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November 17, 2010

J. Bonnie Newman to Receive UNH's Prestigious Pettee Medal Nov. 19

J. Bonnie Newman, a former interim president of UNH who served two U.S. presidents, will receive the Pettee Medal, the UNH Alumni Association’s most prestigious award, Friday, Nov. 19, 2010, at 11 a.m. in Huddleston Hall. The ceremony is open to the public.

“Hamlet in Seven Years” Dec. 1 – 5 at Hennessy Theatre

skull with clown noseConceived and directed by Professor David Kaye, “Hamlet in Seven Years” is based on an account in Peter Brook’s book “The Empty Space” about a theatre company that rehearsed Hamlet for seven years, but then the director died and the group never performed the play. This ensemble-created production explores what it takes to create art, the play Hamlet, and what happens when the two collide.

Showing Dec. 1 through 4 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. For tickets, contact the MUB ticket office, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 2-2290 or at www.unhmub.com/ticket.  Tickets are $12.50 for general admission and $10.50 for seniors, UNH ID holders; and groups of 15 or more. The theater box office opens one hour prior to curtain in the lobby at the Paul Creative Arts Center.  For more information and show times or to learn about season subscription offerings at a discount, call the department of theatre and dance office at 2-2919, or visit www.unh.edu/theatre-dance.

Theatre and Dance Student Showcases Dec. 7 to Dec. 10

Students majoring in theatre and dance will present their work in the annual Student Showcases Dec. 7 through Dec. 10.

Dec. 7: Musical theatre students will present songs and numbers from popular Broadway musicals in the Hennessy Theatre at 6 p.m.

Dec. 8: Aerial arts majors will spin and twirl high in the Newman Dance Studio at 7 p.m.  UNH is the only university in the nation offering the aerial arts as part of a liberal arts degree program.

Dec. 9: Puppetry Showcase will offer storytelling and puppetry in the Hennessy Theatre at 7 p.m.

Dec. 10: Students studying dance will present an evening of jazz, tap, ballet and theatre dance in the Johnson Theatre at 7 p.m.

For tickets, contact the MUB ticket office, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 2-2290 or at www.unhmub.com/ticket.  Tickets are $3.50-$5 for general admission, seniors and UNH ID holders. The box office opens one hour prior to curtain in the lobby at the Paul Creative Arts Center.  For more information, and show times, call the theatre and dance office at 2-2919, or visit www.unh.edu/theatre-dance.

Build a Gingerbread House and Support On Belay Dec. 11

Faculty and staff and their families and friends are invited to make gingerbread houses Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MUB Food Court. The cost is $10 per team and goes to aid On Belay, an organization that provides support through adventure-based programs to young people who have or have had a family member with cancer. 

Supplies will be provided, however you are welcome to bring your own candy for decorating.

Sponsored by the SERC C activities board. For more information regarding On Belay, visit www.on-belay.org or contact Ruth Abelmann, president of the On Belay board of directors, ruth.abelmann@unh.edu.

Attention Faculty: the Office of Sustainability Wants Your Data

Faculty members who didn’t do it last semester are being asked to fill out the Office of Sustainability’s STARS® curriculum and research online survey at

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS®) is a way for colleges and universities to gauge their progress toward sustainability. It was developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, with help from the higher education community.

The Office of Sustainability wants to make sure it has as much information about UNH’s sustainability focused/related courses and research as possible before submitting the data to the STARS® organization in January 2011.

Questions? Contact Sara Cleaves, associate director, UNH Sustainability Academy (UNHSA) at 2-0172 or sara.cleaves@unh.edu

No Parking

The winter parking ban begins Dec. 1 and continues nightly through April 1 regardless of weather conditions.  During this time, most campus parking lots and areas are closed from midnight to 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.    

Wildcat Santa Begins Nov. 22

The Wildcat Santa drive, which provides gifts for children age newborn to 12 years old, begins Nov. 22 and runs through Dec. 15.

Donations of games, books, puzzles, toys, CDs, art supplies, craft kits, and DVDs are being sought. Cash donations in the form of a check are also welcome. Make checks payable to UNH, and send toCathy Annese, c/o Wildcat Santa Toy Drive, 1 Leavitt Lane, Durham, NH 03824.  Do not send any cash. Gift certificates are accepted as well.

If you or someone you know needs assistance, contact Wildcat Santa (http://unh.edu/wildcatsanta ) before Nov. 22. Referrals will be accepted up to the last week of the program. Look for drop-off boxes for toy donations at various locations around campus.

