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March 2, 2011

Nominations Requested by March 11 for Kidder Fund and Pink Triangle Awards 2011

Each year, the UNH President's Commission on the Status of GLBT Issues acknowledges those who promote equity and inclusion at UNH. Help us recognize students, faculty and staff who build a safer, more welcoming community. Nominate at http://www.nominations.unh.edu/index.cfm

Submission deadline is Friday, March 11, 2011.

Awardees will be honored at the 19th Annual Pancake Breakfast on Wednesday, April 13, from 8 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. in the MUB Granite State Room. Admission is free.

Pedro A. de Alba Scholarship

A scholarship is being established in the name of Pedro A. de Alba to benefit a student with an interest in geotechnical engineering and a passion for the arts. The civil engineering professor died Feb. 20 at the age of 71.

A memorial service will be held in the spring.

Additionally, faculty and students in the civil engineering department have built a memorial website for de Alba: http://www.dealbamemorial.com/.

Donations should be addressed to:
The Pedro A. de Alba Scholarship
UNH, Department of Civil Engineering
Kingsbury Hall
33 Academic Way
Durham, New Hampshire 03824

Performance Management Information Sessions

The Office of Human Resources is conducting information sessions for supervisors and employees on the key elements of performance management, the tools available, the timeline and an introduction to the Position, Advertising, Classification and Evaluation System (PACES). 

In addition, sessions have been scheduled to provide a more in-depth demonstration on the use of PACES. These will cover the how-tos of viewing your most current position description, updating it, completing online performance evaluation forms, and posting job openings.

These sessions are open to all employees. Supervisors and employees are encouraged to attend a session from each of the two programs:

Performance management training: 
Monday, March 21                1:30 to 3 p.m.     MUB Theater I

PACES training:
Monday, March 7                  1:30 to 3:30        MUB Theater I
Monday, March 28                1:30 to 3:30        MUB Theater I

Museum Of Art Offers One-Day Trip to Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

The Museum of Art is offering a one-day cultural excursion to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., Friday, March 25, 2011.  Participants will receive a guided tour of the special exhibition, “ Golden: Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection” as part of the trip.

The $40 cost includes coach bus transportation, admission to the museum, and the guided tour. Lunch is not included. The bus will leave the Visitor’s Center at UNH at 8:30 a.m., and will return at approximately 5 p.m. An additional fee of $8 will be charged to park at the Visitor’s Center.

The Peabody Essex Museum’s collection spans maritime art and history, and includes American, Asian, Oceanic, African, and Asian export art. Its historic Yin Yu Tang is the only complete Qing Dynasty house outside China.

Advance reservations must be received by March 11, 2011. Visit www.unh.edu/moa/events to complete the form and pay by credit card or e-check, or call 2-3713 to register by phone.

For more information, contact the Museum of Art at 603-862-3712, museum.of.art@unh.edu, or visit www.unh.edu/moa.

Important 2010 Flexible Spending Accounts Deadlines

Healthcare (medical/dental/vision) FSA – Eligible expenses can be incurred until March 15, 2011 using your 2010 Healthcare Flexible Spending Account. Claims must be submitted by May 31, 2011. 

Dependent care FSA –Eligible expenses for the 2010 FHA for dependents must have been incurred by Dec. 31, 2010 and claims must be submitted by March 31, 2011.

Any unused funds in these accounts will be forfeited if not used by the deadlines. Claims will not be reimbursed if not submitted by the deadlines.

Claim forms can be found on the Human Resources Website under the “forms” section. 

WageWorks healthcare claim form https://www.wageworks.com/forms/hcpaymeback.pdf.
WageWorks dependent care claim form https://www.wageworks.com/forms/dcpaymeback.pdf
Claim forms can also be found on the WageWorks website https://www.wageworks.com/employee/claim_Forms.htm
Check your FSA balances and track your claims when you register with a user name and password on the FSA administrator site www.wageworks.com.
Contact Human Resources’ benefits representatives, Kristie Camacho at 2-0509 or Sue Nolan at 2-0504, if you need assistance or have any questions.

Retirement Celebration for Janet Campbell March 30

The Office of the Provost invites you to celebrate the career and legacy of research professor, academic administrator and esteemed colleague Janet Campbell Wednesday, March 30, 2011.
Reception and retrospective in the Piscataqua Room, Holloway Commons, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Register for 2011 Theatre and Dance Day Camps Beginning March 1

Registrations begin March 1 for 2011’s theatre and dance day camps for 3 through 12 grade students. The camps offer training by skilled and experienced instructors in creative arts, theatre, movement, production, performance and dance. 

