New Officers Elected for 2017

June 19, 2017

The Employee Forum held 2017-2018 officer elections during its June 14 general meeting.  Shayna Hill, currently serving as treasurer, was selected as chairperson of the Forum for the coming year. Kathy Ramsey was elected to another term as vice chair, a position she currently holds. New officers for the coming term are Tiffany Carver, Naquan Hill, and Katie Turner, serving in the roles of secretary, treasurer, and parliamentarian, respectively.

The Employee Forum would like to congratulate all incoming officers and thank all of those outgoing representatives who have dedicated their time and energy to our organization for the past year. A special thanks is extended to outgoing officers: Charles Streeter (Employee Forum Chair), Phil Edwards (Parliamentarian), and Kathy (“KJ”) James (Secretary) for their years of dedication to the Employee Forum.

Tiffany Carver, Secretary
Tiffany Carver
Secretary
Naquan Hill, Treasurer
Naquan Hill
Treasurer
Shayna Hill, Chair
Shayna Hill
Chair
Kathy Ramsey, Vice Chair
Kathy Ramsey
Vice Chair
Katie Turner, Parliamentarian
Katie Turner
Parliamentarian

 

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Top 5 reasons to join the Employee Forum

January 25, 2017
  1. Provide feedback on critical campus issues and policies, like parking and adverse weather. Whether through online or in-person discussion, Forum delegates provide feedback to guest speakers at Forum meeting or through the Executive Committee. Delegates work on Forum committees related to their interests, and they may also serve on committees across the University. In Fall 2016, the Forum provided feedback on the Five Year Plan for Transportation & Parking and to the Workforce for the Future committee.
  2. Access to the Vice Chancellor for Workforce Strategy, Equity, & Engagement, who serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Employee Forum. Employee Forum delegates have an opportunity to meet once every other month with senior administration to discuss current issues impacting employees.
  3. Advocate for staff across the University and the UNC system. In providing an effective two-way communication link between the administration and the employees, the Forum creates space to share employee input about issues facing the University. For example, the Forum raised employee concerns around privatization, and it took a stand against privatization. It successfully worked with UNC administration to maximize benefits for staff during the transition of Student Stores to Barnes & Noble College.
    Additionally, three Forum delegates represent UNC-Chapel Hill staff on the UNC Staff Assembly, which addresses issues concerning the entire UNC System.
  4. Be the first to receive updates and information from senior UNC administration – and share them with others. Guest speakers at the Forum monthly meeting provide important updates about the University and employee benefits and discounts. Whether it’s regular updates from Human Resources about changes related to new FLSA rules (Fall 2016) or Chancellor Folt’s overview of the Blueprint for Next (December 2016), Forum delegates learn about changes impacting employees first!
  5. Have fun! Delegates connect to others across campus, forming friendships in addition to professional relationships. There are so many opportunities: monthly book club, annual Twitter Scavenger Hunt and Employee Appreciation Day, community service activities, potlucks, and more.

 

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Forum welcomes newly elected delegates

April 25, 2016

The Employee Forum is proud to announce the following staff members have been elected and will assume office at the May 4, 2016 Employee Forum meeting. Welcome new delegates!

First Last Department
Katherine Cartmell Office of Undergraduate Retention
Sharbari Dey Diversity & Multicultural Affairs
Angelica Matos Housing & Residential Education
Jeanna Mccullers Equal Opportunity & Compliance Office
Jaquelyn Copeland Office of Scholarships and Student Aid
Christian Clark Energy Services
Ricky Roach Energy Services
Tiffany Carver School of Social Work
Greg Smith Physics & Astronomy
Mary King LCCC
Katie Musgrove School of Pharmacy
Paula Poe Dental Foundation of NC
Shannon Harvey UNC Global
Latoya Taylor UNC Sports Medicine
Cynthia Brown OHRE
Christian Farrell Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases
Kewana Smith Office of Medical Education
Bryan Andregg School of Global Public Health
Bonita Brown Carolina Union
Mary Dahlsten Carolina Performing Arts
Karen Jenkins Transportation & Parking
Gloria Johnson Global Health
Natiaya Neal Office of Student Affairs, School of Public Health
Deborah Norton Chemistry
David Rogers Campus Recreation
Jackie Overton Public Safety
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A new year brings new opportunities for professional development

January 17, 2016

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A letter from the editor

This issue comes to you nearly two weeks before its planned publication date. I made the decision to email it out early because there are so many wonderful events coming up at the end of the month, and I wanted to be sure that UNC staff had the opportunity to register for them and attend.

