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December 15, 2010

Retirement Reception Honoring Judy Koski Jan 7

Facilities Operations & Maintenance invites you to join us in celebrating Judy Koski and her upcoming retirement.  Judy has worked at UNH for more than 39 years.  Friday, Jan. 7, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Alumni Center, 1925 Room.

Weight Management Program

The Center for Health Enhancement (CHE) is offering a 10-week weight management program on Thursdays in February 2011. The program includes individual dietary analysis and prescription; fitness assessment; the use of a personal activity monitor; body composition analysis in the Bod Pod; measurement of total body water; one-hour metabolic testing; measurement of blood lipids, glucose and C-reactive protein.

The one-hour education sessions will take place at noon in Nesmith Hall, room 110.
The program, which starts Feb. 17, can accommodate a maximum of 20 people.  Slots for the program tend to fill quickly. In case vacancies should open, we will continue to take sign-ups until Friday, Jan. 7.  Contact Anne Ronan (2-1688) for further information and registration.  Faculty, staff and members of the local community are welcome.

Holiday Stress Buster - Free Yoga Class Dec. 23

The Campus Recreation department invites all UNH employees to a stress relieving yoga class on Thursday, Dec. 23, 12:05 p.m. to 1 p.m., in Studio 1 of the Hamel Recreation Center (instructor: Rochelle Jewell).  If you are not a recreation center member, just show your ID and sign the waiver. No fee for this special class. 

Blackboard Down

Blackboard will not be available from 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28 through 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec.30. Webcat and Webmail will be available during this time.

This downtime is necessary to  conduct a critical upgrade by March 2011.  Given the extended downtime, the upgrade is being done during UNH holiday break to ensure minimal impact.

WeightWatchers at Work 12-Week Series

An information and registration session for WeightWatchers at Work will be held Wednesday, Jan. 5 at noon in the MUB Room 340. Jane McGrath is the program facilitator.

Weekly meetings will take place Wednesdays, Jan. 12 – April 6, 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.

Dining and ID Office Closed

The Dining and ID Office will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 22 and Thursday, Dec. 23 before Christmas break.  We will reopen Monday Jan. 3, 2011.

Retirement Reception for Carolyn Ross, Jan. 5

The Department of Housing invites you to join us in celebrating Carolyn Ross and her upcoming retirement.  Carolyn has worked at UNH for more than 40 years and during that time has had a positive impact on the campus community and literally thousands of students.  Wednesday, Jan. 5, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the housing office, 10 Academic Way.  Snow date is Thursday, Jan. 6.

Field House Women’s Recreation Lockers to be Replaced; Clean Out by Dec. 20

The women’s recreation locker room will be outfitted with new lockers between Dec. 21 and Jan. 24, 2011.  Personal items need to be removed from the current lockers by Dec. 20. Anyone who has an equipment room lock does not have to turn the lock in; when the lockers are replaced and you’ve chosen a new locker, let the staff know the number of the one you’ve chosen.  

The new lockers are expected to be delivered mid-January. While work is underway, the entrance to the locker room from the hallways on both levels will be closed to the public. The back locker room showers, sinks and toilets will be accessible from the pool deck only.

MUB Copy Center Holiday Break Hours

The MUB Copy Center will be open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dec. 20 through the 22 and Jan.2 through the14.  Normal hours will resume on Jan. 17.  Printing and mailing services will be shifting work to the West Edge facility and expect to maintain the level of service the UNH community has grown accustomed to. 

Projects may be submitted via our online order site www.printing.unh.edu, emailed to printing.services@unh.edu, dropped off at the West Edge office, or you may call 2-0537 to arrange for the project to be picked up.  The West Edge office is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Lecture Capture – Vendor Demonstrations

IT Academic Technology is investigating lecture capture technology which allows instructors to record lectures, presentations, and learning objects and make them available to students online. UNH currently supports the Panopto product for lecture capture for summer session and January term courses. Panopto is among the vendors we have chosen to do a demonstration.

We need your input and feedback to help us evaluate this technology from the faculty perspective. Join us for lunch at one or more of the product demonstrations.

