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UNH Sets the Bar High for Efficiency, Quality

Class of 2015 statsUNH isn't alone among public universities grappling with a new norm of shrinking state support, rising costs, and increased competition. But UNH may be unique in setting a frugal example that others can follow.

Even before the state legislature cut its support by nearly 50 percent this year—or $32.5 million—UNH had a track record of delivering top-notch education and research on leaner budgets than its peers, says UNH Provost John Aber. "The bottom line is that we're very cost efficient, and the quality of what we do is very high," Aber says.

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Award Recognizes Work with N.H. Fisheries

sun-to-ice processesKen La Valley wants you to know more about the fish that thrive off New Hampshire's seacoast, and the historic industry that relies on them. And if it takes a little butter, bread crumbs, and a skillet to ease the introduction, well, all the better.

La Valley is a New Hampshire Sea Grant Extension professor of biological sciences and a commercial fisheries and aquaculture specialist. Recently named associate director at Sea Grant, he has a passion for promoting research and creating collaborations to support the region's fishing industry.

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Know the Coast Day Promotes Partnerships

RV Gulf ChallengerAn estimated 600 people turned out on October 15 for Know the Coast Day, sponsored by the UNH Marine Program to promote its work and local, state, and federal partnerships throughout the Great Bay and seacoast region.

Visitors met scientists and students, enjoyed hands-on activities, toured research and commercial vessels, and explored UNH labs at three sites: Jackson Estuarine Lab, Jere Chase Ocean Engineering Lab, and the Judd Gregg Marine Research Complex.

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Community College Credits Now Transfer Seamlessly

GBCC logo The College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA) at UNH and Great Bay Community College (GBCC) have signed an agreement that will allow qualified Great Bay students to transfer seamlessly into several life sciences B.S. programs at UNH. The agreement, signed by UNH president Mark W. Huddleston and GBCC president Wilfredo Arvelo, maps course selection decisions for GBCC students to support University access and B.S. degree completion.

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N.H. SBDC Announces Stewart Gates as State Star

Stewart Gates New Hampshire Small Business Development Center (N.H. SBDC) State Director Mary Collins announced that Stewart Gates, business advisor for the center’s North Country office, has been selected as the 2011 New Hampshire State Star.

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President Mark Huddleston

No matter how complex the challenges facing UNH, there remains a simple question that guides our solutions: What's best for our students?

It's been that way since UNH was founded, with a mission to create opportunities for our students and to be an economic driver for the state. Today, even as we accelerate our strategic plans to absorb a loss of state support, we continue to put the interests of students first.

And well we should. Among members of the Class of 2015, nearly one third are first-generation college students. By the time they graduate, an estimated 60 percent will receive need-based financial aid. And they will also receive a world-class education, delivered more cost effectively than by our peer institutions.

We will not stray from that commitment even as we face hard budget choices. I encourage you to read about our solutions, presented at a recent forum I hosted for the campus community. See Campus Journal.

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

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What is space plasma physics, and why is UNH known as a national leader in it? Watch this animated video to find out. As we say here in New England, you'll be wicked smaht. View animation
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A new digital textbook program launched this semester at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics has saved students more than $70,000 in textbook costs. Learn More.

UNH graduate student Matthew Vadeboncoeur was recently awarded a 2011 Switzer Environmental Fellowship by the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation. The fellowship is one of just 20 awarded this year by the foundation. Learn More.

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