News Brief January 2013
It is sometimes tempting to focus solely on the numbers of our major budget decisions: How much will an item cost? What’s the revenue picture look like? What’s the return on investment? The risk of not investing?
Certainly, our campaign to restore state support for the University, UNH Works, provides great resources for those answers, with budget facts, a UNH economic impact report and an engaging, easy-to-follow financial report that explains how we manage our money in the public’s interest. I also encourage you to stay up to date on this effort via Facebook and Twitter.
But there’s another powerful aspect of this effort that I encounter every day here in Durham and across New Hampshire: our state’s human capital.
I am inspired by the hard-working students and families of New Hampshire that rely on UNH to provide an excellent education, one that is affordable and accessible. It is also heartening to meet the many business owners, school officials, health care workers and public safety officials who work closely with UNH year-round to support New Hampshire’s economy and our first-rate quality of life.
I hope that you can meet them, too, as they reach out to you as UNH Advocates during this legislative session.
The choices we make in upholding our responsibility to serve them is a trust, one that defines our character and our values—both as a University and as a state. As you, our lawmakers, craft a state budget for our citizens, I look forward to working with you to support public higher education as a wise investment that will strengthen New Hampshire’s future for all.
Citizens, business leaders urge state to restore USNH budgetBy longstanding tradition, New Hampshire lawmakers expect to hear from the UNH officials when they work on a new state budget. But this year, lawmakers are also hearing from voters, business owners and opinion leaders from across the state who are sending a clear message to Concord: It’s time to restore state support for our four-year public universities and colleges.
They are part of a new and growing grassroots campaign, UNH Works, that calls on lawmakers to restore state support for UNH and others schools in the University System of New Hampshire (USNH) back to 2010 levels. If the budget is restored, USNH trustees have agreed to freeze tuition for in-state students and to increase student financial aid. MORE >>
New partnership aims to increase NH science, tech grads
Responding to a critical and growing need for talent in New Hampshire’s technology sector, the University System of New Hampshire and the Community College System of New Hampshire have teamed up to double the number of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) graduates by 2025.
UNH mapping project helps state agencies work smarter
When a tornado ripped through southern New Hampshire in July of 2008, it took 15 people from the state’s Department of Revenue Administration (DRA) working for nearly three weeks to assess the damage in order to apply for federal disaster relief.
Arabic language program expands, hosts Fulbright initiativeMore UNH graduates will be able to converse with the world’s diverse Arabic speakers thanks to an expanded Arabic language program. UNH recently became a host institution with the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program, a competitive program that pairs international educators with U.S. colleges and universities.
This fall, UNH welcomed Samah El-Said from Egypt, who is teaching UNH’s first advanced Arabic language courses.
“Our students have been asking for access to higher-level Arabic courses. At the same time, the college, and indeed the university, has been keenly interested in internationalizing the campus for our students. We’ve addressed both of these interests creatively with the success of this Fulbright application. We are very pleased to welcome Ms. El-Said to our faculty,” said Kenneth Fuld, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. MORE >>
Anti-bullying program gains national, international following
A revolutionary program created by UNH researchers to combat bullying in middle schools is gaining ground across New Hampshire and New England and will soon be drawing attention on the other side of the world.