Grants Awarded

Grant Award Archives

Through its endowment, the UNH Parents Association has awarded $39,143 in grant funding for 20 projects benefitting UNH students. The 2016 grant recipients are:

Swipe It Forward: $4,000 to help fund meal swipes to be made available in UNH’s dining halls for students facing food insecurity.

UNH Student Armed Forces Association (SAFA): $3,000 to help fund the purchase of new equipment for the veterans’ lounge SAFA recently created.

Campus Recreation: Outdoor Adventures (OA): $3,000 to expand OA’s surfing program, which currently only offers beginner lessons and is working to develop a program for more intermediate and advanced surfers on campus.

UNH Precision Racing: $3,000 to help fund mechanical engineering students’ project to build a race car and compete against other colleges and universities at the international FSAE event in Michigan.

UNH Dance Team: $3,000 to help overhaul the team’s gear and acquire a portable speaker to accommodate the university’s ever-growing program, which now has 21 members.

UNH Luna Cats: $2,657 to fund the team’s work creating a fully autonomous mining robot that would function on a simulated lunar surface and compete at the NASA Robotics Mining Competition in May.

UNH Makerspace: $2,000 to help fund the continuation of this space where students can develop their innovative interests with access to tools and materials they might otherwise be unable to access. It is open to all students and is free for their use.

UNH Men’s Rowing: $2,000 to help fund repairs to the boathouse at Jackson’s Landing to ensure the safety and protection of rowing equipment.

UNH Women’s Rowing: $2,000 to help fund repairs to the boathouse at Jackson’s Landing to ensure the safety and protection of rowing equipment.

UNH Fencing Club: $2,000 to support the club’s efforts to provide fencers with new equipment.

UNH Archery Club: $2,000 to help provide a safe practice space at the Hamel Recreation Center with new equipment.

UNH Winter Guard: $1,800 to help fund the purchase of equipment as well as competition and transportation fees.

UNH Model United Nations: $1,520 to help fund the group’s competition in its first international conference in 2018, which is a blend of competitive simulation and hands-on work on environmental issues at the UNESCO World Heritage Site at the Galapagos Islands.

UNH Chem-E-Car: $1,200 to help send undergraduate members of the team, which has designed and constructed a car powered by a chemical energy source, to the 2017 AIChE Northeastern Regional Competition in March.

UNH Women in Business: $1,000 to fund the daylong Women in Business Conference, a free event for Paul College students.

UNH Police Department: $1,000 to help fund the Citizen Police Academy 10-week class for students, faculty, staff and area residents.

UNH Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV): $1,000 to help fund the team’s experimentation, development and construction of cutting-edge ROV technologies and applications.

Students Without Borders: $1,000 to help fund its second mini-conference this spring, hosting universities without nationally recognized Engineers Without Borders chapters.

UNH Extra Terrestrial Navigation Swarm: $1,000 to assist its mission to design, manufacture and test a “swarm” of fully autonomous robots for the purpose of locating resources on other planets.

National Association for Music Education (NAfME): $966 to help fund professional development offerings for students involved in NAfME, which is devoted to advancing the field of music education and providing opportunities to UNH’s music department.

A Parents Association endowment has funded this Grant Program for projects which benefit students at UNH. The creation of this endowment was made possible by contributions from UNH Parents. 

Of all the student proposals submitted this fall, the committee selected 7 groups for full or partial funding, totaling $18,039. Congratulations to the following groups which were awarded funding for their projects:

Do-It-Yourself Engineering Group:  A project aimed at introducing students to different engineering skills including design for 3-D printing and beginner level robotics programming.

UNH Precision Racing Team:  Funding will support the design and construction of the 2016 race car for competition.

Students Without Borders: Funds awarded to create a collaborative engineering event with professional engineers who are also involved with humanitarian projects.

Club Volleyball Team: Requested funding for a new net system and volleyballs.

UNH Remotely Operated Vehicle Team:  Funding will support the construction of a remotely operated underwater vehicle for the spring competition.

UNH Sailing Club:  Awarded funds to help construct a path for lake access while the Mendums Pond dam is under construction.

Extraterrestrial Navigation with Particle Swarm Optimization Team:  Supports the design and building of optimized robotic rovers.

A Parents Association endowment has funded this Grant Program for projects which benefit students at UNH. The creation of this endowment was made possible by contributions from UNH Parents. 

Of the 13 student proposals submitted this fall, the committee selected 10 for full or partial funding, totaling $26,999. Congratulations to the following groups which were awarded funding for their projects:

$2,000.00 awarded to the Extra-Terrestrial Navigation with Particle Swarm Optimization group; a.k.a. ET SwarmCats, for the design and construction of laboratory robots. The ET SwarmCats will be designing robots to harness particle swarm optimization, based on animal habits of utilizing the advantages of traveling in swarms. The goal of the robot design is to devise small robots that can work in unison to achieve a common goal, yet think as an individual and act on its own when necessary for searching operations on extraterrestrial planets and asteroids. The robot technology development will be utilized by students in UNH labs across a multitude of disciplines. The funds will cover the purchase of materials, electronic components and machining materials for the robots. The group is continuing to raise funds for the completion of this project.

