Mark W. Huddleston
December 13, 2010
New Castle, N.H.
Good morning everyone. As you can see, Senator Gregg really does like mussels—and UNH—and we think that's pretty cool, too.
By the way, that video comes from the Senator's last political campaign, six years ago. And that he chose to single out his support for UNH shows that he not only takes great pride in the Wildcats—but that he's in step with the core values of New Hampshire.
After all, shortly after that UNH-themed video appeared, Senator Gregg won reelection by a landslide.
Coincidence? I think not.
Senator and Mrs. Gregg, it's my great pleasure to give you our warmest welcome. And while that is a terrific video, it doesn't begin to tell the bigger story of your impact on the University, the state, and the nation.
In fact, we could easily hold an event honoring Senator Gregg in any corner of New Hampshire—some far colder and much snowier, by the way—and we would still be surrounded by his legacy.
Now, if we were in Pittsburg, New Hampshire, for example, we would be in the heart of the Connecticut Lakes Headwaters. This 171,000-acre forest covers 3 percent of the state's land area—and Senator Gregg helped lead the efforts to protect it.
Or, if we were even more adventurous, we could gather on top of Mount Washington, home of the world's worst weather, where Senator Gregg supported a project called AIRMAP. UNH researchers there and across the state use AIRMAP's cutting edge technology to study the Earth's climate, air pollution, and weather.
And if we were in the other Durham—New Durham, New Hampshire—we would be in a small corner of the watershed that nurtures the Great Bay. Throughout that vast region, the Senator has worked with UNH to improve water quality, reduce stormwater pollution, and protect critical open spaces.
In fact, Senator Gregg has secured nearly $60 million to conserve lands around the Great Bay alone.
And during his three terms in the U.S. Senate, he has supported more than $440 million in efforts to bring UNH research, expertise, and technology to the world.
Thanks to his vision over the past 18 years, the University is a far different, and far more robust, institution that now stands shoulder to shoulder with the nation's premiere public research universities. Today, we honor him at this remarkable marine research facility because it represents so well his devotion to the region and his passion for UNH research, innovative partnerships, and wise resource management.
We also take pride in knowing that the benefits of these programs are felt beyond the University and the laboratory, and in the day-to-day lives of citizens, communities, and businesses.
In preparing for today, we spoke with a few Granite Staters who experience first-hand the impacts of work supported by Senator Gregg, and carried out with the help of the University. We'd like to show you a video of three of them right now.
First, you'll hear from a New Hampshire state trooper, who relies on a police cruiser developed by Project 54 at UNH. Now, more than 1,000 of these high-tech police vehicles are making our lives and the lives of our law enforcement officers safer.
You'll take a walk along the shores of the Great Bay, where UNH is working with federal and state agencies, local communities, businesses, and citizens to protect this cherished natural resource.
Finally, you'll visit with a New Hampshire fisherman who's making a better living—and catching more fish more sustainably—thanks to the Northeast Consortium.
Thank you, and let the tape roll.
That beautiful video shows some real-world results of Senator Gregg's work in the region. But the senator's legacy, as strong as it has been for UNH and New Hampshire, is really a global legacy.
Now, we'll hear about these far-reaching impacts from our distinguished faculty and a graduate student.
I'd like to introduce:
• Andy Armstrong, the co-director of the NOAA/UNH Joint Hydrographic Center, and an affiliate professor of Ocean Engineering
President Huddleston introduces J. Bonnie Newman
Thank you. As you can see, our outstanding researchers excel not only as scientists, but also as ambassadors who have a passion for sharing UNH's expertise with the world.
Now, I'd like to welcome a distinguished guest who needs no introduction, J. Bonnie Newman. In addition to her devoted service to UNH, Bonnie is also a longtime friend and colleague of Judd Gregg's. Throughout their amazing careers, their paths have always run parallel in advancing the interests, values, and ethic of New Hampshire. Bonnie, welcome!
Thank you, Bonnie. It's wonderful having you back with us, just a few weeks after you were recognized with the Pettee Medal.
I now invite to the stage our honored guests, Senator and Mrs. Gregg.
Senator Gregg, on behalf of the University of New Hampshire, I thank you for a legacy that will stand for the ages. And in recognition of your devotion to the University, we now officially name these wonderful facilities the Judd Gregg Marine Research Complex.
We are also proud to present to you an aerial photograph of these facilities, and unveil the new entrance sign, which is shown on the TV monitors.
Thank you. I also want to announce a special scholarship fund. Allow me to read from the citation:
The Judd and Kathy Gregg Marine Science Scholarship Fund is established in honor of Senator Judd Gregg and his wife, Kathy Gregg, and their sustained commitment to marine research and education at the University of New Hampshire. The fund will be used to support UNH graduate students who have defined their course of study in coastal marine science, engineering, policy, or management.
I can't think of more appropriate ways to carry on your leadership.
Senator and Mrs. Gregg, thank you both so very much. I now invite you to share your own perspectives on this day, and your service to the University and the state.
Thank you for those wonderful insights, Senator and Mrs. Gregg.
Now, before we let everyone go, we want to share just a few more tokens of our appreciation.
Senator, I'm sure you'll want to find a place of honor to display this picture of you hoisting the famous fish you tossed out at a UNH hockey game. We also have a hockey puck, signed by Dick Umile – I'm sorry, but I don't believe it's from the same game when you threw the fish. Also, matching hats for you and Kathy to wear to future Wildcat events. And, finally, a UNH onesie for your granddaughter, who I'm sure we'll be recruiting soon.
Congratulations and thank you, again, Senator and Mrs. Gregg. UNH is very grateful for all your support.
Thanks again for coming, everyone, and have a great day.