Recommencement

June 29, 2018

photo of Jessica Nadeau
Mostly, it was about the tassel. And her parents seeing her there on the field with the rest of her class on commencement day, celebrating the last four years and all the hard work that went into making it through them. And sharing the experience with her twin sister, Arianna, who had graduated from UNH Manchester two days earlier.

Jessica Nadeau ’18 missed it all. Just days before UNH’s May 19 commencement she was sidelined by a medical event. For the psychology and justice studies dual major, there was no throwing her cap in the air, no singing along to “Happy Trails,” no standing on her seat to search the crowd for her family.

And she was crushed.

But then, Joan Glutting, clinical associate professor of psychology, came up with an idea. She would hold a “recommencement” and invite Nadeau’s parents and sister to attend. She asked a couple of faculty members to join in. The response, she said, was incredible.

“I thought I’d get maybe three people. I got 15,” Glutting said.

So, she emailed Nadeau’s mother, Heidi Nadeau, and cemented the plan. Shortly before 3 p.m. on Monday, June 11, the family gathered under the arch at Thompson Hall where Styliani Munroe ’17 was waiting. Jessica Nadeau laughed as she hugged her friend and former classmate.

“It was hard to keep it a secret — we talk every day,” Munroe said. “I felt very sad for her when she couldn’t go to commencement. I’m so happy they could do this for her.”

As they stood there, one faculty member after another walked up until all 15 were assembled. Nadeau just kept grinning while her family looked on in awe. Her father, Serge Nadeau, took a minute to collect himself and then said, “The fact that UNH did this speaks volumes.”

“That they put this together for one student is so incredible,” Heidi Nadeau said. “She was devastated to miss graduation. Something as simple as being able to move your tassel over — you don’t realize how much these things mean.”

It seems Glutting did. She printed a program. There was a processional; Nadeau’s boyfriend and sister walked with her behind Barbara White, associate professor of occupational therapy, and Charles Putnam, co-director of Justiceworks. The other faculty members stood near the flagpole. Nadeau, her boyfriend and her sister stood shoulder to shoulder, facing the group.

“I am truly grateful and appreciative to all of the people that helped to create that moment for me,” the Auburn, New Hampshire, resident said after the ceremony. “There are not enough words to describe the happiness and joy that I felt. Having all of the faculty take time out of their busy days just to come to a ‘recommencement’ ceremony was incredibly humbling.”

During the ceremony, Glutting commended Nadeau for all her hard work. “You completed three internships while you were here. You got multiple job offers; you could have chosen a job that was a little safer, but you didn’t,” she said. (Nadeau starts work in July at Hampstead Hospital, a psychiatric hospital in Hampstead, New Hampshire.) “You embody all that a UNH student can be.”

She offered what she called a five-minute recap of commencement, citing remarks made by L.L. Bean Chairman Shawn Gorman ’89, this year’s speaker. A faculty member started the call-response “It’s a great day to be a Wildcat.” Senior vice provost of student life and dean of students Ted Kirkpatrick presented Nadeau with her diploma. Cristy Beemer, associate professor of English, led the group in singing the UNH alma mater.

And then, Nadeau turned her tassel.

Story written by Jody Record for UNH Today.


Welcome to Homecoming and Family Weekend

September 22, 2017

football game

Join the College of Liberal Arts for these College-sponsored activities during Homecoming and Family Weekend this weekend.

Friday, September 22

College of Liberal Arts Museum of Art Exhibition
10am to 4pm
Museum of Art, Paul Creative Arts Center
Made Masculine
The thirteen contemporary artists in this exhibition accept the framework that masculinity is made, fashioned, and modified generation to generation. Selected works of art explore the artifice of masculinity through themes such as strength, desire, and intimacy while posing the question: What does it mean to be made masculine or to make one’s own masculinity? Guest curator, Lisa Crossman, Ph.D., Curator, Fitchburg Art Museum.

Willie Cole: On Site
Highlights from the body of work by contemporary African-American artist Willie Cole and features 13 artworks, a video, and includes an installation of a massive chandelier made of recycled water bottles. The traveling exhibition is organized by the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora, University of Maryland, and is co-curated by the David C. Driskell Center’s Deputy Director, Dorit Yaron, and Executive Director, Professor Curlee R. Holton.

ham smithCollege of Liberal Arts Hamilton Smith Grand Opening
3:30pm to 5pm
Hamilton Smith
Ribbon Cutting, Self-Guided Tours, Music and Refreshments.


Saturday, September 23

Homecoming Family Tent
12pm to 3pm
The Great Lawn
Fun for the whole family! Stop by for a few minutes or all afternoon to enjoy music, family friendly activities, and food. Reconnect with friends and meet other members of the UNH community. The College is featuring a student jazz combo, hands-on art activities and a free t-shirt raffle. Plus loads of candy!

moto jacketCollege of Liberal Arts Museum of Art Exhibition
1pm to 5pm
Museum of Art, Paul Creative Arts Center
Made Masculine
The thirteen contemporary artists in this exhibition accept the framework that masculinity is made, fashioned, and modified generation to generation. Selected works of art explore the artifice of masculinity through themes such as strength, desire, and intimacy while posing the question: What does it mean to be made masculine or to make one’s own masculinity? Guest curator, Lisa Crossman, Ph.D., Curator, Fitchburg Art Museum.

Willie Cole: On Site
Highlights from the body of work by contemporary African-American artist Willie Cole and features 13 artworks, a video, and includes an installation of a massive chandelier made of recycled water bottles. The traveling exhibition is organized by the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora, University of Maryland, and is co-curated by the David C. Driskell Center’s Deputy Director, Dorit Yaron, and Executive Director, Professor Curlee R. Holton.


Sunday, September 24

College of Liberal Arts Museum of Art Exhibition
1pm to 5pm
Museum of Art, Paul Creative Arts Center
Made Masculine
The thirteen contemporary artists in this exhibition accept the framework that masculinity is made, fashioned, and modified generation to generation. Selected works of art explore the artifice of masculinity through themes such as strength, desire, and intimacy while posing the question: What does it mean to be made masculine or to make one’s own masculinity? Guest curator, Lisa Crossman, Ph.D., Curator, Fitchburg Art Museum.

Willie Cole: On Site
Highlights from the body of work by contemporary African-American artist Willie Cole and features 13 artworks, a video, and includes an installation of a massive chandelier made of recycled water bottles. The traveling exhibition is organized by the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora, University of Maryland, and is co-curated by the David C. Driskell Center’s Deputy Director, Dorit Yaron, and Executive Director, Professor Curlee R. Holton.

College of Liberal Arts Amy Beach Highlight Concert: Peggy Vagts, flute and Hsiang Tu, Piano
Featuring Sonata in A Minor and Theme and Variations for Flute and String Quartet

3pm
Bratton Recital Hall, Paul Creative Arts Center
Free
The UNH music department, UNH Library, and organizations around New Hampshire are celebrating the 150th birthday of New Hampshire pianist and composer Amy Beach this year. Born in Henniker in 1867, Beach became an internationally renowned performer and was the first American woman to write a symphony. Hear what makes Beach a state treasure.

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A Fine Restoration Caught on Video

August 22, 2017

photo of mural

They’ve been hidden from view for decades, but now two murals on the walls of Hamilton Smith Hall will see the light of day again. Conservationists have been restoring the WPA-era murals, which were completed in July 1940 when Ham Smith was the university’s library. Art history graduate Corrine Long ’12 has been part of the restoration, which was funded in large part by Peter T. Paul ’67, whose godfather, George Lloyd, was one of the artists.

The College of Liberal Arts is seeking memories for a time capsule that will be entombed within the newly renovated Ham Smith during a grand re-opening celebration in September. Share your memories by Sept. 8, and then join us for the Sept. 22 grand re-opening during Homecoming and Family Weekend.

video by Scott Ripley, post written by Tracey Bentley
Source: UNH Today


Keeping It ‘Frozen,’ but Still Fresh

August 15, 2017

UNH alumna Jennifer Lee ’92 (English) is adapting her Oscar-winning movie “Frozen” for the Big Apple. The show will open in the spring of 2018.

Read the New York Times article: Disney’s Challenge: Keeping It ‘Frozen,’ but Still Fresh


The (603) Challenge

June 2, 2017

Cultivating thinkers, creators and doers.

As we face the grand challenges of our time, the liberal arts are more essential than ever. Your gift enables students and faculty to tackle the world’s pressing problems by supporting experiential learning, new employer partnerships and career pathways, innovative and interdisciplinary programs, and faculty research and creativity. Thank you for being part of the solution.

GIVE HERE JUNE 3-9

Respond early at unh.edu/603 to take advantage of matching funds. Be sure to designate your gift for the College of Liberal Arts or your favorite COLA program.


New Climate Change Exhibit in Portsmouth Features UNH Faculty, Students

October 18, 2016
Globe #6 by Alexandra Caggiano

Globe #6 by Alexandra Caggiano

The UNH Department of Art and Art History will participate in a collaborative exhibition devoted to the theme of climate change that will run from October 21 to November 12, 2016 at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, N.H. Since last year, the department has been working with NextGen Climate NH and 3S Artspace to develop an exhibition of art works by current students, alumni, technical staff and faculty. All art works in “Rise: Climate Change in Our World” will address the topic of climate change. According to Prof. Craig Hood, chair of the Department of Art and Art History, the exhibition is an “unprecedented undertaking by the art department in collaboration with NextGen Climate NH, an environmental advocacy organization which proposed the idea for the exhibition, and 3S Artspace, a major art institution in southeastern New Hampshire. We think the topic is important, of course, and hope this sort of collaboration with groups and institutions outside the university community will become a more regular occurrence for our program in the future.”

An opening reception will be held Friday, October 21, 2016 from 5-8 p.m.

Directions to 3S Artspace.

Exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday: 10am-6pm Saturday: 12-5PM Sunday+Monday: CLOSED


Alumna Recognized for High-Impact Leadership

October 3, 2016

photo of Katie Bouton

Katie Bouton ’96 (English journalism and women’s studies) has won a 2016 Boston Brava Award from SmartCEO. Bouton is founder and CEO of Koya Leadership Partners, an executive search firm for nonprofit organizations.

The Brava Awards celebrate high-impact female business leaders in three categories: CEOs, Executive Directors of Nonprofits and C-suite executives. An independent committee of local business leaders selects winners based on company growth, community impact and mentoring.

SmartCEO reaches over 100,000 people monthly through SmartCEO magazine and SmartCEO.com, serving CEOs in the Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC, metropolitan areas.

Guided by the philosophy that “The right person in the right place can change the world,” Bouton founded Koya Leadership Partners in 1994 to help nonprofit organizations find inspiring leaders of change who will advance their mission for greater impact in the communities they serve and the world.


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