August 28, 2015

Feature articles

Campus leaders determined to help restore public trust

Bruce Cairns, who is entering his second year as chair of the Faculty Council, and Charles Streeter, who is starting his third year as chair of the Employee Forum, represent different constituents, but they serve the same University. They are also bound by a shared goal for the new academic year: restoring public trust in the institution...

Read more at the University Gazette.

The annual #UNCstaff social media scavenger hunt is back!

You asked for it, and now it's here again! It's time to prepare for the second annual #UNCstaff social media scavenger hunt. Volunteers across campus will hide prize vouchers and tweet clues on Oct. 16 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. using #UNCstaff. Follow @EmployeeForum and #UNCstaff to get clues for prize vouchers. Take a selfie with your prize voucher and be entered to win a prize in our drawing. Even if you don't find a prize voucher, take a selfie and tweet it using #UNCstaff and be entered to win a prize for the best selfie. Tune in for a live-tweet of the drawing the following week to see what you've won.  Here's a preview of our sponsor's donated prizes:

•  Breakfast for two with Roy Williams (Carolina Club)

• Tickets to Carowinds/King's Dominion (SEANC)

• Free Massage (Rich Brandenberg at The Retreat)

• 30 minute photo session (Nicole Danielle Photography)

• UNC art print (All She Wrote Notes Calligraphy)

• Personal Training startup package (UNC Campus Rec)

• Household membership to the Ackland Museum (Ackland Museum)

• Gift cards from Student Stores, Spanky's, Linda's Bar and Grill, Brenz Pizza, 4 Corners and more!

• GRAND PRIZE: Kindle from Amazon

For questions and prize donations please contact Katie Turner at katie_turner@unc.edu.

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Carolina Community Garden update

Volunteers are clearing summer beds and planting autumn produce. Volunteers harvested collards, Swiss chard, kale, Chinese spinach, peas, carrots, beets, leaf lettuce, arugula, mustard, cilantro and green, red and Chinese cabbage. In addition, volunteers will plant radishes, turnips and head lettuce. 

Eight residence halls and the Office of Recycling and Waste Reduction have pledged to donate compost to the Garden. The recycling office will collect the compost and deliver it to the Garden. Over a ton of compost has been collected. Soon Carolina Dining Services will contribute compost. The Garden staff are trying to obtain additional compost from nearby fraternities.

If things continue to progress the solar greenhouse will be built this fall. The Garden is also exploring adding an area for children to dig in the garden.

For more details or to be added to the mail list, please contact Claire Lorch at clorch@email.unc.edu . The volunteer hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. and Sundays from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. This time of year, please remember to bring plenty of water to drink. Staff may use Community Service Leave to volunteer.

By Arlene Medder, Division 6

Katelyn Anders harvests a bottle gourd. Photograph courtesy of Claire Lorch. 

Career Corner: Staying on top of your professional development

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.

When was the last time you updated your résumé or your LinkedIn profile? Do you regularly review the projects you’re working on to see what skills you have developed—or skills you might want to develop to do your job better? It can be easy, in the bustle of your everyday work commitments, to forget that you are always preparing for …

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Forum meets September 2 in Stone Center

All staff and other members of the community are invited to attend the full Forum meeting on September 2, 2015 at 9:15 a.m. in the Hitchcock Room at  the Stone Center. Please note the new location. Items on the agenda include special presentations from Amy Sauls (Campus Health Services) and Daniela Serna (Campus Recreation). For the complete agenda and materials, please click here. Hope to see you there!

August 6, 2015 Employee Forum meeting highlights

Click read more to see a Storify of tweets from the last full Forum meeting on August 6, 2015.



UNC-Chapel Hill Child Care Scholarship Program accepting applications

Carolina faculty, staff, postdocs and students are eligible to apply for child care scholarships through the Child Care Services Association as long as they meet certain guidelines. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please call 919-403-6950.

To be eligible, you must meet the following requirements: 

• Children must be under 12 years old.

• All scholarships must be used in 4- or 5-star licensed facilities.

• Scholarships cover a portion of costs, and parents must by a portion based on a percentage of income.

• Scholarships are awarded for a single term but may be eligible for renewal upon review.

• Income eligibility is based on income from all sources, including student aid.

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.

Are you looking for quality swim lessons for you or a family member this fall?

 UNC Campus Recreation’s Aquatics program is offering swim lessons and lifeguarding courses (with a new eLearning/classroom blended course format) throughout the fall at affordable rates! Registration for classes is open to UNC students, faculty and staff and to community members. 

 Swim lessons will be offered for parent/child pairings and for preschool, youth, and adult levels and will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays. Private swim lessons and American Red Cross Lifeguarding courses are also available at varying times. Prices vary based on the swim level and lesson duration, and Campus Recreation members receive discounted pricing. Participants who are not recreation members will receive day passes to utilize the pools outside of swim lessons on days they have scheduled lessons. For more information on swim levels, schedules, and registration, please visit http://campusrec.unc.edu/classes-and-programs.

