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A note from the Public Relations and Communications Committee chair:

Dear colleagues,

As we embark on the new year, the Employee Forum is debuting a new look for its website and inTouch publication, as well as an ambitious publication schedule for the once quarterly printed inTouch. inTouch will now be a monthly, digital publication that will arrive straight to your inbox. We hope this will accomplish a number of goals: streamline our communications so that you get fewer emails from us, publicize events in a timely way, distribute important information about Employee Forum meetings on a regular basis and cut printing costs to better use funds to serve the staff. The monthly cadence of inTouch will provide us with an opportunity to stay in communication with our constituents to better serve you.

In this issue, we include a short feature about wellness resources to help you think about your goals for the new year. As Carolina employees, we have access to a number of benefits that can help reduce or manage stress and improve our physical and mental health. We also have a wonderful Training and Talent Development department dedicated to helping us reach our professional goals. Many staff are not aware that we have the opportunity to give back to our communities using our community service leave allocations.

We hope the 2015 year brings you peace and calm. It is, after all, the year of the sheep in the Chinese Zodiac. It may be the perfect time to think about ways you can decrease stress and enhance your well-being.


Katie Turner

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