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University of New Hampshire at Manchester New Tech Center Offers Cutting-Edge Opportunities As classes begin at the new technology center, UNH Manchester starts on its path to becoming the go-to tech resource for both students and the business community. Highly anticipated in the local IT community, the Emerging Technology Center (ETC) is a cutting-edge resource for businesses and academics to collaborate and experiment together on real world projects. “The center will connect Manchester businesses with bright and eager students,” says Jeremy Hitchcock, CEO of Manchesterbased Dyn. “This will help with future recruiting and retention. In addition, businesses will have a lab to test new ideas and strategies that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to do. This can lead to breakthroughs that help the company succeed.” The ETC, located in the newly renovated Pandora Mill, will support advancement in education and technology thanks to a

three-year, $125,000 commitment from Dyn and its philanthropic entity, DynCares. The University contributed $237,000 to the center, and UNH Manchester’s own Dean Ali Rafieymehr is also showing his support for the project. “I personally committed myself to $25,000 over High School students came to campus in December to build the next five years,” robots and computers during the Innovation Exchange. Rafieymehr says. “I believe strongly that this is going to be very successful and that it’s going to be a win-win for everybody.” The main objective of the center is to create the opportunity and the environment to work on a real project with a company. Not only are students getting practical experience in research and development, but the (continued on page 2)

Exploring the Mind/Vision Connection Stare at a picture long enough and certain elements begin to change. Things fall away while images appear and disappear, seemingly out of and into thin air.

“In the world of vision research,” says John E.

Sparrow, associate professor of psychology, “visual illusions often represent a fascinating source of material for experimental investigation. Some illusions can be explained by referencing the physiological makeup of the visual pathway, some can be explained by virtue of our perceptual learning, and some can’t be explained at all.” Which is why Sparrow, along with three undergraduate students, are conducting research to decipher the illusion of motioninduced blindness, also known as MIB, which describes the phenomena of stationary objects “disappearing” in the presence of a moving background. Students working on the project include Joseph LaBarre, Tim Larochelle, and Bill Robidoux.

Psychology Professor John Sparrow explores the mind / vision connection with student Bill Robidoux.

For their research, they use an example (continued on page 5)

IN THIS ISSUE 3 Students Study in Italy 4 Communication Arts Expands Video Lab 7 Alumni Speed Networking 9 History at UNH Manchester 10 Internship Highlights



Cutting-Edge Opportunities (Continued from page 1) initiative is helping the community at large. “Some companies have tons of projects to do but they don’t have the resources, or the time, or budget to do it,” says Rafieymehr. “It becomes a lower priority for them but they really want to do it. And now they can give it to us to do at the ETC.” Though at first the center will specialize in computer technology projects, Rafieymehr has plans to expand the program to include project opportunities for every major at the university.

UNH Manchester will be offering four college courses to area high school juniors and seniors for just $100 per class. “These are typically $2,000 courses.” Rafieymehr says. What further sets the ETC apart from other tech centers that have popped up around the state is that it will be open to students at the university, but also to community college and high school students. That’s particularly appealing to local companies like Dyn. “We decided to headquarter Dyn in New Hampshire because it is a truly wonderful place to live,” Hitchcock says. “For a business to succeed, however, it needs talented employees.” “We wanted to help support an endeavor that connected the many great businesses in the state with some of the brightest students. We believe the ETC does that,” says Hitchcock. And Rafieymehr isn’t stopping there. To help the cash-strapped Manchester School District, UNH Manchester will be offering four college courses to area high school juniors and seniors for just $100 per class. “These are typically $2,000 courses,” Rafieymehr says. The courses are Introduction to C++ programming, Introduction to Web Design and Web Authoring, and Intro to Business. The fourth class will be for students preparing for the FIRST Robotics competition. The university is also working with Dean Kamen, inventor and founder of DEKA, a New Hampshire-based research and development company, to establish a scholarship for high school students who make it onto Kamen’s FIRST Dean’s List. Students who make it onto the list are eligible to apply for a STEM scholarship at UNH Manchester that will pay out $5,000 each year for four years. “As business continues to move online it will become even more dependent on workers with STEM skills,” Hitchcock says. “That dependency means there will be plenty of good jobs for students when they graduate. In addition, some of the most exciting breakthroughs and discoveries are happening in those fields, which should really make students want to be a part of them.”

Mission Statement: Mill Works tells the UNH Manchester story. Mill Works spotlights the accomplishments of UNH Manchester’s students, faculty and staff; profiles academic programs; highlights alumni activities; reflects our community relationships; and provides information on upcoming events and services available to people in the region. Mill Works is published three times per year (fall, spring and summer). It has a circulation of 27,500 and is published by the UNH Manchester Marketing and Community Relations Office.

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UNH Manchester Advisory Board The Board advises Dean Ali Rafieymehr and the college community concerning programs and community outreach. They also help increase the college’s visibility in the community and serve as a resource to students, staff, and faculty.

Thomas Brennan Manchester School District Superintendent Kevin Clougherty NH Department of Revenue Administration Former Commissioner Jaye Gibson Casinghino Law Offices Administration William Hill BAE Systems Program Manager III Jeremy Hitchcock DynDNS - Dynamic Network Service CEO, CFO David Li Elliot Hospital Senior Vice President Joseph Lovejoy Baker, Newman & Noyes Principal, retired Stephanie McLaughlin Savoir-Faire Marketing & Communication Principal Lowell Mower UNH Manchester Alumnus and Federal Work-Study Coordinator Bill Norton Norton Asset Management President Ryan Pitts UNH Manchester Business Student Nick Soggu SilverTech Inc. President and Founder Frank E. Wells Hoyle, Tanner & Associates Senior Vice President

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Study Abroad Brings Politics and Society Closer to Home Patrick Synan discovered he was meant for a politics and society major a little late, he says. Still wanting to graduate on time, the 22-year-old UNH Manchester junior was looking at having to spend his summer inside a classroom. Until Synan realized, “Studying abroad offers more credits per class than I would receive during a regular summer program. Furthermore, we’re going away, we’re going to Italy.” He says the last bit like it’s a no brainer. Why stay at home to study when the whole world can be a classroom? Students participating in the UNH Manchester Florence Summer Program at the Institute at Palazzo Rucellai in Florence, Italy will find out the answer to that question. For six weeks students will study comparative politics and at least one other subject while living in and exploring Italy. “Italy kind of sells itself,” says Melinda Negron-Gonzales, assistant professor for the politics and society program. “Florence is simply glorious during the spring. The classes are held in a palace, and the students are housed in apartments that are in the center

of Florence. It’s spectacular.” Students participating in the program take classes Monday through Thursday, allowing for long weekends of independent travel to places like Rome, Milan, Bologna, Venice, the Alps, Sicily, and many other destinations that are easily accessible by train. Students also have the opportunity to travel around Tuscany and Italy on Institute-sponsored field trips, to visit vineyards and olive groves, and to attend opera and theatre performances. While Florence may be the hook, the program itself is worth the trip. Students take two courses; a Politics in Italy course, and another they choose from several courses offered by the International Studies Institute, which includes everything from psychology to business, to art history and food. This is a particularly exciting time to study, Negron-Gonzales says. “Taking a trip to Europe at this time, when they are having the Euro crisis and they are having these conversations about the future of the European Union, that’s great for students who are interested in international politics or international business,” she says. Further, Negron-Gonzales says that in the politics and society program many of the classes are about comparative politics and are rooted in sociology. “We talk a lot about how context really shapes politics and this is an opportunity for students to get outside the world of textbook learning and actually see firsthand how politics might look a little different in a different context,” NegronGonzales says. “It helps them to immerse themselves in a different

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culture for six weeks, which is a good amount of time…It’s kind of a six week case study.” Synan says he hopes his trip, which will be this spring, will not only broaden his horizons but make him an even more attractive candidate for graduate school. Negron-Gonzales says there’s a good likelihood of that since study abroad opportunities help not only with college admission, but prospective employers as well. “Employers really value the study abroad experience,” she says. “Because a student who has studied abroad is typically independent, self-motivated, comfortable with taking on new challenges, and navigating their way through unfamiliar territory. Those are things that employers look for.” “Study abroad broadens their world views, it expands their horizons, and Italy is a nice place to do that.” For more information, please contact Professor Melinda Negron-Gonzales, melinda. Mill Works | 3

Be an Advocate

UNH Works brings together friends of UNH – alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff and voters – to show their support for UNH to New Hampshire’s elected officials. UNH Works hopes to convince state lawmakers to restore public funding for UNH, which was cut by nearly 50 percent last year. State funding now represents only 6 percent of UNH’s operating budget.

The lab now offers four powerful MacPro computers, each equipped with one of the fastest graphics cards available and dual 22-inch displays. There are also two of the latest 27-inch iMacs with the advanced graphics processors. All production computers have Adobe Production Premium CS6, which is a powerful integrated professional collection of Adobe’s video, graphic, animation, photo, and sound editing software. Students will also be able to access advanced multimedia software such as Apple Final Cut Pro.

