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May 20, 2009

Provost Search Informational Forum May 22

The provost search committee http://www.unh.edu/president/markhuddleston/speeches/members.html and President Mark Huddleston will hold an open meeting to update the community on the status of the provost search Friday, May 22, from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in the 5th Floor Reading Room of Dimond Library.

Provost finalists Michael Amiridis from the University of South Carolina, and Robert Newman from the University of Utah, have both withdrawn their names from the search for different reasons.

Video Available on Economic Stimulus Forum

More than 100 faculty and staff attended the forum on economic stimulus opportunities on April 27. The forum provided an overview of UNH's activities to date to explore funding opportunities provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

If you missed the forum you can view it online at:

For more information about the forum (including copies of the Powerpoint slides) and State and Federal funding opportunities through ARRA), go to: http://www.unh.edu/research/stimulus.html.

Center for the Humanities Spring Newsletter Online

The Center for the Humanities announces the publication of its spring 2009 newsletter online at www.unh.edu/humanities-center.  Top stories include updates on study abroad in Ghana and the Center's 2009 grant proposal deadlines for faculty fellowships, programs, projects, and interdisciplinary conferences. 

Walk NH Week at UNH June 3

On Wednesday, June 3, UNH and the town of Durham will celebrate Walk NH Week 2009 with a 3-mile walk around campus and town beginning at noon. Walkers should gather at the main entrance of the Whittemore Center at 11:40 a.m. to check-in. 

Pre-registration is required. For more information and/or to register online, visit:  http://www.unh.edu/hr/walkNH2009.html   For more information the Walk NH Weekprogram, go to www.WalkNH.org. If you need an accommodation to participate in this event, contact Christina VanHorn at 2-0519 or 2-3227 V/TTY.

Rain date is June 4.

Professional Development and Training Launches Newsletter

The first issue of Professional Briefings, a new 4-page newsletter published by Professional Development & Training, an office within the Graduate School, is available at: http://www.learn.unh.edu/April09ProfBriefs.pdf

The newsletter will be published three times a year and will include articles of particular interest to working professionals. It will also announce upcoming seminars and programs sponsored by Professional Development & Training.

Articles in this issue include How to Lead a Self-Managing Team by Vanessa Urch Druskat, professor of organizational behavior at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics, and Jane V. Wheeler, professor of management at Bowling Green State University’s College of Business Administration; and Characteristics of Principled Win-Win Negotiations.

UNH Women Faculty and PAT Staff: Apply for Scholarship for Wellesley Program

UNH women faculty and PAT staff are invited to apply for a UNH scholarship to attend the 2009-2010 HERS Management Institute for Women in Higher Education at Wellesley College. (For full information on the HERS Institute go to http://hersnet.org/HERSWellesley.asp. Also please note that the Institute's attendance comprises all of the dates listed during the year.)

The scholarship covers the cost of the Institute's tuition/fees, and related hotel/meals, and transportation associated with attendance.

Applications may be made by submitting a letter of interest stating how you would benefit from the experience and how your attendance would contribute to your role at the university, and further its mission. In addition, include a letter of reference from a colleague, and a recent CV or resume. Submit by May 29, either by campus mail or email to Nancy Hamer, AABSC, 14E Stoke Hall, or nancy.hamer@unh.edu or call 2-1934.

The UNH HERS Scholarship Recommendation Committee will submit its selections for approval to the provost and also to the HERS Institute who makes final selections. Awarded recipients will be notified via email before the end of June.

Signals Going Paperless

Signals, the CIS newsletter, will go paperless starting FY10, both in the spirit of sustainability, and in accordance with President Mark Huddleston’s call to restrict printing and mailing costs as stated in his April 2009 budget letter.

Our online presence will improve to reflect Web 2.0 technologies, which will allow for both a two-way communication stream and a more feature-rich environment. Stay tuned for more details in June Signals.

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).

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.

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. 

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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