The (603) Challenge

May 25, 2015

603 Challenge graphic
The (603) Challenge is a week-long alumni participation competition that runs Wednesday, May 27 through Wednesday, June 3…or 6/03…or 603, ya’ know, New Hampshire’s area code. We encourage UNH alums to “phone home” during this exciting week and make a gift to COLA in any amount! The goal of The (603) Challenge is to reach 1,234 donors to UNH.

Visit UNH.EDU/603 to find out all the details.

Thank you for showing your COLA pride!

Liberal Arts Students Win Gilman International Scholarships

May 21, 2015

photo of 2015 Gilman Scholars

Five UNH students, including two liberal arts majors and one minor, have received the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which supports global internships or study abroad during the summer term.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to be applied towards their study abroad or internship program costs. The program is designed to give students the chance to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages and economies and become better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector.

Tamir Blum, Matthew Kimball, Nicholas Lajoie, Elinor Purrier and Jacqueline Sullivan were among just 1,000 undergraduate students nationally to receive the award.

The three students in the College of Liberal Arts are:

Matthew Kimball  (pictured above at center), a junior Russian and international affairs major from Rochester, N.H., will spend eight weeks traveling through Russia, with stays in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Vladivostok. A Marine Corps veteran, Kimball hopes the trip will prepare him to work for the United States government in facilitating healthy communication between the Russian Federation and the United States.

Nicholas Lajoie (pictured at right) is a freshman physics major and German minor from Concord, N.H. Lajoie will spend the summer in Berlin, Germany, staying with a German family and participating in an intensive study of the German language. He is particularly interested in learning about Gustav Hertz, a German experimental physicist, during his time abroad.

Jacqueline Sullivan (pictured second from right), a sophomore zoology and Spanish double major from East Longmeadow, Mass., received the early-decision Gilman scholarship. A member of the University Honors program, Sullivan will travel to Costa Rica this summer for the UNH San Joaquin de Flores program. She’ll live with a Costa Rican family, take courses in Spanish and learn about the rich variety of animal life in Costa Rica’s many tropical and cloud forests.


May 15, 2015

graduating students

Way to go, Class of 2015!

The College of Liberal Arts is proud of your accomplishments.

2015 University-Wide Student Awards Announced

May 14, 2015

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, five liberal arts students won awards.

An award ceremony to honor these students was held on May 5.

Stephanie Kuhn and Larry Brickner-Wood

The Class of 1899 Prize was awarded to Stephanie A. Kuhn, a women’s studies and communication major from Kittery, Maine. The award recognizes a senior who has developed the highest ideals of good citizenship during his or her course of study. Stephanie is pictured here with one of her nominators, Rev. Larry Brickner-Wood.

Philip Horner-Richardson and Subrena Smith

The Frederick Smith Book Award went to Philip A. Horner-Richardson, a philosophy major from Cornish, N.H. This award recognizes the most meritorious student and supports the purchase of books. Philip is pictured here with one of his nominators, philosophy professor Subrena Smith.

Bryan Merrill and Lisa MacFarlane

The Jere A. Chase Service Award was awarded to Bryan W. Merrill, a political science and international affairs dual major from Londonderry, N.H. This award honors the graduating senior who has displayed outstanding service to the University. Bryan is pictured here with Provost Lisa MacFarlane.

Hannah Waller and Georgeann Murphy

The UNH Award of Excellence was awarded to Hannah M. Waller, a political science and international affairs dual major from Spokane, Wash. This award recognizes excellence in leadership, scholarship, and citizenship. Hannah is pictured here with one of her nominators, Georgeann Murphy, international research coordinator at UNH’s Hamel Center.

The Hood Achievement Prize was awarded to Cory McKenzie, a history, philosophy, and classics triple major from Hampstead, N.H. This award recognizes the senior man who shows the greatest promise through character, scholarship, leadership, and usefulness to humanity. Cory was studying abroad in Japan at the time of the award ceremony.

Congratulations to all!

COLA Students on Winning Teams in Holloway Competition

May 13, 2015

A.J. Asbury, a junior political science major, was on the winning team in the 2015 Paul J. Holloway Innovation-to-Market Prize, for his team’s company, Everton’s Organics. Sixty teams submitted registrations for the competition. Forty teams were invited to participate in the first round of the competition, with 20 teams moving on to the Bud Albin Challenge Round. The field was narrowed to just six teams for the May 5 finals, where the competitors vied for cash and other prizes valued at more than $75,000.

Everton’s Organics is a company intended to provide organic fertilizer to organic farmers. The product was touted by team members as more sustainable than most organic fertilizers, with locally sourced components that would otherwise have been discarded. In addition to Asbury, the interdisciplinary team included Ian Marshall from CEPS, Everton Parkinson from COLSA, and Sean Whittier from Paul College.

Lauren Rhodes, an English/journalism and communication double major, was part of the team that earned second place for MediaBite, a company providing the conduit for pay-per-article media consumption for end users of digital written media.

The Paul J. Holloway Prize Innovation-to-Market Competition honors the student team submitting the best strategies for starting, acquiring, or expanding a business venture. Now in its 27th year, the competition leads to the presentation of cash awards to the winning teams and the runners-up for plans that demonstrate significant opportunities for innovation and growth, capital gain, and the potential for implementation.

NH Humanities Council Honors Three COLA Faculty

May 11, 2015

The New Hampshire Humanities Council recently announced its list of “40 Over 40,” 40 New Hampshire residents who have made a significant impact on New Hampshire culture over the past 40 years. The list includes writers, filmmakers, teachers, volunteers, civic leaders, philanthropists, and scholars. Three UNH College of Liberal Arts faculty members are among the 40: Bruce Mallory, professor of education; Judith Moyer, research assistant professor emerita of history; and Charles Simic, professor emeritus of English. According to information from the Humanities Council, the 40 “have vastly enriched our human understanding…[their] original works and passion for excellence have put NH on the cultural map.” Other notable honorees are Supreme Court Justice David Souter, filmmaker Ken Burns, poet Donald Hall, and journalist Laura Knoy.

The 40 will be honored at a gala event on Tuesday, June 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Grappone Center in Concord. Tickets are $75 per person and support the Council’s work of connecting people with ideas. Purchase tickets here.

Learn more.

UNH Oboist Releases First Ever Brazilian/Jazz Oboe CD

May 7, 2015

cd cover

Oboist Margaret Herlehy has released Café 1930, her debut CD. It is the culmination of a two-year collaboration with UNH jazz/classical guitarist David Newsam exploring the oboe as a lead voice in the popular instrumental music of South America. The CD includes Choro Standards, the evocative lyrical Tango, Café 1930 from Astor Piazzolla’s History of the Tango, and selections from Musique Populaires Bresilienes by Celso Machado. Performing with guitar, piano, pandeiro and flute in traditional settings, Herlehy brings a freshness to the genre in this first ever Brazilian/Jazz Oboe album.

Listen to clips and purchase CD.

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