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February 4, 2009

Pettee Medal To Be Presented to Peter Paul Feb. 5

The Pettee Medal, the UNH Alumni Association’s most prestigious award, will be presented to UNH alumnus and entrepreneur Peter Paul, Thursday, Feb. 5, at 4:30 p.m. in the 5th floor Reading Room, Dimond Library. The ceremony is free and open to the public.
Selection for the Pettee Medal is based on extraordinary achievement and distinguished service to the state, the nation, and the world. 

Market Competition Offers $26,500 in Prize Money

Faculty members, encourage students to participate in the 21st Paul J. Holloway Prize Innovation to Market Competition. All undergraduate and graduate students with a potentially innovative technology, product or service should compete.

$26,500 in total prize money will be awarded; first place winners receive $10,000.

Visit http://www.wsbe.unh.edu/Holloway-prize for more information or contact the competition director, Michael Merenda at michael.merenda@unh.edu or 2-3352.  The deadline to enter the competition is Monday, Feb.23.

Materials Science Seminar, Feb. 5

A Materials Science Seminar will be held Thursday, Feb.5 from 11:10 to noon in DeMeritt 240. Professor Julie Chen, University of Massachusetts, Lowell will present “Patterned Electrospun Nanofibers for Tissue Scaffolds.”

The seminar series can be found at: http://www.unh.edu/materials-science/seminars.html.

World Premiere Family Musical Feb. 18-22 at the Johnson Theatre

“The Boy Who Stood Still” is an old-fashioned coming of age story about Renfield, an adolescent boy who dreams of becoming a philosopher. In a world where the focus is on product, not process, Renfield perplexes friends and family who set out to test the young boy and send him on a fantastical adventure of self discovery. 

Written and directed by UNH professor and director of theatre education Raina Ames, with music by Los Angeles composer Charles Pelletier, the production features original music, choreography and the Circque-de-Soliel style feats of the UNH Aerial Dance Troupe.

 “The Boy Who Stood Still” premieres Wednesday, Feb.18 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 22 in the Johnson Theatre.  Matinees and evening performances take place: Feb. 18 through the 21 at 7 p.m.; Feb.21 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. 

A special school group matinee is offered Feb.18 at 10 a.m. Call 2-2150 for details. Ticket prices range from $7.50 to$12.50, and are available through the MUB ticket office at 2-2290 or at www.unhmub.com/ticket

Tickets are also available one hour prior to curtain in the lobby. For more information, call the department of theatre and dance at 2-2919 or visit www.unh.edu/theatre-dance.

Give Peace a Chance

Faculty: your students can learn more about becoming a Peace Corps volunteer by attending one of the informational meetings listed below. All meetings take place in the MUB 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Feb. 12 – room 330
Feb. 25 – room 302
March 12 – room 203
March 25 – room 336
April 8 – room 302
April 22 – room 203
May 6 – room 203

Or Tuesdays in the MUB Food Court between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Contact Peace Corps representative Bob Miller in Hood House, room 5. Office hours are Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursdays 9 to 1 p.m.  

2009 New Hampshire Small Family Farm Conference Feb.7

UNH Cooperative Extension and the N.H. Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food will host this year’s New Hampshire Small Family Farm Conference Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Center of NH Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm St. in Manchester.

Part of the 2009 N.H. Farm and Forest Exposition, the conference, “Small Farms from the Ground Up,” will focus on appropriate technology and energy-alternative topics.
The morning program features speakers from across northern New England. Cooperative Extension professor/specialist emeritus John Porter, well known for his practical engineering applications, will address innovative technology for small farms.

Dan Scruton, senior agricultural development director at the Vermont Department of Agriculture, will speak on best prospects for on-farm energy production. Barbara Murphy, University of Maine Extension educator, will discuss possibilities for collecting and storing energy using high tunnels.
The afternoon program begins with presentations on risk management and sources of funds for farmers. The day ends with a farmer panel on innovations and practical applications.
There’s a fee of $10 per person, and pre-registration is required. To register, visit http://bit.ly/eaQB, or write a check payable to UNHCE and mail to: UNH Cooperative Extension BSC Office, Attention Small-Family-Farm Conference, Taylor Hall, 59 College Road, Durham, NH  03824. We'll also accept registrations the day of the event, space permitting.

