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After Five Bell Tower Toastmasters Open House

March 21, 2018

On March 21st, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in the Health Sciences Library, After Five Bell Tower Toastmasters will feature Bob Johnson, Advanced Communicator Bronze and Advanced Leadership Bronze, on the topic of “Be Audacious.”

Toastmasters is a very good organization for people that not only want to advance their professional careers but also want to improve their speaking skills in a very supportive environment.

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March 7 2018 General Meeting Canceled: Ropes Course Scheduled

March 7, 2018

The Employee Forum will participate in the Tar Heel Challenge Course at the Outdoor Recreation Center at 401A Country Club Road at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 7.


The Forum’s usual general meeting set for this date is canceled.

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Book Club: The Last Black Unicorn

February 22, 2018

UNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on February 22, 2018 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at 3100 Michael Hooker Research Center. We will discuss the book The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish. The book can be purchased at a special discount online or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop. Register at to attend!

(Books-A-Million Review):  From stand-up comedian, actress, and breakout star of Girls Trip, Tiffany Haddish, comes The Last Black Unicorn, a sidesplitting, hysterical, edgy, and unflinching collection of (extremely) personal essays, as fearless as the author herself.

Growing up in one of the poorest neighborhoods of South Central Los Angeles, Tiffany learned to survive by making people laugh. If she could do that, then her classmates would let her copy their homework, the other foster kids she lived with wouldn’t beat her up, and she might even get a boyfriend. Or at least she could make enough money–as the paid school mascot and in-demand Bar Mitzvah hype woman–to get her hair and nails done, so then she might get a boyfriend.

None of that worked (and she’s still single), but it allowed Tiffany to imagine a place for herself where she could do something she loved for a living: comedy….

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Blood Drive Committee Meeting- February 22, 2018

February 22, 2018

This is the Blood Drive committee meeting that ARC senior leadership will be attending to hear/address our grievances from the December Drive. The ARC representative who will be attending is named Jerry Tillery. He is the President of Collections for the entire Southeast Region and is based out of Atlanta.  He is the person who can make decisions and make changes for us. He will be joined by Zeynep Ozkaynak, the Senior Program Director of Collections under Jerry Tillery.


Items he plans to address/discuss at the meeting:

  • He will apologize to this committee for the mistakes made in December
  • ARC is committing to taking ALL appointments at our upcoming June & December drives
  • They want to evaluate both drive sites (Fetzer & Dean Dome) to make sure they are the best options in order to make the drives the best they can be
  • They want to get committee’s buy-in to make the drives better, especially on donors and their experience.
  • He will propose adding another hour to the end of our drives that is unpublicized and has appointments blocked out in order to accommodate all donors, even should delays occur.
  • Senior management will be on site at drives in 2018 and will present the plaque honoring Chancellor Hardin at the June drive
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Opportunities for public service awards and fellowships

February 1, 2018

02/05 –  Community Engagement Fellowship

The Community Engagement Fellowship program awards a maximum of seven fellowships of up to $2,000 to develop and implement engagement or engaged scholarship projects that employ innovative, sustainable approaches to complex social needs and have an academic connection. Returning, full-time graduate students at UNC – Chapel Hill are eligible to apply. Previous fellows are eligible to apply for an additional year of funding. Fellows work in collaboration with community partners and faculty mentors who are familiar with their topics or geographic areas, while fellows are responsible for project planning and implementation. The fellowships run from March to October with project implementation occurring during the summer. Apply by Feb. 5, 2018 through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal.


2/7 – Robert E. Bryan Awards
Nominations are being accepted for the Robert E. Bryan Public Service Awards. Five Bryan Awards will be given for a specific effort (rather than an overall record) exemplifying outstanding engagement and service to the state of North Carolina. Bryan awards will be given to recognize an outstanding undergraduate student, graduate student, faculty member, staff member and officially recognized student organization. The award requires a brief (two-paragraph) nomination submitted by Feb. 7. Selected nominees will be invited to complete a more detailed submission about their work by Feb. 28. Final selection will be based on both the initial nomination and the nominee application. Nominations are accepted through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal. For questions, email


