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October 26, 2011

Nominations Sought by Oct. 31 for Commencement Speakers and Award Recipients
Nominations for commencement speakers, honorary degree recipients and Granite State Award recipients are being accepted until Oct.31. Click here for the online nominations form.

Innovative Catalyst Seminar Series Oct. 27
The Innovative Catalyst Seminar Series presents “Dilutive Capital for Small Businesses– Venture Funding and the NH-ICC” Thursday, Oct. 27 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in MUB Theater 1.

Guest speakers include Mark Galvin, managing director, NH-ICC; Jesse Devitte, co-founder, Borealis Ventures; and Pete Tchoryk, CEO, Michigan Aerospace Corp. The public is invited.

Read more information at http://www.unh.edu/research/innovation-catalyst-seminar-series.

Aquila Theatre Performs “The Importance of Being Earnest” Nov. 17

The Celebrity Series continues the 2011-2012 season with a performance of “The Importance of Being Earnest” Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center.

Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”is a perennial audience favorite, a play that overflows with razor sharp wit, sublime elegance and dizzy romantic comedy. The Aquila New York production has proved to be one of the company’s most popular shows.

Tickets are available at www.unhmub.com/ticket, or by calling the MUB box office or by calling 2-2290 when the university is in session.

Urgent Security Notice to iPad2 Users
Due to a severe security vulnerability, UNH IT is strongly recommending all iPad2 users, regardless of operating system version, turn off the Cover Lock/Unlock feature.  Instructions to do so and more information can be found here.

Lectures from Center for the Humanities
Thursday, Oct. 27 at 4 p.m., MUB Theater II, lecture by professor Thomas Streeter, University of Vermont. “From James Marsh to Computers in Backpacks”, Center for Cultural Citizenship. Contact: Melissa.Deem@unh.edu.

Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 4:30 p.m., MUB 203, Charlotte Witt’s Faculty Fellows Lecture, “Family Relations:  What Kind of Relations Structure Families?” For more information visit

Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m., MUB 237, Marla Brettschneider’s Faculty Fellows Lecture, “Jamaica Kincaid and Diaspora Theorizing.” For more information visit www.unh.edu/humanities-center.

Thursday, November 17, 4 p.m., Hamilton Smith 101, professor Robert Markley, University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign, “How very wonderful the operations of time: The Unsustainable Countryside in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park." Sponsored by the UNH 18th Century Interdisciplinary Seminar.  For more information visit www.unh.edu/humanities-center.
Contact: Sean.Moore@unh.edu.

15th Annual Kimball Lecture Features Judy Sharkey Oct. 28
The 15th Annual Kimball Lecture, sponsored by the department of education, takes place Friday, Oct. 28, at 3:30 p.m. in Murkland Hall’s Richards Auditorium. Judy Sharkey, associate professor of education, will give the talk “Community-based Pedagogies: Projects and Possibilities in Colombia and the United States.”  A reception follows in the dean’s office, COLA.

Author Kevin Brockmeier on Campus Nov. 3
The 2011-2012 Writers Series presents Kevin Brockmeier: Thursday, Nov. 3, at 5 p.m., MUB Theater 1. Brockmeier is the author of the novels “The Illumination”The Brief History of the Dead” and “The Truth About Celia”; the children's novels “City of Names” and “Grooves: A Kind of Mystery”; and the story collections “Things That Fall from the Sky” and “The View from the Seventh Layer.” His work has been translated into 16 languages, and his stories have appeared in “The New Yorker”,The Georgia Review”,McSweeney's”, Zoetrope”, “Tin House”, “The Oxford American”, and “The Best American Short Stories”. Recently he was named one of Grantamagazine's Best Young American Novelists. Sponsored by the English department.

Open Enrollment Oct. 24 - Nov. 4
2012 USNH benefits open enrollment is Oct. 24 through Nov. 4; online at http://MyUSNHBenefits.net.

