October 2016

What's new with the Forum

Forum proclaims appreciation for UNC housekeeping staff

On Sept. 23, 2016, Employee Forum Chair Charles Streeter presented Interim Director of Housekeeping Services Herb Richmond with a Proclamation of Appreciation for housekeeping staff at their banquet. The annual Housekeeper Appreciation Week banquet is an opportunity to highlight the importance of UNC's front line staff.

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Photo courtesy of Charles Streeter.

Delegates gathered on football field for employee appreciation

Employee Forum delegates and Chancellor Folt met on the field at the UNC vs. James Madison University football game on Sept. 17.

Excluding football and men's basketball, faculty/staff & UNC Healthcare employees get in free to all other UNC Olympic athletic events. Show your OneCard or UNC Hospitals ID; up to four tickets based on availability.

Photo courtesy of Charles Streeter.

A message from SEANC

The recipients of this year's SEANC District 25 scholarships are Gabrielle Cates, a first-year student at East Carolina University, and Kenya Lee, a sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill. Gabrielle is a 2016 graduate of Roxboro High in Person High and Kenya is a 2015 graduate of Northwood High in Chatham County.

Each District winner received a $500 scholarship to be used for their education expenses, plus a plaque.

District 25 wishes to express our appreciation to the UNC Employee Forum for their support in our fundraising efforts. Your assistance help make these awards possible.

Scholarship Chair: Archie Lassiter, District 25 Chair: Kirk Montgomery, Vice Chair: James Holman 

Photo courtesy of SEANC and James Holman.


Campus opportunities & spotlights

Access confidential support from Gender Violence Services Coordinators

The Gender Violence Services Coordinators (GVSC) are confidential advocates for all students, faculty, and staff who have experienced, or are experiencing, interpersonal violence, stalking, and gender-based violence either before or during their time at Carolina.

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Dawna Jones for being selected to serve as the Higher Education Case Managers Association (HECMA): Non-Clinical Case Manager at Large

Katie Stoudemire for her work with Wonder Connection

Angeline Warren for being selected as the Hometown Hero

Send news about great things UNC employees are doing to intouch@unc.edu to be featured!

Save the date

Carolina Women’s Center launches new lactation toolkit

The Carolina Women’s Center (CWC) launched a new resource for all employees in September 2016: a Lactation Toolkit that provides an overview of the University’s policies and resources for faculty, staff, and students who are breastfeeding. Accessible and user-friendly, the toolkit provides suggestions for ways in which supervisors and nursing mothers can work together to balance work responsibilities with nursing …

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Submit your story about community service

Have you utilized your community service leave? Have you or your department served the community or volunteered? Send a picture and a short blurb (300 words or less) about your experience and what you've gained from using your leave, and we'll feature you here!

Email submissions or questions to Katie Musgrove at kmusgrov@email.unc.edu.

Interested in Serving on the Employee Forum's Community Service Committee? Read more.

Photo courtesy of Claire Lorch.


From the Town of Chapel Hill

• 2016 Downtown Pop Up Farmer's Market is coming to the Plaza at 140 W. Franklin St. 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Oct. 27

• Festifall Arts Festival (10/2)

• Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library book club, Books Sandwiched In, discussing The Turner House by Angela Flournoy (10/5)

• Read the draft report on Town of Chapel Hill’s Lower Booker Creek Subwatershed (LBCSW) Study and submit comments (by 11/1)


Coalition to address high risk drinking hires director

Chapel Hill and its surrounding community have taken on high risk drinking with the formation of a new coalition housed in the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership. The Campus and Community Coalition to Reduce the Negative Impacts of High Risk Drinking (the Coalition) is taking a comprehensive approach to addressing alcohol consumption that causes harm, not only to individuals, but can also have negative impacts on the community. To lead the Coalition, the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership has hired Elinor Landess who will serve as Campus and Community Coalition Director.

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Forum book club

Join us for Undivided

UNC Staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on October 27, 2016, from 12pm-1pm at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace by Patricia Raybon and Alana Raybon. The book can be purchased at a special discount online or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop.

Lunch will be provided with registration. http://tinyurl.com/go2my5f

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Join us for Fates and Furies

UNC Staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on November 17, 2016, from 12pm-1pm at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. The book can be purchased at a special discount online or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop.

Lunch will be provided with registration. http://tinyurl.com/zxbu6b9

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Join our online reading group on Goodreads and stay connected to other book club members between meetings, make recommendations for future selections, and rate the books that we've selected. 


Tell us how we are doing

Do you like the new newsletter? Is there something we can improve? What content would you like to see in future issues? Email Kelli Raker, editor, at intouch@unc.edu