Kennedy named new editor of University Gazette
State legislature examines budget needs of top universities
Beyond access, Carolina Covenant promotes success
Employee Forum News: Members pledge support for pilot health-care plan
Congressional panel approves $5 million for Citizen-Soldier
FYI Research: Researchers earn grant from EPA to test water treatments
GAA honors Betts, Cole, Robertson, Williams for distinguished service
Humphrey Excellence Award winners announced
What ITS About: Expanded online directory and campus e-mail assignment program coming soon
Human Resources: Certificate tracks provide free training for employees
Human Resources: Carolina Wellness Matters: This summer, try a class to learn yoga's ins and outs
Human Resources: Applications open for 2006 UMDP participants
Human Resources: Excellence in Management Awards nominations
Kennedy named new editor of University Gazette
Lee Kennedy of Cary recently joined the University as editor of the Gazette and director of internal communications.
He came from Martin Marietta Materials, headquartered in Raleigh, where he worked for five years as publications editor. Those duties included playing a major role in the company’s efforts to communicate with 7,000 employees at more than 300 plants in the United States, Canada and the Bahamas. He frequently traveled to plants to report on the work of employees and managers, as well as the company’s progress.
“Returning to the University is exciting for me,” said Kennedy, who earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Carolina in 1993. “The University Gazette has a distinguished and well-earned record of service to faculty and staff that I am honored to carry forward.”
Kennedy was selected after an extensive search, said Mike McFarland, director of University Communications, part of University Relations. McFarland said the process included seeking input from Faculty Council Chair Judith Wegner, Employee Forum Chair Tommy Griffin and Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Laurie Charest.
“Excellent internal communication is vital on a campus as large as Carolina, and the Gazette is our key vehicle for keeping faculty and staff well informed,” McFarland said. “Lee brings a strong record of experience from corporate, non-profit and newspaper settings. He is a talented professional and a great addition to our staff.”
After graduating from Carolina, Kennedy began his career as assistant sports editor for the Statesville Record & Landmark, and later served as news editor for the Henderson Daily Dispatch. Before joining Martin Marietta, he was assistant director of communications at the North Carolina Bar Association. He is working to complete a master of arts degree in communications as a part-time student at N.C. State University.
Kennedy succeeded Scott Ragland, who last year became director of communications for the Office of University Development.
State legislature examines budget needs
of top universities
The perplexing question of how to fund public research universities in an era of heightened competition for top faculty and declining state support received increased attention by state policy-makers last spring.
After approving a freeze on in-state undergraduate tuition, the UNC system Board of Governors agreed in February that the funding mechanisms for the system’s two major research universities — Carolina and N.C. State University — needed serious study.
In early May, the N.C. Senate approved, as part of its draft budget, a special provision that would allow Carolina and State to set campus-based tuition rates without BOG approval. The Senate also passed another provision that would grant in-state tuition to out-of-state students on full athletic or merit-based scholarships. The status of both provisions remains uncertain in the House.
Against this backdrop, on May 26 University Board of Trustees Chair Richard "Stick" Williams applauded state senators for taking steps in response to these growing needs.
“I’ve gotta tell you, that’s leadership,” Williams said. “We are very appreciative.”
Currently, the Board of Trustees only has authority to recommend increases to the BOG, which in turn submits its recommendation to the legislature for final approval.
But in two of the past six fiscal years, including 2005-06, the BOG imposed system-wide moratoriums on tuition increases, citing the state’s economic conditions.
Increasingly, the University has relied on revenues generated from campus-based tuition hikes to augment salaries of faculty in response to outside offers they receive from competing institutions.
The two universities, along with Duke University, serve as economic wellsprings for the Triangle. Their faculty members draw millions of dollars in coveted sponsored research grants. The high-stakes competition for those grants has become so intense that universities are luring the best faculty members from other institutions. Besides higher salaries, universities sometimes offer start-up packages to build and staff new laboratories.
In response to the special provision passed by the Senate, the BOG in May adopted a resolution supporting the preservation of its longstanding tuition-setting authority. Following approval, the Board directed President Molly Broad to transmit the resolution to state lawmakers, policymakers and others for review. In addition, the BOG approved a motion opposing the special Senate budget provision that would allow nonresident undergraduate students receiving full scholarships to be treated as resident students for all purposes, including tuition.
Williams said some have mischaracterized the tuition proposals passed by the Senate as a first step toward the two universities separating from the UNC system.
Williams said that is not the case.
Carolina does not want to leave the UNC system, he said, “we want to be leaders of the system.”
Responding to newspaper editorials critical of the Senate proposals, Williams and some other trustees wrote opinion-editorial columns making the University’s case for change.
For example, Williams wrote in The News & Observer that University trustees believe the economic climate demands new funding strategies for its research institutions.
“This university is proudly public. With passion, we support the lowest possible in-state tuition, a high financial aid component, strong public and private support and a parallel mission of excellence in undergraduate education and research,” Williams wrote.
“I am pleased that the Senate has acknowledged the need to go beyond traditional thinking, to break gridlock and to release the energy of the research institutions for economic vitality. They have acknowledged that the one-size-fits-all approach to funding higher education isn’t working and that the state’s research universities must be kept strong and made stronger. ... It is time to stop focusing on the controversy and start the discussion.”
Beyond access, Carolina Covenant promotes success
By Chrys Bullard
Office of University Development
Socrates and Plato. Hayden and Beethoven. Freud and Jung. Throughout history, mentors have shared advice, friendship, information and wisdom with their young protégés, empowering them to discover and develop their burgeoning talents. And that’s why more than financial need is now being addressed through the Carolina Covenant, the University’s groundbreaking initiative to enable students from low-income families to graduate from Carolina debt-free.
“We know from years of front-line experience and supporting research that students who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds need extra guidance, counsel and encouragement,” said Shirley Ort, associate provost and director of the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid. “Our mentoring program was created to meet those needs.”
COMMITTED TO THE SCHOLARS Fred Clark, professor of romance languages, associate dean for academic services and a Carolina Covenant mentor, in the Lenoir Coffee Shop. While his picture was being taken, several students came by to say hello to this familiar face.
The Carolina Covenant-Faculty/Staff Mentoring Program began spring semester 2005 and pairs groups of 15 Carolina Covenant Scholars with one of 15 faculty or staff mentors for a 15-to-1 ratio. The scholars’ participation is voluntary but encouraged. Chancellor James Moeser solicited mentors from the entire campus faculty and staff community. More than 80 people responded; the 15 selected come from a variety of disciplines and offices, including romance languages, biology, social work, psychology, dentistry, medicine, physics, mathematics, astronomy, pharmacy, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Minority Affairs, the Carolina Population Center and the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid. They were chosen by a team headed by Fred Clark, professor of romance languages, associate dean for academic services and a Carolina Covenant mentor. “I am a first-generation college student,” he said, “and I had no idea what university life was like and no one at home who had been through this to help guide me. Academically, I was pretty well prepared, but in other respects, I had no idea what to expect. This might be the case with some of our Carolina Covenant Scholars.”
Indeed, more than half of this year’s 225 scholars are the first in their families to attend college, and, like Clark, they have few resources for experience-based advice. Many scholars may feel pressure to succeed, and some may be expected to contribute financially to their family back home as they participate in federal work-study programs at school. Scholars from rural areas may be overwhelmed by large freshman class sizes and a 25,000-plus student population that dwarfs the populations of their hometowns. Others may not have enjoyed the advantages of cultural and academic opportunities and may be hesitant to take advantage of them.
‘Moral mission …’
Mentors received training and a small stipend to use for entertainment purposes — be it dinner out, a play or a concert. All are encouraged to meet one-on-one with each scholar in their group and to hold group functions so the scholars may get to know each other. Mentor Ann Trollinger, senior assistant director in the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid, is trying to link her scholars with legendary faculty and staff members from Carolina’s past and present. Mentor Joe Hopfinger, assistant professor of psychology, involved his students in the Carolina Jazz Festival. Despite the many ways mentors work with their groups, they share a common trait.
“They all have a zeal to work with undergraduates,” Ort said, “and they also have a sense of the moral mission of this University — to educate people from all backgrounds and incomes.”
Clark agrees. “All are very knowledgeable about the University in different ways,” he said, “and they all have a tremendous interest in students as well as a tremendous interest in Carolina being accessible.”
Bigger and better next year
Scholar Juan Diego Enciso performs the work-study portion of his scholarship in undergraduate admissions. He says the biggest benefit he’s enjoyed from the mentoring program is “networking.”
