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Clarence ‘Chief’ Boston ’35, is being inducted into the Moses Brown School Hall of Fame on Nov. 4 during a ceremony at the Providence, R.I., school.

As a student at Moses Brown, the former UNH football coach earned varsity letters in baseball, football, soccer, and wrestling.

He played varsity football, baseball, and wrestled at Harvard University, where he went undefeated in four years in the heavyweight division. He coached football at Harvard and West Point, and was head coach of the UNH football team from 1949-64.

Other honors include becoming American Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1962, member of the Harvard Varsity Hall of Fame, and induction into the UNH 100 Club Hall of Fame in 1995.

Paul Kei Matsuda, associate professor of English, has received the 2006 Richard Ohmann Award for his essay, "The Myth of Linguistic Homogeneity in U.S. College Composition."

The article was unanimously selected as the outstanding refereed article for the 2005-2006 volume year of College English, a journal published by the National Council for Teachers of English.

According to the award committee chair, Matsuda’s essay was chosen because committee members agreed that of all the essays in the volume, it made "the most significant contribution to scholarship, research, theory or pedagogy in English Studies." (10-11-06)

Julia Rodriguez, assistant professor of history, has received a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies as part of their 2005-2006 fellowship competition. This year ACLS awarded fellowships, totaling over $5.5 million, to over 200 scholars.

ACLS is a private, non-profit group of 68 national scholarly organizations whose goal is to advance studies in the humanities and the social sciences and to support national societies devoted to those studies.   (09-13-06)

Robert Dalton, director of the University’s Office of Research Partnerships and Commercialization (ORPC), announces the appointment of Michelle E. Gregoire as Marketing Manager. Gregoire will assist ORPC staff engaged with the New Hampshire Industrial Research Center, the EPSCoR program, and technology transfer functions of the Office. For the past five years, Gregoire has been Communications Coordinator for the Biomolecular Interaction Technologies Center, an NSF research consortium at UNH. Michelle can be reached at 603-862-0126, email michelle.gregoire@unh.edu and her office is located in Gregg Hall, room 111.   (08-30-06)

Don Black, forest resources educator in Strafford County, will receive the Wesley R. Meier Outstanding Inspecting Forester of the Year Award at the 2006 National Tree Farmer Convention in Mobile, Alabama, Oct. 19-22.

Black began his association with the Tree Farm program almost 40 years ago in South Dakota and now continues this effort in New Hampshire.

Current vice chair and past of the NH Tree Farm Committee, Black is also involved with local and national chapters of the Society of American Foresters. Since 1971, he has organized countless Tree Farm banquets, tours, field days and media campaigns.   (08-30-06)

UNHM welcomes Lucyann Zeller of Canterbury as the new assistant director of the Center for Academic Enrichment (CAE).  Zeller has a master's in math education from Plymouth State University, and has taught college mathematics courses at the New Hampshire Technical Institute for several years. She will train and tutor student mentors with a focus on mathematics. She will also work with faculty members to teach them about enrichment opportunities available to students in their classes.

The center provides students with individual tutorials in reading, writing and math, computerized testing for placement in ESL courses, software for TOEFL practice, software for GRE practice, and ESL grammar software.   (07-19-06)

Alan Ray, who joined UNH as vice provost for Academic Affairs in August, 2004, assumed the position of senior vice provost July 1, 2006. Since his appointment, Ray has acquired a complex and growing portfolio including oversight responsibility for the Discovery Program, the Honors Program, the University Writing Program, the Center for Undergraduate Research, the Center for International Education, the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, and ROTC. In each of these areas, Ray has provided creative and strategic leadership and helped the University advance the goals of the Academic Plan. As the primary representative of the provost and executive vice president, Ray exercises campuswide authority relative to undergraduate curricula and serves as a liaison to the System Academic Planning Council of USNH. He is currently the provost’s lead advisor to the COLSA reorganization process. In addition to his administrative duties, Ray teaches regularly in the College of Liberal Arts and holds appointments as an affiliate associate professor in justice studies, political science, and philosophy.   (07-19-06)

Susan Allen, director of financial aid, has won the NASFAA State and Regional Leadership Award. The award is presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the financial aid profession at the regional and state levels over a sustained period of time.   (07-19-06)

An article in the University of New Hampshire Magazine, written by co-associate editor Virginia Stuart, has received a national bronze medal for best article of the year. The article, “The Not-So-Elusive Modern Moose: Easy to find—but a challenge to manage,” appeared in the Spring 2005 edition of the magazine, and described how the state’s exploding moose population is providing UNH professors and students opportunities to study moose behavior and to test theories of moose management. It was selected from 265 entries in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s 2006 Circle of Excellence Awards. To receive a copy of the article or to be placed on the subscription list, call (603) 862-2040 or (800) 891-1195, e-mail alumni@unh.edu or write UNH Magazine, Elliott Alumni Center, 9 Edgewood Road, Durham, N.H. 03824.   (07-05-06)

Beth Olshansky, director of the Center for the Advancement of Art-Based Literacy at UNH presented at the 51st International Reading Associationís (IRA) Annual Convention in Chicago, Ill. April 30-May 4. More than 400 teachers from across the country attended the presentation to learn more about Picturing Writing: Fostering Literacy Through Art and Image-Making Within The Writing Process, two art-and-literature-based literacy programs developed by Olshansky.

These two innovative approaches to literacy learning give students access to visual and kinesthetic modes of thinking at each and every stage of the writing process. Participants at the conference were able to view Picturing Writing and Image-Making first hand via a new DVD created by Olshansky and review the research which documents dramatic improvement in studentsí reading and writing, particularly for at-risk students. A variety of teacher-training options will be available during the summer months. For more information about these programs, visit www.picturingwriting.org or call Liz Arcieri at 2-3691.   (06-21-06)

 


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