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School of Law to offer online certificate in ‘Workplace Legal Fundamentals’

This is a guest post from the School of Law:

Wake Forest Law will offer an online certificate in “Workplace Legal Fundamentals” beginning in January 2017 as part of its Master of Studies in Law degree program. Employees of Wake Forest University as well as Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center receive a 20 percent discount on the certificate that can be completed in just two semesters.

The fully online, part-time Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree and certificate programs are specially designed for professionals who need to navigate the law to better manage risk in the workplace. While the degree program includes specialized courses in Human Resources and Health Law & Policy, all students benefit from a core curriculum taught by Wake Forest Law faculty. Applications are being accepted for January 2017 starts in either the MSL degree or certificate program.

“The new certificate allows professionals in a wider range of industries to benefit from the market-driven curriculum, helping them become even more valuable assets and reduce overall risk in the workplace, while earning a valuable credential,” says MSL Director Ellen Murphy (JD ’02), assistant dean of instructional design.

The core courses explore the relationship of contract, property and tort law in private business and the economy, the legal systems governing business relationships, as well as regulatory law and the roles of different law enforcers. Developed with input from industry leaders, all courses are specially designed for and taught only to these professional students, focusing on real-world issues that are immediately applicable, and add value, in the workplace.

Current MSL degree student Sean E. Rogers of Ithaca, New York, says he couldn’t be happier that he decided to pursue this program. “I’m very impressed with how well everything is organized, and with the rigor and richness of the content. The professors and staff have been super responsive and available. What you and Wake (Forest) Law have created is very impressive.”

The MSL is a partner degree for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina’s Blue University. The degree, which can be completed in less than two years, combines the flexibility and accessibility of online learning with the rigor and academic excellence of Wake Forest Law.

For more information or to apply for the January 2017 degree and certificate program start, visit http://msl.law.wfu.edu/.

Wake Forest partnering with red24 for traveler safety

switzerland-300x175In partnership with risk management provider, red24, Wake Forest University (WFU) has initiated TravelTracker, Safety Confirmation Service (SCS), and GlobalAssist for all international travelers. These new services provide pre-departure details, such as health and safety information, political conditions and security issues. They also ensure that if a significant safety or security incident happens in your area of travel, the University can confirm your wellbeing.

Wake Forest requires all individuals traveling internationally on Wake Forest funds to submit a set of forms and information to the Center for Global Programs and Studies (GPS) Studies at least one month before individual travel begins. This includes individuals traveling to international conferences, international research trips, international trips funded through grants, etc., who study or work on Reynolda Campus.

When travel is registered with the University, the details and itinerary will be uploaded to the TravelTracker system managed by Wake Forest and red24.

How TravelTracker works

The TravelTracker system will automatically email you a link to red24’s safety and security ratings and information on the country to which you are traveling. Travelers will also be signed up to receive email alerts for the country of travel. The alerts cover notable safety, security and travel issues. Travelers are signed up from three days before departure until one day after return.

Safety confirmation process

  • If a significant safety or security incident occurs in or near your area of travel, you will be required to confirm your safety. You will receive an email notification of the issue by an alert, followed by an SMS and email requesting you to confirm your safety.
  • You will need to confirm your safety as soon as you receive the safety confirmation request. This can be done either by clicking on the link provided in the safety confirmation email or phoning red24.If safety is not confirmed, a Crisis Support specialist from red24 will attempt to make contact. If contact cannot be made, Wake Forest Security Managers will be alerted. An appropriate course of action will then be considered depending on the nature of the situation. If required, a security response will be initiated.

GlobalAssist

  • GlobalAssist is a mobile application that includes an SOS button that can be used globally in an emergency. The app is paired with a control dashboard which is monitored by crisis support personnel.
  • Once travel is registered with Wake Forest, travelers will receive a separate email with instructions on how to download and set up the app.

As TravelTracker is a duty of care to ensure employee and student wellbeing, travelers cannot be unsubscribed. Traveler email addresses and mobile numbers are captured when you register your travel with the University. It is therefore important that your updated details are always provided.

For questions or for more information contact David F. Taylor, director of Global Abroad Programs, in the Center for Global Programs and Studies at taylordf@nullwfu.edu.

Faculty publications: October 2016 updates

Burg, Jennifer, Jason Romney, & Eric Schwartz. (Computer Science). Digital Sound & Music: Concepts, Applications, and Science. Franklin, Beedle & Associates. October 2016.

Escott, Paul David. (History). Paying Freedom’s Price: A History of African Americans in the Civil War (The African American History Series). Rowman & Littlefield. October 2016.

Goldschmidt, Tyron, & Scott Stapleford. (Philosophy). Berkeley’s Principles: Expanded and Explained. Routledge. September 2016.

