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February 16, 2011

March Concerts

The UNH Symphonic Band under the direction of Nicholas Orovich in concert on Wednesday, March 2, at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center. 

On March 4, the UNH Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of David Upham, will present a concert at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre.

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

Nominations Requested by March 6 for 2011 Women’s Commission Awards

Each year, the UNH President's Commission on the Status of Women acknowledges those who promote equity, diversity and inclusion at UNH. Help us honor and celebrate students, faculty and staff who work and live by these ideals by submitting a nomination for a Women’s Commission Award. The winners will be honored at the awards celebration. Submission deadline is Sunday, March 6, 2011. Nominate Now.

Award recipients will be honored at the Women’s Commission’s annual celebration on March 23, from noon to 2 p.m. in the MUB Strafford Room.

UNH Celebrity Series Presents Tosca March 8

The UNH Celebrity Series presents Tosca Tuesday, March 8, at 7 p.m.in the Paul Creative Arts Center’s Johnson Theatre.

Puccini’s Tosca, is a drama of frightening power. Puccini brings three main figures to life. Tosca, a famous opera singer, deeply religious and spiritual, yet passionate and fatally jealous; her lover, Mario Cavaradossi, a sensitive artist, madly in love with Tosca, who courageously tries to help a condemned political prisoner; and Baron Scarpia, chief of the Roman police, and a power-crazy, sadistic killer. Tosca and Cavaradossi are caught in the Baron’s web of evil.  Scarpia is secretly in love with Tosca, and he is determined to possess her physically. The opera ends with the assassination of Cavaradossi, the murder of Scarpia at the hands of Tosca, and Tosca’s suicide.

Tickets, priced at $40 general admission and $20 for youth, are available at www.unhmub.com/ticket or by calling 2-2290 Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Johnson Theatre box office opens one hour before the performance.

North Country Chamber Players Here Feb. 21

The UNH Celebrity Series will present the North Country Chamber Players Monday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Paul Creative Arts Center’s Johnson Theatre.

Tickets are $30 general and $10 student or youth and can be purchased online at www.unhmub.com/ticket/ or by calling the MUB box office at 2-2290 when the university is in session.  For more information visit our website at www.unh.edu/celebrity.

Jazz Concert Feb. 28

The UNH Traditional Jazz Series presents Bill Mays and the New Directions Trio   Monday, Feb. 28, at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre,  Paul Creative Arts Center.

General admission tickets are $8; $6 students and seniors and are available at the MUB ticket office and at the door one hour prior to the performance, online at http://www.unhmub.com/tickets or by calling 2-2290. Visit our website at www.unh.edu/music.

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.

Faculty: Remind Students to Apply for Financial Aid. Deadline March 1

Have your students applied for financial aid yet?  If they want to be considered for all types of aid they need to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1, 2011.  The form needs to be received by the federal processor by the deadline.  They can even file online at www.fafsa.gov .

If necessary, they can use estimated 2010 federal tax data in order to complete the form on time. Call the financial aid office at 2-3600 or visit our web site: http://financialaid.unh.edu/ if you have any questions.

Sign Kids Up for Summer Tech Camps Now

The College of Engineering and Physical Sciences and the Joan and James Leitzel Center are again collaborating to offer engineering camps this summer for 6th through 9th grade students.

UNH Engineeristas: Girls and Engineering will be offered July 11 through July 15 for girls entering grades 6 and 7 that focuses on the wide range of engineering with planned explorations into environmental, oceanographic and marine engineering, computer science, and materials engineering presented by female engineers.

Campers will participate in field trips and will have the opportunity to develop a project based on their area of interest. Residential ($700) and day camper ($350) options are available Scholarships are available.

UNH Tech Camp 2011 for boys and girls entering 6th and 7th grade and 8th-9th grade takes place July 18 through July 30. This camp explores electrical, mechanical, aerospace, biomedical, and naval engineering along with robotics and computer technology. Campers will participate in various on-campus and local field trips, interacting with numerous engineers. Campers will work in small groups to develop and present a project. Residential ($1,400) and day camper ($700) options are available. Scholarships are available.

For more information visit http://www.ceps.unh.edu/outreach/techcamp.html or contact Michele Munson, camp director at 603-731-1087 or michelemun@comcast.net.

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

Faculty: Remind Students to File Intent to Graduate

Feb. 18, 2011 is the last day for undergraduate students to file intent-to-graduate for May 2011 via WEBCAT without a late fee. Visit https://blackboard.unh.edu/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp.

February Faculty Concerts

The Faculty Concert Series presents the Faculty Composers Concert Friday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m. in the Bratton Recital Hall. Music by Christopher Kies, Michael Annicchiarico, William Kempster, Rob Gerry, Peter Urquhart, and Ryan Vigil will be featured.

On Saturday, Feb. 26, the Faculty Chamber Ensembles will perform at 3 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre. The concert will include Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals.”Performing faculty members and guests include Arlene Kies, Christopher Kies, Silvana Sokolov-Grubb, Mimi Bravar, Larry Veal, Peggy Vagts, John Hunter, Eva Gruesser, and  Rohan Smith.

Both concerts are free and open to the public.  For more information, call the department of music at 2-2404.

Feb. 25 Faculty Concert Supports the Peace Corps

The Faculty Concert Series presents David Ripley, bass-baritone, Friday, Feb.25, at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre.  Admission is free and donations to the Peace Corps effort will be accepted with thanks at the door.

Noted bass/baritone Ripley and friends appear in a special benefit concert for the Peace Corps titled “Seeds for El Hatillo,” named for the town in Nicaragua where Ripley’s former student, Danielle Costanza, is now stationed with the Peace Corps.

Ripley will be joined by pianist-composer Michael Annicchiarico and jazz bassist Nate Therrien. Songs of Gershwin, Ellington, Loesser, and Frishberg will all be featured. The second half of the concert will present folksong classics from the 1960’s, including songs of Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and others. The concert will end with a performance of Ripley’s own “Seeds for El Hatillo”, the sound track for a new music–video to be posted soon on YouTube to help raise funds for the effort in El Hatillo.

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.

Affirmative Action & Equity Office Webinar Series on Changes to the ADA

Affirmative Action & Equity Office is sponsoring a Webinar series 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:

March 2, 2011, MUB Theatre I, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.         
Session 5: ADA standards – Common Space & Element Types, and Communications Changes: common space types, common element types, communications systems and devices

March 23, 2011, MUB Theatre I, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.                         
Session 6: ADA standards – toilets, bathing, kitchens and plumbing elements. Significant scoping and technical changes: toilet and bathing facilities, kitchens, washing machines

April 13, 2011, MUB Theatre I, 1 – 3 p.m.
Session 7: ADA standards – specialized rooms, spaces and elements. Includes recreation and residential. Significant changes: residential, transportation facilities, exercise machines, swimming pools

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.

Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Program at Field House

Faculty and staff who are 45 years old and older and at risk of heart disease can participate in a cardiac prevention program at the Field House beginning in mid-February. The $150 cost includes an assessment and 18 group exercise sessions.  Individuals can then continue with exercise sessions for $5 per session.

Sessions are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:20 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Facilities include indoor and outdoor tracks, gymnasium, and the employee fitness center, which has a variety of exercise equipment.

A rehabilitation program is available for individuals with a history of known heart disease. For more information contact Melissa Rodgers at 2-0597 or Melissa.Rodgers@unh.edu.  

No Parking

The winter parking ban continues nightly 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.    

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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