For more information, contact Maureen Marshall at 2-1983 or Maureen.marshall@unh.edu

Thanksgiving Offerings Being Collected for Cornucopia Fall Food Baskets

The Cornucopia Food Pantry, in partnership with the Office of Community Service and Learning, will once again supply food baskets to those in need for the Thanksgiving holiday. Your donations are needed and welcome.

For a list of suggest donations, go to http://www.cornucopia.unh.edu/pdf/SuggestedItemsFall.pdf.  Checks can be made payable to the Cornucopia Food Pantry, and all donations are tax deductible.
If you find yourself in need of a basket, simply fill out this request form.

The organizing date for the Thanksgiving baskets is Nov. 22. They will be delivered Nov. 23.

Cooperative Extension; Sea Grant Host Fresh Local Seafood Dinner Nov. 18

UNH Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant will host a dinner at Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Café Nov. 18 to support the NH Fresh and Local Seafood initiative.

Learn about the seafood brand and the sustainability of the seafood being served. Dinner includes an appetizer, salad, main entrée and dessert and begins at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $50 per person can be purchased by calling 603-766-3474.

December Concerts

The department of music will present the following concerts, free and open to the public, during the month of December.

Dec. 1: Jazz piano by students of Mark Shilansky, 8 p.m. in the Bratton Recital Hall.

Dec. 5: The UNH Symphony Orchestra and UNH Concert Choir, conducted by William Kempster, 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre.

Dec 7: UNH Concert Band, Casey Goodwin, conductor, and the UNH Symphonic Band, Nicholas Orovich, conductor, 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre.

Dec. 8: UNH Jazz Bands, David Seiler, director, 8 p.m. Johnson Theatre.

For more information, call 2-2404 or visit www.unh.edu/music.    

Holiday Skating Party Dec. 7

The annual holiday skating party for faculty, staff and their families will take place Tuesday, Dec. 7, from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at the Whittemore Center Arena.

Join in a fun night of free food, skating, cookie decorating, photos with Santa and so much more. This year's theme is Storytime and activities around the concourse will be inspired by some favorite children’s holiday and winter books. New or gently used books will be collected at the event to be donated to a local charity. The event is sponsored by the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau.

For more information, visit www.unh.edu/holidayparty

Ask an Advocate - Free Online Service for the UNH Community  

Ask an Advocate is a free online service available to the UNH community that provides information, support and referrals for survivors of sexual violence, relationship abuse and stalking.

Anyone who has a question about themselves, a friend, a student, a colleague, or a family member, can complete an online form. After the form is submitted, a trained Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP) advocate will reply within 24 hours.

Questions asked through Ask an Advocatewill be answered Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. except when the university is officially closed for holidays or weather emergencies.

If you need immediate assistance, call SHARPP’s 24 hour support line at 2-7233 or (888) 271-7233.

For more information visit www.unh.edu/sharpp/askanadvocate.html

Staff Professional Development Grant Deadline Dec. 1

The next application deadline for the UNH Staff Professional Development Grant is Dec. 1, 2010 with a maximum award of $750.

No more than one grant will be awarded per person during a 24-month period. This is calculated from the date of notification of the previous grant.  

The Staff Professional Development Grant Program provides the opportunity for EE, OS, and PAT staff to attain new skills or knowledge in a manner that will enhance a staff member's performance or eligibility for promotion and be of specific benefit to the department, college, university and/or University System. 

Such opportunities might include:
- Conferences, workshops and seminars, both on and off campus
- Academic courses not offered within the University System
- Travel and accommodations for off campus courses, workshops, etc.
- Special projects, including but not limited to research and publication

Use the following link to obtain the most current version of the application:  http://www.unh.edu/hr/pod/pdfs/Staff-Prof-Dev-Grant.pdf  and to review the criteria and eligible, reimbursable expenditures.

Print all application materials double-sided when possible and be sure to use the checklist to help prevent your application from being incomplete.

Affirmative Action & Equity Office Sponsors Webinar Series - ADA: The Next Generation

Affirmative Action & Equity Office is sponsoring a Webinar series on changes to the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAAA).

