October Staff Senate Rewind

Posted on Friday, October 23rd, 2020 by staffAdmin under Featured News, General Staff Senate News, Information Resources.

What does “access” mean to you?


Carla, we can’t thank you enough for helping us consider the demographics of our closest Senators and constituents! Thank you for challenging us to broaden our reach and ensure everyone’s voices are making it to the Senate floor. Learn more about Carla’s presentation here. Thank you Carla!



Thank  you Bob Shea, Vice

Chancellor for Finance and Administration!


Big welcome and thank you to Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Bob Shea. Bob walked Staff Senate through the University budget, addressed the impact and potential impact of the pandemic on the budget, and helped us understand more about endowments. Learn more about Bob’s presentation and read a very helpful article on endowments here. Thank you Bob!



Thank You!


A little outdoor Staff thank you, COVID style. Thank you to the University Administration for finding a way to recognize staff for their extraordinary efforts this year. We’re thankful for you too! Thank You!




Staff Appreciation Message



Opportunities to Serve


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Nominations Needed for Staff Senate Angel Tree



After obtaining nominees’ approval, complete the nomination form and send to Elisa (edtucker@uncg.edu) or Britt (bsflanag@uncg.edu) by November 6, 2020.





Make sure you receive Staff Senate Notifications on the UNCG Mobile App!

Download the App: UNCG Mobile

  • Click on Settings (Right corner avatar)
  • Under Location and Persona – select Faculty/Staff
  • Click on Settings – (right corner avatar again)
  • Choose Messages – Choose Opt-in Messages (across the top) and scroll to the bottom to manage my opt-in channels; Select Staff Senate Communication


Now you will receive messages from the Staff Senate – we only send out messages of particular importance or time sensitivity. For general information about the Staff Senate, go to staffsenate.uncg.edu.

October Workshops




Register for these workshops and more at https://workshops.uncg.edu/

For questions, contact Natasha Toussaint at nmtoussa@uncg.edu





Erskine B. Bowles Staff Service Award Nominations

The Erskine B. Bowles Staff Service Award was established in 2010 by the UNC Staff Assembly to recognize staff employees whose accomplishments are consistent with the goals of the University and the University’s public service mission.





Nomination Process

All university employees are encouraged to nominate a deserving colleague for this award.

SUBMISSION PERIOD: October 1, 2020 – November 13, 2020

  • Provide a statement that highlights the candidate’s accomplishments and describes how the candidate contributes to the overall welfare of their university organization and their surrounding community.
  • Answer open-ended questions to provide evidence the candidate meets the selection criteria.
  • You may also provide additional letters or documents of support from peers, supervisor, students, campus administration, local media or community members, and/or representatives from local businesses/organizations.
  • All nominations are shared with the nominee upon submission.
  • Nomination form and more information






The UNC System Racial Equity Task Force invites you to participate in one of the Virtual Town Halls taking place October 19-29.

The Task Force wants to hear your experiences, ideas, and/or questions about race and equity at your institution and in the UNC System. The Task Force will be actively listening and using your feedback to inform its recommendations to the Board of Governors and UNC System Office. These town halls will provide a space for you to share input, with opportunities to do so anonymously as well. Space is limited, so some attendees may be waitlisted. If your registration is waitlisted, you may receive a confirmation email later.

We look forward to hearing from you on tangible steps you believe can be taken across the UNC System in pursuit of equity and understanding.

The UNC System Racial Equity Task Force was established to examine the legacy of race and racism in North Carolina’s public higher education system, how that history shapes and impacts the experiences of our students, faculty, staff and communities, and arrive at an actionable path forward that will build a culture of inclusion across our institutions. These town halls will build on our survey responses that students, faculty and staff shared in September, and will inform the Racial Equity Task Force’s recommendations that will be proposed in December. You can learn more about the Task Force’s efforts here, and you’re welcome to send us additional thoughts, concerns, and valuable input through our Share Your Ideas form.

Staff Sessions
October 23 at 2pm: Staff Town Hall – https://northcarolina-edu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gdwlUH2eSyu9-P2oLtkYTw
October 28 at 2pm: Staff Town Hall – https://northcarolina-edu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JeXaN3jxTD-l-M_IqloBYw


Coming Soon!

