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Kim McGrath

Computing network maintenance Aug. 2

As previously announced by Information Systems, computing network maintenance will take place at Wake Forest on Saturday, Aug. 2.  During the maintenance, the University’s Wake Alert emergency notification system will remain operating. Some temporary changes will be in place with the Wake Alert system during the maintenance set for 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

If an emergency were to occur at Wake Forest, the University Police Department would be able to send text messages to all registered to receive them, activate the outdoor alert system and the cable TV alert system.

Communications and External Relations (CER) would be able to provide critically important updates on the Wake Alert website at wakealert.wfu.edu, post a notice at the top of the University’s website, send voice mail messages to faculty and staff, use the Wake Alert Twitter account and other University social media, and place messages on the Weather and Emergency Phone Line (758-5935). Email will not be used for emergency messaging during the maintenance.

The University’s computing network cannot be used to access the University website or Wake Alert website during the maintenance. Faculty, staff, students and others on campus would have to use off-campus networks to do so. For example, a person on campus could use a mobile device to access the Wake Alert website, using a service provider such as AT&T or Verizon.

Temporary parking lot closings and traffic delays

Temporary closings of some Wake Forest parking lots will begin occurring this weekend in preparation for the University serving Monday, Aug. 4, as a location for filming of a an adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ novel, “The Longest Ride.” Part of the movie is set at Wake Forest and includes a character portraying a Wake Forest student.

Exterior and interior scenes will be filmed throughout the day and into the evening Aug. 4. The filming will bring crew members, actors and extras to campus, along with numerous large trucks and other vehicles.

Starting at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, the following parking lots will be closed entirely or in part through Monday, Aug. 4:

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Room scheduling software to launch July 31

A message from Provost Rogan Kersh and Senior Vice President Hof Milam

We are pleased to announce that, after 12 months of herculean labors by a dedicated team from across campus, our ‘EMS’ space-management tool is going live this week. The benefits for space management and space reservation on campus will be considerable.

As we announced last October, Beth Hoagland and John Wise were charged with leading the effort to develop a room-scheduling solution that is user friendly, provides accurate usage data, and generally enhances our university-wide use of this increasingly-precious resource, space on campus.

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Give yourself permission to play

paints.300x175A guest post by James Raper, interim director, University Counseling Center

In many cultures playing or being childlike gets a bad rap. Sure it’s cute and sweet when my four year-old (with his dimples) is doing it, but for an adult, it can simply feel silly and a waste of time to intentionally engage in play.

Yet as many of my clients in the University Counseling Center know, I’m a big fan of play (to which the crayons and Play-Doh within arm’s reach of my couch attest). As I learned early on both in my own counseling and graduate training, it can be helpful to think of the “kid” part of us as being the part that holds our most authentic feelings. Thus as we allow ourselves to play, a door to self-awareness is opened. And similar to intellectual awareness, the more emotionally aware we learn to become, the more empowered we are to make choices that are best for our wellbeing.

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Wake Forest announces new Pro Humanitate Institute

seal.300x150A message from Provost Rogan Kersh

“Pro Humanitate” has long served as a guiding principle in all aspects of life at Wake Forest, reflecting our deep commitment to the betterment of humankind.  In that spirit I am pleased to announce the creation of a new Pro Humanitate Institute whose mission will be to enable students, faculty and staff to live out the many dimensions of the University’s motto.

Pro Humanitate at Wake Forest is a dynamic concept that grows and changes with the University to meet each new generation’s needs. The launch of the Pro Humanitate Institute is a signature next step in affirming our motto.

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Lawrence named ‘Trainer of the Year’ at (OS1) symposium

matthew.lawrence.150x200Matthew Lawrence, custodial services training manager, was named Trainer Of The Year at the annual (OS1) Users Symposium in San Antonio, Texas.

(OS1) is a brand of team cleaning that differs from traditional, or zone cleaning. In zone cleaning, a worker is assigned to an area and carries out all the tasks necessary to clean a zone. In team cleaning, each cleaning worker is a specialist and carries out a specific task throughout the building.

Wake Forest began its implementation of team cleaning in September 2009 with a pilot team of four people on 3rd shift with Lawrence as manager. Team cleaning has now been implemented in all academic buildings.

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Wake Forest hosting two national foreign language groups

Mary Lynn Redmond

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Thursday, July 24 through Sunday, July 27, Wake Forest will host two national groups for their summer leadership meeting — the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages (NADSFL) and the National Council of State Supervisors of Foreign Languages (NCSSFL). Both are member groups of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, of which Professor of Education Mary Lynn Redmond is president.

Approximately 50 participants from all over the U.S. will be visiting campus.

Guests will arrive Thursday and attend a reception in the Magnolia Room where Provost Rogan Kersh and Associate Dean of Admissions Kevin Pittard will be present to welcome some of the top leaders and scholars in the field of foreign language education.

The PDC empowers Wake Foresters to learn, grow and have fun

john.champlin.620x350If you’ve taken classes through Wake Forest’s Professional Development Center (PDC), chances are you’ve met John Champlin, manager of recruitment and organizational development. John teaches classes, leads book discussions, and informs and entertains faculty and staff who are either working to earn CORE Certification or just interested in taking a few classes.

In this Q&A, John offers a personal, behind-the-scenes look at how the PDC works to empowers faculty and staff to take charge of their career development.

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Voicemail and computer maintenance announcement

Voicemail upgrade: On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, between 6 p.m. and midnight, Information Systems staff will perform an upgrade on the campus voicemail system. Voicemail will be unavailable during this time. No voicemail may be left or retrieved for campus phone extensions. Voicemail will NOT queue for later delivery. No existing voicemail messages will be lost.

Computer network maintenance: On Sat., July 26 and Sat., August 2, Information Systems computer network maintenance will take place. While the maintenance work is taking place, the computing network will be unavailable. Additionally, most computing services, such as Google Mail, WIN, Sakai, Banner, and Web pages will be unavailable.

The network maintenance will take place during the following times:

  • Sat., July 26: 4:30 p.m. until 2 a.m. on Sunday, July 27
  • Sat., August 2: 7 a.m. through 5 p.m.

Questions? Contact Wake Forest Information Systems at help@wfu.edu or 336-758-4357.

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Wake Forest Baptist Church announces senior pastor

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Reverend Ms. Lia Claire Scholl has been named Senior Pastor at Wake Forest Baptist Church.

Scholl most recently served as Pastor at the Gateway Community Church in Bali, Indonesia. She also served as Senior Pastor of the Richmond Mennonite Fellowship in Richmond, Va., the Minister for Congregational Development at Ravensworth Baptist Church in Annandale, Va., and the Minister of Education at Southside Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala.

Wake Forest Baptist Church was organized in 1956 when Wake Forest College moved from Wake Forest, N.C., to Winston-Salem and holds services in Wait Chapel on Sunday mornings. Church offices are located in Wingate Hall, which also houses the Wake Forest School of Divinity and the Department of Religion.