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November 28, 2011
photo of Tito Jackson

Tito Jackson '99

Tito Jackson ’99 (history) was recently awarded the Young Alumnus Achievement Award by the UNH Alumni Association, presented to an alumnus or alumna less than 40 years of age who is actively engaged in the Alumni Association and/or the university, has demonstrated business or professional success and is involved in community service.

From Roxbury, Massachusetts, Jackson serves on the Boston City Council and returns to UNH each year to work with the Connect Program, the undergraduate academic support, social integration, and retention program for students of color at the University of New Hampshire.

Learn more about the Alumni Association awards.

Faculty Scholars Award recipients announced

November 25, 2011
Monica Chiu and Nadine Berenguier

Monica Chiu and Nadine Berenguier

The Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs has notified this year’s winners of Faculty Scholars Awards. Two Liberal Arts faculty members have been selected to receive awards, Monica Chiu, associate professor of English, and Nadine Berenguier, professor of French. Congratulations to both.

The Faculty Scholars Program is intended to provide UNH faculty members who are at a critical stage in completing a scholarly work the opportunity to devote their full time to scholarly activity for at least one semester. The opportunity is expected to result in a major contribution to a faculty member’s professional development or the culmination of a major scholarly effort. Up to four faculty members are selected annually to receive these awards.

Three geography students win research awards

November 22, 2011
Kibale National Park in Uganda

Entry gate at Kibale National Park in Uganda. Two students will conduct research in Uganda, one at Kibale and the other in northern Uganda.

The Department of Geography announced today that three of their students won UNH undergraduate research awards to support their research.

Nick Dowhaniuk, a senior geography major, has been awarded a grant by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program to study the relationships between population growth and forest loss around Kibale National Park in Uganda. Geography Professor Joel Hartter will be advising Nick on this project and will incorporate the results into his own research in the region. Nick will also be working closely with researchers at McGill University. He will work with Michael Routhier from the GIS laboratory at UNH’s Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space to produce an interactive map depicting land use, population density, and land cover change around Kibale that will be accessible via the world wide web to researchers, park wardens, and government officials working in the area.

Irene Feretti, a dual major in geography and biology, has been awarded a grant by the International Research Opportunities Program to fund her research investigating the effectiveness of malaria prevention programs among young girls in northern Uganda who have experienced severe physical and emotional trauma as a result of armed conflict in the region. Professor Joel Hartter is advising her on this project. Irene will spend nine weeks in Uganda next summer conducting research and interviewing girls in the region. She will work closely with Child Voice International, health professionals, and local women.

Eric Pugliano, a dual major in geography and history, has won an Undergraduate Research Award to support his work to create a series of maps depicting the journeys of people who were forcibly relocated by the Soviet Union during the 1930s and 1940s. He is working with Cathy Frierson, professor of history, on that project and with Geography Professor Blake Gumprecht, who has advised Eric on map making. The maps will be published in a book entitled I Survived, I Speak: Children of the Gulag Tell Their Stories, which will be published by Yale University Press.

Congratulations to Nick, Irene, and Eric!

UNH theatre students chosen for master class with Broadway composer

November 17, 2011
headshots of Nickolas Iannotti and Gabrielle Archambault

UNH Theatre majors Nickolas Iannotti and Gabrielle Archambault

Theatre majors Nickolas Iannotti and Gabrielle Archambault and alumna Tara Jean Conway ’06 have been selected by Tony Award-winning musical theatre composer, Jason Robert Brown, to participate in his master class at the 60th annual New England Theatre Conference convention in Natick, Mass. Out of 20 applicants, only 4 were selected to participate.

Brown has been hailed as one of Broadway’s smartest and most sophisticated songwriters since Stephen Sondheim and his music has been performed all over the world. The New York Times refers to Jason as “a leading member of a new generation of composers who embody high hopes for the American musical.”  Brown’s credits include, “Songs for a New World,” The Tony Award-winning “Parade,” and “The Last Five Years.” His newest musical is “13.”

As the 2011 NETC Major Award recipient for his contributions to the theatre community, Brown will be hosting a double session master class at this year’s convention centering on the development and presentation of musical theater songs.

In an email, Moe Doucette, VP for Communications and Development at NETC and Co-Chair of the upcoming convention, commented that “UNH scored big at the convention” and encouraged the department to “congratulate yourselves on how well you teach and guide your students.”

The New England Theatre Conference is a non-profit organization composed of individuals and organizations in New England who are active or interested in the performing arts.

NH Literary Awards go to UNH faculty members, a faculty emeritus, and an alumna

November 15, 2011
photo of Ann Joslin Williams in UNH Library

Ann Joslin Williams

Ann Joslin Williams, assistant professor of English, and Charles Simic, professor emeritus of English, were recognized at the NH Literary Awards ceremony in Manchester earlier this month. Williams’s novel Down from Cascom Mountain won Outstanding Book of Fiction while Simic was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Deborah Brown, professor of English at UNH Manchester, also received an award: Outstanding Book of Poetry for Walking the Dog’s Shadow.

Meg Heckman ’01 (English/journalism) was awarded the Donald M. Murray Outstanding Journalism Award for her series on hepatitis C in the Concord Monitor.

The award program is presented by New Hampshire Writers’ Project.

Read an excerpt from Williams’s Down from Cascom Mountain.

Through November 16: buy a book to help Seacoast Reads program

November 14, 2011
UNH student tutors second-grade

Seacoast Reads volunteer Emmie Katz, ’12, tutors her buddy, second-grader Jay Merrill, from Barrington Elementary School.

Seacoast Reads, a nationally recognized volunteer tutoring program that sends University of New Hampshire undergraduates into local elementary schools to tutor students in reading, has partnered with Barnes & Noble and UNH’s Alpha Delta Phi Society for a fundraising book fair as the program struggles to survive financially. To participate in the fundraiser, buy a book from Barnes & Noble, in person or online at, using the unique Seacoast Reads code (10587251) between Nov. 11-16, 2011, and Seacoast Reads will receive 5 or 10 percent of your purchase. Purchases from the Barnes & Noble café as well as NOOK products also qualify.

Read the full story about the Seacoast Reads fundraiser.

Ghana scholarships awarded

November 10, 2011

drummers in Ghana
The Center for the Humanities has announced that the UNH Ghana Study Abroad Program has awarded two $3000 scholarships. Courtney Perron and Zoey Rausch have each received an award to assist them with the expense of studying at the University of Ghana for the spring 2012 semester. Ms. Perron is a junior Social Work major with a minor in French, and Ms. Rausch is a double major in Greek and Theater and Dance.

The Ghana Scholarship is funded by a gift from a generous donor, with the funds matched by the Office of the Provost. Designed to assist students who have financial need and who plan to use their Ghana experience to contribute to UNH as a diverse learning environment, the award is based on an essay competition.

The Ghana Program itself was created by the Center for the Humanities with support from the U.S Department of State. Eight undergraduate students will participate in the coming semester. For more information, see


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