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UNH commits to the #ItsOnUs Campaign

by Elissa Sanci | September 19, 2014

It’s on all of us

Student leaders wait for the White House Campaign Preview Call to discuss the #ItsOnUs campaign

Student leaders wait for the White House Campaign Preview Call to discuss the #ItsOnUs campaign

University of New Haven student leaders met on Tues., Sept 16 to participate in the White House Campaign Preview Call to discuss the #ItsOnUs campaign. The call was facilitated by Tina Tchen, Assistant to the President and the First Lady’s Chief of Staff, as well as Kyle Lierman, White House Liaison to Young Americans.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden launched the #ItsOnUs campaign on Friday, Sept 19.

This campaign is a cultural movement aimed at shifting the way society thinks about sexual assault. It is also about “raising awareness, holding ourselves and each other accountable, and looking out for someone who cannot consent,” according to the official #ItsOnUs website.

More than 800 student leaders from 46 states participated in the White House Campaign Preview Call, which was an opportunity for students to voice their questions, thoughts and concerns about the campaign. It was also a way for campuses to prepare for the launch and to plan out how they’d go about promoting and sharing their involvement with #ItsOnUs.

“I think this is very important for our university to be a part of,” Undergraduate Student Government Association President Richard Rotella said. “The campaign was something that was presented to me over the summer and I knew it was something UNH would jump to be a part of.”

Rotella, along with Title IX/Clery Compliance Coordinator Ashley Guerrera and representatives from different organizations on campus, including the Charger Bulletin, the Office of Residential Life, the Black Student Union, Victimology Club, athletics and Greek life, participated in the conference call.

“It was an honor to be able to be a part of something that is going to be happening on a national level,” said Ashley McElhare, president of the All Greek Council and representative of Greek life for the conference call.

Amber Crow, the senior residential assistant of Bethel Hall, believes that it is very important for ORL to be involved with this campaign.

“The residential students make up a vast majority of our undergraduate student body and the residential life staff is responsible for keeping our students safe,” Crow said. “We need to be as prepared as possible and as educated as possible so that we can work together to keep our campus safe.”

The #ItsOnUs Campaign logo

The #ItsOnUs Campaign logo

One in five women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted in college, according to the facts presented by #ItsOnUs. Nearly 40 percent of survivors fear reprisal by their attacker; eight in ten victims actually know their attacker. #ItsOnUs hopes to assist colleges in creating a safe environment where the community is constantly on the lookout to prevent sexual assault.

#ItsOnUs is about creating a culture where sexual assault isn’t acceptable, and where victims know they are not to blame. The campaign also aims to shift the way society thinks about sexual assault: it doesn’t just involve the victim and the perpetrator, but everyone else who could have prevented it, as well.

“We are reframing sexual assault in a way that inspires everyone to see it as their responsibility to do something, big or small, to prevent it,” their website reads.

“Addressing an issue that affects so many people in a negative way is important to create a safe and healthy campus community,” Rotella said. “It also brings to light what our university has to offer for both victims and bystanders.”

UNH has many student resources for sexual assault on campus. The university is “committed to providing an environment in which all members of the University community are safe, free from fear, intimidation, or harassment, and able to participate fully in the educational and social opportunities available to them at the university,” according to UNH’s website.

There are many resources on campus where victims will be given a safe space. The Violence Prevention and Intervention Center is a place where all members of the UNH community can find information and resources about sexual assault, relationship abuse, and stalking. Trained Peer Educators are on staff in the center and are available to assist individuals in connecting with on- and off-campus resources. VIPC is located on the lower level of Sheffield Hall.

“Victims of sexual misconduct, whether occurring on or off campus, will be supported and assisted in obtaining medical treatment, counseling, and other resources to help them with the trauma they experience,” reads the university’s website. For more information, visit http://www.newhaven.edu/student-life/CampusLife_StudentAffairs/Office_of_the_Dean_of_Students/sexual-assault/.

“I’m one of 200 student body presidents who signed the #ItsonUs commitment and am ready to get to work to prevent sexual assaults,” Rotella said. “Are you?”

Warzone of Water Balloons

by The Charger Bulletin | September 17, 2014

By Leah Myers

The Kappa chapter of Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity Inc. at the University of New Haven hosted several games of capture the flag with a twist: the risk of getting walloped with a water balloon.

