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April 2015 faculty and staff milestones

Jeffrey Adair, manager at ZSR Library, and Anita Hughes, executive assistant to Provost Rogan Kersh, are celebrating 30 years of service to Wake Forest. Find out who else is celebrating a milestone anniversary this month.

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Administrator Lu Leake mixed dignity with a sense of humor

img014Lula M. “Lu” Leake came to Wake Forest as dean of women in 1964, two decades after the University opened its doors to undergraduate women during World War II, and served the University for 33 years.

Leake, who retired in 1997 as associate vice president for academic affairs, died April 13 in Winston-Salem. She was 89.

She served as dean of women for 20 years before becoming Wake Forest’s assistant vice president for administration and planning in 1984 and also serving as dean of the summer session.

In 1996 Wake Forest presented Leake with the Medallion of Merit, the University’s highest award for service. “She led our students through what was arguably the most significant era of change for women in the history of this nation,” said Thomas K. Hearn Jr., president of Wake Forest when the award was presented to her.

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Associate VP for Academic Affairs Emerita Leake dies

We are saddened to report that Lula M. (Lu) Leake, associate vice president for academic affairs emerita, died April 13 in Winston-Salem.

Ms. Leake joined Wake Forest as dean of women in 1964. Before retiring in 1997, she held several other positions in her Wake Forest career, including assistant vice president for planning and dean of the summer school.  In 1996, Wake Forest presented her with the Medallion of Merit, the University’s highest award.

We grieve Ms. Leake’s death and extend our condolences to her family and friends, as well as those at Wake Forest who had the opportunity to know her.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18, in Wait Chapel.  Visitation with the family will follow at the Chapel, afterward.

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 staff and faculty, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 716-5493.

Parking Lot Closures this week

Parking and Transportation shares the following parking closure information and provides these parking recommendations/options for faculty and staff for Thursday and Friday, April 16 and 17.

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

Parking Lot Closures:

  • Thursday, April 16 – Parking Lot B and C will closed for event parking all day.
  • Friday, April 17 – Parking Lot B will be closed for event parking until 1:30 p.m.

Faculty/Staff Parking Options:
During these two days, we recommend using parking lots A, J, Q and there frequently are angled parking spaces available on Wake Forest Rd. as well.

Here is a link to the parking map for reference to parking locations:

If you have any questions, please contact Alex Crist at X-2558.

WFU leaders attend Dr. Maya Angelou’s stamp dedication ceremony

Melissa Harris-Perry and Maya stampWake Forest University faculty, staff and alumni were among those present for the dedication ceremony of the Dr. Maya Angelou Forever Stamp in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Apr. 7. They included Melissa Harris-Perry (’94), who served as the master of ceremonies; Barbee Myers Oakes (’80); Wade Stokes (’83); and Robby Gregg (’83).

Angelou was the Reynolds Professor of American Studies for more than 30 years until her death in 2014 at the age of 86.

Harris-Perry shared personal memories about her teacher, friend and mentor at the star-studded event, which also included remarks from First Lady Michelle Obama, media mogul Oprah Winfrey and Ambassador Andrew Young.

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March 2015 staff milestones

Congratulations to James Reid Morgan, senior vice president and general counsel, for 35 years of service to Wake Forest! Below is a complete list of March 2015 staff milestones.

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February 2015 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in February 2015:


Brown, Amanda Kate; Visitor Experience Specialist; Reynolda House: Store
Dillon, Lawrence M.; Adjunct; Music
Dragoni, Lisa ; Associate Prof., Management; WFUSB-Instruction
Featherstone, Amber Danielle; Dir., International Programs; Law: Admissions
Greiner, Geni H; Executive Dir, University Events; Advancement
Hartzog, Rebecca Glen; Protection Officer; Reynolda House: Security
Magee, Benjamin Ryan; Tutor; Athletics: Student Athletes Svcs
McEnany, Michael Patrick; Tutor; Athletics: Student Athletes Svcs
Pate, Mary Kinsey; Coordinator, Athletic Comm; Athletics: Media Relations
Payne, Seth Cornell; Recruiting Assistant; Athletics: Football
Schuyler, Joshua Trey; Technician; Advancement: Information Systems
Shoaf, Edwin Innes; Health Law & Policy Res. Asst.; Law: Instruction
Shriver, Dawn Wagner; Administrative Coodinator; WFUSB-Administration
Wheelock, Jennifer R.; Adjunct; Divinity: Vocational Development
Whicker, Courtney Alexandra; Outreach Coordinator; Bioethics

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Jazz concert Friday to benefit Habitat for Humanity

300x175.20100727.hall1132Wake Forest security officer Patricia Hall loves smooth jazz, and she loves Habitat for Humanity. She has organized and produced a jazz concert, “Jazz at the Bistro With Chip Shearin,” to be held on Friday, March 27 at the Winston-Salem Hotel & Spa. (3050 University Parkway) A portion of the ticket money will go to Habitat. The cost is $10.

“I love Habitat. I have to include Habitat whenever I do something,” Hall, a Habitat homeowner, told writer Lynn Felder in a recent interview for the Winston-Salem Journal.

In 2012, she traveled to El Salvador for nine days with Habitat for Humanity helping build a home for a family living in substandard conditions.

Nine Wake Foresters honored for CORE certification

IMG_3348 Nine Wake Foresters from across campus have completed the requirements for the Professional Development Center’s CORE Certification program.

On Friday, Feb. 13, the 2015 CORE Honorees were recognized for their achievement at a luncheon held at Graylyn International Conference Center.  In attendance were supervisors and colleagues who have provided guidance and support to the honorees as they attended classes and workshops focused on personal, professional and community development.

2015 CORE Honorees are:

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CER, WFU Magazine recognized for award-winning work

Members of the news media turned out in force to hear speaker Jill Abramson.

Members of the news media turned out in force to hear speaker Jill Abramson.

When The New York Times abruptly fired former Executive Editor Jill Abramson just five days before she was scheduled to address Wake Forest University graduates, members of the Communications and External Relations (CER) team established a proactive communications strategy, developed a media relations plan, and provided access and support for news media.

Abramson delivered a timely and meaningful lesson in “resilience” for the Class of 2014 and their families… not to mention those around the world watching through the lenses of the 50+ top-tier media present for the ceremony or via the dozens of outlets who streamed the event online.

In recognition of their efforts, CER received an Award of Excellence in the Media Relations category from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for “Commencement Speaker Drama? Getting it Right in the National Spotlight.”

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