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Milam to discuss University budget

Hof MilamAt the invitation of the Faculty Senate, Hof Milam will present his annual address to the University on April 23 from 4 to 5 p.m. in Pugh Auditorium, Benson University Center. Milam, senior vice president for administration and finance, will speak on the University’s budget for next year, as well as the financial challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Staff, faculty and students are invited to the presentation.

Benefit enrollment period begins today

blossoms.300x174The annual benefits enrollment period will take place from April 14 to 25. For an overview of WFU’s benefit program for the upcoming year, effective July 1, Human Resources is offering information sessions around campus. Register at the PDC to attend one of the sessions.

Benefit informations sessions will be held at:

The annual Benefits Fair will be held on Tuesday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Benson 401. Benefit providers will be available to assist with any questions.

The online enrollment form must be completed by April 25, 2014. 

Korzen to argue appeal in U.S. Supreme Court

korzenjjProfessor John Korzen  (’81 BA, ’91 JD) will argue one of the Appellate Advocacy Clinic appeals, CTS Corporation v. Waldburger, in the Supreme Court of the United States on April 23.

Korzen is the director of the Appellate Advocacy Clinic. “All 10 of  the Clinic’s current students have been helping with the research, briefing, and the oral argument preparation, and they will all attend the argument, too,” Korzen said. “Since 2007, we have gone every year to hear oral arguments at the Supreme Court, and this year’s visit coincides perfectly with one of our own appeals.”

The Appellate Advocacy Clinic is a two-semester course for 3Ls.

“Having a case at the Supreme Court is simply the most challenging and most rewarding experience one can have in the practice of law,” Korzen said.

Read more on the law school’s news and events page.

Winter Institute for Intercultural Communication a success

WIICThe Winter Institute for Intercultural Communication (WIIC), a four-day professional development conference, was held at the Wake Forest University Charlotte Center on March 12-15. WIIC is a shortened version of the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication (SIIC), hosted by the Intercultural Communication Institute (ICI) in Portland, Oregon, for the past 25 years. In addition to sponsoring SIIC and WIIC, ICI fosters awareness and appreciation of cultural difference by maintaining an extensive research library for intercultural scholars and practitioners, partnering with local universities to offer a graduate degree program and certificate program and providing professional counsel on intercultural matters.

The goal of WIIC is to provide a broad range of educational opportunities regarding intercultural communication to individuals working in various sectors, including education, business and consulting in both domestic and international contexts. Attendees at the inaugural WIIC were able to choose from several one- and three-day workshops.

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TechXploration Tuesday

laptopA message from Associate Provost for Technology and Information Systems Rick Matthews.

Please join us for TechXploration on Tuesday, April 8, between noon and 3 p.m. in Benson 401 to learn what your colleagues are doing with technology.

Presentations will be in poster session format, so join us for any portion of the event.

Presentations will include:

  • e-Books Made Easy – Digital Publishing
  • Client 2014 – Next Year’s Laptop Program

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Professional and Organizational Development Conference

The Professional Development Center hosted representatives from higher education from across North America for the 4th Annual Professional and Organizational Development Conference. The event, held Feb. 16 – 18, was attended by 20 different universities. Participants attended sessions, networked and shared best practices related to staff and faculty development in higher education.

Session topics included:
· Successful Succession Planning
· Leadership Development Programs: Staying Fresh
· Online Education: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
· Partnering for Success
· Oh No. . . Not Another Boring New Employee Orientation!

Institutions in Attendance included: Bucknell, Case Western Reserve, Colorado College, Colorado State, Elon, Forsyth Technical Community College, Guilford Technical Community College, N.C. State, South Piedmont Community College, Texas A&M, University of Arkansas, University of Guelph, UNC (Chapel Hill), University of North Dakota, University of Richmond, University of South Carolina, University of Virginia, Wake Technical Community College, Wilfred Laurier University, Wor-Wic Community College

Symposium focuses on first-generation students

ironwork.200x250“First Experiences: A Symposium on First-Generation College Students” will be held on Tuesday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event, which is open to Wake Forest faculty and staff, will provide an opportunity to discuss best practices and opportunities to better serve first-generation students.

The program includes presentations on “Success for First-Generation College Students,” from Jennifer Engle, vice president for policy research at the Institute for Higher Education Policy; and on “Rewarding Strivers” by Richard Kahlenberg, senior fellow at the Century Foundation.

In addition, there will be a panel discussion featuring Cynthia Demetriou, director of retention at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Nathaniel “Nate” French, director of the Magnolia Scholars program at Wake Forest; and Esther Freeman, director for the Watson and Odyssey Scholars program at Elon University.

Registration (to cover lunch and program materials) is $10 for Wake Forest faculty and staff. Registration is available through the PDC website. For additional information, contact Nancy Aguillon at or Nate French at

HR’s Bethany Fay to speak on fringe benefits March 25

Beth FayAt the next Staff Advisory Council meeting, Bethany Fay of Human Resources will present a review of the University’s fringe benefit programs for 2014-15. Fay, associate director of compensation and benefits, will also discuss the annual enrollment process, which starts April 14 and runs through April 25.

Open to all staff, the SAC meeting will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on March 25 in Benson University Center, Room 401 C/D.

The University’s Annual Benefits Fair will be held on April 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Benson University Center, Room 401.

For more information about the SAC, visit

Byrd a ‘Certified Educational Facilities Professional’

james.byrd.300x175James Byrd, manager of the Deacon OneCard Office, has earned the Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP) credential from APPA.

Certification as a Certified Educational Facilities Professional validates the unique knowledge and competency required of an accomplished professional in the educational facilities field. Byrd is the first person to receive this credential at Wake Forest.

“By obtaining the CEFP, it assures the individual and their institution that they have established a thorough and applied understanding of the best management practices related to educational facilities,” said J. Thomas Becker, chair of APPA’s Board of Educational Facilities Professionals Certification.

“The CEFP credential is an exciting new standard for educational stewardship. It represents core knowledge, talent and skill, underscoring accountability and commitment to growth and mastery,” said Lander Medlin, APPA executive vice president. “By earning the CEFP designation, James shows his superior mastery and commitment to his work, his institution and his colleagues.”

A message from President Nathan Hatch

A message from President Nathan Hatch to the Wake Forest Community.

Yesterday, after the announcement that Jeff Bzdelik had resigned as Wake Forest’s head basketball coach, some members of our community took it upon themselves to roll the Quad. Rolling the Quad, as every Wake Forester knows, is a tradition celebrating competitive success.

Aaron Rountree III, a Wake Forest sophomore on the basketball team tweeted, “Rolling The Quad should be reserved for glorifying the success of Wake Forest University, not for the disrespect of another human being.” I could not say it better.

Civility is a hallmark of our community, and I am disappointed that yesterday’s misplaced passion did not accurately portray our values to the country. Dozens of people came out this afternoon to clean the Quad and for that I am grateful.


Nathan O. Hatch