a manner of speaking, Tony Waldrop and Mark Crowell have spent
the past three months on the road.
Since presenting the concept plan for
Carolina North in early December, the two men have held nearly
100 meetings in a variety of venues to explain the project to
all interested and affected parties.
They have met not just to explain the
plan, but to listen to concerns. Last month, building and street
configurations were changed to respond to those concerns expressed
by residents living in nearby neighborhoods.
employees to get break on parking cost
The University Board of Trustees on
March 25 approved a new traffic and parking ordinance
with only one major change: the addition of a fourth tier
of fees to limit parking-permit price increases for University
employees who earn $25,000 or less annually.
Beginning with permits to be issued
this summer, about 950 employees will qualify for the
reduced rate. The complete sliding fee scale, based on
annual salaries, will be:
Employees making $25,000 or below -- increases of 2.5
percent for the next three years.
Employees making from $25,000 to $50,000 -- increases
of 5 percent for the next three years.
Employees making from $50,000 to $100,000 -- increases
of 10 percent for the next three years.
Employees making $100,000 or more -- increases of 20 percent
for the next three years.
The sliding scale was prompted in large
measure by a shared concern throughout the University
community about the disproportionate financial burden
that sharp, multi-year fee increases would impose on lower-paid
staff members who have not seen a substantial pay raise
in recent years.
The need for permit increases is being
driven by the amount of funding needed to pay for parking,
parking decks and park-and-ride development to accommodate
campus growth and the loss of more than 20 acres of surface
parking lots to make room for new buildings and added
green space. The new permit year starts Aug. 15.
But University trustees such as Roger Perry,
who serves on the Carolina North Executive Committee, have said
efforts to engage with Chapel Hill town officials on such vital
issues as transportation planning have so far proved futile.
Perry said the Carolina North team has
demonstrated a cooperative spirit toward the town, and it is
time for the town to reciprocate.
Perry and others expressed this frustration
at the March 26 meeting of the University trustees. In response
to these concerns, the governing board agreed to draft a letter
to the town urging the town to respond to requests for meetings.
The letter, which had not yet been drafted
as the "Gazette" went to press, follows letters that Chancellor
James Moeser sent in the past year.
Moeser sent the first letter to Chapel
Hill Mayor Kevin Foy on Jan. 12 and followed up with a second
letter to Foy on March 9.
In this letter, Moeser briefed Foy on
the significant changes to the plan. Further, Moeser said the
University would like to present the revised plan to the town
after it was reviewed by trustees on March 25.
"I believe that Carolina North offers
us an unprecedented opportunity to work together to achieve
something of lasting value," Moeser wrote. "In that spirit,
I would like us to explore ways to foster a productive exchange
of information and ideas about Carolina North as we move forward
with our planning. Given that various committees are working
on Carolina North, it would be useful for us to discuss how
best to organize our efforts."
Waldrop, in a March 31 interview, said
he and Crowell wanted to lead the Carolina North effort because
they want the plan that emerges to be the best it can possibly
Waldrop is the vice chancellor for research
and economic development. Crowell is an associate vice chancellor
and the director of the Office of Technology Development.
Between them, they have earned five degrees
from the University. Crowell has lived in Chapel Hill for the
past 30 years. Waldrop, before returning to Chapel Hill three
years ago, had previously lived here for 11 years.
What all of that means, Waldrop said,
is that they love the town, too. "We want Carolina North to
be right for Chapel Hill as well as for the University," he
And the chances of getting it right can
only be increased by more communication with the town -- and
sooner, rather than later, he said.
The Town of Chapel Hill, meanwhile, has
formed its own group, called the Horace Williams Citizens Committee,
which recently released report listings its goals and principles.
Chapel Hill town board members, along
with Foy, have publicly stated their concerns about the potential
negative effects that Carolina North might have on the surrounding
But the best way to respond to those concerns,
Waldrop said, is for the town and University to join together
to see what mutually agreeable solutions might be found.
Waldrop is also eager to point out all
the positive effects the development can be expected to produce,
from jobs to affordable housing for students and an array of
University employees to permanent watershed protection.
