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Philanthropist Dana Hamel’s latest gift to UNH creates the Hamel Honors and Scholars College — he explains why he thinks the university and its students are a sure bet.
Mentorship has long been one of the hallmarks of a UNH education. You shared your stories of who your UNH mentors were, and why they mean so much to you.
2023 marks two important anniversaries of milestones in the fight for LGBTQIA+ rights. Take a look back 50 years and see how far we’ve come — and how much there is to celebrate.
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“Margot took me under her wing” and more on mentors.
Mockup of Honors and Scholars college
Hamel Honors and Scholars College opening in fall 2024, thanks to the generosity of Dana Hamel
We were part of one of the cornerstone federal cases in the gay-rights movement, all because of the founding members of the GSO.”
Paul Tosi ’74, reflecting on the fight for a Gay Students Organization on campus 50 years ago.
On the Cover:
Collage of some of the mentors featured in our “Who Got You Through?” story.

’80s cult classic meets UNH Hockey.
Smiles and memories at Reunion Weekend.


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By any other name, celebrating 100 years.


Class photo from the early 1900's
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Let’s thank the support system these graduates have leaned on — partners, friends, parents, baristas and bartenders — who all helped them get here today.”
Faculty member Ruth Varner, Graduate School commencement speaker. See more quotable quotes from all seven ceremonies, page 14.
Class photo from the early 1900's


After her first year, the new athletic director checks in, a donor’s gift reminds us of the importance of poetry, and a political expert weighs in on our first-in-the-nation primary.
Mentor motivates creation of scholarship, and a quick chat with the VP of UNH Advancement.
Legacy of a lifelong learner, new Alumni Academy launches, and a look back at Reunion 2023.
Katie Bouton ’96 talks about inclusion in-depth through the lens of her rural childhood.
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UNH Magazine is published twice a year by the University of New Hampshire’s Advancement Office and the Office of the President. Its audience is made up of those most closely connected to the University: alumni, supporters, volunteers, parents, faculty, staff and others who are champions of UNH and its mission.

© 2023, University of New Hampshire.

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Lifelong list maker

I’m a big list maker — grocery lists (organized by section of the store), lists of fun story ideas for UNH Magazine and especially to-do lists. My daily process of making a to-do list fits in well with my obsession over office supplies and notebooks — anyone who has been on a Zoom with me knows that I sit in front of a large bookshelf filled with the spiral notebooks, three-ring binders and writing pads I’ve accumulated over many years.

So when I thought of all the things I wanted to share about this edition of UNH Magazine, a list immediately came to mind. Think of the title of this list as “three things every UNH Magazine reader needs to know.” Here we go…




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Welcome, class of 2027
The University of New Hampshire is welcoming its highest-achieving incoming freshman class ever this fall. The class of 2027 arrives with the highest average GPA of any incoming class in UNH’s history, the largest number of merit scholarships awarded and the greatest number of students ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school classes.
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“What I love about the student-athletes here is that they want to be excellent in everything they do,” says Athletic Director Allison Rich. “Athletically they want to go out and do wonderful things, and they are also committed and passionate about their academics. They are successful because they work really hard. They also engage with each other, going to each other’s games — and the coaches do, too. So I look at us as 20 sports, but one team.”

Photo by Jeremy Gasowski, UNH/File photo

Allison Rich UNH Athletics

Tenure: Just completed first year at UNH

Prior gig: Nine years as senior associate director of athletics/senior woman administrator at Princeton University.

What she’s hearing from Wildcat fans: “I have not met a single alum yet who has said anything different than some version of ‘I love this place,’ ‘I bleed blue’ or ‘This was the best experience of my life.’”

Two years ago, the NCAA decision on name, image and likeness (NIL), allowing student-athletes to be compensated, marked an important milestone in college athletics. With your background in sports law, could you share your thoughts on the NIL changes? NIL has been a huge step forward for our industry. It’s an opportunity for student-athletes to have some of the same opportunities that other students have always had, in terms of starting a business or creating a product. We want all student-athletes who are interested in doing the work to have the opportunity to engage in NIL activities, but student-athletes are students, first and foremost, especially at UNH. They are an integral part of the academic enterprise. We are engaging in conversations about NIL on the campus, conference and national levels to support and protect our student-athletes with consistent regulation, transparency, and protection of their amateur status.

Law School’s

50th Anniversary

“There were pastures nearby, and when the farmers spread their manure, it did get a little ripe. But everybody was in it together; we were all trying to make it good. There was a heavy investment and a risk on everybody’s part by the professors and the students of starting something new.”

