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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.

Teaching, Research and Engagement Award Category Winners:

  • Sarah Mason, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
  • Vanessa Zboreak, Professor of Law

Resource Conservation Award Category Winners:

  • Office of Research & Sponsored Programs
  • Jessica Wallace, Aramark Catering Director
  • John Wise, Associate Vice President of Hospitality & Auxiliary Services

Service and Social Action Award Category Winners:

  • Justin Catanoso, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Journalism Program
  • Marianne Magjuka, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Democratic Engagement and Justice Programs

Bright Ideas Award Category Winners:

  • Lee Colette, Coordinator of Outdoor Pursuits
  • Eric Stottlemeyer, Assistant Teaching Professor of English
  • David Link, Z. Smith Reynolds Library Specialist

Two individuals were honored with special awards for their meritorious leadership in campus sustainability:

  • Dan Rossow, Coordinator of Event and Program Support for Reynolda House
  • Alyshah Aziz, Sustainability Intern from the Class of 2016

A special group of awards also went to individuals who were nominated for their efforts to inspire others to live more sustainably:

  • John Noble, Associate Service Desk Student Manager for The Bridge
  • Tanisha Ramachandran, Associate Teaching Professor for the Study of Religions
  • Natascha Romeo, Assistant Professor of Health and Exercise Science
  • Sharon Woodard, Associate Professor of Health and Exercise Science
  • Preston Stockton, Manager of Reynolda Gardens
  • John Kiger, Assistant Manager of Reynolda Gardens

Click here for more detailed information on the award ceremony and winners, including the ways in which the winners demonstrated positive sustainability practices on campus.

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.

A message from President Hatch

This message from President Hatch was e-mailed to students, faculty and staff on April 25:

Dear Wake Forest students, faculty and staff,

The conclusion of spring semester offers an opportunity for reflection. Recently, I’ve been thinking about the nature of our campus – a dynamic learning community that embraces individuals. Together, through face-to-face conversation, we increasingly appreciate differences and engage each other with respect and understanding. Each day, we continue to create a better culture and an institution that is greater than the sum of our parts.

Saturday marked one month since HB2 became state law. This controversial measure limits civil rights protections for members of the LGBTQ community in North Carolina.

The operations of private institutions, like Wake Forest, are not directly affected by this legislation. Our non-discrimination statement provides protection for gender identity and sexual orientation. However, there is no doubting HB2’s negative impact on members of our university community and the greater Winston-Salem and North Carolina community; on our institution, as we seek to recruit, retain and welcome students, faculty, staff and visitors; and on our society, as it works to appreciate differences in an increasingly polarized culture.

A university is a place where academic freedom and freedom of expression are fundamental. It’s place where community members can voice their beliefs – whether progressive or conservative, radical or traditional. It’s a place where we prize diversity, equity and a culture that encourages success and fulfillment for all. It’s a place where we strive to enhance students’ capability to disagree, in a spirit of courtesy and friendship, with those whose opinions they do not understand or appreciate.. And it’s a place where we stand up for one another in the face of discrimination.

It has been well documented that HB2 was passed hastily. Even as lawmakers reconvene today, the pressing question for me – as a citizen and as a university president – is how we seek solutions that affirm the diversity among us. In North Carolina, a state that has long mediated conservative and progressive traditions, it is unfortunate that our leaders have not found common ground in ways that recognize the equality of all of our citizens.

The divisive nature of HB2 is in sharp contrast with the inclusive values of Wake Forest. For this, among other reasons, I wish to make clear my opposition to it. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to read the story on our website about the efforts of our administrators, faculty, staff and students in support of the LGBTQ community on our campus and indeed everywhere. I am grateful for the leadership of Angela Mazaris, who, along with many allies and advocates, works to advance equality and fairness every day. I have great appreciation for her support of our LGBTQ community and her efforts to help educate our entire campus about issues of gender identity and sexual orientation.

Together, we have worked to make Wake Forest more diverse and welcoming, and a place where students learn the art of conversation, practice thoughtful deliberation and engage in meaningful dialogue with one another. As the semester comes to a close, let us continue to do so in the spirit of Pro Humanitate.

