July 11, 2018 All-Day Forum Retreat

July 11, 2018

The Employee Forum will begin its all-day retreat at the Carolina Outdoor Education Center, to be followed by a working session off-campus that afternoon.

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Employee Forum Habitat for Humanity Build Day- June 8, 2018

June 8, 2018

 

Join the Employee Forum on Friday, June 8, 2018 from 8:00AM – 4:30 PM to help build a home for a deserving UNC Staff Member! Orange County Habitat for Humanity is building a home in Efland, NC that will be gifted to UNC Housekeeper Per Ser and his family.

 

Please visit the following event webpage for further details and to RSVP!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unc-employee-forum-habitat-for-humanity-build-day-tickets-42906929782

 

We welcome interested UNC units/departments from across campus to gather their workgroup to participate. Individuals from throughout campus and the Chapel Hill community are welcome to participate as well. Please remember that all UNC Staff have Community Service Leave available to them for events such as this! (More details on this in the FAQ on the webpage)

 

We ask that you commit to donating $15 per volunteer to cover the costs of materials that Habitat for Humanity incurs. Donations above and beyond the $15 participation donation per volunteer are welcome! For those units/departments or individuals who are unable to donate, but still wish to send a delegation, please reach out to Heather Lewis for assistance.

 

Lunch and bottled waters will be provided for all of our volunteers, but please feel free to bring any other food/drink as needed. Please remember to bring sunscreen as well!

 

For more details on volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, please visit http://www.orangehabitat.org/volunteer

This event is rain or shine! Thank you for your interest in participating! Be ready to work hard, try something new, and pitch in with whatever needs done that day. Most importantly, be prepared to have fun and know that you are directly impacting the lives of a hardworking UNC Staff member and his family! 

 

Thanks everyone!

 

FAQs

Do I need construction experience to volunteer with Habitat?

No! All builds are led by experienced construction staff who will teach you everything you need to know.

What should I wear to the build?

Comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, closed-toed athletic shoes/work boots are required (no sandals, Crocs or Sperrys)

Please be sure to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat or visor to protect you from the sun!

What should I bring into the event?

Snacks and bottled waters will be provided for all of our volunteers, but please feel free to bring any other preferred food/drink as needed. Habitat provides all tools and equipment. If you prefer to bring your own tools, please label them with your name. Please leave all valuables at home.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There will be on-road parking available for volunteers at the build site. However, we encourage all volunteers to carpool where ever possible since the build site is about 20 minutes from campus. Please contact Heather Lewis if you are interested in carpooling.

What should I expect upon arrival?

Please arrive ten-fifteeen minutes early in order to sign in, make a nametag and fill out a waiver. Habitat staff members will lead an orientation to review important information about safety and construction tasks for the day.

Can I use Community Service Leave (CSL) to participate?

You are encouraged to take advantage of CSL to participate in the Habitat Build! Please remember that prior supervisor approval is required in order to utilize CSL. Please visit https://hr.unc.edu/benefits/leave-holidays/service/ for more information on CSL policy and procedure.

 

 

Future Homeowner: 
Per Ser and Mue Ju Paw 
Children: Ser Tha Blay (4yrs) and Sarah Paw (2yrs)

 

Per Ser and Mue Ju Paw met when they were in school at a refugee camp in Thailand. They had a dream of marrying and raising a family in the United States, away from the dangers that they were facing in Burma.

After dating for two years, they decided to make the move to the United States in search for freedom and married on August 4, 2012. They now have two children, Ser Tha Blay, who is a spunky four year old boy, and Sarah Paw who is a creative two year old that loves her brother.

Per Ser works for UNC as a housekeeper and his wife is a full time caretaker of their two children. “I love being affiliated with the University,” said Per Ser. “It offers a permanent job to support my family and has benefits.”

They heard about Habitat through Per Ser’s mother who is also receiving a Habitat home this year. After realizing that their dream of owning their very own home could come true, they applied. The one bedroom apartment they are currently living in is crowded and noisy. Their utility bills are very high and rent continues to rise. There is a mold issue in the building as well, and they do not feel that their family is safe to stay there.

This new home will offer a stable, safe, affordable foundation where their children can grow, play and dream.

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30th Annual Carolina Blood Drive

June 5, 2018

 

Donate blood at the 30th annual Carolina Blood Drive!

Show you bleed Carolina blue and help celebrate three decades of saving lives!

Free parking available

All presenting Donors will receive a commemorative blood drive T-shirt and free food.* Door prizes include an autographed Carolina football, basketball and game tickets.
Schedule your appointment today! Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), visit RedCrossBlood.org or use the Blood Donor App and enter sponsor code: UNC. Walk-ins will be accepted the day of the drive, but appointments are strongly encouraged.
Save up to 15 minutes at your donation with RapidPass. Visit RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass to learn more!
For additional event details or to volunteer, visit unc.edu/blood.
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Book Club: Born a Crime

May 24, 2018

UNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on May 24, 2018 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at 3100 Michael Hooker Research Center. We will discuss the book Born a crime by Trevor Noah. The book can be purchased at a special discount online or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop.  Register at http://tinyurl.com/ycjb2mlw to attend!