Jim Conway ’76JD, recalling his first impressions of what would become the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law. Conway was a member of the first class of 100 students when the school opened in 1973. Read the full story in the Law School’s alumni magazine: law.unh.edu/blog/2023/05/powerhouse-press-spring-2023

The Law School is celebrating 50 years Sept. 29-Oct. 1. Plans include a golf tournament, a short film premiere and an alumni gala. Learn more at: law.unh.edu/people/alumni
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Poetry Festival

Donor makes $2M gift to honor his late mother
Thanks to a $2 million gift from the YAS Foundation, the University of New Hampshire has established the Nossrat Yassini Poetry Fund to support a year-long schedule of activities that will celebrate and promote the power of poetry at UNH and beyond, culminating each April in a festival to coincide with National Poetry Month.

The two-day festival, set to kick off in April 2024, will feature readings and workshops by nationally renowned and emerging poets, monetary prize awards for both published and unpublished poems, showcases of work by high school and college students and the publication of poetry collections featuring the festival’s best poems.

The fund will also support a Nossrat Yassini Poet in Residence within the English department, as well as a graduate assistantship to a UNH student in the master of fine arts in writing program.

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Last year was a remarkable and historic time for the employment of people with disabilities, according to a 2022 report by Kessler Foundation and UNH’s Institute on Disability. Employment trends show that people with disabilities reached beyond pre-COVID-19 levels and even pre-Great Recession levels.

“The increase in work-from-home arrangements and greater flexibility in work hours seen during the height of the pandemic may have permanently opened new employment opportunities for people with disabilities,” says Andrew Houtenville, professor of economics and research director at UNH-IOD. “People with disabilities are not participating in the Great Resignation, unlike their counterparts without disabilities.”

Read the full report: unh.me/3Yaxkag




“The humanities help us to better understand and appreciate our challenges, which is not surprising, as they represent the distillation of thousands of years of human experience, learning and wisdom. … The graduates on whom I will confer degrees next week will be in the workforce for at least 40 years, until around 2063. If we are to understand and appreciate the problems we have created, to be prepared to deal with them, and to be inspired to persevere in solving them we will need … to bring together the technical and the aesthetic, the practical and the eternal, as they were meant to be.”

President James W. Dean Jr. delivering his TEDxPortsmouth talk standing on a vibrant red circular carpet in the center of a dark stage

— President James W. Dean Jr., delivering his TEDxPortsmouth talk about the need for a renewed balance between arts and sciences in higher education. Watch the full TED talk: unh.me/3qbhPlK.

Photo by Alyssa Duncan Photography
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The Edge at West End Vision Takes Shape

UNH is moving ahead with plans for what’s being called an “innovation ecosystem” that includes university and private company partnerships for research facilities, retail, dining, recreation and housing on campus.

The Edge at West End in Durham will be a place where private high-tech companies can locate to take advantage of UNH assets of research programs, faculty and students, says Marian McCord, senior vice provost for research, economic engagement and outreach.

President Jim Dean, during his state of the university address in February, spoke of The Edge as “one of the most exciting research and job-creating initiatives for UNH in years.”

It will be located on about 60 acres off Old Concord Road/Main Street near the town of Lee boundary, behind the U.S. Forestry Service building.

And while the full buildout will likely take about 20 years, according to McCord, the hope is that initial construction would start within three years. At least 1,000 people are likely to populate The Edge at any one time as residents, workers and visitors, she noted.

—Excerpted from NH Business Review article written by Paul Briand ’75. See full article at: www.nhbr.com/unhs-vision-of-new-innovation-ecosystem-takes-shape-in-durham


Pop culture mystery, solved

UNH Archives help identify connection to cult classic flick
Hey ’80s kids, this one’s for you: a TikTok user famous for identifying sporting events in the background of movie and TV scenes determined that it was a UNH men’s hockey game in the hit 1980s movie “Gremlins.” And he couldn’t have done it without help from UNH Archives.

It started when someone challenged @noproblemgambler — who has amassed more than 1 million followers for his creative sleuthing work — to identify the game, saying in his message, “No chance you can find the hockey match that plays in Gremlins at about 1 hr 13 min into the movie.”


Primary: No longer first?

Political expert shares his take on New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation status
In 2024, New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary is “going rogue.”

That’s UNH political science professor Dante Scala’s prediction, as New Hampshire officials find themselves in a standoff with the Democratic National Committee over when the Granite State’s famed political contest takes place.

One of New Hampshire’s biggest claims to fame for more than 100 years, the coveted first spot in the presidential primary was shifted by DNC officials to South Carolina in late 2022. That move came at the urging of President Joe Biden, who asked the DNC to make changes to its calendar that would “ensure that voters of color have a voice in choosing our nominee much earlier in the process.” Moving South Carolina to the front of the presidential primary calendar bumped New Hampshire to the second spot — March 5, a date it will share with Nevada.

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Political science professor Dante Scala is an expert on American elections and campaigns. Frequently consulted by national media outlets for his political and campaign analyses, his courses at UNH focus on the American presidency, dissent and political thought, and U.S. elections.

