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April 30, 2015

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Notes from University Day at the NC legislature

On March 25, delegates Yvonne Dunlap and Kirk Montgomery visited the North Carolina legislature in honor of University Day. Each year, representatives from the UNC system meet with legislators and hear comments from the Governor about the importance of higher education to the state's economy. Forum chair …

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Staff celebrate Earth Day in the garden

Sixteen staff volunteers attended the Earth Day workday on Wednesday, April 22. Some had never heard of the Carolina Campus Community Garden before the Employee Forum invited them to attend the workday. Staff volunteers from across the campus and departments as varied as Worldview, Biostatistics and Campus Health worked on building bamboo trellises, turning …

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2015 Forum Elections results now in

Congratulations to new and reelected delegates, and a big thank you to those who ran in this year's elections. The 2015 elections results are in. Click the "read more" link below below to find out who your unit's new representatives are.

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UNC staff compete in Chancellors' Cup Golf Tournament; raise funds for scholarship

For the second consecutive year, two teams representing UNC Chapel Hill competed in the UNC Staff Assembly’s Chancellors’ Cup Golf Tournament.  On Tuesday, April 7, 2015, the UNC Staff Assembly held the annual The Chancellors’ Cup Golf Tournament to raise funds for the Janet B. Royster Memorial Staff Scholarship Fund. Donations to the scholarship fund will be used to provide …

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Forum congratulates 2015 Peer Recognition Award winners

The Employee Forum invites the UNC community to honor the following winners of the 2015 Peer Recognition Awards. The awards ceremony will be held in the Pleasants Room at Wilson Library from 2-4 p.m. on Friday, May 15. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of these hardworking staff. Back Office Activity D.G. Eide, Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine Margarita Helms, Accounting Services …

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Litwin visits UNC; offers advice for women in the workplace

On March 31, 2015, Anne Litwin presented several talks on campus about the ways that women’s unspoken “friendship rules” shape women’s experiences in the workplace. According to Litwin’s dissertation research, also published as New Rules for Women: Revolutionizing the Way Women Work Together (Third Bridge Press, 2014), women’s socialized desire for egalitarian and reciprocal relationships …

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Employee Forum Meeting Storify April 1, 2015

Click read more to catch up on tweets from the last full Forum meeting.

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Announcements

Applications close May 1 for Janet B. Royster Staff Scholarship

The Janet B. Royster (JBR) Memorial Staff Scholarship Fund was created in August of 2011 by the UNC Staff Assembly in memory of UNC-TV employee Janet B. Royster.  Janet represented UNC-TV on the General Administration Staff Forum and was subsequently elected to the UNC Staff Assembly.  She served as its first Parliamentarian until her untimely death in June 2011.  This scholarship promotes staff development for permanent, full-time, non-faculty employees, as well as recognizes and honors Janet’s leadership and dedication to all UNC employees.

Please visit http://www.northcarolina.edu/?q=content/janet-b-royster-memorial-staff-scholarship for more information.

Join us for the annual campus-wide staff Spring Community Meeting

The UNC Employee Forum invites you to its Spring Community Meeting on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Pleasants Family Assembly Room in Wilson Library.

The event will feature an address by Chancellor Carol Folt and campus updates on ConnectCarolina, human resources and the university budget, followed by a question and answer session.

Guests include:

• Matt Fajack, Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration

• Chris Kielt, Vice Chancellor for Information Technology & CIO

• Debra Beller, Communications Specialist for ConnectCarolina and ITS Enterprise Applications

• Cheryl Stout, Director of Transportation and Parking

• Susan Colby, Chair of the UNC Staff Assembly

Register for the meeting at http://tinyurl.com/k4e87af

Submit questions in advance online or call 919-962-3779

 Attendance at an Employee Forum Community Meeting is considered work time when it occurs during an Employee's regular work schedule.  Employees must get approval from their supervisor to attend.

