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  • After an extensive review of the facts, Provost John Aber has determined that it is appropriate to terminate the employment of Marco Dorfsman, associate professor of Spanish, effective May 17, 2013. Dorfsman admitted to intentionally lowering the student evaluations of another faculty member. This serious breach of ethical standards constitutes moral turpitude that cannot be tolerated at UNH. 

    Aber’s determination was informed by the recommendation of the Professional Standards Committee (PSC) of the Faculty Senate. The PSC members unanimously agreed that Dorfsman’s conduct constituted moral turpitude and “evinces a gross disregard for the rights of others, is a clear and intentional breach of duties owed to others and to the university by virtue of employment at UNH and membership in the profession, in which such an act is considered contrary to the accepted and expected rules of moral behavior, justice, or honesty, and evokes condemnation.” The...

  • Through generous donations from members of the UNH community, the 14th University Community Scholarship will be awarded in May. This year’s award is approximately $5,000. The size of the endowment that supports the scholarship is now $117,579.  

    This scholarship, which reflects the commitment and dedication of all members of the university community, will be awarded to UNH-Durham or UNH-Manchester students.  

    This is your opportunity to nominate a deserving undergraduate or graduate student or, if you are a student, apply for the scholarship award. Note the deadlines and instructions. 

    Awards are based on academic merit and community involvement. The selection committee is particularly interested in community involvement beyond paid employment and efforts on behalf of academic requirements. The award may be renewed for up to four years; however, the student must re-apply each year. The selection committee includes a faculty member, a PAT...

  • UNH Choir

     

    The  will compete in one of the most prestigious choral competitions in the world later this month -- the 13th Marktoberdorf International Choral Competition, in Bavaria, Germany.  

    Held every two years since 1989, the competition and festival runs May 16-22, 2013, and requires a competitive screening audition before the final competitors are selected. Only the finest choirs are invited to compete. 

    “It is a great honor for the Chamber Singers to be invited. Since its inception, the Marktoberdorf competition has featured nearly 200 choirs from all over the world. The list of participants reads like a ‘who’s-Who’ of the world’s major choral...

  • Nicole Chartier, a senior linguistics major, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) at the District University of Bogotá in Columbia.

    The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. educational and cultural exchange program, offering opportunities for students to engage in international graduate study, advanced research in foreign countries, and English language teaching worldwide.

    Colombia looks for students who have Spanish language ability; academic backgrounds in fields like English, education, or linguistics; and some teaching or tutoring experience. In addition to her coursework in linguistics and Spanish, Chartier completed a tutor-training program through the UNH Manchester Center for Academic Enrichment, where she has worked for the past three years and teaches with the English as a Second Language (ESOL) bridge program.

    “Nicole has been an integral part of my classroom 'team' for the last several semesters,” said Dot...

  • The Provost Search Committee has announced three candidates for the position of provost as well as open forums for each in both Durham and Manchester. Curricula vitae for the candidates can be found on the search website. The forums on the Durham campus will be videotaped and posted to the provost search website as soon as possible. In addition, a form to provide feedback on the candidates will be available at each forum as well as on the provost search website.

    Durham open forums:

    James Wible
    Thursday, May 2, 12:40-2 p.m., MUB Granite State Room
    Thursday, May 2, 4 to 5 p.m., Horton Room 307

    Willem deVries  
    Tuesday, May 7, 12:40-2 p.m., MUB Theater II
    Tuesday, May 7, 4 to 5 p.m., Horton Room 307

    Manchester open forums:

    Friday, April 26, 10-11:15 a.m., Room 323 UNH M - Lisa MacFarlane
    Friday, May 3, 10-11:15 a.m., Room 268 UNH M - James Wible
    Monday, May 6, 10-11:15 a.m., Room 268 UNH M - Willem deVries

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  • Andrew Laurie Stangel, adjunct professor of art history at UNH Manchester, has been named the recipient of the college’s 2013 Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award.  Stangel will be recognized at the college’s 28th annual commencement ceremony Thursday, May 16 in Arms Park in Manchester.

     The UNH Adjunct Faculty Award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the college through demonstrated teaching excellence in a minimum of six undergraduate courses. With students who routinely describe his knowledge as “encyclopedic” and “phenomenal,” Stangel’s energy and enthusiasm in his classes is what truly sets him apart. 

    Having spent decades in the U.S. and abroad lecturing at colleges, universities, art museums, and galleries, Stangel’s knowledge and passion for art and history engages and excites students. His courses are illustrated with his vast firsthand knowledge and experience of art-historical topics and his students’ are the...

  • The Carsey Institute and the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics will present the Stonyfield Entrepreneurship Institute, a "boot camp" for community-minded entrepreneurs May 28-29, 2013, at the Courtyard Marriott Grappone Conference Center in Concord.

    The institute offers an intensive and interactive environment for entrepreneurs to learn about financing, marketing, managing change, and other areas fundamental to growing an enterprise. The program was conceived by Stonyfield Farm co-founder Gary Hirshberg, and is run jointly by Hirshberg and Michael Swack, faculty member at Paul College.

    This year’s program includes sessions on finance, marketing, understanding the triple bottom line, and digital media. On Tuesday, May 28, the program will feature the presentation of case studies in finance, marketing, and organizational development as well as several live business plan critiques of pre-selected businesses.

    Speakers will...

  • Jenny JingSenior Jenny Jing has been selected as an Alvan T. – Viola D. Fuller Junior Research Fellow by the American Cancer Society. The prestigious Fuller Fellowships give undergraduate students from New England an opportunity to participate in laboratories performing cancer-related research for 10 weeks in the summer of 2013.  

