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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

  • Thank you, researchers! The UNC Network for Research Professionals is celebrating its 10th anniversary and kicking off Researcher Appreciation Week with events through Friday. Today, 11 a.m.-2p.m., researchers can stop by appreciation booths in the Bioinformatics Lobby and Cancer Hospital for a token of thanks. Free registration is also available for education sessions, a networking event and interactive workshop.
  • Join Carolina Public Humanities 2-4 p.m. May 20 at the historic Hillsborough Courthouse to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Journey of Reconciliation, also known as the “First Freedom Ride.” Registration is not required but encouraged.
  • Register for a Zoom talk by the School of Medicine’s Tamala Gray, part of the UNC Women in Leadership Speaker Series, at 1 p.m. May 20, hosted by the Association for Women Faculty and Professionals.
  • Join the North Carolina Botanical Garden for some floral fun 6-9 p.m. May 21, during its 10th annual Carolina Moonlight Garden Party. All net proceeds from this ticketed event support the garden’s mission — ensuring the protection, preservation and conservation of plants and natural areas.
  • Are you a runner? The Philosopher’s Way Trail Runs (10 mile and 7 kilometer) take place in Carolina North Forest 8 a.m. May 21. You can participate in this weekend’s event or run/walk the course on your own time through May 30. Race organizers say the forest’s trails have seen around a 30% increase in activity throughout the pandemic, and proceeds from races like this support maintenance and restoration efforts.

Week of May 9, 2022

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

  • A new DUO prompt as part of Carolina’s multi-factor authentication process begins at 5 p.m. today.
  • Updates on salary equity, deferred building maintenance, possible hiring incentives, sustainability progress and more were part of the latest UNC Employee Forum meeting. Read all about it.
  • Attend a fundraising lunch and talk at The Carolina Inn with Kenan-Flagler Business School alumna Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg, the social practice artist who created “In America: Remember,” an art installation of over 700,000 white flags on the National Mall in September 2021 to honor the lives lost to COVID-19. Presented by the Ackland Art Museum, the ticketed event is May 12, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • BRIDGES, an inclusive professional development program for cisgender or transgender women and nonbinary colleagues in higher education offered through the Friday Center, is open for applications for fall 2022. Deadline is May 20.
  • Get in full summer mode when the Caribbean Connections Band performs a free concert on June 21 at 7 p.m. in Hill Hall’s Moeser Auditorium as part of the UNC Summer Jazz Workshop.

Week of May 2, 2022

Thursday, May 5, 2022

  • Today’s the last day to register for the Spring Fling Fun Walk/Run beginning 12:15 p.m. May 6. Costumes are encouraged for the 2.7-mile run or 1.5-mile walk and so are non-perishable food and pet donations. Free refreshments, prizes and awards for most spirited team and the team with the most creative costumes are all part of the fun.
  • Chapel Hill Police will conduct extra safety operations in high-traffic, high-pedestrian areas throughout May. Officers will watch for driving violations including failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and turning right on red where it is not allowed.
  • Remember that May 8 is Spring Commencement. If you’re coming to campus, check out Transportation and Parking information. Or watch the event online via livestream.
  • As part of the 2nd Friday ArtWalk, Ackland Art Museum is hosting a drop-in printmaking workshop with Raj Bunnag, one of the art and art history MFA students whose work is on display. Make your own tiny stamps using hand-carved blocks 6-7:30 p.m. May 13.
  • The new edition of “Flora of the Southeastern U.S.” is available as free download courtesy of the North Carolina Botanical Garden.
  • Catch PlayMakers Repertory Company’s Samuel Ray Gates as August Wilson in the playwright’s autobiographical “How I Learned What I Learned” before it closes May 15.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Week of April 25, 2022

Friday, April 29, 2022

  • Join the North Carolina Botanical Garden 2-4 p.m. May 1 in the Sara Waitt Breezeway for a reception for two exhibits: “Garden Journeys: A Portrait Artist Explores the Landscape with Those Who Nurture It” by photographer Barbara Tyroler and “Natural Spaces: A Sense of Connection” by students in Tyroler’s NCBG photography workshops.
  • Do you believe there is a Heaven? What is it like? How would you describe it? Discuss these and other questions when the UNC Friday Center hosts a short course to look at Dante’s “Paradiso” and the life of the man called the Father of the Italian Language 10-11:30 a.m. May 3. The cost is $15.
  • Nominate a colleague for the Employee Forum’s Rebecca Clark Staff Award for Moral Courage, which comes with a $2,500 stipend for the award winner, who will be recognized in a ceremony during University Day festivities. The deadline is midnight May 4.
  • To extend its reach and foster peer-to-peer advocacy, Carolina’s Digital Accessibility Office created a community of practitioners known as the Digital Accessibility Liaisons, who advocate for digital accessibility within their own departments. Learn more, including how to join the team.
  • People have lived in North Carolina for at least 15,000 years. Explore Ancient North Carolinians, Carolina’s virtual museum of archeology that tells the story of who these people were, how they lived and who they are today.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

  • The Office of Human Resources and University Libraries present the Spread Happiness Project, a letter-writing campaign connecting people statewide with residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities in North Carolina. The goal is 90 letters by April 29. Find out how to participate.
  • Learn about the numerous benefits of introducing plant-based foods into your diet and get a cooking demonstration from LifeStyle Medical Centers. Register for the online event, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 28, sponsored by the Office of State Human Resources.
  • Enjoy a free concert by the UNC Baroque Ensemble & Consort of Viols 8 p.m. April 29 in Person Hall.
  • Fathers with children of all ages with autism spectrum disorder are invited to the 2022 UNC Autism Fathers Conference, a two-hour virtual event at 11 a.m. April 30.
  • Catch the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as the company dazzles with its trademark technical brilliance and passionate energy 7:30 p.m. May 3 and 4 in Memorial Hall.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

  • The UNC Jazz Band will perform a concert 7:30-9 p.m. tonight in Moeser Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and University faculty and staff.
  • Take some time to relax with a free virtual yoga session presented by the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health 5:15-6 p.m. today.
  • Join the Center on Technology Policy for a virtual discussion about if and how states should regulate platform content on April 29th from noon-1 p.m.
  • Celebrate National Bike Month in May with free bike checks from local mechanics, free swag, free bike registration and more on Polk Place from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on May 4.
  • Do you know a Carolina staff member who deserves recognition? The Employee Forum’s Recognition and Awards Committee is accepting nominations for Peer Recognition Awards through May 5.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

  • PlayMakers Repertory Company’s production of August Wilson’s theatrical memoir “How I Learned What I Learned” opens tomorrow 7:30 p.m. at the Paul Green Theatre. Tickets start at $20.
  • And speaking of Playmakers, six productions ranging from “Blues for an Alabama Sky” to “The Legend of Georgia McBride” are part of the just-announced 2022-23 season. Learn more and purchase your season ticket subscription.
  • Country music scholars generally agree that modern forms of popular music — blues, jazz, country, rock and gospel — derive from musical roots in the American South. To learn about those connections, register for the Friday Center course “Deep Roots and Sturdy Branches of Country Music, Then and Now” on April 27 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Registration fee $15.
  • Early voting for the statewide primary election begins April 28. Check your voter registration and get details on early voting at the North Carolina Board of Elections website.
  • Calling all clinical researchers! Register for one or all of the “Machine Learning Tools for Clinical Researchers: A Pragmatic Approach Series” May 11, 18 and 25 to find out how to integrate and learn from large amounts of biological, clinical and environmental data.

Monday, April 25, 2022

  • Check out the more than 250 posters at the 23rd Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research in the Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium at 2-5 p.m. today. The posters will also be available online via Symposium through May 9.
  • Discover “What Should We Do? A Theory of Civic Life” from lecturer Peter Levine of Tufts University at 6 p.m. April 26 at Hanes Art Center 121. The talk is part of the Philosophy, Politics and Economics Speaker Series.
  • Are You Smarter Than Your Smartphone?” Find out at a basic android training class that’s part of the Digital and Lifelong Learning Community Classroom series at the Friday Center. The classes are held 10-11:30 a.m. April 26, April 28 and May 5. Cost of the course is $45.
  • Revisit the themes of the fall semester’s mental health summit and consider topics for the next one at the April 28 Carolina Mental Health Update. Register for the webinar, scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Catch a free performance by the UNC Jazz Combos at 7:30 p.m. April 28 at Moeser Auditorium.

Week of April 18, 2022

Friday, April 22, 2022

Thursday, April 21, 2022

  • Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, gives a talk today from 5:30-7 p.m. as part of Carolina’s first-ever Diplomacy Week. Whether you plan to join in person at the Nelson Mandela Auditorium in the FedEx Global Education Center or via Zoom, be sure to register.
  • Learn how to incorporate the best anti-inflammatory foods into your diet to reduce your risk of disease in a webinar from the UNC Wellness Centers on April 25 from noon-1 p.m.
  • Attend an outdoor yoga class at the North Carolina Botanical Garden noon-1 p.m. April 26. The class is $13 ($12 for members) and advance registration is required.
  • Come out for a UNC Jazz Band concert 7:30-9 p.m. April 27 in Moeser Auditorium, part of the Scholarship Benefit Series.
  • Nominations are open for the 2023 University Teaching Awards. Powerful nominations for a worthy teacher or mentor are enthusiastic and backed by concrete examples.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

  • Join a Center for Faculty Excellence session today at 3:30 p.m. on “Pedagogies of Care and Compassion” to define the scope of this approach to teaching, consider the literature on the topic and offer tangible classroom strategies.
  • Listen to a free concert by Carolina’s Javanese Gamelan “Nyai Saraswati” and Angklung Ensemble tonight at 8 p.m. in Moeser Auditorium.
  • The Southeast Asian Poet Panel will host North Carolina poets Ina Cariño and Eric Tran to read from their selected poetry and host a question and answer session from noon-2 p.m. on April 22 in the FedEx Global Center, room 4003.
  • The School of Social Work is hosting a speaker series on “Promoting Child Maltreatment Prevention and Advancing Equity” on April 25. Learn more about the panels and speakers.
  • Nominate a colleague for the Employee Forum’s Rebecca Clark Staff Award for Moral Courage, which comes with a $2,500 stipend for the award winner, who will be recognized in a ceremony during University Day festivities. The deadline is midnight May 4.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

  • Works by the master of fine arts class of 2022 will be in a new exhibition called “Myth and Memory” at the Ackland Art Museum April 22-June 19. Attend an opening celebration of the exhibition 7-8:30 p.m. April 21.
  • The April 22-23 Hip Hop South Festival, co-curated by Harvard Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellows Christopher Massenburg (aka Dasan Ahanu) and Regina Bradley, includes performances by hip-hop heavyweights and local artists, as well as academic gatherings, late-night beat and dance battles, visual art and more.
  • Award-winning Korean American violinist Sunmi Chang and pianist Clara Yang, associate professor and head of keyboard studies, will present a concert of music by women composers at Kenan Rehearsal Hall April 23 at 7:30 p.m. and April 24 at 2 p.m. Free admission, $10 per ticket donation recommended.
  • Buster Keaton’s influence goes beyond inventive, hilarious slapstick. Learn about that and his acting by registering for the Friday Center class “Buster Keaton: Existential Slapstick” May 11, 10-11:30 a.m. Fee is $15.
  • Register for the Employee Forum Book Club discussion, which in May centers on “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” by Antul Gawande.