Round 1 ( demonstrations by four selected vendors with the goal of eliminating two )

    1. Tuesday, Dec. 14, noon to 1:30 in MUB 338/340
    2. Wednesday, Dec. 15, noon to 1:30 in MUB 338/340
    3. Thursday, Dec. 16, noon to 1:30 in MUB 338/340
    4. Friday, Dec. 17, noon to 1:30 in MUB 338/340 

Click http://it.unh.edu/lecturecapture to register for one or more demonstrations.

Consider becoming a faculty partner. Faculty partners will provide feedback on product features and may agree to participate in a lecture capture pilot.

Click http://it.unh.edu/lecturecapture/partners.html for more information and to sign up to be a faculty partner.  If you have questions, contact kirit.basu@unh.edu.

Retirement Reception for Barbara Beaudette Pirkl, Dec. 16

Join the Office of Human Resources to honor Barbara Beaudette Pirkl on the occasion of her retirement from UNH after 38 years. Thursday, Dec. 16, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hetzel Board Room of the Elliot Alumni Center.

Linda Buskey, Joanne Drouin and Carl Wolfrum Retirement Party Dec. 16

The Registrar’s Office is hosting a retirement party honoring Linda Buskey, Joanne Drouin and Carl Wolfrum on Thursday, Dec. 16, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.in Stoke Hall, Room 128.  Please join us as we thank our colleagues for their years of dedicated service.  R.S.V.P. to Muriel.Bilodeau@unh.edu.

Retirement Reception for Sharon Demers, Jan. 4

Join us in an open reception honoring Sharon Demers in celebration of her 38 years of service and dedication to the university Jan. 4, 2011, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., in the Piscataqua Room of Holloway Commons.

All are welcome.  Parking for this reception will be available in Lot C.  Pick up a permit for the event at the booth. 

Attention Faculty: the Office of Sustainability Wants Your Data

Faculty members who didn’t do it last semester are being asked to fill out the Office of Sustainability’s STARS® curriculum and research online survey at
http://www.discoversustainability.org/stars/.

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS®) is a way for colleges and universities to gauge their progress toward sustainability. It was developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, with help from the higher education community.

The Office of Sustainability wants to make sure it has as much information about UNH’s sustainability focused/related courses and research as possible before submitting the data to the STARS® organization in January 2011.

Questions? Contact Sara Cleaves, associate director, UNH Sustainability Academy (UNHSA) at 2-0172 or sara.cleaves@unh.edu

No Parking

The winter parking ban begins Dec. 1 and continues nightly through April 1 regardless of weather conditions.  During this time, most campus parking lots and areas are closed from midnight to 6 a.m. When parking for any duration after midnight, your car must be in a designated area.  For a full description of restrictions and parking options, visit http://www.unh.edu/transportation/parking/winterparkingban.htm.    

Wildcat Santa Runs Through Dec 15

The Wildcat Santa drive, which provides gifts for children age newborn to 12 years old, begins Nov. 22 and runs through Dec. 15.

Donations of games, books, puzzles, toys, CDs, art supplies, craft kits, and DVDs are being sought. Cash donations in the form of a check are also welcome. Make checks payable to UNH, and send toCathy Annese, c/o Wildcat Santa Toy Drive, 1 Leavitt Lane, Durham, NH 03824.  Do not send any cash. Gift certificates are accepted as well.

If you or someone you know needs assistance, contact Wildcat Santa (http://unh.edu/wildcatsanta ) before Nov. 22. Referrals will be accepted up to the last week of the program. Look for drop-off boxes for toy donations at various locations around campus.

For more information, contact Maureen Marshall at 2-1983 or Maureen.marshall@unh.edu

Ask an Advocate - Free Online Service for the UNH Community  

Ask an Advocate is a free online service available to the UNH community that provides information, support and referrals for survivors of sexual violence, relationship abuse and stalking.

Anyone who has a question about themselves, a friend, a student, a colleague, or a family member, can complete an online form. After the form is submitted, a trained Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP) advocate will reply within 24 hours.

Questions asked through Ask an Advocatewill be answered Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. except when the university is officially closed for holidays or weather emergencies.

If you need immediate assistance, call SHARPP’s 24 hour support line at 2-7233 or (888) 271-7233.

For more information visit www.unh.edu/sharpp/askanadvocate.html

Affirmative Action & Equity Office Sponsors Webinar Series - ADA: The Next Generation

Affirmative Action & Equity Office is sponsoring a Webinar series on changes to the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAAA).

