Recommended Reading

July 25, 2016

book cover

Still looking for that summer beach read? UNH historian Ellen Fitzpatrick’s book, “The Highest Glass Ceiling: Women’s Quest for the American Presidency,” is on “The Washington Post” list of “37 books we’ve loved so far in 2016.”


The Latest from the UNH Survey Center

July 21, 2016
graph that shows Ayotte vs. Hassan

If the 2016 Senate election was held today, 45% of likely voters say they would vote for Hassan, 42% would vote for Ayotte, 3% would vote for someone else and 11% are undecided.

Ayotte and Hassan Remain Deadlocked in NH Senate Race

Incumbent Senator Kelly Ayotte and Governor Maggie Hassan remain deadlocked for New Hampshire’s U.S. Senate seat. Most voters have not yet decided who they will vote for in the Senate election. READ THE FULL REPORT.

Close Races, Unknown Candidates in Both NH Congressional Districts

First District Congressman Frank Guinta remains very unpopular in his district and is in a close race with former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter. Second District Congresswoman Ann Kuster is not very popular in her district and is in dead heats with two unknown challengers. READ THE FULL REPORT.

NH Gubernatorial Candidates Unknown, Drug Crisis Most Important Problem in NH

Both Republican and Democratic candidates seeking to replace Governor Maggie Hassan remain unknown to most Granite State voters. Drug abuse remains the biggest problem facing the state. However, a majority of Granite Staters support legalizing marijuana for recreational use in New Hampshire. READ THE FULL REPORT.


These findings are based on the latest WMUR Granite State Poll, conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center.


UNH Professor Awarded Global Shakespeare Centre Fulbright

May 31, 2016

Doug Lanier

Douglas M. Lanier, UNH Professor of English, has received the Global Shakespeare Centre Distinguished Chair Fulbright award to enable him to study, lecture and research at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), and the University of Warwick on one of the most prestigious and selective scholarship programs operating world-wide.

As a participant, Douglas Lanier has been selected from a strong applicant pool to work on a book on screen adaptations of “Othello” from across the globe and to teach classes at QMUL and University of Warwick.

“Upon learning I received the award, I was elated and gratified,” said Lanier. “I am delighted to have an opportunity to study the adaptation of Shakespeare’s works in what is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world and at a time when global Shakespeare has become so vibrant a field of scholarly study and audience interest. I hope this work will broaden my perspective on Shakespeare’s extraordinary cultural reach and provide me with material to enrich my classes and research for years to come.”

The US-UK Fulbright Commission is the only bi-lateral, transatlantic scholarship program, offering awards for study or research in any field, at any accredited US or UK university. The Commission is part of the Fulbright program conceived by Senator J. William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange.

The Commission selects scholars through a rigorous application and interview process. In making these awards the Commission looks not only for academic excellence but a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Program and a plan to give back to the recipient’s home country upon returning.

“I know our 2016 cohort will do us great credit during their time here in the UK and beyond,” says Penny Egan CBE, Executive Director, US-UK Fulbright Commission.Only exceptional scholars and students win Fulbright awards, one of the world’s most competitive merit-based international scholarships. In the 70th year of the ‘Special Relationship’ being coined by Winston Churchill, we are proud to welcome the best of American academia to the UK.”


Join the Challenge

May 27, 2016

Words: Support COLA in the 603 Challenge

The 603 Challenge offers alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends the chance to make a gift to the area that means the most to them at UNH. This three-day challenge is online only and runs from June 1 through June 3 with the goal of reaching 1,866 donors. Through the challenge, we’ll celebrate all the ways you make dreams possible for COLA students, faculty and alums, who in turn make New Hampshire stronger, healthier, more vibrant. Thanks to a generous group of donors underwriting the challenge, gifts will be matched, doubling your dream-making. No amount is too small or too large.

Visit unh.edu/603 from June 1-3 to make your gift to the College of Liberal Arts.


Congratulations Class of 2016!

May 20, 2016

students at graduation

The College of Liberal Arts is so very proud of your accomplishments.

