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February 2015 staff milestones

See a list of staff milestones in February 2015.

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January 2015 comings

See a list of employees joining the University in January 2015.

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January 2015 goings

See a list of employees leaving the University in January 2015.

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Arts Council campaign update

A message from President Nathan Hatch to Wake Forest faculty and staff:

All of us at Wake Forest University benefit from being part of Winston-Salem, the “city of arts and innovation.” One major factor behind this area’s vibrancy – and a cause that we hope you’ll join in supporting – is the Arts Council of Winston-Salem.

Wake Forest University officially comes to faculty and staff twice a year for major fundraising campaigns outside of our own development efforts: one is for the United Way, and the other is for the Arts Council. We hope you will take a moment to consider supporting the 2015 Arts Council Campaign by clicking on this link to make your own tax-deductible contribution.

I am pleased that Erica Still, Associate Professor of English, has agreed to join me in leading our campus Arts Council campaign this year. In accepting my request to give leadership to this effort, Erica stated in a particularly compelling way why she supports the arts in our community:

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Fun times at the Feb. 26th Women’s Basketball vs. Miami

B9bYEasCMAI_UgcThursday, February 26 the women’s basketball team will host Miami at 7 p.m. at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. All WFU faculty and staff members and their families are invited free of charge when they show a Wake Forest University ID. There will be giveaways just for faculty and staff, in-game recognitions and performances by Wake Forest students.

For more information call Kathleen Hurley at 336-758-5011.

Visit Wake Forest Sports for more information about women’s basketball and follow @WakeWBB on Twitter.

Parking lot closures this week

The Office of Parking and Transportation shared the following parking closure information and provided parking recommendations/options for faculty and staff for Thursday and Friday, February 19 and 20.

Whenever parking lots are closed, the office recommends alternative modes of transportation such as carpooling, bicycles or mass transit to reduce the demand for parking during these times.

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Founders’ Day Convocation

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Each year, the Wake Forest family gathers for the Founders’ Day Convocation to observe the University’s founding in February of 1834. Wake Forest will hold Founders’ Day Convocation on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 4 p.m. in Wait Chapel.

The Medallion of Merit, the highest honor bestowed by the University, will be awarded at the event. Faculty awards in the areas of advising, teaching and service will also be presented. Three seniors will read their winning orations, and a senior video honoring the Class of 2015 will be screened.

The Office of the Provost will be hosting a reception following the Convocation in Scales Fine Arts Center, Lower Lobby.

Snow day resources available for optional remote classes

With potential snow days ahead, Information Systems has resources available to help faculty deliver content to students online, synchronously or asynchronously from home. All that is needed is a computer or mobile device and an internet connection. Faculty can deliver slides, videos, spreadsheets, images, or web pages and narrate using messaging, voice, or a webcam. Learners can participate by offering discussion and comments via messaging, voice, or webcam as well.

For more on how to run a dynamic, interactive, virtual class using VoiceThread, Show and Share, or WebEx, visit the faculty snow day resources page at go.wfu.edu/snowdaytech.

Montague recognized for auditing research

MontagueNAssistant Professor of Accounting Norma Montague has received the Best Paper Award from Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory (AJPT).

“I was delighted to learn of this award. Norma Montague epitomizes for me the Wake Forest Teacher-Scholar ideal,” said Jack Wilkerson, senior associate dean of accounting programs and professor of accountancy. “She balances excellent classroom instruction on the one hand with excellent scholarship, as evidenced by this award from the most prestigious auditing journal in the U.S.”

The paper is titled “The Audit of Fair Values and Other Estimates: The Effects of Underlying Environmental, Task and Auditor-Specific Factors” and was co-authored with Brian Batten (University of Kentucky), Lisa Gaynor (University of South Florida), Linda McDaniel (University of Kentucky) and Gregory Sierra (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.)

The Auditing Section of the American Accounting Association established this award to annual recognize a paper published in the AJPT that has had a significant influence on or the potential to significantly influence auditing research or practice. The award was given on January 16, 2015.

Montague’s research primarily focuses on auditing with a behavioral and decision making focus. She’s interested in how auditors makes decisions and judgments as professional standards and reporting requirements evolve.

Roman Isler to speak at SAC meeting Wednesday

20150107malika1172A Staff Advisory Council (SAC) meeting will be held on Wednesday, Feb.  11 at 9:30 a.m., in Benson 401.

Malika Roman Isler, director of wellbeing, will discuss, among other important topics, Thrive and the intersection of emotional, social, physical, financial, occupational, spiritual, intellectual and environmental dimensions of life.

Roman Isler and her wellbeing team aim to give students, faculty and staff the skills, knowledge and perspective to live healthier, balanced lives.