Dress for Success

February 27, 2017

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COLA Career and Professional Success (CaPS) is supporting a clothing drive to spruce up UNH’s Career Closet! If you have lightly used suits and business attire, please consider donating them during this year’s drive, which runs through March 24. Students use the closet to look their best to attend interviews, conferences, career events and other related activities. Donation bins can be found outside the COLA CaPS office in McConnell Hall, room 102. Thank you!

Questions? Contact raul.bernal@unh.edu.


Mary Schuh Receives Kennedy Public Policy Fellowship

February 23, 2017

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Mary Schuh, research associate professor of education and director of development and consumer affairs and the National Center on Inclusive Education at the UNH Institute on Disability, received the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation Public Policy Fellowship. This one-year fellowship is based in Washington, DC and prepares fellows for leadership roles in public policy at the state and national level.

“I welcome the challenge of gaining a deeper understanding of both the politics and the policies impacting the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families,” says Schuh. “The question I will continue to ask is: ‘How best can we preserve and promote innovative public policies that create welcoming and supportive communities?’  I hope to have a role in positively impacting the answer.”

During this one-year fellowship, Schuh will learn how federal legislation is initiated, developed, and passed by Congress, how programs are administered, and regulations promulgated by federal agencies. She will also be involved as the disability community works to shape public policy impacting people with disabilities and their families.

Since its founding in 1946, the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation has supported the creation of practical programs to benefit persons with intellectual disabilities, their families and their communities.

“I am so grateful to the Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation to have been selected to join the family of Kennedy Fellows and participate in what will probably be one of the most significant learning opportunities of my life,” shares Schuh.

edited from a longer article by Matt Gianino, Institute on Disability


Get to the Greek

February 22, 2017

actors on stage

It’s been 10 years since Greco pillars have graced the Johnson Theatre stage in the way they will this weekend when actors from three University System of New Hampshire schools will stage The Oedipus Cycle: A USNH Collaboration.

Students from Keene State College, Plymouth State University and the University of New Hampshire will bring some of the Greek’s finest characters to life in five separate productions in Durham, starting with UNH’s presentation of  “Oedipus at Colonus” Feb. 22, 23 and 26. PSU will present “Oedipus the King” on Feb. 24, and KSC will stage “Antigone” on Feb. 25. Show times and ticket information

It’s been a decade since the three schools’ theatre departments have collaborated on a Greek trilogy; in 2007, they brought “Electra,” “Women of Troy” and “Agamemnon” to Johnson Theatre. This weekend’s productions celebrate the 10-year anniversary of that collaboration while revisiting the lives of other beloved Greek characters whose timeless stories still resonate.

The UNH troupe will hit the road early next month to bring “Oedipus at Colonus” to KSU audiences March 3 and PSU March 9.

Post written by Tracey Bentley, UNH Communications and Public Affairs.

 


Intern in Italy

February 21, 2017

Caitlin Truesdale

Caitlin Truesdale ’17 of Peabody, Mass., has been accepted into the prestigious and competitive Peggy Guggenheim Internship Program in Venice, Italy. She will work at the Guggenheim Collection in the fall of 2017. Among other duties, Truesdale will help manage the galleries during open hours and participate in educational activities, including public presentations and guided tours.

“Even days after hearing the news, I can’t quite believe I was accepted to the program,” says Truesdale. “Ever since I first heard of the internship my sophomore year from Prof. Boylan, I knew it was something I wanted to do. As a double major in art history and Italian studies, I feel it is a wonderful meeting of my passions, and the perfect way to utilize my education in life post-grad.”

Truesdale is currently a fellowship student at the UNH Museum of Art, an experience she says has solidified her desire to pursue a career in museums.

“Where better to continue my journey than the Guggenheim in Venice?” she asks. “This will give me an opportunity to improve not only my fluency in Italian, but my knowledge of the modern art world in such a fantastic and unique way, not to mention the excitement of traveling the world on my own!”

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is one of Europe’s premier museums devoted to modern art. At the core of the museum’s holdings is Peggy Guggenheim’s personal collection of 20th-century art comprised of masterpieces ranging in style from Cubism and Surrealism to Abstract Expressionism.