Harlan, Susan. (English). Memories of War in Early Modern England: Armor and Militant Nostalgia in Marlowe, Sidney, and Shakespeare. Palgrave Macmillan. September 2016.

Mitra, Ananda. (Communication). India on the Western Screen: Imaging a Country in Film, TV, and Digital Media. Sage. October 2016.

Salam, Akbar. (Chemistry). Non-Relativistic QED Theory of the van der Waals Dispersion Interaction (SpringerBriefs in Molecular Science). Springer. October 2016.

Yang, Sunggu. (Divinity). Evangelical Pilgrims from the East: Faith Fundamentals of Korean American Protestant Diasporas (Asian Christianity in the Diaspora series). Palgrave Macmillan. October 2016.

Wake Forest’s weight management program offered in January

This is a guest post from the Health and Exercise Science Department:

weight-management-imageUnlike the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC) program, also being offered in January, our six-month weight management program will go beyond healthy lifestyle modification, with a laser focus on weight loss. This program will offer a combination of weight loss strategies and techniques to help individuals reach their goals.

Applications are now being accepted for participation in our group starting in January. Initial assessments and testing will began in December and will be performed prior to the start of our first weekly session. Weekly group sessions will be held here on campus in Worrell Professional Center, Room 1162 on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. starting on Thursday, Jan. 26.

Here are few highlights of the weight management program:

–Six months of weekly group sessions
–Geared specifically for weight loss
–Initial & six-month assessments
–Initial & six-month DEXA total body composition scans
–Formal assessment and follow-up with a dietitian
–Weekly food diary evaluations and feedback
–Physical activity tracking & exercise guidance
–Specific quality nutrient guidelines
–Behavior modification & mindfulness

This program is designed for participants who meet the following criteria:

–Individuals with weight loss needs (BMI >25)
–Able to attend weekly sessions held on Thursdays at 11:30 am
–Able to commit to personal dietary and exercise changes
–Full-time, permanent WFU Employee

If you are interested in participating or have questions, please contact Andrea Cox at shuttar@nullwfu.edu or at 336-758-5853 for more information. Space is limited.

Proposals funded: Kugler, Nixon, O’Day, Plemmons

Congratulations to Sara Kugler, director of external partnerships & initiatives at the Anna Julia Cooper Center, whose proposal entitled “Collaborative Research: AGEP Transformation Alliance: Bridging the PhD to Postdoc to Faculty Transitions for Women of Color in STEM” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Congratulations to Pat Nixon, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Pre-natal Events, Post-natal Consequences II (Competitive Renewal)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Congratulations to Gail O’Day, dean and professor of the School of Divinity, whose proposal entitled “Financial Well-Being for Pastoral Leaders” has been funded by the Lilly Endowment.

Congratulations to Bob Plemmons, professor of mathematics and statistics, whose proposal entitled “Innovations in Statistical Image Analysis and Applications to 3D Imaging for Improved SSA” has been funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and by [subaward/subcontract from] University of New Mexico (WFU funding agency).

Wake Forest University named Employer of the Year

This is a guest post from Human Resources:

The Winston-Salem Mayor’s Council for Persons of Disabilities has named Wake Forest University the Employer of the Year for the second time. Wake Forest received this award in 2012 and is honored once again for improving employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.

“We need more partners like Wake Forest,” wrote Debbie Doub, who nominated the University. Doub works as a Job Coach for the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools Occupational Course of Study. She partners with Wake Forest and Graylyn through the WFU Satellite Program, helping students gain real-world experience in paid positions.

Doub states that the Wake Forest faculty and staff are “compassionate and dedicated to [ensuring] that these young adults have a successful experience while working under their supervision.” Additionally, she cited the Satellite Program’s high graduation and employment rates.

The Winston-Salem Mayor’s Council for Persons of Disabilities also honored Marc Jones, Manager of Custodial Services, with the “Helping Hands” award. Doub wrote the following about Jones in the nomination: “It constantly amazes me to witness the care and true compassion Mr. Jones shares with his staff. If one person has made a difference in the lives of these young adults, it is Marc Jones.”

October was Disability Employment Awareness Month, which emphasizes the value of an inclusive workforce. Continue to celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities using #InclusionWorks across social media.

Secrest Artists Series presents Savion Glover

Savion_Glover3Tony Award-winning tap dancer and choreographer Savion Glover brings his unprecedented talents and creativity to Wake Forest on Nov. 10.  His performance will be presented by the Secrest Artist Series.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. in Wait Chapel.  The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Ticket information is available here.  The show is free to Wake Forest students, faculty, staff and retirees with their University ID.

