Campus Journal News
Thoughts on the Columbia Disaster
By Barrett N. Rock
Complex Systems Research Center
This has been a very bad weekend for all of us connected to the NASA
family often cited by people interviewed in connection with the
Columbia disaster. For us here in New Hampshire, the shuttle disaster
seems even more personal, since Christa McAuliffe was a high school teacher
at Concord High, and the first signs of trouble on Saturday morning brought
a sickening Oh no! Not again feeling as I thought back to
Challenger and about this timeframe in 1986.
I take some comfort in knowing that some good may come of this tragedy,
just as it did with the Challenger disaster. My Forest Watch program began
in the wake of the Challenger explosion, as a result of a letter that
I received shortly after I left NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory
and arrived at UNH in 1987. The letter, from a colleague of Christas
at Concord High (Phil Brown, a Concord High biology teacher), asked if
I had research connected to NASA which could be used in his classroom.
He wanted to put a positive face on the NASA space program, then in shambles
following the loss of Challenger.
Phil and I met in November of 1987 and January of 1988 to discuss what
aspects of my research (remote sensing of forest damage across New England
that could be linked to air pollution exposure) might be converted into
effective classroom activities. Over the next two years, Phil and I worked
together to develop such classroom activities, including the use of MultiSpec
and Landsat TM data, field measurement activities, and the selection of
white pine as a bio-indicator species of ground-level ozone exposure.
Forest Watch was born, and continues today in more than 200 elementary,
middle and high schools across New England. In 1994, Forest Watch became
the basis for the science and education components of the international
science education program called GLOBE, involving more than
12,000 schools in more than 100 countries.
A very positive connection between NASA and hands-on K-12 science education
has resulted from that unthinkable loss. I like to think that Christa
and the other Challenger astronauts would be proud. I would also like
to think that a similar unforeseen positive impact will be true of the
loss of Columbia.
Contract negotiations begin Wednesday
By Kim Billings
Contract negotiations between the administration and the UNH chapter of
the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) are slated to
begin Wednesday, Feb. 12, and both sides are eager to reach a fair and
equitable agreement before the current contract expires June 30.
Our goal is to achieve a fair settlement as quickly as possible,
says James Varn, assistant to the provost and a member of the UNH negotiating
team. He adds that, unlike past years, the negotiations will be conducted
and managed for the USNH Board of Trustees by campus administrators rather
than University System administrators.
President Ann Weaver Hart wrote in a campuswide letter in January, We
have secured the support of the chancellor and the board of trustees for
the responsibility to conduct negotiations and recommend an agreement that
1) reflects the universitys particular mission, 2) responsibly manages
the financial and human resources of the university, and 3) is consistent
with legitimate public expectations that we will take actions that are defensible
under current economic conditions.
The president hosted a luncheon last week for USNH and UNH administrators,
representatives of the trustees, and negotiating teams from both the AAUP
I am encouraged by President Harts statement to reach an agreement
by the end of June, said Stephen Fan, professor of chemical engineering
and a member of the AAUP negotiating team. I look forward to negotiating
with our own administration directly. Its a new approach which I hope
will help us achieve our outcome.
Bruce Mallory, who will lead the negotiations on behalf of the administration,
said, The luncheon gave us the opportunity to express our shared goals
for a process that could be completed in a reasonable time and lead to a
good outcome. As a faculty member and previous member of the bargaining
unit, I look forward to working with the AAUP leadership on this task. I
cant think of anything more important for us to do as a community.
Vice President for Finance and Administration Candace Corvey, the third
member of the UNH negotiating team, said, Our objective is to reach
an agreement that provides our faculty with a fair and affordable contract
in difficult financial times. We will do everything possible within the
constraints we are facing.
Warm up the bus! Warm up the bus!
By Lori Gula
Warm up the bus is often heard in the Whittemore Center when
UNH hockey teams handedly defeat their opponents. In the 1920s, you would
have heard, Go Bulls!
Thats right. Before the UNH Wildcats became the Wildcats, ice hockey
fans rooted for da Bulls. This tidbit of UNH ice hockey history is just
one of many interesting facts readers will find in the new book, Wildcat
Hockey: Ice Hockey at the University of New Hampshire, authored by
Elizabeth Slomba, university archivist, and Bill Ross, head of the Milne
Special Collections and Archives.
The book, recently released by Arcadia Publishing, is filled with photographs
and facts that tell the story of UNH ice hockey, its birth in the early
1900s, rise to Division I, journey through the Charlie Holt era, and transition
to the Whittemore Center.
Weve always felt that our hockey collections would be interesting
to fans of UNH hockey. We have early team reports, rosters, programs, memorabilia,
and photographs. Arcadia Publishing contacted us about doing a history of
UNH hockey, and we thought it would be a perfect way to share this special
history with fans, Slomba said.
