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.


Respond early at 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, 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.

Celebrate 150, Homecoming and Family Weekend 2016

September 29, 2016

Join the College of Liberal Arts for these College-sponsored activities during Celebrate 150, Homecoming and Family Weekend, Sept 29-Oct 2.

Thursday, September 29

photo of David Shribman

COLA Holden Lecture: “The New Architecture of American Politics” by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Shribman
5:30 p.m. Murkland 115

The executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and a regular panelist on “Washington Week in Review” and “Meet the Press,” Shribman has shared his political insights for over thirty years. For the Boston Globe he served as Washington Bureau Chief, as well as assistant managing editor and columnist. For the Wall Street Journal, he was a national political correspondent. And for The New York Times, his beat was Congress and national politics. A native of Salem, Massachusetts, he began his career at the Buffalo Evening News, where he worked his way from covering City Hall to Capitol Hill. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for his analytical reporting on Washington and the American political scene.

Friday, September 30


COLA: 150 Hours of Service
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Campus Wide

150 College of Liberal Arts students, faculty, and staff will donate an hour of time towards campus beautification projects as part of Celebrate 150: The Campaign for UNH. Watch for the Liberal Arts orange t-shirts around campus! Want to get involved? Call 603-862-2062.

students digging

COLA Public Archaeology Day
10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Outside Congreve Hall, corner of Edgewood and Main Street

Join us for a chance to help uncover artifacts from UNH’s 150-year history!


COLA Museum of Art Alumni Photography Exhibition
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Museum of Art, Paul Creative Arts Center

An extraordinary range of visual culture documented through the lens of a camera is on display in this exhibition of fifty-five prints by University of New Hampshire Alumni photographers. The show presents a wide variety of aesthetics and practices from snap shots to professional images. Selections made by Kristen Gresh, ’97, Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Assistant Curator of Photographs, Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

student playing clarinet

COLA Wind Symphony to Debut Old Ben’s Farm During Hear Us Roar
7 p.m. Whittemore Center

Hear the UNH Wind Symphony perform “Old Ben’s Farm,” an original composition by Andrew Boysen, UNH professor of music, commissioned for UNH’s Celebrate 150. The performance takes places at the Hear Us Roar event at the Whittemore Center Arena. Register to attend.

Saturday, October 1

dragon graphic

Homecoming Alumni and Family Picnic
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Thompson Hall Lawn
Visit COLA under the tent for a free t-shirt raffle, a Chinese dragon dance, and more.


COLA Museum of Art Alumni Photography Exhibition
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Museum of Art, Paul Creative Arts Center

Sunday, October 2


COLA Museum of Art Alumni Photography Exhibition
1:00pm – 5:00pm Museum of Art, Paul Creative Arts Center

FULL Calendar of UNH Events

UNH Alumna Honored with Presidential Award for Outstanding Math and Science Teachers

September 28, 2016

Robin Ellwood with dignitaries

Robin Ellwood ’85 ’93G ’13G was among a select group of K-12 teachers nationwide to receive a prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in Washington D.C. earlier this month. Ellwood is an eighth-grade science teacher at Rye Junior High School in N.H.

The Awards are the highest recognition that K-12 mathematics and science teachers may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. The awards went to 213 teachers, representing 2 years of nominations.

Awardees receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States, a trip to Washington D.C. to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

“The recipients of this award are integral to ensuring our students are equipped with critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are vital to our Nation’s success,” President Obama said in a press release. “As the United States continues to lead the way in the innovation that is shaping our future, these excellent teachers are preparing students from all corners of the country with the science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills that help keep us on the cutting-edge.”

Ellwood earned a B.A. in zoology, an M.Ed. in secondary education and a Ph.D. in education at UNH. She has been teaching science at Rye Junior High School for 24 years. She strives to inspire student learning through inquiry and project-based opportunities that promote authentic application of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts.

“I am honored and humbled to receive this award and cherish the support from students, colleagues, administrators, community members and family that have made my efforts possible,” said Ellwood. “This award epitomizes what is possible when individuals and groups collaborate to provide authentic opportunities for students that inspire intrinsic motivation.”


May 5, 2016


From UNH Today:

This UNH alumna (she was an English major!) has a new job. In a vote on Thursday, April 28, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed U.S. Air Force General Lori Robinson ’81 as commander of U.S. Northern Command, making her the first female officer to head up a warfighting command. Read New York Times article.

Earlier this month, TIME included Robinson among the likes of Angela Merkel, Mark Zuckerberg and Adele on its list of “The 100 Most Influential People.”

Alumna Taylor Planz Wins National Science Teachers Association Award for New Teachers

May 4, 2016

Taylor Planz

UNH alumna Taylor Langkau Planz ’12 ’13G was one of only 25 science teachers nationwide to receive the Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) at their annual conference in Nashville, Tenn. last month. NSTA is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning. Their annual awards program honors K–12 teachers, principals, professors and other science education professionals for their outstanding work and achievement in science education.

Planz, who graduated from UNH with a B.A. in earth science in 2012 and an M.A.T. in secondary education in 2013, is now a science teacher at Bennett Middle School in Bennett, Colo.

“My goal in science education is to spark students’ curiosity,” says Planz. “I know that if they are interested in something that they will naturally be more engaged. I try to relate everything we learn back to real life and my students’ backgrounds.”

Learn more.


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