January 2017

What's new with the Forum

Chancellor Carol Folt attends December Employee Forum meeting

Chancellor Carol Folt joined the Employee Forum at its Dec. 7 meeting in the Sonja H. Stone Center for Black Culture and History. The Chancellor was present to honor recipients of the Carolina Family Scholarship, awarded to children of UNC-Chapel Hill employees to attend any UNC System or North Carolina community college.

Photo courtesy of the Office of the Chancellor.

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Join us on Jan. 11, 2017, for our monthly meeting

All campus and community members are invited to this open meeting each month at 9:15 am in the Stone Center Hitchcock Multipurpose Room. Please note, this meeting has been moved to the second Wednesday of the month due to the winter break.

Executive Committee will meet Jan. 17, 2017, at 11:30 a.m.

The Executive Committee of the Employee Forum meets on the third Tuesday of the month in the Employee Forum office at 134 East Franklin St. Room 207. All meetings are open meetings.

December blood drive a success

Please send feedback about the event to the coordinators through the blooddrive.web.unc.edu website.


Great turnout for the 26th annual Jingle Bell Jog

Staff from New Student and Carolina Parent Programs walked together at Campus Recreation's 26th annual Jingle Bell Jog on Dec. 7. Over 300 Tar Heels turned out for the event; canned food was collected for the Glenwood family assistance program. For all pictures from the day, visit the Facebook album.

Photo courtesy of Kelli Raker.


Campus announcements

Winter Break 2016

As a reminder, the University is closed for a one-week period for Winter Break 2016: Monday, Dec. 26, through Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. During this period, four days are designated as paid holidays. One day – Thursday, Dec. 29 – is not covered as a State-provided holiday and therefore has been designated as a University Closed Day on which employees must use leave, since the State Human Resources Act provides State employees with only 12 paid holidays per year.

The University will be closed for the New Year’s Day holiday on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017.

The full holiday schedules for 2016 and 2017 are on the OHR website.

If you have any questions about the holiday schedule, please contact the Benefits unit in the Office of Human Resources at 919-962-3071 or benefits@unc.edu.

New State Health Plan ID cards have been mailed

All State Health Plan members will receive a new ID card for your 2017 benefits in December. This includes active members and those enrolled in one of the UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage Plans.  Read more.

New initiative, Carolina Service, announced

Carolina Service will evaluate how services in finance, IT, human resources, communications and research administration are delivered and ensure that those functions are well positioned to meet the changing needs of our campus community. To learn more, view these frequently asked questions.

Access your W-2 in January with 2-step verification

Register for 2-Step now! Don't wait for tax season.  Read more.


Save the date

UNCMLK2017 Schedule of Events

UNC’s MLK Jr. Celebration is part of a campus-wide initiative to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his legacy, and his ideals. Carolina began its celebrations of Dr. King’s life and legacy in 1983, long before there was a federal holiday. UNC-CH engages in honoring King’s legacy through several efforts: MLK Celebration and Committee; MLK University and Community Corporation; Day of Service, and the UNC MLK Scholarship Program for UNC juniors.

January training opportunities

Have you looked for training and workshops on the UNC events page? See January trainings.

Mental Health First Aid training gives people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or who is experiencing a mental health crisis. Sign up now.

Green Zone training is for students, faculty and staff who wish to learn more about the military affiliated student experience. Sign up now.


Community service opportunities

• The Jackson Center seeks food pantry volunteers during winter break

• Hurricane Matthew disaster relief trips

• Funding available to support campus disaster relief efforts

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Community Service Leave spotlight: Frances Dancy Burton

Frances Dancy Burton of the Carolina Population Center utilized Community Service Leave to volunteer at a Durham homeless shelter in early December 2016. She has been volunteering each quarter over the last twenty years with her choir. "We always purchase and prepare a home cooked meal and serve anywhere from 200 to 350 or more meals each time we go." 

Read more.

Photo courtesy of Frances Dancy Burton.


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? The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 11, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. in the Stone Center Hitchcock Multipurpose Room.  Read more.


From the Town of Chapel Hill

Upcoming events

• Free weekend parking downtown (December)

• NIGHT LIGHTS for kids (12/31)

• The LIGHT UP Lantern Festival (1/28)


Forum book club

Join us for Fall on Your Knees

UNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on January 26, 2017, from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald.

Register at http://tinyurl.com/gwav65n.

Join us for Callings

UNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on February 23, 2017, from 12 p.m. - 1 p .m. at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book Callings: A Celebration of Lives of Purpose and Passion by Dave Isay.

Register at http://tinyurl.com/gm36444.

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