$1,382.00 awarded to the UNH Freestyle Figure Skating Club to assist with the production of their first Ice Skating Show on campus in March of 2014. This show will showcase the growing Freestyle Figure Skating Club to the campus community; students and general public alike. This is the second year on campus for this new organization which encourages beginning skaters as well as experienced skaters to join and take advantage of coaching. This award supplements club dues and funds the group has raised on their own through campus fundraisers.

$2,310.00 awarded to the Students Without Borders for their service project in Peru. The goal of the project is to provide photography and video support for their service project which includes water pipeline repair, water decontamination & nutrition programs they are implementing in San Pedro de Casta, Peru. This project provides opportunities for students in any discipline to take part in, including engineering, nutrition, nursing and public relations. This award supplements extensive fundraising already accomplished by the group in advance of their service trip. Presentations will be made to various groups upon completion of these projects.

$1,920.00 awarded to the Robert J. Connors Writing Center which will assist the undergraduate staff members to attend the upcoming North East Writing Centers Association annual conference. The funding will cover the conference registration fees for the undergraduate writing mentors who are one-on-one peer writing mentors for UNH undergrads at the writing center. Attendance at this conference will enhance the work that these peer writing mentors provide to more than 2500 UNH students each year.

$1,200.00 awarded to Alpha Phi Omega to enable them to host a leadership conference at UNH. Up to 10 universities in the northeast will attend this spring conference focused on leadership within this community service organization. The UNH chapter of APO has 130 members who will participate in hosting the leadership conference aimed at sharing new ideas and skills. This award supplements APO’s own fundraising for this project.

$2,187.00 awarded to the UNH Shooting Club for purchasing competition pistols. The purchase of the competition pistols will enable the group to expand into another category of shooting sports competition. This expanding campus organization practices twice a week at a local shooting range and represents UNH at various competitions around New England. This funding supplements the group’s own fundraising efforts.

$4,000.00 awarded to WUNH Radio Station to soundproof the new WUNH performance studio. This award will complete the 2013 renovations to the radio station. The soundproofing will increase the quality of live on-air performances and recordings made in the studio. This professional recording studio is available for use by student musicians. This award supplements yearly fundraising done by WUNH.

$4,000.00 awarded to the new Thompson School Vet Tech PAWS program. This new initiative for the Vet Tech program: Pet Access to Wellness Services (PAWS) will enable the group to pilot a community outreach program providing needed care to animals belonging to residents of low income housing communities in Dover and Somersworth. In addition, the Vet Tech students will get hands on experience in their chosen field. The funds will be used to purchase medical equipment for the project. The group has already received an additional grant for supplies from the Banfield Charitable Trust.

$4,000.00 awarded to the UNH chapter of the World Energy Project. The UNH World Energy Project is planning to design and install a self-sustaining photovoltaic energy system at the primary school based in Toh-Kpalime, Ghana. The multi-disciplinary group will be presenting their completed project plans at the 2014 Undergraduate Research Conference. The group will continue to fundraise for this project through the rest of the year.

$4,000.00 awarded to the UNH Remotely Operated Vehicle Group to design and build an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV). This interdisciplinary group will be designing an ROV capable of maneuvering through a mock shipwreck, manipulating objects underwater and collecting samples and recording data. The group will present their ROV at the international Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Competition in June 2014. They also plan to present their project at the 2014 Undergraduate Research Conference as well as holding an “ROV Day” on campus for local high school students interested in engineering. The group is focusing on additional fundraising from corporate sponsors.

A Parents Association endowment has funded this Grant Program for projects which benefit students at UNH. The creation of this endowment was made possible by contributions from UNH Parents. 

Of the 18 student proposals submitted this fall, the committee selected 11 for full or partial funding, totaling $27,955.00

$3,500.00 Awarded to the UNH Students/Engineers Without Borders to assist the group traveling to Lukodi, Uganda in May of 2013 to implement a clean water initiative. The UNH group will repair wells that are not functioning, disinfect the area wells and teach the community to perform well maintenance and disinfecting tasks on their own. When the group returns to UNH, they will do presentations for the university community and for local schools. The group also found a generous donor who offered to contribute 50% of what they were awarded by the Parents Association if they were successful. The group has also received other generous gifts for the funding of this initiative.

$4,000.00 Awarded to the UNH Men’s Club Lacrosse Team to purchase a new scoreboard for the UNH Student Recreation Field. The award will not only benefit the Men’s Club Lacrosse Team but all teams using this field; Men’s Baseball, Women’s Softball, Men’s & Women’s Ultimate Frisbee, Men’s and Women’s Rugby, all Intramural groups! The award complements funds already raised by this group for this project and for other expenses. Advertising space on the scoreboard will generate future revenue for the group.

