In the Know Important information for your day

Thursday, July 29, 2021

  • Register for the Commuter Alternative Program for 2021-22, which begins Aug. 1. Benefits for not driving to work include a discount card and prize drawings.
  • On Aug. 3, say goodbye to artist Louise Bourgeois’ pair of sculptures “Crouching Spider” and “Eye Benches I,” on loan to Carolina since 2018. Email your photos, memes or farewell messages to artseverywhere@unc.edu by Aug. 2 at 8 a.m. Include your media handles if you want Arts Everywhere to credit your work on social media.
  • Wind down at Carolina Inn’s Fridays on the Front Porch with music this week by Lee Gildersleeve & The Bad Dogs and food by Cilantro and Greektalian Grill. The fun begins at 5 p.m. July 30.
  • Curious or concerned about the COVID-19 delta variant? Take six minutes to play this informative video featuring UNC School of Medicine infectious diseases experts Drs. Cindy Gay and David Wohl.
  • Join the livestream when the Campus Safety Commission meets at 10 a.m. Aug. 4.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

  • Check out the redesigned Human Resources website, where you’ll find quick links to popular topics like open positions, benefits and leave info, and the return to work on campus section.
  • Tell the University that you’ve gotten your COVID-19 vaccination. Knowing the percentage of employees protected is essential for planning the appropriate safety measures.
  • Carolina’s COVID-19 Community Standards require you to always wear a face mask while inside any University building. You are not required to wear a face mask while outdoors on campus.
  • Dive into the Employee Forum’s August book club selection, “Unbought and Unbossed” by Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to the U.S. Congress. Register to join the discussion from noon to 1 p.m. on Aug. 26.
  • Listen as five current music majors come together to create a new telling of the classic story of Orpheus, an ancient Greek tale about love, grief and deception. Hear it from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, July 30, as part of Compose Carolina’s summer music series.

Week of July 19, 2021

Thursday, July 22, 2021

  • Join Carolina Performing Arts tomorrow at noon for an installment of Compose Carolina, a virtual summer music series produced in collaboration with the College of Arts & Sciences’ music department. Alumnus Stewart Engart will present and discuss his original piece, “Usynlig.”
  • Watch Tar Heels in the Olympics this weekend as Great Britain’s women’s soccer team faces Japan at 6:30 a.m. and the U.S. women’s soccer team plays New Zealand (with alumnae on both sides of the field) at 7:30 a.m. on July 24, and Carolina Swimming & Diving’s Tomas Sungaila competes in the men’s swimming 200-meter freestyle and 100-meter backstroke beginning at 6:20 a.m. on July 25. Consult the full competition schedule for all events.
  • Register for a stress management course with specific, practical coping practices from the Office of Human Resources at noon July 26.
  • Season tickets to Carolina’s home football games are officially sold out, but faculty and staff still have pre-sale access to all available home games before they go on sale to the public July 26.
  • After reading about the team that creates fulldome films for Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, check out one of its films this weekend by reserving your ticket in advance.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

  • The University will conduct a routine test of emergency sirens and emergency communication procedures today between 6-7 p.m.
  • The Urban Conga, a design firm, will present concepts under development for the next public art commission to be installed on the Ackland Art Museum’s front terrace at a virtual event today at 7 p.m. Request a free ticket online.
  • The UNC Office of Human Resources offers back-to-work-on-campus FAQs covering flexible work arrangements, masks, vaccination privacy and many other topics.
  • Finish up your work week at the Carolina Inn’s Fridays on the Front Porch 5-8 p.m. Enjoy food from Bulkogi and Mesa NC and music by Barefoot Manner Bluegrass.
  • Globalize your culinary skills by registering for the Cultural Kitchen Series presented by the Center for European Studies. The virtual cooking sessions begin July 27, noon-1 p.m., with Carolina alumna Cecilia Polanco teaching participants how to cook pupusas.

Week of July 12, 2021

Thursday, July 15, 2021

  • Get your free return to campus T-shirt 8:30-11:30 a.m. July 19 when the Office of Human Resources will be passing them out at the big tent on Polk Place. Rameses will be there to pose for photos, too.
  • Look for a special return-to-work-on-campus edition of From The Well on July 19. It will be chock-full of useful information and advice for employees who will be making the transition from working remotely to working on campus.
  • University Libraries is still collecting personal perspectives on the pandemic for its project Your History Is Carolina’s History. Share your experiences using this online form.
  • Unsure about getting the COVID-19 vaccine because you need more information or have medical questions? Call the Orange County Health Department at 919-245-6111, leave a message and a nurse will return your call.
  • The Campus Safety Commission has posted its 2021 annual report.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

  • The University’s Board of Trustees meets July 14-15 in the Chancellor’s Ballroom at the Carolina Inn.
  • Learn more about the UNC Paralegal Certificate Program at a virtual information session from 6-8 p.m. July 14. Register to get the Zoom link.
  • Have a logistical question about coming to the office? Get the answers on the Returning to Work on Campus website.
  • Bookmark these tips from ITS about reactivating your computer workstation on campus.
  • University travelers can find details of the state’s 5% increase to travel subsistence reimbursement rates, effective July 1.

Week of July 5, 2021

Thursday, July 8, 2021

  • Take advantage of Twilight Thursdays tonight and walk through the display gardens and exhibit hall at the N.C. Botanical Garden until 8 p.m.
  • Join Carolina Performing Arts tomorrow at noon for an installment of Compose Carolina, a virtual summer music series produced in collaboration with the College of Arts & Sciences’ music department. Alumna Cristina “Trinity” Vélez-Justo will present and discuss her original score for the short film “Moments.”
  • Join the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center on July 12 to hear astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough answer questions from North Carolina kids live from the International Space Station.
  • On July 12 the University’s new COVID-19 Community Standards go into effect.
  • Applications are now open for the Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholar program, which brings together faculty from across campus to engage in a two-year experiential, competency-based curriculum designed to advance their scholarship in the community.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

  • Tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of From The Well. Thank you for your loyal readership. Many of you have let us know what you think about The Well’s content, so please keep those emails coming: thewell@unc.edu.
  • For those returning to work on campus July 19, check out the Returning to Work on Campus website for details, logistical information and resources. Topics include parking and transportation, on-campus dining, wellness and information about benefits and leave.
  • Add some great books written by Carolina alumni to your family’s summer reading list as recommended by University Libraries staff.
  • Enhance your day through classes you’ll find on the Human Resources events calendar. The next two days feature sessions on gentle yoga, balancing work and life, midday meditation and an introductory class to Dragon’s Way Qigong.
  • Transport yourself to Italy while staying cool inside the Ackland Art Museum and viewing 30 etchings by James McNeill Whistler in the “Visions of Venice” exhibition.

Week of June 28, 2021

Thursday, July 1, 2021

  • July 2 is the last day to respond to the Employee Forum’s four-question survey on the University’s return to campus plans. The online survey will close at 11:59 p.m.
  • Drop by the Carolina Inn for the next Fridays on the Front Porch event 5-8 p.m. July 2. Enjoy music by the Morgan Creek Band and food by Jessica’s Food Truck and 454 Grill.
  • Catch Chapel Hill’s Fourth of July fireworks display at 9:20 p.m. at Southern Community Park in Southern Village. Event parking opens at 7 p.m.
  • In Carrboro, attend the in-person, outdoor community reading of Frederick Douglass’ essay “The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro” at Carrboro Town Commons starting at noon July 4. It will also be available online.
  • Learn how to address signs and symptoms of distress and provide support for co-workers during an Office of Human Resources Mental Health Awareness webinar offered at noon July 7. Register by noon July 6.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

  • Ask questions and share concerns about the July 19 return to campus during two one-hour sessions hosted by the Office of Human Resources. A session today at 3 p.m. is for managers and supervisors, and a session at 2 p.m. June 30 is for all University employees. Register to receive the link for the YouTube sessions.
  • Give a big Tar Heel welcome to Carolina’s newest head coaches — Danna Durante, who will lead the gymnastics program; and Aimee Neff, who takes the helm at women’s golf.
  • The University is closed Monday, July 5, for the July Fourth holiday.

Week of June 21, 2021

Thursday, June 24, 2021

  • Join Carolina Public Humanities’ “Virtual Lunch with Friends and Strangers” at noon tomorrow when Daniel Cobb, a professor in the department of American studies, will discuss writer, Native American activist and anthropologist D’Arcy McNickle. Registration is $10.
  • Join the Ackland Art Museum for “Family & Friends Sunday: Day of Drawing” from 1-5 p.m. June 27. Visit virtually or find art activity kits to enjoy in the galleries. The free event will include art-inspired activities, including watercolors, landscapes and story time.
  • The Human Resources course, “Mental Health Awareness for Leaders” on June 28 noon-1 p.m. identifies common mistakes managers make in responding to employees in distress and explains communication skills that express support and convey positive expectancy.
  • Watch UNC Opera tell the story of one family’s journey from El Salvador to the U.S.-Mexico border with their pre-recorded production of Meredith Monk’s ATLAS on June 30 noon-1 p.m.
  • Register for a webinar on June 30 noon-2 p.m., sponsored by the Office of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity and Compliance, to discuss the University’s plans for returning to work on campus.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

  • Join today’s virtual Town Hall noon-2 p.m., sponsored by the UNC Employee Forum, to discuss the University’s plans for returning to work on campus. Register for the event and complete an anonymous survey beforehand.
  • Next, take a look at the Returning to Work on Campus website, an information hub with details, logistical information and resources relating to a return to full-campus operations. Topics include parking and transportation, on-campus dining, wellness resources and information about benefits and leave.
  • The “Managing employees through stressful situations” workshop on June 24, noon-1 p.m., will help supervisors plan for the expected and the unexpected and provide practical tools for dealing with positive and negative employee behaviors during stressful times.
  • In honor of National Pollinator Week, which began yesterday, learn about the Carolina Beekeeping Club and its rooftop hive.
  • Your July 4 plans can include fireworks, courtesy of the Town of Chapel Hill, at Southern Community Park. Event parking opens at 7 p.m., with the fireworks show expected to begin at 9:20 p.m.

Week of June 14, 2021

Thursday, June 17, 2021

  • Stroll through the display gardens and visit the exhibit hall and garden shop at the N.C. Botanical Garden later today (the weather forecast looks promising!) as part of Twilight Thursdays, when the garden stays open until 8 p.m.
  • Tap your toes to the music of Barefoot Manner Bluegrass 5-8 p.m. June 18 at the Carolina Inn’s Fridays on the Front Porch, a free outdoor concert series with food trucks on site.
  • This weekend join in the first Chapel Hill-Carrboro Juneteenth Celebration with events including arts, performances, historic exhibits and a scavenger hunt. The Carolina Black Caucus and Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP will celebrate tailgate-style with music, food trucks, poetry, games, speakers and vendors 3-6 p.m. June 19 at the Carrboro Town Commons.
  • Dr. David Ansell will address “How Inequality Kills: Equity as a Health System Imperative” at a 3 p.m. June 22 webinar hosted by the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research.
  • The deadline for participation in the Community Art Reflection on the pandemic is now June 25. Write your thoughts and reflections on colorful pieces of paper or on an online submission form. Chapel Hill artist Chieko Murasugi will use the submissions to create her sculptural symbols of hope.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

  • Looking to boost your fitness routine to get into your work wardrobe? Check out Campus Recreation’s On-Demand 15- to 30-minute free fitness classes, ranging from core and cardio to dance and yoga.
  • Share your questions, concerns and hopes as University employees who have worked remotely for more than a year prepare for the return to campus on July 19. Email thewell@unc.edu and include the phrase Return to Campus in the subject line.
  • Cheers to ITS for its work in delivering customer support. By enabling a Virtual Agent chatbot, the ITS Service Desk has been able to help customers with common problems find solutions faster and reducing the need to talk with a live agent.
  • Join the African, African American and diaspora studies department as it celebrates its first endowment with a pledge from the Gafinowitz family to create the Dr. Eunice N. Sahle Excellence Fund in African, African American and Diaspora Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences.
  • Enjoy takeout, delivery or dine-in options at your favorite downtown Chapel Hill restaurants. Or try a new one this week.

Week of June 7, 2021

Thursday, June 10, 2021

  • Cheer on Tar Heel track & field athletes as they compete today and tomorrow in the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, also known as TrackTown, USA.
  • Sign up for the Center for Faculty Excellence’s Course Design Institute streaming June 14, 16 and 18. The Institute is a structured sequence of workshops, activities and working sessions where a small cohort of instructors use the “backward design” approach to develop their upcoming courses.
  • Take time to relax and rejuvenate with a free virtual yoga session presented by the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health June 14, noon-12:30 p.m.
  • If you have worked remotely for more than a year, what questions, concerns and hopes do you have as we prepare for the July 19 return to campus? Email us at thewell@unc.edu and include the phrase Return to Campus in the subject line.
  • See 20 years of stunning international images taken by Tar Heels in the Carolina Global Photography Competition retrospective exhibition, 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the FedEx Global Education Center until July 1. The exhibit is also displayed on the UNC Global Photography Competition website.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

  • Walk in or make an appointment to donate blood at today’s Carolina Blood Drive at the Dean E. Smith Center 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Learn about the life and work of Mary Anning, a 19th-century British paleontologist known for her Jurassic fossil finds along Dorset’s English Channel cliffs, during a June 11 Carolina Public Humanities webinar ($10) at noon, or watch on demand for up to two weeks.
  • Check out the latest guidance on University-affiliated travel. Finance and Operations also offers updates on its new travel agency partner, World Travel Inc.
  • Cool off inside with great art when the Ackland Art Museum exhibition “Drawing Attention” opens June 18, featuring drawings, watercolors and collages by European and American artists such as Jan van Goyen, Thomas Gainsborough, Edgar Degas, Otto Dix, Robert Motherwell, Marcel Dzama and UNC alumna Lauren Frances Adams.
  • Remember to follow Carolina’s summer COVID-19 Community Standards when you are on campus.

Week of May 31, 2021

Thursday, June 3, 2021

  • Employees who report to campus three days a week or less may be eligible for Flex Parking rates. See this and other updates to campus parking regulations recently approved by the University’s Board of Trustees.
  • Congratulations to Tar Heel tennis doubles duo Makenna Jones and Elizabeth Scotty, who captured the NCAA National Championship on May 28.
  • Fridays on the Front Porch at the Carolina Inn are back, starting June 4 with live music by Lee Gildersleeve & The Bad Dogs and food from Poblano’s Tacos. The fun starts at 5 p.m.
  • Join the June 9, noon-1 p.m. event “Healthy Eating = Healthy Immune System,” part of the Office of Human Resources’ Lunch and Learn Series. One participant will receive a free Produce Box. Register by noon, June 8.
  • To attend the June 9 Employee Forum meeting via Zoom, contact Matt Banks at matt_banks@unc.edu by 5 p.m. June 8 for the link and password.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

  • Hats off to ITS’s Carolina CloudApps team for successfully migrating more than 1,600 projects seamlessly behind the scenes.
  • Relish cooler temps and twilight in the garden starting Thursday, June 3, when the North Carolina Botanical Garden will stay open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays until Labor Day.
  • Enjoy takeout, delivery or dine-in options at your favorite downtown Chapel Hill restaurants. Or try a new one this week.
  • Read more about Carolina’s four Governor’s Award of Excellence nominees for Efficiency and Innovation, Outstanding Government Service and Public Service.
  • If your vacation plans this summer include North Carolina attractions such as Carowinds, Wet ‘n’ Wild and Biltmore Estate, Working Advantage offers 25-30% off. Register for your free Working Advantage account using company code 653475624.

Week of May 24, 2021

Thursday, May 27, 2021

  • Join the Center for Faculty Excellence’s Summer Writing Group tomorrow at noon for a conversation about the opportunities, strategies and resources for being an international scholar and writing in multilingual collaborations.
  • Are you permanent faculty? If so, take TEAM ADVANCE’s Spring 2021 Mentoring Climate Survey before the survey closes tomorrow.
  • Register for a Virtual Lunchbox Talk with the North Carolina Botanical Garden on June 10 at noon to learn about growing and caring for native fruit trees such as pawpaws, American persimmons and chinquapins.
  • Check out the ARt Walk on Franklin, an augmented reality experience to highlight local art and generate foot traffic for businesses while examining the past and present of downtown Chapel Hill, through July 5.
  • Give a cheer for North Carolina women’s lacrosse head coach Jenny Levy, who was named one of the newest members of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame on May 26. Read about her career at Carolina.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

  • Please read this campus message from the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion acknowledging the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder and providing links to resources for the campus community, as well as anti-racism resources.
  • Enroll in Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less, which features 15 weekly live online sessions with a registered dietitian nutritionist who shares evidence-based strategies to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. State Health Plan/BCBSNC members can use code GNC2021 for free, 100% coverage under telehealth services. Registration closes today, May 25. Classes begin May 26.
  • Join communication professor Patricia Parker during tomorrow’s Well Read talk, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Parker will discuss her book “Ella Baker’s Catalytic Leadership: A Primer on Community Engagement and Communication for Social Justice” and be joined by Monica Figueroa, interim librarian for inclusive excellence at the University Libraries.
  • Enhance your teaching with resources offered at the May 6 Faculty Symposium on Deliberative Pedagogy by watching on-demand videos on communication beyond Carolina, engaging race and racism in the classroom, facilitating and evaluating public discourse and more.
  • Make an appointment to donate blood at the 33rd annual Carolina Blood Drive on Tuesday, June 8, at the Dean E. Smith Center from 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

Week of May 17, 2021

Thursday, May 20, 2021

  • If you’ve received one or both doses of a COVID-19 vaccination, let the University know by using the COVID-19 vaccine certification on the Environment, Health and Safety website.
  • If you or any family member 12 and older hasn’t yet received a vaccine, schedule an appointment at the Student Stores Pharmacy. Hours are 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
  • The History, Race and a Way Forward Commission will meet 3-4 p.m. May 24. Watch the livestream.
  • Celebrate the Class of 2021 again by watching videos of the five Commencement ceremonies and the doctoral hooding ceremony.
  • Find out how colleagues from across campus provided students with “Care in the Midst of Chaos” at a 1.5-hour webinar that starts at 4 p.m. May 25. Focusing on flexibility, the event is the final of a series presented by the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion, in partnership with the Center for Faculty Excellence and Student Affairs.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

  • The University’s Board of Trustees meets Wednesday, May 19, and Thursday, May 20.
  • Sign up for the Carolina Public Humanities event, A Celebration of Community: Black Poetry and Power, set for 10 a.m.-1 p.m. May 22. The virtual event is free, but a $10 donation is suggested.
  • Join the North Carolina Botanical Garden’s Carolina Moonlight virtual event to celebrate the region’s biodiversity and spring flora. Register for the 7 p.m. May 22 event.
  • Provide your input on the values you believe Carolina as a community should embrace through a short three-item poll, sponsored by the Office of Ethics and Policy. This is the first step in a longer process of codifying our University values.
  • Hear about new books in Asian American studies as Heidi Kim and Nitasha Sharma discuss their new works, including Kim’s recently published “Illegal Immigrants/Model Minorities: The Cold War of Chinese American Narrative” and Sharma’s forthcoming “Hawai’i Is My Haven: Race and Indigeneity in the Black Pacific.” Sign up for the 8 p.m. May 27 webinar.