Monday, April 18, 2022

  • Get a bargain on used University equipment and supplies when the UNC Surplus Store reopens today after two pandemic years at its location in the facilities complex off Estes Drive. Store hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (closed noon-12:30 p.m. for lunch). All items $500 or less. Cash and carry; items are sold as is.
  • Learn more about “Scholarship Addressing the Dual Pandemic of Racism and COVID-19,” the sixth event of the Race, Racism & Racial Equity (R3) Symposium on April 19. Register now for the webinar that starts at 1:30 p.m.
  • Why do we seem to accept some forms of bad behavior but revolt against others? Explore the question in “Ethics, Smethics! Ethics in an Age of Lies and Deceit,” a two-part course in person at the Friday Center, 10-11:30 a.m. April 19 and 21. Cost of the class is $35.
  • Carolina’s first-ever Diplomacy Week, April 19-22, features a discussion with the former ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch. The hybrid event begins at 5:30 p.m. April 21 at the FedEx Global Education Center and on Zoom. Register to attend in person or online.
  • Attend the launch event of the School of Social Work’s Legacy Speakers Series, “Promoting Child Maltreatment Prevention and Advancing Equity,” a daylong free public event 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. April 25. Registration required to attend in person in the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building auditorium or on Zoom.

Week of April 11, 2022

Thursday, April 14, 2022

  • Join the North Carolina Botanical Garden noon-1 p.m. today for a hybrid Lunchbox Talk on the piedmont prairies and how colonial agricultural reshaped the area. The talk is free with a $5 suggested donation.
  • The University is closed tomorrow, April 15, for the spring holiday. When you return on Monday, April 18, look for our From The Well newsletter in your inbox as we resume our daily publication schedule.
  • April 17 is your last chance to see PlayMakers Repertory Company’s adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved novel, “A Wrinkle in Time.”
  • If you need a mental break, register for an online Mindful Monday Meditation session 12:15-12:45 p.m. April 18, provided by the School of Medicine.
  • Do you know a Carolina staff member who deserves recognition? The Employee Forum’s Recognition and Awards Committee is accepting nominations for Peer Recognition Awards through May 5.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

  • Join the Carolina Veterans Resource Center for coffee and conversation with a student veteran today from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in The Pit.
  • Listen to the Carolina Bluegrass Band perform tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Moeser Auditorium. Admission is $10 for the public or $5 for students, faculty and staff.
  • Helga Davis, award-winning creator and CPA/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Creative Futures artist-in-residence, will be the next guest on The Spark with Tift Merritt webinar at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Suggested ticket donation is $15.
  • Do you know a state employee who goes above and beyond? Nominate them by end of day tomorrow for a Governor’s Award for Excellence, the highest honor a state employee may receive for service to North Carolina and its residents.
  • Update your technical skills through LinkedIn Learning at ConnectCarolina by browsing what classes are available in the Carolina Talent tab.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

  • The Carolina Engagement Council will meet virtually tomorrow 3-4:30 p.m. Email ccps@unc.edu by 1 p.m. tomorrow for the link.
  • It’s performance review season. Find information about performance management policies and other details specific to SHRA and EHRA non-faculty employees. Need help? Join the Office of Human Resources for office hours online via Zoom Tuesdays 2-3 p.m. and Wednesdays 1-2 p.m. through April 27.
  • Catch the Process Series’s biggest event of the year, “Cascade,” written by Jim Grimsley and directed by Carolina’s Joseph Megel, set in a not-so-distant future where the climate crisis before us now is in the rearview mirror. At the Swain Hall Black Box Theater through April 23, with a special talkback session April 14 featuring Laura Moore, director of Carolina’s Coastal Environmental Change Lab.
  • During “Study Russian to Break the Ice” via Zoom on April 19 at 6 p.m., Carolina alumna Lisa Dickey will discuss the importance of language study as a way to facilitate cross-cultural communications.
  • If you’re interested in data science, analytics, visualization and related topics, check out Data Matters, a week-long series in August of one and two-day courses for students and professionals in business, research and government. The series is sponsored by the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science, the National Consortium for Data Science and RENCI.

Monday, April 11, 2022

  • Spend an evening with artist and architect Maya Lin, who will give a presentation 5:30 p.m. April 12 at the Mandela Auditorium in the FedEx Global Education Center. The Frey Foundation in-person event is free with no ticket required, but those who want to watch the livestream need to register in advance.
  • The Town of Chapel Hill has proclaimed April 13 the Journey of Reconciliation day of remembrance in honor of the 1947 Freedom Riders who were arrested here for challenging desegregation on interstate buses.
  • Take advantage of the new online self-paced version of the Digital Accessibility Awareness training offered by the Digital Accessibility Office.
  • Remember that in compliance with the extension of federal mask mandates for public transportation through April 18, riders on Chapel Hill Transit buses are still required to wear masks.
  • Tune in for a webinar with Dr. Mandy Cohen, former North Carolina health secretary, and the Gillings School’s Dr. John Wiesman, former health secretary of Washington State, for a conversation about managing a state response to COVID-19. Register now for the noon presentation on April 21.

Week of April 4, 2022

Friday, April 8, 2022

  • UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, this weekend’s performances of “Ordo Virtutum” have been cancelled. The music department apologizes for the inconvenience and invites you one of three free performances at CAM Raleigh at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. April 16. Find more details on the CAM Raleigh performances.
  • Ramadan began at sundown April 1. Learn more about this holy month of fasting, prayers, introspection and familial connection from student voices compiled in a Carolina Forum by the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Come out for the UNC Science Expo — one of the state’s biggest science celebrations — 11 a.m.-4 p.m. tomorrow at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center and enjoy hands-on activities, food trucks, demonstrations, games and performances.
  • As of April 5, if you forget your Onyen password, you can use the Duo app to reset your password at onyen.unc.edu. Duo confirmation replaces the challenge questions.
  • Nominate your supervisor or another colleague for the 2022 University Manager’s Association’s Manager of the Year award by April 15.
  • Mark your calendars for the first ever Diplomacy Week at Carolina, April 19-22, part of UNC Global’s Diplomacy Initiative. The headline event is a discussion with the former ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, 5:30 p.m. April 21 at the FedEx Global Education Center.

Thursday, April 7, 2022

  • Faculty Council meets virtually 3-5 p.m. tomorrow.
  • Register for a guided tour of the North Carolina Botanical Garden and see spring wildflowers blooming 10-11 a.m. April 9. The tour is $6 ($5 for members).
  • UNC Opera will present “Ordo Virtutum” by Hildegard von Bingen with accompanying visual works by artist Tama Hochbaum and additional music by composer Allen Anderson. The production runs 40 minutes and is shown at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. April 9, now in Kenan Rehearsal Hall. Tickets are $10 for the general public or $5 for faculty, staff and students.
  • Experience “Eclipse,” a choreographic practice from Culture Mill that incorporates material elements of Carolina’s history to investigate how assembled bodies and stories might form the architecture for a togetherness. Presented by Carolina Performing Arts, the work takes place outside CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio at 7:30 p.m. April 9 and 10.
  • Carolina employees can save up to $20 on filing taxes using TurboTax through the Working Advantage discount program.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

  • Immerse yourself in Carolina Performing Arts’ Voices of Mississippi, a new multimedia experience and concert event tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall that celebrates the music, people and art of the Southern blues, gospel and storytelling traditions.
  • Take some time to relax with a free virtual yoga session presented by the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health 5:15-6 p.m. today.
  • Catch the latest in the Process Series, “Cascade,” written by Jim Grimsley and directed by Carolina’s Joseph Megel, set in a not-so-distant future where the climate crisis before us now is in the rearview mirror. Opens tomorrow at the Swain Hall Black Box Theatre and runs through April 23.
  • The theme of this year’s Arts Everywhere Day, April 8, is “Grounded Growth,” which represents how artists and the Carolina community have grown during the pandemic — and the role of the arts through these times. Check the schedule and description of events.
  • Are you trying to learn a new language? UNC students, faculty and staff have free access to Transparent Language Online, which provides courses for 110 different languages for all levels of learners. Sign up for a free account.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

  • It’s National Library Week. Show your love for your favorite Carolina branch library with an illustrated bookshelf sticker.
  • As part of Carolina’s celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, visiting scholar Leslie Bow will speak 5:30 p.m. April 7 in Genome Sciences G010, on the history of the personified household object in the 21st century: the Asian figure as saltshaker, kitchen timer or home decor.
  • Hear some high-lonesome singin’ and some scorching pickin’ when the Carolina Bluegrass Band performs 7:30 p.m. April 13 in Moeser Auditorium. $10 general admission; $5 for students.
  • Mark your calendars for April 21, when Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan, will speak at Carolina. Register to attend the 5:15 p.m. event virtually or in person.
  • If country music interests you, register for an online Friday Center course, “Deep Roots and Sturdy Branches of Country Music, Then and Now,” 10-11:30 a.m. April 27 for $15.