“It’s allowed me to meet other Carolina Covenant Scholars and faculty members,” he said. “We meet prominent people on campus and, more than that, we become closer to the people we meet.” Mentor Trollinger knows the program is working because her role has changed from counselor to confidant. “They are sharing their accomplishments with me,” she said.
The program will be bigger for fall 2005, adding 10 more mentors to accommodate the increase in scholars after Chancellor James Moeser raised the family income qualification to 200 percent of the federal poverty level (about $37,000 a year for a family of four). New initiatives will be added: Covenant Scholars have asked that an etiquette course be included, and a donor stepped forward to provide funding for the class.
More donor support is welcomed and needed. Past donors have committed more than $3 million in private gifts to support the Carolina Covenant. Donors have included basketball coach Roy Williams and his family, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Central Carolina Bank Foundation and Pepsi Bottling Ventures LLC. New opportunities will include freshman orientation grants, among others.
This article was first published in the spring 2005 issue of Carolina Connections, which is produced by the Office of University Development. To read it online, go to carolinafirst.unc.edu/connections.
Members pledge support for pilot health-care plan
During the June 1 meeting, Employee Forum members overwhelmingly approved a resolution endorsing the legislative passage of a pilot health-care plan for UNC system employees.
Both the state House and state Senate have introduced separate bills that would serve as enabling legislation for the pilot plan.
If approved, the plan would provide coverage for University employees in lieu of the current State Health Plan coverage.
To read the forum's pilot health-care plan resolution, go to forum.unc.edu/resolutions/2005/respilothealth0605.htm.
To find out more about the pilot program, go to www.northcarolina.edu/content.php/hr/benefits/hcinitiative.htm.
Office of State Personnel secondary
employment mandate draws reaction
A new state-imposed reporting requirement for secondary employment (moonlighting) drew criticism from Employee Forum members, who called the rule an unnecessary invasion of privacy.
That argument drew agreement from Laurie Charest, associate vice chancellor of Human Resources, who found herself in the position of explaining a reporting requirement her office did not create or support.
Charest said the secondary employment policy that allows employees to have jobs outside the state system remains unchanged.
Secondary employment will continue to be allowed as long as it does not adversely affect the employee’s work and does not create a conflict of interest with University operations. This policy is separate from the rules governing additional employment within the University (additional employment) or with another state agency (dual employment).
Charest said the Office of State Personnel (OSP) created the new reporting requirement in response to an incident in which a state employee had a conflict of interest that had not been reported
“We have always taken the position it is not our business what you are doing outside of the workplace,” Charest said. “We still don’t think it is any of our business, but now it is required that you report outside employment.”
The current University policy requires employees only to self-monitor their secondary employment activity.
Under the new rule, SPA employees will be required to notify their supervisors of any secondary employment. The supervisors, in turn, will file the information forms about secondary jobs with Human Resources.
Charest noted that the form is a “notification,” not an “approval” form.
Charest stressed that no supervisor can “disallow” outside employment without reviewing the matter with the Office of Human Resources. SPA employees are also required to submit secondary employment notification forms to their supervisors whenever their secondary employment status changes.
An annual update of the form will also be required in January of each year.
Charest said “the only small light” that she sees from the new rule is the ability to quantify the number of University employees holding down second jobs, which will illustrate the financial struggles of lower-paid employees.
Congressional panel approves $5 million
A U.S. House of Representatives proposal to spend $5 million on the Citizen-Solider Program would extend services across North Carolina.
The program, which is coordinated by the University, mobilizes community organizations and services to support, strengthen and communicate with National Guard and Reserve soldiers, their families and loved ones, who often lack ready access to services available to full-time military personnel who reside on or near military installations.
It was initially funded last year through a $1.8 million Congressional award to serve five areas of the state. The expansion, if approved, would allow the program to reach all of the nearly 21,000 National Guard and Reserve members who are dispersed across the state’s 100 counties as part of 137 units in 92 communities.
It also will allow program directors to begin exporting the model to other states, where military and civilian personnel involved in family support have expressed interest.
The $5 million allocation was included in the $408 billion defense budget bill the U.S. House Appropriations Committee passed June 7 with strong support from all 13 members of the North Carolina delegation.
The allocation must still be approved by the Senate and signed by President George W. Bush to become part of the U.S. Department of Defense’s 2006 fiscal budget.