Staff Senate presents: “Grateful for You!”

Look for Staff Senate events to get involved with during the period of November 12-18




Contact the Staff Senate – Information Resources Committee

If you want to make updates on the website, facebook, twitter, or the mobile app, please send requests to the information resources committee at this email address: staff_sen_info_resources-l@uncg.edu

Sending to this address will ensure the quickest turnaround time for your post, since this email is shared by all the members of the committee and eliminates the need to forward your information to another member. Be sure to include:

Any information you want in the posting. If you have specific wording you want used, be sure you make that clear in your communication to us.

  • Photos – if there are people in the photo, please include their names and home departments if possible.
  • Links to any websites, forms or sign-ups that you want referenced in the post.
  • Let us know if you want people tagged in social media posts.

Also, please follow us on facebook – @UncgStaffSenate, twitter – @UNCGStaffSenate, and opt-in to Staff Senate Communication notifications on the UNCG mobile app. By following these, you’ll have access to the most up-to-date information on upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, as well as important news about the staff senate.

UNCG Employees are long known for volunteering and service


Do you know a UNCG employee that has been caught in the act of caring? The Staff Recognition committee encourages all staff, campus-wide, to nominate employees whom they observe being kind, thoughtful, helpful, or considerate. Ready to make someone a Star? Complete the Staff Stars Recommendation Form.



Staff Senate Meeting Information

October 2020 Staff Senate Meeting Minutes


See the Staff Senate Calendar for  Meeting Information & Zoom Link

November meeting includes a special presentation from Allegacy Financial: Are You Ready for Retirement?

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Sullivan Garden Planting and Clean-Up

Posted on Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 by staffAdmin under Service.

Staff Senate is looking for volunteers!

Looking for a way to get out of the house, enjoy this beautiful October weather, and do some good in the world? Come join the Staff Senate Service Committee in the Sullivan Garden Planting and Clean-up on Friday October 16, 2020 from 9 am. to noon. We will be weeding, pulling old foliage, mulching and watering. Please bring your workgloves, drinking water and a trowel.
Parking is available at Spring Garden and Freeman Mill, under the bridge. You can then walk up the greenway to the Garden location at Gate City Blvd.

Click here to sign up.

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Spartan Food Pantry Drive

Posted on Friday, September 18th, 2020 by staffAdmin under Service.

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September Staff Senate Rewind

Posted on Friday, September 18th, 2020 by staffAdmin under General Staff Senate News.

Thank you and Welcome!

Thanks to new Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management Tina McEntire, Staff Senate received a current snapshot of UNCG enrollment, learned the impact of census numbers, and heard Tina’s vision for Enrollment Management. Learn more about Tina here or read more of Tina’s remarks and presentation to Senate here.





Learn more about Dr. Anastasiou here or read more about Dr. Anastasiou’s talk with Staff Senate here.

Request from Dr. Anastasiou: Email Dr. Anastasiou at m_anastasio@uncg.edu and let her know what IPC can do to support your department!





In May 2020, the Department of Education issued Title IX: The Final Rule, altering the way University Title IX Offices respond to sex discrimination. Read about UNCG changes in this campus weekly article or see the presentation Staff Senate received.





Opportunities to Serve!


So excited to share how the Staff Senate is rallying our community to offer more support for your students during this time.This is an opportunity where everyone can participate in serving, which is our motto and the UNCG Way!






Spartan Pantry Food Drive is happening from September 16th-October 6th! This event is a drive and drop food drive that will take place behind the Walker Parking Deck on Kenilworth St. To ensure safety, this event will take place at one location during designated times to drop off the much needed items that serve UNCG Students.

The drive and drop will be occurring on the following dates:
Wednesday, September 16th from 12-2 pm
Thursday, September 24th from 3-5 pm
Thursday, October 1st from 2-4 pm
Tuesday, October 6th from 3:30-5:30 pm




Personal & Professional Development Opportunities!


To sign up for workshops, visit the Workshops & Events Calendar










Recognize a Star!

UNCG Employees are long known for volunteering and service.
Do you know a UNCG employee that has been caught in the act of caring?