Credit: UNH/File photo
Class of 1923 gathered on front steps in winter
The class of 1923 entered in the “first full college year after the War,” according to its yearbook’s class history, which was one reason why many of its members are “ex-servicemen and have taken prominent places as leaders in all departments of college life.” Below, an accounting of fees for students around that time.

100 Years

As UNH celebrates the 100th anniversary of our official name change we thought it was a good moment to look back and mark other 100-year milestones
Old list from 1920's of freshmen expenses
In 1923, Robert Frost published his fourth book of poetry, “New Hampshire: A Poem with Notes and Grace Notes,” featuring his many Granite State associations, for which he would win a Pulitzer Prize the following year. Also in 1923, Roy and Walt Disney founded The Walt Disney Company. Harlem’s famed Cotton Club opened, President William G. Harding died, and a new Studebaker cost about $995.

At UNH, courses like electrical railways, stenography and household design and decoration were among the more traditional academic pathways of English, engineering, mathematics, history and world languages. Much of the news in that year’s editions of The New Hampshire student newspaper was about athletic contests, $25 scholarships being awarded and Glee Club members.

It was also the year that UNH became a university, when then-Governor Fred H. Brown signed a bill (House Bill 385) changing the name of the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts to the University of New Hampshire on April 23, effective July 1, 1923.

Commencement 2023

a young man wears a spirited smile, dressed in cap and gown and holding his degree certificate folder up to the camera during the 2023 commencement
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a young man with beaded braids and wearing a cap and gown smiles in mid jump as he hugs a spectacled woman with twisted hair who also wears a wide smile
on the commencement stage a smiling young man shakes a faculty member's hand after receiving his degree certificate
a young woman wearing a gown and a crown of pink and yellow flowers and holding multiple bouquets smiles while taking a photo with another smiling woman
on stage a faculty member presents Deo Mwano with the Granite State Award
a graduate in a cap and gown holds his certificate in one hand as he hugs and uses the other to shake hands with a faculty member dressed in full regalia
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zoomed in view of commencement audience members waving blue cowbells in celebration
a young woman smiles holding her degree certificate and shaking hands with an unseen person
a man photographed in mid yell holds a large cowbell noise maker and a stick among a cheering audience
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a tall man in a cap and gown looks down playfully at a young boy looking up at the man who rests his hand on the boys head
a young woman smiles holding her degree certificate and shaking hands with an unseen person
a man photographed in mid yell holds a large cowbell noise maker and a stick among a cheering audience
back view of a young woman with a colorfully painted cap top and yellow ribbons in her hair
a tall man in a cap and gown looks down playfully at a young boy looking up at the man who rests his hand on the boys head
See more photos online at www.flickr.com/photos/unh/albums

Photos by Meghan Murphy ’20, Jake Kitterman ’23, Makena Lee ’26, Jeremy Gasowski
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College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Denise Saltojanes ’95

Since graduation, I have lived a hundred lives and died a dozen tiny deaths. I have experienced and studied diverse interests, from improv to playing bass to learning languages and sailing all over the world. I was a competitive triathlete for many decades. Now I manage a live music concert series out of my house, just for fun. I have reinvented and refined myself, my career, what I thought was possible, over and over again. This cycle ― start, learn, refine, keep going ― creates durable hope and balance in one’s life. Taking up this mindset is a conscious choice. You must practice it. It is your true life’s work.
Denise Saltojanes ’95, managing director at Golden Seeds and an active angel investor through the NuFund Venture Group
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College of Health and Human ServiceS
Alyson McGregor ’95

Working in health and human services means that you will constantly be confronted with the complexity and fragility of the human body and mind. You will be forever challenged to stay up-to-date on the latest research and advances. Evidence-based medicine is constantly changing over time, as it should. As should we.
Dr. Alyson McGregor ’95, associate dean of clinical faculty affairs & development and a professor of emergency medicine at the University of South Carolina, co-founder of the Sex and Gender Women’s Health Collaborative and an advocate for better healthcare for women

Special awards

Three special awards were given this year as part of Commencement:

Syl Saller ’79
College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumni Award

Psychology and communication major, recently retired as global chief marketing and innovation officer of U.K.-based Diageo, one of the world’s largest beverage companies. Outstanding leader in the marketing industry with focus on gender equality initiatives in global business. Recognized with a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) Award in 2020.

Deo Mwano
Granite State Award

Motivational speaker and social impact leader who helps businesses, schools, nonprofits and individuals around the world build authentic relationships, maximize their positive impact and make a difference in their communities through Deo Mwano Consultancy. Came to New Hampshire in 2000 when his family fled civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo; since then, he has shared his family’s story of perseverance on “Dancing with the Stars,” “The Moth,” NHPR’s “Word of Mouth” and other platforms.