New Grant Supports N.H. Early Childhood STEM Teachers

February 20, 2017

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The University of New Hampshire was awarded a $200,000 grant from 100Kin10, the national network that aims to train and retain 100,000 excellent K-12 STEM teachers by 2021. The award will support an online professional development program for pre-K to third grade math teachers in New Hampshire.

“We are so excited for this opportunity to collaborate with the UNH Leitzel Center, the state Department of Education, New Hampshire teachers of mathematics and 100Kin10 to support pre-K to third grade teachers throughout all of New Hampshire in their teaching of mathematics,” says Diane Silva Pimentel, assistant professor of education in UNH’s College of Liberal Arts. “We will work hard to establish a statewide network where teachers and organizations committed to improving mathematics education can engage in vital discussions and learning related to preparing young children to be successful in mathematics. We see this as another step in our long-term commitment to the teachers and students of New Hampshire.”

The three main components of the two-year project are online coursework and professional learning community participation focused on both pedagogy and content, on-site coaching, and a yearly summit that includes professional development and time for teachers across grade levels and school sites to collaborate. The project will be led by Pimentel along with Karen Graham and Sheree Sharpe in mathematics and Brandie Bolduc in education.

“To better prepare all students to solve the world’s most pressing problems, we need to help teachers deliver STEM content in active ways that support their students’ creative use of this knowledge,” said 100Kin10 Executive Director Talia Milgrom-Elcott.

The UNH initiative is one of 10 projects supported by 100Kin10 this year as part of their Early Childhood STEM Learning Challenge, a commitment to encourage the use of design thinking and solutions from outside fields to solve complex problems in STEM education.


UNH Political Scientist Named Visiting Scholar at Harvard

February 17, 2017

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Elizabeth Carter, assistant professor of political science, has been named a visiting scholar at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES) at Harvard University. She is currently in residence at the Center for the spring 2017 term.

At CES, Carter is working on her book project “For What it’s Worth: The Politics of Market Barriers in European Luxury Markets.” The project investigates linkages between political organization, market protection and value construction in luxury markets in France, Italy, Spain, Germany and the European Union. She is analyzing dynamics between trust and power across the supply chain, and their relationship to prices and perceived production quality.

Carter earned her Ph.D. in political science at the University of California Berkeley. She was a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany. Her dissertation focused on producer organization and the creation of value in the French and Italian wine markets. Her current research interests include supply chain organization, regulatory politics and price theory.

This year, CES is hosting 25 social scientists from a range of disciplines who are carrying out innovative research on Europe while in residence at the Center. CES is the premier academic institution for the study of European history and culture, as well as for debate and discussion on contemporary Europe and its future role in world affairs.


UNH and CCSNH Receive Mellon Foundation Grant to Support the Humanities

February 10, 2017

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Thanks to a $824,000 grant over three years from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the University of New Hampshire and the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) will establish the New Hampshire Humanities Collaborative to promote study of the humanities, support the transfer of community college students in the humanities to the university and develop a humanities curriculum focused on grand challenges.

“This collaborative will illuminate the value of the humanities for civic well-being and career advancement by communicating to students the role of the humanities in providing a well-rounded education experience,” said UNH President Mark Huddleston. “It will also allow us to expand our partnership with the state’s community colleges.”

Currently about 700 students transfer from community colleges in New Hampshire to University System of New Hampshire institutions each year. Of those, only three percent enroll in humanities majors compared to the more than 20 percent who enroll in STEM majors.

“We’ve successfully partnered to provide pathways for community college students to matriculate into four-year programs but those efforts to date have been primarily focused on the STEM fields,” said Ross Gittell, chancellor of CCSNH. “The support from the Mellon Foundation will help us to not only illustrate the purpose and value of the humanities, but enhance our curricula and provide pathways for more students to pursue associate and bachelor degrees in the humanities.”

According to Heidi Bostic, dean of the College of Liberal Arts at UNH, the value of a humanities education may not be evident to students, whether they are enrolled at community colleges or four-year universities. “The humanities are vital to our democracy and for addressing the grand challenges of our age, such as health care, urbanization, food sovereignty and the role of technology in human relations and discourse. Although these challenges are sometimes seen as the purview of STEM fields alone, the humanities are crucial for articulating relevant responses and enabling respectful civic discourse.”

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation endeavors to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies.


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