In the Know Important information for your day

Monday, Aug. 17, 2020

  • If you’re returning to work on campus, pick up a Carolina Together Care Kit from your department’s community protective equipment coordinator. The extra masks, thermometer and hand sanitizer supplement the regular CPE provided by the University.
  • Download Carolina Ready, the new campus safety app that puts direct access to public safety officials and resources at your fingertips.
  • Learn a new skill through LinkedIn Learning, now available free for University employees through Carolina Talent’s My Learning module.
  • Enjoy free access through University Libraries to movies, documentaries, e-books and artists’ books from all over the globe.

Week of August 10, 2020

Friday, Aug. 14, 2020

Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020

  • Watch an online seminar about the battle of Điện Biên Phủ featuring Carolina geography professor Christian Lentz and others at noon tomorrow — the 75th anniversary of the start of the Vietnamese Revolution.
  • Tune into a special “First Fridays” concert tomorrow at 1 p.m. featuring a performance by the Marching Tar Heels.
  • Join the “Where are you going? Goal Setting for Personal & Professional Success” webinar on Tuesday, Aug. 18, from noon-1 p.m. by registering with the Office of Human Resources.
  • Make your Zoom background a pen-and-ink piece by Rembrandt van Rijn or some other work of art from the Ackland Art Museum.
  • If you or another faculty or staff member has been affected by recent events across the country and in the local area, seek help from the Employee Assistance Program.

Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020

  • Share ideas and compare notes with your colleagues about teaching during a pandemic at the Center for Faculty Excellence’s “Conversations on Teaching During the Pandemic” virtual event, streaming from noon-1 p.m. today.
  • Join the North Carolina Botanical Garden for a virtual “Lunchbox Talk” to learn about wildflowers in the Eno River Diabase, the river basin’s distinct geological formation of hard igneous rock. Registration is required for the talk, streaming from noon-1 p.m. tomorrow.
  • Learn about a company developing biomaterials for patients undergoing breast reconstruction after mastectomy during the next installment of the TraCS “Tales of Translation” series from 4-5 p.m. tomorrow.
  • Join the “Working as a High-Performing Team” webinar on Tuesday, Aug. 18, from 9-10:30 a.m. by registering with the Office of Human Resources.
  • Read the Office of Human Resources’ workplace guidance for returning to campus, which includes Carolina’s Community Standards for health and safety.

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020

Monday, Aug. 10, 2020

  • Find professional development opportunities and training to fit your career goals through the new (Onyen-protected) Carolina Talent site.
  • Check out the changes Chapel Hill Transit has made for the fall semester, including simplified routes, high-frequency corridors and new Sunday service.
  • Take advantage of the online COVID-19 Return to Campus training courses for administrators, supervisors and employees offered by the Office of Human Resources.
  • Explore Making Music with Jane Austen, a free webinar with music professor Jeanice Brooks of the University of Southampton, starting at noon Tuesday. The talk is part of Carolina’s annual Jane Austen Summer Program.
  • Remember to lock your car doors and windows. Last week, Chapel Hill Police reported that items had been stolen from several unlocked cars along Estes Drive.

Week of August 3, 2020

Friday, Aug. 7, 2020

  • Are you enthusiastic about health and wellness? Find out how you can be a Wellness Champion in your workplace at an online information session at 12:30 p.m. today or 9 a.m. Aug. 12.
  • Register now so you can tune in at 7:30 p.m. tonight for “Virtually Viv,” when PlayMakers Repertory Company Producing Artistic Director Vivienne Benesch will chat with two-time Emmy-nominee Marin Hinkle of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
  • Send the kids (ages 6-9) on an Ackland Art Museum Virtual Art Adventure to create art with empowering words. Register online for the 1 p.m. Saturday class.
  • If you’re working on campus three days a week or less this semester, you may be eligible for a reduced-cost parking permit for fall 2020.
  • Locate food trucks, outdoor seating for dining and other important information using the new Carolina Together Campus Map.

Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020

  • View a video message to employees from new UNC System President Peter Hans, who began his job on Aug. 1 during what he calls “a moment like no other in American higher education.”
  • Download the new Carolina Ready Safety app to connect to University safety resources and wellness, parking and transit information.
  • Watch for traffic congestion today through Aug. 9 as students move into campus housing.
  • Learn about start-up Carpe and its antiperspirant lotion for those with hyperhidrosis, including co-founders David Spratte UNC ’17 and Kasper Kubica, by joining Launch Chapel Hill’s virtual Fireside Chat. Register for Wednesday’s noon-1 p.m. event.
  • If you provide career advising for students, join a virtual Carolina Career Community welcome back event at 3 p.m. Aug. 5.

Week of July 27, 2020

Editor’s note: We have shifted In the Know to a summer schedule. Look for updates on Tuesdays and Fridays until the start of fall semester.

