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August 17, 2011

Seeing Stars at the UNH Observatory
The next public observing session at the UNH Observatory will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 9-11 p.m. Free and open to the public. Dress in layers. Public observing sessions are held on the first and third Saturday of every month.

Police Auction Aug. 20
The UNH Police Department will hold an auction of confiscated or found items
Saturday, Aug. 20 at 9 a.m. in Lot W (parking lot behind the police department). The list of items includes:

Approximately 15 bikes
Multiple MP3 players
Kodak Easy Share C613 camera
Three watches
Electric guitar tuner

Retirement Celebration for Barbara Pond Aug. 24
Barbara Pond is retiring Sept. 2 from UNH after 50 years of employment. Come celebrate Aug. 24, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. in Rudman G04. For more information contact Laurrie Anne Malizia, 2-1452, lam@unh.edu or Nancy Wallingford, 2-2383 or Nancy.Wallingford@unh.edu.

Become a UNH Marine Docent
An informational meeting for those interested in becoming a UNH marine docent will take place Thursday, Aug. 18 at 10 a.m. at the N.H. Sea Grant office in Kingman Farm on Route 155 in Madbury.
The marine docent program is a group of more than 170 volunteers who educate the community about coastal resources, teaching up-to-the-minute marine science in classrooms and at sea aboard the university’s research vessel.
Marine docents get hands-on training in local history and science by UNH faculty, extension educators and other experts in the marine field. Training takes place both inside the classroom and out, with a variety of field trips to sites around the Seacoast. The five-month training program begins in September, with courses held Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
No prior experience is required.

Sponsored by N.H. Sea Grant and UNH Cooperative Extension. For more information or directions to Kingman Farm, contact Mark Wiley or Dari Ward at 603-749-1565 or by e-mail at mark.wiley@unh.edu or dari.ward@unh.edu).

Research Field Day Aug 22
The New Hampshire Agricultural Experimental Station (NHAES) and College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA) are hosting a research field day Monday, Aug. 22, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Woodman Horticultural Farm. The event, free and open to the public, highlights the research, teaching and extension activities at these facilities. Farm staff, faculty scientists, students, Cooperative Extension personnel and others will present their work. The event coincides with a UNH Cooperative Extension Twilight Tour. For more information: http://www.colsa.unh.edu/aes/facilities.

1st Annual Organic Dairy Farm Brown Bag Series
Burley-Demerritt organic dairy researchers will hold informal brown bag meetings Sept. 22 and Oct. 6 from 12:40 p.m.-1:40 p.m. at the Burley-Demerritt Organic Research Farm. All are welcome to attend.

Sept. 22: “Combined Water Model” by Shan Zuidema

Oct. 6:  “Carotenoids and Cheese” by Amy Beliveau

For further information or questions, contact Megan Seneca (mlx3@unh.edu) or Alix Contosta (alix.contosta@gmail.com)

Faculty Concert Series Presents Jenni Cook and Arlene Kies Sept. 9
Jenni Cook, soprano, and Arlene Kies, piano, will present "Life, Death, and Vienna 1888-1889" Sept.9 at 8 p.m. in Johnson Theatre. Repertoire includes Vaughan Williams' song cycle “House of Life” and “Lieder” by Mahler, Wolf, and Brahms along with Johann Strauss II's "So Elend und so Treu" from “Zigeunerbaron.” Special guest artist and colleague Peggy Vagts on alto flute will give the East Coast premiere of “Spirits of the Dead” by Steven Hofer.  

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

Sept. 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.   

This training opportunity involves two components:

  • Completion of UNH’s Web-based RCR instructional modules (available at http://www.unh.edu/rcr), followed by

  • Participation in a seminar on Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, 12:30-4 p.m. (MUB 330/332)

Modules must have been completed prior to participation in 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 Friday, Sept. 16, 2011.  Complete the registration form and e-mail it to julie.simpson@unh.edu by the deadline. 

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

Celebrity Series Announces 2011-2012 Season
The UNH Celebrity Series is proud to announce its 2011-2012 season, providing a rich, rewarding cultural experience for students, faculty, staff and the greater community by presenting guest artists whose work reflects outstanding cultural merit in music, theatre, and dance. 

All performances take place at 7 p.m. in the Paul Creative Arts Center’s Johnson Theatre. 

Sept. 17: The Golden Dragon Acrobats launch the new season. Captivating audiences with showmanship of ancient skills such as the Dancing Plates, the Diablo Yo-Yo and the Tower of Chairs, they tame gravity and fear with feats of balancing, tumbling and startling gymnastic wizardry.

Nov. 17: The Aquila Theatre offers a delightful and tantalizing production of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” promising to overflow with humor, elegance and romantic comedy.  Since its first performance on Feb.14, 1895, Wilde's masterpiece has become a respected piece of literature and has delighted audiences with its wit and wisdom.

