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March 23, 2011

New Hampshire International Seminar March 24

Julie Bryce, associate professor, department of Earth  sciences, will present "Snapshots of Carbonated Deep Earth: Geochemical Adventures in Italy, Africa and France" Thursday, March 24 from 12:40 p.m. to 2 p.m. in  MUB Theater II.

Sponsored by the Center for International Education. For more information visit
http://www.unh.edu/cie/nhis/index.html

Greenhouse Open House March 25 – 26

Usher in spring with a visit to the Macfarlane greenhouses during the annual open house Friday and Saturday, March 25 and 26. This year's event will again provide displays and plenty of information to help chase away winter blues and welcome spring. The greenhouses will be open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. both days. For more information call 2-3200 or visit www.thompsonschool.unh.edu/events.

Check Your Health Numbers: Sign Up For Healthy Returns

Check your blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and body mass index with Healthy Returns, the program for benefits-eligible employees that aids in adopting and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

New participants and those who completed both sessions in 2010 will receive a $25 Visa gift card. Those who attended the fall sessions will receive a $10 gift card or a $25 Visa gift card for participating and reaching one goal or a $50 gift card for participating and reaching two goals.

To sign up visit: https://www.harvardpilgrim.org/portal/page?_pageid=213,235236&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL.  

Nominations for the 2011 Presidential Award of Excellence by March 25

Nominations for the 2011 Presidential Award of Excellence (PAE) for UNH staff are being accepted now through March 25 at http://www.nominations.unh.edu/. Each year five staff members are recognized for outstanding service and commitment to the university.

Detailed information about the annual PAE and other staff recognition awards, including past recipients, is available for review at http://www.unh.edu/staffexcellence/.
Consider nominating a staff member (OS, PAT, or EE with at least 3 years  service) that you feel demonstrates excellence through outstanding performance in their position and a record of dedication to, and a concern for the university community.

Questions? Contact Chris VanHorn at 2-0519.

Faculty: Special Grade Reports Due March 25

Note to faculty with students who have outstanding fall 2010 incomplete grades in 400 through 700 level courses:  Special grade reports resolving fall 2010 IC grades are due in the Registrar’s Office by Friday, March 25, 2011.

Retirement Celebration for Judith McKenney March 30

Come honor Judith McKenney for her many years of service to the university community on Wednesday, March 30, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., in the conference room in the Registrar’s Office, room 128EA, Stoke Hall. 

Memorial Service for Pedro de Alba April 6

A memorial service for civil engineering professor Pedro de Alba will be held on Wednesday, April 6, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Huddleston Hall. Check the memorial page (www.dealbamemorial.com) for further updates.

Concert April 27

The UNH Concert Band, under the direction of Casey Goodwin, and the UNH Wind Symphony, under the direction of Andrew Boysen, will perform works by, among others, Holst, Bach, Boysen Wednesday, April 27, at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center.

Concerto competition winner Adam Gallant will perform the third movement of Kent Kennan’s Sonata for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble. Two pieces on the program will be conducted by graduate students Brian Starck and Sean Giardino.

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

Applications Available for 2011 University Community Scholarship Fund

Through generous donations from members of the UNH community, the 12th University Community Scholarship will be awarded in April. This year’s award is approximately $4,800. The size of the endowment that supports the scholarship is now $130,200.

This scholarship, which reflects the commitment and dedication of all members of the university community, will be awarded to UNH-Durham or UNH-Manchester students. This is your opportunity to nominate a deserving undergraduate or graduate student or, if you are a student, apply for the scholarship award. (Download the application here: unh.edu/ucsf.)

Awards are based on academic merit and community involvement. The selection committee is particularly interested in community involvement beyond paid employment and efforts on behalf of academic requirements. The award may be renewed for up to four years; however, the student must re-apply each year. The selection committee includes a faculty member, a PAT staff member, an OS staff member, an Extension Educator and a principal administrator.

Gifts to the fund may be sent via campus or U.S. mail to the University Community Scholarship Fund, c/o UNH Foundation, Elliott Alumni Center, 9 Edgewood Road, Durham, NH, 03824-1987.
Questions may be directed to the scholarship fund chair, Terri Winters, at 2-4639, or scholarship selection committee chair Holly Young at 2-1564.

“The Passion According to St. John” April 24

The UNH Concert Choir, under the direction of William Kempster, will perform J.S. Bach’s “The Passion According to St. John” Sunday, April 24 at 3 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center. Tickets will be available at the door. The cost is $25 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.For more information, call the music department at 2-2404, or visit www.unh.edu/music.    

N.H. Sea Grant To Be Evaluated

N.H. Sea Grant will be evaluated by an external site review team April 19 and April 20. For more information on Sea Grant go to  http://www.seagrant.unh.edu/index.html.

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

 

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 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”

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:

PACES training:

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

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

Affirmative Action & Equity Office Webinar on Changes to the ADA

Affirmative Action & Equity Office is sponsoring a Webinar 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:

Session 7 rescheduled: Session 7 of ADA: The Next Generation (Specialized Rooms, Space and Elements Includes Residential and Recreational), previously scheduled for Wednesday, April 13, has been rescheduled to Wednesday, April 20, 1 p.m.in MUB Theatre I.  Please mark your calendar.

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.

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.

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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