Campus Recreation offers UNC staff free trial membership

Campus Recreation provides a diverse recreational program in a safe, inclusive and accessible environment and is dedicated to improving the social mental, and physical well-being of the entire University community.  Campus Recreation invites you to participate in a FREE one-week trial membership. This trial membership is only available to permanent employees of the University. It is not available to family members or UNC hospital employees. Contact reggie.hinton@unc.edu if you are interested.

In addition, UNC Campus Recreation offers the “HEELS for Health” listserv exclusively to University employees. Weekly emails consist of fitness and nutrition tips, as well as important wellness resources for employees and upcoming events associated with UNC Campus Recreation and the UNC community. Please email Daniela Serna, serna@live.unc.edu to join the listserv and be a part of Employee Wellness at UNC!

Library offers SkillfUL tech workshops

Does your web presence need a makeover? Want to perfect your photos in Photoshop? The R.B. House Undergraduate Library is putting on a series of free drop-in workshops to teach you these things and more!

Evening Classes: Tuesdays from 6-7 pm, UL 124

• 9/15: Code your First Webpage with HTML

• 9/22: Add Style to your Webpage with CSS

• 9/29: Create an ePortfolio with WordPress

• 10/6: Beyond the Basics of WordPress   **a working knowledge of WordPress basics is recommended for this class

• 10/20: Design a Flyer with Photoshop

• 10/27: Make your Resume Stand Out with InDesign

Daytime Classes: Thursdays from 10-11 am, UL 124

• 9/3: HTML: Code your First Webpage

• 9/10: CSS: Add Style to your Webpage

• 9/17: Photoshop I: Design a Flyer

• 9/24: Photoshop II: Retouch and Manipulate Photos

• 10/1: Illustrator I: Create a Personal Logo

• 10/8: Illustrator II: Build an Infographic

• 10/22: InDesign I: Create an Academic Poster

• 10/29: InDesign II: Produce a Report

No registration is required, and you are free to attend any sessions which interest you. General computer skills are required, but you do not need specialized prior knowledge. We have lab computers for you to use, but also feel free to bring your laptop. If you have any questions, please contact Laura at laurkat@live.unc.edu.

Staff with high school-aged dependents invited to attend workshops on applying for college

Join your colleagues from the Admissions Office and Office of Scholarships and Student Aid as they walk you through the admissions and financial aid application processes. Two identical workshop sessions are available. Please choose the one that best fits your schedule. One week after each workshop, the Writing Center will host an additional one-hour workshop for the applying student on writing effective application essays.

 Session I: Wednesday, September 9, 3-5pm (Register) or Wednesday, September 16, 4-5pm (Register)

Session II: Tuesday, October 20, 4-6pm (Register) or Tuesday, October 27, 6-7pm (Register)

GoPass Now Accepted on PART

UNC employees and students commuting from the Triad area are eligible to ride FREE on PART Route 4 with the UNC GoPass! Commuters can now choose to take the PART bus or a PART vanpool. UNC will continue to offer $20/month towards vanpool fares. Park & Ride lots served by the PART bus and vanpools are FREE!

To obtain a GoPass or receive the vanpool subsidy, eligible commuters may register for the Commuter Alternative Program (CAP).  If you currently have a parking pass and want to try the bus, fill out this form to request free day passes.

ConnectCarolina user conference scheduled for October 21

The User Conference is a free, one-day event that provides an opportunity for users to learn how to get the most out of ConnectCarolina and InfoPorte.  Participants will discover tips and tricks for becoming more productive and efficient, find out how to use other tools (like Excel) to do more with  data, share knowledge with colleagues and learn from their experiences. Registration will be required (but is not yet available).  Go to the User Conference page to sign up for a reminder when conference registration opens.

5K proceeds to support Carolina Campus Community Garden 

UNC Epsilon Eta Honors Environmental Fraternity is sponsoring Getting Back to Our Roots 5K on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 10 a.m. Preregistration can be done online at www.sportoften.com or on race day at the Old Well. Registration fees will be donated to the Carolina Campus Community Garden. Registration also includes a t-shirt. Contact epetaunc@gmail.com if you have any questions.

State Health Plan hosting telephone town halls for info on 2016 enrollment

The State Health Plan is holding live, interactive Telephone Town Hall events for members regarding 2016 Annual Enrollment this fall. When you join a call, you'll hear about what's new for 2016 and how to choose the health plan that makes the most sense for you and your family. Calls will be hosted by State Treasurer Janet Cowell, and phone lines will be open to take your questions and provide answers live on the call.

• Telephone Town Hall for Non-Medicare Retirees September 15, 2015 – 7 p.m.