The Staff Recognition Committee encourages all staff, campus-wide, to nominate employees whom they observe being kind, thoughtful, helpful or considerate.

Ready to make someone a Star?

Complete the Staff Stars Recommendation Form



Policy Update from the Faculty Senate

Thank you for participating in the UNCG Faculty Senate Poll regarding the Chancellor Search Policy. Despite the overwhelming negative response we received from UNCG students, faculty and staff, on 9/17/2020 the Board of Governors voted to revise the policy to allow the President to ensure one of their candidates must be placed on the final list to be selected by the BOG.




Human Resources is Here to Help!

Please report issues of discrimination to Patricia Lynch at pmlynch2@uncg.edu, Director of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action in the Human Resources Department.






Interested in joining an LGBTQ+ Faculty and Staff Group on campus? About 40 individuals from UNCG are interested in this group. We’re always welcome to people joining! Feel free to reach out directly to Brad.Johnson@uncg.edu for more information and to get on the email distribution list.





September 15, 2020
To: Faculty, Staff, and Students

Please see the important message below from the UNC System about a Race & Equity system wide initiative. We request your participation in this survey so that our shared, unique UNCG voice is heard and this effort can accurately reflect the perspectives on our campus.

You are invited to complete a questionnaire to inform the work of the University of North Carolina System’s Racial Equity Task Force. The objectives of the questionnaire are to:

Understand how racial diversity, equity, and inclusion are perceived on UNC System campuses
Evaluate where the UNC System should prioritize efforts; and
Give all members of the UNC System a chance to be heard by the UNC System Racial Equity Task Force
You are being asked to take part in a research study because you are faculty, staff, or student of the University of North Carolina System. You must be at least 18 years old to participate.

The employee survey is here.
The student survey is here.

The questionnaire will ask about your experiences and perceptions at your institution related to racial diversity, equity, and inclusion. The questionnaire will take about 15-20 minutes to complete.

Your participation in the questionnaire is completely voluntary. You have the option to complete the questionnaire or not and you can stop completing the questionnaire at any time if you so choose.

All the information that you provide will be anonymous. Your name will not be associated with your responses. General results from the questionnaire will be shared with the UNC System Office to help inform efforts to foster positive campus climates at UNC institutions. UNCG-specific responses will also be shared with UNCG campus leaders. De-identified information collected through this questionnaire may be used to inform the UNC System Racial Equity Task Force’s final report and recommendations.

As with any study involving collection of data, there is the possibility of breach of confidentiality of data. Every precaution will be taken to secure your responses to ensure confidentiality.

If you have any questions about this research, please contact the Investigator named at the top of this form by calling Dr. Shun Robertson or emailing srobertson@northcarolina.edu. If you have questions or concerns about your rights as a research subject, you may contact the UNC Institutional Review Board at 919-966-3113 or by email to IRB_subjects@unc.edu.
Thank you.

IRB Number: 20-2212.
If you would like to discuss racial equity at UNCG, please contact either Dr. Andrea Hunter or Dr. Julia Mendez Smith, Chancellor’s Fellows for Campus Climate or visit our Racial Equity web site.


Scholarship Opportunity!

The Janet B. Royster (JBR) Memorial Staff Scholarship Fund was created in August of 2011 by the UNC Staff Assembly in memory of UNC-TV employee Janet B. Royster. Janet represented UNC-TV on the General Administration Staff Forum and was subsequently elected to the UNC Staff Assembly. She served as its first Parliamentarian (2006) until her untimely death in June 2011. This scholarship promotes staff development for permanent, full-time, non-faculty employees, as well as recognizes and honors Janet’s leadership and dedication to all UNC employees.

Deadline of September 30 Approaching Quickly! Apply Today!

September 2020 Senate Meeting Minutes

Next Senate Meeting: October 8, 2020

See meeting information and zoom link: https://staffsenate.uncg.edu/

October meeting includes special presentation from: Chancellor Gilliam & Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration Bob Shea

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August Staff Senate Rewind

Posted on Thursday, September 10th, 2020 by staffAdmin under General Staff Senate News.