Feb. 6, 2012: Teatro Lirico D’Europa will perform Giuseppe Verdi’s three act Opera, “Rigoletto,” a fully staged production with live orchestra and English supertitles. A story of love, betrayal, revenge and tragic irony, “Rigoletto” marked the turning point of Verdi’s masterful transformation of Italian opera.  Music and action are perfectly integrated; each character maintains a complex individuality, even as the music weaves to its dramatic conclusion.

Feb. 18: Internationally recognized cellist Dmitry Kouzov has performed with orchestras and in recitals throughout his native Russia and on five continents.  He will be joined by pianist Peter Laul.  Kouzov and Laul have been performing together since they were 12 years old. Pieces for this performance include Schumann's “Adagio & Allegro, Beethoven's “Sonata #4,” Debussy's “Sonata” and “Sonata” by Rachmaninoff.

March 3:  Cordis Quartet has been redefining contemporary chamber music by fusing an original combination of custom-made and traditional ethnic instruments to create their signature sound. Although the ensemble is built upon cello (Jeremy Harman), concert cimbalom (Richard Grimes), piano (Dan Padgett), and percussion (Andrew Beall), one-of-a-kind creations such as the electric mbira, melodica, and the world’s longest playing cylinder-driven music box also have a way of weaving their way into any given performance. 

April 11: The Takács Quartet returns to campus. One of the world’s outstanding string quartets, Takács plays with a virtuosic technique, intense immediacy and consistently burnished tone. Based in Boulder, Colorado, the Takács Quartet has been in residence at the University of Colorado since 1983.  Pieces for this program include Janacek “Quartet No. 2,” Britten“Quartet No. 3,” and RavelQuartet.”

Tickets can be purchased online at www.unhmub.com/ticket or www.unh.edu/celebrity, with an order form from the brochure, or by calling the MUB box office at 2-2290 when the university is in session.

Faculty Concert Series
The Faculty Concert Series presents cellist Larry Veal, with pianist Christopher Kies on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 3 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre.

Veal is an associate professor of cello and chamber music. A frequent soloist and chamber music performer, Veal has been a member of the Concord Piano Trio, the Great Bay Chamber Players and the Allerton String Quartet. He holds the position of principal cellist in the Granite State Symphony Orchestra and is viola da gambist with the Hampshire Consort.

Kies is a professor of music. A Fulbright Fellowship recipient, Kies has twice been awarded individual artist fellowships from the New Hampshire Council on the Arts, and in 2000 he was named Composer of the Year by the N.H. State Music Teachers Association. He has just released a new CD entitled “Music by Christopher Kies with Poems and Stories.”

On Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. in the Bratton Recital Hall of the Paul Creative Arts, faculty members Robert Stibler, trumpet; Peggy Vagts, flute; Christopher Kies, piano; Larry Veal, cello; Arlene Kies, piano; Elizabeth Gunlogson, clarinet; Jenni Cook, soprano; David Ripley, bass-baritone; and Nicholas Orovich, trombone will perform an exhilarating evening of music.

Both concerts are free and open to the public.  For more information, call the department of music, 22-2404 or visit www.unh.edu/music.

Retirement Reception for Dennis Cobb, Patricia Krygeris, Sherry Roy and Geraldine Sanders, Sept. 2
Please join Facilities Operations and Maintenance, in honoring Dennis Cobb, warehouse and stockroom (21yrs), Patricia Krygeris, housekeeping (10yrs), Sherry Roy, housekeeping (21yrs), and Geraldine Sanders, housekeeping (30yrs) in celebration of their years of service and dedication to the university Friday, Sept. 2, 10 a.m. to noon in the Strafford Room at the MUB. 

Bollards Aim to Keep Drivers Off Sidewalks and Paths
Energy and Campus Development will install traffic control bollards this month to deter unauthorized vehicles from driving on core campus ways, sidewalks and paths, prohibiting vehicle traffic between:

Thompson and Murkland Halls
Conant Courtyard and Academic Way
Academic Way and McDaniel Drive
Morse Circle and College Road

The bollards are collapsible to permit designated emergency vehicle passage. All approved loading areas, services spaces, ADA parking and vehicle travel ways remain accessible.

For additional information, view a map depicting the location of the new bollards.

Office of Conduct and Mediation Seeks Volunteers 
The Office of Conduct and Mediation is seeking faculty and staff who have the ability to challenge students on the decisions they are making, hold students accountable for their actions and help students make the most of their time at UNH. This is a great way to get more involved on campus and have meaningful contact with students who may not be making the best choices.

Volunteers will be trained to participate in the disciplinary process and potentially meet with and mentor students who have been sanctioned for code of conduct violations. Time commitments are flexible. No prior disciplinary or legal experience is necessary.

All interested community members are welcome; male faculty and staff are encouraged to consider volunteering. While male students are responsible for about 67 percent of UNH’s conduct cases, men make up less than 20 percent of the volunteer pool.

For more information, visit www.unh.edu/ocm  and click on volunteers.