$2,000.00 Awarded to the UNH LunaCats to help fund the building of a robotic excavator for the 2013 4th Annual Lunabotics Mining Competition, an international NASA-sponsored competition. To compete, NASA requires each team to create an active Outreach Program for their local communities. The LunaCats are planning on a series of demonstrations at local schools, presenting at NH Space Grant Consortium events and hosting a Robotics Day at UNH for local high school students. The group has already secured additional funding from area engineering companies.

$4,000.00 Awarded to the UNH Club Sailing Team for assistance in purchasing 18 new sets of racing sails for the team’s fleet of boats. The Club Sailing Team continues to work to bring the club back from the near total destruction of their fleet of boats in the boathouse fire of 2010. The funding represents only one third the cost of the sails, the team will provide the balance of the necessary funds.

$3,000.00 Awarded to the UNH Formula One Society of Automotive Engineers to assist in building a scaled race car which will be entered in the global engineering competition in the spring of 2013. The group requested funding for a new engine which allows them to switch from a 4 cylinder engine to a lighter weight one cylinder engine while maintaining performance standards. This student group is made up of mechanical engineers, computer engineers, and aerodynamics team and artists. In addition to the race competition, this car is utilized to showcase the work of these students at University events. Parents Association funding for this project is less than 10% of the cost of the entire project.

$4,000.00 Awarded to the Sport Clubs of Campus Recreation to assist with the purchase of a new Campus Recreation Van for student-athlete/club use. The group requested assistance in funding the new van based on the increased usage of the Campus Recreation vans and on the age of vans currently in operation. This funding is only a small portion of funding needed for this purchase, Campus Recreation will supply the bulk of the funds needed for this purchase.

$1,860.00 Awarded to the Thompson School’s Horticulture Club and Culinary Arts and Nutrition groups to purchase an interior vertical planting unit for growing fresh herbs. The vertical planting unit will allow the groups to grow fresh herbs for cooking classes. The students from the Culinary Arts program and the Horticulture club will work together in growing and harvesting the plants. To start this vertical garden, the groups have secured plant donations from previous graduates of the horticulture program.

$1,200.00 Awarded to the UNH Synchronized Skating Team and Club Hockey Teams for their innovative collaboration which requested seed money to start a Learn to Skate Program for area youngsters. The funding provided will pay for ice time for the startup of this program. The Learn to Skate program will also become a yearly fundraising program for these UNH groups which will help to support their travel budgets.

$2,500.00 Awarded to the Students Without Borders group to upgrade projects at the UNH Organic Garden. Funding will provide for maintenance to the existing solar panel set up, an outdoor water pump, water meters, gutters and PVC pipe for a rainwater harvesting system. The Students Without Borders group will provide the manpower for this work. The work will improve the sustainability and productivity of the organic garden and the completion of the rainwater harvesting system will allow the Organic Garden to be a test site for home garden irrigation systems.

$750.00 Awarded to the new Freestyle Figure Skating Club to fund ice time rental and coaching support. Since this is a brand new club at UNH, they do not receive any UNH funds for their program at this time, all funding currently comes from the team members themselves and from fundraising activities.

$1,145.00 Awarded to the UNH Men’s Club Volleyball Team to purchase a referee stand required for their current net system. The new referee stand will enable the group to host tournaments which will help to support their future fundraising efforts. In addition, the referee stand will help the newly formed Women’s Club Volleyball Team. This funding complements the team’s efforts to raise funds to grow their program and sent a team to the national competition.

A Parents Association endowment has funded this Grant Program for projects which benefit students at UNH. The creation of this endowment was made possible by contributions from UNH Parents. 

Of the 15 student proposals submitted this fall, the Parents Council committee selected 9 for full or partial funding, totaling $22,147 in awards for this year.

$2,000.00 Awarded to the UNH ROV group – a College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS) Senior Design project. Their proposal requested funds to help design, build and compete a fully functional Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and to compete in the National MATE ROV Competition in June 2012. This group also is involved in outreach to area K-12 students, encouraging them to pursue a degree at UNH in CEPS. The award supplements significant fundraising which the UNH ROV group has raised to compete in this challenge.

$4,000.00 Awarded to the UNH Cycling Team to assist in hosting the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference Championships Criterium on campus in April 2012. The team hosts the yearly ECCCC Mountain Bike Race and this will be the first time they host a Criterium in Durham. The team has also partnered with the Rotary Club of Durham to put on this race, gained sponsorships, and worked to raise funds on their own.

$3,000.00 Awarded to the UNH Horticulture Club for help in completing the Thompson School Patio Project which will create a functional outdoor patio space on the Thompson School grounds. Current Thompson School students will be involved in the construction under the supervision of professional outdoor space contractors who are Thompson School Alumni. The patio design includes a unique water feature and an outdoor grill; a stonewall and outdoor lighting will be installed. This support for the project supplements funds raised by the Horticulture Club and vendor discounts on construction materials. Learn more.

$4,000.00 Awarded to Campus Recreation for the purchase of materials to construct an outdoor ice rink to be located on the central portion of campus. The rink will expand skating opportunities for the entire campus community as it will be available 24 hours a day. This proposal was written by 2 Civil Engineering students, who have been involved in the planning and who will also be involved in the construction of the rink.

