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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InTouch Deadline – May Issue

April 24, 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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Carolina Family Scholarship Application

April 15, 2017

Applications for the Carolina Family Scholarship will open on April 15, 2017 and close on June 1, 2017. Find more detail and apply here. Please contact the Employee Forum (919.962.3779) if you need assistance with the online application.

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Habitat for Humanity Staff Build on Northside

April 12, 2017

Join the Employee Forum on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 12:30 – 4:30 PM to help build a home for a deserving UNC Staff Member! Orange County Habitat for Humanity is building a home in the Northside neighborhood that will be gifted to UNC Housekeeper Thein Oo and his family?

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

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 $10 per volunteer to cover the costs of materials that Habitat for Humanity incurs. Donations above and beyond the $10 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

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!

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Carolina Blood Drive recognized as American Red Cross top sponsor

March 30, 2017
Charles Streeter, Rhonda Hubbard Beatty, Ricky Roach, Stephen Latham, and Teresa Kidd
Charles Streeter, Rhonda Hubbard Beatty, Ricky Roach, Stephen Latham, and Teresa Kidd

The Carolina Blood Drive recently received the 2016 American Red Cross Top Sponsor award in recognition of having the highest blood collections and for continued commitment to help save lives. Since its inception in 1988, the Carolina Blood Drive has collected more blood than any other sponsor in the Durham district, bringing in more than 31,000 pints of blood. The university’s efforts have helped boost the community blood supply, potentially impacting the lives of more than 93,400 hospital patients.

“The American Red Cross is very grateful for the loyal support and dedication of this annual lifesaving event,” said Stephen Latham, Red Cross senior account manager. “The need for blood products is constant and critical. The American Red Cross must collect nearly 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for patients in need.”

The 29th annual Carolina Blood Drive, sponsored by the Employee Forum, is set for 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 6 at the Dean E. Smith Center. All presenting donors will receive a T-shirt and food during the event. Free parking will be available. For eligibility requirements to donate blood, make an appointment or volunteer, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

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Janet B. Royster Scholarship Now Open, Due May 1st

March 28, 2017


Applications are now being accepted for the UNC Staff Assembly’s Janet B. Royster Memorial Staff Scholarship. The deadline is May 1, 2017.

The Janet B. Royster (JBR) Memorial Staff Scholarship Fund was created in August of 2011 by the UNC Staff Assembly in memory of UNC-TV employee Janet B. Royster.  Janet represented UNC-TV on the General Administration Staff Forum and was subsequently elected to the UNC Staff Assembly.  She served as its first Parliamentarian until her untimely death in June 2011.  This scholarship promotes staff development for permanent, full-time, non-faculty employees, as well as recognizes and honors Janet’s leadership and dedication to all UNC employees.

The JBR Memorial Staff Scholarship provides one or more annual awards, based on the availability of funds.  Scholarships provide assistance towards earning a degree or other professional certification.  The maximum award amount per academic year is $1,000.  Awards are not automatically renewable.  Recipients are selected by a Selection Committee.  Some of the following factors will be considered by the committee in making selections:

  • The educational goals of the applicant
  • The financial needs of the applicant
  • The commitment of the applicant to his or her UNC employer institution
  • The relationship of the educational program to the applicant’s job

In addition to the application, you will also need two letters of recommendation, a copy of your UNC employee identification card, and a copy of your résumé. You may also include information about the course or training which you are seeking.

Visit for more information.


About the Staff Assembly

The UNC Staff Assembly is the elected body of representatives of the staff of the seventeen campuses of the University of North Carolina, General Administration, and affiliates. Delegates of the Employee Forum represent UNC-Chapel Hill on the Staff Assembly.

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