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Taking Note

August 22, 2007

This Is Only a Test

A test of the university’s new emergency notification system will take place August 24, at 12:30 p.m.

The system, designed to alert the campus community of imminent danger, was donated to UNH by alumnus John Olson (’57), president and CEO of Whelen Engineering.

When activated, a siren goes off and a voice message provides instruction and then notification of the end of the test. This two-step approach, called Alert and Inform, helps reduce confusion and restore order. The exercise takes under 10 minutes.

Olson’s donation came after the Virginia Tech tragedy earlier this year and engineers and UNH staff spent the week prior to commencement installing the mass alert system.

There are four siren locations: the roof of the MUB, the roof of Morse Hall, A-Lot and the dirt parking lot near the equestrian facility. The system reaches a distance of nearly a mile in all directions.

A monthly schedule of test dates will appear in the Campus Journal once the system has been fine-tuned.

Student Needs Temporary Home

The ESL Institute is looking for a home-stay family for a 17-year-old male student from the United Arab Emirates from Sept. 4 through Oct. 26. Families must provide a private room, meals, and transportation to the university. (Wildcat Transit is fine.)

Pay is $25/day for home-stay families. Contract esl@unh.edu, or call professor Mary Clark (2-3990) or Jeff Donald (2-0083).

Main Street Construction Update

New crosswalks and bus stops are in the final stages of completion on Main Street and the in-road work is expected to be finished by today. Reconstruction of the whole corridor should be done by Aug. 30.

This is an active project affected by weather and contractor availability. Contractors are working six days a week 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to complete work. Dates are subject to change.

Updated project information is posted at: http://www.unh.edu/ecd/design_mainst.html.

Don’t Miss The Dairy Bar

The Dairy Bar is open to vehicle traffic during construction. There is drive-in space over the sidewalk while Depot Street entrance is blocked off. Do stop by for a bite. You won’t have to fight the crowds.

College Faculty Meeting

There will be a meeting of the College of Liberal Arts faculty on Tuesday, September 11, at 12:40 p.m. in Murkland 115. New tenure-track faculty will be introduced. A reception in their honor will be held prior to the meeting, from 12 p.m. until 12:40, in Murkland 110. The dean asks that department chairs accompany their new faculty to the reception and be prepared to say a few words of introduction about them at the regular meeting at 12:40. The reception is open to all faculty. Light refreshments will be served.

Other agenda items include a welcome from President Huddleston and a formal vote on the proposal to create a Queer Studies minor.

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.

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.

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.

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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