The research begins
Both hockey fans, Slomba and Ross started work on the book in February
2002, with discussions about content and chapter layout, and initial researching
of images. By late spring and summer, the two were well into selecting images
and researching hockey history. They presented their manuscript to the publishers
We did a lot of research into the history of the program and wanted
to make sure we covered the milestones. It was a hard job to narrow our
selections down to what appeared in the book, Slomba said. And
it was wonderful to see how the history of the program unfolded through
the images from the humble beginnings of hockey in what is now H-lot,
through growth of the mens team during the 1960s and under Coach Holt,
and to the greatness of the womens program, which started in 1977.
Historical research and book publishing are familiar to both Slomba and
Ross. Ross previously published Durham: A Century in Photographs,
and they did, Stand Firm and Fire Low: The Civil War Writings of Colonel
Edward E. Cross.
The most enjoyable aspect of putting their new book together was selecting
the images, Slomba and Ross said. Readers will find a picture of UNHs
first hockey team taken in 1914 (back then, UNH was New Hampshire College).
According to the book, the first team finished the season 2-2, competing
against the Exeter Athletic Association (1 win, 1 loss), Phillips Exeter
(1 loss), and Lowell Textile (1 win).
It was like being in a candy store selecting images from the 1970s
almost every image had some relevance to the history of the program
but we could only pick a few. And we had access to the wonderful photographs
taken by Lisa Nugent and Ron Bergeron of Photographic Services, Slomba
The first game is played
In an account of the first game played, a story from The New Hampshire
reproduced in the book, reads in part, The New Hampshire team was
outplayed from the start and their lack of practice was shown by the poor
team play. Neither team displayed any wonderful playtime, but brilliant
dashes down the rink were pulled off several times...
UNH lost 1-5. The team disbanded the next year.
In 1924, UNH hockey was here to stay, even though World War II forced a
four-year sabbatical because many players left to fight, according to the
book. The Bulls changed their name to the Wildcats in 1927 a wildcat
is small and aggressive while a bull is sluggish and more
appropriate for a larger school, The New Hampshire said. And as the
authors point out, the players also were practical in that a live wildcat
was more portable than a bull.
During one season, 11 games were cancelled because of weather. That prompted
Harry Batchelder, Class of 1913, to help UNH create artificial ice. In 1955,
Batchelder Rink was named after him.
The book goes on to document extensively with photos the arrival of the
first Canadian to play for the Wildcats (Ken McKinnon), the birth of Lively
Snively, the arrival of coach Charlie Holt and the only mens ice
hockey ECAC championship, the arrival in 1977 of the womens ice
hockey team and a 15-0-0 first season, the beginning of the coach Dick
Umile era with mens hockey, the crowning of the womens hockey
team as the 1998 national champions, and the move to the Whitt.
Surprising facts uncovered
We learned many surprising facts about the mens and womens
teams. For example, while researching we would run across mentions of rivalries
with many different teams, but never Maine but then we learned that
we never played against Maine until December 1979, Slomba said.
Ross researched most of the work on the early years of the program, and
had a harder time finding information about the early teams and identifying
photographs. For example, Bill had to research which players were
in some photographs that had been misidentified; he went to rosters, team
photographs and schedules to find the information, Slomba said.
My difficulty was in finding materials on the womens early teams;
the Archives does not have a lot of material or photographs, she said.
To that end, University Archives and the University Museum still are looking
for materials related to UNH sports, such as programs, rosters, and so forth,
particularly from the womens teams (especially hockey). The University
Museum collects memorabilia and is looking for a womens hockey jersey
from the early years of the team, 1977-1980.
For the mens teams, weve had the wonderful assistance
of the Holt family in identifying photographs, which made that part of writing
the book so much easier, she said.
The authors said the book has received a positive response. A lot
of people have stories about players and games that were mentioned; a few
have pointed themselves out, Slomba said.
Wildcat Hockey: Ice Hockey at the University of New Hampshire
is available through the Friends of Hockey, Town and Campus and other stores
in downtown Durham, the UNH Bookstore, and Special Collections in the library.
The book also is available in bookstores in Fox Run Mall and through Amazon.com
or BarnesandNoble.com. The Friends of Hockey and Special Collections are
receiving proceeds from copies that each sell.
A reel deal: Fly-Tying Saturdays begin Feb. 22
By Bill Ross
As the temperature struggles to climb above freezing, it is not too soon
to turn your thoughts to grabbing that fly rod off the wall and heading
for a nearby trout stream. Starting Saturday, Feb. 22, Fly-Tying Saturdays,
a series of three workshops at the University of New Hampshires
Dimond Library, will help both beginning and intermediate fly-tiers get
ready for the approaching season.
Milne Special Collections
Bill Cass, former assistant director of UNH Career Services, is lead instructor
for the workshops. A lifelong fly-fisher, Cass was once technical director
at Orvis in Manchester, Vt., and taught in its world-famous fly-fishing
school. He will be assisted by Bill Ross, head of the Milne Special Collections
and Archives Department. They will introduce the basics of fly-tying: the
selection of materials and equipment and a number of standard patterns that
each participant should master. The workshops will offer intermediate tiers
a forum for exchanging fly patterns, ideas, and new techniques.