If the budget is returned to 2010 levels, the University pledges to freeze in-state tuition for two years and increase aid to students in need. You can help by becoming a UNH Advocate. Help us keep UNH affordable and accessible – and preserve our role in driving the state’s economy and developing the talent, research and innovation that benefit all in New Hampshire. Sign-up at Did You Know? • UNH’s overall impact on the state’s economy each year is $1.4 billion • UNH’s impact on the skilled workforce in NH is $642 million each year

Communication Arts Program Expands Video Lab The communication arts (CA) video lab was upgraded this winter with the latest in digital video and image production capability. Professor Skip Tenczar is very excited about the upgrades and expanded technology for students. “Students who work in our new video lab are using the same tools that they will encounter in the professional world through their internships and after graduation,” says Tenczar. 4 | Mill Works

partnerships with organizations such as the Moore Center, NH DOT and NH Lions Clubs. A sleep out in late October launched the project and brought attention to the challenges of hunger and homelessness. This powerful and empowered group, along with AmeriCorps VISTA member Beth Brideau (’12, politics and society), collected more than 20,000 items of warm clothing for communities throughout the state, 4,000 of which were collected from the UNH Manchester campus. The project included support from students in Professor Tom Birch’s microeconomics class, Professor Patricia Halpin’s biology class, and from students receiving STEM grant support. For information on how you can get involved next year, contact Ginger Lever at

Professor Tenczar and student Elizabeth Mason demonstrating new video lab equipment.

The video lab is also a flexible production space with a green screen curtain and black velour cyclorama, which can be used for student productions and in-class lighting demonstrations.

WFMY by the Numbers

For the sixth year, the Warmth from the Millyard (WFMY) project connected with 55 community partners in a semester-long, community-based learning experience. Ten students from the Introduction to Community Leadership course, taught by Ginger Lever, experienced project management first-hand and contributed more than 1,500 hours to make the project a success. Through WFMY, they learned about social issues faced in the community and how to build effective teams and

Welcoming Advisory Board Members

Dean Rafieymehr announced the appointment of four members to the college’s Advisory Board. New members include William Hill, program manager III at BAE Systems; Lowell Mower, alumnus and Federal Work-Study coordinator at UNH Manchester; Ryan Pitts, a senior in the Business program at UNH Manchester; and Nick Soggu, president and founder of SilverTech. The college community thanks Jay Taylor, retired Director of Economic Development for the City of Manchester, who stepped down from the Advisory Board after more than ten years of service. “Jay has been instrumental in the success that UNH Manchester has seen over the past many years that he has been on the Advisory Board,” says Dean Rafieymehr. “On Behalf of the UNH Manchester community, I want to thank Jay for his great contributions to our campus and the community.” Spring 2013

At English Professor’s Core is Research and Love of Learning Gail Fensom works in a laboratory. But, instead of pouring over beakers of bubbling concoctions, her experiments are human. “I would consider myself a teacherresearcher,” says Fensom, assistant professor of English and director of the First-Year Writing program at UNH Manchester. “So my research basically is my students. My classrooms are my research labs and my students are my subjects.” Fensom’s passion for her craft has led her to spread this mission of helping students to be prepared for college and careers throughout the state and nationally. Fensom started teaching at the University of New Hampshire in 1986. Over the years, she’s used her classes as research to figure out what made students unprepared. She took to area high schools, meeting with teachers and administrators to see what she could learn about how students were learning before they ever got to her classes. Fensom learned about the Common Core State Standards through her volunteer work with the New England Consortium of

Secondary Schools on issues of college readiness. Distributed in the summer of 2010, Common Core is set of Language Arts and Mathematics standards that will be used to design curriculum and instruction. The standards are guides to develop academic skills with the ultimate goal of producing students prepared for college and careers. “Common Core came along and I thought, if students can do this, I think we’ll be all set,” Fensom says. In 2010 she worked with the NH State Education Department and the New England Consortium of Secondary Schools to conduct two workshops introducing the standards to K-20 teachers and administrators. This led to her join the NH State Education Department’s Common Core Standards implementation team. Fensom is one of the very few representatives of higher education on any state team in the nation. Today, she is a consultant for the state and is working on a $100,000 grant to assist NH school districts with Common Core. She visits K-12 schools around the

Professor Gail Fensom is on the leading edge of Common Core development for K-12 schools.

state to help teachers “unpack” the standards and revise their teaching, she says. “I tell them, ‘I’m not coming here to tell you what to do or that you’ve been doing a bad job,’” she says. “‘Your student in grade six will someday be MY student. Let’s see what we can do together to help that student succeed.’” She’s even included a Common Core perspective in her preservice teacher course, Teaching Writing, a course for prospective English teachers. “I want UNH Manchester to be seen as a resource for educators across the state as they begin to unpack and use the [Common Core],” says Fensom.

