraduate Research Conference April 25

The annual George M. Haslerud Undergraduate Research Conference, hosted by the psychology department, will take place Friday, April 25, 1 – 4 p.m. in Conant Hall, rooms 8 and 101. Refreshments will be served.

To RSVP email michelle.leichtman@unh.edu or call 2-2360.

Staff Recognition Celebration May 2

The 2008 staff recognition celebration, open to all UNH community members, will be held Friday, May 2, in the Granite State Room of the MUB from 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

President Mark Huddleston and the OS, PAT and EE council chairs will host the event that this year honors 211 longtime employees for service ranging (in increments of five) from 10 to 40 years, for a combined total of 4,025 years.

A list of the individuals being recognized can be found at http://www.unh.edu/hr/pod/. One list is sorted by years of service; the second list is sorted by department. Check to see if a colleague is being recognized and plan on attending this special annual event.

Farming For the Future COLSA Spring Seminar Series

Wednesdays, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., Cole Hall, room 219

April 30: Sustainability and Profitability of Organic Dairy Farming
Francis Thicke, Ph.D.; Radiance Dairy, Iowa
Ed Maltby, executive director; Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance

May 7: What Do Studies Comparing Organic and Conventional Farming Tell Us?
John Reganold, Ph.D.; Washington State University

The Spring Seminar Series is supported by the Class of ’54 Academic Enrichment fund and the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station, College of Life Sciences and Agriculture.

Think Summer – New Classes begin May 26

Register for summer classes now. Summer Session 2008 begins May 26. Tuition waivers now being accepted. For online catalogue visit www.learn2.unh.edu/summer. To register go to http://www.learn2.unh.edu/registration/how.html.

April ArtBreak Programs

All programs are in The Art Gallery, Paul Creative Arts Center (PCAC).

Wednesday, April 30, noon- 1 p.m.: Gallery talk Master of Fine Arts degree candidates Denise Jansson and Rebecca M. Kallem discuss their work currently on view in the 2008 M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition (I).

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 May 5 – 7. The Art Gallery will be open on Commencement Day, Saturday, May 24, from 1-3 p.m.

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.

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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