Competitors in the Lambda Wetdown (photo by Leah Myers / Charger Bulletin Photo)

Competitors in the Lambda Wetdown (photo by Leah Myers / Charger Bulletin Photo)

The Lambda Wetdown, which was held in the Residential Quad on Saturday, Sept. 13 from noon to 4 p.m., was a way for the brothers to interact with campus and have fun.

The Lambda Wetdown is a LAU tradition that started in 2001. “It originated in our Beta chapter, which is in Rochester, NY,” said Christian Tabares, the treasurer of LAU. “Basically every other undergrad chapter has taken this event and incorporated it on their campus.”

The event is a “capture the flag” style game. Flags are put on each side of the quad, and the objective is to run to the opposite side and retrieve the flag without getting hit by water balloons. In between games, the dunk tank presented a challenge to plunge an LAU brother.

Senior Jordan Harris, a brother of the fraternity, helped run the Lambda Wetdown. Harris chose to join LAU because their values make him feel at home.

Usually the Lambda Wetdown is held in the spring semester, but the brothers decided to host it in the fall this year, to “switch things up,” said Tabares.

This year, six teams played. The different teams, made up of five to six people, included LAU brothers, Delta Phi Epsilon sisters, members of the Black Student Union, members of the Caribbean Student Association and two other teams called “No Flex Zone.”

Anyone on campus could make a team for the event. Students who didn’t have a team but wanted to participate could walk onto a team the day of the event.

“I had a lot of fun,” Adam Blacharski, team member of No Flex Zone, said. “The weather wasn’t that great, but the event was still was.”

The brothers kept track of the winners, but the event was less of a competition, and more of a way for UNH students to get involved and have fun, Tabares said.
“Next year, we might actually have prizes for the winning team,” he added.

Even LAU alumni were in attendance to support their brothers. Marcelino Class, a UNH graduate, said that when he was student, his favorite LAU memory was “the process of becoming a brother.”
Kristen McMullen, a sister of Phi Sigma Sigma, attended the event this year, and called it a complete success. “The brothers of Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity Inc. have a creative mindset when it comes to getting involved with the students on campus,” she said. “They are very interactive with planning and participating in the event.”

McMullen added that you could see the excitement of both the students playing and the spectators as the event progressed. “It was a warzone of water balloons,” she said.

“Our turn out compared to the two years I have been involved has been the best one so far,” Tabares said. “Everyone who came to support actually participated and enjoyed themselves, which was the important thing.”

Other than the Wetdown, LAU hosts Deal or No Deal and Condor Carnival. LAU also collaborates with other Greek groups at Greek Explosion. On Sept. 18, they will host Copacabana: Bachata Night starting at 5 p.m. at the German Club.

Scope It Out!

by The Charger Bulletin | September 17, 2014

Here are this week’s SCOPE events:

Friday, September 19:
-Neighbors showing in Gehring 301 at 8 p.m.
-Froyo and popcorn at the Friday Showing
-Make Your Own Sunglasses in the Bartel’s Programming Space 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday September 20:
-Inflatable Fun Fest in the Residential Quad 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday, September 22:
-22 Jump Street showing in Gehring 301 at 8 p.m.

UNH Engineering Students Keep Pizza Hot with Heat Transfer Technology

by The Charger Bulletin | September 16, 2014

UNH Engineering Students Keep Pizza Hot with Heat Transfer Technology

UNH students develope way to keep pizza hot!











Maria Isabel Carnasciali, member of UNH’s engineering faculty, explains the technology invented by UNH students to keep pizza hot for up to six hours.



President’s Public Service Fellowship Presentations

by Samantha Higgins | September 16, 2014

The sixteenth year of the President’s Public Service Fellowship at the University of New Haven came to an end Friday Sept 5.

Over the course of 11 weeks, 11 UNH students of various majors were placed at different non-profit organizations in New Haven and West Haven for the fellowship. These organizations included the West Haven Mayor’s office, the Probate Court, New Haven Reads, Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services and the Children’s museum, among others.

Dean Johnson says that they “normally place students outside of their comfort zone to provide them with an experience they might not normally seek for themselves.”

Because of this, every year there are fellows that think about exploring a different career path because of their experiences.

The fellows not only worked full time in their community but also focused on university competency journals, attended weekly dinners at various cultural restaurants in the area and attended many events, including the Arts and Ideas festival, a hike up the Sleeping Giant and the Savin Rock Festival.

