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Employee Assistance Program-Holiday Tips
Contact: Cherie Zieschang, 358-1569
Feeling the stress of the holiday season? Being relaxed and refreshed can make all the difference for a balanced holiday. Visit the Federal Occupational Health Web site at www.FOH.hhs.gov/BEST for tips on how the holidays can bring out the best in you, not get the best of you. Click on Spirit for relaxation techniques. Click on Body for tips on maintaining your weight. Click on Mind for ways to manage your relationships. To talk to the HQ counselor, Cheryl Marrow, call 1-800-222-0364 or 202-358-0130.

Reset Expiring Passwords Before the Holidays
Contact: Enterprise Service Desk, NASA-ESD@mail.nasa.gov, or 358-HELP (4357)
As a reminder, agency passwords expire every 60 days.  If you plan to be out of the office over the holidays, take a moment to ensure your passwords will not expire while you are away.  You can avoid this by resetting your NDC (desktop log-in/e-mail) and Launchpad passwords now.  To change your NDC password, visit the NOMAD Password Web page. To change your Launchpad password, visit the Launchpad Web site.

HQ Security Notice: Safety During the Holidays
Contact: Paul Raudenbush, 358-7322
As the holidays approach and crowds get bigger on the Metro and at shopping malls, please remain alert, be cautious and report suspicious activity. If someone’s actions are suspicious or unusual, contact the nearest police officer or security guard and report your observations. For more information, visit the Department of Homeland Security "If You See Something, Say Something"This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain public awareness campaign Web site. This program is designed to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism and violent crime, and to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper state and local law enforcement authorities.

E-mail Etiquette Topic #11 – Be Courteous
Contact: Tuesday Dodson, 358-1184
Use discretion when forwarding e-mails. Check before forwarding person-to-person e-mails. Respond to e-mails promptly, even if your reply is, "Sorry, I'm too busy right now. But I will try to respond by…" Don't overuse the High Importance setting - What is important to you may not be important to your reader. If your e-mail has a due date, use "Flags" or if you need to send it at a specific time, use "Delayed Send." Click the Help button to find out more information about using Flags or Delayed Send. For more E-mail Etiquette topics, visit the E-mail Etiquette Campaign Web page

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Extended
New Deadline:  December 31, 2011
Contact: Natalie Simms, 358-1827
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has extended the 2011 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).  The deadline to make One-Time and Recurring credit card, debit card, and electronic check pledges as well as Employee Express (EEX), CFCNCA Paperless Payroll, and Print-a-Paper Pledge donations is December 31, 2011. There are more than 4,000 pre-screened and approved charities in every area of interest. Your tax deductible donations support thousands of worthy causes.  For more information, such as how to donate and who your Team Captain and/or Key Worker is, visit: http://hqoperations.hq.nasa.gov/CFC-2011.html

REMINDER: Post-Employment Ethics Counseling
Contact: HQ Ethics Team, 358-2465
Employees retiring or leaving Government service are required to receive post-employment ethics counseling if they serve in one of the following positions: SES, SL, ST, GS-15, NEX, IPA, Expert or Consultant (SGE), Schedule C, Non-Career SES, Presidentially Appointed Senate Confirmed, or White House Fellow.  All other employees are welcome to request counseling. To schedule a post-employment briefing, contact the HQ Ethics Team.

2011-2012 Flu Shots
Time/Dates: Tuesday - Thursday; 1 - 3 p.m.
Location: Health Unit
Contact: Dellaoise Saunders, at 358-2600
Flu shots are available to all  NASA HQ civil service and contractor employees while supplies last. No appointment is necessary. This year's seasonal flu vaccine virus strains are identical to those contained in last year’s vaccine, containing the H1N1 and H3N2 influenza strains, as well as the influenza B strain. Flu is a seasonally occurring respiratory illness that can be transmitted from person to person. The best way to protect against influenza is to get vaccinated. October and November are the best months to get vaccinated, and it usually takes about 2 weeks after the shot is administered for the body to develop immunity. For more information, visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Web site This is a link to a site outside the NASA domainor see the CDC’s article Get Your Flu Vaccine: Stay Healthy This Flu Season! This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain

2011 NASA HQ Security Awareness Training
Deadline:  December 31, 2011
Location: SATERN
Contact: Steven Amodio, 358-0198
All employees badged for access to NASA HQ are required to complete this mandatory training.  Online training is available in SATERN.

Exchange Council Toys For Tots Drive
DeadlineDecember 15
Location: East and West Lobbies
Contact:  Susan Burch, 358-0550
Make a child's holiday brighter by giving a new, unwrapped, unopened toy to the Toys for Tots This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain drive.  Donation boxes are located in both the East and West Lobbies.

E-mail Etiquette Topic #10 – Prevent the “Reply All” Storm
Contact: Tuesday Dodson, 358-1184
Use "Reply to All" only if you really need your response seen by each person who received the original message.  Replying "all" to a distribution list could impact many people unknowingly and unnecessarily. Avoid using "reply all" to tell someone not to do a "reply all." For more E-mail Etiquette topics, visit http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/itcd/email_etiquette.html.

NASA Blood Drive
Date/Time: December 8, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: MIC 6
Contact: Health Unit, 358-2600 or Cherie Zieschang, 358-1569
All NASA civil service and contractor employees are invited to participate. Refreshments will be served to donors. To schedule an appointment online, visit: http://fasd.hq.nasa.gov/blood-drive.html. For assistance, contact Dell Saunders, R.N., in the Health Unit.

NASA Cyber Security Presentation - Protecting Your Home Computer
Date/Time: December 7, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
RegistrationITSATC@lists.nasa.gov (see instructions below)
Location: Room MIC-5A
Contact: Greg Kerr, 358-2218 or Darline Brown, 358-2039
NASA’s IT Security Awareness and Training Center (ITSATC) is conducting a Webinar to answer questions about protecting your home computer. Learn what you can do to protect your home computer from viruses and malicious attacks. This Webinar counts as 1 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit; pre-registration is required. Send an e-mail to ITSATC@lists.nasa.gov with the subject " WebEx – Home Computer," and indicate you will attend. You must register in order to receive your CPE credit.

Exchange Council Holiday Celebration
Date/Time: December 7, 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.
Location:  Room 2E39
Contact: Denise Holley, 358-2566 or Tekla Szelong, 358-2583
Join the Exchange Council and the NASA Federal Credit Union for some holiday cheer at our annual holiday social. Celebrate the holiday season with co-workers and friends, and enjoy chocolate fondue complete with a variety of sweet treats including strawberries, marshmallows, and pretzels.  Play holiday games, and spread some cheer by making cards and boxes or donating items to our troops.  Donations will be accepted during the holiday celebration.  A complete list of items  requested by the troops is available on the Exchange Council Event Calendar. Happy Holidays from your NASA Headquarters Exchange Council!

2011 CFC Carnival and Silent Auction
Date/Time: December 5, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location:  Room 2E39
Contact:  Natalie Simms, 358-1405
Join Administrator Charlie Bolden and Deputy Administrator Lori Garver at the 2011 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Carnival and Silent Auction and help raise funds toward NASA HQ’s CFC goal.  Enjoy carnival games, food, music, and other entertainment.  Silent auction items include a set of Apollo-era commemorative glasses, a delicious serving of cupcakes, free dance lessons, and more.  Can’t make it to the carnival?  Visit the HQ CFC Web site for details on how to donate online. There are more than 4,000 pre-screened and approved charities in every area of interest. Your tax deductible donations support thousands of worthy causes.

Spirit Day at Headquarters
Date:  December 2
HQ employees are invited to show their team spirit by wearing your favorite sports team colors and attire this Friday and the first Friday every month.

Enter the Holiday Door Decorating Contest
Date: November 14 – December 2
JudgingDecember 14
Contact: Angela Herring, 358-1698
Contact Angela to enter your office or individual cubicle door in a door decorating contest to win $50 gift certificates to the Exchange Store. Judging will be held December 14, and winners will be announced on December 15. Door judging categories are: Most Festive, Best NASA Theme, and Most Out of This World.  For decorating restrictions, contact Angela Herring or see decoration safety guidelines posted at http://www.hq.nasa.gov/exchange/social09.html.

NASA HQ First Annual Fall Craft Fair
Date/Time: November 29, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Room 2E39
Contact: Debbie Randall, 358-1173
Start your holiday shopping at the craft fair. Vendors will be selling jewelry, food, sculptures, make up, wood crafts, and other hand-made items. 

E-Mail Etiquette Topic #9 – Before Sending an E-mail Message…
Contact: Tuesday Dodson, 358-1184
1) Use Spell Check, but beware that if you use the wrong spelling of a word (i.e., two vs. to vs. too), the spell checker won't pick it up. 2) Use Proofreading Techniques - Read your e-mail once and save it as a draft, then read it again later.  3) "Think before you send" techniques - Read your e-mail out loud to ensure the tone is that which you desire; Write clear concise messages to avoid confusion.  4) Make sure your message is 508 compliant - All e-mail messages (internal or external) and attachments (graphics, audio, video, etc.) must be accessible to recipients with disabilities. Learn more about NASA Section 508 guidelines. For more E-mail Etiquette topics, visit the E-mail Etiquette Campaign Web page

Buyout And Early Out Opportunities
Application Window November 7-18, 2011
Informational BriefingsNovember 8 or 16, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location:  HQ ViTS Room (CD61)
Contact: Cyndi Bailey, 358-0672
The Office of Personnel Management has approved the NASA Headquarters request for Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment and Voluntary Early Retirement Authority. Eligible employees will receive a letter via email from the HQ Human Resources Management Division. The open window for applications will be November 7-18, 2011, and employees must depart by Dec. 31, 2011.   For details, attend an informational briefing listed above.

Records Management Procedures During Office Moves
Contact: Pat Southerland, HQ Records Manager, 358-0621
Do you know the Designated Records Liaison Officer for your organization? Your records liaison or HQ Records Management Team can provide valuable assistance with determining which records can be transferred to the Washington National Records Center (WNRC). Some general rules of the thumb: Records that are not being used for at least 180 days should be transferred; separate your permanent records from your temporary records; and pack your records according to your organizational file plan.

Process for Requesting New Form Design Services and Revising/Cancelling Existing Forms
Contact:  Patricia Southerland, HQ Forms Manager, 358-0621
The Information Technology and Communications Division (ITCD) creates new and revised Headquarters forms. To request a new or revised form, just submit a service request (SR) in the ITCD Work Management System.  When submitting your request, include as much detail as possible, as well as your desired/estimated completion date.

EAP Seminar: Stressed During the Holiday Season?
Date/Time: November 16, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
RSVP Deadline:  November 15
Location:  MIC-6A
ContactCheryl Marrow, 358-0130
The holidays are a time where expectations and reality often collide.  Childhood memories, unfamiliar traditions, and the economic situation of families can have an impact on one’s ability to enjoy the holidays.  The “Ups and Downs of the Holiday Season” is a seminar,  presented by Cheryl Marrow, HQ EAP  counselor, to help participants enhance their skills to enable them to enjoy themselves during the holiday season

E-mail Etiquette Topic #8 – Use Encryption When Appropriate
Contact: Tuesday Dodson, 358-1184.
Unencrypted e-mail does not protect message confidentiality. It is the equivalent of sending a post card through regular postal mail where anyone can read it if they chose to. Also, sensitive information should never be included in an e-mail's subject line as this field is transmitted unencrypted even when the message itself is encrypted. To learn more about encryption, visit the Entrust Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Web page (accessible to NASA only). For more E-mail Etiquette topics, visit E-mail Etiquette topics online.

“NASA HQ Be Prepared” Lunch & Learn Series
Date/Time: November 16, 12:00 p.m.
Location: MIC-7A
Contact: Joe Costanza, 358-2279
All NASA Headquarters personnel are invited to attend the next session in this series hosted by the HQ Emergency Management Team. We will host a discussion on the NASA HQ Occupant Emergency Plan, highlighting important tools and information for all HQ personnel. Please bring your lunch and attend this informal group session to help you “Know Your Stuff and Be Prepared!”

EAP Support Group: Learn to Manage Your Stress
Dates/Time: Wednesdays, October 12, November 9, and December 14, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Room 2V76
Contact: Cheryl Marrow, 202-358-0130
This lunch time support group facilitated by the Headquarters Employee Assistance Program (EAP) counselor will help participants assess how they are affected by stress cognitively, emotionally and physically.  Participants will be provided a variety of coping strategies.  Seating is limited.  To register, send an e-mail to Cheryl Marrow.

