Philanthropy Supports COLA Rutman Lecture, Scholarships

February 5, 2018

More than $8 million in new philanthropy was announced today by UNH. Some of the funds will directly benefit College of Liberal Arts programs and students. J. Morgan Rutman ‘84 and his wife Tara will fund an endowment to provide ongoing support for the Distinguished Lecture Series on the American Presidency, which was established in honor of his parents. Rutman’s father was a professor of history at UNH from 1968 to 1984. Brian McCabe ‘91 and his wife Loren ‘90, ‘91G established the McCabe Family Scholarship with their gift. It will provide need-based scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students studying education. Dana Hamel has increased his support of the Hamel Scholars and Hamel Scholarships Program with an additional gift of $5 million, which provides scholarships and support for UNH students who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership and community involvement. Liberal Arts students are among those who have benefited from the Hamel programs.

Read the full story in UNH Today.

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.

Join the Challenge

May 27, 2016

Words: Support COLA in the 603 Challenge

The 603 Challenge offers alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends the chance to make a gift to the area that means the most to them at UNH. This three-day challenge is online only and runs from June 1 through June 3 with the goal of reaching 1,866 donors. Through the challenge, we’ll celebrate all the ways you make dreams possible for COLA students, faculty and alums, who in turn make New Hampshire stronger, healthier, more vibrant. Thanks to a generous group of donors underwriting the challenge, gifts will be matched, doubling your dream-making. No amount is too small or too large.

Visit from June 1-3 to make your gift to the College of Liberal Arts.

Finding Her Voice

May 9, 2016

In this video, English major Samantha Granville ’16 shares how she found her voice at UNH and how a scholarship arrived in the nick of time.

Click here to view the video on YouTube.

Second Barbara A. White Scholarship Established in Women’s Studies

June 8, 2015

The UNH Women’s Studies Program is pleased to announce a new scholarship for women’s studies students established in the name of Women’s Studies Program co-founder Barbara A. White, who passed away in 2014. This is the second award program recently created that honors Professor White’s memory. This scholarship is made possible through a generous endowed fund created by Professor White’s husband, Harvey Epstein. The purpose of the fund is to provide need-based scholarship support to students concentrating their studies in women’s studies. Recipients must be juniors or seniors who are majoring in or minoring in women’s studies, with preference given to students who embody Professor White’s legacy and lifelong commitment to higher education. Students must has a FAFSA on file. Applicants cannot be graduating seniors.

The (603) Challenge

May 25, 2015

603 Challenge graphic
The (603) Challenge is a week-long alumni participation competition that runs Wednesday, May 27 through Wednesday, June 3…or 6/03…or 603, ya’ know, New Hampshire’s area code. We encourage UNH alums to “phone home” during this exciting week and make a gift to COLA in any amount! The goal of The (603) Challenge is to reach 1,234 donors to UNH.

Visit UNH.EDU/603 to find out all the details.

Thank you for showing your COLA pride!

Endowed Research Fund in Neuroscience Making an Impact

March 13, 2015
Bob and Peggy Cole with grandson, Timothy Harry '18

Bob and Peggy Cole with grandson, Timothy Harry ’18

written by Carol Cooper, UNH Advancement Relations

If she were a college student today, Peggy Stockwell Cole ’72 says she could see herself majoring in neuroscience. Originally enrolled as an occupational therapy major, she left UNH to get married and raise three children, but continued to follow her educational goals on a part-time basis.  In her mid-30s, she returned to UNH full time to earn a degree in sociology. “I always loved research and the sciences,” she says. It’s one of the reasons that when Cole and her husband, Bob, learned that UNH was about to launch a new interdisciplinary major in neuroscience and behavior, they jumped right in to help.  “We were so excited about this new joint major when we heard about it in its conceptual stage, we proposed funding faculty research,” she explains.

The Coles established the endowed Cole Neuroscience and Behavior Faculty Research Fund in 2010 to support faculty research in the then-new major, which is housed jointly in the College of Liberal Arts and College of Life Sciences and Agriculture. The endowment has a particular focus on the development of successful grant applications to fund research projects— reflecting the couple’s deep passion for life-long learning and appreciation for innovation and breakthrough ideas that can arise from investments in education.

In its first year, the fund supported the collection of pilot data being gathered by psychology professor Robert Drugan for a research project on shock- and swimming-induced stress, which was subsequently submitted for publication. In August 2013, Drugan invited the couple to his lab, where they met with graduate student Nathan Stafford ’17G to talk about the work their endowment had made possible.  “It was thrilling to be able to see and learn firsthand what is happening in the field, and as result of our gift,” says Bob.

The Coles are so delighted with the early results of their endowment that they have made additional gifts to increase the impact of their fund. Jon Wraith, dean of the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, is equally enthusiastic about the positive impact the Coles’ generous support has had on the faculty and students of the still-growing neuroscience and behavior program.  “Peggy and Bob are intelligent and curious people, and that curiosity to learn and understand more is also exactly what our faculty are pursuing through their research in this exciting field,” he says. “Thanks to Peggy and Bob’s support, our faculty in both colleges are able to gather the data they need to pursue funding at the national level, which will continue to raise the profile and visibility of our program.  We are incredibly grateful to them for their foresight and for providing UNH an opportunity to position itself strongly within this emerging field.”

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