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September 8, 2010

University Picnic and Student Activities Fair Tuesday, Sept. 14

Celebrate the start of the new academic year and attend the annual University Day Picnic and Student Activities Fair Tuesday, Sept. 14, (Rain date Sept.15) 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Main Street. The event includes information, demonstrations, and displays by hundreds of university departments and student organizations, as well as a free cookout, music, and children’s activities.

University Day is open to the entire campus community as well as the residents of Durham, Lee, and Madbury.  For more information visit www.unh.edu/universityevents/uday.

Grand Re-Opening of MUB Food Court Thursday, Sept. 9

Union Court in the MUB is having a reopening celebration Thursday, Sept. 9 at 11 a.m.

Changes include five new stand-alone concepts, new décor, great new beverage selections and Freshen’s Energy Zone for smoothies. 

Off to the Races: Free Tickets Available for Sept. 19 NASCAR Race

Once again our friends at New Hampshire Motor Speedway have made complimentary tickets available to UNH faculty and staff for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, at the racetrack in Loudon, N.H. Up to four tickets will be given to interested employees on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. Tickets will be distributed through Ticketmaster, for a fee of $1.25 per ticket.
This is the link dedicated to UNH employees. The password is LC2010.


Topiary Artist Pearl Fryar on Campus Sept. 27

Pearl Fryar, a self-taught nationally acclaimed topiary artist from South Carolina, will be on campus Monday, Sept. 27. Fryar will discuss his work and give a demonstration at 6:30 p.m. in Huddleston Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Questions? E-mail Janice Pierson, Office of Inclusive Excellence at Janicep@unh.edu or call 2-1058.

WeightWatchers at Work 12-Week Series Begins Sept. 8

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

Therapeutic Riding Program Benefit Luncheon Sept. 18

The UNH therapeutic riding program will host a benefit luncheon at the Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic Saturday, Sept. 18, at Silver Oak Equestrian Center in Hampton Falls. Proceeds from the luncheon, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., support the therapeutic riding program. Tickets, $65 for individuals or $600 for a table of 10. Tickets can be purchased at www.trp.unh.edu, by e-mailingcindy.burke@unh.edu, or by calling 2-0131.

Sign Up for Employee Fitness Program by Sept. 27

Employees who want get in shape with the help of what amounts to the advice of a personal trainer should sign up by Sept. 27 for one of the coveted slots in the Employee Fitness Program (EFP). Run by the department of kinesiology, the EFP prescribes an exercise regime based on an individual’s fitness level. Download the form (download here) and fax to the kinesiology office at 2-0154 or mail it to EFP, New Hampshire Hall by Sept. 27.

Peggy Vagts Concerts Sept. 17 and Sept. 19

The Faculty Concert Series presents the Complete Bach Sonatas, Part I, featuring flutist Peggy Vagts, cellist Larry Veal, and harpsichordist Paul Merrill, Friday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m. in the Bratton Recital Hall of the Paul Creative Arts Center.

On Sunday, Sept. 19, Vagts and Christopher Kies, piano, will perform the Complete Bach Sonatas, Part, also in the Bratton Recital Hall.

Vagts has taught flute at UNH since 1978. She has been a recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award at UNH and a winner of the National Flute Association’s “Competition for Professional Performers.” An active performer,  Vagts has been a member of the New Hampshire Symphony, New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra, Portland Symphony, Atlantic Chamber Soloists, Wisconsin Chamber Symphony, the Sioux City Symphony, and the UNH Faculty Woodwind Quintet.

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

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

UNH Marine Program Presents “Know the Coast Day” Oct. 2

The UNH marine program presents “Know the Coast Day” Saturday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at three distinct locations:

Talk with scientists, tour labs and ocean research vessels, and get your hands wet learning about the Seacoast's marine scene. Games, tours, sea chanties, nature hikes, and activities throughout the day.

Sponsored by the UNH marine program, N.H. Sea Grant, and the UNH marine docents.

Faculty Concert Series

The Faculty Concert Series presents pianist Arlene Kies Sunday, Sept.12, at 3 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center. Works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Frederic Chopin, Robert Schumann, and Enrique Granados will be performed .

Kies is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Frye Fellowship for an Outstanding Pianist at NEC, the NEC Concerto Competition, a Fulbright Fellowship for study in Vienna, and a New Hampshire State Council of the Arts Individual Artist fellowship.

A frequent chamber and solo performer, she has toured in Italy and Austria in recent seasons. Kies has been a member of the piano faculty since 1995.

The concert is free and open to the public.  For more information, call the music department at2-2404, or visit our website at www.unh.edu/music.      

“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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