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May 4, 2011

Retirement Celebration for Counseling Center Employees May 12

Come celebrate the retirement of Dr. Thomas Dubois and Dr. Edie Posselt Thursday, May 12, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Elliott Alumni Center, 1925 Room. Both are retiring this year from the Counseling Center. All welcome.

RSVP to Stephanie Higgs at shiggs@cisunix.unh.edu or 2-2092.

Retirement Celebration for Bridget Curtis May 17

An open house reception honoring Bridget Curtis, RN, coordinator of nursing services, on her retirement after 25 years at UNH Health Services, will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 3 – 4:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor conference room at Health Services.  All welcome.

Take Transportation Survey and be Entered to Win an iPad2

Faculty and staff are being asked to take the 2011 UNH Transportation Survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/UNHtransportation2011.  In return for your participation, you will be entered into a drawing to win a new iPad 2 or $50 ZipCar credits.

The survey will be used to help UNH improve transportation services and assess and promote alternative/sustainable transportation for the campus. It takes just 15 minutes to complete. The results will be reported in the 2011 UNH transportation report.

If you have questions about the survey, contact Professor Tat Fu (tat.fu@unh.edu).

Retirement Celebration May 13 for Sheila McCurdy and Chris Sohl

The Center for International Education and Honors Department will host a retirement reception for Sheila McCurdy and Chris Sohl Friday, May 13,from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Piscataqua Room of Holloway Commons. All welcome.

2011 Defer Pay Deadline Aug. 8  

Each year, academic year faculty and flex-time exempt status employees (PAT) who are in continuing status appointments (per HR policy F.10.22), can elect to receive their payment between the dates of their appointment or spread (defer pay) them out during a 12 month period (26 biweekly payments). New appointments are set up to pay between the dates of the appointment year and will continue as such until the employee elects otherwise. If the employee makes no election, payment will occur during the dates of their appointment year.

The election of the payment choice requires the completion of the USNH defer pay selection/change form.  If you are not making a change to your current payment choice, there is nothing you need to do.  If you are making a change, you will need to complete the USNH defer pay selection/change form and return it to the Office of Human Resources, 2 Leavitt Lane, by noon, Aug.8, 2011. Any form received after the deadline will not be accepted. Download the form.

Government regulations do not permit an individual to change the election once the payment year has begun.

Two options exist to assist an employee to prepare for the nonwork summer period.

  • An employee may receive their pay during the appointment period and use a self-directed fixed direct deposit allotment of their choosing to a savings account. This allows the employee to self-manage their money, making the amount that has been set aside available for them to use during the summer months.  This is the method recommend by USNH as it provides payment while the work is being performed, retains control and access to saved monies in an account of the employee’s choosing, and allows the employee to have access to their saved money.

  • Another option available would be to use Banner-HR “defer” pay method. This option would defer a portion of pay to a non-interest earning account and used for payment during the summer payout period.  This option does not provide flexibility as the deferred salary is not available to the employee, no matter the situation or need to have access sooner.

Questions may be directed to the payroll office at 2-1400 or Human Resources at 2-0500.

WeightWatchers at Work Info Session May 5

An information and registration session for WeightWatchers at Work will be held Thursday, May 5 at noon in the Dimond Library, room 537. Come learn about new PointsPlus WeightWatchers @Work program. and meet your facilitator, Kim Towlun.

Weekly meetings will take place Thursdays, May. 12 – July 28, noon to 12:45 p.m. All meetings except for June 23 will be in the MUB but the room changes so check the HR Training and Events Calendar, the MUB information desk or the list posted on the wall next to the MUB information desk for the location each week.

Join anytime during the series; rates will be prorated.  Open to all UNH employees.

Did you know that WeightWatchers is one of many covered health/wellness education programs for USNH Harvard Pilgrim members that can reimburse you up to $200 per calendar year. The list of approved Health Education classes is available for review.

Third Annual UNH Master of Fine Arts Invitational Exhibit Through May 20

Twenty artists from across the country are featured in the Third Annual UNH Master of Fine Arts Invitational Exhibition at the University Museum in the Dimond Library, April 22 - May 20.

Current MFA degree candidates invited artists who have played an influential role in their lives to send one or two works to be included in the exhibition. The MFA candidates and their guests, which include teachers, friends, colleagues, and a father of one of the students, are displayed together to visually illustrate the artistic relationship, be it as mentor or friend. Works on display are paintings in acrylic, oil, egg tempera, and watercolor, as well as works on paper.

MFA candidates Nicole Weber, Mark Soderling, Youngsheen Ahn Jhe are graduating this May and are featured in the 2011 M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition April 16 - May 20, 2011 at the UNH Museum of Art; Lennie Mullaney, Liz Wilson, Jesse James, and Clara Coleman are completing their first year in the MFA program.