The changes are effective March 15, 2011 for Title II public entities such as the University System of New Hampshire. The ADAAA establishes new definitions, expands access to outdoor facilities, and delineates accessible housing guidelines. The 2010 ADA design standards deviate quite a bit from the current ADAAG Standards and are now more consistent with the NH State Building Code. Compliance is required for new construction and alterations after March 15, 2012. Do you know how these new rules and standards apply to higher education?  For more information on topics and presenters click here.

Nov. 17, 2010    MUB Theatre II, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.                    
Session 2:  Overview of Title II and Title II regulations, Part II: barrier removal, event ticketing and seating, safe harbor provisions, DOJ compliance & enforcement

Dec. 8, 2010      MUB Theatre I, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.           
Session 3: Planning for the transition and beyond; using the Safe Harbors policy compliance planning, relationship to section 504, ensuring compliance

Jan. 12, 2011       MUB Theatre I, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.     
Session 4: ADA standards – administrative provisions; accessible routes and building   Blocks, comparison of old and new provisions, eg: stairways, LULAS, ramps, turning spaces, operable parts

Feb. 2, 2011         MUB Theatre I 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.         
Session 5: ADA Standards – Common Space & Element Types, and Communications
Changes: common space types, common element types, communications systems and devices

March 2, 2011      MUB Theatre I, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.                         
Session 6: ADA Standards – toilets, bathing, kitchens and plumbing elements. Significant scoping and technical changes: toilet and bathing facilities, kitchens, washing machines

March 23, 2011           MUB Theatre I                    1:00 – 3:00 pm       
Session 7: ADA Standards – specialized rooms, spaces and elements. Includes recreation and residential. Significant changes: Residential, transportation facilities, exercise machines, swimming pools

Organized by the National Association of ADA coordinators, these webinars bring together some of the country’s most experienced ADA experts and trainers, including those who wrote the new regulations, and consultants, architects, ADA specialists, and ADA coordinators. Questions? Contact Wendy Beckwith, EEO/ADA compliance office wendy.beckwith@unh.edu

Mindful Eating Choices Topic of Workshops

Rochelle L’Italien, registered dietitian, and Suzanne Sonneborn, registered dietitian and nutrition educator, will offer two opportunities for people to discuss eating during the holidays and guide them in the ways they can make healthy choices

“Tis the Season...Make Mindless Eating Work for You” sessions will take place Tuesday Nov. 23, noon to 1 p.m., MUB, 336 and Wednesday, Dec. 8, noon to 1 p.m., Holloway Commons Piscataqua Room. To register, visit www.unh.edu/healthyunh/tis-season.

November Concerts

The music department will present the NH Youth Band and UNH Wind Symphony Sunday, Nov. 21, at 3 p.m. The New Hampshire Youth Band is directed by professor Mark DeTurk and Eric Kobb (’97), band director at the Cooperative Middle School in Stratham. The UNH Wind Symphony, under the direction of Andrew Boysen Jr., will perform a program of transcriptions for band, featuring three pieces transcribed from different media: organ, orchestra, and brass band.

On Monday, Nov. 29, the UNH Jazz Combos will perform at 8 p.m.  Both concerts, free and open to the public, are in the Johnson Theater.  For more information, call 2-2404, or visit our website at www.unh.edu/music.

Luna Negra Dance Theater Nov. 18

The UNH Celebrity Series will present Luna Negra Dance Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Paul Creative Arts Center’s Johnson Theatre.

Dedicated to the creation of works by Latino contemporary choreographers, Luna Negra Dance Theater serves as a springboard for Latino artists to give expression to their stories and bring new life to the cultures of their communities.

Steering away from stereotypes and folkloric representations, Luna Negra offers its audiences energetic, powerful, and passionate contemporary Latino dance, reflecting the immense cultural shift that is shaping America in the 21st century. The company’s repertory includes works of acclaimed contemporary Latino choreographers such as Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Fernando Melo, Gustavo Ramírez, Eduardo Vilaro, and Edgar Zendejas, among others.

Tickets at www.unh.edu/celebrity or by calling the MUB box office at 2-2290 when the university is in session.

Learn to Relax with Stresseraser Dec. 7

The Stresseraser is a small portable FDA regulated biofeedback device, about the size of a deck of cards, used to help mitigate stress by activating the relaxation response.  Guiding the user through a series of simple breathing exercises, relaxation can occur within 15 minutes, calming the mind and relaxing the body. 

Stresseraser sessions will take place Tuesday, Dec. 7, 3 p.m. to 4 pm. , MUB Room 334/336 for any benefit eligible employee. You do not have to be enrolled in Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

Space is limited; registration required. Visit https://hrtraining.unh.edu/apps/ssr?action=courses. Once the sessions are filled, those interested will be placed on a waiting list and additional sessions will be scheduled.

