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Kim McGrath

Mur Muchane named Assoc. VP for Information Technology & CIO

Mur.Muchane.300x175Wake Forest has named Mur Muchane Associate Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO). He will assume his duties in January.

Muchane, who currently serves as CIO and Executive Director of Information Technology (IT) Services at Davidson College in Davidson, N.C., is known for his creative leadership in exploring opportunities for managing campus needs through advances in technology.

In addition to improving transparency, service levels and responsiveness in IT Services, Muchane re-shaped the IT landscape at Davidson and expanded the sense of what to expect from this field. He led the effort to upgrade the campus to a fiber optic network, providing the capacity and performance necessary to meet Davidson’s rapidly growing needs of voice, video, data, high-end research and collaboration. He also helped forge Davidson’s partnership with edX — joining universities such as Harvard, University of Chicago, MIT and Georgetown — to produce a series of online courses and high school Advanced Placement online modules.

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Message about WFU preparedness regarding Ebola

At a time when Ebola is a subject of considerable international attention, Wake Forest officials have learned that the risk of the disease’s transmission to the campus community is low. Still, the University is taking all appropriate actions to support the safety and wellbeing of students, staff and faculty.

University officials monitor the Ebola situation regularly and with great care. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a statement titled, “Advice for College, Universities and Students about Ebola in West Africa,” and updates it as needed. The University is following all recommendations issued by the CDC and will continue to do so.

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LGBTQ community forum scheduled for Oct. 30

The President’s Commission on LGBTQ Affairs has organized a community forum to be held Oct. 30 from 4-6 p.m. in Annenberg Forum, Carswell Hall.

The entire Wake Forest community is invited to attend and share their experiences as LGBTQ people or allies. An informal reception will follow the forum and provide an opportunity for the community to speak with members of the Commission and one another.

The Commission, which follows the 2011 establishment of Wake Forest’s LGBTQ Center and ongoing Safe Zone Training, is made up of faculty, staff and students who have been 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.

Project pumpkin

pumpkins.300x175Kick-off your Halloween festivities at the 26th annual Project Pumpkin on Wednesday, Oct. 29 from 3-6 p.m.

Project Pumpkin, an annual service event for children from the Winston-Salem community, is put on by Wake Forest students, faculty and staff who offer a fun and safe trick-or-treating experience. This year’s festival will have a “Space Jam” theme based on the 1990s Looney Tunes movie featuring basketball great Michael Jordan.

The children of faculty and staff are welcome to attend the festival and see the spirit of Pro Humanitate in action. In addition to student-run carnival games, many departments will have a booth with a fun game or activity for your child to enjoy. The festival will be crowded, so please make sure that your child is supervised at all times.

Want to learn more? Please visit the Project Pumpkin website or contact Victoria Lawton, student publicity chair.

Redefining the Wake Forest MBA

Farrell.Hall.300x175A message from Dean of the School of Business Charles Iacovou and President Nathan O. Hatch

This morning, the Wake Forest University School of Business announced it is refocusing how its MBA program is delivered based on the changing needs of the market. We determined that the best value for Wake Forest’s employer partners and students are programs that focus on professional development without interrupting careers. Current data shows that more students prefer flexibly delivered programs that allow them to continue working, enrolling at twice the rate as traditional daytime MBA programs.

In the past five years, Wake Forest has experienced double and triple-digit growth in its MBA programs for working professionals and its pre-experience graduate programs. To allow Wake Forest to focus on emerging opportunities and continue to expand its successful and flexible MBA, the School announced today that it will no longer offer incoming students admission to a traditional daytime MBA program.

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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.