New Year's Edition, January 30, 2015

Feature articles

A new look for a new year

A note from the Public Relations and Communications Committee chair: Dear colleagues, As we embark on the new year, the Employee Forum is debuting a new look for its website and inTouch publication, as well as an ambitious publication schedule for the once quarterly printed inTouch. inTouch will now be a monthly, digital publication that will arrive straight to your …

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9 wellness tips for 2015

As the holidays get further behind us and we start implementing our resolutions, it might be a good time to take inventory of our benefits and make sure we are maximizing them. This list contains some tips for how to take advantage of what Carolina has to offer its employees. 1. Take a class for free Many Carolina staff aren't …

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Ted Shaw to speak at February 4 Forum Meeting

All staff are invited to attend the next full Forum meeting on February 4, 2015 in the Pleasants Room at Wilson Library. The featured guest is Professor Ted Shaw, director of the UNC Center for Civil Rights. Professor Shaw came to Carolina in 2014 as the Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor. Shaw previously directed the NAACP Legal Defense Fund from 2004 to 2008. 

Other items on the agenda include a resolution concerning sexual assault and harrassment, discussion of how staff can support UNC centers and institutes, and discussion of the role of staff in the selection process for the next president of the UNC system. The full agenda is available online.

Forum thanks January food drive supporters

The Employee Forum and the UNC Athletics Department teamed up on January 15 to sponsor a community food drive at the women's basketball game. UNC Athletics designated the UNC-Notre Dame women's basketball game as a faculty-staff appreciation game. UNC staff received free admission and the first 150 employees received free t-shirts. The donated food went to Inter-Faith Council. The Forum would like …

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Forum to launch professional development grant program

Matthew McKirahan, Education and Career Development Committee

Employee Forum Delegates are excited to announce the launch of the Employee Forum Professional Development Grant program. This funding source is designed to give permanent University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill employees an additional resource to help cover professional development opportunities.  Specifically, it covers work-related employee education and training and can be used for conferences, certificates, non-credit classes, or similar instructional opportunities; anything related to, or contributing to the professional skills of the individual employee, and not already covered by other resources at the University.

A special thanks goes out to members of the Education and Career Development Committee and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Office of Human Resources for their tireless efforts over the past two years.


Forum thanks Matt Brody for his partnership

This month, the Forum said farewell to one of its major partners and collaborators, Matt Brody. Brody has served in many human resource-related positions at Carolina since 2002, and most recently he held the position of Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources. Over the years, he has helped to guide the Forum's work by giving updates to the delegates and …

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ICYMI: Gazette coverage of recent Forum activities

• Forum explores strategies to strengthen ties with faculty by Gary Moss

• Employee Forum agrees to champion the Carolina Family Scholarship by Gary Moss



Employee Forum seeks nominees to run in 2015 elections

If you’d like to learn more about how the University works, run for office to become an Employee Forum delegate. Delegates have reported that serving on the Forum is one of the best experiences of their University careers. Nominated staff employees (EPA non-faculty and SPA) should expect to commit eight hours a month over a two year period, which counts as worktime. Prospective candidates should consult with their supervisors about this expectation before standing for office.

Feel free to nominate yourself or someone else for a delegate position here.

Changes to Adverse Weather Policy in effect

On January 8, 2015, the Office of Human Resources circulated a memo to all permanent SPA and EPA employees regarding changes to the University's Adverse Weather Policy. The policy changes are summarized here.

Staff Assembly seeks volunteers for Chancellor's Cup Golf Tournament

The UNC-system Staff Assembly seeks volunteers to help set up the 2015 Chancellor's Cup Golf Tournament scheduled for Tuesday, April 7. Click here to see a full list of volunteer opportunities and contact information.

Carolina Campus Community Garden seeks staff volunteers

The CCCG welcomes UNC staff volunteers to participate in Wednesday and Sunday work days. Staff can use their community service leave to work in the garden during normal work hours. If you have questions about how to get involved, check out the CCCG website or contact Claire Lorch at clorch@email.unc.edu.

Gazette features work of UNC staff member Gloria Thompson

From the University Gazette: "Housekeeper Gloria Thompson works tirelessly to look after the buildings under her care — and the people in them. She has earned a reputation as the go-to person in those areas, all the while maintaining a ready smile and positive outlook in everything that she does." Read the article.

UNC-system President Tom Ross steps down

A collection of media articles related to President Ross's depature:

• U. of North Carolina President’s Ouster Comes Amid Political Shift in the Chronicle of Higher Education

• UNC-system President Tom Ross forced to resign Friday in The Daily Tar Heel

• Tom Ross asked to leave UNC system presidency in The Durham News

SEANC Scholarship Foundation hosts Bowl-a-Thon

Come bowl to benefit the SEANC Scholarship Foundation! The State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC) Scholarship Foundation is hosting its second annual SEANC Scholarship Bowl-a-Thon on Feb. 28 at Buffaloe Lanes North in Raleigh from 1-3 or 3-5 p.m. There also will be a silent auction with items from the Carolina Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes, N.C. Symphony, N.C. Aquariums, Battleship North Carolina and more. Tickets are $20 per person or $100 per team of six. Proceeds will go toward educational scholarships for SEANC members and their dependents. For more information and to register, visit www.seanc.org/bowl-a-thon.

