St. Botolph Club Foundation Distinguished Artist Award Goes to UNH Professor

May 21, 2014

David Ripley

Professor of music David Ripley has received this year’s St. Botolph Club Foundation Distinguished Artist Award. The Foundation awards $5000 each year to an artist who has demonstrated outstanding talent and an exceptional diversity of accomplishment. Recipients of the Foundation’s Distinguished Artist Award also are recognized for their contributions as teachers, mentors, or advocates.

The Foundation was established in 1963 to recognize and support artists working in or associated with New England. The non-profit organization is supported by the contributions of members and friends of the St. Botolph Club, a private institution established in 1880 “for the purpose of promoting social intercourse among persons connected with, or interested in, the arts, humanities, and sciences.” The Foundation is chaired and managed by members of the Club, many of whom are full-time practicing artists.

The Foundation awards $35,000-$50,000 annually through its Distinguished Artist Award and through the Emerging Artists program, designed to encourage artists at an earlier stage in their careers.

“At this point in my life, this award is extremely gratifying and encouraging for the future,” says Ripley. “UNH has of course figured most prominently in my opportunities for service, for instance, the MLK ‘Wounded Dove’ recording, so for all those I am very grateful, and they are indeed reflected in this award.”


Congratulations, Class of 2014!

May 17, 2014

Wildcat sculpture with mortarboard
Happy commencement! The College of Liberal Arts is proud of you!


“Frozen” Screenwriter/Director Jennifer Lee ’92 Visits COLA

May 16, 2014

Academy Award winner Jennifer Lee ’92 (English major) arrived on campus today. She will be delivering the commencement address tomorrow to the class of 2014. She spent some time this morning visiting with students, faculty, and staff in the Liberal Arts Dean’s Office in Murkland Hall. It turns out that, as an undergrad, Ms. Lee took a psychology course taught by Dean Fuld. Who knew?

Jennifer Lee speaks with Molly Foye '14 and Graham Turner '14

Jennifer Lee speaks with Molly Foye ’14 and Graham Turner ’14

Jennifer Lee and Dean Ken Fuld

Jennifer Lee and Dean Ken Fuld

A parting shot

A parting shot

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Four N.H. Students Named B. Thomas Trout Scholars

May 15, 2014
B. Thomas Trout

B. Thomas Trout

Four New Hampshire students have been awarded B. Thomas Trout Scholarships from the College of Liberal Arts to support their study abroad experiences in the 2014-15 academic year.

The scholarship recipients are Leslie Duff, an anthropology major from Portsmouth; Joseph Juknievich, a history major from Nashua; Shaina Maciejewski, a history major from Peterborough; and Amber Petty, a fine arts major from Hampstead.

Duff will study at the Belize Archaeological Field School this summer under the direction of UNH professor of anthropology Eleanor Harrison-Buck. “As an aspiring archaeologist, this is an opportunity to gain valuable hands on training that can’t be studied in a classroom,” says Duff, who almost gave up on the idea of studying abroad due to financial constraints. Duff looks forward to working with professionals in the field and hopes the experience will be great preparation for graduate school, her next step toward a career in archaeology.

Juknievich will participate in the UNH London Program this fall. “This program will provide me with a deeper appreciation of U.S. history and American culture from an outside perspective,” says Juknievich, who plans to study European perceptions of America in both a modern and historical context. As a twin, Juknievich notes that college expenses have been doubled for his family, so this scholarship provides welcome relief. Juknievich plans to pursue a career in education.

Maciejewski will also attend the UNH London Program in the fall. She specializes in the study of European history and plans to write her honors thesis on crime in Victorian London. “Smitten” with London since she saw the movie The Parent Trap when she was five, Maciejewski says that traveling to London “has been a dream of mine for fifteen years.” Though she’s been working and saving for this trip for quite some time, Maciejewski points out that London is one of the most expensive cities in the world, so the scholarship will provide much-needed assistance.

Petty will study painting in the UNH-in-Italy program this summer. “Italy is one of the best places to study art and art history,” she says. “I will be able to see the master works I have studied for years.” Plus she’ll paint every day and take photographs, which is her area of concentration. Last summer, Petty planned to study abroad in Italy but could not do so for financial reasons. She believes this scholarship will allow her to make her dream a reality.

The late B. Thomas Trout was a professor of political science and an associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts. Throughout his career, Professor Trout actively and tirelessly promoted international studies as a vital part of the college curriculum. He was equally dedicated to the development of study abroad programs for undergraduates, convinced that expanding the range of international study opportunities for American college students was integral to their understanding of a complicated world.

In Professor Trout’s honor, the College of Liberal Arts established the B. Thomas Trout Scholars Fund, which supports academically outstanding College of Liberal Arts undergraduates, allowing them to participate in a UNH-managed study abroad program in the College.


Students Awarded for Excellence in Foreign Language Study

May 1, 2014

students, faculty, and parents in Murkland 115

Students with majors in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures as well as those who pursue language study in the department were recognized today for excelling in their studies. Awards were given to the student who achieved at the highest level in each of the 14 languages and at each grade level within those languages. In addition, awards, scholarships, and recognitions were given to the following students:

Malcolm and Virginia Smith Prize

Awarded annually to a graduating senior in each department in the College of Liberal Arts who has demonstrated the most progress and growth academically in their major field of study during their undergraduate years

Amber L. Davis, Classics major
Christopher C. DiPersio, German major
Victoria J. Cormier, Russian major
Jennifer L. Watson, Spanish major

Alexander Danoff Endowed Scholarship in German

An annual scholarship that recognizes academic excellence

Laurianne Posch

American Teachers of Russian Post-Secondary Russian Scholar Laureate Award

Katelyn R. Barnes

Award for Excellence in Graduate Work in Spanish

Maria del Carmen Perez-Perogil

Benjamin D. Keating Memorial Prize in Classics

Gabriel M. Hoffman

Domingo Sarmiento Award

The Spanish award for highest overall GPA

Kelly Taveras

Irene Crosby Award for Study Abroad in Russia

Katelyn R. Barnes and Kelsey R. Douville

John C. Rouman Scholarship in Classics

Awarded to students showing the greatest promise of excelling at both Greek and Latin languages at the advanced level

Jack W. Vachon and Max C. Weithman

Patricia Woodbury Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to students with a demonstrated interest in Latin

Kaitlyn A. Carrion, Eric M. Fortier, Michael A. Mignanelli, and Tayler N. LaHaise

S. Morris Locke Memorial Prize in Classics

An annual prize awarded to the senior who has the highest rank in Latin

Nicole A. Bell and Adrienne M. Drummy

Several students were also recognized for their election to Dobro Slovo, the National Slavic Honor Society; Pi Delta Phi, Chapter Mu Xi, the French National Honor Society; Delta Phi Alpha, the German Honor Society; and to Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest national academic honor society.

Congratulations to all!


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