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July 8, 2009

Professor Wins Poetry Award

Poet David Rivard, associate professor of English, has won the Jerome J. Shestack Prize from the American Poetry Review for "most noteworthy work published in the previous year."

The American Poetry Review awards two annual prizes of $1,000 each for poetry published in The American Poetry Review during the calendar year. Past winners of the prize include John Ashbery, Robert Bly, Michael Burkard, Robert Creeley, Jack Gilbert, Jorie Graham, Brenda Hillman, Ann Lauterbach, Denise Levertov, Jane Miller, Adrienne Rich, Ira Sadoff, David St. John, Gerald Stern, James Tate, C. K. Williams, and Paul Zweig.

Alumni Magazine Wins National And Regional Awards

The UNH Magazine was recently recognized with three national Circle of Excellence Awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

UNH photographer Lisa Nugent won a gold medal for her photo “Hog Island, Maine,” http://unhmagazine.unh.edu/f08/toc.html the table of contents picture for the Fall 2008 issue, and Perry Smith, also of UNH Photo Services, won a silver medal for his photo “Surfing the Net” in the story "Propulsion Techniques," which also appeared in the Fall 2008 issue http://unhmagazine.unh.edu/f08/propulsion.html. Freelance writer J. Dennis Robinson was awarded a bronze medal in the Best Article category for “First Lady of Flying Saucers” http://unhmagazine.unh.edu/w08/saucers.html in the Winter 2008 issue.

Published three times a year, the UNH Magazine is distributed to more than 110,000 readers, including alumni, parents of current students, faculty, staff and other friends of the university. The editor of the magazine is Meg Betts Torbert, the designer is Valerie Lester, and Suki Casanave and Virginia Stuart are co-associate editors.

UNH Manchester Professors Promoted

Kristin Woolever, dean of UNH Manchester, announced the promotion of two faculty members. Tom Birch of Exeter was promoted to full professor and Mihaela Sabin of Madbury was promoted to associate professor with tenure. The University System of New Hampshire board of trustees approved these promotions at their June meeting.

Birch has been teaching economics in the social science division at UNH Manchester since 1987. He completed his graduate work at Indiana University where he received a Ph.D. in economics. His dissertation emphasized the importance of evaluating government investment projects in terms of their influence on business investment decisions and resulting tax revenue. Birch is widely published, including his most recent book, “F. Scott Fitzgerald: Under the Influence” (Paragon House, 2006).

Sabin joined UNH Manchester in the fall of 2007 and now serves as associate professor and coordinator of the computer information systems program. Originally from Romania where she completed a master’s degree in computer science, Sabin also has a master’s degree in college teaching and a Ph.D. in computer science from UNH. She has been published in numerous journal and conference papers.

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