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 ccps@unc.edu.

 

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 ccps@unc.edu.

 

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 ccps@unc.edu.

 

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 ccps@unc.edu.

 

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 ccps@unc.edu.

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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 http://tinyurl.com/y9wemnyq

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: https://www.uncchildrens.org/uncmc/unc-childrens/?gclid=CPexqPmD7NYCFVRMDQodYpwN8g

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
http://maps.unc.edu/

((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 www.playopolis.com
  • 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 kmusgrov@email.unc.edu 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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Notary course sponsorship to end

October 31, 2017

Due to cuts to the Employee Forum’s budget, the Forum will no longer sponsor the Notary Public Certification courses (either in person or online), effective Spring 2018. The Employee Forum has sponsored this class for several years, enabling employees to secure a notary public certification at no cost.

If employees are still interested in pursuing certification as a notary public, there are a number of options:

  • Durham Tech offers a full-day session at least two times per month for $95. More information can be found on their website.
  • Wake Tech offers frequent sessions each month (throughout different campuses) for $85. More information can be found on their website.
  • UNC’s Educational Assistance Program allows supervisors “to support academic activities that directly relate to the organization’s identified knowledge, skills, and behaviors (organizational competencies), and which support the mission, vision, and values of the organization.” The supervisor would apply to this program if having a notary public in the unit was directly related to the unit’s successful function.
  • Employees can use the Professional Development Grant to pay tuition if certification would benefit themselves but is not essential to their unit. The Forum will continue to offer the Professional Development Grant, which opens to accept applications on December 1, 2017 and on April 1, 2018. Grants are awarded on a first come, first serve basis.

If you have any questions, please contact Clare Counihan (clarecounihan[at]unc.edu), the chair of the Education and Career Development Committee, or Shayna Hill (Shayna_Hill[at]unc.edu), the Chair of the Employee Forum.

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Join Us for Exit West

October 26, 2017

UNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on October 26, 2017 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. The book can be purchased at a special discount online or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop.

Please register at http://tinyurl.com/y7maodtm

From Goodreads:  In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through.

 

 

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2017 UNC “Food for All” Campus Food Drive

October 20, 2017

 

UNC ‘Food for All’ Year-Long Food Drive 

2017-2018 Donation Totals

During the 2017-2018 UNC Food For All Campus-wide Food Drive, we received donations equaling over 3265 meals for hungry North Carolinians!

 

Help us fight hunger in North Carolina! In conjunction with the ‘Food for All’ University theme, the Employee Forum is hosting a year-long food drive effort which will benefit the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC and the Carolina Cupboard here on campus. This food drive will contribute to Harris Teeter’s Million Meals Challenge, which is a competition between UNC, Duke, NC State, and Wake Forest University to raise the most food throughout the course of the 2017-2018 athletic season. Donations will be accepted at several special events throughout the year, as well as a few permanent bins placed in strategic places throughout campus.

Special Events:

Donation booths will be set up at the following special events:

  • Employee Appreciation Day (Carolina Union)- October 20, 2017

  • “Ruck for Hunger” Food Drive — November 3-11, 2017

 

Ruck For Hunger, a canned food drive hosted by Carolina Veterans Organization, will benefit TABLE in Carrboro, NC. This special event will have specific donation bins placed in various businesses on Franklin Street and several on campus locations (Ruck For Hunger Donation Bin Locations). On Veterans Day, November 11, 2017, members of the Carolina Veterans Organization, UNC ROTC, and other volunteers will have a ruck march to collect the canned goods, leaving from the Carolina Veterans Resource Center (located at 211 Branson Street) at 9 am. (On-Campus donations will be picked up on November 10, 2017)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on the Ruck For Hunger event, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/CarolinaVets/posts/502416170125446

  • Employee Appreciation/ Military Appreciation Football Game versus Western Carolina at Tar Heel Town- November 18, 2017

Flier for the Tar Heel Town Food Collection Event on November 18, 2017

This event will specifically benefit the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC as well as the Durham VA Food Pantry in honor of the Military Appreciation Game

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



  • UNC vs Pitt Men’s Basketball Game- Dean E. Smith Center, February 3, 2017 at 8:00 PM

More special events to come!

Donation Bin Locations

You can also bring your donations to a bin around campus throughout the year!

**List of locations: (UNC Food For All Campus Wide Food Drive Donation Bin Locations)

**On-Campus bins now available.

Suggested Donations:

The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina has identified its most-needed items (Food Bank Suggested Donations)

Carolina Cupboard also has a list of suggested donations (Carolina Cupboard Suggested Donations)

TABLE, Inc. references their most needed food items here (TABLE Suggested Donations)

Durham VA Food Pantry is especially in need of Hormel Complete Meals (both dinners and breakfasts) as well as other non-perishable foods.  (Durham VA Suggested donation list)

Monetary donations will be accepted at the above special events!

  • $1 equals five meals for hungry North Carolinians.

 

Hashtag:  #UNCFoodForAll

Volunteer with us:

  • Volunteers who participate in drop-off and pick-up efforts, as well as volunteers at our special events, are eligible to take Community Service Leave (CSL) with supervisor approval. Please email Katie Musgrove at kmusgrov@email.unc.edu if you are interested in volunteering.
  • Unfortunately, if the special event drives are outside of regular business hours, CSL is not available for these volunteers.
  • For more information on how to take CSL, please visit the UNC Human Resources website.

For more information about the Million Meals Challenge, please visit:

http://www.goheels.com/sports/2017/9/22/harris-teeter-million-meals-challenge.aspx

 

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