Friday, July 31, 2020

  • From noon-1 p.m. today, catch student composer James Larkins perform all eight parts of his octet for cellos and electronics by himself, the final installment in Compose Carolina, a summer music series hosted by the music department and Carolina Performing Arts.
  • Find out if your commute is affected by Chapel Hill Transit’s change in routes and schedules beginning on Monday, Aug. 3.
  • Register for Standard Safe Zone training, a class designed to introduce concepts, terminology and resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. The course will stream on Tuesday, Aug. 4, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Join the Human Resources webinar “Influence and Motivation” to learn what your personal motivations are and how to move others towards commitment. The webinar will stream on Tuesday, Aug. 4, from 9-11:30 a.m.
  • Read about reimagined classroom spaces, an updated campus map and other Roadmap for Fall 2020 updates from Provost Blouin.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Week of July 20, 2020

Editor’s note: We have shifted In the Know to a summer schedule. Look for updates on Tuesdays and Fridays until the start of fall semester.

Friday, July 24, 2020

  • Find out about new directional signage, Campus Care Kits and other Roadmap for Fall 2020 updates from Provost Blouin 
  • More than most, this summer is ideal for a “staycation.Check out Orange County’s list of 55 fabulous ideas, from whirligigs to wine tours, all within an easy drive.  
  • Have you filled out your census yet? Your response not only helps the federal government direct its funding for local communities, it also determines how many representatives North Carolina has in Congress. Do your part at 
  • Live story time, op art videos and lessons in paper weaving and shape-shifting agamographs are just part of the virtual family fun at Ackland Art Museum’s Summer Daze. Register online for this free afternoon event on July 26. 
  • Infectious disease expert Myron Cohen will moderate the online discussion “What Principles Should Guide our Lock-Down Strategies for COVID-19, Now and in the Future?Register now for the free evening event, beginning at 5:30 p.m. July 28. 
  • The Town of Chapel Hill is looking for your feedback on how to improve multiuse paths for social distancing 

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

  • Are you enthusiastic about health and wellness? Volunteer to be a Wellness Champion to foster a greater culture of health in your school or division. Sign up for the first of three information sessions, 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, July 29.
  • Beginning Monday, Aug. 3, parking regulations go into effect for the new permit year. Visit the Fall 2020 updates page to learn more.
  • Watch a recording of a human resources webinar about accommodations and flexibility for faculty and staff during COVID-19. The page requires you to log in using your onyen.
  • Join Ackland Art Museum Director Katie Ziglar for a virtual discussion about the state of the museum. Have a question for the discussion? Share it when you register for the 4 p.m. Friday event.


Week of July 13, 2020

Editor’s note: We have shifted In the Know to a summer schedule. Look for updates on Tuesdays and Fridays until the start of fall semester.

Friday, July 17, 2020

  • Boost your remote teaching skills in a webinar on asynchronous student interaction from the Center for Faculty Excellence, streaming from 10-10:45 this morning.
  • From noon-1 p.m. today, catch student composer David Green’s dark, questioning duet for cello and piano, “Looking Forward,” the next installment in Compose Carolina, a summer music series hosted by the music department and Carolina Performing Arts.
  • If you identify as a Black, African or African American undergraduate student, graduate student, administrator or faculty member, consider participating in a research study by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion called Intra-group Storytelling Among Black People at a White University. For more, contact the principal investigator, Candice Powell.
  • Find out the latest on parking and other updates to the Roadmap for Fall 2020 by visiting the Carolina Together website.
  • If you or some other staff or faculty member has been affected by stress because of recent events across the country and in the local area, turn to the Employee Assistance Program.
  • Cardinal Parking Deck will undergo roof repairs from July 20 to July 31. The stair tower and adjacent sidewalks at the corner of West Drive and Mason Farm Road will be closed, but the construction will not impact parking deck access or Cardinal Deck PD permit holders.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

  • Register for today’s training for faculty and staff titled “Return to Campus COVID-19 Workplace Accommodation and Flexibility,” offered by Human Resources 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Carolina’s Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet July 16.
  • With “Care in Crisis” as its theme, the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program’s conference July 16-17 and 20 will interest students, scholars and general public.
  • Join a free webinar July 16 about the North Carolina Elder Protection Network, which supports health care providers, financial institutions, social services, law enforcement, the court system and more — whose work protects older adults from abuse, neglect or exploitation.
  • Check out the University’s plans for fall semester at Carolina Together, including guidelines on face coverings and face masks. Find downloadable resources for promoting community standards such as wearing a mask in the Carolina Together section of the University’s branding guidelines site.
  • Learn how to build an equitable and inclusive workplace during a Human Resources class led by Tierney Bates, interim executive director of University Career Services, July 28, noon-1 p.m.

Week of July 6, 2020

Editor’s note: We have shifted In the Know to a summer schedule. Look for updates on Tuesdays and Fridays until the start of fall semester.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 

Week of June 29, 2020

Editor’s note: We have shifted In the Know to a summer schedule. Look for an update on Thursday this week due to the Fourth of July holiday.

