News Brief January 2014

January 2014

The UNH News Brief e-newsletter is designed to be an easy, fast way to catch up on highlights of our recent work across UNH, yet it allows us to scratch just the surface of the remarkable depth and diversity of our service to the Granite State.

 Fortunately, during the first week of February, we will offer two additional opportunities to explore UNH more fully. On Feb. 4, I will deliver the State of the University address, which will be available via live online video streaming beginning at 1 p.m. In addition to reviewing our major accomplishments, I will discuss the challenges facing higher education nationally and outline UNH’s plans for success in this dynamic landscape.

 On Feb. 6, I will join with my colleagues in the University System of New Hampshire for a special State House presentation for lawmakers in Representatives Hall from 9 to 10:30 a.m. This is a great opportunity to learn about our state’s four-year public universities and colleges, and our efforts to train a skilled workforce, support the economy and maintain our state’s great quality of life.

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

Network New Hampshire Now

UNH-led effort connects NH with high-speed internet

More residents and businesses across New Hampshire's 10 counties now enjoy high-speed internet access and improved safety communications thanks to a UNH-led public-private collaboration. Network New Hampshire Now recently completed work to add 865 miles of fiber-optic cable to under-served areas. MORE >>

Student access, affordability expanded

Fifty new $5,000 scholarships will be offered annually to the state's low-income community college students who enroll at UNH with their associate's degree completed.

The scholarships were announced recently along with efforts to extend STEM education opportunities to low-income students. The announcements were made in conjunction with a White House summit on improving access to higher education, attended by UNH President Mark W. Huddleston.  MORE >>

Business Services North promotional materials
North Country business services streamlined

Business Services North, a one-stop point of access for businesses seeking services in the North Country, has streamlined its collaborative efforts to better serve the region's entrepreneurs.

A program of the UNH Small Business Development Center, Business Services North unveiled a branding campaign at the Coos County Business Expo and launched a new websiteMORE >>

"The Pilots’ gift ensures that UNH graduates from all walks of life are given the opportunity to become leaders in their communities ..."

$1 million gift supports need-based scholarships

Up to 20 New Hampshire students who face serious financial struggles will benefit from a generous new scholarship fund created by a UNH alumni couple. Michael Pilot '84 and his wife, Yvonne Tuberty Pilot '84, established the $1 million endowed fund to provide need-based scholarships for in-state students.  MORE >>

Lakes Region EMTs
Professor to the rescue for Lakes Region's EMTs

When some of New Hampshire's most experienced emergency medical technicians (EMTs) learned about a tough new national exam they are required to pass, more than a few worried that the strong, steady pulse that had defined their careers was about to flat-line.

But Shawn Riley, Laconia's deputy fire chief, knew instantly who to call for help in preparing his region's EMTs: Mary Katherine Lockwood, a clinical associate professor in the UNH Department of Molecular, Cellular and Biomedical Sciences.  MORE >>