Due to the popularity of this performance, the Secrest Artist Series encourages people to arrive early for the best seating selection.

A pre-performance talk will be led by Nina Lucas, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance and artistic director of the Wake Forest dance company.

For more information, call  336-758-5757.

Dean Franco named director of Humanities Institute

dean.franco.300x175Professor of English Dean J. Franco has been named director of the Wake Forest University Humanities Institute beginning January 2017. The Institute, which was established in 2010, supports humanities scholarship which draws on disciplines like philosophy, literature, religion, history, and other fields to interpret the human experience, understand our world, and engage the issues of our time.

In the past six years, nearly 200 College faculty from 35 departments and programs across the humanities, natural and social sciences, and the arts, and 30 faculty from law, medicine, divinity and business, have collaborated with the Institute — helping bring together top scholars and leaders to produce new scholarship, inspire new directions in teaching, and demonstrate how the humanities can inform and impact important issues of our time, such as:

  • Envisioning a community that protects the world’s citizens from the effects of climate change — especially the poorest countries and communities.
  • Addressing the challenges of mass incarceration and the criminal justice system.
  • Recognizing the importance of humanities training for the future of medicine and exploring holistic healing through storytelling and narrative medicine.

Franco along with Mary Foskett, Wake Forest Kahle Professor of Religious Studies; Sally Barbour, professor of Romance Languages; and David Phillips, associate professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities — laid the groundwork and secured the funding that made the Institute possible.

“Having played a leading role in the Humanities Institute since its inception, Dean is perfectly poised to become the Institute’s next director,” said Foskett, the Humanities Institute founding director. “He will not only carry on its mission, which he helped craft, he will infuse the Institute with his unique combination of brilliance, creativity, vision, and energy. I can’t wait to see what the Humanities Institute will do with Dean leading it forward.”

The Institute has also supported transformational programming in the College such as the Interdisciplinary Humanities Pathway to Medicine Program, which offers guaranteed admission to Wake Forest School of Medicine for up to five undergraduates majoring in the humanities or fine arts, and new interdisciplinary initiatives like a growing digital humanities community at Wake Forest.

Wake Forest was recently awarded a $650,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of engaged humanities – teaching, learning, mentoring and real-world problem solving that moves beyond the classroom. With support from this grant, the Humanities Institute will offer new programming in narrative medicine and will collaborate with Reynolda House Museum of American Art to host new scholarly conferences.

“I am excited about working with Reynolda House to implement the Mellon Grant funded Reynolda Conferences in 2018 and 2019,” Franco said. “This is a dream scenario — the opportunity to assemble scholars working on the same sets of questions for extended, deep learning.”

Franco joined Wake Forest 2001. He directs the Jewish Studies minor, has recently served as associate chair of the English department, and was the Scott Family Faculty Fellow from 2012-2014. He researches and publishes on race and literature.

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Human Resources announces new long term care benefit

This is a guest post from Human Resources:

Wake Forest is offering a new Genworth long term care benefit for services you or your family receive at home, in the community, or in a nursing facility. Active full-time benefits-eligible faculty and staff may enroll today through November 18, 2016, and will receive more information at their home address. Additionally, Genworth representatives will host information sessions across campus, October 31 – November 2.

When you click to enroll, you will need to enter the following:

  • Group ID: wake
  • Access Code: groupltc

The benefit will be effective January 1, 2017, and will not affect the University’s current coverage or premiums.

WISE 2017: Registration now open

This is a guest post from the WISE Conference:

Nine years ago a small cohort of Wake Forest faculty participated in a small workshop designed for developing intercultural skills and awareness. The Workshop on Intercultural Skills Enhancement, now known as the WISE Conference, has grown into a comprehensive forum hosting more than 270 domestic and international participants. The upcoming event — scheduled for February 8-10, 2017 at the Downtown Winston-Salem Marriott — will feature pre-conference workshops and sessions relevant in preparing educators to help students embrace their study abroad experiences on a deeper level – whether that be outside the U.S. or on the Wake Forest campus.

The main WISE Conference (February 9-10) will feature a plenary and more than 30 sessions covering a wide range of subjects applicable to out-bound and in-bound study abroad. Wake Forest University faculty and staff can attend at no charge, however registration is required.

Pre-Conference workshops are offered on February 8 and require a registration fee. Workshops are facilitated by well-known intercultural faculty/trainers: Steve Folmar, Wake Forest associate professor of anthropology; Tara Harvey; Mick Vande Berg; Adriana Medina-López-Portillo. These seasoned professionals will guide day-long or half-day workshops of a highly experiential nature, providing participants with in-depth perspectives on various intercultural topics.

Visit the Center for Global Programs & Studies’ website for registration and session details at http://global.wfu.edu/wise/