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January 31, 2007

Cupboards Low on Food

The Cornucopia Food Pantry is seeking donations after a busy holiday season depleted its food supplies.

Located on the ground floor in Christensen Hall, the food pantry serves individuals and families on campus as well as in the Durham area.

Supplies are lower than they usually are at this time of year because Cornucopia gave out more than 125 food baskets during the holidays. Of particular need are caned goods, hot and cold cereal, soups, peanut butter and tomato-based products.

Cornucopia is open Wednesday, from 4-5:30 p.m., Friday-12:00-5:0 p.m. and by appointment. To make a donation, contact Stephen Luber at -862-1889.

MLK King, Jr. Celebration Commemorative Address and Panel

The annual commemorative address to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, birthday will be delivered by Carlos Munoz, Jr. on Jan. 31, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Johnson Theatre. Munoz, a Latino scholar, will discuss “From Poverty to Empowerment: A Call to Action.”

Munoz is also part of a panel taking place Thursday, Feb. 1, from 12:30-2:30 p.m., in the Strafford Room at the MUB. Other panelists include moderators Carol B. Conaway, professor in the department of communication and Women’s Studies Program and professor David Watters of the English department.

Don't Forget To Cash Out

Eligible employees have until Feb. 2 to “cash-out” up to 5 vacation days or 5 earned time days as part of the University Trustees strategy to mitigate the increased cost of the medical contribution rates which took effect this month.

This voluntary option is being offered to all exempt and non-exempt staff (PAT/EE, OS) and fiscal year, non-union faculty who were on the status payroll as of 6/30/06. Completed forms and revised leave records must be submitted to Human Resources by Feb. 3. See cash out forms for further information and instructions.

Please note:

  1. The forms and instructions are available on HR web site at: www.unh.edu/hr under “Forms”.
  2. A recent Department of Labor opinion letter has made clear that when an employer allows a cash-out of accrued leave time, the value of the cash-out must be included in the calculation for overtime payment in the pay period in which the cash-out payment is made.
  3. Due to IRS regulations, taxability of this one-time payment (as well as other mitigation bonus) is the same regardless of whether the payment is included in the regular or separate paycheck. The IRS Employment Tax Regulations distinguish between regular wages paid for a payroll period and supplemental wages for purposes of income tax withholding. The regulations provide that supplemental wages include: bonuses, commissions, lump sum payment of accumulated annual leave, back pay. The University cash-out/mitigation monies are considered supplemental income. UNH uses the IRS flat rate procedure for withholding taxes on supplemental income. With bonuses being considered "supplemental income" they are subject to the federal tax rate of 25% (rate set in 2005). Detailed information is available on the IRS website. http://www.irs.gov/
  4. Payments for leave time cash-out will be reflected in the Feb.16 paycheck for Operating Staff and Feb. 23 for fiscal year faculty and exempt staff.

Call the Office of Human Resources at 2-0501 if questions.

Presidential Candidate on Campus

Senator Joe Biden is scheduled to discuss issues and answer questions from students and members of the UNH and Durham area communities on Monday, Feb, 5 at 3:45 p.m. in the MUB, room 336. For more information).

Sleepy Time: Are You Getting Enough?

Brown Bag Lunch Series

Learn how to start every day with a good night’s sleep. Tuesdays, 12:45 - 1:45 p.m., in the MUB, room 334.

Feb. 6 - Sleep 101
Why is sleep so important and are you getting enough? Noel Wheeler is a physician at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital’s Sleep Disorder Center and is board certified in sleep medicine. He will provide an overview of sleep and answer some of your questions.

Feb. 20 - Counting Sheep?
Don’t let stress keep you up at night. It is a normal part of life that can be managed. Learn some great new stress management coping skills that will help you get more ZZZs.

Feb. 27 -Meditation
Ommm.....meditate yourself to sleep with these techniques you can take to bed.

March 6 - Feeding Your Body for A Great Night of Snoozin’
Eat and drink your way to happy dreams. What you choose to put into your body can effect how many hours of shut eye you get each night.

