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University-wide Staff Awards
2012 Recipients

Daniel Innis

Daniel Innis

The 2012 Kidder Award

Dean
Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics
wsbe.unh.edu

 

This past year, Dan Innis, dean of the Whittemore School of Business and Economics, played a pivotal role in making the case to the state that the marriage equality law should stand. He stated, “‘Civil Union’ sounds like a contract. Marriage has a richer meaning to it.”

In 2009, when gay marriage became legal in the state, Innis and his partner, Doug Palardy, were married in Prescott Park in Portsmouth, N.H.

This past year as the law was threatened, Innis was asked to co-chair the GLBT Commission and be an activist for its causes. He willingly stepped forward. His leadership galvanized the GLBTQA Community.

When members of the community tried to thank Innis for keeping them in the loop leading up to and during the vote in Concord, he replied by text message: “It’s all of us. There are many, many people doing all that they can to help. The key is to keep our heads high, whatever the outcome, and work for love, not hate. We will win in the end. I know we will.”

On March 21, 2012, the marriage equality repeal was defeated in the New Hampshire House by a vote of 211-116.

-- Carrie Sherman
-- photo by Perry Smith 

About the Kidder Award

 

 

Otis Douce

Otis Douce

The 2012 Social Justice Award

Multicultural Coordinator
Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Summit Coordinator
Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
www.unh.edu/omsa

 

Otis Douce has a gift for creating great conversations that pack a punch.

His bi-weekly discussion program, Say What?, held in the student union at lunchtime, poses topics that are enticingly chat-worthy. For example: “Beyoncé vs. Lady Gaga—Which female artist is more empowering of women? ... It’s a battle to be heard!” Or try this one: “The Help…If you read the book or saw the movie, what did you think of the story’s portrayal of the maids and of the South in the 1960s?”

As coordinator of the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Summit, Douce tackles heftier subjects, but he always finds a way for students to relate. This past spring, he kicked off a new feature of the MLK Summit called a “Community Call to Action.” The discussion topic was income disparity. It kicked off with the fact that in 1970, U.S. CEOs, on average, made $25 for every dollar that their employees earned. Today that figure is $500 to an employee’s one dollar. Since one of the program’s goals was to honor Dr. King’s vision by looking through “the lens of multiple world views,” Douce engaged representatives of four different faith traditions to lead the discussion.

As one student noted, “He educates students on the importance of activism and the proper way to engage in conversations. He has taught me valuable lessons on how to motivate others."A fellow staff member wrote, “When I visit Otis in his office, he is almost always with students talking with them about their school work, family life, interests, and life goals. Otis makes connections with students because he really does care.”

--Carrie Sherman
-- photo by Mike Ross

 

Malcolm Smith

Malcolm Smith

The 2012 Social Justice Award

Family Life and Family Policy Specialist
Extension Associate Faculty of Family Studies
UNH Cooperative Extension
www.chhs.unh.edu/fs/index

 

 

In just four years at UNH, Malcolm Smith has made a huge impact on family education programs in New Hampshire. As an educator, researcher, and activist, Smith engages at all levels from his family studies classrooms, to founding new organizations to support families, to published scholarship, to designing innovative curricula for schools, to serving on statewide task forces.

If it sounds like a full court press, it is. His work is often written about in state and national newspapers.

Smith serves on the New Hampshire Legislative Task Force on Work and Family. And, he writes a monthly column on work and family issues for the New Hampshire Business Review.

Recently, Smith assisted in the founding of the Family Education Collaborative, a unique effort based in Manchester, which unites Cooperative Extension with the YWCA of Manchester, UNH Manchester, UNH Department of Family Studies, and Family Support New Hampshire to make a meaningful contribution to family research and parent education.

He is co-author and project director of the Courage to Care project—a school climate and culture curriculum designed to reduce bullying and peer victimization by increasing empathy, compassion, and civility in young people. Smith’s publication Understanding Bullying has been distributed widely across New England and the U.S. with more than 100,000 copies in print.

--Carrie Sherman
-- photo by Mike Ross 

About the Social Justice Award

 


Maggie-Leigh Wells
Maggie-Leigh Wells

The 2012 UNH Women's Commission Stephanie Thomas Staff Award


Outreach Coordinator
Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP)
www.unh.edu/sharpp

 

Maggie-Leigh Wells is committed to ending violence against women through peer education and advocacy as well as through her unwavering resistance to ignorance and injustice.

As one of her nominators said, “Discussing violence against women is not an easy or popular subject, but it is one that Maggie handles with grace.” As an educator for SHARPP, Wells goes into classrooms, Greek houses, and residence halls and meets with athletic teams and other groups. Many times, she encounters resistance or ignorance that might throw others off, but Wells takes it in stride.

In all of her work, both paid and volunteer, Wells is an advocate for women. She is a PAT-Council representative at the University. And, in Manchester she previously served as vice-chair of the board of Manchester Outright, which provides support to LGBT youth in the greater-Manchester area, and currently serves as an adult facilitator of their support groups.

