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April 4, 2012

“Precious Knowledge” Documentary Airs April 11
The Center for the Humanities is sponsoring a screening/discussion of “Precious Knowledge,” an acclaimed documentary about the banning of Tucson's famous Mexican-American studies program. 

The film will show Wednesday, April 11, at noon in MUB Theater 1, and is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact ssenier@unh.edu, or visit unhcrgs.weebly.com.

WSBE Bake Sale for Relay For Life
The Whittemore School of Business faculty and staff will hold a bake sale April 16-20 to benefit Relay for Life with all proceeds going to the WSBE Relay for Life Team. Help support The American Cancer Society; Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 11 a.m. to 1p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday, noon to 2 p.m. in the first floor lobby of McConnell Hall.

Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity Talk at UNH Manchester April 18
The politics and society program at UNH Manchester will host a presentation titled, “Ending Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity” on Wednesday, April 18 at 11:30 a.m. at UNH Manchester in the mill yard, third floor auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Michael Contarino, coordinator of the politics and society program and associate professor; Melinda Negron Gonzales, assistant professor of politics; and Kevin Mason, student in the politics and society program, will discuss the role which the International Criminal Court has played, and may play in the future, in preventing atrocity crimes and holding criminals accountable.

InterOperability Lab: How We Work with the Data Networking Industry April 19
The UNH InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL) presents the seminar “How We Work with the Data Networking Industry” Thursday, April 19, from 4 – 5 p.m. in the MUB Theater 1. Speakers include Erica Johnson, IOL director, and Chris DiMinico, president of MC Communications and IEEE 802.3 editor.

The seminar will be followed by cocktails and networking from 5-7 p.m. at the Idea Greenhouse downtown courtesy of seminar sponsors Devine Millimet, Pierce Atwood, Ropes & Gray, and Salient Surgical Technologies. Register here.

Public Forums on Master Plan Take Place April 17
Public forums on the updating of the campus master plan will take place Tuesday, April 17, from 12:40 to 2 p.m. in New Hampshire Hall, room 208, and from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in MUB Theatre II. The planning team will make a presentation followed by a question and answer period. All faculty and staff are urged to attend.

The plan includes possible locations for a proposed Center for the Arts, locations for graduate and family housing, and land use options for future public-private partnerships. For details go to http://unh.edu/news/campusjournal/2012/Feb/15arts.cfm or visit the home page at www.unh.edu/cmp.

Weight Watchers Online Program Eligible for Up to $200 Reimbursement
The Weight Watchers online program is now one of Harvard Pilgrim’s approved health education classes, allowing participants to apply for reimbursement for up to $200 per calendar year. Previously, reimbursement was for physically attending meetings. Read more at http://www.unh.edu/hr/health-wellness.htm.

Apply for Family Boatbuilding Workshop by April 15
The UNH Marine Docents’ annual family boat building workshop takes place Friday through Sunday, May 18-20, at UNH’s Kingman Farm in Madbury. Apply by April 15 to ensure a space; six family limit. The $1,100 fee includes all boat building materials, a professionally made sail, and a day of sailing instruction in June.

Families must include at least one adult and a youth age 12 or older. No prior woodworking experience is required, but participants should have basic skills using hand tools. Each family will build the Oyster River Cat, a 12-foot sailboat that can carry three people.

For more information or to apply, visit http://www.unh.edu/marine-education/ or contact Mark Wiley at mark.wiley@unh.edu or 2-6702.

UNH School of Law Library Designated Patent and Trademark Resource Center
The UNH School of Law Library has been officially designated as a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC). The library is now part of a nationwide network of public, state and academic libraries designated as PTRC's and authorized to disseminate patent and trademark information and support diverse intellectual property needs of the public. 

World Premiere Play by Ghanaian Playwright April 18 - 22
The department of theatre and dance presents the world premiere, “Song of the Pharaoh” by acclaimed Ghanaian playwright and visiting scholar, Mohammed Ben-Abdallah. This exciting new play is based on the life and times of the legendary "heretic Pharaoh" Akhenaten, husband of Queen Nefertiti and father of Tutankhamen.  

Among Ben-Abdallah’s major plays are “The Witch of Mopti,” “The Fall of Kumbi,” and “The Slaves Revisited.”

