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Profile in Sustainability: Ryley Paquette '14

Ryley Paquette

What are you doing as an intern at the Sustainability Institute at UNH?

UNH: LESI Increases Despite Flat Future Outlook


The UNH Lodging Executives Sentiment Index (LESI) for the current period ending November 2013 moved up slightly to 80.0 from 75.0 in October 2013. Overall lodging executives sentiment for present business conditions was up during this current period while future business conditions remained flat.

“There appears to be continued concern among executives surrounding future business conditions, in particular, within transient and corporate business,” said Nelson Barber, associate professor of hospitality management, who manages the index. 

Spend the Balance in Your HRA by Dec. 31 or Forfeit


Employees who still have more than $25 in their Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) need to spend the money before Dec. 31, 2013 or forfeit the remainder. 

The funds can be used only for eligible medical, dental and/or vision care expenses, including co-pays, prescription drugs and eligible over-the-counter healthcare related items such as bandages, contact lens cleaning solutions, and thermometers. 

Carsey Institute: Students with a Disability More Likely to be Restrained, Secluded in School


Instances of restraint and seclusion per 100 students. Source: Carsey Institute.

Faculty Excellence: Kenneth M. Johnson


Kenneth M. Johnson, professor of sociology and senior demographer, Carsey Institute, College of Liberal Arts, received a 2013 Faculty Excellence Award.

The View from the Coast: A Scientist Conducts Environmental Research That Measures Beliefs Not Bacteria


"There isn't an environmental issue that isn't a people issue," contends sociologist Tom Safford.

That's a critical point for this associate professor whose research focuses on the social aspects of environmental issues, particularly in coastal areas. While other scientists are measuring algal blooms, fecal coliform, or water runoff, Safford is measuring people's perceptions.

Visits from Study Buddy Dogs Help De-Stress Students During Finals


Therapy dogs from Pet Partners have become regulars in the Dimond Library during finals week at UNH. Part of the Frazzle Free Finals hosted by the library, the dogs provide a great stress break for students.

USNH ID Number Required to Access WISE after Jan. 22, 2014


Effective Jan. 22, 2014, employees will need their 9-digit USNH ID number to log into WISE (Web Information System for Employees - Social security numbers will no longer work after that date.

If you don’t know your USNH ID, log into WISE prior to Jan. 22 using your SSN and navigate to the “Display Your USNH ID” link on the personal information tab.

Professor Comes to Rescue For Lakes Region's EMTs


When some of New Hampshire’s most experienced emergency medical technicians (EMTs) first learned about a tough new national exam they are required to pass, more than a few worried that the strong, steady pulse that had defined their careers was about to flat-line.

“There were a lot of guys who were very stressed out about the test,” says Shawn Riley, deputy fire chief for Laconia, NH and LRGHealthcare, which serves the Lakes Region, “because they realized if they didn’t pass, it meant a lot of them could lose their jobs.”

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