Lawmakers today will hear a proposal to allow the commercial composting of meat and dairy. The bill began with a group headed by a former UNH student.
The Post Landfill Action Network, or PLAN, got its start as a sort of student-run rummage sale, where students were encouraged to sell furniture and other items, rather than throw them out when they leave campus each year.
PLANs founder, Alex Fried, has since gone professional with his advocacy, starting a small non-profit.
One of their current projects is pushing to make UNH’s football stadium a zero-waste facility.
University of New Hampshire President Mark Huddleston is expected to reflect on the challenges, accomplishments and milestones of the past year - and look ahead to this year - in his annual State of the University address. He's scheduled to give the address at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Memorial Union Building's Granite State Room. Members of the UNH community are invited to take part in a town hall meeting question-and-answer-session with Huddleston immediately following his remarks.
A former University of New Hampshire women's hockey coach has admitted he assaulted a player during a 2013 home game.
Strafford County Attorney Tom Velardi said Wednesday that Brian McCloskey made the admissions in writing Tuesday as part of a diversion program that requires him to take anger management classes and perform 100 hours of community service.
He admitted pulling a player's jersey, prompting her to land on her back on the bench. After causing her to fall and hit her head on the bench, he held her face mask with his hand.
The University System of New Hampshire and the community college system are sharing a $180,000 grant to help reduce tobacco use on campus.
The systems include the University of New Hampshire; Plymouth State University; Keene State College; Granite State College; Great Bay, Lakes Region, Manchester, Nashua, River Valley and White Mountains Community Colleges and the New Hampshire Technical Institute.
On the field, the UNH Wildcats had a nearly perfect season, advancing into the playoffs as the top ranked team in their division. But off the field, a study using this team is trying to figure out how to reduce concussions. The big idea is to protect player’s heads by having them practice - without a helmet.
It’s no big secret that football, from the NFL down to Pee-Wee leagues, has a concussion problem. And there are lots of efforts out there to fix it: new helmets, softer turf, gentler tackling rules, even diagnostics on the field to identify concussions right after a hit.
A new report finds New Hampshire college graduates are – once again – burdened with the most student debt.
According to the annual report from the nonprofit Project on Student Debt, students who graduated from Granite State colleges and universities in 2013 had an average debt of nearly $33,000, the highest in the nation.
This marks the third time in four years New Hampshire has had the highest average debt, after ranking second highest last year.
The University System of New Hampshire wants an additional $52 million in the next budget to maintain its tuition freeze, give more scholarships to students in science and math fields and lower tuition for some community college students.
Representatives presented this request to Gov. Maggie Hassan Thursday morning, kicking off three days of budget proposals. These requests serve as a guideline for Hassan as she begins to develop her budget that's due to the Legislature in February.
A new study from the University of New Hampshire and Fish and Game finds that the state’s bobcat population has rebounded substantially.
Bobcats were hunted and trapped all the way through 1989, when the cats became so scarce that the state ended bobcat hunting. Back then there were estimated to be fewer than 200 bobcats in the state. Today, the new study estimates there could be as many as 800 to 1,200 of the elusive felines.
The study didn’t ask the question of what factors are leading to the recovery, and there is almost certainly more than one.
A long-time benefactor to the University of New Hampshire is giving the school $10 million in scholarship support to students from the state.
The gift, announced Monday, is from Harvard alum and Tuftonboro resident Dana Hamel and will increase the endowment of the already existing Hamel Scholars fund. It will mean the fund has $17 million dedicated to scholarships for New Hampshire students who show academic excellence, leadership and community involvement. The school hopes the money will help make the school more competitive with high-performing students.
He says he may just give the $625,000 award to his wife.
Yitang Zhang, a professor of analytic number theory at the University of New Hampshire, is one of 21 artists, scholars and professionals to receive a prestigious MacArthur "genius" grant this year.
Zhang rose to celebrity unexpectedly last year after discovering a finite bound on the gaps between prime numbers. The discovery is a major breakthrough on a subject that has bedeviled mathematicians since ancient times.
