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December Community Service Spotlight

November 28, 2016

Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief Trip on Dec. 9

As communities across eastern North Carolina deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, efforts continue at Carolina to aid in many aspects of recovery. Individuals and groups of staff, faculty and students have already made several relief trips. The Carolina Center for Public Service, together with campus and community partners, is organizing campus-wide relief trips to affected areas. These trips are for UNC staff, faculty and students who are willing to help with clean-up or who have specialized building and repair skills. The first relief trip is Friday, Dec. 9 to Tarboro, North Carolina. For details and to register, visit UNC Disaster Relief Trips. If you would like to receive updates on future relief trips, email The best source of updated information is posted on a dedicated website at The center will continue to collect and share information about relief efforts. Please send information about additional opportunities to


Funding available to support campus disaster relief efforts

Funding is available to support campus relief efforts as donations to Carolina’s Disaster Relief Fund are received. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Students, faculty and staff from any campus unit or organization may submit a letter of request for funding to support relief trips and projects. The application letter should be sent as an email attachment to and should include:

  • a description of the effort,
  • what organization(s) or constituents will participate,
  • which community(ies) will be served,
  • overall budget information,
  • the amount of funding requested and
  • contact information (email and phone number).


Volunteer with Challah for Hunger

Challah for Hunger is an organization that bakes challah bread and sells it in the Pit the next day, with all proceeds going to local and international hunger relief organizations. Volunteers are needed to bake the bread and sell it in the Pit. The challah is baked at North Carolina Hillel on West Cameron Avenue and all are welcome. To volunteer, sign up online. For questions, contact Jessie Winfree.

Register for professional development through ConnectCarolina

October 27, 2016

We encourage all staff to explore opportunities provided on campus through the Office of Human Resources’s Organization and Professional Development.

To register for an upcoming class:

  • Visit the ConnectCarolina website and sign in with your Onyen and password.
  • Select Training Enrollment under the Self Service tab.
  • You can search by “Course Name” or by a specific “Course Date.”

If you have questions about course offerings, call Organization & Professional Development at 919-962-2550.

All courses are free and available to faculty and staff members at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Strategic planning for the UNC System

October 27, 2016

A message from the UNC Board of Governors:

The Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina System is in the process of developing a strategic plan that will guide decision making in the years ahead.

The strategic plan is centered around the following five themes: access; student success; affordability and efficiency; excellent and diverse institutions; and economic impact.  For additional information on these themes, as well as information regarding the overall process, please visit the UNC Strategic Planning website.

For any strategic plan to be meaningful and successful, it is essential to understand the perspectives of as many individuals and constituencies as possible. Therefore, we would appreciate it if you would provide feedback to the Board of Governors.

[NOTE: We realize that UNC-Chapel Hill is also engaged in its own university-wide planning initiative. This UNC System effort is separate from Carolina’s planning process.]

BOG Strategic Planning Forum
All UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in an open forum hosted by senior leaders from UNC General Administration and UNC-Chapel Hill from 3 – 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10 at the Center for School Leadership Development Board Room (behind the Friday Center), Directions to CSLD are here. There is plenty of free parking available. This is a wonderful opportunity to share your feedback on the strategic themes and priorities.

BOG Strategic Planning Survey
UNC General Administration, in consultation with the UNC Faculty Assembly, have also developed a survey organized around the five themes and encourage your participation.

A link to the survey can be found below, as well as on the Strategic Planning website:

Please be assured that all responses received will be confidential and given careful consideration as the planning process moves forward.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to attend the forum on Nov. 10 and complete the survey. Your feedback is critical to the success of the Board of Governors’ strategic plan

Thank you for the food donations!

October 26, 2016

thank you Food for All drive

THANK YOU! Your generosity during UNC’s campus-wide food drive impacted many individuals and organizations benefiting from the Employee Forum’s Food for All drive.

Thanks to you, 1,845 pounds of food and more than $200 was collected during the Food for All drive. This amounts to 2,761 meals for those hungry in North Carolina.

In conjunction with the General Alumni Association’s Tar Heel Service Day and the University’s Food for All theme, your donations benefited UNC’s Carolina Cupboard and the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, which serves areas affected by Hurricane Matthew. Donations also contributed to Harris Teeter’s Million Meals Challenge, a competition between UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, North Carolina State University and Wake Forest University to raise the most food throughout the 2016 – 2017 athletic season.

You can continue to make food drive donations and help those affected by Hurricane Matthew. See UNC’s efforts in response to Hurricane Matthew at

You made all the difference in fighting hunger in North Carolina and for that, we thank you.

Applications due Nov. 7 for JBR Memorial Staff Scholarship

October 26, 2016

For spring enrollment, the application deadline is November 7


Janet B. Royster (JBR) Memorial Staff Scholarship Fund

The Janet B. Royster (JBR) Memorial Staff Scholarship Fund was created in August of 2011 by the UNC Staff Assembly in memory of UNC-TV employee Janet B. Royster. Janet represented UNC-TV on the General Administration Staff Forum and was subsequently elected to the UNC Staff Assembly. She served as its first Parliamentarian until her untimely death in June 2011. This scholarship promotes staff development for permanent, full-time, non-faculty employees, as well as recognizes and honors Janet’s leadership and dedication to all UNC employees.


