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How to protect against WannaCry and other ransomware

This is a guest post from Mur Muchane, associate vice president for information technology and chief information officer. The message was emailed to faculty, staff and students:

A malicious software program named “WannaCry” has recently made news through large-scale infections in more than 100 different countries. “WannaCry” is a type of malicious software known as ransomware. It is most often downloaded as an attachment as part of a phishing email scam, and then gains access to the computer and locks the system owner out of their files.

Here’s how you can protect yourself:

  • If your computer requests a reboot, please allow the reboot to happen. Microsoft continues to release security patches for affected versions of Windows – Information Systems will continue to push the patches to University owned computers as they become available.
  • Set up Google 2-Step Verification to protect your email, WIN, and other WFU accounts.
  • Ensure that your data is backed up.
  • Be aware of phishing emails that ask you to click on a link or open an attachment, especially when you do not know the sender. Be even more cautious when that link or attachment asks you for your password. If a website does ask for your credentials, feel free to contact the Information Systems Service Desk to determine if the request is valid.
  • Keep all of your personal devices such as iPads, laptops, and smartphones current on software updates.
  • Be aware that some mobile applications may be susceptible to hackers and marketers so be selective when downloading apps.

Specific details on how to implement these security measures can be found here.

If you have questions concerning this message or need assistance, please contact the Information Systems Service Desk at help@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-4357 (HELP).

A message from Board of Trustees Chair Donna Boswell

This message was emailed to faculty and staff on behalf of Board of Trustees Chair Donna Boswell on May 15:

Dear Wake Forest faculty and staff,

Earlier today, a crowd of nearly 13,000 gathered on Hearn Plaza to celebrate the achievements of nearly 2,000 graduates in Wake Forest University’s Class of 2017. If you haven’t already, I invite you to visit wfu.edu to see their smiling faces, read their inspiring stories and remember their many accomplishments.

In the broader context of higher education, today also bears significance as the IRS Form 990 tax filing deadline for colleges and universities across the country. Because these filings include executive compensation information for top administrators, they often attract media attention. We on the Board of Trustees, together with President Hatch, want to be as open and transparent as possible concerning this information.

The tax filing will show that in 2015, Dr. Hatch received a base salary of $839,944 and a performance bonus of $92,000. Dr. Hatch’s total compensation is benchmarked regularly by a third-party consultant reporting to an independent committee of the Board. Due largely to the vesting of a 10-year $2.89 million supplemental executive retirement plan (SERP) and other benefits such as housing and automobile, Dr. Hatch’s total compensation for 2015 was reported as approximately $4.23 million. Excluding the SERP-related amounts, Dr. Hatch’s compensation is comparable to the previous year.

A SERP is a form of deferred compensation commonly used in recruiting and retaining senior executives. In its most recent annual review of presidential salaries, The Chronicle of Higher Education explained the practice of providing competitive retirement benefits such as a SERP:

“Deferred-compensation plans are used commonly in higher education as a retention tool for top administrators. They work like this: A university sets aside money, tax-free, each year in a prescribed fund for the college leader, who may not withdraw any money from that fund until an agreed-upon date. Those earnings are typically forfeited if the employee resigns before the specified date. These arrangements usually complement a standard retirement plan, such as a 401(k).”

The Board of Trustees’ original offer to Dr. Hatch in 2005 included a SERP that would vest upon completion of his 10th year as president in 2015. Each year an average of $255,000 was accrued in the SERP, and the proper amount for each year was reported on that year’s 990 return. Thus, more than $2.3 million of the vested $2.89 million SERP had been reported on the previous nine returns. Nevertheless, the reporting rules require that the entire vested benefit, which includes accruals reported in the previous nine years, plus the final accrual and any investment net earnings be reported in the year of vesting, which was 2015.

