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September 15, 2010

Alumni Association Achievement Awards Dinner Friday, Oct. 8

The UNH Alumni Association will hold its Alumni Achievement Awards ceremony Friday, Oct. 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Huddleston Ballroom. Dinner is $25 per person. To register visit https://alumni.unh.edu/aboutus/alumni/awards2.html.

Award recipients for 2010 include Frederick Dey ('84), John Gianforte ('85), and H. Edmund Bergeron, Jr. ('70), Alumni Meritorious Service Award; Jack Lawson ('49, '52G), and Fred Kfoury, Jr. ('64), Profile of Service Award; Fred Olsen ('97), Award of Excellence for Young Alumnus Achievement; and Kathleen Kidder ('95G), Award of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement.

CIE Presents “The Middle East: A Lecture Series” Sept. 21 through May 6, 2011

This year’s New Hampshire International Seminar titled  “The Middle Ease: A Lecture Series” begins Sept. 21 with Naghmeh Sohrabi, lecturer in history, Brandeis University, presenting “State, Politics, and Elections in Iran" in MUB Theater I, from 12:40 - 2 p.m.

For a list of future lecture dates and speakers visit http://www.unh.edu/cie/nhis/index.html.

Music and Memory: Kay Kaufman Shelemay, Sept. 23 and Sept. 24

The Beta of New Hampshire Chapter of the honor society Phi Beta Kappa and the UNH music department will present ethnomusicologist Kay Kaufman Shelemay, G. Gordon Watts Professor of Music and Professor of African and African American studies at Harvard University Sept. 23 and 24.

A general lecture will take place Thursday, Sept. 23, at 4 p.m. in Parsons N108, formerly known as Iddles L101.A reception will follow the lecture. Shelemay will meet with faculty and students Sept. 23 and 24.

In “Music and Memory,” Shelemay will illustrate how music transmits knowledge from and about the past into the present. Musical examples will be drawn from Mexican American, African American, and Jewish American repertories.

Faculty Concert Series Oct. 1

The Faculty Concert Series will present Robert Haskins Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. in the Bratton Recital Hall, Paul Creative Arts Center. The concert will include two pieces on Haskins’ solo recital; Webern’s Piano Variations, Op. 27, and the premier of “My Wounded Head3” by Marc Chan.

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 .

Homecoming Oct. 8 – Oct. 10

Meet up with friends and see everything that has changed...and that hasn't. We have a full schedule of events and programs that are sure to guarantee a great time for all. Check back frequently, new events are added often. Lots of activities for you and your family.


Tony Award-Winning Musical “Rent”at Johnson Theatre Oct. 6 to Oct. 10

The UNH department of theatre and dance is bringing together guest artists and new faculty to produce the Broadway bohemian rock musical “Rent.”  One of the longest running shows in Broadway history, “Rent” will be performed in the Johnson Theatre Oct.6 to Oct. 10. 

The story of a community of young artists struggling to make their mark in New York’s rapidly changing East Village of the 1990s, “Rent” is a contemporary rock opera written and composed by the late Jonathan Larson, loosely based on the classic Puccini opera “La Boheme.”

Directing the production is theatre and dance alumni Brian Swasey (’95) with musical direction from new faculty member Jack Savage, and costumes by new faculty member, professor Szu-Feng Chen.

“Rent” runs Oct. 6 to Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre.

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 $15.50, general admission and $13.50 for seniors, UNH ID holders; and groups of 15 or more. The theatre 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 2-2919, or visit www.unh.edu/theatre-dance.

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.

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 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

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.

“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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