Monday, April 4, 2022

  • Today’s the first day of Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week, a time to acknowledge and celebrate the students who account for 37% of Carolina’s total enrollment. Let the graduate students in your life know how much you appreciate them and share the love on social media using the hashtag #UNCGradStudents.
  • Check out the virtual and in-person fun and educational experiences available today through Friday during Universe Week, the lead-up to the UNC Science Expo on April 9.
  • Learn more about “Central America’s Forgotten History” when historian and author Aviva Chomsky discusses revolution, violence and the roots of migration at a webinar 6 p.m. April 6.
  • Find out more about Korean standards of beauty in the next session of the Korean Popular Culture speaker series online. Register in advance for the 4 p.m. webinar on April 7.
  • Register in advance to participate in the Tar Heel 10 Miler race on April 9. And if you’re not running, be aware that parts of South Road, the ramps connecting U.S. 15-501 and Raleigh Road and Franklin, Columbia and Carmichael streets will be closed 5-10 a.m. that day for the race.

Week of March 28, 2022

Friday, April 1, 2022

  • The historic Final Four showdown between Carolina and Duke means Chapel Hill will be extremely busy Saturday evening. Plan ahead if you want to experience the game downtown or attend the Dean E. Smith Center watch party. The Town will begin restricting parking at 1 p.m. Saturday and towing cars starting at 6 p.m.
  • Some campus roadways and parking lots will be restricted this weekend and possibly into early next week. Get the specifics from UNC Transportation and Parking.
  • In more traffic news, the one-way, eastbound traffic pattern from Somerset Drive to the Estes/Caswell traffic light will begin on Monday, April 4. The detour will continue for the majority of the project.
  • Closer to campus, work begins Monday on Phase 2 of the water line replacement project on West Cameron Avenue, from Pittsboro Street through the intersection of South Merritt Mill Road. Learn more about localized lane closures and how you can sign up for OC Alerts to learn about possible water service disruptions.
  • Come out for the free Sunsets Dance Party with DJs from WXYC at the Ackland Art Museum 5-9 p.m. April 8. Part of the 2nd Friday ArtWalk series, the event is inspired by Aligned by the Sun (through the revolution), a seven-channel video installation by Ghost of a Dream featuring sunsets captured around the world by artists living through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thursday, March 31, 2022

  • Cheer on the Carolina men’s basketball team Saturday night at the Dean E. Smith Center watch party. The Smith Center will open for students, faculty and staff with a UNC One Card at 5:30 p.m., and the general public may enter beginning at 5:45 p.m.
  • Show up for a concert 2-3 p.m. April 2 in Person Hall featuring the 1843 Pleyel piano donated to the music department by Tom Kenan. Pleyel’s instruments were favorites of Frédéric Chopin and many of his contemporaries. Carolina piano students will perform works from the time of the piano’s creation nearly 180 years ago.
  • The hybrid (in person and online) Annual Evelyn McNeill Sims Native Plant Lecture at the North Carolina Botanical Garden 5:30-6:30 p.m. April 3 will feature a talk, “50 Years of Native Plant and Habitat Conservation in North Carolina: History and the Road Ahead,” by Julie Moore, an endangered species biologist and botanist and chairman of the board of the NC Plant Conservation Program.
  • The Gillings School of Global Public Health will host the Dean’s Inclusive Excellence Lecture Series talk, “Past as Prologue: COVID-19, HIV and Other Infectious Disease Inequities by Race/Ethnicity,” 1-2 p.m. April 4.
  • Join English and comparative literature Associate Professor Kimberly Stern for a Great Books Reading Groups discussion of “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” by Oscar Wilde, 10 a.m. April 6 and 13. Registration is $40 and includes a book shipped to your home and both sessions.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

  • PlayMakers Repertory Company’s new adaption of Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved novel, “A Wrinkle in Time,” opens today and runs through April 17.
  • Register for a hybrid lecture, “Humanities in Action series: India,” with Sara Smith, associate professor of geography, 4:30-6 p.m. today. The registration fee of $20 ($15 for GAA members) lets you attend at Flyleaf Books or virtually via Zoom.
  • April 4-8 is Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week — celebrate with a hike in Battle Park, food and games, or host your own event on campus.
  • Register for “Journalism and Democracy,” a hybrid Abbey Speaker Series event about journalism’s role in promoting and maintaining democratic values 5:30 p.m. April 5. Jointly sponsored by the UNC Program for Public Discourse and Duke University’s Polis: Center for Politics.
  • Do you know a state employee who goes above and beyond? Nominate them for a Governor’s Award for Excellence, the highest honor a state employee may receive for service to North Carolina and its residents, by April 14.

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

  • Today is GiveUNC, Carolina’s annual day of giving. Join thousands of alumni, students, parents, friends, faculty and staff in financially supporting the University’s work. The giving challenges may inspire you.
  • Kenan Guest Artist pianist and composer Bruce Adolphe, known for his NPR segment Piano Puzzler, will give a free lecture performance March 31, 7:30-9 p.m. in Moeser Auditorium.
  • The Carolina Choir and Chamber Singers will perform April 1, 8:30-9 p.m. in Moeser Auditorium. Purchase tickets online or at the door — $10 general admission, $5 students, faculty and staff.
  • What can you learn from the Wizard of Oz? Find out in the Friday Center’s “Emeralds of Oz: Life Lessons from Over the Rainbow” experiential workshop April 13, 10-11:30 a.m. led via Zoom by author and editor Peter Guzzardi. $15 fee.
  • Get your tickets for the Hip Hop South Festival April 22-23. The festival, part of Carolina Performing Art’s Southern Futures Initiative, includes performances, academic gatherings, late-night beat and dance battles, visual art and more.

Monday, March 28, 2022

Week of March 21, 2022

Friday, March 25, 2022

  • Manning Drive will close to through traffic between West Drive and New East Drive from 8 p.m. today through 5 a.m. Monday, March 28, to facilitate the installation of a new pedestrian bridge at the UNC Hospitals surgical tower project site.
  • Register for the next online mental health seminar, “Mental Health, Alcohol and Drugs: How Do They Connect?” 3:30-5 p.m. March 28.
  • Be wowed by the Martha Graham Dance Company as it performs three dances — “Errand into the Maze,” “Diversion of Angels” and “Canticle for Innocent Comedians” — 7:30 p.m. March 29 in Memorial Hall. Tickets start at $29.
  • Join the inaugural Surviving and Thriving Summit 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 4 at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center and hear narratives from graduate students of color. Sponsored by The Graduate School’s diversity and student success program.
  • Explore a new online exhibit from University Libraries, “Collecting COVID: Documenting the Pandemic Experience at Carolina,” featuring stories from staff and faculty, original posters and prints and more. You can also share your experience.

Thursday, March 24, 2022

  • Carolina violin students and music department Associate Professor Nicholas DiEugenio will explore folk influences in music written for violins in the 20th and 21st centuries 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in Moeser Auditorium. Tickets are $15, or $10 for students, faculty and staff.
  • The Employee Forum is holding a virtual community meeting centered on mental health, resilience and building and maintaining a sense of community 10-11:30 a.m. tomorrow.
  • Explore the world of art made with metal at the Ackland Art Museum’s Families at the Museum event 1-5 p.m. March 27. Activities will include a blacksmithing demo, scavenger hunt and art kits.
  • Sign up for a two-day class, “The History of the Financial Crisis of 2008,” from Carolina’s office of Digital and Lifelong learning. Registration is $25, and the class meets 10-11:30 a.m. April 4 and 5.
  • April 4 is the last day to nominate a faculty member for the Thomas Jefferson Award, the University’s highest award for faculty.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

  • Sign up for a virtual session from the Center for Faculty Excellence, “Partners for Equity in Teaching: UNC-CH Peer Support Core,” 2-3 p.m. today.
  • Register for a hybrid lecture, “Humanities in Action series: Caribbean Plantation Tourism,” with Tanya Shields, associate professor and director of undergraduate studies for women’s and gender studies, 4:30-6 p.m. today. The registration fee of $20 ($15 for GAA members) lets you attend at Flyleaf Books or virtually via Zoom.
  • Take some time to relax with a free virtual yoga session presented by the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health 5:15-6 p.m. today.
  • Watch a virtual panel discussion tomorrow at 4 p.m. on information warfare in the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
  • Marcella Murray, David Neumann and Tei Blow, artists-in-residence through the Southern Futures Initiative and co-creators of “Primer for an Impossible Conversation,” will be the next guests on The Spark with Tift Merritt webinar at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Suggested ticket donation is $15.

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

  • Attend a virtual workshop on publishing a scholarly book during today’s changing world 10-11 a.m. March 25. Sponsored by the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, the session will cover creating a flexible timeline, working well with publishers, getting professional editing and indexing support, and designing a virtual book launch that honors your unique situation and goals.
  • Guest artist Aleck Karis will give a free piano recital 3-4 p.m. March 27 in Moeser Auditorium.
  • See “Rollover,” a play about a coastal family and community grappling with the aftermath of a devastating hurricane 7:30 p.m. March 24 and 25 at the Center for Dramatic Art, room 101. Laura Moore, professor in the College of Arts & Sciences’ Earth, marine and environmental sciences department, wrote the play.
  • Kick off Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by hearing Heidi Kim, director of Carolina’s Asian American Center, speak on the “State of Asian America” 5:30 p.m. March 31 in Peabody Hall, room 1040. Register by March 24 to attend in person to reserve a box dinner or register to attend via Zoom.
  • With care.unc.edu, mental health resources at Carolina are easier to locate. Find training, get 24/7 crisis support or refer a friend for help — all in one place.

