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December 7, 2011

Annual Auction and Skating Party Dec. 12
The annual holiday skating party and silent auction take place Monday, Dec. 12, from 3:30 - 7 p.m. at the Whittemore Center Arena. Join Wild E. Cat and the women's and men's hockey teams for a fun-filled afternoon of skating and activities inspired by traditions from around the world.

Proceeds from this year's silent auction will support the Pease greeters who welcome home returning servicemen. The auction will run from 3:30 until 6 p.m. with winners announced at 6:30 p.m. A list of auction items can be read at http://www.unh.edu/holidayparty/silent-auction.html.

New Date for President’s Holiday Party Dec. 13
President Huddleston and Emma Bricker’s annual UNH community holiday party has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Dec. 13 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Huddleston Hall.

R.S.V.P. www.unh.edu/universityevents. Donations of non-perishable food items will be collected for the Cornucopia Food Pantry.

Drop-In Yoga Classes Continue Through Dec. 22
Drop-in yoga classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays through Dec. 22 and resume Jan. 10 after the winter break. Classes take place from noon to 1 p.m.in the MUB’s Wildcat Den. Open to all levels. Cost:  $5 per class. Cash or checks only. 

Campus Recreation will also offer drop-in yoga at the Hamel Recreation Center on Dec. 20 and Dec. 22 for $5 on those two days only.

Dining Office Holiday Hours
The Dining & ID Office will close for the holidays Tuesday, Dec. 20, and reopen Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012.

Campus Rec T-Shirt Sale through Dec. 12
Campus Recreation is holding its annual T-shirt sale at the Whittemore Center Monday, Dec. 12, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 13, 9 a.m.-noon; and Wednesday, Dec. 14, noon-6 p.m. Supplies are limited. First come, first served. T-shirts, long sleeved shirts, and sweatshirts are available. All proceeds benefit Campus Recreation.

Wildcat Santa Seeks Donations
Donations of games, books, puzzles, toys, CDs, art supplies, craft kits, sports equipment and DVDs are being sought for newborns through age 12. Gift certificates and cash donations also are welcome. Make checks payable to UNH, and send to Cathy Annese, c/o Wildcat Santa Toy Drive, 1 Leavitt Lane, Durham, NH 03824.  Do not send cash.

If you or someone you know needs assistance, contact Wildcat Santa before Dec. 9 or fill out a referral form at http://explore.unh.edu/wildcatsanta/family-referral-form/.

Read a list of drop off locations at http://explore.unh.edu/wildcatsanta/drop-off-locations/.

Computer Store Customer Appreciation Days Dec. 1- Dec .23
The UNH Computer Store is hosting customer appreciation days for students, faculty, and staff Dec. 1- Dec .23. Specials include discounts, products not usually carried and raffles for a new Dell Latitude E6320 notebook, an Xbox 360, iPods, and more. (Participants will be able to choose which raffles they enter).

For store hours and more information visit  http://computerstore.unh.edu/hours.shtml.

Register by Dec. 21 for Spring Weight Management Program
The Center for Health Enhancement (CHE) is offering a 10-week weight management program in the spring of 2012 for faculty, staff and members of the local community. The program, which can accommodate a maximum of 20 people, includes individual dietary analysis and prescription; fitness assessment; the use of a personal activity monitor; body composition analysis in the Bod Pod; measurement of total body water; one-hour metabolic testing; measurement of blood lipids, glucose and C-reactive protein.

The one-hour education sessions will take place at noon in Nesmith Hall, room 110. Slots fill quickly so register early. Sign-ups will be taken until Friday, Jan. 6.  Contact Anne Ronan, 2-1688, for further information and registration. 

Business Seminars Offered by Professional Development and Training
The Graduate School’s office of Professional Development and Training is offering one-day business seminars (non-credit) during the month of December. Seminars are offered in such areas as sales and marketing; leadership, management and supervision; human resources; and computer training.

A full list can be read at  http://www.learn.unh.edu/webunhnovember11bizemail.html.

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 in Portsmouth, Manchester, and Durham. To register for a seminar or conference using your tuition waiver, you must submit a tuition waiver form with your registration.

Contact Linda Conti for more information at 2-4234 or email professional.development@unh.edu.