Chekhov’s "Three Sisters" Nov. 2- 6
The department of theatre and dance presents Chekhov’s "Three Sisters," Nov. 2–5 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. in the Johnson Theater. Directed by professor David Richman; set design by professor Szu-Feng Chen; costume design by guest artist Jan McCauley; and lighting design by guest artist Lih-Hwa Yu. 

Tickets are $10.50 for 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 or to learn about season subscription offerings at a discount, call 2-2919, or visit www.unh.edu/theatre-dance.

November Concerts
The music department presents the following free concerts during November:

Nov. 6: The Faculty Concert Series with clarinetist Elizabeth Gunlogson and pianist Arlene Kies Sunday, Nov. 6, at 3 p.m. in the Bratton Recital Hall. The program will include “Arabesques” by Paul Jeanjean, “Eternal Garden” by David Maslanka; “Ballade” by Eugene Bozza and “Lied”by Francois Rasse.

Nov. 9: The UNH Chamber Singers, under the direction of William Kempster, Wednesday, Nov. at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theater.

Nov. 15: The UNH Student Jazz Combos coached by Mark Shilansky and David Newsam, Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre.

Nov. 12: The UNH Opera Workshop, under the direction of David Ripley, presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado” Saturday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 13 at 3 p.m. in the Bratton Recital Hall.

Nov. 19: The Faculty Concert Series presents pianist Arlene Kies on Saturday evening, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre. The program will include Schubert’s C Minor Sonata, Op. Posth, Sonata in C# Minor by Carlos Guastavino, and Three Birthday Rags by Christopher Kies. \

Nov. 30: A concert of jazz piano by students of Mark Shilansky takes place Wednesday Nov. 30, at 8 p.m. in the Bratton Recital Hall.

The concerts are free and open to the public.  For more information, call 2-2404 or visit www.unh.edu/music.

Sarah Stitzlein Lecture on Dissent Oct. 27
Sarah Stitzlein, assistant professor of education, will present “Tea Parties for Students! Students and the Right to Dissent” Thursday, Oct. 27 from 12:40 p.m. – 2 p.m. in MUB 237 as part of the 2011 Faculty Fellows Lecture Series. Hosted by the Center for the Humanities. Visit www.unh.edu/humanities-center or contact mj.alibrio@unh.edu (2-4356) for more information.

State-of-the-Art Lecture Series Begins Oct. 27
The 2011-2012 State-of-the-Art Lecture Series begins Thursday, Oct. 27, with psychology professor Robert Mair, chairman of the psychology department, who will present “The Neuroscience of Memory” from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Holloway Commons. The event will begin with light refreshments and end with a time for conversation and questions.
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Humanities Program and the Faculty Senate.

Theatre and Dance to Host Free “Spooky Stories” Event Oct. 27
Looking for some Halloween fun for the little ones? Don’t miss an evening of (not so) spooky stories, puppetry and Halloween treats at this year’s Spooky Stories event Thursday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Hennessy Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center.

Spooky Stories is free to the public. Space is limited, and reservations must be made in advance at www.unh.edu/theatre-dance.  If you have not made a reservation, admittance will be on a space available basis. Although all are welcome, the evening is geared toward children pre-school to grade 3.

Homecoming Weekend is Oct. 28-30; Register Now For 5K Road Race
Mark your calendar for Homecoming: Friday, Oct. 28 through Sunday, Oct. 30. The weekend features something for everyone, including men’s hockey games Friday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. against ECAC champion Union College and Saturday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. against Hockey East rival Northeastern University.

The Homecoming 5K road race begins at 9 a.m. on Main Street in front of the Field House. T-shirts for the first 300 registered runners. Prizes, refreshments, and a certified race course with results from Granite State Race Services; $12 before Oct. 26 and $15 afterward. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Whittemore Center lobby. Printable registration at http://campusrec.unh.edu. Contact Linda Hayden (linda.hayden@unh.edu) with questions. Organized by Campus Recreation.

At noon, head to the football match against the University of Rhode Island. On Sunday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m. volleyball faces America East foe Providence College.

