to deliver State of the University speech Sept. 29
walking the talk: The gospel according to Godschalk is
Gilchrist to deliver Wolfe lecture on Oct. 6
Gomes selected as commencement speakers
Forum seeks to promote education
of Government expansion complete
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Moeser to deliver State of
the University speech Sept. 29
Chancellor James Moeser will give
his annual State of the University Address on Sept. 29 at
3 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Frank Porter Graham Student
Faculty, staff, students and community
members are invited to attend.
Moeser, who came to Carolina in
August 2000, started the tradition of giving such an address
Among other topics, this year's
speech is expected to touch on the University's recent progress
and future aspirations. Moeser also plans to discuss his
experiences with Carolina Connects, a new initiative to strengthen
the connections between the University and the lives of North
Carolinians and their communities.
Since May, Moeser has been visiting
all regions of the state to highlight the many ways in which
the University serves the communities and people of North
Those visits will continue over
the next several months. The stops highlight the ongoing
work of faculty, staff, students as well as University programs.
During last year's State of the
University address, Moeser announced the launch of the Carolina
Covenant, the nationally acclaimed promise of a debt-free
education for qualified low-income students.
The Carolina Covenant began this
fall with about 225 incoming freshmen.
Still walking the talk
The gospel according to Godschalk
is smart growth
For a time after David Godschalk
started lecturing at the University, he and his wife Lallie
lived in a rented log cabin on the outskirts of Chapel Hill.
They planned to build their dream
house eventually, but that project took on sudden urgency
after their landlord booted them out.
PLANNER AND CONSENSUS BUILDER
David Godschalk's career
at Carolina spans five decades. He retired this past
summer, but his influence as a teacher and a leader
of the Buildings and Grounds Committee will be felt
-- and seen -- for years to come.
Still, Godschalk proceeded methodically.
First, he took stock of the money
they had stashed, and then he perused the classified ads
to get a sense of how far it might stretch.
Then he pulled out a map of the
town and campus and drew a circle with a half-mile radius
from his office in New East.
When he failed to find a vacant
lot that close, he drew another circle, this one with a mile
radius from his office. This time, he got lucky. There was
a vacant lot on Glendale Drive to the east of campus that
fell within his outer limit of being close enough to be able
to walk to work.
Godschalk is not the first person
in the world to think that living close to his job is a good
idea. But as a regional planner, choosing how and where to
live is less of a personal choice than a fixed principle
etched in his bones.
Being a regional planner, Godschalk
is an architect who took as much care in deciding on a house
design as he did in choosing a lot.
He and Lallie settled finally on
a two-story Deck House design, a "housing system" featuring
a refined post-and-beam structure with exposed beams, cedar
ceilings and a beautiful mahogany door and window frames,
cedar tongue-and-groove decking on the roof and curtain walls
that could be shifted easily to accommodate changing needs.
"It was a very rational structure," Godschalk
said, even if the window and doorframes had to be hauled
all the way from Boston on a flatbed truck.
If there was something irrational
about the building, it would have to be the kitchen, Godschalk
said. Or at least Lallie thought so, and Godschalk knew better
than to argue.
"I must have redesigned the kitchen
30 times before I could make it the way she liked it," he
More than 30 years later, he and
Lallie still live in that same house, and neighbors can still
spot him in the morning leaving for his walk to work.
Never mind that he retired at the
end of June.
He has devoted his career to touting
the principles of smart growth, and he refuses to see retirement
as a reason to stop.
At the center of the smart-growth
school of thought is the notion that urban sprawl has become
the scourge of modern life.
Sprawl forces people to waste precious
hours trapped in traffic, which pollutes the air.
The sprawling suburbs gobble up
forests and farms, leaving in their place rooftops, sidewalks
and driveways that allow stormwater runoff to pollute streams,
lakes and underground water supplies.
To add insult to injury, taxpayers
foot the bill for all expenses that sprawl creates, from
new schools to sewer lines.
It is Godschalk's stellar record
of championing smart growth that has made him a nationally
recognized regional planner and is among the reasons he was
honored with a 2004 C. Knox Massey Award shortly before he
The citation called him a "visionary
and craftsman," who "created the foundations on which the
accomplishments of generations are built."
'A sensitive and thoughtful leader'
Although Godschalk began lecturing in the Department of City and Regional Planning
in 1969, he first came here in 1962 to earn his master's degree in the
By that phase of his life, he had
already finished two stints in the U.S. Navy - the first
one from 1953 to 1956 and the second from 1961 to 1962 when
the Navy recalled him during the crisis in Berlin.
