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Dialog Extra for April 4, 2011

Crimson Calendar

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

REQUIRED ETHICS TRAINING FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYEES — The 2010 ethics reform package passed by the Alabama Legislature requires that all public employees who file Alabama Ethics Commission Statement of Economic Interests forms must also undergo training on the new ethics law by April 30, 2011. Current UA faculty, staff and administrators who are required to file can access the training via the Alabama Ethics Commission website at http://www.ethics.alabama.gov and watch the 55-minute training video. The Ethics Commission will be notified electronically when individuals have finished their training. Upon completion, each employee must print out a certificate of completion and send a paper copy to the HR Service Center at Box 870364 for verification for the Examiners’ of Public Accountants. People with questions regarding this new requirement from the Alabama Ethics Commission can call 348-6690.

JACK WARNER PARKWAY CLOSURE — Jack Warner Parkway will be closed April 9, 7 a.m.-3 p.m., for the 2011 USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championship. Approximately 1,600 athletes are expected to compete. The finish line is at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater instead of The Park at Manderson Landing, so UA’s campus will not be fully involved as in the past. However, faculty, staff and students will not be able to exit the campus to the north during much of the day on Saturday.

BRIEF NETWORK OUTAGES – In order to accommodate the growing needs of the Office of Information Technology data center, infrastructure technicians will re-route data cable to Gordon Palmer Hall between April 4 and May 9. The work will involve scheduled network outages on different days to various campus buildings. OIT anticipates these outages to last no more than 10 minutes per building. To minimize the impact of these changes, OIT has planned the outages for early mornings before the workday begins or on weekends. People who experience outages during these early morning or weekend time frames should wait 10 to 15 minutes to see if service is restored. If interruption in service continues, contact the IT Service Desk at 348-5555 or itsd@ua.edu.

RETIREMENT PLANNING SERIES — Employees within three to five years of retirement eligibility are invited to attend the Spring 2011 Pre-Retirement Planning Series sponsored by the Department of Human Resources‘ benefits office. The four-part series begins this month and will provide general information about the steps employees need to take to prepare for retirement. New this year is “Control Your Money,” a program designed for employees with one to 19 years of service. All sessions begin at 5:30 p.m. Check the UA Events Calendar for dates and locations. Call the HR Service Center at 348-7732 for reservations. Guests are welcome.

TOBACCO-FREE CHALLENGE – The Office of Health Promotion and Wellness is encouraging 30 UA faculty or staff to join in quitting tobacco during one of the 30 days of April. OHPW can provide participants with the tools and resources, including supportive educational sessions, connection to health care providers, and tobacco-cessation medication options available through an enhanced health benefit plan. For more information, click here or contact OHPW at wellness@ua.edu or 348-0077.

FACULTY-STAFF MEAL PLAN Click here for a complete list of meal-plan options or pick up a brochure at any Bama Dining all-you-care-to-eat location, especially on $5 Fridays. The plans never expire and can be used every day.

SPSS SOFTWARE CHANGES — SPSS 19 is now available for use on University-owned computers. Certain features of version 19 will not work when loaded on a licensed server that also houses versions 17 and below. IBM no longer supports the older versions. Therefore, versions 17 and below will be removed from the licensed server on May 23. People affected by this change should make plans to transition to a newer version, 18 or 19, and to back up data by May 23. Contact the Office of Information Technology Service Desk at itsd@ua.edu to request a newer version. Click here for complete information.

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

MONDAY, APRIL 4
Honors Week
“Healing the Wounded Heart” exhibit opening, 4-6 p.m., Crossroads Community Center lounge
“Control Your Money” retirement seminar, 5:30-7 p.m., 205 Gorgas Library
Guest recital featuring trombonist Bradley Palmer, 7:30 p.m., Moody Music Building concert hall

TUESDAY, APRIL 5
Honors Week
“Healing the Wounded Heart” exhibit, Crossroads Community Center lounge
Employee benefits orientation, 8:30 a.m.-noon, G-54 Rose Administration Building
“We Speak Up,” 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Ferguson Student Center, second floor
“One Day Without Shoes,” 11 a.m.-7 p.m., the Quad and the Ferguson Plaza
Arabic conversation group, 3:30-4:45 p.m., 204-A Ferguson Student Center
Men’s baseball vs. Samford, 6:05 p.m., Sewell-Thomas Stadium
Opera Theatre: “An Evening of Broadway Favorites,” 7:30 p.m., Moody Music Building choral opera room

