June 25, 2015

Feature articles

Three honored with Kay W. Hovious Award for outstanding delegates

Three outstanding Employee Forum delegates were honored for their work at the June 10, 2015 at the annual Forum delegate retreat. Yvonne Dunlap, Karen Jenkins-Cheek and Tammy Cox received the Kay W. Hovious Award in appreciation of their exceptional service to staff at Carolina. Yvonne Dunlap has served as chair of the Personnel Issues Committee and has been an active …

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Streeter elected to Forum Chair position for third term; Montgomery elected Vice Chair

Employee Forum delegates re-elected Charles Streeter to another term as Chair of the Employee Forum. Streeter has served as Chair since June 2013. He currently works as a database analyst in the Department of Student Affairs. He grew up in Fayetteville, N.C. and holds a bachelor's and master's degree from UNC Chapel Hill, as well as an M.B.A. from Pfeiffer University. Streeter is one of three recipients …

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Summer Carolina Blood Drive shy of meeting collection goal

This year's summer blood drive at the Dean Smith Center collected nearly 822 pints of blood, falling short of its 900-pint goal. To compare, last summer's blood drive exceeded collection goals by nearly 140 units. The 2014 Winter Blood Drive collected 323 pints, also falling short of its goal. Despite the lower volume of blood collected this year than expected, those who volunteered to help with the 27th annual Carolina Blood Drive had a wonderful time escorting donors to the canteen and assisting with venue preparations. Staff won prizes, and donors received t-shirts for their support. 

Another chance to donate is coming soon with the American Red Cross holding a blood drive at the UNC Student Union on Wednesday, July 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can walk in or schedule a donation time at http://www.redcrossblood.org/rcbmobile/drive/chooseDonationTime.jsp

The Employee Forum would like to thank those who organized this year's summer blood drive, especially the Carolina Blood Drive Committee members Ron Campbell and its chair Todd Hux. The purpose of the Blood Drive Committee is to coordinate with the American Red Cross and to act as a liaison between the Employee Forum, campus blood drive organizers, and the American Red Cross.

Above: Forum Delegate and Blood Drive Committee Chair Todd Hux gives annual committee report. Photograph courtesy of Jackie Overton.

Chair of the Forum issues statement on Charleston shooting

Dear fellow staff, I am deeply saddened and troubled by the shooting deaths of congregants at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church yesterday evening. I want to reach out to you and echo the Chancellor's message that our UNC Chapel Hill community is dedicated to ensuring that all who are affected by this tragedy have the resources and encouragement to …

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World View to lead Americanah book discussion

World View staff invite you to join the Employee Forum book club on August 27, 2015 from 12pm-1pm at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. World View staff will lead the discussion and lunch will be provided by the Employee Forum with registration. The book can be purchased at a special discount online here …

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Campus dining offers staff discount through end of summer

Campus dining halls are now operating on a summer schedule. Throughout the summer, the retail area in Lenoir Mainstreet will offer a 10% discount to all Carolina Employee Express Planmembers – just present your One Card at checkout. This discount will only be available at Mainstreet and will be good during summer operating hours only.

In addition, whenever Top of Lenoir is open for New Student Orientation this summer, you will receive a 30% discount on meals when you use your Employee Express Plan. Orientation begins in June and is held on Monday/Tuesday, Wednesday/Thursday and runs through July. Visit Carolina Dining’s website to view hours of operation: http://dining.unc.edu/.

If you are not yet a member and are interested in signing up for the Employee Express Plan, visit https://www.onecard.unc.edu/Employees.

Staff remember former Vice Provost Elson S. Floyd, 1956-2015

Former UNC Chapel Hill alumnus, administrator and honorary lifetime Employee Forum delegate Elson S. Floyd passed away on June 20, 2015. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science, a master of education degree in adult education and a doctorate in higher and adult education from Carolina. He joined his alma mater as a staff member in 1978 as an assistant dean for student life. He left Carolina briefly before returning to UNC as a vice provost and executive vice chancellor from 1995-1998.

While at Carolina, Dr. Floyd was honored with the Employee Forum's Community Award in 1996, and in 1998 he received a C. Knox Massey Award. In 2004, the University conferred a Distinguished Alumnus Award for outstanding service to humanity and the field of higher education. 

For more information, please see Dr. Floyd's remembrance page at http://from.wsu.edu/ucomm/2015/template/6-20-15/149656-browser.html.

ConnectCarolina team seeks your input on new survey

Have thoughts to share about recent changes in ConnectCarolina and Infoporte? Want to enter in drawing to win an iTunes giftcard? Now's your chance to do both. The ConnectCarolina team wants your feedback. Go to https://unc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8GEnU1iGPg2O7EV to take an anonymous survey on financial and HR systems. The survey is open until July 3, 2015.

Forum seeks volunteers to assist with annual social media scavenger hunt

Due to the success of last summer's staff social media scavenger hunt, the Public Relations and Communications Committee of the Employee Forum is looking for volunteers to help organize this years event, tentatively planned for Employee Appreciation Day over Fall Break. We need staff volunteers to secure prizes from local businesses, hide prize vouchers and tweet clues on the day of the scavenger hunt. Please contact Katie Turner at katie_turner@unc.edu if you are interested in helping.