In between his Navy tours, he managed
to earn an architectural degree from the University of Florida
After earning his master's degree
in regional planning here, he took a job as planning director
of the city of Gainesville in Florida before returning to
Chapel Hill to complete his Ph.D. in city and regional planning
in 1971. From 1978 to 1983, Godschalk served as department
Friend and longtime colleague Jonathan
Howes said Godschalk came to personify the department and
lent to it the same kind of dignity and respect as its founder,
Jack Parker, once had.
But Howes, a former Chapel Hill
mayor who serves as special assistant to Chancellor James
Moeser for local relations issues, said there is another
dimension to Godschalk that sets him apart.
"David was an academic leader in
building the department and was a true teacher in his relationship
with students, but what distinguished him even more was the
degree to which he was an engaged academician and still is," Howes
In 1984, for instance, Godschalk
served on a citizen's committee that recommended to the town
of Chapel Hill a public-facilities ordinance that would allow
growth only after adequate infrastructure and public facilities
were in place to support it.
His leadership on the committee
led to his being named to fill a vacant seat on the town
board. Nine months later, he ran for and won a four-year
"The thing that was really impressed
on me was how much the process of governing requires constant
efforts at public education," Godschalk said. "I also found
that my teaching skills proved to be my most valuable skills
because often there was so little understanding of the issues
we were dealing with.
"People would understand a corner
of it here and an angle of it there, but they wouldn't have
the full picture. And I'm not just talking about citizens.
This was sometimes true of my fellow elected officials."
In July of 1994, he was appointed
to an endowed chair as the Stephen Baxter Professor.
Since 1995, he has served as the
chair of the Building and Grounds Committee to contribute
his knowledge and know-how to help develop two master plans
for central campus and two land-use plans for Carolina North
(formerly known as the Horace Williams tract).
"I couldn't have designed a better
committee to serve on because it fit my architectural background
and was like being in the middle of this ongoing laboratory," Godschalk
said. "It never seemed to me to be a distraction because
the issues we addressed were in the forefront of things I
was working on."
One co-worker said of Godschalk, "Whether
establishing new campus signage guidelines, determining the
best process for locating and maintaining new campus artwork,
critiquing an architect's preliminary designs for a new campus
building, testifying before the Chapel Hill Town Council
about the University's plans or managing continuing conflict
between real programmatic needs and encroachment of these
needs on campus greenspace, he has been a sensitive and thoughtful
Far from the retiring type
His professional affiliations, honors and offices constitute 33 entries on
his curriculum vitae. He is the author of 11 books, and his published chapters,
monographs, articles, book reviews, working papers and conference presentations
number well into the triple digits.
Almost assuredly, more entries
will be added.
On a raining Wednesday morning
in September, Godschalk was at his desk in New East working
on a chapter on emergency management that will become part
of a book being produced by the International City Managers'
Even in an age of increased terrorist
threats, the natural hazards of hurricanes and floods remain
great threats -- as the people of Florida have seen in recent
In a strange way, there is more
time to get work done now that he's retired.
"To some extent, that's true," Godschalk
said. "I have a lot more control over my schedule because
I'm not teaching classes and going to faculty meetings. I'm
able to work when I want to work on things I want to work
Being retired allows more time
for traveling, whether for work or play.
He and Lallie will vacation on
a Greek island in October. When they get home, Godschalk
will fly to Portland to deliver three papers at the annual
conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.
Later this month, he'll be going
to Washington, D.C., for a meeting in connection with a study
Congress requested on the costs and benefits of hazardous
materials mitigation. A side benefit to the trip will be
the chance to visit his son and daughter-in-law and his grandson
born 17 months ago.
"I guess you can say he came along
at just about the right time," Godschalk said.
As for winning the Massey, Godschalk
said, "I was extremely honored, particularly by the ceremony
we went through with the whole Massey family. It's a wonderful
award, and I was deeply touched."
Author Gilchrist to
deliver Wolfe lecture on Oct. 6
National Book Award-winning author
Ellen Gilchrist will receive the fifth annual Thomas Wolfe
Prize and deliver a lecture on Oct. 6.
Her presentation, free and open
to the public, is set for 7:30 p.m. in Carroll Hall.
A prolific writer of short stories,
novels and essays, Gilchrist did not begin writing fiction
until age 40. Even so, she has published 13 short-story collections,
six novels and a collection of essays that aired previously
on National Public Radio. Her 23rd book, about her experiences
teaching creative writing, is due next spring.
