New Grant Supports N.H. Early Childhood STEM Teachers

February 20, 2017

teacher with student

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.

Feed 150!

December 9, 2016

boxing up food

As part of Celebrate 150: The Campaign for UNH, the College of Liberal Arts collected food and grocery story gift card donations from College faculty, staff and students to feed 150 people in need this holiday season. The College is working with Waysmeet UNH, home to the Cornucopia Food Pantry, to make the gifts available to individuals and families.

boxes ready to go

The Future Leaders Institute Announces Summer 2015 Program

March 3, 2015
FLI students

2014 participants in a financial crisis tribunal

The Future Leaders Institute announces its 2015 summer program, running July 13-25, 2015. Now in its second year, this UNH residential summer camp for ambitious high school students explores citizenship and ethics from both an ancient and modern perspective. Due to the success of last year’s camp, the program has now expanded to two weeks. Students may choose to attend one week or the full two-week session.

The 2015 program theme is Money, Greed, Corruption. In week one, students will focus on money, greed, and society. Week two covers money, politics, and government. People tend to have mixed feelings about money and how it influences us, note program faculty Scott Smith, professor of classics, and Nick Smith, professor of philosophy. Money motivates us, for better or worse, to do things we would not otherwise do. Students will explore these dynamics and examine the questions: Can one be a good person, honest, loyal and caring while attempting to maximize profits and win elections in a money-hungry world? Or are ethical principles naive in a world where money and power are so entwined?

Camp participants will spend their days discussing and debating classical and contemporary views on wealth, power, corruption, and leadership. The faculty and teaching assistants will mix highly interactive in-class work with evening films and discussions, as well as excellent food and outdoor activities on the beautiful UNH campus.

Costs include all room, board, and materials. Early application applications are due April 15, 2015; applications will be open on a rolling basis until June 15, 2015 until the spots are filled. Spaces are limited!

The program is committed to ensuring that every New Hampshire student who wants to participate in this program can do so regardless of financial need. Please see the application for more on financial assistance.

For more information and to apply, visit

students at Mendum's Pond

The 2014 campers enjoy some time relaxing at Mendum’s Pond in Durham.

Attention Harry Potter Fans

July 3, 2014

animated photo of James Krasner

REGISTER NOW! Course registration for Reading, Writing, and Storytelling with Harry Potter ends July 11 at 4 p.m. Don’t miss out! Course dates are July 14 – August 1, 2014.

Join Professor James Krasner for a 3-week online adventure that uses the Harry Potter series to help students learn about language, writing, history, art, and culture. For children entering fourth through eighth grade, this dynamic program features rich media and interactive learning.

UNH Faculty and Staff receive a 50% discount on tuition when they use their UNH emails to register their children.

Find out more and register at

“Here’s my take away from the course. First off it was brilliantly taught at the children’s level of understanding. Professor Krasner taught via videos in each section of the course. The array of information he pulled in from a myriad of other sources was phenomenal. ‘O’ kept mentioning over and over again about how much he was learning. He even mentioned once that he might want to go to University of New Hampshire just to study with Professor Krasner.”
–an online parent review. Read the full review.

Tales of love and marriage…

April 2, 2013
children and students

Children from the Child Study Development Center with UNH students Lindsay Goldsmith, Jesse Parent, Greg Daigle, Eric Berthiaume, and Abigail Arenstam.

Enthusiastic children and teachers from the Child Study Development Center on campus visited the Music Department recently to watch Music students perform scenes from their upcoming Opera Workshop.

Abby Arenstam playing game with students.

Abby Arenstam with students.

One performer, Abby Arenstam, who sang an aria in both English and Italian, played a game with the students, asking them to raise their hands when they noticed a change in language.

Last week, Opera Workshop students performed at Nottingham Elementary School, as well.

This year’s Opera Workshop tackles scenes from three operas:  Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte (Women Are Like That) and Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), and Gaetano Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love). Director Jenni Cook calls the operas timelessly funny and clever. “Mozart and Donizetti recognized the value of love, marriage, and legend in these witty tales,” she says.

Lindsay Goldsmith and Greg Daigle singing the charming Barcarolle duet from Elixir of Love.

Lindsay Goldsmith and Greg Daigle singing the charming Barcarolle duet from Elixir of Love.

The program was chosen to display the talents of voice majors in the Department of Music, says Cook. The students will be singing in English, a deliberate choice in order to facilitate plot and character development, though not necessarily an easy one.

“Many students found singing opera in English a challenge in terms of achieving round, rich vowels and clear diction,” notes Cook. “This was a good exercise for them to sing clearly in the language we American singers take for granted at times: our own.”

The UNH performances of Opera Workshop are this Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6 at 8 p.m. in Bratton Recital Hall, Paul Creative Arts Center. Admission is free.

The sound of music

April 18, 2012
Mark DeTurk and students at Moharimet School

Professor Mark DeTurk and Oyster River elementary school students

The UNH music education elementary teaching program has been bringing its special brand of music lessons to the Oyster River elementary schools for 23 years. A requirement for sophomore music education majors, the course gives DeTurk’s students a better education in music teaching than any lecture-based class could hope to offer.

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MUB exhibit shows cultural exchange between NH elementary school students

February 13, 2012
painting by elementary school student

Ayat, an 11-year-old student at Webster Elementary School, created a picture depicting his family leaving Iraq in 2010.

The project, “Our Stories in Pictures and Words: Immigration Past and Present,” is featured in an exhibit on the third floor of the UNH Memorial Union Building.

“The project was designed to foster mutual understanding and respect between students new to this country and longtime residents,” said Beth Olshansky, director of the UNH Center for the Advancement of Art-Based Literacy, which spearheaded this project.

The project involved students from Webster Elementary School’s English Language Learner (ELL) Magnet Program in Manchester and Moharimet School in Madbury. Each student created a book about their family’s immigration story. Many students from Webster Elementary School are recent immigrants while third-graders from Moharimet School delved into their ancestor’s journey to America long ago.

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