May 26, 2010
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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)
Paddle of the Pond (kayak)
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 email@example.com, 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.
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.
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.
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.