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February 22, 2012

Journalism and Social Media Forum Feb. 28
A forum on journalism and social media will take place Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the MUB Theater 1.

Opening remarks by Jason Boucher of Social Media Club New Hampshire followed by professor Tom Haines from the UNH Journalism Program discussing the changing face of journalism through social media.

Other presenters include Brady Carlson of NHPR, Marc Fortier of NH Patch and Tom Gounley and Chad Graff from The New Hampshire (TNH).

Presented by Social Media Club New Hampshire and The New Hampshire.

This event is free to the public. Register here.

Africana Lecture Feb. 23
The Center for International Education presents Olufemi Vaughan, professor of Africana studies and history and director of the Africana studies program at Bowdoin College, Thursday, Feb. 23 from 12:40-2 p.m. in the MUB Theater I. Vaughan’s talk is titled “Africa and Globalism: State Crisis, Transnationalism, and Social Reconstruction in A New Century." For more information visit http://www.unh.edu/cie/nhis/index.html.

Innovation Catalyst Seminar on Copyright Law Feb. 23
The seminar “Fair Use in U.S. Copyright Law” will take place Thursday, Feb. 23 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the MUB Theater 1. Speakers include Megan Baca, Vasanth Sarathy, and Nate Kurtis of Ropes & Gray LLP. REGISTER HERE.

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

Campus Rec Offers Vacation Camp for Kids Feb. 27-March 2
Campus Recreation will hostKool 2B Fit,” a camp for kids 6 to 12 years old, Feb. 27 to March 2, from 8 a.m. to noon. The camp gives kids the chance to engage fitness activities such as swimming, ice skating, and indoor rock climbing as well as group games.

The cost is $60 per child for the week. Early care from 7:30 – 8 a.m. is $5 extra for the week. Register online here. For more information call 2-1839 or stop by the Hamel Rec Center.

Traditional Jazz Series Presents The Matt Wilson Group Feb. 27
The UNH Traditional Jazz Series presents the Matt Wilson Group Monday, Feb.27, at 8 p.m. in Johnson Theatre. New York-based drummer and Grammy nominee Wilson is universally recognized for his musical and melodic drumming style as well as being a gifted composer, bandleader, producer, and teaching artist.

General admission tickets are $8 each and 6$ each for students and seniors, and are available online at www.unhmub.com/ticket, or by calling the MUB box office at 2-2290 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the university is in session.

UNH Manchester Graduate School Information Night March 6
UNH Manchester’s graduate school is hosting an information night for its public health and public administration programs for the master’s of public administration, master’s of public health, and public health certificate graduate programs Tuesday, March 6 at 6 p.m.

The graduate school is located at 286 Commercial Street on the 4th floor.  The information session is free and open to the public. RSVP to: unhm.gradcenter@unh.edu or by calling 603-641-4313.

Alumni Association Award Nominations Sought
The Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the following awards:

  • Charles Holmes Pettee Medal Award
  • Alumni Meritorious Service Award
  • Profile of Service Award
  • Award of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement
  • Young Alumnus/Alumna Achievement Award

An online nomination form and the criteria for the various awards can be found at www.alumni.unh.edu/awards. Nominations from past years are not automatically reconsidered. Fill out a form to nominate someone again. The deadline is March 16, 2012.

A list of past award recipients can be read at www.alumni.unh.edu/aboutus/alumni/winners.

Women's Commission’s Annual Luncheon March 21 Celebrates 40th Year
On Wednesday, March 21, 2012, the President's Commission on the Status of Women will host its annual luncheon and awards presentation at 12:15 p.m. in the MUB Strafford Room.

The theme of this year’s event is “VOTE! The Personal is Still Political: Honoring 40 Years of Firsts for Women in N.H.” The event will feature a panel of women involved in New Hampshire politics discussing their experiences and thoughts about the future of women in political office.

RSVP ay https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=9719.

Music Department March Concerts
The department of music presents the UNH Symphony Orchestra and the UNH Concert Choir Friday, March, 2, at 8 p.m. in Johnson Theatre.

On the program for the orchestra will be the Overture to Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito,” Milhaud’s “Concerto for Percussion and Chamber Orchestra Opus 109,” featuring UNH student concerto competition winner Brett Gallo. The concert choir, under the direction of William Kempster, will present Astor Piazolla’s “La Serie del Angel.”

