September 2016

What's new with the Forum

Employee Forum Monthly Meeting on Wednesday, September 14

All campus and community members are invited to this open meeting each month. The agenda will be posted in advance of the meeting on our website; read the August 3, 2016 meeting minutes here.

New to Twitter? Learn the basics

Join Andy Bechtel, Associate Professor in the UNC School of Media & Journalism, for a Twitter Basics class on Tuesday, 10/4 from 12 pm - 1 pm! This class is a great way to get ready for our Twitter Scavenger Hunt on Employee Appreciation Day (October 21, 2016). Class will be held in Davis Library, Room 247. Read more.

Register here: http://tinyurl.com/z5cqhch 

“Food For All” campus-wide food drive

The Employee Forum is hosting a ‘Food for All’ Campus-wide Food Drive from October 8-21, 2016. We are partnering with UNC General Alumni Association in celebration of their annual Tar Heel Days of Service to host a food drive benefiting the Food Bank of Central & Southeastern NC and UNC’s Carolina Cupboard.

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Campus opportunities & spotlights

UNC employees in action

Kitty Lynn from Fire Safety and her team teach students from Craige residence hall how to use fire extinguishers.

Photo credit: Katie Turner 


To L. Taron Mattocks, Tech Support Analyst, for publication of his research on malware

To Lauren Lux, LCSW, for her work on the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation

Send news about great things UNC employees are doing to intouch@unc.edu to be featured!

Save the date

• Get fit from head to heel classes (9/12 - 10/10)

• What to Expect When You're Expecting class (9/13)

• Employee Appreciation Football Game versus James Madison (9/17; use promo code FACULTY)

• Family Weekend (9/23 - 9/25)

• 17th Annual Carolina Global Photography Competition (Submissions due 9/30)

• Undergraduate Retention's Brown Bag Lunch series (9/30, 10/14, 11/18, 12/9)

• Employee Appreciation Benefits Open Enrollment (10/1 - 10/31)

• Football Game versus Virginia Tech (10/8; use promo code FACULTY)

• Employee Appreciation Day & Employee Forum Twitter Scavenger Hunt (10/21)

In case you missed it

• EHRA staff to see 1.5% legislative salary increase in August paycheck (retroactive to 7/1/16). Contact your HR Professional for more information.

• In the meantime, there's a new coffee shop (Daily Tar Heel)

• Well Said: Bradley Opere podcast

• First Welcome website launched; Read more at unc.edu, the University Gazette, or share your own story of being the first in your family to graduate from college.

• All part-time and full-time employees are eligible (with supervisor permission) to attend training through Human Resources. Find a list of classes here and sign up through Connect Carolina.

• What's new with UNC Transportation & Parking

• North Carolina State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) launched on August 19

Nominate alumni for recognition at University Day

The Office of Faculty Governance, on behalf of the Committee on Honorary Degrees and Special Awards, invites nominations for the university’s 2017 Distinguished Alumnus and Alumna Awards. Anyone can submit a nomination.

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Upcoming Community Service Opportunities - September 2016

Each month, we'll be featuring upcoming community service opportunities as shared by the Community Service Committee.

9/20 – 12th Annual Aging in Stride 5K Walk/Run, 9:00AM, Chapel Hill, NC
9/20 – Volunteers needed for Carrboro music festival
10/1 – Volunteer with Town of Chapel Hill’s Festifall

Read more.

Campus Garden seeking compost donations

More green material material (vegetable, fruit, egg shells, coffee grounds and filters and tea bags, etc.) is needed for the Carolina Campus Community Garden! There is a donation bucket outside the fence on the garden's southeast side. More details about what the Garden does and does not accept in their compost can be found here.

Photo credit: Claire Lorch

Submit your story about community service

Have you utilized your community service leave? Have you or your department served the community or volunteered? 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 Katie Musgrove at kmusgrov@email.unc.edu.

Interested in Serving on the Employee Forum's Community Service Committee? Read more.


From the Town of Chapel Hill

• Chapel Hill Fire Department reminds all residents to have working smoke detectors and never leave your stove unattended while cooking.

• Water pipes are being replaced on East Rosemary Street between Henderson Street and Hillsborough Street, with construction through Spring 2017.

• Do you have an alarm system? Register your home and business alarm systems for free to avoid unnecessary fines.

• Provide your input to the Town's Mobility & Connectivity Plan via survey or in person on 9/6 from 4-7 pm at the Chapel Hill Public Library.

• 2016 Downtown Pop Up Farmer's Market is coming to the Plaza at 140 W. Franklin St. 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Thursdays from Aug. 25 to Oct. 27.


Forum book club

Join us for Everything I Never Told You

UNC Staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on September 29, 2016 from 12pm-1pm at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. 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/hnwerem

Read more.

Join us for Undivided

UNC Staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on October 27, 2016 from 12pm-1pm at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace by Patricia Raybon and Alana Raybon. The book can be purchased at a special discount online or in the store at Bulls Head shop.

Lunch will be provided with registration. http://tinyurl.com/go2my5f

Read more.

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. 


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 Kelli Raker, editor, at intouch@unc.edu