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February 18, 2009

Main Street-West Informational Meeting Feb. 20

Members of the Town of Durham and the university community are invited to attend a public informational meeting where the preliminary project design and construction plans for the upcoming Main Street-West project will be presented for comment.

The meeting will be held on Friday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m., at the Durham Town Hall council chambers, 15 Newmarket Road.

The project includes roadway reconstruction and resurfacing, development of sidewalks/multi-use path and bicycle lanes along Main Street (west of rail tracks) and NH 155A approaching UNH campus and downtown. This will create safe bike and walking routes from UNH core campus to the West Edge neighborhood.

Additional information can be found at www.unh.edu/ecd/designmainstwest.html.

Submit Kidder Fund, Pink Triangle and Other Award Nominations Now

In a continuing effort to build a more diverse campus, the UNH President's Commissions and the Office of Diversity Initiatives are seeking nominations for awards that honor those who have made outstanding contributions to promoting equity and inclusion for women, people of color, and GLBT persons. The award categories are:

  • Women’s Commissions Awards
  • Kidder Award
  • Pink Triangle Awards
  • President’s Award for Excellence through Diversity
  • UNH Community Service Award from the Commission on the Status of People of Color

Nominations for these awards can be made at www.nominations.unh.edu/. The deadlines are as follows: Women’s Commission, March 5; Kidder and Pink Triangle Awards, March 12; President’s Awards for Excellence through Diversity, April 10.

Nominations for the UNH Community Service Award from the Commission on the Status of People of Color may be made at http://www.unh.edu/cspc/index.htm. The deadline is April 10.

Musician-Author to Present Lecture

Ted Gioia, author of “The History of Jazz” and “Delta Blues” will give a free lecture March 9 at 5 p.m. in room M-223 of the Paul Creative Arts Center.

Gioia is a musician and award-winning author. “The History of Jazz” was selected as one of 20 best books of the year by The Washington Post, and was chosen as a notable book of the year in the New York Times.

“Delta Blues” published in October by Norton, is a major study of traditional blues music, and was recently selected as one of 100 notable books of the year by The New York Times.

Gioia’s writings have appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Salon, American Scholar, Hudson Review, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among other publications.

For more information, call the music department at 2-2404, or visit www.unh.edu/music .       

Music Department Presents Free Concerts

The UNH Chamber Singers will present the first known modern day performance of Pierre de la Rue’s “Missa Assumpta est Maria” Saturday, Feb. 21, at 8 p.m. in the Bratton Recital Hall of the Paul Creative Arts Center.

On Sunday, March 1, at 3 p.m., the UNH Concert Band, under the direction of Casey Goodwin, and the New Hampshire Youth Band, under the direction of graduate assistant Andrew Maderios, will perform in the Johnson Theatre.

Comprised of middle and high school students from around New Hampshire and southern Maine, the New Hampshire Youth Band meets every Sunday afternoon in the Paul Creative Arts Center. New members are being accepted.

Repertoire for this concert includes “Fanfare, Ode, and Festival” by Bob Margolis, “On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss” by David Holsinger, and “Festivo” by Vaclav Nehlybel.

The Concert Band, the department’s newest large instrumental ensemble, will perform “Sea Songs” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, “The Secret” by UNH grad Tom Bourgault (’04, ‘06G), “Play!” from Carl Holmquist’s “New Orleans Symphony” and “Danza No. 2” by Bruce Yurko.

A concert featuring the Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony will take place Wednesday, March 4, at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center.

The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Nicholas Orovich, will perform “Festivo” by Edward Gregson, “The Leaves Are Falling” by Warren Benson and “La Fiesta Mexicana” by H. Owen Reed.

The Wind Symphony, under the direction of Andrew Boysen, will perform “American Overture” by Joseph Wilcox Jenkins and Symphony No. 8 by David Maslanka. First performed in November 2008 by the Illinois State University band, Symphony No. 8 was commissioned by a consortium that included UNH, making this the Wind Symphony’s first performance of this newly composed work.

A virtuosic artist with a rare combination of great facility and great depth, UNH artist-in-residence Kendall Betts joins the Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-flat Major, K. 417 Sunday, March 8 in the Johnson Theatre.

The event begins at 2 p.m. with a pre-performance lecture; the concert follows at 3 p.m.

The stormy “Tragic Overture”, composed by Johannes Brahms, is performed in commemoration of his recently celebrated 175th birthday. Concluding the performance is the powerful Sibelius Symphony No. 2 in D Major, a work that became the symbol of hope for an independent Finnish destiny.

For more information on any of the concerts call the music department at 2-2404. 

Call for 2009/10 Dialogue Authors Extended to March 2

The University Dialogue program has extended its deadline for authors until March 2.

Looking Ahead to 2009-2010:

Taking care of Self and Community: A University Dialogue on Health

Financial Aid Deadline March 1

Faculty, 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. Applications can be done online at www.fafsa.ed.gov

If necessary, they can use estimated 2008 federal tax data in order to complete the form on time. Questions? Call the Financial Aid Office at 2-3600 or visit http://financialaid.unh.edu/.

Come Join Weight Watchers at Work – Anytime!

Weight Watchers at Work meets every Monday at noon in the Wildcat Den in the MUB.   New members are welcome at any time. The registration fee will be prorated if you join after a session has started. The charge is reimbursed by Harvard Pilgrim for any eligible employee.  Come join us and learn about the new “Momentum” program. 

Parents: Register Your Kids for Fitness and Sports Day Camp

The UNH Fitness and Sports Day Camp, hosted by the department of campus recreation at the Hamel Recreation Center, is offering a day camp for kids between the ages of 6-12, Feb. 23 through 27 and April 20 through the 24.  

The program includes diverse fitness activities from group games and swimming to snowshoeing and indoor rock climbing and more. Drop-off between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.; pick up between noon and 12:15 p.m. Register online at campusrec.unh.edu.

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.

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. 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.  

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.

Museum of Art Calendar of Events Listings

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

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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