MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2005
UNC sees improved workplace
Changes result of
task force study
BY DANIEL WILKES
Two years after a campus task
force convened to study ways to
provide more benefits to University
employees, most of its recommen
dations have come to fruition.
From the reinstitution of a cleri
cal training program for employ
ees to anew laptop loan service,
the recommendations from the
Chancellors Task Force for a Better
Workplace have enriched the work
ing environment at UNC, said task
force member Laurie Charest, who
also is the associate vice chancellor
for human resources.
The University’s proactive
approach is especially crucial when
employees’ wages, which are state
controlled, are slow to rise, she said.
■ A woman crossing Franklin
Street at its intersection with
Columbia Street was struck by a
motorist early Friday morning,
according to police reports.
Clare Margaret Rohleder, a
senior psychology student, was
moving south across the street when
she was struck by a white Cadillac
driven by Cynthia Dianne Tuck of
Roxboro, N.C., traveling east, said
Police Major Tony Oakley.
Oakley said Rohleder was treat
ed and released, that according to
police reports Rohleder was in a
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“We were in another year where
we knew our employees would not
get another pay raise,” Charest said.
“The focus of the task force was to
see what here on campus we could
do to make this a better workplace.”
The task force released their
recommendations in January
2004 after conducting discussions,
research and a campuswide survey,
said Tommy Griffin, co-chairman
of the task force and chairman of
the Employee Forum.
“When (Chancellor James)
Moeser came here, he said he
believed in co-governance,” Griffin
said. “And he’s practiced it from day
one. He’s given faculty, staff and stu
dents the opportunity to put their
two-cents worth in and be part of
the solution to all the issues.”
One of those concerns probably
the most important, Charest said
was the lack of a place where employ
ees could air grievances. To remedy
this, Moeser created an ombudsman
crosswalk and that a witness told
police Tuck had a green light when
she struck Rohleder.
■ Chapel Hill police reports
state that several gunshot rounds
were fired around 2 a.m. Sunday
near Franklin Street.
At least one round struck an
unoccupied vehicle, shattering a
window, reports state. Police report
they do not know if the rounds
were intended for a person or to
cause property damage.
An Asheboro man was stopped
office in December 2004.
“The purpose of the ombudsman
office is to provide a very objective
place where people can bring their
concerns and receive very neutral
and confidential advice,” she said.
Charest said the newly created
office also would report any devel
oping trends to Moeser.
“When we identify those trends,
we have to be creative and proac
tive about how the University could
resolve them,” she said.
Another result of the task force’s
work was the revival of the basic
clerical skills program. The pro
gram allows employees to develop
office skills so they eventually can
move into a clerical job on campus.
“We’ve had a lot of lower-paid
people working in the groundskeep
ing and custodial services who now
have better paying clerical jobs,”
The restoration of clerical train
ing conveniently coincided with the
on West Franklin Street early
Sunday morning on suspicion of
being with the shooting
incident, police'reports state.
Tejuan Odishon Riggsbee, of
Asheboro, was stopped at 2:41 a.m.
on West Franklin Street while driv
ing a white 2003 Chevrolet Impala,
After being stopped, he was
arrested for carrying a concealed
weapon, among other charges,
according to police reports.
Police reports state that the car
Riggsbee was driving matched the
creation of a laptop loan program,
which allows workers who are con
tinuing their education to borrow
computers from the University.
Twenty-seven employees already
have taken advantage of the pro
gram, said Katherine Graves, a pro
gram assistant in the maternal and
child health department who over
sees the loan process.
“Everybody should have the
opportunity to learn and to grow
in their skills,” Graves said.
Other implementations include
an emergency cash loan program,
subsidies for van-pooling, and a
part-time degree program.
With most of the recommenda
tions in effect, Griffin said the task
force had an impact on campus.
“The task force is a small, but
important step to improve the lives
of those in our communities.”
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description of a car from which
several rounds were fired minutes
Riggsbee was arrested on charg
es of carrying a handgun, posses
sion of marijuana and possession
of an open container of alcohol,
according to reports.
Riggsbee was taken to the Orange
County Jail in Hillsborough. As of
Sunday, police had not recorded
the amount of his bond.
Riggsbee is scheduled to appear
Oct. 24 in superior court in
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■ The UNC Injury Prevention
Research Center will host a
seminar, “On Lawmaking and
Legislatures: Reflections of a
Pediatrician” at 1:30 p.m. today in
the Tate-Tumer-Kuralt building’s
auditorium. Dr. Kenneth Roberts
will discuss seat belt legislation and
how it promotes injury control.
■ Student Friends of the
Ackland Art Museum will hold an
informational meeting at 4 p.m.
today in the Ackland lobby. The
organization promotes engagement
and discovery through art by host
ing social and educational events at
UNC’s on-campus art museum.
■ The men’s basketball staff
will hold an information session
for any male students wishing to
participate in varsity or junior var
sity basketball this year at 5 p.m.
today in section 118 of the Smith
Center. Enter the building through
Entrance A. For more information,
■ The Chapel Hill Town
Council will hold several pub
lic hearings beginning at 7 p.m.
today at Town Hall. Public com
ment is invited on a University
proposal to build an addition
to the power plant on Cameron
Avenue, among other issues.
■ The Orange County Board
of Education will meet at 7 p.m.
today at the district’s central office
in Hillsborough. Board members
will hear an update on construc
tion of the district's third middle
school, among other things.
■ Reformed University
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Fellowship will hold a meeting
to outline a blueprint for future
action for hurricane relief at 7
p.m. today in the Great Hall of the
Student Union. Elliot Grudem, a
community center worker in New
Orleans, will speak at the event.
For more information, call 336-
■ The Sierra Club is host
ing a forum for candidates in the
Carrboro Board of Aldermen and
Carrboro mayoral races. The forum
will begin at 7 p.m. today at the
Carrboro Town Hall.
■ UNC Young Democrats will
host Rep. David Price, D-N.C., who
represents Chapel Hill, at 7 p.m.
today in Murphey 116.
■ Overeaters Anonymous
will hold a meeting at 7:30 p.m.
today at Holy Trinity Lutheran
Church, 300 E. Rosemary St., in
the Augsburg Room. There are no
dues or fees or any religious affili
ations. For more information, call
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