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September 30, 2009

New Broadway Musical “Curtains!” Premieres Regionally Oct. 7

The department of theatre and dance will present the new musical “Curtains” Oct. 7 through Oct.10 at 7 p.m. and Oct.10 and 11 at 2 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center.

From the team that brought you “Cabaret” and “Chicago,” this regional premiere is sure to become an instant classic. “Curtains” is a backstage murder mystery set in 1959 Boston and follows the fallout when the egregiously untalented leading lady, faded film star, Jessica Cranshaw, is murdered on the opening night of “Robbin’ Hood of the Old West!” Can a police detective (who moonlights as a musical theater fan) solve the case and save the show? This fresh from Broadway musical has that old-fashioned Broadway feel.
  
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 $15.50 for general admission and $13.50 for seniors, UNH ID holders; and groups of 15 or more. 

The box office opens one hour prior to curtain in the lobby at the Paul Creative Arts Center. For a complete season schedule visit http://www.unh.edu/theatre-dance/index.cfm?id=49DEE275-F48C-D7EB-E927CFE50863DADB. To earn about season subscription discounts call the department of theater and dance at 2-2919 or visit www.unh.edu/theatre-dance.

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.)

Seasonal Flu Vaccine Clinic Oct. 14

Health Services will be offering a seasonal flu vaccine clinic Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the MUB, Granite State Room. The vaccine protects against three flu viruses which are expected to circulate this year but does not protect against H1N1 (formerly known as swine flu).

The cost is $18 for students who have paid the health fee and $25 for faculty, staff and students who have not paid the health fee. Credit Card (MasterCard, Visa), CATS Cache, check or cash accepted.

Allow a 20 minute wait time after receiving the seasonal flu vaccine.

For additional information on the seasonal flu visit: http://www.unh.edu/health-services/news/seasonal_flu.html.

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.

New Zealand Fulbright Scholar Discusses Research on Maori Teens Oct. 5

Joanna Kidman, a visiting Fulbright Scholar from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, will discuss her research on indigenous Maori teenagers in New Zealand using visual methodologies.

Kidman will discuss her research at the department of education Brown Bag Scholarship Monday, Oct. 5, from noon to 1 p.m. in Morrill Hall, Room 2. The community is welcome to join the education faculty for the discussion.

In the course of her research, Kidman and her team worked alongside young people living in tribal environments as they used digital cameras to capture on record, important elements of their social, cultural and learning landscapes. The result is a visual representation of Maori tribal landscapes and indigenous modes of learning as seen through the eyes of Maori teenagers.

Sociology Department Honored with Faculty Gender Equity Seal of Approval

The department of sociology has been awarded a Seal of Approval for Faculty Gender Equity by Sociologists for Women in Society in recognition of the department's “excellence in creating a climate that is welcoming to women and gender scholars and that supports scholarship in gender inequality.” The Sociologists for Women in Society award the Seal of Approval to departments in which more than 40 percent of the faculty are women.

Discrimination/Harassment Prevention Workshops

The Affirmative Action and Equity Office is hosting workshops for staff who have not participated in the online training from Workplace Answers. Training on discrimination and sexual and discriminatory harassment prevention will take place Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 12:45 p.m. in MUB Theater II and Thursday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. in MUB Theater II.

Each session will run about 90 minutes. To register call 2-2930 or email pat.starratt@unh.edu.

Jazz Bands in Concert

The department of music presents the UNH Jazz Bands in concert Friday, Oct. 16, at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center. David Seiler directs a collection of familiar and not-so-familiar works with two big bands.

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.

Concert Choir Oct. 18

The Concert Choir will present a program of English language sacred and secular works Sunday, Oct.18 at 3 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center.

Sacred anthems by late 19th/early 20th century composers include Hubert Parry’s “Hear my words, ye people” and Charles Villiers Stanford’s “And I saw another angel,” “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth” and his setting of “The Lord is my shepherd.” Paul Merrill provides organ accompaniment.

Written especially for the UNH choir, Australian composer Graham Howard’s “The Attack on Bir Şaba” will have its world premiere performance. Scored for eight-part choir and two pianos, the work focuses on the attack of Bir Şaba, in what is now Israel, in 1917. With only horses and bayonets, 800 soldiers of the Australian 4th and 12th Light Horse Brigade under Brigadier General William Grant, charged the Turkish trenches, overran the Turks and captured the wells of Beersheba in what has become known as the final successful cavalry charge of British military history. Pianists Paul Merrill and UNH student David Orr join conductor William Kempster for this performance.

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

Live Music on Thursdays at the New England Center

From Oct.1 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.

The State of the State Presentation in Health and Human Services

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Nick Toumpas will present “The State of the State Presentation in Health and Human Services” Friday Oct. 2, 9 a.m. to11 a.m. in the MUB Strafford Room. All are welcome. Bagels and coffee provided

Sponsored by the College of Health and Human Services and department of social work

Homecoming Starts Oct. 9

Mark your calendars; Homecoming 2009 is Oct. 9 through Oct 11. For a schedule of the weekend events go to www.alumni.unh.edu/keep/homecoming. For a map go to https://www.alumni.unh.edu/keep/homecoming/images/homecoming_traffic.pdf

October Concerts

The Concert Band, under the direction of Casey Goodwin, and the Symphonic Band, under the direction of Nicholas Orovich, will present a concert Thursday, Oct. 15, featuring student conductor Sean Giardino performing “Amparito Roca” by Jaime Texidor. Goodwin will retake the baton for W. Francis McBeth’s “Masque,” the ever popular “English Folk Song Suite” of Ralph Vaughan Williams and “Shortcut Home” by Dana Wilson.

