Education Professor Publishes Book on Legal Boundaries of Dress Codes

July 22, 2014

book cover

Todd A. DeMitchell, UNH professor of education and justice studies, has co-authored a book due to be released in early August entitled Student Dress Codes and the First Amendment: Legal Challenges and Policy Issues. Co-author Richard Fossey is the Paul Burdin Endowed Professor of Education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The book’s publisher is Rowman & Littlefield.

Students’ early morning decisions about what to wear to school have led many school districts into legal issues and policy challenges. Confederate belt buckles, exposed bellies, sagging pants, political statements, and social commentary have all been banned from schools, and these bans have often resulted in litigation by students who claim their constitutional right to free speech has been violated.

Student Dress Codes and the First Amendment: Legal Challenges and Policy Issues explores the legal issues that arise when a school prohibits various types of student attire. Through an analysis of major Supreme and federal court cases, this volume examines conflicts that arise when administrators juggle a student’s right to free speech with the need to maintain an environment conducive to learning.

DeMitchell is a former public school elementary teacher, principal, director of personnel and labor relations, and superintendent.

The book is available for preorder now from the publisher and major online retailers.


Attention Harry Potter Fans

July 3, 2014

animated photo of James Krasner

REGISTER NOW! Course registration for Reading, Writing, and Storytelling with Harry Potter ends July 11 at 4 p.m. Don’t miss out! Course dates are July 14 – August 1, 2014.

Join Professor James Krasner for a 3-week online adventure that uses the Harry Potter series to help students learn about language, writing, history, art, and culture. For children entering fourth through eighth grade, this dynamic program features rich media and interactive learning.

UNH Faculty and Staff receive a 50% discount on tuition when they use their UNH emails to register their children.

Find out more and register at cola.unh.edu/storytelling-harry-potter.

“Here’s my take away from the course. First off it was brilliantly taught at the children’s level of understanding. Professor Krasner taught via videos in each section of the course. The array of information he pulled in from a myriad of other sources was phenomenal. ‘O’ kept mentioning over and over again about how much he was learning. He even mentioned once that he might want to go to University of New Hampshire just to study with Professor Krasner.”
–an online parent review. Read the full review.


Music Professor Releases CD of Works by Women

June 23, 2014

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Audio: Nocturne (1911) (2:59), Lili Boulanger (1893-1918)

Professor of music and flutist Peggy Vagts has released a new CD of compositions by women, Persistence, Works by Women, 1850-1950: Music for Flute and Piano. Vagts is joined by UNH Murkland lecturer Arlene Kies on piano.

“While the composers on this recording wrote in a variety of styles,” says Vagts, “they all shared one admirable quality: persistence. They persevered as composers despite the many limitations placed on them as women of their era.”

The composers whose works are performed include:

Lili Boulanger (1893-1918)
Mélanie Bonis (Mel-Bonis) (1858-1937)
Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896)
Claude Arrieu (Louise Marie Simon) (1903-1990)
Peggy Glanville-Hicks (1912-1990)
Amy Cheney Beach (1867-1944)

Contact the Music Department to purchase a CD.


St. Botolph Club Foundation Distinguished Artist Award Goes to UNH Professor

May 21, 2014

David Ripley

Professor of music David Ripley has received this year’s St. Botolph Club Foundation Distinguished Artist Award. The Foundation awards $5000 each year to an artist who has demonstrated outstanding talent and an exceptional diversity of accomplishment. Recipients of the Foundation’s Distinguished Artist Award also are recognized for their contributions as teachers, mentors, or advocates.

The Foundation was established in 1963 to recognize and support artists working in or associated with New England. The non-profit organization is supported by the contributions of members and friends of the St. Botolph Club, a private institution established in 1880 “for the purpose of promoting social intercourse among persons connected with, or interested in, the arts, humanities, and sciences.” The Foundation is chaired and managed by members of the Club, many of whom are full-time practicing artists.

