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Kim McGrath

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

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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.

Follow @WFUIS for news and information.

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.

Boehme named Reynolda Campus Interim CIO

boehme.200x275John Boehme, Wake Forest Baptist Health’s associate vice president for academic and administrative systems, has been named Reynolda Campus Interim CIO. Prior to assuming his current position, Boehme was the associate dean for academic computing for WFUHS and also served for two decades as a senior leader in WFU’s Department of Radiology, where he did groundbreaking research in medical imaging management systems.

Along with his leadership of the Medical Center’s computing and information systems team, Boehme has been a key member of the Reynolda Campus Information Technology Executive Council (ITEC).  He has also been a leader in seeking to bring high performance computing to the Triad, beginning with his work to help create the WinstonNet system and serving for years as its president. Boehme also represents Wake Forest University as Chair of the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina Advisory Committee that operates the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NC REN).

Boehme assumed his role July 1.

Wagstaff, ‘father of the economics department,’ dies

wagstaff.200x275By Kerry M. King (’85), Wake Forest Magazine
Photo by Lee Reunion

J. Van Wagstaff amassed a number of noteworthy accomplishments during his 28 years on the faculty, but his most rewarding achievement, he once said, was teaching more than 6,000 students.

Leave it to an economist to tally the number of students who took his classes on public finance and micro and macro principles of economics from 1964 to 1992. Wagstaff, who helped establish the economics department in the late 1960s, died on July 13. He was 84.

He is survived by his wife, Marge; three children, Victoria Howell (’79), Terry Williams (’81) and Joseph Wagstaff Jr. (’80); and eight grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Augsburg Lutheran Church in Winston-Salem; the family will receive friends following the service.

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Provost Kersh on Wake Will: $400 million milestone interwoven with faculty, staff accomplishments

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The recent announcement that Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest has surpassed the $400 million mark is a vital milestone along our path towards raising the $600 million that will support our University in many essential ways.

These funds are predominantly directed to strengthening and renewing our ability to carry out our core academic mission. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to read about the impact of the campaign on the Wake Will website. The most recent stories focus on our URECA Center for faculty-mentored undergraduate research, the cross-University approach to wellbeing, and a piece featuring eight generations of faculty members over two centuries, from Samuel Wait to Mary Dalton, who successively taught one another.

Since the launch of the Wake Will campaign last fall, we have regularly showcased ways in which the campaign relates to the vital work that faculty and staff do every day. Below I address some frequently asked questions about Wake Will from our faculty, staff, students, and alumni, further exploring how the funds raised support WFU’s commitment to academic excellence and our teacher-scholar ideal.

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Wake Will Campaign passes $400 million mark

400M_social.175x175A message from President Nathan Hatch

Dear Wake Forest Students, Faculty and Staff,

Thanks to the largest fundraising year in Wake Forest University’s 180-year history, Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest has raised more than $402 million of the $600 million Reynolda Campus goal through just its fourth year.

The University received a record $98.5 million in gifts and commitments between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014, following our public launch of the campaign last October.

Wake Will has had a wide-ranging impact on our campus, including more scholarships and increased financial aid; additional funding for faculty, academic and campus programs; and a number of new, planned and renovated facilities. You can read more about this tremendous milestone in a related WFU news story, in a Q&A with Provost Rogan Kersh on Inside WFU, and on the campaign website.

Unprecedented philanthropic support for Wake Forest – for everything from world-class faculty and undergraduate research, to financial aid and facilities enhancements – helps fulfill our commitment to create opportunity, educate the whole person and inspire excellence.

I would like to thank the entire campus community for your innovative spirit and compelling ideas that have inspired alumni, parents, corporations and foundations to invest in Wake Forest and be part of something special. They give because they believe in you, they believe in us, and they believe in our promise to prepare students to lead lives that matter.