Welcome Back

January 27, 2015

Greetings and Happy New Year,

Hopefully you had a restful winter holiday break and started 2015 with lots of vigor. It’s been a while since you’ve heard from your Employee Forum delegation, and I wanted to give a brief update on what the Forum has planned for 2015.

First and foremost, is the overhaul of our website by Katie Turner, our PR guru and chair of the Communication and Public Relations (CPR) Committee. The CPR committee will also release our inTouch newsletter each month,in digital format. The first issue of the year will be released later this week.

In the latter part of the fall semester, the Employee Forum voted to become the primary facilitators for the Carolina Family Need-Based Scholarship and next month we will begin work on transitioning responsibility over to our Education and Career Development (ECD) Committee. Other planned events and activities are listed below:

Events and Activities

Event Month Committee
Rollout of Professional Development Grants February Education and Career Development
Careers in Higher Education for Staff Panel March Education and Career Development
Elections March Membership and Assignments
Tour of the Community Garden April Community Garden
Notary Public Classes April/May Executive Committee
Peer Recognition Awards May Recognition and Awards
Carolina Blood Drive June Blood Drive
Monthly Book Discussions Monthly Book Club
inTouch Monthly Communications and Public Relations
Social Media Classes Various CPR/ECD


You will find more information and specific dates for the events and activities listed above in our inTouch newsletter.


We remain focused on the parking issue which arose in August. Other conversations we are having include: changes to the Adverse Weather policy, articulating criteria for the next President of the Institution, and the 2013 data breach. Our Personnel Issues committee is also working on a white paper . . .

Michael Highland, the Vice Chair, is planning our Spring Community meeting. Community meetings are your opportunity to hear from University Administrators on a number of relevant and current topics, ask questions, and get feedback. More information on the Spring Community meeting will be provided in March.

If there are other issues you are interested in the Employee Forum looking into, please let us know.

Stay in Touch with the Employee Forum

Attend an Employee Forum Meeting

We want to see and hear from you! The Employee Forum usually meets on the first working Wednesday of each month from 9:15a.m. -11:30 a.m. in the Pleasants Family Assembly room of the Wilson Library. Wheelchair access to the building is at the east entrance, which faces the Undergraduate Library. The meeting is open to all University employees. Attendance at one of our regular monthly meetings does not count as work time, so you will need to speak with your supervisor about being out of the office.

All of our meetings can be found on the Employee Forum calendar at http://employeeforum.unc.edu/events/

Join the Employee Forum

We have a number of vacant seats in various divisions and if you are interested in representing the staff and bringing forth issues on their behalf, let us know. You can become an appointed delegate for one year. Send an email to the Employee Forum at employeeforum@unc.edu

Give Feedback!

If you’re not able to attend a meeting, you can always submit questions or issues to us via our website at http://employeeforum.unc.edu/contact-us

How to Keep Up with Us

You can contact the Employee Forum and keep up with us and what we are doing by:

Look for our inTouch newsletter later this week. I hope you have a successful spring semester and I’ll see you soon.


Charles D. Streeter
Chair, Employee Forum of UNC-Chapel Hill

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Forum thanks January food drive supporters

January 20, 2015

The Employee Forum and the UNC Athletics Department teamed up on January 15 to sponsor a community food drive at the women’s basketball game. UNC Athletics designated the game (UNC-Notre Dame) as a faculty-staff appreciation game. UNC staff received free admission and the first 150 employees received free t-shirts. The donated food went to Inter-Faith Council. The Forum would like to thank Karen Jenkins-Cheek, Matt Banks, Stacy Owens, Kathy Ramsey and Paula Goodman for organizing the event.

For those who missed the opportunity to donate, keep an eye out for updates on the spring departmental food drive.

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Join us for The Happiness Project

December 21, 2013

48_happiness-projectOur monthly book discussions will continue in 2014. Up next is Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project on Friday, January 31st from 12pm-1pm at Bulls Head Book Shop. Lunch will be provided with registration. Click here to register.

If you haven’t picked up your copy yet, please do so at Bulls Head Book Shop. All book selection titles are offered at 25% off the cover price.

Book Selections

In addition, the following books have been selected for the program:

We look forward to meeting you and hearing your thoughts!


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You’re Invited to the Winter Potluck Social

November 25, 2013

Take a moment to invite your supervisor to our winter holiday potluck social, to take place Wednesday, December 4 at 9:15 a.m. in the Pleasants Family Room of the Wilson Library.

Chancellor Folt is scheduled to attend, among others. So, invite your supervisor along to a Forum meeting when we give thanks for a productive and active 2013.


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Forum pilots monthly book selection program

September 13, 2013



The Public Relations and Communications Committee is sponsoring a monthly book selection program for staff. The committee will be responsible for soliciting book nominations and choosing recommended books. The book selections will be publicized online, at the full Forum meetings and in InTouch.

The book selections will take up topics that are relevant to staff, such as leadership, self-improvement, labor issues, and professional development. The committee is also looking for recommendations for books written by UNC faculty authors or that are on topics of general interest, such as North Carolina and UNC history. Suggestions for books that cover thematic topics that coincide with honorary months (i.e., Black History Month, Native American Heritage Month, etc.) are also appreciated.

The monthly book selection is a pilot program that the committee is open to expanding into a book club if there is interest from staff. Please contact Katie Turner at katie_turner@unc.edu if you would like to become involved in organizing in-person book discussions or if you would like to suggest a title for consideration.

UNC staff are encouraged to purchase the books at Bulls Head Book Shop. The titles will be offered at 25% off the cover price.

The following books have been selected for the pilot program:

October: You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader by Mark Sanborn

November: Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South: Race, Identity and the Making of a Nation (UNC Faculty Author Malinda Maynor Lowry)

December: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

January: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

February: The Making of a Southern Democracy: North Carolina Politics from Kerr Scott to Pat McCrory by Tom Eamon

March: Love 2.0 (UNC Faculty Author Barbara Frederickson)

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