I am especially excited about all of the Employee Forum-sponsored events that are scheduled. The Education and Career Development Committee has been busy launching a new series of brown bag lunches to bring staff together from across the campus. Each lunch will feature a different professional or career development-related topic. That committee is also planning an extended mini-conference after the success of their panel discussion on careers in higher education last year. They will continue to contribute pieces to the regular “Career Corner” section of this newsletter.

I am happy to announce that the Public Relations and Communications Committee is sponsoring two social media trainings this spring due to staff demand. However, the committee has decided that despite a nearly two year successful run, we are planning to stop hosting the monthly staff book club. I have been heavily involved in the planning and logistics of the book club meetings, and the decision to cease continuing the meetings comes as a result of a personal need to re-prioritize my activities and get back some of the life in my work-life balance.  I am actively looking for other groups on campus to take over the book club so that we still have a place for staff to read and engage interesting topics. We will continue to publish this newsletter each month.

The other committees stay busy as well. Kathy Ramsey has been coordinating numerous deliciously-catered meetings for the delegates. She organized a fabulous holiday reception in December for delegates and their guests, and she has been making sure that delegate divisional seats stay filled so that all parts of campus are well represented. The Carolina Campus Community Garden continues to thrive with ever abundant harvests and expanded plantings. This year we will see the construction of a brand new solar-powered green house.

Finally, I am most excited about elections season. In March the Employee Forum will hold annual elections for new delegates and Forum Chair. Our current chair, Charles Streeter, will not be eligible under the Forum’s bylaws to run again for that office. Charles has done some incredible work with getting the Forum organized and re-energized over the years. He has continued Jackie Overton’s tradition of strong, outspoken and gentle leadership. It will be difficult to let him go, but it will also be exciting to see who comes next.

With that, I leave you to think about your goals for the year as a staff member at UNC, and I hope you will become involved with the Forum if you have the opportunity this year. Look out for more information about the upcoming elections and opportunities to get involved.

All my best wishes for a happy and healthy new year!

Katie Turner
Employee Forum PR and Communications Chair

 

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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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2015 Forum Elections results now in!

April 23, 2015

Congratulations to new and reelected delegates, and a big thank you to those who ran in this year’s elections. The 2015 elections results are in. Check out the list below to find out who your unit’s new representatives are.

2015 Elections Results

Division 1 (EPA Non-Faculty)
Clare Counihan
Philip Edwards
Emily Gomez
Lori Haight
Michael Penny
Krista Prince
Anna Schwab
Division 2 (Service/Maintenance)
David Fraley
James Holman
John Williams
Division 3 (Skilled Craft)
Jim Fuller
Division 4 (Administrative Support, Academic Affairs)
No candidates running.
Division 5 (Administrative Support, Health Affairs)
Kathy James
Susan Lucas
Division 6 (Administrative Support, Other)
Katie Turner
Division 7 (Technical)
Jo-Ann Blake
Kathy Ramsey
Nakenge Robertson
Charles Streeter
Melanie Sumner
Barbara Williams
Division 8 (Professional)
Matt McKirahan
Chrissie Greenberg
Lois Douglass-Alston
Aja Reid
Sharon Brinson
Shayna Hill
Division 9 (Executive/Managerial)
Ben Triplett
DivisionNumber of EmployeesPercent of PopulationSeats on ForumSeats Filled by Continuing DelegatesSeats Needed
1. EPA Non-Faculty200324.115 (14.5)510
2. Service/Maintenance6597.95 (4.74)14
3. Skilled Craft4775.73 (3.42)03
4. Administrative Support (Academic Affairs)1952.31 (1.44)01
5. Administrative Support (Health Affairs)4145.03 (2.94)03
6. Administrative Support (Other)5887.14 (4.26)41
7. Technical226427.216 (16.32)214
8. Professional157518.911 (11.34)56
9. Executive/Managerial1491.71 (1.02)01
Totals8324100.0~60~1743
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Forum Announces New Officers for 2013-14

July 3, 2013

Welcome new officers!