In conclusion of their time at their placement sites, each fellow did a short presentation that included what their placement site contributes to the community, what their daily responsibilities were, what skills they gained or strengthened, what they learned and how they grew from the experience. Among the audience was President Kaplan, Phil and Susan Bartels, Mayor O’ Brien, Dr. Henry Lee, numerous other faculty, as well as supervisors from the placement sites.

Dean Johnson and Professor Marty O’Connor worked with the fellows throughout the summer. Johnson and O’Connor were heavily involved, doing everything from attending the weekly dinners to reading the journal prompts the fellows were assigned, and asking everyone about their experiences at their placements.

Graduate Assistant Maxine Swick was the coordinator of the program under Johnson and O’Connor and, in addition to her daily tasks, she organized the events the fellows attended.

The program is funded by the Bartels family. Phil Bartels thinks the opportunity is beneficial to the development of the students and that the 2014 fellows became more flexible in dealing with situations properly and handling different people and personalities.

The fellows gained skills that will be useful to them in future careers. These skills included communication, the ability to express themselves orally and increased self-confidence, teamwork and leadership skills, and adaptability.

Swick believes the program helps prepare the fellows for their future careers because it is “showing undergraduate students what it is like in the world after school and working full time.” The fellowship gives students an experience that includes working full time, having to make their own meals, finding their way to and from work each day and being able to learn how to balance a work and social life.

Stephen Shepard, a junior fellow, described his summer as “transformative in so many ways.” His placement was the Connecticut Yankee Council Boy Scouts of America, and while being the first fellows from UNH to be placed there, he showed them just how hard UNH fellows work.

Shepard had an important role, learning the management of a non-profit and the organization of Scouting; he also had roles of Den Leader and Scout Skills instructor at day camps around the state, but his main job was creating a curriculum for a STEM- based Cub Scout summer day camp.

He says that pioneering the relationship between UNH and the Connecticut Yankee Council was “scary but exciting.” Shepard intends to continue being involved, just as many other fellows plan to continue their involvement at their placements.

The overall consensus was that the 2014 fellows did a great job representing the university and gained a broader view of the world.

Phil Bartels says that they are “darn lucky” for “the opportunity to do something they have never done before, and maybe never will again.”

“The Fellowship is one of my favorite programs at UNH as it enables me to get to know a diverse group of students well and watch them grow and learn over an eleven week period,” said Johnson.

App Secrets

by Samantha Mathewson | September 10, 2014

What started as a class project in the University of New Haven’s digital device forensics course has since become world renowned after students discoverd security flaws, breaches of privacy and additional vulnerabilities in chat, dating and social media apps used by nearly one billion subscribers on the Android platform.

UNHcFREG - Apps- cmyk

“Anyone who has used or continues to use the tested applications are at risk of confidential breeches involving a variety of data, including their passwords in some instances,” said Ibrahim Baggili, assistant professor of computer science at UNH’s Tagliatela College of Engineering, and head of the cFREG.

The tested applications include Instagram, Okcupid, ooVoo, Tango, Kik, Nimbuzz, MeetMe, MessageMe, TextMe, Grindr, HeyWire, Hike, textPlus, MyChat, WeChat, GroupMe, Whisper, LINE, Vine, Voxer, Words With Friends, Tinder, Wickr, BBM, Plenty of Fish, Snapchat, Kakao Talk, and Telegram.

“We did not find issues in all of these applications, but the majority of them had anywhere from minor to severe issues that affect user security and/or privacy,” said senior information technology major Daniel Walnycky.

“The application issues can be broken down into two categories: data security issues and data privacy issues,” said Walnycky. “Data security issues relate to unencrypted network transmissions from one user to another. Data privacy issues relate to unencrypted data being stored on user devices and/or app servers.”

UNHcFREG made five videos outlining the problems that include passwords available in plain text and private information stored on company servers. The videos identifying the apps were posted starting Monday, Sept.8 and will continue through Friday, Sept. 12. The videos can be found at http://www.youtube.com/unhcfreg.

“Each of the five videos discusses three or four applications with their specific issues. We explain the severity of the issues, how we found them, and a list of devices/tools used so that others can easily recreate our findings,” said Walnycky.

“Although all of the data transmitted through these apps is supposed to go securely from just one person to another, we have found that private communications can be viewed by others because the data is not being encrypted and the original user has no clue.” Baggili said this is especially true when there is a “man-in-the-middle attack.”