Undergrad Library continues SkillfUL Technology Workshop Series

 The R.B. House Undergraduate Library's Design Lab is hosting an expanded series of drop-in workshops on the Adobe design software and web development. We call them the SkillfUL Tech Workshops, and they'll be held in the Undergraduate Library, Room 124, on Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings throughout Spring 2015. 

No registration is required, and you are free to attend any sessions that interest you. General computer skills are required, but you do not need specialized prior knowledge. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jennie Goforth at jgoforth@unc.edu.

 Click here for the schedule.

Design Lab Consultations

Would you like one-on-one help with your design project? You can now sign up online to meet with one of our Design Lab Consultants: bit.ly/177ShYK​ 

Campus rec to offer discounted swim lessons

UNC Campus Recreation’s Aquatics program is now offering swim lessons for all levels at affordable rates! Registration for classes is open to UNC students, faculty and staff and to the surrounding communities. Lessons are offered for parent/child pairings and for preschool, youth, and adult levels. Private swim lessons and American Red Cross Lifeguarding courses are also available. Prices vary based on the swim level and lesson duration, and Campus Recreation members receive discounted pricing. 

SproutUNC offers on-campus grocery service for staff, faculty

SproutUNC partners with a local online farmers' market called Bella Bean Organics to make local and organic produce available for pick-up on campus. You can order items like vegetables, fruits, meat, eggs, dairy, and bakery products. If you order through Sprout, there is no minimum order amount, no delivery charges, and no sales tax! All orders must go in by 4pm on Fridays, with pickups on Tuesdays. 100% of Sprout's profits go to support our organization, Nourish-UNC, and its sustainable projects abroad every summer. Not only are you supporting our local farmers, but you are also making an impact internationally. For more information and to order, go to sproutunc.wordpress.com.

Shared stories initiative looking for alumni to promote affordability

The Board of Governors recently approved a new policy that could significantly limit UNC's ability to meet 100% demonstrated financial need. In order to raise awareness about the potential consequences of the policy, Student Government and the Campus Y are conducting interviews with students and alumni who are willing to talk about their financial need and the possible challenges they would face if they did not receive need-based aid. These interviews will be published on our website to raise awareness about the importance of need-based aid at UNC. If you are interested in sharing your story, please email Sameer Kak at kak@live.unc.edu or Thomas Gooding at tgooding@live.unc.edu.

Employee Tina CoyneSmith asks colleagues to watch a video to help critically-ill sister

What would you do if you won $50,000? One NC man wants to give it away to Patti Coyne Powell, sister of long-time UNC employee and Tina CoyneSmith.   Derek DeShane has entered a Lenovo contest to make a viral video. The grand prize is $50,000. If his video reaches 500K views by January 31st, he will win the prize and donate it to Patti.

All that needs to happen for Derek to win is for people to watch a video he posted to YouTube that features his son playing soccer & showcases a Lenovo computer. If the video gets 500,000 views by Jan. 31, Derek wins. And Patti gets $50,000. Please help us get views of this video! Please watch and share this short video on facebook and twitter. 

UNC Transportation and Parking announces new website

Check out move.unc.edu to learn more about your transportation and parking options at UNC. Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. We hope you like the new website!

New transit option for staff in Alamance and Guilford counties

Do you live in Alamance or Guilford counties? Try the new Express bus to UNC! Save your gas and park closer to home at one of the free Park & Rides lots along I-40. Then just sit back and relax on your way to work!

2012-14 Diversity Plan Report now available

The Department of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs has released a report on the state of diversity at Carolina with data pertaining to diversity in the workforce

UNC News releases facts and figures for January 2015

Here is a current snapshot of Carolina's community and accomplishments.


Upcoming Events

Book club: Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

UNC Staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on February 20, 2015 from 12pm-1pm at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin. The book can be purchased at a special discount online here or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop. Lunch will be provided with registration. …

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Careers in Higher Education Adminstration Panel

Love UNC and being part of a campus community? Administrators from across the university will share information about their career paths into and through higher education, the rewards and challenges of their work, and insight for those seeking to move into their first or next full-time role on a college campus. All staff and students are welcome. Lunch will be …

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Book club: Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

UNC Staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on March 27, 2015 from 12pm-1pm at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo. The book can be purchased at a special discount online here or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop. Lunch will be provided with registration. …

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2015 Tunnel of Oppression to take place February 10-12

The Tunnel of Oppression is a tour that will engage students in an immersive experience of scenes where participants will experience firsthand different forms of oppression through interactive acting, viewing monologues, and multimedia. Participants directly experience the following scenes of oppression: ability, body image, gender identity, homelessness, homophobia, religion, interpersonal violence, race, human trafficking, and mental health. 