March 20 - Exercise
Learn how to pump up your heart rate and break a sweat all in the name of a good night’s sleep. Presented by Linda Hayden, Campus Recreation.

April 3 - The Art of Napping
All you ever wanted to know about napping. Included: a free power nap session. Pillows optional.

April 10 - It’s A Sleep Party
Guaranteed to be the party of the semester. Join us for milk and cookies and don’t forget your creativity - we will be making eye pillows and learning about the benefits of keeping a dream journal.

Open to the UNH Community. For more information on sleep or this series, visit www.unh.edu/health-services. Unless otherwise noted, all sessions will be presented by wellness educators/Counselors from Health Services or peer educators.

Nordic Challenge To Benefit Northeast Passage

Northeast Passage will be hosting the only ultra-endurance Nordic ski event in New England on Saturday, Feb. 10, in Jackson, New Hampshire.

The Dawn to Dusk Nordic Challenge is an all-day, five-kilometer cross country ski relay event, held at the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation and the Eagle Mountain House. Participants can enter the solo category or be part of a team of up to 10 skiers.

The event is appropriate for both able-bodied and adaptive cross country skiers of all ability levels and ages. “Mixed” teams and costumes are encouraged. Food and refreshments will be served throughout the day and there will be an après ski party at the Eagle Mountain House. Prizes will be awarded in several categories.

There is a $100 entry fee per person and includes event day food, après ski party and commemorative water bottle. All proceeds benefit Northeast Passage.

Register online at www.skireg.com or contact Northeast Passage at 2-0070, email northeast.passage@unh.edu or visit www.nepassage.org.

Environmental Health and Safety Meetings

The next Institutional Biosafety Committee meeting will be held on Feb.15 in Rudman Hall, room G79. For more information about this committee please go to http://www.unh.edu/ehs/BS/.

The next Chemical Safety Committee meeting will be held on February 16 in Rudman Hall, room G79. For more information about this committee please go to http://www.unh.edu/ehs/CS/. Both meetings are open to the public.

Faculty Concert Series

The UNH Music Faculty Concert Series presents Arlene Kies, piano, and Wayne Lu, horn, in concert on Sunday, Feb. 4, at 3:00 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center.

Kies will perform Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22 by Robert Schumann, Sonata in D, Op. 28 “Pastoral” by Beethoven and the “Mephisto Waltz” by Franz Liszt. Kies has invited Lu from Eldora, Iowa, to perform his composition, “Sonata for French Horn and Piano,” a personal work in which each movement is inspired by friends and family. The program also includes “Romance” by Alexander Scriabin and “Reverie” by Alexander Glazunov.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 2-2404.

UW Totals

The 2006 UNH United Way Campaign exceeded its $50,000 goal with 247 employees contributing $51,850, which is 7.9 percent of the targeted 20 percent participation goal.

As contributors to the United Way of the Greater Seacoast, UNH donors are helping sustain programs in 45 cities and towns and towns in Southern Maine and New Hampshire.

In Concert: Faculty Compositions

The Faculty Concert Series presents program of music composed by faculty members on Friday, Feb.16, at 8:00 p.m. in the Bratton Recital Hall of the Paul Creative Arts Center.

Works by Michael Annicchiarico, Andrew Boysen, Lori Dobbins, Robert Gerry, Robert Haskins, Christopher Kies and David Newsam include several world premieres. Compositions will be performed by faculty, guest performers and the UNH Chamber Singers, under the direction of William Kempster.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Music department 2-2404.

Faculty Members: Tell Your Students About Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program:

Important Dates:
Application Deadlines:
Undergraduate Research Award (spring, summer, or fall 2007) and SURF USA (for summer 2007): March 1.

Spring proposal writing workshops. Learn how to write a proposal to UROP:

Feb. 14, Rm. 381 Rudman Hall, 3:30 – 5:00 pm. (Science/engineering)

Feb. 15, Hood House Solarium, 12:40 – 2:00 pm. (All disciplines)

Feb. 20, Rm. 207 MUB, 4:00 – 5:30 pm. (All disciplines)

Feb. 21, Rm. 381 Rudman Hall, 3:30 – 5:00 pm. (Science/engineering)

INCO 590: Student Research Experience. Faculty members may identify students to work with them on activities related to their teaching or research responsibilities. Variable credit. Support for research expenses available. For more information, contact the UROP office, 2-4323 or go to www.unh.edu/undergrad-research.

