News Brief July 2013

July 2013

While the recently adopted state budget is great news for New Hampshire students and their families, I am equally grateful for how the budget process helped us create a renewed, stronger and even more effective partnership with our state's elected leaders.

From Gov. Maggie Hassan to the House and Senate budget teams, our elected officials remained open minded as they challenged us with tough questions, encouraged healthy debate and sought compromise that resulted in broad, bipartisan support for public higher education. So, to our state's leaders, I say: Thank you!

  For New Hampshire students, the new budget means we will be able to freeze in-state tuition for two years and increase student scholarships. Making higher education more affordable also means that our state has a better chance of retaining its students, and seeing them stay here to work and advance in their careers after they graduate. The budget also recognizes UNH's vital contributions to the state's economy—more than $1.4 billion a year.

I also want to offer my sincere thanks to our UNH advocates, including the many alumni, parents, students and business partners who stepped forward. Your support proved instrumental, and I look forward to continuing our work together.

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

State budget clears way for tuition freeze, scholarships

Shortly after the Legislature restored funding for the University System of New Hampshire to $69 million in the first year of the new biennium and $84 million in the second, the system's board of trustees voted unanimously on June 28 to freeze tuition for in-state students for two years, which will help thousands of New Hampshire students and families. This is the first time in 25 years the board has voted to freeze in-state tuition.

Gov. Maggie Hassan, an ex-officio member of the USNH board of trustees, made the motion to freeze tuition at the meeting, noting that it will make public higher education more affordable for more than 22,000 New Hampshire students."   MORE >>

UNH School of Law awards degreesCommencements celebrated in Durham, Manchester and Concord

At recent ceremonies in Durham, Manchester and Concord, UNH commencement speakers urged graduates to maintain a commitment to serving others as a core value throughout their careers and in their communities.

On May 16, UNH Manchester awarded 265 undergraduate and 92 graduate degrees. On May 18 in Durham, UNH graduated more than 2,500 undergraduates and 522 graduate students, including 68 military veterans, at its 143rd commencement. Also on May 18, the UNH School of Law awarded degrees to 146 students and celebrated the 40th anniversary of the law school's founding.

"They say in life that we make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give," said Lt. Gen. Mary Legere '82, the Army's deputy chief of staff for intelligence and UNH's keynote speaker in Durham. "I urge you to leave this university with that in mind."  UNH >>; UNH Manchester >>;UNH School of Law

The UNH LunaCats team in FloridaUNH student team takes 3rd in NASA competition 

 While it's the off-season for most Wildcats, a team of UNH students recently returned from an international competition with a trophy. The UNH LunaCats rocketed to a surprising third-place finish in NASA's fourth annual Lunabotics Mining Competition May 20 to 24.

The competition, held at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, hosted 50 teams from universities across North America and the world whose remote-controlled excavators "mined" in soil conditions similar to those found on the Earth's moon and other planetary bodies and asteroids.

The UNH robot, created by seven undergraduates, a graduate student and an alumnus, claimed third place behind powerhouse teams from Iowa State University and the University of North Dakota. The LunaCats also took the first-place trophy in the Efficient Use of Communications Power award. MORE >>


Signing the articulation agreement between GBCC President Wildolfo Arvelo and UNH President Mark Huddleston
Great Bay Community College, UNH celebrate agreement

An agreement that allows students at Great Bay Community College (GBCC) to transfer seamlessly into several business programs at UNH was celebrated at a ceremony in Durham on June 5.

The agreement between the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at UNH and GBCC was signed by UNH President Mark W. Huddleston and GBCC President Wildolfo Arvelo. The plan outlines course selection decisions for GBCC students to support university access and bachelor's degree completion.  MORE >>

Cooperative Extension's army of volunteers steps up

Ever volunteer to clean up a local park? Coach kids? Raise money for the local food bank? Or, in an act of foolhardy bravado, chaperone a middle school dance?
Then you're one of New Hampshire's most valuable assets: volunteers. And providing one of the state's largest and most diverse volunteer networks is the UNH Cooperative Extension, which brought together 4,100 volunteers who contributed 131,423 hours of service in 2012.
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Huddleston named to innovation, efficiency commission 

UNH President Mark W. Huddleston has been named to the Governor's Commission on State Government Innovation, Efficiency and Transparency, created recently by Gov, Maggie Hassan.

The commission brings together experts from the private business, nonprofit, higher education and local government sectors to make recommendations for modernizing state government, improving efficiency, measuring the performance of state agencies and improving transparency to citizens.

"State agencies have worked hard in recent years to do more with less, but we must always be looking for new ways to innovate in state government in order to improve efficiency, cut red tape and save taxpayer dollars," Hassan said.
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