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Community service opportunities: September 2017

September 15, 2017

UNC Public Service Fair

Make use of your community service leave benefit by getting involved with local nonprofits. UNC permanent employees can use up to 24 hours of work time per calendar year to volunteer with a nonprofit organization. The 18th annual Public Service Fair is 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20 in the Pit. This is a great opportunity to connect with more than 20 local nonprofits and find ways to make a difference in our community. Click here to see the full flyer.

Hurricane Matthew update & Adopt-a-Home program briefing

Since December 2016, the Carolina Center for Public Service has partnered with the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church (NCCUMC) to support Hurricane Matthew disaster relief efforts in Princeville, Lumberton and Fayetteville, North Carolina. In June, NCCUMC launched its Adopt-a-Home program to help displaced families in Lumberton. Organizational partners are needed to help get families back into their homes by volunteering labor and providing donations to purchase furniture, appliances and home furnishings. Join NCCUMC, 9 – 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20 in the Frank Porter Graham Student Union, room 3503 for updates on Hurricane Matthew’s devastation, recovery efforts-to-date and details about the Adopt-a-Home program and the process for adopting a family. Register through UNC event registration.

Celebrate Carolina Cupboard’s Grand Reopening!

Carolina Cupboard, an on-campus food pantry, will celebrate the expansion of the pantry to a larger space with perishable food options. For more information, please visit or click here to see the full sized flyer.


Recycling Volunteers Needed for Fall Events

Orange County Solid Waste Management hosts recycling and waste diversion activities at most large special events in Orange County.  Recycling volunteers comb event grounds making sure recycling collection is maximized and moving smoothly. We work hard but we have fun, so share these opportunities with your friends and family!

Shifts vary, and often you get a meal and/or a t-shirt for your time! 16 or older unless with an adult, please. Contact Muriel Williman at or 919-918-4909 with your t-shirt size, shift request, and for details about the following events:

  • Carrboro Music Festival Saturday Sept. 23, 2-6PM, Town Hall Pavilion (only 2-3 slots needed).
    Sunday, Sept. 24, is the BIG DAY, shifts 1-4:30PM, and 4:30-8PM.  Music all over town, SUPER FUN. We need tons of help on Sunday.
  • Festifall the premier annual Art, Music and Culture Fest on Franklin St. in Chapel Hill
    Sunday, Oct. 1, shifts: 11AM-3PM and 3-7PM
  • YepRoc20 Hillsborough-based YepRoc Records celebrates 20 years in the business with a great musical line-up and beer at beautiful River Park.
    Saturday, Oct. 21, shifts 11AM-3PM, 3PM-7PM. Three slots available for each shift. Volunteers enjoy the jams while they collect the cans.

Carolina Disaster Relief Listserv/Websites

It is no surprise that the Carolina community is responding in important ways to the immediate needs for relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, Hurricane Harvey, and now Hurricane Irma. The recovery period for affected communities is long and will span years. In addition to donating money and volunteering with established groups working with affected communities, there will be additional ways to help in the coming weeks and months. Periodic updates will be shared through the Carolina Disaster Relief listserv. To join the listserv, send an email to If you are aware of disaster response or recovery efforts being coordinated on campus, or if you are organizing efforts to help, please send an email to

The websites  and are regularly updated and contain information about Carolina’s efforts and other information and resources.

Disaster Relief Trips

As we approach one year since Hurricane Matthew devastated eastern North Carolina and as we continue to see the impacts of Hurricane Harvey, please consider volunteering for relief efforts. The Carolina Center for Public Service is organizing campus-wide relief trips to continue the rebuilding process after Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, North Carolina. These trips are for UNC staff, faculty and students who are willing to help with clean-up or who have specialized building and repair skills. Trips are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 6 and Friday, Dec. 1. For details, FAQs and registration forms, visit UNC disaster relief trips.

