March 2016

Staff Assembly raising funds for Janet B. Royster Scholarship

The 5th Annual Chancellor's Golf Tournament to raise funds for the Janet B. Royster Staff Scholarship Fund will take place on May 25, 2016 in Sanford, NC at Tobacco Road Golf Club. If you are interested in participating in the event, please contact employeeforum@unc.edu. If you would like to help UNC-Chapel Hill compete with the other Universities to raise scholarship funds, please donate online and designate "UNC-Chapel Hill" as your campus/institution. Together, we can reach our goal of raising $50,000!

Campus Rec and Employee Forum partner to offer staff 'Work Week Wind Down' class series

Is one of your New Year's resolutions to get the "life" back in your "work-life balance"? Are you eager to relax, unwind, and release stress and tension? Join us for an outdoor staff-only class at lunchtime from 12:15-1pm on Thursdays. Bring a blanket, towel or yoga mat and water. We will practice stretches, breathing exercises and mindfulness techniques in a peaceful and tranquil setting. This class is appropriate for all fitness levels. There is a small fee to register. $25 for Campus Rec members and $30 for non-members gives you access to 10 classes. Program will run from March 24th- May 26th. More info at https://campusrec.oasis.unc.edu/Course/Search.aspx?categoryId=a4820928-30bf-472c-bd21-49ddbd32606f

Will Frey releases book on mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques

Many faculty and staff around campus know Will Frey from his work teaching mindfulness-based stress reduction classes. He's taught everyone from graduate students to office workers to housekeepers about how to respond thoughtfully, rather than react, in stressful situations. A practitioner of mindfulness since the 1970s, Frey has finally written a book to help those who are interested in getting a handle on stress. His book launched on Friday to an eager audience at the Bull's Head Book Shop. Titled "Ease into Freedom," the book contains 53 hands-on activities (one per week) that you can practice yourself to reduce your stress levels and improve your wellbeing. Pick up your copy for $15.95 at Bull's Head Book Shop.

Forum meets March 2; all staff invited to attend

The Employee Forum invites the Carolina community to attend its March 2, 2016 meeting from 9:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Hitchcock Room in the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History. The Forum welcomes special guest presenter Kim Allen from the Carolina Center for Public Service. The Forum will hear an update from the Vice Chancellor for Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement Felicia Washington. Delegates will also consider a proposal to create an award to celebrate staff who have demonstrated moral courage. The full agenda is here.

Nominate self or colleague to serve on Forum by March 7

Nominations are now open for our 2016 elections.  Delegates will gain a better understanding of how the University operates, as well as firsthand knowledge of how and why some university decisions are made. Delegates have reported that serving on the Forum is one of the best experiences of their University careers. Elected staff employees (EHRA non-faculty and SHRA) should expect to commit eight hours a month over a two year period, which counts as work-time. Prospective candidates should consult with their supervisors about this expectation before standing for office. Nominate yourself or someone else for a delegate position at http://employeeforum.unc.edu/nomination

You can find more information about the Employee Forum at http://employeeforum.unc.edu or send an email to employeeforum@unc.edu.

Forum delegate in need of shared leave donations

Please consider gifting your unused paid leave to Forum delegate James Holman, who is currently at UNC Hospitals recovering from multiple leg surgeries. James' accumulated leave is running out as his recovery has been slower than expected. If you have accumulated sick leave that you don't anticipate using, please consider giving time to James to help him and his family during this difficult time. To donate, complete this form, obtain the appropriate signatures and send to the Office of Human Resources. Thanks to all who contribute for your support. 

Career Corner: Managing Your Leave

At the Employee Forum’s December 2, 2015 meeting, Ashley Nicklis (Senior Director, HR Benefits and Work Life) presented on the different types of leave available to University Employees. You can find the basics about employee leave on Human Resource’s website, but we’ve collected some of the more helpful questions—and Nicklis’s answers—here. Questions and answers have been edited for clarity. Q: …

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From the Carolina Campus Community Garden

There is much work to be done in the CCCG to get the beds prepared for the spring planting season. We invite all staff to come out to one of our workdays to volunteer. With the permission of your supervisor, your time volunteering may be compensated with Community Service Leave. For those who might be interested in contributing financially to the garden, online donations are graciously accepted year round. Thank you to all for your support.


