Digging in the Dirt

September 24, 2014

students excavating

Anthropology professor Meghan Howey is in search of UNH’s cultural heritage. Students in her anthropology course “The Lost Campus: The Archaeology of UNH” are excavating the site of the old train station on campus in order to document and examine a part of UNH’s past. The excavation site is at the lawn adjacent to Morrill Hall.

Through this process, students are learning the foundational methods of archaeology including survey, mapping, documentation, excavation, artifact identification, artifact interpretation, and presenting results to the public.

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UNH Commemorates 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Builds Own Piece of Wall

September 17, 2014

25 Years: Fall of the Berlin Wall logo

UNH will mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall in Germany through a series of lectures, film screenings, and panel conversations. University students will both create and dismantle a representation of a wall segment. All events will take place in October and November, 2014, and are free and open to the public.

The wall that separated East from West Berlin from 1961 to November 9, 1989 was both a physical barrier between East and West Germany and a symbolic one between the democratic and communist countries of the world. The wall’s rapid fall signaled the end of the Cold War.

To commemorate the anniversary of this momentous event, the UNH German program, with the financial support of the German Embassy, will revisit the events of 1989 to both take stock of the major developments of the past quarter century and also to instruct those too young to remember the impact of this historic change in Germany, Europe, and the world.

“The fall of the Berlin wall was a pivotal moment in world history, notable not only for the peaceful nature of the revolution but also because it ushered in changes that are still in play today in our political, economic, social and cultural institutions,” says Professor of German Mary Rhiel.

The program begins on October 7 at 7 p.m. in Murkland Hall with a lecture by UNH professor emerita Nancy Lukens, “Candles in the Wind: East German Nonviolent Resistance and the ‘Wende’ of 1989-1990.” The talk will examine the relationship between the fragile and dangerous yet persistent non-violent resistance practiced in the German Democratic Republic and the events surrounding the opening of the Berlin wall.

UNH professor of art Ben Cariens is working with students to create a representation of a wall segment. The sculpture, intended to provide viewers a physical sense of the wall, will be unveiled in Murkland Hall courtyard on October 9 at 1 p.m. The wall will be dismantled by the UNH community on November 10 at 1 p.m. as a symbolic gesture reflective of what transpired 25 years before on November 9.

For a list of all events and more information, visit cola.unh.edu/fall-of-the-wall.

New Wildcats

September 1, 2014

students entering the Whitt

Thumbs up from COLA students as they arrive at the Whittemore Center this morning for the first-year student college meeting.

Liberal Arts Departments on the Move

August 19, 2014
people in sociology office in McConnell Hall

The sociology department’s main office is up and running on the third floor of McConnell

Several academic departments and research centers in the College of Liberal Arts (COLA) have moved over the summer and are starting the fall semester in new or renovated locations. Here’s a rundown by building of where departments and centers are now housed.

McConnell Hall

After the move of Paul College to its new home on Garrison Avenue, McConnell Hall underwent extensive renovations in preparation for housing several COLA units:

  • the Department of Psychology on the fourth floor;
  • the Department of Sociology on the third floor; and
  • the Crimes Against Children Research Center, Family Research Lab, and the Foundation’s development team for COLA on the first floor.

Horton Social Science Center

  • Renovations to the third floor of Horton have changed the location of the main office for the Department of Political Science, which will be room number 327 as of August 25th (the office is located in 125 until then).

Huddleston Hall

  • The Justice Studies Program has moved to a different office on the second floor, room 206, most easily accessible by the building side entrance closest to Holloway Commons.
  • Prevention Innovations has moved to the space formerly occupied by Justice Studies on the second floor of Huddleston, room 202.
  • Confucius Institute at UNH has moved from Murkland Hall to the first floor of Huddleston Hall, in the office suite formerly occupied by the Humanities Program, room 104.

Murkland Hall

  • The newly created Department of Classics, Humanities, and Italian Studies is located on the third floor of Murkland Hall.


Justiceworks Researcher Recognized for Distinguished Contributions to Research

August 14, 2014

photo of L.A. French

Laurence Armand French ’68 ’70G ’75G, a UNH researcher and affiliate professor of Justiceworks, has been awarded the Distinguished Career Contribution to Research Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race (Division 45) of the American Psychological Association. The award recognizes a member who has made outstanding contributions in service to the field of ethnic minority psychology as well as ethnic minority communities. French received his award in Washington, DC, earlier this month.

On behalf of Division 45, Professor Luis A. Vázquez of New Mexico University noted that French’s “significant contributions to research have greatly contributed to the understanding of ethnic minorities” and that French is a “great role model” who has demonstrated his commitment to people of color.

French has a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in sociology (social disorganization/social psychology) from the University of New Hampshire, a Ph.D. in cultural psychology (educational psychology and measurement) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a M.A. in school psychology from Western New Mexico University. He pursued postdoctoral studies in minorities and criminal justice education at the State University of New York-Albany and completed the post-doctoral prescribing psychology program. He is professor emeritus of psychology from Western New Mexico University. French is a licensed clinical psychologist (Arizona); a Fulbright Scholar (University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina – 2009-2010); and Visiting Endowed Chair of Criminology and Criminal Justice at St. Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada (fall semester 2010). He is the winner of a 2014 McGraw Hill Distinguished Scholar Award. He has over 300 publications including 17 books—his latest books are Frog Town: Portrait of a French Canadian Parish in New England (University Press of America, 2014); War Trauma and its Aftermath: An International Perspective on the Balkan and Gulf Wars (University Press of America, 2012); and Running the Border Gauntlet: The Mexican Migrant Controversy (Praeger, 2010).

Faculty Promotions 2014

August 4, 2014

Murkland Hall dome

Dean Kenneth Fuld of the College of Liberal Arts is pleased to announce this year’s faculty promotions in the College.

Promoted to the rank of professor are Michael Annicchiarico (music), David Bachrach (history), Kurkpatrick Dorsey (history), Sarah Way Sherman (English), R. Scott Smith (classics, humanities & Italian studies), and Nicholas Smith (philosophy).

Promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure are Rebecca Glauber (sociology), Eleanor Harrison-Buck (anthropology), Josh Lauer (communication), Jessica Lepler (history), Elizabeth Mellyn (history), Thomas Payne (English), Danielle Pillet-Shore (communication), Mary Stampone (geography), Reginald Wilburn (English), and Ann J. Williams (English).

Promoted to the rank of research associate professor is Kristin E. Smith (sociology).

Promoted to the rank of clinical professor is Charles Putnam (justice studies).

Promoted to the rank of clinical associate professor is Joan Glutting (psychology).

Promoted to the rank of Murkland lecturer are Johannes Frank (languages, literatures, and cultures), Clark Knowles (English), and Catherine Peebles (classics, humanities & Italian studies).

Promoted to the rank of senior lecturer are Pam Ikegami (languages, literatures, and cultures), Krista Jackman (English), Kelly Peracchi (psychology), Nancy Sell (English), Oksana Semenova (English), and Leah Williams (English).

Congratulations to all!

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: http://cola.unh.edu/investigating-homicide


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