Interns Who Innovate

July 25, 2018

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Over two dozen UNH students are spending their summers undertaking socially- and environmentally-conscious internships through the UNH Social Innovation Internship program. Half of them are students from the College of Liberal Arts (COLA) who are bringing their energy for social innovation to the nonprofit and for-profit business worlds. Students showcased their work in a presentation today, held at Paul College.

Taryn Duncan ‘21 is a women’s studies major who interned at Koya Leadership Partners, an alumna-owned executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. Duncan said her internship gave her confidence and a way to put her passions into practice. She’s looking forward to spreading the word to other COLA students that internships can be a way to take frustrations and hopes about the world and use them to concretely make a positive difference in communities.

Julianna Good ‘21, a music education major, said she’d like to see more COLA students apply to the program, pointing out that students do not need to have a business background to be accepted for or succeed in social innovation internships. Good interned at the Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers, an organization that addresses the lack of diversity in the nation’s teaching faculties by recruiting students of color and other scholars committed to diversity.

Nelson Thomas ‘20, a communication major and football athlete, found that he was able to successfully balance the requirements of athletics and academics with his internship at Coca Cola, where he worked on community engagement. It can be a challenge to juggle everything, he noted, but well worth it. He wants other student athletes to know that they can work internships into their schedules, too.

The Social Innovation Internship program, now in its 8th year, is run by the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise, a joint venture of the Paul College and Carsey School. Over 50% of the program’s interns have gone on to secure jobs at which they work toward social and environmental good at the intersection of mission and business.

Learn more about this year’s interns.

UNH Poet Publishes New Volume

August 29, 2016

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Professor of English and poet David Rivard has published his sixth book of poetry, “Standoff” (Graywolf Press). In this latest volume, Rivard asks an essential question: In a world of noise, of global anxiety and media distraction, how can we speak to each other with honesty?

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky wrote in “The Washington Post”: “Rivard’s poems move . . . with an exhilarating, smart pace of association and evocation. The speed of mind, compressing details and emotions, covering the maximum distance in the least time, gives this writing its thrill. . . . These street-wise, book-wise, eloquent poems have a bracing sureness and scope.”

Dijon Program Turns 50

August 17, 2015

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The UNH-managed study abroad program in Dijon, France is celebrating 50 years. An anniversary party will be held on Friday, October 23, 2015, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the 1925 Room of the Elliott Alumni Center, located on 9 Edgewood Drive in Durham. All alumni, current students, teaching assistants, staff, and faculty members who have been or are involved in the program in various capacities are invited. A twin event will be held at the program’s site, the Université de Bourgogne campus in Dijon, on March 18, 2016.

Hundreds of UNH students have participated in the Dijon Program since its inception in 1965. Dijon is a lively provincial capital known for its historic monuments, museums, ecological awareness—and, of course, its world-famous mustard. The UNH program in Dijon remains the principal avenue for UNH students of French to immerse themselves in French language and culture. Initially a full academic year experience, the program has grown to offer a single semester and summer options. French teaching assistants from the Université de Bourgogne have been an integral part of the program’s cultural exchange, with an assistant providing instruction at UNH every year since 1968.

Professor of French Claire Malarte-Feldman, who assumed directorship of the program in 2000, is organizing the celebration.

“The longevity and vitality of the Dijon Program are not only evidences of its high academic quality, but also of the passion and energy of all the people at UNH and UB-Dijon who managed it over the past 50 years. And that calls for a double celebration!” said Malarte-Feldman.

Participating in the Dijon Program “…was one of the best things I have done in my life,” said alumna and French major Martha Foley Jackson ’76 ’96G in a 2013 interview with UNH. Foley Jackson’s enthusiasm for the program, study abroad, and UNH led her and her husband William S. Jackson ’75 to establish a UNH scholarship for study abroad.

The 50th anniversary celebration is a free event. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar available. An RSVP is requested at or

For more information, contact Claire Malarte-Feldman at

Liberal Arts: “Tech’s Hottest Ticket”

August 5, 2015

“Throughout the major U.S. tech hubs, whether Silicon Valley or Seattle, Boston or Austin, Tex., software companies are discovering that liberal arts thinking makes them stronger.”

So says an article that appears in the August 17, 2015 issue of Forbes, “That ‘Useless’ Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech’s Hottest Ticket.”

According to the article, tech companies are hiring non-STEM graduates at high rates to fill their jobs in sales, marketing, education, consulting, business development, product management, real estate, and many other areas. In one example, Forbes used LinkedIn to research the job placements for Northwestern University graduates pursuing careers in the San Francisco Bay area. The top corporate employers for these young alumni are Google, Apple, Facebook, Genentech, and LinkedIn. Over half of those employed by these tech giants majored in subjects in the liberal arts.

What are these employers looking for? People who know how to effectively and creatively communicate with other people.

Read the article.

Film Screening: Documentary on Clark Terry Plays at Music Hall Feb 14 and 19

February 6, 2015


The documentary about music legend Clark Terry, “Keep On Keepin’ On,” will screen at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH on February 14 and 19, 2015 at 7 p.m. The film is Alan Hicks’s look at the relationship between the trumpeter Terry and the young pianist Justin Kauflin. Clark Terry is an affiliate professor of music at the University of New Hampshire, where he was awarded an honorary doctorate, his first, in 1978, and the Pettee Medal in 2002.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit The Music Hall website.

Read a movie review in the New York Times by A.O. Scott.

COLA Website Nominated for a Pixel Award

December 9, 2013

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The College of Liberal Arts website has been selected as a 2013 nominee for the 8th Annual Pixel Awards. Competing in the Students and Schools category, is one of only five websites nominated in the category. Web Solutions and College of Liberal Arts staff collaborated for over a year to produce this dynamic, engaging website on the Drupal platform.

The Pixel Awards take a fresh look at the best on the web and mobile. The awards honor compelling apps and sites that have shown excellence in design and development. Awards are given in 32 diverse categories. In addition to juried awards, Pixels are awarded in a people’s choice contest. To help the College of Liberal Arts win a “People’s Champ” award, please visit every day until December 20 and vote for the College of Liberal Arts!

JFK: Remembering Nov. 22, 1963

November 13, 2013

JFKThe assassination of John F. Kennedy 50 years ago is still a vivid memory for those who lived through it. We invite the UNH community and alumni to share recollections of that day using the comment form below.

To read more recollections, visit The College Letter.

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