Exploring the Mind/Vision Connection (Continued from page 1) presented by German Psychology Professor Michael Bach on his web site ( In the picture, three stationary yellow dots are suspended in a field of blue crosses on a black background. The crosses, as a block, move in a circle. At the center of the image is a dot that flashes red and then green. The observer is asked to stare at the center dot. The observer does this, and after about 10 seconds, the yellow dots seem to disappear from the picture. “The funny thing about this,” Sparrow says, “is that it’s a pretty Spring 2013

obvious effect, and most folks see it...While there have been a few studies done, researchers still don’t know why this happens.” Using a Wheatstone Stereoscope, a contraption invented in 1838 by Charles Wheatstone that uses a series of mirrors to project a threedimensional image, Sparrow and his team are going to shift the flat image of blue crosses and yellow dots to 3D. Sparrow is hoping that by doing this, he and his researchers will discover whether depth perception plays a role in creating the disappearing illusion.

Right now, the team is still analyzing the existing, albeit scant, data from previous experiments. When that’s finished, the students will each take turns being the subject and the experimenter, then gather the data with the goal of presenting at a regional conference in the spring and perhaps publishing a paper on their findings. Sparrow’s research is just one of the many hands on and innovative opportunities for psychology students at UNH Manchester. Mill Works | 5

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Michael Chandler, associate director of the Center for Academic Enrichment, was selected to serve a third two-year term as treasurer and membership coordinator of the Learning Assistance Association of New England. Michael Contarino, associate professor and coordinator of the Politics and Society program, and Melinda NegronGonzales, assistant professor of politics and society, contributed a chapter titled, “The International Criminal Court and the Responsibility to Protect,” in the book: Gentian Zyberi, ed., An Institutional Approach to the Responsibility to Protect, Cambridge University Press. Additionally, Professor Contarino was interviewed during the fall semester by WBZ-Boston, Channel 4, regarding the election in New Hampshire. Annie Donahue, associate professor and director of the library, was named interim dean of the UNH library in Durham. She assumed the position in February 2013.   Donahue presented a paper entitled, “Charting success: Using practical measures to assess student learning in a Peer2Peer research model,” at the Library Assessment Conference at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. Marisa Forti, academic counselor, presented a workshop about personality styles at the AmeriCorps Training Day and State Service Plan Rollout and the Manchester Young Professionals Network (MYPN) winter Power Lunch. Carolyn Gamtso, reference and instruction librarian, spoke at the TEDxTimberlaneSchools Conference at Timberlane Regional High School in Plaistow. Professor Gamtso’s talk was entitled “Lessons in Compassion: A Teacher’s Education in Exile.” She discussed her experiences with the Tibetan exile community in Dharamsala, India. Gary Goldstein, associate professor of psychology, co-authored an article titled “Advanced Internship: A High-Impact, LowCost, Super-Capstone Course” with Peter Fernald, professor emeritus, psychology, which was accepted for publication by College Teaching.

making healthy eating choices throughout life. She also presented at Sunapee Central Elementary School during PhUn (Physiology Understanding) Week. Jeremiah Johnson, lecturer of mathematics, had an article titled “The Number of Group Homomorphisms from D_m into D_n” accepted for publication in the May 2013 issue of the College Mathematics Journal. Michael Jonas, assistant professor of the computing technology program and engineering technology program had a paper titled “Teaching introductory programming using multiplayer board game strategies in Greenfoot” accepted into the 18th Annual Conference of the Northeast Region of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges. Jonas and Professor Mihaela Sabin will be presenting two workshops at the New Hampshire Technical Institute this spring. Their workshops are focused on game programming with Greenfoot and mobile app development with AppInventor with the goal of getting girls interested in computing. Jeffrey Klenotic, associate professor of communication arts, contributed an essay titled, “From Mom-and-Pop to ParamountPublix: Selling the Community on the Benefits of National Theater Chains,” in the book Watching Films: New Perspectives on MovieGoing, Exhibition and Reception. The book is a collection of essays edited by Albert Moran and Karina Aveyard. Ginger Hobbs Lever, director of Marketing & Community Relations and adjunct faculty member in the community leadership program, presented “Experiential learning and community partnerships: NH Lions’ Clubs and Warmth from the Millyard” to members of NH Lions’ Clubs in Zone 1A. She was a guest on WZID’s Eye on New Hampshire promoting the launch of the 2012 student-led WFMY project. Lever also presented “Engagement or Outsourcing: Community Stakeholders’ Perceptions of Engagement,” at poster sessions at the 13th Annual National Outreach Scholarship conference at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL and the Campus Compact Eastern Regional Conference in Dartmouth, NH. Regina McCarthy, assistant dean of academic student services, was presented with the 2013 UNH Social Justice award. This winter, McCarthy was elected to a second two-year term as President of the Learning

