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March 7, 2012

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.

March 8:Understanding Genetically Modified Foods and Organisms” talk, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., third floor auditorium. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) may be one of the most dangerous health and environmental problems we face. Presented by Susan Baker, certified holistic nutritionist/wellness coach and owner of Nutressante in Amherst, Manchester, and Salem.

March 22: “Forks Over Knives” film screening, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Third floor auditorium. “Forks Over Knives” examines the profound claim that most, if not all, degenerative diseases can be controlled, or even reversed, by what we eat.

April 3: “A Meal to Change the World: Oxfam America Hunger Banquet,” 3 p.m., rooms 354/356. Attend the Oxfam America Hunger Banquet and learn how the institutions and systems in place around the world affect the availability and distribution of adequate and nutritional food.

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.

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.

Movement Heals for On Belay March 10
Zumba and yoga for all levels to raise funds for On Belay will take place Saturday, March 10 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Gables Apartments B Community Center. Zumba, 9-10 a.m.; yoga, 10 -11 a.m.; yoga/zumba combo 11-noon (kids of all ages are welcome); zumba/yoga combo, 12-1p.m.

Classes taught by Kathy Kerrigan, Ruth Abelmann and guests instructors. $20 donation enters you into a raffle to win giveaways from our sponsor, Shakti Activewear.

On Belay provides unique adventure programs that build community among young people who have or have had a family member with cancer. Visit www.On-Belay.org for more information. (Snow cancellation date Saturday, March 17).

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.  

Vote for Sustainability Videos and Images by March 16
The entries in the first student video and image contest on sustainability are available for viewing at www.sustainableunh.unh.edu/contest. Vote for your favorite "What Sustainability Means to Me," video or image by March 16. The three videos and three images with the most like's, thumbs up, or positive comments will make it to the final juried round. The final video and final image winners will receive $500 and have their work displayed at the Museum of Art.

Registration Begins for Theatre and Dance Summer Program
Registration begins March 1 for S.T.A.R.S (Summer Theatre-Arts Retreat for Students), the department of theatre and dance program offer training in creative arts, theatre, movement, production, performance and dance for students in grades k-12.

A list of camps listed by age group and month can be found at http://www.unh.edu/theatre-dance/index.cfm?ID=49DC1954-B205-E329-D0C8AF01FEC397FB

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

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.

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.

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. 

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
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.

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 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. 

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.