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Download the new LiveSafe App

September 26, 2016


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill launched its newest safety resource, the LiveSafe app, which turns smart phones into safety devices and provides discreet two-way communications with UNC public safety officials. LiveSafe is available to those who live and work on or near Carolina’s campus, as well as their families and friends.

The app allows users to call or message 911 quickly; report suspicious activity anonymously, through audio, photo or video messaging; and have a family member or friend virtually watch the user walk via the GPS-based SafeWalk feature. Information and location of safety resources on and around campus are available on the app. The University is also working to link the app to its Alert Carolina emergency notification system. Once complete, this will allow users to receive all Alert Carolina messages, helping further amplify these messages beyond the campus community.

LiveSafe is available on both iPhone and Android devices. After downloading the app, users should select the UNC-Chapel Hill affiliation and fill in the user profile. For more information about LiveSafe and other safety resources at UNC-Chapel Hill go to CarolinaSafe.

Confidential advocacy from Gender Violence Services Coordinators

September 22, 2016

The Gender Violence Services Coordinators (GVSC) are confidential advocates for all students, faculty, and staff who have experienced, or are experiencing, interpersonal violence, stalking, and gender-based violence either before or during their time at Carolina. GVSCs are located in the Carolina Women’s Center.

GVSCs Cassidy Johnson and Holly Lovern provide emotional support, answer questions about University and police reporting options, assist in navigating the reporting process, and connect individuals to support options at UNC and in the community. The GVSCs can also accompany individuals to another office/department/agency to request additional support.

Cassidy and Holly are available to meet with students, faculty, and staff:

  • By appointment: Monday-Friday, 9 am-4pm
  • Without an appointment during drop-in hours: Mondays, 1 pm – 4 pm in Koury Residence Hall Room 173, and Thursdays, 3 pm – 5 pm in the LGBTQ Center in SASB South

To get in touch with the GVSCs, you may do any of the following:

  • Email to set up an appointment. Cassidy or Holly will respond to your email within 24 hours or the next business day.
  • Call Cassidy at 919-962-1343 or Holly at 919-962-7430. If unable to answer, Cassidy or Holly will respond to your message as soon as possible.


Other resources available for help and support:

For Employees

For Students

Community Resources

Carolina Women’s Center Launches New Lactation Toolkit

September 8, 2016

The Carolina Women’s Center (CWC) launched a new resource for all employees in September 2016: a Lactation Toolkit that provides an overview of the University’s policies and resources for faculty, staff, and students who are breastfeeding. Accessible and user-friendly, the toolkit provides suggestions for ways in which supervisors and nursing mothers can work together to balance work responsibilities with nursing mothers’ rights to accommodation.

The Toolkit can be downloaded as a pdf from the CWC’s page, part of Parenting@UNC, on pregnancy and lactation resources. The Toolkit is available in its separate components:

The toolkit was developed in collaboration with a number of campus partners, including the Faculty Governance Committee on the Status of Women, the Employee Forum, the Faculty Governance Committee on Community and Diversity, the Faculty Governance Faculty Welfare Committee, the Faculty Governance Fixed-Term Faculty Committee, the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Chancellor, and the Office of Human Resources. Jonathan Olivares designed the documents.


If you have any questions about the Toolkit, please contact Clare Counihan, Program Coordinator for Faculty & Staff, at clarecounihan[at] She is available to meet with units or departments to discuss accommodations and to talk with individuals about their experiences.

The Lactation Toolkit is one of several initiatives by the CWC to improve resources for caregiving employees at UNC:

  • Increasing lactation spaces. If your unit or building would like to add a designated lactation space or needs help identifying an appropriate temporary space, please contact clarecounihan[at] and michael.pierce[at]
  • The Parenting@UNC website. Here you can find all the policies, resources, and benefits that support faculty, staff, and students with caregiving responsibilities. The Center plans to rebrand this website to “Caregivers@UNC” and expand the website’s coverage of information about and resources for elder care.
  • Workshops & Education. The CWC recently relaunched “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” as a complement to Human Resources’ “Planning for Parental Leave” course. If you could not make “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” please feel free to contact Clare Counihan (clarecounihan[at] with questions.

Nominate alumni for recognition at University Day

August 29, 2016

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.

Nominees for these awards are selected by the faculty’s elected Committee on Honorary Degrees and Special Awards, and they will be presented at the October 12, 2017, University Day ceremony. These awards recognize UNC-Chapel Hill alumni/ae who have made outstanding contributions to humanity in any walk of life.

Nominees must be alumni of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This includes all persons who were registered for at least one full academic year as a student in residence in any college or school of the University. In general, anyone listed in the General Alumni Association’s Alumni Directory is eligible except members of the UNC-Chapel Hill faculty, staff, and administration. They become eligible two years after separation from the University.

