News Brief April 2014

April 2014

As we prepare to celebrate UNH student success with commencements in Durham, Concord and Manchester, I have also enjoyed meeting the Granite State’s next generation of student achievers.  Recently, I began an ongoing effort to visit high schools across New Hampshire to talk with students, tell them about the wide array of options in higher education and to hear their questions about life after high school and, hopefully, in college.

Annie Steeves, a UNH senior who grew up in Merrimack, joined me on the first visit, to Spaulding High in Rochester; and Komot Gabriel, a senior from Manchester, spoke with me at Manchester West. Both of these outstanding UNH students are McNair Scholars, a federally-funded research initiative that encourages low-income, first-generation and minority students to pursue graduate education.

At both high schools, the most common question was the same: How can my family afford to send me to college?

Annie and Komot connected instantly with the students, explaining how just a few years ago that they, too, worried about affording college; but were able to attend UNH through a mix of financial aid, scholarships and student loans. I also explained the many higher education options available in New Hampshire—not only at UNH, but also through our two-year community colleges and private institutions, from small liberal arts schools to Dartmouth College. Finally, I emphasized the tremendous benefit of college education and experience in building a balanced, successful life.

UNH has a policy of admitting every qualified New Hampshire student. And it is my hope, one I imagine that is shared by most Granite Staters, that all those who qualify will be able to afford it for generations to come.

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

Jennifer LeeCommencements set for Durham, Manchester, Concord

“Frozen” director Jennifer Lee ’92 keynote in Durham

The first woman to direct an animated feature film for Walt Disney Animation Studios, Academy Award-winner Jennifer Lee, will deliver the UNH Commencement address May 17. In March, Lee ’92 took home an Oscar for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards. She is also the first female director to have a film surpass the $1 billion earning mark and the first writer at any major animation studio to become a director. MORE >>

UNH Manchester Commencement is May 15. Deborah Watrous, executive director of the New Hampshire Humanities Council, will be the keynote speaker. Gary L. Frost, executive director of the Manchester Boys and Girls Club, will receive the Granite State Award. MORE >>
UNH School of Law Commencement is May 17. The keynote speaker is Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., Solicitor General of the United States, who will receive an honorary degree. UNH Law will also award honorary degrees to U.S. Sen. Bob Dole and the Honorable Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals. MORE >>

rendering of Hamilton Smith Hall after rennovation
Renovations to Hamilton Smith Hall and Holloway Commons approved

Replacement plan for outdoor pool also approved

Citing a strong commitment to addressing long deferred maintenance on academic buildings, the University System of New Hampshire board of trustees approved renovations to Hamilton Smith Hall, one of the university’s most iconic buildings, and an expansion to Holloway Commons. The board’s financial affairs committee also approved plans to replace the university’s outdoor swimming pool.  MORE >>

The 1928 Extension Service staff
Concord event to celebrate 100 years of UNH Cooperative Extension

May 7 festivities honor popular statewide outreach program

A celebration in Concord on May 7 will help mark the 100th anniversary of UNH Cooperative Extension, one of the university's most widely-recognized and popular outreach programs.
Lawmakers, state leaders and the media are invited to a noontime luncheon at the State Library, then a brief ceremony, starting at 1:30 p.m., in the Executive Council Chambers at the State House. Speakers will include Gov. Maggie Hassan, UNH President Mark W. Huddleston and UNH Cooperative Extension Dean and Director John Pike.  MORE >>

STEM labBusiness leaders laude Manchester STEM outreach

Earthworms, earthquakes and digital communications are just a few of the topics covered at UNH Manchester’s STEM Discovery Lab, a challenging, hands-on learning community where K-12 students and their teachers explore the intersection of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and language arts through a research-based curriculum. A celebration of the lab’s first year attracted dozens of community, business and educations leaders to the campus recentlyMORE >>

UNH LawUNH Law: Top 3 in New England for job placement

In national law school employment statistics recently released by the American Bar Association, UNH Law ranks 3rd in New England and 29th in the country in placing its graduates in full-time, long-term positions requiring bar admission. Of the 15 ABA-accredited law schools in New England, only Harvard and Yale had higher placement rates.  MORE >>

John PikeCooperative Extension Director John Pike retiring

John Pike will retire as dean and director of UNH Cooperative Extension after nearly 40 years with the organization that has served the people, businesses, and communities of the Granite State for a century.

“John is an inspiration to everyone who believes in the state’s land-grant mission,” said UNH President Mark Huddleston. “As Cooperative Extension celebrates its 100th anniversary, he leaves a successful organization that is well positioned to continue to bring the research, talent and resources of the university directly to people across the Granite State.”  MORE >>