Monday, March 21, 2022

  • Today is the first day of Carolina Engagement Week. Check out The Well’s story to find out about events scheduled for the week and how North Carolina community leaders are teaming with UNC-Chapel Hill researchers to build better opportunities for public good.
  • Review a snapshot of your overall compensation for last year in ConnectCarolina, under 2021 Total Rewards summary.
  • Explore the sounds of ~Nois, a premier saxophone quartet that combines contemporary classical music and improvisation in unique concert experiences, at a free concert at Moeser Auditorium in Hill Hall at 7:30 p.m. March 22. Attend a free conversation with the musicians at 4 p.m. in Hill Hall.
  • The University’s Board of Trustees meets this week, with committee meetings March 23 and the full board meeting March 24 at the Carolina Inn.
  • Find out about what it might look like to amplify Indigenous perspectives and strengthen tribal participation in stewardship of North Carolina’s environment at a Hybrid Lunchbox Talk at noon March 24, at the N.C. Botanical Garden or online.

Week of March 14, 2022

Friday, March 18, 2022

  • For Employee Wellness Day, UNC Student Stores is offering a special discount for Carolina employees. Show your One Card at the checkout to receive 10% off your entire in-store purchase (not valid on textbooks, computers and technology, regalia or gift cards).
  • Cheer on women’s basketball as the team meets Stephen F. Austin tomorrow in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. And check out The Well’s story about how the team is using analytics and AI to boost performance.
  • Join leading Indigenous health leaders and scientists as they discuss the ethical use of Native genetic, microbiome, biological and cultural data during the one-day virtual “Big Data, Precision Medicine, Research and Resilience in Southeast Indian Country Symposium” 8:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 24. Can’t attend? Register, and you will receive the symposium recording after the event.
  • Register for the (W)omxn of Worth Spring Conference 2-8 p.m. March 25 in the Frank Porter Graham Student Union. Open to employees and students, this year’s conference features a keynote speaker and panel discussions around “Making Room for More, Building a Life and Career On Your Own Terms.”
  • Celebrate the UNC Press and its century of publishing with authors, books and swag 5:30-7 p.m. March 25 at the Chapel Hill Public Library.

Thursday, March 17, 2022

  • The celebrated international ensemble Mahler Chamber Orchestra returns to Carolina on March 22 at 7:30 p.m. for an evening of Mozart and Purcell. Tickets are available starting at $39.
  • Join Carolina faculty leaders for a discussion of the classic gothic novel “Frankenstein” March 22 and 29 from 10 a.m.-noon at Flyleaf Books. The $40 registration includes both discussions and a copy of the book shipped to your home.
  • The Employee Forum is sponsoring #MarchKindness, a donation drive for the Chapel Hill Ronald McDonald House, which offers a home away from home and a community of support for seriously ill children and their families. Learn more about how to participate in the drive.
  • Carolina is working to foster a culture of compassion and care on campus to help faculty, staff and students with the support they need. With care.unc.edu, mental health resources at Carolina are easier to locate and access: Find training, get 24/7 crisis support or refer a friend for help — all in one place.
  • Are you a Carolina staff member interested in contributing to “I Was Here: Postcards from the Pandemic”? Register for a free postcard workshop time slot through April 8 at the Ackland Art Museum, Wilson Library or Morrison Art Studio.

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

  • Register for a Human Resources workshop tomorrow at noon on the mental aspect of making exercise a habit and how to incorporate a well-balanced program to achieve goals.
  • Meet in the Ackland Art Museum lobby at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow for a free 30-minute guided tour of the special exhibition Peace, Power & Prestige: Metal Arts in Africa.
  • Attend an outdoor yoga class at the North Carolina Botanical Garden noon-1 p.m. March 22. The class is $13 and advance registration is required.
  • Carolina Performing Arts will host the Hip Hop South Festival, a two-day event April 2223 celebrating the impact of hip hop across the South. Learn more about the headlining performances by hip hop heavyweights and local artists, as well as academic gatherings, late-night beat and dance battles, visual art and more.
  • Do you know a state employee who goes above and beyond? Nominate them for a Governor’s Award for Excellence, the highest honor a state employee may receive for service to North Carolina and its residents.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

  • In the lead-up to Friday’s Employee Wellness Day, take a break for a virtual fitness or education session on cooking healthy snacks, preventing back pain, inhaling positivity and other subjects. Be sure to sign up to reserve your spot!
  • On March 20, 3-5 p.m., attend the Ackland Art Museum’s open house at ShopSpace, a nonprofit metalworking shop in Raleigh. Tour the forging and fabrication studios, hear from Robert Bemis, blacksmith and historic trades specialist for North Carolina Historic Sites, about how the history of metalwork in North Carolina relates to African traditions and learn about the Ackland’s exhibition “Peace, Power & Prestige: Metal Arts in Africa.”
  • Transforming Youth Advocacy” is the focus of a Carolina Data Science Now workshop March 24, noon-1 p.m. Three lightning talks by UNC-Chapel Hill professors and researchers will center around how data science tools are applied to create safe, enriching environments for the growth and development of minors.
  • “Peace (Re)imagined: Sustaining Justice and Hope for the Future” is the theme of the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Conference April 9, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Graduate students, including three from Carolina, will present their research. Register to attend virtually or in person at the FedEx Global Education Center.
  • Carolina employees can receive a 10% discount off pet insurance with the code UNC10, paying $12.60/month for accident and illness coverage. You also have the option to add discounted wellness coverage for routine veterinary care. Learn more about this and other benefits.

Monday, March 14, 2022

  • Contractors will begin clearing and grading the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Estes Drive today as part of the Estes Drive Connectivity Project. Watch for lane closures and flaggers directing traffic for the next few weeks.
  • Today is the first day of Spring Break, so schedules on campus will change. For dining options, visit Carolina Dining Services’ What’s Open? page.
  • STAT Madness update: Both Carolina teams have advanced! Keep voting to help our researchers reach the Sweet 16 in the bracket-style competition to pick the best in science. Voting ends today at 11:59 p.m. (and you can vote multiple times a day).
  • Watch film clips and hear from the director at noon March 15 when DOCSpeaks presents “A is for Advocate” and “Angel of Alabama” about environmental justice advocate Brenda Hampton. Attend in person at Kirkland Auditorium in Koury Oral Health Sciences Buildings or register for the Zoom presentation.
  • Learn to use Premiere Pro’s editing suite to make your audio better with a free SkillfUL class available through University Libraries. Register in advance for the 2 p.m. March 15 class.

Week of March 7, 2022

Friday, March 11, 2022

  • Today is the last day to volunteer to help with the March 18 Employee Wellness Day. Volunteer shifts begin as early as 7 a.m. and are one hour each. Sign up for a shift (or two) by March 11 and get a free T-shirt.
  • In the lead up to Employee Wellness Day, the Office of Human Resources is hosting virtual fitness and education sessions, including exercise and movement, mindfulness, yoga, nutrition and more. Be sure to sign up to reserve your spot!
  • Celebrate Women’s History Month with Tanya Shields, associate professor of women’s and gender studies. Her virtual webinar, “Rahtid Rebel Women: Introduction to Caribbean Women,” 4:30 p.m. March 14 moves beyond sun, sand and sex representations of Caribbean women to examine how they negotiate imperial and national definitions of their place.
  • The new Alliance among the American Indian Center, Asian American Center, Carolina Latinx Center and the Stone Center for Black Culture and History is calling for grant proposals for intersectional faculty/staff-led projects (grants up to $5,000) by April 8.
  • Faculty, staff and students may access The New York Times, Washington Post and other periodicals free through University Libraries.

Thursday, March 10, 2022

  • Are you a Carolina staff member interested in contributing to “I Was Here: Postcards from the Pandemic”? Register for a free postcard workshop time slot at the Ackland Art Museum, Wilson Library or Morrison Art Studio (doughnuts and coffee included in the Morrison workshops).
  • If you need a mental break, register for an online Mindful Monday Meditation session 12:15-12:45 p.m. March 14, provided by the School of Medicine.
  • Get ready for Employee Wellness Day, a combined wellness and employee appreciation event open to all faculty and staff, March 18 at the Frank Porter Graham Student Union. Free boxed lunches, giveaways, ax throwing, basketball, massage chairs, cooking demos and more. Attendance is considered work time for staff. Free parking will be available in Cobb Deck.
  • Summer science camps at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center are open for registration — and employees of the University get a 7% discount. Learn more about the camps for different age groups and interests.
  • Update your technical skills through LinkedIn Learning at ConnectCarolina by browsing what classes are available in the Carolina Talent tab.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

  • Register for a hybrid lecture, “Humanities in Action series: Japan,” with Morgan Pitelka, history professor and chair of Asian studies, from 4:30-6 p.m. today. The registration fee of $20 ($15 for GAA members) lets you attend at Flyleaf Books or virtually via Zoom.
  • Register for the CITAP Spring Speaker Series tomorrow from 3:30-4:30 p.m. featuring Jessa Lingel, associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, speaking on, “The craigslist ethic: A web 1.0 vision of online democracy.”
  • On March 11 from 5-9 p.m. meet Ackland Art Museum special guest Karen Smith, a metalsmith, educator and founder of We Wield the Hammer, a nonprofit metalsmith training program for women and girls of African descent. Smith will demonstrate various metalworking techniques with sterling, fine silver and gold.
  • Catch PlayMakers Repertory Company’s production of “Yoga Play,” through March 13. The comedy is about a fitness apparel company CEO whose plan to save the business — and her career — is risky and requires her team to go well beyond the call of duty.
  • Beginning March 21, the University will host Carolina Engagement Week, exploring community-driven partnerships powered by state and local community leaders and Carolina faculty, staff and students.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

  • Enjoy photos of the March 5 Carolina Indian Circle powwow that featured drummers and dancers from tribes throughout North Carolina, whose members performed in regalia of colorful beads, furs and feathers.
  • Join the North Carolina Botanical Garden noon-1 p.m. March 10 for a virtual Lunchbox Talk on Trillium, the pedunculate group of species that are the most diverse in the Southern Appalachians. The talk is free with a $5 suggested donation.
  • Faculty Council meets virtually on Friday, March 11, 3-5 p.m.
  • Stay healthy by joining or forming a team in the state’s “Miles for Wellness Challenge” to correlate their actual walking with a virtual route that visits the capitol buildings of 16 states, with a stop in Washington, D.C., before circling back to Raleigh.
  • Make your events green with this guide from Carolina’s Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling.