We want to hear from you! Yes, you!

All of our staff members! Please take a few minutes to tell us how you’re feeling about COVID, Racial Inequity, and questions you have for our upcoming meeting!

Please join us in congratulating our new Staff Senate Secretary, Veronica Sills.

Veronica Sills, Staff Senate Secretary









Provost Coleman, we’re excited you’re here too!

Thank you to Dr. Jim Coleman for his introduction and remarks during our last meeting. Dr. Coleman described his excitement to be here and told us more about his belief in the mission of public higher education, its power to propel people, transform lives, and detailed UNCG’s opportunity to be recognized as an institution of excellence and accessibility for our students.

See more of Provost Coleman’s remarks in our Senate Meeting Minutes.







Thank You!


Today, Staff Senate would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Staff Senate Ex-Officio Members Julia Jackson-Newsome and Jeanne Madorin for their tireless effort and time keeping us up-to-date on the most current information available from University leadership every month. We do not take your time or transparency for granted. Since the COVID pandemic started in March, Julia and Jeanne have poured their time and energy into keeping our University informed. Julia, Jeanne, thank you!




Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive Excellence at UNCG

Thank you to Dr. Julia Mendez-Smith and Dr. Andrea Hunter, Chancellor’s Fellows for Campus Climate for attending our August Meeting. We look forward to contributing to your efforts this year and immediately following up on some of your suggestions, including checking out our on-campus Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Fundamentals training. Find out more and register today!















We need your help! Culture of Care Campus Walk

As you know, we continue to remind students to comply with the social distancing and mask wearing mandate. Student Affairs began a Culture of Care Campus Walk this past weekend, and we are seeking volunteers (staff and students) to help us continue it into this next week. Volunteers, working in groups of two or three (and socially distanced), will walk targeted areas of campus. They will provide masks to students, remind them to socially distance, and thank those who are following the mandate.

Volunteers are needed through September 6, 2020. Shifts will be 1 hour between the hours of 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm (the group going out that night can decide if they prefer to go later). Employees can work with their supervisors to determine if an adjustment in work hours can be made to accommodate this effort.

Keeping our campus safe requires a community-wide effort with everyone taking an active role in encouraging others to wear face coverings and practice social distancing. Thank you in advance for helping us reinforce our culture of care with students.

To volunteer sign up here. A confirmation will be sent with names of other volunteers and a meeting location.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Adrienne Craig or Brett Carter.


Adrienne and Brett

August 2020 Senate Meeting Minutes

Join the Staff Cares Mailing List!

Ever wanted to support a co-worker in need but didn’t know where to start? Did you know state employees can donate leave to their colleagues in need?

The UNCG staff priority to help critically ill staff that have exhausted their available leave balances was identified in 2015-16. Staff Senate has worked with HR to meet this need by setting up a staff donation process.

Instructions on how to join the Staff Cares mailing list:

Send an email to STAFFCARES-L+subscribe@uncg.edu. You can leave this blank (or not). You will then receive a confirmation email message. Push the “join this group” button. As soon as you are confirmed, you are a member and will receive future announcements.

This will be a low volume mailing list that will not be used for any other purpose.

If you have any questions about voluntary shared leave, please contact Stephen Hale in HR at 336-334-4514 / sahale3@uncg.edu

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July 2020 Staff Senate Rewind

Posted on Thursday, August 20th, 2020 by staffAdmin under General Staff Senate News.

New Officers








Taking Care of Ourselves and Others

Thank you to Dr. Jennifer Whitney, Director of the U.N.C.G. Counseling Center, who provided us with a phenomenal presentation about taking care of ourselves and others. Please find Dr. Whitney’s presentation here. The Counseling Center is available to support our campus. Learn more at at their website.















Staff Senate Resolution in Support of Black Students, Staff,

and Faculty Passes Senate Vote!

Staff Senate commits to:

  • Appoint a Senator to, and supporting the efforts of, the Chancellor’s EDI Committee
  • Self-interrogation
  • Participate in, and host, difficult conversations.

Here’s a link to the full resolution.

Chancellor’s Faculty & Staff Town Hall

Did you miss the Chancellor’s recent Faculty & Staff Town Hall. If so, check out the recording here.