University places 34 graduate
programs among 'U.S. News' top 25
Thirty-four of Carolina's graduate
degree programs and specialty areas are among the top 25 nationwide
in the "U.S. News & World Report" book, "America's Best
Graduate Schools," which went on sale April 5. Of those 34,
14 made the book's top 10.
Many of the ranking categories also appear
in the April 12 edition of the magazine -- now on sale. The
rankings are published online at www.usnews.com.
Of the schools and programs that were
ranked among the top 10, the School of Medicine overall tied
for fifth for its primary care. The master's degree program
at the School of Social Work tied for seventh (listed under
health disciplines), and the master's of public administration
program tied for 10th.
The following Carolina specialty areas
ranked among the top 10 programs:
School of Medicine:
medicine, tied for fifth;
medicine, tied for fifth; and
health, tied for sixth.
(Carolina has programs and specialty areas
within several units based in the School of Government, the
College of Arts & Sciences and the School of Public Health
with master's degree programs that are ranked by "U.S. News"
in a public affairs list in the following categories.)
management and urban policy, tied for sixth;
policy and management, ninth; and
policy and management, 10th.
(These programs offering master's and
doctorate degrees are based in the School of Medicine; clinical
psychology is in the College of Arts & Sciences.)
therapy, tied for fifth;
psychology, tied for eighth; and
therapy, tied for eighth.
tied for 10th.
"U.S. News" does not rank every
program and specialty every year. Carolina had several top entries
in last year's rankings for programs not listed this year.
Campus changes reviewed by
Chapel Hill Town Council on April 1 reviewed the details of
six proposed changes to the University's development plan.
The University submitted the list March
15 after turning down the town's request not to do so.
In making the request to delay last month,
Chapel Hill Mayor Kevin Foy cited concerns expressed by council
members and residents about starting another controversy similar
to the one that ignited a year ago when nearby residents fought
to block the construction of the Cobb parking deck and chiller
In responding to the request, University
officials said that Carolina had a responsibility to complete
millions of dollars in construction projects on time and on
budget and any delays in moving forward would jeopardize those
goals. Further, the University had argued that the four major
projects were located in the interior of campus and were away
from view and out of earshot of residents.
The biggest change involves the parking
deck and chiller plant that had previously been proposed for
the Science Complex. The amended plan calls for the deck and
chiller plant to be built across South Road in the area of the
Bell Tower. (For a complete projects list, see page 6 of the
March 24 "Gazette" or the online "Gazette" at
During the period of the April 1 meeting
designated for residents to speak on the proposal, no one did.
Council members, for their part, asked questions about potential
effects on stormwater management and traffic.
The development plan is the linchpin of
a new zoning designation for campus called Office-Institutional-4,
or O1-4, that allows the University to complete construction
projects financed through the 2000 higher education bond and
others through the end of the decade.
Under the zoning, development plan projects
do not have to undergo further city review. However, if the
University wants to change a project in the development plan,
it must submit an amended project plan to the town for its review
and approval. The town, under the zoning, is required to take
action no later than 90 days after receiving the request.
The Cobb deck was the first time that
mechanism was used. The six projects now under consideration
would be the second.
The town staff officially accepted the
proposed changes to the development plan on April 1, which set
the 90-day clock ticking.
The town planning board will review the
proposed changes -- or concept plan -- on May 5. The official
public hearing, as called for in the ordinance, will be held
May 17. The town board is scheduled to vote on the proposed
changes on June 14.
Toastmasters: learning to fight
By Russell C. Campbell III
"Gazette" contributing writer
John Heuer's 10th speech, and at the Bell Tower Toastmasters,
it is a milestone. Heuer now is recognized as a Competent Toastmaster
(CTM). As Heuer speaks about the American flag, his voice is
steady, slow, his words come easily. His props, flags printed
on white paper, trigger his speech along. His hands, his eyes
bring his audience together. Toward the end of the speech, it
becomes personal. Speaking of his father talking to his elementary
school class about World War II, there's a hint of emotion in
his voice, but still he makes speaking in public look easy.
