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February 27, 2008

One Week Left to Register for Undergraduate Research Conference

Faculty members: The deadline to register for this year’s Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) is next week. Encourage your students to register online by March 7 at www.unh.edu/urc. First semester research and creative projects welcome.

The URC gives undergraduates the chance to:

  • Gain professional skills for careers or continued education;
  • Gain presentation experience for résumés and grad school applications;
  • Attract attention to their topics;
  • Receive awards and scholarships (last year, the URC distributed more than $23,000 in scholarships to students for award-winning presentations).

Help your students complete the final step of their scholarly and creative research projects. Urge them to present at URC ’08.

“Seeing my students present in a professional conference setting and knowing that I helped them achieve something ‘extra’ during their time at UNH is very rewarding.”

—URC ’07 faculty mentor

For a complete list of events or more information, visit the URC Web site at: www.unh.edu/urc.

UNH Music Department Presents USAF Big Band

From the swingin’ sounds of Glenn Miller to the best of contemporary big band jazz, the U.S. Air Force Liberty Big Band plays it all with style and sophistication. Part of the U.S. Air Force Band of Liberty from Hanscom Air Force Base outside Boston, this stellar ensemble has been entertaining audiences throughout the Northeast for more than a quarter century.

Made up of 18 outstanding musicians from around the country, the Liberty Big Band takes pride in preserving the heritage of America’s true art form—jazz. One of the few traveling big bands still around, the Liberty Big Band regularly performs for audiences throughout New England, New York and New Jersey.

So, whether you want to walk down memory lane to the sounds of the great big band era or check out some of the new sounds of today, the U.S. Air Force Liberty Big Band has something for jazz lovers of all ages.

The music department is proud to sponsor the Liberty Big Band on Thursday evening, March 6, at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public, and seating is first-come first-served. For more information, call the music department at 2-2404.

Commission on the Status of Women Award Nominations Requested

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women invites nominations for a person or group who has made an outstanding contribution to promoting equity, advancing the status of women and who has served as a role model for women on campus.

Nominations, due by March 12, are sought in three categories: faculty, staff and student.

For additional information, contact 2-1058 or womens-commission@unh.edu

Award recipients will be honored at the Women’s Commission’s annual celebration on April 9, from noon to1 p.m. in the MUB Strafford Room.

Tom Gallant Memorial Scholarship Concert

On Monday, March 10, the UNH Traditional Jazz Series will present its annual Tom Gallant Memorial Scholarship Concert featuring New York’s unique Scott Robinson.

Multi-instrumentalist Robinson is an amazingly versatile and comprehensive artist whose taste and expressive range as a performer extends from such groups as the vintage White Heat Swing Orchestra to the contemporary Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra.

The program, appropriately titled “Bronze Nemesis” demonstrates not only his musicianship but also his imagination and humor as he captures the spirit of world-saving pulp fiction hero Doc Savage. Joining Robinson in this highly acclaimed and unusual endeavor will be trumpeter Randy Sandke, pianist Ted Rosenthal, bassist Pat O’Leary, and percussionist Dennis Mackrel.

The concert takes place in the Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center at 8 p.m. Single tickets are at $8, senior citizen and student tickets are $6 and 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 a brochure of the upcoming season and other jazz events, call the music department at 2-2404. For tickets, call 2-2290.

UNH Manchester to Host Graduate School Open House

The UNH Center for Graduate & Professional Studies is sponsoring an open house on Tuesday, March 18 at 6 p.m. This session will provide an overview of the graduate study opportunities available in Manchester’s Millyard.

These UNH graduate programs are designed for working professionals who are highly motivated and capable of balancing a full-time work schedule with evening study.

The UNH Center for Graduate & Professional Studies is located at 286 Commercial Street, 4th floor in Manchester's historic Millyard. The open house is free and open to the public. RSVP to: unhm.gradcenter@unh.edu or 603-641-4313. UNH Manchester, the university’s urban campus, brings undergraduate and UNH graduate programs and resources to people who live and work in New Hampshire.

Nate Hardy Memorial Fund

A memorial fund has been established in the name of Nate Hardy, who was recently killed in Iraq. Hardy is the son of UNH employees Donna and Stephen Hardy. Donna is an administrative assistant in the psychology department and Stephen is a kinesiology professor. Donations may be made to:

The Nate Hardy Memorial Fund
c/o Navy Federal Credit Union
Building 200
FTC Dam Neck
Virginia Beach, VA, 23461

Body Image Author to Speak Feb. 27

Ophira Edut, author of “Body Outlaws: Rewriting the Rules of Beauty and Body Image” will speak Feb. 27 at 7 p/m. in the Strafford Room of the MUB.

Who’s really living your life? You, or your thighs, hair, skin, stomach, (insert body part here)? Edut will offer a radical new way to feel free and powerful in the body you were born with.

“Body Outlaws” expands on the discussion of body image to include race, ethnicity, sexuality, and power - issues that are intimately linked to how women feel about their bodies. Through brave acts of self-acceptance, Edut treats the world to some badly-needed shock therapy, reminding us that confidence and beauty come in many forms--even the ones our eyes have been trained to forget.

