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.

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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

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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.


Murray Visiting Journalist Marcus Weisgerber to Speak on ISIS and Journalism, March 1

February 18, 2016

Marcus Weisgerber

Marcus Weisgerber ’04 says what first drew him to covering the Pentagon was that fact that he could work in the nation’s capital.

“At first, it was just a journalism job in Washington,” says Weisgerber. “I knew little about the military and absolutely nothing about the bureaucracy that runs it, but it seemed like an incredibly important beat, particularly at a time when two wars were being fought. It didn’t take long before I realized my stories were having an impact and influencing policy decisions inside the Pentagon.”

Weisgerber, the global business reporter for Defense One, is the 2016 Donald M. Murray Journalist. He will give a talk titled “How ISIS is Changing the Way Journalists Cover War” on Tuesday, March 1 at 5 p.m. in MUB I.

While on campus he will visit journalism classes and meet with the staff of The New Hampshire.

The Journalism Program alum has reported from Afghanistan, the Middle East, Europe and Asia, and often travels with the defense secretary and other senior U.S. military officials. He writes about global military operations, arms sales and policy. He is the vice president of the Pentagon Press Association. He has appeared on CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, NPR, BBC World Service, WABC, WBAL, WJLA, Monocle 24 and other nationally syndicated television and radio programs.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Swingin’ For The Holidays

December 11, 2015

cd cover

The Department of Music is proud to announce a brand new holiday jazz CD produced and created by UNH alumni, current teachers, past teachers, and current students, with help from executive producer and UNH music supporter, David King.

“Swingin’ For The Holidays” was recorded at UNH and features numerous musicians, all with ties to UNH, including Dave Pietro on lead alto saxophone, a former UNH student, head of the New York University jazz department, and member of the Maria Schneider Orchestra; Nate Jorgensen on second alto, the new director of jazz studies at UNH; and Jay Daly on lead trumpet, a UNH alumnus and a highly-regarded trumpet player throughout New England.

In addition to the instrumentalists, eight different vocalists are featured on the 14-track album, all of whom are either alumni, current professors, or have been visiting guest artists through the UNH Traditional Jazz Series.

The CD was produced and recorded by Ryan Parker ’96, and all arrangements are by Steve Guerra ’97, head of the University of Miami Henry Mancini Institute, and Chris Humphrey ’87.

The CD release party is tonight Friday, December 11, 2015 at the Press Room in Portsmouth, N.H. from 8-11 p.m.

More information can be found at www.jazzchristmascd.com or by contacting Ryan Parker at ryan@ryanparker.com.

All-Alumni Choral Group Performs at Dover City Hall

December 8, 2015

church facade

Cappella Nova Mundi is a regional chamber choir directed by UNH professor of music William Kempster and composed entirely of UNH alumni. Their holiday concert will take place on Sunday, December 13 at 1:30 at Dover City Hall in Dover, N.H., where they will perform Missa de Sancta Cruce by Pierre de La Rue and Motets by Felix Mendelssohn. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $18 (adults), $13 (seniors), and $8 (students). More info here.

Cappella Nova Mundi’s musicians are drawn from the University of New Hampshire Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, singers who are interested in pursuing their love of choral chamber music beyond their University experience. The group is hand-selected from interested UNH Concert Choir alumni. Member training has been diverse, from voice majors, music education majors, performance majors, and even scholars from primary disciplines other than music. These singers are now working in the region as teachers and business people, or in the pursuit of further academic qualifications. All of the members, however, have in common a love of music-making in that most specialized of choral settings: the chamber choir.

Cappella Nova Mundi is particularly focused on the music of the Renaissance as well as modern works for chamber choir, although the group’s programs have included works from virtually all periods of music history.

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