State of the University remarks highlight progress, strategy
Four enduring campaigns will guide UNH into the future, President Mark W. Huddleston said during his State of the University address on Oct. 11.
Huddleston outlined the four campaigns during his talk: UNH 2020, the long-range strategic plan; a comprehensive fundraising campaign; UNH Works for New Hampshire, a bid to have state funding restored; and a campaign to restructure governance within the university system.
Huddleston noted that in just two years, the strategic plan has inspired 142 program initiatives. Progress can be marked by efforts that are "bending the cost curve," helping to make UNH more affordable and accessible.
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Homecoming Weekend draws thousands to campus
Three days of festivities celebrating UNH brought thousands of alumni and friends to Durham last weekend. Featuring more than 50 events and five class reunions, Homecoming highlighted athletics, academics, research, the arts, and outreach throughout the University.
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UNH Works for New Hampshire campaign launched
UNH is playing a lead role in rallying alumni, students, parents, and friends of New Hampshire's public universities and colleges to ask the Legislature to restore state funding for higher education, which was cut nearly 50 percent last year. The UNH Works for New Hampshire campaign has reached tens of thousands of New Hampshire voters, and many are carrying its message to candidates for state office.
UNH now receives just 6 percent of its budget from the state - the lowest support per capita in the nation.
"This campaign is about showing our state's elected leaders that keeping UNH affordable and accessible is critically important, not only to thousands of students and their families, but to all New Hampshire," said UNH President Mark W. Huddleston at his State of the University address on Oct. 11.
The UNH Works website offers key facts about UNH and its budget, contact information for the candidates, links to news stories and editorials around the state, and tips and addresses for writing letters to the editor. You can find UNH Works online, on Facebook, and Twitter.
Industry demand sparks UNH Manchester expansion
The newly transformed Pandora Mill welcomed its first occupant, UNH Manchester, for the start of fall courses in September.
The first floor of the Pandora Mill is now home to the college's computing technology and engineering programs, as well as the UNH Graduate School's Manchester campus. The renovated space will provide the college with an additional 22,000 square feet beyond the current location at 400 Commercial St. The expansion will include 10 classrooms and labs, faculty offices, and several student common areas and study spaces.
Mihaela Sabin, associate professor and coordinator of the computing technology program, sees the expansion as an opportunity to respond to the demands of the businesses and industry. "Employers tell us they want computing professionals with skills in collaboration, communication, team work and problem solving. Our new computing technology lab will provide space for just these needs," Sabin said.
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UNH Hosts National China Town Hall, U.S. ambassador on Oct. 29
UNH is the state's host site for the sixth annual China Town Hall, an international event that will focus on China's rapid development and feature Gary Locke, U.S. ambassador to the People's Republic of China.
"China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections" is a national day of programming designed to provide Americans across the United States and beyond the opportunity to discuss these issues with leading experts. The sixth annual CHINA Town Hall will be held at UNH at 7 p.m., Oct. 29, in Richards Auditorium, Murkland Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
UNH is one of only 59 sites in the nation selected to co-host the event with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire. The UNH Department of Political Science and the Asian Studies Program sponsor the event.
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In my recent State of the University address, I called attention to four major campaigns that are helping us shape an even stronger future for UNH.
Each of these campaigns—to realize our UNH 2020 strategic plan, increase private giving, promote public support, and act with greater autonomy within the University System of New Hampshire—draws on our many strengths as a community. These campaigns are also critically interdependent, and together guide our efforts to make UNH more effective, efficient, and responsive in everything we do.
Ultimately, the success of these campaigns will make UNH more affordable and accessible to students, and strengthen our role as a leading public research university, one that is both responsive to the needs of New Hampshire businesses, communities and families, and in tune with a changing global economy.
The challenges that UNH faces are not unique. All across America, institutions of higher education face rising costs, disruptive technologies, increased competition, and a shrinking population of traditional, college-age students. But I'm proud of the progress that UNH is making. These four campaigns—the hard work of all members of the UNH community—are putting this University on the path to a future that is vibrant, strong, and, sustainable.
Mark W. Huddleston, President
University of New Hampshire
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UNH has created a new quarterly economic index that will help the lodging industry conduct short- and long-range economic planning. Managed by the Department of Hospitality Management at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics, the Lodging Executive Sentiment Index (LESI) is based on a monthly survey of 20 lodging executives representing companies with more than 2.5 million hotel rooms across lodging segments and geographic regions of the United States—more than 55 percent of all U.S. rooms. Read more>>
The UNH Marine Program is opening its doors, docks, tanks, and even its boats to the public at Know the Coast Day, this Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. at the Jere Chase Ocean Engineering Lab in Durham and the Judd Gregg Marine Research Facility in New Castle. The popular day draws hundreds of visitors of all ages for hands-on activities, tours, and demonstrations that show the diversity and value of UNH marine science. Read more>>