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Kim McGrath

Second of two ‘Vision 2020′ forums to be held today

As a reminder, the second of two Vision 2020 open discussion forums for community questions and feedback will be held today, Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. in DeTamble Auditorium.

In May 2014, a committee of Wake Foresters representing various areas of the University completed a review of the technological landscape in higher education and began the important challenge of exploring what the future of collaborative work might look like in the next five years.

After site visits, interviews and research, the committee produced “Vision 2020: Charting A Course for Academic Computing at Wake Forest,” a white paper that envisions how technology changes already underway can support teaching and learning at Wake Forest.

You can read more about Vision 2020 on the Provost’s website.

Learn about enhancements to ‘Deacon Depot’

On Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Benson 401, staff from procurement services, accounts payable, and finance systems will be on hand to answer questions for a day of discovery surrounding Deacon Depot.

The event is designed to make the Deacon Depot experience more effective and efficient.

Attendees will  have the opportunity to get to know key suppliers, learn about new procurement opportunities within Deacon Depot and participate in mini-training sessions. This year, there are some new internal service provider catalogs such as Campus Life Van Rentals, Parking and Transportation and the Reynolda House.

Refreshments and fabulous prizes will be up for grabs! There’s no need to register.

Build an extra class day: A snow day technologies initiative

A message from Kris Shelton, instructional designer, Center for Leadership and Character at the Wake Forest School of Business

banner.snowday.400x225Snow days are coming! Last winter, Wake Forest University had 10 days where classes were either delayed or cancelled due to snow and ice. To help faculty and staff across the University be prepared to use technology to run a virtual class during a snow day, the Center for Leadership & Character is co-sponsoring with the Collaborative Technologies Team and the Instructional Technologies Group the “Build an Extra Class Day! Web Tools Workshop Series.”

The “Choose Your Snow Day Adventure” workshop, the first in the Web Tools Workshop Series, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 30 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Farrell Hall, Room 108.

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Memorial service for Dan Via

Dan O. Via, who taught in the religion department from 1956 to 1968, died Oct. 12, 2014, in Charlottesville, Va. He was 85.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 18 at Saint Paul’s Memorial Church in Charlottesville.

A native of Charlottesville, Via graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and received his Ph.D. from Duke University. In 1960, following the arrests of 10 Wake Forest students who participated in a sit-in at F.W. Woolworth in downtown Winston-Salem, Via helped pay the students’ bonds so they could be released from jail.

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Power outage on Reynolda Campus

A Duke Energy power outage has affected part of the western side of the Reynolda Campus and nearby neighborhoods today. Duke Energy is estimating electricity will be restored to the affected areas between 2-4 p.m. today.

The outage is also affecting some nearby traffic lights, including the one at the Polo Road entrance to campus.

On campus, buildings known to be affected include North Campus Apartments, the Porter Byrum Welcome Center and Starling Hall.  Also without electricity are many University-owned residences on and near Polo and Reynolda Roads, as well as on University Parkway near campus. The Human Resources office at Polo and Reynolda Roads is also without electricity.

Duke Energy reports that numerous private residences, as well as University-owned houses, are affected in the area near campus. An initial estimate was that up to 5,000 Duke Energy customers might be without electricity.

The power outage occurred late in the morning today, shortly before noon.

Campus Connections tomorrow

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WakeUnited: Live United John Champlin

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John Champlin, manager of recruitment and organizational development for human resources, volunteers for organizations including the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina, a partner agency of United Way of Forsyth County.

“There are so many individuals who go hungry in our community, and it is a privilege to work with institutions that help to provide food to those most in need,” says Champlin. “Most recently, I enjoyed serving on the WFU Pro Humanitate Day with alumni from the area at the food bank.”

Champlin is entering his second year on the WakeUnited Campaign Cabinet, and he co-chairs the Wake Forest Young Leaders United (YLU) group with Brooke Brown, an Alumni Giving Fellow in University advancement.

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WFU joins The Jed & Clinton Health Matters Campus Program

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144b1acefef7f2e2217ba591a4156b30Wake Forest University is among 56 colleges and universities that have joined The Jed & Clinton Health Matters Campus Program in support of wellbeing and mental health.

The program is designed to help schools prevent the two leading causes of death in young adults — accidents, including those caused by prescription drug overdoses or alcohol poisoning, and suicide.

The Campus Program, which launched in June 2014, is designed to help colleges and universities assess and enhance mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programming.

“We’re proud to be a part of The Jed & Clinton Health Matters Campus Program’s efforts to reduce risk while at the same time improving student emotional wellbeing,” said James Raper, interim director of the University Counseling Center. “Denisha Champion, one of our staff counselors, has been spearheading our efforts to become a Jed Foundation certified campus, which has required a thorough self assessment of our campus’s strengths and areas of growth.”

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A message about technology and its future at Wake Forest

A message from:
School of Business Vice Dean of Programs Gordon McCray
Former CIO, Information Systems and Professor of Physics Rick Matthews, and
Vice Provost and Dean of Z. Smith Reynolds Library Lynn Sutton

Dear Wake Forest Faculty, Staff and Students,

In May 2014, a committee of Wake Foresters representing various areas of the University completed a review of the technological landscape in higher education and began the important challenge of exploring what the future of collaborative work might look like in the next five years.

After site visits, interviews and research, the committee produced “Vision 2020: Charting A Course for Academic Computing at Wake Forest,” a white paper that envisions how technology changes already underway can support teaching and learning at Wake Forest.

From an environmental scan to recommendations regarding teaching and learning, the 27-page report offers informative and insightful details on IT-based technology and higher education. We would like to showcase several important points from the paper as people begin to delve more deeply into Vision 2020.

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Stand for unity and respect

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‘We Stand for Unity and Respect’ (Sept. 30, 2014)

Members of the Faculty Fellows program invite all faculty, staff and students to join a demonstration of support for diversity, inclusion, dignity and respect. They will stage the fourth and final photo in the series on the steps of Wait Chapel on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 11:50 a.m.

The “We Stand for Unity and Respect” photo campaign has grown organically over the last month. The idea originated with a group of Faculty Fellows, who have continued to foster dialogue about important campus issues in the six first-year student residence halls as well as in their classrooms. Each week the number of people in the photo has increased through word of mouth and social media.

“The ‘We Stand for Unity and Respect’ campaign has become a symbol for the campus culture we want people to associate with Wake Forest,” said Vice Provost Lynn Sutton. “The University is working at a number of levels to ensure that each and every member of our community feels like their contributions are valued. Wake Forest provides the ideal setting to explore societal issues in the spirit of Pro Humanitate.

'We Stand for Unity and Respect' photo Sept. 16

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‘We Stand for Unity and Respect’ (Sept. 23, 2014)