Youth Enrichment For Budding Investigators

July 28, 2014

dusting brush and fingerprint

LAST WEEK TO REGISTER! Course registration for Investigating Homicide ends this Friday, August 1 at 4 p.m. Don’t miss out! Course dates: August 4-15, 2014.

Does your son or daughter enjoy CSI? Does he or she aspire to a career as an investigator? If so, your child will love this program! During this online course, students will work with University of New Hampshire Professor Charles Putnam in a 2-week program that explores the world of forensic investigation through case studies in homicide. For youth entering grades 8 – 11.

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

More info and registration at:

Education Professor Publishes Book on Legal Boundaries of Dress Codes

July 22, 2014

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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

“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

CD cover

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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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