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February 10, 2010

UNH Administrative Office Professionals Conference Set for March 18

The 11th annual Administrative Office Professionals (AOP) conference will take place March 18 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the MUB.

Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources, the AOP biennial professional conference is designed to increase and acknowledge professional identity and contributions, encourage the building of collegial relationships, expand the general knowledge base, and develop individual competencies toward the fulfillment of the university's mission of teaching, research and public service.

This year’s attendees will be registering for three workshops from a diverse selection of 32 workshops. The conference will open with a continental breakfast and keynote presentation by guest speaker, Angela Taylor. Details of the conference agenda and workshop descriptions are available on the HR website at: http://www.unh.edu/hr/pod/aop-conference.htm. Online registration is open Feb. 9 through Feb. 19.

Faculty, Encourage Students to Register for URC; deadline March 5

Online registration for the 11th annual Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) is underway.  The registration deadline is Friday, March 5, so students and faculty are urged to make plans to participate now.  Fall semester research projects are welcome, as is work from all majors in all schools and colleges.

The URC web site (www.unh.edu/urc) has links to:

  • The 2010 calendar of events
  • Event descriptions and campus-wide event pages
  • Quick and easy online registration
  • Frequently-asked questions (FAQ) about URC registration
  • Previous years’ award-winning student presentations (under ‘Awards’ and also ‘Archives’)
  • A 3-minute video about the URC (under ‘URC news’)
  • Helpful resources for oral presentation preparation and poster development.

The URC, which takes place April 16-24, 2010, celebrates the research and scholarship of faculty-mentored undergraduates from all UNH schools and colleges, and features symposia, events, performances, and awards. To participate, undergraduates or their faculty advisers should register online at: www.unh.edu/urc

For more information, contact Lynne Cooper, 2-2488 or email at lynne.cooper@unh.edu.

Make 2010 Staff Presidential Award of Excellence Nominations Now

Nominations for the 2010 Presidential Award of Excellence (PAE) for UNH staff will be accepted Feb. 15 – March 26 online at:  http://www.nominations.unh.edu/.
Each year five staff members (OS, PAT, or EE with at least 3 years of service) are recognized for outstanding service and commitment to the university. Detailed information about the annual PAE and other staff recognition awards at UNH, including past recipients, is available for review at:  http://www.unh.edu/staffexcellence/
For additional information, contact Christina VanHorn at 2-0519.

Transcendental Meditation Workshops Feb. 11

An introductory workshop to transcendental meditation will take place Thursday, Feb.11. at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., the MUB, room 330. Open to the UNH community; no registration required.

The introductory lecture will help inform people about the benefits of the transcendental meditation (TM) technique. The TM technique is a simple, natural, effortless mental technique practiced twice a day while sitting comfortably. It is taught in a series of seven steps and then is a tool for the student or anyone to use for their benefit for the rest of their life. It is a tool to help reduce stress, help their focus and strengthen overall health and wellbeing.

Sponsored by the Office of Health Education and Promotion, Health Services. Learn more about meditation and download free meditation tracks online: http://www.unh.edu/health-services/ohep/meditation-sessions.html

Fresh Fish Delivered On Campus Feb. 15

Eastman's Fish, in partnership with Cooperative Extension and NH Sea Grant, will
test the waters for a UNH Community Supported Fishery (CSF) pick up location for their fresh catch of the day program on Feb. 15 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in C Lot.

The catch of the day --cod, haddock, pollock or flounder—will be sold whole or freshly filleted for $8 a pound, which includes delivery, filleting, a recipe and a lemon.

Pre-ordering is required. To sign up and support local fisherman, email Eastman's Fresh Catch at info@eastmansfish.com. For more information, contact Ken La Valley at ken.lavalley@unh.edu or 2-4343.

Reception for Kathy Cataneo Feb. 17

The Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Research (OSVPR) invites you to a reception in honor of Kathy Cataneo as she leaves the Office of Sponsored Research to accept the new position of director of research development in the OSVPR. In appreciation for her many years of service to OSR, please join us Wednesday, Feb.17, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Board of Trustees Room, Thompson Hall. Remarks at approximately 4 p.m. RSVP to Beverly Reid, 2-3750 or bev.reid@unh.edu.

