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December 16, 2009

NOTE: Campus Journal will resume publication on Jan. 13, 2010.
Have a safe happy holiday!
 
UNH Closed Dec. 25 through Jan. 3, 2010

This is a reminder that the university will be closed Dec. 25, 2009, through Jan. 3, 2010.  In addition, President Mark Huddleston has made the decision to close at noon on Dec. 24.

To review the holiday schedule go to http://www.unh.edu/hr/holidays.htm. Approved operating procedures for the Dec. 24 early closing can be viewed online at www.unh.edu/hr/pdfs/OPERATING-PROCEDURES-FOR-DECEMBER-24-2009-CLOSING.pdf

Biofeedback Sessions Available Through Health Services

Health Services will be offering free biofeedback sessions to faculty and staff during winter break. Biofeedback technology uses electronic equipment to measure and monitor changes in one’s internal physiological state while teaching breathing, relaxation and meditation exercises.

Biofeedback is a great tool to reduce stress, increase your energy level, sleep better, minimize anxiety and worry, increase your motivation, improve your concentration and mental accuracy and improve your health and well-being.

Individual sessions with a computer-based biofeedback program are available to current UNH faculty and staff during weekdays Dec. 21 to Dec. 23 and Jan. 4 to Jan. 22 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 2-3823 or visit Health Services, room 249 to make an appointment.

Core Benefits Deductions Information for Operating Staff and Hourly Employees

In the 2009 calendar year there are 27 payrolls for operating staff and hourly employees.  Core benefits (medical, dental and life insurance) are only deducted for 26 payrolls. As a result, there will be no deductions for these core benefits in the Dec. 31, 2009 paycheck.  All non-core benefits will be taken as part of the normal payroll process.  This information will also be included on WISE and in the Dec. 18 and Dec. 31 paycheck text box.

Contact Kristie Camacho at 2-0509, Sue Nolan at 2-0504 or Campus Payroll at 2-1400 should you have any questions concerning this matter.

MUB Copy Center Hours During Break

The MUB Copy Center will be closed the weeks of Dec.21 and Dec. 28 and reopen Monday, Jan. 4 with reduced hours until Monday Jan. 18, when normal hours resume.

From Jan. 4 through Jan., the center will be open Monday –Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Printing and Mailing Services will be shifting all work to the West Edge facility and expect to maintain the level of service the community has grown accustomed to. Projects may be submitted via our online order site www.printing.unh.edu, emailed to printing.services@unh.edu, dropped off at the West Edge office, or you may call 2-0537 to arrange for the project to be picked up.  The West Edge office is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Faculty: Apply Now for Instructional Technology Summer Institute 

The Faculty Instructional Technology Summer Institute (FITSI) is an annual weeklong, hands-on learning experience. A limited number of faculty and instructors in full-time, permanent teaching positions are chosen to participate.

FITSI 2010 will take place June 14 through June 18, 2010. You are a good candidate for FITSI 2010 if you:

  • Want to explore how technology can enhance teaching and learning

  • Will teach a course in AY 2010-2011 that you want to redesign using technology

  • Are full-time, permanent faculty or a librarian at UNH Durham or Manchester

Applications for FITSI 2010 begin Dec. 21, 2009. To find out more, or to apply go to http://unh.edu/fitsi

Take Safety Survey

The UNH Police Department is conducting a survey on campus safety. Responses are confidential. Those who take the survey will have the opportunity to enter a raffle for one of four Apple iPod Nanos. Responses are being collected by the UNH Survey Center.

To access the survey click here . It takes about 10 minutes to complete.

If you have any questions contact Andrew Smith at Andrew.smith@unh.edu or Paul Dean at phd@cisunix.unh.edu.

Cooperative Extension’s Calendars Make Great Gifts

Cooperative Extension’s 2010 NH Outside calendar is now available. The calendar contains excerpts from published NH Outside columns, illustrated with original artwork by volunteer artists and spiced with daily tips and tidbits to help increase awareness of the natural world.

