University-wide Staff Awards
The 2008 Kidder Award
Enthusiastic. Dependable. Compassionate.
These words, offered by colleagues and students, honor Shannon Marthouse for her dedication to fostering understanding and advancing opportunities for those whose sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression differ from the majority.
As a leader of the Diversity Team, she helps attract, recruit, and retain a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. Through her involvement with the Colleagues Luncheon, she provides a venue for networking and professional development. And recently, through her leadership on the Diversity Mural Project, she created an educational forum to explore multicultural backgrounds and experience.
"I do this work because I believe in equity and social justice. And I do this work because I like the complexity of it. And I like that it is work we have to do with our heads and our hearts… I have a responsibility to this University to create a safe and welcoming place for everyone to learn and grow,” Marthouse says.
The 2008 Social Justice Award & The 2008 President's Excellence Through Diversity Award
For Richard Haynes, promoting social justice and advancing diversity begin with these key words: message, insight, passion, and mentor.
The message is for all students: higher education is a must.
Haynes shares his message by becoming a mentor to the students he meets. His ability to connect with students and the UNH community alike is unmatched, and his insight has touched many. One colleague, Vilmarie Sanchez, said, “Last January I visited Health Careers Academy, a high school on the campus of Northeastern University, and heard firsthand from students and the guidance counselor about the impact of Richard Haynes.” During high school visits, Haynes speaks with the entire student body and Sanchez witnessed the impression left by Haynes’ passion. “I spoke with some very excited young students, waiting to hear about their acceptance to UNH. The connection was Richard. I found myself thinking, these students are building for their future and the world’s future and here they are inspired by the very same man who touched my soul. That is not coincidence—that is serendipity.”
Haynes credits his own early mentors with much of his success. Miriam H. Powers, Haynes’ middle school teacher, cultivated his artistic ability and stressed the importance of a college education. After graduating from the High School of Art and Design in New York, Haynes was drafted into the Army but, instead, enlisted into the Air Force during the Vietnam War.
At the end of Haynes’ service, Mrs. Powers was there. “She said, ‘Are you ready now to complete your college education?’” Haynes remembers. “She saw something in me that I could not see in myself; she never gave up on me. I attempt to do the same for everyone I meet.”
The 2008 UNH Women's Commission Stephanie Thomas Staff Award
By traditional measures of coaching excellence, Rachel Rawlinson coached the women’s crew team to a standout season this past year. In its first year as a club sport, Rawlinson’s rowers grabbed third place at the New England Rowing Championships, claiming a medal that had eluded them in their previous five years as a varsity team. Yet Rawlinson is equally humbled by the team’s nomination of her for the Women’s Commission Stephanie Thomas Staff Award.
“They practice twice a day, they’re all great students, and for them to take the time to honor their coach was really awesome,” says Rawlinson. “She really does have women’s values, women’s beliefs at heart,” says Lizzie Lyons, a junior rower who just completed her first year on the team. “Having her as a role model is so encouraging and so amazing.”
Rawlinson, who rowed for UNH as an undergraduate in the 1990s, teaches teamwork and determination. But she also seeks to foster personal responsibility and strong character in her rowers. “I love watching my rowers gain self-esteem and confidence, watching that eye-opening moment when they realize they are using their bodies as tools and not just as hangers for pretty clothes,” she says. “I look at it as my responsibility to help these women become good citizens in the world.”
The 2007 UNH Professional Advising Award
The Whittemore School of Business and Economics is the only UNH college division to centralize undergraduate advising. This means that each year, some 1,700 students - and hundreds of non-WSBE majors hoping to enroll in the school's “in-demand” business courses - turn to three remarkable women to help them attain their dreams.
Gail Stepina, Pam Bishop, and Tamara Rury are the academic advisors in the Undergraduate Programs Office at WSBE. They are often the first WSBE contacts first-year students meet during summer orientation, and among the last they will consult in the hectic weeks leading to graduation. In between orientation and graduation?
"We’re here to guide students as they become drivers in their own growth,” says Stepina, a 14-year veteran of UNH. The trio accomplishes this by helping students take advantage of their precious years at UNH. “Sometimes students drop in ‘looking for a signature’,” muses Bishop, “when what they’re really looking for is a path - something much deeper. Helping them discover their paths is the most rewarding thing we do.”
– David Moore