Alison Paglia, associate professor of psychology, and Trece Mettauer, senior lecturer and coordinator of community outreach scholarship presented a workshop, “Leaving the Campus Silo: Community-Based Research as the Pathway,” at the Eastern Regional Campus Compact Conference. Ali Rafieymehr, dean and professor of computer science, was a presenter at the Disruptive Vertical 2012 conference. He also presented at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce 12th Annual Infrastructure Summit: Building the Silicon Millyard. He participated in a panel discussion titled, “Manchester’s Expanding Higher Education Infrastructure,” which provided a look at the recent and ongoing expansion at Manchester’s institutions of higher education and what it means for the region. Jack Resch, professor of history, was interviewed for a podcast by Active History, a website that connects the work of historians with the public. The topic was the American perspective of the War of 1812 and it was included in their “History Slam” series of podcasts. Resch has also been involved in several community programs this year. He served as the featured speaker for a five-part series in Littleton, NH on the Civil War, sponsored by the American Library Association and New Hampshire Humanities Council (NHHC). He was the Project Humanist for the three-part “Crossroads” documentary film and discussion series sponsored by the World Affairs Council and Red River Theater. He was a facilitator at the symposium, “Constitutionally Speaking,” sponsored by the NHHC, NH Supreme Court Society and UNH Law School. His chapter, “Revolution as a People’s War,” was reprinted in a special edition of the Hungarian Journal of English and America Studies at University of Debrecen where he was a Fulbright Scholar. Resch also continues to be a peer reviewer for applicants for Fulbright Fellowships. Rosanyi Rivera, senior in communications arts, and Colleen Bolton, academic & career counselor, co-facilitated a workshop at the Access, Leadership, and Empowerment Conference titled, “Higher Education as a Path to Success: Learning from our Mentors.”

Patricia Halpin, lecturer of biology, spoke at the Take off Pounds Sensibly meeting last fall which focused on adding activity and

Assistance Association of New England. Shannon O’Hara joined the facilities team as a Group Leader Building Services Worker in January 2013. Rachel Olson, professional math tutor in the

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Center for Academic Enrichment, presented a session titled, “There’s a Strategy for That! Show Students THESE Study Skills” at the annual Learning Assistance Association of New England conference.

Ellen Ruggles, senior administrative assistant, contributed an essay titled “The Great Gulf” to the book Peak Experiences: Danger, Death, and Daring in the Mountains of the Northeast. Mihaela Sabin, associate professor and coordinator of the computing technology program, had a paper titled “Scaling a Framework for Client-Driven Open Source Software Projects: A Report from Three Schools” accepted into the 18th Annual

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Conference of the Northeast Region of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges. The paper was written in collaboration with Allen Tucker from Bowdoin College and Bonnie MacKellar from St. John’s University. Dot Sherman, adjunct instructor of composition, was presented with the Learning Assistance Association of New England award for Outstanding Service to Developmental Students at their annual conference last fall. Donna Szekely joined the Academic

Jessie Levine (’13G, public administration) was appointed as Town Manager in Bedford, NH in September 2012. Levine is responsible for preparing and managing the municipal budget and working with Bedford’s Town Council and department heads to develop a long-term vision while also meeting the immediate needs of the community. Meghan Marcus (’10, communication arts) joined Cookson Stephens Corp. (CSC ) as a Strategic Communications Coordinator. Marcus will focus her efforts in the areas of client support, including media and marketing efforts and business development.

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Counseling Department in the fall as the Disability Services Coordinator for students. Anthony Tenczar, associate professor and coordinator of the communication arts program, was interviewed on New Hampshire Public Radio where he provided an analysis of the New Hampshire gubernatorial television ads. The interview was done by Ryan Lessard, a 2012 graduate of the communication arts program and reporter with NHPR. Professor Tenczar was also a judge on the New Hampshire Jury of the New Hampshire Film Festival held last fall.

“It’s an intriguing area to work in and it’s exciting to see these two going into that area right away. This is the kind of thing people usually do later in their careers,” says Jack Hoza, professor and coordinator of the sign language interpretation program. “To interpret an artistic performance takes a lot of work and time. I’m very proud of them.” “UNH Manchester opened the doors to working my dream job,” says Neefus. “The interpreting training program gave me a strong ethical and linguistic foundation and the method to develop my skills further… Having come to UNH Manchester from another degree I can honestly say, this program - there’s nothing else like it!”

“We’re extremely pleased that Meghan has joined our team. Her skill set will enable us to serve our clients in more ways and add depth as we continue to grow,” says Matt Cookson, president and founder of CSC. Adrianna Neefus (’12, sign language interpretation) and Desiree Weems (’11, sign language interpretation) were the sign language interpreters at the Tony Awardwinning WAR HORSE performed in Boston’s Opera House last fall.

Bill Troy, lecturer of business, was interviewed for an article titled “New Hampshire youth employed more often than in most other states” featured in the Nashua Telegraph in December. Nathan Webster, adjunct professor of English-Journalism, published two articles in the “At War: Notes from the Front Lines” section of the New York Times. The article titles are “In War, Moments Worth Remembering” and “For a New Teacher, a Soldier’s Lessons on Helping Veterans Fit In.”

