June 2016

Staff across campus thank their administrative professionals

On April 27, Employee Forum Chair Charles Streeter sent an email to all staff on campus encouraging them to thank their administrative professionals in honor of Administrative Professionals Day. He also asked that departments tweet out pictures of their administrative professionals so we could also thank them. We were overwhelmed with tweets and gratitude for all the hard working administrators …

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Join us for the 28th annual Carolina Blood Drive

Join us as we strive to achieve our goal of 25,000 units collected. Up to 75,000 lives have been saved since 1988. The 28th annual Carolina Blood Drives will be held Tuesday, June 7, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Dean E. Smith Center. Free parking will be provided. All presenting donors will receive a T-shirt and great food. Schedule your appointment today! Call 1-800-RED CROSS  (1-800-733-27671-800-733-2767 FREE), visit redcrossblood.org …

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Employee Forum sponsors 2nd annual Staff Volunteer Work Day at Community Garden

For the second year in a row, the Employee Forum is sponsoring a staff volunteer work day in the Carolina Campus Community Garden. Please join us between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on June 1. With students mostly gone for the summer, there are fewer volunteers in the Garden, and our efforts are even more valuable. For more details on the Carolina Campus Community Garden please see the website at http://uncgarden.web.unc.edu/.

Contributed by Arlene Medder, Employee Forum delegate. Photograph courtesy of Claire Lorch.

Employee Forum welcomes new delegates, thanks outgoing delegates for service

Photographed below are all of the incoming and outgoing delegates, as well as regular Forum attendees from the Office of Human Resources. Some divisions still have vacancies to fill, so if you are interested in being appointed to a one-year term, please contact employeeforum@unc.edu.

Chancellor's cup golf tournament raises funds for staff development

The 5th annual Chancellor's Cup Golf tournament took place at Tobacco Road Golf Club in Sanford on May 25. The tournament is sponsored and organized by the UNC Staff Assembly, an elected body of staff representatives from the 17 constituent institutions in the UNC system. The Staff Assembly seeks to improve communications, understanding, and morale throughout our respective communities, and to increase efficiency and productivity in campus operations. Funds raised for the tournament benefit the Janet B. Royster Staff Memorial Fund, which provides professional development scholarships to UNC-system staff. 

Department of Labor extends overtime protections, impact on UNC remains unclear

The U.S. Department of Labor has ruled to extend overtime protections for millions of workers who are currently exempted from overtime provisions. The decision will impact higher education institutions, but we do not yet know the full impact of the ruling on the UNC-system. The Employee Forum and Staff Assembly expect to work with administrators as they receive updates and guidance for implementation. In the meantime, you can read about the ruling at the Department of Labor website. Guidance on how the ruling will affect higher education institutions generally is available here.

Career Corner: Work/life balance with Community Service Leave

Forum delegate Ronda Manuel recently went with her daughter’s entire second grade class to the North Carolina Zoo--and got paid by UNC to do it! Manuel was able to spend this important (and fun!) time with her daughter by using the Community Service Leave (CSL) benefit. Community Service Leave “is a paid time off program to participate in the educational process of …

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Campus Rec offers employee rock climbing on Fridays

The Campus Rec Center is hosting a new beginner-friendly program for staff and faculty called Friday/Climbday. The climbing wall will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Fridays to accommodate faculty and staff who would like to climb over their lunch break. Also during the summer sessions, groups can schedule an instructor-led climbing event for free. To make group arrangements either email Russell Hobart at rhobart@unc.edu or call (919)843-4795.

To the left: World View staff member Caroline Iantosca climbs the rock wall at Rams Head Gym for the first time on her lunch break. Photograph courtesy of Katie Turner. 

Save the date! 2016 THINKposium to focus on microaggressions

New delegate, Sharbari Dey, announced the upcoming THINKposium at the Employee Forum's May meeting. The 4th Annual THINKposium will be held in August 2016 and is free to UNC staff and faculty; registration required.

Summer HAVEN training available for staff

In response to staff interest, we have scheduled additional summer HAVEN sessions! HAVEN trains students, staff and faculty to be informed and empathetic supporters to those who have experienced sexual or interpersonal (relationship) violence, or stalking. Participating in HAVEN training counts as paid work time. Upcoming sessions will take place on Friday, June 10, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and Thursday, July 14, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.. Please register through the HAVEN page

If you have any questions, please contact Jenn Scott (jennscott@unc.edu) or Clare Counihan (clarecounihan@unc.edu).

2016 fiscal year end resource webpage now live

The 2016 Fiscal Year End page is a single source of information on closing out the fiscal year in ConnectCarolina and InfoPorte. It includes important information, such as: year-end dates and deadlines; training, webinars and reference guides for year-end tasks, like clearing up “stuck” transactions; checklists to help you prepare for and close out the year; and links to other University resources. 

New online training for Responsible Employees available

If you are one of the approximately 3,000 employees who are designated a Campus Security Authority and/or Responsible Employee, you should have received an email with a course in Sakai in early May. Contact your HR representative or Jenn Scott, Title IX Program Coordinator at jennscott@unc.edu for more information or to sign up to attend training in-person rather than online.

State Health Plan hosts webinar on tips for getting the most from your benefits

Cost-Savings Tips - Get the Most Out of Your Benefits,” for active members, will be held June 7 and June 21 at 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Learn how to save money and protect your health at the same time during this free, one-hour online session. Attendees will also have a chance to ask questions during the webinar. Registration is limited, so sign up early to reserve a spot. 

Carolina Dining Services offering summer discount for staff

Campus dining halls are now operating on a summer schedule. Throughout the summer, the retail area in Lenoir Mainstreet will offer a 10% discount to all Carolina Employee Express Plan members who present their One Cards at checkout. This discount will only be available at Mainstreet and will be good during summer operating hours only.

In addition, whenever Top of Lenoir is open for New Student Orientation this summer, you will receive a 30% discount on meals when you use your Employee Express Plan. Orientation begins in June and runs through July. View hours of operation at http://dining.unc.edu/. Those interested in the Employee Express Plan can sign up at http://onecard.unc.edu/employees.

2016 Faculty-Staff Campaign now underway through June 30

You can join your colleagues and support this year’s campaign by making a gift to an area of campus that is significant to you by June 30Visit giving.unc.edu/gift to make a gift or give through recurring payroll deduction using our online form. The Employee Forum hopes that you will consider giving to the Carolina Family Scholarship Fund or the Carolina Campus Community Garden, two worthy programs that benefit our lowest-paid staff.


Forum book club

Join us for Submission

UNC Staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on June 30, 2016 from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book Submission by Michel Houellebecq. 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/jtuuqtz Please email employeeforum@unc.edu if you have …

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Join us for the Seasons of Trouble

UNC Staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on July 28, 2016 from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book The Seasons of Trouble: Life Amid the Ruins of Sri Lanka's Civil War by Rohini Mohan. The book can be purchased at a special discount online or in the store at Bulls Head Book …

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Join our online reading group on Goodreads and stay connected to other book club members between meetings, make recommendations for future selections and rate the books that we've selected. 


Submit your story about community service leave

Have you utilized your community service leave? Send a picture and a short blurb (300 words or less) about your experience and what you've gained from using your leave, and we'll feature you here! Email submissions or questions to Kelli Raker at raker@email.unc.edu.

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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? Email Katie Turner and Kelli Raker (co-editors) at intouch@unc.edu