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November 26, 2008

Celebrate HOLIDAZZLE at Annual Skating Party Dec. 4

The 2008 UNH and Durham Holiday Skating Party will take place Thursday, Dec. 4 from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Whittemore Center. Featuring the 4th annual silent auction in the Skybox Lounge; proceeds donated to "Durham It's Where U Live” scholarship fund.

Join us as we illuminate the charm of your hometown. Activities include skating; photos with Santa; Pin the Hat on Wild E. Cat, face painting, coloring, Banner to the Troops, paper wreath/bulb making and decorating cookies.

For more information, visit: www.unh.edu/holidayparty

Faculty Members Remind Your Students to Register for URC

The 10th Annual URC will take place April 17-25, 2009. Registration opens Dec.1 and will remain open until early March 2009.The Undergraduate Research Conference is a defining event at UNH. At the weeklong symposium, hundreds of students from all academic disciplines present the results of their scholarly and creative research in an array of professional and artistic venues campus-wide. Demonstrations, performances, a world-renowned keynote speaker, and special guests add to the excitement of the annual conference.
For more information visit http://www.unh.edu/urc/.

Guitar Concert Dec. 3

The UNH Guitar Ensemble with David Newsam, director, will perform Wednesday, Dec. 3 at  8 p.m. in  Bratton Recital Hall, Paul Creative Arts Center. Free and open to the public

2nd Annual Home Energy Conference

The New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association and the New Hampshire Carbon Challenge will hold their 2nd Annual Home Energy Conference Saturday, Dec. 6. from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Holloway Commons and the MUB.

The keynote speaker is Steven Strong from Solar Design Associates. The event includes 18 workshops for homeowners, community volunteers and industry professionals plus 24 exhibitors and nonprofit organizations.

Details on the conference, including online registration can be found at http://www.nhsea.org/hec/index.php.

NHSEA is statewide nonprofit organization affiliated with the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association which provides New Hampshire residents with resources on renewable energy and sustainable technologies.The New Hampshire Carbon Challenge is a program in the UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space that encourages Granite Staters to take simple steps to reduce their energy consumption to help protect the climate.

Dec. 7 Symphony and Choir Concert

The university’s symphony orchestra and concert choir will present two landmark works from the 20th century English repertoire Dec. 7, at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theater

The orchestra will perform Benjamin Britten's “Four Sea Interludes” from his opera “Peter Grimes,” an evocative depiction of the sea and the human emotional reflection it elicits. Alternating palettes of the ethereal, colorful, mysterious, and dramatic create an expressive journey through a treacherous autobiographical seascape.

The concert will conclude with two movements of Ralph Vaughan Williams first symphony, “A Sea Symphony.” Vaughan Williams was a lifelong proponent of the works of the iconic American poet Walt Whitman, attracted no doubt by the profoundly humanistic viewpoint they both shared. It is no surprise, therefore, that Vaughan Williams selected Whitman texts for this massive symphony, and rarely have words and music been so powerfully and movingly married in image and intent. The combined 160 members of the orchestra and chorus will be joined by faculty soloists Jenni Cook (soprano) and David Ripley (bass-baritone).

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

Concert and Symphonic Bands Perform Dec. 9

The music department presents the UNH Concert Band under the direction of Casey Goodwin and the UNH Symphonic Band under the direction of Nicholas Orovich in concert on Tuesday evening, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center.

The Concert Band will perform “The King Across the Water” by Bruce Fraser, a work featuring percussion played by the flutes, clarinets and oboes. Also on the program are “The View from the Mountaintop” by Timothy Mahr, “In the Bleak Midwinter” a Christmas carol written by Gustav Holst and arranged for band by Robert W. Smith, and the ever popular “Variations on a Korean Folk Song” by John Barnes Chance.
The Symphonic Band will perform “Patapan” by Shelley Hanson, “The Eighth Candle” by Steve Reisteter, “Resting in the Peace of His Hands” by John Gibson, “Country Gardens” by Percy Grainger and “December Dance” by UNH faculty member, Andrew Boysen.