Week of May 10, 2021

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

Thursday, May 13, 2021

  • Due to the fuel shortage, the University is implementing fuel conservation measures for motor fleet and University-owned vehicles, including limited refueling, discouraging idling vehicles and suspending non-essential trips.
  • Cheer on the Tar Heels today as the outdoor track & field team competes in the ACC Championship starting at 2 p.m., and the women’s soccer team competes in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament at 8:30 p.m.
  • The UNC Wind Ensemble, directed by department of music professor Evan Feldman, will present its pre-recorded spring concert of pieces by J.S. Bach, Percy Grainger and other composers on May 14 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Three days of Commencement begin tomorrow, May 14. Get the latest information on the ceremonies and how to watch.
  • Take time to relax and rejuvenate with a yoga session presented by the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health on May 17 from noon-12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

  • Congratulations to Carolina’s field hockey team, which beat Michigan 4-3 in overtime Sunday night to claim what is technically the 2020 NCAA championship, the team’s ninth.
  • If artificial intelligence and related issues interest you, register for a free School of Law AI Decision-Making Research Program event tomorrow, May 12, at 5 p.m. Kate Crawford, author of “Atlas of AI: Power, Politics and the Planetary Costs of Artificial Intelligence,” will join a conversation moderated by Ifeoma Ajunwa, professor of law.
  • Enjoy that high lonesome sound when the student-led Carolina Bluegrass Band performs tomorrow, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. in a pre-recorded concert from Memorial Hall. Learn how to watch the free concert and see a playlist.
  • Violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Peter Dugan will perform May 14. Register for this Carolina Performing Arts event by noon May 14 and receive an email with a link to view the event through on-demand access for 72 hours, beginning May 14, 7:30 p.m. The event is free, but please consider making a per-household donation of $15.
  • The Graduate School is hosting a virtual doctoral hooding ceremony May 15 at 1 p.m. for August 2019 through May 2021 graduates. The keynote speaker is Mary Sue Coleman, Ph.D. ’69, former president of the University of Iowa, the University of Michigan and the Association of American Universities.

Week of May 3, 2021

Friday, May 7, 2021

  • Editor’s note: We have shifted to a summer content schedule. Look for In the Know updates and From The Well on Tuesdays and Thursdays until the start of fall semester.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

  • Carolina alumna Christi Hurt was named the University’s new senior prevention strategy officer by Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Amy Johnson yesterday. Learn more about her and the position, which was developed as part of the Chancellor’s significant financial and institutional commitment to sexual assault prevention, intervention and support.
  • Catch a pre-recorded concert May 8 at 7:30 p.m. by Carolina faculty member and pianist Clara Yang and violinist Sunmi Chang, who perform duets by female composers Amy Beach, the first American woman to write a symphony, and Florence Price, who prevailed despite facing a lifetime of racism and sexism.
  • For more music on YouTube, watch the UNC Wind Ensemble’s final performance of the semester May 9 at 3 p.m.
  • All permanent faculty can take TEAM ADVANCE’s Spring 2021 Mentoring Climate Survey to help the team understand how faculty are mentored at Carolina.
  • See what 25 Zoom-fatigued studio art students learned during their college careers in a virtual exhibition opening May 10, which will include works from across artistic disciplines in different formats and media.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

  • Happy Last Day of Class! Exam days begin May 7, end on May 14 and Commencement concludes the semester on May 16.
  • Join the UNC Program for Public Discourse for the UNC Faculty Symposium on Deliberative Pedagogy for several one-hour panel discussions, including Engaging Race and Racism in the Classroom, tomorrow from 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Register for tomorrow’s 7:30 p.m. livestream of The Spark with Tift Merritt, featuring artist and puppet designer Robin Frohardt, who uses everyday items and experiences to create thought-provoking art, such as “Plastic Bag Store,” which debuted in Chapel Hill and was recently installed in Times Square to much acclaim.
  • TEAM ADVANCE is hosting an interactive workshop on best practices for developing departmental faculty mentoring plans or programs on May 7 from 9-11 a.m.
  • On May 12 at 4 p.m. UNC School of Social Work faculty Andrea Murray-Lichtman and Tauchiana Williams will offer practical advice for faculty and staff balancing personal and professional demands in challenging times.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

  • Four former student body presidents — George Battle III ’95, ’99 (JD), Aaron Nelson ’97, Reyna Walters-Morgan ’99 and Houston Summers ’16 — will discuss life after Carolina tomorrow, May 5, at 5:30 p.m.
  • Zora Neale Hurston’s “Barracoon” is the subject of the May 18 and 25 Carolina Public Humanities event, which costs $35, includes a copy of the book shipped to participants and features the College of Arts & Sciences’ Danielle Christmas, assistant professor of English and comparative literature.
  • Get the latest information on Carolina’s Commencement and Doctoral Hooding ceremonies.
  • Watch a video about an entirely new kind of competitive arena that recently opened on the ground level of Craige Residence Hall — the Carolina Gaming Arena for esports.
  • The Carolina Vaccination Clinic at the Student Stores pharmacy is offering free vaccines to faculty, staff and their family/household members. Log in with your Onyen for details and to make an appointment.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Week of April 26, 2021

Friday, April 30, 2021

  • Learn about spring semester exit testing and revised testing center hours, plus guidelines for people who will be on campus during the summer, including re-entry testing and group testing requirements.
  • Faculty can sign up to attend a virtual Symposium on Deliberative Pedagogy from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. May 6, sponsored the Program for Public Discourse in the College of Arts & Sciences.
  • Review your 2020 Total Rewards, a snapshot of your total compensation between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2020. Log in to ConnectCarolina self-service and click on the Total Rewards tile to see your individual report.
  • Tune in tonight at 7:30 for a livestream of “Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Premiere Celebration: Stories from the Ages,” sponsored by the Asian American Center.
  • Carolina employees can file federal and state taxes for free using TurboTax Live Basic and save up to $20 on the software through the Working Advantage discount program.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

  • Register for a two-day seminar on “The Olympic Games: Peaceful Internationalism or Nationalist Competition?” with the history department’s Associate Teaching Professor Matt Andrews. The four-part seminar begins tomorrow at 5 p.m., and the cost is $50.
  • Join a virtual webinar on how to reduce your carbon footprint at home with the North Carolina Botanical Garden tomorrow from 6:30-8 p.m. Registration is $19 ($17 for members).
  • Listen to the department of peace, war and defense’s Professor of the Practice Erinn Whitaker share about her life as a CIA analyst, as well as her work with the U.S. State Department in a webinar tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.
  • UNC Campus Recreation’s annual Spring Fling has gone virtual. Join the 5K walk/run wherever and whenever you can, May 3-9. In lieu of a registration fee, you’re encouraged to make a donation to the Orange County Animal Shelter or the Carolina Hunger Initiative.
  • The last day of classes is a week away and Commencement is right around the corner. Before the end of the semester, take a few minutes to enjoy the scenes and sounds of campus.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

  • The experiences of American Indians inside and outside the Canton Asylum is the subject of today’s 4 p.m. talk with author and visiting scholar Susan Burch, sponsored by the UNC Community Histories Workshop, Center for Urban and Regional Studies, American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program, and UNC Press.
  • On April 29 at noon, the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise and Kenan-Flagler Business School will present a conversation with Lyft Chief Policy Officer and Advisor to the Co-Founders Anthony Foxx. The free virtual event is part of the Dean’s Speaker Series.
  • The University’s Committee on the Status of Women meets remotely April 29 2-3 p.m. Email the Office of Faculty Governance at facgov@unc.edu by 1 p.m. that day for the passcode.
  • As you look ahead to fall 2021, consider the BRIDGES Leadership Academy for Women, Sept. 10-Nov. 13, offered online by the Friday Center. BRIDGES is a professional development program for women who seek to gain or strengthen their academic leadership capabilities. Apply by May 20.
  • Learn more about Carolina’s return to work guidance from a campus email sent from University leaders.

Monday, April 26, 2021

  • The History, Race and a Way Forward Commission meets virtually today at 3 p.m. To attend, please contact Anna Rose Medley by 1:30 p.m. today for the meeting link and passcode.
  • Register now to attend Headspace, Heart Space: Straight Talk about Navigating Race, Place and Complex Space at 1 p.m. April 28. Guest speaker Ty-Ron Douglas of the University of California, Berkeley, will address psychological and emotional safety and belonging and how to have courageous conversations.
  • Because of COVID-19, most of Carolina’s fall sports are now spring sports, making this one of the busiest seasons ever on campus. Check out the full schedule of games and tournaments and plan to cheer on the Heels.
  • The Carolina Vaccination Clinic is offering vaccines to faculty and staff in the Student Stores Pharmacy. Appointments encouraged at StudentCOVIDVax.unc.edu; walk-ins also accepted. Hours are 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
  • Visit the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion website for a response and list of resources following the Chauvin trial.

Week of April 19, 2021

Friday, April 23, 2021

  • Learn more about Carolina’s return to work guidance from a campus email sent Thursday from University leaders.
  • April 30 is the last day to apply for an Employee Forum Professional Development Grant for work-related education and training.
  • Join moderator Ted Shaw for a candid conversation with Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz and Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, as they discuss “Undoing Racism: the Role Higher Education has played in Institutional Racism and What it Can do to Create Change.” The virtual event, set for 6 p.m. April 28, is sponsored by the Carolina Alumni Black Issues Council.
  • Author Susan Burch, director of the American Studies Program at Middlebury College, discusses her new book, “Committed: Remembering Native Kinship in and beyond Institutions,” at 4 p.m. April 27. After her talk, Dan Cobb of Carolina’s American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program, will give a brief response and moderate a discussion.
  • Check out the takeout, delivery and socially distanced dine-in options for restaurants in downtown Chapel Hill and make your plans for the weekend.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

  • In honor of Earth Day, celebrate the Tar Heels who are making Carolina greener, conducting research, launching programs and leading change to protect habitats across North Carolina.
  • Watch a screening of the documentary “Go-Go City: Displacement & Protest in Washington, D.C.,” which focuses on the intersection of go-go music and protests over racial justice. The screening begins tomorrow at 2 p.m.
  • Join the Ackland Art Museum for a conversation tomorrow from 7:30-8:30 p.m. between guest curator Fred Joiner and featured artists of the newly opened 2021 Master of Fine Arts exhibition “Micro/Macro.”
  • Join a Zoom discussion between former German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel and Carolina’s Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professor Klaus Larres on April 26 from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • The Parr Center for Ethics is hosting a talk, “When the Vain Couldn’t Care Less,” with Saint Mary’s College of California Assistant Professor Grant J. Rozeboom on April 26 from 5-6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

  • Register for the two-day Faculty Showcase on Teaching to learn about promising teaching practices and virtually connect with your colleagues across disciplines. The many talks and sessions begin streaming tomorrow at 9 a.m.
  • If you speak German or are learning, join Carolina Public Humanities for a brown bag lunch tomorrow from noon-1:30 p.m. to chat with your peers in the language and practice your pronunciation. Advance registration is required, and the cost is $15.
  • The Center for the Study of the American South is hosting a webinar panel, “Imagining the Future: Public Art Confronts the Past,” tomorrow from 5-6:30 p.m. to explore the artwork that came out of Imagining UNC’s Future with Art grant and how site-specific art can encourage critical thinking.
  • Join the UNC Jazz Combos for their final performance of the spring semester, streaming live from Moeser Auditorium on Friday, April 23, at 4 p.m.
  • To learn when your school or department will be a part of Carolina’s series of Commencement ceremonies, check the schedule for all the May 14-16 festivities.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

  • The Carolina Student Vaccination Clinic at the Student Union is offering vaccines to Carolina employees. Appointments are encouraged at StudentCOVIDVax.unc.edu, but walk-ins are also accepted. Hours for this week are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thursday, April 22.
  • Huddle: How Women Unlock their Collective Power” is the subject of tomorrow’s session with CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin and Suchi Mohanty, head of R. B. House Undergraduate Library, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • During the Life After the Storm event April 22, 5:30 p.m., Carolina experts will discuss how extreme environmental events influence health, well-being, economy and the environment in North Carolina communities and beyond.
  • “Hall of Famer,” “Perfect Addition” and “Pinnacle” are just three of the many Employee Forum Recognition Awards for which you can nominate a fellow Carolina employee by April 30, 5 p.m.
  • Register for the May 6, 7:30 p.m. livestream of The Spark with Tift Merritt, featuring artist and puppet designer Robin Frohardt, who transforms everyday items and experiences into thought-provoking art.

Monday, April 19, 2021

  • Richard Shweder of the University of Chicago presents a lecture on “Social Intelligence in a Multicultural World: What Is It? Who Needs It? How Does It Develop?” via Zoom at 2 p.m. today. The event is part of the spring 2021 series on Culture & Developmental Science sponsored by the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute.
  • In its first Debating Public Policy Series event, the UNC Program for Public Discourse invites two Carolina faculty members to debate a proposal to increase the minimum wage. Register now for today’s 5 p.m. Zoom event.
  • Asia Week 2021 kicks off at Carolina tonight with a discussion by a panel of international scholars on “Rethinking Socialism(s) and Socialist Legacies in Postcolonial Asia.” Register now for the 7 p.m. Zoom event.
  • On this date in 1963, Malcolm X participated in a public meeting at Memorial Hall with Durham lawyer Floyd McKissick after being denied an opportunity to speak in Durham. About 1,600 people attended the event.
  • Rachel Marie-Crane Williams will discuss her book “Run Home If You Don’t Want to Be Killed: The Detroit Uprising of 1943” at an Off the Shelf talk sponsored by University Libraries at noon April 22.

Week of April 12, 2021

Friday, April 16, 2021

  • The last Faculty Council meeting of the spring takes place virtually from 3-5 p.m. today.
  • Voting is open for staff in the annual Employee Forum elections. Check your email for your ballot and vote by 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 21.
  • Tune in online to the UNC Guitar Ensemble’s free spring concert at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 18.
  • Join the UNC Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies and the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies for a conversation on Conceptualizations of Race, Blackness and Identity in North Africa at 3:30 p.m. April 19.
  • The next Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less online sessions begin April 28. The deadline to register for this weight-loss and maintenance program is April 23. This free program is covered by BCBS with the code: GNC2021.
  • Want to shape the future of events in Chapel Hill? Share your input on what you’d like to see celebrated in the community through a survey, open until April 25.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

  • Learn about the status of the COVID-19 vaccine in Africa in a Zoom discussion hosted by the UNC African Studies Center and the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases tomorrow from 9-10 a.m.
  • Find out how unexpected art pairings can lead to new insights with the Ackland Art Museum’s Odd Couples: Objects in Conversation, tomorrow from noon-1 p.m.
  • Tune in tomorrow from 5:30-7 p.m as University of Michigan philosophy professor Elizabeth Anderson gives the keynote address for the 2021 E. Maynard Adams Symposium for the Humanities. This year’s theme: What should the work ethic mean in a 21st century capitalist society?
  • Learn about a first-of-its-kind group licensing program that allows former Carolina student-athletes, in conjunction with their alma mater, to profit from their marketability.
  • Take advantage of Carolina Talent’s My Learning module and learn a new skill, like data analytics or graphic design, through LinkedIn Learning, now available free for University employees.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

  • Virtually attend the Carolina Center for Public Service’s ceremony presenting three University Public Service Awards honoring individual undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff and University units for exemplary work in public service and engaged scholarship from 4-5:30 p.m. tomorrow.
  • Register for a discussion featuring Asian American student-athletes speaking about their sports careers, experiences and thoughts tomorrow at 7 p.m.
  • Watch the film “In the Claws of a Century Wanting,” which examines urban housing in Manila, and then view a panel on the film hosted by the Carolina Asia Center tomorrow 9-10:30 p.m.
  • The deadline to nominate a faculty member for the Thomas Jefferson Award has been extended to Monday, April 19. Read more about last year’s winner, Ada Adimora.
  • Visit the Carolina Global Photography Competition and see 20 years of stunning images taken from all over the world by Tar Heels. The exhibition is open from 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the FedEx Global Education Center until July 1. The exhibit will also be displayed on the UNC Global Photography Competition website.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

  • La oss lage mat! Learn to make traditional Norwegian “Kjøttkaker” meatballs with Elisabeth and Victoria Bergquist, a cooking duo from Fredrikstad, Norway, today at noon, sponsored by the Center for European Studies.
  • Join the Virtual Science Expo on April 16 for a session with Galapagos Islands scientists, physics and astronomy demonstrations, a look at environmental justice data with the Gillings School of Global Public Health and live skywatching with Morehead Planetarium and Science Center and more.
  • Staff, faculty and students — register by April 25 to show your Asia-related talent during Asia Week.
  • If you’ve not completed the University’s Managing Bias course, check your inbox for an email invitation from Everfi. The course addresses the experience of faculty and staff in the workplace.
  • Looking to improve or add to your work skills? Check out the Human Resources catalog of professional development courses.

Monday, April 12, 2021

  • April 13 is the last day for faculty to vote in the 2021 annual faculty election. The results will be posted online by April 16.
  • Carolina music students wind up Pride Week with a showcase of performances by LGBTQIA+ composers at noon April 13. The pre-recorded event will be available for asynchronous viewing on the department’s YouTube channel after the premiere.
  • Register now for the free April 13 watch party (7:30 p.m.) and panel discussion (9:30 p.m.) of “Fire,” the third film in Ackland Film Forum’s Global Queer Cinema Series.
  • Life-long home gardener Brie Arthur shares expert advice for success in Spring Veggie Garden Prep, an online talk presented by the North Carolina Botanical Garden 6-8 p.m. April 13. Register in advance; the fee is $26 ($23 for garden members).
  • Stay active anytime and anywhere with Campus Recreation’s on-demand video exercise classes. New classes added weekly.

