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December 15, 2010

In Brief

Recognize a dedicated colleague or team

Nominations for two staff awards—the Witmer Award for Distinguished Service and the Meliora Award—are being accepted through Jan. 20.

The Witmer Award recognizes staff members for their exceptional accomplishments, leadership, and dedication to the University, as demonstrated over the course of their career and is intended as a “lifetime achievement” award. The Meliora Award recognizes staff members whose work performance over the past year exemplifies the University’s motto, Meliora, or “ever better.” It honors specific, positive contributions by an individual or staff team in an area such as service to constituents, process improvement, or cost reduction.

Full- and part-time active staff members from any division of the University are eligible. Details and nomination materials are available at

River Campus Holiday Social is Dec. 16

All faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the season during the annual River Campus Holiday Social on Thursday, Dec. 16, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the May Room of Wilson Commons. Shuttle service from Alumni and Advancement Center (East River Road), the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, UFC, Goler House, and Brooks Landing will be available. Shuttles will begin running at 2 p.m., with initial pick up at AAC, and will run continuously to and from the River Campus until 5 p.m.

Mileage reimbursement and moving allowance rates updated

The University is adjusting its mileage reimbursement rates to reflect the new IRS rates. Effective Jan. 1, the business mileage reimbursement rate will be 51 cents per mile. The standard mileage rate of moving expenses will be 19 cents per mile.

Changes made to purchasing forms

The 312 Requisition Form, Supplier Price Justification Conflict of Interest Form, and the Request for Payment Forms have been updated to comply with the University’s Expenditures and Conflict of Interest Policies. The new forms should be used starting Jan. 1. Old forms submitted after that date will be returned with a request to resubmit using the new forms.

To order new 312 Requisition Forms, visit, select “How to Purchase” and then “Supplier On Line Ordering.” Contact Joe Cassara at 249-7709 for training. Contact Corporate Purchasing at 275-2009 with questions on the SPJCI or 312 Requisition forms. Call Accounts Payable at 275-3483 with questions on the Request for Payment form.

Planning, project management roles restructured

The offices of Planning and Project Management have been reorganized to streamline planning, design, and construction management efforts for all University campuses. The renamed Campus Planning, Design, and Construction Management office more accurately reflects the scope of its activities. Jose Fernandez, who joined the University in August, is the group’s executive director. The new campus address is Box 270347. Office locations and telephone numbers remain the same.

Nominations sought for health improvement awards

The Center for Community Health is seeking nominations for the 2011 second annual Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards, recognizing Medical Center faculty and staff for significant contributions to the health of the community through research, teaching, practice or outreach programs. Peer or self-nominations are invited from within the Medical Center, as well as from community partners, by 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 14. Nomination materials are available at

Certificate course teaches patient safety

The Division of Healthcare Management in the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine is offering a “mini” certificate course designed specifically for health care professionals, trainees, and students from medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, hospital administration, and health services research.

The program, which consists of 11 sessions, offers information on how to improve safety. It will cover the latest thinking and theories regarding patient safety.

The registration deadline is Friday, Jan. 28. The course runs from Feb. 3–June 23. There is no fee, and course materials will be provided.

Those who successfully complete the program (by attending at least 8 sessions) will receive a certificate of participation. Physicians, dentists, nurses, dental assistants, hygienists, radiologic technologists, and pharmacists will be eligible for continuing education credits.

For details and registration materials, visit or contact Judy Hughes at 275-7712 or

Dean’s Teaching Fellow Program accepting applications

The Office of the Associate Dean for Faculty Development–Medical Education is currently accepting applications for the 2011–13 Dean’s Teaching Fellow Program. The program is open to junior and mid-career faculty members committed to academic careers focused on teaching and education.

Fellows will work closely with one another and education experts to implement educational projects; learn educational theory; explore new teaching methods; develop skills in educational research, curriculum innovation, and assessment; and develop educational leadership and career planning skills.

The application deadline is Feb. 11. For additional information and to obtain an application, visit

Charity collection ends Dec. 17

Miner Library in the Medical Center is collecting items until Dec. 17 for Melita House and Mercy Residential Services. Items needed include toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, liquid soap, combs and brushes, baby wipes, baby lotion, baby shampoo, wash cloths, baby laundry soap, and diapers (sizes 3–6). Donations may be dropped off inside the Miner Library entrance.

Computer Sales: Holiday financing available

University IT Computer Sales has partnered with Advantage Federal Credit Union to offer financing on personal purchases. The program features fast approval, low rates, no payments for 90 days, and a direct deposit payment option (setup through Advantage FCU).

Visit University IT Computer Sales on the Web at or stop by their retail locations in the Medical Center (G-7220B) or Rush Rhees Library for details.