FEHB Open Season Health Fair
Date/Time: November 8, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: West Lobby
Open Season:  November 14 – December 12, 2011
Contact: Alisa Lambright, 358-1579
Representatives from area Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) carriers will be available at the Health Fair to answer your questions. Plan to attend and learn more about your health care options.

HQ Blacks In Government (BIG) Humanitarian Fundraiser
Date/Time: November 3, noon - 2 p.m.
Location:  West Lobby  
Contact: Minyon Jackson, 358-2248
The NASA HQ Chapter of Blacks in Government (BIG) will be conducting a fundraiser to collect donations for a local homeless shelter.  All employees are invited to bring in an item to donate (coats, shoes, non-perishable food items, etc.) and receive a baked good or fruit.

Spirit Day at Headquarters
Date:  November 4
HQ employees are invited to show their team spirit by wearing their favorite sports team colors and attire this Friday, November 4, and the first Friday of every month.

NASA HQ Town Hall Meeting
Date/Time: November 3, 10 – 11 a.m.
Location: Auditorium and WebEx
The Office of Headquarters Operations will host a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, November 3.  Agenda items include a building reconfiguration update, the hiring freeze, and new IT services. Other topics include upcoming Exchange Council events. All HQ civil service and contractor employees are encouraged to attend or join via audio bridge or WebEx.  

Headquarters Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Kick-Off
Date/Time: November 2, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: HQ Auditorium
Contact: Kirk Sander 358-1424
The 2011 NASA Headquarters Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is underway and extends through Dec. 15.  Join us for a special CFC Kick-Off on Wednesday, November 2 at 11 a.m. in the HQ auditorium.  There are more than 4,000 pre-screened and approved charities in every area of interest. Your tax deductible donations support thousands of worthy causes.  For more information, such as how to donate and who your Team Captain and/or Key Worker is, visit: http://hqoperations.hq.nasa.gov/CFC-2011.html

2011 American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month Observance
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 2, 9:50 a.m. – 12 noon
Location:   Health and Human Services, The Great Hall,
                    200 Independence Avenue, SW
Contact: Claudia Silver, 358-0936
The program features D.J. “Eagle Bear” Vanas, who is a decorated officer in the U.S. Air Force, a motivational storyteller, leadership expert, author and warrior.  He uses traditional warrior concepts and wisdom to inspire others to achieve their best in life and career.  This program will also feature a musical performance by Cody Sunbear Blackbird, the 2011 Native American Music Awards (NAMA) Flutist of the Year and performances by the Black Bear Drum/Singers Group.  This is a Southwest Interagency Partnership Event.  All Headquarters employees are invited to attend.

Headquarters Honor Awards Ceremony
Date/Time: November 1, 1:30 p.m.
Location:  Auditorium
Contact: Rhonda Taylor, 358-0444  
The Headquarters Honor Awards ceremony recognizes employees who made significant contributions to the Headquarters community. All employees are invited to attend. A reception will follow in the West Lobby.

E-mail Etiquette Topic #7 – What Takes Up a Large Portion of E-mail Storage?
Contact: Tuesday Dodson 358-1184.
When it comes to e-mail storage space, certain things take up more space than you know.  Pictures or animated graphics in your signature take up space on your recipients' computers and on the e-mail servers.  Themes or Stationery (colorful backgrounds in your e-mails) are actually images and take up a lot of your allotted storage space and impacts your recipients' storage limits as well.  For more E-mail Etiquette topics, visit E-mail Etiquette topics online.

I3P Town Hall Meeting – Replay Available Online and Opportunity for Questions
Contact:  Eldora Valentine, 358-3968
If you missed the October 14 Agency Town Hall meeting which presented an overview of the NASA I3P (IT Infrastructure Integration Program), visit the OCIO I3P Web site to view it online. You can also review the PowerPoint presentation and notes from the question and answer session.  The meeting was held to raise awareness about I3P and bring service executives and vendors together in one room to discuss the program. Experts were on hand to answer questions in real time.  You now have the chance to submit additional questions online about I3P. Simply send your questions to AskI3P@nasa.gov, and they will be answered and posted on the OCIO I3P Web site.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month
October 2011 marks the eighth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  The NASA Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) is encouraging all NASA personnel to “Stop. Think. Connect.” – A simple action for all of us to employ to stay safer and more secure online.  Visit the OCIO Web page for tips on how to stay safe online All NASA HQ personnel are encouraged to attend ITCD’s Home Computer Security Brown Bag sessions, held each month.  Visit the ITCD Home Computer Security Web page for class schedules and registration information.

IT Summit Presentations Available Online
Contact:  Eldora Valentine, 358-3968
Whether you attended the August 2011 NASA IT Summit in person, participated remotely, or wanted to be there, now everyone has the opportunity to review the plethora of interesting topics that were presented at the conference!  IT Summit Presentations, as well as videos of the keynote speakers are now available online, as well as additional conference materials.  Topics ranged from Mission IT, Security, Green IT, and Collaboration to developing our future workforce.  In addition, you’ll enjoy viewing videos of well-known keynote speakers, who addressed the global subjects of innovation and the future of IT.

Annual Ethics Training
Deadline:  October 31, 2011
Training Options:  See HQ Ethics Training Schedule Web Page 
Contact: HQ Ethics Team, 358-2465
Anyone who files a Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) or a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-450) is required to take ethics training every year.  This training requirement may be satisfied by attending a live training session or by completing the Web-based training module in SATERN.

Exchange Council Halloween Costume Contest and Trick or Treating
Date: October 27, 2011
Trick or Treat:  9 – 11 a.m., HQ Building
Contest Registration and Judging:  11 a.m., West Lobby
Costume Showcase:  12 noon, Auditorium
Contact: Kevin Ortegel, 358-1486 or Susan Burch, 358-0550
Prizes will be awarded for the Most Original, Elaborate, and Funniest costumes. There will also be a Best Group award (no more than 8 entrants per group). Costumed participants can trick-or-treat around HQ offices from 9-11 a.m. You can pick up trick-or-treat bags and information on the candy route in the West Lobby in the morning on October 27.

“There’s No Place Like CSSC” Open House
Date/Time: October 27, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Location:  Room CL78
Contact: Cindy Miller, 358-0622
Follow the yellow brick road to the Wizard of “E” themed Halloween Open House. Learn about how NASA is communicating with new digital products. Check out NASA eBooks, rich media digital publishing on iPads, take a tour of “Munchkin Land, the Haunted Forest, and E. Merald City” to find out how the Communications Support Services Center (CSSC) can help you with your communication products. You can also collect some treats from the costumed characters.

2011-2012 Flu Shots
Time/Dates: October 11-14 and October 17-21, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
                       Beginning Oct 25, every Tues.-Thurs.; 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Health Unit
Contact: Dellaoise Saunders, at 358-2600
Flu shots are available to NASA civil service employees on a first-come, first-serve basis, while supplies last. No appointment is necessary. This year's seasonal flu vaccine virus strains are identical to those contained in last year’s vaccine, containing the H1N1 and H3N2 influenza strains, as well as the influenza B strain. Flu is a seasonally occurring respiratory illness that can be transmitted from person to person. The best way to protect against influenza is to get vaccinated. October and November are the best months to get vaccinated, and it usually takes about 2 weeks after the shot is administered for the body to develop immunity. For more information, visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Web site This is a link to a site outside the NASA domainor see the CDC’s article Get Your Flu Vaccine: Stay Healthy This Flu Season! This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain

2011 Disability Employment Awareness Month Observance
Date/Time: October 20, 1 p.m.
Location:   Glennan Conference Assembly Room
Contact: Claudia Silver, 358-0936
The program features Ms. Bonnie St. John, the first African American to win Paralympic medals in ski racing, an author, inspirational speaker, coach, TV personality and highly sought after keynote speaker.  Please join us as she shares her inspiring story of a "one-legged African American girl from San Diego with no money and no snow" who went on to compete in the Paralympics as a speed racer. All Headquarters employees are invited to attend.

E-mail Etiquette Topic #6 - Think Before You Attach
Contact: Tuesday Dodson, 358-1184
Avoid sending attachments whenever possible. These take up a large portion of your e-mail storage (in your Sent Items folder) and also impact your recipient's e-mail storage. If you must send attachments, documents should not be over the 20 megabyte limit! Alternatives to sending attachments through e-mail are 1) Post documents on a Web page or SharePoint site and then provide a link, 2) Post documents on a shared drive 3) Use the Large File Transfer Program. See more E-mail Etiquette topics online.

I3P Live Town Hall Meeting
Date/Time: October 14, 2011, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Location:  NASA HQ Auditorium and streamed online
Contact:  Eldora Valentine, 358-3968
An Agency town hall meeting will be hosted at HQ to provide an update on the NASA I3P (IT Infrastructure Integration Program). The live broadcast will seek to raise awareness about I3P, and will bring service executives and vendors together in one room to discuss the program.  Experts will be able to provide answers to questions in “real time.”  The panel expects to answer questions including the transition schedule, what I3P means for the technical community, changes at each Center, and general I3P concerns from end users. 

NASA Enterprise Service Desk (ESD) Training
Dates/Times/Locations: October 11, 12:30-2 p.m. and 2:30 – 4 p.m., Room 8R40  October 12, 8-9:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m., Room 2E39
Contact:  Tuesday Dodson, 202-358-1184
The way you order or request assistance for your IT equipment and services at NASA HQ is changing.  The Enterprise Service Desk (ESD) will begin operation on November 1, 2011, and will replace the current IT (ODIN) Help Desk.  To learn more, all NASA HQ personnel are encouraged to attend introductory training on October 11 or 12.  An informative presentation will introduce you to ESD and provide an overview of ESD supported services and transition schedule. You will learn how to contact the ESD, submit tickets, use the self-help site, etc.  For more information about the ESD transition at HQ, visit itcd.hq.nasa.gov/ESD_transition.html

Congressional Hearing: “What Makes for Successful K-12 STEM Education”
Date/Time:  October 12, 10 a.m.
Location:  NASA HQ Channel 76
View live coverage of the House Research and Science Education Subcommittee hearing.

Congressional Hearing: “The International Space Station Lessons from the Soyuz Rocket Failure and Return to Flight”
Date/Time: October 12, 2 p.m.
Location:  NASA HQ Channel 76
View the House Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee hearing. Witnesses: Bill Gerstenmaier, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, and Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Stafford, USAF (Ret.).

2011 NASA HQ Security Awareness Training
Date/Time: Classroom Sessions Oct. 4, 6, 11, or 13; 1:30 p.m.
DeadlineDecember 31, 2011
Location: Glennan Conference Center (1O35) or in SATERN
Contact: Steven Amodio, 358-0198
All employees badged for access to NASA HQ are required to complete this mandatory training.  Online training is available in SATERN. Or you may attend a 1-hour classroom session in the Glennan Conference Center (1O35).

Flash Mentoring Session
Date/Time: October 13, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
RegistrationSATERN (HQ-eMerge Flash Mentoring Session)
Location: Room 2E39
Contact: Susan Snyder, 358-1064
All HQ civil servants are invited to participate in a “Flash Mentoring Session” and to learn more about the new eMerge Mentoring Program pilot. In this fast-paced mentoring process, NASA HQ leaders and guest executives from agencies such as the Department of Justice and the U.S. Postal Service will share advice and answer career, work and life balance, and other relevant questions “in a flash.” Space is limited.

NASA Blood Drive
Date/Time: October 13, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: MIC 6
Contact: Health Unit, 358-2600 or Cherie Zieschang, 358-1569
All NASA civil service and contractor employees are invited to participate. Refreshments will be served to donors. To schedule an appointment online, visit: http://oim.hq.nasa.gov/hqsops/hqfac/blood-drive.html. For assistance, contact Dell Saunders, R.N., in the Health Unit.

NASA HQ Toastmasters Open House and Meeting
Date/Time: October 6, Noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Room 2E39
Contact: Darline Brown, 358-2039
NASA HQ Toastmasters invites all employees to attend an open house and a Toastmasters meeting. This special event will include refreshments and door prizes. Plan to attend and learn more about Toastmasters at HQ.

