July 11, 2007
Audible Testing of Campus Emergency Notification System to Begin
A mass notification system donated by a UNH alumnus a week after the
Virginia Tech tragedy is installed and ready to be tested.
Testing will begin Monday, July 23, at 12:30 p.m. and will continue
throughout the year on a regular basis. The test will include the siren,
a “canned” message and a recording signaling the end of
the test. The entire exercise will take less than 10 minutes.
Engineers and UNH staff spent the week prior to commencement installing
the mass alert system given to the university by John Olson, president
and CEO of Whelen Engineering and UNH Class of ’57.
The system is designed to not only alert the campus community when
there is imminent danger but also follows up with voice instructions,
according to Brad Manning, director of environmental health and safety.
This two-step approach, called Alert and Inform, helps reduce confusion
and restore order.
The four siren locations are 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. UNH officials
have talked with community leaders in Durham, Lee and Madbury about
the system and the regular testing that will occur. Residents within
the affected area have been notified of the testing schedule.
There also are plans to roll out a comprehensive educational program
so that everyone on campus and in Durham understands the system and
what it means when they hear it.
The Whelen mass notification system has been installed worldwide in
academic institutions as well as the public and private sectors. Whelen
Engineering built its first notification system in the mid-1970s, used
primarily by communities in the Midwest to alert residents to natural
disasters, especially tornadoes. By 1980, in the aftermath of Three-Mile
Island, his system was required of all nuclear power plants in the country.
The country of Denmark purchased the system and there are 1,244 sites
throughout that country, all controlled from one location.
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.
Money Talk-Forums on UNH’s Fiscal Health
All members of the UNH community are invited to participate in an open
dialogue about the University’s fiscal health. The VPFA Office
has scheduled two open forums, the first on July 24 and the second on
October 23, from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm in the MUB Theatre 1.
These forums address our financial situation, the plan for addressing
it and allow time for attendees to ask questions or make comments. Dick
Cannon and Dave Proulx are deeply committed to engaging in these important
discussions and the development of a long-term plan for financial stability
at UNH and will be present for these open forums.
Mark your calendar for July 24 or October 23 and plan to attend.
Undergraduates from UNH, Wheaton College and the University of Rhode
Island will present research in the areas of social science, natural
science, humanities, and fine arts at the McNair Undergraduate Research
Symposium July 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event, which is open to the public, takes place in 115 Murkland
For additional information: Contact the McNair Program office at 2-0088
or email@example.com, or visit online at www.unh.edu/mcnair.
Save the Date: CICEET Funding Opportunity Information Session
The Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology
(CICEET) will host an information session on its FY 2008 funding opportunity
program on Tuesday, July 31, at 3 p.m. in the Piscataqua Room of Holloway
Commons. Through this program, CICEET makes strategic investments in
the development, demonstration, and application of tools to detect,
prevent, and reverse the impacts of coastal pollution and habitat degradation
in coastal environments.
CICEET will release a request-for-proposals to this program on July
18. The broad goals include the mitigation of shoreline erosion along
sheltered coastline, and the management of impacts from human activity
on coastal water quality, species, and habitats. This information session
will provide an opportunity for UNH research faculty and staff to learn
more about this RFP, and help clarify whether its goals match their
own research interests and priorities.
Check the CICEET web site after July 18 for more information about
this funding opportunity: http://ciceet.unh.edu
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.
Open House, Center for Graduate & Professional Studies
The UNH Center for Graduate & Professional Studies is holding an
open house for prospective students to learn about graduate study opportunities
available in the Millyard on Thursday, July 12 at 6 p.m.
The session will provide an overview of the graduate study options
in Manchester specific to the business administration (MBA), public
administration (MPA) and public health (MPH and Certificate) programs.
UNH CGPS programs are designed for working professionals who are highly
motivated and capable of balancing a full-time work schedule with evening
The UNH Center for Graduate & Professional Studies is located at
286 Commercial Street, 4th floor in Manchester's historic Millyard.
The open house is free and open to the public. RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-641-4313. UNH Manchester, the university’s urban campus,
brings undergraduate and graduate programs and UNH resources
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
Carsey Institute Critical Player in Conference
The Carsey Institute was a key participant in the national Rural Assembly
convened June 25-27 by the Kellogg and Ford Foundations, serving on
the assembly planning committee and performing much of the background
research to inform the group.
Carsey staff interviewed rural practitioners and advocates, and held
regional roundtables to gather on-the-ground perspective on the changes
in rural America (http://www.carseyinstitute.unh.edu/documents/Carsey_NRA_20Brief_Final.pdf)
and, in collaboration with the UNH Survey Center, interviewed 6,500
rural residents in six regions across the country to learn more about
migration, adaptation to economic changes, and perspectives on the environment
The Kellogg Foundation's overview of the assembly can be seen here:
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 email@example.com.
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
More details are available at http://www.unh.edu/budget/events.htm or
by calling site administrator Jennifer Biron at 2-0828.
Post-partum Volunteers Sought For Exercise Study
The exercise science department is looking for women who have recently
given birth to participate in a study that looks at postpartum exercise
prescription. The study will explore the acute effects of circuit weight
training and subsequent acceptance of breast milk by infants.
The study will be conducted through July 27 at the UNH Exercise Science
Laboratory located in the Field House. It consists of five sessions: a
screening, a 1RM test of 11 nautilus machines, and three sessions of data
collection. This is ground breaking research, as there is very little data
on the short-term effects of this type of postpartum exercise.
Candidates should be 2-4 months postpartum. Contact Timothy Quinn, associate
professor in the kinesiology department, at 2-1830 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Jay
Hydren at (508) 954 9153 or email@example.com.
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.