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April 14, 2010

Faculty: Sign Up for Commencement

Faculty members are encouraged to attend the 2010 commencement and honors convocation May 21 and May 22 to celebrate the culmination of achievement for students whose education and lives they have helped shape during their time here at UNH.

Attendance sends a strong message to the students that faculty support them and are proud of their accomplishments.

Register at https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=6435 to make the procession and seating planning for these events less complicated. The honors convocation is Friday, May 21, 2010, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.(faculty assemble at 3:15 p.m. for 3:30 p.m. procession) at the Whittemore Center Arena

The commencement ceremony takes place Saturday, May 22, 2010, 10 a.m.-noon (faculty assemble at 9:15 a.m. for 9:45 a.m. procession), Memorial Field in front of the Whittemore Center Arena.

Discrimination; Harassment Prevention Workshop April 22

The Affirmative Action and Equity Office is offering a training workshop on discrimination, sexual and discriminatory harassment prevention April 22 at 2:30 p.m. in the MUB Theatre I. The training will last for about 90 minutes. To register, contact the Affirmative Action and Equity Office at 2-2930 (voice/tty) or email pat.starratt@unh.edu.

May is Sick Pool Conversion Month

May is sick pool conversion month for employees on earned time who did not convert time in October 2009. For operating staff who converted earned time to sick pool in October 2009, 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 May 28, 2010.

Sick pool information and forms are available on the Human Resources web site at:  http://www.unh.edu/hr/pubs-frm.htm#other, or forms may be requested from Human Resources by phoning 2-0501.

The sick leave pool is intended to provide additional security by allowing staff members the opportunity to exchange earned time hours for sick pool Hours at the equivalent rate of three sick pool hours for each hour of earned time. For employee’s own illness, usage of sick pool hours commences with the sixth consecutive day of absence from work due to illness or injury. A certification of health care provider form must accompany the request to use sick pool time. Sick pool may also be used for family leave and extended bereavement leave.

USNH earned time/sick pool policy:  http://www.usnh.edu/olpm/USY/V.Pers/A.11.htm

NH Authors Series Presents Howard Mansfield April 25

The N.H. Authors Series will present Howard Mansfield in the 5th floor reading room of the Dimond Library Sunday, April 25, 2010, at 2 p.m.
Presented by the Friends of the Library, the N.H. Authors Series is held three times a year, offering one-on-one conversations with writers who have ties to the Granite State. Yankee humorist Rebecca Rule conducts the interviews in front of a live audience.

Disability Rights Pioneer Keith Jones Here April 22

Keith Jones, a nationally recognized disability rights advocate and artist, will speak at UNH Thursday, April 22, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. in the MUB Theatre II. Jones’ talk is part of the Janet Krumm Disability and Media Lecture Series of UNH’s Institute on Disability (IOD).

Don’t Miss URC April 16 to April 24

The 11th-annual UNH Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) takes place April 16 – April 24 (with two additional events on May 7 (Chemistry URC) and May 12 (WSBE Holloway Prize Championship Round). Students present their original research and creative achievements during more than 20 events held campus wide. All events are free and open to the public. Visit www.unh.edu/urc for more information. 

UNH HERS Scholarship Applications Available

Women faculty members and PAT employees are invited by the HERS scholarship recommendation committee to apply for a scholarship to attend the 2010-2011 HERS Management Institute for Women in Higher Education at Wellesley College. (For full information on the HERS Institute visit http://www.hersnet.org/institutes.asp.Also note that the Institute's attendance comprises all of the dates listed during the year).

The scholarship covers tuition/fees, and related hotel/meals, and transportation associated with attendance.

To apply, submit a letter of interest by April 30 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, add a letter of reference from a colleague, and a recent CV or resume. Send to Nancy Hamer, AABSC, 14e Stoke Hall. Email: nancy.hamer@unh.edu

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 May.

The institute runs for four three-day sessions across the academic year: October 7-9, November 11-13, 2010; February 3-5, 2011 and March 10-12, 2011.
If you have any questions about the scholarship, or the HERS Institute, contact Hamer at 2-1934, or at email address noted above.

