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April 29, 2009

Materials Science Seminar April 30

Professor Michael Rubner of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will present “Stimuli-Responsive Polyelectrolyte Multilayers: From Mechanomutable Surfaces to Functionalized Living Cells” Thursday, April 30, from 11:10 a.m. to noon, DeMeritt 240. The website for our seminar series: http://www.unh.edu/materials-science/seminars.html

Climate Change Forums April 30 and May 13

Carbon emissions are threatening climate systems at a rate faster than most scientists originally thought, and UNH is responding with an aggressive climate action plan called WildCAP that aims to significantly reduce the university’s greenhouse gas emissions within the next decade.

Learn more about WildCAP and what it will mean to everyone who works or studies at UNH during an information forum on Thursday, April 30 at 1 p.m. or Wednesday, May 13 at 1 p.m., both in MUB Theatre II.

Members of UNH’s Energy Task Force, the group charged by President Mark Huddleston to create the climate action plan, will discuss the projects and policies the university is exploring to meet its climate commitments.

For more information, go to www.unh.edu/etf/wildcap.html. Questions? E-mail energy.taskforce@unh.edu.

Retirement Reception Friday, May 1

A reception honoring Beverley Nemetz on her retirement from UNH will be held Friday, May 1 from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. at the UNH Dairy Bar.  Refreshments will be served.

Microfinance Pioneer to Speak May 5

Microfinance pioneer Jessica Jackley-Flannery, who founded the first person-to-person microfinance website that empowers people to lend directly to entrepreneurs in the developing world, will present “Social Entrepreneurship and Life Changing Loans,”  Tuesday, May 5, at 3:30 p.m. in the MUB’s Wildcat Den. The event is free and open to the public.

Jackley-Flannery is the co-founder of Kiva, which is expected to have facilitated more than $100 million loans by 2010. She has worked in the Stanford Center for Social Innovation to launch the inaugural Global Philanthropy Forum.

The event is sponsored by the Whittemore School for Business and Economics, the Carsey Institute, the Office of Sustainability, and the departments of education, sociology and communication.

May Concerts

The UNH Chamber Singers present a program of Baroque music spanning the era from the very beginning to the very end Saturday, May 2, at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre. The Chamber Singers’ program will feature a work by Bach’s uncle Johann Michael, as well as one of the master’s great motets, “Lobet dem Herrn.”

The UNH Concert Choir will present a varied program on Sunday, May 10, at 3 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre, including “Benedictus” from Dvorak’s “Mass in D,” and songs sung in Czech. The group will reprise parts of the “Messiah” choruses and present music by Grainger and Stanford. The concert will close with one of Moses Hogan’s best-known spiritual arrangements, “Ride on King Jesus.”

Both concerts are free and open to the public.  For more information, call the music department at 2-2404, or go to www.unh.edu/music.  

Come Say Good Luck to Jeffrey Salloway

A retirement reception for Jeffrey Salloway  will be held Friday, May 15, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Elliott Alumni Center, 1925 Room. A professor of Health Management and Policy with  more than  20 years of service, Salloway retires in May.

Phi Beta Kappa Initiation & Award Ceremony

The Phi Beta Kappa initiation and award ceremony takes place May 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in  Murkland Auditorium. The public is welcome.

Youth and Symphonic Band

The music department presents the NH Youth Band under the direction of Andrew Maderios and the UNH Symphonic Band under the direction of Nicholas Orovich in concert on Thursday, May 7, at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center.

The NH Youth Band, comprised of talented area middle and high school students, will be performing “Festive Winds” by Frank Erickson, “Prelude for Band” by Reinhold Gliere, and the band classic “Pageant” by Vincent Persichetti.

The UNH Symphonic Band will perform R.L. Moehlmann’s transcription of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Prelude and Fugue in B-flat Minor” and Steven Reineke’s “Symphony No. 1, New Day Rising,” a programmatic work depicting the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.

