2014 Employee Appreciation Day Storify

Employee Appreciation Day update 3

See earlier posts: Employee Appreciation Day festivities underway at UNC-Chapel Hill, Employee Appreciation Day update 1, Employee Appreciation Day update 2

Update 3

12:58 p.m. Liquid Pleasure is entertaining the crowd outside of the Frank Porter Graham Student Union with a sultry blend of old soul and hip-hop songs. Despite animated renditions of “Brick House,” “Soul Man,” “Baby Got Back,” and “Hot in Herre,” the crowd is reserved. The dance floor is lined with spectators captivated by the performance, yet unwilling to follow the directives in the lyrics. Perhaps it is a good to keep it professional during Employee Appreciation Day.



1:07 p.m. The dancing starts to heat up with a cover of V.I.C.’s “Wobble.”

1:50 p.m. The departmental fair begins to wind down and many employees leave to return to their work sites. Justin Hubbard, assistant program manager at World View, describes the atmosphere of the event, “This is my first Employee Appreciation Day at Carolina. I didn’t know what to expect, but it turned out to be a fun community event with great food.”

He added, “Besides, look at all the stuff I got!”




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Employee Appreciation Day Update 2

See earlier posts: Employee Appreciation Day Festivities underway at UNC-Chapel Hill & Employee Appreciation Day update 1

Update 2

11:38 a.m. Traffic through the Great Hall steadily increased throughout the morning. One of the more popular activities is the cash booth, which allows staff to compete for prizes. Staff who are able to catch marked bills are awarded a prize according to the type of bill captured.


A staff member attempts to catch a special bill in hopes of winning a prize.

11:47 a.m. Lunch is served. Staff dine under beautiful blue skies and trees as they await this afternoon’s entertainment, a musical performance by the band Liquid Pleasure. Among the offerings are North Carolina barbecue, macaroni and cheese and vegetable sides.

Users on Twitter live-tweet the event with #KickUpYourHeels.

Employee Forum chair Charles Streeter has his caricature drawn.

11:52 a.m. Employee Forum delegates Yvonne Dunlap and Ana Schwab inform staff about the Employee Forum’s monthly book club offerings and encourage them to sign up for the club’s listserv.

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Employee Appreciation Day Update 1

10:43 a.m. Employee Appreciation Day is in full swing now. The Great Hall has filled with UNC staff making rounds and speaking with departmental representatives. Employee Forum parliamentarian Matthew McKirihan from the School of Law is updating the staff on the organization’s programs and meetings.

10:46 a.m. Campus Community Garden director Claire Lorch greets staff at their table. The Campus Community Garden serves low-income staff and provides housekeepers with fresh produce to supplement their paychecks.

Claire Lorch staffs the Campus Community Garden table

Claire Lorch staffs the Campus Community Garden table

10:52 a.m. Senior Director of Benefits and Work/Life Programs Ashley Nicklis and volunteers hand out goodie bags to staff.


Volunteers from the Office of Human Resources hand out goodie bags to staff

11:07 a.m. Angel Collie, assistant director of the LGBTQ Center, passes out information to staff about the center’s programming. Collie is raising awareness of this week’s announcement that the University’s benefit programs will extend to partners of same-sex couples who are employed at Carolina. The announcement came as a result of a court ruling last week that struck down the ban on same-sex marriage.

Angel Collie from the LGBTQ Center distributes literature

Angel Collie from the LGBTQ Center distributes literature

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Employee Appreciation Day festivities underway at UNC-Chapel Hill

UPDATED 9:50 a.m.
By Kathryn Turner
Employee Forum Public Relations and Communications committee chair

(Chapel Hill, NC)–Staff at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have much to be thankful for this Employee Appreciation Day. After a week of cold wind and rain, the Carolina blue skies and mild weather have set the scene for a day of fun outdoor entertainment.

The Office of Human Resources at UNC-Chapel Hill is sponsoring its annual Employee Appreciation Day event full of activities and free food for staff.

Tents and information booths line the courtyard in front of Davis library. Facilities employees are gathering around the basketball hoops, while others help themselves to a complimentary breakfast of fruit, bagels and coffee provided by Carolina Catering.

In the Great Hall of the Student Union building, departments have set up table displays with raffles, swag and information about their programs.

Employee Forum assistant Matt Banks said, “The room is not yet full but the vendors are here and ready to serve. People are excited about this year’s event. We’re expecting a big turn out.”

Departments will be tabling until 3 p.m. today. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information about the event, check the Office of Human Resources website.

Stay tuned for updates throughout the day on the Employee Forum website.

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Forum Meeting Hightlights 9/3/2014

Join us for The Ocean at the End of the Lane

gaimanUNC Staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on November 26, 2014 from 12pm-1pm at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. The book can be purchased at a special discount online here or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop.

Lunch will be provided with registration. Please email employeeforum@unc.edu if you have special dietary concerns.

Publisher’s description:

Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.

A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly’s wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.

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8/15 #UNCstaff Social Media Scavenger Hunt Tweets

Employee Forum Meeting Highlights 8/7/14

Join us for Social Media Scavenger Hunt


All UNC staff are encouraged to participate in our social media scavenger hunt on August 15, 2014. Here’s how to participate:

1. Login to your twitter account and follow @employeeforum.
2. On August 15, 2014 follow #UNCstaff for clues about where to find prize vouchers around campus. If you see an envelope that says #UNCstaff fill out the enclosed card and drop it in campus mail to redeem your prize!
3. Take a selfie and tweet it using #UNCstaff. We want to see pictures of our hardworking employees across campus!
4. Follow #UNCstaff on August 18, 2014 to find out what prize you’ve won.

All those who fill in the card and send it in to the Employee Forum office will be entered in a drawing to win a kindle!

Click here to download a flyer to share in your department.

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