TOAST OF THE BELL TOWER
Mal Foley, applications analyst
programmer with biostatistics, is also president of the
Bell Tower Toastmasters, and at the March 16 meeting he
serves double duty as toastmaster -- or master of ceremonies.
Claudia Christy, a research study nurse
and fellow member of the Bell Tower Toastmasters, said that
she remembered watching Heuer, a construction and renovation
design technician in Facilities Services, when he wouldn't move
at the podium.
For slightly more than two decades, the
Bell Tower Toastmasters have helped people become better public
speakers. Chartered by Toastmasters International in 1983 through
the efforts of local toastmaster Will Towne, the organization
began with seven administrators and directors from UNC Hospitals.
The roster presently stands at 26 members who come from all
walks of the University and the community.
On its web site, www.unc.edu/bellttmi,
the Bell Tower Toastmasters promises two things: "leadership
skills" and "effective public speaking." For some, public speaking
is the absolute worst thing imaginable -- each pair of critical
eyes deconstructing every word, ready to point out errors, ready
to reveal any imposter taking a microphone.
Public speaking takes many forms, not
necessarily confined to boardrooms, conferences or lecture halls.
There are roundtable discussions, office meetings and other
Where to go
Visitors are welcome to attend Bell
Tower Toastmasters meetings, held on the first and third
Tuesdays of each month in Room 419 of the MacNider Building.
Meetings start at noon and last for one hour, catering
to busy schedules.
for more information.
As Doug Strong -- who confessed to having
two left feet when it came to public speaking -- put it, stage
fright is a natural physiological response. It's a threat to
feel exposed and vulnerable -- the adrenaline races. Now on
his seventh speech, Strong said it's not so bad.
"I've started loosening up," said
Strong, who works in the Office of Educational Development at
the School of Medicine. "Disasters didn't happen. There's an
unfounded fear of what it's really like; unreality of the fear."
Part of overcoming the fear is the supportive
environment the Bell Tower Toastmasters fosters.
Angkana Bode, a facility architect with
Facilities Services, has lived in the United States for 22 years.
She mentioned she has never encountered the type of support
that the Bell Tower Toastmasters offers.
"Helpful is an understatement,"
she said. "In the past, when I needed to speak my best English,
I spoke my worst. I've come a long way since that time."
Robert Hill, recently retired from the
UNC Office of the President as a director of information systems,
has been in Toastmasters since 1984 and found that the constant
practice has helped him become more comfortable with public
"I enjoy seeing people overcome
their reluctance to speak and become leaders of the meeting
and the club," he said.
Because public speaking was becoming more
prevalent at his job at Carolina, Nadim El-Khoury, a systems
programmer at Academic Technology and Networks, found Toastmasters
a perfect fit.
"I just came back from a conference,
and a person I work with in the Netherlands had heard me speak
before. He said, 'The first time you gave a presentation you
were all nervous, but this time you took charge and were completely
in control,'" El-Khoury said. "I attribute this to having been
part of Toastmasters."
3-D video could aid long-distance
medical professional responding to an accident scene or dealing
with a trauma at a remote clinic often must make split-second
decisions within a rapidly changing situation to save lives.
Consultation with a health-care provider
by phone, video or Internet offers crucial support, when possible.
Carolina researchers are exploring if extending that distant
consultation to a portable, three-dimensional telepresence technology
could improve the quality of long-distance consultation and,
as a result, increase the quality of medical diagnosis and treatment.
The National Library of Medicine recently
awarded the Department of Computer Science a three-year, $2.6-million
contract to develop and test technology allowing 3-D video of
the patient and surroundings, with opportunity for medical professionals
on- and off-site to communicate in real time.
Computer science researchers here are
developing a prototype for use in medical facilities. The research
team plans to test its effectiveness by exploring its use, compared
to the use of two-dimensional teleconferencing, during tracheostomies
being performed at UNC Hospitals.
"Tracheostomies do not take long
but are critical procedures in many emergencies and have a degree
of difficulty," said Henry Fuchs, the study's principal investigator
and Federico Gil professor of computer science.