U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Displays
Date: September 23 - October 2
Location: National Mall’s West Potomac Park, Washington
Contact: Eugene Mszar, 358-2292
Visit the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon displays in West Potomac Park. The Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The displays are open to the public free of charge September 23 - October 2. Visitors can tour the houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes, and learn how energy-saving features can help them save money today. For details, visit:  http://www.solardecathlon.gov/ This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain

"NASA | ART: 50 Years of Exploration"
Date/TimeThrough October 9, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location:  National Air and Space Museum (NASM)
This exhibit, which is currently on view at the National Air and Space Museum, features more than 70 works by artists as diverse as Annie Leibovitz, Alexander Calder, Nam June Paik, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol, and William Wegman. The exhibition includes drawings, photographs, sculpture and other art forms and media from the collections of NASA and NASM. For additional information, see the NASA news release

2011 Hispanic Heritage Month Observance Program
Date/Time: September 29, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location:  Wilbur J. Cohen Auditorium, 330 Independence Avenue SW, (C Street Entrance)
Contact:  Claudia Silver, 358-0936
This program will feature Dr. Frederick Soto, a published author and one of America’s leading motivational speakers and authorities on diversity and leadership.  This program is sponsored by the Southwest Interagency Committee (SWIC SEP) and will include a cultural food tasting and a Zumba demonstration.  All Headquarters’ employees are invited to attend.

Exchange Store Inventory Sale
Date: September 19-30
Contact: Wick Cromwell, 358-0163
The Exchange Store is holding its biggest inventory sale to date. Stop by and save 25 percent on all store items (except snacks and water.) It’s a great opportunity to buy gifts for the holidays.

EAP Seminar: Suicide Awareness
Date/Time: September 28, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
RSVP Deadline:  September 26
Location: Room MIC6A (6H45-A)
Contact:  Cheryl Marrow, 202-358-0130
Suicide is on the increase in our nation today.  Every 15 minutes another life is lost to suicide.  The elderly, children, and those experiencing financial losses are all at risk.  The HQ Employee Assistance Program (EAP) will present a seminar on Suicide Awareness Strategies.  The risk factors for suicide, how to recognize the signs, and what you can do to intervene or access help will be addressed.  Enhancing your understanding of this topic may save a life.   

Stroke Prevention/Carotid Artery and Osteoporosis/Bone Density Screenings
Stroke Prevention: September 20 and 26; 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Osteoporosis: September 23 and 30; 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location:  Health Unit
Schedule Appointment:  800-686-3035
The Health Unit will offer free osteoporosis/bone density and stroke prevention/carotid artery screenings by the American Screening Association to NASA civil service employees. First come, first served. To schedule an appointment please call (800) 686-3035. For information on bone health and osteoporosis, visit http://www.nof.org This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain and for information on stroke and carotid artery disease, visit http://www.strokeassociation.org This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain.

Emergency Evacuation Assistance
Contact:  Claudia Silver, 358-0936
In the event of an emergency, NASA HQ wants to ensure the safe evacuation of all employees.  NASA HQ provides emergency evacuation assistance to individuals who may be experiencing a temporary impairment, as well as those with a permanent disability or medical condition.  If you experienced any difficulties during our recent earthquake building evacuation, please contact Claudia Silver to arrange for a personal and confidential interview to develop an effective emergency evacuation plan.

Relaunch of NASA@Work Collaborative Program
Contacts: Jason Derleth, 358-0987, Jennifer Fogarty, 281-483-9753
Based on the overwhelming success of and participation with the NASA@Work pilot program, NASA is pleased to announce the official Agency-wide re-launch of the NASA@Work collaborative program. NASA@Work is an internal collaboration platform that connects the collective knowledge of individual experts from all areas within the NASA organization via a private web-based environment supported by InnoCentive. The platform provides a venue for Challenge Owners, those looking for solutions or new ideas, to pose challenges to internal Solvers, those within NASA with the skill and desire to create enlightened solutions. The Solvers who deliver the best innovative ideas can win awards and will be recognized for their contributions at the 2012 NASA Program Management (PM) challenge. For details, see: http://www.nasa.gov/offices/oct/home/nasa@work.html.

Exchange Council Fan Day 2011
Date/Time: September 22, noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Room 2E39
Contact: Denise Holley, 358-2566 and Tekla Szelong, 358-2583
The Exchange Council invites you to show your team spirit by wearing your favorite sports team attire for Fan Day 2011. Lunch fare will include hot dogs and popcorn, and the NASA Federal Credit Union will be sponsoring games.

Congressional Hearing on NASA HQ Channel 76
Date/Time: September 22, 10 a.m. – noon
Location: NASA HQ internal Channel 76 or the HQ internal Webcast
View the Full Committee hearing before the House Science, Space and Technology Committee on “NASA Human Spaceflight Past, Present, and Future” on NASA HQ internal channel 76. Witnesses include former astronauts Neil Armstrong and Eugene Cernan; Dr. Michael D. Griffin, former NASA administrator; currently a professor at University of Alabama in Huntsville; and Dr. Maria Zuber, a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

I3P Live Town Hall Meeting - Postponed
Date/Time:  September 16, 2011, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Location:  NASA HQ Auditorium and streamed online
Contact:  Eldora Valentine, 358-3968
The Agency town hall meeting originally scheduled for September 16 has been postponed.  The new date will be announcement when available.

E-mail Etiquette Topic #4 - The K.I.S. Approach
Contact: Tuesday Dodson, 358-1184
Provide sufficient information in the body of your e-mail but “Keep It Simple.”  Don’t make an e-mail longer than it needs to be. Use short paragraphs and blank lines between each paragraph. When making points, use numbers, lists, or bullets. Add a link to an online document or Web page for those needing details. See more E-mail Etiquette topics online.

Annual Ethics Training
Date/TimeSeptember 22 10 – 11 a.m.                      
Location:  Glennan Conference Room (Room 1035)
Contact: HQ Ethics Team, 358-2465
Anyone who files a Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) or a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-450) is required to take ethics training every year.  This training requirement may be satisfied by attending a live training session or by completing the Web-based training module in SATERN.  Additional sessions will be announced in the near future.

I3P Live Town Hall Meeting
Date/Time:  September 16, 2011, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Location:  NASA HQ Auditorium and streamed online
Contact:  Eldora Valentine, 358-3968
An Agency town hall meeting will be hosted at HQ to provide an update on the NASA I3P (IT Infrastructure Integration Program). The live broadcast will seek to raise awareness about I3P, and will bring service executives and vendors together in one room to discuss the program.  Experts will be able to provide answers to questions in “real time.”  The panel expects to answer questions including the transition schedule, what I3P means for the technical community, changes at each Center, and general I3P concerns from end users.

“Be Prepared” Lunch and Learn Series
Date/Time: September 14, 12 noon – 1 p.m.
Location: MIC-7A
Contact: Joe Costanza, 358-2279
All HQ personnel are invited to attend the next session in this series hosted by the HQ Emergency Management Team. Cheri Zieschang of the HQ Facilities and Administrative Services Division will discuss Pandemic Preparedness at NASA HQ. Please bring your lunch and attend this informal group session to help you “Know Your Stuff and Be Prepared!”

9/11 10th Anniversary Commemorative Program
Date/Time: September 13, 9-10 a.m.
Location: HQ Auditorium, NASA TV and the Web
Contact: Ruth McWilliams, 358-5125  
All employees are invited to join Administrator Bolden and Deputy Administrator Garver at a special program to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on America. The commemoration includes remarks from a New York first responder and a former Pentagon employee. Former Astronaut Frank Culbertson who was serving as Expedition 3 Commander on the International Space Station on September 11, 2001, will also speak at the event. The program will be carried live on NASA TV and the Web.

Emergency Preparedness Forum
Date/Time: September 13, 2-3 p.m.
Location: HQ Auditorium
Contact: Darrius Lewis, 358-0608
All NASA Headquarters personnel are invited to join Administrator Bolden in celebrating National Preparedness Month at the Emergency Preparedness Forum. Robert Devlin, Deputy Director of Center Operations at Marshall Space Flight Center, will discuss how the severe weather incidents of April 2011 impacted our NASA family at MSFC and the recovery process.

“Commercializing Innovation” Forum
Date/Time: September 13
Registration DeadlineSeptember 9
Registration Fee:  $25 (includes refreshments and lunch)
Location: Marymount University, Ballston Campus, Arlington, VA
Contact: John Emond, 358-1686
“Commercializing Innovation:  Attracting Investors and Entrepreneurs,” is a forum highlighting financial and technology challenges and opportunities for companies and other organizations in the Washington Metro region. Representatives from Federal labs (including Goddard Space Flight Center), academia, economic development groups, and industry will be presenting. For details and to register, go to: http://www.hrtc.org/en/cev/645.

National Preparedness West Lobby Event
Date/Time: September 13, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: West Lobby
Contact: Darrius Lewis, 358-0608
All HQ personnel are invited to attend the National Preparedness Month West Lobby event, featuring guests from the Humane Society, D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, Federal Emergency Management Agency, American Red Cross, and the NASA HQ Emergency Management Team, along with other guests. Please plan on attending this event to receive useful information on topics that include Family/Personal Preparedness.

Maryland Renaissance Festival Tickets
DatesOpen weekends August 27 – October 23
Contact: Debbie Randall, 358-1173
The Exchange Store has discount tickets for the Maryland Renaissance Festival in Crownsville, MD.  Headquarters civil service and contractor employees may purchase tickets for $15 for adults and $8 for youth (ages 7 - 15). The festival is open on weekends August 27 - October 23. For details and directions, visit: http://www.rennfest.com This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain.

Skin Cancer Screenings
Dates/Times:   September 8, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and
                          September 15
, Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Health Unit (Room CD70)
Contact: Health Unit, 358-2600
The Health Unit is offering free skin cancer screenings on a first come first serve basis, to NASA civil service employees. The screening will be performed by board-certified dermatologist Dr. McKinley-Grant. To schedule an appointment, contact the Health Unit.

Introduction to American Sign Language (ASL)
Date/Time: Every Thursday, September 8-29, 12-12:45 p.m.
Location:  Room 7H45
Registration:  Contact Claudia Silver, 358-0936
The Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management (EODM) Division is hosting a 4-week long workshop introducing participants to the art of communicating via American Sign Language (ASL). Led by a NASA employee, this "hands on" course will challenge your brain to learn a new language while developing an awareness of the community and culture of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. Pre-registration is mandatory!

Organized Lunch Break Walking Group
Date/Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m.
Location: Meet in West Lobby
Contact: Fitness Center, 358-0138
Weather-permitting, the Fitness Center will resume its organized walking group on Monday, March 21. The group meets in the West Lobby by the Exchange Store twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and walks for 60 minutes.

E-Mail Etiquette Topic #3 – Managing Distribution Lists
Contact: Tuesday Dodson, 358-1184
Keeping your Distribution Lists (DL) current is important. Review the lists you own/maintain and remove names when personnel changes take place. Take action on bounce back notifications to ensure your DL is always current. When creating new DL, choose the type of list that best fits your needs: A personal DL resides on your computer and only you can use it. A global DL resides on the server and anyone can use it (based on parameters set up  by the owner). For more about distribution lists, visit http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/itcd/email_list.html. For more E-mail Etiquette topics, visit http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/itcd/email_etiquette.html

JSC Innovation Lecture Series Event at HQ
Date/Time:  September 7, 1 - 3 p.m.
Location: Auditorium
Contact: Josh Buck, 358-1100
The Space Life Sciences Directorate at Johnson Space Center is hosting its lecture series event at Headquarters. The speaker, Eva Guinan, M.D., will present “Opening Up Academic Biomedical Research:  Experiments in Genomics and Type 1 Diabetes.” This presentation offers some data on the application of alternative approaches to hypothesis generation, evaluation of innovative solutions and attracting new solvers to difficult research problems. Dr. Guinan is the Associate Director, Center for Clinical and Translational Research, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Medical Director, Laboratory of Innovative Translational Technology and Director, Linkages Program, Harvard Medical School Clinical Translational Science Center. All employees are invited to attend.

Feds Feed Families Contest – As Only NASA “Can” Summer Madness
Contest:  July through August 2011
Agency Champions: Kevin Ortegel, 358-1486 and Cindy Steele
HQ Champions: Alethea Mack and Kim Bennett
The final round in the “As Only NASA “Can” Summer Madness” competition will end on August 31.  It’s Science Mission Directorate vs. Mission Support Directorate Front Office/Strategic Infrastructure. For the months of July and August, HQ organizations (placed into sixteen teams) went head-to-head to see who could donate the most food items.  The organization that wins all the rounds will receive a trophy for its accomplishment. Follow the matchups and results online at http://www.hq.nasa.gov/hq/docs/As_Only_NASA_Can_Brackets.xlsx.  HQ is just over 5,500 pounds for the entire campaign, nearly doubling what we did last year.