Annual leave or earned time is not required to attend these USNH health and wellness programs.  . 

Friends of NH Skiing ticket Packages

Save money on this season's skiing while supporting UNH's ski teams.

Ski N.H. member areas donate lift tickets and cross country trail passes to these packages, and all proceeds are donated to the UNH ski team, the Plymouth State University ski team, and to the Friends of N.H. Skiing grant program, which provides funding to N.H. skiers and snowboarders training to compete on a national and/or international level.

The program raises about $35,000 annually, $19-20,000 of which is donated to the UNH Ski Team. Since its inception in 1978, Friends of N.H. Skiing has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to these outstanding competitors.

Tickets are transferable, so you can share them with family and friends and are valid any day, including weekends and holidays.  Packages of 12 alpine lift tickets cost $349-$499; packages of 12 cross country trail passes cost $99.

For details, visit SkiNH.com and click on the Friends of NH Skiing link on the home page, or call 800-88-SKI-NH (800-887-5464).

Climb the Wall in New Hampshire Hall

The climbing wall in New Hampshire Hall is open for recreational operations for individuals on Tuesday through Sunday nights, 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and groups by appointment. The gym is open to students and non-students.  

Rates are:
                                                Students                      Others
Day pass                                  $8                                $10
10-visit punch pass                  $60                              $75
Semester pass                          $100                            $150
Year pass                                 $180                            $275

Private group (6 -10)               $175 more than 10, add $10 per person

Expanded Massage Therapy at Health Services

Health Services provides discounted massage therapy 6 days a week to the UNH community. All massages are 50 minute with licensed massage therapists. Prices start at $35 and gift certificates are available. http://www.unh.edu/health-services/ohep/massage.html

Meditation at UNH

Health Services provides guided meditation sessions on Mondays from 12:15 – 12:45 p.m., free and open to the UNH community. Free meditation MP3s from the Health Services meditation CD Reflections are also available on UNH iTunes U site. http://www.unh.edu/health-services/ohep/meditation.html

Confidential HIV Counseling/Testing

Health Services provides a confidential HIV counseling/testing clinic on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. $25 per test, get results in 20 minutes. No appointment needed.

Resource Library

The Resource Library at Health Services contains thousands of resources on health and wellness and is available to all current UNH students, faculty and staff. The library is open Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and is located in Health Services on the second floor.

WeightWatchers at Work 12-Week Series Through Dec. 9

An information and registration session for WeightWatchers at Work will be held Wednesday, Sept. 8 at noon in the MUB, room 334. Jane McGrath is the program facilitator.

Weekly meetings will take place Wednesdays, Sept. 15 – Dec. 8, noon to 12:45 p.m., also in the MUB but the room changes so check the HR Training and Events Calendar or the MUB information desk each week for the location.  

Join anytime during the series; rates will be prorated.  Open to all UNH employees.

WeightWatchers is also offering 8 weeks of eTools free when you purchase a 12-week at WeightWatchers  at Work series.

USNH Health and Wellness and Human Resources sponsor the weight-loss program. It 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.

Career Development Grants

Career development grants are available from the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation to support women who hold a bachelor's degree and are preparing to advance their careers, change careers, or re-enter the work force. Special consideration is given to women of color, and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields.

Grants provide support for course work beyond a bachelor's degree, including a master's degree, second bachelor's degree, or specialized training in technical or professional fields. Funds are available for distance learning. Course work must be taken at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the United States, or at a technical school that is fully licensed or accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. Funds are not available for PhD-level work. Grants range from $2,000 to $12,000 for one year.

For more information, visit http://www.aauw.org/learn/fellowships_grants/career_development.cfm

“Just say the Name or Department You Would Like to Call”

The UNH NameConnector is a speech recognition system used for directory services. From any campus phone, dial “6” and say the name or department that you would like to call. Recent updates have improved the usability of the system and increased the success rate of properly recognized names.

Take a minute to test your own name. Dial “6” and ask for your own name/department to ensure that the system can recognize your request and correctly transfer the call. If you have any changes in pronunciation or names (including nicknames), leave a message on the UNH NameConnector voicemail box at 2-4939.

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.

Office of Human Resources Benefits Representatives on Campus

Every other Monday, 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.

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.)

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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