"Airway obstruction is the leading
cause of preventable death in situations where patients die
en route to the hospital," said Bruce Cairns, co-principal investigator
on the study, research director in the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center
and assistant professor of surgery in the School of Medicine.
"Testing this technology in an acute
situation allows us to assess the hypotheses regarding the capture
of these procedures and determine whether we can effectively
bring the consultant to the bedside and the bedside to the consultant."
Fuchs said the idea behind the grant originated
two years ago, when the team of investigators sent a proposal
to the National Library of Medicine to study how high-speed
mobile networks could improve health-care management. Two-dimensional
teleconferencing, or telemedicine, is being done but does not
allow full enough immersion into an emergency scenario, he said.
"What we wanted to explore was how
to make that link significantly stronger in an emergency," Fuchs
"We hope that ultimately this 3-D
technology will prove helpful not just in immediate treatment
but in the ride in the ambulance to a medical facility, so that
an EMT alone with a patient during that ride will not feel so
Cairns said his experience as a doctor
in the U.S. Navy, stationed in Guam, demonstrated the importance
of telepresence technology. The closest land mass to Guam was
five hours away by air, and his hospital, Naval Hospital Guam,
had no neurosurgeon, yet served a civilian and Navy population
of about 150,000. Therefore, he was occasionally called upon
to operate on patients with life-threatening head injuries,
despite having limited training and support in performing neurosurgical
The hospital, however, also was a participant
in the first international Internet tumor board consultation,
which allowed doctors in Guam to share detailed information
and graphics about their cancer patients and discuss whether
the individual should stay in Guam or seek treatment elsewhere.
"Our experience with the Internet
tumor board gave us the sense that we were doing everything
we could for our patients, while limiting transportation costs
and separations from families," said Cairns. "The advantage
of the experience for me was that, unlike being at an advanced
academic medical center like UNC where people send patients
for care, I was in a very remote location with limited support,
or as we used to call it, at the tip of the spear.
"We were being asked to make decisions
with limited resources but our instincts were that those patients
should not suffer as a consequence of their being in a remote
The technical questions involved in extending
telepresence are substantial, he said, but the need for such
advances is intuitively obvious.
"If you could use technology to
cross geographical barriers, you could extend opportunity to
people who live in rural or remote areas. We believe people
should be able to get the very best care they can get and not
have their access to specialized acute care limited by where
The other co-principal investigators on
the National Library of Medicine project are Ketan Mayer-Patel,
assistant professor, and Greg Welch, research associate professor,
both of the Department of Computer Science; and Diane Sonnenwald,
professor, of Göteborg University and University College
of Borås, Sweden.
Additional collaborators include Anthony
Meyer, professor and chair of the Department of Surgery; Eugene
Freid, associate professor of anesthesiology and pediatrics;
and Robert Vissers, assistant professor of emergency medicine.
New DVD fills role of microscope
medical students at Carolina are finding less need to adjust
a traditional microscope in their histology curriculum. Instead,
they are using their computers and a unique DVD to study the
exacting science concerned with the minute structure of cells,
tissues and organs.
This virtual microscope allows students
to instantaneously receive high-resolution images of individual
tissue slides at the click of a mouse button. Images can be
adjusted continuously to fill all or part of a screen, and different
magnifications may be viewed simultaneously, something not possible
with traditional light microscopes.
FOCUSING ON A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE
William Koch (left) and Peter
Petrusz have developed a virtual microscope, by way of a
DVD, that allows high-resolution images of tissue slides
to be seen simultaneously at many different magnifications.
Both men are professors of cell and developmental biology.
William Koch and Peter Petrusz, professors
of cell and developmental biology, developed the virtual microscope
for the histology course.
"As a viewing device, the light
microscope is difficult to use, mechanically complicated and
requires following strict rules in order to get optimal images,"
Petrusz said. "The fields you see are limited to the capabilities
of the given objective lens, and that means having either a
low-resolution image over a relatively large field where you
don't see detail or you focus on a very small field with high
resolution and you don't see the big picture.
