February 27, 2015                                                              

Feature articles

Employee Forum Chair Charles Streeter issues statement on UNC System President, UNC Chapel Hill Centers and Institutes

My fellow staff members and constituents, The past two years have been tumultuous: dealing with the athletic-academic scandal, Wainstein report and other issues. Our Chancellor is working to address problems created years before she arrived at UNC. It is difficult work. I personally want to thank her for being our leader and being the voice of UNC-Chapel Hill. As Chair …

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Forum delegates learn about the UNC Center on Civil Rights 

The Employee Forum heard an informative presentation given by Professor Ted Shaw, director of the UNC Center on Civil Rights. A full account is published here in the University Gazette. If you would like to see Tweets from the meeting, check out the Employee Forum's Storify

Gazette article written by Gary Moss and photograph by Jackie Overton.

Staff spotlight: Clarissa Goodlett, Program and Communications Manager at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History

Interview by Katie Turner, Employee Forum public relations and communications committee chair

I recently had the pleasure of serving on a hiring committee with Clarissa Goodlett, program and communications manager at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History. Through the hiring committee, I got to know Clarissa and found out that we have a lot of the same …

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10 ways to celebrate 'Love your Library' month

by Tammy Cox, Employee Forum treasurer

Don’t wait until February to enjoy libraries with their rich resources for knowledge and entertainment. Here on campus, your One Card is the key to any of the many libraries available to staff, students and faculty. During Employee Appreciation Day, the UNC Libraries table provided handouts with “10 Great things to do right here …

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Carolina Campus Community Garden announces spring workshops

By Arlene Medder, delegate

As part of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill community, the garden also has education as part of its mission. One method is to hold workshops. The first workshop of the new year was held on February 22, 2015 …

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Students organize National Adjunct Walkout Day protest

By Katie Turner, Public Relations and Communications Committee chair

On Wednesday, students, staff and faculty gathered on the steps of Wilson Library to raise awareness about adjunct faculty working conditions. The event was part of National Adjunct Walkout Day, an organized protest across the country aimed at educating the public and higher education institutions about contingent faculty issues. The average wage …

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Agenda posted for March 4 Forum meeting

March 4, 2015 UNC-Chapel Hill Employee Forum Agenda 9:15 a.m. Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Library NOTE:  This is a draft agenda and is subject to change without advance notice.  Call to Order & Opening Remarks—Chair Charles Streeter  (9:15 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.) Open call for announcements and questions for the end of the meeting Welcome to Guests & Members …

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2-minute survey: What qualities should the next UNC-system president have? 

The Employee Forum invites all UNC staff to help us identify the qualities and values we would like the next UNC-system president to have. Please take a moment to respond to an open-ended survey. We will collect the responses and communicate them to Chancellor Folt.

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.

Community mourns tragic loss of three extraordinary young people

Since the shooting of UNC student Deah Barakat, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha and her sister Razan Abu-Salha, the Carolina community has come together to remember their wonderful achievements, goals and aspirations.

If you wish to send a card or letter of condolence, please address it to: 

The Barakat and Abu-Salha Families
c/o Office of Advancement
UNC School of Dentistry
Attn: Tiffany Brannan
CB 7450
Chapel Hill NC 27599-7450

To make a gift to honor Deah Barakat, please go to: http://giving.unc.edu/2015/02/12/make-a-gift-to-honor-deah-barakat

 You may also honor Deah by supporting his work to provide dental care to Syrian-student refugees in Turkey at http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/syrian-dental-relief/206249

The University is offering on-site support and counseling. Students should call Counseling and Psychological Services (919-966-3658), and faculty and staff are encouraged to contact the Employee Assistance Program (877-314-5841).

Photograph courtesy of UNC New Multimedia Library.

In Memory of Dean Smith

If you would like to make a gift in honor of Dean Smith's legacy, please consider giving to one of the charitable organizations listed below:

Dean Smith’s ‘Opening Doors’ Fund
Online gifts: http://giving.unc.edu/opening-doors
Postal mail by check:
The Dean E. Smith Opening Doors Fund
UNC-Chapel Hill
PO Box 309
Chapel Hill, NC 27514-0309

The Inter-Faith Council for Social Service
The organization lives out Smith’s values of caring for the poor and those in need.
110 West Main Street, Carrboro, NC 27510
(919) 929-6380

Individuals may also give to the charity of their choice to honor Coach Smith and the values he exemplified.



Help us pick our next staff book club selections

Interested in helping the Employee Forum Book Club pick its next selections? Take a moment to fill out this survey and rank a list of contenders. If you have more suggestions, please contact katie_turner@unc.edu. 

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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Book Club: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

UNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on April 30, 2015 from 12pm-1pm at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. 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. Please email employeeforum@unc.edu …

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Carolina Women's Center solicits staff feedback on parenting survey

 From Clare Counihan, faculty-staff program coordinator in the Carolina Women's Center: 

I am working with a number of groups across campus to survey the needs of students, faculty and staff around parenting at UNC. I would very much appreciate any feedback you could provide, either by completing the survey or by contacting me directly. 

