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October 13, 2010

Walk Date Changed for Healthy Fitness Challenge Kick Off

Due to the pending severe weather forecast of a nor’easter for this Friday (heavy rains and wind), we are moving the kick-off portion of this event to Monday, Oct.18 when the weather is expected to be sunny and 55 degrees which will be a far safer and healthier day to celebrate the opening of new UNH Main Street West Edge Path. 

If you have already signed up for the Fall into Fitness program and you and members of your team were planning on joining in this event, note the date change.  If you have not signed up yet, there is still time. 

The Healthy UNH fitness competition is still Oct. 15 to Nov. 15.

Open Enrollment is Oct. 25 – to Nov. 5; Benefits Fair Oct. 26

Open enrollment, the period during which changes can be made to benefits, is Oct. 25 to Nov. 5. Online open enrollment will be available by visiting MyUSNHBenefits.net during that time period. You will be able to view your current USNH benefit elections and enroll in or change your 2011 USNH benefits.  Be sure to confirm your beneficiaries are current.

Important:Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) must be renewed annually.

The annual benefits fair is Tuesday, Oct. 26. The benefits/services fair offers opportunities for faculty and staff to meet representatives from the university’s insurance carriers, vendors, businesses, and campus units that offer special services to benefits-eligible employees.  Human Resources representatives will also be on hand.

9th Annual Ski Sale Oct. 31

The 9th annual ski sale will take place Sunday, Oct. 31, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Field House. Great deals on new and used skies, boards, skates and apparel. New this year: bike apparel.

 Free raffle for N.H. ski area tickets. Bring your equipment to sell. *Used equipment must be brought into the Field House on the day of the event between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. to be added into the sale.  Pickup for unsold items will open at 4 p.m.

For more information contact Cory Schwartz, corys@unh.edu.

State of Health Presentation Oct. 22

The N.H. Department of Health and Human Services will present “State of the State in Health and Human Services” Friday, Oct. 22, in the 1925 Room of the Alumni Center followed by a panel discussion on state-university collaboration. N.H. DHHS commissioner Nick Toumpas will give the talk.

Panel members include Christine Tappan and Lori Weaver, N.H. DHHS; Linda Bimbo, UNH Institute On Disability; and Ned Helms, UNH Institute for Health Policy and Practice. Panel moderators include: Jan Nisbet, vice provost for research.

Lunch will be served starting at noon.

President of the American Historical Society to Speak Nov. 1

Anthony Grafton, president of the American Historical Society, will present "Life on the Burning Deck: Defending the Humanities in the 21st Century” Monday, Nov. 1, at 4:30 p.m.in Richards Auditorium, Murkland Hall.

Grafton holds the Henry Putman University Chair in history at Princeton University.

Refreshments will be served before the lecture. The public is welcome at this free lecture, given by Patricia Cusack in memory of Margaret Anderson Kiely (1935-2006) with additional support from the Dunfey Fund.

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).

Nominate Honorary Degree And Granite State Award Recipients Now

Now is the time to nominate honorary degree and Granite State Award recipients for UNH’s Commencement ceremony this May.  Nominate (if doesn’t show, should be hyperlinked to http://nominations.unh.edu/app.cfm?id=4) today!

Avoiding Slips, Trips and Falls Information Session Oct. 15

The Office of Human Resources in partnership with the Office of Environmental Health and Safety will host a “Brown Bag” information session on slip, trip, and fall prevention in the workplace Friday, Oct. 15, from noon to 1 p.m. in the MUB, room 330.

Dr. Geoffrey Shreck will be the guest speaker. Shreck is the director of the Bakie Center at Access Occupational Medicine in Exeter.  He specializes in disability and acute injury management for workplace injuries.

This information session will include:

  • Understanding how slip, trip, and fall accidents happen
  • Identifying the trouble areas
  • Eliminating or minimizing falling hazards
  • Discussion on how we can prevent injuries from happening
  • Question and answer session

Slips, trips and falls account for 25 percent of all workers compensation claims filed at UNH. This has a direct impact on the university’s workers compensation costs.  

UNH Hosts 2010 Black New England Conference Oct. 14-16

The Center for New England Culture at UNH will host the 2010 Black New England Conference “The Politics of Race: Movements, Protests, Leaders and Representation” Oct. 14-16, 2010.