The changes are effective March 15, 2011 for Title II public entities such as the University System of New Hampshire. The ADAAA establishes new definitions, expands access to outdoor facilities, and delineates accessible housing guidelines. The 2010 ADA design standards deviate quite a bit from the current ADAAG Standards and are now more consistent with the NH State Building Code. Compliance is required for new construction and alterations after March 15, 2012. Do you know how these new rules and standards apply to higher education?  For more information on topics and presenters click here.

Jan. 12, 2011       MUB Theatre I, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.     
Session 4: ADA standards – administrative provisions; accessible routes and building   Blocks, comparison of old and new provisions, eg: stairways, LULAS, ramps, turning spaces, operable parts

Feb. 2, 2011         MUB Theatre I 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.         
Session 5: ADA Standards – Common Space & Element Types, and Communications
Changes: common space types, common element types, communications systems and devices

March 2, 2011      MUB Theatre I, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.                         
Session 6: ADA Standards – toilets, bathing, kitchens and plumbing elements. Significant scoping and technical changes: toilet and bathing facilities, kitchens, washing machines

March 23, 2011           MUB Theatre I                    1:00 – 3:00 pm       
Session 7: ADA Standards – specialized rooms, spaces and elements. Includes recreation and residential. Significant changes: Residential, transportation facilities, exercise machines, swimming pools

Organized by the National Association of ADA coordinators, these webinars bring together some of the country’s most experienced ADA experts and trainers, including those who wrote the new regulations, and consultants, architects, ADA specialists, and ADA coordinators. Questions? Contact Wendy Beckwith, EEO/ADA compliance office wendy.beckwith@unh.edu

Friends of NH Skiing ticket Packages

Save money on this season's skiing while supporting UNH's ski teams.

Ski N.H. member areas donate lift tickets and cross country trail passes to these packages, and all proceeds are donated to the UNH ski team, the Plymouth State University ski team, and to the Friends of N.H. Skiing grant program, which provides funding to N.H. skiers and snowboarders training to compete on a national and/or international level.

The program raises about $35,000 annually, $19-20,000 of which is donated to the UNH Ski Team. Since its inception in 1978, Friends of N.H. Skiing has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to these outstanding competitors.

Tickets are transferable, so you can share them with family and friends and are valid any day, including weekends and holidays.  Packages of 12 alpine lift tickets cost $349-$499; packages of 12 cross country trail passes cost $99.

For details, visit SkiNH.com and click on the Friends of NH Skiing link on the home page, or call 800-88-SKI-NH (800-887-5464).

Expanded Massage Therapy at Health Services

Health Services provides discounted massage therapy 6 days a week to the UNH community. All massages are 50 minute with licensed massage therapists. Prices start at $35 and gift certificates are available. http://www.unh.edu/health-services/ohep/massage.html

Meditation at UNH

Health Services provides guided meditation sessions on Mondays from 12:15 – 12:45 p.m., free and open to the UNH community. Free meditation MP3s from the Health Services meditation CD Reflections are also available on UNH iTunes U site. http://www.unh.edu/health-services/ohep/meditation.html

Confidential HIV Counseling/Testing

Health Services provides a confidential HIV counseling/testing clinic on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. $25 per test, get results in 20 minutes. No appointment needed.
http://www.unh.edu/health-services/ohep/hiv.html

Resource Library

The Resource Library at Health Services contains thousands of resources on health and wellness and is available to all current UNH students, faculty and staff. The library is open Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and is located in Health Services on the second floor.
http://www.unh.edu/health-services/library.cfm

Career Development Grants

Career development grants are available from the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation to support women who hold a bachelor's degree and are preparing to advance their careers, change careers, or re-enter the work force. Special consideration is given to women of color, and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields.

Grants provide support for course work beyond a bachelor's degree, including a master's degree, second bachelor's degree, or specialized training in technical or professional fields. Funds are available for distance learning. Course work must be taken at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the United States, or at a technical school that is fully licensed or accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. Funds are not available for PhD-level work. Grants range from $2,000 to $12,000 for one year.

For more information, visit http://www.aauw.org/learn/fellowships_grants/career_development.cfm

“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.

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.

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.)

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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