A complete schedule of Homecoming events, including individual college celebrations and spirit activities like Wildcat Colors Day and the parade will be posted at www.alumni.unh.edu/keep/homecoming.

Alumni Achievement Awards Ceremony Oct. 28
Nancy Kinner will receive the Award of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement at the Alumni Achievement Awards Ceremony Friday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. in the Huddleston Ballroom.

The event recognizes UNH alumni who have made significant contributions to the Alumni Association, the university, and society as a whole. The $25 per person fee includes a buffet dinner (cash bar). Parking is available in Lot C. RSVP by Friday, Oct.14.

Other award recipients include Craig Abbott '70, Marianne Gaspary '79, Bill Jackson '75, and Brad Thompson '68, receiving the Alumni Meritorious Service Award; Paul Bamford '75 and  J. Gregg Sanborn '66, '77G, receiving the Profile of Service Award and Tito Jackson '99, receiving the Young Alumnus Achievement Award.

UNH Employee-Student Admissions Information Session
The Admissions Office will hold an information session for UNH employees and their children who are considering applying to UNH Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 7-8:30 p.m. in MUB Theatre I.

The program is designed for families with students who are either high school juniors or seniors and those who might be transfer applicants. The information session will provide a brief presentation about UNH, an overview of the admissions process, and an opportunity for discussion.

November Self Defense Classes for Women
Campus Recreation and the UNH Police Department are offering R.A.D self defenses classes for women on three Sundays in November from noon to 4 p.m. at the Hamel Recreation Center. Attendance is required at all three classes, which will be taught by UNH police officers.

Classes take place Nov. 6, 13 and 20. The Nov. 6 class will be in the Hamel Recreation Center classroom while the two remaining classes will be in the studio.

The R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) System is a national program of self-defense tactics and techniques for women only. The goal of R.A.D. is to provide realistic self-defense options, regardless of a woman’s level of physical conditioning.  R.A.D. is not a martial arts program, nor does it require athletic ability to succeed. The R.A.D. system offers the knowledge to help women make an educated decision about personal defense.  For more information about R.A.D., visit http://rad-systems.com.

Participants should dress comfortably and be prepared to move during each session. 

Registrations will be taken at the front desk of the Recreation Center on a first come, first served basis.  Limited to 20 participants. Call Campus Recreation at 2-2031 or the UNH Police Department at 2-1427 for more information. Check http://campusrec.unh.edu for more programs. To register, go to www.unh.edu/admissions/register/unhgis.

Faculty Concert Series Presents Jazz Pianist Mark Shilansky Nov. 8
The Faculty Concert Series presents jazz pianist Mark Shilansky Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center. A UNH graduate, Shilansky ‘92, has performed and/or recorded with such artists as the New York Voices, Luciana Souza, Kenny Wheeler, Lisa Thorson, Jerry Bergonzi, Patrice Williamson, Rebecca Parris, and the vocal jazz group Syncopation.

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

It Pays to be Healthy-$50 Gift Card: Just Fill Out the Questionnaire
Benefits-eligible UNH faculty and staff can earn a $50 gift card just for filling out a USNH HR-sponsored health questionnaire, Health Questionnaire (HQ), by Oct. 31. USNH Harvard Pilgrim subscribers will need an HPHConnect for Members account to participate. Visit www.harvardpilgrim.org/usnh to set up an account if you don’t already have one. Click on the health questionnaire link at the bottom of the HPHConnect for Members home page. 

USNH benefits-eligible employees not covered by a Harvard Pilgrim plan can Log in using the username/password that was included in a letter mailed to your home address.  If you need assistance e-mail or call 877-814-9909.

Cards awarded to USNH faculty and staff are considered income and are subject to withholding - regardless of amount.

Hike Before Yoga Nov. 19
Campus Recreation is offering a hike Nov. 19 followed by a yoga class for $5 per person. Sign up at the Recreation Center front desk for one or both. Rain or shine.