The University spearheads the Citizen-Soldier Support Program in partnership with East Carolina, N.C. State, UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Greensboro, Virginia Tech, Duke, UNC-TV and Bryn Mawr College.
Currently, the program serves communities in and around Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro, Rocky Mount and Wilmington.
The program was developed by Allison Rosenberg, associate vice chancellor for research; Dennis Orthner, a professor in the School of Social Work; and retired Army Reserve Maj. Gen. Doug Robertson, director of the UNC Highway Safety Research Center and a research professor of health behavior and health education in the School of Public Health.
Robertson and Orthner direct the program.
“Citizen soldiers now make up approximately 40 percent of all U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan and Iraq,” Robertson said.
Deployments of North Carolina’s National Guard and Reserve peaked at nearly 6,000 in January, marking the largest mobilization since World War II. With the return of the National Guard’s 30th Heavy Separate Brigade, the number deployed currently is about 2,700.
“North Carolina is one of the most military-friendly states in the country,” Chancellor James Moeser said. “This collaborative initiative gives communities more ways to support our military men and women and their families. It shows that Carolina and our program partners connect with the citizens of this state and their needs.”
Researchers earn grant from EPA
to test water treatments
Doctoral students from the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering recently won a $75,000 research grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to continue testing the effectiveness of low-cost water-purification methods that people in developing countries can use to clean drinking water.
TESTING THE WATERS From left, doctoral students Lisa Casanova, Mark Elliott and Joe Brown review lab notes. They are part of an award-winning team from the environmental sciences and engineering department testing water purification methods for people in developing countries.
Competing against 64 other teams, the School of Public Health group was one of only seven teams to win one of the EPA’s first ever People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Awards. The students will use the grant to do field tests of biosand filters, ceramic filters and Proctor and Gamble’s PUR water disinfection system for their usefulness as low-cost water treatment technologies.
For most people in the United States, water filters simply make the stuff taste better. More than 1 billion people worldwide, however, do not have access to safe water, according to the World Health Organization. For those people, using an effective water purifier before drinking can mean the difference between life and death. Worldwide, almost 2.5 million people each year die in developing countries from diarrheal illnesses, many of which are caused by unsafe water.
In the doctoral students’ pilot study, lab tests showed that all three treatment technologies removed viruses and bacteria from the water, but to differing degrees. The biosand filter was the least effective, but also the least expensive. It involves only the one-time cost of purchasing it, since the filter contains no consumable parts and is made of concrete. It can probably be used for decades, said Mark Elliott, one of the doctoral students on the research team. The ceramic filter can also be effective for years after the initial purchase. The PUR system involves a continuous cost of about 1 cent for every liter of water treated because the system uses a sachet of chemicals that must be replaced.
The pilot study also tested a modification of the porous ceramic filter that Brown developed, called the F2 ceramic filter, which uses an iron coating to create a positively charged surface designed to adsorb viruses, which are negatively charged. In a pilot study, the enhanced filter removed a greater number of viruses than traditional ceramic filters.
Scientists have extensively studied the effectiveness of the PUR system at preventing illness, but not the other two types of filters. So the team will conduct field tests of the biosand filter in the Dominican Republic and of ceramic filters in Cambodia. Team members Christine Stauber and Joe Brown will lead these studies.
“We are trying to determine how much each of the filters reduces waterborne disease,”
Doctoral student Lisa Casanova is the remaining member of the research team, and her studies focused on the ability of the PUR system to reduce waterborne pathogens such as hepatitis A virus, a major cause of infectious hepatitis. Mark Sobsey, professor of environmental sciences and engineering leads the team.
Dale Whittington and Francis DiGiano, also professors of environmental sciences and engineering, will work with the team on the second phase of the project. The team is seeking additional financial support for their work, with the goal of developing a special program in global water sanitation and health that will provide research and training opportunities for future graduate and undergraduate students at UNC.
Provided by Research and Economic Development
Writer: Angela Spivey
Editor: Neil Caudle
CED Honors Carolina Entrepreneurial Initiative
The Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) honored Research Triangle Park area entrepreneurs and high-growth companies during the organization’s annual Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards on June 15 in Durham.
Among the winners were the Carolina Entrepreneurial Initiative (CEI) and The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and Liquidia Technologies, a start-up company formed in 2004 from faculty research. CEI was recognized with the Community Impact award, and Liquidia was a Spin-Out of the Year honoree.
