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November 5, 2008

Items Needed for Silent Auction

For the 4th year, the university’s annual Holiday Skating Party will feature a silent auction and reception in the skybox lounge. Faculty and staff are encouraged to donate an item or service. Be creative! Cooking classes, wine tasting, handmade baskets, painting, photographs, etc. Items donated will be listed on the event website (www.unh.edu/holidayparty). Proceeds benefit the Durham: It’s Where U Live community scholarship. For more information or to make a donation contact Patrice Russell at 2-1087 or Patrice.russell@unh.edu

Reminder: Turn In Your Waiver Forms

If you have not yet turned in your staff waiver forms to Business Services for the UNH/Durham Spring undergraduate tuition billing, please do so before the December 11, 2008 deadline.  Forms can be obtained at Human Resources or the Business Services Office.

Info and questions:  Business Services at 2-2230 or email business.services@unh.edu.

Weight Watchers at Work – New Session Starting Nov. 17

Weight Watchers at Work will be having an informational session on Monday, Nov. 17 at noon in the Wild Cat Den in the MUB. The new 17-week session will officially begin on Nov. 24, same time and place. Come join a great group of people as well as a great leader and lose those extra pounds. Covered by Harvard Pilgrim insurance up to $200 per year calendar year.

Information for UNH Employees and Their Prospective Students

The Admissions Office is offering an admissions information session on Wednesday, Nov. 5 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in MUB Theatre II for UNH employees and their children who are considering applying for admission to UNH.

The information session is designed for families with students who are high school juniors and seniors, or potential transfer applicants. The program will include a brief presentation about UNH, an overview of the admissions process, and an opportunity for questions and discussion.  

Register Here. Questions about the program should be directed to Sharen Gibadlo (2-3799) or Rob McGann (2-2880).

Chamber Concert Nov. 9

The music department presents the UNH Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Christopher Hill in a concert titled “American Mavericks” on Sunday, Nov. 9, at 3 p.m. in the Museum of Art, Paul Creative Arts Center.

A pre-performance discussion led by musicologist professor Rob Haskins and composer professor Lori Dobbins begins at 2 p.m. The concert, which is free and open to the public,  features music by Ives, Carter, Glass and Varèse. For more information, call the music department at 2-2404.

N.H. Composer Honored with Conference

The department of music opera program and the special collections division of the Dimond Library present a joint conference on the life and music of New Hampshire composer Amy Beach, featuring two eminent scholars of women in American music, Adrienne Fried Block, author of “Amy Beach, Passionate Victorian” and Judith Tick of Northeastern University, author of “Women in Music” for the New Grove Dictionary of Music.

The lecture and discussion will be presented Saturday, Nov. 15, from 3 to 5 p.m. on the fifth floor of the Dimond Library. Seating is limited; to attend the concert after the lecture, contact David Ripley at david.ripley@unh.edu.
Performances of Beach’s vocal music, as well as her only opera “Cabildo”, the story of the notorious pirate Pierre LaFitte, will take place in the Bratton Recital Hall of the Paul Creative Arts Center Friday, Nov.14 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Nov.15 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 16 at 8pm.

Please join us for a gathering of scholarship and beautiful music presented by UNH students and explore a fascinating subject, the life and work of Amy Beach. These events are free and open to the public.  For more information, call the music department at 2-2404. 

Yoga Classes at Campus Rec

Basic hatha style yoga classes are offered at the Campus Recreation Center Monday through Saturday for students, rec center members and non-members, and the community. Six-class session: $30/student or recreation center member; $50/non-members. Basic exercise mats provided. Yoga mats may be purchased at the Recreation Center or you may bring your own mat/towel.

For a class schedule go to http://campusrec.unh.edu/index.cfm?id=64C9465D-D97E-AFD2-BBB892A5ACD83F5E. No classes Nov. 26 to Nov. 29.

Flu Clinic Nov. 12

Health Services will hold a flu clinic Wednesday, Nov.12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the MUB’s Granite State; $18*/students, $30/faculty and staff. Payment can be made by credit card (MasterCard/Visa), check, cash or CATS Cache. The cost of the vaccine is not covered by the Student Health Benefit Plan (SHBP).

Please allow 20 minute wait time after receiving the vaccine.

* students who have paid the health fee

The Winter’s Tale Nov. 5 Through Nov. 9

“The Winter’s Tale,” a classic William Shakespeare comedy of love and betrayal, runs Nov. 5 through Nov. 9 at the Johnson Theater.

King Leontes of Sicily has loyal friends, a gracious queen, an adoring son and a child on the way. Yet in a sudden fit of jealousy, drives his family and country to the brink of ruin. Thus begins his long journey through destruction to forgiveness. David Richman, professor of theater and dance, and acting coordinator for the humanities program, directs.

Tickets are $12.50, general admission and $10.50 for seniors or groups of 15 or more, or with a UNH ID. To buy online go to www.unhmub.com/ticket or call the MUB ticket office at 2-2290. The UNH Theatre Box Office opens one hour prior to curtain in the lobby at the Paul Creative Arts Center. 