On Sunday, March 4, the New Hampshire Youth Band and the UNH Wind Symphony will perform at 3 p.m. in Johnson Theatre. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call2-2404, or visit www.unh.edu/music.  

Nominations Sought for Presidential Award of Excellence and Staff Recognition Program
Nominations for the 2012 staff Presidential Award of Excellence (PAE) are being accepted online through March 16 at  http://www.nominations.unh.edu/.  

Each year five UNH staff members are recognized for outstanding service and commitment to the university. Detailed information about the Excellence awards, including past recipients, is available at http://www.unh.edu/staffexcellence/.

Consider nominating an OS, PAT, or EE employee with at least 3 years of service that you feel has demonstrated excellence through outstanding performance in their position and a record of dedication to, and a concern for, the university community.

If you have questions or need additional information, contact Christina VanHorn at 2-0519.

Dark Comedy About a Dysfunctional English Family on Stage at UNH
“The Memory of Water” directed by professor Deborah Kinghorn, will be performed Wednesday, Feb.22 through Saturday, Feb.25 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Feb.26 at 2 p.m. in the Hennessy Theatre.

The contemporary play of three sisters from Yorkshire who use humor to cope with tragedy is part Chekhov-part Neil Simon. Written by English playwright Shelagh Stephenson.

Tickets are available on line www.unhmub.com/ticket, or by calling the MUB box office at 2-2290 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the university is in session.

Tickets are $12.50 for general admission and $10.50 for seniors, UNH ID holders; and groups of 15 or more. The UNH theatre 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 subscriptions offered at a discount, call 2-2919, or visit www.unh.edu/theatre-dance.

Administrative Office Professionals Conference Set for March 14
The Administrative Office Professionals (AOP) biannual conference will take place March 14 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the MUB. Online registration runs from 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb.14 through 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20. Snow date is March 15.

Information including the agenda, keynote speaker and the 29 workshop descriptions can be found at www.unh.edu/hr/aop.htm.

If you do not already have an HR training account, visit the HR training site (https://hrtraining.unh.edu/apps/ssr ) before Feb. 14 to be sure you can successfully log in. If you need assistance contact the IT Service Desk at 2-4242. Questions on registering call Christina VanHorn, HR, at 2-0519.

Register for three workshops to attend the full day conference. Go to the end of each screen to complete the submission process. You will receive an email confirmation for each workshop registration. If you don’t receive confirmation, you are not registered for that workshop.  

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

Printed W-2 forms will be mailed by Jan. 31 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. 

Liberty Mutual Auto/Home Insurance On-Campus Consultations
A Liberty Mutual representative will be on campus Wednesdays through March 7 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.

Remind Students: Financial Aid Deadline March 1
Have your students applied for financial aid yet?  If they want to be considered for all types of aid they need to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1, 2012.

The form needs to be received by the federal processor by the deadline. They can file online at www.fafsa.ed.gov/.

Estimated 2011 federal tax data can be used to complete the form on time. Call the Financial Aid Office at 2-3600 or visit http://financialaid.unh.edu/ if you have any questions.

Staff Professional Development Grant Deadline March 1
The deadline for FY12 funds for staff professional development grants is March 1, with a maximum award of $750.00. The next deadline, June 1, will be for professional development taking place in FY13.

No more than one grant will be awarded per person during a 24-month period. This is calculated from the date of notification of the previous grant.  

Staff professional development provides the opportunity for EE, OS, and PAT staff to attain new skills or knowledge that will enhance their performance or eligibility for promotion, and benefit the department, college, university and/or university system.  Opportunities include:

- Conferences, workshops and seminars, on and off campus
- Academic courses not offered within the university system
- Travel and accommodations for off-campus courses, workshops, etc.
- Special projects, including but not limited to research and publication

The application is available on the UNH HR website at http://www.unh.edu/hr/learning-assist.htmReview the grant’s criteria, eligible reimbursable expenditures and process.

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

Feb. 24:  American pianist Richard Shuster will appear in concert Friday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. in the Swain Auditorium (M226) of the Paul Creative Arts Center. 

Feb. 25: Faculty Concert Series presents the UNH Faculty Chamber Ensemble Saturday, Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. in Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center.

Feb. 28: The UNH Concert Band, under the direction of Casey Goodwin and the UNH Symphonic Band, under the direction of Mark Zielinksi, appear in concert Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center.

Feb. 29: The UNH Jazz Bands, under the direction of David Seiler, perform Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 8 pm in Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center. Enjoy a dazzling array of tunes performed by these talented students.

