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USNH leaders praise governor's budget request

NH statehouse domeThe presidents and chancellor of New Hampshire's public four-year colleges and universities thanked Gov. Maggie Hassan for her biennial budget proposal, which recommends restoring partial funding on behalf of in-state students to $75 million in FY14 and $90 million in FY15.

"We are grateful to Governor Hassan for her leadership in re-establishing public higher education as a priority for the future of New Hampshire," said Todd Leach, president of Granite State College, on behalf of the presidents of the four, four-year public colleges and universities. "Our students and their families deserve this investment, and all New Hampshire citizens will benefit. We look forward to working with the governor and the legislature to restore the budget fully as soon as fiscally possible."

State funding for in-state students at public four-year colleges and universities was $100 million until 2011, when it was cut sharply to $51 million (currently $55 million), or roughly 6 percent of the operating budgets of the four institutions. In real terms over the past decade, the state's subsidy to each four-year public college and university student in the state had fallen by $5,000 to less than $600 per year.

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UNH partnership engineers more efficient solar panels

Solar panelA Hudson, N.H. manufacturer recently completed a two-year project with UNH chemical engineering professors that may lead to less expensive, more powerful solar panels. Conductive Compounds, Inc. worked closely with UNH to create a method of coating silicon wafers in solar panels with metallic nanoparticles, which increase conductivity.

"We did not have the internal resources to address the unique requirements for synthesizing nanoparticle materials," said Don Banfield, CEO of Conductive Compounds. "Armed with UNH's experienced technical personnel and well-equipped lab facilities, the New Hampshire Innovation Research Center grant has allowed us to explore another complementary product line to our existing portfolio. As we continue working on commercializing a process for making these inks, our business has the potential to grow tremendously, and we'd be able to expand our plant, manufacturing capabilities, and hire additional personnel to be able to capitalize on this advanced technology.

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Businesses, parents join USNH advocacy effort

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Supporters of the state's four-year public colleges and universities have formed advocacy councils-comprised of prominent business leaders, parents, alumni, and students-to lead the effort in calling for lawmakers to restore state support and make higher education a priority. More than 2,300 supporters of full restoration of the USNH budget have come forward to make their voices heard in support of the proposal to freeze in-state tuition and provide additional financial aid to New Hampshire students.

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UNH School of Law, UNH to integrate

UNH School of LawFull integration of the University of New Hampshire School of Law with UNH will soon be underway after governing bodies for both institutions recently voted unanimously to begin the process. The integration is expected to be complete early in 2014.

The University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees and the UNH School of Law Board of Trustees have voted to integrate fully the law school with UNH. When the two institutions approved an affiliation agreement in 2010, it was with the understanding that integration was the likely next step if the expected benefits of affiliation were realized. The affiliation agreement stipulated that a motion for integration could first be considered on or after the beginning of 2013.

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Fellowship offers new knowledge for nurses

nursing studentsTwo UNH nursing students are acquiring advanced research skills to help improve patient care through a fellowship from the New Hampshire IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence.

The National Institutes of Health supports the network with a $15.4 million award designed to increase the state's research capacity and the scientific knowledge of its workforce. Dartmouth College oversees the grants and provides support and mentoring to its coalition partners, including UNH.

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Mark W. Huddleston

I am grateful that Gov. Maggie Hassan's budget proposal would go a long way toward full restoration of public support for New Hampshire's four-year colleges and universities.

The governor's proposal would bring state support for the University System of New Hampshire to roughly 90 percent of what it was in 2010. That's good news for New Hampshire students and their families, because it would allow us to freeze in-state tuition for two years and substantially increase need- and merit-based financial aid for in-state students.

So it was heartening to hear the enthusiastic ovation that the governor's proposal for higher education inspired in the Legislature. The response echoes the support of more than 2,300 New Hampshire students, parents, alumni, and businesses that have signed on as advocates for USNH. It also reflects a Granite State poll showing that 71 percent of New Hampshire residents support restoring public funding for higher education.

As the budget advances through the legislative process, I look forward to working closely with our elected leaders, and to deepening our partnership in support of the New Hampshire businesses, citizens, and communities we serve in common. I expect to see you in Concord soon, and invite you to read my testimony on the budget to the House Finance Committee.

Best regards,
Mark W. Huddleston, President
University of New Hampshire



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