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October 21, 2009

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.

Flutist and pianist in concert Nov. 5

The music department presents a guest recital featuring flutist Joshua Carter and pianist Elizabeth Blood Thursday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m. in the Bratton Recital Hall of the Paul Creative Arts Center. The program includes music by Philippe Gaubert, Otar Taktakishvili, Bach and Mike Mower.

Carter is a flute maker with Brannen Brothers Flutemakers, Inc., in Woburn, Mass., He studied in London under the tutelage of Paul Edmund Davies, principal flutist of the London Symphony. Carter is an active freelancer and teacher in the Boston area.

A native of Manchester, N.H., Blood currently serves on the UNH faculty and the Manchester Community Music School. She has worked on the faculties of Keene State College, Shorter College, and Plymouth State University and on the music staffs of the American Institute of Musical Studies (Austria), the Barga Institute (Italy), Opera in the Ozarks and the Granite State Opera.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call the music department at 2-2404, or visit www.unh.edu/music.    

Talk on Tolstoy and Dostoevsky Oct. 26

Professor Anna Schur of Keene State College will present "Punishment and the Self in Tolstoy and Dostoevsky" in the English department lounge (Ham-Smith 101) on Monday, Oct. 26, 3:40 to 5 p.m.

Sponsored by the department of languages, literatures, and cultures, College of Liberal Arts, Center for the Humanities, and Center for International Education.

Open Access Week

The university library is celebrating Open Access Week by distributing information about open access in Dimond Library and the branch libraries, and at the benefits fair Oct. 28. We also are starting to build an institutional repository that will house the research of UNH scholars.

Learn more about Open Access Week at UNH at http://libraryguides.unh.edu/openaccess.

Costume Shop Yard Sale Oct 24, noon to 2 p.m.

Just in time for Halloween, the costume shop at the department of theatre and dance will hold a yard sale on Saturday, Oct. 24 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre lobby. Come early for the best picks among the costume shop’s extra inventory of shoes, wigs, hats, dresses, period costumes, capes and assorted accessories.  Some items will be bundled together in a grab bag for $5 a bag.  All proceeds go toward the department of theatre and dance, which relies on ticket sales and outreach events to fund its programs.

This popular event occurs on a semi annual basis, and is an excellent source for area middle and high schools, community theatres and those looking for creative Halloween ideas.

The department of theatre and dance and the Johnson Theatre are located in the Paul Creative Arts Center. Call 2-2919 for more information.

Playful Shakespearean Comedy “A Midsummer Night’s DreamNov. 4 - 8
Evan Russell, Meghan Blakeman as Lysander  and Hermia
UNH Photo Services

The Johnson Theatre will present  “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” directed by Professor David Richman, Nov. 4 to 7 at 7 p.m.; Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre.  The production features a playground theme complete with a slide, monkey bars and giant swing on stage for the characters to play on throughout the performance.

A school matinee will be presented Nov. 6 at 10 a.m. Afternoon workshops in the dramatic arts are available as part of this 2009 UNH School Drama Day event for grades 7 through 12.  For information and pricing call 2-2150.

For tickets, contact the MUB ticket office, Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., at 2-2290 or online at www.unhmub.com/ticket.  Tickets are $10.50 for seniors, UNH ID holders; and groups of 15 or more and $12.50 for general admission.

The box office opens one hour prior to curtain in the lobby at the Paul Creative Arts Center. For more information and show times or to learn about season subscription offerings at a discount, call the department of theatre and dance office at 2-2919, or visit www.unh.edu/theatre-dance.

Photo by UNH Photo Services:

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.

Tuba Virtuoso Performs Oct. 23

The music department will present tuba virtuoso Øystein Baadsvik in concert on Friday, Oct. 23, at 8 p.m. in the Bratton Recital Hall of the Paul Creative Arts Center. Along with pianist Elizabeth Blood, Baadsvik will perform works by Grieg, Plau, Kraft, Piazzolla, Baadsvik and Vivaldi.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 2-2404, or visit our website at www.unh.edu/music

Convert Earned Time in Either October or May

It has come to our attention that the Oct.1, 2009 effective date for the change in sick pool conversion month from May to October is disadvantaging some staff who have planned the utilization of their time with the expectation of conversion in May. As a result we have put in place a transition plan that provides a one-time option to convert earned time to sick pool either this October, or during the month of May, 2010. (For operating staff who convert earned time to sick pool this October, their next opportunity to convert will be October, 2010.) 

