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Wake Forest news for faculty and staff

Kevin Cox

Ten graduate from University’s Citizens Police Academy

Ten people graduated from the Citizens Police Academy held this spring semester by the University Police Department.

Following a successful second offering of the program, the University Police Department is making plans for more opportunities next fall and spring for members of the Wake Forest community to participate in the academy. Details will be announced at a later date.

The academy was created to give the campus community an opportunity to gain insight into the daily functions and responsibilities of University law enforcement personnel. The overall goal is to improve police and community interactions. The hope of the department is that graduates will share knowledge they gained with others.

In the spring, sessions were presented on executive staff responsibilities, records and technology, administrative/financial/budget matters, Rape Aggressive Defense (RAD), community oriented policing, events/security, detective division, communications 911 center/emergency manager, patrol division.

Participants received a graduation certificate if they attended five of nine sessions.

Faculty and staff happy hour April 27 at Reynolda Hall

This message was emailed to faculty and staff April 27 by the Office of the Provost:

Please join Provost Kersh and your university colleagues for a faculty and staff happy hour in the Reynolda Hall Green Room today, Thursday, April 27, from 4-5:30 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you there as we thank you for all of your work this year at Wake Forest.

Faculty/staff books: February and March 2017

Brown, Tommy. (Staff, Communications and External Relations). The Seven Money Types: Discover How God Wired You to Handle Money. Zondervan. March 2017.

Eun, Cheol, & Bruce Resnick. (Business). International Financial Management, 8th ed. McGraw-Hill. February 2017.

Sinnott-Armstrong, Walter, & Christian B. Miller, Eds. (Philosophy). Moral Psychology: Virtue and Character

Bonin receives inaugural Academic Leadership Award from CBOV

Keith Bonin

The College Board of Visitors on April 20 presented Keith D. Bonin with the board’s inaugural Academic Leadership Award at a board dinner on campus.  Bonin, who joined the faculty in 1992, is professor of physics and chair of the physics department.

In the April 24 electronic edition of the Dean’s Office Digest, the Dean of the College Office announced the award:

“The College Board of Visitors award recognizes Keith for embracing a philosophy of academic leadership and community-building. It celebrates Keith’s proven track record of engaging his academic department and academic colleagues in achieving a vision that includes but extends well beyond the Physics Department by pursuing opportunities for collaboration and innovation. His efforts have significantly advanced the goals of Wake Forest College as embodied in our liberal arts tradition.

The award recognizes academic leadership as a valued practice and confirms that departmental and other academic leaders can be effective agents of change on behalf of the institution, students, and colleagues. This award recognizes Keith as a leader who embodies the best qualities of academic leadership, not only of managerial skills, but of institutional vision and an abiding commitment to academic excellence, diversity and inclusion, classroom innovation, and commitment to students and the Wake Forest community.”

At the April 20 event, John Cooper, chair of the College Board of Visitors, presented the following remarks:

“Tonight, the College Board of Visitors honors Dr. Keith Bonin, professor and chair of the Department of Physics, for your outstanding leadership of a vital and thriving department, your advocacy for students, your work to develop a climate where faculty do their best work, and for your visionary leadership and its impact on the college and its future.

Your fingerprints are all over Wake Downtown including the long-term vision to create an engineering department. Dr. Bonin chaired the engineering department search this year, on top of his significant physics department work, leading a process that ensured the recruiting and hiring of the founding members of the engineering department—four faculty members, including a national star for chair.

In accepting the award, Bonin told the audience:

“I am personally humbled to be the recipient of the inaugural College Board of Visitors Academic Leadership Award. So much of what we accomplish is mainly due to the help we receive from others.  And this is especially true in my case where I have benefited from the tight-knit communities that exist at Wake Forest: in the department, in the College, in the Graduate and Professional Schools, and in the university as a whole.”

Miller Fitness Center to close in May

This announcement was emailed to students, faculty and staff on April 25 by Communications and External Relations:

As part of ongoing renovations to Athletics and Campus Recreation facilities, the Miller Fitness Center will stop operating on Wednesday, May 3 at 8 p.m.  That space will be converted to a sports medicine facility for the Department of Athletics.

Until a new campus fitness center opens before the fall semester, Campus Recreation has the following arrangements in place:

–A limited amount of cardio equipment will be available to campus community members on the fourth floor of the Sutton Center starting Friday, May 5.

–Group fitness classes will continue in the Miller Center’s group exercise studios on the building’s fourth floor.

–Locker rooms and showers will also continue to be available on the fourth floor of the Miller Center, as well as on the lower level of the Benson University Center.

Phase Two of the Reynolds Gym transformation and renovation is scheduled to be completed prior to the start of the fall 2017 semester.  The opening of Phase Two will include almost 19,000 square feet of brand new, state-of-the-art cardio and weight equipment.

Lavender Graduation to celebrate LGBTQ students April 26

Wake Forest will honor graduating LGBTQ students at its fourth annual Lavender Graduation ceremony on April 26 at 6 p.m.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the event to be held in Farrell Hall’s Broyhill Auditorium.

An estimated 25 undergraduate and graduate students will be recognized at Lavender Graduation this year.

More details.

Tree falls onto residence hall, no one injured

This announcement was emailed to students, faculty and staff on April 24 by Communications and External Relations:

Due to significant rainfall, a pine tree fell today onto the roof of Student Apartments Building B on Allen Easley Street.  No one was injured in the incident.

Tree branches damaged a small section of the building’s roof and one bedroom’s ceiling.  Residence Life and Housing staff are moving the two residents of the affected room to another room.  At this time, it appears no other rooms were impacted.

Facilities and Campus Services staff are inspecting the area around the building as a safety precaution.  Inspections will determine if damage is more extensive than it appears.

The building remains open for students.

Work is expected to be performed on power lines near the building.  Potentially, power will be out at that building and, perhaps, at others nearby when work is underway.  The University will announce by email any power outage.

Hof Milam to present annual financial update on April 26

This announcement was emailed to faculty and staff on April 24 by Communications and External Relations:

At the invitation of the Faculty Senate, Hof Milam, Executive Vice President, will give his annual financial update to the University on Wednesday, April 26, at 4 p.m. in Pugh Auditorium.

He will review the Wake Forest budget for the next year, as well as provide information on the financial challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.  The Senate enthusiastically invites all students, staff and faculty to attend.

Miller to deliver A.C. Reid Chair Inaugural Lecture

Christian B. Miller

Christian B. Miller, A.C. Reid Professor of Philosophy, will deliver the A.C. Reid Chair Inaugural Lecture on April 25.

The topic of Miller’s lecture will be “The Neglected Virtue of Honesty: Is Anyone Honest These Days, and What Does ‘Honesty’ Even Mean?”

Miller will speak at 4 p.m. in Tribble Hall’s DeTamble Auditorium with a reception to follow in the Philosophy Library (Room B 316) in Tribble Hall.

In his presentation, Miller will focus, in part, on the philosophical question of what makes someone an honest person.  He will also speak on recent studies in psychology on cheating.

The lecture is supported by the A.C. Reid Fund.

‘Big concerts’ bring music, ministry to campus April 22

Two faith-based singing groups at Wake Forest will bring ministry and music to campus April 22.  The Wake Forest Gospel Choir and Chi Rho, the all-male Christian a cappella group, will perform in separate concerts.

Both concerts are free and open to the public.

More information.