Carolina Family Scholarship applications now open through June 1

The Carolina Family Scholarship fund was established in 2004 to provide need-based scholarships to the children of employees attending any of the 16 UNC campuses or community colleges in North Carolina. Some employees on our campus are hard-pressed to meet the challenge of helping their children enroll in our community colleges or state universities.This fund creates a sense of community among UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and staff by working toward a common goal–furthering the education of employee children.

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Fresh Produce at UNC and Chance to Win Dinner for Two

The Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG) aims to grow vegetables and fruit so that all employees have access to fresh, sustainably grown produce through the shared efforts of staff, students, faculty and local residents; and to serve as a learning community for developing gardening skills, healthy living, social responsibility, and interdisciplinary academic pursuits.This survey will take you to a 5-7 minute survey designed to help the CCCG broaden its reach and better serve the community.

By completing the survey, you will be eligible to win a $100 gift card for dinner  at the Irregardless Café (http://www.irregardless.com/) or a quart jar of delicious  honey from CCCG's own beehive. Your responses will be recorded anonymously. Please email clorch@email.unc.edu with any follow-up questions or suggestions.  

New resources for UNC staff streaming online

Careers in Higher Education Panel (Video) This spring, the Employee Forum hosted it’s first-annual “Careers in Higher Education Administration Panel” for staff and students to gain insight into the professional pathways, day-to-day responsibilities, and career advice of individuals working in a variety of roles on campus.

 Growing and Thriving in Your Role at Carolina (Recorded Webinar) As part of the “Managing Your Career at UNC” program series, the Employee Forum collaborated with UNC HR’s Training and Talent Development team to create an online presentation on how to develop professionally in current your position at UNC. This short presentation includes 10 tips for success, ways to capitalize on university benefits and services, and more. We encourage you to start listening to the recording at minute 1:08. 

Kittner Eye Center offers discounts to all UNC employees

University employees and UNC Health Care employees and their immediate family members are eligible for a 20% discount at UNC Optical Shop and get the same discount off of LASIK procedures at UNC Kittner Eye Center.  Call 984-974-2020 for a free evaluation.

Superior Vision plans are accepted at the UNC Optical Shop, and payroll deduction is available. Visit www.unceye.org for more information.

Click here for information about Lasik services.

Click here for information about your 20% discount.

Chronicle of Higher Ed releases faculty, staff salary data tool

Search and explore faculty and staff salary data for more than 4,700 colleges and universities going back more than a decade. Users can look at data over time and categorized by gender by searching for specific institutions or browsing by state, sector, or Carnegie classification. The tool is available at http://data.chronicle.com/?cid=at-salaries

UNC News releases

• Carolina launches fund-raising campaign to honor life and legacy of Dean Smith The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in consultation with the Smith family and with its full support, has launched a fund-raising campaign for student assistance to honor the life and legacy of legendary men’s basketball coach Dean E. Smith, who died Feb. 7, 2015.

• UNC-Chapel Hill explores “Food for All” with 2015-2017 campus theme The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will come together at a common table when it examines food and food studies as its 2015-2017 university-wide academic theme. “Food for All: Local and Global Perspectives,” which builds on Carolina’s 2012-2015 “Water in Our World” focus on global water issues, will challenge all areas of the University to examine wide-ranging topics from food cultures and nutrition, to food security, world hunger, agricultural economics, resource management, sustainable development, climate change and international trade. 

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Upcoming Events

Join us for the 27th annual Carolina Blood Drive

Preregistration is now open for the Carolina Blood Drive on June 2, 2015. Please go to redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to make an appointment to donate. Donations count as work time for SPA staff. 

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Free class: Learn to Meditate

Why Meditate? Meditation provides a simple, practical way to nurture and rejuvenate our inner essence. "The heart is the seat of the soul"; the old axiom says it all. By tuning our attention inward, we learn to be centered in our heart. As we strengthen that connection, we cultivate an inner knowing that wisely directs and guides our lives. Heart fullness meditation is simply taking the time every day to tune into that internal presence, a silent current that has been flowing for ages, to reconnect and be centered in our highest self. You don't need faith or knowledge to experience, simply do and feel! If you would like to learn about and experience heart fullness meditation, you are welcome to attend a one-hour introduction.