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

Child Study and Development Center Open House Dec. 10

An open house will be held at the Child Study and Development Center, UNH’s own kindergarten, Wednesday, Dec. 10, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., 22 O’Kane Road. Parents, bring your child and come visit the classroom. Admission applications for the 2009-2010 school year will be available. For more information, contact Tracy Gagnon at 2-2835.

All That Jazz Music Dec. 10

The music department presents an evening of big band jazz featuring the Bratton Hall Jazz Band and the UNH Jazz Band under the direction of David Seiler on Wednesday, Dec.10, at 8 p.m., in the Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 2-2404.    

Green Development Techniques Conference Dec. 3-4 in Concord

National experts will convene in Concord on Dec. 3 and 4 to present the latest innovations on low impact development methods that include methods for developing land in ways that allow stormwater to be retained, infiltrated, or reused on site. 

These techniques can save developers substantial amounts of money and also help protect rivers, lakes and drinking water resources. The conference is specifically geared not only towards developers, but home builders, architects, landscape architects, engineers, contractors and others involved in real estate development, site design and stormwater management in northern New England.

Local sponsorship includes Cooperative Extension, UNH Stormwater Center, New Hampshire Sea Grant, University of Vermont Extension, and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

In addition to presentations on the latest research findings, the conference will include a tour of the Stormwater Center, workshops on low impact development design, case studies of successful low impact development projects in northern New England, and a vendor fair featuring low impact development technologies and services.
The conference takes place at the Grappone Center in Concord and registration is open to the public. For more information, go to fbenvironmental.com. For questions, call (207) 221-6699.

Health Services Offers Free Light Therapy to Students, Faculty and Staff

Are you feeling sad, anxious or irritable? Having problems concentrating? Feeling less energized than usual? Sleeping more or having lower quality of sleep? Eating more and/or craving carbohydrates?

You may be more than a little blue; you may be experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a pattern of seasonal depression, occurring every year in the early months of winter and lasting until spring.

Light therapy is one form of treatment of SAD, and is available at Health Services for UNH student, faculty and staff seven days a week.

Daily appointments are recommended, preferably in the morning. Session lengths range from 15 minutes to 2 hours, most session usually lasting 20-30 minutes.

For diagnosis and treatment, students are encouraged to make an appointment with a medical clinician at Health Services or a counselor at the Counseling Center.

To schedule a session call 2-3823. Students: to make an appointment with a Health Services medical clinician call 2-1806. For an appointment with a counselor at the Counseling Center call 2-2090.

UNH to Showcase Student Talent in Theatre and Dance

Students studying musical theatre, dance, aerial dance and puppetry will showcase their talents Dec. 9 through Dec. 12. All performances are at 7 p.m.

Dec. 9: Students studying musical theatre will present solos, chorale work, and ensemble song and dance pieces from their favorite musicals. Hennessy Theatre.

Dec. 10: Aerial arts students will spin and twirl high above the stage on fabric, trapezes, and the lyra, a circular hoop that looks like a hula hoop. UNH is the only university in the nation offering the aerial arts as part of a liberal arts degree program. Newman Dance Studio.

Dec. 11: Puppetry performances will showcase storytelling and puppetry using a variety of puppetry techniques. Hennessy Theatre.

Dec.12: Students studying dance select their own music, costuming and dance partners in an evening of jazz, tap, ballet and theatre dance.  Solos, trios, ensembles and large cast numbers will be featured, as dancers select and perform material that has special meaning to each of them. Johnson Theatre.

Tickets are $3.50 for the Dec. 9 through Dec. 11 shows and $5 for the dance performance on Dec. 12. Contact the MUB ticket office (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or call 2-2290. Or order online at www.unhmub.com/ticket.  The theatre box office opens one hour prior to curtain in the lobby at the Paul Creative Arts Center.  For more information, and show times, call 2-2919, or go to www.unh.edu/theatre-dance.

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

Evergreen Fair Dec. 4 and 5

The Evergreen Fair is scheduled for Dec. 4 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MUB.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

High Tech Comes to the Wildcatessen

New online ordering capabilities will make it quick and easy to get food from the Wildcatessen. Simply go 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.

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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