$2,000 Awarded to the student-led Campus Activities Board to enhance the traditional UNH Winter Carnival event. The group plans to implement a formal dance to the activities of the 2012 Winter Carnival. The award is seed money for this February 2012 event. If the dance event is successful this year, the Campus Activities Board will add this event to the traditional list of Winter Carnival activities for the future. $3,371.00 Awarded to the UNH Men’s and Women’s Rowing Teams for the purchase of 2 Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) to enhance the safety of practices for the teams. During non-peak rowing seasons the Athletic Trainers at Campus Recreation will have access to these AED’s for use with the Campus Recreation sport clubs.

$1,927.00 Awarded to the UNH Taekwondo Club for the purchase of World Taekwondo Federation approved mats. The purchase of these mats will enable the club to host tournaments at UNH which will provide additional income for the club. The new mats will also enhance their weekly club practices.

$625.00 Awarded to the UNH Synchronized Skating Team to assist them in funding their “National Send Off Show” at the Whittemore Center Arena. The entire student body is invited to attend this on campus show. This funding supplements the group’s own significant fundraising efforts for their yearly expenses.

$1,224.00 Awarded to the UNH Dance Team for the purchase of new tops for their performances. The UNH Dance Team performs at football, basketball and lacrosse games on campus as well as being involved in the Homecoming Parade, Relay for Life, and their competitions. This support supplements funds the Dance Team raises yearly.

A Parents Association endowment has funded this Grant Program for projects which benefit students at UNH. The creation of this endowment was made possible by contributions from UNH Parents. 

2011 Parents Association Grant Awards total $18,750 for student projects. 6 student groups were awarded funding for their proposals.

$2,500 was awarded to the Film Underground to expand the Film Underground DVD collection in Dimond Library. Library to match funds given by Council.

$4,000 was awarded to the UNH Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC) to create a sustainable program called "Trash 2 Treasure". The project involves recycling student cast off goods at the end of the school year, storing the items over the summer and holding a giant yard sale at the beginning of the following school year.

$4,000 was awarded to the UNH Wildcat Marching Band Colorguard for needed equipment and supplies for their expanding group.

$1,250 was awarded to the UNH Synchronized Skating Team (Ice Cats) to implement the Ice Cats National Send Off Show open to all UNH students and the community at the Whittemore Center Arena.

$3,000 was awarded to the UNH Baseball Club to purchase a movable pitcher's mound. This will allow the UNH Baseball teams to play games on home turf at the UNH Student Rec. turf field versus having to hold their games off campus.

$4,000 was awarded to the UNH Club Tennis Team for needed windscreens for the UNH tennis courts.

A Parents Association endowment has funded this Grant Program for projects which benefit students at UNH. The creation of this endowment was made possible by contributions from UNH Parents. 

This year the Parents Association decided to make our grant program exclusively student oriented. This spring a total of $18,592 was awarded to student groups.

$2,010 Awarded to the UNH Society of Automotive Engineers Aero Design Team. The Aero Design Team has entered this years global SAE Aero Competition in which they must design, manufacture and fly a remote controlled aircraft against students from universities around the world. The award supplements significant fundraising which the students have raised to compete in this challenge.

$4,000 Awarded to the New Hampshire Outing Club, one of the oldest and largest independent student organizations on the UNH campus, for renovations to their Franconia Notch Cabin. The planned renovations will insure that the cabin is in good condition for future generations of UNH students and NHOC Alumni.

$611 Awarded to the Hubbard Hall Council. The requested funds will be used to purchase a new ping-pong table to enhance their recreation lounge and Kitchen appliances to enable the Hall to host more social and charitable fundraising events.

$1,462 Awarded to the Cornucopia Food Pantry of the United Campus Ministry at the Ways Meet Center. The funds will be used to create a community garden aimed at creating a fresh supplemental food source for the food pantry. The requested seed money to start the garden will also assist in building community.

$1,500 Awarded to the UNH Model United Nations student group to fund 12 student delegates to attend the spring conference to represent the country of Somalia in a United Nations simulation. This funding supplements the groups own significant fundraising efforts for their expenses.

$3.958 Awarded to the UNH student run, SCAN-TV to purchase a cinema accessory set for SCAN-TV’s new Canon camera. The accessory set will enhance SCAN-TV production services and significantly expand hands on TV and movie production opportunities that is offered to UNH students.

$4,000 Awarded to multiple Intramural Sport clubs that utilize the second floor gymnasium at Campus Recreation. The funds will be used to purchase and install a wall mounted electronic scoreboard. This funding supplements a package of 2 other scoreboards being purchased for the other gyms at Campus Recreation.

$1,050 Awarded to the UNH Synchronized Skating Team to assist them in funding their “National Send Off Show” at the Whittemore Center Arena. The entire student body is invited to attend this on campus show. This funding supplements the groups own significant fundraising efforts for their yearly expenses.