A man-in-the-middle attack is when an attacker finds a way to intercept traffic going between two victims. The victims believe they are talking directly to each other, but in actuality, the messages are going through the attacker before they reach the designated recipient.

Many people feel they have nothing to hide. Yet, strangers can easily tap into a variety of “private” data without informing the app user, said Baggili.

“The underlying problem that allows private conversations to be observed is a lack of encryption. A large percentage of applications still haven’t switched from HTTP (unencrypted) to HTTPS (encrypted),” said Walnycky. “In order for developers to use HTTPS, certifications are required. Certifications cost money and can take time to implement. A lot of developers don’t want to spend the money or time going through the process. This creates a lot of potential security and privacy holes.”

“It’s wrong for a stranger to be able to look at your private information without you even knowing they are doing it,” Baggili said. “Depending on the app, user locations, passwords, chat logs, images, video, audio and sketches can be viewed by people invading the user’s privacy.”

Strangers who tap into private conversations have the potential of observing user GPS locations, chat logs, images, videos, audio files, sketches, and even passwords. What they do with this information depends on the goal of the hacker. It could lead to black mail, extortion, account hijacking, etc.

The security issues were discovered by the cFREG team, which ran a network forensics experiment. The team was made up of UNH students including Walnycky, Armindo Rodrigues and Jason Moore. Details of how this was done is included in the videos. The team was also joined by new faculty member, Frank Breitinger from Germany, and a PhD research student from China.

Walnycky described that in order to find data security and privacy issues he and his team conducted three tests: network transmission analysis, server storage analysis, and device storage analysis.

“For the network transmission analysis the students conducted a man-in-the-middle attack through the use of a rogue Wi-Fi access point. A device was connected to this Wi-Fi access point and another device was connected outside the network. This setup forced all traffic to go through the rogue access point and be monitored by network traffic analysis software. They then proceeded to conduct conversations within applications and viewed the traffic logs for unencrypted traffic to determine what being sent/received was intercepted,” said Walnycky. “For the server storage analysis they looked deeper into these traffic logs to find direct HTTP links to files that were sent/received by users and stored on app servers without encryption or authentication. For the device storage analysis they searched through database files that applications use to store information. They found that many apps have unencrypted databases that contain highly sensitive user information.”

There is no way for users to directly fix this problem themselves. However, what they can do is be aware of what they’re sharing and understand the possibility of conversations being listened in on.

Individuals who use apps with security issues should be aware that their information is at risk and should run updates daily. They also should learn to run security tests on their own.

“They should also try conducting the tests that were done in the UNHcFREG videos on other apps. There’s no real way of knowing what these applications are doing/how they are doing it unless you see for yourself,” said Walnycky. “This problem can be solved by developers using encryption in network transmissions, server storage, and device storage.”

Each of the companies that own the apps has been notified of the issues by the cFREG team.

“Most companies simply have web contact forms for support – and no way for us to contact their developers or security teams. We had no choice but to use the support contact forms available on their websites, and most companies did not even respond. This exacerbates the problem – and it shows that mobile developers are still not taking security seriously,” said Baggili.

In regards to businesses improving their user’s privacy, Walnycky said privacy in general has been in decline over the years.

“It doesn’t seem like it’s in the best interest of the developers to give their users privacy. It takes away potential monetary profit from them either selling off user information or trying to sell users something through advertisements. However, many apps now let you “buy back your privacy” by using a non-free version that doesn’t have advertisements,” said Walnycky.

UNHcFREG was established in fall 2013 as part of UNH’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science to research digital forensics, security and privacy awareness and help reduce cybercrime. Last spring, UNHcFREG discovered vulnerabilities in WhatsApp, which has 500 million users and Viber, which has 300 million users.

“The goal of this research was to discover security and privacy issues within the social media, chatting, and dating app market on android and iOS, and we’ve been working on it since late May,” said Walnycky. “Our goal as an organization is to spread security and privacy awareness throughout campus and the world at large. We hope this project will push companies into taking stronger actions to combat these issues and boost awareness to the users.”

“This work is inspired by me, but executed by UNH students. Without the students, this work would not be possible. Their success, is our success,” said Baggili. “The students are excited to be part of a project that helps them protect their privacy – as well as other peoples’ privacy. Dan Walnycky produced the videos, he is our most creative IT student, in my honest opinion.”