Scheduled sessions are as follows: Feb. 22: Simple Flies that Catch Trout;
March 22: Classic and Not-so-classic Trout Flies; and April 19: Streamers,
the Big Fish Flies. All sessions will run from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in the Milne
Special Collections and Archives Department, on the first floor of Dimond
The series is being offered in honor of the late Dick Surette, noted fisherman,
fly tier and founding editor of Fly Tyer magazine. Surettes family
recently donated his large collection of angling books and fly-tying supplies
to the Milne Angling Collection. In addition, the Danville Chenille Company
of Danville, makers of fly-tying materials, will provide tying threads and
a variety of chenilles to workshop participants.
There is no charge for the series, but a donation of $10 per session is
suggested to cover workshop costs. Participants are expected to supply basic
equipment and tools, including a vise, bobbin, dubbing needle, and scissors.
The workshops will be limited to 12 participants. Registration is on a first-come,
The Milne Special Collections and Archives Department maintains the Milne
Angling Collection, one of the largest collections of angling literature
in the United States. The collection, which numbers more than 3,500 volumes,
is particularly rich in materials relating to fly-fishing for trout and
Atlantic salmon, with special emphasis on fishing in New England and eastern
Canada. The collection also boasts a vast array of books on fly-tying, rod
making, and stream tactics. The collection is open to the public and will
be available for use by workshop participants.
Talent Search is awarded $2.5 million
By Kim Billings
UNH has been awarded $2.5 million to continue its outreach program to
1,200 New Hampshire students in grades 6 through 12, who are from limited-income
families where neither parent has graduated from college.
Educational Talent Search, the UNH program that received a five-year funding
award from the U.S. Department of Education, provides students with counseling
and education about educational options, careers, college admission and
financial aid. According to Marsha Johns, director of the program, ETS provides
direct services through 10 outreach advisors who live throughout the state.
While ETS typically is funded for four years, UNHs program earned
five years of funding because of its perfect score of 100 from a panel of
three nonfederal readers. Funding for this academic year is $506,892.
Nationally, the program serves more than 400,000 students. In New Hampshire,
ETS is sponsored by the university, and has received federal funding since
1969. It currently provides services to students in 50 high schools and
eight middle schools across the state in all 10 counties.
According to Johns, data from the 2001-02 program year indicated that 306
of the New Hampshire ETS students graduating from high school in 2002 enrolled
at 120 colleges and universities throughout the country.
Exhibit features Tibetan children living in exile
UNH-Manchester is featuring a photography exhibit titled Echoes Across the
Himalayas: Tibetan Children in Exile.
The exhibit, which runs through May 16, is free and open to the public for
viewing during regular business hours. Funding for the exhibit is provided
by the Saul O Sidore Foundation.
Echoes Across the Himalayas: Tibetan Children in Exile features
the photography of Barbara Goodbody and Donna DeCesare, and poetry written
bystudents at the Tibetan Homes School in Mussoorie, India. The exhibit
was coordinated by Barbara Hurd
The exhibit presents a compelling view of life for children who have left
their homeland in order to learn a culture that is being preserved in exile.
The Tibetan Homes School was founded in 1962 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
for the orphans and children forced to flee from Tibet.
With the Chinese occupation of Tibet, the deep cultural values and religious
beliefs of a whole people have been subjugated.
Through its use of English as a primary medium of instruction and its computer
lab, equipped with Internet access and live video capabilities, the school
works to prepare its students for a global community.
UNH-M holds deaf studies series
The story of a deaf woman from Cuba and her exploration of cultural identity
is one of two presentations that UNH-Manchester will host as part of its
spring American Sign Language/Deaf Studies series.
The series opens today at 6:30 p.m. with Passport to Cuba: A Deaf
Womans Journey by Ayisha Knight. Ayisha is a multicultural deaf
woman photographer from Santiago, Cuba. As a deaf woman whose primary language
is ASL, her vision of the world is uniquely focused on hands, eyes, and
facial expressions. Ayishas heritage includes a white Jewish mother
and black Cherokee father. Questions of cultural identity are foremost in
her storytelling, poetry, and art.
On Friday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m., Ted Suppala, professor of brain and cognitive
sciences at University of Rochester will discuss Understanding Deaf
History and the Evolution of ASL through Historical Films. Suppala
will describe his research into the history of American Sign Language from
1817 to the present.
His multimedia presentation will include video segments from the archives
of Gallaudet University and the National Association of the Deaf.
Suppala also will talk about the analysis of historical and contemporary
data between American Sign Language, French Sign Language, and Japanese
Sign Language. Born deaf to deaf parents, Suppala learned ASL at home.
Suppala holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of California
at San Diego. He has been conducting research on ASL for 30 years.
The American Sign Language & Deaf Studies Series is conducted in ASL
with interpretation into spoken English provided. This series is free and
open to the public. Funding for the series is provided by the Saul O Sidore