Week of April 5, 2021

Friday, April 9, 2021

  • The Digital Accessibility Office is the latest University group to move its training registrations to Carolina Talent.
  • Faculty and staff can purchase up to four football season tickets at discounted rates with a $150 per seat deposit. Priority deadline is April 23 for seat deposits. Email Evan Weber.
  • April 15 is the last day to nominate employees for the 2021 Governor’s Awards for Excellence, the highest honor a state employee can receive.
  • Primrose Chapel Hill East on Pope Road in Durham is offering 10% off tuition for one child with your UNC One Card.
  • Join a School of Nursing and UNC Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice virtual panel discussion about the importance of teamwork and coordinated care in the story of Paige Winter, shark encounter survivor, at 5:30 p.m. April 15.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

  • If you speak Italian or are learning, join Carolina Public Humanities for a brown bag lunch noon-1:30 p.m. April 9 to chat with your peers in the language and practice your pronunciation. Advance registration is required, and the cost is $15.
  • Take your kids on an Ackland Art Museum Virtual Art Adventure 10:30-11:15 a.m. Saturday to explore watercolors. A supply list, printable template and Zoom meeting link will be distributed before the class session.
  • Register for a talk by Drew Lanham, Alumni Distinguished Professor of wildlife ecology at Clemson University, on embracing his African American heritage, kinship to nature and adoration of birds. The North Carolina Botanical Garden event will stream 2:30-4 p.m. April 11.
  • Professor Ariana Vigil of the women and gender studies department will present a talk on aging, loss and geological change in Cristina Henríquez’ “The World in Half” at 5:30 p.m. April 12.
  • Read about the 60 UNC Police officers who show up every day — and every night — to serve the Carolina community, even during a pandemic.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

  • All adults in North Carolina are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine today.
  • The Asian American Center Fellows are offering a workshop tonight at 7:30 p.m. for anyone interested in creating their own Asian American studies, artistic or community project.
  • In the April 8 episode of “The Spark with Tift Merritt,” the singer-songwriter will talk to world-renowned tap dancer, choreographer and founder of Dorrance Dance, Michelle Dorrance. The Carolina Performing Arts virtual event is free, but they suggest a donation of $15.
  • Norma M. Riccucci, the Board of Governors Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University, will deliver the 2021 Deil S. Wright Lecture on “Preparing People of Color for 21st Century Jobs: Unfulfilled Promises and Lost Opportunities,” virtually at 3:30-5 p.m. on April 8.
  • At 5 p.m. on April 8, the College of Arts & Sciences’ music department will present a 2018 recording of John Adams’ “The Wound Dresser” as part of Pride Week at Carolina and in memory of Matthew Shepherd. The recording of the performance by Assistant Professor Marc Callahan and the UNC Symphony Orchestra will be available on the department’s YouTube channel after the premiere.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

  • The Employee Forum will meet at 9:15 a.m. April 7. To attend, contact Matt Banks by 5 p.m. April 6 for the Zoom link and password.
  • Add some music to your Friday lunch with the free April 9 First Fridays concert at noon featuring Carolina student musicians playing violins, viola and cello.
  • Learn simple, easy and practical strategies to become comfortable with writing for work, presenting ideas in varied formats, doing research before writing, editing and producing a polished product with the Art of Business Writing course, 9-11:30 a.m. April 13 and 15. Register online with your Onyen by April 10.
  • Join veteran comedy writer David Misch as he explores how Mel Brooks, Laurel & Hardy, Key & Peele, Samuel Beckett, Sarah Silverman and Charlie Chaplin laughed at tragedy. A $15 course fee is required to attend the Friday Center’s “Comedy vs. the Apocalypse . . . Humor in Tough Times,” 10-11:30 a.m. April 14.
  • Calling all innovators! Register for the April 14 UNC Innovation Showcase to learn from 30 top faculty researchers, student innovators and local entrepreneurs. Hear pitches and join Q&A sessions with UNC startup and research teams working on ideas with breakthrough potential.

Monday, April 5, 2021

  • Faculty members, check your inbox for an April 1 email with the link to your ballot for the 2021 annual faculty election. Voting continues through April 13; the results will be posted online by April 16.
  • Jacob Lau, assistant professor of women’s and gender studies, will deliver the last lecture of this semester’s Structures of Inequality series at 3:30 p.m. April 7. Register in advance to get the Zoom link for “Moving Forward on Deconstructing the Gender Binary.”
  • The mental health of young people in the pandemic era is the topic of this year’s Merrimon Lecture by Harvard professor Vikram Patel. Register now for his talk on April 8, which begins at noon.
  • Celebrate Arts Everywhere Day by uploading a photo of yourself or something you created to the Morrison Art Studio Community Mural, a virtual creation that will be unveiled April 9.
  • Norma M. Riccucci, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration, will deliver the 2021 Deil S. Wright Lecture on “Preparing People of Color for 21st Century Jobs.” Register now for the April 8 lecture, which begins at 3:30 p.m.
  • Find out the latest Spring Commencement updates.

Week of March 29, 2021

Thursday, April 1, 2021

  • The University is closed tomorrow, April 2, for the spring holiday, and Monday is a student Wellness Day.
  • If you speak French or are learning, join Carolina Public Humanities for a brown bag lunch on Monday, April 5, from noon-1:30 p.m. to chat with your peers in the language and practice your pronunciation. Advance registration is required, and the cost is $15.
  • On Tuesday, Give UNC 2021 brought in 8,626 gifts totaling nearly $12 million. Check the gift totals for the causes you care about and watch a video message of thanks from Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz.
  • Learn how to let go of the things that hold you back in a Human Resources course, streaming Wednesday, April 7, from noon-1 p.m.
  • The Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs and Carolina’s Modern Indian Studies Initiative will host the virtual panel discussion “U.S.-India Relations Under the Biden Administration” at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7. The panel will feature India’s ambassador to the U.S. Taranjit Singh Sandhu, former U.S. ambassador to India Richard Verma and Vice Provost for Global Affairs Barbara Stephenson.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

  • Watch a live discussion about free speech on college campuses tomorrow from 5-6:30 p.m. with philosophy teaching assistant professor Alexandru Marcoci and Australian National University lecturer Alexandra Oprea presented by the UNC Philosophy, Politics and Economics Program.
  • Join a panel of UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health alumni and faculty entrepreneurs of color tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. to learn more about their experiences starting public health consultancies, empowering girls and building resilience in rural communities.
  • Nominate someone for a LGBTIQA+ Advocacy Award, which recognizes contributions or advocacy on behalf of LGBTIQA+ communities at Carolina, by end of day tomorrow.
  • Check the leaderboard to find out the numbers of gifts and total amounts donated to different units and departments yesterday during GiveUNC, Carolina’s university-wide day of giving.
  • Plan a visit to the Morehead Planetarium & Science Center by reserving your timed entry ticket in advance.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

  • Author and scholar Ricardo A. Wilson II will speak via Zoom on “The Nigrescent Beyond: Mexico, the United States and the Psychic Vanishing of Blackness” on April 1, 3:30-5 p.m., as part of the Stone Center’s Author’s Discussion Series.
  • The discounted registration period ends April 1 for the June 17-20 Jane Austen Summer Program. The symposium will appeal to those passionate about all things Austen, including people from all walks of life, scholars, teachers and students from middle school through graduate school.
  • The one-woman show “Edges of Time” ends its virtual run on April 4. Ticket buyers have 48 hours from time of purchase to stream this PlayMakers Repertory Company production or until 11:59 p.m. on April 4, whichever comes first.
  • During “A Refugee’s Journey: A Conversation with Abdi Nor Iftin” April 8 at 6 p.m., you can hear Iftin’s story of survival from childhood during famine and war in Somalia to his arrival in the U.S. to his work as a journalist. The free event via Zoom requires advance registration.
  • Listen to the fun, lighthearted podcast Playing Well with Others produced by Human Resources. Episodes include the Neuroscience of Gratitude, The Human in Human Resources and Growing Your Career at Carolina.

Monday, March 29, 2021

  • Submit a name to replace one of the three removed from campus buildings by 5 p.m. on April 9.
  • Review coverage of the March 25 meeting of the University Board of Trustees.
  • Register now for the open forum for candidate #3 for the position of Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, which will be held at 1:30 p.m. March 30.
  • Nominate an outstanding university manager for the 2021 University Managers’ Association Manager of the Year Award before the March 31 deadline.
  • Join the College of Arts & Sciences’ English and comparative literature department for a roundtable reading and conversation at 5 p.m. March 31, when writers, poets, scholars and artists will gather to read and reflect on Randall Kenan’s South.

Week of March 22, 2021

Friday, March 26, 2021

  • The latest stories about Carolina’s Pandemic Year include experts sharing perspectives on how the pandemic affected digital lifestyles and health care.
  • Learn more about how employees can use paid work time to receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Josefina Bañales will join FPG’s Carolina Consortium on Human Development to present “We Gotta Do Better: Adolescents’ Beliefs, Feelings and Actions Towards Racism” via Zoom from 2-3:15 p.m. Monday, March 29.
  • Jodi Magness, senior endowed chair in the department of religious studies, presents an online lecture, Ossuaries and the Burials of Jesus and James, at 10 a.m. March 31. Cost is $15.
  • Employees will receive their 2020 Total Rewards summary online at ConnectCarolina at the end of April. The summary includes a snapshot of total compensation between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2020, including salary and taxes, value of the UNC-paid benefits, accrued sick and vacation days along with other information.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

  • Hear from faculty across North Carolina about their favorite online teaching strategies and how they will continue to use them in physical classrooms in a webinar from the UNC System Digital Learning Community from 11 a.m.-noon tomorrow.
  • Watch a virtual roundtable tomorrow from noon-1 p.m. hosted by the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs to discuss a new partnership with the American Academy of Diplomacy and the podcast, “The General and the Ambassador.”
  • Cheer on Carolina’s fencing team and men’s swim team in their NCAA tournaments this week.
  • Get some inspiration for art and crafts you can create at home by joining the Morrison Art Studio Listserv to receive weekly ideas and the latest news on virtual events from this groundbreaking new space located on the bottom floor of Morrison Residence Hall.
  • Reflect on the resilience and strength of Carolina’s students and employees during one of the most difficult years in the University’s history.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

  • Join the North Carolina Botanical Garden for “Back to the Future: Suther Prairie Nature Reserve,” a virtual Lunchbox Talk about an undisturbed remnant Piedmont wet prairie. Streaming noon-1 p.m. tomorrow, the event is free with a suggested $5 donation.
  • Jane Austen & Co., part of Carolina’s Jane Austen Summer Program, will explore important Black women and men of the Regency era, including how the Netflix show “Bridgerton” both illuminates and ignores their lives, in a free talk streaming tomorrow from 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Black Men in White Coats,” presented by the UNC School of Medicine Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion, dissects the systemic barriers preventing black men from becoming medical doctors. Screen a private viewing using the code H8637Ia by 6 p.m. today.
  • Register for a Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute lecture on predicting successful engagement with online learning during the pandemic with the UNC School of Education’s Professor Thurston Domina and the institute’s Sabrina Zadrozny, streaming 12:30-2 p.m. on Friday, March 26.
  • Chapel Hill’s own Steep Canyon Rangers will make a virtual homecoming with a full-length concert of fan favorites and new releases. Ticket holders can access the on-demand show for 72 hours, beginning Friday at 7:30 p.m. Suggested ticket donation per household is $15. Tickets start at $0. Registration closes at noon on Friday, March 26.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

  • In the final UNC Health Foundation Game Changers webinar today at noon via Zoom, Dr. Crystal Cené and UNC Health Alliance COO Robb Malone will discuss how UNC Health is working to ensure equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Scholar and author Yomaira C. Figueroa-Vasquez, whose work juxtaposes Afro-Latinx and Afro-Hispanic diasporic artists, will speak via Zoom today, 3:30-5 p.m., as part of the Stone Center’s Writer’s Discussion Series.
  • Hear rarely told stories of women of color who fought for voting rights and civil rights during an Off the Shelf Author Conversation between Cathleen Cahill and Alison Parker March 25, noon-1 p.m., hosted by Chaitra Powell, African American collections and outreach archivist at UNC Libraries.
  • March 26, noon-1 p.m., may be your only chance ever to talk about the pith helmet over Lunch with Friends & Strangers. The Zoom session costs $10 and features Victoria Rovine, professor in Carolina’s art and art history department and an expert on African fashion designers, contemporary African artists and the representation of Africa in Europe through visual culture.
  • This week, The Well features a look back at Carolina’s Pandemic Year with special stories every day, including a piece about how a multidisciplinary research partnership built to fight HIV, Ebola and other infectious diseases turned its people, expertise and experience to fight COVID-19.

Monday, March 22, 2021

  • The University Board of Trustees will meet March 24-25. Find the agenda and a link to the livestream on the BOT website.
  • The deadline for nominations for the 2021 Thomas Jefferson Award, given to the faculty member who best exemplifies the ideals and objectives of Thomas Jefferson, has been extended to March 29.
  • Register now for the 2021 Deil S. Wright Lecture by Professor Norma M. Riccucci of the Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration. In the lecture, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. April 8, she will address “Preparing People of Color for 21st Century Jobs: Unfulfilled Promises and Lost Opportunities.”
  • The University encourages employees who have received their COVID-19 vaccinations to self-report through the new UNC Environment, Health and Safety website.
  • This week, The Well features a look back at Carolina’s Pandemic Year with special stories every day, including a piece today about post-pandemic education.

Week of March 15, 2021

Friday, March 19, 2021

  • Stream PlayMakers Repertory Co.’s world premiere of “Edges of Time” by Carolina playwright Jacqueline Lawton. Focusing on the life of Marvel Cooke, the first Black woman journalist to get her byline in a major U.S. newspaper, the livestream performances run through April 4.
  • Register for a virtual Abbey Speaker Series event featuring a panel discussion on the Future of Conservativism, sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences’ Program for Public Discourse, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 23.
  • Learn more about how researchers from the Rapidly Emerging Antiviral Drug Development Initiative (READDI) are working to develop drugs and therapeutics for future viral outbreaks. This Tar Heels Together conversation is set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 23.
  • Next week, The Well features a look back at Carolina’s Pandemic Year with special stories every day, including reflections from Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz.
  • Sign up for Carolina’s PerksConnect to check out discounts on tax preparation services.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

  • Monitor Carolina Ready for alerts about this afternoon’s severe weather, including heavy rain, wind and possible hail and tornados. Read this article from the Office of Institutional Integrity and Risk Management on how to stay safe when high winds, hail and tornadoes strike.
  • Want to learn how to effectively use all the features Zoom has to offer? Join a Lunch and Learn with the UNC System Digital Learning Community from noon-1 p.m. tomorrow.
  • Register for a virtual workshop from the North Carolina Botanical Garden to learn about the benefits of composting and how to set up a backyard compost system at home. The free class will stream tomorrow from noon-1 p.m.
  • Let the College of Arts & Sciences department of music Brass Chamber Ensemble serenade you this Sunday with a live streamed performance from Kenan Hall from 7:30-8 p.m.
  • Take advantage of Carolina Talent’s My Learning module and learn a new skill, like data analytics or graphic design, through LinkedIn Learning, now available free for University employees.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

  • Watch a live discussion of the pros and cons of universal basic income tomorrow 6:30-8 p.m. with College of Arts & Sciences teaching assistant professor of philosophy Fabian Wendt, presented by the UNC Philosophy, Politics and Economics Program.
  • Find out how unexpected art pairings can lead to new insights with the Ackland Art Museum’s Odd Couples: Objects in Conversation, March 19 from noon-1 p.m.
  • March 29 is the last day to nominate a faculty member for the Thomas Jefferson Award, the University’s highest award for faculty.
  • Cheer on the Carolina men’s and women’s basketball teams in the 2021 NCAA tournament. In the first round, the men play Wisconsin on March 19, and the women play Alabama on March 22.
  • Today is St. Patrick’s Day. Instead of “Kiss me, I’m Irish,” be sure to follow the University’s COVID-19 Community Standards if you celebrate.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

  • For a look into the world of collecting art, join the Ackland Art Museum’s “Kusama and Beyond: A Conversation with Collectors JK Brown and Eric Diefenbach” on Thursday, March 18, 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Free tickets for the Zoom are available.
  • Get the inside scoop during the March 23 UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School webinar: “The Secrets and Struggles of a Successful Product Launch” at noon. Learn about what distinguishes a successful launch from a failed one, common struggles and picking the right beachhead market.
  • Find out how principles of equity can help children during the third installment of the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute’s Distinguished Speaker Series on March 24, 3-4 p.m. The series theme is “Fostering Resilience for Our Children: From Birth through Adolescence.”
  • Nominate yourself or someone else as an Employee Forum delegate by March 31.
  • If you’re oversnacking because of stress, out of habit or for some other reason, read Do this when cravings hit, a UNC Health Talk column from Christine Peat, professor of psychiatry at UNC School of Medicine and director of the National Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders.

Monday, March 15, 2021

  • University employees receive a 20% discount on monthly dues at UNC Wellness Centers and through March 31 pay no fee to join. Contact wellness@unch.unc.edu or enroll online.
  • On March 16, the Ackland Film Forum presents a “Happy Together” (1997 Hong Kong queer romance) virtual watch party at 7:30 p.m. followed by a live panel discussion at 9:15 p.m. Register for free tickets to receive a link for the event.
  • Learn more about how to “Sleep for Health and Wellbeing” at a Human Resources webinar at noon March 17.
  • In the March 18 episode of “The Spark with Tift Merritt,” the singer-songwriter will talk to Durham native and longtime Alvin Ailey dancer Hope Boykin. The Carolina Performing Arts virtual event is free, but they suggest a donation of $15.
  • Faculty Council meets virtually at 3 p.m. March 19. Links to the online streaming video and the agenda will be posted on the Faculty Governance website.

Week of March 8, 2021

Friday, March 12, 2021

Thursday, March 11, 2021

  • Today’s Total WellBeing Virtual Wellness Week schedule features live sessions for Pilates and yoga, picking the perfect running shoe, eating for gut health and choosing active commute options. Sessions have different registration methods, including some using your ONYEN.
  • Want to design your coursework to motivate online students? Join Lunch and Learn with the UNC System Digital Learning Community from noon-1 p.m. tomorrow.
  • Join the Ackland Art Museum for a conversation between artist Renée Stout and the Ackland’s assistant curator for the collection Lauren Turner from 3:30-4:30 tomorrow. The two will revisit Stout’s work “Ogun” 25 years after it became part of the museum’s permanent collection.
  • Paul Hardin Drive will be closed to through traffic through Friday, April 16, to facilitate utility work on the UNC Hospitals Generator Plant Project.
  • If you’re working on your taxes, annual W-2 forms for 2020 are available to download using ConnectCarolina.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

  • Today’s Total WellBeing Virtual Wellness Week schedule features live sessions for barre and yoga, utilizing your health and flexible spending benefits, cooking with plants and positive meditation. Sessions have different registration methods, including some using your ONYEN.
  • Register to join the North Carolina Botanical Garden tomorrow noon-1 p.m. for a virtual Lunchbox Talk to learn about how climate change can be mitigated through North Carolina’s natural and working lands.
  • Watch a live panel discussion tomorrow 5-6:30 p.m. with Pulitzer-Prize–winning author Geraldine Brooks on “imagining and writing a pandemic,” presented by the UNC Philosophy, Politics and Economics Program.
  • In lieu of a weeklong spring break, tomorrow, March 11, and Friday, March 12, have been designated as Wellness Days for students and faculty.
  • Take a scroll through this photo essay by University Communications’ own Johnny Andrews to find out how six Tar Heel students have navigated a year of isolation and stress by turning to something they can control and lose themselves in: art.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

  • Register for one of Carolina’s COVID-19 Vaccine Town Halls scheduled for today 9:30-10 a.m. and tomorrow, March 10, 2:30-3 p.m., in which medical experts will answer your questions about COVID-19 vaccines. Panelists are Dr. David Weber and Audrey Pettifor on March 9; Weber and Dr. Sylvia Becker-Dreps on March 10.
  • Today’s Total WellBeing Virtual Wellness Week schedule features live sessions for stress, sleep and immune support; cardio dance; Mediterranean Diet cooking; and self-care mindfulness meditation. Sessions have different registration methods, including some using your ONYEN.
  • Can’t visit the Galapagos Islands? Do the next-best thing and learn from Carolina scholars about the islands’ social, terrestrial and marine environments. Register for the March 15, 6 p.m. program to hear about topics such as nutrition and public health, water and land dynamics, marine ecology and biological productivity.
  • Get ready for some toe-tapping tunes when Chapel Hill’s own Steep Canyon Rangers return home — virtually — with a full-length concert of fan favorites and new releases. Ticket holders can access the on-demand show for 72 hours, beginning March 26 at 7:30 p.m. Suggested ticket donation per household is $15. Tickets start at $0. Registration closes at noon on March 26.
  • Nominate yourself or someone else as an Employee Forum delegate by March 31.