Submit your story about Community Service Leave or other UNC Faculty/Staff Volunteer Experience

Have you utilized your community service leave? Have you or your department otherwise served the community or volunteered in other ways? Send a picture and a short blurb (300 words or less) about your experience and what you’ve gained from using your leave, and we’ll feature you here! Email submissions or questions to Katie Musgrove at



Employee Forum Community Service Committee


International Housekeeping Week 2017

September 8, 2017

Monday, September 10th is the start of International Housekeeping Week! Held every year during the second full week of September, International Housekeeping Week (IHW) is a week dedicated to recognizing the efforts of hard-working custodial staff members. The true heroes of any building operation , custodial employees, have one of the toughest jobs in a building. But also one of the most important. Buildings that are not properly cleaned can lead to illness and productivity loss for the people who eat, visit, live, work and play there. International Executive Housekeeping Association is the official sponsor of International Housekeeping Week since its founding in 1981. Today IHW is celebrated globally in thousands of facilities from Dubai to Hong Kong, from Huston to Dublin.

Please take a moment to thank our hard-working and dedicated UNC housekeepers for a job well done!

Shayna Burke Hill, MPH
Chair, Employee Forum
UNC-Chapel Hill

New Officers Elected for 2017

June 19, 2017

The Employee Forum held 2017-2018 officer elections during its June 14 general meeting.  Shayna Hill, currently serving as treasurer, was selected as chairperson of the Forum for the coming year. Kathy Ramsey was elected to another term as vice chair, a position she currently holds. New officers for the coming term are Tiffany Carver, Naquan Hill, and Katie Turner, serving in the roles of secretary, treasurer, and parliamentarian, respectively.

The Employee Forum would like to congratulate all incoming officers and thank all of those outgoing representatives who have dedicated their time and energy to our organization for the past year. A special thanks is extended to outgoing officers: Charles Streeter (Employee Forum Chair), Phil Edwards (Parliamentarian), and Kathy (“KJ”) James (Secretary) for their years of dedication to the Employee Forum.

Tiffany Carver, Secretary
Tiffany Carver
Naquan Hill, Treasurer
Naquan Hill
Shayna Hill, Chair
Shayna Hill
Kathy Ramsey, Vice Chair
Kathy Ramsey
Vice Chair
Katie Turner, Parliamentarian
Katie Turner


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.

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.

October Update from Staff Assembly

October 28, 2016


October 16-18 representatives from the Employee Forum traveled to Western Carolina University for a meeting of the UNC Staff Assembly. Highlights of the meeting included a discussion of system-wide issues, election of new officers, and a reception with Chancellor David Belcher and his wife, Susan Brummell Belcher.

Newly Elected Officers
Dawn Brown UNC-Wilmington Chair-Elect
Pamela DeGraffenreid Western Carolina University Vice-Chair
Charles Streeter UNC-Chapel Hill Communications & Technology Officer
Colby Deitz Western Carolina University At-Large Delegate
Carlitta Moore Fayetteville State University At-Large Delegate


The Staff Assembly is the body of representatives of the staff of the seventeen campuses of the University of North Carolina, General Administration, and affiliates. Delegates of the Staff Assembly advocate for all staff of the UNC System. Visit for more information about the UNC System Staff Assembly.

UNC Staff Assembly update

November 2, 2015

UNC staff gather to thank Thomas Ross for service

Employee Forum Delegates and Ross
Charles Streeter, President Tom Ross, Shane Hale, James Holman

On Sunday, October 11, UNC Staff Assembly members gathered at the president’s house for a farewell reception of thanks and appreciation to outgoing UNC-system President Thomas Ross. President Ross’ term ends on January 1, 2016. Ross is an alumnus of UNC-Chapel Hill, receiving his juris doctorate from the law school. Prior to becoming UNC system president in 2011, he served as president of Davidson College.

During his tenure, Ross has overseen the recruitment of 10 new chancellors at Appalachian State, Elizabeth City State, N.C. Central, UNC Asheville, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Greensboro, UNC Pembroke, UNC Wilmington, Western Carolina and Winston-Salem State. He has been a friend and ally of staff and faculty across the system. To commemorate his achievements and dedication to higher education, the Staff Assembly created the Thomas W. Ross Visionary Leader Award. Ross will return to UNC-Chapel Hill to join the faculty when his role as president ends.

New UNC Staff Assembly president sworn in

Pernell Bartlett of Elizabeth City State University was sworn in as the newly elected President of the UNC Staff Assembly on October 12, 2015. Pernell succeeds Susan Colby of North Carolina State University. Colby was recognized by both the UNC Staff Asssembly and Employee Forum for her commitment and dedication to the staff of the UNC system. We wish Mr. Bartlett a productive and successful tenure in the coming year.

Story contributed by Charles Streeter, Employee Forum chair. 

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