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UNH institutes campuswide tobacco policy

By Lori Gula

UNH has instituted a tobacco policy that specifies where smoking is prohibited on campus, and how the university will provide educational programs that encourage people not to start smoking and assist smokers who want to stop.

The policy was drafted by the UNH Smoking Policy Task Force, with the intent to institute a policy that respects the rights and smokers and nonsmokers. It has been endorsed by the Faculty Senate, PAT Council, OS Council, Student Senate, Dean's Council and the president's staff.

"This policy emphasizes both educational efforts to encourage employees and students not to smoke, and delineates nonsmoking areas on the campus," said Brad Manning, chair of the task force and director of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety.

President Joan Leitzel formed the task force in 1999, to discuss how UNH could implement a campuswide smoking policy without stigmatizing those on campus who smoke. Manning said Leitzel created the group within 48 hours after receiving a request from Marc Hiller, associate professor of health management and policy.

The forming of the task force also was prompted by U.S. Surgeon General and American College Health Association findings that tobacco use in any form, active or passive, is a significant health hazard. The Environmental Protection Agency classifies environmental tobacco smoke as a Group A carcinogen, and according to the Centers for Disease Control, 32 million smokers (about 70 percent) say they want to quit completely.

After nearly three years of discussion and several later drafts, the final policy was approved earlier this month by the president.

"There was a very strong attempt to assure everyone was comfortable with the draft policy, which is why the policy was a long time in the making. These are emotional issues, and I believe the president wanted to make sure everyone had been consulted," Manning said.

The UNH Tobacco Policy is supported by state law (RSA 155:64-77). Specifically, the policy states the following are nonsmoking areas:

-- Inside all buildings owned and occupied or leased and occupied by UNH, including the Forest Park Apartments, Kellogg Conference Center and public areas of the New England Center hotel.

-- All university vehicles.

-- Entrances and outside stairways to buildings, and outdoor passageways to entrances and stairways. Smoking will not be allowed within 20 feet of a building or an air intake unit.

-- Courtyards or other areas where air circulation may be impeded by architecture, landscaping or other barriers.

-- Outdoor entry or service lines, such as for ticket purchases, event admissions, bus stops, ATMs, etc.

-- Outdoor seating areas provided by food services.

-- Areas where there is fixed seating, such as Cowell Stadium.

-- Areas that are reserved for events that do not have fixed seating but for which the sponsor determines that the interests of nonsmokers need to be protected (i.e. outdoor concerts, university receptions and events, and groundbreaking ceremonies). Such areas will be designated "no smoking" with signs or some other notification.

Where the needs of smokers and nonsmokers conflict, smoke-free air is the priority.

An educational effort will complement the enforcement of the policy. Health Services and USNH Embrace Life Fully will play a key role in this education effort.

New employees and students will receive copies of the policy, which will be included in orientation programs, the student rights and rules handbook and admissions application materials. UNH will offer educational information and provide information about smoking cessation classes.

Advertising of all tobacco products or their use is prohibited in all UNH publications and on all UNH-owned, occupied or leased properties.

Implementation of the policy will rely on the consideration and cooperation of smokers and nonsmokers, and all members of the UNH community, as well as visitors, are asked to observe the policy.

The policy directs the president, vice presidents, deans, directors and department chairs to assure that everyone in their area of responsibility understands the policy. The Office of Environmental Health and Safety will receive direct concerns and questions about the policy.

Manning said his office plans to distribute pamphlets about the policy and procure funding to implement the policy. For example, UNH may need to mark the 20-foot nonsmoking areas, provide smoking shelters for smokers and place smoking receptacles around campus for butts.




Seventy years later, we're still talking about parking

by Lori Gula

If we had only listened to senior civil engineering students Gordon Ayer and Malcolm Chase.

Drivers illegally parking at UNH, causing traffic to come to a standstill, traffic flow that has motorists competing against pedestrians for a bit of road, poorly marked parking lots, and not enough traffic signs.

