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July 7, 2010

Drawing for Cirque du Soleil Tickets Open to UNH Alumni

As a way to say thank you to UNH faculty and staff who are UNH alumni for their service to their alma mater, the UNH Alumni Association is holding a drawing for two free tickets to a Cirque du Soleil "Ovo" performance in Boston on Tuesday, Aug. 3.

The performance, at the Fan Pier and Pier 4 on Boston waterfront, starts at 8 p.m. The tickets are Section 204, Row K, seats 15 and 16, and have a value of $70 per ticket (adult price).

The deadline for entering is July 26. The winner will be notified by e-mail or phone on July 27. To enter the drawing, visit: http://survey.sr.unh.edu/register.shtml?event_id=2343.

The drawing is open to all current UNH faculty and staff members who are UNH alumni (Note: Advancement alumni are ineligible.)

The UNH Alumni Association offers alumni and students services, events, alumni publications and networking opportunities. Stay in touch: http://alumni.unh.edu/ alumni@unh.edu or 2-2040 or (800) 891-1195.

 

Still Time to Register Kids for Summer Art Camp Classes

There’s still time to register children and teens for summer art camp classes at the UNH Museum of Art. Spaces are available in the half-day classes on drawing, ceramics, jewelry making, painting, photography, printmaking, and portfolio development, as well as fiber classes focusing on knitting, felting, and weaving.

The week-long classes will be held Monday through Friday August 2-6 and August 9-13, 2010. Students in grades 4 – 12 have a wide variety of classes to choose from and may sign up for morning (9 a.m. – noon) or afternoon (1p.m. – 4 p.m.) classes or both.

The cost is $125 per session or $225 for two sessions during the same week. At the end of each week, students are invited to share their work in a special exhibition held by the Museum of Art. 

Classes include the cost of basic materials. Lunch is not provided, but students are welcome to bring their lunches to enjoy in the Paul Creative Arts Center. Supervision is provided during the lunch hour.

For a complete description of the classes or to register online, visit the Museum of Art’s website at www.unh.edu/moa or contact Catherine A. Mazur, education and publicity coordinator, at catherine.mazur@unh.edu or2-3713. For general information about the museum’s exhibitions and programs, contact the Museum of Art at 2-3712, museum.of.art@unh.edu, or visit www.unh.edu/moa.

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
http://www.yankeefish.com/fish-and-lobster-csf

2010 Defer Pay Deadline Aug. 2, 2010

Academic year faculty and flex-time exempt status employees (PAT), who are in continuing status appointments (per HR policy F.10.22), can elect to receive their payment between the dates of their appointment or to spread (defer pay) it out over a 12 month period (26 biweekly payments). New appointments are setup to pay between the dates of the appointment year and will continue as such until the employee elects otherwise. If the employee makes no election, payment will occur over the dates of their appointment year.

The election of the payment choice requires the completion of the USNH defer pay selection/change form. Forms must be received by Human Resources no later than noon Aug. 2, 2010. Any form received after the deadline will not be accepted.

The form can be found here or forms may be requested from Human Resources by phoning 2-0501. 

Government regulations do not permit an individual to change the election once the payment year has begun. Two options exist to assist an employee to prepare for the non-work summer period.

  • An employee may receive their pay during the appointment period and use a self-directed fixed direct deposit allotment of their choosing to a savings account. This allows the employee to self-manage their money, making the amount that has been set aside available for them to use during the summer months. This is the method recommend by USNH as it provides payment while the work is being performed, retains control and access to saved monies in an account of the employee’s choosing, and allows the employee to have access to their saved money.

  • Another option available would be to use Banner-HR “defer” pay method. This option would defer a portion of pay to a non-interest earning account and used for payment during the summer payout period. This option does not provide flexibility as the deferred salary is not available to the employee, no matter the situation or need to have access sooner.

Questions may be directed to Joyce Cleary at 2-0513 or the payroll office at 2-1400.

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.

Campus Rec Sponsored Races at Mendum’s Pond

This summer UNH Campus Rec will host three races at Mendum’s Pond. The first race is the 2nd Annual Mendum’s Adventure (swim/trail run/kayak). Two other races have been added this year to complete the Tri Series. AquaRun is a swim/run/swim/run adventure event and the Paddle of the Pond is a kayak race in Sept.

For more information visit:
Mendum’s Adventure (swim/run/kayak)
http://www.active.com/triathlon/barrington-nh/mendums-adventure-2010

AquaRun (swim/run/swim/run)
http://www.active.com/more-sports/barrington-nh/aquarun2-2010

Paddle of the Pond (kayak)
http://www.active.com/more-sports/barrington-nh/paddle-of-the-pond-2010

Dining and ID Office Closing Early On Fridays

Starting on May 28 and continuing through August 13, the Dining and ID Office will be closing at 1 p.m. on Fridays.

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.

MUB Copy Center Summer Hours

The MUB Copy Center will be closed through July 30 and will reopen on Monday, August 2.  During this time, Printing and Mailing Services will be shifting all 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 to the online order site http://www.printing.unh.edu/index.html , 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.

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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