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Kim McGrath

CER raises the bar for Commencement 2015

Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 7.05.21 AMFor Wake Forest Communications and External Relations (CER), commencement planning begins early. All of CER — events, creative, digital, news and photography — begin laying the groundwork for graduation months in advance.

This year, University events, in addition to handling the distribution of 13,788 commencement tickets and managing a production schedule around campus renovation work, the team was responsible for overseeing a new commencement experience for graduates and their guests. Geni Greiner, who joined Wake Forest in February 2015, managed Commencement with her new team for the first time this year.

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Kentner Stadium Gray Line shuttle stop temporarily closed

Due to construction, the Gray Line shuttle stop located near Kentner Stadium will temporarily be closed. Beginning Thursday, May 21, the Gray Line shuttle will drop-off and pick-up in parking Lot P, which is located on the east side of Wait Chapel. Lot P will be utilized throughout the summer and additional information will be communicated when the location near Kentner re-opens.

The summer Gray Line schedule will remain as is and can be found here.

Attached is a map identifying the exact location of the temporary stop.

Here is a link to the parking map for reference to parking locations.

If you have any questions, please contact Alex Crist at 336-758-2558.

Reynolda Campus summer 2015 construction projects

Reynolda Campus faculty and staff should expect significant construction activity and related closures of parking lots and roads on campus this summer. A number of projects are already underway, and others are scheduled to begin shortly after Commencement on May 18.

Among the most substantial of these projects will be the start of construction on a new freshman residence hall, planned for the south side of campus next to Collins Residence Hall, on the current site of Parking Lot H. The Board of Trustees has approved funding for this new building, scheduled for completion in January 2017. This approximately 75,000 square foot, 225-bed facility will create new revenue for the University, as well as provide needed swing space for future residence hall renovations. University officials are currently working on a plan to replace Lot H parking spaces in another area on campus.

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Memorial service for Grant Madison Backerman

A campus memorial service honoring the life of Grant Madison Backerman, will take place on Saturday, May 16 at 11 a.m. in the auditorium of the Porter Byrum Welcome Center.

A Wake Forest senior, Grant passed away unexpectedly at his off-campus residence on May 2.

For those grieving at Wake Forest, the University offers assistance to all.  The Counseling Center may be reached at 758-5273. The Chaplain’s Office may be reached at 758-5210. For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 716-5493.  Please do not hesitate to seek support.

Benefits enrollment ends today

Today is the final day to enroll for benefits or elect a Flexible Spending Account for the next plan year. If you have not already enrolled, please take a few minutes to do so. You will need to enroll if you are:

  • Planning to participate in a Flexible Spending Account (you must actively enroll each year if you intend to continue your participation),
  • Making a change to your benefit elections,
  • Adding or removing a dependent(s), and/or
  • Covering an eligible spouse or same-sex domestic partner on the Medical plan.

Contact the Benefits team at benefits@nullwfu.edu or 336.758.6404 with questions.

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The enrollment deadline is Friday, May 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Curious about campus events? Questions about the University?

campus.connection.4.30.2015Join Provost Rogan Kersh and Executive Vice President Hof Milam for Campus Connections, an opportunity for staff and faculty to learn about, discuss and provide input about issues at Wake Forest University. Campus Connections is a chance to gain a greater understanding of campus issues and university changes, while interacting with colleagues. A light breakfast  will be provided.

The event will take place Thursday, April 30 in Benson 401 from 8:45 to 10 a.m.

Wake Forest to host 5K Walk/Run for Sexual Assault Awareness

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Wake Forest is hosting a charity 5K Walk/Run for Sexual Assault Awareness on Sunday, April 26, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Proceeds from the $15 fee will benefit Family Services Inc. Register on Davis Field. The event is sponsored by Wake Forest’s Title IX Office, Army ROTC, the Safe Office and the Women’s Center.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month.

Campus benefit information and enrollment sessions

Campus Information and Enrollment Sessions provide opportunities to enroll for benefits at several convenient locations. Today’s April 23 event will be held at the University Corporate Center, Room 1009, from noon to 1 p.m. Upcoming sessions are scheduled at the Benson University Center, Z. Smith Reynolds Library and Farrell Hall, as well as for Reynolda House and Graylyn staff.

If you are unable to attend a face-to-face presentation, you may view an on-demand session and enroll anywhere with Internet access between now and Friday, May 1.

2015-16 Wake Forest Fellows named

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By Madeline Stone, News and Communications Intern

Ten seniors will remain at Wake Forest following graduation as Wake Forest Fellows, working in the President’s Office, Information Systems, University Advancement and in other offices around campus.

Since 2008, the Wake Forest Fellows program has provided exceptional graduates with a chance to work in higher education administration for a year. Each fellow will serve as a full-time University employee for a year. In addition to working with top administrators in a particular department, the fellows will participate in leadership activities and interact with faculty, staff and students to learn about the inner workings of higher education.

“I am excited about welcoming aboard this class of new Fellows,” said Marybeth Wallace, special assistant to the President. “They are a tremendously talented group and they’ve been involved in every aspect of the life of Wake Forest and making it a better place. My hope for them is that they continue to learn all they can as Fellows and that they grow personally and professionally.”

The Wake Forest Fellows for 2015-16 are:

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Faculty, staff and students invited to paint on Davis Field

unnamedWake Forest seniors Jordyn Albritton and Ariel Hawley will be laying down tarps on Davis Field and providing a variety of canvases, acrylic paints and brushes for students, faculty and staff to use to make artwork as part of “Campus Canvas.” The event will be held Thursday, April 23, from noon to 4 p.m. on Davis Field

“Campus Canvas” will provide space for members of the Wake Forest community to take a break during the school and work week for relaxation and community building.

“Jordyn and I both enjoy painting as a hobby but we lacked the time or place to engage in this type of artistic activity,” said Hawley. “We hope this event will provide a fun, creative outlet for Wake Foresters, regardless of ability.”

Campus Canvas is sponsored by Wake Forest’s ‘Thrive’ program — a campus-wide, comprehensive approach to wellbeing featuring eight branches including emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social and spiritual. This month, Wake Forest is focusing on emotional wellbeing on campus.