The conference opens Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010, with an evening reception and screening of the film “Within Our Gates” (1920) by African American director Oscar Micheaux, which was a response to D.W. Griffith's “The Birth of a Nation.” The discussion following the film will be facilitated by Delia Konzett, associate professor of English and cinema/American/women's studies at UNH.

Massachusetts State Rep. Byron Rushing will give the keynote address at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 15, 2010, in the Murkland Hall auditorium. As a legislator in Massachusetts, he has focused on civil and human rights issues, worked to end homelessness and to make healthcare accessible to all. He is the original sponsor of the Massachusetts gay rights bill and oversaw lobbying efforts in Congress to establish the Boston African American National Historical Site.

On Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, playwright Lydia Diamond will read from her play “Stick Fly” at the luncheon keynote address, which takes place at 1 p.m. in Holloway Commons. Diamond’s works include “Stick Fly” and an adaptation of Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye” that won the Black Arts Alliance Image Award for best new play.

The conference will be held in Holloway Commons and is funded by The Center for New England Culture, The Center for Humanities and the UNH Provost’s office. To register, visit www.neculture.org

Fall OEHS Newsletter Available

The Fall 2010 edition of the Office of  Environmental Health & Safety Newsletter is now available at http://www.unh.edu/ehs/pdf/Newsletter/Fall-2010-OEHS-Newsletter.pdf.

Past OEHS newsletters may be found online at http://www.unh.edu/ehs/newsletter.htm.

Faculty: Tell Your Students about Career Week

The University Advising and Career Center will present an entire week of career-related events for UNH students only. See our website for details: www.unh.edu/uacc      
Oct. 12  Applying to Graduate School Info Session
Oct. 13  How to Impress a Recruiter-presented by Target
Oct. 14  Resume Review Day
Oct. 18 Career and Internship Fair for all majors
Oct. 19 Graduate and Professional School Fair

The UACC’s Career Center offers a variety of opportunities for students to prepare to join the work force, including resume reviews, on-campus interviews, interest assessments, the Career Mentor Network, Pathways Mentoring program, internship advice, and the Diversity Networking Program.

Concert Choir to Perform Oct. 14

Fresh from their master class with renowned vocal ensemble Stile Antico, the 115-voice UNH Concert Choir will present a program of Germanic music from widely separated periods of musical history Thursday, Oct. 14, at 8 p.m. in Johnson Theatre.

The concert choir will present six of Bruckner’s motets, flanked by two such works by Schütz. This repertoire has been specifically chosen with competition in the 2011 Anton Bruckner festival in Linz, Austria, in mind.

The UNH Chamber Singers, Soloists, and Chamber Ensemble with William Kempster, directing, will present a concert Sunday, Nov. 14, at 3 p.m. at the Johnson Theater.
The Echoes of the Holocaust series concludes with a complete performance of Siegel’s “Kaddish.”Soloists including Jenni Cook and David Ripley. The text for the work was taken from interviews with Holocaust survivors.

The UNH Opera Program under the direction of David Ripley will undertake an exciting exploration of all three Mozart-Da Ponte operas Nov. 19, and Saturday, Nov. 20, at 8 p.m. in the Bratton Recital Hall, Paul Creative Arts Center. Free and open to the public.

Choosing important excerpts from each opera, the singers will highlight the themes of disguise and forgiveness, which figure prominently in all three dramas. Disguised to both hide and find the truth, the lovers of “Cosi Fan Tutte” will reconcile, the unrepentant “Don Giovanni” will greet the flames of hell, and Count Almaviva, after being embarrassed in front of his entire household, will be forgiven by the countess and all made well again for the “Marriage of Figaro.” 

The UNH Chamber Singers begin their new season Saturday, Oct. 16, at 8 p.m. in the Dimond Library, William Kempster,  conducting,  with a program of Tudor and Jacobean choral music by Byrd, Sheppard, Gibbons and Tomkins.

The concerts are free and open to the public.  For more information, call the music dDepartment at 2-2404, or visit www.unh.edu/music.        

October is Sick Pool Conversion Month

A reminder that October is now sick pool conversion month for operating staff (conversion will no longer occur in May). Forms must be submitted to Human Resources by Oct. 29, 2010. 

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 leave. Sick pool may also be used for family leave and extended bereavement leave.

Information on sick pool and earned time are available on HR web site at http://www.usnh.edu/olpm/USY/V.Pers/A.11.htm

Sick pool conversion forms are available on HR web site at http://www.unh.edu/hr/docs/et-to-sick-con-wordform.doc or may be requested from Human Resources at 2-0501.