CEI was created in 2003 when Carolina was one of eight universities nationwide selected by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to receive a multimillion-dollar grant supporting campuswide entrepreneurship education. CEI focuses upon traditional business entrepreneurship, as well as social, civic and academic entrepreneurial endeavors.
Liquidia arose from a discovery by professors Joseph DeSimone and Edward Samulski at the University. The company develops and markets applications based on the Liquidia Material Platform, a breakthrough in materials research that combines the properties of silicone elastomers and glass.
GAA honors Betts, Cole, Robertson, Williams for distinguished service
Service to the welfare of the University was the common thread among four recipients of the General Alumni Association’s 2005 Distinguished Service Medals.
2005 AWARD WINNERS From left, Richard Cole, Richard “Stick” Williams, Doris Betts and Julian Robertson are recognized with Distinguished Service Medals by the GAA. (Photo credit: Sarah McCarty)
Association Chair Anthony Harrington presented the awards at the Annual Alumni Luncheon to
Doris Betts of Pittsboro, professor of English emeritus and author; Richard Cole of Chapel Hill, dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication for 26 years; Julian Robertson Jr. of New York, N.Y., who endowed a pioneering scholarship program; and Richard “Stick” Williams of Huntersville, chair of the University Board of Trustees.
“The inspiring service to Carolina by this year’s recipients enriched the educational experiences of our students and should encourage others who look for ways to give back to our university and its alumni association,” said Doug Dibbert, association president.
Betts, a Statesville native, studied at UNC-Greensboro and Carolina. She has been awarded many honorary degrees. She has written six novels, three short story collections and numerous book reviews and articles.
Betts joined the Carolina English department faculty in 1966 as a creative writing lecturer. In 35 years of teaching, she advanced to an endowed professorship, directed the freshman composition program and was an assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in charge of the honors program.
In 1982, she became the first woman elected chair of the faculty, a post she held until 1985. She won several Carolina awards for teaching excellence. She began a phased retirement in 1998.
Cole joined the faculty of the School of Journalism in 1971. He became graduate studies director in 1976 and dean in 1979, at age 37. Stepping down this year, Cole has served longer than any dean in Carolina history.
He led the school to national and international prominence. In virtually every ranking, it is among the top journalism-mass communication programs in the country. On Cole’s watch, the school grew from 265 juniors and seniors to more than 850 and became the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Cole engineered the school’s move from cramped, outdated quarters in Howell Hall to its new, state-of-the-art home in Carroll Hall. He convinced University leadership that the school needed the building; then raised more than $5 million to supplement a $5.2 million state appropriation for renovations.
Robertson, a Salisbury native, is a 1955 business administration graduate of Carolina. He is the founder and former head of Tiger Management LLC, which grew into the world’s largest hedge fund group.
Four years ago, Robertson and his wife, Josie, brought a radical idea to life at Carolina and Duke University — the Robertson Scholars Program. Scholars take classes on both campuses, gather for cultural events, use each other’s libraries and work together to build academic and social bonds between the two schools.
Robertson was on the alumni association’s board, endowed a master’s in business administration fellowship in the Kenan-Flagler Business School and was executive in residence there.
He has worked on behalf of the National Development Council, an economic development organization, and the Medical Foundation, which promotes public health nationwide.
Richard "Stick" Williams
As a child in Greensboro, Richard Williams earned the nickname “Stick” for being one of the best hitters in sandlot baseball. The name has been with him since — even as a corporate officer for Duke Energy, chair of the alumni association and Board of Visitors, and now, the first African-American chair of the Board of Trustees.
He came to Carolina on an academic scholarship but injured his knee as a freshman and re-focused on academics. He graduated in 1975 with a bachelor of science degree in accounting.
Williams has served on the University Foundation board, the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on the Black Cultural Center and the search committee that recommended James Moeser as chancellor.
The association has awarded the medals since 1978 to individuals who have provided outstanding service to the association or the University.
Humphrey Excellence Award winners announced
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program has announced its awards for the 2004-05 year.
The program, which is set to start its third year in the fall, hosts mid-career professionals from the regions of Central America, Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa.
Humphrey fellows are nominated by United States embassies or Fulbright Commissions based on their potential for national leadership and service in either the public or private sector.