A Parents Association endowment has funded this Grant Program for projects which benefit students at UNH. The creation of this endowment was made possible by contributions from UNH Parents. 

Total Grant Awards: $104,002

Total Requests: $378,177
$10,000 award to the Office of Presidential Events and Programs to replace UNH ceremonial banners and to purchase new additional banners to enhance the ceremonial nature and prestige of UNH academic ceremonies.

$11,200 award to the UNH Student Senate is requesting funding to install wireless access points and provide wireless internet access in one lounge per residence hall to support expanded internet access for a majority of students.

$2,500 award to the UNH Model United Nations student group to pay their delegate fees for the National Model United Nations conference in New York City this year. $2,500 award to the departments of Music and History to stage a series of Holocaust themed musical events next year. The pieces performed would either be by composers who themselves experienced the Holocaust in some way or who have written music after the Holocaust as a form of commemoration.

$6,547 award to the UNH Art Department’s Woodworking/Furniture Design Program. These funds will be used to purchase critical tools and supplies for the Woodworking Program. These tools will allow the woodshop to better accommodate large, introductory woodworking classes and enhance the woodworking studio spaces.

$20,000 award to the UNH Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) to continue the support and growth of the Parents Association Undergraduate Research Symposium. This URC Symposium represents a majority of the all student presenters during URC. Funding will also expand the outreach to parents to encourage attendance at URC events. New Zamboni

$20,000 award to Campus Recreation to help purchase a new Zamboni Ice Resurfacer for the Whittemore Ice Rink. The new Zamboni will support not only the UNH men’s and women’s hockey teams, but the Club Hockey team, Figure Skating Club, Northeast Passage Sled Hockey, Open Skating, Intramural Hockey & Broomball etc. This funding augments significant funds already raised by Campus Recreation for this purchase.

$10,740 award to the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA) for the UNH Compost Program. The Compost Program will be replacing its old tractor and turner which are necessary for this project. This funding augments significant funds already raised by COLSA for this purchase.

$3,000 award to the UNH Orchestras to implement a one day outreach and educational tour to area high schools to help further support the development of orchestral programs and to use it as a recruiting tool for area students.

$3,000 award to the UNH Precision Racing Team to purchase a lathe which will be used not only by the Racing Team but by other students within the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS).

$4,446 award to the Office of CIO & Computing & Information Services to expand awareness of safety and security programs for UNH students in the areas of personal IT and emergency security. $1,600 award to the UNH Music Dept. to replace the frame for the UNH music department’s marimba instrument.

$8,469 award to the Dept. of Languages, Literatures and Cultures to establish a video production lab which will allow Student Language Clubs to create videos which will promote their organizations within and outside of UNH.

A Parents Association endowment has funded this Grant Program for projects which benefit students at UNH. The creation of this endowment was made possible by contributions from UNH Parents. 

Total Awards: $27,197

$2,370 for  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.

$2,487 - 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.

$400 - 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 - 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.

$1,615 - 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. 

$2,500 - 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.

$1,918 - 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.

$1,200 - 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.

$775 - 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.

$2,300 - 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.  

$2,252 - 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.

$1,610 - 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.

$2,500 - 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.

$1,960 - 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.

$527 - 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.

$2500 - 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

$160,124 - 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.

$8,120 - 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.

$7,030  - 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.

$7,300 - 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.

$12,400 -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. 

$3,460  - 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.

$9,974 - 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.

$13,000 - 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.

$2,755 - 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.

$2,500 - 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.

$20,000 - 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.

$4,085 -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.

$40,000 - 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.

$15,500 - 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.

$3,500 - 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

A Parents Association endowment has funded this Grant Program for projects which benefit students at UNH. The creation of this endowment was made possible by contributions from UNH Parents. 

Total awards: $173,743.00

The Undergraduate Research Conference Planning Committee requested $9,000 to provide student excellence awards to some of the top student presenters at the URC for the next three years. This organization works with academic departments to coordinate and implement the week-long Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) each year, showcasing UNH undergraduate research, scholarship and creative works.

$3,000 was awarded to provide 4 $750.00 URC Awards of Excellence to presenting students for this year.

$7,310 The UNH Office of Woodlands and Natural Areas requested $7,310 for the purchase of software, site licensing and equipment to integrate Assisi Forest Inventory (a forest management software product) into the Woodlands Office database and the Thompson School Forestry and Natural Resources-Forestry forest management and measurement classes. This organization manages 3800 acres of forested University property across the state to provide educational, recreational and research opportunities for students.

 $15,800 The UNH Child Study and Development Center (CSDC) requested $15,800 for the construction of a Natural Outdoor Learning Space to benefit the children, teachers, and UNH students at CSDC. This is a nationally accredited laboratory school within the UNH School of Health and Human Services providing care and education for 120 children and their families. It also provides teacher training for close to 100 undergraduate student interns every year. $11,000 has been raised over the last 3 years by a Parent group through the CSDC for this project. 

$13,225 The COLSA Biology department requested $13,225 for the purchase of SuperTech teaching equipment for laboratory instruction in Rudman Hall G41. This classroom serves more than 500 students each year. This equipment will provide instructors with some of the most technologically advanced educational materials available.

