From the Provost
I hope you are enjoying your summer and that you are able to spend some quality time with your friends and family. On campus, our summer youth programs are in full swing, and our campus is rich and vibrant with many different activities, including many improvement projects, several of which are designed to address the capacity issues created by our recent growth.
All signs point to a large freshmen class this fall. In fact, the number of admitted students who paid their deposit and attended June orientation is at an all-time high of 95%. While this is certainly good news, we will have to come up with creative solutions as our resources are strained to the maximum. We have to do this without compromising quality. As an engineer, I like to think of this as a “good problem,” albeit a tough one.
At the beginning of the fall semester, I will share with you recent accomplishments in many of the colleges and schools, our goals for the next academic year, changes in personnel, and our collective vision for the university. Meanwhile, I wish you a very productive and relaxing summer.
PT (Vasu) Vasudevan
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Tuesday, November 10, 2015 will follow Wednesday’s schedule
Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,
You may recall that last spring the Faculty Senate, in consultation with Academic Affairs, approved the motion NOT to cancel classes on the Fall Break Day, and instead approved canceling classes on the Wednesday before the Thanksgiving break. Unfortunately, this combined with the fact that Veteran’s Day falls on a Wednesday this fall, has led to a discrepancy between the number of classes that are offered on TR and MW.
In order to correct this oversight, and to ensure that we have the same number of TR and MW (28 each), we (after careful consultation with various constituents) have decided that Tuesday, November 10, 2015 will follow Wednesday’s schedule.
Deborah Kinghorn – Chair, Faculty Senate
Andy Colby – Registrar
PT Vasudevan – Interim Provost and VP Academic Affairs
It is my pleasure to inform you that Professor Mary Rhiel, currently a Faculty Fellow in COLA, has agreed to serve as Interim Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs (SVPAA). As Faculty Fellow, Mary is exposed to the full array of activities in the dean's office. As Interim Senior Vice Provost, Mary will have oversight and coordination responsibility for a wide range of academic curricula and policies, and for academic strategic initiatives, such as eUNH, and the development of the University of Choice initiative. In particular, she will oversee the undergraduate curriculum and university-wide programs including the Discovery Program, Honors Program, Writing Program, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research, the Fellowships Office, and ROTC. She will also oversee the University’s international initiatives, including the Center for International Education, the Office of International Students and Scholars, and the UNH- Navitas partnership.
PT (Vasu) Vasudevan
It is my pleasure to inform you that Professor Stacy VanDeveer, currently Chair of the Department of Political Science, has agreed to serve as Program Chair of the Dual Major in Sustainability (DMS). This is a three-year term. As Program Chair, Professor VanDeveer will chair the University Committee for the Dual Major in Sustainability (UCDMS); oversee curriculum design, approval and implementation; support the Teaching Fellow, and report to the Senior Vice Provost of Academic Affairs. In collaboration with the University Committee for the Dual Major, the Program Chair will work to establish the DMS as a viable and enticing dual major. I would like to thank the members of the search committee: Professors Paula Salvio, Kevin Gardner, Semra Aytur, Kimberly Babbitt and Lawrence Hamilton.
PT (Vasu) Vasudevan
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