Visit www.unh.edu/undergrad-research Questions? Contact us at undergrad.research@unh.edu. UROP supports research in all fields.

Veterinary Workshops

The Cooperative Extension has teamed up with state veterinarian Steven Crawford to provide a series of clinics on basic health care and biosecurity information for livestock owners.

Feb. 10 - Punch Brook Farm, Franklin (sheep)
Feb. 24 -Cheshire County Farm, Westmoreland (cattle)
March 17- Sugar River Valley Regional Tech Center, Newport (sheep and swine)
March 31- Legacy Farm, Candia (sheep)
April 14- Ramblin’ View Farm, Gilford (sheep)
May 5-Grafton County Farm, North Haverhill (swine, cattle)

Pre-registration is required as space may be limited. Fee is $10. All workshops are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact Tina Savage at 539-3331 to register or for more information.

NH Sea Grant to Host Informational Meeting

Faculty and research scientists seeking support for marine-related research are invited to an informational meeting on NH Sea Grant’s just-released RFP for 2008-2009 Monday, Feb.5, from 3:40-5:00 p.m. in Room G89 Rudman Hall

Sea Grant director Jonathan Pennock and other representatives of the program will discuss the prospects for funding through its Omnibus proposal as well as via its Development Funds program.

During the meeting, the NHSG staff will also describe the Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program, which matches graduate students pursuing marine-related degrees with positions in federal agencies and programs or in congressional offices on Capitol Hill.

The deadline for preliminary proposals for the NHSG 2008-2009 RFP is March 21 and the deadline for Knauss Fellowship applications is March 15. For more information on either, contact Pennock (jonathan.pennock@unh.edu, 2-7007) or visit the appropriate web site: http://www.seagrant.unh.edu/fundinginfo.html or http://www.seagrant.noaa.gov/knauss/knauss.html.

See the Light at Health Services-Therapy Lamps Available

Health Services is offering free light therapy to faculty, staff and students. Two lamps are available 7 days a week, by appointment. Light therapy is helpful in treating seasonal affective disorder for about 75 percent of the people who are afflicted with the condition.

Visit http://www.unh.edu/health-services/ohep/sad-lighttherapy_main.html for more information.

Music Department Presents USAF Band

The Air Force Band of Liberty’s Chamber Winds will perform Friday, Feb. 2, at 8 p.m. in the Bratton Recital Hall of the Paul Creative Arts Center. Stationed at Hanscom Air Force Base, MA, these outstanding musicians will present chamber works under the direction of commander and conductor, Lt. Colonel Larry Lang.

The concert is sponsored by the music department and is free and open to the public. For more information call 2-2404.

Free Lunchtime Nutrition Series

Take an hour break each month to learn practical nutrition tips for free.

Join dining’s registered dietitian Rochelle L’Italien and increase your nutrition know-how. Bring your own bag lunch. Complimentary water and fruit will be served.

Why Is It So Hard To Change?
Creating new patterns for your nutrition success.
Tuesday, Feb. 6, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Squamscott Room, Holloway

Fad Free: Eating Well On Campus And Beyond
Thursday, March 1, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Piscataqua Room, Holloway

“I’ll Have A Second Helping Of Compassion.”
A different strategy towards reaching your nutrition goals
Thursday, April 5, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Piscataqua Room, Holloway

Food Portion Know-How: Be The Navigator of Your OWN Plate
Tuesday, May 1, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Piscataqua Room, Holloway)

No registration needed. All programs are free and open to faculty, staff and students.

For more information call 2-862-2583 or email L'Italien at Rochelle.LItalien@unh.edu or visit http://www.unh.edu/hr/pod/pdfs/NutritionLecturesSpring07.pdf

Take a Bow: Staff Recognition Set For May 4

Staff members will be honored for their years of service during the 2007 Recognition Program set for Friday, May 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in the Granite State Room at the MUB.