“Song of the Pharaoh” runs April 18-21 at 7 p.m. and April 22 at 2 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre. It is directed by professor David Kaye with set design by professor David L. Ramsey, costume design by professor Szu-Feng Chen and lighting design by Daniel J. Raymond. 

Tickets are $10.50 for seniors, UNH ID holders, and groups of 15 or more and $12.50 for general admission. The theater 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 the theatre and dance office at 2-2919, or visit www.unh.edu/theatre-dance.

Faculty Tell Your Students About Summer 2012 Federal Work-Study Program
Faculty, let your students know the work study job request form is available at http://financialaid.unh.edu. Click on ' work study jobs' on the menu bar. Work study dates are Friday, May 18 to Sunday, August 26, 2012.

The work study pay split will remain at 50 percent federal/50 percent departmental for FY 2013. Questions? Call the Financial Aid Office at 2-3600 or e-mail kim.rhine@unh.edu.

Sign Up for Healthy Returns in April
Healthy Returns comes back to campus April 9, 10 and 16. Get your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose checked and receive a $10 Visa gift card just for participating. Available to all benefits-eligible employees. 

Healthy Returns targets five important health areas: blood pressure control, weight management, cholesterol management, glucose management and smoking cessation. Allow approximately 30 minutes to complete the program. Sign up now for Healthy Returns!

Discovery Program Lunch Talk April 5 on University Dialogue
The Discovery Program presents the brown bag lunch talk “Leveraging High Impact Learning with the University Dialogue” Thursday, April 5, 12:40 – 2 p.m. in the Discovery Program office, Hamilton Smith, room 3.

You teach a course in biological science.  Your students are also taking courses in statistics, economic development, and the Beat Generation.  Can you amplify their experience with next year’s university dialogue on Freedom and Responsibility?  Join colleagues for a creative conversation about taking advantage of your students learning experiences outside of the classroom.

April Concerts
The department of music presents the following concerts during the month of April:

April 5: Faculty Concert Series presents David Ripley, bass-baritone with Arlene Kies, piano in concert Friday, April 5, at 8 p.m. in Johnson Theatre.

April 10: UNH Student Jazz Combos in concert Tuesday, April 10, at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre.

April 17: An evening of jazz piano offered by students of Mark Shilansky, Tuesday, April 17, at 8 p.m. in the Bratton Recital Hall.

April 20 and 21: The UNH opera workshop will present Maurice Ravel’s opera “L’Enfant et les Sortileges,” sung by UNH students, Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21, at 8 p.m. in the Bratton Room of the Paul Creative Arts Center. Seating is limited.

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

April 11: UNH Celebrity Series presents the Takács Quartet, April 11 at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre.Pieces for this program include JanacekQuartet No. 2,”BrittenQuartet No.1,” andBeethoven Quartet No. 14.”

Tickets, $10 for student and $30 general, are available online at http://www.unhmub.com/ticket or call 2-2290.

Museum Of Art Presents Family Program: Draw On! April 7
On Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., the Museum of Art presents Draw On! a free community arts event started in Connecticut to promote drawing and has now expanded to seven states.

The Museum of Art’s Draw On! program offers the UNH community an opportunity to explore creativity while connecting with staff and students through drawing.  Museum of Art fellows as well as students from the department of art and art history will be on hand to participate in the event. In addition to trying their hand at still-life and free drawing, participants will make a community mural.

Draw On!,  is presented in collaboration with the Aldrich Contemporary Museum of Art, Conn., where the idea originated, and the Durham Public Library, and takes place at the Museum of Art.

For more information, contact the Museum of Art at 2-3712, museum.of.art@unh.edu, or visit www.unh.edu/moa.

UNH Relay for Life April 21 and 22
UNH Relay for Life takes place from noon Saturday, April 21 to noon Sunday, April 22. To get involved or support a participant visit www.relayforlife.org/unh. This year’s goal is to raise $100 per participant. 

Until March 31, registration is $10 and includes a t-shirt.  As of April 1, the costs will be $15 and t-shirts will be on a first come, first served basis.