$10,000 The MUB and Student Activity fee committee requested $10,000 for the purchase of an Outdoor Movie System, which provides an alcohol free environment for students attending the outdoor movies. The Student Activity Fee Committee has agreed to provide $10,000 in funding for this project. This purchase will eliminate the need to rent this equipment and allow for more movies to be shown.

$27,790 UNH Campus Recreation requested $27,790 to purchase a 14 passenger shuttle for use by the UNH Sport Clubs. One of the major goals of this group is to provide safe and affordable transportation to the 1100+ students who are members of the 27 active clubs. Many different types of fundraising have been employed to bring in additional funds.

$5,365 The UNH Shooting Sports Club requested $5,365 for the purchase of competition shooting pistols and a gun safe for storage. This club is dedicated to teaching firearms safety and marksmanship to the UNH community and participating in shooting competitions. This club has sponsored fundraisers such as running concession stands at the Woodsmen Club meet and working as ticket takers and scorers at the NHIAA swim meet.

$6,113 The UNH Sailing Team requested $6,112.94 for the purchase of a new outboard motor for one of the crash boats. This group teaches beginners about sailing and provides them with an environment to learn and build their skills and provides more experienced sailors opportunities to teach sailing & race. Major fundraising over the last 8 years was employed in order to purchase a new fleet of sail boats. $14,715 was donated and raised by the team with an additional $22,000 from work weekends over the last 8 years.

$3,490The UNH Robotics Club requested $4,739.94 to upgrade the Robotics Resource Center, to assist with the cost of hosting the FIRST Vex Challenge accessible to New Hampshire schools and for travel expenses to the Annual FIRST Championship Event in Atlanta, GA. This UNH club provides an educational experience for students by using FIRST programs as an outlet for students to apply their classroom knowledge and gain real-world experiences. Additional funds have been gained through fundraising, donations, and other grants. Funding was awarded for the Robotics Resource Center upgrades and the cost to host the FIRST Vex Challenge.

$9,925 The UNH Police Department requested $30,464.75 to fund the expansion of “Know Your Power” media campaign by supporting the creation, development and distribution of four new posters to UNH undergraduates. The UNH Police Dept. works to reduce violence against women on campus through an integrated project that involves awareness and prevention. Funding was awarded to support the poster printing & distribution to residence halls, on-campus apartments, Greek Houses and the Memorial Union Building.

$8,725 The Office of Conduct and Mediation, a collaboration of other campus departments requested $8,725 to fund the Choices Matter program which seeks to address alcohol and drug use by students. This group has been reaching out to students and their parents with an educational DVD which discusses alcohol and drug use, its risks and legal consequences as well as university consequences when the law is violated. 

$20,000 The UNH Art and Art History Department requested $20,000 to design and implement a digital arts lab for students. This technology classroom and student workspace will house the production equipment for courses in Digital Photography and digital components of all other Studio Art courses. This will give students a broader experience on current industry standard imaging equipment and enable more students to explore digital technologies.

$28,000 The UNH Wildcat Marching Band requested $58,000 to purchase new percussion equipment and purchase equipment to add a front ensemble element to the band. This group performs at all UNH Home games as well as select campus events, area parades, high school marching band shows, and away football games. The marching band is one of the most visible organizations on campus. Funding was awarded to buy new percussion equipment.

$10,000The UNH Visual Resource Center, Department of Art and Art History requested $20,000 for the purchase of copyright-restriction-free digital art reproductions for use in the classroom by instructors and as study reference materials by students enrolled in Art History courses. This material would also be available to other academic departments that use art images. The availability of digital art images online will enable students to study course materials from any internet connected computer workstation. Funding was awarded as a match to funds contributed by Diamond Library, Art and Art History Department and the Visual Resource Center.

$5,000 Project LEAD (Learn. Experience. Apply. Demonstrate.) requested $10,000 to support the expansion of the UNH Leadership Camp. This group, staffed by MUB personnel, provides cutting edge, quality leadership development initiatives to UNH Students. In January 2007, the first annual UNH Leadership Camp was launched, providing a six-day intensive leadership development program. This funding covers the costs of printing advertisements, buying general supplies, and the ropes course facilitation at the Browne Center. 

A Parents Association endowment has funded this Grant Program for projects which benefit students at UNH. The creation of this endowment was made possible by contributions from UNH Parents. 

Fall 2006 Discretionary Grant Awards Total Awards: $22,816.12

$687.00- Awarded to the UNH Society of Women Engineers to help support students in attending the Society of Women Engineers Regional Conference. This group engages in professional development activities to help promote women in engineering. The UNH section of SWE attended the national conference in the fall of 2005, which quadrupled their membership and they also learned new ways to improve their programs purpose. Attending the regional conference this year will allow those attending to bring conference ideas back to others in SWE. This proposal was given partial funding, complementing additional funds contributed by other sources.