"Her body of work is consistently
funny and urbane, but its greatest distinction is that in
book after book, the author returns to her most provocative
characters, so that their lives are ongoing and continue
to evolve," said author Marianne Gingher, assistant professor
of creative writing at the University. "Her most endearing
characters are women, and they are willful, idealistic, tricky,
innovative, eccentric and resilient."
Gilchrist's debut story collection, "In
the Land of Dreamy Dreams," was published in 1981 to critical
acclaim. Next came her first novel, "The Annunciation" (1983)
and, the following year, her story collection "Victory Over
Japan," which won the National Book Award for fiction.
Her most recent story collections
are "I, Rhoda Manning, Go Hunting with My Daddy: And Other
Stories" (2002), and "Ellen Gilchrist: Collected Stories" (2000).
"To say that Ellen Gilchrist can
write is to say that Placido Domingo can sing," wrote "Washington
Post" book critic Jonathan Yardley.
Born in Vicksburg, Miss., Gilchrist
studied writing at Millsaps College in Jackson, with Eudora
Welty, and at the University of Arkansas, where Gilchrist
now teaches. She received a bachelor's degree in philosophy
from Vanderbilt University.
The University's English department,
its Morgan Writer-in-Residence Program and the international
Thomas Wolfe Society sponsor the annual prize and lectureship,
bringing a major writer or scholar to campus annually.
The award goes to writers of the
highest quality who display energy, originality and dedication
to their art and have made significant contributions to writing
in the humanities. Previous Wolfe lecturers were Tom Wolfe,
Larry Brown, Elizabeth Spencer and Pat Conroy.
The award and lecture honor Carolina's
most famous literary graduate (in 1920), who wrote the classic
novel "Look Homeward, Angel."
Lensing, Gomes selected
as commencement speakers
Longtime University faculty member
George Lensing and Peter Gomes, a Harvard Divinity School
faculty member, will deliver the December and May 2005 commencement
Lensing will speak at the winter
commencement to be held Dec. 19 at the Dean E. Smith Center.
Gomes, widely regarded as one of
the nation's most distinguished preachers, will speak at
the spring commencement to be held May 15 at Kenan Stadium.
"Dr. George Lensing has been an
influential mentor to Carolina students for many years and
has many valuable insights to share, and Dr. Peter Gomes
is a powerful and eloquent speaker with a great sense of
humor," said Chancellor James Moeser, who will preside at
For each ceremony, the University's
commencement speaker advisory committee recommended a short
list of recommended speaker candidates to Moeser, who made
the final selection.
Critical factors in choosing distinguished
speaker candidates were demonstrated talent in public speaking
and an ability to connect with the University's diverse student
population, said Jennifer Bushman, president of the Graduate
and Professional Student Federation and a committee member.
"For graduating students, this
is their last major Carolina experience," she said. "That
made it a big task."
The committee also seriously considered
how memorable commencement would be for the graduating students'
loved ones, said Matt Calabria, student body president and
committee member. "One thing that the entire committee was
conscious of was that the speakers had to reach out to parents,
siblings and students alike. We wanted to make sure we had
speakers who were worthy of the task and would really be
able to resonate with their audience."
Lensing, Bowman and Gordon Gray
professor of English, also directs the Office of Distinguished
In his role as director of the
Office of Distinguished Scholarships, Lensing is responsible
for recruiting and developing student applications for prestigious
national scholarships, including the Rhodes, Truman and Churchill
awards. Six University students won distinguished national
and international scholarships in 2003-04.
Lensing has advised honors students
in the English department for more than 30 years. He also
has served on the central selection committee for the Morehead
and Robertson scholarships, the University's top merit awards.
Lensing has been a member of the
Committee on the Chancellor's Awards Ceremony for recognizing
outstanding undergraduates in academics, leadership and service
since 1974. He also has been assistant dean of honors, secretary
of the faculty and chair of the division of humanities. Since
1979, he has been a faculty sponsor of the Order of the Golden
Fleece, a campus honorary society.
Lensing has received two University
honors for undergraduate teaching excellence: the Tanner
Award (1984) and the Sanders Award (2001).
Born in Vicksburg, Miss., Lensing
received his bachelor of arts degree in English from the
University of Notre Dame and his doctorate in English from
Louisiana State University. He came to Carolina in 1969.
"I think a lot of students know
George Lensing as someone we go to regularly for advice and
help with scholarships," said Calabria. "He's very well-liked
by students and well-respected."
Gomes has served as Plummer professor
of Christian morals and Pusey minister in the Memorial Church
of Harvard University since 1974.
He is recognized as one of the
nation's most distinguished preachers and has been profiled
in CBS' "60 Minutes" program and "The New Yorker," among
other national media outlets. The summer 1999 premiere issue
of "Talk" magazine included him in its feature article on "The
Best Talkers in America."