The University Museum is on level one of the library and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and Sat. noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call 2-1081.

Faculty: Attend Honors Convocation and Commencement

Honors Convocation takes place Friday, May 20 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (faculty assemble at 3:15 for 3:30 procession) at the Whittemore Center Arena. Commencement is Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (faculty assemble at 9:15 for 9:45 procession) on Memorial Field in front of the Whittemore Center.

These ceremonies celebrate the culmination of achievement for your students whose education and lives you have helped shape during their time here at UNH. Your attendance sends a strong message to the students that you support them and are proud of their accomplishments.

All faculty, from all schools and colleges, full-time, part-time, adjunct, lecturer, emeriti, are invited and encouraged to participate in these ceremonies.

Faculty planning to attend should register.

New Hampshire Youth Band and the UNH Symphonic Band May 5

The New Hampshire Youth Band and the UNH Symphonic Band, under the direction of Nicholas Orovich, will perform in concert Thursday, May 5, at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre.

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.     

Free Hearing Screenings May 11

In recognition of May is Better Speech and Hearing Month, the communication sciences and disorders department will offer free hearing screenings Wednesday, May 11, from     9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Hewitt Hall, first floor.

Screenings will be conducted by CSD graduate students and will take approximately 15 -20 minutes.  Call 2-2110 to reserve a time slot. Walk-ins are welcome but only reserved appointments can be guaranteed. The hearing screenings are open to UNH community and public (3 years or older).

Build a Boat in a Weekend with Marine Docents

The UNH Marine Docents are holding their annual build-a-boat-in-a-weekend workshop May 13-15 at Kingman Farm in Madbury. Each family must include at least one child age 12 or older. Applications are due May 1. For more information visit http://extension.unh.edu/news/2011/04/build_a_sailboat_with_your_fam.html or call  Mark Wiley at the Marine Docent office, (603) 749-1565, (Mark.Wiley@UNH.edu) or program director Ray Belles, (603) 868-7180, (ORFARM@comcast.net).

Memories! There’s an App For That

UNH has a new Facebook App, UNH for U. The app allows users to browse yearbooks, tag photos with comments or names. 

Check it out at:

Look for the app in the left column below the photo.

May Concerts

The department of music presents the UNH Jazz Bands, Wednesday, May 4, at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre. David Seiler directs two fabulous jazz bands.

The Symphony Orchestra presents the UNH Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of David Upham Friday, May 6, 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 www.unh.edu/music.     

May 2011 Ethical and Responsible Conduct of Research Training

The UNH Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarly Activity (RCR) Committee announces the availability of training in the ethical and responsible conduct of research.

The training involves completion of Web-based RCR instructional modules (available at http://www.unh.edu/rcr) and participation in a seminar Wednesday, May 11, from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the MUB, 330/332.   

Modules must have been completed prior to the seminar. Successful completion of the training requires completion of both components.

This training is open to any member of the UNH community. While it is primarily directed at postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and undergraduate students, faculty and staff are invited to participate.

The training will fulfill the new National Science Foundation (NSF) mandate that all postdoctoral researchers, and undergraduate and graduate students supported by NSF to conduct research on proposals submitted on or after Jan. 4, 2010 receive appropriate training in the ethical and responsible conduct of research.  (This training may be completed up to six months prior to employment on an eligible NSF grant.)

Interested individuals must register for the training by Wednesday, April 27.  Complete the registration form and email it to julie.simpson@unh.edu by the deadline. 

For more information, contact Julie Simpson in Research Integrity Services at 2-2003, or Thomas Pistole in the molecular, cellular, and biomedical sciences department at 2-0111.  

Annual Staff Recognition Program May 6

The annual UNH staff recognition program for Operating Staff (OS), Professional, Administrative and Technical (PAT), and Extension Educator (EE) staff will take place Friday, May 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the MUB Granite State Room.

President Mark Huddleston and university council chairs Monique Couillard (OS), Rachel Feeney (PAT), and Julia Peterson and Chuck Hersey (EE co-chairs) will host the 265 staff members being honored for a total of 4,765 years of service to UNH.  Years of service accumulated by May 31, 2011 are used to calculate awards.  The list of staff being recognized for 2011 is available at http://www.unh.edu/hr .

The 2011 Presidential Award of Excellence winners also will be announced during this event.  To review previous year’s winners visit:  www.unh.edu/staffexcellence.

The annual Staff Recognition Program is open to the entire university community. Contact Heather Hughes, Human Resources, at 2-0544 for additional information.  

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.

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

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

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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