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Wake Forest news for faculty and staff

Kim McGrath

Important message to campus from Vice President Rue and Assistant Provost Oakes

ironwork.200x250A message from Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue and Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion Barbee Oakes

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

The Office of Campus Life and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion are excited to begin the 2014-2015 academic year at Wake Forest. As students, faculty, and staff prepare for the fall semester, each of us must unconditionally renew our commitment to creating an inclusive environment for every member of our community.

This pledge is critically important as Wake Forest continues to build a diverse and global campus. Consider that:

  • Diversity in the undergraduate population has increased by 32 percent since 2008.
  • Twenty four percent of the class of 2013 came from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.
  • Ten percent of our incoming 2014 undergraduate class are international students representing 28 countries.
  • Our student body is now more diverse than ever; racially, ethnically, culturally, religiously, socio-economically and more.

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Seven smart reasons to use the University Calendar

screen568x568With the new academic year underway, departments and organizations are lining up events for the fall and spring semesters. Here are seven smart reasons to make sure your event is on the University Calendar.

1. The calendar is mobile: With the new WFU Events App, available through iTunes, users can search, sort and filter events by date, audience or event type and add events to their calendars.

2. Social sharing: The calendar has social media features. Make a Facebook events page and link it to your calendar listing.

3. Less confusion: Has the time or location changed for your event or has it been cancelled due to weather? When you submit an event, you can make changes as needed. Those who “Add an event” to their personal calendar will automatically receive notification when details change.

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Online space scheduling software tagged ‘DeaconSpace’

The University launched Virtual Event Management Software (VEMS) as our new campus wide space scheduling software application on July 31.

This new online tool will be called DeaconSpace (https://rooms.wfu.edu) and is available to all campus constituents to expedite the space reservation process. The link to a majority of University meeting and event locations allows you to view and request available spaces across campus and to be notified of space approval at the click of a button.

Your University login and password will provide access (similar to your WIN access) and links to DeaconSpace can be found on InfoCentral in WIN and other locations across the Wake Forest website.

The reservation request process will place you in direct contact with the specific space managers across campus to handle details of your specific space needs. This process should eliminate the need for telephone questions and frustrations when searching for the right space for your event or meeting.

The PDC will be providing training classes and online tutorials have been developed to help you understand this new tool.

Welcome to a new semester

WFU.band.300x175A message to students, faculty and staff from President Nathan Hatch.

Welcome to a new semester at Wake Forest. Whether you are embarking on your first experience on campus or you’re a familiar face on these grounds, we all approach this beginning with anticipation and uncovered potential. Together, we have the capacity to pursue new intellectual discoveries, create extraordinary relationships and seek to live as a community that cherishes innovation, virtue and civility.

This summer, I have been struck anew at the baffling complexity of our world. One book that I read underscored this reality: My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel by Ari Shavit. A distinguished Israeli journalist, Shavit has lived a most interesting life, serving dutifully in the Israeli military and later as a peace activist.

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Develop your personal spiritual wellbeing through mindfulness

tim.auman.300x175A guest post by Chaplain Tim Auman

If there is a secret to spiritual wellbeing, it is this: when we are present, when our attention is fully in the moment, our lives are deepened and transformed.

The idea of developing mindfulness in the midst of our crazy, chaotic world, might be perceived as dubious. Think about the number of distractions that characterize most of our lives. We have emails to read, texts to send, pictures to post on Facebook. It seems that every academic year leads to an exponential increase in the distractions that occupy our minds, and absorb our attention, energy and exuberance for life.

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Tribble’s return to WFU brings Pro Humanitate focus to alumni engagement

mary.tribble.150x225Facilitating meaningful connections for alumni has always been a hallmark of Wake Forest.

Today, with eyes focused on the future and feet rooted in tradition, the University is blazing a new trail in creating and nurturing long-lasting and transformative relationships with our nearly 65,000 alumni, particularly as it relates to our motto, Pro Humanitate.

Mary Tribble (’82) has joined the University Advancement team as Senior Advisor for Engagement Strategies to lead Wake Forest in these significant efforts. We are thrilled to welcome Mary back to her alma mater after a remarkable career as a nationally recognized, award-winning special event planner and a sought-after communications consultant.

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The Arnett and Buckley ‘Top 10 Ways to Get Social at WFU’

rolling.the.quad.300x175A guest post by Kathy Arnett, director of the Student Union and James Buckley, director of the Benson University Center

Social wellbeing is the result of our positive and regular interactions with others in a variety of settings. Studies have shown that development and sustenance of our relationships is vital to happiness.

Contrary to pop-culture-fueled perceptions, social interaction isn’t just for kids anymore. In fact, the older you are, the more you need it.

Below is the Arnett and Buckley “Top 10 Ways to Get Social at WFU” where faculty and staff can enjoy some time with each other and with students. Think about your top 10 and get busy being social.

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Richwine to establish Washington, D.C., Office

richwine.175x275Over the last 15 years, Jennifer Richwine (’93) has been responsible for every major event on the Reynolda Campus – from annual favorites such as Convocation and Commencement, to once-in-a-lifetime experiences such as the recent Wake Will campaign launch and Dr.Maya Angelou’s memorial service.

This fall, she’s taking her omnipresent clipboard to the nation’s capital, where she will take on the responsibility of establishing an office for Wake Forest University in Washington, D.C.

Effective Sept. 1, as the Executive Director of the Washington Office, Richwine will serve as the central point of contact for Wake Forest in D.C. and provide strategic planning, direction, and execution of programs and connections between D.C. area alumni, parents, students and the University as a whole. She will help raise the University’s profile in this increasingly alumni-populated city by identifying and cultivating relationships inside and outside the Wake Forest family in the metro area.

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Free tickets to the Winston-Salem Open qualifying session

The Winston-Salem Open is offering Wake Forest faculty and staff free tickets to the Aug. 16 qualifying session. Show your ID at the Box Office and receive two free tickets or help fight hunger and enjoy Winston-Salem Open tennis by participating in Fill the Food Bank, presented by Lowes Foods. Bring three canned food items with you to donate and receive free admission to the qualifying session. Donations benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina.

Wake Forest faculty and staff can use the code WFU14 and receive 20% off on all reserved seats until August 15, 2014.

For more information on the tournament visit www.winstonsalemopen.com.

Break out of your rut, try something new

Fitness4A guest post by Director of Campus Recreation Max Floyd

Being born and raised in Alaska, our family used to have to travel a long way to visit relatives. Every other summer we would drive the Alaska Canadian highway, the AlCan, to see friends and family in Oregon and even Mississippi. At the start of the AlCan, when it used to be all gravel, there used to be a sign we would read before setting off. It said something like this, “Choose your ruts, for you are going to be in one for the next 2,000 miles.”

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