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November/December 2015

Save Student Stores coalition plans rally November 30

Please join SEANC, the Employee Forum, Student Action with Workers, Faculty Forward and other concerned groups on November 30, 2015 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Pit for a rally to stop Student Stores outsourcing. Please wear the color red to this event to show your support for the Student Stores staff. If you are interested in tabling or reading a testimonial, please contact savestudentstores@gmail.com. 

Members of Employee Forum, SEANC publish open letter to Chancellor Folt

Dear Chancellor Folt (an open letter):

We write to you as concerned representatives of Student Stores employees and in response to The Daily Tar Heel article “Employees at other schools describe positive relationships with Follett.”

Over the past several months, we have witnessed a Request for Proposals process that has been clumsily led. It has damaged employee morale not only among Student Stores employees but among employees across the University who fear that their jobs are next. ... Read the full letter in the The Daily Tar Heel: http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2015/11/letter-value-the-views-of-student-stores-staff

Join the Employee Forum on December 2 for a holiday social

Each year, the Employee Forum holds a potluck social at the December meeting. All staff are welcome to come and bring a covered dish. Invite your supervisor, friends and colleagues! In addition to the social, our regular agenda features a discussion led by Joel Curran and Natalie Vizuete from the Office of Communication and Public Affairs about the use of social media for staff and departments. For the full agenda, click here.

Holiday blood drive scheduled for December 8

Give a meaningful gift this holiday season.

Sign up today at blooddrive.web.unc.edu or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule your appointment to donate blood on December 8, 2015. The American Red Cross will be at Fetzer Hall from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free parking is available at Cobb Deck. Donors will receive a free t-shirt.

Career Corner: Human Resources top 5 benefits you might not know about

Contributed by Clare Counihan and Emily Gomez

What are the Top 5 things your HR teams wish more UNC employees knew? We asked Kathy Bryant, Senior Director of HR Communication and Talent Development, to share. We’re passing the answers on to you, with some extra links with more information. What benefits do I have? Know which coverage level of the State Health Plan you’re enrolled in, as …

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From the Carolina Campus Community Garden

Update by Claire Lorch

Volunteers have worked very hard on helping us get ready for the colder temperatures, including inserting more conduits into the ground, cutting bamboo to size and attaching it to the conduit, carefully cutting new row covers, and distributing sandbags to hold down the row covers. Volunteers also turned compost, worked on the children's garden and removed all of the leaves with any sign of Black Rot. 

On November 22, we prepared more row covers so that all of our cold sensitive crops will be protected, sprayed our brassicas to protect them from Black Rot, spread bait against slugs, and chopped and turned compost. 

This is the time of year to give thanks and enjoy the bounty of the harvest. Whether you volunteer with us, donate resources or just keep up with our progress through these emails, you are all part of an effort to provide that bounty not just one day but throughout the year. At every distribution,  the housekeeping staff thank us for providing them with such beautiful and nutritious food. We want to take this opportunity to thank you for being part of our work and hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday  surrounded by family and friends. 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24 WORKDAY HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Faculty and staff invited to Just Mercy: Beyond Summer Reading

Just Mercy, the 2015 summer reading selection by activist-lawyer Bryan Stevenson, has earned rave reviews from students, faculty, and staff across the University for its gripping personal narrative about how intersections of race, gender, wealth, and resources, manifest within the philosophy and practice of justice and fairness in American society. We invite you to attend an interactive session on December 11 from noon-1:30 p.m. in Hanes Hall 239 that is part book club and part recommendations for how to reference key themes in the book in our daily work with students across departments and disciplines. We will review the book, highlight key themes, and consider ways to maximize the use of this dynamic book within our various professional roles. This event features a small panel of faculty who have engaged with students around the book this semester.

For more information, see http://studentsuccess.unc.edu/brown-bag-lunch-series-2-2/

Parr Center for Ethics sponsors forum on race and mass incarceration

Join us for a panel discussion on Monday, November 30th at 6pm in University Room, Hyde Hall with Tamar Birckhead (UNC Law), Joe Kennedy (UNC Law), Jim Woodall (District Attorney, Orange and Chatham Counties), and James Williams (Chief Public Defender, Orange and Chatham Counties), moderated by Alyson Grine (UNC Government). Panelists will present an overview of racial discrimination in mass incarceration, as well as of sentencing laws as they have contributed to this problem. We will consider possible solutions, focusing on how to address racial discrimination in mass incarceration through sentencing, but the discussion will be wide-ranging with opportunity for audience questions. Learn More.

Campus Rec sponsoring Eat Smart Move More classes at Carolina

 Eat Smart Move More is a 15-week weight management program that works because it is not a diet—it’s a lifestyle! Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh less uses strategies proven to work. You will explore behaviors that will help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight. NC State Health Plan members pay $30 to register, but receive $25 back for completion of the program. For more information, go to https://esmmweighless.com/howitwork/enroll-choose-onsite-shp-class/.

Student Stores pharmacy opening soon

There will now be an easier way for commuters to get their prescriptions and medicine for the cold and flu season. Student Stores will be opening a pharmacy soon, available to both students and faculty.

Carolina athletics staff tickets available

Looking for something fun to do after Thanksgiving? Come cheer on your Carolina men’s soccer team as they take on Creighton in the 3rd round of the NCAA tournament- Saturday, November 28th @ 7:00 PM at Fetzer Field. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth and seniors, and children 6 and younger are free. Click here to purchase tickets.

Please join us for our first women’s basketball faculty/staff appreciation game against Northwestern on Wednesday, December 2nd at 6pm in Carmichael Arena. It is ugly sweater night. The first 100 faculty/staff members will receive a long sleeved “tacky” holiday t-shirt. There are half price concessions throughout the game. Tickets are FREE!! UNC faculty/staff & UNC healthcare employees get in free by showing their UNC One card or UNC hospital id, up to 4 tickets based on availability. 

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Staff book club events

Join us for '1Q84' by Haruki Murakami

We invite UNC staff to join the Employee Forum book club on January 28, 2016 from 12pm-1pm at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. 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 'The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace' by Jeff Hobbs

We invite UNC staff to join the Employee Forum book club on February 25, 2016 from 12pm-1pm at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs. Lunch will be provided by the Employee Forum with registration. The book can be purchased at a special discount online here or in the …

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Other events of interest

Register for the following at ConnectCarolina (login, go to Self Service and click Training Enrollment to search classes):

•  11/23/2015 EPA New Employee Orientation

• 11/23/2015 EPA Non-Faculty Orientation 

• 11/23/2015 SPA Orientation 

• 11/30/2015 SPA Orientation 

• 12/01/2015 E-Verify CBT 

• 12/01/2015 I-9 Policy CBT 

• 12/01/2015 I-9 Procedure CBT 

• 12/07/2015 EPA New Employee Orientation

• 12/07/2015 EPA Non-Faculty Orientation

• 12/07/2015 Prev Unlawful Harassment in WP

• 12/07/2015 SPA Orientation 

• 12/08/2015 MBTI & Stress: Webinar 

• 12/09/2015 Americans With Disabilities 

• 12/14/2015 Perf Mngt & Discipl Processes 

• 12/14/2015 SPA Orientation 

• 12/15/2015 Accelerate Your Comm Skills 

• 12/15/2015 LawLogix I-9 Training 

• 12/21/2015 EPA New Employee Orientation 

• 12/21/2015 SPA Orientation

Also check the Carolina Campus Community Garden website for workdays and the ConnectCarolina training calendar.

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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.