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

Tickets are available on line www.unhmub.com/ticket, or by calling the MUB box office at 2-2290 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the university is in session.

Nominations Sought for 2012 Women’s Commission Awards
The UNH President's Commission on the Status of Women annually acknowledges those who promote equity, diversity and inclusion at UNH. Help us honor and celebrate the 40th anniversary of the commission and honor students, faculty and staff who work and live by the ideals of equitable education and employment for all by submitting a nomination for a Women’s Commission Award.

Submission deadline is Feb. 29, 2012. Nominate Now.

Award recipients will be honored at the Women’s Commission’s annual celebration on Wednesday, March 21, at 12:15 p.m. in the MUB Strafford Room. For more information, visit Women’s Commission.

Nominations Sought for Kidder Fund and Pink Triangle Awards
The UNH President's Commission on the Status of GLBT Issues annually acknowledges those who promote equity and inclusion at UNH. Help us honor and celebrate students, faculty and staff who have built a safe and welcoming community for people whose sexual orientation, gender identity or expression differ from the majority in our culture.

Submission deadline is Friday, March 9, 2012. Nominate Now.

The 20th Annual LGBTQ+ Pancake Breakfast to honor the awardees and celebrate progress in the community will be held on Wednesday, April 11, from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. in the MUB Granite State Room. For more information, visit GLBT Commission.

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

UNH Police Advise Having an Emergency Plan
The UNH Police Department Division of Emergency Management suggests people create an emergency plan that includes how to communicate with family and loved ones during a disaster and where to go in an evacuation.

They also suggest having an emergency supply kit at home and in the car that includes water, food and first aid supplies in the event of a power outage or if you get stranded in your car. This is especially important for dealing with icy roads and snowstorms this winter.

Discount Ski Tickets at Gunstock
Gunstock Mountain Resort is offering UNH employees discounted rates for skiing and riding during the 2011/2012 winter season. Employees no longer need to purchase tickets in advance through HR.

Discounted tickets must be purchased through the Gunstock online ticket purchase system. The corporate ticket rates are for an all-mountain, all-day/primetime (open-close) ticket and are priced as follows: adult midweek (18-64) - $48; adult weekend/holiday - $58; teen midweek (13-17) - $39; teen- weekend/holiday - $48; child/senior. midweek (6-12, 65+) - $28; child /senior weekend/holiday - $38; night Midweek Rocks: $24; Saturday Night Rocks - $34. Check the Gunstock website for updates, specials, events, weekend deals.

Instructions for ordering your tickets online may be found here.

Carbon Monoxide Safety
The UNH Police Department Division of Emergency Management would like the community to know some facts about carbon monoxide.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas that can be deadly if undetected. Unvented kerosene and gas space heaters, leaking chimneys and furnaces, back-drafting from furnaces, gas water heaters, wood stoves, and fireplaces, gas stoves, generators and other gasoline powered equipment, and automobile exhaust can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.

Installing carbon monoxide detectors in your residences and having a trained professional inspect, clean and tune up your heating system can help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

Never use a gas oven to heat your home, idle your vehicle inside your garage, use a generator inside a building or use a gas grill, camp stove or burn charcoal inside a building.

For more information on carbon monoxide contact the UNH Police Department Division of Emergency Management or the Durham Fire Department.

Still Need A Flu Shot?
If you haven’t received your flu vaccine, Health Services still has some available. Cost: $25/faculty and staff (No fee for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC) subscribers who show a valid HPHC card.). Payment can be made by credit card (MasterCard/Visa), check, or cash.  Call 2-2856 for an appointment.  Health Services will be open 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Monday through Friday during the winter break when the university is open.

Massage Therapy Available During Winter Break
Health Services provides discounted massage therapy to the UNH community during winter break. Health Services will be open 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Monday through Friday during the winter break when the university is open. 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.

UNH Police Warn: Beware of Black Ice
The UNH Police Department, division of emergency management, warns drivers and pedestrians to be aware of black ice conditions this winter season. Sometimes called glare ice or clear ice, black ice is a thin coating of glazed ice that is often invisible, therefore not providing a warning to drivers that they should reduce their speeds. So, drive with caution when the weather is unpredictable.

And remember: bridges freeze first.

Winter Parking Ban
The winter parking ban resumed Dec. 1 and continues every night 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.   

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.

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

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. 

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.

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.

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

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.