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Staff Advisory Council to meet Sept. 8

This is a guest post from Staff Advisory Council President Sarah Wojcik-Gross and Vice President Jennifer Abbinett:

Friends,

We are excited to announce that the 2016-2017 Staff Advisory Council meetings have been scheduled, and will be starting with a bang on September 8, where we will welcome Sophia Bredice and Mike Greco, from the Information Systems Department.  They will speak on two huge initiatives currently being rolled out, WakeWare and Software@WFU.

It is our goal to build on the wonderful foundation that was already built for us and work to reinvigorate staff surrounding our purpose and initiatives.  One noted change is the date and time that we will be meeting each month.  The 2016-2017 SAC meetings will be held the second Thursday of every month from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Our hope is that we are able to bring speakers to our meetings that you want to hear from, and to learn more about the exciting events and initiatives happening at Wake Forest. We look forward to a wonderful year and hope that you will join us!

As always, non-SAC members are welcome to attend the meetings.
Please do not hesitate to contact us (sac@nullwfu.edu) with your concerns and ideas.  We want to hear from you!

Parking, traffic information for Aug. 26 freshman move-in

Wake Forest hosts move-in day for first year students at the south campus residence halls on Friday, August 21, 2015. Julia Reed ('19), from Tampa, moves into Bostwick.

Freshman move-in, 2015.

This information was emailed on behalf of Residence Life and Housing to faculty and staff on Aug. 19:

Wake Forest will welcome a new freshman class on Friday, Aug. 26, when new student move-in begins at 8 a.m. For faculty and staff scheduled to be on campus that busy morning, the University has recommendations for where to enter campus and park.

On Aug. 26, the University asks that faculty and staff enter campus through the Polo Road entrance. New students and their families will be encouraged to enter campus via the University Parkway and Reynolda Road entrances.

Traffic is expected throughout the day and will begin around 7 a.m. as families arrive for move-in. Due to the increased traffic, faculty and staff seeking to park on campus are encouraged to arrive on campus early. The Hearn Plaza lots will be available for faculty and staff parking. However, the University asks that faculty and staff avoid parking on South Campus (Lots E, F, G and J) and in Lots Q and W1/W2 to allow parking for our new students and their families.

Faculty and staff may park in the lots on either side of Long Drive, near Winston-Salem First Church and Polo Road.  A shuttle bus will provide transportation to and from those lots and campus from 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

The University will continue to run the Gray Line shuttle that will be operating on an on-call demand service on Aug. 26.

Additionally, the University will welcome back returning students on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27 and 28. Faculty and staff will not be able to park in Hearn Plaza lots (Lots A, B, C, M, N, P) as those will be entirely reserved for move-in.  Faculty and staff are also asked to avoid Lots Q, R and Z to allow our returning students a smooth move-in.

To aid with traffic management, the University asks that departments instruct vendors to assist by not delivering to campus until after noon on Aug. 26; vendors are asked to park only in designated parking spaces and to utilize dumpsters for trash. Delivery vehicles larger than a box truck should not plan to enter campus on Aug. 26 due to limited parking and increased traffic. Deliveries taking place on Aug. 27 and 28 should expect slower travel due to limited parking and increased traffic as well.

VeriCite pilot continues for 2016-17

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This is a guest post from the Learning Management System Team:

The Information Technology Executive Committee  has approved an extended pilot of VeriCite for the 2016-2017 academic year. VeriCite is a cloud-based service that helps to verify the originality of student work. It also can help to facilitate proper citation techniques and paraphrasing skills when used as a tool to enhance instruction through student reflection.

The Sakai Learning Management System Team has received multiple requests from faculty for this type of service. We have decided to pilot VeriCite because it was designed to easily integrate into Sakai. If faculty choose to participate in this pilot, students submit their paper through the assignment tool within their Sakai course. VeriCite automatically generates an “originality report” to the student and faculty.

How to Participate in the VeriCite pilot: The pilot is open to any Wake Forest faculty teaching a course in the Sakai learning management system utilizing the assignment tool during the Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 semester. Please go to the following URL (http://pdc.wfu.edu/events/2541/) to register for the workshop Building a Student Culture of Academic Integrity: The Role of Anti-Plagiarism Software.

Workshops are scheduled for Aug. 24 and 25. To learn more about the pilot visit go.wfu.edu/vericite. If you have any questions regarding this pilot please email LMSTeam@nullwfu.edu.

Sakai workshops available to faculty

This is a guest post from the Learning Management System Team:

Wake Forest’s Learning Management System Team will be hosting a variety of Sakai related workshops to kick off the 2016-2017 academic year. This includes a general introduction to Sakai for faculty who are new to the system or would like a refresher.

