University-Wide Student Awards Announced

March 19, 2014

statue of hand with outstretched laurel

Each spring, university-wide, competitive achievement awards are given to only a dozen or so of the most accomplished and impressive undergraduates at UNH. This year, four liberal arts students won awards.

The award ceremony to honor these students is Tuesday, May 6, at 3 p.m. in Holloway Commons. All are welcome to attend.

The Class of 1899 Prize was awarded to Jennifer Lindsay, a studio art and international affairs dual major from Pembroke, NH. The award recognizes a senior who has developed the highest ideals of good citizenship during his or her course of study.

The Erskine Mason Award went to Annie Crossman, a psychology and women’s studies double major from Merrimack, NH. This award recognizes a senior who has distinguished him or herself through the most consistent progress and achievement.

The Helen Duncan Jones Award was awarded to Brittany Marien, a political science major from Lincoln, NH. The award goes to the sophomore woman showing the greatest promise of outstanding achievement in American citizenship, leadership, and scholarship.

The Hood Achievement Prize was awarded to Jasmin Cesko, a political science and international affairs dual major from Hooksett, NH. The award recognizes the senior man who shows the greatest promise through character, scholarship, leadership, and usefulness to humanity.


Professor’s Article Named One of 75 Most Influential

March 12, 2014

Mel Dubnick

The editor-in-chief of Public Administration Review (PAR), James Perry, announced on Monday that UNH Professor Mel Dubnick’s article, “Accountability in the Public Sector: Lessons from the Challenger Tragedy,” published in the journal in 1987, has been selected as one of the 75 most influential articles appearing in the journal since its inception in 1940. More than 3500 articles have appeared in PAR to date.

The PAR editorial board selected the article after an eight-month process of data collection, reflection, and deliberations. The board reviewed a variety of data sources (e.g., citations, reprints, awards) related to articles they have published. The board also drew upon their professional experience and judgment in arriving at the selections.

The 75 articles will be announced officially at the 75th anniversary conference of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), which convenes from March 14-17 in Washington, D.C. The articles are now available on PAR‘s 75th anniversary website,

A reception will be held to honor the 75 most influential articles and their authors at the 2015 ASPA National Conference in Chicago, Illinois, during PAR‘s 75th anniversary year.

Melvin Dubnick, professor of political science, is the author of numerous works on government accountability, administrative ethics, government regulation, and civic education as well as the co-author of textbooks on American government, public administration, and policy analysis.

The Scholar & The Sailor

March 10, 2014

film still of Greg White

The National Endowment for the Humanities has released this 9-minute film, featuring UNH history professor Jeff Bolster, about the power of the written word to change lives. Here’s the NEH lead in…

“Washington, DC, native Greg White had always wanted to become a sailor, but after being arrested and sent to a maximum security prison for armed robbery his dream never felt so far away. While serving his 22-year prison sentence, Greg frequently turned to literature as a source of strength and inspiration. During one 18-month stint in solitary confinement, Greg read a book that resonated deeply with his long-held childhood dream to become a sailor. The book, Black Jacks: African American Seamen in the Age of Sail, told a historical narrative of African Americans reclaiming their sense of freedom as merchant mariners on the high seas at the turn of the 19th century. White’s ensuing correspondence with the book’s author—Dr. Jeff Bolster, a maritime historian and professor at the University of New Hampshire—would prove to be a transformative experience for both men.”

Professor, Alum Win NH Literary Awards

March 6, 2014

book cover

The New Hampshire Writers Project has chosen Andrew Merton’s book Evidence That We Are Descended from Chairs (Accents Publishing, 2012) as the Outstanding Book of Poetry for 2013. Merton is professor and chair of the English. Tim Horvath, an alumnus of the MFA in writing program was recognized with the Outstanding Work of Fiction award for his collection of short fiction, Understories (Bellevue Literary Press, 2012).

The award ceremony will take place during Writers’ Day on March 22, 2014. Writers’ Day is the region’s largest writing conference, attracting bestselling authors, award winners, laureates, and more.

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