• Telephone Town Hall for Medicare Retirees September 16, 2015 – 7 p.m.

• Telephone Town Hall for Non-Medicare Retirees September 17, 2015 – 7 p.m.

• Telephone Town Hall for Active Employees September 22, 2015 – 7 p.m.

• Telephone Town Hall for Active Employees September 24, 2015 – 7 p.m.

• Telephone Town Hall for Medicare Retirees  October 7, 2015 – 2 p.m.

UNC Core provides distance learning opportunities to veterans

Are you, or is someone you know, an active-duty service member? Discover UNC Core, a program where active-duty service members, veterans, and National Guard and Reserve members can complete general education college courses from a distance on a flexible schedule. More information.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools seeks volunteers

Ever have a teacher who inspired you?  Give back by volunteering in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools 1-2 hours a week. You can choose the volunteer placement that fits your schedule and interests!  Below are the steps to follow to become a school volunteer:

Step 1: If you have not volunteered in the schools before, register in advance here:  School Volunteer Registration Form

Step 2: Look at all the possible school placements submitted by our teachers: Classroom Opportunities for Volunteers  and choose what matches your availability.  Write down the school codes and bring with you to campus.

Step 3: Stop by UNC Student Union Rm #3102 on Sept. 3, 8, 9 or 15 any time between 10am-3:30pm to choose a school placement! It's the easiest & quickest way for you to start helping.

Find out more about how to volunteer in our schools or call 919-967-8211 ext. 28281. Contact your HR representative to find out if this opportunity qualifies for community service leave.


From around the state

Latest budget news

• NC budget deal reached on state employees pay (August 26)

Latest coverage of UNC Presidential Search

• Board of Governors must engage in the public (DTH editorial August 19)

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


Upcoming Events


Twitter Basics with Professor Andy Bechtel

Twitter Basics
A one-hour workshop to introduce you to Twitter, create an account, Tweet, get followers and be a part of the conversation on social media.

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 create account, get followers and be a part of the conversation on social media. An optional 30-minute Q & A session at the end of the one hour workshop with Professor Andy Bechtel (School of Media and Journalism) will allow you to pose your own unique questions about getting started with Twitter.

Registration is limited to 28 per class. Lunch is not provided and eating in the computer lab is discouraged. Please eat before or after the seminar. This seminar is sponsored by the Employee Forum’s Public Relations and Communications Committee. If you have questions regarding the seminar, please contact Katie Turner at katie_turner@unc.edu.

Session 1: September 10, 2015, noon-1:30pm in Davis Library 247 (Register online here.)

Session 2: October 13, 2015, noon-1:30pm in Davis Library 247 (Register online here.)

Staff invited to attend workshops on student success

The Brown Bag Lunch Series on The Crossroads of Student Success: Academics, Wellness and Engagement schedule for fall 2015 has been announced. All lunches are from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. in Hanes Hall Room 239. 

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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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Responsible Employees must register for training

An upcoming workshop will give responsible employees an opportunity to complete their annual training requirement. Responsible employees can sign up now for Responsible Employee and CSA Training on Sept 21, 2015 3-4:30 p.m. in Toy Lounge (Dey Hall). This session is open only to employees who are designated as Responsible Employees and Campus Security Authorities. Questions or requests for accommodations should be directed to Jenn Scott, Title IX Program Coordinator at jennscott@unc.edu. Click here for registration.

Not sure if you are a "responsible employee"? Click here to find out.

Memorial to be held for Lt. Col. John Collins on September 9

The College of Arts and Sciences will hold a memorial for Lt. Col. John Collins, who was fatally injured in a car accident on June 8, 2015.  Lt. Col. Collins was Chair of the Department of Aerospace Studies and a Commander in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps with Detachment 590. The memorial, open to all, will be held on Wednesday, September 9th at 3:00 p.m. in Gerrard Hall. Please contact Alexis Cline, Dean’s office (2-3082) or Courtney Phillippie, Aerospace Studies (2-2074) if you have any questions.


Other events of interest

• September 1: Staff HAVEN training

• September 2-October 14: Executing Your Survey Research Project

• September 3: Little White Lie

• September 8: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

• September 9: SafeZone training

• September 9: Mindful Self Compassion

• September 10: Twitter Basics with Professor Andy Bechtel

• September 11: Responsible Employee and CSA Q & A Session

• September 15: Staff HAVEN training

• September 16: Amiri Baraka Exhibition Opening Reception and Symposium

• September 21: Responsible Employee and CSA Training

• September 21: Basic Refworks

• September 22: Responsible Employee and CSA Q & A Session

• September 23: Endnote

•  September 24: Safe Zone training

• September 24: For the Cause

• September 26-7: NCDevCon 2015

• October 15: Staff HAVEN training

Also check the Carolina Campus Community Garden website for workdays.


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.