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SPSS REMINDER — The Office of Information Technology reminds faculty and staff that SPSS 18 will be removed from the license server on Dec. 31. Users should make plans to transition to a newer version — SPSS 19, 20 or 21 — by Dec. 31 and to back up data. Users can request a newer version by contacting the OIT Service Desk at Users are also encouraged to register at for access to the SPSS knowledge base and other technical resources. People with questions regarding the decommissioning of SPSS 18 can contact OIT Software Licensing at

MEDICAL PLAN TOBACCO-USE SURCHARGE –Effective in January 2014, any UA employee, employee’s spouse or employee’s sponsored adult dependent covered under the UA medical plan who has used tobacco products in any form during the previous 12 months will pay a premium surcharge of $25 per month ($300 per year). The surcharge creates a financial incentive for tobacco users to make healthier choices. Advance notice of the new policy is being given so individuals will have time to take positive steps toward becoming tobacco-free and avoid having to pay the surcharge. Click here for more details about the surcharge and free tobacco-cessation programs for plan members. Contact the HR Service Center at 348-7732 with questions or concerns.

PARKING CHANGES — The University will close several parking areas on the north and south sides of campus at the end of fall semester because of construction projects scheduled to begin in the next few weeks. The following areas will be closed effective Dec. 17: South Rose reserved parking lot, SEC reserved parking lot and street parking on Seventh Avenue between Woods Quad and Houser and Hardaway halls.

While employees who park in these areas will receive additional information about parking options, these changes may impact the parking for others who do not park in one of the directly impacted areas.

For more information on these changes, go to Faculty and staff can also attend one of the following meetings for information on parking options for January 2013:

Dec. 3
G-54 Rose Administration Building, 1-2 p.m.
207 Hardaway Hall, 4-5 p.m.

Dec. 4
300 Ferguson Center, 8-9 a.m.

Dec. 5
300 Ferguson Center, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

12 DAYS OF WELLNESS PROGRAM — Kickoff is Friday, Nov. 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Russell Hall lobby. Sponsored by the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness, the 12 Days of Wellness program is designed to energize the mind, body and spirit. This festive program of free activities, events and wellness tips will help participants to reflect, relax and renew. For more information or to register, contact Kay Whites at 348-0077 or

DISTRIBUTION DATES FOR WELLBAMA REWARD CARDS — WellBAMA Reward $25 Visa cards for Fall Semester 2012 participants will be distributed at the following locations and times: Russell Hall, Nov. 30, 11a.m.-2p.m.; Law Center, Dec. 4, 9-10 a.m.; and 300 Ferguson Center, Dec. 6, 11:30 a.m.-12:30p.m. Other locations have been pre-arranged with departments. All participants must present their UA Action Cards in order to receive their Rewards Cards. Click here for information on the WellBAMA program sponsored by UA’s Office of Health Promotion and Wellness.

NEW WEBSITE FOR ATHLETICS’ LICENSING — The office for trademark licensing in UA’s Intercollegiate Athletics department has a new website at The site includes a list of all UA trademarks, instructions for applying for a license and information on recognizing the difference between an officially licensed product and one that is not. The office for trademark licensing exists to protect the brand, image and reputation of The University of Alabama and to ensure the public can identify with and trust the quality of any product bearing an official athletic department mark.

SUPE STORE FREE SHIPPING — The University Supply Store is offering free UPS ground shipping through Dec. 14 on all online general textbook and general merchandise orders totaling more than $100. Enter the code “SHIP4NOTHING” at checkout to redeem. More information:

“ELECT HER” NOMINATIONS — The Women’s Resource Center asks UA faculty and staff to nominate undergraduate students with leadership potential to be a part of the Elect Her initiative, a training program that encourages college women to run for office in student government. The daylong training teaches participants why more women are needed in student government and provides them with the skills to run successful campaigns. Click here to access the nomination form.