Project SMART Seeks Future Scientists for its 20th Year

Registration is underway for high school students wanting to attend Project SMART (Science and Mathematics Achievement through Research Training), a four week summer program hosted by UNH.

The annual program aimed at 10th and 11th graders is seeking applicants for its 20th year under the directorship of Subhash C. Minocha, professor of plant biology and genetics. This year’s program runs from July 6 to July 30. For more information go to www.smart.unh.edu.or contact Minocha at sminocha@unh.edu.

Trojan Barbie Modern Tragedy at UNH April 21-25

From left: Kristianna Smith, Meghan Blakeman and Kahley MacLeod, Photographic Services

Not for the faint of heart, a new play by Australian born playwright Christine Evans aims to challenge audiences at UNH. Part contemporary drama, part homage to Euripides’ “Trojan Women,” “Trojan Barbie” recasts the legendary fall of the city of Troy against the vivid reality of modern warfare.  Poetic, compassionate, and tinged with great warmth and humor, “Trojan Barbie” is an epic war story with a most unlikely heroine who manages to look on the bright side even amidst the chaos.

The play begins with Lotte Jones, a British doll repair expert in need of a vacation. She books herself on a cultural tour for singles and travels with them to modern-day Troy, where she finds more of a change of scene than she’d bargained for— she's in the midst of an attack by the Greek army threatening to destroy the last fragments of a mighty civilization.

“Trojan Barbie” has adult themes and is not suitable for children. It is directed by UNH director of acting and directing, associate professor David Kaye and runs April 21-24 at 7 p.m. and April 25 at 2 p.m. in the Hennessy Theatre.

For tickets, contact the MUB ticket office (Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. 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 theatre box office opens one hour prior to curtain in the lobby at the Paul Creative Arts Center.  For more information, and show times, call the theatre and dance office at 2-2919, or visit us at www.unh.edu/theatre-dance.

WeightWatchers at Work
USNH Health and Wellness and UNH Human Resources are sponsoring WeightWatchers at Work every Wednesday through July 7 in the MUB, from noon to 12:45 p.m. The room locations vary; check the HR Training and Events Calendar or check with the MUB information desk for room location each week. Join at anytime through the series; rates will be prorated.  WeightWatchers is also offering 8 weeks of eTools free when you purchase a 12-week at Work series.

WeightWatchers is one of many health/wellness education programs for which USNH Harvard Pilgrim members can be reimbursed up to $200 per calendar year.  For more information on this program and other USNH Health and Wellness programs visit http://www.usnh.edu/hr/health-wellness/index.html or call HR at 2-0501.

April is White Ribbon Campaign Month: Men, Got Your Ribbon Yet?

White pins and bracelets, symbols of the White Ribbon Campaign that promotes men working together to end violence against women, will be available in the MUB tabling area Thursday, April 8, Thursday, April 15 and Wednesday, April 21 from 12:30 to 2 p.m.; during the Jackson Katz talk April 7 at 7 pm in the Granite State Room, and at the Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP) office on the first floor of the Verrette House (across from Stoke Hall). SHARPP is hosting this year’s campaign.

By wearing a white ribbon, men take a personal pledge to never commit, condone, nor remain silent about violence against women. SHARPP encourages as many men in the UNH community as possible to make the pledge, and wear a white ribbon pin or bracelet during the month of April. 

For Summer Work Study Employers

The Financial Aid Office is preparing for the summer 2010 federal work-study program. The work study job request form and summer 2010 payroll schedule are available at http://financialaid.unh.edu. Click on the summer work study information. Summer work study jobs will be posted beginning Monday, April 12.

Summer 2010 work study dates are Sunday, May 23 to Sunday, Aug. 29. Beginning July 1, 2010 (FY11), the work study pay split will be 50 percent federal work study funds/50 percent department funds.

Questions? Call the Financial Aid Office at 2-3600 or e-mail beth.cilley@unh.edu

Office of Human Resources Benefits Representatives on Campus

Every other Monday beginning March 8 through the end of June, representatives from the Office of Human Resources, Benefits Administration will be available on campus to answer benefits questions, assist with enrollment, change in status and retirement.  Call Sue Nolan, 2-0504, for an appointment. The full schedule of dates may be reviewed on the HR Web site at http://www.unh.edu/hr/HR-Benefits-Representatives-on-Campus.htm.

