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Dear Fellow Tar Heels,

It’s time to celebrate our employees and all that you do for Carolina! For the first time since 2019, Employee Appreciation Day is back as an in-person event, and we can’t wait to kick up our heels with you.

Join us Friday, Oct. 21, in The Pit and at the Carolina Union from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for food, fun, giveaways and games like:

  • Caricature artists
  • Carnival games and inflatables
  • Hourly raffle
  • Pelican’s Snow Cones
  • 360 photo booth

From 11:30 a.m. on you can pick up lunch—for free! A hot breakfast from 6:45–9 a.m. will also be available for shift workers just beginning—or ending—their day.

Other highlights for this year’s Employee Appreciation Day include:

  • Department/local business fair
  • Employee talent performances
  • Flu shots and COVID boosters
  • Hands-on art-making workshop

Employee Appreciation Day participation is free, and attendance is considered work time for staff, who should seek advance approval from their supervisors to attend. Free parking is available in the Cobb Deck on Paul Green Drive.

Even if your work arrangement is such that you are not typically on site on Fridays, we hope you’ll be able to structure your schedule so that you can join us for a day dedicated to celebrating you!

To see the full agenda for the day’s events and to check out what else is happening this month, be sure to visit our Employee Appreciation Day webpage.

Cheers to Peers

This year we’re also bringing back Cheers to Peers, our shout-out platform for sending a short message of big thanks to your Carolina colleagues for the ways they make your day a little brighter and your work a little easier.

Fill out the Cheers to Peers online form any time through Wednesday, Oct. 19. We encourage everyone to take a minute to send a Cheers to Peers message to a coworker, supervisor or team to celebrate the big and small successes of the past year.

Cheers to Peers messages will be published on Employee Appreciation Day, Friday, Oct. 21, when you will be able to view and search all messages—the ones you’ve sent and the ones you’ve received.

We appreciate the ways that you make Carolina a great place to work and every day a great day to be a Tar Heel!

Hark the sound,

Becci Menghini
Vice Chancellor, Human Resources and Equal Opportunity and Compliance


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