College expands Arabic course offerings through Fulbright program

November 28, 2012

Greeting in Arabic
The College has expanded its Arabic language program after becoming a host institution with the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program, a competitive program that pairs international educators with U.S. colleges and universities.

This fall, UNH welcomed Samah El-Said from Egypt, who is teaching UNH’s first advanced Arabic language courses.

“Our students have been asking for access to higher-level Arabic courses. At the same time, the college, and indeed the university, has been keenly interested in internationalizing the campus for our students. We’ve addressed both of these interests creatively with the success of this Fulbright application. We are very pleased to welcome Ms. El-Said to our faculty,” said Dean Kenneth Fuld.

Read the full story by Lori Wright in Campus Journal.

Perpetual motion

November 26, 2012

Get a glimpse inside a theatre and dance course. In this video, dance students build choreography by translating sculptures into movement. Professor Gay Nardone’s Dance Composition class interpreted the texture and design of the granite sculptures by artist Gary Haven Smith ’73 that are installed in Mills Courtyard outside the Paul Creative Arts Center. The result is “Perpetual Motion,” a dance composition that was publicly performed in the courtyard earlier this month.

“Philosophy is like classical music…”

November 19, 2012

Alicia Jacobs in the studio at WUNH

Philosophy major Alicia Jacobs is a DJ at WUNH. She’s also a singer and has performed the National Anthem for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Manchester Monarchs, Portland Sea Dogs, and UNH.

What’s the connection between music and philosophy? “For me,” Jacobs said, “The connection is between understanding and being understood.”

Jacobs explains that the classical music she listened to with her dad growing up was reflective. “Philosophy is like classical music. I’m not trying to be understood; I’m trying to understand. Performing the national anthem, popular music and working at WUNH are about being understood.”

Read the full story by Jennifer Pribble in UNH Today.

Hear Alicia sing the National Anthem!

History Professor wins best article prize from New England Council on Latin American Studies

November 15, 2012

first page of Julia Rodriguez' winning articleJulia Rodriguez has been awarded the 2012 Best Article Prize by the New England Council on Latin American Studies (NECLAS). Her article, “A Complex Fabric: Intersecting Histories of Race, Gender, and Science in Latin America,” appeared in Hispanic American Historical Review. It analyzes the work and influence of the historian Nancy Leys Stepan who was Rodriguez’ dissertation advisor at Columbia.

Peter Kingstone, President of NECLAS, writes in his award letter that Rodriguez’ article “presents a carefully documented analysis of the development of Latin Americanist intellectual thought on science and racial hierarchies. Julia Rodriguez asks us to think about how the meaning of scientific thought in modern Latin America was constructed…. Overall, Rodriguez’ cogent analysis of the impact of Nancy Leys Stepan’s scholarship for Latin Americanists is illuminating, well documented, and highly engrossing in large part because of the author’s narrative ease.

“We award it the 2012 NECLAS Best Article prize because we believe that it will serve as a foundational article for future study and debate.”

Read an abstract of the article or read the full text.

Celebrating our donors

November 13, 2012

the letters "UNH" composed of thank-you phrases

In honor of National Philanthropy Day, UNH is launching the first ever campus-wide celebration of giving called “A Thousand Thanks.” Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to show their appreciation to our generous donors by writing thank you notes, email messages, tweets, and making phone calls. The goal is to send a thousand thank you messages and to raise awareness about the impact of philanthropy at UNH.

The event takes place tomorrow, November 14, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. in the Granite State Room of the MUB. Drop in any time during the event.

An iPad and gift certificates will be up for grabs, plus there will be free food, music, and games.

Liberal Arts students and faculty benefit every year from the generous donations made by alumni and friends of the University. Please let them know their contributions make a big difference!

Deans from China learn about American higher education

November 9, 2012
President Huddleston, Dean Fuld, CI-UNH Co-Director Xu, and deans from Chengdu University

President Huddleston, Dean Fuld, Confucius Institute at UNH Co-Director Xu, and deans from Chengdu University. Holloway Commons. The deans have donned their gifts of UNH hats and jackets.

Two weeks of workshops and information sessions wrapped up today for eleven deans visiting UNH from our sister university in China, Chengdu University.

The College of Liberal Arts and the Confucius Institute at UNH hosted the deans and arranged sessions aimed at explaining how an American institution of higher education operates. The deans learned about academic standards and degree programs, faculty development, finance and budget, academic advising and support, the research library, curriculum development, co-curricular academic programs, and the research university.

President Huddleston and Provost Aber welcomed the deans. UNH deans from across the University as well other UNH administrators and staff presented the sessions.

This is the second time that UNH has hosted deans from Chengdu University for training; the first cadre visited in 2010.

The Chengdu deans tried to fit in as much sight-seeing and fun as they could while they were here, including a trip through the White Mountains. They traveled to Boston where they visited Harvard and MIT and toured Chinatown. They spent time in Portland, Kennebunkport, and at the Kittery Outlet malls. A favorite eating establishment was the Great Buffet II Chinese restaurant in Newington.

Volunteer experience in Nicaragua leads to scholarship award

November 8, 2012

Hanna LaRochelle in Nicarague

Sophomore sociology major Hanna LaRochelle recently won a scholarship in a competition held by the National Association of College Stores (NACS) during their National Student Day, a day celebrating and promoting social responsibility by college students.

More than 170 college students from across North America and Canada submitted stories of their volunteer work. The stories were then voted on publicly, and the three most popular received scholarships.

LaRochelle won third place with 1,033 votes and was awarded  $1,000 for Nicaragua, a story that explains how she volunteered abroad with the Fabretto Children’s Foundation in Nicaragua.

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