Tuition Benefits Apply for Professional Development and Training Workshops
Benefits-eligible employees can use their noncredit tuition benefits for one-day workshops at Pease, Manchester, or in Durham. Choose from more than 100 one-day workshops this fall offered by UNH Professional Development & Training.

Topics are offered in management and supervision, HR, project management, career coaching, desktop publishing, web design, computer applications, teaching and school administration, counseling and social work, soil science, land surveying, engineering management, grant writing, and more. For all fall offerings, go to: http://www.learn.unh.edu/pcw
(Note: tuition benefits not applicable to online offerings.)

TEDxUNH Discussions
A yearlong discussion series featuring UNH faculty and staff sharing their ideas on leadership kicks off Sept. 27. TEDxUNH, open to faculty, staff and students, will take place biweekly on Tuesdays from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in MUB, room 321. Sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership.

Nov. 8: The Tribes We Lead, Seth Godin, Catherine Blake, marketing lecturer, and president, Sales Protocol Intl.

Nov. 22: The “Genius” in All of Us, Elizabeth Gilbert, Beth Wallace, residence hall director

Dec. 6: Inspiring Action, Simon Sinek, Ben Sturgill, advisor, InterVarsity Christian Fellowships

Feb. 7, 2012: Believing in Your Vision, Caroline Casey, Julia Pond, residence hall director

Feb. 21: Passion, Benjamin Zander, Cari Moorhead, associate dean of the Graduate School

March 6: Self-Motivation, Tony Robbins, Kristin Carpenter, assistant director, Residence Life

March 27: The Power of Silence, John Francis, Sara Pope, coordinator of student organizations and leadership programs

April 10: Embracing Transparency, Morgan Spurlock, Dave Zamansky, assistant director, MUB 

April 24: Vulnerability and Connection, Brené Brown, Karen Gilbert, assistant to vice president for Student and Academic Services

Operating Staff Council Seeks Nominations for 2012
The UNH/UNHM Operating Staff Council is seeking nominations for its 2012 membership.  The election will take place on Wednesday Dec. 14, 2011. 

The Operating Staff Council is comprised of 17 voting members. Fourteen of these members represent individual districts generally apportioned according to Business Service Centers.  Three others will be members at large.

You must be at least a 75% time status employee and have been employed by the University System for at least 6 months.  You do NOT need to work in a particular district to represent it.

Meetings are on the second Wednesday of each month from 1:00-2:30 PM.  This service is covered by work release – you do NOT have to use Earned Time.

If interested contact Slava Bruder (Vice-Chair of the Operating Staff Council), Monique Couillard (Chair of the Operating Staff Council) or Laurrie Anne Malizia (OS Council Rep District 4) by Nov. 1, 2011.

Carsey Institute Fall 2011 Brown Bag Lunch Seminar   
The Carsey Institute's Brown Bag Seminar Series provides a forum for UNH researchers and faculty to share their work with Carsey researchers, and interested faculty and graduate students. The sessions will be held in room 334/336 in the MUB from noon to 1 pm.  

Attendees are invited to bring their lunch to the 30-minute presentations, to be followed by time for questions and discussion.

Michele Dillon
Michele Dillon

Nov. 9, 2011
Michele Dillon, professor of sociology
UNH Department of Sociology

Social Capital: A Two-Edged Sword in Rural America
Local community institutions, organizations, and attachments are rich resources in the fabric of community life. They are not necessarily conducive, however, to fostering the inter-community cooperation increasingly necessary for rural economic viability. My research in Coos County (NH) indicates that, if purposefully harnessed, local community civic resources can be used to bridge inter-community divisions and implement regionalized economic strategies that are beneficial to local communities and the region as a whole.

Meditate Your Way to Wellness
Meditate Your Way to Wellness (guided meditation), Tuesdays, 12:45 -1:15 p.m., MUB Room, 340 http://www.unh.edu/health-services/ohep/meditation.html

Drop-In Yoga Classes Offered Tuesdays and Thursdays
In collaboration with Healthy UNH and Campus Recreation, Human Resources is now sponsoring two drop-in yoga classes a week for faculty and staff. 

Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays Sept. 13-Dec.15 from noon to 1 p.m.in the MUB’s Wildcat Den. Tuesday sessions will be led by staff member Lee Calderone and Thursday sessions will be led by student Camie Wade. Wade has been a practitioner of Ashtanga yoga for more than six years. Caldrone has been a yoga instructor for the past 8 years teaching both Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga. 

Both classes are open to all levels. Cost:  $5 drop-in fee for each session. Cash or checks only. Harvard Pilgrim subscribers can obtain a receipt for each session to be reimbursed via Harvard Pilgram’s Wellness Connection, up to $200 per calendar year.

Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing.  A few mats may be provided.  Plan on arriving  to class promptly so it can begin on time and the instructor can complete a full 50- minute session.

Celebrity Series Announces 2011-2012 Season
The UNH Celebrity Series is proud to announce its 2011-2012 season, providing a rich, rewarding cultural experience for students, faculty, staff and the greater community by presenting guest artists whose work reflects outstanding cultural merit in music, theatre, and dance. 

All performances take place at 7 p.m. in the Paul Creative Arts Center’s Johnson Theatre. 

Nov. 17: The Aquila Theatre offers a delightful and tantalizing production of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” promising to overflow with humor, elegance and romantic comedy.  Since its first performance on Feb.14, 1895, Wilde's masterpiece has become a respected piece of literature and has delighted audiences with its wit and wisdom.

Feb. 6, 2012: Teatro Lirico D’Europa will perform Giuseppe Verdi’s three act Opera, “Rigoletto,” a fully staged production with live orchestra and English supertitles. A story of love, betrayal, revenge and tragic irony, “Rigoletto” marked the turning point of Verdi’s masterful transformation of Italian opera.  Music and action are perfectly integrated; each character maintains a complex individuality, even as the music weaves to its dramatic conclusion.

Feb. 18: Internationally recognized cellist Dmitry Kouzov has performed with orchestras and in recitals throughout his native Russia and on five continents.  He will be joined by pianist Peter Laul.  Kouzov and Laul have been performing together since they were 12 years old. Pieces for this performance include Schumann's “Adagio & Allegro, Beethoven's “Sonata #4,” Debussy's “Sonata” and “Sonata” by Rachmaninoff.

March 3:  Cordis Quartet has been redefining contemporary chamber music by fusing an original combination of custom-made and traditional ethnic instruments to create their signature sound. Although the ensemble is built upon cello (Jeremy Harman), concert cimbalom (Richard Grimes), piano (Dan Padgett), and percussion (Andrew Beall), one-of-a-kind creations such as the electric mbira, melodica, and the world’s longest playing cylinder-driven music box also have a way of weaving their way into any given performance. 

April 11: The Takács Quartet returns to campus. One of the world’s outstanding string quartets, Takács plays with a virtuosic technique, intense immediacy and consistently burnished tone. Based in Boulder, Colorado, the Takács Quartet has been in residence at the University of Colorado since 1983.  Pieces for this program include Janacek “Quartet No. 2,” Britten“Quartet No. 3,” and RavelQuartet.”

Tickets can be purchased online at www.unhmub.com/ticket or www.unh.edu/celebrity, with an order form from the brochure, or by calling the MUB box office at 2-2290 when the university is in session.

Use Your Tuition Benefits
Benefits-eligible employees can use tuition benefits towards the cost of seminars and conferences as well as other noncredit offerings (except online offerings) sponsored by UNH Professional Development & Training in Portsmouth, Manchester, and Durham. You must submit a tuition waiver form with your registration.

View all upcoming offerings from UNH Professional Development & Training at www.learn.unh.edu/pcw.

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 Advocate will 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. Visit the SHARPP website for more information.

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

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.

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.)

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.