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Tri Council Representatives Hear from Key Department Heads at Annual Retreat

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
January 19, 2011

Representatives to the OS, PAT and Extension Educators councils held their annual retreat Jan. 13 at the Elliot Alumni Center.

Guest speakers included Joan Tambling, director, USNH Human Resources; Paul Chamberlin, assistant vice president, Energy and Campus Development; David May, assistant vice president, Business Affairs;  David Proulx, associate vice president of finance, and interim assistant vice president, Human Resources; Nancy Puglisi, director, USNH Organizational Wellness Employee Assistance Program; and David Cross, director, UNH Counseling Center.

Tambling took questions from the group regarding the recent benefits analysis survey done at the request of the USNH board of trustees to determine employees’ preferences for various benefits and compensation programs.

In a Dec. 1, 2010 letter, President Mark Huddleston wrote, “The board will use these findings to help shape recommendations about compensation and benefits program design.” Addressing concerns expressed by council representatives, Tambling said she thought the trustees were working toward something that would work for everyone.

Chamberlain provided an update on energy use, noting the landfill gas project is supplying just under 60 percent of the energy on campus. The volume of energy use has crept up with the renovations on various buildings, and radio metering is being installed which will give real-time data.

He added that an infrared survey of campus done from the air showed hot spots (heat leaks). Those areas now will receive attention to make them more energy efficient.

May discussed the move to multifunction devices, which consolidate printers, scanners, copiers, and faxes into one machine. Replacing laser and ink jet printers would save the university money, May said.  

Puglisi gave an overview of the Employee Assistance Program, a confidential counseling and referral service that helps one deal with life's challenges. Among other things, the EAP provides crisis counseling 24 hours a day, seven days. (For more information go to http://www.unh.edu/hr/eap.htm).

The recent shooting in Arizona made the information from David Cross, director of the UNH Counseling Center, timely. Cross discussed what to look for when trying to determine if someone is a threat to themselves or someone else. (For a list of signs of depression visit http://www.unhcc.unh.edu/signs-of-distress.html ).

At the end of the day, the councils met with the their individual members to discuss goals for the coming year.

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