Monday, March 8, 2021

Week of March 1, 2021

Friday, March 5, 2021

  • The Carolina men’s basketball team takes on Duke on Saturday. Remember to celebrate safely.
  • Vaccine availability for employees and plans for summer and fall semester were among the topics discussed at Wednesday’s Employee Forum meeting.
  • The Brown Gallery at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History is open for visitors from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with limited occupancy. View “Meditations on the Idea of Sacred Space: The Life and Work of Phil Freelon,” which celebrates the work of the famed architect and longtime Durham resident.
  • Register for “Game Changers,” a UNC Health event about COVID-19 variants and testing featuring Amy Loftis, Dr. Amir Barzin and Dr. Dirk Dittmer. The event will stream at noon on March 9.
  • Should you wear two masks? A Carolina expert shares how layering your masks can improve protection and what two types of masks work best together.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

  • Join Carolina Public Humanities’ “Virtual Lunch with Friends and Strangers” at noon tomorrow when Kathleen DuVal, Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor of History, will discuss Manteo, a Croatan Native American and chief of a local tribe that befriended the English explorers who landed at Roanoke Island in 1584. Registration is $10.
  • Watch Mark Katz, John P. Barker Distinguished Professor of Music, explore the life and work of Alim Braxton, aka Rrome Alone, a rapper on North Carolina’s death row. Using music as self-therapy and the prison telephone as his microphone, Braxton collaborates with producers on the outside who record his vocals and provide beats for his rhymes. The Robert Kelley Memorial Distinguished Lecture in Musicology will stream tomorrow at 5 p.m.
  • Learn a new recipe, take a Combat Cardio class and more during UNC Wellness Week, March 8-12, presented by the Office of Human Resources.
  • You and another audience member, strangers to each other, could take a journey together without leaving your homes during the Carolina Performing Arts presentation of a 600 HIGHWAYMEN production A Thousand Ways (Part One): A Phone Call. Guided by the recorded voice of a narrator over the phone, you’ll follow a set of directives over the course of an hour, forming a unique collaboration in which you’re both the lead character of your own story and the supporting player in someone else’s. Learn more and check ticket availability for performances through March 14.
  • Pick up a new skill, like data analytics or graphic design, with the help of Carolina Talent’s My Learning module, now available free for University employees.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

  • Vaccine distribution and justice is the focus of a live panel with guest scholars Lisa Herzog (University of Groningen) and Brian Berkey (University of Pennsylvania), presented by UNC Philosophy, Politics and Economics and streaming live tomorrow from 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Register by 5 p.m. today to attend a discussion of virtual reality contemporary art, moderated by department of art and art history Associate Professor Sabine Gruffat. Artists Carla Gannis, LaJuné McMillian and Rachel Rossin will talk about their work and engage in a Q&A session with participants tomorrow from 7-8:30 p.m.
  • On March 5 from 10 a.m.-noon, a transatlantic roundtable will launch “The Oxford Handbook of Gender, War, and the Western World since 1600,” a comprehensive historical overview of the entangled relationships between gender, war and military culture. Karen Hagemann, a professor of history and peace, war and defense at Carolina, will present along with other global scholars.
  • Learn how to garden in the shade and which plants are best suited for shade gardening in a virtual North Carolina Botanical Garden class ($19/$17 for members) streaming March 5 from 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Learn about how the researchers, faculty members and students at both the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s nutrition department and the UNC Nutrition Research Institute are leading the way toward a healthier tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

  • Join tomorrow’s discussion of ideas on race from John Rawls’ “A Theory of Justice,” widely regarded as one of the 20th century’s most significant and influential works of political philosophy, 5-6:30 p.m., as part of the Philosophy, Politics and Economics author series.
  • If you’re interested in religious freedom, check out the webinar “The Global Challenge of Religious Freedom,” which runs 5-8 p.m. on Friday, March 5, and 9:30 a.m.-noon on Saturday, March 6. Topics include Religion in America, China as Defender of the Faith and Religious Freedom in France. Tuition is $50.
  • Watch and listen live as visual artist Andrew Myers draws an original work while Marc Callahan sings and Keiko Sekino plays piano during a performance of Franz Schubert’s “Winterreis,” March 6, 7:30 p.m.
  • Register for upcoming Safe Zone training, which includes a four-hour session that introduces concepts, terminology and resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
  • Learn how the University Commission on History, Race and a Way Forward has worked during the past year to reckon with Carolina’s past and change the narrative.

Monday, March 1, 2021

  • Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, will give a virtual talk at 11 a.m. March 3 as part of the Dean’s Speaker Series, hosted by UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Dean Doug Shackelford.
  • Catch the next virtual meeting of the Campus Safety Commission at 9 a.m. March 3.
  • The Employee Forum is also meeting at the same time that day. To attend, contact Matt Banks by 5 p.m. March 2 at for the Zoom link and password.
  • Employee Forum Book Club has picked its books to discuss for 2021. Check out the list and register for the virtual meetings.
  • Don’t miss the latest COVID-19 update, issued Friday from the Office of Human Resources, including updated work and leave provisions and vaccine information.

Week of Feb. 22, 2021

Friday, Feb. 26, 2021

  • Listen to Art Songs and Spirituals by Black Composers presented in a free livestream by the UNC Department of Music at 12:30 p.m. today, Friday, Feb. 26.
  • Following Wednesday’s Executive Order from Gov. Roy Cooper, Carolina is developing a plan to invite fans back to athletic venues, with an emphasis on safety and Community Standards. Read more in Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham’s statement.
  • A new secure and streamlined password reset process is available through the ITS Service Desk when requesting Onyen and Microsoft 365 application passwords. A verification code is sent for the authentication prompt on the Duo mobile app. Once the code is confirmed, the password is reset.
  • Join a 75-minute rejuvenating outdoor yoga class at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, in Perennial Circle at the N.C. Botanical Garden. Reserve a spot for $13.
  • Take the #TakeoutPledge and dine out at one of these Chapel Hill restaurants tonight or this weekend.

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021

  • Nominate a colleague for a Massey Distinguished Service Award by end of day tomorrow. These annual awards recognize six employees for “unusual, meritorious or superior contribution” to the University.
  • In honor of Black History Month, the Friday Center for Continuing Education will present a live, online performance by actor and playwright Mike Wiley. Crafted from the public record, his one-man, multiple character performance of “Dar He” is a dramatization of the events surrounding the lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till. The performance streams from 3-4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28.
  • Join the Ackland Art Museum for a Virtual Friends and Family Sunday on Feb. 28 from 2-5 p.m. to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year with a story time, Carolina’s own Flying Silk dance troupe and a closer look at works on display at the Ackland.
  • To mark the milestone of 500,000 Americans lost to COVID-19, take a moment to watch a recording of UNC Rex Pastoral Care Director Gyasi Patterson reading “We Remember Them,” by the late Rabbi Roland B. Gittelsohn.
  • Plan a visit to the newly renovated Morehead Planetarium & Science Center by reserving your timed entry ticket in advance.

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021

  • Join the next R3 Symposium event, ARTivism: Using Arts-based Scholarship to Interrogate and Dismantle Racism, today 3-4:30 p.m., featuring a panel of faculty members and graduate students and a spoken word performance by Chapel Hill’s inaugural poet laureate, CJ Suitt.
  • Catherine Woollard, director of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles, will deliver the 27th annual Mary Stevens Reckford Memorial Lecture in European Studies tomorrow, Feb. 25, from noon-1:30 p.m. via Zoom. The lecture, “Protection vs. Externalization: The politics and law of asylum in Europe 2015-2020,” will be followed by a Q&A session.
  • “Chronicling Stankonia: The Rise of the Hip-Hop South” probes the ways music, literature and film have remixed Southern identities for a post–civil rights generation. Join the book’s author, Regina Bradley, a Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow at Harvard University, in a University Libraries Off the Shelf discussion tomorrow from noon-1 p.m.
  • Watch the live panel, “Philosophy, Politics, and Ethics in a Time of Pandemic: Gender, Labor, and the Pandemic” with Judy Fudge, a global labor issues professor at McMaster University, and Gina Schouten, an associate professor of philosophy at Harvard University, tomorrow from 5-6 p.m.
  • The Ned Brooks Award recognizes a staff or faculty member of the Carolina community who has made a difference in the larger community throughout their career. Nominate a colleague by Feb. 26.

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021

  • If you missed Friday’s Faculty Council meeting, read The Well’s story recapping what happened.
  • Did you know that 80 of North Carolina’s 100 counties are rural? Learn about Carolina’s work in those areas during today’s Connect, Engage, Transform: Rural Community Partnerships webinar, 1-2:30 p.m. Stakeholders from rural communities and the University will highlight and encourage authentic, effective and sustainable collaborations for the public good.
  • On Friday, Feb. 26, join historian Matt Andrews and Carolina Public Humanities’ Max Owre for a lunchtime conversation about the extraordinary life of Muhammad Ali and what it reveals about 20th-century American culture, politics and social reform. Noon-1 p.m., $10 registration fee.
  • Each year the University recognizes people and groups that have given their time and effort to advance diversity, equity and inclusion at Carolina and in our surrounding community. Nominate a coworker for a 2021 Diversity Award in one of six categories by Feb. 28.
  • Learn how your research can be more accurate and inclusive, thanks to the work of Carolina librarians and archivists.

Monday, Feb. 22, 2021

  • The History, Race and a Way Forward Commission will meet at 3 p.m. today. You can attend virtually.
  • In a webinar hosted by the Bullitt History of Medicine Club at 5 p.m. Feb. 23, associate professor of history Brett Whalen will discuss how 14th-century physicians responded to the bubonic plague without the help of modern medicine.
  • Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis wrote “The Democracy! Suite” as a response to the political, social and economic struggles facing the nation. Listen to him perform it with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25, presented by Carolina Performing Arts.
  • Tune in at 11 a.m. Feb. 25 for the next meeting of the Campus and Community Advisory Committee. Chat will be disabled, but you can submit questions or comments to https://pollev.com/ccac0225​ or text “ccac0225” to 22333.
  • As a University employee, you get free access to LastPass Premium, a password manager that stores passwords for you to make log-ins easier while protecting your digital identity and your online accounts. LastPass can tell you if your password is discovered in a breach, notify you of risky password reuse and provide you with a score to help improve your online safety. Learn more and create an account.

Week of Feb. 15, 2021

Friday, Feb. 19, 2021

  • Don’t want to wait on hold with the ITS Service Desk? A new option for an automated call back is available and getting positive reviews. Follow the prompts on the recorded message and keep your place in line to get help.
  • Faculty Council meets virtually from 3-5 p.m. today.
  • Sign up to join health and wellness sessions during the Total WellBeing Virtual Wellness Week, March 8-12, and prepare to “reset, refocus, renew, restart and repair.”
  • Register to hear distinguished journalist, educator and activist Charles E. Cobb deliver the Stone Center’s 2021 African American History Month Lecture at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23.
  • If you are working remotely and miss seeing our beautiful campus, join the UNC Visitors Center for its new Sense of Place Zoom tour. Register for today’s noon tour, scheduled especially for faculty and staff.

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021

  • Join faculty from the College of Arts & Sciences’ music department as they kick off the 2021 Carolina Jazz Festival tonight with an evening performance livestreamed to your home from Moeser Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.
  • New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie moderates a College of Arts & Sciences’ Program for Public Discourse panel discussion, “Defining Racial Justice in the 21st Century,” at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 23. Registration is required.
  • Join Team ADVANCE for a free, two-hour professional development workshop tomorrow from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. focused on negotiation and communication skills and tailored especially for women in academia.
  • Nominate a colleague for a Massey Distinguished Service Award by Feb. 26. These annual awards recognize six employees for “unusual, meritorious or superior contribution” to the University.
  • Learn about Carolina’s Black pioneers — including five students who enrolled in the UNC School of Law in 1951 — and the barriers they broke while moving UNC-Chapel Hill closer to the ideal of the University of the people.

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021

  • If you’re on campus, listen for Alert Carolina sirens during today’s test from noon-12:30 p.m. When testing is complete, a different siren tone and a voice message will signal all clear.
  • Register for Spring 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 tomorrow from 5-9 p.m.
  • North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green joins the Rev. William J. Barber II for two public events next week as part of the 2021 Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence Readings. Registration is required for both the 7:30-9:30 p.m. event on Feb. 22 and the 3:30-4:45 p.m. event on Feb. 25.
  • Friday, Feb. 19, is the last day to share your wellness interests with the Office of Human Resources. The information collected in the Total WellBeing survey, which can be completed in 10 minutes and will help establish goals and programs that meet employees’ work/life and wellness interests for a happy and healthy 2021.
  • Get a free asymptomatic COVID-19 test Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., in the R7 Parking Lot at 725 Martin Luther King Blvd. in Chapel Hill.

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021

  • If you like a good tale, livestream some or all of Remembrance & Renewal, a storytelling festival presented Feb. 17-21 by the Process Series.
  • What’s Happening in Myanmar? Find out Feb. 18, 7-8 p.m., in a Carolina Asia Center event featuring historian Frances O’Morchoe of Parami University livestreaming from Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar, and Sarmuna Wei of North Carolina’s Karen diaspora community. Ann Suk of Carolina’s anthropology department will moderate.
  • Join the next R3 Symposium event, ARTivism: Using Arts-based Scholarship to Interrogate and Dismantle Racism, on Feb. 24, 3-4:30 p.m., featuring a panel of faculty members and graduate students and a spoken word performance by Chapel Hill’s inaugural poet laureate, CJ Suitt.
  • You and another audience member, strangers to each other, could take a journey together without leaving your homes during the Carolina Performing Arts presentation of a 600 HIGHWAYMEN production A Thousand Ways (Part One): A Phone Call. Learn more and check limited ticket availability for March 1-14 performances. One testimonial: “At a time when we are disconnected and isolated, the feeling of connection was profound.”
  • Congratulations to the men’s tennis team on its national championship win on Sunday! The Carolina women’s team also recently won the ITA Indoor National Championship. UNC is just the second school and the first since 2000 (Stanford) to win both men’s and women’s ITA National Team Indoor titles in the same year. Go Heels!

Monday, Feb. 15, 2021

Week of Feb. 8, 2021

Friday, Feb. 12, 2021

  • Rather than a weeklong Spring Break, Monday, Feb. 15, and Tuesday, Feb. 16, have been designated as Wellness Days for students and faculty. The other Wellness Days for the spring semester are Thursday, March 11; Friday, March 12; and Monday, April 5.
  • Nominate a colleague for a Massey Distinguished Service Award by Feb. 26. These annual awards recognize six employees for “unusual, meritorious or superior contribution” to the University.
  • Shop for flowers, gifts, treats and eats for Valentine’s Day in downtown Chapel Hill using this guide for ideas.
  • Show your Carolina spirit with these free downloadable Tar Heel Valentines and Zoom backgrounds.
  • Monday, Feb. 15, is the last day to nominate someone to receive an honorary degree to be awarded in Spring 2022.

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021

  • Join Carolina Public Humanities’ “Virtual Lunch with Friends and Strangers” at noon tomorrow when Hassan Melehy, professor of French and Francophone studies, will discuss novelist Jack Kerouac. Registration is $10.
  • Take your kids on an Ackland Art Museum Virtual Art Adventure on Saturday from 10:30-11:15 a.m. to create paper relief sculptures. A supply list, printable template and Zoom meeting link will be distributed prior to the class session.
  • The eastbound lane on Manning Drive and the adjacent sidewalk will reopen on Sunday, Feb. 14.
  • Do your part to help keep work areas clean and prevent the spread of COVID-19 by reviewing the Enhanced Cleaning Frequencies. Among other things, instructors and students should wipe down desks, tables, whiteboards and other commonly used surfaces before use.
  • Take advantage of Carolina Talent’s My Learning module and learn a new skill, like data analytics or graphic design, through LinkedIn Learning, now available free for University employees.

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021

  • Register to remotely attend “Remembering Our Past; Focused on our Future,” the next event in the School of Education’s Black History Month Conversation Series, by Associate Professor Paul Harris from the University of Virginia tomorrow from 11 a.m.-noon.
  • Join the North Carolina Botanical Garden noon-1 p.m. tomorrow for a virtual tour of North Carolina’s rare wildflowers, from mountain to coast. Learn what makes a plant rare and what is being done to protect them through stories of both woe and conservation success.
  • Meet one of the world’s leading tabla virtuosos, Sandeep Das, in a new episode of “The Spark,” hosted by Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Tift Merritt for Carolina Performing Arts. Register by noon tomorrow to watch the livestream at 7:30 p.m. that evening.
  • Read the latest update about Wellness Days and the number of tests administered by the Carolina Together Testing Program.
  • Get a jump on your taxes and print your annual W-2 tax forms for 2020 using ConnectCarolina.

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021

  • All campus buildings will be open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. unless an exception is approved by the Building Access Committee or unless the building has always been controlled access, including prior to COVID-19. Request an exception using this form.
  • Are you over 65? If so, you’re in Group 2 for a COVID-19 vaccination. You can check with your local county health department or UNC Health to schedule a vaccination.
  • Learn about the Andy Griffith Show and Michael Jordan’s Carolina career in 90-minute class sessions that are part of the UNC General Alumni Association’s N.C. History Series. The lifelong-learning series features pre-recorded videos and live video time with historian Freddie Kiger ’74, ’77. Fees are $28 for non-members, $18 for GAA members.
  • Tonight, 7-9 p.m., join Carolina graduates and members of the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective as they discuss the collective and read excerpts from their works in “All the Songs We Sing,” the new anthology that marks the group’s 25th anniversary. A Q&A will follow the readings.
  • Here’s a Black History Month performance you shouldn’t miss. The Friday Center will host alumnus Mike Wiley in a live, online performance of “Dar He: The Lynching of Emmett Hill” on Sunday, Feb. 28, 3-4:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 8, 2021

  • Learn more about “The Legacy of Reconstruction and the Rise of Jim Crow” when distinguished scholar and filmmaker Henry Louis Gates Jr. delivers the Frey Foundation Distinguished Visiting Lecture online at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 9.
  • Tar Heel students, faculty and staff can now read The Washington Post online thanks to a University Libraries electronic subscription.
  • Join the UNC Jazz Faculty at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18 as they kick off the Carolina Jazz Festival, held virtually Feb. 18-20. It’s free.
  • Register for the Stone Center’s 2021 Writer’s Discussion Series, featuring Yomaira C. Figuerao-Vásquez (March 23) and Ricardo A. Wilson II (April 1).
  • Today is Clean Out Your Computer Day. But before you start dumping files, review this handy graphic from The Well, Keep It or Trash It?

