May 5, 2010
National Bike/Walk to Work Day is Friday, May 21
Dust off your bike and pump up the tires: National Bike/Walk to Work Day is Friday, May 21, and UNH once again will participate in the eighth annual Seacoast celebration. Join other alternative commuters at a free breakfast by the wildcat statue and pick up some tips on safe cycling in the area. Bike/Walk to Work Day festivities are hosted by the UNH Department of Kinesiology, along with the Town of Durham and the UNH Office of Sustainability. For information and to learn of all activities, go to www.seacoastbikes.com.
Staff Recognition Set for May 7
The 2010 staff recognition program will be held Friday, May 7, in the MUB’s Granite State Room from 9:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. and is open to all UNH community members.
Join the community in celebrating these 234 OS, PAT and EE staff members who have a combined 4,095 years of service at UNH. The list of staff (sorted by department) being recognized is available for review at: http://www.unh.edu/hr/pdfs/2010_Staff_Recognition-Departments.pdf
Hosted by President Mark Huddlestonand the OS, PAT and EE Council chairs, all eligible staff will be recognized, along with the 2010 Staff Presidential Award of Excellence recipients.
The program is scheduled to begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. The recognition order will be as follows:
- Staff being recognized for 45, 40, 35, 30, 25 years
- 2010 Presidential Award of Excellence recipients
- Staff being recognized for 20, 15,10 years
Questions? Contact Christina VanHorn at 2-0519
Durham Reservoir Dam Repair Begins May 10
The N.H. Department of Environmental Services Dam Bureau will be making repairs to the Durham Reservoir Dam located behind the Farm Services Buildings and west of the Gables to lower the level of the reservoir. The draw down is scheduled to begin on May 10 and increased water flows may be noticed in Pettee Brook between the dam and A-Lot, and in the area of the Alumni Center while the reservoir is being lowered.
The reservoir level will remain low until the project's scheduled completion in September. For more information, contact the UNH Project manager, Paul Henry, facilities design and construction, 2-0290.
UNH Faculty and Staff Survey on Social Media
How are you using social media sites like Facebook in your work? In an effort to keep on top of communication trends that may help you do your job, UNH Information Technology and University Communication and Marketing are asking faculty and staff to complete the following survey on social media. Your help is appreciated.
Music Department’s May Concerts
May 5: Under the direction of David Seiler, the UNH Jazz Bands will present a concert on Wednesday, May 5 featuring the music of big bands jazz.
May 6: The New Hampshire Youth Band and the UNH Symphonic Band will appear in concert Thursday, May 6. The youth band, under the direction of Sara Ann Shea and assistant director Sean Giardino, features students in grades 6-12 and includes “Microburst” by UNH alum, Brad Ciechomski, “Acrostic Song” by David Del Tredici and arranged by Mark Spede, “Enchanted” by Ryan Nowlin and “Joy” by Frank Tichelli.
The symphonic band, under the direction of Nicholas Orovich, will perform “Coastal Overture” by Steve Reisteter, “Fantasy on a Theme by Sousa” composed by UNH faculty member Andrew Boysen and conducted by graduate student Brian Starck, and conclude with the ever-popular “Lincolnshire Posy” by Percy Grainger.
May 8: The UNH Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Nicholas Orovich, will present a concert Saturday, May 8, at 8 p.m. where they will perform “Karelia Suite” by Jean Sibelius, “Emperor Waltzes” by Johann Strauss, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.
All four concerts are free and open to the public and take place in the Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center at 8 p.m. For more information, call 2-2404, or visit www.unh.edu/music.
Faculty: Sign Up for Commencement
Faculty members are encouraged to attend the 2010 commencement and honors convocation May 21 and May 22 to celebrate the culmination of achievement for students whose education and lives they have helped shape during their time here at UNH.
Attendance sends a strong message to the students that faculty support them and are proud of their accomplishments.
Register at https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=6435 to make the procession and seating planning for these events less complicated. The honors convocation is Friday, May 21, 2010, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.(faculty assemble at 3:15 p.m. for 3:30 p.m. procession) at the Whittemore Center Arena
The commencement ceremony takes place Saturday, May 22, 2010, 10 a.m.-noon (faculty assemble at 9:15 a.m. for 9:45 a.m. procession), Memorial Field in front of the Whittemore Center Arena.
May is Sick Pool Conversion Month
May is sick pool conversion month for employees on earned time who did not convert time in October 2009. For operating staff who converted earned time to sick pool in October 2009, their next opportunity to convert will be October 2010. Effective October 2010, the sick pool conversion period will be held only during the month of October.
Sick pool conversion forms are to be submitted to Human Resources by May 28, 2010.
Sick pool information and forms are available on the Human Resources web site at: http://www.unh.edu/hr/pubs-frm.htm#other, or forms may be requested from Human Resources by phoning 2-0501.
The sick leave pool is intended to provide additional security by allowing staff members the opportunity to exchange earned time hours for sick pool Hours at the equivalent rate of three sick pool hours for each hour of earned time. For employee’s own illness, usage of sick pool hours commences with the sixth consecutive day of absence from work due to illness or injury. A certification of health care provider form must accompany the request to use sick pool time. Sick pool may also be used for family leave and extended bereavement leave.
USNH earned time/sick pool policy: http://www.usnh.edu/olpm/USY/V.Pers/A.11.htm
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
For Summer Work Study Employers
The Financial Aid Office is preparing for the summer 2010 federal work-study program. The work study job request form and summer 2010 payroll schedule are available at http://financialaid.unh.edu. Click on the summer work study information. Summer work study jobs will be posted beginning Monday, April 12.
Summer 2010 work study dates are Sunday, May 23 to Sunday, Aug. 29. Beginning July 1, 2010 (FY11), the work study pay split will be 50 percent federal work study funds/50 percent department funds.
Questions? Call the Financial Aid Office at 2-3600 or e-mail email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
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
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.