“It feels unreal. It was crazy to see firsthand application after application failing to pass our security and privacy tests,” said Walnycky. “It’s easy to assume your information is safe, but this research proved otherwise. Now is as good of a time as ever for people to be aware of how the technology they are using works, how they are using the technology, and how complete strangers could be using both these things against them.”

UNHcFREG has gained world recognition for their research and are on their way towards becoming the strongest research group in digital forensics in the U.S. and worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.unhcfreg.com.

From UNH to Music City, USA

by Shannon Livewell | September 10, 2014

The Nashville Initiative: A Semester Study Away Program 

Nashville, Tenn.: the center of the American music business and a source for artists, songwriters, producers and engineers across the musical spectrum (Photo obtained via newhaven.edu)

Nashville, Tenn.: the center of the American music business and a source for artists, songwriters, producers and engineers across the musical spectrum (Photo obtained via newhaven.edu)

The University of New Haven has outdone itself again, but this time it’s catering strictly to students in its music programs, and traveling south to Nashville, Tenn.

Nashville is the home of American music and the hub of today’s music industry. UNH juniors and qualified seniors in good standing will be given the opportunity to work and live in Music City, USA.

The program will be comprised of fifteen credits of academic courses and internship experiences fastened by UNH’s partnership with the world-renowned Blackbird Studios and Academy. This studio has been considered one of the finest in North America, and UNH students will be given the opportunity to learn from, observe, and interact with Blackbird’s staff on a daily basis. Not only will students be immersed in the industry and have the opportunity to access cutting-edge sound recording technology, but they will also be able to interact with Blackbird’s artists, producers, and engineers.

Michael Kaloyanides, a professor in the music department, explained that students will also be taking courses while in Tennessee. These courses include Introduction to Music Publishing, Entertainment Entrepreneurship and Career Development, Advanced Recording I, and Music Production and Studio Techniques. The internships will be at companies such as Sony ATV/ Music Publishing, Big Deal Music, Vector Management and Rounder Records—plus additional UNH courses online.

Kaloyanides explained the incentive behind the program and who headed its development. “We wanted to get music majors more involved in study abroad,” he said. “We started the development of the program in the 2013-2014 academic year. We had set our sights on having this program official and ready for enrollment by Spring Semester of 2015, and that’s exactly what we did. The process has been fairly quick.”

Students can apply for this program by filling out the application available in the Department of Music Office. They also will be required to write a 300 to 500- word essay answering the question, “What are your life and academic goals, and how will the Nashville study away program help you achieve them?”

The application deadline will be October 15, 2014, and students should be aware that this will be a competitive activity: only fifteen to twenty students will be accepted by the end of the application process.

Kaloyanides strongly emphasized that, “this program will not only expose students to state-of-the-art recording facilities and incredible industry professionals, but it will also allow them to have the opportunity to network and be enveloped in great American musical traditions.”

A student’s existing tuition will be applied to the courses and internship while studying in Nashville.

“Students will be expected to find their own housing for the program,” Kaloyanides said. “However, the university will help them in ways of pointing out ideal areas or locations. While we are still working out transportation kinks, we think it would be ideal if students could bring their own vehicles,” he continued. “Although board will also be up to the individual student, it is best to think of this program as attending UNH in Nashville and living as a commuter student.”

If you are interested in this program, the music department, or just music in general, you may also want to attend the music department’s guest speaker series where John McBride, the owner of Blackbird Studios, will speak in Dodds Theater about the program, his studio, and his experience in the industry.

By supplying music students with abilities to network in the music capital of America, UNH is opening countless doors for the bright futures of its students.

UNH is a “College of Distinction” for the fourth straight year

by Miriam Correia | September 3, 2014


National higher education guide, Colleges of Distinction, has named the University of New Haven a “College of Distinction” for the fourth year in a row.

Students enjoying a break in the Maxcy Quad outside the Bartel’s Hall Campus Center on UNH’s main campus. (UNH Photo)

Students enjoying a break in the Maxcy Quad outside the Bartel’s Hall Campus Center on UNH’s main campus. (UNH Photo)

Colleges on this list are assessed in four key areas: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant campus communities, and successful graduate outcomes. This is a very high honor in the world of higher education.

Colleges of Distinction was created because of a lack of consideration for the things that really matter when students are choosing a college or university to go to. There were lots of rankings of “top schools” but they did not take into account the success of the graduates, the campus atmosphere, or the quality of its teaching.