Liberty Mutual Auto/Home Insurance On-Campus Consultations
A Liberty Mutual representative will be on campus every other Wednesday through May 2 to provide a no-obligation coverage evaluation and rate quote for faculty and staff who can receive a discount of up to 10 percent on auto and home insurance. Restrictions may apply.

Click here to see the schedule and to make an appointment to meet one-on-one with James Saunders ’01 or Kevin Monroe ’06. You can also obtain a free rate quote by calling (800) 835-0894 for the closest Liberty Mutual office to you, or by going online to www.libertymutual.com/unhemployees.

If you are already a Liberty Mutual policyholder and want to receive the discounted rate, call your Liberty Mutual service office to find out how to convert your policy at your next renewal.

Spring Lecture Series at UNH Manchester 
The Sidore Lecture program presents “Food For Thought: An exploration of what we eat and the impact on people and our planet” at UNH Manchester March 8 – April 11.

From understanding buzz words like “gluten free” to the story of one small Vermont town’s effort to implement a localized food system, “Food for Thought” looks at how individuals can drive change that will promote a more sustainable and healthier way of life.

All events are free and open to the public.

April 5: “The Future's in the Dirt,” 6:30-8 p.m., third floor auditorium. During the past few years, Hardwick, Vermont, a typical hardscrabble farming community of 3,000 residents, has jump-started its economy and redefined its self-image through a local, self-sustaining food system unlike anything else in America.

April 11: “True Tales of Cures Without Drugs,” noon, third floor auditorium. Lucille Lagasse, 89-year-old author of “Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly” and natural health advocate, shares her journey of healing through nutrition and old-fashioned wisdom.

Funding is provided by the Saul O Sidore Memorial Foundation. View the series online at www.manchester.unh.edu/campuslife/public-programs/food-thought.

Free Tax Return Filing With EAP for Benefits-Eligible Employees
APS Healthcare, USNH’s Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) provider, offers financial assistance for benefits-eligible employees that includes filing your federal tax return for free with TaxACT, an online tool for easy tax preparation and filing. TaxACT offers a variety of support and filing options including the ability to prepare, print, and e-file your federal tax return for free.

For more information, go to:  http://www.usnh.edu/hr/health-wellness/pdf/2012_Tax_Act_Promotional_Flyer.pdf

e-W2 Forms Available Online
USNH e-W2 forms are available to employees via https://wise.unh.edu/  

Printed W-2 forms have been mailed to employee home addresses for those employees who elected to receive a hard copy.

Any undeliverable forms will be returned to USNH payroll office. Generally forms are undeliverable because an employee has moved and did not update their permanent mailing address. 

Drop-In Yoga Classes Continue
Drop-in yoga classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 10 from noon to 1 p.m.in the MUB’s Wildcat Den. Open to all levels. Cost: $5 per class, cash or checks only. 

Tuesday sessions will be led by staff member Lee Calderone and Thursday sessions will be led by UNH alum Camie Wade. Wade has been a practitioner of Ashtanga yoga for more than six years. Caldrone has been a yoga instructor for the past nine years, teaching both Hatha yoga and Vinyasa yoga. 

Harvard Pilgrim subscribers can obtain a receipt to be reimbursed up to $200 per calendar year via Harvard Pilgrim’s Wellness Connection.

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

In collaboration with Healthy UNH and Campus Recreation; sponsored by Human Resources.

All class dates will be published on the HR Training and Events and Healthy UNH calendars. In addition there are a variety of classes offered year-round by UNH Campus Recreation. View the classes at schedules online.

Campus Recreation is an approved health education facility with Harvard Pilgrim; therefore Harvard Pilgrim subscribers can be reimbursed up to $200 per calendar year through the Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Wellness Connection program. Information is available on the UNH HR website at  http://www.unh.edu/hr/hphc.htm

Massage Therapy Available
Health Services provides discounted massage therapy to the UNH community. All massages are 50 minutes with licensed massage therapists. Prices start at $45 for faculty and staff and gift certificates are available. Call 2-2856 for an appointment or visit  http://www.unh.edu/health-services/ohep/massage.html for more information.

TEDxUNH Discussions
A yearlong discussion series featuring UNH faculty and staff sharing their ideas on leadership kicked off Sept. 27. TEDxUNH, open to faculty, staff and students, takes 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.

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

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

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. 

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.

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

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.

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.