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Taking Note

August 19, 2009

Academic Convocation to Feature New Hampshire’s First Lady

University Day’s annual Academic Convocation on Tuesday, Sept. 15th at 7:30 a.m. in the MUB’s Granite State Room will feature the new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, John Aber, the 2009-2010 Discovery Authors and special guest Dr. Susan Lynch, New Hampshire’s first lady. 

This year’s topic on health will highlight The United States as a wealthy nation struggling with health care policies that are not working and rising health care costs that continue to increase despite no measurable advantages.

Lynch will enrich the discussion with a diverse background and interest in health-related issues.  She is especially concerned with childhood obesity and preventative healthcare for children and serves as the spokesperson for the physical activity program “Walk NH.”

The Academic Convocation officially launches the University Dialogue titled “Taking care of self and community; a university dialogue on health.” The University Dialogue is a yearlong series of events and conversations based on a specific topic.

Retirement Reception for Sue Bigonia – Aug. 28

A reception honoring Sue Bigonia, RN, on her retirement after more than 30 years at UNH Health Services, will be held on Friday, Aug. 28 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Elliott Alumni Center, 1925 room. Please join us as we celebrate this special, longtime employee who has touched the lives of so many students, faculty and staff.

 No More Free Parking at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport

As of Sept. 1, 2009, USNH employees will no longer be able to park for free at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. The change comes amid cost-saving initiatives at the airport where the operating budget has dropped from $58 million in FY08 to $48 million for FY 2010.

Faculty Concert Series Opens With Tribute to Paul Verrette Sept. 15

The Faculty Concert Series opens its season with the Faculty Jazz Ensemble on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center. David Seiler and Charlie Jennison, woodwinds; David Newsam, guitar; Mark Shilansky, piano; John Hunter, bass and Les Harris, Jr., drums, will remember friend and colleague, Paul Verrette, dedicating the program to his memory.

On Sunday, Sept. 20, at 8 p.m., bassoonist Janet Polk will perform in a one-woman-show entitled “You Can Only Go So-Lo—Solos, Duos and Trios for One Person.” Technology and the imaginative use of two instruments at the same time creates a program of “something for everyone” with works by G.P. Telemann, Melvin Solomon, Gerald Gabel and P.D.Q. Bach.

Both concerts are free and open to the public.  For more information, call the department of music at 2-2404.

Sign Up for University Day Sept. 15

Attention UNH departments: sign up now to exhibit your department at University Day,    Tuesday, Sept. 15 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the lawn at Thompson Hall.  With more than 6,000 patrons, the Student Activities Fair and Picnic held on University Day is a great way to promote your department’s services and benefit to the campus community. To register for a table, go to http://www.unh.edu/presidentialevents/uday.  Space is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis so don’t wait.

Register Now for Fall Classes

Continuing Education registration for fall 2009 credit courses is underway. Admission to a degree program is not required.  For a list of available courses, visit www.learn2.unh.edu.

USNH Tuition waivers, checks, credit cards and cash are acceptable forms of payment. USNH faculty/staff tuition waiver forms are available in the registrar’s office, Business Services and Human Resources.  If you have questions about tuition benefits or eligibility, call HR at 2-0501 or go to www.unh.edu/hr/tuition.htm

If you have any questions about enrolling in credit courses as a non-degree student, stop by the registrar’s office in Room 106 Stoke Hall or call at 2-1500 ext. 3, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

MUB Copy Center Open

The MUB Copy Center has reopened for business after being closed for the month of July as part of an initiative to reduce expenses. The new hours are 9 .am. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Questions? Call 2-1984.


The ID Office has recently sent new ID cards to all UNH employees. Social security numbers are no longer being used for campus identification purposes. The new cards have been encoded with the new ID number.

Anyone who has not yet received a new card can contact the ID Office at 2-2273, or stop by the office in Holloway Commons as soon as possible. Previous IDs are no longer valid, and will not work.

UNH Police Department Auction Aug. 23

The UNH Police Department will hold an auction Sunday, Aug. 23, at 9 a.m. in Lot W (the parking lot behind the police department). Items include:

Multiple cameras
Craftsman Drill
I Pod
Hand bags and Back packs
Multiple Bikes
Woman's watch
Miscellaneous other items

Office of Conduct & Mediation Seeks Volunteers

The Office of Conduct & Mediation is seeking faculty & staff volunteers for the coming year. This is a great way to get involved on campus and have meaningful contact with students who may not be making the best choices. No prior disciplinary or legal experience necessary.

Take part in the hearing process by serving on hearing boards, advising students or administering appeals. Scheduling and time commitment are flexible based on your needs. Extensive training is provided and will take place at your convenience in August and September.

For more information, visit www.unh.edu/ocm and click on volunteers.

Summer Services - Office of Health Education and Promotion, Health Services

Massage Therapy : 50-minute traditional ($35 students/$45 faculty and staff) and hot stone massages ($45 students/$55 faculty and staff) are available with licensed massage therapists, Monday – Friday, at 9 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Gift certificates are also available. Learn more: http://www.unh.edu/health-services/ohep/massage.html

Biofeedback: Individual sessions with a computer-based biofeedback program are available at no cost. Biofeedback technology uses electronic equipment to measure and monitor changes in one’s internal physiological state while teaching breathing, relaxation and meditation exercises. Biofeedback techniques help with stress management. Learn more: http://www.unh.edu/health-services/ohep/biofeedback.html

Resource Library: Health Services’ resource library is open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The lending library is filled with books and multimedia items on a variety of health and wellness issues. Available to UNH Durham employees and students only. View the collection at http://www.unh.edu/health-services/library.cfm

Appointments/information: Call 2-3823 or go to www.unh.edu/health-services. Students may make appointments online by visiting www.unh.edu/HealthOnline. Summer hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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. 

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. .

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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