Even in 1932, UNH had its parking problems.

In the midst of the release of the Transportation Policy Committee's draft report on proposals to improve transportation and parking, a graduate student in the Department of Civil Engineering has unearthed the original, bound thesis by Ayer and Chase titled, "A Survey of the Traffic and Parking Conditions of the University of New Hampshire Campus."

Stiff, yellowed pages bound in a black-cloth cover with fading gold lettering tell the story of a campus where "the problem of traffic regulation...is one of increasing importance."

Black and white photos show dark-colored Ford Model As lined up in front of Thompson Hall, waiting to drive under the granite arch. "The roadways leading to the arch from both directions are scarcely wide enough for two cars to pass each other with any degree of safety," the authors said. "The arch itself is barely wide enough for one car to pass through it."

The recommendation? Limit traffic through the arch to one-way.

Traffic congestion in the T-Hall arch wasn't the only problem plaguing that area of campus in 1932. There were the select few who thought they should be allowed to park next to the front of the building, which caused all kinds of traffic headaches.

The authors afforded no special privileges: eliminate parking here immediately and move all cars to the rear of Demeritt Hall. "It is not necessary for further discussion on this point as photograph 3 indicates without need of discussion that prohibition of parking in this area is essential to the safety of both pedestrian and vehicular traffic movement over the area adjacent to the archway."

So much for community forums.

Incidentally, there is no mention of a parking permit fee, but there's a high probability that it was $32 a year.

Then there was the matter of marking parking spaces, or "stalls." Ayer and Chase recommended the university actually mark them, requesting "the conspicuous parking of every individual parking stall in every authorized parking area and penalties provided for failure to confine parked cars to these marked stalls."

Proposal for speed limits?

How about, UNH should have one.

The two students spent hours counting vehicles in parking lots, determining supply and demand for spaces during various periods of the day and week, studying traffic flow, analyzing traffic volume at various intersections, and calculating projections of Durham vehicle registrations based on current data.

The students estimated the number of registered vehicles in Durham would swell to 2,000 by 1950. "If the predictions as shown by the graphic representation are at all correct, it is not difficult to see that the traffic situation will, within the next 10 years, present a problem nearly double the proportions of the one under consideration at the present time."

Quite an ominous warning.

And then there were the trees. Warning: Environmentalists, prepare yourselves.

"There are certain trees, which, although possessing certain esthetic value, are next to worthless and limit the capacity of the area," the students wrote in discussion parking east of T-Hall.

The students concluded that "the only legitimate end of traffic control is to obtain the maximum convenience and economy of movements consistent with public safety. In doing this, due consideration must be given to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic."

"It is hoped that the information contained in this report will be given due and impartial consideration by the University Officials and that the efforts resulting in this work will lead to the adoptions of measures and policies which will improve conditions and lead to the ultimate solution, as far as possible, of the University of New Hampshire campus problem."

Seventy years later, UNH still is talking about transportation and parking.




Permit swap is on hold

by Lori Gula

The Parking Office has put its parking permit swap that began May 20 on hold after a typographical error was discovered on the back of the new permits, but expects to resume the swap during first week of June after it receives the corrected tags from the printer.

"On the second day of swapping, it was discovered that the permits have a typographical error. Whereas the faculty/staff permits have always been invalid at parking meters, the reverse side of the new permits say that the permits are valid at the meters. Our request to the printers was correct, but the result was the opposite. The printers have offered to re-run the job right away," said Marc Laliberte, administrative supervisor, Parking and Transportation Services.

Only about 400 new permits have been distributed, Laliberte said. Anyone holding the new permit should use it until the Parking Office replaces it with the corrected version. Faculty and staff with old permits will take part in the swap process when it resumes in June.

The Parking office had begun swapping old faculty and staff parking permits for the new ones as part of its effort to reduce the number of invalid permits that are being used illegally on campus.

