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September 2, 2009

Academic Convocation to Feature New Hampshire’s First Lady

University Day’s annual Academic Convocation on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 a.m. in the MUB’s Granite State Room will feature the new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, John Aber, the 2009-2010 Discovery Authors and special guest Dr. Susan Lynch, New Hampshire’s first lady. 

This year’s topic on health will highlight the United States as a wealthy nation struggling with health care policies that are not working and rising health care costs that continue to increase despite no measurable advantages.

Lynch will enrich the discussion with a diverse background and interest in health-related issues.  She is especially concerned with childhood obesity and preventative healthcare for children and serves as the spokesperson for the physical activity program “Walk NH.”

The Academic Convocation officially launches the University Dialogue titled “Taking care of self and community; a university dialogue on health.” The University Dialogue is a yearlong series of events and conversations based on a specific topic.

Sign Up for University Day Sept. 15

Attention UNH departments: sign up now to exhibit your department at University Day, Tuesday, Sept. 15 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the lawn at Thompson Hall.  With more than 6,000 patrons, the Student Activities Fair and Picnic held on University Day is a great way to promote your department’s services and benefit to the campus community. To register for a table, go to http://www.unh.edu/presidentialevents/uday.  Space is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis so don’t wait.

Sept. 15 Concert

The music department presents a guest recital featuring Quartetto Acero Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. Bratton Recital Hall of the Paul Creative Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

Giorgio Versiglia and his students formed the Quartetto Acero in 2006. Members of the Istituto Musicale “G. Donizetti” of Bergamo, Italy, the group has won a number of national and international competitions. Their eclectic repertoire includes a wide variety of original and transcribed works, including Bach, the Beatles, John Williams and contemporary Latin American composers.

For more information, call 2-2404, or visit www.unh.edu/music.

Weight Watchers at Work Program

USNH Health and Wellness is sponsoring a 12-week Weight Watchers at Work program Wednesdays, Sept. 23 to 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

Update Manchester Airport Parking

While USNH employees can no longer park for free at Manchester Airport, parking is available at a discounted rate of $7 a day at the Highlander Inn. A 24-hour complimentary on-demand shuttle service to and from the airport is also available. This service is offered to all staff, faculty, students and parents.  See FYI for additional information <http://finadmin.usnh.edu/Finance_FYI/cur_fyi.aspx>
This discounted service offer is valid through June 30, 2010.

Faculty Concert Series Opens With Tribute to Paul Verrette Sept. 15

The Faculty Concert Series opens its season with the Faculty Jazz Ensemble on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center. David Seiler and Charlie Jennison, woodwinds; David Newsam, guitar; Mark Shilansky, piano; John Hunter, bass and Les Harris, Jr., drums, will remember friend and colleague, Paul Verrette, dedicating the program to his memory.

On Sunday, Sept. 20, at 8 p.m., bassoonist Janet Polk will perform in a one-woman-show entitled “You Can Only Go So-Lo—Solos, Duos and Trios for One Person.” Technology and the imaginative use of two instruments at the same time creates a program of “something for everyone” with works by G.P. Telemann, Melvin Solomon, Gerald Gabel and P.D.Q. Bach.

Both concerts are free and open to the public.  For more information, call the department of music at 2-2404.

New IDs

The ID Office has recently sent new ID cards to all UNH employees. Social security numbers are no longer being used for campus identification purposes. The new cards have been encoded with the new ID number.

Anyone who has not yet received a new card can contact the ID Office at 2-2273, or stop by the office in Holloway Commons as soon as possible. Previous IDs are no longer valid, and will not work.

Office of Conduct & Mediation Seeks Volunteers

The Office of Conduct & Mediation is seeking faculty & staff volunteers for the coming year. This is a great way to get involved on campus and have meaningful contact with students who may not be making the best choices. No prior disciplinary or legal experience necessary.

Take part in the hearing process by serving on hearing boards, advising students or administering appeals. Scheduling and time commitment are flexible based on your needs. Extensive training is provided and will take place at your convenience in August and September.

For more information, visit www.unh.edu/ocm and click on volunteers.

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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