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PAT Council Gets Updates on Transportation; Mental Health

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
November 10, 2010

At the recent monthly meeting of the PAT Council, representatives received an update on UNH Transportation Services, and on how the university responds to a death on campus.

David Cross, director of the Counseling Center, explained how the UNH administration responds to an unexpected death, noting the university crisis team convenes within 24 hours of a death before meeting with those who may have been impacted by the death: roommates, hall residents, classmates, and professors, for example. 

He went on to say the Counseling Center offers training on how to identify people who might be at risk of harming themselves or someone else. The training includes information about campus resources, including the behavioral intervention team, formed after the Virginia Tech shootings.  

“The training isn’t on how to intervene,” Cross said. “It is to help people know what to look for and how to get someone the help they need.”

To learn about signs of depression or available resources, visit http://www.unhcc.unh.edu/signs-of-distress.html.

In other news, parking updates include the former New England Center and Conference Center parking lot on Strafford Ave becoming available for faculty and staff in 2011 when two floors of the NEC will become the home of University Communications and Marketing, and a contingent of University Foundation staff.

Former PAT Council chair Rick MacDonald provided the update and noted parking permits have decreased from a high of 9,063 in 2007 to 8,577 as of Oct. 1, 2010.

Councilors also were reminded that voting for representatives continues through Nov. 19. The 22-member PAT Council elects its officers for a term of one year. There are 20 council districts and one councilor at-large, representing all of the districts.  

The university's representative to the University System Personnel Policy Committee (SPPC) is a member ex officio of the PAT council.



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