Sincerely,

Nathan O. Hatch

President

Annual benefits enrollment begins April 25

This is a guest post from Human Resources:

Annual Benefits Enrollment begins today and runs through May 6. Visit the Annual Benefits Enrollment webpage to review the guidebook and 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).

Next Week at Wake – ABE GraphicIf 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.

During the enrollment period, contact the Benefits team at benefits@nullwfu.edu or 336.758.6404 with questions. Additionally, details will be provided at the following events:

  • Information sessions: April 26, 11:00 a.m. – Noon (Benson, Pugh Auditorium) and May 2, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Farrell Hall, Room A17)
  • Benefits Fair: May 3, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Benson 401)

Your new elections will be viewable in WIN ​June 13 and effective July 1.
*Includes individuals eligible for medical coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

Allison McWilliams: Another new beginning, the transition out

Allison McWilliams, director of mentoring and alumni personal and career development in the Office of Personal and Career Development, writes occasional articles for Inside WFU.  This is her fourth and final article for the spring semester.  In each, she shares observations and suggestions with faculty and staff drawn from her professional experience with students.

20111010mcwilliams4344We started this year talking about the important and sometimes challenging process of transitioning into the school year. Whether you are a senior, a first-year, or something in between, transitions can be hard, as William Bridges reminds us. Transitions require letting go of the familiar, spending a bit of time in free-fall, and then attaching to something new and unfamiliar. For some, this is an exciting time, full of new challenges and adventures. For others, it’s overwhelming, scary, even debilitating, for the same reasons. Everyone goes through transitions in his own way, at his own pace.

The end of the year, and the transition out, is no less important and yet easy to overlook. This is a great time to help your students take stock of their years, practice a bit of reflection, and think forward to what comes next. Some questions you might consider asking:

  • What has been the best/most challenging part of your year? Why? What did you learn from it?
  • What do you wish had gone differently this year? Why? What do you do with that information moving forward?
  • What are you most proud of from this year? Why?
  • What is one thing you would like to accomplish this summer/over the next six months? What steps are you going to take to make that happen?
  • What can you anticipate that will be challenging for you this summer/over the next six months? What strategies can you use to work through that?

Transitions are hard in part because we all want someplace where we feel that we belong. As a mentor, you can help students with this process:

  • Ask how they are feeling about the transition.
  • Acknowledge that their experience is normal.
  • Help them set goals to create focus and an actionable plan.
  • Remind them that they have been in this place before and they have all of the tools that they need to be successful.

Every experience, no matter how big or small, has a beginning and an end. Mentors help us to discover whether these moments of transition will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones

President Hatch: Join conversation with Charles Best

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on March 28 by President Hatch:

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

On April 5, I invite you to join me for a conversation with Charles Best, CEO of DonorsChoose.org, as we engage in a meaningful discussion as part of The Leadership Project series, a program designed to showcase inspiring stories from leaders who represent a variety of professional paths and to celebrate the many ways leadership development is taught and inspired at Wake Forest.

DonorsChoose.org is a nonprofit organization that provides a simple way to address educational inequity. At DonorsChoose.org, public school teachers create classroom project requests and donors can choose the projects they want to support. Best launched the organization in 2000 out of a Bronx public high school where he taught history. Since then, more than 715,000 projects totaling nearly $420 million have been funded nationwide.

In honor of Best’s participation in The Leadership Project, Wake Forest will host a philanthropic flash mob on March 29 as part of the DonorsChoose.org #BestSchoolDay movement. Students, faculty and staff are invited to pick up a free $25 DonorsChoose.org gift card to support a K-12 classroom project. One thousand gift cards will be available at various locations across campus from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. The University’s goal is to have 100 percent redemption by the end of the day, totaling $25,000 of support for classroom projects in our community and across the country.