Effective October, 2010, the sick pool conversion period will be held only during the month of October.

Sick pool conversion forms are to be submitted to Human Resources by Oct. 30, 2009, for operating staff choosing to convert their earned time this October, instead of May, 2010. Sick pool information is available on the Human Resources web site under “Earned Time” at www.unh.edu/hr/et.htm, and forms are available at www.unh.edu/hr/pubs-frm.htm#other, or may be requested from Human Resources by phoning 2-0501.

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.)

UNH Voice Mail Upgrade

UNH IT Telecom will be replacing the existing UNH voice mail system Nov. 1, 2009. All faculty and staff will need to setup their voice mailbox in the new system between Oct. 1 and Nov.1.

Visit http://it.unh.edu/voicemail for a timeline, a list of FAQs, and instructions on setting up and using your new voice mail account.

If you have any questions, contact the UNH IT Help Desk at 2-4242.

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.

Proposals Sought for Saul O Sidore Memorial Lecture Series

The Center for the Humanities is seeking proposals to organize the Saul O Sidore Memorial Lecture Series. Especially welcomed are proposals addressing science, mathematics, or interdisciplinary themes for the 2010-2011 series.

Guidelines and information are at  www.unh.edu/humanities-center or contact Mary Jo Alibrio, program coordinator at 2-4356; mj.alibrio@unh.edu with any questions

The deadline is Nov. 5, 2009.

Seeking Honorary Degree Candidates

What do Meryl Streep, Gov. John Lynch and astronaut Rick Linnehan all have in common?  They received honorary degrees at the UNH commencement ceremony.  Know someone who excelled above and beyond? Someone who has made notable contributions to society?  Then now is the time to nominate them for the 2010 commencement awards.  Click here to nominate.  (The nomination deadline is Oct. 31)

Subscription to Foundation Directory

Dimond Library has a campus-wide online subscription to the Foundation Directory, providing UNH users ability to search for grant opportunities from any computer on campus or remotely from any computer in the world.  

The directory (http://www.library.unh.edu/scripts/redirect.pl?dbase=406) offers a database more than  96,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and grant-making public charities in the U.S.; a database of more than 3,600 sponsoring companies, offering a quick pathway to corporate funders; a database of more than 1.4 million recently awarded grants; and a keyword-searchable database of more than 533,000 recently filed IRS Forms 990 and 990-PF

Weight Watchers at Work Program

USNH Health and Wellness is sponsoring a 12-week Weight Watchers at Work program through Dec. 16 in the MUB from noon to12:45 p.m. Open to all employees.
An information and registration session will be held Wednesday, Sept.16, at noon in the MUB, room 302.  Program facilitator is Janet McGrath.
Sign up anytime throughout the series; the fee will be prorated. WeightWatchers is also offering eight weeks of eTools free when you purchase a 12-week WeightWatchers at Work series.
WeightWatchers is one of the health education programs for which Harvard Pilgrim will reimburse members up to $200 per calendar year.  For more information on this and other Health and Wellness programs visit:  http://www.usnh.edu/hr/health-wellness/get-active.html or call HR at 2-0501.

Grant Opportunities

The Center for the Humanities has grant opportunities open to all faculty. The deadline to apply is Nov. 5.
Grants to organize the Saul O Sidore Memorial Lecture Series are open to all faculty, topics and subject areas. Applications related to the sciences are particularly encouraged this year. Proposals that connect the Sidore series to significant conversations occurring on and off campus are also welcome.
Programs and project grants and interdisciplinary conference grants are open to all faculty, providing the project or conference falls within some aspect of humanities discussion.  
For more information and guidelines visit: www.unh.edu/humanities-center and click on "funding opportunities" or email mj.alibrio@unh.edu or call 2-4356

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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