Dana Hamel
Honorary Degree

The university’s most generous donor, with thoughtful and purposeful philanthropy. Business leader, investor, volunteer who champions UNH — and most importantly its students — as the key to sustaining New Hampshire’s public and private sectors. Founder of the Hamel Scholars Program, and most recently made a gift to create the Hamel Honors and Scholars College, housed in a renovated and reimagined Huddleston Hall. Scroll down to learn more about Dana and his philanthropy.
“I have a philosophy: you just don’t look backwards, you should only look ahead,” Dana Hamel says. It’s part of his belief in always being an optimist — “I think optimists have more fun than pessimists. If you always see the negative, you’ll never get anyplace because there are so many negatives.”
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“I have a philosophy: you just don’t look backwards, you should only look ahead,” Dana Hamel says. It’s part of his belief in always being an optimist — “I think optimists have more fun than pessimists. If you always see the negative, you’ll never get anyplace because there are so many negatives.”

My Best Investment

With a $20 million gift, longtime UNH philanthropist Dana Hamel secures his spot in the history of the state’s flagship university — a school he never attended, but a place he believes holds the key to charting New Hampshire’s future on a positive path.
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The Hamel name is familiar to students, faculty and staff at UNH: Dana Hamel and his family have been among the University of New Hampshire’s most steadfast and generous supporters, contributing more than $50 million to UNH during the course of nearly three decades. Most notable were a 1996 gift to complete the Hamel Student Recreation Center, a gift to endow the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research in 2000 and two gifts (in 2007 and 2014) to create and then expand the Hamel Scholars and Hamel Scholarships program, to attract and retain New Hampshire’s highest-achieving students who also show a commitment to community involvement.

Honors College Opening Fall 2024

In addition to business and finance, philanthropist Dana Hamel is passionate about architecture and design, an interest that began when he was in college. “Probably the thing that had the biggest effect on me other than business school was a course on art and architecture, and I’ve gotten more interested in that over the years.”

That interest fuels his input on the Hamel Honors and Scholars College building, set to open in the fall of 2024, which will launch the new college for the next generation of Wildcats.

Thanks to Hamel’s $20 million gift, it will significantly expand in-class and extracurricular opportunities for honors students and Hamel Scholars and create a dedicated living-learning community for high-achieving students on campus inside a renovated Huddleston Hall and in select residence hall space.

digital rendering of Hamal Honors and Scholars building

Who Got You Through?

Who Got You Through?
Tales of guidance, friendship, success and connection
The stories are many and the effects are far and long-lasting: mentoring relationships have been steadfast constants throughout the decades of UNH’s history.

A West Point professor says two of his UNH poli-sci professors were his inspirational role models and the reason he followed in their footsteps into teaching. Two other graduates recall a lifelong friendship with a staff member who mentored them for their student jobs. Another alum recalls the several mentors he had at various times as a student, including both professors and the new friends he made.

Today, meaningful mentors are the reason that thousands of alumni volunteer here or support the university by making financial gifts in honor of the important role a UNH mentor played in their lives. And still others recall the lessons their mentors taught them and pay it forward every day by teaching those same lessons to others.

A mentor is universally defined as a person who provides guidance, who sparks new passions and supports our dreams; a person who perhaps gives us tough love when we are going astray, but then leads rousing cheers when we do something right. Many alumni say it was a mentor who helped get them through not just college, but also their first job and subsequent life milestones to come.

With that in mind, UNH Magazine asked a simple question: “Who was your UNH mentor — who got you through?”

And for those who answered our call and shared their stories — regardless of age, major, life path or location — the question evoked recollections of the generous ways that a mentor has helped them and, in many cases, created the foundation for a life of meaning and success.

Pride, Pancakes and Progress

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This year, UNH marks two milestones in a half-century fight for LGBTQIA+ rights and recognition; hear from four of those involved along the way — and what their hopes are for future activists.
As Brady Barre ’23 walked to the stage to receive the Undergraduate Student Award during the 30th annual Pride and Pancakes breakfast in early April, two large video screens flanked the podium, listing the many groups Barre has been involved in at UNH.

Alliance, the primary LGBTQIA+ group on campus. The Aulbani J. Beauregard Center for Equity, Justice and Freedom. The Diversity Support Coalition. Safe Zones, an educational program to raise awareness of LGBTQIA+ issues. TransUNH.

For a select few in the standing-room- only crowd, that list resonated as a lot more than a bulleted account of Barre’s credentials.

It represented once-unimaginable progress. Progress they all left the first fearless fingerprints on.

Those individuals will be forever unified as trailblazers in the pursuit of LGBTQIA+ rights at UNH and beyond.

