Serving since 1992

Streeter elected to Forum Chair position for third term; Montgomery elected Vice Chair

June 24, 2015

kirkstreeterEmployee Forum delegates re-elected Charles Streeter to another term as Chair of the Employee Forum. Streeter has served as Chair since June 2013. He currently works as a database analyst in the Department of Student Affairs. He grew up in Fayetteville, N.C. and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from UNC Chapel Hill, as well as an M.B.A. from Pfeiffer University. Streeter is one of three recipients of the inaugural Kay Wijnberg Hovious Outstanding Forum Delegate Award. He is ineligible to run for a fourth term as chair.

The Chair of the Forum conducts Forum and Executive Committee meetings. He or she also has the authority to appoint committee chairs and is expected to serve on a variety of standing university committees. The chair is regularly asked to represent staff to the Board of Trustees.

Kirk Montgomery will serve in the Vice Chair position. He is responsible for serving in the absence of the chair, and he will plan community meetings. Montgomery is currently a project manager in the Energy Services Department. He coordinates all project management and IT processes, including budget development and management. He has over 15 years of project and IT management experience.

Montgomery holds a master’s degree from Keller Graduate School of Management in Morrisville, N.C., and a bachelor’s degree from N.C. Central University. He serves as the Treasurer of the Executive Committee of SEANC District 25. He’s a founding member of the Project Management Institute Toast Master’s in Durham. He has a black belt in martial arts and enjoys weight lifting in his spare time.

In addition, delegates elected Kathy Ramsey (Dental Research) as Secretary, Shanya Hill (Dentistry) as Treasurer, and Phillip Edwards (Center for Faculty Excellence) as Parliamentarian.

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2013 Employee Forum Community Meeting

May 28, 2013

The annual community meeting of the Employee Forum on May 21, 2013 in the Student Union at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Speakers include Pres. Tom Ross, Chancellor Holden Thorp, and Employee Forum Chair Jackie Overton. Vice Chair Dan Barmmer moderates questions from the audience.

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University Day 2012 Speech

December 5, 2012


To Chancellor Thorp, President Ross, Chairman Hargrove, Platform guests, Campus community.

In my quest to want my speech to fit in, I was going to deal with the water theme.  My original speech was entitled:  “Water, water everywhere: Water, water, why should we care?”  I am sure our speaker for today will sufficiently address that topic because, from all indications, that is his passion.

My passion is people.  Especially downtrodden people, people who feel invisible, people who feel they don’t have a voice.  So I will stick with who and what I know.

The Employee Forum celebrated its 20th anniversary in March at the fabulous Friday Center.  The event featured remarks from the four living Chancellors—Hardin, McCoy, Moeser and Thorp—with the keynote address by Kay Wijnberg Hovious, chief organizer and first Forum chair. We also had a featured presentation by retired employee Jeffery Beam.  In 1998 Jeffery wrote a poem entitled “Song of the University Worker”.  In 2008 the Forum adopted it as our official poem.

The poem begins with a quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.:

If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.  He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, “Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”

The poem goes on to highlight many occupations that university workers do (cutting grass, scrubbing floors, typing letters, pushing papers, designing systems, managing processes, directing traffic).  In the heat, in the cold, in the hurricane, in the snow.  The constant refrain in the poem is:  Behind you before you beside you with you.  It is a continual reminder that although sometimes overlooked, the staff’s presence is both incalculable and invaluable to the successful running of this great university.

So to the students we say:   Behind you before you beside you with you

The staff at Carolina will keep the halls, labs, grounds and classrooms clean and safe and functional to help provide you with the ideal learning environment.  We will protect you, nurture you, serve you.  That’s what we do.  That’s who we are.

To the faculty, we say:  Behind you before you beside you with you.

The staff at Carolina will keep this University running and clean and safe, even during severe economic conditions.  Or inclement weather conditions. We will do everything to help you flourish because when you succeed, we succeed.  That’s what we do.  That’s who we are.

To the Board of Governors, Trustees, Alumni, and the Administration we say:  Behind you before you beside you with you

The staff at Carolina will continue to give you our best until UNC is the BEST.  Scandals don’t  rock us, storms don’t shock us, allegations don’t stop us because we know that fundamentally-at our core-we are better than what we’ve experienced the past few years.  We know that we are one of the premier learning institutions in the world and we will do our part to keep it that way.  That’s what we do.  That’s who we are.

Let me conclude my remarks by being a little non-traditional.  This is one of the few events where faculty, staff and students convene together, so I am going to ask my friend and colleague, Jan Boxill, and the student leaders–Will and Michael–to come and join me as we salute our Chancellor.

To our beloved and beleaguered Chancellor, Holden Thorp, we say that for the next 8 months:  Behind you before you beside you with you. 

You have been a true champion to us and have given us unprecedented access to you, your office and your resources.  Your commitment  has been unfaltering and your support has been unwavering.  You will always have our commitment and support in return.  That’s what we do.  That who we are.

Behind you before you beside you with you.

We are the University of North Carolina and we are Tar Heels.

Thank you,

Jackie Overton, Chair

Employee Forum

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