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Where Recent BS CIS Graduates Work

Fall 2012 MillWorks will highlight the jobs some of the UNH Manchester recent grads got immediately following graduation. We reached out through LinkedIn and other channels to the BS CIS and BS EET/CT ’11 and ’12 graduates, and this is what we’ve assembled so far.

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  • Brian Avery (EET/CT ’12), Software Engineer, Acme Packet, Bedford, MA
  • James Bartoldus (EET/CT ’12), Software Engineer, DEKA, Manchester, NH
  • Brian Block (CIS ’11), Quality Assurance Engineer, EMC, Nashua, NH
  • Matthew Edmonds (CIS ’11), IT Analyst, Liberty Mutual, Dover, NH
  • John Grossmith (CIS ’12), Associates Sales Consultant, Oracle, Burlington, MA
  • Scott Innes (CIS ’12), Tax Exempt Representative, Fidelity Investments, Merrimack, NH
  • Jeffrey Lavoie (CIS ’11), Technical Recruiter, CORE Information Technology, Salem, NH
  • Andres Lara (CIS ’11), Professional Service Engineer, Enterasys, Andover, MA
  • Joseph Legerstee (CIS ’11), Signal Communications Platoon Leader, 372nd Signal Company, Manchester, NH
  • Daniel Lutz (CIS ’11), IT Specialist, New England Document Systems, Manchester, NH
  • Sky Norman (CIS ’11), System Administrator, Newmarket International, Inc., Newmarket, NH
  • Daniel Pepin (CIS ’11), Web Developer & Programmer, Digital Bungalow, Salem, MA
  • Brice Rader (CIS ’12), Software Developer, Small Business Computers of New England, Manchester, NH
  • Bethany Ross (CIS ’12), Technical Client Service Representative, Dyn Manchester, NH
  • Matthew Vartanian (CIS ’12), Network Engineer, Philips Healthcare, Adover, MA
  • Matthew Wakim (CIS ’12) IT Support, Fish & Richardson, P.C., Boston, MA
  • Michael Williman (CIS ’12) IT Analyst, Liberty Mutual, Dover, NH

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CIS Program Announces New Award


Source: UNH Manchester News

The Computer Information Systems (CIS) Program at UNH Manchester gave its first “Karla Vogel Excellence in CIS” award in May 2012. Bethany Ross, a freshman in the program, was presented with the award for her academic excellence. Ross is a resident of Derry and a graduate of Pinkerton Academy.

Professor Mihaela Sabin presented the award and said, “This year’s recipient possesses the unique combination of sound and highly competitive technical skills with the softest, warmest, and most inclusive ‘people’ skills. Excellence in the IT profession is achieved only if an IT solution, no matter how smart and sophisticated, is the solution that real people, not abstract end-users, need and happily use. Bethany Ross is the IT professional who makes IT users, managers, and peers happy!”

Ross’ professional experience included a summer-long project for the NH High Tech Council, a year of system administration work in college’s CIS lab, and 150 hours of internship at the Greater Manchester Professional Development Center. Bethany’s internship work was critical to a successful rollout of Google Apps for education in four Manchester school districts.

The “Karla Vogel Excellence in CIS” award recognizes an undergraduate student who has demonstrated consistent achievement in the Computer Information Systems major and overall academic excellence. The award was named in honor of Professor Karla Vogel who created the CIS major eight years ago, advised over 150 students and set the bar high for the CIS graduates. Sabin said, “To honor Professor Karla Vogel’s exceptional contribution to the College and the very existence of a successful academic degree program, the program’s award is being named after her and from now on reads “Karla Vogel Excellence Award in CIS”. Vogel retired in January 2012 after 26 years of teaching at UNH Manchester.

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Honors Convocation Awards

unhm-honors-convocationStudents in the BS CIS, BS EET/CT, Accelerated MS IT, and CIS minor have been recognized at the UNH Manchester 2012 Honors Convocation as Presidential scholars, University scholars, and recipients of awards for achievement in the major, writing across curriculum, and the UNH Undergraduate Research Conference. Our Flickr photos show smiles from KC, Jackie, Matt, Bethany, Jeff, Kristin, Mike, Karla, and Mihaela

Presidential Scholars (90+ credits, including at least 64 UNH credits, and 3.7 or higher GPA)

  • Karen Ibey (BS EET/CT)
  • Jacqueline Tims (BS Biological Sciences and Accelerated MS IT)
  • Matthew Vartanian (BS CIS)
  • Kristin Tajeda (BA Business, CIS minor)

University Scholars (90+ credits, including at least 64 UNH credits, and 3.2 to 3.69 GPA)

  • Jennifer Brand
  • Scott Callahan
  • John Grossmith
  • Jeff Knight
  • Bethany Ross
  • Mike Tierney
  • Mike Williams

Karla Vogel Award of Excellence in CIS
Recognizes the undergraduate student who has demonstrated consistent achievement in the Computer Information Systems major and overall academic excellence.

