Harris Named Fulbright Distinguished Chair

January 29, 2014

J. William Harris

J. William Harris, professor of history, has been named to the Fulbright Distinguished Research Chair at the Roosevelt Study Center (RSC) in the Netherlands for next year. He will be in residence there for one semester. This prestigious chair allows prominent U.S. scholars in the field of U.S. history and American Studies to be affiliated for a four-month period with the RSC and to work on a contracted book project or article(s) for a peer-reviewed academic journal. Awards in the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program.


COLA in the Media

January 24, 2014

in the media iconEvery week, faculty expertise is tapped by reporters for stories in media outlets across the country. This week, a graduate student’s research was picked up in multiple outlets. Here’s a selection of commentary provided over the past week.


English Alum Wins Golden Globe

January 13, 2014

Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck

Jennifer Lee ’92 (English major) accepted a Golden Globe award last night in Hollywood for the Disney film Frozen, which won Best Animated Feature. Lee wrote the screenplay for Frozen and co-directed the film with Chris Buck.

Watch the YouTube video of Lee and Buck accepting the award.

Watch the WMUR segment in which Lee gives “a huge shout-out to UNH.” “The education there contributed so much to me becoming a storyteller” says Lee, who also told WMUR that UNH helped her to become a fearless writer capable of creating a fearless character.

Learn more about Frozen on IMDb.

Read about the nomination in December in USA Today.


English Professor to Serve as Editor for Prestigious Pushcart Prize Anthologies

January 9, 2014

Tom Payne
Assistant Professor Tom Paine has been asked to serve as an editor on the board of the Pushcart Prize. The Pushcart Prize is an American literary prize that honors the best “poetry, short fiction, or essays” published in the small presses over the previous year. Along with the Best American Short Stories and the O. Henry Award, it is one of the most prestigious award anthologies for short fiction in the country.

Former editors include Anaïs NinBuckminster Fuller, Daniel Halpern, Gordon LishIshmael ReedJoyce Carol Oates, Paul BowlesRalph Ellison, and Reynolds Price.

Among the writers who received early recognition in Pushcart Prize anthologies are Kathy AckerSteven BarthelmeRick BassCharles BaxterRaymond Carver, Junot DiazAndre DubusWilliam H. GassPaul MuldoonJoyce Carol OatesTim O’BrienPeter OrnerKay RyanMona Simpson, and Wells Tower.


Recent Alum Wins Sportmanship Award from ECAC

January 3, 2014

Chris Zarkoskie

Alum Chris Zarkoskie ’12 (psychology) was honored recently with the 2013 Scotty Whitelaw Sportsmanship Award from the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).  The award recognizes  student athletes for virtues such as fairness, integrity, selflessness, respect, and a sense of fellowship with opponents.

“Zark, as he is known here at UNH, is probably the best leader and captain that I have ever had here in my coaching career,” says UNH head football coach Sean McDonnell. “This young man is simply outstanding, and he did it well in all three areas. First, he was an outstanding student, second he was a very good player, and third he was one of the most respected young men on our campus.”

In his senior year, Zarkoskie, an offensive lineman, was a team co-captain. He was a three-year starter for the Wildcats at center and guard. He was named to the Football Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors Association Academic All-Star Team and Capital One Academic Division I Football District I First Team each of his last two seasons. He received the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Commissioner’s Academic Award four years in a row and received the inaugural CAA Football Chuck Boone Leadership Award in 2012, presented to the league player who embodies the highest standards of leadership, integrity, teamwork and sportsmanship in academics and athletics. Zarkoskie was also named to the 2013 National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society and was inducted into Chi Sigma Alpha, the National College Athlete Honor Society.

“He was the ultimate teammate for all on our team,” says McDonnell. “He demanded respect by his work ethic and actions, and he received it because of his honesty and integrity. He has always made the right decisions, he cares, and he gives back without asking for anything in return. He is a true leader–one that I am very proud to have had here at UNH.”

Learn more at the ECAC website.


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