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March 25, 2009

30th Senate Reunion

The UNH Student Senate is holding its 30th reunion for alumni Saturday, April 18 at 7 p.m. in the Huddleston Ball Room.. R.S.V.P to Meaghan McCusker at Student.Senate@unh.edu.

“Including Samuel” to be Shown Tonight

A free screening of the award winning documentary “Including Samuel” takes place Wednesday, March 25, at 7 p.m. in Richards Auditorium, room 115, Murkland Hall. A question and answer period with the filmmaker Dan Habib will follow.

Before his son Samuel was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, photojournalist Habib rarely thought about the inclusion of people with disabilities. Now he thinks about inclusion every day. Shot and produced over four years, Habib's award-winning documentary film “Including Samuel” chronicles the Habib family's efforts to include Samuel in every facet of their lives.

The film, presented by the College of Health and Human Services and the Institute on Disability, honestly portrays his family's hopes and struggles as well as the experiences of four other individuals with disabilities and their families. “Including Samuel” is a highly personal, passionately photographed film that captures the cultural and systemic barriers to inclusion.

For more information www.includingsamuel.com.
To learn more about the Institute on Disability, visit www.iod.unh.edu.

Women's Commission Award Ceremony and Luncheon; Lectures, March 26

Visiting lecturer Lisa Goodman, professor of counseling psychology at Boston College, will present two lectures on poverty Thursday, March 26, in the MUB Strafford Room. Both are sponsored by the Women’s Commission in honor of Women’s History Month.

“Women in Poverty and What We can Do” will be given from noon to 1 p.m. Lunch will be served. RSVP to janicep@unh.edu or call 2-1058.

At 5 p.m., Goodman will present “Advocacy in a Changing World: Engaging Students in the Fight Against Women’s Poverty.”

Open Forum on Technology Master Plan – Monday, March 30

UNH is currently undergoing a master planning process to align technology goals with UNH’s priorities. This initiative is complementary to the university’s current strategic planning process, and critical in identifying and addressing the technology needs of students, faculty and staff.

On Monday, March 30, an open forum will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. in MUB Theatre II to solicit feedback from the university community on the technology master planning process. This feedback will be used to assist the IT core planning team in its decision making processes. The forum is open to all UNH students, faculty and staff. Visit http://techplan.unh.edu for more information, and to leave feedback on the posted questions and materials.

President’s Award for Excellence through Diversity Nominations Due by April 10

The Office of the President in conjunction with the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity is seeking nominations for President’s Excellence through Diversity Award, which is given to two individuals (faculty and staff) who have demonstrated excellence through outstanding leadership in promoting equity, advancing the status of under-represented groups, and serving as a role model at UNH. Nominations, due by April 10, can be made at  www.nominations.unh.edu/.

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.

Registration begins Monday, March 30.  Cash, checks, credit cards and tuition waivers are all acceptable forms of payment. If you plan to use your tuition waiver benefit, we ask that you register in person or by mail.

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

GLBT Pancake Breakfast

Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 8:00 – 9:45 AM, MUB Granite State Room

Celebrating the accomplishments of the GLBTQQA community through Pink Triangle and Kidder Fund Awards. Writer, teacher, theologian Rev. Irene Monroe will deliver the keynote “The Intersection of Race and Sexual Orientation:  The Post-Inaugural Climate”.

Irene Monroe on Sexual Orientation, Gender and Politics

Q & A Talk – Wednesday, April 15, 12:15–1:15 p.m., MUB Entertainment Center

Ask Not, a film exploration of the U.S. military’s “don’t ask; don’t tell” policy. Follow the stories of gay Americans who served in combat under a veil of secrecy and who question the merit of banning military service to those who are honest about their sexual orientation.  Captain and Judge Advocate Pat Gormley, President of the Alliance for National Defense, will introduce the film. Wednesday, April 15, 7:00 p.m. MUB Theater II

Questions?   862.1058

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

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/.

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 26: UNH Jazz Students and Alumni – Les Harris, John Hunter and Mark Shilansky

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 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  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/.

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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