Shannon’s story: The importance of blood donation

May 31, 2017
Shannon and Marsden (Photo courtesy Shannon Harvey).

Shannon Harvey, an employee with UNC Global and delegate on the Employee Forum, understands first-hand the importance of blood donation. She and her husband Matthew welcomed their son, Marsden, into the world on February 27, 2017, at N.C. Women’s Hospital, after seven years of marriage. The joyous occasion was accompanied by a frightening complication, necessitating emergency surgery.

Shannon received a total of seven units of blood during the birth and subsequent surgeries. Surgeons estimated that she lost nearly her body’s full volume of blood during labor, an emergency which would have resulted in her death had there not been enough donated blood on hand. Blood donation agencies, like the American Red Cross, made it possible for Shannon’s story to have a happy ending. Mother and son are home in Chapel Hill now and recuperating well.

The experience left Shannon with a renewed sense of focus on the importance of blood donation, and she plans to work closely with the Carolina Blood Drive Committee upon her return from leave. “Give blood if you can, as often as you can,” she advises. “It’s entirely possible that you’re not just helping a stranger, but someone you know, a coworker or friend.”

The Employee Forum is glad that Shannon is healing well and looks forward to her return to her work and the Forum. We hope her experience inspires other UNC employees to give blood at the 29th Annual Carolina Blood Drive, which will take place on June 6 in the Dean E. Smith Center from 7:00am – 6:00pm. Your donation helps save lives.

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InTouch Deadline – June Issue

May 26, 2017

Submit information to be published in our upcoming InTouch Newsletter to The Employee Forum reserves the right to edit and determine appropriate content in line with our mission.

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Community Service Committee Meeting May 25th

May 25, 2017

The committee will discuss plans to develop a community service leave promotional campaign with UNC’s Office of Human Resources.  Join us!


Community Service Committee Meeting Agenda


Thursday, May 25, 2017


3:00 PM – 4:00PM


Administrative Office Building (AOB) Room 1402


I.  Welcome/Introductions [[3:00-3:05]]

-New Delegate introductions/icebreakers

-Overview of committee charge

-Introduction of OHR Representatives


II.  Community Service Leave Promotion Campaign [[3:05-3:45]]

-Begin discussions regarding the promotional campaign

-Stakeholders involved: OHR Benefits/Leave, OHR Marketing/Communications, UNC Communications, CCPS, & Employee Forum CS Committee

-Will be using UNC Wilmington’s Promotional Campaign as a model


III.      Habitat for Humanity Collaborations [[3:45-3:50]]

-Scheduling another build day:

-Home sponsorship for another deserving UNC Staff Member in 2017-2018


IV.  Update on other business [[3:50-3:55]]

-Blood Drive Update

-CCCG Liaison- Arlene Medder


V.  Questions/Final Comments[[3:55-4:00]]


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Join us for Maya’s Notebook

May 25, 2017

mayas-notebookUNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on May 25, 2017 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at Room 202, Undergraduate Library (new location!). We will discuss the book Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende. The book can be purchased at a special discount online or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop.

Lunch will be provided with registration. Please email if you have special dietary concerns.

Description from Goodreads: This contemporary coming-of-age story centers upon Maya Vidal, a remarkable teenager abandoned by her parents. Maya grew up in a rambling old house in Berkeley with her grandmother Nini, whose formidable strength helped her build a new life after emigrating from Chile in 1973 with a young son, and her grandfather Popo, a gentle African-American astronomer.

When Popo dies, Maya goes off the rails. Along with a circle of girlfriends known as “the vampires,” she turns to drugs, alcohol, and petty crime–a downward spiral that eventually leads to Las Vegas and a dangerous underworld, with Maya caught between warring forces: a gang of assassins, the police, the FBI, and Interpol.

Her one chance for survival is Nini, who helps her escape to a remote island off the coast of Chile. In the care of her grandmother’s old friend, Manuel Arias, and surrounded by strange new acquaintances, Maya begins to record her story in her notebook, as she tries to make sense of her past and unravel the mysteries of her family and her own life.

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Join us for Deceit and Other Possibilities

April 27, 2017

deceitUNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on April 27, 2017 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book Deceit and Other Possibilities by Vanessa Hua. The book can be purchased at a special discount online or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop.

Lunch will be provided with registration. Please email if you have special dietary concerns.

Description from Goodreads: In this powerful debut collection, Vanessa Hua gives voice to immigrant families navigating a new America. Tied to their ancestral and adopted homelands in ways unimaginable in generations past, these memorable characters straddle both worlds but belong to none.

From a Hong Kong movie idol fleeing a sex scandal, to an obedient daughter turned Stanford imposter, to a Chinatown elder summoned to his village, to a Korean-American pastor with a secret agenda, the characters in these ten stories vividly illustrate the conflict between self and society, tradition and change. In “What We Have is What We Need,” winner of The Atlantic student fiction prize, a boy from Mexico reunites with his parents in San Francisco. When he suspects his mother has found love elsewhere, he fights to keep his family together.

With insight and wit, she writes about what wounds us and what we must survive. Her searing stories explore the clash of cultures and the complex, always shifting allegiances that we carry in ourselves, our family, and our community.

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