Week of Feb. 1, 2021

Friday, Feb. 5, 2021

  • Today is the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day. Wear red to bring awareness to cardiovascular disease, the leading killer of women.
  • Carolina takes a short road trip to Durham for a men’s basketball game at 6 p.m. Saturday. Remember to celebrate safely. Go Heels!
  • Ordering flowers for your Valentine? Save 25% on ProFlowers orders of $39 or more. Sign up for Working Advantage with company code 653475624.
  • In these trying times, has your positive self-regard been replaced by a critical inner voice? If so, sign up for a Wellness Wednesday Webinar, “Loving You: The Art of Self-Acceptance,” set for noon, Feb. 10.
  • Read a summary from Wednesday’s Employee Forum meeting, which included updates from Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz and Provost Bob Blouin.

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021

  • Avoid South Merritt Mill Rd. between West Cameron Ave. and West Franklin St. today from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. as it closes for completion of railroad crossing and road repairs. Traffic will detour via South Graham St.
  • If you speak Italian or are learning, join Carolina Public Humanities for a brown bag lunch tomorrow, Feb. 5, from noon-1:30 p.m. to chat with your peers in the language and practice your pronunciation. Advance registration is required, and the cost is $15.
  • Nominate someone for one of three University Public Service Awards through the Carolina Center for Public Service.
  • Give a hearty shoutout to UNC Health, which this week administered its 100,000th vaccine dose since starting on Dec. 15! Get the latest information on the COVID-19 Vaccine Hub.
  • Check out this month’s lineup of Black History Month events, including a lecture, conversation series and performance.

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021

  • Reflect on the upcoming 10th anniversary of eastern Japan’s triple disaster — earthquake, tsunami, nuclear meltdown — by discussing the documentary “Alone Again in Fukushima,” presented by Carolina Public Humanities. Register to receive a link and watch the documentary before the film discussion tomorrow from 7-8 p.m.
  • Register for a professional development seminar that covers foundational skills for leading a research team from noon-2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5.
  • Watch a film by a Bolivian filmmaker and a Guaraní Indian on their travels together through the forests of southeastern Bolivia and recount the history of the Guaraní people. Register to receive a link to “Yvy Maraey, Land Without Evil,” streaming at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5.
  • Nominate an outstanding student for a Chancellor’s Award before Feb. 19. The awards are given in three categories: Student Academic Awards; Student Activities and Leadership Awards; and Student Undergraduate Teaching and Staff Awards. Visit the Chancellor’s Awards page for more information about each prize and contact information.
  • Track the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the state across indicators — employment and the economy, travel patterns, real estate and society — with Carolina Tracker: A Resource for Recovery.

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021

  • The Employee Forum meets tomorrow, Feb. 3, at 9:15 a.m. If you plan to attend, contact Matt Banks by 5 p.m. today to get the Zoom link and password.
  • Learn more about Black American relations with South Koreans and Korean Americans during tomorrow’s Zoom webinar sponsored by Carolina’s Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.
  • Would you like to know when you will be eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine? If so, answer a few questions on the state’s Find My Vaccine Group website to find out your spot to take the shot.
  • Desmond Tutu, Helen Prejean, Branford Marsalis, Eudora Welty, Carl Sandburg and Admiral Elmo Zumwalt are just a few of the folks who’ve received honorary degrees from Carolina. If you want to nominate someone for the next group, do so by Feb. 15.
  • Can’t wait for Saturday’s game vs. Duke? On this date in 1995, the Heels beat the Blue Devils in a double-overtime classic in Durham. Listen to Woody Durham’s call of Jerry Stackhouse’s reverse dunk to get you even more hyped.

Monday, Feb. 1, 2021

  • Kudos to Aaron Bachenheimer, executive director of Off-Campus Student Life and Community Partnerships, who received the Town and Gown award from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce Jan. 29.
  • Attend the Campus Safety Commission meeting virtually at 9 a.m. Feb. 3.
  • Learn more about the role of the Black working class in American history when Joe W. Trotter Jr. delivers the Stone Center’s 2021 Diaspora Lecture at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 4.
  • Do you know how to define stalking? National Stalking Awareness Month (January) is over, but Carolina’s Equal Opportunity and Compliance office remains committed to raising awareness about problematic behavior and resources available to help support stalking victims.
  • Catch up on the latest meeting of the University Board of Trustees by reading The Well’s report.

Week of Jan. 25, 2021

Friday, Jan. 29, 2021

  • Faculty Executive Committee meets in a special session at 3 p.m. today to consider a resolution in response to the recent vandalism at the Campus Y.
  • The deadline to apply for secretary of the faculty is extended to Friday, Feb. 5. The position supports Carolina’s faculty chair and Faculty Council, with a term beginning July 1.
  • Help your favorite local restaurant by making the #TakeoutPledge to order takeout one to two nights a week … say, tonight.
  • This year’s benefits elections took effect on Jan. 1. Be sure to check your paycheck to ensure the plan you selected is reflected with the corresponding deductions.
  • Know someone who has given their time and effort to advance diversity, equity and inclusion at Carolina and/or the surrounding community? Nominate them for a 2021 Diversity Award by Feb. 28. Learn more about the six categories, including staff, faculty and intergroup collaboration, as well as the nominating criteria.

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021

  • Read the dossiers and find out why the History, Race and a Way Forward Commission added Pettigrew and Grimes to a growing list of names to be recommended for removal from University buildings in The Well’s report.
  • Feb. 19 is the last day to share your wellness interests with the Office of Human Resources. The information collected in the Total WellBeing survey, which can be completed in 10 minutes, is used to assist Wellness Champions and the Department of Work/Life & Wellness to establish goals and programs that meet employees’ work/life and wellness interests for a happy and healthy 2021.
  • The Commons Festival at Carolina Performing Arts has returned in digital form. From Jan. 29 to Feb. 20, stream performances by the four Commons artists-in-residence, as well as the “Shop Talk” series — small-format roundtable events bringing together current, emerging and aspiring arts professionals to talk about areas of the performing arts field.
  • If you speak French or are learning, join Carolina Public Humanities for a brown bag lunch on Feb. 1 from noon-1:30 p.m. to chat with your peers in the language and practice your pronunciation. Advance registration is required, and the cost is $15.
  • Read about your fellow Tar Heels who were honored with a 2020 Governor’s Award. The Governor’s Awards for Excellence is the highest honor a state employee can receive. In 2020 Carolina had more employees nominated than ever before.

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021

  • Nominate a colleague for the 2021 Massey Distinguished Service Awards by Feb. 26. Given annually, the awards recognize six employees for “unusual, meritorious or superior contribution” to the University.
  • Sign up to be an Art Pen Pal and begin a friendship or collaboration between yourself and another member of the Carolina community. This program is open to students, staff, faculty and community members, so sign up today to be paired with your artistic match.
  • The Entrepreneurship Center at Kenan-Flagler Business School is hosting a meetup for Black entrepreneurs to discuss their challenges and successes tomorrow from 6-7 p.m. Registration is required.
  • Join TEAM ADVANCE for faculty mentor training, an interactive series for faculty seeking to enhance their mentoring skills, particularly in mentoring junior faculty from diverse backgrounds. The series is comprised of five training sessions, kicking off on Jan. 29 from 1:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Have you added a furry (or scaly) friend to your family during the pandemic? If so, get in touch with The Well staffer Madeline Pace at mpace@unc.edu to nominate your pet for our “Pandemic Pets” series.

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021

Monday, Jan. 25, 2021

  • The Commission on History, Race and a Way Forward meets virtually at 3 p.m. today.
  • The Board of Trustees will meet for the first time this year at 1 p.m. Jan. 28. The online agenda page will have a link to the livestream.
  • Curious about the building naming process? Read a report from the most recent meeting of the committee forming the policy.
  • Listen as a cross-campus panel of faculty members discusses African Americans, democracy and the attack on the Capitol. “Saving the House We Built” will start at 4 p.m. Jan. 29.
  • The Structures of Inequality lecture series is back with two more talks followed by two more hours of action. The first talk, “Moving Forward on Equity and the Media” by the Hussman School’s Paul Cuadros, will begin at 4 p.m. Jan. 28.

Week of Jan. 19, 2021

Friday, Jan. 22, 2021

  • Join the ARt Walk on Franklin, an augmented reality experience to highlight local art and generate foot traffic for downtown businesses through Jan. 24.
  • Sign up for the UNC Autism Fathers Conference on Saturday, Jan. 23, to hear Joe Mantegna from the CBS drama Criminal Minds deliver the keynote address. Mantegna is the father of an adult child with ASD.
  • Start the new month with a 20-minute mindfulness session, Mindful Mondays, at 8 a.m. the first Monday of each month, beginning Feb. 1.
  • Check out UNC Campus Rec’s free, 15- to 30-minute On-Demand Barre and Pilates fitness classes, along with cardio, core and strength classes.
  • If career development is a goal for the new year, take a 12-minute online training to use the My Learning part of the Carolina Talent system, where you can plan and track your training.

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2020

  • Look for Carolina Together Dashboard updates daily, Monday through Friday, with metrics that include the number of positive cases, quarantine and isolation housing occupancy, and cluster locations.
  • Hurrah! The Ackland Art Museum is reopening Jan. 27 with timed ticketing and limited capacity. Learn more and reserve a spot.
  • The Ackland will, however, continue its virtual programming. Explore the world of contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama with a storytime video, polka-dot dance and a closer look at her works on display at the Ackland Art Museum during its first virtual family and friends Sunday of 2021 from 2-5 p.m. on Jan. 24.
  • Stream a free performance of “Los Valientes” by the Core Ensemble beginning on Jan. 24. The chamber music theater production for solo actor and trio (cello, piano and percussion) explores the lives of three Latin American figures: Diego Rivera, Archbishop Oscar Romero and Joaquín Murrieta, aka “Zorro.”
  • Read an update on fan attendance at Carolina athletics events.

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021

  • If you missed the Faculty Council meeting on Jan. 15, get updates about the University’s budget, spring semester planning and more from The Well’s report.
  • Watch a video message from Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz welcoming the Tar Heel community on the first day of the 2021 spring semester and sharing reasons to be excited and optimistic for the months to come.
  • Register for Green Zone training to understand the issues and concerns faced by military-affiliated students. By the end of the two-part, virtual course tomorrow from 9 a.m.-noon, participants will have the tools to help student veterans connect with the appropriate resources on campus.
  • Discover how to make your home garden more sustainable, reduce environmental impact, utilize nature’s resources and promote biodiversity in your own backyard in a virtual course from the North Carolina Botanical Garden from 6:30-8 p.m. tomorrow. Registration is $18, $16 for members.
  • Learn how to make your social media, websites and documents accessible to everyone in the Carolina community with classes and guidance from the Digital Accessibility Office.

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021

  • Subjects straight from today’s headlines — challenges to democracy and the difficulties of race in the U.S. — are at the center of Eddie S. Glaude Jr.’s presentation and a Q and A session tomorrow, Jan. 20, at 6 p.m. Glaude Jr., former president of the American Academy of Religion, is the latest speaker in the School of Social Work’s Centennial Series.
  • Need a laugh? Join Saturday Night Live senior writer Bryan Tucker ’93 for a virtual conversation on Jan. 21 at 8 p.m., sponsored by the UNC General Alumni Association’s New York Carolina Club.
  • Fathers are the focus of the UNC Autism Research Center’s Autism Fathers Conference on Jan. 23, 1-4 p.m. Tony Award-winning actor Joe Mantegna, star of the CBS show “Criminal Minds” and a father of a daughter with autism, will deliver the keynote address.
  • If you know folks who deserve recognition for their efforts toward diversity, make time to send in your nominations to Carolina’s Diversity Awards Committee through Feb. 28. With two awards in six categories, you will think of somebody who’s making a difference.
  • Parents, here are three things you should know about vaccines, straight from the experts at UNC Health.

Week of Jan. 12, 2021

Editor’s note: Look for In the Know updates on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Jan. 5 and every weekday starting Jan. 19.

Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021

  • The University is closed on Monday, Jan. 18, for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. When you return on Tuesday, Jan. 19, look for our From The Well newsletter in your inbox as we resume our daily publication schedule.
  • Hear N.C. Superior Court Judge Carl Fox speak at the 36th annual University/Community MLK Banquet and Award presentation, held virtually at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17. Tickets, which support student scholarships, are $20.
  • Faculty Council meets at 3 p.m. tomorrow, Jan. 15. Employee Forum delegates are invited to join the meeting at 3:35 p.m. for a joint discussion of spring semester planning.
  • Carolina will share information about confirmed clusters through the Carolina Together website, and Carolina’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.
  • Employees can now print their annual W-2 tax forms for 2020 on ConnectCarolina.
  • We may be rivals with NC State, but that doesn’t stop strong bonds from forming. Today is the last day for Carolina and NC State fans and alumni to share their best stories in the #TwoSchoolsOneRoof contest on social media.

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021

  • Carolina Away, launched in fall 2020 to serve students new to UNC-Chapel Hill who needed an all-remote learning experience, will continue into spring 2021 with new courses, engaging new programming and a broader scope.
  • Attend the Campus Safety Commission meeting virtually at 9 a.m. tomorrow.
  • Explore ways to support your pedagogical strategies in the virtual classroom using the current features of Zoom breakout rooms in an online workshop hosted by the Center for Faculty Excellence tomorrow from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Register for Health Care Safe Zone Training, a class that covers LGBTQ health disparities, health resources and common health professional scenarios, along with a terminology primer and strategies for allyship. The course is open to all employees and will stream Friday, Jan. 15, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Carolina Performing Arts calls Modulation an “electrifying auditory and visual journey of new creations.” Take a digital, self-guided exploration through three themes — isolation, identity and fear, with the connection of breath — created by 13 provocative and diverse voices in the contemporary music scene. Stream on-demand through Jan. 16, but be sure to register by 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 15.

Week of Jan. 5, 2021

Editor’s note: Look for In the Know updates on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Jan. 5 and every weekday starting Jan. 19.

Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021

  • Didn’t catch yesterday’s Employee Forum meeting? Find out about the Carolina Together Testing Program, leave options and more in The Well’s report.
  • Get a free COVID-19 test Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., in the R7 Parking Lot at 725 Martin Luther King Blvd. in Chapel Hill.
  • Staff and faculty who are accessing campus should perform a daily symptom check regardless of whether they participate in voluntary testing. Check the latest information about the Carolina Together Testing Program.
  • Consider opting out of your paper W-2 by Jan. 10. Follow instructions to use the paperless option for downloading your W-2 directly from ConnectCarolina. Email payroll@unc.edu with questions about the process.
  • Have some fun watching dancing physicians, children and families at UNC Children’s Hospital in a video set to Whitney Houston’s “I Want to Dance with Somebody,” created to show appreciation for the hospital’s workers.

Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021

Week of Dec. 15, 2020

Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020

  • Today is the last From The Well email for this year. Look for us in your inboxes again on Tuesday, Jan. 5. And have a safe, restful and happy holiday!
  • Tomorrow, Dec. 18, is the last day to spread holiday cheer by ordering a toy on the Amazon Wish List for the Employee Forum toy drive benefiting the N.C. Children’s Hospital.
  • Walk on! Carolina’s teams competing in the eight-week Miles for Wellness physical activity challenge took more than 117 million steps to cover 88,620 miles. See which of your colleagues participated and get ready for a new challenge in the spring.
  • Need a gift idea? Choose one made by a Carolina student from the UNC Entrepreneurship Center. Or shop local for the holidays in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.
  • Make a reservation for brunch, afternoon tea or cookie-decorating in a safe environment at the Carolina Inn.

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020

  • The Carolina Cares, Carolina Shares campaign has been extended to 5 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 16. This campaign is in support of the State Employees Combined Campaign, which allows state employees to support charities doing good work in the community. All donations are tax deductible.
  • Who knew UNC Law School Dean Martin Brinkley played oboe? He does — and beautifully! Catch his YouTube performance, along with harpist and third-year law student Clarissa Cashmore, of Claude Debussy’s “Rêverie” and the lesser-known “À Chloris,” by Debussy contemporary Reynaldo Hahn.
  • Learn to manage conflict in the workplace by registering for an HR webinar scheduled for tomorrow from 8:30-11 a.m.
  • Stream PlayMakers Repertory Company’s production of “A Christmas Carol” through Dec. 27. Ray Dooley embodies Scrooge, Marley, Tiny Tim and all the characters in this audio drama version of his one-man show.
  • Get a free COVID-19 test this week from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. in the R7 Parking Lot at 725 Martin Luther King Blvd., Chapel Hill. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Week of Dec. 7, 2020

Editor’s note: Now that fall semester is over, we have adjusted the In the Know schedule. Look for updates on Tuesdays and Thursdays until the start of spring semester.

Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020

  • Submit your proposal for Arts Everywhere 2021. The process is open to individuals, groups, departments, classes, student clubs, faculty or staff with an idea for the April 9 event, which has a theme of Reflections: Within and Beyond.
  • Check for updates on COVID-19 testing, including asymptomatic testing for students at the Carolina Union Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. through Dec. 22 and employee testing at the R7 Parking Lot at 725 Martin Luther King Blvd., Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Mark your calendar for The Spark with Tift Merritt on Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m., featuring Nathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hull of Flutronix on the creative process behind their original works for flute, voice, electronics and live drums.
  • The PlayMakers production of A Christmas Carol: An Audio Drama opens Dec. 14 and runs through Dec. 27. Ray Dooley embodies Scrooge, Marley, Tiny Tim and all the characters in this “radio drama” style production.
  • Orange County residents experiencing a housing crisis or housing insecurity can contact the county’s Housing Helpline at 919-245-2655, Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sun.-Thurs. midnight-6 a.m., or by email at HousingHelp@orangecountync.gov.

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020

Week of Nov. 23, 2020

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020

  • The University will be closed Nov. 26 and 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
  • Watch a brief year-end video message from Chancellor Guskiewicz.
  • Get a free COVID-19 test Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., in the R7 Parking Lot at 725 Martin Luther King Blvd. in Chapel Hill.
  • Learn more about the year-long exploration of James Cates’ 1970 murder. Launched last weekend on the 50th anniversary of the campus crime, the initiative is led by a committee of University researchers, officials from the Town of Chapel Hill and members of the Cates family.
  • On Nov. 30, noon-1:30 p.m., all early-career faculty are welcome to join Dr. Ron Strauss, executive vice provost, in a Center for Faculty Excellence workshop about promotion and tenure requirements for early career faculty, pre-tenure and fixed-term.
  • Attention scholars, writers and artists. Southern Cultures encourages submissions by Nov. 30 for The Abolitionist South, set for publication in fall 2021. Southern Cultures is a peer-reviewed quarterly of the history and cultures of the U.S. South, published by UNC Press for the Center for the Study of the American South.

