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Moeser to deliver State of the University speech Sept. 29
Still walking the talk: The gospel according to Godschalk is smart growth
Author Gilchrist to deliver Wolfe lecture on Oct. 6
Lensing, Gomes selected as commencement speakers
Employee Forum seeks to promote education
School of Government expansion complete
Preparedness key in hurricane response
FYI Research: GrantSource is a new tool to find financial support for research
Human Resources: Carolina Wellness Matters: Moving more in the workplace
Human Resources: NCFlex benefits changes coming
Human Resources: Kickoff of Star Heels 2004-05 program year
Human Resources: Employee Appreciation Event set for Nov. 5

 

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 Union.

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 in 2001.

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 Carolina.

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.

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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 said.

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 retired.

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 discipline.

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 in 1959.

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 chair.

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 said.

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 term.

"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 leader."

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' Association.

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 weeks.

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 on."

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."

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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."

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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 addresses.

Lensing will speak at the winter commencement to be held Dec. 19 at the Dean E. Smith Center.

Lensing

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 both ceremonies.

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 Scholarships.

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 said.

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 us captivated."

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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 Forum.

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 used.

"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 to $350.

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 helped now."

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.

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School of Government expansion complete

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 cutting.

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 University."

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."

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Preparedness key in hurricane response

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 protocols.

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 and Response.

"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.

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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.

Technology Transfer Update

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. patents issued.

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 out there.

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 subscription.

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 in mind.

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 gs@unc.edu.

Provided by Research and Economic Development.
Editor: Neil Caudle
Writer: Jason Smith

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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.

Live well!

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, holly_tiemann@unc.edu.

By Holly Tiemann
Staff development specialist,
Training and Development

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NCFlex benefits changes coming

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 be pre-tax.

*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 coverage calculation.

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, visit:
ncemployee22.absmil.net/nc22/index.cfm.

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.

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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 said.

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 said.

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.

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Employee Appreciation 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 staff.

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, or sogreen@email.unc.edu. 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.