Thursday, July 2

  • Check out the University’s latest guidance on the use of masks, physical distancing, course delivery, the Carolina Away option for students and other plans for fall semester at the Carolina Together website. 
  • Learn what makes communication with others more and less effective through the Human Resources course on Communication Essentials, July 7, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 
  • Find out where and when Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Orange County are offering free masks. 
  • Any staff or faculty members affected by stress because of recent events may use the Employee Assistance Program. 

Tuesday, June 30

  • Participate in a faculty conversation on “Teaching, Learning, Medicine and Ethics in Pandemic Times,” presented by the Institute for the Arts and Humanities and the Center for Faculty Excellence from 1-3 p.m. this afternoon.
  • Register for the online discussion “Creating a Space for Black Entrepreneurs” from the Entrepreneurship Center at Kenan-Flagler Business School from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1.
  • Listen to Compose Carolina, a summer music series hosted by the music department and Carolina Performing Arts. Alumnus Noah Balamucki and co-writer Fadi Khoury will premiere their composition “U.S.S. Elusion in June” from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, July 2.
  • Download a personalized document that provides an annual snapshot of your total compensation in 2019, including salary, taxes, benefits, vacation and sick days.
  • Read the latest updates to the Roadmap for Fall 2020 by visiting the Carolina Together website.

Week of June 22, 2020

Friday, June 26, 2020

  • Check out the Downtown Chapel Hill Partnership’s new website for the latest information on which shops and restaurants are open for business.
  • As University Libraries prepares for the campus to re-open, they are asking patrons to complete a survey by July 5 to help them plan.
  • The Town of Chapel Hill has published a food distribution calendar for seniors, children and others who need free meals or groceries.
  • Find out when and where free face masks are being distributed in Chapel HillCarrboro and Orange County.
  • Hear from entrepreneur Alan Cline, one of the founders of Fandango, today at 1:30 p.m. in an online Luminary Talk from the Entrepreneurship Center at Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

  • Hear English and comparative literature professor Jordynn Jack talk about the journal entries her students wrote about their experiences last sprinduring the COVID-19 pandemic. The special edition of Focus Carolina airs this week.  
  • Listen to Compose Carolina, a new summer music series sponsored by the music department and Carolina Performing Arts. Alumna Eliana Fishbeyn talks about her work, Quiet Resistance, played by a big band ensemble, at noon, Friday.  
  • Join a moderated webinar, Mobilizing Against Anti-Black Racism and Racial Inequality in Contemporary U.S., featuring alumni Pierce Freelon, Riana Lynn and Ronda Bullock. Register by noon Friday for the 3 p.m. Friday event, sponsored by the department of African, African American and diaspora studies.

Week of June 15, 2020

Friday, June 19, 2020

  • The department of African, African American and diaspora studies is hosting a webinar on the history and contemporary context of racism, police conduct and criminal justice in the U.S. Register for the webinar, streaming from 3-4:30 this afternoon.
  • The Town of Carrboro is presenting a recorded program honoring Juneteenth today on its YouTube channel. Current and former African American elected officials of Orange County will share a “Resolution in Recognition of 400 Years of the African American Story,” followed by a lecture on the history of Juneteenth.
  • TEAM ADVANCE, in partnership with the Center for Faculty Excellence and the College of Arts and Sciences, will moderate a webinar conversation on anti-blackness, white privilege and allyship on Monday, June 22, from 11-12:30.
  • Watch a recording of Sonny Kelly’s one-person show, “The Talk,” about a father telling his son what he needs to know to survive in a racially divided America. Kelly is a Ph.D. student in the department of communication.
  • Read the latest updates to the Roadmap for Fall 2020 by visiting the Carolina Together website.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Week of June 8, 2020

Friday, June 12, 2020

  • Take a short, online training to understand how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep the Carolina community safe.
  • Learn more about the Roadmap for Fall 2020 by visiting the Carolina Together website.
  • Check out one of your employee benefits: discounts on computers, cell phones, Fitbits and more through Working Advantage. Use member ID 653475624.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

  • Stuck at home with children? Join the Ackland Art Museum’s “Virtual Art Adventures” program on Saturday, June 13, from 10:30-11:15 a.m. or 1-1:45 p.m. Children will learn to make their own portraits. Registration is limited.   
  • Join Carolina Public Humanities’ “Virtual Lunch With Friends and Strangers” tomorrow at noon, when teaching associate professor of history Matt Andrews will discuss Michael Jordan 86 — A Basketball God Reconsidered. 
  • University employees have free access to more than 6,000 video tutorials covering business, creative and technology topics through LinkedIn Learning. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

  • The Employee Forum will meet today 9:15-11:30 a.m.
  • Learn about GiveUNC, a University-wide day of giving on June 16 when alumni, friends, staff, faculty and other Carolina supporters can help fund the causes they care about most.
  • Any staff or faculty members affected by stress because of recent events across the country and in the local area may use the Employee Assistance Program.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Monday, June 8, 2020