The JBR Memorial Staff Scholarship provides one or more annual awards, based on the availability of funds. Scholarships provide assistance towards earning a degree or other professional certification. The maximum award amount per academic year is $1,000. Awards are not automatically renewable. Recipients are selected by a Selection Committee. Some of the following factors will be considered by the committee in making selections:

  • The educational goals of the applicant
  • The financial needs of the applicant
  • The commitment of the applicant to his or her UNC employer institution
  • The relationship of the educational program to the applicant’s job

Applicants are encouraged to describe how the educational program relates to the applicant’s career goals.

The scholarship can be applied to the cost of tuition, fees, books, or registration fees. Payment will be made directly to the school, provider, or vendor.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Be a permanent full-time non-faculty employee of the UNC system
  2. Submit a completed application
  3. Include information that will help the selection committee understand how the educational opportunity will benefit you and your UNC institution

For more information and the application, please visit

Test Prep Support Available

October 26, 2016

Any UNC staff member (or member of their immediate family) who is planning to enroll in a graduate degree program can receive test preparation support from The Princeton Review, courtesy of the UNC Learning Center.

Available resources include free or low-cost practice exams (DAT, GMAT, LSAT, GMAT, and GRE) and promo codes for reduced-fee test prep courses offered in-person or online.

The Learning Center also provides access to the latest editions of study guides and flashcards for exams in their Test Prep Library (SASB North Suite 0118) for on-site use only.

The Blueprint for Next: Carolina’s Strategic Framework

October 26, 2016


Campus Engagement Forums

Please join Chancellor Carol L. Folt and University administrators to learn more about Carolina’s
strategies and priorities for the future. The University’s Strategic Framework will help guide
Carolina’s decisions and shape its direction for the next decade and beyond. Small round-table
discussions will follow a brief presentation.We hope you will participate in this important
planning process.

For Undergraduate, Graduate and Professional Students:
Tuesday, November 1 · 4 to 5 p.m.
Aquarium Lounge, FPG Student Union

For Faculty and Staff:
Choose one session
Thursday, November 3 · 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Aquarium Lounge, FPG Student Union
Wednesday, November 9 · 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Aquarium Lounge, FPG Student Union

Forum proclaims appreciation for UNC Housekeeping staff

September 28, 2016

On Sept. 23, 2016, Employee Forum Chair, Charles Streeter presented Interim Director of Housekeeping Services, Herb Richmond, with a Proclamation of Appreciation for our housekeeping staff at their banquet.

“It was an honor for me to attend the Housekeeping Appreciation event. The staff doing awesome work to keep buildings clean and hygienic while also having an impact on the students with whom they come in contact. I have heard and seen numerous examples of the positive things members of the Housekeeping staff do and have done that help students to be successful and thrive at Carolina. To all the members of the UNC Housekeeping Team, thank you,” reflected Mr. Streeter.

The annual Housekeeper Appreciation Week banquet is an opportunity to highlight the importance of our front line staff. Several administrators and other university constituents delivered words of appreciation to the staff at the start of the event, followed by a catered meal. After the meal, drawings were conducted for door prizes. Housekeeping staff were also entertained by the Zone Managers and Assistant Directors, who competed in “minute to win it” style games.


Herb Richardson & Charles StreeterPhoto of Herb Richmond & Charles Streeter, courtesy of Charles Streeter.

Thanks to Ben Triplett for his contributions to this post.

Coalition to address high risk drinking

September 27, 2016


Chapel Hill and its surrounding community have taken on high risk drinking with the formation of a new coalition housed in the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership.  The Campus and Community Coalition to Reduce the Negative Impacts of High Risk Drinking (the Coalition) is taking a comprehensive approach to addressing alcohol consumption that causes harm, not only to individuals, but can also have negative impacts on the community.  To lead the Coalition, the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership has hired Elinor Landess who will serve as Campus and Community Coalition Director.

The Coalition represents the real investment of its members in reducing the negative impacts of high risk drinking in the Chapel Hill community.  The Coalition is a collaboration funded jointly by the Town of Chapel Hill, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Orange County Health Department, and the Orange County ABC Board.  Coalition membership is comprised of representatives from these groups, as well as university students, community members, and downtown bar and restaurant owners.

The history of the Coalition goes back to 2013 when stakeholders from UNC, the Town of Chapel Hill, and Orange County formed the Town/Gown Collaborative to address this type of drinking behavior that results in a wide variety of community-related harms.  The collaborative met throughout the 2013-2014 academic year to explore the complex public health issue of high risk drinking.  After reviewing data, conducting many stakeholder listening sessions, and reviewing best practices, the Town/Gown Collaborative developed a comprehensive set of 22 recommendations.

The recommendations apply to three areas: The university, neighborhoods and community, and downtown Chapel Hill.  Included in the recommendations are provisions such as educational initiatives and updates and additions to policies related to high risk drinking.

The Coalition’s director, Elinor Landess, joins the Downtown Partnership from Duke University where she worked in the Division of Student Affairs.  Elinor holds a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from Michigan State University, and brings experience in higher and K-12 education, non-profits, and community building.

“The Coalition’s strength lies in how comprehensive our recommendations are—by tackling the problem from many different angles, we are much better equipped to make a difference in the broader community,” says Coalition director, Elinor Landess.

The full findings and recommendations of the Town/Gown Collaborative can be found at

Contact Elinor Landess at or 919-928-5735.

Delegates represent Forum on football field

September 27, 2016

img_9724Employee Forum delegates and Chancellor Folt on the football field during half-time of the UNC vs. James Madison University game on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016.

Photo courtesy of Charles Streeter.

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