Neefus and Weems are both currently working at The Children’s Center For Communication at the Beverly School for the Deaf in Beverly, MA. Jim Piecuch (’94, history; ‘97G, history) is an Associate Professor of History at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. This winter, the University of South Carolina Press published a collection of essays that Piecuch co-edited with Gregory Massey, General Nathanael Greene and the American Revolution in the South. His essay in the volume is “The Evolving Tactician: Nathanael Greene at the Battle of Eutaw Springs.” In May 2012 he published a volume of essays he edited, Cavalry of the American Revolution, published by Westholme Publishing. The book includes nine essays covering various aspects of cavalry operations in the Revolution. Piecuch contributed an essay titled “The Black Dragoons: Former Slaves as British Cavalry in South Carolina.”

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Piecuch was also invited to present a paper at The War of 1812: Myth and Memory, History and Historiography conference in London, marking the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. His paper was titled “Allies No More: Southern Natives’ Response to the War of 1812,” and examined why the southern Indians who had supported Britain in the Revolution didn’t do so again in 1812.

UNH Alumni Speed-Networking

In an effort to bring alumni together and help build connections, the UNH Alumni Office invites you to join them this spring for Speed-Networking events. Speed-Networking is a quick and focused opportunity for you to make new contacts and expand your connections with fellow alumni. Please be sure to register for these fun, free events! Visit our website,, or contact Megan Hales in the Alumni Office for more information,

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Bio Tech Speed-Networking: Wednesday, March 6 from 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the Catalyst Restaurant in Cambridge, MA Speed-Networking: Tuesday, March 12 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at Napa East in Nashua, NH

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Alumna Encourages Students to Consider Science While most people were safe and warm inside during Hurricane Sandy, Celine Bilodeau headed right into the thick of it. “Whenever a storm occurs we all have jobs that help with outage restoration,” says Bilodeau, engineering technologist of Substation Engineering for Public Service of New Hampshire. “My assigned duty is to do an analysis of the damage. I’m always out in the field, to make the energy delivery happen.” Nationally, employers are desperate for employees with backgrounds in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). This is good news for UNH Manchester. Whether it’s biological sciences, computer information systems or engineering, university officials have been on the leading edge of offering the latest in STEM classes and have for years encouraged women to enter these fields.

Bilodeau has been one such beneficiary of this initiative. “When I first got started, I was usually one of the only women in the class,” Biodeau says. “It was definitely a man’s world.” But she worked hard and stuck with it ultimately earning an associate of electrical engineering technology degree from New Hampshire Technical Institute and a bachelor’s in electrical engineering technology from UNH Manchester in 2005. She is currently attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Power Management master’s program. “I’m hoping that parents, teachers, and anyone else girls and women admire are encouraging the sciences,” Bilodeau says. “I know I did, I have two daughters myself and I certainly encouraged it…I tried to teach them not to be afraid of it.” Bilodeau, who has worked for PSNH for more than 25 years,

is responsible for engineering and design of high voltage electrical systems. Before that, Bilodeau spent numerous years in the field testing and commissioning control and communication systems. “I think young people don’t fully understand how much there is and just how interesting (a career in science) really is,” Bilodeau says. “I just show them my world. A lot of people think it’s very simple and maybe not as fun and exciting as computers and other systems. But when I show them that it isn’t just poles and wires, there’s a lot that happens in the background – I just show them a little bit of that – and they see there’s so much more. I think that as adults, that’s what we can do to encourage students to consider science.”

“One University” Written by J. Michael Hickey, ’73 President, UNH Alumni Association For those of us who benefitted from time spent in Durham, our UNH days were defined by our experiences unique to this great college town: living in Stoke or

Christiansen Halls, within the Greek system or in any number of seacoast communities; attending classes at the Thompson School, WSBE, Morrill or Kingsbury Halls; and enjoying our times at the MUB, Paul Arts Center, Snively Arena or Whittemore Center. The UNH diplomas we received helped solidify a course for our lives and our futures. That diploma is the same received by graduating students from the University of New Hampshire at Manchester. And, although our college experiences may differ, we are inextricably linked to the same alma mater – the University of New Hampshire. There are many interesting

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and important initiatives in play at UNH Manchester – an emerging force in the economic and social life of the Merrimack Valley region. The UNH Alumni Association thought Durham alumni might enjoy receiving Mill Works to help keep apprised of the good works emanating from our Manchester campus. As UNH alumni from Durham and Manchester, we share many of the same aspirations – that the University will remain a quality, affordable and accessible place for those seeking an education from our state’s flagship university. Let’s work together to advance successful futures for all UNH students – and for the State of New Hampshire. Spring 2013

