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May 19, 2010

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 beginning May 24.

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.

Reminder: Blackboard Upgrade

UNH is upgrading to Blackboard 9 on May 23, 2010. Blackboard 9 offers simpler navigation, making it easier to add and review content. Using Web 2.0 technologies, the new version lets you add or change content directly from your course home page, without leaving the course environment. The key to navigating the new Blackboard interface is the chevron, which you’ll find throughout all your Blackboard courses and organizations.

MUB Copy Center Summer Hours

The MUB Copy Center will be closed from May 24 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.

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.

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.
http://survey.unh.edu/surveycat/surveys/survey850_SocMedFac.htm

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 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.

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 beth.cilley@unh.edu

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.

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.

 


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