2/7 – Office of the Provost Awards
Nominations are being accepted for the Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Awards. Three Provost awards are given, one each for engaged teaching, engaged research and engaged partnership. The award requires a brief two-paragraph nomination submitted by Feb. 7. Selected nominees will be invited to complete a more detailed submission about their work by Feb. 28. Final selection will be based on both the initial nomination and the nominee application. Nominations are accepted through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal. For questions, email


2/7 – Ned Brooks Award
The Ned Brooks Award for Public Service honors the contributions and values of Ned Brooks, who has served the University since 1972, making significant contributions to the mission of service and engagement. The award recognizes a staff or faculty member of the UNC-Chapel Hill community who throughout his/her career has, in a collaborative and sustained manner, made a difference in the larger community. Full nominations are due by 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 7. Online nominations will be accepted through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal. For questions, email


2/8 – Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award
Applications are being accepted for the Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award. Two awards will be given, one (up to $3,000) for an international project and one (up to $2,000) for a local project. If the local project involves members of the Chapel Hill Rotary Club in some way, there is a possibility of additional funds. Undergraduate or graduate students at the UNC-Chapel Hill are eligible to apply, individually or in teams. Applicants must be continuing their studies at UNC-Chapel Hill in the following fall semester. Applications can be submitted online through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal by Feb. 8. For questions, email


2/8 – Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship
Applications are being accepted for the Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship. Eligible applicants must be an undergraduate or graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill continuing their studies at UNC-Chapel Hill in the semester following their fellowship. Applications are accepted through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal until Feb. 8. For questions, email

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UNC-Chapel Hill earns top sustainability ratings

January 31, 2018

Chapel Hill, NC –  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been nationally and internationally recognized by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) and the University of Indonesia’s Green Metric for its work in promoting and maintaining sustainable practices.

AASHE STARS is a nationally recognized, comprehensive campus sustainability rating system that enables institutions to measure their progress and learn from others. UNC-Chapel Hill received a Gold rating from AASHE, maintaining the same level of recognition as the previous report, but earning more points on a more rigorous application.

Every three years UNC-Chapel Hill submits a report to AASHE that includes information about course offerings and learning outcomes, research, business practices, environmental performance and planning. This is the second time UNC-Chapel Hill has received a Gold STARS rating. Only three campuses in the country have attained the higher, Platinum STARS rating.

The University of Indonesia Green Metric is a ranking of international universities based on their performance combating global climate change, reducing energy and water use, recycling waste and adopting green transportation strategies. Of the participating universities, UNC-Chapel Hill ranked 13th internationally and third in North America, behind the University of California, Davis and the University of Connecticut.

“Reporting to these organizations requires months of hard work and a concerted, university-wide effort that engages hundreds of staff, faculty, and students,” said Cindy Shea, director of sustainability. “We are grateful to the campus community for their help in compiling information from academics, operations, purchasing and engagement.”

According to the AASHE STARS rating, UNC-Chapel Hill excelled in the areas of innovation, public engagement and research. Eighty-one percent of research-producing departments at UNC-Chapel Hill are engaged in sustainability research, and the University continuously develops new ways to promote sustainability, including purchasing athletic uniforms made from recycled plastic bottles.

“While we are pleased with our progress so far in sustainable efforts at UNC, we do not intend to stop here,” said Brad Ives, chief sustainability officer and associate vice chancellor for campus enterprises. “We are now analyzing our performance to-date and understanding where we can improve to move the campus forward.”

One of the most prominent ways UNC-Chapel Hill is improving is through the Three Zeros Environmental Initiative. The Three Zeros Initiative moves the campus toward water neutrality, zero waste, and greenhouse gas neutrality. Launched in 2016, and part of Chancellor Folt’s Blueprint for Next, Three Zeros aims to reduce coal use at the University’s cogeneration facility, reduce water use while improving the quality of water exiting campus, and reducing waste. These, along with the other projects within the initiative, will help UNC-Chapel Hill improve its score in all rating systems.

Last fall UNC-Chapel Hill was also recognized for its work in sustainable initiatives by the Sierra Club’s ‘Cool Schools’ ranking. In a year, the University moved 11 places from 39th to 28th in the ranking, primarily due to its innovative implementation of projects, co-curricular activities and the planning involved in the Three Zeros Initiative.