Interim President J. Bonnie Newman and the OS, PAT and EE Council chairs will host the event. All eligible OS, PAT and EE staff who will be achieving benchmark years of service (10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 & 45) will be celebrated along with the 2007 Presidential Award of Excellence (PAE) winners. All UNH community members are invited to attend.

Letters of invitation will be mailed out to eligible staff in late Feb., using the annual cut off date of May 31st for calculating years of service. The list of staff being recognized will then be posted on the HR website, www.unh.edu/hr.

In Feb., look for additional information on this event and on the process for Presidential Award of Excellence nominations.

Questions? Contact Christina VanHorn at 2-0519

*As a reminder and to aid you in future planning, this event is now held the 1st Friday of every May.

Grant Deadline Feb. 1

The next deadline for the Irvine Professional Development Grants, open to all benefits-eligible administrative office professionals who have been at UNH for at least a year, is Feb. 1. Eligibility encompasses workers at the Manchester campus and Cooperative Extension.

Irvine Professional grants, awarded twice a year, can be used for such things as conferences, workshops and seminars on or off campus, courses not covered under existing HR benefits, academic courses not offered within the University System, and travel and accommodations for off campus courses, workshops, etc.

The maximum individual award is $500. Previous grant recipients can’t reapply until three years after being selected for their first grant.

Information and the application form are available at http://www.unh.edu/hr/pod/pdfs/Irvine_Grant_Info_App.pdf

File For Financial Aid By March 1

The 2007-2008 financial aid deadline is March 1 and the FAFSA/renewal application MUST be received by the Federal Processor by then. Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov to apply on-line. Call 2-3600, email financial.aid@unh.edu or stop by the financial aid office in Stoke Hall if you have any questions.

Celebrity Series presents “Jane Eyre”

UNH Celebrity Series will present “Jane Eyre” in the Johnson Theatre on Saturday, Feb.3, at 8 p.m.

After an acclaimed run in London’s West End, The Acting Company proudly presents the American premiere of Polly Teale’s adaptation of “Jane Eyre.” Originally produced by the world-class Shared Experience Company under Teale’s direction, “Jane Eyre” is Charlotte Bronte’s coming-of-age story of one of literature’s most independent and strong-willed women.

With the presentation of Teale’s celebrated adaptation of “Jane Eyre” in the 2006/2007 season, The Acting Company continues its 34-year tradition of bringing touring classical productions, talented young actors and teaching artists into communities across America.

Tickets are $30 for general admission and $10 for youth. Call the MUB box office (2-2290) Monday–Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. or order online at www.unh.edu/celebrity.

Library Calendars For Sale

Dimond Library is one of 14 libraries around the state featured in the 2007 Living Legends Calendar, now on sale. It was selected from among New Hampshire’s 250 libraries and is included in an exhibit at the State Library in Concord.

To view the calendar, visit http://www.library.unh.edu/news/index.php/history/42.

Calendars are available in Dimond 345 and Special Collections for $5.00 or, via the web, for $8.00 at https://www.events.unh.edu/register.shtml?event_id=2593

Winter Parking Ban Began Dec. 1 At Midnight

Regardless of the weather, most parking lots will be off-limits for overnight parking during the next several months while the winter parking ban is in effect. The ban continues through March 1.

Lots B and C allow "weather-conditional" after-midnight parking on nights when no declared snow emergency has been declared. During a snow emergency, the two lots, as all the others, close at midnight.

Signs at the entrances and a recorded message posted at 2-1001 will give the open/closed status of these lots.

“Exempt" lots provide after-midnight parking on any night, including nights with declared snow emergencies.

Normal permit requirements apply in all lots beginning at 6 a.m.

Further details are posted at www.unh.edu/transportation/parking. For more information call 2-1010.

Fellowships Office Seeking Faculty Referrals For Grants and Fellowships

Faculty members, be sure to pass along to the fellowship office the names of students who might qualify as candidates for national and international grants and fellowships, including the Rhodes, Marshall, and Fulbright awards.

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