Week of Nov. 16, 2020

Friday, Nov. 20, 2020

  • Today is the last day to share your input on The Well, From The Well and other communications to University employees. Look for a survey in your email from a no-reply address.
  • Apply today (it’s the deadline) for a $10,000 junior faculty development award to support your research or scholarly projects.
  • Participate in a virtual Community Conversation hosted by the Employee Forum, 12:15-2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, to discuss the Report on the Effects of COVID-19 on the Employees of UNC-Chapel Hill and the Recommendations for Senior Leaders. Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz, Provost Bob Blouin, Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and Equal Opportunity and Compliance Becci Menghini and Employee Forum Chair Shayna Hill will join a panel moderated by University Ombuds Dawn Osborne-Adams.
  • Beginning next week, From The Well will be delivered to inboxes on Tuesdays and Thursdays and The Well will be updated twice a week. Our daily publication schedule will resume Jan. 19.
  • Check out these local restaurants for carry-out options for your Thanksgiving meal.

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020

  • The 22nd annual Holiday Carolina Blood Drive is today from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Fetzer Hall, and walk-ins are welcome if you don’t already have an appointment.
  • Watch a streamed concert tonight featuring UNC Opera directed by Marc Callahan performing Mozart’s “Il sogno di Scipione.” The show starts at 5 p.m.
  • Find out how unexpected art pairings can lead to new insights tomorrow, Nov. 20, at noon during the Ackland Art Museum’s Odd Couples: Objects in Conversation.
  • Try the new babysitting app Juggle, which recently partnered with the Office of Human Resources, and waive the first booking fee by using the referral code “UNC-CH.”
  • Nominate, by Nov. 30, a faculty member for the O. Max Gardner Award, presented to the single person in the UNC System who “during the current scholastic year, has made the greatest contribution to the welfare of the human race.”

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020

  • Schedule an appointment now for the 22nd annual Holiday Carolina Blood Drive, tomorrow, Nov. 19, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Fetzer Hall.
  • Discuss “The Joy Luck Club” by Amy Tan at the Employee Forum Book Club tomorrow, Nov. 19, from noon-1 p.m. via Zoom.
  • Parking in the S1 Public Safety Parking Lot is fully reopened today after being limited to accommodate curb work in the area.
  • Join the Ackland Art Museum for a “Virtual Family & Friends Sunday: With Love and Thanksgiving” on Sunday, Nov. 22, from 2-5 p.m. The free event will feature a mix of D.I.Y. and live interactive activities for families.
  • Get a free COVID-19 test Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the R7 Parking Lot at 725 Martin Luther King Blvd. in Chapel Hill.

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020

  • Today, 5:30-7 p.m., join faculty experts in communication, political science and social work who will answer the question “Public Discourse Post-Election: Is Dialogue Possible? an Academic Perspective.”
  • Ask your questions during tomorrow’s “History at High Noon: Hip Hop Diplomacy” presentation by music professor Mark Katz at noon for the North Carolina Museum of History. Junious “House” Brickhouse, director, Next Level, and founder and executive director, Urban Artistry Inc., will join Katz.
  • Register for the Nov. 19 Off the Shelf: Author Talk with Tyler D. Parry, author of “Jumping the Broom: The Surprising Multicultural Origins of a Black Wedding Ritual.”
  • Calling all junior faculty! Apply by Nov. 20 for a $10,000 junior faculty development award to support your research or scholarly projects.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 30, and Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020 will be optional work days for employees instead of University Closed days, when employees would be required to use leave.

Monday, Nov. 16, 2020

  • Get a bipartisan perspective on the post-election landscape with Democratic and Republican operatives in tonight’s online discussion “Is Dialogue Possible?” from the Program for Public Discourse. Carolina students, faculty and staff can register in advance for the 5:30 p.m. webinar.
  • Find out more about Carolina’s spring planning process at the next meeting of the Campus & Community Advisory Committee at 3 p.m. Nov. 17. Public access is available to the Zoom webinar and the YouTube livestream.
  • Share in the discussion about the “Can We Talk About Race?” initiative, co-sponsored by the Ackland Art Museum and the School of Medicine, and how it uses artwork made by contemporary Black artists as a catalyst to discuss race and racial inequity in medicine. Register for the Virtual Art for Lunch session scheduled for noon Nov. 18.
  • Explore the community vision for the UNC American Indian Cultural Garden, a joint project of the American Indian Center and the N.C. Botanical Garden. The project will be revealed in a webinar at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 18.
  • Meet acclaimed jazz musicians Wynton Marsalis and Carlos Henriquez in the third episode of “The Spark,” hosted by Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Tift Merritt for Carolina Performing Arts. Register by noon Nov. 19 for the behind-the-scenes artist interview that will begin at 7:30 p.m. that evening.

Week of Nov. 9, 2020

Friday, Nov. 13, 2020

  • Today is the last day to register for 2020’s Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes classes, designed for people diagnosed with prediabetes or at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Participants pay $30 and receive their $30 back for meeting attendance and tracking requirements. The next session begins the week of Nov. 16.
  • Carolina takes on Wake Forest at noon Saturday at Kenan Stadium. Game day is a little different these days with limited fans in the stadium. Check these ways to cheer on the Tar Heels.
  • Today is the last day to drop off non-perishable food donations between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. in front of the Dean E. Smith Center, 400 Skipper Bowles Drive. The food drive is sponsored by the UNC Department of Athletics with donations going to the Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association.
  • Join the Employee Forum book club’s discussion of “The Joy Luck Club” by Amy Tan from noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, via Zoom.
  • Interested in contributing fruit and veggie scraps, coffee grounds and tea bags for composting at the Carolina Community Garden? You can bring your pumpkins, too! Place your donation (no bags, even compostable ones) in a contactless bin located right outside the garden on Wilson Street. Find information about what can be composted on the garden’s frequently asked questions webpage.
  • Register to hear British expert David Spiegelhalter talk about communicating statistics in the age of COVID-19 from 9:20-10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 16.

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020

  • Watch a streamed concert today featuring Lecturer Timothy Sparks performing “Simple Song” by Leonard Bernstein, Lecturer Gene Galvin performing “Dulcinea” from “Man of La Mancha” by Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion, and Associate Professor Clara Yang performing “Night Music” from “Out of Doors” by Béla Bartók. The show starts at 5 p.m.
  • Tune in tomorrow at 4 p.m. to discover actions you can take to fight racism at a discussion sponsored by Honors Carolina. The event is part of Honors Carolina’s “Structures of Inequality” series.
  • Join Carolina Public Humanities’ “Virtual Lunch with Friends and Strangers” at noon tomorrow when Karin Pfennig, professor in the department of biology, will discuss American paleontologist, parasitologist and anatomist Joseph Leidy.
  • This weekend is your last chance to stream PlayMakers Repertory Company’s Zoom reading of “The Storyteller,” a riff on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” that explores the magic and power of the narratives we create, from Nov. 9-15. PlayMakers Passholders can stream the production unlimited times, and single ticket buyers have 48 hours from the time of purchase to access and stream the production.
  • Bleed Carolina blue and schedule an appointment now for the 22nd annual Holiday Carolina Blood Drive, 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in Fetzer Hall.

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020

  • Take our survey about The Well, From The Well and the University’s internal communications. Look for the reminder from a no-reply address in your email around 6 a.m. this morning.
  • Join Emily J. Lordi, associate professor of English in the College of Arts & Sciences, and Michael Simanga, lecturer in the department of African American studies at Georgia State University, for a discussion of Lordi’s latest book, “The Meaning of Soul,” by Zoom tomorrow, Nov. 12, from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • The University Libraries will present an evening of stories and music celebrating the life of legendary North Carolina musician Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten tomorrow, Nov. 12, from 7-8 p.m.
  • Join Ackland Art Museum assistant curator Lauren Turner for a Zoom conversation Friday, Nov. 13, from noon-1 p.m., with Shanequa Gay about the artist’s commissioned installation “holding space for nobility: a memorial for Breonna Taylor,” which is now on view in the Ackland’s ART& gallery.
  • Carolina Athletics is collecting non-perishable food items for the Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association through Friday, Nov. 13. Collection boxes for food items are located in the bus loading zone in front of the Dean E. Smith Center/Koury Natatorium, at 400 Skipper Bowles Dr. Drop-off times are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020

  • Attend tomorrow’s UNC ROTC Veterans Day Ceremony featuring Capt. Andrew Hertel, commanding officer of the North Carolina Piedmont Consortium NROTC, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Carolina Alumni Memorial.
  • R3 is back! The second event in the virtual Race, Racism & Racial Equity Symposium series is 1–2:30 p.m. tomorrow with campus scholars addressing “Cultural Industry, Techno-capitalism and Labor: The Mediated Exploitation of Black and Brown Bodies.”
  • Tomorrow’s Employee COVID-19 testing clinic 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the R7 Parking Lot is the second of four weekly events in November. The drive-through tests are for employees with no symptoms.
  • Register, then join faculty members from the UNC School of Law and the political science department tomorrow at 8 p.m. in the fourth of six post-election sessions as they answer your questions about election law, constitutional law, state and federal court systems, laws relating to protests and current events.

Monday, Nov. 9, 2020

  • Carolina recognizes Veterans Day virtually with a guest speaker at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 10 and in person with the outdoor, physically distanced ROTC ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 11 at the Carolina Alumni Memorial near Memorial Hall.
  • Watch “In the Family” along with filmmaker Patrick Wang on Nov. 10 and share thoughts and questions about his story of a two-dad family. The Ackland Film Forum watch party starts at 6 p.m. followed by a panel discussion at 9 p.m. Register to get links to the film and panel.
  • Get an up-close look at the joys and pains of entrepreneurship at noon Nov. 11 with the semester’s fourth and final Fireside Chat from the Entrepreneurship Center at Kenan-Flagler. The guest is Bill Spruill, co-founder and CEO of Raleigh’s Global Data Consortium, a global identity verification platform.
  • Join the Ackland’s object-based teaching fellow, Erin Dickey, for an informal conversation focused on one work of art from the Ackland’s new Close Looks digital feature. Close Looks at Cocktail Hour begins at 5 p.m. Nov. 11.
  • What gives soul music its soul? Find out at an online Stone Center Book Talk with Emily J. Lordi, author of “The Meaning of Soul,” at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 12. Preregister no later than Nov. 11.

Week of Nov. 9, 2020

Friday, Nov. 6, 2020

  • Faculty Council meets from 3-5 p.m. today. Agenda items include spring planning and budget implications. A link to the livestream is available.
  • Learn the dates of the five Wellness Days for spring semester, announced this week by the University Registrar.
  • Apply for an Employee Forum Professional Development grant by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8.
  • Register for Tuesday’s Newcomers Symposium, a virtual conference from 1:45-4:30 p.m. addressing current issues and practices related to immigration and refugee resettlement in North Carolina communities, co-sponsored by Building Integrated Communities.
  • Participate in a Wellness Wednesday webinar at noon, Nov. 11. The topic: Overcoming Your Distorted Negative Thinking.

Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020

  • Watch a streamed concert featuring the Carolina Choir directed by Susan Klebanow, director of choral activities in the department of music, tonight at 5 p.m. on Facebook.
  • Register and join faculty members from UNC School of Law and the political science department tonight at 7 p.m., for a post-election Q&A session where they will answer questions about election law, constitutional law, state and federal court systems, laws relating to protests and current events.
  • Register for an interactive workshop tomorrow, Nov. 6, from 3-4:30 p.m to help you identify steps to engage with potential mentors, sponsored by Targeting Equity in Access to Mentoring (TEAM) ADVANCE and the Center for Faculty Excellence.
  • Register for a discussion of the poetry book “Advice from the Lights,” by Stephanie Burt, moderated by Ackland Art Museum Assistant Curator Lauren Turner and CJ Suitt, Chapel Hill’s first poet laureate. The discussion will take place tomorrow, Nov. 6, from 3:30-5 p.m.
  • PlayMakers Repertory Company will stage a Zoom reading of “The Storyteller,” a riff on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” that explores the magic and power of the narratives we create, from Nov. 9-15. PlayMakers Passholders can stream the production unlimited times, and single ticket buyers have 48 hours from the time of purchase to access and stream the production.

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020

  • The UNC Commission on History, Race and A Way Forward meets tomorrow, Nov. 5, from 3:30-5 p.m. via livestream.
  • Start your day off right and reduce stress at a virtual 20-minute mindfulness session, offered by the University’s Well-Being Program in partnership with the department of psychiatry, streaming at 8 a.m. tomorrow, Nov. 5.
  • The 3rd Annual Shuford Lecture, “The Power of the Pivot and Perseverance: When Innovation Meets Creativity,” is streaming tomorrow, Nov. 5, from 6:30-7:45 p.m. The virtual talk will focus on the how creativity and innovation can spark the entrepreneurial process and features speakers Josh Pate ’92, writer and producer of Netflix’s “The Outer Banks,” and Grammy nominated singer and songwriter Tift Merritt ’00.
  • Need to access special collections materials from Louis Round Wilson Library? Request a limited number of free digital reference copies for research purposes through your user account.
  • Bleed Carolina blue and schedule an appointment now for the 22nd annual Holiday Carolina Blood Drive, 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in Fetzer Hall.

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020

  • Register and join faculty members from UNC School of Law and the political science department tomorrow, Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m., in the first of six post-election sessions as they answer your questions about election law, constitutional law, state and federal court systems, laws relating to protests and current events.
  • Tomorrow’s Employee COVID-19 testing clinic 3-7 p.m in the Nash Parking Lot is the first of four in November. The drive-through tests are for employees with no symptoms.
  • Start improving your public speaking and leadership skills through tomorrow’s open house 5-6:30 p.m. with the After Five Bell Tower Toastmasters Club.
  • The Gum Box ensemble will perform in the music department’s First Fridays series featuring underrepresented voices on Nov. 6 at 1 p.m.
  • Plan your visit and reserve tickets for timed entry to the newly renovated Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, which reopens Nov. 7.

Monday, Nov. 2, 2020

  • Check ElectionCarolina for a collection of campus resources and events to help the community understand key issues before and after the election.
  • Election Day is tomorrow. When voting in person, take additional COVID-19 precautions like wearing a mask and bringing your own black pen.
  • Get public access to the Campus and Community Advisory Committee meeting at 3 p.m. Nov. 3.
  • Attend the Campus Safety Commission meeting virtually at 9 a.m. Nov. 4.
  • If you want to attend the virtual meeting of the Employee Forum at 9:15 a.m. Nov. 4, contact Matt Banks at matt_banks@unc.edu by 5 p.m. Nov. 3 to get the Zoom link and password.

Week of Oct. 26, 2020

Friday, Oct. 30, 2020

  • Deadline approaching: Saturday, Oct. 31, is the last day to complete your benefits enrollment.
  • Early voting in North Carolina ends tomorrow, Oct. 31. Not sure where to vote early? Search by county.
  • Check out special discounts for employees on health and wellness resources, including a reduced price for the Calm app for meditation and sleep and Blue365, which offers discounts on gym memberships, weight loss programs and more.
  • Looking for an affordable home? Beginning Nov. 2, Habitat for Humanity will accept applications for new homes in Carrboro and Hillsborough. Join Habitat’s home-buyer interest list or send an email at applications@orangehabitat.org.
  • Listen to a podcast from the third season of Data@Rest, programming from ITS Information Security on social media, cloud security and other topics.

Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020

  • Open enrollment ends in two days. Learn more about the benefit plans available and enroll by Oct. 31.
  • NC TraCS will host Assistant Professor Dana Rice from the Gillings School of Global Public Health and community leader Melvin Jackson in “A Conversation: Race & Police Violence” tomorrow, Oct. 30, from noon-1 p.m. The discussion will provide a foundation for the intersection of race and police brutality and provide local resources to stay connected and informed.
  • Hear Teaching Assistant Professor Matt Andrews from the history department discuss Billie Jean King with Carolina Public Humanities’ Max Owre during “Virtual Lunch With Friends and Strangers: Conversations With Faculty” from noon-12:30 tomorrow, Oct. 30.
  • 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 tomorrow, Oct. 30, from 1-5 p.m.
  • Need to access special collections materials from Louis Round Wilson Library? Request a limited number of free digital reference copies for research purposes through your user account.

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020

  • Join Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, vice provost for global affairs, and others in an interactive virtual session, “Building Strategic Power through Exchanges,” streaming at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow, Oct. 29. Advance registration is required.
  • Watch a discussion, “The Ethics and Efficacy of Protests,” hosted by the Parr Center for Ethics and the Philosophy, Politics & Economics Program and featuring William Sturkey, assistant professor of history. Register for the virtual discussion, streaming at 5 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 29.
  • View the #BlackOutLoudUNC documentary, then join a Q&A session with UNC School of Education doctoral students Cortland Gilliam and Jerry J. Wilson, along with undergraduate De’Ivyion Drew, who will overview the genesis and development of the project. The event begins at 6 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 29.
  • Learn how to deal with difficult people in a Human Resources course, streaming tomorrow, Oct. 29, from noon-1 p.m.
  • The Digital Accessibility Office has resources to ensure that all University materials are accessible for everyone.

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020

  • Today is the last day for North Carolina civilians to request an absentee ballot by mail. Be sure to make the request by 5 p.m.
  • Join tonight’s discussion “WeChat, TikTok, potential bans and the U.S.-China relationship” 7-8 p.m. with professors Yong Cai of sociology and Christian Lundblad of Kenan-Flagler Business School, visiting scholar Lili Liu and Carolina law student Tianmi Stilphen.
  • Tomorrow’s Virtual Town Hall hosted by the UNC System Racial Equity Task Force at 2 p.m. will be a listening session and discussion for UNC System staff on diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • How to Be an Antiracist” author Ibram X. Kendi speaks tomorrow at 6 p.m. via Zoom in the School of Social Work’s Centennial Speakers Series. Submit your questions and join a discussion moderated by faculty members Travis Albritton and Tonya Van Deinse.
  • Are you a Carolina employee? Pick up a breakfast sandwich prepared by Carolina Dining Services Wednesday, Oct. 28, 7:30-9 a.m. during the Employee Appreciation Breakfast Drive-Thru on Cameron Ave., between South Building and the Old Well. To make it a safe and successful event, wear a mask and make sure you’re in a vehicle (no walk-ups). Look for Chancellor Guskiewicz and other members of the Carolina leadership team.

Monday, Oct. 26, 2020

  • Participate in the last virtual town hall for faculty (6 p.m. today) or staff (2 p.m. Oct. 28) hosted by the UNC System Racial Equity Task Force.
  • Vote early in Orange County 8 a.m.–7:30 p.m. today through Friday or 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday.
  • Schedule an appointment now for the 22nd annual Holiday Carolina Blood Drive, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in Fetzer Hall.
  • Learn about “The Promise of Adolescence” from associate professor Joanna Lee Williams of Rutgers University when she speaks in the FPG Institute’s Distinguished Lecture Series on Oct. 28. Register before the 28th for the 3 p.m. lecture.
  • Open enrollment ends on Oct. 31. Learn more about the benefit plans and information sessions available to help you make decisions.

