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August 25, 2010

English Department to Host Reception for Lisa Miller Sept. 7

A reception for Lisa Miller, associate professor of English, will take place Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 5 p.m. in Hamilton Smith 101 to celebrate the release of her new book “Make Me a Story, Teaching Writing Through Digital Storytelling.” Refreshments will be served.

WeightWatchers at Work 12-Week Series Begins Sept. 8

An information and registration session for WeightWatchers at Work will be held Wednesday, Sept. 8 at noon in the MUB, room 334. Jane McGrath is the program facilitator.

Weekly meetings will take place Wednesdays, Sept. 15 – Dec. 8, noon to 12:45 p.m., also in the MUB but the room changes so check the HR Training and Events Calendar or the MUB information desk each week for the location.  

Join anytime during the series; rates will be prorated.  Open to all UNH employees.

WeightWatchers is also offering 8 weeks of eTools free when you purchase a 12-week at WeightWatchers  at Work series.

USNH Health and Wellness and Human Resources sponsor the weight-loss program. It 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

Traditional Jazz Series Presents Bob Wilbur’s Tribute to Benny Goodman

The 200th concert and 32nd season of the UNH Traditional Jazz Series will be celebrated with a performance by world renowned clarinetist Bob Wilbur and band direction by Dave Seiler, director of jazz studies, Monday, Sept. 20, at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center.

Compositions and arrangements written for the Benny Goodman band but never performed by Benny himself will be presented. Arrangers include Fletcher Henderson, Eddie Sauter, Buck Clayton, Jimmy Mundy, and others.

Wilbur has appeared numerous times at UNH, including a memorable performance at Clark Terry’s 85th birthday celebration, playing the music of Sidney Bechet.

General admission tickets are $8; $6 for students and seniors, and are available at the MUB ticket office, at the door one hour prior to the performance or online at http://www.unhmub.com/tickets or call (2-2290).

UNH Marine Program Presents “Know the Coast Day” Oct. 2

The UNH marine program presents “Know the Coast Day” Saturday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at three distinct locations:

Talk with scientists, tour labs and ocean research vessels, and get your hands wet learning about the Seacoast's marine scene. Games, tours, sea chanties, nature hikes, and activities throughout the day.

Sponsored by the UNH marine program, N.H. Sea Grant, and the UNH marine docents.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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