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August 18, 2010

Water Conservation

New low-flow toilet valves, shower valves with low-flow shower heads, and low-flow sink faucets being installed in Williamson, Christensen and Hubbard residence halls are expected to save more than five million gallons of water a year.

In 2009, the three dorms used an estimated 21 million gallons.

Faculty Concert Series

The Faculty Concert Series presents pianist Arlene Kies Sunday, Sept.12, at 3 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center. Works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Frederic Chopin, Robert Schumann, and Enrique Granados will be performed .

Kies is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Frye Fellowship for an Outstanding Pianist at NEC, the NEC Concerto Competition, a Fulbright Fellowship for study in Vienna, and a New Hampshire State Council of the Arts Individual Artist fellowship.

A frequent chamber and solo performer, she has toured in Italy and Austria in recent seasons. Kies has been a member of the piano faculty since 1995.

The concert is free and open to the public.  For more information, call the music department at2-2404, or visit our website at www.unh.edu/music.      

“Just say the Name or Department You Would Like to Call”

The UNH NameConnector is a speech recognition system used for directory services. From any campus phone, dial “6” and say the name or department that you would like to call. Recent updates have improved the usability of the system and increased the success rate of properly recognized names.
Take a minute to test your own name. Dial “6” and ask for your own name/department to ensure that the system can recognize your request and correctly transfer the call. If you have any changes in pronunciation or names (including nicknames), leave a message on the UNH NameConnector voicemail box at 2-4939.

Staff Development Grant Deadline Sept. 8

The next application deadline for the staff professional development grant is Sept. 8, 2010 with a maximum award of $750.

No more than one grant per person will be awarded during a 24-month period. This is calculated from the date of notification of the previous grant.  

The staff professional development grant program provides the opportunity for EE, OS, and PAT workers to attain new skills or knowledge in a manner that will enhance their performance or eligibility for promotion and be of specific benefit to the department, college, university and/or University System.

Such opportunities might include:
- Conferences, workshops and seminars, both on and off campus
- Academic courses not offered within the University System
- Travel and accommodations for off campus courses, workshops, etc.
- Special projects, including but not limited to research and publication

Use the following link to obtain a current version of the application:  http://www.unh.edu/hr/pod/pdfs/Staff-Prof-Dev-Grant.pdf   

Print all application materials double-sided when possible and be sure to use the checklist to help prevent your application from being incomplete.

NHAES Research Field Day Aug 26

The NH Agricultural Experiment Station (NHAES) and College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA) will host a research field day Thursday, Aug. 26 at Woodman Farm, from 8:15 a.m. to noon.

Beverages and light snacks will be provided from 7:15 to 8:15 a.m.  The event is free.

Presentations and discussions will be provided by the farm managers, faculty and student researchers, Cooperative Extension staff, and others. 

The NH Agricultural Experiment Station is housed within COLSA and supports research, teaching and extension related to sustainable agriculture, forestry and associated natural resources.  The NHAES was established in 1887 as an integral part of the UNH land grant institution

Salary Increase Info

Specifics of the recently-approved salary increase for eligible employees, including the dates when the increase will begin, can be found at http://www.unh.edu/hr/pdfs/FY10-Salary-Increase-Guidelines-UNH.pdf

2010 Official Campus Map Now Available:

Various PDF versions of the updated (7-2010) UNH campus map can be found at: http://www.unh.edu/ecd/campus_maps.html.

Fish & Lobster CSF

Following the great success of its native shrimp CSF, Yankee Fisherman's Cooperative (YFC) is offering 8-week subscription for whole fish and lobster July 10 – Aug. 28. Participation supports the New Hampshire commercial fishing industry and a sustainably harvested resource. The seafood will carry the N.H. Fresh and Local brand, which ensures it was landed in N.H. and is the freshest available.

Choices include:
 · Half share of catch of the day whole fish: 4-6 lbs per week, $140

· Full share of catch of the day whole fish:  8-12 lbs per week, $280

· Half share of NH lobster (1.25lb size):  5 lbs per week, $200

· Full share of NH lobster (1.25lb size):  10 lbs per week, $400

· Alternating weeks of catch of the day fish and lobster:  5 lbs/week, $180

· Alternating weeks of catch of the day fish and lobster: 10 lbs/week, $360
Payment can be made online. To register go to

Become a UNH Sustainability Steward

Want to help your colleagues become more sustainable at work? Do you have ideas about making your office more efficient with resources like energy, water and money? Become a UNH Sustainability Steward. This new program, an initiative of the Energy Task Force and the Office of Sustainability, is looking for faculty and staff interested in taking UNH’s sustainability to the grassroots level in their buildings and departments. Learn more at www.sustainableunh.unh.edu/stewards.html or e-mail sustainability.info@unh.edu.

Massage Therapy at Health Services

Health Services will offer limited massage therapy services during the summer.

Appointments available are Monday - Friday at 9 a.m., 10:15 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.

Traditional and hot stone massage therapy with licensed massage therapists is available to current UNH students and USNH faculty and staff. All massages are 50 minutes long.

Visa, MasterCard, Cats Cache, check or cash accepted. Graduate and undergraduate students, $35, traditional massage therapy, $45, hot stone massage therapy. Current USNH faculty and staff, $45, traditional, $55, hot stone massage.

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.

Office of Human Resources Benefits Representatives on Campus

Every other Monday, 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.

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.

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.)

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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