UNC Today: Monday, December 4, 2017

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Record Day of Giving

The annual #BearTuesday Day of Giving campaign, held on Nov. 28 in conjunction with the international #GivingTuesday movement, rallied a record-setting number of supporters. Thanks to over 125 alumni, parents, friends, faculty and staff who made gifts to support scholarships, academic programs and resource centers, UNC's Day of Giving was a success. View the results at the Bear Tuesday website.

Reminder: Open Enrollment for Anthem Voluntary Term Life Insurance Extended

Open enrollment for Anthem voluntary term life insurance has been extended for faculty and professional administrative employees until Dec. 22 because Anthem Life was late in mailing enrollment packets to employees. Anthem Life enrollment forms can be submitted to Human Resources, Box 54. Contact Julie Nava, 970-351-2621 with questions.

New Staff Welcomed

The following new staff were welcomed as members of the UNC community in November.

  • Olga Baron, Director, Center for International Education
  • Megan Bauer, Human Resources Generalist, Human Resources
  • Whitney Bonner, Associate Director for Recruitment and Outreach, Admissions
  • Yvonne Rodriguez, Dining Services I, Dining Services
  • Taylor Smith, Custodian III, Housing & Residential Education
  • Rachel Walton, Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance, Athletics

Names, titles and affiliations provided by Human Resources, 970-351-2718.

December Payday Is Dec. 29, a Scheduled Holiday

Payday in December is Friday, Dec. 29, which is a scheduled holiday for the university, and the Payroll Office will be closed.

If you currently don't have direct deposit, you'll need to have your banking information to the Payroll Office no later than Dec. 18 for your December pay to be deposited directly. If you will not have direct deposit set up and need your check prior to Tuesday, Jan. 2, contact the Payroll Office at 351-2700.

As a reminder, UNC's scheduled holiday pay policy is:

If a payday falls on a university-scheduled holiday which is not also a bank holiday, direct deposits will be processed for the normal payday. Paycheck pickup will be scheduled during a brief time period prior to the university holiday - contact the Payroll Office for schedule.

Please share this information with staff that doesn't have regular access to email.

Call for Applications: Spring Teaching Academy for Online Learning

Applications are being accepted for the spring Teaching Academy for Online Learning, The academy is an opportunity to learn how to plan and develop an online course using Quality Matters (QM) standards as a guide. Stipends are awarded for successful development of a QM course. For more information, including requirements and an application form, visit the Instructional Design and Development website.

NSF Revises Instrumentation Program's Request for Proposals, Deadlines Extended

The National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Program (NSF-MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training. The NSF proposal deadline for the program has been extended to Feb. 5. Because MRI is a limited submission program, UNC's internal limited submission process will be followed if more than three UNC faculty are interested in applying.

An NSF-MRI proposal may request up to $4 million for either acquisition or development of a research instrument. Beginning with the FY 2018 competition, each organization may submit in revised "Tracks" as defined below, with no more than two submissions in Track 1 and no more than one submission in Track 2:

  • Track 1 - proposals requesting funds from NSF greater than or equal to $100,000 and less than $1,000,000. See link to memo below.
  • Track 2 - proposals requesting funds from NSF greater than or equal to $1,000,000 up to and including $4,000,000.

Faculty should notify OSP of their intent to submit an NSF-MRI proposal by completing a Notice of Intent through the OSP website by Dec 8.

Official memo extending internal deadline (PDF).

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