News Brief April 2013


photo of President HuddlestonApril 2013

In the span of a few days, I’ve been fortunate to witness two shining examples of how the UNH community brings people of all walks of life together in good times and in bad.

The first came on April 12, when 500 people gathered to celebrate a ribbon cutting for the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics. If you haven’t visited the college yet, I encourage you to do so and to stay in touch as we transform business education and inspire public/private partnerships that support New Hampshire’s economy.

The second came on the night of April 17, two days after the horrific bombings at the Boston Marathon. With UNH faculty, staff and students among the runners, spectators, and volunteers who were at the marathon, it was gratifying to see more than 1,000 members of the UNH community turn out for an impromptu vigil in Durham.

Bringing people together for the greater good is at the heart of our mission at UNH. In that spirit, I look forward to working with you as we embrace opportunities and meet our mutual challenges for the benefit of all New Hampshire.

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

student in technology classManchester: Center supports NH tech sector

Leaders of New Hampshire’s high-tech sector turned out to celebrate the recent opening of the Emerging Technology Center (ETC) at UNH Manchester, which is dedicated to supporting technology innovation, entrepreneurship and education across the region.

The center is a key component of a commitment made by the state’s public colleges and universities to double the number of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) graduates by 2025 to meet workforce demand. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), UNH and Dyn joined to launch ETC on the Manchester campus. President Mark W. Huddleston opened the event, praising the public/private collaboration that created ETC.  MORE >>

Undergraduate ResearchersPublic invited to undergrad research showcase 

The public is invited to the largest undergraduate conference of its kind in the nation, taking place at UNH now through April 27. The Undergraduate Research Conference features more than 1,300 students who are showing their scholarly, enlightening, inspiring and even entertaining research projects.

The conference includes work in every discipline at more than 20 venues across campus. All events are free and open to the public. MORE >>


The Warren B. Rudman CenterU.S. Senators join for Rudman Center opening 

The UNH School of Law launched its Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy on April 21 and 22 with a national conference on fiscal responsibility, featuring Senators John McCain and Kelly Ayotte and former Senators Bob Kerrey and Phil Gramm, and co-hosted by The Concord Coalition and New Hampshire Public Radio.

The conference, "The Federal Budget and the Law: Finding a Way Forward," was moderated by National Public Radio White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro. The center aims to train a new generation of lawyers to carry forth the key values of the late Sen. Rudman's distinguished career: a commitment to justice, a capacity for leadership, and a devotion to common sense and the common good. Rudman's legacy of generationally responsible fiscal policy was the theme of the conference
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photo of Eric Hansen
“Combat Rescue” series features UNH grad

If you’re a fan of the National Geographic television series "Inside Combat Rescue," you probably want to know the answer to two questions: What is the story behind the show’s stars, U.S. Air Force Capt. Eric Hansen and his combat rescue team, and how did this show come to be, anyhow?

Hansen joined the Air Force after graduating ROTC from UNH in 2007 with a degree in civil engineering. He recalls hearing about the combat rescue officer program while he was in school, and also heard, “Nobody gets that job. MORE >>


Paul College of Business and EconomicsPaul College of Business and Economics celebrated

  On April 12, UNH celebrated the opening of it new business college, which will transform the University's graduate and undergraduate business education and reinforces its long history of offering a first-rate business education. The  Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics was made possible by the generosity of philanthropist and alumnus Peter T. Paul, whose record-setting $25 million gift inspired the project.

"I believe that if you have great financial success, you are, in part, only a steward of your assets during your lifetime. To quote Winston Churchill, 'We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give,'" Paul said. "I believe this will be one of my best investments, an investment I am proud to make. UNH is my university. I graduated from here, and its success is important to me.
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