Feature articles

Forum delegates attend annual SEANC convention 

The State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC) elected a new slate of officers to lead the association on Sept. 10-12 at SEANC’s annual convention at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. Delegates elected Ross Hailey (President), Stanley Drewery (First Vice President), Gloria Evans (Second Vice President) and Darius McLaurin (General Treasurer).

Delegates passed bylaws amendments to set up a committee of members to audit all aspects of SEANC finances. They also approved a bylaws change to allow part-time and temporary employees to join SEANC as full members, as well as several restructuring changes to both SEANC and EMPAC bylaws.

Delegates donated more than $13,000 to SEANC’s Scholarship Foundation and added their names to the Delete Blood Cancer bone marrow registry in honor of SEANC Lobbyist Kevin LeCount, who is battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia. If you are interested in signing up to be a donor, please register at http://www.deletebloodcancer.org/en

Story contributed by Kirk Montgomery, Forum Vice Chair. James Holman, David Fraley and Steve Hutton pictured above.

Possible Student Stores deal puts staff jobs at risk

As a result of an unsolicited letter from Follett Corporation, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Matt Fajack met with Student Stores employees a couple weeks ago and notified them that the University is now accepting proposals to privatize the operation. Follet promises that it will contribute $3 million a year to the university's scholarship fund. The Employee Forum is closely following the potential deal and is working with Student Stores employees to preserve existing jobs and benefits. We will send more updates as the situation unfolds. In the meantime, read about the possible deal at the links below.

• UNC Student Stores might be privatized (The Daily Tar Heel)

• UNC-CH to consider privatizing campus store (The Herald Sun-- behind pay wall)

• UNC Student Stores could be outsourced to private company (News and Observer)

• Keep the 'UNC' in Student Stores Facebook Group (Facebook login required)

• Student Stores ought to remain public (LTE in The Daily Tar Heel)

• Local ownership better for university book stores (LTE in News and Observer)

Photograph: Wikimedia Commons, labeled for noncommercial reuse.

Register now for Carolina Blood Drive

Sign up to donate blood at the Carolina Blood Drive on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Great Hall at the Student Union. Sign up online at redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code UNC or call 1-800-RED CROSS to make an appointment. This event is sponsored by the Employee Forum, Red Cross Club, Carolina Fitness Professionals, Delta Sigma Phi and UNC HOSA.

Staff invited to University Day processional

This year for the first time, as faculty and staff process into Memorial Hall, each school will be identified with a gonfalon style banner, and faculty and staff will process together behind their respective banner.  The procession will be organized by the date of the establishment of the school.  Staff not associated with a particular school should process with the Administration and Staff banner. The processional line up begins at 10:30 a.m. near the Old Well.  Look for your banner!  In case of rain, faculty and staff should gather in Gerrard Hall. 

Please notify the Office of University Events (staceywarner@unc.edu or 919-962-2821) by Monday, October 5th regarding your participation.

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)

• Fall Fest t-shirt (Carolina Union)

• Tatted bracelet (Arlene Medder)

• UNC baseball caps (UNC Trademark and Licensing)

• Gift cards from Student StoresBulls Head BooksSpanky'sLinda's Bar and GrillBrenz Pizza4 Corners, McAlister's 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 Campus Community Garden changes distribution location

Until recently, the CCCG held its produce distribution to housekeepers at their headquarters in the Cheek Clark Building. However, last spring the building was under construction. Since then, the CCCG held distributions at the Garden. Although this has worked very well over the spring and summer, distributions at the garden will not work for the early morning or evening shifts due to lack of light or possible inclement weather. Fortunately, the Newman Catholic Student Center generously offered to provide a well-lit, sheltered space for morning distributions. The distributions will take place in the back of the activity center across from the Garden or inside the activity center. In addition, the Carolina Center for Public Service has been kind enough to provide the CCCG with space inside their building for the evening distributions. 

Carolina Campus Community Garden volunteers reseed beds. Staff can use community service leave to volunteer in the garden. All proceeds benefit the university's lowest paid staff. For more information, contact Claire Lorch at clorch@email.unc.edu. Story submitted by Claire Lorch and Arlene Medder.

Career Corner: Dressing for Work

We may know what to wear for the job interview, but what to wear for the first day (or week) can be a different story. What’s the difference between business casual, professional, smart casual, and the myriad options in between? How do you balance workplace expectations with your sense of self (which may or may not fit into any of …

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August 6, 2015 Employee Forum meeting highlights

Click read more to catch up on the latest full Forum meeting.



Kids ROCK events open to children of UNC staff

The first Campus Rec Kids ROCK event of the year is coming up on October 3, 2015. UNC’s nationally-renowned women’s soccer team will conduct a morning full of drills, skills and thrills for you and your children. Register for this FREE event at the link below.

When: Saturday October 3, 10am-12pm at Hooker Fields

 Kids ROCK Gymnastics is now open for registration! UNC Women’s gymnastics team will be hosting a morning full of fun flips, tricks, and twists! Register for this FREE event at the link below.

 When: Saturday, December 12, 10am-12pm at Fetzer Hall, Gym C

The Registration forms for both of these events can be found here: http://campusrec.unc.edu/special-events 

UNC Football hosts Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day 

 UNC Athletics invites faculty and staff to attend the October 17, 2015 UNC v. Wake Forest game. Tickets are $10, available at Goheels.com/tickets. Click on promotions and enter code:  FB15-FACULTY. The first 500 orders will come with a free lanyard.

Campus Rec invites staff to sign up for wellness challenge

UNC Campus Recreation wants to share a great opportunity! OHR is offering another move more initiative.  The theme for this 8-week team-based virtual walk is “Plymouth Pilgrimage: a Thanksgiving Trail.” Registration ends on October 1, 2015. Team materials are available on http://oshr.nc.gov/state-employee-resources/benefits/wellness/miles-wellness. The challenge dates are October 5 – November 29, 2015.