Ted Ristaino ’75G and his wife, Christine, chatting with Jason Plant ’23
Ted Ristaino ’75G and his wife, Christine, chat with Jason Plant ’23, the 2022-23 recipient of the William Wetzel Scholarship in Paul College.
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‘Nobody gets where they are by themselves’

Ted and Christine Ristaino recall mentor, professor Bill Wetzel with Paul College scholarship
Ted Ristaino ’75G and his wife, Christine, chatting with Jason Plant ’23
Ted Ristaino ’75G and his wife, Christine, chat with Jason Plant ’23, the 2022-23 recipient of the William Wetzel Scholarship in Paul College.
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In the early 1970s, Ted Ristaino was an English major at Holy Cross about to graduate, with “no clue,” he says, of what his future held (aside from plans to marry his girlfriend Christine the week after graduation).

So just about to head out into the “real world,” he went into the Holy Cross placement office, looking for some direction. There he met Professor Bill Wetzel, visiting from UNH to talk to prospective students about going to the Graduate School here in Durham.

It was a fateful encounter that would give Ted professional direction and create a lasting relationship between the Ristainos and Wetzel for decades to come.

Wetzel encouraged Ristaino to check out the MBA program at the business school at UNH. A few weeks later, the Ristainos took a drive up and fell in love with the campus, the Seacoast and the state. Ted enrolled in the two-year MBA program and graduated with his MBA in 1975.

Sharing Her Story

“For the first few months of being a first-year student, I was what you might say ‘lost in the sauce.’ As a young Black woman, I just didn’t feel like this was going to be my kind of place. I spent a lot of weekends back home escaping the feeling that I was not having the college experience of my dreams. … [But] two friends of mine introduced me to a storied organization at UNH that had been here for over five decades: The Black Student Union. … The moment I walked into The Beauregard Center … I knew I was in the right place. Now I’m more involved than I ever planned to be, working with those around me to shape the culture of UNH.”

— MARYROSE W. WAINAINA ’25 (pictured below), dual major in political science and international affairs and executive coordinator of The Black Student Union, speaking at the All Hail event in May, which celebrates the stories of possibility at UNH that are created by donor philanthropy.
Read what fellow speaker and UNH Foundation Board member Katie Bouton ’96 shared at All Hail on page 80.
Landscape photograph of Maryrose W. Wainaina ’25 smiling in a light grey/tan blouse and blue lanyard around her neck (dual major in political science and international affairs and executive coordinator of The Black Student Union) as she is speaking at a podium in front of people at the All Hail event in May, which celebrates the stories of possibility at UNH that are created by donor philanthropy.
Photo by Jeremy Gasowski

Debbie Dutton

Philanthropy at UNH
For just over 10 years, Debbie Dutton has been at the helm of fundraising and philanthropy at UNH, as the vice president of UNH Advancement and the president of the UNH Foundation. Under her tenure, UNH launched its most successful fundraising campaign, CELEBRATE 150, with nearly $308 million in outright gifts and pledges raised from almost 45,000 alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends. We asked for some reflections as she marked her decade milestone.
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When I talk to donors, students are still front and center in their minds. Our donors are mostly alumni, and they want to ensure that today’s students are having the same kind of experience they had — or an even better one. They are passionate about making sure it’s affordable for today’s generation of students. So their gifts are often directed at scholarships, but also at the programs and faculty support they know have an effect on students’ time here.

After 10 years, I continue to find inspiration here all the time. In the spring, I attended The Beauregard Center graduation ceremony. When I hear powerful and moving student stories like the ones I heard there from students focused on inclusion and diversity, I’m vividly reminded of why we exist. The university has a deeply consequential mission of readying our students to become contributing members of their communities and society as a whole. I’m so incredibly proud of our role in creating a revenue source to deliver on that mission.

Alumni News

Alumni News

Peter Nelson ’73 checks out his TKE photo at Reunion.

Verna Boudreau ’15 being recognized at commencement
Verna Boudreau ’15 stood up to be recognized after being singled out for her “senior success story” by then-President Mark W. Huddleston at Commencement 2015.

photo by Jeremy Gasowski

Inspiring Journey

Verna Boudreau showed that age is just a number when it comes to learning
Eight years ago, Wildcats of all ages were inspired by the story of Verna Boudreau, who, at the age of 79, was the most “senior” in the senior class of 2015.

“Earning my degree feels fantastic. … I just enjoy learning. It’s as simple as that: I have always loved school,” she said a few weeks before her May 2015 graduation.

Boudreau passed away in November 2022 at the age of 86; her obituary noted that she continued to be an avid collector of books and enjoyed her family, solving puzzles and crafting.

In her 2015 interview, she joked that being an elder member of a UNH class had its funny moments: “The gray hair … the glasses … and usually older people sit up front. Sometimes when young students come in to the first class of the semester, they think I’m the professor!”

At the time, Professor David Watters lauded her as an inspiration to her younger peers. “Verna has an insatiable curiosity and delight in learning. I’ve been fascinated to watch the friendships she formed with the 18- and 19-year-olds in her classes. That suggests to me that her presence in unspoken ways is a real inspiration.”