Monday, March 7, 2022

  • Starting today, the University has lifted its mask mandate for most indoor spaces on campus not related to health care. People who want to continue to wear masks are welcome to do so.
  • A reminder from UNC Health: Masks are required in all health care settings, including Campus Health, UNC Employee Occupational Health Clinic, Carolina Together Testing Center, Student Stores Pharmacy and Carolina Together Vaccination Clinic and any patient clinics on campus.
  • Register in advance for today’s 7 p.m. online Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture by photographer and sculptor Stephanie Syjuco, associate professor in sculpture at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Register today for the Wellness Wednesday class on sleep. “Sleep: An Essential Component of Health and Well-Being” is an hour-long online class that begins at noon March 9.
  • Nominate student services managers for the great work they do within programs, departments and schools to support the graduate student experience. Nominations for the Excellence in Graduate Student Services Award are due March 14.

Week of Feb. 28, 2022

Friday, March 4, 2022

  • Register for the Stone Center’s African Diaspora Lecture with Jennifer A. Jones, sociology faculty member at the University of Illinois at Chicago and author of “The Browning of the New South,” by Zoom 6:30-8 p.m. March 8.
  • Dedicate time to self-nurture with a virtual half-hour meditation session provided by the School of Medicine and led by Bree Kalb 4 p.m. March 8. Registration required.
  • Have your spirit lifted by choreographer Ronald K. Brown’s EVIDENCE, A Dance Company, which integrates traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. The company presents “Grace and Mercy: A 35th Anniversary Celebration” with Meshell Ndegeocello 7:30 p.m. March 9 in Memorial Hall.
  • Join Nick Riggle in person as the philosophy faculty member at the University of San Diego presents a talk, “This Beauty: A Philosophy of Being Alive,” hosted by Carolina’s Parr Center for Ethics 5-6:30 p.m. March 9 in Graham Memorial, room 039.
  • Do you believe in new beginnings? If so, volunteer to help with Employee Wellness Day, hosted by the Office of Human Resources at the Frank Porter Graham Student Union 11 a.m.-2. p.m. March 18. The first in-person wellness day since 2019, the event is expected to draw around 3,000 Carolina employees. Volunteer shifts begin as early as 7 a.m. and are 1 hour each. Sign up for a shift (or two) by March 11 and get a free T-shirt.

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

  • This evening, join via Zoom or in person for “NATO and Its Challenges: An American and a German View” at 5 p.m., featuring Gen. Ben Hodges (former commanding general, US Army Europe) and Capt. Ivo Schneider (Naval Attache, German embassy, Washington, DC); moderated by Professor Navin Bapat of the College’s peace, war and defense department. Register for the event, which will be held in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium in the FedEx Global Education Center.
  • Also this evening, tune in at 6:15 p.m. for “What Now? War in Ukraine and the Global Order,” a virtual panel discussion featuring multiple Carolina experts: Vice Provost for Global Affairs Barbara Stephenson, Admiral Dennis Blair, Professor of the Practice Erinn Whitaker and Professor Graeme Robertson; moderated by Professor Klaus Larres.
  • Take some time to relax with a free virtual yoga session presented by the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health 5:15-6 p.m tonight.
  • Add some music to your lunch break March 4 at noon with a First Fridays concert featuring the Carolina Bluegrass Band on the steps of Hill Hall.
  • Learn how to keep your garden safe from curious critters with the North Carolina Botanical Garden’s virtual, on-demand “Keep the Animals Out of Your Garden” class with horticulturist and author Brie Arthur. Registration is $9.99 ($8.99 for members).

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Monday, Feb. 28, 2022

  • Join a webinar at noon today when a panel of experts will discuss the role that spirituality and faith can play in mental health. This event is the first in the spring 2022 series of Carolina Mental Health Seminars, a follow-up to November’s Mental Health Summit.
  • They’re back! Chapel Hill Transit restores trips on the A, HS and N routes today.
  • University Libraries is hosting a seed library launch party 2-4 p.m. March 2 in the Murray-Venable Courtyard. Get everything you need to create a mini potted plant for your home garden.
  • “Fired Up, Burned Out or Both?” is the intriguing question to be addressed by Mary E. Guy for the Deil S. Wright Lecture at 3:30 p.m. March 3 at the UNC School of Government. Register to attend the hybrid event in person or via livestream.
  • Listen to tabla virtuoso Sandeep Das and the HUM Ensemble as they perform “Delhi to Damascus” at 8 p.m. March 4 in Moeser Auditorium at Hill Hall. Tickets are $30.

Week of Feb. 21, 2022

Friday, Feb. 25, 2022

  • Join the first UNC-Chapel Hill Mental Health Seminar this semester: “Mental Health, Spirituality, and Faith: How Do They Connect?” held virtually noon-1:30 p.m. Feb. 28. The seminar conversation will be framed by a diverse panel of experts, and attendees will have the opportunity to listen, learn and contribute thoughts and questions.
  • Participate in a virtual discussion about Korean pop music (K-pop) 4-5:30 p.m. March 1 with Professor Erica Vogel, Saddleback University, and Professor Hyewon Kim, Kennesaw State University, part of the spring 2022 Korean culture series.
  • Dedicate time to self-nurture with a half-hour meditation session provided by the School of Medicine and led by Bree Kalb 4 p.m. March 1. Registration required.
  • The UNC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Tonu Kalam, with violin soloist Nicholas DiEugenio, perform Symphony No. 5 by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Max Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy” 7:30 p.m. March 2 in Memorial Hall. Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 students and UNC faculty/staff.
  • A murder-mystery and romance combine in director Farah Khan’s “Om Shanti Om” (2007, India), which wraps up the Ackland Art Museum’s Global Cult Cinema series. Free screening at the Varsity Theater 7:30 p.m. March 3.

Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022

  • Chapel Hill transit reported this week that real-time predictions provided by Nextbus and Transloc will be unavailable for four months or more due to AT&T’s dismantling of its 3G service network. Online schedules will still list bus departure times, and the Transit App that uses crowdsourced data to determine bus predictions should be unaffected by the network change.
  • Register by Feb. 27 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 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 1.
  • Attend Yoga in the Galleries at the Ackland Art Museum 12:15-1:15 p.m. Feb. 28. Registration is $5 or free for members.
  • This year’s Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence, Lorrie Moore, will participate in two panels and give a reading on campus the week of Feb. 28. Learn more about her work and the events.
  • Get ready for the growing season with the North Carolina Botanical Garden’s virtual, on-demand Spring Veggie Garden Prep class with horticulturist and author Brie Arthur. Registration is $9.99 ($8.99 for members).

Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022

  • Catch PlayMakers Repertory Company’s new production, “Yoga Play,” through March 13. The comedy is about a fitness apparel company CEO whose plan to save the business — and her career — is risky and requires her team to go well beyond the call of duty.
  • Join a virtual Lunchbox Talk, “Stirring the Heart of Community: People/Plant Stories of NC Indigenous Communities,” from the North Carolina Botanical Garden noon-1 p.m. tomorrow.
  • Register for an Ackland Art Museum Zoom talk 5-6 p.m. tomorrow with Amanda Maples, curator of African art at the NC Museum of Art, as part of Carolina’s African Studies Center’s Decolonizing African Studies Series.
  • 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 the surrounding community. Nominate a coworker for a 2022 Diversity Award in one of six categories by Feb. 28.
  • Join the first UNC-Chapel Hill Mental Health Seminar this semester: “Mental Health, Spirituality, and Faith: How Do They Connect?” held virtually noon-1:30 p.m. Feb. 28. The seminar conversation will be framed by a diverse panel of experts, and attendees will have the opportunity to listen, learn and contribute thoughts and questions.

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022

  • Tomorrow from 1-3 p.m., join a free virtual mini-symposium on the collection, analysis and interpretation of COVID 19-related data, sponsored by the UNC Program for Precision Medicine. Presenters include two from the UNC School of Medicine: Melissa Miller, director of the Molecular Microbiology Laboratory; and Jeremy Wang, assistant professor in the genetics department.
  • Participate in the Carolina Data Science Now seminar “Tackling Underrepresentation with Data Science,” noon-1 p.m. Feb. 24. The event features Deen Freelon, associate professor, Hussman School of Journalism and Media; Andrés Hincapié, assistant professor, College of Arts & Sciences’ economics department; and Matt Jansen, data analysis librarian, University Libraries.
  • For Thursday’s Data Science Now seminar, submit a resource that enabled you to focus on diversity, equity and inclusion or supported learning opportunities in your career or the careers of colleagues. Prepare to present a one-minute stand-up talk.
  • The kung-fu film that made Bruce Lee an international star is next in Ackland Art Museum’s Global Cult Cinema series. See director Wei Lo’s “The Big Boss” (1971, Hong Kong) at the Varsity Theater, free 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24.
  • Flutronix, known for a “unique blend of classical music, hip-hop, electronic programming and soulful vocals,” will perform the University-commissioned “Discourse” at 8 p.m. Feb. 25-26. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $10 for students.

Monday, Feb. 21, 2022

  • Manning Drive should reopen at 5 a.m. today, following a weekend closure for the installation of a new pedestrian bridge at the UNC Hospitals Surgical Tower project site.
  • Registration for Summer Science Camp at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is open. Carolina employees are eligible for a 7% discount.
  • Discover how to understand and challenge your hidden preferences and assumptions in the next Recognizing Unconscious Bias workshop, available through Carolina Talent at noon Feb. 23.
  • Are you concerned about policies and how they affect University employees? Do you have the desire to speak for and represent your fellow staff members on certain issues? Then check out how you can become part of Employee Forum. Nominations are due by March 15.
  • Tune in virtually for the annual Listen to Your Heart event, this one on managing cholesterol and other topics, with UNC Cardiology and UNC Cardiac Rehab, 10 a.m.-noon March 1. It’s free and features Dr. Sid Smith, a member of the panel that wrote the recently updated guidelines for the American Heart Association.