(The Guardian)

Born a Crime is an engaging, fast-paced and vivid read, traversing Noah’s early childhood, confined by the absurdities of apartheid, where he could not walk openly with either of his parents, where he was often closeted inside his grandmother’s two-roomed home, where he was mistaken for white, through to his troubled years at school, his brief incarceration and to his budding success as a hustler selling pirated CDs and DJing at parties.

Noah was “born a crime” because his Xhosa mother had conceived a child with a white Swiss-German, which was illegal at the time. And while Noah was born in 1984, in the turbulent dying days of apartheid (he was only six when Nelson Mandela was freed from prison in 1990), the world into which he was delivered was riven with the deep scars of history.

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UNC Faculty & Staff Plant a Tomato, Give a Garden Event Sponsored by TIAA

May 15, 2018

 

Join the Employee Forum, Carolina Center for Public Service and the North Carolina Botanical Garden at the Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG) 10 – 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, May 15 to plant a tomato, give a garden! With the generous support of TIAA, volunteers will repot individual tomato seedlings to contribute to food security for CCCG recipients.

 

Visit the Plant a Tomato, Give a Garden event webpage for details and to RSVP by May 9, 2018!

 

Interested UNC units/departments are invited to gather their workgroup and serve to their community together. Please remember that all UNC staff have community service leave available to use for events like this; supervisor approval is required. For details, see the FAQ’s below.

 

Tomato sandwiches and water will be provided for all volunteers to enjoy. There will also be garden tours following the event for those who would like to learn more about the CCCG and how it serves the UNC community. Learn more about volunteering at the Carolina Campus Community Garden.

 

The rain date is Thursday, May 17.

 

Thank you for your interest in participating! Be ready to get your hands dirty and try something new. Most importantly, be prepared to have fun and know that you are helping a hardworking UNC staff member and their family! 

 

FAQs

Do I need gardening experience to volunteer?

No green thumbs required. Volunteers will be available to assist/advise throughout the event. Beginners are encouraged to attend!

What should I wear?

Comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Please be sure to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and/or a hat to protect you from the sun.

What should I bring into the event?

Tomato sandwiches and water will be provided for all of our volunteers, but please feel free to bring a reusable water bottle to fill from our coolers (save the environment!). The garden has gloves available to borrow at the event, but you are welcome to bring your own gardening.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is limited near the garden, as CCCG is located in the heart of campus at 200 Wilson Street near the Carolina Inn. Walking to the event is feasible for most employees on campus. There are also numerous public transportation options available via Chapel Hill Transit.

What should I expect upon arrival?

Please arrive 10 to 15 minutes early in order to sign in, make a nametag and fill out a waiver. There will be some opening remarks and then CCCG volunteers will lead an orientation on how to transplant the tomato seedlings.

Can I use Community Service Leave (CSL) to participate?

You are encouraged to take advantage of CSL to volunteer at CCCG! Please remember that prior supervisor approval is required in order to utilize CSL. Please visit https://hr.unc.edu/benefits/leave-holidays/service/ for more information on CSL policy and procedure.

 

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Community Service Committee Meeting- May 2, 2018

May 2, 2018

Community Service Committee Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

11:30 AM – 12:30PM

Hitchcock Multipurpose Room, Sonja H. Stone Center

 

  1. Welcome/Introductions/Role Call [[11:30-11:35]]
  2. Planning for Events in 2017-2018 [[11:35-11:45]]
  3. Community Service Leave Promotion Campaign Update [[11:45-12:15]]
  4. Update on other business [[12:15-12:25]]
  5. Questions/Final Comments [[12:25-12:30]]
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Book Club: The Curious Incident…

April 26, 2018

UNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on April 26, 2018 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at 3100 Michael Hooker Research Center. We will discuss the book The curious incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon. The book can be purchased at a special discount online or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop.  Register at http://tinyurl.com/y8rjmjf9 to attend!

(Wikipedia)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a 2003 mystery novel by British writer Mark Haddon. Its title quotes the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes in Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1892 short story “Silver Blaze”. Haddon and The Curious Incident won the Whitbread Book Awards for Best Novel and Book of the Year, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book,and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. Unusually, it was published simultaneously in separate editions for adults and children.

The novel is narrated in the first-person perspective by Christopher John Francis Boone, a 15-year-old boy who describes himself as “a mathematician with some behavioural difficulties” living in Swindon, Wiltshire. Although Christopher’s condition is not stated, the book’s blurb refers to Asperger syndrome, high-functioning autism, or savant syndrome. In July 2009, Haddon wrote on his blog that “Curious Incident is not a book about Asperger’s… if anything it’s a novel about difference, about being an outsider, about seeing the world in a surprising and revealing way. The book is not specifically about any specific disorder,” and that he, Haddon, is not an expert on autism spectrum disorder or Asperger syndrome.

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