"For many years, UNH has provided faculty and staff with hang tag permits that can be moved from car to car and renewed from year to year. Providing renewable year-to-year permits provides many advantages and conveniences for the permit users," Laliberte said.

"After a number of years, however, there is the potential for invalid or illegal permits to be hiding among all the good permits, so every once in a while, it's good to completely exchange permits to truly render the old permits obsolete," he said.

It's been 10 years since Parking and Transportation Services changed the design of the tags.

"Between these occasions, incidentally, the Parking Office strongly recommends that supervisors request or require departing employees to return their parking permits, the same way they'd have to turn in their keys or tools. Parking permits technically are university property and should not leave with a departing employee. This would help reduce incidence of encroachment by invalid/illegal permit users," Laliberte said.

Once the swap resumes in June, faculty and staff with valid, current faculty/staff permits for the 2001-02 academic year can pick up their new renewable tag at the Parking Office or at designated swap sites in parking lots around campus. Those with the new permit will receive the corrected version directly from Parking Services and will not need to participate in the swap again.

Permits issued any time before this swap process will be invalid beginning with the 2002-03 fiscal year.

The swap only is for eligible owners with valid, current faculty/staff permits. Employees with lapsed permits must purchase a new permit at the Parking Office.

The Parking Office will select days to stage an exchange field site in several major parking lots (H Lot, B Lot, F Lot, for example). Notices will be placed in the field-site lots the day before.

Teaching and research assistant (TA/RA) graduate students no longer will be issued the same permits as regular faculty and staff. Instead, they will have a separate, nonrenewable permit.

"Turnover is generally heavier among the grad students with teaching or research assistantships, so now these people will have their own permits‹with the same eligibility and privileges as before, only not renewable from year to year," Laliberte said.

Applications for TA/RA parking permits must be conducted at the Parking Office and require renewed documentation indicating a current assistantship. TA/RA graduate students will continue to park in the same lots as faculty and staff, but the permits now will be distinct. No TA/RA will be issued a new hang tag, even if he or she has one now.

Those with service permits need to provide renewed documentation of eligibility from their department supervisors and bring it to the Parking Office.

The permit exchange has nothing to do with permit renewals. The processes will be conducted separately. The normal permit renewal process will begin around July 1, when payroll deductions or standard payments will be taken.

For more information, call the Parking Office at 862-1010 or visit http://www.unh.edu/parking/index.html.




Expedition tracks human impact in Arctic

By Amy Seif

Camping on the snow at 10,000 feet above sea level, a research team lead by UNH will endure below freezing nights and intense conditions in pursuit of two ice cores that will tell a never-before-told story.

Although ice coring ‹ extracting long cylinders of ice to recover records of the atmosphere preserved in glaciers ‹ has been on-going for about 20 years, this project will document a wider spectrum of pollutants than ever studied from an area of the world in which not much data exists.

"We think these areas of the Earth are pristine, that there will always be places that we can't affect," explains the trip's leader, Cameron Wake assistant research professor of Earth sciences at UNH's Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space. "However, now we know that remote places like the Arctic are polluted from atmospheric chemistry studies looking at recent effects. We will be tracking the impact that humans have had over the past century on the remote atmosphere in the Canadian Yukon."

The first ice core to be extracted will be about 250 meters deep and will be recovered from the Eclipse Icefield in the St. Elias mountains. Once back at the lab, scientists will analyze the core for a wide variety of chemical constituents, including familiar pollutants such as lead, mercury, cadmium and vanadium. A second, shorter ice core will be drilled to a depth of 100 meters and will be analyzed for persistent organic pollutants (PCBs).

"This is the first time that we are developing a truly multiparameter record. We are looking at all major ions, stable isotopes, metals and rare Earth elements for Northwestern North America. Rare earth elements are important clues as they can indicate where the polluted air came from originally," Wake says.

