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January 23, 2008

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 beginning Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. with a reading and book signing at River Run Bookstore in Portsmouth.

The schedule includes:

Feb. 19, 7 p.m. - Reading and discussion at Parrott Avenue Place, Parrott Ave, Portsmouth, sponsored by Seacoast Hospice Hyder Family Hospice House.

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

Spring 2008 Proposal Writing Workshops

Monday Feb.18 - 12:30 – 2 p.m. MUB, 233, all disciplines

Wednesday Feb. 20 - 4 - 5:30 p.m., Rudman 381, science /engineering

Monday Feb. 25 – 4-5:30 p.m., Rudman 381, science / engineering

Wednesday Feb.27- 4:30 – 5:45 p.m., MUB 302, all disciplines

INCO 590: Student Research Experience (1-4 cr.)

A student may assist a faculty member in his/her teaching or research-related responsibilities. Student/faculty teams may receive support for research expenses up to $200. Students may take a maximum of 8 credits of INCO 590 as undergraduates.

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/.

Get the Scoop on Public Health Graduate Studies

The Master of Public Health Program is hosting an information session Tuesday Feb. 5, at 12:30 p.m., in the MUB, room 203. The meeting will include an overview of the public health field and a review of the two-year Master of Public Health degree and the one-year public health certificate program.

RSVP by calling 2-1128 or email holly.tutko@unh.edu.

January Concerts

The Faculty Concert Series will present four concerts during the month of January at the Paul Creative Arts Center. All the concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, call the music department at 2-2404.

This year’s program includes a Francaix trio, works by Beethoven and Bill Douglas, and a world premiere work, “Little Red Riding Hood,” by UNH composer Christopher Kies and narrated by professor emeritus Keith Polk.

Jan. 27- Bratton Recital Hall will be the site of a concert presenting the music of Wes Montgomery by faculty member David Newsam (guitar) and UNH graduates Nate Wilson (organ, piano), Nate Therrien (bass), Peter Moutis (drums) and Chris Klaxton (trumpet), in addition to Paul Heckel (vibes) and Sean Berry (tenor sax).

The concert begins at 3 p.m.

The program includes many Montgomery compositions as well as standards he performed during his career. One of the greatest jazz guitarists of the modern era, Montgomery’s credits include performances with Milt Jackson, Jimmy Smith, Nat and Cannonball Adderly, Clark Terry and Johnny Griffin.

In addition to teaching jazz guitar, Newsam directs the jazz guitar ensemble and coaches jazz ensembles. He is an assistant professor in the guitar department at Berklee where he has taught since 1989. He is also employed as a senior lecturer in music at Dartmouth College in Hanover where he teaches guitar and jazz improvisation.

Newsam has performed in concerts and clinics with many noted musicians, among them guitarists Jim Hall, Bucky Pizzarelli, Gene Bertoncini and Howard Alden, pianists Dave McKenna and James Williams, drummers Ed Shaugnessy, Louis Bellson, Bob Moses and Alan Dawson, and jazz legends Clark Terry, Phil Wilson, Joe Williams and Milt Jackson.

His extensive theater experience includes performances with Jack Jones, Mitzi Gaynor, Dianne Carroll, The Fifth Dimension, The Shirelles, and Carol Channing. Newsam currently performs with the Back Bay Guitar Trio.

Recent concert appearances include performances at Berklee College of Music, Longy School of Music, Dartmouth and St. Anselm Colleges, The House of Blues, and the Boston Hatch Shell. Newsam is the former artistic director of the Boston Classical Guitar Society and author of the book, “Making Money Teaching Music” published by Writer’s Digest Books, and the DVD, “How to Accelerate Your Classical Guitar Playing” produced by Rittor Music.

Jan. 29 - Nicholas Orovich, euphonium, tenor and bass trombone and pianist Christopher Kies will appear in concert at 8 p.m. in the Bratton Recital Hall.

The program will include works by Prokofiev, Wilder, Cherubini, Hindemith and Fillmore. For more information, call the music department 2-2404.

Jan. 30 - Faculty Concert Series presents the UNH Jazz Ensemble in concert at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre.

Performers Thomas Palance, trumpet, David Seiler and Charlie Jennison, saxophones, Jim Robins, trombone, Dave Newsam, guitar, John Hunter, bass, Mark Shilansky, piano, and Les Harris, Jr., drums unite to perform a group of Dave Pell octets. Vocalist David Ripley joins the group during the second half to perform jazz standards.

UNH Community Class Gymnastics Program

Gymnastics classes for children grades K-8th begin on Jan. 23 and run through April 2, Wednesdays in the Field House starting at 4 p.m. for boys and girls with an additional class for girls at 5 p.m. All levels are taught in a safe, progressive manner.

For information and registration go to, www.unhwildcats.com, click ‘gymnastics’ then ‘community class.’

The Well-Represented Clavier, Vol. I, featuring UNH Faculty Pianists

Music department pianists Arlene Kies, Silvana Sokolov-Grubb, Rob Haskins and Christopher Kies will perform a concert of music for solo piano, piano four-hands and two-pianos written by a diverse group of composers that includes Bach, Albeniz, Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Reich, Glass, Stravinsky and Horton.

Musical styles ranging from the Baroque period through the Romantic period and all the way into the 21st century will be included. At least one piece is from the “Well-Tempered Clavier” by J. S. Bach.

The free concert, open to the public, takes place Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center. For more information, call the music department at 2-2404.

Interim Director of the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research Sought

The Office of the Provost is seeking applications from UNH tenure track and non-tenure track faculty and professional administrative staff for a part-time interim director of the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research to fill in for Dr. Donna Brown, who will be on leave from Jan. 1, 2009 to Aug. 31, 2009.

For a description of the position’s responsibilities and requirements go to


To learn more about the Hamel Center, go to: http://www.unh.edu/undergrad-research.

Applications are being accepted through January 31, 2008.

Winter Parking Ban at UNH

The winter parking ban begins Dec. 1 and 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.htm, or call the Transportation Services office at 2-1010.

Massage Away Holiday and End of Semester Stress

Health Services is offering 50-minute massages with licensed massage therapists. Treat yourself or get someone you care about a massage gift certificate. Traditional: $35 students/$45 faculty and staff. Hot Stone: $45 student/$55 faculty and staff.

Gift certificates may only be purchased for, and used by, current UNH students, faculty and staff. Stop by Health Services or call 2-3823.

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.

Friday, Feb.1 - Antonio Pompa-Baldi, piano

Antonio Pompa-Baldi’s 2005 appearance was one of the highlights of recent seasons. Students and general audience alike clamored for his return; he had mesmerized all with the sureness as well as the stunning beauty of his playing. He has brought his assured touch on the keyboard to some of the world's major concert venues, performing more than 70 engagements per season.

As passionate a chamber musician as he is a recitalist and orchestral soloist, Pompa-Baldi is a frequent guest at numerous chamber music festivals. He serves as Distinguished Professor of Piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music. His program will include works by Debussy, Schumann, and Liszt.

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.

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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