Back to School

New Alumni Academy a response to alumni feedback
Alumni talked, and UNH listened: The Alumni Relations Department recently launched the Alumni Academy, an online resource where all of the various continuing education opportunities available to alumni are now grouped in one place — and where alumni can find deep discounts on certificate programs, trainings and even grad school application fees.

“We’re excited to make it easier for alumni to take a seat in a UNH classroom once again, through a formal certificate program, for a one-time enrichment webinar, and everything in-between,” says Jenn Woodside, director of university engagement in Alumni Relations.

Now is an ideal time to launch the academy, say organizers, as more and more adult learners are looking for ways to expand their education and expertise as working adults. “We see it in the news all the time — today’s job market, especially in a post-pandemic era, is always changing,” says Woodside. “These are the types of programs that are in demand among working adults who want to keep their resumes fresh and relevant.”

But the academy isn’t just for those job searching; it’s for those alums who want to hone their skills in their existing roles.

“If you’ve heard the terms ‘upskilling’ or ‘reskilling’ recently, that’s what this is about — combining the work experience you’ve had since you graduated from UNH, and either enhancing your skills or learning new ones to advance your career.”

Find out more: unh.me/453UAsJ


Keith Hinderlie ’88

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In 1983, Keith Hinderlie, a transplant to the New Hampshire Seacoast from Cambridge, Massachusetts, was moving into new territory as a student at UNH. The unassuming student-athlete had arrived with the help of a basketball scholarship after choosing UNH from a host of schools seeking to recruit him. Although the university was just a couple of hours away from Cambridge, he felt like it was a world apart.

“I grew up in … a really diverse and vibrant community … between Harvard and MIT,” Hinderlie explains, and he felt the culture shock viscerally after moving to a state that later proved to be the last in the union to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Regardless, the warmth among the members of the UNH basketball team overrode any underlying anti-racial sentiment. “It was a very close-knit group,” he explains. “And while UNH basketball … wasn’t [famous] at that point, I really liked the vibe of the teammates.”

Nationally Certified Emergency Medical Technicians jacket with an EMT standing in the background

Passing on medical knowledge

Talk about a past-meets-the-present moment: Dr. Ian McKenzie ’04, anesthesiologist at Portsmouth Regional Hospital, was back where it all began recently, visiting McGregor Memorial EMS volunteers to provide advanced airway training to McGregor paramedics. Assisting in the training was Dr. Ben Segil, also a former McGregor volunteer who grew up in Durham.

Says McGregor Executive Director Chris Lemelin: “One of the wonderful things about McGregor and being a part of UNH is the willingness of our past members and UNH alumni who have gone on to careers in medicine to come back and provide high-quality training to our current providers.” He knows that connection well: he’s an alum, too — class of 2006 (psychology) and UNH Graduate School class of 2011 (public health).

Dr. McKenzie worked as a volunteer with McGregor while he was earning his political science degree at UNH. “Without my experiences at UNH and McGregor, I wouldn’t be where I am today. When I entered UNH, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life, but my time at McGregor helped me discover a love of medicine.”

Illustration of President James W. Dean Jr.

What I’m Reading…

President James W. Dean Jr. includes brief reviews of what he’s been reading in his monthly campus updates. Check out some of his latest picks:

My Father’s House” by Joseph O’Connor, a novel loosely based on historical events during the Nazi occupation of Italy during World War II. The protagonist of the novel is an Irish priest living at the Vatican, which may have led me to my second book, “Nora Webster” by Colm Tóibín, who is an Irish novelist. He also wrote “Brooklyn,” which I have not read but was a great film. “Nora Webster” is about a woman sorting out her life after the death of her husband and courageously facing blatant sexism in doing so.

Alumni Expertise

Out of Reach?

Weighing in on New Hampshire’s Housing Crisis
sketch-like illustration of a house with dollar bills sticking out of the roof
The Granite State’s housing crisis has been called a human rights issue by some, a jobs issue by others and a basic supply-and-demand issue by many.

All of them are right.

With surging costs and low inventory in rentals, and a homebuying market that has seen homes going for triple their market value thanks in part to an influx of pandemic-related moves into the state from places like New York and Massachusetts, reliable housing in New Hampshire is no longer the affordable — and attainable — thing that it used to be.

But why? And what can we do about it? Those were two of the questions posed during a UNH Alumni Relations webinar in May, where a panel of alumni experts talked about causes of the housing crisis and the ripple effect it’s having on our state’s economy and well-being. The discussion was led by Michael Swack, director, Center for Impact Finance, Carsey School program faculty and research professor of economics at Paul College.