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: History at UNH Manchester Historians graduating from UNH Manchester have had great success moving on to what might be considered the conventional career tracks afforded by a history degree – especially education, both at the college-level and the K-12 variety. But one of the program’s most distinguished alumni, Jim Piecuch, argues that the broad knowledge-base and criticalthinking skills the program imparts are far more practical, in far more ways than are commonly recognized. Piecuch was a 13-year veteran of the Manchester Fire Department when history courses at UNH Manchester sparked his interest in an entirely new career path. “I was encouraged by my professors to pursue graduate studies,” he says. Piecuch went on to get his PhD, and is now an Associate Professor of history at Kennesaw State University near Atlanta, Georgia, and the author of four books on the American Revolution. But the point he stresses is that the practical benefits of an education in history are societal, as well as individual. “Knowing the country’s history makes you a better citizen, because it makes you a more informed citizen,” he says. The cultivation of analytical rigor, along with high-level writing

and research skills, was also of practical benefit to another history graduate, April Rheaume, who is pursuing a law degree at the University of Arkansas Law School. Rheaume explains that the critical thinking, reading and especially writing skills she developed in the history program have proven invaluable. “Law school can be pretty hard if you haven’t done a lot of writing in the past,” she says. “The critical thinking and critical reading skills have really helped.” Rheaume’s academic training as an historian seems to have served her quite well. She has a full scholarship at UA Law, and is currently president of her class. Teaching and law, along with government work, have been well recognized as career tracks for history majors. However, alumni of the history program have been just as successful in less obvious

April Rheaume (‘09, history) is pursuing a law degree at the University of Arkansas Law School

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career tracks, including the business world. The case of Greg Palladino illustrates why. Palladino is finishing an MBA at Rivier College while working in medical technology at the Elliot Medical Center in Manchester. He is enthusiastic in describing “What a leg-up the program provided me” in the business world, arguing that “instead of just regurgitating facts, I was trained to think critically.” Within the next year, program faculty intend to prepare students for even more options by introducing them to the fastdeveloping field of public history. Public history includes any communications of historical information to the public outside of a conventional classroom. The possibilities for a career in this field are expansive. According to History Professor John Cerullo, examples include museum work, documentary films, archival and preservation work, even work in national parks. “The public has an enormous appetite for history if it’s presented in a digestible form,” Cerullo says. “They don’t want something superficial, but they don’t want something highly specialized either. Helping meet that demand in a responsible, professional way is the role that public historians have to play.” Mill Works | 9

Students Study White-Footed Mouse Movement Patterns Early one fall morning, students in Professor Stephen Pugh’s ecology course met in the woods behind Manchester Water Works to check mouse traps set the previous evening by their classmates. The objective for the course, General Ecology (BIOL 541), was to determine if a dirt road is a barrier to movement by whitefooted mice. “This is determined by comparing movement patterns in two areas, one with a dirt road and the other without,” says Pugh. “Through this project students will learn how to design and conduct an experiment that tests a

hypothesis concerning the ecology of a local small mammal.” Derek Burkhardt, a junior in the biological sciences program, didn’t mind the early morning field experience. “I love being able to be outdoors and actually put some of the methods we’ve learned to use,” he says. The students checked 64 traps each morning during the two week research project. On this particular morning, students found their first mouse and named her #1726 with an ear tag. They determined that she was female, she had not had babies, and she weighed 22 grams. And then, Pugh’s favorite part, they set her free. “I enjoy seeing a mouse interacting with its environment. It’s fun to see where they go,” says Pugh.

Professor Stephen Pugh’s ecology students learn about local ecology by studying the patterns of the white-footed mouse.

The students returned each day and checked the traps to see if the mice, including #1726, move to another location, specifically trying to understand if the road poses a barrier to their travel.

Why does this matter? The research will help students better understand the ecology of a species while providing them with firsthand research and reporting experience. “If the road is a barrier then groups of mice can become isolated, which may affect whether the group will survive or go extinct,” says Pugh. Burkhardt says he enjoyed the course because he’s getting firsthand experience in actual scientific work. “I’ve read and heard about various scientific studies, but I tended to always think that the aspect of performing scientific work is something that is beyond my capabilities. But when I’m out on a field study, actually performing experiments that haven’t been prepackaged, I feel like I’m actively participating in research. I’m actually doing the work I want to do.” Burkhardt plans to pursue a career teaching biology or life sciences in the K-12 setting.