Nominations Sought for 2010 Women’s Commission Awards; Luncheon March 25

The Women’s Commission is seeking nominations for those who promote equity, diversity and inclusion at UNH. Honor and celebrate students, faculty and staff who work and live by these ideals by nominating them for a Women’s Commission Award at http://www.nominations.unh.edu/app.cfm?id=17. Deadline for nominations is Wednesday, March 3.  

The winners will be honored at the awards luncheon March 25, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Strafford Room, MUB. The UNH community is welcome to attend. RSVP now…, https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=6757.   

For more information on the President’s Commission on the Status of Women visit http://www.unh.edu/womens-commission/.  

Questions about the celebration or awards? Contact Dawn Zitney, Women’s Commission co-Chair at dawn.zitney@unh.edu or 2-0050.       

Faculty Concert Feb. 19

The Faculty Concert Series presents the Faculty Composers Concert Friday Feb. 19, at 8 p.m. in the Bratton Recital Hall of the Paul Creative Arts Center.

Music by Rob Haskins, Andrew Boysen, Christopher Kies, John Rogers and Giovanni Allevi will be featured. Performers include pianists Rob Haskins and Christopher Kies, in addition to a student brass quintet.

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

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.

Feb 14 Faculty Concert Series Presents Ripley and Kies
The department of music Faculty Concert Series presents bass-baritone David Ripley and pianist Arlene Kies in a performance of Franz Schubert’s “Die Winterreise” Sunday, Feb. 14, at 3 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center.

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

Reminder: Financial Aid Deadline is March 1, 2010
The 2010-2011 Financial Aid Deadline is March 1, 2010.  This is the date by which the FAFSA  must be received by the federal processor. Go to www.fafsa.gov to apply on-line. Come into the Financial Aid Office in Stoke Hall, email financial.aid@unh.edu or call 2-3600 if you have any questions.

Two New Exhibits at The Museum Of Art

Langdon Quin, “Parish, 2004–5”, oil on canvas

Two new exhibitions, “War and Remembrance” and “Acts & Memory: Paintings by Langdon Quin, 1990 – 2010,” will be featured at the Museum of Art through April 8 ,2010. (Closed March 12-21 and April 2-4.)

“War and Remembrance”focuses on the issue of conflict, and explores how artists have historically interpreted and recorded war experiences and their consequences. Highlighting the exhibition are studies drawn from a facsimile edition of Pablo Picasso’s preliminary sketches for his 1937 masterpiece, “Guernica.”

“Acts & Memory: Paintings by Langdon Quin, 1990 – 2010,” features 35 works compiled during two decades, showcasing the New York artist’s transitional sense of color, composition, and light.

Pablo Picasso, Study for Guernica, facsimilie of lithograph, printed in 1990 by Musèe Picasso and Les Hèritiers de Picasso, courtesy of Bruce L. Mallory

From landscapes and still lifes to narrative figure studies, these works highlight the artist’s stylistic development through his years as a faculty artist of the department of art and art history at UNH to his more recent works.

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.

WeightWatchers at Work

Health and Wellness and Human Resourse is sponsoring a WeightWatchers at Work program through March 31, Wednesdays, from noon to 12:45 p.m. in the MUB. The room locations vary; check the HR Training and Events Calendar or  the MUB information desk.

The program is open to all employees. Sign up anytime through the series; the fee will be prorated. WeightWatchers also offers eight weeks of eTools free when you purchase a 12-week at Work series.

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

Faculty and Staff: Nominate Students Now

Each year, faculty and staff at both campuses are given the opportunity to recognize outstanding full-time students enrolled in a degree program who have achieved success in their academic studies, citizenship, and service to UNH and the larger community.

Nominations will close at 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 1. The 2010 student awards ceremony with be held Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 2 p.m. in Holloway Commons.