The Board is gratified that our investment in Dr. Hatch has paid dividends for our University. He has seen Wake Forest through a transformational period that includes achieving the largest fundraising effort in the University’s history, adding more than $200 million for student scholarships and $100 million for faculty compensation and academic programs. He has orchestrated major realignments in the areas of business and medicine, implemented a test-optional admissions policy, increased the diversity of our student body, set the gold standard for personal and career development, overseen the Reynolda Campus’ most significant renovation and building effort since the 1950s, and ensured an academic and residential environment that educates the whole person.

Not a day goes by that I do not appreciate the Board of Trustees’ vision for Wake Forest and their confidence in Dr. Hatch’s ability to lead us through such a successful period in the life of our beloved University. In addition to the untold number of hours Dr. and Mrs. Hatch commit to Wake Forest, they have been among our most generous philanthropic donors. We believe Dr. Hatch’s compensation over the course of his tenure reflects his exceptional leadership.

Sincerely,

Donna Boswell (’72, MA ’74)
Chair, Board of Trustees

President Hatch: Congratulations to retiring faculty and staff

This message was sent by President Hatch to faculty and staff on May 10.  Retirees recognized at the 2017 Retiree Luncheon had informed Human Resources by March 24 of their retirement.

Dear Faculty and Staff,

As commencement approaches and we prepare to celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2017, we also pause to recognize and honor the 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 dedicated service to Wake Forest.  On May 9, these retirees were honored at the 2017 Retiree Luncheon at Bridger Field House.

Faculty

Gerald W. Esch, Professor, Biology
Charles R. Kennedy, Associate Professor, School of Business
Bruce R. Lewis, Associate Professor, School of Business
Jack R. Meredith, Professor, School of Business
Joel S. Newman, Professor, School of Law
Cecilia Solano, Associate Professor, Psychology
Richard T. Williams, Professor, Physics
Kenneth Zick, Professor, School of Law

Staff

Carol Benford, Administrative Assistant, Office of the Dean of the College
Vickie Cutting, Office Manager, Romance Languages
Bill Faircloth, Assistant Athletic Director, Athletics
Phil Gallimore, Assistant Director, Market Readiness, School of Business
Mary Gerardy, Associate Vice President for Campus Life, Campus Life
Edward Goode, Custodian, Facilities and Campus Services
Alice Goodman, Administrative Assistant, Classical Languages
Ron Harrell, Custodian/Team Lead, Facilities and Campus Services
Debbie Hellmann, Grant Accounting Manager, Financial and Accounting Services
Anne Hodges, Director, University Advancement
Tommy Johnson, Superintendent, Real Estate
Marc Jones, Manager, Facilities and Campus Services
Barry Murray, Service Technician, Facilities and Campus Services
Gail Newport, Operations Manager, Benson University Center
Dallas Nifong, Service Technician, Facilities and Campus Services
Kathy Odom, Financial Assistant, School of Law
Larry O’Neal, Service Technician, Real Estate
Priscilla Parker, Administrative Assistant, University Advancement
Carolyn Potts, Office Manager, Student Health Service
Jay Riedel, Foreman, Facilities and Campus Services
Jim Rae, Sergeant, University Police
Willie Singletary, Custodian, Facilities and Campus Services
Pat Starkey, Administrative Assistant, School of Law

To our 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

Message regarding parking/transportation on commencement day

This message was emailed to staff and faculty on behalf of Executive Vice President Hof Milam on May 9:

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 15, 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.

–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.

Annual Benefits Enrollment is continuing; enroll by May 10

This is a guest post from Human Resources:

More than 600 colleagues have completed Annual Benefits Enrollment. If you have not already done so, please enroll by May 10. 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 enroll or re-enroll 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 10.

If you have benefits questions and/or need assistance completing the benefits enrollment form, email AskHR@nullwfu.edu or call 336.758.4700.

Your new elections will be viewable in WIN ​June 14 and effective July 1.

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

Faculty and staff happy hour April 27 at Reynolda Hall

This message was emailed to faculty and staff April 27 by the Office of the Provost:

Please join Provost Kersh and your university colleagues for a faculty and staff happy hour in the Reynolda Hall Green Room today, Thursday, April 27, from 4-5:30 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you there as we thank you for all of your work this year at Wake Forest.

