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January 2016

Ives to provide update on Student Stores RFP at Forum meeting

Brad Ives, associate vice chancellor for campus enterprises, will attend the Employee Forum meeting on January 6, 2016 to provide an update on the Student Stores RFP process. The meeting will be held at 9:15 a.m. in the Hitchcock Room at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History. All members of the UNC community are welcome to attend.

Guest presenter Dr. Taffye Clayton, chief diversity officer, will discuss the forthcoming climate survey for students and staff, and the Task Force on University History will present their charge and work plan. The full agenda is available here.

Winter blood drive collects 293 pints

The Employee Forum thanks all of the volunteers and donors who organized December's blood drive. We reached 85 percent of our goal, collecting a total of 293 pints. Thirty-one people were first-time donors. The amount collected can save or touch 879 lives. This year there was enormous support from students, and donors of all ages participated. Please save the date for our next blood drive on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at the Dean Smith Center. 

--James Fuller, Employee Forum delegate and Blood Drive Committee chair

Delegates recognized at men's basketball game

The Athletics Department recognized Employee Forum delegates during halftime at the UNC-Tulane men's basketball game. Staff were invited to a pregame program and treated to athletics swag and snacks. Forum Chair Charles Streeter photographed the staff at the game and gave updates via his Twitter handle @UNCChazz. We'd like to thank UNC Athletics for providing a wonderful evening of entertainment.

Career Corner: Setting career goals for the new year

The start of a new calendar year is a great time to hit the “reset” button on your personal and professional development and to think ahead with hope and excitement about which new doors may open in the months ahead. The Education and Career Development Committee of the UNC-Chapel Hill Employee Forum encourages you to capitalize on …

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Next Carolina Campus Community Garden workday on 1/3

Update and photo by Claire Lorch (December 14, 2015)

Twenty-one volunteers helped us to clear and amend beds, plant garlic, begin the process of emptying the drip irrigation of any standing water, chop and turn copious amounts of compost, prepare the children's area, treat fire ants, weed the pollinator garden, clean and reorganize the shed and harvest 53 pounds of collards, broccoli, kale, cabbage, turnips, Swiss chard, mizuna, arugula, persimmons, peas, carrots, chickweed, parsley, mint, and cilantro for a distribution on December 15. Please note the next workday will be on January 3, 2016.

Campus Rec to offer swim lessons

UNC Campus Recreation’s Aquatics program is offering swim lessons and lifeguarding throughout the spring at affordable rates. Registration is open to UNC students, faculty and staff and to non-UNC affiliated community members.

Swim lessons are offered for parent/child pairings and for preschool, youth, and adult levels and will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Private swim lessons and American Red Cross Lifeguarding courses are also available at varying times. Prices differ 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. Click here for more information on swim levels, schedules, and registration.

Eat Smart, Move More classes come to UNC

Beginning in January, UNC Campus Recreation is partnering with Eat Smart Move More to bring you a 15 week weight management program. This program helps you to develop a better lifestyle that lasts!

When: Mondays 12:10-1:10pm
January 11th-April 18th
Where: Fetzer Hall, room #106
Costs: NC State Health Plan members pay $30 to register, but receive $25 back for completion of the program. Enroll now.

Access employee tax forms online now

You can now view your current withholding forms for federal and state of North Carolina taxes, and you can make changes to these forms via the Self Service menu on the ConnectCarolina home page. If you have problems accessing the forms, contact the Help Desk. Contact Payroll Services at payroll@unc.edu if you are unable to update your W-4 or NC-4 after working with the Help Desk. Click here for more information.

Ethics Bowl looking for volunteer judges

The NC High School Ethics Bowl brings together high school students from across three states for a day of intensive discussion about pressing ethical issues. Participating in this event develops students' intellectual abilities, deepens their ethical understanding, and reinforces their sense of ethical commitment. 

To make the NC HSEB a successful learning experience, the organizers rely on our community members to serve as judges, moderators, and general volunteers. By serving as a judge, you play a crucial role in helping students understand how to reason ethically and engage productively with diverse points of view. The competition will begin with breakfast and judge training at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 23, 2016, starting with Round 1 at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 6:00 p.m.

The organizers seek volunteers to judge (or generally help) either for the whole day, half day, or single round. If you would like to participate, please send a confirmation email to Jeff Sebo, jeffsebo@email.unc.edu.

Order of the Golden Fleece call for nominations

The Order of the Golden Fleece is now accepting nominations through 5:00 p.m. on January 15. Founded in 1904, The Order of the Golden Fleece is the University's oldest and highest honorary society. Members are selected based upon service to the University as reflected in scholarship, motivation, creativity, loyalty, and leadership in academic and extracurricular pursuits. Those eligible for selection must possess exemplary character and can include juniors, seniors, graduate students, staff, faculty, and alumni who have made significant, lasting contributions to the University.

Nomination forms are located at this link http://goo.gl/forms/mby6F0Czta. To submit a nomination, please fill out the form in its entirety and send an email to the Jason of the Active Order (ogf1904@gmail.com) with the name of the nominee and nominator. Feel free to direct any questions to the Jason of the Active Order, Meshay Long, at ogf1904@gmail.com.

UNC releases 2014-2015 Diversity Plan Report

UNC recently released its sixth annual report that describes Carolina’s state of diversity, evaluates academic performance, highlights successful strategies and recommendations for enhancing UNC’s capacity for promoting diversity and inclusion. Read more.

UNC signs the American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge

UNC specifically pledged to build on existing investments in public transportation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Read more.

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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):

• 1/01/2016 E-Verify CBT

• 1/01/2016 I-9 Policy CBT

• 1/01/2016 I-9 Procedure CBT

• 1/06/2016 Change Management

• 1/07/2016 LawLogix I-9 Training

• 1/13/2016 PeopleAdmin - Permanent SPA

• 1/20/2016 LawLogix I-9 Training

• 1/20/2016 TSERS

• 1/21/2016 Stress Management

• 1/27/2016 It Takes All types: MBTI Intro

• 1/28/2016 Valuable Presentation Skills

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.