The list was created to give students, parents and high schools information to choose colleges wisely rather than based off of an ambiguous ranking. This list focuses on colleges that truly help students to grow and succeed; they look for schools that take a holistic approach to their admissions processes, excel in undergraduate education and have a national reputation.

Colleges of Distinction also gives students, parents and counselors an unbiased look into schools’ actual admissions processes, tools for self-assessment, and provides insights and advice from college admissions professionals, high school counselors, students and parents.

This list is basically made by students and what would be the most rewarding experience and education; it is truly an honor to be included on this list at all, let alone four times.

Colleges of Distinction does not rank the schools on its list; each school on the list has equal ranking. Schools are nominated by high school guidance counselors and other various education professionals and then the schools are evaluated based on qualitative and quantitative research.

The selection process reviews the following factors: the school’s first-year experience, general education program, experiential learning opportunities, strategic planning and alumni success and satisfaction.

“This prestigious honor is a testament to the dedicated members of the University’s senior leadership team, our committed staff and faculty and, especially, our talented and hard-working students and alumni,” said President Kaplan.

“Thank you to everyone who played a role in UNH achieving this impressive recognition.”


UNH Recognized by the Princeton Review

by Miriam Correia | September 3, 2014

The University of New Haven has managed to get on another esteemed list for this upcoming year. The Princeton Review has recognized UNH for “Best in the Northeast” for 2015.

The list includes colleges and universities from 11 states and Washington, D.C. and was developed from data The Princeton Review collected independently.

Collectively, among lists developed for the Northeast, Midwest, West and Southeast regions, The Princeton Review rankings recognize the top 25 percent of the 2,500 four-year colleges in the United States.

To be included in the list, colleges must meet two criteria. The school must pass their reviews for academic excellence; these assessments are made based on data that is collected from administrator surveys and from the opinions of counselors and advisers who are invited to weigh in by The Princeton Review.

The school must also allow their students to be surveyed independently by the Review; only schools who allow their students to be surveyed are considered to be on the list.
The students take an 80-question survey that asks the quality of their professors and facilities and their experiences on campus.

“I was especially pleased to read the overwhelmingly positive reviews shared by our students,” said President Steven Kaplan in regards to the student survey. “In our profile, students said that their professors are ‘completely supportive and only want the best for their students.’ Another response was that ‘all the students are amicable’ and ‘smiles are seen around campus a lot.’”

This distinction is coming after UNH was also placed on the Colleges of Distinction List for the fourth year in a row; these niceties are great exposure for the university.

“These rankings advance our momentum, increase the visibility of the University and help position us as one of the finest comprehensive universities in the region,” Kaplan said.

“I want to thank you,” Kaplan said. “These accolades are made possible by the dedicated efforts of everyone in the campus community who each day exhibit an immense sense of pride in UNH.”

UNH Fire Science Program Nationally Recognized

by Sabrina Foote | September 3, 2014

At first, people may assume that when you say you go to the University of New Haven that you are studying forensic science or criminal justice, but UNH has another major taking over the spotlight.

The Fire Science program at UNH was recognized in the month of June by the National Fire Academy for being one of 16 four-year schools in the United States with a bachelor’s degree in fire science that works with the model for the National Fire Academy’s Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education Program.

The National Fire Academy, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, recognizes colleges that have programs which emphasize firefighting response, fire prevention, and fire administration.

The mission of the United States Fire Academy is to provide national leadership to foster a solid foundation for fire and emergency services stakeholders in prevention, preparedness, and response.

The data collected through the last forty years, in regards to fire losses, demonstrates a dramatic improvement. The fire death rate is one of the highest per capita in today’s industrialized world.

In one year, fire kills approximately 3,400 civilians and injures another 17,500, not including the approximate 100 firefighters. 12 billion dollars a year are spent on dues for property losses thanks to fire damage.

The recognition that the school received is priceless because it gives a high validation to the UNH’s program, making it possible for students to receive credit for the UNH related work at state fire academies and even at the National Fire Academy.

The fire science program at the UNH should be incredibly proud of its achievements thus far. This program is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the country; being a fire science major is more than just knowing where to spray a stream of water.

Fighting fires involves strategy, technique, the understanding of the science behind fire, and a steady knowledge on how to react when a situation arises.

Many students at UNH are very proud of their associate’s and bachelor’s fire science programs, but none hold more pride than those student and professors who have dedicated their lives to learning, educating, and eventually battling the fires that can cause so much damage if they are not controlled.

Congratulations to you all.

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