Photo by Jeremy Gasowski, UNH Communications and Public Affairs

2016 University Student Award Winners

May 20, 2016

Each spring, university-wide, competitive achievement awards are given to only a dozen or so of the most accomplished and impressive undergraduates at UNH. This year, seven liberal arts students won awards.

An award ceremony to honor these students was held on May 10.

Eden Suoth

The Alumni Meritorious Service Award Association Prize was given to Eden Suoth, a mechanical engineering and philosophy double major from Rochester, N.H. The award is given to a graduate who renders meritorious service to the University or its alumni organizations through faithful and continued effort in maintaining class or other alumni organizations, through active participation in alumni or University affairs, and/or by assisting and expanding the usefulness, influence and prestige of the University. Eden is pictured here with one of his nominators, Professor Willem deVries.


Brittany Marien

The Class of 1899 Prize was awarded to Brittany Marien, a political science and international affairs dual major from Lincoln, N.H. The award recognizes a senior who has developed the highest ideals of good citizenship during his or her course of study. Brittany is pictured here with one of her nominators, Professor Chris Reardon.


Madison Lightfoot

The Dean Williamson Award went to Madison Lightfoot, a social work and women’s studies double major from Davisburg, Mich. This award recognizes the senior who has been outstanding and well-rounded in extracurricular activities, scholarship, athletics and loyalty to the University. Madison is pictured here with one of her nominators, Rev. Larry Brickner-Wood.


Ariel Pueyo Eninas

The Erskine Mason Award was given to Ariel Natalia Pueyo Encinas, a French and international affairs dual major from Cochambamba, Bolivia. This award recognizes that senior who is distinguished for most consistent progress and achievement. Ariel is pictured here with one of her nominators, Professor Claire-Lise Malarte-Feldman.


Krysta Gingue

The Governor Wesley Powell Award went to Krysta Gingue, a political science and international affairs dual major from Lyndonville, Vt. This award honors that undergraduate student who has an expressed interest in public service as demonstrated through his/her course of study and extra-curricular activities, both on and off campus. Krysta is pictured here with her nominator, Christine Zaimes of the TRIO Program.


Laura Rose Donegan

The UNH Award of Excellence was awarded to Laura Rose Donegan, a political science major from Melbourne, Australia. This award recognizes excellence in leadership, scholarship, and citizenship. Laura Rose is pictured here with two of her nominators, Professor Dante Scala (left) and Principal Lecturer Lionel Ingram (right).


Ross Conroy

The Hood Achievement Prize was awarded to Ross Conroy, a political science major from Berwick, Maine. This award recognizes that senior man who shows the greatest promise through character, scholarship, leadership and usefulness to humanity. Ross could not accept his award in person because he is studying abroad in Rwanda this semester. Professor Chris Reardon accepted it on his behalf.

Congratulations to all!

Photos by Randy Schroeder


On Their Way: Faculty Retirements

May 18, 2016

Did these faculty members make an impression on you? Let us know by leaving a comment below. 

photo of Pam BarksdalePamela Barksdale

Principal Lecturer in English
Years of Service: 1993 – 2016

photo of Carol ConawayCarol Conaway

Associate Professor of Women’s Studies
Years of Service: 2003 – 2016

Photo of Jeff DiefendorfJeffry Diefendorf

Pamela Shulman Professor in European and Holocaust Studies
Years of Service: 1976 – 2016

Photo of Janet GoldJanet Gold

Professor of Spanish
Years of Service: 1995 – 2016

Photo of Ron LeBlancRon LeBlanc

Professor of Russian
Years of Service: 1988 – 2016

Photo of Joe LugallaJoe Lugalla

Professor of Anthropology
Years of Service: 1994 – 2016

Photo of Claire Malarte-FeldmanClaire-Lise Malarte-Feldman

Professor of French
Years of Service: 1984 – 2016

Photo of Harry RichardsHarry Richards

Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Professor of Education
Years of Service: 1979 – 2016

Photo of Judith RobbJudith Robb

Associate Professor of Education
Years of Service: 1982 – 2016

Photo of Duane WhittierDuane Whittier

Professor of Philosophy
Years of Service: 1967 – 2016

Photo of Peter YarenskyPeter Yarensky

Principal Lecturer in Psychology
Years of Service: 1983 – 2016


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