A new offering,”Technology Confidence Camp: Sakai,” is a low-enrollment workshop and is suitable for those faculty who would like to build their technology confidence.

Sakai’s Lesson Builder, popular among faculty transitioning to a flipped classroom, is used to create structured units of learning containing multiple pages and subpages for arrangement and delivery of content organized by lesson. Additional tools within Lessons: polls, student-generated content with rubric grading and peer review, gradable comments, and embedded videos.

Please register for Sakai workshops on the PDC website (http://pdc.wfu.edu/?q=sakai).

Law professor organizes special event with Justice Ginsburg

This is a guest post from the School of Law:

Wake Forest Law’s Professor Richard Schneider and the Honorable U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sat on the judicial panel of a “Merchant of Venice” mock appeal hearing on July 27 in the Jewish Ghetto of Venice, Italy. The mock hearing, which was organized by Professor Schneider at Justice Ginsburg’s request, was part of a series of events hosted by Compagnia de’ Colombari and Ca ‘Foscari University of Venice in celebration of the intersection of the 500th anniversary of the formation of the Jewish Ghetto in Venice and the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Other events include symposia, lectures by Shakespeare scholars Stephen Greensblatt of Harvard University and James Shapiro of Columbia University, receptions and a six-performance production of “The Merchant of Venice,” marking the first time the play was performed in its historic, famous setting.

Students in Professor Schneider’s summer Law, Literature, and Culture course, which addressed “The Merchant of Venice” and other Italian literature, accompanied Professor Schneider to Venice and participated in several of the events. Students observed the oral arguments and attended a reception with the involved dignitaries, such as U.S. Ambassador to Italy John R. Philips, another member of the judicial panel, and Justice Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg also spent a day with the students and lectured on the high court and its work, as she has done twice before for Professor Schneider’s class in Venice.

Professor Schneider was featured in the New York Times article, “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Presides Over Shylock’s Appeal,” for his contributions to the “Merchant of Venice” project, as well as in Lisa Snedeker’s Huffington Post blog entry, “Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hears A Different Argument,” both on July 27.

President: In honor of faculty, staff retirees

This message was emailed to faculty and staff May 12 from President Hatch:

Dear Faculty and Staff,

As we prepare to celebrate Commencement and the achievements of the Class of 2016, we also pause to recognize and honor the outstanding careers of our retiring faculty and staff members.

Please join me in thanking this distinguished group of leaders, colleagues, mentors and friends and congratulating them on many years of service to Wake Forest:

Faculty

Umit Akinc, Professor, School of Business
Bern Beatty, Associate Professor, School of Business
Jonathan Christman, Associate Professor, Theatre and Dance
Yomi Durotoye, Associate Teaching Professor, Politics and International Affairs
Clay Hipp, Senior Lecturer, School of Business
Beth Hopkins, Director of Outreach, School of Law
Charles Lewis, Professor, Philosophy
Mary Martin Niepold, Associate Professor of the Practice, English
David Stroupe, Associate Professor of the Practice, Health and Exercise Science
Frank Tupper, Professor, School of Divinity
Byron Wells, Professor, Romance Languages

Staff

Donnie Adams, Manager, Facilities and Campus Services
Keith Allred, Assistant Director, Information Systems
Gary Alwine, Business Manager, Biology
Kathy Arfmann, Assistant Director, Finance Systems
Craig Bartholomew, Transportation Assistant, Graylyn
Garry Blankenship, Shuttle Driver, Parking and Transportation
Sandra Boyette, Senior Advisor to the President, President’s Office
Michael Caporaletti, Parking Enforcement Officer, Parking and Transportation
Julie Edelson, Editor, Researcher, Research and Sponsored Programs
Larry Etchison, Service Technician, Facilities and Campus Services
Jim Gardner, Service Technician, Facilities and Campus Services
Betsy Gatewood, Associate Director of CERE, Innovation and Creativity
Bill Giroux, Maintenance Technician, Graylyn
Reba Greene, Mail Service Clerk, Mail Services
John Henderson, Director, Information Systems,
Margaret Kittrell, Nurse, Student Health Service
Nancy Moore, Executive Assistant, President’s Office
Preston Oldham, Police Lieutenant, University Police
Nancy Respess, Assistant to Associate Deans, College Summer Administration
Joanne Ritter, Administrative Coordinator, University Advancement
Rick Rumley, Police Sergeant, University Police
Bruce Sanspree, Special Projects Coordinator, University Police
Debbie Walker, Conference Coordinator, School of Law
Keith Wise, Superintendent, Facilities and Campus Services

To our 2015-2016 retiring faculty and staff, thank you for sharing your gifts and talents with us for so many years. Your countless contributions will have a lasting impact on our campus, and you will forever be a part of our Wake Forest family.

