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June 9, 2010

Therapeutic Riding Program Seeks Summer Volunteers

The Therapeutic Riding Program is seeking volunteers for its summer session, which runs July 7 through August 19. Classes will be held Wednesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and Thursday afternoons from 1:30 to 5:15 p.m. Time commitments are flexible and can be as little as 45 minutes, one day per week. 

The Therapeutic Riding Program provides recreational and therapeutic activities to children and adults with all varieties of physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities. Volunteers have direct contact with students, helping to ensure a safe and fun lesson environment and helping students achieve their therapeutic and educational goals. No prior experience with horses is necessary, and anyone age 12 or up is welcome to participate.

A mandatory training and orientation session for new volunteers will be held Thursday, June 24 from 3-6 p.m., in the Light Horse Classroom at the horse barns. For further information and directions, visit http://www.trp.unh.edu or contact Cindy Burke at 2-0131. 

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.

Project SMART Seeks Future Scientists for its 20th Year

Registration is underway for high school students wanting to attend Project SMART (Science and Mathematics Achievement through Research Training), a four week summer program hosted by UNH.

The annual program aimed at 10th and 11th graders is seeking applicants for its 20th year under the directorship of Subhash C. Minocha, professor of plant biology and genetics. This year’s program runs from July 6 to July 30. For more information go to www.smart.unh.edu.or contact Minocha at sminocha@unh.edu.

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 through the end of June, 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.)

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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