The project, funded by the National Science Foundation, involves several universities, as well as the Geological Survey of Canada and the National Institute of Polar Research in Tokyo. Both the Geological Survey and the National Institute will drill ice cores, which will offer a greater historical record as well as give sources for comparison.

"As no one meterology station can provide all the answers to weather," Wake says, "no one ice core can provide all the answers to climate change. This multiparameter record will provide a valuable contribution for a data poor region to the growing network of ice-core and tree-ring records from the Arctic that can be used to document natural and anthropogenic environmental change."

Two undergraduate students from the University of Maine and the University of Ottawa have accompanied Wake and his co-principal investigator, University of Maine Professor Karl Kreutz, on this expedition. Wake's graduate student, Kaplan Yalcin, also will participate.




HR takes job application process online

By Lori Gula

Human Resources has taken a huge step into cyberspace with the implementation of a new electronic job posting and employment Web site that allows job applicants to apply for positions online and lets hiring managers screen applicants from any computer with an Internet connection and automate prescreening of job seekers.

"Human Resources has been working for months on an automated system that will better serve both job seekers and hiring managers at UNH. We are very excited to bring this new system online because it reduces the amount of paperwork and time involved in the hiring process and creates a more efficient system for all of our customers," said David Butler, assistant vice president for Human Resources.

The system, developed by PeopleAdmin Inc. of Austin, Texas, will be online June 1. Initially, the system will be available for only operating staff positions.

Once system enhancements have been made over the next few months, the system will be available for professional, administrative and technical positions, Butler said.

The system is accessible through many browsers, although Human Resources recommends Netscape 4.2 and above, or Internet Explorer 5.5 and above.

The new site offers many advantages for hiring supervisors and job seekers. For hiring managers, the benefits include:

-- Around-the-clock ability to screen applicants from any PC that has a browser and Internet access.

-- Paperless review, status coding and retention of applications and resumes using the system's electronic features.

-- Ability to use templates from previously posted positions.

-- Ability to incorporate job-specific qualifying questions into the electronic application process to assist in the screening of applicants.

-- Ability to directly contact applicants who have met the minimum requirements for an interview.

-- Elimination of delays inherent in current applicant review process.

-- Ability to automate summary reports for Human Resources (i.e. no Staff Selection Form)

Hiring managers can access the site at www.unhjobs.com\hr using an account and password created the first time they submit a position vacancy.

For job seekers, both internal and external, the benefits include:

-- Ability to apply for employment with the university electronically and directly to positions of interest.

-- Receipt of an immediate response as to whether they have meet minimum qualifications.

--Ability to track the status of positions applied for using an established password-protected user account.

-- Ability to maintain their online employment application, creating and saving multiple resume formats.

Internal and external applicants can access the site at www.unhjobs.com to view and apply for jobs.

Human Resources will have computers available in its lobby for applicants to apply for jobs.

In addition, training will be available for staff who request assistance with posting vacant positions and understanding the process, and to hiring supervisors and other appropriate staff.

Training will be offered to hiring supervisors and those responsible for submitting position vacancy forms in MUB Theatre I on June 5, 8:30 a.m.­12 p.m. and 1­4:30 p.m.; June 6, 8:30 a.m.­12 p.m.; and June 12, 1­4:30 p.m. To register, visit http:\\training.unh.edu and click the link for "HR Online Job Posting/Employment Site Training."

For more information, visit http://www.unh.edu/hr/events.htm.




Payroll moves to Leavitt Lane

By Stephanie Behan, Controller's Office

The USNH/UNH Payroll Department moved to 1 Leavitt Lane from Elizabeth Demeritt House on Tuesday, May 21, but there should be a minimum impact to the UNH community.

The Payroll staff and operation moved in preparation for the implementation of Banner's HR/Payroll product, scheduled to go live July 1, 2003.

