Alumni educate the next generation in New Hampshire

August 31, 2012

According to a recent article in the Portsmouth Herald, 24 new teachers have been hired this year in the Portsmouth, NH, school district. Twelve of them are UNH graduates. Ten of the twelve are entering either their first or second year of teaching.

Superintendent Ed McDonough notes in the article that while experience is important, “younger teachers bring unique perspectives, technological savvy and the latest in educational training to their students.”

Students in the UNH teacher education program undertake a year-long internship on their way to certification, an experience that the new teachers credit for giving them the confidence and preparation they need to enter into their first year of teaching.

Read the article in seacoastonline.

Political science student joins NH delegation at Democratic National Convention

August 29, 2012
Emily Gold with President Barack Obama during his visit to Durham in June 2012.

Emily Gold with President Barack Obama during his visit to Durham in June 2012.

Reposted from The Campus Journal

Emily Gold, a first-year political science student from Manchester, is starting her academic career at UNH with a once-in-a-lifetime experience serving as an official page to the New Hampshire delegation attending the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

Gold, 18, is the only UNH student serving in an official capacity as a page or delegate at either national political convention.

“Being selected as a page was something I did not expect, but I am honored to be given the opportunity,” Gold said. “Getting involved in politics allows students to have a stronger say in the future of their country. We are all citizens of the United States, and we all want to live in a prosperous country so we should all do our part instead of watching others change the world.”

Read the full story by Lori Wright.

Welcome first-year students

August 25, 2012

First year students 2012
All first-year students in the College of Liberal Arts gathered this morning in the Whittemore Center for a welcome from Dean John T. Kirkpatrick, followed by advising meetings with College faculty and staff from a student’s area of study.

Nearly 1100 students have enrolled as freshmen in the College out of approximately 3,050 first-year students university-wide. This year, the College also welcomes just shy of 300 students who have newly transferred from other institutions and nearly 100 who have returned to their studies at UNH after a hiatus.

The College meeting is part of Wildcat Days, a 3-day program for first-year students that orients them to the campus academically and socially. In addition to academic meetings, students participate in activities in their residence halls, fill up at barbecues, learn about campus issues through “Wildacts” theatre skits, and are entertained by comedians, music, and more.

Good luck, first-year students, and work hard!

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August 22, 2012

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Paul Creative Arts Center unveils new box office

August 15, 2012

PCAC Box Office web page
Want to buy a ticket to a performing arts event this year? The Memorial Union Building Box Office is no longer selling tickets to most events in the Paul Creative Arts Center (PCAC). Instead, there’s a new box office located right in PCAC and an easy online ordering option.

Here’s what you need to know:

There are no extra fees for ordering tickets online.

Box Office location
Johnson Theatre Lobby, Paul Creative Arts Center, 30 Academic Way

Hours of operation
Monday through Friday during the academic year, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  |  603-862-7222

The PCAC Box Office offers tickets to events sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Dance, The Celebrity Series, the Traditional Jazz Series, and the Department of Music.

UNH Faculty, staff, and students should log in using the “UNH Community Login” link on the login page in order to receive the UNH ID discounted rates.

Alumna lands her dream job

August 9, 2012
Erica Bertolotto in Tanzania in 2005

Erica Bertolotto in Iringa, Tanzania in 2005

Alumna Erica Bertolotto ’06 (political science/international affairs) remembers her UNH-funded undergraduate research in Tanzania and how challenging it was being “a young, white, clueless woman in East Africa.” However, she credits the experience with getting her where she is today.

“I got into grad school at the London School of Economics because of my field experiences in Central America and Tanzania. I was one of very few people starting my Master of Science degree immediately after my undergraduate degree. Without those experiences I doubt I would have been accepted,” says Bertolotto.

During an interview for her current job, she submitted a sample business plan for an agricultural school in the very community in Tanzania where she had done her undergrad research. It must have been an impressive plan because she got the job.

Bertolotto calls it her dream job. She is Programmes Manager at Teach a Man to Fish, a London-based charity that provides quality, affordable education to young people around the world by helping schools become financially self-sufficient.

Read the full story in the Inquiry Journal.

Education grad student is finalist for national high school principal of the year

August 6, 2012

David Ryan
David Ryan, principal of Nashua High School North and a graduate student in UNH’s education specialist degree program in administration, has been named a finalist for national high school principal of the year for the 2013 MetLife/National Association of Secondary School Principals National Principals of the Year award.

Ryan, who was named the 2102 New Hampshire Secondary Principal of the Year by the New Hampshire Association of School Principals, is one of only three high school principals in the nation nominated for the prestigious national award.

The winner will be announced in September during the Principals’ Institute for State Principals of the Year in Washington, D.C.

Read the full story by Lori Wright in UNH Today.

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