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Women’s Center explores friendships, work/life balance & more

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Gallup’s State of the American Workplace: Employee Engagement Insights for U.S. Business Leaders report shows having a best friend at work offers social and collaborative opportunities that are integral to workplace engagement and wellbeing.

At noon, on Sept. 18 in the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies lounge and library in the basement of Tribble Hall, the Women’s Center’s “Working Women at Wake Brown Bag Lunch Series” will focus on workplace friendships.

Cynthia Gendrich, theatre professor and director of the Interdisciplinary Performance and the Liberal Arts Center (IPLACe), will lead a discussion on friendships based around the upcoming Mainstage production “These Shining Lives.” The play, which opens Sept. 19, intertwines the stories of four women, their friendships and their long-standing workplace relationships.

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Silman to speak at Tech Briefing

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Biology professor Miles Silman is one of 10 speakers to present at the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce Tech Briefing on Thursday, Sept. 18. The Tech Briefing will be held at the Benton Convention Center from 8 to 10 a.m.

Silman, whose work focuses on plant-climate relationships, will discuss the use of drones to research and model the environmental impact of climate change.

The Tech Briefing is an entertaining, informative and fast-moving event open to the public and appealing to a broad audience. Presenters from a diverse range of local companies and organizations, from new start-up ventures to long-established existing companies, speak for just five minutes about their innovative technologies, designs and products.

The Tech Briefing is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Click here to register.

Renewing our commitment to an engaged and inclusive community

A message from Vice President of Campus Life Penny Rue to the Wake Forest community.

In my first year at Wake Forest, many people — students, faculty and staff — took time to tell me what was special about Wake Forest, and for that I am grateful. It helped me begin to know this place in a deeply meaningful way. Others took the time to tell me what they think is wrong about Wake Forest, and for that I am even more grateful. Wake has a quest for excellence, and in that quest we must be fearless in our ability to look honestly and constructively at our community.

One of the most searing moments of my first year was a Town Hall meeting, organized by students last spring, to share concerns about bias and mistreatment from university police. Their stories were poignant and painful, and they underscored what I had already learned: that not all Deacs feel the same sense of inclusion. As one African American student had said to me, “Oh, we feel welcome, Wake is a welcoming place. We just don’t feel valued.” This must change.

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President Hatch establishes Commission on LGBTQ Affairs

ironwork.300x175In another demonstration of Wake Forest’s commitment to creating an inclusive environment for every member of our community, President Nathan Hatch has established the President’s Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, charged with evaluating the status of campus life, climate, and equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning members of the Wake Forest community.

The Commission follows the 2011 establishment of Wake Forest’s LGBTQ Center, and ongoing Safe Zone Training and is made up of faculty, staff and students convened by President Hatch and charged with evaluating the status of campus life, climate and equity for Wake Forest’s LGBTQ community.

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Invitation to ‘Thrive’ and win prizes with Instagram contest

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During the #WFUThrive event, there will be an Instagram contest. Up for grabs are eight nice prizes representing the eight elements of wellbeing as defined by WFU. Every 15 minutes, a picture will be posted of a prize hidden among the Thrive festivities on Manchester Plaza. This picture will be posted to Instagram and announced on Twitter with some detail about its location. Once a person finds the prize, we request they take a selfie with it and post it to Instagram tagged with #WFUThrive.

All students, faculty and staff are eligible to win.

Follow instagram.com/wfuniversity and @WakeForest1834

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Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Gaylord May dies

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By Kerry King (’85), Wake Forest Magazine

For decades, the May brothers — identical twins Gaylord and Graham — were synonymous with mathematics at Wake Forest.

J. Gaylord May, who retired in 2009 after teaching for 48 years, died on Aug. 30 in Columbia, S.C. He was 81. He was among the longest serving professors in Wake Forest history.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Mon., Sept. 8, at Centenary United Methodist Church in downtown Winston-Salem. The family will receive guests after the service. He is survived by two sons, Michael and Gordon; and four grandchildren.

The May brothers began teaching at Wake Forest in 1961. Their similar appearance often confused students. One way students could tell them apart: Gaylord May smoked a cigar or cigarettes; his brother smoked a pipe.

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‘Celebration of Life’ planned for Rev. Bob McGee

ThumbnailRev. Bob McGee, Episcopal campus minister at Wake Forest, died in Winston-Salem August 30. Rev. McGee, known to many on campus as Father Bob, served the University community for more than 30 years.

A celebration of the life of Rev. McGee will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, in Wait Chapel.

More information about the Sept. 6 service is available in an obituary published in the Winston-Salem Journal and on the Hayworth-Miller website.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff.  The Counseling Center may be reached at 758-5273, the Chaplain’s Office at 758-5210.  For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 716-5493.

Important parking information for Sept. 4-5

The University will temporarily close some parking areas to accommodate events planned for Sept. 5.  On that day, the University will kick off its comprehensive approach to wellbeing, called Thrive, and celebrate groundbreaking ceremonies for the Sutton Center at historic W. N. Reynolds Gymnasium and the McCreary Field House.

Parking lots to be affected include F, U and U2:

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WFU welcomes alumna Malika Roman Isler as Director of Wellbeing

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Malika Roman Isler relaxes with her family.

Malika Roman Isler (’99) has been named Wake Forest’s first Director of Wellbeing.

A doctoral level-trained health scientist, Roman Isler is currently a research administrator and faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She will begin her new role on Oct. 1 with more than 10 years of experience integrating research and programming, developing strategic plans that guide health and wellbeing initiatives, and defining assessment tools to ensure research and program effectiveness.

Roman Isler brings a strong working knowledge of wellbeing as the intersection of emotional, social, physical, financial, occupational, spiritual, intellectual and environmental dimensions of life. At Wake Forest, she will be responsible for coordinating and developing programming for the various aspects of the University’s transformative new approach to wellbeing called “Thrive.” Equal parts education and inspiration, the campus-wide effort – which will be kicked off on Friday, Sept. 5 – aims to give students, faculty and staff the skills, knowledge and perspective to live healthier, balanced lives.

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Does your research impact healthcare in NC? Grants available

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After a $3 million gift to support Wake Forest’s new campus-wide approach to health and wellbeing, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) is offering grants to Wake Forest for research supporting the development of creative solutions to health care challenges.

BCBSNC has generously provided funding for a multi-year faculty research grant program on the Reynolda Campus. The primary focus of this award is to support the development of high impact, externally funded creative research approaches to address current problems in modern health care in North Carolina. Preliminary or pilot data are not required to apply. These funds can be used to support new aims of already existing sponsored projects.

Please send the Letter of Intent as an attachment to Susan Edwards (edwardss@wfu.edu) by Sept. 19. Contact Associate Provost of Research, Bruce King at 336- 758-5774 (or Susan Edwards at 336-758-4189) for questions or additional information.

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