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

Art Department and Professional Development & Training Offer 3-Day Summer Art Institute

The art department and Professional Development & Training have teamed up to develop and offer a new, 3-day summer art institute, “Drawing, Painting, and Sculpting the Human Figure,” Tuesday through Thursday, July 7-9, from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., in the Paul Creative Arts Center. Cost of the institute is $279, including lunch.

USNH benefits-eligible employees can use their tuition benefits towards the cost of this institute. Participants will receive 1.8 CEUs (continuing education units). The institute is designed for both new and experienced artists, teachers, and individuals in the community interested in learning or enhancing their art skills.

It will feature a day on drawing, a day on painting with oil or acrylics, and a day on sculpting the human figure. Faculty members include Suzanne Schireson (drawing), Shiao-Ping Wang (painting), and Benjamin Cariens (sculpting).

For a complete description, visit the Professional Development & Training website
at http://www.learn.unh.edu/art

For more information on Professional Development & Training email or call Linda Conti at 431-5674 (linda.conti@unh.edu).

Bus Fare Increase to be Discussed at Public Hearings

Wildcat Transit will hold two public hearings regarding a bus fare increase from $1 to $1.50 on routes 3 (Dover) 4 (Portsmouth) and 5 (Newmarket) beginning August 31, 2009.

The public hearings take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, MUB room 330/332 and Wednesday, May 6, Portsmouth Public Library.

For more information call 2-2328 or visit www.unh.edu/transportation.

Annual Staff Recognition Program May 8

The annual staff recognition program for Operating Staff (OS), Professional Administrative & Technical (PAT) staff, and Extension Educator (EE) staff will take place on Friday, May 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the MUB, Granite State Room.

President Mark Huddleston and council chairs Matty Leighton (OS), Guy Eaton (PAT) and Julia Peterson (EE) will host the event honoring 208 UNH Durham and Manchester staff members who, collectively, have worked at UNH for 3,610 years.

Years of service are calculated at 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 years by May 31, 2009.

The list of staff being recognized for 2009 is available at:  http://www.unh.edu/hr

Winners of the 2009 Presidential Award of Excellence will also be announced. To review previous year’s winners visit:  www.unh.edu/staffexcellence/.  The annual staff recognition program is open to the entire University community – all are welcome to attend

Contact Christina VanHorn, Human Resources at 2-0519 for additional information.

Faculty Concert Series May 11

On Monday, May 11, the Faculty Concert Series presents trombonist Nicholas Orovich and pianist Arlene Kies at 8 p.m. in the Bratton Recital Hall of the Paul Creative Arts Center.

The program includes “La Petite Suzanne” by Arthur Pryor, Halsey Stevens’ “Sonata” and “Concerto No. 1” by Alexej Lebedjew. The concert will end with “Amos and Boris”, a story by William Steig, set to music by faculty member Christopher Kies. Flutist Peggy Vagts and narrator David Ripley will join Orovich in the telling of this delightful story.

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

Communicating Sustainability at UNH

The University Office of Sustainability (UOS) is assessing the effectiveness of its newsletter and parts of its website for faculty, staff and students.  By participating in this research you will not only be eligible to win a free sustainability gift pack, but you will also help to inform and improve how UOS communicates with the campus about sustainability.

Take the survey online at:

Take Library Survey for a Chance to Win an iPod Touch

The UNH Library is conducting a survey now through May 1 aimed at assessing levels of user satisfaction.

Survey takers could win an iPod Touch, one of two $25 gift certificates donated by the UNH Bookstore, or one of five $10 gift cards donated by Dining Services, good in Zeke’s Café in the Dimond Library, or any other Dining-operated venue. Winners, chosen at random, will be identified through their email address.

For more information, visit the Library website at www.library.unh.edu.

Faculty – Register to Attend Commencement and Honors Convocation

The Honors Convocation and Commencement ceremonies celebrate the culmination of achievement for the students whose education and lives you have helped shape during their time here at UNH. Your attendance sends a strong message to the students that you support them and are proud of their accomplishments. They and their families genuinely appreciate your participation in these two ceremonies Register at  http://www.unh.edu/presidentialevents/commencement/faculty.html

HIV Testing and Counseling

Health Services offers a confidential HIV testing and counseling walk-in clinic on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The test is $23 and you get your result in 20 minutes. Come to Health Services, room 249, (second floor) to get tested.

