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October 20, 2010

Carsey Institute Brown Bag Seminars Oct. 27 and Nov. 17

The Carsey Institute is hosting two brown bag lunch seminars during the fall semester to provide a forum for UNH researchers and faculty to share their work with Carsey researchers, affiliated faculty, and interested graduate students. The presentations will be held in the MUB, room 334/336, from noon to 1 p.m. Attendees are invited to bring their lunch to the 30-minute sessions, which will be followed by time for questions and discussion. Dates and presenters for the fall session are as follows:

Wednesday, Oct. 27: Kristin Smith, family demographer, Carsey Institute, "Wives as Breadwinners During the Great Recession.",

Wednesday, Nov.17: Erin Sharp, assistant professor of family studies and youth expert, Carsey Institute, "Activity Involvement as a Context of Positive Youth Development in the Coos Youth Study: Moving Away from the Overscheduled Child Hypothesis."

Theatre & Dance to Host Free “Spooky Stories” Event Oct. 28

Calling all vampires, ghosts and witches! Looking for a fun way to kick-off the Halloween season? Don’t miss an evening of (not so) spooky stories, puppetry and Halloween treats at this year’s Spooky Stories event, Thursday, Oct. 28, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Hennessy Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center.

This popular event showcases UNH students from puppetry, creative drama and storytelling classes, while offering the public a safe alternative to trick-or-treating during the Halloween season. Participants can look forward to storytelling and puppetry, a candy hunt (weather permitting), and a walk through a friendly, interactive haunted house on the Hennessy Theatre stage.  Although all are welcome, the evening is geared toward children pre-school to grade 3.

Spooky Stories is free and open to the public but reservations are required. (Go to www.unh.edu/thetare-dance.)  If you have not made a reservation, admittance will be on a space available basis.

Spooky Stories is sponsored by ArtsREACH a division of the department of theatre and dance. ArtsREACH is an educational and performing arts organization dedicated to providing quality experiences that enrich and inspire audiences and student participants through exceptional theatre & dance programs and community outreach. ArtsREACH programs include touring theatre performed by The Little Red Wagon and ArtsReach Spring Tour, theatre and dance camps for children and teens, and Drama Day field trips for grades 2-12. For information about the department of theatre and dance 2010-2011 main stage season, visit www.unh.edu/theatre-dance.

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 Nov. 17 and 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 Wednesday, Nov. 17 noon to 1 p.m., MUB 330/332 and
Tuesday, Dec. 7, 3 p.m. to 4 pm. , MUB Room 203 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.  . 

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!

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.

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 Clinic Oct. 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. 26, 2010, from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., at the 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/

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

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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