The Ten Initiatives: Partner for Life

Partner for Life
Point Person:
Julie Williams, senior vice provost for engagement and academic outreach

As a land, sea, and space-grant university, UNH will strengthen existing outreach efforts and develop new engagement initiatives that reinforce the University’s role as a Partner for Life with citizens of the state. 

Relevant working group reports

Group 1 – Breaking Silos, Scrambling Categories: Integrating the Academy Horizontally and Vertically
Group 2 – Research: New Frontiers and Old Challenges
Group 5 – New Markets: Generating Resources to Meet Core Missions
Group 7 – Communities and Alliances: Expanding and Deepening UNH’s Strategic Partnerships
Group 8 – UNH and the World: Advancing a Global Perspective
Group 9 – Sustainability: Extending the UNH Commitment

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What's happened in the last year

Through its dynamic partnerships, UNH is bringing diverse interests together across the state, the nation, and beyond to help address some of the most pressing challenges facing citizens, policymakers, schools, businesses, nonprofits and communities. What follows are a few recent examples of engagement and outreach partnerships and programs that demonstrate how UNH is a partner for life.  

In 2010, sixteen faculty graduated from the UNH Engaged Scholars Academy. Since it began in 2004, almost 90 participants have completed the Academy and are collaborating with external partners in New Hampshire, the nation and beyond.

The Carsey Institute’s first major international work, the Sustainable Microenterprise and Development Program in Ghana is an intensive two-week training program offering critical skills for microfinance and enterprise development leaders. Taught by a world-class faculty and supported by the MasterCard Foundation, courses include the latest on mobile banking, micro-energy development opportunities, and communities of practice options to help students learn and network after returning home.

Opening its call center in November 2009, UNH Cooperative Extension’s Energy Answers began answering consumer phone calls about energy conservation issues.  Staffed by trained volunteers, Energy Answers aims to empower decision-making by connecting callers with the best New Hampshire-specific information from experienced energy professionals across the state. Partners in this project include the N.H. Office of Energy and Planning, the UNH Health Policy Institute, Clean Air–Cool Planet, New England Wood Pellets, N.H. Electric Cooperative, and other agency, business, and nonprofit representatives.

Launched in 2010, the Green Launching Pad is a partnership between UNH, the State of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation that seeks to connect entrepreneurs and private industry with faculty and student expertise to help successfully launch new green businesses.

The APEX dropout prevention project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, has been working with 10 high schools with higher-than-average dropout rates to implement the three-tiered Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) model. Because of the extensive and proven success of the APEX project, the Institute on Disability has recently been awarded a third APEX grant for an additional two years. The project will feature continued school-to-career and behavior support services for at-risk students, as well as statewide training opportunities and an APEX Summer Leadership Institute to be held in August 2010.

An interdisciplinary group of College of Liberal Arts faculty was awarded a grant from the National Security Agency to create a “STARTALK Chinese Wildcat Camp at UNH" in the summer 2010. Working with the STARTALK program from the University of Maryland, the UNH program is a non-residential program in Chinese for approximately 40 students entering 4th through 12th grade. Two visiting professors from ChengDu University in China will assist with instruction.  

The Warmth from the Millyard warm clothing drive, coordinated by the UNH Manchester Community Leadership Program, collected more than 5,500 items in the fall of 2009. The initiative brought together more than 20 community partners including businesses, schools, state agencies, and nonprofits. Additionally, 11 UNH Manchester classes from 5 departments supported the project and completed service-learning assignments.

Faculty in the College of Health and Human Services, in partnership with N.H. state agencies, developed the Center for Professional Excellence in Child Welfare to provide training and professional development to child welfare staff for the N.H. Division of Children, Youth and Families and the Division of Juvenile Justice Services.

In 2008, UNH was classified by the Carnegie Foundation as Community Engaged. In 2009, UNH was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

What's happening now and plans for the future

UNH is engaged with partners across the state, the nation and beyond.  To learn more about some of our ongoing partnerships and several of our engaged units go to Engagement and Outreach Partnerships.

The Faculty Research and Engagement Academy is seeking applicants for the spring 2011 inaugural class. The Academy will help support faculty with an emerging or established scholarly agenda that will be enhanced by external grant funding. Further, quality research and engagement can benefit external partners, enrich student learning and support opportunities for interdisciplinary scholarship. The Academy is one program of the New Ventures Fund.

We are developing a database to systematically collect information about specific partnership projects to help document the impact UNH is having across the state, the nation and beyond.

The Joan and James Leitzel Center partners with a number of public schools in New Hampshire and offers a range of summer science and engineering programs for K-12 students and public school teachers. The programs involve hands-on learning experiences for students and professional development for teachers that combines content with authentic research experiences.

UNH Cooperative Extension and N.H. Sea Grant are partnering with the N.H. Commercial Fisherman's Association, the Yankee Fisherman's Cooperative and several local N.H. businesses to develop the N.H. Fresh & Local seafood branding program. In addition to the branding program, beginning in 2010, consumers are now able to purchase local, fresh seafood through a community supported fishery program. These initiatives are increasing the local demand for fresh seafood, thus expanding markets for local fishermen. 

The New Hampshire Small Business Development Center (NHSBDC) is partnering with the N.H. High Technology Council to produce the Speed Venture Summit. In 2009, 25 venture capital and angel investors, 50 presenting businesses seeking financing, and more than 300 attendees and the N.H. Division of Economic Development, participated in the event.  More than 20 business professionals from the N.H. High Technology Council, the N.H. SBDC staff and UNH students worked together to produce this annual intense speed-dating-style event. 

The NHSBDC is partnering with the Hannah Grimes Center in Keene, N.H., to build Monadnock Leadership Circles.  The goal of this program is to help Monadnock businesses with approximately $1 million in sales, and 3—50 employees, grow to the next level. The Leadership Circles have two components: A CEO-to-CEO monthly forum where member companies gather to discuss critical growth issues, and seminars where guest presenters speak on a range of key topics.

UNH Professional Development & Training  has recently teamed up with Exeter Hospital to develop and deliver customized training. Most of the training has been management development, but recently training has also been offered for staff development. The next phase of this partnership is to bring together the core group of trainers to assess what additional training needs match the culture, organization, and future business goals of Exeter Hospital.