Please help make Wake Forest’s #BestSchoolDay a community success by picking up and redeeming a $25 gift card on March 29, and then let’s gather on April 5 at 6 p.m. in Broyhill Auditorium in Farrell Hall to hear Charles Best share his leadership philosophy and innovative approach to improve education.  More information is available at lead.wfu.edu.

Thank you,

Nathan O. Hatch

 

Campus can support DonorsChoose.org #BestSchoolDay

This is a guest post from the University’s Leadership Project:

Too many students in K-12 classrooms don’t have the resources they need. Students can’t dream big when classrooms lack books, microscopes and tablets — or even paper, pencils and paste.

Now you can make a difference through Wake Forest’s #BestSchoolDay.

On March 29 faculty, staff and students can support a K-12 classroom by picking up a free $25 DonorsChoose.org gift card in one of several locations around campus and redeeming it toward a project of their choice. Participants are only able to redeem one gift card. Our goal is to have all 1,000 gift cards picked up on March 29 and redeemed on the same day. Gift cards will be available for pick up at most locations from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.:

  • Outside the main entrance of the Fresh Food Company (The Pit),
  • At the Spirit Walk in between Tribble Hall and Benson Center,
  • At Wake Forest University Law Commons,
  • In the faculty lounge in the School of Divinity (11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. only),
  • In the Founders Day Living Room at the School of Business
  • At the Luter Hall Block Party for First-year Students (5 p.m. – 7 p.m. only)

You can choose from among hundreds of projects nationwide, although you are encouraged to support a local teacher in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. Donate to one project or split your $25 among several projects.

#BestSchoolDay at Wake Forest is being held in conjunction with the University’s Leadership Project, which is hosting Charles Best, CEO of DonorsChoose.org on Tuesday, April 5, at 6 p.m. in Broyhill Auditorium in Farrell Hall.

DonorsChoose.org provides a simple way to address educational inequity. In Forsyth County so far this academic year, 174 projects, including hands-on science labs, vocabulary enrichment tools and playground improvements for children with special needs, have been funded — supporting more than 13,500 students. In the local school system, nearly 450 teachers have raised funds for more than 1,000 projects since 2003.

Please help make Wake Forest’s #BestSchoolDay a community success by picking up and redeeming a $25 gift card on March 29.

For questions or more information on gift card distribution, contact Matt Williams at williamj@nullwfu.edu.

Nominations sought for Campus Sustainability Awards

This is a guest post from the Office of Sustainability:
We are now accepting nominations for the third annual campus sustainability awards. Please submit this brief form to nominate anyone who you feel has contributed to advancing sustainability on campus. Awards are available to staff, faculty, and students. The nomination deadline is March 28th. Click here to learn more about the program and read about last year’s winners. 
 
Thank you in advance for your support. 

 

Spring has sprung: A vernal equinox celebration March 20

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This is a guest post from the Office Of Wellbeing:

Kick off spring with the Campus Garden@Polo Road on Sunday, March 20 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Enjoy sheep shearing, goat petting, live music by Stranger Season Band, painting, tie dying, a celebratory planting, sustainably grown and locally prepared bites, and so much more! Bring a friend and your wallet for a pop-up style farmers’ market. Come out to 1141 Polo Road and spring into the start of the season with us!

This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Wellbeing, the Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC), and the Sustainability Theme House.

Global Wake Week set for March 14-18

This is a guest post from the Office of the Provost:

Wake Forest will be celebrating Global Wake Week on March 14-18. Enjoy a week filled with activities, films, food trucks, games and more as we prepare for the SACSCOC on-site visit. This educational week for faculty, staff and students will celebrate our past global successes and will launch the University’s 10-year Quality Enhancement Plan for strengthening Global Wake Forest, “Transcending Boundaries: Building a Global Campus Community.”

 Faculty and staff are invited to celebrate this week by participating in all of our programming and by enjoying a special dinner in the new Sutton Center in Reynolds Gym on Tuesday, March 15 from 5-6:30 p.m. To RSVP for this event, please visit http://rsvp.events.ua.wfu.edu/global-wake-forest-hygge-dinner/. Limited seating is available.

Events calendar for Global Wake Week