Fellowships are granted competitively to professional candidates at a midpoint in their careers for one year of non-degree graduate study and work-related experiences in America.
This fall, 11 Humphrey fellows will arrive on campus from such countries as Afghanistan,
Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lebanon and Mexico. Winners are:
Teaching Excellence Award
Linda Adair, Nutrition;
Bob Adler, Kenan-Flagler Business School;
Peggy Bentley, Nutrition;
Sheleh Bloom, Maternal and Child Health;
Hollie Pavlica, Public Health Leadership Program;
Sue Tolleson-Rinehart, Health Policy and Administration;
Victor Schoenbach, Epidemiology;
Kavita Singh, Maternal and Child Health;
William Sollecito, Public Health Leadership Program;
Michael Stegman, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise;
Judy Tisdale, Kenan-Flagler Business School; and
Richard Whisnant, School of Government.
Training Excellence Award
Jacki Resnick, Proposal Development Initiative.
Advocacy Excellence Award
Peggy Bentley, Office of Global Health.
Outstanding Contribution Award
Department of Training and Development, Office of Human Resources.
The Humphrey Excellence Awards are issued based on course content, expertise and presentation as well as demonstrated commitment to student development.
Expanded online directory and campus
e-mail assignment program coming soon
Editor’s note: Information Technology Services (ITS) is the central organization providing all members of the Carolina community with computing services for academic and administrative endeavors. Two Gazette features, What ITS About and LearnIT@unc.edu, provide our readers with information technology news and updates on the educational opportunities ITS provides to all campus customers.
Megan R. Bell, acting assistant vice chancellor for communications, and Elizabeth Evans, manager for training and education within ITS Teaching and Learning, provide the information for each entry and welcome your feedback. Questions about these features may be sent to email@example.com. The ITS web site is located at its.unc.edu.
ITS, working closely with campus technology organizations and advisory committees, will be launching two new initiatives in coming months: a new online directory tool and a new campus e-mail and Onyen-assignment convention.
The new campus directory web site provides an improved search tool coupled with new capabilities for updating personal information. Changes in personal data made on the site will be automatically coordinated with University administrative systems, including the printed Directory, Payroll, Human Resources, and Student Information Systems. The new site provides faculty, staff, and students with the ability to update home and work addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, options for informational mass e-mail, personal homepages and privacy settings.
The new Online Campus Directory is the result of a collaboration among the campus members of the Directory Steering Committee and the ITS project team. Questions about the Online Directory Project may be addressed to the project team at:
Fall semester will see a change for campus in how University e-mail addresses and Onyens are provided with the creation of the new Campus E-mail and Onyen Assignment Program. Security concerns, privacy laws, HIPPA regulations, and identity authentication issues all were factors in the decision by the Chancellor’s Cabinet to adopt a campuswide e-mail address and Onyen assignment program.
The ITS project team leading the effort met extensively with campus technology leaders (from the College of Arts and Sciences and all professional schools) to examine both the technology requirements and the user preferences that would shape the final implementation plan.
Once in place, the program will determine each person’s University Onyen upon assignment of a PID (Person ID number) from Human Resources. The assigned Onyen will in turn determine the person’s official University e-mail address. For example, an Onyen of “hsimpson” would be used to create the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org. This will be the default e-mail address listed in the Campus Directory.
Campus alias tools will be in place so that customers may set up alternate e-mail addresses that feed into their accounts. To continue the example, the assigned e-mail address email@example.com could include the alias name, determined by the customer, firstname.lastname@example.org. Then, the alias could be listed in the Campus Directory in place of email@example.com.
E-mail accounts managed by individual schools and departments outside of ITS must complete the “Trusted Domain” process to ensure security while protecting server access across campus. Departmental administrators will be given tools to modify aliases for individuals within their departments such that these may resolve to a departmental mail account.
As the project progresses, updates will be provided.
Questions about the Campus E-mail and Onyen Assignment Program may be addressed to Candy Davies, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Certificate tracks provide free training for employees
The eight new certificate track programs recently introduced by Training & Development offer many advantages for Carolina employees.
Covering a wide array of topics, the certificate tracks consist of a variety of carefully chosen courses designed to enhance essential workplace skills, knowledge and professional development for employees.
Each track provides an opportunity to become certified in a particular topic area.