Week of Feb. 14, 2022

Friday, Feb. 18, 2022

  • Reminder: Manning Drive will be closed Feb. 18-21 for cranes to be placed to lift and install a pedestrian bridge.
  • Stop by the North Carolina Botanical Garden this weekend for Drop-In Discoveries: Winter Backyard Birds on Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon and Sunday from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Meet in the Ackland Art Museum lobby at 1:30 p.m. today for a free 30-minute guided tour of the special exhibition Peace, Power & Prestige: Metal Arts in Africa.
  • Register for the 2022 Mary Stevens Reckford Lecture in European Studies, “‘Between Home, Blackness, and Me’: Unsettling Locations, Lives, and Archives in American Literary Studies,” a Zoom event at 4 p.m. on Feb. 24 featuring scholar Magdalena J. Zaborowska.
  • Do you know a state employee who goes above and beyond? Nominate them for a Governor’s Award for Excellence, the highest honor a state employee may receive for service to North Carolina and its residents.

Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022

  • Need assistance planning your commute? Every third Thursday at 3 p.m., join local transportation specialists via Zoom to discuss your trip options. Staff from UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill Transit and the Town of Chapel Hill will give an overview and answer your questions.
  • Are you low on outdoor gardening spaces or just want to make your porch or patio more inviting? Join North Carolina Botanical Garden curator Becca Wait for a virtual class on growing native plants in containers from 6-8 p.m. tonight. The class is $26 ($23 for members).
  • Join the Ackland Art Museum for its Global Cult Cinema series with a screening of director Wisit Sasanatieng’s “Tears of the Black Tiger” (2000), a Thai film blending westerns and romance tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Varsity Theatre.
  • Attend a free concert by the UNC Jazz Combos in Moeser Auditorium 4-5:30 p.m. tomorrow, part of the Carolina Jazz Festival.
  • Nominate a colleague for a 2022 C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award, given for “unusual, meritorious or superior contributions” made by an employee, by Feb. 20. Honorees will receive an award of $10,000 and be celebrated at a luncheon in April.

Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022

  • Today is the last day to attend “Ocean Body,” a multiscreen film and music installation from Carolina Performing Arts at CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio.
  • Manning Drive will be closed Feb. 18-21 for cranes to be placed to lift a pedestrian bridge into place.
  • Attend (virtually or in person) one of the upcoming Black History Month 2022 events, including a screening of “Blood Done Signed My Name” and a discussion on being Black, Indigenous or a person of color during the pandemic.
  • Check out the UNC School of Government’s recently launched interactive website, “The Story of SERVICE,” showcasing the 5-by-50-foot mural on the first floor of the Knapp-Sanders Building that depicts a creative interpretation of the Greensboro, North Carolina, sit-in of 1960.
  • ITS is modernizing its enterprise storage, requiring the team to migrate the billions of files used to run ITS services, backup and recovery. Learn more about this feat and its benefits.

Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022

  • If you’re still in the mood for love, check out photos from Wilson Library’s collection of valentines, which includes an 1800s pop-up card, a diary entry about a forbidden relationship and lipstick-kissed love letters.
  • From 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Feb. 17, attend the graduate and professional student resource fair and well-being symposium in the Frank Porter Graham Student Union Great Hall. Join for a grab-and-go lunch and access to nearly 40 organizations that focus on students’ academic performance, professional development and well-being.
  • A Feb. 18 discussion, “Race and Memory at UNC,” at 2 p.m. in Hyde Hall will feature William Sturkey, associate professor of history, and Danita Mason-Hogans, local civil rights activist and historian, exploring the racial history of the University and Chapel Hill.
  • Faculty, staff and students may access the New York Times, Washington Post and other periodicals free through University Libraries.
  • As you plan for classroom time and departmental activities, use the calendar of holy days and observances for 2022 and 2023, updated by the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

Monday, Feb. 14, 2022

  • Happy Valentine’s Day! Your gift from Chapel Hill Transit is the restoration of trips on the CL, D and J routes starting today.
  • Nominate outstanding students and colleagues for a Carolina Center for Public Service award. The application and nomination portal is open for the Robert E. Bryan Public Service Awards, the Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Awards and the Ned Brooks Award for Public Service through Feb. 16.
  • Register now for “Measurement in Research, Using an Anti-Racism Framework,” a webinar offered at noon Feb. 17 as part of the School of Social Work’s first Black History Month research series.
  • Take advantage of a one-time special open enrollment for the UNC System Voluntary Term Life Insurance Plan that starts today and continues through March 4.
  • Know a senior who might want to explore and understand the inner workings of higher education administration after graduation? Let them know about the Chancellor’s Fellows program, accepting applications through Feb. 21.

Week of Feb. 7, 2022

Friday, Feb. 11, 2022

  • If you find navigating controversy in the classroom a daunting challenge, join the Center for Faculty Excellence in a workshop, “Leading Controversial Conversations: Facilitating Productive Dialogue,” at 3 p.m. Feb. 15.
  • Register for a virtual talk by Worthington Industries President and Chief Executive Officer Andrew Rose at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 16, part of the Dean’s Speaker Series hosted by Kenan-Flagler Business School Dean Doug Shackelford.
  • Are you a faculty member interested in incorporating Collaborative Online International Learning activities into a course? Apply by March 5 for COIL funding through the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs, and learn more by attending a Zoom workshop 9:30-10:45 a.m. Feb 17.
  • Tune in for a Zoom talk, “What Universities Owe Democracy: A Conversation with Ronald J. Daniels,” the president of Johns Hopkins University, 3-4:30 p.m. Feb. 16. The Graduate School, the Institute for the Arts and Humanities and several other groups are event sponsors.
  • Register today for the UNC Cleantech Summit on March 29-30 in Chapel Hill. Early bird rates are valid through tomorrow.

Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022

  • Join the Ackland Art Museum for its Global Cult Cinema series with a screening of “The Man Who Saved the World,” a sci-fi/martial arts/fantasy film known as the Turkish “Star Wars,” tonight from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Varsity Theatre.
  • The North Carolina Botanical Garden is hosting its annual Darwin Day Lecture, “Quercus Circus: The Biodiversity and Ecological Value of Oaks,” online or in person on Feb. 12 from 7-8 p.m.
  • The Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs is inviting nominations through Feb. 15 for the inaugural Faculty Awards for Global Excellence to recognize faculty members whose contributions advance the University’s global vision. Up to three awards of $5,000 will be presented.
  • Nominate a colleague for a 2022 C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award, given for “unusual, meritorious or superior contributions” made by an employee, by Feb. 20. Honorees will receive an award of $10,000 and be celebrated at a luncheon in April.
  • Take an online survey to provide feedback on proposed projects for Orange County’s Transit Plan update.

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022

  • Catch a free recital from students in the College of Arts & Sciences’ music department today at 3:35 p.m. in the James and Susan Moeser Auditorium in Hill Hall.
  • Register for a hybrid lecture, “Humanities in Action series: Mexico,” with political science Associate Professor Cecilia Martinez-Gallardo from 4:30-6 p.m. today. The registration fee of $20 ($15 for GAA members) lets you attend at Flyleaf Books or virtually via Zoom.
  • At 6 p.m. today, join the UNC Latina/o studies program for a virtual presentation and discussion, “On Latinx photography, invisibility and counter-actions,” with curator and writer Elizabeth Ferrer.
  • Join the North Carolina Botanical Garden tomorrow from noon-1 p.m. for a virtual Lunchbox Talk on how tar, pitch and turpentine harvested from longleaf pines in North Carolina fueled 18th-century ship building.
  • Join The Graduate School on Feb. 11 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. for a discussion session, “Social Media for the Savvy Academic,” including building relationships online and personal branding.

Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022

  • Register for tomorrow’s 6:30 p.m. “Disability and Dating: Romantic Relationships” event, featuring people with disabilities discussing dating and romantic relationships. Michelle Ballasiotes, a Carolina occupational therapy student and LEND Self-Advocate trainee, will moderate.
  • Explore the current debate on centering race and racial equity in research, policy and practice in the School of Social Work’s noon Feb. 10 webinar “Conceptualizing Antiracist Research” led by school faculty Tauchiana Williams, Andrea Murray-Lichtman and April Parker. Registration required.
  • The Process Series continues with “An Evening of New Work” by graduate and undergraduate students in a program ranging from dance duets to historical plays Feb. 11 and 12, 7:30 p.m., Swain Black Box Theatre.
  • Digital and Lifelong Learning will present “Blood Done Sign My Name,” a Mike Wiley production, Feb. 27, 3-4:30 p.m., at the Friday Conference Center. A 30-minute question-and-answer session will follow. Registration required.
  • Asian American mental health is the topic of a Feb. 16 discussion with two counselors from Carolina’s Counseling and Psychological Services. The session, sponsored by the Asian American Center, begins at 5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 7, 2022

  • Get a glimpse of the North Carolina Secretary of Commerce’s vision for the state’s post-pandemic economic restoration when Machelle Baker Sanders kicks off the Dean’s Speaker Series at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 9. Register now for the virtual event, hosted by Kenan-Flagler Business School Dean Doug Shackelford.
  • Start preparing now for your next performance appraisal, which will be done online through Carolina Talent. Preview questions that will help you get ready for a new voluntary self-assessment step that will kick off the process mid-March.
  • Register now for the 2022 African American History Month Lecture to be given online at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 9 by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America,” Professor Marcia Chatelain of Georgetown University.
  • Through Feb. 15, eligible employees may use Community Service Leave — Option A (up to 24 hours) for volunteering at a school to do duties of staff who are temporarily not available. View details on the COVID-19-Related School Service Form on the COVID-19 Leave Information webpage.
  • Join a free virtual conversation at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 11 about the Ackland Art Museum’s current exhibition “Peace, Power & Prestige” with curator Susan Cooksey of the Harn Museum of Art and Carolina’s Victoria Rovine, professor of African art history.

