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Bill Ross and Habitat for Humanity: Volunteerin' in the Big Easy

March 15, 2012

From the Campus Journal:

The idea for the Discovery course Bill Ross teaches on New Orleans was born in the city known as the birthplace of jazz, the Big Easy. Bill took his very first trip there when the city was what he described as a "dirty, rundown place full of rowdy people and loud music." He returned after Hurricane Katrina hit, after the levees breached and lives were lost, to volunteer to rebuild a city with so much history.

"New Orleans: Place, Meaning, and Context" is an inquiry class taught by Bill Ross. This class is geared toward first-year students that has them traveling to Louisiana’s largest city to do community service work during Spring Break with UNH’s Alternative Break Challenge. After six weeks in the classroom, they pack up for Spring Break to volunteer in the Big Easy for Habitat for Humanity.

"Telling students the history of New Orleans is not as exciting as seeing it. It makes it real. You can talk all you want about architecture but walking through a shotgun house and scraping paint on a front porch is a whole different thing. You can talk about the cuisine but it’s not like ordering a po’boy. You can talk about the music but listening to it—there’s nothing like the tangible experience of hearing live music."

Read more at the course blog: Where y'at? The New Orleans Course.

Digital Town and City Annual Reports Available

January 19, 2010

Annual reports for the New Hampshire towns and cities below are now available in the UNH Library Digital Collections. These can be found from the Library home page under "research collections" (use the search box or click on 'Search or Browse Database') and are also search-able from the Digital tab on the Library home page search box.

If your town is not yet available, fear not! We'll be working on the remainder of the NH annual reports over the next year.

Acworth
Albany
Alexandria
Allenstown
Alstead
Alton
Amherst
Andover
Antrim
Ashland
Atkinson
Auburn
Barnstead
Barrington
Bartlett
Bath
Bedford
Belmont
Bennington
Benton
Berlin
Bethlehem
Boscawen
Bow
Bradford
Brentwood
Bridgewater
Bristol
Brookfield
Brookline
Campton
Canaan
Candia
Canterbury
Carroll
Center Harbor
Charlestown
Chatham
Chester
Chesterfield
Chichester
Claremont
Clarksville
Colebrook
Columbia
Concord
Conway
Cornish
Croydon
Dalton
Danbury
Dover
Dunbarton
Durham
Exeter
Fitzwilliam
Franklin
Gilmanton
Keene
Lee
Madbury
Manchester
Nashua
Newington
Newmarket
Portsmouth
Rochester

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