For more information or if you require special accommodation, contact Mike Sciabarrasi at 2-3234, or by email at mike.sciabarrasi@unh.edu

Provost Nominations Sought

The provost search committee invites all faculty and staff to forward nominations for the provost position. Ideas and input on the process are welcome as well as on the position itself. An open forum will be held on Thursday, Feb.19, 12:40 – 1:30 p.m. in DeMeritt 112 for you to meet and discuss your ideas with the committee. Contact a committee member at:
Aber, John - John.Aber@unh.edu
Gittell, Ross - ross.gittell@unh.edu
Kinner, Nancy - Nancy.Kinner@unh.edu
Klewicki, Joseph - joe.klewicki@unh.edu
McNamee, Sheila - smcnamee@unh.edu
Rebellon, Cesar - Cesar.Rebellon@unh.edu
Sabin, Mihaela - mihaela.sabin@unh.edu
Sable, Janet - jrsable@cisunix.unh.edu
Swack, Michael - Michael.Swack@unh.edu
Torbert, Roy - Roy.Torbert@unh.edu
Trzaskoma, Stephen - smt3@cisunix.unh.edu

Sign Up For Stress Reduction Workshop with the Stresseraser Feb. 24 or March 4

The Stresseraser is a small portable FDA regulated biofeedback device, about the size of a deck of cards, used to mitigate stress by activating the relaxation response. Guiding the user through a series of simple breathing exercises, relaxation can occur within 15 minutes, calming the mind and relaxing the body.

Explore ways to become free from chronic stress, relieve worry, and gain a greater ability to cultivate emotional well‐being.

Sign up for one of the sessions below. All held in the MUB, room 203:

Feb. 24 –
            1) 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
            2) Noon to 1:30 p.m.
            3) 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
March 4 -        

  1. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  2. Noon to 1:30 p.m.
  3. 2 to 3:30 p.m.

To Register email deborah.wood@usnh.edu, include the date and time you want to attend, or call Debbie Wood at 2-0931.

Each session is limited to 20 participants. Once sessions are filled, a waiting list will be generated.


Faculty Concert Series

On Sunday, Feb.15, at 3 p.m. the UNH Faculty Concert Series will present “Baroque and Modern Sacred Music From Germany” featuring trumpeter Robert Stibler, organist Abbey Hallberg-Siegfried with bass-baritone David Ripley at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 101 Chapel Street, Portsmouth.

Stibler and Ripley are professors of music at UNH. Hallberg-Siegfried is director of music at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Music by Telemann, Bach, Bernard W. Sanders and Jürgen Pfiester will be featured.

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

Music Department’s Concerts Feb 11

On Wednesday, Feb. 11, join the Air Force Band of Liberty’s New England Winds for an evening of delightful musical entertainment at 8 p.m. in the Bratton Recital Hall.

This outstanding music group is currently on tour in the area from Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts. They feature something for all musical tastes: popular, Broadway, patriotic, jazz and folk music, as well as pieces from the traditional woodwind quintet repertoire.

Both programs are sponsored by the music department and are free and open to the public. For more information, call the 2-2404.  

Museum of Art Calendar of Events Listings

Feb.9 Brown Bag Lunch Film Series: “art21: Paradox” Artists Mark Bradford, Catherine Sullivan, Robert Ryman, and Allora & Calzadilla are featured (2007, art21, 60 min.) Noon, free, Room A204, Paul Creative Arts Center.

Feb.11 ArtBreak: “Murals of Belfast” Van McLeod, Commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources, discusses the making of the award-winning documentary. Noon, free, Room A219, Paul Creative Arts Center.

Feb.16 Brown Bag Lunch Film Series:Persepolis” Based on Majame Satrapi’s autobiographical graphic novel, the story follows a young girl as she comes of age against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution.  (2007, subtitles) Noon, free, Room A204, Paul Creative Arts Center.

Feb.18 ArtBreak: “The Boy Who Stood Still” A preview of the Department of Theatre and Dance’s current production is presented. Led by Raina Ames, co-author and director.  Noon, free, Museum of Art.

Feb.23 Brown Bag Lunch Film Series:  “Babette’s Feast”  (Danish, 1987) Noon, free, Room A204, Paul Creative Arts Center.