Sincerely,

Nathan O. Hatch
President

Parking and traffic information for commencement

This message was emailed to faculty and staff May 10 on behalf of Executive Vice President Hof Milam:

Dear Reynolda Campus Faculty and Staff:

Commencement is the highlight of our academic year.  It is a wonderful time for the campus community to come together and celebrate with graduating students and their families.  This year’s commencement ceremony will be held Monday, May 16, on Hearn Plaza, beginning at 9 a.m.

It is always important for us to be gracious hosts to our visitors and make sure their access to campus is as easy as possible.  To make this the best commencement experience possible for our graduates and guests, please observe the following guidelines:

–Faculty and staff should not attempt to park on campus prior to 1 p.m. on the day of commencement. Passes, which have been issued to graduates and their families, will be required for all cars entering campus

–Faculty and staff who need parking should park at Bridger Field House and ride the shuttle to campus. Enter the stadium parking lot through the Reynolds Boulevard entrance and follow the signs to the parking area and the shuttle pickup point. Shuttles will run continuously throughout the day from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. A Wake Forest ID will be needed to access the shuttle.

–Faculty and staff may park on campus after 1 p.m.

–Reynolda Campus staff who do not have a direct commencement responsibility need not report for work until 9:30 a.m. on Monday, unless otherwise required by their department.

Please have your Wake Forest I.D. with you at all times on campus during commencement.

In case of rain, the commencement ceremony will be held at Joel Coliseum, beginning at 9:30 a.m.  Parking on campus will not be affected if the ceremony is held at the coliseum.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Sincerely,

Hof Milam, Executive Vice President

It’s time to focus on annual benefits enrollment

This is a guest post from Human Resources:

Nearly 500 colleagues have completed Annual Benefits Enrollment. If you have not already done so, please join them by May 6. You will need to enroll if you are an eligible* faculty or staff member who is:

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

If you are adding a spouse and/or dependent child(ren) to the medical, dental, and/or vision plan(s), and you have not provided dependent verification documentation, you will need to submit a copy to Human Resources by May 6.

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

*Includes individuals eligible for medical coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

Champions of Change honored at Sustainability Awards event

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Sustainability awards are announced at event on campus

This is a guest post from the Office of Sustainability:

Champions of Change Honored at Campus Sustainability Awards

The Wake Forest Campus Sustainability Awards presentation was held on Earth Day, April 22, in the Green Room of Reynolda Hall. A combination of students, faculty, and staff who have demonstrated or initiated successful sustainable practices on campus were recognized as Champions of Change.

Wake Forest University Provost Rogan Kersh and Executive Vice President Hof Milam recognized the following award recipients in four categories: Teaching, Research and Engagement; Resource Conservation; Service and Social Action; and Bright Ideas. Continue reading »

Student Health Service making temporary move

This is a guest post from the Student Health Service:

After 16 years, the George C. Mackie Student Health Clinic is getting a major upgrade.

The crepe myrtles are in bloom outside of the student health building on the campus of Wake Forest University.

As part of the Reynolds Gymnasium renovation project, the Student Health Service will be temporarily relocated while their new clinic is being built.  The new clinic should be open in fall 2017.

Student Health will close its existing clinic doors on Thursday, May 5.  On Tuesday, May 24, Student Health will operate out of a modular clinic on North campus, Lot Q, near Dogwood Residence Hall.  This modular clinic was custom designed and built to allow Student Health to continue to offer the services that our Wake Forest Student need.  Student Health will be open in time for both summer sessions and operate on their normal summer schedule seeing patients from 8:30 – noon and 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday.  Appointments can continued to be made online, through the patient portal, accessible via the student health website shs.wfu.edu.

Typically, summer volume at Student Health is much lower than during the academic year.  This will afford the clinic a couple of months to fine tune policies, protocols and procedures to ensure efficiency in the fall.

In the fall, clinic, pharmacy, lab, psychiatric and case management resources will not be impacted.  Student Health will have clinic hours during the weekdays and a nurse will be on site (with a physician on call) after hours and on weekends.  Telephone numbers for the clinic will not change.  We invite all students, faculty and staff to come see our temporary space and say hello anytime this summer.  If you have any questions please contact Darren Aaron, Associate Director, SHS ataarondo@nullwfu.edu.