Learn more: www.unh.edu/health-services

Summer Session 2009

Summer Session 2009 credit course information is currently available online at www.learn2.unh.edu.  In addition to the traditional five, eight and 10-week summer terms, there are also a number of distance learning, two-day, week-long and other non-standard course formats available.

Tuition waiver forms are available in the Registrar’s office, Business Services and Human Resources.  Questions? Contact the Human Resources office at 2-0501 or online at www.unh.edu/hr/tuition.htm

Meditate Your Way to Wellness

Weekly meditation series on Mondays from 12:10-12:50 in Health Services

This is a weekly meditation series open to the UNH community. Come each Monday to learn and practice various types of meditation.

The word meditation comes from the Latin word Meditari, which means to contemplate. Meditation practice is a unique tool for quieting the mind and centering the body and spirit. Meditation focuses spirit and energy by first bringing attention to the breath. In many cultures, “breath” and “spirit” are similar concepts. The resulting effect is profound relaxation and healing of body, mind, and spirit.

Learn more about meditation:

Download tracks from Health Services Meditation CD:

This series is held every Monday in Health Services conference room 2 on the second floor. No registration required. Series begins January 26 and ends May 18 (2009).

Summer Work-Study Information for Faculty and Staff

The financial aid office is preparing for the summer 2009 federal work-study program (Sunday, May 24 to Sunday, August 30).

The work study job request form and summer 2009 payroll schedule are available at http://financialaid.unh.edu. Click on the “summer work-study information” in the headlines. Jobs will be posted beginning Monday, April 13.

Questions? Call financial aid at 2-3600 or e-mail beth.cilley@unh.edu

Come Join Weight Watchers at Work – Anytime!

Weight Watchers at Work meets every Monday at noon in the Wildcat Den in the MUB.   New members are welcome at any time. The registration fee will be prorated if you join after a session has started. The charge is reimbursed by Harvard Pilgrim for any eligible employee.  Come join us and learn about the new “Momentum” program. 

Give Peace a Chance

Faculty: your students can learn more about becoming a Peace Corps volunteer by attending one of the informational meetings listed below. All meetings take place in the MUB 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

May 6 – room 203

Or Tuesdays in the MUB Food Court between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Contact Peace Corps representative Bob Miller in Hood House, room 5. Office hours are Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursdays 9 to 1 p.m.  

Museum of Art Calendar of Events Listings

May 8 – Preview Reception: The new exhibition, “2009 M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition II” is presented to the public. 5-7 p.m., free, Museum of Art.

May 13 ArtBreak: Gallery Talk Candidates in UNH’s Bachelor of Arts degree program discuss their work currently on view. Noon, free, Museum of Art.

May 20ArtBreak: Gallery Talk Candidates in UNH’s Master of Fine Arts degree program discuss their work currently on view. Noon, free, Museum of Art.

Museum of Art Hours: Mon.-Wed. 10-4; Thurs. 10-8; and Sat. & Sun. 1-5; and Fridays.  Admission is free. For more information call 2-3712 or  www.unh.edu/moa or museum.of.art@unh.edu.

Have Something to Talk About? The Speakers Bureau Wants You

Join an impressive list of more than 200 UNH faculty and staff and share your knowledge with citizens of New Hampshire. The UNH Speakers Bureau is an outreach program of the university connecting faculty and staff with non-profit organizations around the state to share their expertise through speaking engagements. In 2008, Speakers Bureau members gave more than 125 presentations around the state reaching more than 4,000 New Hampshire citizens.

All faculty and staff are eligible to join. This is a terrific opportunity to promote your current research, make your knowledge available to the public, and to have an impact in the community. Visit the website to learn more or call us at 2-4401. If you are a current member and have not recently updated your information, please visit the website to view your profile.

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. .

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

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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