$1,229.70- Awarded to the College of Life Science and Agriculture to purchase easels. The addition of easels to the program will increase the number of students that are able to have the opportunity to participate in the Undergraduate Research Conference (URC). The URC is held every spring and provides an opportunity for students to showcase their research projects in an environment that equals that of a professional conference. This proposal was given partial funding, complementing additional funds contributed by COLSA, the Deans Office, Academic Affairs, and others.

$2,500.00- Awarded to the Tennis Club for court rental and transportation. The Tennis Club offers tennis instruction, training, intercollegiate match play, and both highly competitive and recreational tennis. It is open to all students. This group was created upon the elimination of the Varsity Tennis team. Indoor court time is necessary to keep players learning and in shape during the winter and transportation is needed for matches at other schools. Fundraising has raised $1,623.00 thus far and additional fundraisers are planned for a raffle and a youth tennis clinic. This proposal was given full funding.

$2,463.00- Awarded to the Nordic Ski Club for the purchase of Nordic skis, boots, poles, and a waxing station. The Nordic Ski Club gives UNH students the opportunity to cross-country ski both recreationally and competitively. The club offers ski lessons to students and, on certain days, to the entire Durham community. They attend cross country races around New England and go to recreational outings. Funding will be used to purchase ski packages and a waxing station to maintain the skis. Plans for fundraising include a ski-fair day, a raffle and a car wash. This proposal was given full funding.

$2450.00- Awarded to the UNH Cycling Team for the purchase of bicycle racks. The UNH Cycling team trains year round and students compete in road race biking, mountain biking, and cyclocross. The bicycle racks will hold bicycles securely on top of the Campus Recreation Vans when traveling to competitions and recreational events. The team raises funds by organizing three races a year, jersey sponsorships, and equipment sponsorships. This proposal was given full funding.

$2,500.00- Awarded to the UNH Archery Club for the purchase of Compound bows, accessories, and new targets. The club provides opportunity for UNH students, faculty, and staff to learn and practice the sport of archery. They provide coaching and equipment for those who don’t have their own equipment. They participate in local competitions and the National Archery Association National Competition. They also hold the only 30 meter indoor shoot in the country, which also serves as a major fundraiser. Plans for a yard sale also will also help bring in additional funds. New targets will improve safety during shooting and compound bows will allow increased growth of the club and its members. This proposal was given partial funding.

$554.42- Awarded to the Smith Hall Council for the purchase of kitchen equipment. Smith Hall is the international themed dorm. The residents work together to promote cultural and diversity awareness on campus. They do this through educational and international programming in which the University community is regularly invited to. Additional fundraising in the past has been done through an auction. Plans for a similar event are in the works for this year. Over 800 students will be affected by this. This proposal was given full funding.

$2,500.00- Awarded to the UNH Outdoor Adventure Program for the purchase of whitewater kayaks, spray skirts, and paddles. This organization provides students, staff and local community members with opportunities for outdoor adventure recreation. The funds will also be used to purchase supplies for whitewater kayaking instructional clinics. Training has already begun at the indoor pool, and the additional equipment will help with training. This proposal was given full funding, complementing additional funds contributed by other sources.

$2,500.00- Awarded to the Film Underground organization for the purchase of DVD’s. This organization presents rare, classic, foreign, and independent films to students for free on the big screen. Films are followed by group discussions and analysis to further the understanding and appreciation of the film. This proposal will use the money to purchase new DVD’s to be shown over the next three years at film underground screenings. The Film Underground also developed a partnership with the Diamond Library in which the library will receive all the purchased DVD’s for their permanent collection, which is accessible by the entire university. This proposal was given full funding, complementing additional funds contributed by the Collection Developmental Department.

$465.00- Awarded to the Languages, Literature & Cultures, COLA Deans Office to purchase plants and flowers. Weekly installation of fresh, seasonal flower arrangements is an addition to the COLA Deans Office in Murkland Hall. These decorate the otherwise barren alcove in Murkland Hall. Funds will go towards plant materials for fresh arrangements. This proposal was given full funding, which supplements donations of seasonal fresh flowers from the designer’s own garden.

$2,495.00- Awarded to the Undergraduate Admissions Office for the purchase of an LCD television and MacMini. The Admissions office serves as a gateway to the University as they welcome prospective students and their parents to campus by hosting tours, group information sessions, conducting interviews, etc. The funds will be used to purchase an LCD television and MacMini with a wireless keyboard to use in the Admissions lobby and the materials would be used to loop information, presentations, videos, providing key information about UNH to prospective students and their parents. This proposal received full funding.

$2,472.00- Awarded to the Northeast Passage for the purchase of an Upper Body Exercise machine. This organization promotes therapeutic recreation services, delivers disability-related health promotion and adapted sports programs throughout New England. They provide educational opportunities for people with and without disabilities on disability workshops, awareness workshops, and recreational wheelchair sports through campus recreation. The Parents Association’s support will allow the purchase of an upper body exercise machine to allow athletes that do not have use of their legs to complete a cardiovascular workout. This proposal received full funding, complementing additional funds contributed by UNH Athletics, Chet Homer, and US Paralympics.