University asks employees to self-identify military and/or disability status

New federal regulations now require the University to seek out and report employees who identify as veterans and/or individuals with disabilities. The Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office is asking employees who are veterans and/or individuals with disabilities to complete a voluntary self-identification survey by July 10, 2015.  You are encouraged to participate in the survey, even if you have previously self-identified with the University, because the information is now being collected electronically.

You may participate in the survey by using your UNC Onyen and password to sign into the self-service section of ConnectCarolina (http://connectcarolina.unc.edu). Under the SelfService heading, you will see options to “Self-Identify Veteran Status” and “Self-Identify Disability Status.” All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only by the Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office in ways consistent with federal regulations. Employees will be able to self-identify at any time throughout the year through ConnectCarolina.

 If you have questions or feedback, or need assistance completing the survey, please visit http://eoc.unc.edu/accommodations/disability-accommodations/ for more information or contact the Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office at eoc@unc.ecu or 919-966-3576. Further, if you seek an accommodation based on your status as an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you can also contact the EOC office as noted above. 

Carolina Campus Community Garden seeks part-time garden assistant

The CCCG is currently seeking a garden assistant to attend and assist with workdays, produce distributions, cooking demos, special events and advisory board meetings. For the full job description and instructions for how to apply, go to: https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/77781.

One of our most adorable garden volunteers pictured above. Photograph courtesy of Claire Lorch.


From around the state


Latest news from SEANC

Headlines from the State Employees Association of North Carolina:

• House votes not to concur on HB495; Senate Passes Radical Budget (6/19/15)

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

Latest news from the North Carolina Consumers Council

• NC Driver Licenses Get a New Look with Added Security Features

Latest coverage of UNC Presidential Search

• Politics, and the Ouster of a Popular President, Cloud UNC’s Search for a New Leader

Latest coverage of UNC Board of Trustees

• New trustees named for UNC, NCCU, NCSSM

• UNC adds new members to Board of Trustees


Upcoming Events

Book club: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

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

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July HAVEN trainings added for staff 

In response to staff interest, two summer HAVEN trainings, one on July 13 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and another on July 31 from 9 a.m. to noon, are being offered. HAVEN trains students, staff and faculty to be informed and empathetic supporters to those who have experienced sexual or interpersonal violence or stalking. To register, go to http://safe.unc.edu/create-change/training-education/haven-training-registration/.

Provost's Committee on LGBTQ Life invites faculty and staff to meet-up

All LGBTQ, Two Spirit, and Same Gender Loving faculty and staff are invited to attend a meet-up at the Back Bar of Top of the Hill on Friday, July 10, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Back Bar (Top of the Hill, 100 E. Franklin Street, 3rd floor). There will be good conversation, games, music and more. 


Other events of interest

• July 1: Starry Nights: Summer Skies


• July 6: Style your Web Page with CSS

• July 7: Public Speaking & Leadership: Bell Tower Toastmasters Club

• July 8: It Takes All Types: MBTI Introduction (ConnectCarolina)

• July 11: Earth, Arts and the Meaning of Nature

• July 11: Drawing in the Galleries 

• July 11: Star Families: Summer Skies

• July 13: Create an E-Portfolio with WordPress 

• July 14: LawLogix training (ConnectCarolina)

• July 14: Great Books Reading Group: Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness

• July 14: Public Speaking and Leadership: Bell Tower Toastmasters Club

• July 15: Valuable Presentation Skills (ConnectCarolina)

• July 17: “Dive!” (Library’s Diversity Programming and Education Committee Summer Film Series)

• July 18: Skywatching

• July 20: Design a Flyer with Photoshop

• July 20: Yoga in the Galleries

• July 20: Tai Chi in the Galleries

• July 21: Public Speaking and Leadership: Bell Tower Toastmasters Club

• July 21-22: Intentional Leadership: Overcoming Barriers to Reach Your Potential

• July 22: SPA Hiring: Posting through Probation (ConnectCarolina)

• July 26: Family and Friends Sunday at the Ackland

• July 27: Yoga in the Galleries

• July 27: Tai Chi in the Galleries

• July 28: Public Speaking and Leadership: Bell Tower Toastmasters Club

• July 29: LawLogix training (ConnectCarolina)

• July 30: Coaching Skills (ConnectCarolina)

• July 15-25: PlayMakers Summer Youth Conservatory presents Guys and Dolls

Also check the Carolina Campus Community Garden website for workdays.



Friday Adult Learner Scholarship Deadline July 1

Each fall and spring semester, the Friday Adult Learner Scholarship awards $750 to two part-time, degree-seeking, undergraduate students age 24 or older studying at UNC-Chapel Hill. The scholarship is named for former UNC President Bill Friday, who strove to make a University education available to all citizens of North Carolina. The scholarship can be applied to college expenses for the semester for either Carolina Courses Online or Part-time Classroom Studies. Click here to find out how to apply.


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.