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OS Council Seeks New Member

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
March 21, 2007

A vacant seat on the OS Council has been filled while another still needs a replacement with the announcement that Jeff Jones of business affairs/UTS is leaving UNH.

At its meeting this month, council representatives voted to have Nicole Finitsis from the New England Center replace the district formerly covered by Lori Parent. Finitsis will also help Patrice MacNevin with communication to those in dining and hospitality who don’t have ready access to a computer.

Other discussion included a review of upcoming community service and learning projects in which OS members have an interest, including the Relay for Life scheduled for April 28 and 29. Teams are still forming for this event.

A Community Leadership Awards Celebration is set to take place this spring. Nominations of anyone affiliated with UNH are due by March 22, to Deb Sugerman, TSAS Community Leadership Program.

This year, the Waysmeet Center and the Cornucopia Food Pantry are once again assembling food baskets for friends in the UNH community. All offices, groups and organizations are invited to put together a basket or “recipe for change” (your recipe and all ingredients to make it). For more information on any of these events you can contact Finitsis at nmlb@cisunix.unh.edu.

Jennifer Dube noted that while requests for staff development grants have increased, few are from OS employees. Providing examples of how the grants can be used could lead more individuals to apply.

Discussion continued on revising the council by-laws which haven’t been updated since May 2000. Chairman Jason Brodeur suggested revisions be kept simple yet comprehensive, relevant to current needs and activities, functional and practical.

Lonn Sattler is still looking into whether a coupled employed by the university can both use Harvard Pilgrim’s gym membership benefit if only one of them carries insurance coverage. It was also noted that Harvard Pilgrim’s drug prescription plan has raised the cost of certain medications to higher tier levels, thus increasing the co-pay. This is problematic to many that expected to continue to pay the same on refills of long-standing prescriptions formerly under Cigna coverage.

Sattler will follow up on this. He also hopes to report back to the council soon with an answer regarding health insurance coverage for dependents living out of state.

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