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Taking Note

March 11, 2009

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

Free HIV Testing For Women March 12

In honor of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 10), Health Services will offer free HIV testing for women Thursday, March 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Health Services, room 249.

In the U.S., more than 25 percent of new HIV infections are in women. Women of color are especially impacted by the disease.  HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death for African American women aged 25 to 34.

For more information call2-3823 or go to www.unh.edu/health-services.

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Join the Health Services Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=53231585924#/group.php?gid=2229228824

2009 Presidential Award of Excellence Nomination Deadline March 31

Each year two PAT, two OS and one EE staff member are recognized for outstanding service and commitment to the university with the Presidential Award of Excellence. Nominate a staff member (with at least 3 years of service) by March 31 at http://nominations.unh.edu/.

For detailed information go to http://www.unh.edu/staffexcellence/.

Gala Jazz Concert March 15

A stellar teacher-pupil combination will highlight the Gala Jazz Concert Sunday, March 15, as saxophonist Jimmy Heath and his former student Antonio Hart blend their talents with the UNH Jazz Band and faculty rhythm section in a program of big band and combo pieces, many of them composed and arranged by Heath.

The concert takes place in the Johnson Theatre at 8 p.m.

The public concert follows the annual Clark Terry/UNH Jazz Festival for high school ensembles, with Heath replacing friend and colleague Clark Terry. A frequent guest at UNH, Heath was associated with Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane before joining the faculty at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in New York, where Hart now continues that teaching tradition. Pianist Mark Shilansky, bassist John Hunter, and drummer Les Harris, Jr. will assist.

Tickets are $8 general admission; $6 senior citizens and students, and are available at the MUB ticket office, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., online at http://www.unhmub.com/tickets and at the door one hour prior to the concert.

Air Force Band Here March 31

The Air Force Band of Liberty Bay State Winds performs Tuesday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in the Bratton Recital Hall. Stationed at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., these outstanding musicians bring audiences of all ages to their feet with sparkling performances of popular, Broadway, patriotic, jazz and folk music, as well as original pieces for clarinet quartet.

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

Live Music at the Acorns Café

The Acorns Café at the New England Center offers live music during the month of March on Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Complimentary cheese and crackers. Dinner specials for faculty and staff.

March 12: Chris Way
March 19: Fellowship Hall Jazz Society
March 26: UNH Jazz Students and Alumni – Les Harris, John Hunter and Mark Shilansky

Submit Kidder Fund, Pink Triangle and Other Award Nominations Now

In a continuing effort to build a more diverse campus, the UNH President's Commissions and the Office of Diversity Initiatives are seeking nominations for awards that honor those who have made outstanding contributions to promoting equity and inclusion for women, people of color, and GLBT persons. The award categories are:

  • Women’s Commissions Awards
  • Kidder Award
  • Pink Triangle Awards
  • President’s Award for Excellence through Diversity
  • UNH Community Service Award from the Commission on the Status of People of Color

Nominations for these awards can be made at www.nominations.unh.edu/. The deadlines are as follows: Women’s Commission, March 5; Kidder and Pink Triangle Awards, March 12; President’s Awards for Excellence through Diversity, April 10.

Nominations for the UNH Community Service Award from the Commission on the Status of People of Color may be made at http://www.unh.edu/cspc/index.htm. The deadline is April 10.

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.

March 12 – room 203
March 25 – room 336
April 8 – room 302
April 22 – room 203
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

March 23 Brown Bag Lunch Film Series: “The Circus” (Charlie Chaplin, 1928, 68 min.) Noon, free, Room A204.

March  25 ArtBreak: Gallery Talk Ben Cariens, professor of Art, UNH, discusses works on view in the current exhibition “Drawing the Line.” Noon, free, Museum of Art.

March 30 Brown Bag Lunch Film Series: “In the Realms of the Unreal: The Mystery of Henry Darger” (2004, 81 min.) Noon, free, Room A204, Paul Creative Arts Center.

April 1 ArtBreak: Concert The UNH Symphony Orchestra performs under the direction of Christopher Hill. Noon, free, Museum of Art.

April 5 Spring Concert The UNH Symphony Orchestra performs under the direction of Christopher Hill. Offered in conjunction with the exhibition “Renewal: Printmakers from the New Northern Ireland.” 2 p.m., free, Museum of Art.

April 6 Brown Bag Lunch Film Series: “Mystery of Picasso” (1956) Noon, free, Room A204, Paul Creative Arts Center.

April 8 ArtBreak: TBA Noon, free, Museum of Art, Paul Creative Arts Center.

April 13 Brown Bag Lunch Film Series: TBA Noon, free, Room A204, Paul Creative Arts Center.

April 17 – Preview Reception: Two new exhibitions, “2009 Senior B.A. and B.F.A. Exhibition”and “2009 M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition I” are presented to the public. 5-7 p.m., free, Museum of Art.

April 20 Brown Bag Lunch Film Series: “Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine” (1 hr. 39 min.) Noon, free, Room A204, Paul Creative Arts Center.

April 22 ArtBreak: Gallery Talk Candidates in UNH’s Master of Fine Arts degree program discuss their work currently on view. Noon, free, Museum of Art.

April 27 Brown Bag Lunch Film Series: “Shadow of the House” Noon, free, Room A204, Paul Creative Arts Center.

April 28 – Performance: “Art & Dance” Students from the Department of Theatre and Dance perform under the direction of professor Gay Nardone. 10 – 11 am, free, Museum of Art.

April 29 ArtBreak: Gallery Talk Candidates in UNH’s Bachelor of Arts degree program discuss their work currently on view.  Noon, free, Museum of Art.

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.

Winter Parking Ban Continues through March 31

The winter parking began Dec.1 and continues nightly through March 31, 2009. During this time most campus parking lots are closed, regardless of the weather, from midnight to 6 a.m. with the exception of designated exempt lots and conditionally available lots. 

Weather conditional after-midnight parking is conditionally available in C lot and B lot, in addition to the normally exempt lots. On nights where there is no declared snow emergency, and no snow is falling or predicted, cars may be parked in either of these lots without penalty. However, if a snow emergency is called, cars must be removed from these lots before midnight or face ticketing and towing.

For more information go to unh.edu/transportation/parking/wpb.htm, or call the UNH Transportation Services Office at 2-1010.

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/.

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.

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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