"Our virtual version has a continuous
magnification, so you can always select the optimal one to see
whatever you want to see, while the big picture, the overview,
is always available."
The interactivity of the new DVD is designed
to appeal to today's computer-savvy medical students, who can
save the screen images, print them, annotate them and label
anatomical structures and layers using common computer applications.
The medical histology DVD at UNC differs
from other such technology in linking syllabus text directly
to specific images, making a paper manual unnecessary. In addition,
the technology does not require students to switch between multiple
CDs, adding ease in navigation.
To make sure the DVD images met their
exacting demands, Petrusz and Koch sent sample tissue sections
to several outside imaging technology companies. They eventually
selected one providing high-resolution images far superior to
the others, Koch said.
"Scanning, in this case, is a step-by-step
process taking one square area at a time, producing hundreds
or thousands of little squares, or tiles," he said. "Like mosaics,
these little pieces must be assembled seamlessly, very smooth
and correct. It's a very critical part of the process."
Each resulting image is gigabyte size.
Images are then encoded and compressed with computer programs
developed that assure minimal loss.
This viewing program is known as MrSid,
the acronym for multi-resolution seamless image database.
The new DVD is cost-effective. Typically,
medical schools struggle to maintain their teaching microscopes.
UNC has hundreds of microscopes that are at least 30 years old,
difficult to maintain and ripe for replacement. Replacement
costs may approach $1 million, even without taking into account
"The virtual microscope eliminates
that need," Petrusz said.
With about 160 medical students and 10
to 20 faculty, the University's histology course needs nearly
200 slides of the same structures and of good quality. "This
is a practical impossibility," Petrusz said. "But in the new
system, everyone sees the same high-quality images."
Still, Koch said, the new virtual microscopy
technology has not erased practicing physicians' need for traditional
"That's why we kept instructional
material for using the light microscope in the syllabus," he
said. "Included in the resources for this course is a video
demonstrating use of the light microscope. Students also have
the opportunity to work with microscopes."
The DVD can be used beyond the first year
of medical school, for review while taking pathology or any
other time students want to review the basic material, Koch
and Petrusz said. They can carry the histology course with them.
"In assessing how histology had
been traditionally taught to medical students, we decided that
traditional methods were not only inefficient, but would become
increasingly so," said Vytas A. Bankaitis, professor and chair
of cell and developmental biology.
"Technical difficulties associated
with uneven tissue slide quality, and an aging set of microscopes
with which to view these slides, conspire to reduce quality
teaching time. We decided a virtual format offered a superior
and long-term solution to the major challenges of histology
Next for the DVD is a third dimension:
depth. "The company we work with is developing a new viewer
having the ability to focus vertically. It will allow us to
resolve structures that are too thick for the current system,"
Gerald Gordon, research assistant professor
of cell and developmental biology, helped Koch and Petrusz with
computer-related issues during the DVD's development.
Godschalk: grounds for appreciation
10 years, David Godschalk has chaired the Buildings and Grounds
And for 10 years, he has stood in front
of the Faculty Council to submit the committee's annual report.
This year, though, would prove to be the
first and last time he would be greeted by a standing ovation.
TAKING A BOUGH David
Godschalk, longtime chair of the Buildings and Grounds
Committee, will retire this summer. He received a standing
ovation at the March 26 Faculty Council meeting.
It would be the last time, Faculty Council
Secretary Joseph Ferrell pointed out at the council's March
26 meeting, because Godschalk will retire this summer.
After Godschalk briefly reviewed the committee's
work over the past year and asked if there were any questions,
Chancellor James Moeser felt compelled to stand and set the
"Dr. Godschalk is much too modest,"
Moeser said, as he began to describe Godschalk's incredible
attention to detail regarding building design.
"We have better buildings because
of the work of this committee, and especially the chair."
Godschalk responded by saying, "I may
be biased, but this has been the best committee on campus, and
it has been my privilege to serve."
Godschalk said he became chair of buildings
and grounds when John Sanders stepped down. He left big shoes
to fill, Godschalk said, and a good example to follow. "John
had done a wonderful job, and I learned a lot from him."