Orovich and the symphonic band will perform “España Rhapsodie” by Emmanuel Chabrier, “An American Elegy” by Frank Ticheli and “Liturgical Dances” by David R. Holsinger.

The Wind Symphony opens its 2009-2010 season Oct. 14 with the world premiere of a 90-minute score to the 1929 silent film classic, “Iron Mask” starring Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. Composed by UNH Professor Michael Annicchiarico, this work is truly unique to standard band repertoire.

The Symphony Orchestra’s first performance of the season will be Sunday, Oct. 18, at 8 p.m. “Hungarian Dreams,” features the exceptionally colorful music of Hungary and the exceptional artistry of two outstanding musicians.

Walter W. Naumburg Competition prize winner, violinist Ayano Ninomiya of New York City performs three spectacular violin showpieces: Ravel’s “Tzigane,” Saint-Saëns’ “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso,” and Sarasate’s “Zigeuenerweisen.”

Boston-based cimbalom player Richard Grimes concludes the concert with “Suite” from the folk opera “Háry János” by Zoltán Kodály. The cimbalom, an Eastern European instrument similar to a hammer dulcimer, gained international recognition through the popularity of Kodály’s piece.

The Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Christopher Hill, opens the program with three “Hungarian Dances” by Johannes Brahms.

All three concerts begin at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center and are free and open to the public.  For more information, call the music department at 2-2404, or visit our website at www.unh.edu/music.

The Dope on Soap

An increase in the use of hand soap is resulting in empty dispensers. Faculty and staff are urged to contact facilities support at 2-1437 if they find an empty dispenser so they can be refilled as soon as possible to insure proper hand cleaning.

Sign up for the Employee Fitness Program 2009-2010

The Employee Fitness Program (EFP) has successfully performed more than 1,600 fitness and graded exercise tests on faculty and staff.  If you are interested in participating, fax the form (download here) to the kinesiology office at 2-0154 or mail it to EFP, New Hampshire Hall by October 2.

 For more information on the EFP go to http://www.shhs.unh.edu/kin_es/outreach_employfitness_es.html

Faculty Concert and Lecture Series

Elizabeth Gunlogson, clarinet, and Eileen Cornett, piano, will perform in the Bratton Recital Hall of the Paul Creative Arts Center Sunday, Oct. 11, at 3 p.m. as part of the Faculty Concert Series.  

Gunlogson is assistant professor of clarinet. Cornett performs as a collaborative artist, opera coach, solo and orchestral pianist, music director, and conductor. Currently she is director of the new master’s degree program in vocal accompanying at Peabody Conservatory and a member of its opera department.

The pair will perform works by Heinrich Sutermeister, Carl Maria von Weber, Louis Spohr, Carlos Guastavino and Messager. The concert is free and open to the public.

On Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m., the Faculty Concert Series and The John C. Rouman Classical Lecture Series presents UNH faculty composer Lori Dobbins’ “The Rage of Achilles,” a dramatic composition based on Robert Fagles’ translation of Homer’s “Iliad.”

Performers include UNH’s David Ripley, bass-baritone, and students from the New England Conservatory under the direction of Boston area conductor Jeffrey Means. The piece is scored for bass-baritone solo, a small “Greek Chorus” of soprano, tenor and bass, and large chamber ensemble, including flute/alto flute; clarinet/bass clarinet; multiple percussion instruments; harp, violin, viola, ‘cello and contrabass.

The work consists of the five movements covering the story arc of the entire “Iliad.” This concert is given in conjunction with a lecture by Barry Strauss, “The Trojan War: Myth or History?” The lecture will be held in Richards Auditorium, Murkland Hall.          

Free tickets may be obtained by calling the department of music at 2-2404 or emailing alexis.zaricki@unh.edu. Tickets will not be available at the door. After 7:45 p.m., patrons without tickets will be seated. To ensure a seat, be sure to arrive by 7:45 p.m.

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.

Faculty Concert Oct. 3

The Faculty Concert Series presents soprano Jenni Cook and guitarist David Newsam in "An Evening of Spanish and Portuguese Art Song” Saturday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. in the Bratton Recital Hall of the Paul Creative Arts Center.

Peggy Vagts, flute and Robert Stibler, trumpet will join the duo to perform works by Joaquin Rodrigo, Fernando Sor, Manuel de Falla, Laurindo Almeida and Heitor Villa-Lobos.

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

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)

Info Session for Employees Whose Children Might Apply to UNH

The Admissions Office is offering an admissions information session on Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in MUB Theatre II for UNH employees and their children who are considering applying for admission to UNH.

The information session is designed for families with students who are high school juniors and seniors, or potential transfer applicants.  The program will include a brief presentation about UNH, an overview of the admissions process, and an opportunity for questions and discussion.  Register Here.

 Questions about the program should be directed to Sharen Gibadlo (2-3799) or Rob McGann (2-2880).

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

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.

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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