Edut is an author, activist and entrepreneur who has spent more than a decade creating ground breaking media projects for people of all cultures and sizes. She lectures at colleges and conferences nationwide about body image, multiculturalism and the media.

Sponsored by The Office of Health Education and Promotion, Health Services, the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, MUB Current Lecture Series and SEED (Students Ending Eating Disorders). For more Information visit http://www.unh.edu/health-services or call 2-3823.

March Concert

The department of music presents the UNH Symphonic Band, under the direction of Nicholas Orovich, and the UNH Wind Symphony, under the direction of Andrew Boysen, in concert on Wednesday, March 5, at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center.

The Symphonic Band will perform “To Keep Thine Honor Bright” by Anne McGinty, James Andrews’ transcription of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Symphonic Dance No. 1” and “Children’s March: ‘Over the Hills and Far Away’” by Percy Grainger.

The Wind Symphony will perform “Joyride” by Andrew Boysen, and “Vientos y Tangos” by Michael Gandolfi and guest, conducted by Casey Goodwin. The Wind Symphony’s performance of Karel Husa’s powerful work “Music for Prague 1968” commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Prague that prompted this masterwork for band.

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

Encourage Students to Participate in Holloway Competition

Faculty members are asked to encourage students to participate in the 20th Annual Paul J. Holloway Prize. The university-wide competition is open to all UNH students who have a business plan for bringing an innovative product or service to market. The first-place prize is $10,000, with $26,500 in total prize money available. For more information, visit http://wsbe2.unh.edu/Holloway-prize.

Teatro Lirico D’Europa’s La Traviata at Johnson Theatre

The Celebrity Series welcomes Teatro Lirico D’Europa with their production of Verdi’s “La Traviata,” March 3, at 7 p.m. in the Paul Creative Arts Center’s Johnson Theatre.

In its 8th season of worldwide performances, the acclaimed European opera touring company Teatro Lirico D’Europa offers a delightful evening of opera with Verdi’s “La Traviata,” the story of the ill-fated romance between the courtesan Violetta and a commoner, Alfredo.

Based on Alexandre Dumas' play “La Dame aux camellias,” “La Traviata” argues that true love must triumph over all and that the highest virtue in a human being is a good heart. The opera is sung in Italian with English super titles and features the Sophia Symphony. Tickets, $50 general and $20 youth (18 and under); $20 UNH students with valid ID, are available by calling the MUB box office at 2-2290 Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or online at www.unh.edu/celebrity.

Faculty Members: Tell Your Students About Graduate Research

Encourage your students to participate in this year’s Graduate Research Conference on April 17. This is the perfect opportunity for your students to gain experience presenting their work to the greater academic community. Participants will be able to interact and collaborate with other graduate students, faculty and staff from across campus.

All disciplines are welcome. Last year, we saw presentations on everything from fiction readings, to inmate interviews, to auto engineering.

Tell your graduate students to register today at www.gradschool.unh.edu/grc.

Registration closes March 15th.

For more information, visit the website, or contact Jessie Knapp jessie.knapp@unh.edu.

Staff Professional Development Grants Available

The next application deadline for the Staff Professional Development Grant is March 1. The maximum award is $750.

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.

The Staff Professional Development Grant program provides the opportunity for EE, OS, and PAT staff to attain new skills or knowledge in a manner that will enhance a staff member's performance or eligibility for promotion and 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

For an application go to: http://www.unh.edu/hr/pod/pdfs/Staff-Prof-Dev-Grant.pdf.

February Concerts at the Paul Creative Arts Center

Wednesday, Feb.27, at 8 p.m., the well-known team of bass-baritone David Ripley and pianist Arlene Kies will present a recital featuring 20th century composers and three composers actively contributing to works of the 21st century.

Included will be the final songs of Gabriel Fauré, “L’Horizon Chimerique”; “Trois Ballades de Francois Villon” of Claude Debussy; “Israfel” based on the poems of Edgar Allan Poe by New Hampshire resident composer and author John Warthen Struble; three songs of Charles Ives; “I Have Given Myself to the Hills” poetry by David Ripley set by UNH composer Lori Dobbins; “Bleak Light” a short song cycle by MIT composer Peter Child and songs by Gustav Mahler, ending with the powerful “Um Mitternacht”.

Both concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, call the music department at 2-2404.

Vacation Fitness Camps for Kids

Chris Ward, an intern with the department of campus recreation, is running two, one-week fitness camps for kids during the February and April school breaks.

Kool 2B Fit Recess Day Camp (ages 6-12)

Feb. 25-29

April 21-25

Day Schedule:

Drop-off: 8:00-8:30 am

Camp Day: 8:30-12:00pm

Pick-up: 12:00-12:15


$60 for one week

$55 for each additional child in immediate family

$10 processing fee if you withdraw after registration

$2 per day/per child for early drop off

Fees include snacks, entrance to the indoor pool and ice skating

at the Whittemore Center.

For more information, contact the department of campus recreation at 2-2031.