Taking it to the Streets In this economy where the jobs are sparse and the market competitive, it’s almost expected that college students will graduate with hands-on, practical experience. At UNH Manchester, Internship Coordinator Barbara Wirth dedicates her time to not only helping students find the right internship fit, but searches for companies that will give students that extra competitive edge. “I’m really focused on finding companies that are the right fit for our students,” says Wirth. “I look for the companies that are leaders in the industry, and I also look for companies that are perhaps not

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yet established but are new and innovative.” For Scott Adie, a computer information systems major, his internship with DEKA, a research and development corporation in Manchester, challenged him. “I had to learn a new programming language from the start,” he says. “I had never touched it before. And that entire summer I learned it and am very competent in it now. Now it’s one of the languages I use the most. So it really benefitted me.” Adie’s summer internship worked out so well, his supervisors at DEKA asked him to come back for another internship in the fall.

“Internships get us into the real world, and give us a glimpse of what we are going to be doing,” says Adie. “And it prepares us... we’re dealing with co-workers, we’re dealing with deadlines, we’re doing projects, things like that.” For Nikki Romanuk, communication arts major, she says her internship with Fox Sports was invaluable for making contacts and learning the ropes of television in a way that could only be accomplished by doing it. “This is a sink or swim kind of business. I felt so tested all year,” says Romanuk. “I think it helped me with connections I never (continued on page 11)

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Enactus Team Gains Skills While Helping the Local Community Being organized, outgoing, a great communicator and knowing the value of community can mean all the difference between a yes and a no in business.

speaking, project management, and fundraising skills. Students also get to work with an organization in the community as the team project.

Business students are going after that yes by joining UNH Manchester’s Enactus team. Enactus, formerly known as Students in Free Enterprise, is an international nonprofit organization that helps college students look for ways to increase economic development and entrepreneurism in their local communities. In addition, Enactus gives these business-bound students face time with actual Fortune 500 movers and shakers and access to an exclusive job fair, all while honing their business skills through hands on, real life projects.

“Originally, I did this to help with my resume,” says senior Ryan Pitts, part of the Enactus team. “But it was interesting to be able to apply what we’ve learned to also give back to the community. And now it’s turned into something I really enjoy doing because I like giving back.”

“I hope that this process instills a confidence in students,” says Business Professor Kelly Kilcrease, who serves as the Walton Fellow advising the Enactus team. “I’m hoping that they will get confidence enough to know that they can work and benefit a community in a way that has a lot of meaning.” This is the fourth year for Enactus, which is also a two-credit, upper level course at UNH Manchester. The class helps hone leadership, time management, public

This year the team, including Pitts, is working with DreamCatchers NH, a nonprofit organization that provides adolescents, teens and young adults with disabilities the opportunity to take part in fun activities, develop social skills, form friendships and build selfconfidence.

head to head with other Enactus teams from around the region.

The Enactus team helped organize an art auction fundraiser for DreamCatchers NH in February. The event drew more than 100 people, including Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, and helped raise more than $7,500 for the organization.

But even more than that, the Enactus officials aggressively try to find their team members jobs, Kilcrease explains. To that end, the team will have a chance to attend a job fair where they will have a chance to kibitz with these same Fortune 500 leaders.

In addition to the benefits the project has in the community, their hard work leads up to a regional competition in New York where UNH Manchester students have a chance to put their projects

The UNH Manchester Enactus team has never failed to bring home an award each and every year. Last year’s team returned from New York City as the regional champions.

“The judges are executives from Fortune 500 companies,” Kilcrease says. “I think the one thing that students see is that there are companies that are out there that are really attracted to the skill sets that they possess.”

Taking it to the Streets (Continued from page 10) would have made… Getting to go out and try different jobs to see what you like and what you don’t like is so valuable to a person and to an education.” Internships are providing real world experiences for students, helping them bridge the gap between book learning and

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practical application. In addition to providing a helping hand around a business, DEKA software engineer Jason Gustin, Adie’s supervisor, says interns offer a unique and valuable perspective to the company. “You take somebody that’s so new, so fresh, they really have never done anything like this

before, they may ask a question that you know somebody who’s been out a year or two or 10 years wouldn’t ask,” Gustin says. “It was definitely beneficial for us.” For more information about the Internship Program, call Barbara Wirth at 641-4327 or visit

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New Tech Center Offers Cutting-Edge Opportunities As classes start at the new technology center, UNH Manchester starts on its path to becoming the go-to tech resource for both students and the business community. Highly anticipated in the local IT community, the Emerging Technology Center – or ETC – is a cutting-edge resource for businesses and academics to collaborate and experiment together on real world projects. The center will also be a resource for community college and high school students. UNH Manchester will be offering four college courses to area high school juniors and seniors for just $100 per class. Read the full story on page 1.

Spring Events on Campus There are many interesting free public programs on campus this spring. Events include student artistic performances, the Undergraduate Research Conference in April, a series about America’s foreign policy challenges in 2013, and much more. To see the full schedule of these events, including dates and times, visit our web site Subscribe to our monthly events email newsletter to be among the first to find out what’s happening on campus.

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