Online Courses Offered for Fall Semester
Enroll through UNH Continuing Education and participate in this new pilot program offering selected credit e-courses that satisfy general education requirements and may be applied to a future degree program.

E-learning provides accessibility, flexibility and convenience for students and staff with busy work schedules or home life. For a list of eUNH courses offered this fall visit www.learn2.unh.edu/eunh.html. For information about using a USNH tuition waiver for credit courses visit http://www.unh.edu/hr/tuition.htm.
Registration begins July 25.

Homecoming Weekend Moved to Oct. 28-30
The date for this year’s Homecoming celebration has been changed to Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, after realizing the original date, Oct. 8, coincided with the observance of Yom Kippur. University officials apologize for the initial scheduling error as well as any inconvenience the change may cause alumni and friends of the university.

The new date will showcase a home football match against the University of Rhode Island Saturday, Oct. 29, at noon. The weekend also will feature a men’s hockey home weekend with ECAC champion Union College Friday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. and Hockey East rival Northeastern University Saturday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. On Sunday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m. volleyball faces America East foe Providence College.

A complete schedule of Homecoming events, including individual college celebrations and spirit activities like Wildcat Colors Day and the parade will be posted at www.alumni.unh.edu/keep/homecoming/.

College Woods Construction Completed

Resurfacing of the upper College Woods Bridge over the Oyster River is now completed. The bridge is open for use.

OEHS Summer Newsletter
The Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) works to assure safe and healthful environments for all segments of the campus population through programs of information and education, review and monitoring, technical consultation and provision of direct services.

Read the OEHS Summer 2011 newsletter.

Stay Cool. It’s Hot out There
The University Police Department division of emergency management wants to remind the community of the importance of keeping hydrated in the summer heat.

Heat exhaustion is a serious medical emergency that can be avoided by drinking plenty of water during hot weather. Signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, paleness, fainting, muscle cramps, headache, nausea and vomiting. 

Seek medical attention if you find yourself overheated.

FY12 Leave Records Available for Download
FY12 exempt (PAT, EE, AA, PA, FY FAC) leave record and post-doc leave record (both can be filled out using Excel) are now available for download at: http://www.unh.edu/hr/forms.htm  under  “Time and Leave” or at  http://www.unh.edu/hr/sites/unh.edu.hr/files/docs/exempt-leave-record-FY12.xls  http://www.unh.edu/hr/sites/unh.edu.hr/files/docs/postdoc-leave-record-FY12.xls

Read the instructions before using if you are not already familiar the form.

Questions? Contact your HR partner. A list can be found at http://www.unh.edu/hr/partners.htm 

Any questions regarding the spreadsheet itself also can be directed to Kevin Hinchey at 2-0505.

Use Your Tuition Benefits
Benefits-eligible employees can use tuition benefits towards the cost of seminars and conferences as well as other noncredit offerings (except online offerings) sponsored by UNH Professional Development & Training in Portsmouth, Manchester, and Durham. You must submit a tuition waiver form with your registration.

View all upcoming offerings from UNH Professional Development & Training at www.learn.unh.edu/pcw.

Be Aware Out There!
The University of New Hampshire Police Department’s Division of Emergency Management urges everyone to please be careful while walking and driving around campus. There are many construction projects underway that effect roadways, the interior and exterior of buildings, and sidewalks. Awareness is the key to accident prevention! 

New Training Requirement for IRB Applicants
The UNH Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research (IRB) is instituting a training requirement for any individual who submits an application for approval to use human subjects in research. Effective Sept. 1, 2011, applications to the UNH IRB must include for the project director (applicant) documentation of completion of the UNH Web-based training on human subjects protections*.  The UNH IRB will not review applications missing this documentation.  (IRB application materials will be revised in the late summer of 2011 to reflect this requirement.)

The training module takes approximately 30 minutes, and is available at http://www.unh.edu/rcr/HumSubj-Title.htm.  Individuals who certify their completion of the module at the end will receive an email containing the necessary documentation to be submitted as part of the IRB application after Sept. 1, 2011.

Contact Julie Simpson in UNH Research Integrity Services at 2-2003 with any questions about the training requirement or the documentation of completion of training.  Information about the IRB is available at http://unh.edu/research/human-subjects.
* The UNH IRB will accept documentation of completion of the UNH National Institutes of Health (NIH) human subjects protections training as well.

Follow Construction on Campus with Map
You can keep track of summer construction projects on campus with a new Web-based map http://facarcgis2.unh.edu/fdc_construction.htm. The map shows construction sites, lay down areas, construction fences and impacts to sidewalks and roadways. It will be updated on a regular basis throughout the summer. Throughout the summer a link to the map will be on the UNH map page as well as on the Energy and Campus Development home page and Facilities Design and Construction page.

Memories! There’s an App For That
UNH has a new Facebook App, UNH for U. The app allows users to browse yearbooks, tag photos with comments or names. 
Look for the app in the left column below the photo.

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 Advocate will 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. Visit the SHARPP website for more information.

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.

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

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.)

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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