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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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The University of New Hampshire's Manchester campus will move into a new building next spring as it begins offering new programs in science and technology.

The campus will move from its current location on Commercial Street into the historic and renovated Pandora Mill building in March.

The building sat vacant with trees growing from its rooftop for decades before the restoration efforts began several years ago.

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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.

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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.

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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.    

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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." 

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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

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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 first day of classes is Sept. 2.

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.

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Former Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court, John Broderick, will step down as dean of the UNH law school.

Broderick will become the first executive director for the Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public policy, which opened last year.

The Rudman Center, which is part of the UNH law school, seeks to provide leadership training and foment commitment to public service.

Oscar-Winning Alumna Addresses UNH Class of 2014

May 18, 2014
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The University of New Hampshire celebrated commencement yesterday with an address from an Academy Award-winning alumna. 

Michael Samuels

 

An on-campus eatery makes sustainability a learning experience.

Campus Life: Therapy Dog Eases Finals Stress At UNH

May 8, 2014
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With a name like Hamilton, there’s little doubt that the big white Great Dane mix wandering around UNH's Durham campus belongs there. 

UNH Health Services’ new therapy dog has been visiting students in dorms and academic buildings, a welcomed stress reliever during the whirlwind that is finals.

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.

The University of New Hampshire has been asked to help a White House task force end sexual assault on college campuses.

A UNH program called Prevention Innovations was identified in a report to help protect students. The program is designing a training program in cooperation with campus-based practitioners around the country.

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University of New Hampshire women’s hockey players Megan Armstrong and Alexis Crossley will transfer from Durham in the wake of the firing of their former head coach, Brian McCloskey.

Crossley, of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, will go to Boston University, while Armstrong, of Edina, Minn., is going to St. Lawrence University. Both are entering their junior year.

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  The University System of New Hampshire voted Friday to put $54 million toward building renovations and acquisitions at UNH’s Durham Campus. 

$37 million will be spent renovating Hamilton Smith Hall, which houses UNH’s English Department, ESOL, Journalism and writing programs. The building has not been renovated in more than 30 years, and does not meet all disability and safety standards. 

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Facebook is making headlines once again with its two billion dollar acquisition of virtual reality company Oculus VR. Today on Word Of Mouth, a look into why the social network has put so much stock in virtual reality. And it’s opening day for the Red Sox as they take on the Baltimore Orioles today. Fans are hoping this year’s roster will bring them to the World Series again, but how much can we really predict at this point in the season? And are stats the final word?

Producer Zach Nugent has been scouring record stores for the best new music offerings in a new segment we're calling The Audio Orchard.

Then we talk with a National Geographic columnist who argues for lifelong love of  dinosaurs.

Finally, NHPR environmental reporter Sam Evans-Brown brings us the story of a UNH "pee bus" project. Urine, it turns out, can be pretty useful.

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The University of New Hampshire is holding its annual Greenhouse Open House for eager gardeners — some still aching from shoveling snow the first day of spring.

The MacFarlane Greenhouse will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

University faculty, staff and students will offer lectures on a variety of topics including seed saving, drip irrigation and soil testing. Visitors can also learn about UNH research on cutting-edge genetics and hydroponics.

Kurk Dorsey's "Whales & Nations"

Mar 19, 2014
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The new book "Whales and Nations" by UNH professor Kurkpatrick Dorsey explores the history of international conservation efforts through the lens of the commercial whaling industry. We’ll talk with him about the whaling in the 20th century and why international diplomacy failed to regulate commercial whaling.

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More than 50 businesses have started in New Hampshire in the past six months thanks to a law allowing laid-off workers to fund them with their unemployment benefits.  That’s according to the Small Business Development Center at UNH, which administers the so-called “Pathway To Work” program. 

The University of New Hampshire is getting ready to celebrate the Chinese New Year: the Year of the Horse.   The UNH Confucius Institute is holding two nights of performances starting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday Jan. 29 and 30.  Members of the Jilin National Orchestra, Shanghai Theatre Academy, Foremost Art Troupe, and the Central Music Conservatory of China are performing.   Established in October 2010, the Confucius Institute is a nonprofit educational institution housed in UNH's College of Liberal Arts.

College students who entered the U.S. illegally could get in-state tuition at University of New Hampshire System schools if they met certain requirements.

The House votes Wednesday on a bill that would require the students to be a graduate of a high school in the state or to have gotten a New Hampshire high school equivalency certificate to be eligible for the in-state rate.

They would have to have had to attend a state high school for three years before graduating or receiving an equivalency certificate and have met all the other criteria for in-state rates.

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