Follow the Feds Feed Families campaign online at http://www.fedsfeedfamilies.gov This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain, on Facebook at “Feds Feed Families,” and on Twitter at @FedFoodDrive. For general information about the Feds Feed Families food drive, please visit: http://www.fedsfeedfamilies.gov This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain. Thank you all for helping to combat hunger in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area!

Take Your Children To Work Day Photos
Contact: Felicia Toney, 358-0366
The HQ Take Your Children To Work Day program was a big success! Many thanks to the many volunteers and directorates that participated/contributed to the event! The Photo Gallery is ready for viewing!

New NASA History Monograph on Dryden
Contact: NASA History Program Office, 358-0384, Room CO72
Headquarters employees are invited to pick up a free copy of the monograph, “The Spoken Word II:  Recollections of Dryden History Beyond the Sky” (NASA SP-2011-4542) edited by Curtis Peebles. This collection of oral histories is a follow-on to Peeble’s earlier Monograph in Aerospace History #30. This new monograph will be posted in PDF format soon.

NASA Day At Six Flags
Date: August 27
Location:  Six Flags America, Largo, MD
Contact: Debbie Randall 358-1173
NASA Day at Six Flags is open to Headquarters and Goddard Space Flight Center employees, their families and friends. Tickets are available in the Exchange Store. The cost of admission includes a full lunch. Tickets are $34 per person for ages 4 and above. Children under age 4 have free admission. (The price increases $3 after Aug. 12.) Meal tickets are available for $13 for season pass holders. For details, see the Exchange Council calendar at: http://www.hq.nasa.gov/exchange/index.html

E-mail Etiquette Topics #2: To, Cc and Bcc Lines
Contact: Tuesday Dodson, 358-1184
It’s important to use the proper line to address your recipients when sending email. The To: line is for the person who needs to take action, the Cc: line is for information only (no action required), and the Bcc: line is to blind copy someone.  When sending to a large audience and it is not necessary for everyone to see the recipients of the e-mail, enter the addresses in the Bcc: line.  When recipients use "Reply All" from the Bcc: line, only the originator and those in the Cc: line will receive the reply. For more E-mail Etiquette topics, visit: http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/itcd/email_etiquette.html

Exchange Council Crab Feast
Date/Time: Aug. 25, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Second Floor Patio
Contact: Karen White, 358-1056
Tickets are now on sale in the Exchange Store. Prices are $20 per person for adults and $12 for children (ages 5-10). The crab feast menu includes hot steamed crabs, side dishes and drinks.

Sneak Preview of What’s Coming to NASA - Get (In) on NASA Innovation!
DatesWednesday, August 24, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: West Lobby
Contact: Brady Decker, 358-2520
Learn about the Innovation Ecosystem, enjoy some of the cross-cutting, mission-enabling technology demonstrations available in (In)novations, and navigate innovate.nasa.gov all before the Innovation Ecosystem’s official launch at HQ later this fall. Project representatives will be on hand to answer your questions, discuss the Innovation Ecosystem’s components (including its collaboration and partnering aspects), and introduce you to over 15 emerging technologies with potential impact to NASA.

In addition to a sneak preview of the NASA Innovation Ecosystem, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) will be on hand to provide a glimpse into their “IT Petting Zoo” which features the latest in IT consumerization tools and applications for evaluation in advance of availability in the catalog. Demonstrations of emerging IT and consumer electronics being used across the Lab will be available.

“eMerge” Mentoring Program
Deadline ExtendedAugust 24
Informational Briefing:  August 17, 10 – 11:30 a.m., Room 3P44
Contact:  Susan Snyder, 358-1064
The HQ HRMD/Employee and Organizational Excellence Branch is extending the “Call for Mentors” for the new “eMerge” Mentoring Program. Civil servants who are interested in learning more about the program, roles, components, and timeline are invited to attend an Information briefing on Wednesday, August 17 from 10 - 11:30 a.m., in Room 3P44.

New NASA History Publication Available
Location: NASA History Program Office, Room CO72
Headquarters employees are invited to pick up free copies of “Psychology of Space Exploration: Contemporary Research in Historical Perspective” (NASA SP-2011-4411) in Room CO72. This book is a new collection of essays edited by Douglas A. Vakoch, a professor of clinical psychology and director of Interstellar Message Composition, SETI Institute. This book is also available online at: http://history.nasa.gov/SP-4411.pdf

Feds Feed Families Contest – As Only NASA “Can” Summer Madness
Contest:  July through August 2011
Agency Champions: Kevin Ortegel, 358-1486 and Cindy Steele
HQ Champions: Alethea Mack and Kim Bennett
The Feds Feed Families team at HQ is hosting a tournament-style contest beginning July 5 called As Only NASA “Can” Summer Madness. For the months of July and August, HQ organizations (placed into sixteen teams) will go head-to-head to see who can donate the most food items.  A box was provided to each organization to place their donations. Each round will last 2 weeks, and the organization with the most pounds will advance to the next round. The losing organization will become a team member of the winning organization to help defeat the next round’s opponent. The organization that wins all the rounds will receive a trophy for its accomplishment. Follow the matchups and results online at http://www.hq.nasa.gov/hq/docs/As_Only_NASA_Can_Brackets.xlsx

Follow the Feds Feed Families campaign online at http://www.fedsfeedfamilies.govThis is a link to a site outside the NASA domain, on Facebook at “Feds Feed Families,” and on Twitter at @FedFoodDrive. For general information about the Feds Feed Families food drive, please visit: http://www.fedsfeedfamilies.govThis is a link to a site outside the NASA domain. Thank you all for helping to combat hunger in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area!

NASA IT Summit Remote Engagement Opportunity
Dates: August 15-17, 2011
Location: Marriott Marquis Hotel, San Francisco
Registration: http://open.nasa.gov/itsummit This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain
Contact: Karen Harper, 358-1807
NASA's Chief Information Officer Linda Cureton will host the second annual IT Summit This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain August 15-17.  If you can’t make it to the Summit, you can still participate through two types of IT Summit remote engagement opportunities: Live Streaming or Live Call.  You will have access to the speaker’s abstract, presentation and biography. You can expect to interact with speakers, be actively engaged in interesting discussions, and learn something new about the topics that interest you. It’s the next best thing to being there! Check out the schedule, select your sessions, and register at http://open.nasa.gov/itsummit This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain. NASA employees and contractors welcome.

NASA Blood Drive
Date/Time: August 18, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location:  MIC-6
Contact: Health Unit, 358-2600  
All Headquarters personnel are encouraged to participate. Refreshments will be served to donors.  Step-by-step instructions on how to schedule an appointment online are available.If you need assistance scheduling your appointment, contact the Health Unit or Cherie Zieschang, 358-1569.

Home Computer Security – Brown Bag Sessions
Date/Time: August 18, noon (see schedule for future sessions)
Contact: Computer Training Center, 358-1111
Register:  SATERN (search term “hcs”)
Explore security settings for home equipment, learn how to browse safely and securely, and keep your computer up to date and secure. Learn how to avoid the “10 Mistakes Hackers Love” and learn how to create an exceptional password. For details and class information, visit the Home Computer Security training page .

Exchange Council Crab Feast - FULL
Date/Time: August 25, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Second Floor Patio
Contact: Karen White 358-1056
Tickets go on sale in the Exchange Store on Aug. 1. Prices are: $20 for adults and $12 for children (ages 5-10). The crab feast menu includes hot steamed crabs, side dishes, and drinks.

Screening Mammogram Appointments Available
Date/Time: August 16 , 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Tuesday, outside HQ Building
Contact: Betty Officer, 358-2600 (for questions only)
The GW Mammovan will be at Headquarters on Aug. 16. Eligible HQ civil service employees must call the GWU Mammovan office at 202-741-3252 by Aug. 2 to schedule an appointment, and provide the name and telephone number of a personal primary care physician willing to accept the mammogram results. For details, visit: http://fasd.hq.nasa.gov/mammograms.html.

NASA IT Summit: Better Act Now!
Dates: August 15-17, 2011
Location: Marriott Marquis Hotel, San Francisco
Registration: www.regonline.com/itsummit2011 This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain
Contact: Karen Harper, 358-1807
NASA’s second annual IT Summit is filling up fast – more than 1,450 people have registered. Act fast if you want a room in the reduced-rate conference block – they’re almost gone. NASA employees and contractors welcome. Registration and attendance are free, though you must arrange for your own accommodations and transportation.E-mail Etiquette Campaign Topic #1 – Meaningful Subject Lines
1) Write a brief but meaningful subject line when sending email messages.  Readers often scan the subject line to decide if they will open, forward, file, or delete it.  
2) Use the first words in the subject line to highlight the message content.  Example: ACTION: Performance Plans Due Friday, EVENT: All Hands Meeting – (date, time, etc.), FOR REVIEW: Time card updates are due …, etc.  
3) Avoid using the subject field to convey your message.  
Visit the E-mail Etiquette Campaign Web page to learn the Top 12 ways to identify if you are practicing proper e-mail etiquette.

Skin Cancer Screenings
Dates/Times:  August 4 and 25, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and September 8, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Location: Health Unit (Room CD70)
Contact: Health Unit, 358-2600
The Health Unit is offering free skin cancer screenings on a first come first serve basis, to NASA civil service employees. The screening will be performed by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Yolanda Holmes. To schedule an appointment, contact the Health Unit.

STS-134 Crew Presentation for HQ Employees
Date/Time: August 4, 10 a.m.
Location:  HQ Auditorium
Contact: Denise Young, 358-0701
Headquarters employees and their families are invited to attend a special post-flight presentation by the space shuttle Endeavour’s STS-134 crew. During the event, the astronauts will take questions from the audience. Members of the International Space Station Expedition 26/27 crew will attend the event.

Dunk Tank Contest Supporting Feds Feed Families
Date/Tim: Aug. 4, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Department of Energy West Plaza,
                  1000 Independence Ave., S.W.
Contact: Kevin Ortegel, 358-1486
The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a challenge to NASA to raise more donations for Feds Feed Families this summer. DOE has challenged NASA to a Dunk Tank Contest at the Department of Energy West Plaza. After a brief “exchange of words” at 11:30, the event will begin promptly at noon. Please join in the festivities and represent NASA. 

NASA History Seminar With Dr. John Logsdon
Date/Time: July 27, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Auditorium
Contact: Nadine Andreassen, 358-0087
Headquarters employees are invited to attend a seminar by George Washington University Professor Emeritus John Logsdon. Dr. Logsdon will hold a discussion on the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's speech on May 25, 1961, that committed the U.S. to landing on the moon. This seminar is sponsored by the Office of Communications, History Program.

Technology After-Showcase Open House
Dates:  July 26-28, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.,
Location:  Room 2K78
Contact:  Joe Lanasa, 358-0974
If you missed the Technology Showcase event in the West Lobby on July 21, you can still view the new computer options, multi-function devices (MFDs), and mobile device options coming to NASA HQ under the new I3P (IT Infrastructure Integration Program) End User Services contract.  For more information on the End User Services (ACES) transition at NASA HQ, visit http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/itcd/ACES_transition.html

E-mail Etiquette Campaign
Contact: Tuesday Dodson, 358-1184
Do you think email etiquette is a thing of the past? The Information Technology and Communications Division (ITCD) is conducting an E-mail Etiquette Campaign to help people use e-mail more efficiently and effectively, and minimize e-mail issues to ensure everyone has a positive e-mail experience.  A different topic will be displayed every 2 weeks in the East and West elevator lobbies starting on July 25.  Visit the E-mail Etiquette Campaign Web page to learn the Top 12 ways to identify if you are practicing proper e-mail etiquette.

The President’s Third Annual SAVE Award
Deadline:  July 29, 2011
The President’s third annual SAVE Award competition is now underway. All civil service employees are invited to submit suggestions about how their agency can save money and perform better. The winner will be invited to the White House to present his or her idea to the President. In addition, dozens of other employee ideas will be included in the President’s next budget submission. For details and to submit your ideas, visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/save-award. To participate in the competition, you must submit your ideas by Friday, July 29.

NASA History Seminar With Dr. John Logsdon
Date/Time: July 27, noon – 1 p.m.
Location:  Auditorium
Contact: Nadine Andreassen, 358-0087
Headquarters employees are invited to attend a seminar by George Washington University Professor Emeritus John Logsdon. Dr. Logsdon will hold a discussion on the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's speech on May 25, 1961, that committed the U.S. to landing on the moon. This seminar is sponsored by the Office of Communications, History Program.