Sanders had confronted the controversial
decision over where to locate a new black cultural center. Godschalk,
in turn, faced controversies ranging from Wachovia Bank's placement
of automated teller machines on campus to efforts to get the
campus development plan approved by the Town of Chapel Hill.
People who work on this campus care deeply about the look and
feel of the place -- so much so that it is natural for them
to view any dramatic change with a worried, skeptical eye.
"I think a lot of times people get
agitated when they see a project starting because it's change
and it affects the landscape they love," Godschalk said after
the council meeting. "Any construction requires taking down
some trees and moving some dirt around, and they think it looks
terrible. But when they see it after four or five years, they
see how well it fits in."
Godschalk first came to Chapel Hill in
1964 to earn his master's degree in regional planning.
Over the next five years, he served as
the planning director for Gainesville, Fla., taught at Florida
State University and served as associate editor of the "Journal
of the American Institute of Planners."
These diversions from academic life were
deliberate ones, he said. "My feeling has always been I would
be uncomfortable trying to teach students something I haven't
In 1969, Godschalk joined the faculty
of the Department of City and Regional Planning as a lecturer
and found what would prove to be his permanent home. He would
go on to chair the department from 1978 to 1983 and be appointed
as the Stephan Baxter Professor (a University endowed chair)
in July of 1994.
And as for that keen eye for building
detail that Moeser alluded to, there is a reason: Godschalk
also holds an architectural degree from Dartmouth College that
he earned in 1953.
Godschalk is a contrarian on the subject
of suitable architecture for campus. The prevailing view is
that buildings must all be made of brick and feature the same
punched windows and roof line.
But consistency can be overdone, Godschalk
argues. "A campus really reflects the history of architectural
thinking, in a way, and that's not a bad thing to have." Davie
Hall -- now debunked as an ugly monstrosity conceived in 1970s
modernism -- won a statewide architectural award when it was
New buildings that have been allowed to
deviate from the traditional model include the nearly completed
Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, the
global education center and the addition to the Ackland Art
Museum. As Godschalk put it: Each special building deserves
its own special look.
His other areas of expertise encompass
everything from coastal management to smart growth to conflict
One key aspect of smart growth is to live
close enough to work that you can walk to get there -- and here
Godschalk has both talked the talk and walked the walk. The
first thing he did when he and his wife Lallie went looking
for a place to buy was to draw a circle within a quarter-mile
radius of his office. When he found no suitable property in
this territory, he expanded the circle to a half-mile radius
in which he discovered a lot for sale on Glendale Drive that
he could afford to buy.
The house they built there is where they
reared their son and where they will probably stay for the rest
of their lives.
(His son is now married and working as
a lawyer in Washington. And on St. Patrick's Day, Godschalk's
first grandchild turned 1.)
Godschalk's record of accomplishment and
service extends far beyond this campus.
It includes two stints in the U.S. Navy
-- the first from 1953 to 1956, the second in 1961 and 1962
when the Navy recalled him because of the Berlin crisis -- and
a tour of duty in the 1980s as a member of the Chapel Hill Town
Godschalk said that even though he will
be retired, he will keep his office on campus and stay engaged
in issues that remain important to him. One project he will
continue to watch closely is the development of Carolina North.
Godschalk said the decision to retire
was a slow, gradual one and one he put off long enough.
"I'm just getting old," said Godschalk,
who will turn 73 in May.
As a way to prepare for retirement, Godschalk
has for the past three years been in the phased retirement program
that allowes him to teach half time for half pay. Now that he
doesn't have classes to get to on the minute, he expects he
will walk to campus more than he does now, at a pace of his
Asked about the reaction he received at
his last Faculty Council meeting, Godschalk said, "I was totally
blown away by it. The whole thing was a wonderful event."
Child Care Financial Assistance
The following is a summary
of major points of the Child Care Financial Assistance policy.
For more complete information, refer to the policy on the Office
of Human Resources web site.
What financial support does the University
offer to employees for child care?