You can order online at http://extension.unh.edu/news/2009/09/nh_outside_2010_calendar_now_a.html, or send a check, made payable to UNH Cooperative Extension, to UNH Cooperative Extension Publication Centers, 131 Main St., Nesmith Hall, Durham, NH 03824

For questions, contact Holly Young, Cooperative Extension, 2-1564 or by email at holly.young@unh.edu

OEHS Newsletter

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) has launched a newsletter to provide the university community with helpful information, including timely and relevant health and safety issues. To read the first issue go to http://www.unh.edu/ehs/pdf/Newsletter/Winter-2009-OEHS-Newsletter.pdf.

Dining Office Holiday Hours

The Dining and ID office in Holloway Commons will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 23 through Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010 and will reopen Jan. 4. 

Sign Up Now for Weight Management Program

The Center for Health Enhancement (CHE) is offering a 10-week weight management program in the spring 2010. The program includes individual dietary analysis and prescription; fitness assessment; the use of a personal activity monitor; body composition analysis in the Bod Pod; measurement of total body water; 1-hr metabolic testing; measurement of blood lipids, glucose and C-reactive protein.

Ten one-hour education sessions include tasting new recipes. Sessions will be held on Thursdays from noon  to1 p.m. in Nesmith Hall, room 110.  The program can accommodate a maximum of 20 people.  Slots for the program tend to fill quickly.  In case vacancies should open, we will continue to take sign-ups until Friday, Jan. 8.

Pre-program testing begins Jan. 5 and classes will start in mid-February.

Contact Anne Ronan (2-1688) for further information and registration or visit www.che.unh.edu.  Faculty, staff and members of the local community are welcome.

Campus Parking Ban

The winter parking ban on campus will resume Dec.1 and continue through April 1 regardless of weather conditions. During this time, most campus parking lots and areas close directly at midnight and stay closed until 6 a.m. When parking for any duration after midnight, your car must be in a designated area. For a full description of restrictions and parking options,  visit http://www.unh.edu/transportation/parking/winterparkingban.htm.    

Durham’s Winter Parking Ban Nov. 1 – April 1

The town of Durham’s winter parking ban is in effect Nov.1 through April 1. Parking on any public way or public parking lot between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. during the parking ban is in violation of town ordinance. Penalties for violations include $20 parking tickets and the possibility of being towed to allow for snow removal.

Those persons with permits to park in the Depot Road parking lot should refer to their permit agreement for regulations regarding snow removal.

If you have any questions about the ban, contact Lt. Sean Kelly at the Durham Police Department at 868-2324.

Important Reminder From UNH IT – Change Your Computer Passwords

Changing your computer passwords is akin to changing the batteries in your smoke detector: both should be changed several times a year to ensure your safety and security. USNH policy requires you to change your computer passwords at least once every six months. Take a few minutes now to do so, and put a reminder in your calendar for next spring. This will help keep your personal information and sensitive documents safe from unwanted intrusion and theft. Instructions for UNH IT accounts are available at accounts.unh.edu, under ‘password reset tools’. In addition, check with the administrators of other UNH systems or services you may be using about how to change your password on those systems.

Important: When changing your passwords, use a wired connection to ensure your passwords are updated correctly on all systems.

Secure UNH wireless users: If you experience problems after changing your passwords, re-run the UNH secure wireless setup application, available at it.unh.edu/wireless under ‘secure UNH wireless’.

And remember, don't be a "phish"; do not reply to unsolicited e-mail messages asking you to disclose your password, or other sensitive information.

 
Free Light Therapy for Seasonal Depression

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*.

Health Services offers free light therapy to current UNH students, faculty and staff. For an appointment visit www.unh.edu/healthonline, call 2-3823 or go to Health Services, Rm. 249. (Only UNH students currently enrolled in courses may make appointments online.)