Gomes has written national best-selling
books including "The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind
and Heart" (1996), and "Sermons: Biblical Wisdom for Daily
Living" (1998), both published by William Morrow and Co.
Inc. He participated in the presidential inaugurations of
Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and has delivered many
prestigious talks, including the University Sermon before
the University of Cambridge in England, the Millennial Sermon
in Canterbury Cathedral, England and the Lyman Beecher Lectures
on Preaching at Yale Divinity School.
Born in Boston, Gomes received
his bachelor of arts degree from Bates College and his bachelor
in sacred theology degree from Harvard Divinity School. He
has received more than 20 honorary degrees.
"I have confidence that he is the
kind of person who will come up with something pertaining
to most everyone in the audience. From what I've heard and
read, I don't doubt that he will offer a great perspective," Bushman
Jovian Irvin, senior class president
and committee member, said she is adamant about helping to
create a sense of excitement surrounding May commencement.
"I think that the class is looking
forward to having a speaker who is inspiring and who can
attach personal life lessons and make them relevant to us.
I think we both (senior class vice president Becca Frucht)
are excited about how qualified he is. We have heard marvelous
things about his previous speaking engagements. We just hope
that other seniors get excited as well and hope he will keep
Employee Forum seeks
to promote education
University employees will have
more choices for educational opportunities -- and will get
reimbursed at a higher level for the classes they complete
-- thanks to new guidelines approved Sept. 1 by the Employee
The action was taken at the urging
of Laurie Charest, associate vice chancellor for Human Resources,
who said that proceeds from an educational foundation created
for staff members more than a decade ago was not being fully
"Money from the fund hasn't all
been spent, which to me is a shame," Charest said. "It drives
me nuts to not dispense this money."
The crux of the problem, Charest
said, was that the forum had tied the rules for using the
money to the policies set forth by the state personnel office
to govern the training and educational assistance programs
that the University funds each year.
State policy requires that all
courses that are to be reimbursed be job-related.
Charest reminded the Employee Forum
that it has full discretion over how to administer the money
and that it has the authority, in essence, to detach its
program from state rules.
That is what the resolution the
forum passed does.
The resolution also increases the
amount an employee can be reimbursed each year from $250
Charest said it made sense when
the forum imposed the limit, because it intended to spread
the money around to as many people as possible.
It doesn't make sense, though,
when money is available that is not being used, Charest said.
After some initial confusion over
what the resolution was designed to do, the forum not only
passed the resolution unanimously but also clapped in unison
after having done so.
"This is the first time we've been
able to say non-job related and get reimbursed," said Chair
Tommy Griffin. "That is what this resolution is all about.
This is going to help some more people who are not being
The action fits into a broader
effort under way by the Chancellor's Task Force for a Better
Workplace to enhance educational opportunities for staff.
Forum members also reviewed a proposed
pilot program set to go into effect in fall of 2005 that
will allow employees with some college experience to earn
undergraduate degrees as part-time students.
School of Government
The School of Government's historic
mandate is to support and train the state's government officials
-- and hundreds of these officials came to the University
campus on Sept. 10 to celebrate the dedication of the school's
newly renovated and expanded facility.
About 400 people, including government
officials and other public leaders from across the state,
attended the dedication of the Knapp-Sanders Building, the
$24-million facility that houses the School of Government.
BIGGER AND BETTER Chancellor James Moeser (right) applauds
as John and Ann Sanders cut the ribbon to dedicate the
Knapp-Sanders Building on Sept. 10. The renovated and
expanded building is named for Joseph Palmer Knapp,
an early supporter of the Institute of Government,
and for Sanders, in honor of his 24 years of leadership.
Speakers at the dedication included
Chancellor James Moeser; Richard "Stick" Williams, chair
of the Board of Trustees; Michael Smith, dean of the School
of Government; N.C. Sen. Marc Basnight; N.C. Rep. Joe Hackney;
N.C. Rep. David Miner; and Franklin Freeman, senior assistant
for governmental affairs for Gov. Mike Easley.
"The School of Government remains
at the forefront of this University's strong record of service
to the people of North Carolina and beyond," Moeser said. "I
commend the leadership, both past and present, for the vision
and dedication that have established the institute and school
as national models. The School of Government is a shining
example of how our faculty makes a difference in the lives
of citizens. "
Construction on what was formerly
the Knapp Building (named for the late Joseph Palmer Knapp,
an early and instrumental supporter of the Institute of Government)
began in 1998. The new building doubles the previous space,
from 65,000 square feet to 126,000.
