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April 6, 2011

The Harvard Pilgrim Wellness Connection Program

Did you know benefits-eligible employees enrolled in Harvard Pilgrim medical insurance can participate in the Wellness Connection Program at any time?  It features four rewarding reimbursement and incentive opportunities to help you keep fit and learn how to take even better care of yourself and your family.

  • Free membership to Health and Nutrition Solutions (Diet.com) – Diet.com provides access to health experts, personalized meal plans, easy to follow fitness videos, thousands of recipes, health tips and community support.

  • Fitness club membership – Harvard Pilgrim will pay up to $500 per year toward your membership fee at a participating health club.  (this benefit can be transferred to another family member enrolled with Harvard Pilgrim).  Work out 8 times per month and Harvard Pilgrim will pay the health club directly.

  • Health Education Classes – get reimbursed up to $200 per year (per family/individual contract) for completing a variety of approved health education classes.

  • Member Rewards – receive prizes for your daily activity.  The Wellness Connection Program rewards you and your covered family members for participating in regular exercise and physical activity.

Visit the USNH/Harvard Pilgrim website at www.hphc.org/usnh and click on the link for the Wellness Connection Program where you can set up your online account.  Access the information on the program including complete lists of participating health clubs and approved health education classes, activity cards, prize lists and details on how each program works.

If you do not see a health club or health education class listed, contact the UNH Office of Human Resources benefits representatives Sue Nolan, 862-0504 or Kristie Camacho, 862-0509 to request a club or class be added to the list. The request will then be forwarded to Harvard Pilgrim for follow-up.

Carsey Institute Accepting Applications for Summer Research Support Fellowships

The Carsey Institute is now accepting applications from faculty for its Summer Research Support Fellowships, which support faculty by funding graduate assistance. Three $6,000 stipends are available, each supporting a graduate student for 300 hours over ten weeks. Deadline for applications is April 25, 2011. For more information on these fellowships, go to http://www.carseyinstitute.unh.edu/fellowships/research-support.html. The Carsey Institute also has Social Innovation Internships for undergraduates (applications due April 15) and the Nordblom Fellowship for graduate students (applications due April 18).

Please Provide Feedback on the Carsey Institute Director Candidates by Friday Morning

Leif Jensen: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/B6J6HWH

Jeralynn Cossman: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/B6FP2DH

Domenico Parisi: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BZK5DYD

Main Street Roundabout Changes

Drivers may have noticed work in the center of the Main Street West roundabout this week. As a result of a design engineering settlement, the Town of Durham, which maintains the road, is making modifications to the concrete apron. A ring of bricks will be installed - matching downtown sidewalk standards. This change will improve the cosmetic appearance of the circle and apron edge. No town or university funds are being spend on this work - which should be complete within a week.

Therapeutic Riding Program’s 5th Annual Dinner and Silent Auction April 9

The UNH Therapeutic Riding Program will host its 5th annual dinner and silent auction Saturday, April 9, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.in the Huddleston Ballroom. Tickets, which will not available at the door, are on sale through April 1 at www.trp.unh.edu. Reserve a table for 10 for $300. Individual tickets prices are $34 for adult and $16 for youths age 7-16. Children 6 and under are free.

Added PACES Training Session April 11

Due to continued requests, the Office of Human Resources is conducting another in-depth demonstration on the use of PACES (the online Position, Advertising, Classification and Evaluation System) Monday, April 11, from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. in MUB Theater II. Open to all employees.

The session will cover how-to’s of: creating accounts, viewing and updating your most current position description, completing on-line performance evaluation forms, and posting job openings.

May 2011 Ethical and Responsible Conduct of Research Training

The UNH Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarly Activity (RCR) Committee announces the availability of training in the ethical and responsible conduct of research.

The training involves completion of Web-based RCR instructional modules (available at http://www.unh.edu/rcr) and participation in a seminar Wednesday, May 11, from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the MUB, 330/332.   

Modules must have been completed prior to the seminar. Successful completion of the training requires completion of both components.

This training is open to any member of the UNH community. While it is primarily directed at postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and undergraduate students, faculty and staff are invited to participate.

The training will fulfill the new National Science Foundation (NSF) mandate that all postdoctoral researchers, and undergraduate and graduate students supported by NSF to conduct research on proposals submitted on or after Jan. 4, 2010 receive appropriate training in the ethical and responsible conduct of research.  (This training may be completed up to six months prior to employment on an eligible NSF grant.)

Interested individuals must register for the training by Wednesday, April 27.  Complete the registration form and email it to julie.simpson@unh.edu by the deadline. 

For more information, contact Julie Simpson in Research Integrity Services at 2-2003, or Thomas Pistole in the molecular, cellular, and biomedical sciences department at 2-0111.  

USNH Spring 2011 Health & Wellness Newsletter Now Online

In an effort to conserve resources, USNH HR has made the switch to an electronic newsletter. The most recent issue is available at
http://www.usnh.edu/hr/pdf/usnh_newsletter_spring11.pdf.