  • Bethany Ross (BS CIS)

Writing Across Curriculum Award

  • Matthew Vartanian

Undergraduate Research Conference

  • Engineering Technology Award: Karen Ibey (BS EET/CT)
  • Poster Presentation Honorable Mention: John Maddaus (BS CIS)

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UNH Manchester offers the degrees employers want most

Source: UNH Manchester News


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CIS Interns Contribute More Than 1,800 Hours Locally

Source: UNH Manchester News

Eighty student interns from UNH’s urban campus in Manchester will contribute a total of 21,420 hours to area businesses, public schools, and nonprofit organizations during the spring 2012 semester.

UNH Manchester currently has 80 students from eight academic programs assigned to internships from Manchester, NH to Plymouth, CA. They are in schools, nonprofit agencies, medical facilities, political offices, and one is working at a winery where he’s studying viticulture, the science, study, and production of grapes. The students will gain experience working in their field of study while also earning academic credit and reinforcing their classroom theoretical learning.

The following is a list of the Computer Information Systems students and their Spring 2012 internship placements. For a full list, continue reading…

  • Scott Callahan, Manchester Public School System, Manchester, NH
  • Aaron Green, DYN, Manchester, NH
  • Damir Ibrahimovic, Rioux, LLC, Manchester, NH
  • Jeffrey Knight, Manchester Public School System, Manchester, NH
  • Andrew Obrien, Geek Squad @ Best Buy in Concord, Concord, NH
  • Paskale Odongo, The Scott Lawson Companies, Bow, NH
  • Brice Radar, Small Business Computers of New England, Manchester, NH
  • Bethany Ross, Manchester Public School System, Manchester, NH
  • Jonathan Schultz, Town of Hudson, Hudson, NH
  • Thomas Tierney, Town of Hudson, Hudson, NH
  • Matthew Vartanian, SyAM Software, Nashua, NH
  • Michael Williams, Hampton School District, Hampton, NH

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UNH Manchester Partners with Area Colleges to Provide Students with More Choices

Source: UNH Manchester News

The University of New Hampshire at Manchester and the Nashua Community College joined forces yesterday to provide new opportunities for engineering students. The agreement, effective January 2011, will allow NCC students the option of dual admission into NCC and the UNH Manchester Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology Program. Students at NCC will earn an Associate degree in either Computer Engineering Technology or Electronic Engineering Technology and continue their coursework at UNH Manchester to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology in either the Electrical or Computer Engineering Technology track.

The agreement is similar to one established with the New Hampshire Technical Institute, Concord’s Community College. Beginning in 2003, students at NHTI have the option of dual admission into UNH Manchester’s Engineering Technology program. And, beginning in 2008, students from NHTI’s Information Technology Program also have the opportunity for dual admission to UNH Manchester’s computer information systems program. More than 160 students have taken advantage of the agreement since 2003.

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UNH Manchester Receives Federal Grant to Address Our Innovation Future

Source: UNH Manchester News

UNH Manchester received a $599,821 grant from the National Science Foundation to fund the UNH Manchester Scholars in Science and Technology Program.

The program joins the state-wide efforts to encourage more students to succeed in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degree programs and professional fields. “UNH Manchester students share a large diversity of academic preparedness, life experiences, and cultural backgrounds,” says Mihaela Sabin, associate professor of computer information systems and principal investigator of the grant. “A majority of our students have financial need (67%), almost all of those studying full time have jobs, and may raise families. To address these unavoidable constraints on their education experience, the UNH Manchester Scholarships in Science and Technology program creates learning opportunities whose key features are inclusiveness, interdisciplinary, mentorship, and community engagement.

The program provides scholarship and academic support for students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, computer information systems, and engineering technology in the Division of Science and Technology at UNH Manchester. Starting in fall 2010, the five-year grant program will award 112 annual scholarships to eligible candidates who have demonstrated financial need. First consideration is given to students from under-represented groups in STEM disciplines. The awards are renewable annually until the recipient graduates.

