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Service Hours 

During spring break, on-campus services hours may change. Visit the department's website for additional information and updated hours of operation. 

Events

Well-Being Strategies

Be sure to check out these self-care ideas during Spring Break from Healthy Heels.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY 

Don’t forget to keep moving! 

WELL-BEING 

With the break in routine and brief change in environment can come some stressors. Whether that's from travel plans, family, or overwhelming assignments, it can be tough. Here are some strategies to maintain well-being over the break: 

FINANCIAL WELLNESS 

The Carolina Veterans Alumni Network and the Carolina Veterans Resource Center will host a Women in Government Leadership Panel on March 7, 2024, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The panel will feature influential women leaders from diverse government sectors who will discuss their experiences, obstacles and insights in the field of public service. 

The Daniels Executive in Residence at the Hussman School of Journalism and Media, Leyla Santiago, will moderate the panel. Panelists include women from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of State, Global Affairs at UNC-Chapel Hill, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, and U.S. Army chief of staff. Panelists include:

The panel will take place in Room 200 in Genome Sciences Building, and it will be recorded via Zoom for those who wish to attend virtually. CLE credit is available for students attending the event.  

Learn more and RSVP before the event.  

For students at UNC-Chapel Hill who staying on campus, there are a number of helpful resources for Tar Heels. Check out this guide as we strive to care for our community of students:

Where to eat

Join in on the Tar Heel Thanksgiving, offered by The Carolina Club. Register for this free event for students through Heel Life!

Carolina Cupboard is an on-campus food pantry that provides food at no cost to students who are facing food insecurity. Visit their website to schedule a time for food pick-up at their location in Avery Residence Hall. If you are able to give, consider donating to the Pantry Bowl to support the Carolina Cupboard. 

Both dining halls will be closed during the break from Wednesday, Nov. 22 – Saturday, Nov. 25. Chase Dining Hall reopens at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 26. Check online for official hours of operation. 

The Beach Café in the Brinkhous-Bullitt building will be open on Wednesday, Nov. 22 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The food court inside has locations accepting Flex and some PLUS swipes. 

CDS is partnering with local restaurants to offer a 10% discount during the break for students who show their UNC-Chapel Hill One Card. See restaurant for any exclusions and official hours. 

Tuesday & Wednesday, November 21 and 22: 

Thursday, November 23: 

Friday & Saturday, November 24 and 25:

Sunday, November 26: 

Students can add Flex to their accounts in $50 increments to use to order delivery to anywhere on campus from Takeout Central

Getting around

Check out the Town of Chapel Hill's modified bus schedule.

What to do

Mental health, health care, and well-being

The Heels Care Network is a resource for our community to support each other and to access the many mental health and well-being resources at UNC-Chapel Hill. Students can call CAPS at 919-966-3658 for 24/7 mental health support.  

Both Campus Health and CAPS will remain open on Wednesday, November 22 and close Thursday, November 23 before reopening on Monday, November 27 at 8:00 a.m.

If Campus Health is closed, students may access a local urgent care facility, including UNC Urgent Care located at 6013 Farrington Road. Students may call Campus Health at 919-966-2281 to discuss non-emergent health concerns with a Health Link Nurse. 

Give thanks!

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to take a moment to reflect on the things we are grateful for. This Healthy Heels blog post offers insight into the positive relationship between gratitude and well-being. 

At UNC-Chapel Hill, we think the best education includes finding ways to explore your passions. There are hundreds of opportunities to connect with fellow Tar Heels, get involved in activities, develop your talents and leave your heelprint at Carolina.

Tar Heels join student organizations, explore Franklin Street, relax on Polk Place, cheer on the Tar Heels in the Dean Dome and Carmichael Arena, and give back to our community.

Learn more about the Tar Heel experience and how you can get involved in campus life.

For our Tar Heels who are planning on staying in the Chapel Hill area for Thanksgiving, we have compiled a guide to keep students happy and fed this holiday!  

Where to Eat  

What to Do 

PlayMakers is presenting the music-filled comedy “Emma,” based on the novel by Jane Austen. Performances start this week and run through Thanksgiving. Check out dates and more details on Heel Life.  

Students can get their blood pumping and enjoy the crisp air: 

Tar Heels can enjoy the festive atmosphere and support local artisans at the Carolina Inn Holiday Market on Saturday afternoon from noon to 4 p.m. Other local events are listed at the Chapel Hill Visitors Guide

For those students who enjoy football as a Thanksgiving tradition, the Tar Heels will take on the Wolfpack on Friday, Nov. 25, at 3:30 p.m. at Kenan Memorial Stadium (or watch on ABC). Go Heels! 

Getting Around 

Whether you need an airport shuttle, a ride home for Thanksgiving break or just want to go out during the holidays, UNC Transportation and Parking has compiled some resources for UNC students in their Thanksgiving guide.  