Week of Oct. 19, 2020

Friday, Oct. 23, 2020

  • Hear respected political analyst and New York Times best-selling author Larry Sabato deliver the annual Frey Lecture at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Advance registration for the webinar is required.
  • Carolina battles NC State on the gridiron at noon Saturday. Discover new ways to cheer the Tar Heels — and enjoy enhanced fan experiences — from home.
  • Register for one of two Virtual Town Hall discussions for staff on diversity, equity and inclusion within the UNC System at 2 p.m. today or 2 p.m. Wednesday, hosted by the UNC System Racial Equity Task Force.
  • Applications are open for the Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity, part of the University’s commitment to build a culturally diverse intellectual community. Deadline is Nov. 16.
  • Take advantage of discounts with T Mobile Perks and LegalShield & ID Shield, available through the Perks page.

Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020

  • Get your flu vaccination at the campus walk-up clinic at the Giles Horney Building from noon-4 p.m. tomorrow.
  • Register for a Virtual Town Hall discussion for employees on diversity, equity and inclusion within the UNC System tomorrow at 2 p.m., hosted by the UNC System Racial Equity Task Force.
  • Open enrollment ends on Oct. 31. Learn more about the benefit plans and information sessions available to help you make decisions.
  • University Research Week continues today with a variety of seminars on research activities across campus, including a session on utilizing oral histories, an examination of comic book science and “Ethics in 15 minutes.” Visit the University Research Week site for a full listing of events.
  • What do Vienna and Nashville have in common? These two very different cities are “cities of music,” attracting composers, performers and developing institutional networks that sustain a distinctive musical culture. Learn more in a series of three lectures and discussions with Carolina faculty that runs from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24. Registration is $40.

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020

  • Today is Global Ethics Day — engage by attending a discussion from 5-6:30 p.m. on “The Loving Story,” a documentary that covers the legalization of interracial marriage in the United States.
  • The UNC Board of Governors meets tomorrow at 9 a.m.
  • Register for a seminar on how to listen effectively and give feedback as a faculty leader, hosted by the Center for Faculty Excellence tomorrow from noon-2 p.m.
  • Attend an outdoor yoga class at the North Carolina Botanical Garden on Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The class is $13 and advance registration is required.
  • Check the CV19 Faculty Support Hub for key resources and links for well-being, equity and teaching.

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020

  • How to spot fake news is the subject of today’s discussion at noon with Ryan Thornburg, associate professor in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media. Registration required.
  • Tune in to today’s Campus & Community Advisory Committee meeting from 3-5 p.m.
  • Join tomorrow’s 5:30 p.m. panel discussion on Carolina’s sustained, holistic response to the COVID-19 pandemic with frontline research experts and moderated by viral immunologist and UNC alumna Kizzmekia Corbett, who leads a National Institutes of Health team working toward a safe and effective vaccine.
  • Watch tomorrow’s final round of The Graduate School’s annual Three-Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition 7-8:30 p.m. as it livestreams on YouTube. Check the list of competitors from Carolina’s schools and departments.
  • The creative process is at the heart of The Spark with Tift Merritt, featuring pianist Pedja Mužijević, Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m. In this livestreamed series, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter and UNC alumna Merritt conducts artist-to-artist interviews.

Monday, Oct. 19, 2020

Week of Oct. 12, 2020

Friday, Oct. 16, 2020

  • Today is the last day to register for Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes. This online yearlong prevention program is for people who are at risk for diabetes.
  • Hear a staged reading of “Miss Ida B. Wells,” by Kathryn Hunter-Williams, teaching professor in the department of dramatic arts, at 3 p.m. Sunday. An audience Q&A will follow the reading.
  • Register to join a virtual town hall for faculty hosted by the UNC Racial Equity Task Force at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19.
  • Learn more about the how Carolina researchers are overcoming hurdles in translating basic discoveries into clinical solutions during a free webinar panel discussion at 11:45 a.m. Monday, Oct. 19.
  • Want to learn more about the benefits offered during open enrollment? Sign up for a 20-minute online consultation with a Carolina benefits consultant.

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020

  • Get your flu vaccination at the campus walk-up clinic in the tent on Polk Place from noon-4 p.m. today.
  • Today is the last day to complete the U.S. census. Learn what 99.9% enumerated means and more in this Carolina Demography update.
  • Early voting begins today. Check the location of your polling place, or learn about other options for submitting your ballot.
  • Reduce stress at a virtual 20-minute mindfulness session, offered by the University’s Well-Being Program in partnership with the School of Medicine’s department of psychiatry, streaming at 12:15 p.m. tomorrow.
  • Enjoy a guided walk through the North Carolina Botanical Garden’s native plant gardens and learn about some seasonal highlights — from what’s in bloom to fall color — as well as what makes the NCBG a conservation garden. The tour is from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, and registration is $5. All participants must wear a mask.

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020

  • There will be free COVID-19 testing today from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the R7 parking lot adjacent to the UNC Sheps Center, 725 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill.
  • Watch a streamed jazz concert featuring saxophonist Rahsaan Barber, percussionist Juan Álamo and four other music department faculty tonight at 7:30 on YouTube.
  • If you speak German or are learning, join Carolina Public Humanities for a brown bag lunch tomorrow from noon-1:30 p.m. to chat with your peers in the language. Advance registration is required, and the cost is $15.
  • Learn how to flip your classroom and engage students in a higher level of learning in a two-part workshop series sponsored by The Graduate School beginning tomorrow with an asynchronous course and continuing Oct. 22 with a synchronous Q&A with a facilitator.
  • Open enrollment starts tomorrow and ends Oct. 31. Learn more about the benefit plans and information sessions available to help you make decisions.

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020

  • Register to attend tomorrow’s virtual Sonja Haynes Stone Lecture at 6:30 p.m. with artist, author and educator Deborah Willis. Her talk, “Reflections on the Power of a Single Image,” will consider how photographs fix images of Black social protests in popular imagination.
  • Share your culture through a story, recipe or other items during tonight’s Nuestra Cultura Zoom event 7-8 p.m., sponsored by the Carolina Latinx Center and hosted by Mi Pueblo Social Committee.
  • Register for tomorrow’s 7 p.m. Zoom “Asian Americans & the Vote,” which includes remarks by Rep. Judy Chu of California, a panel discussion and a viewing of the documentary “First Vote.”
  • Hear four leading experts discuss “The Iran Nuclear Deal: Dead in the Water or Still Alive and Kicking?” tomorrow via Zoom 4-5:30 p.m. as part of the Krasno Global Event Series.
  • Don’t miss Ackland Museum’s Yayoi Kusama exhibit before its last day of Oct. 18. Use a variety of digital methods, including a 360-degree tour, to experience the show.

Monday, Oct. 12, 2020

  • Happy University Day! Take a moment to celebrate the University’s 227th birthday and find out more about the staff, faculty and alumni being honored today.
  • Watch the movie “Queer Genius” along with filmmaker Chet Pancake, followed by a panel discussion, at the Ackland Art Museum’s watch party at 7 p.m. Oct. 13. Register in advance to get a link to the film.
  • Register to join the Latinx History Month keynote speaker Julissa Arce, author of “My [underground] American Dream,” in a virtual conversation and Q&A tonight from 6-7:30 p.m., sponsored by the Carolina Latinx Center.
  • Employees who are credentialed by UNC Hospitals and get flu vaccinations off campus must provide proof of immunization to the University Employee Occupational Health Clinic. Apply online for your flu vaccination certification.
  • Feeling stressed, anxious or overwhelmed? The psychology and neuroscience department has group therapy openings for its anxiety clinic for Wednesday evenings at $15 per session.

Week of Oct. 5, 2020

Friday, Oct. 9, 2020

  • Today is the last day to register to vote in the 2020 General Election in North Carolina.
  • The undefeated Tar Heel football team takes on Virginia Tech at noon, Saturday, with limited attendance in Kenan Stadium.
  • Watch a livestream broadcast as Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz is installed as Carolina’s 12th chancellor at 3 p.m. Sunday.
  • Hear Professor Jennifer Gates-Foster, classics department, speak at 2 p.m. Sunday in a virtual lecture at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Her topic: “Beyond Hybridity: Being Egyptian under Macedonia and Roman Rule.”
  • Join the Employee Forum Book Club discussion of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak from noon-1 p.m. Oct. 22.

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020

  • Faculty are encouraged to “pause” instruction tomorrow, creating a three-day weekend and allowing time for self-care.
  • Join photographer Nelson Morales tomorrow from noon-1 p.m. for a discussion of select photographs from his series “Musas Muxe,” currently on view at the Ackland Art Museum.
  • This is the last weekend to stream “Temples of Lung and Air,” a hip-hop odyssey through race and identity written and performed by Carolina alumnus Kane Smego and presented by PlayMakers Repertory Company.
  • 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 Monday, Oct. 12, from 5-9 p.m.
  • Learn to relax and manage stress by registering for an HR webinar scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 13, noon-1 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020

  • Watch “Sweet Honey Chile’,” then join a Zoom discussion with the filmmaker tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 p.m. Part of the Stone Center’s Virtual Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film, the 19-minute drama is about a young boy exploring his identity and grief with his mystical neighbor, while in the midst of struggling to help his mother lay his grandfather to rest.
  • Tune in at 4 p.m. tomorrow for a lecture by Heather Hunt, research associate with the N.C. Poverty Research Fund, “Systemic Racism and Economic Disparities.” The event is part of Honors Carolina’s “Structures of Inequality” series.
  • Tomorrow at 5:30 p.m., watch a Carolina Public Humanities panel discussion, “Do Current Polarizations Differ from America’s Past Political Divisions?
  • Hear two artists, Lauren Frances Adams and Zoë Charlton, discuss their work for 20 minutes each and then answer audience questions tomorrow from 7-8:30 p.m., as part of the Hanes Visiting Artist Lectures.
  • Register for the next episode of “The Spark with Tift Merritt” on Oct. 22 when she will interview pianist Pedja Muzijevic about the creative process and his work.

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020

  • Celebrate Carolina’s 227th birthday with modified University Day plans that include the installation of Kevin M. Guskiewicz as chancellor on Oct. 11 and a virtual celebration on Oct. 12. Classes will be held as scheduled on Oct. 12.
  • The UNC Commission on History, Race and A Way Forward meets today noon-1:30 p.m. via livestream.
  • Calling all innovators! Tomorrow’s State of Innovation Forum 9-11 a.m. features Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz, Vice Chancellor Judith Cone and members of the Innovate Carolina Network to explore how campus, the local region and society are finding solutions to today’s challenges.
  • The Employee Forum meets tomorrow 9:15-11:30 a.m. via Zoom. Email employeeforum@unc.edu for conferencing information and password prior to the meeting if you would like to join.
  • Sign up for Data Matters™, a week-long series of courses in December for students and professionals in business, research and government sponsored by the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at UNC-Chapel Hill, the National Consortium for Data Science, RENCI and N.C. State University.

Monday, Oct. 5, 2020

  • Hear from the two candidates contending for Thom Tillis’ seat in the U.S. Senate when Cal Cunningham (D) and Shannon Bray (L) take questions directly from constituents at a virtual town hall today at 3:30 p.m.
  • Get ready for the November election with the workshop Adulting 101: Keeping Up with the Candidates, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday. You’ll learn how to research the candidates’ platforms, funding sources and voting records, as well as other important voting information.
  • Listen to Thomas Wolfe Prize recipient and author Michael Parker give a lecture, read from his work and respond to questions at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Join the virtual celebration.
  • Get a preview of Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz’s vision for Carolina just before his installation when he and his wife, Amy, join Anita Brown-Graham of the School of Government for Up Close at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 7.
  • Prepare now to select NCFlex and State Health Plan benefits because Open Enrollment will be held Oct. 15-31 for the 2021 plan year.

Week of Sept. 28, 2020

 

Friday, Oct. 2, 2020

  • Hear Sanya Shah and Lauren Ragsdale perform works by underrepresented voices during today’s First Fridays online event at 1 p.m.
  • Need help eating better and exercising? Join Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less for a 15-week online weight management class. Participants receive weekly support from a registered dietitian nutritionist in online classes beginning Oct. 11. Enroll before 8 p.m. Oct. 9. It’s free for State Health Plan Members.
  • View two films about a father and his daughter, “A.R. Cole, Potter” and “Stories in Clay: The Pottery and Poetry of Neolia Cole Womack,” at 7 p.m. Oct. 6, part of the North Carolina Folklife on Film series, sponsored by University Libraries.
  • Free testing for COVID-19 is available from 1-5 p.m. today and the first Friday of every month at Whitted Human Services Center, 300 W. Tryon St., Hillsborough. Register on-site.
  • Participate in an interactive computer hacking contest and other activities during SecurityCon 2020, a free all-day virtual event on Friday, Oct. 9, for the Carolina community.

Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020

  • Watch “An Act of Terror,” then join a Zoom discussion with the filmmaker this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. Part of the Stone Center’s Virtual Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film, the 15-minute drama is based on the true story of a 16-year-old African American maid who was attacked by her white employer in the Jim Crow South, setting off a series of tragic events.
  • If you speak Italian or are learning, join Carolina Public Humanities for a brown bag lunch tomorrow from noon-1:30 p.m. to chat with your peers in the language. Advance registration is required, and the cost is $15.
  • Tune in at 4 p.m. tomorrow to discover actions you can take to fight racism at a discussion sponsored by Honors Carolina. Frank Baumgartner, Richard J. Richardson Distinguished Professor of Political Science, will lead the discussion.
  • On Saturday from 10-11:30 a.m., veteran investigative journalists Nikole Hannah-Jones, Ron Nixon and Topher Sanders, founders of the Ida B. Wells Society at Carolina’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media, will reflect on the origins of “The 1619 Project” and Black journalism today.
  • Check the CV19 Faculty Support Hub for key resources and links for well-being, equity and teaching.

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020

  • Today is the last day to complete the U.S. census. Learn why the census is important in the most recent episode of Focus Carolina or read The Well’s feature on why 2020’s census is especially critical.
  • Drive-through COVID-19 testing is available today and future Wednesdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for employees who are not exhibiting symptoms of the virus.
  • Join department of history Professor Lloyd Kramer tomorrow at 5 p.m. for a small-group conversation about the recent article by Carolina historian Molly Worthen in The New York Times, “The Trouble With Empathy.”
  • The Entrepreneurship Center at Kenan-Flagler Business School is hosting a meetup for Black entrepreneurs to discuss challenges and successes tomorrow from 5-6:15 p.m. Registration is required.
  • Learn why the Roman Empire lasted so long during a moderated discussion from 5:30-7 p.m. tomorrow between Professor Richard Talbert in the University’s department of history, Duke Professor Mary Boatwright and University of Virginia Professor Jon Lendon.

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020

  • Get your toes ready to tap during tonight’s 7 p.m. premiere screening of “Tommy Jarrell and Fred Cockerham,” a 1971 film by folklorist Blanton Owen with rare footage of Jarrell on fiddle and Cockerham on banjo. Radio host and musician Ivy Sheppard will also demonstrate old-time music styles.
  • Join UNC Health COVID-19 Game Changers in a conversation with expert physicians, researchers and faculty today at 11 a.m. You’ll hear from experts on global health and infectious diseases, general medicine and clinical epidemiology, and population health.
  • In tomorrow’s webinar, noon-1 p.m., three Black faith leaders in North Carolina will share their experiences and factors necessary to sustain their service during and beyond the pandemic. They will recommend ways to partner with them and their communities when conducting research. Sponsored by UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.
  • Take a poetry break during the Carolina Latinx Center’s virtual dialogue on “Poetry Books in the Age of Corona,” tomorrow 5-7 p.m., hosted by the UNC Latina/o Studies Program.
  • Drive-through COVID-19 testing is available tomorrow and future Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for employees who are not exhibiting symptoms of the virus.

Monday, Sept. 28, 2020

  • Tour the fall sky as it appears from North Carolina and discover why fall 2020 will be an especially good time to view Mars, Jupiter and Saturn with Fall 2020 Skies. The program from Morehead Planetarium and Science Center begins at 10 a.m. Sept. 29.
  • Discover how American studies professor Bernie Herman uses art in the Ackland Museum to teach about folk and outsider arts at the next Virtual Art for Lunch session, noon Sept. 30.
  • Register now for “The Making and Unmaking of Politics in Contemporary America,” a lecture by Princeton history professor Kevin M. Kruse. The virtual talk begins at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 30.
  • Looking for one of the short story dispensers introduced during Arts Everywhere? One has been recently relocated to Epilogue, a bookstore at 109 E. Franklin St.
  • Hear from three Triangle Black entrepreneurs at Magic Hour, a virtual networking event hosted by the Kenan Institute Entrepreneurship Center. The magic begins at 5 p.m. Oct. 1.

Week of Sept. 21, 2020

Friday, Sept. 25, 2020

  • Let your personal cutout cheer for Carolina’s men’s and women’s soccer teams when home matches begin Oct. 1 at Dorrance Field.
  • Grab coffee at Epilogue, 109 E. Franklin St. #100, and read a story from one of Carolina’s short story dispensers.
  • Need an idea for Saturday night? Celebrate International Observe the Moon Night at an 8:10 p.m. virtual event, presented by the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.
  • Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month at the Ackland with a virtual friends and family event from 2-5 p.m. Sunday. Zoom registration required for story time.
  • Beginning Sunday, Zoom will require a waiting room or a passcode for all meetings, even those previously scheduled. Check your settings to ensure your meetings are safe.
  • Wednesday is the last day to complete the census. Learn more about why the census is important by listening to Rebecca Tippett, director, Carolina Demography, on Focus Carolina.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

  • Learn about the pandemic’s impact on India’s economy and how the country is recovering in a webinar hosted by the UNC Modern Indian Studies Initiative and streaming at 10 a.m. tomorrow.
  • Celebrate Constitution Day tomorrow at a noon webinar about the 20th anniversary of the Bush v. Gore (2000) election law case.
  • Watch a lecture, “Embodying Place: Neighborhood Environment and Health Disparities,” hosted by the Carolina Population Center tomorrow from noon-1 p.m. Presented by Assistant Professor Chantel Martin of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, the lecture will feature her research on the social and biological mechanisms of health disparities.
  • Zoom will update on Sunday, Sept. 27, to require all meetings use a waiting room or a passcode. Learn more from UNC Information Technology Services.
  • Attend an outdoor yoga class at the North Carolina Botanical Garden on Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The class is $13 and advance registration is required.

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020

  • Share ideas and tips 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 12-12:50 p.m. today.
  • Watch the livestream meeting of the University Board of Trustees at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Sept. 24.
  • Learn what makes interpersonal communication with others important in the Human Resources course Effective Communication, streaming tomorrow, Sept. 24, from noon-1 p.m.
  • Attend a virtual discussion on the importance of the Korean War, the legacies of the war on Korea and the future of the Korean peninsula from 7-8:30 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 24.
  • Get your flu vaccination at the campus walk-up clinic in the tent on Polk Place from noon-4 p.m. tomorrow.