This gives employees the chance to maximize their learning potential and also provides a potentially important resume boost.
Individual tracks have four to six required core courses, along with several additional electives from which to choose.
Employees can choose from several tracks: career development; customer service; diversity; leadership; project management; supervisory/management and wellness.
To enroll in a certificate track, employees should complete the online enrollment form on the Training & Development web site.
Once enrolled, participants will be contacted by the track adviser to discuss any previously completed courses that may count toward the track or which classes should be taken in the future.
Participants enrolled in certificate tracks will be updated about any changes and upcoming classes that may help fulfill their requirements.
Input and feedback from enrolled participants will be used to improve the certificate tracks and better meet employees’ professional development needs.
Courses offered by Training & Development, including those in the certificate tracks, are free to all SPA and EPA employees of the University.
Employees wishing to take a single course listed in any track will be able to do so without having to complete an entire certificate.
Information about each track is available at the Training & Development web site (www.training.unc.edu).
Call Training & Development at 962-2550 for more information.
Carolina Wellness Matters:
This summer, try a class to learn yoga's ins and outs
Summer is a good time to try new activities, and yoga is a great activity for many people.
With yoga’s recent rise in popularity, knowing which type of class to try and where to start can be confusing.
There are many different styles of yoga.
To figure out which style is right for you, it’s helpful to know what you would like to get out of the class.
Some yoga classes are meditative in nature, some involve chanting, some are restorative, some designed for beginners and some are quite intensely challenging, both physically and mentally.
Think about what you want to get out of a class and how physically intense you would like it to be — then select a class based on your needs.
For example, a class listed as “restorative” focuses on regenerating and renewing the spirit.
It often uses props, pillows and blankets to support the body in resting yoga poses for a longer period of time.
This calming practice is generally accessible to all levels of yoga practitioners.
A Yoga 1 or Flow 1 class would be a more traditional Hatha practice (moving with the breath in a flowing sequence) and would focus on exploring asanas, or poses, to deepen body strength, balance and alignment.
You should always call to inquire about any class you are attending for the first time.
Be sure to ask what’s involved and the class level.
Yoga classes are available on campus through the Student Recreation Center (SRC), as well as local gyms, yoga studios, private instruction and some free classes.
Selecting the best location for yoga practice involves considering your budget, thinking about what type of yoga you are looking for, and deciding the type of environment in which you are most comfortable.
In general, yoga studios offer more one-on-one and specialized classes but can also be more expensive.
Health clubs are a less expensive option but often are not able to offer individualized instruction and are less able to offer specialized yoga formats.
The SRC offers classes at a great price for full-time UNC employees.
(To attend SRC classes, you must sign up for gym and pool privileges before attending; visit www.unc.edu/depts/exercise/facilitiesuse.pdf for more information.)
If you want to try yoga, but aren’t ready to sign up at a gym or studio, look for “karma yoga.” Often, studios or individual instructors will offer free yoga classes sporadically throughout the year. Trying a karma yoga class is a great way to get a first taste without investing a lot of money.
Finally, try a yoga video as a way to get started or for daily practice. There are videos on the market by well-known instructors — just be sure to read carefully what type of yoga is being done on the video to know if it is appropriate for you.
For more information on yoga, local opportunities or yoga videos, or to suggest topics for future installments of Carolina Wellness Matters, contact Holly Tiemann, Training and Development, at 962-9682 or
Applications open for 2006 UMDP participants
Applications are now being accepted for the 2006 class of the University Management Development Program (UMDP). This is a 10-month professional development program designed for campus managers and supervisors. Up to 40 participants (35 from UNC and five from N.C. Central University) are selected annually to attend the program.
UMDP objectives are:
Expand participants’ knowledge, skills, and abilities;
Increase awareness of professional strengths and development needs; and
Network with other Carolina and NCCU leaders.
There is no fee to attend UMDP. Applications may be filled out online at: hr.unc.edu/employees/spa-employees/training/umdp.
Applications are due to the Training & Development department by Sept. 2. For questions or additional information regarding the UMDP application process, call Holly Tiemann at 962-9682.
Excellence in Management Awards
Nominations for the 2005 Excellence in Management Awards are due by July 1.
The Excellence in Management Award recognizes meritorious and distinguished accomplishments in management at the University. All permanent employees serving in a managerial capacity are eligible for nomination. All University employees (including temporaries) and students can submit nominations for eligible employees. Two awards are given annually.