The University System trustees have unanimously agreed to freeze tuition for two more years at the state’s public colleges, so long as lawmakers restore the University system’s budget to 2009 levels. That would mean an increase of $16 million dollars from fiscal year 2015 to fiscal Year 2016.
Board chair Pamela Diamantis says these two additional years of budget reductions would allow the class of 2017 to graduate without a single tuition increase, "and I think that’s just a great testament to trying to drive affordability."
Representatives from Dartmouth College, UNH, and advocacy groups joined Democratic Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster for a roundtable discussion about campus sexual assault today. The event at UNH Law in Concord focused on new legislation introduced in the US Senate.
Former UNH womens’ hockey coach Brian McCloskey has been indicted on three counts of simple assault against a player on his team.
The state is also charging McCloskey of criminal threatening. The indictment states McCloskey placed his body on top of the players, pulled her backward by her jersey, and pushed and/or pulled her by her helmet while shouting at her.
The University fired McCloskey in December following an investigation into a November game against Ohio State.
The University of New Hampshire raised a record $49.2 million in private donations last year, with the largest gift accounting for about 40 percent of the total.
The results for the fiscal year ending June 30 were 35 percent above the previous year's record of $35.8 million.
The largest gift was a $20 million donation in September from television producer Marcy Carsey, a 1996 UNH graduate. That money is being used to create the Carsey School of Public Policy that is opening this fall.
The University of New Hampshire is celebrating its use of a unique energy recovery composting system. UNH is believed to be the only university in the nation with such a compost facility, which captures generated heat for water that can be pumped to reservoirs and used for wash water, provide pre-heated water for a boiler or be used in heating systems. The system at UNH's Organic Dairy Research Farm, installed last year, preheats water used to clean and sterilize a tank and tubing in the milk room. The compost facility was named for Joshua Nelson, who advanced the technology.
The University of New Hampshire is holding an "open barn'' to give the public a chance to see how a typical New England dairy farm operates. The New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station on the Durham campus calls Saturday's event "Meet Your Milk.'' Visitors can enjoy free milk and ice cream, wagon rides, tours and visits with the university's milking cows and calves. According to Granite State Dairy Promotion, New Hampshire has approximately 130 dairy farms with an average of 115 milking animals per farm.
Bee populations are in decline worldwide. At UNH, researchers are beginning the first major assessment of diversity in New Hampshire’s bee populations. Part of that effort involves a "bee hotel" at Woodman Farm in Durham.
UNH Biology professor Sandra Rehan says the hotel, made of bricks and wood, will provides a habitat for bees to nest and forage freely. The idea, she says, "is to create and maintain native bee habitats to improve healthy pollinator communities."
As another academic year closes, our guest today, University of New Hampshire President Mark Huddleston, can look back at a year that was a little easier than 2011, when the legislature cut appropriations to higher education in half. Now, with some of that money restored, tuition was frozen for a time, while other initiatives (many bolstered by private money) moved ahead. In January, UNH and Franklin Pierce law center made it official, and now there’s “UNH Law School” in Concord. In April, a new school of business and economics opened on the Durham campus, and planning is also underway
The University of New Hampshire says close to 3,400 first-year students are entering the school this fall — its largest incoming class ever.
This year's first-year class saw an increase of 7 percent in the number of in-state students over last year, up to over 1,400. President Mark Huddleston says UNH attributes that at least partially to the restoration of state funding that allowed the school to freeze in-state tuition for two years.
Previously, the largest class to enter the university was in 2006 with 3,079 students.
The University of New Hampshire is opening up its class on the state's leadoff presidential primary to a wider audience through a Massive Open Online Course. The course will be offered in the fall of 2015 and will build on a popular class the university has offered for the last several election cycles. Those participating from afar will be able to watch lectures and presentations from classroom guests and join in on discussions. They won't earn college credit, and the university is still deciding how much they will be charged.
The University of New Hampshire is bringing sports and studying closer together with a new Student-Athlete Center for Excellence. Paid for entirely with private donations, the $1.9 million center opening next fall will be housed at the university's field house and will include a large, comfortable study space staffed by advisers and tutors and smaller rooms where teams and small groups can work together. Heather Barber, the university's faculty representative to the NCAA, says it will be a huge improvement over the current situation.