National Council of La Raza Conference – NASA Exhibits
Date: July 23-25
Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Woodley Park Metro Station
Contact: Layla Dowdy, 358-0641
View the NASA exhibits at the Latino Family Expo at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) National Conference. The conference’s free Latin Family Expo is the largest national consumer fair designed to educate and inform the Latino community and others of products and services. NASA will showcase exciting, interactive displays such as scaled replicas of future crew space vehicles, demonstrations of NASA derived technology in everyday life, and an interactive system that invites users to feel what it’s like to explore the surface of Mars, work on the International Space Station and more.

I3P End User Services Technology Showcase
Date: Thursday, July 21, 2011, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., West Lobby
Contact: Joe Lanasa, 358-0974
See new computer options, multi-function devices (MFDs), and mobile device options coming to NASA HQ under the new I3P (IT Infrastructure Integration Program) End User Services contract. Join the Information Technology and Communications Division (ITCD) and the End User Services team for this hands-on showcase of technology.

EAP Seminar:  Managing Burnout
Date/Time: July 20, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
RSVP deadlineJuly 18
Location:   MIC6A (6H45-A)
Contact: Cheryl Marrow, 358-0130
This Employee Assistance Program (EAP) seminar will help participants identify features of burnout that cause physical and mental exhaustion, and lack of motivation to work.  Strategies and interventions for managing burnout will be addressed.

Publishing NASA Scientific Technical Information (STI)
Date/Time: July 19, 11 a.m. - noon
Location: Room CJ33
Reserve Seat: Contact Darline Brown, 358-2039
This session is designed for employees who need help publishing a NASA Scientific Technical Information (STI) document or information about the STI Program. Space is limited. For a definition of STI, visit: http://www.sti.nasa.gov/nasaonly/what/what.html
For a step-by-step guide to publishing STI, visit: http://www.sti.nasa.gov/nasaonly/publish/stepbystepguideHQ.html

Take Your Children to Work Day is FULL
Date:  July 20
Registration:  https://heckler.hq.nasa.gov/TCWD
Contact
: Felicia Toney, 358-0366
The Headquarters "Take Your Children To Work Day" program is scheduled for Wednesday, July 20. This event is targeted for children ages 7-15 and will include fun and educational hands-on activities. Registration was limited to the first 150 children; however, a wait list has been opened. To register children for the wait list, visit https://heckler.hq.nasa.gov/TCWD and follow the links to the registration page. You may also go online to register to volunteer at the event.

Exchange Council Ice Cream Social and Book Swap
Date/Time: July 13, 12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Location: West Lobby
Contact: Denise Holley, 358-2566
The Exchange Council is serving up a refreshing assortment of ice cream treats to cool you down. Limit one per customer and you must be present to receive it. In addition, bring your used books to share and swap with coworkers for summertime reading!

Reasonable Accommodations Brown Bag
Date/Time: July 7 or 14, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: EODM Conference Room (8N70)
Contact: Claudia Silver, 358-0936
Join the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management Division for a Brown Bag session which will include an overview of the NASA HQ process for providing accommodations to persons with disabilities and updates to the legal requirements. Seating is limited, so please RSVP to Claudia Silver.

Transformation of Agency IT Services – I3P
NASA is integrating and consolidating many IT services throughout the agency. This new effort is called the IT Infrastructure Integration Program, or I3P. I3P is specifically designed to better enable NASA’s missions, improve IT security, gain productivity efficiencies, and improve our purchasing power as an agency. It will affect every employee who uses IT services such as desktops, laptops, networks. Roll-out schedules will vary by center.  Headquarters-specific information will be provided when available. For details, see the Agency-wide message at: http://insidenasa.nasa.gov/ocio/i3p/Agency-wide_Messages.html

NASA Night at Nationals Park
Date/Time:  July 6, 7 p.m.
Location: Nationals Park
Contact: Paul Hertz, 358-0986
The Washington Nationals baseball team welcomes NASA Headquarters for their game against the Chicago Cubs. Group tickets (upper deck, infield) are only $10 each. All NASA employees, contractors, family and friends are welcome. To reserve tickets, email your ticket count to paul.hertz@nasa.gov by Friday, June 10. This event is sponsored by the Exchange Council.

Make Safety a Part of Your Independence Day Celebration
With the Fourth of July holiday weekend coming up, many of us will be on the highways traveling to visit and celebrate with family and friends! Remember to drive safely, and don’t drink and drive.  The Washington Regional Alcohol Program’s (WRAP) 2011 Independence’s Day SoberRide program will be offered on Monday, July 4 from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., Tuesday, July 5.  For information on how to get a free cab ride home, call 800-200-8294 (TAXI), dial #8294 (TAXI) on your AT&T wireless phone or visit www.soberride.com This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain.   For Fourth of July fun facts and other safety tips, visit: www.usa.gov/Topics/Independence_Day.shtml This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain. Make this a relaxing, safe, and enjoyable weekend!

2011 Agency Honor Awards Ceremony - Seating Changes
Date/Time: June 30, 2 p.m.
Location: Auditorium and NASA TV
Contact: Tracy Ware, 358-1236
All HQ employees are invited to attend the ceremony.   Due to space limitations, seating in the auditorium will only be available for awardees and designated guests. Seating for badged NASA employees is available in the Glennan Conference Room, 1Q39.  Seating for other guests is available in the Library, off of the West Lobby.   We apologize for any inconvenience and thanks for your cooperation.   Please note:  Everyone is  invited to attend the reception immediately following the ceremony in the West Lobby.

Third Annual Feds Feed Families Food Drive – Headquarters Activities
Campaign Duration: May 26 – August 31, 2011
Agency Champions: Kevin Ortegel, 358-1486 and Cindy Steele
HQ Champions: Alethea Mack and Kim Bennett
Announcing two activities for HQ personnel to support the Feds Feed Families food drive campaign:

Donation Sale Days - The Exchange Council will provide pre-packaged meals you can purchase for $5 and donate to the Feds Feed Families food drive at HQ. The “Donation Sale Days” will be announced monthly in “Heads Up.” All purchased meals can be dropped into the donation box conveniently located outside of the Exchange Store.

As Only NASA “Can” Summer Madness – During the months of July and August, HQ organizations will be formed into 16 teams that will go head-to-head to see who can bring in the most canned food items. At the conclusion of the “Can” challenge, the items will be weighed, and the organization with the highest number of pounds wins. Each round will last one week, with the winning organization advancing to the next round. The losing organization will become a team member of the winning organization to help defeat the next round’s opponent. The organization that wins all the rounds will receive a trophy.

The Feds Feed Families food drive campaign is co-sponsored by the Office of Personnel Management and the Chief Human Capital Officer Council. The agency goal is to collect 110,000 pounds of donated non-perishable items this summer. Participation is voluntary, and open to both civil servants and contractors. Follow the campaign online at http://www.fedsfeedfamilies.gov This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain, on Facebook at “Feds Feed Families,” and on Twitter at @FedFoodDrive.REMINDER:

2011 Annual Information Security Training
Deadline: June 30, 2011
Contact: Greg Kerr, 358-2218
All NASA HQ personnel with IT access are required to complete the mandatory FY 2011 Information Security Training Course (ITS-011-001) on SATERN by Thursday, June 30, 2011. No extensions will be granted. The course takes approximately 1 hour to complete. Failure to complete the training by the deadline will result in suspension of access to HQ IT resources. Reactivation of access could take several days. For more information including instructions for accessing the training in SATERN, see http://itcd.hq.nasa.gov/notices/030711-1.doc.

Volunteer For Take Your Children to Work Day
Event DateJuly 20
Registration for Children:  Open last week of June
Contact: Felicia Toney, 358-0366
The “Take Your Children to Work Day” event at Headquarters will be held  Wednesday, July 20. Volunteers are needed to staff tables and explain educational exhibits/displays, conduct hands-on demonstrations and other activities. This half-day event is targeted for children ages 7-15. If you are interested and available to help, please contact Felicia Toney.

Diversity Film: Bullied: “A Student, a School, and a Case That Made History” Date/Time: June 29, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Place:  MIC 6 (6H45)
Contact: Judy Phillips, 358-1098
Join the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management Division in screening Bullied, a powerful documentary of a student who stood up to anti-gay bullies. The film offers a message of hope to those fighting harassment.  For an introduction to the video and a short preview, visit www.tolerance.org/bullied This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain .

2011 Agency Honor Awards Ceremony - Update
Date/Time: June 30, 2 p.m.
Location: Auditorium and NASA TV
Contact: Tracy Ware, 358-1236
All HQ employees are invited to attend the ceremony in the auditorium and the reception immediately following in the West Lobby. Overflow seating for badged NASA Employees is available in the Glennan Conference Room, 1Q39.  Overflow seating for other guests is available in the Library, off of the West Lobby.  

NASA HQ BIG Chapter Open House
Date/Time: June 22, noon - 2 p.m.
Location: Room 2E39
RSVP:  June 17 (to receive a lunch box)
Contacts: Minyon Jackson , 358-2248 or Stanley Artis, 358-2032
All employees are invited to attend and learn more about Blacks in Government (BIG), its National Training Conference, the Darlene Young Leadership Academy, and community outreach activities. The program will include guest speaker Lewis Andrews, former NASA Chapter President, entertainment, and raffles. For details, visit the HQ BIG Web page.  For details on this event, see the Open House flyer. For more information on the program, visit the HQ BIG Web page. To receive a lunch box, you must RSVP to Minyon Jackson or Stanley Artis by June 17.

2011 Agency Honor Awards Ceremony
Date/TimeJune 30, 2 p.m.
Location:  Auditorium and NASA TV
Contact: Tracy Ware, 358-1236
All HQ employees are invited to attend the ceremony in the auditorium and the reception immediately following in the West Lobby.

NASA Blood Drive
Date/Time: June 23, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location:  MIC-6
Contact: Betty Officer, 358-2600 or Cherie Zieschang, 358-1569  
All Headquarters personnel are encouraged to participate. Refreshments will be served.  Step-by-step instructions on how to schedule an appointment online are available.

NASA IT Summit 2011
Date: August 15-17, 2011
Location: Marriot Marquis Hotel, San Francisco
Registration http://www.regonline.com/itsummit2011 This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain
Contact: Karen Harper, 358-1807
The Agency’s second annual IT Summit will be held at the Marriot Marquis Hotel in San Francisco. This event will feature discussions on various issues including infrastructure, innovation, roles of CIOs, IT security, organizational communication, open government, and future workforce and technology. Employees are invited to attend.

NASA’s “2011 Feds Feed Families Food Drive”
Campaign Duration: May 26 – August 31, 2011
Contact: Kevin Ortegel, 358-1486
NASA is once again a participant in the Feds Feed Families food drive campaign which is co-sponsored by the Office of Personnel Management and the Chief Human Capital Officer Council. The agency goal is to collect 110,000 pounds of donated non-perishable items this summer. Participation is voluntary, and open to both civil servants and contractors. Drop off your donated food items in the box in the West Lobby. Follow the campaign online at http://www.fedsfeedfamilies.gov This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain, on Facebook at “Feds Feed Families,” and on Twitter at @FedFoodDrive.

Cutting Edge Robonaut 2 Exhibit at HQ
Date/TimeJune 14, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location:  West Lobby
Contact: Layla Dowdy, 358-0641
View the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate’s interactive Robonaut 2 (R2) exhibit and demonstration in the West Lobby in the alcove near the NASA Federal Credit Union. Utilizing Xbox Kinect device technology, you can simulate the movements of R2, take a virtual flying tour of the International Space Station, and feel what it's like exploring the surface of Mars. For details, visit: http://robonaut.jsc.nasa.gov.

2011 "Be Prepared" Lunch and Learn Series
Date/TimeJune 15, noon – 1 p.m.
Location:  MIC 7
Contact: Darrius Lewis 358-0608
All Headquarters personnel are invited to attend the next session in this series hosted by the HQ Emergency Management Team. Dave Redman, Director, Facilities Administration and Services Division, will discuss how NASA HQ could be impacted and how we would respond if a natural disaster or crisis occurred in the National Capital Region. Attend this informal session and enjoy pizza and snacks.Anti-

Harassment Briefing for Managers/Supervisors
Date/Time: June 14, 9-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m.
Location: Room 2E39
Register:  SATERN
Contact: Yvette Coles, 358-1210
This briefing is designed to provide NASA managers and supervisors with a working knowledge of the agency’s Anti-Harassment Policy and Procedures which are critical to the healthy functioning of our workplaces. It includes practical advice on promptly and effectively responding to allegations of harassing conduct when they arise. To attend, register in SATERN. Visit the HQ Anti-Harassment Program Web page for more information on this program. NASA Day at Kings Dominion
Date/Time: June 11
Location: Kings Dominion, Doswell, VA
Contact: Debbie Randall 358-1173
NASA Day is open to Headquarters, Goddard, Langley, and Wallops employees, their families, and friends. The cost of admission includes a full lunch. Purchase tickets in the Exchange Store.  Prices are: $42 each for adults and $35 for youth-seniors. Children under 3 are free. Meal tickets can be purchased separately. Details are available on the Exchange Council Calendar.

