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The Obvious Choice for High Achievers: UNH

Jonathan GallantAs a high-achieving high school student in Salem, N.H., Jonathan Gallant could have attended any number of universities hoping to recruit the best and brightest young minds in science.

Gallant is glad he chose UNH. Not only was he drawn by its outstanding reputation in science, technology, engineering, and math, but also by the feeling of community he found when he visited the Durham campus.

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University Community Remembers Sept. 11

ROTC cadetsVeterans of the war on terror, ROTC cadets, and local emergency responders were among more than 200 members of the University community who gathered in front of Thompson Hall to remember the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America.

President Mark W. Huddleston noted that the Durham campus offers daily reminders of the attacks, including a stone bench dedicated to Robert LeBlanc, a UNH geography professor killed in the attacks.

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New Veterans Services Office Opens

Student veteran Brendan Poelaert Veterans, active duty military, members of the Guard/Reserves, and their dependents can find support and assistance at the new Office of Veterans Services at UNH. Located in Hood House, the office opened in September in response to increasing numbers of veterans and members of the military enrolled at the University.

Also this fall, a new UNH Student Veterans Organization was started, with "vets helping vets" in education and transition.

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Homecoming Set for Oct 28-30

Homecoming cheer Meet up with friends and see everything that has changed—and that hasn't—at the UNH Homecoming weekend, Oct. 28-30. See the full schedule of events and programs that are sure to guarantee a great time for all. Check back frequently, as new events are added often.

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Men's Hockey to Face Off in Frozen Fenway

UNH hockey at Fenway The UNH men's hockey team will make history on Jan. 7, 2012, when the Wildcats face off against longtime nemesis University of Maine at Fenway Park as part of a Hockey East doubleheader. The event has been dubbed Frozen Fenway 2012 and Hockey Day in New England.

The 111th meeting in the series between UNH and Maine—the 'Cats swept last year's season series—is the second game of a doubleheader at 7:30 p.m. and will be preceded by a matchup between the University of Vermont and the University of Massachusetts at 4 p.m. The doubleheader will be broadcast live in high-definition on NESN.

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UNH Awarded $4.7 Million for Great Bay Work

Great BayIn support of its work to protect the Great Bay Estuary, the UNH National Estuarine Research Reserve System Science Collaborative has won a $4.7 million competitive grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen announced the grant in August.

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President Mark Huddleston

In my State of the University address last week, I spoke about how inspiring it is to see UNH rallying in light of the budget cut that the state legislature delivered to us last spring.

While the consequences of the legislature’s action are certainly serious, I want to reinforce that we are forging ahead in ways that make UNH stronger as we build a more sustainable financial foundation.

We do, after all, have a great deal of momentum. Enrollments remain strong at our Durham, Manchester, and Concord campuses. More students are signing up for January term and taking online classes. We have more international students, and we continue to develop new research partnerships in New Hampshire and around the world. Finally, on July 1, we entered the planning phase of a University-wide fundraising campaign.

And those are just a few highlights. I encourage you to read my remarks. Read remarks.

Mark W. Huddleston, President
University of New Hampshire

Did you know?

While cost and the availability of financial aid remain among the leading reasons that students come to UNH, more students rate their academic major and the overall feel of the campus as bigger factors.
In a recent survey, 56 percent of UNH students said their academic major was "extremely important" as a reason for enrolling at UNH, and 54 percent rated overall comfort and feel of UNH the same. Financial aid was rated as "extremely important" by 40 percent, and cost earned the same rating from 37 percent.

Last year, more than 20 percent of UNH's total food purchases were grown, processed, or manufactured within 250 miles of the Durham campus.

Planet Fitness CEO Chris Rondeau is speaking at the New Hampshire CEO Forum on Sept. 29, at 8 a.m. in Huddleston Hall. The event is free to members and $49 for first-time attendees. To register, contact

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