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UNC Health Care to co-host 2nd annual 5K charity run

UNC Health Care’s first-ever “Cure HHT” 5K in May 2014 raised over $3200 in support of research and awareness initiatives related to genetic vascular disorder hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT). Unfamiliar to many, HHT can be thought of in terms of its day-to-day impact on those living with this disorder. It is characterized by symptomatic excessive bleeding from the nose, mouth, tongue, gastrointestinal tract, lungs, skin and other organs. UNC is proud to treat HHT patients at UNC Hospitals, home to one of only 17 HHT Centers of Excellence nationwide. For the past four years, nine UNC School of Medicine and School of Dentistry departments and divisions have partnered to offer comprehensive, multi-disciplinary HHT treatment to patients from multiple states.   

If you are interested in participating in this year's run, please register at http://www.sportoften.com/events/eventDetails.cfm?pEventId=13986 or contact Laurie Birdsong at 919-966-5469.

Other events of interest

• January 31: An Evening of Mississippi Delta Blues with Howl-N-Madd and Shy Perry

• February 1: Carolina Campus Community Garden workday (check website for schedule)

• February 2: UNC Mindfulness Program

• February 4: Carolina Campus Community Garden workday (check website for schedule)

• February 5: Candis Watts Smith: Black Mosaic: The Politics of Black Pan-Ethnic Diversity

• February 5: Adobe Photoshop II: Prepare Photos for Publications and Presentations

• February 8: Carolina Campus Community Garden workday (check website for schedule)

• February 11: Safe Zone training

• February 11: Carolina Campus Community Garden workday (check website for schedule)

• February 12: Designing Web Surveys

• February 15: Carolina Campus Community Garden workday (check website for schedule)

• February 18: Carolina Campus Community Garden workday (check website for schedule)

• February 19: EndNote Workshop

• February 19: Adobe Illustrator I: Create a Personal Logo

• February 20: Haven training

• February 22: Carolina Campus Community Garden "Get Ready for Spring" Workshop

• February 22: Carolina Campus Community Garden workday (check website for schedule)

• February 26: Private Foundations Grant Workshop for the Health Affairs and Basic Sciences

• February 26: Adobe Illustrator II: Build an Infographic

• February 29-March 2: As You Like It

• March 3: Safe Zone training

• March 20: Haven training

• March 22: Carolina Campus Community Garden Shiitake Mushroom Workshop

• April 19: Carolina Campus Community Garden Tour of the Honeybee Hive

• January 29-May 11: Ritual + Time Travel = Rebirth

• May 6: Save the date: Association for Women Faculty and Professionals Luncheon



Call for nominations: 2015 University Awards for the Advancement of Women

On behalf of the Offices of the Chancellor and the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, the Carolina Women's Center is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2015 University Awards for the Advancement of Women. This award recognizes contributions to the
advancement of women at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. ...

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Call for nominations: 2015 Massey Awards

Nominations for the 2015 C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Awards are due Feb. 6, 2015.  Chancellor Carol Folt will recognize six recipients for “unusual, meritorious or superior contribution made by an employee, past or present” and the honor includes an award of $7,500.  Nominations can be submitted at go.unc.edu/t8G3R, or contact Carolyn Atkins, Massey Awards Committee Chair, at (919) 962-1536.

Call for nominations: 2015 Mary Turner Lane Award

UNC-CH Association for Women Faculty and Professionals is accepting nominations for the 2015 Mary Turner Lane Award through Monday, February 2, 2015.

The Mary Turner Lane Award recognizes a woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the lives of women on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Nominees must be active employees of the university at the time the nomination is made; faculty who are in phased retirement are eligible.
Vsit the AWFP website to learn more and find instructions for submitting a nomination.

Call for nominations: 2015 University Diversity Awards

A nominee is not eligible for nomination if the individual or organization have received the University Diversity Award in any category in the last four years.  The nominator will be notified if that is the case.Click here for past recipients. Nominations are due Monday, February 9. Questions regarding the Diversity Awards may be directed to:  Dr. Marco Barker (DAC Chair) or Carolyn  (DAC Coordinator) at carolyn.butler@unc.edu or 919-962-7036.

Call for nominations: 2015 Public Service Awards

The Carolina Center for Public Service oversees the annual selection of three campus-wide awards honoring individual students, faculty, staff and University units for exemplary public service and engaged scholarship. Award recipients are honored at a spring celebration where they receive a monetary award and framed certificate. Please see the attached flyer for information about the Robert E. Bryan, Office of the Provost and Ned Brooks awards.

Call for nominations: Order of the Old Well

Founded in 1949, the Order of the Old Well recognizes students, faculty members, and staff of high character who have demonstrated outstanding humanitarian service and whose service has gone uncompensated and unrewarded. Candidates for membership should not have been previously honored for their service by another campus organization, campus department, and/or honorary society, and should not be nominated based on service in highly public or well-recognized leadership positions.

The nomination form can be found here: Order of the Old Well Nomination Form

Order of the Old Well accepts self-nominations and encourages you to do so! Nominations are due by January 31st, 2015. If you have any questions about the nomination form, please feel free to contact Omar Kashef at kashef@live.unc.edu.


Tell us how we are doing

Do you like the new newsletter? Is there something we can improve? What content would you like to see in future issues? Send your suggestions and feedback to Katie Turner, Employee Forum public relations and communications chair at katie_turner@unc.edu.