Team leaders may contact Campus Recreation for pedometers for your team (Daniela Serna, serna@live.unc.edu).  Please include in your email, your Team Name, list of Team members, and corresponding email addresses.

GAA invites staff to participate in Tar Heel Service Day

On October 10, 2015, the General Alumni Association is sponsoring Tar Heel Service Day. The event encourages faculty, staff, students and alumni to participate in a service event. Events have been organized locally and throughout the state. Pictures posted on social media can be tagged #ServeCarolina. Click here to find a participating event.

UNC Media Relations launches 'On the Record' blog

UNC-Chapel Hill’s Media Relations team recently announced the newly-launched UNC-Chapel Hill On the Record blog. According to the team: 

UNC-Chapel Hill On The Record” allows us to provide context about issues and stories involving the University, and we expect to provide responses to articles, additional clarifying information and outreach on important topics.  Most importantly, it provides an opportunity to explain our unique perspective, and we hope that it will inform your discussions about Carolina.

 If you would like to submit or have any questions, please contact mediarelations@unc.edu.


Upcoming Events

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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Join us for 'I Totally Meant to do that' by Jane Borden

We invite UNC staff to join the Employee Forum book club on November 19, 2015 from 12pm-1pm at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss I Totally Meant to do that by Jane Borden. 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 …

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UL to host Skillful Tech workshops

Our Fall 2015 skillfUL workshops start this week! The Skillful Tech Workshops will be held in the Undergraduate Library, Room 124, on Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings throughout Fall 2015. We will introduce you to digital tools that you can use in class, on the job, or for fun! For the full schedule of classes, visit https://skillful.web.unc.edu/.

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. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Laura at laurkat@live.unc.edu.

Making the Workplace More Sustainable

Want to learn how to help your work unit become more economically, environmentally and socially responsible? Join us at our interactive training, “Making the Workplace More Sustainable.” 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 areas at Carolina. The assessment tool helps people identify, measure, and promote UNC-specific opportunities related to sustainable purchasing; energy; transportation; water; waste reduction, recycling and reuse; food and events; and health and wellness.

This two-day training will be held Tuesday, September 29, and Thursday, October 1, from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm, at the Administrative Office Building on Airport Drive. 

Register through Connect Carolina, https://connectcarolina.unc.edu/,  and select the Self Service > Training Enrollment option. Search by “Workplace Sustainability 1.” 

VPN Secondary Password Changing Sept. 30

Do you access ConnectCarolina from off-campus using VPN?  On Sept. 30 at 8:00 a.m., the secondary password for all campus VPN users will be changed. Find the new password and VPN instructions at http://help.unc.edu/help/vpn-installation-and-clients/.

CAPTRUST hosts retirement meetings

CAPTRUST Financial Advisors, the independent financial advisory firm that works on the UNC Retirement Programs, will be onsite at the Administrative Office Building at 104 Airport Drive the week of October 5.

Topics covered in the half-hour individual advisory sessions include, but are not limited to the following: retirement planning, general financial planning, debt management, and investment education and advice. You also will have an opportunity to create a Retirement Blueprint, CAPTRUST’s new interactive retirement readiness tool. To learn more about the Blueprint you can view a short, informative video by clicking here.

Sprout UNC back with on campus grocery service for faculty, staff and students

Sprout partners with local, sustainable farms to provide fresh, seasonal produce available for pick-up on campus. This venture supports our local economy and food system while making healthy food more accessible to students and faculty. For more information, or to place an order, click here.

University Archives hosts two upcoming trainings

 University Archives and Records Management Services invites you to join us for one of two upcoming training sessions on records management:

• September 30, 2015 from 9:00-11:00 AM at Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room

• November 17, 2015 from 9:00-11:00 AM at the Administrative Office Building, Airport Rd. 

To enroll in a session, log in to ConnectCarolina, select "SelfService" from the menu on the left, then click "Training Enrollment." Search for "records management" or the course number (BE1400), select the session you would like to attend, then complete the registration process. Contact Jennifer Coggins at (919) 962-6402 if you have questions.

Apex and Graham vanpool spaces available

Two spaces have become available in the Apex vanpool leaving from Lowe’s Home Improvement, Beaver Creek Commons this September. If you are commuting from Apex and would like more information about joining this vanpool, click here or email Jeff at jcampbell@unc.edu.

Three spaces are available in the Graham vanpool leaving from the PART Park & Ride. If you are commuting from Graham and would like more information about joining this vanpool, click here or email Jackie at jackie_billeci@med.unc.edu.

Zipcar offers staff reduced rate

Beginning this semester, student, faculty and staff’s annual membership rate will decrease to $15 per year ($10 savings per year). Zipcar will continue to waive the application fee for all affiliated university members (another $25 savings). Existing Zipcar student, faculty and staff members’ annual fee will also decrease to $15 per year. New member driving credit will vary by promotion at time of application. Existing collateral and promotions with driving credit will be honored. Join today at www.zipcar.com/UNC.



Distinguished Alumnus and Alumna Awards call for nominations

The September 28th deadline is approaching for nominations for the university’s 2016 Distinguished Alumnus and Alumna Awards. Nominees for these awards are selected by the faculty’s elected Committee on Honorary Degrees and Special Awards, and they will be presented at the October 12, 2016, University Day ceremony. These awards recognize UNC-Chapel Hill alumni/ae who have made outstanding contributions to humanity in any walk of life.

Full information about this award, including criteria, eligibility, past winners, and a link to this year's simplified process for submitting a nomination online, is available at the Distinguished Alumnus and Alumna Awards page of the Faculty Governance website.


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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.