“Our commitment to improving sustainability across campus will require changes in individual behaviors, like biking around campus, as well as changes at the institutional level,” said Ives. “UNC is becoming known across the country as a leader in sustainability and we have so many exciting projects for 2018 that will propel us forward.”

Press release courtesy Olivia James, Campus Enterprises

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Join Us for the Glass Castle

November 30, 2017

UNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on November 30, 2017 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. The book can be purchased at a special discount online or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop.

Please register at

From Barnes & Noble:

The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family.

The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.

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2017 UNC Children’s Toy Drive

November 27, 2017

Help us spread some Carolina cheer this holiday season! The Employee Forum’s Community Service Committee is sponsoring a campus toy drive benefitting the patients and families at UNC Children’s Hospital! Let’s put a smile on the face of these spectacular mini Tar Heels!

For more information about UNC Children’s Hospital, please visit:

Donation Bin Locations:

North Campus

Carolina Center for Public Service-205 Wilson St., Chapel Hill (Back Porch Conference Room)

Computer Science
-Sitterson Hall (Upper Lobby)
-Brooks Building (Lobby)

FedEx Global Center (Lobby)

Romance Languages
-Dey Hall (Department of Romance Languages Office- Dey 238)

Ackland Art Museum

South Campus

Eshelman School of Pharmacy
-Beard Hall (Lobby)

Gillings School of Global Public Health
-Michael Hooker Research Center (Atrium near 1001)
-Rosenau Hall (1st Floor Lobby)
-McGavran-Greenberg Hall (1st Floor Lobby)

Kenan Flagler Business School
-McColl Building (1st & 2nd Floor Lobbies)

UNC Children’s Hospital (Main Lobby)

University Mail Serives (Basement of Bioinformatics Building)

Off Campus

Facilities Services
-1st Level Main Entrance Lobby
-2nd Level Lobby
-HVAC Admin Office- General Storeroom
-Service Shop Building Main Entrance- Admin Desk

Finance & Administration Service Center of Excellence, 400 Roberson St., Carrboro, NC (Main lobby)

Carolina Square, 123 W Franklin St. (4th floor Elevator Lobby)

EHS, 1120 Estes Drive Extension (EHS Breakroom)

Friday Center


Link to Searchable Campus Map

((Please check back periodically for more specific details & additional locations))


Wish List

  • Band-Aids with designs
  • Barbie dolls
  • Books (all levels, ethnically diverse, English and Spanish)
  • Bubbles
  • Colored pens
  • Colorful pillow cases (standard size)
  • Coloring books
  • Crayons
  • Dinosaurs
  • DVD’s (new releases)
  • Ethnic hair products
  • Ethnically diverse dolls
  • Indoor balls
  • iPads with headsets
  • Journals
  • Klutz activity kits
  • Markers
  • Matchbox cars/trucks
  • Mechanical pens
  • Newborn onesies
  • Pajamas (all sizes)
  • Pinwheels
  • Play-doh
  • Pop-up toys
  • Rattles
  • Small black rubber bands and hair bows
  • Small puzzles
  • Small stuffed toys
  • Socks & underwear (all sizes)
  • Soft baby dolls
  • Stress balls
  • Super hero action gures
  • Teething rings
  • Toys from
  • Toy medical kits
  • UNO Cards
  • Vtech Brilliant Creations, Advanced Notebook
  • Wide-toothed combs


Donation Forms/Procedure

Childrens Hospital General In-Kind Donation Form

Itemized Gift In-Kind Statement

The above forms (and a receipt) will need to be turned in if a donor wishes to receive a tax deductible receipt from UNC.  When filling out the forms, subtotals should be used (taxes/shipping costs not covered). If you do not have your receipt, you may submit a printout from a website showing the item with the same cost. Please be reminded that all items must be new, no gift wrapping is allowed and we do not accept food, drinks, candy or items with a religious origin.


Hashtag: #UNCToyDrive


Volunteer with us:

  • Volunteers who participate in drop-off and pick-up efforts are eligible to take Community Service Leave (CSL) with supervisor approval. Please email Katie Musgrove at if you are interested in volunteering.
  • For more information on how to take CSL, please visit the UNC Human Resources website.
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