UA COLLEGIATE READERSHIP PROGRAM — The New York Times has introduced a new benefit of the UA Collegiate Readership Program: full, complimentary access for the NYT website. With each pass claim, people will have full digital access to The New York Times for 24 hours on their computers and smartphones, as well as five articles each day from the 1923-1986 archives. Archive access will be unlimited for all other years. During the term, access will remain available over weekends and holidays. To register, visit on any Web-enabled device and follow the instructions.

FERGUSON CENTER EXHIBIT APPLICATIONS — The Ferguson Center is accepting exhibit applications for Spring Semester 2013. The application can be found at For more information, contact Kelli Knox-Hall at

CALL FOR ENTRY — The UA department of English seeks original artwork for The Chambered Nautilus, the department’s annual, online newsletter. Artwork must fit the sea theme of the newsletter and should be submitted as a JPEG no larger than 150 dots per inch. All mediums and multiple submissions will be considered, and all images selected will be credited to the artist. Selected submissions must fit the mood of the newsletter and be appropriate for publication. Individuals can send their JPEG images to Dr. Shanti Weiland at with the subject line “Art Submission” and the sender’s name. The body of the email should include the sender’s name, major and telephone number. Submission deadline is Jan. 31, 2013, at noon.

PHONE-SCAM WARNING — The Office of Information Technology warns the University community to be wary of telephone calls from people who claim they work for Microsoft and are calling to assist computer users remove viruses from their machines. Anyone who receives such a call should get the caller’s name and contact information and then call the IT Service Desk at 348-5555 to verify. Vendors should not be contacting University employees regarding University-owned machines.


Percussion Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., Moody Music Building opera room

SkillPort open lab, 8:30-4:30 p.m., G-54 Rose Administration Building
VALIC individual retirement counseling, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment, location TBD
Convocation, noon, Moody Music Building Concert Hall
Hilaritas, 7:30 p.m., Moody Music Building Concert Hall

Moundville’s Saturday in the Park: Ornaments from Nature, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Moundville Archaeological Park

Hilaritas, 3 p.m., Moody Music Building Concert Hall

“Identity Lessons” exhibition, Paul R. Jones Gallery of Art
Orientation for new employees, 8:30 a.m.-noon, G-54 Rose Administration Building
VALIC individual retirement counseling, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment, location TBD


Benefits orientation for new employees, Dec. 4, 8:30 a.m.-noon, G-54 Rose Administration Building
TIAA-CREF individual retirement counseling, Dec. 4-5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment, 326 Rose Administration Building
How to Submit an IRB Human Subjects Protocol, Dec. 4, 2-3 p.m., G-54 Rose Administration Building
GO System, Dec. 5, 8 a.m.-noon, G-54 Rose Administration Building
P-Card Policies and Procedures, Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-noon, Suite 3000 South Lawn Office Building
Diabetes Academy educational session and lunch, Dec. 5, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Russell Hall; Carolyn MacVicar at 348-0077 or for information and free reservations
United Educators Web seminar on the Clery Act, Dec. 5, noon-1:30 p.m., 223 Ancillary Services Building
SLIS children’s and young adult book sale, Dec. 5 (noon-8 p.m.), Dec. 6 (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) and Dec. 7 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.), 530 Gorgas Library
P-Card Works training, Dec. 5, 1:30-4 p.m., G-54 Rose Administration Building
Workshop on applying for research grants, Dec. 5, 3-4 p.m., G-54 Rose Administration Building
Men’s basketball vs. Dayton, Dec. 5, 8 p.m., Coleman Coliseum
Emergency preparedness awareness training, Dec. 6, 10:30 a.m.-noon, G-54 Rose Administration Building
Banner Finance training, Dec. 6, 1:30-3:30 p.m., G-54 Rose Administration Building
“Identity Lessons” opening reception, Dec. 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Paul R. Jones Gallery of Art

WORTH QUOTING — “We really need to come up with an alternative that is readily available, inexpensive and not too toxic. We need to come up with a better magnet that uses a combination of materials around us.” Dr. Patrick R. LeClair, UA associate professor of physics and astronomy, as quoted in the Montgomery Advertiser.