The Foundation awards $35,000-$50,000 annually through its Distinguished Artist Award and through the Emerging Artists program, designed to encourage artists at an earlier stage in their careers.

“At this point in my life, this award is extremely gratifying and encouraging for the future,” says Ripley. “UNH has of course figured most prominently in my opportunities for service, for instance, the MLK ‘Wounded Dove’ recording, so for all those I am very grateful, and they are indeed reflected in this award.”


Congratulations, Class of 2014!

May 17, 2014

Wildcat sculpture with mortarboard
Happy commencement! The College of Liberal Arts is proud of you!


“Frozen” Screenwriter/Director Jennifer Lee ’92 Visits COLA

May 16, 2014

Academy Award winner Jennifer Lee ’92 (English major) arrived on campus today. She will be delivering the commencement address tomorrow to the class of 2014. She spent some time this morning visiting with students, faculty, and staff in the Liberal Arts Dean’s Office in Murkland Hall. It turns out that, as an undergrad, Ms. Lee took a psychology course taught by Dean Fuld. Who knew?

Jennifer Lee speaks with Molly Foye '14 and Graham Turner '14

Jennifer Lee speaks with Molly Foye ’14 and Graham Turner ’14

Jennifer Lee and Dean Ken Fuld

Jennifer Lee and Dean Ken Fuld

A parting shot

A parting shot

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Four N.H. Students Named B. Thomas Trout Scholars

May 15, 2014
B. Thomas Trout

B. Thomas Trout

Four New Hampshire students have been awarded B. Thomas Trout Scholarships from the College of Liberal Arts to support their study abroad experiences in the 2014-15 academic year.

The scholarship recipients are Leslie Duff, an anthropology major from Portsmouth; Joseph Juknievich, a history major from Nashua; Shaina Maciejewski, a history major from Peterborough; and Amber Petty, a fine arts major from Hampstead.

Duff will study at the Belize Archaeological Field School this summer under the direction of UNH professor of anthropology Eleanor Harrison-Buck. “As an aspiring archaeologist, this is an opportunity to gain valuable hands on training that can’t be studied in a classroom,” says Duff, who almost gave up on the idea of studying abroad due to financial constraints. Duff looks forward to working with professionals in the field and hopes the experience will be great preparation for graduate school, her next step toward a career in archaeology.

Juknievich will participate in the UNH London Program this fall. “This program will provide me with a deeper appreciation of U.S. history and American culture from an outside perspective,” says Juknievich, who plans to study European perceptions of America in both a modern and historical context. As a twin, Juknievich notes that college expenses have been doubled for his family, so this scholarship provides welcome relief. Juknievich plans to pursue a career in education.

Maciejewski will also attend the UNH London Program in the fall. She specializes in the study of European history and plans to write her honors thesis on crime in Victorian London. “Smitten” with London since she saw the movie The Parent Trap when she was five, Maciejewski says that traveling to London “has been a dream of mine for fifteen years.” Though she’s been working and saving for this trip for quite some time, Maciejewski points out that London is one of the most expensive cities in the world, so the scholarship will provide much-needed assistance.

Petty will study painting in the UNH-in-Italy program this summer. “Italy is one of the best places to study art and art history,” she says. “I will be able to see the master works I have studied for years.” Plus she’ll paint every day and take photographs, which is her area of concentration. Last summer, Petty planned to study abroad in Italy but could not do so for financial reasons. She believes this scholarship will allow her to make her dream a reality.

The late B. Thomas Trout was a professor of political science and an associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts. Throughout his career, Professor Trout actively and tirelessly promoted international studies as a vital part of the college curriculum. He was equally dedicated to the development of study abroad programs for undergraduates, convinced that expanding the range of international study opportunities for American college students was integral to their understanding of a complicated world.

In Professor Trout’s honor, the College of Liberal Arts established the B. Thomas Trout Scholars Fund, which supports academically outstanding College of Liberal Arts undergraduates, allowing them to participate in a UNH-managed study abroad program in the College.


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