Student scholars at the same class level co-register in one course every semester. These courses will enable students to achieve competencies for problem-solving; time and project management; understanding and application of research methods; peer-led teamwork; effective communication with peers, faculty, and external audiences; peer tutoring and mentorship; understanding of social identity; and cultivating respect across cultures. Margaret Pobywajlo, Director of the Center for Academic Enrichment explains, “The cohort classes will facilitate the development of learning communities which research shows are important to student commitment, satisfaction with the collegiate experience, academic performance, and retention.

The program is a concerted effort built on the expertise and successful practices across the participating academic programs and many other units and programs on the UNH Manchester campus. This includes the offices of admissions, financial aid, and student advising; support structures and services offered by the Center for Academic Enrichment, College Transition Program and College Transition Program for ESOL Students; and First Year Experience, internship, and community outreach scholarship programs. The grant’s senior personnel include the co-PIs Dr. Margaret Pobywajlo, director of the Center for Academic Enrichment, Dr. Sarah Prescott Kenick, assistant professor of chemistry, and Dr. Ruth Varner, research associate professor in the Complex Systems Research Center, Institute for Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, and jointly appointed in the Department of Earth Sciences, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

To learn more about the program, contact Professor Mihaela Sabin at

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Student Summer Research in Computing

Source: UNH Manchester News

UNH Manchester students Daniel Pepin of Manchester, NH, and Rebecca Lee of Merrimack, NH have been awarded Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships by the University of New Hampshire.

Pepin, a student in the computer information systems program, received a $3,500 fellowship for his research on OpenITware Platform Architecture to Support Learning and Outreach in the CIS Program at UNH Manchester. Lee, a student in the communication arts program with a minor in computer information systems, received a $1,000 award for her research on Enabling Technology Transfer from the Computer Information Systems Classroom to the Manchester Community.

UNH’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) supports students with their research and creative projects by funding Undergraduate Research Awards (URAs) and Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURFs). Whether through taking a research-intensive course, working in one of the University’s many centers or institutes, or teaming up with a favorite professor to pursue a mutual academic interest, the opportunities to become involved in research are abound for students of all majors.

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Seniors in Seminar at UNH Manchester

Source: UNH Manchester News

UNH Manchester students in both the business and computer information systems programs have the unique opportunity to finish their last year of studies with a class to prepare them for a career after graduation. Both the Business Senior Seminar and the CIS Internship classes combine course content with an internship. The goals of both courses are integration and application of the program material they’ve learned over the span of their degrees and readiness for their job search.

The nuts and bolts of career exploration are integrated into the classes to serve as a launching pad for students as they transition, in many cases, from student to professional. Workshops in resume writing and interviewing are supported by guest professionals and alumni to provide feedback and to simulate real-life interviewing situations.

Also included in career preparation are topics such as networking, appropriate attire, professional correspondence such as cover letters and thank you notes and informational interviewing. Students are coached on making the most of a job fair — including preparing their “elevator speech” or introduction to employers. The NHCUC Career Fair serves as their application of these skills. Understanding benefits and negotiating salary are also covered as are tips for fitting into the culture of a new environment.

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UNH Manchester Celebrates Student Achievement at 2006 Undergraduate Research Conference

Source: UNH Manchester News

The University of New Hampshire at Manchester will celebrate the academic achievements of its students at the Undergraduate Research Conference 2006 on Tuesday, April 25th and Wednesday, April 26th. The Undergraduate Research Conference is a celebration of the quality and breadth of research, creativity, and scholarly work of students at UNH Durham and Manchester. Manchester students will present the results of their research from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 25th and 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26th. Events on the Durham campus are scheduled from April 21st – 29th.

Oral presentations:

  • Catherine Overson, The Role of Eros in Plato and Freud
  • Jessica Santos, BAE Systems Internship
  • Devon Mercer, Wrongful Life Cases – The Role of the Courts in Individual Morality
  • Clayton Groves, Use it or lose it, a discussion of Adult Psychology and Service Learning
  • Troy Maynard, Survivor, the Ultimate Survivor of Pop Culture
  • Catherine Overson, Perinatal Loss: Its Challenge to Nurses and Educators

Poster presentations are made by: Louis Biondi, Aaron Boucher, Joshua Gehling, Larry Habel,Caitlan Hampson, Kayla Ingham, Jaclyn Kaba,t Nickolas Levasseur, Kristin Montour, Ryan O’Connor, Lauren Pelletier, Lynne Scott.

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