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KEEP-NH seeks funds

By David Deziel, USNH Associate Vice Chancellor for External Affairs

Capital budgets and investments in technology and infrastructure often seem dry and remote. "So let's look at it another way," says USNH Chancellor Stephen J. Reno. "This year's freshman class was born the year that personal computers were introduced. Yet, we are often attempting to prepare them for a technology-oriented economy in facilities and with equipment that, in too many cases, has not been renovated or upgraded since the 1960s, when their parents were children. That is why continued funding for KEEP-NH is so very important."

During the 2001 session the legislature approved $100 million ­ of a requested $185 million - capital improvements program called KEEP-NH (the Knowledge Economy Education Plan). Focusing on capital improvements to science, engineering, and high technology facilities and resources, this investment enabled the university system to proceed with five major facility renovations and expansions. In this biennium, the university system is requesting the balance required to complete a series of vital projects ­ an additional $96 million that reflects investments being made over a 10-year period.

"The state's fiscal challenges are serious and real. We fully recognize this and wish to work closely with the legislature and the governor to craft a solution that balances the importance of these needs with the state's financial constraints," Reno says. "According to its own internal analysis, the proposed capital disbursements are affordable for the state. The trustees and I have been consistent in our view that these are absolutely critical projects. At the most basic level, they are needed simply to remain open. More significantly, they are needed to remain relevant and competitive."

The balance of KEEP-NH will provide a predictable, stable source of funding. Predictable funding allows the system to plan more effectively, manage resources more efficiently, and leverage the state's investment through additional campus-based development activities. Projects at UNH funded by initial KEEP-NH dollars include Kingsbury and Murkland halls. The balance of KEEP-NH will fund UNH projects, including DeMeritt, James, Nesmith and Parsons halls, as well as necessary technology upgrades at New Hampshire Public Television.

"We are hopeful that, to the greatest extent possible, the state will help us make the investments necessary to furnish today's students with the tools they truly need to succeed in the 21st century," Reno says.

Provost finalist forums changed

The schedule of visits for the finalists for provost has changed. The following is the most up-to-date schedule:

Bernadette Gray-Little visits Monday, March 31, and Tuesday, April 1. Monday, March 31: Faculty/Open Forum, 10:30-12 p.m., Courtyard Reading Room, Dimond Library 510; Student Forum, 3:15-4:45 p.m., Room 338-340, MUB. 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.

Gordon Smith visits Monday, April 7, and Tuesday, April 8. Monday, April 7: Faculty/Open Forum, 10:30-12 p.m., Courtyard Reading Room, Dimond Library 510; PAT/OS/EE, 2-3 p.m., Room 338-340, MUB; Student Forum, 3-4:30 p.m., Room 338-340, MUB. Tuesday, April 8: Faculty Forum, 12:30-2 p.m., Courtyard Reading Room, Dimond Library 510

Howard Johnson visits Monday, April 14, and Tuesday, April 15. Monday, April 14: Faculty/Open Forum, 10:30-12 p.m., Courtyard Reading Room, Dimond Library 510; PAT/OS/EE, 2-3 p.m., Room 330, MUB; Student Forum, 3-4:30 p.m., Room 330, MUB. Tuesday, April 15: Faculty Forum: 12:30-2 p.m., Courtyard Reading Room, Dimond Library 510.

Cristina González visits Thursday, April 17, and Friday, April 18. Thursday, April 17: Faculty/Open Forum, 10:30-12 p.m., Courtyard Reading Room, Dimond Library 510; Student Forum, 3-4:30 p.m., Room 340, MUB. Friday, April 18: PAT/OS/EE, 10-11 a.m., Room 302, MUB

Culp named acting director of SHARPP

By Kim Billings

Amy Culp, direct services coordinator for the Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP), has been named acting program director for SHARPP.

"For the past four months, we have conducted an active search for a new director," explained Kathleen Grace-Bishop, associate director of Health Services. "While some strong candidates were identified during this process, we have not been successful in securing a permanent program director for SHARPP."

Grace-Bishop added it is important that SHARPP have in place a stable leadership component so that the organization is able to continue to thrive, and remain a valuable and important resource to the UNH community.

Culp, who earned her undergraduate degree in psychology and a master's degree in public administration, brings experience and expertise to the position.

"I'm very excited to have this opportunity," Culp said. "My goals are to continue to maintain the high quality of service that has been provided to survivors and the UNH community, and to begin work on a strategic plan for the office."

Prior to coming to UNH, Culp worked at the Seacoast Mental Health Center as a clinical case manager, and before that as a caseworker for the North American Family Institute in Connecticut.

According to Grace-Bishop, a new search could begin as early as this summer.

New endowed fund hosts first lecture on Holocaust April 3

The newly established Endowed Fund for Holocaust Education at UNH will host the first Hans Heilbronner Lecture on the Holocaust Thursday, April 3. Peter Hayes, Theodore Z. Weiss-Holocaust Educational Foundation Chair in Holocaust Studies at Northwestern University, will speak at 4:30 p.m. in the 1925 Room of the Elliott Alumni Center. His lecture is free and open to the public.