The Child Care Financial Assistance Program,
provided through the Chancellor's Child Care Advisory Committee,
is designed to provide financial assistance to Carolina employees
and students for quality child care. The University contracts
with Child Care Services Association (CCSA) to administer the
program; the Employee Services Department serves as the University's
liaison to CCSA.
To be eligible, the parent or legal guardian
must be a permanent employee of the University working 30 or
more hours per week, or a student currently enrolled full time
at Carolina, or some combination of employee/student status
at the University. In addition, the gross household income for
the family must be $35,500 or less per year.
What type of child care is eligible?
Eligible programs must be a full-time
child care in a registered family day-care home or licensed
center, an after-school care, part-time or preschool care, or
full- or part-time summer care in a program that is registered
with or licensed by the State of North Carolina's Division of
Child Development. For additional details, refer to the HR web
How much assistance can I get?
The Chancellor's Child Care Advisory Committee
has a limited amount of funds available each year. The awards
are based on need as calculated by Child Care Services Association
(CCSA) in Chapel Hill, and funds are allotted on a first-come,
first-serve basis. The funding is a co-payment system: The family
pays a portion of the cost, and the remaining portion is paid
directly by CCSA/UNC-Chapel Hill to the child care provider.
How do I apply?
To request assistance, complete the Child
Care Subsidy Application, available on the HR web site at: hr.unc.edu/formfinder/forms-workfamily/.
You can also request forms from the Employee Services Department
What if I need more assistance or my household
income is too high for this program?
Child Care Services Association has contracted
with the University to assist Carolina families in finding the
available funding sources (such as the Department of Social
Services or Smart Start) for child care programs.
Where can I get more information?
Contact Leslie Bacque, Work/Family Manager,
Employee Services Department, at 962-6008 or firstname.lastname@example.org;
or the Child Care Services Association at 403-6950; or visit
the HR website at hr.unc.edu/Data/benefits/workfamily/.
Have a question? Ask HR by emailing email@example.com
or calling 962-0266.
Chancellor's Awards nominations due April
Is there a co-worker, manager or employee
who you would like to recognize for his/her outstanding contribution
to the University? If so, then nominate that individual for
the 2004 Chancellor's Award.
The Chancellor's Award was established
in 1991 to recognize the contributions of University employees.
Awards are based on meritorious or distinguished accomplishments
in the categories of Outstanding State Government Service, Innovations,
Public Service, Safety/Heroism, Human Relations or Other Achievements.
Award recipients are honored at a recognition
luncheon and receive a monetary award and a special leave award
of 24 hours. Recipients of the Chancellor's Award also become
the University's nominees for the Governor's State Employees
Awards for Excellence.
University employees will receive nomination
forms through campus mail in the coming week. Nomination forms
also may be downloaded from the HR web site.
Nomination forms must be received by the
Employee Services Department in the Office of Human Resources
no later than April 30.
For more information, contact the Employee
Services Department at 962-1483, or see hr.unc.edu/Data/benefits/recognition/chancellorsaward.
HR Facilitator of the Year nominations due
The Office of Human Resources is now accepting
nominations for the HR Facilitator of the Year.
Human Resources facilitators are employees
within University schools, departments or work units or who
process personnel actions, assist employees with HR-related
questions, and who work with the Office of Human Resources on
behalf of the unit.
The Office of Human Resources gratefully
relies upon these individuals and has established the HR Facilitator
of the Year Award to recognize their service. Nominees and the
award recipient will be honored at a reception in June.
Nomination forms are available on the
HR web site at hr.unc.edu/Data/benefits/recognition/hrf.
Multiple or group nominations for a facilitator are welcome.
Nominations must be received by HR Communications,
CB# 1045 in the Office of Human Resources, no later than April
30. For more information, contact Chris Chiron at 962-0266 or
Summer job fair set for April 30
A summer job fair will be held on April
30 at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education
from 9 a.m. to noon. Representatives from units anticipating
summer hiring are asked to participate in this job fair so that
they can provide information to University employees and family
The fair has been created in response
to the Chancellor's Task Force for a Better Workplace. One recommendation
from the task force was to provide information about summer
temporary work at Carolina that may be available and of interest
to family members of University faculty and staff.