Annual Staff Recognition Program May 6

The annual UNH staff recognition program for Operating Staff (OS), Professional, Administrative and Technical (PAT), and Extension Educator (EE) staff will take place Friday, May 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the MUB Granite State Room.

President Mark Huddleston and university council chairs Monique Couillard (OS), Rachel Feeney (PAT), and Julia Peterson and Chuck Hersey (EE co-chairs) will host the 265 staff members being honored for a total of 4,765 years of service to UNH.  Years of service accumulated by May 31, 2011 are used to calculate awards.  The list of staff being recognized for 2011 is available at http://www.unh.edu/hr .

The 2011 Presidential Award of Excellence winners also will be announced during this event.  To review previous year’s winners visit:  www.unh.edu/staffexcellence.

The annual Staff Recognition Program is open to the entire university community. Contact Heather Hughes, Human Resources, at 2-0544 for additional information.

UNH Play Poses Question: What is Art?

In the UNH department of theatre and dance’s last production of the season, an art gallery becomes a parable of humanity on the final day of a group show of three fictitious contemporary American artists. Directed by professor Deborah Kinghorn, department chair, “Museum” is a little mosaic of events and incidents that crisscross one another in the contemporary gallery of a medium-sized art museum and leaves us all wondering, what is art, how does it make us feel and why are we so compelled to create it, view it and critique it?

With a nod to the yearlong “Arts for Life” celebration at UNH, Kinghorn has collaborated with the art department on the creation of original art pieces needed for the set.  She also has tapped student designers for costuming, sets and lighting. Even the production poster featured artwork from BFA student, Jennifer Simart ’95. “Art helps us live our lives,” states Kinghorn, “art connects us to our entire history.”

“Museum” runs April 19-22 at 7 p.m. and April 23 at 2 p.m. in the Hennessy Theatre. 

For tickets, contact the MUB ticket office Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 2-2290 or online 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 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 discount season subscription offerings, call 2-2919, or visit www.unh.edu/theatre-dance.

Check Your Health Numbers: Sign Up For Healthy Returns

Check your blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and body mass index with Healthy Returns, the program for benefits-eligible employees that aids in adopting and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

New participants and those who completed both sessions in 2010 will receive a $25 Visa gift card. Those who attended the fall sessions will receive a $10 gift card or a $25 Visa gift card for participating and reaching one goal or a $50 gift card for participating and reaching two goals.

To sign up visit: https://www.harvardpilgrim.org/portal/page?_pageid=213,235236&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL.  

Memorial Service for Pedro de Alba April 6

A memorial service for civil engineering professor Pedro de Alba will be held on Wednesday, April 6, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Huddleston Hall. Check the memorial page (www.dealbamemorial.com) for further updates.

Concert April 27

The UNH Concert Band, under the direction of Casey Goodwin, and the UNH Wind Symphony, under the direction of Andrew Boysen, will perform works by, among others, Holst, Bach, Boysen Wednesday, April 27, at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center.

Concerto competition winner Adam Gallant will perform the third movement of Kent Kennan’s Sonata for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble. Two pieces on the program will be conducted by graduate students Brian Starck and Sean Giardino.

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.     

Applications Available for 2011 University Community Scholarship Fund

Through generous donations from members of the UNH community, the 12th University Community Scholarship will be awarded in April. This year’s award is approximately $4,800. The size of the endowment that supports the scholarship is now $130,200.

This scholarship, which reflects the commitment and dedication of all members of the university community, will be awarded to UNH-Durham or UNH-Manchester students. This is your opportunity to nominate a deserving undergraduate or graduate student or, if you are a student, apply for the scholarship award. (Download the application here: unh.edu/ucsf.)

Awards are based on academic merit and community involvement. The selection committee is particularly interested in community involvement beyond paid employment and efforts on behalf of academic requirements. The award may be renewed for up to four years; however, the student must re-apply each year. The selection committee includes a faculty member, a PAT staff member, an OS staff member, an Extension Educator and a principal administrator.

Gifts to the fund may be sent via campus or U.S. mail to the University Community Scholarship Fund, c/o UNH Foundation, Elliott Alumni Center, 9 Edgewood Road, Durham, NH, 03824-1987.
Questions may be directed to the scholarship fund chair, Terri Winters, at 2-4639, or scholarship selection committee chair Holly Young at 2-1564.

“The Passion According to St. John” April 24

The UNH Concert Choir, under the direction of William Kempster, will perform J.S. Bach’s “The Passion According to St. John” Sunday, April 24 at 3 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center. Tickets will be available at the door. The cost is $25 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.For more information, call the music department at 2-2404, or visit www.unh.edu/music.    

N.H. Sea Grant To Be Evaluated

N.H. Sea Grant will be evaluated by an external site review team April 19 and April 20. For more information on Sea Grant go to  http://www.seagrant.unh.edu/index.html.