Health Care and Mental Health During the Holidays  

While Campus Health is closed (Wednesday at 5 p.m. through Monday at 8 a.m.), students may visit a local urgent care facility. Students may also call Campus Health at 919-966-2281 and be connected to UNC Nurse Connect to discuss their non-emergent health concerns.

Students can also call 919-966-3658 for 24/7 mental health support from CAPS.

Don’t forget to check out the Heels Care Network for a comprehensive collection of mental health and well-being resources, including peer support, helpful articles, information about support groups, online self-assessment tools, events and more. 

Don’t Forget to Give Thanks! 

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to pause and reflect on the things in our lives we are grateful for. Check out this Healthy Heels blog post, which offers some insight into how practicing gratitude can support our well-being. 

The center, which opened in 2017, is designed to assist UNC-Chapel Hill’s veterans, service members and military families by serving as a central location for resources focused on their needs.

By University Communications, Monday, November 7th, 2022

Carolina is home to nearly 3,200 veterans and military-affiliated students, faculty and staff who bring their unique life experiences to strengthen our campus community.

But those experiences also come with unique challenges. The Carolina Veterans Resource Center is working to meet those needs and serve the veterans on campus.

The center, which opened in 2017, is designed to assist UNC-Chapel Hill’s veterans, service members and military families by serving as a central location for resources focused on their needs, from GI Bill assistance to applying for specialized scholarships. The center also provides study space, a lounge and meeting spaces where veterans can connect and build community.

“This is a group of folks who, for a number of reasons, are very hesitant to ask for help,” said Rob Palermo, the director of the center. “Creating an environment where they feel OK doing that and where they can do it around people who they trust is a big part of what we try to do.”

Continue reading to learn more about Palermo’s goals at the Carolina Veterans Resource Center and how the space is serving our Tar Heel veterans.

Students remaining in Chapel Hill for the holidays are invited to join us for a complimentary, traditional Thanksgiving meal provided by generous donations of The Carolina Club Members. Find the menu below.

Seating is limited, and registration is required no later than Friday, November 18th at 5:00 PM. RSVP for the time block you prefer:

Nov. 24 @ 11:30am - 12:30pm
Nov. 24 @ 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Nov. 24 @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Buffet Menu

Mixed Green Salad with tomatoes, carrots & radish (GF/DF/V/VG)
Choice of ranch or balsamic dressing on the side

Sliced Turkey with Broth (GF/DF)
(Gravy on the side)
Vegetable Risotto (GF/DF/V/VG)
Cornbread Stuffing
Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes (GF/V)
Steamed Green Beans (GF/DF/V/VG)

Dessert
Pumpkin Pie (V)
Cookies & Brownies
Fresh Fruit (GF/DF/V/VG)

GF-gluten free / DF-dairy free / V-vegetarian / VG-vegan
-The entire menu is nut free.-

We'll see you at The Carolina Club (150 Stadium Dr.) Thanksgiving Day!

Veterans Day is observed annually on Nov. 11. It's a holiday honoring men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces, on the anniversary of the end of World War I.

This year, The Carolina Veterans Resource Center (CVRC) has put together a number of events to honor our nation's veterans.

On Nov. 8 at 9 a.m. the CVRC is hosting the annual Military Connected Women's Breakfast & Roundtable, featuring Amy Rodriguez, a physicians assistant with Campus Health. Rodriguez, a West Point graduate and 82nd Airborne vet, will facilitate a conversation with women-identifying veterans and military-affiliated students on wellness topics.

On Nov. 9, the CVRC is hosting the Veterans Week Lecture at 7 p.m. in the Carolina Union Auditorium. Retired Green Beret Michael R. Rodriguez, now President and CEO of the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation, will discuss the legislative process of getting the Global War on Terror Memorial approved and placed on the National Mall in Washington D.C. He will also discuss how his art in the metalworking medium influenced his healing from wounds of war and informs his work with fellow veterans. Learn more and register here.

Other events marking the week include:

For more information check out Heel Life or contact the CVRC at [email protected].

There may be times you feel like your emotions are overwhelming and are negatively impacting you. However, emotions can play a huge role in your life from problem-solving to helping you relate to the people around you. By understanding your feelings and learning the strategies to communicate your emotions, it can help you gain perspective, increase a sense of control, and minimize the impact of stress.

Join the Mental Health Seminar: Understanding Emotions and How to Talk About Them on Nov. 16 from 12:00 to 1:30pm, hosted by Heels Care Network. You can register to attend the event on Zoom.

Facilitated by Rachel Rifkin LCSW, a Clinical Instructor and Psychotherapist in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. She provides clinical services to children, adults, families and groups in a variety of settings with a range of struggles. Rachel believes therapy should be a safe place where people can express and process their thoughts and feelings, integrating components of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy into her work with clients. She meets people with empathy, authenticity, and unconditional acceptance.

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