Activities Needed for Take Your Children To Work Day
Date
: July 20, 2011
Registration:  Opens the last week of June
Location:  Room 2E39
Contact: Felicia Toney, 358-0366
We are in great need of exhibitors to explain educational exhibits/displays, conduct hands-on demonstrations, and other activities on “Take Your Children To Work Day.”  This half-day event is targeted for children ages 7-15.  If interested and available to help, please contact Felicia Toney.

2011 Small Business Conference
Date/Time: June 9, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Greenbelt, MD
Register Online:  http://sbc2011.gsfc.nasa.gov/registration.cfm
Contact: Jennifer Perez, 301 286-4379
Hosted and produced by the Industry Assistance Office within the Procurement Operations Division at NASA’s GSFC, this year’s Small Business Conference is designed to provide small businesses with a series of education and networking sessions to help increase the knowledge base of how to successfully do business with NASA. The conference includes a full day of speakers, workshops, and panel sessions. We are expecting approximately 400 attendees from small businesses, federal organizations, and prime contractors. There is no conference fee, but all participants (including NASA employees) must register.  Contact the Small Business Team if you have any questions or to learn more about the conference.

Annual Health And Safety Fair
Date/Time: June 8, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: West Lobby, Auditorium, and Multipurpose Room
Contact: Fitness Center, 358-0138 or Cherie Zieschang, 358-1569
All Headquarters employees and contractors are invited to attend. The fair will offer a range of health and wellness activities (screenings and demonstrations) and information on safety and emergency preparedness. Bring a 2”x2” photo of a loved one for lamination on a safety badge. During the event, complete a survey to enter a drawing for prizes.

Practice Sun Safety - “Don’t Fry Day”
Date: May 27
Contact:  Health Unit, 358-2600
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month.  Skin cancer is largely preventable when sun protection measures are used consistently. The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated the Friday before Memorial Day, May 27, 2011 as  “Don’t Fry Day” to encourage sun safety awareness.  For more information on skin cancer and measures you can take to reduce your risks, visit: http://www.skincancerprevention.org/node/282This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain and/or http://www.cdc.gov/Features/SkinCancer/ This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain.

2011 Employee Viewpoint Survey
Deadline: May 31, 2011
Contact: Stephanie Spence Diamond, 358-1919
All NASA full time, permanent civil service employees are invited to express their opinions by completing the 2011 Employee Viewpoint Survey. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will send you an e-mail invitation to participate along with a link to their survey web site. This annual survey provides federal employees with an opportunity to share their perspectives on a variety of workforce and work life matters. Completing the survey should take no more than 35 minutes and your survey responses can help NASA Headquarters continue to improve the well being and morale of its employees.

Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Program
Date/Time: May 25, 11 a.m. - noon
Location: Voice of America Auditorium, William J. Cohen Building, 330 Independence Ave., S.W.
Contact: Claudia Silver, 358-0936
Ginny Gong, author of “From Ironing Board to Corporate Board: My Chinese Laundry Experience in America,” will serve as the keynote speaker for this year’s program. The program will also include a Burmese Peacock Dance, a Bangla dance, an interactive Bollywood dance presentation and live music. All HQ employees are invited to attend.

SFA Honoree Award Nominations for STS-135
Deadline: May 20
Contact: Dawn Brooks, 358-2095
The Space Flight Awareness (SFA) Program will host an honoree event in conjunction with the upcoming launch of STS-135 on the Space Shuttle Atlantis currently planned for early July (date TBD). Travel funds for all honorees will be provided by their respective organizations. This award is not intended for senior managers or supervisors. A completed NASA Form 1738 with typed justification (one page only) must accompany each nomination. Submit signed nomination forms to Dawn Brooks by May 20.

Blood Pressure Screenings
Date/Time : May 17, 18, and 19, 1-3 p.m.
Location : West Lobby
Contact : Health Unit, 358-2600
May is National Blood Pressure Education month. All Headquarters civil service employees and contractors are encouraged to have their blood pressure checked. The higher your blood pressure, the greater your risk for heart attack and stroke. For details, visit: http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifierD73 This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain

Bike To Work Day
Date: May 20, 2011
Contact: Fitness Center, 358-0138
Join thousands of area commuters who will be bicycling to work. The Fitness Center locker rooms will remain open throughout the morning to accommodate bikers. For details on Bike to Work Day activities in the Washington area, visit: http://www.waba.org/events/btwd/index.php This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain

Dealing With Conflict
Date/Time: May 18, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
RSVP:  May 16
Location:  MIC-5
Contact:  Cheryl Marrow, 202.358.0130
This seminar will help participants understand conflict and develop practical skills for resolving it effectively.  Participants will learn about the sources and symptoms of conflict and have the opportunity to identify their own conflict management style. 

Explore@NASA Goddard – Goddard Open House
Date/Time May 14, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
Explore@NASA Goddard is a free family event featuring tours of unique facilities such as the NASA Center for Climate Simulation and the Hubble Operations Center. Visitors will have an opportunity to meet astronauts, scientists and engineers, and hear presentations about Goddard’s work in science, engineering, and technology. Activities include the Goddard Film Fest, Science on a Sphere, educational programs, and much more. Transportation will be provided from the Greenbelt and New Carrollton Metro stations. For details, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/exploreatnasagoddard

2011 HQ Honor Awards – Call for Nominations
Nominations Deadline: May 13, 2011
Contact: Rhonda Taylor, 358-0444, or Christina Capello, 358-1213
The Human Resources Management Division announces the call for the 2011 Headquarters Honor Awards. These awards recognize HQ civil servants, contractors, and teams who have made exemplary contributions to the HQ mission or to the welfare of HQ employees. Nominations must be submitted by the organization's Awards POC and forwarded to the HQ Awards Officer, Rhonda Taylor.

HQ Facilities and Administrative Services Division “Green” Design Open HouseDate/Time: May 11, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location:  Suite 1C40
Contact:  Stacey Brock-Watkins, 358-1291
Join the Facilities and Administrative Services Division for their FASD ‘Green’ Open House event with presentations highlighting the new green design for their office. Feel free to stop by any time during the day.  Presentations on the green design will be held between 10:00 and 1:00.  Light refreshments will be served.

Exchange Council Shoe Drive
Date/Time: April 15-May 11
Location: East and West lobbies
Contact: Tekla Szelong 358-2583
The Exchange Council is collecting new and/or “gently used” shoes for the charity Soles4Souls. Please bring your donations to the collection boxes in the east and west lobbies or to the next Exchange Council social on May 11.

High Risk Conflict Resolution Workshops
Dates/Time:
   Employees:  May 2-5,  8 a.m. - 12  p.m. OR 1 - 5 p.m.,
                        May 6, 1-5 p.m.
   Managers: May 6, 8 - 10 a.m.
Location: Multipurpose Room (CG46)
Register: Paul Raudenbush, 358-7322
The Office of Protective Services is sponsoring these half-day workshops at NASA HQ. Participants will examine previous incidents of workplace violence, learn the behavioral profiles of offenders, and practice verbal and/or physical tactics to cope with violent behavior, should it occur.  It is recommended that you view the video “Flashpoint: Recognizing and Preventing Workplace Violence” In SATERN prior to attending (search “Flashpoint”).  Also, wear comfortable shoes and clothing if you wish to participate in some light physical activity (strictly voluntary).  Management is invited to attend a specially-designed 2-hour session on May 6.  Contact Paul Raudenbush to schedule your specific time.

Relief for Earthquake and Tsunami Victims in Japan
Contact: Sally Relyea, 358-2100
In the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami, Japan is facing one of its biggest crises since the earthquake of Nankaido, Japan, on December 20, 1946, and we are all saddened by the devastation. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has advised that cash contributions are the most effective way to provide relief assistance and fund the ongoing reconstruction effort. Employees may give directly to charities involved in relief efforts by contacting them directly or visiting their Web sites. USAID provides a list of relief organizations and related information on its Web site.

Walk to Wellness Campaign Across NASA
Campaign Date:  May 4-31
Enrollment Window:  April 18 - May 3
Contact: Fitness Center, 358-0138 or Health Unit, 358-2600
This 28-day campaign, which runs from May 4 - May 31, is designed to encourage all NASA employees to incorporate walking into their daily routine. To participate, visit http://www.nasahealthieryou.com This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain and register on the Mayo Clinic EmbodyHealth Web portal (Unique Identifier is healthiernasa). Sponsored by the Office of the Chief Health and Medical Officer.

Columbia Cafe Grand Opening
Date/Time: April 25, 1:30 p.m.
Location: A Suite reception area
Contact: Malicha Day 358-0206
Please join Administrator Charlie Bolden and Deputy Administrator Lori Garver for the opening event for the new Columbia Cafe. The new Columbia Cafe provides an informal “cyber-cafe” setting where employees can meet and connect. The first 100 attendees will receive a complimentary cup of gourmet coffee or tea.

Key Moments in Human Spaceflight” Symposium
Date/Time: April 26-27
Location: NASA Headquarters
Contact: NASA History Program Office, 358-0384
The NASA History Program Office and the National Air and Space Museum's Division of Space History are holding a joint symposium, "1961/1981: Key Moments in Human Spaceflight," at Headquarters. The conference is free and open to the public, but space is limited. For registration and details, visit: http://history.nasa.gov/1961-1981conf/index.html.

Car Passes Available for STS-134 Launch
Deadline:  April 22
Contact: Jakkie Foster, 358-1735 or Tawana Clary, 358-1718
HQ has a limited number of car passes for employees to view the launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour’s STS-134 mission, now targeted for Friday, April 29 at 3:47 p.m. EDT at the Kennedy Space Center. Employees who receive a car pass must review mandatory safety and security guidelines.

Space Shuttle 30th Anniversary Pins From SFA
Date/Time: April 19, 10 a.m. – NOON (only),
Location:   West Lobby
Contact: Dawn Brooks, 358-2095
To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the first space shuttle flight, STS-1 on the space shuttle Columbia that launched on April 12, 1981, the Space Flight Awareness (SFA) Program will again be distributing commemorative mission pins to employees, including contractors. Stop by the West Lobby on April 19 to pick up your pin - Bring your NASA badge.

Retirement Counseling For HQ Employees
Date: May 24, 25, and 26
Location:  NASA Headquarters
Contacts: (For HQ employees) Sheila Jackson, 358-0956; (for HQ OIG employees) Janice Chiverton, 358-2459
NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC) representatives will be at HQ to provide one-on-one retirement counseling. Appointments are intended for civil service employees who are at or near retirement eligibility. You must request a retirement estimate in advance, no later than April 15, using the "Retirement Application or Estimate Request" online. In the “Remarks” area of the form, indicate the estimate is for a “scheduled face-to-face counseling session in May at HQs.” Priority may be given to employees planning to retire within the next year. To schedule an appointment, call the contacts listed above.

New Vendor for International Medical Evacuation Services
Contact: Cherie Zieschang, 358-1569 or Health Unit, 358-2600
NASA has signed a new contract with Intensive Air/U.S. Air Ambulance for international medical evacuation services for Federal employees. NASA employees traveling internationally on official government business are eligible for assistance. The contact number for NASA employees is 1-800-336-4079. This number is available 24/7, 365 days per year. Employees may also call collect from anywhere to 941-926-3949. For details, visit: http://ohp.nasa.gov/traveler/IntTravelInfo.html.

Domestic Violence - Workshop and Support Group
Date/Time: Wednesdays - April 13, May 11, and June 8, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
RSVP Deadline: March 31
Location: Room 2V76
Contact: Cheryl Marrow, 358-0130
Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused, or denied. Do you ever wonder if someone you love or know is being abused? Learn about domestic violence and abuse, and the signs of abusive relationships at this 3-session Employee Assistance Program (EAP) workshop and support group. In addition, domestic violence statistics and scenarios will be discussed, and various resources, including strategies for self care, will be addressed. Discussions will be kept confidential. RSVP to Cheryl Marrow by March 31. Seating is limited.