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Two UNH alumni elderly individuals (a man and a woman) glance at each other as they hold hands and dance together enjoying a good time
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Connections Remain Strong

After 60 years, Mary Ann (Theophile) Pappanikou ’63 finally made it back to Durham. And her first thoughts were a common refrain among alums returning for Reunion Weekend 2023 in June: “It’s grown so much, but it still looks the same in so many ways.

Mary Ann had transferred to UNH ahead of her junior year to become a member of the class of 1963. As an art major, “I loved walking through campus and being close to nature,” she says. Other great memories she shared were that she met her husband here, and learned to ski here. Her advice to the most recent class of graduates? “Be sure to come back more often,” she joked.

That was the theme of Reunion Weekend: come back more often, stay in touch more and cherish those UNH memories that were made so many decades ago.


Blair Rowlett ’05

With nearly two decades of experience in the justice system, Blair Rowlett ’05 says she’s learned a lot about “the complicated and often tragic relationship between mental illness and criminality.”

Rowlett began her career as a correctional officer at the Strafford County Jail, where she spent enough time with inmates to learn their stories, to hear how they ended up where they were.

Then, in 2006, something happened. Opening a cell door, she was attacked by three inmates: one lunged at her, while another blinded her temporarily with what turned out to be Ajax powder. Suddenly, another inmate was lifting her off the floor. After a serious struggle, she was able to finally reach her shoulder mic to call for help.

Help came, and Rowlett recovered. But the incident changed her — and what she focused on were not the three men who attacked her, but the other inmates who weren’t involved, offering her support.

Class Notes

Class Notes

Don’t see your class here? Send news via email or mail to your class correspondent, or to Classnotes.editor@unh.edu, or mail: UNH Magazine, 9 Edgewood Road, Durham, NH 03824.


Joan Boodey Lamson
51 Lamson Lane
New London, NH 03257
Do you remember how we did laundry at UNH in the ’40s? There were no washing machines or dryers in the dorms or frat houses and no laundromats in Durham. The girl’s bathrooms had six or eight wooden dryer racks. We washed small things in the sinks. Anyone who couldn’t get home on the weekend had a laundry case. It was made of a durable, weather-resistant cardboard that was held together with rivets and a leather strap with a buckle to fasten. I still have mine; it is 77 years old.


UNH Magazine was saddened to learn that Anne Schultz Cotter, class secretary for many years for the class of 1951, passed away in April 2023. Our records show she had been secretary for 20 years; we share our sympathy with her friends, classmates and family. Should any other member of the class like to step into the secretary role, please contact us at Classnotes.editor@unh.edu.
Michalena (Micki) Medzela Krupa writes: “Living six miles from the UNH campus at Coppal House Farm on Route 155 in Lee. I’ve got an in-law setup with farm owner and daughter Carole Krupa Hutton ’85. Aggy UNHers here: farm hands, volunteers, farm manager Meghan Boucher Kelly ’09. Nonagenarians of ’51 have an open invite to the farm. Be good, do good; stay in touch!”
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Bright Shall Thy Mem’ry Be: In Memoriam

Charles Simic

Pulitzer-Prize-winning poet, UNH faculty emeritus
At a memorial held for poet and professor emeritus Charles Simic, friends, colleagues and family remembered the “wonderful bon vivant” — despite his notoriety for being the author behind many a dark poem during his six decades as a famed writer.

Yes, he was a survivor of a childhood spent in World War II-era Belgrade that would influence much of his work, but he was also a passionate lover of wine, food and friends, a jokester, a soccer fanatic and a mentor to many.

He was a prolific writer who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for “The World Doesn’t End,” a book of prose poems. He served as poet laureate of the United States from 2007 to 2008.

Simic, who began teaching at UNH in 1973 and continued to teach and write here for the next three decades, died on Jan. 9, 2023, at the age of 84.

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Charles Simic, photographed during his years teaching at UNH.
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Ruth Dunfey ’83, far right, is pictured with her husband William “Bud” Dunfey ’50 ’54G and daughter Julie Dunfey in this family photo.

Ruth Dunfey ’83

Love of history, life of adventure inspired giving to UNH
Ruth Dunfey always believed that traveling or living abroad can be life changing. She herself was a fearless adventurer. After she graduated from Dracut (Mass.) High School, Ruth worked as an operator for the telephone company in Hyannis and traveled alone to visit her sister and brother-in-law, who were stationed in France — somewhat unusual for a woman to do at the time.

The family also believed strongly in education: In 1974, Ruth earned an associate’s degree at UNH at the age of 46, and nearly 10 years later, taking one or two classes at a time, she earned a bachelor’s degree in history at the age of 55.

“My mother went abroad on the Cambridge program one summer, and she continued to talk about it for years,” says her daughter Julie Dunfey. She studied history, literature and theatre while there.

Paul and Anna Grace Holloway
Paul and Anna Grace Holloway in their New Castle, New Hampshire, home in 2021.

