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Taking Note

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.

Research Symposium

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 Hall.

For additional information: Contact the McNair Program office at 2-0088 or mcnair.program@unh.edu, 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
UNH Manchester

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 study.

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: unhm.gradcenter@unh.edu 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 availability.

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 (http://www.carseyinstitute.unh.edu/documents/Carsey_Views_from_Rural_%20America.pdf).

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.

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 tjq@unh.edu or Jay Hydren at (508) 954 9153 or jrm7@unh.edu.

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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