Learn more about SAD and Light Therapy…
Additional Recommendations:
Daily appointments are recommended, preferably in the morning. Session lengths range from 15 minutes to two hours, most session usually last 20-30 minutes. Other treatments for SAD include psychotherapy, dietary changes, regular exercise, and the use of antidepressant medications.

Change in Parking at Manchester Airport

USNH employees using Manchester-Boston Regional Airport can park at the Highlander Inn for $7 a day (note that USNH also does not have a 3-day minimum) or use the airport parking lots (C, D, E, F, & G) at a daily rate of $10.

Travelers who must use the airport garage ($17 a day) will need to document the expense on USNH personal reimbursement. Questions? Call the USNH AP Office at 2-1474.         

UNH Celebrity Series Announces the 2009-2010 season

Santiago Rodriguez
Friday, Feb. 5, 2010, 7 p.m. Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center

Called "a phenomenal pianist" by the New York Times and "among the finest pianists in the world" by the Baltimore Sun, Santiago Rodriguez performs internationally with leading orchestras including the Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, London and Tokyo Symphony Orchestras.

Join us for a master class at 7 p.m. on Feb.4 in the Bratton Recital Hall.

Ticket prices: $30 general; $27 UNH faculty/senior; $10 UNH students and youth.

Mozart Opera Theatre’s “Marriage of Figaro”
Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 7 p.m. Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center

“The Marriage of Figaro” is a riotous comedy where the virtuous unmask the immoral and the quick-witted servants undo their scheming masters. The count's servant, Figaro, is arranging the final plans for his wedding to his beloved Suzanne, when he stumbles upon his master's plot to evoke the ancient right of droit de seigneur. Can Figaro stop the count or will the virtuous Suzanne stay a step head of everyone?  Powered by a strong ensemble cast, “The Marriage of Figaro” also features a live orchestra and will be performed in the original Italian with projected sub titles.

Mozart Festival Opera, the sister company of Teatro Lirico D’Europa, made its U.S. debut in November 2003 with a production of “Don Giovanni.” Critics raved about the outstanding cast of singers as well as the excellent, detailed stage direction and attractive sets and costumes. All of the soloists are professionals with international experience who have performed major roles with important companies in the U.S. and Europe. 

Ticket prices: $48 general; $45 UNH faculty/Senior; $20 UNH students and youth.

A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra
Thursday, April 8, 2010, 7 p.m. Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center

Passionate about sharing the experience of live performance, A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra unites the intimacy and versatility of a string quartet with the power of an orchestral sound. In each performance, the members of this self-conducted ensemble rotate musical leadership from one work to the next, bringing freshness to the concert experience.

Working as a group to shape artistic expression and administrative direction, the orchestra celebrates a spirit of collaboration. A Far Cry performs internationally, holds residencies at leading musical institutions and, through educational workshops and free concerts in its storefront space in Boston, develops close relationships with small community audiences. 

Ticket prices: $30 general; $27 UNH faculty/senior; $10 UNH students and youth.

Report Fraud Here

The USNH administrative policy on fraud establishes a high standard of ethical and professional conduct for its faculty, staff, student employees, and volunteers.  It encourages everyone to report potential, perceived, or suspected instances of fraud and strictly prohibits retaliation against anyone doing so.  http://usnholpm.unh.edu/BOT/III.Admin/K.htm 

The Internal Audit Office sponsors a Web-based reporting hotline (http://usnhaudit.unh.edu/hotline.htm) for individuals to relay concerns about potential fraud, waste, or abuse of USNH resources or non-compliance with laws, regulations, and policies. Messages can be posted on the hotline anonymously and are directed immediately to the USNH director of internal audit, Vicki Escalera, for investigation and follow-through.  Individuals may also reach Escalera 2-3500.  (Please note this phone has caller ID.)

Live Music on Thursdays at the New England Center

Now through June 17, 2010, Acorns Café in the New England Center will offer live music on Thursdays. Local area artists as well as university alumni will perform from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Complimentary cheese and crackers will be served or guests can order off the regular menu. For a list of the musicians go to www.newenglandcenter.com.

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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