The expanded facilities include
21 classrooms, an improved and expanded library, a bookstore
for the school's many publications and a new dining area
that allows catered meals for up to 124 people. The central
features of the building are a three-story atrium adjacent
to the largest classrooms and a landscaped courtyard garden
that can be used for informal meetings, networking and receptions.
Funding was provided through N.C.
General Assembly appropriations totaling about $15.8 million,
University construction funds for repairs and renovations
totaling $3.8 million and $4 million in private funds.
The School of Government is the
largest university-based local government training, advising
and research organization in the nation, offering more than
200 classes, seminars, schools and specialized conferences
for up to 14,000 public officials annually. The school's
highly ranked two-year Master of Public Administration Program
serves up to 60 students annually.
The number of people served has
increased each year, Smith said, eventually forcing the school
to use other area meeting facilities, some off campus, to
fully serve its constituency. The expanded and renovated
Knapp-Sanders Building now provides adequate space and new
technology to support the educational programs -- and proximity
to faculty members on site.
"The new and renovated teaching
spaces allow us to use adult-education approaches that we
couldn't use before, and they allow us to accommodate more
people. We have better environments, quiet spaces for study
and small discussions and our new Mengel Garden -- a variety
of creative space to stimulate learning and conversation."
The School of Government, formerly
known as the Institute of Government, was founded in 1931
as a private institution and became a part of the University
in 1942. Carolina professor of law Albert Coates had the
idea of creating an institute of government that would support
the state's public officials, and he and his wife, Gladys
Hall Coates, mortgaged their house to help secure funds for
the fledgling institute.
Albert Coates directed the institute
until 1962, when John Sanders became director. Henry Lewis
directed the institute from 1973 to 1978, and Smith became
director in 1992. The expanded building is being dedicated
formally as the Knapp-Sanders Building in honor of Sanders'
24 years of leadership (1962 - 73 and 1979 - 92). Sanders
and his wife, Ann, participated in the building's ribbon
The University created the school
in 2001 to recognize and further advance public service and
engagement at the University, Smith said. He mentioned Moeser's "Carolina
Connects" initiative, where the chancellor is visiting each
region of the state to highlight the many ways in which the
University serves North Carolina's people and their communities.
"We feel it's important that people
in the state realize that the School of Government represents
Carolina meeting their needs," said Smith. "This building
gives us the capacity to bring public officials on the campus
and show that we're doing work for them as a part of the
Elected officials, city and county
managers, finance directors, purchasing agents, information
services directors, attorneys, budget directors, school officials,
judges and other court officials and a wide array of other
public managers and employees have regular contact with school
faculty and staff.
"Officials have been so supportive," Smith
said. "They are our partners, and we have an amazing relationship
with them. For many of them, it's their home that's being
dedicated, and that's just great."
Preparedness key in
Hurricane Frances' impact on North
Carolina remains somewhat uncertain, but the University's
affiliated public-health professionals are prepared to help
state officials conduct a rapid needs assessment if the hurricane
creates significant damage in the state.
Although Hurricane Charley only
did minor damage in North Carolina, the state Office of Public
Health Preparedness and Response conducted a rapid needs
assessment of the damage in several southeastern counties.
They also asked the N.C. Center
for Public Health Preparedness, part of the School of Public
Health's N.C. Institute for Public Health, for assistance.
Responders in a rapid needs assessment
determine unmet needs of food, water and electricity, and
distribute health and safety information. Individual households
are randomly chosen to be interviewed, and responders estimate
the needs of each county or region based on their responses.
Ten teams of two people from both
the state and the center completed more than 200 interviews
in Onslow, Pender and Brunswick counties after Hurricane
Charley in August. They met in Raleigh beforehand to learn
interviewing skills and how to use new handheld computers
to find selected households and enter individuals' responses.
"While North Carolina was generally
spared from hurricane damage, this was an opportunity to
practice with the new equipment and test how effectively
we were able to reach rural residents," said Jennifer Horney,
director of training and education for the N.C. Center for
Public Health Preparedness.
And with Hurricane Frances and
almost three more months of hurricane season looming, "it
was almost like a trial run for a more serious response," said
John Wallace, a program assistant with the center.
Charley represented only the second
time a rapid needs assessment had been conducted in the state;
the first was part of the public health response to Hurricane
Isabel in September 2003. In the last year, the Office of
Public Health Preparedness and Response has been working
to improve the public health response to emergencies -- and
Hurricane Charley was their first test of new equipment and
Using a mobile command unit is
one lesson learned for future public health emergencies,
such as hurricanes, said Will Service, industrial hygiene
coordinator with the Office of Public Health Preparedness
"We are always fine-tuning our
planning and logistics," he said. "In future rapid needs
assessments, a mobile unit will be in place to train interviewers
in the field to allow for more rapid deployment."