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6
Honors Week
“Healing the Wounded Heart” exhibit, Crossroads Community Center lounge
Management orientation, 8:30-11 a.m., G-54 Rose Administration Building
TEACH Alabama campus visit, 8:30 a.m., Graves Hall
Alive at 25 defensive driving, 9:30 a.m.-noon, G-54 Rose Administration Building
“We Speak Up,” 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Ferguson Student Center, second floor
Brown Bag lecture, noon-1 p.m., 102 Manly Hall
Randall Outstanding Undergraduate Research Awards recognition, noon-1 p.m., University Club
William T. Wiley lecture, 6 p.m., 205 Smith Hall

THURSDAY, APRIL 7
Honors Week
“Healing the Wounded Heart” exhibit, Crossroads Community Center lounge
Purchasing-card policies and procedures, 9 a.m.-noon, South Lawn Office Building
“We Speak Up,” 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Ferguson Student Center, second floor
P-Card Works training, 1:30-4 p.m., Rose Administration Building
Capstone Alliance meeting, 5 p.m., 312 Ferguson Student Center
Theme-meal dinner: “Having a Garden Party,” 6-8 p.m., University Club; reservations required
“William T. Wiley: Desperate Ours” exhibit opening reception, 6-8 p.m., Sarah Moody Galley of Art in 103 Garland Hall
Bankhead Visiting Writers Series, 7 p.m., 205 Smith Hall
Big band concert featuring Jazz Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., Moody Music Building concert hall

FRIDAY, APRIL 8
Honors Week
“Healing the Wounded Heart” exhibit, Crossroads Community Center lounge
“We Speak Up,” 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Ferguson Student Center, second floor
Men’s tennis vs. Ole Miss, 3 p.m., Tennis Stadium

UPCOMING

“Healing the Wounded Heart” exhibit, through April 18, Crossroads Community Center lounge
“William T. Wiley: Desperate Ours” exhibit, through May 20, Sarah Moody Galley of Art in 103 Garland Hall
Women’s rowing vs. UCF, April 9, time (TBA), Black Warrior River
Double-Reeds Day, April 9, 8 a.m., Moody Music Building
Men’s tennis vs. Mississippi State, April 10, 1 p.m., Tennis Stadium
Dog-obedience training, April 10, 1-2:30 p.m., The Park at Manderson Landing
Introduction to dog agility, April 10, 3-4:30 p.m., The Park at Manderson Landing
“Ask Me Why I Wear Teal” sticker campaign, April 11-15
Apwonjo bake sale, April 11, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Ferguson Student Center lobby
“First and Foremost: Service to Customers,” April 11, 1:30 p.m., G-54 Rose Administration Building
Undergraduate Research Conference, April 11, 2-6 p.m., Bryant Conference Center
Introduction to floral design, April 11, 6-8 p.m., Ferguson Student Center game room
“To Be and To Have” documentary, April 11, 7 p.m., Ferguson Student Center Theater
Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, April 11, 7 p.m., Moody Music Building concert hall
“The Baby Dance,” April 11-17, Allen Bales Theatre
“UA Essentials for Management I: Policies and Procedures,” April 12, 8:30 a.m.-noon, G-54 Rose Administration Building
“How to Submit an IRB Human Subjects Protocol,” April 12, 10-11 a.m., Rose Administration Building
Spring faculty and staff meeting, April 12, 1:30 p.m., Bryant Conference Center
Women’s tennis vs. Tennessee, April 12, 3 p.m., Tennis Stadium
Arabic conversation group, April 12, 3:30-4:45 p.m., 204-A Ferguson Student Center
Pre-retirement series: Teacher’s Retirement System, April 12, 5:30 p.m., 205 Smith Hall
Men’s baseball vs. Mississippi Valley State, April 12, 6:05 p.m., Sewell-Thomas Stadium
“J. Craig Smith Business Ethics Lecture,” April 12, 7 p.m., 10 Alston Hall
“Hot Topics: Cultural Awareness,” April 12, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Ferguson Student Center game room
UA Brass Ensemble, April 12, 7:30 p.m., Mood Music Building concert hall

WORTH QUOTING — “The really scary thing is if the (Mideast) violence spreads to Saudi Arabia.” Dr. Peter Clark, an associate professor of chemical engineering at UA, as quoted in The Tuscaloosa News in an article about how the Mideast unrest affects local gas prices.