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Pictured from left to right: Charles Streeter, Chair; Dan Barmmer, Vice Chair; Paula Goodman, Secretary;  Tammy Cox, Treasurer and Matt McKirahan, Parliamentarian

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Welcome new forum members!

May 29, 2013

Here’s our wonderful annual group photo taken at the first Employee Forum meeting with both outgoing and incoming members.

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2013 Call for Delegate Nominations

March 8, 2013

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

 Nominate yourself or someone else for the Forum Delegate Elections at http://forum.unc.edu/nomination/        

March 7, 2013

Dear Fellow UNC-Chapel Hill Employee:

It’s time to elect new delegates to the Employee Forum.  The Forum, which began in 1992, is the collective voice for SPA and EPA non-faculty employees on our campus, and its effectiveness depends on your participation and support.  Chancellor Thorp has expressed his support for the Forum and its work on behalf of the University’s staff, stating that he believes:

 “For Carolina to be the best place to teach, learn and discover it must
be a great place to work for our employees. Serving on the Employee
Forum is an opportunity to contribute to that process and make a
difference on behalf of your fellow workers.”

             Please talk with your colleagues about participation in the Forum, and send us the names of those you would like to represent your interests. Each of nine electoral divisions elects representatives based on the proportional number of employees in the division (see table below).

The process of electing delegates begins in March to allow time for new delegate orientation prior to the assumption of duties.  In April, you will receive a ballot asking you to vote for your new Forum representatives.

Delegate Responsibility

Employee Forum meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, and there is an attendance policy designed to encourage participation and true representation.  If a delegate misses three unexcused consecutive meetings or five in a nine-month period, he or she is automatically replaced.  Term in office is from May 2013-June 2015.  Delegate participation will be considered work time.

It is an honor and a privilege to serve as a Forum delegate.  Effective service requires dedication, enthusiasm, and time.  Monthly meetings are two and a half hours in length.  In addition, delegates are likely to spend additional time up to six hours per month on committee and other essential work (more for officers and committee chairs).  Employees who accept nominations should verify that their managers will approve the time to support this important service to the University.

 Nominations

We need your help in identifying people who are willing to serve on the Forum.  You may nominate any permanent UNC-Chapel Hill employee, including yourself, from any electoral division.  Please verify that your nominees are willing to serve.

Nominations must be received by March 22.

 Elections

The Forum will be composed of approximately 60 elected delegates. This year we will elect 36 new delegates from across all nine electoral divisions.

If you have any questions about the nomination or election process or about Forum issues, please feel free to contact the Forum office at 962-3779 or the Forum Web site at http://forum.unc.edu

Sincerely,

Jackie Overton, Forum Chair

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2013 Employee Forum Electoral Divisions
as of March 7, 2013

Division

Number of

Employees

Percent of

Population

Seats on

Forum

Seats to be

Elected

1  EPA Non-Faculty

1931

23.0

14 (13.8)

13

2  Service /Maintenance

681

8.1

5 (4.9)

2

3  Skilled Craft

480

5.7

3 (3.4)

3

4  SPA Clerical/Secretarial

    Academic Affairs (AA)

253

3.0

2 (1.8)

2

5  SPA Clerical/Secretarial

    Health Affairs (HA)

547

6.5

4 (3.9)

3

6  SPA Clerical/Secretarial

    Other than AA & HA

730

8.7

5 (5.2)

4

7  SPA Technical

877

10.4

6 (6.2)

5

8  SPA Professional

2764

32.9

20 (19.7)

13

9  SPA Exec. Administration

    Managerial

146

1.7

1 (1.0)

1

Totals

8409

100.0~

60~

46

 

Nominate yourself or someone else for the Forum Delegate Elections at http://forum.unc.edu/nomination/

 

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