With important changes on the horizon, the UNC Employee Forum held a general meeting on Wednesday at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center to discuss ConnectCarolina, weeknight parking and the Northside Neighborhood Initiative.
The Employee Forum is a group of non-faculty employees who meet to address the concerns of University employees. Wednesday’s meeting was held without the presence of Forum Chairperson Shayna Hill, who missed the meeting due to illness. Forum Secretary Tiffany Carver from the School of Social Work led the meeting in Hill’s absence.
ConnectCarolina is getting a makeover
Starting the weekend of May 17, ConnectCarolina will undergo an update to change the appearance of its website. While the final appearance of the website is still to be determined, the new look will feature a tile-based format that will make it easier for users to navigate the site.
Speaking on the website changes, Manager of Change Management Anita Collins discussed the need for a more mobile-friendly environment. With students and employees frustrated with the look and difficulty of site navigation, the new format will emphasize efficiency.
“The things that you use most often will be brought to the front ... instead of having to go through those millions of menu options,” Collins said.
Update on Weeknight Parking Program
The Weeknight Parking Program is a new initiative launched by UNC Transportation and Parking that will require a nighttime permit for parking on campus after 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Beginning in the fall, all students except first-years can register for a weeknight parking permit after paying a $6 fee as part of the total transportation fee. All daytime and park-and-ride permits will be honored during weeknights. Employees will have several options for weeknight parking, including purchasing a weeknight permit on a sliding salary scale.
For some, the impact of this plan may be a big inconvenience.