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March 9, 2011

Reminder: Offices Moving to Smith Hall

The Admissions Office, Counseling Center, Center for Academic Resources (CFAR), and Disability Services for Students (DSS) will be moving to Smith Hall during the week of March 14.

Faculty: Tell Your Students About Work Study Jobs

The Financial Aid Office is once again preparing for the summer 2011 Federal work-study program.

The work study job request form is available at http://financialaid.unh.edu. Click on 'work study jobs' on the menu bar. Summer work study jobs will be posted in the news section of our home page beginning Monday, April 11, 2011.

Summer 2011 work study dates are Friday, May 20, 2011 to Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011.

The work study pay split will remain at 50 percent federal, 50 percent departmental for FY 2012.

If you have any questions, call the Financial Aid Office at 2-3600 or e-mail beth.cilley@unh.edu

Hockey Tickets Available

Tickets being available for this weekend’s Hockey East quarterfinals. Visit http://unhwildcats.com/sports/mice/2010-11/releases/20110306qijwos.

Annual Dance Company Concert March 30-April 3, 2011

The UNH Dance Company will present their annual dance concert featuring ballet, jazz, tap and aerial dance March 30 -April 2 at 7 p.m. and April 3 at 2 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre.

Several pieces were choreographed by UNH’s director of dance, professor C. Laurence Robertson. Robertson, embracing the “Arts for Life” celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Paul Creative Arts Center, collaborated with faculty from the department of music. Professor David Ripley wrote three songs that inspired Robertson’s choreography. “Dance Everlasting,” “Turning up Stones,” and the signature piece, “Wounded Dove,” a tribute to the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Also featured are piano accompaniments by department of music professors Christopher and Arlene Kies. The second act offers a rendition of “The Wizard of Oz,” conceived of and choreographed by professor of dance, Gay Nardone.

A special youth production of “The Wizard of Oz” will be presented Saturday, April 2 at 2 p.m. The audience is encouraged to come dressed as their favorite character. The dancers will be available after the show to meet the audience in the theatre lobby and pose for pictures.  The ballet pieces will not be performed at the Saturday matinee.

This season’s dance concert is an “Arts for Life” featured event.  “Arts for Life” is a year-long initiative celebrating 50 years of creativity in the Paul Creative Arts Center. Visit unh.edu/pcac for a list of all of the “Arts for Life” featured events.

For tickets, contact the MUB ticket office, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., at 2-2290 or online at www.unhmub.com/ticket. Tickets are $7 for youth 12 and under, $10.50 for students, seniors, UNH ID holders and groups of 15 or more and $12.50 for general admission. The box office opens one hour prior to curtain in the lobby at the Paul Creative Arts Center.  For more information, and show times, call the theatre and dance office at 2-2919, or visit www.unh.edu/theatre-dance.

Quartet New Generation to Perform April 8

The Celebrity Series will present Quartet New Generation featuring Susanne Fröhlich, Andrea Guttmann, Hannah Pape, Heide Schwarz on recorders Friday, April 8, at 7 p.m. in the Paul Creative Arts Center’s Johnson Theatre. Tickets are available at www.unhmub.com/ticket or by calling 2-2290, Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hailed as “Four Recorder Virtuosos” by The New York Times, and “mind-blowing” by the Los Angeles Times, Quartet New Generation took top honours at the 2004 Concert Artists Guild International Competition and German renowned competition Deutscher Musikwettbewerb. 

The group has attracted broad and enthusiastic audiences throughout Europe, North and South America, Japan, Southeast Asia and the United States.

Quartet New Generation was founded in September 1998 at the Amsterdam Conservatoire and the University of Arts, Berlin.  The collective was also awarded the top prizes at the International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition for Contemporary Music in the Netherlands; the International Chamber Music Competition for Contemporary Music in Poland; and the ‘13ème Concours International de Musique de Chambre’ in France.

Tickets, priced at $30 general admission and $10 for youth.Contact the MUB ticket office, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., at 2-2290 or online at www.unhmub.com/ticket.  The box office opens one hour prior to curtain in the lobby at the Paul Creative Arts Center.  For more information, and show times, call the theatre and dance office at 2-2919, or visit www.unh.edu/theatre-dance.

April Concerts

The music department will present the following free concerts in April.

April 15 and 16: The UNH opera workshop presents Benjamin Britten’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” under the direction of David Ripley and accompanied by pianist Elizabeth Blood in the Bratton Recital Hall of the Paul Creative Arts Center at 8 p.m.

April 19: An evening of jazz piano by students of Mark Shilansky takes place at 8 p.m. in the Bratton Recital Hall of the Paul Creative Arts Center.

April 28:  The UNH Student Jazz Combos will present a concert at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center. Mark Shilansky and David Newsam coach these talented students of jazz.

April 29: UNH student composers concert Friday, at 8 p.m. in Bratton Recital Hall of the Paul Creative Arts Center.

For more information, call the music department at 2-2404 or visit www.unh.edu/music.

The Center for Cultural Citizenship Announces its Spring Lecture Series:

MARCH 22, 4 – 5:30 PM – MUB Theatre I
Anannya Bhattacharjee
Founder, Society for Labour and Development
President, Garment and Allied Workers Union (India)
“Migration, Culture and Labor:  Movement Building in a Globalized World”

MARCH 24, 4-5:30 PM -  MUB Theatre I
Thomas McCarthy
Professor emeritus of philosophy, Northwestern University
“Liberal Universalism and the Dilemma of Development”

APRIL 12, 4 – 5:30 – MUB Theatre I
Thomas Streeter
Professor of sociology, University of Vermont
“From James March to Computers in Backpacks:  Romanticism in the 21st Century”

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

 

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 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.
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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