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Four finalists for provost are announced

The Provost Search Committee has announced the four finalists for provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, and has finalized a schedule of campus visits to allow the campus community to meet the candidates.

The four candidates are Howard Johnson, executive vice provost for academic affairs at Syracuse University; Cristina Gonzaléz, senior advisor to the chancellor at the University of California, Davis; Bernadette Gray-Little, executive associate provost at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Gordon Smith, associate provost and dean of the Graduate School at the University of South Carolina.

Johnson received his Ph.D. in mathematics education from Northwestern University. In addition to serving as executive vice provost for academic affairs at Syracuse University, he also serves as a dual professor in mathematics and mathematics education.

Gonzaléz received her Ph.D. in Spanish from Indiana University. In addition to serving as the senior advisor to the chancellor at the University of California, Davis, she is a professor of Spanish. Prior to her position as senior advisor, Gonzaléz was dean of graduate studies at UC, Davis.

Gray-Little received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from St. Louis University. In addition to serving as executive associate provost, she is a professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Smith earned his Ph.D. in political science from Indiana University. In addition to serving as associate provost and dean of the Graduate School at the University of South Carolina, he also serves as a professor of government and international studies at USC.

The committee hopes to forward its recommendations to the president by mid-April so she can appoint the new provost by mid- to late spring.

The committee is finalizing when each candidate will visit campus, but it has finalized the schedule of campus visits, which has changed since previously announced in Campus Journal. Schedules for the visits are as follows:

Candidate A
Monday/Tuesday, March 24-25
Monday, March 24

  • Faculty/Open Forum, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Courtyard Reading Room, Dimond Library 510
  • Student Forum, 3-4:30 p.m., Trustee's Board Room, Thompson Hall

  • Tuesday, March 25
  • PAT/OS/EE, 10-11 a.m., MUB 338-340
  • Faculty Forum, 12:30-2 p.m., Courtyard Reading Room, Dimond Library 510
  • Candidate B
    Thursday/Friday, March 27-28
    Thursday, March 27

  • Faculty Forum, 12:30-1:45 p.m., Courtyard Reading Room, Dimond Library 510
  • Student Forum, 3:30-4:45 p.m., President's Conference Room, Thompson Hall

  • Friday, March 28
  • PAT/OS/EE, 9-10 a.m., MUB 338-340
  • Faculty/Open Forum, 1-2:30 p.m., Courtyard Reading Room, Dimond Library 510
  • Candidate C
    Monday/Tuesday, March 31-April 1
    Monday, March 31

  • Faculty/Open Forum, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Courtyard Reading Room, Dimond Library 510
  • Student Forum, 3:15-4:45 p.m., Trustee's Board Room, Thompson Hall
    Tuesday, April 1
  • PAT/OS/EE, 10:15-11:15 a.m., MUB 338-340
  • Faculty Forum, 3:30-4:50 p.m., Courtyard Reading Room, Dimond Library 510
  • Candidate D
    Monday/Tuesday, April 7-8
    Monday, April 7

  • Faculty/Open Forum, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Courtyard Reading Room, Dimond Library 510
  • PAT/OS/EE, 2-3 p.m., MUB 338-340
  • Student Forum, 3-4:30 p.m., Trustee's Board Room, Thompson Hall

  • Tuesday, April 8
  • Faculty Forum, 12:30-2 p.m., Courtyard Reading Room, Dimond Library 510
  • For more information on the search, visit www.unh.edu/publications/provostsearch/. Curriculum Vita will be available at the Reserve Desk of Dimond Library and in the deans' offices.




    Alumni honor filmmaker Burns with Pettee Medal

    By Meg Torbert, UNH Alumni Association

    The University of New Hampshire Alumni Association will present its most prestigious award, the Pettee Medal, to award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns in a ceremony April 29. The Pettee Medal is awarded annually to a resident or former resident of New Hampshire in recognition of outstanding accomplishment or distinguished service in any form to the state, the nation or the world.

    At the ceremony, Burns will speak about his 20-year filmmaking career, during which he has produced some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made. The ceremony also will feature a performance by famed New Hampshire guitarist Ed Gerhard, who wrote and performed two songs for Burns' most recent documentary, "Mark Twain."

    Burns, a resident of Walpole, N.H., has achieved worldwide recognition for his documentary films. During his career, he has taken on a variety of subjects, including the Civil War, the journey of Lewis and Clark, the American West and the history of baseball and jazz. Burns' films have been recognized with a number of awards, including Emmy's, Grammy's and Peabody Awards.

    The Pettee Medal ceremony will be held April 29 at 2 p.m. in the Granite State Room of the Memorial Union Building at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. The event is free and open to the public, but as space is limited and reservations are encouraged. For reservation information, call the Alumni Center at 862-2040.




    From student to professional artist

    By Lori Gula

    Three talented artists transitioning from student to professional with the completion of a Master of Fine Arts degree will be featured in the 2003 M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition.

    The exhibition runs March 25 to April 16, with a preview reception set from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, March 24.

    The show features the works of up-and-coming artists who have completed two intense years of rigorous study, student teaching, and thesis work in the graduate painting program in the Department of Art and Art History. Their passion for art is palpable. They still are experimenting, finding their voices, and taking risks, the result of which is a grouping of paintings that is fresh, emotionally raw, and relevant.