    Jing, a biomedical sciences major and Honors Program student from Durham, will work in the Massachusetts General Hospital lab of Andrea McClatchey, professor of pathology at the Harvard Medical School. The fellowship provides Jing with a stipend of $4,500.  

    With her sights set on attending medical school to pursue a joint M.D./Ph.D., Jing calls the Fuller Fellowship a dream come true. She got the news while in Rudman Hall, home of several UNH research laboratories, and “I...

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    Summer Cook and

    Madeline Allen ’14 (left)Summer Cook, assistant professor of exercise science, right. *(Center: unidentified research subject.

    To build strength in elderly adults, UNH researcher Summer Cook has a secret weapon: youth. Specifically, Madeline Allen ’14, who is helping Cook gather data as part of a three-year, $360,000 National Institutes for Health grant and, with support from the Grimes Family Fund, conducting her own research.

    Cook credits the study’s unheard-of 100 percent compliance rate by its subjects, who range in age from 65 to 90, to the connections they’ve made with Allen and other undergraduates working on the project. “The older adults are having a great time, and I think it’...

  • I.  Roll – The following senators were absent:  Baldwin, Connelly, Guo, Harrist, Jonas, Kaen, Kazura, LaRoche, Mebert, Minocha, Safford, Shannon and Simos.  Guests were John Aber and Christina Bellinger.

    II.  Remarks by and questions to the provost – The provost said that, on the issue of Thompson School course renumbering, there have been some very good conversations among the COLSA dean, the Thompson School faculty, and the provost.  He added that the senate chair and vice chair will speak with the Deans’ Council tomorrow, about the proportion of tenure-track faculty.  The provost recently spoke with the Lecturers’ Council.  Today he expressed the hope that the Faculty Senate would include the different types of non-tenure-track faculty in the Faculty Senate.

    III.  Remarks by and questions...

  • Nigerian educators

    Photo L to R: Ajayi Samuel Olufemi of the Federal College of Education in Oyo, Elizabeth Humphreys of the UNH Institute on Disability, Ojuawo Matthew Bamidele of the Federal College of Education in Oyo, Ogechi Ohadomere of the Zamarr Institute, Mike Omotosho of the Sustainable Healthcare Initiative, Leslie Couse and Justus Ogembo of the UNH department of education. Courtesy photo.

    The UNH department of education recently hosted colleagues from Nigeria who work in the area of special education to share best practices and improve education and services for children with disabilities in Nigeria....

  • U.S. lodging executives were less optimistic about general business conditions in March than the prior month, according to the UNH Lodging Executives Sentiment Index (LESI) for the current month ending March 2013. The index decreased from 72.6 in February 2013 to 68.8 in March 2013.  

    “This decrease results from lodging executives’ less-than-positive opinions of the present general business conditions for their properties and for general business conditions 12 months in the future. However, they were cautiously optimistic about expectations for room reservations looking forward 12months,” said Nelson Barber, associate professor of hospitality management, who manages the index. 

    Forty-four percent of lodging executives indicated current business conditions were good, a decline from 52 percent last period, while 56 percent indicated conditions were normal, up from 43 percent during the same period. None of the executives indicated such conditions were bad,...

  • For significant contributions to the state and its people, the Frederick Smyth Institute of Music will receive the 2013 Granite State Award from the University of New Hampshire Manchester. The award will be presented during commencement on Thursday, May 16, 2013. 

    The Frederick Smyth Trust has supported music and the arts in New Hampshire since 1949. Marion C. Smyth founded the Smyth Trust in 1949 in memory of her husband Frederick Smyth, former New Hampshire governor (1865 to 1867) and four-term mayor of the City of Manchester (1852 to 1854 and 1863 to 1864). 

    Frederick and Marion Smyth shared a love of music. In her will, Smyth established the trust to bring music to the people of Manchester and the state of New Hampshire through cultural and musical programs and through scholarships to support students’ collegiate pursuit of their love of music. 

    The Smyth legacy lives on through annual grant funding to UNH Manchester and other...

  • Jeff SohlThe angel investor market in 2012 continued the upward trend started in 2010 in investment dollars and in the number of investments, albeit at a moderate pace, according to the 2012 Angel Market Analysis released by the Center for Venture Research at UNH.

    Total investments in 2012 were $22.9 billion, an increase of 1.8 percent over 2011 when investments totaled $22.5 billion. A total of 67,030 entrepreneurial ventures received angel funding in 2012, an increase of 1.2 percent over 2011 investments, and the number of active investors in 2012 was 268,160 individuals, a decline of 15.8 percent from 2011.

    “The small increase in both total dollars and the number of investments resulted in a deal size for 2012 that was virtually unchanged from 2011. These data indicate that while fewer angels were active...

  • UNH will celebrate the 25th year of the Paul J. Holloway Prize Innovation-to-Market competition – the oldest business plan competition in the state and one of the first in the nation – Wednesday, May 8, 2013, as students compete in the championship round of the competition.

    This year the stakes are the highest they have ever been, with six teams vying for cash and other prizes valued at more than $75,000, including the grand prize of $25,000, which is more than double the prize amount of previous first-place winners. 

    “For 25 years, the Holloway Prize Competition has allowed our students to test their ingenuity and business acumen in the real-world situation of developing and presenting a business plan,” said Daniel Innis, dean of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics. “As the Granite State’s first business plan competition, the Holloway Prize Competition has a long track record of supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs. We...