During the Town Hall, on July 28, Provost Coleman shared that Faculty Senate Chair Anthony Yow sent an email to all Faculty and Staff Senate regarding the recent budget reduction exercise. Supervisors wanted time to communicate with staff. Hopefully you have heard about this from your leadership. Please find that message here.

2020 – 2021 Senator Committee Assignments Announced






July 2020 Senate Meeting Minutes & Presentations.


Next Senate Meeting, August 13, 2020

See meeting information & Zoom Link: https://staffsenate.uncg.edu/

August meeting highlights:

  • Introduction from Provost Coleman
  • Action Steps and Discussion with Chancellor’s Fellows for Campus Climate
  • Continued Conversations with Chancellor’s Office & Human Resources


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Staff Senate Resolution Passes

Posted on Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 by staffAdmin under General Staff Senate News.

Staff Senate Passes Resolution

At the July 9, 2020 meeting of the full body of the UNCG Staff Senate, a resolution was passed in support of the welfare of our Black UNC Greensboro students, staff and faculty. Read the resolution here.

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New Out of the Garden

Posted on Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 by staffAdmin under Featured News, General Staff Senate News, Service.

Please sign up to volunteer with “Out of the Garden Project” to help with the Fresh Mobile Markets – Food Drops. This is an incredible opportunity for our U.N.C.G. staff to engage with the community and see what the Out of the Garden Project is all about. And use the 24 hours of community service leave you are allotted as an S.H.R.A. or E.H.R.A. employee of U.N.C.G. Dates have been added to the Out of the Garden Project for October:

  • October 15, 2020 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Renaissance Plaza, 2517 Phillips Avenue, Greensboro

You can SIGN UP! with Signup Genius for a day that works best for your schedule.


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UNCG Chancellor & Provost Town Hall

Posted on Friday, April 24th, 2020 by staffAdmin under General Staff Senate News.

Town Hall Meeting – April 23, 2020

Hosted by the Faculty and Staff Senates, UNCG Chancellor Frank Gilliam and Provost Dana Dunn provided an update and answered faculty and staff questions. Click here to go to the recorded video.

Town Hall Meeting – March 25, 2020

Hosted by the Faculty and Staff Senates, UNCG Chancellor Frank Gilliam and Provost Dana Dunn address UNCG faculty and staff questions due to the impact of the COVID-19. Click here to go to the recorded video.

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Staff Senate Scholarship 2020-2021

Posted on Monday, March 2nd, 2020 by staffAdmin under General Staff Senate News.

The 2020-2021 Staff Senate Scholarship application is available now! Deadline extended to May 31.

The purpose of the Staff Senate Scholarship is to provide an award for a permanent employee or eligible dependent. Established in 2006, this scholarship provides an opportunity to remember deceased colleagues and honor the handwork and dedication of current employees.

 To be eligible for this award, the applicant must:

  1. Have a completed FAFSA on file with the UNCG Office of Financial Aid by May 1, 2020;
  2. Be a resident of the State of North Carolina;
  3. Be a permanent full-time UNCG Staff Member with at least 5 years of service in the North Carolina State System OR dependent, spouse, or domestic partner of an eligible employee;
  4. Be enrolled in a degree seeking program at UNCG (Visions, Visiting, Auditing and some certificate programs are not eligible as they are not degree seeking programs);
  5. Remain a permanent employee of UNCG (dependent, spouse, or domestic partner of an eligible employee) during the time period for which the scholarship is awarded;
  6. Meet eligibility requirements as set forth in the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Financial Aid Eligibility;
  7. Be aware that the following may be taken into consideration during the review process:
    • Eligibility of Employee as determined by HRS or EPA‐HR Financial Need as determined by Financial Aid with FAFSA
    • Academic Standing of applicant
    • Disciplinary record of Employee
    • Application
    • Essay (see last page of application)

Applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, 2020.

The scholarship recipient will be notified in writing by the UNCG Staff Senate Professional and Personal Development Committee no later than June 15, 2020. Funds will be distributed through the University via The Office of Financial Aid and are subject to policies set forth through the Office of Financial Aid.

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