    Lindy Carroll, of Wheaton, Ill., is a painter fascinated by the sense of mystery evoked from certain places in our lives. Her colorful and lush paintings show spaces that are full of depth and at the same time, comfortably contained.

    Julie Heath of Clayton, Calif., is an artist whose thesis involves observation and invention. She looks at the world through certain objects and ideas, and then transforms that reality into something surreal. Her paintings depict realistic objects grouped in surprising arrangements.

    Nicole McCormick, of Avon, Ind., is a talented artist whose recent works focus on figure portraits from a psychological perspective. Most of her paintings are self-portraits or portraits of people very close to her. The Art Gallery is in the Paul Creative Arts Center.




    Durham firefighters save life of hockey fan at the Whitt

    By Lori Gula

    The quick actions of firefighters who used a defibrillator installed in the Whittemore Center two years ago saved the life of a 76-year-old Wildcat hockey fan who collapsed in the lobby while trying to buy tickets for the March 1 game.

    The fan from Massachusetts was standing in the lobby between the box office and Hamel Recreation Center around 6:30 p.m. when he experienced ventricular fibrillation ‹ an erratic heart beat that results in the heart pumping little or no blood, according to Jim Lapolla, Durham Fire Department firefighter paramedic and EMS coordinator.

    According to the American Heart Association, unless the heart can be shocked back into a normal rhythm using a defibrillator quickly after collapse, the person will die within minutes.

    Two off-duty Concord firefighters at the Whit for the game spotted the distressed man and began giving him CPR. At the time, the two on-duty Durham firefighters, Capt. Tom Stano and Fire Marshall Mark Tetreault, were alerted to the call, and grabbed the defibrillator and other advanced life support equipment to aid the fan. During the same time period, the on-duty shift of the fire department responded to assist Stano and Tetreault and also treat a child hit in the head with a hockey puck.

    Soon, Stano and Tetreault were at the sides of the Concord firefighters, and by the time Dover firefighters arrived to take the man to the hospital, the fan was awake and talking to his rescuers.

    The fan was released from the hospital several days following the incident and is back home.

    "A few years ago, UNH made a significant commitment to sudden cardiac arrest and purchased 11 automatic external defibrillators, or AEDs. The fire department has made a commitment as far as the training, which is a four-hour course that includes adult CPR and defibrillation. We have trained security officers, people at the InterOperability Lab, workers in grounds and roads, and in maintenance -- anybody that we thought could use this," Lapolla said.

    Lapolla said the placement of AEDs in campus buildings is unprecedented, according to research conducted by the fire department. "It is our belief that UNH is the first university to place AEDs in buildings other than campus recreation buildings," he said.

    The defibrillators are at the Whittemore Center, MUB, New England Center, Hamel Rec Sports, Field House, Browne Center and the University Police Department. All are compatible with the standard defibrillation machines installed on Durham fire trucks and ambulances. In the future, Lapolla said he would like to see additional defibrillators installed at the Leavitt Lane complex, Elliott Alumni Center, and Paul Creative Arts Center.

    "The decision to place the units came as a combined effort between the fire department and UNH administration. The UNH Parent's Association should receive much of the credit. Without the association's financial support, we would not have been able to purchase the AEDs. The University of New Hampshire should be commended for its proactive fight against cardiac arrest," he said.




    Dupont is named USNH trustee

    Veteran New Hampshire legislator and businessman Edward Dupont, of Durham, is the newest member of the USNH Board of Trustees. Dupont, a native of Rochester, received the unanimous approval of the five-person Executive Council in Concord.

    "I am honored to have received the support of Governor Benson and the Executive Council," said Dupont shortly after the vote. "I look forward to serving on the USNH Board of Trustees. These are very challenging times for our state. The university system has a major role to play in the economic success of New Hampshire and its citizens. I look forward to working with my new colleagues on the board to meet those challenges," Dupont said.

    The newest trustee is president and founder of The Dupont Group, a New Hampshire-based consulting firm focused on government affairs and public relations. Dupont's political career included five terms in the New Hampshire State Senate beginning in 1983 and ending in 1992. While in the Senate, Dupont served as senate majority leader and vice chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

    As a member of the Finance Committee and chairman of other standing committees, he developed extensive knowledge of utility, technology and banking issues. He co-chaired the joint Senate/House Committee that developed the first comprehensive reorganization of state government in more than 20 years.

    In 1990, he was elected president of the Senate.

    After attending UNH, Dupont founded Stafford Fuels, Inc. a distributor of petroleum products and services, located in Rochester.

    Dupont has served on the boards of a number of organizations and is a director of Merchantbanc, a venture capital firm based in Manchester.

    He will succeed Trustee Ralph Brickett, who had served on the Board since 1995. Dupont's term will continue until June 2005.




    Parking and Transportation Forums

    The Transportation Policy Committee has scheduled two forums to discuss the final draft of parking and transportation recommendations, which includes new proposed parking fees. The forums are Thursday, March 27, 10-11:30 a.m., MUB Strafford Room, and Tuesday, April 1, 12:30-2 p.m., MUB Theater II. To view the recommendations, visit The Transportation Policy Committee has scheduled two forums to discuss the final draft of parking and transportation recommendations, which includes new proposed parking fees. The forums are Thursday, March 27, 10-11:30 a.m., MUB Strafford Room, and Tuesday, April 1, 12:30-2 p.m., MUB Theater II. To view the recommendations, visit www.unh.edu/parking/TPC/index.htm..