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Taking Note

August 8, 2007

Underpass Temporarily Closed

The Colovos Road underpass near the heat plant will be closed for the rest of the month while utility work takes place in the area. During this time, vehicles and pedestrians should use the new southern underpass on McDaniel Drive/College Road to access the Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory.

Staff Professional Development Grant Deadline

The next application deadline for the UNH Staff Professional Development Grant is September 8. The maximum award is $750.00. No more than one grant will be awarded per person during a twelve-month period, which is calculated from the date of notification of the previous grant.

The Staff Professional Development Grant Program provides the opportunity for EE, OS, and PAT staff to attain new skills or knowledge in a manner that will enhance a staff member's performance or eligibility for promotion and be of specific benefit to the department, college, university and/or University System.

Such opportunities might include:

- Conferences, workshops and seminars, both on and off campus

- Academic courses not offered within the University System

- Travel and accommodations for off campus courses, workshops, etc.

- Special projects, including but not limited to research and publication

Note: The grant application has been updated for FY08. Also, in an effort to decrease the number of incomplete applications, a review checklist is now included. The committee welcomes feedback.

To obtain a current version of the application go to http://www.unh.edu/hr/pod/pdfs/Staff-Prof-Dev-Grant.pdf

Stress Buster- Massage It Away

Starting this fall, Health Services will provide expanded massage therapy services to students, faculty and staff, offering weekend hours and hot stone massages. Appointments can be made starting the end of August.

All massages are provided by licensed massage therapists. For more information visit http://www.unh.edu/health-services/ohep/massage.html.

Locally Grown and Organic

The Organic Garden Club’s farm stand opens for the season today. New location: Murkland Courtyard. Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Virtual Learning Conference Set For August

The Granite State Distance Learning Network (GSDLN) invites faculty and staff to attend the upcoming Annual Videoconferencing Institute being held August 9 and 10 at NHPTV as well as five other locations simultaneously across New Hampshire.

The two- day Videoconference Institute provides an overview of the various components of videoconferencing, its potential, the resources available and strategies to make the video project successful. Participants will experience virtual field trips, guest speakers, hands-on time to find projects, and practice techniques over video. A brochure can be downloaded at http://www.gsdln.org/pdf/FinalInstituteBrochure2007B.pdf.

GSDLN has been active this past year in trying to help the faculty and staff utilize this growing technology to assist in UNH’s outreach efforts including a successful videoconference this past spring with Glen Miller of the chemistry department. Miller presented an interactive program on “nanotechnology” from the MUB Distance Learning Classroom to more than 250 interested and questioning middle school students at five different sites around the state. This fall, GSDLN is working with the UNH Institute on Disability to bring information on autism via videoconferences to more than a dozen sites around N.H.

For more information contact George.Fryburg@unh.edu or go to the Granite State Distance Learning Network at www.gsdln.org.

Discount Dining for Faculty and Staff

Acorns Restaurant at the New England Center will offer special luncheon selections to faculty and staff. David May, assistant vice president for business affairs, has developed this plan in conjunction with NEC in response to the closing of the Oak Room, the faculty/staff dining room in Huddleston Hall.

NEC is offering a 35 percent combined discount on Acorns’ express lunch, available Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at a special price of $8.95 plus tax and gratuity including a non-alcoholic beverage. The meal features a full salad bar, soups, fresh baked rolls, signature sandwiches and build-your-own sandwiches, and desserts. Buy five express lunches and get the sixth one free.

Faculty and staff will get a 32 percent discount on Acorns’ Buffet (when available): offered at a $12.50 plus tax including a non-alcoholic beverage. Call ahead to check on the buffet availability.

The Kellogg Foundation's overview of the assembly can be seen here: http://www.wkkf.org/default.aspx?tabid=75&CID=274&NID=61&LanguageID=0.

Reminder: Turn in Your Waiver Forms

Faculty/staff tuition waiver forms for the fall undergraduate tuition billing period are due by August 9. Forms can be obtained at Human Resources or Business Services.

Information and questions, call Business Services at 2-2230 or email business.services@unh.edu.

eVENTS Management System

The eVENTS Management System (EMS), developed by the Research Computing Center, enables customers to register and pay for events such as conferences, workshops, and camps via the web, and assists event managers with tracking registration and payment activity.

The eVENTS system offers customizable registration forms for each event, an online payment feature which accepts credit cards and e-checks and feeds automatically into the Banner Finance system, and 24/7 access to live registration reports.

More details are available at http://www.unh.edu/budget/events.htm or by calling site administrator Jennifer Biron at 2-0828.

Summer Time at Campus Journal

The Campus Journal summer schedule continues. Next issue will be July 11, publishing every other week thereafter. The deadline for submissions is the Tuesday before at 4 p.m.

Lactation Room Available

Dimond Library and the UNH President’s Commission on the Status of Women would like to call attention to a lactation room that is available in Dimond Library. This private room contains a hospital-grade Medela breast pump, a gliding rocker, a refrigerator, and soft music. The room is designed for nursing and milk expression. A key can be checked out at the main circulation desk of the library. Please contact Pam Lehman at 2-1512 or the commission office at 2-1058 for more information.

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