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 https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=18251 or https://www.facebook.com/events/478343265670922/.

For more information, contact Claire Malarte-Feldman at clmf@unh.edu.

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

COLA website homepage

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, http://cola.unh.edu 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  http://www.pixelawards.com/nom_win_2013.php 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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August 22, 2012

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