Quartet New Generation to Perform April 8

The Celebrity Series will present Quartet New Generation featuring Susanne Fröhlich, Andrea Guttmann, Hannah Pape, Heide Schwarz on recorders Friday, April 8, at 7 p.m. in the Paul Creative Arts Center’s Johnson Theatre. Tickets are available at www.unhmub.com/ticket or by calling 2-2290, Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hailed as “Four Recorder Virtuosos” by The New York Times, and “mind-blowing” by the Los Angeles Times, Quartet New Generation took top honours at the 2004 Concert Artists Guild International Competition and German renowned competition Deutscher Musikwettbewerb. 

The group has attracted broad and enthusiastic audiences throughout Europe, North and South America, Japan, Southeast Asia and the United States.

Quartet New Generation was founded in September 1998 at the Amsterdam Conservatoire and the University of Arts, Berlin.  The collective was also awarded the top prizes at the International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition for Contemporary Music in the Netherlands; the International Chamber Music Competition for Contemporary Music in Poland; and the ‘13ème Concours International de Musique de Chambre’ in France.

Tickets, priced at $30 general admission and $10 for youth.Contact the MUB ticket office, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., at 2-2290 or online at www.unhmub.com/ticket.  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.

April Concerts

The music department will present the following free concerts in April.

April 15 and 16: The UNH opera workshop presents Benjamin Britten’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” under the direction of David Ripley and accompanied by pianist Elizabeth Blood in the Bratton Recital Hall of the Paul Creative Arts Center at 8 p.m.

April 19: An evening of jazz piano by students of Mark Shilansky takes place at 8 p.m. in the Bratton Recital Hall of the Paul Creative Arts Center.

April 28:  The UNH Student Jazz Combos will present a concert at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center. Mark Shilansky and David Newsam coach these talented students of jazz.

April 29: UNH student composers concert Friday, at 8 p.m. in Bratton Recital Hall of the Paul Creative Arts Center.

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

The Center for Cultural Citizenship Announces its Spring Lecture Series:

APRIL 12, 4 – 5:30 – MUB Theatre I
Thomas Streeter
Professor of sociology, University of Vermont
“From James March to Computers in Backpacks:  Romanticism in the 21st Century”

Museum Of Art Presents Exhibitions Featuring Former Art Faculty and Alumni

Works by six former studio faculty members from the department of art and art history, as well as 44 alumni, are the focus of two new exhibitions at the Museum of Art. The exhibitions, “Legacy: Works by Distinguished Former Faculty”and “ReView: Recent Work by UNH Alumni” present drawings, ceramics, paintings, photography, sculpture, and textiles from artists across the country.  

For more information, contact the Museum of Art at 2-3712, or by e-mail at museum.of.art@unh.edu. Visit the website for updated information on exhibitions, programs, and events at www.unh.edu/moa.

 

Pilot Yoga Program for Faculty and Staff Thursdays

A drop-in yoga class for faculty and staff will be held Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the MUB’s Wildcat Den. Offered in partnership with Healthy UNH and Campus Recreation, the class will continue through April 21.

Open to all levels. Camie Wade, a certified yoga instructor, will teach the Ashtanga yoga class, which involves deep breathing (ujjayi), focused eye gaze (drishti), three locks, (bandas), and Vinyasa (synchronizing breath with movement). 

The cost is $5 per class.  Harvard Pilgrim subscribers can be reimbursed via Harvard Pilgrim’s Wellness Connection program that pays up to $200 a year for health-related classes. A receipt will be provided for each session.

Bring your own yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing

Affirmative Action & Equity Office Webinar on Changes to the ADA

Affirmative Action & Equity Office is sponsoring a Webinar on changes to the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAAA), which are effective March 15, 2011, for Title II public entities such as UNH.

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. 

For more information on topics and presenters click here.

Webinar dates and topics include:

Session 7 rescheduled: Session 7 of ADA: The Next Generation (Specialized Rooms, Space and Elements Includes Residential and Recreational), previously scheduled for Wednesday, April 13, has been rescheduled to Wednesday, April 20, 1 p.m.in MUB Theatre I.  Please mark your calendar.

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.

Change in WeightWatchers Meeting Day; New Location Added

The WeightWatchers at Work meeting that has traditionally been held on Wednesdays will take place Mondays, noon to 12:45 p.m. from Feb. 7 through April 25, in the MUB, room 330. An information session is set for Jan. 31 in the same room.

If you attended the Jan. 5 registration session and already paid, your payment can be transferred to this session or you can request a refund if this new day does not work for you.

A second WeightWatchers meeting will take place Tuesdays, 11:45 – 12:45 p.m., through April 19 at 10 West Edge Drive (PAMS Building),  in the Facilities, Operations and Maintenance conference room, room 102, 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. 

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

For more information on this and other USNH Health and Wellness programs visit http://www.usnh.edu/hr/health-wellness/index.html or call HR at 2-0501.

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

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).

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.
http://www.unh.edu/health-services/ohep/hiv.html

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.
http://www.unh.edu/health-services/library.cfm

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.

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.)

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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