Good Eats and All That Jazz

On Nov.14 and Nov. 15 students of the hospitality management program will be presenting The Flavor of Jazz, a seven-course gourmet dinner showcasing the unique flavors from cities across the United States and the jazz music that emanates from those regions. Some menu items include braised short rib ravioli and tenderloin with potatoes gnocchi. Tickets for this night full of great food and music are $50 and can be purchased from the MUB ticket office 2-2290, or online at www.unhmub.com/tickets.

Massage Therapy Available

Health Services offers 50-minute massages with licensed massage therapists. Traditional: $35 student/$45 faculty & staff; hot stone, $45 student/$55 faculty & staff. Cash, credit card, check and Cats Cache accepted.

Gift certificates may be purchased by visiting Health Services or calling 2-3823. Gift certificates may only be purchased for and used by current UNH students, faculty and staff. For an appointment call 2-3823 or go to Health Services, room 249. For more information go to www.unh.edu/health-services

Chamber Singers to Perform Nov. 9

The UNH Chamber Singers will present a concert in two widely contrasting styles Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. in the Bratton Recital Hall of the Paul Creative Arts Center. The concert presents the sophistication and beauty of Renaissance polyphony, represented in sections of the  “Missa Assumpta es Maria” of Pierre de la Rue; and the starkly expressive and dramatic music of 20th century master Benjamin Britten in two of his most acclaimed masterpieces, “Rejoice in the Lamb” and “Hymn to Saint Cecilia.”

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

UNH Celebrity Series presents Hungarian Quartet

The Celebrity Series presents the Takács Quartet Monday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center. The program includes Haydn’s Quartet Op. 77 No. 2, Quartet No. 2 by Bartók, and Shumann’s Quartet Op. 41 No. 1.

Recognized as one of the world's premiere string quartets, the Takács Quartet is renowned for the ability to fuse four distinct, expressive musical personalities into gripping, unified interpretations, as well as for its innovative programming.

In 2007, the group performed “Everyman” in Carnegie Hall, inspired by the Philip Roth novel and starring Academy Award–winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. In May 2008, they performed a new piece commissioned by the South Bank by James Macmillan. The Takács went on a 14-city US tour with the poet Robert Pinsky.

The Takács Quartet was formed in 1975 at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest by Gabor Takács-Nagy, Károly Schranz, Gabor Ormai and András Fejér. They first received international attention in 1977, winning first prize and the critics’ prize at the International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France. The quartet also won the gold medal at the 1978 Portsmouth and Bordeaux Competitions and first prizes at the Budapest International String Quartet Competition in 1978 and the Bratislava Competition in 1981.

The group made its North American debut in 1982. Violinist Edward Dusinberre joined the quartet in 1993 and violist Roger Tapping in 1995. Violist Geraldine Walther replaced Tapping in summer, 2005. Of the original ensemble, only Schranz and Fejer remain.

In 2001, the Takács Quartet was awarded the Order of Merit of the Knight’s Cross of the Republic of Hungary. Recognized as one of the world’s outstanding string quartets, the Takács Quartet plays with a virtuosic technique, intense immediacy, and consistently burnished tone. They have been described as having “warmth, exuberance . . . and above all the instinct to play from inside the music.” The Takács Quartet, based in Boulder, Colorado, has been in residence at the University of Colorado since 1983.

Tickets, priced at $30 general admission and $10 for youth, are available by calling the MUB box office at 2-2290, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p. m. or online at www.unh.edu/celebrity

Meditate Your Way to Wellness

Health Services is hosting a meditation series Mondays and Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. through Dec. 18 in their second floor conference room. Registration is not required.

The series will provide participants an opportunity to learn and practice various meditation techniques including receptive, reflective and generative.

Reflective meditations reflect and gain insight and creative solutions into our lives by focusing our attention on personal and professional questions. Monday, Oct. 27 through Thursday, Nov.13

Generative meditations nurture, cultivate and strengthen specific qualities of the mind (patience, appreciation, gratitude, love, compassion, humility). Monday, Nov.17 through Thursday, Dec.11.

Relaxation meditations, Monday, Dec.15 and Thursday, Dec. 18.

Learn more about meditation and the series at www.unh.edu/health-services/ohep/meditation.html or call Health Service at 2-3823.

Faculty/Staff: Tell Your Students About the McNair Graduate Program

The McNair Program aims to promote and nurture the next generation of faculty, researchers, and scholars by providing academic and social support services to undergraduates in the form of paid academic year internships and summer research fellowships.

The application deadline is Oct. 31.

For an application, visit http://www.unh.edu/mcnair/. For more information about the McNair Graduate Opportunity Program contact Tammy Gewehr at 2-0002 or tammy.gewehr@unh.edu.

High Tech Comes to the Wildcatessen

New online ordering capabilities will make it quick and easy to get food from the Wildcatessen. Simply got to Wild Express at
http://www.wildexpress.unh.edu/FPOnGoFrame.asp?locNum=11&DispFlg=0, select a category, place your order and it will be ready when you arrive. Allow 15 minutes between order and pick up.

No Phishing

UNH has recently been targeted by phishing scam e-mails attempting to get employees to reveal personal information such as usernames, passwords, social security numbers and credit card details to the sender by posing as a trustworthy entity. Do not respond to these emails. UNH does not and would not request such information. Delete any email requesting such information.

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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