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University Gazette

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

News in Brief for February 28, 2018

2018 Total WellBeing Expo scheduled March 14

University employees are invited to celebrate Total WellBeing at the 2018 Wellness Expo 11 a.m.–2 p.m. March 14. Hosted by the Office of Human Resources, the expo will bring more than 80 exhibitors to the Rams Head Recreation Center with information on how to stay healthy, happy and safe from head to heels.

Participants in the various wellness activities may win prizes that include water bottles, Carolina football home opener tickets and Fitbits. Employees will earn an entry into a raffle for each healthy activity they participate in.

The State Health Plan will provide free health screenings for Plan members starting at 9:30 a.m. In 15 minutes employees will learn their cholesterol, blood glucose/A1c, blood pressure, body mass index and waist circumference. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

The expo will also feature a variety of group exercise demonstrations, beginning with line dancing at 11:15 a.m. Employees may also head upstairs and increase their steps on the indoor track or learn a new healthy recipe from Carolina Dining Services.

All employees can enjoy a $5 lunch at Rams Head Dining Hall during the expo. 

New 2018 federal tax rate changes now in effect

Beginning Feb. 16, all biweekly and monthly paychecks subject to federal tax withholdings reflect the 2018 federal tax withholding rates issued by the Internal Revenue Service.

The federal tax rate changes are part of the 2018 tax reform passed by Congress in December 2017.

Employees are not required to take any extra steps regarding this change to withholdings taxes but are encouraged to review their new federal tax withholding rates.

If a change is deemed necessary, employees can view or update their W-4 and NC-4 forms, which determine tax withholdings, via the ConnectCarolina SelfService menu

Employees who have problems accessing the ConnectCarolina SelfService items should contact the Help Desk at 962-HELP or contact Payroll Services at if they are unable to update their W-4 or NC-4 after working with the Help Desk. 

Kielt designated senior information security officer

Chris Kielt, vice chancellor for information technology and chief information officer, has been designated the University’s senior information security officer under a new UNC System-wide information security policy.

The policy, adopted Jan. 28, directs the UNC System and each of its constituent institutions to establish an information security program and designate a senior officer accountable for overseeing implementation and periodic evaluation of the information security program.

As Carolina’s senior officer, Kielt is responsible for maintaining the security, confidentiality, accessibility and integrity of the University’s information resources and has the authority to implement and evaluate all aspects of the University’s information security plan. He is accountable to the chancellor on matters related to information security and responsible for reporting to the Board of Trustees on these matters upon request.

Kielt joined Carolina in 2012 as the associate vice chancellor for administrative systems and business transformation and was named vice chancellor for information technology and chief information officer in 2013. Before coming to Carolina, he served as Yale University’s deputy chief information officer and Stony Brook University’s chief information officer.

Kielt is currently a member of the UNC System and Board of Governors’ IT Security and Governance Committee. 

Yale professor Kathryn Lofton to address students at 2018 Doctoral Hooding

Kathryn Lofton

Kathryn Lofton, a critic of popular culture and historian of religion, will give the keynote address at the University’s 2018 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. She received both her master’s and doctoral degrees in religious studies from Carolina.

The Doctoral Hooding Ceremony recognizes graduate students receiving their doctoral degrees and is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. May 12 at the Smith Center.

Lofton is a professor of religious studies, American studies, history and divinity at Yale University.  Within her books—Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon (2011) and Consuming Religion (2017)—she explores the intersection of popular culture, with its emphasis on personal consumption, and spirituality.

Her next book project examines religious community and American politics through the work of singer-songwriter Bob Dylan.

Lofton has received many awards for excellence in teaching, beginning with several prizes during her time at Carolina, including the 2004 William Jay Peck Teaching Award for best graduate student teaching in the religious studies department, the 2005 Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by a Graduate Teaching Assistant and the 2005 Student Undergraduate Teaching and Staff Award. At Yale, she has received the 2010 Poorvu Family Award for Interdisciplinary Teaching, the 2013 Sarai Ribicoff Award for the Encouragement of Teaching at Yale College and the 2013 Graduate Mentor Award in the Humanities.

Lofton is chair of the religious studies department at Yale and is a past chair of the university’s Program in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and of LGBT studies. In 2016, she was appointed Yale’s inaugural Faculty of Arts and Sciences deputy dean for diversity and faculty development.

Welcome to the Yam Jam

During the “Yam Jam” on Feb. 10, volunteers bagged 40,000 pounds of sweet potatoes donated by Carolina alumnus and NFL-player-turned-farmer Jason Brown and brought to the North Carolina Study Center front lawn. The yams were distributed to area food banks.