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Candidate nominated for forum chair


It looks like John Heuer will be the next chair of the Employee Forum.

Barring nominations from the floor, Heuer will be the only candidate in the running when the forum elects a chair at its Jan. 19 meeting. Heuer, now a construction renovation design technician in Facilities Services, began his Carolina career in 1981 as a construction estimator.

"My ambitions for the forum are inspired by my love of the finest traditions of this University and my profound respect for all the employees who labor to make it work," Heuer said in his candidate's statement.

In an interview after the forum's Dec. 6 meeting, Heuer said his top goal as chair would be to promote the forum's role in shared governance at Carolina and to "celebrate the idea that each staff member is a potential educator, from the environmental education provided by our architects and engineers, to the civilizing impact of our housekeepers and groundskeepers."

Toward that end, Heuer said he would work to generate greater interest in addressing staff issues at forum and community meetings, get to know what talents staff bring to their jobs and work with the orientation program for new employees.

Heuer also said the forum could help make Carolina a leader among "sustainable" universities by spreading the word about how to protect the campus environment while accommodating growth. He said Carolina already has the potential to be a leader in this area with groups such as the Student Environmental Action Coalition, the Sustainability Coalition and the business school's Sustainable Enterprise Initiative.

"But the opportunity to implement environmentally sustainable building and operations practices as part of our capital improvement program could make sustainability a focal centerpiece for Carolina, to help light the way for other colleges and communities," he said.

Heuer said he would build on current forum chair Joanne Kucharski's efforts to collaborate with faculty, students and administrators. And taking another cue from Kucharski, Heuer said he would make the forum's work fun for members.

Candidates for the forum's other offices are: vice chair, Sheila Storey, operations manager in Medical Sciences Teaching Laboratories; and secretary, Tracey Haith, administrative secretary in the School of Public Health.


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