Now that the University is back
in session, public health graduate students also may be involved
in helping state officials conduct disaster surveys. Team
Epi-Aid is an outbreak response team designed to give University
public health students real-world experience while providing
extra manpower to state and local health departments facing
public health emergencies.
Hurricane Charley occurred before
the start of the fall semester, so fewer students took part
in that response than in previous field projects.
The N.C. Center for Public Health
Preparedness, housed in the School of Public Health's N.C.
Institute of Public Health and department of epidemiology,
is one of 23 such centers located at schools of public health
nationwide. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
funds the centers.
GrantSource is a new
tool to find financial support for research
Finding research funding can seem
like hacking your way through a jungle, especially if you're
new at the game. But Carolina has some safari guides designed
to help you do just that.
Those guides work at the GrantSource
Library, which helps faculty, staff, and graduate students
find financial support for research projects, fellowships,
training, and more. Susan Gramling and Rebecca Rhodes, GrantSource
Librarians, will be happy to give you the tools you need
to make the jungle more hospitable. Gramling and Rhodes can
give group funding workshops to your department or research
team, and they're also available for one-on-one funding consultations.
The Office of Technology Development
helps Carolina faculty, students and staff develop
and commercialize patentable inventions resulting
from their research. In August 2004, the University
executed one license agreement and had three U.S.
A patent is a legal document
granting inventors the exclusive right to prevent
others from making, using or selling an invention
for a number of years. A license agreement is a written
contract granting permission for a person or company
to use an invention under certain terms. For more
information about OTD, go to research.unc.edu/otd.
You can access funding databases
and set up automatic funding searches through the GrantSource
Library's web site. For example, with more than 400,000 opportunities
listed, the Community of Science (COS) database may just
be the most comprehensive source of funding information available
online, Gramling says. COS also offers a Funding Alert service
that emails you specific funding opportunities weekly, based
on search parameters you set up.
But Gramling is quick to stress
that there's no online database that includes absolutely
every funding opportunity available. She suggests using several
different resources to build a complete picture of what's
The library is pilot-testing a
new funding opportunities database called the Illinois Researcher
Information Service (IRIS). It contains more than 8,000 active
federal and private funding opportunities in medicine, sciences,
social sciences, arts, and humanities. IRIS also features
an automated search-and-alert system. Gramling encourages
you to give IRIS a try, via the GrantSource web site, to
help the library decide whether to enroll in a long-term
If you've been receiving COS funding
alerts but aren't satisfied with your results, Gramling or
Rhodes can help you customize your alerts so that they're
more relevant. "I've noticed that a lot of faculty members
are getting default COS results based on broad keywords that
relate to their fields," Gramling says. For instance, if
you happen to be in a health-related field and haven't customized
your COS alerts, your results are probably very general and
not necessarily relevant to the specific research you have
Gramling and Rhodes want to remind
you that they're here for you. If you'd like to schedule
a one-on-one consultation or a workshop for your department,
simply email or phone the library to set up an appointment.
Access the GrantSource Library's
databases, subscription services, and more online at research.unc.edu/grantsource.
The library is located in room 307 Bynum Hall and is open
Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 962-3463 or e-mail
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Carolina Wellness Matters
Moving more in the workplace
If you find yourself in a sedentary
office environment, spending large blocks of time at a keyboard,
in meetings or on the phone, finding ways to incorporate
healthy amounts of movement in the workday can be challenging.
Not that maintaining an active workday is impossible, but
it does call us to use our creativity and imagination to
keep movement a part of an already full work schedule. Below
are some exciting ideas for maintaining an active body in
a sedentary workplace.
One national initiative geared
toward helping people move more is the 10,000 Steps initiative.
This program encourages people to take at least 10,000 steps
every day. Participants wear pedometers, an inexpensive device
worn on a belt or waistband that counts each step taken by
the wearer. After wearing the pedometer for a few days, you
will be able to see a baseline for the number of steps you
take on an average day. If you find yourself well below the
10,000-step goal, it could be time to add more movement into
the general workday. Ideas include walking to a co-worker's
office space rather than phoning or e-mailing, incorporating
a walk break into the day, taking the stairs rather than
an elevator, or hand-delivering items rather than putting
them in campus mail. If you find yourself well below the
10,000-step goal, try incorporating movement slowly and work
up to your 10,000 steps a day.