Feb.25 ArtBreak: Slide Lecture “Leaving the Troubles Behind: Images and Narratives from Northern Ireland” by Kathleen Shine Cain, professor of English, Merrimack College. Noon, free, Room A219, Paul Creative Arts Center.

Feb.25 Book Discussion Group: “Between the Lines” "Matters of Life & Death: And Other Stories"" by Bernard MacLaverty, and "The Price of My Soul" by Bernadette Devlin are discussed. Offered in conjunction with the exhibition "Renewal: Printmakers from the New Northern Ireland." 2 p.m., free, Room Museum of Art.

March  2 Brown Bag Lunch Film Series: “William Kentridge: Drawing the Passing” (David Krut Publishing, 1999, 50 min.) Noon, free, Room A204, Paul Creative Arts Center.

March 4   ArtBreak: TBA Noon, free, Museum of Art.

March 11   ArtBreak: Concert David Ripley, Department of Music, UNH, performs. Noon, free, Museum of Art.

March 23 Brown Bag Lunch Film Series: “The Circus” (Charlie Chaplin, 1928, 68 min.) Noon, free, Room A204.

March  25 ArtBreak: Gallery Talk Ben Cariens, professor of Art, UNH, discusses works on view in the current exhibition “Drawing the Line.” Noon, free, Museum of Art.

March 30 Brown Bag Lunch Film Series: “In the Realms of the Unreal: The Mystery of Henry Darger” (2004, 81 min.) Noon, free, Room A204, Paul Creative Arts Center.

April 1 ArtBreak: Concert The UNH Symphony Orchestra performs under the direction of Christopher Hill. Noon, free, Museum of Art.

April 5 Spring Concert The UNH Symphony Orchestra performs under the direction of Christopher Hill. Offered in conjunction with the exhibition “Renewal: Printmakers from the New Northern Ireland.” 2 p.m., free, Museum of Art.

April 6 Brown Bag Lunch Film Series: “Mystery of Picasso” (1956) Noon, free, Room A204, Paul Creative Arts Center.

April 8 ArtBreak: TBA Noon, free, Museum of Art, Paul Creative Arts Center.

April 13 Brown Bag Lunch Film Series: TBA Noon, free, Room A204, Paul Creative Arts Center.

April 17 – Preview Reception: Two new exhibitions, “2009 Senior B.A. and B.F.A. Exhibition”and “2009 M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition I” are presented to the public. 5-7 p.m., free, Museum of Art.

April 20 Brown Bag Lunch Film Series: “Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine” (1 hr. 39 min.) Noon, free, Room A204, Paul Creative Arts Center.

April 22 ArtBreak: Gallery Talk Candidates in UNH’s Master of Fine Arts degree program discuss their work currently on view. Noon, free, Museum of Art.

April 27 Brown Bag Lunch Film Series: “Shadow of the House” Noon, free, Room A204, Paul Creative Arts Center.

April 28 – Performance: “Art & Dance” Students from the Department of Theatre and Dance perform under the direction of professor Gay Nardone. 10 – 11 am, free, Museum of Art.

April 29 ArtBreak: Gallery Talk Candidates in UNH’s Bachelor of Arts degree program discuss their work currently on view.  Noon, free, Museum of Art.

May 8 – Preview Reception: The new exhibition, “2009 M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition II” is presented to the public. 5-7 p.m., free, Museum of Art.

May 13 ArtBreak: Gallery Talk Candidates in UNH’s Bachelor of Arts degree program discuss their work currently on view. Noon, free, Museum of Art.

May 20ArtBreak: Gallery Talk Candidates in UNH’s Master of Fine Arts degree program discuss their work currently on view. Noon, free, Museum of Art.

Museum of Art Hours: Mon.-Wed. 10-4; Thurs. 10-8; and Sat. & Sun. 1-5; and Fridays.  Admission is free. For more information call 2-3712 or  www.unh.edu/moa or museum.of.art@unh.edu.

Have Something to Talk About? The Speakers Bureau Wants You

Join an impressive list of more than 200 UNH faculty and staff and share your knowledge with citizens of New Hampshire. The UNH Speakers Bureau is an outreach program of the university connecting faculty and staff with non-profit organizations around the state to share their expertise through speaking engagements. In 2008, Speakers Bureau members gave more than 125 presentations around the state reaching more than 4,000 New Hampshire citizens.

