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A recently deceased graduate of the University of New Hampshire who worked for nearly 50 years at the Durham school's library gifted his $4 million estate to his alma mater.

While Robert Morin was known to live simply, he quietly amassed the fortune that was left to UNH following his death a little over a year ago.

Morin, a member of UNH's Class of 1961, worked as a cataloguer in the Dimond Library for decades.

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The University of New Hampshire is working on a new app that's designed to help survivors of sexual assault, set to launch in the fall. Called “uSafeNH,” the app will provides information on local crisis centers, hospitals, police and other resources.

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  College commencement season marches on in New Hampshire. 

How does University of New Hampshire President Mark Huddleston explain the size of the school's top salaries, including his own, to students and families struggling to pay tuition?

The leader of New Hampshire’s flagship university, speaking on NHPR's The Exchange Monday, said the school needs to offer competitive rates to attract the best talent — but Huddleston maintained that the school isn’t “overpaying” in the process.

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In his annual address, Huddleston celebrated UNH's one hundred and fiftieth birthday this year, and declared that the state's flagship institution is thriving, with a growing student body, new degree programs, and robust private donations.  Still, challenges remain, including uncertain state funding and staggering student debt.

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After about a year of negotiating, the University of New Hampshire has reached a new five-year labor agreement with the university chapter of the American Association of University Professors – Tenure Track. 

The University of New Hampshire is using a $5.3 million dollar gift to set up a new advanced manufacturing center at its Durham campus.

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The U.S. Department of Education is renewing a five-year $1.5 million grant that helps low-income students, those with disabilities and students who are the first in their families to attend college at the University of New Hampshire.

The grant program, created as part of President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty, targets students from disadvantaged backgrounds. At UNH, students who complete first-year transition and sophomore engagement programs become eligible for scholarship awards.

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The president of the University of New Hampshire says he’s troubled by a guide found on the school’s website that referred to the term “American” as politically incorrect.

In a statement, President Mark Huddleston says he’s among those offended by the bias-free language guide, which has since been removed from its website.

The guide discourages use of the term “American,” and suggests instead saying, “U.S. citizen” or “resident of the U.S.”

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 Officials at the University of New Hampshire and the Durham Police Department say they’re ready if any end-of-semester parties get out of hand this week.

Tuesday is the reading day, a campus-wide study day ahead of the start of final exams Wednesday. It’s also Cinco de Mayo, and there’s warm weather in the forecast. Those factors have all served as catalysts in years past for heavy drinking parties that have brought riot police to downtown Durham.

Huddleston joined The Exchange to talk about trends in higher education including rising costs, student debt, and greater use of adjuncts.  He also discussed cuts in state support, salaries of administrative staff, and the role expensive programs like athletics play in promoting the University's mission.

Scroll below the full show audio to hear Huddleston respond to a variety of questions about the challenges facing the University System.

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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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Genetic engineering of plants has come a long way in recent years. It was first used to make more robust crops, then more nutritious and efficient crops. Now, scientists at the University of New Hampshire are tweaking tea plants to create an un-caffeinated variety.

Camellia sinensis is the plant from which virtually all caffeinated teas derive. UNH neuroscience major Laura Van Beaver has been working to flip one particular gene like a switch, which changes the plant in a significant way.

Telecommunications industry executive J. Michael Hickey has been chosen to lead the Manchester campus of the University of New Hampshire and its roughly 1,200 students.

The 62-year-old Newmarket resident has worked for Verizon for more than two decades, most recently directing the company's policy development and advocacy in Washington. He previously served as director of the state Division of Economic Development and of the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of UNH. 

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The former coach of the University of New Hampshire women’s hockey team says he should be reinstated.

The university fired Brian McCloskey late last year following an incident of what officials called “inappropriate physical contact” with a player on the bench.

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The University of New Hampshire has a new logo.

The state’s largest public four-year university revealed its new look at the men’s hockey game Saturday night.

In a press release, UNH described it as a “crisp, contemporary shield” that “strongly displays ‘NH’.”

The logo will be used by the University’s three campuses in Durham, Manchester and Concord, and for the university’s athletics programs.

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A report released this week by the Project on Student Debt shows average student debt among New Hampshire’s college graduates increased slightly last year.

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This week we’re looking at New Hampshire’s developing mobile app economy.  Although it’s nowhere on the scale of manufacturing or tourism, it’s gaining in popularity—and importance.  But how do we educate this new workforce?  Today, we talk with professors and students about how they see themselves fitting into the mobile app economy.

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Yitang Zhang has been lecturing in the Department of Mathematics at UNH for the past decade. And for the past three years, in between lesson plans and lectures, he’s been trying to solve one of the math world’s most vexing mysteries: the twin prime conjecture. Two weeks ago, his hard work paid off. Here to discuss the proof and what it might mean for us is Jordan Ellenberg, a professor of mathematics at the University of Wisconsin. He wrote about professor Zhang’s meteoric rise to math celebrity for slate.com.

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Nine UNH-Manchester students are graduating this year with degrees in American Sign Language Interpretation.  The college hosts one of just 13 accredited programs in the country.  And given the high demand for interpreters, these newly-minted grads will likely find secure employment. 

But they probably won’t be jumping in right after graduation.

After years of dealing with state budget cuts, now UNH President Mark Huddleston is hoping his school will receive more funding.  We’ll talk about that as well as pressure on him to keep costs down, in light of burgeoning student. We’ll also cover some major ongoing initiatives at UNH including a focus on sustainability.

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Dr. Mark Huddleston - President of the University of New Hampshire

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A taxpayer-funded eco-business program is paying off for New Hampshire.  The Green Launching Pad at the University of New Hampshire has given grants to more than a dozen start-ups in the state.  But it hasn’t awarded any new funds since last year.

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Time to add another page in the history of space exploration in New Hampshire. This week a team of high school students taking part in the Project SMART summer program at UNH sent a small craft 105,700 feet into the air – that’s over 20 miles up. And it came back down to Earth without a parachute.

After a sometimes challenging regular season, the University of New Hampshire Wildcats mens team play their first round games in the Hockey East tournament this weekend.

Allen Lessels covers sports for the Union Leader. He recaps the Wildcats' season and previews this weekend's tournament with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson.

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Here’s a story worth sharing on your smartphone: new research says there is NOT an epidemic of teen sexting.

Janis Wolak is senior researcher at the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. She’s co-author of two studies on sexting being released in today’s edition of the journal Pediatrics, and she tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson the UNH data shows a rate of sexting much lower than the 20 percent number commonly cited in news reports.

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The University of New Hampshire football team is back in the playoffs. It’s the eighth straight playoff appearance for Wildcat Football.

Allen Lessels has been following the team for the New Hampshire Union Leader. He previews the Wildcats' game against Montana State with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson.