A woman on the run

December 30, 2011

photo of Hannah Colestock

Hannah Colestock ’09 has made great strides since she graduated from UNH. A double major in sociology and women’s studies, Colestock was also a varsity field hockey player. Her love of sport, physical fitness, and a healthy lifestyle combined with her desire to make a difference in the lives of girls and women have led her to create a council of Girls on the Run (GOTR) in Rhode Island. Colestock serves as its executive director.

Girls on the Run is a non-profit prevention program that encourages preteen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running. With over 170 councils across the U.S. and Canada, the program combines training for a 5k event with healthy living education. Last year, the program served 80,000 girls.

Back in 2009, Colestock interned at GOTR-NH as part of her women’s studies program at UNH. Her onsite intern supervisor, Director Jen Hubbell, was and is very impressed with Colestock’s drive. She’s never had a former intern establish a brand new council, she exclaims. “Hannah has taken an incredible leap and has done a ton of work…. I can only wait to see how her council thrives under her leadership,” says Hubbell.

In addition to her work with GOTR, Colestock is pursuing a master’s degree in public policy at UMass Dartmouth and is a graduate research assistant at their Urban Initiative and Center for Policy Analysis.


Three political science majors awarded aid to intern in nation’s capital

December 19, 2011
photos of award recipients against capitol building in DC

clockwise from left: Austin Perea, Ashley Rennebu, Alexandra Priest

Three UNH political science students have been awarded merit-based aid to attend The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars in Washington, DC, this spring. The aid is intended to support housing and other living expenses.

Alexandra Priest of Derry, NH, received both a Civic Engagement Award from The Washington Center and a NH State Society Scholarship. She will be interning at NH Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s office. Priest was president of the UNH College Democrats and is now president of the NH College Democrats. “While I’m down in DC, I will still be involved with NH by working for NH constituents in Senator Shaheen’s office,” says Priest.

Austin Perea, also of Derry, NH, received the Diversity Leadership Award from The Washington Center. Perea has a stellar academic record and was Hall Council President of his residence hall last year. He is anxiously awaiting the location of his internship placement.

Ashley Rennebu of Rochester, NH, received a Pi Sigma Alpha Scholarship from the Washington Center and a NH State Society Scholarship. Rennebu will be interning with the Peace Corps Returned Volunteer Service, which provides career and transitional support for volunteers who have completed their service. Rennebu is a member of the National Political Science Honor Society, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, and the Golden Key International Honor Society, and was recently inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She is an active member of the UNH Student Senate.

The Washington Center is an independent, nonprofit organization serving hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C., for academic credit. The largest program of its kind, The Washington Center has 70 full-time staff and more than 50,000 alumni, many of whom are in leadership positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

UNH provides information, assistance, and encouragement to students of any major interested in attending The Washington Center. For more information, visit www.unh.edu/washington.


Working It

December 14, 2011

students working at The Survey Center

In the runup to the Primary, scores of UNH students work the phones at the UNH Survey Center. They develop good people skills and help produce consistently high response rates. Meet some of these students and read about other Survey Center projects in the most recent UNH News Brief.


Taming holiday tensions

December 8, 2011

two female family members disagreeing
Family conflict can be an unfortunate part of the holidays. Sheila McNamee, Professor of Communication, offers some helpful advice on what to do when tensions turn into tantrums.

McNamee suggests families not focus on the content of the disagreement and instead look at the disruptive patterns that they find themselves in over and over and over again. “It is those patterns that need to change, not the people and not (necessarily) the content,” she says.

When disagreements do arise, the best way to diffuse tension is to approach conflict with genuine curiosity, which goes to the heart of how people develop meaningful relationships. “Rather than do the knee-jerk thing – trying to figure out who is right, who is wrong or who is to blame – try to find out what relationships or communities the other person is part of where this way of being (this belief or value) makes sense,” McNamee says.

“In other words, I grant to the other the ‘right’ of rationality. Your actions may look irrational, wrong or evil to me but they must be rational, right and good to you in some context. The goal is understanding each others’ actions, not necessarily getting everyone to agree,” she says.

Read more in the “Deck the Halls Not Your Brother-In-Law” section of NHmagazine.com’s story on stress-free holiday tips.


Culture, coffee, and cookies

December 5, 2011

Culture Cat card
Pick up a Culture Cat card at the Paul Creative Arts Center and let the punching begin.

When you attend any event in the Paul Creative Arts Center that is sponsored by the Departments of Art and Art History, Music, Theatre and Dance, or by the Celebrity Series or the Museum of Art, you can get your card punched. Attend six events and Albert’s café at Kingsbury Hall will give you a FREE cup of coffee and a cookie in exchange for your fully-punched card. Good deal. Good art.

Cards are available at the Museum of Art, Johnson Theatre lobby, and in the music and theatre and dance department offices.


Travel Grant Helps Professor Travel to Uganda

December 1, 2011

Joel Hartter working on laptop in Kibale National Park in Uganda
Joel Hartter, assistant professor of geography, traveled to western Uganda in summer 2011 to visit the communities outside Kibale National Park. He recently reported on his trip:

“Kibale is not the typical national park when you think of Africa. Most people I know think of the vast savannah landscapes, such as the Serengeti – big open grassland expanses with few trees teaming with wildlife. They think of hot, dry days, with the lions and antelope seeking refuge in what little shade they can find, while elephants and hippos try to keep themselves cool near the water.  Kibale is very different from that picture.”

Find out why in the full article: Campus Journal: CIE Travel Grant Helps Professor Travel to Uganda


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