A long way to go for a meeting

March 28, 2012

Kathryn Beaulieu and Cathry Frierson in Moscow

History Professor Cathy Frierson and history and Russian major Kathryn Beaulieu scheduled an advising meeting. The location? Moscow.

Kathryn is studying abroad this year in Russia through a Russian language program run by the University of Arizona. Professor Frierson had a research trip to Russia planned. So the two decided to meet up earlier this month in Moscow to discuss an application that Kathryn is submitting for a research grant. It was a productive discussion against a stunning backdrop. But a long way to go for a meeting.

“I came upon this windmill…”

March 23, 2012
photo of a windmill

Copyright, Jessica Daigle, 2012.

The Museum of Art and the UNH Sustainability Academy teamed up this year to host UNH’s first student video and image contest on the theme, “What Sustainability Means to Me.”

The winners were announced yesterday in the Paul Creative Arts Center. Jessica Daigle, a junior studio art major, won the honor of best image and walked away with a check for $500.

Jessica’s image is called “Windmill.”

“I traveled to California and spent about a week on a conservation island,” Jessica explains. “I took this shot after hiking the hills of the island. As I finished my hike, approaching the nearby ocean, I came upon this windmill and felt blessed to have found such a beautiful sight.”

In addition to pursuing her B.A. in studio art, Jessica is working towards a master’s in elementary education. She plans to graduate in 2014 with both degrees in hand.

Making history

March 14, 2012
photo of Molly Bossi

Molly Bossi, photo by Deborah McDermott, courtesy of SeacoastOnline.com

What can you do after graduating with psychology and justice studies majors? Alumna Molly Bossi has just become the first female police officer in Kittery, Maine. As a UNH student, she interned at the Portsmouth, NH, Police Department. Upon graduation, she was hired by the Rochester, NH, Police Department, where she has prosecuted juvenile cases and worked with schools, courts, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to address the problem of high-risk youths in the community.

“It’s like coming to a new job every day,” she said of her decision to become an officer. “And I enjoy the fact that you can go so many different routes in law enforcement.”

Read the full story in Seacoastonline.com.

Remembering Michael DePorte

March 6, 2012

photo of Michael DePorte
English Professor Janet Yount is retiring this spring after 33 years at UNH. As a last act of service, Yount is fundraising for a scholarship endowment in the name of a dear colleague who passed away nearly a decade ago, Michael DePorte.

A UNH professor for 31 years, DePorte devoted much of his 38-year career to the study of 18th century literature, particularly the writings of Irish author Jonathan Swift, famous for his 1726 work, Gulliver’s Travels.

DePorte came to UNH in 1972 from the University of Chicago, where he was an assistant professor from 1966 to 1972. In 1986, DePorte received the first Gary Lindberg Award for the Best Scholar and Teacher in the College of Liberal Arts. From 1987 to 1996 he served as chair of the English Department, and as interim chair in 2002.

DePorte passed away in 2003 from non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

“Reflecting on my retirement made me think of Michael DePorte,” says Yount, “the colleague with whom I shared the delight of teaching eighteenth-century literature to our students over many years. Because Mike loved literature and respected the literary text, when he passed away, a scholarship fund was set up as a lasting memorial to his generous spirit.”

But the fund never reached endowment level, rendering it inactive. Yount wanted to rectify that. Over the past few months, Yount has contacted friends, colleagues, and former students of DePorte and raised additional money. The fund is now approximately $5,000 short of its goal of $25,000.

The purpose of the scholarship fund is to support stellar undergraduates through an annual award to the most deserving undergraduate student in the English Literature major.

Yount hopes that the fund can reach its goal by April 30, with the prospect of making the first award in the coming academic year.

“For me, meeting this goal would be the ideal way of marking the next phase of my life,” says Yount.

Tax-deductible gifts can be made at foundation.unh.edu/make-gift. Note in the special instructions section that you would like the gift to be directed to the DePorte Scholarship Fund.

Gifts by mail can be sent to UNH Foundation, Elliott Alumni Center, 9 Edgewood Drive, Durham, NH 03824. Please make the check payable to the UNH Foundation and note the DePorte Scholarship Fund in the memo line of the check.

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