January/February 2016

A new year brings new opportunities for professional development

A letter from the editor: This issue comes to you nearly two weeks before its planned publication date. I made the decision to email it out early because there are so many wonderful events coming up at the end of the month, and I wanted to be sure that UNC staff had the opportunity to register for them and attend. I am especially …

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From the Gazette: Blood drive a success

The American Red Cross collected 293 pints of blood during the Holiday Carolina Blood Drive held Dec. 8 at the Smith Center. The drive, which is sponsored by the Employee Forum, helps save lives and promote healing in hospitals across the Carolinas Region of the American Red Cross. 

Meeting Highlights from January 6, 2016

The Employee Forum delegates heard a number of presentations at the January meeting from Dr. Taffye Benson Clayton, chief diversity office, Brad Ives, associate vice chancellor for campus enterprises, and Jim Leloudis, professor of history. Click the link below to see the Storify of Tweets from the meeting.

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Forum events

Join us for a discussion on setting career goals

The Employee Forum’s Education and Career Development Committee is now offering brown bag discussions on professional development topics for interested staff members. We will discuss setting career goals on Tuesday, January 26th, 12:00-12:45 p.m. in Carolina Union 3509. Bring your lunch, your questions, and your career-related aspirations for a thoughtful round table conversation with colleagues from across campus. 

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Join us for Twitter Basics

Twitter Basics is an one-hour workshop to introduce you to Twitter, create an account, Tweet, get followers and be a part of the conversation on social media. This seminar for UNC staff will provide an opportunity to learn more about using Twitter for your own personal or professional interests. This one-hour workshop will introduce you to Twitter, how to create …

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Careers in Higher Ed Mini-Conference

The Careers in Higher Education Administration Mini-Conference will take place on Tuesday, March 22nd, 10am-1pm, in the Carolina Union. The Employee Forum’s Education and Career Development Committee (ECDC) invites staff members and students interested in careers on campus to come together for a streamlined set of learning and networking opportunities. Our agenda will include two panel sessions, one on Professional Paths in Higher …

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Join us for Social Media Basics

The Employee Forum invites staff to register for Social Media Basics: Personal and Professional Best Practices. This crash course, one-hour workshop will help you understand and navigate the top social media platforms--from basic use and jargon, appropriate use of each channel, understanding what to share and where, to how to control your online digital presence in your professional and personal …

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Carolina Campus Community Garden gets new solar greenhouse

A team from Szostak Design is currently building a solar-powered greenhouse. Stay tuned for updates on the construction over the next six weeks. 

--Claire Lorch, CCCG Director

Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office moves to new location 

All Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office (EOC) staff will be located in the CVS Plaza at 137 E. Franklin St. The main office will be located in suite 404. You can access suite 404 by taking the second set of elevators in the building that are directly in front of R&R Grill to the office suite on the fourth floor. Employees in this location can connect you to office staff who can assist with accommodation requests, as well as reports of discrimination, harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. The main office number and email address will remain the same. You can contact office staff at (919) 966-3576 or eoc@unc.edu. The campus mailbox number will change to 9162.

UNC-Chapel Hill implements newly revised Adverse Weather Policy

To view the new UNC system adverse weather policy, visit Human Resources at https://hr.unc.edu/files/2016/01/AdvWx-UNCSys.pdf . Also available at http://bit.ly/1OviRd8 is a summary about adverse weather that includes a chart, a description of the operating conditions, and key factors in the decision-making process.

Sister Circle offers networking for UNC CH women of color

The UNC Sister Circle is a group for faculty and staff who identify as women of color. The group provides an opportunity to fellowship, network, and find supportive colleagues to bond with. Monthly lunch discussions are held at on and off campus locations, as well as additional events sporadically throughout each semester. Contact Dawna Jones at dawnaj@email.unc.edu for more information.

Library continues free tech workshop series

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!

All classes will meet in Undergraduate Library Room 124.

•  Monday 1/25, 6-7pm — Code your First Webpage in HTML

• Thursday, 1/28, 10-11am — Design a Flyer in Photoshop

• Monday 2/1, 6-7pm — Add Style to your Website with CSS

• Thursday, 2/4, 10-11am — Create an e-Portfolio with WordPress

• Monday 2/8, 6-7pm — Create an e-Portfolio with WordPress

• Wednesday, 2/10, 10-11am — Usability Crash Course: Make your Website Work for your Users

• Thursday 2/11, 7-8:30pm — The Art of Networking: Create a Business Card in InDesign

• Monday 2/15, 6-7pm — Design a Flyer in Photoshop

• Wednesday, 2/17, 10-11am — Build a UNC-branded Website: Use the Heelium WordPress Theme

• Monday 2/22, 6-7pm — Build your Resume in InDesign

• Thursday 2/25, 10-11am– Make Sense of Data with Excel

• Monday 3/7, 5:30-7pm — Digital Photography Basics: Take Better Photos with your Phone and Perfect them in Photoshop

• Thursday, 3/10, 10-11am — Build an Infographic in Illustrator

• Wednesday, 3/23, 10-11am — Create an Academic Poster in InDesign

• Wednesday, 3/30, 10-11am — Presentations that Impress: Create Beautiful and Effective Slides

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 Meggie at meggiel[at]live[dot]unc[dot]edu.

SEANC now accepting scholarship applications for 2016-17

Are you a SEANC member going to college? Do you have a son, daughter, legally adopted grandchild or a spouse going to college? Do you want help paying high tuition, room and board and even book bills? Then, apply today for a scholarship from the SEANC Scholarship Foundation. With the spring semester starting, now is the time to work on your application for the 2016-17 academic year. Applications must be mailed to your district scholarship chairperson, postmarked no later than April 15. For more information, visit seanc.org/scholarship or contact Celia Wilson at (919) 833-6436.

