July 2017

What's new with the Forum

Employee Forum annual retreat July 12

The Employee Forum will hold its annual retreat on July 12, 2017 at the Friday Center. The retreat is an opportunity for the forum to partake in team building exercises, listen to guest speakers, and for new members to join committees. Regular open meetings will resume in August.

New Officers Elected for 2017

The Employee Forum held 2017-2018 officer elections during its June 14 general meeting.  Shayna Hill, currently serving as treasurer, was selected as chairperson of the Forum for the coming year. Kathy Ramsey was elected to another term as vice chair, a position she currently holds. New officers for the coming term are Tiffany Carver, Naquan Hill, and Katie Turner, serving in the roles of secretary, treasurer, and parliamentarian, respectively.

The Employee Forum would like to congratulate all incoming officers and thank all of those outgoing representatives who have dedicated their time and energy to our organization for the past year. A special thanks is extended to outgoing officers: Charles Streeter (Employee Forum Chair), Phil Edwards (Parliamentarian), and Kathy ("KJ") James (Secretary) for their years of dedication to the Employee Forum.

Employee Forum Community (Three Legged Stool) award nominations now open

The Employee Forum Community Award (also known at the Three Legged Stool Award) is designed to recognize distinguished contributions by individuals who work to promote cooperation and collaboration among faculty, staff, and students. Any member of the faculty, staff, or student body at the university are eligible to be nominated, with exception of current members of the Employee Forum Recognition and Awards Committee.  

More information can be found at https://employeeforum.unc.edu/community-award/ 

Employee Forum sponsored workdays in the Carolina Campus Community Garden

The Employee Forum is one of the sponsors of the Carolina Campus Community Garden. At least once a year, we take it a step further and sponsor a volunteer workday in the Garden. We usually do this around Earth Day but delayed it this year and decided to sponsor two days. The first one will be July 5th and the second one will be August 2nd. Both will be at the usual time of 3 pm – 5 pm. Be sure to bring water, wear sunblock, and wear closed toe shoes. Light refreshments will be provided.


The Employee Forum would like to congratulate the 2017 Peer Recognition Award winners. The awards, which resulted from campus-wide nominations in seven categories, were presented during the Employee Forum open meeting on June 14. Winners were:

• Back Office Activity (work behind the scenes): Octavia Bullard and Jenny Burton

• Big Buddy (for mentoring): Tasha Hudson and Maggie Jensen

• Call of Duty (going above and beyond): Bill Adams, Zanetta Bailey, Kenneth Brooks, Gloria Camarena and James Holman

• Congeniality (friendliness and improved office morale): Trinnette Cooper and Karen Gilliam

• Customer Service: Denise Allen and Doug McAllister

• Milestone (20+ years of service): Ron Miller

• Rookie (outstanding employees with under one year of service): Damian Agers and Brandy Battisto

Above photo courtesy Brandon Beiltz.

Three delegates also received the Kay Wijnberg Hovious Outstanding Delegate Award during the June meeting. The award, named after the first Employee Forum Chair, is given to three delegates each year who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in service to the organization. Congratulations to Shayna Hill, Kathy Ramsey, and Katie Musgrove (pictured left to right) on receiving this honor.

Photo courtesy Arlene Medder.

The Recognition & Awards Committee wants to hear from you! If you know of a peer who has been recognized with an award, let the Forum know and we’ll feature it here in the monthly InTouch newsletter.


Campus news and announcements

Events & professional development opportunities

• Mental Health First Aid training session (7/10 & 7/11)

• Webinar: Managing emotions in the workplace* (7/12)

• Faculty/Staff HAVEN training session (7/14)

• Webinar: Time management tools* (7/27)

• Webinar: Basics of estate planning* (7/31)

• Faculty/Staff HAVEN training session (8/14)

* - link opens a PDF with instructions on accessing this course via ConnectCarolina.


Did you know that several local restaurants offer discounts to UNC employees? It's true! See where you can save money for being a UNC staff member here.


Community service updates

Volunteers needed in the Carolina Campus Community Garden

Come help out in the Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG) this summer! With the spring semester over and with most of our student volunteers either graduating or leaving for the summer, we will be in need of some extra hands over the next few months. We welcome all gardeners, including gardener-wannabes to come and join the effort.  Staff can use Community Service Leave (with their supervisor's permission) and get paid for their efforts and high school students 16 years and older can earn community service hours for their contributions. 

Help TABLE feed children

TABLE provides healthy food to hungry Chapel Hill and Carrboro children every week. TABLE continues its school-year weekend meal backpack program through Summer TABLE. Volunteers are needed to deliver weekly bags of fresh produce and healthy nonperishables to children in summer school, summer camp and door-to-door in low-income apartment complexes. Learn more about TABLE volunteer opportunities at TABLE. Sign up online to volunteer.

Submit your story about Community Service Leave or other UNC faculty/staff volunteer experience

Have you utilized your community service leave? Have you or your department otherwise served the community or volunteered in other ways? 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 Employee Forum has created a committee devoted to promoting UNC Faculty/Staff Community Service efforts.  This committee, in coordination with members of Carolina Center for Public Service, Carolina Union Activities Board and other campus organizations, will host various community service events throughout the year, similar in nature to the annual Carolina Blood Drive that is currently hosted by the Employee Forum each year. The committee will also advertise various other ways in which UNC Employees can participate in community service throughout Chapel Hill and the wider North Carolina community.

If you are interested in signing up for the committee listserv or helping us out in any way, please email Katie Musgrove at kmusgrov@email.unc.edu


News from around the state

From other news sources:

• NC House overrides budget veto, making the spending plan law (News and Observer)

• House OKs $100M disaster relief bill (WRAL)

• Familiar face named as new chancellor for North Carolina Central (Herald-Sun)


Forum book club

Join us for The Mothers

UNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on July 27, 2017 from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. in Room 211, Undergraduate Library. We will discuss the book The Mothers by Britt Bennett. 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. 

Register at https://tinyurl.com/yb8hhpb6

Join us for Between the World and Me

UNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on August 31, 2017 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. 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.

Register at http://tinyurl.com/ya74dueh

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. 


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