Week of Jan. 31, 2022

Friday, Feb. 4, 2022

  • Tip-off for tomorrow’s men’s basketball game against Duke is 6 p.m. Watch for traffic around the Dean E. Smith Center, where ESPN’s College GameDay coverage originates starting at 11 a.m.
  • To address the nursing shortage, the UNC School of Nursing and partners are offering discounted tuition for an accelerated version of their online, self-paced Registered Nurse Refresher theory course through April 30.
  • Author and Brown University faculty member Kevin Quashie’s lecture, “Here is the Hour: Thinking about Black Literary Criticism Now,” kicks off the English and comparative literature department’s Critical Speaker Series from 2-5 p.m. Feb. 9.
  • Tickets are free for “Ocean Body,” a multiscreen film and music installation co-created by composer/vocalists Helga Davis and Shara Nova with director-filmmaker Mark DeChiazza. It also features an embodied sculptural built for two by visual artist Annica Cuppetelli. From Carolina Performing Arts, Feb. 9-16 at Current Artspace + Studio.
  • Know a motivated and engaged Carolina student in the Class of 2022 who’s interested in a public service career? If so, suggest they apply to become a 2022-2023 Chancellor’s Fellow.

Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022

  • Add some music to your lunch break tomorrow at 12:15 p.m. with a First Fridays concert featuring the Carolina Ukulele Ensemble on the steps of Hill Hall.
  • Join a Center for Faculty Excellence course on how to foster independence in your mentees tomorrow from noon-1:30 p.m.
  • The Faculty Executive Committee will meet online on Feb. 7 from 3-5 p.m.
  • Feb. 14 is the last day to nominate someone to receive an honorary degree to be awarded in spring 2023.
  • Did you know that both the men’s ultimate frisbee team (Darkside) and the women’s team (Pleiades) recently won USA Ultimate College Championship titles? Get the story.

Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022

  • Take some time to relax with a free virtual yoga session presented by the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health tonight from 5:15-6 p.m.
  • Join a Center for Faculty Excellence course, “Beyond Think-Pair-Share,” on developing strategies to engage students with each other and the material in small classes tomorrow from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Virtually watch sculptor Donald Lipski discuss his installation art and then answer audience questions tomorrow from 7-8:30 p.m., as part of the Hanes Visiting Artist Lectures.
  • The Carolina Asia Center will host University of Hong Kong Associate Professor John D. Wong’s virtual lecture, “Constructing the Legitimacy of Governance in Hong Kong: ‘Prosperity and Stability’ Meets ‘Democracy and Freedom,’” tomorrow at 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 6, is your last chance to see PlayMakers Repertory Company’s production of “Stick Fly” live and in person. Attendees are required to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test and wear a mask, and all performances have capped capacity.

Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022

  • The Employee Forum will meet tomorrow at 9:15 a.m. To attend, contact Matt Banks at matt_banks@unc.edu for the Zoom link and password.
  • Is science inevitably political? That question and others will spur discussion during the Abbey Speaker Series event Science and Democracy at 5:30 p.m Feb. 8. Hosted by the UNC Program for Public Discourse, the virtual session will feature Holden Thorp, Science editor-in-chief and former Carolina chancellor, and Luana Maroja, chair of Williams College’s biochemistry and molecular biology program. Chris Clemens, Carolina’s provost and chief academic officer, is moderator.
  • Register for a free virtual conversation at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 11 about “Peace, Power & Prestige: Metal Arts in Africa” with exhibition curator Susan Cooksey, curator emerita of African art, Harn Museum of Art, and Victoria Rovine, professor of African art history, Carolina’s art & art history department.
  • Your research might benefit from text and data mining. The University Libraries is your source of guidance, assistance and content, including a guide for text and data mining, data sources and short courses on coding and programs to help with research.
  • If you have neck pain or tightness in your shoulders, try three movements from UNC Sports Medicine to help give you some relief.

Monday, Jan. 31, 2022

  • In case you missed it, University leadership provided a COVID-19 update last Thursday covering modes of instruction.
  • Carolina was one of 50 colleges and universities across the nation and one of three in North Carolina to receive the National Center for Transit Research’s designation as a Best Workplaces for Commuters 2022.
  • Join UNC faculty leaders for a Great Books Reading Groups discussion of “Nine Continents: A Memoir In and Out of China,” by Xiaolu Guo, at 10 a.m. Feb. 1.
  • Listen to the Jones/Butterfield Duo at a free concert in Moeser Auditorium in Hill Hall at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3. Bassist Craig Butterfield and composer/instrumentalist Jesse Jones, both music professors at the University of South Carolina and the Oberlin Conservatory, play roots, jazz, rock and classical music.
  • Find out how to chart your faculty career at Planning for Your Promotion on the Tenure Track, a presentation at noon Feb. 4 at Hyde Hall. RSVP to Pamela Lothspeich (ploth@email.unc.edu) or Philip Hollingsworth (pholling@email.unc.edu).

Week of Jan. 24, 2022

Friday, Jan. 28, 2022

  • If you are a biweekly paid employee, look for the 2.5% retroactive salary payment in today’s paycheck. For monthly paid employees, the retroactive payment will be included in your Jan. 31 paycheck.
  • Join the Stone Center at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 3 via Zoom for a book talk with veteran scholar and activist Abdul Alkalimat on his latest book, “The Dialectics of Liberation: The African Liberation Support Committee.”
  • Leading up to the Reckford Lecture with Magdalena Zaborowska, the Institute for the Arts & Humanities is partnering with the American studies department and the Critical Ethnic Studies Collective to present an online reading group discussion at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 3 on Zaborowska’s book, “Me and My House: James Baldwin’s Last Decade in France.”
  • Want a golden ticket? Register your COVID-19 booster to be entered into a raffle for exciting prizes, including 100 $25 gift cards to the UNC Student Stores.
  • Nearly two years into the pandemic, many continue to cope with stress and other difficulties. The Well has collected some of its published stories about mental health issues and well-being.

Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022

  • POSTPONED UNTIL MARCH 24 Join the Ackland Art Museum tomorrow from 3:30-4:30 p.m. for a conversation with art collectors John and Nicole Dintenfass about their lifelong passion for art, including pieces from their collection that make up “Peace, Power & Prestige: Metal Arts in Africa,” opening tomorrow.
  • Catch the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center’s winter show, “The Longest Night,” this Saturday and Sunday from 3-4 p.m. Created by the Planetarium, the show explores the concept of winter as a time for Earth to rest, waiting for new growth in the spring, and is appropriate for audiences ages 7 and up.
  • Attend Yoga in the Galleries at the Ackland Art Museum 12:15-1:15 p.m. Jan. 31. Registration is $5 or free for members.
  • Applications are open for the two-day Equity in Teaching Institute on Feb. 2 and 4 from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., sponsored by the Center for Faculty Excellence.
  • The Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs is inviting nominations through Feb. 15 for the inaugural Faculty Awards for Global Excellence to recognize faculty members whose contributions advance the University’s global vision. Up to three awards of $5,000 will be presented.

Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022

  • Watch for traffic on campus tonight as the Carolina men’s basketball team takes on Boston College in the Dean E. Smith center at 7 p.m.
  • The College of Arts & Sciences’ department of art and art history will virtually host a talk by scholar Vance Byrd, “Mark Bradford and Mapping the Refugee Crisis,” tomorrow 3-4:30 p.m.
  • The Carolina Asia Center is co-sponsoring a talk on the 2010 film “Aisha” as an adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel “Emma,” connecting British regency literature to modern-day Bollywood. The virtual discussion will stream tomorrow from 8-9:30 p.m.
  • 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 the surrounding community. Nominate a coworker for a 2022 Diversity Award in one of six categories by Feb. 25.
  • Interested in learning more about the military-affiliated student experience? Green Zone training sessions are available twice this February for those who want to be able to lend a sympathetic ear to veterans and help connect them to resources.

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022

  • If you need a meditation break this afternoon, it’s not too late to register for today’s Mindfulness & Self-Compassion session at 4 p.m., provided by the School of Medicine.
  • Tomorrow, discover how data science influences research and daily life through three lightning talks during “Usual and Unusual Suspects in Data Science” noon-1 p.m. Register for the free Zoom event featuring faculty from art & art history, biology and genetics, and classics.
  • The University’s Board of Trustees meets tomorrow and Thursday at the Rizzo Conference Center.
  • Continue learning about Carolina’s mental health resources and support via the The Well’s Mental Health on Campus page and by watching videos from the fall semester’s Mental Health Summit, available on demand.
  • The Ackland Art Museum exhibition “Peace, Power & Prestige: Metal Arts in Africa,” which opens Jan. 28, explores how metal objects sustain, unify and enhance life in African communities.

Monday, Jan. 24, 2022

  • Chapel Hill Transit will restore several trips to the A and N routes beginning today. Check the online schedule for the latest updates.
  • As the wintry weather continues, check online for updates about Facilities Services operations and campus conditions. Updates will also be posted on the Facilities Services Twitter account at @UNCFacServ and on Facebook at @UNCFacilitiesServices.
  • Download your tax year 2021 Form W-2 from the ConnectCarolina Self Service menu. Remember that 2-Step Verification is required to access the Form W-2.
  • Nominate a fellow employee for the Erskine B. Bowles Staff Service Award by Jan. 27. The award recognizes employees whose accomplishments are consistent with the goals of the University and its public service mission.
  • Phishers are sending malicious links through shared Google docs. Check out this message from ITS about how to keep your information safe.

Week of Jan. 17, 2022

Friday, Jan. 21, 2022

  • Join Belgian Ambassador to the U.S. Jean-Arthur Régibeau for “Relations Between the EU & the U.S.: Transatlantic Security Relations & How to Deal with Russia & China,” part of the Krasno Lecture series, for an in-person event (with a Zoom option) at the FedEx Global Education Center, 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 27.
  • The new Alliance among the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, the American Indian Center, the Carolina Latinx Center and the Asian American Center at UNC is calling for grant proposals for Intersectional Student Projects. The deadline is Feb. 15.
  • Interested in research on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias? The IDEAS Forum, open to participants across all levels of training, from undergraduates to junior faculty, holds its first monthly session at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 25 via Zoom.
  • In case you missed it, Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz shares news and updates about the omicron variant, the provost transition, University finances and what he’s looking forward to this semester and beyond in parts one and two of a Q&A with The Well.