For more information and a nomination form visit:
Call Shelly Green in Employee Services at
962-1483 with any questions.
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Annual Tar Heel Bus Tour
covers ground from east to west
The weeklong adventure otherwise known as the Tar Heel Bus Tour rolled across the state last month, introducing campus newcomers to the physical, economic and cultural landscapes of the state. In so doing, new professors become better acquainted with each other and the array of places many of their students call home. In this, the eighth year of the tour, participants left on Monday, May 16, and returned Friday, May 20.
(All bus tour photos courtesy of Adam Gori)
|As the tour rolls out of Chapel Hill Monday morning, Chancellor James Moeser welcomes participants and encourages them to use the tour as an opportunity to engage with the issues facing their new home state.
|Monday evening, University Librarian Sarah Michalak (right) and other bus tour
participants below deck on the Elizabeth II in Manteo listen to a reenactor.
|At a Wednesday morning stop in Siler City, Peggy
Jablonski, vice chancellor for student affairs (right), talks with Martin Vazquez about his garden. The garden — containing zucchini, tomatoes, Swiss chard, kale, herbs, carrots and lettuce — is part of the Immigrant Health Initiative’s diabetes program. The program allows immigrants to get exercise from working in the garden while learning about healthy eating.
|On Thursday morning, the bus stops at Stonecutter Mills in Spindale, the textile plant that served as the town’s well of prosperity from the time it opened in 1920 to when it closed in 2003. Back on the bus, Bill Ferris (with bullhorn), Joel Williamson professor of history, continues the discussion about what the University can do to help the Spindale community recover. Also pictured are (from left) Layna Mosley, assistant professor of political science, Larry Griffin, Reed professor of sociology, and Kathy Barnhouse, clinical instructor of family practice.
Friday morning kicks off with breakfast in downtown Charlotte at the Charlotte City Club perched on the top floor of Interstate Tower. Emil Kang (left), Carolina’s executive director for the arts, talks with Richard “Stick” Williams, chair of the University Board of Trustees. In the background, tour participants look out at the new arena under construction for the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats.
In the last stop before returning home Friday afternoon, tour participants (reflected in mirror) listen to Donna Poole, owner of Successful Styles Hair and Nail Salon in Burlington. Poole's is one of some 40 salons statewide used as a setting to share information about cancer prevention with patrons. The effort is part of a Carolina research project titled The BEAUTY (Bringing Education and Understanding to You) study.
A CHANCE TO GIVE A CHANCE TO LIVE Dan Arneman, first-time donor and graduate student in the Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology, shares a laugh with his phlebotomist during the 17th Carolina Blood Drive on June 7 at the Smith Center. The American Red Cross collected 845 units of blood, which had the potential to be converted into 2,535 blood products. The day was a success due to the hundreds of volunteers and donors who were in attendance to lend a hand — or roll up a sleeve — to make a difference. Refer to www.unc.givesblood.org for more opportunities to donate blood on campus.
BIOSTATISTICS AWARD WINNERS The Department of Biostatistics in the School of Public Health recently recognized staff members for achievements during the year. Pictured, from left, are honorees Kim Ring, Staff Award for Excellence; and Star Heels winners Betsy Seagroves, Thu-Mai Christian, Mary Everette, Betsy Carretta and Scott Zentz.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE During a June 7 ceremony in Graham Memorial Hall, the State Employees Credit Union (SECU) Foundation donated $2 million to Family House at UNC Hospitals.
Family House will provide a comfortable, affordable environment for patients and families undergoing treatment for bone marrow and organ transplants, severe burns, eating disorders, cancer or traumatic injuries. Often, families must travel some distance and stay for extended periods in local hotels to be with those receiving tre9atment.
Planned for construction next to the Ronald McDonald House, Family House will be a 32,000 square foot facility with 40 private bedrooms, comfortable gathering areas, a full kitchen, large dining area, screened porch, courtyard and landscaped gardens. The house is expected to open in late 2006.
For more information, visit www.familyhouseatunc.org.
Pictured above, from left, Tom King, chair of the SECU Foundation board, Bill Friday, president emeritus of the University of North Carolina, Brian Stable, emeritus professor of psychiatry and Family House board member, and Jim Merrill, chair of the SECU board, speak before the presentation.