Another way to incorporate movement
into the workplace is by making it easier and more desirable
to do. Specifically, wearing or bringing in casual clothing
to work, when appropriate, and wearing comfortable, practical
shoes encourage us to be more movement-oriented and active.
If clothing and shoes are prohibitive to movement, such as
being too tight or uncomfortable for walking, we are less
likely to move or walk around.
Another way to incorporate movement
into an otherwise sedentary space is to take regular stretching
breaks. Many stretches can be done right at the desk or office
space with little disruption to work flow or routine. If
you aren't sure how to get started, the Training and Development
Department offers an Office Yoga class that teaches employees
how to take small stretching breaks in their workspace and
provides handouts to take back to work to use as friendly
reminders after the class is complete.
Finally, many departments around
campus have organized their own walking programs, where employees
take walking breaks together on routes that they have mapped
out around their buildings. If your office has a walking
group, you might try joining the walk every once in awhile.
If your department doesn't have a group, they are easy to
start, and can begin by simply asking a co-worker to go for
a short walking break. Often groups grow from there as more
colleagues and co-workers want to join. Walking groups might
consider adopting the 10,000 Steps program as a way to form
mini-goals for their group.
For more information about incorporating
movement into the workplace or to suggest topics for future
installments of Carolina Wellness Matters, contact Holly
Tiemann, Training and Development, 962-9682, email@example.com.
By Holly Tiemann
Staff development specialist,
Training and Development
NCFlex benefits changes
With new alternatives available
and reenrollment necessary for certain options, employees
should take a close look at their benefits options when NCFlex
enrollment opens in October.
NCFlex is a collection of pre-tax
insurance plans and flexible spending accounts available
to state employees, including dental and vision insurance,
health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts,
and other plans. Enrollment for 2005 coverage begins Oct.
11 and runs through Nov. 5. Enrollment forms and information
will be mailed to campus addresses in late September. Coverage
changes are effective Jan. 1, 2005.
You must complete an enrollment
form each year if you want to contribute to a flexible spending
account for either health care or dependent care. You also
must complete an enrollment form if you add or delete a benefit,
or make changes to your covered dependents. Enrollment forms
will not be accepted after 5 p.m. on Nov. 5.
There are changes this year that
everyone should pay attention to. This article only provides
a summary of the available options; the enrollment information
you will receive in late September contains much more information
about each of the plans.
New pre-tax life insurance option
Employees will be able to sign up for pre-tax life insurance. (This is in addition
to the University's group-term life insurance through MetLife, which is
after-tax.) The amount of coverage can range from $20,000 to $500,000 in
increments of $10,000; coverage cannot exceed five times your salary. For
coverage above $100,000, evidence of insurability must be submitted with
the enrollment. There is no dependent coverage with this plan.
Even though this is a pre-tax option,
premiums are taxable on life insurance amounts in excess
of $50,000*, as required by the IRS. Your premiums will be
deducted from your check on a pre-tax basis; however, premiums
for coverage in excess of $50,000 will be taxed. For most
employees, only a small portion of the premium will actually
*The State Retirement System death
benefit (approximately your annual salary, not less than
$25,000 or more than $50,000) is included in the $50,000
Employees who are considering this
plan are encouraged to compare rates for NCFlex and the University's
MetLife group term life insurance. The MetLife rates can
be found at hr.unc.edu/employees/spa-employees/spa-benefits/lifeinsurance.
New NCFlex dental insurance rates
Pacific Dental will change their rate structure. The "employee plus child(ren)" rate
will be broken into two rates -- "employee plus child" and "employee plus more
than one child." In addition, rates will increase, the deductible on the high
option will change from $25 to $50, and the deductible on the low option will
be applied to all covered services.
Employees should compare the new
Pacific Dental rates to the Fortis Dental plan provided by
the University to choose the plan that best suits their needs.
For those employees who decide to change from Pacific to
Fortis, the waiting period for services will be waived.
New NCFlex cancer plan
The state is offering a pre-tax cancer plan. This is not medical insurance,
but rather a plan that pays you if you have treatment for cancer or 29
other diseases. High and low options are available.
New NCFlex convenience card
NCFlex has introduced a convenience card for both the health care and dependent
care flexible spending accounts. You can now pay for your flexible spending
account claims using this card rather than paying cash or writing a check
at the time of the transaction. However, participants must still submit
claims and copies of receipts for most transactions. The cost of the card
is $6 annually.
Remember: over-the-counter drugs are
covered under flexible spending accounts
As of Jan. 1, you are allowed to claim the purchase of over-the-counter medications
using your health care flexible spending account. This includes pain relievers,
cough suppressants, allergy medication, etc.