Family members who wish to find out about
these opportunities can attend the Summer Job Fair on April
30 and speak with department/unit representatives. Interested
family members should bring copies of a resume or Carolina application
to provide to departments at the fair.
If an interested family member cannot
attend the event, their University-employed relative may attend
the fair in their place in order to collect and share information
with them. Participation at the job fair by University employees
is considered work time if approved by the employee's supervisor
Applicants must be at least 16 years old;
however, certain positions have other age requirements.
Departments or work units at Carolina
who are interested in hiring temporary employees for the summer
are encouraged to attend the fair. Any temporaries hired through
the fair would be payrolled as "direct-hire" temporary employees,
funded by the hiring department.
This job fair is designed to facilitate
departmental representatives to meet applicants who are family
members of faculty and staff. The University does not guarantee
any employment of a family member.
The hiring unit representatives should
bring to the fair information about their summer work possibilities
that employees or family members may take away, including information
on hours, wages, the application process and deadlines.
If your department or work unit would
like to have a table at the Summer Job Fair, contact Judy Granberry
Sladen at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 962-8377. Hiring units will be provided a table and chairs.
For information on any additional accommodations,
contact Granberry Sladen or visit the HR web site at hr.unc.edu/specialprograms/jobfair.
New online employee orientation for staff
to launch in May
The Office of Human Resources soon will
launch an online New Employee Orientation option for incoming
SPA employees. This web site will provide the same information
on programs, services, policies and benefits that is available
in the current classroom orientations. The new web site will
be available in May.
This web-based orientation program is
similar to the program for EPA employees that launched Jan.
1. "The EPA rollout has been extremely successful. We anticipate
similar success with the SPA population," said Rob Kramer, acting
director of Training and Development, who also co-chaired the
Employees have only 30 days from their
first day of employment to enroll for most of their benefit
programs. Current orientation sessions are held each Tuesday
morning at the Office of Human Resources. The sessions last
more than four hours.
"It's a lot of information to take
in at one sitting," noted Karin Abel, director of Benefit Program
Administration. "This web site option allows new employees the
chance to go through detailed explanations of their polices
and benefits at their own pace. And because it's available through
the web, employees can access the site from an office or wherever
they have web access."
Each new employee will receive instructions
on how to access the site. In addition to policy and benefits
information, employees can download and complete all of their
benefit enrollment forms. The web site also includes web-based
demonstrations on completing the State Retirement enrollment
form and the State Health Plan enrollment form.
"The retirement and medical enrollment
forms in particular can be confusing to complete due to the
amount and type of information they require," said Dan Rosenberg,
HR systems analyst, who co-chaired the development committee.
"The Flash presentations in the web site guide employees line
by line through these forms to help ensure that every item is
If employees find they do not understand
something in the web-based orientation, or if they want more
detailed information, they may also elect to attend question-and-answer
sessions that will be held on a regular basis.
In addition, "lecture-style classroom
sessions will still be available to employees who prefer that
format or who do not have convenient access to the web," added
Laurie Charest, associate vice chancellor for Human Resources.
"We hope that the added flexibility of either a classroom or
web environment will help our new SPA employees have a smooth
transition into the University community."
With this issue of the online
"Gazette," an effort will be made to include most
photos that are presented as "stand alone" entities
in the print version of the paper.
SPORTS FAN President
George W. Bush poses with Jordan Walker while wearing
the cowboy hat presented to him by the Carolina women's
soccer team during the group's visit to the White House
on March 23. Five teams were invited to take part in the
NCAA Fall Sports Championship Day. (Photo
by Eric Draper)
PIT POSTER SESSION As
part of World TB Day on March 24, Carolina researchers studying
tuberculosis disease organized an informational poster session
to raise awareness of the worldwide health crisis posed
by TB and the research under way on campus. Center, Miriam
Braunstein, assistant professor in microbiology and immunology
in the School of Medicine, talks with graduate student Masha
Kazantseva. Braunstein's research is focused on understanding
how the bacterium responsible for TB causes disease.