Thursday, Jan. 20, 2021

  • The Carolina Center for Jewish Studies will host a lecture, “How Healers Became Killers: German Physicians and the Nazi ‘Euthanasia’ Program,” by Patricia Heberer Rice from the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, a wing of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The event will be held virtually on Jan. 24 from 5:30-7 p.m.
  • The Faculty Executive Committee will virtually meet on Jan 24 3-5 p.m.
  • Join the North Carolina Botanical Garden Jan. 27 at noon for a hybrid Lunchbox Talk (virtual or in person) about Southern native plants on the brink of extinction, followed by a book signing with speaker Georgann Eubanks. Suggested fee is $5.
  • Stop by the John and June Allcott Gallery to see the department of art & art history’s newest installation, “Strangers’ Bundles: Hours of Woods,” by Migiwa Orimo. Per the department’s COVID-19 policies, the exhibition can be viewed through the gallery’s glass front wall Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • There’s a new alliance on campus — the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History/IAAR, the Carolina Latinx Center, the Asian American Center and the American Indian Center have joined together to form the UNC Alliance. The Alliance will draw on its collective expertise to lead on crucial issues of equity and justice that affect society today.

Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022

  • Join the UNC Center for Civil Rights for a panel discussion on critical race theory, an academic concept that emerged in the 1970s, today from noon-12:50 p.m.
  • PlayMakers Repertory Company’s new production, “Stick Fly,” opens today with limited capacity and socially distanced performances through Feb. 6.
  • Attend the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week Capstone Culture Show to see performances from a variety of student organizations on Jan. 21 3-6 p.m. in The Pit.
  • Nominations are open through Jan. 21 for the Erskine B. Bowles Staff Service Award, which was established by the UNC Staff Assembly to recognize employees whose accomplishments are consistent with the goals of the University and its public service mission.
  • Take some time to relax with a free virtual yoga session presented by the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health on Jan. 24, noon-12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022

  • Reserve your free ticket for the Ackland Art Museum’s Virtual Art for Lunch on Jan. 20, 12:30-1:30 p.m., to discuss how Antonia Randolph, assistant professor in Carolina’s American studies department, and her class used works by Black artists to explore the construction of Black feminist identities.
  • POSTPONED UNTIL JUNE 3-5 Attend the third and final installment of 600 HIGHWAYMEN, a performance enacted entirely by the attending audience, at CURRENT Art Space, Jan. 21-23. Tickets are $15, and you do not need to have attended parts one and two.
  • CANCELLED Enjoy an Afternoon of Beethoven, featuring faculty members from Carolina’s music department and others, Jan. 23 at 3 p.m. in Person Hall.
  • Watch a video to learn about COVID-19 testing, symptoms, the omicron variant and more from Dr. Amir Barzin, director and lead physician of the Carolina Together Testing Program.
  • Looking for something to read? During the 12 months of 2021, Bookmark This featured 12 amazing titles by College of Arts & Sciences faculty and alumni across different disciplines.

Week of Jan. 10, 2022

Friday, Jan. 14, 2022

  • The University is closed on Monday, Jan. 17, for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. When you return on Tuesday, Jan. 18, look for our From The Well newsletter in your inbox as we resume our daily publication schedule.
  • Important update: Due to concerns about COVID-19, the annual MLK Jr. Lecture, originally scheduled for Jan. 19, is postponed. Email mlk@unc.edu with questions.
  • Are you a faculty member interested in incorporating Collaborative Online International Learning activities into a course? Apply by March 5 for COIL funding through the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs, and learn more by attending a Zoom workshop 2-3:15 p.m. on Jan. 20.
  • Take advantage of virtual self-compassion meditation sessions provided by School of Medicine and dedicate time to self-nurture every Tuesday 4-4:30 p.m.
  • With snow in the forecast for this weekend, learn about the science and poetry of snowflakes from two Carolina experts.

Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022

  • Faculty Council meets virtually tomorrow with a livestream starting at 3 p.m.
  • Register for a workshop to learn how to engage with potential mentors, sponsors and others for support. “Mentoring Up,” sponsored by TEAM Advance and the Center for Faculty Excellence, will stream tomorrow from 1:30-3 p.m.
  • Sign your child up for a Teen Science Cafe tomorrow 5:30-7:15 p.m. to learn more about the recently launched James Webb Space Telescope from NASA ambassador Tony Rice. He will explain how the mission is going so far, what’s next and why Carolina alumnus James Webb was selected for the naming honor.
  • Watch for an email tomorrow from the department of finance announcing that employees can access their annual W-2 tax forms for 2021 on ConnectCarolina.
  • Fellowship applications are available for funding opportunities for researchers and others using the Wilson Special Collections Library. The deadline to apply is Jan. 31.

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022

  • You can stream PlayMakers Repertory Company’s production of “As You Like It,” a blues-infused theater-film hybrid of Shakespeare’s classic comedy, for $25 through Jan. 21.
  • The Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs is inviting nominations through Feb. 15 for the inaugural Faculty Awards for Global Excellence to recognize faculty members whose contributions advance the University’s global vision. Up to three awards of $5,000 will be presented.
  • 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 the surrounding community. Nominate a coworker for a 2022 Diversity Award in one of six categories by Feb. 25.
  • If your New Year’s resolution is to learn something new in 2022, start a certificate program in conservation gardening, horticulture or botanical illustration from the North Carolina Botanical Garden.
  • Before attending one of Carolina’s winter sports, review the University’s COVID-19 safety guidelines, which include wearing a mask to indoor events and digital tickets and transactions. Vaccinations are strongly encouraged.

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022

  • Get a flu shot, COVID-19 vaccination or booster on a walk-in basis Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Campus Health or Student Stores pharmacies. No appointment is necessary. Bring your insurance card (Medicare plans not accepted), and if receiving a COVID-19 booster, your COVID-19 vaccination card.
  • After receiving a COVID-19 booster, please access Carolina’s COVID-19 Vaccination Certification form and sign in with your ONYEN. Enter the date and type of vaccine you received and upload proof of your updated vaccination status.
  • Arts Everywhere has extended the proposal deadline for Arts Everywhere Day to Jan. 15, so now’s the time to add your idea to this annual celebration of the arts, whose theme this year is “Grounded Growth.”
  • University Libraries invites you to a virtual conversation with journalist Eric Garcia ’14 about his new book, “We’re Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation.” Register for this Jan. 19 Well Read event with Garcia, who is autistic.
  • Burn some calories and get the benefits of exercise with free workout videos produced by Campus Recreation. Campus Rec members may also enroll in virtual group fitness classes.

Monday, Jan. 10, 2022

  • New year, new degree? If you’ve ever thought about pursuing an MBA, join a Kenan-Flagler Business School virtual open house about the school’s Evening MBA program at 7 p.m. today.
  • Read highlights from January’s Employee Forum meeting, including when paychecks will include raises and more about efforts to support mental health on campus, in The Well’s coverage from last week.
  • Professor Marie Boyd of the University of South Carolina School of Law will share her expertise on food and drug law as part of the Faculty Speaker Series. The School of Law event begins at noon Jan. 13.
  • Shara Nova, classical vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and artist-in-residence at Carolina Performing Arts, will be the next guest on The Spark with Tift Merritt webinar at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13. Suggested ticket donation is $15.
  • Register now for the virtual MLK University/Community Banquet at 6 p.m. Jan. 16, the event that kicks off the University’s annual MLK celebration week. The keynote speaker is Elmira Mangum, the first woman to permanently hold the position of president of Florida A&M University in its 128-year history. Tickets are $30.

Week of Jan. 3, 2021

Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022

Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022

  • The Employee Forum will meet tomorrow at 9:15 a.m. To attend, contact Matt Banks at matt_banks@unc.edu for the Zoom link and password.
  • A Jan. 14 discussion, Race and Memory at UNC, at 2 p.m. in Hyde Hall will feature William Sturkey, associate professor of history, and Danita Mason-Hogans, local civil rights activist and historian, exploring the racial history of the University and Chapel Hill.
  • Plan to participate in campus- and community-sponsored events this month to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr., including the Jan. 19 MLK Lecture and Awards Ceremony featuring keynote speaker LaTosha Brown, Black voting rights expert, award-winning thought leader, cultural activist and artist.
  • Pick up a 2022 UNC employee calendar at the UNC Print Stop and Copy Center on the third floor of the Student Stores Building or download and print your own.
  • The From The Well email will publish today and Thursday this week. The Well will return to its daily email delivery on Jan. 10.

Week of Dec. 13, 2021

Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021

  • Catch the Tar Heel gymnastics team’s Blue/White Scrimmage at 6 p.m. Dec. 17 in Carmichael Arena.
  • Still shopping for gifts? Chapel Hill merchants will host the final Downtown Market of the season noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 19 in the 400-500 block of West Franklin Street.
  • Request a free copy of “Flora of the Southeastern United States” (a PDF download) from the North Carolina Botanical Garden. The resource includes information on more than 10,000 plants across 23 states.
  • Update your software skills through LinkedIn Learning at ConnectCarolina. Browse what classes are available in the Carolina Talent tab.
  • Fellowship applications are available for funding opportunities for researchers and others using the Wilson Special Collections Library. Deadline for applications is Jan. 31.

Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021

  • One-time bonuses recently approved as part of the state’s budget will be paid to permanent employees on Dec. 17 for those employees paid biweekly and Dec. 23 for employees paid monthly.
  • Important update to the University holiday schedule: To provide additional flexibility for employees, Thursday, Dec. 30, is an optional workday instead of a day the University is closed. With supervisor approval, employees may work that day rather than be required to use leave.
  • The undefeated Tar Heel women’s basketball team takes on Jacksonville at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Carmichael Arena in the Ugly Sweater game.
  • Applications are open for the next two-day Equity in Teaching Institute set for 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Feb. 2 and 4, sponsored by the Center for Faculty Excellence.
  • Be Carolina Ready: Sign up for Emergency Preparedness 101 training through Carolina Talent, a 20-minute computer-based training that breaks down the key elements of the Emergency Action Plan.