All faculty and staff are eligible to join. This is a terrific opportunity to promote your current research, make your knowledge available to the public, and to have an impact in the community. Visit the website to learn more or call us at 2-4401. If you are a current member and have not recently updated your information, please visit the website to view your profile.

2008-2009 Traditional Jazz Series

On Feb. 2, vibraphonist and former New Hampshire resident Ed Saindon teams up with the versatile soprano saxophonist and composer Dave Liebman for the sixth annual Tommy Gallant Memorial Scholarship concert. Bassist Dave Clark and drummer Mark Walker will also perform.

Russell Malone appears with his quartet on March 2. Largely self-taught, Malone’s awesome technique and versatility in the swing, bebop and blues idioms make him sought after by many major jazz figures including Harry Connick, Benny Green and Diana Krall. He also appeared in Robert Altman’s movie “Kansas City.”

The series wraps up on April 13 with Bria and Jim’s Borderline Jazz Band featuring trombonist Jim Fryer and Canadian trumpet sensation Bria Skonberg. Other New England favorites appear as well including banjoist/vocalist Jimmy Mazzy and clarinetist John Clark.

Winter Parking Ban in Effect

The winter parking began Dec.1 and continues nightly through March 31, 2009. During this time most campus parking lots are closed, regardless of the weather, from midnight to 6 a.m. with the exception of designated exempt lots and conditionally available lots. 

Weather conditional after-midnight parking is conditionally available in C lot and B lot, in addition to the normally exempt lots. On nights where there is no declared snow emergency, and no snow is falling or predicted, cars may be parked in either of these lots without penalty. However, if a snow emergency is called, cars must be removed from these lots before midnight or face ticketing and towing.

For more information go to unh.edu/transportation/parking/wpb.htm, or call the UNH Transportation Services Office at 2-1010.

Faculty Members Remind Your Students to Register for URC

The 10th Annual URC will take place April 17-25, 2009. Registration opens Dec.1 and will remain open until early March 2009.The Undergraduate Research Conference is a defining event at UNH. At the weeklong symposium, hundreds of students from all academic disciplines present the results of their scholarly and creative research in an array of professional and artistic venues campus-wide. Demonstrations, performances, a world-renowned keynote speaker, and special guests add to the excitement of the annual conference.
For more information visit http://www.unh.edu/urc/.

Health Services Offers Free Light Therapy to Students, Faculty and Staff

Are you feeling sad, anxious or irritable? Having problems concentrating? Feeling less energized than usual? Sleeping more or having lower quality of sleep? Eating more and/or craving carbohydrates?

You may be more than a little blue; you may be experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a pattern of seasonal depression, occurring every year in the early months of winter and lasting until spring.

Light therapy is one form of treatment of SAD, and is available at Health Services for UNH student, faculty and staff seven days a week.

Daily appointments are recommended, preferably in the morning. Session lengths range from 15 minutes to 2 hours, most session usually lasting 20-30 minutes.

For diagnosis and treatment, students are encouraged to make an appointment with a medical clinician at Health Services or a counselor at the Counseling Center.

To schedule a session call 2-3823. Students: to make an appointment with a Health Services medical clinician call 2-1806. For an appointment with a counselor at the Counseling Center call 2-2090.

Yoga Classes at Campus Rec

Basic hatha style yoga classes are offered at the Campus Recreation Center Monday through Saturday for students, rec center members and non-members, and the community. Six-class session: $30/student or recreation center member; $50/non-members. Basic exercise mats provided. Yoga mats may be purchased at the Recreation Center or you may bring your own mat/towel.

For a class schedule go to http://campusrec.unh.edu/index.cfm?id=64C9465D-D97E-AFD2-BBB892A5ACD83F5E. .

Massage Therapy Available

Health Services offers 50-minute massages with licensed massage therapists. Traditional: $35 student/$45 faculty & staff; hot stone, $45 student/$55 faculty & staff. Cash, credit card, check and Cats Cache accepted.

Gift certificates may be purchased by visiting Health Services or calling 2-3823. Gift certificates may only be purchased for and used by current UNH students, faculty and staff. For an appointment call 2-3823 or go to Health Services, room 249. For more information go to www.unh.edu/health-services

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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