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


Passing: Murray A. Straus

May 17, 2016
Murray A. Straus

Murray A. Straus

By David Finkelhor, UNH Professor of Sociology:

Murray Straus, an internationally influential former professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire and founder of the field of family violence research, died May 13, 2016 at the age of 89.

Beginning in the 1970s, his surveys established that people were far more likely to be assaulted and injured by members of their own family than they were by strangers, fundamentally changing popular and academic conceptions about crime and crime prevention.

He devoted much of his later career to the study of spanking and corporal punishment, accumulating evidence that spanking was associated with increased subsequent aggression among children and reduced warmth between them and their parents, among other negative side effects.

He pioneered techniques for getting information about sensitive topics such as being the victim or perpetrator of family violence in national household and telephone surveys. His Conflict Tactics Scale, which he revised over the years, became the standard approach for gathering information about child and spouse abuse and one of the more widely used instruments in social science.

His findings led him to the conclusion that, although women suffered more serious consequences than men from domestic aggression, women perpetrated a considerable amount of violence in intimate relationships that also needed to be addressed in public policy if families were to be made safe.

Early in his career he specialized in rural sociology and the measurement of family interaction.

He became interested in family violence as a result of planning a meeting of the National Council of Family Relations in Chicago, Illinois, in 1968 in the wake of police brutality there at the Democratic Convention.

He decided that to engage with the issues of the day, they needed to assemble a panel on the connection between families and societal violence. He went on to show that people exposed to violence in their families of origin were considerably more likely to engage in violence as adults and to support public policies such as capital punishment and military intervention.

He was of the opinion that spanking, even when used in moderation, taught that hitting and violence were appropriate and even necessary responses when a person believed someone else’s misbehavior needed correction. He concluded, based on his research, that parents should be taught to never spank children. He strongly endorsed and provided much of the scientific evidence to back efforts to ban corporal punishment, a ban which has been adopted by more than four dozen countries.

Straus spent most of his career, from 1968 until his death, at UNH, much of it as director of the Family Research Laboratory, after previous positions at Washington State University, University of Wisconsin, Cornell and the University of Minnesota. He received his bachelor’s and doctoral training at the University of Wisconsin.

He was an energetic and prolific scholar, authoring 15 books and hundreds of scholarly articles. Among the most widely cited were “Behind Closed Doors” and “Beating the Devil Out of Them.”

He was also a devoted teacher who trained and mentored dozens of scholars, including many of the current luminaries in the field of family violence, as director for 30 years of a post-doctoral fellowship program funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.

He served as president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, the National Council on Family Relations and the Eastern Sociological Society and was active in numerous other academic organizations.

He was the recipient of many awards, including from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, the National Association of Social Workers and the American Sociological Association.

He was known as a warm and engaging person who enjoyed collaborating with colleagues and supervising students. He assembled two large international consortia, involving dozens of scholars in more than 30 countries to conduct cross-national comparative surveys on dating violence and parental disciplinary practices.

Straus was born in New York City on June 18, 1926, to Samuel and Kathleen (Miller) Straus.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Dunn Straus; his children by a previous marriage, Carol Straus and Dr. John Straus; his stepchildren David Dunn and wife Kathy, Lisa Dunn, Thomas Dunn and wife Linda; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial to commemorate his life and work is planned for July 11 in conjunction with the International Conference on Family Violence and Child Victimization Research to be held at the Portsmouth Sheraton. All members of the community are welcome.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Family Research Lab Projects Fund, with checks made out to UNH Foundation and referencing Murray Straus, and mailed to:

Family Research Lab Projects Fund
c/o UNH Foundation
9 Edgewood Road
Durham, NH 03824

Article source: UNH Today


New Sculpture on the Great Lawn

May 12, 2016

Two students in Prof. Akiyama’s sculpture workshop course have installed public sculpture on the Great Lawn on campus. These are temporary exhibits that will be taken down within the next few weeks.

Laurel Sargent created “This is my Ashtray,” which, she says, was “inspired by the girl who threw her cigarette on the ground rather than in an open can.”

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large sculptural cigarettes

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Shannon Roberston’s work is called “Too Small For Eyes.” She says her sculpture “explores the perception of  knowing and being known to others in appearance and acquaintance, but with the isolation that comes from the absence of further genuine connection.”

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Finding Her Voice

May 9, 2016

In this video, English major Samantha Granville ’16 shares how she found her voice at UNH and how a scholarship arrived in the nick of time.

Click here to view the video on YouTube.


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