Public Service Awards call for nominations

The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) oversees the annual selection of three campus-wide awards honoring individual students, faculty, staff and University units for exemplary public service and engaged scholarship. Nominations are being accepted and award recipients will be honored at a spring celebration where they receive a monetary award and framed certificate. Click here for more information.

Libraries to offer free faculty & staff computing classes

The library will be offering a series of free beginner computer classes to any interested UNC staff or faculty. These classes are designed for those who are interested in gaining or further developing their computer skills. No experience whatsoever is required.

The classes will be from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m on the following dates:
February 1: Computer Basics
February 8: Internet Basics
February 15: Email Basics (Gmail)
February 22: Word Basics
February 29: Excel Basics
March 7: Facebook

The classes will all be in Davis Library room 247. Participants can sign up by contacting rachelcs@live.unc.edu or by filling out this form: http://goo.gl/forms/Dx2n6J96cR

Free commuting options available for UNC staff

It’s a new year – consider a new commute to save money. Join a vanpool or get a GoPass, and commute for free. When you ride instead of drive, you can use the time to get more organized, read books, or take a nap. Add in tracking your trip, and you can enter into $500 in monthly prize drawings through GoPerks! Don’t know how to find a smart commute that fits your schedule and travel needs? Check out www.GoSmartNC.org/NewYear for more details and assistance to plan your trip. Even just one day a week can make a difference in achieving your goals in 2016!

Sustainability training offers staff 'green events' certification

Making the Workplace More Sustainable,” an interactive staff sustainability workshop, helps participants identify, measure and promote sustainable practices in their work areas. Participants learn about UNC sustainability goals and initiatives, become “green events” certified, and learn how to conduct a Workplace Sustainability Assessment. The upcoming, two-day training will be held Tuesday, February 23, and Thursday, February 25, from 8:30am - 12:30pm, at the Administrative Office Building on Airport Drive. Register soon through ConnectCarolina for “Workplace Sustainability 1,” space is limited.

Nominations open for University Awards for the Advancement of Women

The award recognizes contributions to the advancement of women at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and, in particular, for people of all genders who have contributed in one or more of the following ways:

• Elevated the status of women on campus in sustainable ways;

• Helped to improve campus policies affecting women;

• Promoted and advanced the recruitment, retention, and upward mobility of women;

• Participated in and assisted in the establishment of professional development opportunities for women; and/or

• Participated in and assisted in the establishment of academic mentoring for women.

Please click here for more information about nominating a deserving candidate.

Sonja Haynes Stone Center launches event-filled 2016 season

The Stone Center will host a number of events this spring, including the annual African Diaspora Lecture, a new student-led crucial conversations series, a new art exhibit opening and reception. Click here for the full schedule of exciting events.  

Parr Center for Ethics sponsors forum on university building naming

The Parr Center for Ethics invites the UNC community to a  wide-ranging discussion about the ethical implications of the naming of university facilities. "What's in a Name? Moral and Historical Considerations of Naming University Facilities" will feature expert panelists: 

Al Brophy (Judge John J. Parker Distinguished Professor of Law)
Fitz Brundage (William B. Umstead Professor of History and Chair, Department of History)
Cecilia Moore (Task Force on UNC-Chapel Hill History)
Ted Shaw (Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of UNC's Center for Civil Rights)
Amy Locklear Hertel (Director, UNC American Indian Center).

This event will be held Monday, January 25, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the University Room at Hyde Hall, and attendance is free.

Staff invited to submit honorary degree nominations

The Committee on Honorary Degrees and Special Awards is now seeking nominations for 2017 honorary degree recipients. Staff are welcome to nominate candidates. A maximum of five of these prestigious awards will be given to recognize individuals who have rendered outstanding service to humanity in the world arena, in our nation, in the American South, or our State of North Carolina; people who have made outstanding contributions to knowledge in the world of scholarship; people whose talent and creativity in the world of the arts has enriched our lives; and people whose devotion to and support of our University merits our highest recognition. The deadline for nominations this year is February 1, 2016. Click here for more information.

Student Stores Pharmacy now open

The new Student Stores Pharmacy is ready to serve students, faculty and staff. The pharmacy is located on the third floor of the Daniels Student Stores building and is operated by UNC Campus Health Services. Pharmacy hours are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from Monday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays.


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 through the ConnectCarolina "Self Service" training enrollment portal:

• 1/19/2016: EPA Non-Faculty Orientation

• 1/19/2016: SPA Orientation

• 1/20/2016: LawLogix I-9 Training

• 1/20/2016: TSERS

• 1/21/2016: Stress Management

• 1/25/2016: SPA Orientation

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

• 1/28/2016: Valuable Presentation Skills

• 2/01/2016: EPA Non-Faculty Orientation

• 2/01/2016: I-9 Policy CBT

• 2/01/2016: I-9 Procedure CBT

• 2/01/2016: SPA Orientation

• 2/02/2016: Fund. Communication Skills

• 2/08/2016: SPA Orientation

• 2/09/2016: Business Writing Essentials

• 2/09/2016: Interview Skills: Supervisors

• 2/10/2016: Customer Service Skills

• 2/15/2016: EPA Non-Faculty Orientation

• 2/15/2016: SPA Orientation

• 2/16/2016: LawLogix I-9 Training

• 2/17/2016: Records Management 101

• 2/22/2016: SPA Orientation

• 2/23/2016: Valuable Presentation Skills

• 2/24/2016: Effective Decision Making

• 2/25/2016: Conv. Circle: Opening doors

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


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.