UNH Parents Association 2008 Grant Awards

Fall 2008 Discretionary Grant Awards

This round of UNH grants enabled students, faculty and staff to present proposals for funding which are enhancement projects for student learning, safety and program outreach at UNH. The funding for these grants comes from current contributions by UNH Undergraduate Parents. Without this funding, the Parents Association would not be able to run these yearly grant programs which are aimed at providing the UNH community and its students with funding for enhancement programs and projects beyond the academic mission of the University.

Total Awards: $27,197.00

Awarded $2,370.00 - The Student Organization for Health Leadership requested funds for students to attend the ACHE (American College of Healthcare Executives) Annual Congress in Chicago IL this coming spring. Participating students will be required to serve as community liaisons between the department of Health Management & Policy and the University, sharing what they learned at the conference. Students will also present information from the conference in class presentations and write a reflective essay on the experiences. This funding supplements funds from the department of Health Management & Policy.

Awarded $2,487.00 - The Thompson School of Applied Science Horticulture Technology Program requested funds to develop a lab site, tools and equipment for low voltage lighting so that the Thompson School can develop a landscape lighting course for students. A private company had already donated funds for tools and low voltage lighting fixtures for this class. Installation of the main lighting component will be underwritten by the Thompson School.

Awarded $400.00 - The UNH Black Student Union requested funds to assist them in implementing a Black Family Weekend in the spring of 2009. The weekend will focus on informing and educating the UNH community about the Black Diaspora, while engaging in cultural exchanges through a variety of events during the weekend. This funding supplements additional campus and community funding.

Awarded $283.00 - Holly Harris of the Dept. of Languages, Literatures and Cultures in Murkland hall requested funding to supplement her donations to provide seasonal fresh flower arrangements in the alcove in Murkland Hall outside the main auditorium.

Awarded $1,615.00 - The Dept. of Philosophy requested funds to purchase an LCD projector, disc player and screen for the seminar room in Hamilton Smith Hall. This equipment will enhance teaching classes, by utilizing computer-based presentation and online materials. This equipment will also increase the usage of the room for supplementary activities, such as “Philosophy and a Movie” nights for students. The department has committed to maintaining this equipment.

Awarded $2,500.00 - The UNH Police Dept. requested funding for an additional Segway Personal Transporter to add to the one already in use. The Segways have proved to be an innovative strategy in increasing the presence of and approachability of UNH Police Officers, while giving them more mobility in an environmentally-constructive way. This award represents less than one half the total cost of this equipment; the balance will come from the UNH Police Dept.

Awarded $1,918.00 - The University Writing Program, Online Writing Lab requested funds for a additional tablet laptop computer for the Online Writing Lab project to meet the needs of growing demand. The Online Writing Lab is an extension of the Writing Center, providing writing support through peer tutoring conference for students who can’t come into the Writing Center during regular office ours. The department has committed to maintaining this equipment.

Awarded $1,200.00 - Alpha Phi Omega, a non-profit, national co-ed community service fraternity requested funds to assist them in attending the APO National Convention in Boston. The goal of attending the conference is to meet with other APO members from across the country and discuss best practices and ideas which will be brought back to UNH in an effort to expand their community service programs. This funding supplements the delegates’ personal expenses.

Awarded $775.00 - The UNH Figure Skating Team requested funds to help them organize and advertise their annual National Competition Send-off Show for the UNH students and other area residents. This event showcases the team’s new performance and also serves as a fundraiser for the team. This funding supplements personal team member expenses toward the Team’s annual expenses.

Awarded $2,300.00 - The UNH Martin Luther King Celebration Events Planning Committee requested funds to help implement the MLK Celebration at UNH which will feature 5 main events. These events will promote intellectual development, diversity of perspectives, experiences and cultures for students and the community. This year’s MLK Celebration is a collaboration of 16 departments and 7 community organizations. www.unh.edu/diversity/mlk_celebration2009.html

Awarded $2,252.00 - The UNH SHARPP Office requested funding to create a series of 4 posters to be used for a media campaign aimed at teaching students how to respond to disclosures of sexual and relationship abuse to the UNH Community. This initiative is in response to a recent SHARPP survey. This funding supplements other UNH dept. funding and in-kind services.

Awarded $1,610.00 - The Society of Automotive Engineers Aero is requesting funding assistance in building and competing an innovative model airplane. This national competition for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles will require students to integrate engineering disciplines to design and build a maneuverable aircraft capable of carrying a large load. This funding supplements departmental funding and private fundraising by the Aero team.

Awarded $2,500.00 - UNH Sport Clubs and Intramural Sports programs requested funds to purchase a digital video camera and laptop computer for filming and posting sporting events on the campus recreation website. Having more sporting club video clips online will make the Intramural Clubs’ experiences more available to families and friends of UNH. This equipment will also be used by the intramural department. The balance of the funding needed for this project will be raised by Campus Recreation.

Awarded $1,960.00 - UNH Campus Recreation requested funds to purchase winter jackets for student leaders and student employees while working or managing events for Campus Recreation. The jackets are being purchased through the manufacture’s discount program with additional funds being provided by Sport Club funding.

Awarded $527.00 - The UNH Peace & Justice League, sponsoring the Mindfulness Meditation group, requested funds to purchase meditation cushions to be used at the Waysmeet Center. The meditation group is committed to make programs of mindfulness, relaxation, rest and restoration available to students across the campus; it is an increasingly popular program on campus.