A professor of history and German, Hayes will present "Popular Complicity in the Holocaust: What Corporate Histories Show." He specializes in the history of Germany in the 20th century, particularly the Nazi period, and is the author or editor of five books, including a prize-winning study of the IG Farben corporation in the Nazi era.

The Hans Heilbronner Lecture on the Holocaust is part of the Endowed Fund for Holocaust Education. It is named in honor of Hans Heilbronner, a retired professor of Russian history who taught at UNH for more than 30 years. He was one of the first Jewish faculty members at the university, and his family escaped Nazi Germany after his veteran father was released from a concentration camp.

Faculty Senate Report

By Barbara Krysiak, Faculty Senate Chair

At the Faculty Senate meeting held Monday, Feb. 24, President Ann Weaver Hart reported on the university system's budget presentations to the state legislators in the house and the senate, saying that a budget increase of 6.4 percent next year and 6.2 percent the year after is necessary in order to maintain the level of higher education in New Hampshire. The university system will continue dialogue with the governor. In addition, a model on financing the KEEP program without jeopardizing the state's bond rating has been prepared. Students, faculty and staff are asked to be in touch with legislators on these issues.

Consultants have presented to Hart preliminary findings on their evaluation of student and academic affairs; this information will soon go to the deans for their input as well. Semi-finalists have been selected in the search for a provost. The search committee for a vice president for university communications will hold initial interviews for that post shortly.

Vice President Candace Corvey reported that the Transportation Policy Committee's goals continue to be to reduce inefficiencies in cost and time; to expand transportation options and capacity; to enhance mobility, accessibility and convenience; to improve the environment; and to support sustainable patterns of development. The final committee recommendations were released in February. The committee, which includes four faculty members, recommended increasing the costs of permits and using a tiered zone system. This plan would need to be negotiated with the AAUP and would not be put into effect for faculty, staff or commuter students until an agreement with faculty was reached.

A feasibility study will be done on a parking garage and emergency ride, carpooling and vanpooling programs will be implemented, as will improved shuttle and transit systems. Tightening of permit requirements and enforcement is under way, as is a mandatory student transportation fee of $35, for transportation services other than parking permits. The recommendations also include completion of the south underpass and improvement of the perimeter road system and traffic flow on Main Street, with special focus on the intersection of Main Street and College Road.

Although the cost of the standard faculty and staff parking permits would not increase until the issue is agreed in faculty contract negotiations, other fees would be increased this July 1, including visitor parking, smart card use on meters, student resident parking, summer permits, third-shift employee permits, remote facilities and all reserved spaces.

In the plan, faculty, staff and commuter students would have the same opportunity to purchase parking permits in any zone. However, B lot is in a special category because the faculty contract prevents students from parking there. The university hopes to increase to every hour the frequency of the Wildcat bus system. Professors asked that the schedule include a bus that would arrive earlier than 7:55 a.m. and also bus service to Lee. There will be a Transportation Advisory Board to review bus routes and schedules.

A professor said that people who make over a certain amount in salary should pay more for parking permits. Another professor suggested increasing the number of floors in the parking garage, in order to cut the cost per space. The university had planned a four-level garage containing 800 spaces but would build it higher if funds were available. A gated system might be considered for parking lots, to prevent unauthorized users. Each applicant for a reserved permit would state the preferred lot, and the reserved spaces in that lot would be distributed on a lottery basis if demand were greater than supply. A professor from UNH-Manchester said that Manchester faculty have to come to Durham for meetings and can now use the permit for both places. Corvey said that the university might provide a book of infrequent user parking passes and arrange a deal with UNH-Manchester in that regard.

A professor said that technicians who visit campus buildings and have to carry instrumentation need to park close to the building. Steve Pesci, special projects manager, UNH Planning and Transportation Services, said that more short-term parking is needed near the campus buildings and that the shuttle service will also be improved by next year. Lot C would perhaps be one-half or one-third for visitor parking, and part of that lot would be for car pools. A faculty member said that, while faculty and staff are usually tied to one building, students move between a number of buildings and that this affects the need for permits.

The senate chair said that the faculty lunch coordinators for this semester will be Kelly Giraud and Elizabeth Slomba. The administration has asked that the senate approve the academic calendar for 2004/05,with the fall break on Friday, October 15, rather than on Columbus Day. The registrar proposed this because of concerns about low class attendance this past Thanksgiving when Monday classes were scheduled on the Wednesday prior to the holiday.

However, on Feb. 25, 2002, the Faculty Senate had passed a motion that said fall break should be on Columbus Day. Many faculty wanted this because their children are home from school on Columbus Day.

At the request of the Provost, the Faculty Senate will set up two groups to study the associate of arts degrees at UNH-Manchester, at the Division of Continuing Education, and at the College of Lifelong Learning; and promotion and tenure standards. The Professional Standards Committee will review promotion and tenure standards. Faculty are invited to give input to Tom Laue, who is the PSC chair. An ad-hoc task force will review the associate of arts degrees.