Fellow Bears, 

As we approach the holiday season, I want to thank all of you for making UNC a wonderful place to learn, work, and live. I am grateful for our faculty and staff who transform the lives of our students and help them to realize their dreams. You exhibit an incredible commitment to putting student first; fostering diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging; and engaging in creative and scholarly pursuits that contribute to Greeley, Colorado, and beyond.

In recognition of all that you do, I am extending the following expressions of gratitude.

Campus Holiday Party 
I invite faculty, staff, and your families to join me at our annual Campus Holiday Party on December 1 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Campus Commons Lobby. The Cabinet and I will be serving passed appetizers and there will be a carving station, assorted desserts, and a selection of hot and cold holiday beverages, made possible by the generous support of Sodexo. We will feature music by a talented pianist from the College of Performing and Visual Arts. I hope to see you there.

We will also be accepting donations for the Bear Pantry, which serves any student, staff, or faculty member of the UNC community by providing food and personal hygiene products. If you would like to make a donation, please see the items most neededby the pantry.

Extended Winter Break   
For the third consecutive year, UNC faculty and staff will have an extended winter break between Christmas and New Year’s Day. I hope that you will be able to spend time with family, friends, and loved ones and that this time away brings an opportunity for rest and renewal.

Salary Increase in January   
I am pleased to share that, similar to last year, full-time faculty and staff will receive a $1,500 increase in their base salary, effective January 1, 2023. This investment in our dedicated employees is a priority in UNC’sRowing, Not Driftingstrategic plan, and the January increase will mark the fourth pay increase in less than two years given to UNC faculty and staff. Please watch in the coming weeks for additional details from Human Resources.

I wish you all a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday break and hope you return energized to successfully complete the fall semester.

Rowing, Not Drifting,
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Andy Feinstein