Online HQ Historical Reference Collection
Contact: Jane Odom, 358-0386
Visit the NASA HQ Historical Reference Collection Web page to access speeches of former Administrators and Deputy Administrators as well as historical press kits, press releases, and mission transcripts. Newly scanned electronic documents are added periodically. The latest addition includes over 450 speeches of key officials in NASA’s history where researchers will find remarks by HQ Associate Administrators and Center Directors as well as a number of Program Directors.

Anti-Harassment Training for Managers/Supervisors CANCELLED
Date/Time: April 28, 8 a.m. – 12 noon OR 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Glennan Conference Center
Registration:  SATERN
Contact: Yvette Coles, 358-1210
This course is designed to provide NASA managers and supervisors with a working knowledge of the agency’s Anti-Harassment Policy and Procedures which are critical to the healthy functioning of our workplaces. It provides practical advice on promptly and effectively responding to allegations of harassing conduct when they arise.

Space Shuttle 30th Anniversary Pins From SFA
Date/Time: April 12, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location:   West Lobby
Contact: Dawn Brooks, 358-2095
To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the first space shuttle flight, STS-1 on the space shuttle Columbia that launched on April 12, 1981, the Space Flight Awareness (SFA) Program will be distributing commemorative mission pins to all employees, including contractors. Stop by the West Lobby on April 12 to pick up your pin - Bring your NASA badge.

NASA FCU Sponsored "Delayed Paycheck and Furlough Relief Loan Program"Contact: 1-888-NASA-FCU, ext. 7212, (888-627-2328)
or www.nasafcu.com/membership
Upon a government shutdown, NASA FCU members may apply for a Delayed Paycheck and Furlough Relief Loan by contacting the credit union. The program is also available to non-member NASA employees who join the credit union and meet the program’s criteria. Employees should contact NASA FCU directly for details, eligibility, and qualifications.

NASA HQ Town Hall Meeting
Date/Time: April 8, 11 a.m.
Location: Auditorium and the Glennan Conference Rooms
Broadcast: NASA HQ internal channel 76
Webcast: NASA HQ internal streaming video at HQ (HQ only)
Dial In
:  800-857-9836
Dr. Woodrow Whitlow will host a Town Hall meeting for NASA HQ personnel. Information regarding the potential Federal government shutdown will be provided. All staff are encouraged to attend. In the event Congress passes a budget, this meeting will be cancelled.

NASA Blood Drive
Date/Time: April 07, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location:  MIC 6
Contact: Health Unit, 358-2600
Help NASA HQ reach its goal of 28 units . All NASA civil service and contractor employees are encouraged to participate. Refreshments will be served.  Step-by-step instructions on how to schedule an appointment online are available.

NASA Educational and Outreach Materials
Contact: Shanessa Jackson, 358-1522
The Office of Education has a variety of materials available to support the efforts of NASA HQ employees and staff working with schools, the public, and others on behalf of the agency. For information on how to access or request these materials, visit: http://www.nasaecss.com/?page_id=6.

Records Management Procedures During Office Moves
Contact: Pat Southerland, HQ Records Manager, 358-0621
Do you know the Designated Records Liaison Officer http://www.hq.nasa.gov/itcd/documents/records_liaisons.doc for your organization? Your records liaison or HQ Records Management Team can provide valuable assistance with determining which records can be archived to the Washington National Records Center (WNRC). Some general rules of the thumb: Records that are not being used for at least 180 days should be archived; separate your permanent records from your temporary records; and pack your records according to your organizational file plan. For more information or assistance, contact Pat Southerland.

Publishing NASA STI: A Guide for NASA HQ
Contact: Darline Brown, 358-2039
Scientific and Technical Information (STI) is a collection of facts, analyses, and conclusions resulting from basic and applied scientific, technical, and related engineering research and development efforts. If you need help with publishing a NASA STI document, visit http://www.sti.nasa.gov/nasaonly/publish/stepbystepguideHQ.html for a guide that explains the steps including links to references, templates, and other information you need at each stage of the process. For more information about the STI program, visit http://www.sti.nasa.gov/.

Workplace Dispute Options
Contact: Inez Hunter, 358-0658
Workplace grievances, misunderstandings, concerns and/or complaints may arise in the workplace. Employees may pursue resolution if there is a belief that they have not been treated reasonably and fairly. For information on the available dispute options, including the NASA HQ EEO Complaints Process, NASA HQ Union, NASA Grievance System, NASA HQ Ombudsman, Office of Inspector General, and Safety and Health, visit: http://hqoperations.hq.nasa.gov/docs/HQ_Dispute_Processes.doc.

Exchange Council Book Fair
Date/Time: March 30, 31 and April 1, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: East Lobby
Contact: Paula Hines, 358-2280
The “Books Are Fun” book fair will include an interesting array of books, gifts and toys for all ages and special occasions. Everyone is welcome to come shop in the East Lobby.

Flash Mentoring Session!
Date/Time: March 31, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: TBA
Contact: Claudia Silver, 358-0936
All Headquarters employees are invited to participate in a “Flash Mentoring Session,” based the speed dating concept. In this fast-paced mentoring process specially designed for busy people, NASA HQ Senior level managers and Executive Women in Government (EWG) will share their “Pearls of Wisdom” and answer burning career, work and life balance and other relevant questions “in a flash.” Space is limited, register in SATERN (HQ-EO Flash Mentoring Session). For additional information on Flash Mentoring, see http://www.flashmentoring.com.

2011 NASA College Scholarship Applications
Application Deadline: March 31 (applications due in Houston)
Contacts: Adib Sabree, 358-0922 and Terri Mitchell, 358-2077  
The NASA College Scholarship Fund, Inc. is accepting applications for its 2011 scholarships from eligible dependents of current/retired NASA employees. Up to five scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $2,000 each in this 29th year of the program (2011-2012 school year). The scholarship is renewable for a maximum of $8,000 over 6 calendar years.  Applications packets are available on the NASA Scholarship Fund Web page and also in Suite 3Q53.

The Leading Edge: Data Mining for Aviation Safety
Date/Time: March 23, 11 a.m. – 12 noon
Live Broadcast: NASA TV Public Channel
Location: Auditorium
Contact: Beth Dickey 358-2087
"The Leading Edge" is a program featuring a NASA data mining expert and a Southwest Airlines Flight Safety Director who will talk about using data mining "gold" to make flying safer. Then be part of the live question and answer session. Data mining is the art of digging through mountains of data when you don't know what you're looking for or what you might find. NASA is mining terabytes of aviation data to find issues before they become incidents aboard aircraft. Also broadcast live on NASA TV.

NASA Headquarters Building Lease and Renovation Project
Contact: Jerry Gloster, 358-1135
The Office of Headquarters Operations is proud to announce that a new lease agreement for the NASA HQ building at 300 E. Street has been signed with our current landlord, Piedmont. Now that the lease is signed, we have much to accomplish. We move now into the building renovation phase of this project, and will be designing a new floor plan using the green design concept endorsed by the NASA Administrator. Piedmont will be performing the construction which will include upgrading the building’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. This is a whole-building renovation, and as such, will affect all occupants within the HQ building. The Facilities and Administrative Services Division is currently renovating its space on the first floor to the green design concept. An Open House will be scheduled in April 2011 to allow personnel to see how the new green design will look and feel. For more information, visit the HQ Building Renovation Project web page. Our Frequently Asked Questions will be monitored and updated when new information is available.

Screening Mammograms Available
Date/Time: March 31, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Registration Deadline: March 17
Location: E Street
Contact: Michelle Tucker, 358-2600
The George Washington University Mammovan will be at NASA HQ. Eligible HQ civil service employees must call (202) 741-3252 to schedule an appointment. You must provide a verifiable primary care physician who is willing to accept the mammogram results when scheduling the appointment. The GWU Mammovan staff will verify with the physician’s office before an appointment is confirmed. The request for a personal care physician is to ensure continuity of the patient’s care. The Mammovan will be cancelled if at least 15 appointments are not scheduled by Thursday, March 17, 2011. For details, visit The HQ Mammograms Web page.

National Transportation Safety Board
Speakers Series
Date/Time: March 17, 10 - 11 a.m.
Location: NTSB Conference Center, 429 L’Enfant Plaza East, SW, Washington, DC.
Keynote Speaker: Lilly Ledbetter
Contact: Claudia Silver, 358-0936
NASA HQ employees are invited to attend the National Transportation Safety Board Speaker Series. This quarterly lecture series will highlight some of the most distinguished individuals from the fields of transportation safety, leadership and innovation.  Administrator Charlie Bolden will deliver the inaugural presentation for this new series.  A question and answer period will follow.

EAP Seminar: Multigenerational Workforce
Date/Time: March 16, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
RSVP Deadline: March 14
Location: MIC 6-A
Keynote Speaker: Lilly Ledbetter
Contact: Cheryl Marrow, 358-0130
This Employee Assistance Program (EAP) seminar, presented by Cheryl Marrow, will include a review of four generations working side by side in the workplace. Topics include how each generation responds to workplace situations, and suggestions for communicating between the different groups.

HQ Building Health Assessment Testing
Date: March 14 and 15
Location: HQ building
Keynote Speaker: Lilly Ledbetter
Contact: Gerald Gloster, 358-1135
Building management will be conducting a building health assessment of the entire building. There will be several people and pieces of sampling equipment set up throughout the building to test air quality and overall building health. Contact building management if there are any questions or concerns with the equipment used during the assessment.

2011 Federal Women’s History Month Program Observance
Date/Time March 16, 10:30 a.m.
Location:  Glennan Conference Assembly Room 1Q35
Keynote Speaker:  Lilly Ledbetter
Contact: Claudia Silver, 358-0936
Lilly Ledbetter was paid significantly less than her male counterparts for 20 years but didn’t learn of this until just before her retirement. After she filed a complaint and was initially awarded $3.3 million dollars, the Supreme Courts ruled she was not entitled to any back pay because she had not filed a complaint within the 180 days after receiving her first discriminatory paycheck. Lilly had never been an activist, but after the Supreme Court ruled against her she decided it was time to start. The result: one of the first bills signed by President Obama was the “Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act,” changing the Civil Rights Act and enabling individuals to sue within 180 days of receiving any discriminatory paycheck. The result: one of the first bills signed by President Obama was the “Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act,” changing the Civil Rights Act and enabling individuals to sue within 180 days of receiving any discriminatory paycheck.
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Appreciating Diversity: Documentary “Between the Folds”
Date/Time: March 8, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location:  MIC 3
Contact:  LaShawn McDuffie, 358-0965
Join EODM in a lunchtime screening of film about scientists and mathematicians who are pursuing careers in the art of origami. This documentary looks at the science and art of origami, profiling artists, mathematicians and scientists who are reinventing the ancient Japanese tradition of paper folding, creating amazingly beautiful works of art and thought-provoking mathematical models. Movie preview:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tE4lqYzS2m0 This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain 

ITWCA Survey Deadline Extended
Deadline Extended: March 4, 2011
Contact: Karen Harper, 358-1807
If you received an e-mail invitation to participate in the 2011 IT Workforce Capability Assessment (ITWCA) survey, please remember to take part before the deadline. The survey takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, and your responses will be completely anonymous. This is a dynamic, web-based survey used to determine the government-wide skill level of IT professionals. Your input will provide IT and human capital leaders with valuable insights into the types of capabilities and skills we need today, and those that we will need in order to be prepared for the challenges of tomorrow. You can help shape future IT human capital initiatives, such as training and our ongoing effort to attract, retain, and develop the best and brightest. This is your opportunity to help shape the future of federal IT. Don’t miss out on this important opportunity!

HQ Implements New Agency ENS System
Test DateMarch 2, 2011
Contact: Darrius Lewis, 358-0608
NASA Headquarters is implementing a new Agency Emergency Notification and Accountability System (ENS). To ensure you receive emergency notifications, you will need to update your contact information in the new Agency ENS systems (via Employee Express for civil service and IdMAX for non-civil service employees). There will be a test of the new Agency ENS on February 10. For details and to access the new Agency system, visit the ENS Informational Web page.

February is American Heart Month
Contact: Cherie Zieschang, 358-1569
It is important to raise awareness about heart disease and increasing knowledge about prevention. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Most people are surprised to find out that it’s the #1 killer of women. Learn about the dangers of heart disease and the warning signs of heart attacks, strokes and cardiac arrest. For details, visit: http://www.americanheart.org This is a link to a site outside the NASA domainand http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain.

