November 2016

What's new with the Forum

Staff members kick up their heels at Employee Appreciation Day

Thank you, Human Resources, for a great day! Thanks also to Student Stores, Carolina Union, and Pepsi for their sponsorship, and to the University Gazette for the wonderful photos.

Forum Chair Charles Streeter and delegate Ben Triplett enjoy their gifts; Vice Chair Kathy Ramsey represents the Forum at the Department Fair inside the Carolina Union.

Photos courtesy of Kelli Raker.

Applications due Nov. 7 for JBR Memorial Staff Scholarship

The Janet B. Royster (JBR) Memorial Staff Scholarship Fund was created in August of 2011 by the UNC Staff Assembly in memory of UNC-TV employee Janet B. Royster. Janet represented UNC-TV on the General Administration Staff Forum and was subsequently elected to …

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Thank you for the food donations!

Your generosity during UNC’s campus-wide food drive impacted many individuals and organizations benefiting from the Employee Forum’s Food for All drive.

Thanks to you, 1,845 pounds of food and more than $200 was collected during the Food for All drive. This amounts to 2,761 meals for those hungry in North Carolina. 

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October Update from Staff Assembly

Representatives from the Employee Forum traveled to Western Carolina University for a meeting of the UNC Staff Assembly Oct. 16-18. Highlights of the meeting included a discussion of system-wide issues, election of new officers, and a reception with Chancellor David Belcher and his wife, Susan Brummell Belcher.

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Campus opportunities & spotlights

Resources and discounts

Test Prep Support Available

Any UNC staff member (or member of their immediate family) who is planning to enroll in a graduate degree program can receive test preparation support from The Princeton Review, courtesy of the UNC Learning Center. Available resources include free or low-cost practice exams (DAT, GMAT, LSAT, GMAT, and GRE) and promo codes…

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Register for professional development through ConnectCarolina

We encourage all staff to explore opportunities provided on campus through Organization and Professional Development in the Human Resources. To register for an upcoming class: Visit the ConnectCarolina website and sign in with your Onyen and password. Select Training Enrollment under the Self Service tab. You can search by “Course Name” or by a specific “Course Date.”

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• Frank Allison guides students through addiction recovery (University Gazette)

• Ron Miller is a coaching legend (University Gazette)

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

Save the date

Campus engagement forums on UNC-Chapel Hill strategic plan

Please join Chancellor Carol L. Folt and University administrators to learn more about Carolina’s strategies and priorities for the future. The University’s Strategic Framework will help guide Carolina’s decisions and shape its direction for the next decade and beyond. Small round-table discussions will follow a brief presentation.We hope you will participate in this important planning process.

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Feedback requested on strategic plan for the UNC System

The Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina System is in the process of developing a strategic plan that will guide decision making in the years ahead.

All UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in an open forum hosted by senior leaders from UNC General Administration and UNC-Chapel Hill from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10 at the Center for School Leadership Development Board Room (behind the Friday Center)

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Panel discussion on women and gender issues in politics

What are the most important and relevant issues for women and women-identified individuals, which our elected officials should be made aware of, regardless of who gets elected? Join the Carolina Women’s Center for a panel presentation and discussion; learn about the issues and be sure your voice is heard! Contact Gloria Thomas, Director, with questions. Nov. 3, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Carolina Student Union, Room 2420

The 2016 UNC Global Passport Drive will take place 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Nov. 15 and 16 in room 4003 of the FedEx Global Education Center.

Officials from the U.S. Department of State are on campus once a year to accept passport applications and renewal applications and to answer questions from Carolina students, faculty, staff and their families.

Jingle Bell Jog is Dec. 9

It’s not too soon to start getting your teams together for the 2016 Jingle Bell Jog. Grab your co-workers and make sure to register between now and Dec. 7. For more information and registration for Jingle Bell Jog, click here.



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


Forum book club

Join us for Fates and Furies

UNC Staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on November 17, 2016, from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. 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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Stay tuned for 2017 Book Club events!

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

What do you like about this 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