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Open Source Projects and Multi-Player Games Featured in Two Conference Papers by CT Faculty


Mihaela Sabin and Michael Jonas in the Computing Technology Program at UNH Manchester recently had their academic papers approved for presentation at the 18h Annual Northeast region Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Conference (CCSC-NE 2013), hosted April 12-13 at Siena College in Loudonville, New York.

Sabin authored, in collaboration with Allen Tucker of Bowdoin College and Bonnie MacKellar of St. John’s University, a paper titled “Scaling a Framework for Client-Driven Open Source Software Projects: A Report from Three Schools.” In it, the authors document the experiences of growing real world, student-oriented and client-driven humanitarian open source projects at UNH Manchester, Bowdoin College, and St. John’s University. Sabin’s presentation will detail the three schools’ implementations of these projects as well as ways humanitarian open source development can be adapted and enhanced to meet the needs of a diverse student population.

Jonas’ paper is titled “Teaching Introductory Programming using Multiplayer Board Game Strategies in Greenfoot.” His presentation will be about a fun and engaging way to instruct introductory programming using the interactive Greenfoot Java development environment and the multiplayer-based Quoridor board game engine. He will describe how students, using the board game, begin the semester by learning fundamental programming, progress to partner-based scenario building where they implement strategy and further develop their skills, and then, finally, to the semester end, where students engage in a head-to-head competition he calls the Battle Royale.

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UNH Manchester, Cooperative Extension and the UNH Office of Outreach Scholarship Partner to Strengthen Manchester Area Organizations

Source: UNH Manchester News

Six grants focused on community outreach will benefit several organizations in the greater Manchester area in the coming months.

With funding from the University of New Hampshire’s Office of Outreach Scholarship, UNH Cooperative Extension and UNH Manchester, the $40,000 in grants will touch such diverse organizations at the Manchester Area Homeschoolers, YWCA of Manchester, and the Hillcrest Terrace Retirement Community.

These awards stem from the “engagement and outreach” priorities of the UNH Academic Strategic Plan, as well as Academic Program Goals in UNH Manchester’s and Cooperative Extension’s Strategic Plans.

Dr. Julie E. Williams, UNH Associate Vice President, Research and Outreach Scholarship, said she was “pleased that my office is partnering with UNH Cooperative Extension and UNH Manchester to catalyze and support new opportunities to strengthen our partnership and work with the City of Manchester and the greater Merrimack Valley.” Dr. Williams explained that, in addition to the faculty, staff and students at UNH Manchester and Cooperative Extension, these grants will benefit local planning commissions, social service agencies and individual citizens involved in their local communities.

These six outreach scholarship projects represent efforts in which there is a mutually-beneficial collaboration between UNH and external partners to help generate and apply relevant knowledge that directly benefits the public.

As UNH Cooperative Extension Dean and Director Dr. John Pike noted, “These projects require the collaborative efforts of an Extension faculty member, specialist or educator, a faculty member from UNH Manchester, and a community partner. This clearly relates to our mission of providing New Hampshire citizens with research-based education and information, enhancing their ability to make informed decisions that strengthen youth, families and communities, sustain natural resources, and improves the economy.

UNH Manchester’s Dean Kristin Woolever explained that the “partnerships bring the resources of the State’s flagship university to the people and organizations that can truly benefit from them.” The partnership is “a wonderful way for the University’s urban campus to collaborate with the community and to make measurable difference. And these projects are just a beginning. We are committed to continued expansion of our role in developing the City and the region’s bright future.

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Campus to Community Outreach UNH Manchester/Cooperative Extension Partnership

Source: UNH Manchester News

Community-based projects and scholarship will be the focus of a new partnership between UNH Manchester and UNH Cooperative Extension beginning this fall. The partnership, funded in part by the UNH Office of Outreach Scholarship, will support expansion of outreach initiatives and collaborative partnerships between UNH Manchester, UNHCE, local agencies, organizations, and businesses, to provide student internship, service learning, volunteer opportunities, professional development, and community programs designed to benefit thegreater Merrimack Valley community.

UNH Manchester Dean, Kristin Woolever, said “This partnership is an exciting way for the University of New Hampshire to extend outreach to the urban community.It’s really a three-way arrangement:UNH Manchester, UNH Cooperative Extension, and Greater Manchester working together with the urban area as classroom and laboratory.

UNH Associate Vice President of Research and Outreach Scholarship, Julie Williams, recognizes the benefits of this partnership for the community and UNH. “As we bring together the expertise that currently resides within UNH Manchester, UNH Cooperative Extension and the Greater Manchester area, I envision positive outcomes from these relationships that none of us can now foresee—and that’s exciting.

Dr. Patrice Mettauer will coordinate the initiative. Mettauer, currently a senior lecturer and coordinator of the internship program at UNH Manchester, will work with both UNH Manchester and UNH Cooperative Extension (UNHCE), to provide leadership to establish “Campus to Community” outreach and educational programs in the city of Manchester and surrounding communities.

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