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!
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.
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!
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.
Community Service Committee Meeting Agenda
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
11:30 AM – 12:30PM
Hitchcock Multipurpose Room, Sonja H. Stone Center
- Welcome/Introductions/Role Call [[11:30-11:35]]
- Planning for Events in 2017-2018 [[11:35-11:45]]
- Community Service Leave Promotion Campaign Update [[11:45-12:15]]
- Update on other business [[12:15-12:25]]
- Questions/Final Comments [[12:25-12:30]]
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!
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.
UNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on March 22, 2018 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at 3100 Michael Hooker Research Center. We will discuss the book Cubed, A Secret History of the Workplace by Nikil Saval. The book can be purchased at a special discount online or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop. Register at http://tinyurl.com/y7c5ddy4 to attend!
(New York Times) How you work depends in large part on the spaces in which you work. This big theme is taken up by Nikil Saval in “Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace.” There is in fact nothing “secret” about this history; from the Civil War on, as the white-collar world grew, managers and designers thought out loud about where workers should sit, the furniture they should use, the walls and windows that should surround them. Instead of a secret history, Saval, an editor of n+1, has written something more interesting. He has infused a straightforward factual account with all sorts of literary, cultural and political insights; these make the story he tells more dark than dry.