February 2017

What's new with the Forum

Attend our monthly meeting on Feb. 1 at 9:15 a.m.

All campus and community members are invited to this open meeting each month in the Hitchcock Multipurpose Room of the Stone Center.

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Top 5 reasons to join the Employee Forum

1. Provide feedback on critical campus issues and policies.

2. Access to the Vice Chancellor for Workforce Strategy, Equity, & Engagement, who serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member.

3. Advocate for staff across the University and the UNC system.

4. Be the first to receive updates and information from senior UNC administration.

5. Have fun!

Nominations for new Employee Forum delegates open soon!

Visit employeeforum.unc.edu/nomination for more information.

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Wellness corner

What to expect when you're expecting at UNC will be hosted by the Carolina Women's Center. Get an overview of how to access resources on and off campus, lactation rooms and other accommodations; to find and pay for child care; and to approach work/life balance. RSVP here.

Join Eat Smart, Move More on Thursdays in February. UNC Campus Recreation is partnering with Eat Smart, Move More to bring you a 15 week weight management program. This program is a Wellness program for NC State Health Plan members. Registration closes 2/3.

All State Health Plan members should have received a new ID card for their 2017 benefits. Members should use this card, which includes medical and pharmacy information, throughout 2017. Remember that the NCFlex dental plan vendor changed from United Concordia to MetLife so you will need to update your insurance next time you visit a dentist!

Recycling reminder

If you have questions about what is or isn't recyclable here at UNC, please take a look at our A-Z Recyclery! Or, call the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling 919.962.1442 or email at recycling@fac.unc.edu.


Training and professional development

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

HAVEN (Helping Advocates for Violence Ending Now) provides students, faculty, staff and Post Doctoral Fellows with tools to be an ally to someone who has experienced sexual or interpersonal (relationship) violence or stalking. The three-hour training emphasizes the importance of listening, responding compassionately, and connecting survivors to resources on campus and in the community.

Safe Zone is a program designed to create a network of visible allies to people who identify as part of the diverse LGBTQ+ community. The four hour educational session provides information and resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

Green Events Training Sessions will teach you everything you need to know in order to become a Green Events Coordinator and to host certified Green Events for your department. Sessions generally last about 1 hour.

Green Zone training is for faculty and staff that wish to learn more about the military affiliated student experience. Its goals are to train members of the Carolina community to know more about the issues and concerns faced by military affiliated students and to identify individuals who are available to assist this population.

The Undergraduate Library hosts free technology workshops each semester. Visit skillful.web.unc.edu to find the latest offerings and sign up.

Looking to learn at your own pace? UNC-Chapel Hill has a subscription to Lynda.com, an online video training library.


Community service updates

Service opportunities: February 2017

• Volunteer with the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill

• Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief Trips

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Leave spotlight: Mary White

Mary White of the Health Sciences Library utilized Community Service Leave to volunteer with the Carolina Center for Public Service’s disaster recovery trip to Tarboro, NC on December 9, 2016. She has also worked in disaster response over the past 5 years with the North Carolina-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team and the Northeast North Carolina Medical Reserve Corps unit.

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Submit your story

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, February 15, 2017, at 3 p.m. in 317 Beard Hall (the Pharmacy School).


From the Town of Chapel Hill


Forum book club

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. Lunch will be provided with registration.

Register at http://tinyurl.com/gm36444

Join us for Nobody

UNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on March 23, 2017 from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond by Marc Lamont Hill. Lunch will be provided with registration.

Register at http://tinyurl.com/j5v3y5r

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