Survey Request
The President’s Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities is asking UNH employees to participate in a campus-wide survey.   For more information about the survey, visit http://www.unh.edu/cspd/sites/unh.edu.cspd/files/images/Disability_Survey_Flyer2011.pdf.    
A Spanish version is available at   http://www.unh.edu/cspd/sites/unh.edu.cspd/files/images/Disability_Survey_Flyer_Spanish.pdf.

Photos for Calendar Sought
Printing and Mailing Services is designing its 2012 calendar for faculty and staff. This year’s theme is scenes from UNH taken by faculty or staff. Send your submissions to printing.services@unh.edu.

Build a Gingerbread House and Support On Belay
The 3rd annual “Caution: Gingerbread House Construction” contest takes place Saturday, Dec. 10 in the MUB food court from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. Faculty, staff and their families and friends are invited to make gingerbread houses. Prizes awarded. Proceeds support On Belay, a non-profit organization that provides adventure-based programs for children 9 to 19 whose lives have been touched by cancer. $10 per team. Supplies are provided but you are welcome to bring your own.

For more information regarding On Belay, visit www.on-belay.org or contact Ruth Abelmann, president of the On Belay board of directors, ruth.abelmann@unh.edu.

Winter Parking Ban
The winter parking ban will resume Dec. 1 and continue every night through April 1 regardless of weather conditions.  During this time, most campus parking lots and areas are closed from midnight to 6 a.m. When parking for any duration after midnight, your car must be in a designated area.  For a full description of restrictions and parking options, visit http://www.unh.edu/transportation/parking/winterparkingban.htm.    

UNH Police Warn: Prepare for Emergencies
With the upcoming winter season fast approaching, the UNH Police Department’s division of emergency management stresses the importance of having a plan in the event of an emergency. Part of that plan should include an emergency kit with enough supplies to last 72 hours.

The kit should include such items as vital documents, medical records, favorite photos, important telephone numbers/addresses and maps. Placing information on a DVD or thumb drive saves space.  Adjust your list of kit items and extra clothing to meet personal needs, local circumstances, and weather conditions.

Have your kit ready to go on a moment’s notice, and make sure it is something you can easily carry. Decide ahead of time what you would do about pets and security for your home or office should disaster strike.

Know in advance the safe area near you that you would relocate to and how you would locate missing family members or others.  

Planning for evacuation during a major disaster requires advance planning and adequate preparations in order to reduce losses of all types. 

More information can be obtained by contacting the UNH Police Department’s division of emergency management. Read at http://www.unh.edu/unhedutop/emergency-and-storm-information.

Beginners Meditative Karate Offered through Dec. 12
Free meditative karate classes for beginners will be offered Mondays through Dec. 12 from noon to 1 p.m. in the MUB Wildcat Den. Classes will consist of gentle warm up, yoga breathing, stretching, basic stances, blocks, punches and kicks as well as slow kata exercises similar to Tai Chi. Open to all UNH faculty, staff, and students. Wear flexible comfortable clothes.

Instructor Michael Saputo of the UNH Karate Club is a black belt who has taken seminars with Hirokazu Kanazawa. 

Visit the Healthy UNH calendar for the schedule. No class Nov. 21. Offered in collaboration with Healthy UNH and UNH HR.

TEDxUNH Discussions
A yearlong discussion series featuring UNH faculty and staff sharing their ideas on leadership kicked off Sept. 27. TEDxUNH, open to faculty, staff and students, takes place biweekly on Tuesdays from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in MUB, room 321. Sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership.

Feb. 7, 2012: Believing in Your Vision, Caroline Casey, Julia Pond, residence hall director

Feb. 21: Passion, Benjamin Zander, Cari Moorhead, associate dean of the Graduate School

March 6: Self-Motivation, Tony Robbins, Kristin Carpenter, assistant director, Residence Life

March 27: The Power of Silence, John Francis, Sara Pope, coordinator of student organizations and leadership programs

April 10: Embracing Transparency, Morgan Spurlock, Dave Zamansky, assistant director, MUB 

April 24: Vulnerability and Connection, Brené Brown, Karen Gilbert, assistant to vice president for Student and Academic Services

Meditate Your Way to Wellness
Meditate Your Way to Wellness (guided meditation), Tuesdays, 12:45 -1:15 p.m., MUB Room, 340 http://www.unh.edu/health-services/ohep/meditation.html

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. 

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.

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

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

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.