Operating Staff Council Accepting Nominations

The operating staff council will hold elections in October. OS workers will receive and email in early October seeking nominations. You may either nominate yourself or a fellow OS employee.  Nominations must be submitted no later than Oct. 29, 2010.

Nominees are asked to attend the November and December 2010 Council meetings. This will give the nominee and council a chance to get to know each other and for nominees to see the council in action. Elections will be held at the Dec.8, 2010 OS meeting. 

Questions can be sent to the nominations committee: Monique Couillard, Slava Bruder and Laurrie Anne Malizia.

UNH Traditional Jazz Series

The Dick Hyman/ Peter Appleyard Duo will perform at the  Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Art Center, Monday, Oct. 18, 2010,.at 8 p.m.

General admission tickets are $8; 6$ each for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the MUB ticket office and at the door one hour prior to the performance.  You may also order tickets online at http://www.unhmub.com/tickets or call 2-2290.

Faculty Concert Series Presents Two Performers

The Faculty Concert Series presents Elizabeth Gunlogson, clarinet, with Arlene Kies, piano, on Sunday evening, Oct. 31, 2010, at 5 p.m. in Bratton Recital Hall, Paul Creative Arts Center.

Gunlogson is assistant professor of clarinet. Prior to this appointment, she served on the faculties of Morgan State University, the Baltimore School for the Arts and Luther College. She has presented numerous clarinet clinics and master classes throughout the United States.
Both concerts are free and open to the public.  For more information, call 2-2404, or visit www.unh.edu/music.   

On Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m. in the  Bratton Recital Hall, new music faculty member, pianist and composer Ryan Vigil will perform.  

Vigil is active as a composer, conductor, pianist, theorist, and teacher. Recent performances of have taken place at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, the Longy School of Music’s Pickman Concert Hall, and Merkin Hall at Lincoln Center. 

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

Flu Clinics Oct. 13 & 26

The Office of Human Resources, in collaboration with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, is offering seasonal flu vaccinations for faculty, staff and their dependents (age 4 and over) Oct. 13 and 26, 2010, during the following times and at the following locations:

Wednesday, Oct. 13:        11a.m. - 5 p.m.                        MUB Room 338/340
Tuesday, Oct. 26:         10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.             MUB Rockingham Lounge

A consent form with information about the vaccine will be provided prior to receiving the shot. Anyone under 18 will need a parent's signature. The 2010-2011 flu vaccine protects against three different flu viruses: an H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus that caused so much illness last season. 

There is no cost to UNH Harvard Pilgrim subscribers who present a UNH Harvard Pilgrim ID. Dependents must have current IDs as well. Non-Harvard Pilgrim subscribers pay $25 (cash or check made out to Maxim Health), due at the time of vaccination.

Advanced registration is not required. If this will be your first time receiving a seasonal flu vaccine, please allow a 20-minute wait time after being vaccinated. 

For additional information on the seasonal flu visit: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/

Concert Choir Presents Stile Antico Oct. 13

Stile Antico, a British vocal ensemble, will present a concert of glorious music from the Catholic and Protestant communities of Tudor and Jacobean England, Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Johnson Theater. Music by William Byrd, Thomas Tallis, John Sheppard, Orlando Gibbons, and Thomas Tomkins.

Tickets, adults $30/$27*; seniors $15; students $15/$12* (*with UNH ID), can be purchased from the
MUB Ticket Office (2-2290) or online; http://unhmub.com/ticket

Sponsored by the UNH Concert Choir. For more information call the music department at 2-2404 or at www.unh.edu/music.

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

October Concerts

The music department presents the UNH Concert Band under the direction of Casey Goodwin and the UNH Symphonic Band under the direction of Nicholas Orovich Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010 at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center.

On Oct. 19, the UNH Symphony Orchestra, David Upham, conducting, will present its first performance of the season at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre.

The program will include John Adams’ exuberant “Short Ride in a Fast Machine” and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 in E Minor “From the New World.”

The concerts are free and open to the public.  For more information, call 2-2404, or visit www.unh.edu/music

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.

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

Banner Upgrade

Banner student and advancement will be upgraded to version 8 during October.  As a result, Banner and Webcat will be unavailable from Oct. 22 -25.  Users may see some differences in the appearance of forms and screens once the upgrade is complete.

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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