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Legislative Luncheon set for May 16

UNH promotional videoAttend the annual UNH Legislative Luncheon in Concord and learn how UNH is driving research and innovation, supporting the economy, and forging job-creating partnerships with New Hampshire's businesses.

President Mark W. Huddleston will be joined by outstanding UNH students who will showcase their cutting-edge research.

The lunch is across the street from the State House, at St. Paul's Church, from noon to 1 p.m. Please register online, or call (603) 862-3660.


Durham, Manchester and Concord prepare for CommencementseUNH graphic

You won't have to travel far this month to meet new UNH graduatse ready to show the world all that they've achieved.

UNH Commencements kick off on May 17, when UNH Manchester celebrates its first outdoor graduation ceremony ever, at 6 p.m. at Arms Park in Manchester, awarding 250 degrees. The keynote speaker will be Steve Norton, executive director of the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies.

UNH will celebrate Commencement in Durham on May 19, awarding more than 2,300 undergraduate and 500 graduate degrees. Among our graduates will be 60 veterans. The keynote speaker will be Ron Noble '79, the first American to lead the international police organization INTERPOL.

The UNH School of Law in Concord will also celebrate Commencement on May 19, featuring keynote speaker Congressman John Lewis, a noted figure in the nation's civil rights movement.


Hamel Center celebrates 25 years of undergraduate research

research busines partnershipsWith assistance and grants from the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research, some 3,000 undergraduates at UNH have pursued their scientific, scholarly, and creative passions since 1987.

What's the best way to help people with hand injuries get back to their daily activities?

Is there a better way to turn algae into biodiesel?

These are a few questions that UNH students are exploring with help from the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

Each year, the center awards grants to about 250 undergraduates, allowing them to experience firsthand what it means to conduct research in their fields.

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Student, former shoeshine boy, learns to beat S&P 500

Colin KelleyWhen Colin Kelley '12 was an eighth grader, his mom gave him a tip about a job opening at her place of business, Fisher Scientific, a Hampton, N.H.-based healthcare equipment maker.

The next week, Kelley went to Fisher and began the only job he would have until he graduated from high school. He became a shoeshine boy for some 200 corporate executives as they bought and sold companies or lunched in their capacious offices. The experience clearly inspired him.

Today, Kelley is a UNH finance and international affairs dual major, and president of the student-led Atkins Investment Group.

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UNH students receive Fulbright, Goldwater and Udall Scholarships

Two UNH graduate students have received prestigious Fulbright Scholarships while two undergraduates have been award scholarships from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program and the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation.

Each year, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards grants to exceptional American students to study in more than 140 countries. Graduate students Meagan Wengrove '10 and Jason Gilmore '11 are this year's UNH Fulbright recipients.

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Mark W. Huddleston

New Hampshire has a great deal to celebrate as we honor our graduates in Durham, Manchester and Concord. While our Commencement ceremonies mark our students' achievements, we are all the beneficiaries of the work ethic, talent and creative energy they bring to our businesses and communities.

More than 51,000 UNH alumni live in New Hampshire, and their work and service support our state's great quality of life. UNH-educated students contribute $617 million a year to a skilled New Hampshire workforce. And it makes me especially proud to hear from highly regarded employers who go out of their way to seek out our new graduates.

Spring is an especially busy time at a high-energy, high-impact research university like UNH, and I encourage you to visit our campuses or attend one of our upcoming special events. I also hope to see many of you at the Legislative Luncheon on May 16 in Concord, where you can meet some of our outstanding student researchers.

Your support for UNH has a real impact on our students and their families—and reaps benefits for all of New Hampshire.

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

Did you know?

Granite Staters in northern and western parts of New Hampshire are most at risk to experience food insecurity as a result of having fewer resources to buy the food that they need to stay healthy, according to new research from the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire and the Children's Alliance of New Hampshire.

This research was commissioned by the Children's Alliance of New Hampshire to inform its New Hampshire Hunger Solutions program, a statewide initiative working to improve children's nutrition and end childhood hunger.

"One of the first steps in our work is to identify where the need is greatest in the state and where there are gaps in resources," says Ellen Fineberg, executive director of the Children's Alliance.

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