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    I believe that telling our stories, first to ourselves and then to one another and the world, is a revolutionary act. It is an act that can be met with hostility, exclusion, and violence. It can also lead to love, understanding, transcendence, and community.         ~Janet Mock 

    On April 9, allies and GLBTQ+ faculty, staff and students filled the MUB Granite State Room for their 22nd Annual Pancake Breakfast. The breakfast, co-sponsored by the Kidder Fund and the GLBT commission comprised of volunteers from...


    When Katharine Duderstadt arrived at the Earth Systems Research Center just over a year ago as the newest member of the Sun-to-Ice project, she was given the task of running the Whole Atmosphere Climate Community Model (WACCM for short and pronounced "whack'em") developed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research. 

    Although she had done regional climate modeling in the past, Duderstadt had never worked with a large general circulation or Earth system model. Moreover, it had been more than a dozen years since she'd tackled any scientific research—her hands full instead raising two young daughters—and she had some misgivings about how...

  • “There would be no America if Thomas Jefferson cared more about beans and viticulture than the truth that all men are created equal...”

    So begins a recent article in “Inside Higher Ed” in which the authors argue that an education in the arts and humanities is nothing less than patriotic—the only path to safeguard American democracy. A country built on ideas, dialogue, values, and aspirations, they assert, needs a citizenry educated in the same in order to survive. To do otherwise is to invite narrow-mindedness, friction, and deadlock into our governance, and that, they suggest, is the death of democracy. It’s a strong assertion, but one that has a long history—the ancient Greeks believed much the same.

    In the rush to land jobs and support families, it might be easy to forget that a liberal arts education is intended to...

  • Each year, UNH Manchester recognizes students, staff, faculty, and community partners through the Campus Compact for New Hampshire (CCNH) President’s Awards. This year’s award recipients are Stephanie Parent, junior in the politics and society program; Regina McCarthy, assistant dean of Academic Student Services; and Manchester Water Works.

    Stephanie Parent, a junior in the politics and society program, received the President’s Leadership Award and the 2014 Newman Civic Fellowship.

    Parent, a 2010 graduate of Bedford High School, came to UNH Manchester with a commitment to civic engagement and eager to get involved. In 2012, Parent stepped up as a leader in the Warmth from the Millyard Project where she organized volunteers, identified community partners’ needs, and distributed more than 2,000 items of warm clothing to community organizations such as Food for Children and the...

  • fisherman cleaning fish

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014, UNH will host its first sustainable seafood dinner at Holloway Commons from 4:30 to 9:00 p.m. The dinner will highlight locally caught seafood and New England’s fishing community. Credit: Courtesy of NH Sea Grant.

    UNH will host a sustainable seafood dinner Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in the Holloway Commons dining hall. The dinner, from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m., will highlight locally caught seafood and New England’s fishing community. The dinner is free to anyone with a UNH dining plan and open to the public for a charge ($22.95 for adults; $11.50 for children under the age of 10). 

    On the menu...

  • Mark Sedam

    Marc Sedam, executive director of UNHInnovation at UNH, has been elected to the board of directors of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) as its vice president for professional development. In this position, Sedam is responsible for identifying and clarifying professional development needs and goals of the membership, and developing and implementing programs to meet those needs and goals in coordination with the board. 

    “Marc’s election to the board of directors of AUTM is a great honor for both him and the university,” said Jan Nisbet, senior vice provost for research at UNH. “Marc’s extensive experience and great success at UNH make him a valuable asset and I’m pleased that his expertise is...

  • Andrew Fast and Jim Harding

    New England Society of American Foresters Executive Committee Chair Jim Harding (right), presented the Mollie Beattie Young Forester Leadership Award to UNH Cooperative Extension forester Andrew Fast at NESAF's annual meeting in Nashua on March 26.

    UNH Cooperative Extension forester Andrew Fast has received further recognition for his commitment to the protection and productivity of forests in New Hampshire and throughout the country. On March 26, Fast was celebrated by his peers with the Mollie Beattie Young Forester Leadership Award given by the New England Society of American Foresters at their annual meeting in Nashua. 

    The young...

  • The Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics has unveiled a new curriculum that lets undergraduates specialize in three areas: event management, lodging and resort management, and food and beverage management.

    The new specializations will be offered starting in fall 2014. Each specialization has a dedicated faculty member with both industry and academic experience suited to mentor and guide students through their educational career.

    “The premise for enriching our curriculum was to recognize that students entering college were searching for the ability to not only get a well-rounded education in hospitality management, but to concentrate their time and efforts in areas that have the greatest opportunity for leadership and advancement,” said associate professor Nelson Barber who guided the curriculum changes. 

    “The Hospitality Management program at UNH develops graduates to be executives 15 to 20 years from graduation. This is accomplished through...