Primary Drama Camp

July 11-15 • Entering grades 3-5  •  8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. • $245
This production is based on the NH Children’s Library 2011 summer reading theme, “One World, Many Stories.” Through drama, music, movement and art, primary students showcase their natural acting impulses. Students of all experience levels are encouraged to enroll. A showcase is performed for families and friends on July 15, at 3p.m. in the Johnson Theatre. Free tickets for the final performance will be available; the total number for each student’s guests is subject to enrollment size. Enrollment: 12-25. Registration is due by June 20.

Junior Acting & Playwriting Camp

July 11-15 • Entering grades 6-8 • 8:30 a.m. -4:30p.m. • $250
The play’s the thing... This is our most creative camp! Students and director explore a central theme and create characters, scenes and situations that make up an original (often hysterical) production. Students create monologues, scenes, even movement and dance to add to the piece.  A performance showcase is presented for families and friends on July 15, at 6 p.m. in the Hennessy Theatre. Free tickets for the final performance will be available; the total number for each student’s guests is subject to enrollment size. Enrollment: 12-16 students. Registration is due by June 20.

Junior Musical Theatre Camp

August 8-19 • 2-week series • Entering grades 6-8 • 8:30a.m. -4:30p.m. • $375
During this 2-week series, students receive musical theatre training in performance and production. The series concludes with a performance of a musical production.  Focus is placed on technique in music, acting, and choreography. Musical theatre classes incorporate character development, movement, choreography, scene study and singing. Students are exposed to the audition process on the first day and everyone is cast as a singer, dancer and/or actor. Students of all experience levels are encouraged to enroll. The final performance is presented for families and friends on Aug.19, at 4p.m. in the Hennessy Theatre. Free tickets for the performance will be available; the total number for each student’s guests is subject to enrollment size. Enrollment: 18-30. Registration is due by July 18.

Advanced Drama Academy

August 8-19 • 2-week series
Entering grades 9-12 • 8:30a.m. -4:30p.m. • $395 for 2 weeks or $200 for 1 week.
This 2-week drama intensive focuses on all aspects of the dramatic arts.  Students will participate in acting, voice, movement, elements of design, stage combat, choreography and audition techniques in small group sessions.  Students may enroll for one or both weeks.  There will be a student showcase on Aug.19 at 7p.m. which will feature selected performances or designs chosen by each student.  Enrollment: 18-30. Registration is due by July 18.

Dance Intensives

July 18-29 • 2-week series • 8:30 a.m.-1:30p.m. • $300
Junior dance intensive • entering grades 5-8
Senior dance intensive • entering grades 9-12
So, we think you can dance! Dancers in grades 5-12 are invited to participate in our popular dance intensive summer series. This unique program, offering an array of dance disciplines and styles, will be taught by skilled dance professionals, including faculty, alumni and students from the acclaimed UNH dance program. For two weeks, students will study many different dance forms and receive 45 hours of inspiring classes, improving their technique in all genres: ballet, lyrical, tap, jazz, hip hop, aerial, contemporary, modern and partnering.  Junior prerequisite:  Formal dance training of 3-5 consecutive years is recommended; beginners with at least one year of dance will also be welcomed. Senior prerequisite:  Formal dance training of 5-8 consecutive years is recommended; more advance dancers and those experienced in stage performance and/or dance competition will also be welcomed. Registration is due by June 27.

Aerial Dance Intensive

July 11-15 • 1-week series • 9 a.m.-11 a.m. • $150
Junior aerial intensive • entering grades 5-8
Senior aerial intensive • entering grades 9-12
For students who wish to explore the exciting genre of aerial arts in depth, this week-long intensive focuses on the technique, vocabulary, safety and the unique structure of aerial dance. Enrollment: 12-20 students.  Registration is due by June 20. 

Enrollment • Cancellations • Refunds:  Registration begins March 1, 2011 and is due three weeks prior to each camp’s start date. Full tuition is due with the registration form. After the registration due date, tuition is nonrefundable. Programs fill quickly and students are often placed on a waiting list; however, in the unlikely event that the minimum enrollment is not met by the registration due date, students will be contacted about camp cancellation and a full refund will be mailed. If the enrollment minimum has been filled by the due date, and the class is not yet full, then students will be enrolled until the first class date, as space allows. After the registration deadline, confirmation and an information packet will be mailed to you.
To register or to request a brochure, call 2-0093 or email c.peabody@unh.edu.

Jazz Series Presents Anat Cohen Quartet April 4

The UNH Traditional Jazz Series concludes its 32nd season with the UNH debut of award-winning clarinetist/ saxophonist Anat Cohen Monday, April 4, at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center.

An established bandleader and prolific composer, idiomatically conversant with modern and traditional jazz, classical music, Brazilian choro, Argentine tango, and an expansive timeline of Afro-Cuban styles, Anat Cohen has established herself as one of the primary voices of her generation on both the tenor saxophone and clarinet since arriving in New York in 1999.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

“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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