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March 3, 2010

Wildcat Transit Public Hearings

Wildcat Transit will be holding two public hearings to discuss grant applications being submitted for a route expansion to connect Durham and Rochester AVL/GPS (Automatic Vehicle Locator) system, and bus replacement. The hearings will be held  
Monday, March 8, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Rochester Public Library, 65 South Main Street, Rochester, and Thursday, March 11, noon to 2 p.m., MUB, room 338/340.

March 4 Lecture Cancelled

The lecture by water rights activist Maude Barlow scheduled for Thursday, March 4 has been cancelled due to unforeseen travel complications. The Office of Sustainability, which cosponsored Barlow’s talk with Food & Water Watch as part of its “Tap In” water series, is working to reschedule the lecture. For information, go to

Office of Human Resources Benefits Representatives on Campus

Every other Monday beginning March 8 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.

Office of Environmental Health and Safety Newsletter Ready for Viewing

The spring issue of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety’s newsletter is available at

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.

March Concerts at Johnson Theatre

March 3 - On Wednesday, March 3, at 8 p.m., the department of music presents the UNH Symphonic Band, under the direction of Nicholas Orovich, and the UNH Wind Symphony, under the direction of Andrew Boysen.

The Symphonic Band will perform “Cauldron” by Scott Boerma; “Three Dance Episodes” from the ballet “Sparticus” by Aram Khachaturian; and “Decorations” by Martin Mailman.

The Wind Symphony program features professor of clarinet, Elizabeth Gunlogson, in Victor Babin’s “Hillandale Waltzes.” The performance also includes the world premiere of “All Full and Light” by faculty composer Rob Gerry; Hindemith’s “Symphony in B Flat” conducted by graduate student Andrew Maderios; and Gould’s “American Salute” conducted by graduate student Sara Ann Shea.

March 5 - Friday, March 5 at 8 p.m., the UNH Concert Choir and the UNH Strings, under the direction of William Kempster, will perform. The 114-voice concert choir has prepared a varied program of uplifting music written for large choir from the early 20th century that includes works by Sergei Rachmaninov, Carl Nielsen, Maurice Ravel, Gustav Holst and Zoltán Kodály.

The UNH Strings will present the “Concerto in D Minor for 2 Violins and Orchestra” by J.S. Bach, which features violin soloists Kathryn Skudera and Cassandra McBride.

March 6 – Saturday, March 6, the UNH Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of William Kempster, presents a concert of Mozart at 8 p.m. Concerto competition winners soprano Caitlin Baummer and pianist David Orr will perform two works by Mozart.

Baummer will sing “Et in carnatus est” from the incomplete “Mass in C Minor,” K.427, and Orr will play the opening movement of the great Piano Concerto in D Minor, No. 20, K.466. Also on the program is Gustav Holst’s Middle-Eastern inspired “Ben Mora;” considered by some to be the first of his mature orchestral works. Rounding out the concert is the “Helios Overture” by Carl Nielsen; a work inspired by the sunrise over the Greek coast as experienced by Nielsen in 1903.

All concerts will be held in the Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center The concerts are free and open to the public.  For more information, call the music department at 2-2404, or visit www.unh.edu/music.       

Celebrity Series presents “The Marriage of Figaro” March 9

The UNH Celebrity Series will present “The Marriage of Figaro”Tuesday, March 9 at 7 p.m.  Johnson Theatre in the Paul Creative Arts Center. Tickets are available at www.unhmub.com/ticket or by calling 2-2290 Monday – Friday, between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“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.

Tickets, priced at $48 general admission and $20 for youth, are available by calling the MUB box office at 2-2290 Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or online at www.unhmub.com/ticket. For more information visit www.unh.edu/celebrity.  The Johnson Theatre box office opens one hour before the performance.

IT Academic Technology Conference March 16

IT Academic Technology is hosting a one-day conference at the New England Center Tuesday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for UNH Durham and UNH Manchester faculty and instructors who are interested in learning about integrating technology into their teaching.

 Sign up for morning or afternoon sessions at http://it.unh.edu/tasteoftechnology. The morning sessions will present new IT Academic Technology tools and services: lecture capture, GoToMeeting web conferencing, and Blackboard 9 new features. The afternoon session will explore new rich media services: media creation and editing available in the Parker Media Lab, and media distribution and publication.      

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.

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.

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.

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

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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