Spring 2006 Major Grant Awards

Total amount awarded: $152,274

$7,314.00 – Awarded to the Judicial and Mediation Programs Office to assist the collaborative effort addressing alcohol and other drug use by students. UNH continues to confront this important health, safety and welfare issue thru the Choices Matter DVD which is designed to reach students and their parents. This is the second year that the Parents Association has assisted in funding this unique initiative as it outlines the risks of alcohol and other drug use as well the legal and university consequences when the rules and laws are violated. This proposal was given full requested funding, complimenting additional university funds. www.unh.edu/vpsas/choices.htm

$6,204.00 – Awarded to the UNH Library for the purchase of 6 additional laptop computers for the Library Laptop Program. This program, which has been in place since 2000, allows students at the library to borrow a laptop computer for up to 4 hours at a time is enormously successful and is valuable resource for students. This proposal was given full requested funding. www.library.unh.edu/services/techcomp/laptops.shtml

$15,000.00 – Awarded to the Organic Garden Club and Students Without Borders collaborative to implement a 2 week Permaculture Certification Course. This collaborative is leading the effort to bring permaculture, a technique in sustainable living and design into the UNH curriculum. The certification course will incorporate the ethics and principles of broad range of sustainability projects. Students taking this course will be required to host a series of presentations based on the course for the UNH community and the general public. This proposal was given full requested funding. 

$6,000.00 – Awarded to the UNH Wildcat Marching Band for additional lighting needed for their practice field. This proposal will facilitate the Marching Band’s practices on a lined football field after sunset and will allow sport club teams to better utilize this field as well. This proposal was given full funding, to compliment funds contributed by the Marching Band. 

$11,355.00 – Awarded to the UNH Residential Life for the creation of a residence hall mural project. Student representatives from all the UNH dorms will work with an experienced visual artist to create a diversity mural. The resulting mural will be copied and hung in the other 19 residence halls on campus. This proposal was given full requested funding.

$9,850.00 – Awarded to the UNH Police Dept. to purchase crime mapping software and training. This will assist the UNH Police in patterning areas and timing of incidents to help them better utilize their resources. A student initiated survey will be implemented with this project to assist the police in their environment, safety & patrol programs. This proposal was given full funding and compliments funds contributed by the UNH Police.

$20,000.00 – Awarded to the Crew Club and Campus Recreation for the purchase of an additional, much needed towing vehicle to facilitate the moving of Crew Club Shells to practices and races. The vehicle will also be used to transport canoes and kayaks for recreational student use as needed. This proposal was given full funding and compliments extensive fundraising by the Crew teams for their programs.

$6,359.00 – Awarded to the UNH Dance Team to assist them in participating in the 2007 National Cheer & Dance Alliance National Championship to represent UNH. This club sport team regularly performs for the UNH community at basketball, football and school pep rallies. This proposal was given full funding, to supplement their substantial fundraising efforts.

$30,000.00 – Awarded to UNH Business Services & CIS Academic Technology to develop a user friendly Parent Portal. The Parent Portal will provide, with student permission, online access to students accounts with real time updates. This proposal was seen as a significant benefit to all UNH parents. This funding supplements substantial funds provided by UNH Business Services & CIS Academic Technology.

$5,000.00 – Awarded to the Dept. of Political Science to initiate a 2 year speaker series entitled: “National Political Leaders and America’s Future”. The speaker series will utilize volunteers from the College Democrats & College Republicans student groups. This funding matches support provided by the College of Liberal Arts and the Dept. of Political Science.

$15,000.00 – Awarded to the UNH Women’s Club Softball Team for the construction of a recreational softball facility. This effort is enhanced by the softball team’s efforts to organize a coalition of campus entities & community groups to support this project. This proposal was given full funding, supplementing the fundraising efforts of the team.

$3,546.00 – Awarded to the Civil Technology Dept. within the Thompson School of Applied Technology for the purchase and installation of a computer projector system for their newly renovated computer lab/classroom which will be available to students 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. This proposal was given full funding.

$3,646.00 – Awarded to the Office of Health Education & Promotion for the creation of a Meditation CD to assist students in managing stress. This funding supplements programs that are already in place to assist a large number of students who experience sleep disturbance issues, anxiety, muscle tension, increased blood pressure and heart rate. This proposal was given full funding, supplementing in-kind dept. support and volunteer efforts to produce this CD.  

$3,000.00 – Awarded to the UNH Campus Recreation for the replacement and upgrade of an 11 year old projection screen TV in the Rec Center’s lounge. This funding assists the Rec Center in providing healthy alternatives for UNH students. This proposal was given partial funding.

$10,000.00 – Awarded to the Project Mentor which is a UNH based initiative which matches undergraduate men and women mentors with regional middle school boys and girls aimed at improving academic achievement for middle school mentees, and providing leadership opportunities for UNH undergraduates. This proposal was given partial funding, to cover the costs of training materials and supplies for the program. Project Mentor supports the salaries of the instructors hired for undergraduate mentor training.