New Moms Wanted

The UNH exercise science department is conducting a study on the acute effect of circuit weight training during the postpartum period. They are looking for volunteers who are 2-4 month postpartum, or soon to be, and are breastfeeding.

The research will be conducted in the field house during five sessions. For more information or to volunteer, contact Tim Quinn at 2-1830 or tjq@unh.edu or Jay Hydren at jrm7@unh.edu or (508) 954 9153.

Meditate Your Way to Wellness

Health Services is offering a 6-week meditation series on Tuesdays from

12:45 p.m.–1:45 p.m. in the MUB, room 334. Open to the UNH community.

Led by Amala Maeve Matthews, teacher and member of the Western Buddhist Order from the Aryaloka Buddhist Center in Newmarket.
March 4: Eating Meditation

This meditation will guide you to a greater appreciation of and for the foods you eat. Useful for anyone who would like to become more conscious of their relationship with food.

Led by Kathleen Grace-Bishop, director of education and promotion, Health Services
March 11: Tai Chi

This session will guide you through the moving mediation of Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese martial art to improve fitness, health and longevity. Its smooth, slow and fluid movements promote calmness, serenity and focus to the mind.

Led by Lin Lin Choy, a teacher of Tai Chi and Qigong in London and the US for the past 12 years
March 25: Writing Meditation

Writing has been long used as a way to quiet the mind so the body and spirit can engage on a journey of self-discovery and healing. This session will guide you through a reflective writing meditation. No grammar or writing skills required, wanted or needed.

Led by Dawn Zitney, graduate counseling intern, Health Services

For more information on other Health Services events:

http://www.unh.edu/health-services or call 2-3823.

Book Signings — Searching for Joy

Professor Tim Barretto will read from his new novel “Searching for Joy” at several locations during the next two months.

The schedule includes:

March 6, 11 a.m. - Reading, discussion, and signing at the Tuftonboro Free Library, Turftonboro.
March 10, 12:45 pm: Reading and discussion at the Salem Senior Center.

“Searching for Joy” is the story of a man whose life turns reflective when he learns he has prostate cancer. Barretto teaches writing, speaking, and literature at the Thompson School.

His creative work includes short stories published in literary journals and a one-act play about bullying that was performed at several schools in New Hampshire’s Strafford County.

Faculty Members: Tell Your Students About Undergraduate Research Funding

Please share this information with your students and encourage them to apply. UROP funds research, scholarly, and creative projects in all fields of study.

Undergraduate Research Awards: for semester, academic year or summer (research time commitment is flexible)

Application Deadlines: March 4 (spring, summer, fall 2008 research period), Oct.8, (fall 2008 and/or spring 2009 research period)

Stipend Award: $1,000 (non-credit may be combined with work-study)

Expense Award: $600 maximum (whether or not you are conducting research for credit)

Eligibility: 2.0 cumulative g.p.a.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (Surf):

10 weeks of full-time research at UNH or another research site within the USA

Application Deadline: March 4 for summer 2008

Fellowship: $3,500

Expense Award: $600 maximum

Faculty Mentor Stipend: $600

SURF Eligibility: 3.0 cumulative g.p.a.; at least sophomore status

For more information go to www.unh.edu/undergrad-research, Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research, Hood House 209, 2-4323 or Donna.Brown@unh.edu

Financial Aid Deadline

Professors, have your students applied for financial aid yet? If they want to be considered for all types of aid they need to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1. The form needs to be received by the federal processor by the deadline. File online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

If necessary, use estimated 2007 federal tax data in order to complete the form on time. Questions? Call the Financial Aid Office at 2-3600 or online at http://financialaid.unh.edu/.

Winter Parking Ban at UNH

The winter parking ban continues nightly through March 31, 2008. During this time most campus parking lots will be closed from midnight to 6 a.m. Parking during these hours is limited to designated “exempt” lots, and conditionally available in “weather-conditional” lots. Violators are subject to ticketing and towing. For a full description of the winter parking ban policy and after-midnight parking options, visit www.unh.edu/transportation/parking/wpb/, or call the Transportation Services office at 2-1010.

UNH Celebrity Series

The 2007-2008 Celebrity Series continues the tradition of offering world-class artistic variety for the Seacoast area. This season all events will begin at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center.

Season tickets are available now by contacting the MUB box office, 10 .am. to 4 p.m., at 2-2290 or visit www.unh.edu/celebrity to download an order form.

Monday, March 3, 2008, Teatro Lirico D’Europa –“La Traviata”

“La Traviata” is Verdi's beloved story of the ill-fated romance between the courtesan Violetta and a commoner, Alfredo. Based on Alexandre Dumas' play “La Dame aux camélias,” “La Traviata” argues that true love must triumph over all, and that the highest virtue in a human being is a good heart. Sung in Italian with English super titles, this production features the Sofia Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, as well as outstanding professional vocal soloists from the major opera houses of Europe and the USA.

The Johnson Theatre is handicapped accessible. Tickets can be purchase online at www.unhmub.com/ticket, in the theatre lobby one hour prior to curtain or at the MUB.

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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