Seen the 2011 HealthierYou Calendars? Let Us Know What You Think
Contact: Cherie Zieschang, 358-1569
Each year NASA Occupational Health designs a calendar with a focus on health called the HealthierYou Calendar. This year, the calendar features the history of space flight through photographic images and notes about each historical phase of our program. Not only will you learn something about health, you'll have a full color set of images that capture the space program over the years. Calendars are still available at the Health Unit (Room CD70), Fitness Center (Room CC70), and Library (1J22). You can also view the calendar online.  Give your feedback at www.ohp.nasa.gov/healthcalendar.

Reminder for ITWCA Survey Recipients
Deadline: February 25, 2011
Contact: Karen Harper , 358-1807
If you received an e-mail invitation to participate in the 2011 IT Workforce Capability Assessment (ITWCA) survey, please remember to take part before the deadline. The survey takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, and your responses will be completely anonymous. This is a dynamic, web-based survey used to determine the government-wide skill level of IT professionals. Your input will provide IT and human capital leaders with valuable insights into the types of capabilities and skills we need today, and those that we will need in order to be prepared for the challenges of tomorrow. You can help shape future IT human capital initiatives, such as training and our ongoing effort to attract, retain, and develop the best and brightest. This is your opportunity to help shape the future of federal IT. Don’t miss out on this important opportunity!

2010 Black History Month Program Observance
Date/Time:  February 24, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Location:  Wilbur J. Cohen Auditorium, Cohen Building,
                 330 Independence Ave.
Contact: Claudia Silver, 358-0936
The program will feature a keynote presentation by J. David Reeves, National President of Blacks in Government (BIG), and one of the Ebony Power 150 Organization Leaders for 2009. Also, award-winning stage and film actor Kevin McILvaine will portray abolitionist Frederick Douglass and the Largo High School Choir will perform musical selections.

Not Using Your Car Pass for the STS-133 Launch?
Contact: Jakkie Foster, 358-1735
For NASA Headquarters employees with car passes to view the STS-133 launch: If you cannot attend the STS-133 launch now targeted for Thursday, Feb. 24, please return your car passes to Jakkie Foster in Room 5K39 as soon as possible. Please note: Returned car passes will be reissued to employees. These passes were issued under an employee signed notice and are non-transferable.

Headquarters Operations Town Hall Meeting
Date/Time:   February 23, 1-2 p.m.
Location: Auditorium
Contact: Michele O’Connell, 358-1685
All Headquarters employees and interested contractors are invited to attend a town hall meeting featuring updates to building-wide activities. The primary topic will be the new building lease and what it means to HQ occupants. To submit a question in advance please log on to “Talk to Chris” at: http://hqoperations.hq.nasa.gov/talk2chris.html. You may also listen to the event via dial-in access or view it as an internal webcast.

HQ Toastmaster Meeting, NASA Club 34
Date/Time : February 17, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
Location: MIC-3
Contact:  Carolyn Knowles, 358-2380 
NASA Toastmasters welcomes Mr. Leland D. Melvin, Associate Administrator for Education as keynote speaker. We invite you to come and hear a very dynamic and inspirational speaker, as well as learn more about NASA Toastmasters.  Visit the NASA Club 34 Web page for more information.

First Chief Technologist Technovation Lecture
Date/Time: February 17, 1-2 p.m.
Location: Auditorium and NASA TV
Contact: Derek Wang, 358-5185
Headquarters personnel are invited to attend “Accessing the Ideas Cloud,” by Karim R. Lakhani, an Assistant Professor at Harvard Business School.  Lakhani specializes in management of technological innovation and product development in firms and communities. He will discuss an innovative approach to solving problems by leveraging the knowledge of virtual communities, known as "the cloud," and using distributed or open innovation. HQ Human Resources Management Open House
Date/Time: February 17, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location:  Room 3P44  
Contact: Ronald Farrell, 358-1479
Please join Leah Hollander, Director, Human Resources Management Division (HRMD), and her staff at the HRMD Open House. All Headquarters personnel are invited to meet the HRMD staff and learn about the human resources services they provide to Headquarters employees and supervisors. Refreshments will be served.

EAP Seminar:  Dealing With Conflict
Date/Time: February 16, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
RSVP Deadline:  February 14
Location: Room MIC-6A
Contact: Cheryl Marrow, 358-0130
This Employee Assistance Program (EAP) seminar will help participants learn about the sources and symptoms of conflict and have the opportunity to identify their own conflict management style.  RSVP to Cheryl Marrow by February 14. Seating is limited.

From Jars to the Stars” Author Speaks at NASA HQ
Date/Time: February 14, 10-11 a.m.
Location: Glennan Assembly Room (1O35)
Contact: Kristen Erickson, 358-1017
For Valentine’s Day, NASA will revisit an old flame (actually an ice ball), Comet Tempel 1, during the Stardust-NExT spacecraft flyby at approximately 11:37 p.m. EST. Come hear Todd Neff, author of “From Jars to the Stars,” and learn about the first encounter with Tempel 1 during the Deep Impact mission in 2005.

SFA Honoree Nominations Due for STS-134
Nomination Deadline: February 15
Contact: Dawn Brooks, 358-2095
The The Space Flight Awareness (SFA) program will host an honoree event in conjunction with the STS-134 launch on space shuttle Endeavour targeted for April 19. Travel funds for honorees are provided by their respective organizations. This award is not intended for senior managers or supervisors. A completed NASA Form 1738 with typed justification (one page only) must accompany each nomination. Submit signed nomination forms to Dawn Brooks by February 15.

Winter Safety Tips
Contacts: Chris Craig, 358-0854 and Ronilla Ernest, 358-1241
Headquarters employees are encouraged to check the Winter Safey Tips online (which include Snow Shovel Safety; Cold Weather Emergencies; Indoor Safety during the Winter Months; and Outdoor Safety during the Winter Months).

2011 Agency Awards – Call for Nominations
Nominations Due: February 14, 2011
Contact: Rhonda Taylor, 358-0444
The Agency Honor Awards are NASA’s most prestigious awards. These awards are approved by the Administrator and presented to a number of carefully selected individuals and groups of individuals, both Government and non-Government, who have distinguished themselves by making outstanding contributions to the Agency’s mission. Submit nominations to your organization’s Administrative Award point of contact by February 14. For details, visit the Agency Honor Awards Program Web page.

EAP Support Group:  Parenting
Date/Time: February 9, March 9 & 23, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
RSVP Deadline:  February 2
Location: Room 2V76
Contact: Cheryl Marrow, 358-0130
This Employee Assistance Program (EAP) support group will provide some of the essential elements of effective parenting. Topics covered include setting and enforcing limits, communicating with children, and identifying when children need professional help. Discussions are confidential. RSVP to Cheryl Marrow by February 2. Seating is limited.

Toastmaster Awareness Day, NASA Club 34
Date/Time: February 8, 11:30 a.m. -  1 p.m.
Location: West Lobby
Contact:  Ann Allen, 358-2180
Find out about Toastmasters and how much fun you can have while increasing your speaking skills. Toastmaster members will be on hand to answer your questions.  Visit the NASA Club 34 Web page for more information.

NASA Blood Drive
Date/Time: February 10 , 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: MIC-6
Contact: Health Unit, 358-2600
All NASA civil service and contractor employees are invited to participate. Refreshments will be served. Step-by-step instructions on how to schedule an appointment online are available.

Special Screening of the Film “An Article of Hope”
Date/Time: January 27, 2 p.m.
Location: Auditorium
Contact: Pat Smith 358-1928
Please join Administrator Charlie Bolden for a special screening of this film.  Daniel Cohen, Producer, will introduce the film and take questions. “An Article of Hope” traces the journey of the tiny Torah scroll smuggled into a German concentration camp during the Holocaust and safeguarded by Joachim Joseph, a Holocaust survivor. The scroll was then carried into space on STS-107 by Col. Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut. Ramon and his six-fellow crewmembers on STS-107 were lost in the space shuttle Columbia tragedy on February 1, 2003.

NASA Day of Remembrance Observance
Date/Time: January 27, 10 a.m.
Location:  Arlington National Cemetery
Transportation:  Register by January 21
Contact: Pat Smith, 358-1928
NASA Headquarters employees are invited to join Administrator Charles Bolden and NASA senior officials for NASA’s Day of Remembrance observance.  On this annual Day of Remembrance in January, NASA pauses to honor the fallen heroes of Apollo 1, Challenge,r and Columbia and all the members of the NASA family who have lost their lives furthering the cause of exploration and discovery. To honor their memory, flags at Headquarters and NASA centers will be flown at half-staff.  Transportation to Arlington Cemetery is available to employees who register with Pat Smith at by Friday, January 21.

Update Contact Information in HQ and Agency ENS Systems
Contact: Darrius Lewis, 358-0608
NASA Headquarters is transitioning to a new Agency Emergency Notification and Accountability System (ENS). To ensure receipt of emergency notifications during the transition, civil service and non-civil service employees are being asked to update contact information in both the current HQ and new Agency ENS systems. For details and instructions on how to update your information, visit the Updating Emergency Notification Systems Web page.

EAP Seminar:  Effective Communications
Date/Time: January 19, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
RSVP Deadline:  January 17
Location: MIC 6-A
Contact/RSVP: Cheryl Marrow, 358-0130
This Employee Assistance Program (EAP) seminar will review strategies you can use when sensitive issues or conflicts interfere with effective communication. To attend, please RSVP to Cheryl Marrow by January 17.

Government Travel Card Phishing Scheme
Contact: Kim Mague, 358-2301
The General Services Administration identified a new e-mail “phishing” scheme January 3. The e-mail, which appears to come from a “Verified by VISA” Web site, tells cardholders to click on a Web link to verify their card information or their card will stop working January 23. Reminder to cardholders: Do not click on embedded links. Any travel card inquiries or communication with JPMorgan Chase regarding travel cards should be done using the toll-free number on the back of the travel card.

Credit Union Investment Day
Date/Time: January 20, 2011, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Headquarters branch
Contact: Cristina Keene, 301-249-1800, ext. 314
The NASA Federal Credit Union is offering complimentary consultations with Erdal Elmas, a financial advisor registered through CUSO Financial Services, to discuss investment strategies and retirement planning. To make an appointment, call 1-888-627-2328, ext. 270. Appointments are open to members and non-members.

Healthier NASA Calendars Available
Contact: Cherie Zieschang, 358-1569
Copies of the 2011 "Healthier You" calendar are available in the Health Unit, Fitness Center, and library. The purpose of the calendar is to promote health and a healthy lifestyle through education and awareness. An interactive calendar and the calendar evaluation are online at http://www.ohp.nasa.gov/healthcalendar.

HQ Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Ends Soon
Deadline (cash/checks): January 17, 2011
Contact: Margie Team, 358-0343
You still have time to make a one-time cash and check donations to the CFC campaign until Monday, January 17. To ensure your organization receives credit for your contribution, enter your organization’s reporting number on a paper pledge form. For details, contact your Team Captain or Keyworker or visit the 2010 CFC Web page.

Exchange Council Coffee and Donut Social
Date/Time: January 19, 7:45 – 8:45 a.m.
Location: Room 2E39
Contact: Walita Winslow, 358-0945
All employees are invited to join the Exchange Council for coffee and donuts.

HQ Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Continues
Deadline (cash/checks): January 17, 2011
Contact: Margie Team, 358-0343
One-time cash and check donations can be made until January 17. To ensure your organization receives credit for your contribution, enter your organization’s reporting number on a paper pledge form. For details, contact your Team Captain or Keyworker or visit the 2010 CFC Web page.

2011 FEHB Tobacco Cessation Benefit
OPM has announced that for the 2011 plan year, all Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program enrollees will have full access to treatments that are proven to help them quit smoking and using tobacco. Visit OPM’s Insurance Options Web page This is a link to a site outside the NASA domain for more information on the new tobacco cessation benefit.

Windows 7 Upgrade
Date: Through June 30, 2011
Contact: Jeff Anderson, 358-1348
Windows users are currently being scheduled and upgraded to Windows 7, which is replacing the Windows XP Operating system. All Windows users are encouraged to sign up for Windows 7 training through the Computer Training Center, 358-1111. For more information such as a Quick Reference Guide, Keyboard Shortcuts, and Frequently Asked Questions, visit the Windows 7 Upgrade Project Web page.

 


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