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020

  • It’s National Voter Registration day, a perfect time to remind friends and family to register to vote or check their registration.
  • Tomorrow, hear Telemundo Charlotte reporter Sylvia Obén talk about her experiences “Reporting on the Latinx Community,” on COVID-19, on immigration and the representation of Latinx people in news/media.
  • Drive-through COVID-19 testing is available tomorrow and future Wednesdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for employees who are not exhibiting symptoms of the virus.
  • Members of Carolina’s Black community are invited to attend the second installment of the Carolina Black Caucus’ Black Community Convening Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. via Zoom.
  • The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is the inaugural speaker for the School of Social Work’s Centennial Speaker Series Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. Registration is required to participate. The Zoom event will be livestreamed and followed by a facilitated question-and-answer session.

Monday, Sept. 21, 2020

  • Learn how to support families dealing with autism at the first session of a free online lecture series sponsored by the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. Leann DaWalt of University of Wisconsin-Madison will speak on “Supporting Youth with ASD and their Families during the Transition to Adulthood” at 3 p.m. Sept. 23. Register by Sept. 22.
  • Learn more about voting through a virtual voter information booth on Sept. 22, an information session with the League of Women Voters on Sept. 24 and more activities sponsored by the University Libraries.
  • Watch the livestream meeting of the University Board of Trustees at 10 a.m. Sept. 24.
  • Reserve free digital tickets for “They Do Not Know Harlem: In Communion with James Baldwin,” a retelling of the author’s life created, choreographed and performed by Tristan Parks as part of The Process Series. The show will be livestreamed at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 and 26.
  • Take the UNC System survey on race.

Week of Sept. 14, 2020

Friday, Sept. 18, 2020

  • Carolina’s football game against UNC-Charlotte on Saturday has been cancelled because several UNC-Charlotte players tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Listen to Carolina alumna and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion Jessica McDonald talk about resilience, determination and grit. Register for today’s free 1:30 p.m. virtual event, the final Luminary Talk sponsored by Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Entrepreneurship Center.
  • Volunteer for the Carolina Cares, Carolina Shares campaign that kicks off Oct. 1. Help raise funds for charities across the state in support of the North Carolina State Employees Combined Campaign.
  • Trying to keep your kids busy? Need ideas for staying active when you can’t go to the gym? Check out HR’s Wellness Resources for tips and links to free resources.
  • The North Carolina Botanical Garden’s 32nd annual Sculpture in the Garden is open — for actual, in-person visits! — and will run until Dec. 6. Can’t make it in person? Take a virtual tour. Voting for the People’s Choice Award is open until Nov. 12.

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020

  • From noon-1 p.m. today, watch a discussion between authors Tanya Hamer and Katherine Marino, whose work centers around the fight for women’s rights and feminism in Latin America in the 20th century. This talk is part of “Off the Shelf,” a collaboration between the University Libraries and the UNC Press to present new works on racial and social justice, and will be hosted by Teresa Chapa, a Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o studies librarian at University Libraries.
  • If you speak German or are learning, join Carolina Public Humanities for a brown bag lunch tomorrow from noon-1:30 p.m. to chat with your peers in the language. Advance registration is required, and the cost is $15.
  • Attend a virtual conference on the relationship between workers and the arts, presented by the Art Student Graduate Organization. The conference, streaming from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, will include panel presentations, discussions and a keynote address by graduate students from around the world.
  • Save your virtual seat for the first of the Frank Porter Graham Institute’s Distinguished Lecture Series, featuring Leann Smith DaWalt, director of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She will speak on “Supporting Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their Families during the Transition to Adulthood,” from 3-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22.
  • Tune into “The Spark with Tift Merritt,” next Thursday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. This is the first in a series of monthly livestreams presented by Carolina Performing Arts and hosted by alumna and singer/songwriter Tift Merritt, who will examine the creative process with other artists. Her first guest is Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter and clawhammer banjo player Abigail Washburn.

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020

  • Drive-through COVID-19 testing is available today and future Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for employees who are not exhibiting symptoms of the virus.
  • Join author and alumna Jill McCorkle this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. as she discusses her latest novel, “Hieroglyphics,” a mesmerizing story about the burden of secrets carried across generations, with fellow novelist Daniel Wallace, the J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor and director of creative writing in the department of English and comparative literature. This event is part of the Well Read series hosted by University Libraries.
  • Reduce stress at a virtual 20-minute mindfulness session, offered by the University’s Well-Being Program in partnership with the department of psychiatry, streaming at 8 a.m. tomorrow.
  • Hear from a Carolina alumna who provides regulatory expertise to the pharmaceutical industry during the latest installment of TraCS “Tales of Translation” series from 4-5 p.m. tomorrow.
  • The North Carolina Botanical Garden’s main outdoor displays are open for visitors — all visitors should wear a face covering and stay six feet away from other visitors.

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020

  • The UNC Board of Governors meets tomorrow and Thursday.
  • Watch Across the Tracks on Sept. 17, 3:30-5 p.m., then join a Zoom discussion with the filmmaker. Part of the Stone Center’s Virtual Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film, the short film is about two Black sisters who grow up in 1960s Georgia, one with fair skin. When schools integrate, she changes her destiny by passing for white.
  • Register for the Carolina Public Humanities series The Power and Allure of Dictators, beginning with a Sept. 21 lecture on Roman Emperors led by Richard Talbert, William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor of History.
  • Register for upcoming Safe Zone training, which introduces participants to concepts, terminology and resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Special training for health care professionals is also available.
  • Learn from Digital Accessibility Office guidance and classes how to make your social media, websites and documents accessible to all.

Monday, Sept. 14, 2020

  • Check your email inbox for a link to “Let’s Talk: A Survey on Race and Equity” from the UNC System office. The survey results will help identify tangible steps in pursuit of racial equity and understanding.
  • Join Dr. Martin Kohlmeier at 6 p.m. Sept. 16 for Nutrition Risks for COVID-19 as the Nutrition Research Institute’s Appetite for Life series returns online for the fall.
  • Time to get your flu vaccination at Student Stores or Campus Health pharmacies or at one of the scheduled walk-in clinics. Check out the available days and times.
  • After you get your flu shot, help Carolina win a national vaccination participation competition. Answer a few questions and put a point on the scoreboard.
  • Get tested for COVID-19 at the next drive-through clinic for University employees on Sept. 16. The clinics run 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Wednesdays at the R7 parking lot adjacent to the UNC Sheps Center, l725 M.L.K. Jr. Blvd.

Week of Sept. 7, 2020

Friday, Sept. 11, 2020

  • Register for the Employee Forum’s book club, noon-1 p.m. Sept. 24, for a discussion of “Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment and Your Life,” by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
  • Saturday is Carolina’s first football game of the season against Syracuse. Normally we’d tell you to watch out for gameday traffic and follow parking regulations. However, the game, which starts at noon, will be played without fans in Kenan Stadium and without tailgate parties. Go Heels!
  • Be sure to fill out your census form before the end of September to ensure that North Carolina’s residents are not undercounted.
  • Deadline approaching: Nominate an outstanding teacher for the 2021 University Teaching Awards by Wednesday, Sept. 16.
  • Support a healthy lifestyle and get farm-fresh produce delivered to your home or office from The Produce Box. Carolina employees can sign up for free and receive $10 off the first order.

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020

  • Join the Gillings School of Global Public Health for its National Health Equity Research Webcast tomorrow from 2-3:30 p.m. The theme is: “Truth to Power: Building Solidarity for Health and Democracy.”
  • Entertain the kids at home with the Ackland Art Museum’s “Virtual Art Adventures” program on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10:30-11:15 a.m. Registration is limited.
  • The American Academy of Diplomacy, in collaboration with the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs, will host its annual Joseph J. Sisco Memorial Forum via livestream at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 14. The forum will feature a keynote address by Ambassador Thomas Pickering.
  • Check the new CV19 Faculty Support Hub for key resources and links for well-being, equity and teaching.

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020

  • Beginning today, COVID-19 testing is available for employees who are not exhibiting symptoms of the virus.
  • Share ideas and tips 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 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. tomorrow.
  • Register for a screening and discussion of the narrative film “Residue,” the story of a young man coming home to find that his neighborhood is gentrified beyond recognition, part of the 2020 Virtual Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film hosted by the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History. A secure link to the film will be sent to registered participants to view before tomorrow’s 3:30 p.m. discussion with the director, Merawi Gerima.
  • Hear from a pharmaceutical developer with 30 years of experience in women’s health, arthritis, bone metabolic diseases and pediatrics during this week’s installment of the TraCS “Tales of Translation” series, streaming from 4-5 p.m. tomorrow.
  • Learn how World War II spread across the globe in a series of webinars featuring Gerhard L. Weinberg, the William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor of History Emeritus, on Saturday, Sept. 12, streaming from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. with breaks.

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020

  • Read the latest message from Chancellor Guskiewicz with updates on the fall semester and information about planning for the spring 2021 semester.
  • Join tomorrow’s IAH Zoom Talk at 4:30 p.m. with Princeton Professor Alondra Nelson. “Society after Pandemic” is the topic.
  • Carolina’s Asian American Center launches virtually on Thursday with a 7 p.m. viewing of “I’m Not Racist . . . Am I?” and a follow-up discussion with Barb Lee, president of Point Made Films, and Michelle Robinson, associate professor of American Studies. The event is part of “Anti-Blackness and Alliance: A Series on Asian-Black Race Relations.”
  • Celebrate Carolina inventors on Sept. 10 at 4:30 p.m. by attending the 2020 Celebration of Inventorship, hosted online by the UNC Office of Technology Commercialization.
  • Register for the Sept. 19 “Labor Relations: the Worker and the Arts” Symposium in Art History, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The daylong Zoom event highlights graduate students from across the globe as they present research on relationships between art, art-making and human labor.

Week of Aug. 31, 2020

Friday, Sept. 4, 2020

  • The University is closed on Monday, Sept. 7, for Labor Day. From the Well will be back on Tuesday.
  • It’s easier than ever to get your daily caffeine fix. The Meantime Coffee Co. in the Campus Y has online ordering and curbside pickup.
  • Reserve a (virtual) spot in Kenan Stadium for the 2020 football season with your personal cutout. Purchase yours by 11 p.m. Sept. 6.
  • Wellness Wednesdays are back: Register for the first webinar, Coping with a Crisis or Traumatic Event, at noon, Wednesday, Sept. 9.
  • Did you adopt a pandemic pet? Consider signing up for pet insurance from bivvy.com using the employer code UNC10 for a 10% discount.

Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020

  • If you speak Italian or are learning, join Carolina Public Humanities for a brown bag lunch tomorrow from noon-1:30 p.m. to chat with your peers in the language. Advance registration is required, and the cost is $15.
  • Discover actions you can take to fight racism tomorrow from 4-4:45 p.m. as part of Honors Carolina’s “Systemic Racism and Health Disparities” series.
  • Join a Zoom lecture, “Society after Pandemic,” presented by Alondra Nelson, president of the Social Science Research Council, and hosted by The Institute for the Arts & Humanities on Wednesday, Sept. 9, from 4:30-6 p.m.
  • Learn more about donating leave time to those affected by COVID-19, available through the University’s new shared leave program from Sept. 1 to Dec. 31, 2020.

Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020

  • Unite in fandom by wearing Carolina blue on College Colors Day this Friday.
  • 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 tomorrow from 5-9 p.m.
  • State Health Plan members can participate in the 15-week Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less program free of charge. The online weight management program is delivered by a live registered dietitian nutritionist, and participants also receive one-on-one support through a secure online portal. Enrollment closes Friday, Sept. 4, at 8 p.m. and online classes begin Sept. 9. Use coupon code GNC2020 to receive the discount. You will be asked to enter your BCBSNC/SHP subscriber ID.
  • Nominate a worthy teacher or mentor for the 2021 University Teaching Awards. The deadline to submit a nomination is Wednesday, Sept. 16.
  • The Digital Accessibility Office has resources to ensure that all University materials are accessible for everyone.

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020

  • Join tomorrow’s “Islam in Southeast Asia or Southeast Asian Islam?” lecture by Carool Kersten of King’s College London, 1-2:30 p.m. via Zoom.
  • Register for the Race, Racism and Racial Equity (R3) Symposium hosted by the University Office for Diversity & Inclusion. The first of the R3 series, “The Historical Exploitation of Black and Brown Bodies at UNC: Learning from the Past to Change the Present,” is Sept. 10, 1:30-3 p.m.
  • Changes coming to Zoom Sept. 27 include requiring either the waiting room or a passcode. Learn more from UNC Information Technology Services.
  • To help employees navigate work and life changes during the pandemic, UNC Human Resources created a resource page with updated information about leave and benefits, workplace concerns and relevant trainings.
  • For developing your department in areas such as communication skills, leadership and project management, consider specialized services and training from the UNC Human Resources Organization Development team.

Monday, Aug. 31, 2020

  • Join conservative Robert P. George and liberal Cornel West for an online discussion on how to foster dialogue and friendships across the political aisle at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 10. Register in advance for the program, co-hosted by the UNC Program for Public Discourse and the North Carolina Study Center.
  • Faculty and students with questions about an idea or venture can get expert advice at Ask an Innovator, an online platform powered by Innovate Carolina and created in partnership with Carolina-connected innovators.
  • Honor Carolina inventors at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 10 by attending the 2020 Celebration of Inventorship, hosted online by the UNC Office of Technology Commercialization.
  • Check out the Office of Human Resources’ updated COVID-19 page for information about leave and benefits, workplace concerns and relevant trainings.
  • Stay informed about COVID-19 clusters at Carolina Together or follow the university’s social media channels. Given the de-densification on campus, Alert Carolina will no longer be used for these notifications.

Week of Aug. 24, 2020

Friday, Aug. 28, 2020

Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020

  • Join Malinda Maynor Lowery on Zoom today at 5 p.m. for a small-group conversation about her recent article in The Washington Post, “Tom Cotton Wants to Save American History. But He Gets It All Wrong.” This Carolina Public Humanities discussion is limited to 14 participants, so advance registration is required and costs $15.
  • Watch a webinar on the pandemic’s impact on India and how the country is responding to COVID-19, hosted by the UNC Modern Indian Studies Initiative and streaming at 10 a.m. tomorrow.
  • Listen to the latest episode of the College of Arts & Sciences’ podcast “COVID Conversations,” with Carolina’s infectious disease expert Myron Cohen discussing the origins of COVID-19.
  • Beginning Sept. 27, Zoom will require either the waiting room or a passcode to be applied to all meetings, including ones that have already been scheduled. Read more about how your future meetings may be affected.

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020

  • Reduce stress by attending a virtual 20-minute mindfulness session, offered by the University’s Well-Being Program in partnership with the department of psychiatry. The session will stream at 12:15 p.m. this afternoon.
  • Join the North Carolina Botanical Garden for a virtual “Lunchbox Talk” to learn about cultivating future landscapes, using Piedmont prairies as an example. Registration is required for the talk, streaming from noon-1 p.m. tomorrow.
  • Learn about the identification and implementation of new genomic capabilities during the latest installment of TraCS “Tales of Translation” series from 4-5 p.m. tomorrow.
  • If you or another faculty or staff member has been affected by recent events across the country and in the local area, the Employee Assistance Program gives you access by phone to trained counselors 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020

  • Join a four-class series of meditation practices — “When Everything Falls Apart, What Remains?” — hosted by the Program on Integrative Medicine, Wednesdays, Aug. 26-Sept. 16. Payroll deduction is an option for the $225 fee.
  • Share ideas and learn about teaching remotely during informal open-topic sessions on Aug. 26, noon-12:50 p.m. and Aug. 27, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Ask questions, share ideas and compare notes with faculty colleagues and instructional support staff.
  • Attend an Off the Shelf talk with Jessica Ingram, author of “Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial,” on Aug. 27, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sponsored by University Libraries.
  • Register for upcoming Safe Zone training, which introduces participants to concepts, terminology and resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Special training for health care professionals is also available.

Monday, Aug. 24, 2020

  • Effective today, most campus buildings will be locked for the rest of the semester. Authorized people with One Card access will still be able to enter buildings for research, work or academic activity.
  • Instructors looking for new resources should check out the Keep Teaching website, which has been updated all summer.
  • Remember that all undergraduate instruction has been paused for today and Tuesday to give students time to move their belongings. Classes will resume Wednesday.
  • Even though the John and June Allcott Gallery in the Hanes Art Center is closed, you can still see a socially distanced exhibition of select works from the University’s studio art faculty from outside the gallery.
  • Tune in at 4 p.m. Thursday for “Systemic Racism and Health Disparities,” one of six topical discussions on systemic racism sponsored by Honors Carolina. Professor Geni Eng of the Gillings School of Global Public Health leads the discussion.

Week of Aug. 17, 2020

Friday, Aug. 21, 2020

Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020

  • Beginning tomorrow, you can call the University’s hotline with any questions regarding the changes in campus operations due to COVID-19. Call the Carolina Together Hotline at 919-445-5000, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Messages left after hours and weekends will be responded to within one business day.
  • Take a few moments for yourself and attend a virtual 20-minute mindfulness session to reduce stress, offered by the University’s Well-Being Program in partnership with the department of psychiatry. The session will stream from 4-4:20 p.m. this afternoon.
  • Join University Libraries for tomorrow’s editing session for Wikipedia, Wikimedia and Wikidata art entries. From 2-3 p.m. there will be a demonstration of how to edit entries and a discussion about the importance of online archival materials, and the editing process will run from 3-4 p.m.
  • Listen to 10 minute-long “lightning talks” by School of Information and Library Science faculty members on their research interests and projects, tomorrow at noon.
  • Join “Dancing with Jane Austen,” a discussion of dance during the Regency period with literary historian Susannah Fullerton, on Tuesday, Aug. 25, from 8-9 p.m., part of the Jane Austen Summer Program.

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 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.
  • Learn about a Durham-based company developing cutting-edge technology for treating liver disease during this week’s installment of the TraCS “Tales of Translation” series, streaming from 4-5 p.m. tomorrow.
  • Register for the online discussion “Creating a Space for Black Student Entrepreneurs” from the Entrepreneurship Center at Kenan-Flagler Business School from 6-7 p.m. tomorrow.
  • The North Carolina Botanical Garden’s main outdoor displays are now open for visitors — just remember to wear a face covering and stay six feet away from other visitors.

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020

  • Learn about how the University will shift all undergraduate instruction to remote learning beginning Wednesday, Aug. 19 and continue efforts to greatly reduce residence hall occupancy. Additional information is available on the Carolina Together site.
  • Higher Ground Conversations” begin Aug. 20, with the Most Rev. Michael Curry, presiding bishop and primate of The Episcopal Church, North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green and gospel singer Jennifer Evans. PlayMakers Repertory Company and Theatre Raleigh are sponsoring the virtual series.
  • What’s your Change IQ? Find out by registering for the HR webinar on Dealing with Change from any Position scheduled for Aug. 26, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • Get inspired. With just a few days left in This Was the Place, the 2020 senior class art exhibition, be sure to see it soon.

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 Aug. 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 Aug. 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 my2020census.gov. 
  • 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