Paul Holloway ’91H

A lifelong champion for New Hampshire’s students
Paul Holloway grew up in an 18-foot- wide rented rowhouse in Philadelphia in the 1940s. His father, who had worked as a margin clerk and a chemist, never attended college. Neither did his mother, who had worked as a salesgirl. The family wasn’t able to afford a car until Paul was well into his teenage years.

He was determined to be successful, and he knew that getting a college degree was key to that success. He found that his athletic and academic talents helped him make his way — as did people who lent a helping hand.

“If it wasn’t for some people along the way, helping me in sports, I would never even have gotten to college,” he said previously. He earned a business degree at Temple University in 1961.

Jo Lamprey ’22H at graduation
Jo Lamprey ’22H always had “her gaze fixed on helping out,” recalls one of her close friends.

Jo Lamprey ’22H

Wake-up call on climate change drove philanthropy
Jo Lamprey became a champion of the environment and sustainability at the same time she was the owner of a major retail fuel company — an ironic turn that was not lost on her at the time.

It started when she saw “An Inconvenient Truth,” the 2006 climate change documentary featuring former vice president Al Gore.

“I was partway through it, and I said, ‘We have to change the business. We have to wake up here,’” Lamprey said in a 2015 interview. From there, she brought new focus to the Lamprey Brothers company — from selling oil to helping customers burn less oil, namely through energy-efficient HVAC equipment.

Bright Shall Thy Mem’ry Be: In Memoriam

Faculty & Staff
  • Michael D. Andrew
    Faculty Emeritus
    December 20, 2022
  • Charles E. Bolian
    Faculty Emeritus
    September 21, 2022
  • William E. Bonnice
    Faculty Emeritus
    February 15, 2023
  • Nancy E. Knowles Gaspar
    Former Staff Member
    November 29, 2022
  • Lucille Uhr Banks ’47
    February 1, 2023
  • Angelica Spylios Belezos ’49
    July 10, 2022
  • Frank I. Burno ’48 ’50G
    October 26, 2022
  • Elizabeth Deming Cartland ’46
    October 6, 2021
  • Paul D. Archibald ’58
    November 27, 2022
  • Patricia Porter Barkhuff ’52
    September 7, 2021
  • John K. Barnes ’55
    March 2, 2023
  • Arthur N. Bishop ’55
    October 2, 2022
  • Nelson H. Aldrich ’67G
    November 12, 2022
  • William A. Allgaier III ’65
    February 1, 2023
  • Herbert A. Bartlett ’64
    July 7, 2022
  • Barnard C. Berry ’68
    November 9, 2022
  • Bernadette L. Mulkern Amerein ’77
    December 2, 2022
  • Carl F. Anderson Jr. ’70
    January 28, 2023
  • Jerry J. Batchelder ’75
    October 28, 2021
  • Richard M. Belanger ’72
    November 25, 2022
  • John H. Ankiewicz ’80
    November 10, 2022
  • Joanne Lamb Arsenault ’84
    January 15, 2023
  • David R. Bellegarde ’89G
    February 9, 2021
  • Michael R. Berube ’85
    July 15, 2022
  • Geoffrey C. Achtmann ’92
    October 17, 2022
  • Claire A. Alterio ’94
    May 31, 2022
  • James P. Avery ’90
    January 17, 2023
  • Renzo A. Binaghi ’96G
    October 23, 2021
  • Gregory J. Bowe ’01PhD
    December 6, 2021
  • Mark M. Constantinou ’05
    June 29, 2022
  • Peter M. Engel ’05
    October 2, 2022
  • William E. Jacox ’02G
    April 18, 2021
  • Adam D. Battles ’11
    December 9, 2022
  • Verna J. Boudreau ’15
    November 4, 2022
  • Geoffrey E. Clark ’11G
    January 7, 2023
  • Christian J. Helger ’16
    January 2, 2023
  • Diane M. DeVries ’20
    February 11, 2023
  • Mary E. Germanotta Duquette ’20G
    December 1, 2022

My View

A Seat at the Table

Katie Bouton '96
I grew up in a small town in western New York: East Bethany, approximate population 1,383. It’s the kind of place where people leave extra vegetables from their farms on doorsteps for neighbors who are struggling, at the same time looking past the migrant farmers who help pick those vegetables. It’s also a place where “diversity” is limited to whether you drive a sedan or a pick-up truck, whether you listen to country or Christian music when driving past your friend’s dairy farm on a summer night. The view of the wider world was sometimes narrow.

Growing up, the center of home was our kitchen table where we ate dinner at the outrageous hour of 5:30 p.m. That dinner table is where I began to learn what kind of person I wanted to be. If I complained about how a teacher spoke to a student in a dismissive way, my dad would say, “If you don’t like it, what are you going to do about it?” At our dinner table there was no easy out. You had to look at problems from all sides and propose a solution.

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