For a list of awards, and to nominate a student, go to http://nominations.unh.edu/app.cfm?id=8

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

Campus Parking Ban

The winter parking ban on campus will resume Dec.1 and continue through April 1 regardless of weather conditions. During this time, most campus parking lots and areas close directly at midnight and stay closed until 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.    

Durham’s Winter Parking Ban Nov. 1 – April 1

The town of Durham’s winter parking ban is in effect Nov.1 through April 1. Parking on any public way or public parking lot between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. during the parking ban is in violation of town ordinance. Penalties for violations include $20 parking tickets and the possibility of being towed to allow for snow removal.

Those persons with permits to park in the Depot Road parking lot should refer to their permit agreement for regulations regarding snow removal.

If you have any questions about the ban, contact Lt. Sean Kelly at the Durham Police Department at 868-2324.

Free Light Therapy for Seasonal Depression

Are you feeling sad, anxious or irritable? Having problems concentrating? Feeling less energized than usual? Sleeping more or having lower quality of sleep?
Eating more and/or craving carbohydrates?

You may be more than a little blue, you may be experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a pattern of seasonal depression, occurring every year in the early months of winter and lasting until spring. Light therapy is one form of treatment of SAD*.

Health Services offers free light therapy to current UNH students, faculty and staff. For an appointment visit www.unh.edu/healthonline, call 2-3823 or go to Health Services, Rm. 249. (Only UNH students currently enrolled in courses may make appointments online.)

Learn more about SAD and Light Therapy…
Additional Recommendations:
Daily appointments are recommended, preferably in the morning. Session lengths range from 15 minutes to two hours, most session usually last 20-30 minutes. Other treatments for SAD include psychotherapy, dietary changes, regular exercise, and the use of antidepressant medications.

UNH Celebrity Series Announces the 2009-2010 season

Santiago Rodriguez
Friday, Feb. 5, 2010, 7 p.m. Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center

Called "a phenomenal pianist" by the New York Times and "among the finest pianists in the world" by the Baltimore Sun, Santiago Rodriguez performs internationally with leading orchestras including the Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, London and Tokyo Symphony Orchestras.

Join us for a master class at 7 p.m. on Feb.4 in the Bratton Recital Hall.

Ticket prices: $30 general; $27 UNH faculty/senior; $10 UNH students and youth.

Mozart Opera Theatre’s “Marriage of Figaro”
Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 7 p.m. Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center

“The Marriage of Figaro” is a riotous comedy where the virtuous unmask the immoral and the quick-witted servants undo their scheming masters. The count's servant, Figaro, is arranging the final plans for his wedding to his beloved Suzanne, when he stumbles upon his master's plot to evoke the ancient right of droit de seigneur. Can Figaro stop the count or will the virtuous Suzanne stay a step head of everyone?  Powered by a strong ensemble cast, “The Marriage of Figaro” also features a live orchestra and will be performed in the original Italian with projected sub titles.

Mozart Festival Opera, the sister company of Teatro Lirico D’Europa, made its U.S. debut in November 2003 with a production of “Don Giovanni.” Critics raved about the outstanding cast of singers as well as the excellent, detailed stage direction and attractive sets and costumes. All of the soloists are professionals with international experience who have performed major roles with important companies in the U.S. and Europe. 

Ticket prices: $48 general; $45 UNH faculty/Senior; $20 UNH students and youth.

A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra
Thursday, April 8, 2010, 7 p.m. Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center

Passionate about sharing the experience of live performance, A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra unites the intimacy and versatility of a string quartet with the power of an orchestral sound. In each performance, the members of this self-conducted ensemble rotate musical leadership from one work to the next, bringing freshness to the concert experience.

Working as a group to shape artistic expression and administrative direction, the orchestra celebrates a spirit of collaboration. A Far Cry performs internationally, holds residencies at leading musical institutions and, through educational workshops and free concerts in its storefront space in Boston, develops close relationships with small community audiences. 

Ticket prices: $30 general; $27 UNH faculty/senior; $10 UNH students and youth.

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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