Notary course sponsorship to end

October 31, 2017

Due to cuts to the Employee Forum’s budget, the Forum will no longer sponsor the Notary Public Certification courses (either in person or online), effective Spring 2018. The Employee Forum has sponsored this class for several years, enabling employees to secure a notary public certification at no cost.

If employees are still interested in pursuing certification as a notary public, there are a number of options:

  • Durham Tech offers a full-day session at least two times per month for $95. More information can be found on their website.
  • Wake Tech offers frequent sessions each month (throughout different campuses) for $85. More information can be found on their website.
  • UNC’s Educational Assistance Program allows supervisors “to support academic activities that directly relate to the organization’s identified knowledge, skills, and behaviors (organizational competencies), and which support the mission, vision, and values of the organization.” The supervisor would apply to this program if having a notary public in the unit was directly related to the unit’s successful function.
  • Employees can use the Professional Development Grant to pay tuition if certification would benefit themselves but is not essential to their unit. The Forum will continue to offer the Professional Development Grant, which opens to accept applications on December 1, 2017 and on April 1, 2018. Grants are awarded on a first come, first serve basis.

If you have any questions, please contact Clare Counihan (clarecounihan[at], the chair of the Education and Career Development Committee, or Shayna Hill (Shayna_Hill[at], the Chair of the Employee Forum.

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International Housekeeping Week 2017

September 8, 2017

Monday, September 10th is the start of International Housekeeping Week! Held every year during the second full week of September, International Housekeeping Week (IHW) is a week dedicated to recognizing the efforts of hard-working custodial staff members. The true heroes of any building operation , custodial employees, have one of the toughest jobs in a building. But also one of the most important. Buildings that are not properly cleaned can lead to illness and productivity loss for the people who eat, visit, live, work and play there. International Executive Housekeeping Association is the official sponsor of International Housekeeping Week since its founding in 1981. Today IHW is celebrated globally in thousands of facilities from Dubai to Hong Kong, from Huston to Dublin.

Please take a moment to thank our hard-working and dedicated UNC housekeepers for a job well done!

Shayna Burke Hill, MPH
Chair, Employee Forum
UNC-Chapel Hill

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Shannon’s story: The importance of blood donation

May 31, 2017
Shannon and Marsden (Photo courtesy Shannon Harvey).

Shannon Harvey, an employee with UNC Global and delegate on the Employee Forum, understands first-hand the importance of blood donation. She and her husband Matthew welcomed their son, Marsden, into the world on February 27, 2017, at N.C. Women’s Hospital, after seven years of marriage. The joyous occasion was accompanied by a frightening complication, necessitating emergency surgery.

Shannon received a total of seven units of blood during the birth and subsequent surgeries. Surgeons estimated that she lost nearly her body’s full volume of blood during labor, an emergency which would have resulted in her death had there not been enough donated blood on hand. Blood donation agencies, like the American Red Cross, made it possible for Shannon’s story to have a happy ending. Mother and son are home in Chapel Hill now and recuperating well.

The experience left Shannon with a renewed sense of focus on the importance of blood donation, and she plans to work closely with the Carolina Blood Drive Committee upon her return from leave. “Give blood if you can, as often as you can,” she advises. “It’s entirely possible that you’re not just helping a stranger, but someone you know, a coworker or friend.”

The Employee Forum is glad that Shannon is healing well and looks forward to her return to her work and the Forum. We hope her experience inspires other UNC employees to give blood at the 29th Annual Carolina Blood Drive, which will take place on June 6 in the Dean E. Smith Center from 7:00am – 6:00pm. Your donation helps save lives.

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Carolina Blood Drive recognized as American Red Cross top sponsor

March 30, 2017
Charles Streeter, Rhonda Hubbard Beatty, Ricky Roach, Stephen Latham, and Teresa Kidd
Charles Streeter, Rhonda Hubbard Beatty, Ricky Roach, Stephen Latham, and Teresa Kidd

The Carolina Blood Drive recently received the 2016 American Red Cross Top Sponsor award in recognition of having the highest blood collections and for continued commitment to help save lives. Since its inception in 1988, the Carolina Blood Drive has collected more blood than any other sponsor in the Durham district, bringing in more than 31,000 pints of blood. The university’s efforts have helped boost the community blood supply, potentially impacting the lives of more than 93,400 hospital patients.

“The American Red Cross is very grateful for the loyal support and dedication of this annual lifesaving event,” said Stephen Latham, Red Cross senior account manager. “The need for blood products is constant and critical. The American Red Cross must collect nearly 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for patients in need.”

The 29th annual Carolina Blood Drive, sponsored by the Employee Forum, is set for 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 6 at the Dean E. Smith Center. All presenting donors will receive a T-shirt and food during the event. Free parking will be available. For eligibility requirements to donate blood, make an appointment or volunteer, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

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Janet B. Royster Scholarship Now Open, Due May 1st

March 28, 2017


Applications are now being accepted for the UNC Staff Assembly’s Janet B. Royster Memorial Staff Scholarship. The deadline is May 1, 2017.

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

In addition to the application, you will also need two letters of recommendation, a copy of your UNC employee identification card, and a copy of your résumé. You may also include information about the course or training which you are seeking.

Visit for more information.


About the Staff Assembly

The UNC Staff Assembly is the elected body of representatives of the staff of the seventeen campuses of the University of North Carolina, General Administration, and affiliates. Delegates of the Employee Forum represent UNC-Chapel Hill on the Staff Assembly.

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October Update from Staff Assembly

October 28, 2016


October 16-18 representatives from the Employee Forum traveled to Western Carolina University for a meeting of the UNC Staff Assembly. Highlights of the meeting included a discussion of system-wide issues, election of new officers, and a reception with Chancellor David Belcher and his wife, Susan Brummell Belcher.

Newly Elected Officers
Dawn Brown UNC-Wilmington Chair-Elect
Pamela DeGraffenreid Western Carolina University Vice-Chair
Charles Streeter UNC-Chapel Hill Communications & Technology Officer
Colby Deitz Western Carolina University At-Large Delegate
Carlitta Moore Fayetteville State University At-Large Delegate


The Staff Assembly is the body of representatives of the staff of the seventeen campuses of the University of North Carolina, General Administration, and affiliates. Delegates of the Staff Assembly advocate for all staff of the UNC System. Visit for more information about the UNC System Staff Assembly.

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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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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.

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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.


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