Awarded $2500.00 - The UNH Energy Club is requesting funding to purchase computer equipment to enable them to operate the club and develop their Seminar Series. This new student organization has active support from 13 energy- based companies in New Hampshire. www.unhenergyclub.com


Spring 2008 Major Grant Awards

Total Awards: $160,124.00

The Dept. of Earth Sciences requested funding to restore the historic 1870’s geologic relief map, prepared by former Prof. Charles Hitchcock and his students. The relief map of New Hampshire and Vermont is displayed in James Hall and is the culmination of the first comprehensive geologic survey done in the 1870’s of central New England. The restored 12’ x 16’ relief map will be reinstalled in James Hall in a prominent location. This restoration will be done by UNH students under the direction of a faculty member. Awarded $8,120.00

The Waysmeet Center requested funding to upgrade their kitchen and meeting facilities to better serve the needs of UNH students and others within UNH community who use the center. The funding will expand the facility’s ability to accommodate the growing programs of the center. The Waysmeet Center provides students with service learning opportunities, community dinners, a meeting place where students of different backgrounds interact with each other. Awarded $7,030.00

The Outdoor Adventures Program requested funds to assist in the purchase of equipment and supplies for their mountaineering, ice climbing, and winter program offerings for UNH students. The funding will enable the Outdoor Adventure Program to expand their student programing and lower the rental and trip costs for students. Revenue from the rental program is reinvested in the acquisition and maintenance of their equipment and is used to expand the trip opportunities for students. Awarded $7,300.00

The UNH Library requested funding for additional laptop computers which are available to students while they are working in the library. This request adds to the laptop computer array currently available to students in the library. The laptop loaner program is a well used resource for students, last year the 23 available computers were checked out a total of 14,982 times, for up to 4 hours at a time. Awarded 12,400.00

The UNH Men’s Club Lacrosse Team requested funds to purchase a public address system, video camera and tripod, which will be made available to all the UNH club sport teams. This student initiated grant proposal sought funding for items which team dues and other fund raising could not cover. The public address system will allow the teams to announce players on the field and provide play by play announcing for fans. The video camera will be used to analyze game footage. Awarded $3,460.00

The UNH Judo Club requested funds to buy Judo mats and 2 scoreboards. The new equipment will assist the club not only in their own practice and tournaments but increasing participation in the annual Wildcat Invitational Judo Tournament. This funding complements funding raising done by the club members. Awarded $9,974.00

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept. requested funds to help create a new Alternative Energy Lab to facilitate the organization of UNH energy efforts with the efforts of public and private alternative energy groups and projects. It is expected that such a facility will promote energy sustainability on many levels via education, research and sound practices. Awarded $13,000.00

Smith Hall dorm requested funding to create a “Peace Gallery” in one of their lounges in honor of their 100th anniversary. The Gallery will exhibition student work showcasing the history and legacy of Smith Hall’s historically female and international roots. The mission of the displays is to promote peace through the knowledge of “others”. Specific to the request is the purchase of Frames, and LCD Projector and Folding Chairs. Awarded $2,755.00

The Film Underground student organization requested funding to expand the Film Underground DVD collection in the Dimond Library. The collection will continue to focus on a wide range of films including foreign, independent and classic films. This popular film collection was started in 2006 with a grant from the Parents Association and matching funds from Dimond Library. These original DVD films have been loaned out a total of 2,965 times. The funding awarded to expand this program again matches funding being provided by the UNH Library. Awarded $2,500.00

The UNH Equine Program requested funds to purchase its first horse trailer. The purchase of a horse trailer will help to support growing UNH Equine Program and the Therapeutic Riding Program. It will assure that donated horses and sick horses will have transportation to and from UNH and will also allow the Riding Teams to participate in additional competitions during the year. Awarded $20,000.00

The Campus Recreation Athletic Training Dept. requested funding for an Electrotherapy Ultrasound machine to complement existing equipment. This equipment will be used by the Campus Recreation Athletic Trainer in the treatment, rehabilitation and reconditioning of musculoskeletal injuries in students. The additional machine will allow the trainer to treat more injured student athletes simultaneously and efficiently. Awarded $4,085.00

The Undergraduate Research Conference Planning Committee requested funding to increase student support enabling students to present original research during URC. The award also will increase the outreach marketing efforts for the Undergraduate Research Conference and provide support for Friday Symposium, the largest URC event held each year in conjunction with the Undergraduate Research Conference over a two year period. Awarded $40,000.00

The Biology Program requested funding to augment current technology infrastructure and to develop instructional materials. The proposed DVD will highlight the protocols and laboratory exercises which will provide for more interactive teaching and hands-on learning for over 1000 UNH students each year. Awarded $15,500.00

The Center for New England Culture and the UNH-Community Black Heritage Partnerships requested funds for the program called “Building the African American Student Community at UNH: Education, Research and Outreach” which will support student learning. Student involved in this program will participate in 4 on-going regional research projects. The award funding is specific to developing their website for this project. Awarded $3,500.00

The UNH Precision Racing team, which is a student driven project, requested funding for an enclosed trailer and team laptop. This equipment will allow the team to have a permanent means to transport the race car and allow the team to work on the vehicle in bad weather. The laptop computer will allow the team to better tune the car engine and allow the team to organize their data. The team raises approximately $30,000 each year for this project on their own. Awarded $8,000.00

UNH Athletics Dept. requested matching funding for a new Wild-E-Cat mascot costume. The purchase of an additional Wild-E-Cat costume will facilitate the mascot’s participation in additional local and University events. Awarded $2,500.00