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Staff celebrate Employee Appreciation Day with food and festivities

November 2, 2015

On Friday, October 16, UNC employees across the state celebrated Employee Appreciation Day with games, food and festivities. Thanks to the work of Kim Andrews and the Office of Human Resources, staff on the main campus enjoyed entertainment, lunch and an information fair where departments showcased their excellent staff and services.

In conjunction with Employee Appreciation Day, the Employee Forum organized the #UNCstaff social media scavenger hunt. Staff around campus hid vouchers and then took to Twitter to tweet clues about their whereabouts. Staff who found the hidden vouchers submitted them via campus mail and received a prize the following week.

Sixty-five staff won prizes that included Carowinds tickets from the State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC), breakfast with Roy Williams at the Carolina Club and gift cards from local restaurants.

The #UNCstaff hashtag trended on Twitter for five hours that Friday, raising the profile of our employees on social media. Departments use the hashtag year-round to advertise events and information pertinent to staff and faculty.

The Employee Forum would like to thank everyone who participated in the scavenger hunt and made it the biggest one yet! We also thank the following businesses that donated to the event:

Linda’s Bar and Grill
Nicole Spruell Photography
Dank Burrito
Carolina Dining
UNC Athletics
State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC)
4 Corners
UNC Summer School
McAlister’s Deli
True Flavors
Rich Bradenburg massage at The Retreat
Bulls Head Book Shop
Ackland Museum
Glass Jug
Carolina Club
Brenz Pizza
Carolina Inn
All She Wrote Notes Calligraphy
Campus Recreation
Carolina Student Union
Alpine Bagel
UNC Trademark and Licensing
Playmakers Repertory Theatre
Happycakes Cupcakery
4 Simplicity Sake Travel Company
Sweet Beans

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Forum thanks Matt Brody for his partnership

January 28, 2015
Brody, left, receives a few small gifts from Charles Streeter, right, at the January meeting of the Employee Forum. Photo courtesy of Katie Turner.

This month, the Forum said farewell to one of its major partners and collaborators, Matt Brody. Brody has served in many human resource-related positions at Carolina since 2002, and most recently he held the position of Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources. Over the years, he has helped to guide the Forum’s work by giving updates to the delegates and receiving feedback from UNC staff.

Brody has seen the university go through many transitions, from times when the staff received relatively generous raises to more recent budgetary struggles. In 2013, when former Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Brenda Malone left the university to take a position at Georgetown University, Brody acted as interim vice chancellor until a replacement was found.

Brody’s partnership with the Forum and his diplomacy when handling difficult issues has made him an asset to the staff at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Charles Streeter, chair of the Employee Forum, said that “Brody presents difficult communication with tact and a disposition that does not leave others feeling insulted or degraded. One may not agree with a policy or response to an issue but Brody will do his best to make sure there is an understanding as to why the policy exists or response was given.”

In 2012, Brody won the prestigious C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Awards for “unusual, meritorious or superior contribution[s] made by an employee.” He has accepted a position in the Human Resources Division at UNC General Administration.

The Forum wishes Brody success in his new role.

Read more in the University Gazette.

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