WageWorks Health Care Card

Using your health care card to access your Flexible Spending (FSA) and Health Reimbursement (HRA) accounts is convenient and time saving. To help you best understand appropriate use of the card and manage your accounts, WageWorks has developed a very informative short webinar made available on their homepage.

Go to www.wageworks.com and under Participant Quicklinks, click on ‘Health Care Card Webinar.’

The webinar covers when and where to use your card, what are eligible expenses, all about card receipts, saving your receipts and why detailed receipts are required.

Contact the UNH Office of Human Resources, Kristie Camacho 2-0509 or Sue Nolan 2-0504 if you have questions.

Attention Student Loan Holders

Beginning with the 2010-2011 academic year, which includes summer 2010, UNH will be participating in the Federal Direct Loan program rather than the Stafford, PLUS and Graduate PLUS loan programs.

Anyone who currently has a Stafford, PLUS or Graduate PLUS loans, will need to sign a new master promissory note (MPN). This can be done online at https://dlenote.ed.gov

Contact the financial aid office at 862-3600 if you have any questions.

Cornucopia Food Pantry Temporarily Relocated

The Waysmeet Center, which houses the Cornucopia food pantry, is temporarily closed. Until it reopens, the Cornucopia Food pantry will be relocated to the St. Thomas More food pantry at 6 Madbury Road and open on Wednesday afternoons from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Organizers of Cornucopia encourage people visit the St. Thomas More Food pantry until the Waysmeet Center reopens. Contact information for this food pantry, and many other local food pantries, can be found on this food pantry list.

Waysmeet staff, interns and volunteers are still out working in the community, and available to help and provide services and resources as needed. They can be reached at 2-1165, waysmeet@comcast.net, or at their temporary offices in the UNH Housing Office complex at 10 Academic Way.

Blasting on Water Works Road Now Underway

Blasting and drilling has begun on Water Works Road to construct a new research facility across from the Grounds and Events facility. Blasting operations will be performed in accordance with Town of Durham blasting requirements, which include advance warning signals as follows:

3 horn blasts - 5 minutes to detonation
2 horn blasts – 1 minute to detonation
1 horn blast – All clear

Questions or concerns? Contact Richard Rouleau, project manager, at 2-3210 or email Rich.Rouleau@UNH.edu.

UNH Office of Conduct and Mediation Seeks Volunteers

The Office of Conduct and Mediation is seeking faculty and staff volunteers. 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. Training is provided and will take place at your convenience.

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

Biofeedback Sessions Available Through Health Services

Health Services will be offering free biofeedback sessions to faculty and staff during winter break. Biofeedback technology uses electronic equipment to measure and monitor changes in one’s internal physiological state while teaching breathing, relaxation and meditation exercises.

Biofeedback is a great tool to reduce stress, increase your energy level, sleep better, minimize anxiety and worry, increase your motivation, improve your concentration and mental accuracy and improve your health and well-being.

Individual sessions with a computer-based biofeedback program are available to current UNH faculty and staff during weekdays Dec. 21 to Dec. 23 and Jan. 4 to Jan. 22 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 2-3823 or visit Health Services, room 249 to make an appointment.

Faculty: Apply Now for Instructional Technology Summer Institute 

The Faculty Instructional Technology Summer Institute (FITSI) is an annual weeklong, hands-on learning experience. A limited number of faculty and instructors in full-time, permanent teaching positions are chosen to participate.

FITSI 2010 will take place June 14 through June 18, 2010. You are a good candidate for FITSI 2010 if you:

  • Want to explore how technology can enhance teaching and learning

  • Will teach a course in AY 2010-2011 that you want to redesign using technology

  • Are full-time, permanent faculty or a librarian at UNH Durham or Manchester

Applications for FITSI 2010 begin Dec. 21, 2009. To find out more, or to apply go to http://unh.edu/fitsi

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.)

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.

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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