Class Schedule and location:

• Wednesday May 6th at Office Administrative Building Room 1501A, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

• Thursday May 7th at the Hospital MacNider Hall Room 018, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Register at https://unc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9XlwakiFf7z7OxT 

Join us for The Reason I Jump

UNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on May 28, 2015 from 12pm-1pm at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida. 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 …

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Making the workplace more sustainable event registration open

Sustainability is a core value and top-level priority at Carolina. People who want to learn how to help their offices become more economically, environmentally and socially responsible can attend “Making the Workplace More Sustainable,” offered by the UNC Sustainability Office and the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling. 

Based on feedback after the inaugural workshop, the course has been expanded to offer more time for participants to plan their next steps. The upcoming two-day training will be held Tuesday, May 19, and Thursday, May 21, from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., at the Administrative Office Building on Airport Drive. 

Participants will learn about sustainability goals and initiatives at UNC, become “green events” certified, and gain familiarity with a Workplace Sustainability Assessment tool designed for work units at Carolina. The assessment tool helps people identify, measure, and promote opportunities related to sustainable purchasing; energy; transportation; water; waste reduction, recycling and reuse; food and events; and health and wellness.  Register through ConnectCarolina.

Call for Family Weekend 2015 events

The Office of New Student & Carolina Parent Programs (NSCPP) is pleased to announce that Family Weekend 2015 will take place from Friday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27, in conjunction with the Carolina vs. Delaware football game. In past years, Family Weekend has been full of tradition, excitement, and Carolina blue spirit and with your partnership we hope to continue this tradition.  

We invite you to participate in Family Weekend by hosting an educational seminar, open house, specialized tour or other related programming. In addition, if you already have an event, exhibit, or other activity planned during September 25-27, please contact us so we can discuss opportunities to include your event in the 2015 Family Weekend schedule and on our Family Weekend App.To get involved, please submit your program details at http://bit.ly/1Ikjs1c by 5PM on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. 

Other events of interest

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

• May 4: Ackland Spring Luncheon

• May 4: Yoga in the galleries

• May 4: Tai Chi in the galleries

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

• May 11: Yoga in the galleries

• May 11: Tai Chi in the galleries

• May 15: Save the date: Peer Recognition Awards Ceremony

• May 21: SafeZone Training

• May 26: Email and Records Management (Register through ConnectCarolina)

• May is Bike Month (events all month long)

Also check the Carolina Campus Community Garden website for workdays.

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Awards

Congratulations to all UNC staff service award winners!

The Employee Forum would like to acknowledge and thank all of those long-serving staff who were recently honored at the service awards banquet. We would also like to give a special congratulations to two of our past and current delegates, Ron Campbell and John Gullo, for reaching their 25th year of service. (Photograph courtesy of Jackie Overton.)

Employee Forum Community Award call for nominations

The nominations period is now open for the Employee Forum Community Award (also known at the Three Legged Stool Award). This award recognizes 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 of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is eligible to be nominated and to vote for this award, except current members of the Employee Forum Recognition and Awards Committee. Deadline for submissions is May 16.

Full information on nominating someone is available here.

Governor's Awards for Excellence call for nominations

Nominations are now open for the Governor's Awards for Excellence. Governor's Awards for Excellence is the highest honor a State employee may receive. Recipients are honored during Excellence in State Government Week.  

The Governor's Awards for Excellence Program is designed to acknowledge and express appreciation for outstanding accomplishments that do not fall entirely within the scope of normal duties, but are in the nature of a major contribution reflecting credit on the person and State service.  The meritorious service or accomplishment is so singularly outstanding that special recognition is justified. Categories include customer service, efficiency and innovation, human relations, outstanding state government service, public service, heroism and the spirit of North Carolina. 

If you are interested in nominating a colleague, please fill out the form and nomination letter at http://www.excellenceawards.nc.gov/Nominate.aspx and return to Kim Andrews (kim_andrews@unc.edu) in the Office of Human Resources by June 8, 2015.

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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.