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October 22, 2008

Staff: Meet the Trustees

The USNH Board of Trustees will meet with UNH staff tomorrow, Oct. 23, from 10-11 a.m. in the Piscataqua Room in Holloway Commons. There will be comments by board chair Ed Dupont and Chancellor Steve Reno, followed by presentations by employee groups. Each system campus has hosted a similar forum for employees and trustees.

Weight Watchers at Work – New Session Starting Nov. 17

Weight Watchers at Work is beginning a new 17-week session Monday, Nov. 17 at noon in the Wildcat Den in the MUB.  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.

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. 

Animal Research Inquiries Guidelines

Anyone involved with animal research who is asked about animal use at UNH by a reporter, a member of the public, a representative of an organization, etc., should refer the inquiry to Dean Elder of the Animal Resources Office (2-4629 or 801-5985) and UNH spokesperson Kim Billings (2-1558 or 969-5000). If Billings is unavailable, call Erika Mantz, director of Media Relations (2-1567 or 969-7916).

If you feel that you, your facilities, or your animals are threatened or are in immediate danger, contact the UNH Police immediately as well as the individuals listed above.

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.

Receptive meditations strengthen our sense of wonder and appreciation, enabling us to effortlessly and precisely attend to the totality of our experience, which is unfolding moment by moment. Through Thursday, Oct. 23

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.

Jazz Concert Oct. 24

The music department, in conjunction with the Parents Association and Family Weekend, present the UNH Jazz Band under the direction of David Seiler in concert on Friday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m. in the Strafford Room of the MUB. Tickets are $8 general admission and $6 for students and seniors. Available at the MUB Ticket Office (2-2290), Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or online at http://www.unhmub.com/ticket or at the door. For more information, call the music department at 2-2404.

October Concert

On Sunday, Oct. 26, the Concert Choir, featuring soprano soloist Jenni Cook, will present a concert of choral music by Mendelssohn, Vaughan Williams and contemporary Italian composer Mauro Zuccante in the Strafford Room of MUB at 3 p.m.

Cook is the featured soloist in “Hör mein Bitten,” an extended hymn-setting by one of the 19th century’s greatest choral composers, Felix Mendelssohn. Also on the program are his motets, Op. 79. In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the death of Ralph Vaughan Williams, the choir will perform the popular “Three Shakespeare Songs.” Another set of “Three Songs” by Mauro Zuccante, scored for chorus and wind quartet round out the program.
The concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, call the music department at 2-240

Get Your Passport Stamped for a Chance to Win Airline Tickets

Dining Services is offering the chance to win two free airline tickets, courtesy of Coco-Cola, by visiting each of the seven dining facilities on campus during the month of October. First, pick up a “passport” at one of the locations and then visit all the others and get the passport stamped at each. Once you have all seven locations stamped, your passport will be eligible to be entered in the contest.

The seven locations are Albert’s in Kingsbury Hall, Philbrook Café, the Dairy Bar, Union Court in the MUB, Wildcatessen, with Panache in Holloway Commons, and Zeke’s Café in the Dimond Library.

Chemical Transfer Station Relocating

The UNH Chemical Transfer Station has moved from 1 Leavitt Lane to 11 Leavitt Lane. Orders for chemicals for all departments except chemistry are shipped to the Chemical Transfer Station. The new address is:
Chemical Transfer Station
11 Leavitt Lane
Perpetuity Hall
Durham, NH 03824
For more information, please refer to the chemical ordering instructions online at http://www.unh.edu/cems/Chemical_Order.htm or call Andy Glode, laboratory safety officer, at 2-5038.

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.

Don’t Forget the Benefits and Wellness Fair Oct. 28

The annual Benefits and Wellness Fair sponsored by human resources takes place Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the MUB in the Granite State and Strafford rooms. Representatives from HR and the university’s insurance carriers, vendors and businesses will be available to answer questions.

The 2009 open enrollment period begins Oct. 27 and runs through Nov. 7. Changes to benefits can be made online during the period at http://MyUSNHBenefits.net.

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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