Justice Studies grad student develops responsible drinking social marketing campaign for Portsmouth Police

May 31, 2012
Tip of the Day: Stay Hydrated!

Back of the “Think Smart. Drink Safe.” social marketing campaign drink coaster.

The Portsmouth Police Department has launched a responsible drinking social marketing campaign in an effort to educate those out on the town in Portsmouth about how to safely enjoy themselves. The “Think Smart. Drink Safe.” campaign, which is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation launched by a police department, was developed by a UNH justice studies graduate student Adam Gaudreault and deployed with assistance from The Atom Group of Portsmouth.

Gaudreault has been interning at the Portsmouth Police Department as part of his justice studies program requirements.

“The Downtown Hospitality Association had requested a way to share responsible drinking messages with their patrons. The association’s members had found that their patrons believed that if they simply did not drive home, they would be okay. They did not understand that responsible drinking involves more than just not drinking and driving,” Gaudreault said.

In response to the association’s request, Portsmouth Police Chief David “Lou” Ferland asked Gaudreault to research whether QR codes on drink coasters would be an effective way to get out the message of responsible drinking. The project took off from there, with Gaudreault researching the best practices of social marketing campaigns and responsible drinking messaging, and then developing the campaign and prototype for the drink coasters with QR codes.

For Gaudreault, who plans a career in law enforcement after he graduates in September, his internship with the Portsmouth Police Department and work on the “Think Smart. Drink Safe.” campaign has been life changing.

“I have always been drawn to the community aspect of policing, which is why I was drawn to this project. I had thought I would go into the investigative side of law enforcement, but this experience has shown me the importance of the community relations side of policing,” Gaudreault said.

Read full story in the UNH Campus Journal.

May 29, 2012

When we find in work our spiritual complement, we are both fully present and outside time. ~Stephanie Harzewski, UNH Lecturer in English.

How UNH’s Jeffrey Bolster Helped A Convicted Felon Shape Up and Ship Out

May 23, 2012

Jeff Bolster, professor of History at UNH

Professor Jeff Bolster’s book Black Jacks: African American Seamen in the Age of Sail and his years of mentoring helped convicted felon Gregory White pursue his lifelong dream of a life on the sea. With the help of Bolster and his brother, Peter, a mariner who gave White his first job on the water out of prison, White has turned his life around and is living his dream.

The heartwarming story of this long-time friendship is captured in the Washington Post’s recent article “‘Black Jacks’ persuaded inmate Gregory White to shape up and ship out.”

via Campus Journal: How UNH’s Jeffrey Bolster Helped A Convicted Felon Shape Up and Ship Out.

Celebrating your accomplishments

May 18, 2012

Wildcat sculpture with mortarboard

Congratulations, UNH Class of 2012!
The College of Liberal Arts is proud of you.

Commencement information.

Ancient Egypt and modern Ghana connect on stage in Durham

May 17, 2012

Watch snippets of this year’s Cultural Stages project that brought Ghanaian playwright Mohammed Ben-Abdallah to UNH. Ben-Abdallah’s commissioned play, Song of the Pharaoh, was premiered by the UNH Department of Theatre and Dance under the direction of David Kaye.

Funded by Ellis Woodward, UNH Class of ’74, Cultural Stages is designed to promote a greater understanding of world cultures through drama and dance.

Video produced by UNH Video Productions.

The knighting

May 16, 2012

Claire Malarte-Feldman receives ribbon of chevalier

Claire Malarte-Feldman, professor of French and director of the Center for International Education, has received a very French distinction. She was made Knight of the Order of Academic Palms, or chevalier de l’Ordre des palmes academiques.

The Consul General of France in Boston, Christophe Guilhou, presented Malarte-Feldman with the medallion and ribbon of the chevalier at a ceremony held on the UNH campus earlier this month.

The honor is a civil distinction from the French Ministry of National Education for teachers, professors, and expatriates who promote French language and culture abroad.

All three professors in the UNH French Program have now received this honor—Nadine Bérenguier was knighted in 2007 and Barbara Cooper in 1994.

Straight shooting: pursuing a career in archery

May 10, 2012


Joe Wilkin is a Russian major. He’s a senior now so when his parents call, they don’t ask if he’s been studying as they might have three years ago. They ask if he’s been practicing.

They mean keeping up with his bow practice, a regimen that led Wilkin to tie his close friend and UNH Archery Club teammate Seth Tremblay for first place in the bowhunter division of the U.S. Collegiate Archery National Indoor Championships in March. That victory came a mere two years after Wilkin started competing.

Read full story in UNH Today: Straight Shooting: Pursuing a Career in Archery.

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