October 2017

What's new with the Forum

Employee Forum monthly meeting October 4

The next full meeting of the Employee Forum will be on October 4, 2017.  Meetings are generally held on the first Wednesday of each month from 9:00-11:30am in the Sonja H. Stone Center Hitchcock Multipurpose Room. These meetings are open to the public. 

University Day October 12

Please join the Employee Forum for University Day on Thursday, October 12. It celebrates the laying of the cornerstone of Old East, which became the first public university building in the nation in 1793.  This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the consolidation of North Carolina public institutions into what is now known as the "UNC system." The processional begins at Memorial Hall at 11:00am. The keynote speaker for the event will be former UNC system president Tom Ross. Employee Forum President Shayna Hill will also be speaking at the event.

Employee Appreciation Day October 20

Please join us on October 20 to celebrate the wonderful employees at UNC-CH at the annual campus Employee Appreciation Day.  The festivities begin at 9:00am, at the Student Union and Pit, with lunch served from 11am-2pm. Live music will be held starting at noon. This is a work time event with approval from your supervisor, so please take a break and enjoy a meal and some fun with your colleagues if you are able. The event is sponsored by UNC Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement, the FPG Student Union, UNC Student Stores, and Pepsi.  The Employee Forum will have a table at the event. Stop by and say hello to your delegates!


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

• Free employee-only fitness courses (Thursdays 9/21-11/9)

• Mental health first aid training (10/4 & 10/5)

• University research week (10/9-10/13)

• University day (10/12)

• Safe Zone training (10/13)

• Mental health first aid training (10/17 & 10/18)

• Course: Coaching skills* (10/18)

• Employee appreciation day (10/20)

• Faculty/staff HAVEN training (10/20)

• Financial Essentials Course: Identify and prioritize your savings goals (10/24)

• Mental health first aid training (11/1 & 11/2)

• Financial Essentials Course: THRIVE: Retirement income planning on your own (11/2)

• Financial Essentials Course: Make the most of Social Security (11/9)

• Financial Essentials course: Build a budget (11/16)

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

Did you know?

The University operates a surplus property retail store right here in Chapel Hill!  When a department deems items unusable or unserviceable, those items are moved to an area where they can be re-sold to other campus units and to the general public.  The surplus property retail store is located off of Airport Drive, just across the street from the Administrative Office Building. It's open to the public Monday-Friday from 8:00am - 4:00pm (closed for lunch from noon-12:30pm). All items are $500 or less and are sold as-is.

Above photo from https://finance.unc.edu.


Community service updates

Tar Heel Service Day 2017

Tar Heel Service Day 2017 events will take place from Thursday, Oct. 12 to Sunday, Oct. 15. Tar Heels throughout the world will #ServeCarolina by refurbishing schools, planting flowers, delivering meals and more – all in honor of University Day. 

Sign-up is now open: register a project here. We’ll send you some Carolina swag when you sign up.

Looking for project ideas? Check out 100 ways you can serve

For more information, please visit https://alumni.unc.edu/things-to-do/volunteer/tar-heel-service-day/

Recycling volunteers needed for Fall events

Orange County Solid Waste Management hosts recycling and waste diversion activities at most large special events in Orange County.  Recycling volunteers comb event grounds making sure recycling collection is maximized and moving smoothlyWe work hard but we have fun, so share these opportunities with your friends and family!

Shifts vary, and often you get a meal and/or a t-shirt for your time! 16 or older unless with an adult, please. Contact Muriel Williman at muriel@orangecountync.gov or 919-918-4909 with your t-shirt size, shift request, and for details about the following events:

Festifall the premier annual Art, Music and Culture Fest on Franklin St. in Chapel Hill

• Sunday, Oct. 1, shifts: 11AM-3PM and 3-7PM

YepRoc20 Hillsborough-based YepRoc Records celebrates 20 years in the business with a great musical line-up and beer at beautiful River Park.

• Saturday, Oct. 21, shifts 11AM-3PM, 3PM-7PM. Three slots available for each shift. Volunteers enjoy the jams while they collect the cans.


Carolina Closet seeking donations

Carolina Closet is a student organization at UNC that collects donated business casual and business professional attire and distributes them to graduate and undergraduate students and staff on UNC’s campus. They are gathering donations of new or gently worn clothing, shoes and accessories (ties, bags, jewelry, etc.) to stock their closet before their grand opening in January 2018. Donations are currently being accepted at the Anne Queen Faculty Commons in the Campus Y building through November 21 in the bin marked "Carolina Closet Donations.” Faculty and staff can swipe in with their OneCards to donate Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. A second drop off location is available at the Housing Office in the basement of Avery Residence Hall. They will accept donations Mondays through Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. until further notice. At this time, donations are not tax deductible.

Carolina disaster relief listserv/websites

It is no surprise that the Carolina community is responding in important ways to the immediate needs for relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, Hurricane Harvey, and now Hurricane Irma. The recovery period for affected communities is long and will span years. In addition to donating money and volunteering with established groups working with affected communities, there will be additional ways to help in the coming weeks and months. Periodic updates will be shared through the Carolina Disaster Relief listserv. To join the listserv, send an email to ccps@unc.edu. If you are aware of disaster response or recovery efforts being coordinated on campus, or if you are organizing efforts to help, please send an email to ccps@unc.edu.

The websites ccps.unc.edu/HurricaneMatthew  and ccps.unc.edu/HurricaneHarvey are regularly updated and contain information about Carolina’s efforts and other information and resources.

Disaster relief trips

As we approach one year since Hurricane Matthew devastated eastern North Carolina and as we continue to see the impacts of Hurricane Harvey, please consider volunteering for relief efforts. The Carolina Center for Public Service is organizing campus-wide relief trips to continue the rebuilding process after Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, North Carolina. These trips are for UNC staff, faculty and students who are willing to help with clean-up or who have specialized building and repair skills. Trips are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 6 and Friday, Dec. 1. For details, FAQs and registration forms, visit UNC disaster relief trips.

UNC Children’s Hospital ‘Walk for Children’s’ (November 4, 2017)

Join UNC Children’s Hospital in Raleigh, NC on November 4, 2017 for the ‘Walk for Children’s’ in celebration of the patients, their families and the caregivers who help them every day. To learn more, please visit  https://www.classy.org/event/walk-for-childrens/e137415

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 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 . 


Employee Forum Community Service Committee 


From the Town of Chapel Hill

Upcoming events

• World of Bluegrass festival (Raleigh) (9/26-9/30)

• Festifall (10/1)

• The Bazaar in Carrboro (10/8)

• 2nd Friday art walk (10/13)

• Terra Vita food & drink festival (10/18-10/21)

• Hillsborough Halloween Spooktacular (10/27)


Forum book club

Join us for Exit West

UNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on October 26, 2017 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. The book can be purchased at a special discount online or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop. 

Register at http://tinyurl.com/y7maodtm

Join us for The Glass Castle

UNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on November 30, 2017 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. The book can be purchased at a special discount online or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop. 

Register at http://tinyurl.com/y9wemnyq

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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