Full information about this award, including criteria, eligibility, past winners, and a link to the simplified process for submitting a nomination online, is available at

Nominations are due September 30, 2016. If you have questions about the nominations process, please contact the Office of Faculty Governance at 962-2146.

Meet the 2016 Carolina Family Scholarship recipients

August 24, 2016

The 2016 recipients of the Carolina Family Scholarship include:

  • Brittany Blake is a first-year student from Snow Camp who will attend UNC-Charlotte.
  • Natalie Charamut, a third-year student from Mebane, continues her studies at UNC-Chapel Hill.
  • Thomas Elliot is a second-year student at UNC-Chapel Hill.  He hails from Chapel Hill.
  • Zoe Gonzalez attends her third year at UNC-Greensboro.  She is from Mebane.
  • Jordan Gray begins her first year of college at UNC-Greensboro.  She is from Burlington.
  • A resident of Chapel Hill, Ye Htet will attend her second year at NC State University.
  • Hannah Mathews will venture from her hometown of Chapel Hill to her first year at UNC-Asheville.
  • A Chapel Hill resident, June Seo Nam returns to her second year at UNC-Greensboro.
  • Katherine Stegenga will enter her first year at Appalachian State University.
  • A fourth year student at Elizabeth City State University, Jonathan Stroud hails from Apex.

Learn more about the Carolina Family Scholarship here.

Upcoming Community Service Opportunities – September 2016

August 24, 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
The race is sponsored by Project AGE (Advancing Geriatric Education) of the Carolina Association of Pharmacy Students and the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and benefits Senior PharmAssist in Durham. This organization strives to provide seniors in the community with Medicare subsides, in-home aid, health insurance counseling, medication therapy management, and much more! For more information on Senior PharmAssist, please visit http://seniorpharmassist.orgCheck out the course map here.  The entry fee is $25, but only $10 for those ages 65 and older.  On race day, the registration fees are $30. Entry fee includes a t-shirt, guaranteed to all entered by August 27th.  After that, it will be “as available.” Register here.

9/20 – Volunteers needed for Carrboro music festival
Volunteers are needed Sunday, Sept. 25 to assist with Carrboro’s annual music festival. Shifts range from 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. All volunteer applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20. For more information and a list of available jobs, visit Town of Carrboro or contact Caitlin Knepp.

10/1 – Volunteer with Town of Chapel Hill’s Festifall
Volunteer as thousands gather in downtown Chapel Hill for the 44th annual Festifall Arts Festival, an extraordinary opportunity for the community, art enthusiasts and artists to interact. The event is noon – 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 and offers various volunteer shifts available from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. If interested in volunteering, complete the volunteer form.


“Food For All” campus-wide food drive

August 24, 2016

food for all

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.

Boxes will be distributed throughout campus over the length of the drive, but we will also have special booths for donations at the start and end of the drive – (1) the Employee Appreciation football game versus Virginia Tech on October 8th and (2) Employee Appreciation Day celebration on October 21st. At the finale, you will have the chance to win a prize if you guess the amount of food donated throughout the course of the drive!

Please be on the lookout for more details regarding the Food Drive in the coming weeks!

UNC employees in action

August 23, 2016

Kitty Lynn from Fire Safety

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

Photo credit: Katie Turner


Get involved with the Community Service Committee

July 25, 2016

The Employee Forum has created a new committee, the Community Service Committee, to help promote UNC staff community service efforts.  This committee, in coordination with members of Carolina Center for Public Service, Carolina Union Activities Board, and other campus organizations, will host various community service events throughout the year, similar in nature to the annual Carolina Blood Drive that is currently hosted by the Employee Forum each year. The committee will also advertise various other ways in which UNC Employees can participate in community service throughout Chapel Hill and the wider North Carolina community and use their community service leave.

In creating this new committee, we at the Employee Forum strive to fulfill the University’s Mission to “serve North Carolina, the United States, and the world through teaching, research, and public service” and also to “improve society and to help solve the world’s greatest problems.” This committee will help to ensure that we as employees of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seek to foster an active and engaged commitment to our University and our wider community.

The more people we have helping us, the better we can do in establishing the UNC Faculty/Staff Community Service Initiative and hosting various community service opportunities through the Employee Forum! Please keep in mind that you do not have to be on the Employee Forum to serve on a committee! Even if you are just interested in helping out at the various events we plan throughout the year, that is also much appreciated. Every little bit helps.

If you are interested in signing up for the committee listserv or helping us out in any way, please email the Chair, Katie Musgrove at

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