Wells is known for her determination and for her strength, compassion, and humor.

Eric E. Kulberg

(not pictured)
The 2012 UNH Women's Commission Stephanie Thomas Staff Award

Detective
UNH Police Department
www.unh.edu/upd

 

Detective Kulberg is being recognized for his hard work toward ending violence against women here on campus. Detective Kulberg genuinely cares for the well-being of survivors.

As one staff member noted: “On many occasions I sat with Eric and survivors and watched as he guided them through the legal process, what they could expect, what he could and couldn’t do, and how to be safe. His approach in all of these interactions was very direct but also compassionate. He spoke with a tone and had a presence that immediately put survivors at ease.”

Kulberg volunteered to become a liaison to SHARPP at a time when no such position existed, but was clearly necessary. He built a strong partnership between the two organizations and set the standard for proactive professionalism.

As a core investigator for the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, his investigative methods are up-to-date with the latest technologies. He is also a member of the Strafford County Sexual Assault Response Team.         

One nominator summarized Kulberg’s commitment to survivors of sexual assault this way: “Detective Kulberg is more than his assignments; he treats every case as if it was the most important case, because he knows that’s the way it is for each individual.”

 

-- Carrie Sherman
-- photo by Mike Ross

 

About the Stephanie Thomas Staff Award

 

Women's Studies Program staff
Women's Studies Program

The 2012 Joyce Gibbs Award

The UNH Women’s Studies Program Faculty and Staff
www.unh.edu/womens-studies

(photo - L to R: Faina Bukher, Emily Cherin, Peter Welch, Marla Brettschneider, Carol Conaway, Joelle Ryan, Tamsin Whitehead, Jane Stapleton, Mary Moynihan, Penelope Morrow, Courtney Marshall)

Established in 1977 with the launch of its undergraduate minor, the UNH Women’s Studies Program was one of the first nationally. And this was at a time when there were very few tenured women faculty members at UNH or elsewhere. In little more than a decade, the program’s major was approved.

Today the women’s studies faculty includes one full-time and two jointly appointed professors, two lecturers, and about fifteen core faculty members in fields such as economics; English; history; languages, literatures, and cultures; nursing; political science; psychology; and sociology. Women now comprise about 35 percent of the UNH faculty and serve in a number of senior administrative positions. Annually, there are approximately 100 students enrolled in the women’s studies degree program with many more students taking women’s studies courses as electives, which often fulfill general education requirements.

UNH women’s studies alumnae have pursued graduate degrees in counseling and health fields, divinity, midwifery, and law. They’ve also gone on to work in politics and education. In all of these fields, they continue to contribute to a vision of social change.

The program itself has continued to innovate just as it did in its early years with the Outreach Nursing Home Project, the Women’s Studies Math Anxiety Committee, and through courses such as Women in Management.

Today, new initiatives include the Mentoring Project and Pedagogy Project. The program’s faculty members and affiliated faculty members contribute to innovative gender-related research, including nationally recognized research that promotes rape prevention by educating bystanders. The program also helped to launch the queer studies minor, which remains supported by women’s studies.

As Marla Brettschneider, women’s studies coordinator and professor of political philosophy with a joint appointment in women’s studies and political science, has noted: “We are still setting a growth course.”

This year, the women’s studies program was recognized for their long-standing commitment to women’s issues and ardent support of the Women’s Commission mission. Their work has inspired women to pursue their highest aspirations. 

-- Carrie Sherman
-- photo by Lisa Nugent 

 

About the Joyce Gibbs Award

 

Kevin Sousa
Kevin Sousa

The 2012 UNH Professional Advising Award

Academic Counselor II
Dean’s Office, College of Liberal Arts
www.unh.edu/liberal-arts

 

Most of the students who come to see Kevin Sousa are in a crisis of some sort. They’ve missed a major declaration deadline, they learned they are 4 credits short of being able to graduate, or they’ve missed a week of classes due to family emergency or sickness. The scenarios change daily, but the volume is constant. Based on his years of experience, Sousa listens and then thoughtfully outlines a course of action for each students based on his years of experience in the role. Usually, students leave visibly relieved—they’ve met an adviser who understands and knows what to do. Often students return when they need advice on other concerns. Students seem to instinctively trust Kevin. He’s honest, blunt, and kind.

Sousa routinely goes the extra mile to help students navigate the system and resolve their issues. He is, of course, professionally current, attends conferences for the national advising organization, NACADA, and is an active member of the UNH Advising Network. As one advising administrator put it, “When we send students to see Kevin, we are confident they receive his full attention.”

He easily manages other tasks as well such as event planning for the liberal arts open houses and visa and flight arrangements for student study abroad trips. He is known for his ability to dispatch paperwork and e-mails with ease.

In short, in the very best sense, Kevin is everywhere and always there.   

-- Carrie Sherman
-- photo by Mike Ross

About the Professional Advising Award