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September 2014 staff miletsones

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August 2014 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in August 2014:

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Two Wake Foresters named ‘Winston Under 40′ award winners

The Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce has named Katie Neal, executive director of news and communication in The Office of Communications and External Relations and Shelley Sizemore, assistant director of Wake Forest’s recently launched Pro Humanitate Institute,Winston Under 40” Leadership Award winners.

The inaugural class of 20 young business professionals are actively influencing the growth, prosperity and quality of life in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

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Nominations for ‘Employee of the Year’ open through Oct. 1

Each year, Wake Forest presents two staff ‘Employee of the Year’ awards to individuals who have gone above and beyond in their dedication to the University community. Faculty and staff members are invited to submit nominations by Wednesday, Oct. 1.

All staff employees who work at least 1,000 hours annually with five or more years of continuous University service are eligible for nomination.

Staff Advisory Council representatives will review the nominations and select the award winners. Recipients will be recognized with a plaque and $1,000 at the Staff Rewards & Recognition Luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 4.  

A dessert reception will also be held on Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. in the Green Room of Reynolda Hall to honor these recipients. All are invited to attend.

Call 336.758.4700 or email AskHR@wfu.edu with any questions.

Q&A with WFU staffer Rebecca Jones, author of ‘Moon Flowers’

moonflower.bookcoverIt’s no secret that life can be difficult. But for Rebecca Jones, an IT project coordinator at Wake Forest, challenging times lead to valuable lessons. Inspired by requests to share her stories with churches and civic organizations, Jones wrote “Moon Flowers, a collection of essays about lessons learned along life’s journey.

Q.   When did you decide to write “Moon Flowers?”
A. I love to tell stories about things that have happened to me. Everything that happens, good or bad, has a purpose and a lesson that teaches us how to be better people or how to help others who are experiencing something similar. At one particular event someone told me how much a story I had shared helped her. She asked me if I had considered compiling my short stories and essays for a book. I had been journaling for a while and had a collection, so I sat down this summer and put them together.

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WFU Director of Design named President of the American Institute of Graphic Arts

20140121brent2422Brent Piper, director of design in Communications and External Relations (CER), has been elected president of the Triad N.C. chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), the professional association for design. AIGA brings together designers and provide resources for the design community.

AIGA Triad N.C. was founded in December 2012. Piper, who was elected in July, will continue to guide and grow the chapter.

“To have a professional group that is able to engage graphic designers in the Triad has been a long time coming,” Piper said. “A lot of hard work has been put into getting it started.  I want AIGA to become a strong force for graphic designers in the Triad and better our community.”

Among Piper’s first duties as president was moderating the INitiative [INHOUSE] Panel Discussion, which brought together creative directors from Krispy Kreme and Under Armor, as well as Wake Forest executive creative director Hayes Henderson, to examine what it means to work as an in-house designer. Piper hopes to hold similar discussions during his two-year term as president.

CER recognized for outstanding work and expertise

forestry101.300x175Communications and External Relations (CER) has had an impressive year thus far. From award-winning publications to photos to speeches, CER continues to be considered an international leader among peer institutions and in the design and communication industries. In recognition for outstanding work and expertise, CER was recognized by the following organizations:

Council for Advancement and Support of Education, CASE

Advancement’s premier international awards program, Circle of Excellence recognizes the work of CASE members, acknowledging superior accomplishments that have lasting impact, demonstrate the highest level of professionalism and deliver exceptional results. Winning programs epitomize the profession’s best practices, raise standards and contribute to a growing body of knowledge about advancement.

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WakeUnited: Live United Allison McWilliams

20111010mcwilliams4344For the last four years, Allison McWilliams has been involved in the Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) of the United Way as a volunteer, donor, and since 2012 as a member of the county-wide steering committee.

McWilliams (’95) is director of the Mentoring Resource Center at Wake Forest and understands better than most people how vital it is to our community to meet the WLC’s mission of educating, engaging and empowering women to meet the most pressing needs of Forsyth County.

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‘Celebration of Life’ planned for Rev. Bob McGee

ThumbnailRev. Bob McGee, Episcopal campus minister at Wake Forest, died in Winston-Salem August 30. Rev. McGee, known to many on campus as Father Bob, served the University community for more than 30 years.

A celebration of the life of Rev. McGee will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, in Wait Chapel.

More information about the Sept. 6 service is available in an obituary published in the Winston-Salem Journal and on the Hayworth-Miller website.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff.  The Counseling Center may be reached at 758-5273, the Chaplain’s Office at 758-5210.  For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 716-5493.

WFU welcomes alumna Malika Roman Isler as Director of Wellbeing

Malika Roman Isler with her family.

Malika Roman Isler relaxes with her family.

Malika Roman Isler (’99) has been named Wake Forest’s first Director of Wellbeing.

A doctoral level-trained health scientist, Roman Isler is currently a research administrator and faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She will begin her new role on Oct. 1 with more than 10 years of experience integrating research and programming, developing strategic plans that guide health and wellbeing initiatives, and defining assessment tools to ensure research and program effectiveness.

Roman Isler brings a strong working knowledge of wellbeing as the intersection of emotional, social, physical, financial, occupational, spiritual, intellectual and environmental dimensions of life. At Wake Forest, she will be responsible for coordinating and developing programming for the various aspects of the University’s transformative new approach to wellbeing called “Thrive.” Equal parts education and inspiration, the campus-wide effort – which will be kicked off on Friday, Sept. 5 – aims to give students, faculty and staff the skills, knowledge and perspective to live healthier, balanced lives.

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