The staff will be located in the same area as other Project FRESH staff, which will allow them to attend meetings, participate in discussions, assist with testing needs, and engage in the development of training materials.

Payroll will continue to process payroll and paycheck runs. Staff phone numbers and e-mail addresses have not changed, and Payroll still can be reached at 2-1400. However, a number of services have changed.

-- Payroll's fax number has changed to 2-2123.

-- U.S. and campus mail to the department will be delivered to 1 Leavitt Lane. Please change your address labels or address envelopes. Mail Services will reroute Payroll mail addressed to Demeritt House in the interim.)

-- Documents hand delivered to Demeritt House will be picked up daily and delivered to the new location.

-- On-site, "drop-in" customer service with USNH representatives will be more difficult at the new location, so clients are strongly advised to make an appointment. However, if an individual makes an unscheduled visit, Payroll will try to accommodate them. One Leavitt Lane uses a card access system to the building. During business hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), Payroll visitors must enter the public area of the building and call Payroll for admittance to the work area.

-- Requests for payroll advances should be sent by the BSCs by e-mail to payroll@unh.edu. Staff will review the request and process the advance, whether issued via a convenience check or cash.

-- Convenience check disbursements will be coordinated through the BSC to ensure that arrangements are made for the individual to receive the check, either by pick-up, sent through mail, or other arrangements.

-- Payroll will authorize cash advances and communicate to accounts payable that an advance has been approved. The individual must obtain the cash from the accounts payable cashier in Demeritt House. (Accounts payable will not provide detailed payroll information about the advance; this will need to be communicated between the BSC or the individual and Payroll.)




UNH-M honors student achievements at convocation

Ginger Lever, UNH-M

The University of New Hampshire at Manchester recognized student academic achievement at its third annual honors convocation Tuesday, May 21, at CR Sparks in Bedford.

The convocation included a welcome by Bruce Mallory, vice provost and dean of the UNH Graduate School, and remarks by graduating senior and Presidential Scholar Trina Hussey of Dunbarton, who is an English major.

Eleven students earned academic distinction as Presidential Scholars by earning more than 90 credits, 64 at UNH, and a cumulative UNH GPA of 3.7 or higher. One hundred twenty-nine students were recognized as University Honors students. Baccalaureate degree candidates recognized as University Honors students hold junior or senior status with 58 or more credits and a 3.2 cumulative UNH GPA and associate degree candidates have earned 32 or more credits and hold a 3.2 cumulative UNH GPA.

In addition to University honors distinction, the 2002 Harlow-Wetzel Award was presented to Angela Abbene of Litchfield. Abbene will continue her studies in biology in the fall at UNH in Durham.

The award is given annually to a UNH Manchester student to recognize academic achievement in the natural sciences and for their potential for making a significant contribution to the field of natural sciences.




Holloway Business Plan Competition winners are announced

By Janet Lathrop

Andrea Tully of Brookfield, a business major at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics, won first prize in the undergraduate lifestyle category for her business plan, "A & P Plumbing and Heating, Inc.," in the third annual Paul J. Holloway Business Plan Competition.

The contest recognizes outstanding student entries in two categories, lifestyle and high growth. Winners are awarded $3,000 and runners-up receive $600 for reaching the final round in a contest that judges business plans for feasibility of implementation and overall quality. Tully's plan offered a detailed strategy for a plumbing, heating and cooling system service company in the Alton and Wolfeboro area, staffed by master plumber Paul Dubuc with Tully as office manager.

Jeffrey McDonald of Nashua took top honors in the high growth business category for his "Treble Cove Music, Inc." plan. Treble Cove would offer working musicians "one-stop shopping" for live sound reinforcement, live digital recording plus a digital recording studio.

Winners among graduate student entries were Matthew Scruton, Farmington, for the "Nature's Compost" business plan in the lifestyle category, and Andrew Molloy of Falmouth, Maine, for his "InterCity" business plan in the high-growth category.