In particular, we are interested in the following:

• Do you (or your co-workers) have access to a dedicated lactation room? If you do not, where on campus are you? (This is to figure out where we need to add lactation facilities.)

• What resources and/or policies would improve your or your co-workers experience as parents at UNC?

• What existing resources and/or policies at UNC have been the most helpful/beneficial?

As part of the Women's Center's mission to advocate for families, we've also updated and added to the Parenting@UNC website. 

Latest news from SEANC

Headlines from the State Employees Association of North Carolina:

• SEANC finds little to cheer in State of the State address (2/6/15)

• SEANC speaks against proposed State Health Plan changes (1/30/15)

• SEANC advocating against bill to eliminate payroll deductions (1/30/15)

For more news or to join SEANC, visit seanc.org.

Stay on top of the latest Connect Carolina/Infoporte updates

If you would like to receive updates on changes to Connect Carolina and Infoporte, sign up at http://ccinfo.unc.edu/reporting/ .

Tired of unsolicited communications? Here's where you can go to block them

The North Carolina Consumers Council has compiled a list of websites and telephone numbers that allow you to block unwanted phone calls, emails, mailed advertisements and offers. Visit this link to find out who to contact.


Upcoming Events

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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Join us for Facebook, LinkedIn and Your Personal Brand

Join us for Facebook, LinkedIn and Your Personal Brand to be held on March 20, 2015 from 12-1:30 p.m. in the Undergraduate Library, Room 124. The workshop will be led by Andrea Patino, graduate student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Seating is limited, so we are asking for advanced registration at http://tinyurl.com/m6wsxyt. The event is open to …

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Employee Forum sponsors two Notary Public certificate courses

The Employee Forum is sponsoring two Notary Public certificate courses this spring. Registration for both classes is available through Connect Carolina. Click on Self-Service, Training Enrollment, and search for the courses below to get full course descriptions and enroll. 

Notary Public Certification
April 15, 2015 (8 hour course) at Administrative Office Building

This course prepares participants to be certified in the state of North Carolina as a Notary Public, and it includes specific instruction as to: requirements and qualifications for this office; General power and limitations of the office; oaths and affirmations; and depositions and affidavits.

Electronic Notary
April 29, 2015 (4 hour course) at Administrative Office Building

You must be commissioned as a Notary to attend this class. This course prepares participants to be certified in the state of North Carolina as an Electronic Notary, and it includes specific instruction as to: requirements and qualifications for this office; General power and limitations of the office; oaths and affirmations; and depositions and affidavits.

THATCamp Community Archives to be held at Stone Center, 3/21

The Humanities and Technology Camp (THATCamp) Community Archives will create a space for sharing tips, techniques and tools for using technology when working with cultural heritage material. THATCamp Community Archives aims to create a learning and discussion opportunity for individuals and institutions not heavily engaged with technologies for archives but who would like to learn more. This is an exciting opportunity for people who work in community archives and potential users of those archives to get to know one another and imagine ways to work together. Deadline for registration is March 16, 2015. Click here for more information.

Orange County Rape Crisis Center looking for submissions for Shout Out! Against Sexual Violence

On Tuesday, April 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, the OCRCC will host its annual Shout Out! Against Sexual Violence, a survivor-themed event that explores the survivor experience through stories and testimonials, poetry and spoken word, dance, music, and visual art.  We welcome submissions from survivors of sexual violence, their loved ones, and allies. If you are interested in participating in this year’s Shout Out! Against Sexual Violence, you can send questions and submit pieces to joey@ocrcc.org.  The deadline for submissions is March 24, 2015. 

Become an ally to those with eating disorders

Embody Carolina is an organization dedicated to training students to be compassionate and effective allies to those with eating disorders.  Registration for this semester's trainings is now available on embodycarolina.com.  Registration is available to students, staff and community members.

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.



Peer Recognition  Awards call for nominations

 The Employee Forum will honor UNC-CH permanent full-or part-time staff members in the following categories: Back Office Activity, Big Buddy, Call of Duty, Congeniality, Customer Service, Rookie, Self-Improvement, and Unsung Heel. The deadline to nominate is April 15, 2015. Winners will receive a small monetary gift and a signed certificate at the annual Peer Recognition Awards Ceremony. For full descriptions of the awards categories and to submit a nomination, please go to http://employeeforum.unc.edu/peer-recognition-awards-2/

Call for Nominations: Faculty Mentoring Awards 

The Faculty Mentoring Awards recognize the faculty who go above and beyond to guide, mentor, and assist students or junior faculty. The Women's Leadership Council presents three awards each year, one for faculty-to-graduate student mentoring, and one for faculty-to-junior faculty mentoring. Each recipient receives a prize of $5,000. Current and former faculty, staff and students are eligible to submit nominations. Nominations are due March 25, 2015. To submit a nomination please click here

Click here for more information. 

Honors and Awards

Congratulations to all the UNC staff who have won awards recently (in the past three months): Danny Bell Program Assistant American Indian and Indigenous Studies Department of American Studies Winner of 2014 C. Know Massey Distinguished Service Award Laura Bratsch Administrative Support Specialist UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Winner of the 2014 Phyllis Smith Staff Award for Excellence James David Officer …

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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.