Other benefit changes coming Jan. 1
There are other benefit changes effective Jan. 1, 2005, which are not part
of NCFlex but are part of the overall benefit package offered by the state
or the University. They include a Tricare supplement.
Tricare is the insurance the Department
of Defense provides to active and retired military personnel.
The state of North Carolina will offer a supplement to Tricare
for those employees who are eligible for Tricare coverage.
The University will pay the premium for the employee. The
employee can also sign up for dependent coverage and have
that premium deducted on a pre-tax basis. Enrollment will
be held during the same period as NCFlex. For more information,
Change in Fortis Dental premiums
Premiums for Fortis Dental will change effective Jan. 1, 2005. Enrollment for
Fortis Dental will be held on the same dates as NCFlex. For those employees
changing from Pacific to Fortis, the waiting period for services is waived.
For more information, please see the OHR website at hr.unc.edu/dental.
Kickoff of Star Heels
2004-05 program year
On October 2, 2000, an announcement
was made. A memo was sent to University administrators, and
a reception was held to announce an innovative new University-wide
recognition program -- the Star Heels program. Since that
October day in 2000, there have been more than 2,000 employees
recognized as Star Heels, and there will be many more to
come. Today, the program is celebrating four very successful
years and looking forward to the 2004-05 program year.
The Star Heels program provides
awards to individual departments in order recognize and reward
excellent employees. Award winners receive an award letter,
a $25 gift certificate from one of four area vendors and
their names are published in the "University Gazette." Under
this program, departments are given flexibility to choose
award criteria and timing of awards. The advantage of this
is that departments have the freedom to fit the program into
their respective cultures.
Cinnamon Weaver, HR Facilitator
in the Department of Classics, said, "The Star Heels programs
give us an avenue to show our respect and gratitude to those
who are working so hard every day." Weaver, herself a past
Star Heels recipient, echoes the opinions of many on campus
stating that, "The true honor in the program is that your
supervisor(s) are publicly recognizing you as a valued employee."
The Star Heels Award Program is
made possible by the generous sponsorship of TIAA-CREF. The
company is the sole sponsor of the program, which serves
as a model for like recognition programs at other local Universities.
Pirie McIndoe, assistance vice president and director of
the Triangle area offices, is pleased with the direct impact
the program has had on UNC employees. "Over the last few
years, I have had the opportunity to speak with several recipients
of the Star Heels award. Each winner spoke of their pride
in working at UNC-Chapel Hill and how the recognition motivated
them to work toward greater achievements in the future. Comments
such as this speak to the success of the program," McIndoe
TIAA-CREF has generously raised
its sponsorship amount from $10,000 annually to $12,500 for
the next two years, which will allow for a larger individual
award amount (from $20 gift certificates to $25 this program
year). "TIAA-CREF is proud to continue its sponsorship of
the Star Heels program. UNC-Chapel Hill could not be a world-class
University without the efforts of so many dedicated employees.
We cannot think of a better way to support the University
than sponsoring a program that recognizes their contributions" McIndoe
HR Facilitators will receive their
2004-05 allocations on Sept. 15 via e-mail from the Employee
Services Department. Nominations will be accepted from this
date until June 1, 2005. For more information on the Star
Heels Program, please go to hr.unc.edu and
search "Star Heels" or call Employee Services at 962-1483.
Event set for Nov. 5
The 2004 Employee Appreciation
Event will take place on Nov. 5. There will be a full day
of activities, and the event's focus will be on educational
and advancement opportunities for University faculty and
University departments will be
given the opportunity to present information about their
services during a morning session in Fetzer Gym. The first
25 University departments to contact Employee Services regarding
a departmental informational booth are guaranteed a space.
Additional departments will be eligible to display their
department's information based upon space availability.
Volunteers will be needed for a
variety of tasks during the day-long event. Decorating and
session monitoring and assistance are examples of volunteer
opportunities. There will be volunteer shifts from 8 a.m.
until 5 p.m.
The Employee Appreciation Event
Committee is also seeking a logo for this year's event. The
competition is open to all faculty, staff and students at
Carolina. In keeping with this year's theme of educational
and advancement opportunities, logo entries are sought that
will reflect the day's activities. All entries may be sent
by e-mail or Campus Mail to Employee Services, CB# 1045,
Deadline for entries is Sept. 24. The logo contest winner
will be featured in the "University Gazette."
More details will be appearing
in future "Gazette" issues, including detailed schedules
and topics of sessions. The Employee Services Department
will coordinate the event.
If you are interested in volunteering
or would like to register your department for a booth, please
contact Employee Services at 962-1483.