Liberal Arts Student Fellows Named

February 27, 2014

Murkland Hall dome

The College of Liberal Arts is pleased to announce the 2013-14 Student Fellows.

Each year, the College selects a handful of students to represent the University, the College, and their respective academic departments. Students are nominated by department chairs and chosen by the associate dean of the College. Typically seniors, Student Fellows have dynamic backgrounds and stellar academic records. They serve as student ambassadors during the open houses for prospective students, describing their experiences to and answering questions from students and their parents. Other responsibilities might include meeting with alumni, donors to the College, or lawmakers. This honor is intended to recognize fine achievement at UNH and provide a way for students to serve the University in their final year of study.

This year’s Student Fellows are:

  • Caitlin Rose Duttry, an English literature and women’s studies double major. From Weymouth, MA, Caitlin is passionate about social justice issues and feminist activism. She is an executive officer in both Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, and UNH VOX, Voices for Planned Parenthood. She is a volunteer for the Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP) and an intern at the Freedom Café.
  • Molly Foye, a Spanish and anthropology double major from Clinton, NY. In addition to excelling in her studies, Molly has taken on leadership roles as a resident assistant in SERC C residence hall, a Safe Zones facilitator, and a peer advisor at the University Advising and Career Center. With an avid interest in visual art, she has interned at 3s Artspace in Portsmouth and worked at UNH’s Museum of Art.
  • Andrew Minigan, a psychology major from Beverly, Massachusetts. Andrew was recently awarded the Herbert A. Carroll Award for the outstanding senior in the psychology major. He won a research fellowship this past summer for his psychological research and works closely with Professor Pillemer in his memory lab. Andrew is co-author of an article published in the academic journal Memory titled “The reminiscence bump in older adults’ life story transitions.”
  • Brianna Smith, a studio arts major from Hampstead, NH. At UNH, Brianna has pursued her love of painting. She won a scholarship that enabled her to paint in Italy last summer at the UNH-in-Italy program. This year, she was awarded a fellowship at UNH’s Museum of Art, where she is learning the ropes of Museum work. With an interest in psychology, Brianna won a summer fellowship two years ago which allowed her to conduct her own psychology research.
  • Graham Turner, a communication and business administration double major. From Southborough, MA, Graham has complemented his academics with membership in Sales Club and with a business development internship in Boston this past summer. He spent a semester studying intercultural communication in Australia. A self-professed sports nut, Graham has participated in club baseball and as an intramural referee at UNH as well as working with sports camps and local teams in his home town.

2014 Lindberg Award Winner Announced: Michael Ferber

February 25, 2014

Michael Ferber

Dean Kenneth Fuld announced today that Michael Ferber, Professor of English and Humanities, has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Lindberg Award, given annually to the outstanding teacher-scholar in the College of Liberal Arts.

In a remarkable record of publication in his field of Romantic poetry, Professor Ferber has written five books and edited two. He has also published a book on literary symbols plus numerous articles, reviews, and translations.

A recipient of a UNH Award for Excellence in Teaching, Professor Ferber has taught courses on Romanticism, the epic tradition, Shakespeare, linguistics and literature, and the history of nonviolent political action, among others. Teaching what a colleague calls an “intimidating expanse of literature,” Professor Ferber has impressed generations of students with his knowledge and enthusiasm.

The annual Gary Lindberg Award was established by the College of Liberal Arts in 1986 in memory of Professor Gary Lindberg of the Department of English. Professor Lindberg was an exceptional scholar and outstanding teacher whose dedication and service to the University of New Hampshire as well as the wider community exemplified the highest academic standards and ideals.


UNH Tackles Climate Change, Culture Clash With Production of “Sila”

February 18, 2014
Natalie Bujeaud (l) and Melissa Snow (r)

Natalie Bujeaud (l) and Melissa Snow (r)

Opening tomorrow, February 19, “Sila” is the first winning play from the Woodward International Playwriting Competition to be produced by the UNH Department of Theatre and Dance.

“Sila” was selected from more than 149 submissions and written by NYC based Canadian playwright, Chantal Bilodeau. The play examines the competing interests shaping the future of the Canadian Arctic and local Inuit population. Set on Baffin Island in the territory of Nunavut, it follows a climate scientist, an Inuit activist and her daughter, two Canadian Coast Guard officers, an Inuit elder and two polar bears as they see their values challenged and their lives become intricately intertwined. Equal parts Inuit myth and contemporary Arctic policy, “Sila” uses puppetry, projections, spoken word poetry and three different languages; English, French and Inuktitut.

“I have now worked on this play for over a year and a half, and I still love it,” says professor Deb Kinghorn, director of the play. “I love what it says and how it says it. I love that the play is not just about climate change; it is about people coming together, honoring other cultures, respecting nature, and learning that no one has all the answers, which makes sharing and working together vital, if we are to progress without further damage.”

The creative team has invited scientists, activists, and artists to join them on the stage on various evenings to explore the questions raised by “Sila” and to learn what we can do to create the change we wish to see in the world.

“It’s what theatre does best,” says Kinghorn, “and I think we are going to do it well.”

The play runs February 19 – 22 at 7:00 p.m. and February 23 at 2:00 p.m. in the UNH Johnson Theatre. Call 603-862-7222 or visit http://unharts.com for ticket information.

This production is part of Cultural Stages: Woodward International Drama and Dance Initiative, a project funded by Ellis Woodward, UNH Class of ’74.


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