Faculty invited to participate in the Magnolias Curriculum Project

This is a guest post from the Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability and the Office of Sustainability:

Wake Forest faculty are invited to enhance their teaching and engagement with sustainability issues by participating in the 2017 Magnolias Curriculum Project. No prior experience with sustainability-related issues in the classroom or in research is necessary, and faculty at all ranks and career stages are welcome.

This workshop will explore how we can meaningfully integrate sustainability—broadly defined—into our classrooms. Although we start by taking a close look at Wake Forest University and the larger Piedmont region, we invite participants to engage in local to global comparisons.

The Magnolias Project kicks off with a two-day workshop (May 10-11) that will offer opportunities to extend research and teaching horizons across disciplines and create new networks with fellow colleagues. Following the workshop, faculty participants prepare discipline-specific course materials on their own over the summer. They will reconvene in the fall to discuss their insights and experiences. Participants receive a stipend of $500 ($250 upon completion of the workshop; $250 upon completion of a new or revised syllabus).

Applications for the May 2017 workshop will be accepted until April 17, 2016. Click here to apply for the 2017 Magnolias Project.

Festival of Colors set for April 8 on Manchester Plaza

This is a guest post of the South Asian Student Association:

All faculty, staff, and students are invited to Wake Forest University’s annual Holi Celebration, organized by the South Asian Student Association (SASA).

Holi, the festival of colors (of Hindu, Sikh & Jain roots), celebrates community and the beginning of spring. The event will take place on Manchester Plaza on April 8, from 1-3 p.m.

There will be dance performances, free South Asian food, and tons of color! Come wearing clothes you do not mind getting dirty. Feel free to bring friends and family – all are welcome!

HELPS offers weight management program

This is a guest post of the Healthy Exercise & Lifestyle ProgramS (HELPS):

Do you want to lose weight, but aren’t sure where to start? We can help! Our six-month weight management program is offered to full-time Wake Forest University employees. This program will go beyond healthy lifestyle modification, with a laser focus on weight loss. The 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 next group starting in June. Weekly group sessions will be held here on campus in Worrell Professional Center.

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 >26)
–Able to attend weekly sessions held on Mondays at 12:30 pm
–Able to commit to personal dietary and exercise changes
–Full-time, permanent Wake Forest University Employee

If you are interested in participating or have questions, please contact Andrea Cox at shuttar@nullwfu.edu or at336-758-5853 for more information. Space is limited.

Hannah Inzko named director of academic technology

This is a guest post from Information Systems and the Teaching and Learning Collaborative:

Information Systems and the Teaching and Learning Collaborative are pleased to announce that Ms. Hannah Inzko has accepted the position of Director of Academic Technology at Wake Forest University.

Graduating from The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Film and Video Production, Hannah started her career at The Pennsylvania State University where she served as the Media Commons Manager, overseeing the budget and operations of 28 physical locations spread out over 24 commonwealth campuses. In 2014, Hannah accepted a position as the Director of Learning Innovation and Faculty Engagement at the University of Miami reporting directly to the Assistant Vice President of Academic Technologies, where she oversaw a team of Senior Instructional Designers and IT Specialists. Additionally, during her tenure at the University of Miami, she continued her education, earning a Master of Science in Education in Community and Social Change.

Hannah’s experience in higher education instructional design and multimedia aligns with the institutional need for a passionate leader in academic technology to enrich academic technologies and support services. During the interview process, Hannah stood out as a positive and enthusiastic individual, demonstrating the skill set needed to forge relationships with schools, departments, and faculty members throughout the Wake Forest campus community.

In addition to working closely with Information Systems, Hannah will work in collaboration with the Teaching and Learning Collaborative, The Office of Online Learning, ZSR Library staff, and the Instructional Technology Group (ITG) to enrich educational technologies and the support services that enhance teaching, learning and research across our campus community.