July 31, 2015

Feature articles

Cheek family believes in paying it forward

UNC Pembroke juniors and identical twins Kevin and Kyle Cheek spend their summers in Chapel Hill working at the University to make their college experience possible. For the past two summers, the Sanford natives performed maintenance work throughout residence halls across campus with the UNC Facilities team. The opportunity to work on campus not only provides funds for their education, but …

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Community garden yields 1,300 pounds of produce this summer

The Carolina Campus Community Garden is bursting with fresh produce this summer. The long days of sunlight and warmth means more growth and more to harvest. Summer also means fewer students on campus to volunteer. However, this summer new staff members regularly attend the weekday volunteer workdays. Their presence and hard work has made a huge difference in the workload. Claire Lorch, director …Read more.

Career corner: An introduction to Lynda.com tutorials

Welcome to the Career Corner! This new column explores questions you may have about how to pursue professional development opportunities or advance your UNC career. Lynda.com is an online database of tutorials for professional and personal development, and students and employees have free access through UNC’s portal http://software.sites.unc.edu/lynda/… Read more.

Forum meets August 6 in Stone Center

All staff and other members of the community are invited to attend the full Forum meeting on August 6, 2015 at 9:15 a.m. in the Hitchcock Room at  the Stone Center. Please note the new location. Items on the agenda include an informational presentation about the Carolina Club, a regular HR update, election of Staff Assembly delegates and discussion of proposed bylaws changes. For the complete agenda and materials, please click here. Hope to see you there!



Carolina Club offering discounted staff and faculty dues

Now through October 1, the Carolina Club is offering half off memberships for new staff and faculty, as well as Club current members who refer new members. When current members refer a fellow UNC faculty or staff Member to become a Carolina Club Member, they will receive 50 percent off club dues for five years. The new club member will receive 50 percent off the initiation fee (normally $250) and 50 percent off their club dues for five years. This limited offer is only available through October 1. Call Elizabeth Cheek at 919-962-0021 for more information.

Commuter Alternative Program (CAP) now open for staff

UNC employees who sign up for CAP are entered in regular prize drawings and receive discounts from local businesses. To find out more about this sustainable commuting option, click here

Call for submissions

The submission period is now open for the 16th annual amateur Carolina Global Photography Competition. The competition is open to all students, faculty, alumni and staff of UNC-Chapel Hill. Photos may represent any world region. There is no restriction on the time period in which the photograph was taken. Entries will be judged on artistic merit and context. For more details and to submit photos, visit globalphoto.unc.edu.

Carolina CloudApps makes hosting web apps simpler

Carolina CloudApps is a ITS-provided platform that allows UNC-CH students, faculty, and staff to develop and host web applications without having to manage the behind-the-scenes infrastructure. ITS maintains and patches the programming languages, web servers, and operating system so developers can focus on writing their applications.

The Carolina CloudApps has two environments available to the University community: 1) individual, self-service space and 2) department/project space. The individual space is great for learning a new programming language, hosting personal web applications, or just testing other applications or features. Individuals can get 3 applications containers each with 512MB of memory and 2GB of disk space for free. The department/project space works identical to the individual space except it is not tied to one person. Departments and projects can request more resources, if needed, for their applications. For additional information, visit http://cloudapps.unc.edu.

2015-17 campus theme promotes food access

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. Read more.

Call for proposals: 2015 NC College Personnel Association Conference

The 2015 NCCPA Annual Conference will be held at Elon University on October 29th and 30th. The conference will include: two keynote speakers, educational sessions, afternoon socials, and a tour of Elon University. The program sessions will include Pecha Kuchas, research presentations, and general programs. Click here for information about the conference or to submit a proposal.


From around the state


WRAL launches state salary database

WRAL recently unveiled a salary database that allows users to find out how their salaries rank across states. Using figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the database can generate salary comparisons for nearly 800 different job classifications. Find out how North Carolina ranks at http://www.wral.com/state-salary-database-where-does-your-job-rank-/14773675/.

