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March 5, 2008

New Hampshire International Seminar Series Today at 4 p.m.

Sheila McNamee, professor of communication, will present “Rethinking Brazilian Public Healthcare Practice” today at 4 p.m. in MUB Theater I as part of the New Hampshire International Seminar series.

McNamee has been working with colleagues in Brazil to develop a collaborative education program for training health care professionals. This program is focused on addressing how professionals can train to become “experts” in health care delivery while simultaneously placing significant emphasis on communication within

Refreshments will be served. For additional information, call 2-3721.

Inclusion or Exclusion Presentation with Paralympian Martin Mansell

On Wednesday, March 12 at 3 p.m. in MUB Theater 1, disability adviser to the sports and leisure industry and five-time Paralympics champion Martin Mansell will discuss the changes and consequent challenges of inclusion that have developed during the last 10 years as a result of legal mandates and increasing populations of students with disabilities in the schools.

He does this by drawing links between the medical and social models of disability and the impact of these models on our perceptions and attitudes. This message is both timely and sensitive to the issues particularly as they apply to accessibility and inclusion. Students and faculty are encouraged to attend.

The goals of his presentation will include:

· Raising awareness of the Paralympics movement

· Encouraging the university community to appreciate more fully the nature of an inclusive society

· Redefining the notion of competence particularly as it pertains to sport

· Dismantling some of the myths associated with what it means to be ‘normal’

· Demonstrating strategies for educators to achieve inclusion within their respective programs

Mansell has coached competitive swimming at local, national and international levels and has served as an education consultant to the Youth Sport Trust, the British Paralympics Association, the Department of Children, Schools and Families as well as his on-going work with the London 2012 Paralympian Games.

This event is sponsored by the Class of ‘54 Academic Enrichment Funds.

Symphony to Perform

The department of music presents the Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Larry Veal in concert on Sunday, March 9, at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center. They will perform Beethoven's Symphony No. 1, "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis" by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Tchaikovsky's "Marche Slave."

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

New Name Reflects Broader Goals

As of July 1, the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) will become the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. This change results from the initiative and unanimous support of the members of the CTE Advisory Committee, administrative director Michael Lee, and faculty director Victor Benassi.

For many years, CTE has had the goal of assisting faculty and teaching graduate students who wish to become more effective and efficient teachers. While this goal will remain, it has become increasingly clear to the faculty closest to the center’s work that the national discussion on teaching has moved from a “teacher-centered” approach to a “learning-centered” focus (Association of American Colleges and Universities) aimed at “the integration of teaching and learning” (UNH Academic Plan). The new name for the center reflects that shift of focus.

Faculty Members: Remind Your Students About Summer Work-Study

The Financial Aid Office is once again preparing for the Summer Federal Work-Study Program. The work-study job request form is available at http://financialaid.unh.edu. Click on work study jobs on the menu bar.

Summer work-study jobs will be posted on this page beginning Monday, April 7 for jobs running Sunday, May 25 to Sunday, August 31.

Questions? Call the Financial Aid Office at 2-3600 or e-mail beth.cilley@unh.edu.

Flute Concert March 12

Guest flute artist and educator Martha Councell with appear in concert with piano accompanist Arlene Kies Wednesday, March 12 at 8 p.m. in the Bratton Recital Hall of the Paul Creative Arts Center.

An energetic and inventive soloist, Martha Councell has performed in Europe, Central and South America, and across the United States. She earned degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. As dedicated to teaching as she is to performing, Councell was invited to participate as an artist-teacher with Oberlin Conservatory’s Panama Project.

She taught master classes and individual lessons as part of the Campamento Musical Juvenil in Panama City, Panama. Fluent in Spanish, Councell was able to cross the language barrier and connect with students of all ages and ability levels. Currently, she is adjunct instructor of flute at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa.

The upcoming concert is titled “Music of the Americas” and includes 20th century compositions originating from North and South America, as well as Cuba.

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

Fisheries Roundtable To Focus On Severe Marine Weather Forecasting

Each year, recreational boaters and commercial fishermen are faced with severe weather events on the water. Be prepared for inclement weather by learning about marine-based weather interpretation and forecasting!

NH Sea Grant is sponsoring a fisheries roundtable discussion Tuesday, March 11, from 6:30–8:30 p.m. in the Hilton Garden Meeting Room of the Portsmouth Public Library. John Cannon from the NOAA Weather Service will be speaking about severe marine weather patterns and the resources available to help forecast the weather. Participants will also receive severe weather spotter training that will enable them to report weather events to the National Weather Service.

For more information about the meeting, contact NH Sea Grant extension educator Ken La Valley at ken.lavalley@unh.edu or 2-4343.

Administrative Office Professionals Conference Set for March 19

The 10th annual AOP Conference will take place March 19 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (March 20th is snow date) in the MUB.

Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources, the AOP biennial professional conference is designed to increase and acknowledge professional identity and contributions, encourage the building of collegial relationships, expand the general knowledge base, and develop individual competencies toward the fulfillment of the university's mission of teaching, research and public service.

This year’s attendees will be registering for two workshops (one a.m. and one p.m.) from a diverse selection of 24 workshops. The conference will open with a continental breakfast and opening remarks by President Mark W. Huddleston. Details of the conference agenda and workshop descriptions are available on the HR website at: http://www.unh.edu/hr/pod/aop-conference.htm. On-line registration closes March 10.

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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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