  • Alicia Ostriker

    Alicia Ostriker, poet, critic and activist, will deliver the Hans Heilbronner Lecture Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at 7 p.m. in Richards Auditorium, Murkland Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

    Ostriker will discuss the controversies surrounding poetry after the Holocaust: Should poetry exist at all after the Holocaust, who has the right to speak, where does "art" come in, and what is the ultimate value of poetry after the Holocaust? Ostriker will also read a selection of her poetry. At the conclusion of the program, Ostriker will be available to sign books. Select books will be available for purchase.

    Ostriker has published 14 volumes of poetry, including “The Book of Life: Selected Jewish...

  • A new grant to UNH’s social work program will enhance child welfare workforce development in New Hampshire, providing professional development, education, and UNH interns to the state’s Division for Children, Youth and Families. The National Child Welfare Workforce Institute University Partnership grant, for more than $700,000 over five years, is one of just 11 awarded to universities nationwide. 

    The grant aims to strengthen the shared commitment of UNH and the New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) with three initiatives. 

    Traineeships: Over five years, the grant will fund 25 full-time or equivalent part-time undergraduate or graduate social work students who are preparing to work in child welfare. 

    Workforce development: UNH and DCYF will collaborate to design activities to address workforce challenges and opportunities such as facilitating transition to work or promoting retention of...

  • Gene Geiger, owner and CEO of The Geiger Group, which publishes the Farmers’ Almanac, will speak at a joint meeting of the UNH CEO Forum and Center for Family Business Thursday, April 17, 2014. The program begins at 8 a.m. at Huddleston Hall with a full buffet breakfast, followed by lunch and networking.

    Geiger will discuss “The Good, the Bad, and the Sometimes Ugly of a 5 Generation Family Business.” The Geiger Group is a five-generation family business, the country’s largest family-owned distributor of promotional products and publisher of the 196 year old Farmers’ Almanac.

    Geiger will share the challenges, pleasures, and obligations of keeping a 135-year-old company in business and in the family, including the human drama of “entitled” family members who expect to advance and the nonfamily members who fill key roles and try to stay out of the line of fire.

    Geiger joined the company in 1973. He is on the board of Hussey Seating, a six-generation family business...

  • Meeting called to order at 3:10 on March 17, 2014                       

    I.  Roll – The following senators were absent: Gingras, Harkless, Kidwell, Minocha, Shore, Tenczar, Wu.  Afolayan served as proxy for Mellyn. Denis was excused.  Lisa MacFarlane, Judy Robb, and Ed Mueller were guests.

    II. Remarks by and questions to the provost – The provost greeted the senate and described to them a recent conversation with the senate agenda committee about a more proactive method of planning university initiatives. Her intent is to engage the senate for input earlier in the process rather than bringing ideas to the senate for their review. 

    She noted that President Huddleston has asked for a refresh of the strategic plan, which is essentially a review of the eleven initiatives over the past three...

  • Women's Commission awardees

    On March 27, the Women’s Commission celebrated 42 years of advocacy for policy change and programming that invites the full participation of women in education and employment at UNH. Awardees are (bottom, left to right) Ewan Seabrook, Jessica Fish, Kenna Smith, Sarah Daigle, (top) Dawn Zitney representing the Health Services program Being Fierce and Fabulous, Katie Edwards and Kathleen Grace-Bishop representing Being Fierce and Fabulous.

    Members of the UNH community were recognized recently by the President’s Commission on the Status of Women for their leadership, advocacy and scholarship in the support of women’s growth to full potential. 

    This year’s recipients include Ewan Seabrook, assistant...

  • The Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics has launched a new two-day manager development program designed to assist new and seasoned managers maximize team performance. 

    Managing Yourself and Leading Others invites participants to create a personal development plan for becoming a more effective and productive manager and learn strategies that can be applied immediately upon returning to work. For example, participants will learn how to strengthen communication with internal and external customers, manage conflict, motivate and influence others, and acquire resources. 

    Paul College senior lecturer William Hassey is the program’s instructor. He teaches leadership and organizational behavior at the undergraduate level and in the Executive MBA program. 


  • Regina McCarthy, assistant dean of academic student services at UNH Manchester, was recognized by the Northeast chapter conference of the College Reading & Learning Association at their spring conference in March.

    McCarthy was presented with an award for outstanding contribution to the field of college reading and learning. In presenting the award, CRLA Northeast chapter President Judi Salsburg Taylor highlighted McCarthy’s commitment to student development and learning.

    She continued her professional growth by becoming a member of the Learning Assistance Association of New England and the National Association of Developmental Education, and later served on the NADE conference planning committee for NADE Boston in 2008 and served as president of LAANE for several years, a position she continues to hold.

    As assistant dean in charge of Student Services, Regina has championed the services...