UNH hosts Mock Trial tourney

October 28, 2011
UNH Mock Trial team members

UNH mockers discuss strategy

Two of the UNH Mock Trial teams took part in the Third Annual Wildcat Tournament this last weekend, hosted by the UNH School of Law in Concord. Competing were twenty teams from fourteen schools: Brandeis, Clark, Colby, Fordham, Stonehill, Trinity, Tufts, UMass Lowell, University of New England, UNH, University of Vermont, Wellesley, and Yale. One of the UNH teams finished seventh in the field of twenty, and two mockers earned individual awards—senior Rich Jordan earned an outstanding attorney award and junior Kerry Murchie, in her first mock trial competition, earned an outstanding attorney award and an outstanding witness award. The competitions continue! Two UNH teams will head to Brandeis in two weeks, one to Tufts in three, and one to UMass in four.

HGTV has a “crush” on UNH Alum

October 26, 2011

Holiday with Matthew Mead magazine cover
Alumnus Matthew Mead ’91, who studied English at UNH, is founder, creative director, and editor in chief of Matthew Mead Productions. Mead is the food photographer for Associated Press, produces his own lifestyle magazine, has published eight books, was style editor of Country Home Magazine for over twelve years, and has contributed to major home and lifestyle magazines. Pretty impressive.

Learn more in an HGTV interview called Design Crush: Matthew Mead.

Research on Roman Catholics’ attitudes published in new study

October 25, 2011

Christ handing the keys to Saint Peter, Pietro Perugino painting

Michele Dillon, professor of sociology, was in Washington, D.C., yesterday at the National Press Club to talk about a new study of Roman Catholics she just released with colleagues from Georgetown and Catholic University.

The study, which surveyed 1,400 adult Catholics, found that Catholics are moving away from strict adherence to the dictates of the church hierarchy at the same time that they are staying true to their core beliefs in the tenets of Catholicism. Some divisive issues are abortion, homosexuality, divorce, and remarriage, which many Catholics see as personal decisions rather than ones for church leaders to decide.

Read more about the study in The Washington Post.

Hello, my name is…

October 20, 2011

two people shaking hands

Meeting new people is a common occurrence in daily life, but what are the expectations that Americans have of this ritual? What social norms are at work? Assistant Professor of Communication Danielle Pillet-Shore studies the details of introductions—the sequence of actions that people go through in order to introduce themselves or others. Earlier this year, she published her findings in Communication Monographs, the premier journal in the field of communication. Her article provides the first detailed empirical analysis of naturally occurring introductions and elucidates how those involved in introductions produce, use, and observably understand their own introduction sequences.

Do you recognize this finding in yourself? People who are being introduced typically try to overlap each other in the several steps of an introduction process. They also “sound-stretch” their utterances to create overlap. As Pillet-Shore explains, this practice displays that introduced people are “‘happy to meet’ one another simultaneously, a faceaffirming, jointly produced state-of-affairs that promotes and engenders affiliation and social solidarity in the very first moments of incipient social relationships.”

A legend remembers

October 17, 2011

Clark Terry book cover
Music legend Clark Terry has just published a memoir entitled Clark: The Autobiography of Clark Terry. Now in his 91st year, the jazz trumpeter takes readers from his impoverished childhood in St. Louis, Missouri, to the Jim Crow South where he got his start, to the worldwide fame he has enjoyed for decades.

The University of New Hampshire is also part of Terry’s history and appears in his memoir on several occasions. Music Professor Dave Seiler brought Terry to UNH in the mid-1970s to headline his new jazz festival. Thus started a long friendship between the two and an ongoing affiliation, with Terry returning to UNH annually to perform and record with scores of UNH students and faculty members. Terry has led student tours of Europe and, in 1976, fronted the UNH Jazz Band that became the first college ensemble ever to play on an evening bill at the famed Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. UNH awarded Terry an honorary doctorate, his first, in 1978, and the Pettee Medal in 2002.

In his autobiography, Terry remembers with gratitude the 70th birthday bash that UNH threw for him. Terry was prepared to play an evening performance with the Clark Terry Birthday Celebration Big Band composed of UNH students and local musicians. To Terry’s surprise, Seiler and the late Paul Verrette, then UNH Professor of Music, shepherded on stage a line of friends for Terry to jam with: Milt Hinton, James Williams, Louie Bellson, Hal Crook, and Gray Sargent.

Terry recalls: “The Cherry on the cake was when one of my students, Ryan Kisor, walked out on stage, followed by Herb Pomeroy and Doc Cheatham! Doc was 85 years old at the time, and he played ‘Just Friends’ so beautifully. They were all fantastic!  After the show, they brought out a huge cake and I blew out the candles. Then they handed me the mike. I could barely talk because it had been so overwhelming to see so many friends, both on stage and in the audience. They had come from near and far to wish me a happy birthday…all in all, my seventieth birthday was probably one of my best birthdays ever!”

Clark Terry’s book is available at major online retailers such as Amazon.com.


A different kind of wildcat

October 13, 2011


UNH Professor Todd DeMitchell recently received an honor unusual for an academic: he was inducted into the Leopard Athletic Hall of Fame. That’s the University of La Verne Leopards in California. As an undergraduate at La Verne, DeMitchell was a formidable linebacker on the football team and a 1969 honorable mention Small College All-America. He joins seven other La Verne alums as inductees this year, all recognized for being athletic standouts.

As Professor of Education, the Lamberton Professor of Justice Studies, and 2010 recipient of the UNH Distinguished Professor Award, DeMitchell is a standout at UNH, too…though he hasn’t been seen on the field recently.

Spanish professor wins two-year NSF grant

October 12, 2011

Holly Cashman

Holly Cashman, Assistant Professor of Spanish, has been awarded a two-year National Science Foundation grant to undertake fieldwork in Phoenix, Arizona, in the area of language dominance, maintenance, and shift. The project uses discourse and conversation analysis to examine the construction of identity of U.S. Latina/o gays and lesbians who have grown up in the Southwestern U.S. at the intersection of the Anglo, English-monolingual LGBT community and the heterosexual, Spanish/English bilingual Latina/o community. Cashman expects her research to answer the following questions:  How do gay and lesbian Latinas/os see the relationship between their ethnic identity and sexual orientation? What role do language practices (specifically the maintenance of Spanish and/or shift to English) play? How do community members maintain and display, construct and negotiate Latina/o and gay and lesbian identities in interaction? The project breaks new ground in the way it destabilizes the dominant narrative on language maintenance and shift, much of which relies on a heterosexual family-based model of language transmission.

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