Latest news from SEANC

Headlines from the State Employees Association of North Carolina:

• General Assembly returns, but makes little progress toward state budget deal (July 17)

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

Latest coverage of UNC Presidential Search

• Updates on the search are available at  http://www.northcarolina.edu/?q=presidential-search

Higher ed news

• How to Dispose of Old Electronics (The Chronicle of Higher Ed)

• How to Evaluate Your Web Pages for Accessibility (The Chronicle of Higher Ed)

• College Jobs, Never Easy, Have Become Pressure Cookers (The Chronicle of Higher Ed)

• Great Colleges to Work For 2015 (The Chronicle of Higher Ed)


Upcoming Events

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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Twitter Basics with Professor Andy Bechtel

Two upcoming lunch-time seminars for UNC staff will provide an opportunity to learn more about using Twitter for your own personal or professional interests. These one-hour workshops will introduce you to Twitter, how to …

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2015 Diversity Thinkposium to explore intersectional identities

The 3rd Annual Diversity THINKposium will take place on August 12, 2015 from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. in the Stone Center's Hitchcock Room.  Co-hosted by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, the Center for Faculty Excellence and the College of Arts and Sciences, the THINKposium is meant to be a non-conventional approach to addressing diversity, inspiring action and facilitating the solution-making process. This year's topic is “Intersectionality: Unpacking the Interactions of Identities.” The THINKposium is free but registration is required to participate.  Refreshments and lunch will be provided.  For additional info please visit diversity.unc.edu/thinkposium or Click here to register.

State Health Plan to offer free tobacco cessation webinars

NC HealthSmart’s upcoming webinar will provide tips and offer resources to ensure your next attempt to quit is the one that works! A coach will walk you through what to expect when you quit smoking, how to set a realistic goal, and how to curb your nicotine craving to stay focused on quitting. To register for one of the webinars, please click on one of the following dates that fits your schedule: August 25, 9 a.m.August 26, 12 noon or August 26, 6:30 p.m..

If you aren't able to attend one of the dates above, you can access the recorded version of the webinar at your convenience through your Personal Health Portal. To access the webinar, select "My Action Plan," then "Resources," followed by "Program Info."

ConnectCarolina town hall meeting to take place August 6

You're invited to a town hall meeting on the future of ConnectCarolina. Topics will include changes to finance, payroll, human resources and reporting processes. The meeting will take place on August 6, 2015 from 1:30-3 p.m. in G100 in the Genome Sciences Building. Click here for more information and for a downloadable flyer to share with your colleagues.

In the meantime, check out the June update video here.

Join us for Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

We invite UNC staff to join the Employee Forum book club on September 25, 2015 from 12pm-1pm at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss "Elizabeth is Missing" by Emma Healey. Lunch will be provided by the Employee Forum with registration. The book can be purchased at a special discount online here or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop. Please email …

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Join us for Empire Falls by Richard Russo

We invite UNC staff to join the Employee Forum book club on October 29, 2015 from 12pm-1pm at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss "Empire Falls" by Richard Russo. Lunch will be provided by the Employee Forum with registration. The book can be purchased at a special discount online here or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop. Please …

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Other events of interest

• August 3: Yoga and Tai Chi in the Galleries (repeating event)

• August 4: SafeZone training

• August 4: Public Speaking & Leadership: Bell Tower Toastmasters Club (repeating event)

• August 8: Drawing in the Galleries

• August 10: Talent Management Institute

• August 12: Basics of EndNote

• August 12: 2015 Diversity THINKposium

• August 17: Sunset Serenade

• August 20: Music on the Porch: Harmonyx & Achordants + American Meltdown

• August 21: Adult Spelling Bee

• August 23: Family and Friends Sunday

• August 26: PlayMakers PRC2: Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam

• August 27: Visual Design for Surveys: A Hands-On Approach

• September 9: SafeZone training

• September 26-7: NCDevCon 2015

• October 16: SAVE THE DATE: #UNCstaff Social Media Scavenger Hunt (details to follow)

Also check the Carolina Campus Community Garden website for workdays.



Congratulations to Jacqueline Carlock Ward, Director of Continuing Legal Education and Special Events, and Lance Westerlund, Conference and Special Events Coordinator, at the UNC  School of Law for winning the 2nd Quarter "Above and Beyond" Staff Awards!

Jacqueline Gist, a long-time UNC employee and member of the Carrboro Board of Alderman is recognized this month in GoTriangle's newsletter for supporting fare-free public transportation. Read the article here.


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.