Forum events

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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Education and Career Development Brown Bag: LinkedIn and your online presence

Join the Education and Career Development Committee for a brown bag lunch featuring a discussion about LinkedIn and your online presence. Bring your lunch with you to the Carolina Union, room 3509 on Tuesday, March 29 from noon-12:45 p.m. Hope to see you there!

Register now for Social Media Basics: Personal and Professional Best Practices

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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March book club to discuss More of This World or Maybe Another

UNC Staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on March 24, 2016 from 12pm-1pm at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book More of This World of Maybe Another by Barb Johnson. The book can be purchased at a special discount online or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop. Lunch will be provided with registration. …

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Join us for When Breath Becomes Air

UNC Staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on April 29, 2016 from 12pm-1pm at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. The book can be purchased at a special discount online or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop. Lunch will be provided with registration:  http://tinyurl.com/zhjkxxb Please email …

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Join us for Modern Romance

UNC Staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on May 26, 2016 from 12pm-1pm at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari. The book can be purchased at a special discount online or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop. Lunch will be provided with registration:  http://tinyurl.com/hno8uql Please email employeeforum@unc.edu if …

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Human Resources announces revisions to SHRA (formerly SPA) Grievance Policy

On December 3, 2015, the State Human Resources Commission approved revisions to the University SHRA Employee Grievance Policy, which applies to all schools within the UNC system.  The revised system-wide policy went into effect February 1, 2016, and is available here. The Office of Human Resources' summary of key changes to the policy is here.

New handout breaks down Adverse Weather Policy

This handout, produced by Chris Chiron, director of employee relations, policy and development at UNC General Administration, provides an overview of the different condition levels and compensation requirements under the new Adverse Weather Policy.

Navigating the Complexity of Gender in the Workplace to be held on March 9

The Association of Women Faculty and Professionals, the Carolina Women's Center, and the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs invites you to attend "Navigating the Complexity of Gender in the Workplace II" on Wednesday, March 9 from 11am-1pm in the Stone Center's Hitchcock Room. This workshop complements a session by the same title from last semester. It will review information about implicit biases and focus on role playing and other interactive strategies to positively disrupt assumptions and to interrupt gender-based bias directed at female and female-identified faculty and professional staff. Participants do not have to have attended the first session to attend this session. Graduate students are welcome. The first 20 to register will received a free copy of Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People. Light lunch provided with registration.

Campus Rec offers nutrition workshops for staff

Sign up for a free lunch and learn about health and wellness from the CDS Registered Dietitian and Campus Recreation. On March 8, from noon-1:00 p.m., the lunch and learn with feature a virtual tour of the grocery store. On April 12 from noon-1:00 p.m., a Carolina Dining Services sous chef will perform a cooking demo. Both events will take place at The End Zone in Rams Head Dining Hall (2nd floor). Sign up now at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1eQcXW740nzNwyiaxbm4lf-izmZu_JqTw9wlN5fUssUI/viewform.

2016 DNA Day 5K to take place April 9

The NC DNA Day 5K is an annual on-campus run to support Science Outreach in North Carolina. Funds raised from this event will support North Carolina DNA Day, an annual event to inspire and educate the next generation of scientists, to support North Carolina science teachers, and to bridge the gap between North Carolina’s leading research enterprises and high school science classrooms. Each year, NC DNA Day scientist “ambassadors” visit over 100 high schools statewide to share their passion for science and to present an interactive, hands-on lesson about genetics and biotechnology. More information and registration.

Campus Rec offers AquaFit class 

Have you been looking for a low-impact exercise setting? Maybe you are looking for ways to switch up your workout routine? Interested in exercising in the water? Well do we have the program for you! AquaFit is a 5 week, small group water fitness program for UNC staff and students. This deep water, circuit program will use water buoyancy to create a more accessible workout environment for those seeking a low-impact setting, while also using water resistance to uniquely target and strengthen muscle groups. Starting March 23rd, this program will on meet Wednesday evenings from 5:15-6:15 in the Bowman Gray indoor pool and will run for 5 weeks. Along with an incredible workout, participants will also receive a complimentary fitness assessment! The registration fee for AquaFit is $30.00 and is open to all UNC students and employees. More information.


Other events of interest

It's Gender Week! Check out the Carolina Women's Center's website for all the wonderful events!

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

• Monday 3/7, 12:00-1pm Yoga in the Galleries

• Monday 3/7, 12-1pm Tai Chi in the Galleries

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

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

• Monday 3/28, 6-7pm Design a Flyer in Photoshop   

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

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.